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|Cheboygan Michigan area fishing report|
11-9-17 Cheboygan Michigan
Well it's almost hunting season and snowing! The problem is that I fish.....I don't hunt. We just filmed an awesome big smallmouth bass show on Mullet Lake in Cheboygan Michigan. Bottom line is simple, don't put the boats away. The water was still 48 degrees and wont be freezing for at least a month. The big smallies were flat out crushing our Strike King "umbrella rigs" So the rig was 1/4 oz jig heads and Rage Swimmers in white or smoke & white. It was a big deal to dye the wobble tail yellow right at the end. We pitched these up on the shallow water grave; and rock points and ledges, and then slow rolled them back making sure you stayed close to bottom when on the points and not hurrying over the deep water once you came over the ledge. They were clearly following and crushing it in both areas. We did have success also with some blade baits on deeper rocks and bars in 14-24 fow.
Look at these trucks! And thanks to Captain Tony from Up North Smallmouth charters for joining me in the boat.
Cheboygan on Mullet lake
The fall steelhead bite is just starting to heat up on Mullet Lake. Water temps have remained warm following our recent heat wave and are currently 68-70 degrees. As the water cools into the lower 60s the steelhead will become more aggressive as they prepare for the winter ahead. Currently they are stacked up on the south east shoreline at the drop off. Start trolling from the mouth of the Indian River in depths of 90+ feet. When viewed on your graph they are currently residing in the bottom 10 feet of the water column. Success can be had with 9 and 10 color Suffix Performance Lead Core behind your OffShore planer boards. A set of rail mounted traxstech rod holder trees makes this a ton easier. Suffix Lead Core drops 7 feet for every color out. Down riggers can also be used to get even deeper and right above the fish. At the business end, stinger spoons in perch color had the best
success but white and blue also had a few hook ups. Trolling speeds should be held as close to 2.5 as possible. October is always a great month to fish these amazing inland lake beauties.
Fishing out on L. Huron remains very solid for a mixed bag of L.Trout, Atlantic's and a few smaller kings as well. The Lakers have been 5-10' up off bottom and the kings have been in the mid depths in about 90-120' peanuts and spin n glos have been deadly on the Trout and flies or spoons for the Kings.
Cheboygan River has been giving up a mixed bag of rock bass and walleye.
Mullett lake has been very good for smallmouth bass that are now cruising the 1st breakline. Try throwing swim baits and spinnerbaits early and tubes and weighted Ocho worms as the day progresses.
The Big Lake fishing has really started to go out of the port of Cheboygan. Limit catches of nice 3-6 pound lakers are coming in and the fishing is very steady. Peanuts and spin-N-glo's have been the best when run off Dipsy's or riggers near bottom. The best area seems to be from 40-80'
Cheboygan river is also going great right now with anglers using an array of soft plastics to land early season bass. Mullet lake is also kicking out some dandy early bass.
I have heard of some early bass anglers doing very well in the shallows for smallmouth. In general not much else is biting really good so a week of warmth should fix a bunch of things.
Well there's starting to be some action at the lock/dam on the river. Decent catches of steelhead are being reported on spawn. All the area docks are now in and I suspect that avid perch and panfisherman will be out soon.
Open water every where but not really anything to report.
Another week of nice weather and the open water season will be on!
Any Lakes that still have ice are going to be very iffy, I strongly suggest that you not go out on this ice. I suggest waiting for open water fishing