Weekly Fishing Report – May 15th


A strong north wind will bring chilly temperatures and rough seas today.

A strong north wind will bring chilly temperatures and rough seas today.

“Manistee: Brown trout action has slowed compared to the last few weeks. Those trolling are still catching a few on spoons or body baits. Orange and chartreuse were good colors. Pier anglers caught a couple fish when casting or floating spawn.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing remains good although the run should begin to wind down soon.

Onekama: Those trolling the shoreline in the morning caught brown trout and walleye on spoons. Try 10 to 12 feet down in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Portage Lake: Bass are hitting on spinners, plugs, wax worms or grubs.

Traverse City: Only a few boats were out on the East Bay. Smallmouth bass were caught in 30 feet but catch rates were slow. Lake trout were caught at various depths. Shore anglers caught a few fish when surfcasting with spawn. On the West Bay, cisco, steelhead and lake trout were caught near the mouth of the Boardman. Boats were trolling shallow water for lake trout.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Are good for catch and immediate release bass fishing. Walleye anglers are targeting shallow waters at night. Good pike action for those using suckers, crank baits or spinners. Bluegills were still very slow.

Ludington: Those trolling along the shoreline caught brown trout on orange spoons or black and silver body baits. Pier fishing was slow.

Frankfort: Trolling slow in between the break walls is producing brown trout, walleye and the occasional chinook. Water temperatures are still cool so browns were hitting on body baits. Black and silver or black and gold were hot colors. Jointed rapalas worked better in the morning.” – Michigan DNR



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