Michigan Fish Report

Salmon action slows, steelhead picks up across West Michigan
Tribune Staff
Oct 11, 2013

As the salmon runs on the west side of the state wind down, steelhead and brown trout are slowly starting to move in. Water levels were somewhat better after the last rain. Very few are fishing the inland lakes.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: A decent number of perch have been caught in 50 feet of water north and south of the piers. Pier fishing was slow. When they can get out, boat anglers have caught salmon in 90 feet of water.

Kalamazoo River: Is producing chinook and coho up near the Allegan Dam. Some are casting spoons and spinners while others are floating spawn and crawlers. The occasional steelhead has also been caught.

Grand River at Lansing: Salmon can be found, however the bite is slow. Very few were caught at Moore's Park or the Point where the Grand meets the Red Cedar. The few caught seem to attack bright spinners with feathers. A few walleye were caught over at Moore's Park and catfish continue to hit on live bait.

Muskegon River: The recent rain did help to push what might be the last of the chinook salmon into the river. Anglers were starting to see some steelhead.

Whitehall: Pier Anglers are taking a few steelhead on spoons and on spawn.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Betsie River: Still has a good number of chinook salmon but many are now quite dark in color.

Onekama: Dredging should be done sometime this week. Coho could be seen off the north pier but the fish were not willing to hit.

Portage Lake: Is producing some good catches of large and smallmouth bass. Perch and bluegill fishing slowed with the change in weather.

Manistee: Boats are catching chinook and coho salmon 80 to 130 feet down in 120 to 200 feet of water. Green flies and blue spoons have been working well. Steelhead action is slow off the piers and surf.

Manistee River: The recent rain pushed some steelhead into the river. Anglers are fly fishing or using spawn.

Ludington: A few steelhead and salmon have been caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Steelhead have been biting on orange spoons higher in the water column. Salmon have been coming 70 to 100 feet down on blue spoons or flies. Pier anglers targeting steelhead have found the action to be slow but it should pick up soon.

Pere Marquette River: Is still producing some big chinook though many have turned dark. A couple steelhead and a few brown trout have also been caught.

Pentwater: Pier anglers are reporting catches of brown trout, steelhead and coho salmon on spawn.


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