Michigan Fishing Report 6/25

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Above the crew from Jack’s Sport Shop went out with coach’s Charters on East Grand Traverse Bay and did well in 12 feet of water in the rocks

Fishing has been fair in Northern Michigan as the fly hatch’s on the lakes are on the downswing, but the rivers the hatch is just starting.

Bluegills are on the beds in many lakes and good catch this week

Leeches seem to be the most popular bait this week for bass and walleye with good reports from Houghton Lake

Saginaw Bay: Weather has made this area very spotty and some days unfishable. Overall, catch rates were slow. A few walleye were caught on crawler harnesses out near Buoys 1 & 2 and spoons along the east side of the shipping channel. A few perch were also caught by those trolling. Walleye were caught on crawler harnesses in front of the Bay City Recreation Area in 4 to 10 feet and off Finn Road in 6 to 8 feet. Best area overall was around Bay Port. Some caught limits while others caught none in the Slot. The fish were scattered off Quanicassee and Fish Point. No anglers were fishing the Hot Ponds.

Little Bay De Noc: With the alewife and fly hatches, there is a lot of food out there for the fish. The best walleye catches were still south in the Breezy Point area when trolling in 8 to 14 feet. Catch rates for perch were spotty at best. Fish were caught off Gladstone beach when using minnows and worms in 18 to 26 feet or the green buoy near the Day’s River in 14 to 20 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair to good on the Ford River but most of the fish were too small. Try casting crank baits, spinners or plastics all through the river.

Big Bay De Noc: Had mostly bass anglers. Catch rates were better but most of the fish were small. Best area to fish was the head of the bay and over to Porcupine Point in 12 feet with spinners or plastics. At Fairport, it is still a bit early but anglers are catching salmon and steelhead on spoons 30 to 90 feet down in 110 to 160 feet. The reports are mixed with most searching for warmer water.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake trout fishing was hit-or-miss around Harbor Point. A few were caught about 50 feet down in 150 feet. Smallmouth anglers are still targeting the waters near shore inside the Point and around the harbor when casting artificial baits.

Petoskey: Boat anglers targeting lake trout can typically be found between the breakwall and Bay Harbor. Those fishing the mouth of the river are taking a variety of species including smallmouth bass, rock bass, pike, catfish, suckers, freshwater drum, carp and bullhead. Most of the fish were caught off the D Pier when using worms or casting crank baits and spinners.

Bear River: Had little activity. A couple rock bass were caught near the dam.

Charlevoix: Lake trout fishing has been more hit-or-miss however when the boats find them, they are catching quite a few. The fish are scattered and were caught south of the channel in 60 feet or north of the channel, 80 feet down in 100 feet. Some reported the fish were moving to even deeper waters. Try spoons or dodgers with spin-glo’s. Those jigging in 70 feet near the channel caught a few cisco. Smallmouth bass are in the channel but still not hitting. Walleye fishing in the channel was down but there may still be a few for night anglers to catch. Pier anglers caught a couple lake trout. Freshwater drum and Cisco were caught in the channel. Those fly fishing along the shoreline at Fisherman’s Island State Park have caught carp which are in the shallows and spawning.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair. Most anglers are using leeches, crawlers, or tube baits.

Traverse City: Lake trout and cisco fishing was good in the East Bay. With surface water temperatures in the 60’s the trout are beginning to move out deeper so try 60 feet or more for lake trout. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good. Males are on the beds. In the West Bay, lake trout fishing was fair in 60 to 100 feet. Cisco and a few whitefish were also caught. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the shallows.

Boardman River: Fishing has picked up along the section in Grand Traverse County. Those using flies and spinners have caught the most brown trout and brook trout. A couple large brown trout were caught below Sabin Dam. Bass fishing has slowed below the Union Street Dam. Anglers caught a few rock bass and carp.

Frankfort: Brown trout are still being caught off the piers and by those trolling the harbor with plenty of alewife in the area. The fish are hitting on jointed body baits, Cleo’s and alewife. Chinook salmon were hitting in a wide range of depths from 250 to 500 feet and 60 to 110 feet down. Lake trout were caught on cowbells and spin-glo’s fished just off the bottom in 90 to 200 feet.

Onekama: Lake trout fishing was good right off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet between Onekama and Arcadia. Lake trout up to 21 pounds were caught. Chinook were caught on spoons 50 to 150 feet down in 250 to 300 feet. Lake trout were caught on in the “Barrel”.

Portage Lake: Bass and panfish anglers had a rough week after the short mayfly hatch. Water temperatures are warming and bluegills were moving onto the beds.

Manistee: Fishing was decent with chinook up to 17 pounds caught 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 250 feet. There were some good thermal breaks offshore that were producing steelhead in the top 20 feet. A few brown trout were caught off the piers when using alewife or casting spoons.

Ludington: Anglers going offshore to find the thermal breaks are doing well for steelhead and a few lake trout. Orange spoons in the top 30 feet are producing a majority of the fish. Trout and salmon were caught 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 200 feet when using green meat rigs in the deeper water and orange and green spoons higher up in the water column.

Pentwater: Has plenty of lake trout to catch in 80 to 100 feet. Try fishing about 2 feet from the bottom. Those looking for steelhead and salmon should look for the temperature break as most of the fish caught were taken in waters 46 to 56 degrees. For salmon run lines 60 feet down or the top 20 feet for steelhead. Yellow and green were the hot colors. There was no pier action.

Pentwater Lake: Channel and shore anglers had no luck but boat anglers reported some nice catches of crappie. Try still-fishing with wax worms.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Is still producing some walleye at the mouth. Try crawlers, leeches or body baits.

Rogers City: Has great lake trout fishing with limit catches reported. The water is beginning to warm up so the fish are starting to scatter and were suspended. The best fishing was found in the bottom 10 feet in 40 to 65 feet with dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s or green, orange and silver spoons for the fish that are suspended. The better action was north towards the State Park, Forty Mile Point or south towards Calcite, Swan Bay and Adams Point. Anglers are hoping other species such as Atlantic salmon, chinook and steelhead will show up with warmer water. Try spoons up higher and faster trolling speeds.

East & West Twin Lakes: Walleye fishing was pretty good in the 14 foot holes on East Twin. One angler caught a 41 inch pike when trolling the deep hole. Walleye fishing was also good on West Twin in the 10 to 12 foot holes. The fish range 15 to 18 inches. Perch fishing is slowly starting to pick up in both lakes with anglers catching fish up to 11 inches. Bass fishing has been really good. Many are catching good size smallmouth and lots of rock bass in 5 to 8 feet off Eagle Point.

Alpena: Walleye fishing continues with a good night bite. The walleyes seem to be on the move so anglers will have to do some searching to find them. The better places to try are Grad Island, Sulphur Island, Scarecrow Island and along the shore at the city beach. Best depths were 8 to 20 feet with crawler harnesses and body baits. Good colors were green and purple, green and copper, perch and fire-tiger. Lake trout fishing continues to be good just off the bottom in 60 to 80 feet around Thunder Bay Island. Try Hootchie Mama’s with squid, spin-glo’s and flies or dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s.

Thunder Bay River: Is producing channel catfish and freshwater drum. Fish the bottom with night crawlers. Only a couple walleye have been taken off the Ninth Street Bridge when drifting body baits in the current or with crawlers and leeches on the bottom.

Harrisville: Dredging in the harbor is done. Lake trout are here in good numbers. Anglers did very well in 60 to 120 feet straight out from the harbor, north and south. Spoons are working well on downriggers and lead core. Most of the fish are suspended throughout the water column. A wide spread of bait will be the best way to target them. There have been some chinook and steelhead but numbers are low. Walleye seem to be north of the harbor between Sturgeon Point and the Black River in 20 to 50 feet. Body baits worked best but some were taken on crawler harnesses.

Oscoda: Lake trout can be found straight out, to the north and the south. Most anglers had success in 80 to 150 feet with spoons, cut bait and wobble glow’s. Fish are suspended so spread you’re bait throughout the water column.

Au Sable River: Walleye are coming in and most are being caught up river behind the bank and further toward the dam. Crawlers and body baits have produced the most catches. Some good catches of brown trout were reported on the South Branch.

Lake Margrethe: Panfish action has been slow to steady.

Houghton Lake: Is producing walleye and pike. Anglers are trolling or drifting crawler harnesses and leeches along the weed lines.

Lake St. Helen: Is producing panfish, walleye and pike.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was good near the Crib in 18 to 25 feet and along the drop-off in 35 to 70 feet. Try crawler harnesses, spoons and body baits. A lake trout and one Atlantic salmon were also caught. Pier fishing was slow. There was a big mayfly hatch in progress.

Tawas River: Is producing a few channel catfish, pike, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum.

Au Gres: Limit catches of walleye were taken in 30 to 45 feet straight out or to the south towards the shipping channel when using crawler harnesses.

Au Gres River: Is producing channel catfish and freshwater drum.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Copper Harbor: The bite has been slow. Eagle Harbor had little activity. A couple lake trout were caught in waters up to 20 feet deep. The water is still very cold between 38 and 42 degrees.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was very slow in the bay and the South Portage Entry. Few anglers caught fish as inclement weather slowed participation and catch rates. In Traverse Bay, those trolling and jigging for lake trout had little success as only one lake trout and two coho were caught.

Lake Gogebic: It appears the large mayfly hatch greatly affected catch rates. The walleye and bass harvested were full of them. Walleye anglers were drifting or still-fishing with minnows and leeches or trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses. A few more were smallmouth bass fishing. Some did well while others had limited success. They are casting lures into the rocky shorelines. The panfish activity was also slow with only a few pumpkinseeds and a couple bluegills caught.

Menominee River: Some panfish are being caught the length of the river by boat and shore anglers. Water flows were still high and fast.

Marquette: Lake trout anglers had poor results for the week. Some reported three or four fish however most caught none. Some caught fish on spoons and cut bait in waters over 200 feet deep while others caught none. Try north of the white rocks, the Clay Banks, Little Presque Isle, Sand Hole and towards Shot Point. Those jigging reported some limit catches while others reported slow action around Stannard Rock. One 40 pound fish was reported along with some 20 pounders. One nice steelhead and a couple smaller chinook were caught but most of the salmon action as non-existent. A couple menominee were caught near the mouth of the Carp River.

Au Train Lake: Had a significant mayfly hatch. Surface water temperatures were in the low to mid 60’s. Those using crawlers and leeches caught suckers and bullhead. The pike action was fair but the majority of fish were undersize. Anglers are casting or trolling spinners, small crank baits and power worms. The best pike action was on the weed beds along the shoreline. Walleye were hitting on crawlers in 15 feet but catch rates were still slow.

Munising: Weather has once again limited angler activity. Catch rates were slow for chinook and coho as anglers were trolling all over in waters between 60 and 200 feet deep. Those using fresh spawn off the dock of the Anna River had decent catch rates but many of the splake were small. Water temperatures were in the 40’s.

Grand Marais: Most anglers are trolling the deeper waters about 5 miles out. Catch rates are good for lake trout with anglers bringing in fish 18 to 30 inches every trip. The whitefish bite has picked up and the fish caught ranged 15 to 22 inches. A single egg works best. A few coho were also caught.

Indian Lake: In Schoolcraft County is producing a few walleye.

South Manistique Lake: Has had excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing all over the lake. Most have been caught using top water lures in the morning and evening, and jigging soft plastics in the afternoon. A few walleye have been reported in the northern end of the lake and along the points of each bay, but overall catch rates were slow. Those targeting bluegill and crappie have done well especially along the weeds in the southwestern bay.

Newberry: Bluegills were on the beds on the inland lakes and many were in the middle of the spawn. Largemouth bass were also starting to spawn. A cold spring has delayed the spawn this year.

DeTour: Water temperatures warmed up over the last week and with that came improved catch rates for Atlantic salmon. Anglers are trolling 25 to 28 feet down in 60 feet with 4 inch green and white spoons. Chinook were caught 25 to 30 feet down in 80 feet around the lighthouse when using chartreuse spin-glo’s. Those targeting lake trout were trolling two miles south of the lighthouse with solid chrome spoons in 80 feet.

