Michigan Fishing Report 10-12-2017

Portage Lake Perch

 

Perch fishing has been fair on Lake Margrethe, Skegemog, Manistee Lake by Kakaska, Long and Green Lake by Traverse, Portage Lake, PM lake, Burt, Mullet Lake and Big Glenn. Have not heard much from Crystal or Lake Leelanau. The guys going out the last few days say West Grand Traverse Bay has  finally started to produce again at Lees Point, Suttons Bay, and Northport.

 

 

 

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: No boat anglers were interviewed. The Bear River had high water levels and two really good runs of fish after the rain last weekend. A lot of coho were coming in with the Chinook which were getting ripe and turning quite dark. Most were using spawn, flies and artificial eggs. Fish were jumping at the mouth and beyond but only a couple small steelhead and salmon were caught as most fish were taken further up in the river.

Charlevoix: Had very few boat anglers. Smallmouth bass fishing in the channel was still good but the bite at times was still hit-or-miss. Anglers reported some good size fish caught on live or artificial crawlers. The Medusa Weir is still in operation so the creek is closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth. A couple anglers casting out past the mouth caught one small Chinook salmon. The Jordan River had more salmon than recent years. The Boyne River was active with salmon.

Traverse City: On the East Bay, the lake herring action was good out from the Center Road launch. Some big fish were suspended in 80 feet off Deepwater Point. A couple steelhead were caught by those trolling for lake herring. The Elk River was good in the early morning for coho, Chinook and the occasional steelhead. The kid’s pond was also good on certain days. Spawn worked best.A few perch were caught off Old Mission. The West Bay had spotty perch fishing at the north end but anglers did manage to catch a few fish in Suttons Bay. The fish were scattered at Northport and the action was hit-or-miss off Lee Point. Minnows worked best but some fish were taken on worms. Fishing in the Boardman River slowed but a few Chinook were caught in the early morning.

Leland: A few salmon and small perch were caught in the harbor. The salmon were hitting on spoons and body baits. The Leland River had a decent number of Chinook, coho and steelhead. Salmon were hitting on spoons and spawn bags.

Platte Bay: A few coho were caught near the mouth of the Platte River and some of the smaller rivers as well. Most were casting spoons or spinners but a few did well with spawn bags.

Platte River: Chinook and a good number of coho are still being caught in the lower river. Skein, spawn bags, flies and beads were all producing fish.

Betsie River: Still had salmon with many fishing below the Homestead Dam.

Manistee: Boat fishing was slow. A small number of steelhead were caught off the north pier and by shore anglers using spawn. The fish cleaning station is closed however the restrooms and docks were still available.

Manistee River: Still had salmon including some large fish being caught on spoons or body baits. Anglers were still finding some fresh fish mixed in the darker ones.

Pere Marquette River: Had a good number of salmon with numerous fish over 20 pounds. Anglers reported some fresh fish still pushing upstream.

Pentwater: Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when still-fishing crawlers or casting body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting body baits or spinners at Longbridge Road caught the occasional Chinook salmon in the early morning. Boat anglers caught perch and bluegills on dropper-rigs tipped with wax worms or wigglers in 12 to 20 feet.

Muskegon: Had no reports from boat anglers. Pier fishing was slow as those casting spoons for salmon had no luck.

Muskegon River: Salmon fishing picked up with the rain and cooler temperatures. The better fishing was early morning and late evening and the fish were usually found in deeper water.

Whitehall: Fishing days for boat anglers were limited by poor weather including windy conditions. Pier anglers caught channel cats, largemouth bass and bluegills when still-fishing or drifting crawlers.

White River: Chinook salmon were spawning and could be found all the way up to the Hesperia Dam.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt and Mullett Lakes: Were showing good perch and walleye numbers near the south end of both lakes.

Cheboygan River: Fishing pressure picked up for trout and salmon. Anglers at the lock and dam caught Chinook and steelhead with skein, spawn bags, spinners, spoons and crank baits. The Chinook were between 6 and 8 pounds and the steelhead were between 2 and 6 pounds. Anglers caught smallmouth bass and rock bass with crank baits and worms at the lock and dam and from the Bablo parking lot pier.

Rogers City: There still seems to be some adult Chinook salmon around Swan Bay. Try inside 30 feet when trolling planer boards with J-plugs and bombers. Those willing should try summer fishing patterns out deeper where there should be young Chinook, steelhead, Atlantic salmon or even walleye. Run spoons throughout the water column. Good colors to try would be green, blue, orange, yellow and silver. There appears to be a lot of baitfish in the area.

Alpena: Those trolling spoons throughout the water column in 20 to 80 feet caught a couple small Chinook and the odd coho off the mouth of the river and the north shore. Some nice smallmouth bass were taken on tube jigs and crank baits from the LaFarge discharge. Walleye were caught when trolling stick baits in 20 to 30 feet in the evening.

Thunder Bay River: Atlantic salmon have been showing up with many averaging 4 to 5 pounds. Chinook, Atlantics, brown trout and even a couple spawning pink salmon were caught below the 9th Street Dam. Most were using small spoons, spinners, crank baits, streamer flies, or drifting spawn bags and skein. A few small perch and channel catfish were caught on minnows and crawlers in the lower river.

Oscoda: Anglers trolling spoons and crank baits off the mouth of the river and around the pies were marking a few large fish along with baitfish but the large fish did not want to bite. Pier anglers caught walleye and channel cats in the evening. Decent size smallmouth bass were caught from the pier when using crank baits or jigs with soft plastics. A small number of Chinook were caught on spoons.

Au Sable River: A couple Atlantic salmon were caught below Foote Dam and in Van Etten Creek by those floating skein or casting spoons and spinners. A steelhead was caught on a spoon at the mouth. Smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, rock bass, and a couple yellow perch were taken in the lower river when floating a crawler. Water temperatures below Foote Dam were in the mid 60’s.

Houghton Lake: A few walleye were still being caught by those drifting or bouncing lures off the bottom. Panfish could still be found near the weed beds.

Tawas: Pier anglers on the state dock were starting to get a few perch inside the harbor. Minnows were just starting to come into the harbor and bringing the perch with them. On the outside, those “walking the wall” with crank baits caught a few walleye in the early morning or late evening. A few Chinook were seen jumping outside of the wall at night. Some perch were caught near Jerry’s Marina.

Tawas River: A few Chinook salmon were caught by various methods including casting or floating spawn bags in the lower river.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye did good in waters 30 feet and deeper when trolling a crawler harness halfway down. Perch anglers were getting fish out by the shipping channel in 50 feet, off Pointe Au Gres and off the mouth of the Au Gres River.

Au Gres River: On the East Branch, Chinook salmon were present in the lower end of Whitney Drain at the Singing Bridge access site.

Saginaw Bay: Perch were caught off the mouth of the Pine River near Standish and off Eagle Bay Marina. Good depths ranged from 8 to 10 feet on the shallow end to 20 feet on the deep end. Assorted panfish were caught in the lower Pine River at the access site. Perch fishing was hit-or-miss along the inner bay but a few were taken northeast of Spoils Island when boats could get out. Fishing on the east side was slow from Quanicassee to Caseville with only the odd walleye or perch taken. Results were a bit better inside the marina at Sebewaing and the adjacent Sebewaing River where shore anglers caught a mixed bag of panfish, a few small bass and halfway decent pike.

