Michigan Labor Day Fishing Report

Dan Dorherty with a nice lake trout from East Grand Traverse Bay.

Dan Dorherty with a nice lake trout from East Grand Traverse Bay.

Dan Dorherty with a nice lake trout from East Grand Traverse Bay.

The last big weekend of the summer is going to be a hot one! While light numbers of salmon did start to move into some of the river systems that will change with the warmer temperatures. Inland, there should be plenty of opportunities for panfish, pike, bass, and catfish.

The water started to cool and the fish were on the bite but the last two days of heat have slowed thing.Today we got a good rain and it stayed in the low 70’s so that will help.Last week a few salmon went up the rivers but nothing so far this week but todays rain might send more fish up.

Houghton Lake has still been good for walleye and panfish on leeches and crawlers.

We now have wigglers so guys around Traverse City are out on Crystal, Big Glenn, Elk, Lake Leelanau, Skegemog looking for perch

The is a huge perch bite on Saginaw Bay this week with jumbo perch being caught with many limit catches.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing is picking up as walleye fishing winds down at least along the inner bay. While not as good as in years past, it appears they are getting enough nice ones to get people out looking for them. The key to success is finding shiner minnows for bait. Unfortunately, this is the hardest time of year to get shiners as most wholesalers have run out and the emerald shiners don’t move inshore until the middle of October. Perch have been caught at many locations including west of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 and 12) in 20 feet, the sailboat buoys A and H off Linwood, near Spoils Island and in 10 to 12 feet straight out or slightly west of Quanicassee. Lots of sorting is necessary at all locations. Most of the fish were 6 to 11 inches and twenty to thirty fish per boat is a good catch right now. A few bass were caught off Bay Port.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

No salmon to report in the Boyne River or the Jordan River.

Petoskey: Water temperatures were very warm in the 60’s over 100 feet down and no thermocline to report. Those heading out caught few or no salmon. Rumor has it a few salmon were caught 80 feet down in 120 feet around Bay Harbor and a couple lake trout were taken 160 feet down. Some good size smallmouth were caught in 10 to 15 feet in Little Traverse Bay. Pier anglers caught a couple salmon in the early morning and overnight.

Bear River: A few chinook, brown trout, and small steelhead were caught with spawn bags and flies at the dam and the mouth however with the warm weather not many fish were still around. Look for more fish when cooler temperatures and rain return.

Charlevoix: Salmon and trout fishing were slow as water temperatures were still in the upper 60’s with no thermocline. A couple chinook were caught near the cement plant. The fish were either shallow or 80 to 90 feet down near the red can. Flies worked best. Lake trout were hard to find as well but a couple were taken 110 to 200 feet down in 120 to 300 feet. Smallmouth fishing in the channel was slow and the few caught were sub-legal. Try worms, leeches of soft plastics on the bottom. Those casting from the pier managed to catch a few salmon.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass were caught on live bait however most were not keepers. Anglers were targeting brown trout at the dam but the bite was slow. A few chinook salmon were beginning to show up.

Traverse City: Catch rates for salmon were 0 to 3 fish per outing in the East Bay. Most are trolling 70 to 90 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with spoons, plugs, meat rigs rotators and flies. Lake trout were caught trolling or jigging in 90 to 100 feet. Salmon fishing was about the same in the West Bay. The few caught were hitting on plugs. Most were targeting the deep hole adjacent to the mouth of the Boardman or when trolling along the west side north of Elmwood Marina. Very few chinook over 15 pounds were caught.

Boardman River: Anglers are looking for salmon but few have entered the river so far. Anglers did catch steelhead, rock bass or undersize smallmouth when using live bait.

Frankfort: Chinook and the occasional coho were caught 100 to 130 feet down in 180 to 250 feet with J-plugs and meat rigs. Jigging and trolling in the harbor as well as Betsie Bay was producing good numbers of chinook. Most are using Swedish pimples or plugs.

Betsie River: Had a good number of fresh chinook. Most were hitting on skein.

Onekama: Those trolling in 180 to 220 feet caught chinook on plugs and meat rigs. No word on the hot colors. The Barrel is still producing good numbers of lake trout for those fishing off the bottom.

Portage Lake: Boat anglers trolling the west side caught a few coho on spoons and spinners. Bass anglers caught largemouth in deeper water.

Manistee: Catch rates were up and down. Warm water was pushed in and surface water temperatures were 69 degrees. The better fishing was south of the piers where anglers caught mainly chinook followed by coho, lake trout and steelhead 80 to 130 feet down in 100 to 300 feet. Boats are running a mix of J-plugs, spoons and cut bait. The good days were producing 6 to 8 fish or more and the slow days were maybe 2 fish.

Manistee River: Few salmon have appeared up near Tippy Dam however fish were in the middle sections. Try the deeper holes. The Little Manistee is now closed to fishing downstream of the weir however anglers can view fish from the platform. Not many there yet but some.

Ludington: The lake is finally starting to settle down but water temperatures are still fairly warm so catch rates were hit-or-miss. Boats are fishing about 6 miles south to the project and 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet or north to Big Sable Point at 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. Cut bait was best with blue flies and flashers but a few were also taken on J-plugs and spoons. On the good days, anglers were averaging 5 fish per trip, on the bad days it was 0-2 fish. They caught mainly chinook but a few more coho were showing up. Some reported the occasional steelhead or lake trout.

Pere Marquette River: Had salmon near the Twin Bridges at US-31, Scottville and the Indian Bridge but no big numbers yet.

Pentwater: Boat anglers reported salmon stacked up in 60 to 70 feet and were caught 35 feet down. Those fishing close to the piers did just as good as those traveling north or south of the port. The bite was slow but most anglers were getting a couple fish when using primarily cut bait.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Is producing a mixed bag of salmon, steelhead, lake trout and walleye. Boats are heading south towards Swan Bay and trolling throughout the entire water column in 30 to 90 feet. Spoons, J-plugs, bombers, attractors with flies and squid were all working and the hot colors were greens, blues, yellows, gold, black and white and orange early or late. There are lots of baitfish mostly young of the year smelt that are present so go with lures that imitate them.

East and West Twin Lakes: Catch rates were slow on East Twin. Walleye anglers were trolling in 10 to 14 feet or jigging in 10 to 15 feet. Bass were caught along the shoreline and near the island in 4 to 8 feet. Perch and bluegill fishing were slow. On West Twin, walleye anglers were trolling in 6 to 8 feet or jigging in 8 feet. Fish were caught but many were small. The perch and bluegill action was starting to slow but some found fish near the weed beds in 6 feet.

Alpena: Lake trout are still being caught just off the bottom out near the “Humps”. A stray salmon or steelhead can be taken higher in water column. Not much to report on walleye except for a couple taken around Thunder Bay Island.

Thunder Bay River: Smallmouth bass fishing picked up but many were small. Try casting artificial baits or drifting leeches and crawlers.

Harrisville: Most were targeting walleye when heading north and fishing in 12 to 25 feet between Sturgeon Point and the Black River. Late evening and early morning were best with small spoons and body baits. Lake trout were scattered so few were caught. This is the time of year when these fish are usually working their way back to shallower waters.

Oscoda: Pier fishing was fair. Salmon anglers are starting to make their way out however there were no reports of any fish caught. Lake trout were scattered so boat anglers were having a hard time finding them. Walleye were north of the river and out from the Wurtsmith water tower in 15 to 25 feet.

Au Sable River: Steelhead should be starting to make their way up into the river but warmer temperatures this week will slow movement.

Higgins Lake: Perch anglers found fish around the Main Island and the Sunken Island, in front of the North State Park, off B&B Marina, Flag Point and along the drop-off on the west side. Use minnows and wax worms in 20 to 45 feet. For lake trout, anglers are trolling just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet or jigging heavy spoons in 85 to 100 feet. Brown trout and rainbow trout were caught in the thermocline between 20 and 40 feet. Try black and silver, blue and silver or perch colored body baits and blue and silver or chrome colored spoons. Smallmouth bass were caught in 20 feet around the Main Island. Don’t forget the good rock bass fishing.

Houghton Lake: Is producing a few walleye. Anglers are still-fishing with leeches or trolling them over the top of the weed beds. Pike fishing was good but many were on the small side. Anglers were catching lots of bluegills about a foot off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet. The fish were running 8 to 10 inches but a few were up to 12.

Lake St. Helen: Fishing was slow but should pick up by the weekend. Look for panfish in 5 to 7 feet. Largemouth bass can be found in the shallows or lily pads.Walleye anglers will want to fish early morning or late evening. For pike, try spinners.

Tawas: Pier anglers walking the wall and trolling fire-tiger rapalas in the deeper water at night or casting rapalas at night did pick up some walleye. Boat anglers caught walleye along the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina and some reported limit catches. They are trolling or casting Lindy Rigs, crawler harnesses or crank baits. Those trolling deeper in 30 to 55 feet off Tawas Point caught steelhead and walleye.

Au Gres: Fishing was very slow with only a couple walleye taken from scattered locations. There were rumors of some perch taken off Pointe Au Gres in 25 feet and off the Saganing Bar and Pinconning Bar in 14 feet.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Salmon fishing was slow but anglers did pick up some lake trout. Some reported finding baitfish with bigger fish mixed in however they would not bite. Those jigging in 180 to 240 feet off the Township Park caught lake trout. At the South Portage Entry, lake trout were caught by those jigging in 150 to 280 feet off Newton’s and Farmers Reef as well as off the south end of Big Reef in 260 feet. For Traverse Bay, those jigging in 240 to 260 feet off Big Louie’s Point had some good catches of lake trout. Those trolling had a tough time but did manage to get a few lake trout and the odd coho.

Ellen Lake: In Iron County had decent splake fishing. Bluegills were caught here and there.

Little Bay De Noc: The better walleye fishing was still down near Round Island where anglers were trolling stick baits in 10 to 20 feet. Several fair to good perch catches were taken between the First and Third Reefs when jigging minnows or crawlers in 8 to 22 feet. Some decent bluegills were caught in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when using worms next to the docks. Good northern pike action throughout but the better catches were coming from the Second Reef when casting or trolling crank baits, spoons or spinners in 10 to 12 feet along the west bank.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair catches between Ansell’s Point and Garden Bluff when using minnows in 14 to 28 feet. Off Fairport, the better salmon fishing was the southern end of the “Gap” which is closer to Big Summer Island. Try 90 to 110 feet down in 140 to 160 feet.

Munising: Surface water temperatures were in the upper 50’s. Anglers were fishing Trout Bay and the Wood Island Reef in 120 to 200 feet but the action was slow. Some were using high-lines for coho but no fish were caught. Those trolling in the bay caught a few small splake. No coho were caught at the Anna River dock but a couple small splake 14 to 20 inches were caught. No shore activity at Bay Furnace.

Grand Marais: Had good lake trout fishing 4 to 5 miles straight out from the harbor in 200 feet. Anglers reported limit catches in about a 3 hour period. The fish were averaging 19 to 22 inches with a few fish 4 to 5 pounds. Some did try for coho but had no luck.

Manistique Lake: Was producing walleye and a few perch.

Tahquamenon Falls: Had good walleye and muskie fishing.

DeTour: Pink salmon, lake trout and a few coho salmon were caught by those trolling from the lighthouse east to the first red buoy on the Drummond Island side. They were trolling 50 feet down in over 80 feet with three to four inch chrome or green and white spoons. Lake trout action was fair in waters over 90 feet deep between Fry Pan Island and the first green buoy west of the lighthouse. Silver hammered spoons were the ticket.

Drummond Island: The month of the September gets the attention of yellow perch anglers. A few 7 to 9 inches were caught on the south side of Ashman Island when using spreaders with shiners in 12 to 14 feet. A few small perch were caught on small worms and shiners off the Monahan Dock in Maxton Bay. Walleye fishing was fair around Picnic Island with shiners and a slip bobber along the weed beds in 12 to 14 feet.

Cedarville & Hessel: Pike fishing was good at both locations however Musky Bay was best when still-fishing with chubs. Casting and trolling were also taking fish. Excellent perch fishing continued in Moscoe Channel when using worms. Perch have started at Connors Point in Musky Bay. Smallmouth bass fishing was good off the Hessel Pier.

St. Ignace: Is producing a few salmon. Lake trout can be found on the east side of Mackinac Island, and Round Island. Those fishing the mouth of the Carp River have seen a couple salmon but it was walleye that were caught in the evening.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had a good number of anglers targeting yellow perch. Those anchored in 20 to 27 feet caught fish when using minnows on spreaders in Brest Bay, off Stony Point, Fermi, Bolles Harbor and around the E Buoy and the C Buoy. Most of the perch were still 7 to 8 inches. The bigger ones were few and far between. The walleye fishing pressure was the lowest it has been all summer.

Lenawee County: Anglers on Devils Lake were marking and catching a good number of bluegills in 20 to 35 feet with crickets and wax worms however they are sorting out the small ones. Bass and pike fishing were fair along the weed beds when casting or trolling deep divers and spinners. On Lake Hudson, bass were caught along the weed beds. Some reported a good number of crappie and bluegills. Shore anglers caught a few panfish, bass or catfish.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers were putting in long hours. Catch rates were very low in the northern half when bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses. Those fishing at night had fair to good success when hand-lining from the Renaissance Center all the way up to the mouth of Lake St. Clair. A few had luck in the Trenton Channel, near Mud Island and on the east side of Grosse Ile when bottom bouncing crawler harnesses, trolling, drifting, hand-lining or jigging. A few 6 to 9 inch perch were caught but not much worth keeping. Anglers are catching channel catfish and freshwater drum. Bass anglers are doing a little better with smallmouth up to 3 pounds taken around Belle Isle, Grassy Island and off Alter Road. Water temperatures were in the low 70’s.

Lake St. Clair: Walleye fishing was spotty but a few were caught by those trolling in 17 to 19 feet. Overall, perch fishing was slow but a couple decent reports did come from the Dumping Grounds and the channel area near the Grosse Point Yacht Club. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good. Target the deeper areas. Good numbers of largemouth bass can be found in the canals and the marinas.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing was slow with most anglers only catching 1 or 2 fish per trip. Even night fishing has slowed. Bass fishing was good. Some of the biggest fish caught were taken up near Port Huron or just above the Bluewater Bridge. Water clarity was very good and water temperatures were hovering around 70 degrees. Sturgeon fishing in the North Channel was fair.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Lake trout, coho, steelhead and the odd walleye were caught 40 feet down in 90 to 135 feet. Even the lake trout were suspended. The fish appear to be gorging themselves on young of the year emerald shiners. Anglers at Lexington are heading north to Port Sanilac and fishing straight east or northeast of the harbor. Pier fishing was slow.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout and steelhead are still being caught in 80 to 120 feet straight out and north of the harbor. Try spoons or some dodgers with spin-n-glows between 40 feet down and the bottom. Also try 3, 5, 7, and 10 color lines with bright colored spoons and offshore boards to get them out and away from the boat. Walleye were caught in 50 feet. Try small Hot-n-Tots or worm burners with crawlers. Pier anglers might want to try casting small body baits in the evening.

Grindstone City: Was producing trout and salmon including the occasional Atlantic.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Decent numbers of salmon and trout were caught in 100 feet when trolling J-plugs and spoons. Perch fishing slowed but a few were still being caught in 40 to 50 feet. Pier fishing is slow.

St. Joseph River: Had a light number of steelhead moving past the Berrien Springs Dam.

South Haven: Salmon fishing was slow with only a few caught on spoons in 80 to 100 feet. Perch anglers caught some fish in 45 feet but the fish seem to be scattered. Pier fishing is slow for all species.

Black River: Had reports of a couple salmon caught.

Kalamazoo River: Was producing smallmouth bass.

Grand Haven: Salmon fishing was tough with only a few caught 70 to 130 feet down in 100 to 160 feet. Anglers were using plugs, meat rigs and flies.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Cooler weather and rain last week did bring in some chinook and coho which were caught on spawn, flies, beads and yarn in the drift below the dam. Steelhead were also caught. The catfish action remains good for those using crawlers, liver and bluegills. Smallmouth bass were taken on crawlers.

Grand River at Lansing: A few smallmouth bass were caught by those drifting just above the weeds. Walleye action over at Moore’s Park was sporadic.

Muskegon: Boats were finding salmon 70 to 150 feet down in 110 to 160 feet. Glow plugs, green meat rigs, and green flies were producing fish. Freshwater drum were caught off the piers by those casting spoons.

Muskegon River: A good number of steelhead and brown trout were caught below Croton Dam.

Whitehall: Had salmon holding in 60 to 80 feet and most were caught about halfway down. Depending on water temperatures, fish may still continue to move in. We may have another week for boat anglers wanting to fish the shallows before the main run starts. Pier anglers may find some fish early morning or late evening. In the channel, anglers should find some northern pike when still-fishing with large minnows.

