Warm water temps make salmon hard to find

Heavy rainfall will contribute to high water levels on many rivers and streams, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its weekly fishing report. Shore and boat anglers will need to use caution, the DNR said. It said warm water temperatures on the inland lakes as well as the Great Lakes have anglers fishing in deeper water. SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
AP Wire
Aug 6, 2011

 

St. Joseph:  Perch fishing remains very good in 25 feet of water.  Most anglers are after the perch so not much to report on trout and salmon.  Pier fishing was slow except for freshwater drum. 

South Haven:  Has good perch fishing in 20 feet of water.  Boat anglers did go out to 100 feet of water and caught a few trout and salmon.  Pier fishing is very slow. 

Grand Haven:  The water is very warm which makes salmon fishing a bit more difficult.  Most were fishing 30 to 90 feet down in 70 to 130 feet of water with spinnies and green flies.  Spoons are still working the best and the hot colors were orange for up high or blue and green in deeper water.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum.   

Grand River at Grand Rapids: There are rumors of summer steelhead being caught up near the Sixth Street Dam, but no confirmation.  Those looking for catfish should find them even in the high water levels but bring your heavy tackle. 

Muskegon:   Also has warm water.  Try 40 to 90 feet down in 70 to 170 feet of water with green and white spin/fly combos or trolling orange spoons near the surface or blue and green in deep water.   

Whitehall:   Has seen some good trout and salmon fishing with most boats staying in 80 feet of water.  The temperature break was located out near 50 feet of water.  Good numbers of chinook and steelhead have been caught out from Duck Lake and to the south or north in front of the Clay Banks.  No salmon off the piers yet only bass and freshwater drum.      

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Traverse City:  Most of the boats have been out for recreation and not fishing.  A few lake trout were caught by those jigging.  In the East Bay, freshwater drum and sub-legal smallmouth bass were caught near Elk Rapids. 

Frankfort:  Big chinook salmon are hitting with several fish in the 22 to 25 pound range.  In the morning, head north while trolling spoons 45 to 70 feet down in 90 to 145 feet of water.  Lake trout were also caught in the same area, most likely due to the large number of baitfish.  For steelhead, use orange spoons in the top 45 feet of water and bump up your trolling speed just a bit.  Some nice brown trout were caught. 

Onekama:  The shelf from Bar Lake to the golf course has produced good catches in the morning and evening.  Spoons in the morning but some nice chinook were caught on meat rigs in the evening when trolling 45 to 75 feet down in 110 to 165 feet of water.  Lake trout and steelhead were also caught in the same range. 

Lake Cadillac:  Is producing some crappie on the east end of the lake for those fishing around structure.  Fish a foot or two off the bottom in 10 to 12 feet of water with a curly tail jig.   Fish the weed beds for pike and bass. 

Lake Mitchell:  Is producing a good number of largemouth bass and pike along the weed beds in the coves.  Most of the pike have been sub-legal.  Try casting spinner baits, small spoons, or surface baits. 

Manistee:  Salmon fishing was slow but some nice chinook were caught 40 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water.  Try running blue spoons or glow spoons in low light conditions. Pier fishing is slow.

Ludington:  Steelhead and small chinook were caught offshore by those using orange spoons.  While the action was slow, a couple chinook over 20 pounds were taken in 50 to 150 feet of water with green or blue spoons.  Pier fishing is slow.

 

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