HUGE BUCK

Gary Townsend from Prudenville bagged this monster 14-point
Gary Townsend from Prudenville bagged this monster 14-point

 

 

 

 

HUGE BUCK!! Gary Townsend from Prudenville bagged this monster 14-point with a 20″ spread. He was hunting on private property in Clare county. Awesome job, Gary!!

Baitman Slow Fishing Report 11/17/16

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Good Luck to everybody and be safe in the woods.

Things are slow this week with just a handful guys heading to the water as most  in the woods on this warm opener.

Walleye fishing has picked up and a few guys are using suckers and catching nice smallmouth. Perch fishing has slowed as many report lots of sorting this week.

They have been catching walleye off the pier at Whitehall, Hesperia has been fair for steelhead

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The rivers are low and clear which makes steelhead fishing more difficult. Despite that, a few were still caught in local rivers such as the Betsie, Manistee, Little Manistee and the Pere Marquette. The better action right now was pier and surf fishing at Frankfort, Manistee and Ludington.

Lake Leelanau: Boat anglers using shiners picked up a few perch. For walleye, try trolling, drifting or jigging in the south lake.

Traverse City: Continues to produce lake herring for boat anglers fishing in the East Bay off Elk Rapids.

Portage Lake: Boat anglers were taking some perch but also sorting out the small ones. Try 12 to 18 feet off Portage Point or Crescent Beach.

Manistee: The few boats still heading out have caught steelhead. Pier anglers and those surfcasting should find fish in the early morning or late evening.

Manistee Lake: Those trolling have caught a couple good size coho and steelhead. Most were trolling body baits like flatfish. Those same anglers have also caught the occasional pike but most were too small.

Big Manistee River: Water clarity has increased throughout the lower section. Steelhead were hitting in the early morning but were skittish when the sun comes out. Anglers drifting spawn were hard pressed and those casting crank baits said catch rates were hit-or-miss. Flies and beads seemed to be the most consistent.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Water temperatures remain in the high 40’s to low 50’s. Walleye action picked up some with morning anglers fairing the best. Catches varied but the best action was in and around 10 feet between the Third and the Center Reefs when trolling stick baits. Some were also caught in 18 to 24 feet. Perch catches were down with only a few fish reported around the Day’s River and south to the reefs. Walleye anglers were catching northern pike but many were undersize.

Two Hearted River: Has some steelhead with more fresh fish moving in. Anglers should anticipate more fish with the upcoming colder temperatures. This time of year can be a very good time to fish as many anglers are out hunting.

Tahquamenon River: Had good musky fishing.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mullett Lake: Windy conditions have kept boat anglers off the lake. The docks have been pulled out at both of the DNR launches. Surface water temperatures were near 50 degrees. Those targeting bass have caught fish.

Alpena: With colder weather moving in this weekend, whitefish could start moving into the shallows.

Au Sable River: Steelhead have been caught from the mouth up to Foote Dam.

Tawas: Did not have much angler activity. A couple pier anglers have caught the occasional whitefish however it was still too warm and the fish will not come into the shallows to spawn.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Those targeting yellow perch were still taking fish especially around Brest Bay, Stony Point and near the Raisin River Channel. White bass are still being caught as well.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers are still taking fish especially on the Canadian side when jigging or hand-lining.

Lake St. Clair: Continues to produce yellow perch, musky and bass.

St. Clair River: A few walleye were still being caught near Marine City and just north of the launch at Algonac. Some did better in Canadian waters. Catch and release sturgeon fishing has also been good.

Saginaw Bay: Boat anglers were still taking a good number of yellow perch throughout the bay. Most were targeting 6 to 12 feet. Walleye anglers reported slow fishing.

Saginaw River: Walleye anglers found some fish in the lower river.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph River: Anglers should find some steelhead all the up to the Berrien Springs Dam. Try spawn and beads, flies or small spoons and rapalas.

Kalamazoo River: Is producing steelhead below the Allegan Dam. Those fishing early morning or late evening caught the occasional walleye.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers and those surfcasting have caught steelhead on spawn. A few whitefish were caught on a small minnow or wax worm.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had reports of a good number of steelhead seen from the bridge and up near the Sixth Street Dam. Spawn and beads were catching fish. Catch rates should be good by the weekend with rain and snow in the forecast.

Grand River at Lansing: Pike and smallmouth bass are still being caught near the North Lansing Dam and near Grand Ledge.

Looking Glass River: Is a good place to target pike. Anglers can try Babcock’s Landing off Round Lake Road or downtown Dewitt.

Granger Pond: Near Lansing in Granger Meadows Park was producing some bluegills. This would be a good place to take the kids fishing.

Muskegon River: Water levels were low and clear. Anglers are getting some nice steelhead all the way up to Croton Dam and the fishing will only get better as temperatures drop and rain moves in. A few brown trout were also caught.

Baitman Fishing Report 11/10/2016

Portage Lake Whooper Perch
Portage Lake Whooper Perch

 

 

Lake Margrethe has been hot this week for perch and they have been good size also. Call Skip’s Sport for the latest report 989-348-7111

Portage Lake has been good this week for perch  but more sorting this week.

 

 

ciscoes from Grand Traverse East Bay
ciscoes from Grand Traverse East Bay

Ciscoes fishing has been awesome this week on Grand Traverse East Bay out of Elk Rapids

Long Lake has been fair but more small fish the last few days.

Glen Lake and Lake Leelanau the perch bite has been good with Big Glen for a couple days was awesome with jumbo perch biting on shiners and wigglers.

Burt and Mullet have been fair for perch this week

 

Tippy Dam has been good for steelhead with waxworks working best

 

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Salmon are pretty much done and steelhead fishing is the main game in this area of the state however we need more rain. The rivers are all low and clear, which makes fishing more difficult.

Traverse City: Boat anglers fishing the East Bay have caught a few lake herring between Elk Rapids and the Bluffs. Try Swedish pimples.

Frankfort: Surf and pier fishing for steelhead should be good.

Portage Lake: Boat anglers were doing well for yellow perch when using shiners. Try the west side of the lake near the channel in 12 to 18 feet. Many were smaller but some found fish up to 14 inches.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: A few anglers were out enjoying the nice weather. Most were targeting bass and walleye. Some bluegills were also caught.

Manistee: Surf and pier fishing for steelhead should be good.

Manistee Lake: Continues to produce some steelhead and coho between the Stronach Launch and the Packaging Corporation. Out in the open portions of the lake anglers managed to catch a couple coho here and there.

Big Manistee River: Anglers were hooking up on a steady stream of steelhead from Bear Creek down to the M-55 Bridge. Artificial baits including beads and flies continue to take more fish than spawn. Up at Tippy Dam, those chasing steelhead have caught fish but the numbers were low. Casting above the coffer dam yielded better results but anglers were putting in their time. Water above the coffer dam is a deeper pool and typically holds a lot of fish. Flies and wax worms were the ticket for fish up river.

Ludington: Surf and pier fishing for steelhead should be good. Boat anglers just outside the piers found fish in the top 30 feet when using very small spoons.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mullett Lake: Perch fishing was still slow near the Indian River. Most were lucky to get 10 to 20 keepers per trip. Bass anglers were blaming the unseasonably warm water temperatures for the slow fishing.

Alpena: If boats can get out, try fishing the reefs for whitefish. Colder weather is needed before the whitefish will come into the shallows to spawn.

Thunder Bay River: With the warmer temperatures, look for steelhead in the deeper holes. The better fishing is usually early morning or late evening.

Oscoda: The better walleye fishing was after dark for both boat and pier anglers.

Au Sable River: Steelhead fishing slowed with the warm weather. Those finding fish were targeting the deeper holes with spawn, spinners, flies or wax worms.

Houghton Lake: Again had few anglers but a couple boats were out for walleye. Catch rates were very slow during the day so try fishing at night. Even the panfish bite was slow with only a couple small bluegills and crappie caught.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Was producing a few walleye. The better fishing was after dark with minnows.

Menominee River: Walleye, brown trout and whitefish were still being caught from the Hattie Street Dam to Stephenson Island. Anglers are using a jig tipped with a minnow or piece of crawler, stick baits, flies and spoons. The walleye bite seems to be best during periods of low light.

Little Bay De Noc: The warm weather is keeping the water temperatures warmer than they should be for this time of year. Walleye anglers have mostly fished the northern Bay from the First Reef to the Day’s River. Catch rates were fair at best during the day and a little better at night. Day anglers were trolling crawler harnesses in deeper water 18 to 35 feet while the night anglers were trolling crank baits or stick baits along the reefs in 10 to 24 feet. Perch anglers reported fair to good catches but the bite slowed. Most were using minnows in 10 to 28 feet along the north end of the Bay. Northern pike remain active throughout and were caught by walleye anglers.

Tahquamenon River: Those trolling have caught a few musky.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was good in Brest Bay. Those fishing in 20 to 25 feet around Stony Point and the Raisin River Channel were getting some limit catches when using spreaders with minnows on the bottom. Good size white bass were plentiful.

Huron River: Steelhead fishing up near Flat Rock slowed with the warmer temperatures.

Detroit River: Walleye fishing was good in the Trenton Channel. A few fish were also caught by those hand-lining or jigging in Canadian waters.

Lake St. Clair: Had good perch fishing at Grosse Pointe, Fair Haven and the area around Grassy Island. Those trolling or casting for musky have done well. Bluegill, crappie and pumpkinseed fishing continues to be productive in the canals and shallows.

