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.

Walleye and Pike Opens Today in the UP

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

There was not much fishing effort at Raber Bay or Lime Island last week. Moving up the St. Marys River to Lake George, anglers report catching yellow perch on the east side of Sugar Island off Hay Bay in 30 feet of water. Shiner minnows seemed to work best. Down on Lake Huron at Cedarville, the boat launch is open and yellow perch were being caught. Anglers at Hessel report catching a few splake in Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay. Pier fishing results for anglers targeting splake were mixed. Catch rates have been slow although a few nice fish in the 10-pound range were reported. Most anglers were fishing with a smelt or minnow under a slip-bobber.

Dan’s Cabins (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Drummond Island Area

Perch were hitting in Scotts and Maxton bays last week. Some anglers had success stillfishing and drifting with minnows and worms along the north side of Scotts Bay where old cattails are bent over in the water. In Maxton Bay the perch are being caught between the DNR access site and the old Sportsman Club Pointe.  Those still fishing and drifting with perch spreaders tipped with minnows reported a good bite.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

St. Ignace Area 

One dock had been put in at the St. Ignace city boat launch last week but there was very little fishing activity occurring out on Lake Huron. The fish cleaning station remained closed. Light numbers of steelhead were being caught in the Carp River with warmer water bringing in a few fresh fish. The water was high in the river so fishing was tough. Suckers are starting to show up in the Carp River as well. A short smelt run in eastern Upper Peninsula streams appears to be nearing the end.

Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.

Curtis Area

Perch and panfish action has improved a little on Manistee Lakes, but cool weather last week wasn’t helping things much. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the Upper Peninsula.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

 

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

Fishing has been fair in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor when the wind allows anglers to get out. Boat anglers at the upper harbor reported catching light numbers of  kings and coho around the breakwater. Spoons were producing the best results. Some boat anglers are also jigging at the “bubblers” with a few successful for coho. In the lower harbor fishing picked up a little last  week with boat anglers trolling for coho around the breakwater and at the mouth of the Carp River. There are a couple commercial nets in the lower harbor near the sand bar so be aware of net buoys. Steelhead fishing is winding down in the Carp River.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Cold weather, wind and rain kept many anglers grounded last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Perch anglers who ventured out reported good to excellent catches off center and third reefs using minnows or wigglers in 25 to 35 feet of water. Best area was between the Day’s River and the Vagabond Resort towards the east bank. Several limits were reported. Smallmouth bass anglers have started fishing the shore off the Ford River and reported fair to good catches when casting spinners, crankbaits or soft plastics. Fly fishing anglers reported a few steelhead catches on the Escanaba River. Toms are strutting and coming to the call.

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

Light numbers of walleyes have been caught in the Menominee River, which is a boundary water with Wisconsin. Anglers are allowed to keep one walleye on boundary waters. Cold nights and rain has put a damper on fishing and cooled the water. Bluegills and perch have been caught by anglers fishing from shore on Lake Antoine and the crappie bite has been decent on Twin Falls Flowage. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the Upper Peninsula.  Turkey hunting has been slow to get started and hunting pressure has been light.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

 

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Atlantic salmon have found their way into Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Anglers trolling in the bay, when the wind allows them to get out, report catching a few Atlantics mixed in with good numbers of cohos and browns, and a few kings. Fishing pressure on inland lakes has been light. The turkey season got off to a slow start, but there are birds in the area.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Things were pretty quiet on Lake Gogebic last week. The ice has finally melted and the lake is open but no one was heading out fishing yet. Anglers are awaiting the May 15 walleye opener. Turkey hunting has been decent.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Lakes are open, but fishing pressure has been light in Iron County. Anglers there were waiting for last weekend’s  trout opener and the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the U.P. The spring turkey season got off to a decent start. Toms are gobbling and strutting.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

East Jordan Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Charlevoix and fishing pressure light.  Walleyes have spawned and local anglers were anticipating a good opener with clear, warm weather in the forecast. Crappies are starting to move into the shallows. Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Michigan in 50 to 70 feet of water. Atlantics, browns and lakers have been keeping anglers busy on Torch Lake. Turkey hunting got off to a slow start, but there are birds “all over the place.” A few morels have been found.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Manistee Area

Anglers reported fair perch action on Lake Michigan. Anglers were jigging wax worms or crawlers off the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass anglers were picking up good size smallmouths around the docks. The turkey season got off to a good start. Black morels were starting to show up.

 

Wellston Area

Both fresh steelhead and drop backs were being caught last week at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. A few small brown trout were hitting, too. The fish are hungry. Flies, spawn, lures, yarn, beads and  spinners were all producing good results. Sucker anglers have been landing a few fish in Bear Creek and the Rainbow Bend area on crawlers. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Morels are starting to pop.

Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.

Cadillac Area

Fishing pressure has been light  on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Fair numbers of crappies and bluegills have been caught along shore on Lake Cadillac. Bass fishing has been good on most inland lakes in the area. Anglers were looking forward to last weekend’s walleye, pike, muskie and trout openers. Turkey hunting has been pretty good, but hunting pressure has been light. A few morels have been found.

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

 

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Panfish have moved into the canals, and the mouths of the canals on Houghton Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are both hitting, too.   Cold weather shut down the activity last week, but when the weather started to warm up late in the week, the bite in the canals returned. Crappies were hitting at sunrise and sunset and the bluegills were hitting at mid-day. The walleye opener was expected to be pretty good. The turkey season got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. Morels are starting to show.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Lake trout fishing was pretty good on Higgins Lake before a cold spell moved in last week and shut everything down. The action should improve as warmer weather returns. Turkey hunting got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. Black morels are popping.

Evergreen Northern Party Store , (989) 821-5425

Hubbard Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on Hubbard Lake. Local anglers were waiting for last weekend’s Lower Peninsula inland fishing opener. Turkey season has been very good. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call. No word on morels yet.

Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

Alpena Area

Fishing is remained consistent on Lake Huron last week, while water temperatures are fluctuating up and down depending on weather and wind conditions. Fishing in Thunder Bay was up and down with fish scattered throughout the bay. Lake trout are being caught in good numbers along with smallmouth bass. Steelhead are still running up the Thunder Bay River but not in high numbers. A few walleye were being caught. Toms are strutting and gobbling and coming to the call. Morels are starting to pop.

Buck’s Bait & Tackle, 989-595-2121

Oscoda Area

The catch in Lake Huron off the  Oscoda pier is picking up slowly. There were reports last week of walleyes being caught late at night and early in the morning on bodybaits in silver, UV and clown colors. Steelhead are still making their way up the Au Sable River and onto the beds. Spawn, flies, trout beads, spinners and bodybaits are all producing well. Down in Tawas Bay, a fair number of walleyes and a few pike salmon have been caught. Walleye were hitting both crankbaits and crawler harnesses and were being caught in a variety of locations around Tawas Bay and also down off Whitestone Point. Shore and wading anglers casting crankbaits and jigs were taking some walleye and pike beside the state police post and also at the mouth of the Tawas River. Spring turkey hunting has been pretty good. Mushroom hunters are finding a few morels.

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

 

 

Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Dock and channel anglers on Lake St. Clair were still catching panfish on crawlers and minnows last week at the Selfridge launch. Boat anglers leaving Selfridge moved into the canals surrounding the area and caught crappie and perch. Boat  anglers fishing around Harley Ensign launch caught bluegills and perch as well. On the south end of the lake, smallmouth bass fishing proved to be good at Memorial Park, the 400 Club, and at Metro Beach in 6 to 9 feet of water. Green pumpkin tubes and white tubes both caught fish. Largemouths were also caught at Metro and in the canals. Pumpkinseed sunfish and bluegill were caught using crawlers and spikes in the canals around Metro. Beach.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Commerce Area

Anglers continue to do well on smallmouth bass in both Union and Cass lakes. Suspending jerkbaits fished in the sandy shallow flats or bladebaits fished along the deeper end of the drop-offs have been producing the best results. Cass Lake has had good bluegill fishing in the canals and shallow coves. Those using small jigs or hooks tipped with live bait are doing best. Good numbers of pike and walleyes are being seen in the shallows and last weekend’s inland walleye opener should have been good. Anglers report water temps were between 52 and 57 degrees. Turkey season has been good. Toms are strutting. Morels are popping.

Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing remained fair on the Detroit River last week. Anglers reported catching decent numbers of fish but the big spawners have yet to move in. Wind and unseasonable cool temperatures have delayed the runs a little. Action should improve with a little stable, warm weather.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

Luna Pier Area

Anglers targeting walleye in the Western Basin of Lake Erie saw good action last week. Those jigging minnows and bucktail jigs or trolling sticks and cranks in bright or chrome colors caught fish in 13 to 20 feet of water. Stoney Point and Turtle Island were hot spots. Nightcrawler harnesses were also catching fish. White bass catches are slowly increasing and the occasional yellow perch is also being taken. Anglers targeting largemouth bass in the harbors, channels and from shore are catching good numbers of fish. Several crappie have also been taken in the harbors and marinas.

Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

 

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Allegan Area

Bluegill fishing has been pretty good in the shallows on Great BearEagle and Duck lakes. Black gnats have produced the best results. Coho, brown trout and a few walleyes and in the trough at the power plant on Lake Michigan. The spring turkey season has been very good. Toms are strutting and answering the call. Morels are starting to pop.

Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

South Haven

Boat anglers continue to have good success targeting lake trout on Lake Michigan. The best fishing seems to be in 45 to 65 feet of water. Cowbells and Spin ‘N’ Glows are working best. Anglers targeting salmon are finding fishing slow. Pier fishing is also very slow, but the spring turkey season got off to a good start and should improve with warmer weather moving in.

