Baitman Glad the Weather Warmed Up

 

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Fishing has picked up with the nice weather as most lake are reporting the gills are starting to bite, Wixom and Sanford Lake both have a great crappie and panfish bite.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are getting a few walleye here and there when trolling leech rigs or hot-n-tots in chartreuse or wonderbread. Crappie were still being caught in the canals just after sunset. Bigger fish were caught out in the lake but you have to find them. A few bluegills were caught in the flats on leaf worms. Bass fishing was good especially for smallmouth when using leeches or crawlers. Some pike were also caught.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Walleye were caught by those trolling crawlers or casting rapalas. Some were starting to catch fish throughout the day while others were targeting them at night. The crappie and bluegill bite was starting to pick back up with the warmer weather.

Traverse City: Strong winds limited boat anglers but those that did make it out caught lake trout when trolling or jigging in the East Bay. also a awesome ciscoes bite . As the weather warms up, bass fishing should pick up.

Little Bay De Noc: For walleye, the better catches came between the Third and the Center Reefs when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 18 to 30 feet but the best catches were for those jigging a crawler in and around 24 feet. Water temperatures were between 46 and the low 50’s. A good number of fish were reported between Garth Point and the “Narrows”. A good number of smallmouth bass were reported near the mouth of the Ford River. Several anglers had fair catches of perch off Gladstone Beach with crawlers in 25 feet. A few pike were caught.

Big Bay De Noc: No word on walleye yet but perch anglers were getting some small fish in Garden Bay. Good smallmouth action in Garden Bay, South River, Ogontz and near the Fish Dam Rivers for those using plastics, spinners and crankbaits. Surface water temperatures were 38 degrees.

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Dan from Jack’s Sport Shop went out and got there limits of ciscoes with Fred Field from Coach’ Charters

Took a day off from smallmouth to chase fish for the smoker. We harvested two limits in about an hour. It won’t always be this easy.

Coach's Angle Smallmouth Charters's photo.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: The fish cleaning station was still closed. Fishing on the big lake slowed with the cold weather and high winds. Conditions and catch rates should improve this week.

Cheboygan River: Is still producing some steelhead and suckers but the bite for both species has slowed. Walleye were caught on stick baits, crawlers and by those jigging. Several pike and smallmouth bass were caught throughout the river.

Mullett Lake: Fishing pressure was light due to high winds. Those that did manage to get out caught a couple smallmouth bass on tube jigs and crank baits.

Rogers City: A few lake trout were caught near Seagull Point, Forty Mile Point, Swan Bay or Adams Point. Try just off the bottom in 60 feet with 5 colors of lead with spoons and cowbells or dodgers with spin-glo’s near the bottom.

Presque Isle: Has been producing some really nice Atlantic salmon especially for those heading south towards Stoneport. Be sure to run your lines off boards and away from the boat. Good baits were spoons and body baits in orange, green, orange and silver or orange and gold. Some lake trout were caught just off the bottom in 20 to 80 feet between the lighthouses. Dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s were the ticket.

Alpena: Those able to get out did catch some walleye in the late evening and before sunrise. Most were trolling body baits, rapalas, reef runners or hot-n-tot’s in dark colors like black and purple. Pier and shore fishing were slow but those fishing in the late evening did have some luck.

Thunder Bay River: Steelhead were still making their way up to the 9th Street Dam. Fly’s, spoons, spinners and body baits worked best.

Oscoda: Pier fishing was slow with the cold water temperatures. Some anglers were able to catch a few lake trout in shallow waters. Those in search of walleye had limited success when casting body baits or drifting crawlers.

Au Sable River: Steelhead were still moving up into the river in good numbers.

Higgins Lake: Boats trolling rapalas, bombers and body baits caught lake trout in 80 to 110 feet. A few perch were caught before the cold and snow last weekend. Anglers found fish in 40 to 60 feet when using minnows.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are getting a few walleye here and there when trolling leech rigs or hot-n-tots in chartreuse or wonderbread. Crappie were still being caught in the canals just after sunset. Bigger fish were caught out in the lake but you have to find them. A few bluegills were caught in the flats on leaf worms. Bass fishing was good especially for smallmouth when using leeches or crawlers. Some pike were also caught.

Tawas: Pier fishing was slow. A couple Atlantic salmon were caught on large gray shiners. A few walleye were caught off the pier at night, and also down behind the State Police Post. The few boats that went out were heading south toward Alabaster.

Tawas River: Shore anglers caught the occasional bass or walleye.

Au Gres: Boat anglers trolling in 15 to 35 feet off Whitestone Point, Point Lookout, and Pointe Au Gres caught walleye on crankbaits and crawler harnesses. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Pine River near Standish caught some freshwater drum and channel cats.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river caught a few pike when casting lures or channel cats when still-fishing with crawlers.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: High winds kept boats off of the lake. When the wind allows, boat anglers should still find good numbers of lake trout.

Bear River: Water levels were receding. A couple steelhead along with a decent size brown trout were caught on spawn bags and flies. The “Bobber Hole” was full of brown trout that were just stocked. Anglers reported chubs and even a rock bass in the river.

Charlevoix: High winds made fishing difficult but anglers should still find some good lake trout fishing when they can get out. Pier anglers are picking up a few lake trout.Some walleye were caught after dark. Large groups of carp were in the channel.

Traverse City: Strong winds limited boat anglers but those that did make it out caught lake trout when trolling or jigging in the East Bay. When they could find them, Cisco were also caught. As the weather warms up, bass fishing should pick up.

Frankfort: Had good fishing for those trolling outside the harbor. They caught good numbers of lake trout on cowbells and bright colored spoons. Pier anglers caught lake trout and brown trout on spawn.

Portage Lake: Fishing slowed with the cold weather. A few largemouth bass and some panfish were caught in the shallows.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Walleye were caught by those trolling crawlers or casting rapalas. Some were starting to catch fish throughout the day while others were targeting them at night. The crappie and bluegill bite was starting to pick back up with the warmer weather.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were 46 degrees. A small number of chinook were caught in 60 to 100 feet. Good numbers of lake trout are still being recorded. Walleye are being caught at night. The north pier is closed due to construction on the lighthouse.

Manistee Lake: Bass anglers reported moderate catches of smallmouth but overall the bite was slow. Most were using crankbaits along the south end near Stronach. A fair number of decent size pike were caught.

Big Manistee River: Catch rates for steelhead were low in all parts of the river. A few drop-backs were reported in the lower end. Brown trout and suckers were hitting on flies, minnows and beads up near Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were about 47 degrees. Some brown trout were caught. Good numbers of lake trout were taken in 60 to 100 feet.

