FISHING REPORT: Warmer weather improves fishing in local lakes, trout streams

MANISTEE — The DNR reports the extremely warm weather has helped improve fishing conditions including on the inland lakes.

It was reported catch rates were best in the early morning or evening when the heavy boat traffic was down.

Bluegills are on or just moving off the beds, the DNR said, while crappies were pushed by hot weather into deeper water. Bass were caught along the shoreline and around structures, the DNR added.

There’s been no word in northwest Michigan on stream trout fishing but the hot weather should have brought some nice fly hatches and if so, anglers should have success, the DNR said.

There were some anglers out on Lake Michigan. Those that did go out caught a couple lake trout in front of the golf course.

Anglers are doing very well at Arcadia Lake on pike and bass, the DNR said, adding good numbers of bass were caught between the pier heads going out to Lake Michigan. Anglers also caught a few perch and bluegill but the numbers were low.

Inland lake fishing was very good at lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. The bass and bluegills are both spawning now with the hot weather getting things going.

Surface temperature readings at Manistee were about 52 degrees.

“Pike and bass fishing is doing really well,” Chelsea Pete, of DLoop Outfitters in Wellston, said. “The Pine is super muddy and expected to come down in a week. The Big Manistee and Little Manistee are both fishing really well.”

“The bluegills and crappies are doing well on Manistee Lake,” Dewey Buchner, of Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee, said. “They’re catching some pike and bass. I haven’t heard much about the river. They’re getting some salmon now at the big lake.”

Pier fishing is slow, the DNR said, but the Chinook salmon are finally here and some good size fish have been caught to the south in 120 to 200 feet with spoons. Others were coho, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead.

“It’s been slow on the river,” Gordon Park of Andy’s Tackle Box in Brethren said. We’re waiting on the summer run, the Skamania. That will be the next big move.”

Surface temperature readings were 50 degrees at Ludington. Chinook salmon have come in thanks to warmer weather.

Fishermen were getting limit catches of big healthy fish to the south in 120 to 200 feet or when heading north to Big Sable Point. A small number of lake trout and steelhead were also taken, the DNR said, adding pier fishing was slow.

Salmon fishing from the dunes down to Little Sable Point was excellent at Pentwater, the DNR said. Boats are trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 110 to 180 feet and getting Chinook, coho and steelhead on spoons, flies and meat rigs, the DNR added.

“King fishing has been picking up lately,” Jason Ruterbusch, of the Frankfort Tackle Box, said. “Some boats got double digit kings on Thursday. People are still catching some lake trout, a few steelhead and a few coho.”

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