Michigan Fishing Report 7/24/15

Elsa M with Grand Pa John M caught her 1st fis
Elsa M with Grand Pa John M caught her 1st fis

Elsa M with Grand Pa John M caught her 1st fish. Kissed it and put it back. Says “Boy that was fun, lets catch some more”. She even touched the bait, but I couldn’t get her off the lake. The rule is we go boating… if we catch a fish we went fishing.
Good times on Houghton Lake.”

We love seeing kids enjoy fishing as much as we do. Thanks for sharing, John and way to go, Elsa!!

Houghton Lake: Is producing panfish and walleye on crawlers and leeches.

Little Bay De Noc: Salmon anglers reported steady catches. Most were fishing north of the Ford River Buoy however catches were also reported in the deep channel just off Aronson Island when trolling spoons 35 to 60 feet down. Further south, anglers did best 30 to 60 feet down in 60 to 80 feet. Very few walleye or perch were caught. Those fishing off Breezy Point were marking a moderate number of fish however few were caught. A couple walleye were taken by those trolling crawler harnesses in 30 feet near Kipling and out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 30 to 40 feet. Pike were active with several areas producing fair to good catches but most were undersize. Try the mouth of the Escanaba River and near the ship docks when trolling spinners or crank baits in 8 to 20 feet. At Kipling, most were trolling daredevils or spinners in 10 to 24 feet and those near the Day’s River were trolling crawler harnesses or crank baits in 16 to 20 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers reported much better catches. The best area was to the south near St. Vitals Island when casting plastics or crawlers and leeches on jigs in 10 to 12 feet. Fish were also caught in Kates Bay and just off Garden Bluff in 10 to 18 feet. Walleye fishing slowed but a few fish were still caught from Big Bay Shoals to Kates Bay when trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 25 feet. At Fairport, salmon anglers are still taking fish in 130 to 150 feet however some have also taken fish in 90 to 110 feet. The fish were 50 to 60 feet down in both areas. Spoons and artificial cut bait were the ticket and colors varied.

Drummond Island: Had good lake herring action on the south side of Harbor Island just off the bottom in 20
feet when using gold tear drops tipped with a wax worm or natural fly. Catch rates were also good at Howard Island which is the small island on the south side of Harbor Island with dark red or brown tear drops. Noodle rods with 4 to 6 pound test worked best. Walleye were still holding in 14 to 18 feet for those trolling bottom bouncers with a 32 inch leader and crawler harness on the back side of Rutland Island in Scott Bay. The evening hours were good off Paw Point when trolling shallow running crank baits in 4 to 6 feet. Look for pike along the weed beds off the DNR boat launch.

Saginaw Bay: A good number of walleye were still being caught beyond Buoys 1 & 2 in 25 feet or more, off the Pinconning Bar and off Linwood in 20 feet. There was also an early morning bite off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River and the Callahan Reef in 6 to 9 feet along the weed beds. Most are trolling unweighted or very light crawler harnesses off planer boards so they ride just over the top of the weeds. This is a pre-dawn until about 10AM bite and then the fish go deeper. Those trolling up the east side are taking a few walleye from the Slot, off the Bar and along the shipping channel when trolling harnesses. The fish are scattered so if you find some, circle back through them. Success off Caseville was limited so try northeast of Big Charity Island. Walleye fishing was slow off Port Austin but the lake trout action has picked up.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the area are producing a mixed bag of panfish, pike and walleye.

Harbor Springs: Anglers did very well for lake trout 50 to 70 feet down in 60 to 80 feet. Many were traveling up the coast to fish around 5 Mile Point. Spin-glo’s and dodgers worked best. The occasional salmon was also caught. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow with only a few smaller fish caught.

Petoskey: Anglers did well for lake trout but no salmon were reported. Most boats are fishing the area from the breakwall to Bay Harbor with spoons in 50 to 70 feet or deeper. Some tried cut bait, but didn’t catch anything. Fish were also marked mid water in 130 to 150 feet. Pier anglers caught undersize smallmouth bass in the rocks. Fishing was still slow at the “Bobber Hole” near the mouth of the Bear River. Those using worms with or without a bobber and small spinners or crank baits caught freshwater drum, bullhead, rock bass and smallmouth.

Bear River: The water level is very low and fishing pressure was low. A few smaller brown trout were seen jumping in the falls at the dam. Those using spawn bags and worms up near the dam have caught bullhead and rock bass.

Charlevoix: The charter boats heading out were picking up a few chinook. Anglers may want to try from the cement plant to the south. Those fishing the channel caught mainly undersize smallmouth bass when using crawlers or leeches on the bottom. Freshwater drum are also in the channel and can provide some action for those using crawlers, leeches, spoons or crank baits.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing has slowed but anglers were still catching a few on leeches.

Traverse City: The East Bay is producing lake trout and the occasional whitefish or cisco. For lake trout, try near the bottom in 90 to 130 feet. Anglers are marking a few salmon but few had success catching them. In the West Bay, lake trout were found in 85 to 140 feet. Anglers reported salmon north of Elmwood Marina but few were caught. Look for the fish to be suspended about 60 feet down in 100 to 200 feet.

Boardman River: Fishing near the mouth has been slow. Undersize smallmouth and some rock bass seem to dominate the catch however a few walleye were caught on occasion. Carp fishing has slowed. Below Sabin Dam, a few brown trout continue to be caught at night, mostly on flies. Very few anglers were upstream of Sabin Dam.

Frankfort: Is producing chinook salmon 40 to 110 feet down in 175 to 250 feet when trolling blue spoons and meat rigs. Those heading offshore caught steelhead and lake trout in 33 to 35 feet. Brown trout are still in the harbor and the channel and were hitting on jointed body baits.

Onekama: Boat anglers trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet caught chinook in the early morning and after dusk. Spoons and flies were the ticket. Lake trout can be found around the “Barrel” and were caught with cowbells bouncing the bottom.

Portage Lake: Had another Mayfly hatch so bass anglers were having a rough time catching fish. Water temperatures were climbing so most were fishing 14 to 22 feet down. The bite did improve with the warmer weather.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Have good bass fishing for those using crawlers, spinners, crank baits and top water baits in shady areas. Crappie are hitting in the shallows early and deeper as the day goes on. Pike have been caught but many are undersize. Walleye fishing was slow.

Manistee: Boat anglers are catching a mix of chinook, lake trout and steelhead.

Manistee River: A fair number of salmon are making their way into the Little Manistee and the Big Manistee is producing some steelhead.

Ludington: Boat anglers are catching a mix of chinook, lake trout and steelhead.

Pentwater: The better salmon fishing was found on the south side of Little Sable Point where anglers caught lake trout, steelhead and coho in 75 to 100 feet. Those bringing in more fish were traveling 10 to 15 miles offshore and fishing in waters 400 feet deep. Pier fishing slowed but a few baitfish remain in the channel. Pier anglers caught some nice smallmouth bass.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Fishing continues to pick up for chinook and steelhead with the occasional coho or Atlantic salmon mixed in. There has not been one spot better than another however the better fishing was in the evening in 45 to 120 feet with downriggers, dipseys, lead core and copper. Most fish were caught in the top 40 feet with green, blue, yellow and chartreuse spoons. Glow spoons work best at first and last light. Steelhead were caught on orange spoons up high. Lake trout are still abundant and those targeting them have done very well when using cowbells with spin-glo’s near the bottom or suspended. Conditions are changing continuously with the different wind directions.

East & West Twin Lakes: Fishing was slow on East Twin but the walleye fishing on West Twin was very good with fish ranging 15 to 18 inches. Those trolling reported fish over 20 inches. Rock bass fishing was easy on West Twin when using crawlers or artificial worms in the 6 to 8 foot holes. Perch fishing was also good with fish ranging 8 to 14 inches. Bass fishing was moderate with most fishing along the shallows and near structure off Eagle Point.

Alpena: A mixed bag is beginning to show up with mostly lake trout along with a couple salmon and steelhead. Lake trout can be found near the bottom but the salmon and steelhead were hitting in the top 50 feet. Try around Thunder Bay Island or the “Humps” with orange, green or blue spoons. The walleye fishing has been great with most boats catching fish near the North Shore and Red Can, behind Grass Island, between Sulphur Island and Grass Island or around Thunder Bay Island. Most fish were taken on crank baits, body baits and crawler harnesses. The fish have moved deeper and were anywhere from 8 to 15 feet down in 20 to 40 feet.

Thunder Bay River: The water has warmed significantly and slowed the bite for most species but some young anglers caught rock bass and some undersize smallmouth bass.

