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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Fish are biting this week in Northern Michigan and area fishing report

 

 

Lots of healthy kings! Chase brought us this king and it weighed in just over 25lbs, the action is staying hot!!!! Kings,Coho,and Steelhead Ludington is the place to be!!! Meat rigs and Mag spoons are the ticket right now. Also a good perch bite off the lexington pier when the wind is from the north.

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Houghton Lake walleye. Wyatt Chrispell (9) from St. Joseph, MI landed this keeper walleye using leeches in 9′ of water. Amanda Jock from HL found this 19″ eye in only 6′ of water near the middle grounds using an orange and green crawler harness. Nice job!

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Houghton Lake tagged fish #8! Jeff Somes from Lincoln Park caught a nice 18 1/2″ walleye with a tag. Jeff received a $50 gas card and has a chance to win $100k and a Lund boat next April. There are over 200 tagged fish in HL waiting to be caught!

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Most lake trout anglers were still fishing off Harbor Point and northwest of the bay. Fish were caught on spoons and spin-glo’s 115 to 135 feet down near the bottom or within 10 to 20 feet of the bottom.

Petoskey: Lake trout were about 100 feet down. No salmon were caught yet. Fishing was still slow at the “Bobber Hole” with only a few smallmouth bass and some big freshwater drum taken. Water levels in the Bear River were normal. Anglers caught very small brown trout.

Charlevoix: Lake trout fishing improved especially around North Point. Some were caught near the bottom in 120 feet while others were suspended 100 to 140 feet down over deeper water. Spoons and spin-glo’s were the ticket. A couple lake herring were caught 50 to 90 feet down around North Point. Those fishing the channel were still targeting smallmouth bass but numbers were low. Freshwater drum and the odd sucker were caught with worms or leeches on the bottom.

Traverse City: Lake trout fishing was great in the East Bay both north and south of the M-37 launch. Trout and the odd whitefish were also caught when jigging near the bottom in deep water. Smallmouth fishing was slow but some good size fish were taken. The Elk River was slow with only small bass hitting on leeches. Lake trout fishing was good in the West Bay for those trolling or jigging near the M-22 launch. A nice chinook was also caught. Lake trout and the odd lake herring were caught south of Marion Island. A couple nice pike were caught in Northport. The Boardman River was slow except for a couple small bass and some panfish.

Leland: Good numbers of lake trout were caught on the First Bank with spin-glo’s behind cowbells or hootchies. A couple nice lake herring and chinook were also caught. Chinook were found on the west side of South Manitou Island when trolling spoons. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are still being caught in the Leland River.

Frankfort: Anglers are reporting good numbers of bigger chinook salmon from the Herring Hole to Betsie Point when trolling in the top 40 to 80 of waters 120 to 160 feet deep with spoons and plugs early or late. Pier anglers caught chinook with alewife in the early morning off the south breakwall.

Onekama: A good number of chinook and lake trout were caught in the “Barrel” with green or blue spoons in the early morning or evening. The fish are starting to shade from their chrome color indicating they may be staging for the run.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch has come to an end so panfish and bass were starting to show up a bit deeper. Anglers were working the drop-offs in 16 to 24 feet.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were 65 degrees. Chinook, coho and steelhead were caught 40 to 80 feet down in 100 to 140 feet when trolling straight out or south with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Ludington: Boat anglers caught some good size chinook salmon along with coho and steelhead. The Projects were producing the most about 50 to 70 feet down in 100 to 140 feet or 50 to 90 feet down in 120 to 180 feet off Big Sable Point. A few chinook were caught in the harbor and Pere Marquette Lake. Anglers did best with spoons and flies but a few were caught on meat rigs.

Pentwater: Salmon and steelhead fishing was excellent near Little Sable Point when trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass with crawlers near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Perch anglers had success in 25 to 35 feet on dropper-rigs tipped with perch minnows or wax worms. Those fishing the channel caught smallmouth bass with crawlers near the bottom.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mackinaw City: There was activity at the fishing pier but not much was caught. Anglers have tried body baits, soft baits or jigging Mister Twisters with no luck in the deeper water. Rock bass and freshwater drum were caught in the shallows.