Michigan Fishing report 8/20/2015

Hearing of a perch bite on Elk Lake this week with nice perch being caught. Crystal also reporting a perch bite but lots of little ones.

Lots of wind this week have kept fisherman off most big lakes and Houghton Lake has been slow this week.

Patrick from Dayton, OH is showing off the Pike his grandpa caught on Houghton Lake

Patrick from Dayton, OH is showing off the Pike his grandpa caught on Houghton Lake

Patrick from Dayton, OH is showing off the Pike his grandpa caught on Houghton Lake. We were told that Grandpa schooled the younger guys in the boat…he used two rods and had to have help several times because he had two fish on at the same time. Nice job Patrick and Grandpa!

Water temperatures on the inland lakes, rivers and streams were in the 70’s. The better fishing has been early morning or later in the evening. Steelhead fishing in the rivers was slow and there have been no reports of salmon movement because of the extremely warm waters.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A couple lake trout and a nice salmon were caught 90 to 120 feet down in 140 to 150 feet around Harbor Point.

Petoskey: Anglers had a hard time getting lake trout or salmon into the boat. The thermocline keeps changing but was significantly deeper and down over 100 feet. Fishing at the “Bobber Hole” and off all the piers was slow. A couple smallmouth bass were caught off the D Pier.

Bear River: Angler pressure is still low at the dam and the water level was still very low. Predicted rain this week might bring in some trout or salmon.

Charlevoix: Anglers are lake trout fishing off North Point and around the Cement Plant. The fish were on the bottom or suspended 70 to 100 feet down in 100 to 150 feet. Only a few salmon were caught. Those fishing the channel caught smallmouth, freshwater drum and rock bass when using crawlers, leeches or soft plastics.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing was fair below the power dam and out to the mouth. Anglers were using a variety of live baits or plastic tube baits.

Traverse City: Salmon fishing was slow in the East Bay but the lake trout action was good in 60 to 100 feet. A few anglers are targeting smallmouth bass in 10 to 40 feet. In the West Bay, anglers are marking salmon on their electronics but fishing has been slow with only a couple chinook caught 50 to 60 feet down in 90 feet or deeper. They are using glow spoons or plugs early morning and around dusk. Lake trout and the occasional cisco were caught in 50 to 100 feet.

Boardman River: Rock bass and sub-legal smallmouth bass have been caught on crawlers and leeches at the mouth and near the Union Street Dam.

Glen Lake: The boat launch has reopened following repairs after the storm.

Frankfort: Those heading north and trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 160 feet were starting to land better numbers of chinook when using J-plugs in the early morning and meat rigs after the sun comes up. Coho, lake trout and steelhead were hitting on spoons in the same area.

Onekama: Boats trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 160 to 250 feet reported the majority of hits were in the morning when using green, blue or white J-plugs. Meat rigs on 10 to 14 colors caught some nice chinook salmon.

Portage Lake: A few coho were caught in 30 feet near the mouth when trolling smaller body baits. Anglers working the cooler waters near the drop-offs caught a few largemouth bass.

Ludington: Catch rates picked up this week with anywhere from 2 to 6 chinook coming in per boat and the charters coming in with even better catches. Steelhead are slowly coming in here and there with an occasional coho. The lake has turned over and colder water has pushed back in. J-plugs and cut bait have been the most popular bait. Anglers are fishing south to north at 60 to 89 feet down in 80 to 130 feet. The better fishing has been in the morning however a decent bite was reported in the evening and right at dark.

Pentwater: Catch rates were fair for those targeting trout and salmon. Cooler temperatures will be needed to get the fish moving into spawning mode.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Those fishing near the Foot Bridge caught a good number of smallmouth bass, walleye and pike but most were sub-legal. Anglers were using crawlers and wax worms off multiple fishing piers.

Rogers City: Continues to produce a mixed bag of chinook, steelhead and lake trout. The chinook are here but in low numbers. Some are getting a few while others struggle to find them especially south towards Swan Bay and Adams Point in 40 to 90 feet. Try 20 to 25 feet down with spoons or J-plugs and attractors with flies or squid. Good colors were green, blue, black and white or glow.

East and West Twin Lakes: The fishing was slow on East Twin. Anglers were trolling and jigging with artificial and natural baits for walleye but they had no luck. Perch fishing was slow. Surface water temperature was between 70 and 74 degrees and the weeds are starting to come up around the island. Try 6 to 8 feet for smallmouth. Walleye fishing on West Twin was moderate but most of the fish caught were sub-legal. Anglers are trolling in 6 to 18 feet with both artificial and natural baits. The lake provides easy fishing for rock bass but most are caught in the perch holes and off Eagle Point. Perch fishing was moderate in 4 to 6 feet.

Alpena: It seemed like the walleye left the bay because those targeting them came in with one fish. Lake trout are still being caught off the “Humps” and the deeper water off Thunder Bay Island and the Nordmere Wreck.

Thunder Bay River: Had very little to report with only a few smaller panfish caught.

Harrisville: Walleye were being caught in good numbers. Evening and very early morning was best but some did report the occasional midday catch. Body baits worked best but also try wobble glo’s, spin-glo’s and small spoons in 12 to 15 feet. Lake trout moved in slightly. Try fishing throughout the water column in 80 to 120 feet with spoons, spin-glo’s and wobble glo’s behind dodgers.

Oscoda: Pier fishing seems to be getting better as anglers were catching walleye, channel cats and smallmouth bass. Catfish are being caught on crawlers and minnows throughout the night. Walleye are hitting throughout the day but evening may be a touch better when drifting crawlers or casting body baits. Lake trout are out deep in 150 to 180 feet and hitting on spoons, body baits, spin-glo’s and wobble glo’s. The fish were suspended about 20 feet from the bottom.

Au Sable River: Spinners and body baits are being used to catch bass.

Higgins Lake: Those looking for perch are using minnows and wax worms. Rock bass are everywhere and provide a great fishery for young anglers. Those trolling for lake trout are fishing along the bottom in waters 80 feet and deeper. Those fishing higher in the water column may find a couple brown trout or rainbow trout. Try black and gold, black and silver or perch colored body baits.

Houghton Lake: Walleye fishing has been tough but a few were caught early morning or evening in about 9 feet. Some are using purple or chartreuse harnesses but those trolling small crank baits have caught some nice bluegill and crappie. Large and smallmouth bass fishing was good but the pike fishing was slow. Those fishing the canals caught crappie. Pike, bass and bluegills were caught on the upper side of the Reedsburg Dam.

Lake St. Helen: Had good fishing. Largemouth bass were hitting soft plastics on the bottom during the day and top water lures in early morning or late evening. Panfish including bluegills, sunfish and rock bass were caught by those drifting a piece of crawler. No walleye or crappie to report.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was slow.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was slow. Some fish were caught in 60 feet or more along the weed beds off the Pine River but the action was not hot by any means. Most anglers were working extremely had to get 1 or 2 fish per boat.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers did catch a few chinook, coho and lake trout. At Big Traverse Bay, anglers were jigging or trolling from Hermits Cove to 7-Mile Reef and picking up some coho and lake trout. Those jigging are in 180 to 260 feet out from Big Louie’s Point. Baitfish were reported near Big Louie’s and some managed to pick up coho, chinook and steelhead in waters as shallow as 35 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported catches throughout the Bay but the better catches were taken south of the Ford River where anglers were trolling stick baits between Round Island and No-See-Um Creek in 10 to 20 feet. Northern pike have been showing up in good numbers this year. So much so that some are now pursuing them and reporting good catches near the Day’s River, the west bank in Kipling near Brach’s Cabins, the north side of Saunders Point, the mouth of the Escanaba River and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. They are trolling crank baits, spinners, buck tails or spoons in 8 to 20 feet. Several good catches of perch were reported in Kipling using minnows or worms in 10 to 18 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers reported the best catches just south of the Ford River when casting plastics in 8 to 12 feet. Salmon anglers had fair catch rates between the Ford River Buoy and the shoals when trolling spoons 30 to 75 feet down in 65 to 110 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported the best catches down by Round Island when trolling stick baits or crawler harnesses in and around 20 feet. For smallmouth, the best areas continue to be Kate’s Bay and over to Ansell’s Point, Porcupine Point and St. Vitals Island when casting plastics, crank baits and spinners or jigging and drifting crawlers in 8 to 18 feet. Off Fairport, catch rates for chinook were fair 40 to 90 feet down in 100 to 130 feet. Some are still traveling to St. Martins Island for salmon. Day anglers are still taking good numbers of lake trout in the area.

Marquette: The Upper Harbor remains closed for renovation so the one in the Lower Harbor is the only public launch for Lake Superior. Surface water temperatures remain in the low to mid 60’s. Lake trout success improved. Some were only getting a few fish but the majority came in with four to five fish when using flies, spoons and cut bait. They are fishing north and east of the port and targeting the White Rocks, the Sand Hole, the Clay Banks and north of Granite Island. A few did try east of the Chocolay River towards Shot Point and caught fish up to 10 pounds. Anglers reported a few more chinook salmon with younger fish caught in 17 to 18 feet.

Big Shag Lake: The boating access site located off Marquette County Road 557, along Knudsen Road will be closed through Friday, August 21 for installation of a new concrete ramp. There is no alternate boat launch in the area.

Au Train Lake: Angler success improved slightly with more quality size walleye up to 25 inches reported but most were still reporting poor catch rates with only one or two fish caught in the evening when trolling crawler harnesses or small crank baits. A couple 18 to 20 inch smallmouth bass were caught and released. The perch action was fair but most fish were released due to the small size.

South Manistique Lake: Fishing slowed but bluegills and pike were caught in good numbers. Warmer weather has surface water temperatures in the mid 70’s so most of the fish were deeper than usual. For bluegills, try early morning along the north side of Long Point with worms or flies and a bobber.

DeTour: Warmer temperatures helped set the thermocline at 45 feet along the river. A few more chinook were caught by those using flashers and spin-glo’s about 42 feet down in waters 100 feet or deeper. Both Atlantic and chinook salmon seemed to be staging from the red buoy to the back of the lighthouse off Crab Island. Atlantic salmon were caught using fly type baits or small 3 inch spoons. Good lake trout action when trolling blue, white and chrome spoons in 60 to 80 feet between Fry Pan Island and the green buoy west of the lighthouse. Good reports of baitfish off Crab Island could keep the salmon staging in this area.

Drummond Island: Had good reports of walleye at Picnic Island which is just out from Drummond Island Township Park. The fish were caught early morning or late evening when using slip bobbers with minnows just off the weed beds in 6 to 10 feet. Northern pike have been fair just off the weed beds on the southeast side of Grape Island when fishing with chubs or when casting and trolling chrome spoons with a red eye. Rock bass were caught around the docks at Yacht Haven when using worms in the early morning or evening. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair on both sides of the entrance to Harbor Island when using dark brown tube jigs or still-fishing minnows with a bobber in 6 feet.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye fishing was light as not many anglers were targeting them. Those that were used crawler harnesses or crank baits when trolling in 17 to 25 feet. The lake had a lot of perch anglers and the ones having the most luck were using minnows on spreaders in 20 to 25 feet off Stony Point, the Fermi Stacks, in Brest Bay and around Turtle Island.

Lenawee County: Devils Lake had good bluegill fishing for those using wax worms or crickets near the bottom in 20 to 30 feet. A couple good catches of pike were taken by those trolling in 15 to 25 feet. Lake Hudson had one success story, the angler that caught a muskie. Those looking for bass will want to try fishing around structure and the lily pads in the early morning and late evening.

Detroit River: Walleye fishing was slow on the Canadian side. A few smaller fish were taken near the casino, whiskey plant, salt mines and the east side of Belle Isle. Fishing was slow in Michigan waters with only a few caught around Sugar Island, Stony Island or the Trenton Channel. Most are bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. The walleye downriver ranged 1 to 3 pounds. A few did manage to catch a couple yellow perch ranging 7 to 9 inches. Anglers caught pike, rock bass and freshwater drum. Those targeting channel cats did well in the Trenton Channel. Catch rates for bass were slow. Water temperatures were up near 72 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Had slow fishing for walleye and perch but good fishing for bass and muskie. Bass anglers should also try the St. Clair River Channels because smallmouth movement from the warm lake into the river is typical this time of year. Overall perch fishing was slow but a few good reports came from the area around Grassy Island in Anchor Bay, the shipping channel and the Dumping Grounds.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been slow. Water temperature in the lower river was 70 degrees. Only a few were caught in the Delta Channels. Anglers there were trolling crawler harnesses.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Charters after lake trout are still getting them in 140 to 160 feet. Those fishing in the harbor at Lexington caught a few pike and a couple catfish after dark.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout have been taken in 80 to 120 feet straight out and north of the harbor using clean spoons off downriggers and dodgers with spin-glo’s or spin doctors with flies off the bottom. Try chrome and green with a red head or blue and green with white wings. Anything that glows should also do well. A couple steelhead were caught in the top 25 to 80 feet near the color lines. Use spoons off downriggers and 5, 7, or 10 color lines with offshore boards. A few walleye were caught straight out and north of the harbor when using Hot-n-Tots and worm burners with crawlers and spoons in 40 to 100 feet.

Grindstone City: Walleye fishing was good but slowed over the last week. A couple fish were caught early morning or late evening.

Port Austin: A few walleye were taken on crawler harnesses in 20 to 28 feet near the lighthouse.

Saginaw Bay: Hot weather, very warm water temperatures and a murky inner bay because of windy conditions did slow fishing to almost a standstill. A few walleye were taken on spoons in 25 feet northeast of the Spark Plug. Some were starting to try for perch but the average catch per trip was only 5 to 8 fish per boat. Anglers may want to try the “Black Hole” off Pinconning. One bright spot was the good bass fishing around Spoils Island. Anglers were casting spinners and crank baits. Fishing along the east side was very slow.

Saginaw River: Catfish and freshwater drum are still being caught in the lower river.

Sanford Lake: For bass anglers, some were getting limit catches while others were getting skunked. Most of the bass were caught on soft plastic baits. Bluegills were hitting on worms or very small white jigs tipped with wax worms. Crappies were still hitting on pinky jigs with white double twister tails. A few pike were caught.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing has not been consistent as it is good one day and slow the next. Perch anglers caught fish in 30 to 50 feet. Salmon fishing has been similar but fish were caught in 75 to 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow. A couple freshwater drum were taken on crawlers.

South Haven: Perch fishing was decent with most anglers finding them south of the piers in 40 feet. Salmon were caught in 80 to 100 feet and most fish were taken on dipsey divers with spoons or J-plugs. Pier fishing was not consistent. A couple steelhead were caught but the water warmed up and the fish moved out.

Kalamazoo River: A few walleye were caught below the Allegan Dam. The catfish action has been fair to good. Look for channel cats below the dams and flatheads in the deeper holes.

Grand Haven: Boats were finding salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 70 to 120 feet. Glow plugs, green or white meat rigs, and green flies were taking fish. Pier anglers are catching the occasional steelhead on shrimp.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Several steelhead were caught at the 6th Street Dam. Walleye and smallmouth bass continue to be caught below the dam. They are hitting on artificial and live bait. Channel and flathead catfish are being caught with crawlers or small bluegills fished off the wall and below the dam.

Grand River at Lansing: Is producing a few scattered walleye below the North Lansing Dam and the Moore’s Park Dam. Try live bait or a white twister tail grub. Those targeting catfish or carp should find some fish.

Morrison Lake: Was good for bluegill and crappie.

Jordan Lake: Was producing a good number of nice bluegills.

Muskegon: Salmon were caught 40 to 90 feet down in 70 to 130 feet. Glow spoons and green glow plugs are working in low light conditions. Green meat rigs and flies were also working well. Pier anglers are catching smallmouth bass.

Muskegon River: Is producing some nice brown trout and smallmouth bass.

Whitehall: Catch rates were fair for those trolling in 90 to 160 feet with dipsey divers, copper and meat rigs. The fish have finally set up. Pier anglers had hopes of catching salmon however the fish are not in yet.

Michigan Fishing Report 8/14/2015

Nice Lake trout caught by coach’s charters on light tackle on east Grand Traverse Bay

Coach's Charter lake trout

Coach’s Charter lake trout

Fishing has been slow since the big storm as dirty water and huge low pressure has put the bite on hold. Reports the last two days have been good as things are returning to normal.

Windy conditions are not making it easy for those fishing on the Great Lakes and the large inland lakes. Fish were scattered throughout the water column. Those fishing the smaller inland lakes and rivers are catching bass, bluegills, pike, walleye and a good number of catfish.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Most boats are still fishing at Harbor Point or up at 5-Mile Point. They are looking for salmon but catching mainly lake trout which were as shallow as 30 feet down or as deep as 90 feet down in 150 feet.