Harrisville: The water temperature has been up and down making it hard to find the breaks. Lake trout, salmon and walleye seem to be in the same area north of the harbor between Sturgeon Point and the Black River in 10 to 30 feet. Lake trout and salmon were caught in 70 to 170 feet. Those fishing top to bottom caught a variety of fish with downriggers, planer boards and long-lining. Spoons, wobble glows and spin-glo’s behind cowbells, flashers and dodgers are working well.

Oscoda: Pier anglers have caught channel cats but they were not biting until very late at night. Walleye have slowed. Lake trout are out deep and staying close to the bottom. Try 80 to 150 feet with dark colored spoons, spin-glo’s and cut bait.

Au Sable River: A few walleye were caught just below Foote Dam. Early morning and late at night were the best times.

Tawas: Had a lot of boats out trolling for walleye. They did best in 50 to 60 feet outside Tawas Point when using crawler harnesses. A few limit catches were reported. Some boats were going south toward the “crib” off Alabaster and fishing in 40 to 50 feet. Pier and river fishing were “summer slow” and producing the occasional bass, catfish or freshwater drum.

Au Gres: Remained very busy with lots of walleye action between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres in 35 to 45 feet and northeast of the Charity Islands. Harnesses and some body baits were the main lures.

Au Gres River: Fishing was slow with only the occasional catfish taken.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Brook trout fishing has been excellent and any stream with brook trout is worth fishing. The lack of rain and steady weather is producing the ability to take limit catches.

Keweenaw Bay: Had fewer anglers but those getting out did catch a mix of chinook, coho, splake, lake trout and brown trout. A few limit catches were also reported.

Lake Gogebic: Is producing walleye and the best reports came from those trolling crank baits or still-fishing with minnows, leeches and crawlers. Walleye were found in both deep and shallow water. Those fishing from the public pier in Bergland caught sunfish, rock bass and the occasional perch.

Lake Antoine: Was producing small perch and some bluegills.

Menominee: Brown trout fishing has been consistent with an average of 2 to 3 fish per boat. Walleye and perch fishing efforts were minimal.

Menominee River: Is producing walleye, catfish, freshwater drum and smallmouth bass. The best time to fish is early morning or evening when trolling crawler harnesses and stick baits.

Marquette: Lake trout anglers in the Upper and Lower Harbor had slower catch rates with most having a tough time catching one or two fish. They were fishing on the bottom at various depths between 150 and 225 feet or deeper. A few chinook were caught but no coho. Target the waters north of the white rocks, to the east near the “sand hole” and north of Granite Island when trolling spoons or flies.

Au Train Lake: A few more anglers were out and mainly targeting northern pike and walleye. Results were poor with only a few fish caught on crawlers. Some were targeting yellow perch but most of the fish were released as they were only 6 to 7 inches. There appears to be a possible turnover of the lake with surface water temperatures up near 70. Visibility was close to ten feet and very clear.

Munising: Those heading out reported a few splake and lake trout taken in 100 to 200 feet when trolling in Trout Bay and off Sand Point. Those fishing off the dock of the Anna River continue to catch good numbers of small splake.

Grand Marais: Strong winds have kept many in the bay. The occasional whitefish was caught on a single egg and very few lake trout were caught. No coho were caught. There were no anglers fishing the mouth of the Sucker River.

South Manistique Lake: Northern pike action remains hot all over, with a massive 38 inch fish caught near the south end. Anything from inline spinners to crawler harnesses were taking fish. Walleye numbers have improved, but overall catches were still slow. The largemouth hits were especially good for those using soft plastics near Sunset Pines Resort.

Tahquamenon River: Perch, walleye and musky fishing is picking up with the steady weather and warmer temperatures.

DeTour: Lake trout anglers had good success trolling along the 80 foot flat directly south of the lighthouse when using chrome and orange spoons 50 to 60 feet down Hammered silver, chartreuse and white spoons caught lake trout from the red buoy east of the lighthouse and northwest to the green buoy. Those trolling lead core with 3 inch purple and white spoons caught Atlantic salmon 12 to 15 feet down in 60 feet. Anglers may want to try using fly type baits for Atlantic salmon while the Caddis hatch is underway.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing was very good in the early morning or late evening off the Hessel pier. Pike fishing is very good all through the Les Cheneaux Islands. Perch fishing is best in Hessel Bay, Cedarville Bay and Moscow Channel. Fishing for herring is about done except for Prentice Bay. Bass fishing is very good in the shallow weedy bays.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: With walleye season winding down anglers are reporting lower catch rates but a few were still caught when trolling in 20 to 25 feet with crawler harnesses, spoons or crank baits. Try a mile or two out from Stony Point and Fermi or near the Banana Dike and the E-Buoy. Perch numbers are on the climb as anglers are catching fish out of Brest Bay and Bolles Harbor when jigging in 15 to 22 feet using minnows with pink or purple beads.

Lenawee County: Devils Lake seen fair to good bluegill fishing by those putting in their time. Most fish were caught in 6 to 12 feet when using crawlers and wax worms. Those trolling for pike did well using deep divers and spinner baits along the weed lines. A few good catches of crappie were taken on minnows. On Lake Hudson, fishing was hit-or-miss depending on the day. Bass anglers are doing best throwing top water baits or Senkos. Panfish were caught in good numbers but the keepers were hard to find. A few walleye are starting to trickle in for those trolling or casting.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers are jigging around the islands or trolling crawler harnesses near the mouth. Perch fishing was slow but anglers are finding them in the open areas around the weed beds. Smallmouth bass are being caught around the islands and some musky were caught on the east side of Grosse Ile.

St. Clair River: Was producing some limit catches of walleye along the wall in Port Huron.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Lake trout fishing picked up as the thermoclines settled down. The fish were caught on bright green lures near the bottom in 100 to 140 feet. Steelhead and the odd chinook were caught on bright orange spoons about halfway down. Perch fishing was very slow.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout are being taken in 100 to 120 feet north of the harbor when using spoons off downriggers and dodgers with spin-glo’s off the bottom. Blue, green, glow or white with pink dots worked well especially when trolling a little faster. Steelhead and the occasional salmon were caught out near the scum line in the top 25 to 70 feet. Good colors were bright orange, green and yellow.

Grindstone City: The walleye action was spotty but some boats did well about 4 miles south when fishing in 35 to 48 feet off the New River. Anglers are fishing around the reefs with lead core and crawlers, crank baits or spoons.

Saginaw River: Walleye catches were spotty with the better action near the bridge supports. Smith Park in Essexville is open after renovations. Shore anglers there were catching the occasional bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Sanford Lake: A recent bass tournament had mixed results with some taking limits while others were skunked. Crappie fishing slowed but some were caught on pinkie jigs, minnows or worms. Warmer water made it more difficult to find active fish.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Boaters should use caution as there was a lot of debris floating around because of the recent storms. Perch were caught in good numbers in 35 feet. Salmon fishing was slow as the fish were scattered. The most consistent water seemed to be 90 to 120 feet. Pier anglers are still catching a couple steelhead when floating shrimp or alewife under a bobber.

St. Joseph River: Flows are high and turbid and there are a lot of logs and debris moving downstream. Boat anglers will need to use caution. A fair number of steelhead moved upstream through the Berrien Springs fish ladder. Water temperatures were in the mid 70’s so those fish will need to find colder water near springs or in the tributaries.

South Haven: Also has debris coming down into the lake. Boat anglers will want to use caution. Those targeting salmon found fishing was starting to improve in 80 to 100 feet. Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead when using shrimp under a bobber. Perch anglers were starting to catch a few fish in 20 to 60 feet but overall the fish were scattered.

Saugatuck: Pier anglers are catching summer steelhead.

Kalamazoo River: Flathead and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. Steelhead were caught at the Allegan Dam.

Holland: Pier anglers are catching summer steelhead.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers had some success when the alewives were in close. They caught chinook and some had limit catches of steelhead when using shrimp or alewife for bait. Boat anglers caught fish 40 to 90 feet down in 70 to 140 feet with green spoons and meat rigs.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A few summer steelhead making it up to the dam were caught by those drifting flies, yarn and beads. Channel and flathead catfish are being caught on worms and bluegills. Carp were hitting on worms, corn and shredded wheat. Those fishing off the wall caught bluegills. Crappie and a few walleye were also caught on minnows.

Grand River at Lansing: Catfish are being caught near the dams. Try crawlers, bluegills, cut bait, or shrimp. Some crappies were also caught.

Lake Lansing: Was producing a few bass.

Livingston County: Bass and bluegill were caught in Woodland Lake and a few panfish were taken in Lake Chemung.

Muskegon: Catch rates were slow with most boats going at least fifteen miles out and searching for better fishing waters. Those that did catch chinook did so when fishing throughout the water column in 120 feet with J-plugs and meat rigs.

