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.

Fishing has Been slow this Week

Most reports Im getting is fishing has been slow, and you have to work hard to catch fish, lets hope the storms quit rolling though and we get stable weather.

 

 

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers continue to do well for smallmouth bass between Harbor Point and the Petoskey State Park. Look for structure such as docks and piers. Lake trout and lake herring were marked in 90 to 110 feet but anglers did not have much luck.

Petoskey: Lake trout were caught out toward Bay Harbor. The “Bobber Hole” near the mouth of the Bear River was a good spot for smallmouth bass, pike, rock bass, carp, freshwater drum and bullhead. Try worms. A couple smallmouth bass were caught off the D-Pier with worms.

Charlevoix: A couple boats caught lake herring when jigging or trolling in 20 to 70 feet. Lake trout were up high in 300 feet. Lake herring were still in the channel but few were caught. Those targeting smallmouth bass did not have much luck.

Traverse City: Lake trout fishing in the East Bay was fair when trolling the shallows south of the M-37 launch or jigging off Deepwater Point. Bass fishing around Yuba Creek was slow but the fish that were caught were good size. The shallows along the west side and the south end were good spots. Bass fishing slowed in the Elk River but a few nice ones were taken on plastics and crawlers. Pike and freshwater drum were also caught. Those fishing the dam caught perch and rock bass. Lake trout were caught in the West Bay when trolling the shallows south of Marion Island, along the southeast end of the bay and south of the M-22 launch. Smallmouth bass and rock bass were caught in the Boardman River on leeches and soft plastics.

Leland: Good numbers of lake trout were caught in 70 to 80 feet from the First to the Second Bank with spin-glo’s behind dodgers or cowbells. A good number of smallmouth bass were caught on plastics, crawlers or leeches in the harbor and river.

Frankfort: Chinook were caught in the top 60 to 90 feet of waters 120 to 200 feet and deeper when trolling in the early morning with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Lake trout were hitting on spin-glo’s around the “Saddle”. Anglers were marking schools of alewife in some areas.

Portage Lake: Mayflies were in full hatch so anglers were not getting many bites.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: A few walleye were caught by those trolling a crawler harness. Panfish were caught in 4 to 12 feet. Try worms or crickets. Bass anglers have done well early morning or evening especially near structure.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers caught smallmouth bass, pike, crappie, bluegills and sunfish.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 62 degrees and though fishing had slowed anglers did manage to catch a couple chinook, coho and steelhead 50 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet. Some boats have traveled out to waters 600 feet deep and caught a few fish. The north pier was starting to produce some steelhead.

Manistee River: In Kalkaska County, the Hex hatch was underway and anglers were fishing for large brown trout after dark.

Ludington: Surface water was up to 64 degrees. Best catches were coming 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 180 feet. Chinook, coho and steelhead were caught as deep as 600 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Salmon and steelhead were caught in 150 to 220 feet and lake trout near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet near Little Sable Point. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum on crank baits and jigs.

Pentwater Lake: Smallmouth bass and northern pike fishing was good when casting body baits in 4 to 12 feet. Perch, bluegill and bullhead were caught from Longbridge Road when drifting red worms under a bobber.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Boat anglers were fishing near Poe Reef or heading out deeper.

Cheboygan River: Anglers were taking limit catches of walleye near the city boat launch and the DNR Office when drifting a crawler harness or worms and leeches under a slip bobber. Those using a lindy rig, a fire-tiger crank bait or jigs also caught a few fish. Large freshwater drum, channel catfish, smallmouth bass, pike, rock bass, carp and bullhead were caught when drifting worms near the DNR Office.

Rogers City: Lake trout limits are still easy to come by especially when fishing the entire water column in 30 to 60 feet with spin-glo’s behind dodgers or cowbells and spoons. Green was a good color. Chinook and coho were caught in the top half of waters 100 feet deep with spoons. Good colors were green, blue, orange or anything that glows early and late. Atlantics and steelhead were taken in the top 20 feet with bright colored spoons.

Rockport: Was producing limit catches of lake trout in 35 to 90 feet around Middle Island with attractors and spin-glo’s, flies and squid. Green and blue were the hot colors. Chinook, coho and steelhead were caught in the top half of the water column when trolling green, blue, orange, purple, black and white or glow spoons.

Alpena: Anglers caught walleye when trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers or deep diving crank baits in 10 to 20 feet near Grass Island, Thunder Bay Island, along the north shore, and near the mouth of the Thunder Bay River. Many of these fish were feeding on recent mayfly hatches. Limits of lake trout were caught near the bottom in 70 to 100 feet but were also found shallower. Try trolling spin-glo’s or spoons near Thunder Bay Island or the Nordmeer Wreck. A couple Atlantic salmon were taken in the top 30 feet of waters 60 to 90 feet deep. Pike were hitting on crank baits.

Thunder Bay River: Shore anglers casting crank baits or still-fishing with crawlers caught a few walleye, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. A lot of the walleye were small. Anglers might want to try the 9th Street Dam and bridge or Lamarre Park in the early morning or evening. Bullhead and channel cats were hitting crawlers on the bottom. Carp and rock bass were caught on crawlers in the harbor.

Oscoda: Lake trout anglers had good catches when trolling spoons or spin-glo’s near the bottom in 60 to 90 feet. A couple steelhead were caught in the top half. Those fishing near the mouth of the river picked up a couple walleye when trolling or drifting a crawler harness. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, carp, and a few channel cats with crawlers on the bottom.

Au Sable River: Anglers are finding a few walleye in the early morning and evening when drifting crawlers or casting crank baits near Mill Street. Channel cats and freshwater drum were caught on crawlers. A few yellow perch and some bluegills were caught on crawlers in the marinas. Largemouth bass and pike were hitting on spinners and crank baits.

Higgins Lake: When they can get out, lake trout anglers were still taking some fish in 80 to 130 feet. Some were trolling spoons and rapalas while others were jigging Cleo’s and Swedish pimples. Boat anglers targeting perch have not been able to get out because of rough water.

Houghton Lake: When the weather permitted, anglers have caught the occasional walleye, pike and some panfish. Carp were still in the shallows for those looking to do some bowfishing.

Tawas River: Smallmouth bass, rock bass, catfish, pike, freshwater drum and gar were still being caught.

Au Gres: Anglers did best straight out from the river and off the points in 30 to 40 feet with some taking limit catches with crawlers.

Au Gres River: Anglers caught pike, small perch, catfish and freshwater drum. Those fishing the near the Singing Bridge caught some bigger bass but undersize walleye.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ontonagon: Had good lake trout fishing when trolling spoons in 20 to 60 feet.

Keweenaw Bay: Coho, steelhead, splake and browns were caught when trolling spoons and stick baits along the shoreline or in the top 50 in 100 to 200 feet. Those jigging for lake trout had fair catch rates. Huron Bay was also giving up a few coho and brown trout when trolling. A couple whitefish were taken by those jigging spoons in 50 to 100 feet. Coho and brown trout were caught in 20 to 30 feet at the South Entry. Spoons and stick baits were the ticket.

Menominee River: Those trolling or casting caught walleye and smallmouth bass however the river was high with a strong current after the last storms.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers fishing the southern Bay reported fair to good catches from Breezy Point south to Round Island. Some went out as far as the Minneapolis Shoals. The best catches were taken in 12 to 17 feet around Breezy Point or in 20 feet near the “Fingers” when trolling a crawler harness. Walleye were still caught at the head of the Bay but most were undersize. The best perch catches were taken around Butler Island with a minnow or crawler in the shallows. A couple bigger fish were caught in 30 to 34 feet near the ship docks in Escanaba. Good pike fishing with a few large fish taken off the Day’s River. Warmer water had channel cats and freshwater drum showing up. Fair walleye catches for those trolling up to the US-2 Bridge. Bass were caught in the Ford River when casting spinners or plastics.

Manistique: Boat anglers took good catches of chinook and steelhead out near the green buoy which is about 6 miles out from the river when trolling spoons 60 feet down in 80 to 90 feet.

Manistique River: Walleye catches slowed. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair to good catches just south of the high dam and up to the bridge with crank baits, plastics or crawlers in the fast water. Lots of baitfish were marked just off the mouth of the rivers. Boat anglers fishing just off the mouth caught a couple steelhead.

Munising: Surface water temperatures are in the mid 40’s offshore and 45 to 47 degrees nearshore. There were a few reports of some legal size splake taken off the Anna River dock however most reported little action with several smaller fish released. Boat anglers did get a mix of splake, coho and ever a few chinook.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers were few however they reported excellent catches of lake trout when jigging out near Big Reef. Fish over 10 pounds were caught. Cooler temperatures and winds turning from the north/northwest should bring some whitefish in. Surface water temperatures climbed to near 50 degrees and schools of perch in the marina were providing some good fishing for kids.

Tahquamenon River: A good number of musky were caught up near the Dollarville Dam. Boat anglers had fish following their bait but did not have much luck landing them. Shore anglers caught rock bass and pumpkinseed on worms.

St. Marys River: Fishing around Sault Ste. Marie and Sugar Island was inconsistent due to weather patterns. In Baie De Wasai and Lake George, walleye were caught on crawler harnesses and crank baits. Smallmouth were caught on spinners or soft plastics. Pike were caught on minnows, spoons and stick baits. A few Atlantic salmon and whitefish were caught on flies behind the Edison Power Plant. From Neebish Island to Sweets Point, the walleye bite was slow in Munuscong Bay so most were moving south to Raber Bay where they were taking a few more fish in 7 to 12 feet when trolling small crank baits or a crawler harness. Fire-tiger, silver, chartreuse and orange were good colors. Small musky and some catfish were also caught.

Detour: A mix of Atlantic salmon, chinook and steelhead were taken at the Detour Reef. The chinook were caught off the rocky shelf that sits at 40 feet then drops to 80 feet just south of the freighter loading dock on the west side of the Drummond Island Stone Quarry. There is good structure there that seems to hold a few salmon. Anglers did best by trolling purple and black spoons. Fair numbers of small Atlantic salmon were taken on dodgers and lead core 12 to 35 feet down in 60 to 80 feet between Fry Pan Island and the green buoy west of the Detour Lighthouse. The fish seem to be scattered and were also hitting 15 to 25 feet down in 30 to 50 feet on orange, chrome or green and white lures.

Drummond Island Walleye fishing improved as the bays warmed and fish were coming into the shallows to feed in the evening. Those trolling or drifting a crawler harness found walleye suspended in 6 to 10 feet. Hard-bodied stick baits and small crank baits were also producing fish. Hot colors were fire-tiger, chartreuse and orange. Smallmouth bass fishing was good in 4 to 8 feet over gravel. Pike fishing was fair along the weed beds when casting soft-bodied swim baits, shallow running crank baits, jerk baits and spinners. Most of the action was around the northeast portion of Scott Bay and Maxton Bay outside of Monaghan Pier and near Sportsmen’s Point.

