Cooler temperatures expect to help fishing this week

Anglers continue to land salmon

Fishermen are now running into cooler temperatures.

Fishermen are now running into cooler temperatures.

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BIG RAPIDS – Mid-September fishing is providing all sorts of results with rain and cooler temperatures coming in.

In Mecosta County, “salmon are starting to move into Croton now,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods said. “Down below Croton and Newaygo, the conditions are right for us. They’re also catching perch and walleyes on the river. They’re using perch minnows and red worms for that.”

In Osceola County, “everything fishing wise has pretty much slowed down except guys caching salmon on the river big time with Pere Marquette and Big Manistee,” Brad Cox, of Buck’s Country Bait and Tackle in LeRoy said. “This time of year is usually pretty good to get out for bluegills and crappies. But everyone is getting their boat winterized before bow season starts.”

In the Ludington area, anglers reported warm water on Lake Michigan. A few salmon were found when fishing 90 to 120+ feet down, the DNR said, adding Pere Marquette Lake produced catches of Chinook for anglers trolling and jigging but it slowed down. Coho were observed at the state park, but the bite was slow.

The DNR said the north pier was slow for Chinook as water temperatures were warm. Windy and wavy conditions made it tough for anglers to make it out into Lake Michigan. Anglers reported catches very deep; 150-plus feet down.

Portage Lake and anglers reporting catches of a few coho in Portage Lake at the mouth.

Jigging in the harbor was productive at Frankfort and anglers were running slip bobbers with skien, which landed good catches. Coho in Platte Bay were hit and miss as winds were persistent, but good sizes and moderate numbers were reported.

“With the weekend rain forecasted and much cooler temperatures that should give us more fish to look forward to,” Chelsea Pete, of the Manistee River Shop said. “Hard body baits seem to be working on finnicky fish. Water is still low and clear. Some salmon are starting to move gravel bids. With the cooler temperatures and rain, we expect to see steelhead to come in the next few weeks.”

Fishing Tip

Courtesy of the Michigan DNR

Summer may be drawing to a close, but great fishing is far from over. Many anglers agree that fall is a wonderful time to cast a line as fish prepare for the colder months by ramping up their feeding efforts. Most target – and see much success pursuing – salmon, walleye, perch, panfish and bass.
Get ready to reel in some of these beauties at fall fishing hot spots across the state.