Whitehall: Boat anglers were taking some chinook, coho, lake trout and steelhead. Pier fishing for steelhead and salmon died off but a few bait fish remain in the channel.

Michigan Fishing Report 7/17/2015


Denny Hossmer from Marn, MI just returned from his fishing trip with Captain Chip from Game Hog Charters. They caught a big basket full of fish including TWO Master Angler qualifying fish…Blue Gill and Rock Bass. They were fishing at trusty, old #9 Muddy Bay using live bait and Hot n Tots.

Well done, Denny & Chip!

From Miller Corner this week

Hunter Atkins caught this beautiful Bass
Hunter Atkins caught this beautiful Bass

Hunter Atkins caught this beautiful Bass this weekend & reeled it in with his Lightning Mc Queen fishing pole.

Jamie Helmus caught this 32" Northern on Lake Sapphire.
Jamie Helmus caught this 32″ Northern on Lake Sapphire.

Jamie Helmus caught this 32″ Northern on Lake Sapphire.

Walleye Fishing has been good on Lake Bellaire, Manistee Lake by Kalkaska, Lake Leeelanau, Long Lake, Houghton Lake, Lake Margrethe this week with leeches working the best. Jays in Gaylord report many fisherman are heading to Eastern Up Cedarville and Drummond Island to fish herring this week and are really selling waxworms.

Drummond Island: Fly hatches were helping anglers take limit catches of lake herring. Good catches were reported in 20 feet at Harbor and Howard Island. Try three cranks off the bottom with brown and red tear drop lures tipped with a wax worm. Just east of Fairbank Point, herring were good just off the bottom in 21 feet. Anglers caught walleye at Arrow Island when trolling chrome and chartreuse crank baits in 18 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Have excellent pike fishing from Hessel Bay through Government Bay. Anglers are casting, trolling, or still-fishing with chubs. The shallow bays are producing as well. Good perch fishing in Moscow Channel and Hessel Bay. A good number of herring were caught in Prentice Bay, McKay Bay and the east end of Moscow Channel.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing remains good but it is slowing down. Walleye show signs of moving to deeper water as do the lake trout as the weather warms up. Good walleye action five miles north of Buoys 1 & 2, northwest of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) in 28 feet, and near the Sailboat Buoys G, A, and B. Near the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, the early morning bite was best over the weed beds in 12 to 14 feet when trolling un-weighted or very light crawler harnesses. The trick is to keep them above the weeds. They are still taking walleye off the Callahan Reef, Finn Road, along the Slot and off the Bar when using crawler harnesses, crank baits and spoons. Best spinner colors were purple, pink, chartreuse and brass. The deeper areas of Wildfowl Bay were producing some walleye. Off Caseville, most boats are either fishing north of Big Charity or off Oak Point. At Port Austin, walleye anglers headed west toward Hat Reef in 35 to 38 feet or northwest of Big Charity in 40 to 60 feet.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers were fishing north of Harbor Point. Bass anglers were disappointed as only a couple small fish were caught.

Petoskey: Boat anglers are fishing off the water treatment plant and around Bay Harbor for lake trout. The “Bobber Hole” near the mouth of the Bear River was slow but anglers did manage to catch rock bass, freshwater drum, bullhead, a few small perch or bass. Try worms without a bobber. Pier anglers caught small bass.

Bear River: Anglers fishing the dam caught a lot of smaller rock bass and some bullhead. Try worms and artificial eggs.

Charlevoix: Anglers are doing well for lake trout. The channel has been a bit slow. Anglers are catching mostly undersize smallmouth bass. Worms and leeches work best. Cisco, freshwater drum and rock bass were also caught.

Elk River: Smallmouth are hitting tube baits, leeches, crawlers, or minnows.

Traverse City: The East Bay had fair lake trout fishing in 70 to 120 feet. Some were suspended about 70 feet down while others were near the bottom. Those jigging caught a few whitefish. Smallmouth bass action was decent in 10 to 20 feet. In the West Bay, lake trout were fair with most caught while trolling or jigging in 90 to 115 feet. There have been rumors of a few chinook salmon caught.

Boardman River: Fishing was good. Those fishing upstream near the two forks caught some large brown trout on flies at dusk. Morning hatches of Trico’s and Blue Wing Olives are getting some fish to rise. Some good size browns were caught below Sabin Dam. Steelhead and smallmouth bass were caught at the Union Street Dam. Carp are still in the river. Smallmouth bass and walleye were caught near the mouth on live bait.

Frankfort: Chinook salmon are hitting and good catches were reported by those trolling north and targeting the top 80 feet in waters 120 to 150 feet deep with J-plugs, spoons and meat rigs. Steelhead and lake trout were caught in the top 40 feet. South winds are warming the water which was up near 64 degrees. Brown trout are still being caught in the channel between the piers.

Onekama: The Barrel is still producing good catches of lake trout for those bouncing cowbells and spin-glo’s on the bottom. Those heading out in the early morning caught chinook on meat rigs in 120 to 200 feet.

Portage Lake: Is producing a good number of largemouth but fewer smallmouth bass. Most fish were caught along the shoreline and the drops in deeper water.

Manistee: Those fishing the temperature breaks are doing well for steelhead and lake trout. Try the top 30 feet with orange spoons. A couple salmon were caught 30 to 90 feet down in 120 to 240 feet. Pier anglers caught brown trout when using alewife or casting spoons.

Manistee River: Anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout.

Ludington: Boats anglers are finding steelhead and lake trout but the salmon action was slow. The few caught were taken 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 250 feet with orange spoons and green flies. Lake trout were caught bottom bouncing with dodgers and spin-glo’s.

Pentwater: Fishing has turned on with nice catches reported. Some fishing close to port limited out but most were fishing in 100 feet. Baitfish are in the channel. A couple steelhead and redhorse suckers were caught by pier anglers.

Pentwater Lake: Shore anglers caught bullhead in the evening. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass and pike.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Lake trout fishing is still good. Most anglers are still catching anywhere from 1-4 fish per boat but some are taking limit catches. A few more chinook, coho and steelhead were in the mix. The lake trout are both suspended or near the bottom in waters 50 feet or deeper. Try cowbells or dodgers with spin-glo’s and spoons in bright colors like green or yellow. A very large mayfly hatch was underway. Scum lines were starting to form. Anglers are trolling around them with orange and green spoons. A few chinook were caught in 55 to 125 feet but the fish are scattered. Try green, blue, black or white spoons. Glow spoons work best first and last light.

East & West Twin Lakes: Walleye were caught in the 10 foot holes on West Twin. Bluegill fishing was great along the shoreline. Perch fishing picked up in the 8 foot holes. Try natural baits. East Twin was slow for all species.

Alpena: Walleyes are still being caught with some boats doing real well and others struggling to find them. They are starting to move out to deeper water. Try 12 to 18 feet down in 20 to 40 feet with body baits or crawler harnesses near the Red Can, Grass Island, behind Sulphur Island and around Thunder Bay Island. Lake trout were caught straight off the “Humps”, around Thunder Bay Island and out towards the wreck in 60 to 120 feet. They are just off the bottom or suspended throughout the water column. The occasional salmon or steelhead were caught up high.

Thunder Bay River: A few walleye were caught on crawler harnesses or body baits near the draw-bridge. Shore anglers had slow fishing with only a few rock bass or freshwater drum taken on worms.

Harrisville: A variety of fish are coming in good numbers. Lake trout have been the most abundant with the occasional steelhead, chinook, Atlantic and walleye. Lake trout are near the bottom in 80 to 150 feet. Watch out for nets, and check locations before fishing this area as the nets seem to be in waters 130 feet and deeper. The nets are marked very well as long as you don’t have a lot of wave action you will be able to see them. Steelhead, chinook and Atlantic salmon were caught north of the harbor toward Sturgeon Point. These fish are 10 to 25 feet down in 70 to 90 feet and hitting on orange and blue spoons. Walleye are still north of the harbor between Sturgeon Point and the Black River. Crawler harnesses and reef runners are best.

Oscoda: Pier fishing has been up and down. Walleye have been caught throughout the night but seem to shut down before sun up. Catfish are also being caught throughout the night and into early morning on crawlers and leeches. Look upriver for walleye as some were reported at Foote Dam. Lake trout were scarce. The fish that were caught were in 70 to 150 feet of water and suspended. Spread your baits throughout the water column.

Higgins Lake: Was producing some perch but anglers had to do some searching to find them. Try 30 to 40 feet with minnows or wax worms. Some lake trout were caught in 80 to 100 feet by those jigging or trolling with body baits and cowbells with spoons. A couple pike were caught on sucker minnows under a slip bobber near the Main Island. Rock bass are everywhere.