Drummond Island: The smallmouth bass fishing was excellent for those casting spinners or small hard baits in 3 to 5 feet along the North Shore of Scott Bay. The walleye bite improved for those trolling with planer boards and crawler harnesses from Paw Pointe to Peck Island in 4 to 9 feet. Northern pike and yellow perch have been hard to locate this past week in Scott Bay and Maxton Bay.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch are in the marina at Hessel but the bite was slow. The best location to try for perch is the Moscoe Channel. Pier anglers continue to target pike and smallmouth bass. Those trolling for pike are fishing Musky Bay, Middle Entrance and Government Bay in 8 feet of water. The water is still high and cold so casting in the shallow bays may be more productive.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye were caught by those trolling in 22 to 26 feet near the Sputnik, around Stony Point and the West Sister Islands in Ohio waters. Crawler harnesses are working well as are spoons tipped with crawlers. Yellow perch numbers were picking up for those using minnows. Waters on the Michigan side were muddy but clearer water can be found in Ohio waters. Surface temperatures were up near 70.

Lenawee County: Panfish anglers on Devils Lake continue to do well along the shallow flats in the morning and moving out to the weed beds and drop-offs in deeper water during mid-day. A few anglers did well trolling for pike in the weedy flats with spinners or hard plastics. A few muskie were caught in Lake Hudson when trolling or casting crank baits and muskie lures. Bass fishing remains good throughout the entire lake system. Try natural colored soft plastic worms and top water baits. Panfish anglers are reporting good numbers but smaller fish.

Detroit River: Water levels are high but the water is clearing up. Shore anglers are doing well with the higher water levels. A few walleye were caught in the lower Trenton Channel by those drifting crawlers and leeches. Those bowfishing have done well on carp and bass anglers are catching fish. A few muskie were caught at the south end.

Lake St. Clair: Still has good smallmouth bass fishing even with the fish scattered in waters 5 and 12 feet deep. The mayfly hatch is well underway so surface action for bass can also be very good when the conditions are right. Walleye fishing remains spotty with a few fish showing up for anglers trolling south of Huron Point, off the 400 Club, along the shipping channel and in area of the Dumping Grounds. Muskie anglers have been finding fish over the weed beds off Selfridge, the Salt River and also along the edge of the North Channel where it opens into the lake. Trolling in Ontario waters has been good for muskie with the occasional large bass or pike also in the mix. White bass and largemouth bass continue to found near the mouth of the Clinton River and at the Metro Park off Huron Point.

St. Clair River: Walleye reports were best from the Marine City area. Successful anglers were fishing during the day with jigs or bottom bouncers and crawlers. Night fishing remained good for whippers. White bass numbers in the lower river have increased so excellent white bass fishing can be found in all three channels. Look for groups of active seagulls diving on minnows that are being chased to the surface by schools of white bass. Water temperature at Port Huron was 59 degrees.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Boats are trolling for trout and salmon in 60 to 100 feet. The best fishing was in 75 feet. Lake trout are hitting in the bottom 30 feet while steelhead are in the top 30 feet and hitting on lead core, spoons and dipsey divers in bright colors. The lake trout are hitting on anything.

Harbor Beach: Good lake trout catches were reported 4 to 5 miles north of the harbor when fishing 40 to 50 feet down in 65 feet with spoons. Good colors were watermelon, green or purple. Steelhead are still hanging around inside the harbor.

Grindstone City: Was slow. Shore anglers are catching pike and smallmouth bass but most were undersize. Try minnows and slip bobbers.

Port Austin: Anglers are searching for walleye but not really catching any yet because the waters are still cold. A few brown trout were caught in 30 feet.

Saginaw River: Anglers caught channel cats, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum.

Sanford Lake: Was slow and the water was turbid following the recent storms. A few anglers were targeting crappie and bluegill. No walleye to report and only a few pike were caught. Anglers are using minnows and worms.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Few fish have been caught recently due to several storms passing through the area. There has been a lot of rain and many rivers, streams and inland lakes are flooded.

St. Joseph: Boats need to use caution as there are several large trees floating off the north and south piers on Lake Michigan. Perch anglers were catching good numbers of fish in 35 to 40 feet. Boat anglers caught salmon in waters 100 feet and deeper. Most were being caught on spoons. Pier anglers continue to catch lots of freshwater drum. Night crawlers and cut bait worked best.

St. Joseph River: Water levels are very high and there is a lot of debris in the river. Boat and shore anglers need to use extreme caution.

South Haven: Boat anglers need to use caution and watch for floating debris coming out of the river. Trout and salmon were caught in 100 feet. Pier anglers putting crawlers on the bottom are catching freshwater drum. Perch fishing was very slow.

Black River: Is extremely high and full of floating debris. Boats should use caution in the river.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers are fishing 85 to 130 feet for chinook. They are hitting on blue and purple meat rigs in the morning or green and yellow later. Lake trout were caught on the bottom with dodgers and spin-glo’s. Pier fishing was spotty. Anglers are using shrimp and alewife for steelhead. No perch to report.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are several feet above normal levels. Boat anglers will need to use caution and watch for floating debris. Shore anglers will need to use caution as the banks may be unstable. Flathead and channel catfish have been caught by those using worms, minnows and bluegills below the dam. Large numbers of carp have been caught on worms, shredded wheat and corn. Quite a few gar have also been caught.

Grand River at Lansing: Water levels are high so anglers need to watch for floating debris. Those able to fish have caught carp and catfish.

Looking Glass River: Continues to have high water levels.

Muskegon River: Those fishing the Reedsburg Dam up near Houghton Lake were taking good catches of panfish.

Whitehall: Boat anglers report plenty of lake trout. Try just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. Those targeting salmon and steelhead will want to look for the temperature break. Anglers had luck running lines 60 feet down for salmon but targeting the top 20 feet for steelhead. Green and yellow were hot colors. No pier fishing to report.

White Lake: Anglers caught bass in 8 feet and bluegills in 16 feet. Anglers reported seeing lots of pike and longnose gar in the shallows.

Fishing has Been Great

Coach’s Charters Reports June has been busy and successful. Fishermen from four states have joined us for a mixed bag of entertainment. One of the highlights was a 9 lb. whitefish taken on Wednesday. When we have targeted smallmouth, they have been very cooperative (topwater to jigs) but the lake trout and cisco have been caught in big numbers. We are catching all our fish on light tackle while casting (no trolling).The word around the circuit is the fishing has been good on all the lakes. Some are reporting the gills are on there beds but in deeper water. Crappie fishing has been great on Freemont Lake the last two weeks. Fishing caught with coach’s charters

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Long and Lake Leelanau has had a great walleye bite with leeches working best.

The Boardman River walleye have been showing up the last week with leeches working best,

Houghton Lake has been good for all types of fish with big gills and sunfish biting.

East Grand Traverse Bay has been good for ciscoes and lake trout with some smallmouth bass.

Lots of gills being caught on white Lake this week

Hamlin Lake also reports a great gill bite with waxworms and worm working best.

Lake Charlevoix has been great for walleye and smallmouth bass the last two weeks

East & West Twin Lakes: Walleye fishing was slow on both lakes and many small ones were caught in 13 to 14 feet on West Twin but a few up to 18 inches were caught in the 10 foot holes. Fish were caught in 17 to 20 feet on East Twin but it was not easy fishing. Bass fishing has been great on both lakes and bluegills were caught on the east side of West Twin.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported a few catches especially around Breezy Point when trolling crawler harnesses in 8 to 12 feet or in and around the mouth of the Escanaba River in 14 to 22 feet. Several nice catches of perch were reported just north of Brach’s Cabins when using minnows in about 12 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing has been unusual this year as the fish keep moving in and out with the colder temperatures. The best area is the Ford River when casting spinners, crank baits and plastics in the mouth and out to the island in 3 to 12 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had a large fly hatch and no walleye reports. The smallmouth bite was fair at best as the fish have been unpredictable because of the weather. The better catches were from Ogontz to Martins Bay with minnows or tube baits in 4 to 10 feet or Porcupine Point and Kate’s Bay in 3 to 12 feet. Many of the pike caught have been undersize. Fair to good catches were reported in Garden Bay, Kate’s Bay and near Ogontz. At Fairport, boat anglers have started to head out for salmon and steelhead. Chinook were caught on spoons 30 to 60 feet off the bottom in 100 to 150 feet. Anglers are looking for slightly warmer water. Several nice steelhead were caught 20 to 30 feet down.

Saginaw Bay: It may be best to avoid the southern and southeastern end for a few days as the water was pretty muddy after all the rain. Walleye fishing has been very good just beyond the red Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) in 26 to 30 feet. Some were doing better on blue spoons and lead core than on crawler harnesses. Walleye were still caught off Finn Road in 6 feet but muddy water may put an end to that. Fishing in the Slot has slowed but was still good for those not wanting to run how many miles out to the Spark Plug and most everyone is getting a few fish. Best spinner colors were chartreuse, pink, purple, and brass. Walleye fishing was fair in Wildfowl Bay and outside the islands at Bay Port. There are fish there but you have to work for them. A couple walleye were caught off Caseville.

Sanford Lake: Good catches of crappie continue, mainly from deep waters in the river channel. Worms and small artificial baits were the most productive. Bluegills and bass were also caught.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers looking for lake trout will want to try off Harbor Point. Smallmouth bass anglers are still fishing along the shore all the way down to the State Park.

Petoskey: The bay is still cold with surface temperatures at 50 degrees. There was another midge hatch that was pretty bad out on the water but lake trout fishing was still good. Anglers are trolling from the breakwall to Bay Harbor and fishing near the bottom in waters 35 to 80 feet with spoons. Those fishing the mouth of the river and down the beach caught smallmouth bass, rock bass, catfish, suckers, pike, freshwater drum and lots of bullhead. Most were caught on worms off the D Pier but those casting crank baits and spinners off the beach also caught fish.

Bear River: Water levels were up after the rain and few anglers were fishing near the dam. One steelhead was caught on spawn.

Charlevoix: Lake trout fishing has been phenomenal as the fish seem to be just about everywhere near the bottom in 30 to 90 feet and out deeper where they were feeding along the scum line. Most are using spoons and did well near 9 Mile Point and the cement plant. Some salmon and Cisco were also caught. More smallmouth bass are showing up in the channel but the bite was slow. A couple nice ones were caught on spoons or spinners. Walleye are still around after dark but catch rates may be slowing. No lake trout were caught off the end of the piers so they may be moving to deeper water.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass and rock bass were caught below the power dam. Crawlers and leeches were the bait of choice but some were caught on tube baits.

Traverse City: The East Bay had good lake trout fishing. Most are trolling near the drops in 20 to 40 feet. Cisco were also caught. Smallmouth bass fishing was hit-or-miss. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught when trolling near the first drops in 35 feet or when jigging deeper in 80 to 100 feet. A few boats were targeting smallmouth bass along the rocky areas. Cisco and a couple whitefish were caught in waters between 20 and 85 feet deep.

Boardman River: Fishing on the upper stretch in Grand Traverse County has picked up a little. Those fly fishing or casting spinners have caught brown trout. Some were keepers and some were undersize. Brook trout were caught on crawlers. Carp were caught on shredded wheat at the Union Street Dam and anglers reported Skamania below the dam. Bass fishing at the mouth has slowed.

Frankfort: Chinook salmon are biting around the Herring Hole and North to the point. Numbers are low but anglers have caught fish on meat rigs 40 to 80 feet down. Lake trout were caught by those bouncing cowbells off the bottom.

Onekama: Anglers are heading straight west and trolling 60 to 120 feet down in 150 to 250 feet. Fish were caught on meat rigs and spoons. Mixed veggies were a popular color.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch was small but cooler temperatures may have pushed it back. Anglers have caught bluegills, perch, largemouth bass and rock bass but many were small.

Manistee: Boats are catching trout and salmon in the top 80 feet of waters 100 to 200 feet with orange and green spoons. Pier anglers caught brown trout on alewife.

Ludington: Salmon and trout have been caught in the top 75 feet of waters 80 to 180 feet deep. Most are using orange, green or chartreuse spoons.

Pentwater: Had few boat anglers. Those fishing the channel caught the occasional steelhead. A few small perch were taken at Long Bridge.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Anglers are catching some walleye at the mouth.

Mullett Lake: Fishing has been sporadic at best. Anglers are catching fish one day and getting skunked the next. On the good days, they caught some decent pike, walleye and panfish. Bass fishing has been slow because they tend to cruise the calm water which has not been possible with the windy conditions.

Rogers City: Fishing for lake trout has been fantastic with lots of limit catches coming in. Fish are being caught just about everywhere but some of the favorite spots have been north to Seagull Point, the sand dunes, the State Park and Forty Mile Point. To the south, anglers can be found off Calcite, Swan Bay or Adams Point. They are fishing from the shoreline out to 70 feet and fish have been caught on spoons close to the bottom or suspended. Green, orange, white and blue were good colors. Anglers are using cowbells or dodgers with spin-glo’s in the bottom 10 feet. The occasional Atlantic salmon was caught by those trolling high-lines with orange spoons in 20 to 50 feet. The breakwall was slow side but anglers may still find the occasional Atlantic salmon or lake trout when casting orange, gold and silver crocodile spoons.

