Labor Day Weekend Fishing Report

Marty Jastrzembowski was able to pull a nice mixed box of fish today! One master angler lake trout measuring 34 1/2″ and some nice steelhead. This one weighed in at just over 12 pounds. He also had some nice Coho to round out his cooler.

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Happy 16th birthday to T.J. Pitlanish! He celebrated by fishing on Houghton Lake with his dad, Tom, and friends Drew, James, Aiden, Justin and Conner. This is just a sample of what they caught. Cpt Chip and first mate Dan from Game Hog Charters put them on the fish using crank baits while trolling. Hot n Tots were the key.

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East Grand Traverse Bay has been awesome for smallmouth and fishing baitfish is the key as they are following the gobies.
Big Platte Lake has been good for pike and walleye

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A few chinook including one large fish were caught at Harbor Point.

Petoskey: Boat anglers came in with chinook, coho and lake trout. The salmon were caught on spoons, flies and cut bait 60 to 80 feet down between the breakwall and Bay Harbor. Lake trout were 100 to 120 feet down. A couple smallmouth bass were taken on worms off the breakwall. Anglers are targeting salmon but no fish were recorded. The Bear River had a small run of trout and salmon. Most were using spawn or flies.

Charlevoix: Catch rates were hit-or-miss with only a few small chinook, some lake trout and the odd lake herring caught. The chinook were 75 feet down and the lake trout were 70 to 100 feet down straight out of the channel and south to the buoy near the cement plant. Smallmouth fishing was hit-or-miss for those using live or artificial crawlers and leeches.

Lake Charlevoix: A few walleye were caught by those trolling a harness and bottom bouncer. Try crawlers or leeches. Panfish were caught on worms, crickets or wax worms.

Traverse City: Lake trout jigging in the East Bay was good straight out and slightly north from the Elk Rapids Marina and south to Deepwater Point. Salmon fishing was spotty along the east side but a couple nice chinook were caught. Lake trout jigging was good north of Old Mission. A few more lake herring showed up and were marked off Deepwater Point and the M-37 launch. Plenty of smallmouth bass were caught at the south end and near Dock Road. The Elk River was slow except for a few bass and panfish. Only a small push of salmon moved into the river. In the West Bay, anglers jigging and trolling out from the mouth of the Boardman River caught a few salmon. Perch were caught in good numbers off Lee Point when using minnows. Bass fishing was slow around Marion Island and Lee Point but a few nice fish were taken. Lake trout fishing was good south of the M-22 launch when trolling. Those jigging did well southeast of Northport. A few chinook salmon were caught in the Boardman River.

Leland: There were some decent catches of chinook and coho on the north end of North Manitou Island. A few fish were also taken on the “First Bank”. Most were hitting on spoons but a few were taken on flashers and flies. Lake trout were also caught.

Platte Bay: Had good numbers of coho along with some chinook and lake trout taken on pretty much all baits including J-plugs, flashers and flies or spoons. With the east wind, fish were caught 40 to 80 feet down.

Platte River: The water on the lake side just past the mouth is now very narrow and shallow. Boats over 16 feet could have a tough time getting out. There is also a large shallow area just upstream of the mouth which will make it difficult for bigger boats. A mix of coho and chinook salmon were coming into the lower river daily. Early morning was best. Surf fishing near the mouth should be a good option.

Frankfort: Chinook salmon have been moving into the river. Those trolling in front of the pier heads have caught some fish. Coho numbers are jumping right up there with several anglers reporting good catches in the early morning or evening when trolling spoons in the top 50 feet.

Betsie River: A good number of large salmon were running up into the river. Angler activity has increased below the Homestead Dam.

Onekama: Those trolling in front of the golf course and near the “Barrel” have caught coho from the top 60 feet in waters 80 to 120 feet deep. Spoons worked best.

Portage Lake: Due to another mayfly hatch, fishing was very slow and catch rates were low for all species.

Manistee: Surface water temperature was about 65 degrees. Southeast winds the last few weeks have slowed fishing. A few chinook and coho were caught 40 to 100 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with meat rigs, flies and plugs. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Salmon appear to be moving up into the river. Anglers have caught brown trout and some brook trout in the upper stretches. Water levels at the coffer dam near Tippy were coming back up.

Ludington: Over the last couple weeks, bad weather has warmed the lake up, dropped the thermocline and slowed fishing. Chinook and coho were found 40 to 100 feet down in 90 to 150 feet with plugs, flies and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Pere Marquette River: Was producing some salmon.