Cedarville and Hessel: A few splake were caught along the south shore of Little La Salle Island when jigging or drifting an orange and chrome spoon just off the bottom in 8 to 12 feet. Walleye were hitting early and late at the west end of Snows Channel from the golf course to the east end of Hessel Bay when trolling or drifting a crawler harness just off the weeds in 8 to 14 feet. For young anglers targeting panfish, the small bay at Hill Island Road was producing some rock bass for those using red worms or casting a small white beetle spinner just outside the weeds in 3 to 6 feet. At Hessel, a few more yellow perch showed up in the Hessel Marina. Try small red worms about 12 inches off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught on the north end of Marquette Island when drifting and casting tube jigs in 5 to 7 feet. Some bigger pike were caught around Echo Island when trolling a yellow and black spinner.

St. Ignace Had no reports. Catch rates on the Carp River slowed for those drifting leeches or minnows at the pier. A few walleye were caught in the Pine River. Boat anglers were trolling a chartreuse crawler harness between the boat launch and the rapids. Shore anglers drifting worms had little success. Water levels were elevated.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: A lot of undersize walleye have been caught. The bigger fish were found in deeper water.

Wamplers Lake: Largemouth bass were caught when casting soft plastics in 5 to 7 feet or in 12 feet along the west end of the lake. Panfish were caught when drifting worms along the south shore and near Jerry’s. Some crappie were taken along the drop-offs in 14 to 20 feet with a lead head tube jig.

Sand Lake: In Lenawee County was producing panfish in 6 feet along the west shore. Crappie were caught on minnows along the drop-offs.

Ford Lake: In Washtenaw County had fair to good walleye fishing.

Detroit River: Walleye were caught in the channels where cooler water could be found. Most were using jigs, minnow-type lures and crawler harnesses.

Lake St. Clair: All fishing slowed somewhat due to the Mayfly hatch. Smallmouth bass were caught along the Mile Roads and near the St. Clair Light in 10 to 15 feet. Walleye were found off Metro Beach and near the Clinton River Cut-Off launch when trolling a crawler harness or swim baits. The Clinton River Cut-Off ramp is open for business. Musky fishing was slow but some large fish were caught near the Harley Ensign launch when trolling.

St. Clair River: Walleye anglers were still taking some limit catches when trolling a crawler harness and bottom bouncer or vertical jigging. Fish have been caught in both the North and the South Channels.

Lexington to Port Austin: Those trolling along the Thumb caught a few lake trout and steelhead 35 feet off the bottom in 90 feet. Walleye were found in 17 to 20 feet. Pike were caught on spinners and body baits in the harbors. Dark colors worked best. Pier anglers caught bluegills, smallmouth bass, rock bass and pike.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught near the B-Buoy, the Spark Plug, northwest of the Spark Plug in 17 feet, east of the shipping channel in 24 feet and along the Callahan Reef in 12 to 15 feet. Good catches were reported in 15 to 17 feet along the Slot. Purple and green were the hot colors. Wildfowl Bay had some decent catches for those using Hot-n-Tot’s, crawlers or flicker shads. Anglers also caught catfish, freshwater drum, a few perch and the odd pike.

Saginaw River: A couple smallmouth bass and catfish were caught on spoons or a crawler harness.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

 

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing for boat anglers slowed. A few coho and lake trout were caught in 120 feet. Anglers were starting to catch a decent number of perch in about 40 feet. Steelhead are being caught off the pier by those using shrimp. Freshwater drum and catfish were caught on crawlers.

St. Joseph River: Though walleye fishing slowed, fish were still caught when trolling crank baits.

South Haven: Boat anglers targeting trout and salmon caught a couple coho on spoons in 120 feet or deeper. Some have started to catch a few perch south of the piers. The fish were scattered in 30 to 60 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: A few salmon and steelhead were caught 35 to 90 feet down in 100 to 200 feet and lake trout were taken in the bottom 15 feet of waters 150 to 200 feet deep. Try dodgers with yellow or green spin-glo’s. Pier anglers using alewife or casting spoons caught freshwater drum.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Those targeting catfish especially at night have done well with small bluegills or cut bait. Those fishing off the wall and near the bridges have managed to take a few walleye. Bass fishing was good early or late.

Grand River near Lansing: Those targeting panfish have done well with the cooler temperatures. Carp were still hitting on sweet corn and catfish were hitting on cut bait or crawlers.

Muskegon: Boat anglers caught a few salmon and trout 40 to 100 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with green, orange or pink spoons. Pier anglers are catching freshwater drum while casting spoons. The south breakwall is now open.

Muskegon River: Fly hatches were underway and those fly fishing have caught some brown trout. Smallmouth anglers found fish near structure and rocky areas. A couple walleye anglers found fish in the Hardy Dam Pond.

Whitehall: When they can get out, boat anglers caught chinook and steelhead in 160 to 220 feet. Pier anglers casting spoons and crank baits caught freshwater drum and the occasional smallmouth bass.

White Lake: Was producing a fair to good number of panfish and bass.


Happy Fathers Day Fishing Report

Bluegill fishing has slowed as the spawn is getting on to post spawn, and many lakes are having a fly hatch. Lots of wind and storms are going though the area and slowing the fishing this week. Fishing has been slow.

 

New Entries keep coming in for our 6th Annual Summer Free Fishing Contest. We just had our first Perch and Bullhead come in. Someone needs to bring in a Pike!

Largemouth Bass- 18 3/8″
Smallmouth Bass- 21 7/8″
Northern Pike- OPEN
Walleye- 26 5/8″
Bluegill- 8 7/8″
Sunfish- 9 1/2″
Perch- 11 7/8″
Crappie- 12 5/8″
Bullhead- 12 3/4″
Dogfish- 29 1/2″

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Bow Fishing is hot on Houghton Lake right now. Here’s another HL master angler carp shot by Cory Warson from Falmouth. He was fishing the canals after dark. He said this was 1 of 3 gold carp he saw that night .

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers did well for smallmouth bass near Harbor Point and along the shoreline all the way to Petoskey State Park. Look for structure. Anglers marked fish which could be lake trout or lake herring 50 to 80 feet down around Harbor Point. Surface water temperatures in Little Traverse Bay were 57 degrees.

Petoskey: Anglers had trouble finding lake trout so try fishing deeper. The odd steelhead was caught near the surface in Bay Harbor. The “Bobber Hole” near the mouth of the Bear River had good shore fishing with smallmouth bass, rock bass, carp, freshwater drum and bullhead taken on worms.

Charlevoix: Boats can still catch the occasional lake herring outside of the channel and over to North Point when trolling or jigging spoons and blade baits. Lake Trout have moved out and were caught 50 feet down in 250 to 300 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in the channel but most were sub-legal.

Traverse City: Lake trout regulations for both the East and West Bay have changed. It is now 2 fish and a 15 inch minimum. Lake trout and some big lake herring were caught in the East Bay off Elk Rapids. The Elk River is producing smallmouth bass in all sizes. Anglers were using minnows, leeches and tube baits. Bass were caught in the shallows along the south end of the bay. In the West Bay, lake trout anglers were trolling north of Bryant Park and south of Marion Island. A couple small chinook were caught. Smallmouth fishing slowed in Suttons Bay and south of Lee Point. A few lake herring were caught south of Bowers Harbor. Most of the bass were found in the Boardman River with crawlers and leeches near the dam and along the breakwall.

Leland: Good numbers of lake trout were caught by those fishing in 25 to 70 feet from the First Bank to the Second Bank with cowbells or dodgers with a spin-glo. Good smallmouth action in the harbor and the river when using both live bait and artificial lures. A good number of carp are in the harbor.

Platte Bay: Should still have a decent number of lake trout. Smallmouth bass were caught near the rocky areas by shore anglers using live bait and artificial lures. Lots of carp are swimming in the shallows.

Frankfort: Alewife were starting to move out of the area. Brown trout were hitting on jointed body baits on both sides of the piers.

Portage Lake: Between the mayflies starting to hatch and windy conditions, catch rates were down for bass, perch and other panfish. Walleye were still caught at night when fishing near the mouth of the channel with body baits.

Manistee: Chinook and lake trout were found in 100 to 140 feet while others reported fish in 300 feet and deeper. Steelhead were caught off the north pier.

Ludington: Surface temperature readings were about 60 degrees. Fishing has slowed. A small number of chinook were caught out deep in 200 feet or more. A few lake trout were taken in 100 to 150 feet off the projects.

Pentwater: Anglers trolling 50 to 100 feet down in 80 to 160 feet caught chinook, coho salmon and the odd lake trout on spoons and flies. Spoons with a combination of green and orange or blue and green worked well.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting spoons and crank baits in the channel caught freshwater drum and smallmouth bass. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught perch, bluegill, and brown bullhead on crawlers or red worms under a bobber of when still-fishing on the bottom.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Lake trout fishing was good with anglers taking near limit catches when trolling spoons in 45 to 60 feet near Poe Reef.

Cheboygan River: Boat anglers drifting worms and leeches caught 14 to 20 inch walleye. A few were also caught on a crawler harness. Shore anglers drifting worms and leeches caught freshwater drum, suckers, rock bass, pike, and smallmouth bass.

Rogers City: Lake trout are everywhere and limit catches were taken throughout the water column in 40 to 60 feet with spoons, cowbells or dodgers with spin-glo’s and spin doctors with peanuts and spin-glo’s. Green was the hot color. Anglers caught Atlantic and the odd chinook or steelhead in the top half of 70 to 120 feet with green, blue, orange, purple and glow spoons. Look for the scum line or baitfish.

Rockport: Had good lake trout fishing along with a mix of Atlantic, chinook, coho and steelhead. Atlantics were in the top 20 in 70 feet and the chinook were in the top half of waters 60 to 120 feet deep. Spoons were the bait of choice although some flasher/fly combos and squid were taking fish.

Alpena: Boat anglers caught lake trout when trolling spoons or spin-glo’s with dodgers near the bottom in 80 to 100 feet around Thunder Bay Island and the Nordmeer Wreck. Fish were also found as shallow as 50 feet. Atlantic salmon were caught near the surface. Walleye were hitting on crank baits and crawler harnesses in 10 to 20 feet off the north shore, Thunder Bay Island, Grass Island and around Squaw Bay. A few pike were caught when casting spoons and crank baits.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers continue to find a few walleye in the early morning or evening when casting crank baits, still-fishing, and drifting leeches and crawlers up near the 9th Street Dam. Smallmouth bass were hitting on crank baits. Rock bass, carp, bullhead and freshwater drum were caught on crawlers.

Oscoda: Anglers are finding lake trout when trolling spoons in 70 to 100 feet. Pier anglers caught a couple smallmouth bass when casting crank baits. Carp were caught on crawlers near the bottom.

Au Sable River: Walleye fishing has been slow near the mouth; however, anglers continue to catch fish in the evening and overnight when drifting crawlers or trolling harnesses and cranks upstream of the Mill Street Bridge. Rock bass, freshwater drum, and smallmouth bass were caught when casting crank baits or still-fishing with crawlers near the bottom.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout anglers fishing at first light have taken fish just off the bottom in 80 to 130 feet. Those trolling are using rapalas and spoons and those jigging are using cast masters, cleo’s and Swedish pimples. Anglers are just starting to get some keeper perch. Some good size rock bass have been caught.

Houghton Lake: Walleye fishing slowed but those trolling were still taking the occasional fish. Bluegills were hitting in 5 to 9 feet. For those looking to do some bowfishing, carp are spawning in the shallows.

Tawas: Boat anglers report slow fishing. Pier anglers caught a mix of rock bass, smallmouth bass and carp.