Petoskey: Had a thermocline about 50 feet down. Anglers are searching for salmon but only catching lake trout. Boats heading towards Bay Harbor and East Park caught lake trout on spoons and J-plugs 70 to 85 feet down. The “Bobber Hole” is still pretty slow. A few smallmouth, rock bass, and bullhead were caught on worms and soft plastics off the D Pier. Smallmouth were caught off the breakwall when using worms, jigs and soft plastics.

Bear River: Water levels were still pretty low. A few small steelhead and rock bass were caught on flies and worms. Smallmouth bass fishing was decent below the power dam for those using minnows or leeches but many were sub-legal.

Charlevoix: Most boats are coming in with lake trout and very few salmon. The lake trout were about 50 feet down in waters over 100 feet deep. Many are fishing North Point, around the can at the Cement Plant or towards Fisherman’s Island with spoons, flies and spin-glo’s. Some reported a few salmon caught north and south of the channel. Boats fishing the channel caught lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass but a few more nice ones were starting to show up. Freshwater drum were also caught. A couple rock bass and smaller perch were taken near the lighthouse when using crawlers, leeches or soft plastics on the bottom.

Traverse City: Lake trout were scattered in the East Bay. Fish were marked anywhere from 60 to 110 feet. Salmon were reported 50 to 80 feet down in 90 to 200 feet but very few were caught. In the West Bay, lake trout were near the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. Salmon fishing was slow but a few were reported along the White Walls.

Boardman River: Brown trout fishing up near Sabin Dam was hit-or-miss for those using flies. Further upstream, those using worms and flies caught brook and brown trout between the “Forks” and Brown Bridge. Some are looking for summer steelhead but few have been caught.

Frankfort: Anglers were heading north and trolling anywhere from 80 to 140 feet down in 150 to 250 feet. They were using spoons and meat rigs in the top 80 feet. The numbers are low but the chinook are there and the average size was 15 to 17 pounds. Good numbers of lake trout are hitting just off the bottom near Betsie Point.

Onekama: Those trolling the west side of the “Barrel” are landing good numbers of lake trout when using cowbells and spin-glo’s off the bottom. Chinook were hitting meat rigs and spoons 90 to 120 feet down in 180 to 250 feet in the early morning. Boats were heading straight out and north of the port.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are picking up largemouth along the edge of the weed beds and the deeper drop-offs throughout the day. Panfish including perch were hitting on worms off the piers and docks and also in 18 to 22 feet.

Manistee: Boats are everywhere but the common fishing was 60 to 130 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. The average was between 1 and 3 fish for a few hours on the lake.

Ludington: Had no thermocline so boat anglers were traveling all over to find fish. A few charters came in with chinook and steelhead. Most were fishing 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet about 6 miles south to the “Project” or 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet up near Big Sable Point. Some caught fish straight out from the pier in 100 feet. Cut bait seemed to be working better than spoons or plugs.

Pentwater: Was somewhat slow as the fish were scattered. Once those trolling found fish they did manage to catch trout and some salmon. They are using spoons, flies, copper and meat rigs and the hot colors were green and blue. Orange was a good color for steelhead. Try 50 to 60 feet down in 100 to 150 feet.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Water temperatures have been changing constantly. The good news is a few salmon have been trickling in but the fish are scattered. The better fishing was 35 to 60 feet down in 40 to 90 feet depending on the thermocline. Spoons worked best and the hot colors were blue and silver, green, blue, black and white or anything that glows early and late. Steelhead were taken on orange spoons in the top 30 feet of waters 145 to 225 feet deep. The tribal nets around Forty Mile Point were removed.

East and West Twin Lakes: Fishing has been slow on East Twin for all species. A few perch over 8 inches were caught on natural bait. A few bass were caught in 4 to 6 feet. The walleye fishing on West Twin was moderate for those trolling natural baits in 10 to 14 feet. Rock bass and perch were found along the weed beds in 4 to 6 feet. Smallmouth were caught around Eagle Point and the weed beds near the canal.

Alpena: Offshore winds have prevented boat anglers from heading out too far. When they can, they found a mix of lake trout, steelhead and even a few salmon at the “Humps”, around Thunder Bay Island and out towards the Nordmere Wreck. Spoons seem to work best. Look for walleye in the usual places this time of year like North Shore, Thunder Bay Island, Rockport or south towards Sulphur Island.

Thunder Bay River: Water temperatures are still very warm and not much has been caught. Anglers may find smallmouth bass, rock bass or freshwater drum.

Harrisville: Walleye fishing has been good to the north from Sturgeon Point to the Black River in 12 to 25 feet of water. Anglers are using crawler harnesses or small spoons and body baits in the late evening or early morning before the sun rises. Lake trout were spread throughout in 120 to 160 feet so run your lines from top to bottom. Spoons, spin-glo’s, wobble glo’s and cut bait were producing fish.

Oscoda: Lake trout are scattered throughout in 70 to 170 feet. Anglers reported a good number of walleye south towards Au Sable Point. Late evening was the best time to fish with crawler harnesses, body baits or small spoons. Pier fishing slowed with only a few channel cats and the odd smallmouth caught.

Au Sable River: Had good smallmouth action further upstream. Not only were the fish bigger but a good number were caught.

Higgins Lake: Perch are being caught near the Sunken Island and along the drop-off in 40 feet. Those trolling caught lake trout on gold spoons or body baits. Some brown trout and rainbow trout were also caught up high in the water column. Rock bass can be found throughout the lake.

Tawas: Fishing of all sorts was pretty slow in the bay but the one bright spot was several boats picked up walleye out in 60 feet. Those trolling were marking lots of fish but the bite was not there. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple smallmouth, rock bass or small pike taken.

Au Gres: Catch rates were spotty. A lot of boats were crossing over to fish north of the Charity Islands and around the Steeples but some are also fishing between Point Au Gres and Point Lookout. Either way, success rates were mixed.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers were catching a few pike, freshwater drum and a lot really big channel cats.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers are picking up a mixed bag in the very early morning when trolling 25 to 35 feet down in 35 to 50 feet between the Baraga Marina and the Head of the Bay. They caught chinook, coho, splake, lake trout and browns. Those fishing in the evening between 7 and 10:30pm caught chinook, coho and lake trout from the red can south of Sand Point and north towards Old Mission 30 to 50 feet down in 40 to 70 feet. Anglers are also seeing baitfish. Lake trout and coho were caught by those trolling or jigging from Hermits Cove south to 7-Mile Reef and off Big Louie’s Point. Those trolling 1.8 to 2.5 mph caught coho and lake trout. Those jigging were out in 180 to 260 feet off Big Louie’s. Lake trout were caught near the South Portage Entry as well as between the lighthouse and the Mud Banks in 60 to 90 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches in the northern Bay with the Second and Third Reefs producing fish in 10 to 20 feet with crawler harnesses or stick baits at night. Excellent catches were reported south of the Ford River near No-See-Um Creek when using crank baits or stick baits in 16 to 20 feet. Most of the walleye here were bigger ranging 4 to 8 pounds. Good catches of perch were reported between the First and Second Reefs with minnows in 13 feet, off the Escanaba River in 20 to 25 feet and south to Portage Point fishing 10 to 18 feet down along the break with minnows or crawlers. Walleye anglers were also catching a lot of pike. Salmon anglers reported spotty catches out by the Ford River Buoy and just northeast of it when trolling spoons 30 to 60 feet down in 70 to 110 feet. The best smallmouth fishing was just south of the Ford River near Round Island when casting plastics in 12 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had fair to good walleye catches with those fishing well into the night reporting the best fishing. Most are trolling stick baits in 10 to 22 feet between Stoney Point and Kates Bay. Smallmouth anglers reported good catches around St. Vitals Island in 10 to 14 feet, Kates Bay in 12 feet or around Ansell’s Point in 14 to 18 feet when casting plastics and spinners or jigging with crawlers. Salmon anglers off Fairport did best at dusk. Those fishing during the day caught mostly lake trout. Many have traveled south to St. Martins Island where good catches of chinook were reported 40 to 60 feet down in 80 to 120 feet.

Marquette: The Upper Harbor at Presque Isle Marina remains closed for renovation so the Lower Harbor is the main public launch at this time. Most are targeting lake trout with some using high-lines for a possible salmon. Success has varied with some managing to get a limit of lake trout while others caught nothing or only a few. Many are heading north and east and fishing the “White Rocks”, Little Presque Isle, Partridge Island, the “Sand Hole” east of Marquette or the “Humps” out near Granite Island. Fish were caught on flies and spoons tipped with cut bait in 140 to 180 feet. A few coho were caught off the Lower Harbor. Those jigging in 50 to 80 feet near the reef out by Stannard Rock had good success.

Big Shag Lake: The boating access site located off Marquette County Road 557, along Knudsen Road will be closed beginning Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21 for installation of a new concrete ramp. There is no alternate boat launch in the area.

Au Train Lake: Fishing improved slightly with several large smallmouth bass up to 20 inches and 4 pounds caught and released. A few more legal size pike were also caught. Bass and pike anglers are casting spinners and small crank baits. Those targeting perch are using worms or small spinner rigs but most of the fish were less than 8 inches. Walleye fishing improved with a couple more legal size fish caught when trolling crawler harnesses and crank baits. Schools of minnows and small perch were seen near shore. The weed beds are dense. Surface water temperatures were right around 70 degrees.

South Manistique Lake: Water levels are down and lake temperatures are warm. Continue to fish deeper than usual for walleye and perch. The walleye were scattered but north of Norton Island continues to be the hot spot. On windy days, try drifting crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers along the deeper parts. On the calm days, use the same setup with pink blades and purple beads for monster perch. Pike fishing remains hot.

DeTour: Was producing a few more steelhead, chinook and Atlantic salmon in the 5 to 8 pound class. Anglers are trolling upstream of the lighthouse with 5 color lead core and 3 inch spoons for Atlantic and steelhead. Blue, white and chrome colored spoons worked best. Lake trout fishing was excellent for those trolling from the green buoy west of the lighthouse and back to the red buoy on the east side. Use chrome spoons 35 to 40 feet down in waters over 80 feet deep.

Drummond Island: Walleye fishing slowed in Scott Bay. Those trolling early morning and late afternoon caught a few along the west side of Rutland Island in 12 to 14 feet. In Maxton Bay, anglers are drifting and jigging crawlers in 8 to 10 feet from Bay Island east to the old Drummond Island Sportsmen’s Club. Northern pike fishing was fair on the southeast side of Grape Island when trolling or casting chrome spoons with red eyes in 6 to 8 feet along the weed beds. Those fishing the mouth of Harbor Island caught sunfish and rock bass in 3 to 5 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing is good all throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Those casting in the Moscoe Channel did best but fish were still caught by those trolling or still-fishing with chubs in all other locations. Perch fishing was excellent in the Moscoe Channel and Hessel Bay. A few chinook and lake trout were caught out of Hessel.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had a significant decline in walleye numbers over the last week. A few anglers managed to find fish in Brest Bay, off Stony Point, the Fermi Stacks, and near the Dumping Grounds when trolling crawler harnesses, crank baits or body baits. Yellow perch numbers were good for those still-fishing in 20 to 25 feet in Brest Bay, off Stony Point and around Turtle Island. They are using spreaders with minnows. Emerald shiners worked best. Anglers should note that Bolles Harbor is closed until sometime around Labor Day because of road construction at the entrance into the harbor.

Lenawee County: Devils Lake is producing bluegills in 25 to 30 feet. Use crickets or wax worms near the bottom. Some are getting limit catches. Those trolling for pike have done well in the deep weed lines and points. On Lake Hudson, overall catch rates were down except for bass caught on top-water lures in the early morning or evening.

Detroit River: Most of the fishing activity was taking place early to mid-day but not much has changed. The better walleye fishing on the Canadian side continues to be near the casino, whiskey plant, salt mines and the Canadian side of Belle Isle. Fishing was poor around Mud Island and near the Wyandotte Golf Course but a little better on the east side of Grosse Ile and down near Lake Erie. Most anglers reported 0-2 fish. Try 15 to 35 feet when bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. Boat anglers are targeting walleye, bass, muskie and channel cats but have also caught a few pike, rock bass, white bass and freshwater drum. Catch rates for muskie were slow. Anglers did manage to catch a few large and smallmouth bass. Water temperatures were near 70 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Bass reports are good with larger fish coming from deeper waters. No reports on walleye or muskie. The mayfly hatch has really dropped off so perch fishing should improve. Try the bulrush beds in Goose Bay and Muscamoot Bay.

St. Clair River: Bass anglers should try all three channels as the fish are looking for cooler water. Target the deeper waters with spinners, plastics or crank baits.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Those trolling for salmon and lake trout were heading way out to waters 110 to 160 feet deep off Lexington. That is about 25 miles out. Anglers were catching steelhead, lake trout and the occasional chinook or coho on spoons about 50 feet down. Hot colors were green, blue and silver. Perch fishing was slow at both ports.

Harbor Beach: Those trolling for walleye were heading north towards Port Hope and doing well in 20 to 40 feet. Try hot-n-tots and worm burners with crawlers and spoons. The wind and the cooler water temperatures had the fish scattered. A couple steelhead were taken in the top 20 to 80 feet out near the scum line with clean spoons off downriggers and 5, 7, and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Try straight out and north for lake trout in 85 to 140 feet with spoons and dodgers with spin-glo’s or spin doctors with flies off the bottom. Hot colors were blue, green with a red head or anything that glows.

Port Austin: To Grindstone City was the walleye hot spot with lots of fish including limit catches taken in 20 to 40 feet. Both crawler harnesses and spoons were taking fish. South of Grindstone, the area off the mouth of the New River was also very good. Pier anglers caught a couple smallmouth and the odd walleye at night.

Saginaw Bay: As a general rule, for walleye, lake trout, or whatever, the fish are out deep. They’re still getting some walleye over the weed beds along the inner bay in the early morning, but otherwise go deep. Walleye were caught by those trolling crawler harnesses over the weed beds off the Bay City State Park, the Kawkawlin River and over the Callahan Reef in the early morning. As the sun rises, the fish move out to about 25 feet on the east side of the Shipping Channel. This would put them between the Red Spark Plug (Buoys 11&12) and the Green Spark Plug (Buoys 1&2). Fishing in the Slot was slow with only a few fish picked up along the east side. At Caseville, walleye were caught northeast of the Charity Islands, off Oak Point, Oak Beach and off the Hat Reef. Some perch were caught straight out from Quanicassee in 10 feet.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river were catching a few smallmouth bass, rock bass, channel cats and freshwater drum.

Sanford Lake: Was still producing good numbers of bluegill and crappie for those fishing the deep edge of the weed beds with small pink or white jigs with twister tails or perch rigs with wax worms over the side of the boat. Good areas were off the Sanford Marina or south of the campground along the flats.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing was good but then slowed. The most productive water was about 100 feet deep. Pier fishing is slow for all species. Perch fishing was good with a decent number of fish caught north and south of the piers in 30 feet.

St. Joseph River: Had few trout but good numbers of catfish have been caught.

South Haven: Salmon fishing was good in 110 feet. Anglers are using meat rigs and flasher/fly combos. Pier fishing was slow for all species. Good perch fishing was reported south of the piers in 35 feet.

Kalamazoo River: Those fishing below the Allegan Dam caught the occasional steelhead. A few walleye were also caught. Those targeting catfish have done very well with crawlers, shrimp, chicken liver or bluegills.

Grand Haven: Has not changed. Boat anglers have caught salmon and trout 40 to 100 feet down in 70 to 140 feet with meat rigs and flies. Pier anglers are catching freshwater drum when casting spoons.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Just one summer steelhead was caught recently but the catfish action continues to be good. Channel and flathead have been caught on crawlers, live or cut bluegills fished off the wall or below the dam. Smallmouth bass were hitting on jigs and live bait in the same area. Some keeper size walleye were caught below the dam. Try artificial baits or live minnows. Bluegills were hitting on crawlers fished off the wall.

Grand River at Lansing: Water levels were higher after the recent storms. Smallmouth bass fishing will improve when the water levels come back down. Those fishing below the dams are catching catfish.

Lake Lansing: Is producing some panfish along with the occasional pike.

Morrison Lake: Was producing a few walleye early morning or late evening. For bluegills, try leaf worms or crickets.

Muskegon: Anglers are finding salmon and trout 45 to 90 feet down in 80 to 150 feet with green meat rigs and flies. Glow spoons are working well in low light conditions.

Whitehall: Fishing slowed but anglers were still bringing in a mix of steelhead, lake trout and salmon including some coho that have started to show up. While it was a little harder to find fish, once anglers did the fish were hitting on almost everything including flies, spoons, meat rigs and copper fished about 55 to 60 feet down in 100 to 150 feet. Blue and green were the hot colors. There was no pier fishing.

