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, July 20, 2017
Weekly Fishing Report
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Hot July temperatures are warming the waters and driving the fish deeper especially during the day. Try heading out in the early morning or late evening when fish come into the shallows to feed. Look for areas where cooler water is coming from spring-fed streams or target lakes that have natural springs and where the waters are cooler.
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- Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
- Upper Peninsula Fishing Report
Lake Erie: Anglers were taking limit catches of walleye in 24 to 26 feet off Fermi and Stony Point when fishing out towards the Michigan-Ohio line. Most are trolling a crawler harness and bottom bouncer. Perch are beginning to slowly trickle in though a few anglers reported limit catches out of Bolles Harbor when using minnows and spreaders near the W Buoy. Fish were also caught off Stony Point and in front of the Metro Park wave pond.
Huron River: Anglers caught a mixed bag of panfish, bass, and bullhead.
Detroit River: Walleye anglers were getting fish in 14 to 17 feet around Horse Island, Celeron Island and Sugar Island. Fish were also caught in the Amherstburg Channel which is in Canadian waters.
Wamplers Lake: Large and smallmouth bass were caught in 5 to 8 feet along the weed lines with a grub or soft plastic crayfish.
Sand Lake: Largemouth bass were caught in 7 to 8 feet along the weed lines while casting or jigging a plastic crayfish.
Lake St. Clair: Walleye anglers primarily had luck in the shipping channel and around the Dumping Grounds when trolling a crawler harness. The bigger fish were coming from the Dumping Grounds. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow but a few were caught around the St. Clair Light. Many were now fishing for largemouth in the canals and along the shoreline. Perch anglers had luck when jigging crawlers out near the Middle Channel at Buoy 29.
St. Clair River: Limit catches of walleye continued to be caught along the shipping channel. The Middle Channel was producing a decent number of fish.
Lexington to Port Austin: Walleye fishing was still excellent all the way over to Harbor Beach. Smaller fish 14 to 16 inches were found in 20 to 30 feet but the big fish were in 40 feet. A few boats chasing lake trout found fish in 175 to 180 feet straight north of Grindstone City. The fish were near the bottom but some were also hitting up high just 20 to 40 feet down. Steelhead and Atlantic salmon were also caught. The big news off Lexington and Port Sanilac is the yellow perch fishing. Fish were caught around various weed beds from a little north of Port Sanilac all the way south to Lake Port. Most were taken in 15 to 22 feet but a few anglers were fishing out deeper. Pier anglers at Port Sanilac caught a few white bass and pike while pier anglers at Lexington caught bluegills and rock bass.
Saginaw Bay: Continues to have very good to excellent walleye fishing over most of the bay but the best fishing continues to be in the southern end and up the east side and around the tip of the Thumb. Good areas were 16 to 20 feet off Linwood, the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), 8 to 12 feet off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, 2 to 3 miles northeast of Spoils Island, 10 to 12 feet on the Callahan Reef and in 12 to 18 feet in the Slot between Quanicassee and the tip of Sand Point. Most were trolling crawler harnesses with orange and chartreuse spinners but those trolling crank baits or spoons also did well. Fish are staying within the inner bay for the most part but the bigger fish are moving to the tip of the Thumb and outside it. Those trolling outside the Thumb have done well for lake trout. Caseville was slow and had very light fishing pressure.
Saginaw River: Walleye were caught just a couple miles up from the mouth in the lower river. This is a good place to try if it is too windy on the bay. Shore anglers at Smith Park caught catfish, freshwater drum and bass.
Tittabawassee River: Anglers caught some bass, pike and freshwater drum.
St. Joseph: Salmon anglers are catching a few but the fish were still scattered. About 100 feet of water was a good starting point. Steelhead fishing was slow but a few fish were caught each day. Perch fishing continues to improve with fish taken in 30 feet. Pier anglers only caught a couple steelhead but lots of freshwater drum.
South Haven: Salmon anglers are catching a few in 90 feet or so. Perch were hitting south of the piers in 30 feet. A couple steelhead were caught by pier anglers when using shrimp.
Kalamazoo County: Good catches of bass and bluegills were noted in Indian, Austin, and Long Lake.
