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Pike and bass fishing productive for those who troll

DNR • Nov 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The rain did help move some steelhead into the harbors and up into the rivers. As the days grow shorter so does the fishing report. Updates are harder to come-by as fewer anglers are out. Most of the DNR Creel Clerks are done for the season. Some will return in January but most will not return until April 1, 2016.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Bluegill fishing slowed on the inland lakes. Pike and bass fishing were still good for those slow trolling or casting.

St. Joseph: Pier anglers caught a few whitefish when using a single egg on the bottom. Fresh steelhead were caught by pier anglers and those surfcasting. A few perch were caught on minnows in 30 feet.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead are all the way up to Berrien Springs and moving through the fish ladder. Some lake trout were also reported.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers found some walleye below the Allegan Dam. Some fresh steelhead were in the lower river.

Grand Haven: Steelhead have been caught by pier anglers and those surfcasting.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Received a fresh batch of steelhead after last weekend's rain. Try spawn, crawlers or small spoons. Walleye fishing was spotty. Most fish were caught at night.

Rogue River: Anglers caught steelhead between the Grand River and the Rockford Dam. Try spawn, crawlers, jig and wax worm, small spoons, spinners or rapalas.

Grand River at Lansing: Anglers were catching smallmouth bass on the north end near the Brenke Fish Ladder. Those targeting pike have caught one or two fish.

Muskegon Lake: Was producing a few yellow perch but catch rates were still spotty.

Muskegon River: Had some fresh steelhead move in after the rain. Those perch fishing in the Hardy Dam Pond caught very few fish.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Walleye fishing on the inland lakes picked up especially for those trolling or casting body baits at night. Fair to good pike and bass fishing were also reported.

Pere Marquette River: Anglers were catching steelhead especially after the rain. Try spawn or small spoons.

Ludington: Pier anglers and those surfcasting have caught steelhead when the weather allows. A few boats were heading south when the winds allowed.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing picked up after the rain. Some are still catching the odd salmon however the fish are spent. Steelheads were found in the Little Manistee River.

Manistee: Pier and surfcasting for steelhead was good depending on wind and wave action.

Betsie River: Much needed rains did help push some fresh steelhead into the river. The salmon are done and any leftover fish are pretty dark.

Frankfort: Pier fishing was good when anglers could safely access the pier. Strong winds have kept most of the boat traffic at bay. Those surfcasting have also caught steelhead.

Boardman River: Continues to produce lake trout up near the Union Street Dam. Salmon were few and far between but more steelhead were starting to show up.

Bear River: Steelhead are moving into the river. Lake trout are also being caught but anglers need to be careful on where they are keeping them. The mouth upstream to the dam is open to keep lake trout but Little Traverse Bay is closed. Windy days are the best when using spawn bags or spinners.

Petoskey: Steelhead were starting to show up in the harbor. There are a lot of lake trout as well but the season in the waters of Lake Michigan is closed. The docks at the boat launch have been pulled for the season.

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