Saginaw River: A few walleye were taken in the lower river near Bay Harbor Marina.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: A few boats caught a decent number of walleye but there is still no pattern in regards to what methods work best. Try a leech or minnow under a slip bobber in the evening. Perch fishing was similar with a few fish caught. Bergland Bay produced some nice sunfish but anglers were sorting the small ones. The smallmouth action was still going strong. The fish were hitting on crawlers and leeches along the rocky shorelines. Pike fishing was slow. Good rock bass fishing on the south end in 10 to 15 feet with live bait.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers were marking a lot of fish but the bite was slow. A few lake trout along with a couple coho and steelhead were taken. River fishing is picking up in the area with fair catches of coho, pink salmon, and a few brown trout. In Traverse Bay, trolling was slow with only a couple coho caught in shallow water when trolling stick baits or spoons.

Menominee River: Was producing walleye and bass up near the Hattie Street Dam. Those trolling the lower river caught walleye, pike, smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum but no large numbers.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair walleye catches with the best areas between the First and Second Reefs, the “Narrows”, the “Black Bottom” and near the mouth of the Escanaba River. Most were trolling a crawler harness in 14 to 30 feet. Perch were found near Kipling in 17 to 28 feet and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor with minnows or crawlers. Good bass fishing in the southern “Black Bottom” area with plastics or minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Some were salmon fishing near the dam on the Escanaba River but no fish were recorded. The Ford River generally gets a good salmon run but few were fishing.

Manistique River: Catch rates picked up after the rain. Salmon season will peak soon so now is the time if you want to fish this area. Shore anglers did well with most fishing the rapids just off the “Big Bass Hole” with jointed rapalas, spoons, spawn or beads. They caught some nice coho along with Chinook and steelhead. Anglers will still find some fresh Chinook although about half were dark. Walleye anglers had good catches in the evening with a crawler and slip bobber in the “Bass Hole”.

Marquette: When anglers can get out, coho were caught in the Upper and Lower Harbors as well as between the Chocolay River and Shot Point. The lake trout action was hit-or-miss however limit catches were reported on the good days. Most of the salmon in the rivers are dark now but a few fresh coho were caught as most of those fish have not run up into the rivers yet. The Dead River had Chinook and pink salmon stacked up at the dam. The Chocolay River has a few dark salmon. Those drifting in boats caught fresh coho near the mouth. The Carp River has some dark Chinook.

Au train: Boat anglers were taking limit catches of lake trout near Au Train Island. A few coho were caught when trolling the shoreline between the Brownstone launch and the mouth of the Au Train River. There was no fishing activity on the Au Train River or the Rock River.

Munising: Surface water temperatures were 59 degrees. Fishing in general slowed and the few boats targeting coho had mixed results as some maybe caught 2 or 3 fish per boat while others never had a hit. Anglers did see some coho jumping on certain days and some of the fish were dark in color. Pier and shore anglers reported slow catch rates. Most were still-fishing with spawn bags or casting spinners and spoons. Orange was the hot color. Splake fishing was poor with only a few caught. As for fall color changes, the area is about 30 percent color and still about 2 weeks away as most trees were still green.

Grand Marais: Has had few anglers and those out have only caught a couple coho. Water levels in the Sucker River were high but few anglers were out. The fall colors were more prominent in this area with 50 to 60 percent color especially along M-77 and Highway 58.

Tahquamenon River: Those casting crank baits still had some pike and musky following lures to the boat but not many were caught. Bluegills and sunfish were caught on worms at the Dollarville Dam.

St. Marys River: Salmon fishing behind the Cloverland Powerhouse was hit-or-miss depending on water flow. A few Atlantic salmon and steelhead were caught when there was good flow. Perch and walleye were slow but those lucky enough to find them did so in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet. Pike fishing was good for those using gold or silver spinners. Those fishing Lake George caught a good number of yellow perch in 50 feet. The walleye bite was starting to pick up on the north end. Try jigging soft plastics or trolling a crawler harness. In the lower river, a few walleye were caught near the mouth of Carlton Creek and south between Sweet’s Point and Pipe Island. Most of the legal size fish were taken in 28 to 35 feet when trolling deep diving stick baits. Blue and silver were a good color. Nice yellow perch were caught when drifting minnows and worms near the bottom in 14 to 20 feet on the northeast side of Lime Island and near Round Island. Weeds in both Raber and Munuscong Bay have receded allowing anglers to fish these areas once again.

Detour: Surface water temperatures at the Detour Reef were 62 degrees. Smallmouth bass anglers did well casting a dark green speckled tube jig off the first point at the DNR launch in Detour Village. Anglers may also want to try jigging in 4 to 6 feet along the rock piles from later afternoon until dark. Pike anglers did well a couple miles north of when trolling or casting a chrome spoon with a red eye off the weed beds and near the old freighter coal dock.

Drummond Island: Those targeting yellow perch were still catching a good number of fish when conditions allow. Water temperatures in Potagannissing Bay remained in the low 60’s and were not quite cool enough to trigger the jumbo perch. Anglers still caught between 10 and 30 legal size fish with most 9 to 11 inches. A few walleye were also caught by perch anglers drifting small minnows near the bottom. Hot spots were Maxton Bay and near the islands of Rutland, Ashman, James, Grape, Bald and Boulanger.

Cedarville and Hessel: Yellow perch fishing remains slow throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Those that have caught a few did best in the colder water at the Middle Entrance, the south end of Little La Salle Island, Sand Bay and off Connors Point. Use worms or shiners. At Hessel, no perch were caught at the finger docks in the marina. A few pike were caught early evening until dark when casting chrome spoons or still-fishing with chubs.

St. Ignace: Had little fishing activity. A few boat anglers casting body baits around St. Martins Island caught some 30 inch pike. The Carp River had more anglers targeting trout and salmon. Anglers could see the fish surface but few were caught. The salmon run on Nunn’s Creek appears to be done.

PM Lake in Ludington Has a Perch Bite

Lake Perch

 

 

 

I was at Captain Chuck’s II in Ludington and he had perch fisherman waiting for me to get minnows and wigglers today as the are doing good on perch with some jumbos. Long Lake by traverse city has been good for walleye and perch. Nice perch been g caught out of Lee’s Point and Northport   on West Grand Traverse Bay when they find them.

Portage Lake has been fair for perch this week also. Minnows and wigglers working best.

Bucs Fishing Report 10-5-2017

Perch from Skegemog lake
Perch from Skegemog lake

There are good reports from Elk and Skegemog for perch, no jumbos but nice eaters. Photo above from yesterday.

Perch fishing has been fair on the West Grand Traverse Bay for perch, East bay has been great for ciscoes. when the wind is not blowing

Lots of guys fishing long Lake by traverse for perch and walleye, it has been  spotty with the latest cold front moving though.

Lake Margrethe has been fair for perch and walleye.

Captain Chucks in Ludington reports good perch bite on PM Lake this week, minnows and wigglers

Whitehall the gill bite has been great with waxworks and worms working best.

Have not heard much on Big and Little Glen but the keep a tight lib if they are on fish.

Lake Leelanau some walleye, perch have been slow.

 

Cheryl & Jack Brainard from Centerville, OH are taking advantage of the warm weather and the slower pace in the fall at The Driftwood Resort on Houghton Lake. They caught over 40 fish today with Cpt Chip from Game Hog Charters. Lots of gills, crappie, bass, pike and a few small eyes. They said crank baits and golden shiner minnow rigs worked best.

