Manistee Area Fishing Report 8/21


“Frankfort: Those heading north and trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 160 feet were starting to land better numbers of chinook when using J-plugs in the early morning and meat rigs after the sun comes up. Coho, lake trout and steelhead were hitting on spoons in the same area.

Onekama: Boats trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 160 to 250 feet reported the majority of hits were in the morning when using green, blue or white J-plugs. Meat rigs on 10 to 14 colors caught some nice chinook salmon.

Portage Lake: A few coho were caught in 30 feet near the mouth when trolling smaller body baits. Anglers working the cooler waters near the drop-offs caught a few largemouth bass.

Ludington: Catch rates picked up this week with anywhere from 2 to 6 chinook coming in per boat and the charters coming in with even better catches. Steelhead are slowly coming in here and there with an occasional coho. The lake has turned over and colder water has pushed back in. J-plugs and cut bait have been the most popular bait. Anglers are fishing south to north at 60 to 89 feet down in 80 to 130 feet. The better fishing has been in the morning however a decent bite was reported in the evening and right at dark.

Pentwater: Catch rates were fair for those targeting trout and salmon. Cooler temperatures will be needed to get the fish moving into spawning mode.” – 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.

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