After the Storm Michigan Fishing Report

Massive Storms sunday have Northern Michigan reeling but business’s are trying to get back to normal. Most baitshops have power now and are restocking bait friday. Call before you go to campgrounds as many have lots of trees down along with no power in the Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska, Crawford and Benzie counties as they were the hardest hit.

The storms have screwed with the fishing but report today fish are starting to bite again.

Once again the weather has affected fishing conditions and catch rates as thermoclines and fish were all over the place in the Great Lakes. If fishing the inland lakes, look for fish in shallower waters after the cold front.

From Lymans on the Lake on Houghton Lake

Tagged fish #4!!! Jason Luster from Missouri caught this 26″ Pike while on a Game Hog Charter with Captain Chip. The rest of the family, David, Terry and Morgan (also Missouri) and Jon (North Carolina) helped fill the live well with Walleye, Bass and Gills. Most of the fish were caught in 11′ of water trolling with live bait on harnesses. Captain Chip has renamed the fishing spot “Huecker Flats”.

Tagged fish #4!!! Jason Luster from Missouri caught this 26" Pike while on a Game Hog Charter with Captain Chip. The rest of the family, David, Terry and Morgan (also Missouri) and Jon (North Carolina) helped fill the live well with Walleye, Bass and Gills. Most of the fish were caught in 11' of water trolling with live bait on harnesses. Captain Chip has renamed the fishing spot "Huecker Flats".

Tagged fish #4!!! Jason Luster from Missouri caught this 26″ Pike while on a Game Hog Charter with Captain Chip. The rest of the family, David, Terry and Morgan (also Missouri) and Jon (North Carolina) helped fill the live well with Walleye, Bass and Gills. Most of the fish were caught in 11′ of water trolling with live bait on harnesses. Captain Chip has renamed the fishing spot “Huecker Flats”.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The boats are mainly fishing Harbor Point or up at 5-Mile Point. Lake trout were deeper and caught just off the bottom in waters over 100 feet deep. There were reports of a salmon or two caught on this side of the bay as well. Spoons, peanuts and spin-glo’s worked well. Those on the courtesy dock at the marina saw smallmouth bass and freshwater drum around the docks.

Petoskey: Lake trout were still hit-or-miss. Water temperature at the weather buoy was 68 degrees all the way down with only a slight change at 100 feet. Lake trout anglers were targeting fish over 100 feet down with spoons and spin-glo’s. No salmon to report. Smallmouth bass, rock bass and bullhead were caught off the D Pier when using soft plastics. The breakwall is still busy with swimmers during the afternoon. Those that tried fishing in the early morning did not have any luck.

Bear River: Water levels were still low even after the rain. A couple small steelhead or brown trout were caught on spawn and worms near the dam.

Charlevoix: Had reports of a couple salmon caught near the cement plant and towards Fisherman’s Island. A couple steelhead were caught up high. Lake trout were caught 60 to 100 feet down in 100 to 300 feet near the can at the cement plant and south. Spoons, spin-glo’s and flies worked well. Fish were also caught at North Point, 70 to 80 feet down or right on the bottom in 100 feet. Those fishing the channel continue to catch sub-legal smallmouth on crawlers, leeches or soft plastics on the bottom. Anglers may still find a few walleye or freshwater drum in the channel.

Traverse City: Lake trout fishing was fair in the East Bay. Anglers were fishing 90 to 120 feet but the fish were scattered. Run lures behind dodgers or cowbells near the bottom. Those targeting salmon had little success. The West Bay was a little better with the occasional salmon hitting on meat rigs, rotators and flies. The few chinook actually caught ranged 12 to 17 pounds. Lake trout fishing was fair in 85 to 130 feet.

Boardman River: Those fishing the upper stretches in Grand Traverse County have caught brook and brown trout when using worms or flies. A couple steelhead were caught on worms at the Union Street Dam. At the mouth, anglers are still catching sub-legal smallmouth and rock bass.

Manistee River: Is producing smaller brown trout, smallmouth bass and the odd pike. The trout are hitting on dry flies. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have caught summer run steelhead.

Pere Marquette River: Is also producing brown trout, smallmouth bass and the odd early salmon.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Was producing some walleye right along with crappie, perch, rock bass and smallmouth bass.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were catching walleye. Try trolling crawler harnesses in 20 feet off the mouth of the Cheboygan River. Look for smallmouth off the State Park.

Rogers City: Boat anglers were running lines up and down the water column in 120 to 180 feet. Steelhead were hitting orange spoons up high. Coho, chinook and lake trout were also caught. Try blue, green and white spoons or glow spoons first and last light.

West Twin Lake: Had good walleye fishing just before dark and the first hour after.

Alpena: When they can get out, anglers caught steelhead, lake trout, walleye and the occasional salmon near the “Humps”, Thunder Bay Island and towards Rockport and the wreck in 60 to 120 feet. Target the entire water column with spoons. Good colors were orange, green, black and white or anything that glows early and late. Walleye are starting to leave the bay and head out towards deeper water. Try the turn basin, North Shore, Rockport, or around Thunder Bay Island and Sulphur Island with crawler harnesses and body baits. Some are switching to smaller spoons or body baits.

Thunder Bay River: Was not producing much except for the occasional smallmouth bass, rock bass or freshwater drum.

Fletchers Pond: Was producing some large bluegills. Bass anglers were doing better now than earlier in the season.

Harrisville: Anglers reported steady catch rates for lake trout and walleye with the occasional Atlantic, chinook or steelhead also caught. Lake trout were targeted in 70 to 150 feet. The fish were suspended between 10 feet off the bottom and 20 feet from the surface. Anglers are using lead core, copper, longlines and downriggers with spoons, wobble glo’s, spin-glo’s and body baits. Walleye seem to be north of the harbor in good numbers. Anglers are launching from Harrisville and the Black River and fishing between Sturgeon Point and the mouth of the Black River. They are trolling crawler harnesses and body baits in 12 to 30 feet.

Oscoda: Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and channel cats. There have been a few reports of the occasional walleye caught. Lake trout were in abundance north, south or straight out from the river. The fish were suspended throughout the water column in 90 to 160 feet. Spoons, flies, cut bait and wobble glows worked well.

Higgins Lake: Is producing some perch and lots of rock bass. Try 30 to 40 feet for the perch. Rock bass have been caught throughout the lake.

Houghton Lake: Walleye were hitting on crawlers and leeches. Panfish were deep but should have moved in shallower after the cold front.

Tawas: Most of the fishing success is coming from deeper water near the Gravelly Shoals, the Steeples, or near and past the Charity Islands in 15 to 35 feet. Some are still fishing inside Tawas Point in 10 to 25 feet, Buoys 4 through 6 and near Jerry’s Marina. They are using lindy rigs and casting. No reports from the Tawas River.

Au Gres: Anglers here were going deeper and fishing out past the Charity Islands and around the Steeples.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Morning anglers jigging in 180 to 260 feet for lake trout have caught fish out from Whirl-I-Gig Road and Pequaming. Some were picking up a mix of lake trout, splake and salmon. Those trolling from the entrance of Huron Bay to the Huron Islands caught lake trout, chinook and coho. The salmon were 150 feet down in 200 feet. Fishing picked up in Traverse Bay. Anglers are either jigging or trolling from Hermits Cove south to 7-Mile Reef. They caught coho and lake trout. Those jigging were in 180 to 260 feet out from Big Louie’s Point.

Menominee River: Those trolling crawler harnesses and stick baits caught walleye, catfish and freshwater drum. The better fishing was in the evening.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers in general reported very little action this week. Kipling reported modest catches for those trolling crawler harnesses in 23 to 30 feet. The better catches came from Gladstone Beach and Terrace Bay Inn when trolling crawler harnesses or jigging minnows in 18 to 40 feet. Good to excellent smallmouth bass catches in the Ford River area and south to Round Island in 4 to 8 feet. Most are casting plastics, spinners or crank baits. The best perch catches were near the green buoy by the Day’s River with minnows or worms in 16 to 24 feet. Northern pike were very active throughout the Bay although many were undersize. Salmon anglers reported fair catches in the southern Bay when trolling spoons 30 to 60 feet down in 100 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing between Round Island and St. Vitals Island and over to Big Bay Shoals with crank baits and harnesses in 20 to 30 feet. Bass anglers reported fair to good catches in Kate’s Bay, Porcupine Point and north of St. Vitals Island. Most fish were in 6 to 12 feet. Try plastics, spinners or jigs with crawlers. Fairport anglers caught mostly lake trout. A good number of the chinook salmon were younger fish. Anglers are trolling spoons, flies or artificial cut bait 30 to 90 feet down in 90 to 150 feet. Various colors are being used and water temperature is the primary focus for most.

Marquette: The Upper Harbor public launch at Presque Isle Park is closed for renovation but the Lower Harbor launch is still open. Lake trout were caught up near Granite Island. The fish were suspended at various depths and averaged 3 to 4 pounds. Those fishing north of Granite Island found fish in waters 200 feet or deeper. The mouth of the Carp River has had major road construction along with a gas line project off Lake Street making access to fishing somewhat limited.

Au Train Lake: A few walleye and pike were caught by those drifting crawler harnesses. Perch anglers reported fair action but most of the fish were small.

South Manistique Lake: A good number of bluegills were caught south of Norton Island by those bouncing leaf worms off the bottom. Catch rates for walleye were back down with only a handful of legal size fish caught. Largemouth and pike have slowed during the day, but the action was hot with the cooler temperatures in the morning and evening. Weed less top-water frogs, buzz-baits, and soft plastics have been catching fish along the weeds between Pavlica’s South Shore and Lakeshore Resorts. Try a slower presentation.

DeTour: Fishing effort was limited due to high winds. A few Atlantic salmon were caught while trolling from Fry Pan Island in DeTour and southeast to Crab Island and the red buoy on the Drummond Island side. Try dipsey divers and lead core with blue, white and chrome spoons about halfway down in 80 to 100 feet.

Drummond Island: Anglers looking for fly hatches and the lake herring that follow should target Butterfield, Maple and Macomb Islands. Herring and whitefish were caught on gold tear drop jigs and wax worms in 25 feet, about three cranks off the bottom. A few walleye were reported near Picnic Island which is the first island straight north of Drummond Island Township Park. They are using slip bobbers and minnows along the weed beds in 12 to 14 feet in the early morning or late evening. Smallmouth bass are very good on the north side of Scott Bay, off Paw Point and Bruce’s Point when jigging dark green and brown tube jigs in 5 to 8 feet. Rock bass and pumpkinseed were caught in good numbers around the mouth of Harbor Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Very good pike fishing continues for those trolling or casting. Perch fishing was good especially in Moscoe Channel, Hessel Bay and Cedarville Bay. Bass fishing was good in the shallow bays for those casting. Try spinners or soft plastics.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye numbers are on the decline but fish are still being caught by those trolling in 17 to 25 feet near the E-Buoy, Fermi, Stony Point and Brest Bay. Anglers are trolling between 1.4 and 1.6 mph with crawler harnesses, spoons or crank baits. Yellow perch were caught in Brest Bay and La Plaisance Bay. Anglers are using minnows while anchored in 20 to 25 feet. The public access site at Bolles Harbor is closed until September 4th due to construction. The next closest DNR launch is located at Sterling State Park.

Lenawee County: Bluegill anglers on Devils Lake did well fishing near the bottom with crickets and wax worms in 20 to 30 feet. Bass anglers did well throughout the lake. Pike were hitting deep divers along the weed beds and points. Lake Hudson had a few good catches of bluegill but all other species were slow.

Detroit River: Walleye fishing was slow on the Canadian side and poor around Mud Island on the Michigan side. The occasional fish was caught on the east side of Grosse Ile and down near Lake Erie in 15 to 40 feet. Try bottom bouncing crawler harnesses, hand-lining with spoons and stick baits or jigging crawlers. The fish caught weighed 1 to 7 pounds. Anglers also caught bass, channel cats, rock bass, white bass and white perch. Those targeting large and smallmouth are fishing around the islands, the cuts and near the walls.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Boats trolling in 100 to 160 feet did well for lake trout. They also managed to take the occasional salmon. A few perch were caught in the weed beds south of Port Sanilac. Pier anglers and those fishing inside the harbor caught pike and white bass when casting small spoons or body baits.

Harbor Beach: Deepwater trollers did well in 110 to 160 feet when using a variety of lures including spoons. They caught lake trout, steelhead, coho and the occasional chinook.

Port Austin: Walleyes were caught between here and Port Hope. Crawler harnesses worked best in 25 to 45 feet but some were using spoons and artificial baits. Pier anglers caught few smallmouth bass.

Saginaw Bay: The weather has caused major hiccups with the fishing, the ability to get out there and then trying to find fish as most days they were scattered. Some walleye and channel cats were caught near the G-Buoy off Linwood. Walleye were still being caught off the Pinconning Bar but the action was starting to slow. The east side of the Spark Plug was producing a few for those using spoons in 20 to 25 feet. Those fishing off Quanicassee reported poor catch rates. The better action was from Sebewaing to Caseville when fishing around Oak Point and the Charity Islands. A few limit catches were taken in 25 to 40 feet with crawler harnesses but some were also using spoons or crank baits. The incidental trout or salmon were caught out deeper.

Saginaw River: Those using worms and minnows at Smith Park were catching channel cats and freshwater drum.

Sanford Lake: Pink is still the color for bluegill and crappie. Try a pink jig with a wax worm for bluegills or a minnow for crappie. Cooler temperatures should improve the bite for bass, walleye and pike.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing slowed some over the last week. Anglers are still targeting 30 feet of water but the fish were scattered. Salmon fishing is slow. Pier anglers are catching catfish and freshwater drum but the steelhead fishing was slow. Most are using crawlers or shrimp.

South Haven: Perch fishing slowed here as well as the fish seemed to be scattered in waters 20 to 60 feet deep. Most of the fishing pressure was south of the piers. Salmon fishing was slow. A couple steelhead were caught but the fish are scattered. Pier fishing for steelhead was slow.

Van Buren County: The inland lakes had good bass fishing. The panfish action was fair but should improve.

Saugatuck: Pier anglers caught catfish and freshwater drum.

Kalamazoo River: The occasional steelhead was caught up near the Allegan Dam but no big numbers of fish. The catfish action has been very good for flathead and channel cats.

Kalamazoo County: The inland lakes are producing a good number of largemouth bass.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught trout and salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 80 to 180 feet with orange, green and yellow spoons as well as green meat rigs. Pier anglers casting spoons caught freshwater drum.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: There were no reports of any summer steelhead caught but smallmouth bass were taken on live bait, jigs and wax worms. Those drifting below the dam caught walleye on minnows. Flathead and channel cats were hitting on crawlers and bluegills. Those fishing off the wall caught bluegills.

Grand River at Lansing: Continues to produce channel cats. A few bass were caught in the shallows early morning or evening. No word on walleye however some panfish were caught in the backwaters.

Ingham County: Anglers are catching bass and panfish in area waters.

Muskegon: Trout and salmon were caught 35 to 90 feet down in 70 to 140 feet with green meat rigs and orange or green spoons.

Michigan Fishing Report 7/24/15

Elsa M with Grand Pa John M caught her 1st fis

Elsa M with Grand Pa John M caught her 1st fis

Elsa M with Grand Pa John M caught her 1st fish. Kissed it and put it back. Says “Boy that was fun, lets catch some more”. She even touched the bait, but I couldn’t get her off the lake. The rule is we go boating… if we catch a fish we went fishing.
Good times on Houghton Lake.”

We love seeing kids enjoy fishing as much as we do. Thanks for sharing, John and way to go, Elsa!!

Houghton Lake: Is producing panfish and walleye on crawlers and leeches.

Little Bay De Noc: Salmon anglers reported steady catches. Most were fishing north of the Ford River Buoy however catches were also reported in the deep channel just off Aronson Island when trolling spoons 35 to 60 feet down. Further south, anglers did best 30 to 60 feet down in 60 to 80 feet. Very few walleye or perch were caught. Those fishing off Breezy Point were marking a moderate number of fish however few were caught. A couple walleye were taken by those trolling crawler harnesses in 30 feet near Kipling and out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 30 to 40 feet. Pike were active with several areas producing fair to good catches but most were undersize. Try the mouth of the Escanaba River and near the ship docks when trolling spinners or crank baits in 8 to 20 feet. At Kipling, most were trolling daredevils or spinners in 10 to 24 feet and those near the Day’s River were trolling crawler harnesses or crank baits in 16 to 20 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers reported much better catches. The best area was to the south near St. Vitals Island when casting plastics or crawlers and leeches on jigs in 10 to 12 feet. Fish were also caught in Kates Bay and just off Garden Bluff in 10 to 18 feet. Walleye fishing slowed but a few fish were still caught from Big Bay Shoals to Kates Bay when trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 25 feet. At Fairport, salmon anglers are still taking fish in 130 to 150 feet however some have also taken fish in 90 to 110 feet. The fish were 50 to 60 feet down in both areas. Spoons and artificial cut bait were the ticket and colors varied.

