Manistee area fishing report 4th of July
“Frankfort: Chinook have been hitting in the early morning in 250 to 400 feet of water and trolling 60 to 100 feet down. Fish are hitting on spoons, flies, and meat rigs with blues and pinks being a popular color. Lake numbers have slowed but anglers are still picking them up in 100 to 150 feet of water bottom-bouncing with cow bells and spin-n-glos.
Onekama: Very nice lake trout are being landed in the barrel and in front of the golf course. Anglers are trolling in 100 to 125 feet of water bottom-bouncing with cow bells and spin-n-glos.
Portage Lake: Anglers are landing fair numbers of panfish from several different areas on the lake with worms. After the recent Mayfly hatch bass anglers are reporting low numbers of hits. Lake temperatures are still cooler for this time of year but moving up steadily.
Manistee: Boats going offshore looking for the temperature breaks are doing well on steelhead along with a few lake trout. Orange, chartreuse, and purple spoons have worked best in the top 25 feet of water. A few salmon have been caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Meat rigs have been working deeper in the water column.
Ludington: Good numbers of steelhead have been caught offshore on the temperature breaks. Orange spoons have worked well. Boats targeting salmon have found the action to be slow with a few caught in 100 to 250 feet of water.
Pentwater: Anglers are catching salmon, steelhead, and lake trout in 90 feet of water surrounding Little Sable Point. Anglers are travelling several miles off shore to fish for lake trout. Pier anglers caught sheepshead and large and smallmouth bass.”
This Manistee Area Fishing Report is an excerpt from the DNR Weekly Fishing Report for the Northern Lower Peninsula. Subscribe to receive this report in your inbox and visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for the full report.