Summer is Back Fishing Report

 

Nice perch from grand traverse east  bay
Nice perch from grand traverse east bay

Photo Above is the size of perch from East Bay.

There are reports from west and east grand traverse bay lots of perch, not the big jumbos but anywhere from 8 to 10 inches, of course there are the gobies to contend with. Some are going out of Elk Rapids going across to the peninsula in 45 to 50 feet of water and catching nice perch. West bay been good lees point, north port, and in Traverse city off of m 72 and the river.

Lake Margrethe has a good perch bite still, also the walleye fishing has been good.

Green Lake, Long Lake, Big Platte lake, big Glen, and Portage Lake have been fair for perch

 
 
 
 
 
 

nice Cisco from East Grand Traverse Bay–4.96 lbs.

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River fishing has been real good the past few days!! This is a sure sign of fall but it’s not time to put the rods away yet. Behind these giant Kings the steelhead will follow!!! Nice fish Ryan Bullard.

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Good afternoon on a an inland lake

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers were mainly fishing inside Harbor Point. For those interested in lake trout, there are still fish from Harbor Point north.

Petoskey: Boat anglers were coming in with a salmon or two and maybe a lake trout but some came in with no fish. Most of the salmon were coho and were taken 25 to 27 feet down in 100 to 120 feet with cut bait, spoons, plugs and flies. Try just in front of the breakwall and down near the hospital and water treatment plant. Lake trout were 50 to 90 feet down. A couple salmon were caught off the pier after sunset and before sunrise with spawn or flies. The Bear River was at normal flow and a few salmon were caught up at the dam.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers mainly caught lake trout. There should be chinook salmon staging near the Cement Plant. The weather has been so unseasonably warm and dry that no salmon had run up to the weir during the last week. There were reports of salmon caught 50 to 60 feet down in 80 to 90 feet near the plant when using spoons and flies. Smallmouth bass fishing in the channel is still drawing quite a few anglers. There were a lot of keepers along with some fish weighing in at 5 pounds or more. Most are using crawlers and putting in a lot of time some days. The Medusa Weir is in operation, which means the creek is closed to fishing to within 100 feet of the mouth.

Traverse City: Those trolling in the morning in the East Bay caught a good number of coho and a few chinook along the west bank and along the drop at the south end. Lake trout fishing was good north of the M-37 launch and off Deepwater Point. A good number of lake herring were caught by those trolling and jigging. In Elk Rapids, lake trout and lake herring were caught straight out from the marina. Smallmouth bass were taken in 10 to 15 feet or as deep as 30 feet. The Elk River was producing coho and a few chinook in the early morning. In the West Bay, chinook and coho were caught from the south end off Clinch Park. Those targeting perch did well in Suttons Bay but the fishing off Lee Point was hit-or-miss. Minnows and cut shrimp worked best. Lake trout were caught south of Marion Island and off Lee Point when jigging. The Boardman River was good for salmon anglers in the early morning especially the stretch between the foot bridge and the Union Street Bridge.

Leland: Some young chinook salmon were caught around North Manitou Island. A decent number of lake trout were caught on the “first bank”. Chinook and coho are still present in the harbor and the river but few were caught.

Platte Bay: Has coho in close in the early morning and they were hitting on smaller spoons. A few more coho have shown up in East Platte Bay and were caught by those trolling, jigging or casting.

Platte River: The mouth of the river remains open after being dredged. Anglers casting spinners and spoons caught fish at the mouth in the early morning. There are still a lot of fish in the river below the lower weir and a few above the weir. Most were taken on skein, spawn bags or flies.

Frankfort: Chinook moved into the harbor but anglers had a hard time hooking them.

Betsie River: Anglers were still landing a good number of fish throughout.

Onekama: Pier anglers are reporting coho off both the north and south piers. Try spawn or spoons especially in the early morning or late evening.

Portage Lake: Perch numbers and sizes improved over the last week. The bigger fish were hitting on minnows. Good bass fishing along the breakwall and in the shallows.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 65 degrees. Fishing remains slow with fewer anglers out. A small number of chinook and coho were caught in 120 to 160 feet when heading north of the port. A couple chinook were caught in the harbor and in Manistee Lake.

Manistee River: Still had decent fishing in the lower river. Coho have been caught up at Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Water temperatures were warm and fishing was slow with only a couple chinook caught in the harbor and in Pere Marquette Lake.

Pere Marquette River: Is still producing some fish. Coho were caught as far up as the Indian Bridge.

Pentwater: Anglers caught the occasional chinook or coho 60 to 80 feet down in 160 to 200 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass with crawlers near the bottom or when casting body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Those targeting bass did well jigging soft plastics or casting body baits along the drop-offs in 8 to 15 feet. Those still-fishing with crawlers or casting body baits at Longbridge Road caught the occasional coho salmon or smallmouth bass.

Muskegon: Boat anglers reported slow salmon action with only a few fish taken 50 to 100 feet down in 175 to 200 feet. Green, orange, and blue were the hot colors. Pier fishing was still slow.

Muskegon River: Catch rates for salmon slowed. Water levels are low and clear.

Whitehall: Very few boats have been out trolling as salmon fishing has been very slow. A few lake trout were caught near the bottom in 150 to 200 feet on spoons or paddles and flies. Water temperatures around the pier heads remain warm and those casting for salmon reported very slow fishing.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Had few anglers. Boats pulling spoons in 60 feet had no luck.

Cheboygan River: Fishing pressure was still high. Many have caught chinook with skein, spawn bags, spoons or spinners but the skein and spawn bags did best. The fish were averaging 10 to 20 pounds.

