Worm Shortage Causing Big, Fat Fishing Woes

Buc’s Bait has kept their dealers in bait but the rest of the country has not faired well, and it has helped local bait-shops that walmart ran out of nightcrawlers so please support your local sport-shop.

A shortage of big, fat worms called night crawlers—a popular bait with freshwater anglers in the U.S.—has pushed up prices nationwide and temporarily wiped out some merchants’ stock at the height of the summer fishing season.

The culprit is bad weather in Ontario, the Canadian province where nightcrawlers are handpicked in the wild and shipped south by the millions. First, the long winter delayed picking from March to May. Then a dry May kept the moisture-loving creatures burrowed deep underground.

A dearth of Canadian nightcrawlers this year has pushed up prices nationwide and frustrated anglers. DMF Bait Co.
This spring’s dearth of Canadian nightcrawlers, the worst in 26 years, according to suppliers, has caused havoc with supply chains, affecting mom-and-pop bait shops and nationwide sellers. Some stores have raised prices, while others have held the line. At the same time, some bait shops say they have noticed little change in supply or price.

DMF Bait Co., a major wholesaler in Waterford, Mich., had to pay its Canadian suppliers double the usual price, said Chief Executive Dan Beaudoin. Even so, the company couldn’t fill all its orders for the first time in its 37-year history. Though the crimp in supply has eased, he said his company is still paying 80% more than usual.

DMF has raised prices on its customers, which include Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT +0.46% and other national chains, by about 20%. “We’re taking a massive, massive hit this year financially,” said Mr. Beaudoin. DMF’s net income for the year is 65% below forecast. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the chain has raised its prices for the worms, though she couldn’t offer specifics, and she said the retailer has worked with DMF to help ensure nightcrawlers are available in high-demand areas.

Wholesalers appear to be bearing the brunt of the higher prices to avoid potentially driving away customers.

Stewart’s Shops, a convenience-store chain in New York state and Vermont, has run out of nightcrawlers at some of its 290 stores that sell the worms, frustrating anglers, a spokeswoman said.

“Yes, we have no worms,” Stewart’s president, Gary Dake, said on Twitter before the Fourth of July weekend, peak fishing time. “Who knew nightcrawler harvesting was affected by weather?”

Mr. Dake said his shops would be restocked soon with nightcrawlers.

The U.S. imports more than $20 million in live worms from Canada each year, the Commerce Department says. Nightcrawlers, so named because they surface at night, exist across the northern U.S., but commercial picking operations are concentrated in Ontario. The plump creatures can reach 6 inches long.

For months, Ontario’s bad worm-plucking weather has had a domino effect, starting with Canadian companies that buy from pickers.

Andreas Benechoutsos, president of Olympic Wholesale Live Bait in Scarborough, Ontario, said pickers demanded twice as much pay amid the shortage. He says he now pays worm hunters about $40 per thousand worms. He said he has also paid to water fields in hope of enticing worms to ditch the dirt.

In response, Mr. Benechoutsos said, he has raised his prices nearly 80% from around $45 per thousand worms last year, to about $80. “I’ve never seen a year like this year,” he said.

Neither has Jack Strawbrich, not since a severe dry spell in 1988. Mr. Strawbrich, the majority owner of Weekley’s Wholesale Bait, near Buffalo, N.Y., buys nightcrawlers from Olympic but hasn’t been able to satisfy all his clients, which include Stewart’s.

“We’ve told customers they’re not going to get everything they need or want, but they’re not going to ever be without worms,” he said.

Another Weekley’s customer, Mike’s Wholesale Bait in Gambrills, Md., which distributes to 1,200 stores, is paying 20% more for Weekley’s worms, owner Mike Baldea says, and charging his own customers more.

Randy Fearl, owner of Fearl’s Bait & Tackle outside Baltimore, said he is just grateful that Mr. Baldea has kept the nightcrawlers coming. The shop’s customers pay about $4 a dozen, up from $3.75 weeks ago.

While customer James Iman said he doesn’t want to pay more for nightcrawlers when he takes his children fishing, a 25-cent increase won’t stop him. “I do it for the kids,” he said.

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Michigan Fishing Report 7/18/14

Mason-Guy

The huge cold front that came though tuesday has slowed fishing this week, but today hearing reports the fish are starting to bite again with people heading out to try there luck.

The has been no hot spot report this week as everybody reporting slow going after the cold front

Weather wise, it has been quite a week. Winds have come from just about every direction. Keep in mind the reports this week could change quickly because of the cool weather, strong north winds and a warm-up by the weekend.

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

According to the “Cadillac News Weather Statistics, temperatures on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were the highest recorded since record keeping began.” On Tuesday, temps reached 96°s, Wednesday 97°’s, and Thursday 96 degress. This was last year! It was hot and dry and we complained.

This year it’s cool and damp. Welcome to Michigan.

Crappie Anglers have been doing well fishing Lake Cadillac. The East Side, from the Fire Station to Four Winns Test Center has been producing 8 to 10″ specks. Locate any of the scattered slab wood on the bottom and you’ll find them. As a bonus some are catching bluegills and keeper size perch in the same area.

No shortage of pike or bass on either Cadillac or Mitchell. Expect many of the pike to be undersized with keepers in the 26/28 inch range. Those over 30″ are scarce. Be gentle releasing the hammer handles. Let them grow.

Bass like the weather. Large mouths up to 18 inches are common.

Few have been specifically fishing for walleye. Most have been caught trolling——-for anything. Hots-N-Tots and Thundersticks might be out catching crawler harnesses.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake trout were caught 80 to 90 feet down in 90 to 100 feet of water around Harbor Point. Most are using green spoons. Some also reported catching a couple chinook salmon. Those smallmouth bass fishing have only caught a few sub-legal fish along with some rock bass when using artificial bait.

Petoskey: Angler pressure and catch rates for salmon are low. Rock bass, undersize smallmouth bass and some nice catfish were caught near the mouth of the Bear River. Try crawlers, crank baits of soft plastics. A couple bluegill were caught off the D Pier. No thermocline has developed yet.

Charlevoix: Lake trout are starting to move deeper in the water column and were caught 60 to 90 feet down in 90 to 100 feet. Boat anglers are fishing from the Cement Plant to North Point but most of the fish were caught at North Point. Try spoons, winged glow bobbers, or cut bait. The odd chinook salmon has started to show up. One was caught 80 feet down on a flasher and squid. A couple Cisco were also caught. Smallmouth fishing in the channel picked up but most of the fish were sub-legal. Try crawlers or leeches near the bottom or artificial scented baits. A couple small rainbow trout and freshwater drum were also caught in the channel.

Lake Charlevoix: Currently has a mayfly hatch in progress. Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing was pretty good.

Traverse City: The East Bay is producing a few smallmouth bass in the shallows. Lake trout fishing was good for those running spoons 40 to 75 feet down in 50 to 80 feet. Those fishing in the West Bay reported decent smallmouth action when using brown or green tube baits. Lake trout were taken in 50 to 70 feet.

Elk River: Still has sub-legal smallmouth bass hitting on tube baits, crawlers, leeches or artificial crayfish. A couple freshwater drum were also caught.

Boardman River: Fishing was slow with only a few rock bass, carp and sub-legal smallmouth bass taken on crawlers or leeches.

Platte River: Fishing pressure slowed. Those hitting the upper river near the hatchery caught some nice brown trout and small rainbow trout that were feeding on late afternoon fly hatches. There are lots of carp and redhorse suckers. Smallmouth bass were stacked up from the Mud Lake outlet to the Short Arm Trail and at the mouth where anglers were casting crawlers.

Platte Bay: Some big lake trout were caught on spoons in 80 feet of water.

Frankfort: The early morning bite along the Shelf is producing good catches for those trolling northward. Try the top 80 feet in waters 150 to 350 feet deep with blue, white and purple spoons or blue and white flashers and flies.

Onekama: Is producing a good number of chinook salmon for those trolling green or blue spoons in 150 to 200 feet. Those fishing the Barrel caught lake trout. The fish were both suspended and off the bottom and hitting on flashers with spin-glows and cowbells.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers have done well in the shallows and along the drop-offs. Both large and smallmouth were hitting throughout the day. Panfish were slow in the shallows so anglers were targeting waters 14 to 18 feet deep where they caught some bluegill and rock bass.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Continue to produce a fair to good number of bass and pike right along with some bluegill, perch and crappie.

Manistee: Trout and salmon were caught 30 to 80 down in 100 to 200 feet. Boat anglers found good numbers of steelhead in the top 50 feet. Bright colored spoons continue to work well.

Manistee River: Still has Skamania near Tippy Dam. Catch rates were fair to good with flies, spinners and rapalas. Anglers will find a good number of brown trout large and small.

Ludington: Boat anglers are finding trout and salmon 40 to 90 feet down in 100 to 200 feet. Good numbers of steelhead and lake trout were caught by those using orange, yellow and pink spoons.

Pentwater: Had a fair number of boats heading to 400 feet and trolling the top 40 feet. They caught chinook, steelhead and lake trout. Those targeting salmon in 160 to 200 feet had a harder time finding fish but when they did they caught good numbers when trolling about 65 feet down.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Had relatively good fishing when boats can get out. They have caught a mixed bag of chinook, lake trout, steelhead, Atlantic, pink, coho and even a few walleye in 40 to 90 feet. They are using downriggers, lead core, copper and dipseys up and down the water column. Look for structure and baitfish and don’t always think about running all the way north to Forty Mile Point, a lot of salmon have been close to the marina lately.

Alpena: Catch rates for walleye were mixed as anglers try to find them. Some are heading as far as South Point, Scarecrow Island, Sulphur Island and Grass Island while others are heading to North Point, North Shore and Thunder Bay Island. All are using body baits and crawler harnesses with no color preference. Lake trout action was good off Thunder Bay Island in deeper water when using attractors near the bottom and salmon were hitting on spoons higher in the water column.

Harrisville: Water temperatures were wreaking havoc on fishing and all species were scattered at different depths. Lake trout along with the occasional salmon and steelhead were caught in waters 45 to 120 feet deep. Use downriggers, lead core, copper and planer boards. Most of the fish were hitting on dark colors and the majority had gobies in their stomach. Steelhead were feeding along the scum lines if you can find them. Walleye were in the area in good numbers, from the rock wall around the harbor up to Sturgeon Point and northward in 10 to 40 feet. They are closer to shore late evening and early morning and deeper mid-day. Try body baits and crawler harnesses with long lines and planer boards.

Oscoda: Boat anglers caught lake trout, salmon and steelhead straight out and north of the port. Start shallow in the early morning and work your way out to waters up to 150 feet deep. Fish all depths and use dark colors. Pier anglers are drifting crawlers and leeches with a slip bobber and bottom bouncers for walleye. Those fishing off the end of the pier caught a few fish on small spoons and body baits.

Au Sable River: Has walleye between the mouth and Foote Dam. Boat anglers are drifting crawlers with split shot to adjust for depth. Jigging up the river with crawlers and casting body baits over the holes is working well.

Higgins Lake: Is still producing perch near the islands and some nice rock bass. Pike were caught by those bobber fishing. Try live suckers or chubs. Lake trout were out deep in 100 to 120 feet.

Tawas: Most walleye anglers were heading south and fishing just north of Big Charity Island but some were even fishing off Oak Point and north to Caseville. A change in water temperatures as a result of the windy conditions was causing the fish to relocate. A couple boats trolling in 35 to 55 feet south of Buoy #2 have done well for lake trout and steelhead. Pier anglers are catching a summer mix of smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum and the occasional walleye in the evening.

Tawas River: Fishing was slow.

