Michigan Labor Day Fishing Report

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Two very nice bronze backs out of portage Lake the big one weighted in at 6 Lbs 3 Oz nice job another regular at DONS BAIT AND TACKLE caught on BUCS GREEN CRAWLERS And DONS GLOW FLOATING crawler harness

Perch fishing has picked upon Higgins Lake, Big Glen, Long Lake by TC, Salmon movement into the rivers is still on the light side but it won’t be long. The inland lakes are producing panfish, bass and pike. The upcoming holiday weekend should have plenty of fishing opportunities for all.

Sam-Harboch

Sam Harbach shows us the 17 1/2″, 3.17 lb.Large Mouth he caught vacationing in Cadillac

Jason-Harboch

Jason Harboch holds the first keeper pike he caught, 26 1/4″, 3.52 lbs. Off to a good start.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Most boats have been fishing the Petoskey side of the bay. There are still lake trout at multiple depths in Harbor Springs and some have also picked up a couple salmon that were 75 feet down in 130 to 140 feet. Boats running up the coast toward Seven Mile Point or staying close to harbor have caught fish.

Petoskey: Still had a thermocline about 50 feet down. A few salmon were caught on spoons 50 to 75 feet down. A good number of lake trout were caught, with many in the Slot. The fish were scattered but caught 50 to 90 feet down when trolling over multiple depths. Not many pier anglers. A few casting spoons or crank baits in the early morning caught the occasional salmon but no big numbers yet.

Bear River: A couple salmon are starting to show up at the dam. Some have caught the occasional steelhead on spawn.

Charlevoix: Salmon fishing seemed to be slightly better in the evening. Boat anglers could be found near the cement plant and towards Fisherman’s Island. Many are catching a lot of lake trout which are further up in the water column as compared to a typical year. Fish were caught anywhere from 35 to 90 feet down in 120 to 170 feet and salmon were more shallow about 50 feet down. Try spoons, hootchies with flies or meat rigs. Those running sliders have done well. Sub-legal smallmouth were caught on crawlers or leeches along the bottom in the channel.

Traverse City: Salmon fishing has been sporadic in the East Bay with most taking zero to three chinook per outing. Depths were variable, but most were fishing 30 to 70 feet down. Lake trout fishing was good in 100 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in shallow water or along the first drops. In the West Bay, salmon are beginning to stack up in “The Hole” but catch rates were still hit-or-miss. Most are using flies or spoons. Lake trout fishing was good for those jigging or trolling north of Traverse City in 100 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass have been caught below the dam, as well as small panfish when using live bait. Most of the bass were sub-legal.

Boardman River: Fishing continues to be slow except for a few smallmouth and rock bass hitting on live baits. There have been rumors of salmon entering the river.

Platte River: Catch rates were still slow except for a few rainbow trout taken up near the hatchery. Water temperatures were 74 degrees which is keeping the fish out. A few were seen jumping near the mouth but did not want to bite.

Platte Bay: Coho are in the East Bay. They are scattered however anglers did find them in the top 20 feet of waters 40 to 100 feet deep in the southwest corner near the commercial nets and along Otter Beach. Anglers need to use caution near the commercial nets as the lines may extend several hundred feet in any direction from the floats. Try blue or green spoons and blue J-plugs.

Frankfort: Catch rates were hit-or-miss. The chinook were right in front of the piers but moved out deeper. Anglers are working hard to locate fish from 40 feet to 500 feet. The morning bite was best out from the pier with fish hitting on meat rigs and J-plugs. Pier anglers catching alewife caught a couple chinook, coho and one very nice 44 inch pike. Those jigging Swedish pimples and Jonah jigs caught chinook. Hot colors were green, pink and purple.

Onekama: The Barrel is producing nice catches in the early morning. Anglers are working the top 60 feet with 2 and 3 colors of lead, 100 to 150 feet back on dipseys with meat rigs catching the bigger kings. Coho were in the same area and hitting on blue or green spoons.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers continue to have a great season throughout the lake. Cooler water temperatures had the bass in close and along the drops. Walleye were hitting on crawler harnesses near Little Eden and the Inn.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Are producing some nice largemouth bass. Bluegills were hitting on leaf worms and wax worms. Minnows caught crappie and perch. Pike anglers have done well.

Manistee: Salmon fishing has not been easy as the fish were scattered. Anglers did find fish 40 to 90 feet down in 80 to 180 feet when trolling green meat rigs or flies and orange spoons. Use glow spoons or plugs in the early morning. Pier fishing is slow. Those trolling near shore early or late have caught a few kings.

Manistee River: Decent numbers of Skamania steelhead were present at Tippy Dam. A few kings were mixed in but no big numbers yet.

Ludington: Catch rates for trout and salmon were hit-or-miss. Boat anglers found fish 40 to 100 feet down in 80 to 200 feet when trolling yellow or green meat rigs along with orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Anglers are catching salmon out from the dunes at Silver Lake and a few miles north of the port. Some were shallow in the 50 to 80 feet range and hitting right along the bottom while others were caught 70 to 80 feet down in 200 feet or more. Meat rigs are still working the best.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Foggy conditions have hampered fishing. The lake has rolled over. Surface water temperatures were barely 60 degrees and 20 feet down was in the upper 40′s. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of trout, salmon and walleye. Swan Bay has started to heat up. Not a lot of fish but some decent salmon were caught by those trolling J-plugs or bombers with planer boards in 20 feet. Those fishing deeper are running downriggers, lead core, copper and dipseys. The water is cold so run your baits higher in the water column. Good colors were green, blue, orange and silver, black and white or anything that glows. J-plugs with flashers and flies, squid or cut bait have also caught fish.

Alpena: Anglers caught a few walleye in 30 feet along North Point, Sulphur Island or Grass Island. Good lake trout action along the “Humps”. Anglers also caught the occasional steelhead, pink salmon or stray chinook. Most are still going to Rockport or Presque Isle so they don’t have to run so far out to catch salmon and trout.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers are using live bait when targeting catfish, smallmouth bass and panfish. Success was limited but a few were caught.

Harrisville: Still has some on-going dredging in the harbor. The launch is still open and boats are able to make it out to the lake. Trout and salmon were caught in shallow waters 60 to 80 feet. Fish the entire water column with dark colored baits including large spoons. A good number of walleye seem to be in the area between the Black River and Greenbush. Try 12 to 40 feet early evening until midnight and early morning until just after day break with crawler harnesses, stick baits or small spoons.

Oscoda: Pier fishing has started to pick up and should not be long before the early salmon start to show up. Boat anglers are catching steelhead, lake trout and salmon in 60 to 80 feet and are moving in closer. Those fishing in the evening reported fish close to shore and around the piers. Try dark spoons, body baits and cut bait when trolling. Pier anglers are using spoons such as Little Cleo’s, glow spoons, body baits and twister tails.

Au Sable River: Walleye are in the river and the numbers seem to be increasing.

Higgins Lake: Has lots of rock bass being caught and perch are there for the taking when anglers can find a school of fish. Try around the Sunken Island and Treasure Island. Lake trout ranging 18 to 24 inches were caught just off the bottom in 85 to 100 feet when trolling cowbells, rapalas and bombers or when jigging Swedish pimples and castmasters. Some nice rainbow trout were caught 20 to 40 feet down in waters 100 feet or deeper.

Houghton Lake: Is producing walleye, bass, pike, bluegills, crappie and sunfish. For walleye, target 8 to 10 feet along the edge of the weed beds with leeches. Smallmouth bass were hitting on leeches and crawlers.

Tawas: Pier angling is slow with a few smallmouth bass, rock bass and small perch taken. Those out trolling caught a few walleye out near Buoy #2 and near Alabaster in 25 to 35 feet.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye were averaging 2 to 3 fish per boat and pressure has dropped considerably. The few out for perch did not have much luck.

Au Gres River: Dredging continues to hamper fishing efforts.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Black River Harbor: Is producing lake trout just outside the harbor in 40 to 100 feet. Some nice catches were reported. Some are trying for salmon in the early morning but had little success.

Ontonagon: Fishing has been good. Lake trout were caught in 12 to 30 feet outside the breakwall. Spin glows behind a dodger have produced as well as green and orange spoons. The lake trout are eating small smelt and stickleback minnows. A few salmon and brown trout were taken but catch rates were not consistent.

Keweenaw Bay: All ports had few anglers because of the weather. Those that did get out caught a few lake trout but overall, not a good week.

Lake Antoine: Boat and shore anglers are catching a lot of panfish such as bluegills, sunfish, yellow perch and rock bass. Drifting crawlers with slip bobbers worked best during the rain and high winds.

Marquette: Had very little salmon action and varying degrees of success for lake trout. Granite Island was pretty much the same but catch rates were fair north of White Rocks where anglers were fishing in 180 to 260 feet. Most of the fish were caught along the bottom but a few were hitting at 50 to 70 feet. Surface water temperatures were still around 60 degrees.

Carp River: A few anglers spotted some chinoook salmon activity upstream. Shore angling remains slow with a few small rainbows caught at the mouth.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing in the south Bay near Round Island, Fishery Point and 11-Mile Shoal. Catch rates were fair. Fish were caught off the east bank of the Center Reef in 4 to 10 feet with crawlers or stick baits at night. The mouth of the Whitefish River produced a few fish for those trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 14 feet but many were small. Fair catches reported along the south end of the Black Bottom in 18 to 24 feet and near Kipling in 8 to 14 feet. Yellow perch were out deeper in 14 to 25 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. Pike were active throughout the Bay for those trolling or casting crank baits, spoons or spinners in 10 to 14 feet. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor had fair to good crappie action for shore anglers using minnows after dark and in the Escanaba River for those using minnows or small crank baits in the deep hole near the old steel bridge. Smallmouth bass were quite active in shallow water. Try casting plastics or crank baits in 6 to 10 feet near Garth Point or in the Ford River in 5 to 12 feet. Some reported salmon 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 120 feet south of the Ford River Can.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported slower catch rates. The better fishing was around St. Vitals Island. Perch fishing slowed but fair catches were reported in Garden Bay for those using crawlers 100 to 200 yards out from the Garden Launch in 8 to 12 feet. Fair to good smallmouth catches near Ogontz in 8 to 12 feet, Popular Point in 8 to 10, Kate’s Bay in 12 to 18 or Garden Bay in 8 to 12 feet. Anglers are using crawlers, plastics, crank bait or spinners. Good salmon fishing off Fairport. Try 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 120 feet with spoons near the “Gap” or meat rigs 60 to 80 feet down in 110 to 150 feet south of Poverty Island.

Au Train: Lake trout action was sporadic with most anglers using downriggers and spoons anywhere from 160 to 230 feet. Some days were good with five to eight fish while other days produced few fish.

