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NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Weekly Fishing Report

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The recent hot weather eased fishing pressure throughout much of the state but anglers who have headed out have seen some success, particularly for Chinook, yellow perch, walleye, bass and lake trout.


Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing has been good with anglers receiving occasional limit catches. Most success was had using shiners on perch rigs or spreaders in 24 to 27 feet fishing straight out from the River Raisin and drifting in areas between Fermi, Sandy Creek and straight out from the mouth of the Raisin until decent schools of fish were found. Anglers were still sorting many small fish but some anglers hitting the right schools found plenty of decent-sized perch. Those fishing for perch were also catching white perch, freshwater drum and white bass with the occasional smallmouth or walleye. Anglers fishing Sandy Creek caught large numbers of panfish on crawlers. Those fishing in Bolles Harbor and near the mouth of La Plaisance Creek caught largemouth bass when jigging tubes. Anglers fishing around Pointe Mouillee's dikes caught largemouth and smallmouth bass on jerk baits and various cranks including shad raps. Shore anglers fishing Pointe Mouillee caught yellow perch, rock bass, panfish, and bullheads when using night crawlers. /p>

Oakland County: Both Cass and Union lakes have had fair fishing. Majority of anglers are targeting bass or anything that bites. While most of the better bass fishing has been in deeper water, some anglers are finding success around docks or shorelines. Those looking for pike or walleye should try crawler harnesses in 20 to 25 feet. A few good sized catches of panfish were brought in but anglers are reporting a lot of small throwbacks as well.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth and largemouth bass have been caught in the bay between the Harley Ensign launch and Metro Point while casting worms. Smallmouths were also caught on the east side of Anchor Bay in eight to11 feet while casting crankbaits and on the west side of Anchor Bay in eight to 11 feet while casting tubes and plastic worms. Walleye have been caught close to the channel straight out from the Harley Ensign launch in 12 to 15 feet of water by anglers trolling with black and silver and chartreuse rapalas. Walleye have also been caught near Harsens Island in 17 feet of water while trolling bottom bouncers with fire tiger colored crawler harnesses. Decent catches of yellow perch have been caught while still fishing minnows and crawlers by Strawberry Island and the Harley Ensign boat launch. Yellow perch, walleye, channel catfish, and panfish have been caught in 16 feet of water near the 400 club. Anglers caught mixed bags while fishing near the Saint Clair Light while trolling with crawler harnesses. They took panfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, and northern pike. The dumping grounds proved to be a good location for smallmouth bass fishermen this week as well. Anglers are having success for muskie while trolling a variety of artificial baits at about six mph.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Anglers were getting the same mix of walleye, steelhead and lake trout, with a couple of pink salmon thrown in. The walleye and steelhead were coming from 40 to 60 feet with the steelhead in the top half and the lake trout from 80 to 100 feet or deeper. Perch fishing has tapered off. Pier anglers are getting walleye in the evening.

Grindstone City: Was taking a mix of walleye, steelhead, and lake trout straight north in 100 to 140 feet with small spoons on downriggers and lead-core.

Port Austin: Pier fishing has been spotty. Some nice smallmouths and small perch were caught off the north wall.

Saginaw Bay: Fishing pressure was light all week due to hot weather during the week and rain on the weekend. Some walleye were taken off the Pinconning Bar from 19-25 feet. A few perch being taken from the Black Hole, sailboat buoys G and H, and out of the old shipping channel north of the Saginaw River mouth. Over on the east side of the bay, walleye fishing was generally slow but individual boats did fairly well if they found some active fish. Surprisingly, some boats have done well in eight to 12 feet and others in 15 to 17 feet. Perch fishing on the east side was generally slow with a lot of sorting necessary. Shore anglers in the Quanicassee River were getting small perch and panfish and a lot of dogfish.

Saginaw River: River fishing at Smith Park was turning up a few drum and catfish from very warm water.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Kalamazoo River: Walleye fishing has improved with a fair number of fish caught by those trolling night crawler harnesses.

South Haven: Perch fishing has slowed on Lake Michigan. Boat anglers targeting salmon report good action in 70 to 80 feet and 100 to 120 feet. Steelhead, lake trout and light numbers of Chinook have been caught on blue and green spoons. Pier anglers have caught a couple of steelhead.

Grand Haven: Decent numbers of salmon have been caught 35 to 90 feet down in 80 to 130 feet. A variety of colors in meat rigs, glow plugs and flies have been working well. A few fresh drum and catfish have been caught in the channel.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A few walleye have been caught below the dams. The best action has been early and late. Catfish are hitting on crawlers, shrimp or cut bait when fished at night.

Grand River at Lansing: Bass are hitting on leeches and flies on the Grand River. Tube baits and spinnerbaits are producing good results as well. Those fishing at night are catching fair numbers of catfish.

Muskegon: Salmon are being caught 35 to 90 feet down in 75 to 140 feet. Glow plugs are working well along with green, red, and yellow meat rigs. No pier report.

Whitehall: Salmon and steelhead fishing has been good 30 to 100 feet down in 60 to 150 feet. Green or blue plugs and flashers and flies have fished well.

