FISHING REPORT: Warmer weather, water heats up fishing in inland lakes, rivers

 

MANISTEE — Warmer weather should help the fishing bite, the DNR reported.

Those trolling in the Platte Bay shallow waters caught lake trout and brown trout with body baits on boards or when flat-lining straight back, the DNR said, while in Frankfort, those trolling north to Platte Bay have taken lake trout off the bottom with spin-glo’s. Brown trout were being located around the piers with body baits the DNR said

“They’re catching lake trout out in front of us and also off the bank,” Christine Murphy of Frankfort Tackle box said. “They’re casting for lake trout off the reef in Platte Bay. There’s some good sized walleye in Platte Lake. There’s jumbo perch at Crystal Lake.”

Anglers at Portage Lake were finding good catches of walleye at night when trolling the shoreline, the DNR, while perch anglers were finding moderate catches at the mouth but many were small.

“Portage is getting a few walleyes still in the channel,” Bud Fitzgerald of Tangle Tackle Co., of Manistee said. “The salmon have moved. They’re still getting good catches of salmon. They’ve moved 50 to 100 feet. The water is warming up a little bit. They are jigging and catching walleye off the pier and the channel in Manistee.”

Surface water temperatures were about 46 degrees at Manistee while lake trout were caught in 40 to 60 feet, the DNR said, while chinook are starting to show up and a few more than 20 pounds were caught in 40 to 100 feet. Walleye were caught at night off the south pier and in the channel.

“We’re between runs now,” Gordon Park, of Andy’s Tackle Box in Brethren said. “The steelhead run is over. Sturgeon at the Tippy is news, but that’s about it. There’s sporadic reports that Portage and Manistee lakes at night have walleye. But I’m getting contradictory reports. Panfishing is so so. it’s still pretty chilly for the bass fishing and the bluegill and crappie guys.”

The DNR points out the Manistee River had a daily caddis hatch in the late afternoon on the warm days which helped anglers catch brown trout when fly fishing.

“Trout fishing has been very good,” Dave Barkman of DLoop Outfitters, in Wellston said. “The Big Manistee and Little Manistee have both been fishing well. Afternoons have been better. It looks like we’ll have good fishing all week.”

Surface water at Ludington was up near 48 degrees while good numbers of lake trout are still being caught off the projects. A good number of Chinook salmon were spotted in 40 to 100 feet.

Boats trolling in 10 to 20 feet at Pentwater have caught brown trout on orange or gold body baits. Lake trout and the occasional Chinook were caught on spoons in 30 to 70 feet.

Walleye at Pentwater Lake were caught early and late when casting body baits in the channel, the DNR pointed out, while those targeting yellow perch caught fish in 20 to 30 feet using a perch rig tipped with wax worms.

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