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Coldwater Area

Fishing was slow and fishing pressure light last week in Branch County. Cool temperatures and rain put a damper on the action. The spring turkey season got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. A few black morels are starting to show up. Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

Cloverdale Area

Bluegills are starting to move into the shallows on Long and Crooked lakes and anglers report a good bite. The spring turkey season got off  to a good start. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call. A few black morels have been found.

Tackle Box, (269) 623-2994

Kalamazoo Area

Panfish action has been fair on lakes in Kalamazoo County. Crappies are starting to move into the shallows on GunMaple and Portage lakes. A pretty good bluegill bite has been reported by anglers fishing on  Portage, too. The turkey season has been very good. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Black and grey morels are starting to show up.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

 

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye were being taken in a variety of locations in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay including off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning, off Linwood in 15 to 20 feet of water and off Bay City State Park in 9 to 15 feet of water. Others reported walleye catches off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River in 12 to 15 feet of water and a mile northeast of Spoils Island and out near the Spark Plug buoys numbers 11 and 12. There were also walleye anglers reporting fish catches off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. Pink and purple lures were productive. Both crankbaits and crawler harnesses were taking fish. Shore anglers in the Saginaw River at Essexville were catching a few channel catfish.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Sanford Area

Panfish have moved into the canals  and cuts on Sanford and Wixom lakes. Wax worms, flies and leaf worms are all producing good results. Turkey season has been pretty good. Toms are strutting and answering the call.

Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing has slowed, but remains pretty good in the Pere Marquette River. Egg flies, nymphs, streamers, spawn and spinners have all produced good results. A good bite has been reported at Rainbow Rapids, Sulak and Upper Branch Bridge. Crappie fishing has been steady on  Big Star and Paradise lakes. Bluegills are still holding in 10 to 15 feet of water. Black morels are popping. There are a lot of turkeys in the area, but hunting pressure has been light. Toms are gobbling.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

Greenville Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light in Montcalm County. Anglers there were waiting for warmer weather and last weekend’s opening of walleye and pike seasons on inland waters in the Lower Peninsula. Toms are strutting and gobbling. A few morels have been found.

Tows Country Store, (616) 984-5895.

Grand Haven Area

Perch were hitting minnows fished in 60 to 70 feet of water last week on Lake Michigan. Bluegill fishing has been spotty on but the best bite has been on Sterns Bayou in 5 to 10 feet of water. Good numbers of crappies have been caught on Pettys Bayou and Bruce’s Bayou The spring turkey season got off to a good start, but a lot of locals are waiting for the late season hunt.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.

 

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Perch fishing remains pretty good in Mud Creek and other cuts and streams in Huron County. Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron off the breakwall in the harbor, around Heisterman Island and at Sand Point. The best action has come early in the mornings. The spring turkey season started off with a bang and remains very good. Toms are strutting and gobbling.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

A few boats have been out on Lake Huron and anglers report catching  good numbers of lake trout. All along the outside of the thumb. The lakers  seem to be stacked along the bottom in 30 to 45 feet of water. Spring turkey hunting has been good. Toms are strutting and responding to calls.

Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.

Port Huron

Fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River but action has been slow on Lake Huron. Anglers jigging shiners and finesse minnows are catching a lot of walleyes. Salmon are also being caught in the river on  spoons fished by boat and from shore. Smelt are still running under the Blue Water Bridge, as long as the water is dirty. The spring turkey season has been very good with a lot of gobblers in the area. Morels are starting to show up.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

 

Baitman Fishing Report for the UP Opener

The season to take walleye, northern pike and muskellunge for all Upper Peninsula waters including the Great Lakes, inland waters and St. Mary’s River will open on Sunday May 15th. Cooler temperatures may slow catch rates.

Houghton Lake has been fair for walleye and crappie.

Perch fishing has been good off of Grand Haven this week.

Hamlin Lake has been good for gills,crappie and pike.

East and West Grand Traverse Bays have been great for Lake trout and ciscoes.

Tippy Dam is still fair for steelhead but there are very few fishing

 

 

Harvey The Cable Guy Winkler took advantage of the break in the weather and brought in a walleye and a couple of 13″+ crappie he caught using steelhead jigs tipped with minnows. He was fishing outside the canals this time.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Annie Mac charters put some big lake trout in the box this past weekend. This brute went just a touch over 20 pounds!!! Great job guys.

Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ontonagon: Boat anglers trolling west of the river mouth caught coho, lake trout and Atlantic salmon.

Lake Antoine: In Dickinson County was starting to produce decent numbers of perch. Some of the boundary water lakes and floodings were producing good size crappie.

Menominee River: Walleye were caught near the Hattie Street Dam when using live bait or casting small spoons and stick baits. Those trolling for walleye reported slow catch rates.

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers are still reporting catches south of the Day’s River. Spawning is pretty much over as the females are spent. Anglers were using minnows or crawlers in and around 34 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in the Ford River in 6 to 14 feet and near Garth Point in 4 to 12 feet. Most were casting plastics, spinners or crankbaits. No beds were reported even though the fish appear to be staging for the spawn. The walleye opener looks good as water temperatures have increased to the low to mid 50’s. The mouth of the Whitefish River and south to Third Reef should be good areas considering the cool spring. The mouth of the Ford River to Breezy Point could also be good as walleye exit the Ford River.

Big Bay De Noc: The perch run in Garden Bay is almost over. Most of the fish caught now were small. Try minnows or crawlers in and around 8 feet in front of the Fishery on the west bank. A few smallmouth bass were caught in the South River area but the better fishing was near Ogontz when using plastics, spinners and crankbaits in 8 to 14 feet. The walleye opener here may be like it was 2 years ago. Try up by the Ogontz River in 8 feet. Some of the walleye may be late exiting the river making this a hot spot. Try the head of the Bay between the Fish Dam Rivers, Valentine Creek and the “Boot”.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures were 38 degrees. Anglers trolling spoons, jigging or casting for trout and salmon did catch a few brown trout near Shot Point. Lake trout were caught near the Chocolay River, a few miles north of the breakwall in the Lower Harbor and near Partridge Island in 130 to 170 feet. Very few chinook salmon were caught by those trolling north of the breakwall. Fishing on the Carp River has slowed. Anglers had no luck with spawn so they were switching to artificial baits and spinners which landed a few brook trout.

Deer Lake: In Marquette County is catch-and-release and artificial baits only. Anglers fishing from designated shore areas caught walleye ranging 13 to 18 inches and a few pike up to 24 inches on crankbaits in various colors. Those jigging caught walleye and pike on the north end near the dam.

Munising: Catch rates were fair. Pier anglers on Anna River reported slow fishing with only the occasional splake taken on a single egg. Those trolling the bay did manage to catch some coho and a few chinook. Some smaller chinook salmon in the 16 to 18 inch range with no clips were also caught. Surface water temperatures remain in the low 40’s.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers targeting whitefish reported slow catch rates. Some did catch the occasional coho or steelhead. Most were using a single egg or spawn with artificial baits. Boat anglers were limited due to windy conditions but on days when they could get out, good catches of coho including some limits were reported. A couple nice chinook over 10 pounds and the occasional steelhead were also caught.

Two Hearted River: Steelhead anglers were having good success.

St. Marys River: Above the Soo Locks, perch were caught in 30 feet near the green #8 buoy just out from Sherman Park. Anglers can access the water above the Freighter Locks off West Portage Street just past the International Bridge. Anglers wanting to target yellow perch should try Lake George on the east side of Sugar Island. In Raber Bay, a few yellow perch were caught at Carlton Creek in 4 to 8 feet with shiners and worms. Look for perch along the north shoreline in the bay. Try 4 to 6 feet just off the cattails and old weed beds. The perch run slowed in Maxton Bay which is off Drummond Island. A few small reports of perch came from Scott Bay when fishing around the docks and old weed beds.

Detour: Had very little fishing effort. A couple lake trout were caught south of the lighthouse in 80 feet when trolling spin-glo’s or yellow and black spotted 4 inch spoons. Water in the lower river was stained from run-off.

Cedarville and Hessel: In Cedarville, boat angling effort for perch slowed some but anglers were still targeting structure in and around the marina. Hessel saw more angling effort due to the continued presence of perch inside the marina. Seeing them kept anglers interested but the fish did not want to bite. Those using wigglers and mousies seemed to catch more fish than those using minnows but many were throw backs. A few suckers also moved in. Splake were still cruising the marina and a couple were caught.

St. Ignace: The fish cleaning station remains closed but the restrooms are now open. A few boats have done well lake trout fishing near Bois Blanc Island and decent near St. Ignace when trolling spoons or spin-glo’s. Steelhead action in the Carp River was slowing and the sucker bite was fairly slow. Anglers were moving upstream to target steelhead. A few pike, brook trout and brown trout were caught.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Walleye were being caught in the inland lakes including Black, Burt, Otsego and Hubbard. Suckers are being caught in almost every river connected to Lake Huron.

Cheboygan: The fish cleaning station as well as the restrooms were still closed at the city marina. Lake trout anglers heading out did catch some fish in waters less than 50 feet deep between Cheboygan and Bois Blanc Island. Most are trolling spoons and spin-glo’s.

Cheboygan River: The walleye bite was fairly good with some doing very well while others were skunked. Most were casting crankbaits, drifting crawlers or jigging with minnows or plastics. A couple pike, smallmouth bass and Atlantic salmon were also caught. The steelhead bite has slowed however the sucker run is in full swing and fish have been caught everywhere.

Mullett Lake: Those targeting smallmouth bass averaged 10 fish per person in 8 hours of fishing. Silver blade baits or white and gray swim baits with white jig heads seemed to work best in 5 to 15 feet along the rocky points and bays.

Ocqueoc River: Is producing some steelhead.

