Weekly Fishing Report

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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, July 21, 2016
Weekly Fishing Report

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Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had decent walleye fishing. Most were caught when trolling a crawler harness but spoons and wiggle warts were still taking fish as well. The better numbers came in 22 to 28 feet off Stony Point, Fermi and Estral Beach. A few were found near the E Buoy, the Dumping Grounds, and in shallow waters near Luna Pier but anglers were sorting through a lot of small ones to get the keepers. Yellow perch fishing continues to improve with a couple limit catches taken in 12 to 16 feet near Toledo Beach, W Buoy, Sterling State Park and Bolles Harbor when using shiners on spreaders. Shore anglers at Point Mouillee caught yellow perch and bullhead when casting crawlers. The lagoons at Sterling State Park were still good for largemouth bass on spinners or white bass, white perch and channel cats on crawlers.

Lenawee County: Bluegills were caught in deep water on Devils Lake.

Washtenaw County: Good bass fishing reported on the Half Moon Chain-of-Lakes and the Portage Chain-of-Lakes with several largemouth 2 pounds or more observed on Bruin Lake and fish 3 pounds or more on Baseline Lake. Bluegills and sunfish were also caught.

Detroit River: Most of the walleye anglers are heading down to Lake Erie but a few perch anglers are still looking for fish. It is still a bit early but some were caught on perch rigs with minnows.

Oakland County: Both Cass and Union Lake had steady pressure from bass anglers. Those doing the best were casting finesse baits around the weed beds and near structure. Walleye and pike were targeted along the drop-offs and weed beds as well. Try fishing near the bottom with perch colored baits. For panfish, try the weedy flats with worms or minnows in 8 to 12 feet.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass action continues to be very slow. The fish were out in about 15 feet. Those that did catch fish had luck with green pumpkin artificial baits and imitation gobies. Fish were caught around the Mile Roads in 8 to 12 feet when casting rapalas and drop-shotting. Those fishing for largemouth did well with artificial worms along the shoreline between the Clinton River Cutoff launch and Huron Point. Small musky were caught in 12 feet straight out from the Cutoff launch. Walleye were found in front of the 400 Club in 15 feet with a crawler harness. Yellow perch were taken on perch rigs just north of the St. Clair Light. On the north end, bass anglers had limited success in the canals around the Fair Haven boat launch with worms and minnows. Musky were caught in Anchor Bay when casting or trolling spinners. Perch were caught when still-fishing perch rigs with crawlers and minnows near the Harley Ensign DNR launch and in the canals at the Fair Haven launch. A few walleye were caught near the North Channel. Smallmouth, pike and white bass were also caught.

St. Clair River: Shore fishing for walleye in Port Huron has slowed. Boat anglers were taking some limit catches throughout the entire river.

Harbor Beach: Pink salmon were caught on spoons 20 to 50 feet down in 90 to 120 feet. Lake trout were taken just off the bottom in 65 to 120 feet with dodgers and spin-glo's or spoons off downriggers 50 to 80 feet down. Try orange crush, green alewives and purple with pink spoons. Steelhead were hitting on bright colored spoons in 80 to 120 feet. Walleye were caught on small spoons, thunder-sticks and crawler harnesses in 20 to 60 feet.

Grindstone City: Walleye fishing was good whether boats went back west toward Port Austin or east towards Lighthouse Park in 25 to 40 feet with crawlers, crank baits or spoons. Limit catches were reported.

Saginaw Bay: It appears that fishing the deeper waters of the inner bay is most productive during daylight hours. The vicinity of Buoys 1 and 2 has been producing walleye fairly consistently. Deeper areas around the inner Spark Plug (Buoys 11 and 12) have also produced fish. Those on the water in the early morning caught walleye off the Callahan Reef in 5 to 7 feet however the bite fizzles out as the sun comes up. Walleye fishing was good to excellent from Oak Point northeast along the various reefs between Caseville and Port Austin in 25 to 30 feet. When walleye fishing fires up along these reefs, it is a clear sign that the fishery has moved into the summer fishing pattern.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing continues to be decent but the fish were scattered and were caught in 30 to 40 feet or 50 to 60 feet. Salmon fishing has been very slow. The few fish being caught were lake trout in 90 feet. Pier fishing for steelhead was slow. Those using shrimp and crawlers caught freshwater drum.

South Haven: Had slow fishing. Perch anglers struggled to find a consistent bite. Salmon fishing was very slow with only the occasional chinook caught along with a couple steelhead in 130 feet. Pier fishing was very slow with only freshwater drum caught by those putting crawlers on the bottom.

Long Lake: In Barry County was producing some crappie.