St. Clair River: The few anglers still out targeting walleye are doing well with limit catches during the day for those jigging. Good reports came from Marine City, Algonac, Harsens Island and Decker’s Landing. Those targeting sturgeon are also doing well. The catch-and-release hook and line fishing for lake sturgeon continues through November 30th.

Lexington: Had a fair to good number of Atlantic salmon in the harbor. Those trolling small spoons caught fish.

Saginaw Bay: Boat anglers should still find some yellow perch in 6 to 15 feet.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph River: Should have some steelhead. Try up near the Berrien Springs Dam with spawn. Fish will move through the ladders until water temperatures are consistently below 45 degrees.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead fishing slowed but those targeting the deeper holes did find some fish. A couple walleye were taken up near the Allegan Dam.

Holland: Pier anglers and those surfcasting have caught some steelhead.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers and those surfcasting have caught steelhead on spawn. Some have caught a few Menominee whitefish when still-fishing with a minnow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Some steelhead were caught up near the Sixth Street Dam. We need rain to push more fish up into the system. Those fishing the backwaters found some bluegills and crappie.

Grand River at Lansing: Had very good smallmouth bass action near the North Lansing Dam. Fish 16 inches and longer weighing 2 to 3 pounds have been caught on tube jigs, spec minnows and shiners. Good northern pike action as well for those using pike minnows and cut-up bluegills.

Muskegon River: Water levels were down just a bit but anglers are still getting some steelhead on spawn, egg flies and trout beads. Try bright flashy colors because of all the leaves in the river.

Perch are Still on the Bite

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portage_lake

Portage Lake seems to be the hotspot for perch still as bait shops around the lake are selling lots of perch shiners for this time of year. Seventy degrees today and guys are getting there boats out for one more try.

Long Lake and Lake leelanau are producing perch on minnows and wigglers but lots of sorting.

Skegemog and Crystal lake perch are reported small perch.

Lake Margrethe, Higgins, Mullet and Burt have a perch bite with quite a few guys fishing Burt’s Maple Bay.

Ciscoes are biting on East Bay between Elk Rapids and the Bluffs.

 

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Has some smaller steelhead. Rain and cooler temperatures will bring more fish into the river system.

Ocqueoc River: Should have some steelhead in the lower river.

Mullett Lake: Perch fishing slowed but those fishing in front of the Indian River were getting 10 to 20 per trip. Smallmouth bass anglers were taking around 5 fish per trip. Walleye and bass were caught near the mouth of the Cheboygan River.

Thunder Bay River: Has had a small but steady collection of anglers up at the Ninth Street Dam. Most are targeting steelhead but could also be getting the odd chinook salmon. Water temperatures are still on the warm side but runoff from recent rains will usually trigger the steelhead runs.

Oscoda: Still had decent walleye fishing around the pier heads.

Au Sable River: Anglers were getting some nice brown trout. Steelhead anglers were getting fish all the way up to Foote Dam. Try spawn, spoons, spinners, flies or wax worms.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout are still being caught by those vertical jigging in 80 to 100 feet. A few rainbow trout were caught by shore anglers. Perch were caught in 35 to 45 feet.

Houghton Lake: Had very few anglers but those heading out have caught a couple walleye just before dark. Most are using minnows.

Tawas: Look for more perch moving into the harbor as they are chasing the baitfish. Pier anglers casting at night are getting some walleye and a few pike during the day.

Au Gres: Anglers should still find some good perch fishing. Target waters 35 to 50 feet deep off the Gravelly Shoals, near the NOAA weather buoy and the end of the shipping channel. Perch can also be found between the Saganing and the Pinconning Bars.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Salmon are on the downslide in all area rivers. Most of the remaining chinook are dark and deteriorating. Walleye fishing should be good on the inland lakes with the lower water temperatures. Anglers will want to try casting or trolling body baits in the shallows during low-light periods.

Lake Leelanau: Had fair to good yellow perch fishing and walleye were caught in the shallows.

Bear River: Still has some steelhead, lake trout and a few coho being caught.

Boardman River: Fishing was slower here. Try early morning or late evening for steelhead, brown trout and lake trout.

Frankfort: Steelhead have been caught by those trolling, pier anglers and by those surfcasting.

Manistee: When they can get out, those trolling have caught steelhead. Try orange spoons. Pier anglers have caught fish on spawn. Those surfcasting caught fish on small spoons or spawn.

Manistee Lake: Was producing coho and steelhead near the mouth of the Little Manistee River. Anglers were bouncing jigs and spinners off the bottom in the deeper areas.

Big Manistee River: Some fresh coho were caught. Steelhead numbers are decent especially for boat anglers fishing from High Bridge down. Beads, flies and crank baits were producing in the early morning. Spawn was not doing as well as artificial baits but anglers are still catching fish when drifting smaller sacs on the bottom. A few more lake trout were caught up near Tippy Dam when drifting beads.

Little Manistee River: Also had some fresh coho being caught.

Ludington: When the winds allow, those surfcasting caught steelhead on small spoons or spawn. Pier anglers also found fish when floating spawn. Boat anglers were few but those able to get out did find some fish in 100 to 125 feet. Most were fishing the top 50 feet.

Pere Marquette River: Continues to produce some steelhead. Try spawn and beads.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Is producing catches of walleye and brown trout from the Hattie Street Dam to the mouth. Stephenson Island and the Fishermen’s Walkway at Hattie Street were the hot spots. Stick baits and spoons have been working well along with flies and live bait. Whitefish are starting to show up.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches from the Second Reef to the Center Reef when trolling stick baits in 18 to 25 feet. The best catches were taken at night. The Kipling Flats reported a few day catches when trolling the same in and around 30 feet. Perch anglers reported fair catches in and around the Day’s River with minnows in 10 to 18 feet. Northern pike remain active throughout the Bay and were caught by those trolling crank baits in 20 feet or less.

Escanaba River: Shore anglers were still targeting salmon up at the 1st Dam but only a few catches were reported.

Big Bay De Noc: Had a handful of smallmouth anglers. Most were fishing minnows or plastics in 15 to 25 feet between Fayette and Burnt Bluff. The big fish were found along the break in 25 feet.

Two Hearted River: Water levels have dropped considerably following the recent rainfall. Steelhead are now in the river and anglers are catching them near the mouth and the Reed and Green Bridge. The salmon are pretty much done as the fish being caught are very dark.

Baitman Fishing report 10/27/16

skegemog perch from fred fields
skegemog perch from fred fields

 

These perch are from Lake Skegemog as there is a bite but few fishing.

Smallmouths are also on the bite as they feed heavy before ice

Smallmouths are also on the bite
Smallmouths are also on the bite

 

 

 

The perch are on the bite with Portage Lake and Burt Lake the hot spots. Long Lake and Crystal Lake have a bite but lots of sorting. Mullet Lake has been fair with perch shiners working best.

 

Lake Leelanau has been good for perch by the Cedar River also a few walleye have been caught in the smaller water as they are chasing minnows.

Lake Margrethe and Manistee Lake have been fair but few are fishing now,  Skegemog has been fair but few are fishing right nowsame could be said about Higgins as they are catching a few rainbows from shore with blues also perch fishing has been good but there are very few taking advantage, Lake trout fishing is good when vertical jigging in 100 feet.

Steelhead are finally showing up in most the rivers that have fall runs with spawn and waxworms woking best. Salmon seem to be on there last leg with a few coho showing up.

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: Had no boat anglers. Rumor has it a couple steelhead and lake trout were caught off the end of the piers. Lake trout season on Lake Michigan is closed.

Bear River: Still had higher water levels and a few chinook but they are pretty dark. A couple coho and small steelhead were caught at the mouth. Lake trout were caught near the mouth and up near the dam with fresh skein, spawn bags, artificial eggs or flies.

Charlevoix: A few perch were caught by those jigging around the cement plant but the fish are moving around quite a bit. Angler effort on the pier was low. It appears the smallmouth bass have moved out as none have been caught in the last couple weeks. There is still a possibility of catching steelhead and walleye this time of year.

Traverse City: The East Bay continues to have good fishing for lake herring north of the M-36 launch and off Acme. Those targeting smallmouth bass did not have much luck south of Elk Rapids and along the southwest end of the bay. The Elk River had some nice steelhead along with a few lake trout and coho taken. Some managed to find a few perch. The West Bay had very little fishing activity.

Boardman River: Fishing has slowed with only a few salmon, steelhead and brown trout caught. There were not many lake trout in the river yet.

Frankfort: Shore and pier anglers at both Frankfort and Elberta were landing some steelhead on spawn. Pier anglers hooked fish on both the inside and the outside of the walls. There were several reports of fish 10 pounds or more.

Portage Lake: Perch were still hitting on the west end in 10 to 16 feet. Most are smaller but sifting through the small ones can be entertaining if you don’t mind using a number of minnows.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were still about 56 degrees. Boat and shore activity were slow. Steelhead were caught by pier and shore anglers in the early morning. The fish cleaning station and the restrooms are closed for the season.

Manistee Lake: Fishing activity continues to decline. There were a small number of steelhead staging up near the mouth of the Little Manistee River but anglers were having a hard time getting them to hit. Deep diving crank baits in bright colors or jigs have taken a few fish.

Big Manistee River: A good number of steelhead were moving up into the river and were being caught from Rainbow Bend all the up to Tippy Dam. Spawn, beads and flies were all working well when drifting through the holes. While the chinook are near the end of their run anglers reported a decent number of coho up near Tippy Dam. A few lake trout and even pink salmon have been caught.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were at 54 degrees. Boat anglers have caught steelhead in 40 to 70 feet. Pier fishing was slow. The fish cleaning station and the restrooms were still open.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some steelhead on spawn and beads.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: There was no fishing activity on Lake Huron over the last week. The fish cleaning station was still open but will close soon.