Rogers City: The season is winding down but there appears to be a large hatch of smelt this year and the fish are starting to feed heavily on them. Adult chinook salmon have moved out deeper because of the warm spell and warmer water in the bay and river. There is cold water out deep and that is where the fish appear to be staging at this time. Those out trolling have done well with spoons, J-plugs, flashers with flies, squid or cut bait. Good colors were green, blue, black and white, bloody nose or anything that glows early and late. Anglers have caught young chinook along with the occasional Atlantic, coho, steelhead and walleye. Those looking for lake trout are getting easy limits in the bottom 10 to 20 feet in 65 to 120 feet.

Rockport: The few heading out caught lake trout near the bottom in 65 to 90 feet towards Stoneport and False Presque Isle with dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s. Anglers also caught young chinook along with the occasional walleye, coho or Atlantic.

Alpena: Lake trout were caught near the bottom in 110 to 150 feet out near the “Humps” and off Thunder Bay Island with spoons, meat rigs or spin-glo’s. A few chinook were found throughout the water column in 25 to 50 feet off the mouth of the river. Try spoons and J-plugs. Walleye anglers found fish when trolling harnesses with bottom bouncers off the north shore, around Scarecrow and Sulphur Islands and off the Black River in 20 to 40 feet.

Thunder Bay River: A few chinook were taken by those casting spoons and drifting skein and spawn bags. Glow, five dot, and blue were good colors. The fish were anywhere between 5 and 16 pounds. A couple steelhead and brown trout were caught by those casting small crank baits or drifting eggs and worms near the 9th Street Dam.

Oscoda: Anglers trolling in 120 to 160 feet off the river found lake trout near the bottom when using spoons. Boats trolling near the mouth of the river have seen and marked chinook however catch rates were slow. Pier anglers caught a few walleye on crank baits. Those still-fishing crawlers in the evening caught channel cats and a couple walleye. Those drifting crawlers under a float caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and a few small perch.

Au Sable River: Chinook salmon have been seen at Foote Dam, and a few decent steelhead and smallmouth bass were caught just below the dam when drifting skein and worms. An Atlantic salmon was caught near the mouth. Those drifting crawlers picked up a few walleye and smallmouth bass. Channel catfish were taken by those still-fishing with crawlers.

Higgins Lake: A few boats were still trolling for lake trout. Smallmouth bass fishing picked up off Flag Point and around Treasure Island when casting between the shallows and 20 feet deep. Perch anglers were starting to pick up a few bigger fish in 20 feet with a Hali jig and minnow. Some large rock bass are still being caught.

Houghton Lake: Water levels are down some so boat anglers will want to watch their props near shore. The walleye bite slowed with the warmer water but a few were still taken on a crawler harness or a single hook with a shiny blade. Bluegill and crappie were suspended 2 to 6 feet down in 12 feet. Bass fishing was good.

Tawas: Fishing was slow with only a few walleye taken around the weed beds. Perch anglers were sorting through lots of small ones to get a few keepers. Walleye trollers going south toward Alabaster took a few fish on a crawler harness in 24 to 40 feet. There were rumors of a few chinook staging off the mouth of the river.

Au Gres: Some perch were caught in 35 to 42 feet straight off the river mouth. Fish were also found in 10 to 15 feet off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars but no big numbers. The keepers were 8 to 10 inches. A few walleye were caught in 25 to 30 feet with a crawler harness.

Saginaw Bay: Had good perch fishing around the first set of buoys along the modern shipping channel past Spoils Island. The fish ranged 8 to 12 inches and several limit catches were reported. Other spots worth trying would be near Buoys 17 & 18, and out near the Spark Plug in 23 feet. The perch action was spotty off Quanicassee in 9 to 13 feet. The boats that got out the earliest seem to do best. A few bigger fish were taken in 15 to 18 feet. A few walleye were taken in 13 feet off the Callahan Reef and in the Slot between Sebewaing and Bay Port. Unlike last week, the key to success seemed to be moving around until you find an active school of fish.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Anglers caught walleye, pike, smallmouth bass and catfish when trolling or jigging between Bum Island and the mouth. No salmon were observed.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty throughout the Bay with the better fishing at the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits along the weed lines. Perch fishing was good in the same area with minnows in 18 to 25 feet. Good pike catches in several areas between the south end of the Black Bottom and the Escanaba beach area. Most fish were hitting crank baits and spinners in 6 to 12 feet. A few salmon were caught near the mouth of the river as well.

Manistique: Salmon anglers reported fewer catches as water temperatures increased to the high 60’s. Shore anglers up near the dam caught coho and the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Those fly fishing took a couple steelhead between the “Big Bass Hole” and the ORV bridge. Chinook were seen jumping throughout the river and the better catches came in the late evening.

Munising: Boat anglers are targeting mainly coho and catch rates were slightly better. Scattered catches were reported by those trolling inside the bay but those trolling the west channel and in Trout Bay did slightly better when trolling 60 to 70 feet down in deeper waters. The key is to look for baitfish. Splake fishing was poor.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers trolling in 50 to 60 feet caught a few coho east of the breakwall and off the beach area when moving towards the Sable River. Some did well for coho in shallow waters less than 30 feet deep however some never caught a fish. Try very early morning or late evening. Some were fishing the mouth of the Sucker River but very few fish were caught.

Tahquamenon River: Boat anglers had luck for musky by trolling and casting upstream of the Natalie State Forest launch. Yellow perch anglers caught fish when floating a worm in the Dollarville Flooding. Shoreline fishing was slow for panfish.

