Is producing a small number of coho and steelhead. Anglers are still-fishing with spawn. A few brown trout have also been caught. There were no boat anglers on Lake Michigan.
The only anglers targeting salmon were fishing the marsh just before the mouth of Pentwater Creek. When the weather allows, anglers may still find some coho in shallow waters about 60 feet deep or going out to waters 120 to 150 feet deep. Steelhead were caught in the top 40 feet.
Anglers found steelhead and coho in the shallows between the pier and the dunes. Those fishing 150 to 200 feet caught good numbers of steelhead in the top 50 feet and some nice coho. Try blue rotators and meat rigs, fireball orange lures or glow lures early and late.
Was producing salmon in 70 to 110 feet in the early morning. Spoons and flies were the ticket. A few salmon were caught from the pier, Long Bridge on Pentwater Lake and from the marsh beyond Long Bridge at the mouth of Pentwater River. No real numbers as most of the mature fish are still out in the big lake. Pier anglers caught a couple nice pike when salmon fishing.
Anglers are catching chinook salmon on meat rigs in 60 to 80 feet. The fish seemed to be biting in 60 degree water. Catch rates were spotty as changing wind directions affected catch rates. Pier anglers using live bait caught a couple smallmouth bass.
Anglers are catching salmon out from the dunes at Silver Lake and a few miles north of the port. Some were shallow in the 50 to 80 feet range and hitting right along the bottom while others were caught 70 to 80 feet down in 200 feet or more. Meat rigs are still working the best.
Those fishing in 80 to 100 feet seem to do best as the salmon appear to be staging for the run. Fish were caught a mile south of the pier and near the sand dunes at Silver Lake. Meat rigs were the ticket. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass when still-fishing or casting with minnows.
Salmon and trout fishing were spotty but some large chinook were caught in 75 to 100 feet off Little Sable Lighthouse. Some say the fish were stacked up in the area. Others ran into fish when trolling 30 to 50 feet down in 170 to 180 feet. Meat rigs worked best and green was the hot color. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, pike and a few perch.
Those trolling 58 feet down caught lake trout. Chinook were taken right off the bottom in 80 to 120 feet near the sand dunes at Silver Lake. Some fishing in waters 200 feet deep took steelhead right off the surface.
Had a fair number of boats heading to 400 feet and trolling the top 40 feet. They caught chinook, steelhead and lake trout. Those targeting salmon in 160 to 200 feet had a harder time finding fish but when they did they caught good numbers when trolling about 65 feet down.
Boating anglers fishing on Lake Michigan traveled 12 to 14 miles out to find fish. These fish were taken in 300 to 400 feet of water. Steelhead and Chinook salmon were taken from the top twenty feet of the water column. Lines running closer to the bottom returned fair numbers of lake trout as well.
Was producing some fish a mile or two north of the pier. Most were fishing 40 to 50 feet down in 100 to 140 feet deep. While some boats did fairly well others came in with empty coolers.
Lake Michigan anglers had a hard time finding fish. The ones that did caught mostly coho about 49 feet down in 70 to 90 feet straight out from the piers. Overall fishing was slow. Those heading to Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Little Sable Point caught only a few chinook or steelhead.
Had few anglers but those able to get out should find some trout and salmon in 40 to 60 feet. Fishing across from the Silver Lake Sand Dunes is usually a safe be. Target the top portion of the water column or about 30 to 50 feet down with bright colored lures.
Had a few boats catching brown trout and lake trout close to shore. Pier anglers caught walleye late at night.