Cheboygan River: Is still producing a few chinook for those drifting spawn or casting crank baits. Most of the fish are very dark and will not last much longer. A light number of small steelhead moved into the river and were caught when drifting spawn. Steelhead fishing should pick up as the weather turns colder. For smallmouth bass, those that did best were fishing the mouth of the river and near the Hack-Ma-Tack Inn. Only a few walleye were caught.

Burt Lake: Was producing some walleye.

Mullett Lake: Perch fishing was hit-or-miss in front of Indian River. When the fishing is good anglers were catching 30 to 50 fish per trip with most over 9 inches. Both walleye and bass fishing pressure were light.

Rogers City: The weather has not been angler friendly because of high winds and rough water. The Rogers City Marina and the restrooms are now closed for the season. The launch ramps and the all the docks were still in.

Presque Isle: The few boats able to get out did manage to find a couple young chinook salmon when they located baitfish in shallower waters south towards Stone Port. The restrooms here are closed for the season.

Grand Lake: Was producing perch for those using minnows.

Oscoda: Boat anglers fishing both inside and immediately outside the pier heads were taking walleyes on spoons and body baits. Likewise, pier anglers casting the same were also taking some fish. Boat and shore anglers were starting to catch a few steelhead.

Au Sable River: Steelhead were reported as far upstream as Foote Dam and were hitting on spawn.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout fishing was good when vertical jigging in 100 feet.

Houghton Lake: Walleye fishing picked up with the cooler weather. Anglers were fishing the canals and along the shoreline at night with crank baits.

Lake St. Helen: Was producing panfish and the occasional walleye.

Tawas: Shiners are moving into the state harbor and some perch are moving in with them. It takes a lot of sorting to get a mess of keepers, but it can be done. Pier anglers casting at night are starting to pick up some walleye and a few pike during the day.

Tawas River: The chinook salmon run seems to be over.

Au Gres: Had very good perch fishing for boat anglers in 40 to 50 feet near the end of the shipping channel, off the Gravelly Shoals and down near the NOAA weather buoy. Lots of limit catches were taken by boat anglers launching from Eagle Bay Marina and fishing in 6 to 10 feet between the Saganing and the Pinconning Bars. Some were 12 to 13 inches with the occasional 14 inch fish reported.

Pine River: Perch are biting from shore in the lower river near Standish but they run small and a lot of sorting is necessary.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Had three gates open on the Wisconsin side of the Hattie Street Dam because of high water and repairs being made at the power house. The latest shocking survey showed walleye, brown trout, rainbow trout and some whitefish in the river. The upstream area of Stephenson Island held many fish.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers had fair catches between the Second and the Third Reefs when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 10 to 26 feet. Evenings were best. Fair to good perch fishing along the north end with minnows in 10 to 20 feet. Good pike action along the south end of the “Black Bottom” when trolling spoons, crank baits or spinners in 10 to 20 feet. A few smallmouth bass were caught from Garth Point south to the Vagabond Resort.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth anglers caught fish on minnows or plastics along the break between Fayette and Garden Bluff. The fish were 15 to 25 feet down. Many were undersize but some managed to catch a couple keepers.

Marquette: After flooding last week, the water has receded from the parking lots to the rivers but the water levels are still high. Fishing pressure is low in the harbor but those heading out did find some steelhead and lake trout when trolling spoons around the lower breakwall. Pier anglers caught steelhead on spoons and natural baits. Those fishing the Chocolay River caught a couple steelhead on spinners, spawn and even worms. There are no reports of fish harvested from the Carp or the Dead River.

Munising: A few boat anglers were out for salmon but had no luck. Surface water temperatures were right around 55 degrees. Water levels were still high and close to bankfull. Rain and gusty winds this week have limited angler activity on the Anna River dock but a few splake were caught on spawn bags.

Grand Marais: : Had no boat anglers due to strong winds in the area. Because of the wind, early morning was the best time for surf casting. Surface water temperatures were about 55 degrees. Water levels at the river receded but anglers may still want to bring waders to get out to the mouth. Shore anglers fishing the mouth of the Sucker River caught a couple steelhead. Anglers are using spawn bags or casting Cleo’s. Orange, gold and silver were good colors. Most of the hits were on spawn bags.

Two Hearted River: Water levels are above normal for this time of year and the higher levels have certainly impacted angler success for salmon and steelhead. A big run of steelhead moved into the river and anglers were hooking more fish. The menominee catch is very good this year near the mouth and the State Forest Campground.

St. Marys River: Had no reports. With fall settling in, most anglers have switched to bow hunting or duck hunting in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Drummond Island: Those targeting yellow perch caught some fish on the north side of Peck Island which is on the northwest corner of Scott Bay. Try 8 to 13 feet with spreaders, red beads and shiners. The south side of Rutland Island had reports of perch taken in 8 to 10 feet with small worms or shiners. In Maxton Bay, a few perch were taken by those drifting minnows in 8 to 10 feet along the south end of James Island.

Detour: Walleye 17 to 19 inches were caught two miles upstream of Detour Village near Swedes Point when trolling planer boards with crank baits. For the fish that are suspended, try blue and chrome crank baits about 6 to 8 feet down in 14 feet and deeper near the points and underwater humps. Walleye were caught near Pipe Island which is one mile north of the Detour Ferry Boat lane that runs to Drummond Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing was slow throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. The fish are there but they keep moving around so try drifting a crawler harness. Pike fishing was a little better than the perch fishing. Try the Middle Entrance, Snows Channel, the Viking Channel or the marina pier at Hessel. Steelhead and a few late salmon were reported in Bush Creek.

St. Ignace: Had little fishing activity as most were duck hunting. The Carp River had few anglers and only a couple dying salmon left. The few fishing were trying for steelhead but catch rates were slow. The salmon at Nunns Creek are pretty dark.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was decent but walleye fishing was still very slow. Perch were found in good numbers in 13 to 17 feet off the Toledo Beach Marina, the mansion and the Erie Consumers Plant or in 20 to 23 feet off Stony Point. Perch rigs and shiners worked best. Those fishing for largemouth bass did well with spinners and soft plastics in Plum Creek. Those fishing the Hoffman access site caught a good number of panfish from La Plaisance Creek with shiners and crawlers on crappie rigs or under a bobber. The lagoons at Sterling State Park were producing largemouth bass and bluegills and shore anglers at Pointe Mouillee caught perch and bluegills.

Detroit River: Those using perch rigs and spreaders with minnows in 10 to 14 feet were still getting some yellow perch even though catch rates slowed a bit. Walleye were caught in the channels.

Oakland County: Both Cass and Union Lake were slow over the last week. Bass anglers were having a difficult time even though fish were seen cruising the sand flats. Bluegill and crappie fishing was hit-or-miss. Those doing best were floating wax worms in 5 to 12 feet around the shallow coves and basins.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth fishing was slow in the south end of the lake. Largemouth bass were caught in the canals at Metro in 4 to 6 feet when casting a purple tube bait of a green pumpkin wacky worm. Yellow perch were caught on emerald shiners when anchored in 16 or 17 feet around the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club or with perch rigs and minnows in 14 to 16 feet off the 400 Club. Muskie were caught under the 16 Mile Bridge when casting crank baits or about a mile out from the Clinton River Cut-Off Launch in 9 to 11 feet with spinners and crank baits. On the north end, yellow perch were caught in Bouvier Bay in 8 feet. Nice panfish including perch were taken by shore anglers floating a crawler at Selfridge. The mouth of the North Channel was another hot spot for perch for those still-fishing or drifting minnows in 9 to 11 feet. Anglers continued to catch bluegill and crappie in the canals. Smallmouth bass fishing was basically non-existent. A few largemouth bass were caught along the shoreline. Pike were caught along the weed beds in Anchor Bay.

St. Clair River: Was producing some walleye for those using rapalas.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Most of the activity was at Lexington where Atlantic salmon were seen in the harbor. The bite was best at night. Anglers may want to try fishing outside the breakwall as the fish there seem a bit less skittish. Small orange or chartreuse spoons seem to catch fish. Steelhead are also in the harbor and may hit better than the Atlantics. Some perch were caught on minnows. Port Sanilac had a few Atlantics, some steelhead and the odd chinook in the harbor.

Harbor Beach: One boat caught a steelhead when out trolling. Pier anglers were still getting a few walleye after dark.

Port Austin: A few perch were caught at the mouth of Bird Creek.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing at most locations along the west and the south end of the bay was slower over the last week. The fish are still there, but they weren’t biting as well. Most of the fishing pressure was concentrated around Spoils Island and along the lower shipping channel because that’s about as far out as anglers wanted to go. There was some perch activity in the cut at the end of Finn Road, but a lot of sorting is necessary. Some boats were fishing in 6 to 10 feet straight out of Quanicassee but fishing was slow with only one limit catch in 6 hours. Small perch were caught at the Thomas Cut. Shore anglers caught a few fish in the lower Sebewaing River. Sebewaing to Caseville had duck hunters.

Saginaw River: Had a fair amount of fishing activity in the lower river as boat anglers could fish there and were not bothered as much by the wind and waves. Some walleye and perch were caught from the Independence Bridge downstream.

Quanicassee River: Anglers were getting quite a few perch but again they are sorting out all the small ones. Anglers are encouraged by the number of smaller perch and are looking forward to November when the bigger fish usually come in.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake trout and splake fishing in the waters of Lake Michigan will close on October 31st.