Alpena: Walleye fishing continues to improve with a few limit catches taken. The night bite has been very good. The early morning or evening bite has also taken fish and overcast days were productive. Try along the city beach, out from the Blair Street access, Grass Island, Sulphur Island, Scarecrow Island and Partridge Point in 8 to 30 feet. Anglers are using a 50/50 mix of body baits and crawler harnesses. Hot colors were green, purple, orange, chartreuse, and fire-tiger.

Thunder Bay River: Has been on the slow side with anglers catching mostly small panfish, rock bass, bluegills and freshwater drum. Walleye anglers were casting body baits or fishing live bait such as crawlers and leeches off the 9th Street Bridge but catch rates were slow.

Harrisville: Boat anglers can still get out even with the ongoing dredging operation. Good numbers of lake trout have been caught in 80 to 100 feet when using spoons, wobble glows, cut bait and body baits. Walleye fishing slowed with the changing weather patterns however fish were caught late evening or very early morning before the sun comes up. Try crawler harnesses, body baits, stick baits or small spoons.

Oscoda: Pier fishing has slowed because of the inconsistent weather or because the fish are not making their way north in good numbers yet. Boat anglers are having a lot of success catching lake trout with the occasional chinook or steelhead in 100 to 120 feet. Lake trout are in the bottom third of the water column and hitting on spoons, cut bait and spin-glo’s.

Au Sable River: Anglers are still having some luck when drifting crawlers and casting body baits.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was slow in the bay but those trolling in 50 to 70 feet are getting some lake trout. A couple walleye were taken around Buoys 4 & 6. Pier fishing was slow.

Tawas River: Fishing was slow and limited to smallmouth bass, carp and gar.

Au Gres: Had excellent walleye fishing in waters 30 to 35 feet deep.

Au Gres River: Is producing a few catfish. Try crawlers, cut bait or shrimp.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling were working hard to catch trout and salmon from the head of the bay north to Old Mission. They are trolling spoons and body baits shallow to deep and fishing high in the water column while trying to find the right depth and temperature. Most fish caught were taken closer to the surface. Those jigging for lake trout are picking up fish in 220 to 260 feet out from Jentofts Dock, the Whirl-I-Gig and Pequaming. Some nice catches of lake trout were taken in 90 to 200 feet over Newton’s Reef, Big Reef and Farmers Reef. Try a variety of spoons and trolling speeds between 1.9 and 2.6 mph. In Traverse Bay, trolling was slow but those jigging out from Big Louie’s picked up lake trout with jigs and cut bait.

Lake Gogebic: Some are going home with a couple walleye if they are lucky but most are going home with none. Anglers are still-fishing with minnows and leeches or trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses. Those using crank baits catch few walleye but bigger walleye. Smallmouth bass were caught by those casting the rocky shoreline. Those targeting panfish in Bergland Bay and along the south end near the Gogebic County Park have caught pumpkinseed sunfish and crappie.

Menominee River: Was running high and fast which made fishing more difficult. Some walleye were caught on crawler harnesses between the mouth and Stephenson Island. Musky anglers report the fish are few and far between. Some action was occurring around Boom Island. Catfish and freshwater drum were caught on live bait by shore and boat anglers.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures remain cool at 42 degrees. Anglers were fishing from Shot Point all the way up to Little Presque Isle and the Garlic River but all they caught was a few lake trout, chinook and coho. The lake trout had lake herring and sticklebacks in their stomachs. Shore anglers fishing near the mouth of the Carp River had little to no action.

Au Train Lake: Fishing in general has been up and down. Some reported fair walleye catches with fish up to 23 inches while others caught none. Pike anglers casting spinners in the weed beds or trolling small crank baits reported slow action and any fish that were caught were undersize. Smallmouth bass anglers did fair when casting spinners and power baits. Surface water temperatures were just about 60 degrees and most of the weed beds are starting to evolve. Perch fishing was slow with only a few small ones caught.

Munising: When anglers can get out, catch rates were slow for chinook and coho. Anglers are trolling in 60 to 200 feet near Sand Point and Trout Bay. Fresh spawn was the bait of choice off the dock of the Anna River where a couple small splake were caught and released. Water temperatures were in the 40’s.

Grand Marais: Anglers are pier fishing or heading out about 5 miles for lake trout where the action has been good as anglers are bringing in fish every trip. Average size was 18 to 30 inches. There has been no effort near the mouth of the Sucker River. The whitefish action has slowed. Those caught were taken on a single egg. Most were around 11 inches but a few 20 inches or bigger were also showing up. Water temperatures in the bay were in the 40’s but only the high 30’s out deeper.

South Manistique Lake: The largemouth bass are biting heavily along the shallows at the southern end west of South Shore Resort. Try top water lures and spinner baits. Walleye catches were up along the north end near the town of Curtis. Anglers are using red jigs with crawlers in 13 to 16 feet.

DeTour: Boat anglers are taking a mix of Atlantic, lake trout and a few chinook when trolling from the De Tour Reef east to the Red Buoy and back west to the Green Buoy. Orange and chrome spoons worked best 12 to 20 feet below the surface in waters 80 feet deep. Atlantic salmon and lake trout were hitting chartreuse spoons high in the water column at just 12 to 25 feet down.

Drummond Island: Cold water temperatures in Scott Bay have slowed the morning walleye bite. As the water warms in the afternoon, the trolling or drifting in the evening caught fish between the south end of James Island and the old sportsman’s club point where water temperatures reached 62 degrees. Copper hammered crawler harnesses worked best. A few pike measuring 28 to 32 inches were caught when trolling or casting a chrome red eye mouse lure in 4 to 6 feet on both sides of the DNR access site in Maxton Bay.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch are in the Hessel marina however they are not hitting in big numbers. Pier anglers are targeting pike and smallmouth bass with minnows or chubs. Those trolling the deeper water are getting a few pike. The water is high and still very cold. Casting in the shallow bays has been more productive. Fly hatches are starting and should pull the herring in.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye were caught by those trolling crawler harnesses around Stony Point and the West Sister Islands in Ohio waters. Most were using chartreuse and pink harnesses but some had luck with spoons. Look for walleye fishing to be better in the deeper waters in Ohio. Perch were caught by those bottom bouncing with minnows.

Huron River: Is producing bass, catfish and some panfish.

Lenawee County: Lake Hudson is producing a few muskie. Bass anglers continue to do well with top water and slow moving baits. Those looking for catfish might want to try drifting a crawler harness in 6 to 12 feet. On Devils Lake, fishing remains fair despite the heavy rains. Panfish anglers say the fish have begun to find cover in the weed beds and along the drops. Bass and pike anglers are starting to fish deeper.

Detroit River: When the weather permits, anglers reported fair to good catch rates for walleye along the northern half of the Canadian side. A few boats had limit catches. The better fishing continues near the casino, whiskey plant and salt mines on the Canadian side or the cow pasture and up near Lake St. Clair on the Michigan side. Most are using bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses but some are hand-lining with spoons and stick baits or jigging on the Canadian side. A good number of white bass are still being caught right along with freshwater drum and rock bass. Shore anglers at Belanger Park were catching a good number of white bass along with large and smallmouth bass, muskie, suckers, freshwater drum and white perch.

Lake St. Clair: Muskie fishing was fair to good with the best action coming from the Ontario side. Smallmouth bass fishing remains very good with reports of fish caught from waters up to 12 feet deep as water temperatures are warming up. The bass harvest season opens on Saturday June 20th. The white bass action remains good along the southern end near Grosse Point, the Metro Park and the mouth of the Clinton River. Walleye fishing has been spotty, but some were caught south of Huron Pointe and off the 400 Club.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been better after dark even with the runoff and turbid conditions but a few fish were still taken during the day when trolling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses. A few muskie were caught along the edge of the channels especially along the contour breaks. The DNR sturgeon survey has caught an unusually high number of large channel catfish.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Have the same report as last week with good trolling success for lake trout and steelhead along with a few coho in 60 to 90 feet with most fish caught in the 70 to 75 foot range. Lakers are hitting on lead core with spin-glo’s or a dodger/fly combo about 20 feet off the bottom. Steelhead were hitting on dipseys with orange spoons about 20 feet below the surface. No perch to report.

Harbor Beach: Anglers are getting a few walleye in the evening and steelhead were still being caught in the Edison Channel by shore anglers casting small rapalas. Pier fishing was slow. The storms and windy conditions have the fish scattered. Try starting straight out from the lighthouse and work your way north for lake trout. Use clean spoons off downriggers and dodgers with spin-glo’s near the bottom.

Port Austin: Walleye anglers have picked up some fish in the evening.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Had very good salmon fishing in waters 100 feet and deeper when using a variety of lures and methods. A few fish were also caught as shallow a 40 to 50 feet. Pier anglers continue to catch freshwater drum and the occasional catfish when using shrimp or crawlers on the bottom.

St. Joseph River: Has a light number of steelhead but no big pulse of fish at the Berrien Springs ladder this month which is normal for this time of year. Flows are high and the water is turbid.

South Haven: Not much has changed. Those able to get out have caught a few trout and salmon on spoons in 80 to 100 feet. Pier anglers have caught freshwater drum and catfish when using shrimp on the bottom. Perch fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: When boats can get out, salmon were caught 30 to 90 feet down in 130 to 200 feet. They are using blue and yellow spoons up high or meat rigs down deeper. Those cleaning chinook reported the fish were hitting 3 and 4 inch alewife. Steelhead were still hitting high on orange spoons. Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead on shrimp or alewife. No perch to report.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are several feet up and large woody debris is coming down the river. Flathead and channel cats are being caught off the wall and below the 6th Street Dam when using worms, small bluegills and liver. Walleye were caught on minnows below the dam and some smaller fish were caught on flies.

Looking Glass River: Had high waters levels which made fishing a little more difficult. Watch for debris come down the river.

Muskegon: Had little fishing pressure with the fog, storms and windy conditions.

Muskegon River: Those fly fishing have done well for steelhead.

Whitehall: Chinook and steelhead were caught in 100 to 130 feet south of the pier to Duck Lake and north to Flower Creek. Salmon were hitting 75 feet down and steelhead 40 feet down. Word has it some anglers found pockets of warm water out deep and did quite well.

Fishing Improving with better weather

Coachs Charters with a mess of fish from East Grand Traverse Bay

Coachs Charters with a mess of fish from East Grand Traverse Bay

Coach’s Charters with a nice mess of fish from East Grand Traverse Bay this week

Most sport shop are reporting a good gill bite on most small lakes around Northern Michigan.

Charlevoix: Is still producing lake trout for boat anglers. Pier anglers were still catching lake trout and walleye when casting spoons or crank baits. Smallmouth bass are starting to show up in the channel. Try crawlers or leeches.

Long Lake by Traverse City has a good walleye bite on leeches

Elk Rapids has been good for bass with leeches working best.

Houghton Lake: Shore anglers are catching a few walleye and bass in the canals. Boat anglers are taking walleye in 8 to 9 feet around the Middle Grounds with leeches and crank baits. Walleye chasing minnows at night were caught by shore anglers. For bluegills, boat anglers caught some nice fish 1 to 4 feet down in 6 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good. Carp were taken by those bow fishing. The fly Hatch has started on the lake.

Boardman River: Has plenty of carp up near the Union Street Dam. Anglers were using shredded wheat. Smallmouth bass, walleye and rock bass were caught on live bait.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair. Leeches or plastic baits worked well. Steelhead fishing is winding down.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers had mixed results. Those fishing the head of the bay reported lots of undersize fish and several legal size fish caught when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 18 feet. Fish were caught by those trolling stick baits or crawlers in 30 to 35 feet off the Center and the Second Reefs. Some did well in this area while others struggled. Fair to good catches were taken between Breezy Point and the Ford River in 12 to 18 feet and also at the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling or drifting crawlers in 18 to 24 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair to good for those casting crank baits, plastics or spinners in the shallows near the mouth of the Ford River, around Garth Point, Strawberry Island and along the head of the bay.