Pentwater: Salmon fishing was slow but those trolling 50 to 90 feet down in 80 to 150 feet caught chinook and coho on spoons, meat rigs and flies. Early morning in front of the dunes was the most productive. Pier anglers caught good numbers of smallmouth bass on live bait near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers fishing the channel with crawlers or minnows near the bottom caught smallmouth bass and the occasional freshwater drum.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Anglers had moderate success with walleye and perch picked up sporadically by those using live bait with a slip bobber over the weed beds in 8 to 12 feet. Those trolling crawler harnesses and crank baits in deeper water caught more fish. A couple legal size pike were caught right along with many sub-legals. Some nice panfish and the odd walleye were caught on the north end with live bait. Smallmouth bass can be found along the rocky areas and off the points. Some nice rock bass 10 to 12 inches were caught along the south end.

Menominee River: Walleye, catfish, freshwater drum and smallmouth bass were caught from the Hattie Street Dam to the mouth by those trolling and shore anglers. Crank baits, plastics and live bait worked well. No salmon to report.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported spotty catches of legal fish in the northern part of the Bay. The better catches were reported in the “Black Bottom” area when trolling a crawler harness but the best walleye catches were coming from Green Bay waters when using stick baits or crawlers in 10 to 18 feet near Round Island which is about 2 miles south of the Ford River. A good number of smallmouth bass were reported in the same area. Good walleye catches were reported out near Seagull Point when trolling crank baits in 20 to 25 feet. No limit catches but all the boats interviewed had fish. Perch fishing was fair near the Day’s River in 16 to 18 feet, mouth of the Whitefish River in 6 to 8 feet, near Butler Island in 14 feet, the “Narrows” in 20 to 30 feet and near the mouth of the Escanaba River in 25 feet. Most were using crawlers. Northern pike were very active with excellent catches taken in the south end of the “Black Bottom” by walleye anglers trolling crank baits or crawlers in 16 to 25 feet. Salmon have started to enter some of the rivers but the Escanaba River will be tough to access this year because of construction on the US-41 Bridge.

Manistique: Almost all the fishing action has been in the river this week. A fairly good number of salmon have reached the dam and are being caught daily by shore anglers. Brown trout and steelhead were also caught. Many are using black flies with long leaders or jointed rapalas. The dams are open and flowing fast. The “Big Bass Hole” about a ¼ mile south of the dam gates produced fair to good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and a few brown trout. Those targeting walleye used a jig and crawler, beetle spins, rapalas or spawn. Boat anglers caught salmon when trolling mega lips or rapalas. From the “Big Bass Hole” to the dam is shore fishing only.

Marquette: Limits or near limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and little Presque Isle. The occasional coho was caught near the white rocks. Those fishing near Granite Island had mixed results and the fishing at Shot Point has slowed. No salmon were caught in the rivers yet.

Au Train: Lake trout fishing was best within 3 miles of Au Train Island however no big numbers were caught. There were no reports of salmon in the rivers.

Munising: The weather was not favorable but a few boat anglers that managed to get out did catch some quality size lake trout near Wood Island and Reef and off Big Reef. The coho bite was slow and there was no splake action at the Anna River dock.

Grand Marais: When the winds were favorable for fishing, a few boat anglers did well for coho. Lake trout anglers continue to do well with limit catches reported near Au Sable Point and straight out near the shipping lanes. No activity for pier anglers or shore anglers.

Tahquamenon River: Overall fishing was slow. There were no reports of musky or pike caught. Those fishing the Dollarville Dam and pier managed to catch small rock bass, bluegills, pumpkinseed and the odd bass with wax worms and crawlers. A couple boat anglers managed to catch some perch on a worm. The East Branch had very good brook trout fishing.

St. Marys River: In the upper river near Sault Ste. Marine, Atlantic salmon along with a couple pink salmon were picked up behind the Cloverland Power Plant. Yellow perch fishing was steady in the early morning and just before dark in the North Channel with minnows or crawlers on the bottom in 25 feet. Walleye fishing was a bit better in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet with a green or motor oil crawler harness and bottom bouncer between the 3-Mile and the 7-Mile Buoys. Smallmouth bass were caught on the rocks when casting tube baits or drop shotting. No walleye but pike were caught on the north end of Lake George. In the lower river, very few walleye were caught. Those lucky enough to get fish did so in Canadian waters with deep diving stick baits in 14 to 16 feet along the weed beds. Small pike were caught by those trolling for walleye off the Raber piers.

Detour: When boats can get out to the Detour Reef, they caught lake trout, pink salmon, a few small chinook and a couple walleye. Each week the salmon are moving closer to the Detour Lighthouse. Anglers were successful trolling from Fry Pan Island and out to the green buoy with flashers and dipsey divers in 60 to 90 feet. The chinook were in the top 60 and the pink salmon were in the top 40 feet. North of Detour Village at Swedes Pointe, a few nice walleye were caught in 8 to 12 feet in the early morning with a slip bobber and minnow off the reefs and underwater humps. Those trolling a harness and bottom bouncer with beads and blades also caught walleye.

