Archived Pentwater Fishing Reports

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Ice Safety Report December 20, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on December 20th, 2017
Ice conditions in the area are NOT great right now

There have been a few people fishing on Upper Hamlin off of Wilson Hill, as well as off by Buttersville on PM Lake.
We do not encourage anyone to go on the ice yet, but of you do take a Spud.

Temps are supposed to drop all through the weekend, until after Christmas with highs in the teens and single digits. Most places should be ready to fish by next weekend!!!

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Pentwater River Fishing Report December 13, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on December 13th, 2017
Pentwater River, fair report for Steelhead

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Ice Safety Report December 13, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on December 13th, 2017
Things are starting to freeze over, but no reports of safe ice yet
Conditions for ice should improve by the weekend, but we HIGHLY DISCOURAGE anyone from going on the ice until then at least

When we get a report for safe ice, we will be more than happy to post it

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Pentwater Fishing Report December 6, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on December 6th, 2017
Fair report for Perch as well as Steelhead

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Pentwater Fishing Report November 8, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on November 8th, 2017
A few reports for Steelhead but slow overall

Pentwater Fishing Report October 26, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 26th, 2017
Pier fishing was limited due to weather. Those who were able to fish caught the occasional steelhead while still-fishing with spawn in the surf or from the pier heads.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting body baits or jigging soft plastic minnows in the channel caught smallmouth bass.

Pentwater Fishing Report October 19, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 19th, 2017
Strong winds limited fishing. Smallmouth bass and freshwater drum were caught by pier anglers when still-fishing or slowly retrieving crawlers along the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting body baits for salmon at Longbridge Road reported very slow fishing. Boat anglers caught perch in 15 to 25 feet with a jig or dropper rig tipped with a minnow.

Pentwater Fishing Report October 12, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 12th, 2017
Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when still-fishing crawlers or casting body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting body baits or spinners at Longbridge Road caught the occasional Chinook salmon in the early morning. Boat anglers caught perch and bluegills on dropper-rigs tipped with wax worms or wigglers in 12 to 20 feet.

Pentwater Fishing Report October 5, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 5th, 2017
Boat anglers were few because of windy conditions and warm water temperatures. Those fishing 70 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet caught the occasional lake trout or Chinook salmon on spoons or paddles and flies. Pier anglers casting body baits or still-fishing with crawlers caught smallmouth bass in the channel.

Pentwater Lake: The occasional Chinook salmon was caught by those casting body baits or spinners at Longbridge Road in the early morning or late evening.

Pentwater Fishing Report September 28, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 28th, 2017
Boats trolling near the bottom in 150 to 200 feet caught lake trout on paddles and flies or spoons. The occasional Chinook or coho was caught while trolling 70 to 100 feet down in 180 to 250 feet. Those on the pier were fishing for smallmouth and redhorse suckers and caught them on worms near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting body baits at Longbridge Road caught the occasional Chinook while those drifting red worms caught yellow perch and smallmouth bass. Yellow perch and bluegill were caught in 20 to 30 feet on dropper-rigs tipped with wax or red worms.

Pentwater Fishing Report September 21, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 21st, 2017
Anglers caught the occasional chinook or coho 60 to 80 feet down in 160 to 200 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass with crawlers near the bottom or when casting body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Those targeting bass did well jigging soft plastics or casting body baits along the drop-offs in 8 to 15 feet. Those still-fishing with crawlers or casting body baits at Longbridge Road caught the occasional coho salmon or smallmouth bass.

Pentwater Fishing Report September 14, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 14th, 2017
Salmon and trout fishing was very slow and few boats have been out. Those trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 60 to 100 feet caught the occasional chinook or coho in the early morning with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers casting spoons in the early morning caught the odd chinook salmon.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting crankbaits or working jigs tipped with soft plastics along the bottom caught smallmouth bass in 8 to 15 feet. Those fishing the channel with crawlers caught smallmouth bass and redhorse suckers.

Pentwater Fishing Report September 7, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 7th, 2017
Salmon fishing was slow with only the occasional chinook caught by those trolling 20 to 50 feet down in 35 to 80 feet in the early morning with spoons, plugs or paddles and flies. Those trolling 50 to 80 feet down in 180 to 200 feet also caught the occasional salmon with spoons or plugs. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass when casting body baits or still-fishing with live bait in the channel.

Pentwater Lake: Those targeting panfish caught bluegills and black crappie in 15 to 20 feet with perch minnows or wax worms.