Rogers City: Surface temperatures were finally reaching the mid-40s. Boat anglers were fishing the water coming out of the Trout River just north of the harbor. Most were high-lining with cowbells and spin-glo’s in 12 to 20 feet. Try fishing Forty Mile Point or south towards Swan Bay and Adams Point in 12 to 60 feet with dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s. A few Atlantic salmon were seen in the marina. Try casting bright colored spoons like orange and green or bobber fishing with minnows.

Presque Isle: Has been producing some really nice Atlantic salmon with the better fishing south towards Stoneport. Run lines off boards and away from the boat. Good lures were spoons and body baits in orange and green, orange and silver, gold or just plain orange. Lake trout were caught near the bottom in 20 to 80 feet between the lighthouses. These fish seem to be scattered.

Grand Lake: Has sporadically continued to produce a decent number of walleye and jumbo perch. The walleye were 17 to 21 inches.

Montmorency County: Long Lake was producing a few walleye. Grass Lake was producing small catches of some nice panfish at dusk.

Alpena: Those searching for walleye in the bay had limited success. Anglers have been trying everything but no takers. Lake trout should still be in close as surface waters temperatures were still around 50 degrees.

Thunder Bay River: Still has a good number of steelhead but slow catch rates.

Oscoda: Pier fishing slowed. Walleye anglers had very limited success as it seems the fish have not made it up from the bay in big numbers yet. Those that did catch fish were casting body baits, twister tails or small spoons. Lake trout are still being caught off the pier head but in limited numbers while still-fishing with minnows or casting body baits.

Au Sable River: Had decent action with fish still on the beds. Steelhead were in the deeper holes like the Whirl Pool, High Banks, and the Meat Hole. Try spawn, beads, spinners, fly’s, and small spoons. Brown trout fishing was very good.

Higgins Lake: Boat anglers are getting a few lake trout in 80 to 100 feet and some fish were 6 to 8 pounds. A couple rainbow trout were caught off Big Creek in 30 to 35 feet. No perch to report yet.

Houghton Lake: Had good walleye action. The fish were found next to the weed beds in 8 feet. Crappie are just about done in the canals and the bluegills were starting to move in. Try minnows or worms.

Tawas: A few walleye were caught near the wall when trolling. Those working the drop-off in 20 to 25 feet had sporadic catch rates for chinook, steelhead and walleye off Alabaster and the Singing Bridge. Pier anglers picked up a few Atlantic salmon.

Tawas River: A few walleye, carp and bass were caught behind the Police Post.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye got a few fish off Whitestone Point, Point Au Gres and the mouth of the river in 15 to 25 feet. They used crawlers and body baits.

Au Gres River: Anglers were getting a few perch and some catfish on crawlers and stink bait.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Several of the local lakes in Lake, Manistee and Mason Counties had good bluegill action. Target the shallow bays and inlets.

Petoskey: Most of the boats heading out have done well for lake trout between the water treatment plant and Bay Harbor or when trolling towards the State Park. At Bay Harbor, anglers did well with spoons about halfway down in 70 to 80 feet while further east the fish were in 25 to 40 feet. Pier fishing remains slow.

Bear River: Water levels were high and steelhead fishing was slow even though some fish could still be seen jumping at the falls. The few caught were at the dam or the rapids between the bridges that are below the dam. Spawn bags and flies worked best. There are still some suckers, some chubs and some brown trout up at the dam. The mouth was slow for bigger fish but anglers could see a lot of small browns that were stocked a couple weeks ago.

Charlevoix: Had a few boats out targeting lake trout. Those that fished earliest did best. Lake trout were caught on spoons 30 to 40 feet down in 40 to 60 feet at both North and South Point. Walleye anglers are fishing the channel at dusk.

Lake Charlevoix: The fish cleaning station at the Ferry Beach launch is now open. Anglers have caught some walleye.

Torch Lake: Boat anglers have caught lake trout on the south end. Suckers moved into the Torch River and those fishing them had good success.

Traverse City: Cisco fishing was great in the East Bay. Boats are launching off M-37 and heading north. Those targeting steelhead reported a small push of fish in Elk Rapids where a few were caught on spawn. Lake trout have been caught on both bays by those trolling in deep water.

Boardman River: Remains slow for steelhead however a few were still being caught along with a fair to good number of brown trout. Sucker fishing has been good for those using crawlers or leaf worms.

Frankfort: Fishing has improved. Those fishing off the north pier on the harbor side caught some nice brown trout on spawn bags especially when there is a south wind. Those trolling to the south picked up lake trout and brown trout in 25 to 50 feet on bright colored spoons that are typically used for steelhead. Lake trout were caught on the east side of Platte Bay when using spoons.

Portage Lake: Had good largemouth bass fishing in the shallows.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Walleye have been caught by those fishing at night. Walleye and bullhead were caught in the canal between the two lakes. Rapalas and crawlers were the ticket. The crappie bite was on with a good number of fish caught in the shallow coves of Lake Mitchell. The bluegill action was still slow but lots of bass were caught and released.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 47 degrees. Small numbers of brown trout and chinook salmon are being caught outside the pier. Walleye are being caught in the channel and between the piers.

Big Manistee River: Anglers caught some walleye with the largest reported at 30 inches. Fish were still being caught even after rain muddied the river.

Ludington: Had surface temperatures of 49 degrees. The city fish cleaning station is now open. Good numbers of lake trout are still being caught outside the piers. Small numbers of chinook salmon are starting to show up.

Pentwater: Anglers targeting lake trout in 50 to 70 feet had limited success. There have been reports of walleye being caught from the piers after sunset using deep-diving body baits or plastic swimbaits.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers are targeting bluegill and crappie in 10 to 20 feet. Look for drop-offs near spawning areas. Some are targeting northern pike while trolling or still-fishing with live or dead shiners.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Catch rates for walleye increased as did the activity at Stony Point and Brest Bay. Most were trolling or drifting crawler harnesses or crank baits such as reef runners, husky jerks or shad raps in 16 to 25 feet. Hot-n-Tots also caught fish. Chartreuse, fire-tiger and purple were the hot colors. Shore anglers at the Pointe Mouillee access site reported decent catches of largemouth bass. Channel cats and bullhead were caught on chicken livers. Shore anglers at the Swan Creek access site caught channel cats, bullhead and the occasional yellow perch on crawlers.

Detroit River: Had good walleye fishing. Anglers were trolling or jigging Wyandotte worms and walleye minnows. The white bass are starting to show up and were caught off the pier in Wyandotte. Attention Anglers: The DNR will be collecting muskellunge eggs during the month of May. As a safety precaution, anglers should avoid coming close to the electro-fishing boat during the nighttime shocking operations. When the generator is running and the boat’s flood lights are on, staff are collecting fish while using electricity near the boat and want to make sure the public stays clear of the electric field.

Oakland County: Bass anglers continue to do well on both lakes when fishing along the flats. A few pike and walleye were caught by those casting or trolling body baits along the drop-offs. Those looking for panfish should try the canals and river mouths. Try a small jig tipped with a minnow or worm under a bobber. Surface water temperatures were between 55 and 59 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Anglers caught large and smallmouth bass in 7 feet along the shoreline. Most fish were caught south of the Clinton River Cutoff launch and near the mouth of the Detroit River on crankbaits. Dark green and crayfish were good colors. Those targeting perch and panfish did best in the canals just north of the Clinton River Cutoff launch. Crawlers seemed to work best producing more bluegills and sunfish than perch. On the north end, some large and smallmouth bass were caught around the Metro Park and just north of the Selfridge launch when using X-raps and jerk baits along the walls in 3 to 6 feet. Tube baits in green/pumpkin or smoke/purple also did well. These anglers also caught a few pike. Panfish were caught in the canals around Selfridge and Fairhaven by those using red and chartreuse jigs in 7 foot.

St. Clair River: Had lots of anglers targeting walleye but catch rates slowed.

Lexington: Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons and body baits in 20 to 40 feet. Success for coho, chinook, steelhead and pink salmon was sporadic. Those heading out deeper were looking for bigger fish. Pier anglers casting and fishing with minnows caught the occasional trout, perch or bullhead.

Port Sanilac: Was also giving up light numbers of trout and salmon in shallow waters 20 to 40 feet deep. Spoons and body baits worked best. Pier anglers caught the occasional coho, steelhead, walleye or white bass.

Harbor Beach: A few salmon were taken on spoons 30 to 55 feet down in 30 to 80 feet straight out and north of the harbor. Best colors were still orange, green, blue, and the yellow tail. Try some 3, 5, and 10 color lines with offshore boards as well. Some limits of lake trout are being taken straight out and north of the harbor in 60 to 100 feet. Try dodgers with spin-glo’s or clean spoons on the bottom. Hot colors were bright yellow, green and orange spin-glo’s or green, blue and perch colored spoons. Walleye were caught off the north wall when the winds were calm.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught on crawler harnesses in 6 to 8 feet at Pinconning, in 18 feet just west of the Spark Plug and near the Dumping Grounds. On the east side, anglers had difficulty trolling because of the wind. Those bowfishing in the Quanicassee River picked up a few carp. Catch rates were inconsistent at Sebewaing. Caseville had little activity.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers fishing off Smith Park in Essexville caught freshwater drum and catfish on crawlers.

Tittabawassee River: A few walleye were caught on jigs and twisters tipped with minnows and crawlers near the State Street Bridge. White bass were also caught.

Flint River: Was producing good numbers of crappie.

Shiawassee River: The full blown white bass spawn is on with many limit catches of very large white bass being taken. Pike were also caught. Carp are also in spawning mode in all the flooded grassy areas off the Shiawassee and Bad Rivers.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Panfish activity picked up on the inland lakes in most counties. The fish were starting to move to shallow water. On sunny days, check out the warm shallows for crappie and bluegills. Pike have been caught in Gun Lake. Bass fishing was slow in Barry County.