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The Fish Contest 
Largemouth Bass- 20 3/4″
Smallmouth Bass- 21 7/8″
Northern Pike- 38 1/2″
Walleye- 29″
Bluegill- 12 1/2″
Sunfish- 10″
Perch- 12″
Crappie- 13 3/4″
Bullhead- 14 5/8″
Dogfish- 29 1/2″

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rivers in this region are low and clear. We need rain. Most rivers have salmon, many of which are now actively spawning. Anglers are urged to fish the holes, pools, and dark water, while avoiding the actively spawning fish. Actively spawning salmon do not readily bite, while those in the pools and deeper water will.

Petoskey: Had no boating reports because of windy conditions. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass on crawlers. The Bear River had a good number of Chinook and coho salmon after the last cold front but fishing slowed with the return of warm weather. Most fish were caught at the dam and downstream to the pedestrian bridge with spawn, flies and artificial eggs. A couple brown trout were caught however brown trout season is closed.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing was slow. Those trolling around the cement plant for salmon reported the action as hit-or-miss. A few fish were caught on glow spoons after dark. Good smallmouth action continues with many large fish 20 inches or more caught on live or artificial crawlers. The Medusa Weir is still in operation so the creek is closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth. Angling pressure continues to be light around the weir and cement plant. A couple small salmon were taken in the freighter slip on spawn or along the sunken barges near the cement plant with glow lures after dark.

Traverse City: Lake trout season is closed in the bays however boat anglers in the East Bay caught lake herring out from the M-37 launch. The fish were suspended in 80 feet. Salmon fishing was slow near Acme and along the east bank. The Elk River continues to produce Chinook, coho and the occasional steelhead when using spawn in the morning. In the West Bay, perch fishing slowed in Bowers Harbor. Suttons Bay was good when the fish were found. Try 40 feet with minnows. The Boardman River was packed with salmon. Chinook and coho were caught on spawn and skein during the day but the night bite was better the last couple days.

Leland: A few adult chinook and coho were still being caught along the First Bank.Younger salmon were caught around North and South Manitou Islands. The river had another push of salmon with decent numbers showing up.

Platte Bay: Some coho along with a few Chinook were still being caught by those trolling, jigging or casting near the mouth.

Platte River: A good number of coho along with some Chinook salmon moved up into the river. Spawn and skein were best but flies and beads were also producing.

Frankfort: Pier fishing and out in front of the port slowed to a crawl due to temperatures and wind.

Betsie River: Anglers are still working the river and trying to land Chinook salmon below the Homestead Dam. There is a fair to good number of fish but many have already turned dark.

Portage Lake: Perch were hitting in 11 to 14 feet in front of the city launch. Minnows worked best. Bass numbers were fair to good.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were around 58 degrees. Angler activity was very slow. The fish cleaning station is now closed.

Ludington: Had few anglers. Surface water temperatures dropped to 60 degrees.

Pentwater: Boat anglers were few because of windy conditions and warm water temperatures. Those fishing 70 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet caught the occasional lake trout or Chinook salmon on spoons or paddles and flies. Pier anglers casting body baits or still-fishing with crawlers caught smallmouth bass in the channel.

Pentwater Lake: The occasional Chinook salmon was caught by those casting body baits or spinners at Longbridge Road in the early morning or late evening.

Muskegon River: A few salmon were caught in the deeper holes. Smallmouth bass have been caught throughout the system. Walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in Hardy Dam Pond.

Whitehall: When they can get out, boat anglers caught the occasional Chinook salmon in 30 to 80 feet. Pier fishing for trout and salmon has been slow because of the warm water around the piers. Large and smallmouth bass were caught when still-fishing or slowly retrieving a crawler or minnow along the bottom.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Salmon fishing slowed as anglers were taking very few fish. Pretty much all the fish being caught were very dark. Try spoons, spinners or skein.

Rogers City: Now that lake trout season is closed angling pressure will be minimal.Anglers caught adult Chinook salmon in and around Swan Bay. Try boards with bombers and J-plugs inside 30 feet. There should be a mixed bag of smaller Chinook, Atlantics, coho and maybe even a walleye or two out deeper so fish the entire water column with spoons. Good colors were green, blue, orange or glow early and late.

Rockport: Anglers should still find a mixed bag of salmon and walleye when running spoons throughout the water column.

Alpena: A couple Chinook salmon were taken in 40 to 80 feet when trolling spoons near the first and second set of “Humps”. Walleye were caught on a crawler harness or stick baits in 20 to 40 feet in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay River: A few Chinook salmon were caught by those casting spoons or floating skein but warm temperatures have kept the bite on the slow side. A couple smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers or crank baits.

Oscoda: Angler effort and catch rates were low. Pier anglers fishing at night caught some channel cats. A few smallmouth bass were taken on small spoons, crank baits, jigs and crawlers.

Au Sable River: Pike were caught on spoons and crank baits along the weed line in the slow water near the mouth. Smallmouth bass, a few decent channel cats, and rock bass were caught when floating crawlers. Water temperatures below Foote Dam were in the low 70’s and dropping.

Houghton Lake: Panfish anglers have done well for crappie and bluegills. The crappie were suspended about 5 feet off the bottom in 9 to 11 feet. A fair to good number of walleye were caught by those drifting and bouncing lures off the bottom.

Tawas: Walleye were caught down near Alabaster in 15 to 20 feet near the rocks. A few small perch were taken near Buoy #4 inside Tawas Bay.

Tawas River: Chinook salmon were caught in the lower river.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing off the port and near the points picked up some. A good number of fish were caught in 38 to 40 feet south of Pointe Au Gres and in 10 to 20 feet off Eagle Bay Marina. A decent number of perch were also caught.

Saginaw Bay: In general, the perch were just not biting very well along the inner bay. A few were taken off Quanicassee in 14 to 17 feet. Some walleye were caught about four miles northeast of Spoils Island, off the Callahan Reef, and the middle of the Slot. Shore and pier anglers in the Sebewaing Marina caught bluegills, crappie and the occasional bass or pike.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Fishing remained slow. A couple limit catches of walleye were taken on the north end when using leeches but that was not the case for most anglers. Those trolling, drifting or anchoring picked up a few walleye and perch but no one method worked best. Smallmouth bass were caught in good numbers. Sunfish and the occasional perch were caught on the north end with crawlers and leeches.

Menominee River: A few walleye along with the occasional salmon or brown trout were caught below the dam. Fewer salmon have been seen or caught so far this year, but cooler weather should help produce some better fishing.

Little Bay De Noc: Even with the cooler temperatures catch rates were down for all species. The walleye action was fair at best with most fishing between the “Narrows” and the Black Bottom in 30 feet with a crawler harness. Perch and walleye fishing were fair along the weed beds just off the mouth of the Escanaba River in 20 feet. Most were using minnows for perch or a crawler harness for walleye. Smallmouth bass anglers struggled as well. The better catches were in the southern bay near the end of the Black Bottom and Farmers Dock with plastics or spinners in 14 to 20 feet. A few salmon anglers were fishing the Ford River but with the high water level few catches were reported.

Manistique River: Salmon catches were down some but remained steady with Chinook, coho and steelhead caught. Shore anglers reported the best catches using crank baits or spawn between the “Bass Hole” and the dam gates. The fish cleaning station is still closed.