Tawas River: Shore anglers caught catfish, bass, pike and freshwater drum.

Au Gres: Was on fire with limit catches of walleye reported in 30 to 45 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres as well as south off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars. Some were fishing in 30 to 35 feet in the middle of the bay near the “Humps”. Most are using a crawler harness but a few were using small spoons.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: The walleye bite has slowed a bit however those trolling were still getting a few fish on crawler harnesses and crank baits. The smallmouth action picked up for those using stick baits and jigging around structure. A few smaller pike were caught. Those using worms caught bluegills, pumpkinseed, rock bass and the occasional perch.

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling caught coho, steelhead, brown trout and splake along the shoreline or from the top 50 feet in 100 to 200 feet with spoons and stick baits. A few coho and brown trout were caught in Huron Bay or the South Entry in 20 to 30 feet.

Marquette: Fishing was slow with only a couple lake trout taken in 200 feet or more between the white rocks and Granite Island. A steelhead was caught on high lines in the same area. A couple coho and steelhead were taken off Shot Point.

Menominee River: Anglers report small walleye being caught between the Railroad Bridge and the mouth when slow trolling a jig tipped with a crawler. Musky fishing was slow but a couple fish were taken on large spinners or crank baits.

Little Bay De Noc: Almost all walleye action was up near the Whitefish River. Anglers used stick baits and drifted or trolled crawler harnesses in 10 to 28 feet. A few used a jig tipped with a crawler in 12 to 28 feet. Fair to good smallmouth bass catches were reported throughout the Bay. Hot spots were near the Ford River, Escanaba River, Gladstone Bay near the highway, Hunters Point and Garth Point when casting plastics and spinners in 5 to 16 feet. Good pike fishing off the mouth of the Day’s River with crank baits in 12 to 22 feet. Smaller fish were caught near the coal piles in Kipling in 12 to 20 feet. Perch were caught on minnows and crawlers in 24 to 30 feet near the green buoy at Kipling.

Manistique River: Had good walleye fishing throughout the river. Most were floating a jig and leech downriver with the current but some did well with silver stick baits. Pike fishing was good and some were over 30 inches. Smallmouth bass were caught on plastics, spinners and crank baits near the banks. No salmon here yet but the action should start to pick up around the end of June.

Au Train: A couple limit catches of lake trout were taken off the flats near Shelter Bay. Salmon fishing was slow.

Munising: Water temperatures in the bay were in the low 40’s. Boat anglers targeting chinook caught very few fish. Limits of lake trout were taken near Chapel Falls and the Twelve Mile beach but anglers put in their time to get them. Boat anglers need to watch for large floating logs and debris in the bay. Pier anglers reported slow fishing with only a couple splake taken on spawn and Menominee taken on worms. Carp appear to be spawning near the Anna River dock.

Grand Marais: Nearshore water temperatures within the harbor warmed into the mid to upper 40’s with offshore temperatures in the low 40’s. The few boat anglers that were out for coho and steelhead did poorly. Lake trout anglers managed a few limit catches. Pier anglers targeting Lake Whitefish had mixed results as some did well getting fish up to 20 inches and other days the average was about 12 inches. The better days had a north/northwest wind. A fair number of Menominee were taken off the Sable River when using worms.

Tahquamenon River: Had decent fishing with lots of pike and rock bass caught. A few perch and pumpkinseed were taken off the Dollarville Dam. A few musky were also caught but anglers were putting in their time to catch them.

St. Marys River: Walleye fishing continues to improve with fish caught on small crank baits and a crawler harness in Lake George. Smallmouth bass are hitting on spinners of soft plastics. Pike slowed but a few were caught on minnows and spoons. In the Lower River, the walleye bite slowed in Munuscong Bay. Most of the fish caught were sub-legal. Small musky were caught near Grassy Island and the mouth of the Munuscong River. Pike, walleye and musky were caught when trolling a small crank bait and a crawler harness. Hot colors were orange, fire-tiger, perch and chartreuse.

Detour: A few chinook salmon were caught 40 to 55 feet down in 70 feet when trolling black and purple spoons. A mix of Atlantic salmon, lake trout and steelhead were taken 15 to 20 feet down in over 60 feet when trolling spin-glo’s out from the Detour Passage Boat launch.

Drummond Island A few walleye were caught when drifting a crawler harness near the bottom or trolling small crank baits in 8 to 12 feet. Hot colors were fire-tiger, chartreuse, and orange. Smallmouth bass fishing slowed as the fish have moved to slightly deeper water and were caught by walleye anglers. Try casting body baits, spinners and top water lures in the early morning or evening in Scott Bay, inside Paw Point and between Rutland and Peck Islands.

Cedarville and Hessel: Had no good perch reports and the few caught were mainly 6 to 7 inches. Smallmouth bass were caught by those casting spinners with double leaf blades at the mouth of Duck Bay and the Middle Entrance. A couple splake were caught near Little LaSalle Island when casting or jigging small orange and chrome spoons in 6 to 8 feet.

St. Ignace Had no reports. Shore anglers on the Carp River caught a couple walleye when drifting a slip bobber or crawler harness with worms but most of the fish were small. Pike and suckers were also caught. A couple walleye were taken in the Pine River when drifting worms or leeches with a slip bobber or a crawler harness near the mouth and up by the rapids but most were too small. A couple perch were caught near the mouth.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Those targeting walleye have done well in 26 feet or deeper off Fermi and the River Raisin when trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers. Yellow perch are in and those trolling for walleye are catching them. Those targeting the perch have done well with minnows and have caught some nice fish.

Wamplers Lake: Largemouth bass were caught while casting a wacky worm, plastics and jerk baits in 6 to 10 feet or while drop-shotting in 18 to 20 feet. Panfish were on the beds near Jerrys, the condos and in the West Bay in 6 feet. Try crickets and worms under a bobber. Crappie were caught along the drop-off at the sand flats when casting a beetle spin.

Sand Lake: Largemouth and a few smallmouth bass were caught while casting a wacky worm or jerk bait in 6 feet. Panfish including bluegill and redear sunfish were caught around the orange buoy and on the west end near the beds in 6 to 10 feet with worms. Panfish were also caught while casting a fly over the beds. A few walleye were caught when casting crank baits.

Detroit River: A few walleye were caught in the lower river when jigging worms. White bass are still being caught but the numbers are dropping. Those looking for yellow perch might want to try up around Sugar Island.

Lake St. Clair: Was still producing some walleye with the better fishing at night. Anglers continue to take carp and catfish at the Clinton River spillway. Bass are being caught so the opener this weekend should be good.

St. Clair River: Those vertical jigging or trolling crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers caught walleye. The bass opener is this coming Saturday.

Lexington to Port Austin: Pier fishing at Lexington was producing rock bass and smallmouth bass. Boat anglers caught lake trout and steelhead when trolling spoons in 60 to 80 feet. Harbor Beach had a few nice perch caught off the breakwall but the bite has now slowed. Those out trolling caught steelhead and lake trout in 30 to 180 feet and walleye in 35 to 40 feet when heading north towards Port Hope. Those trolling out of Port Austin were taking walleye on harnesses and body baits in 40 feet. A few good size whitefish were taken off all ports. Pier and shore anglers caught smallmouth bass.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were hitting in many places including 17 to 20 feet off Pinconning, 18 feet off Linwood, and 5 to 8 feet off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River however the best reports came from the south end of the Slot from Quanicassee to Sebewaing and up onto the Bar (Coryeon Reef) in 12 to 13 feet. Fish were also caught outside the islands off Bay Port and along the weed beds in Wildfowl Bay. Some of the east side anglers were going out as far as the shipping channel and getting fish in 25 feet and deeper. From Caseville, a couple fish were caught in 15 feet off Oak Point in the early morning. Hot spinner colors were chartreuse, anti-freeze, fire-tiger and purple.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

 

St. Joseph: Boat anglers targeting trout and salmon reported slower catch rates and the weather has not helped. The boats that have made it out caught a few fish in 120 feet. Pier anglers are taking the occasional steelhead on shrimp or alewife.

St. Joseph River: Had good walleye fishing in the lower river. Some good size fish were caught by those trolling crank baits.

South Haven: Boat anglers reported slower catch rates. Fish were found out in 150 or so but few boats were out that deep because of the rough lake conditions. No perch to report. Pier anglers are still taking the occasional steelhead but the waters are warming and catch rates are slowing down.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers reported slow catch rates for trout and salmon with only a couple fish taken 50 to 150 feet down in 90 to 180 feet on white flashers with green or white flies and orange or green spoons. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp. Freshwater drum were taken on alewife or spoons.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Catfish anglers were using small bluegills however catch rates have slowed. Walleye anglers are taking a few fish here and there as catch rates were sporadic. Smallmouth bass were found around structure. Bluegills were caught in the backwaters.

Grand River near Lansing: Had good carp fishing below the North Lansing Dam in Old Town. Anglers were using sweet corn.

Morrison Lake Was producing bluegills and crappie. Anglers were using top-water flies and small poppers.

Muskegon: Had slow trout and salmon action. A couple salmon were caught 40 to 120 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange, green or blue spoons.

Muskegon RIver: A few walleye were caught from Hardy Dam Pond. Smallmouth bass have been caught but some were undersize. Bluegills were also caught.

Whitehall: Chinook, steelhead and lake trout were caught in 80 to 120 feet with spoons and flies. Those trolling 100 to 120 feet down in 180 to 200 feet caught chinook and coho on spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers casting spoons and crankbaits caught freshwater drum.


Bluegill Bite is Awesome and it is Free Fishing Weekend

 

Lake Margrethe Bluegill
Lake Margrethe Bluegill

 

 

Most the bait shops are reporting a great bluegill bite with waxworms and worms working best. Above photo was gills caught out of Lake Margrethe this week.

 

This upcoming weekend is free fishing weekend, the weather is looking very promising. Be sure to stop in get loaded up on live bait from your local bait and tackle sport shop  and take advantage of this free fishing weekend.

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What mayfly hatch? Rich Polzin from HL caught a nice 24″ walleye near the south shore weed bed yesterday.

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From Hamlin Lake

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in this region were producing some nice panfish. Bass were on the beds and were hitting plastics, stick baits and crawlers.

Harbor Springs: Smallmouth bass anglers are out. Good spots to try are usually from the State Park, along the shoreline, near docks and along the piers.

Petoskey: Lake trout were caught about halfway down in 40 to 100 feet near Bay Harbor. There are a lot of fun fish to catch at the “Bobber Hole” which is the area at the mouth of the Bear River. Large carp were caught on corn and worms. Those using worms also caught smallmouth bass, pike, rock bass, bullhead and freshwater drum. Not many anglers were fishing in the Bear River but a couple rock bass and undersize brown trout were caught up near the dam.

Charlevoix: Lake trout were caught 40 to 50 feet down in 45 to 100 feet around North Point. Boat anglers jigging for lake herring outside the channel found some fish in 50 to 70 feet. Those targeting fish inside the channel also caught fish on spoons and blade baits. Smallmouth bass are there but not many were caught. Suckers, carp and freshwater drum could also be seen.