St. Joseph: Pier fishing was very slow. Boat anglers were catching a few salmon and trout inside of 90 feet but some were in well over 100 feet and hitting on spoons.

South Haven: Pier fishing was very slow. Boat anglers continue to do well when targeting lake trout in 45 to 65 feet with cowbells and spin-glo’s. Perch were slow.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead fishing is pretty much over however anglers will find bass, bluegills and suckers.

Grand Haven: Coho were caught 25 to 150 feet down in 160 to 260 feet. Bright colored spoons are working well in the upper water column. Those trolling near the pierheads are finding coho, chinook and a few brown trout. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Few have been out but those fishing below the dams have caught some walleye. Anglers should find smallmouth bass and suckers.

Grand River at Lansing: Those fishing upstream of Moore’s Park have caught smallmouth bass and bluegills. Walleye have been caught below any of the area dams. Pike were noted below the North Lansing Dam. Crappie were caught near the Waverly Road Bridge however anglers need a boat to reach the fish here.

Muskegon: Boats are catching coho from the surface down to 150 feet in 180 to 260 feet. Orange spoons or body baits worked best up high while green or white flies did better in the deeper water.

Muskegon River: While the steelhead fishing is pretty much done, those fly fishing have caught some nice brown trout.

Whitehall: Pier anglers continue to catch walleye. Try casting rapalas or plastic swimbaits right at sunset and after. Perch and fire-tiger patterns seem to be good.



Baitman Fishing Report 5/6/2016

The trout opener was a little slow as the weather was cold, walleye fishing was slower also but today the weather warming up the bite has started.

Portage Lake had a perch bite but wednesday  high winds and cold front slowed the bite.

 

Traverse City: In the East Bay, cisco’s were caught along the east side of Old Mission Peninsula. Those trolling have also caught lake trout. The steelhead run below the dam in Elk Rapids remains very slow. In the West Bay, catch rates for lake trout increased for those trolling.

Boardman River: Trout anglers had more success catching brown trout than steelhead; as the run has really slowed. The few that have been caught were taken in the early morning.

 

Tittabawassee River: Had walleye but with the late opener, a lot of the fish had already left the river and the harvest was dominated by small males. Walleye fishing here will taper off quickly over the next several days as the fish continue to drop downstream. The better fishing was between midnight and 10am. A few limit catches were reported and most boats had some fish but a few were skunked. The better fishing was in the lower river near the Center Road launch and good upstream as far as Imerman Park but tapered off upstream from there. Those fishing near the Dow Dam were catching and releasing a lot of smallmouth bass. Fishing around Freeland was so-so. The best bait was an orange jighead with a shiner but those casting or trolling crank baits also took fish.

Jim and Lisa, the brother/sister team from Houghton Lake have been finding the pan fish this week. Today they caught a couple dozen gills and crappies in the canals using leaf-worms and minnows. Sniper Dan from the shop brought in a couple of walleye he caught using weevil jigs with leeches. Dan is now tied for 2nd with Derek in the walleye count with Clare in the lead.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Clare Gee finally came out of hibernation and is back into form with 3 keepers – 16″ to 17″ walleye caught on chartreuse jigs with leeches under a slip bobber. He said he was fishing at Doc B’s spot. Clare’s chief rival, Dave was nowhere to be found.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

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Bass fishing continues to improve as water temperatures warm. The trout opener was off to a slow start but anglers did manage to catch some brook and brown trout on the inland streams. Cooler temperatures to the north have resulted in slow catch rates for panfish.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: The breakwall remains slow with very few anglers out and about.

Bear River: Water levels were a bit high and steelhead fishing was slow. The few taken were at the dam or in the rapids between the bridges below the dam. Spawn bags worked best. Suckers were still in the river but the number of fish was down from last week.

Charlevoix: There were a few boats out targeting lake trout in the early morning. Those that fished the earliest did best at both North and South Point with spoons. The fish were suspended from 30 to 40 feet down in 40 to 60 feet.

 

Frankfort: Had slow fishing. Those trolling in the harbor or the surf have caught lake trout and brown trout on spoons and plugs.

Portage Lake: Had slow fishing with only a few perch taken on minnows over near the outlet.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 46 degrees. Pier anglers were still picking up a few perch. No big numbers but a few walleye were caught between the piers. The number of boat anglers is starting to increase.

Manistee Lake: Both large and smallmouth bass fishing were slow throughout the lake. Those that did manage to catch a few fish were working the drop-offs and the deeper shorelines with crank baits or rubber worms.

Big Manistee River: Anglers have been steadily landing steelhead up near Tippy Dam and fresh fish were still moving in. Most were hitting on fly’s, beads, spawn and yarn. Chartreuse was the hot color. Anglers are still catching some white suckers however the redhorse suckers are moving in.

Ludington: Had surface water temperatures about 48 degrees. Pier anglers were getting few trout but those fishing outside the piers were taking a good number of lake trout. The restrooms by the north pier are now open.

Pere Marquette River: Reported good catches of brown trout. Steelhead fishing continues but once the warm weather hits, it will wind down quickly.

Pentwater: Pier fishing remains slow but water clarity has improved. Some reported catching walleye at night and in the early morning when casting rapalas and swimbaits. Those trolling in 30 to 70 feet between the piers and Juniper Beach have caught lake trout.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers are starting to target northern pike and walleye with live bait or when casting and trolling rapalas. Boat and shore anglers targeting perch and crappie had limited success. A few brown trout and pike were caught in the channel on shiners.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling found the bite to be up and down. When the bite is on, anglers caught mostly coho mixed with steelhead, brown trout, lake trout, splake, and chinook. They were trolling 25 to 45 feet down in 30 to 70 feet with spoons and body baits in a variety of colors. Trolling speeds were between 1.9 and 2.3 mph. The occasional steelhead was still being caught in the Falls River. A mix of trout and salmon were caught off the rock dock near the L’Anse Marina. Those jigging for Lake Whitefish had good success when jigging east of the Baraga Marina in 80 to 95 feet. In Traverse Bay, lake trout were caught between Big Louie’s, Gay Point and Five Mile Reef when trolling in 130 to 150 feet. Those jigging for lake trout did well near Black Point, Gay Point and Big Louie’s Point in 145 to 240 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers are still reporting fair to good catches in 22 to 35 feet between the Center and the Third Reefs when using minnows and crawlers. Perch were caught in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor but many were small. Most were using crawlers when casting from shore or fishing around the docks. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair catches around the mouth of the Ford River when casting spinners or plastics along the rocks and off the banks. Water temperatures have increased to the low 50’s so the bass activity should pick up.

Big Bay De Noc: Perch fishing in Garden Bay has slowed even though anglers were still marking good numbers of fish. Most were males or spent females. Anglers have switched to crawlers and fishing the west bank. Smallmouth anglers fishing the South River Bay area reported a few catches.

Munising: Boat anglers did poorly trolling for coho within the bay. Reports say a few chinook were caught with quality fish up to 10 pounds. Boats did better near Trout Bay and the surrounding areas in less than 40 feet. Pier anglers caught a few splake up to 19 inches when using spawn.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers report mixed results for whitefish with most catching only a few over several hours of fishing. Boat anglers did well for coho salmon when trolling east of the Sucker River in shallow water 15 feet or less. Steelhead were also caught. Water temperatures warmed to 40 degrees and warmer.

St. Marys River: Fishing over the last week was slow up and down the river. Water temperature is averaging 43 degrees in most areas. The Ashman Bay boat launch above the Soo Locks is a great place to launch and go fish for yellow perch in the shipping channel. A few have been caught at the green # 8 buoy in 30 to 35 feet with perch rigs and shiners. There was some effort by those still-fishing for coho and rainbow trout near the Cloverland Electric Power Plant but no fish were caught. Most were drifting spawn bags or casting 3 inch spoons. Lake George on the east side of Sugar Island has been producing some yellow perch off Hay Point in 40 to 50 feet with perch rigs and shiners. The fish were running 7.5 to 10 inches and some still had eggs. Bay Dewausi off Lake Nicolet has not had any fishing effort for the past 4 weeks. Water levels have been rising for the past 3 years in this bay, so it might be productive for yellow perch if anglers wanted to try fishing it once again. Raber Bay has not seen much fishing effort. Those looking for perch might want to try the north side up to Fisherman’s Pointe in 4 to 8 feet while drifting minnows along the abandoned weed beds because water temperatures here seem to be warming up faster.

Detour: Still had no angler activity. The docks were in at the ramp near the marina but the DNR launch had no docks in yet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Boat anglers in Cedarville had fair to good success for yellow perch. Anglers were putting in significant time catching between 5 and 10 fish per hour and sorting out the small ones. Recently, worms were better than minnows when fishing near shore around the docks and other structure. Hessel had good splake fishing for those using smelt with slip bobbers and fishing right off the bottom. Early morning was best. Yellow perch moved in around the marina docks at Hessel but anglers were frustrated as they could see the fish but they would not bite. Worms were a bit better than minnows. The fish range 8 to 11 inches. A couple pike were caught by those trolling.

St. Ignace: The fish cleaning station remains closed and angler activity remains light. The Carp River still has a good number of steelhead being caught on spawn. Suckers are still present as well.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: The fish cleaning station was still closed however the docks are in and the ramps are open. Fishing activity remains very light.

Cheboygan River: Is producing good numbers of steelhead, suckers and walleye. Steelhead were caught on spawn, jigs and worms. Walleye were hitting on jigs, crawlers and stick baits. Suckers were caught on crawlers and spawn. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also in the river.

Rogers City: The marina is open and all the docks are in. When anglers can get out, a few lake trout were caught along the shoreline in shallow waters and out to waters 60 feet deep with high-lines. Out deep, fish the bottom with cowbells or dodgers with a spin-glo. Hot spots were Swan Bay or Adams Point. Atlantic salmon should start showing up anytime so try Swan Bay, Calcite Harbor or the breakwall with bright colored spoons and body baits. Good colors to try are orange, silver, green, chartreuse or yellow.