Cheboygan: Anglers caught lake trout and a few chinook around Lafayette Point, the west side of Round Island, and off Spectacle Reef when trolling spoons.

Cheboygan River: Shore anglers caught freshwater drum, walleye, smallmouth bass, catfish, bullhead, and rock bass with worms on a plain hook or crawler harness at the Bois Blanc ferry parking lot and near the lock and dam. The walleye catch slowed with the water temperature increasing but anglers are still harvesting some in 17 to 21 feet or in 13 feet near the lock and dam. Those drifting a worm or leech between the paper mill and the city launch caught walleye, rock bass and freshwater drum.

Rogers City: The fish were scattered all over and no one spot was better than the other but most were fishing in 60 to 130 feet. Anglers were running downriggers, leadcore, copper, and dipsey divers throughout the water column. Most were using spoons but dodgers and flashers along with flies, squid and cut bait caught fish. Good colors were green, orange, blue, bloody nose, blue and green, blueberry muffin, black and white, chartreuse or silver. Anglers were taking a mixed bag of Atlantic, chinook, coho, steelhead, lake trout and walleye. The better fishing was in the evening.

Rockport: Anglers are taking a mixed bag of trout and salmon fishing straight out, around Middle Island, the Nordmeer Wreck, False Presque Isle and Stoneport in 60 to 130 feet. Most are using spoons but dodgers and flashers with flies and squid are also working. Good colors were green, blue, black and white, orange, silver or glow early and late. Walleye are starting to hit body baits or a crawler harness in 20 to 50 feet straight out, around Middle Island, False Presque Isle and Stoneport. Fish were suspended and near the bottom.

Alpena: Salmon and trout were found in 90 to 150 feet at the First, Second or Third set of “Humps” and off Thunder Bay Island. Most were just off the bottom but a few were taken about halfway down with spoons and spin-glo’s with paddles. Atlantics, pink salmon and steelhead were taken up high and a couple chinook were taken about halfway down. Several brown trout were caught on spoons in 40 to 50 feet in Thunder Bay. Walleye were caught in decent numbers by anglers trolling stick baits or harnesses with bottom bouncers in 25 to 40 feet off of Sulphur, Grass, and Thunder Bay Islands and out from the Black River. Early or late were best.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers caught smallmouth bass and a couple northern pike when casting crank baits. A few rock bass, bowfin, and channel cats were taken when still-fishing with crawlers. Walleye were caught sporadically by those drifting crawlers or casting and trolling stick baits.

Oscoda: Anglers found good numbers of lake trout straight out from the river in 100 to 150 feet. Most were on the bottom but a few were suspended about halfway. Coho and steelhead were caught in the top 50 to 75 feet. Try spoons, spin-glo’s and meat rigs. A few walleye suspended 25 feet down in about 100 feet were caught but most were hitting stick baits in 30 to 40 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, walleye, and freshwater drum when casting crank baits or still-fishing with crawlers. A few yellow perch and rock bass were caught on perch or crappie rigs.

Au Sable River: A few walleye were caught when drifting crawlers or leeches through the deeper holes in Oscoda and up near the trestle bridge in the late evening but many were too small. Large and smallmouth bass or pike were taken on crank baits. Bluegills and rock bass were taken on crawlers.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout anglers have taken fish when trolling with downriggers. Fish were found just off the bottom up near the North State Park in 135 feet. A few perch were still being caught in 30 to 35 feet and rock bass are everywhere.

Houghton Lake: Fishing has been steady. Walleye were being caught along the weed beds in 8 to 15 feet and bluegills were caught in 6 to 8 feet.

Tawas: Boat anglers after walleye are going down off Alabaster to fish in 50 to 60 feet, around Tawas Point and a bit north in 50 to 70 feet or crossing the bay and fishing north of the Charity Islands. Pier fishing is summer-slow with a few bluegills and bass caught.