Big Bay De Noc: The dock in Snail Shell Harbor at Fayette State Park has been closed for repairs because of damage over the winter. A few walleye catches were reported in an area called the “Boot” which is straight east off Valentine Point in 18 to 21 feet of water with crawlers on harnesses. Most anglers pursued smallmouth bass near Ogontz. They caught fish in 3 to 12 feet when casting crank baits, plastics, spinners or crawlers along the weed lines. Good catches were reported in Puffy Bay in 3 to 6 feet as well as near Porcupine Point and the Fish Dam Rivers in 3 to 10 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught northeast of the Spark Plug in 24 to 26 feet. Off Linwood, those using orange and silver or orange and gold spinners on harnesses caught fish in 20 feet. Walleye were still in shallow waters 4 to 6 feet off Finn Road in the early morning but were moving north and east of the Spark Plug when the sun comes up. Walleye were caught in the Slot between Oakhurst and Fish Point when using purple and chartreuse spinners on harnesses. Wonder Bread colored blades are working great along with pink panties Those bow fishing are taking carp and longnose gar.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The panfish are very close to hitting the beds, and probably will by the weekend. Chinook, brown trout, and lake trout continue to be caught by trollers on the big lake. Conditions vary from day to day. Some days, the fish are still in the harbors chasing the alewives that are in to spawn. On those days, pier anglers have done well when using alewife for bait. Fly anglers are anticipating a good hex hatch, which may start soon if the nice weather holds. The rivers are dropping after last week’s rain.

Petoskey: Boat anglers trolling in 80 to 100 feet caught lake trout near the bottom. Spoons and spin-glo’s worked best. Smallmouth bass are being caught off the D Pier when using crawlers and soft plastics with jigs. Carp have been seen around the beach area.

Traverse City: Cisco were caught in good numbers in the East Bay. Most were taken in 40 to 80 feet. Lake trout were hitting in shallow waters 25 to 45 feet and out deeper in 90 to 110 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow with the cooler weather. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons and body baits in 15 to 40 feet. Those jigging caught cisco in 30 to 80 feet.

Frankfort: Brown trout are hitting in between the piers. There are reports of a good number of alewife around the piers and out in deeper water. Chinook are hitting spoons in 60 to 80 feet in the Herring Hole. Surface water is still on the cool side.

Portage Lake: Cooler water temperatures are keeping the bass off the beds. Those working the drop-off have caught some largemouth.

Manistee: Pier anglers are getting a few brown trout on alewife and when casting spoons. Orange and green were good colors. Boat anglers reported slow catch rates. The fish were scattered throughout the water column in 40 to 250 feet. A few were caught near the surface or 75 to 150 feet down when using meat rigs.

Manistee River: Is producing brown trout and a few left over steelhead. Anglers are using streamers, small rapalas and spinners. The Little Manistee was a bit high and discolored but anglers were still catching some trout.

Ludington: Pier fishing was slow. The fish here are also scattered throughout the water column in 40 to 120 feet. A few were caught on orange and green spoons.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some nice brown trout. Fly hatches are underway but stalled a bit during the cold spell. Conditions should be good by the end of the week.

Pentwater: Is producing the occasional chinook or lake trout but most anglers were coming back with zero fish.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers are bass fishing. A few fish were still on the beds however most have moved off.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Lake trout fishing is great. Anglers may have to spend time finding the fish but once they do its good fishing. Try 10 feet off the bottom in 25 to 60 feet with cowbells or dodgers and spin-glos. Look for chinook and Atlantic salmon as the water warms up. Walleye were caught at night off the breakwall by those casting body baits.

East & West Twin Lakes: Fishing was slow as both lakes will need to rebound after the cold temperatures, rain and strong winds. One angler did catch a 26 inch pike and a 16 inch walleye in West Twin.

Alpena: Lake trout have been center stage. Hot spots were Northshore and Thunder Bay Island when the weather permits. Fish were caught on cowbells, dodgers and hoochie mammas with spin-glos, squid or plain spoons. Good colors were green, blue and orange up high for a stray steelhead or chinook. Walleye are finally starting to hit. Not consistent but getting better. Northshore was the hot spot when trolling green, purple and orange body baits in 10 to 20 feet.

Thunder Bay River: The steelhead are pretty much done except for the occasional fish caught by those drifting spawn bags or putting artificial eggs on the bottom. Smallmouth bass have been caught when casting body baits, tube baits or spinners up at the dam and around structure.

Harrisville: Dredging is still on-going. The pumping hose is in the channel leading out of the harbor but is clearly marked with orange buoys. Anglers need to cautious. It seems the sediment being churned up is bringing baitfish into the harbor and the large fish are following. Walleye are in the area in good numbers. The cold front slowed the bite however it should be back on by the end of the week. Crawler harnesses, body baits and stick baits have caught fish. Chinook, lake trout and steelhead were caught in 80 to 120 feet. The fish are scattered from top to bottom so spread your baits out. Most fish are coming on spoons but cut bait, squid and flies were also working.

Oscoda: Walleye are still trickling in and the fish are decent size. Pier anglers are drifting crawlers with slip bobbers, casting body baits or jigging. Trout and salmon were caught in 80 to 100 feet. Lake trout seem to be the most abundant but a few chinook were also caught. Steelhead were running near the top of the water column and hitting on spoons, cut bait, body baits and wobble glows.

Tawas: Pier fishing was slow with only a few catfish, pike and smallmouth bass caught in the bay. Night anglers might be getting a few walleye. Those trolling spoons in 35 to 50 feet did find some lake trout.

Au Gres: Some walleyes were caught right off the river mouth in 25 to 35 feet but most boats were running south of Pointe Au Gres to fish around Buoys 1 & 2 and along the “Humps” northeast of the buoys.

Au Gres River: Was slow except for a few catfish, carp and freshwater drum

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Is producing a mix of trout and salmon from the head of the bay up to Sand Point for those trolling 20 to 45 feet down in 30 to 60 feet. Spoons and body baits worked best. Those jigging for lake trout found a few fish off the Whirl-I-Gig and Jentoff’s Dock. Try jigging cut bait in waters between 20 and 260 feet deep. The bite was hit-or-miss for the South Portage Entry. Those trolling caught a few chinook, coho and brown trout near the lighthouse and from the breakwall south along the shoreline. Try 15 to 40 feet down in 20 to 50 feet with spoons and body baits. Trolling speeds were between 2.0 and 2.5 mph.

Menominee River: Is producing a fair share of muskie with fish over 50 inches caught. The hot spot was Boom Island to the 41-Bridge. Walleye anglers are catching fish in the evening when trolling stick baits and jigging from Stephenson Island to the mouth.

Marquette: Boat anglers in the Lower and Upper Harbor had varying degrees of success when targeting chinook and coho. Best areas for salmon were trolling outside the Lower Harbor and near Shot Point in 60 feet or less. Surface water temperatures were still in the low 40’s. Lake trout were caught but many were lost at the boat. Those fishing the mouth of the Carp River had few bites. The water levels were high after all the rain.

Munising: Catch rates were low for coho and chinook. Most anglers were fishing waters between 60 and 200 feet near Sand Point and Trout Bay. Catch rates were slow off the dock of the Anna River for those using spawn. Water temperatures were in the mid 40’s.

Grand Marais: Anglers are fishing off the end of the pier or trolling around West Bay. A couple boats did well for lake trout about 5 miles out. Not much on steelhead and the coho and whitefish action was slow. Some were trolling spoons and rapalas in the West Bay and near the mouth of the Sucker River. Atlantic salmon were caught off the pier and by those trolling.

South Manistique Lake: Walleye catches were up with most caught in 10 feet of water when jigging leeches and crawlers. Largemouth bass have steadily increased as they move to the shallows to spawn. The bluegill and yellow perch bite were down slightly. The hot spots were along the south end of the lake.

DeTour: Water temperature along the DeTour Reef was still cool at 48 degrees. Anglers caught Atlantic salmon, lake trout or the occasional 10 to 15 pound chinook. They are using orange and chrome colored spoons 18 to 25 feet down in waters over 60 feet deep off the southwest side of Drummond. Target the rocky ledges below the red can.

Drummond Island: Walleye measuring 18 to 20 inches have been caught in Scott Bay when trolling a small 2 inch black and chrome crank bait between Paw Point and Rutland Island. Those fishing on the east side of Rutland Island caught 26 to 30 inch pike in 6 feet along the rocky ledge. Smallmouth bass fishing was excellent along the north shore between Bruce Point and Paw Point when casting brown tube jigs and small crayfish baits.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing has slowed but those putting in the time did catch some fish. Pier anglers at Hessel had fair to good results for pike. The Hessel marina still has a lot of perch and some splake.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Some walleye were caught in 22 to 25 feet off Monroe. Anglers are trolling or drifting crawler harnesses.

Lenawee County: Bluegill fishing was great on both Hudson and Devils Lake for those using worms or insects. Bass fishing was good on Devils Lake for those casting soft plastic worms and imitation baits such as crayfish. Lake Hudson had fair to good bass fishing. Hudson is getting plenty of effort by muskie anglers but most had limited success.

Detroit River: Heavy rains resulted in very muddy water and stronger currents. Anglers reported the Canadian side of the river was too muddy to fish. Walleye anglers continue fishing the northern half of the Canadian side but those fishing the southern end near the mouth reported slow fishing. Those fishing the Michigan side after the rain reported some luck between the Renaissance Center and the Ambassador Bridge and the east side of Grosse Ile. Anglers are taking 1 to 3 walleye when bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. Boats are split 50/50 between targeting white bass or walleye. There are still a lot of white bass throughout the river. Smallmouth bass, muskie, suckers, freshwater drum and white perch were also caught.

Lake St. Clair: The Selfridge Boat Access Site remains closed for improvements but the launch at Brandenburg Park has re-opened. Bass fishing reports have been very good from the Mile Roads and also from the Selfridge area. Muskie season opens on Saturday. Anglers are reminded that recent flooding has pushed a lot of wood and other debris out into the lake, so caution is advised.

St. Clair River: Runoff from the all the rain has stained the water a bit. Higher water moved a lot of debris out of the tributaries, so anglers should be cautious and keep watch for drifting wood and other debris. Walleye fishing has been spotty during the day, but some good reports have come from night anglers.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Lake trout, steelhead and the occasional chinook were still hitting in 60 to 80 feet. Lake trout are just off the bottom and the steelhead and salmon were 20 to 30 feet down.

Harbor Beach: Shore anglers fishing behind the Edison Plant caught some steelhead when casting small rapalas.

Tittabawassee River: They were still getting a few walleye along with a good number of white bass in the lower river between the Center Street launch and M-46 however the river turned high and muddy after all the rain.

Sanford Lake: In Midland County is producing some good size pike, large and smallmouth bass for those casting. The crappie are pretty much down spawning and the bluegills were starting to come into the shallows.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Boat anglers targeting salmon had good success. Most fish were caught on spoons in 100 feet or deeper. Pier anglers caught some freshwater drum and catfish with crawlers on the bottom. Perch fishing was slow.

South Haven: Boat anglers targeting salmon reported slow catch rates. Most are catching a fish or two but few are catching more than that. They are targeting waters 100 feet and deeper.

Grand Haven: Salmon anglers are fishing in 80 to 150 feet. Dipsey divers are back 100 to 150 feet with orange and blue meat rigs. Coppers are between 100 and 225 feet with orange spoons. Pier anglers trying to catch alewife with cast nets have only taken a few. The fish are large, spawning size. Very few salmon have been caught off the piers. No perch to report.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Those wading have caught steelhead when drifting yarn and flies. Walleye were caught near the dam in the predawn hours. Those fishing off the wall caught walleye on minnows. Smallmouth bass and redhorse suckers are being caught in large numbers and a few catfish are showing up. Carp were hitting on bread and shredded wheat.

Grand River at Lansing: Is producing carp and catfish. A few bass have been caught by those fishing around structure.

Muskegon: Salmon anglers are fishing 80 to 150 feet but the better catches were reported at 40 feet down in 90 feet. Anglers are using blue and orange meat rigs and orange spoons.

Muskegon River: Brown trout are hitting on streamers. Water levels were a bit high after the rain.

Whitehall: Had no pier action. Anglers caught the occasional chinook or lake trout in 60 to 90 feet but most came back with no fish as they appear to be scattered.

White Lake: Some are still catching the occasional bass however most of the fish have moved off the beds.

Great Bite on Houghton Lake

Lymans on the Lake reports Chip caught these fish yesterday on Leeches in 11 foot of water

Chip and his student Henry brought in a cooler full of fish...8 Walleyes

Chip and his student Henry brought in a cooler full of fish…8 Walleyes

Lyman’s On The Lake Reports

“What a great day for fishing!! Another HL legend and founding member of Game Hog Charters, Chip had an even better day than Clare. Chip and his student Henry brought in a cooler full of fish…8 Walleyes and an assortment of Bass, Pike and panfish. Well done, Chip!”

