Summer hatches are a distant memory, and the weather is turning colder. As the water cools, the sun gets lower in the sky, and the hours of daylight shorten, brown trout and brook trout put on their brilliant spawning colors and get aggressive as they build their spawning redds and

Michigan DNR Fishing Report for September 25, 2019

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: Should still have salmon and trout especially up near the dams.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers were getting salmon at the 6th Street Dam. Perch and panfish activity picked up especially in the bayous. Salmon fishing picked up on the Rogue River as well.

Grand River at Lansing: Coho were caught at both the Portland and Webber Dams. Those targeting bass were also getting a few fish. Perch and bluegill were caught near Gale Road.

Muskegon River: More salmon were starting to show up with fresh fish being caught up near Croton Dam. Salmon and catfish were caught at the mouth. Those fishing in Mecosta County caught perch near the Davis Bridge. Walleye, pike and bass were caught in Hardy Pond near Brower Park.

White River: Had salmon including some fish in the North Branch.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan River: Anglers caught a few Chinook salmon at the dam when drifting skein or casting spoons both early morning and at dusk. The recent heavy rain may have pushed more salmon up into the river. A few fish jumping near the dam were quite dark. Smallmouth bass were caught on worms and crank baits near the DNR office.

Thunder Bay River: A couple Chinook and the odd coho were caught in early morning by those floating skein or casting spoons, thunder sticks and rattle traps. Fish were present, but slow to strike. A couple nice smallmouth bass were caught by those casting crank baits.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Bear River: Fishing slowed with the warm weather but should have picked back up. Salmon were caught up near the dam by those using spawn, artificial eggs and flies.

Boyne River: Had a few salmon including some large fish.

Leelanau County: There were reports of the occasional salmon in Shalda Creek off Good Harbor Bay and in the Crystal River which flows from Glen Lake. The number of fish was minimal and angler activity was low.

Manistee River: While the warm-up may have slowed catch rates, salmon were still moving up into the river and will continue to do so especially with any rain and cooler temperatures. The peak of the run typically occurs in the first week of October.

Pere Marquette River: Salmon were still running and could be found in the South Branch in Oceana County.

Upper Peninsula

Marquette: Fishing is starting to pick up as anglers were getting coho, steelhead, brown trout, lake trout and even a couple Chinook salmon near the river mouths and between the White Rocks and Granite Island. Salmon were found in 30 to 60 feet and lake trout in 100 to 160 feet however few limit catches to report. Surface water temperatures were in the low 60’s. A small number of fish were still being caught in the Chocolay, Carp and Dead rivers. The Chocolay and Carp rivers produced coho.

Manistique River: Good numbers of brown trout were caught up near the dam with beads, yarn or spawn. Chinook, coho and pink salmon were reported in the same area and anglers were also using crank baits or skein. Two gates up near the dam were open so the flow was fast but fishable. Boat anglers were trolling crank baits where the fast water meets the slower water or when anchoring near the holes and casting spawn.

St. Martin Bay: A good salmon run was taking place in both Nunns Creek and the Carp River.

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