Tawas River: Shore anglers were still taking a few catfish, smallmouth bass, carp and freshwater drum.

Au Gres: Walleye trollers were crossing the bay to fish the Slot and the Charity Islands, heading to 30 to 40 feet around the bell buoys or fishing the outside edge of the weed beds off Eagle Bay Marina. Everyone had fish but limits were a little harder to come by. Fishing was slow in the Au Gres River.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers reported fair catches or coho and lake trout when trolling spoons throughout the water column in 80 feet or in the top 150 feet of waters 400 feet deep. Coho were caught on spoons and stick baits near the lighthouse in the South Entry. In Traverse Bay, boat anglers had limited success with lake trout caught throughout the water column and coho taken in the top 50 of waters 150 feet deep.

Lake Gogebic: The mayfly hatch continues but anglers were starting to catch a few more walleye when trolling crank baits, leeches or a crawler harness. The evening bite with leeches and slip bobbers produced walleye and perch. Those trolling caught small pike. Smallmouth bass are rather active and can be found along the rocky shorelines. Weed beds on the north end were good for bluegills, sunfish, perch and even a few walleye in the evening.

Menominee River: Boat and shore anglers caught walleye, freshwater drum, catfish, and smallmouth bass. Boat anglers are trolling live and stick baits or casting spinners and plastics. Shore anglers were using live bait on the bottom.

Little Bay De Noc: Fly hatches and good numbers of bait fish slowed catches for all species this week. Walleye anglers were mostly in Green Bay waters fishing the 11-Mile Shoals, Minneapolis Shoals and near Round Island. Bass anglers fished the “Black Bottom” area south into Green Bay waters. Perch anglers caught a good number of small fish in the Kipling area in 4 to 10 feet and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor near the mouth. Those trolling a crawler harness in the Escanaba River between the mouth and the launch docks caught a few walleye. Anglers were marking good numbers of fish between Breezy Point and the Ford River Buoy but few were caught.

Manistique: Salmon anglers were going 10 to 16 miles out and fishing 50 to 90 feet down in 100 to 140 feet. Catch rates were slow as anglers report lots of baitfish throughout the area. Most river anglers have gone inland looking for panfish.

Marquette: Limits or near limits of coho were taken in the top 30 feet in the Lower Harbor and off Shot Point. Limits of lake trout were caught between the “white rocks” and Granite Island. Those running high lines also caught the occasional steelhead, brown trout or chinook.

Au Train: Plenty of lake trout were caught along the flats in front of Shelter Bay and north of Au Train Island. A few chinook and coho were caught in 50 feet or less out from the Au Train River.

Tahquamenon River: Musky fishing picked up with quite a few fish being caught. Pike were also active and were hitting red and white lures. The Dollarville Dam and Pier were producing small fish like perch, pumpkinseed, bluegills and rock bass. Boat anglers caught a few perch throughout the river.

St. Marys River: Sault St. Marie had decent fishing with a good number of Atlantic salmon and whitefish caught behind the Cloverland Powerhouse when using flies in 7 to 10 feet. Those targeting them behind the Federal Powerhouse may want to try trolling spoons or stick baits that resemble smelt. Walleye fishing has started to pick up. Try the sand or mud flats in 10 to 20 feet with a crawler harness at night. Pike were hitting on crank baits in the North Channel. Fishing in Lake George was slow with very few walleye caught. Smallmouth bass fishing was decent with tube baits or rubber worms in the shallows. In the lower river between Neebish Island and Sweet’s Point, walleye and yellow perch were slow and many were too small. Those putting in the time were finding a few bigger fish when trolling or drifting a crawler harness or deep diving crank bait in 12 to 18 feet near Round Island, Lime Island or near the mouth of Carlton Creek. The lake herring bite in Raber Bay has not picked up despite evidence of large mayfly hatches.