Traverse City: Those launching from Old Mission in the East Bay reported good lake trout fishing. Lake herring were caught in shallow waters near Old Mission. Lake trout and lake herring were caught off Elk Rapids. A few salmon were caught when trolling. Bass anglers caught fish from M-37 south to the State Park and south of Deepwater Point near Acme. Bass fishing in Elk Rapids was good from the dam out to the end of the rocks with crawlers, leeches, jigs, spoons and crank baits. Smaller perch and rock bass were caught at the dam. In the West Bay, a few salmon were caught along the southeast end. The Boardman River was somewhat slow but a couple small brown trout and some good size bass were caught. Anglers also found small perch, rock bass and carp. Water temperatures were 54 to 56 degrees.

Green Lake: Was yielding some nice catches of smallmouth bass.

Leland: Continues to produce a good number of lake trout along the First Bank and the Second Bank. Spin-glo’s behind cowbells or a dodger worked best but spoons were also taking fish. The harbor still had a lot of baitfish. More smallmouth bass and carp were starting to show up.

Big Platte Lake: Had good walleye fishing.

Platte Bay: Had fewer anglers but a good number of lake trout were reported in the bay and were hitting on spin-glo’s. With the water warming up, the brown trout may start to move out deeper.

Frankfort: Those trolling early morning and late evening have done well 60 to 110 feet down in 120 to 180 feet straight out and north of the port. Chinook were hitting on mostly spoons but a few were taken on green flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers reported lots of alewife in the area. Brown trout and chinook were caught in the early morning.

Onekama: A couple chinook were caught by those fishing the “Barrel” in the early morning. The fish were hitting on spoons in the top 80 feet. Lake trout were hitting on cowbells and spin-glo’s near the bottom.

Portage Lake: Water temperatures are on the rise so the bass and panfish are becoming more active. A large number of perch were reported but many were small. Catch rates for walleye have slowed with the warmer temperatures.

Lake Missaukee: Crappie were hitting on minnows.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 58 degrees. Steelhead and lake trout were caught on spoons and cut bait in 120 to 240 feet. Pier fishing was slow due to baitfish in the harbor.

Ludington: Surface temperatures were up near 63 degrees. A good number of chinook along with a few lake trout and steelhead were caught in 130 to 250 feet with spoons and cut bait. With baitfish in the harbor, pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Boats trolling spoons 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 160 feet caught chinook, coho and the odd steelhead. Orange and red were good colors.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers fishing off Longbridge Road caught bluegills, yellow perch, sunfish, and smallmouth bass with red worms. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass in 5 to 12 feet while casting crank baits. Those fishing the channel caught freshwater drum on spoons or body baits and smallmouth bass on jigs tipped with soft-plastics.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Trout fishing has been good on local rivers and creeks in Alpena, Presque Isle and Montmorency counties. Many local fly hatches are occurring throughout the area. Local lakes are producing good numbers of bass and panfish. Weeds in area lakes have not yet emerged making for good pike trolling.

Cheboygan: Anglers are getting limits of lake trout around Poe Reef and Cordwood Point when trolling deeper in 50 to 60 feet. Atlantic salmon and the occasional chinook were also caught.

Cheboygan River: Anglers did well on rock bass and smallmouth bass when drifting worms or using artificial baits. They have caught walleye ranging 16 to 19 inches on a crawler harness or when drifting a worm. Suckers, freshwater drum and catfish were also caught.

Mullett Lake: The boating access site on Jewell Road is closed due to construction. Improvements to the ramp should be completed by June 16th. Boaters are encouraged to use one of three alternate access sites, which include Aloha State Park, Mullett Village and the Forks access site.

Rogers City: Had excellent lake trout fishing and it should continue for a few more weeks. Limit catches were reported in 35 to 60 feet when fishing the entire water column. Use spoons up high or dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s deeper. Some caught the odd Atlantic salmon in 25 to 60 feet or the odd chinook or steelhead on spoons up high. Bright colors were good so try silver, orange and green. Those casting minnows off the wall caught the odd Atlantic salmon or pike.

Rockport: Had very good lake trout fishing with limit catches reported in 35 to 60 feet with the same lures. Hot colors were green, yellow, silver or blue. Target the areas with a rocky bottom and make a few passes over the same area when you find fish. Try straight out, False Presque Isle or around Middle Island. Pier anglers caught a couple Atlantic salmon when floating a minnow.

Alpena: Walleye anglers caught fish when trolling crank baits or a crawler harness in 20 feet in Thunder Bay. Limit catches of lake trout were reported by those trolling spoons in 40 to 90 feet off Thunder Bay Island and North Point. Stomach contents show most of these fish are feeding on gobies and crayfish near the bottom. Smallmouth bass anglers caught fish when casting crank baits in Squaw Bay.

Thunder Bay River: A couple steelhead were caught by those casting crank baits near the 9th Street Dam. Those casting or trolling crank baits caught pike, smallmouth bass, walleye and freshwater drum. Those still-fishing or floating crawlers and leeches caught a good number of rock bass in the harbor.

Oscoda: Anglers trolling spoons caught trout and salmon including the odd steelhead in 40 to 90 feet. Those trolling crank baits or a crawler harnesses caught walleye in 10 to 20 feet near the mouth of the river and near Au Sable Point. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass when casting crank baits.

Au Sable River: Walleye were caught between the Mill Street Bridge and the Whirlpool Access. Most boat anglers were trolling crank baits or a crawler harness upstream and drifting a crawler harness downstream. Shore anglers at Au Sable River Park caught smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass on crank baits and crawlers.

Houghton Lake: Walleye anglers were jigging with crawlers and leeches. Panfish were caught when floating crawlers along the weed beds. Crappie were caught on minnows under a slip bobber.

Tawas: Boat fishing slowed but a few anglers trolling in 5 to 20 feet around Big Charity Island were still getting a few walleye. A couple chinook were caught off Tawas Point in 60 feet with downriggers. Pier fishing was slow. A couple good size pike were taken on large minnows under a bobber. Smallmouth bass and rock bass were also caught.

Tawas River: Most were fishing for bass and carp.

Au Gres: Several limit catches of walleye were taken in 30 to 42 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Some were still heading south and fishing in shallow waters off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ontonagon: Fishing picked up for lake trout in 5 to 25 feet. Anglers also caught salmon, brown trout and steelhead.

Lake Gogebic: Anglers caught walleye by casting, trolling, jigging and drifting natural or artificial lures. Live bait included minnows, leeches and crawlers. Good numbers of smallmouth bass and some panfish were caught.

Keweenaw Bay: The smelt are starting to move out which has improved fishing. Those trolling near the shoreline caught a couple coho and brown trout. Near the South Entry, a couple coho and brown trout were caught when trolling along the shoreline and near the lighthouse. Those heading out to Stannard Rock reported very good lake trout fishing.

Marquette: Fishing pressure was light but limits of lake trout were caught near the white rocks and Granite Island when fishing near the bottom at 200 feet or deeper.

Menominee River: Was still running high and muddy because of 3 to 4 gates open. Anglers need to use caution as the strong current is causing problems for boat anglers. Musky were caught near the Interstate Bridge and Boom Island with large crank baits and spinners. Backwater areas were producing some nice smallmouth bass.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye action picked up with many fishing the head of the bay and into the Whitefish River when trolling or drifting a crawler harness in 12 to 28 feet. The “Narrows” and the mouth of the Escanaba River had anglers fishing in 14 to 30 feet. Perch anglers had fair catches near the Day’s River with wigglers or crawlers in 20 to 28 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught throughout the bay including off Garth Point, Hunters Point, the Gladstone area near US-2, the Escanaba River and the Ford River.

Manistique River: Good numbers of walleye were reported in and around the mouth but only a couple salmon were seen.

Au Train: Few anglers were out because of the weather.

Munising: Boat anglers had mixed results as most targeted chinook or coho. Small lake trout and splake were caught near Sand Point when trolling shallow crank baits. Pier anglers caught a couple splake on spawn.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers reported limit catches of lake trout with some over 10 pounds caught close to the bottom in 160 to 200 feet. Pier anglers caught whitefish that averaged 12 to 16 inches. Try a single egg.

Tahquamenon River: Anglers caught rock bass and perch on worms and pike on red and white lures. There were no musky reports.

St. Marys River: Walleye activity was slow around Sault Ste. Marie and Sugar Island but picked up in Munuscong Bay. Anglers were using a crawler harness in 3 to 5 feet in the upper river or trolling crank baits, stick baits and a crawler harness in the lower river.

Detour: Anglers reported good catches of trout and salmon while trolling dipsy divers and sliders 10 to 40 feet down in 80 feet. Atlantic salmon were hitting on orange and gold spoons 10 to 20 feet down in 40 to 60 feet on the south side of Fry Pan Island and out to the green buoy. Chinook were hitting on watermelon spoons near the red buoy.

Drummond Island Walleye were taken while drifting crawler harnesses close to the bottom or small crank baits and stick baits in 6 to 10 feet. Hot colors were fire-tiger, chartreuse and silver. Smallmouth bass were found in 4 to 8 feet with top-water lures, spinners and soft swimbaits. Hot colors were pearl white and chartreuse. Most were fishing in Scott Bay between Rutland Island and Paw Point or Maxton Bay near the Sportsmen’s Club.

Cedarville and Hessel: Activity picked up off Hessel where walleye were caught when drifting minnows and crawlers from the red and green buoys at the west end of Snows Channel out to the east edge of Mackinac Bay in 8 to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught while casting and jigging purple and gray tube baits at the entrance to Duck Bay in 3 to 6 feet. Pike were caught on chubs and frozen smelt at the east end of Snows Channel.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye anglers at Bolles Harbor have done well around the E-Buoy when trolling crawlers and bottom bouncers. Out of Sterling State Park, anglers caught fish in 21 to 25 feet. White bass tapered off but lots of freshwater drum were reported. Yellow perch also started to come in.

Wamplers Lake: Bass were caught on plastics in 4 to 8 feet or chatter baits and jerk baits in 6 to 17 feet along the drop-offs and weed beds in the middle of the lake. For panfish, anglers used a yellow tube jig on the north end of the sandy flats in the middle of the lake or a worm and slip bobber on the west end in 3 feet. Water temperatures ranged between 70 and 72 degrees.

Sand Lake: In Lenawee County produced largemouth bass in 6 to 10 feet when casting wacky worms and spinners. Panfish were found along the drop-offs when floating a worm.

Detroit River: White bass continue to show up on stringers and in live wells. The upper stretches of the river were producing fairly well while catch rates in the lower river were tapering off. Minnows work best. Those using minnows or casting twister tails caught fish in the Trenton Channel.

Lake St. Clair: Anglers took some limit catches of walleye. The nighttime bite is good using whipping techniques. The catch and immediate release bass fishing was good. A few nice perch were caught in the shipping channel. The catfish and carp bite is getting stronger at the Clinton River spillway. Anglers are using bread balls and cut bait with heavy weights to keep the bait on the bottom. White bass were caught near Metro Beach and the Harley Ensign launch. Those bow fishing for carp are hitting the lake and surrounding canals. Panfish and pike anglers were fishing shallow waters on the north end.

St. Clair River: Had good walleye fishing with most vertical jigging dark colored soft plastics or trolling with bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses. Those fishing at night are whipping.