Drummond Island: Had good lake herring action on the south side of Harbor Island just off the bottom in 20
feet when using gold tear drops tipped with a wax worm or natural fly. Catch rates were also good at Howard Island which is the small island on the south side of Harbor Island with dark red or brown tear drops. Noodle rods with 4 to 6 pound test worked best. Walleye were still holding in 14 to 18 feet for those trolling bottom bouncers with a 32 inch leader and crawler harness on the back side of Rutland Island in Scott Bay. The evening hours were good off Paw Point when trolling shallow running crank baits in 4 to 6 feet. Look for pike along the weed beds off the DNR boat launch.

Saginaw Bay: A good number of walleye were still being caught beyond Buoys 1 & 2 in 25 feet or more, off the Pinconning Bar and off Linwood in 20 feet. There was also an early morning bite off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River and the Callahan Reef in 6 to 9 feet along the weed beds. Most are trolling unweighted or very light crawler harnesses off planer boards so they ride just over the top of the weeds. This is a pre-dawn until about 10AM bite and then the fish go deeper. Those trolling up the east side are taking a few walleye from the Slot, off the Bar and along the shipping channel when trolling harnesses. The fish are scattered so if you find some, circle back through them. Success off Caseville was limited so try northeast of Big Charity Island. Walleye fishing was slow off Port Austin but the lake trout action has picked up.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the area are producing a mixed bag of panfish, pike and walleye.

Harbor Springs: Anglers did very well for lake trout 50 to 70 feet down in 60 to 80 feet. Many were traveling up the coast to fish around 5 Mile Point. Spin-glo’s and dodgers worked best. The occasional salmon was also caught. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow with only a few smaller fish caught.

Petoskey: Anglers did well for lake trout but no salmon were reported. Most boats are fishing the area from the breakwall to Bay Harbor with spoons in 50 to 70 feet or deeper. Some tried cut bait, but didn’t catch anything. Fish were also marked mid water in 130 to 150 feet. Pier anglers caught undersize smallmouth bass in the rocks. Fishing was still slow at the “Bobber Hole” near the mouth of the Bear River. Those using worms with or without a bobber and small spinners or crank baits caught freshwater drum, bullhead, rock bass and smallmouth.

Bear River: The water level is very low and fishing pressure was low. A few smaller brown trout were seen jumping in the falls at the dam. Those using spawn bags and worms up near the dam have caught bullhead and rock bass.

Charlevoix: The charter boats heading out were picking up a few chinook. Anglers may want to try from the cement plant to the south. Those fishing the channel caught mainly undersize smallmouth bass when using crawlers or leeches on the bottom. Freshwater drum are also in the channel and can provide some action for those using crawlers, leeches, spoons or crank baits.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing has slowed but anglers were still catching a few on leeches.

Traverse City: The East Bay is producing lake trout and the occasional whitefish or cisco. For lake trout, try near the bottom in 90 to 130 feet. Anglers are marking a few salmon but few had success catching them. In the West Bay, lake trout were found in 85 to 140 feet. Anglers reported salmon north of Elmwood Marina but few were caught. Look for the fish to be suspended about 60 feet down in 100 to 200 feet.

Boardman River: Fishing near the mouth has been slow. Undersize smallmouth and some rock bass seem to dominate the catch however a few walleye were caught on occasion. Carp fishing has slowed. Below Sabin Dam, a few brown trout continue to be caught at night, mostly on flies. Very few anglers were upstream of Sabin Dam.

Frankfort: Is producing chinook salmon 40 to 110 feet down in 175 to 250 feet when trolling blue spoons and meat rigs. Those heading offshore caught steelhead and lake trout in 33 to 35 feet. Brown trout are still in the harbor and the channel and were hitting on jointed body baits.

Onekama: Boat anglers trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet caught chinook in the early morning and after dusk. Spoons and flies were the ticket. Lake trout can be found around the “Barrel” and were caught with cowbells bouncing the bottom.

Portage Lake: Had another Mayfly hatch so bass anglers were having a rough time catching fish. Water temperatures were climbing so most were fishing 14 to 22 feet down. The bite did improve with the warmer weather.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Have good bass fishing for those using crawlers, spinners, crank baits and top water baits in shady areas. Crappie are hitting in the shallows early and deeper as the day goes on. Pike have been caught but many are undersize. Walleye fishing was slow.

Manistee: Boat anglers are catching a mix of chinook, lake trout and steelhead.

Manistee River: A fair number of salmon are making their way into the Little Manistee and the Big Manistee is producing some steelhead.

Ludington: Boat anglers are catching a mix of chinook, lake trout and steelhead.

Pentwater: The better salmon fishing was found on the south side of Little Sable Point where anglers caught lake trout, steelhead and coho in 75 to 100 feet. Those bringing in more fish were traveling 10 to 15 miles offshore and fishing in waters 400 feet deep. Pier fishing slowed but a few baitfish remain in the channel. Pier anglers caught some nice smallmouth bass.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Fishing continues to pick up for chinook and steelhead with the occasional coho or Atlantic salmon mixed in. There has not been one spot better than another however the better fishing was in the evening in 45 to 120 feet with downriggers, dipseys, lead core and copper. Most fish were caught in the top 40 feet with green, blue, yellow and chartreuse spoons. Glow spoons work best at first and last light. Steelhead were caught on orange spoons up high. Lake trout are still abundant and those targeting them have done very well when using cowbells with spin-glo’s near the bottom or suspended. Conditions are changing continuously with the different wind directions.

East & West Twin Lakes: Fishing was slow on East Twin but the walleye fishing on West Twin was very good with fish ranging 15 to 18 inches. Those trolling reported fish over 20 inches. Rock bass fishing was easy on West Twin when using crawlers or artificial worms in the 6 to 8 foot holes. Perch fishing was also good with fish ranging 8 to 14 inches. Bass fishing was moderate with most fishing along the shallows and near structure off Eagle Point.

Alpena: A mixed bag is beginning to show up with mostly lake trout along with a couple salmon and steelhead. Lake trout can be found near the bottom but the salmon and steelhead were hitting in the top 50 feet. Try around Thunder Bay Island or the “Humps” with orange, green or blue spoons. The walleye fishing has been great with most boats catching fish near the North Shore and Red Can, behind Grass Island, between Sulphur Island and Grass Island or around Thunder Bay Island. Most fish were taken on crank baits, body baits and crawler harnesses. The fish have moved deeper and were anywhere from 8 to 15 feet down in 20 to 40 feet.

Thunder Bay River: The water has warmed significantly and slowed the bite for most species but some young anglers caught rock bass and some undersize smallmouth bass.

Harrisville: The water temperature has been up and down making it hard to find the breaks. Lake trout, salmon and walleye seem to be in the same area north of the harbor between Sturgeon Point and the Black River in 10 to 30 feet. Lake trout and salmon were caught in 70 to 170 feet. Those fishing top to bottom caught a variety of fish with downriggers, planer boards and long-lining. Spoons, wobble glows and spin-glo’s behind cowbells, flashers and dodgers are working well.

Oscoda: Pier anglers have caught channel cats but they were not biting until very late at night. Walleye have slowed. Lake trout are out deep and staying close to the bottom. Try 80 to 150 feet with dark colored spoons, spin-glo’s and cut bait.

Au Sable River: A few walleye were caught just below Foote Dam. Early morning and late at night were the best times.

Tawas: Had a lot of boats out trolling for walleye. They did best in 50 to 60 feet outside Tawas Point when using crawler harnesses. A few limit catches were reported. Some boats were going south toward the “crib” off Alabaster and fishing in 40 to 50 feet. Pier and river fishing were “summer slow” and producing the occasional bass, catfish or freshwater drum.

Au Gres: Remained very busy with lots of walleye action between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres in 35 to 45 feet and northeast of the Charity Islands. Harnesses and some body baits were the main lures.

Au Gres River: Fishing was slow with only the occasional catfish taken.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Brook trout fishing has been excellent and any stream with brook trout is worth fishing. The lack of rain and steady weather is producing the ability to take limit catches.

Keweenaw Bay: Had fewer anglers but those getting out did catch a mix of chinook, coho, splake, lake trout and brown trout. A few limit catches were also reported.

Lake Gogebic: Is producing walleye and the best reports came from those trolling crank baits or still-fishing with minnows, leeches and crawlers. Walleye were found in both deep and shallow water. Those fishing from the public pier in Bergland caught sunfish, rock bass and the occasional perch.

Lake Antoine: Was producing small perch and some bluegills.

Menominee: Brown trout fishing has been consistent with an average of 2 to 3 fish per boat. Walleye and perch fishing efforts were minimal.

Menominee River: Is producing walleye, catfish, freshwater drum and smallmouth bass. The best time to fish is early morning or evening when trolling crawler harnesses and stick baits.

Marquette: Lake trout anglers in the Upper and Lower Harbor had slower catch rates with most having a tough time catching one or two fish. They were fishing on the bottom at various depths between 150 and 225 feet or deeper. A few chinook were caught but no coho. Target the waters north of the white rocks, to the east near the “sand hole” and north of Granite Island when trolling spoons or flies.

Au Train Lake: A few more anglers were out and mainly targeting northern pike and walleye. Results were poor with only a few fish caught on crawlers. Some were targeting yellow perch but most of the fish were released as they were only 6 to 7 inches. There appears to be a possible turnover of the lake with surface water temperatures up near 70. Visibility was close to ten feet and very clear.

Munising: Those heading out reported a few splake and lake trout taken in 100 to 200 feet when trolling in Trout Bay and off Sand Point. Those fishing off the dock of the Anna River continue to catch good numbers of small splake.

Grand Marais: Strong winds have kept many in the bay. The occasional whitefish was caught on a single egg and very few lake trout were caught. No coho were caught. There were no anglers fishing the mouth of the Sucker River.

South Manistique Lake: Northern pike action remains hot all over, with a massive 38 inch fish caught near the south end. Anything from inline spinners to crawler harnesses were taking fish. Walleye numbers have improved, but overall catches were still slow. The largemouth hits were especially good for those using soft plastics near Sunset Pines Resort.

Tahquamenon River: Perch, walleye and musky fishing is picking up with the steady weather and warmer temperatures.

DeTour: Lake trout anglers had good success trolling along the 80 foot flat directly south of the lighthouse when using chrome and orange spoons 50 to 60 feet down Hammered silver, chartreuse and white spoons caught lake trout from the red buoy east of the lighthouse and northwest to the green buoy. Those trolling lead core with 3 inch purple and white spoons caught Atlantic salmon 12 to 15 feet down in 60 feet. Anglers may want to try using fly type baits for Atlantic salmon while the Caddis hatch is underway.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing was very good in the early morning or late evening off the Hessel pier. Pike fishing is very good all through the Les Cheneaux Islands. Perch fishing is best in Hessel Bay, Cedarville Bay and Moscow Channel. Fishing for herring is about done except for Prentice Bay. Bass fishing is very good in the shallow weedy bays.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: With walleye season winding down anglers are reporting lower catch rates but a few were still caught when trolling in 20 to 25 feet with crawler harnesses, spoons or crank baits. Try a mile or two out from Stony Point and Fermi or near the Banana Dike and the E-Buoy. Perch numbers are on the climb as anglers are catching fish out of Brest Bay and Bolles Harbor when jigging in 15 to 22 feet using minnows with pink or purple beads.

Lenawee County: Devils Lake seen fair to good bluegill fishing by those putting in their time. Most fish were caught in 6 to 12 feet when using crawlers and wax worms. Those trolling for pike did well using deep divers and spinner baits along the weed lines. A few good catches of crappie were taken on minnows. On Lake Hudson, fishing was hit-or-miss depending on the day. Bass anglers are doing best throwing top water baits or Senkos. Panfish were caught in good numbers but the keepers were hard to find. A few walleye are starting to trickle in for those trolling or casting.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers are jigging around the islands or trolling crawler harnesses near the mouth. Perch fishing was slow but anglers are finding them in the open areas around the weed beds. Smallmouth bass are being caught around the islands and some musky were caught on the east side of Grosse Ile.

St. Clair River: Was producing some limit catches of walleye along the wall in Port Huron.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Lake trout fishing picked up as the thermoclines settled down. The fish were caught on bright green lures near the bottom in 100 to 140 feet. Steelhead and the odd chinook were caught on bright orange spoons about halfway down. Perch fishing was very slow.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout are being taken in 100 to 120 feet north of the harbor when using spoons off downriggers and dodgers with spin-glo’s off the bottom. Blue, green, glow or white with pink dots worked well especially when trolling a little faster. Steelhead and the occasional salmon were caught out near the scum line in the top 25 to 70 feet. Good colors were bright orange, green and yellow.

Grindstone City: The walleye action was spotty but some boats did well about 4 miles south when fishing in 35 to 48 feet off the New River. Anglers are fishing around the reefs with lead core and crawlers, crank baits or spoons.

Saginaw River: Walleye catches were spotty with the better action near the bridge supports. Smith Park in Essexville is open after renovations. Shore anglers there were catching the occasional bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Sanford Lake: A recent bass tournament had mixed results with some taking limits while others were skunked. Crappie fishing slowed but some were caught on pinkie jigs, minnows or worms. Warmer water made it more difficult to find active fish.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Boaters should use caution as there was a lot of debris floating around because of the recent storms. Perch were caught in good numbers in 35 feet. Salmon fishing was slow as the fish were scattered. The most consistent water seemed to be 90 to 120 feet. Pier anglers are still catching a couple steelhead when floating shrimp or alewife under a bobber.

St. Joseph River: Flows are high and turbid and there are a lot of logs and debris moving downstream. Boat anglers will need to use caution. A fair number of steelhead moved upstream through the Berrien Springs fish ladder. Water temperatures were in the mid 70’s so those fish will need to find colder water near springs or in the tributaries.

South Haven: Also has debris coming down into the lake. Boat anglers will want to use caution. Those targeting salmon found fishing was starting to improve in 80 to 100 feet. Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead when using shrimp under a bobber. Perch anglers were starting to catch a few fish in 20 to 60 feet but overall the fish were scattered.

Saugatuck: Pier anglers are catching summer steelhead.

Kalamazoo River: Flathead and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. Steelhead were caught at the Allegan Dam.

Holland: Pier anglers are catching summer steelhead.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers had some success when the alewives were in close. They caught chinook and some had limit catches of steelhead when using shrimp or alewife for bait. Boat anglers caught fish 40 to 90 feet down in 70 to 140 feet with green spoons and meat rigs.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A few summer steelhead making it up to the dam were caught by those drifting flies, yarn and beads. Channel and flathead catfish are being caught on worms and bluegills. Carp were hitting on worms, corn and shredded wheat. Those fishing off the wall caught bluegills. Crappie and a few walleye were also caught on minnows.

Grand River at Lansing: Catfish are being caught near the dams. Try crawlers, bluegills, cut bait, or shrimp. Some crappies were also caught.

Lake Lansing: Was producing a few bass.

Livingston County: Bass and bluegill were caught in Woodland Lake and a few panfish were taken in Lake Chemung.

Muskegon: Catch rates were slow with most boats going at least fifteen miles out and searching for better fishing waters. Those that did catch chinook did so when fishing throughout the water column in 120 feet with J-plugs and meat rigs.

Whitehall: Boat anglers were taking some chinook, coho, lake trout and steelhead. Pier fishing for steelhead and salmon died off but a few bait fish remain in the channel.

Michigan Fishing Report 7/17/2015

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Denny Hossmer from Marn, MI just returned from his fishing trip with Captain Chip from Game Hog Charters. They caught a big basket full of fish including TWO Master Angler qualifying fish…Blue Gill and Rock Bass. They were fishing at trusty, old #9 Muddy Bay using live bait and Hot n Tots.

Well done, Denny & Chip!

From Miller Corner this week

Hunter Atkins caught this beautiful Bass

Hunter Atkins caught this beautiful Bass

Hunter Atkins caught this beautiful Bass this weekend & reeled it in with his Lightning Mc Queen fishing pole.

Jamie Helmus caught this 32" Northern on Lake Sapphire.

Jamie Helmus caught this 32″ Northern on Lake Sapphire.

Jamie Helmus caught this 32″ Northern on Lake Sapphire.

Walleye Fishing has been good on Lake Bellaire, Manistee Lake by Kalkaska, Lake Leeelanau, Long Lake, Houghton Lake, Lake Margrethe this week with leeches working the best. Jays in Gaylord report many fisherman are heading to Eastern Up Cedarville and Drummond Island to fish herring this week and are really selling waxworms.

