Weekly Fishing Report
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Saginaw Bay: From Sebewaing to Caseville, anglers were fishing open water in the cuts and river in search of yellow perch. Fishing was slow with mostly small perch reported. Those getting a few to keep were doing better early or late in the day. Yellow perch were caught at the Finn Road boat launch. Anglers at Kirk Road and Thomas Road were catching some yellow perch.
Saginaw River: Overall walleye fishing on the Saginaw River was slow. The recent weather made the river have very poor water clarity. Anglers only reported one to two catches of walleye, with most anglers not catching any.
Northeast Lower Peninsula
Thunder Bay River: Anglers targeting steelhead in the open parts of the river did well using spinners and spawn bags. Anglers targeting steelhead near the 9th Street Dam did the best. Floating spawn bags, nymphs, and other drifting baits seemed to be better than casting spoons/spinners etc. Those using drift baits, were successful drifting in the deep pool directly under the dam.
Au Sable River: Anglers were starting to catch better numbers of steelhead in the Au Sable River in the deeper holes. Lake trout were caught at the mouth of the Au Sable River and on Tawas Bay.
Burt Lake: Anglers reported catches of perch, burbot and walleye.
Presque Isle: Anglers on Grand Lake were successful catching perch on the south end of the lake in 4 to7 feet water with spoons and minnows.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Manistee River: Steelhead anglers reported steady numbers of fish throughout the entirety of the river from Tippy Dam down to the mouth. The river has experienced a nice trickle of fresh fish; however, no major run has been reported. Anglers on shore upriver had success bouncing a variety of yellow-colored beads. Boat anglers drifting beads and plugging have reported the most success. The occasional Chinook salmon, brown trout, sucker and walleye were reported. Surface water temperatures have held steady around 38 degrees.
Manistee Lake: Bad weather and higher winds have kept anglers off of the lake over the past week. Anglers fishing for perch had the most success while using minnows and other natural bait fishing still off the bottom. The occasional pike, sucker, steelhead and brown trout were reported.