St. Joseph: Very few boats were able to fish and the waves have kept many off the piers. The few able to get out reported decent fishing in 100 feet. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple steelhead taken on spawn.

St. Joseph River: Was producing a few walleye.

South Haven: Had slow fishing for all species. A few young salmon were caught on spoons in 70 feet. Pier fishing for steelhead and whitefish was very slow.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers have caught a couple steelhead. Most were caught by boat anglers trolling spoons and body baits.

Lake Macatawa: Anglers have caught a few perch.

Grand Haven: Pier and shore anglers are starting to catch steelhead on spawn. When the weather allows, lake trout were caught in the bottom 15 feet of waters 90 to 130 feet deep. Green or yellow spin-glo’s worked well.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a few salmon and some steelhead up near the 6th Street Dam. The occasional steelhead was caught near the mouth of the Rogue when casting spinners.

Rogue River: Fishing has slowed but there was still a number of salmon up near the dam and steelhead in the river.

Maple River: Is under a flood advisory and is expected to exceed its banks. Caution should be used when walking near the riverbank.

Muskegon: Steelhead action was slow for both pier and shore anglers. The south pier is closed for repairs.

Muskegon River: The remaining salmon were quite dark as they near the end of their journey. Those fly fishing have done well as more steelhead and brown trout move in. Spawn, spinners and small spoons can also take fish.

White River: Salmon fishing has slowed in the lower river.

Armstrong’s Bait and Sport Shop has new Owners and are open

 

armstongs bait and tackle
armstongs bait and tackle

 

They have cleaned the store and are in the process of putting cooler and a beer cave to be a party store also with a full line sporting goods dealer

WHITEHALL, MI – A day after officials condemned and shut down Armstrong’s Bait and Sport Shop on White Lake, a fourth-generation member of the Armstrong family purchased it and plans to spruce up and reopen the historic shop and marina.

The shop at 200 S. Lake St. in Whitehall was closed by the White Lake Fire Authority on Tuesday, Aug. 9, said Fire Chief Gregory M. Holman.

A sign on the door said the building had been condemned and was “unsanitary and unfit for human habitation or occupancy.” The closure order followed “several attempts” to correct fire code violations that weren’t successful, Holman said.

Following that action, owner Don Armstrong contacted Matt and Vicky Dalrymple and asked if they’d be willing to take over the business, Matt Dalrymple said. The couple purchased the business on Wednesday, he said.

“Don came to the conclusion that it was time to pass it on because he didn’t have the energy to keep it going,” Dalrymple said.

Vicky Dalrymple is a fourth-generation Armstrong, and Matt Dalrymple is the manager of the White Lake Moorings marina next door to Armstrong’s.

The shop, which has been in operation for 102 years, includes a marina with about 20 boat slips that were unaffected by the closure order, Dalrymple said.

The new owners have empty out the store’s inventory, clean up the building and replace the roof and electrical, Dalrymple said. They are now open for business

“We’re working with the fire inspector and local officials to bring it back up to code,” Dalrymple said.

The closure order followed “several attempts” to correct fire code violations that weren’t successful, Holman said.

“We’ve been attempting to work with Mr. Armstrong for several years on correcting those code deficiencies,” he said. “We did have a citizen complaint last week that unfortunately prompted us to go in there again.”

Officials found that progress in addressing the fire department’s concerns had halted and that the condition of the shop had “regressed back to worse than what it was originally,” Holman said.

The fire chief declined to provide specifics about the code violations, saying “it’s just general housekeeping” and that the issues are fixable.

Armstrong’s marina was the first marina on White Lake, which is an inlet of Lake Michigan, and the shop is a legend among anglers, Dalrymple said.

“If you’re across the state and you’re on the water, chances are somebody’s been to Armstrong’s,” he said.

But the structural troubles have been mounting over the years and Armstrong had been served several notices to fix them, he said. Armstrong, who is age 73, was “stubborn enough not to hire anyone to help him,” Dalrymple said.

“We appreciate all the support from customers and the community,” he said. “Everyone’s been pretty sympathetic. It’s been a long time coming.”

Perch are biting

 

Portage Lake Perch
Portage Lake Perch

 

 

Perch have been biting the last two weeks and many lakes have been good.

Portage Lake and Manistee lake have had good action with Portage being the go to lake. Perch shiner and wigglers have been working best

Crystal Lake and Platte Lake have had a bite with Crystal Lake more perch but smaller fish.

Long Lake, Lake Leelanau, Green Lake, Big Glen Lake have been good when the wind. Perch shiner and wigglers have been working best

Manistee Lake, Skegemog and Lake Margrethe have been fair with some nice size perch.

Mullet, Crooked,Lake Charlevoix, and Burt have been good with Burt Lake at Maple bay has been hot.

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: Boats were not able to get out. A few salmon and lake trout were caught off the end of the piers however anglers are reminded that lake trout season in the waters of Lake Michigan is closed.

Bear River: Water levels were fairly high. Rain usually brings the salmon in but the last couple events have not resulted in any big pushes of fish. There are still a few chinook and coho around but many are turning dark. A few more lake trout were in the river and caught between the mouth and the dam when using fresh skein, spawn bags, artificial eggs and flies.

Charlevoix: Had light fishing activity for salmon near the cement plant. Those trying were lucky to get one fish when casting spoons or crank baits in the slip. Pier anglers fishing the channel were targeting smallmouth bass with both real and artificial crawlers. Angler pressure and catch rates have dropped. The last harvest of the season at the Medusa Weir will most likely take place the end of this week.

Traverse City: The lake herring bite continues to be good at the south end of East Bay when jigging 80 to 90 feet down in 100 to 130 feet. Although slow, smallmouth anglers caught some nice fish at various depths. On the Elk River, anglers have caught a mix of salmon and steelhead on spawn at the dam. Bass and the odd perch were also caught.

Boardman River: Chinook salmon are still being caught along with the occasional brown trout and coho. Only a few lake trout were caught but the fish are starting to make their way into the river.

Frankfort: Anglers fishing the north breakwall and the south pier in Elberta have caught several steelhead but most were undersize. Fish were hitting on fresh spawn near the elbow in the early morning and at dusk.

Betsie River: Anglers continue to pick up a few chinook near the Homestead Dam.

Portage Lake: Anglers are still picking up perch and bluegills in decent numbers however they are also sorting through several small ones to find the keepers. Most are using minnows and worms.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers caught largemouth bass and pike on Lake Cadillac. The bass were hitting top-water lures in the early morning. Pike were hitting on crank baits or large minnows. Lake Mitchell was producing panfish.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were 56 degrees. Very few boats have been out. Pier anglers have caught steelhead.

Manistee Lake: The buoys were removed from the lake on Friday October 14th so the entire lake is now open to fishing. Angling pressure was light but some have caught a couple steelhead.

Big Manistee River: Anglers are starting to see more chinook that are spawned out. Most were taking a mixed bag of chinook, coho and steelhead up near Tippy Dam. The lower stretch between High Bridge and the lake was producing fewer chinook and coho but more steelhead. Salmon skein was producing more steelhead than crank baits or spinners. Salmon were hitting on skein, crank baits and flies.

Ludington: Pier anglers are catching steelhead on fresh spawn. Those surfcasting have also caught fish.

Pere Marquette River: Anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout between Custer and the twin bridges at US-31. Most are using spawn and beads.

Pentwater: Anglers drifting minnows between the piers caught northern pike and smallmouth bass.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing from Longbridge Road caught northern pike on crankbaits and yellow perch on crawlers.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Had a lot of anglers fishing for salmon. Some did very well; some caught nothing while others were taking 1 to 3 fish per trip. Fresh caught skein or spawn drifted under a bobber or bottom bouncing caught the most fish but those casting bright colored or glow stick baits managed to take a couple as well. Best times were early morning, after sundown or on cloudy days. A few pike, perch, smallmouth bass and walleye were also caught. No steelhead reports.

Mullett Lake: Water temperatures were still up around 59 degrees which is warm for this time of year. Perch fishing is holding steady in front of the Indian River. Most were 9 to 12 inches but some caught a few up to 14 inches. Smallmouth bass fishing is slow; most anglers are only getting 5 fish for 8 hours of fishing. The few boats out walleye fishing caught a couple fish. Fishing pressure for steelhead was light.

Rogers City: Had little fishing effort and those heading out had a hard time finding baitfish. Rain and windy conditions have the lake stirred up. Try waters 70 feet and deeper and look for a scum line on the surface. For steelhead, run lines with orange spoons throughout the water column.

Presque Isle: Weather has been a real issue. The fish are there if anglers can get out. Try north between the two lighthouses and run lines up and down the water column in 50 to 130 feet. Look for bug slicks on the surface to find steelhead and Atlantic salmon.

Thunder Bay River: A couple salmon were caught up near the Ninth Street Dam.

Oscoda: Chinook salmon fishing was slow off the piers. Fish can be seen jumping, but they won’t strike. Walleye are being taken on spoons and body baits after dark. A couple steelhead were also caught.

Houghton Lake: Anglers were getting bluegills and rock bass. The walleye action was slow but a few were caught in shallow waters.

Tawas: A few perch are starting to show up in the state harbor but anglers are doing a lot of sorting to find some keepers. Boats fishing near and inside Jerry’s Marina took some decent catches of perch last week.

Tawas River: A couple chinook salmon were caught but the action was slow.