Grand Haven: Pier fishing for steelhead was slow. A couple freshwater drum were caught while casting spoons in the channel. Some walleye have also been caught. Those trolling for trout and salmon caught fish 60 to 140 feet down in 120 to 220 feet with white or green flies and blue or green spoons.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are getting some walleye and crappie. Those fishing north or south of town have caught a few walleye and catfish.

Grand River at Lansing: Has very good smallmouth bass fishing for those fly fishing below the North Lansing Dam. Lower water levels make it easier for anglers to wade out and cast wooly buggers. Those wanting to use spinning gear should try leeches and crayfish or imitations of each.

Looking Glass River: Is producing some nice pike in the DeWitt area. Try suckers or large golden shiners in the deeper holes.

Muskegon: Boats are catching a mixed bag of salmon and trout 60 to 150 feet down in 140 to 220 feet. Most were using green or blue spoons, white flies, and various colored spin-glo's. No pier fishing to report.

Muskegon River: Anglers are doing well and catching some good size smallmouth bass using a variety including spinners and artificial baits. Crayfish patterns have worked well. Trout fishing was good but many were small.

Whitehall: Anglers are catching salmon and steelhead in 120 to 200 feet and lake trout in 170 to 250 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and the occasional walleye when using crawlers and shiners near the bottom or when casting deep diving rapalas.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Good numbers of lake trout are still being caught from the east side of Boise Blanc Island. Some have also taken the occasional salmon or steelhead. Most are using spoons at various depths.

Cheboygan River: Continues to produce a few walleye, pike, smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass. Walleye were caught on artificial jigs and live bait during the day or night. All other species were hitting on crawlers and artificial lures.

Burt Lake: Is producing walleye but many were undersize.

Mullett Lake: Those that could get out did well for walleye on the north end. Crawler harnesses are still taking most of the fish near the bottom or slightly suspended. Steelhead anglers are averaging one to two fish per trip about 30 to 40 feet down in 90 to 120 feet. Downriggers with sliders work best with bright colored spoons. Pike are still being caught on the south end. Perch anglers had limited success. For smallmouth bass, try 10 to 30 feet off the points.

Rogers City: Anglers are fishing throughout the water column in 45 to 120 feet. They are using a variety of methods including downriggers, lead core, dipseys and copper. Run downriggers deeper and the lead core, dipseys and copper up high with spoons and flashers with flies, squid or cut bait. Good colors were green, blue, black and white, purple or anything that glows early and late. Chinooks were caught in the early morning or late evening. Steelhead were caught on orange spoons up high. Lake trout were taken on cowbells and dodgers with spin glo's near the bottom in 70 to 90 feet. Most are heading south towards Swan Bay and Adams Point or straight out from the marina.

Presque Isle: Anglers here are also fishing the entire water column in 45 to 120 feet with the same gear and colors as Rogers City. Some of the bigger chinook and lake trout were hitting on spoons and flashers with flies, squid and cut bait. Chinook are hitting very early or late. Steelhead were caught on orange spoons up high in the water column. Try between the lighthouses, straight out or south towards Stoneport.

Grand Lake: Had a decent walleye bite. Try a crawler harness or leeches off the south end of Grand Island.

West Twin Lake: In Montmorency County had walleye but many were small.

Alpena: Walleye anglers seem to do better to the south. They were trying everything from trolling to drifting to jigging. Lake trout fishing is still very good with most fish out deeper in 130 to 150 feet. They were scattered throughout the water column and hitting on spoons, spin-glo's, wobble glo's, and cut bait behind attractors. Bass fishing was steady throughout Thunder Bay, Squaw Bay and around the islands. Pike were also caught in good numbers in the same areas.

Oscoda: Has had good lake trout fishing. Some are catching the occasional chinook or steelhead. Try 120 to 150 feet and run your lines from top to bottom. Pier fishing was slow with only a few catfish caught late at night.

Au Sable River: Up toward Foot Dam there has been some walleye activity and good numbers of smallmouth bass.

Higgins Lake: Had good lake trout fishing when vertical jigging in 80 to 100 feet.

Houghton Lake: Walleye have been caught on stick baits, flicker shads and leeches. Bluegills were hitting on leeches, wax worms or red worms and rock bass were feeding on small perch minnows.

Lake St. Helen: Was producing pike and panfish. Check out the weed beds in deeper water.

Tawas: Fishing was generally slow. The water is very clear and there have been consistent mayfly hatches keeping the fish well fed. Those trolling took a few walleye in 65 to 70 feet beyond Buoy #2 but most were trailering their boats to Au Gres.