Clare with some Houghton Lake Walleyes

Clare with some Houghton Lake Walleyes

Clare with some Houghton Lake Walleyes

Bluegill Are Biting

Big Gills

Big Gills

Big Gills

Big Gills

Many reports of the gills biting and some are on the beds or shallow water when the weather is warm.

Jay Franks from Baldwin Bait and Tackle and Stacey caught these big gills in the Baldwin area lakes last week and no he will not give up what lake they were on.

Big Gills

Big Gills

Big Gills

Big Gills

There has been a good walleye bite on Lake Leelanau, Long Lake and Bear Lake with leeches working best.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

A little damp but a great weekend. Most Fishermen and Mushroom Hunters all did well.

In last weeks Fish Report it stated that if you catch a fish that qualifies for Michigan’s Master Angler Award we would help with the application, photograph your catch and mail it in for you.

This week fishing and catching came together. Six fish that should qualify for the program were brought in.

Cecel Booth 14″ Bullhead Lake Cadillac
Andrew Ditmars 14 1/2″ Bullhead Lake Cadillac
Manny Fountain 14″ Crappie Lake Mitchell
Daniel A. Smith 40 1/4″ Northern Pike Lake Cadillac
Lily Brooks 22″ Red Horse Sucker Manistee River
Marissa Brooks 24″ Red Horse Sucker Manistee River
Fishing their Annual Pike Tounament among friends, Daniel Smith caught the Fish of the Week. His caught, the largest ever by the group measured 40 1/4 inchs. We do not know the weight. The fish measured, had a picture taken and released. Catch and Release isn’t only for Bass.

A great group of guys who caught plenty of pike and other species. They traditionaly keep a few just legel for a fish fry and release the rest. They are welcome anytime.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught in 12 feet off the Pinconning Bar and Gambil’s Marina, 17 to 20 feet off Linwood and 21 to 24 feet near the Spark Plug. At Finn Road, walleye were caught shallow in 4 to 6 feet in the early morning but they move out deeper as the sun comes up. Crawler harnesses are working best at all locations. The hot spinner colors were chartreuse, purple, brass and pink. A few walleye along with a lot of white bass and freshwater drum were caught at the Hot Pond by those casting crank baits. At Quanicassee, some boats were skunked while others had limit catches along the Slot between Sunset Bay and the tip of Fish Point. At Bay Port, a decent number of walleye were caught in Wildfowl Bay. A few bass were caught in the marina basins and around the islands. Bass anglers were out but it appears that the late spring and cold water has delayed the spawn because the fish have not moved closer to shore in large numbers yet.

Tittabawassee River: Lots of white bass have been taken from the lower river near the Center Street launch in Saginaw Township. Some large pike and a few walleye were also caught. Fishing was slow up near Gordonville Road.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The bass have started bedding but the bluegills had not quite gotten there yet. Pier and boat anglers on Lake Michigan are catching a mixed bag of chinook, lake trout, and brown trout.

Harbor Springs: The docks are in at the boat launch. Anglers should find some lake trout around Harbor Point. The water may still be a bit cold for smallmouth.

Petoskey: Boat pressure was light but some did catch lake trout near the bottom in 80 to 100 feet around Bay Harbor. Try spoons and spin-glows. Surface water temperatures were 43 degrees and climbing. Smallmouth bass, pike and carp were reported between the mouth of the river and the breakwall. A couple brown trout were still being caught off the breakwall in the morning.

Bear River: Was low and slow. A couple steelhead were taken on spawn bags.

Charlevoix: Had very good lake trout fishing with limit catches reported. Most anglers are focusing around North Point in 25 to 50 feet with spoons, spin-glows, and flasher/fly combos. Fish were also caught off the end of the piers in the early morning and evening. Try spoons and jigs with soft plastics. Walleye are still being caught in the channel after dark. Try jigs with soft plastics and crank baits. There is a large midge hatch going on right now.

Lake Charlevoix: Catch rates for smallmouth bass varied. Some reported fish on the bottom in 18 to 20 feet while others did well fishing in 4 to 5 feet. The South Arm seemed to have the warmest surface temperature at 57 degrees.

Elk River: A couple steelhead and brown trout were caught on spawn bags below the power dam. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair.

Traverse City: Lake trout were caught by those trolling in 90 to 115 feet in the East Bay. Cisco were caught by those jigging in 40 to 60 feet. Smallmouth fishing was slow for most but there was some pre-spawn activity in the shallows especially near mouth of the creeks. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught at a variety of depths. Try the breaks in 10 to 40 feet or all the way out to waters 90 to 110 feet. Cisco were caught by those jigging in 60 to 80 feet. A few perch were taken along the southwest end of the bay. Walleye were spotted in the harbor in Northport.

Boardman River: Still has some fallback steelhead. A decent number of carp and smallmouth bass are showing up near the Union Street Dam. Those fishing the upper stretches near Two Forks have caught brook trout and brown trout on spinners.

Frankfort: Brown trout were hitting black and silver jointed body baits between the piers after 9am. Chinook salmon were also caught. Lake trout are hitting on cowbells in Platte Bay and around the Herring Hole. The alewife moved in and anglers are taking advantage of it.

Onekama: Those trolling 70 to 90 feet down in 100 to 125 feet caught a few chinook salmon in the early morning.

Portage Lake: Bass are moving onto the beds but anglers have to work hard to hook them. Water temperatures are still on the cool side for panfish.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Anglers are still catching crappie, northern pike and a few walleye.

Manistee: Boat anglers caught a few trout and salmon in 80 to 160 feet with orange or green spoons. Pier anglers caught a few brown trout while casting spoons or still-fishing with alewife.

Ludington: Salmon fishing has been slow. A few were caught in 50 to 100 feet by those using orange, green and chartreuse spoons. Pier fishing is slow.

Pentwater: The salmon are still scattered and water temperatures vary dramatically by location. Some anglers reported surface waters at 39 degrees. Lake trout were reported in 40 feet while salmon were 40 feet down in 100 feet. When boats got out to 160 feet they stopped marking fish.

Pentwater Lake: Action was slow. A few anglers caught small perch, large rock bass, large and smallmouth bass.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Lake trout fishing is picking up between Calcite and Adams Point. Fish were caught in 60 to 70 feet. Fish were also caught off Forty Mile Point and the State Park. Pier anglers are still getting the occasional walleye when casting body baits.

East & West Twin Lakes: In Montmorency County had slow walleye fishing in both lakes. East Twin had fish averaging 17 to 24 inches and West Twin had fish ranging 15 to 18 inches. Bass fishing was really good on West Twin. Anglers caught smallmouth bass and rock bass.

Alpena: Lake trout were caught 10 feet off the bottom in 30 to 80 feet straight out and towards Thunder Bay Island with dodgers or cowbells with spin-glows in blue or green. A few walleye were caught by those trolling body baits around North Point and by those casting off the wall at night.

Thunder Bay River: Should still have some steelhead as we near the peak of the run. Try drifting spawn bags on the bottom or under a bobber near the 9th Street Dam. Artificial egg or fly patterns also caught fish. Anglers report good smallmouth action for those using body baits and tube baits.

Harrisville: Fishing has picked up. Trout, salmon and walleye were caught but the fish are scattered from the Sturgeon Point Light to Greenbush. Lake trout, salmon and steelhead are being caught in 80 to 120 feet with spoons, flies, and cut bait off downriggers, lead core and planer boards. Walleye are in shallow in the early morning and evening but move to deeper water throughout the day.

Oscoda: Had very good fishing. Boat and shore anglers have come in with limit catches. Good numbers of salmon, steelhead, lake trout and walleye are in the area. Most were caught in 80 to 100 feet. The fish seem to be from the top to the bottom so spread your bait throughout the water column. Spoons, body baits, cut baits and flies are all taking fish. Pier anglers have done well for walleye in the early morning or late evening when drifting crawlers and leeches under a slip bobber or casting small spoons, body baits and stick baits.

Au Sable River: Steelhead are still being caught. Those fly fishing have done well but fish were also caught on crawlers, wax worms, and small spoons.

Higgins Lake: A few lake trout have been caught but not many anglers are going out and targeting them yet. A few perch were taken on minnows and wax worms around the Sunken Island and the Main Island. Rock bass should also be hitting.

Houghton Lake: Anglers caught walleye along the weed line in 8 to 9 feet. Most are jigging a leech over the side of the boat. Bluegills were caught in 6 feet and crappie were hitting in 8 to 12 feet.

Tawas: Boat anglers are taking some lake trout, steelhead and a couple walleye in 50 feet. A few walleye were caught from the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina.

Tawas River: Bass and pike were caught in the lower river.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing picked up straight out in 25 to 30 feet but the better fishing was to the south near the Pine River and Catfish Hole in 15 to 20 feet and out near Buoys 1 & 2.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The salmon bite has been up and down over the last week. Those trolling caught a mix of chinook, coho, rainbow trout, brown trout and splake 15 to 40 feet down in 30 to 60 feet. Most were going from the head of the bay to Sand Point but a few ventured further north of Old Mission Road. Trolling speeds were 1.9 to 2.4 mph with spoons in a variety of colors. Those jigging for lake trout caught a few in 180 to 240 feet off the Whirl-I-Gig and Jentoff’s Dock. At the South Portage Entry, those trolling did well for lake trout in 100 to 150 feet along the Mud Banks, Farmers Reef and Newton’s Reef. The green dolphin was a very good lure.

Menominee River: Musky anglers had some impressive catches with fish over 50 inches caught around the Interstate Bridge down past the Turn Basin. Walleye anglers had success trolling and jigging from Stephenson Island to the mouth. They are using jigs with minnows or crawlers along the breaks or trolling purple and fire-tiger stick baits in the evening. Smallmouth bass are being caught in good numbers.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were down as high winds have kept angler participation down. Most were fishing the northern bay between Garth Point and the Second Reef. The better catches were in 18 feet when using crawlers with harnesses. Those fishing down near the Ford River caught walleye when trolling stick baits and crawler harnesses in 10 to 16 feet. Fair to good smallmouth action was reported near the mouth of the river when using crank baits, spinners and plastics or between Strawberry Island and Garth Point when casting crank baits and plastics in 3 to 8 feet. It appears the fish are just starting to spawn.

Big Bay De Noc: The best walleye catches were still just south of the Ogontz River when using reef runners in 8 feet. The bass opener was fair to good near Ogontz, Fish Dam River, Porcupine Point, Kates Bay, Garden Bay and in Puffy Bay. Ogontz and Puffy Bay reported the best action when using spinners or crank baits in 3 to 8 feet. Northern pike were active in Ogontz and the area of South River however most of the catches were incidental by bass anglers.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures have started to rise and were about 40 degrees near shore. Warmer water and better catches can be found near the mouth of the Carp River and the Chocolay River and east to Shot Point. Anglers caught chinook and coho. Some caught lake trout using dipseys and downriggers with spoons in assorted colors. More anglers are heading out for lake trout which were caught east towards the “Sand-Hole”, north of the white rocks or towards Shot Point in 200 feet. Some are using spoons and flies with cut bait.

Au Train Lake: Anglers caught several undersize pike and walleye. Many were drifting a jig with a crawler or leech but a few were using small spinners and crank baits. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow. No anglers were specifically targeting perch. Fly hatches were observed.

Munising: Catch rates were slow with only a few chinook and coho caught by those trolling in 20 to 60 feet near Sand Point and Trout Bay. Fresh spawn was the bait of choice for splake and whitefish off the dock of the Anna River for those trolling or still-fishing. The warmest water in the area was 41 degrees.

Grand Marais: Many are still fishing off the end of the pier or trolling around West Bay. Catch rates for whitefish have slowed with only a few fish caught on a single egg. A couple coho were caught on worms. Those trolling were in 15 to 40 feet near the Sucker River. Most were using small spoons or rapalas. Surface water temperatures were in the high 30’s.

South Manistique Lake: Walleye fishing has been hit-or-miss. Most fish were caught in shallow water in the bays. Pike have been plentiful and were hitting on both artificial and natural baits. Large and smallmouth bass were reported in shallow waters in Wolf Bay.

Two Hearted River: Has steelhead but the bite has been slow.

Newberry: Anglers have done well on some of the walleye lakes in the area. Most are using leeches.

DeTour: Is producing some Atlantic salmon. Anglers are trolling orange and chrome colored spoons 12 to 25 feet down in 50 feet from the DeTour Lighthouse northwest to the green buoy. Two miles straight south of the lighthouse has been successful for lake trout. Anglers are trolling shiny chrome spoons over the shelf in 80 feet.

