Michigan Fishing report 8/20/2015

Hearing of a perch bite on Elk Lake this week with nice perch being caught. Crystal also reporting a perch bite but lots of little ones.

Lots of wind this week have kept fisherman off most big lakes and Houghton Lake has been slow this week.

Patrick from Dayton, OH is showing off the Pike his grandpa caught on Houghton Lake
Patrick from Dayton, OH is showing off the Pike his grandpa caught on Houghton Lake

Patrick from Dayton, OH is showing off the Pike his grandpa caught on Houghton Lake. We were told that Grandpa schooled the younger guys in the boat…he used two rods and had to have help several times because he had two fish on at the same time. Nice job Patrick and Grandpa!

Water temperatures on the inland lakes, rivers and streams were in the 70’s. The better fishing has been early morning or later in the evening. Steelhead fishing in the rivers was slow and there have been no reports of salmon movement because of the extremely warm waters.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A couple lake trout and a nice salmon were caught 90 to 120 feet down in 140 to 150 feet around Harbor Point.

Petoskey: Anglers had a hard time getting lake trout or salmon into the boat. The thermocline keeps changing but was significantly deeper and down over 100 feet. Fishing at the “Bobber Hole” and off all the piers was slow. A couple smallmouth bass were caught off the D Pier.

Bear River: Angler pressure is still low at the dam and the water level was still very low. Predicted rain this week might bring in some trout or salmon.

Charlevoix: Anglers are lake trout fishing off North Point and around the Cement Plant. The fish were on the bottom or suspended 70 to 100 feet down in 100 to 150 feet. Only a few salmon were caught. Those fishing the channel caught smallmouth, freshwater drum and rock bass when using crawlers, leeches or soft plastics.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing was fair below the power dam and out to the mouth. Anglers were using a variety of live baits or plastic tube baits.

Traverse City: Salmon fishing was slow in the East Bay but the lake trout action was good in 60 to 100 feet. A few anglers are targeting smallmouth bass in 10 to 40 feet. In the West Bay, anglers are marking salmon on their electronics but fishing has been slow with only a couple chinook caught 50 to 60 feet down in 90 feet or deeper. They are using glow spoons or plugs early morning and around dusk. Lake trout and the occasional cisco were caught in 50 to 100 feet.

Boardman River: Rock bass and sub-legal smallmouth bass have been caught on crawlers and leeches at the mouth and near the Union Street Dam.

Glen Lake: The boat launch has reopened following repairs after the storm.

Frankfort: Those heading north and trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 160 feet were starting to land better numbers of chinook when using J-plugs in the early morning and meat rigs after the sun comes up. Coho, lake trout and steelhead were hitting on spoons in the same area.

Onekama: Boats trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 160 to 250 feet reported the majority of hits were in the morning when using green, blue or white J-plugs. Meat rigs on 10 to 14 colors caught some nice chinook salmon.

Portage Lake: A few coho were caught in 30 feet near the mouth when trolling smaller body baits. Anglers working the cooler waters near the drop-offs caught a few largemouth bass.

Ludington: Catch rates picked up this week with anywhere from 2 to 6 chinook coming in per boat and the charters coming in with even better catches. Steelhead are slowly coming in here and there with an occasional coho. The lake has turned over and colder water has pushed back in. J-plugs and cut bait have been the most popular bait. Anglers are fishing south to north at 60 to 89 feet down in 80 to 130 feet. The better fishing has been in the morning however a decent bite was reported in the evening and right at dark.

Pentwater: Catch rates were fair for those targeting trout and salmon. Cooler temperatures will be needed to get the fish moving into spawning mode.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Those fishing near the Foot Bridge caught a good number of smallmouth bass, walleye and pike but most were sub-legal. Anglers were using crawlers and wax worms off multiple fishing piers.

Rogers City: Continues to produce a mixed bag of chinook, steelhead and lake trout. The chinook are here but in low numbers. Some are getting a few while others struggle to find them especially south towards Swan Bay and Adams Point in 40 to 90 feet. Try 20 to 25 feet down with spoons or J-plugs and attractors with flies or squid. Good colors were green, blue, black and white or glow.

East and West Twin Lakes: The fishing was slow on East Twin. Anglers were trolling and jigging with artificial and natural baits for walleye but they had no luck. Perch fishing was slow. Surface water temperature was between 70 and 74 degrees and the weeds are starting to come up around the island. Try 6 to 8 feet for smallmouth. Walleye fishing on West Twin was moderate but most of the fish caught were sub-legal. Anglers are trolling in 6 to 18 feet with both artificial and natural baits. The lake provides easy fishing for rock bass but most are caught in the perch holes and off Eagle Point. Perch fishing was moderate in 4 to 6 feet.

Alpena: It seemed like the walleye left the bay because those targeting them came in with one fish. Lake trout are still being caught off the “Humps” and the deeper water off Thunder Bay Island and the Nordmere Wreck.

Thunder Bay River: Had very little to report with only a few smaller panfish caught.

Harrisville: Walleye were being caught in good numbers. Evening and very early morning was best but some did report the occasional midday catch. Body baits worked best but also try wobble glo’s, spin-glo’s and small spoons in 12 to 15 feet. Lake trout moved in slightly. Try fishing throughout the water column in 80 to 120 feet with spoons, spin-glo’s and wobble glo’s behind dodgers.

Oscoda: Pier fishing seems to be getting better as anglers were catching walleye, channel cats and smallmouth bass. Catfish are being caught on crawlers and minnows throughout the night. Walleye are hitting throughout the day but evening may be a touch better when drifting crawlers or casting body baits. Lake trout are out deep in 150 to 180 feet and hitting on spoons, body baits, spin-glo’s and wobble glo’s. The fish were suspended about 20 feet from the bottom.

Au Sable River: Spinners and body baits are being used to catch bass.

Higgins Lake: Those looking for perch are using minnows and wax worms. Rock bass are everywhere and provide a great fishery for young anglers. Those trolling for lake trout are fishing along the bottom in waters 80 feet and deeper. Those fishing higher in the water column may find a couple brown trout or rainbow trout. Try black and gold, black and silver or perch colored body baits.

