Friday, November 2, 2018

11/1/2018 Northwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

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Harbor Springs: Only one boat had been out recently, and they caught some perch at Harbor Point and on towards Wequetonsing. The dock was still in however not for much longer.
Petoskey: The dock at the marina has been pulled out. Boat fishing here appears to be done as no anglers were out.

Bear River: Water levels were normal. Angler pressure was low at the dam with the major salmon run tapering off. Anglers could still find a few lake trout or a couple coho. Most were drifting real or artificial spawn and flies up near the dam. The mouth had the most fishing pressure and anglers caught Chinook, coho, lake trout and one small steelhead on spawn, spinners, spoons and crank baits.

Traverse City: Cisco were caught along the peninsula and around Deepwater Point in the East Bay by those jigging and trolling. Anglers were looking for perch, but none were caught. Bass were caught along the peninsula and the southeast corner. IIn the Elk River, lake trout and a couple Chinook were caught at the dam on spawn bags. A couple small steelhead were also reported. Perch fishing in the West Bay was hit-or-miss in Bowers Harbor, north of Power Island near the buoys, in Suttons Bay and off Northport. The Boardman River has been slow with only a couple Chinook and steelhead reported at the dam. No sign of lake trout yet.
Glen Arbor: The boat launch and docks were still in however there is a lot of debris in the way that would have to be removed before boats could launch.
Frankfort: The fish cleaning station has closed for the season. Pier and shore anglers caught steelhead with spawn on the bottom. A couple master angler steelhead have been verified so there are some good size fish moving in. Those casting spoons caught a couple late run coho.
Arcadia: The dock was still in and the launch was open but most likely not for long.
Portage Lake: Perch anglers are still reporting a fair bite. Some good size fish were caught on the west side of the lake near the buoy. Wax worms, wigglers and minnows worked best in 12 to 18 feet.

Manistee: Steelhead and whitefish are still being caught off the pier with spawn bags on the bottom.

Manistee River: Boat anglers on the lower river have caught a few fish. There is still a small number of salmon present however they are actively spawning and will be gone soon. Steelhead fishing was tough as the water is low and clear.

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:
Don's Sporting Goods: (231) 723-5028
Tangled Tackle Co.(231) 887-4242
Pappy's Bait & Tackle: (231) 848-4142
Andy's Tackle Box: (231) 477-5737 

Ludington: Steelhead are still being caught off the pier with spawn bags on the bottom. Coho are still down at the park. Catch rates were low but anglers were getting a few with artificial lures.
Pere Marquette River: Was low and clear which made steelhead fishing more difficult.
Pentwater: Had slow fishing however pier anglers caught the occasional coho or steelhead on spawn in the early morning.

Pentwater Lake: Perch fishing was good in 20 to 35 feet with dropper-rigs tipped with minnows or small jigs tipped with wigglers and wax worms.  

Below are links to bait shop listings organized by county: 

Your area may not be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Northeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

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