Manistee Area Fishing Report – June 19th

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“Manistee: Boat anglers are doing well for trout and salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water with orange or green spoons and red or purple meat rigs. Pier anglers using live bait have caught a few chinook or brown trout.

Manistee River: Is producing steelhead below Tippy Dam. Anglers are using flies, spinners and rapalas. Those fishing the backwaters have caught panfish and smallmouth bass.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch was in full bloom so anglers were having trouble finding fish that were not full. Bass anglers did well in 14 to 18 feet along the drop-off. Walleye anglers caught a few fish near the Portage Point Inn on crawler harnesses or body baits.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Are producing bluegill, crappie and even some perch. The better fishing in Lake Mitchell is usually in the coves. Leeches are good bait this time of year. Those fishing the weed beds early and late or the drop-offs are taking some bass. Try leeches, minnows, crawlers, crank baits or spinners.

Ludington: Boat anglers are getting trout and salmon 20 to 70 feet down in 60 to 160 feet. Most are using orange, green or blue spoons.
Frankfort: Water temperatures ranged 44 to 48 degrees in some areas. This was good news for brown trout anglers as several were caught in the harbor. Hot colors were gold and black or silver and black. Chinook salmon fishing was good but the baitfish were shallow or deep depending on wind direction.

Onekama: Anglers had good catches of chinook, steelhead, brown trout and lake trout in the top 75 feet of waters 105 to 140 feet deep with green or blue spoons.

Pere Marquette River: Is also producing steelhead and brown trout. With all the fly hatches, this is the time for fly fishing but fish have also been caught on small spinners or rapalas.

Pentwater: Lake Michigan anglers had a hard time finding fish. The ones that did caught mostly coho about 49 feet down in 70 to 90 feet straight out from the piers. Overall fishing was slow. Those heading to Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Little Sable Point caught only a few chinook or steelhead.
Harbor Springs: Lake Trout anglers are fishing both inside and outside of Harbor Point. Lake trout were caught in shallow waters by those using dipseys. Bass anglers are fishing near permanent structures east of Wequeotonsing (the pier at Roaring Brook) and the north shore of Petoskey State Park. Smallmouth bass were also caught inside the harbor. Try crank baits and soft plastic worms. Smallmouth bass were still on the beds and beginning to pair up. The females caught were full of eggs.

Petoskey: Strong winds must have turned the water over because surface temperatures dropped from 51 to 45 degrees. A few boats heading out did catch lake trout 15 to 80 feet down in a variety of depths. Fish were caught in 40 feet near Bay Harbor. Spoons and cowbells or yellow peanuts worked best. Those fishing near the mouth of the Bear River on the D Pier caught smallmouth, rock bass, freshwater drum and carp. Try crawlers, soft plastics or spinners for bass.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing did pick up. A good number of lake trout were caught in a variety of depths from North Point to the Cement Plant. Many are trolling the drop-off with dodgers and spoons. A couple chinook salmon were caught near Cathead Bay which is near the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. Walleye fishing was slow in the channel. Pier anglers managed to catch a couple lake trout and cisco on crank baits. Smallmouth bass are in the area but catch rates were slow. Carp are moving through the channel.

Lake Charlevoix: Tournament anglers reported a large number of cisco around Hemingway Point and Loeb Bay.

Bear River: Water levels were still a bit low and few anglers were fishing. Those trying have caught the occasional steelhead near the dam. Try spawn bags.

Traverse City: The East Bay is producing lake trout and whitefish in 20 to 60 feet. Smallmouth bass action was hit-or-miss. Look for warmer water and try tube baits. Good colors were green and brown. In the West Bay, smallmouth bass were caught on tube baits and other artificials in shallow water. Lake trout were taken by those trolling in 40 to 70 feet.

Elk River: Had fair smallmouth bass fishing. Try crawlers, leeches or plastics.

Boardman River: Has plenty of carp and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass were caught on live bait but plastics and crank baits were also producing. ” – Michigan DNR

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