Houghton Lake: Walleye fishing has been tough but a few were caught early morning or evening in about 9 feet. Some are using purple or chartreuse harnesses but those trolling small crank baits have caught some nice bluegill and crappie. Large and smallmouth bass fishing was good but the pike fishing was slow. Those fishing the canals caught crappie. Pike, bass and bluegills were caught on the upper side of the Reedsburg Dam.

Lake St. Helen: Had good fishing. Largemouth bass were hitting soft plastics on the bottom during the day and top water lures in early morning or late evening. Panfish including bluegills, sunfish and rock bass were caught by those drifting a piece of crawler. No walleye or crappie to report.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was slow.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was slow. Some fish were caught in 60 feet or more along the weed beds off the Pine River but the action was not hot by any means. Most anglers were working extremely had to get 1 or 2 fish per boat.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers did catch a few chinook, coho and lake trout. At Big Traverse Bay, anglers were jigging or trolling from Hermits Cove to 7-Mile Reef and picking up some coho and lake trout. Those jigging are in 180 to 260 feet out from Big Louie’s Point. Baitfish were reported near Big Louie’s and some managed to pick up coho, chinook and steelhead in waters as shallow as 35 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported catches throughout the Bay but the better catches were taken south of the Ford River where anglers were trolling stick baits between Round Island and No-See-Um Creek in 10 to 20 feet. Northern pike have been showing up in good numbers this year. So much so that some are now pursuing them and reporting good catches near the Day’s River, the west bank in Kipling near Brach’s Cabins, the north side of Saunders Point, the mouth of the Escanaba River and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. They are trolling crank baits, spinners, buck tails or spoons in 8 to 20 feet. Several good catches of perch were reported in Kipling using minnows or worms in 10 to 18 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers reported the best catches just south of the Ford River when casting plastics in 8 to 12 feet. Salmon anglers had fair catch rates between the Ford River Buoy and the shoals when trolling spoons 30 to 75 feet down in 65 to 110 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported the best catches down by Round Island when trolling stick baits or crawler harnesses in and around 20 feet. For smallmouth, the best areas continue to be Kate’s Bay and over to Ansell’s Point, Porcupine Point and St. Vitals Island when casting plastics, crank baits and spinners or jigging and drifting crawlers in 8 to 18 feet. Off Fairport, catch rates for chinook were fair 40 to 90 feet down in 100 to 130 feet. Some are still traveling to St. Martins Island for salmon. Day anglers are still taking good numbers of lake trout in the area.

Marquette: The Upper Harbor remains closed for renovation so the one in the Lower Harbor is the only public launch for Lake Superior. Surface water temperatures remain in the low to mid 60’s. Lake trout success improved. Some were only getting a few fish but the majority came in with four to five fish when using flies, spoons and cut bait. They are fishing north and east of the port and targeting the White Rocks, the Sand Hole, the Clay Banks and north of Granite Island. A few did try east of the Chocolay River towards Shot Point and caught fish up to 10 pounds. Anglers reported a few more chinook salmon with younger fish caught in 17 to 18 feet.

Big Shag Lake: The boating access site located off Marquette County Road 557, along Knudsen Road will be closed through Friday, August 21 for installation of a new concrete ramp. There is no alternate boat launch in the area.

Au Train Lake: Angler success improved slightly with more quality size walleye up to 25 inches reported but most were still reporting poor catch rates with only one or two fish caught in the evening when trolling crawler harnesses or small crank baits. A couple 18 to 20 inch smallmouth bass were caught and released. The perch action was fair but most fish were released due to the small size.

South Manistique Lake: Fishing slowed but bluegills and pike were caught in good numbers. Warmer weather has surface water temperatures in the mid 70’s so most of the fish were deeper than usual. For bluegills, try early morning along the north side of Long Point with worms or flies and a bobber.

DeTour: Warmer temperatures helped set the thermocline at 45 feet along the river. A few more chinook were caught by those using flashers and spin-glo’s about 42 feet down in waters 100 feet or deeper. Both Atlantic and chinook salmon seemed to be staging from the red buoy to the back of the lighthouse off Crab Island. Atlantic salmon were caught using fly type baits or small 3 inch spoons. Good lake trout action when trolling blue, white and chrome spoons in 60 to 80 feet between Fry Pan Island and the green buoy west of the lighthouse. Good reports of baitfish off Crab Island could keep the salmon staging in this area.

Drummond Island: Had good reports of walleye at Picnic Island which is just out from Drummond Island Township Park. The fish were caught early morning or late evening when using slip bobbers with minnows just off the weed beds in 6 to 10 feet. Northern pike have been fair just off the weed beds on the southeast side of Grape Island when fishing with chubs or when casting and trolling chrome spoons with a red eye. Rock bass were caught around the docks at Yacht Haven when using worms in the early morning or evening. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair on both sides of the entrance to Harbor Island when using dark brown tube jigs or still-fishing minnows with a bobber in 6 feet.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye fishing was light as not many anglers were targeting them. Those that were used crawler harnesses or crank baits when trolling in 17 to 25 feet. The lake had a lot of perch anglers and the ones having the most luck were using minnows on spreaders in 20 to 25 feet off Stony Point, the Fermi Stacks, in Brest Bay and around Turtle Island.

Lenawee County: Devils Lake had good bluegill fishing for those using wax worms or crickets near the bottom in 20 to 30 feet. A couple good catches of pike were taken by those trolling in 15 to 25 feet. Lake Hudson had one success story, the angler that caught a muskie. Those looking for bass will want to try fishing around structure and the lily pads in the early morning and late evening.