Presque Isle: Atlantic salmon were caught in the North Bay, directly out of the harbor and near Stoneport. Try spoons and body baits in green, silver, orange, and yellows. Lake trout were caught north of the marina between the two lighthouses in 20 to 90 feet with dodgers or cowbells and spin-glo’s just off the bottom.

Alpena: Boat anglers trolling for lake trout and walleye in Thunder Bay had limited success. Bass anglers are doing well in the shallows.

Thunder Bay River: Steelhead are still moving up to the dam and have been caught while drifting spawn and trout beads or casting small spoons and spinners.

Oscoda: Pier fishing is starting to pick up as those casting late at night have caught walleye and lake trout on spoons, body baits and stick baits. A couple steelhead and Atlantic salmon were caught on minnows in the early morning or evening.

Tawas: Pier anglers took a couple walleye when casting body baits. Walleye and pike were taken off the mouth of the river.

Au Gres: A couple boats did get out and caught walleye in 10 to 25 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Shore anglers caught a couple of pike near the mouth of the river.

 

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Catch rates for walleye and angling effort were lower this past week. Cooler temperatures, easterly winds, and turbid water have kept some away but those using hair jigs with or without minnows and blade baits have caught some fish. Anglers did best near Stony Point, La Plaisance Bay and the Dumping Grounds with crawler harnesses and Erie Dearies. Hot colors were chrome, purple and fire-tiger. Those targeting largemouth and smallmouth bass had good catches with a jig and tube combos. Largemouth bass, white bass and channel cats were caught in Plum Creek.

Oakland County: Bass fishing continues on both Cass and Union Lake. A couple smallmouth were seen bedding in the shallow flats. Try jerk baits in the shallows or lipless crank baits in deeper water. Bluegills are still being caught in the canals and coves. No crappie but anglers continue to look for them. A few walleye and pike were caught.

Lake St. Clair: There has been very little fishing pressure on the north end. The catch and immediate release bass season is in full swing in waters 4 to 10 feet deep along the Mile Roads, near Selfridge and the Salt River. Purple and green were the hot colors. These anglers also caught sizable pike. Perch and sunfish were still being caught on crawlers near the Clinton River cutoff launch. Bluegills and pumpkinseed have been caught in the canals and marinas.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing was good in the Marine City and Algonac areas where jigging during the day and whipping after dark produced the best. A few trout and salmon continue to show up throughout the river as the water temperature remains in the low 40’s.

Lexington: Fishing picked up with anglers taking many lake trout along with a mix of Atlantic salmon, steelhead, chinook and coho. Most were caught in 35 to 45 feet but some boats in search of bigger fish were heading out as deep as 80 to 100 feet. Body baits and spoons were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow.

Harbor Beach: Limits of lake trout are being taken north and straight out of the harbor. Anglers are using dodgers with spin-glo’s or clean spoons just off the bottom in 35 to 80 feet. Hot colors were white and froggie dodgers with white and pink dots or bright yellow with green and orange spin-glo’s. Fish were also taken on green, blue and perch colored spoons. Some salmon and steelhead were caught 30 to 55 feet down on black and orange, green, white or yellow spoons.

Saginaw Bay: With eight straight days of moderate to strong northeast winds, fishing was pretty much a bust but was starting to improve as the winds die down. Those that did head out managed to catch very few walleye. Shore fishing was slow.

 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes are producing some bluegills and crappie. The yellow perch bite was good but now the fish are just about done spawning.

St. Joseph: Pier fishing is very slow for all species. Boat anglers targeting salmon are catching a few coho and lake trout in waters up to 60 feet deep but a few fish were found in 100 feet or deeper. Spoons work best. No perch to report.

South Haven: Lake trout fishing continues to be very good in 45 to 65 feet with cowbells and spin-glo’s. Pier fishing was very slow. No perch to report.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead fishing has slowed as the run is pretty much over. Anglers have caught a few bass, some panfish and lots of suckers.

Grand Haven: Coho were caught on bright colored spoons and flasher/fly combos 50 to 150 feet down in 180 to 260 feet. Those trolling near the pier heads found a mix of coho, chinook and brown trout. Boat anglers reported the yellow perch action as hit-or-miss. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Walleye and channel cats have been caught below the 6th Street Dam. The catch and immediate release bass season has been good with a fair number of smallmouth caught.

Rogue River: Was still producing the occasional steelhead. A couple brown trout were caught opening weekend.

Muskegon: Pier fishing for brown trout was slow. Those out trolling 30 to 140 feet down in 180 to 240 feet found some coho salmon. Try orange spoons up higher and flasher/fly combos down deep.

Muskegon River: Still had some steelhead on the gravel but the run is winding down for the most part.

Whitehall: Had few anglers targeting steelhead and brown trout from the piers. Walleye anglers were still taking fish after sunset with countdown rapalas, plastic swimbaits, or jigs with plastics or minnows.

Baitman Fishing Report 4/21/2016

Here is another really nice perch! This one was caught by Cindy Wagner.

Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.

The weather has warmed up and it looks like the fishing is warming up as well! These are some dandy perch brought in this past weekend. Congratulations to Ged Strzynski and Michelle Sarto.

Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.

Fishing has finally started with good crappie and gills at Houghton Lake with minnows for crappie and worms for the gills.

Millers Corner at Lake City reports the crappie are in the canals and lagoon with minnow working best.

Dewey from Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee reports some nice perch being caught in the lake and fishing was great off the pier for perch.

Dan at Osborn’s Sport say a few guys are out on Portage Lake but fishing is hit and miss for the perch.

Big Glen has been great this week for perch but you have to do some hunting to find the school but nice perch being caught.

Jack’s at Kalkaska reports Manistee Lake has been good for huge yellow belly but guys are only catching 6 to 8 a day but 13+ inches. The Alantics are still on the bite on Torch with blues working best.

Pentwater Lake has been good for perch this week with wigs and minnows.

Green and Long Lake by Traverse city have been good for perch this week also.

 

 

13,000 Superior Strain Lake Trout were planted in Glen Lake on Monday.

Empire Outdoors's photo.
Empire Outdoors's photo.
Empire Outdoors's photo.
Empire Outdoors's photo.
Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing should be good although with this weather they will be in spawning mode. A few brown trout were caught off the piers and by those trolling but water temperatures are still very cold.

Harbor Springs: Still had no dock and no anglers.

Petoskey: The dock is in at the boat launch but boat anglers were not having much luck. A couple lake trout were caught between 50 and 100 feet down. Shore anglers fishing off the breakwall and near the mouth of the river caught a couple steelhead on spawn bags and wax worms. Suckers were also caught at the mouth.

Bear River: Water levels dropped but were still a bit high. There was quite a few fish at the dam but not many were hooked legally or landed with the high water. Most were using spawn bags but some were starting to drift flies. Suckers showed up in large numbers at the dam.

Charlevoix: Pier anglers reported the channel as very slow right now and no fish being caught. The water was clear and cold.

Traverse City: Fishing in the East Bay was slow. Very few lake herring were caught off Elk Rapids and only the occasional steelhead was caught below the dam. Boat anglers in the West Bay caught lake herring off Bryant Park.

Boardman River: Continues to produce steelhead though catch rates have slowed.

Frankfort: Surf anglers are finding a few lake trout and brown trout.

Onekama: Catch rates were poor for those trolling or surfcasting.

Portage Lake: Fishing was poor as water temperatures are too cold.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers are now targeting panfish but catch rates were slow. Bullheads were the only species that was really biting.

Manistee: Boating activity increased as surface water temperatures were about 44 degrees. A few brown trout and lake trout were caught by boat and pier anglers.

Manistee Lake: Bass anglers taking advantage of the “catch-and-immediate-release” season caught some nice smallmouth bass on crankbaits fished along the shorelines and drop-offs. Those targeting perch and panfish in deeper water near Penny Park caught fish when jigging leaf worms but most were small.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead are still being landed throughout the river with several fresh hens reported but the numbers have been low. Beads, flies, wax worms, spawn and plugs have caught fish. Those looking for suckers had a great time with lots of fish hitting on crawlers near Bear Creek and Rainbow Bend.

Ludington: Surface temperatures were 43 and 45 degrees. Small numbers of lake trout and brown trout were caught a few miles north of the piers.

Pentwater: Steelhead fishing on the piers and in the channel slowed. Boat anglers targeting brown trout and steelhead were trolling in 20 to 30 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Boat anglers are targeting perch and bluegill. Those fishing off Longbridge Road caught smallmouth bass casting lures or still-fishing with crawlers.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

 

The east half of the Upper Peninsula still had some ice on the inland lakes north of M-28 and snowpack in the woods. Steelhead can be found in the Black River in Mackinac County, the Two Hearted River, the Sucker River and Au Train River in Alger County or the Chocolay River and the Carp River in Marquette County. Smelt were in the Elm River in Houghton County and there might have been a light run in the Falls River in Baraga County.

Keweenaw Bay: The salmon bite has been up and down but those trolling caught a mix of coho, brown trout, lake trout and splake. Most were trolling from the head of the Bay north to just past Sand Point and along the east or west side of the Bay 15 to 55 feet down in 20 to 60 feet. Hot colors were orange, green and mixed colors. Those jigging near the Whirl-I-Gig caught lake trout in 250 feet. Pier anglers caught coho, steelhead and splake on spawn, crawlers or cut bait. At the South Portage Entry, those trolling picked up a couple coho and steelhead near the lighthouse. Those jigging for lake trout found fish in 130 to 180 feet at Farmers and Newton’s Reef. In Traverse Bay, those jigging for lake trout in waters up to 250 feet deep caught a few fish off Gay Point and Big Louie’s Point. Steelhead were caught in the Falls River.