Munising: Had few boat anglers as most have started to winterize their vessels or are now hunting. Fishing remains slow for pier and shore anglers. Splake fishing was poor with few caught. A couple coho were caught by those casting spoons or spinners in bright orange or chartreuse. A few had success using spawn bags. Surface water remains warm as air temperatures were still close to 70. Fall color change was still only about 25% as the majority of trees were still green.

Grand Marais: A few boats were trying for coho and steelhead but very few fish were caught. No lake trout to report. Not much shore activity including no reports from the Sucker River.

Two Hearted River: Coho salmon were running in fairly good numbers as the recent cool down brought fish in. Most are using spoons but some were using spawn. Anglers are reminded that the Type-4 section ends at the High Bridge, County Road 407. Anticipate heavy traffic at the Rivermouth Campground.

Tahquamenon River: Had very little to report. A few musky were following lures right up to the boat but none were caught.

St. Marys River: Those fishing the upper river caught the occasional salmon behind Cloverland Power. Only a few walleye and perch were caught in the shipping channel in 30 feet. The pike action was good for those using gold or silver spinners. Near Sugar Island, a couple perch were found in 50 feet in Lake George. Walleye fishing was slow. In the lower river between Neebish Island and Sweet’s Point, water temperatures remain warm resulting in poor fishing.

Detour: A few Chinook and pink salmon were caught on the Detour Reef. For yellow perch, try the north side of the Detour Harbor Marina at the old dock pilings in 8 to 14 feet with worms or shiners. Pike were caught one mile north at the old coal dock when trolling a spoon with a red eye just off the weeds in 8 to 12 feet.

Drummond Island: Those targeting yellow perch had limited success. Water temperatures in Potagannissing Bay dropped into the mid to low 60s, but they are still not low enough to turn on the highly anticipated fall bite. Large schools of perch were spotted using electronics but the fish were not actively feeding. Anglers caught 5 to 15 legal size fish but sorting through lots of small ones to find the keepers. Perch minnows continue to be the bait of choice when drifting near the bottom. The location of the schools changes daily but fish were reported in Maxton Bay and near Rutland, Ashman, Grape, James and Bald Islands.

Cedarville and Hessel: Lake trout and splake season in the waters of Lake Huron closed on September 30th. At Cedarville, pike were caught throughout Snows Channel when trolling or casting a red and white spoon just off the weeds in 6 to 18 feet. Early morning and late evening were best. Some bigger pike were reported near the Les Cheneaux Islands. Try chubs or frozen smelt just off the current near Little La Salle Island. A few yellow perch were caught in Cedarville Bay by those using worms or minnows east of Buoy #26 in 8 feet. For Hessel, a few perch were caught south of the marina and at the Middle Entrance. The fish were suspended in 25 to 28 feet between Coats Point and Birch Island. Try worms or shiners.

Carp River: Anglers fishing spawn bags, spoons and spinners for salmon had no luck. A few fish were surfacing but none were caught. Fishing slowed on Nunn’s Creek with only the occasional Chinook caught on spoons. The fish have turned very dark.



Summer is Back Fishing Report

 

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

Photo Above is the size of perch from East Bay.

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

nice Cisco from East Grand Traverse Bay–4.96 lbs.

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Captain Chuck’s II Inc. 
 

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

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Good afternoon on a an inland lake

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perch are biting in many inland Lakes

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Buc’s Fishing Report 9/7/2017

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pere Marquette River: Had salmon up in the river.

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

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

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

Muskego River: Is producing some salmon.

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

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

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Labor Day Weekend Fishing Report

Marty Jastrzembowski was able to pull a nice mixed box of fish today! One master angler lake trout measuring 34 1/2″ and some nice steelhead. This one weighed in at just over 12 pounds. He also had some nice Coho to round out his cooler.

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Happy 16th birthday to T.J. Pitlanish! He celebrated by fishing on Houghton Lake with his dad, Tom, and friends Drew, James, Aiden, Justin and Conner. This is just a sample of what they caught. Cpt Chip and first mate Dan from Game Hog Charters put them on the fish using crank baits while trolling. Hot n Tots were the key.

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East Grand Traverse Bay has been awesome for smallmouth and fishing baitfish is the key as they are following the gobies.
 
Big Platte Lake has been good for pike and walleye
 
 
 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A few chinook including one large fish were caught at Harbor Point.

Petoskey: Boat anglers came in with chinook, coho and lake trout. The salmon were caught on spoons, flies and cut bait 60 to 80 feet down between the breakwall and Bay Harbor. Lake trout were 100 to 120 feet down. A couple smallmouth bass were taken on worms off the breakwall. Anglers are targeting salmon but no fish were recorded. The Bear River had a small run of trout and salmon. Most were using spawn or flies.

Charlevoix: Catch rates were hit-or-miss with only a few small chinook, some lake trout and the odd lake herring caught. The chinook were 75 feet down and the lake trout were 70 to 100 feet down straight out of the channel and south to the buoy near the cement plant. Smallmouth fishing was hit-or-miss for those using live or artificial crawlers and leeches.

Lake Charlevoix: A few walleye were caught by those trolling a harness and bottom bouncer. Try crawlers or leeches. Panfish were caught on worms, crickets or wax worms.

Traverse City: Lake trout jigging in the East Bay was good straight out and slightly north from the Elk Rapids Marina and south to Deepwater Point. Salmon fishing was spotty along the east side but a couple nice chinook were caught. Lake trout jigging was good north of Old Mission. A few more lake herring showed up and were marked off Deepwater Point and the M-37 launch. Plenty of smallmouth bass were caught at the south end and near Dock Road. The Elk River was slow except for a few bass and panfish. Only a small push of salmon moved into the river. In the West Bay, anglers jigging and trolling out from the mouth of the Boardman River caught a few salmon. Perch were caught in good numbers off Lee Point when using minnows. Bass fishing was slow around Marion Island and Lee Point but a few nice fish were taken. Lake trout fishing was good south of the M-22 launch when trolling. Those jigging did well southeast of Northport. A few chinook salmon were caught in the Boardman River.

Leland: There were some decent catches of chinook and coho on the north end of North Manitou Island. A few fish were also taken on the “First Bank”. Most were hitting on spoons but a few were taken on flashers and flies. Lake trout were also caught.

Platte Bay: Had good numbers of coho along with some chinook and lake trout taken on pretty much all baits including J-plugs, flashers and flies or spoons. With the east wind, fish were caught 40 to 80 feet down.

Platte River: The water on the lake side just past the mouth is now very narrow and shallow. Boats over 16 feet could have a tough time getting out. There is also a large shallow area just upstream of the mouth which will make it difficult for bigger boats. A mix of coho and chinook salmon were coming into the lower river daily. Early morning was best. Surf fishing near the mouth should be a good option.

Frankfort: Chinook salmon have been moving into the river. Those trolling in front of the pier heads have caught some fish. Coho numbers are jumping right up there with several anglers reporting good catches in the early morning or evening when trolling spoons in the top 50 feet.

Betsie River: A good number of large salmon were running up into the river. Angler activity has increased below the Homestead Dam.

Onekama: Those trolling in front of the golf course and near the “Barrel” have caught coho from the top 60 feet in waters 80 to 120 feet deep. Spoons worked best.