Detroit River: Walleye fishing was slow on the Canadian side. A few smaller fish were taken near the casino, whiskey plant, salt mines and the east side of Belle Isle. Fishing was slow in Michigan waters with only a few caught around Sugar Island, Stony Island or the Trenton Channel. Most are bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. The walleye downriver ranged 1 to 3 pounds. A few did manage to catch a couple yellow perch ranging 7 to 9 inches. Anglers caught pike, rock bass and freshwater drum. Those targeting channel cats did well in the Trenton Channel. Catch rates for bass were slow. Water temperatures were up near 72 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Had slow fishing for walleye and perch but good fishing for bass and muskie. Bass anglers should also try the St. Clair River Channels because smallmouth movement from the warm lake into the river is typical this time of year. Overall perch fishing was slow but a few good reports came from the area around Grassy Island in Anchor Bay, the shipping channel and the Dumping Grounds.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been slow. Water temperature in the lower river was 70 degrees. Only a few were caught in the Delta Channels. Anglers there were trolling crawler harnesses.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Charters after lake trout are still getting them in 140 to 160 feet. Those fishing in the harbor at Lexington caught a few pike and a couple catfish after dark.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout have been taken in 80 to 120 feet straight out and north of the harbor using clean spoons off downriggers and dodgers with spin-glo’s or spin doctors with flies off the bottom. Try chrome and green with a red head or blue and green with white wings. Anything that glows should also do well. A couple steelhead were caught in the top 25 to 80 feet near the color lines. Use spoons off downriggers and 5, 7, or 10 color lines with offshore boards. A few walleye were caught straight out and north of the harbor when using Hot-n-Tots and worm burners with crawlers and spoons in 40 to 100 feet.

Grindstone City: Walleye fishing was good but slowed over the last week. A couple fish were caught early morning or late evening.

Port Austin: A few walleye were taken on crawler harnesses in 20 to 28 feet near the lighthouse.

Saginaw Bay: Hot weather, very warm water temperatures and a murky inner bay because of windy conditions did slow fishing to almost a standstill. A few walleye were taken on spoons in 25 feet northeast of the Spark Plug. Some were starting to try for perch but the average catch per trip was only 5 to 8 fish per boat. Anglers may want to try the “Black Hole” off Pinconning. One bright spot was the good bass fishing around Spoils Island. Anglers were casting spinners and crank baits. Fishing along the east side was very slow.

Saginaw River: Catfish and freshwater drum are still being caught in the lower river.

Sanford Lake: For bass anglers, some were getting limit catches while others were getting skunked. Most of the bass were caught on soft plastic baits. Bluegills were hitting on worms or very small white jigs tipped with wax worms. Crappies were still hitting on pinky jigs with white double twister tails. A few pike were caught.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing has not been consistent as it is good one day and slow the next. Perch anglers caught fish in 30 to 50 feet. Salmon fishing has been similar but fish were caught in 75 to 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow. A couple freshwater drum were taken on crawlers.

South Haven: Perch fishing was decent with most anglers finding them south of the piers in 40 feet. Salmon were caught in 80 to 100 feet and most fish were taken on dipsey divers with spoons or J-plugs. Pier fishing was not consistent. A couple steelhead were caught but the water warmed up and the fish moved out.

Kalamazoo River: A few walleye were caught below the Allegan Dam. The catfish action has been fair to good. Look for channel cats below the dams and flatheads in the deeper holes.

Grand Haven: Boats were finding salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 70 to 120 feet. Glow plugs, green or white meat rigs, and green flies were taking fish. Pier anglers are catching the occasional steelhead on shrimp.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Several steelhead were caught at the 6th Street Dam. Walleye and smallmouth bass continue to be caught below the dam. They are hitting on artificial and live bait. Channel and flathead catfish are being caught with crawlers or small bluegills fished off the wall and below the dam.

Grand River at Lansing: Is producing a few scattered walleye below the North Lansing Dam and the Moore’s Park Dam. Try live bait or a white twister tail grub. Those targeting catfish or carp should find some fish.

Morrison Lake: Was good for bluegill and crappie.

Jordan Lake: Was producing a good number of nice bluegills.

Muskegon: Salmon were caught 40 to 90 feet down in 70 to 130 feet. Glow spoons and green glow plugs are working in low light conditions. Green meat rigs and flies were also working well. Pier anglers are catching smallmouth bass.

Muskegon River: Is producing some nice brown trout and smallmouth bass.

Whitehall: Catch rates were fair for those trolling in 90 to 160 feet with dipsey divers, copper and meat rigs. The fish have finally set up. Pier anglers had hopes of catching salmon however the fish are not in yet.

Michigan Fishing Report 8/14/2015

Nice Lake trout caught by coach’s charters on light tackle on east Grand Traverse Bay

Coach's Charter lake trout
Coach’s Charter lake trout

Fishing has been slow since the big storm as dirty water and huge low pressure has put the bite on hold. Reports the last two days have been good as things are returning to normal.

Windy conditions are not making it easy for those fishing on the Great Lakes and the large inland lakes. Fish were scattered throughout the water column. Those fishing the smaller inland lakes and rivers are catching bass, bluegills, pike, walleye and a good number of catfish.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Most boats are still fishing at Harbor Point or up at 5-Mile Point. They are looking for salmon but catching mainly lake trout which were as shallow as 30 feet down or as deep as 90 feet down in 150 feet.

Petoskey: Had a thermocline about 50 feet down. Anglers are searching for salmon but only catching lake trout. Boats heading towards Bay Harbor and East Park caught lake trout on spoons and J-plugs 70 to 85 feet down. The “Bobber Hole” is still pretty slow. A few smallmouth, rock bass, and bullhead were caught on worms and soft plastics off the D Pier. Smallmouth were caught off the breakwall when using worms, jigs and soft plastics.

Bear River: Water levels were still pretty low. A few small steelhead and rock bass were caught on flies and worms. Smallmouth bass fishing was decent below the power dam for those using minnows or leeches but many were sub-legal.

Charlevoix: Most boats are coming in with lake trout and very few salmon. The lake trout were about 50 feet down in waters over 100 feet deep. Many are fishing North Point, around the can at the Cement Plant or towards Fisherman’s Island with spoons, flies and spin-glo’s. Some reported a few salmon caught north and south of the channel. Boats fishing the channel caught lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass but a few more nice ones were starting to show up. Freshwater drum were also caught. A couple rock bass and smaller perch were taken near the lighthouse when using crawlers, leeches or soft plastics on the bottom.

Traverse City: Lake trout were scattered in the East Bay. Fish were marked anywhere from 60 to 110 feet. Salmon were reported 50 to 80 feet down in 90 to 200 feet but very few were caught. In the West Bay, lake trout were near the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. Salmon fishing was slow but a few were reported along the White Walls.

