FISHING REPORT: Windy days make fishing difficult on lakes

MANISTEE — The DNR reports windy conditions are hampering fishing on both the Great Lakes and inland lakes.

But the DNR adds water levels in the rivers are up and fishermen continue to catch salmon and steelhead. When the waters get cooler, it will be good for bass and pike fishing, the DNR added.

At Manistee, surface temperature readings were about 60 degrees. The fishing cleaning station is closed although the dock is still in at the ramp. Shore and pier anglers are getting a small amount of coho and steelhead.

“Coho and kings are still at the dam in decent numbers as of today,” Gordon Park of Andy’s Tackle Box in Brethren said. “Guys are having a good time. We’ve got quite a few fish, different species up there on Friday. It’s been spawn bags and flies I’m seeing going out of the store, plus spinners. There’s still fishing down there.”

The Big Manistee River has had steelhead being caught in the early morning.

“Brown trout fishing has been pretty good up to the Tippy Dam,” Dave Barkman, of DLoop Outfitters in Wellston said. “It’s been really good. We’ll see if the weather cools back down again this weekend.”

Warm water temperatures at Portage Lake, were good for perch anglers going through several small fish to get a batch of keepers. Minnows and wax worms were working.

“We’re still getting good numbers of steelhead, cohos and kings in the river,” Bud Fitzgerald of Tangled Tackle Co., in Manistee said. “They were beach fishing but I think the weekend’s warm temperatures will put that to rest for awhile, that and the high winds. I haven’t heard of any perch fishing in the surrounding lakes. I think that’s calmed down a little bit, with the increased temperatures as well. It will be a beautiful weekend to be fishing in northern Michigan.

Anglers, the DNR said, were getting some chinook and coho salmon and the number of fishing has been holding OK. But the number of anglers is declining, at Platte River. Betsie River was still offering small numbers of Chinook salmon at the Homestead Dam.

“There’s still plenty of coho in the Platte River,” Brian Murphy of Frankfort Tackle Box said.

The DNR reported strong winds limiting fishing at Pentwater. Smallmouth bass and freshwater drum were caught by pier anglers.

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