Lexington to Port Austin: Those trolling at Harbor Beach caught a good number of lake trout along with the occasional Atlantic, chinook, coho and steelhead in 90 to 150 feet. Lots of lake trout were caught with dodgers and flies in 85 feet off Grindstone City. Bass anglers did well close to shore.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught in 17 to 23 feet off Pinconning, 13 to 18 feet off Linwood, and 17 feet near the Old Dumping Ground which is about a mile past Spoils Island. Anglers did well along the south end of the Slot from Quanicassee to the tip of Fish Point in 14 to 17 feet. Virtually all walleye anglers are running crawler harnesses and trolling between 1 and 1.3 mph with bottom bouncers off planer boards. Hot spinner colors continue to be green, chartreuse, anti-freeze, fire-tiger, brass, purple and pink.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river caught freshwater drum, catfish and bass.

Tittabawassee River: Bass were caught near the Center Road launch.

Bad River: In St. Charles was producing a good number of pike.

Pine River: Those fishing near the dam in St. Louis caught large and smallmouth bass on worms.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Bluegills are on their beds in most lakes in southwest Michigan. Deeper and colder lakes will see more spawning activity in the next week or so. Anglers are catching limits using flies or leaf worms. Bass and walleye fishing were good. Pike are hitting in the rivers and the inland lakes.

St. Joseph: Boat anglers targeting salmon and trout are still catching a few but the fish moved out deeper to 120 feet or so. No perch to report. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp. As long as the water stays cold close to shore the fishing should be good. Catfish and freshwater drum have also been caught.

St. Joseph River: Walleye fishing continues to be very good in the lower river for those drifting crawlers.

South Haven: Boat anglers targeting salmon and trout reported slower fishing. The fish have moved out to 120 feet and deeper. No perch to report. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers reported fair salmon action with fish caught 30 to 120 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with bright colored spoons and a white flasher/fly combo. Pier anglers caught the odd steelhead with shrimp.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Catch rates continue to heat up for smallmouth bass, pike and catfish. Walleye were caught off the wall and near the bridges.

Grand River near Lansing: Continues to produce a fair to good number of smallmouth bass especially near the dams. A few catfish were caught on crawlers or cut bait. Check out the shallow backwaters for bluegill and crappie.

Crystal Lake In Montcalm County had good bluegill and bass fishing.

Muskegon: Fair catches of chinook and coho were taken 25 to 100 feet down in 75 to 160 feet with green, orange and blue spoons.

Whitehall: Boats trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 110 to 160 feet caught chinook, coho and steelhead on green and orange spoons. Most of the fish were caught in the bottom half of the water column. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum while casting spoons and the occasional walleye on body baits in the late evening.

White Lake: Those targeting panfish caught bluegills, sunfish, and yellow perch in 3 to 10 feet when floating red worms or using perch rigs tipped with red worms and wax worms. Largemouth bass were caught in 6 to 12 feet with an unweighted soft-plastic worm retrieved slowly or when floating crawlers.



Walleye have started Biting This Week

They have been catching lots of nice walleye on body baits and leeches off the Manistee pier and Oneckama pier also trolling in both places.

Houghton Lake: The bite was moderate as the waters continue to warm. Walleye were caught by those jigging leeches in 9 to 12 feet along the drop-offs or in 6 feet along the weed beds. Shore anglers fishing near the inlets after dark caught walleye on orange crank baits. Crappies were still hitting on minnows in the canals. Bass were hitting on a variety of baits and lures.

Portage Lake: Was producing good catches of walleye at night when trolling the shoreline. Perch anglers reported moderate catches at the mouth but many were small.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 46 degrees. Lake trout were caught in 40 to 60 feet. Chinook are starting to show up and a few over 20 pounds were caught in 40 to 100 feet. Walleye were caught at night off the south pier and in the channel.

White Lake: Anglers caught northern pike in 5 to 15 feet when casting body baits. Walleye were caught in 20 to 30 feet when trolling a crawler harness or jigging. Those targeting bluegills and sunfish did well in 3 to 12 feet with red worms or wax worms.

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Lyman’s On The Lake Reports
With 3 more keepers, media-hog, Clare Gee now has 10 times more walleye than his chief rival (and photo-bomber), Dave. These were found in 9 to 12′ using leeches on jigs.

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Dan from jacks sport shop and Fred fields from coachs charters caught these nice lake trout and whitefish out of elk rapids on east grand traverse bay on fish bones 1 oz.slim line rattle jig yesterday

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Buc’s Bait will cooperate with DNR to stop the spread of VHSv

VHSv gizzard shad
VHSv gizzard shad

Buc’s Bait will be suspending the sale of all wild harvest emeralds and spot tails till fall as received this today from the DNR to stop the spread of VHSv. We will switch to Hatchery fatheads, suckers and golden for the rest of the summer.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed Monday that test results on remains collected from the ongoing Lake St. Clair fish kill indicated viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv) as the cause.


As most of you likely know, there is a large fish kill that has VHSv confirmed to be involved in it. Based on public and DNR staff reports, this fish kill is known to extend from the Marine City area to the Ohio border. It has likely killed 10,000s of fish ranging from gizzard shad (largest number) to panfish to smallmouth bass to muskies. We are also investigating some suspect baitfish in the bait supply in this area. Water temperatures are still in the optimal range for VHSv replication and will likely be until the end of the month.

Given this information, we are asking the bait industry to refrain from harvesting bait from Port Huron to the Ohio border until further notice. If you have minnows from this area in your facilities, only sell these fish to baitshops within 5 miles of the shoreline of the St. Clair River to the Ohio stateline on Lake Erie. We are looking for your assistance to prevent the movement of any potentially infected fish to inland waters or other Great Lakes waters.

We appreciate the bait industry wholesaler’s cooperation on this matter and would appreciate it if you would spread the word to others

 

It was a Slow Opener

 

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coachs charters, fred fields whitefish, lake trout,
coachs charters, fred fields whitefish, lake trout,
coachs charters, fred fields whitefish, lake trout,

 

Dan and Dave went out with Fred Fields from Coach’s Charters on East Grand Traverse Bay out of Elk Rapids and caught this nice mess of fish Wednesday.

The cold rainy weather has fishing season off to a slow start, as many places are flooded or lakes have had so much runoff , but sunshine will get the fish biting again. Houghton Lake reports that big crappie are in the canals the last few days but very few are fishing. Trout fishing has been slow with all the rain.

Lake Charlevoix has been good for perch off of Ironton.

Manistee and Portage Lake has been slow with all the rain and runoff.

Long Lake by Traverse has been fair for walleye and perch

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The dock at the public launch is not in yet and no anglers were out.

Petoskey: Had light boat activity but those that have been out picked up a few lake trout on spoons. A couple brown trout were also taken close to shore. The mouth of the river and the D Pier were slow. A few pike were caught inside the breakwall.

Bear River: Water levels were high. A good number of steelhead were at the dam but anglers had a hard time catching them when drifting spawn bags, wax worms and flies. There are quite a few suckers between the mouth and the dam.

Charlevoix: Had few anglers and no boats were out. A couple anglers were fishing the channel but had no luck. There is a small launch near Medusa Weir that had new pads installed last fall. The launch is only sufficient for small boats. The township has put in a small dock.

Traverse City: Those trolling in deep water off Elk Rapids caught lake trout and some good size lake herring. Plenty of lake herring along with a few lake trout were taken north of the M-37 launch. The Elk River was slow with only a couple steelhead caught in the early morning. A couple boats braving the cold and rain were fishing along the east side of the West Bay but no fish were recorded.

Boardman River: Fishing was very slow. A few were lucky to get a couple small rainbows or brown trout.

Leland: Dredging at the harbor mouth is done and the ramp is in so anglers can now launch their boats. Most of the steelhead have left the river and the harbor. Pike and smallmouth bass are in the harbor at this time.

Platte Bay: Smaller boats should have no problem launching from the mouth of the Platte River. Most of the steelhead in the river are done spawning and heading back out into Lake Michigan. Anglers may still find steelhead or a resident brown trout.

Frankfort: Brown trout were caught by those trolling body baits around the break wall and in 15 to 20 feet along the shoreline. Early morning was best. Pier anglers caught brown trout off the south pier. Use fresh spawn in the early morning.

Portage Lake: Perch fishing slowed however some bluegills were starting to hit in shallow waters. Cool water temperatures have slowed the bite. Bass anglers have seen very few fish.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Both lakes had good catch and release bass fishing. A fair number of pike were also caught. Walleye anglers were trolling in 10 to 15 feet during the day and fishing from shore at night. The panfish bite was still slow.

Manistee: Surface temperatures were up near 52 degrees. The restrooms and the fish cleaning station are now open. Lake trout fishing continues to heat up. Those trolling caught a couple chinook or brown trout. Pier fishing was slow.

Ludington: The fish cleaning station and the restrooms were still closed. Many were still working hard to clean up all the debris around Big Sable Point. Boat anglers will still need to use caution when trolling in this area. Lake trout were still hitting off the projects. A few chinook were starting to trickle in and a couple brown trout were caught by those trolling along the shoreline. Pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Lake trout and the odd chinook were caught by those trolling in 30 to 60 feet. Brown trout fishing was good in 8 to 20 feet with orange or gold body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Yellow perch were caught on dropper rigs tipped with wax worms or cut bait in 10 to 25 feet.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Boat anglers did struggle against a strong current as several gates at the dam remained open. Walleye catch rates were variable for boat anglers with some taking a decent number of 15 to 20 inch fish while others were lucky to get one or two. Most were casting or jigging weighted baits tipped with minnows. Shore anglers concentrated at the “bowl” just below the dam and lock had a difficult time. Those targeting steelhead had no luck but white suckers were taken on crawlers.

Rogers City: When the weather improves, try trolling in waters 60 feet and deeper for lake trout with cowbells and spin-glo’s. For Atlantic salmon, try bright colored spoons up high. Shore anglers can try casting spoons and body baits off the breakwall. Good colors would be orange, silver or chartreuse.

Rockport: Those able to get out caught lake trout between the shallows and 60 feet with cowbells, spin-glo’s and spoons. Most were fishing around Middle Island and running their lines from top to bottom. Atlantic salmon were taken off the breakwall

Alpena: Those fishing in the bay near the mouth of the river caught walleye and smallmouth bass with jigs tipped with twister tails or minnows. Those casting crank baits caught walleye and pike.

Thunder Bay River: Steelhead and suckers where caught when drifting spawn and orange beads. Steelhead fishing actually picked up some. Those fishing further downstream caught walleye when jigging or casting crank baits. A couple carp were taken in the harbor at night when still-fishing with crawlers.

Oscoda: Those casting spoons and body baits from the pier caught Atlantic salmon and lake trout. Walleye were taken on jigs tipped with flukes and twister tails. Pike were hitting on jigs and crank baits. Those out trolling caught a couple walleye on crank baits in 10 to 20 feet.

Au Sable River: Walleye were caught by those trolling crawler harnesses below the US-23 Bridge. Shore anglers in Oscoda caught smallmouth bass and carp on crawlers. The majority of steelhead were found upstream by anglers fishing egg flies, beads, and spawn sacs near Foote Dam, Rea Road, the Au Sable Overlook, and Whirlpool Access Site. White suckers are also being caught by anglers targeting steelhead. The North Branch had a Hendrickson fly hatch and some brook trout hitting the surface. The warmest part of the day was best.

