Steelhead numbers are picking up
BIG RAPIDS -- The number of steelhead moving into the rivers is picking up as the salmon runs are pretty much done, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported.
A few whitefish are starting to be caught by pier anglers, the DNR added, while reporting rivers around the state are on the high side which makes fishing a little more difficult.
There's not many reports on the inland lakes even though walleye fishing should be good.
In Mecosta County, "there's still walleye on the river," Tanner Havens of Frank's Sporting Goods in Morley said. "There really hasn't been bluegill fishing from what I've heard, no (crappies) nothing like that."
"There's not a whole lot of fishing going on," Billie Milligan of Paris Archery said.
"It's kind of a slow down period between hunting and ice fishing.
Surface temperature readings at Manistee dropped to 50 degrees, the DNR said, adding all but one dock at the launch have been replaced for the season.
Steelhead were being caught by pier anglers using spawn and those surf casting from shore.
"It looks like we have good fishing going on off the beach, specifically by Bar Lake," Bud Fitzgerald of Tangle Tackle Co., said. "Fresh spawn is the ticket there. "We're getting some nice number of steelhead in the river and browns. The steelhead are getting up river. They're using beads. Plugs are starting to work."
A small number of whitefish were also being caught off the pier, the DNR said, by anglers, using salmon eggs and wax worms. Boat activity was light, the DNR added.
"They're still catching salmon down at Tippy Dam," Rob Eckerson, of Pappy's Bait Shop in Wellston, said. "It is past the peak. There's a fair number of steelhead that have accumulated there too. The lower river has been a little slow due to the high rivers and what not."
Water levels at the Manistee River are on the high side, the DNR said, making fishing a bit more difficult.
Steelhead fishing is expected to be good. Those going after them have taken a few decent catches, the DNR said.
"It's starting to slow down," Larry Scharich, of Shipwatch Marina, in Manistee, said. "There's not much activity on the big lake now."
Pier anglers at Ludington and those surf casting from shore were getting some steelhead at Ludington. Most anglers were using spawn, flies or small spoons .
"They are catching Whitefish off the piers, mixed in with the steelhead," Christine Murphy of the Frankfort Tackle Box said.
The Pere Marquette River was producing some steelhead.
Fishing Tip: Getting too cold to catch muskellunge? Never!
Courtesy of the Michigan DNR
Everyone knows muskellunge are a difficult species to catch, but as the temperatures cool does it get even harder to find them? Not so, according to some anglers!
In the fall many anglers use larger lures and slow the speed of their presentations.
They will often search for them in shallower and warmer water and take advantage of this fish's larger appetite that comes prior to winter's arrival.
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