Drummond Island: Those targeting walleye in Scott Bay were fishing from Paw Point to Peck Island in 4 to 6 feet. They are long lining crawler harnesses with orange blades 20 feet behind the boat. For deeper walleye, black and chrome crank baits caught a few fish in 12 feet over the rocky ledges around Ashman Island and Peck Island. The smallmouth action was good for those casting and jigging chartreuse colored tube baits in 2 to 4 feet off Bruce Point in the north end of Scott Bay. When it’s too windy, try the south end of James Island for smallmouth bass.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing has slowed some. Those fishing off the pier in Hessel reported fair to good catch rates for pike. The Hessel Marina still has perch and splake.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye fishing picked up as anglers reported limit catches by those out trolling crawler harnesses in 20 to 22 feet around Bolles Harbor, the River Raisin Buoys and near the Edison Plant. It is still a bit early for perch but anglers will find lots of white bass and freshwater drum. With water temperatures about 60 degrees and warming, the walleye will be moving to deeper water in the coming weeks.

Lenawee County: On Devils Lake, the bluegills are starting to bed along the shoreline. Crickets and crawlers have worked best. Bass anglers have done well when casting soft plastics and spinners along the weed beds in the shallows. On Lake Hudson, those targeting bluegills have done well along the shoreline and the canals. Bass anglers have done well throughout the lake. No musky to report.

Detroit River: Better walleye catches were from the northern half of the Canadian side in the early morning or at sunset. Those fishing the southern half on the Michigan side had difficulty getting their bait to the bottom because of all the white bass. Water clarity was good on the Michigan side and more anglers are bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses. A few limit catches were reported on the Canadian side near the casino, the salt mines and the Ambassador Bridge. Fish were also caught on the Michigan side near Grosse Ile, Great Lakes Steel, Mud Island and Fighting Island. Average size was 2 to 3 pounds but some were in the 6 pound range. White bass fishing has been very good throughout the entire river. Anglers have also caught smallmouth bass, musky, suckers and freshwater drum. Water temperatures were 58 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Bass fishing has been good. The fish seem to be moving into deeper waters where some good reports were coming from 8 to 10 feet off the Mile Roads. White bass were hitting off 9 Mile Road.

St. Clair River: Water temperatures were 48 to 50 degrees. Night fishing for walleye has been better than daytime fishing although a few fish were still caught by those using jigs and crawler harnesses.

Lexington: Trout and salmon fishing was good at all depths. Boat anglers trolling 60 to 80 feet did well for lake trout, steelhead and the occasional chinook. They are fishing the bottom for lake trout and 20 to 30 feet down for steelhead and salmon. Orange spoons worked best. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow but should pick up as the waters warm.

Port Sanilac: Boat anglers are getting trout and salmon. Fish the bottom for lake trout or 20 to 30 feet down for steelhead and salmon. Orange spoons worked best. Inside the harbor, smallmouth fishing was still slow. A couple coho were caught by those casting spoons.

Harbor Beach: Walleye are being caught off the breakwall at night. Salmon and steelhead are hitting straight out and north of the harbor. Try spoons 30 to 60 feet down in 50 to 95 feet. Hot colors were black and orange, yellow and white, green or blue. Try spoons on 3, 5, and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Some caught limits of lake trout 65 to 110 feet down in 70 to 110 feet of water. Use dodgers with spin-glows or clean spoons.

Sanford Lake: In Midland County had a good bass opener. A good number of pike were also caught. Crappie anglers did well in the cuts and canals

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing was a bit slow for boat anglers but a few fish were taken in 60 to 100 feet. Pier anglers continue to do well for freshwater drum and catfish when using live bait on the bottom. A few reports of perch came in but not many anglers are targeting them.

St. Joseph River: Had good smallmouth action for those using tube baits and crawlers. Catfish are hitting on crawlers, bluegills and cut bait.

South Haven: Salmon are being caught in 80 to 100 feet. Fishing is a little on the slow side but most anglers are catching a few. Some are targeting perch but catch rates were not good. Pier fishing for all species was slow.

Grand Haven: Catch rates have been on the slow side as the water is still cold and if the fish are there, they are scattered. Boat anglers are fishing 30 to 50 feet down in 100 to 200 feet. The further out the more kings were caught but many were 12 to 14 inches. Try spoons and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow and no perch were caught.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Several steelhead and walleye have been caught over the past week by those drifting yarn, flies, and spawn at the 6th Street Dam. Smallmouth bass and redhorse suckers continue to dominate the catch. Those fishing of the wall took catfish on crawlers, small bluegills and liver. Pike were caught at Riverside Park.

Grand River at Lansing: Catfish are being caught below any of the major dams. Try crawlers on the bottom, bluegills, cut bait or liver.

Sessions Lake: Is producing crappie and bluegills. Anglers are working to find them but when they do, some good size fish were caught.

Muskegon: Catch rates were slow. A few bigger fish were caught close to shore but most were taken in waters 200 feet and deeper. Spoons and meat rigs are the ticket.

Muskegon River: Is producing some steelhead. Fly hatches have started and those fly fishing are taking fish on the gravel.

Whitehall: Had no pier action. The only boat anglers that appeared to be successful were running lines in the top 60 feet of waters 250 feet deep. They caught a fair number of two year old salmon.

White Lake: Anglers caught good numbers of panfish in 12 to 15 feet.

UP Opener on May 15

Dan from Jack's Sport Shop with a laker from Torch Lake

Dan from Jack’s Sport Shop with a laker from Torch Lake

Dan from Jack’s Sport Shop with a nice laker from Torch Lake.

Walleye, pike and muskellunge season for the Upper Peninsula inland waters, Great Lakes and the St. Mary’s River will open on Friday May 15th. Cooler temperatures may slow catch rates.

The cold nasty weather has put the great bite we had last week to a standstill the last few days.

Pappy’s at Wellston reports great fishing below Tippy Dam with fresh steelhead, some browns and a occasional walleye and no fisherman . Also some are seeing sturgeon below the dam also.

Elk River the steelhead fishing has been fair.

Crappie still biting in Houghton Lake, Wixom Lake and Sanford Lake.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The ice in Little Traverse Bay is finally gone. The dock was not in yet at the boat launch.

Petoskey: Anglers continue to pick up steelhead when using spawn bags in the early morning. Those surfcasting with spawn have also caught fish. Reports say the lake trout are as shallow as 10 to 15 feet in front of the marina and out deeper in 100 to 120 feet. Look for pike and smallmouth bass around the breakwall.

Bear River: Steelhead fishing picked up at the end of last week and continued to be good as rain does seem to bring more fish in. Water levels were fairly high. A good number of big fish have been caught on spawn bags, flies and rubber eggs. A few suckers are still in the river.

Charlevoix: Angler pressure is still low with only a few people trying the channel during daylight hours. A couple boats out for lake trout have picked up a few fish. More anglers are going out after dark and targeting walleye in the channel. Walleye fishing is still slow, but anglers have been picking up a few lake trout on crank baits and soft plastics after dark.

Elk River: Fishing has improved but is still relatively slow. Steelhead and the occasional Atlantic salmon or brown trout have been caught on spawn bags below the power dam.

Traverse City: Those fishing the East Bay caught cisco when jigging in 80 to 90 feet. Lake trout were also caught by those jigging out deeper in 150 feet or when trolling in shallow waters 10 to 40 feet along the first drop. Smallmouth bass have been caught near the mouth of the creeks where the water is warmer. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught by those trolling long lines in 8 to 35 feet but those jigging were much deeper. A couple small ciscos were caught by those jigging near the brush grounds in 40 to 60 feet.

Boardman River: A variety of species can be found below the Union Street Dam including steelhead, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, carp, and suckers. Anglers are reminded that it is catch and immediate release on bass until May 23rd. Most anglers are targeting steelhead with spawn bags. Lake trout are being caught at the mouth. Mayflies have started to hatch along the river.

Frankfort: Boats trolling in between the piers caught some brown trout and a couple drop back steelhead. Small jointed body baits were the ticket and the hot color was black with gold or silver.

Onekama: Pier anglers caught brown trout when casting small spoons and body baits.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers have picked up a few large and smallmouth but water temperatures were still on the cool side. Perch anglers say the number and the size is down this year. A few were caught near the mouth of the canal.

Lake Cadillac: Is producing some bluegills, crappie and bullhead. Bass anglers are practicing catch and immediate release.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing panfish and bass.

Manistee: Anglers are catching a few brown trout, lake trout, and chinook salmon when trolling orange spoons along the shoreline. Pier fishing is slow for perch and brown trout.

Manistee River: Steelhead are still being caught but in lower numbers. Anglers are getting brown trout and a couple walleye.

Ludington: Boat anglers reported hit-or-miss for chinook, brown trout and lake trout. Most are trolling orange spoons or body baits. Pier fishing is slow.

Pere Marquette River: Some fly hatches are just getting started. Anglers are still catching brown trout and the occasional steelhead.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Walleye fishermen had success shortly after the opener and reported good success for about a week but catch rates have slowed on most of the inland lakes. Suckers are still in the rivers but the numbers are dropping.

Rogers City: Water temperatures reached 40 degrees near shore but were colder out deep. A few more lake trout were caught between Calcite Harbor and Adams Point in 40 to 60 feet however those trolling higher in the water column in waters as shallow as 20 feet also caught fish. Run lures within 10 feet of the bottom for lake trout and higher for Atlantic salmon and lake trout that are suspended. Use cowbells or dodgers with spin-glows. Hot colors were orange and silver, blue and silver, green or fire-tiger. Pier anglers casting small spoons or body baits caught a couple walleye. The midge hatch is not too bad right now but once they start look for Atlantic salmon.

Alpena: Anglers are heading out for lake trout, chinook, Atlantic salmon, steelhead and walleye. Most are trolling spoons and body baits close to the harbor, behind the cement plant or towards Thunder Bay Island and North Point for lake trout and Atlantic salmon. Use bright colors in the stained water and basic green, blue, silver and orange in clean water. The lake trout are both close to the bottom and suspended. Walleye haven’t moved into the area but anglers willing to take a long boat ride may be able to pick up a couple towards South Point and Scarecrow Island when trolling body baits. The breakwall in the channel or by the Yacht Club has been descent for walleye in the late evening. Try large body baits that look like smelt.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers are catching the occasional steelhead up at the dam when drifting spawn bags or artificial fly patterns that imitate fish eggs. Walleye fishing in the river is very slow right now. For those interested in the early catch and immediate release bass season, the smallmouth action has been great in the river and the marina. Try casting tube baits or body baits.

Harrisville: Dredging has begun in the harbor. Work will be concentrated on the south side of the harbor around the city docks and channel leading to them. The pumping hardware is well marked with floating drums and buoys marking the channel. Fishing in and around the harbor is picking up for walleye, lake trout, steelhead and a few Atlantic salmon. A good number of walleye seem to be in and around the harbor where anglers are trolling or casting small spoons and body baits. Lake trout were caught in 40 to 60 feet with spoons off downriggers, planer boards and lead core. Atlantic salmon were caught on small spoons in the harbor.

Oscoda: Pier fishing picked up with a good number of walleye entering the river. Try floating crawlers or casting body baits and twister tails. A couple lake trout were caught off the pier however they will be moving out to deeper water.

Au Sable River: Steelhead are still making their way up to Foote Dam. Anglers are still seeing fish on the beds. Try spawn, wax worms, spinners or small spoons.

Tawas: Those trolling caught walleye, lake trout, steelhead or brown trout out past Buoy #2. Most are using spoons or crank baits. A few boats were working the waters around Buoys 4 and 6 near the reef. Pier anglers caught a few walleye and the rare Atlantic salmon. Those casting artificial baits caught and released bass.

Tawas River: Did not have much to report.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was slow. Those heading north and fishing deeper in 30 to 50 feet off Point Lookout were getting a few with crank baits and bottom bouncers but most were heading south and fishing Buoys 1 and 2 in the shipping channel or to the Saganing Bar off the Pine River and fishing in 8 to 10 feet.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The bite did pick up over the last week and those trolling did ok between the Baraga Marina and the L’Anse Marina when trolling 15 to 40 feet down in 20 to 60 feet. They caught chinook, coho, steelhead and the occasional splake.

Lake Antoine: Was producing some decent size perch. Bass anglers were starting to target largemouth around the weed beds.

Menominee River: Was producing steelhead and a good number of crappie.