Pentwater: Had reports of lake trout being caught near the pier heads in 50 to 70 feet and brown trout in 15 to 30 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Northern pike and smallmouth bass fishing are starting to heat up in the main lake as well as the channel. Those casting rapalas or using live and frozen bait have caught some nice fish.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling for salmon had slower catch rates with only a few coho and the occasional chinook, rainbow, brown or lake trout taken. They were trolling 15 to 45 feet down in 20 to 60 feet from the first bridge next to the Baraga State Park to the Falls River mouth with spoons and body baits in orange and green. Those jigging a Swedish pimple and egg on a single hook caught whitefish in 70 to 95 feet. The South Portage Entry saw a bit of a spike in catch rates for trout and salmon especially near the lighthouse and the breakwall.

Menominee River: With the musky opener, most anglers were targeting them but catch rates were slow. One fish was recorded near Stephenson Island.

Little Bay De Noc: For walleye, the better catches came between the Third and the Center Reefs when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 18 to 30 feet but the best catches were for those jigging a crawler in and around 24 feet. Water temperatures were between 46 and the low 50’s. A good number of fish were reported between Garth Point and the “Narrows”. A good number of smallmouth bass were reported near the mouth of the Ford River. Several anglers had fair catches of perch off Gladstone Beach with crawlers in 25 feet. A few pike were caught.

Big Bay De Noc: No word on walleye yet but perch anglers were getting some small fish in Garden Bay. Good smallmouth action in Garden Bay, South River, Ogontz and near the Fish Dam Rivers for those using plastics, spinners and crankbaits. Surface water temperatures were 38 degrees.

Marquette: A few coho, splake and the occasional chinook were caught on spoons in the Lower Harbor. Those trolling near the Chocolay and the Carp River had little success but those trolling crankbaits and jigging in the Upper Harbor near the “Bubblers” did manage to catch a few fish. There are commercial fishing nets in the harbor. Boat anglers are urged to use caution and watch for buoys marking the nets.

Munising: Those able to get out did catch a few chinook and coho. Surface water temperatures remain in the low 40’s offshore and 42 to 45 degrees nearshore. No reports of any lake trout but a couple splake were taken by pier anglers.

Grand Marais: A few boats had limited success when trolling for coho. Pier anglers targeting whitefish had mixed results. The better fishing was in the morning and mid-day but no limit catches were reported. The fish observed have been slightly larger than a few weeks ago and averaged 15 to 16 inches. Water temperatures were still in the low to mid 40’s. There was no shore activity at the Sucker River.

St. Marys River: Above the Soo Locks off Sherman Park, a few lake whitefish were caught in the shipping channel near Buoy #8 while fishing for yellow perch. In Sault Ste. Marie, those trolling in the early morning caught a couple steelhead and Atlantic salmon on the Michigan side near the Power House with orange and black crank baits. On the discharge side of the Clover Land Power Plant, a few whitefish were taken in 10 feet when drifting wax worms just off the swirling water of the turbine discharge. Water temperatures were a cold 43 degrees and the water in Munuscong Bay had a brown stain. The clear water around Moon Island was at 41 degrees. At the mouth of the Munuscong River and off the State Park, a few rock bass were caught in 6 feet while trolling for walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch are still in the Hessel marina. Splake fishing was good off the pier in Hessel, in Wilderness Bay, and the far west shore of Hessel Bay. Pike fishing is now open and should be good.

St. Ignace: Cold windy weather kept boat anglers on shore and slowed activity in area rivers. Only a few suckers and pike were caught. Those targeting walleye and steelhead reported slow catch rates.

Walleye and Pike Opens Today in the UP

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

There was not much fishing effort at Raber Bay or Lime Island last week. Moving up the St. Marys River to Lake George, anglers report catching yellow perch on the east side of Sugar Island off Hay Bay in 30 feet of water. Shiner minnows seemed to work best. Down on Lake Huron at Cedarville, the boat launch is open and yellow perch were being caught. Anglers at Hessel report catching a few splake in Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay. Pier fishing results for anglers targeting splake were mixed. Catch rates have been slow although a few nice fish in the 10-pound range were reported. Most anglers were fishing with a smelt or minnow under a slip-bobber.

Dan’s Cabins (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Drummond Island Area

Perch were hitting in Scotts and Maxton bays last week. Some anglers had success stillfishing and drifting with minnows and worms along the north side of Scotts Bay where old cattails are bent over in the water. In Maxton Bay the perch are being caught between the DNR access site and the old Sportsman Club Pointe.  Those still fishing and drifting with perch spreaders tipped with minnows reported a good bite.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

St. Ignace Area 

One dock had been put in at the St. Ignace city boat launch last week but there was very little fishing activity occurring out on Lake Huron. The fish cleaning station remained closed. Light numbers of steelhead were being caught in the Carp River with warmer water bringing in a few fresh fish. The water was high in the river so fishing was tough. Suckers are starting to show up in the Carp River as well. A short smelt run in eastern Upper Peninsula streams appears to be nearing the end.

Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.

Curtis Area

Perch and panfish action has improved a little on Manistee Lakes, but cool weather last week wasn’t helping things much. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the Upper Peninsula.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

 

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

Fishing has been fair in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor when the wind allows anglers to get out. Boat anglers at the upper harbor reported catching light numbers of  kings and coho around the breakwater. Spoons were producing the best results. Some boat anglers are also jigging at the “bubblers” with a few successful for coho. In the lower harbor fishing picked up a little last  week with boat anglers trolling for coho around the breakwater and at the mouth of the Carp River. There are a couple commercial nets in the lower harbor near the sand bar so be aware of net buoys. Steelhead fishing is winding down in the Carp River.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Cold weather, wind and rain kept many anglers grounded last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Perch anglers who ventured out reported good to excellent catches off center and third reefs using minnows or wigglers in 25 to 35 feet of water. Best area was between the Day’s River and the Vagabond Resort towards the east bank. Several limits were reported. Smallmouth bass anglers have started fishing the shore off the Ford River and reported fair to good catches when casting spinners, crankbaits or soft plastics. Fly fishing anglers reported a few steelhead catches on the Escanaba River. Toms are strutting and coming to the call.