Boardman River: Brown trout fishing up near Sabin Dam was hit-or-miss for those using flies. Further upstream, those using worms and flies caught brook and brown trout between the “Forks” and Brown Bridge. Some are looking for summer steelhead but few have been caught.

Frankfort: Anglers were heading north and trolling anywhere from 80 to 140 feet down in 150 to 250 feet. They were using spoons and meat rigs in the top 80 feet. The numbers are low but the chinook are there and the average size was 15 to 17 pounds. Good numbers of lake trout are hitting just off the bottom near Betsie Point.

Onekama: Those trolling the west side of the “Barrel” are landing good numbers of lake trout when using cowbells and spin-glo’s off the bottom. Chinook were hitting meat rigs and spoons 90 to 120 feet down in 180 to 250 feet in the early morning. Boats were heading straight out and north of the port.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are picking up largemouth along the edge of the weed beds and the deeper drop-offs throughout the day. Panfish including perch were hitting on worms off the piers and docks and also in 18 to 22 feet.

Manistee: Boats are everywhere but the common fishing was 60 to 130 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. The average was between 1 and 3 fish for a few hours on the lake.

Ludington: Had no thermocline so boat anglers were traveling all over to find fish. A few charters came in with chinook and steelhead. Most were fishing 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet about 6 miles south to the “Project” or 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet up near Big Sable Point. Some caught fish straight out from the pier in 100 feet. Cut bait seemed to be working better than spoons or plugs.

Pentwater: Was somewhat slow as the fish were scattered. Once those trolling found fish they did manage to catch trout and some salmon. They are using spoons, flies, copper and meat rigs and the hot colors were green and blue. Orange was a good color for steelhead. Try 50 to 60 feet down in 100 to 150 feet.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Water temperatures have been changing constantly. The good news is a few salmon have been trickling in but the fish are scattered. The better fishing was 35 to 60 feet down in 40 to 90 feet depending on the thermocline. Spoons worked best and the hot colors were blue and silver, green, blue, black and white or anything that glows early and late. Steelhead were taken on orange spoons in the top 30 feet of waters 145 to 225 feet deep. The tribal nets around Forty Mile Point were removed.

East and West Twin Lakes: Fishing has been slow on East Twin for all species. A few perch over 8 inches were caught on natural bait. A few bass were caught in 4 to 6 feet. The walleye fishing on West Twin was moderate for those trolling natural baits in 10 to 14 feet. Rock bass and perch were found along the weed beds in 4 to 6 feet. Smallmouth were caught around Eagle Point and the weed beds near the canal.

Alpena: Offshore winds have prevented boat anglers from heading out too far. When they can, they found a mix of lake trout, steelhead and even a few salmon at the “Humps”, around Thunder Bay Island and out towards the Nordmere Wreck. Spoons seem to work best. Look for walleye in the usual places this time of year like North Shore, Thunder Bay Island, Rockport or south towards Sulphur Island.

Thunder Bay River: Water temperatures are still very warm and not much has been caught. Anglers may find smallmouth bass, rock bass or freshwater drum.

Harrisville: Walleye fishing has been good to the north from Sturgeon Point to the Black River in 12 to 25 feet of water. Anglers are using crawler harnesses or small spoons and body baits in the late evening or early morning before the sun rises. Lake trout were spread throughout in 120 to 160 feet so run your lines from top to bottom. Spoons, spin-glo’s, wobble glo’s and cut bait were producing fish.

Oscoda: Lake trout are scattered throughout in 70 to 170 feet. Anglers reported a good number of walleye south towards Au Sable Point. Late evening was the best time to fish with crawler harnesses, body baits or small spoons. Pier fishing slowed with only a few channel cats and the odd smallmouth caught.

Au Sable River: Had good smallmouth action further upstream. Not only were the fish bigger but a good number were caught.

Higgins Lake: Perch are being caught near the Sunken Island and along the drop-off in 40 feet. Those trolling caught lake trout on gold spoons or body baits. Some brown trout and rainbow trout were also caught up high in the water column. Rock bass can be found throughout the lake.

Tawas: Fishing of all sorts was pretty slow in the bay but the one bright spot was several boats picked up walleye out in 60 feet. Those trolling were marking lots of fish but the bite was not there. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple smallmouth, rock bass or small pike taken.

Au Gres: Catch rates were spotty. A lot of boats were crossing over to fish north of the Charity Islands and around the Steeples but some are also fishing between Point Au Gres and Point Lookout. Either way, success rates were mixed.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers were catching a few pike, freshwater drum and a lot really big channel cats.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers are picking up a mixed bag in the very early morning when trolling 25 to 35 feet down in 35 to 50 feet between the Baraga Marina and the Head of the Bay. They caught chinook, coho, splake, lake trout and browns. Those fishing in the evening between 7 and 10:30pm caught chinook, coho and lake trout from the red can south of Sand Point and north towards Old Mission 30 to 50 feet down in 40 to 70 feet. Anglers are also seeing baitfish. Lake trout and coho were caught by those trolling or jigging from Hermits Cove south to 7-Mile Reef and off Big Louie’s Point. Those trolling 1.8 to 2.5 mph caught coho and lake trout. Those jigging were out in 180 to 260 feet off Big Louie’s. Lake trout were caught near the South Portage Entry as well as between the lighthouse and the Mud Banks in 60 to 90 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches in the northern Bay with the Second and Third Reefs producing fish in 10 to 20 feet with crawler harnesses or stick baits at night. Excellent catches were reported south of the Ford River near No-See-Um Creek when using crank baits or stick baits in 16 to 20 feet. Most of the walleye here were bigger ranging 4 to 8 pounds. Good catches of perch were reported between the First and Second Reefs with minnows in 13 feet, off the Escanaba River in 20 to 25 feet and south to Portage Point fishing 10 to 18 feet down along the break with minnows or crawlers. Walleye anglers were also catching a lot of pike. Salmon anglers reported spotty catches out by the Ford River Buoy and just northeast of it when trolling spoons 30 to 60 feet down in 70 to 110 feet. The best smallmouth fishing was just south of the Ford River near Round Island when casting plastics in 12 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had fair to good walleye catches with those fishing well into the night reporting the best fishing. Most are trolling stick baits in 10 to 22 feet between Stoney Point and Kates Bay. Smallmouth anglers reported good catches around St. Vitals Island in 10 to 14 feet, Kates Bay in 12 feet or around Ansell’s Point in 14 to 18 feet when casting plastics and spinners or jigging with crawlers. Salmon anglers off Fairport did best at dusk. Those fishing during the day caught mostly lake trout. Many have traveled south to St. Martins Island where good catches of chinook were reported 40 to 60 feet down in 80 to 120 feet.

