Manistee Fishing Report May 5th

“Manistee: Pier anglers are getting a few brown trout on alewife and when casting spoons.  Orange and green were good colors.  Boat anglers reported slow catch rates.  The fish were scattered throughout the water column in 40 to 250 feet.  A few were caught near the surface or 75 to 150 feet down when using meat rigs.

Manistee River: Is producing brown trout and a few left over steelhead.  Anglers are using streamers, small rapalas and spinners.  The Little Manistee was a bit high and discolored but anglers were still catching some trout.  

Frankfort: Brown trout are hitting in between the piers.  There are reports of a good number of alewife around the piers and out in deeper water.  Chinook are hitting spoons in 60 to 80 feet in the Herring Hole.  Surface water is still on the cool side.  

Portage Lake: Cooler water temperatures are keeping the bass off the beds.  Those working the drop-off have caught some largemouth. 

Ludington: Pier fishing was slow.  The fish here are also scattered throughout the water column in 40 to 120 feet.  A few were caught on orange and green spoons.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some nice brown trout.  Fly hatches are underway but stalled a bit during the cold spell.  Conditions should be good by the end of the week.  

Pentwater: Is producing the occasional Chinook or lake trout but most anglers were coming back with zero fish.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers are bass fishing.  A few fish were still on the beds however most have moved off. ” – Michigan DNR

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