Detour: Reported good catches of chinook, lake trout and a few small Atlantics when trolling from Fry Pan Island just below the ferry boat lane to Drummond Island and the green buoy that sits just northwest of the lighthouse and Detour Reef. Chinook were 8 to 12 pounds and caught in 60 to 80 feet near the lighthouse when trolling an orange and white or chartreuse and chrome 4 inch spoon. For lake trout, try trolling over the 90 foot flat with red and white or orange and white spin’glo’s with cannon balls almost hitting the bottom. Atlantic salmon were hitting a small 3 inch spoon 25 to 35 feet down in 60 feet.

Drummond Island: Lake herring activity has practically stopped as the schooling fish have moved on to different areas of mayfly hatches. Most of the fishing pressure now has been for walleye and smallmouth bass. Walleye fishing was slow as most fish continue to gorge themselves on emerging insects. Schooling walleye were found but did not want to bite natural or artificial baits. Smallmouth fishing was excellent along the rocky drop-offs near Harbor Island and the shallow waters near Peck Island when floating crawlers and chubs or casting spinners, tube baits and deep diving crank baits.

Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville had reports of 8 and 9 inch yellow perch caught in 8 to 12 feet at the Viking Boat Works which is one mile south of the Cedarville launch. Perch were caught on the west side of Island #8 which is closer to Little Joe Island and at Little Salle Island which is out near the Les Cheneaux Islands with worms or shiners just off the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet between 9 and 11am. Smallmouth bass were caught on spinners at the mouth of Duck Bay and on the east side of Marquette Island. Off Hessel, those casting fly rods for smallmouth bass did well on the west side of Marquette Island on green flies in the swift water and off the rock piles in 4 to 6 feet. A few pike were caught in the evening with frozen smelt or a black and yellow bucktail spinner.

St. Ignace Had no reports. Some walleye were caught on leeches or worms and slip bobber at the pier and boat launch on the Carp River. Boat anglers caught pike on a crawler harnesses with leeches at the mouth. A few walleye were caught by shore anglers on the Pine River. Try worms or leeches and a slip bobber.


Fishing has been good the last few days

Fred Fields from Coach’s Charter reports a New area comes to life. Our friends from Tennessee conclude a great week.

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This one just came in! 29″ Walleye out of Lake Mitchell. We don’t see to many Master Angler Walleyes out of our lakes here but they do exist!
 
 
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Why is Predator Control-hunting important ? Trail cam pic 6-25-17

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Good perch bite off Ludington Pier

The Perch were biting great off the ludington Pier this week but reports of wind change and warmer water might slow the bite. 

smallmouth caught by this happy young man
smallmouth caught by this happy young man

Lots of big smallmouth are being caught in East Grand Traverse Bay from 17 to 30 feet on weed beds. Some up to 6 pounds.  Photo above from tuesday

Houghton Lake been fair for walleye this week with leeches working best.

 

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Most lake trout anglers were fishing from Harbor Point and northwest of the bay. Many fish were suspended 30 to 60 feet off the bottom in 140 to 200 feet but others were caught near the bottom in 100 to 120 feet. Anglers are waiting for a decent thermocline to set up and stay in the area.

Petoskey: Lake trout fishing was hit-or-miss in Little Traverse Bay. Most boats were fishing the Harbor Springs side. A few lake trout were taken near the bottom in 120 to 130 feet between 9-Mile Point and Petoskey. Fishing at the mouth of the Bear River in the Bobber Hole was slow with only a small pike taken. Water levels were a bit low on the Bear River but a couple steelhead and small brown trout were taken on worms or spawn. Those fishing the breakwall caught smallmouth bass and rock bass.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers found lake trout near North Point when fishing just off the bottom in 135 feet. Those fishing the channel were starting to catch a few more legal size smallmouth bass but they were putting in their time to get them. Freshwater drum were taken on worms or leeches on the bottom.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, lake trout fishing was very good near Deepwater Point when trolling or jigging and at the south end of the bay when trolling. Smallmouth bass were caught in 10 to 15 feet south of the M-37 boat launch. The Elk River was slow with only a couple smallmouth bass taken. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught when trolling across from Elmwood Marina on the east side. Fish were caught south of M-22 on the west side but the action was very slow at times. Pike fishing in Northport was slow. The Boardman River was slow with only a few panfish or small bass taken.