Little Bay De Noc: Fishing was slow except for the smallmouth bass anglers. Perch anglers had mixed results with most reporting few fish being caught. They are fishing the head of the bay from the Day’s River south to the Third Reef. The better catches were in 24 to 35 feet with minnows or crawlers. Bass fishing was good at both ends of the bay including 4 to 10 feet off Garth Point when casting crank baits or plastics and near the Ford River for boat and shore anglers casting crank baits, spinners or plastics in 3 to 12 feet. The catch and keep bass season opens on Saturday May 23rd. The walleye opener is May 15th and both look to be good. Good areas to fish are usually the mouth of the Whitefish River, the Center and Third Reefs, the “Narrows”, the mouth of the Escanaba River and between the Ford River and Breezy Point. Trout fishing on the Escanaba River has been slow up near Boney Falls.

Big Bay De Noc: The perch catches in Garden Bay have tapered off. The perch do stay in the area and those willing to spend the time to find them will be rewarded. Those smallmouth bass fishing in Ogontz Bay caught good numbers of fish. Up near the Fish Dam River should also be good for smallmouth.

Marquette: Salmon anglers reported mixed results with a few taking one or two coho and chinook. Best areas have been outside the Lower Harbor and trolling to the Carp River in about 60 feet. Slightly better catch rates were reported towards the Sand River and Shot Point where anglers caught chinook and lake trout in 60 to 80 feet and in the Upper Harbor north of the white rocks, towards Little Presque Isle and east of Marquette in 150 feet. Shore fishing was slow with a few fish caught on crawlers near the mouth of the Carp River. Shore fishing has been somewhat restricted due to road construction on the Carp River Bridge.

Munising: The ice is finally gone! Catch rates for coho were fair for those trolling in 20 to 60 feet in Trout Bay and near Sand Point. Those using fresh spawn off the Anna River dock caught a variety of fish. Catch rates were poor for splake and whitefish. A few smelt have shown up in area rivers but catch rates were very low.

Grand Marais: No longer has ice. Anglers are trolling around West Bay or still-fishing off the pier. Catch rates for steelhead were low but whitefish have shown up and catch rates were excellent for those using a single egg or worm. Others are trolling in 15 to 40 feet near the mouth of the Sucker River with small spoons and rapalas. Limits of coho and whitefish were taken off the pier. The whitefish range 11 to 20 inches and the coho were 15 to 19 inches.

Two Hearted River: Steelhead fishing has been slow.

Detour: All the docks and buoys are in the water now. A couple Atlantic salmon and one lake trout were caught using sliders with blue and silver fly type baits in 45 feet.

Drummond Island: The spring run for yellow perch is just about done however anglers are still catching the occasional 7 to 9 inch fish in 3 to 5 feet off Sportsmen’s Club Point when using spreaders with a piece of worm or minnows. A couple pike measuring 28 to 30 inches were caught in Maxton Bay however pike season does not open until Friday May 15th. As water temperatures warm up bullhead and pumpkinseed will begin moving into the shallows to spawn.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing remains good in the Hessel Marina off the pier and the finger docks. Splake fishing remains excellent when trolling stick baits and spoons or casting off the pier.

Carp River: Anglers are targeting steelhead at the mouth and upstream to the bridge and the McDonald Rapids. They are using spawn bags, green and pink yarn, or casting with lures.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Is producing some walleye and white bass.

Lenawee County: A majority of anglers on Lake Hudson are targeting crappie and musky however success was limited. Perch and a few catfish were caught along the peninsula and campground. Live bait is the ticket. On Devils Lake, those targeting panfish have done well with minnows and wax worms along the weed beds in 4 to 10 feet. Anglers did well trolling and casting for pike and bass.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers reported that the morning bite was slowing down around 10 AM. Most of the better catches this past week came from waters in the northern half on the Canadian side. Catch rates were variable though some reported limit catches. Those fishing the waters in the southern half had more difficulty getting their bait to the bottom because of all the white bass. Most are still walleye fishing near the casino, the salt mines and “Cow Pasture” on the Canadian side, the Ambassador Bridge and up near Lake St. Clair. Some catches were reported on the Michigan side around Grosse Ile, Belle Isle and near Great Lakes Steel. Average size was 2 or 3 pounds. Good white bass fishing from the River Rouge down through the Trenton Channel. Smallmouth bass, musky, pike, suckers and freshwater drum were also caught. Water temperatures were 55 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Clear water has dominated the lake, especially in the Anchor Bay area. Bass fishing has been good off the Mile Roads and the west side of Anchor Bay. DNR trap nets near the Salt River have been catching good numbers of legal-sized northern pike. A few walleye have been caught between Huron Point and the 400 Club. Water temperatures in Anchor Bay have been in the low to mid 50’s.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been good near Marine City and Algonac. Schools of walleye are moving through the area and best fishing locations can change quickly. Jigging and whipping have been producing good catches. Water temperatures have been in the mid-40’s and extremely clear.

Lexington: Has steelhead in the harbor. Boat anglers working 40 to 100 feet have caught steelhead and chinook salmon on spoons in the top 20 feet. Lake trout are at the bottom and hitting on dodgers and spin-glows.

Port Sanilac: Steelhead have moved into the harbor.

Harbor Beach: Salmon and steelhead were caught in 70 to 100 feet north of the harbor when using spoons off downriggers and also on 2,3, 5, and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Hot colors were orange and black, white and black, blue and silver or green. Lake trout were north or straight out in 70 to 120 feet. Try dodgers with spin-glows or clean spoons. Steelhead are in the harbor.

Saginaw Bay: Weather has been the limiting factor. Walleye anglers are fishing crawler harnesses off Linwood in 18 to 22 feet, Gambil’s in 12 to 14 feet and around Spoils Island in 17 feet. Walleye fishing was fair between Quanicassee and Caseville. Fish were caught on crawler harnesses and body baits at Bay Port and Wildfowl Bay. Those fishing the Slot did well in 14 to 18 feet with crawler harnesses and crank baits. Good colors were purple, brass or pink. Channel catfish and white bass have also been caught. At Sebewaing, catfish were hitting on crawlers in the channel. At Port Austin, a few walleye were caught by pier anglers at night. The minnows were in and so were the steelhead and coho.

Tittabawassee River: The walleye run is winding down. A few are still being caught by those trolling near the Center Launch Train Bridge and Imerman Park. They are starting to catch white bass near the Train Bridge and Green Point Nature Center when casting or trolling artificial lures near shore. Gold was a good color. Those fishing down from the Dow Dam caught white bass or smallmouth bass.

Saginaw River: Walleye fishing slowed as the river was muddy.

Mott Lake: In Genesee County had high angler pressure for crappie but catch rates have slowed. They are using crawlers and minnows. A couple sub-legal walleye were caught on artificial baits. Catch and release fishing for large and smallmouth bass has been good.

Flint River: Activity has been slow on the river and its tributaries. Walleye fishing is down as most of the fish caught were undersize.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing has slowed. Pier anglers are catching a few freshwater drum and catfish when using crawlers on the bottom. Boat anglers are catching a few trout and salmon but the fish are scattered in 40 to 180 feet.

St. Joseph River: Is producing crappie and the occasional walleye.

South Haven: Pier fishing was slow for all species. Boat anglers are still catching lake trout in waters 60 feet and deeper.

Grand Haven: Fishing has slowed. The water is cold and fishing pressure has been slow because of the weather. Pier anglers are casting spawn for steelhead and brown trout. Some are throwing cast nets for alewife to use as bait however few were caught. Boat anglers were trolling in 25 to 75 feet of water with short coppers and lead core with small spoons in orange or gold. Perch fishing has slowed as the fish are beginning to spawn. Try the 60 foot holes with spikes, wigglers and minnows.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The steelhead run has slowed however the fish run off and on during the spring depending on water temperatures. Smallmouth bass and suckers are dominating the daily catch. More catfish are being caught as well. No reports of any walleye caught at the 6th Street Dam.

Lake Lansing: Is producing some crappie.

Jackson County: Many anglers are catch and release bass fishing. Panfish activity picks up with the warmer weather and some anglers were getting near limit catches.

Clinton County: Lake Ovid is producing some crappie. A few catfish are being caught in the Maple River.

Muskegon: Very few anglers have been fishing the piers. Boat anglers reported slow catch rates as the water is too cold. Most are trolling between the piers with small spoons. No perch to report.

Muskegon River: The steelhead run is starting to come to a close but the brown trout fishing has picked up. Small walleye have been caught right along with a fair to good number of

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015

The Farmers, Gardeners and Mushroom Hunters have been praying for rain. Their prayers have been answered. The trees are budding. Everything green is growing. This also includes morel mushrooms. Hunters are finding good numbers of blacks. A few grays have been reported mixed in. Soon the yellows will pop as the weather warms. It was a slow start but now the hunt is on.

Bullheads are moving into the shallows at night. Lots of them.There’s no size or possession limit on bullheads. They’re easy to catch and are really fun. No fancy equipment, no boat or electronics. Just cast a crawlers and let it lay on the bottom. Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell have all three species, Black, Brown and yellow bellies. If you ever want to catch a Master Angler now is the time. It only takes 14″ to qualify. No more weighing or hassel. Catch 10 and the odds are one will be over 14 inches. Bring them to the Pilgrim Village and we’ll do the paper work and send it in for you.

Panfishermen have been catching crappies on a regular basis. Favorite spots like the Causeway on Lake Cadillac have been disappointing. One day they catch a few. The next 3 or 4 nothing happens. We have heard of several pike caught there. They must be scaring the crappie away. Hint. Hint. Pike are one of our favorites. Most we’ve seen are in the 24 to 28 inch range. The pike are still in the shallow water.

Bluegill catches are just starting, no evidence of spawning. Those caught have been in the shallows during the warmest part of the day–late afternoon.

There’s no shortage of Big Bass. Catch and Immediate realese Season is underway. This is the perfect time to sharpen your skills before Tournament Season begins. It will never be easier then now.

Mark your calendar, The 4th Annual Catchin Crappies to Cure Cancer Crappie Tournament is Saturday May 23, 2015. We ‘re catching them now–nail down your spot.

TURKEY HUNTERS: There are lots of turkey left in our area. The 234 Hunt opens May 4th thru the 31st. Licenses are available.

BEAR HUNTERS: Apply now. Applications for your bear license or point started May 1st through June 1st.

ELK HUNTERS: same as the bear, May 1st-June 1, 2015.

Bluegills Are Biting

Bluegill Fishing

Bluegill Fishing

Having lots of reports this week of bluegill are in the shallows and fisherman are getting limit catches. Around Traverse Lake Dubonnet, Spider Lake, Arbutus Lake, Green Lake have been good, Harrison area has been good for gills and crappie also.

Bluegill Tips

Bluegill Tips

Bluegill Tips

In the springtime, a bluegill is not particularly fussy about what it will attack and consume. Among the best baits for bluegill are night crawlers and earthworms, as well as leeches and red worms. Wax worms will also entice a bluegill to bite, as will crickets, corn and even bits of bacon. Artificial lures should have small hooks due to the smallish size of a bluegill’s mouth. Smaller spinning baits, artificial flies, tiny crank baits, poppers and jigs will all work when the bluegills are spawning. For the ultimate bluegill experience, use the lightest possible tackle, such as an ultralight spinning rod rigged with 2 to 4 lb. monofilament line. Keep hooks small to accommodate the bluegill’s mouth.

Bluegill Tactics
To catch bluegill one right after the other, hook your live bait, such as wax worms or night crawlers, on the hook underneath a small-sized bobber. Cast out and wait for the bobber to indicate a bite before setting the hook. A bluegill gives as good a fight as any freshwater fish, and it is imperative that you steer it clear of any structure in the water, such as branches or stumps, or you risk the line becoming tangled. Artificial lures such as jigs can be tipped with a small chunk of a worm or with wax worms to get the bluegills to bite.

Most small lakes in Northern Michigan have been producing with the warm weather.

In the East Bay, lake trout have been caught along the first drop-off in 15 to 35 feet or out deeper in 90 to 120 feet. Those jigging caught cisco. Some have started to target smallmouth bass in the shallows. Try locating baitfish and areas of warmer water and you should do well. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught by those trolling in waters as shallow as 10 feet and by those jigging out deeper in 185 feet. Pier anglers caught the occasional fish on minnows or spawn bags.

Boardman River: Steelhead fishing has been very slow due to dry weather and a low number of fish. There are plenty of suckers in the river as well as the occasional walleye or smallmouth bass.

Houghton Lake the crappie and gill fishing is great, with Reedsburg and Burkus creek reporting bluegills.

Wixom and Sanford Lake have a great crappie run with fatheads working best.