White Lake: Bass anglers have caught fish using crankbaits or jigging soft plastics near the submerged structure. Bluegills have been caught using red worms under bobbers.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mackinaw City: Those fishing in the straits area this last week took decent numbers of lake trout, a few pink salmon, and a few Chinook salmon. They were mostly small with very few larger fish being caught.

Cheboygan: Very few boats have headed out to Lake Huron this last week to fish for salmon and trout. Those that did go out caught good numbers of lake trout, a few Chinook salmon and good numbers of pink salmon. Most of the Chinook salmon caught were small.

Cheboygan River: Is producing smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass and channel catfish. Only a few walleye were caught by those using leeches or crawlers and most that were caught were undersized.

Mullett Lake: The warm water has made slow fishing for all species this past week. Walleye fishermen are targeting the humps area on the north end of the lake with limited success. Most anglers are catching walleye with crawler harnesses but a few have had good success with hot-n-tots. Steelhead fishing was very slow this past week with most boats only getting one to two fish per trip. Anglers are fishing 3-7 colors of lead as well as downriggers 30 to 45 feet down over 60 to 120 feet of water. Perch anglers have found a few throughout the lake averaging six to 12 decent sized perch per trip.

Rogers City: A mixed bag fishery continues. Anglers are given the chance of catching a wide variety of fish. Chinook salmon are starting to show up and have been caught very early or very late for the best success. Anglers are starting to fish south from the harbor towards Adams Point, Swan Bay and Calcite Plant. Best depths have been anywhere from 25 feet in front of Swan Bay out to 125 feet deep in 45 to 90 feet of water being the best. Anglers are using downriggers, lead core, dipseys and copper for best results. Some J plugs are also starting to work. Good colors have been greens, blues, oranges, purple, white and black, blue and silver, peril white, and glow stuff early and late.

Presque Isle: A mixed bag fishery continues here as well. Anglers have the opportunity to catch Chinook salmon, lake trout, pink salmon, walleye, coho salmon, steelhead, and Atlantic salmon all in a given trip. Anglers are mostly fishing north of the harbor between the two lighthouses. Best depths have been in 50 to 120 feet of water and running lines all up and down the water column or above and below a thermocline if there is one. Anglers are using downriggers, lead core, dipseys, and copper and running them throughout the water column. Spoons have been the best but flashers with squid flies or cut bait have also taken fish. Good colors have been greens, blues, oranges, purple, white and black, blue and silver, peril white and glow stuff early and late.

Tawas: Anglers trolling off Tawas Bay were fishing 50 to 60 feet off the crib down at Alabaster and getting decent numbers of walleye and also pretty good numbers of steelhead. Recent warm, muggy nights have stimulated some late mayfly hatches that seem to be bringing the steelhead into the area.

Tawas River: : Pier and river fishing are slow with mainly tourists fishing and catching the odd rock bass, smallmouth, catfish, drum or pike.

Au Gres: Boat fishing pressure has been pretty light. Walleye anglers were concentrating their efforts northeast of Big Charity Island and near the Steeples in 20 to 32 feet. Some walleye have also been taken off Whitestone Point. Some perch being taken off near the hotel in 20 to 35 feet. Eagle Bay Marina had some nice catches of perch from 15 to 20 feet off the Saganing and Pinconning bars.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Lake trout fishing is slow. Most boats have been targeting Harbor Point and North. There were only a couple reports of one or two lake trout being caught.

Petoskey: Boat anglers have caught mainly lake trout but a few Chinook were also taken last week. Lake trout were caught anywhere from 50 to 120 feet down both suspended and near the bottom. Spoons were working well but lakers were also hitting on cut bait. The few Chinook caught were about 50 feet down. Anglers caught salmon on flasher flies and plugs. There is not much angler pressure at the dam right now. Only a few small steelhead being caught on spawn bags. The mouth of the river was very slow over the last week. Water levels are still low and there were not many anglers or fish seen here.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers have caught mainly lake trout with a couple Chinook mixed in. A few decent size salmon in the 10 to 12 pound range were taken as well. Lake trout were caught both suspended 100 feet down and near the bottom. Salmon were caught about 50 feet down over the weekend. Flies and spinners were working for both lakers and salmon. Both species were taken anywhere from the can at the cement plant to North Point. Some boats headed straight out a few miles and also caught some fish. Anglers fishing the channel in Charlevoix caught more keeper smallmouth bass along with a lot of undersized ones. There were also a few rock bass caught at the end of the pier around the lighthouse. Most anglers were using worms and leeches both real and artificial.

Traverse City: Although slow, anglers targeting Chinook salmon have been catching some fish in the mornings on West Bay north of Clinch Park. East Bay has been slow as well where fish have been caught around the drop-off at the southern end of the bay. Bass anglers have been catching plenty of small smallmouths on the Elk and Boardman Rivers. East Bay has been fair for smallmouths along the west side of the bay, north of the M-37 launch. Rock bass fishing has been good at Elk Rapids and the Boardman River. An occasional sheepshead and northern pike have been caught in Elk Rapids.