Lake Leelanau: Was producing a good number of walleye for those trolling a crawler harness in 30 feet.

Leland: Still had good lake trout fishing on the First and Second Banks. A few chinook salmon were caught on the First Bank and around North Manitou Island. Most of the salmon were taken on spoons and the lake trout were taken on spin-glo’s behind cowbells, dodgers or spinners.

Platte Bay: Good numbers of lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons and spin-glo’s behind dodgers and cowbells.

Benzie County: Inland lakes were producing walleye, rock bass and small perch.

Lake Missaukee: Was producing some bluegills.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were near 50 degrees. Chinook salmon are starting to show up and were caught when trolling south in 100 to 150 feet. Lake trout were caught to the north in 120 to 180 feet. A small number of coho and steelhead were also caught. Spoons and cut bait were producing the best. Pier fishing was slow.

Ludington: Surface temperatures here were about 47 degrees. A 24 pound chinook salmon was caught recently in 100 to 180 feet. Steelhead and lake trout were also caught. A small number of chinook were caught in the basin and just outside the piers in 30 feet as well. Spoons and meat rigs were the ticket.

Pentwater: Anglers trolling 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 160 feet caught chinook and coho along with the occasional steelhead on spoons. Lake trout were taken near the bottom with paddles and flies. Pier anglers caught smallmouth in the channel with crawlers near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Bass anglers caught fish along the edge of the weeds in 12 to 20 feet when casting crank baits. Anglers fishing Longbridge Road caught bluegills, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass when drifting worms under a bobber.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mackinaw City: Pier anglers drifting worms or casting spoons and spinners did not have much luck. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass in Cecil Bay when using artificial baits.

Cheboygan: Anglers are not getting as many walleye but the fish caught were averaging 19 inches. Smallmouth bass were averaging about 18 inches and some weighed up to 7 pounds.

Cheboygan River: Many shore anglers fishing the Bois Blanc ferry dock or in front of the DNR Office have caught walleye, smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegills, catfish, suckers and freshwater drum with crawlers or leeches on a plain hook with a slip bobber or a crawler harness.

Rogers City: The better fishing has been when colder water is higher in the water column. Anglers have caught chinook, coho and Atlantic salmon, lake trout, steelhead and the occasional walleye in the top 25 to 30 feet of waters 50 to 120 feet deep. Orange and green spoons were good. For lake trout, try spin-glo’s, attractors and spoons. Chinook were caught before sunrise and after sunset. Good colors for spoons were green, blue, black and white, green and blue or anything that glows. Look for baitfish to increase catch rates.

Rockport: Anglers were taking a nice mix of trout, salmon and walleye. The thermocline has been changing a lot so pay close attention to wind conditions that will roll the lake over and bring the colder water up top. Most were fishing in 60 to 130 feet with lines throughout the water column. Use bright colors up high. The fish are scattered so try straight out, around Middle Island, the Nordmeer Wreck, off False Presque Isle and Stoneport.

Long Lake: In Presque Isle County had steady walleye fishing.

Alpena: Anglers continue to find decent numbers of lake trout when trolling spoons or spin-glo’s near the bottom in 90 to 140 feet off Thunder Bay Island and the first set of “humps”. A couple steelhead were caught in the top 30 feet. Walleye fishing was slow during the day but anglers did well at night when trolling crank baits and harnesses behind dipseys, planers, or bottom bouncers in 18 to 30 feet off Sulphur Island, Partridge Point, or in front of Bay View Park. Smallmouth bass, pike and freshwater drum were also caught. A few good size smallmouth were taken by those casting crank baits, jigging tube baits or drop-shotting in Squaw Bay, off North Point and near Grass and Sulphur Islands.

