Although lower water levels in rivers have made trout fishing challenging, it looks like steelhead are still biting across the Northwest Lower and Upper Peninsula. The occasional walleye and perch are biting, but catch rates remain low.
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Northwest Lower Peninsula
Lake Charlevoix: Anglers are trying for perch, but catch rates were slow.
Kalkaska County: Those targeting walleye on Manistee Lake had success with a crawler harness or crankbait an hour or two after dark. Most were 17-20 inches.
Traverse City: Those fishing the West Bay caught a few perch in Northport Bay.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Those casting from shore were still getting a few walleye.
Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues to be decent. On the upper river, the best fishing was upstream of the CCC Bridge. With the cloudy weather, blue winged olives were being used along the banks in the quiet water.
Manistique River: Anglers reported steelhead near the Papermill Dam.
St. Marys River: Musky and walleye fishing were good in Munuscong Bay.