Drummond Island: Fly hatches were helping anglers take limit catches of lake herring. Good catches were reported in 20 feet at Harbor and Howard Island. Try three cranks off the bottom with brown and red tear drop lures tipped with a wax worm. Just east of Fairbank Point, herring were good just off the bottom in 21 feet. Anglers caught walleye at Arrow Island when trolling chrome and chartreuse crank baits in 18 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Have excellent pike fishing from Hessel Bay through Government Bay. Anglers are casting, trolling, or still-fishing with chubs. The shallow bays are producing as well. Good perch fishing in Moscow Channel and Hessel Bay. A good number of herring were caught in Prentice Bay, McKay Bay and the east end of Moscow Channel.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing remains good but it is slowing down. Walleye show signs of moving to deeper water as do the lake trout as the weather warms up. Good walleye action five miles north of Buoys 1 & 2, northwest of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) in 28 feet, and near the Sailboat Buoys G, A, and B. Near the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, the early morning bite was best over the weed beds in 12 to 14 feet when trolling un-weighted or very light crawler harnesses. The trick is to keep them above the weeds. They are still taking walleye off the Callahan Reef, Finn Road, along the Slot and off the Bar when using crawler harnesses, crank baits and spoons. Best spinner colors were purple, pink, chartreuse and brass. The deeper areas of Wildfowl Bay were producing some walleye. Off Caseville, most boats are either fishing north of Big Charity or off Oak Point. At Port Austin, walleye anglers headed west toward Hat Reef in 35 to 38 feet or northwest of Big Charity in 40 to 60 feet.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers were fishing north of Harbor Point. Bass anglers were disappointed as only a couple small fish were caught.

Petoskey: Boat anglers are fishing off the water treatment plant and around Bay Harbor for lake trout. The “Bobber Hole” near the mouth of the Bear River was slow but anglers did manage to catch rock bass, freshwater drum, bullhead, a few small perch or bass. Try worms without a bobber. Pier anglers caught small bass.

Bear River: Anglers fishing the dam caught a lot of smaller rock bass and some bullhead. Try worms and artificial eggs.

Charlevoix: Anglers are doing well for lake trout. The channel has been a bit slow. Anglers are catching mostly undersize smallmouth bass. Worms and leeches work best. Cisco, freshwater drum and rock bass were also caught.

Elk River: Smallmouth are hitting tube baits, leeches, crawlers, or minnows.

Traverse City: The East Bay had fair lake trout fishing in 70 to 120 feet. Some were suspended about 70 feet down while others were near the bottom. Those jigging caught a few whitefish. Smallmouth bass action was decent in 10 to 20 feet. In the West Bay, lake trout were fair with most caught while trolling or jigging in 90 to 115 feet. There have been rumors of a few chinook salmon caught.

Boardman River: Fishing was good. Those fishing upstream near the two forks caught some large brown trout on flies at dusk. Morning hatches of Trico’s and Blue Wing Olives are getting some fish to rise. Some good size browns were caught below Sabin Dam. Steelhead and smallmouth bass were caught at the Union Street Dam. Carp are still in the river. Smallmouth bass and walleye were caught near the mouth on live bait.

Frankfort: Chinook salmon are hitting and good catches were reported by those trolling north and targeting the top 80 feet in waters 120 to 150 feet deep with J-plugs, spoons and meat rigs. Steelhead and lake trout were caught in the top 40 feet. South winds are warming the water which was up near 64 degrees. Brown trout are still being caught in the channel between the piers.

Onekama: The Barrel is still producing good catches of lake trout for those bouncing cowbells and spin-glo’s on the bottom. Those heading out in the early morning caught chinook on meat rigs in 120 to 200 feet.

Portage Lake: Is producing a good number of largemouth but fewer smallmouth bass. Most fish were caught along the shoreline and the drops in deeper water.

Manistee: Those fishing the temperature breaks are doing well for steelhead and lake trout. Try the top 30 feet with orange spoons. A couple salmon were caught 30 to 90 feet down in 120 to 240 feet. Pier anglers caught brown trout when using alewife or casting spoons.

Manistee River: Anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout.

Ludington: Boats anglers are finding steelhead and lake trout but the salmon action was slow. The few caught were taken 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 250 feet with orange spoons and green flies. Lake trout were caught bottom bouncing with dodgers and spin-glo’s.

Pentwater: Fishing has turned on with nice catches reported. Some fishing close to port limited out but most were fishing in 100 feet. Baitfish are in the channel. A couple steelhead and redhorse suckers were caught by pier anglers.

Pentwater Lake: Shore anglers caught bullhead in the evening. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass and pike.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Lake trout fishing is still good. Most anglers are still catching anywhere from 1-4 fish per boat but some are taking limit catches. A few more chinook, coho and steelhead were in the mix. The lake trout are both suspended or near the bottom in waters 50 feet or deeper. Try cowbells or dodgers with spin-glo’s and spoons in bright colors like green or yellow. A very large mayfly hatch was underway. Scum lines were starting to form. Anglers are trolling around them with orange and green spoons. A few chinook were caught in 55 to 125 feet but the fish are scattered. Try green, blue, black or white spoons. Glow spoons work best first and last light.

East & West Twin Lakes: Walleye were caught in the 10 foot holes on West Twin. Bluegill fishing was great along the shoreline. Perch fishing picked up in the 8 foot holes. Try natural baits. East Twin was slow for all species.

Alpena: Walleyes are still being caught with some boats doing real well and others struggling to find them. They are starting to move out to deeper water. Try 12 to 18 feet down in 20 to 40 feet with body baits or crawler harnesses near the Red Can, Grass Island, behind Sulphur Island and around Thunder Bay Island. Lake trout were caught straight off the “Humps”, around Thunder Bay Island and out towards the wreck in 60 to 120 feet. They are just off the bottom or suspended throughout the water column. The occasional salmon or steelhead were caught up high.

Thunder Bay River: A few walleye were caught on crawler harnesses or body baits near the draw-bridge. Shore anglers had slow fishing with only a few rock bass or freshwater drum taken on worms.

Harrisville: A variety of fish are coming in good numbers. Lake trout have been the most abundant with the occasional steelhead, chinook, Atlantic and walleye. Lake trout are near the bottom in 80 to 150 feet. Watch out for nets, and check locations before fishing this area as the nets seem to be in waters 130 feet and deeper. The nets are marked very well as long as you don’t have a lot of wave action you will be able to see them. Steelhead, chinook and Atlantic salmon were caught north of the harbor toward Sturgeon Point. These fish are 10 to 25 feet down in 70 to 90 feet and hitting on orange and blue spoons. Walleye are still north of the harbor between Sturgeon Point and the Black River. Crawler harnesses and reef runners are best.

Oscoda: Pier fishing has been up and down. Walleye have been caught throughout the night but seem to shut down before sun up. Catfish are also being caught throughout the night and into early morning on crawlers and leeches. Look upriver for walleye as some were reported at Foote Dam. Lake trout were scarce. The fish that were caught were in 70 to 150 feet of water and suspended. Spread your baits throughout the water column.

Higgins Lake: Was producing some perch but anglers had to do some searching to find them. Try 30 to 40 feet with minnows or wax worms. Some lake trout were caught in 80 to 100 feet by those jigging or trolling with body baits and cowbells with spoons. A couple pike were caught on sucker minnows under a slip bobber near the Main Island. Rock bass are everywhere.

Lake St. Helen: Was producing bluegills and pumpkinseed. A few walleye were caught by those drifting crawlers and leeches.

Tawas: Those trolling for walleye did very well in 50 feet out past Tawas Point and off Whitestone Point in 40 to 45 feet. Some limit catches were reported. Pier fishing was slow with only a few catfish or freshwater drum caught.

Tawas River: Shore anglers in the lower river were catching the odd catfish, freshwater drum or pike.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was still good and the port was busy. Many were going over to the Charity Islands or fishing in 30 to 45 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. A few were heading south and fishing north of Buoys 1 & 2 which has been a universal hot spot for the past couple weeks. Limit catches have been common and pretty much everyone is getting some fish.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers caught a few catfish, freshwater drum and bass.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was very slow with only a few lake trout taken. A couple limit catches were taken in the South Portage Entry. Anglers tried several different depths and did not catch anything until they jigged in 315 feet. Fishing in Traverse Bay was slow.

Lake Gogebic: Walleye have been caught by those using a range of methods including still-fishing with minnows, jigging minnows off the bottom and trolling crank baits. Walleye were found both shallow and in deep water. Perch anglers were few and those out reported poor catch rates. Those fishing from the public pier in Berglund were catching sunfish and rock bass on worms.

Marquette: Those trolling for lake trout in the Upper and Lower Harbor had mixed results and were getting anywhere from three to a limit catch in a five hour trip. Some did make trips over to Shot Point and had fair results in 200 to 250 feet. Most are fishing north and east from the Sand Hole, north of the White Rocks, the “humps” off Granite Island, near Little Presque Isle and the Clay Banks. Concentrate near the bottom in 200 to 250 feet. Stannard Rock was producing excellent results with fish ranging 3 to 15 pounds when jigging with spoons, flies and cut bait. Surface water temperatures were in the mid 50’s.

Au Train Lake: Boat anglers targeting pike did catch a couple legal size fish on minnows. Those using spinner rigs and crawlers caught smaller fish. Walleye anglers had some action but catch rates were still slow. Try leeches, crawlers or trolling small crank baits. The weeds are becoming increasingly dense. Smallmouth bass were seen along the shoreline.

Munising: Reports indicate low catch rates with only a couple splake and lake trout caught in 100 to 200 feet. They are trolling all over to find fish including Trout Bay and Sand Point. Fresh spawn has been the bait of choice off the dock of the Anna River. Many small splake were caught and released.

Grand Marais: Anglers are fishing off the end of the pier and trolling deep about 5 to 10 miles out. Whitefish were hit-or-miss. The fish were averaging 13 inches but a few bigger fish were also caught on a single egg. Catch rates for lake trout were good with anglers bringing in fish every trip.

Bodi Lake: Which is in the Bodi Lake State Forest Campground in northeastern Luce County has reopened the boat launch. Improvements to the launch have been completed. Anglers should find it much easier to launch and retrieve their boats.

South Manistique Lake: Bluegills are beginning to make their way out to deeper water. Large numbers of fish have been caught near Sherman Road but most were small. Pike numbers increased with most hitting on crawler harnesses. Walleye numbers were down but catch rates were good on Big Manistique.

DeTour: The Cadis Fly hatch improved. Anglers have switched from salmon and trout fishing to lake herring. The few targeting salmon did catch a couple Atlantic salmon about 15 feet down in 50 feet when long-lining purple and chrome spoons. Dark brown flies are producing Atlantic salmon for those trolling about halfway down in 40 feet west of the lighthouse.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye and yellow perch fishing picked up with more anglers reporting limit catches of walleye when trolling crawler harnesses in 20 to 25 feet around Stony Point, the Fermi stacks and the Banana Dike. Some did well when trolling crank baits and spoons. Perch numbers are on the rise with more anglers reporting luck in 15 to 22 feet while jigging with minnows. Freshwater drum are everywhere.

Lenawee County: Panfish anglers were doing well in Devils Lake when drifting crawlers for bluegills suspended in 4 to 8 feet. A few pike and bass were caught on spinner baits and crank baits along the drop-offs. With the recent rains and runoff, Lake Hudson was very cloudy and the bite was slow with only a handful of bass and some panfish caught. With the weeds getting thicker, try fishing the deeper channels with bright colored baits.

Detroit River: Anglers reported a decrease in catch rates for walleye on the northern half of the Canadian side. The better fishing was still found near the whiskey plant, casino, salt mines and the cow pasture. Walleye fishing on the Michigan side was rated as poor even as they look deeper in 25 to 40 feet. Most were bottom bouncing crawler harnesses or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. A few yellow perch were caught downriver around the islands and the Cross-Dike. No muskie to report. Bass fishing was fair to poor for those fishing around the islands or in the cuts and canals. Boat anglers continue to target or catch walleye, bass, freshwater drum, rock bass, white bass, white perch, muskie or pike. Boat anglers are advised to bring waterproof footwear to use while launching and trailering vessels because a lot of the launch docks are partially underwater.

Lake St. Clair: Surface water temperatures are in the low 70’s. Mayfly and caddis fly hatches were heavy over the last week. Walleye fishing was slow except for a few whipping after dark. Bass fishing was good with most fish caught in waters at least 12 feet deep. Muskie fishing remains good in Canadian waters.

St. Clair River: Surface waters temperatures were in the low 60’s. Walleye fishing was slow. Bass fishing was good. Muskie fishing was good in Canadian waters but only fair in Michigan waters.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Lake trout and steelhead are moving to deeper water. Try fishing near the bottom in 100 to 140 feet. Boats are marking lots of fish but the bite was slow. Perch fishing was very slow.

Harbor Beach: Steelhead have been caught out near the scum line. Try the top 25 feet in 60 feet with bright orange, green and yellow spoons with 2, 3, 5, and 10 color lead lines with offshore boards. Lake trout were caught in 100 to 120 feet north of the harbor with downriggers and clean spoons or dodgers and squid off the bottom. Blue, green, orange or yellow with black dots were good colors.

Grindstone City: Walleye, bass and whitefish were caught in 40 to 48 feet when trolling crank baits on 6 colors of lead core off Burnt Cabin Point. Fire-tiger and crayfish (anything with orange on it) were the best colors. Charters out of Grindstone were getting lake trout in 120 to 130 feet straight north of the harbor.

Sanford Lake: Has excellent crappie fishing on small pink jigs with a white twister-tail or minnow. Bluegills and sunfish were also caught. Pike fishing picked up and the old reliable red and white Daredevle spoon worked best. Bass fishing was good.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing continues to be good in 30 to 40 feet. Salmon fishing was not consistent as the fish are scattered. The few caught were taken in 75 to 100 feet. Pier fishing for steelhead slowed with only a couple fish taken on shrimp or alewife.

South Haven: Pier anglers are catching the occasional steelhead on alewife. Perch fishing was very slow. The few caught were scattered in 18 to 45 feet. Salmon fishing was also slow with only a few boats catching fish in 60 to 100 feet and deeper.

Kalamazoo River: A few walleye were caught near the Allegan Dam. Bass anglers have done well with artificial worms and grubs. Look for panfish in the backwaters.

Grand Haven: Windy weather has turned the water continuously so water temperatures were consistent throughout. Water in the 40’s brought a large number of steelhead close to shore. Boat anglers had decent catches for steelhead and chinook salmon. A few perch were caught in shallower water. Pier angler did well when using shrimp and alewife. A couple chinook and brown trout were caught.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Channel and flathead catfish are being caught off the wall when using worms and bluegills. More walleye are being caught when using minnows off the wall or when drifting. Summer steelhead are beginning to make their way to the dam with about a half dozen landed in the last week by those drifting yarn and beads.

Grand River at Lansing: Catfish are being caught near the dam at Moore’s Park. Try crawlers, small bluegills or cut bait. Smallmouth bass were hitting on tube baits near the Brenke Fish Ladder.

Muskegon: Boat anglers did best up and down the water column as the fish were scattered. Catch rates were slow with meat rigs out fishing spoons 2 to 1. Try running gold spoons.

Muskegon River: Anglers are catching good number of brown trout and a few more Skamania. Catch rates were good throughout the river including the Hardy Dam and Croton Dam. Bass anglers are doing well with top water lures and soft plastics. Those fly fishing have also done well for trout and bass.

Whitehall: Had a few boat anglers that set lines when out on a pleasure cruise and were surprised when they caught chinook salmon. Baitfish are inside the channel. Boat anglers will want to try 80 to 100 feet. Pier anglers took steelhead, coho and brown trout after netting alewife for bait.

Houghton Lake has Been Hot

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Logan (future HL fishing guide) and his dad from St Clair Shores did it again… and again. The pictures are from two different days. Lots of BIG Walleyes, Crappie, Gills.. you name it, they caught it. 9 keeper Walleyes in one day with 3 over 20″ all from the second drop-off by the south shore using leeches on jigs and plain hooks. Their freezer is now full and they agreed to put on a fish fry for the guys here at Lyman’s

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The Zimmermans from Portland are staying at one of our cabins and tried their luck fishing. Pretty nice haul for Dave, Avery (AKA Bug & Flip) Eden, Carly and the boss’s daughter, Amanda. Not sure if Dave caught anything or not, but the girls sure did. Well done ladies!!

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake trout are scattered from Harbor Point to 7 Mile. Fish were caught on spoons and spin-glo’s 60 to 90 feet down in a variety of depths. Rumor has it a couple salmon were taken around the Point. Few bass anglers were out.