Marquette: The Upper Harbor at Presque Isle Marina remains closed for renovation so the Lower Harbor is the main public launch at this time. Most are targeting lake trout with some using high-lines for a possible salmon. Success has varied with some managing to get a limit of lake trout while others caught nothing or only a few. Many are heading north and east and fishing the “White Rocks”, Little Presque Isle, Partridge Island, the “Sand Hole” east of Marquette or the “Humps” out near Granite Island. Fish were caught on flies and spoons tipped with cut bait in 140 to 180 feet. A few coho were caught off the Lower Harbor. Those jigging in 50 to 80 feet near the reef out by Stannard Rock had good success.

Big Shag Lake: The boating access site located off Marquette County Road 557, along Knudsen Road will be closed beginning Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21 for installation of a new concrete ramp. There is no alternate boat launch in the area.

Au Train Lake: Fishing improved slightly with several large smallmouth bass up to 20 inches and 4 pounds caught and released. A few more legal size pike were also caught. Bass and pike anglers are casting spinners and small crank baits. Those targeting perch are using worms or small spinner rigs but most of the fish were less than 8 inches. Walleye fishing improved with a couple more legal size fish caught when trolling crawler harnesses and crank baits. Schools of minnows and small perch were seen near shore. The weed beds are dense. Surface water temperatures were right around 70 degrees.

South Manistique Lake: Water levels are down and lake temperatures are warm. Continue to fish deeper than usual for walleye and perch. The walleye were scattered but north of Norton Island continues to be the hot spot. On windy days, try drifting crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers along the deeper parts. On the calm days, use the same setup with pink blades and purple beads for monster perch. Pike fishing remains hot.

DeTour: Was producing a few more steelhead, chinook and Atlantic salmon in the 5 to 8 pound class. Anglers are trolling upstream of the lighthouse with 5 color lead core and 3 inch spoons for Atlantic and steelhead. Blue, white and chrome colored spoons worked best. Lake trout fishing was excellent for those trolling from the green buoy west of the lighthouse and back to the red buoy on the east side. Use chrome spoons 35 to 40 feet down in waters over 80 feet deep.

Drummond Island: Walleye fishing slowed in Scott Bay. Those trolling early morning and late afternoon caught a few along the west side of Rutland Island in 12 to 14 feet. In Maxton Bay, anglers are drifting and jigging crawlers in 8 to 10 feet from Bay Island east to the old Drummond Island Sportsmen’s Club. Northern pike fishing was fair on the southeast side of Grape Island when trolling or casting chrome spoons with red eyes in 6 to 8 feet along the weed beds. Those fishing the mouth of Harbor Island caught sunfish and rock bass in 3 to 5 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing is good all throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Those casting in the Moscoe Channel did best but fish were still caught by those trolling or still-fishing with chubs in all other locations. Perch fishing was excellent in the Moscoe Channel and Hessel Bay. A few chinook and lake trout were caught out of Hessel.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had a significant decline in walleye numbers over the last week. A few anglers managed to find fish in Brest Bay, off Stony Point, the Fermi Stacks, and near the Dumping Grounds when trolling crawler harnesses, crank baits or body baits. Yellow perch numbers were good for those still-fishing in 20 to 25 feet in Brest Bay, off Stony Point and around Turtle Island. They are using spreaders with minnows. Emerald shiners worked best. Anglers should note that Bolles Harbor is closed until sometime around Labor Day because of road construction at the entrance into the harbor.

Lenawee County: Devils Lake is producing bluegills in 25 to 30 feet. Use crickets or wax worms near the bottom. Some are getting limit catches. Those trolling for pike have done well in the deep weed lines and points. On Lake Hudson, overall catch rates were down except for bass caught on top-water lures in the early morning or evening.

Detroit River: Most of the fishing activity was taking place early to mid-day but not much has changed. The better walleye fishing on the Canadian side continues to be near the casino, whiskey plant, salt mines and the Canadian side of Belle Isle. Fishing was poor around Mud Island and near the Wyandotte Golf Course but a little better on the east side of Grosse Ile and down near Lake Erie. Most anglers reported 0-2 fish. Try 15 to 35 feet when bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. Boat anglers are targeting walleye, bass, muskie and channel cats but have also caught a few pike, rock bass, white bass and freshwater drum. Catch rates for muskie were slow. Anglers did manage to catch a few large and smallmouth bass. Water temperatures were near 70 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Bass reports are good with larger fish coming from deeper waters. No reports on walleye or muskie. The mayfly hatch has really dropped off so perch fishing should improve. Try the bulrush beds in Goose Bay and Muscamoot Bay.

St. Clair River: Bass anglers should try all three channels as the fish are looking for cooler water. Target the deeper waters with spinners, plastics or crank baits.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Those trolling for salmon and lake trout were heading way out to waters 110 to 160 feet deep off Lexington. That is about 25 miles out. Anglers were catching steelhead, lake trout and the occasional chinook or coho on spoons about 50 feet down. Hot colors were green, blue and silver. Perch fishing was slow at both ports.

Harbor Beach: Those trolling for walleye were heading north towards Port Hope and doing well in 20 to 40 feet. Try hot-n-tots and worm burners with crawlers and spoons. The wind and the cooler water temperatures had the fish scattered. A couple steelhead were taken in the top 20 to 80 feet out near the scum line with clean spoons off downriggers and 5, 7, and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Try straight out and north for lake trout in 85 to 140 feet with spoons and dodgers with spin-glo’s or spin doctors with flies off the bottom. Hot colors were blue, green with a red head or anything that glows.

Port Austin: To Grindstone City was the walleye hot spot with lots of fish including limit catches taken in 20 to 40 feet. Both crawler harnesses and spoons were taking fish. South of Grindstone, the area off the mouth of the New River was also very good. Pier anglers caught a couple smallmouth and the odd walleye at night.