St. Marys River: Up near Sault Ste. Marie, Cloverland continues to perform maintenance on the turbines, and will periodically shut the plant down. When this happens, fishing will be poor so be sure to check the flow from the park to east of the powerhouse first. Pink salmon fishing was slow with only a few taken. Yellow perch fishing was inconsistent in the North Channel. Try 25 feet with minnows or crawlers on the bottom. Walleye fishing is inconsistent in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet using bottom bouncers and a green or motor oil crawler harnesses between the 3-Mile and the 7-Mile Buoys. In the lower river, very few walleye were taken when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses over the deep weeds and rock piles. Yellow perch action remains slow with only a few caught by those targeting walleye. Musky anglers trolling or casting caught a few but most were under 40 inches. Some decent size pike were caught on spoons and crank baits in front of the two piers in Raber, near Maude Bay and Raber Point.

Detour: Was producing limits of lake trout and a few chinook. Try two miles straight south of the Detour Lighthouse when trolling the 90 foot flat with spin-glo’s and a 24 inch leader. Best colors are orange or chartreuse with white. Best area to target chinook is Fry Pan Island, which is the first island south of ferry boat lane that runs to Drummond Island. A few were caught on spoons 55 to 60 feet down in 80 feet.

Drummond Island: Yellow perch catches were decent but nowhere near peak yet. Warm water temperatures have kept the bigger fish from entering the bay. Anglers caught 5 to 20 perch above the legal size of 7 inches with a few 11 to 13 inches but were sorting through a lot of small ones. Smaller minnows seem to be the bait of choice, either drifted with small bladed rigs or floated under bobbers. The location of the schools changes daily, but some of the spots to try would include Maxton Bay and the islands of Rutland, Peck, James, Grape, and Bald. Colors to try would be green, red, and reflective silver or gold blades on sunny days.

Cedarville and Hessel: Yellow perch fishing slowed in the Les Cheneaux Islands. Those doing best were moving around the islands and targeting a variety of weed beds while casting with a slow retrieve. Both shiners and worms are good baits. Connors Pointe which sits between Urie Bay and Musky Bay is usually a good perch location in September especially when the water temperatures cool to 45 degrees. Snows Channel was productive for pike when trolling a chrome spoon with a red eye. Creek chubs were taking pike in 8 to 10 feet between Duck Bay and Little La Salle Island.

Carp River: Fishing pressure picked up but not many fish were harvested. Many reported seeing fish surface and some believe the pink salmon have already run up the river. Still lots of fishing pressure on Nunn’s Creek. Anglers are catching chinook on skein, spawn bags or spoons. Most of the fish have turned dark.

Perch are biting in many inland Lakes

 

 

 

Perch are starting to school and many are catching nice messes of perch. Lake Magrethe has been real gross this week along with a great walleye bite.

Both Grand Traverse Bays have been good but most reports are coming from Northport and Lees Point.

Also smallmouth bass is hot on East Bay out of Elk Rapids, photo of one from east bay

Skeegemog has a perch bite and many are fishing on the northwest end some sorting right now.

Crystal. Big Glen, Green Lake, Long Lake, Little Glen, Big Platte Lake, Portage are starting to get there perch on.

Salmon are up the river with lots of fish in the rivers.

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A couple lake trout and salmon were caught 80 to 90 feet down. Anglers are now fishing east of Harbor Point.

Petoskey: A few chinook and coho were caught 40 to 50 feet down in 75 to 120 feet. Boat anglers were staying close to the breakwall or trolling toward Bay Harbor with flies and plugs. Lake trout were caught 70 to 100 feet down in 80 to 220 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and rock bass. The Bear River was still at a pretty high level. A couple chinook and coho were caught up at the dam with spawn and flies.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers caught chinook and lake trout. The salmon were scattered and hitting 30 to 70 feet down in 65 to 100 feet. Lake trout were 50 to 90 feet down in 60 to 150 feet. Most were using spoons and flies near the red buoy and the cement plant. Smallmouth bass fishing was hit-or-miss but a couple big fish were taken. The Medusa Weir opened early last week, which means the creek is closed to fishing to within 100 feet of the mouth. Anglers caught a couple chinook salmon when casting in the freighter slip and in front of Medusa Creek.

Traverse City: Lake trout were caught in the East Bay near Deepwater Point. Salmon fishing was spotty but chinook and coho were taken by those trolling along the west bank, south of the M-37 launch and along the south bank. Bass fishing was spotty but fish were caught north of Old Mission and south of Elk Rapids. More lake herring were showing up for those trolling off the M-37 launch and Deepwater Point. A couple more salmon are at the dam in the Elk River. In the West Bay, some nice chinook and coho were caught in the hole at the south end in the early morning. Good size perch were caught on wigglers and minnows in Suttons Bay and off Lee Point. Lake trout were caught south of the M-22 launch. Salmon were in the harbor at Northport. The Boardman River has plenty of salmon below the weir and at the dam. Good numbers of chinook and coho were caught on spawn and skein. Early morning was best.

Leland: Some lake trout along with a few lake herring and a couple salmon were caught on the “First Bank”. Some younger chinook and a couple adult coho were caught east of North Manitou Island. Lake trout and lake herring were hitting on spin-glo’s behind flashers or cowbells. Salmon were hitting on spoons. The Leland River has some coho and a few chinook but very few fish have been caught. Look for smallmouth bass in the river and the harbor.

Platte Bay: Those trolling east and west of the bays caught a few salmon and lake trout when trolling, jigging or casting as deep as 80 feet down or just off the mouth of the river. With large pushes of salmon into the river, fewer fish were marked in the bay.

Platte River: Anglers reported a large number of coho in the lower river and a good number of fish above the lower weir at times. Most anglers have done well with spawn, skein and flies.

Frankfort: Cooler water blew in and surface temperatures were in the low to mid 40’s in the harbor and off the piers. Chinook are still moving into the bay and a few were caught by those trolling around the piers.

