Area Fishing Report Oct. 2nd


Frankfort: Those trolling in the top 50 feet of waters 200 to 250 feet deep did catch some steelhead, coho and Chinook on smaller spoons and J-plugs.   
Betsie River: Fresh Chinook salmon are entering the river and the numbers should improve after the rain. Chinook and coho are moving throughout the area but this year’s numbers are down.  
Onekama: Those trolling out to 200 feet around the “Barrel” picked up a couple steelhead and lake trout.
Portage Lake: Anglers caught largemouth but they were working hard to get them.  
Manistee: A few fish were picked up 60 to 90 feet down in 150 feet along the “Shelf”. Those heading out to waters 300 to 400 feet deep caught a mixed bag of younger salmon, coho and steelhead. Spoons and J-plugs worked well.   
Manistee River: The better salmon fishing has been in the early morning. Some of the fish were still in good shape but some were dark.  
Ludington: A couple decent catches were reported off Big Sable Point when fishing 80 to 90 feet down in 150 feet. Anglers are hoping the rain, cooler temperatures and north winds will get some fish moving again.  
Pere Marquette River: Is producing salmon. Look for fresh fish coming into the river this week. Anglers are casting crank baits and small spoons or drifting spawn under a bobber. The better fishing has been early morning or evening.  
Pentwater: Had fish stacked up in 60 to 120 feet but the bite was slow. Those trolling in 190 to 200 feet caught Chinook salmon about 80 feet down. Coho and steelhead were also caught. ”

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.

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