Portage Lake: Due to another mayfly hatch, fishing was very slow and catch rates were low for all species.

Manistee: Surface water temperature was about 65 degrees. Southeast winds the last few weeks have slowed fishing. A few chinook and coho were caught 40 to 100 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with meat rigs, flies and plugs. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Salmon appear to be moving up into the river. Anglers have caught brown trout and some brook trout in the upper stretches. Water levels at the coffer dam near Tippy were coming back up.

Ludington: Over the last couple weeks, bad weather has warmed the lake up, dropped the thermocline and slowed fishing. Chinook and coho were found 40 to 100 feet down in 90 to 150 feet with plugs, flies and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Pere Marquette River: Was producing some salmon.

Pentwater: Salmon fishing was slow but those trolling 50 to 90 feet down in 80 to 150 feet caught chinook and coho on spoons, meat rigs and flies. Early morning in front of the dunes was the most productive. Pier anglers caught good numbers of smallmouth bass on live bait near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers fishing the channel with crawlers or minnows near the bottom caught smallmouth bass and the occasional freshwater drum.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Anglers had moderate success with walleye and perch picked up sporadically by those using live bait with a slip bobber over the weed beds in 8 to 12 feet. Those trolling crawler harnesses and crank baits in deeper water caught more fish. A couple legal size pike were caught right along with many sub-legals. Some nice panfish and the odd walleye were caught on the north end with live bait. Smallmouth bass can be found along the rocky areas and off the points. Some nice rock bass 10 to 12 inches were caught along the south end.

Menominee River: Walleye, catfish, freshwater drum and smallmouth bass were caught from the Hattie Street Dam to the mouth by those trolling and shore anglers. Crank baits, plastics and live bait worked well. No salmon to report.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported spotty catches of legal fish in the northern part of the Bay. The better catches were reported in the “Black Bottom” area when trolling a crawler harness but the best walleye catches were coming from Green Bay waters when using stick baits or crawlers in 10 to 18 feet near Round Island which is about 2 miles south of the Ford River. A good number of smallmouth bass were reported in the same area. Good walleye catches were reported out near Seagull Point when trolling crank baits in 20 to 25 feet. No limit catches but all the boats interviewed had fish. Perch fishing was fair near the Day’s River in 16 to 18 feet, mouth of the Whitefish River in 6 to 8 feet, near Butler Island in 14 feet, the “Narrows” in 20 to 30 feet and near the mouth of the Escanaba River in 25 feet. Most were using crawlers. Northern pike were very active with excellent catches taken in the south end of the “Black Bottom” by walleye anglers trolling crank baits or crawlers in 16 to 25 feet. Salmon have started to enter some of the rivers but the Escanaba River will be tough to access this year because of construction on the US-41 Bridge.

Manistique: Almost all the fishing action has been in the river this week. A fairly good number of salmon have reached the dam and are being caught daily by shore anglers. Brown trout and steelhead were also caught. Many are using black flies with long leaders or jointed rapalas. The dams are open and flowing fast. The “Big Bass Hole” about a ¼ mile south of the dam gates produced fair to good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and a few brown trout. Those targeting walleye used a jig and crawler, beetle spins, rapalas or spawn. Boat anglers caught salmon when trolling mega lips or rapalas. From the “Big Bass Hole” to the dam is shore fishing only.

Marquette: Limits or near limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and little Presque Isle. The occasional coho was caught near the white rocks. Those fishing near Granite Island had mixed results and the fishing at Shot Point has slowed. No salmon were caught in the rivers yet.

Au Train: Lake trout fishing was best within 3 miles of Au Train Island however no big numbers were caught. There were no reports of salmon in the rivers.

Munising: The weather was not favorable but a few boat anglers that managed to get out did catch some quality size lake trout near Wood Island and Reef and off Big Reef. The coho bite was slow and there was no splake action at the Anna River dock.

Grand Marais: When the winds were favorable for fishing, a few boat anglers did well for coho. Lake trout anglers continue to do well with limit catches reported near Au Sable Point and straight out near the shipping lanes. No activity for pier anglers or shore anglers.

Tahquamenon River: Overall fishing was slow. There were no reports of musky or pike caught. Those fishing the Dollarville Dam and pier managed to catch small rock bass, bluegills, pumpkinseed and the odd bass with wax worms and crawlers. A couple boat anglers managed to catch some perch on a worm. The East Branch had very good brook trout fishing.

St. Marys River: In the upper river near Sault Ste. Marine, Atlantic salmon along with a couple pink salmon were picked up behind the Cloverland Power Plant. Yellow perch fishing was steady in the early morning and just before dark in the North Channel with minnows or crawlers on the bottom in 25 feet. Walleye fishing was a bit better in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet with a green or motor oil crawler harness and bottom bouncer between the 3-Mile and the 7-Mile Buoys. Smallmouth bass were caught on the rocks when casting tube baits or drop shotting. No walleye but pike were caught on the north end of Lake George. In the lower river, very few walleye were caught. Those lucky enough to get fish did so in Canadian waters with deep diving stick baits in 14 to 16 feet along the weed beds. Small pike were caught by those trolling for walleye off the Raber piers.

Detour: When boats can get out to the Detour Reef, they caught lake trout, pink salmon, a few small chinook and a couple walleye. Each week the salmon are moving closer to the Detour Lighthouse. Anglers were successful trolling from Fry Pan Island and out to the green buoy with flashers and dipsey divers in 60 to 90 feet. The chinook were in the top 60 and the pink salmon were in the top 40 feet. North of Detour Village at Swedes Pointe, a few nice walleye were caught in 8 to 12 feet in the early morning with a slip bobber and minnow off the reefs and underwater humps. Those trolling a harness and bottom bouncer with beads and blades also caught walleye.

Drummond Island: Perch fishing effort is starting however harvest numbers remain low with only 8 to 12 fish per boat. Those fishing in Potagannissing Bay were not as successful as boat anglers fishing in Canadian waters.

Cedarville and Hessel: Small yellow perch were caught throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. For panfish, try around the docks and weed beds when floating small worms in 4 to 6 feet. Some big sunfish were caught around Echo Island which is in Mackinaw Bay. For Hessel, pike were caught straight out from the pier and on the north side of Marquette Island. Most were caught on chrome spoons or black bucktail spinners just off the weed beds in 5 to 8 feet. On the west side of Marquette Island, smallmouth bass were taken off the rock piles in 4 to 6 feet. No reports on yellow perch.

Carp River: Walleye fishing picked up with fish caught off the pier with crank baits or a jig and worm. Artificial baits seem to work better. The fish caught were 14 to 17 inches but the average was 15 inches.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Fishing slowed. Boat anglers were marking a lot of baitfish throughout the water column but had no luck finding fish. Most were trolling spoons in 60 feet around the red cans but had no luck.

Cheboygan River: Anglers fishing spinners, crank baits and worms caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and walleye but most of the smallmouth were sub-legal. Salmon are jumping at the lock and dam but no fish were harvested.

Burt & Mullett Lakes: Were again producing some perch. Anglers did best along the south end of both lakes.