Drummond Island: Perch fishing effort is starting however harvest numbers remain low with only 8 to 12 fish per boat. Those fishing in Potagannissing Bay were not as successful as boat anglers fishing in Canadian waters.

Cedarville and Hessel: Small yellow perch were caught throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. For panfish, try around the docks and weed beds when floating small worms in 4 to 6 feet. Some big sunfish were caught around Echo Island which is in Mackinaw Bay. For Hessel, pike were caught straight out from the pier and on the north side of Marquette Island. Most were caught on chrome spoons or black bucktail spinners just off the weed beds in 5 to 8 feet. On the west side of Marquette Island, smallmouth bass were taken off the rock piles in 4 to 6 feet. No reports on yellow perch.

Carp River: Walleye fishing picked up with fish caught off the pier with crank baits or a jig and worm. Artificial baits seem to work better. The fish caught were 14 to 17 inches but the average was 15 inches.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Fishing slowed. Boat anglers were marking a lot of baitfish throughout the water column but had no luck finding fish. Most were trolling spoons in 60 feet around the red cans but had no luck.

Cheboygan River: Anglers fishing spinners, crank baits and worms caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and walleye but most of the smallmouth were sub-legal. Salmon are jumping at the lock and dam but no fish were harvested.

Burt & Mullett Lakes: Were again producing some perch. Anglers did best along the south end of both lakes.

Rogers City: Chinook salmon in Swan Bay are beginning to stage. Catch rates were slow with only a couple fish per boat. Anglers were fishing anywhere from 25 to 130 feet but the best fishing seemed to be in 45 to 90 feet with downriggers, dipsey divers, leadcore, copper and high lines. Find the thermocline or run lines throughout the water column. Use spoons, attractors with flies, squid and cut bait. Hot colors were green, black and white, purple, blue, green and silver, chartreuse or glow early and late. Very early in the morning and well after dark was best. A few lake trout or walleye were also caught by those trolling.

Rockport: Had very little angler activity. Those going for walleye caught a few but the fish were still scattered. Try 35 to 55 feet with deep diving body baits in gold, silver, purple and copper. Lake trout were just off the bottom in 170 feet.

Alpena: Anglers found good numbers of lake trout when trolling near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet. Steelhead were in the top 60 feet. Try the “Humps” or Thunder Bay Island with spin-glo’s, meat rigs or spoons. Walleye anglers found fish in 25 to 40 feet off Scarecrow, Sulphur, and Thunder Bay Island. Good numbers of smallmouth bass were taken in the LaFarge discharge when casting tube baits or crank baits.

Thunder Bay River: Smallmouth bass were caught by those drifting crawlers, as well as casting crank baits, spinners or Carolina rigged soft plastics. Bowfin, freshwater drum, bullhead, and channel cats were caught by those still-fishing with crawlers. A chinook was caught at the 9th Street Dam but no big numbers yet.

Oscoda: Lake trout were found near the bottom in 120 to 170 feet. Steelhead were in the top 60 feet and Atlantic salmon were found both up high and near the bottom. Try meat rigs or spoons in green, chrome or pink. Walleye were suspended in 80 to 110 feet. A good number of fish were marked near the mouth of the river but they would not bite. Pier anglers caught a couple walleye, smallmouth bass, channel cats and freshwater drum when drifting or still-fishing with crawlers.

Au Sable River: Anglers found smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when drifting crawlers or casting spinners and crank baits. A few bluegill, rock bass, and perch were caught on crawlers near the mouth and in the marinas. Northern pike were hitting on crank baits. Walleye were caught when drifting crawlers but success was low.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout are still being caught just off the bottom in 80 to 120 feet off the North and South State Parks. Perch fishing was hit-or-miss in 40 to 50 feet. Good numbers of rock bass continue to be caught.

Houghton Lake: Trolling has been the key for all species and crank baits were working a bit better than live bait. Boat anglers caught walleye, pike, bass and big bluegills over the weed beds in 9 to 12 feet. Those still-fishing over an open hole in the weed beds caught fish. The north end of the lake was good for smallmouth bass while the south and southwest end were good for largemouth bass.

Tawas: Those trolling a crawler harness or spoons beyond Tawas Point in 50 to 80 caught a fair number of walleye and lake trout. Pier fishing is very slow with only rumors of walleye caught in the evening.

Tawas River: Anglers caught catfish and freshwater drum with crawlers on the bottom.

Au Gres: Walleye were caught off Eagle Bay Marina in 20 to 30 feet with a crawler harness. Perch were caught off Point Au Gres in 22 to 32 feet, off the Pinconning and Saganing Bars in 20 to 30 feet and off Eagle Bay Marina in 10 to 15 feet. Pier anglers caught catfish, freshwater drum and the odd pike.




Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers were getting limits or near limit catches of yellow perch. The hot spots were Buoys 1 & 2 outside the River Raisin, east of those buoys or out of Bolles Harbor at the E-Buoy. A few walleye were caught but most anglers were only taking one fish on average when trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers off Stony Point and in front of the Fermi stacks.

Wamplers Lake: Fishing was slower with the cooler weather as water temperatures dropped to 72 degrees. Panfish were caught on both the east and the west side when drifting worms in 4 to 6 feet. A few pike were caught while casting crank baits.

Sand Lake: In Lenawee County had largemouth bass hitting on plastics in 10 feet. Panfish were found in both 30 feet or shallower on the south end. Use worms or crickets under a bobber.

Detroit River: Smallmouth bass were hitting in the lower river at the Cross Dike near Sugar Island. Some were still getting a few perch near the islands.

Lake St. Clair: Fishing picked up with a fair number of walleye, perch and smallmouth bass reported. Walleye anglers had luck while trolling a silver crawler harness near the channel mouths and south of the Clinton River Cutoff in front of the 400 Club in 10 to 18 feet. The perch and smallmouth action was decent. Perch anglers were using minnows in 10 to 14 feet. Some caught both legal and sub-legal musky. Pike and musky were caught around Grassy Island when trolling.

Lexington to Port Austin: Those trolling in 100 to 120 feet were getting some lake trout, steelhead and the occasional walleye. From Lexington to Port Sanilac, anglers were getting a variety including lake trout, steelhead, walleye and the occasional Atlantic salmon in 100 feet straight out as well as a little north or south of the ports.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout were caught straight out and north of the harbor in 105 to 130 foot of water with dodgers, spin-glo’s and spoons near the bottom. Hot colors were black, green and purple. Steelhead were caught on bright orange, green or pink spoons. Walleye were found in the same area and were hitting on worm burners, crawler harnesses or small spoons. Hot colors were black, purple, green and blue. Bass were hitting body baits close to shore. Pier anglers caught some nice rock bass.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught 2 to 3 miles northeast of the Pinconning Bar with spoons and harnesses. Perch were caught off the Pinconning Bar and off Gambills Marina in 14 to 16 feet but anglers were sorting out the small ones. Perch activity was slower near the sailboat buoys but the fish were bigger at 10 to 12 inches and the occasional fish at 14 inches. Those fishing the Hot Ponds caught catfish on worms and shrimp. Walleye were caught off Fish Point and along the edge of the Slot in 14 to 18 feet with body baits or a pink or purple crawler harness. Catch rates were spotty as the fish are scattered. Many switched to perch fishing. Try 9 to 11 feet off Quanicassee. Catch rates were decent but no limits reported. At Sebewaing, a few were fishing the Slot for walleye. Off Caseville, walleye were found in 25 feet near the Charity Islands.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers at Smith Park caught white bass, smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Tittabawassee River: Continues to have good smallmouth bass fishing.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: The salmon action was slow but a few were found in 200 feet when trolling a white spin doctor with green or blue flies. Perch fishing was still a bit slow with only light numbers caught in 40 to 50 feet.

St. Joseph River: Had a fair number of steelhead from earlier runs but there has not been much movement of trout or salmon through the ladders in the last couple weeks.

South Haven: Had good perch fishing for those drifting in 40 to 45 feet. Most were caught south of the piers. Salmon fishing was spotty. The fish were scattered in 90 to 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers were struggling with only a few salmon caught 65 to 130 feet down in 95 to 160 feet. Most were caught on white flashers with green or white flies or green, blue and orange spoons. Glow plugs worked best during low light or overcast skies. Pier fishing for salmon was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a good number of coho and a few chinook below the 6th Street Dam. Fish were caught on spawn, flies, spinners and thundersticks.

Grand River at Lansing: Anglers were taking some limit catches of bluegills. Try crawlers, crickets or wax worms. Smallmouth bass continue to hit on live and artificial baits. Anglers caught a few walleye and pike.

Round Lake: In Clinton County was producing some pike.

Maple River: Is quite shallow at this time. Big fish can be found in the deeper holes.

Pine River: In Gratiot County is producing good numbers of catfish.

Muskegon: Salmon anglers reported slow catch rates. The best action was 60 to 130 feet down in 100 to 170 feet with green and white flies with white flashers or green and orange spoons. Pier fishing was slow with no salmon reported.

Whitehall: Salmon and trout fishing were tough for most boats. A good number of fish were found in 80 to 120 feet but only a few chinook or coho were caught in the early morning. Green spoons and flies were the ticket. Those fishing 60 to 90 feet down in 160 to 200 feet managed to catch some chinook, coho and the odd steelhead. Lake trout were near the bottom in 180 to 225 feet. Pier fishing was slow. Those casting body baits or retrieving crawlers along the bottom caught good numbers of large and smallmouth bass and the odd freshwater drum.

