Michigan DNR Fishing Report for Nov. 14, 2018

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Black River: Shore anglers were still getting some steelhead when drifting or using spawn on the bottom. A few lake trout were also caught.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead anglers were still getting fish up near the dam. Try small spoons, spinners, plugs, spawn bags or a jig and wax worm.

Grand River at Lansing: Some steelhead were caught between Ionia and Portland. No big numbers but a few fish here and there. Boat anglers were trolling crank baits while shore anglers and those wading were using spawn or flies.

Muskegon River: Steelhead are being caught though the run is still spotty. Fish can be found in both the shallows and the deeper holes. Some are casting spoons, beads and crank baits while others are fly casting. Water temperatures were in the low to mid 40’s.

White River: Is producing steelhead.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Thunder Bay River: Atlantic salmon, steelhead, a couple Chinook salmon, lake trout and brown trout have been caught by those casting spoons, spinners and crank baits or when bottom bouncing and floating beads or spawn bags. Fly anglers stripping and swinging streamers have also taken fish. Some steelhead were moving into the river and the bite picked up. Most of the Atlantic salmon were still spawning but a few are post spawn and were dropping off the beds. Those still-fishing with minnows caught a few small perch.

Au Sable River: Most of the Atlantic salmon were still on the beds but a few hungry post spawn fish have been caught. Steelhead and the odd Chinook were also caught when casting spoons and spinners or when bottom bouncing or floating spawn, flies and beads. Fly anglers were stripping streamers and using egg patterns. A few more fall steelhead were entering the river. A couple large fish up to 10 pounds were caught.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Manistee River: Should still have a decent number of steelhead however with snow and cold temperatures, many are hunting instead of fishing.

Pere Marquette River: Had a few anglers targeting steelhead but the bite was slow.

Pentwater River: Is producing steelhead.

Upper Peninsula

Two Hearted River: Luce County has received several inches of snow over the past week which will make navigation near the river difficult. Steelhead reports have been spotty with a few fish being picked up here and there. Most anglers are targeting fish down near the mouth. Those using small worms with a sinker caught Menominee near the mouth.

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