Area Fishing Report Sept 11
Frankfort: Chinook are staging outside the breakwalls and small numbers are entering the river. Fresh fish are being caught around the Herring Hole and by those jigging in the bay. Coho salmon were caught on spoons in Platte Bay.
Onekama: Anglers trolling the Barrel have caught Chinook on J-plugs and some of the fish have been good size. Lake trout are also in the area and were hitting on cowbells.
Portage Lake: Bass and panfish were caught in 20 feet. Bluegills were hitting on worms.
Manistee: Fishing here had good days and bad days. Boat anglers were heading in all directions but those heading south about halfway to Ludington caught more fish. Surface water temperatures were 69 degrees. Anglers caught mainly Chinook but coho, steelhead and lake trout were also taken 80 to 130 feet down in 100 to 300 feet. Most are running a mix of cut bait, spoons, and J-plugs.
Ludington: With warm water in the area, catch rates were up and down. Anglers were still trolling 80 to 100 feet down in 130 feet south to the project or north to Big Sable Point at 80 to 120 feet down in 120 to 300 feet. Most fish were taken about halfway between Ludington and Manistee. J-plugs and cut bait worked best with most catching Chinook followed by the occasional coho, steelhead and lake trout. On the good days, anglers were averaging five to eight fish but the bad days were zero to two. Those coming in with more fish said trolling in a certain direction has helped. -Michigan DNR
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.