White River: Anglers have caught a few chinook in the lower sections near White Lake but fish numbers in the upper sections were still low.

Fishing Report for Northern Michigan


The big fish just keep coming in! Jake Gostiaux brought in this 26.10 lbs King yesterday. Congratulations Jake!

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Tristan Millis boated this 27.7 pound king the other morning it measured 41 1/8 inches. Yes that another master angler in the books! This is definitely a year class of fish worth making the trip for.

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Houghton Lake Walleye. Cpt. Chip, Dan and Gary had a great day of trolling. Using darker colors of salmos, hot n tots and live bait harnesses, they landed 11 walleye, large panfish, bass and pike. Nice job, guys!

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Had quite a few lake trout caught anywhere from 100 to 170 feet down in 120 to 190 feet from Harbor Point north. A chinook was caught 90 feet down.

Petoskey: Had a few salmon moving into the area. A couple chinook were caught between 80 and 115 feet down. Many were focusing on the area near the breakwall but fish were also caught in front of Bay Harbor. Lake trout were taken 75 to 100 feet down. Smallmouth bass were caught off the D Pier near mouth of the Bear River. Water levels on the Bear River were moderate and fishing was slow up at the dam.

Charlevoix: Boat activity increased with the news of a couple chinook salmon caught 80 to 90 feet down in 120 to 130 feet. Lake trout were 80 to 120 feet down in 100 to 140 feet or deeper between North Point and Cement Plant. Spoons and spin-glo’s were the ticket but some were using cut bait for salmon. Those fishing the channel caught undersize smallmouth, drum and rock bass on live or artificial crawlers and minnows.

Traverse City: Lake trout fishing was good for those trolling or jigging in 100 feet near Elk Rapids and off Deepwater Point. Fish were also caught near Yuba Creek. Salmon fishing was slow but a few bigger chinook were caught along the drop-off south of the M-37 launch. Smallmouth fishing was slow. The Elk River was slow with only a couple bass and freshwater drum caught. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught south of the island and along the east side of the bay. Salmon fishing was slow but a few nice chinook were found north of the Elmwood Marina on the west side and near Marion Island. The smallmouth bite was slow. Catch rates in the Boardman River were slow except for a couple small steelhead, rock bass and other panfish.

Leland: Had good catches of lake trout and some chinook salmon. Most of the lake trout were caught on the First Bank with spin-glo’s behind cowbells. The north end of North Manitou Island was the hot spot but fish were also caught on the south end of North Manitou and the west side of South Manitou Island. Most of the salmon came on spoons 50 to 80 feet down.

Platte Bay: Anglers caught a decent number of lake trout and salmon including some big chinook and coho. Even though coho numbers are starting to increase, many boats were still coming in with no fish.

Frankfort: Had good chinook salmon fishing. Those trolling the “Bank” reported good numbers of fish including several chinook 20 pounds or more taken in the top 60 feet of waters 100 to 140 feet deep with spoons, flies and J-plugs. Coho, lake trout and steelhead were reported in the same area.

Betsie River: Large chinook salmon were caught in both the river and Betsie Lake.

Onekama: Those trolling 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 160 feet reported good catches of chinook salmon with spoons and meat-rigs in the early morning. Lake trout in the Barrel were hitting up high just like the salmon.

Portage Lake: Walleye, rock bass, perch and largemouth bass were hitting in 11 to 18 feet. Walleye anglers were working the shoreline with crawler rigs in the early morning or evening. Perch anglers using worms near the buoy and in front of the city launch caught some 12 inch fish.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 68 degrees. Fishing picked up and big healthy chinook salmon continue to come in. Most were taken 40 to 100 feet down in 90 to 160 feet. Good numbers of coho and steelhead were caught. Meat rigs, spoons and flies worked best. A few chinook were caught by pier anglers casting spoons or those trolling plugs in the harbor.

Manistee River: Had reports of a 25 pound chinook salmon caught above the coffer at Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Fishing picked up with some big chinook salmon up near 30 pounds caught 40 to 90 feet down in 90 to 150 feet. Coho and steelhead were also caught. Meat rigs, spoons and flies were the ticket. Those trolling in the harbor and Pere Marquette Lake caught a few chinook on plugs.

Pentwater: Boats trolling from the dunes down to Little Sable Point caught chinook and coho salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 80 to 150 feet. They were hitting green flies and plugs or pink, red and green spoons. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye on minnows and body baits near the rocks.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing the channel caught smallmouth and freshwater drum with minnows, crawlers, and body baits. Channel cats, perch and rock bass were caught on red worms or perch minnows near the bottom.

