Michigan DNR Fishing Report for Sept. 5, 2019

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Some coho were starting to show up and were moving through the fish ladder. Fair to good smallmouth fishing continues.

Grand River at Lansing: The Grand Ledge, Portland and Webber dams have been opened for the fall.

Muskegon River: Was starting to see some salmon. Attention Anglers: the Muskegon River will be treated for sea lamprey on September 9. Anglers should avoid the river until September 11.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan River: Had one chute open at the dam. Anglers started salmon fishing with spoons and crank baits but no harvest to report. Those drifting worms and leeches caught walleye ranging 12-19 inches, smallmouth bass, rock bass and a few perch, though most of the smallmouth bass were undersize.

Thunder Bay River: Had a few reports of Chinook salmon caught near the 9th Street Dam and Lamarre Park when casting spoons. Those still fishing or drifting crawlers caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Bear River: Water levels were up a bit and there was a push of salmon up to the dam. Both Chinook and coho were caught with spawn, artificial eggs and flies.

Betsie River: Chinook salmon are starting to run as anglers are reporting good numbers of large fish throughout the river.

Manistee River: Salmon fishing has begun as fish were caught in the lower river. Water temperatures were favorable with the cooler weather.

Pere Marquette River: Was starting to see more some salmon moving up into the river as water temperatures were favorable with the cooler weather. The better fishing was in the lower reaches.

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