Saginaw Bay: As a general rule, for walleye, lake trout, or whatever, the fish are out deep. They’re still getting some walleye over the weed beds along the inner bay in the early morning, but otherwise go deep. Walleye were caught by those trolling crawler harnesses over the weed beds off the Bay City State Park, the Kawkawlin River and over the Callahan Reef in the early morning. As the sun rises, the fish move out to about 25 feet on the east side of the Shipping Channel. This would put them between the Red Spark Plug (Buoys 11&12) and the Green Spark Plug (Buoys 1&2). Fishing in the Slot was slow with only a few fish picked up along the east side. At Caseville, walleye were caught northeast of the Charity Islands, off Oak Point, Oak Beach and off the Hat Reef. Some perch were caught straight out from Quanicassee in 10 feet.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river were catching a few smallmouth bass, rock bass, channel cats and freshwater drum.

Sanford Lake: Was still producing good numbers of bluegill and crappie for those fishing the deep edge of the weed beds with small pink or white jigs with twister tails or perch rigs with wax worms over the side of the boat. Good areas were off the Sanford Marina or south of the campground along the flats.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing was good but then slowed. The most productive water was about 100 feet deep. Pier fishing is slow for all species. Perch fishing was good with a decent number of fish caught north and south of the piers in 30 feet.

St. Joseph River: Had few trout but good numbers of catfish have been caught.

South Haven: Salmon fishing was good in 110 feet. Anglers are using meat rigs and flasher/fly combos. Pier fishing was slow for all species. Good perch fishing was reported south of the piers in 35 feet.

Kalamazoo River: Those fishing below the Allegan Dam caught the occasional steelhead. A few walleye were also caught. Those targeting catfish have done very well with crawlers, shrimp, chicken liver or bluegills.

Grand Haven: Has not changed. Boat anglers have caught salmon and trout 40 to 100 feet down in 70 to 140 feet with meat rigs and flies. Pier anglers are catching freshwater drum when casting spoons.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Just one summer steelhead was caught recently but the catfish action continues to be good. Channel and flathead have been caught on crawlers, live or cut bluegills fished off the wall or below the dam. Smallmouth bass were hitting on jigs and live bait in the same area. Some keeper size walleye were caught below the dam. Try artificial baits or live minnows. Bluegills were hitting on crawlers fished off the wall.

Grand River at Lansing: Water levels were higher after the recent storms. Smallmouth bass fishing will improve when the water levels come back down. Those fishing below the dams are catching catfish.

Lake Lansing: Is producing some panfish along with the occasional pike.

Morrison Lake: Was producing a few walleye early morning or late evening. For bluegills, try leaf worms or crickets.

Muskegon: Anglers are finding salmon and trout 45 to 90 feet down in 80 to 150 feet with green meat rigs and flies. Glow spoons are working well in low light conditions.

Whitehall: Fishing slowed but anglers were still bringing in a mix of steelhead, lake trout and salmon including some coho that have started to show up. While it was a little harder to find fish, once anglers did the fish were hitting on almost everything including flies, spoons, meat rigs and copper fished about 55 to 60 feet down in 100 to 150 feet. Blue and green were the hot colors. There was no pier fishing.

After the Storm Michigan Fishing Report

Massive Storms sunday have Northern Michigan reeling but business’s are trying to get back to normal. Most baitshops have power now and are restocking bait friday. Call before you go to campgrounds as many have lots of trees down along with no power in the Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska, Crawford and Benzie counties as they were the hardest hit.

The storms have screwed with the fishing but report today fish are starting to bite again.

Once again the weather has affected fishing conditions and catch rates as thermoclines and fish were all over the place in the Great Lakes. If fishing the inland lakes, look for fish in shallower waters after the cold front.

From Lymans on the Lake on Houghton Lake

Tagged fish #4!!! Jason Luster from Missouri caught this 26″ Pike while on a Game Hog Charter with Captain Chip. The rest of the family, David, Terry and Morgan (also Missouri) and Jon (North Carolina) helped fill the live well with Walleye, Bass and Gills. Most of the fish were caught in 11′ of water trolling with live bait on harnesses. Captain Chip has renamed the fishing spot “Huecker Flats”.

Tagged fish #4!!! Jason Luster from Missouri caught this 26" Pike while on a Game Hog Charter with Captain Chip. The rest of the family, David, Terry and Morgan (also Missouri) and Jon (North Carolina) helped fill the live well with Walleye, Bass and Gills. Most of the fish were caught in 11' of water trolling with live bait on harnesses. Captain Chip has renamed the fishing spot "Huecker Flats".
Tagged fish #4!!! Jason Luster from Missouri caught this 26″ Pike while on a Game Hog Charter with Captain Chip. The rest of the family, David, Terry and Morgan (also Missouri) and Jon (North Carolina) helped fill the live well with Walleye, Bass and Gills. Most of the fish were caught in 11′ of water trolling with live bait on harnesses. Captain Chip has renamed the fishing spot “Huecker Flats”.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The boats are mainly fishing Harbor Point or up at 5-Mile Point. Lake trout were deeper and caught just off the bottom in waters over 100 feet deep. There were reports of a salmon or two caught on this side of the bay as well. Spoons, peanuts and spin-glo’s worked well. Those on the courtesy dock at the marina saw smallmouth bass and freshwater drum around the docks.

Petoskey: Lake trout were still hit-or-miss. Water temperature at the weather buoy was 68 degrees all the way down with only a slight change at 100 feet. Lake trout anglers were targeting fish over 100 feet down with spoons and spin-glo’s. No salmon to report. Smallmouth bass, rock bass and bullhead were caught off the D Pier when using soft plastics. The breakwall is still busy with swimmers during the afternoon. Those that tried fishing in the early morning did not have any luck.

Bear River: Water levels were still low even after the rain. A couple small steelhead or brown trout were caught on spawn and worms near the dam.