Au Gres: Excellent walleye fishing continues in 25 to 30 feet. Most boats are now going south of Pointe Au Gres and fishing the outer reaches of the inner bay or out near the commercial shipping channel.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow with only a few salmon caught by those trolling in 30 to 60 feet from the Baraga Marina northward to Sand Point and Old Mission. A few lake trout, brown trout, splake and rainbow trout were also caught. Most were fishing 25 to 45 feet down with spoons in orange or purple. Those jigging for lake trout had fair success in 180 to 260 feet out from Jentoff’s Dock, Whirl-I-Gig and the pine tree on the north side of Pequaming. In Traverse Bay, anglers were still picking up fair catches of lake trout in the bottom 5 feet of waters 100 to 150 feet deep near 5, 6 and 7 Mile Reefs or in 120 to 165 feet near Big Louie’s, Gay Point and Hermits Cove. Most are using spoons with purple and white the hot colors. Those jigging caught lake trout in 140 to 260 feet.

Lake Antoine: A lot of panfish are being caught but it is becoming a struggle to find the bigger fish. Boat and shore anglers are catching bluegill, sunfish, yellow perch and rock bass when drifting or floating minnows and crawlers. Bass anglers are still catching some nice large and smallmouth when casting crank baits near the lily pads and grassy areas. Those trolling crawler harnesses have also done well.

Marquette: Boat anglers reported slow fishing for lake trout with only a handful of anglers getting two or three fish near the “Sand Hole” east of the Chocolay River, towards the Sand River and Shot Point. Depths vary but try waters between 100 to 200 feet and deeper. Shore anglers at the Carp River caught a couple small rainbow trout.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers were at the mercy of the winds which have slowed participation in both bays. Walleye catches were down and the better fishing was still in the southern part between Breezy Point and No-See-Um Creek when trolling or drifting crawlers in 8 to 14 feet. Jumbo perch action was fair in 10 to 14 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. Fair to good perch catches off Gladstone and over to the West Bank when using crawlers in 14 to 30 feet.Northern pike were active around the mouth of the Day’s River. Many are trolling crawlers or crank baits in 14 to 20 feet. Salmon anglers reported fair catches north of the Ford River Can when trolling spoons or meat rigs 70 to 80 feet down in 100 to 120 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had rumors of walleye caught north of the Big Bay Shoals by those trolling crawler harnesses in 15 to 22 feet. Most anglers were after smallmouth bass but catch rates were down. The better fishing was at Ogontz and Kate’s Bay when trolling or casting plastics, crank baits or crawlers in 10 to 17 feet. At Fairport, feast or famine was the theme for salmon anglers. Most reported baitfish in the shallows however most of the salmon were caught deeper at 70 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet.

Au Train: Had very low angler pressure. Those fishing primarily for lake trout had mixed results. A few reported catches of three to five fish for a party of two whereas others were having a tough time catching any fish. Some were caught in less than 100 feet but those in 200 feet or deeper had poor catch rates. The best areas were off the Shelter Bay Flats, north of Au Train Island and the Wood Island Reef. Try spoons tipped with cut bait.

St. Mary’s River: Raber Bay, Swedes Point, and Maud Bay just north of Detour Village were slow for walleye, yellow perch and smallmouth bass because of the cold water temperatures. Aquatic vegetation is still fishable for mid-July. Northern pike are good in 4 to 6 feet along the edge of the weeds around Lime Island but no lake herring to report. A large fly hatch was reported on the east side of Lime Island in the Canadian Marsh. Raber Bay needs more fly hatches to draw lake herring from the deep water. Atlantic salmon were caught on the discharge side of the Power House when trolling or casting 2 and 3 inch rubber minnows. Use baits with a black back and a gray to white belly. Small crank baits also caught fish. The South end of Rotary Park was producing a few rainbow trout for those casting flies just off the current on the south end of the park. Little and Big Lake George were slow for walleye and perch as cold water has shut down the bite.

Detour: Lake herring moved in last week and a few boats did manage to take limit catches near Cherry Island, Grape Island, and Howard Island. Red teardrops and wax worms were the ticket. Salmon and trout fishing were good with anglers taking Atlantic and chinook as well as lake trout from the city launch to the #3 Green Can, around the lighthouse and to the #2 Red Can on the Drummond side. Some boats were continuing another 2 miles south for lake trout. Try red and white, green and silver or purple spoons.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing remains excellent in Hessel Bay when still-fishing with chubs or casting. Musky Bay and Middle Entrance also had good pike action. Some nice perch were caught along the east end of Hessel Bay and the north end of Snows Channel. Mackinaw Bay and Shepard Bay were good for pike and bass when casting in the shallows. Lake herring are showing up. A few limit catches were taken in McKay Bay and Prentice Bay in 8 to 14 feet with small caddis flies, wax worms or red teardrops.

St. Ignace: Catch rates were poor.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Is producing walleye in 16 to 18 feet around the Dumping Grounds. Anglers are using spoons, crank baits, wiggle warts, thundersticks or Hot-n-Tots. Purple, pink or red were the hot colors. Good numbers of perch were caught on minnows in 20 to 24 feet near Stony Point.

Detroit River: Is producing walleye in the lower river around Celeron Island and Sugar Island as well as the Trenton Channel. Some nice perch were caught in the weed beds around Sugar Island and Celeron Island.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Panfish are being caught at the mouth of the rivers and the drop-offs. Bass anglers are targeting 3 to 18 feet of water along the weed beds and sand bars. At night try dark spinner baits or top water lures. The public launch hours at Portage are 8am-10pm.

Lake St. Clair: Continues to provide good smallmouth action especially off the Mile Roads. Try crawlers, spinners, tube baits and artificial crayfish. Those targeting musky have caught some nice fish. The walleye action was spotty for those trolling crawler harnesses. No word on perch in Michigan waters but those fishing the Ontario side did catch fish. Sturgeon season is now open on both Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. Anglers will need to obtain a non-transferable Lake Sturgeon Tag available at all license vendors before they go fishing.

Port Sanilac: Anglers caught a few perch ranging 7 to 13 inches in 18 to 20 feet along the weed beds. The key is to move around until you find an active school of fish. Pier fishing was slow as it usually is this time of year.

Harbor Beach: With all of the storms and windy conditions, anglers will need to do some searching to find fish. There are still some active bug hatches going on. For salmon, try straight out, north, or south of the harbor about 30 feet down in waters 50 to 200 feet deep with between 2 and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Good colors were orange, copper, green, silver, purple or white with black dots. Lake trout were in 120 to 220 feet and hitting on dodgers or spin doctors with spin-glows or spoons 50 to 100 feet down. Walleye fishing is still on the slow side but a few were taken by those casting from the wall or trolling close to shore with small spoons, body baits or crawler harnesses.

Grindstone City: Had very good walleye fishing between Grindstone and Burnt Cabin Point. Anglers are using Hot-n-Tots or wiggle warts in 24 to 29 feet.

Port Austin: Walleye fishing was good to very good along the reefs to the west and in 20 to 35 feet off the Port Austin Light. Crawler harnesses with pink, anti-freeze, perch or copper blades worked best.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing continues to be very good. When boats can get out, limit catches were reported. There are further indications that the walleye are making the annual summer movement toward deeper water but good numbers of fish are still being caught around the inner bay. Good fishing was reported just north of the Green Spark Plug in 20 to 25 feet, west of the Red Spark Plug in 19 feet, off Pinconning in 17 feet, the Bay City State Park and mouth of the Kawkawlin River in 10 to 12 feet, Callahan Reef in 10 feet but the weeds are starting to become a problem, in the Slot between Quanicassee and North Island in 12 to 16 feet, the Bar off Fish Point in 12 feet and the west side of the Bar in 17 feet and north of Big Charity Island in 25 to 32 feet. Crawler harnesses continue to produce, but hot-n-tots are also working. Gold, purple, anti-freeze, and green were good colors.

Saginaw River: Walleye have been caught in the lower river between the mouth and the Coast Guard Station. Most are trolling crank baits.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing slowed but fish were caught in 100 to 120 feet. Pier anglers have caught freshwater drum. Perch fishing picked up in 40 to 50 feet. Most of the fishing pressure was south of the piers.

South Haven: Perch fishing has finally started to improve. The fish are scattered so drift fishing in 30 to 40 feet was the most productive. Salmon fishing was slow but those caught were taken in 120 feet or deeper. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers were running in the top 90 feet of waters 120 to 150 feet deep. Those using paddles were starting to catch more fish. Try white paddles with blue flies or blue and gold spoons. Pier anglers were trying for steelhead when using shrimp in the cooler water. No perch to report.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Those fishing up near the Sixth Street Dam have caught the occasional Skamania on spinners, small rapalas and flies. Catch rates for pike and largemouth bass were good. Catfishing opportunities were very good for both channel and flatheads. Anglers are using live suckers, bluegill, cut bait, and soft shell crayfish. Check out the backwaters for panfish.

Grand River at Lansing: Water levels were a bit high and the current is fast. Anglers are catching catfish and smallmouth bass however you will have work hard to keep the bait where you want it.

Maple River: Was still under a flood advisory. Boat and shore anglers need to use caution until water levels recede.

Morrison Lake: Had good crappie fishing but anglers will need to move around to find the fish. Most are drifting or slow trolling.

Muskegon: Pier anglers were trying for salmon and steelhead but had no luck. Boat anglers were running baits between the surface and 90 feet down. More fish were caught on white paddles with blue flies or spoons.

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

Whitehall: Boat anglers reported a thermocline about 65 feet down and most found fish in 160 to 200 feet. Those fishing across from Stoney Lake did well. Everything works so try trolling with dipseys, lures, copper and flies. Lake trout were suspended alongside other species.

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Michigan Fishing Report 7/11/14

Chris-Ball

Doug-Moore

Had a great 4th lots of people up and lots of fish caught.
Houghton Lake has been hot but today they started spraying the weeds so things might slow down for a couple days.

Strong storms and windy conditions have scattered fish in the Great Lakes and some of the large inland lakes. Cool water temperatures made for good pike and walleye fishing on the inland lakes. Certain areas have fly hatches to contend with but all and all; summer fishing in Michigan is good!

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

It’s July and the walleye have moved into weed cover or are hugging the bottom in the deeper water. Try trolling Thundersticks or bottom bouncers with leeches or crawlers. Another method that’s efffective is slip bobber fishing the edges of the weed beds. It may put some extra fish in the box. Both methods also catch bass and pike. Why be picky?

Bass fishing has been good. Try casting top water baits early mornings or again in the evening. Artificial frogs are starting to be an issue. Spinner baits work any time.

Catching limits of panfish isn’t as easy as earlier, but some are still finding spawning gills. Don’t sit and wait for them. Keep moving. Once you locate them the action is steady.

Crappie are now suspending in the deeper dephts. Those using electronics are doing well. Small minnows are their favorite food, but casting Bettle Spins has been catching slabs in the foot range.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Smallmouth fishing from boats seems to have slowed. Lake trout anglers around Harbor Point found fish shallow and suspended last week. Success was found in 20 to 60 feet but the water was starting to warm so the fish may be moving deeper.

Petoskey: Wind and fog have made it difficult for boat anglers. Those able to get out did catch a couple lake trout and cisco. Those fishing on the D Pier near the mouth of the Bear River caught lots of rock bass, bluegill and sub-legal smallmouth. It appears the freshwater drum may have moved out. Most are using crawlers, crank baits, soft plastics and flies.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers are still focusing on the area between North Point and the cement plant. Lake trout were still caught in shallow waters. Try 10 to 40 feet down in waters up to 180 feet deep. Spoons and winged glow bobbers in green were still working best. Schools of fish were also marked out in front of the lighthouse in 70 to 80 feet but the water was too rough for jigging. Smallmouth fishing in the channel was hit-or-miss but a few large fish were caught by those using crawlers, leeches, soft plastics or crank baits. Cisco were caught in the channel.