Au Train River: Had few anglers and no salmon to report. There is a new canoe/kayak launch which is handicap accessible at the bridge off M-28. The launch will have a nice restroom however the the parking lot is not yet completed. Launch dock Canoe-kayak launch

Munising: Had fewer boats but those heading out were exclusively targeting lake trout and catch rates were fair. Most are still fishing Trout Bay and along the Wood Island Reefs. The bite was slow at Big Reef. Those trolling in the bay did catch a few splake. Pier anglers reported slow fishing and had no reports of keeper size splake.

Grand Marais: Had few anglers. Boat anglers were heading three to seven miles north and west and fishing in the shipping channels for lake trout. The fish range 2 to 5 pounds. Good catches were reported off the southwest bank near Caribou Island in 100 to 250 feet. Those trolling outside the bay caught a couple coho in 50 to 60 feet. Perch anglers were trying offshore at the marina but only a few small ones were caught. Pier angling effort was very limited with no catch reports.

Detour: Anglers are fishing from Frying Pan Island to the #3 Green Can, around the lighthouse and to the #2 Red Can near Drummond Island. Some are heading further south and targeting lake trout along the “Flats”. Chinook and lake trout were hitting on spoons. Hot colors were watermelon, hammered silver with orange, green and white or yellow.

Cedarville and Hessel: Still has very good pike fishing in Hessel Bay, Middle Entrance and the north shore of Government Bay. Mackinaw Bay and Shepard Bay are excellent for bass and pike when casting in the shallows. Those using minnows or casting spinners caught perch.

Carp River: Anglers are seeing fish but success was limited. Pike have been caught near the mouth.

St. Ignace: Anglers fishing past the old fuel tanks and over to the southwest corner of Mackinac Island have caught chinook and lake trout in 55 to 80 feet. Try spoons in hammered silver and orange, green and white, yellow and orange.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: The walleye bite slowed but a few fish were caught early morning or at night in Brest Bay and near the Raisin River Buoys in water as shallow as 10 feet. Try Hot-n-Tots or wiggle warts. Those perch fishing caught the occasional walleye. For perch, try straight off Stony Point and up to the Fermi Power Plant in 24 to 26 feet. Lots of perch were caught at the E-buoy but many were small. Try bigger minnows to avoid the small perch and fish near the bottom to avoid white bass and white perch.

Detroit River: Was producing some nice perch about a mile south of Celeron Island. Most are using minnows in 14 feet or so. A few walleye were caught near the Trenton Power Plant on the Grosse Ile side.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Fishing was slow. Those fishing the river mouths and bends between the lakes did best. The bass bite was slow so try slow presentations in 10 to 15 feet. The bluegills moved to deeper water so try fishing near the bottom with a slip bobber and worm.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good in the Michigan waters. Some of the best reports are from water over 17 feet deep along the shipping channel and off the mile roads. Perch anglers say the bigger fish are scattered but decent catches came from the Dumping Grounds and along the shipping channel.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been very good in the upper river for wire-liners.Fish were also caught by those trolling crawler harnesses near Algonac and Marine City. Sturgeon fishing picked up with good reports from the North Channel near Algonac and Pearl Beach. Muskie fishing was very good along the weedy edges of the North and Middle Channels. Perch fishing was productive along the weed edges in the channels.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Those trolling caught steelhead, lake trout and pink salmon in 100 feet or more. Some steelhead and the odd walleye were caught in 60 to 80 feet. Pier fishing was slow with a few small pike caught at Lexington.

Harbor Beach: Salmon and steelhead were caught in 80 to 130 feet straight out or north of the harbor. Run spoons off downriggers and also on 2, 3 and 5 color lead lines and offshore boards. Bright orange and black, copper, green or black and white were good colors. For lake trout, head straight out and fish 90 to 120 feet down in 120 to 130 feet with spoons or dodgers with spin-glows. A few walleye were caught on crawler harnesses, small spoons or Hot-n-Tots in 80 to 90 feet. Good colors were lime green, copper, black and orange, black and white or mixed veggie. A few perch were caught on minnows near the gap in the breakwall.

Grindstone City: A few walleye were caught in 40 to 50 feet here and at Port Austin. Catch rates have slowed. Those trolling found steelhead, lake trout, pink salmon and a couple chinook in 135 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Fishing was a little better however the action is clearly in “August Mode”. Walleye fishing has slowed substantially, but persistent anglers can still find a few fish west of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), in the southern end of the Slot from Quanicassee to Fish Point, over the Bar and out near Buoys 1 & 2. The average was 3 to 5 fish per boat. Fall perch fishing has yet to begin, and pier fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass were caught off the Charity Islands. Channel cats were taken from the Hot Pond and shore anglers at Essexville continue to catch a mix of bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing is very inconsistent as the fish seem to be scattered in 30 to 70 feet. Salmon fishing was decent with most fish taken in the early morning in 90 to 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Continues to provide good smallmouth bass fishing.

Dowagiac River: Skamania steelhead are hitting in the lower river below the Pucker Street Dam.

South Haven: Perch anglers are fishing as shallow as 20 feet or as deep as 60 feet but catch rates were not consistent. Salmon fishing was good when using spoons in 80 to 90 feet in the early morning. Pier fishing was slow.

Kalamazoo River: Has good smallmouth bass fishing when the water clears. There is still some dredging going on so stay upstream of Marshall or downstream of Kalamazoo for the best water conditions.

Gun Lake: Was producing largemouth bass in Robins Bay and Pickerel Cove.

Port Sheldon: Was producing a mix of chinook, coho and steelhead in 165 feet.

Grand Haven: The water warmed up. Salmon anglers were fishing 70 to 105 feet down in 80 to 160 feet and setting wire divers out 220 to 240 feet. The better bite was on white paddles and spinnies with green, blue, UV or green and blue flies but some were also using meat rigs in UV greens and yellows. A few fish were taken on J-plugs, “Atomics” and glow spoons. No perch with the warm water.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are finding steelhead and the occasional salmon. Pike have been caught throughout the river. Those drifting crawlers with a #7 split shot have caught a few walleye. Panfish were caught at Millennium Park.

Grand River near Lansing: Had good largemouth bass action for boat anglers fishing between Moore’s Park and Dimondale. Most are using golden shiners or artificial minnows. The smallmouth and catfish bite has slowed. Those looking for bluegills and crappie might want to try fishing the deeper water.

Reeds Lake: Continues to produce bluegills and crappie. Most are using leaf worms and wax worms.

Muskegon: Is fishing the same as Grand Haven because of the warm water. Put white paddles and spinnies with blue and green flies 70 to 100 feet down in 80 to 160 feet. Those using meat rigs and J-plugs have also caught fish. Green and yellow were good colors.

Muskegon Lake: Had some chinook salmon near the old paper mill and near the Sand Docks were anglers were jigging.

Muskegon River: Those targeting smallmouth bass continue to do well when using plastics, spinners or flies.

Whitehall: Salmon were caught right on the bottom in shallow waters 50 to 80 feet or about 70 feet down in waters 200 feet or deeper. Meat rigs were the ticket including a new copper and meat rig combination.

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Intact Deer Found Inside 1,000-pound Alabama Alligator

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On August 16, a family of hunters in Alabama harvested a massive 1,011.5-pound alligator near Millers Ferry Dam in Wilcox County. The reptile was large enough to claim the Alabama state record and make a run for the title of the world’s heaviest, but what taxidermists found inside the alligator’s stomach may be even more surprising. According to AL.com, taxidermist Ken Owens was preparing the large animal for a full-body mount when he discovered a partially-digested, yet intact three-year-old doe inside the reptile’s gut.

“I always thought that once an alligator killed something that it ate it a piece at a time,” Owens said. “I can’t imagine how it got ahold of that adult deer and ate it in one piece like that. It’s unbelievable.”

Owens estimated the doe’s age from what was left of the deer’s lower jawbone. The average weight of a mature Alabama doe can reach well past 100 pounds, so it was no bite-sized snack for even this mammoth alligator. The taxidermist said he also found some digested squirrels, bird bones, and even evidence that the reptile may have eaten a cow. Owens was also surprised to see some greenery in the gator’s stomach.

Although the American alligator is typically seen as an apex predator that eats just about any critter unlucky enough to be within reach, scientists say the reptiles also eat fruits and vegetables whenever they can. Recent research shows that alligators and other crocodillian species will consume berries, fruits, and sometimes even grass if other food is not available. In any case, larger animals such as deer and feral hogs are not usually part of an alligator’s diet, which generally consist of muskrats, raccoons, and other small mammals. Bigger alligators can target larger prey, and a very fast-acting form of stomach acid helps them digest big bones. A 2008 study showed that alligators are capable of shunting off blood from their lungs toward their stomachs, which increase gastric acid production and allows the animal to digest food more rapidly.

“In my experience, the hair and some of the skin would have been gone on that deer within the first 36 hours,” Kent Vliet, a biologist at University of Florida, told AL.com.

As far as last meals go, a stomach full of venison is fitting for what may be world’s largest hunter-harvested alligator. Mandy Stokes was hunting with her husband, her brother-in-law, and her brother-in-law’s children earlier this month when they encountered the animal. It took five hours of battle between the hunting party and the alligator before Stokes was able to dispatch it with a shotgun. The family stated that they will be donating the meat to local churches for their annual wild game banquets, while the mount is expected to be ready in several weeks. Safari Club International, the organization that documents world records for alligators and other big game, is currently in the process of reviewing Stokes’s application.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

Angela-Parks

Angela Parks caught a 39 1/2″, 12.78 pike while casting spinner baits on Lake Cadillac. Impressive fish. This monster has been living in the weed beds alog the North West shore and fatally tried to eat a chartruese spinnerbait. Many locals claim there are larger ones out there so don’t give up. Angela Parks didn’t need help catching her 39 1/2″ pike,
but did need a extra hand holding it for the picture.

Last weeks report. “Bigger Pike and greater numbers are here. Those big healthy Fall pike are starting to show up as Summer disappears.” Trust us! We have a new entry in the Northern Pike Category in this Summers Fishing Contest.

Large Mouth Bass are accompanying the pike. Anglers out early in the morning come back with healthy fish. The early bites produce the greatest numbers and Lake Cadillac seems to be outshining Lake Mitchell–this week.

Panfish are still being caught on the North East side of Cadillac, from the High School to the City Dock. Expect an assortment of crappie, bluegill, sunfish and perch. Waxworms and Leafworms have been working. Crappie can’t resist small minnows.

Only a report of some undersized walleye. It’s a start. No stories from other lakes. August is not walleye friendly.