Petoskey: Also has scattered lake trout with fish caught 20, 60 and 90 feet down. Most are fishing between the breakwall and Bay Harbor but a few had luck in front of the waste water treatment plant. Spoons were the ticket. A few smallmouth bass were caught near Bay View but no fish were on the beds. They were seen in large groups and not interested in hitting any kind of bait. Those fishing between the mouth of the river and the breakwall caught smallmouth bass, rock bass, bullhead, carp, suckers, pike and freshwater drum.

Bear River: Higher water levels recently did produce a couple steelhead and brown trout. Anglers use spawn bags and cut bait this time of year.

Charlevoix: Lake trout are still scattered throughout the water column. Most anglers are using spoons and spin-glo’s. A small chinook was caught off Fisherman’s Island State Park in the middle of the water column so anglers are hoping a few more will start showing up. Those fishing the channel caught both sub-legal and keeper size smallmouth bass. Lots of freshwater drum will keep anglers busy as they are hitting on just about anything. Not many walleye or Cisco were seen.

Elk Rapids: Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass, and the occasional brown trout. Most anglers are using live bait or tube baits.

Traverse City: The East Bay is producing lake trout and a few whitefish. The lake trout were in 80 to 120 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing has slowed even though there were still some fish on the beds. The West Bay is producing lake trout along with the occasional Cisco or whitefish. Lake trout fishing was steady in 95 to 120 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in waters 5 to 20 feet deep.

Boardman River: Rock bass, carp, and a few smallmouth bass have been caught between the mouth and the Union Street Dam.

Frankfort: Cooler waters have set in. Those heading offshore for steelhead were trolling orange spoons in the top 50 feet.

Onekama: Anglers trolling the Barrel had some luck for lake trout when bouncing cowbells and spin-glo’s off the bottom. Meat rigs 60 to 80 feet down in 150 to 180 feet were getting the most action for chinook salmon.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers were picking up good numbers of largemouth bass when working the drops and shallow areas with structure. Panfish were hitting on worms in 15 to 20 feet but many were small.

Manistee: Anglers venturing offshore looking for temperature breaks are finding steelhead along with a few lake trout and coho salmon. Try the top 30 feet with orange spoons. A few salmon were caught 20 to 80 feet down in 120 to 240 feet with green and blue spoons or green and red meat rigs.

Manistee River: A fair number of salmon were already making their way up the Little Manistee. Anglers are getting a couple steelhead mixed in with some planted trout on the Big Manistee.

Ludington: Boat anglers here are also looking for the temperature breaks and taking steelhead and lake trout in the top 30 feet. Orange and gold colored spoons are working well. Trout and salmon were also caught 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 220 feet with orange and green spoons or yellow and red meat rigs. Those bottom bouncing for lake trout have done well with dodgers and spin-glo’s.

Pentwater Lake: Had a good number of anglers fishing along the shoreline and the channel however most of them caught freshwater drum.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Was producing some walleye. Bass have been caught but catch rates were slowing.

Rogers City: Boat anglers need to use caution and watch for trap nets that have been set just south of Hammond Bay and along the slide which is in 60 to 80 feet. Lake trout were caught in good numbers with limit catches possible. The fish are now suspended more than ever so run your lines throughout the water column. Dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s along with green, blue, yellow or white spoons have caught fish over the rocky areas. Try 50 to 70 feet towards Forty Mile Point or south towards Adams Point. The occasional Atlantic, chinook, coho and steelhead were also caught. It is still slow but a few more are coming in. Try 60 to 120 feet and look for baitfish while running green, blue and orange spoons up high in the water column. We need stable weather to set up a thermocline.

East & West Twin Lakes: Walleye fishing was slow on East Twin but West Twin was good with fish ranging 15 to 19 inches. Anglers are trolling natural baits or using deep diving rapalas in 10 feet. Good bass fishing on both lakes. Lots of rock bass in 4 to 6 feet near the boat launch on West Twin. Bluegill and perch fishing were good.

Alpena: The better walleye fishing will be found in warmer water. Before the cool spell, fish were caught out from the marina and around Grass Island in 8 to 20 feet with crawler harnesses and body baits. Lake trout can still be found around Thunder Bay Island but fewer will be seen as the water warms. Try out near the wreck or head for the “Humps”. A few trout and salmon could hit on spoons fished higher in the water column.

Thunder Bay River: Remains slow for the most part with only a few small rock bass or freshwater drum caught on worms. The occasional walleye was caught off the 9th Street Bridge in the late evening.

Harrisville: Fishing is good with lake trout the most abundant followed by chinook and steelhead. Boats are fishing 20 to 30 feet off the bottom in 80 to 150 feet. Start shallow in the early morning and head deeper as the day goes on with spoons and wobble glo’s or spin-glo’s behind dodgers and cowbells. Walleye fishing is up and down with most fish taken in 12 to 25 feet between Sturgeon Point and the Black River. Work the drops and rock shoals with crawler harnesses and body baits.

Oscoda: Pier fishing picked up for walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass now that the freshwater drum slowed. Anglers are using body baits, stick baits, crawlers and minnows. Lake trout were hitting on spoons and spin-glo’s in 90 to 150 feet. Some reported steelhead on the scum lines so fish the surface on calm days.

Au Sable River: Anglers reported the hex hatches were happening and trout were being caught. The fish were decent size but low numbers. Anglers were taking nice catches of brown trout on the South Branch.

Houghton Lake: Walleye and northern pike fishing were good. Try crawler harnesses and leeches along the weed lines when trolling or drifting.

Tawas: Those trolling south of Tawas Point caught walleye in 50 to 70 feet when using crawler harnesses and spoons. Limit catches were taken further south off Whitestone Point in 30 feet. Pier and river fishing were both slow with only catfish, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum taken.

Au Gres: Had lots of walleye anglers taking fish just about everywhere. Some were heading northeast or Big Charity Island and some were going 8 to 10 miles south of Pointe Au Gres. In general, anglers caught walleye everywhere in 20 to 50 feet. Limits were not common but everybody was getting some fish.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers were getting some catfish.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: This week was much better for fishing and in the hunt for legal walleye; although an abundance of small 13 inch walleye were the most common. Anglers are still-fishing with minnows or leeches.

Menominee River: Walleye, catfish, and smallmouth bass were caught by boat and shore anglers using spoons, spinners, crank baits and live bait.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported some action down at Breezy Point when trolling or drifting crawlers and stick baits in 8 to 16 feet. A few catches were reported at the mouth of the Escanaba River in 12 to 22 feet and at Kipling in 18 to 30 feet. Perch anglers had very little action with only small fish caught on worms in 6 to 24 feet around Kipling. Smallmouth bass fishing was slower than normal throughout the Bay. Most were casting spinners or plastics near the mouth of the Ford River. Salmon anglers are not marking very many fish but the freshwater drum and the channel cats are very active. Those targeting walleye have caught a lot of catfish near the mouth of the Day’s River and the Escanaba River when trolling crawler harnesses.

Big Bay De Noc: Has a similar scenario with anglers reporting a lot of freshwater drum. Smallmouth bass anglers have struggled all year. The water in the northern Bay is stained and the fish have been very illusive. Ogontz Bay and Kates Bay both reported catches but fewer than previous years. Walleye anglers had a few catches when trolling crawlers in 14 to 17 feet in Ogontz Bay. At Fairport, salmon anglers are struggling as most reported few or no catches 30 to 60 feet down in 130 feet.

Marquette: Had fair to good catch rates for lake trout in the Upper and Lower Harbors. Try the White Rocks, Granite Island and the Sand Hole in 180 to 225 feet or deeper. The flying ants are out and the black flies are increasing with the warmer weather. Success for lake trout was fair near Shot Point. High-lines were not producing salmon. No steelhead or brown trout to report.

Au Train Lake: Numbers of surfacing fish were observed feeding on forage and surface insects the past week – possibly smallmouth bass or northern pike. Anglers did poorly for walleye and northern pike but did manage to catch several undersize pike averaging 16 to 20 inches. No perch to report.

Munising: Had low catch rates with only a couple undersize splake reported. Boat anglers were trying to find fish when trolling in waters 60 to 200 feet deep. Those using fresh spawn caught small splake off the dock of the Anna River.

Grand Marais: Whitefish are hit-or-miss as catch rates were good some days and not so good on others when using a single egg. Those trolling were heading out five to ten miles for lake trout. Catch rates were good with most ranging 18 to 30 inches.

South Manistique Lake: Bluegill and pike activity is on the rise. Pike were reported in the first cove north from Wolf Bay and were caught by those trolling bright colored spinners. Brotherton Bay had bluegills moving on the beds. Anglers are using artificial spiders and poppers on fly rods. Walleye fishing is down but a good number of largemouth bass were reported near the boat launch adjacent to Sunset Pines Resort.

Newberry: Bass fishing has been good in a number of area lakes. Anglers are finding them in the near shore areas as spawning and bedding comes to an end.

DeTour: Lake trout have been caught along the DeTour Reef. Currently, try the flat directly two miles south of the lighthouse in 80 feet with hammered gray or silver colored spoons. Fish were also caught 35 to 40 feet down in 60 to 80 feet between the green can and the lighthouse. On the island side of the light, troll from the red can back to the lighthouse. Salmon fishing was slow. The thermocline was holding at 52 degrees in waters 45 to 50 feet deep.

Drummond Island: Lake herring were caught on the south end in the Third Bay which is east of Whitney Bay. Swedish pimples tipped with wax worms or mayfly skins with 4 to 6 pound test works best where fly hatches are occurring. If they will not bite, move away from the fly hatch and fish 35 to 40 feet deep because herring stage in deeper water adjacent to the fly hatches. Walleye and smallmouth bass are still fair on the north shore of Scott Bay when trolling or casting orange and chartreuse crank baits early morning and evening. Bruce Point is producing some nice smallmouth 17 to 19 inches for those jigging dark brown and green tube baits in 4 to 6 feet near the rock piles.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing was slow in Hessel Bay but good towards the east end of Cedarville Bay. The Moscow Channel is very good but not every day. Pike fishing is good all through the islands when still-fishing with chubs. Try casting in the shallow bays for bass. Herring have started to bite with many limit catches reported.

Carp River: Try fishing the mouth for walleye, pike or bass.

Brevoort Lake: Is producing panfish and pike.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Fishing improved with more anglers reporting walleye catches in 23 to 28 feet around Stony Point, the Banana Dike, off Fermi and the around the E-Buoys. Fish were also caught in Brest Bay. Most are using pink, purple and margarita crawler harnesses. Those using spoons and divers did not have as much luck. Better perch fishing was reported by those using minnows in 15 to 20 feet.

River Raisin: Had high water levels. The Dundee Dam has been overflowing for weeks, and the fishing pier has been underwater for much of the season.

Lenawee County: Bluegills are starting to make their way to deeper water in Devils Lake. Try slip bobbers and worms near the weed beds in 6 to 12 feet. Bass fishing was decent around the drop-offs and the flats when casting soft plastics and crank baits. Pike anglers trolling in 6 to 8 feet had good success. Lake Hudson has good bass fishing for those using top water baits and artificial worms. Muskie anglers are trying but most are only catching bass and channel cats.

Detroit River: Catch rates for walleye dropped on the northern half of the Canadian side. Catch rates on the Michigan side were fair to poor between the Renaissance Center and the Ambassador Bridge, around Grosse Ile, Mud Island, Great Lakes Steel and at the mouth near Lake Erie. Most are fishing deeper in 25 to 40 feet when bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses, trolling, drifting or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. Some fishing the Canadian side were jigging. The river had walleye, bass and muskie anglers. Those targeting walleye caught a fair number of rock bass, freshwater drum, a few white bass or muskie. Bass anglers had fair to good results for both large and smallmouth around the islands, cuts and canals. A few white bass were seen around Elizabeth Park. Water temperatures were up near 68 degrees. Anglers should be aware that high water levels at many of the boat launches have the docks partially underwater.

Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures are up near 70 degrees and the mayfly hatch is in full swing. Anglers may find good surface action for large and smallmouth bass on calm days when the mayflies are hatching and the bass are feeding. The better reports have come from deeper water so try 10 to 16 feet where there is vegetation. Muskie anglers had some success in Michigan waters over 12 feet deep. Perch fishing has been spotty, but some good reports have come from Goose Bay and Muscamoot Bay. Walleye fishing in Michigan waters was spotty. Shore fishing for carp remains very good at the mouth of the Clinton River.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing was better after dark at Port Huron and Algonac where anglers are whipping and wire-lining. Those fishing during the day did catch some fish in the lower river including the North, Middle and South Channels. White bass are still in the lower river and the channels and can often be seen chasing shiners on the surface along the banks. The water temperature was 61 degrees.

Black River: Had slow catch rates due to stained water after all the rain. White bass are in the mouth and some bigger smallmouth bass were caught off the wall.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: A few boats have been out for perch but the weed beds are not up far enough yet to attract schools of fish.

Harbor Beach: Steelhead were caught using bright colored spoons off downriggers and lead lines. Try some 2, 4, 8 and 10 colored lines with offshore boards. Some nice lake trout were caught straight out and north of the harbor with clean spoons as well as dodgers with spin-glo’s in the bottom 60 feet of waters 120 to 140 feet deep. Bass were caught by those casting spoons or body baits close to shore.

Grindstone City: Anglers fishing around Burnt Cabin Point in about 45 feet have caught some very large walleye and some nice whitefish. They are running lead core and green and black or pearl crank baits. Lake trout have moved deeper as the waters near shore have warmed up. Try depths up to 120 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Most boats caught walleye and a few managed to get limit catches though they were working pretty hard to get them. They did well in the Slot between Quanicassee and Bay Port, along the Bar, and out near the Spark Plug. Also notable are the weed beds off the Callahan Reef and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River which are very good producers of walleye in the early morning. The bite tapers off as the sun gets higher and the fish move back out to deeper water. Boats are fishing north and northeast of Buoys 1 & 2 in 28 to 32 feet with crawler harnesses, crank baits and spoons. Best spinner colors were pink, purple, chartreuse, silver, gold and red. For crank baits, use a crayfish pattern. Those trolling out of Caseville are going northeast of the Charity Islands and up near Oak Point however northeast of the Charities was producing more fish.

Sanford Lake: Limit and near-limit catches of black crappie were taken on live minnows in shallow water or pinkie jigs in deeper water. Bass fishing was good and bluegills were hitting on worms. A few pike and a couple walleye were caught.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing was good with fish taken in 20 to 35 feet. Pier anglers are still catching the occasional steelhead when using shrimp under a bobber. Salmon fishing was very spotty with only a few fish taken from 60 to well over 100 feet. Meat rigs worked best. Freshwater drum are still being caught in large numbers. Try shrimp or alewife on the bottom.

South Haven: Catch rates were not consistent for boat anglers targeting salmon because the fish were scattered in 80 to 100 feet. Pier anglers are getting the occasional steelhead when floating shrimp under a bobber. The fish seem to be there one day and gone the next. Perch fishing was slow.

Kalamazoo River: Was producing a limited number of fish as the water was high and dark. Shore anglers have caught channel catfish.

Grand Haven: The salmon were moving to deeper water. Perch fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels were down significantly. Flathead and channel catfish continue to be caught on worms and bluegills. Carp fishing has slowed compared to the last few weeks. Walleye and smallmouth bass have been caught off the wall by those using live bait. Bluegills were caught in the backwaters.

Grand River at Lansing: Those fishing near the dams have caught catfish, carp, smallmouth bass and rock bass.

Muskrat Lake: Crappie were caught early or late. Bluegills moved to deeper water and were hitting on crawlers, wax worms, and leeches.

Lake Ovid: Anglers caught small bluegills and a couple catfish.

Montcalm County: Large pike 35 to 39 inches and some bass were caught on Big Whitefish Lake. Crystal Lake was producing some walleye and large bluegills. Tamarack Lake had a lot of small perch.

Muskegon: Lake Michigan anglers are taking the most fish in 100 to 130 feet. Salmon were caught on dipseys and dodgers 50 feet down and steelhead were caught in the top 25 feet.

Muskegon River: Undersized walleye and trout are plentiful in the upper and lower portions near Hardy Dam and Croton Dam.

Fourth Of July Fishing Report 7/2/2015

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Nice smallmouth from Northwest Michigan Lake

The weather remains pretty much the same as last week with high water levels and windy weather around most of the state. Although the wet weather has slowed the fish catch in some areas, others are having good luck. A drier forecast is just around the corner for the 4th!

Fishing has been spotty as cold weather seems to keep the bite down.

Houghton Lake has been great on the panfish this week, along with a fair walleye bite. Pike are always biting and stealing lures

HIggins Lake perch and rockbass have been great with some nice bass being caught.

Lake Margrethe has been good for panfish and walleye this week.

