Northwest Lower Peninsula
Harbor Springs: Those targeting perch have found some fish.
Petoskey: Had no boats out. The dock at the city boat launch has been pulled for the season. A couple anglers were casting or fishing spawn from the piers, but effort has really dropped. A couple lake trout were caught, but the season is closed. The Bear River had higher water levels. A few anglers fishing at the dam caught small Chinook, a few coho or lake trout. To clarify, the lower boundary of the Bear River is the last foot bridge. Above this foot bridge, lake trout season is open.
Charlevoix: A couple boats fishing for perch just off the township launch near the cement plant caught a couple keepers when using minnows. Perch fishing should improve in the coming weeks. There was no activity in the channel. Medusa Creek has a few older salmon. The fence, which blocks the creek near the weir, was removed so it is open to fishing once again.
Traverse City: Cisco fishing was good for those jigging or trolling. Bass fishing has been very slow, with most anglers maybe getting one or two per trip. On the Elk River, the occasional steelhead and lake trout were starting to show up. In the West Bay, the dock at the Clinch Park launch has been pulled for the season. Perch fishing was good out of Northport. In Suttons Bay, catch rates for perch were poor.
Frankfort: This will be the last report for this area for the season. Steelhead fishing has been steady for pier and shore anglers. Those using spawn are reporting good days and slow days, as the waters were cloudy due to strong winds. Most say it is still worth the time to fish the area.
Onekama: Those fishing the north shoreline with fresh spawn are getting a couple steelhead when the weather permits.
Portage Lake: Had a few anglers venture out, and they did manage to catch a few perch on wigglers and worms.
Manistee: Fishing was generally slower, but some days were still decent. When pier and surf anglers could get out, steelhead and small coho were caught on fresh spawn. Some also caught a couple lake trout or whitefish.
Manistee River: As the salmon runs are winding down, steelhead fishing should pick up soon, especially with the increase in water levels.
Ludington: A couple steelhead and coho were caught on spawn by pier anglers and those surfcasting. At the state park, fishing was slow on the Sable River.
Pere Marquette River: Salmon fishing is winding down. A few fish are still being hooked, but most are in bad shape.
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