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Buc’s Michigan Fishing Report 8/22/14

Doug-Moore

Fishing has been slow this week with the colder weather and wind. Pike have started to bite again with suckers working the best. Salmon Fishing has ben good at pentwater and ludington, but north the cold water has scattered the fish the last few days. Kings are showing up in East and West Grand Traverse Bay.

A light number of salmon moved into some of the rivers but warmer temperatures by the weekend will slow the movement of fish. Rain and windy conditions have once again stirred up the Great Lakes and the inland lakes.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Harbor Point is still producing lots of lake trout anywhere from 50 to 100 feet down in 120 to 160 feet. One boat caught a salmon up near Seven Mile Point when using spoons or dodgers with flies.

Petoskey: Surface water temperatures were at 60 degrees and the thermocline was 50 to 60 feet down. Salmon fishing seems to be picking up but some boats are only getting lake trout. Most are fishing near the hospital and water treatment plant but a few were in Bay Harbor and straight out from the marina. Lake trout were scattered everywhere but 70 to 90 feet down produced quite a few. Although most of the chinook were 50 feet down one was caught at 90 feet and a coho was caught 40 feet down. Try spoons, plugs and meat rigs. Pier anglers are still catching smallmouth bass but many were small. Try crawlers, small tube baits, spinners and crank baits.

Bear River: Heavy rain and wind seemed like the perfect combination to push fish up into the river however only one steelhead was harvested at the dam. Salmon should start to show up soon.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers caught a few lake trout and the odd salmon. Most are trolling near the cement plant and towards Fisherman’s Island. Fish were caught 40 to 60 feet down in 100 feet with spoons and flies. A few lake trout were taken 60 to 80 feet down off North Point but a few were hitting shallow just 20 to 25 feet down. Smallmouth fishing in the channel is good but only a couple keepers were taken with crawlers and leeches on the bottom. Freshwater drum were also caught.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, anglers were hooking into a few salmon but overall catch rates were slow. Depths were highly variable with fish caught anywhere from 40 to 115 feet. Catch rates for lake trout were fair. Smallmouth bass were found in 30 to 50 feet. In the West Bay, salmon fishing is slowly picking up. Lake trout action was steady in 90 to 120 feet.

Elk River: Still has slow catch rates with only smallmouth, rock bass and freshwater drum for the taking.

Boardman River: Had slow fishing as well. Early arrival chinook salmon should start to show up soon. Anglers caught smallmouth, rock bass and freshwater drum.

Platte River: Catch rates were slow with only a couple small rainbow trout taken on dry flies up near the hatchery.

Loon Lake: Anglers are finding pike and walleye along the west side.

Platte Bay: Those trolling caught some big lake trout and yellow was the hot color. Chinook were caught in the West Bay on J-plugs in green with a black ladder back.

Frankfort: Chinook, steelhead and lake trout were hitting in 100 to 150 feet. Anglers are trolling the top 80 feet with downriggers or 100 to 140 feet with dipseys and J-plugs. White and blue were hot colors. Salmon anglers are fishing the Herring Hole or heading a bit deeper to waters between 200 and 250 feet deep later in the day. Alewives are now in and around the piers. Shore anglers caught chinook on alewife or glow spoons in the early morning.

Onekama: Those heading straight out from the piers and trolling the top 60 feet in 120 to 170 feet have caught chinook and steelhead. The morning bite was best on meat rigs and flies. Red and blue were good colors.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers caught some very nice large and smallmouth when fishing around the docks and along the drop-offs.

Manistee: Catch rates were starting to improve with trout and salmon caught in the top 60 feet of waters 80 to 160 feet deep. Glow plugs and spoons worked well in low light conditions. Green flies and meat rigs also caught fish. A couple chinook were taken off the piers but catch rates were still slow.

Manistee River: A few salmon are pushing their way up as far as Tippy Dam in the Big Manistee. The Little Manistee saw a steady run of salmon. The Weir was put into place last week.

Ludington: Salmon and trout action was starting to improve. The better fishing was the top 60 feet of waters 90 to 180 feet deep when using green meat rigs and flies or glow plugs. Pier anglers caught a few chinook or brown trout on glow spoons.

Pere Marquette River: Also has some early salmon starting to show up. No big numbers yet but anglers are catching a few. Those fly fishing caught brown trout.

Pentwater: Those fishing in 80 to 100 feet seem to do best as the salmon appear to be staging for the run. Fish were caught a mile south of the pier and near the sand dunes at Silver Lake. Meat rigs were the ticket. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass when still-fishing or casting with minnows.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Fishing will be difficult until things settle down. Surface water temperatures were in the low 60′s. Before the wind and rain anglers were taking trout, salmon and a few walleye. The fish were scattered. Try halfway down in 40 to 120 feet and scatter lines throughout the water column. The better areas are between the State Park and Forty Mile Point or south between Calcite Harbor and Adams Point with green, blue, black and white or anything that glows. Some of the bigger salmon were taken on flashers with squid, flies or cut bait.

Alpena: When boats can get out, they caught trout and salmon out near the Humps and Thunder Bay Island. More anglers were fishing Rockport and Presque Isle because the fish were closer to shore.

Harrisville: Is producing walleye, salmon, lake trout and steelhead between the Black River and Greenbush in 30 to 80 feet. It seems most of the fish were attracted to the same baits. Try spoons, stick baits, body baits and cut bait and be sure to spread them throughout the water column. For shore anglers, spoons and body baits worked best outside the harbor wall. Steelhead and walleye were outside the wall just before dusk and just before daylight.

Oscoda: Boat anglers were not running as far to find fish as most were starting close to shore and then heading out in the morning and reversing by starting out deep and heading towards shore in the evening. Chinook, steelhead, lake trout and Atlantic salmon were holding in 60 to 90 feet but run your bait top to bottom.

Au Sable River: Walleye are moving in and heading all the way up to the dam. Channel catfish are slowly trickling in late in the evening and there is a good number of large and smallmouth bass upstream.

Houghton Lake: Is producing a few walleye including one 27 inch fish that was caught when floating a leech. Bass anglers have caught some nice fish and those looking for bluegill have done well in 10 feet of water when using leeches or wax worms.

Tawas: A few walleye are still being caught with the better fishing closer to shore in 10 to 15 feet near the weed beds. Fish were caught off Jerry’s Marina in Tawas Bay and off the mouth of the Pine River, Rifle River and Saganing River. Perch anglers had fair catches of smaller fish 6 to 8 inches near the weeds off Jerry’s Marina.

Wixom Lake: In Gladwin County had fair to good crappie fishing.

Au Gres: Is still producing some walleye when anglers can get out. Try fishing near the mouth of the rivers or out near the shipping channel.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The salmon bite was slow. Those jigging for lake trout found fish in 180 to 260 feet off Jentoff’s Dock, Whirl-l-Gig, out from the pine tree on the north side of Pequaming and along Big Reef. In Traverse Bay, the lake trout bite slowed in 100 to 150 feet along the mile reefs and 120 to 165 feet off Big Louie’s, Gay Point and Hermits Cove. Try 5 feet off the bottom with spoons. The bite was slow for the South Portage Entry for those trolling for lake trout.

Lake Antoine: Is producing some nice smallmouth bass for those using top water crank baits. Those drifting crawlers or using minnows and a jig with a piece of crawler have done well. Many were small but some were good size.

Marquette: Catch rates were slow and most anglers caught lake trout averaging 4 pounds. Stannard Rock was good with a number of young fish caught. Catch rates were fair near Little Presque Isle, Clay Banks and Granite Island. Anglers had limited success near Shot Point. No salmon yet however a few anglers were starting to spot the occasional chinook near the Carp River. Shore anglers using small spinners and spoons caught a few lake trout.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catch rates were spotty. At the head of the Bay anglers are trolling crawler harnesses in 6 to 14 feet and switching to stick baits at night. Fish were also caught in 16 to 24 feet along the Second Reef, the Black Bottom and in 12 to 20 feet off the mouth of the Escanaba River. Use crawlers on harnesses. Those fishing off Breezy Point were marking fish in 10 to 14 feet but few were caught. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair to good for those casting plastics, crank baits or spinners in 10 to 12 feet near the mouth of the Ford River. Perch anglers reported fair catches off the mouth of the Day’s River in 12 to 18 feet and the Second Reef in 10 to 20 feet. No salmon reports this week.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no walleye catches recorded. Perch action in Garden Bay slowed. Anglers were fishing throughout the center of the Bay in 9 to 14 feet with crawlers. Fair to good smallmouth bass fishing in 6 to 14 feet in Ogontz, 8 to 12 feet near Indian Point and 8 to 16 feet in Kate’s Bay. Most were using plastics or crank baits but some opted for crawlers. Salmon anglers had fair to good catches from the “Gap” and south past Poverty Island. Depths changed daily from 80 to 170 feet while 40 to 90 feet down. Overall this season has been slower than previous years.

Au Train: Fishing continues at a slow pace and there have been no salmon to report. Surface water temperatures near shore were close to 60 degrees and the offshore temperatures were in the upper 50′s. Catch rates for lake trout were spotty for those using spoons and cut bait in 120 to 180 feet northeast of Au Train Island near the flats and drop-offs. Try near the bottom along the edge of the reefs near Grump’s Hump, Millers and Wood Island.

Luce County: Those stream fishing for brook trout have done well.

Manistique Lake: Had good perch fishing.

St. Mary’s River: Had a few good fly hatches east of Lime Island, Macomb Island, and Maple Island. Those looking for lake herring and whitefish caught a few limits when jigging artificial flies with #12 hooks in 20 to 40 feet. Raber Bay was slow for legal size walleye with lots of 13 and 14 inch fish caught and released. Bigger walleye were caught along the east side of Neebish Island when using crawler harnesses near the drop-off in 12 to 18 feet. Keeper size walleye were caught off the steel breakwall just below the Sugar Island Ferry Dock. Evenings were best when drifting crawler harnesses. A good number of Atlantic salmon have been caught at the power plant off Portage Street when drifting natural flies on the discharge side. A few pike were taken along the west side near Burnt Island when trolling spoons with a red eye or bucktail spinners. Some reported catching perch at the south end of the Rock-Cut and north of Munuscong Bay at Moon Island when using shiners in 12 to 14 feet.

Detour: Was producing a good number of walleye off Swedes Pointe and Maude Bay but most of the fish were smaller.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing remains excellent for those still-fishing with chubs in Hessel Bay, Middle Entrance and along the north shore of Government Bay. Bass anglers casting in the shallows have done very well. Perch fishing was good in 8 feet in Hessel Bay but hit-or-miss in the Moscoe Channel.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had some good perch fishing at times near the E-Buoy and straight out from Bolles Harbor in 22 to 24 feet but the best action remains near Stony Point in 24 to 26 feet. Anglers are using all kinds of perch rigs and many were cutting minnows in half. The occasional walleye can still be found from the Fermi Power Plant to Brest Bay in 12 to 18 feet. Try crawler harnesses, crank baits and tube baits. Purple, pink and copper were the hot colors.

