Hook & Hunting: November 15 Weekly Fishing Report

NORTHEAST LOWER
PENINSULA

Alpena:
As is the case when firearm deer season is starting, the whitefish are also
beginning to hit in earnest. There are lots of whitefish on the reefs in Thunder
Bay. The better spots to fish may be the Grass Island Reef and Partridge Point.
Pier anglers are also catching fish.

Thunder
Bay River:
Has lots of whitefish being caught at dawn and dusk up near
the 9th Street Dam. Fish were also caught down near the
mouth.

Oscoda:
Pier anglers are targeting steelhead and whitefish. Chinook salmon were still
trickling in and are in good shape. Try small spoons, body baits and spinners
off the pier. Walleye were also caught on crawlers or body
baits.

Au
Sable River:
Schools of whitefish are moving up into the river. The
best catches were off the breakwalls and at the mouth however they can also be
found several miles upstream. Steelhead are also in with good numbers of fish
caught from Oscoda to the Foote Dam. Early morning and late afternoon were best
however fish were caught throughout the day. Most of them are chrome colored but
you might get the occasional dark fish. All seem healthy and good size. Chinook
salmon can still be found. They were hitting on spawn or wax worms. Walleye are
starting to make their way into the river. 

Tawas:
The whitefish catch from the breakwall will peak this week and
next.

Tawas
River:
Has a fair to good number of steelhead being caught between the
mouth and the park. Most are floating spawn or wax worms.

Au
Gres River:
Continues to produce chrome colored steelhead closer to the
mouth. Fish were still being caught in the lower end of Whitney Drain and near
the Singing Bridge. Try floating or casting spawn, small spoons or
plugs.


NORTHWEST LOWER
PENINSULA

Elk
River:
Is producing coho and steelhead. Try floating spawn and skein or
casting small spoons and spinners.

Boardman
River:
Has steelhead all the way up to the Sabin Dam however the better
catch rates were downstream because of the low water levels. Rain is needed to
bring more fish in.

Betsie
River:
Is producing steelhead. Those fishing up near the Homestead Dam
caught fish on spawn, spinners or small spoons. Some were fly
fishing.

Manistee:
Pier and surf anglers are catching steelhead.

Manistee
River:
Anglers are catching some steelhead however the lack of rain has
led to low water levels which makes fishing more difficult. Find the deeper
holes.

Ludington:
Steelhead were caught in the surf and off the piers in the early morning or late
evening.

Pere
Marquette River:
Low water levels continue to challenge steelhead
anglers. Fish are being caught in the deeper holes. Most are drifting spawn or
flies.


UPPER
PENINSULA

Marquette:
Anglers are picking up whitefish and trout off the breakwall in the Lower
Harbor. Most are using eggs.

Fall's
River:
Is producing steelhead for those casting spoons and spinners or
drifting crawlers and spawn bags.

Little
Bay De Noc:
Perch fishing was fair. Off Kipling, anglers fished
crawlers in 8 to 25 feet of water but most of the fish were small. Those fishing
Gladstone Beach, the mouth of the Escanaba River and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor
had the same results. Walleye catches were down except for those night fishing.
They did well when trolling stick baits in 10 to 28 feet of water along the
reefs near Kipling or 12 to 25 feet near the Black Bottom. Some nice walleye
were caught near the Escanaba Lighthouse when jigging minnows in 20 to 35 feet
of water. Northern pike have been very active and were caught by those trolling
for walleye.

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