Manistee area fishing report Sept 4th

  “Manistee: Catch rates were up and down. Warm water was pushed in and surface water temperatures were 69 degrees. The better fishing was south of the piers where anglers caught mainly Chinook followed by coho, lake trout and steelhead 80 to 130 feet down in 100 to 300 feet. Boats are running a mix of J-plugs, spoons and cut bait. The good days were producing six to eight fish or more and the slow days were maybe two fish.

Frankfort: Chinook and the occasional coho were caught 100 to 130 feet down in 180 to 250 feet with J-plugs and meat rigs. Jigging and trolling in the harbor as well as Betsie Bay was producing good numbers of Chinook. Most are using Swedish pimples or plugs. 


Betsie River: Had a good number of fresh Chinook. Most were hitting on skein. 


Onekama: Those trolling in 180 to 220 feet caught Chinook on plugs and meat rigs. No word on the hot colors. The Barrel is still producing good numbers of lake trout for those fishing off the bottom. 


Portage Lake: Boat anglers trolling the west side caught a few coho on spoons and spinners. Bass anglers caught largemouth in deeper water. 

Manistee River: Few salmon have appeared up near Tippy Dam however fish were in the middle sections. Try the deeper holes. The Little Manistee is now closed to fishing downstream of the weir however anglers can view fish from the platform. Not many there yet but some.    

Ludington: The lake is finally starting to settle down but water temperatures are still fairly warm so catch rates were hit-or-miss. 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. Cut bait was best with blue flies and flashers but a few were also taken on J-plugs and spoons. On the good days, anglers were averaging five fish per trip, on the bad days it was zero to two fish. They caught mainly Chinook but a few more coho were showing up. Some reported the occasional steelhead or lake trout.”

 -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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