Huron River: Had good smallmouth bass fishing for shore anglers. Many are using live crayfish while others are using artificial baits that look like a fat shiner on a jig.

Detroit River: The water has cleared up. Anglers caught some nice yellow perch around Celeron Island, Rat Island and Sugar Island. Most are using minnows. Walleye fishing was quite slow with only the occasional fish taken.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Good numbers of bass and bluegill have been seen in the channels connecting the lakes. Bluegills were caught near the bottom along the weed lines and near the points. For bass try top water in the evening in the channels and outlets. Strawberry and Little Portage seem to be producing the majority of bluegills right now.

Lake St. Clair: Those trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses in 14 to 18 feet near the shipping channel and the main lake reported a good mix of catches. Most are targeting walleye, but catches of smallmouth bass, pike, muskie, white bass and yellow perch are common. For smallmouth, try 12 to 17 feet. Those starting to target yellow perch had success in 14 to 17 feet when using slip bobbers and shiners.

St. Clair River: Walleye reports were hard to come by. More anglers are looking for sturgeon and some good reports have come from Marine City and down through the North Channel. Anglers are reminded that fish less than 42 inches or greater than 50 inches must be released immediately.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Fishing activity was very light, with little success. The lake is really stirred up from all the wind and will need some time to settle down.

Grindstone City: Several lake trout were caught in the early morning. Pink salmon, steelhead and the occasional walleye were also caught on six colors of lead core and trolling spin-glows and UV spoons in 100 to 137 feet off Lighthouse Park.

Saginaw Bay: Fishing pressure has been minimal due to the weather. When boats can get out, they are still catching some walleye along the weed beds especially along the inner bay. A few boats tried fishing out from the State Park but windy conditions made it difficult.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Boat anglers are taking good catches of salmon in 80 to 140 feet. Most fish were caught on spoons. Perch fishing is slow overall as the fish were scattered in waters 20 to 60 feet. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp and freshwater drum on crawlers but the water is warming so less steelhead were caught.

St. Joseph River: Had good smallmouth fishing. Try shallow running crank baits.

Kalamazoo River: Was low and clear so the smallmouth bass fishing really picked up. There is still some dredging going on so stay upstream of Marshall or downstream of Kalamazoo for best water conditions.

Grand Haven: Chinook fishing is really heating up especially for those fishing 60 to 120 feet down in 160 to 230 feet. They are using 300 and 400 feet coppers, blue, green or blue and green flies attached to white or UV paddles or spinnies. Meat rigs in UV with yellow also caught fish. Water near shore has warmed again so pier fishing for steelhead and perch fishing have slowed.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a few chinook, coho and brown trout up near the dam. No big numbers yet but it won’t be long.

Grand River near Lansing: Anglers caught a few pike in Eaton County and bowfin after dark in Jackson County.

Lake Ovid: Anglers were catching some big largemouth bass.

Reeds Lake: Anglers caught bluegills and crappie.

Muskegon: Anglers are fishing shallower here, 50 to 90 feet down in 55 to 130 feet and catching chinook. Most are using white or UV paddles and spinnies with green and white, green or blue flies. Orange glow spoons also caught fish. Pier anglers were trying for salmon but had no luck.

Whitehall: Water temperatures were very cold at 39 degrees 50 feet down and the fish marked would not bite. Anglers looking for warmer water found a temperature break at 120 feet. Salmon were caught in the top 50 feet of waters 120 to 200 feet deep. Alewife moved out of the channel but anglers were still getting a few salmon on body baits. A few walleye were caught in the channel on artificial lures. Pier fishing should improve soon.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

Early morning temperatures are dipping below the 40°’s. Summer is nearly gone and Fall is on the doorstep. Warmer weeks are still in store as 2014 is already 2/3 over. Bigger pike and greater numbers are here. The weedbeds are still their favorite hiding spots. Those big healthy Fall pike are starting to show up as Summer disappears.

Panfish are happy with the weather. A huge bluegill was entered in our Fishing Contest this week, the largest we’ve seen.

Linda-Hoesl

Linda Hoesl proudly holds the 12′, 1.8 lb. Master Angler
Bluegill she caught while fishing on Lake Cadillac. A new Fisherwoman.
Some nicer crappie reports are coming from Lake Mitchell. Fishing the deeper water from the State Park Launch, Anglers fishing with minnows and Beetlespins are catching slab size (10-12″) crappies. Keeper perch are also mixed in.

You still have time. The Pilgrim Village Summer Fishing Contest doesn’t end until September 8th. You know what it takes to win a category. Linda Hoesl currently owns the Bluegill Category.

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Buc’s Michigan Fishing Report 8/15/14

Houghton Lake has been hot for gills and walleye with live bait working best.

Salmon Fishing has been good with meat working best.

Lake Margrethe has been awesome for gills with worms and crickets working best.

Lake Leelanau has been good for walleye with crawlers working best.

Long Lake by Traverse City has been good for walleyes with crawlers and leeches working best.

Manistee Lake by Manistee has been great for bass with buc’s neon green crawlers the hot ticket, also leeches working great on the walleye.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

Carmon-Helmboldt

Fishing at Rose Lake,Carmon Helmboldt shows usthe 10 1/2″ Perch he caught.

That dreaded disease called “Salmon Fever” has started. You’ll catch it!

Every morning the boat launches at the Manistee and Frankfort fill up. You’ll see all sizes of boats from small tin boats to the charters trolling for salmon, steelhead and lakers.

Salmon are also in Manistee Lake. Afternoons you’ll see boats filled with Anglers verticae jigging with Lazer Spoons and Swedish Pimples. Hang on when a salmon hits.

The Manistee River has also started. Some salmon have already made it to Tippy Dam. Boat Anglers are casting Storm Thunder Sticks.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Harbor Point has been good for lake trout and a couple salmon were caught however rumor has it the salmon fishing was better north of the harbor. For lake trout, try spin-glows 75 to 90 feet down.

Petoskey: Surface water temperatures were up near 68 degrees with a thermocline about 50 feet down. Most are catching mainly lake trout but a few chinook were also caught from Bay Harbor to the pier. Chinook were 50 to 85 feet down in 110 to 120 feet and hitting on spoons, flies and plugs. Hot colors were yellow, white and blue. Lake trout were plentiful 50 to 95 feet down in 110 to 135 feet. Try spin-glows and spoons in yellow or green. Meat rigs were also taking a few fish. Smallmouth bass were hitting on crawlers outside the west breakwall.

Bear River: Was running pretty low with the lack of rain. There was very little fishing pressure at the dam.

Charlevoix: Fishing was hit-or-miss. Some were skunked and some caught only lake trout. Early in the week boats did well near the Cement Plant and later the better fishing was off North Point. The salmon were high in the water column and caught 30 to 60 feet down in 120 to 140 feet but some also caught fish in waters over 200 feet deep. Lake trout were 65 to 90 feet down. Blue spoons, flashers and flies seem to work best. A couple steelhead were caught 20 to 50 feet down. Smallmouth bass fishing in the channel was still good but few keepers were taken.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, anglers are beginning to catch a few chinook salmon but success was limited. Most were caught on spoons or flies 50 to 60 feet down in 90 to 160 feet of water. Lake trout fishing was good near the bottom in 90 to 115 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing was good in 15 to 35 feet. A few salmon were caught in the West Bay. Try spoons or flies around “The Hole” and northward 50 to 65 feet down at dawn or dusk. Lake trout fishing was good in 100 feet and the smallmouth action was fair along the drop-offs in 20 to 30 feet.

Elk River: Fishing has been relatively slow. Sub-legal smallmouth bass, rock bass, and freshwater drum were caught on live bait. Only a couple steelhead were caught.

Boardman River: Steelhead fishing slowed. Only a few sub-legal smallmouth bass and rock bass were caught on crawlers.

Platte River: Had few anglers. Try fly fishing up near the hatchery for rainbow trout.

Loon Lake: A few walleye were caught by those slow drifting crawler harnesses on the west side. Those trolling stick baits caught pike.

Platte Bay: Those fishing straight out in 60 to 90 feet caught some nice lake trout on bright colored spoons. Big chinook were found near shore in the West Bay by those using green or blue spoons.

Betsie River: The mature chinook salmon are starting to change color. Several anglers reported fish going over the Homestead Dam.

Frankfort: The “Herring Hole” was very productive with several nice catches of chinook and steelhead. Anglers are trolling in 100 to 160 feet and working the top 60 feet with dipsey divers 90 to 120 feet back, 2 and 3 colors of lead and long leads on downriggers with meat rigs. Hot colors were bloody nose, reds and greens. Several chinook were caught off the pier and the Car Ferry landing on the Elberta side.

Onekama: Those heading straight west from the pier and trolling the top 50 feet of waters 100 to 130 feet have caught good numbers on meat rigs and spoons. Bloody nose and green were hot colors and early morning was best. The “Barrel” is also producing good numbers of lake trout throughout the day. Try spin-glows.

Portage Lake: Walleye were hitting on crawler harnesses along the shoreline in front of Little Eden and the Inn. Panfish and bass were slow. Bass anglers working the drop-offs caught a few largemouth.

Manistee: Catch rates were spotty with most anglers targeting the top 80 feet of waters up to 200 feet deep. In low light conditions, anglers are using glow spoons or plugs. Try meat rigs in red, purple or blue. Salmon fishing was slow for pier anglers.

Ludington: Fishing was tough. Some found trout and salmon in the top 80 feet of waters up to 160 feet deep when trolling spoons and glow plugs or green and blue meat rigs or flies. No salmon off the piers.

Pentwater: Salmon and trout fishing were spotty but some large chinook were caught in 75 to 100 feet off Little Sable Lighthouse. Some say the fish were stacked up in the area. Others ran into fish when trolling 30 to 50 feet down in 170 to 180 feet. Meat rigs worked best and green was the hot color. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, pike and a few perch.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Anglers are still catching a mix of mostly Atlantic and chinook, lake trout and steelhead with the occasional walleye or pink salmon. Water temperatures are constantly changing with the currents. Most are fishing anywhere from 40 to 120 feet and spreading lines throughout the water column. Look for baitfish and the thermocline. The active fish seem to be much higher in the water column.

Alpena: Those fishing around Thunder Bay Island and the “Humps” did well for lake trout and the occasional steelhead or salmon. Many were heading to Rockport or Presque Isle for a mixed bag and better results. Look for the cooler water. Some days the fish are deep and other days you will find them higher in the water column. Walleye fishing has slowed with some action around Thunder Bay Island but most are now fishing Rockport.

