Anglers benefit from high temps, levels in local rivers

MANISTEE — Recent heavy rains have caused higher water levels in many rivers and streams, the DNR said, adding the warm rain and warming temperatures are exactly what is needed to jump start fishing.

In northwest Michigan, steelhead fishing is slowing down, since most have spawned and are headed back to the big lake. Inland lake fishing remains productive, the DNR said. Walleye were caught in lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in Tippy Dam Pond.

Those trolling at Onekama, north to the golf course caught lake trout, brown trout and walleye on body baits and cowbells, the DNR said, while adding at Portage Lake surface waters were 58 degrees so the panfish action was slow. Bass are productive in the shallows with some starting to bed. Some perch fishing is reported.

“They’re getting bluegills in Portage Lake and perch, some browns and a few walleyes,” Dan Osborn of Osborn’s Sport Shop said. “Brown trout fishing at Bear Creek is really good.”

Surface temperature readings at Manistee were about 47 degrees, the DNR added. The south pier remains closed. Those trolling caught lake trout in 40 to 60 feet. Some brown trout were caught by those trolling around the pier heads but perch fishing was so-so. Walleye fishing was best at night. Anglers were casting artificial baits or jigging with artificial grubs.

“The water is starting to recede and get back to normal,” Nick Homan of Dloop Outfitters in Wellston said. “They’re starting to get the color back.”

Steelhead fishing on the Manistee River is about done, the DNR said, since most fish have spawned and are headed back to the big lake. Tippy Dam Pond has been a spot some good catches of walleye and smallmouth bass.

“It’s all over, the fish at Tippy Dam have gone home,” Gordon Park of Andy’s Tackle Box in Brethren said. “It’s sturgeon and suckers in big numbers through the river system in the last several days. We’ll wait on the summer fish. The big run is over, it went for 10 weeks. We had a good time.”

Lake trout were caught in front of the piers at Frankfort. The fish were hitting on spin-glo’s and spoons in the bottom half of waters 50 feet deep, the DNR said. The first Chinook salmon of the year were caught and the fish ranged 13 to 18 pounds. A few brown trout were caught.

“We’re not getting a lot of info right now,” Brian Murphy of the Frankfort Tackle Box said. “The weather has been ridiculous. It was nice Thursday and today. There’s not much from the boats. They’re doing OK on smallmouth and coho, trolling for them at Crystal Lake.

Arcadia Lake was producing a few bass and panfish;

Pier fishing at Ludington was slow with only a few brown trout caught, the DNR said. Offshore, fishing started to heat up with a good number of Chinook salmon and lake trout as well as some brown trout. Spoons were working well.

Boats trolling in 50 to 80 feet caught Chinook and coho salmon 20 to 40 feet down on spoons and body baits at Pentwater.

Inland lake fishing remains good at lakes Cadillac and Mitchell said. Both lakes were providing some walleye. Crappie are moving to the shallows and getting ready to spawn, the DNR said.

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