Heavy rainfall having effect on area fishing

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
The state received lots of rain, particularly the areas north of Cadillac. This should bring the last of the Chinook salmon to the gravel then the fish will be done. Increased water levels should also bring more steelhead into the rivers. Fewer anglers were out and most of the big water boats have been put away for the winter. The inland lakes are producing some panfish.

SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Muskegon River: Salmon are still being caught below Croton Dam. Anglers are casting small spoons and crank baits or drifting spawn and wax worms. The rain did push some steelhead into the river.NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Frankfort:  The weather gave the steelhead a good push. Pier anglers at Frankfort and Elberta have landed some nice fish when using spawn. Chartreuse seems to be the better color. Water levels are still low and those working the shallow waters have done well. When boats can get out, they caught young Chinook and coho when fishing 80 to 100 feet down along the Shelf. Spoons worked best.

Manistee:  Strong winds have prevented boats from going out. Pier anglers and those surfcasting have started to catch steelhead on fresh spawn. Those using a single fresh egg caught a few whitefish.

Manistee River:  Should see good numbers of steelhead by the weekend. The last of the Chinook salmon should be on the gravel and pretty much done by the end of the week.

Ludington:  Pier and surf anglers are catching steelhead when using salmon spawn.  Strong winds have made it difficult for boats to get out.

Pere Marquette River:  Did not get as much rain as the rivers north of Cadillac but anglers should still find some steelhead.


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