Au Gres: Had good perch fishing in 50 feet near the Gravelly Shoals and out near the NOAA Weather Buoy. At Eagle Bay Marina, boats fishing for perch did very well in 7 to 10 feet between the Saganing and the Pinconning Bars. Shore anglers caught some nice bluegills inside the marina. The Pine River has started producing some perch for shore anglers but they are sorting out the small ones. Keepers were 7 to 8 inches.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Had a run of walleye from Stephenson Island to the Hattie Street Dam. Anglers are using stick baits, fishing the current and drifting a minnow or crawler. A few brown trout and steelhead along with a couple chinook salmon were caught on spoons and stick baits below the Hattie Street Dam.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers have marked and reported a few catches of walleye in the southern bay from Breezy Point south to Round Island when trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits in 10 to 18 feet. Good pike action in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor or the south end of the “Black Bottom” in 10 to 20 feet when trolling spoons, crank baits or spinners. The best perch fishing was between the Second and Third Reefs and up near the Day’s River with minnows in 10 to 18 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had few anglers but those targeting smallmouth bass did best using minnows or plastics in and around 22 feet off Garden Bluff. A few were looking for perch in Garden Bay but no reports yet.

Marquette: Had no reports from boat anglers as many have pulled their boats or windy conditions have made it difficult to get out. Steelhead up to 6 pounds were running in the Carp River. The Chocolay River has given up a few coho for those using spinners and spawn.

Munising: Very few coho salmon have been caught in the area and those boats fishing off the river caught mainly splake. A few in Bay Furnace caught some steelhead but no coho. Surface water temperatures are now in the upper 50’s. The main activity has been at the Anna River Dock where anglers were doing better catching splake 18 to 21 inches and a few up to 22 but many were undersize. The Anna River was very high and stained which makes fishing more difficult. The males are quite vibrant and have the pronounced hooked jaws. Anglers were using spawn bags off the dock. Those hoping for a salmon caught the occasional splake when casting florescent spoons. Fall colors here have peaked with vibrant colors.

Grand Marais: Most anglers are shore fishing or in small boats within the harbor and near the mouth of the Sucker River. Surface water temperatures were in the upper 50’s and catch rates for steelhead picked up with fish up to 9 pounds but no reports of any coho. Most are using spawn bags but a few had luck when trolling or casting spoons. Orange and chartreuse were the hot colors. Water levels on the Sucker River were high after all the rain so be sure to bring waders.

Two Hearted River: The salmon run is still on the light side but some anglers have caught silver fish. Steelhead are moving into the river. Expect higher than normal water levels and water clarity will be an issue after the recent heavy rains.

St. Marys River: A few walleye and lake trout were caught at the mouth when the weather stabilized. Two miles up from Detour Village, two different boats caught walleye at Swedes Pointe when trolling blue and chrome or fire-tiger reef runners with planer boards set at 8 feet in 14 feet of water. Others used crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers with red and white beads in 12 feet over the humps at Swedes Pointe. Near Drummond Island, yellow perch were caught off the weed beds in 8 to 13 feet at Arrow Island which is due east of Fair Banks Pointe. Try shiners or popcorn shrimp. If the mild north winds continue the rest of this week, baitfish could move into the area around Pigeon Cove and Fair Banks.

Detour: Light north winds at the Detour Lighthouse allowed one angler to troll for salmon and trout in and around Detour Reef. A few lake trout were caught by those trolling from Fry Pan Island to just south of the ferry boat dock in Detour Village and out to the green buoy. The fish were hitting on chrome and black spoons about 60 feet down in 80 feet. The thermocline was 55 degrees at 60 feet down.

Cedarville and Hessel: The Les Cheneaux Islands are producing perch but anglers have to work at it and keep moving around to locate schools of fish. The best places to try are the north end of Snows Channel, behind Dollar Island, Muskie Bay at Rice Point, Middle Entrance and along the south shore. Perch may also be found around Little Joe and the west end of Government Bay just as you are entering the bay. Pike fishing is also good in these areas along with Urie Bay and the Viking Channel. Pike and splake were caught in the marina in the early morning.

St. Ignace: Had little to no fishing activity on Lake Huron. The salmon run on the Carp River appears to be winding down. There are few pink salmon left and only a couple chinook that are near the end of their cycle. There have been no signs of any steelhead showing up yet. A few chinook were seen off the mouth of Nunn’s Creek.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was hot. When anglers were able to find a good school they caught more and bigger fish. Most are using shiners on perch rigs in 15 to 19 feet straight out of Bolles Harbor and around the E-Buoy, 19 to 23 feet near the River Raisin Buoys, and 20 to 24 feet off Stony Point. Good numbers of fish were also found in 14 to 18 feet off the Erie Consumers Plant, Toledo Beach Marina and the mansion. Anglers also caught white perch and white bass. Shore anglers fishing the lagoons at Sterling State Park caught bluegills and largemouth bass on crawlers. Shore anglers at Pointe Mouillee caught yellow perch and a couple largemouth bass on perch or crappie rigs with shiners.

Huron River: A couple small steelhead were caught up near Flat Rock.

Detroit River: Yellow perch reports keep getting better. Fish were hitting on perch rigs and spreaders with minnows in 10 to 14 feet. Orange was the hot color. Those fishing the deepest waters in the channels are still taking walleye on a jig tipped with a minnow or wax worm. Dark colored Wyandotte worms were also taking fish. Shore anglers are starting to catch bluegills and perch.

Oakland County: Panfish anglers on Cass and Union Lake were taking good numbers of bluegill and the occasional crappie. While some found fish around the weedy flats, others were suspended in 20 feet. Waxworms, crawlers or minnows under a bobber worked best. Bass anglers were not doing as well but fish were caught on top-water lures in the morning and along the flats in evening. Those drifting or trolling for pike and walleye are marking good numbers on the deep side of the drop-offs but catching them was not easy.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass were caught around 12 Mile Road in 8 feet while drop-shotting a rubber worm and around Fords Cove in 7 feet while casting crankbaits. Muskie were caught around the Clinton River Cut-Off launch in 10 feet while casting medusas. Good yellow perch catches out from the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in 15 feet, out from the 400 Club in 12 to 14 feet and three miles out from the Clinton River Cut-Off when still-fishing or drifting emerald shiners on perch rigs. On the north end, anglers fishing near Harley Ensign and Fairhaven moved into the canals and caught a good number of bluegills and crappie when still-fishing and drifting live bait. A decent number of walleye were taken by those drifting minnows near the mouth of the North Channel. Smallmouth fishing was slow with only a couple fish found in 8 to 10 feet between Harley Ensign and Selfridge. A couple legal size muskies were also caught. Perch fishing was decent near the channel when using minnows.

St. Clair River: Anglers were still taking some walleye near Algonac. Those fishing up near Port Huron have caught a couple steelhead.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Atlantic salmon continue to converge on Lexington Harbor, but they can be hard to catch. Night fishing was more productive. Most are casting spoons, body baits, or spinners but others were floating spawn under a bobber. There are Atlantics up to 10 pounds in the harbor right now. Steelhead, walleye and pike were also showing up. A few perch were caught off the docks in the morning. At Port Sanilac, walleye and a couple steelhead were caught off the north pier after dark.

Harbor Beach: Some walleye were caught off the north pier after dark.

Port Austin: Some walleye were caught off the north pier when casting spoons and body baits at night. A few perch were taken on minnows at the mouth of Bird Creek.

Saginaw Bay: Perch continue to be caught between the Pinconning and Saganing Bars, out of Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning, in 16 feet off Linwood, near the sailboat buoys, 14 feet off the Bay City State Park, near Spoils Island and at various places along the shipping channel. Moving east, some perch were taken out of the mouth of the drain at Finn Road. Perch fishing was spotty in 7 to 12 feet off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. Early morning until about 11AM was best. Shore anglers caught mostly small fish. Fishing in the Sebewaing River will pick up again after the river is flushed by rain and fish move back in from Saginaw Bay. At Geiger Road, boat anglers reported good catches off the mouth of Dutcher’s Cut in 7 feet. Bay Port had some excellent smallmouth bass fishing in Wildfowl Bay with fish up to 5 pounds taken on tube jigs in 4 to 8 feet. A few shore anglers targeting perch at the mouth of Mud Creek were not getting any keepers.

Saginaw River: Perch are being caught at the mouth, off Bay Harbor Marina, and near the train bridge. Walleye are also starting to show up near the train bridge, across from the U.S.S. Edson, and under the Independence Bridge.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in this area of the state are producing perch, bluegills and crappie. Anglers were using minnows and worms 10 to 12 feet down.

St. Joseph: Had few anglers because of the strong winds. No boat anglers were out. Pier fishing for salmon and steelhead was slow. Most anglers caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when casting spoons. No perch to report.

St. Joseph River: Still had no big reports on salmon. Many are targeting walleye which have been caught in fair to good numbers.

South Haven: Had no boats out and no perch reports. Pier fishing was slow except for freshwater drum hitting on crawlers. Those using spawn on the bottom caught catfish.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers continue to take lake trout and salmon all the way up to the Allegan Dam. Some were caught on bright colored spinners and small spoons while others were caught on flies or fresh spawn.

Grand Haven: When the weather allowed, steelhead and young salmon were caught 20 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet. Orange spoons have done well along with white paddles and white flies. Pier and shore fishing were slow with only a couple steelhead taken on salmon spawn. The south pier is closed to the public and will reopen the summer of 2017.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing some steelhead. Anglers are using salmon spawn, Hot-n-Tots, spoons and flies.

Rogue River: Has salmon up near the dam. Steelhead can be found throughout the river between the mouth and Rockford.

Grand River at Lansing: Pike and smallmouth bass are there for the taking. Good pike action has been cited at the North Lansing Dam and around Old Town. Anglers are using golden shiners and sucker minnows. Smallmouth bass are being caught throughout the area. No salmon or steelhead reports.

