Anglers face fall fishing challenges

Salmon run continues in area

Anglers are starting to test their luck with fall fishing.

Anglers are starting to test their luck with fall fishing.

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BIG RAPIDS – It’s fall fishing season and anglers continue to have success.

“The perch is still going pretty good on the river from what I’ve been told,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods, in Morley, said. “If we get a little bit of rain, I think we’ll be seeing some pushes of salmon up in either Croton or over in Rockford by the Grand River. There’s a few walleye here and there. That’s the main stuff going on.”

At Ludington, Pere Marquette Lake produced Chinook for anglers trolling and jigging, the DNR said.

“They’re getting a lot of salmon in Manistee Lake,” Dewey Buchner, of Don’s Sporting Goods said. “They’re getting some salmon out in the big water, about 100 foot. There’s quite a few salmon in the Manistee River. Tippy’s got some. The pike bite and bluegills have been good on Manistee Lake. They’re starting to get a few perch on Manistee Lake.”

At Manistee, the DNR reports a few Chinook were caught by anglers trolling and jigging in the harbor. Out on the shelf, some Chinook were caught in 80 to 120 feet of water while fishing 50 to 85 feet down, the DNR said. The north pier was slow for Chinook, but a few were caught.

“The salmon peak is not here yet,” Rob Eckerson, of Pappy’s in Wellston said. “Water temperature is around 67.”

Anglers at Portage Lake, the DNR said, reported catching bass and panfish in 16 to 22 feet of water. Water temperatures were still on the warm side.