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

Light numbers of walleyes have been caught in the Menominee River, which is a boundary water with Wisconsin. Anglers are allowed to keep one walleye on boundary waters. Cold nights and rain has put a damper on fishing and cooled the water. Bluegills and perch have been caught by anglers fishing from shore on Lake Antoine and the crappie bite has been decent on Twin Falls Flowage. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the Upper Peninsula.  Turkey hunting has been slow to get started and hunting pressure has been light.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

 

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Atlantic salmon have found their way into Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Anglers trolling in the bay, when the wind allows them to get out, report catching a few Atlantics mixed in with good numbers of cohos and browns, and a few kings. Fishing pressure on inland lakes has been light. The turkey season got off to a slow start, but there are birds in the area.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Things were pretty quiet on Lake Gogebic last week. The ice has finally melted and the lake is open but no one was heading out fishing yet. Anglers are awaiting the May 15 walleye opener. Turkey hunting has been decent.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Lakes are open, but fishing pressure has been light in Iron County. Anglers there were waiting for last weekend’s  trout opener and the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the U.P. The spring turkey season got off to a decent start. Toms are gobbling and strutting.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

East Jordan Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Charlevoix and fishing pressure light.  Walleyes have spawned and local anglers were anticipating a good opener with clear, warm weather in the forecast. Crappies are starting to move into the shallows. Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Michigan in 50 to 70 feet of water. Atlantics, browns and lakers have been keeping anglers busy on Torch Lake. Turkey hunting got off to a slow start, but there are birds “all over the place.” A few morels have been found.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Manistee Area

Anglers reported fair perch action on Lake Michigan. Anglers were jigging wax worms or crawlers off the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass anglers were picking up good size smallmouths around the docks. The turkey season got off to a good start. Black morels were starting to show up.

 

Wellston Area

Both fresh steelhead and drop backs were being caught last week at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. A few small brown trout were hitting, too. The fish are hungry. Flies, spawn, lures, yarn, beads and  spinners were all producing good results. Sucker anglers have been landing a few fish in Bear Creek and the Rainbow Bend area on crawlers. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Morels are starting to pop.

Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.

Cadillac Area

Fishing pressure has been light  on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Fair numbers of crappies and bluegills have been caught along shore on Lake Cadillac. Bass fishing has been good on most inland lakes in the area. Anglers were looking forward to last weekend’s walleye, pike, muskie and trout openers. Turkey hunting has been pretty good, but hunting pressure has been light. A few morels have been found.

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

 

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Panfish have moved into the canals, and the mouths of the canals on Houghton Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are both hitting, too.   Cold weather shut down the activity last week, but when the weather started to warm up late in the week, the bite in the canals returned. Crappies were hitting at sunrise and sunset and the bluegills were hitting at mid-day. The walleye opener was expected to be pretty good. The turkey season got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. Morels are starting to show.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Lake trout fishing was pretty good on Higgins Lake before a cold spell moved in last week and shut everything down. The action should improve as warmer weather returns. Turkey hunting got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. Black morels are popping.

Evergreen Northern Party Store , (989) 821-5425

Hubbard Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on Hubbard Lake. Local anglers were waiting for last weekend’s Lower Peninsula inland fishing opener. Turkey season has been very good. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call. No word on morels yet.

Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

Alpena Area

Fishing is remained consistent on Lake Huron last week, while water temperatures are fluctuating up and down depending on weather and wind conditions. Fishing in Thunder Bay was up and down with fish scattered throughout the bay. Lake trout are being caught in good numbers along with smallmouth bass. Steelhead are still running up the Thunder Bay River but not in high numbers. A few walleye were being caught. Toms are strutting and gobbling and coming to the call. Morels are starting to pop.

Buck’s Bait & Tackle, 989-595-2121

Oscoda Area

The catch in Lake Huron off the  Oscoda pier is picking up slowly. There were reports last week of walleyes being caught late at night and early in the morning on bodybaits in silver, UV and clown colors. Steelhead are still making their way up the Au Sable River and onto the beds. Spawn, flies, trout beads, spinners and bodybaits are all producing well. Down in Tawas Bay, a fair number of walleyes and a few pike salmon have been caught. Walleye were hitting both crankbaits and crawler harnesses and were being caught in a variety of locations around Tawas Bay and also down off Whitestone Point. Shore and wading anglers casting crankbaits and jigs were taking some walleye and pike beside the state police post and also at the mouth of the Tawas River. Spring turkey hunting has been pretty good. Mushroom hunters are finding a few morels.

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

 

 

Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Dock and channel anglers on Lake St. Clair were still catching panfish on crawlers and minnows last week at the Selfridge launch. Boat anglers leaving Selfridge moved into the canals surrounding the area and caught crappie and perch. Boat  anglers fishing around Harley Ensign launch caught bluegills and perch as well. On the south end of the lake, smallmouth bass fishing proved to be good at Memorial Park, the 400 Club, and at Metro Beach in 6 to 9 feet of water. Green pumpkin tubes and white tubes both caught fish. Largemouths were also caught at Metro and in the canals. Pumpkinseed sunfish and bluegill were caught using crawlers and spikes in the canals around Metro. Beach.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Commerce Area

Anglers continue to do well on smallmouth bass in both Union and Cass lakes. Suspending jerkbaits fished in the sandy shallow flats or bladebaits fished along the deeper end of the drop-offs have been producing the best results. Cass Lake has had good bluegill fishing in the canals and shallow coves. Those using small jigs or hooks tipped with live bait are doing best. Good numbers of pike and walleyes are being seen in the shallows and last weekend’s inland walleye opener should have been good. Anglers report water temps were between 52 and 57 degrees. Turkey season has been good. Toms are strutting. Morels are popping.

Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing remained fair on the Detroit River last week. Anglers reported catching decent numbers of fish but the big spawners have yet to move in. Wind and unseasonable cool temperatures have delayed the runs a little. Action should improve with a little stable, warm weather.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

Luna Pier Area

Anglers targeting walleye in the Western Basin of Lake Erie saw good action last week. Those jigging minnows and bucktail jigs or trolling sticks and cranks in bright or chrome colors caught fish in 13 to 20 feet of water. Stoney Point and Turtle Island were hot spots. Nightcrawler harnesses were also catching fish. White bass catches are slowly increasing and the occasional yellow perch is also being taken. Anglers targeting largemouth bass in the harbors, channels and from shore are catching good numbers of fish. Several crappie have also been taken in the harbors and marinas.

Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

 

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Allegan Area

Bluegill fishing has been pretty good in the shallows on Great BearEagle and Duck lakes. Black gnats have produced the best results. Coho, brown trout and a few walleyes and in the trough at the power plant on Lake Michigan. The spring turkey season has been very good. Toms are strutting and answering the call. Morels are starting to pop.

Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

South Haven

Boat anglers continue to have good success targeting lake trout on Lake Michigan. The best fishing seems to be in 45 to 65 feet of water. Cowbells and Spin ‘N’ Glows are working best. Anglers targeting salmon are finding fishing slow. Pier fishing is also very slow, but the spring turkey season got off to a good start and should improve with warmer weather moving in.

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Coldwater Area

Fishing was slow and fishing pressure light last week in Branch County. Cool temperatures and rain put a damper on the action. The spring turkey season got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. A few black morels are starting to show up. Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

Cloverdale Area

Bluegills are starting to move into the shallows on Long and Crooked lakes and anglers report a good bite. The spring turkey season got off  to a good start. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call. A few black morels have been found.

