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

 

 

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

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

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

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fishing has been good the last few days

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

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

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Good perch bite off Ludington Pier

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

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

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

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

 

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Missaukee: Was producing some bluegills.

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

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

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

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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maple River: Was producing a good number of bass.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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Weather is Not Helping

Big Smallmouth
Big Smallmouth

Weather is not helping with cool windy conditions but fishing has been fair with lots of smallmouth being caught on East Grand Traverse Bay some in the 6 pound class.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mackinaw: Had some pier fishing activity. Anglers using jigs caught rock bass in shallow water.

Cheboygan: Atlantic salmon were caught when trolling spoons near Bois Blanc Island. Boat anglers were still getting limits of walleye when drifting worms on a plain hook or a yellow and green crawler harness. The fish were averaging 16 to 19 inches or smaller.

Cheboygan River: Pier anglers at the ferry parking lot caught rock bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, small pike, and some big freshwater drum with worms or leeches on the bottom. Some pike were also caught on a perch imitation or red and orange stick baits.

Rogers City: Anglers caught a mixed bag of silver chinook, coho, steelhead, lake trout and Atlantic salmon. Depending on water temperature which has been changing constantly, fish were caught up high or down deep in 60 to 130 feet. Run lines throughout the water column. Use bright colors like orange and silver up high for steelhead and Atlantic salmon or green, blue, white and glow down deeper. The fish were scattered so look for the scum line and baitfish.

Rockport: Was producing chinook, coho, steelhead, Atlantic salmon and the odd walleye. Look for cooler water and run lines throughout the water column using the same colors as Rogers City. No one hot spot as the fish are scattered. Chinook were coming at all hours of the day especially early and late. Try straight out, around Middle Island, the Nordmeer Wreck, and Stoneport.

Alpena: Lake trout moved deeper in 80 to 140 feet off Thunder Bay Island and the first set of “Humps”. Most were about 10 feet off the bottom; however, a few were suspended in the bottom 40 feet and were hitting on spoons and spin-glo’s with a dodger or flasher. A couple steelhead were found in the top 30 feet. Atlantic salmon were caught on chrome spoons up high. Those targeting walleye found fish in the morning or evening in 20 to 30 feet when trolling stick baits or harnesses with bottom bouncers near Sulphur Island, Scarecrow Island, and straight out of Bay View Park. Hot colors were wonderbread, fire-tiger, and bloody nose.

Thunder Bay River: A couple walleye were caught when still-fishing or drifting crawler harnesses near the 9th Street Bridge and Lamarre Park. Many were small but anglers did manage to get a few keepers. Those casting crank baits or jigging soft plastics caught smallmouth bass, northern pike, and bowfin. A few channel cats were caught on crawlers near the mouth.

Oscoda: Good catches of lake trout were found in 100 to 150 feet when trolling spoons and spin-glo’s near the bottom. Steelhead and pink salmon were found in the top 30 feet. Stomach contents show many of the steelhead were feeding on hatched and emerging insects. Anglers targeting walleye found a couple when still-fishing or drifting crawlers near the mouth of the river early or late. Channel catfish and freshwater drum were caught right off the bottom with crawlers and shrimp on a three way swivel or perch rigs.

Au Sable River: Water levels were high but anglers drifting crawlers through the holes between Oscoda and the railroad trestle found a couple walleye but most were too small. Anglers casting crank baits reported good catches of smallmouth up near Foote Dam and a few largemouth or pike in the marinas near the mouth. Freshwater drum and carp were caught when drifting crawlers.

Higgins Lake: Those jigging Swedish pimples and cast masters caught lake trout in 80 feet and deeper. Rainbow trout were caught on small minnows in 65 feet in the early morning. Anglers were getting lots of rock bass but the smallmouth bite has slowed. Perch have been caught but the fish are running small.