Muskegon: A couple pier anglers tried catching steelhead but no fish were reported. The south breakwall is closed for repairs.

Muskegon River: Salmon fishing improved with the higher water levels and more fish moving in after the last rain. Anglers reported brown trout and a few more steelhead in the river. Anglers are using spawn, spinners and flies.

Whitehall: Anglers casting crankbaits and drifting minnows caught northern pike in the channel. Steelhead and brown trout fishing remain slow.

White Lake: Perch and bluegills were caught on dropper rigs tipped with wax worms in 8 to 20 feet.

White River: Anglers caught some salmon all the way up to the Hesperia Dam while drifting spawn or egg flies.


Baitman Fishing Report

 

Lake Missaukee! Good job to the Grieb brothers who released the fish.

Millers Corner's photo.
Millers Corner's photo.

We have our first tagged fish of the season!!! 7-year-old, Marisa Jackson from Bridgeport caught a tagged bluegill on Houghton Lake to kick off the “2016 Catch Us If You Can” contest. Marisa won a $50 gas card and has a chance to win $100,000 and a new boat for her Grandma Roberts. Congratulations, Marisa!

More info on the free summer-long contest…
http://www.visithoughtonlake.com/walleye.shtml

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Max Bashore and his twin cousins, Lauryn and Addelyn Skriba from St. Johns caught a nice walleye and a bucket full of perch, gills and rock bass today. They were using leech harnesses out by the middle grounds. Nice job, guys!!

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Big thanks to Shawn Pomorski of God’s Country Guides for getting myself and Corey out on the big water. Shawn’s nephew Trevor Latimer landed this dandy lake trout on our trip. Give Shawn a call to book a charter at 231-690-3389.

Tight lines!
Randy

Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers are being asked to watch for coded wire tagged fish. These fish are missing the adipose fin located behind the dorsal fin. They have a very small piece of wire containing important information for the MDNR. Anglers are asked to save the head and fill out a short data sheet and put both the head and the sheet into the freezer located at the fish cleaning station in Rogers City. Bags and data sheets are located in the cleaning station.

Cheboygan: Anglers are reporting good numbers of lake trout from Poe Reef to Cordwood Point in 20 to 60 feet using spoons, dodgers and cowbells. A few chinook and Atlantic salmon were also caught. Smallmouth bass are in the shallows.

Cheboygan River: A few walleye are still present so anglers were drifting crawler harnesses or trolling crank baits. Good numbers of smallmouth bass as well as some pike, rock bass, suckers, carp, and a few freshwater drum are also being caught.

Mullett Lake: Walleye anglers have done well in the evening near the mouth of the Cheboygan River when trolling stick baits in 8 feet. A few limit catches were reported. Smallmouth bass anglers are still doing well near the rocky points on the west side of the lake and along the sunken islands when using tube jigs or drop-shot fishing. Pike were caught in Pigeon River Bay when drifting suckers or minnows.

Rogers City: Anglers are catching lake trout but they have to search for them. Focus on the bottom 20 feet in 40 to 65 feet. Some limit catches were taken on green spoons and cowbells or a silver dodger with a spin-glo. Look for structure and a rocky bottom where gobies like to hang out. Atlantic, chinook and pink salmon were also caught on spoons in the top 45 feet in 60 to 120 feet. Hot colors were green, blue, and white or combinations of green and silver, blue and silver or green and orange.

Presque Isle: Lake trout moved into 20 to 40 feet. The better fishing was between the two lighthouses or south towards Stoneport when using spoons and cowbells or dodgers with spin-glo’s. A decent number of Atlantic salmon were caught north of the harbor and south towards Stoneport when using bright spoons up high in the water column. Chinook and pink salmon were also caught but the fish were scattered. Try the top 45 feet in 60 to 100 feet with green, blue, silver and orange spoons.

Alpena: Walleye in Thunder Bay are starting to hit. Good numbers were reported in the bay and coming up the river. Anglers are fishing early morning and late evening but the best bites are after dark when using body baits and small spoons. Lots of lake trout with limit catches in short periods of time. Try 60 to 80 feet and fish throughout the water column.

Oscoda: The walleye are just starting to show up. Those drifting the river and fishing the pier are picking up a few on crawlers or casting body baits. Lake trout are just now starting to move out so try 50 to 90 feet. Work the entire water column with spoons, spin-glo’s and wobble glo’s behind dodgers.

Au Sable River: Is still producing a couple steelhead up near Foote Dam. Walleye are being caught at the mouth in the early morning or late at night. Those fishing the shallows on Foote Dam Pond are catching bluegills. Brook trout have been caught in the South Branch.

Higgins Lake: Continues to produce lake trout in 80 to 100 feet. Perch were caught in 40 to 50 feet out near the Sunken Island and the Main Island. Rock bass are hitting and can be caught just about anywhere.

Houghton Lake: Bluegills are on the beds and anglers are doing well. The crappie bite continues. Anglers caught both large and smallmouth bass. A fair to good number of rock bass were caught. Walleye fishing was fair to good.

Tawas: Boat anglers targeting smallmouth bass were doing very well with soft plastics. Those trolling for walleye reported slow catch rates so most were heading down to Au Gres. Pier fishing was slow with only a few rock bass or smallmouth bass taken.

Au Gres: Had lots of walleye anglers but the best action was south of Pointe Au Gres with some boats going as far south as Linwood to fish. Fish were caught off the Rifle, Saganing and Pinconning Bars in 15 to 30 feet. Some were going to Buoys 1 & 2 or further south to the Spark Plug. Crawler harnesses have replaced crankbaits as the go-to walleye lure.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Anglers did well on lake trout from Harbor Point to the west. More smallmouth anglers are targeting shallow waters along the shoreline and the buoys inside the harbor.

Petoskey: Those targeting lake trout may want to fish from the breakwall to Bay Harbor with spoons, peanuts or spin-glo’s. Surface water temperatures were 53 degrees in Little Traverse Bay.

Bear River: Steelhead fishing is very slow. Anglers were finding small brown trout, rock bass and chubs up near the dam. Those fishing off the rocks and the D Pier caught smallmouth bass, pike, and rock bass.

Charlevoix: Lake trout were suspended 35 to 45 feet down and hitting on spoons and spin-glo’s. Boat anglers picked up a couple lake herring. Pier anglers in the channel caught a couple lake trout on jigs. Smallmouth bass were caught here on crawlers, minnows and spoons. Walleye fishing was slow but a couple fish were caught after dark. Lake herring were hit-or-miss and those caught were hitting on anything flashy. There are a lot of carp in the channel.

Traverse City: Smallmouth anglers caught fish in both bays and below the dam in the Elk River when using crawlers and leeches. In the East Bay, bass were caught near the State Park and north of the M-37 launch. Lake trout were caught off M-37 and to the east. On the West Bay, fish were caught in the shallows of Bowers Harbor and along the southwest shoreline. Lake trout were caught north of the M-22 launch and east of the launch near Power Island.

Boardman River: Smallmouth anglers have done well below the dam using crawlers and leeches.

Frankfort: Fishing is starting to get good. Pier anglers using spawn or dead gobies caught lake trout and brown trout. Those heading offshore found chinook down deep in 180 to 300 feet. The fishing at Platte Bay is very good for lake trout.

Portage Lake: Had good panfish action on the east side of the lake.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: The panfish bite is on. Anglers are catching bluegills, crappie, rock bass and a few perch. Largemouth bass were on the beds and hitting on live or artificial baits.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 55 degrees. The north pier remains closed due to construction on the lighthouse. Those trolling caught chinook, steelhead and lake trout in 100 to 300 feet. A few trout and salmon were caught off the south pier. Bait fish are still present in the harbor. Good numbers of walleye were still being caught at night.

Manistee Lake: Those heading out for large and smallmouth bass continue to report good numbers of fish. Most were caught in shallow waters on soft plastic worms or crankbaits.

Big Manistee River: The spring steelhead run has come to an end. A couple legal size brown trout were caught but overall most of the fish were only 8 to 14 inches. Those targeting redhorse and white suckers had excellent catch rates up near Tippy Dam. Try fishing near the accessible fishing platform or wading down from there.

Ludington: Good numbers of lake trout along with some smaller brown trout were caught in 60 to 100 feet. Chinook and steelhead were caught in 100 to 300 feet. Walleye were caught in the basin at night.

Pentwater: Chinook and some bigger steelhead were caught in 160 to 225 feet. Pink and blue were hot colors. Those trolling for lake trout did well in 40 to 70 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Bluegills and sunfish were caught in the shallows on red worms and wax worms. Those targeting smallmouth bass landed some nice fish on crankbaits and soft plastics. Those trolling for walleye had success after dark when using crawler harnesses.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ontonagon: Had very good lake trout fishing in 13 to 25 feet. Anglers were trolling pink, orange and green body baits off boards 100 to 125 feet back. A few chinook, coho and brown trout were also mixed in. Walleye fishing in the river was very slow.

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling for salmon did manage to harvest a mix of coho, lake trout, rainbows and the occasional chinook from the head of the bay north to the red rocks. They used a variety of lures 20 to 40 feet down in 30 to 60 feet with mini planer boards. Lake trout were caught in Traverse Bay between Gay Point and Big Louie’s Point in 130 to 150 feet. Spoons worked best.