Bear River: Angler pressure was low. Some are trying for summer steelhead which usually show up this time of year. Most are using spawn bags.

Traverse City: Windy conditions and currents in the East Bay caused water temperatures to drop and the smallmouth action slowed. Bass anglers will want to look for areas with warmer water and the fish are more active. Lake trout fishing was good in waters 15 to 50 feet deep. In the West Bay, the smallmouth action was slow but lake trout fishing was good.

Elk River: Is producing mostly sub-legal smallmouth bass. Anglers are using tube baits, crawlers and leeches. Freshwater drum were also caught.

Boardman River: Catch rates were slow with only a few smallmouth bass, rock bass, carp and the occasional pike being caught.

Frankfort: Anglers are working the shelf from the pier and trolling north while fishing the top 80 to 120 feet in waters 300 to 400 feet deep. Flies, meat rigs and spoons are getting hits and blue was the hot color.

Onekama: Those trolling in deeper water reported good catches of chinook salmon. Most were heading west of the piers and targeting the top 60 to 90 feet of waters 450 to 500 feet deep. Spoons worked best and gold was the hot color.

Portage Lake: Mayflies are still washing up on shore so panfish activity was still slow in the shallows. Those fishing deeper in 18 to 22 feet around the buoy off Little Eden caught fish. Bass anglers are working the drop-offs with worms.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Have good bass fishing. Anglers are using spinners, rapalas or crawlers. Those trolling bottom bouncers with crawlers and leeches caught walleye in deeper water.

Manistee: Salmon and steelhead were caught 30 to 80 feet down in 100 to 200 feet on orange and pink spoons.

Manistee River: Is producing Skamania near Tippy Dam. Try flies, spinners or rapalas. A fair to good number of brown trout have also been caught.

Ludington: Is producing salmon and steelhead in the top 80 feet of waters 100 to 250 feet deep. Try orange spoons and green flies.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Anglers are catching limits of lake trout including a lot of smaller fish. Most are fishing throughout the water column and not just off the bottom. Steelhead are starting to show up and were caught higher in the water column on spoons with orange on them. Use short segments of lead core with 1, 2, or 3 colors and sliders on downriggers and bright colors. Chinook were scattered. There really is no large thermocline. Anglers are trying up and down the water column with spoons in green, blue, silver or anything that glows early and late. Try straight out, Adams Point, Swan Bay or up near the State Park and Forty Mile Point.

Alpena: For walleye fishing, some days are better than others. Most are fishing at night around Sulphur Island, Grass Island and Scarecrow Island, North Shore and North Point. Early morning was just as good as night fishing when trolling a mix a body baits and crawler harnesses. If one doesn’t work, try the other when fishing up on the shoals in shallow water. Those fishing around Thunder Bay Island caught the occasional chinook, pink, Atlantic salmon or steelhead. Try short segments of lead core with sliders and bright colors. Chinook are around but no big numbers. Try up and down the water column with spoons in 40 to 60 or 70 to 90 feet.

Thunder Bay River: Not much to report even though anglers are fishing. They caught a couple keeper smallmouth bass right along with sub-legal smallmouth and lots of tiny rock bass.

Harrisville: Has walleye in good numbers. Try 12 to 30 feet north and south of the harbor and between Greenbush and Sturgeon Point. Fish shallow in the early morning and move deeper mid-day. Try crawler harnesses, bottom bouncers and body baits. Lake trout, salmon and steelhead were caught in 60 to 120 feet on spoons, spin-glows, cut baits and fly’s behind dodgers and flashers. Look for steelhead along the scum line.

Oscoda: Pier fishing was on and off. Early morning and late evening were best with the occasional mid-day catches. Salmon, lake trout and steelhead were holding south of the river were scattered and on the move. Try 50 to 150 feet and look for baitfish which were abundant. Scum lines were few and far between but that’s where the steelhead are and hitting on dark colored baits.

Au Sable River: Look for walleye all the way to Foot Dam. Body baits and crawler harnesses are producing the most. Catfish are moving in throughout the night.

Higgins Lake: The hex hatch is done. Anglers are catching lots of rock bass including some in the 11 inch range. Good numbers of perch were caught near the Sunken Island, the Main Island and along the ridge that runs off the west boat launch. Smallmouth bass were hitting on spinners and crawlers. Lake trout can still be found in 80 to 100 feet. Rainbow trout were suspended in 20 to 40 feet. Both are hitting on rapalas and bombers in blue and silver or rainbow.

Houghton Lake: The better fishing was for walleye and bluegills along the weeds.

Tawas: Those trolling are heading to the north side of the Charity Islands and picking up large walleye in 25 to 35 feet. Pier and river fishing were slow.

Au Gres: Fishing remains excellent with a lot of anglers, a lot of walleye being caught and a lot of limit catches reported. On days with a north wind, anglers did well straight off the mouth of the river in 25 to 40 feet.

Au Gres River: Catch rates for catfish picked up immediately after the rain.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Catch rates were still up and down. Those trolling 15 to 90 feet down in 20 to 120 feet did harvest some splake and lake trout from the head of the Bay north to Carla’s Restaurant. Trolling speeds were 1.9 and 2.5 mph. Those launching from Traverse Bay Marina were trolling 5 feet off the bottom in 100 to 150 feet at the 5, 6 and 7 Mile Reefs. Lake trout were also caught in 120 to 165 feet off Big Louie’s, Gay Point and Hermits Cove when using spoons in a variety of colors. Some were jigging in 140 to 260 feet off Big Louie’s and the 6 and 7 Mile Reefs.

Lake Antoine: Was still producing good numbers of panfish for those drifting, jigging or still-fishing with crawlers. Anglers caught yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseed and rock bass. Many were on the small side. Those targeting bass had fair to good catches of smallmouth when trolling crawlers or casting crank baits.

Marquette: Those targeting lake trout had fair results catching between two and four fish near the “Sand-Hole” and north of Granite Island towards Little Presque Isle when trolling spoons on dipseys or downriggers. Surface water temperatures near shore were warmest near the mouth of the Chocolay and Sand River. Those trying for salmon caught very few fish. Those jigging near Stannard Rock caught lake trout up to ten pounds when fishing along the edge in 100 feet of water.

Little Bay De Noc: Is still producing good catches of walleye in the southern bay between Breezy Point and No-See-Um Creek. At Breezy Point, anglers are trolling crawler harnesses in 10 to 12 feet or straight out from the Ford River near the “Fingers” in 16 to 22 feet with crank baits and crawler harnesses. Down by No-See-Um Creek, they are trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 4 to 10 feet and several limit catches were reported. Fair catches near the Escanaba River and the “Black Bottom” in 10 to 20 feet. The head of the Bay was quiet with low participation. Some perch were caught in Kipling and Gladstone when using crawlers in 10 to 25 feet. Northern pike were active in Kipling near the Power Plant in 10 to 12 feet. Try spinners or crank baits. Several nice pike were reported in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor by those trolling spoons or crank baits along the channel. Salmon anglers have started to catch chinook out near the Ford River Buoy when trolling 70 to 80 feet down in 120 feet with spoons. Steelhead were also caught.

Big Bay De Noc: Had very low angler participation and no walleye reports. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair to good catches using plastics, crank baits or crawlers in Kate’s Bay. Most were trolling or casting in 8 to 14 feet. Fairport was pretty much the same as last week with fair catches reported by those trolling spoons or meat rigs 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet. Anglers reported schools of alewife so the action should only get better.

Au Train: Anglers reported mixed results and were mainly targeting lake trout. Surface water temperatures near shore were in the low 50′s and offshore waters were in the mid to upper 40′s. Anglers did best with spoons or fly’s tipped with cut bait off the Shelter Bay Flats and towards Laughing Whitefish Point when fishing along the edge in 160 to 180 feet or with downriggers east of Au Train Island and Wood Island Reef. No salmon to report.

Munising: The number of boat anglers dropped because catch rates were very slow. The few heading out were fishing in the bay and around Grand Island. Surface water temperatures were 45 to 52 degrees but few anglers were targeting lake trout. Pier fishing was slow and catch rates were poor for those targeting splake.

Grand Marais: Had increased angler activity leading into the annual lake trout tournament. Evenings were more productive but most of the fish caught were less than 12 inches and no limit catches were reported. Catch rates were much better three to six miles out in the shipping channel and near Sable Point. Most of the fish were 2 to 4 pounds but a few up to 13 pounds were taken in waters between 70 and 200 feet deep. Shore anglers fishing near the marina had poor results.

St. Mary’s River: Is producing a few Atlantic salmon on the discharge side of the Clover Land Power Plant. Try casting spoons, small yellow and white crank baits or medium size minnows. Walleye were caught by those still-fishing minnow in 8 to 12 feet on the discharge side of the Power Plant. Whitefish were also caught by those using small black fly type baits. A few rainbow trout and whitefish were caught off the Canal Bridge upstream from the Power Plant when drifting small spawn bags for whitefish or maroon back flat fish with a chrome belly for rainbows. Walleye fishing was slow at the mouth of the Charlotte River. A few pike were taken by shore anglers using crawlers under a bobber in 4 to 6 feet in the early morning. Raber Bay and Lime Island were slow for walleye. Aquatic vegetation is short in most of the bays this year due to the cold weather. Anglers have been looking for fly hatches in order to catch lake herring but none were reported yet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Report good pike fishing in Hessel Bay, Musky Bay, Snows Channel, Cedarville Bay, Government Bay and Moscoe Channel. Anglers are casting or still-fishing with chubs. Perch fishing has picked up along the east end of Cedarville Bay and Snows Channel and good bass fishing along the Snows Channel for those casting spinner baits. The herring are not in yet.

St. Ignace: Chinook and lake trout are still being caught behind Mackinac Island, at Round Island and around Bois Blanc Island.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Algae blooms are causing walleye to move into shallower water. The better fishing was in 16 to 20 feet off Stony Point and at the Dumping Grounds. A few large fish were caught as shallow as 10 feet. Most are using spoons and crank baits with the low visibility. Perch numbers are increasing in 20 to 24 feet off Stony Point. Walleye were caught in 10 to 17 feet off Luna Pier by those using Hot-n-Tots or Erie Dearies.

Huron River: Is producing smallmouth bass on crawlers and spinners.

Detroit River: Those hand-lining with flat fish have caught walleye as well as those jigging with a piece of crawler on a black jig. Most are fishing near the mouth and around Celeron Island or Sugar Island. White bass are still in the river. Those vertical jigging or casting from Belle Isle to Wyandotte caught a few musky.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Bass anglers continue to do well fishing the flats and drop-offs. Try plastic worms or jigs in waters between 2 and 12 feet deep. For bluegill try the coves on Strawberry Lake and Whitewood Lake.

Lake St. Clair: Has good smallmouth bass fishing in 15 to 17 feet along the Mile Roads and south of Huron Point. Walleye and perch fishing were slow in Michigan waters but good reports were coming from the Ontario side of the lake.

St. Clair River: Had slow walleye fishing between Algonac and Port Huron. Anglers may want to try hand-lining at night.

Lexington: Fishing along the outside of the Thumb slowed but lake trout and steelhead were still hitting. Windy conditions made fishing difficult.

