Manistee Area Fishing Report – 8/1/14

First Day in August

First Day in August


“Manistee: With cooler water in the area, those trolling closer to shore may find some chinook and steelhead. Those heading out found trout and salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet. Try green or purple meat rigs with glow spoons.

Manistee River: Has fair to good summer run steelhead action just below Tippy Dam. Those fly fishing have caught some nice fish. Bass fishing was good.

Onekama: Is producing a few chinook in the top 80 feet of waters 120 to 180 feet deep. They are using slims or small spoons in green, orange or blue. Good numbers of lake trout are still coming from the “Barrel” when bouncing lures off the bottom.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are working the drop-offs and near structure. The bite was a little slower with the cooler weather. Panfish activity was good in the early morning but slowed during the day.

Frankfort: Water temperatures are still below normal but chinook have been caught when trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 120 to 250 feet. Mixed colors of blue and orange worked best. A few chinook were reported in the harbor between the piers. Those trolling north to the point caught good numbers of lake trout when bouncing the bottom in 60 to 100 feet with spin-glows and cowbells.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: With the weather all over the place, so are the fish. Anglers will need to be patient until they find a school of fish. Both lakes had fair to good bass fishing for those using artificial worms, crawlers or leeches. Pike have been caught when trolling or casting along the weed beds. Those looking for panfish have caught crappie and bluegills.

Ludington: Those trolling found trout and salmon 20 to 80 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange, green or blue spoons and purple meat rigs.

Harbor Springs: Anglers are out looking for salmon around Harbor Point. Lake trout are pretty much the only fish being caught 85 to 105 feet down when using spoons.

Petoskey: The surface water temperature in Little Traverse Bay was at 66 degrees which shows water temperatures were not rising very fast. Anglers are catching mainly lake trout especially between the water treatment plant and Bay Harbor. The fish were 80 to 90 feet down in 100 to 150 feet and hitting on winged glow bobbers and spoons combined with flashers or cowbells. Some say the salmon are not in Little Traverse Bay yet so anglers might want to try heading north or south of the bay.

Bear River: Recent rains have kept the summer run steelhead moving up to the dam. A few nice fish were caught by those drifting spawn bags below the dam.

Charlevoix: Anglers are still searching for salmon and a few had luck around the Cement Plant and north at Nine Mile Point when trolling spoons and meat rigs. The majority of fish caught were lake trout and bigger fish are coming in more often. Try 90 to 130 feet down in 120 to 150 feet from South Point to North Point with spoons and winged glow bobbers. Fishing pressure in the channel has increased. Most are catching sub-legal smallmouth bass especially when there is a stronger current. Both natural and artificial crawlers and leeches on the bottom work best.

Traverse City: The East Bay had good lake trout action in 80 to 110 feet. Some fish were suspended while others were caught near the bottom. There were reports of a few salmon but success was limited. Smallmouth bass action was fair. The West Bay had good lake trout action but catch rates for salmon were very slow. Lake trout were 40 to 60 feet down in 80 to 110 feet deep. Smallmouth bass action was fair in 15 feet.

Elk River: Had relatively slow fishing. The only species caught were sub-legal smallmouth bass and a few rock bass below the power dam.

Boardman River: Other than a couple steelhead taken on spawn bags near the Union Street Dam, fishing was slow.

Platte River: Boat anglers are still catching lake trout straight out in 80 feet. Chinook have started to show up in the West Bay.

Platte Bay: Boat anglers are still catching lake trout straight out in 80 feet. Chinook have started to show up in the West Bay.” -Michigan DNR

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