Tawas: Boat anglers heading down near Alabaster, the Singing Bridge and Whitestone Point and trolling body baits in 15 to 20 feet caught a few walleye. Atlantic salmon were following minnows in and out of the harbor. Pier anglers caught walleye and pike.

Tawas River: The lower river provided a mix of large and smallmouth bass for catch and release along with the odd walleye, pike, carp, suckers, and steelhead. Those casting lures caught the bass, pike, and walleye while those using worms caught carp and suckers. Those drifting spawn found a couple steelhead.

Au Gres: Those trolling caught walleye on body baits and crawler harnesses in 15 to 20 feet off Whitestone Point, Point Lookout, Pointe Au Gres and off the river mouth.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river caught freshwater drum, bullhead and a few pike.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: Coho are still being caught in both harbors especially in the morning but catch rates did slow. The few heading out for lake trout were getting limit catches almost every time. Some coho and brown trout were also caught.

Menominee River: The dam at Hattie Street had four gates wide open making it very difficult to fish.

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fair catches between the Day’s River and the Third Reef with crawlers and wigglers in 26 to 35 feet. The “Narrows” also produced fair catches using the same in 30 to 38 feet. Angler participation for pre-season smallmouth bass in the Ford River picked up and many reported good catches mainly around the mouth when casting spinners or plastics from the shore. Boat anglers also did well. This is a great time to catch and immediately release some big bass.

Manistique River: Had a few boat anglers targeting steelhead but most were shore anglers fishing the fast water below the dam. They reported good catches even though the peak of the run is pretty much over. Fly anglers used beads while others used spawn and yarn. The sucker run was starting to taper off.

Au Train: The Brownstone launch was still closed. A few anglers fishing off the rocks around the launch caught a couple coho and splake. Those launching small boats from shore have also caught a good number of coho.

Munising: Had good catches of coho with some reporting limit catches. Most were trolling spoons and stick baits in less than 50 feet. Hot colors were orange and gold. Catch rates for splake slowed. Shore and pier anglers had mixed results with good catches one day and slow the next. Water temperatures remain in the 30’s.

Grand Marais: When they could get out, boat anglers were taking a good number of coho. Pier anglers reported slow whitefish action. Of the fish caught, most were small about 12 inches and were hitting on a single egg. The odd coho was also caught.

Two Hearted River: Water levels were high and steelhead fishing was slow.

Detour: Windy conditions have kept anglers off the water.

Cedarville and Hessel: The perch bite slowed but a few were taken straight out from the launch behind Cedarville Marine were all the flags are. Those fishing around the docks did manage to catch a few 8 to 11 inch perch on minnows and leeches. At Hessel, splake continued to bite both inside and outside the marina pier. Those casting crank baits or fishing smelt on the bottom in 8 feet caught Atlantic salmon, splake and the odd lake trout. Splake anglers were using a three way swivel with a 5/8 ounce sinker while jigging or still-fishing smelt under a bobber.

St. Ignace: Fishing was slow and the weather has kept boats off the Great Lakes. The ramp on the Pine River was not in yet. The Carp River had a few anglers taking white suckers but no steelhead.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Fishing activity was much slower. Walleye were caught when trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 16 feet in Brest Bay and off Stony Point. A large number of white bass have also been caught in these areas. Yellow perch were few and far between with total catches less than five fish.

Wamplers Lake: Had very little activity due to the weather. On Sand Lake, largemouth bass were caught around the orange buoy and along the east side of the lake in waters up to 8 feet deep when casting chatter baits, jerk baits and swim jigs.

Detroit River: Fishing pressure was high but catch rates for walleye were variable.

Lake St. Clair: Preseason bass anglers found fish along the Mile Roads with crank baits, jerk baits and tube baits in 6 to 10 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught with jigs and swim grubs in 4 feet in Muscamoot Bay. Perch and other panfish were slow.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing continues to improve throughout the entire river. Good catches are being reported by those jigging during the day or whipping at night.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Those trolling were taking mostly lake trout with a mix of the occasional chinook, coho, steelhead, Atlantic salmon and walleye. They are trolling planer boards, dipsey divers and downriggers with body baits in 20 to 30 feet. Pier fishing was slow due to muddy water.

Harbor Beach: Boat anglers were getting a fair to good number of lake trout along with the odd chinook and coho. Pier fishing was poor as the waters near shore were still very muddy after all the rain.

Saginaw Bay: Fishing on the inner bay was slow as the water is still muddy. When they could get out, boat anglers found a few walleye around Spoils Island when vertical jigging or trolling northeast of the island. Bass anglers were fishing around Bay Port and in the Pigeon River but catch rates were very slow. Walleye fishing in the Quanicassee River was slow.

Saginaw River: Boat anglers out of Smith Park caught and released a good number of freshwater drum, catfish, white bass and carp but very few walleye.

Tittabawassee River: Walleye fishing was harder this year as it appears heavy rain in April flushed a lot of walleyes down the river and back into the bay before the season opened. Just about everyone caught fish but limit catches were rare. Fishing was poor up near Dow Dam, but better from Immerman Park down to M-46 and beyond when targeting the deeper holes near the bridges. Anglers were trolling purple, fire-tiger and chartreuse shad raps or vertical jigging with jigs tipped with crawlers, minnows or plastic bodies in orange, fire-tiger and chartreuse. Water temperatures were a bit over 60 degrees and the white bass run is underway which is about two weeks early. A good number of walleye got over the Dow Dam during the high water levels and provided good fishing between Emerson Park and the Sanford Dam. With the water levels rising and muddy, the river will be hard to fish for the rest of this week.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Those targeting salmon reported slow fishing. The few caught seemed to have moved and were found inside 100 feet. Perch and pier fishing were slow.

South Haven: Boat anglers caught a decent number of lake trout in 50 to 90 feet with cowbells and spin-glo’s. A couple chinook salmon were taken on small spoons. Pier fishing for salmon was very slow but a few freshwater drum were taken. Perch fishing was also slow. Road construction continues in the area but the boat launch is open.

Grand Haven: Those targeting coho did well in 170 to 260 feet with orange or green spoons in the top 80 feet. A few brown trout were caught when trolling along the shoreline. Perch fishing was still hit-or-miss. Try minnows and wigglers.

Grand River near Lansing: Had good smallmouth action. Anglers have done well near the North Lansing Dam, the Portland Dam as well as Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. The fish are hitting on a variety of lures. With the strong current, use bright colors and heavy weight.

Muskegon: Boats targeting coho found a few in 180 to 240 feet with orange, green or blue spoons in the top 75 feet. Pier fishing for brown trout was slow.

Muskegon River: Still had a decent number of steelhead however the quality of the fish is deteriorating. Anglers were starting to catch a few bass and pike.

Whitehall: Anglers trolling in 20 to 50 feet caught lake trout and chinook salmon. Brown trout were caught along the shoreline in 8 to 20 feet. Pier fishing for brown trout and steelhead was slow. Pier anglers targeting walleye caught a few on deep-diving body baits and plastic swimbaits.

White Lake: Those trolling crawler harnesses caught walleye in 20 to 30 feet. Northern pike fishing was good in 8 to 15 feet while trolling or casting body baits. Yellow perch and crappie were caught on dropper rigs or slip bobbers and jigs tipped with minnows and wax worms.

 

Water Logged Fishing Report

Now this is a catfish!!!!!
Frank Tingley stopped in yesterday to have a fish weighed and measured for master angler. We had no idea it was a monster of a fish until he opened his cooler. This fish weighed in at 35.8 lbs and measured 40 3/4 inches.
The current state record is 40lbs set back in 1964 and tied a record set in 1960. Congratulations Frank on a monster of a fish!

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The rain from the last two days has flooded many rivers and lake levels are high. Houghton Lake has been good for crappie and bluegill. The steelhead fishing has slowed down with a few fish being caught. Suckers are running in many rivers and  worms and crawlers working best.

Perch fishing has been ok but wind has made it hard to fish the last few days. Manistee lake and PM lake seem to be ok for perch.

Next week the fishing season opens and we will have our baitshops fully stocked.

 

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The ice is gone however the dock was not in at the public launch.

Petoskey: The ice is gone but the marina did not have the docks in yet. The breakwall has seen a good number of anglers but catch rates were hit-or-miss for steelhead and coho. Rumor has it a couple brown trout caught on spawn bags.

Bear River: Had higher water levels and quite a few steelhead and some suckers below the dam. Anglers are drifting spawn bags, a single egg and flies. Anglers have reported suckers up at the dam as well.

Lake Charlevoix: The Ferry Beach launch was open and had a couple docks in.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, lake trout were caught in deep water south of Yuba Creek. Steelhead were caught on spawn, wigglers and wax worms in the Elk River. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught when trolling and those jigging found lake herring. The perch bite was slow.

Boardman River: Anglers have caught steelhead below the dam and down from Union Street Bridge. There are lots of suckers at the dam.

Leland: Dredging at the harbor mouth continues and the dock is still not in at the ramp. No boats have been out but a few anglers were steelhead fishing in the harbor and in the river. Catch rates were slow but a few fish were taken on spawn.

Platte Bay: Had light fishing pressure. A few anglers were fishing near the mouth of the river but had little success. There are steelhead in the lower Platte River and anglers are picking up a few. Water levels at the mouth are currently shallow and boats over 16 feet will most likely not be able to get in and out.

Frankfort: Those trolling along the piers and shoreline caught brown trout on black and silver body baits. Pier anglers caught steelhead and browns on spawn or body baits.

Onekama: Casting off the north breakwall was slow but will improve with the warmer temperatures. Surface water temperature was 46 degrees.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers casting in the shallows and around docks caught fish in the afternoon. Perch are still hitting but anglers are searching for them and sifting through the small ones.

Manistee: Surface temperatures reached 44 degrees. The restrooms will open the first week in May. A good number of perch were caught from the north pier when using minnows in the morning hours. A couple steelhead and brown trout were taken on spawn. Those trolling the shoreline caught steelhead, brown trout and lake trout.

Manistee River: Continues to have good steelhead fishing although by next weekend, it should start winding down.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were about 44 degrees. The restrooms are still closed. Those trolling the shoreline continue to catch coho, lake trout and brown trout. Pier anglers caught very few steelhead and brown trout.

Pere Marquette River: Still had good steelhead fishing. Anglers have about a week or so before the fishery slows down.

Pentwater: Boats trolling in 5 to 20 feet caught brown trout, the occasional chinook or lake trout. Pier anglers caught brown trout with spawn near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing on Longbridge Road caught bullhead, suckers, and the occasional channel cat on crawlers or spawn near the bottom. Boats fishing in 15 to 25 feet caught perch using perch rigs tipped with wax worms.

Pentwater River: Had good steelhead fishing that should continue through next weekend.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: All the docks are in at the marinas. The water levels were high and the current was strong at the Lock and dam. Steelhead were caught on spawn and wax worms at the Lock. Suckers were caught on crawlers.

Cheboygan River: Shore anglers at the dam caught steelhead on spawn.

Rogers City: Water temperatures were about 38 degrees. All the docks are in but nothing is open in the marina. When boats can get out, try trolling the shoreline for lake trout and Atlantic salmon. For trout, try near the bottom in 30 to 50 feet with big flashers and cowbells with spin-glo’s and flies. For salmon try bright colored body baits.

