Most the bait shops are reporting a great bluegill bite with waxworms and worms working best. Above photo was gills caught out of Lake Margrethe this week.
This upcoming weekend is free fishing weekend, the weather is looking very promising. Be sure to stop in get loaded up on live bait from your local bait and tackle sport shop and take advantage of this free fishing weekend.
What mayfly hatch? Rich Polzin from HL caught a nice 24″ walleye near the south shore weed bed yesterday.
Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Inland lakes in this region were producing some nice panfish. Bass were on the beds and were hitting plastics, stick baits and crawlers.
Harbor Springs: Smallmouth bass anglers are out. Good spots to try are usually from the State Park, along the shoreline, near docks and along the piers.
Petoskey: Lake trout were caught about halfway down in 40 to 100 feet near Bay Harbor. There are a lot of fun fish to catch at the “Bobber Hole” which is the area at the mouth of the Bear River. Large carp were caught on corn and worms. Those using worms also caught smallmouth bass, pike, rock bass, bullhead and freshwater drum. Not many anglers were fishing in the Bear River but a couple rock bass and undersize brown trout were caught up near the dam.
Charlevoix: Lake trout were caught 40 to 50 feet down in 45 to 100 feet around North Point. Boat anglers jigging for lake herring outside the channel found some fish in 50 to 70 feet. Those targeting fish inside the channel also caught fish on spoons and blade baits. Smallmouth bass are there but not many were caught. Suckers, carp and freshwater drum could also be seen.
Traverse City: Those launching from Old Mission in the East Bay reported good lake trout fishing. Lake herring were caught in shallow waters near Old Mission. Lake trout and lake herring were caught off Elk Rapids. A few salmon were caught when trolling. Bass anglers caught fish from M-37 south to the State Park and south of Deepwater Point near Acme. Bass fishing in Elk Rapids was good from the dam out to the end of the rocks with crawlers, leeches, jigs, spoons and crank baits. Smaller perch and rock bass were caught at the dam. In the West Bay, a few salmon were caught along the southeast end. The Boardman River was somewhat slow but a couple small brown trout and some good size bass were caught. Anglers also found small perch, rock bass and carp. Water temperatures were 54 to 56 degrees.
Green Lake: Was yielding some nice catches of smallmouth bass.
Leland: Continues to produce a good number of lake trout along the First Bank and the Second Bank. Spin-glo’s behind cowbells or a dodger worked best but spoons were also taking fish. The harbor still had a lot of baitfish. More smallmouth bass and carp were starting to show up.
Big Platte Lake: Had good walleye fishing.
Platte Bay: Had fewer anglers but a good number of lake trout were reported in the bay and were hitting on spin-glo’s. With the water warming up, the brown trout may start to move out deeper.
Frankfort: Those trolling early morning and late evening have done well 60 to 110 feet down in 120 to 180 feet straight out and north of the port. Chinook were hitting on mostly spoons but a few were taken on green flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers reported lots of alewife in the area. Brown trout and chinook were caught in the early morning.
Onekama: A couple chinook were caught by those fishing the “Barrel” in the early morning. The fish were hitting on spoons in the top 80 feet. Lake trout were hitting on cowbells and spin-glo’s near the bottom.
Portage Lake: Water temperatures are on the rise so the bass and panfish are becoming more active. A large number of perch were reported but many were small. Catch rates for walleye have slowed with the warmer temperatures.
Lake Missaukee: Crappie were hitting on minnows.
Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 58 degrees. Steelhead and lake trout were caught on spoons and cut bait in 120 to 240 feet. Pier fishing was slow due to baitfish in the harbor.
Ludington: Surface temperatures were up near 63 degrees. A good number of chinook along with a few lake trout and steelhead were caught in 130 to 250 feet with spoons and cut bait. With baitfish in the harbor, pier fishing was slow.
Pentwater: Boats trolling spoons 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 160 feet caught chinook, coho and the odd steelhead. Orange and red were good colors.
