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Pentwater Fishing Report for Oct. 29, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 29th, 2015
Pier fishing was slow but a few did manage to catch some steelhead on spawn. The morning bite seemed to be better. Some were targeting pike at the end of the channel facing Pentwater Lake. A few fish were caught by those still-fishing with frozen smelt.

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Pentwater Fishing Report for Oct. 22, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 22nd, 2015
Strong winds are keeping boat anglers at bay. Those that did go out were fishing the channel for trout and salmon. Pier anglers have caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout but most anglers had none.

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Pentwater Fishing Report for Oct. 15, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 15th, 2015
Pier anglers were beginning to catch a couple steelhead or brown trout when using spawn or silver spoons and body baits. Those fishing the channel caught a couple walleye and catfish on rapalas.

Pentwater River: Those salmon fishing caught dark fish however some did report a fresh run of chrome fish in the river.

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Pentwater Fishing Report for Oct. 1, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 1st, 2015
Had fish stacked up in 60 to 120 feet but the bite was slow. Those trolling in 190 to 200 feet caught Chinook salmon about 80 feet down. Coho and steelhead were also caught.

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Pentwater Fishing Report for Sept. 24, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 24th, 2015
The mature fish are spread between the big lake and the river. The bite is slow for the most part no matter where you are. There are essentially no fish coming in from the piers. Boat anglers have caught mature fish in 50 to 60 feet. A small number of boats did very well 50 to 60 feet down in 125 feet off Little Sable Point. They had near limit catches of steelhead and salmon. The better catches came on green flies and green flashers.

Pentwater Fishing Report for Sept. 17, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 17th, 2015
Pier anglers are catching salmon but the bite is slow. Try early morning with glow spoons or J-plugs or floating spawn under a bobber. Boat anglers found salmon in shallow waters 50 to 60 feet deep with blue spoons and body baits.
Pentwater Lake: Some brown trout were caught from the Long Bridge.
Pentwater River: Is producing some salmon.

Pentwater Fishing Report for Sept. 10, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 10th, 2015
Boat anglers did best when trolling in the waters around Little Sable Point. Fish were taken 100 feet down in 200 feet. There was no pier action to report.

Pentwater River: Rumor has it a few salmon were caught.

Pentwater Fishing Report for Sept. 3, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 3rd, 2015
Boat anglers reported salmon stacked up in 60 to 70 feet and were caught 35 feet down. Those fishing close to the piers did just as good as those traveling north or south of the port. The bite was slow but most anglers were getting a couple fish when using primarily cut bait.

Pentwater Fishing Report for August 27, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 27th, 2015
Persistent high winds have kept most anglers from leaving port. Those that did were lucky to come back with a fish or two. Water temperatures were very warm with anglers recording 70 degrees at 95 feet down. Most fish were taken 50 feet down in 100 to 150 feet. There have been no salmon taken from the piers or the channel.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers caught smallmouth bass, channel cats and bullhead. The catfish and bullhead were taken after dark.

Pentwater Fishing Report for August 20, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 20th, 2015
Catch rates were fair for those targeting trout and salmon. Cooler temperatures will be needed to get the fish moving into their spawning mode.

Pentwater Fishing Report for August 13, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 13th, 2015
Was somewhat slow as the fish were scattered. Once those trolling found fish they did manage to catch trout and some salmon. They are using spoons, flies, copper and meat rigs and the hot colors were green and blue. Orange was a good color for steelhead. Try 50 to 60 feet down in 100 to 150 feet.

Pentwater Fishing Report for July 30, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 30th, 2015
Fishing has finally improved with nice catches of chinook, steelhead and lake trout. Most were fishing off the Silver Lake sand dunes or on the south side of Little Sable Point. Salmon tend to start schooling in this area in August. Anglers were staring shallow in the early morning and moving to waters 250 feet or more as the sun comes up. Some reported salmon in the channel late at night and in the early morning hours. Anglers are still-fishing with spawn.

Pentwater Fishing Report for July 23, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 23rd, 2015
The better salmon fishing was found on the south side of Little Sable Point where anglers caught lake trout, steelhead and coho in 75 to 100 feet. Those bringing in more fish were traveling 10 to 15 miles offshore and fishing in waters 400 feet deep. Pier fishing slowed but a few baitfish remain in the channel. Pier anglers caught some nice smallmouth bass.

Pentwater Fishing Report for July 16, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 16th, 2015
Fishing has turned on with nice catches reported. Some fishing close to port limited out but most were fishing in 100 feet. Baitfish are in the channel. A couple steelhead and redhorse suckers were caught by pier anglers.

Pentwater Lake: Shore anglers caught bullhead in the evening. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass and pike.

Pentwater Fishing Report for July 9, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 9th, 2015
Had a good number of anglers fishing along the shoreline and the channel however most of them caught freshwater drum.

Pentwater Fishing Report for July 3, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 3rd, 2015
Anglers are catching salmon, steelhead, and lake trout in 90 feet of water surrounding Little Sable Point. Anglers are travelling several miles off shore to fish for lake trout. Pier anglers caught sheepshead and large and smallmouth bass.

Pentwater Fishing Report for June 25, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 25th, 2015
Has plenty of lake trout to catch in 80 to 100 feet. Try fishing about 2 feet from the bottom. Those looking for steelhead and salmon should look for the temperature break as most of the fish caught were taken in waters 46 to 56 degrees. For salmon run lines 60 feet down or the top 20 feet for steelhead. Yellow and green were the hot colors. There was no pier action.

Pentwater Lake: Channel and shore anglers had no luck but boat anglers reported some nice catches of crappie. Try still-fishing with wax worms.

Pentwater Fishing Report for June 18, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 18th, 2015
Had few boat anglers. Those fishing the channel caught the occasional steelhead. A few small perch were taken at Long Bridge.

Pentwater Fishing Report for May 28, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 28th, 2015
The salmon are still scattered and water temperatures vary dramatically by location. Some anglers reported surface waters at 39 degrees. Lake trout were reported in 40 feet while salmon were 40 feet down in 100 feet. When boats got out to 160 feet they stopped marking fish.

Pentwater Lake: Action was slow. A few anglers caught small perch, large rock bass, large and smallmouth bass.

Pentwater Fishing Report for May 21, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 21st, 2015
Those fishing the channel caught pike when still-fishing with frozen smelt. Boat anglers caught a good number of chinook in waters up to 65 feet deep.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers fishing from long bridge caught good numbers of crappie on wax worms.

Pentwater Fishing Report for May 7, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 7th, 2015
Lake trout along with the occasional brown trout have been caught in 30 to 40 feet. Anglers ventured a good distance north and south of the piers. Green flies and blue or watermelon spoons worked best.

Pentwater Fishing Report for April 16, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 16th, 2015
Pier anglers reported slower steelhead fishing and more brown trout action. Boat anglers caught brown trout when trolling close to shore. Steelhead action in the river has slowed quite a bit.

Pentwater Lake Fishing Report for January 22, 2015

Posted for Pentwater by Advantage Marketing Staff on January 22nd, 2015
According to Duggan at Pentwater Angler, the ice is good on Pentwater Lake and fish are biting. Reporting good catches of perch, crappies, and some steelhead at the end of the lake. Perch are biting on minnows, spikes and jigs. Good catches of crappies using minnows. Steelhead are being caught using wigglers.



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