Tackle Box, (269) 623-2994

Kalamazoo Area

Panfish action has been fair on lakes in Kalamazoo County. Crappies are starting to move into the shallows on GunMaple and Portage lakes. A pretty good bluegill bite has been reported by anglers fishing on  Portage, too. The turkey season has been very good. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Black and grey morels are starting to show up.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

 

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye were being taken in a variety of locations in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay including off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning, off Linwood in 15 to 20 feet of water and off Bay City State Park in 9 to 15 feet of water. Others reported walleye catches off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River in 12 to 15 feet of water and a mile northeast of Spoils Island and out near the Spark Plug buoys numbers 11 and 12. There were also walleye anglers reporting fish catches off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. Pink and purple lures were productive. Both crankbaits and crawler harnesses were taking fish. Shore anglers in the Saginaw River at Essexville were catching a few channel catfish.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Sanford Area

Panfish have moved into the canals  and cuts on Sanford and Wixom lakes. Wax worms, flies and leaf worms are all producing good results. Turkey season has been pretty good. Toms are strutting and answering the call.

Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing has slowed, but remains pretty good in the Pere Marquette River. Egg flies, nymphs, streamers, spawn and spinners have all produced good results. A good bite has been reported at Rainbow Rapids, Sulak and Upper Branch Bridge. Crappie fishing has been steady on  Big Star and Paradise lakes. Bluegills are still holding in 10 to 15 feet of water. Black morels are popping. There are a lot of turkeys in the area, but hunting pressure has been light. Toms are gobbling.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

Greenville Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light in Montcalm County. Anglers there were waiting for warmer weather and last weekend’s opening of walleye and pike seasons on inland waters in the Lower Peninsula. Toms are strutting and gobbling. A few morels have been found.

Tows Country Store, (616) 984-5895.

Grand Haven Area

Perch were hitting minnows fished in 60 to 70 feet of water last week on Lake Michigan. Bluegill fishing has been spotty on but the best bite has been on Sterns Bayou in 5 to 10 feet of water. Good numbers of crappies have been caught on Pettys Bayou and Bruce’s Bayou The spring turkey season got off to a good start, but a lot of locals are waiting for the late season hunt.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.

 

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Perch fishing remains pretty good in Mud Creek and other cuts and streams in Huron County. Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron off the breakwall in the harbor, around Heisterman Island and at Sand Point. The best action has come early in the mornings. The spring turkey season started off with a bang and remains very good. Toms are strutting and gobbling.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

A few boats have been out on Lake Huron and anglers report catching  good numbers of lake trout. All along the outside of the thumb. The lakers  seem to be stacked along the bottom in 30 to 45 feet of water. Spring turkey hunting has been good. Toms are strutting and responding to calls.

Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.

Port Huron

Fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River but action has been slow on Lake Huron. Anglers jigging shiners and finesse minnows are catching a lot of walleyes. Salmon are also being caught in the river on  spoons fished by boat and from shore. Smelt are still running under the Blue Water Bridge, as long as the water is dirty. The spring turkey season has been very good with a lot of gobblers in the area. Morels are starting to show up.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

 

Baitman Fishing Report for the UP Opener

The season to take walleye, northern pike and muskellunge for all Upper Peninsula waters including the Great Lakes, inland waters and St. Mary’s River will open on Sunday May 15th. Cooler temperatures may slow catch rates.

Houghton Lake has been fair for walleye and crappie.

Perch fishing has been good off of Grand Haven this week.

Hamlin Lake has been good for gills,crappie and pike.

East and West Grand Traverse Bays have been great for Lake trout and ciscoes.

Tippy Dam is still fair for steelhead but there are very few fishing

 

 

Harvey The Cable Guy Winkler took advantage of the break in the weather and brought in a walleye and a couple of 13″+ crappie he caught using steelhead jigs tipped with minnows. He was fishing outside the canals this time.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Annie Mac charters put some big lake trout in the box this past weekend. This brute went just a touch over 20 pounds!!! Great job guys.

Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ontonagon: Boat anglers trolling west of the river mouth caught coho, lake trout and Atlantic salmon.

Lake Antoine: In Dickinson County was starting to produce decent numbers of perch. Some of the boundary water lakes and floodings were producing good size crappie.

Menominee River: Walleye were caught near the Hattie Street Dam when using live bait or casting small spoons and stick baits. Those trolling for walleye reported slow catch rates.

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers are still reporting catches south of the Day’s River. Spawning is pretty much over as the females are spent. Anglers were using minnows or crawlers in and around 34 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in the Ford River in 6 to 14 feet and near Garth Point in 4 to 12 feet. Most were casting plastics, spinners or crankbaits. No beds were reported even though the fish appear to be staging for the spawn. The walleye opener looks good as water temperatures have increased to the low to mid 50’s. The mouth of the Whitefish River and south to Third Reef should be good areas considering the cool spring. The mouth of the Ford River to Breezy Point could also be good as walleye exit the Ford River.

Big Bay De Noc: The perch run in Garden Bay is almost over. Most of the fish caught now were small. Try minnows or crawlers in and around 8 feet in front of the Fishery on the west bank. A few smallmouth bass were caught in the South River area but the better fishing was near Ogontz when using plastics, spinners and crankbaits in 8 to 14 feet. The walleye opener here may be like it was 2 years ago. Try up by the Ogontz River in 8 feet. Some of the walleye may be late exiting the river making this a hot spot. Try the head of the Bay between the Fish Dam Rivers, Valentine Creek and the “Boot”.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures were 38 degrees. Anglers trolling spoons, jigging or casting for trout and salmon did catch a few brown trout near Shot Point. Lake trout were caught near the Chocolay River, a few miles north of the breakwall in the Lower Harbor and near Partridge Island in 130 to 170 feet. Very few chinook salmon were caught by those trolling north of the breakwall. Fishing on the Carp River has slowed. Anglers had no luck with spawn so they were switching to artificial baits and spinners which landed a few brook trout.

Deer Lake: In Marquette County is catch-and-release and artificial baits only. Anglers fishing from designated shore areas caught walleye ranging 13 to 18 inches and a few pike up to 24 inches on crankbaits in various colors. Those jigging caught walleye and pike on the north end near the dam.

Munising: Catch rates were fair. Pier anglers on Anna River reported slow fishing with only the occasional splake taken on a single egg. Those trolling the bay did manage to catch some coho and a few chinook. Some smaller chinook salmon in the 16 to 18 inch range with no clips were also caught. Surface water temperatures remain in the low 40’s.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers targeting whitefish reported slow catch rates. Some did catch the occasional coho or steelhead. Most were using a single egg or spawn with artificial baits. Boat anglers were limited due to windy conditions but on days when they could get out, good catches of coho including some limits were reported. A couple nice chinook over 10 pounds and the occasional steelhead were also caught.

Two Hearted River: Steelhead anglers were having good success.

