Hook & Hunting: November 8 Weekly Fishing Report

NORTHEAST LOWER
PENINSULA

Cheboygan
River:
Leftover salmon were still being caught up near the dam. The
better fishing for steelhead was early morning or late evening with spawn, yarn,
small spinners or small spoons. Good colors are blue and silver, orange and
silver, pink and chartreuse.

Rogers
City:
Pier anglers should find brown trout when casting cleo's, bombers
or small spoons.

Thunder
Bay River:
More steelhead were moving in as temperatures dropped. Most
are floating spawn or casting rapalas and small spoons up near the dam. Good
colors were orange, chartreuse, pink or silver.

Oscoda:
Pier anglers targeting steelhead will want to try spoons or body
baits.

Au
Sable River:
Steelhead coming in from the lake can be found all the up
to Foote Dam. The numbers are increasing and the fish are good size. Spawn or
small spoons have caught fish in all areas of the river.

Higgins
Lake:
This can be a good time of year to find perch. Try 25 to 40 feet
of water around the Sunken Island or just off Big Creek.

Houghton
Lake:
Look for large and smallmouth bass in the canals. Those looking
for walleye could try floating minnows or drifting crawler
harnesses.

Tawas
River:
Still has a few leftover salmon. More steelhead were moving up
into the river. Try spawn or wax worms. 

Au
Gres River:
Should still have some good action for steelhead, brown
trout and Atlantic salmon. The better action has been in the lower end of
Whitney Drain and for those surfcasting near the Singing Bridge. Try spawn,
spoons or plugs.


NORTHWEST LOWER
PENINSULA

Petoskey:
Pier anglers are out and trying for coho, Chinook or pink salmon with spawn,
small spinners or small spoons. Try orange, pink or
chartreuse.

Bear
River:
Anglers are now catching more steelhead. Try spawn, skein or
yarn. Some are fly fishing.

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

Boardman
River:
Is producing coho and steelhead even with the lower water
levels. Fish the deeper holes for now.

Frankfort:
Steelhead have been caught in the surf and off the piers.

Betsie
River:
Is producing steelhead. Those fishing up near the Homestead Dam
caught fish on spawn.

Manistee:
Is producing some steelhead for those surfcasting as well as those fishing off
the piers. Try early morning, late evening or during the day when the weather is
nasty.

Manistee
River:
Water levels are low and clear again which makes steelhead
fishing somewhat difficult. Conditions like this require light leaders and small
stealthy presentations to get them to bite.

Ludington:
Steelhead were caught in the surf and off the piers. Fish early, late or when
the weather is nasty.

Pere
Marquette River:
Water levels were low and clear and could stay that
way for a while. The low and clear water conditions require light leaders
especially if fish are on the gravel. For now, try fishing the deeper
holes.


UPPER
PENINSULA

Keweenaw
Bay:
Salmon and lake trout are still out there for those that have not
put their boats away.

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

Menominee
River:
Is a good spot to target walleye, steelhead or brown trout. Try
drifting fresh spawn, small spoons or rapalas.

Little
Bay De Noc:
Walleye catches are getting better every week as water
temperatures drop below 50 degrees. The fish are in so there is no better time
than now. Fish were caught during the day but the better reports are still
coming by those fishing at night. During the day, the best catches were taken
between the Second and Third Reefs by those trolling stick baits in 25 to 30
feet of water. Night anglers reported good catches between the Center Reef and
the Black Bottom. Most were trolling crank baits or stick baits in 10 to 28 feet
of water. The fish were averaging 21 to 23 inches. Perch action was fair for
those using minnows or crawlers in 10 to 25 feet of water off
Kipling.

St.
Mary's River:
This is a good time of year to target smallmouth bass.
Try fishing around the points and the islands.

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