Rockport: Lake trout are being caught near the bottom in 30 to 60 feet near Middle Island on flashers with flies or cowbells and spin-glo’s. Water temperatures were still cold. Those trying for Atlantic salmon had no luck.

Alpena: A few walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in Thunder Bay when trolling crank baits near the mouth of the river. Walleye were caught by pier anglers casting crank baits in the waters of Lake Huron after dark.

Thunder Bay River: Those drifting or floating spawn and beads caught a couple steelhead and some white suckers up near the 9th Street Dam.

Oscoda: Those fishing from the pier at Au Sable River Park have caught Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and a couple steelhead when casting spoons or drifting spawn and minnows.

Au Sable River: Atlantic salmon were caught by those drifting spawn or casting spoons as far upstream as the US-23 Bridge. Those targeting steelhead did best when drifting spawn, nymph eggs or black stonefly patterns between the whirlpool access and Foote Dam. White suckers were caught on spawn and worms. Those casting spoons have caught and released a few smallmouth bass near the mouth.

Houghton Lake: Continues to produce crappie and bluegills in the canals. Anglers are using minnows about a foot under a bobber. There has not been anyone fishing the rest of the lake.

Tawas: Those trolling in the bay were getting a few Atlantic salmon, brown trout and walleye with body baits off planer boards in 10 to 25 feet. Those heading south to Whitestone Point were getting a few more walleye. Pier anglers fishing outside the wall at the state dock caught a couple of Atlantic salmon and walleye while those fishing inside the floating docks took a couple small perch.

Tawas River: Shore anglers in the lower river caught and released a few bass. A couple Atlantic salmon, several suckers, catfish and carp were also caught.

Au Gres: Those trolling caught walleye off Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres when trolling body baits. Those surfcasting at night were targeting walleye with crank baits.

Au Gres River: Did not have much activity near the Singing Bridge.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: Coho fishing slowed in the harbors. Those doing best were fishing the “bubblers” and taking 3 or 4 fish per trip. A couple coho and brown trout were caught when trolling near the mouth of the Chocolay River and the Carp River. Steelhead fishing in the rivers was slow.

Menominee River: Anglers had to deal with some very high and fast water which kept catch rates low. Boat anglers fishing just off the mouth in the big lake caught some nice brown trout, a few walleye and a couple pike.

Little Bay De Noc: All the launches are open. Perch anglers reported catches near Kipling with minnows and crawlers in 30 to 35 feet or near Hunters Point in 22 to 30 feet. The rivers are high and flowing fast. Steelhead were caught in the Day’s River from Kipling Road, north across US-2 and to the golf course. Fish were caught near the 1st Dam in the Escanaba River when fly fishing with beads or casting yarn and spawn.

Manistique River: Steelhead anglers were few but catch rates were good especially in “big bass hole” which is south of the Cedar Street Bridge when fly fishing with beads, yarn and spawn. The water was high and fast so bring waders and use caution. White suckers were running and catch rates were good. Smelt anglers have just started reporting runs in the area including Black Creek and Southtown Creek.

Au Train: The Brownstone launch is still unusable and the Hiawatha Forest Service has put up a fence to prevent the public from using it.

Munising: Water temperatures remain cold in the mid 30’s but boat anglers have taken good catches of coho and even a few limit catches when combined with splake and brown trout when trolling spoons and stick baits. The coho averaged 16 inches. Few rainbows have been caught and no kings were observed. Pier and shore anglers report both good and bad days with a mix of coho and splake caught on spawn bags or when casting spoons or jigs.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers report good action for coho with a few limit catches taken. Belly contents show they are eating smelt. A few brown trout were also caught. A chinook just over 6 pounds was caught. Pier anglers caught a few coho and the occasional steelhead ranging 18 to 25 inches. They have also reported good catches of lake whitefish on certain days with fish running 12 to 20 inches. Menominee were running 7 to 12 inches. Try spawn sacs or a single egg. The ice cap is still present on the west end of the pier but the east side of the pier is ice free all the way to the end and is fishable. The water was turbid because of gusty winds. The Sucker River is quite high due to recent rains. Shore anglers still report slow action on the Sucker River and Carpenter Creek with only a couple steelhead caught. The fish caught were not spawned out so it is possible a small run may be coming in from the lake. A few coho and lake trout were caught on spawn sacs.

Two Hearted River: Has steelhead. Try spawn or wax worms.

Tahquamenon River: Had a fair to good smelt run but was beginning to slow down. Anglers may still find a few fish. Other streams off Whitefish Bay have been productive as well but in much smaller numbers.

Detour: All the ice is gone at Detour Passage and the docks are in. For Atlantic salmon, try trolling or long-lining with chrome crank baits along the shorelines. Small smelt runs were reported in Albany Creek off M-134 but the action will not last long. At Drummond Island, the docks are in at the DNR launch. In Maxton Bay, the Monahan Dock which is at the end of Tourist Road is open for perch fishing.

Cedarville and Hessel: Some good perch catches were reported in Cedarville Bay just south of the boat launch off Meridian Street. Some 8 to 11 inch fish were caught on small minnows in 4 to 6 feet off the weed beds and around the docks. Splake were caught off the pier at the Hessel Marina. Try frozen smelt just off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet.

St. Ignace: There is one dock in at the public marina however the dock is not in at the Pine River. Water levels on the Carp and Pine Rivers were high and fast. No word on smelt in the Carp River.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers are still trolling and jigging for walleye in Brest Bay. Most are trolling stick baits or jigging bucktail jigs with minnows and twister tails.

Huron River: Is starting to produce some white bass at the dam.

Wamplers Lake: Anglers were catching and releasing largemouth bass on the east end in less than 8 feet, on the south end in 1 to 5 feet and near the boat launch when casting jerk baits, chatter baits, swim jigs or top water lures. Water temperatures have warmed to 54 degrees. Those next door on Sand Lake have caught bluegills and crappie in the canals on the west end in 4 feet with a white curly tail jig and black fly. Largemouth bass were caught and released on the west end in 6 to 8 feet.

Detroit River: Anglers are taking walleye including some limit catches. Most are using a jig and minnow or twister tail. Dark colors like black and purple seemed to work best. Perch fishing has slowed. Panfish anglers have taken a few crappie in the canals.

Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures are beginning to warm and clarity was improving. Crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed are in the canals and marinas. Smallmouth bass have been caught in deeper water off from spring time spawning areas when using blade baits and soft plastics. Shore anglers have caught largemouth bass. The boat launch at the Clinton River Cut-Off has been cleared out allowing vessels to launch.

St. Clair River: Walleye anglers were jigging and whipping mid-river and in the North Channel. The action was not fast, but there were some walleye to be caught.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Boat anglers trolling in 15 to 20 feet have caught steelhead and coho. Lake trout were found just off the bottom in 40 feet. Pier anglers casting outside the walls caught a few coho on worms, minnows and Little Cleo’s.

Harbor Beach: Boats are starting to head out and have caught coho and steelhead in 15 to 18 feet or lake trout in 40 feet. Night anglers fishing the north gap caught walleye.

Saginaw Bay: It appears that the spring perch runs are just about over for this year. Rivers in the area are coming down and clearing up. Much of the bay remains turbid due to runoff and high winds. Boat anglers are getting walleye off Spoils Island and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River when vertical jigging, which still seems to be more effective than trolling. A “blue-ice” plastic minnow on a jig head seems to be the best color right now. Up the east side, trollers out of Sunset Bay Marina trying for walleye had limited success. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicassee and Sebewaing Rivers were catching carp, suckers, white bass, bowfin, and anything else that will hit a worm. Perch anglers at Bay Port and Mud Creek were getting a few but had to sort through a lot of small ones to get a couple keepers. A few sunfish were caught from the Thomas Cut when using worms and a couple crappie were caught on minnows.

Saginaw River: Catfish anglers were getting a few when using shrimp in the lower river at Smith Park.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the region are producing crappie and bluegills in shallow waters. Crappies are hitting on minnows and the bluegills are hitting on red worms and wax worms. The perch bite is just about done.

St. Joseph: Fishing pressure has been low. Most boat anglers reported inconsistent catch rates but a few managed to find a decent number of coho. The fish were very deep, well past 150 feet and were hitting on small spoons. Pier fishing was slow for coho and brown trout with only a few taken on spawn.

St. Joseph River: Had some fresh steelhead using the Berrien Springs ladder. Water levels were high but were coming back down and clearing up.

South Haven: Boat anglers caught a few trout and salmon in 50 feet when trolling spoons. Anglers will have to deal with some construction in South Haven and should follow the detour signs. The road to the north pier is under construction however the boat launch is open.

Kalamazoo River: Water levels are coming down but water temperatures are on the rise. Cooler water up near the Allegan Dam is producing steelhead but as the water temperatures rise, that fishery will not last much longer.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers caught a few brown trout when still-fishing with minnows or casting spoons. Those trolling the shoreline reported slow catch rates. Those targeting perch reported catch rates that were hit-or-miss.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are still high which makes fishing difficult. Steelhead are still being caught in the Rogue River.

Grand River at Lansing: Has had very few anglers due to the high and muddy water.

Muskegon: Pier and shore anglers reported slow catch rates for brown trout but a few were taken by those trolling bright colored spoons and body baits along the shoreline.

Muskegon River: Fishing was a bit harder but anglers have managed to catch some nice steelhead when drifting spawn, casting small spoons or fly fishing.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught brown trout and steelhead on spawn near the bottom.

White Lake: Perch were caught in 15 to 30 feet on dropper rigs tipped with spikes or wax worms.

White River: Steelhead fishing is still going on and could last through next weekend.

Easter Fishing Report 2017

 

PM Lake at Ludington has a perch bite the last 3 days with wigglers working best. Captain Chucks has been really busy with guys heading out using wigglers and perch shiners.

 

 

PM  lake perch
PM lake perch

 

 

Crystal, Portage, Manistee, Big Glen, Lake Charlevoix, Green Lake, are reporting a decent perch bite.

 

Sheldon from Hesperia Sport Shop has had a great spring for Steelhead on the White River below the Hesperia Dam

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was just at Pappy’s Bait in Wellston and a guy brought in at 18 1/2 pound male steelhead

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Houghton Lake the Crappies are in

 

Crappie are in! Jacob Chipman from Frederick found the gills and crappie in the canals…including a 14″, master angler crappie. He said to use minnows under a pink, purple or fire tiger jig for the crappie and leaf or wax worms for the gills. They’re both hitting about 18″ from the surface.

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These nice Detroit Walleye fell victim to the Fish Bones Slim Line Rattle Jigs yesterday thanks for the pic guys

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: This side of the Bay was mainly ice free but the dock at the launch was not in yet. The other side of the Bay still had a lot of loose ice, so depending on wind direction it could blow back over.

Petoskey: Little Traverse Bay still had quite a bit of loose ice which makes boat fishing a slim possibility. The launch at the marina does not have the dock in yet. The breakwall ice and snow is melting and anglers were fishing inside the breakwall when there was no floating ice. Catch rates were hit-or-miss but a couple steelhead and coho were caught.

