DNR weekly fishing report: Change in weather could bring changes in fishing patterns

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Storms and cooler temperatures will most likely change the dynamics of fishing. Trout and salmon fishing in the Great Lakes has been very good for the most part.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Grand Haven:  Boat anglers continue to catch salmon and trout. Spoons worked well. Try orange up high or blue and green in deeper water. Pier fishing remains slow do to the warm water temperatures.

Muskegon LakeAnglers are catching perch near the sand docks in 6 to 12 feet of water. Some were getting limit catches.

Whitehall Had slow fishing as some were coming back empty handed.  Most were heading north or northwest of the port. A few salmon were caught in 150 feet of water. Hot colors were orange, green and blue. Pier anglers caught a few walleye and bluegill on natural baits.


NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Ludington:  Surface water temperatures were still in the low 70’s for the most part. Catch rates are good for salmon and steelhead and consistent for lake trout and brown trout. Try 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet of water with green and blue meat rigs or flies. Glow plugs or spoons were best in the early morning.
Pere Marquette River:  Also had some chinook salmon moving up into the river. No big numbers yet but the rain and cooler temperatures have a few fish on the move.

Pentwater:  Fishing slowed but those heading south and fishing off the dunes caught salmon in 150 feet of water. Fewer steelhead are coming in now. Good colors were green, orange and blue. Pier anglers caught bass and a few perch.

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