Barry County: Smallmouth bass were caught in the Flat River.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught a mix of trout and salmon 30 to 90 feet down in 80 to 200 feet with green, orange or pink spoons. Green or yellow meat rigs were better in deeper waters. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp or alewife. Those casting spoons caught freshwater drum.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: A light number of Skamania steelhead were still being caught up near the dam. Walleye fishing slowed but was picking back up. Bass fishing was decent.
Grand River at Lansing: Anglers caught channel cats, carp and smallmouth bass.
Lake Lansing: Was producing a few panfish and a couple small pike.
Maple River: Was producing a good number of bass.
Pine River: In Montcalm County was producing large carp, rock bass and smallmouth bass up near the St. Louis Dam.
Crystal Lake: In Montcalm County was producing walleye and panfish.
Muskegon:Salmon and trout were caught 30 to 90 feet down in 80 to 180 feet when using a mix of green, orange or blue spoons, flies and green or yellow meat rigs. Pier anglers were still taking some freshwater drum.
Whitehall: Anglers trolling 40 to 70 down in 90 to 150 feet caught chinook and coho on spoons. Those working the bottom caught lake trout on spoons or paddles and flies.Pier anglers caught largemouth bass on crawlers and jigs tipped with soft plastics.
Mackinaw City: Pier anglers drifting worms or casting spoons and spinners did not have much luck. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass in Cecil Bay when using artificial baits.
Cheboygan: Anglers are not getting as many walleye but the fish caught were averaging 19 inches. Smallmouth bass were averaging about 18 inches and some weighed up to 7 pounds.
Cheboygan River: Many shore anglers fishing the Bois Blanc ferry dock or in front of the DNR Office have caught walleye, smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegills, catfish, suckers and freshwater drum with crawlers or leeches on a plain hook with a slip bobber or a crawler harness.
Rogers City: The better fishing has been when colder water is higher in the water column. Anglers have caught chinook, coho and Atlantic salmon, lake trout, steelhead and the occasional walleye in the top 25 to 30 feet of waters 50 to 120 feet deep. Orange and green spoons were good. For lake trout, try spin-glo's, attractors and spoons. Chinook were caught before sunrise and after sunset. Good colors for spoons were green, blue, black and white, green and blue or anything that glows. Look for baitfish to increase catch rates.
Rockport: Anglers were taking a nice mix of trout, salmon and walleye. The thermocline has been changing a lot so pay close attention to wind conditions that will roll the lake over and bring the colder water up top. Most were fishing in 60 to 130 feet with lines throughout the water column. Use bright colors up high. The fish are scattered so try straight out, around Middle Island, the Nordmeer Wreck, off False Presque Isle and Stoneport.
Long Lake: In Presque Isle County had steady walleye fishing.
Alpena: Anglers continue to find decent numbers of lake trout when trolling spoons or spin-glo's near the bottom in 90 to 140 feet off Thunder Bay Island and the first set of "humps". A couple steelhead were caught in the top 30 feet. Walleye fishing was slow during the day but anglers did well at night when trolling crank baits and harnesses behind dipseys, planers, or bottom bouncers in 18 to 30 feet off Sulphur Island, Partridge Point, or in front of Bay View Park. Smallmouth bass, pike and freshwater drum were also caught. A few good size smallmouth were taken by those casting crank baits, jigging tube baits or drop-shotting in Squaw Bay, off North Point and near Grass and Sulphur Islands.
Thunder Bay River: Those casting body baits or drifting crawlers and leeches near the bottom or under a bobber caught a couple nice walleye. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum, and bullhead were also caught on crawlers. Pike, bowfin and smallmouth bass were caught on crank baits.
Oscoda: Still had good lake trout action when trolling spoons or spin-glo's near the bottom in 90 to 140 feet straight out from the river and around the "humps". A couple steelhead and pink salmon were caught in the top 30 feet. Pier anglers caught walleye, channel cats, carp and freshwater drum with leeches and crawlers near the bottom.
Au Sable River: Walleye were caught by those trolling harnesses with bottom bouncers or drifting crawlers and leeches through the deeper holes between Oscoda and the Whirlpool access. Legal sized fish were few and far between. Some rock bass and freshwater drum when taken by those drifting or floating crawlers. A few smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers or crank baits.
Higgins Lake: Good numbers of rock bass have been caught on minnows or crawlers along the drop-offs. Perch were still being caught but they are running small.