Thunder Bay River: Those casting body baits or drifting crawlers and leeches near the bottom or under a bobber caught a couple nice walleye. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum, and bullhead were also caught on crawlers. Pike, bowfin and smallmouth bass were caught on crank baits.

Oscoda: Still had good lake trout action when trolling spoons or spin-glo’s near the bottom in 90 to 140 feet straight out from the river and around the “humps”. A couple steelhead and pink salmon were caught in the top 30 feet. Pier anglers caught walleye, channel cats, carp and freshwater drum with leeches and crawlers near the bottom.

Au Sable River: Walleye were caught by those trolling harnesses with bottom bouncers or drifting crawlers and leeches through the deeper holes between Oscoda and the Whirlpool access. Legal sized fish were few and far between. Some rock bass and freshwater drum when taken by those drifting or floating crawlers. A few smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers or crank baits.

Higgins Lake: Good numbers of rock bass have been caught on minnows or crawlers along the drop-offs. Perch were still being caught but they are running small.

Houghton Lake: Was producing lots of bluegills in 2 to 3 feet of water. Walleye anglers trolling a jig and leech have caught fish along the weed beds. Bass were also caught. Those targeting pike say the fish are hitting on just about anything but most of the fish were small.

Tawas: Most of those trolling for walleye were heading over near the Charity Islands. The key is to find the warmer water and that’s where the fish will be. Everyone was getting fish including some limit catches. Those not wanting to head out that far were fishing the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina where they caught walleye and pike when trolling above the weeds or casting into the holes in the weed beds.

Tawas River: Shore anglers caught a mix of catfish, freshwater drum and bass.

Au Gres: Walleye anglers were crossing over to the Charity Islands or heading south of Pointe Au Gres and fishing in 20 to 30 feet around the “Humps” northeast of the end of the shipping channel in the warmer water.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

On the west end, good fishing was reported in Iron, Gogebic and Dickinson Counties. Summer fish patterns are starting to emerge with the recent bug hatches.

Lake Gogebic: A few walleye were caught when trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses or when floating a leech under a slip bobber. Panfish seem to be moving into deeper water. Pike fishing was slow and most of the fish caught were sub-legal. The consistent fishing was for smallmouth bass.

Menominee River: Shore and boat anglers caught walleye, smallmouth, catfish and freshwater drum. Boat anglers trolling stick baits and bottom bouncers with live bait and shore anglers were using crawlers and minnows on the bottom.

Little Bay De Noc: The walleye action was slow. Most fish were caught from the Escanaba River south to the Ford River. Near the Escanaba River, anglers were trolling a crawler harness in 18 to 24 feet. Off Breezy Point, anglers were using a crawler harness or stick baits just off the break in 16 to 22 feet. Fair perch catches at Kipling and near the Day’s River Buoy with crawlers in 3 to 25 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught off Garth Point in 18 to 24 feet and Hunters Point in 20 feet. The better catches came from the Farmers Dock area in 10 to 26 feet when casting jigs with plastics or crank baits. The best trout and salmon action was 65 to 90 feet down in 120 to 130 feet past the Ford River Can.

Munising: The few boats heading out had mixed results as some got no hits and others caught several lake trout averaging 4 to 5 pounds. Pier anglers at the Anna River reported poor catch rates.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers managed to catch a few lake trout in the early morning in 100 to 120 feet. The fish were feeding on smelt. Pier anglers caught whitefish on a single egg but most of them were small at 11 to 12 inches.

Tahquamenon River: Had slow catch rates. The main catches were small bluegills, rock bass and pumpkinseed sunfish. Pike and musky were few and far between as anglers were casting and trolling everything they had but had little luck.