Harbor Beach: The fish are scattered so anglers will need to do some searching to find them. Try straight out, north or south of the harbor with lines in the bottom 30 feet of waters 50 to 125 feet deep. For salmon and steelhead try spoons with 2,3,5,7 and 10 color lines and offshore boards. Bright colors are best like orange, green, silver, purple and gold. Fly hatches are ongoing and the fish are full of them so it is hard to get them to bite. For lake trout use dodgers or spin doctors with spoons and spin-glows near the bottom or spoons 50 to 100 feet down. Walleye were caught by those casting from the wall or trolling close to shore. Early and late are best with small body baits and spoons in perch colors, silver, blue and black.

Grindstone City: Walleye were hitting very well in 25 to 40 feet. Anglers using lead core and small spoons are catching fish and limit catches were reported. Large whitefish were also caught and some were in the 10 pound range. The very tip of the Thumb is a good place to fish if the wind is out of the south.

Port Austin: Is producing a few walleye. It appears that the fish have not yet moved onto the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing continues to be very good but windy conditions are hampering trollers. There is some indication that the fish are moving toward deeper water. More boats are working out near the Green Spark Plug (Buoys 1 & 2) at the end of the shipping channel, the deep side of the Bar, and areas similar. Those trolling out of Caseville were getting some bigger walleye off Oak Point and north of the Charity Islands.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing has slowed however boat anglers have caught a decent number of perch. Pier anglers are catching good numbers of freshwater drum along with the occasional steelhead.

South Haven: Fishing for all species was slow. Some caught perch but overall fishing was tough.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers are fishing 45 to 120 feet down in 110 to 165 feet. Blue spoons and blue meat rigs have done well but white paddles were also starting to catch fish. Pier fishing was very slow. Some were casting for large and smallmouth bass. No perch to report.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing lots of channel and flathead catfish off the east side wall and near Fulton Street and Bridge Street. Try live suckers, bluegills, cut bait or soft shell crayfish. Walleye were caught by those drifting crawlers, casting body baits or when trolling crawler harnesses and body baits. Some caught the occasional Skamania on fly’s, crawlers or minnows. For panfish, try the backwaters with leaf worms or wax worms. Pike were hitting on live suckers.

Grand River at Lansing: Water levels are up however smallmouth bass and catfish have been caught below the dams. Pike were caught below the North Lansing Dam.

Maple River: Had high water levels. Boat and shore anglers need to use caution until water levels recede.

Morrison Lake: Had good crappie fishing.

Reeds Lake: Was good for bluegill, crappie, bass and pike.

Muskegon: Is still producing some trout and salmon 45 to 120 feet down in 110 to 165 feet. Try spoons and meat rigs. Blue was the hot color. No perch and no pier fishing to report.

Muskegon River: Is producing smallmouth bass on flies and soft plastics.

Whitehall: Had few anglers. Those fishing the channel caught bass when using cut bait or green and yellow body baits.

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4th of July Michigan Fishing Report

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East and West Grand Traverse Bay have been great for smallmouth bass this week but the blue angles coming to town will have lots of boat traffic.

Houghton Lake has been great for walleye and big bluegill this week with leeches and crawlers working best.

The back waters of Tippy Dam has been hot with all fish biting, also hodenpoyle has had a good bite also.

Hamlin Lake has been good this week for gills and crappie.

Boardman River has been good for bass this week with leeches working best.

Higgins Lake the perch have been biting worms and minnows

Baldwin has had a great gill bite this week on all the surrounding lake with waxworms, crickets, and worms working best

Otsego Lake has started producing walleye, perch and good bass on leeches and crawlers.

Big Platte Lake has been a well kept secret but the word is out on how good the walleye bite has been and big fish also.

Lake Leelanau has been great for walleye with leeches working best.

Good fishing reports coming in from all areas of the state. The recent storms however, have muddied the waters and slowed some areas of fishing down. Reports of mayflies are starting to show up and that should help with the steelhead in the coming weeks. For those trout and salmon fishing certain areas are starting to pick-up where others are beginning to slow down.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Smallmouth bass anglers are still focusing most of their effort near the permanent structures east of Wequetonsing (i.e. the pier at Roaring Brook) and near the north shore of Petoskey State Park. They also did well fishing shallow in the Wequetonsing docks. A lot of success was also had inside Harbor Point and in the harbor itself. Green tube baits and soft plastic worms are working well. Many fish over 6 pounds are reported to have been caught this spring by catch and release.

Petoskey: The surface temperature of Little Traverse Bay remained in the low to mid 50′s at the surface last week. Boat pressure remains pretty low in Petoskey. A lot of lake trout caught were under the slot limit. Anglers are using spoons and peanuts and fishing from Bay Harbor east into the Bay. Fish are being caught in 60 to 100 feet of water, some suspended and some close to the bottom. Anglers fishing near the mouth of Bear River on D Pier were still catching smallmouth and rock bass. A lot of freshwater drum were caught last week as well. Walleye are being picked up during the afternoons and evenings past the mouth of the river. Anglers were mainly using crawlers, crank baits, soft plastics and flies on all of those species. Anglers fishing the break wall are still catching a few smallmouth bass and northern pike using jigs with soft plastics, small crank baits or just a hook with a crawler.

Charlevoix: Boats are targeting lake trout from North Point to the can at the cement plant. Winged glow bobbers and flashers or dodgers were working well with green always being a good color. Lake trout were caught in 40 to 70 feet of water — some within 10 feet of the bottom. A cisco was also caught out near the cement plant while trolling. Smallmouth bass can be seen in the channel, but the bite was a bit slow. The few bass that are biting are on the large size. Smallmouths were caught on crawlers, crank baits, and jigs with soft plastics. Some ciscos were still being caught in the channel at various times of the day. Carp and northern pike have been spotted cruising around in the channel as well.

Lake Charlevoix: Anglers are reporting the mayfly hatch has started. Anglers are catching some walleye just before dark and cisco at various times during the day. Ciscos were found in Loeb Bay, Oyster Bay and into Round Lake. Try a little jig with a soft plastic or a Swedish pimple for cisco.

Traverse City: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in East Bay. Anglers have been catching bass in the shallows on tube baits, crank baits, and spinner baits. Lake trout fishing has been good for the relatively few boats targeting them. Depths have been variable, but most fish were caught near the bottom in 20 to 50 feet of water. West Bay reports good smallmouth bass fishing in five to 15 feet of water. The lake trout bite has been good fishing in 15 to 40 feet of water on spoons or spin glows behind dodgers.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair; however the majority of fish have been on the small side. Anglers were targeting bass with tube baits, crawlers, and leeches. A few freshwater drum were caught as well.

Platte River: Walleye and steelhead can be found at the mouth and in the stream in small numbers. There are large numbers of suckers and carp from the hatchery to the lake.

Frankfort: Salmon catches have slowed from the past two weeks but anglers are having some luck in the early mornings and evenings out front in 120 to 200 feet of water trolling 60 to 100 feet down. Blues, greens, and chartreuse colors have been the most popular. Anglers heading north to Platte Bay have been having good luck with lake trout.

Onekama: Anglers had good catches of steelhead heading off shore a mile and trolling the top 40 feet of water with orange and chartreuse spoons. The Barrel is producing nice size lake trout and the occasional king with the early morning bite producing nicer catches.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are still having nice catches of large and smallmouth bass throughout the lake. Smallmouths are hitting good around the break walls and largemouths are shallow around structures and on the drops in 18 to 22 feet of water. Pan fish are starting to bite after the mayfly hatch but it is still a little slow.

Manistee: Salmon fishing has slowed down compared to what it has been the last couple weeks. Boats were finding Salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 100 to 200 feet of water. Steelhead anglers going offshore looking for the temperature break were doing well. The hot color for steelhead was orange. Pier fishing is slow since the water has warmed up.

Ludington: Boats are catching some Salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 180 feet of water. Anglers going offshore looking for the temperature break were finding decent number of Steelhead. Bright colored spoons were working well for the offshore anglers. Pier fishing is slow.

Pentwater: Boating anglers fishing on Lake Michigan traveled 12 to 14 miles out to find fish. These fish were taken in 300 to 400 feet of water. Steelhead and Chinook salmon were taken from the top twenty feet of the water column. Lines running closer to the bottom returned fair numbers of lake trout as well.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Has had great lake trout fishing with plenty of limits. Anglers targeting them are using spoons, cowbells or dodgers with spin-glos. The lakers have been suspended all up and down the water column within 10 feet from the bottom. The best depths have been in 40 to 80 feet of water. Chinook, atlantics, along with the occasional pink have also been taken. Anglers are using downriggers, lead cores, copper, and dipseys. Spoons have been working the best however. Good colors have been greens, blues, orange and silver, green and orange, silver and glow stuff both early and late in the day. Catches have been made straight out from the harbor and west towards Calcite Harbor, Swan Bay and Adams Point.

Alpena: Walleye are starting to show up. Anglers are heading out and fishing at night for the best success. Anglers are using crawler harnesses and or body baits. Best places have been Sulphur Island, Scarecrow Island, Grass Island, right out front of the marina and North Point. The walleye have been moving around a lot as of late. The shallower water seems to be the best. Mayflies are starting to hatch so it may slow things up for a little bit. Thunder Bay Island and 9 mile has had some super fishing with many limits. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 45 to 80 feet deep.

Thunder Bay River: Pretty quiet over the last week. A few rock bass, pike, drum and walleye. Most are using live bait such as leeches, night crawlers or worms.

Harrisville: Fishing has been steady with a mixed bag of fish coming in. Harvest has included lake trout, salmon, steelhead and walleye. Lake trout have been in shallow and out deep from 60 to 80 feet of water and in 100 to 140 feet of water. Salmon and steelhead are in the same area and seem to be by product catches while targeting lake trout. Anglers are using lead core, copper, dipsey’s and down riggers with spoons, cut bait, spin-n-glows and body baits. Walleye are still around the area in good numbers with late evening and early morning providing the best catches on crawler harnesses, bottom bouncers, and body baits.

Oscoda: Is producing a mixed bag of fish including lake trout, salmon, steelhead, walleye, smallmouth bass and catfish. The boats are reporting lake trout, steelhead and salmon catches. Reports are that the lake trout are suspended in half of the water depth you are fishing. Steelhead and salmon are in the lower 2/3 of the water column. Most reports are in water depths of 90 to 120 feet of water off lead core, dipsey’s, copper, down riggers with a wide spread. Spoons, mainly dark colors, are working the best. Walleye and smallmouth along with catfish are being caught off the pier. Walleye and catfish are hitting off the pier in late evening.

Houghton Lake: Bluegill are biting on slip bobbers and leeches from four to 12 feet along the edge of the weed bed.

Tawas: Pier fishing at Tawas Bay is in ‘summer mode’ with a few bass, drum, and catfish being caught and some of the local kids are fishing for and catching carp. Boat anglers out of Tawas are catching steelhead out past Buoy #2 in 50 feet of water to almost up on the surface. The steelies are apparently in there taking advantage of the hatching mayflies. Trollers after walleye are doing fair down toward Alabaster in 25 to 40 feet of water or going to the north side of the Charities and fishing around the Steeples. Limit catches were common north of the Charities.

Tawas River: Shore anglers were getting a few bass, catfish and drum.

Au Gres: Lots of boats out, lots of walleye caught with lots of limit catches. Much of the action was in 35 to 45 feet of water out near the shipping channel. Other boats were going north of the Charities and doing well.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers were taking good numbers of catfish and drum.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The fish bite for most of the week was up and down but steady. Anglers harvested a fair number of Chinook with some coho and lake trout. Anglers are now trolling in 20 to 120 feet of water 15 to 90 feet down from the head of the bay northward to Carla’s Restaurant at speeds of 1.9 to 2.5 mph. Some anglers put in at Traverse Bay Marina trolling in depths of 130 to 180 feet of water using a variety of spoons and colors. The lake trout bite was slow here. Anglers who were jigging off of Big Louie’s Point in waters from 150 to 260 feet down took some limits of lake trout.