Houghton Lake: Was producing lots of bluegills in 2 to 3 feet of water. Walleye anglers trolling a jig and leech have caught fish along the weed beds. Bass were also caught. Those targeting pike say the fish are hitting on just about anything but most of the fish were small.
Tawas: Most of those trolling for walleye were heading over near the Charity Islands. The key is to find the warmer water and that's where the fish will be. Everyone was getting fish including some limit catches. Those not wanting to head out that far were fishing the weed beds off Jerry's Marina where they caught walleye and pike when trolling above the weeds or casting into the holes in the weed beds.
Tawas River: Shore anglers caught a mix of catfish, freshwater drum and bass.
Au Gres: Walleye anglers were crossing over to the Charity Islands or heading south of Pointe Au Gres and fishing in 20 to 30 feet around the "Humps" northeast of the end of the shipping channel in the warmer water.
Harbor Springs: Most lake trout anglers were fishing from Harbor Point and northwest of the bay. Many fish were suspended 30 to 60 feet off the bottom in 140 to 200 feet but others were caught near the bottom in 100 to 120 feet. Anglers are waiting for a decent thermocline to set up and stay in the area.
Petoskey: Lake trout fishing was hit-or-miss in Little Traverse Bay. Most boats were fishing the Harbor Springs side. A few lake trout were taken near the bottom in 120 to 130 feet between 9-Mile Point and Petoskey. Fishing at the mouth of the Bear River in the Bobber Hole was slow with only a small pike taken. Water levels were a bit low on the Bear River but a couple steelhead and small brown trout were taken on worms or spawn. Those fishing the breakwall caught smallmouth bass and rock bass.
Charlevoix: Boat anglers found lake trout near North Point when fishing just off the bottom in 135 feet. Those fishing the channel were starting to catch a few more legal size smallmouth bass but they were putting in their time to get them. Freshwater drum were taken on worms or leeches on the bottom.
Traverse City: In the East Bay, lake trout fishing was very good near Deepwater Point when trolling or jigging and at the south end of the bay when trolling. Smallmouth bass were caught in 10 to 15 feet south of the M-37 boat launch. The Elk River was slow with only a couple smallmouth bass taken. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught when trolling across from Elmwood Marina on the east side. Fish were caught south of M-22 on the west side but the action was very slow at times. Pike fishing in Northport was slow. The Boardman River was slow with only a few panfish or small bass taken.
Lake Leelanau: Was producing a good number of walleye for those trolling a crawler harness in 30 feet.
Leland: Still had good lake trout fishing on the First and Second Banks. A few chinook salmon were caught on the First Bank and around North Manitou Island. Most of the salmon were taken on spoons and the lake trout were taken on spin-glo's behind cowbells, dodgers or spinners.
Platte Bay: Good numbers of lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons and spin-glo's behind dodgers and cowbells.
Benzie County: Inland lakes were producing walleye, rock bass and small perch.
Lake Missaukee: Was producing some bluegills.
Manistee: Surface water temperatures were near 50 degrees. Chinook salmon are starting to show up and were caught when trolling south in 100 to 150 feet. Lake trout were caught to the north in 120 to 180 feet. A small number of coho and steelhead were also caught. Spoons and cut bait were producing the best. Pier fishing was slow.
Ludington: Surface temperatures here were about 47 degrees. A 24 pound chinook salmon was caught recently in 100 to 180 feet. Steelhead and lake trout were also caught. A small number of chinook were caught in the basin and just outside the piers in 30 feet as well. Spoons and meat rigs were the ticket.
Pentwater: Anglers trolling 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 160 feet caught chinook and coho along with the occasional steelhead on spoons. Lake trout were taken near the bottom with paddles and flies. Pier anglers caught smallmouth in the channel with crawlers near the bottom.
Pentwater Lake: Bass anglers caught fish along the edge of the weeds in 12 to 20 feet when casting crank baits. Anglers fishing Longbridge Road caught bluegills, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass when drifting worms under a bobber.
On the west end, good fishing was reported in Iron, Gogebic and Dickinson Counties. Summer fish patterns are starting to emerge with the recent bug hatches.