St. Marys River: Above the Soo Locks, perch were caught in 30 feet near the green #8 buoy just out from Sherman Park. Anglers can access the water above the Freighter Locks off West Portage Street just past the International Bridge. Anglers wanting to target yellow perch should try Lake George on the east side of Sugar Island. In Raber Bay, a few yellow perch were caught at Carlton Creek in 4 to 8 feet with shiners and worms. Look for perch along the north shoreline in the bay. Try 4 to 6 feet just off the cattails and old weed beds. The perch run slowed in Maxton Bay which is off Drummond Island. A few small reports of perch came from Scott Bay when fishing around the docks and old weed beds.

Detour: Had very little fishing effort. A couple lake trout were caught south of the lighthouse in 80 feet when trolling spin-glo’s or yellow and black spotted 4 inch spoons. Water in the lower river was stained from run-off.

Cedarville and Hessel: In Cedarville, boat angling effort for perch slowed some but anglers were still targeting structure in and around the marina. Hessel saw more angling effort due to the continued presence of perch inside the marina. Seeing them kept anglers interested but the fish did not want to bite. Those using wigglers and mousies seemed to catch more fish than those using minnows but many were throw backs. A few suckers also moved in. Splake were still cruising the marina and a couple were caught.

St. Ignace: The fish cleaning station remains closed but the restrooms are now open. A few boats have done well lake trout fishing near Bois Blanc Island and decent near St. Ignace when trolling spoons or spin-glo’s. Steelhead action in the Carp River was slowing and the sucker bite was fairly slow. Anglers were moving upstream to target steelhead. A few pike, brook trout and brown trout were caught.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Walleye were being caught in the inland lakes including Black, Burt, Otsego and Hubbard. Suckers are being caught in almost every river connected to Lake Huron.

Cheboygan: The fish cleaning station as well as the restrooms were still closed at the city marina. Lake trout anglers heading out did catch some fish in waters less than 50 feet deep between Cheboygan and Bois Blanc Island. Most are trolling spoons and spin-glo’s.

Cheboygan River: The walleye bite was fairly good with some doing very well while others were skunked. Most were casting crankbaits, drifting crawlers or jigging with minnows or plastics. A couple pike, smallmouth bass and Atlantic salmon were also caught. The steelhead bite has slowed however the sucker run is in full swing and fish have been caught everywhere.

Mullett Lake: Those targeting smallmouth bass averaged 10 fish per person in 8 hours of fishing. Silver blade baits or white and gray swim baits with white jig heads seemed to work best in 5 to 15 feet along the rocky points and bays.

Ocqueoc River: Is producing some steelhead.

Rogers City: Surface temperatures were finally reaching the mid-40s. Boat anglers were fishing the water coming out of the Trout River just north of the harbor. Most were high-lining with cowbells and spin-glo’s in 12 to 20 feet. Try fishing Forty Mile Point or south towards Swan Bay and Adams Point in 12 to 60 feet with dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s. A few Atlantic salmon were seen in the marina. Try casting bright colored spoons like orange and green or bobber fishing with minnows.

Presque Isle: Has been producing some really nice Atlantic salmon with the better fishing south towards Stoneport. Run lines off boards and away from the boat. Good lures were spoons and body baits in orange and green, orange and silver, gold or just plain orange. Lake trout were caught near the bottom in 20 to 80 feet between the lighthouses. These fish seem to be scattered.

Grand Lake: Has sporadically continued to produce a decent number of walleye and jumbo perch. The walleye were 17 to 21 inches.

Montmorency County: Long Lake was producing a few walleye. Grass Lake was producing small catches of some nice panfish at dusk.

Alpena: Those searching for walleye in the bay had limited success. Anglers have been trying everything but no takers. Lake trout should still be in close as surface waters temperatures were still around 50 degrees.

Thunder Bay River: Still has a good number of steelhead but slow catch rates.

Oscoda: Pier fishing slowed. Walleye anglers had very limited success as it seems the fish have not made it up from the bay in big numbers yet. Those that did catch fish were casting body baits, twister tails or small spoons. Lake trout are still being caught off the pier head but in limited numbers while still-fishing with minnows or casting body baits.

Au Sable River: Had decent action with fish still on the beds. Steelhead were in the deeper holes like the Whirl Pool, High Banks, and the Meat Hole. Try spawn, beads, spinners, fly’s, and small spoons. Brown trout fishing was very good.

Higgins Lake: Boat anglers are getting a few lake trout in 80 to 100 feet and some fish were 6 to 8 pounds. A couple rainbow trout were caught off Big Creek in 30 to 35 feet. No perch to report yet.

Houghton Lake: Had good walleye action. The fish were found next to the weed beds in 8 feet. Crappie are just about done in the canals and the bluegills were starting to move in. Try minnows or worms.

Tawas: A few walleye were caught near the wall when trolling. Those working the drop-off in 20 to 25 feet had sporadic catch rates for chinook, steelhead and walleye off Alabaster and the Singing Bridge. Pier anglers picked up a few Atlantic salmon.

Tawas River: A few walleye, carp and bass were caught behind the Police Post.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye got a few fish off Whitestone Point, Point Au Gres and the mouth of the river in 15 to 25 feet. They used crawlers and body baits.

Au Gres River: Anglers were getting a few perch and some catfish on crawlers and stink bait.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Several of the local lakes in Lake, Manistee and Mason Counties had good bluegill action. Target the shallow bays and inlets.

Petoskey: Most of the boats heading out have done well for lake trout between the water treatment plant and Bay Harbor or when trolling towards the State Park. At Bay Harbor, anglers did well with spoons about halfway down in 70 to 80 feet while further east the fish were in 25 to 40 feet. Pier fishing remains slow.

Bear River: Water levels were high and steelhead fishing was slow even though some fish could still be seen jumping at the falls. The few caught were at the dam or the rapids between the bridges that are below the dam. Spawn bags and flies worked best. There are still some suckers, some chubs and some brown trout up at the dam. The mouth was slow for bigger fish but anglers could see a lot of small browns that were stocked a couple weeks ago.

Charlevoix: Had a few boats out targeting lake trout. Those that fished earliest did best. Lake trout were caught on spoons 30 to 40 feet down in 40 to 60 feet at both North and South Point. Walleye anglers are fishing the channel at dusk.

Lake Charlevoix: The fish cleaning station at the Ferry Beach launch is now open. Anglers have caught some walleye.

Torch Lake: Boat anglers have caught lake trout on the south end. Suckers moved into the Torch River and those fishing them had good success.

Traverse City: Cisco fishing was great in the East Bay. Boats are launching off M-37 and heading north. Those targeting steelhead reported a small push of fish in Elk Rapids where a few were caught on spawn. Lake trout have been caught on both bays by those trolling in deep water.

Boardman River: Remains slow for steelhead however a few were still being caught along with a fair to good number of brown trout. Sucker fishing has been good for those using crawlers or leaf worms.