Rogers City: Chinook salmon in Swan Bay are beginning to stage. Catch rates were slow with only a couple fish per boat. Anglers were fishing anywhere from 25 to 130 feet but the best fishing seemed to be in 45 to 90 feet with downriggers, dipsey divers, leadcore, copper and high lines. Find the thermocline or run lines throughout the water column. Use spoons, attractors with flies, squid and cut bait. Hot colors were green, black and white, purple, blue, green and silver, chartreuse or glow early and late. Very early in the morning and well after dark was best. A few lake trout or walleye were also caught by those trolling.

Rockport: Had very little angler activity. Those going for walleye caught a few but the fish were still scattered. Try 35 to 55 feet with deep diving body baits in gold, silver, purple and copper. Lake trout were just off the bottom in 170 feet.

Alpena: Anglers found good numbers of lake trout when trolling near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet. Steelhead were in the top 60 feet. Try the “Humps” or Thunder Bay Island with spin-glo’s, meat rigs or spoons. Walleye anglers found fish in 25 to 40 feet off Scarecrow, Sulphur, and Thunder Bay Island. Good numbers of smallmouth bass were taken in the LaFarge discharge when casting tube baits or crank baits.

Thunder Bay River: Smallmouth bass were caught by those drifting crawlers, as well as casting crank baits, spinners or Carolina rigged soft plastics. Bowfin, freshwater drum, bullhead, and channel cats were caught by those still-fishing with crawlers. A chinook was caught at the 9th Street Dam but no big numbers yet.

Oscoda: Lake trout were found near the bottom in 120 to 170 feet. Steelhead were in the top 60 feet and Atlantic salmon were found both up high and near the bottom. Try meat rigs or spoons in green, chrome or pink. Walleye were suspended in 80 to 110 feet. A good number of fish were marked near the mouth of the river but they would not bite. Pier anglers caught a couple walleye, smallmouth bass, channel cats and freshwater drum when drifting or still-fishing with crawlers.

Au Sable River: Anglers found smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when drifting crawlers or casting spinners and crank baits. A few bluegill, rock bass, and perch were caught on crawlers near the mouth and in the marinas. Northern pike were hitting on crank baits. Walleye were caught when drifting crawlers but success was low.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout are still being caught just off the bottom in 80 to 120 feet off the North and South State Parks. Perch fishing was hit-or-miss in 40 to 50 feet. Good numbers of rock bass continue to be caught.

Houghton Lake: Trolling has been the key for all species and crank baits were working a bit better than live bait. Boat anglers caught walleye, pike, bass and big bluegills over the weed beds in 9 to 12 feet. Those still-fishing over an open hole in the weed beds caught fish. The north end of the lake was good for smallmouth bass while the south and southwest end were good for largemouth bass.

Tawas: Those trolling a crawler harness or spoons beyond Tawas Point in 50 to 80 caught a fair number of walleye and lake trout. Pier fishing is very slow with only rumors of walleye caught in the evening.

Tawas River: Anglers caught catfish and freshwater drum with crawlers on the bottom.

Au Gres: Walleye were caught off Eagle Bay Marina in 20 to 30 feet with a crawler harness. Perch were caught off Point Au Gres in 22 to 32 feet, off the Pinconning and Saganing Bars in 20 to 30 feet and off Eagle Bay Marina in 10 to 15 feet. Pier anglers caught catfish, freshwater drum and the odd pike.

 

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers were getting limits or near limit catches of yellow perch. The hot spots were Buoys 1 & 2 outside the River Raisin, east of those buoys or out of Bolles Harbor at the E-Buoy. A few walleye were caught but most anglers were only taking one fish on average when trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers off Stony Point and in front of the Fermi stacks.

Wamplers Lake: Fishing was slower with the cooler weather as water temperatures dropped to 72 degrees. Panfish were caught on both the east and the west side when drifting worms in 4 to 6 feet. A few pike were caught while casting crank baits.

Sand Lake: In Lenawee County had largemouth bass hitting on plastics in 10 feet. Panfish were found in both 30 feet or shallower on the south end. Use worms or crickets under a bobber.

Detroit River: Smallmouth bass were hitting in the lower river at the Cross Dike near Sugar Island. Some were still getting a few perch near the islands.

Lake St. Clair: Fishing picked up with a fair number of walleye, perch and smallmouth bass reported. Walleye anglers had luck while trolling a silver crawler harness near the channel mouths and south of the Clinton River Cutoff in front of the 400 Club in 10 to 18 feet. The perch and smallmouth action was decent. Perch anglers were using minnows in 10 to 14 feet. Some caught both legal and sub-legal musky. Pike and musky were caught around Grassy Island when trolling.

Lexington to Port Austin: Those trolling in 100 to 120 feet were getting some lake trout, steelhead and the occasional walleye. From Lexington to Port Sanilac, anglers were getting a variety including lake trout, steelhead, walleye and the occasional Atlantic salmon in 100 feet straight out as well as a little north or south of the ports.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout were caught straight out and north of the harbor in 105 to 130 foot of water with dodgers, spin-glo’s and spoons near the bottom. Hot colors were black, green and purple. Steelhead were caught on bright orange, green or pink spoons. Walleye were found in the same area and were hitting on worm burners, crawler harnesses or small spoons. Hot colors were black, purple, green and blue. Bass were hitting body baits close to shore. Pier anglers caught some nice rock bass.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught 2 to 3 miles northeast of the Pinconning Bar with spoons and harnesses. Perch were caught off the Pinconning Bar and off Gambills Marina in 14 to 16 feet but anglers were sorting out the small ones. Perch activity was slower near the sailboat buoys but the fish were bigger at 10 to 12 inches and the occasional fish at 14 inches. Those fishing the Hot Ponds caught catfish on worms and shrimp. Walleye were caught off Fish Point and along the edge of the Slot in 14 to 18 feet with body baits or a pink or purple crawler harness. Catch rates were spotty as the fish are scattered. Many switched to perch fishing. Try 9 to 11 feet off Quanicassee. Catch rates were decent but no limits reported. At Sebewaing, a few were fishing the Slot for walleye. Off Caseville, walleye were found in 25 feet near the Charity Islands.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers at Smith Park caught white bass, smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Tittabawassee River: Continues to have good smallmouth bass fishing.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: The salmon action was slow but a few were found in 200 feet when trolling a white spin doctor with green or blue flies. Perch fishing was still a bit slow with only light numbers caught in 40 to 50 feet.

St. Joseph River: Had a fair number of steelhead from earlier runs but there has not been much movement of trout or salmon through the ladders in the last couple weeks.

South Haven: Had good perch fishing for those drifting in 40 to 45 feet. Most were caught south of the piers. Salmon fishing was spotty. The fish were scattered in 90 to 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers were struggling with only a few salmon caught 65 to 130 feet down in 95 to 160 feet. Most were caught on white flashers with green or white flies or green, blue and orange spoons. Glow plugs worked best during low light or overcast skies. Pier fishing for salmon was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a good number of coho and a few chinook below the 6th Street Dam. Fish were caught on spawn, flies, spinners and thundersticks.

Grand River at Lansing: Anglers were taking some limit catches of bluegills. Try crawlers, crickets or wax worms. Smallmouth bass continue to hit on live and artificial baits. Anglers caught a few walleye and pike.

Round Lake: In Clinton County was producing some pike.

Maple River: Is quite shallow at this time. Big fish can be found in the deeper holes.

Pine River: In Gratiot County is producing good numbers of catfish.

Muskegon: Salmon anglers reported slow catch rates. The best action was 60 to 130 feet down in 100 to 170 feet with green and white flies with white flashers or green and orange spoons. Pier fishing was slow with no salmon reported.