South Portage Entry: Anglers fishing waters from the lighthouse southward along the 41 shoreline to the Red Rocks picked up a mix of chinook, lake trout and rainbow. Anglers were trolling in waters from 30 to 60 feet deep 25 to 55 feet down at speeds of 1.8 to 2.3 mph. The fish bite was up and down during the week here also. Anglers are also picking up lake trout trolling in water from 60 to 120 feet deep at Farmers, Newton’s and Big Reefs. A variety of spoons and colors were used.

Lake Antoine: Bass anglers are catching good numbers and good-sized smallmouth bass along with a few largemouth bass casting crank baits or drifting crawlers in the lily pads and tall grass. Panfish anglers are catching a good number of yellow perch, black crappies, bluegill and rock bass with some keepers. Anglers are catching a lot more in the smaller class mainly jigging, drifting or still-fishing with crawlers.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures have warmed into the mid to upper 40′s near the river. A few boats have ventured out to Stannard Rock with good results in limiting out with lake trout jigging off the reef in 100 feet of water on the edges. Lake trout anglers in the Marquette area have been doing fair with some slow days depending on winds. Best areas have been about three miles east of Marquette near the Sand Hole and Sand River area near Shot Point. Shore anglers at the Carp River report slow action with a few steelhead reported casting with assorted spoons and cleos..

Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye fishing was in the southern bay from Breezy Point south to Nosee-um Creek. Anglers trolled or drifted crawlers w/harnesses in four to 14 feet of water. Many limits of fish were reported. The Escanaba River reported fair catches using the same in 10 to 20 feet of water. “Black Bottom” area also reported fair catches using crawlers or cranks in 10 to 28 feet of water. Kipling area reported fair perch catches using minnows or crawlers in 14 to 26 of water. Anglers also reported drum catches throughout the Bay. No salmon reports.

Big Bay De Noc: Both walleye and smallmouth bass catches slowed here this week. The walleye are moving south although catches were reported in the “Boot” area, Kates Bay and south to Garden Bluff. Best catches were in 16 to 20 feet of water trolling crawlers w/harnesses. Northern pike were active this week with Ansell’s Point area and into Garden Bay being the best area. Most trolled cranks, spinners or spoons in eight to 12 feet of water. Most smallmouth anglers reported fish at various depths from four to 16 feet of water with Porcupine Point, Kate’s Bay and Puffy Bay being best using spinners, jigs w/crawlers or cranks. Fairport anglers reported a few catches this week as the water slowly begins to warm

Au Train: Surface water temperatures have finally warmed into the upper 40′s near shore. Offshore surface temps remain in the mid 40′s. Anglers this past week had mixed results with local anglers frustrated as the bite was slow, however some anglers still did well catching close to limit of lake trout with a few coho, Chinook and steelhead as part of their catch. Most anglers are having best luck with downriggers although a few lake trout have been caught off bottom using dipsy divers. Spoons have been best choice with chartreuse and orange colors doing well. Productive areas for fishing have been east and north of AuTrain Island in close to 200 feet of water along with the Shelter Bay flats fishing near Laughing Whitefish Point. Other productive areas have been Wood Island Reef.

St. Mary’s River: Walleye have been slow in and around Lime Island of Raber Bay. The walleye bite has been slow all week due to cold water temperatures. A few under size fish have been caught and released, including undersize pike and smallmouth bass. Anglers have been watching for the July fly hatch in order to start fishing for lake herring. A few mild hatches have been reported in the Raber area, but no heavy hatches yet. Evening hours in Bay Dewausi while trolling crank baits, and crawler harnesses in four to six feet of water just off weed beds have produced a few nice walleye in the 20 to 24 inch class. Walleye fishing seems to be more productive in the evening hours on the St. Mary’s River watershed.

Sault Ste. Marie: A few nice Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout are being caught on the discharge side of Gloverland Electric Power Plant casting spoons and black crank baits with chrome colored bellys trolling in four to six feet of water.

Detour: Had low numbers of anglers due to wind and rain. However, those anglers going out harvested lake trout and a few Atlantic and Chinook salmon. Anglers were fishing from the city launch to the #3 green can and around the lighthouse to the #2 red can on the Drummond side using watermelon, green/gold, pink/purple, green/white and black/orange spoons.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers still-fishing with chubs for pike are doing well along the south and east shores of Hessel Bay, off the marina pier early and late, in Musky Bay, Middle Entrance, and along the north shore of Government Bay. Perch fishing in Cedarville Bay is fair, and bass fishing remains good, casting with spinner baits in the shallow water. Herring are still not in, but should begin to show with consistent warm weather.

St. Ignace: Angling pressure has been low. Chinook salmon and lake trout are coming in from behind Mackinaw Island around Round Island and from the southwest side of Mackinaw Island.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Detroit River: Walleye have been caught in the lower Trenton Channel including the area near the Edison Plant. Some jumbo perch were caught in the weeds around the Horse Island Flats.

Lake St. Clair: Walleye fishing is good near the shipping channel and also in the deeper water off the Mile Roads. Bass fishing has been good with more fish showing up in deeper water.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been spotty with some fish coming from the Port Huron Area.

Lexington: Some perch are starting to show up south of Lexington coming off the weed beds but you have to work to find them. Pier anglers are mainly getting rock bass and white bass.

Port Sanilac: Trout and salmon fishing is slowing down a bit and are scattered. Pier anglers are reporting rock bass and white bass.

Harbor Beach: Look for lake trout in deeper waters when using dodgers and spin glows on the bottom. Good colors were purple, pink, yellow, green or black. For salmon, use medium or large spoons 40 to 70 feet down in 70 to 150 feet of water. Steelhead were hitting on bright colors in 80 to 150 feet of water. Try 25 to 50 feet of water near the cemetery for perch when using minnows. Walleye fishing will be slow until the waters clears up. Try off the north wall in the early morning or late evening when casting small body baits or spoons in green, purple, silver or blue. Inside the harbor is good for bass and pike.

Grindstone City: Those trolling are taking walleye and whitefish on small spoons in 30 to 40 feet of water. Salmon and lake trout were caught in 120 feet of water. A few smallmouth bass were caught in the harbor.

Port Austin: Salmon and steelhead are scattered in 40 to 70 feet in depth but lake trout can reliably be found near the bottom in 70 to 100 feet of water. Start shallow early in the morning and work deeper as the sun comes up. Walleye fishing is slow.

Saginaw Bay: Excellent walleye fishing in a lot of locations this past week such as in 24 feet of water north of Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning, as well as in 12 to 14 feet of water off of the Pinconning Bar. Other locations were Northwest of Buoys 1 & 2; Two miles east of the Spark Plug and in 25 to 28 feet of water near the Spark Plug. Other anglers reported walleye catches in six to eight feet of water off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River very early in the morning as well as in four to 14 feet of water on and along the Callahan Reef. Crawler harnesses are the go-to bait, but crank baits and spoons are also taking fish. Best spinner colors are green, anti-freeze and chartreuse. It it’s cloudy, try gold, silver, or copper. Best crank bait colors were chrome with blue, orange or gold backs, purple or fire-tiger.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing picked up this week. Anglers were catching perch in 30 to 50 feet of water. Salmon anglers were making good catches of fish. Trollers should target 80 to 120 feet of water and deeper. Steelhead fishing from the piers is slow.

St. Joseph River: Smallmouth and Walleye fishing have been good but after all the rain the river is high and muddy.

South Haven: Salmon fishing has slowed down a little this week. There are a few fish being caught in 100 feet of water. Anglers are taking freshwater drum on the pier. Still fishing night crawlers on the bottom is working best. Perch fishing continues to be slow.

Grand Haven: The fog, weather, and wind have made fishing very difficult. Salmon anglers have been fishing in 85 to 110 feet of water, 40 to 90 feet down. Spoons are still the main bait of choice in colors of blues and yellows. Pier fishing is slow. Mostly caught have been catfish, sheephead and bass. No perch reported.

Grand River at Lansing: Continues to provide fair to good fishing for channel catfish, smallmouth bass, rock bass and even some bluegills.

Lake Jordan: Nice catch rates fishing for bass and crappie and bluegill using live baits.

Muskegon: Salmon anglers have been fishing in 90 to 100 feet of water, 40 to 50 feet down. Spoons were used in the colors of blues and greens. No perch reported.

Whitehall: Fish are most likely out in deep water due to warm water temperatures. Anglers should try traveling north to the flower creek area as the water temps are cooler. Pier anglers caught catfish and bass this week by casting yellow and green body baits and with cut bait.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

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Mike Barnhart holds thecurrent lead Pike 33 1/2″, 8.17 lbs.

Warm weather and hungry fish, everyone should be happy.
In last weeks fishing report we were delighted to tell that the DNR resumed walleye stockings on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Lake Mitchell received 70,406 fingerlings and Lake Cadillac 29,431.

This week things got even better. The Fisheries Unit from Bay City planted 129,893 Most fingerlings in Lake Mitchell and 105,151 in Lake Cadillac.

Do the math. In the last two weeks 200,299 fingerling walleye were added to Lake Mitchell. Lake Cadillac the smaller of the two, 134,582 were added. DNR Fisheries Biologist, Mark Tonello said, “in three to four rears, I suspect walleye fishing in both Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell will be very good.” Thanks to the Fisheries Guys, this is a Big Deal.

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32.10 pounds 45″ Laker

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32.10 pounds 45″ Laker out of Manistee this morning. Caught by Frank Baker and Matt Roskoski.

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Michigan Fishing Report 6/27/14

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Over 30 Pound Musky from TC Area Inland Lake

After the long hard fight, the very tired musky was kept in the water but held along side for a crude length measurement. Without leaving the water, the very old fish slowly swam off.

There has been great fishing reports in Northern Michigan as the water is still cold so the gills are on the beds and lots of them being caught.

Houghton Lake they are off the beds but big gills are biting on slip bobbers and leeches from 4 to 12 feet along the edge of the weed bed.

Margrethe has been good for walleye, perch and gills.

Portage Lake has been good for walleye and gills.

Perch have been biting at Big Glen and Long Lake by Traverse City

Boardman River has been great for walleyes this week with leeches your best bet.

East and West Twin by Lewiston has been great for walleye this week

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers usually target lake trout outside Harbor Point. Those looking for smallmouth bass were fishing near the permanent structures east of Wequetonsing (the pier at Roaring Brook) and near the north shore of Petoskey State Park. They also did well fishing in shallow water around the docks. Anglers report that smallmouth bass are finally starting to bed. Try crank baits or soft plastic worms.

Petoskey: Surface water temperatures dropped to 47 degrees. Boat pressure was low with only a few out trolling 25 to 90 feet down for lake trout. Most of the fish caught were under the legal limit of 20 inches. Boats were trolling Bay Shore, in front of Bay Harbor, and east towards Petoskey State Park. While most smallmouth bass anglers were fishing the Harbor Springs side of the bay, one boat did well near the Bay View Pier. Those fishing near the mouth of the Bear River caught smallmouth bass and rock bass on crawlers, soft plastics and spinners. Rumor has it a couple walleye were caught after dark. Pier anglers caught the occasional smallmouth bass and pike. Try small crank baits or a jig with a twisty tail.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing was still slow with only a few lake trout taken in 40 to 70 feet. The fish are still suspended and scattered but most say 10 feet off the bottom is usually good. Walleye fishing was slow in the channel but a few were taken on crank baits after dark. Pier anglers caught a couple lake trout off the end when using spoons or crank baits. Catch rates are improving in the channel for smallmouth early or late. Try crank baits or jigs with soft plastics. Cisco were caught in the channel at various times of the day and carp are still cruising.

