DNR weekly fishing report

From DNR reports

Frankfort:  Chinook are hitting throughout the area with early morning the best when fishing 55 to 85 feet down in 120 to 220 feet of water. The number of fish is down a bit for now but is increasing daily and the size of fish being caught is impressive with several fish in the mid-to-high twenties. Fish are actually breaking lines and straightening swivels so make sure you rig for big fish. Many are using blue and orange magnum spoons early and switching to UV spoons after daylight. Lake trout are hitting on spin-glows bounced off the bottom in 70 to 90 feet.

Onekama:  Those fishing the “Barrel” are taking Chinook salmon early and lake trout throughout the day. The Chinook are 50 to 90 feet down in 175 to 250 feet and hitting on UV spoons. Those bouncing spin-glows off the bottom caught lake trout.

Portage Lake:  Bass anglers are having some trouble landing the big ones but the bite is good for this time of year. Several large and smallmouth more than four pounds have been reported. Perch are hitting crawlers along the weed beds. Those fishing in the early morning caught bluegill, rock bass and pumpkinseed.

Lake Missaukee:  Anglers caught bluegill, pike and bass.

Manistee:  When boats can get out, anglers caught salmon near the Ledge and beyond. Try green or glow spoons 30 to 70 feet down in 80 to 160 feet. Coho and steelhead were caught on orange spoons.

Manistee River:  Bass were still hitting on crawlers, crayfish, tube baits or plastics. Those fishing the Little Manistee have caught a few salmon.

Ludington:  Is producing Chinook about halfway down in waters 60 to 120 feet deep.  Use spoons, meat rigs and flies. Hot colors were green, orange or glow. Steelhead and coho were hitting on orange spoons in the top 60 feet.

Pere Marquette River:  Is producing a fair to good number of brown trout especially for those fly fishing.

Pentwater:  Boat anglers caught salmon in shallow waters 60 to 70 feet deep in the early morning. Some are fishing 50 to 70 feet down in 100 to 120 feet of water near the Silver Lake sand dunes and off the point. They caught a mix of Chinook, coho, steelhead and lake trout.

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Is producing catfish for those fishing off the bridges. Flatheads up to 35 and 40 pounds have been caught. Most are using suckers, bluegills or fresh cut bait. A fair to good number of pike were caught on sucker minnows. Smallmouth bass are hitting on tube baits, crank baits, crawlers, leeches and soft shell crabs. Millennium Park was good for bass and bluegills. Those fishing up near the dam have caught the occasional summer steelhead.

White Lake:  Walleye fishing has picked up. For salmon, the hot colors were green, blue, orange or anything that glows.

Whitehall:  Most anglers have caught Chinook and coho along with the occasional lake trout or steelhead west of the pier, out from Duck Lake and several miles to the north. Try 50 to 60 feet down in 100 to 150 feet of water. Lake trout were 80 feet down. Pier anglers caught bass on crawlers and wax worms.

Muskegon River:  Is producing a good number of smallmouth bass for those casting spinners, tube baits or poppers along the rocks and near the drops. Walleye fishing was steady with some limit catches taken in Hardy Pond.

Grand Haven:  Anglers are catching salmon in 70 to 200 feet of water however they did best in 125 to 180 feet. A good number of salmon were more than 20 pounds. Downriggers were 45 to 95 feet with 150, 225 or 300 coppers. Use small spoons in blue, yellow, orange or blue and green. Fish were also caught on white paddles with mirage flies. Pier anglers were casting for smallmouth bass. No perch to report.

Holland:  Salmon have been caught in 120 to 170 feet although the action was best in 120 to 140 feet. Downriggers were set at 60 to 110 feet. Anglers are using 250 coppers. More fish were caught on flies than spoons. Warm water around the piers has limited fishing. No perch to report.

Kalamazoo River:  Is producing a few walleye up near the Allegan Dam.

South Haven: Perch fishing was still good with decent catches in waters as shallow as 18 feet or as deep as 30 feet north or south of the piers. Boat anglers said fishing was a challenge for trout and salmon. Those that were lucky enough to catch fish did so when trolling spoons in waters 120 feet or deeper.

St. Joseph:  Is producing the occasional steelhead or perch but overall fishing was slow. Boat anglers managed to catch a few salmon in 100 feet of water when using spoons. A few perch were caught south of the piers in 25 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

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