Pentwater Fishing Report August 31, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 31st, 2017
Salmon fishing was slow but those trolling 50 to 90 feet down in 80 to 150 feet caught chinook and coho on spoons, meat rigs and flies. Early morning in front of the dunes was the most productive. Pier anglers caught good numbers of smallmouth bass on live bait near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers fishing the channel with crawlers or minnows near the bottom caught smallmouth bass and the occasional freshwater drum.

Pentwater Fishing Report August 24, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 24th, 2017
Boats trolling from the dunes down to Little Sable Point caught chinook and coho 50 to 90 feet down in 160 to 200 feet with spoons, flies, plugs and meat rigs. Hot colors were blue flies, green plugs or a "bloody nose" spoon.

Pentwater Lake: Those still-fishing with minnows in the channel caught smallmouth bass and the occasional pike while those fishing near the channel entrance caught bluegill, rock bass, and yellow perch with red worms near the bottom.

Pentwater Fishing Report August 17, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 17th, 2017
Boats trolling from the dunes down to Little Sable Point caught chinook and coho salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 80 to 150 feet. They were hitting green flies and plugs or pink, red and green spoons. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye on minnows and body baits near the rocks.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing the channel caught smallmouth and freshwater drum with minnows, crawlers, and body baits. Channel cats, perch and rock bass were caught on red worms or perch minnows near the bottom.

Pentwater Fishing Report August 10, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 10th, 2017
Boats trolling from the dunes down to Little Sable Point caught chinook and coho 30 to 70 feet down in 70 to 150 feet with green and orange spoons, green plugs and meat rigs. Coho and steelhead were 30 to 80 feet down in 160 to 180 feet with spoons and flies.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting body baits or using crawlers near the bottom caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Perch were caught in 15 to 25 feet with jigs tipped with a red worm or wax worm.

Pentwater Fishing Report August 3, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 3rd, 2017
Salmon and steelhead fishing has been excellent from the dunes down to Little Sable Point. Those trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 80 to 160 feet caught chinook, coho, steelhead, and the occasional lake trout on spoons, meat rigs and plugs. Glow spoons have fished well early and late while daytime anglers used orange and green. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass in the channel using minnows or leeches near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Boat anglers casting body baits in 10 to 15 feet caught large and smallmouth bass.

Pentwater Fishing Report July 27, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 27th, 2017
Salmon and steelhead fishing was excellent near Little Sable Point when trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass with crawlers near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Perch anglers had success in 25 to 35 feet on dropper-rigs tipped with perch minnows or wax worms. Those fishing the channel caught smallmouth bass with crawlers near the bottom.

Pentwater Fishing Report July 20, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 20th, 2017
Anglers trolling 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 160 feet caught chinook and coho along with the occasional steelhead on spoons. Lake trout were taken near the bottom with paddles and flies. Pier anglers caught smallmouth in the channel with crawlers near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Bass anglers caught fish along the edge of the weeds in 12 to 20 feet when casting crank baits. Anglers fishing Longbridge Road caught bluegills, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass when drifting worms under a bobber.

Pentwater Fishing Report July 13, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 13th, 2017
Had slow salmon fishing but those trolling between the dunes and Little Sable Point did manage to catch a couple steelhead, coho and chinook in 150 to 200 feet. Lake trout fishing was good when trolling paddles and flies or spoons near the bottom in 90 to 150 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting body baits or jigging soft plastics in the channel caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Bluegills, yellow perch and smallmouth bass were caught off Longbridge Road when drifting worms.

Pentwater Fishing Report July 12, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on July 12th, 2017
Some reports for Gills but overall fairly slow

Pentwater Fishing Report July 7, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 7th, 2017
Despite the consistently warm water, anglers caught coho, steelhead and the occasional Chinook 70 to 150 feet down in 160 to 220 feet with blue and green spoons. Pier fishing has been slow, but anglers using minnows or crawlers caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting crankbaits or jigging soft plastics caught smallmouth bass in 10 to 15 feet. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught bluegills, sunfish, and perch on red worms under a bobber or perch rigs tipped with wax worms.

Pentwater Fishing Report June 28, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on June 28th, 2017
Salmon and steelhead were caught in 150 to 220 feet and lake trout near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet near Little Sable Point. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum on crank baits and jigs.

Pentwater Lake: Smallmouth bass and northern pike fishing was good when casting body baits in 4 to 12 feet. Perch, bluegill and bullhead were caught from Longbridge Road when drifting red worms under a bobber.