Frankfort: Fishing has improved. Those fishing off the north pier on the harbor side caught some nice brown trout on spawn bags especially when there is a south wind. Those trolling to the south picked up lake trout and brown trout in 25 to 50 feet on bright colored spoons that are typically used for steelhead. Lake trout were caught on the east side of Platte Bay when using spoons.

Portage Lake: Had good largemouth bass fishing in the shallows.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Walleye have been caught by those fishing at night. Walleye and bullhead were caught in the canal between the two lakes. Rapalas and crawlers were the ticket. The crappie bite was on with a good number of fish caught in the shallow coves of Lake Mitchell. The bluegill action was still slow but lots of bass were caught and released.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 47 degrees. Small numbers of brown trout and chinook salmon are being caught outside the pier. Walleye are being caught in the channel and between the piers.

Big Manistee River: Anglers caught some walleye with the largest reported at 30 inches. Fish were still being caught even after rain muddied the river.

Ludington: Had surface temperatures of 49 degrees. The city fish cleaning station is now open. Good numbers of lake trout are still being caught outside the piers. Small numbers of chinook salmon are starting to show up.

Pentwater: Anglers targeting lake trout in 50 to 70 feet had limited success. There have been reports of walleye being caught from the piers after sunset using deep-diving body baits or plastic swimbaits.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers are targeting bluegill and crappie in 10 to 20 feet. Look for drop-offs near spawning areas. Some are targeting northern pike while trolling or still-fishing with live or dead shiners.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Catch rates for walleye increased as did the activity at Stony Point and Brest Bay. Most were trolling or drifting crawler harnesses or crank baits such as reef runners, husky jerks or shad raps in 16 to 25 feet. Hot-n-Tots also caught fish. Chartreuse, fire-tiger and purple were the hot colors. Shore anglers at the Pointe Mouillee access site reported decent catches of largemouth bass. Channel cats and bullhead were caught on chicken livers. Shore anglers at the Swan Creek access site caught channel cats, bullhead and the occasional yellow perch on crawlers.

Detroit River: Had good walleye fishing. Anglers were trolling or jigging Wyandotte worms and walleye minnows. The white bass are starting to show up and were caught off the pier in Wyandotte. Attention Anglers: The DNR will be collecting muskellunge eggs during the month of May. As a safety precaution, anglers should avoid coming close to the electro-fishing boat during the nighttime shocking operations. When the generator is running and the boat’s flood lights are on, staff are collecting fish while using electricity near the boat and want to make sure the public stays clear of the electric field.

Oakland County: Bass anglers continue to do well on both lakes when fishing along the flats. A few pike and walleye were caught by those casting or trolling body baits along the drop-offs. Those looking for panfish should try the canals and river mouths. Try a small jig tipped with a minnow or worm under a bobber. Surface water temperatures were between 55 and 59 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Anglers caught large and smallmouth bass in 7 feet along the shoreline. Most fish were caught south of the Clinton River Cutoff launch and near the mouth of the Detroit River on crankbaits. Dark green and crayfish were good colors. Those targeting perch and panfish did best in the canals just north of the Clinton River Cutoff launch. Crawlers seemed to work best producing more bluegills and sunfish than perch. On the north end, some large and smallmouth bass were caught around the Metro Park and just north of the Selfridge launch when using X-raps and jerk baits along the walls in 3 to 6 feet. Tube baits in green/pumpkin or smoke/purple also did well. These anglers also caught a few pike. Panfish were caught in the canals around Selfridge and Fairhaven by those using red and chartreuse jigs in 7 foot.

St. Clair River: Had lots of anglers targeting walleye but catch rates slowed.

Lexington: Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons and body baits in 20 to 40 feet. Success for coho, chinook, steelhead and pink salmon was sporadic. Those heading out deeper were looking for bigger fish. Pier anglers casting and fishing with minnows caught the occasional trout, perch or bullhead.

Port Sanilac: Was also giving up light numbers of trout and salmon in shallow waters 20 to 40 feet deep. Spoons and body baits worked best. Pier anglers caught the occasional coho, steelhead, walleye or white bass.

Harbor Beach: A few salmon were taken on spoons 30 to 55 feet down in 30 to 80 feet straight out and north of the harbor. Best colors were still orange, green, blue, and the yellow tail. Try some 3, 5, and 10 color lines with offshore boards as well. Some limits of lake trout are being taken straight out and north of the harbor in 60 to 100 feet. Try dodgers with spin-glo’s or clean spoons on the bottom. Hot colors were bright yellow, green and orange spin-glo’s or green, blue and perch colored spoons. Walleye were caught off the north wall when the winds were calm.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught on crawler harnesses in 6 to 8 feet at Pinconning, in 18 feet just west of the Spark Plug and near the Dumping Grounds. On the east side, anglers had difficulty trolling because of the wind. Those bowfishing in the Quanicassee River picked up a few carp. Catch rates were inconsistent at Sebewaing. Caseville had little activity.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers fishing off Smith Park in Essexville caught freshwater drum and catfish on crawlers.

Tittabawassee River: A few walleye were caught on jigs and twisters tipped with minnows and crawlers near the State Street Bridge. White bass were also caught.

Flint River: Was producing good numbers of crappie.

Shiawassee River: The full blown white bass spawn is on with many limit catches of very large white bass being taken. Pike were also caught. Carp are also in spawning mode in all the flooded grassy areas off the Shiawassee and Bad Rivers.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Panfish activity picked up on the inland lakes in most counties. The fish were starting to move to shallow water. On sunny days, check out the warm shallows for crappie and bluegills. Pike have been caught in Gun Lake. Bass fishing was slow in Barry County.

St. Joseph: Pier fishing was very slow. Boat anglers were catching a few salmon and trout inside of 90 feet but some were in well over 100 feet and hitting on spoons.

South Haven: Pier fishing was very slow. Boat anglers continue to do well when targeting lake trout in 45 to 65 feet with cowbells and spin-glo’s. Perch were slow.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead fishing is pretty much over however anglers will find bass, bluegills and suckers.

Grand Haven: Coho were caught 25 to 150 feet down in 160 to 260 feet. Bright colored spoons are working well in the upper water column. Those trolling near the pierheads are finding coho, chinook and a few brown trout. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Few have been out but those fishing below the dams have caught some walleye. Anglers should find smallmouth bass and suckers.

Grand River at Lansing: Those fishing upstream of Moore’s Park have caught smallmouth bass and bluegills. Walleye have been caught below any of the area dams. Pike were noted below the North Lansing Dam. Crappie were caught near the Waverly Road Bridge however anglers need a boat to reach the fish here.

Muskegon: Boats are catching coho from the surface down to 150 feet in 180 to 260 feet. Orange spoons or body baits worked best up high while green or white flies did better in the deeper water.

Muskegon River: While the steelhead fishing is pretty much done, those fly fishing have caught some nice brown trout.