Onekama: The “Barrel” is still producing lake trout near the bottom with spin-glo’s. A couple young chinook and coho were caught but the action was slow.

Portage Lake: Catches rates were starting to pick up with a fair to good number of good size bass taken. Perch catches have been slow but the number and the size of the fish are slowly increasing for those using worms in 12 to 18 feet. Coho were reported on the west end but the fish were not very active.

Manistee: Fishing slowed but a few boats did manage to catch a couple chinook, coho and steelhead in the harbor and around the piers. Some did better further out in 300 to 500 feet. Pier fishing was slow but a few trout and salmon were taken by those casting spoons. Try early morning or evening. Salmon are in Manistee Lake.

Manistee River: Anglers were starting to see fish in the lower river and some coho up at Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Slow fishing continues but those trolling in 250 to 400 feet as well as in the harbor found salmon and steelhead. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple chinook taken on spoons. Chinook were also caught in Pere Marquette Lake.

Pere Marquette River: Some salmon are being reported in Lake and Mason Counties with a few fresh fish trickling upstream. Anglers are waiting for a large push of fish.

Pentwater: Salmon and trout fishing was very slow and few boats have been out. Those trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 60 to 100 feet caught the occasional chinook or coho in the early morning with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers casting spoons in the early morning caught the odd chinook salmon.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting crankbaits or working jigs tipped with soft plastics along the bottom caught smallmouth bass in 8 to 15 feet. Those fishing the channel with crawlers caught smallmouth bass and redhorse suckers.

Muskegon: Those trolling in the basin and near the breakwalls caught a few chinook on glow plugs in the early morning and those trolling 50 to 120 feet down in 120 to 220 feet found a few trout and salmon with green or blue spoons and white flashers and flies. Pier anglers had no luck.

Muskegon River: Has salmon with fish caught up near Croton Dam.

Whitehall: Those trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 60 to 90 feet caught the occasional chinook or coho on spoons in the early morning. Lake trout were caught in the bottom third of waters 140 to 200 feet deep with paddles and flies or spoons. Those trolling 60 to 90 feet down in 200 to 250 feet caught a few salmon, steelhead, or lake trout. Pier anglers casting spoons caught a few chinook in the early morning. Hot colors were green and silver, blue and silver or glow. Anglers casting jigs tipped with soft plastics or slowly retrieving a crawler along the bottom caught large and smallmouth bass in the channel. A few walleye were caught in the late evening by those casting body baits.

White Lake: Anglers fishing in 15 to 25 feet caught a good number of bluegills on dropper-rigs tipped with a wax worm.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Those trolling spoons near the red buoy or in 35 feet near the mouth of the river had little to no success.

Cheboygan River: Salmon moved into the river. There was a lot of activity at the lock and dam and behind the paper mill. Shore anglers caught a few chinook on spoons, crank baits, spinners, artificial spawn and fresh spawn with an orange bag.

Rogers City: Anglers reported lots of salmon swimming in the shallows in and around the Swan Bay but catch rates were very slow. Most are trolling high-lines with bombers and J-plugs. Adult salmon were still out deeper in 30 to 60 feet. Those looking for young salmon were fishing anyway from 45 to 120 feet. Atlantic salmon, lake trout, steelhead, walleye and a few coho were also caught. Spoons worked best but J-plugs or dodgers with squid or cut bait also took fish. Hot colors are green, blue, white, purple, orange, silver and orange or glow.

Rockport: Anglers heading straight out towards Middle Island and the Nordmere Wreck or north towards Stoneport were taking a mix of trout and salmon in 45 to 130 feet. Most were running spoons, body baits, J-plugs and flashers with flies, squid or cut bait throughout the water column. Hot colors were green, blue, orange, white, black, purple or glow.

Alpena: Lake trout were found near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet. Those trolling high-lines found steelhead in the top 30 feet. Try spoons or meat rigs at the “Humps” and off Thunder Bay Island. A few staging chinook salmon were caught on spoons and J-plugs in 20 to 50 feet at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River. Walleye were caught by those trolling stick baits or crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers in 25 to 45 feet off the mouth of the river, along the north shore and around Sulphur and Scarecrow Islands.

Thunder Bay River: Chinook salmon are moving into the river and were caught by those casting spoons and spinners or floating skein and spawn bags. A few fish were decent size. Despite the warmer water temperatures, a couple Atlantic salmon and a small steelhead were taken at the 9th Street Dam. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, and brown bullhead were taken on crawlers.

Oscoda: Good numbers of lake trout were taken from the bottom in 130 to 170 feet. Atlantic salmon were caught in the top 30 feet. Try spoons, meat rigs, and flies out from the Au Sable River. Chinook are being marked near the mouth of the Au Sable River and a few were caught in 20 to 35 feet with spoons and J-plugs. Pier anglers caught fish on spoons. Walleye and smallmouth bass were taken by those casting crank baits or still-fishing with crawlers. Channel cats were hitting on crawlers on the bottom at night.

Au Sable River: Those targeting walleye found a few in the evening when casting crank baits or when drifting and still-fishing with crawlers near the mouth. Channel cats, smallmouth bass, and rock bass were taken on marabou jigs or when drifting or still-fishing with crawlers. Lots of smallmouth bass but many were sub-legal.

Houghton Lake: Walleye are still being caught by those trolling a harness with crawlers and crank baits near the weed beds in 9 to 12 feet. Bluegills and crappie have also been caught in the weed beds. Bluegills were hitting on leaf worms and leeches and crappie were hitting minnows under a bobber.

Tawas: Boat and pier anglers targeting perch were doing a lot of sorting to get a few keepers. Same for the boat anglers off Jerry’s Marina. Boat anglers fishing near the rocks around Alabaster took a few walleye when casting or jigging. Those trolling about 10 miles south of the Tawas River mouth found a few walleye in 35 to 45 feet.