Menominee River: Shore anglers were still catching some walleye and trout from the Hattie Street Dam to Stephenson Island using jigs, spoons, and stickbaits. Boat anglers reported low catch rates when trolling or jigging at the mouth.

Little Bay De Noc: All the launches are open and the docks are in. Fair to good perch catches reported just south of the Day’s River using wigglers, minnows or crawlers in 18 to 35 feet. A good number of females were still firm with eggs. Good catches were reported along the Kipling Flats and the “Narrows” in 14 to 35 feet. Shore anglers caught a fair number of perch along the walkway at the Rapid River launch. Crawlers and minnows worked best. Shore anglers casting for smallmouth bass reported a few catches along the mouth of the Ford River however it is still a bit early and water temperatures are still quite cold in the low to mid 40’s. Boat anglers will need to use caution in some of the shallow areas as there was still some ice floating in those areas.

Big Bay De Noc: The launches were open except for Fayette which should have the dock installed this week. Perch anglers had fair to good catches along the west bank of Garden Bay near the Fish House. Try minnows in 5 to 8 feet. Weekends here can be congested so many will launch in Nahma and cross the Bay instead. The females were firm with eggs. The better catches were in the morning. The next couple weeks should be some good fishing.

Marquette: Anglers fishing the Lower Harbor and trolling spoons around the breakwall and near the mouth of the Chocolay and Carp Rivers caught coho, steelhead, lake trout and brown trout. Those fishing the Upper Harbor caught a few coho when jigging or casting spoons near the “bubblers”. Water levels were up in the Carp River which made fishing more difficult. Some were starting to use pink and orange spinners but most were using spawn bags.

Au Train: Had good fishing. Those trolling spoons and crankbaits caught some beautiful steelhead and brown trout. The coho fishing was also good for those trolling spoons in Shelter Bay and near the Rock River. A few small splake were also caught. Anglers were starting to catch some lake trout in the deeper waters of Shelter Bay and around Au Train Island. The Rock River was slow with only a few coho taken by those putting in a lot of time.

Munising: Anglers caught chinook, coho, steelhead, brown trout and splake. While some did well others had no luck. Most were trolling spoons or crankbaits in the upper 20 to 30 feet with high lines. Pier and shore anglers caught the occasional coho, splake or whitefish on crawlers, red worms or spawn.

Grand Marais: Those trolling caught a few coho and steelhead. Pier anglers caught the occasional coho and were using a single egg or red worm for whitefish. Shore anglers caught steelhead on spawn. Suckers were caught off the mouth of the Sucker River. Water temperatures warmed slightly to about 38 degrees near the mouth of the river. No reports of any smelt at this time.

Detour: Had little to no activity as the state marina was still holding a small amount of ice and the docks were not in at the boat launches.

Cedarville and Hessel: Overall, fishing is on the upswing but catch rates were still slow. Boat activity from Hessel picked up with most trolling Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay but very few splake were caught. Pier anglers did manage to catch a couple nice splake in the 10 pound range however most reported poor results. A couple pike and smallmouth bass were caught in the mix but released due to the seasons being closed. Bass were caught on smelt or minnows under a slip bobber or bodybaits. The Cedarville launch area is finally clear of ice and the Lakeside Road launch is clear of snow. A few boats have gone out but had no luck.

St. Ignace: Anglers were launching boats at the city launch even though the docks were not in and the fish cleaning station was closed. The few boats out caught a couple lake trout when trolling in shallow waters. The Carp River still has steelhead but catch rates remain low due to high water levels. Most were using spawn or spinners.Suckers are starting to show up as well. The trees across the launch at the mouth of the Pine River have been cleared but the dock was not in. A few reports of smelt running in the eastern streams and rivers that typically get a run.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

 

Mackinaw City: Had one dock in at the Straits State Harbor launch. There were no boat or shore anglers yet.

Cheboygan: The docks were not in yet and the fish cleaning station at the city marina was still closed. There was little to no fishing activity on the pier.

Cheboygan River: Boat anglers are targeting steelhead which appear to be in good numbers. Most are using spawn, jigs, spinners or spoons. A few Atlantic salmon were also caught. Those targeting steelhead caught walleye and pike but released them immediately as the season remains closed until April 30th.

Ocqueoc River: Has steelhead. Try drifting over the holes with spawn or beads.

Rogers City: Surface water temperatures were 36 to 38 degrees so there was little activity. Atlantic salmon and lake trout should be here soon. Try shallow waters with green, yellow and orange spoons or body baits. The Atlantics seem to like wall structure so try trolling around the harbor breakwall or the Calcite wall. A couple anglers were casting from the breakwall.

Rockport: Had reports of Atlantic salmon caught off the wall by those casting. Try orange, green and silver spoons or body baits.

Presque Isle: Is producing lake trout and Atlantic salmon. Lake trout were coming from the bottom in waters up to 100 feet deep with cowbells and chartreuse spin-glo’s or a silver dodger with a spin-glo. Most of the Atlantic salmon were caught towards Stoneport when fishing along the wall structure with spoons or body baits. Good colors were orange, green and yellow. The bays heading out of the harbor should have some warmer water and holding fish.

Alpena: Boats are heading out into the bay. Walleye, lake trout and Atlantic salmon reports are coming in from those trolling spoons, body baits and stickbaits or using planer boards and mini discs to get away from the boat noise.

Thunder Bay River: Steelhead are making their way up the river in decent numbers and with the current manageable, anglers were having good success landing them. Trout beads, fly’s, spawn, spoons and body baits are all producing.

Oscoda: Pier fishing was starting to pick up. With water temperatures still in the low 40’s, lake trout are in close and being caught off the pier head. Steelhead and walleye are also making their way in from the lake. Boats were marking good numbers of fish just outside the mouth. Most anglers targeting walleye are trolling small spoons, body and stickbaits.

Au Sable River: Anglers were having good success catching steelhead from the mouth to Foot Dam on spawn, spoons, spinners, fly’s and bodybaits.

Houghton Lake: Is producing some bluegills and a few crappie in the canals. Boats are starting to head out but no reports have come in.

Tawas: Some walleye were caught off the pier at night when casting or “walking the pier” with crankbaits. The odd walleye, steelhead or lake trout were caught during the day. Those wading caught a few walleye at night when casting by the State Police Post or at the mouth of the Tawas River. Boat anglers heading south to fish off Whitney Drain and Whitestone Point caught walleye when trolling crankbaits.

Tawas River: Was still producing a few suckers in the lower river.

Au Gres: Had a lot of boats heading out and most of them were going north along the shoreline and looking for clean water. Most did catch some walleye but limit catches were few. There was nothing to report at the Pine River or Palmer Road as the perch are done for this spring.

 

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

 

Lake Erie: Catch rates for walleye increased with the warmer weather and several anglers reported limit catches. Most were trolling stickbaits or jigging blade baits and bucktail jigs with minnows. The waters near Brest Bay, La Plaisance Bay, and Turtle Island have all been contributing walleye as well as the occasional yellow perch and white bass. Areas of water near the rivers, creek mouths, and shore continue to be turbid but are slowly clearing.

Detroit River: Walleye fishing has improved and should be good by the weekend. The better spots were the Trenton Channel below Elizabeth Park and the upper river above Belle Isle. Mid-river fishing around Wyandotte and the River Rouge should heat up by the weekend.

Oakland County Anglers targeting bass on Cass Lake and Union Lake were doing well using lipless crankbaits along the drop-offs in 5 to 15 feet. Large numbers of bass could be seen in the shallow flats and the canals. Some bluegills were caught in the canals and shallow coves when using small jigs tipped with wax worms or a piece of crawler.

Lake St. Clair: On the south end, waters adjacent to the 9 and 11 Mile launches were excellent for bass fishing in 7 to 10 feet with purple crank baits and dark tube baits. Panfish and perch anglers did best between the Clinton River Cutoff launch site and the Metro Beach launch in 7 to 10 feet with slip bobbers and live bait. Try minnows, crawlers and wax worms however minnows seemed to work best. On the north end, bass fishing was spotty between Harley Ensign and Selfridge so many were heading south to the Metro Beach area. Anglers did catch bluegill, crappie and rock bass when using minnows and wax worms in the marinas. Shore and pier anglers at Selfridge caught good numbers of pumpkinseed sunfish on crawlers.

St. Clair River: Water temperatures near Algonac were 38 to 40 degrees and the water was stained. A few walleye were caught in the Algonac area and upriver near Port Huron. Some salmon and trout were caught in Port Huron near the Black River.

Lexington: Had fair lake trout fishing with the occasional fish weighing in at 16 pounds or more. Most were fishing in 30 feet. Surface water temperatures were still 38 degrees or so but the harbors were starting to warm up and minnows were starting to move in.

Harbor Beach: A couple of boats were out and caught some lake trout. Shore anglers fishing at night near the mouth of the DTE discharge channel caught a couple steelhead.

Saginaw Bay: The best walleye action was in 23 to 24 feet off Linwood and near the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) or northeast of Spoils Island in 20 feet. If you’re the first one out there in the morning, you can catch fish casting right off the rocks around Spoils Island but the action slows fast when more boats show up and the fish move to deeper water. Walleye were caught off the Bay City State Park and the Kawkawlin River in 6 to 8 feet. Most are trolling purple crankbaits but a few fish were taken on pink and purple crawler harnesses. Walleye were caught off Quanicassee and some perch were taken straight off the mouth of the Quanicassee River in 6 to 8 feet. Walleye anglers were going out to the Slot and the Callahan Reef. Some fish were caught off Sebewaing and Bay Port. Surface water temperatures were low to mid 40’s. Shore fishing for spring perch is about done.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes are still cold so catch rates were slow. Bluegills were starting to bite and crappie should pick up in the next few weeks.