Whitehall: Salmon and trout fishing were tough for most boats. A good number of fish were found in 80 to 120 feet but only a few chinook or coho were caught in the early morning. Green spoons and flies were the ticket. Those fishing 60 to 90 feet down in 160 to 200 feet managed to catch some chinook, coho and the odd steelhead. Lake trout were near the bottom in 180 to 225 feet. Pier fishing was slow. Those casting body baits or retrieving crawlers along the bottom caught good numbers of large and smallmouth bass and the odd freshwater drum.

White River: Anglers have caught a few chinook in the lower sections near White Lake but fish numbers in the upper sections were still low.


Fishing Report for Northern Michigan

 

The big fish just keep coming in! Jake Gostiaux brought in this 26.10 lbs King yesterday. Congratulations Jake!

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Tristan Millis boated this 27.7 pound king the other morning it measured 41 1/8 inches. Yes that another master angler in the books! This is definitely a year class of fish worth making the trip for.

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Houghton Lake Walleye. Cpt. Chip, Dan and Gary had a great day of trolling. Using darker colors of salmos, hot n tots and live bait harnesses, they landed 11 walleye, large panfish, bass and pike. Nice job, guys!

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Had quite a few lake trout caught anywhere from 100 to 170 feet down in 120 to 190 feet from Harbor Point north. A chinook was caught 90 feet down.

Petoskey: Had a few salmon moving into the area. A couple chinook were caught between 80 and 115 feet down. Many were focusing on the area near the breakwall but fish were also caught in front of Bay Harbor. Lake trout were taken 75 to 100 feet down. Smallmouth bass were caught off the D Pier near mouth of the Bear River. Water levels on the Bear River were moderate and fishing was slow up at the dam.

Charlevoix: Boat activity increased with the news of a couple chinook salmon caught 80 to 90 feet down in 120 to 130 feet. Lake trout were 80 to 120 feet down in 100 to 140 feet or deeper between North Point and Cement Plant. Spoons and spin-glo’s were the ticket but some were using cut bait for salmon. Those fishing the channel caught undersize smallmouth, drum and rock bass on live or artificial crawlers and minnows.

Traverse City: Lake trout fishing was good for those trolling or jigging in 100 feet near Elk Rapids and off Deepwater Point. Fish were also caught near Yuba Creek. Salmon fishing was slow but a few bigger chinook were caught along the drop-off south of the M-37 launch. Smallmouth fishing was slow. The Elk River was slow with only a couple bass and freshwater drum caught. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught south of the island and along the east side of the bay. Salmon fishing was slow but a few nice chinook were found north of the Elmwood Marina on the west side and near Marion Island. The smallmouth bite was slow. Catch rates in the Boardman River were slow except for a couple small steelhead, rock bass and other panfish.

Leland: Had good catches of lake trout and some chinook salmon. Most of the lake trout were caught on the First Bank with spin-glo’s behind cowbells. The north end of North Manitou Island was the hot spot but fish were also caught on the south end of North Manitou and the west side of South Manitou Island. Most of the salmon came on spoons 50 to 80 feet down.

Platte Bay: Anglers caught a decent number of lake trout and salmon including some big chinook and coho. Even though coho numbers are starting to increase, many boats were still coming in with no fish.

Frankfort: Had good chinook salmon fishing. Those trolling the “Bank” reported good numbers of fish including several chinook 20 pounds or more taken in the top 60 feet of waters 100 to 140 feet deep with spoons, flies and J-plugs. Coho, lake trout and steelhead were reported in the same area.

Betsie River: Large chinook salmon were caught in both the river and Betsie Lake.

Onekama: Those trolling 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 160 feet reported good catches of chinook salmon with spoons and meat-rigs in the early morning. Lake trout in the Barrel were hitting up high just like the salmon.

Portage Lake: Walleye, rock bass, perch and largemouth bass were hitting in 11 to 18 feet. Walleye anglers were working the shoreline with crawler rigs in the early morning or evening. Perch anglers using worms near the buoy and in front of the city launch caught some 12 inch fish.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 68 degrees. Fishing picked up and big healthy chinook salmon continue to come in. Most were taken 40 to 100 feet down in 90 to 160 feet. Good numbers of coho and steelhead were caught. Meat rigs, spoons and flies worked best. A few chinook were caught by pier anglers casting spoons or those trolling plugs in the harbor.

Manistee River: Had reports of a 25 pound chinook salmon caught above the coffer at Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Fishing picked up with some big chinook salmon up near 30 pounds caught 40 to 90 feet down in 90 to 150 feet. Coho and steelhead were also caught. Meat rigs, spoons and flies were the ticket. Those trolling in the harbor and Pere Marquette Lake caught a few chinook on plugs.

Pentwater: Boats trolling from the dunes down to Little Sable Point caught chinook and coho salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 80 to 150 feet. They were hitting green flies and plugs or pink, red and green spoons. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye on minnows and body baits near the rocks.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing the channel caught smallmouth and freshwater drum with minnows, crawlers, and body baits. Channel cats, perch and rock bass were caught on red worms or perch minnows near the bottom.

Muskegon: Salmon were caught 60 to 140 feet down in 120 to 220 feet with yellow and green meat rigs, green or white flies, and orange, yellow or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Whitehall: Early morning anglers trolling straight out from the piers caught chinook 35 to 60 feet down in 90 to 120 feet. Boats fishing later in the day found chinook, coho and steelhead 40 to 70 feet down in 150 to 200 feet with spoons, flies, meat-rigs, and plugs. Green was the hot color. Pier anglers casting spoons in the early morning caught the occasional salmon, but the primary catch was large and smallmouth bass on minnows, crawlers, or body baits.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Boat anglers fishing around Lafayette Point, Round Island and Mackinac Island caught lake trout and a couple chinook salmon when trolling spoons with cut bait.

Cheboygan River: Fishing pressure for walleye has slowed as anglers are now waiting for the salmon to come in. A small number of fish were seen jumping at the dam but no fish were caught. Those fishing the city pier, Bois Blanc Island parking lot, DNR Office parking lot, or the lock and dam caught walleye, smallmouth bass and rock bass.

Burt and Mullett Lakes: Were producing a good number of perch along the south end of both lakes.

Rogers City: The fish were scattered. Some nice chinook salmon are beginning to show up. The action was not hot but boats are picking up about one nice fish per trip usually in the very early morning or after dark in 50 to 120 feet. Fish the entire water column with spoons, flashers and squid.

Rockport: Had no trout and salmon anglers. A few caught some walleye but windy conditions made them unpredictable. Most targeted 30 to 60 feet with purple, gold and silver deep diving crank baits.

Otsego Lake: Was producing some panfish. Try the weed beds in 10 feet or so.

Alpena: Those targeting trout and salmon found lake trout near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet or suspended higher in the water column near the “Humps” off Thunder Bay Island. Coho and steelhead were found in the top 60 feet. Try spoons, meat rigs of spin-glo’s. Walleye fishing was decent in 25 to 40 feet off the north shore, Scarecrow Island and Sulphur Island with a crawler harness or stick baits.

Thunder Bay River: Freshwater drum, brown bullhead, and rock bass were caught by those still-fishing crawlers on the bottom or under a float. Some good size catfish were caught on crawlers from Mill Island and South Riverfront Park. Smallmouth bass were hitting on crank baits, tube baits and crawlers.

