Manistee Area Fishing Report August 28th


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Manistee: Had some decent reports. With the strong winds, most were fishing in 130 feet straight out from the pier. Chinook were the main catch along with the occasional coho, steelhead or lake trout 80 to 130 feet down in 120 to 200 feet. Only a couple fish were caught off the piers.  

Portage Lake: Was producing some very nice catches of both large and smallmouth bass. The fish were caught both in shallow water and along the deeper drop-offs. 

Ludington: Had good catch rates with a few charters reporting mostly Chinook and steelhead being caught. Strong winds are changing the water temperature. Boats are fishing about six miles south to the project and 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet or north to Big Sable Point at 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. Many caught fish straight off the pier in 100 feet as well. J-plugs seemed to work better than spoons or cut bait. Many were averaging between two and five fish per trip. No report on pier fishing.     

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Frankfort: When they can get out, boat anglers caught Chinook 50 to 80 feet down in 120 to 220 feet when using J-plugs. Steelhead and lake trout were also caught. Windy conditions moved warmer water back in. Chinook have started moving into the Betsie River and were caught off the old car ferry landing. 

Onekama: Those trolling the Barrel caught the occasional Chinook and lake trout. They were using J-plugs and meat rigs in 100 to 200 feet.  

 -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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