St. Joseph: Overall, fishing has been on the slow side. Boat anglers caught a few salmon when trolling spoons from 20 feet to well over 100 feet of water. Pier anglers caught a few coho and brown trout on spawn. Perch fishing was very slow.

St. Joseph River: Has a fair number of steelhead.

South Haven: Boat anglers targeting lake trout had good success. Most of the fish were caught in about 50 feet of water when using spin-glo’s. Salmon and perch fishing slowed. Pier anglers reported slow catch rates.

Grand Haven: Anglers trolling the shoreline for brown trout and pier anglers fishing for steelhead and brown trout reported slow catch rates. Boat anglers targeting yellow perch reported fair catches. The best baits were wigglers and minnows.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Still has some steelhead but the numbers are dropping.

Rogue River: Still has a fair number of steelhead.

Grand River at Lansing: A good number of smallmouth bass have been caught and released immediately near the North Lansing Dam. Pike were also caught however the season is closed. Those using crawlers caught some carp.

Muskegon: Boat anglers trolling for brown trout along the shoreline reported slow catch rates. Pier fishing was also slow.

Muskegon Lake: Boat anglers were getting white perch in 40 feet near the Sand Docks.

Muskegon River: Water levels are dropping but were still slightly stained. Steelhead are in the river but the numbers are dropping. Anglers are using spawn or fly fishing.

Whitehall: Steelhead fishing has slowed but pier anglers were catching some brown trout on spawn. Those targeting walleye from the pier heads had success after dark when casting rapalas and soft plastic swim baits.

Baitman fishing Report 4/14/16

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Houghton Lake: Finally the weather is getting nice and the crappie have started to bite so grab your pole and lets go fishing this weekend.

Lake Charlevoix: The docks are in at the public boat launch at Ferry Beach. This is the city launch that anglers use to access Lake Michigan. There is a perch bite also at Ironton with wigglers and perch.

Boardman River: Has continued to produce trout and steelhead.

Traverse City: When the wind allows, trout have been caught along the south end of the West Bay. Activity in the East Bay continues to be slow. Success was limited near Elk Rapids. Fishing should pick up with the warmer weather. Green Lake by Interlochen is producing nice perch by the south access site. Glen Lake when weather permitting has a perch bite also.

Manistee Lake by Manistee had a perch bite before the weather changed so we hope this weekend the bite is back on.

Big Manistee River: Those fishing the upper portion between High Bridge and Tippy Dam were still getting some fresh steelhead. The numbers were low but so was the water temperature at 41 degrees. A few more fish were caught on the Welton side of Tippy Dam on pink and chartreuse beads, wobble glows, spawn or gold and red plugs. Suckers were hitting crawlers near Bear Creek.

Saginaw Bay: Even with the bad weather, the die-hards heading out and fishing around Spoils Island got some walleye when jigging near the rocks. A few even managed to take limit catches. A few perch were caught in the Quanicassee River. Conditions and catch rates should only improve by the end of the week.

Saginaw River: The mouth of the river is hot with guys jigging blues and catching limits, but remember you cannot fish in the river as it is close.

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Had no dock in at the boat launch.

Petoskey: The dock was still not in at the boat launch. Angling effort was mainly concentrated at the mouth of the river, and the breakwall. Anglers caught steelhead on spawn bags and wax worms at the mouth of the river. Spawn bags worked best out on the breakwall. Anglers are seeing more females. The water level of the Bear River has dropped some, but was still moderately high. Those fishing the dam and between the bridges downstream did catch a couple steelhead on spawn bags.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 38 degrees. A few trout were caught between the pier heads.

Ludington: Surface temperature readings were about 38 degrees. Look for more boat and pier anglers with the warmer weather.

Pere Marquette River: Has steelhead. Most are using flies and spawn. Those targeting suckers caught fish on crawlers.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice could still be found on the lakes in the eastern half of the Upper Peninsula. Recent snow could hamper boat launching.

Menominee River: The best action for walleye has been from the Hattie Street Dam to Stephenson Island, with zip lures, jigs, and stick baits. Some brown trout were also caught. The better fishing continues closer to the dam.

Marquette: Fishing was again slow with the cold and snowy conditions. On the few days anglers could get out, coho were caught near the “bubblers’ by those using artificial baits or when jigging cut bait. The last snow produced slush in the rivers which slowed fishing.

Au Train: Had no reports on fishing in the bays of Lake Superior because of windy conditions. The dock at the boat launch was not in yet. Some were fishing the mouth of the Au Train River and the Rock River however all they caught was a few small brown trout.

Munising: Strong north winds, snow squalls and cold temperatures limited fishing once again. A few anglers were fishing from shore and the pier at the Anna River but had little success with only a few splake, whitefish and steelhead caught. Most were caught on spawn but a few were casting spoons.

Grand Marais: Fishing was limited once again. The wall of ice at the end of the pier grew higher and thicker after the high winds and cold temperatures. A couple boats that were able to get out did manage to get a couple steelhead. Not many pier anglers but those out trying did catch a few whitefish and coho on a single egg. Surf anglers were not having much luck. The Two Hearted River has a good number of steelhead in it right now.

St. Marys River: The docks are in at the boat launch in Sault Ste. Marie. Raber Bay still had ice at the boat launch. The north end of Munuscong Bay and Conley’s Point has a new parking lot and boat launch but the docks were not in yet. There is open water but no fishing effort yet.

<strong<detour:< strong=””>The boat launch areas still had some ice holding on. No docks have been put in and there was no sign of any fishing activity.

Cedarville and Hessel: The Cedarville launch was still blocked in by ice but the Lakeside Road launch was ice free. At Hessel, the dock was not in at the launch. A couple pier anglers were targeting splake in the early morning but catch rates were poor. The few nice fish that have been caught were keeping anglers interested. Most are using smelt or minnows under a bobber.

St. Ignace: Had little to no fishing on Lake Huron. The launch ramps were covered in ice and snow and there were no docks in yet. The Pine River launch remains blocked by fallen trees and is snowed in. A couple steelhead were caught in the Carp River.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mackinaw City: The ramps were not in due to the cold weather. No signs of any pier anglers and no one trying to launch a boat in the snow.

Cheboygan: Snow and ice covered all the ramps in town. The launch ramp near the marina remains inaccessible due to the docks blocking the ramp. No fishing activity on the pier. A couple steelhead were caught in the Cheboygan River but the bite slowed because of the cold water. Anglers were using spawn, worms, jigs or spinners.

Rogers City: The launch docks are in but there has been no fishing activity. There is nothing open at the marina.

Presque Isle: Had no docks in at the ramp and there were no signs of when the marina might open.

Thunder Bay River: Fishing has been good with fresh steelhead coming in from Lake Huron. Spawn, trout eggs, body baits and stick baits were all producing fish. The river is running high and fast so use caution when entering the water. This should just be the start so look for more fish making their way up into river.

Harrisville: Skid piers are in so boats can launch. Steelhead and a couple early walleye were reported in the harbor. Spoons, body baits and floating spawn seem to be working well. Look to this port to start producing good walleye numbers soon.

Oscoda: Steelhead, walleye and Atlantic salmon were caught off the pier.

Au Sable River: Water temperatures dropped but should rebound by the weekend. Anglers were having great success with steelhead and Atlantic salmon caught all the way up to the dam by those using spawn bags, single egg, fly’s, spinners, small spoons and body baits.

Higgins Lake: Had a couple boats trolling for lake trout.

Tawas: Pier fishing was really slow with only rumors of a couple walleye taken from the outside and nothing caught inside the harbor. A few anglers casting off the mouth of the river caught a couple walleye at night.

Tawas River: Was high and muddy.

Au Gres: Boats trolling off the mouth of Whitney Drain and the Singing Bridge reportedly caught a few walleye and the odd steelhead when they could get out. Those trolling crank baits in 10 to 20 feet off Whitestone Point did manage a limit of big walleye. No activity on the river itself.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Those targeting walleye had success when trolling in 15 to 20 feet with various stick baits in bright colors and UV colors such as pink, purple and white. Fish were caught south off Stony Point and north off Turtle Island. Jigging blade baits and minnows have also produced some walleye and the occasional white bass.

Detroit River: Still had some stain to the water but was clearing up more every day. Anglers reported good walleye fishing especially in the lower end.

Huron River: Was still producing some steelhead.

Oakland County With warmer weather on the way, those going out for bluegills or crappie will want to try the shallow coves and canals. Try an ice fishing jig tipped with a wax worm or minnow.

Lake St. Clair: The lake was still muddy but starting to clear up. Shore anglers were getting a few perch and crappie.

Lexington: A couple boat anglers caught one walleye.

 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The rivers in this area are high and turbid because of the recent rains and snowmelt. Anglers should be on the lookout for floating logs and other hazards. Water temperatures dropped into the upper 30’s to low 40’s but will be increase rapidly with the warm, sunny weather.

St. Joseph: The channel was very muddy. Pier anglers did catch a few coho or brown trout with spawn on the bottom or floating a crawler. Few boats were out and those that did struggled to catch fish.

St. Joseph River: Was high and muddy.

South Haven: Had few anglers because of the muddy water and the slow bite.

Holland: The channel was muddy after all the rain.

Grand Haven: The nearshore water clarity was poor. Pier fishing is slow for steelhead and brown trout. Windy conditions have prevented boats from trolling the shoreline. All the docks are in at the Harbor Island boat launch.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Was clearing up. Steelhead were still being caught but fewer numbers.

Grand River at Lansing: Smallmouth bass anglers were catching and releasing fish near the North Lansing Dam. They were using minnows and spinners. Good colors in the stained water would be chartreuse and white.

Muskegon: A couple steelhead were caught by pier anglers using spawn.