Portage Lake has perch bite but lots of small ones. Manistee seems to have bigger perch

Fishing continues to pick up as the weather improves. Inland lakes are starting to produce more bluegill, crappie, perch, walleye, pike and bass. Walleye and pike season on the Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary waters opened on May 2nd.

Tittabawassee River: Is still producing some walleye including a few limit catches even as the action slows. Most of the fish caught were males. Anglers did well upstream of the Center Road launch, the Railroad Bridge, Coty’s Landing and Imerman Park when using body baits or jigs and crawlers with light line.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Trout streams were low and clear which makes it easier to wade but the fish are not as eager to bite. Inland lakes are producing crappie, bluegill, walleye, pike and bass.

Petoskey: The boat launch area in the marina still had ice and the docks are not in. Windy conditions blew the ice to the east end of the bay which opened up the breakwall and the clock dock. Pier anglers continue to pick up a few fish. They caught steelhead, brown trout or lake trout on spawn bags.

Bear River: Steelhead fishing is still slow as water levels are low. The few caught were taken on spawn bags. A couple brown trout were hooked up near the dam. The river is full of suckers.

Charlevoix: Fishing was slow. Boat anglers heading out for perch had no luck but a few lake trout were caught in shallow waters south of the port.

Elk River: Still has some steelhead below the dam along with plenty of suckers and a few smallmouth bass. Those using spawn bags had limited success for steelhead.

Frankfort: Those trolling the harbor and the outside walls caught brown trout on spoons and small body baits. Black, gold and orange were good colors. Steelhead are still in the area and chrome fish have been caught.

Onekama: Anglers casting spoons off the north pier caught brown trout and the occasional lake trout. Walleye were reported around the rocks.

Portage Lake: The perch are biting though anglers are sorting through the small ones to find keepers. The fish are hitting on minnows and wigglers in the early morning. The perch bite will only last 4 or 5 days so anglers need to get out there. Walleye anglers trolling crawler harnesses have also caught a few perch.

Lake Cadillac: Anglers are starting to catch panfish and the occasional walleye. Catch and release bass fishing should be good soon.

Lake Mitchell: Those fishing in Big Cove were catching crappie.

Manistee: Boats trolling the shoreline with orange body baits and spoons are catching brown trout and lake trout. Pier anglers caught a few perch on wigglers. Those casting spoons or floating minnows caught the occasional brown trout.

Ludington: Brown trout and lake trout have been caught by boat anglers trolling the shoreline. Orange spoons and body baits were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Lake trout along with the occasional brown trout have been caught in 30 to 40 feet. Anglers ventured a good distance north and south of the piers. Green flies and blue or watermelon spoons worked best.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ocqueoc River: Anglers reported empty beds as it seems the last rain must have brought some fish in, they spawned and left. The few being caught are stragglers. Try drifting spawn bags or flies and jigs in the holes.

Rogers City: Water temperatures are still very cold. Those out trolling are targeting lake trout south towards Calcite Harbor, Swan Bay and Adams Point. Try shallow waters out to about 60 feet and fish just off the bottom when using cowbells with spin glows or dodgers. Try spoons or body baits up high for Atlantic salmon.

Alpena: Boat anglers are trolling spoons and body baits for Atlantic salmon, lake trout and walleye near the mouth of the river, the cement plant and around the island. Pier anglers casting at night have caught the occasional walleye, lake trout or Atlantic salmon.

Thunder Bay River: Is still being overrun with suckers. A few more steelhead entered the river but the numbers are way down and most likely due to little or no run off this spring. Most are drifting artificial flies or egg patterns up at the 9th Street Dam.

Harrisville: Lake trout are being caught near the harbor. Those trolling for walleye with planer boards and body baits or spoons are picking up lake trout. Walleye are in the area but seem to have lockjaw which might be because the surface water temperature is only 48 degrees.

Oscoda: Pier fishing has started to bring in a mix of steelhead, lake trout, walleye and suckers. Anglers are using body baits, spoons, jigs and worms. Walleye are starting to come in, in good numbers and fish are being caught at all times of the day and night.

Au Sable River: Look for steelhead to be up on the beds. Over the last week fish have started to move up river and look very fresh.

Houghton Lake: Fishing continues to be slow most likely because of temperatures dropping at night. A couple bluegill and crappie were caught but the fish appear to have lockjaw for now.

Tawas: Those trolling have caught Atlantic salmon, brown trout and walleye when using husky jerks and rapalas in 20 to 40 feet. Pier anglers reported no minnows so no perch. A few walleye and Atlantic salmon were caught in the evening.

Tawas River: Was slow with only the occasional walleye, sucker or catch and release smallmouth bass reported.

Au Gres: Had lots of boating activity. Some caught walleye in 15 to 40 feet off Pinconning or Palmer Road when trolling husky jerks, bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses.

Au Gres River: Those fishing near the Singing Bridge were casting for the steelhead and walleye.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The bite has been slow but those trolling at the South Portage Entry caught some nice lake trout on spoons in a variety of colors in 120 to 150 feet. Those jigging caught lake trout in 130 to 150 feet between Farmers Reef and the Mud Banks. In Traverse Bay, lake trout were caught by those trolling in 120 to 160 feet and those jigging in 140 to 180 feet near Big Louie’s Point. Steelhead were caught in the Falls River in L’Anse.

Menominee River: Walleye are being caught in the Turn Basin by those using jig heads and live bait. Those trolling at the mouth and beyond are getting some walleye and brown trout.

Marquette: Catch rates picked up slightly with a few more coho caught by boat and shore anglers. Most are targeting salmon and steelhead and some caught one or two lake trout. Boat anglers trolling in 40 to 60 feet outside the Lower Harbor and up to the Carp River caught salmon and the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Carp River had little success when using crawlers or spawn. Surface temperatures are still in the 30’s but were upper 30’s to 40 degrees near the mouth of the Carp River and the Chocolay River.

Au Train Lake: The dock at the public launch was not in yet.

Munising: Depending on wind direction, ice still remains and is being pushed around in some areas. Boat anglers were targeting coho in 15 to 30 feet near the mouth of the Anna River when the ice was absent. Most were using worms. Those still-fishing or jigging from small boats caught coho on spawn and worms. Only a few splake and whitefish were caught and steelhead fishing was minimal. Smelt were in some of the rivers but catch rates were low. Rain by the weekend could help.

Grand Marais: Still has some ice moving around in the bay and is very unpredictable. Anglers need to pay close attention to wind direction. The pier is not safe due to mounds of ice still covering it so anglers are fishing off the wall near the parking lots. Mounds of ice about 5 feet high remain near the mouth of the Sucker River. Catch rates exploded over the last week for boat anglers trolling in 15 to 40 feet near the mouth of the Sucker River. Small spoons and rapalas were the ticket. Limit catches were reported with fish ranging 15 to 23 inches. Coho were caught in the Sucker River.

Detour: The ice is off the St. Mary’s River at Detour Village. All the access sites are open and clear of ice however the docks may not be in yet. As the smelt run begins Atlantic salmon should be available so target the rocky points and feeder creeks. A chrome colored crank bait with a blue back should work well for Atlantic salmon.

Drummond Island: The yellow perch run has started in Maxton Bay. Anglers were catching fish 7 to 9.5 inches with the occasional 11 or 12 inch fish. They were drifting minnows with red beaded spreaders in 6 to 8 feet off the Sportsman’s Club.

Cedarville and Hessel: Splake season is open and anglers were doing well off the marina pier at Hessel when using minnows or smelt. Harvest from boats is a bit slower than the pier, with anglers fishing Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay. A few perch were caught inside the marina.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye anglers are trolling crawler harnesses in Brest Bay. Boat anglers trolling or jigging in Ohio waters reported fair to good catches. Perch anglers are targeting the Dumping Grounds and Brest Bay. Bass anglers are fishing the shallows and the weed beds.

Lenawee County: Lake Hudson is producing a few perch and crappie. A couple musky were caught and released. Devils Lake was producing pike and bass along the drop-offs. A few limit catches of crappie were reported. Surface water temperatures were between 59 and 62 degrees.

Detroit River: While catch rates were variable, limit catches were reported. Most are targeting walleye but activity has also increased for white bass. Good catches still remain near Great Lakes Steel, the salt mines and the “Cow Pasture” on the Canadian side, near the Ambassador Bridge and up near Lake St. Clair. Average size continues to fall below 3 pounds but a few were up around 6 pounds. Anglers had some luck at most access sites. Several white bass were caught between Trenton and Wyandotte. Some caught the occasional smallmouth bass, musky, northern pike and suckers. Water temperatures were near 50 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Had some good bass fishing reports coming from the Mile Roads. Anglers caught good numbers of crappie and sunfish in the canals and marinas. Rock bass are hitting in the Clinton River. Water temperatures in Anchor Bay ranged 52 to 55 degrees.

St. Clair River: Water temperatures were in the mid-40’s. Walleye fishing is picking up in the Algonac area and should improve further north as water temperatures rise. A couple steelhead and brown trout were caught.

Lexington: Those trolling caught a mix of steelhead and coho in waters between 8 and 50 feet deep. Pier anglers caught fish when casting small Cleo’s with minnows.

Port Sanilac: Those trolling for coho north of the port in 12 feet were getting the occasional walleye or lake trout. Most are using planer boards and rapalas.

Harbor Beach: Boat anglers caught steelhead and Atlantic salmon in various depths. There were rumors of chinook salmon caught as well but no word on size.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught off Linwood in16 to 18 feet, Gambils in 17 feet, the Spark Plug in 17 to 20 feet, Spoils Island in 17 feet and off Jones Road in 6 feet. Some are still jigging while others are switching to crawler harnesses. When the winds allowed, walleye fishing was very good off Quanicassee with limit catches reported in 7 to 9 feet in the morning or in 12 feet on the Coryeon Reef and 15 feet in the Slot. Sebewaing had no boat activity but shore anglers at both Caseville and Sebewaing caught the occasional walleye, catfish, freshwater drum or smallmouth bass. At Port Austin, catch rates were slow for those trolling. Pier anglers caught a few Atlantic and one coho when casting Cleo’s. Smallmouth bass were caught and released. At Grindstone City, a few lake trout were caught on cut bait in 50 feet.

Tittabawassee River: Is still producing some walleye including a few limit catches even as the action slows. Most of the fish caught were males. Anglers did well upstream of the Center Road launch, the Railroad Bridge, Coty’s Landing and Imerman Park when using body baits or jigs and crawlers with light line.

Mott Lake: In Genesee County has boat anglers trolling for walleye but catch rates were slow. For crappie, anglers are bobber fishing in the shallows. Shore anglers are using minnows.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fish are still being caught in 20 to 40 feet but in fewer numbers. Pier fishing has slowed with only a couple brown trout and coho caught by those fishing spawn on the bottom.

St. Joseph River: Walleye fishing was slow. Anglers are still getting the occasional steelhead and some suckers.

South Haven: Boat anglers have done well for lake trout when using spin-glows in 60 feet. Pier fishing has slowed.

Black River: Walleye fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Pier angling slowed for steelhead and brown trout. Anglers are using spawn or casting spoons. Perch fishing is getting better, but not every boat is getting limit catches. They are fishing all 3 holes south of the pier and not one seems to be out fishing the other. Use minnows, wigglers or spikes and look for all the boats. Anglers caught chinook, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead when trolling between the shoreline and 100 feet of water when using short coppers and lead core with jointed body baits and small lures in spring colors.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead continue to be caught but in fewer numbers. Most are drifting spawn below the 6th Street Dam. Catch rates for walleye and catfish were still slow but lots of suckers and more smallmouth bass have been caught.

Muskegon: Pier and shore fishing slowed. Spawn is still the bait of choice. Those trolling caught salmon and trout along the shoreline and in between the north and south piers with short lead core and coppers with spoons in blue veggie, UV, orange or gold. No perch to report.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce some chrome colored steelhead. Try spawn, artificial eggs or a piece of crawler.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught northern pike and walleye in the early morning hours. The occasional brown trout was caught on minnows. Water temperatures are still cold so anglers should still find fair catches in the shallows.

Fishbones Custom Lures

Fishbones Custom Lures

Fishbones Custom Lures

Fishbones Custom Lures

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The Texas rig

The Texas rig

The Texas rig

Texas Rig

What is it?
The Texas rig is a versatile rig that can be used both weighted and unweighted. It’s a simple hook and works in many applications.

What does it do?
Unweighted the texas rig is perfect for top-fishing or for incredibly slow presentation. Weighted the Texas rig jigs and bobs at the bottom presenting itself well.