Pentwater Fishing Report June 15, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 15th, 2017
Anglers trolling 50 to 100 feet down in 80 to 160 feet caught chinook, coho salmon and the odd lake trout on spoons and flies. Spoons with a combination of green and orange or blue and green worked well.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting spoons and crank baits in the channel caught freshwater drum and smallmouth bass. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught perch, bluegill, and brown bullhead on crawlers or red worms under a bobber of when still-fishing on the bottom.

Pentwater Fishing Report June 8, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 8th, 2017
Boats trolling spoons 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 160 feet caught chinook, coho and the odd steelhead. Orange and red were good colors.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers fishing off Longbridge Road caught bluegills, yellow perch, sunfish, and smallmouth bass with red worms. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass in 5 to 12 feet while casting crank baits. Those fishing the channel caught freshwater drum on spoons or body baits and smallmouth bass on jigs tipped with soft-plastics.

Pentwater Fishing Report May 25, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 25th, 2017
Anglers trolling in 35 to 80 feet caught lake trout near the bottom. Boats trolling in 160 to 220 feet caught Chinook and coho, along with the occasional steelhead. Spoons in blue and orange were popular.

Pentwater Lake: Bass fishing was good in the channel and near Longbridge Road. Anglers were jigging soft plastics or nightcrawlers. Panfish were caught in seven to 15 feet with jigs tipped with minnows.

Pentwater Fishing Report May 25, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on May 25th, 2017
Still taking perch in Pentwater lake, Few Walleye caught, Body baits having best success.

Pentwater Fishing Report May 18, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 18th, 2017
Those trolling in 40 to 80 feet caught chinook and the occasional lake trout. Those trolling in 150 to 200 feet caught coho in the top 50 feet and chinook throughout the water column. Green or blue spoons worked best.

Pentwater Lake: Perch were caught on perch rigs tipped with a minnow in 10 to 20 feet. Those targeting crappie did well with a jig and minnow in 10 to 20 feet. For pike and bass, anglers were trolling or casting body baits in 8 to 15 feet.

Pentwater Fishing Report May 4, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 4th, 2017
Lake trout and the odd chinook were caught by those trolling in 30 to 60 feet. Brown trout fishing was good in 8 to 20 feet with orange or gold body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Yellow perch were caught on dropper rigs tipped with wax worms or cut bait in 10 to 25 feet.

Pentwater Fishing Report April 20, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 20th, 2017
Boats trolling in 5 to 20 feet caught brown trout, the occasional chinook or lake trout. Pier anglers caught brown trout with spawn near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing on Longbridge Road caught bullhead, suckers, and the occasional channel cat on crawlers or spawn near the bottom. Boats fishing in 15 to 25 feet caught perch using perch rigs tipped with wax worms.

Pentwater River: Had good steelhead fishing that should continue through next weekend.

Pentwater Fishing Report April 13, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 13th, 2017
Adverse weather limited boat anglers. The water around the piers was cloudy and those fishing reported slow catch rates.

Pentwater Lake: Those trolling caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Perch fishing was good in 10 to 30 feet using perch rigs tipped with white spikes and wax worms. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught suckers and bullhead on crawlers.

Pentwater Fishing Report April 12, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on April 12th, 2017
Several good reports for Steelhead in the flats and on Longbridge.

Pentwater Fishing Report March 29, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on March 29th, 2017
Best report for Steelhead fishing in the area over the last week, near the flats and Longbridge

Pentwater River Fishing Report March 16, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 16th, 2017
Pentwater River: Was producing steelhead in the South Branch near the Hart Dam.

Pentwater Fishing Report March 8, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on March 8th, 2017
Water is fairly murky, but there are still some Steelhead being taken earlier in the day.

Pentwater Fishing Report February 22, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on February 22nd, 2017
Some steelhead fishing near Longbridge, mainly with wigglers

Pentwater Fishing Report February 15, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on February 15th, 2017
Several perch being caught, but several of them are relatively small.

Pentwater Fishing Report February 8, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on February 8th, 2017
Perch have picked back up but it is still several little ones between the few larger ones.

Pentwater Fishing Reports January 25, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on January 25th, 2017
The ice is not safe

Pentwater Fishing Reports January 19, 2017

Posted for Pentwater by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 19th, 2017
Numerous perch are being caught but most were small.



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Last Updated: 01-18-2019 02:13 PM ID: 1668