Area anglers finding cooperative salmon in Big Lake, area rivers

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Fall fishing means salmon and anglers are finding them not only in the Big Lake, but on area rivers as well.

Grand Haven:  Salmon anglers are fishing 95 to 150 feet down in 160 to 220 feet of water.  They are using 300 feet or more of copper line with magnum spoons, spinnies, paddles or flies.  White paddles with blue or green flies worked with downriggers.  Pier fishing was slow.

Muskegon RiverWater levels are still low even after the rain.  Cooler temperatures will help bring more fish into the river.  Try small spoons or flies.  A couple walleye were caught near the US-131 Bridge.  Try jigs with minnows or crawlers.

Whitehall:  Anglers on the big lake reported fish stacked up in 90 feet of water.  The cool temperatures should produce better fishing in the early morning.  Pier anglers caught fish with red spoons and mega-baits with glow tape.

White LakeBoat anglers caught salmon when trolling double jointed body baits.

White RiverIs starting to produce salmon.


Manistee:  Windy conditions have scattered the salmon and trout.  Those able to get out have caught fish 60 to 120 feet down in 100 to 250 feet of water with spoons and plugs.  Those trolling around the piers caught fish on chrome or glow J-plugs.  Pier anglers caught fish when casting glow spoons.

Manistee River:  A few more salmon are being caught including a few fish up near Tippy Dam.  Early morning is the best time to fish.

Ludington:  Anglers are catching fish when trolling 60 to 110 feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water with meat rigs and green flies.  Salmon were caught around the harbor on chrome or glow plugs.  Those casting spoons off the pier also caught fish.

Pentwater:  Pier anglers are catching salmon but the action was spotty.  Cool nights usually increase catch rates in the morning.  Green spoons worked best.  Fish are stacked up outside the piers in about 90 feet of water.


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