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Pentwater Fishing Report for August 11, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 11th, 2016
Salmon fishing was very good from the dunes down to Little Sable Point. Anglers were using plugs, flashers and flies or meat rigs 30 to 110 feet down in 70 to 150 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Large and smallmouth bass anglers have taken fish with soft plastics on drop shot or Carolina rig. Those fishing the channel caught freshwater drum and smallmouth bass with crawlers near the bottom.

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Pentwater Fishing Report for August 4, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 4th, 2016
Had excellent salmon fishing in 80 to 150 feet. J-plugs and cut baits seem to be the most productive.

Pentwater Lake: Those targeting smallmouth bass in the channel caught fish when slowly retrieving crawlers near the bottom. Black crappie were caught near the surface in the evening. Try a minnow under a slip bobber.

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Pentwater Fishing Report for July 21, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 21st, 2016
Salmon and steelhead are being caught in 130 to 200 feet and lake trout in 150 to 225 feet on meat rigs and orange or red spoons.

Pentwater Lake: Was producing crappie along the drop-offs in 20 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in the channel. Try fishing the channel in the early morning with crawlers or shiners just off the bottom.

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Pentwater Fishing Report for July 14, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 14th, 2016
Salmon and steelhead fishing was fair in 100 to 150 feet. Those targeting lake trout found fish in 200 to 260 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Smallmouth bass along with the occasional perch or sunfish have been caught from the access site on Long Bridge Road. Good smallmouth fishing was reported in the channel. Most are drifting minnows or leeches.

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Pentwater Fishing Report for July 7, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 7th, 2016
Steelhead, lake trout, and chinook salmon have been caught in 100 to 150 feet or 220 to 280 feet. Most of the salmon and steelhead were coming from the top 30 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing the channel caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Those fishing near Long Bridge Road caught smallmouth bass and bluegills.

Pentwater Fishing Report for June 30, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 30th, 2016
Fishing has been slow but steelhead and lake trout have been caught in 160 to 270 feet along with the occasional Chinook salmon.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers fishing the channel are catching smallmouth bass and drums on minnows, leeches, or spoons.

Pentwater Fishing Report for June 23, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 23rd, 2016
Had lots of baitfish around the piers and in the channel. Those casting spoons and other minnow imitations caught freshwater drum, smallmouth bass and even the occasional steelhead when the baitfish were there. Those trolling in 50 to 80 feet caught steelhead and lake trout.

Pentwater Lake: Smallmouth bass and pike are being caught throughout the lake and in the channel. Those targeting bluegill and black crappie had success floating a jig with a red worm.

Pentwater Fishing Report for June 16, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 16th, 2016
Boat anglers trolling in 60 to 150 feet caught lake trout and the occasional steelhead.

Pentwater Lake: Large and smallmouth bass are being caught throughout the lake and within the channel. Try jigs tipped with soft plastics, crawlers or shiners.

Pentwater Fishing Report for June 9, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 9th, 2016
Pentwater Lake: Anglers targeting large and smallmouth bass did well in waters between 2 and 12 feet deep. Try jigs tipped with soft plastics near weed beds or submerged structure.

Pentwater Fishing Report for June 2, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 2nd, 2016
Chinook and some bigger steelhead were caught in 160 to 225 feet. Pink and blue were hot colors. Those trolling for lake trout did well in 40 to 70 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Bluegills and sunfish were caught in the shallows on red worms and wax worms. Those targeting smallmouth bass landed some nice fish on crankbaits and soft plastics. Those trolling for walleye had success after dark when using crawler harnesses.

Pentwater Fishing Report for May 26, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 26th, 2016
Lots of nice lake trout are being caught in 30 to 70 feet. Chinook and coho were caught out in 150 to 200 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Pike and smallmouth bass were caught when casting body baits or using shiners near the bottom. Those seeking walleye caught fish when trolling crawler harnesses or vertical jigging with minnows or leeches.

Pentwater Fishing Report for May 12, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 12th, 2016
Anglers targeting lake trout in 50 to 70 feet had limited success. There have been reports of walleye being caught from the piers after sunset using deep-diving body baits or plastic swimbaits.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers are targeting bluegill and crappie in 10 to 20 feet. Look for drop-offs near spawning areas. Some are targeting northern pike while trolling or still-fishing with live or dead shiners.

Pentwater Fishing Report for April 7, 2016

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 7th, 2016
Pier anglers are targeting steelhead and brown trout as the weather permits.

Pentwater Lake: Steelhead were being caught in the channel.



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Last Updated: 01-22-2019 02:07 PM ID: 1689