Houghton Lake: Had very good bass fishing for those using wacky worms. The walleye are scattered but those trolling have found some fish when working the drop-offs and fishing close to the weed beds in 9 to 12 feet with crawlers or leeches on a harness. Pink, purple, gold and fire-tiger were good colors. Hot-n-Tots or crank baits in orange, gold, black and gold, chartreuse or fire-tiger also caught fish. Anglers caught bluegills and some fish may still be on the beds. Crappie were hard to find but pike were hitting on anything.

Tawas: Boat anglers targeting walleye were getting fish on the northwest side of Big Charity Island in 10 to 45 feet. Trout and salmon anglers were taking steelhead and lake trout around Tawas Point in 70 to 75 feet. Pier fishing was summer-slow.

Tawas River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river caught the usual mix of catfish, carp, freshwater drum and bass.

Au Gres: Walleye anglers were doing well. Finding warmer water seemed to be the key to finding active schools of fish. Some boats were crossing the bay to fish the Steeples and clear over to the Slot while others went south of Point Au Gres to the end of the shipping channel. Crawler harnesses, crank baits and spoons worked well. A few nice perch were caught incidental to the walleye.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers managed to catch a few lake trout and salmon up near 7-Mile Point. Bass are off the beds so catch rates were spotty. The Little Traverse Bay weather buoy had temperature readings at 59 degrees.

Petoskey: Fishing pressure was low as water temperatures deep down were still warm so anglers will have to try deeper water. The Bobber Hole near the mouth of the Bear River was a good spot to get a variety of species like smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum, and big bullhead but the bite was slow. Water levels on the Bear River were just about normal. Anglers caught a couple steelhead and smaller brown trout on spawn and worms.

Charlevoix: Anglers fishing in the channel caught smallmouth bass but many were on the small side. Try natural and artificial crawlers or leeches. Freshwater drum were also caught.

Traverse City: The East Bay had good lake trout fishing for those trolling spoons along the west side of the bay. The bite was slow but bass were caught south of the M-37 launch in 15 to 20 feet. The Elk River was slow except for a few smallmouth, rock bass and freshwater drum caught on plastics, leeches or crawlers. In the West Bay, lake trout fishing was fair when trolling along the east side or when jigging near the bottom south of Lee Point. A few bass were caught out from the M-22 launch and south of Bowers Harbor in 20 feet. The Boardman River was slow with only a few smallmouth bass or rock bass taken on worms.

Leland: Lake trout fishing improved when cold water moved up into the water column. Good numbers of fish were caught in 100 to 150 feet between the First and the Second Bank. Spin-glo’s behind dodgers, cowbells or spin doctors worked best. A few chinook salmon and steelhead were caught between the First Bank and North Manitou Island. A decent number of smallmouth bass were caught in the harbor and the river.

Platte Bay: Good numbers of lake trout were caught in East Bay in the early morning. Boats leaving the river were having little trouble getting out, but conditions at the mouth could change with any strong winds.

Frankfort: Water temperatures increased this week so anglers were trolling in 200 to 250 feet and working the top 150 feet. Lake trout are active in all areas with good numbers of fish off the point. Steelhead were hitting orange plugs near the surface.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers had moderate catches in deeper waters during the heat wave. Perch and panfish anglers caught fish near the marker buoy.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Panfish were caught in deeper waters 8 to 12 feet with worms, leeches or crickets. Walleye anglers continue to troll or drift harnesses and crank baits. Those targeting bass did well with spinners, crank baits or soft plastics.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 65 degrees. Fishing picked up with a good number of lake trout taken in 100 to 180 feet. Chinook and steelhead were also caught. Pier fishing was slow.

Ludington: Good numbers of lake trout were caught in 100 to 200 feet. A few coho, chinook and steelhead were also caught. Pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Had slow salmon fishing but those trolling between the dunes and Little Sable Point did manage to catch a couple steelhead, coho and chinook in 150 to 200 feet. Lake trout fishing was good when trolling paddles and flies or spoons near the bottom in 90 to 150 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting body baits or jigging soft plastics in the channel caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Bluegills, yellow perch and smallmouth bass were caught off Longbridge Road when drifting worms.