Manistee Area Fishing Report Oct 23rd


“Frankfort:  Steelhead and young coho were caught off both piers when using spawn.  The numbers were still low.  The steelhead are not even close to spawning.

Betsie River:  Salmon have stopped moving into the river.


Portage Lake:  Had no fishing activity but the duck hunters are doing well.


Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell:  Walleye fishing should be starting to heat up as lake water temperatures drop. Boat anglers were out casting in the evening.

Manistee:  There have been a few coho and steelhead taken off the pier but strong winds have really hampered fishing for boat and pier anglers.


Manistee River:  The number of Chinook salmon in the river is on the downslide.  There is still a fair number of coho and Skamania being caught at Tippy Dam.  Low water levels are delaying the fall steelhead run.  We need significant rainfall before the run will start.


Pere Marquette River:  Had better numbers of Chinook salmon last week.  The fall steelhead run will not happen if we don’t get significant rainfall.

Pentwater:  Strong winds are keeping boat anglers at bay.  Those that did go out were fishing the channel for trout and salmon.  Pier anglers have caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout but most anglers had none.”

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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