Marine News from the Great Lakes

FISHING REPORT: Every Summer Has A Story!

Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
By: Captain Rob Westcott,

For many of us, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and also to the boating season. I think we are all happier when we are able to enjoy the days of summer from the helm, however even though the boating season is over for this year, there are still plenty of fishing opportunities. The lakeshore, bays, and tributaries will begin to see some added attention as many gamefish seek out shallow water and provide better opportunities to anglers from land. This is a great time to get out and take advantage of these finned prospects that may have eluded you all year.

Lake Ontario Fishing Report:

Staging salmon are the primary focus on Lake Ontario right now. Combat trolling the pier heads is providing plenty of action for anglers before the salmon make their big spawning run in the tributaries.

Lake Erie Fishing Report: 
The perch and walleye fishing is still living up to all the hype. Staggering numbers of both continue to be caught.
Lake Huron Fishing Report:

There is a lot of talk of impressive lake trout fishing along with some good numbers of kings in the south end. Whether you are after trout, salmon, or walleye, we can just say fishing is great lake wide.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report:

It’s still a bit early, but some Chinook and Coho salmon are starting to show up in the tributaries and anglers are taking advantage of that. Tributary fishing will only get better from here!

Lake Superior Fishing Report:

Lake trout fishing remains good and anglers looking for salmon are catching great numbers of Coho.

What an impressive year of fishing we are having! I think that most of you who have spent time on the water would agree that 2017 will be one for the record books. Hearing the reports of spectacular fishing creates a good buzz and this buzz promotes itself. The Great Lakes region is a giant watershed within close proximity of millions of people and its economic impact is impressive. How much of an impact? Annually, the Great Lakes fishery generates over 7 billion dollars. Angling on the Great Lakes is diverse, world class, and it’s important that we let the world know that.

The go-to resource these days for anglers seems to be social media and online fishing forums. The more than 25,000 members of,, and are a great way to keep up to date and stay informed of the happenings here on the Great Lakes. We would like to say thank you to these online communities for keeping us updated with relevant news, information, and fishing reports!

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