Thunder Bay River: Had no change and little to report. Most are just hoping to catch a walleye, smallmouth bass or catfish.

Harrisville: Is producing a good variety of fish. Walleye seem to be the most sought after. Anglers did well from the Black River to Greenbush. Early morning before daylight, and late evening were best but a few fish were also caught mid-day. Try stick baits, Hot-n-Tot’s or crawler harnesses in 12 to 30 feet. Salmon were in the harbor and a few were caught by shore anglers using spoons or body baits.

Oscoda: Had a mixed bag of chinook and Atlantic salmon, lake trout, steelhead and walleye coming in. The fish were coming in closer to shore so start shallow and work your way out. Try 30 to 120 feet with downriggers, planer boards, lead core, copper and long lining. Spoons, body baits and cut bait seem to work well. Pier fishing picked up for walleye and catfish. Anglers have seen silver fish off the pier in the early morning.

Au Sable River: Those fishing upstream caught large and smallmouth bass, pike and walleye. Those fishing at Foote Dam not only had good luck but were also enjoying the recent improvements and more room to fish.

Tawas: Those trolling along the weed beds near Buoys 2, 4 & 6 caught a few walleye. Fair catches of perch were taken by those fishing the deep edge of the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina. Most of the fish were 6 to 8 inches. Pier anglers caught smallmouth, rock bass and a few small perch.

Tawas River: Is producing catfish at night.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye continue to do well south of Pointe Au Gres in 8 to 12 feet, just west of the shipping channel in 25 to 35 feet and off the mouth of the Pine River and the Rifle River.

Au Gres River: Had slow fishing in the lower river due to dredging.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Black River Harbor: Was slow with only a few lake trout caught just outside the harbor. Anglers are trying for salmon in the early morning but had little success.

Ontonagon: Fishing was fair with lake trout caught in 25 to 30 feet outside the breakwalls. Fish were also showing up in 60 to 100 feet. Try dodgers with spin-glows or green and orange spoons. Walleye fishing in the river was very slow.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow for salmon as anglers wonder where this fish are compared to previous years. Those jigging for lake trout had good success in 180 to 260 feet out from Jentoff’s Dock, Whirl-I-Gig, Big Reef and the pine tree on the north side of Pequaming. Good lake trout action in Traverse Bay up to 5 feet off the bottom in 100 to 150 feet along the 5, 6 and 7 Mile Reefs, Big Louie’s, Gay Point and Hermits Cove in 120 to 165 feet. Try spoons in a variety of colors including purple and white. Those jigging also did well in 140 to 260 feet. In the South Portage Entry, anglers found good lake trout action out from the lighthouse, south to the Red Rocks along US-41, the Mud Banks, Farmers, Newton and Big Reefs when trolling 25 to 40 feet down in 30 to 60 feet. Purple spoons worked best.

Lake Antoine: Effort was down over the last week. Those fishing caught bluegills, perch and rock bass but most of the fish were small. Bass anglers casting crank baits caught smallmouth however the majority were too small to keep.

Marquette: Had good lake trout action along the Clay Banks, Granite Island and north along the drop-offs in 200 feet of water. Most are using spoons. Fish were caught towards the Sand River in 150 to 200 feet by those using dipsey divers and lead core. Most of the fish averaged 3 to 4 pounds.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches. Those trolling crawler harnesses and crank baits in 7 to 12 feet in the evening caught fish. Others marked fish in the Breezy Point area but water clarity was high and few fish were caught. Good to excellent smallmouth action between the Ford River mouth and Breezy Point and further south to No-See-Um Creek. Try 4 to 12 feet with crawlers, leeches, crank baits or plastics. Quite a few large fish were caught. Catch rates for perch were down. The better fishing was in 10 to 20 feet between the Day’s River and the Second Reef when using crawlers. A few jumbo perch were taken in 7 to 10 feet off Breezy Point. Salmon anglers are heading south of the Ford River Can and fishing 40 to 80 feet down in 80 to 130 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth anglers had fair to good catches from Porcupine Point to Indian Point when casting or trolling crawlers, leeches, crank baits or plastics in 4 to 12 feet. Ogontz had similar results in 3 to 8 feet and Kate’s Bay had good catches in 10 to 12 feet. Garden Bay had good to excellent perch fishing about 100 yards from the boat launch. Try crawlers in 8 to 10 feet. At Fairport, salmon anglers had fair to good catches but the better locations changed daily. Try 40 to 90 feet down in 80 to 150 feet with copper, meat rigs and spoons. Many are now south of Poverty Island. Even though the fish are moving in and out, we are now at the peak of the salmon season so this is the time to get out there.

Au Train: Those targeting lake trout continue to target waters 150 to 220 feet deep north of Au Train Island, Shelter Bay flats and near the Wood Island Reef. Fish were caught on spoons with cut bait near the bottom. No salmon to report.

Munising: Catch rates for lake trout increased but most were putting in their time to earn their catches. The better spots were along Pictured Rocks, Grand Portal, Grump’s Hump and the Big Reef. Reports from the Big Reef indicate bigger fish are being caught and limit catches were the rule. Fish ranged 12 to 17 pounds. Pier fishing was slow especially for splake.

Grand Marais: There were no reports from anglers targeting whitefish. Boat anglers are targeting lake trout north and west of the bay when heading out three to seven miles to the shipping channels. Good catches were reported off the southwest bank near Caribou Island in waters between 70 and 260 feet deep. A few small perch were caught at the marina and near the boat launch but many were throw backs.

St. Mary’s River: Good numbers of Atlantic salmon and whitefish have been caught in Sault St. Marie when drifting fly baits on the discharge side of the Power Plant just off Portage Street. Those fishing two miles east of Lime Island caught whitefish around Butter Field Island and Maple Island when jigging fly baits or wax worms in 40 to 50 feet. Northern pike are good just off weed beds in Lake Nicolet, and Bay Dewausi when trolling spoons in 6 to 8 feet. Morning and evenings were best. Walleye action was good thirty minutes before dark when drifting crawlers off the breakwall just below the Sugar Island Ferry. Shore anglers do best using a 3 oz. sinker with a 24 inch leader and crawler harness. A few muskie were caught in 6 to 8 feet by those trolling large black bucktail spinners below the rock cut at Tea Pot Island. Moon Island east of Kemps Point is producing a few 8 to 10 inch yellow perch. Try worms and shiner minnows in the early morning. Raber Bay is producing a lot of walleye but many were small.

Detour: Boat anglers did well for chinook, pink salmon and lake trout when trolling from the city launch to the #3 Green Can, around the lighthouse and to the #2 Red Can on the Drummond Island side.

Cedarville and Hessel: Had excellent pike fishing for those using chubs in Hessel Bay, Middle Entrance, and along the north shore of Government Bay. Bass anglers casting in the shallows had excellent catch rates. Perch fishing is good in Hessel Bay in 8 feet but hit-or-miss in the Moscoe Channel. Herring can still be found in McKay Bay and Prentice Bay. A few boats had limit catches.

St. Ignace: Was producing a good number of chinook and lake trout for those fishing around Mackinac Island.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

Carmon-Helmboldt

Fishing at Rose Lake,Carmon Helmboldt shows usthe 10 1/2″ Perch he caught.

That dreaded disease called “Salmon Fever” has started. You’ll catch it!

Every morning the boat launches at the Manistee and Frankfort fill up. You’ll see all sizes of boats from small tin boats to the charters trolling for salmon, steelhead and lakers.

Salmon are also in Manistee Lake. Afternoons you’ll see boats filled with Anglers verticae jigging with Lazer Spoons and Swedish Pimples. Hang on when a salmon hits.

The Manistee River has also started. Some salmon have already made it to Tippy Dam. Boat Anglers are casting Storm Thunder Sticks.

Both lakes Mitchell and Cadillac have been calm this past week. Warm afternoons with cool mornings and evenings.
The surface water temperature on Lake Mitchell is about 77°. The cool evenings and glass like early mornings have provided perfect fishing conditions as we approach mid-August. The numbers of pike, largemouth bass and panfish have been outstanding for an otherwise difficult month to catch fish.

Want to catch bass? Anglers are casting everything at them and they’re responding. Live bait anglers are catching on crawlers and leeches. Those using artificials are casting plastics, spinner baits and top water baits. They are biting across the board. Fifteen to 18″ large mouths are common. Tournament Fishermen are able to cull their catches.

No change in walleye fishing. One caught here or there, usually just fishing. No numbers. No patterns. They’re more tempermental in August and giving those targeting them trouble.

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Finally Summer Weather Michigan Fishing Report

Randy-Johnson

Randy Johnson with a nice pike out of the Cadillac area.

Skamania steelhead have been fair at Tippy and the Boardman River

Finally we are getting great weather that we have been missing all summer and the fishing has been great.

The fishing has been good this week with Houghton Lake being great for gills as limit catches also walleye have been fair. Leeches are the ticket, also crawlers

Burt, Mullet, black and crooked lake have been great for walleye this week with crawlers being the best bet.

Pentwater has had a good perch bite the last two weeks with minnows and worms working best.

Lake Leelanau has been fair for walleye with crawlers and leeches working best.

Otsego has been good this week on perch and walleye.

Margrethe has had a great bite this week on panfish and walleye with crickets, worms and waxworms for the gills, walleye cralwers and leeches.

Platte Lake has been good for big walleyes with leeches and crawlers

Big Glenn Lake has been fair for perch with preserved wiggler and minnow working best.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Salmon reports were few but lake trout are still being caught from 5 Mile Point to Harbor Point. A good number of fish were marked 110 feet down.

Petoskey: Many are catching lake trout and a couple chinook just past Bay Harbor and near the hospital. Anglers marked large schools of baitfish and both salmon and trout had alewife in their bellies. Lake trout were anywhere from 60 to 100 feet down. Most are using spoons, flashers and flies. Those fishing the D Pier caught a stray walleye or two, sub-legal smallmouth bass and rock bass on crawlers. A good number of smaller bass were caught outside the breakwall.

Bear River: Steelhead action at the dam has slowed but anglers still caught a few fish when using spawn bags or natural baits.

Charlevoix: Salmon fishing picked with many catching one or more chinook of good size. Most were fishing the area from Fisherman’s Island to the area around the Can at the cement plant in 120 to 150 feet. Try 50 to 75 feet down with spoons, meat rigs and plugs. Lake trout were caught in front of the cement plant and off North Point on spoons and meat rigs 40 to 90 feet down in 100 to 130 feet. White spoons with colored dots were hot. The salmon bite was best in the early morning. Smallmouth fishing in the Pine River Channel was hit-or-miss. Freshwater drum and rock bass were caught on natural baits.