Pentwater Lake: Anglers fishing off Longbridge Road caught bluegills, yellow perch, sunfish, and smallmouth bass with red worms. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass in 5 to 12 feet while casting crank baits. Those fishing the channel caught freshwater drum on spoons or body baits and smallmouth bass on jigs tipped with soft-plastics.
Trout fishing has been good on local rivers and creeks in Alpena, Presque Isle and Montmorency counties. Many local fly hatches are occurring throughout the area. Local lakes are producing good numbers of bass and panfish. Weeds in area lakes have not yet emerged making for good pike trolling.
Cheboygan: Anglers are getting limits of lake trout around Poe Reef and Cordwood Point when trolling deeper in 50 to 60 feet. Atlantic salmon and the occasional chinook were also caught.
Cheboygan River: Anglers did well on rock bass and smallmouth bass when drifting worms or using artificial baits. They have caught walleye ranging 16 to 19 inches on a crawler harness or when drifting a worm. Suckers, freshwater drum and catfish were also caught.
Mullett Lake: The boating access site on Jewell Road is closed due to construction. Improvements to the ramp should be completed by June 16th. Boaters are encouraged to use one of three alternate access sites, which include Aloha State Park, Mullett Village and the Forks access site.
Rogers City: Had excellent lake trout fishing and it should continue for a few more weeks. Limit catches were reported in 35 to 60 feet when fishing the entire water column. Use spoons up high or dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s deeper. Some caught the odd Atlantic salmon in 25 to 60 feet or the odd chinook or steelhead on spoons up high. Bright colors were good so try silver, orange and green. Those casting minnows off the wall caught the odd Atlantic salmon or pike.
Rockport: Had very good lake trout fishing with limit catches reported in 35 to 60 feet with the same lures. Hot colors were green, yellow, silver or blue. Target the areas with a rocky bottom and make a few passes over the same area when you find fish. Try straight out, False Presque Isle or around Middle Island. Pier anglers caught a couple Atlantic salmon when floating a minnow.
Alpena: Walleye anglers caught fish when trolling crank baits or a crawler harness in 20 feet in Thunder Bay. Limit catches of lake trout were reported by those trolling spoons in 40 to 90 feet off Thunder Bay Island and North Point. Stomach contents show most of these fish are feeding on gobies and crayfish near the bottom. Smallmouth bass anglers caught fish when casting crank baits in Squaw Bay.
Thunder Bay River: A couple steelhead were caught by those casting crank baits near the 9th Street Dam. Those casting or trolling crank baits caught pike, smallmouth bass, walleye and freshwater drum. Those still-fishing or floating crawlers and leeches caught a good number of rock bass in the harbor.
Oscoda: Anglers trolling spoons caught trout and salmon including the odd steelhead in 40 to 90 feet. Those trolling crank baits or a crawler harnesses caught walleye in 10 to 20 feet near the mouth of the river and near Au Sable Point. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass when casting crank baits.
Au Sable River: Walleye were caught between the Mill Street Bridge and the Whirlpool Access. Most boat anglers were trolling crank baits or a crawler harness upstream and drifting a crawler harness downstream. Shore anglers at Au Sable River Park caught smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass on crank baits and crawlers.
Houghton Lake: Walleye anglers were jigging with crawlers and leeches. Panfish were caught when floating crawlers along the weed beds. Crappie were caught on minnows under a slip bobber.
Tawas: Boat fishing slowed but a few anglers trolling in 5 to 20 feet around Big Charity Island were still getting a few walleye. A couple chinook were caught off Tawas Point in 60 feet with downriggers. Pier fishing was slow. A couple good size pike were taken on large minnows under a bobber. Smallmouth bass and rock bass were also caught.
Tawas River: Most were fishing for bass and carp.
Au Gres: Several limit catches of walleye were taken in 30 to 42 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Some were still heading south and fishing in shallow waters off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars.
Ontonagon: Fishing picked up for lake trout in 5 to 25 feet. Anglers also caught salmon, brown trout and steelhead.
Lake Gogebic: Anglers caught walleye by casting, trolling, jigging and drifting natural or artificial lures. Live bait included minnows, leeches and crawlers. Good numbers of smallmouth bass and some panfish were caught.