Bear River: Anglers caught a couple steelhead on spawn. A 16 inch smallmouth bass was caught up near the dam.

Traverse City: The East Bay has good smallmouth bass fishing. Bass were spotted on the beds. Try 2 to 10 feet of water with spinners, tube baits, or plastics. Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons or spin-glows in 10 to 50 feet. The West Bay also has good smallmouth action in shallow waters especially in rocky areas. Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons in 15 to 60 feet.

Elk River: Had good smallmouth bass fishing between the dam and the mouth. Crawlers, leeches, and tube baits worked best.

Boardman River: Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass, carp, and the occasional perch near the Union Street Dam. Live baits work best.

Platte Bay: Fishing has slowed. Some were still finding lake trout two miles out. Those surfcasting with body baits caught steelhead and walleye.

Platte River: Smallmouth bass are spawning upstream from Loon Lake. Suckers can be found between the hatchery and the lake.

Frankfort: Had great fishing from the Herring Hole to the Point. Chinook were hitting like crazy 25 to 60 feet down in 50 to 120 feet. Chinook and steelhead were hitting on greens, blues and orange. The bigger chinook seem to be hitting meat rigs later in the day. Brown trout are still in the harbor and pier anglers have caught them on alewife. Those trolling around the piers did well on gold and black body baits.

Onekama: Anglers heading straight out from the piers and trolling 30 to 60 feet down in 90 to 130 feet caught some nice chinook in the early morning. Slim or mini lures in green or blue worked best.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch is done so bass and panfish are starting to hit in 14 to 19 feet. Working the drop-offs and weed beds has produced some nice bass. Water temperatures are up and walleye anglers caught a few fish when trolling crawler harnesses and body baits in the early morning or at night.

Manistee: Boat anglers are doing well for salmon and steelhead. Try 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 180 feet with orange and green spoons or red and green meat rigs. Pier fishing for brown trout is slow.

Manistee River: The hex hatch has been ongoing. It is late this year due to the cold spring we had. Anglers caught some nice fish when the bugs do come off.

Ludington: Salmon and steelhead are being caught 20 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with orange and blue spoons or green and blue meat rigs. Pier fishing is slow

Pere Marquette River: Patience is the key during the fly hatch. Anglers have caught some nice fish when the bugs do come off.

Pentwater: Was producing some fish a mile or two north of the pier. Most were fishing 40 to 50 feet down in 100 to 140 feet deep. While some boats did fairly well others came in with empty coolers.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Is producing lake trout. The fish are both on the bottom and scattered throughout the water column. The better fishing was in 45 to 65 feet. Try cowbells or dodgers with spin glows or spoons. Good colors were green, white, blue and silver. Chinook and steelhead are starting to show up but no real numbers yet. Those targeting them are only getting a couple fish straight out or south of the harbor and up near Seagull Point. Some are heading up past Forty Mile Point and fishing the structure or south past the Dynamite Shack and fishing 40 to 90 feet. Lead core is good up high for steelhead. For spoons try orange, purple and silver, green and blue, green and orange, blue and silver or anything that glows early and late. Several Atlantic salmon were caught this past week.

Long Lake: Fishing activity has started to pick up with some walleye caught. Bass and panfish spawning were slow.

Alpena: Had a lot of boats heading out at night and fishing for walleye. The best results were in shallow water along the city shoreline or Sulphur Island with body baits or crawler harnesses. Those heading out in the morning had limited success when trolling for walleye. One day will be really good and the next day will be slow because of water temperatures. Thunder Bay Island has been great for lake trout. Anglers are fishing the bottom half of the water column with spoons, dodgers and cowbells with spin glows. Those fishing higher in the water column caught the occasional chinook salmon.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers are getting the occasional smallmouth bass, rock bass or walleye.

Hubbard Lake: Was producing a good number of walleye.

Harrisville: Is producing walleye, trout and salmon. Walleye were caught in 12 to 25 feet on body baits and crawler harnesses off planer boards and long lines. For lake trout, fish 80 to 120 feet with spoons, cut bait and flies. Salmon and steelhead are 20 to 50 feet down in 60 to 80 feet. Try lead core, planer boards and downriggers. Hot colors were blue, orange or black and pearl.

Oscoda: Boat anglers are doing well for steelhead and salmon in 40 to 80 feet with spoons, body baits or spin-glows. Lake trout are suspended off the bottom in 70 to 100 feet. Spoons with flashers seem to be the best attractants. Pier anglers did well early and late.

Au Sable River: Walleye are moving into the river in good numbers. Boats drifting from the bridge to the mouth are doing very well. Most are using crawlers and leeches with split shot to adjust for the current.

Higgins Lake: Continues to provide good rock bass fishing for anglers of all ages. Try minnows, crawlers or wax worms. Those trolling have done well for lake trout in 80 to 100 feet with body baits.

Houghton Lake: Was producing walleye, crappie and even a few jumbo perch.

Tawas: Boat anglers are running to the north side of Big Charity Island and getting walleyes in 30 to 35 feet. A few fish were also taken near Buoy #2. A couple boats were heading south around the tip of Tawas Point and then going north for salmon and lake trout. Chinook and lake trout were caught in 50 feet. Pier fishing was slow with only a few large or smallmouth bass and rock bass caught.

Tawas River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river caught a few smallmouth bass. Catfish were caught at night.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Had good fishing with anglers taking a mix of coho, chinook, rainbow trout, lake trout, splake and brown trout when trolling 30 to 50 feet down in 40 to 60 feet of water. Most are trolling between the Baraga Marina or the L’Anse Marina and the head of the bay. Some were trolling as far north as Carla’s Restaurant on U.S.-41. Trolling speed was between 1.8 and 2.3 mph. In Traverse Bay, anglers fished off Big Louie’s and Gay Point for lake trout in 130 to 180 feet with spoons but the bite was slow. A couple fish were taken by those jigging in waters 20 to 260 feet deep off Big Louie’s Point. No report for the South Portage Entry.

Lake Antoine: Pier, shore and boat anglers have caught a good number of panfish when still-fishing or drifting with live bait. Most of the fish were smaller but boat anglers did catch some very nice bluegills, yellow perch and crappie. The bass fishery is still producing some nice large and smallmouth for those casting crank baits near the weeds.

Marquette: Dense patchy fog is making it hard to anglers to get out. A couple steelhead were caught at the mouth of the Carp River. Catch rates for salmon dropped with only a few chinook or coho taken. Lake trout action was fair. A few anglers had good catches near the Sand River and Shot Point when using spoons in 100 to 160 feet. Those fishing deeper had little success. Catch rates were slow for those fishing near the Sand Hole and north of Granite Island towards the “Clay Banks”. Surface water temperatures were in the low to mid 40′s.

Little Bay De Noc: South to southeast winds created good walleye conditions between the Ford River and Breezy Point. Walleye anglers reported good to excellent catches using crawler’s with harnesses in 8 to 10 feet. Some went south down by Round Island and reported the same in 6 to 14 feet. The rest of the Bay reported less action although catches were reported at the mouth of the Escanaba River, the east bank in Gladstone and the First and Second Reefs in Kipling. Most catches were in 14 to 28 feet with crawler harnesses. Smallmouth catches were down and fewer anglers were fishing them. The Ford River area is still best with fair catches in 6 to 8 feet with plastics, spinners and crawlers. A few largemouth bass were caught in Kipling along the West Bank using spinners in 10 to 14 feet. Perch fishing was fair with minnows or crawlers in 10 to 14 feet at Kipling, 20 to 26 feet along the Narrows and 14 to 20 feet up by the Days River. No salmon to report.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass catches were down. Garden Bay, South River, Ogontz and up near the Fish Dam Rivers all reported similar results for those casting and trolling plastics, crank baits, spinners or crawlers in 6 to 12 feet. The walleye started moving south and catch rates were fair. Fish can still be found at the “Boot” and out to Kate’s Bay but some are further south by Garden Bluff. Best catches were in 8 to 18 feet using crawlers with harnesses. Fairport had a few anglers trying to salmon but catch rates slow. Water temperatures remain cold with surface temperatures in the mid 50′s but 70 to 80 feet down were in the mid to high 30′s.

Au Train: Boat anglers launching at the Brownstone landing continue to do best for lake trout with catches averaging from one to some parties limiting out. Fish were caught from the Shelter Bay flats along the edge in 140 to 180 feet to east of Au Train Island and near Wood Island. Most are using downriggers but some are using planer boards or dipseys and high-lines for salmon. Catch rates for chinook did drop off over the past week but a few were still targeting them near the mouth of the Au Train River and along the shore near Scott Falls. Dense fog due to cold water temperatures has restricted anglers from venturing too far from shore.

Munising: Boat anglers caught a mix of chinook, splake and lake trout but catch rates have slowed. Most are fishing in Munising Bay and around Grand Island. Surface water temperatures were 45 to 52 degrees. Pier angling was slow and catch rates were poor with only a couple small splake taken on worms or spawn.

Grand Marais: Pier angling dropped off as catch rates decreased dramatically. The average size of whitefish also decreased. Some did catch the occasional coho, pike or menominee. Evening was better than morning fishing. Boat angling activity has shifted mainly to lake trout fishing. Excellent catches were reported north and west of the bay from three to six miles out in the shipping channels and near Sable Point. Most of the fish were between 2 and 4 pounds but a few bigger ones were also caught and several reported limit catches. Shore anglers near the marina reported slow catch rates with only a few coho, pike or steelhead caught.

St. Mary’s River: Fishing is getting better for Atlantic salmon as we approach the month of July. Eight and ten pound fish are being caught throughout the day casting fly type baits or trolling slender crank baits 4 to 6 feet below the surface along the entire length of the discharge side of the power plant. Lake whitefish are also being caught drifting wax worms on the discharge side. In the bay off Lake Nicolet, a few walleye were caught in the evening in 4 to 6 feet when using bottom bouncers, gold spinner blades with crawler harnesses. Lake George had excellent pike fishing when trolling 6 inch crank baits in and around Gem Island and Hay Pointe. It seems the walleye fishing has slowed. The water is still cold in Raber Bay and near Lime Island. No walleye to report. Maud Bay is producing some nice smallmouth bass 16 to 18 inches. Try jigging tube baits off the rocky points in 4 to 6 feet.

Detour: Had no reports on walleye off Sweets Point. Again, cold water temperatures seem to slow the bite. Those heading out caught a few Atlantic salmon, lake trout and chinook around the lighthouse when using blue, green and white or gold spoons.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing with chubs for pike are doing well along the south and east shores of Hessel Bay and off the marina pier early or late, in Musky Bay, Middle Entrance, and along the north shore of Government Bay. Perch fishing in Cedarville Bay is fair, and bass fishing remains good. Try casting spinner baits in shallow water.

St. Ignace: The city launch and the Carp River have been slow.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye are still being taken in Ohio waters around West Sister Island, along the Michigan-Ohio border, straight out from Stony Point and up near the Fermi Power Plant. Fish were caught in 24 to 30 feet with most coming from 27 feet when using crawler harnesses and spoons with divers. Try purple or copper on all presentations. Perch numbers are increasing in Brest Bay but were even better near Stony Point in 24 feet of water. Try jigging minnows.