Muskegon: Salmon were caught 60 to 140 feet down in 120 to 220 feet with yellow and green meat rigs, green or white flies, and orange, yellow or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Whitehall: Early morning anglers trolling straight out from the piers caught chinook 35 to 60 feet down in 90 to 120 feet. Boats fishing later in the day found chinook, coho and steelhead 40 to 70 feet down in 150 to 200 feet with spoons, flies, meat-rigs, and plugs. Green was the hot color. Pier anglers casting spoons in the early morning caught the occasional salmon, but the primary catch was large and smallmouth bass on minnows, crawlers, or body baits.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Boat anglers fishing around Lafayette Point, Round Island and Mackinac Island caught lake trout and a couple chinook salmon when trolling spoons with cut bait.

Cheboygan River: Fishing pressure for walleye has slowed as anglers are now waiting for the salmon to come in. A small number of fish were seen jumping at the dam but no fish were caught. Those fishing the city pier, Bois Blanc Island parking lot, DNR Office parking lot, or the lock and dam caught walleye, smallmouth bass and rock bass.

Burt and Mullett Lakes: Were producing a good number of perch along the south end of both lakes.

Rogers City: The fish were scattered. Some nice chinook salmon are beginning to show up. The action was not hot but boats are picking up about one nice fish per trip usually in the very early morning or after dark in 50 to 120 feet. Fish the entire water column with spoons, flashers and squid.

Rockport: Had no trout and salmon anglers. A few caught some walleye but windy conditions made them unpredictable. Most targeted 30 to 60 feet with purple, gold and silver deep diving crank baits.

Otsego Lake: Was producing some panfish. Try the weed beds in 10 feet or so.

Alpena: Those targeting trout and salmon found lake trout near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet or suspended higher in the water column near the “Humps” off Thunder Bay Island. Coho and steelhead were found in the top 60 feet. Try spoons, meat rigs of spin-glo’s. Walleye fishing was decent in 25 to 40 feet off the north shore, Scarecrow Island and Sulphur Island with a crawler harness or stick baits.

Thunder Bay River: Freshwater drum, brown bullhead, and rock bass were caught by those still-fishing crawlers on the bottom or under a float. Some good size catfish were caught on crawlers from Mill Island and South Riverfront Park. Smallmouth bass were hitting on crank baits, tube baits and crawlers.

Oscoda: Lake trout were caught in 110 to 160 feet off the mouth of the river and near the “Hump”. Most were near the bottom with some suspended. Atlantic salmon, coho, steelhead and a couple pink salmon were caught in the top 30 to 70 feet. Chinook were taken about halfway down in 130 to 150 feet. Spoons, meat rigs and spin-glo’s worked best. A few walleye were caught 20 to 30 feet down in 100 feet or when drifting a crawler harness near the mouth of the river. Pier anglers caught smallmouth, a couple walleye and freshwater drum when still-fishing of drifting a crawler. Late evening was best for those targeting walleye and channel catfish.

Au Sable River: Walleye were caught when drifting crawlers through the holes in Oscoda but the bite was slow. Smallmouth bass were found by those casting crank baits or drifting crawlers. Those fishing from the handicap access site, the Au Sable Harbor or the Refuge Park caught smallmouth, freshwater drum, and rock bass.

Higgins Lake: Perch are still being caught but anglers had to work to find active schools of fish. Most were still in the 40 to 50 foot range. Lake trout are still being caught just off the bottom in 100 to 120 feet or so. The best bite was in the early morning. Anglers are still catching lots of rock bass throughout.

Houghton Lake: The bite slowed but those trolling did best. Walleye anglers trolling along the weed beds in 9 to 12 feet also caught bluegills, bass and even some crappie. Hot lures were anything with a little green on it. Smallmouth bass were caught along the north shore while largemouth bass were found along the west and south end. For bluegills, anglers need to move around to find them.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was pretty good with spoons in 50 to 70 feet outside Tawas Bay. The fish were at different depths depending on the day. Pier fishing was slow.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was good straight off the river mouth between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres and south of Pointe Au Gres in 30 to 35 feet with some getting limit catches. Those trolling in 12 feet off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars caught walleye. Perch were taken off the Pine River and Eagle Bay Marina in 8 to 20 feet.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Fishing picked up slightly as those trolling deeper water with crank baits and crawler harnesses reported better catch rates. Those using a slip bobber with a leech or crawler in shallow water or weed beds caught walleye but were sorting out the small ones. The north end was producing a few walleye but more perch, bluegills and sunfish. Some are taking smallmouth bass and a few pike were caught by those trolling. The mayfly hatch seems to be slowing down.

Lac Vieux Desert: On the Michigan-Wisconsin border was producing pike and musky.

Lake Antoine: In Dickinson County was producing a decent number of pike.

Menominee River: Anglers caught some nice smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish and freshwater drum from Bum Island which is just downstream of the Hattie Street Bridge to the mouth with live bait, plastics, and crank baits.

