Cold front slows fishing across state

Slow catch rates are expected for a few days in some parts of the states after a strong cold front descended on the Great Lakes region, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. By the end of the week, fish should have adjusted to the change in the barometric pressure and catch rates are expected to pick up again. However, salmon fishing is in full swing in some areas, especially the west side of the state. SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
AP Wire
Sep 9, 2011

 

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing is very good and boat anglers were doing the best in 100 feet of water. Pier and perch fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Salmon and steelhead are slowly starting to move into the river. Smallmouth bass are still being caught. Flathead and channel cats are hungry and hitting on crawlers and cut bait.

South Haven: Salmon fishing is good in 80 to 100 feet of water. Pier fishing is very slow. Perch are still being caught in around 40 feet of water.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A few scattered chinook are being caught up near the Sixth Street Dam with mostly spinners or spawn.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers are continuing to catch salmon, with fish being caught closer to shore as water temperatures cool.

Muskegon: Boat anglers are catching salmon between the piers and 100 feet of water. The best action is in the early morning or late evening.

Muskegon River: Salmon are starting to show up in the river system. The backwaters in Newaygo and Mecosta counties were producing excellent bass action.

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Manistee River: Some large chinook salmon are being produced. Overall, the fish caught are much bigger than the past couple of years. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River is closed to fishing from the weir downstream to Manistee Lake.

Ludington: Boat anglers are catching salmon around the piers and out to waters 120 feet deep. Try glow plugs or meat rigs. Pier anglers are catching salmon.

Pere Marquette River: Has very good salmon action from M-31 to the flies-only section.

 

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