Whitehall: Pier anglers continue to catch walleye. Try casting rapalas or plastic swimbaits right at sunset and after. Perch and fire-tiger patterns seem to be good.



Baitman Fishing Report 5/6/2016

The trout opener was a little slow as the weather was cold, walleye fishing was slower also but today the weather warming up the bite has started.

Portage Lake had a perch bite but wednesday  high winds and cold front slowed the bite.

 

Traverse City: In the East Bay, cisco’s were caught along the east side of Old Mission Peninsula. Those trolling have also caught lake trout. The steelhead run below the dam in Elk Rapids remains very slow. In the West Bay, catch rates for lake trout increased for those trolling.

Boardman River: Trout anglers had more success catching brown trout than steelhead; as the run has really slowed. The few that have been caught were taken in the early morning.

 

Tittabawassee River: Had walleye but with the late opener, a lot of the fish had already left the river and the harvest was dominated by small males. Walleye fishing here will taper off quickly over the next several days as the fish continue to drop downstream. The better fishing was between midnight and 10am. A few limit catches were reported and most boats had some fish but a few were skunked. The better fishing was in the lower river near the Center Road launch and good upstream as far as Imerman Park but tapered off upstream from there. Those fishing near the Dow Dam were catching and releasing a lot of smallmouth bass. Fishing around Freeland was so-so. The best bait was an orange jighead with a shiner but those casting or trolling crank baits also took fish.

Jim and Lisa, the brother/sister team from Houghton Lake have been finding the pan fish this week. Today they caught a couple dozen gills and crappies in the canals using leaf-worms and minnows. Sniper Dan from the shop brought in a couple of walleye he caught using weevil jigs with leeches. Dan is now tied for 2nd with Derek in the walleye count with Clare in the lead.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Clare Gee finally came out of hibernation and is back into form with 3 keepers – 16″ to 17″ walleye caught on chartreuse jigs with leeches under a slip bobber. He said he was fishing at Doc B’s spot. Clare’s chief rival, Dave was nowhere to be found.

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Bass fishing continues to improve as water temperatures warm. The trout opener was off to a slow start but anglers did manage to catch some brook and brown trout on the inland streams. Cooler temperatures to the north have resulted in slow catch rates for panfish.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: The breakwall remains slow with very few anglers out and about.

Bear River: Water levels were a bit high and steelhead fishing was slow. The few taken were at the dam or in the rapids between the bridges below the dam. Spawn bags worked best. Suckers were still in the river but the number of fish was down from last week.

Charlevoix: There were a few boats out targeting lake trout in the early morning. Those that fished the earliest did best at both North and South Point with spoons. The fish were suspended from 30 to 40 feet down in 40 to 60 feet.

 

Frankfort: Had slow fishing. Those trolling in the harbor or the surf have caught lake trout and brown trout on spoons and plugs.

Portage Lake: Had slow fishing with only a few perch taken on minnows over near the outlet.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 46 degrees. Pier anglers were still picking up a few perch. No big numbers but a few walleye were caught between the piers. The number of boat anglers is starting to increase.

Manistee Lake: Both large and smallmouth bass fishing were slow throughout the lake. Those that did manage to catch a few fish were working the drop-offs and the deeper shorelines with crank baits or rubber worms.

Big Manistee River: Anglers have been steadily landing steelhead up near Tippy Dam and fresh fish were still moving in. Most were hitting on fly’s, beads, spawn and yarn. Chartreuse was the hot color. Anglers are still catching some white suckers however the redhorse suckers are moving in.

Ludington: Had surface water temperatures about 48 degrees. Pier anglers were getting few trout but those fishing outside the piers were taking a good number of lake trout. The restrooms by the north pier are now open.

Pere Marquette River: Reported good catches of brown trout. Steelhead fishing continues but once the warm weather hits, it will wind down quickly.

Pentwater: Pier fishing remains slow but water clarity has improved. Some reported catching walleye at night and in the early morning when casting rapalas and swimbaits. Those trolling in 30 to 70 feet between the piers and Juniper Beach have caught lake trout.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers are starting to target northern pike and walleye with live bait or when casting and trolling rapalas. Boat and shore anglers targeting perch and crappie had limited success. A few brown trout and pike were caught in the channel on shiners.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling found the bite to be up and down. When the bite is on, anglers caught mostly coho mixed with steelhead, brown trout, lake trout, splake, and chinook. They were trolling 25 to 45 feet down in 30 to 70 feet with spoons and body baits in a variety of colors. Trolling speeds were between 1.9 and 2.3 mph. The occasional steelhead was still being caught in the Falls River. A mix of trout and salmon were caught off the rock dock near the L’Anse Marina. Those jigging for Lake Whitefish had good success when jigging east of the Baraga Marina in 80 to 95 feet. In Traverse Bay, lake trout were caught between Big Louie’s, Gay Point and Five Mile Reef when trolling in 130 to 150 feet. Those jigging for lake trout did well near Black Point, Gay Point and Big Louie’s Point in 145 to 240 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers are still reporting fair to good catches in 22 to 35 feet between the Center and the Third Reefs when using minnows and crawlers. Perch were caught in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor but many were small. Most were using crawlers when casting from shore or fishing around the docks. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair catches around the mouth of the Ford River when casting spinners or plastics along the rocks and off the banks. Water temperatures have increased to the low 50’s so the bass activity should pick up.

Big Bay De Noc: Perch fishing in Garden Bay has slowed even though anglers were still marking good numbers of fish. Most were males or spent females. Anglers have switched to crawlers and fishing the west bank. Smallmouth anglers fishing the South River Bay area reported a few catches.

Munising: Boat anglers did poorly trolling for coho within the bay. Reports say a few chinook were caught with quality fish up to 10 pounds. Boats did better near Trout Bay and the surrounding areas in less than 40 feet. Pier anglers caught a few splake up to 19 inches when using spawn.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers report mixed results for whitefish with most catching only a few over several hours of fishing. Boat anglers did well for coho salmon when trolling east of the Sucker River in shallow water 15 feet or less. Steelhead were also caught. Water temperatures warmed to 40 degrees and warmer.

St. Marys River: Fishing over the last week was slow up and down the river. Water temperature is averaging 43 degrees in most areas. The Ashman Bay boat launch above the Soo Locks is a great place to launch and go fish for yellow perch in the shipping channel. A few have been caught at the green # 8 buoy in 30 to 35 feet with perch rigs and shiners. There was some effort by those still-fishing for coho and rainbow trout near the Cloverland Electric Power Plant but no fish were caught. Most were drifting spawn bags or casting 3 inch spoons. Lake George on the east side of Sugar Island has been producing some yellow perch off Hay Point in 40 to 50 feet with perch rigs and shiners. The fish were running 7.5 to 10 inches and some still had eggs. Bay Dewausi off Lake Nicolet has not had any fishing effort for the past 4 weeks. Water levels have been rising for the past 3 years in this bay, so it might be productive for yellow perch if anglers wanted to try fishing it once again. Raber Bay has not seen much fishing effort. Those looking for perch might want to try the north side up to Fisherman’s Pointe in 4 to 8 feet while drifting minnows along the abandoned weed beds because water temperatures here seem to be warming up faster.