Little Bay De Noc: Most of the walleye fishing was near the mouth of the Whitefish River and the Kipling area. Anglers reported fair catches up by the Whitefish River trolling a crawler harness in 12 to 18 feet but many were undersize. Those fishing the First and Second Reefs had fair to good catches in 14 to 25 feet with a crawler harness or stick bait. Good numbers of small perch were reported around Butler Island and were caught on crawlers in 10 to 17 feet. Several jumbo perch were also caught. Steelhead were caught up near the fast water in the Escanaba River when casting spawn or crank baits. Shore anglers at the Ford River caught pike and smallmouth bass. Most were undersize but plenty were caught. Fair salmon catches north of the Ford River Buoy when trolling spoons or cut bait 40 to 65 feet down in 50 to 90 feet.

Manistique: The fish cleaning station is no longer in service. A new station will be installed next spring but officials are unsure when or if the existing station will be repaired in the meantime. Anglers targeting salmon out in the lake caught a couple chinook in the 5 to 12 pound range. Salmon have already started entering the river and are being caught up by the dam. Brown trout and steelhead were also caught. Both gates are open so the current is still fairly fast and the area up by the dam was about waist deep on average. Most were casting spawn, mega-lips or Cleo’s. Good walleye reports were still coming from the fast water near the Upper Dam when casting jigs with crawlers or rapalas. Smallmouth, channel cats, pike and panfish were also caught.

Marquette: Near limit catches of lake trout were taken at the white rocks, little Presque Isle, Granite Island and Shot Point. Coho were mixed in around Shot Point and the Lower Harbor. A couple chinook were caught outside the Lower Harbor breakwall.

Au Train: Limit catches of lake trout were caught around Au Train Island. No salmon to report.

Munising: Had a few boats out for coho but they had no luck. Surface water temperatures were in the upper 60’s offshore and low 70’s nearshore. The Anna River Pier had little to no fishing pressure.

Grand Marais: A few coho were caught by those trolling outside the breakwall.Lake trout fishing continues to be good and when the winds are favorable boats have typically limited out when fishing straight out about five miles or near Au Sable Reef and Big Reef. Pier anglers had no luck.

Tahquamenon River: Fishing was slow with very few musky reports. Boat anglers fishing upstream of the Natalie launch and campground caught pike on spinners but many were undersize. Bluegills and rock bass were caught on both live and soft plastic worms or minnows near the Dollarville Dam.

St. Marys River: Had very good Atlantic salmon fishing in the upper river behind the Cloverland Powerhouse. Whitefish have left the area but a few were still being caught. Walleye fishing picked up with decent catches reported by those trolling a crawler harness in the shipping channel in the early morning. Pike were hitting on spoons and crank baits. Fishing in Lake George has begun to pick up with a few nice walleye caught near Hay Point. Yellow perch fishing was good in the North Channel. Try drifting crawlers or minnows on the bottom or floating minnows near the weed lines. Smallmouth fishing was fair to good for those casting tube baits or rubber worms in the shallows. In the lower river, walleye were caught in Raber Bay but the action was not consistent. Most of those bringing back fish were heading out around daybreak or putting in at least six hours on the water while drifting a crawler harness and bottom bouncer over the deep weed beds in 12 to 14 feet. Try near the mouth of Carlton Creek, in front of the piers at Raber, the inside of Fisherman’s Point or near Round Island with dark colored blades on the crawler harness.

Detour: When they could get out beyond the Detour Lighthouse, salmon and trout anglers caught a few lake trout in the 90 foot flat. They used orange and white or chartreuse and white spin-glo’s on short leaders near the bottom. A couple chinook salmon were caught on blue and gold spoons between the green buoy and the lighthouse.

Drummond Island: Walleye fishing continues to be slow. A few fish were caught outside Peck Island but for most the fishing was not good enough to continue trying. Yellow perch fishing was still slow but some quality fish have started to make an appearance in Potagannissing Bay. Perch were caught near Peck and Rutland Island when drifting crawlers. Smallmouth fishing was fair with fish caught along the rocky drop-offs near the smaller islands and in shallows. Try casting crank baits, swim baits, spinners or using crawlers.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers caught yellow perch ranging 8 to 10 ½ inches when drifting or casting worms and shiners in 8 to 10 feet between Conner’s Pointe and Little La Salle Island. Try about a foot off the bottom. Good smallmouth action in 6 to 8 feet at the mouth of Duck Bay. Largemouth bass were caught in Mackinaw Bay on a crawler harness or spinner in 4 to 5 feet near the weed beds early or late. Hessel had very little fishing pressure.

St. Ignace: Had no reports. Shore anglers on the Carp River were targeting walleye but very few fish were caught.

Salmon Fishing is getting hot!

This 41lb king was caught out of Muskegon tuesday on a state certified scale this fish weighed 41.48#!!!!

