FISHING REPORT: Salmon, lake trout biting on Lake Michigan; bass season starts today

 

MANISTEE — Salmon activity on Lake Michigan has been very active over the past few weeks with quite a few catches of Chinook and coho, the DNR said, while pointing out activity elsewhere is starting to pick up and consistently warmer temperatures should help.

The catch-and-keep season for bass on most waters opens this Saturday.

Overall, in northwest Michigan, lake trout and salmon were caught on Lake Michigan when boats could get out. Stream trout fishing has been on hold as bug hatches are delayed by cold weather, the DNR said, while water temperatures have dropped again so no bluegills were on their beds yet.

Shipwatch Marina reported on Friday that anglers from Larry Scharich’s charter boat caught six fish at Lake Michigan.

Smallmouth bass and walleye were caught off the south breakwall at Onekama when casting spinners and body baits.

“They’re starting to catch some perch over at Portage,” Dewey Buchner of Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee said. “They’re still getting nice walleyes at night by the pier. They’re starting to get the bluegills on their beds at Penny Park at Manistee Lake. They’re still doing good on pike fishing.”

Windy conditions slowed the perch and bass fishing on the south end of Portage Lake, the DNR said, while walleye were caught by those trolling the west end and in the channel in the evening hours.

“Its a little bit better than last week,” Gordon Park of Andy’s Tackle box in Brethren said. “Walleye are in the local lakes and the pathwaters of Tippy Dam. The Manistee River isn’t doing all that good. It’s all suckers and some trout.  As it warms up, it will be better. It might be another week before we get decent fishing.”

At Manistee, surface temperatures were about 52 degrees, while boat anglers caught lake trout, brown trout, steelhead and a few

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