Keweenaw Bay: The smelt are starting to move out which has improved fishing. Those trolling near the shoreline caught a couple coho and brown trout. Near the South Entry, a couple coho and brown trout were caught when trolling along the shoreline and near the lighthouse. Those heading out to Stannard Rock reported very good lake trout fishing.
Marquette: Fishing pressure was light but limits of lake trout were caught near the white rocks and Granite Island when fishing near the bottom at 200 feet or deeper.
Menominee River: Was still running high and muddy because of 3 to 4 gates open. Anglers need to use caution as the strong current is causing problems for boat anglers. Musky were caught near the Interstate Bridge and Boom Island with large crank baits and spinners. Backwater areas were producing some nice smallmouth bass.
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye action picked up with many fishing the head of the bay and into the Whitefish River when trolling or drifting a crawler harness in 12 to 28 feet. The “Narrows” and the mouth of the Escanaba River had anglers fishing in 14 to 30 feet. Perch anglers had fair catches near the Day’s River with wigglers or crawlers in 20 to 28 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught throughout the bay including off Garth Point, Hunters Point, the Gladstone area near US-2, the Escanaba River and the Ford River.
Manistique River: Good numbers of walleye were reported in and around the mouth but only a couple salmon were seen.
Au Train: Few anglers were out because of the weather.
Munising: Boat anglers had mixed results as most targeted chinook or coho. Small lake trout and splake were caught near Sand Point when trolling shallow crank baits. Pier anglers caught a couple splake on spawn.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers reported limit catches of lake trout with some over 10 pounds caught close to the bottom in 160 to 200 feet. Pier anglers caught whitefish that averaged 12 to 16 inches. Try a single egg.
Tahquamenon River: Anglers caught rock bass and perch on worms and pike on red and white lures. There were no musky reports.
St. Marys River: Walleye activity was slow around Sault Ste. Marie and Sugar Island but picked up in Munuscong Bay. Anglers were using a crawler harness in 3 to 5 feet in the upper river or trolling crank baits, stick baits and a crawler harness in the lower river.
Detour: Anglers reported good catches of trout and salmon while trolling dipsy divers and sliders 10 to 40 feet down in 80 feet. Atlantic salmon were hitting on orange and gold spoons 10 to 20 feet down in 40 to 60 feet on the south side of Fry Pan Island and out to the green buoy. Chinook were hitting on watermelon spoons near the red buoy.
Drummond Island Walleye were taken while drifting crawler harnesses close to the bottom or small crank baits and stick baits in 6 to 10 feet. Hot colors were fire-tiger, chartreuse and silver. Smallmouth bass were found in 4 to 8 feet with top-water lures, spinners and soft swimbaits. Hot colors were pearl white and chartreuse. Most were fishing in Scott Bay between Rutland Island and Paw Point or Maxton Bay near the Sportsmen’s Club.
Cedarville and Hessel: Activity picked up off Hessel where walleye were caught when drifting minnows and crawlers from the red and green buoys at the west end of Snows Channel out to the east edge of Mackinac Bay in 8 to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught while casting and jigging purple and gray tube baits at the entrance to Duck Bay in 3 to 6 feet. Pike were caught on chubs and frozen smelt at the east end of Snows Channel.
Lake Erie: Walleye anglers at Bolles Harbor have done well around the E-Buoy when trolling crawlers and bottom bouncers. Out of Sterling State Park, anglers caught fish in 21 to 25 feet. White bass tapered off but lots of freshwater drum were reported. Yellow perch also started to come in.
Wamplers Lake: Bass were caught on plastics in 4 to 8 feet or chatter baits and jerk baits in 6 to 17 feet along the drop-offs and weed beds in the middle of the lake. For panfish, anglers used a yellow tube jig on the north end of the sandy flats in the middle of the lake or a worm and slip bobber on the west end in 3 feet. Water temperatures ranged between 70 and 72 degrees.
