Windy conditions have kept anglers in the harbors, rivers or on the inland lakes. With fewer anglers heading out, this is a great time of year for anglers to get out there and fish the inland lakes because overcrowding is not an issue.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
St. Joseph River: Is still showing good numbers of steelhead at the Berrien Springs fish ladder. The salmon run is picking up as water temperatures drop. Coho came in earlier but now the chinook salmon have moved upstream. The major chinook run usually begins when the water temperatures reach 63 degrees.
South Haven: Fishing was very slow overall for boat and pier anglers.
Black River: Anglers have caught a few salmon when casting spoons or spinners.
Kalamazoo River: Is producing coho and the occasional steelhead or walleye.
Holland: Pier anglers trying for salmon were casting spoons or spawn however spoons caught more fish. Hot colors were orange or red. Perch anglers are targeting waters 30 to 65 feet deep.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers fishing for salmon are struggling. Most are using plugs in the channels but some are still heading out for steelhead and young salmon. Pier anglers are using spoons, spawn and alewife but spoons worked best. Hot colors were orange, red and glow. Those looking for perch have found a few fish in the 60 foot holes but more goby than perch were caught.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has salmon and steelhead. Some are floating flies and spawn while others are using small spoons, plugs or wobble glows.
Grand River at Lansing: Coho salmon have been spotted up near the North Lansing Dam. Anglers will want to try spawn or spinners. Some are fishing near the Portland Dam. Anglers are still taking some smallmouth bass and some big catfish when using small bluegills or minnows.
Looking Glass River: Is producing northern pike and some were quite large. Try golden shiners or suckers.
Muskegon River: Salmon are slowing moving into the system. The better fishing was early morning or late evening.
Whitehall: Boat and pier anglers were pretty much non-existent. It appears the salmon action here might be done.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Portage Lake: Cooler temperatures pushed the bluegill and perch out to waters 18 to 22 feet deep. Bass anglers working the walls have found some good size large and smallmouth.
Manistee: Boats heading out to deeper waters caught salmon and steelhead in the top 60 feet. Salmon fishing was slow around the piers.
Manistee River: Is producing a good number of salmon.
Ludington: Salmon and trout fishing were slow. Try the top 50 feet in 60 to 150 feet with orange spoons. Pier fishing was slow but those surfcasting at the State Park caught a few fish.
Pere Marquette River: Is producing a fair to good number of salmon.
Pentwater: Boat anglers are marking large numbers of fish in 40 feet but they will not bite. Pier anglers caught salmon and brown trout however they are putting in their time to get them. Most are using orange body baits.