Manistee Area Fishing Report – 10/2/14

“Lake trout season on northern Lake Michigan closed on September 30th. The salmon run is nearing its peak in most of the rivers in this region. Inland lakes were producing some decent catches of perch.

Manistee: Those able to fish offshore caught young chinook up to 12 pounds. Steelhead were caught on spoons in the top 50 to 80 feet in 150 to 300 feet. Green and orange spoons were best but a few were also caught on green flies or meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Has a good number of chinook and a few coho. The salmon run is nearing its peak as a good number of fish are actively spawning.
Platte River: Fishing activity has increased. Those fishing the upper stretch reported slow catches when fish are allowed to pass through the lower weir. The gate on the lower weir access road is closed at 8pm every night with no exceptions. Some fish were caught by those trolling in Loon Lake and Big Lake.

Ludington: Boats are catching decent numbers of young chinook, coho and steelhead. The best action was in the top 70 feet of waters 100 to 250 feet deep with orange or green spoons. No salmon for pier anglers.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing salmon but the run is nearing the end. Try floating skein under a bobber or casting stickbaits and small spoons.

Pentwater: Anglers found steelhead and coho in the shallows between the pier and the dunes. Those fishing 150 to 200 feet caught good numbers of steelhead in the top 50 feet and some nice coho. Try blue rotators and meat rigs, fireball orange lures or glow lures early and late.

Betsie River: Has a good number of salmon, many of which are actively spawning. Anglers on the lower river are still catching adult kings on skein under a bobber and stickbaits.” -Michigan DNR

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