Traverse City: The East Bay had good lake trout action near the bottom in 90 to 120 feet. Those jigging managed to catch a few whitefish as well. Catch rates for chinook were slow for those running flies behind dodgers 50 to 60 feet down. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught within 10 feet of bottom in 85 to 115 feet. Try spoons or spin-glows. Salmon were slow.

Elk River: Is producing smallmouth bass and rock bass for those using crawlers or leeches below the power dam.

Boardman River: Is producing summer steelhead near the Union Street Dam. Most are drifting spawn bags.

Platte River: Fishing was slow but those near Veteran’s Park are taking advantage of the fly hatches towards dark.

Loon Lake: Anglers were catching a few walleye and pike on the west side.

Platte Bay: Catch rates were hit-or-miss but those trolling caught a couple big chinook salmon and lake trout.

Frankfort: No big numbers but some very nice catches were reported by those fishing the Herring Hole and north to the point in 100 to 180 feet. Chinook and steelhead were caught and those going deeper caught lake and brown trout. Most are using spoons and meat rigs with white and blue the hot colors. Alewife were seen around the piers and chinook were caught off the wall by the car ferry landing.

Onekama: Those trolling the top 60 to 90 feet in waters 160 to 180 feet deep caught chinook and steelhead. The early morning bite was best.

Portage Lake: The water is beginning to warm a bit so anglers are moving out a little deeper and fishing in 12 to 21 feet for bluegills and perch in the morning. Those working the breakwall caught some nice smallmouth bass.

Manistee: Catch rates were hit-or-miss. Boat anglers found salmon and trout 20 to 80 feet down in 80 to 300 feet on glow spoons and plugs as well as yellow or purple meat rigs. No salmon were caught off the piers.

Manistee River: Has been good for those fly fishing and those casting spinners. Caddis flies were reported below Tippy Dam. Bass fishing has been very good for those casting.

Ludington: Anglers found trout and salmon in 70 to 160 feet. Out deeper, try the top 80 feet with green or blue spoons and purple or blue meat rigs. Pier anglers said the perch action was slow.

Pere Marquette River: Is also good for those fly fishing. Anglers are catching summer steelhead and brown trout.

Pentwater: Those trolling 58 feet down caught lake trout. Chinook were taken right off the bottom in 80 to 120 feet near the sand dunes at Silver Lake. Some fishing in waters 200 feet deep took steelhead right off the surface.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Anglers continue to catch a mixed bag of chinook and pink salmon, steelhead, lake trout and a few walleye. While the fish are scattered, the best depths were 40 to 100 feet and the hot colors were orange, green, blue, black and white or anything that glows early and late. The bigger fish were caught on attractors with flies, squid and cut bait. The key is to find baitfish.

Alpena: Activity has slowed but those fishing around Thunder Bay Island and the “Humps” did well for lake trout and the occasional steelhead or salmon. Walleye fishing slowed as most were now fishing Rockport.

Thunder Bay River: Did not have much to report. Anglers are using live bait or trolling for whatever might hit like walleye, smallmouth bass or catfish.

Fletcher’s Pond: Has been good for panfish and largemouth bass.

Harrisville: Dredging will begin within the next 7 to 10 days however it should not affect anglers making their way out into the harbor and the lake. Access for shore anglers may be blocked for a short time. Fishing was spotty. Most are targeting walleye in 12 to 45 feet between Greenbush and Sturgeon Point with crawler harnesses, bottom bouncers and body baits. Lake trout moved out deeper and are hitting on dark colors in 100 to 150 feet.

Oscoda: Catch rates picked up for boat and shore anglers. Boat anglers had good success fishing the bottom 2/3 of water 120 to 150 feet deep. Dark colors work best but anglers might want to think about running a good spread of baits throughout the water column. Pier anglers caught a mix of smallmouth bass, catfish, pike and walleye. Start looking for the early fall salmon or steelhead off the piers because they were logged in at this time last year.

Houghton Lake: Anglers caught walleye along the weed beds. Panfish activity was hit-or-miss but anglers did manage to find rock bass, crappie and bluegills.

Tawas: Those trolling caught a few walleye near Buoys #4 and #6 and off Jerry’s Marina. Some caught small perch. Pier anglers are getting smallmouth, rock bass and a few perch. Those casting body baits at night have caught a few walleye.

Tawas River: Is producing a few rock bass and smallmouth bass.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was slow. The best action was in 10 to 15 feet when using Hot-n-Tot’s, husky jerks and crawler harnesses. The action was scattered around the shipping channel, off the hotel and towards the Saganing Bar.

Au Gres River: Is producing a few channel cats.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Black River Harbor: Lake trout fishing was fair in 100 to 120 feet.

Ontonagon: Fishing was spotty because of all the wind. A few lake trout were caught 10 to 15 feet off the bottom in 60 to 80 feet. Green and orange spoons worked best. Walleye fishing was slow with only a couple fish caught.

Lake Antoine: Boat and shore anglers are still catching sunfish, bluegills, yellow perch and rock bass when drifting crawlers. Many were small however a few nice ones were caught. Bass anglers continue to do well when casting or trolling crank baits or plastics. A few walleye and northern pike were also caught.

Marquette: Most are targeting lake trout and salmon. A few coho were caught on high-lines and dipsey divers. The better success was near the White Rocks, north to Granite Island and near Little Presque Isle and the Clay Banks. Those trolling caught lake trout 40 to 50 feet down in less than 150 feet. Those fishing the “Sand Hole” found fish in waters 200 feet or more when using spoons tipped with cut bait. Colder water temperatures may be keeping the lake trout suspended. Those fishing around Stannard Rock had good success but the fish were smaller.

Little Bay De Noc: The Kipling boat launch is now open. Angler participation was down with the exception of salmon anglers. Walleye catches were fair. In the Kipling area anglers trolled or drifted crawlers on harnesses in 18 to 30 feet and along the Center and Third Reefs in 10 to 20 feet. The Escanaba River anglers also reported fair catches using the same in 8 to 12 feet. Perch anglers did a little better with fair catches in the Gladstone Beach area when still-fishing crawlers or minnows in 10 to 25 feet and east of Butler Island in 10 to 14 feet. A few good catches of perch were reported just south of the Day’s River in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike were active with fair to good catches reported around the mouth of the Day’s River using crank baits or spoons in 10 to 12 feet, by the shipping docks in Escanaba in 8 to 12 feet and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when trolling the channel with spinners, spoons or crank baits. Good smallmouth action between the Ford River and Breezy Point when casting plastics, crank baits or spinners in 12 feet. Salmon anglers reported fair catches north of the Ford River Can 50 to 60 feet down in 80 to 90 feet. The better catches were further south almost to the Cedar River when fishing 40 to 60 feet down in 80 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Pretty much all the anglers were bass fishing. The hot spots were between Poplar Point and Porcupine Point when casting or trolling crank baits, spinners or plastics in and around 12 feet of water. Fair catches were reported in 10 to 14 feet near Ogontz. Lots of freshwater drum in 10 to 15 feet in the south end of Kate’s Bay. Catch rates for salmon off Fairport were fair to good 40 to 60 feet down in 80 feet. Some did well while others struggled. Try copper, spoons or meat rigs.

Au Train: Anglers are mainly targeting lake trout when trolling spoons. Popular colors were orange and gold or green and silver. Catch rates were slightly better two to three miles north of Au Train Island and towards the Shelter Bay flats. Some observed lake trout surface feeding on flying ants on calm days.

Au Train Lake: Had good walleye fishing. Try along the west side near the inlets with jigs, rapalas and live bait such as leeches.

Munising: Catch rates for lake trout were poor to fair with anglers putting in long days while trolling the popular spots like Pictured Rocks, Grand Portal, Grand Island and Wood Island Reefs. Water temperatures were still in the low to mid 50′s. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple legal-size splake taken. A few pike 26 to 30 inches were caught recently. Reports from the Big Reef indicate fishing was starting to improve.

Grand Marais: Had low angler activity and catch rates have not changed since last week. Boat anglers were still heading north and west of the bay, out near the shipping channels and near Sable Point and targeting waters 70 to 200 feet deep. No salmon to report. A few tried offshore at the marina but had no luck. Pier fishing was limited but anglers may still find a couple whitefish when using a single egg.

Big Manistique Lake: Perch fishing was fair in 10 to 15 feet. Some use leeches to catch the bigger fish.

Luce County: The inland lakes are producing bass, pike, and walleye.

St. Mary’s River: Those fishing at the Clover Land Power Plant are doing well for lake whitefish when drifting a #12 hook fly in the tail waters off the discharge side of the plant. They are catching as many Atlantic salmon are they are whitefish. Drift fishing with small worms will also catch Atlantic salmon. Walleye were caught on the east side of Sugar Island near Hay Point when trolling crawler harnesses with gold beads and silver smiley blades in 8 to 12 feet just off the weed beds. Walleye were slow in the shipping channel between 6 Mile and 9 Mile. Water temperatures were still about 58 degrees in most of the river. The Rock Cut downstream to Moon Island and the entire south end of Neebish Island were slow for walleye and smallmouth bass. Raber Bay had ongoing fly hatches. The lake herring have finally showed up in fair numbers on the west side of Lime Island at the State Boat Dock. A caddis fly with a Swedish pimple worked good in 17 to 18 feet off the dock at the State Campground. Boat anglers need to use caution in the waters around Drummond Island. Water levels are up however there are a lot of rocks just below the surface.

Detour: Red teardrops and wax worms are still taking whitefish around Cherry Island, Ashmund Island, Grape Island, Howard Island, and Reck Island. Trout and salmon action was good with anglers taking lake trout, chinook and Atlantic salmon when using red and white, green and silver or purple spoons. They are fishing from the city launch to the #3 Green Can and around the lighthouse to the #2 Red Can on the Drummond side. Northern pike are good at Grape Island in 6 to 8 feet on the southeast side when trolling chrome spoons with a red eye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Had good yellow perch action when using minnows in 8 to 12 feet in Hessel Bay. Anglers are fishing the east end and just into Snows Channel. Moscoe Channel remains fair for perch. Excellent pike fishing along the north shore of Government Bay in 10 to 15 feet, Middle Entrance, Musky Bay and along the south shore of Hessel Bay in 8 to 12 feet when still-fishing with chubs or casting. Excellent large and smallmouth bass fishing continues for those casting spinners in the shallow bays along the weed beds and lily pads.