Lake St. Helen: Was producing bluegills and pumpkinseed. A few walleye were caught by those drifting crawlers and leeches.

Tawas: Those trolling for walleye did very well in 50 feet out past Tawas Point and off Whitestone Point in 40 to 45 feet. Some limit catches were reported. Pier fishing was slow with only a few catfish or freshwater drum caught.

Tawas River: Shore anglers in the lower river were catching the odd catfish, freshwater drum or pike.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was still good and the port was busy. Many were going over to the Charity Islands or fishing in 30 to 45 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. A few were heading south and fishing north of Buoys 1 & 2 which has been a universal hot spot for the past couple weeks. Limit catches have been common and pretty much everyone is getting some fish.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers caught a few catfish, freshwater drum and bass.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was very slow with only a few lake trout taken. A couple limit catches were taken in the South Portage Entry. Anglers tried several different depths and did not catch anything until they jigged in 315 feet. Fishing in Traverse Bay was slow.

Lake Gogebic: Walleye have been caught by those using a range of methods including still-fishing with minnows, jigging minnows off the bottom and trolling crank baits. Walleye were found both shallow and in deep water. Perch anglers were few and those out reported poor catch rates. Those fishing from the public pier in Berglund were catching sunfish and rock bass on worms.

Marquette: Those trolling for lake trout in the Upper and Lower Harbor had mixed results and were getting anywhere from three to a limit catch in a five hour trip. Some did make trips over to Shot Point and had fair results in 200 to 250 feet. Most are fishing north and east from the Sand Hole, north of the White Rocks, the “humps” off Granite Island, near Little Presque Isle and the Clay Banks. Concentrate near the bottom in 200 to 250 feet. Stannard Rock was producing excellent results with fish ranging 3 to 15 pounds when jigging with spoons, flies and cut bait. Surface water temperatures were in the mid 50’s.

Au Train Lake: Boat anglers targeting pike did catch a couple legal size fish on minnows. Those using spinner rigs and crawlers caught smaller fish. Walleye anglers had some action but catch rates were still slow. Try leeches, crawlers or trolling small crank baits. The weeds are becoming increasingly dense. Smallmouth bass were seen along the shoreline.

Munising: Reports indicate low catch rates with only a couple splake and lake trout caught in 100 to 200 feet. They are trolling all over to find fish including Trout Bay and Sand Point. Fresh spawn has been the bait of choice off the dock of the Anna River. Many small splake were caught and released.

Grand Marais: Anglers are fishing off the end of the pier and trolling deep about 5 to 10 miles out. Whitefish were hit-or-miss. The fish were averaging 13 inches but a few bigger fish were also caught on a single egg. Catch rates for lake trout were good with anglers bringing in fish every trip.

Bodi Lake: Which is in the Bodi Lake State Forest Campground in northeastern Luce County has reopened the boat launch. Improvements to the launch have been completed. Anglers should find it much easier to launch and retrieve their boats.

South Manistique Lake: Bluegills are beginning to make their way out to deeper water. Large numbers of fish have been caught near Sherman Road but most were small. Pike numbers increased with most hitting on crawler harnesses. Walleye numbers were down but catch rates were good on Big Manistique.

DeTour: The Cadis Fly hatch improved. Anglers have switched from salmon and trout fishing to lake herring. The few targeting salmon did catch a couple Atlantic salmon about 15 feet down in 50 feet when long-lining purple and chrome spoons. Dark brown flies are producing Atlantic salmon for those trolling about halfway down in 40 feet west of the lighthouse.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye and yellow perch fishing picked up with more anglers reporting limit catches of walleye when trolling crawler harnesses in 20 to 25 feet around Stony Point, the Fermi stacks and the Banana Dike. Some did well when trolling crank baits and spoons. Perch numbers are on the rise with more anglers reporting luck in 15 to 22 feet while jigging with minnows. Freshwater drum are everywhere.

Lenawee County: Panfish anglers were doing well in Devils Lake when drifting crawlers for bluegills suspended in 4 to 8 feet. A few pike and bass were caught on spinner baits and crank baits along the drop-offs. With the recent rains and runoff, Lake Hudson was very cloudy and the bite was slow with only a handful of bass and some panfish caught. With the weeds getting thicker, try fishing the deeper channels with bright colored baits.

Detroit River: Anglers reported a decrease in catch rates for walleye on the northern half of the Canadian side. The better fishing was still found near the whiskey plant, casino, salt mines and the cow pasture. Walleye fishing on the Michigan side was rated as poor even as they look deeper in 25 to 40 feet. Most were bottom bouncing crawler harnesses or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. A few yellow perch were caught downriver around the islands and the Cross-Dike. No muskie to report. Bass fishing was fair to poor for those fishing around the islands or in the cuts and canals. Boat anglers continue to target or catch walleye, bass, freshwater drum, rock bass, white bass, white perch, muskie or pike. Boat anglers are advised to bring waterproof footwear to use while launching and trailering vessels because a lot of the launch docks are partially underwater.

Lake St. Clair: Surface water temperatures are in the low 70’s. Mayfly and caddis fly hatches were heavy over the last week. Walleye fishing was slow except for a few whipping after dark. Bass fishing was good with most fish caught in waters at least 12 feet deep. Muskie fishing remains good in Canadian waters.

St. Clair River: Surface waters temperatures were in the low 60’s. Walleye fishing was slow. Bass fishing was good. Muskie fishing was good in Canadian waters but only fair in Michigan waters.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Lake trout and steelhead are moving to deeper water. Try fishing near the bottom in 100 to 140 feet. Boats are marking lots of fish but the bite was slow. Perch fishing was very slow.

Harbor Beach: Steelhead have been caught out near the scum line. Try the top 25 feet in 60 feet with bright orange, green and yellow spoons with 2, 3, 5, and 10 color lead lines with offshore boards. Lake trout were caught in 100 to 120 feet north of the harbor with downriggers and clean spoons or dodgers and squid off the bottom. Blue, green, orange or yellow with black dots were good colors.

Grindstone City: Walleye, bass and whitefish were caught in 40 to 48 feet when trolling crank baits on 6 colors of lead core off Burnt Cabin Point. Fire-tiger and crayfish (anything with orange on it) were the best colors. Charters out of Grindstone were getting lake trout in 120 to 130 feet straight north of the harbor.

Sanford Lake: Has excellent crappie fishing on small pink jigs with a white twister-tail or minnow. Bluegills and sunfish were also caught. Pike fishing picked up and the old reliable red and white Daredevle spoon worked best. Bass fishing was good.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing continues to be good in 30 to 40 feet. Salmon fishing was not consistent as the fish are scattered. The few caught were taken in 75 to 100 feet. Pier fishing for steelhead slowed with only a couple fish taken on shrimp or alewife.

South Haven: Pier anglers are catching the occasional steelhead on alewife. Perch fishing was very slow. The few caught were scattered in 18 to 45 feet. Salmon fishing was also slow with only a few boats catching fish in 60 to 100 feet and deeper.

Kalamazoo River: A few walleye were caught near the Allegan Dam. Bass anglers have done well with artificial worms and grubs. Look for panfish in the backwaters.

Grand Haven: Windy weather has turned the water continuously so water temperatures were consistent throughout. Water in the 40’s brought a large number of steelhead close to shore. Boat anglers had decent catches for steelhead and chinook salmon. A few perch were caught in shallower water. Pier angler did well when using shrimp and alewife. A couple chinook and brown trout were caught.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Channel and flathead catfish are being caught off the wall when using worms and bluegills. More walleye are being caught when using minnows off the wall or when drifting. Summer steelhead are beginning to make their way to the dam with about a half dozen landed in the last week by those drifting yarn and beads.

Grand River at Lansing: Catfish are being caught near the dam at Moore’s Park. Try crawlers, small bluegills or cut bait. Smallmouth bass were hitting on tube baits near the Brenke Fish Ladder.

Muskegon: Boat anglers did best up and down the water column as the fish were scattered. Catch rates were slow with meat rigs out fishing spoons 2 to 1. Try running gold spoons.

Muskegon River: Anglers are catching good number of brown trout and a few more Skamania. Catch rates were good throughout the river including the Hardy Dam and Croton Dam. Bass anglers are doing well with top water lures and soft plastics. Those fly fishing have also done well for trout and bass.

Whitehall: Had a few boat anglers that set lines when out on a pleasure cruise and were surprised when they caught chinook salmon. Baitfish are inside the channel. Boat anglers will want to try 80 to 100 feet. Pier anglers took steelhead, coho and brown trout after netting alewife for bait.

