Manistee area Fishing Report July 31
Manistee: Salmon fishing remains fair. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of Chinook, lake trout and steelhead. No large numbers of fish but enough to produce some decent catches.
Ludington: Catch rates slowed a bit however boat anglers are still taking lake trout, Chinook and steelhead. The lake trout are just off the bottom and the Chinook and steelhead were hitting on orange and green spoons or meat rigs about halfway down.
Pentwater: Fishing has finally improved with nice catches of Chinook, steelhead and lake trout. Most were fishing off the Silver Lake sand dunes or on the south side of Little Sable Point. Salmon tend to start schooling in this area in August. Anglers were staring shallow in the early morning and moving to waters 250 feet or more as the sun comes up. Some reported salmon in the channel late at night and in the early morning hours. Anglers are still-fishing with spawn.
Frankfort: Reported very nice catches of Chinook salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 160 to 180 feet with meat rigs and flies. Purple and blue spoons or J-plugs also worked well. Lake trout were caught by those bouncing the bottom with cowbells and spin-glo’s in 80 to 120 feet.
Onekama: Had good lake trout action in 80 to 120 feet around the “Barrel” when bouncing the bottom with cowbells and spin-glo’s. Chinook salmon were starting to hit better in the early morning. Anglers are trolling in the top 80 feet of waters 140 to 160 feet deep.
Portage Lake: Panfish including perch were deeper in 18 to 25 feet with the warmer temperatures. Bass anglers were working hard along the drops in deeper water. ” -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.