Manistee Area Weekly Fishing Report – June 26th

Beautiful and calm on the big lake this morning.

Beautiful and calm on the big lake this morning.


“Manistee: Boat anglers are doing well for salmon and steelhead. Try 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 180 feet with orange and green spoons or red and green meat rigs. Pier fishing for brown trout is slow.

Manistee River: The hex hatch has been ongoing. It is late this year due to the cold spring we had. Anglers caught some nice fish when the bugs do come off.

Frankfort: Had great fishing from the Herring Hole to the Point. Chinook were hitting like crazy 25 to 60 feet down in 50 to 120 feet. Chinook and steelhead were hitting on greens, blues and orange. The bigger chinook seem to be hitting meat rigs later in the day. Brown trout are still in the harbor and pier anglers have caught them on alewife. Those trolling around the piers did well on gold and black body baits.

Onekama: Anglers heading straight out from the piers and trolling 30 to 60 feet down in 90 to 130 feet caught some nice chinook in the early morning. Slim or mini lures in green or blue worked best.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch is done so bass and panfish are starting to hit in 14 to 19 feet. Working the drop-offs and weed beds has produced some nice bass. Water temperatures are up and walleye anglers caught a few fish when trolling crawler harnesses and body baits in the early morning or at night.

Ludington: Salmon and steelhead are being caught 20 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with orange and blue spoons or green and blue meat rigs. Pier fishing is slow

Pere Marquette River: Patience is the key during the fly hatch. Anglers have caught some nice fish when the bugs do come off.

Pentwater: Was producing some fish a mile or two north of the pier. Most were fishing 40 to 50 feet down in 100 to 140 feet deep. While some boats did fairly well others came in with empty coolers.

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers usually target lake trout outside Harbor Point. Those looking for smallmouth bass were fishing near the permanent structures east of Wequetonsing (the pier at Roaring Brook) and near the north shore of Petoskey State Park. They also did well fishing in shallow water around the docks. Anglers report that smallmouth bass are finally starting to bed. Try crank baits or soft plastic worms.

Petoskey: Surface water temperatures dropped to 47 degrees. Boat pressure was low with only a few out trolling 25 to 90 feet down for lake trout. Most of the fish caught were under the legal limit of 20 inches. Boats were trolling Bay Shore, in front of Bay Harbor, and east towards Petoskey State Park. While most smallmouth bass anglers were fishing the Harbor Springs side of the bay, one boat did well near the Bay View Pier. Those fishing near the mouth of the Bear River caught smallmouth bass and rock bass on crawlers, soft plastics and spinners. Rumor has it a couple walleye were caught after dark. Pier anglers caught the occasional smallmouth bass and pike. Try small crank baits or a jig with a twisty tail.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing was still slow with only a few lake trout taken in 40 to 70 feet. The fish are still suspended and scattered but most say 10 feet off the bottom is usually good. Walleye fishing was slow in the channel but a few were taken on crank baits after dark. Pier anglers caught a couple lake trout off the end when using spoons or crank baits. Catch rates are improving in the channel for smallmouth early or late. Try crank baits or jigs with soft plastics. Cisco were caught in the channel at various times of the day and carp are still cruising.

Bear River: Anglers caught a couple steelhead on spawn. A 16 inch smallmouth bass was caught up near the dam.

Traverse City: The East Bay has good smallmouth bass fishing. Bass were spotted on the beds. Try 2 to 10 feet of water with spinners, tube baits, or plastics. Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons or spin-glows in 10 to 50 feet. The West Bay also has good smallmouth action in shallow waters especially in rocky areas. Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons in 15 to 60 feet.

Elk River: Had good smallmouth bass fishing between the dam and the mouth. Crawlers, leeches, and tube baits worked best.

Boardman River: Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass, carp, and the occasional perch near the Union Street Dam. Live baits work best.

Platte Bay: Fishing has slowed. Some were still finding lake trout two miles out. Those surfcasting with body baits caught steelhead and walleye.

Platte River: Smallmouth bass are spawning upstream from Loon Lake. Suckers can be found between the hatchery and the lake.” -Michigan DNR

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