Michigan DNR Fishing Report for October 23, 2019

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: The salmon run is winding down, and more steelhead are moving up into the river. Fish have been caught near the dam at Berrien Springs.

Dowagiac River: Continues to produce salmon and steelhead below the Pucker Street Dam.

Paw Paw River: Is producing the occasional salmon and a few more steelhead.

Black River: Those casting spoons continue to catch the occasional salmon. A couple lake trout were caught on lures, and steelhead were taken when still-fishing with spawn.

Kalamazoo River: As the salmon run winds down, a good number of steelhead are moving up into the river. Try floating spawn, flies and beads up near the Allegan Dam.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The flow was still above average for this time of year, and the water was a bit stained. The salmon are pretty much done, so more steelhead are starting to move in. Anglers are catching a fair to good number of large steelhead on spawn and beads. The hot color was chartreuse.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce a few salmon, and the number of steelhead starting to show up is increasing. Bass fishing has also been good.

White River: Salmon are still being caught; however, the action is starting to slow. There has been very little activity at the Hesperia Dam.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan River: Had three gates open at the dam, so water levels were high and fast. Fishing slowed, but anglers are still getting a few salmon on crank baits or when drifting skein in the early morning and at dusk. They are also getting steelhead when drifting flies and spawn bags. A 41-inch musky was caught on a crank bait near the dam, and smallmouth bass were hitting soft baits and crank baits.

Thunder Bay River: Continues to produce Chinook, a couple brown trout and the odd steelhead when casting spoons, spinners and crank baits or when floating and drifting skein and spawn bags. Most of the Chinook were very dark, but a few younger fish were still in good shape. The occasional Atlantic salmon was caught on spinners and streamer flies, but most did not want to bite.

Au Sable River: A couple salmon were caught by those drifting spawn, flies and beads. Atlantic salmon were slow to bite, but a couple were taken on streamer flies and spawn bags. Smallmouth bass were caught when casting crank baits and jigs or when using minnows.

Au Gres River: A couple steelhead were caught in the East Branch when drifting spawn at the Singing Bridge.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Bear River: There are still a few fish up at the dam, and those targeting them caught Chinook, coho and lake trout on spawn, artificial eggs, yarn and flies.

Manistee River: Salmon fishing is winding down and the remaining fish are in pretty rough shape. Anglers on the lower river have begun to catch chrome steelhead. Good catch reports were coming from pier and surf anglers on the right day.

Pere Marquette River: Salmon fishing is winding down here as well.

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