St. Ignace: Anglers are harvesting lake trout from Mackinac Island to the north. Chinook were hitting in the bay right in front of the city launch. Early morning was best and the hot colors were orange, green and gold or blue and silver.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Attention Anglers: With the ongoing algae bloom, the fish are safe to eat however anglers will want to rinse their catch if taken in waters where the algae is concentrated. Walleye fishing slowed but fish were still caught in 16 to 20 feet in Brest Bay when using spoons or crank baits such as wiggle warts, tail dancers or rattling Hot-n-Tot’s. Good colors were orange, pink or purple. A few fish were taken on crawler harnesses in 24 to 26 feet at Stony Point. Perch fishing was good for those using perch rigs and minnows at Stony Point as well as straight out from Bolles Harbor in 24 to 26 feet.

Huron River: Is producing smallmouth bass and catfish.

Detroit River: A few walleye were caught by those jigging crawlers in the lower Trenton Channel. Perch were caught along the weed edges around Celeron Island.

Lake St. Clair: Anglers are doing well for bass when casting spinners, tube baits and crank baits or still-fishing with crawlers and leeches in 12 to 15 feet. Try the cuts and canals in Anchor Bay. Those targeting muskie have caught some nice fish when trolling near the Dumping Grounds.

Port Sanilac: Fishing has slowed on the outside of the Thumb. Anglers are going 100 to 125 feet for chinook and shallow for steelhead. No perch to report.

Harbor Beach: For lake trout try 60 to 125 feet down in 90 to 175 feet with dodgers, spin-glows and spoons. Steelhead were caught straight out and north of the harbor when using spoons off downriggers or 2,3,5,7 and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Bright orange and black, copper or green are good colors to start with. Walleye were caught north of the harbor in 25 to 70 feet by those using crawler harnesses, small spoons or Hot-n-Tot’s. Best colors were lime green, copper or mixed veggie.

Port Austin: Was producing salmon in 100 to 120 feet. Anglers found better walleye fishing here. Try crawler harnesses near the light and to the west in 40 feet. A couple fish were caught off Oak Point.

Saginaw Bay: Some walleye were caught a mile south of the Spark Plug in 24 feet, off Gambil’s in 16 feet, off the Pinconning Bar in 12 to 14 feet, off Linwood in 17 feet and off the Callahan Reef. Along the inner bay, success was spotty because the fish were scattered. Some were caught in 12 to 14 feet on blue and silver crawler harnesses and a few were caught along the Coryeon Reef. No perch to report in the inner bay. From Quanicassee to Bay Port, the fish were scattered so anglers were fishing at all depths. Some did best in 10 to 14 feet when using crawler harnesses or Hot-n-Tot’s.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers at Smith Park caught channel cats and freshwater drum.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

New Buffalo: Boats trolling in waters between 160 and 200 feet caught some nice chinook, coho and steelhead. Most are using lead core and sliders with spoons in bright colors. Perch anglers are fishing in 20 to 40 feet north of the port.

Kalamazoo River: Is producing smallmouth and catfish below the Allegan Dam.

Gull Lake: Is producing bluegill and some perch. Pike anglers found fish when trolling out near the Hog’s Back in 18 to 30 feet.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers are catching salmon 40 to 85 feet down in 80 to 130 feet. Steelhead were caught on orange spoons in the top 30 feet. Salmon were caught on blue and green spoons and flies or white paddles, spinnies and flies. Yellow, blue green or purple meat rigs also caught fish. Pier fishing slowed as water temperatures were back up to 65 degrees or more.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The occasional steelhead can still be found up near the dam. Orange or gold were good colors. Those targeting catfish have done well on live or cut bait. Smallmouth bass action was good.

Grand River at Lansing: Is producing smallmouth bass and catfish. Some pike were caught in Jackson County.

Lake Lansing: Was producing some good size bass.

Lake Ovid: Anglers had limited success for bass, muskie, and panfish.

Shiawassee River: Those fishing from Henderson Road to Johnstone Road had some luck when fishing the deeper holes. They caught some nice smallmouth bass along with panfish and suckers.

Muskegon: Anglers here were fishing the same depths as Grand Haven. Salmon were 40 to 85 feet down and steelhead were hitting in the top 30 feet of waters 80 to 130 feet deep. Use orange spoons for steelhead or blue and green with white paddles or spinnies and flies for salmon. Meat rigs also caught fish. Hot colors were yellow, a blue green or purple.

Muskegon Lake: Anglers have caught smaller walleye and bass. Catch rates for panfish were fair to good.

Muskegon River: Has active fly hatches. Smallmouth bass fishing is very good.

Whitehall: Anglers found 39 degree water in 30 to 40 feet. Some traveled north a mile or two and fished 15 to 40 feet down in 140 to 160 feet and caught steelhead which were feeding on flies. A couple chinook were also caught. Pier anglers caught a fair number of perch with cooler water close to shore. Minnows worked best. A couple salmon and brown trout were caught on body baits

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

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Ethan Shipley hold a Lake Cadillac pike

Everyones favorite, walleye have not been cooperating. Serious anglers have had to target them this time of year. It seems like one here or there but everyone agrees that they’re in deep water. Live bait seems to be the only thing they’re interested in. Leeches or crawlers are what they’re hungry for. Try some red, purple or white combinations of harnesses to feed their appetites. Early mornings and evenings might be the only times you’ll see the elusive walleye.

Pike fishermen have been fighting the weather, but have also been fighting pike. Some decent Northerns have been coming from Cadillac and Mitchell. Our contest Leader remains at 33 1/2″ caught in June; but there are bigger pike lurking in the weed beds. Retrieve spinner baits slowly over the weed beds. Watch them chase them.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell have exceptional numbers of bass, especially large mouths. Plastic worms have been the favorite with no particular color working better then others. Try a pack of Yamamoto senkos and toss them under docks and at the edges of weed beds. Tournament Anglers have been culling their catches. It has been fun.

No extreme Summer heat yet. Panfishermen are also doing well. Near limits of gills and crappie are common. Don’t just sit and wait, keep moving. Once found they’re usually in schools. Drift till you get bites, then anchor.

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Michigan Fishing Report 7/24/14

skamania fever

skamania fever

Fishing has been good on most inland lakes and leeches seem to be the hot ticket this week.

Although steelhead fishing is most commonly associated with late fall, winter and spring, there are some summer-run migratory rainbow trout found in Michigan. Popularly Skamania called “Skamania,” the name of the hatchery that developed the strain, summer-run steelhead can be found in just a couple of Michigan streams these days, though at one time they were stocked in a handful of Lower Peninsula waterways.

Skamania Fever is on as many river are having a run this week with Tippy Dam being a hotspot along with many in the Boardman river the last couple days.

Houghton Lake has been great for gills, bass and walleye with leeches the best bet.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake trout fishing was hit-or-miss but some were caught around Harbor Point. Many were smaller than the minimum size limit of 20 inches. Some nice smallmouth bass were caught on tube baits on the harbor side.

Petoskey: Anglers are mainly catching lake trout with most boats focusing on the area from the water treatment plant to Bay Harbor. The fish are 50 to 90 feet down in waters 75 to 140 feet deep. They are hitting on winged glow bobbers and spoons combined with flashers or cowbells. Undersize smallmouth and rock bass are still hitting on crawlers, crank baits and soft plastics near the mouth of the Bear River.

Bear River: The rain did bring some Skamania up to the dam. The summer run steelhead were mostly males and hitting on spawn bags and flies. Some of the fish were over 10 pounds.

Charlevoix: Salmon are starting to show up. Chinook were caught 80 to 90 feet down in 110 to 200 feet. Those fishing off the Cement Plant caught a few more than those at North Point. Spoons and meat rigs worked best. Most are catching lake trout off North Point of South Point. Try 50 to 90 feet down in 100 to 140 feet with glow bobbers, spoons and meat rigs. Fishing pressure has increased in the channel where anglers caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum on live or artificial crawlers and leeches. Lake Charlevoix still has a mayfly hatch.

Traverse City: Lake trout fishing was fair in the East Bay. Anglers are trolling 40 to 50 feet down in 70 to 90 feet. A few salmon were also caught. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair in waters up to 15 feet deep. A limited number of lake trout were caught in the West Bay. Try spoons or spin-glows 45 feet down in 60 to 90 feet. Only a few salmon were caught. Smallmouth bass were caught between the shallows and 15 foot.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass have been caught using leeches, crawlers, and tube baits. The majority were sub-legal.

Boardman River: : Catch rates were slow but a couple summer steelhead were caught near the Union Street Dam. Try spawn or crawlers. Most are catching smallmouth bass or some rock bass.

Platte River: Fishing slowed because of the warm water. Some found small trout feeding on hatches in the upper stretch below the hatchery. Most of the cold water species have gone out to the big lake. Some very large carp and suckers are holding below the hatchery.

Platte Bay: Had good lake trout fishing when those in small boats were able to launch. Those trolling spoons did very well in 50 to 90 feet.

Frankfort: Cooler water slowed salmon fishing. A few chinook were caught in the top 80 feet of waters 120 to 250 feet deep. Blue has been the popular color. Lake trout were very active in 70 to 90 feet. Try bouncing the bottom with cowbells and spin-glows. Pier anglers are catching freshwater drum when casting small spoons.

Onekama: The “Barrel” is producing good catches of lake trout for those trolling green spin-glows near the bottom in 75 to 100 feet. Cooler water temperatures had salmon anglers heading out 12 miles to find fish.

Portage Lake: Had yet another fly hatch with the cooler temperatures. Panfish anglers are having a difficult time finding good numbers of hungry fish. Bass anglers did well near structure and along the drop-offs.

Pentwater: Most anglers fishing off Little Sable Point returned with no fish. There is a concentration of boats fishing across from Stoney Lake which is where the fish are.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Boat anglers are taking chinook, coho, pink salmon, steelhead and lake trout in 45 to 120 feet. Most are spreading lines throughout the water column with blue and silver, green or black and white spoons. Steelhead were up high and hitting on orange spoons. Try Forty Mile Point, straight out from the harbor or south towards Swan Bay and Adams Point.

Alpena: Those targeting trout and salmon are heading towards the Nine Mile Can, Rockport, the Nordmere Wreck and Thunder Bay Island and fishing in 45 to 90 feet. Anglers are using spoons and attractors for lake trout near the bottom. Steelhead were caught up high on orange spoons. Walleye are being caught throughout the bay. Hot spots were Sulphur Island, Grass Island, Scarecrow and Thunder Bay Island when using a combination of crawler harnesses and crank baits.

Thunder Bay River: Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass and a few walleye. Anglers are using crawlers and leeches or casting artificial baits.

Harrisville: Fishing slowed as water temperatures dropped. Boats making their way out had limited success for steelhead, lake trout and salmon. Try dark colors and start shallow about 60 feet and head out to 120 feet. Walleye were holding in 12 to 40 feet north and south of the harbor.