Detroit River: Is producing walleye in the Trenton Channel near Humbug and Calf Island. Anglers are jigging or trolling crawler harnesses. Perch were caught around Sugar Island.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Water levels are up. Bluegills are starting to pull off their beds. Pike and bass are being caught around the points and weedy flats. The drop-off around the sunken island on Baseline Lake is producing good numbers of bass and bluegill. For bass try a blue or green jig with a trailer and pitch the deep weed beds. Carp and gar are in the shallows so this is a great time for bow-fishing.

Port Sanilac: Boat anglers are getting a mix of trout and salmon. Chinook, coho and pink salmon were taken about halfway down in 70 to 100 feet. Steelhead are in the top 10 to 15 feet and lake trout were caught just off the bottom. Pink salmon seem to be everywhere this year but they are running small. A few perch were caught by those drift fishing. Anglers averaged 10 to 12 keepers per boat. The weed beds are coming up slow this year because of the late spring and cold water temperatures.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout are can be found in 60 to 140 feet. Try dodgers or spin doctors with spin-glows just off the bottom or spoons 50 to 100 feet down. Salmon and steelhead are hitting on spoons. Fly hatches are taking place and the fish are eating them up. Hot colors were orange or purple with black, gold with orange and black, silver or black with glow. Walleye fishing is still slow, but a few were taken from the wall or trolling close to shore. Try early morning and late evening casting small body baits and spoons for best results. Perch colors and silver with black were good. Bass were caught inside the harbor but otherwise pier fishing was slow.

Grindstone City: Is producing good catches of steelhead and lake trout in 60 to 80 feet and limit catches lake trout just off the bottom in 140 feet.

Port Austin: The boat launch and ramp are finally open!

Saginaw Bay: Had good to excellent walleye fishing. Anglers have done well in 10 feet off the Pinconning Bar, 16 feet off Gambil’s Marina, Buoys 1 & 2, the old Dumping Grounds, in 20 feet two miles east of the Spark Plug, 6 to 8 feet off Finn Road and the Callahan Reef, 12 to 16 feet along the Slot from Sunset Bay Marina to North Island, 10 to 20 feet along the west side of The Bar, and Wildfowl Bay. Some are taking limit catches but most are getting some fish every trip. Crawler harnesses work best but Hot-n-Tots have also taken fish. Hot colors were blue and chrome, black and orange backs, black and gold or purple.

Saginaw River: Those trolling in the lower river between the mouth and the Coast Guard Station are catching walleye. Shore anglers at Smith Park caught catfish, freshwater drum and the occasional smallmouth bass.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing has slowed. Anglers are targeting waters 100 feet or deeper. Perch fishing is slow but a few were taken in 40 to 50 feet. Pier anglers continue to catch freshwater drum and catfish.

South Haven: Boat anglers say salmon fishing is very inconsistent. Most are targeting waters between 60 to 100 feet or more. Pier anglers are taking good catches of freshwater drum but steelhead fishing was slow. Perch fishing is slow.

Kalamazoo River: Is producing pike and bass. The occasional walleye was caught.

Grand Haven: Salmon were caught 50 to 70 feet down in 80 to 100 feet. Try mini or regular spoons in blue or green or spinnie/fly bites. Pier fishing was hit-or-miss. Anglers are still catching alewife but chinook and steelhead were few and far between. Most have caught freshwater drum and channel cats. No perch to report.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Is producing a fair to good number of channel and flathead catfish. Live baits work best. Skamania were caught on eggs and fly’s. A few walleye were taken on body baits, crawlers and minnows. Millennium Park had good bass fishing.

Grand River at Lansing: Continues to provide fair to good fishing for channel catfish, smallmouth bass, rock bass and even some bluegills.

Ingham County: Fishing and boating activity has been high especially on the weekends. Anglers were taking more limit catches of panfish on the inland lakes and rivers.

Reeds Lake: Was producing some nice bass. Try tube baits, spinners or crawlers.

Muskegon: Boat anglers are taking salmon 50 to 70 feet down in 80 to 100 feet. A good number of salmon were holding near Duck Lake. Anglers are using mini and regular spoons in blue and green.

Muskegon River: Has active mayfly and blue winged olive hatches. Rainbow trout and brown trout have been caught below Croton Dam. Those targeting smallmouth bass have caught fish.

Whitehall: Catch rates were very slow. What few fish were found were in the top 50 feet of waters 80 to 120 feet deep.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

Diane-Thomas

Diane Thomas reluctantly holds the 26 1/2″ Bowfin

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell were stocked this week with Spring Fingerling Walleyes. Lake Mitchell received 70,406 fingerlings and Lake Cadillac 29,431. Don’t know how they count them but the numbers are adding up. Hats off to the Fisheries Division for their dedication.

This Springs Walleye Opener was successful thanks to maintaining the stocking program. Several in the 20 to 24″ range were reported from past stockings. Anglers often talk of catching undersized, so the numbers keep coming. Don’t know if the stories of the great catches from the “old days” are true but the potential for pan fried walleye is possible thanks to the DNR’S help. Hats off to them.

Those who catch walleye on a consistent basis are quite secretive. Currently we do know trolling crawler harnesses over bottom bouncers is working. Others catch their share slip bobber fishing with leeches. The deep water on the East Side of Cadillac is the place too start.

Pilgrim Village Free Fishing Contest:
Standings may change daily but current as of Sunday 6/22. New leaders for Pike, Walleye, Bluegill and Dogfish.

Large Mouth Bass 20 1/4″ 4.01 lb. Shawn McConnell
Small Mouth Bass 20 1/4″ 4.60lb. Bob Whitaker
Northern Pike 27 1/2″ 4.54lbs. Cameron Helmboldt
Walleye 26 1/4″ 4.96 lbs. Ryan Helmboldt
Bluegill 10 1/4″ .97 lb. Dan Tompkins
Sunfish 9 1/2″ .68lb. John Culp
Perch 12 1/8″ .63 Gordon Reed
Crappie 13″ 1.30lb. John Culp
Bullhead NO ENTRY
Dogfish 26 1/2″ 6.74lbs. Diane Thomas

SKAMANIA – Summer Run Steelhead
The Department of Natural Resources is hosting a Summer Steelhead Clinic at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillaac June 28 and 29.

On June 28 a five hour session includes tips and instruction on gear by experts. On June 29th the class meets at Tippy Dam for hands-on instruction. For further information call 231-779-1321 or email Ed Shaw at shawe@michigan.gov.

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This Master Angler size Bluegill was caught by Dan Tompkins on Fish Lake.

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Michigan Fishing Report 6/20/14

bluegill

Rain, wind has been bad this week and has effected fishing but today fish have started to bite again.

Bluegills are on the beds in Northern Michigan and good reports.

Walleye have been slow after the wind and rains as water is very cloudy.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake Trout anglers are fishing both inside and outside of Harbor Point. Lake trout were caught in shallow waters by those using dipseys. Bass anglers are fishing near permanent structures east of Wequeotonsing (the pier at Roaring Brook) and the north shore of Petoskey State Park. Smallmouth bass were also caught inside the harbor. Try crank baits and soft plastic worms. Smallmouth bass were still on the beds and beginning to pair up. The females caught were full of eggs.

Petoskey: Strong winds must have turned the water over because surface temperatures dropped from 51 to 45 degrees. A few boats heading out did catch lake trout 15 to 80 feet down in a variety of depths. Fish were caught in 40 feet near Bay Harbor. Spoons and cowbells or yellow peanuts worked best. Those fishing near the mouth of the Bear River on the D Pier caught smallmouth, rock bass, freshwater drum and carp. Try crawlers, soft plastics or spinners for bass.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing did pick up. A good number of lake trout were caught in a variety of depths from North Point to the Cement Plant. Many are trolling the drop-off with dodgers and spoons. A couple chinook salmon were caught near Cathead Bay which is near the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. Walleye fishing was slow in the channel. Pier anglers managed to catch a couple lake trout and cisco on crank baits. Smallmouth bass are in the area but catch rates were slow. Carp are moving through the channel.

Lake Charlevoix: Tournament anglers reported a large number of cisco around Hemingway Point and Loeb Bay.

Bear River: Water levels were still a bit low and few anglers were fishing. Those trying have caught the occasional steelhead near the dam. Try spawn bags.

Traverse City: The East Bay is producing lake trout and whitefish in 20 to 60 feet. Smallmouth bass action was hit-or-miss. Look for warmer water and try tube baits. Good colors were green and brown. In the West Bay, smallmouth bass were caught on tube baits and other artificials in shallow water. Lake trout were taken by those trolling in 40 to 70 feet.

Elk River: Had fair smallmouth bass fishing. Try crawlers, leeches or plastics.

Boardman River: Has plenty of carp and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass were caught on live bait but plastics and crank baits were also producing.

Frankfort: Water temperatures ranged 44 to 48 degrees in some areas. This was good news for brown trout anglers as several were caught in the harbor. Hot colors were gold and black or silver and black. Chinook salmon fishing was good but the baitfish were shallow or deep depending on wind direction.

Onekama: Anglers had good catches of chinook, steelhead, brown trout and lake trout in the top 75 feet of waters 105 to 140 feet deep with green or blue spoons.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch was in full bloom so anglers were having trouble finding fish that were not full. Bass anglers did well in 14 to 18 feet along the drop-off. Walleye anglers caught a few fish near the Portage Point Inn on crawler harnesses or body baits.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Are producing bluegill, crappie and even some perch. The better fishing in Lake Mitchell is usually in the coves. Leeches are good bait this time of year. Those fishing the weed beds early and late or the drop-offs are taking some bass. Try leeches, minnows, crawlers, crank baits or spinners.

Manistee: Boat anglers are doing well for trout and salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water with orange or green spoons and red or purple meat rigs. Pier anglers using live bait have caught a few chinook or brown trout.

Manistee River: Is producing steelhead below Tippy Dam. Anglers are using flies, spinners and rapalas. Those fishing the backwaters have caught panfish and smallmouth bass.

Ludington: Boat anglers are getting trout and salmon 20 to 70 feet down in 60 to 160 feet. Most are using orange, green or blue spoons.

Pere Marquette River: Is also producing steelhead and brown trout. With all the fly hatches, this is the time for fly fishing but fish have also been caught on small spinners or rapalas.

Pentwater: Lake Michigan anglers had a hard time finding fish. The ones that did caught mostly coho about 49 feet down in 70 to 90 feet straight out from the piers. Overall fishing was slow. Those heading to Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Little Sable Point caught only a few chinook or steelhead.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Was producing some walleye in the evening.

Rogers City: Is producing more chinook salmon along with a mixed bag of Atlantic, pink, coho, steelhead and lake trout. Most are fishing up towards Forty Mile Point and the State Park or down near Swan Bay and Adams Point. Some are using short segments of lead core in 1,2,3 or 5 colors or segments of copper less than 150 feet. Fish were taken on downriggers fished up and down the water column. Lake trout were caught on spoons and attractors with spin glows or peanuts. Salmon are hitting spoons. Hot colors were orange, silver, blues, greens and yellow or anything that glows early and late. Most were trolling vertical in 40 to 80 feet. Atlantic salmon were caught in the top 20 of waters 40 feet deep with bright orange or silver.

Alpena: Walleye fishing was spotty. A lot of anglers are trolling crawler harnesses or body baits at night. Those trolling along Mischiwis Beach when the winds are right did catch a few walleye early in the day. Those fishing the Nine Mile Can and Thunder Bay Island caught chinook and pink salmon, steelhead and lake trout on a variety of spoons, attractors, spin glows or peanuts. Good colors were green, orange, blue and silver.

