Weekly Fishing Report
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, May 25, 2017
Weekly Fishing Report
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Salmon activity on Lake Michigan has been very active over the past few weeks with quite a few catches of Chinook and coho. Activity elsewhere is starting to pick up and consistently warmer temperatures should help.
Don't forget the catch-and-keep season for bass on most waters opens this Saturday, May 27 (season on Lake St. Clair and St. Clair and Detroit rivers doesn't open until June 17).
- Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
- Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
- Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
- Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
- Upper Peninsula Fishing Report
Lake Erie: Windy conditions out of the east have caused high water at ramps and choppy waters. Anglers are still reporting large numbers of undersize walleye. Keepers were found in 20 to 24 feet in clear water so watch for the mud line out of Bolles Harbor, near the E-Buoy and straight out from Bartnik Park in Brest Bay. Anglers are also catching freshwater drum and a small but steady number of yellow perch.
Wamplers Lake: Anglers caught largemouth, smallmouth bass and rock bass in three to eight feet when casting tube and crank baits along the north shore and along the flat on the northwest end of the lake. Panfish were caught when floating worms in five to eight feet along the east end and near Jerry's Pub.
Sand Lake: Largemouth bass were caught while casting crankbaits in four to eight feet on the north end. Bluegills were taken in five to eight feet around the orange buoy and along the south end of the lake with worms, spikes and wax worms. A couple crappie were caught in eight to 10 feet on the west end.
Detroit River: White bass activity was picking up.
Lake St. Clair: Walleye fishing was sporadic with some catching their limits while near Metrobeach while others came up empty handed. Tube jigs and red crawler harnesses in nine feet seemed to work best. The story was similar for bass anglers with the best success coming around Muskamoot Bay. Good numbers of rock bass were caught in the canals on crawlers and artificials. The Crocker Road launch is closed until further notice.
Lexington to Port Sanilac: Trolling was limited but those able to get out caught mostly lake trout with the occasional chinook or steelhead when trolling lead-core with spoons in 30 to 50 feet.
Harbor Beach: Lake trout, steelhead and the odd chinook were caught in 50 to 60 feet when trolling spoons. Pier fishing was very slow.
Saginaw Bay: Walleye anglers have switched from body baits to crawler harnesses and were fishing near the mouth of the Saginaw River when trolling in eight to 10 feet off Bay City State Park, 10 feet off the Kawkawlin River and five feet off the trailer park. Further out, fish were caught in 17 feet northeast of Spoils Island. Decent catches were taken in 15 feet along the Slot and the Callahan Reef northwest of Quanicassee. All fish were caught on a crawler harness when trolling very slow. Not many walleye were caught on the east side past Fish Point. Bass anglers did well in Wildfowl Bay.
Saginaw River: Bass anglers did well on catch-and-release bass fishing in the lower river. A few walleye were taken in the lower river between the Coast Guard Station and the mouth. Those shore fishing upstream caught catfish and freshwater drum on crawlers near Smith Park. Those bowfishing have taken carp.
Tittabawassee River: A few walleye were caught near the confluence of the Tittabawassee and the Shiawassee rivers near Green Point when trolling a crawler harness and a fire-tiger spinner. While the majority of walleye have moved back out into the bay, a few were spotted in the deeper holes. The white bass run is just about over. Water levels dropped to the point that larger boats were having trouble getting around in the shallower reaches but boats with a shallow draft should be alright. Catch-and-release bass fishing was good up near the Dow Dam.
St. Joseph: Boat anglers continued to make good catches of trout and salmon. Fish were caught well past 200 feet. There were also nice catches of fish from 80 to 100 feet, with most caught on spoons and spin doctors and flies. Pier anglers were still catching lots of channel catfish. Most were caught on night crawlers and stinkbait. The occasional steelhead was also caught on shrimp.
St. Joseph River: Anglers drifting night crawlers and trolling small crank baits were catching lots of walleye - most in the lower river.
South Haven: Boat anglers were catching good numbers of lake trout and salmon in 70 to 90 feet. Blue and green spoons seemed to work best. Pier fishing was very slow.
Kalamazoo River: Nice walleye catches were reported around Saugatuck.
Grand Haven: Salmon fishing continued to be good. Boats were finding Chinook, along with some coho, near the pier heads in 30 to 60 feet of water. Offshore they were catching fish 30 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet of water. Orange, green or pink spoons were working well, along with white flasher flies. Some anglers on the pier were catching Chinook on alewives.
Grand River near Grand Rapids: Walleye and bass were caught in good numbers near 6th Street Dam.
Grand River near Lansing: Those catch-and-release fishing for bass were seeing quite a few fish near Grand River Park.
Muskegon: Offshore boats were doing well on Chinook and coho 25 to 100 feet down in 140 to 200 feet of water. Green, orange or pink spoons were doing well. As were white flashers with green or white flies.
Whitehall: Anglers trolling in 150 to 200 feet were catching Chinook and coho on spoons. Most fish were caught in the top 50 feet. Pier anglers casting spoons caught them as well, along with the occasional steelhead.