Menominee River: Anglers are catching walleye, freshwater drum, perch, smallmouth bass, rock bass, and bluegill between the mouth and the Hattie Street Dam. Boat and shore anglers are using a variety of baits and techniques.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing was slow however it is possible the fish were still up in the rivers and exiting just now. The mouth of the Whitefish and Ford Rivers could be promising areas to explore this week. Walleye catches varied across the bay with the better catches generally in 20 to 35 feet when trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers or stick baits. Good pike action especially around Butler Island when trolling or casting crankbaits, spoons or spinners in 8 to 14 feet. The bass opener was fair to good with most fishing the Ford River area. Boat and shore anglers were using crankbaits, plastics and spinners. Those fishing Hunters Point caught smallmouth when casting tube baits along the gravel in 4 to 10 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Good numbers of walleye were caught by bass anglers fishing near the mouth of the Ogontz River. The walleyes late exit from the river surprised the bass anglers. Walleye catches were fair to good when trolling stick baits in 6 to 8 feet. Ogontz was good for smallmouth bass. Most were using plastics, spinners or crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet but a few did well with crawlers in Garden Bay, Puffy Bay and north to the Fish Dam Rivers. Pike fishing was also good but many were undersize.

Marquette: Anglers caught lake trout and steelhead near the “White Rocks”. Boat anglers trolling north of the Upper Harbor caught some coho. The Carp River had higher water levels but those using spinners and worms caught brook trout.

Munising: Boat anglers targeting lake trout were having a tough time and it may have been because of the large mayfly hatch. The few caught were taken off Trout Bay and towards Wood Island Reef. Water temperatures were in the mid 40’s.

Grand Marais: Strong southerly winds made trolling difficult. Catch rates for lake trout were slow with most fish averaging 18 to 20 inches. Some of the lake trout caught have been eating sticklebacks. Pier anglers caught a few whitefish. Some did better in the early morning as the night bite was a bit slower.

St. Marys River: Fair catches of rainbow trout were taken at the Portage Street Bridge when drifting a 4 ounce sinker with a 10 inch leader. Try chrome with blue or burgundy flat fish in the early morning hours. A few whitefish were caught on the discharge side when drifting a wax worm or a small red worm in 10 to 12 feet. Munuscong Bay had excellent walleye fishing at the mouth of the Munuscong River when trolling small crankbaits in 4 feet. Water temperatures in Raber Bay were a warm 62 degrees on the north shore. Walleye and smallmouth bass were caught when casting or drifting split body crankbaits in 4 to 6 feet. A couple undersize pike were caught on the east side of Lime Island. Those fishing around Drummond Island caught walleye including a few limit catches when trolling crawler harnesses with white blades and orange or green crankbaits along the north shore of Scott Bay between Paw Point and the McCormick Marsh in 4 feet. The bass opener was productive with smallmouth taken in 4 to 6 feet around Bruce Point. Spinners or small crankbaits in fire-tiger worked best. Bruce Point is excellent for bass fishing when the wind is out of the south or southeast.

Detour: Atlantic salmon and trout fishing started and a couple chinook were caught.

Cedarville and Hessel: In the Les Cheneaux Islands, splake moved out to water 20 to 30 feet deep. Pike fishing was good for those using smelt or chubs. Hessel Bay and Muskie Bay were the most productive when casting spinners. Not much for perch yet however bass fishing was very good in the shallow bays.

St. Ignace: Still has good lake trout fishing around Mackinac Island. Fish were caught on spoons, dodger and cowbells in 30 to 60 feet. The fish cleaning station was still closed. A few walleye were starting to hit in both the Carp and the Pine Rivers. Those drifting or still-fishing with crawlers or leeches did best. A few pike and suckers were also caught.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Many of those targeting walleye reported a slow but consistent bite when fishing northern areas such as Stony Point and Brest Bay in 18 to 24 feet. Several reported limit catches. Those fishing further south had better luck near the Dumping Grounds, the E Buoy or straight out from Bolles Harbor. Walleye were suspended and on the bottom. Anglers are trolling or drifting crawler harnesses with inline spinners and bottom bouncers. Crankbaits and spoons were less popular but still taking some fish. Some targeting yellow perch are using minnows on perch rigs. Shore anglers at Luna Pier caught channel cats, yellow perch, white bass and even the occasional walleye on minnows. Those fishing from the Hoffman Memorial access site caught bluegills, crappie, rock bass and yellow perch on crawlers or a jig and wax worm.

Huron River: Is producing smallmouth bass and some pike.

Detroit River: Walleye have been caught near the Fermi Power Plant. Anglers were using purple and copper crawler harnesses. A few perch were caught off the docks at Gibraltar. The white bass action has been very good and should continue for a couple more weeks.

Oakland County: Bluegill fishing improved on both Cass and Union Lake. Many were caught in the shallows. A few walleye and pike were caught by those trolling the drop-offs. Bass fishing was good along the shoreline and points in both lakes.

Lake St. Clair: This coming Saturday, June 4th is the musky opener. Anglers need to have a musky harvest tag if they plan to keep a musky. The tags are free at any license vendor. On the south end, large and smallmouth bass were caught around the Mile Roads and Muscamoot Bay in 3 to 5 feet. Anglers used a variety of lures including rattle traps, swim baits or purple and green tube baits. White bass were caught. Some caught walleye in 13 to 26 feet in the shipping channel at the St. Clair Light on pink and purple crawler harnesses. Walleye were also caught in 8 to 10 feet near Gino’s and the 400 Club on chartreuse crawler harnesses. Yellow perch were caught in 8 feet near Metro when floating minnows under a bobber. Anglers are catching walleye in Canadian waters. On the north end, large and smallmouth bass were caught in 2 ½ feet along the shoreline in Anchor Bay. Anglers also targeted pike along the shoreline and did very well.

St. Clair River: Walleye were being caught with crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers during the day or whipping after dark. Some limit catches were taken in the South Channel. Surface water temperatures were 53 degrees at Algonac.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Those trolling caught a mixed bag of lake trout, steelhead, pink salmon and coho in 80 to 100 feet. Pink salmon seem to be showing up in good numbers. Pier fishing was slow with only a few smallmouth bass and rock bass taken.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout were scattered. Try 40 to 110 feet with dodgers and spin-glo’s or clean spoons near the bottom. Hot colors were ghost dodgers with bright spin-glo’s or frog dodgers with orange and green spin-glo’s and yellow tail spoons. North of the harbor was best. A few small salmon were mixed in. Steelhead were caught on color lines up high with spoons off boards. Those wading caught smallmouth bass in the lower Pinnebog River and the lower Willow River.

Port Austin to Grindstone City: Smallmouth bass were the main attraction. Small boat anglers were getting them inside the harbor at Port Austin. Wading anglers did very well in Eagle Bay off Grindstone City. They caught lots of bass using leeches and minnows, jigs and twister tails, tube baits or rapalas.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught off the Rifle, Saganing and Pinconning Bars in 15 to 30 feet, off the Bay City State Park in 8 to 10, near the Dumping Grounds, along the Callahan Reef, near Buoys 1 & 2 and near the Spark Plug when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses. Those trolling around Spoils Island 4AM until 6:30AM caught some big walleye on crank baits. On the east side, those trolling off Quanicassee and the south end of the Slot caught walleye, catfish, yellow and white perch, a few pike and freshwater drum in 12 to 18 feet when using crawler harnesses with purple, pink, chartreuse, brass or copper blades. From Sebewaing to Caseville, the walleye action was much slower with only a couple taken from the Slot outside North Island and in Wildfowl Bay.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers along the lower river at Essexville continue to catch catfish, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum on crawlers.

Tittabawassee River: Anglers were still taking a few walleye when trolling crankbaits downstream of the Center Road launch to the confluence with the Shiawassee River.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Summer fishing is finally here and those hitting the inland lakes in this region are catching bluegills, crappie, sunfish, and rock bass. Bass season is open and catch rates have been good.

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing slowed but was still good. The fish were scattered and caught on spoons in 60 to 120 feet or more. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum and catfish on crawlers. Perch fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Bass anglers were doing well in the shallows. Some large catfish were caught on crawlers, bluegills, shrimp or cut bait.

South Haven: Had slower salmon fishing but a few were taken on spoons in 120 to 160 feet. Pier fishing was very slow for all species and perch fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Boats have been catching chinook and steelhead in 120 to 220 feet. Orange or green spoons along with white flies were the ticket. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing some catfish including some big flatheads. Some are catching the occasional walleye. A good number of smallmouth bass are being caught in the shallows.

Grand River at Lansing: Pike and walleye were caught below the dams. Try golden shiners. Anglers are catching lots of smallmouth bass and a few largemouth bass. Catfish have been caught near the dam at Moore’s Park. The carp are spawning.

Muskegon: Salmon and steelhead have been caught 25 to 120 feet down in 120 to 240 feet. Orange spoons and white flies have been working well.

Muskegon River: Those fly fishing have done well for trout as fly hatches are taking place. A few walleye are still being caught. Those fishing the ponds are finding bluegills in the shallows.

Whitehall: Some good size chinook salmon were caught in 150 to 200 feet. Coho and the occasional steelhead were also caught when trolling orange spoons.

Baitman Glad the Weather Warmed Up

 

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Fishing has picked up with the nice weather as most lake are reporting the gills are starting to bite, Wixom and Sanford Lake both have a great crappie and panfish bite.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are getting a few walleye here and there when trolling leech rigs or hot-n-tots in chartreuse or wonderbread. Crappie were still being caught in the canals just after sunset. Bigger fish were caught out in the lake but you have to find them. A few bluegills were caught in the flats on leaf worms. Bass fishing was good especially for smallmouth when using leeches or crawlers. Some pike were also caught.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Walleye were caught by those trolling crawlers or casting rapalas. Some were starting to catch fish throughout the day while others were targeting them at night. The crappie and bluegill bite was starting to pick back up with the warmer weather.