Skegemog has been fair for bass with bluegill on the beds this week

Cadillac and Mitchell have been good for panfish and bass

Traverse City: Lake trout and smallmouth bass fishing have been a fair catch in the East Bay. The bass are active in the shallows. Try trolling or jigging for lake trout in 60 to 115 feet of water. In the West Bay, smallmouth bass fishing has been good with many of the bass being fished in beds. Lake trout were caught trolling in depths anywhere from 60 to 120 feet.

Portage Lake: Anglers are landing fair numbers of panfish from several different areas on the lake with worms. After the recent Mayfly hatch Bass anglers are reporting low numbers of hits. Lake temperatures are still cooler for this time of year but moving up steadily.

Little Bay De Noc: Breezy Point is still producing the best walleye catches. Anglers mostly troll crawlers w/harnesses in eight to 14 feet of water. At night some had had good success trolling stick baits in the shallows in three to eight feet of water. Walleye anglers have reported catching a lot of drum this week. Perch anglers reported mediocre catches at best. A few jumbo perch were caught just south of the “Narrows” using minnows in and around 30 feet of water. Ford River smallmouth bass anglers reported mostly undersize fish but good numbers casting plastics, spinners and cranks.

Big Bay De Noc: Fair to good walleye catches reported just out from Kates Bay in 16 to 22 feet of water. Most trolled crawlers w/harnesses. Smallmouth anglers in Kates Bay also reported fair to good catches casting plastics and spinners in 10 to 12 feet of water. Also fair smallmouth catches reported in Ogontz and Puffy Bay using the same in 10 to 18 feet of water. Northern pike were active in Ogontz as bass anglers reported several incidental catches.

Saginaw Bay: Most of the success for walleye came at mid-week, with boats going way out-, four to five miles north and east of Buoys 1 & 2. Some walleye action was reported near Sailboat Buoy A and also in 12 feet of water off Bay City State Park. Both harnesses and spoons were catching fish. Smith Park is open to shore fishing again after major renovations, and shore anglers there were catching drum, catfish, a few bass and walleye.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake trout fishing was still hit-or-miss in Harbor Springs but some success was had west of Harbor Point in 100 to 150 feet of water fishing near the bottom. Smallmouth bass anglers are still out targeting areas near shore inside the point, around the harbor to the area in front of and past Wequetonsing, casting and retrieving artificial baits.

Petoskey: No salmon reports out of Petoskey. Anglers are mainly focusing on the same area, between the breakwall and Bay Harbor. Some boats are headed even closer to 9 Mile Point. Lake trout are being caught in 80 to 100 feet of water near the bottom on spoons. A variety of species such as smallmouth, rock bass, bullhead, carp, drum, catfish, suckers and pike were caught from the mouth of the river down the beach to the breakwall in Petoskey. Most were caught off D Pier on worms, but casting crankbaits or spinners also worked.

Bear River: Not much activity if any here this past week.

Charlevoix: Angler pressure in boats has been pretty slow; a few caught lake trout south of the channel, fishing in 100 feet of water, 80 feet down and north of the channel in 150 feet of water, 60 feet down. Lakers seem to be more scattered now. Anglers were using spoons or spin-n-glows with dodgers for lake trout. Smallmouth bass are around in the channel but are not hitting great. A couple of bass were caught last week on crank baits and spoons. The ones that were seen have been high up in the water column. There was a lake trout of two caught off the end of the piers and anglers have also reported a sheepshead or two. Cisco fishing in the channel seems to be slowing down a bit.

Sanford Lake: Bluegill and crappie fishing remained pretty good on worms, minnows or tiny jigs. Two bass tournaments last week had generally good catches.

Elk Rapids: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good below the power dam and out to Lake Michigan. Leeches and soft plastics are working well.

Boardman River: Bass fishing at the mouth has slowed and mostly small fish are being caught. There have been a few steelhead that have been caught up near the Union Street Dam as well as a few pike. Carp fishing has slowed down a little but fishermen are still reporting a random catch. Brown trout also continue to be caught around dusk below Sabin Dam. Upper stretches of the Boardman River have had few fishermen lately but those out there have caught a few brown and brook trout.

Frankfort: Chinook have been hitting in the early morning in 250 to 400 feet of water and trolling 60 to 100 feet down. Fish are hitting on spoons, flies, and meat rigs with blues and pinks being a popular color. Lake numbers have slowed but anglers are still picking them up in 100 to 150 feet of water bottom-bouncing with cow bells and spin-n-glos.

Onekama: Very nice lake trout are being landed in the barrel and in front of the golf course. Anglers are trolling in 100 to 125 feet of water bottom-bouncing with cow bells and spin-n-glos.

Manistee: Boats going offshore looking for the temperature breaks are doing well on steelhead along with a few lake trout. Orange, chartreuse, and purple spoons have worked best in the top 25 feet of water. A few salmon have been caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Meat rigs have been working deeper in the water column.

Ludington: Good numbers of steelhead have been caught offshore on the temperature breaks. Orange spoons have worked well. Boats targeting salmon have found the action to be slow with a few caught in 100 to 250 feet of water.

Pentwater: Anglers are catching salmon, steelhead, and lake trout in 90 feet of water surrounding Little Sable Point. Anglers are travelling several miles off shore to fish for lake trout. Pier anglers caught sheepshead and large and smallmouth bass.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Lake trout has slowed from its fast pace limits. Anglers are having to look around more as the fish are starting to transition from shallower to deeper water. The lake trout seem to be more suspended now more than earlier on. Anglers that are putting the time in are still coming in with limits. It is still very slow for salmon and steelhead. Try fishing waters 50 to 120 feet deep, running a spread throughout the water column for best results. Spoons in green, blue, orange, yellow and chartreuse are working well. Anglers targeting Chinook salmon, Atlantic salmon and steelhead should see better results as the water continues to warm.

East & West Twin Lakes: Walleye fishing was really good this week for both lakes. Most anglers are trolling in the 10 foot holes with worms and leeches. The bass fishing was also great on both lakes. Most of the anglers are catching rock bass but there are many that are catching good size smallmouth bass too. The perch fishing is still slow but it is starting to pick up in West Twin in the six foot holes using worms.

Alpena: Walleye fishing continues to be great. Some really nice fish have come in over the last week ranging from three to five pounds. Many are fishing Grass Island, Scarecrow Island, North Shore and along the city beach front or straight out of the marina. Best depths have been in eight to 20 feet of water. Crawler harnesses have been the best but anglers are also using body baits. Anglers going out for lake trout are doing well around Thunder Bay Island in 60 to 120 feet of water fishing close to the bottom as well as suspended.

Thunder Bay River: Has some panfish activity. However, slow is the word. Walleye are being taken off the bridge with night crawlers or body baits.

Harrisville: Is producing good numbers of lake trout. Most anglers are having good success straight out, north and south, fishing in 80 to 130 feet of water. Lake trout are from the bottom to about half of the water depth being fished. Spoons, spin-n-glos and cut bait have all been working well. Anglers targeting lake trout have also caught some salmon and steelhead. Walleye are being caught north of the harbor between Sturgeon Point and Black River, and to the south around Greenbush. In both areas, the fish seem to holding in 12 to 25 feet of water, with body baits and crawler harnesses working well.

Oscoda: Lake trout are in the area in good numbers and anglers are having pleasing success. Fish in 90 to 150 feet of water, from the bottom to about two thirds up the water column. Spoons have been working the best but try a variety of baits with flashers as an attractant. Walleye fishing has been slow in and out of the river. Crawlers and body baits have been working the best. Catfish have started to show up in good numbers with late evening and early morning being the best times. Crawlers and minnows have produced the most catches.

Tawas: Not a lot of fishing effort in Tawas Bay proper last week. A few walleye were taken from 35 to 50 feet of water off the end of Tawas Point and down toward Alabaster in 25 to 30 feet of water. Pier angling is limited to a few smallmouth bass. The Tawas River is slow, producing just a few smallmouth bass and catfish.

Au Gres: Is generally getting good catches of walleye all over the place in 25 to 45 feet of water. Crawler harnesses are producing best. There was a big mayfly hatch off Au Gres late last week that may have suppressed the bite somewhat. Lots of catfish and drum and a few perch taken incidental to walleye. Also, a few boats went to the Charities after bass and did very well on smallmouth with catch & release. Limit catches of walleye were taken in 30 to 45 feet of water straight out or to the south towards the shipping channel when using crawler harnesses.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Copper Harbor: Fishing pressure is still down. The lake trout bite in Eagle Harbor is picking up. Trolling with spoons has been productive. Splake, rainbows and coho have been showing up outside of both ports.

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing here in the Bay was very slow and with that, angler participation is also slowing down some. One boat of anglers went out near the Huron Islands however, and limited out on lake trout. South Portage entry anglers here are starting to pick up some nice catches of lake trout trolling or jigging on or near Farmers, Newton’s and Big Reefs. Traverse Bay reports anglers both trolling and jigging and also starting to pick up some nice catches of lake trout fishing straight out from the Traverse Bay Launch, Hermits Cove, Gay and Big Louie’s Points as well as the 5, 6, and 7 mile reefs. Anglers are trolling in waters from 50 to 180 feet of water from one foot off of the bottom to 150 feet down.

Lake Gogebic: This week was busier than last but unfortunately the fishing was still slow. The mayfly hatch has dampened fishing success the last two weeks but things seemed to be getting back on track this past weekend. The most common method for fishing for walleye has been still-fishing with minnows or leeches. Those fishing with crank baits tend to catch fewer walleye overall, but a higher proportion of their catch is of legal length. A few boats did have success catching pumpkinseeds this week and there were also a handful of bluegill and black crappie hauled in.

Fairport: There are still only a few anglers fishing here so far this season as there has been construction at the Marina. Fair catches reported with most trolling spoons in the “Gap” in 100 to 150 feet of water and 30 to 90 feet down. Good steelhead catches reported also.

Marquette: Lake trout fishing has improved this past week. Best times appear mid-morning or early evening. A few lucky anglers have managed to limit out for lake trout with most fish averaging three to four pounds. Lake trout fishing has been best in deeper waters from 180 to 250 feet of water with anglers having some of the better luck near Granite Island and Little Presque Isle fishing the humps on the drop off. Best colors – no real pattern but anglers were most happy with silver/watermelon colors. Salmon fishing has been virtually nothing with only a few steelhead reported this week. Stannard Rock anglers are having great action jigging and trolling with fish of all sizes being caught. Anglers reported fishing in the shallow reef areas and along the deep edges with both areas producing fun fishing.

Au Train Lake: Anglers fishing the lake with most targeting northern pike. Most of the pike are undersize with catches of 10 to 20 pike over a period of three or four days is not uncommon. Most anglers having best success using sucker minnows and bobbers. There were very few walleye fisherman this past week with no report of any catches. A few small perch were caught and released due to their size. The mayfly hatch is on the tail end with a large dragonfly hatch this past week. Anglers are still catching an occasional sucker while walleye fishing using either crawlers or leeches.

Munising: Munising bay reports poor levels of fishing activity over the past week. Catch rates still remained generally low. Reports from around the bay indicate low catch results on coho with a few Chinook. Anglers are focused on water depths from 60 to 200 feet of water trolling all around trying to find fish. Many small splake are being caught and released near the Anna River with a few keeper splake showing up occasionally.

Grand Marais: In Grand Marais most fishermen are still-fishing off the end of the pier while others are trolling out about five miles from the pier for lake trout. Minimal effort was seen at the mouth of the Sucker River with no reported catches. Whitefish are hit-or-miss this week with some days catch rates being good and other days very slow. Whitefish are primarily getting caught on single eggs. Catch rates are good on lake trout with fishermen bringing fish in on every trip.

DeTour: This past week the salmon and lake trout have been hit-or-miss. The few fish harvested were mixed boxes of lake trout, steelhead, and a few small Atlantic salmon. As we approach the 4th of July, warmer day and nighttime temperatures are forecasted. This will help warm up the water and improve the bite.

Drummond Island: This past week the walleye bite has slowed down a little due to the heavy mayfly hatches around the islands of Scott Bay. However, anglers trolling late in the evening between Rutland and Peck Islands have been catching walleye in the 17 and 20 inch class. Try planner boards and use chartreuse and white, or chrome colored four-inch crank baits set at seven to nine feet deep. The mayfly hatch has brought some success for anglers targeting lake herring. A few limits were taken last week in 14 to 17 feet of water on the south side of Harbor Island and the south side of Howard using swedish pimples tipped with waxworms or mayflys. Northern pike have been good during the evening hours just off the DNR Access boat launch on Maxton Bay in four to six feet of water trolling brown and orange rubber twister tails.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: With muddy water from all the rain, anglers are reporting lower catch than usual, but walleye are being caught trolling 23 to 28 feet down using crawler harnesses. Pink and purple harnesses reportedly had better luck. Anglers were doing well around Stony Point and the West Sister Island. Channel catfish are being caught in the Hot Ponds using worms. Large and smallmouth bass numbers are low due to the muddy water. Few anglers are catching perch but those having luck are using minnows.

Lenawee County: Anglers are reporting water temps between 68-71 degrees on Devils Lake. With all the recent rain, wind and run-offs, water clarity is lower than normal and is making the fishing slower than usual. Panfish anglers are targeting bluegill and crappie in four to eight feet of water using worms or crickets. Bass and pike anglers are doing well around the weed beds during the mornings. A good number of anglers fishing on Lake Hudson are targeting musky with limited success. Those with success are putting in time and no real pattern for the bites have been established. Weather permitting, bass and panfish anglers continue to do well from boats as well as from shore. For bass, try top water along the shallow banks and scum filled bays.

Detroit River: Reported relatively light fishing pressure last week with most angling effort now confined to the early morning and late day hours. Weather continued its recent rainy and breezy trends further hampering efforts throughout the week. Anglers reported fair to poor results fishing between the Ren Cen and the Ambassador Bridge, around Grosse Ile and Mud Island and at the Lake Erie mouth. Most anglers are now targeting walleye by bottom-bouncing with crawler harnesses either trolling or drifting.

Harbor Beach: From Harbor Beach to Lexington, trollers were taking lake trout and steelhead from 85 feet of water at mid-week, with steelhead in the top 25 feet and lakers near the bottom. Fishing should pick up again as soon as the weather settles down.

Port Austin and Grindstone City: The cold water temperature is slowing walleye fishing at Port Austin and Grindstone City. Lake trout fishing was excellent off the tip of the thumb 10 days ago, but the wind has kept everyone ashore since.

Quanicassee River: The east side of the bay was lightly fished last week. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicassee took some bluegills and sunfish on worms.

Bay Port and Caseville: Trollers fishing after walleye were going to the area north of the shipping channel; some got a few fish and a couple of boats got limits.

Saginaw River: During the windy part of the week, most anglers were not brave enough to ride the waves so they trolled in the lower Saginaw River and picked up a few walleye on harnesses.

Sanford Lake: Bluegill and crappie fishing remained pretty good on worms and crappies on minnows or tiny jigs. Two bass tournaments last week had generally good catches.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing has slowed down a little this week. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of fish in 30 feet of water. Salmon fishing has slowed as well. Fish seemed to be scattered from 60 to 100 feet of water. Pier anglers are catching a few steelhead. Fish are being caught using spoons and shrimp fished on the bottom. Sheepshead are being caught in great numbers. Night crawlers and shrimp fished on the bottom is working best.

South Haven: Perch fishing has been very slow. The few fish being caught were in 20 feet of water. Salmon fishing is very spotty. The fish seem to be scattered from 50 to well beyond 100 feet of water. Meat rigs seem to be catching most of the fish. Pier anglers are catching an occasional steelhead. Shrimp fished under a bobber is the most productive method.

Grand Haven: Pier fishing has been fair. Fishers have been catching large alewives and a few perch.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are still well above normal. Fishermen are mainly catching carp especially on shredded wheat and corn. Channel and flathead catfish are being caught regularly on worms and bluegill. Some long nose gar also being caught. Plenty of bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish being caught off the wall using worms.

Grand River at Lansing: Fishing is quiet along the Grand River in Lansing. Those that are venturing out are catching rockbass and smallmouth bass. Pike fishing has been hit-or-miss. Catfish has been good however.

Muskrat Lake: Has seen some good bluegill and crappie catches using night crawlers and wax worms.

Sessions Lake: Also reports success with bluegill and crappie.

Muskegon Lake: More kings have started to show up. The majority of catches before have been lake trout. Anglers are fishing in 100 to 160 feet of water and 50 to 90 feet down for kings. Steelhead are being caught in the top 40 feet of water with orange spoons.

Whitehall: Essentially no action in Whitehall. Look for salmon and trout in the 100 foot range. Yellow and green lures may work well. No pier action to speak of.

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.

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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.