Fishing Report

Salmon, perch anglers finding plenty of success
Tribune Staff
Aug 16, 2013

Starting Sept. 5, the Weekly Fishing Report will be accessible through a new toll-free telephone number.

Anglers will be able to obtain news and information on fishing conditions around the state by calling 1-855-777-0908. The 373-0908 number will no longer provide access to the report.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing remains slow as the fish seem to be scattered in waters 80 to 140 feet deep. Perch were still being caught in 36 feet of water. Pier fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Has experienced a large run of steelhead during the first couple weeks of August. Lots of fish were distributed throughout the river in Berrien County and some have moved into the cold tributary streams such as the Dowagiac River.

South Haven: Had slow fishing as the fish were scattered here as well. Try trolling in 60 to 140 feet. Start shallow and move out as the sun comes up. Perch are still being caught in 18 to 20 feet. Pier fishing is slow.

Holland: Fish have been caught in 90 to 120 feet of water with 250 or 300 copper with plugs and divers with meat rigs. Hot colors were glow, white, green or yellow. Boat anglers caught a few perch in 30 to 60 feet.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers are fishing between the end of the pier and 120 feet of water. Most are fishing the top 50 feet with meat rigs that glow on divers or plugs. Hot colors were glow, white, green or yellow. Pier and boat anglers managed to catch a few perch. Boats fishing off the north pier were just off the mud line.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has a good number of steelhead. Fish are being caught on half a crawler, spawn bags, wobble glows, spinners with four to five blades and small blue and glow Cleo's. A good number of walleye are also in the river. They are hitting on body baits like perch runs or Hurky jerks. Anglers are catching bluegill and crappie up and down the river and in the bayous. Pike are hitting on suckers or half ounce spoons. Panfish have been caught in Millennium Park.

Reeds Lake: Is producing some panfish. Bluegills and crappie were hitting on minnows, leaf worms and wax worms. Perch were caught by those using perch rigs on the bottom.

Muskegon River: Water levels were low and clear. Anglers are still taking good numbers of smallmouth bass.

Whitehall: Is producing trout and salmon as shallow as 60 to 80 feet or as deep as 200 feet or more. Most are using spoons in red, orange or glow. Pier fishing was slow but some nice bluegills were caught in the channel by those using live bait.

White Lake: Anglers have caught a good number of walleye and pike when trolling crawler harnesses in 20 feet.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Traverse City: Chinook have been caught in the East Bay. Most were running about 80 feet down, but the fish were scattered. Some were caught just 50 feet down. Numbers are low, but the salmon are very good size, up to 30 pounds. Lake trout and the occasional whitefish were caught. Smallmouth bass fishing was decent in 40 to 50 feet. Try drop-shotting with plastic baits. In the West Bay, salmon were caught by those trolling along the west shore. Try spoons or a Hoochie Mama 50 to 90 feet down in 90 to 200 feet of water. A few lake trout were caught. Those looking for smallmouth bass will want to fish the drop-off in 30 to 50 feet.

Elk River: Anglers have caught smallmouth bass and rock bass on plastics, crawlers, and leeches. There has been rumor of salmon or steelhead being spotted near the power dam.

Boardman River: Fishing was slow with only a few smallmouth bass or rock bass taken. A couple steelhead and salmon were in the river but they will not stay long with the warmer temperatures.

Frankfort: Has good fishing with several chinook salmon weighing in between 22 and 30 pounds. Anglers are heading straight west of the lighthouse to waters 180 to 220 feet and then trolling 55 to 110 feet down while heading north. Fish were caught on splatter back plugs, meat rigs, UV ladder back spoons in green or blue and flies. Coho and steelhead were also caught. Early morning is best.

Onekama: Is producing some fish. Anglers are trolling 60 to 90 feet down in 180 to 220 feet with J-plugs. Those trolling north to the "Barrel" reported lots of baitfish right along with trout and salmon in 60 to 70 feet.

Manistee: Boat anglers found trout and salmon 40 to 90 feet down in 60 to 220 feet of water with glow spoons, plugs or meat rigs. Hot colors were green, red or purple.

Manistee River: Continues to provide very good smallmouth bass fishing. A light number of salmon were reported in the lower river.

Ludington: Trout and salmon were caught anywhere from 60 to 400 feet of water. Early morning was best. Coho and steelhead were taken on glow spoons, plugs or meat rigs. Good colors were green and orange, black and white or red. Freshwater drum were caught but pier fishing is slow.

Pere Marquette River: Has a light run of salmon moving into the lower river, but no big numbers yet as it is still a bit early. Anglers continue to catch a fair to good number of brown trout when casting small spoons or flies.

Pentwater: Fishing was good as salmon and trout moved in closer to shore. Some caught fish in 60 to 80 feet while others did well in 200 feet or more when trolling 50 to 70 feet down with red, orange and glow spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

 

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