Muskegon River: Was still a bit high and muddy but should clear up by the weekend. Anglers were still reporting a good number of steelhead especially up near Croton Dam. A few perch were caught up near the dams and in the bayous.

 

 

Josh has two jobs. Farming & Fishing.

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

 

Fishing is Slow

Tippy Dam Steelhead fishing
Tippy Dam Steelhead fishing

Fishing has been horrible this week with very few fishing as snow, wind and freezing rain have kept most souls home waiting for better days. It is a challenge to fish from a boat or shore. Elevated water levels on many rivers will make fishing difficult.

There was almost a foot of snow in Gaylord today with Otsego Lake still had ice. As I look out the window it is snowing hard in Northern Michigan.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Some inland lakes were still ice covered. There is too much to launch a boat but yet not enough to call it safe ice. It needs to warm up and stay that way so the lakes will open up.

Harbor Springs: The dock was not in at the boat launch. There were no pier anglers as the area received heavy snow once again.

Petoskey: The dock is not in at the boat launch. Ice is not a problem in Little Traverse Bay this year but skim ice was still forming in the marina especially at night. Angling effort was concentrated at the mouth of the river down to the beach, and on the breakwall. Anglers caught steelhead on spawn bags and wax worms. Early morning seems best. The Bear River is very high right now. There is not much effort at the dam or downstream because of the fast water.

Traverse City: Blowing snow and cold windy days have kept most boats off both the East and the West Bay. Those trout fishing had success on the pier off Sunset Park on the West Bay and below the dam in Elk Rapids on the East Bay.

Boardman River: Anglers targeting steelhead had success between the Union Street Dam and the mouth.

Frankfort: The ice is gone and the boat ramps are clear but the docks were not in yet. A couple steelhead were caught off the north pier when using spawn.

Onekama: Had no fishing activity. The pier and boat launch were ice free and the city has their dock in.

Portage Lake: Had no anglers. Both boat launches are clear of ice and the city has their dock in.

Manistee: Water temperatures were about 43 degrees. Anglers have picked up the occasional steelhead around the piers.

Manistee Lake: The perch numbers have dropped but anglers were still picking up fish near Penny Park.

Big Manistee River: Water levels were still on the high side and running 42 to 44 degrees. Steelhead are moving with a good number of fish up near Tippy Dam. Pink has been a hot color. The lower end of the river has been slow because of the high and muddy water. Those looking for suckers have done well when using crawlers near Bear Creek.

Ludington: The bay was ice free. The docks are in but few anglers were out.

Pentwater: Pier anglers are targeting steelhead and brown trout as the weather permits.

Pentwater Lake: Steelhead were being caught in the channel.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Steady snowfall, high winds and cold temperatures have produced a lot of frozen slush in the bay. Angler participation has been down for a few days. Before the return of winter, fishing was good for some and not so good for others. Those using mini planer boards with body baits like shad raps or plain rapalas did well 15 to 25 feet down in 20 to 70 feet near Sand Point. Orange was the hot color. Those fishing between the Baraga Marina and the L’Anse Marina have only picked up the occasional coho. No chinook have been seen or reported. Steelhead were caught in the Falls River but the action was hit-or-miss. Those fishing off the Rock Dock in L’Anse have picked up steelhead and coho while the Sand Point anglers have only picked up a couple coho.

Menominee River: The upper river from the Hattie Street Dam down to Stephenson Island was still producing a good number of walleye along with the occasional brown trout and steelhead. Suckers were up near the dam. Water levels were high and muddy.

Little Bay De Noc: Conditions improved however because of the cold nights, some ice was still hanging on near Kipling. The Ford River and the Gladstone launch are the only ones up and running. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor was still partially iced over. A boat could be launched at the Rapid River but the dock is not in and the asphalt has buckled. The gate has been opened at the North Shore launch but no docks were in. Steelhead anglers reported catches in the Whitefish, Tacoosh, Day’s and Ford Rivers. A few boats have gone after brown trout just south of the Ford River but no reports came in.

Big Bay De Noc: The only usable launch is at Ogontz. The area was ice free and the dock is never removed. It is still early but there could be some preseason bass opportunities. Garden Bay was still iced over.

Marquette: Had slow fishing. Some were still targeting coho near the “bubblers” when using both artificial lures and cut bait. Those trolling spoons had no luck. Some steelhead were caught in the Carp River and the Chocolay River but cold weather has slowed the bite.

Au Train: Had no reports and no anglers as the dock is not in at the launch. With the return of winter weather, it is unknown when it might be put in. The Rock River had a few anglers but no fish were caught.

Munising: The bay is ice free except for skim ice in the morning and some ice floes throughout the bay. The city public launch is open with one dock in. Prior to the cold front, anglers were mainly trolling but catch rates for coho were slow and no steelhead were reported. Those fishing off the Anna River dock and boat anglers near the mouth did catch some splake, menominee or whitefish.

Grand Marais: Before the cold snap, boat anglers did well trolling for coho in the harbor, along the breakwall and near the mouth of the Sucker River when the wind permits. A couple steelhead were caught. Some were pier fishing. There was no ice on the first section of the pier but there was still a large wall of ice near the lighthouse and on the rocks. Anglers were targeting coho and lake whitefish with a single egg or when casting spoons. There was very little activity at the Sucker River. The Two Hearted River was producing some steelhead. The river mouth is good for coho on good weather days or when there is a south wind.

Cedarville and Hessel: The Cedarville boat launch was still iced in. At Hessel, anglers were splake fishing outside the pier but catch rates were spotty. Most were using a combination of natural baits including smelt, spawn, minnows and crawlers under a bobber.

St. Ignace: The docks are not in at the launch so there has been little to no fishing activity. There are some steelhead being caught in the rivers, but the cold weather slowed the bite. No smelt to report, water temperatures are too cold. In St. Martin Bay, the new launch at the mouth of the Pine River is blocked by several large trees.

Black River: In Mackinac County was producing some steelhead. Catch rates were slow but anglers were taking a few on spawn.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mackinaw City: The docks are not in and fishing activity on Lake Huron was between light and nonexistent.

Cheboygan: The docks are blocking the launch near the marina but the dock is in at the city launch on the river. Fishing pressure on Lake Huron is light but those fishing the Cheboygan River caught steelhead on spawn and butter worms.

Ocqueoc River: Had a good number of steelhead but the bite slowed with the colder weather.

Rogers City: The docks are in but no facilities are open yet. The weather remains cold and snowy. When temperatures warm up casting from the wall is possible. Look for steelhead, lake trout or Atlantic salmon. Bright colored spoons will probably be more affective as the water is still turbid.

Presque Isle: Had no docks in at the ramp and none of the facilities were open yet.

Alpena: The ice was off the Alpena Boat Harbor and the docks are in at the ramp on the river which means good access to the bay for boat anglers. With lake trout season open and walleyes returning to Thunder Bay after spawning, fishing should pick up quickly when water temperatures warm up. Another option for accessing Thunder Bay is the small-boat ramp at the Devil River in Ossineke. The ramp gives access to the southern end of Thunder Bay and its excellent walleye fishery.

Thunder Bay River: Still had some steelhead hitting on spawn.

Au Sable River: Water levels were high and muddy. The better fishing was up near the dam where the water was a little cleaner.

Tawas: Only one lake trout and one walleye were caught off the pier by those still-fishing with grey shiners. Boat anglers reported the water as stirred up and very dirty. Only one walleye was caught.

Tawas River: A few suckers were taken however the average was one sucker per hour of fishing.

Au Gres: Boat anglers are catching walleye off Point Lookout. Most of the fish were large, spawned out females so it sounds like the post-spawn phase is starting.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Detroit River: Walleye fishing has been hit-or-miss. Those jigging in the lower and mid-sections caught fish depending on wind direction and run-off.

Oakland County Cass and Union Lake have seen minimal fishing effort because of the cold weather. Those casting blade baits, and lipless crank baits in deeper water were catching some bass. Catch rates for crappie and other panfish were slow.

Lake St. Clair: Once again, there is not much to report. Skim ice was forming in the canals and the docks were iced over with the cold nights. The lake continues to be muddy from all the wind and run-off.

Clinton River: Had some reports of a couple steelhead being caught.

Lexington: Had a few boats going out and they caught a couple coho in 17 to 20 feet. The water along the outside of the Thumb was very muddy. One boat went out to 80 feet looking for cleaner water but did not find any.

Saginaw Bay: All the rain, snow and ice shut fishing down area-wide. The bay has been very turbid. All of the area rivers are terribly high, if not actually over flood stage, and very muddy. There was little to no activity at Eagle Bay Marina, near the Pine River and Palmer Road. Reports have come in that post-spawn walleye are starting to be caught off the river mouths, but finding clean water will be a problem. A few perch were caught from the cut at Finn Road but shut right down after the rain. Mud Creek was spotty for perch. Sebewaing and Caseville had almost no fishing activity.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing pressure is very low due to the very poor weather.

St. Joseph River: Is high and muddy after all the rain.

South Haven: Had very low fishing pressure. There seems to be a few brown trout around. Spawn or skein fished on the bottom should work.

Holland: Pier anglers were out targeting steelhead and brown trout.

Grand Haven: Pier and boat anglers reported slow action for steelhead and brown trout. Nearshore water clarity is poor due to recent rains.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Was producing a good number of steelhead however high water levels will make fishing more difficult.

Grand River at Lansing: Few anglers have been out because of the cold weather. Those making an attempt did manage to catch the occasional steelhead. A couple suckers were caught on crawlers, leaf worms or red worms.

Rogue River: Was still producing a good number of steelhead in the lower river.

Muskegon: Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn.

Muskegon River: Water levels are high and muddy. Steelhead were there but the bite slowed with the cold spell.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught some steelhead and the occasional brown trout.