FISHING REPORT: Bass opener good despite cold water temperatures


MANISTEE — The bass opener was off to a good start, the DNR reports, while water temperatures are still cold especially on the large inland lakes and the Great Lakes.

In northwest Michigan, warmer weather has helped the inland lake fishing, the DNR said. The bass bite picked up, and many were on the beds. Bluegills and pumpkinseed have started to spawn, the DNR reported, while trout fishing is good and the hex hatch should be right around the corner.

The DNR reports at Onekama, those trolling in 80 to 100 feet were marking baitfish and getting Chinook salmon in the early morning. Green and blue spoons have been effective.

“We’re picking up some salmon that’s been fairly good,” Larry Scharich, of Shipwatch Marina in Manistee, said. “It’s mostly kings, but a few lake trout and a few cohos. They’re getting a few walleye in the river, from what I have heard.”

At Portage Lake, anglers were taking good catches of large and smallmouth bass and bluegills, the DNR said. A few walleye and perch were also caught, the DNR added.

“They’re catching a few of the summer-run steelhead, the skamania, by Tippy Dam,” Rob Eckerson, of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston said. “There’s a few, and I stress few, early-run kings in the Little Manistee. We’re starting to get some of the fly hatches for fly fishermen, so that’s good news. There’s walleye in Manistee Lake and Portage Lake.”

Those trolling the shallows at Platte Bay caught lake trout, brown trout and the occasional lake herring on spoons, body baits and spin-glo’s in 10 to 30 feet.

Boat anglers at Frankfort trolling the top 30 feet in 60 to 80 feet caught Chinook salmon on spoons. Chinook were found by pier anglers using alewife, especially early morning was best.

Fishing has been decent around Lake Michigan in the Frankfort area

“There’s good salmon fishing, finally,” fishing expert Dave Rommell, of Frankfort, said.

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