Au Gres: Perch fishing off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars slowed some. A couple walleye were taken from the edge of the weed beds in 10 feet or more along the Bars.

Saginaw Bay: Some perch were caught around sailboat buoys A, B, and H but the bite was slow. Fish were also caught in the old shipping channel just north of the Saginaw River mouth and a mile east of Spoils Island. Catfish anglers fishing in the Hot Pond have done well with crawlers, shrimp and chicken liver. Anglers out of Quanicassee were targeting perch but only a couple boats caught fish. They basically stayed put in one place and let the fish come to them. Those moving around never located fish. Fish were found in 8 to 14 feet and deeper. Perch anglers were out in Wildfowl Bay between North Island and the tip of Sand Point but no reports came in. A few walleye anglers were still out but catch rates were spotty.

Saginaw River: A few perch were caught in the lower river near the Bay Harbor Marina.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Walleye and perch fishing were about the same as last week. Those trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses suspended in deeper water caught a nice bag walleye, perch and a few crappie. Those drifting and anchoring caught perch and walleye but no big numbers. Sorting is a must due to the small walleye. The north end was still producing some nice bluegills and sunfish along with the small ones. Try crawlers and leeches. Those using minnows near shore have also caught fish.

Keweenaw Bay: Most boats were heading north and trolling around Pequaming where they caught lake trout and a few coho. Catch rates were getting better at the South Entry with lake trout taken off Farmers Reef when trolling spoons. Coho were showing up around the lighthouse. Those jigging caught lake trout in 150 to 160 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers caught walleye mostly at night when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 18 to 25 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. Best day catches were in the southern waters between Breezy Point and the Minneapolis Shoals area when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 10 to 16 feet at Round Island or 25 feet at the shoals. Perch numbers were down but some nice jumbo perch were caught on crawlers in 17 to 23 feet off Kipling. Pike were active throughout the bay with a couple fish over 40 inches taken near Escanaba when trolling rapalas along the edge of the shipping docks. Salmon were caught at the dam in the Escanaba River.

Manistique: Salmon fishing just keeps getting better with anglers taking chinook, coho, pink salmon and brown trout. Boat anglers are trolling from the mouth to where the fast water starts using Mega lips, jointed rapalas, spoons or spawn. Shore anglers are fishing between the “Big Bass Hole” and the dam. The water is fast and muddy in this area making for poor visibility. Many of those targeting salmon have caught the bonus walleye. Anglers are reminded that the fish cleaning station is shut down but the DNR freezer is still there if you catch a fish with a missing adipose fin.

Marquette: Lake trout fishing was slow as most struggled to catch two or three fish. Coho were caught near the lower harbor and near the mouth of the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers. A couple chinook were caught in the rivers but no word on coho yet.

Au Train: Limit and near limit catches of lake trout were taken within a few miles of Au Train Island. A few coho and chinook were caught in 60 feet or less near the mouth of the Au Train River. No word on any salmon caught in the Rock or the Au Train River.

Munising: Surface water temperatures have cooled to around 59 degrees which is much cooler than last year and anglers are hoping this will bring fish in sooner. Coho salmon have been caught and while most boats were getting one to three fish, some had none. Most were trolling within the bay, towards Sand Point and out into Trout Bay and fishing in 60 to 70 feet. There has been very little activity at Bay Furnace. The city docks and the Anna River were producing some legal size splake but anglers were putting in a lot of time just to catch a couple fish. Try spawn bags or casting Cleos. Lake trout were caught near Wood Island Reef, Grumps Hump and Big Reef when the winds allow.

Grand Marais: Most boats stayed close and caught limits of lake trout about a mile out just off the break. A few coho were also caught. No activity at the Sucker River.

Two Hearted River: Coho salmon are staging outside the mouth. Few fish have entered the river as anglers have only reported a few catches. Warmer temperatures this week will most likely keep the fish out in Lake Superior a bit longer.

Tahquamenon River: Boat anglers caught a few musky but pike reports were few and far between. Fishing pressure at the dam and pier were almost non-existent.

St. Marys River: A good number of Atlantic salmon and some whitefish have been caught behind the Cloverland Power Plant. Cloverland is performing maintenance on the turbines, and will periodically have the plant shut down. Fishing is poor during these times, so check flow from the park to east of the powerhouse first. A fair number of pink salmon have been caught when jigging spoons. Yellow perch fishing was steady in the early morning until 9 a.m. and just before dark in the North Channel. Use crawlers or minnows on the bottom in 25 feet. Walleye fishing continues to improve in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet with a green crawler harness and bottom bouncer. Most were caught between the 3-Mile and 7-Mile Buoys. Smallmouth bass were caught on the rock piles. Walleye were caught on the north end of Lake George in 9 to 12 feet. In the lower river, only a few walleye were taken in 12 to 17 feet in Munuscong and Raber Bays. Yellow perch fishing was slow but a few 9 to 12 inch fish were found in the weed beds in 10 to 18 feet.

Detour: Had good catches of lake trout taken a foot off the bottom along the 90 foot flat which is two miles straight south of the Detour Lighthouse. Try an orange and white or chartreuse and white spin-glo with an 18 inch leader behind a flasher. A few smaller chinook salmon were caught when trolling 50 to 60 feet down in 80 to 100 feet from Fry Pan Island southwest to the green buoy. Hot colors were chartreuse, chrome or chrome and white.

Drummond Island: The fall yellow perch bite has started to pick up. Successful anglers caught 10 to 25 fish between 8 and 14 inches. Most were taken while drifting leaf worms and minnows on colorful perch rigs near structure The location of the schools seem to change daily, but some spots to try would be Scott Bay or around Rutland, Peck, Harbor and Bald Island. The perch are not schooled up in large groups yet, but were found in small pockets of weeds and rock piles in various depths. Hot colors were green, red and reflective silver or gold on sunny days.

Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville had reports of a few perch caught when drifting worms and shiners in 8 feet in Musky Bay off Conners Point. Largemouth bass were very good in 3 to 5 feet off the weed beds when casting a weedless surface lure. Those casting spinners under the docks in 4 to 6 feet throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands also caught fish. Pike up to 30 inches were taken around Little LaSalle Island. Try chubs in 8 feet where there is a current. Hessel had no reports of yellow perch caught from the finger docks at the marina. A few pike were caught on chubs and spoons in the early morning. A few perch were caught by walleye anglers in Mackinaw Bay when drifting a jig with a shiner in 8 to 12 feet.

Carp River: Had some salmon activity but catch rates were slow. Pier anglers using spawn, spoons and crank baits had little to no success. Fishing slowed on Nunn’s Creek as well but anglers still managed to catch a few chinook 9 to 11 pounds with a silver and green or silver and blue spoon as well as fresh spawn.


Buc’s Fishing Report 9/7/2017

The chill is in the air as labor day has passed and fall fishing will b e in full swing soon. The salmon are heading up the rivers in good numbers and boy there are some hogs to be caught.

Lake Margrethe perch have started biting already with some nice ones being caught. Lees point by Suttons Bay has been producing perch also.

Smallmouth Bass has been super on East Grand Traverse Bay, along with lake trout and ciscoes.

Walleye has been good on Long Lake by Traverse, Big Platte Lake, Houghton Lake, Burt Lake, and Margrethe.

 

Nice Houghton Lake walleye! Tod Waggoner from Houghton Lake took advantage of the smaller crowds today and landed a 24 3/4″ walleye using a night crawler on a #6 hook. He was in about 10 fow near the orange lighthouse.

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Some lake trout were caught about 85 feet down near Harbor Point. A few salmon were caught as well. Most were fishing the Petoskey side.

Petoskey: A few chinook and coho were caught some days while other days it was a challenge to even catch a lake trout. The salmon were found 70 to 80 feet down and the lake trout were found near the bottom in 120 to 140 feet. The salmon ranged between 6 and 8 pounds to over 20 pounds. Smallmouth bass were caught off the breakwall. The Bear River was slow with only a couple chinook, coho and small steelhead caught.

Charlevoix: Windy conditions have kept anglers off the big water and those able to get out and target salmon did not have much luck. Salmon are moving closer to the Medusa Creek area. Some lake trout were caught as shallow as 25 to 40 feet and as deep as 90 to 100 feet straight out from the channel and to the cement plant. Smallmouth fishing was hit-or-miss once again.

Traverse City: Salmon fishing in the East Bay was spotty but some days were good. Anglers did best at the south end trolling spoons and plugs. A good mix of coho and chinook were caught. Anglers targeting lake trout did great when jigging in 80 to 120 feet near Deepwater Point and north of the M-37 launch. A few lake herring were also caught. Smallmouth fishing on the bay was slow with only a few fish taken on leeches in 15 to 30 feet near Elk Rapids and south of Acme. Smallmouth fishing was slow on the Elk River. On the West Bay, some nice chinook and coho were caught when trolling. The majority were caught in the hole out from the Boardman River. Lake trout and a couple lake herring were caught off Lee Point and south of the M-22 launch. Perch fishing was good at times near Lee Point with minnows. Salmon moved into the Boardman River and were taken on spawn or body baits but catch rates were slow.

Leland: Salmon fishing slowed with most of the spawning fish leaving the area to stage or run up into the rivers. A few younger chinook and coho were caught east and north of North Manitou Island. The “First Bank” did produce some good size lake trout and coho. For salmon, try spoons and a flasher/fly combo and for lake trout try a flasher or cowbells. A few salmon have shown up in the Leland River but very few were caught. Some nice smallmouth bass were caught in the river.

Platte Bay: Fishing in East Platte Bay slowed. Some of the fish staging in the bay were caught by those trolling or jigging 20 to 80 feet down. Most were using spoons, green J-plugs and a flasher/fly combo.

Platte River: Had its first major push of coho. Good numbers of fish were pushed up into the lower weir and the lower river was full of fish with good numbers caught. Many were fishing the shallows between the mouth and deep water. Those casting or trolling in shallow waters have done well when the fish are in the area but shore anglers have not done as well. A few chinook and lake trout were also caught.

Frankfort: The chinook bite slowed. Most of the fish have moved up and into the river. Those trolling medium to small spoons had good catches of coho.

Betsie River: The Homestead Dam was very active for salmon and had some very good reports.

Onekama: The “Barrel” is still producing lake trout. Most were bouncing spin-glo’s off the bottom.

Portage Lake: The perch, walleye, bass and panfish bite slowed. Anglers using worms in 12 to 18 feet caught a few fish along the weed beds. Coho were caught.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings dropped to 62 degrees. Fishing slowed but chinook, coho and steelhead were caught around the pier heads and further out in 120 to 200 feet. J-plugs and spoons worked best 60 to 100 feet down.

Manistee River: Had a lot of salmon but there was not a lot of fish at Tippy Dam which means they must be further downstream.

Ludington: Also had slower fishing with a smaller number of salmon and steelhead caught between the piers and 200 feet. Those fishing out deep did best 60 to 100 feet down with spoons or J-plugs. Pier fishing was slow.

Pere Marquette River: Had salmon up in the river.