Lake Gogebic: A few walleye were caught when trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses or when floating a leech under a slip bobber. Panfish seem to be moving into deeper water. Pike fishing was slow and most of the fish caught were sub-legal. The consistent fishing was for smallmouth bass.
Menominee River: Shore and boat anglers caught walleye, smallmouth, catfish and freshwater drum. Boat anglers trolling stick baits and bottom bouncers with live bait and shore anglers were using crawlers and minnows on the bottom.
Little Bay De Noc: The walleye action was slow. Most fish were caught from the Escanaba River south to the Ford River. Near the Escanaba River, anglers were trolling a crawler harness in 18 to 24 feet. Off Breezy Point, anglers were using a crawler harness or stick baits just off the break in 16 to 22 feet. Fair perch catches at Kipling and near the Day's River Buoy with crawlers in 3 to 25 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught off Garth Point in 18 to 24 feet and Hunters Point in 20 feet. The better catches came from the Farmers Dock area in 10 to 26 feet when casting jigs with plastics or crank baits. The best trout and salmon action was 65 to 90 feet down in 120 to 130 feet past the Ford River Can.
Munising: The few boats heading out had mixed results as some got no hits and others caught several lake trout averaging 4 to 5 pounds. Pier anglers at the Anna River reported poor catch rates.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers managed to catch a few lake trout in the early morning in 100 to 120 feet. The fish were feeding on smelt. Pier anglers caught whitefish on a single egg but most of them were small at 11 to 12 inches.
Tahquamenon River: Had slow catch rates. The main catches were small bluegills, rock bass and pumpkinseed sunfish. Pike and musky were few and far between as anglers were casting and trolling everything they had but had little luck.
St. Marys River: Fishing in Sault Ste. Marie has really begun to pick up as those targeting Atlantic salmon and whitefish have done well when drifting flies behind the Edison Power Plant. Those trolling had decent catches of Atlantic salmon and steelhead behind the Federal Power Plant with stick baits that resemble smelt and green and orange or silver spoons. Shore fishing for Atlantics is just starting off the Sugar Island Ferry docks. Fishing on Sugar Island is very slow with almost no walleye caught. Pike fishing was inconsistent. A few yellow perch were caught in the North Channel. In the lower river, slow walleye action was reported from Neebish Island to Sweet's Point. Those drifting a crawler harness near Round Island caught walleye and several nice yellow perch in 12 to 18 feet. Use bright colors like orange, green and red. The lake herring bite was slow. It appears the herring are staying to the south and will continue to do so until the mayfly hatch shifts to the north.
Detour: Trout and salmon fishing slowed way down at the Detour Reef because of the large mayfly hatch. Most anglers have now switched to fishing lake herring and whitefish. Limit catches of lake herring mixed in with whitefish and a few yellow perch have been caught just south of Burnt Island which is on the north end of Drummond Island when using a tear-drop with a wax worm or a dark brown fly with a hint of gold mixed in.
Drummond Island: Lake herring were still being caught in Potaganissing Bay. Mayflies continue to hatch and are keeping fish in the area. A good number of whitefish have also been caught. Hot spots for herring include the south side of Harbor Island, near Burnt Island and near Long Island. Use tear-drops and other ice jigs with a wax worm near the bottom. Hot colors were red, purple and brown.
Cedarville and Hessel: At Cedarville, Snow's Channel was producing some nice catches of northern pike 28 to 30 inches for those trolling black and yellow bucktail spinners in 6 to 8 feet off any of the weed beds throughout the channel. Good panfish action in and around the docks with worms or minnows. Some nice largemouth bass and rock bass were caught from Hill Island Road Bridge with small worms and minnows. A few walleye were caught off the Club Cut that borders the Cedarville Golf Course at the west end of Snow's Channel to the east end of Mackinaw Bay when drifting shiners under a bobber in 6 to 10 feet early morning or late evening. In Hessel, pike fishing was good when still-fishing chubs in 6 to 10 feet in Wilderness Bay. Schools of yellow perch were seen moving through the finger docks at the Hessel Marina. Try small worms and shiners.
St. Ignace Had no anglers but fishing pressure on the Carp River increased as several walleye averaging 18 inches were caught with leeches and crawlers on a harness or a slip bobber with a leech. Pike averaging 28 inches were caught at the mouth when trolling a yellow and white crawler harness. Fishing on the Pine River was slow.
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