Traverse City: Strong winds limited boat anglers but those that did make it out caught lake trout when trolling or jigging in the East Bay. also a awesome ciscoes bite . As the weather warms up, bass fishing should pick up.

Little Bay De Noc: For walleye, the better catches came between the Third and the Center Reefs when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 18 to 30 feet but the best catches were for those jigging a crawler in and around 24 feet. Water temperatures were between 46 and the low 50’s. A good number of fish were reported between Garth Point and the “Narrows”. A good number of smallmouth bass were reported near the mouth of the Ford River. Several anglers had fair catches of perch off Gladstone Beach with crawlers in 25 feet. A few pike were caught.

Big Bay De Noc: No word on walleye yet but perch anglers were getting some small fish in Garden Bay. Good smallmouth action in Garden Bay, South River, Ogontz and near the Fish Dam Rivers for those using plastics, spinners and crankbaits. Surface water temperatures were 38 degrees.

Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.
Dan from Jack’s Sport Shop went out and got there limits of ciscoes with Fred Field from Coach’ Charters

Took a day off from smallmouth to chase fish for the smoker. We harvested two limits in about an hour. It won’t always be this easy.

Coach's Angle Smallmouth Charters's photo.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: The fish cleaning station was still closed. Fishing on the big lake slowed with the cold weather and high winds. Conditions and catch rates should improve this week.

Cheboygan River: Is still producing some steelhead and suckers but the bite for both species has slowed. Walleye were caught on stick baits, crawlers and by those jigging. Several pike and smallmouth bass were caught throughout the river.

Mullett Lake: Fishing pressure was light due to high winds. Those that did manage to get out caught a couple smallmouth bass on tube jigs and crank baits.

Rogers City: A few lake trout were caught near Seagull Point, Forty Mile Point, Swan Bay or Adams Point. Try just off the bottom in 60 feet with 5 colors of lead with spoons and cowbells or dodgers with spin-glo’s near the bottom.

Presque Isle: Has been producing some really nice Atlantic salmon especially for those heading south towards Stoneport. Be sure to run your lines off boards and away from the boat. Good baits were spoons and body baits in orange, green, orange and silver or orange and gold. Some lake trout were caught just off the bottom in 20 to 80 feet between the lighthouses. Dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s were the ticket.

Alpena: Those able to get out did catch some walleye in the late evening and before sunrise. Most were trolling body baits, rapalas, reef runners or hot-n-tot’s in dark colors like black and purple. Pier and shore fishing were slow but those fishing in the late evening did have some luck.

Thunder Bay River: Steelhead were still making their way up to the 9th Street Dam. Fly’s, spoons, spinners and body baits worked best.

Oscoda: Pier fishing was slow with the cold water temperatures. Some anglers were able to catch a few lake trout in shallow waters. Those in search of walleye had limited success when casting body baits or drifting crawlers.

Au Sable River: Steelhead were still moving up into the river in good numbers.

Higgins Lake: Boats trolling rapalas, bombers and body baits caught lake trout in 80 to 110 feet. A few perch were caught before the cold and snow last weekend. Anglers found fish in 40 to 60 feet when using minnows.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are getting a few walleye here and there when trolling leech rigs or hot-n-tots in chartreuse or wonderbread. Crappie were still being caught in the canals just after sunset. Bigger fish were caught out in the lake but you have to find them. A few bluegills were caught in the flats on leaf worms. Bass fishing was good especially for smallmouth when using leeches or crawlers. Some pike were also caught.

Tawas: Pier fishing was slow. A couple Atlantic salmon were caught on large gray shiners. A few walleye were caught off the pier at night, and also down behind the State Police Post. The few boats that went out were heading south toward Alabaster.

Tawas River: Shore anglers caught the occasional bass or walleye.

Au Gres: Boat anglers trolling in 15 to 35 feet off Whitestone Point, Point Lookout, and Pointe Au Gres caught walleye on crankbaits and crawler harnesses. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Pine River near Standish caught some freshwater drum and channel cats.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river caught a few pike when casting lures or channel cats when still-fishing with crawlers.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: High winds kept boats off of the lake. When the wind allows, boat anglers should still find good numbers of lake trout.

Bear River: Water levels were receding. A couple steelhead along with a decent size brown trout were caught on spawn bags and flies. The “Bobber Hole” was full of brown trout that were just stocked. Anglers reported chubs and even a rock bass in the river.

Charlevoix: High winds made fishing difficult but anglers should still find some good lake trout fishing when they can get out. Pier anglers are picking up a few lake trout.Some walleye were caught after dark. Large groups of carp were in the channel.

Traverse City: Strong winds limited boat anglers but those that did make it out caught lake trout when trolling or jigging in the East Bay. When they could find them, Cisco were also caught. As the weather warms up, bass fishing should pick up.

Frankfort: Had good fishing for those trolling outside the harbor. They caught good numbers of lake trout on cowbells and bright colored spoons. Pier anglers caught lake trout and brown trout on spawn.

Portage Lake: Fishing slowed with the cold weather. A few largemouth bass and some panfish were caught in the shallows.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Walleye were caught by those trolling crawlers or casting rapalas. Some were starting to catch fish throughout the day while others were targeting them at night. The crappie and bluegill bite was starting to pick back up with the warmer weather.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were 46 degrees. A small number of chinook were caught in 60 to 100 feet. Good numbers of lake trout are still being recorded. Walleye are being caught at night. The north pier is closed due to construction on the lighthouse.

Manistee Lake: Bass anglers reported moderate catches of smallmouth but overall the bite was slow. Most were using crankbaits along the south end near Stronach. A fair number of decent size pike were caught.

Big Manistee River: Catch rates for steelhead were low in all parts of the river. A few drop-backs were reported in the lower end. Brown trout and suckers were hitting on flies, minnows and beads up near Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were about 47 degrees. Some brown trout were caught. Good numbers of lake trout were taken in 60 to 100 feet.

Pentwater: Had reports of lake trout being caught near the pier heads in 50 to 70 feet and brown trout in 15 to 30 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Northern pike and smallmouth bass fishing are starting to heat up in the main lake as well as the channel. Those casting rapalas or using live and frozen bait have caught some nice fish.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling for salmon had slower catch rates with only a few coho and the occasional chinook, rainbow, brown or lake trout taken. They were trolling 15 to 45 feet down in 20 to 60 feet from the first bridge next to the Baraga State Park to the Falls River mouth with spoons and body baits in orange and green. Those jigging a Swedish pimple and egg on a single hook caught whitefish in 70 to 95 feet. The South Portage Entry saw a bit of a spike in catch rates for trout and salmon especially near the lighthouse and the breakwall.

Menominee River: With the musky opener, most anglers were targeting them but catch rates were slow. One fish was recorded near Stephenson Island.

Little Bay De Noc: For walleye, the better catches came between the Third and the Center Reefs when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 18 to 30 feet but the best catches were for those jigging a crawler in and around 24 feet. Water temperatures were between 46 and the low 50’s. A good number of fish were reported between Garth Point and the “Narrows”. A good number of smallmouth bass were reported near the mouth of the Ford River. Several anglers had fair catches of perch off Gladstone Beach with crawlers in 25 feet. A few pike were caught.

Big Bay De Noc: No word on walleye yet but perch anglers were getting some small fish in Garden Bay. Good smallmouth action in Garden Bay, South River, Ogontz and near the Fish Dam Rivers for those using plastics, spinners and crankbaits. Surface water temperatures were 38 degrees.

Marquette: A few coho, splake and the occasional chinook were caught on spoons in the Lower Harbor. Those trolling near the Chocolay and the Carp River had little success but those trolling crankbaits and jigging in the Upper Harbor near the “Bubblers” did manage to catch a few fish. There are commercial fishing nets in the harbor. Boat anglers are urged to use caution and watch for buoys marking the nets.

Munising: Those able to get out did catch a few chinook and coho. Surface water temperatures remain in the low 40’s offshore and 42 to 45 degrees nearshore. No reports of any lake trout but a couple splake were taken by pier anglers.

Grand Marais: A few boats had limited success when trolling for coho. Pier anglers targeting whitefish had mixed results. The better fishing was in the morning and mid-day but no limit catches were reported. The fish observed have been slightly larger than a few weeks ago and averaged 15 to 16 inches. Water temperatures were still in the low to mid 40’s. There was no shore activity at the Sucker River.

St. Marys River: Above the Soo Locks off Sherman Park, a few lake whitefish were caught in the shipping channel near Buoy #8 while fishing for yellow perch. In Sault Ste. Marie, those trolling in the early morning caught a couple steelhead and Atlantic salmon on the Michigan side near the Power House with orange and black crank baits. On the discharge side of the Clover Land Power Plant, a few whitefish were taken in 10 feet when drifting wax worms just off the swirling water of the turbine discharge. Water temperatures were a cold 43 degrees and the water in Munuscong Bay had a brown stain. The clear water around Moon Island was at 41 degrees. At the mouth of the Munuscong River and off the State Park, a few rock bass were caught in 6 feet while trolling for walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch are still in the Hessel marina. Splake fishing was good off the pier in Hessel, in Wilderness Bay, and the far west shore of Hessel Bay. Pike fishing is now open and should be good.

St. Ignace: Cold windy weather kept boat anglers on shore and slowed activity in area rivers. Only a few suckers and pike were caught. Those targeting walleye and steelhead reported slow catch rates.