Charlevoix: Had reports of a couple salmon caught near the cement plant and towards Fisherman’s Island. A couple steelhead were caught up high. Lake trout were caught 60 to 100 feet down in 100 to 300 feet near the can at the cement plant and south. Spoons, spin-glo’s and flies worked well. Fish were also caught at North Point, 70 to 80 feet down or right on the bottom in 100 feet. Those fishing the channel continue to catch sub-legal smallmouth on crawlers, leeches or soft plastics on the bottom. Anglers may still find a few walleye or freshwater drum in the channel.

Traverse City: Lake trout fishing was fair in the East Bay. Anglers were fishing 90 to 120 feet but the fish were scattered. Run lures behind dodgers or cowbells near the bottom. Those targeting salmon had little success. The West Bay was a little better with the occasional salmon hitting on meat rigs, rotators and flies. The few chinook actually caught ranged 12 to 17 pounds. Lake trout fishing was fair in 85 to 130 feet.

Boardman River: Those fishing the upper stretches in Grand Traverse County have caught brook and brown trout when using worms or flies. A couple steelhead were caught on worms at the Union Street Dam. At the mouth, anglers are still catching sub-legal smallmouth and rock bass.

Manistee River: Is producing smaller brown trout, smallmouth bass and the odd pike. The trout are hitting on dry flies. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have caught summer run steelhead.

Pere Marquette River: Is also producing brown trout, smallmouth bass and the odd early salmon.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Was producing some walleye right along with crappie, perch, rock bass and smallmouth bass.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were catching walleye. Try trolling crawler harnesses in 20 feet off the mouth of the Cheboygan River. Look for smallmouth off the State Park.

Rogers City: Boat anglers were running lines up and down the water column in 120 to 180 feet. Steelhead were hitting orange spoons up high. Coho, chinook and lake trout were also caught. Try blue, green and white spoons or glow spoons first and last light.

West Twin Lake: Had good walleye fishing just before dark and the first hour after.

Alpena: When they can get out, anglers caught steelhead, lake trout, walleye and the occasional salmon near the “Humps”, Thunder Bay Island and towards Rockport and the wreck in 60 to 120 feet. Target the entire water column with spoons. Good colors were orange, green, black and white or anything that glows early and late. Walleye are starting to leave the bay and head out towards deeper water. Try the turn basin, North Shore, Rockport, or around Thunder Bay Island and Sulphur Island with crawler harnesses and body baits. Some are switching to smaller spoons or body baits.

Thunder Bay River: Was not producing much except for the occasional smallmouth bass, rock bass or freshwater drum.

Fletchers Pond: Was producing some large bluegills. Bass anglers were doing better now than earlier in the season.

Harrisville: Anglers reported steady catch rates for lake trout and walleye with the occasional Atlantic, chinook or steelhead also caught. Lake trout were targeted in 70 to 150 feet. The fish were suspended between 10 feet off the bottom and 20 feet from the surface. Anglers are using lead core, copper, longlines and downriggers with spoons, wobble glo’s, spin-glo’s and body baits. Walleye seem to be north of the harbor in good numbers. Anglers are launching from Harrisville and the Black River and fishing between Sturgeon Point and the mouth of the Black River. They are trolling crawler harnesses and body baits in 12 to 30 feet.

Oscoda: Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and channel cats. There have been a few reports of the occasional walleye caught. Lake trout were in abundance north, south or straight out from the river. The fish were suspended throughout the water column in 90 to 160 feet. Spoons, flies, cut bait and wobble glows worked well.

Higgins Lake: Is producing some perch and lots of rock bass. Try 30 to 40 feet for the perch. Rock bass have been caught throughout the lake.

Houghton Lake: Walleye were hitting on crawlers and leeches. Panfish were deep but should have moved in shallower after the cold front.

Tawas: Most of the fishing success is coming from deeper water near the Gravelly Shoals, the Steeples, or near and past the Charity Islands in 15 to 35 feet. Some are still fishing inside Tawas Point in 10 to 25 feet, Buoys 4 through 6 and near Jerry’s Marina. They are using lindy rigs and casting. No reports from the Tawas River.

Au Gres: Anglers here were going deeper and fishing out past the Charity Islands and around the Steeples.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Morning anglers jigging in 180 to 260 feet for lake trout have caught fish out from Whirl-I-Gig Road and Pequaming. Some were picking up a mix of lake trout, splake and salmon. Those trolling from the entrance of Huron Bay to the Huron Islands caught lake trout, chinook and coho. The salmon were 150 feet down in 200 feet. Fishing picked up in Traverse Bay. Anglers are either jigging or trolling from Hermits Cove south to 7-Mile Reef. They caught coho and lake trout. Those jigging were in 180 to 260 feet out from Big Louie’s Point.

Menominee River: Those trolling crawler harnesses and stick baits caught walleye, catfish and freshwater drum. The better fishing was in the evening.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers in general reported very little action this week. Kipling reported modest catches for those trolling crawler harnesses in 23 to 30 feet. The better catches came from Gladstone Beach and Terrace Bay Inn when trolling crawler harnesses or jigging minnows in 18 to 40 feet. Good to excellent smallmouth bass catches in the Ford River area and south to Round Island in 4 to 8 feet. Most are casting plastics, spinners or crank baits. The best perch catches were near the green buoy by the Day’s River with minnows or worms in 16 to 24 feet. Northern pike were very active throughout the Bay although many were undersize. Salmon anglers reported fair catches in the southern Bay when trolling spoons 30 to 60 feet down in 100 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing between Round Island and St. Vitals Island and over to Big Bay Shoals with crank baits and harnesses in 20 to 30 feet. Bass anglers reported fair to good catches in Kate’s Bay, Porcupine Point and north of St. Vitals Island. Most fish were in 6 to 12 feet. Try plastics, spinners or jigs with crawlers. Fairport anglers caught mostly lake trout. A good number of the chinook salmon were younger fish. Anglers are trolling spoons, flies or artificial cut bait 30 to 90 feet down in 90 to 150 feet. Various colors are being used and water temperature is the primary focus for most.

Marquette: The Upper Harbor public launch at Presque Isle Park is closed for renovation but the Lower Harbor launch is still open. Lake trout were caught up near Granite Island. The fish were suspended at various depths and averaged 3 to 4 pounds. Those fishing north of Granite Island found fish in waters 200 feet or deeper. The mouth of the Carp River has had major road construction along with a gas line project off Lake Street making access to fishing somewhat limited.