Houghton Lake has Been Hot



Logan (future HL fishing guide) and his dad from St Clair Shores did it again… and again. The pictures are from two different days. Lots of BIG Walleyes, Crappie, Gills.. you name it, they caught it. 9 keeper Walleyes in one day with 3 over 20″ all from the second drop-off by the south shore using leeches on jigs and plain hooks. Their freezer is now full and they agreed to put on a fish fry for the guys here at Lyman’s


The Zimmermans from Portland are staying at one of our cabins and tried their luck fishing. Pretty nice haul for Dave, Avery (AKA Bug & Flip) Eden, Carly and the boss’s daughter, Amanda. Not sure if Dave caught anything or not, but the girls sure did. Well done ladies!!

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake trout are scattered from Harbor Point to 7 Mile. Fish were caught on spoons and spin-glo’s 60 to 90 feet down in a variety of depths. Rumor has it a couple salmon were taken around the Point. Few bass anglers were out.

Petoskey: Also has scattered lake trout with fish caught 20, 60 and 90 feet down. Most are fishing between the breakwall and Bay Harbor but a few had luck in front of the waste water treatment plant. Spoons were the ticket. A few smallmouth bass were caught near Bay View but no fish were on the beds. They were seen in large groups and not interested in hitting any kind of bait. Those fishing between the mouth of the river and the breakwall caught smallmouth bass, rock bass, bullhead, carp, suckers, pike and freshwater drum.

Bear River: Higher water levels recently did produce a couple steelhead and brown trout. Anglers use spawn bags and cut bait this time of year.

Charlevoix: Lake trout are still scattered throughout the water column. Most anglers are using spoons and spin-glo’s. A small chinook was caught off Fisherman’s Island State Park in the middle of the water column so anglers are hoping a few more will start showing up. Those fishing the channel caught both sub-legal and keeper size smallmouth bass. Lots of freshwater drum will keep anglers busy as they are hitting on just about anything. Not many walleye or Cisco were seen.

Elk Rapids: Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass, and the occasional brown trout. Most anglers are using live bait or tube baits.

Traverse City: The East Bay is producing lake trout and a few whitefish. The lake trout were in 80 to 120 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing has slowed even though there were still some fish on the beds. The West Bay is producing lake trout along with the occasional Cisco or whitefish. Lake trout fishing was steady in 95 to 120 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in waters 5 to 20 feet deep.

Boardman River: Rock bass, carp, and a few smallmouth bass have been caught between the mouth and the Union Street Dam.

Frankfort: Cooler waters have set in. Those heading offshore for steelhead were trolling orange spoons in the top 50 feet.

Onekama: Anglers trolling the Barrel had some luck for lake trout when bouncing cowbells and spin-glo’s off the bottom. Meat rigs 60 to 80 feet down in 150 to 180 feet were getting the most action for chinook salmon.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers were picking up good numbers of largemouth bass when working the drops and shallow areas with structure. Panfish were hitting on worms in 15 to 20 feet but many were small.

Manistee: Anglers venturing offshore looking for temperature breaks are finding steelhead along with a few lake trout and coho salmon. Try the top 30 feet with orange spoons. A few salmon were caught 20 to 80 feet down in 120 to 240 feet with green and blue spoons or green and red meat rigs.

Manistee River: A fair number of salmon were already making their way up the Little Manistee. Anglers are getting a couple steelhead mixed in with some planted trout on the Big Manistee.

Ludington: Boat anglers here are also looking for the temperature breaks and taking steelhead and lake trout in the top 30 feet. Orange and gold colored spoons are working well. Trout and salmon were also caught 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 220 feet with orange and green spoons or yellow and red meat rigs. Those bottom bouncing for lake trout have done well with dodgers and spin-glo’s.

Pentwater Lake: Had a good number of anglers fishing along the shoreline and the channel however most of them caught freshwater drum.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Was producing some walleye. Bass have been caught but catch rates were slowing.

Rogers City: Boat anglers need to use caution and watch for trap nets that have been set just south of Hammond Bay and along the slide which is in 60 to 80 feet. Lake trout were caught in good numbers with limit catches possible. The fish are now suspended more than ever so run your lines throughout the water column. Dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s along with green, blue, yellow or white spoons have caught fish over the rocky areas. Try 50 to 70 feet towards Forty Mile Point or south towards Adams Point. The occasional Atlantic, chinook, coho and steelhead were also caught. It is still slow but a few more are coming in. Try 60 to 120 feet and look for baitfish while running green, blue and orange spoons up high in the water column. We need stable weather to set up a thermocline.

East & West Twin Lakes: Walleye fishing was slow on East Twin but West Twin was good with fish ranging 15 to 19 inches. Anglers are trolling natural baits or using deep diving rapalas in 10 feet. Good bass fishing on both lakes. Lots of rock bass in 4 to 6 feet near the boat launch on West Twin. Bluegill and perch fishing were good.

Alpena: The better walleye fishing will be found in warmer water. Before the cool spell, fish were caught out from the marina and around Grass Island in 8 to 20 feet with crawler harnesses and body baits. Lake trout can still be found around Thunder Bay Island but fewer will be seen as the water warms. Try out near the wreck or head for the “Humps”. A few trout and salmon could hit on spoons fished higher in the water column.

Thunder Bay River: Remains slow for the most part with only a few small rock bass or freshwater drum caught on worms. The occasional walleye was caught off the 9th Street Bridge in the late evening.

Harrisville: Fishing is good with lake trout the most abundant followed by chinook and steelhead. Boats are fishing 20 to 30 feet off the bottom in 80 to 150 feet. Start shallow in the early morning and head deeper as the day goes on with spoons and wobble glo’s or spin-glo’s behind dodgers and cowbells. Walleye fishing is up and down with most fish taken in 12 to 25 feet between Sturgeon Point and the Black River. Work the drops and rock shoals with crawler harnesses and body baits.

Oscoda: Pier fishing picked up for walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass now that the freshwater drum slowed. Anglers are using body baits, stick baits, crawlers and minnows. Lake trout were hitting on spoons and spin-glo’s in 90 to 150 feet. Some reported steelhead on the scum lines so fish the surface on calm days.

Au Sable River: Anglers reported the hex hatches were happening and trout were being caught. The fish were decent size but low numbers. Anglers were taking nice catches of brown trout on the South Branch.

Houghton Lake: Walleye and northern pike fishing were good. Try crawler harnesses and leeches along the weed lines when trolling or drifting.

Tawas: Those trolling south of Tawas Point caught walleye in 50 to 70 feet when using crawler harnesses and spoons. Limit catches were taken further south off Whitestone Point in 30 feet. Pier and river fishing were both slow with only catfish, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum taken.

Au Gres: Had lots of walleye anglers taking fish just about everywhere. Some were heading northeast or Big Charity Island and some were going 8 to 10 miles south of Pointe Au Gres. In general, anglers caught walleye everywhere in 20 to 50 feet. Limits were not common but everybody was getting some fish.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers were getting some catfish.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: This week was much better for fishing and in the hunt for legal walleye; although an abundance of small 13 inch walleye were the most common. Anglers are still-fishing with minnows or leeches.

Menominee River: Walleye, catfish, and smallmouth bass were caught by boat and shore anglers using spoons, spinners, crank baits and live bait.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported some action down at Breezy Point when trolling or drifting crawlers and stick baits in 8 to 16 feet. A few catches were reported at the mouth of the Escanaba River in 12 to 22 feet and at Kipling in 18 to 30 feet. Perch anglers had very little action with only small fish caught on worms in 6 to 24 feet around Kipling. Smallmouth bass fishing was slower than normal throughout the Bay. Most were casting spinners or plastics near the mouth of the Ford River. Salmon anglers are not marking very many fish but the freshwater drum and the channel cats are very active. Those targeting walleye have caught a lot of catfish near the mouth of the Day’s River and the Escanaba River when trolling crawler harnesses.

Big Bay De Noc: Has a similar scenario with anglers reporting a lot of freshwater drum. Smallmouth bass anglers have struggled all year. The water in the northern Bay is stained and the fish have been very illusive. Ogontz Bay and Kates Bay both reported catches but fewer than previous years. Walleye anglers had a few catches when trolling crawlers in 14 to 17 feet in Ogontz Bay. At Fairport, salmon anglers are struggling as most reported few or no catches 30 to 60 feet down in 130 feet.

Marquette: Had fair to good catch rates for lake trout in the Upper and Lower Harbors. Try the White Rocks, Granite Island and the Sand Hole in 180 to 225 feet or deeper. The flying ants are out and the black flies are increasing with the warmer weather. Success for lake trout was fair near Shot Point. High-lines were not producing salmon. No steelhead or brown trout to report.