Oscoda: Lake trout were caught in 110 to 160 feet off the mouth of the river and near the “Hump”. Most were near the bottom with some suspended. Atlantic salmon, coho, steelhead and a couple pink salmon were caught in the top 30 to 70 feet. Chinook were taken about halfway down in 130 to 150 feet. Spoons, meat rigs and spin-glo’s worked best. A few walleye were caught 20 to 30 feet down in 100 feet or when drifting a crawler harness near the mouth of the river. Pier anglers caught smallmouth, a couple walleye and freshwater drum when still-fishing of drifting a crawler. Late evening was best for those targeting walleye and channel catfish.

Au Sable River: Walleye were caught when drifting crawlers through the holes in Oscoda but the bite was slow. Smallmouth bass were found by those casting crank baits or drifting crawlers. Those fishing from the handicap access site, the Au Sable Harbor or the Refuge Park caught smallmouth, freshwater drum, and rock bass.

Higgins Lake: Perch are still being caught but anglers had to work to find active schools of fish. Most were still in the 40 to 50 foot range. Lake trout are still being caught just off the bottom in 100 to 120 feet or so. The best bite was in the early morning. Anglers are still catching lots of rock bass throughout.

Houghton Lake: The bite slowed but those trolling did best. Walleye anglers trolling along the weed beds in 9 to 12 feet also caught bluegills, bass and even some crappie. Hot lures were anything with a little green on it. Smallmouth bass were caught along the north shore while largemouth bass were found along the west and south end. For bluegills, anglers need to move around to find them.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was pretty good with spoons in 50 to 70 feet outside Tawas Bay. The fish were at different depths depending on the day. Pier fishing was slow.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was good straight off the river mouth between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres and south of Pointe Au Gres in 30 to 35 feet with some getting limit catches. Those trolling in 12 feet off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars caught walleye. Perch were taken off the Pine River and Eagle Bay Marina in 8 to 20 feet.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Fishing picked up slightly as those trolling deeper water with crank baits and crawler harnesses reported better catch rates. Those using a slip bobber with a leech or crawler in shallow water or weed beds caught walleye but were sorting out the small ones. The north end was producing a few walleye but more perch, bluegills and sunfish. Some are taking smallmouth bass and a few pike were caught by those trolling. The mayfly hatch seems to be slowing down.

Lac Vieux Desert: On the Michigan-Wisconsin border was producing pike and musky.

Lake Antoine: In Dickinson County was producing a decent number of pike.

Menominee River: Anglers caught some nice smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish and freshwater drum from Bum Island which is just downstream of the Hattie Street Bridge to the mouth with live bait, plastics, and crank baits.

Little Bay De Noc: Most of the walleye fishing was near the mouth of the Whitefish River and the Kipling area. Anglers reported fair catches up by the Whitefish River trolling a crawler harness in 12 to 18 feet but many were undersize. Those fishing the First and Second Reefs had fair to good catches in 14 to 25 feet with a crawler harness or stick bait. Good numbers of small perch were reported around Butler Island and were caught on crawlers in 10 to 17 feet. Several jumbo perch were also caught. Steelhead were caught up near the fast water in the Escanaba River when casting spawn or crank baits. Shore anglers at the Ford River caught pike and smallmouth bass. Most were undersize but plenty were caught. Fair salmon catches north of the Ford River Buoy when trolling spoons or cut bait 40 to 65 feet down in 50 to 90 feet.

Manistique: The fish cleaning station is no longer in service. A new station will be installed next spring but officials are unsure when or if the existing station will be repaired in the meantime. Anglers targeting salmon out in the lake caught a couple chinook in the 5 to 12 pound range. Salmon have already started entering the river and are being caught up by the dam. Brown trout and steelhead were also caught. Both gates are open so the current is still fairly fast and the area up by the dam was about waist deep on average. Most were casting spawn, mega-lips or Cleo’s. Good walleye reports were still coming from the fast water near the Upper Dam when casting jigs with crawlers or rapalas. Smallmouth, channel cats, pike and panfish were also caught.

Marquette: Near limit catches of lake trout were taken at the white rocks, little Presque Isle, Granite Island and Shot Point. Coho were mixed in around Shot Point and the Lower Harbor. A couple chinook were caught outside the Lower Harbor breakwall.

Au Train: Limit catches of lake trout were caught around Au Train Island. No salmon to report.

Munising: Had a few boats out for coho but they had no luck. Surface water temperatures were in the upper 60’s offshore and low 70’s nearshore. The Anna River Pier had little to no fishing pressure.

Grand Marais: A few coho were caught by those trolling outside the breakwall.Lake trout fishing continues to be good and when the winds are favorable boats have typically limited out when fishing straight out about five miles or near Au Sable Reef and Big Reef. Pier anglers had no luck.

Tahquamenon River: Fishing was slow with very few musky reports. Boat anglers fishing upstream of the Natalie launch and campground caught pike on spinners but many were undersize. Bluegills and rock bass were caught on both live and soft plastic worms or minnows near the Dollarville Dam.

St. Marys River: Had very good Atlantic salmon fishing in the upper river behind the Cloverland Powerhouse. Whitefish have left the area but a few were still being caught. Walleye fishing picked up with decent catches reported by those trolling a crawler harness in the shipping channel in the early morning. Pike were hitting on spoons and crank baits. Fishing in Lake George has begun to pick up with a few nice walleye caught near Hay Point. Yellow perch fishing was good in the North Channel. Try drifting crawlers or minnows on the bottom or floating minnows near the weed lines. Smallmouth fishing was fair to good for those casting tube baits or rubber worms in the shallows. In the lower river, walleye were caught in Raber Bay but the action was not consistent. Most of those bringing back fish were heading out around daybreak or putting in at least six hours on the water while drifting a crawler harness and bottom bouncer over the deep weed beds in 12 to 14 feet. Try near the mouth of Carlton Creek, in front of the piers at Raber, the inside of Fisherman’s Point or near Round Island with dark colored blades on the crawler harness.

Detour: When they could get out beyond the Detour Lighthouse, salmon and trout anglers caught a few lake trout in the 90 foot flat. They used orange and white or chartreuse and white spin-glo’s on short leaders near the bottom. A couple chinook salmon were caught on blue and gold spoons between the green buoy and the lighthouse.

Drummond Island: Walleye fishing continues to be slow. A few fish were caught outside Peck Island but for most the fishing was not good enough to continue trying. Yellow perch fishing was still slow but some quality fish have started to make an appearance in Potagannissing Bay. Perch were caught near Peck and Rutland Island when drifting crawlers. Smallmouth fishing was fair with fish caught along the rocky drop-offs near the smaller islands and in shallows. Try casting crank baits, swim baits, spinners or using crawlers.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers caught yellow perch ranging 8 to 10 ½ inches when drifting or casting worms and shiners in 8 to 10 feet between Conner’s Pointe and Little La Salle Island. Try about a foot off the bottom. Good smallmouth action in 6 to 8 feet at the mouth of Duck Bay. Largemouth bass were caught in Mackinaw Bay on a crawler harness or spinner in 4 to 5 feet near the weed beds early or late. Hessel had very little fishing pressure.

St. Ignace: Had no reports. Shore anglers on the Carp River were targeting walleye but very few fish were caught.