Cheboygan River: Many anglers were fishing for walleye while drifting minnows by the DNR Field Office. Some were also drifting worms, jigging minnows, and casting fire-tiger, silver, purple or blue colored crank baits. Fish ranged in size from 14 to 18 inches. The current at the lock and dam was still very strong, but some anglers were drifting worms and casting crank baits for suckers, walleye and smallmouth bass. Those targeting steelhead with spoons had no success.
Rogers City: The lake was very rough and windy and those fishing had to do some searching to find fish. Some did catch lake trout on rocky bottoms as fish were looking for gobies. Best depths were around 50 feet. Try structured points like Adams or 40 Mile with spoons in greens, yellows or blues with silver, cowbells or dodgers. Some anglers have been fishing the breakwall for Atlantic salmon, lake trout and pike while casting spoons and body baits.
Rockport: Anglers were fishing for lake trout around Middle Island. Best depths were 30 to 60 feet with spoons, dodgers or cowbells with spin glos. Anglers at the breakwall weren't having much success.
Alpena: Anglers were trolling cranks in Thunder Bay and catching walleye in 10 to 20 feet. Meanwhile at North and Whitefish points they were seeing lake trout in 40 to 70 feet. Those on shore or the pier were catching walleye, freshwater drum and pike when casting jerk or crank baits. Glow clown and bloody nose were popular colors.
Thunder Bay River: Anglers caught a mix of walleye, pike and smallmouth bass when casting cranks from the shoreline below the 9th Street Bridge. Bullhead and a couple panfish were caught while still fishing night crawlers and leeches. A few steelhead were found by the 9th Street Dam.
Oscoda: Very few anglers were able to get out due to high winds; however those who did were able to catch a couple walleye at the mouth of the Au Sable River. Pier anglers caught a few walleye and channel catfish when still fishing night crawlers or drifting them under a slip bobber.
Au Sable River: Anglers fishing night crawlers on the bottom or drifting them under a slip bobber were catching walleye, channel catfish and white suckers. Steelhead continued to be caught at the Foote Dam when using beads, spawn and flies. A few small rainbows were also caught below the dam when casting spinners.
Houghton Lake: Walleye fishing continued to be good for those jigging with leeches and crawlers. Bluegill activity was picking up.
Tawas: Boat anglers caught walleye past Tawas Point and down near Alabaster in 30 feet. Pier fishing was slow.
Tawas River: Shore anglers in the lower river caught walleye, bass, pike, catfish and freshwater drum.
Au Gres: Boat anglers did best trolling south past Point Au Gres in 20 to 30 feet. Those heading as far south as the Saganing and Pinconning bars found walleye in eight to 12 feet.
Au Gres River: Shore anglers in the lower river caught bass and pike on body baits or catfish and bullhead on crawlers.
Lake trout and salmon were caught on Lake Michigan when boats could get out. Stream trout fishing has been on hold as bug hatches are delayed by cold weather. Water temperatures have dropped again so no bluegills were on their beds yet.
Harbor Springs: Had few anglers. Those targeting smallmouth bass along the shoreline caught fish but water temperatures dropped about 10 degrees and fishing slowed. Pier anglers also caught a few bass so the fish are coming into the shallows.
Petoskey: Had few anglers and those out only caught the occasional lake trout in 60 feet east of the marina. Pier anglers managed to catch a couple lake trout and steelhead or the odd pike, smallmouth or rock bass. Most were using worms, spoons, spinners and stick baits. Carp, freshwater drum and suckers were also spotted.
Bear River: Water levels were quite a bit lower. The steelhead run is about done but a few were still caught at the dam. Anglers might still find some suckers.
Charlevoix: Had few anglers. A couple smallmouth bass were caught in the channel so this might be a good place to fish on the opener this weekend. Anglers were still coming out after dark for walleye, but activity was slow. Not many carp were seen moving through the channel, but they were seen in the shallows.
Traverse City: Bass anglers on East Bay caught fish along the south end near the State Park and Acme. Lake herring were caught just north of Yuba Creek in 20 feet. The Elk River was slow for trout but the smallmouth bite was good when using artificial lures. Lake trout were caught in the West Bay when trolling in the shallows. Lake herring were taken in various depths south of Lee Point and from Marion Island south. The Boardman River was slow but anglers did find a few bass and some suckers.
Leland: Boat anglers reported a good number of lake trout in Harbor Bay. They were hitting on spin-glo's, spoons and other lures. Fishing the harbor was difficult because of all the alewife. Pike and smallmouth bass were feeding on them.
Platte Bay: A good number of lake trout and a few brown trout should still be in shallower waters as surface water temperatures have not warmed up.
Frankfort: Chinook were caught on spoons in the top 20 feet of waters 40 to 60 feet deep in the early morning and evening. Those fishing the breakwall reported a large number of alewife moving in.
Onekama: Smallmouth bass and walleye were caught off the south breakwall when casting spinners and body baits.
Portage Lake: Windy conditions slowed the perch and bass fishing on the south end of the lake. Walleye were caught by those trolling the west end and in the channel in the evening hours.