Au Train Lake: A few walleye and pike were caught by those drifting crawler harnesses. Perch anglers reported fair action but most of the fish were small.

South Manistique Lake: A good number of bluegills were caught south of Norton Island by those bouncing leaf worms off the bottom. Catch rates for walleye were back down with only a handful of legal size fish caught. Largemouth and pike have slowed during the day, but the action was hot with the cooler temperatures in the morning and evening. Weed less top-water frogs, buzz-baits, and soft plastics have been catching fish along the weeds between Pavlica’s South Shore and Lakeshore Resorts. Try a slower presentation.

DeTour: Fishing effort was limited due to high winds. A few Atlantic salmon were caught while trolling from Fry Pan Island in DeTour and southeast to Crab Island and the red buoy on the Drummond Island side. Try dipsey divers and lead core with blue, white and chrome spoons about halfway down in 80 to 100 feet.

Drummond Island: Anglers looking for fly hatches and the lake herring that follow should target Butterfield, Maple and Macomb Islands. Herring and whitefish were caught on gold tear drop jigs and wax worms in 25 feet, about three cranks off the bottom. A few walleye were reported near Picnic Island which is the first island straight north of Drummond Island Township Park. They are using slip bobbers and minnows along the weed beds in 12 to 14 feet in the early morning or late evening. Smallmouth bass are very good on the north side of Scott Bay, off Paw Point and Bruce’s Point when jigging dark green and brown tube jigs in 5 to 8 feet. Rock bass and pumpkinseed were caught in good numbers around the mouth of Harbor Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Very good pike fishing continues for those trolling or casting. Perch fishing was good especially in Moscoe Channel, Hessel Bay and Cedarville Bay. Bass fishing was good in the shallow bays for those casting. Try spinners or soft plastics.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye numbers are on the decline but fish are still being caught by those trolling in 17 to 25 feet near the E-Buoy, Fermi, Stony Point and Brest Bay. Anglers are trolling between 1.4 and 1.6 mph with crawler harnesses, spoons or crank baits. Yellow perch were caught in Brest Bay and La Plaisance Bay. Anglers are using minnows while anchored in 20 to 25 feet. The public access site at Bolles Harbor is closed until September 4th due to construction. The next closest DNR launch is located at Sterling State Park.

Lenawee County: Bluegill anglers on Devils Lake did well fishing near the bottom with crickets and wax worms in 20 to 30 feet. Bass anglers did well throughout the lake. Pike were hitting deep divers along the weed beds and points. Lake Hudson had a few good catches of bluegill but all other species were slow.

Detroit River: Walleye fishing was slow on the Canadian side and poor around Mud Island on the Michigan side. The occasional fish was caught on the east side of Grosse Ile and down near Lake Erie in 15 to 40 feet. Try bottom bouncing crawler harnesses, hand-lining with spoons and stick baits or jigging crawlers. The fish caught weighed 1 to 7 pounds. Anglers also caught bass, channel cats, rock bass, white bass and white perch. Those targeting large and smallmouth are fishing around the islands, the cuts and near the walls.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Boats trolling in 100 to 160 feet did well for lake trout. They also managed to take the occasional salmon. A few perch were caught in the weed beds south of Port Sanilac. Pier anglers and those fishing inside the harbor caught pike and white bass when casting small spoons or body baits.

Harbor Beach: Deepwater trollers did well in 110 to 160 feet when using a variety of lures including spoons. They caught lake trout, steelhead, coho and the occasional chinook.

Port Austin: Walleyes were caught between here and Port Hope. Crawler harnesses worked best in 25 to 45 feet but some were using spoons and artificial baits. Pier anglers caught few smallmouth bass.

Saginaw Bay: The weather has caused major hiccups with the fishing, the ability to get out there and then trying to find fish as most days they were scattered. Some walleye and channel cats were caught near the G-Buoy off Linwood. Walleye were still being caught off the Pinconning Bar but the action was starting to slow. The east side of the Spark Plug was producing a few for those using spoons in 20 to 25 feet. Those fishing off Quanicassee reported poor catch rates. The better action was from Sebewaing to Caseville when fishing around Oak Point and the Charity Islands. A few limit catches were taken in 25 to 40 feet with crawler harnesses but some were also using spoons or crank baits. The incidental trout or salmon were caught out deeper.

Saginaw River: Those using worms and minnows at Smith Park were catching channel cats and freshwater drum.

Sanford Lake: Pink is still the color for bluegill and crappie. Try a pink jig with a wax worm for bluegills or a minnow for crappie. Cooler temperatures should improve the bite for bass, walleye and pike.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing slowed some over the last week. Anglers are still targeting 30 feet of water but the fish were scattered. Salmon fishing is slow. Pier anglers are catching catfish and freshwater drum but the steelhead fishing was slow. Most are using crawlers or shrimp.

South Haven: Perch fishing slowed here as well as the fish seemed to be scattered in waters 20 to 60 feet deep. Most of the fishing pressure was south of the piers. Salmon fishing was slow. A couple steelhead were caught but the fish are scattered. Pier fishing for steelhead was slow.

Van Buren County: The inland lakes had good bass fishing. The panfish action was fair but should improve.

Saugatuck: Pier anglers caught catfish and freshwater drum.

Kalamazoo River: The occasional steelhead was caught up near the Allegan Dam but no big numbers of fish. The catfish action has been very good for flathead and channel cats.

Kalamazoo County: The inland lakes are producing a good number of largemouth bass.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught trout and salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 80 to 180 feet with orange, green and yellow spoons as well as green meat rigs. Pier anglers casting spoons caught freshwater drum.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: There were no reports of any summer steelhead caught but smallmouth bass were taken on live bait, jigs and wax worms. Those drifting below the dam caught walleye on minnows. Flathead and channel cats were hitting on crawlers and bluegills. Those fishing off the wall caught bluegills.

Grand River at Lansing: Continues to produce channel cats. A few bass were caught in the shallows early morning or evening. No word on walleye however some panfish were caught in the backwaters.

Ingham County: Anglers are catching bass and panfish in area waters.

Muskegon: Trout and salmon were caught 35 to 90 feet down in 70 to 140 feet with green meat rigs and orange or green spoons.