Au Train Lake: Numbers of surfacing fish were observed feeding on forage and surface insects the past week – possibly smallmouth bass or northern pike. Anglers did poorly for walleye and northern pike but did manage to catch several undersize pike averaging 16 to 20 inches. No perch to report.

Munising: Had low catch rates with only a couple undersize splake reported. Boat anglers were trying to find fish when trolling in waters 60 to 200 feet deep. Those using fresh spawn caught small splake off the dock of the Anna River.

Grand Marais: Whitefish are hit-or-miss as catch rates were good some days and not so good on others when using a single egg. Those trolling were heading out five to ten miles for lake trout. Catch rates were good with most ranging 18 to 30 inches.

South Manistique Lake: Bluegill and pike activity is on the rise. Pike were reported in the first cove north from Wolf Bay and were caught by those trolling bright colored spinners. Brotherton Bay had bluegills moving on the beds. Anglers are using artificial spiders and poppers on fly rods. Walleye fishing is down but a good number of largemouth bass were reported near the boat launch adjacent to Sunset Pines Resort.

Newberry: Bass fishing has been good in a number of area lakes. Anglers are finding them in the near shore areas as spawning and bedding comes to an end.

DeTour: Lake trout have been caught along the DeTour Reef. Currently, try the flat directly two miles south of the lighthouse in 80 feet with hammered gray or silver colored spoons. Fish were also caught 35 to 40 feet down in 60 to 80 feet between the green can and the lighthouse. On the island side of the light, troll from the red can back to the lighthouse. Salmon fishing was slow. The thermocline was holding at 52 degrees in waters 45 to 50 feet deep.

Drummond Island: Lake herring were caught on the south end in the Third Bay which is east of Whitney Bay. Swedish pimples tipped with wax worms or mayfly skins with 4 to 6 pound test works best where fly hatches are occurring. If they will not bite, move away from the fly hatch and fish 35 to 40 feet deep because herring stage in deeper water adjacent to the fly hatches. Walleye and smallmouth bass are still fair on the north shore of Scott Bay when trolling or casting orange and chartreuse crank baits early morning and evening. Bruce Point is producing some nice smallmouth 17 to 19 inches for those jigging dark brown and green tube baits in 4 to 6 feet near the rock piles.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing was slow in Hessel Bay but good towards the east end of Cedarville Bay. The Moscow Channel is very good but not every day. Pike fishing is good all through the islands when still-fishing with chubs. Try casting in the shallow bays for bass. Herring have started to bite with many limit catches reported.

Carp River: Try fishing the mouth for walleye, pike or bass.

Brevoort Lake: Is producing panfish and pike.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Fishing improved with more anglers reporting walleye catches in 23 to 28 feet around Stony Point, the Banana Dike, off Fermi and the around the E-Buoys. Fish were also caught in Brest Bay. Most are using pink, purple and margarita crawler harnesses. Those using spoons and divers did not have as much luck. Better perch fishing was reported by those using minnows in 15 to 20 feet.

River Raisin: Had high water levels. The Dundee Dam has been overflowing for weeks, and the fishing pier has been underwater for much of the season.

Lenawee County: Bluegills are starting to make their way to deeper water in Devils Lake. Try slip bobbers and worms near the weed beds in 6 to 12 feet. Bass fishing was decent around the drop-offs and the flats when casting soft plastics and crank baits. Pike anglers trolling in 6 to 8 feet had good success. Lake Hudson has good bass fishing for those using top water baits and artificial worms. Muskie anglers are trying but most are only catching bass and channel cats.

Detroit River: Catch rates for walleye dropped on the northern half of the Canadian side. Catch rates on the Michigan side were fair to poor between the Renaissance Center and the Ambassador Bridge, around Grosse Ile, Mud Island, Great Lakes Steel and at the mouth near Lake Erie. Most are fishing deeper in 25 to 40 feet when bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses, trolling, drifting or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. Some fishing the Canadian side were jigging. The river had walleye, bass and muskie anglers. Those targeting walleye caught a fair number of rock bass, freshwater drum, a few white bass or muskie. Bass anglers had fair to good results for both large and smallmouth around the islands, cuts and canals. A few white bass were seen around Elizabeth Park. Water temperatures were up near 68 degrees. Anglers should be aware that high water levels at many of the boat launches have the docks partially underwater.

Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures are up near 70 degrees and the mayfly hatch is in full swing. Anglers may find good surface action for large and smallmouth bass on calm days when the mayflies are hatching and the bass are feeding. The better reports have come from deeper water so try 10 to 16 feet where there is vegetation. Muskie anglers had some success in Michigan waters over 12 feet deep. Perch fishing has been spotty, but some good reports have come from Goose Bay and Muscamoot Bay. Walleye fishing in Michigan waters was spotty. Shore fishing for carp remains very good at the mouth of the Clinton River.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing was better after dark at Port Huron and Algonac where anglers are whipping and wire-lining. Those fishing during the day did catch some fish in the lower river including the North, Middle and South Channels. White bass are still in the lower river and the channels and can often be seen chasing shiners on the surface along the banks. The water temperature was 61 degrees.

Black River: Had slow catch rates due to stained water after all the rain. White bass are in the mouth and some bigger smallmouth bass were caught off the wall.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: A few boats have been out for perch but the weed beds are not up far enough yet to attract schools of fish.

Harbor Beach: Steelhead were caught using bright colored spoons off downriggers and lead lines. Try some 2, 4, 8 and 10 colored lines with offshore boards. Some nice lake trout were caught straight out and north of the harbor with clean spoons as well as dodgers with spin-glo’s in the bottom 60 feet of waters 120 to 140 feet deep. Bass were caught by those casting spoons or body baits close to shore.

Grindstone City: Anglers fishing around Burnt Cabin Point in about 45 feet have caught some very large walleye and some nice whitefish. They are running lead core and green and black or pearl crank baits. Lake trout have moved deeper as the waters near shore have warmed up. Try depths up to 120 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Most boats caught walleye and a few managed to get limit catches though they were working pretty hard to get them. They did well in the Slot between Quanicassee and Bay Port, along the Bar, and out near the Spark Plug. Also notable are the weed beds off the Callahan Reef and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River which are very good producers of walleye in the early morning. The bite tapers off as the sun gets higher and the fish move back out to deeper water. Boats are fishing north and northeast of Buoys 1 & 2 in 28 to 32 feet with crawler harnesses, crank baits and spoons. Best spinner colors were pink, purple, chartreuse, silver, gold and red. For crank baits, use a crayfish pattern. Those trolling out of Caseville are going northeast of the Charity Islands and up near Oak Point however northeast of the Charities was producing more fish.

Sanford Lake: Limit and near-limit catches of black crappie were taken on live minnows in shallow water or pinkie jigs in deeper water. Bass fishing was good and bluegills were hitting on worms. A few pike and a couple walleye were caught.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing was good with fish taken in 20 to 35 feet. Pier anglers are still catching the occasional steelhead when using shrimp under a bobber. Salmon fishing was very spotty with only a few fish taken from 60 to well over 100 feet. Meat rigs worked best. Freshwater drum are still being caught in large numbers. Try shrimp or alewife on the bottom.

South Haven: Catch rates were not consistent for boat anglers targeting salmon because the fish were scattered in 80 to 100 feet. Pier anglers are getting the occasional steelhead when floating shrimp under a bobber. The fish seem to be there one day and gone the next. Perch fishing was slow.

Kalamazoo River: Was producing a limited number of fish as the water was high and dark. Shore anglers have caught channel catfish.

Grand Haven: The salmon were moving to deeper water. Perch fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels were down significantly. Flathead and channel catfish continue to be caught on worms and bluegills. Carp fishing has slowed compared to the last few weeks. Walleye and smallmouth bass have been caught off the wall by those using live bait. Bluegills were caught in the backwaters.

Grand River at Lansing: Those fishing near the dams have caught catfish, carp, smallmouth bass and rock bass.

Muskrat Lake: Crappie were caught early or late. Bluegills moved to deeper water and were hitting on crawlers, wax worms, and leeches.

Lake Ovid: Anglers caught small bluegills and a couple catfish.

Montcalm County: Large pike 35 to 39 inches and some bass were caught on Big Whitefish Lake. Crystal Lake was producing some walleye and large bluegills. Tamarack Lake had a lot of small perch.

Muskegon: Lake Michigan anglers are taking the most fish in 100 to 130 feet. Salmon were caught on dipseys and dodgers 50 feet down and steelhead were caught in the top 25 feet.

Muskegon River: Undersized walleye and trout are plentiful in the upper and lower portions near Hardy Dam and Croton Dam.

Fourth Of July Fishing Report 7/2/2015


Nice smallmouth from Northwest Michigan Lake

The weather remains pretty much the same as last week with high water levels and windy weather around most of the state. Although the wet weather has slowed the fish catch in some areas, others are having good luck. A drier forecast is just around the corner for the 4th!