Grand Traverse Bay: Anglers trolling between Gay and Big Louie's Points had some nice catches of lake trout and coho while trolling in waters from 40 to 180 feet deep and 30 to 175 feet down with a variety of spoons and colors being used.

Frankfort: Chinook are biting in a variety of places from the Herring Hole to Platte Bay 40 to 80 feet down and hitting on spoons, flies and plugs. All are seeing action with greens and blue colors being the most popular. Coho numbers are picking up in the same areas but a little deeper down.

Onekama: The Barrel is still producing a few Chinook in the early mornings and lake trout throughout the day. Anglers are trolling 40 to 100 feet down with the temperature break at 45 to 65 down.

Portage Lake: Very nice catches of bluegills are being reported hitting on worms in 18 to 25 feet. Water temperatures are very warm so anglers are fishing a bit deeper.

Manistee: Dredging continues and will continue for about another month or so. To avoid any possible accidents please drive between the dredger and the north pier until you get around them. Good numbers of salmon and coho are still coming in being caught offshore in 70 to 130 feet. Small numbers of steelhead and lake trout are also coming on at those depths.

Ludington: Chinook were caught in the afternoon along the off shore in 90 to 150 feet. Coho along with small numbers of steelhead and lake trout were also being caught at those depths. Morning bite has shown to be a lot better than at night.

Pentwater: Salmon and steelhead fishing has been good fishing 30 to 90 feet down in 60 to 140 feet. Plugs, flashers and flies and meat rigs have all been fishing well.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers targeting smallmouth bass and drum have had success using minnows and night crawlers when drifting along the bottom in the channel.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The fish bite has been very slow this past week for anglers trolling for salmon. Those trolling have fished from the head of the bay northward as far as the red rocks at the roadside park on US-41 near the community of Keweenaw Bay and trolling in waters from 30 to 90 feet deep and 25 to 70 feet down. A variety of lures ranging from spoons to body baits with colors of orange and greens have been working the best.

Little Bay De Noc: Very few walleye anglers here this week. Most have been going down by Round Island. The fishing there has been fairly good but bad weather was mainly a factor this week. Ogontz reported a lot of undersized bass. Most anglers have been fishing the reeds along the shore line. Best catches of smallmouth bass were in the Nahma area casting or trolling plastics, spinners, cranks or crawlers in five to 16 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had fair to good walleye catches near Round Island when trolling stick baits in 7 to 24 feet. Look for structure and weed lines. Fair to good smallmouth fishing near Ogontz when casting drop shots, plastics or live bait along the shoreline and weed beds. Fish were also caught along the bay near Nahma, off the golf course and near the Sturgeon River. Most were caught along the rocks in 6 to 12 feet with crawlers and leeches. Off Fairport, salmon anglers reported the best catches off Big Summer Island. Some caught fish 20 pounds or more.

Fairport: Has been mainly hit or miss this past week. Salmon anglers reported some very good catches but the action was spotty. Most have been fishing the Gap trolling mostly spoons in 105 to 140 feet and 60 to 90 feet down. Several 20 pound-plus fish being caught have been reported.

Munising: Boat anglers are doing well with several limits of lake trout coming in. Areas that have been best are Wood Island Reef and Big Reef. Also some boat anglers report coho salmon action of three to five fish with an occasional Splake near Trout Bay. Big Reef had some good reports of local charters doing well on limits with most fish averaging around three to four pounds.

Grand Marais: Fishing conditions were more favorable the past few days and boat anglers did well for lake trout at all depths from less than 100 feet to close to 200 feet. Productive areas were near Au Sable Point and about seven miles out from Grand Marais as well as Big Reef and the surrounding areas. A few boaters trolled close to the break wall and harbor for northern pike. There had been some reports of a few coho salmon being caught but weather conditions were not favorable.

St. Marys River: There are a few muskie reports in the 38 to 46 inch class while trolling large black buck tail spinners with yellow spotted blades in twelve feet of water just off the weed beds from Raber Boat Launch south to the Lime Island Dock and fishing pier. For walleye anglers the best location has been at the mouth of Carlton Creek two miles south of the Raber Boat Launch in the early morning hours and late evening hours trolling orange spinner blades with night crawler harnesses in eight to 12 feet.

Detour: Reports of smallmouth bass have been reported jigging with brown tube jigs in six to eight feet off rock piles and rocky points on the north end of Maude Bay. Anglers have reported a few northern pike while trolling red and white spoons off weed beds in eight to 12 feet.

St. Ignace: Only a few small and very few large Chinooks were taken by those fishing in the area. Good numbers of lake trout are still being taken by those who target them and a few pink salmon are being taken on high lines set for steelhead or salmon. The Carp River is producing a few walleye, smallmouth bass, pike and perch. Most fish are being caught early in the morning or late in the day. The Pine River is still giving up a few walleye for those trolling crawler harnesses near Lake Huron but catch rates have fallen recently. Early in the morning seems to be the best bite and a few perch, pike and smallmouth bass have also been caught.


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