Manistee Area Fishing Report June 12, 2015

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.

Manistee: Salmon and trout have been caught in 100 to 250 feet. Use orange spoons higher up and meat rigs down deep.  Pier anglers caught some brown trout when casting spoons or using alewife.   

Ludington: Boat anglers caught trout and salmon when trolling in 100 to 200 feet.  Orange or green spoons have worked well on short coppers or lead cores. Red or green meat rigs worked well.  Pier fishing is slow.

Frankfort: The brown trout bite is still good for those using jointed body baits between the pier heads.  Alewives are in the area.  A few Chinook and lake trout were caught around the Herring Hole in the early morning.   The Chinook are hitting in the top 75 feet and the lake trout were caught by those bouncing cowbells off the bottom.  

Those heading out and trolling the top 80 feet of waters 180 to 220 feet deep have caught a few Chinook salmon on spoons or meat rigs 60 feet down.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch has begun with hundreds around the light posts in Onekama.  Bass are on beds and very active. Panfish including some perch were caught along the weed beds in 12 to 20 feet.  

Boat anglers caught Chinook and steelhead in 100 to 160 feet.  The salmon were hitting 60 feet down and steelhead about 10 feet down.  Baitfish have moved into the channel and steelhead were caught by those trolling.     

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing at Long Bridge caught a fair number of bullhead.” -Michigan DNR

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