Fishing has been spotty as cold weather seems to keep the bite down.

Houghton Lake has been great on the panfish this week, along with a fair walleye bite. Pike are always biting and stealing lures

HIggins Lake perch and rockbass have been great with some nice bass being caught.

Lake Margrethe has been good for panfish and walleye this week.

Skegemog has been fair for bass with bluegill on the beds this week

Cadillac and Mitchell have been good for panfish and bass

Traverse City: Lake trout and smallmouth bass fishing have been a fair catch in the East Bay. The bass are active in the shallows. Try trolling or jigging for lake trout in 60 to 115 feet of water. In the West Bay, smallmouth bass fishing has been good with many of the bass being fished in beds. Lake trout were caught trolling in depths anywhere from 60 to 120 feet.

Portage Lake: Anglers are landing fair numbers of panfish from several different areas on the lake with worms. After the recent Mayfly hatch Bass anglers are reporting low numbers of hits. Lake temperatures are still cooler for this time of year but moving up steadily.

Little Bay De Noc: Breezy Point is still producing the best walleye catches. Anglers mostly troll crawlers w/harnesses in eight to 14 feet of water. At night some had had good success trolling stick baits in the shallows in three to eight feet of water. Walleye anglers have reported catching a lot of drum this week. Perch anglers reported mediocre catches at best. A few jumbo perch were caught just south of the “Narrows” using minnows in and around 30 feet of water. Ford River smallmouth bass anglers reported mostly undersize fish but good numbers casting plastics, spinners and cranks.

Big Bay De Noc: Fair to good walleye catches reported just out from Kates Bay in 16 to 22 feet of water. Most trolled crawlers w/harnesses. Smallmouth anglers in Kates Bay also reported fair to good catches casting plastics and spinners in 10 to 12 feet of water. Also fair smallmouth catches reported in Ogontz and Puffy Bay using the same in 10 to 18 feet of water. Northern pike were active in Ogontz as bass anglers reported several incidental catches.

Saginaw Bay: Most of the success for walleye came at mid-week, with boats going way out-, four to five miles north and east of Buoys 1 & 2. Some walleye action was reported near Sailboat Buoy A and also in 12 feet of water off Bay City State Park. Both harnesses and spoons were catching fish. Smith Park is open to shore fishing again after major renovations, and shore anglers there were catching drum, catfish, a few bass and walleye.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake trout fishing was still hit-or-miss in Harbor Springs but some success was had west of Harbor Point in 100 to 150 feet of water fishing near the bottom. Smallmouth bass anglers are still out targeting areas near shore inside the point, around the harbor to the area in front of and past Wequetonsing, casting and retrieving artificial baits.

Petoskey: No salmon reports out of Petoskey. Anglers are mainly focusing on the same area, between the breakwall and Bay Harbor. Some boats are headed even closer to 9 Mile Point. Lake trout are being caught in 80 to 100 feet of water near the bottom on spoons. A variety of species such as smallmouth, rock bass, bullhead, carp, drum, catfish, suckers and pike were caught from the mouth of the river down the beach to the breakwall in Petoskey. Most were caught off D Pier on worms, but casting crankbaits or spinners also worked.

Bear River: Not much activity if any here this past week.

Charlevoix: Angler pressure in boats has been pretty slow; a few caught lake trout south of the channel, fishing in 100 feet of water, 80 feet down and north of the channel in 150 feet of water, 60 feet down. Lakers seem to be more scattered now. Anglers were using spoons or spin-n-glows with dodgers for lake trout. Smallmouth bass are around in the channel but are not hitting great. A couple of bass were caught last week on crank baits and spoons. The ones that were seen have been high up in the water column. There was a lake trout of two caught off the end of the piers and anglers have also reported a sheepshead or two. Cisco fishing in the channel seems to be slowing down a bit.

Sanford Lake: Bluegill and crappie fishing remained pretty good on worms, minnows or tiny jigs. Two bass tournaments last week had generally good catches.

Elk Rapids: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good below the power dam and out to Lake Michigan. Leeches and soft plastics are working well.

Boardman River: Bass fishing at the mouth has slowed and mostly small fish are being caught. There have been a few steelhead that have been caught up near the Union Street Dam as well as a few pike. Carp fishing has slowed down a little but fishermen are still reporting a random catch. Brown trout also continue to be caught around dusk below Sabin Dam. Upper stretches of the Boardman River have had few fishermen lately but those out there have caught a few brown and brook trout.

Frankfort: Chinook have been hitting in the early morning in 250 to 400 feet of water and trolling 60 to 100 feet down. Fish are hitting on spoons, flies, and meat rigs with blues and pinks being a popular color. Lake numbers have slowed but anglers are still picking them up in 100 to 150 feet of water bottom-bouncing with cow bells and spin-n-glos.

Onekama: Very nice lake trout are being landed in the barrel and in front of the golf course. Anglers are trolling in 100 to 125 feet of water bottom-bouncing with cow bells and spin-n-glos.

Manistee: Boats going offshore looking for the temperature breaks are doing well on steelhead along with a few lake trout. Orange, chartreuse, and purple spoons have worked best in the top 25 feet of water. A few salmon have been caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Meat rigs have been working deeper in the water column.

Ludington: Good numbers of steelhead have been caught offshore on the temperature breaks. Orange spoons have worked well. Boats targeting salmon have found the action to be slow with a few caught in 100 to 250 feet of water.

Pentwater: Anglers are catching salmon, steelhead, and lake trout in 90 feet of water surrounding Little Sable Point. Anglers are travelling several miles off shore to fish for lake trout. Pier anglers caught sheepshead and large and smallmouth bass.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Lake trout has slowed from its fast pace limits. Anglers are having to look around more as the fish are starting to transition from shallower to deeper water. The lake trout seem to be more suspended now more than earlier on. Anglers that are putting the time in are still coming in with limits. It is still very slow for salmon and steelhead. Try fishing waters 50 to 120 feet deep, running a spread throughout the water column for best results. Spoons in green, blue, orange, yellow and chartreuse are working well. Anglers targeting Chinook salmon, Atlantic salmon and steelhead should see better results as the water continues to warm.

East & West Twin Lakes: Walleye fishing was really good this week for both lakes. Most anglers are trolling in the 10 foot holes with worms and leeches. The bass fishing was also great on both lakes. Most of the anglers are catching rock bass but there are many that are catching good size smallmouth bass too. The perch fishing is still slow but it is starting to pick up in West Twin in the six foot holes using worms.

Alpena: Walleye fishing continues to be great. Some really nice fish have come in over the last week ranging from three to five pounds. Many are fishing Grass Island, Scarecrow Island, North Shore and along the city beach front or straight out of the marina. Best depths have been in eight to 20 feet of water. Crawler harnesses have been the best but anglers are also using body baits. Anglers going out for lake trout are doing well around Thunder Bay Island in 60 to 120 feet of water fishing close to the bottom as well as suspended.

Thunder Bay River: Has some panfish activity. However, slow is the word. Walleye are being taken off the bridge with night crawlers or body baits.

Harrisville: Is producing good numbers of lake trout. Most anglers are having good success straight out, north and south, fishing in 80 to 130 feet of water. Lake trout are from the bottom to about half of the water depth being fished. Spoons, spin-n-glos and cut bait have all been working well. Anglers targeting lake trout have also caught some salmon and steelhead. Walleye are being caught north of the harbor between Sturgeon Point and Black River, and to the south around Greenbush. In both areas, the fish seem to holding in 12 to 25 feet of water, with body baits and crawler harnesses working well.

Oscoda: Lake trout are in the area in good numbers and anglers are having pleasing success. Fish in 90 to 150 feet of water, from the bottom to about two thirds up the water column. Spoons have been working the best but try a variety of baits with flashers as an attractant. Walleye fishing has been slow in and out of the river. Crawlers and body baits have been working the best. Catfish have started to show up in good numbers with late evening and early morning being the best times. Crawlers and minnows have produced the most catches.

Tawas: Not a lot of fishing effort in Tawas Bay proper last week. A few walleye were taken from 35 to 50 feet of water off the end of Tawas Point and down toward Alabaster in 25 to 30 feet of water. Pier angling is limited to a few smallmouth bass. The Tawas River is slow, producing just a few smallmouth bass and catfish.