St. Marys River: Fishing in Sault Ste. Marie has really begun to pick up as those targeting Atlantic salmon and whitefish have done well when drifting flies behind the Edison Power Plant. Those trolling had decent catches of Atlantic salmon and steelhead behind the Federal Power Plant with stick baits that resemble smelt and green and orange or silver spoons. Shore fishing for Atlantics is just starting off the Sugar Island Ferry docks. Fishing on Sugar Island is very slow with almost no walleye caught. Pike fishing was inconsistent. A few yellow perch were caught in the North Channel. In the lower river, slow walleye action was reported from Neebish Island to Sweet’s Point. Those drifting a crawler harness near Round Island caught walleye and several nice yellow perch in 12 to 18 feet. Use bright colors like orange, green and red. The lake herring bite was slow. It appears the herring are staying to the south and will continue to do so until the mayfly hatch shifts to the north.

Detour: Trout and salmon fishing slowed way down at the Detour Reef because of the large mayfly hatch. Most anglers have now switched to fishing lake herring and whitefish. Limit catches of lake herring mixed in with whitefish and a few yellow perch have been caught just south of Burnt Island which is on the north end of Drummond Island when using a tear-drop with a wax worm or a dark brown fly with a hint of gold mixed in.

Drummond Island: Lake herring were still being caught in Potaganissing Bay. Mayflies continue to hatch and are keeping fish in the area. A good number of whitefish have also been caught. Hot spots for herring include the south side of Harbor Island, near Burnt Island and near Long Island. Use tear-drops and other ice jigs with a wax worm near the bottom. Hot colors were red, purple and brown.

Cedarville and Hessel: At Cedarville, Snow’s Channel was producing some nice catches of northern pike 28 to 30 inches for those trolling black and yellow bucktail spinners in 6 to 8 feet off any of the weed beds throughout the channel. Good panfish action in and around the docks with worms or minnows. Some nice largemouth bass and rock bass were caught from Hill Island Road Bridge with small worms and minnows. A few walleye were caught off the Club Cut that borders the Cedarville Golf Course at the west end of Snow’s Channel to the east end of Mackinaw Bay when drifting shiners under a bobber in 6 to 10 feet early morning or late evening. In Hessel, pike fishing was good when still-fishing chubs in 6 to 10 feet in Wilderness Bay. Schools of yellow perch were seen moving through the finger docks at the Hessel Marina. Try small worms and shiners.

St. Ignace Had no anglers but fishing pressure on the Carp River increased as several walleye averaging 18 inches were caught with leeches and crawlers on a harness or a slip bobber with a leech. Pike averaging 28 inches were caught at the mouth when trolling a yellow and white crawler harness. Fishing on the Pine River was slow.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers were taking limit catches of walleye in 24 to 26 feet off Fermi and Stony Point when fishing out towards the Michigan-Ohio line. Most are trolling a crawler harness and bottom bouncer. Perch are beginning to slowly trickle in though a few anglers reported limit catches out of Bolles Harbor when using minnows and spreaders near the W Buoy. Fish were also caught off Stony Point and in front of the Metro Park wave pond.

Huron River: Anglers caught a mixed bag of panfish, bass, and bullhead.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers were getting fish in 14 to 17 feet around Horse Island, Celeron Island and Sugar Island. Fish were also caught in the Amherstburg Channel which is in Canadian waters.

Wamplers Lake: Large and smallmouth bass were caught in 5 to 8 feet along the weed lines with a grub or soft plastic crayfish.

Sand Lake: Largemouth bass were caught in 7 to 8 feet along the weed lines while casting or jigging a plastic crayfish.

Lake St. Clair: Walleye anglers primarily had luck in the shipping channel and around the Dumping Grounds when trolling a crawler harness. The bigger fish were coming from the Dumping Grounds. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow but a few were caught around the St. Clair Light. Many were now fishing for largemouth in the canals and along the shoreline. Perch anglers had luck when jigging crawlers out near the Middle Channel at Buoy 29.

St. Clair River: Limit catches of walleye continued to be caught along the shipping channel. The Middle Channel was producing a decent number of fish.