Harrisville: Fishing was steady with salmon, trout and walleye caught north of the harbor to the lighthouse. Lake trout, salmon and steelhead were caught in 50 to 100 feet with downriggers, dipseys, lead core and planer boards with spoons, cut bait or body baits in a variety of colors. Walleye were caught around the harbor walls and shallow waters early or late on crawler harnesses or body baits.

Oscoda: Salmon and lake trout are being caught in 60 to 120 feet. Spoons, body baits and cut bait are all producing. Pier anglers are picking up some channel cats off the end of the pier in the late evening.

Au Sable River: Steelhead are still making their way up in good numbers and can be found on the beds. Walleye are being caught in the early morning or late evening. Try crawlers, leeches or body baits.

Higgins Lake: Is producing lots of rock bass along the drop-offs in 30 to 40 feet near the Sunken Island and the Main Island. Try minnows, wax worms or crawlers. Perch were caught in the same area however deeper in 40 to 50 feet. Lake trout were caught just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet by those trolling body baits and cowbells or when vertical jigging Swedish pimples or krocodiles. A few whitefish were also caught by those jigging. Good smallmouth bass fishing near the rocks around the Main Island when drifting crawlers.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are getting the occasional walleye in 6 to 8 feet along the weeds. Most are drifting leeches and crawler harnesses. A few bass were caught in canals and the bluegills are done spawning and have moved to deeper water.

Tawas: Pier fishing is in ‘summer mode’ with an assortment of largemouth and smallmouth bass, rock bass and carp being caught. It might still be possible to catch a walleye outside the walleye at night. Most boats were still heading to Au Gres.

Tawas River: Is producing some catfish, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum for shore anglers fishing near the mouth.

Au Gres: Continues to have high fishing pressure. Anglers have caught lots of walleye between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres or two to three miles south of Pointe Au Gres. Some of the bigger walleye were caught north of the Charity Islands in 50 to 60 feet. Many are taking limit catches. A few bass anglers were heading out to the Charity Islands to fish for smallmouth.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The ice is finally gone and the bite is slow but steady for chinook, coho, rainbow trout and splake. Anglers are trolling in 20 to 60 feet with a mix of spoons and body baits in a variety of colors. Lake trout were caught by those jigging off the Whirl-I-Gig, Old Mission on US-41 and Pequaming. Try 180 to 260 feet with a ¾ to 1.5 ounce jig with cut bait. Lake trout anglers in Traverse Bay caught fish off Big Louie’s and Gay Point when trolling spoons in 130 to 180 feet. Those jigging off Big Louie’s Point caught fish in 20 to 260 feet. The South Portage Entry was good for lake trout off Farmers, Newton’s and the Big Reef when trolling 50 to 100 feet down in 60 to 130 feet. Try spoons or body baits. Salmon were caught by those trolling 15 to 25 feet down in 20 to 30 feet along US-41.

Lake Antoine: Was producing some nice bluegills and perch. Anglers had to move around to find them but once they did, catch rates were fair. Most are drifting crawlers or a jig and crawler. Bass anglers are happy with the number of fish caught and the size. Most are casting crank baits from a boat. Shore anglers are catching lots of panfish but most are running small. No word on pike.

Marquette: Had good lake trout action but the chinook, brown trout and splake were a little slower. Lake trout are hitting on assorted spoons east of the port, north of Granite Island and near Little Presque Isle. Best area for chinook and brown trout was east of the Chocolay River towards Sand River and Shot Point. Surface water temperatures were in the upper 40′s but low 50′s closer to shore. Those shore fishing at the Carp River reported slow fishing.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair to good walleye action throughout. Several fly hatches may have slowed catch rates but overall fishing was good in 18 to 30 feet along the Kipling Flats and the Second Reef or 12 to 18 feet off Garth Point. Some also caught fish near the Escanaba River and the Ford River. Smallmouth bass anglers reported good catches near the mouth of the Ford River when using plastics, crank baits or crawlers in 3 to 7 feet. Perch anglers had mixed results. The better fishing was in 18 to 23 feet near Kipling or 16 to 34 feet near Gladstone. Crawlers and minnows were the ticket.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported good catches at the head of the Bay. Anglers were trolling crawler harnesses in 13 to 18 feet just north of the “Boot” and into Kate’s Bay. Smallmouth bass fishing had mixed results. Fish were caught in Kate’s Bay, Garden Bay, the Fish Dam River the South River area and most of the fish were males. Anglers used plastics, crank baits and crawlers in 3 to 10 feet when casting or trolling. Several nice catches of pike were taken between Ansell’s Point and Kate’s Bay by those trolling crawler harnesses or crank baits in 10 to 14 feet. At Fairport, a few anglers have started salmon fishing. The better catches came 60 to 80 feet down in 90 feet in the “Gap” when using dipseys and spoons. It is still early and water temperatures were 46 to 50 degrees.

Au Train: Fishing pressure increased for lake trout in the early morning. Most were averaging five to ten fish per trip. Chinook were also caught. Lake trout anglers are fishing east of Au Train Island, along the shipping channel and around Wood Island Reef in 150 to 200 feet. Fish were caught on spoons, flies or cut bait within 25 feet of the bottom. Chinook were caught in the early morning near the rivers, the east end of Shelter Bay and near Laughing Whitefish Point.

St. Mary’s River: The walleye bite has been very slow along the upper reaches. Northern pike and a few bass were caught in and around Lake Nicolet. Some nice rainbow trout were taken on the discharge side of the Cloverland Electric Power House. Fish ranging 6 to 8 pounds were taken by those casting or trolling crank baits in the early morning especially on overcast days. Water temperatures are still cold at 48 to 52 degrees in Raber Bay and Lime Island. No walleye to report. Look for bays with southern exposure and baitfish in warmer waters. Water levels are up from last year however boat anglers are reminded to watch for rocks and reefs.

Detour: Was still producing Atlantic, chinook, lake trout and steelhead around the green can. Hot colors were orange, red, blue, green or combinations of silver.

Drummond Island: The walleye bite is still good in Scott Bay for those trolling planer boards or long-lining with crank baits early or late.

Cedarville and Hessel: Has good pike action when still-fishing with chubs in Hessel Bay, Musky Bay, Middle Entrance, and the north shore of Government Bay or when casting in the Moscoe Channel. Perch ranging 7 to 10 inches were caught in Cedarville Bay. Bass anglers are targeting shallow waters.

St. Ignace: Anglers have caught chinook and lake trout behind Mackinac Island. Hot colors were orange, red, blue, green and silver.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye are moving to deeper water near the Michigan/Ohio border. Fish have been caught from Stony Point to just south of the Fermi Power Plant in 27 feet and straight out from Brest Bay and Bolles Harbor or in 17 feet near the Banana Dike. West Sister Island in Ohio waters is producing a lot of walleye. Try bottom bouncing pink or purple crawler harnesses or trolling spoons on jet divers. Perch numbers are increasing in Brest Bay and along Stony Point for those jigging minnows in 24 feet.

Huron River: Has been good for smallmouth bass and catfish.

Detroit River: The white bass are slowing down which means walleye fishing has improved. The better fishing has been south of Grosse Ile and down near the mouth for those trolling crawler harnesses or jigging with crawlers.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Fishing remains good. Bluegills are being caught along the sand bars and drop offs. Those targeting bass and pike are fishing the weedy flats and river mouths using crank baits and soft plastics. Those looking for walleye should target waters 15 to 30 feet deep.

Lexington: Is producing trout and salmon in waters up to 150 feet deep. Pier anglers are getting a few walleye at night when casting crank baits or floating big minnows under a bobber.

Port Sanilac: Those trolling have caught chinook, steelhead, lake trout and pink salmon about 80 to 120 feet down in waters up to 150 feet deep. The pink salmon are running small with most fish averaging ½ pound. A few trout and salmon were still being caught by pier anglers fishing outside the wall. Walleye were caught at night on crank baits or big minnows under a bobber.

Harbor Beach: Those trolling caught big lake trout and a mix of chinook, coho, steelhead and pink salmon.

Grindstone City: A few walleye are starting to show up here and off Lighthouse Park.

Saginaw Bay: Has had excellent walleye fishing at a variety of locations including 22 feet off Pinconning, 20 feet off Linwood with purple spoons, 20 feet northwest of the Dumping Grounds, off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, the Callahan Reef and in the Slot between Quanicassee and Bay Port. Some are starting to cross the Bar from Sebewaing and fish deeper water near the shipping channel. Most people are using crawler harnesses with purple, orange, pink or fire-tiger blades. Some were also doing well with spoons or crank baits. The good news, everyone was getting some fish.

Saginaw River: Some walleye were still being caught in the lower river when trolling crank baits.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing slowed over the last week but a few were still caught in 80 to 100 feet. Perch fishing was also slow with a few caught in 50 feet. Pier anglers are taking lots of freshwater drum but steelhead fishing was slow.

South Haven: Salmon fishing was inconsistent. Those fishing in 100 feet with spoons did catch a few. Perch and pier fishing were slow.

Gull Lake: Is producing bass. Try 10 to 15 feet along the rocks or weed beds and drop-offs in the bays.

Grand Haven: Salmon have been caught in 180 to 220 feet when using 75 to 300 feet of copper and 3 to 10 colors of lead. Try mini or regular spoons in orange, UV patterns of orange, blue and yellow. Some were using a spin/fly combo. Pier fishing was slow for trout and salmon but lots of freshwater drum have been caught. Anglers are getting alewife for bait. No perch were caught.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: With the warmer water, anglers are picking up a few summer steelhead up near the 6th Street Dam. They are drifting crawlers and spawn bags or casting spinners. Pike, walleye, smallmouth bass and a good number of catfish have also been caught.

Rogue River: Anglers caught the occasional summer steelhead or smallmouth bass.

Grand River at Lansing: Is producing a fair to good number of channel cats. Anglers are using minnows, small bluegills, crawlers and leeches. Those fishing are also catching a fair to good number of smallmouth bass and some large rock bass.

Muskegon: The better salmon fishing was north of the port in 100 feet. No perch.

Whitehall: Fishing was spotty but the boats that managed to find salmon came back with coolers full of chinook salmon. Try 50 feet down in 90 to 115 feet across from Duck Lake.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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Gordon Reed with a 12″ perch from the Cadillac area

FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

Panfishing on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell has been fun. While it last, this is the time of year when fishing and catching come together. Anglers can be selective and cull the size and numbers of fish needed for a meal. Expect mixed catches of gills, sunfish, crappie and perch. The potential for catching limits is there.
No expensive equipment is necessary and it’s a great time to take kids fishing. On both lakes there’s too many areas to recommend. General starting points on Lake Cadillac are the high school shoreline on the North East side for gills, crappie and bass. Try the deeper East side for crappie, especially around the slab piles.

The Cove Areas on the West side are the best places to start on Lake Mitchell. Weed beds with drop offs nearby are perfect for panfish, bass and pike looking for their dinner.

There’s been several changes in the Pilgrim Village 2014 Free Summer Fishing Contest. It’s so easy and No Fee.Entry.
See attached rules. The standings may change daily, but as of 6/15/2014:

Large Mouth Bass 20 1/4″ 4.01 lb. Shawn McConnell
Small Mouth Bass 20 1/4″ 4.60lb. Bob Whitaker
Northern Pike NO ENTRY
Walleye NO ENTRY
Bluegill 9 7/8″ .59 lb. Taylor Helmboldt
Sunfish 9 1/2″ .68lb. John Culp
Perch 12 1/8″ .63 Gordon Reed
Crappie 13″ 1.30lb. John Culp
Bullhead NO ENTRY
Dogfish 24 1/2″ 4.71lbs. Shawn Smith

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