October has had mixed results for anglers

BIG RAPIDS - Anglers are hoping fall fishing success continues this weekend.

A spokesperson at Frank's Sporting Goods in Morley, said anglers have been catching panfish below the dam.

In Osceola County, "there's not much fishing going on, but a lot of deer hunters right now," Brad Cox, of Buck's Country Bait and Tackle Store in Leroy said. "The fishermen we do have are out catching salmon.

At Charlevoix, anglers were catching Chinook salmon near the cement plant in Charlevoix. There were a few anglers targeting smallmouth bass in the channel, the DNR said.

Fishing pressure at Manistee was low, but boat anglers caught a few Chinook and steelhead in 300 to 400 feet of water, the DNR added.

"It's not been too bad weather permitting," Larry Schuricht of Shipwatch Marina in Manistee said. "Fishing has been fair out in Lake Michigan with steelhead and some salmon. The inland lakes has had good pan fishing."

Pier anglers at Ludington were fishing spawn with some luck for small coho and steelhead, the DNR said. Boat anglers reported good catches of mature Chinook and lake trout out 9-miles.

"We have reports of coho in the Platte River," Christine Murphy, of the Frankfort Tackle Box, said. "There's still some coming in and steelhead off the south pier fishing on the outside and also at north pier.

We have some kings coming through. Hopefully the water will cool down and we'll see what happens.

"Crystal Lake is doing very well with large perch and everything, they're catching coho and lake trout. The big lake, I don't know anyone trolling. The upper Herring is getting huge bluegills."

At Petoskey, the Bear River was producing Chinook and coho, the DNR said. Anglers were using flies, artificial single eggs and spawn in the river, the DNR said.

Anglers were catching a few Chinook at the mouth of the river near the marina while using bobbers, skein and crankbaits.

"Salmon fishing continues at Tippy Dam," Rob Eckerson, of Pappy's Bait Shop in Wellston said. "Water temps are still in the 60s. It's unclear if there's still fish to come. Steelhead is starting in the lower river. Not many people are inland lake fishing"

"It's pretty quiet," Dewey Buchner of Don's Sporting Goods in Manistee, said.

"Most of the salmon are up by Tippy and in the river. There's still quite a few. They're getting steelheads and browns on the pier in Manistee. Manistee Lake is showing some nice catches of bluegills. They're getting some perch. The pike fishing is phenomenal."

"They're starting to get some steelhead from fishing from off the beach," Bud Fitzgerald, of Tangle Tackle Co., said. "There's a few coho, which are starting to move into the river. They're getting some nice catches. Perch have been moving in and out Portage Lake."