Bear River: Water levels were still moderately high. A fair number of steelhead were hooked between the dam and the mouth when drifting spawn bags and flies. Anglers are reminded that brown trout season is closed until the last Saturday in April.

Traverse City: Most of the boating action was on the West Bay where anglers were catching plenty of perch northeast of Clinch Park when using minnows and wigglers. Though many were small, some did manage to catch fish 8 inches or larger. Lake herring were caught north of Bryant Park and off the M-22 launch when jigging. A couple nice trout were caught at the south end of the East Bay near Acme. Those targeting steelhead in Elk Rapids caught some fish below the dam on spawn and wax worms.

Boardman River: Was slow but a couple steelhead and the occasional brown trout were still caught.

Leland: A few were fishing in the harbor and the river for steelhead but only a couple were landed. Dredging at the harbor mouth was to start this week. It would be challenging to try and get a larger boat out at this point.

Platte Bay: Had mainly shore anglers that were surfcasting but few fish were caught. Springtime water levels at the mouth of the Platte River are currently low, so it would be difficult for anglers to get out into Platte Bay with boats larger than 16 feet. The lower river has some steelhead.

Frankfort: Pier anglers were getting the occasional steelhead or brown trout on spawn, spoons or body baits. Most of the steelhead are chrome colored. Those trolling the harbor caught brown trout when casting body baits.

Betsie River: Had a lot of anglers as steelhead fishing continues.

Portage Lake: Perch anglers were fishing several locations but catch rates were hit-or-miss. Minnows, worms and wrigglers were used.

Manistee: Surface temperatures were about 41 degrees. All the docks are in at the launches however the restrooms and fish cleaning station were still closed. Perch were caught off the north pier when using minnows and a couple steelhead were taken when using spawn bags. Those trolling along the shoreline were getting some brown trout.

Ludington: Surface temperatures made it up to 42 degrees. The restrooms and the fish cleaning station were still closed. A small number of brown trout were caught by pier anglers using spawn bags or those trolling the shoreline. Some perch were caught in Pere Marquette Lake.

Pentwater: Adverse weather limited boat anglers. The water around the piers was cloudy and those fishing reported slow catch rates.

Pentwater Lake: Those trolling caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Perch fishing was good in 10 to 30 feet using perch rigs tipped with white spikes and wax worms. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught suckers and bullhead on crawlers.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: The city launch and marina at the mouth of the river have the docks in.

Cheboygan River: Shore anglers had some luck with steelhead at the dam and downstream when using spawn. Those that tried crank baits and spinners had no luck.

Rogers City: The ice is gone and there is one dock in at the launch. When boats can get out, Atlantic salmon and lake trout should be available. Try trolling in stained waters less than 40 feet deep. In Swan Bay, bright spoons or body baits should produce some fish. Boat anglers were targeting lake trout near the bottom inside 50 feet. Try big flashers with flies or spin-glo’s. A few anglers were casting for Atlantic salmon off the wall. Try orange or chartreuse.

Rockport: Anglers were casting for Atlantic salmon from the wall. The fish should show up any day now. A few boats were getting lake trout just off the bottom in 60 feet. Try big flashers with flies or spin-glo’s.

Alpena: A few boat anglers were out in Thunder Bay. Those trolling for walleye have caught and released a few smallmouth bass.

Thunder Bay River: Waters levels were elevated but anglers still caught a couple steelhead when drifting spawn near the 9th Street Dam or Hot-n-Tots from the bridges.

Oscoda: Pier anglers caught lake trout when drifting or still-fishing with spawn and minnows or when casting spoons.

Au Sable River: Water levels were high and turbid. Those fishing the lower river in Oscoda caught a couple steelhead on spawn but more fish were caught up near Foote Dam. Carp and freshwater drum were caught on worms.

Houghton Lake: Crappie anglers are fishing the canals. Sucker fishing is starting to pick up on the Cut River near the mouth of Houghton Lake.

Tawas: Pier anglers are catching brown trout, steelhead and smallmouth bass when still-fishing with minnows or casting lures. A few smaller perch were caught inside the pier. Those trolling were starting to catch walleye off Tawas Point, Alabaster and Whitestone Point. The fish were caught on body baits in 10 to 25 feet. Lake trout were caught near the reef.

Tawas River: Was still producing suckers.

Au Gres: Anglers caught several lake trout while fishing for walleye.

Rifle River: At Greenwood Road was producing suckers.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: Both the Upper and Lower Harbors are producing coho along with a few brown trout and splake. Those jigging at the “bubblers” did best with pink or white jig heads with a white twisty tail. Those trolling also caught fish with Hot-n-Tots, shad raps and small spoons for coho. Steelhead are being caught on the Carp and Chocolay Rivers.

Menominee River: Anglers fishing the Turn Basin and were jigging plastics, live baits and zip lures. Brown trout were caught north and south of the mouth when trolling spoons and stick baits. Fishing pressure has been extremely heavy below the Hattie Street Dam.

Little Bay De Noc: All rivers are open and flowing with water levels down some. The Bay is open but still had pack ice stacked on various shorelines. The launches that are ready for use are Rapid River, Gladstone and North Shore. The dock on the Ford River should be in this week. This should be a good week for perch anglers to try their luck. Several anglers have started steelhead fishing in the Day’s, Escanaba and Ford Rivers. Best catches were reported were in the Day’s River across US-2 and when fly fishing the Escanaba River up near the 1st Dam. Most used spawn, beads or yarn.

Manistique River: The public launch is open and several boat and shore anglers have started fishing the mouth for steelhead. Fair to good catches were reported from the dam to “big bass hole” which is just south of the Cedar Street Bridge. Anglers are fly fishing with beads and yarn or casting spawn and yarn. Water temperatures were between 38 and 44 degrees.

Au Train: The brownstone launch was currently not usable. A piece of cement slab at the launch pad was moved by the ice and is blocking access. Only a couple steelhead were caught in the Rock River.

Munising: The ice is gone and the docks are in at the public launch. Anglers reported good catches of coho when casting or trolling with spoons. Shore and boat anglers were taking a few splake. Steelhead fishing was slow off the Anna River.

Grand Marais: Good catches of coho and some nice steelhead 25 to 30 inches were reported by boat anglers. Most of the steelhead were dark, about 50% spent and appeared to be fish coming down the river. Shore anglers did poorly with very few hits off the Sucker River and Carpenter Creek area. River levels are high due to recent rains so if you are planning on fishing the mouth of the Sucker River you will want to bring waders.

Two Hearted River: Had high water levels. Steelhead were spotty at best. Most roads in the area are now open.

Detour: To the north, the ice is gone from the Raber Bay boat launch and the Lime Island Dock but the docks are not in yet. Look for spawning perch in 4 to 6 feet in and around old cattails and weeds with small minnows or wigglers. At Detour Village, the ice is gone at both boat launches. This is the time to start fishing for Atlantic salmon which are close to shore and chasing smelt. Try long-lining with hard crank baits that simulate smelt in 6 to 10 feet. A few anglers were targeting steelhead in Albany Creek which is about ten miles west of Detour Village under M-134 but no catches were reported.

Cedarville and Hessel: The public launch at Lake Side Road has open water. Launching here allows anglers to fish for perch at the mouth of McKay Creek, and McKay Bay. The Cedarville launch off Meridian Street in town has open water. A few reports of perch have come from Cedarville Bay, south of the boat launch and around the cattails in 6 to 8 feet. Anglers were using small minnows. East winds blew the ice out of the Hessel Marina and finger docks. Splake fishing was good with small minnows and frozen smelt 20 inches off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet outside the steel breakwall.

St. Ignace: Had no angler activity. There is one dock in at the public launch. The Pine River is slow and the docks are not in yet. Anglers are targeting steelhead on the Carp River using spawn but no smelt run as of yet.

Black River: In Mackinac County has steelhead running and catch rates were moderate.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye fishing in Brest Bay slowed but should pick back up. Anglers were trolling crank baits, reef runners and husky jerks.

Huron River: Was still producing some steelhead for those using spawn, wax worms or flies.

Wamplers Lake: In Lenawee County had anglers taking panfish near the drop-offs with limited success. Anglers were marking a number of fish that were suspended in 24 to 25 feet on the west end but could not get them to bite. They were using worms, minnows and artificial baits. Water temperatures were in the mid to high 40’s. Sand Lake which is next to Wamplers was also producing a few panfish.

Detroit River: The walleye bite is improving. Anglers are using ¾ to 1 ounce jigs with minnows anywhere from 12 to 18 inches off the bottom. The cuts and canals are producing panfish.

Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures have remained in the mid 40’s, but were starting to increase. Clarity still remains below average due to excessive runoff. Most species are still lethargic, but some anglers were able to catch smallmouth bass and perch. Those targeting bass did well in 3 to 5 feet when casting crank baits. Perch were caught in the canals and were hitting on minnows but worms were also working at times. Crappie and bluegills were caught in the canals and marinas when using wax worms and crawlers just off the bottom. The Clinton River was turbid and muddy and perch fishing slowed in the spillway.

St. Clair River: Anglers are catching salmon off the wall at Port Huron. Smelt numbers are sparse but a couple anglers were taking a few. Anglers were beginning to catch limits of walleye in the North Channel however many fish were undersize.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Those out trolling were marking fish in 18 to 40 feet but were not catching any. Those fishing inside the harbor at Lexington managed to catch a couple coho, steelhead and perch with a crawler or minnow under a bobber.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye anglers off Linwood were marking fish but had no success catching them. A few walleye were caught off the north end of Spoils Island when jigging minnows in 8 to 10 feet. Water levels near the river and the inner bay were high and muddy. A few catfish were caught at the Hot Ponds. Quanicassee to Sebewaing had poor fishing with only small fish taken. Those fishing the day use area on the Pinnebog River were taking suckers but heavy sinkers were needed due to the increased flow.

Saginaw River: Water levels were high and muddy.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing pressure was low. The few boats that have made it out struggled to find fish because the lake was churned up after the storms and strong winds. Most were slow trolling just outside the piers and along the shoreline. Pier anglers struggled as well but some did manage to catch a few whitefish and the occasional brown trout when using spawn.

South Haven: Fishing pressure was low as few boats were able to get out. Those that did get out reported slow coho and brown trout fishing.

Kalamazoo River: Has high water levels which is limiting fishing. The river still has a good number of steelhead. The closed tributaries also have more fish than usual because of the high water levels.

Rabbit River: Has a good number of steelhead.

Grand Haven: After all the rain, the water along the shoreline was muddy. Pier anglers caught a few brown trout on live minnows but the action was slow. A couple menominee whitefish were caught on wax worms or skein.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead are still being caught here and in the Rogue River however high water levels have made fishing a challenge. Use caution.

Jackson County: Panfish including perch are being caught in various lakes.

Muskegon: Pier and shore anglers reported slower catch rates for steelhead and brown trout. When the weather allows, boat anglers caught a few brown trout when trolling orange or green body baits along the shoreline.

Muskegon River: Continues to have a good number of steelhead and some walleye but that season does not open until the last Saturday in April. In Mecosta County, there was good panfish action near Rogers Heights.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught brown trout and steelhead when still-fishing with spawn. Whitefish were also caught using wax worms or a single egg.

White Lake: Anglers caught perch in 20 to 30 feet using perch rigs with wax worms.

White River: Had fresh fish coming from the lake.