Oscoda: Boat anglers had decent results for lake trout, steelhead and the odd salmon. Most were dropping lines in 75 feet and working their way out in the morning. In the evening, reverse and follow the fish into shallow waters. Lake trout are hitting on dark colors in the bottom 20 feet. Steelhead are on the scum lines and staying up high.

Au Sable River: Walleye are still making their way into the river in good numbers. Crawlers, leeches and stick baits are working well early or late.

Higgins Lake: Continues to produce a lot of rock bass. Perch have been caught but anglers will have to locate the schools of fish. Those trolling and jigging caught lake trout along the bottom. Most are fishing along the ridge that runs off the North Sunken Island. Some caught bass ranging 17 inches or so while others have caught pike ranging 22 to 34 inches.

Houghton Lake: Those fishing along the weed beds are catching panfish, walleye and bass. Try 6 to 10 feet of water.

Tawas: Pier and river fishing were slow with only a few smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum and small perch caught. Boats trolling outside Buoy #2 caught steelhead off the surface and down to about 20 feet in waters 35 to 50 feet deep. A few walleyes were also caught. A couple of boats perch fishing along the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina caught a fair number of fish ranging 6 to 10 inches. A good number of walleye boats continue to head south to the Charity Islands.

Au Gres: Water temperatures dropped because of prevailing winds however those trolling were still taking good catches of walleye straight off the mouth of the Au Gres River and south of Pointe Au Gres off the Rifle Bar in 10 to 20 feet. Look for areas of warm water and you will find active fish.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: A few chinook were caught by those trolling from Sand Point to Carla’s Restaurant. Try 25 to 50 feet down in 30 to 60 feet and trolling speeds between 2.2 and 2.8 mph. Lake trout, brown trout, splake and steelhead were also caught on orange, purple and green lures. Those jigging for lake trout did fair in 180 to 260 feet out from Jentoff’s Dock, Whir-I-Gig and the pine tree on the north side of Pequaming. Traverse Bay had fair catches of lake trout within 5 feet of bottom in 100 to 150 feet along the Mile Reefs or in 120 to 165 feet off Big Louie’s, Gay Point and Hermits Cove. Try spoons in a variety of colors including purple and white. For the South Portage Entry, lake trout were caught from the Lighthouse south to the Red Rocks along U.S. 41 when trolling 25 to 40 feet down in 30 to 60 feet with purple spoons. Lake trout were also caught when trolling in 90 to 180 feet along Farmer’s Reef and Newton’s Reef.

Lake Antoine: Anglers are catching lots of panfish but finding the bigger ones has become a challenge. Those drifting crawlers or using minnows caught bluegills, perch, sunfish, rock bass and the occasional crappie. Smallmouth bass anglers have caught some nice fish when casting crank baits or trolling lures.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fewer anglers as alewife and fly hatches are keeping the fish well fed. The boat launch at Kipling is closed until mid-August so crews can replace the ramp and do some dredging. A few walleye were caught in the “Fingers” which are straight out from the Ford River. Most were trolling crawlers or stick baits in 14 to 25 feet. Fair perch fishing at Gladstone when using crawlers or minnows in 14 to 25 feet and off the mouth of the Escanaba River in 25 feet. Pike anglers caught some big fish 40 inches or more when trolling crank baits or spoons in 12 to 22 feet near the Escanaba ship docks. Salmon fishing was fair to good out near the Ford River Can. Several fish over 20 pounds were caught 50 to 70 feet down in 110 to 120 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Bass anglers report fewer catches than previous years and cooler water temperatures could be the reason why. Most were fishing the southern end of Kate’s Bay and near Garden Bluff with spinners, crank baits or plastics in 10 to 18 feet. Off Fairport, anglers reported fair to good catches when trolling spoons 50 to 70 feet down in 120 to 140 feet in the “Gap”. Copper was the hot color. Some anglers are doing well but others not so well. Surface waters temperatures were 54 to 56 degrees and somewhere near 44 degrees where the fish are.

Munising: Boat anglers targeting lake trout were also picking up a few splake, brown trout and steelhead. Catch rates for lake trout were slow. Boats were heading east along Pictured Rocks towards Grand Portal, around Grand Island and north of Wood Island. Pier anglers were few and catch rates for splake were slow but some did manage to catch the occasional legal fish in the 15 to 19 inch range. No report from shore anglers or Big Reef.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers were few. With the cool water temperatures, there should be some whitefish especially on days with a north wind. Those fishing in the early morning reported a few limit catches on the windy days. Boat fishing was slow but anglers were still fishing 3 to 6 miles out in the shipping channels and near Sable Point. Fish were found in waters 70 to 200 feet deep.

St. Mary’s River: Atlantic salmon arrived at the Clover Land Power Plant on Portland Street. Anglers have taken limit catches of 7 to 9 pound fish when trolling 3 inch spoons 4 to 6 feet down. Fish were also caught when drifting small brown fly baits for whitefish near the water discharge. Walleye fishing was good for shore anglers just before dark below the Sugar Island Ferry Dock. Try drifting crawlers with 4 ounce sinkers along the steel breakwall. Walleye were slow in Raber Bay and those caught were undersize. Walleye, musky and pike action was slow downstream of the Rock-Cut and Moon Island but pike were caught by those trolling spoons in 5 to 6 feet along the weed beds in Lake Nicolet. Anglers are still waiting for lake herring to show up near Lime Island and Raber Bay. No reports yet but it should not be too much longer.

Detour: Lake herring and whitefish were caught on red teardrops with wax worms around Cherry Island, Ashmund Island, Grape Island, Howard Island and Reck Island which is just south of Harbor Island. Trout and salmon action was good with Atlantic, chinook and lake trout taken between the city launch and the #3 Green Can and around the lighthouse to the #2 Red Can on the Drummond side. Red and white, green and silver or purple spoons were hot.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing the east end of Hessel Bay and the north end of Snows Channel have caught some nice perch. Pike fishing was good in Hessel Bay, Musky Bay and Middle Entrance. Pike and bass were taken in shallow waters in Mackinaw Bay and Shephard Bay. Lake herring are here and catch rates were good in McKay Bay and Prentice Bay for those using small caddis flies, wax worms and red teardrops.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye are being caught off Stony Point, the Dumping Grounds, and along the Michigan-Ohio border. Most fish were caught on crawler harnesses, spoons and crank baits. Hot colors were copper and purple. A good number of perch were caught in 22 to 26 feet at Stony Point. Minnows work best.

Detroit River: Those jigging out near Horse Island have caught a few walleye. Fish were also caught by those trolling crawler harnesses in the lower river. Those fishing the rock piles off Rat Island have caught some nice yellow perch.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Bluegills were caught along the drop-off on Strawberry Lake. Bass fishing was slow for the most part but a few fish were taken along the weed beds in deep water and along the flats towards evening. The better fishing is during the week when there is less boat traffic.

Oakland County: Catch rates for bass and panfish were picking up on inland lakes.

Lake St. Clair: Bass fishing has been very good. Fish were scattered in 6 to 18 feet and hitting on a variety of baits. Lots of fish were in the 2 to 4 pound range and some were larger. Walleye and perch fishing on the Michigan side were spotty as the fish seem to be scattered.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing was very good after dark between Marine City and Port Huron. Walleye action during the day was fair with fish caught in the South Channel and the Middle Channel. White bass continue to provide good action along the channels. Try casting over the weed beds along the shallow flats off the North and Middle Channels. These same areas are producing muskie.

Port Sanilac: Perch fishing here and at Lexington was spotty with anglers having trouble finding the fish. All you can do is move from weed bed to weed bed and look for an active school of fish.

Harbor Beach: When boats can get out, they are still catching trout and salmon. The fish might be scattered so finding them may take a while. Best fishing was straight out, north or south of the harbor in waters between 50 and 200 feet deep. For walleye, those casting off the wall have taken fish in the early morning or late at night.

Grindstone City: Had very good walleye fishing however a shift in the wind dropped lake temperature by 7 degrees. Anglers were working hard to find fish. The same pattern is making it hard for salmon and trout anglers because the thermocline was so far offshore.

Port Austin: Had excellent walleye fishing east to Grindstone City and around to Lighthouse Park in 30 to 40 feet. Spoons and crawler harnesses took fish in the 3 to 5 pound range. Recent weather patterns pushed in warm water along the tip of the Thumb and that may have fueled the bite. Walleye fishing to the west of the port was not good because of cold water.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye are still being caught at a variety of locations including 18 to 24 feet off Pinconning and Gambil’s Marina, 18 feet off Linwood, the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), north of Buoys 1 & 2 which is the Green Spark Plug, the Slot from Quanicassee to North Island in 7 to 11 feet. Crawler harnesses in all the usual colors continue to be the go-to bait as well as blue and silver crank baits. Shore fishing at all locations was generally slow with only a few bass, freshwater drum, and catfish taken. Water temperatures at Caseville were hovering around 59 degrees which sharply curtailed success but walleye were still caught north of the Charity Islands and off Oak Point.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Had very good perch fishing but then it slowed. The better fishing was south of the pier in 30 feet. The few boats targeting salmon had some good catches in 140 feet. Spoons were the ticket. Pier anglers are catching freshwater drum.

South Haven: Perch fishing continues to get better. Catch rates were fair with most fish taken in 28 feet. Salmon fishing slowed. Some fish were caught but the boats had to go out very deep to catch them. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Anglers are fishing up to 70 feet down in 75 to 175 feet. Most fish were caught on orange, green or blue spoons however those using a white spinnie with a green fly or yellow meat rigs have also taken fish. Perch fishing was hit-or-miss along the mud line in front of the north pier and in the perch holes. Pier anglers are using shrimp and alewife however catch rates for steelhead were very slow because of the warm water.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing steelhead on flies and spinners. Channel and flathead catfish are hitting on live bait and cut bait. Anglers caught big suckers on crawlers and bass were hitting on crawlers, spinners and plastics.

Ingham County: Had good bass fishing throughout the area with limit catches reported. Anglers are catching keeper size bass, catfish and some nice panfish.

Muskegon: Is producing trout and steelhead. Anglers are trolling spoons in the top 30 feet of waters 90 to 120 feet deep around the first set of commercial nets which can be found from Muskegon south to Hoffmaster State Park. Try mini or regular spoons. Hot colors were UV, mixed veggie, orange and blue.

Muskegon River: Is producing a few trout for those fly fishing. Smallmouth bass fishing was good for those using crawlers, leeches and crayfish.

Whitehall: Those fishing across from Stoney Lake did well. The lake turned over and water temperatures were cold so fish were caught in the top 35 feet. Lake trout were suspended while chinook and steelhead could be found at the same depths. Most were using meat rigs.

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