Detour: Still had no angler activity. The docks were in at the ramp near the marina but the DNR launch had no docks in yet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Boat anglers in Cedarville had fair to good success for yellow perch. Anglers were putting in significant time catching between 5 and 10 fish per hour and sorting out the small ones. Recently, worms were better than minnows when fishing near shore around the docks and other structure. Hessel had good splake fishing for those using smelt with slip bobbers and fishing right off the bottom. Early morning was best. Yellow perch moved in around the marina docks at Hessel but anglers were frustrated as they could see the fish but they would not bite. Worms were a bit better than minnows. The fish range 8 to 11 inches. A couple pike were caught by those trolling.

St. Ignace: The fish cleaning station remains closed and angler activity remains light. The Carp River still has a good number of steelhead being caught on spawn. Suckers are still present as well.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: The fish cleaning station was still closed however the docks are in and the ramps are open. Fishing activity remains very light.

Cheboygan River: Is producing good numbers of steelhead, suckers and walleye. Steelhead were caught on spawn, jigs and worms. Walleye were hitting on jigs, crawlers and stick baits. Suckers were caught on crawlers and spawn. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also in the river.

Rogers City: The marina is open and all the docks are in. When anglers can get out, a few lake trout were caught along the shoreline in shallow waters and out to waters 60 feet deep with high-lines. Out deep, fish the bottom with cowbells or dodgers with a spin-glo. Hot spots were Swan Bay or Adams Point. Atlantic salmon should start showing up anytime so try Swan Bay, Calcite Harbor or the breakwall with bright colored spoons and body baits. Good colors to try are orange, silver, green, chartreuse or yellow.

Presque Isle: Atlantic salmon were caught in the North Bay, directly out of the harbor and near Stoneport. Try spoons and body baits in green, silver, orange, and yellows. Lake trout were caught north of the marina between the two lighthouses in 20 to 90 feet with dodgers or cowbells and spin-glo’s just off the bottom.

Alpena: Boat anglers trolling for lake trout and walleye in Thunder Bay had limited success. Bass anglers are doing well in the shallows.

Thunder Bay River: Steelhead are still moving up to the dam and have been caught while drifting spawn and trout beads or casting small spoons and spinners.

Oscoda: Pier fishing is starting to pick up as those casting late at night have caught walleye and lake trout on spoons, body baits and stick baits. A couple steelhead and Atlantic salmon were caught on minnows in the early morning or evening.

Tawas: Pier anglers took a couple walleye when casting body baits. Walleye and pike were taken off the mouth of the river.

Au Gres: A couple boats did get out and caught walleye in 10 to 25 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Shore anglers caught a couple of pike near the mouth of the river.

 

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Catch rates for walleye and angling effort were lower this past week. Cooler temperatures, easterly winds, and turbid water have kept some away but those using hair jigs with or without minnows and blade baits have caught some fish. Anglers did best near Stony Point, La Plaisance Bay and the Dumping Grounds with crawler harnesses and Erie Dearies. Hot colors were chrome, purple and fire-tiger. Those targeting largemouth and smallmouth bass had good catches with a jig and tube combos. Largemouth bass, white bass and channel cats were caught in Plum Creek.

Oakland County: Bass fishing continues on both Cass and Union Lake. A couple smallmouth were seen bedding in the shallow flats. Try jerk baits in the shallows or lipless crank baits in deeper water. Bluegills are still being caught in the canals and coves. No crappie but anglers continue to look for them. A few walleye and pike were caught.

Lake St. Clair: There has been very little fishing pressure on the north end. The catch and immediate release bass season is in full swing in waters 4 to 10 feet deep along the Mile Roads, near Selfridge and the Salt River. Purple and green were the hot colors. These anglers also caught sizable pike. Perch and sunfish were still being caught on crawlers near the Clinton River cutoff launch. Bluegills and pumpkinseed have been caught in the canals and marinas.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing was good in the Marine City and Algonac areas where jigging during the day and whipping after dark produced the best. A few trout and salmon continue to show up throughout the river as the water temperature remains in the low 40’s.

Lexington: Fishing picked up with anglers taking many lake trout along with a mix of Atlantic salmon, steelhead, chinook and coho. Most were caught in 35 to 45 feet but some boats in search of bigger fish were heading out as deep as 80 to 100 feet. Body baits and spoons were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow.

Harbor Beach: Limits of lake trout are being taken north and straight out of the harbor. Anglers are using dodgers with spin-glo’s or clean spoons just off the bottom in 35 to 80 feet. Hot colors were white and froggie dodgers with white and pink dots or bright yellow with green and orange spin-glo’s. Fish were also taken on green, blue and perch colored spoons. Some salmon and steelhead were caught 30 to 55 feet down on black and orange, green, white or yellow spoons.

Saginaw Bay: With eight straight days of moderate to strong northeast winds, fishing was pretty much a bust but was starting to improve as the winds die down. Those that did head out managed to catch very few walleye. Shore fishing was slow.

 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes are producing some bluegills and crappie. The yellow perch bite was good but now the fish are just about done spawning.

St. Joseph: Pier fishing is very slow for all species. Boat anglers targeting salmon are catching a few coho and lake trout in waters up to 60 feet deep but a few fish were found in 100 feet or deeper. Spoons work best. No perch to report.

South Haven: Lake trout fishing continues to be very good in 45 to 65 feet with cowbells and spin-glo’s. Pier fishing was very slow. No perch to report.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead fishing has slowed as the run is pretty much over. Anglers have caught a few bass, some panfish and lots of suckers.

Grand Haven: Coho were caught on bright colored spoons and flasher/fly combos 50 to 150 feet down in 180 to 260 feet. Those trolling near the pier heads found a mix of coho, chinook and brown trout. Boat anglers reported the yellow perch action as hit-or-miss. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Walleye and channel cats have been caught below the 6th Street Dam. The catch and immediate release bass season has been good with a fair number of smallmouth caught.

Rogue River: Was still producing the occasional steelhead. A couple brown trout were caught opening weekend.

Muskegon: Pier fishing for brown trout was slow. Those out trolling 30 to 140 feet down in 180 to 240 feet found some coho salmon. Try orange spoons up higher and flasher/fly combos down deep.

Muskegon River: Still had some steelhead on the gravel but the run is winding down for the most part.

Whitehall: Had few anglers targeting steelhead and brown trout from the piers. Walleye anglers were still taking fish after sunset with countdown rapalas, plastic swimbaits, or jigs with plastics or minnows.