Pentwater: Salmon fishing was slow with only the occasional chinook caught by those trolling 20 to 50 feet down in 35 to 80 feet in the early morning with spoons, plugs or paddles and flies. Those trolling 50 to 80 feet down in 180 to 200 feet also caught the occasional salmon with spoons or plugs. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass when casting body baits or still-fishing with live bait in the channel.

Pentwater Lake: Those targeting panfish caught bluegills and black crappie in 15 to 20 feet with perch minnows or wax worms.

Muskegon: Boat anglers trolling for salmon in the harbor and near the piers were unsuccessful. Those trolling out deeper managed to find a few fish 50 to 100 feet down in 70 to 140 feet with a variety of spoons, plugs and flies. Pier anglers had no luck.

Muskego River: Is producing some salmon.

Whitehall: Salmon fishing was slow but boat anglers finding pockets of cold water in 150 to 200 feet caught a few chinook and coho 60 to 100 feet down. Green or purple spoons, paddles and flies or meat rigs were the ticket. Pier anglers caught large and smallmouth bass along with the occasional freshwater drum.

White Lake: Bluegills were caught on perch rigs with wax worms in 15 to 20 feet.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Boat anglers targeted salmon in 60 to 120 feet but had no luck.

Cheboygan River: Salmon were still jumping at the lock and dam and some chinook were caught with spawn or spoons. Those using spinners and crank baits had no luck. Rock bass and smallmouth bass were caught on worms off the city pier. Shore anglers casting spinners caught pike and smallmouth bass.

Rogers City: Chinook salmon fishing was decent with most boats getting 1 to 3 fish throughout the water column in 40 to 80 feet. Try spoons dodgers, hootchie mamas, flashers and J-plugs. Good colors were green, purple, blue, silver, black and white. Most were caught south of the harbor between Calcite and Adams Point but those fishing to the north caught chinook, coho, lake trout, walleye and the occasional steelhead in 45 to 120 feet. Lots of baitfish were in the area so expect the fish to be feeding on small smelt.

Rockport: Cold water and lots of baitfish have been present. Anglers did well taking a mixed bag of Atlantic, chinook and coho salmon as well as lake trout and walleye straight out towards Middle Island and the Nordmere Wreck or north towards Stoneport in 45 to 120 feet. Spoons and body baits worked well for most but lake trout were hitting on spin-glo’s with flashers and attractors.

Alpena: Anglers targeting lake trout found good numbers when trolling near the bottom in 100 to 150 feet. A couple chinook were taken in 40 to 70 feet and a few were taken near the mouth of the river. Atlantic salmon and steelhead came from the top 40 feet in 100 to 180 feet. Try off North Point and Thunder Bay Island with meat rigs, spin-glo’s or spoons in green, pink, white and chrome. Walleye anglers did well when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 25 to 45 feet off the north shore, Scarecrow Island and Sulphur Island.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers found a couple chinook salmon between Mill Island and the 9th Street Dam when casting glow or chrome spoons. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, and a couple largemouth were caught by those drifting crawlers or casting spinners and crank baits.

Oscoda: Lake trout were caught near the bottom in 110 to 160 feet. Steelhead and Atlantic salmon were taken in the top 30 feet. Try spoons, meat rigs or spin-glo’s. A few chinook were caught at the mouth of the river in 24 feet. Pier anglers casting jerk baits and stick baits caught walleye in the early morning.

Au Sable River: A few walleye were caught near the mouth in the morning or evening when drifting crawlers or casting stick baits, crank baits and small spoons. Smallmouth bass were hitting crank baits and small jigs as well as crawlers drifted on the bottom. Pike were hitting on crank baits in the slow waters of the lower river. Rock bass and freshwater drum were taken on crawlers.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout anglers continue to do well when fishing just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. No perch reports this week but lots of rock bass are still being caught. Some reported good smallmouth bass fishing.

Houghton Lake: A few walleye were caught by those trolling a crawler harness or drifting a crawler in 9 to 12 feet. The key is to keep the bait moving. Only a few bass were caught as the fish were not quite as active in the cooler weather. Crappie fishing was hit-or-miss but bluegills were hitting on leaf worms and wax worms in the holes along the weed beds.

Tawas: Those trolling caught a few lake trout, steelhead and one chinook in 60 to 80 feet. Walleye were found in 40 to 60 feet off Tawas Point and down near Alabaster when using a spoon or crawler harness. A couple small perch were taken off Jerry’s Marina in the weed beds near Buoy #4 and off the pier. A few walleye were also taken off Jerry’s Marina when casting Erie Dearies in the weed beds.

Au Gres: Walleye trollers are still getting a few fish straight off the mouth of the river, south of Point Au Gres, and off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars in 15 to 20 feet. Perch were found off Eagle Bay Marina in 10 to 15 feet. The average was 25 to 40 fish per boat but they were sorting out a lot of small ones. Fishing slowed but the cooler weather may get it going again. Bullhead, bowfin and a few small perch were caught at the mouth of the Pine River.

