Lake Cadillac has had a decent bluegill and crappie bite going on again right when fishing around weed edges. The fish are migrating to their wintering grounds but not there just yet even though we had a few cold nights in a row. The focus has been anywhere from 9-11 feet of water using leaf worms and hair jigs under a slip bobber. On Lake Mitchell the tactics have been the same with more boats focusing their time out in front of the big bay. Bass fishing on both lakes have been a lot better since there hasn't been much pressure on either Lake Mitchell or Cadillac.
Salmon Fishing is still going full bore. With these heavy rains for much of the week the added water continues to push fish up stream. Both the Betsie River and Manistee River are loaded with fish. All of the fish are big too, with the average probably being around 20 pounds and many much larger than that. Many anglers are getting 20 or more fish on a trip but are lucky to even land one. There are lots of “the Big one that got away stories” with fisherman talking about 30+ pound fish that have broken them off or ran away with their tackle.
Just about every river fishing method has been successful as well. Drifting flies and beads is probably the most popular method. Spawn sacs or Skein under a bobber has been working well also. Even crankbaits like STORM Thundersticks have still been working, which ususally only works in the beginning when the fish first start moving in.
We are approaching steelhead season so be ready to starting fishing for steelhead behind gravel. These silver bullets in the fall are some of the best fish to catch by far!
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