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Fishing Report Archives, 2010,
Dock Reporters: Captain Tom & Mary Rasmussen
Salmon fishing has not been easy as the fish were scattered. Anglers
did find fish 40 to 90 feet down in 80 to 180 feet when trolling green
meat rigs or flies and orange spoons. Use glow spoons or plugs in
the early morning. Pier fishing is slow. Those trolling near shore
early or late have caught a few kings.
rates were spotty with most anglers targeting the top 80 feet of waters
up to 200 feet deep. In low light conditions, anglers are using glow
spoons or plugs. Try meat rigs in red, purple or blue. Salmon fishing
was slow for pier anglers.
rates were hit-or-miss. Boat anglers found salmon and trout 20 to
80 feet down in 80 to 300 feet on glow spoons and plugs as well as
yellow or purple meat rigs. No salmon were caught off the piers.
8th 2014 -
Salmon fishing has slowed down compared to what it has been the last
couple weeks. Boats were finding Salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 100
to 200 feet of water. Steelhead anglers going offshore looking for
the temperature break were doing well. The hot color for steelhead
was orange. Pier fishing is slow since the water has warmed up.
Tom & Mary's Report - The fishing was good for some. The
cold water has the fish on the beach and out to 330' of water. We
fished 180' to 275' of water. The glow plugs on 1/2 leads and 1/2
coppers were good. The divers back 90' to 150' with glow plugs were
good. The riggers grabbed a few fish from 50' down to 100' down, later
in the morning. The later bite had a few kings hitting meat rigs with
rotators. Our best water was 1425 north line down to 1150 south line.
Watch for those surface temp breaks.
26th-2012 - Captain
Tom & Mary's Report - Fishing in Manistee was very good
this morning. We left the dock at 5:15 am and was back at 8:05 am.
The marina owner said “Fish the Flats” 16 north to 14.75
south. It was nonstop action. Big black paddle took the first bite
and glow mag spoons all went in the next 20 minutes. At 7 am we dropped
in a couple meat riggs – 1chute rigger w/meat & 1 diver
w/meat. The diver went 3 times in the next 30 minutes along w/the
glow mag spoons. We never got 6 rods in the water at once. The total
depth fished was 90’ to 130’, fishing down 50’ to
80’. The smallest fish in the box was 8 ¼# and the largest
-24th - 2012
took salmon 50 to 140 feet down in 140 to 280 feet of water. Orange
and green spoons worked higher in the water column while flies and
meat rigs worked deeper. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout
when casting spoons.
Manistee River: Trout
fishing below Tippy Dam has been good with the Caddis and Stone Fly
hatch in progress. Carp and suckers are spawning.
-12th - 2012
fair number of brown trout are being taken for those using spoons
or body baits around the harbor. When boats can get out, Kings were
caught about halfway down in waters up to 200 feet deep.
producing good salmon action between the piers and 90 feet of water.
Anglers are bringing in some big fish weighing 20 pounds or more!
Meat rigs and spin/fly combos were catching the majority of fish.
Kings were caught off the piers at dawn and dusk when using glow spoons.
Manistee River: Is producing some large chinook
salmon. Overall; the fish caught are much bigger than the past couple
years. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River is closed
to fishing from the weir downstream to Manistee Lake.
16th-2011 - Captain
Tom & Mary's Report - Cold water was close to shore, 48
degree surface, and so were the fish both to the north, to the south
and in the Harbor. The fish hit a mixture of magnum glow spoons and
plugs from 2-20 feet down in 15-40 feet of water in an assortment
of colors. The fish this week remain large with lots of 20-28 pound
fish being brought in. It may just be that the fish are a couple weeks
late and the next 4 weeks might be great.
24th-2011 - Captain
Tom & Mary's Report -
July Fishing recap report through July 21st:
The first half of July: fishing has been very good on full day
charters from 12-20 miles out down 8-50 feet. All colors seemed
to work on regular size spoons and the fish box has been a mixture
of Steelhead to 8 pounds, Lake Trout to 6 pounds, Coho to 6 pounds
and an occasional King to 17 pounds.
Third week of July: Inshore Fishing is starting to pick up as Lake
Michigan is in the process of turning over. That means the King
Salmon are moving in with a 27 1/2 pound king caught on Tuesday
in 80 feet of water. Regular size spoons in Blue & Green and
mixed vegetable color have worked well from 7:30am on with Glows
working well the first couple hours . July 21st. Fish were from
35-100 feet deep with medium spoons on Copper and Lead doing the
trick. Some boats came in with 15-20 fish, Kings & Steelies
ranging from 6-21 pounds.
It looks like July, for the third year in a row will have been
a very good fishing month and great weather.
21st-2011 - Boaters
were catching kings in 50 to 150 feet of water. Try running green
flies or spoons. Coho and steelhead were also caught off shore when
fishing the top 50 feet with orange spoons. Pier fishing was slow.
Salmon action was slow with only a few fish caught
60 to 120 feet down in waters 100 to 200 feet deep. Steelhead were
caught in the top 40 feet when trolling orange spoons. Pier fishing
16th-2011 - Salmon
fishing has been decent when anglers can get out. Most are using spoons
in the top 50 feet although some chinook salmon were caught a little
deeper. Blue or green spoons were good. Pier anglers have caught chinook
and brown trout.
2nd-2011 - Boats
are catching a few brown trout and salmon just in front of the piers.
The salmon were caught in the top 50 feet of waters 100 to 200 feet
deep. Try orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.
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