Weekly Fishing Report: October 27, 2021

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Lower Southeast Peninsula

Lake Erie: The fishermen caught some walleye while fishing in 15 to 17 feet of water in the bay of Brest. The anglers had a good catch of yellow perch as they fished off Stoney Point in 23 feet of water. Regular catches of yellow perch also occurred near buoys 1 and 2 at River Raisin and in the southern part of the dumps. Largemouth bass have been caught on the rock faces between Sterling State Park and around the mouth of the Raisin River. Walleye hit best on body baits, crank baits, and husky jerks. Bass bit well on tubes and crank baits.

Lake St. Clair: The pole action was excellent straight from 9 Mile and near Gross Point. Anglers had the best luck with minnow rigs in 9 to 15 feet of water. Walleye were captured in 14 feet of water near the St. Clair Lighthouse. Near-limit catches of walleye were caught in the mouth of the North Channel near Decker’s Landing in 18 to 21 feet of water by jig fishermen with artificial bait. Smallmouth bass anglers got lucky in the spinner bait shipping channel. Other bass anglers were fishing the mouth of the Detroit River in 9 feet of water with Ned rigs and got lucky. Musky bit into the mouth of the North Channel in about 18 feet of water on small lures. There were some nice catch of blue gills from the marinas near the Raft restaurant in Fairhaven.

Saginaw Bay: Yellow perch have been captured in 15 feet of water at Linwood, Gambill’s Landing and the Old Shipping Channel. Fish have also been caught at Spoils Island in 14 to 16 feet of water. Off Quanicassee, a few perch were caught in about 8-10 feet of water on perch platforms with minnows. Fishing around the Sebwaing area was slow with only a few perch caught, most of them small. Some northern pike and largemouth bass have been caught near shore on a variety of artificial baits. With the waters cooling in Saginaw Bay, yellow perch could be found around seagrass beds in 10 feet of water or less on the east side of the bay. Anglers may need to bounce from place to place to find fish.

Port-Esperance: Anglers were catching coho.

Port-Sanilac: Fishing was slow for the offshore trollers.

Southwestern Lower Peninsula

Grand Havre: Fishermen at the wharf would catch a few rainbow and coho salmon while spawning.

South Havre: Fishermen at the wharf were catching rainbow trout. Most of the fish were caught on spawning. Trollers on the Black River caught some coho and rainbow trout.

Saint Joe: The wharf fishing was slow for rainbow trout.

Lower Northeast Peninsula

Oscoda: Fishermen at the wharf caught some coho and rainbow trout. Pike, bass and some walleye were also caught off the pier. The fishermen mainly used minnows, spinners, spoons and some body bait. Common colors that were successful were hot pink, orange, chartreuse, and night light decoys.

Au Sable River: Anglers were successful in catching coho, a few rainbow trout, and Atlantic salmon. Various methods were successful. Anglers mostly used spawning or pearls, but spoons and spinners were also successful. Commonly used colors were hot pink, orange, and chartreuse.

Alpena: Good places to fish were around the northern tip or the northern shore. Steelhead were caught on shiny spoons while fishing high in the water column. Good colors to use were oranges, silvers, or brightly colored spoons. Walleye were caught while trolling body bait in the first 15 feet of water.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers mostly caught chinook salmon by casting with spoons and an assortment of body bait. They also drifted to the bottom with fresh fish eggs or pearls.

Tawas: Boat fishermen would catch a few walleye inside the bay in 15 to 22 feet of water while using body bait. Some perch have been captured in the bay near Jerry’s Marina and at the Yacht Club due to caterpillars or minnows. Anglers would catch catfish in the Tawas River at Gateway Park off caterpillars or shrimp. Some walleye and chinook were caught during the body bait casting.

In Sandstone: Perch fishing was hit and miss. Boat fishermen were catching perch near Pt. Au Gres in 15 to 25 feet of water off the minnows.

Rivière des Pins: Boat fishermen would catch perch near the mouth of the Pine River in 4-6 feet of water off the minnows. Catches were also made towards the Saganing and Pinconning bars in 15 to 20 feet of water. A few walleye were also caught off the Pine River in 16-18 feet of body bait water.

Lower Northwestern Peninsula

Petoskey: The salmon were still slowly coming into the Bear River. Mainly chinook salmon were caught, but a few coho were also present. A few small rainbow trout have been spotted in the river. The fish were caught upstream of the mouth mainly on spawns, flies and pearls. Anglers at the mouth of the river caught salmon on pearls, spawning and bait.

Sources from the port: Fishermen would catch smallmouth bass in the harbor.

Manistee: Dock and shore fishing for rainbow trout and coho has been hit and miss. Early morning anglers got the best results. Most fishermen used spawning in brightly colored bags.

Ludington: Pier fishing was hit or miss, but some nice fish were caught while spawning.

Upper peninsula

Ontonagon: Fishing was slow for anglers as they had to work a bit to locate lake trout. Fishermen must be prepared to change the colors of the spoons. The 60 to 100 foot water range seemed to contain the majority of the fish.

Union Bay: Lake trout fishing was pretty good when dragging spoons in 100 feet of water. Lake trout were in the range of three to five pounds and some 10 to 15 pounds were also caught.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers reported increased numbers of rainbow trout and coho salmon while shore fishing and trolling. Around Huron Bay, the main catch continued to be lake trout with occasional brown trout and rainbow trout. Coho salmon and chinook salmon appeared in greater numbers in the lower reaches of the Falls River as well as in rivers leaving the head of Keweenaw Bay. Anglers targeting salmon should try flashing flies and brightly colored spoons.

Munising: There have been a few scattered catches of coho and millet at Bay Furnace and the Anna River wharf. Fishermen at the Anna River wharf were throwing spoons or an assortment of crank baits and stick baits. Some rainbow trout have been caught around the three to five pound range.

Big Traverse Bay / Portage South Entrance: Anglers reported catches of brown trout and rainbow trout at the mouth of the Portage Canal. Most of the fishing activity in this area took place near the shore and most anglers troll salmon with some success. Shallower depths with decoys not too far from the surface have produced the most success.

Little Bay of Noc: Walleye fishermen caught some very respectable size fish. Anglers were mostly trolling harnesses or drifting live bait. Smallmouth anglers have done well with several groups contacting large fish and quite a few in some cases. Most drifted or threw minnows in deeper water. Perch fishermen have had mixed success coming out of Kipling.

Grande Baie de Noc: Smallmouth fishermen reported good catches at Fayette. Pole fishermen reported good success when they came out of Nahma or Garden.

This report is intended to give you an idea of ​​what is going on around the state. Updates come from Fisheries staff and conservation officers. With over 11,000 inland lakes, the Great Lakes, and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, not all locations can be listed. However, it is safe to say that if a species is caught in certain waters in the region, it is likely captured in all of the waters in that section of the state that are home to that species.


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