Manistee Area Fishing Report 9/25
“Manistee: Fishing off the pier and in the channel has been extremely slow. Those fishing out on the Shelf did manage to catch a small mix of Chinook and steelhead when trolling spoons and J-plugs. Surface water temperatures were in the mid 60’s. No word on the thermocline but most are fishing 40 to 60 feet down beyond the pier.
Manistee River: Has salmon but the warm water temperatures are not helping. Try early morning when floating spawn or artificial eggs. During the day, fish the deeper holes.
Ludington: Fishing in the channel was slow but anglers are picking up a fish here and there when using orange and yellow spoons or body baits. Pier fishing was also extremely slow. Boat anglers were lucky to catch a fish when heading out beyond the pier.
Pere Marquette River: Has salmon but anglers are still waiting for the big push. Fish were caught by those drifting spawn or casting small spinners or spoons.
Pentwater: The mature fish are spread between the big lake and the river. The bite is slow for the most part no matter where you are. There are essentially no fish coming in from the piers. Boat anglers have caught mature fish in 50 to 60 feet. A small number of boats did very well 50 to 60 feet down in 125 feet off Little Sable Point. They had near limit catches of steelhead and salmon. The better catches came on green flies and green flashers.”
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.