Au Gres: Is generally getting good catches of walleye all over the place in 25 to 45 feet of water. Crawler harnesses are producing best. There was a big mayfly hatch off Au Gres late last week that may have suppressed the bite somewhat. Lots of catfish and drum and a few perch taken incidental to walleye. Also, a few boats went to the Charities after bass and did very well on smallmouth with catch & release. Limit catches of walleye were taken in 30 to 45 feet of water straight out or to the south towards the shipping channel when using crawler harnesses.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Copper Harbor: Fishing pressure is still down. The lake trout bite in Eagle Harbor is picking up. Trolling with spoons has been productive. Splake, rainbows and coho have been showing up outside of both ports.

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing here in the Bay was very slow and with that, angler participation is also slowing down some. One boat of anglers went out near the Huron Islands however, and limited out on lake trout. South Portage entry anglers here are starting to pick up some nice catches of lake trout trolling or jigging on or near Farmers, Newton’s and Big Reefs. Traverse Bay reports anglers both trolling and jigging and also starting to pick up some nice catches of lake trout fishing straight out from the Traverse Bay Launch, Hermits Cove, Gay and Big Louie’s Points as well as the 5, 6, and 7 mile reefs. Anglers are trolling in waters from 50 to 180 feet of water from one foot off of the bottom to 150 feet down.

Lake Gogebic: This week was busier than last but unfortunately the fishing was still slow. The mayfly hatch has dampened fishing success the last two weeks but things seemed to be getting back on track this past weekend. The most common method for fishing for walleye has been still-fishing with minnows or leeches. Those fishing with crank baits tend to catch fewer walleye overall, but a higher proportion of their catch is of legal length. A few boats did have success catching pumpkinseeds this week and there were also a handful of bluegill and black crappie hauled in.

Fairport: There are still only a few anglers fishing here so far this season as there has been construction at the Marina. Fair catches reported with most trolling spoons in the “Gap” in 100 to 150 feet of water and 30 to 90 feet down. Good steelhead catches reported also.

Marquette: Lake trout fishing has improved this past week. Best times appear mid-morning or early evening. A few lucky anglers have managed to limit out for lake trout with most fish averaging three to four pounds. Lake trout fishing has been best in deeper waters from 180 to 250 feet of water with anglers having some of the better luck near Granite Island and Little Presque Isle fishing the humps on the drop off. Best colors – no real pattern but anglers were most happy with silver/watermelon colors. Salmon fishing has been virtually nothing with only a few steelhead reported this week. Stannard Rock anglers are having great action jigging and trolling with fish of all sizes being caught. Anglers reported fishing in the shallow reef areas and along the deep edges with both areas producing fun fishing.

Au Train Lake: Anglers fishing the lake with most targeting northern pike. Most of the pike are undersize with catches of 10 to 20 pike over a period of three or four days is not uncommon. Most anglers having best success using sucker minnows and bobbers. There were very few walleye fisherman this past week with no report of any catches. A few small perch were caught and released due to their size. The mayfly hatch is on the tail end with a large dragonfly hatch this past week. Anglers are still catching an occasional sucker while walleye fishing using either crawlers or leeches.

Munising: Munising bay reports poor levels of fishing activity over the past week. Catch rates still remained generally low. Reports from around the bay indicate low catch results on coho with a few Chinook. Anglers are focused on water depths from 60 to 200 feet of water trolling all around trying to find fish. Many small splake are being caught and released near the Anna River with a few keeper splake showing up occasionally.

Grand Marais: In Grand Marais most fishermen are still-fishing off the end of the pier while others are trolling out about five miles from the pier for lake trout. Minimal effort was seen at the mouth of the Sucker River with no reported catches. Whitefish are hit-or-miss this week with some days catch rates being good and other days very slow. Whitefish are primarily getting caught on single eggs. Catch rates are good on lake trout with fishermen bringing fish in on every trip.

DeTour: This past week the salmon and lake trout have been hit-or-miss. The few fish harvested were mixed boxes of lake trout, steelhead, and a few small Atlantic salmon. As we approach the 4th of July, warmer day and nighttime temperatures are forecasted. This will help warm up the water and improve the bite.

Drummond Island: This past week the walleye bite has slowed down a little due to the heavy mayfly hatches around the islands of Scott Bay. However, anglers trolling late in the evening between Rutland and Peck Islands have been catching walleye in the 17 and 20 inch class. Try planner boards and use chartreuse and white, or chrome colored four-inch crank baits set at seven to nine feet deep. The mayfly hatch has brought some success for anglers targeting lake herring. A few limits were taken last week in 14 to 17 feet of water on the south side of Harbor Island and the south side of Howard using swedish pimples tipped with waxworms or mayflys. Northern pike have been good during the evening hours just off the DNR Access boat launch on Maxton Bay in four to six feet of water trolling brown and orange rubber twister tails.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: With muddy water from all the rain, anglers are reporting lower catch than usual, but walleye are being caught trolling 23 to 28 feet down using crawler harnesses. Pink and purple harnesses reportedly had better luck. Anglers were doing well around Stony Point and the West Sister Island. Channel catfish are being caught in the Hot Ponds using worms. Large and smallmouth bass numbers are low due to the muddy water. Few anglers are catching perch but those having luck are using minnows.

Lenawee County: Anglers are reporting water temps between 68-71 degrees on Devils Lake. With all the recent rain, wind and run-offs, water clarity is lower than normal and is making the fishing slower than usual. Panfish anglers are targeting bluegill and crappie in four to eight feet of water using worms or crickets. Bass and pike anglers are doing well around the weed beds during the mornings. A good number of anglers fishing on Lake Hudson are targeting musky with limited success. Those with success are putting in time and no real pattern for the bites have been established. Weather permitting, bass and panfish anglers continue to do well from boats as well as from shore. For bass, try top water along the shallow banks and scum filled bays.

Detroit River: Reported relatively light fishing pressure last week with most angling effort now confined to the early morning and late day hours. Weather continued its recent rainy and breezy trends further hampering efforts throughout the week. Anglers reported fair to poor results fishing between the Ren Cen and the Ambassador Bridge, around Grosse Ile and Mud Island and at the Lake Erie mouth. Most anglers are now targeting walleye by bottom-bouncing with crawler harnesses either trolling or drifting.

Harbor Beach: From Harbor Beach to Lexington, trollers were taking lake trout and steelhead from 85 feet of water at mid-week, with steelhead in the top 25 feet and lakers near the bottom. Fishing should pick up again as soon as the weather settles down.

Port Austin and Grindstone City: The cold water temperature is slowing walleye fishing at Port Austin and Grindstone City. Lake trout fishing was excellent off the tip of the thumb 10 days ago, but the wind has kept everyone ashore since.

Quanicassee River: The east side of the bay was lightly fished last week. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicassee took some bluegills and sunfish on worms.

Bay Port and Caseville: Trollers fishing after walleye were going to the area north of the shipping channel; some got a few fish and a couple of boats got limits.

Saginaw River: During the windy part of the week, most anglers were not brave enough to ride the waves so they trolled in the lower Saginaw River and picked up a few walleye on harnesses.

Sanford Lake: Bluegill and crappie fishing remained pretty good on worms and crappies on minnows or tiny jigs. Two bass tournaments last week had generally good catches.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing has slowed down a little this week. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of fish in 30 feet of water. Salmon fishing has slowed as well. Fish seemed to be scattered from 60 to 100 feet of water. Pier anglers are catching a few steelhead. Fish are being caught using spoons and shrimp fished on the bottom. Sheepshead are being caught in great numbers. Night crawlers and shrimp fished on the bottom is working best.

South Haven: Perch fishing has been very slow. The few fish being caught were in 20 feet of water. Salmon fishing is very spotty. The fish seem to be scattered from 50 to well beyond 100 feet of water. Meat rigs seem to be catching most of the fish. Pier anglers are catching an occasional steelhead. Shrimp fished under a bobber is the most productive method.

Grand Haven: Pier fishing has been fair. Fishers have been catching large alewives and a few perch.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are still well above normal. Fishermen are mainly catching carp especially on shredded wheat and corn. Channel and flathead catfish are being caught regularly on worms and bluegill. Some long nose gar also being caught. Plenty of bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish being caught off the wall using worms.

Grand River at Lansing: Fishing is quiet along the Grand River in Lansing. Those that are venturing out are catching rockbass and smallmouth bass. Pike fishing has been hit-or-miss. Catfish has been good however.

Muskrat Lake: Has seen some good bluegill and crappie catches using night crawlers and wax worms.

Sessions Lake: Also reports success with bluegill and crappie.

Muskegon Lake: More kings have started to show up. The majority of catches before have been lake trout. Anglers are fishing in 100 to 160 feet of water and 50 to 90 feet down for kings. Steelhead are being caught in the top 40 feet of water with orange spoons.

Whitehall: Essentially no action in Whitehall. Look for salmon and trout in the 100 foot range. Yellow and green lures may work well. No pier action to speak of.