Saginaw Bay: Windy weather and muddy water slowed fishing all over the bay. A few perch were taken near the sailboat buoys but anglers were working hard to get them. Catfish could still be found near the Hot Ponds. Perch fishing was spotty off Quanicassee. Those that moved around did better. Those trolling for walleye got a few out from the Slot and beyond the Bar from Oakhurst to Sunset Bay Marina in 12 to 20 feet when using a crawler harness with bright colored spinners. Shore anglers at the marina in Sebewaing caught bluegills on worms and largemouth bass on artificial baits. A few pike were caught off Geiger Road. Summer walleye fishing is about done. Anglers will have to wait until they come into the Saginaw River system in late October and November.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Those trolling the main lake caught walleye. A crawler harness or crank bait was the weapon of choice and this method far out-produced anglers drifting or anchoring. Those fishing the weed beds along the north end picked up some nice panfish and a few perch with leeches and crawlers under a slip bobber or when jigging. Pike were caught but most were small. Bass were found in shallow waters along the rocky areas. Surface water temperatures are dropping and with all of the wind and rain the lake seems to be turning over which may result in some better fishing in the weeks to come.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers caught fewer walleye but some were found in 12 to 14 feet off Breezy Point and near Round Island in 10 to 18 feet. Most were trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses. Windy conditions kept many from heading south to Seagull Point but when they could; fish were caught by those trolling crank baits in 15 to 25 feet. Perch catches were also down with most fishing crawlers in 10 to 18 feet from the Day’s River south to the “Narrows”. Pike were very active throughout. Smallmouth were caught near Round Island, the east side of the “Black Bottom” when trolling crank baits in 12 to 20 feet and inside the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when casting crank baits, spinners or plastics. Salmon are starting to show up at the Ford River but fishing was a little harder with the high water levels. The Escanaba River probably has salmon also but hard to fish because of construction on the US-2 Bridge. Try trolling the channels from the mouth to the construction site.

Manistique: Had all salmon anglers as more fish moved up into the river. Boat anglers were trolling mega lips and jointed body baits along the deeper channels between the mouth and where the fast water starts. The best fishing was near the mouth. Several salmon anglers caught walleye as well. Shore anglers fishing the “Big Bass Hole” where the upper and lower dam split had fair catches when using spawn, flies, body baits or spoons. The water is faster than previous years and much more stained limiting angler access and sightings. The fish cleaning station is still down and probably won’t be fixed this year. The DNR freezer is still located at the fish cleaning station so those catching a trout or salmon with a missing adipose fin can still drop off the fish head.

Marquette: Had good fishing with many taking a mix of lake trout, coho, steelhead, and even a few chinook 50 to 60 feet down near the white rocks and between the Upper and Lower Harbors. Most were using downriggers with 3 to 5 colors of lead core. A few salmon were caught in the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers.

Au Train: Limit catches of lake trout were taken a few miles off Au Train Island.

Munising: Coho fishing was still slow but a few bigger fish along with a couple brown trout were caught recently. Anglers were trying several areas from the West Channel to Trout Bay in 50 to 80 feet. Only a few lake trout were caught in 140 to 180 feet near the Wood Island Reef. Pier anglers at the Anna River report slow action with only a couple undersize splake taken on spawn bags.

Grand Marais: Lake trout anglers did well near Au Sable Point, Big Reef and straight out near the shipping lanes. A few coho were also caught. Some whitefish were observed near the breakwall. The Sucker River had no activity.

Tahquamenon River: Boat anglers caught musky on crank baits and a few perch when floating worms. Many perch were on the small side. Bluegills and small sunfish were hitting on crawlers and wax worms off the Dollarville Dam Pier.

St. Marys River: At Sault Ste. Marie, Atlantic salmon fishing picked up behind the Cloverland Power Plant with a good number of fish caught. A good number of pink salmon were in the area and were caught by those jigging pink spoons. Walleye fishing improved some in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet with a green crawler harness and a bottom bouncer trolled between the 3-Mile and 7-Mile Buoys. Smallmouth bass were caught with tube baits and while drop-shotting on the rock piles. Yellow perch fishing was steady in the morning between 6 and 9 a.m. or in the evening just before dark. Try 25 feet in the North Channel with minnows and crawlers on the bottom. Walleye fishing picked up on Lake George with fish taken in 9 to 12 feet on the north end. In the lower river, very few walleye were caught in Munuscong Bay and Raber Bay. The few that were caught were taken early morning when trolling deep diving stick baits or crank baits in 12 to 17 feet. Yellow perch action picked up Raber Bay. Anglers found pockets of nice 9 to 12 inch fish along the weed beds in 10 to 18 feet when drifting perch rigs and crawler harnesses just over the top of the deep weeds. Good colors were fire-tiger, perch, green, and purple.

Detour: For lake trout, try the 90 foot flat 2 miles straight south of the Detour Light House when trolling spin-glo’s with flashers and a 18 to 24 inch leader and bouncing cannon balls off the bottom. Pink salmon were caught 55 to 60 feet down in 80 feet north of the Detour Lighthouse with smaller orange and chartreuse spoons. There have been no reports of chinook salmon at the Detour Reef however September is here and it is time for them to start running up the river.

Drummond Island: Very few walleye were caught. A few were caught when trolling deep diving stick baits in Scott Bay near Peck Island. Some nice pike were taken trolling spoons and shallow running stick baits over the top of the weed beds in Maxton and Scott Bays. A few nice yellow perch were caught when drifting crawlers near the weed beds in Scott Bay but most are still waiting for the fall bite to really kick in.

Cedarville and Hessel: Schools of perch were out in front of Viking Boat Works which is south of the Cedarville Launch. Fish were caught on shiners and worms. The fish were 8 to 10 inches with a few up near 12 inches. Conner’s Point and Government Island also had reports of schooling perch over the holiday weekend. Fish off the points that have weed beds or cattails in 6 to 8 feet. At Hessel, those targeting perch did not have much luck. Smaller pike were caught when trolling in 8 feet from Cube Point to the north side of Marquette Island on bucktail spinners with yellow spotted blades. Mackinaw Bay had good catches of largemouth bass when casting top-water lures in 3 to 5 feet. Sunfish were caught on twister tail jigs and worms around Echo Island.

Carp River: Fishing slowed as those floating worms for walleye off the pier had no luck and those targeting salmon with spawn or spoons had no luck. In Nunn’s Creek, the salmon are running and anglers had good success catching chinook on spawn. Spoons and spinners were getting strikes but spawn did best. Most fish were between 5 and 10 pounds but a few were up near 20 pounds.