Lexington to Port Austin: Walleye fishing was still excellent all the way over to Harbor Beach. Smaller fish 14 to 16 inches were found in 20 to 30 feet but the big fish were in 40 feet. A few boats chasing lake trout found fish in 175 to 180 feet straight north of Grindstone City. The fish were near the bottom but some were also hitting up high just 20 to 40 feet down. Steelhead and Atlantic salmon were also caught. The big news off Lexington and Port Sanilac is the yellow perch fishing. Fish were caught around various weed beds from a little north of Port Sanilac all the way south to Lake Port. Most were taken in 15 to 22 feet but a few anglers were fishing out deeper. Pier anglers at Port Sanilac caught a few white bass and pike while pier anglers at Lexington caught bluegills and rock bass.

Saginaw Bay: Continues to have very good to excellent walleye fishing over most of the bay but the best fishing continues to be in the southern end and up the east side and around the tip of the Thumb. Good areas were 16 to 20 feet off Linwood, the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), 8 to 12 feet off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, 2 to 3 miles northeast of Spoils Island, 10 to 12 feet on the Callahan Reef and in 12 to 18 feet in the Slot between Quanicassee and the tip of Sand Point. Most were trolling crawler harnesses with orange and chartreuse spinners but those trolling crank baits or spoons also did well. Fish are staying within the inner bay for the most part but the bigger fish are moving to the tip of the Thumb and outside it. Those trolling outside the Thumb have done well for lake trout. Caseville was slow and had very light fishing pressure.

Saginaw River: Walleye were caught just a couple miles up from the mouth in the lower river. This is a good place to try if it is too windy on the bay. Shore anglers at Smith Park caught catfish, freshwater drum and bass.

Tittabawassee River: Anglers caught some bass, pike and freshwater drum.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

 

St. Joseph: Salmon anglers are catching a few but the fish were still scattered. About 100 feet of water was a good starting point. Steelhead fishing was slow but a few fish were caught each day. Perch fishing continues to improve with fish taken in 30 feet. Pier anglers only caught a couple steelhead but lots of freshwater drum.

South Haven: Salmon anglers are catching a few in 90 feet or so. Perch were hitting south of the piers in 30 feet. A couple steelhead were caught by pier anglers when using shrimp.

Kalamazoo County: Good catches of bass and bluegills were noted in Indian, Austin, and Long Lake.

Barry County: Smallmouth bass were caught in the Flat River.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught a mix of trout and salmon 30 to 90 feet down in 80 to 200 feet with green, orange or pink spoons. Green or yellow meat rigs were better in deeper waters. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp or alewife. Those casting spoons caught freshwater drum.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A light number of Skamania steelhead were still being caught up near the dam. Walleye fishing slowed but was picking back up. Bass fishing was decent.

Grand River at Lansing: Anglers caught channel cats, carp and smallmouth bass.

Lake Lansing: Was producing a few panfish and a couple small pike.

Maple River: Was producing a good number of bass.

Pine River: In Montcalm County was producing large carp, rock bass and smallmouth bass up near the St. Louis Dam.

Crystal Lake: In Montcalm County was producing walleye and panfish.

Muskegon:Salmon and trout were caught 30 to 90 feet down in 80 to 180 feet when using a mix of green, orange or blue spoons, flies and green or yellow meat rigs. Pier anglers were still taking some freshwater drum.

Whitehall: Anglers trolling 40 to 70 down in 90 to 150 feet caught chinook and coho on spoons. Those working the bottom caught lake trout on spoons or paddles and flies.Pier anglers caught largemouth bass on crawlers and jigs tipped with soft plastics.

 

 

Beautiful, Houghton Lake walleye! Joshua (13) from Grand Rapids caught a lunker, 26″ walleye using a blade bait. Ryan (8) and Tom (not 8) from Prudenville with a 20″ eye and 11″ Crappie using a crawler harness. Larry Damato from Grove City, OH landed a big 22″ walleye on leeches. Well done, everyone!

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How bout a little love for all the small boats out there!? Jonathan Ott smashed this 27.5 lbs, master angler King last night out of his 14 foot Starcraft, ‘ The Mistress’. This was his first king out of his new boat! Congratulations Jon!

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