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Was sheltered from the wind so a few boats were able to get out but catch rates were very slow with only one lake trout caught about 125 feet down.

Petoskey: A couple lake trout were caught within 10 feet of the bottom 110 feet down. Smallmouth bass were caught off the D-Pier which is near the mouth of the river. The Bear River was a bit high after the rain. A few fish were hooked at the dam but not many were landed Most were using spawn bags or flies.

Charlevoix: Lake trout were caught about 100 feet down near the cement plant. Rumor has it a few salmon were also caught. Those fishing the channel were still targeting smallmouth bass with worms or leeches on the bottom but catch rates were slow. Freshwater drum and rock bass were caught.

Traverse City: Salmon fishing was slow in the East Bay. A couple lake trout and lake herring were caught. The east side of the bay produced some lake trout and a couple chinook salmon off Old Mission. Only a couple small lake trout were taken off Elk Rapids. Bass were caught on the east side in 15 to 20 feet or in the Elk River. In the West Bay, a nice chinook and a few lake trout were taken by those trolling near the white walls. Perch fishing was good north and south of Marion Island with minnows or shrimp in 35 feet. A few smallmouth bass were also caught. Lake trout were caught off Northport in the early morning. On the Boardman River, a couple summer run steelhead were caught at the dam when using spawn.

Leland: A few chinook along with good numbers of lake trout were caught out on the First Bank. Catch rates for chinook improved around North Manitou Island for those using spoons and hootchie mama’s with flies. Lake trout were still being caught on spin-glo’s behind a dodger, hootchie or cowbell. Smallmouth were caught in the river.

Platte Bay: Was producing a few chinook and coho. Good numbers of lake trout were also caught when anglers switched over and started targeting them.

Manistee: Surface temperatures dropped to 64 degrees. Chinook fishing was starting to pick up again. A mixed bag of chinook, coho and steelhead were caught 15 to 80 feet down in 65 to 150 feet. A good number of chinook were over 20 pounds. Flies, spoons and meat rigs were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow with a small number of chinook caught on spoons.

Ludington: Salmon fishing picked up with chinook and coho caught 30 to 90 feet down in 90 to 180 feet. Steelhead were also caught when using spoons, flies and meat rigs. One angler caught a 37 pound chinook. The end of the south pier is closed due to construction. Chinook were caught in Pere Marquette Lake when trolling or jigging.

Pentwater: Boats trolling from the dunes down to Little Sable Point caught chinook and coho 30 to 70 feet down in 70 to 150 feet with green and orange spoons, green plugs and meat rigs. Coho and steelhead were 30 to 80 feet down in 160 to 180 feet with spoons and flies.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting body baits or using crawlers near the bottom caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Perch were caught in 15 to 25 feet with jigs tipped with a red worm or wax worm.



Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon anglers are catching a mixed bag in 80 feet which seemed to be the most consistent. Some going well past 120 feet caught some coho. Spoons, meat rigs and flies were the ticket. Perch fishing continues to improve though the fish seem to be scattered and were caught in 25 to 55 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Had good numbers of steelhead up at the Berrien Springs Dam but fishing pressure was very low.

South Haven: Salmon fishing was inconsistent but a few fish were taken on spoons in 100 to 140 feet. Perch fishing was spotty as the fish were scattered in 20 to 60 feet. Of those caught, most were taken south of the piers.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught chinook, coho, steelhead, and lake trout 70 to 150 feet down in 140 to 210 feet. Green, orange and blue spoons along with yellow and green meat rigs were the ticket. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum on spoons.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A few limit catches of walleye were taken downstream of Johnson Park which is west of Grand Rapids. Some nice catfish were also caught. Bluegills have been caught and a few pike were taken here and there.

Grand River at Lansing: The big story is the very good smallmouth bass fishing. Water levels were back up just a bit and fish are being caught just about everywhere with live bait. A few scattered pike were also been caught.

Muskegon: Those trolling found a mix of salmon and trout 60 to 140 feet down in 140 to 220 feet. They were using orange and green spoons and yellow, green and black meat rigs with green or white flies. Pier fishing was slow.

Whitehall: Anglers trolling 35 to 70 feet down in 65 to 150 feet caught chinook, coho, steelhead and lake trout with green or blue spoons, green plugs and flies as well as meat rigs. A couple chinook were caught by pier anglers casting spoons. Those casting body baits in the channel caught smallmouth and the occasional walleye.

Houghton Lake is producing good fish

Beautiful weekend on Houghton Lake. Ryan Monroe (8) from Brighton caught a stringer full of pan fish off the dock by the south shore weed bed using worms under a bobber. Max Bashore (10) from St Johns caught a beautiful 4lb, 18 1/2″ bass. He was using minnows under a bobber at the middle grounds. Max released the fish. Great job, guys!

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