Sand Lake: In Lenawee County produced largemouth bass in 6 to 10 feet when casting wacky worms and spinners. Panfish were found along the drop-offs when floating a worm.
Detroit River: White bass continue to show up on stringers and in live wells. The upper stretches of the river were producing fairly well while catch rates in the lower river were tapering off. Minnows work best. Those using minnows or casting twister tails caught fish in the Trenton Channel.
Lake St. Clair: Anglers took some limit catches of walleye. The nighttime bite is good using whipping techniques. The catch and immediate release bass fishing was good. A few nice perch were caught in the shipping channel. The catfish and carp bite is getting stronger at the Clinton River spillway. Anglers are using bread balls and cut bait with heavy weights to keep the bait on the bottom. White bass were caught near Metro Beach and the Harley Ensign launch. Those bow fishing for carp are hitting the lake and surrounding canals. Panfish and pike anglers were fishing shallow waters on the north end.
St. Clair River: Had good walleye fishing with most vertical jigging dark colored soft plastics or trolling with bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses. Those fishing at night are whipping.
Lexington to Port Austin: Those trolling at Harbor Beach caught a good number of lake trout along with the occasional Atlantic, chinook, coho and steelhead in 90 to 150 feet. Lots of lake trout were caught with dodgers and flies in 85 feet off Grindstone City. Bass anglers did well close to shore.
Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught in 17 to 23 feet off Pinconning, 13 to 18 feet off Linwood, and 17 feet near the Old Dumping Ground which is about a mile past Spoils Island. Anglers did well along the south end of the Slot from Quanicassee to the tip of Fish Point in 14 to 17 feet. Virtually all walleye anglers are running crawler harnesses and trolling between 1 and 1.3 mph with bottom bouncers off planer boards. Hot spinner colors continue to be green, chartreuse, anti-freeze, fire-tiger, brass, purple and pink.
Saginaw River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river caught freshwater drum, catfish and bass.
Tittabawassee River: Bass were caught near the Center Road launch.
Bad River: In St. Charles was producing a good number of pike.
Pine River: Those fishing near the dam in St. Louis caught large and smallmouth bass on worms.
Bluegills are on their beds in most lakes in southwest Michigan. Deeper and colder lakes will see more spawning activity in the next week or so. Anglers are catching limits using flies or leaf worms. Bass and walleye fishing were good. Pike are hitting in the rivers and the inland lakes.
St. Joseph: Boat anglers targeting salmon and trout are still catching a few but the fish moved out deeper to 120 feet or so. No perch to report. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp. As long as the water stays cold close to shore the fishing should be good. Catfish and freshwater drum have also been caught.
St. Joseph River: Walleye fishing continues to be very good in the lower river for those drifting crawlers.
South Haven: Boat anglers targeting salmon and trout reported slower fishing. The fish have moved out to 120 feet and deeper. No perch to report. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers reported fair salmon action with fish caught 30 to 120 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with bright colored spoons and a white flasher/fly combo. Pier anglers caught the odd steelhead with shrimp.
Grand River near Grand Rapids: Catch rates continue to heat up for smallmouth bass, pike and catfish. Walleye were caught off the wall and near the bridges.
Grand River near Lansing: Continues to produce a fair to good number of smallmouth bass especially near the dams. A few catfish were caught on crawlers or cut bait. Check out the shallow backwaters for bluegill and crappie.
Crystal Lake In Montcalm County had good bluegill and bass fishing.
Muskegon: Fair catches of chinook and coho were taken 25 to 100 feet down in 75 to 160 feet with green, orange and blue spoons.
Whitehall: Boats trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 110 to 160 feet caught chinook, coho and steelhead on green and orange spoons. Most of the fish were caught in the bottom half of the water column. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum while casting spoons and the occasional walleye on body baits in the late evening.
White Lake: Those targeting panfish caught bluegills, sunfish, and yellow perch in 3 to 10 feet when floating red worms or using perch rigs tipped with red worms and wax worms. Largemouth bass were caught in 6 to 12 feet with an unweighted soft-plastic worm retrieved slowly or when floating crawlers.