Manistee: Surface temperatures were about 52 degrees. Boat anglers caught lake trout, brown trout, steelhead and a few Chinook. Lake and brown trout were outside the piers. Chinook were taken in 140 to 220 feet. Baitfish were in the harbor. Walleye were caught at night off the south pier. Perch fishing off the pier was slow.
Ludington: Surface temperatures here were a bit cooler at 48 degrees. Lake trout fishing was still good off the projects. Chinook were caught outside the pier heads and in 140 to 220 feet. Pier fishing was slow but a few walleye were caught at night.
Pentwater: Anglers trolling in 35 to 80 feet caught lake trout near the bottom. Boats trolling in 160 to 220 feet caught Chinook and coho, along with the occasional steelhead. Spoons in blue and orange were popular.
Pentwater Lake: Bass fishing was good in the channel and near Longbridge Road. Anglers were jigging soft plastics or nightcrawlers. Panfish were caught in seven to 15 feet with jigs tipped with minnows.
Marquette: Lake trout were caught near White Rocks and Granite Island. A few coho were caught at Shot Point but activity for them in the harbors was slow with only one or two fish per angler. Anglers targeting coho, browns and steelhead by trolling stickbaits saw success between the Carp and Chocolay rivers. Good colors included purple and white, blue and white and fire-tiger.
Lake Gogebic: Storms kept anglers at bay, but those who could get out were catching walleye sporadically on both natural and artificial lures while trolling, jigging or drifting. Sublegal pike were also caught.
Menominee River: Had three gates wide open and two gates half open so there is a tremendous amount of water and debris coming down which makes fishing more difficult. Muskie anglers did manage to catch a few fish.
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers had a few catches near the mouth of the Whitefish River when trolling or drifting a crawler harness in 12 to 20 feet. Many were undersize and the keepers were 15 to 18 inches. The "Narrows" and the reefs in the northern bay produced fish though the numbers were limited. The smallmouth opener should be good. Try fishing Garth Point, Hunters Point, Gladstone, and the area near the Ford River while casting artificial baits. Pike were active and caught by walleye anglers when trolling stick baits near the reefs. The better perch fishing was in 20 to 35 feet around the "Narrows" and a just south of there when using crawlers.
Drummond Island: Fishing activity has picked up with anglers bringing in good catches of pike. Walleye action was slow but improved slightly as waters started to warm. All activity was in Maxton and Scott bays with the most success near McCormick Marsh and the interior part of Maxton Bay near the DNR boat launch. Pike and walleye were taken casting and trolling spoons, stick baits and crank baits in six to 12 feet. Hot colors were red and white, fluorescent green, orange and fire-tiger.
Manistique River: Steelhead anglers caught fish in the flows off the high dam. A few smallmouth bass have moved into the area just before the opener. Boats are starting to head out onto the big lake but water temperatures are still quite cold. The municipal boat launch is under construction but will remain open until crews lay new asphalt.
Munising: In general both boat and shore/pier anglers have been doing well, despite poor weather conditions. Those in boats have been catching coho while trolling within the bay, along Trout Bay and beyond towards Twelve Mile Beach. Fish were under 60 feet. Others are reporting catches of Chinook, brown trout, splake and an occasional rainbow. Those on the pier have been catching splake using spawn and a few lake whitefish using worms.
Grand Marais: Few boat anglers were out as conditions weren't great. There were a few coho and rainbows caught. On the pier anglers were doing well on lake whitefish in the morning or during the day. They were using single eggs.
Tahquamenon River: Boat anglers caught a couple muskie at the Dollarville Flooding. Some were targeting the dam but had no luck. Pier and boat anglers caught undersize pike. Those putting in the time managed to catch a couple rock bass and small perch up near the dam.
St. Marys River: The upper river had good perch fishing in 50 feet on Lake George. Anglers had a tough time finding walleye and not many were caught. Pike fishing was good in the bays mid-morning and early afternoon. Whitefish were caught bottom bouncing spawn near the power house. In the lower river, walleye and pike were caught when trolling stick baits and crawler harnesses in bright colors like green and orange in Munuscong Bay but a good number of those fish were undersize. Water temperatures have still been cold.
Detour: Water temperature at the Detour Lighthouse and the mouth of the St. Marys River was only 45 degrees. Few anglers were out, however a couple Atlantic salmon and lake trout were caught when trolling from Fry Pan Island just south of the ferry boat lane that goes to Drummond Island and out to the green buoy. Anglers were long-lining lead core with chartreuse and white spoons 15 to 20 feet down in 60 to 80 feet.
Cedarville and Hessel: Pike were caught near the boat launch in Cedarville Bay when casting crank baits near the cattails and weed beds in the early morning and a couple hours before dark. Bigger fish were taken by those trolling in Snows Channel in four to six feet. Many were small but most anglers were getting their limit. At Hessel, small perch were caught from the marina pier and finger docks. Those casting red and white spoons outside the pier caught 26 to 28 inch pike. For smallmouth bass, anglers were using worms four to six feet down outside the Hessel fishing pier.
St. Ignace: Had no reports. Water levels in the Carp and Pine rivers were high.
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