Au Gres: Those trolling are still getting walleye heading south to the inner bay around Buoys 1 & 2 or the drop-off along the Rifle Bar. A number of boats found walleye between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres in 30 to 45 feet with a crawler harness, crank baits or spoons. Some nice yellow perch were taken incidental to walleye. Some boats were crossing to the area near the Steeples, north of Big Charity Island.

Wixom Lake: Had fair to good deep water bluegill fishing. Try leeches, crawlers or wax worms. Anglers were also getting some nice crappie.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat angling effort was low. Lake trout were marked near the bottom in 120 feet on the Harbor Springs side.

Petoskey: Anglers were having a bit of trouble locating lake trout as it seems the fish have moved out to deeper water. Water temperatures were 60 degrees at 100 feet. Rumor has it a couple good size salmon were caught.

Bear River: A couple steelhead were caught on spawn between the dam and the mouth. A few small brown trout were also caught. Spawn bags and flies worked best. Fishing at the mouth was a bit slow. Anglers caught smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, rock bass and smaller brown trout on crawlers.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers caught lake trout and a couple small salmon. Those fishing the channel caught rock bass and smallmouth but a good number were undersize. Most were using worms but leeches and soft plastics will also work.

Traverse City: Lake trout have been caught at the south end of the East Bay near Deepwater Point. A few chinook salmon were also caught. Lake trout and smallmouth bass were caught between Elk Rapids and Yuba Creek. The Elk River continues to hold plenty of smallmouth bass. In the West Bay, bass anglers caught fish out of Bowers Harbor and around Power Island.

Boardman River: Continues to produce undersize smallmouth bass and the occasional steelhead.

Frankfort: Had a lot of minnow activity in the harbor and those jigging have caught a few chinook salmon.

Portage Lake: Was producing some walleye.

Clam River: In Missaukee County was producing some trout.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were up near 64 degrees. Chinook, steelhead and lake trout were caught out in 100 to 150 feet. A small number of steelhead were caught off the piers.

Manistee Lake: The bluegill bite was slower than usual. Those that caught fish were hitting the weeds along the southeast end. Some have caught walleye.

Big Manistee River: Anglers hitting the Tippy Dam area were hard pressed for Skamania with only a couple fish taken on spawn. A fair number of smallmouth bass were caught below the dam between the Sawdust Hole and Blacksmith Bayou when fly fishing or casting lures.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were 62 degrees. Boat anglers have caught chinook salmon in 100 to 150 feet. Some were over 20 pounds. Lake trout numbers slowed but they were still being caught at the same depths. Pier anglers caught the occasional chinook, steelhead and brown trout. Chinook were also caught in Pere Marquette Lake.

Pentwater: Salmon and steelhead are being caught in 130 to 200 feet and lake trout in 150 to 225 feet on meat rigs and orange or red spoons.

Pentwater Lake: Was producing crappie along the drop-offs in 20 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in the channel. Try fishing the channel in the early morning with crawlers or shiners just off the bottom.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Black River Harbor: Was hit by very heavy rains and wind. The boat launch was filled with gravel due to flooding. Fishing had been good with nice catches of lake trout in 70 feet or less. Anglers fishing Lake Superior need to proceed with caution because there is a lot of floating debris.

Lake Gogebic: Walleye anglers continue to pick up a fair number as the fish start to return to a normal feeding pattern after the mayfly hatch.

Ontonagon: The waters of Lake Superior were still muddy after the strong storms. Good catches of lake trout were taken in 30 to 60 feet. Boat anglers need to watch for floating debris.

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling for salmon caught a few chinook, coho and lake trout 40 to 90 feet down in 60 to 110 feet between Sand Point and the red rocks near the roadside park on US-41 with a variety from spoons to body baits in orange or green. A few lake trout were taken by those jigging in 220 to 260 feet off Jentoft's. Off the South Portage Entry, lake trout were caught near Farmers, Newton's and the Big Reef as well as the Mud Banks. Try 80 to 150 feet with spoons in a variety of colors. Those jigging found a few fish in 130 to 240 feet between Farmers and the Big Reef, off the south end of the Big Reef and the northeast side of Pequaming.

Lake Antoine: In Dickinson County had good bass fishing.

Menominee: Salmon anglers had no success.

Menominee River: The walleye bite remains good. The fish were most active in the early morning or evening. Smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum have been caught by boat and shore anglers.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were trolling crawler harnesses in 10 to 20 feet at Garth Point, 22 to 27 feet near Kipling and 14 to 18 feet at the mouth of the Escanaba River. Salmon anglers reported fair catches out by the Ford River Buoy with spoons 45 to 60 feet down in 80 to 120 feet. Pike and freshwater drum were active throughout.

Big Bay De Noc: Had smallmouth anglers. Most were fishing in Ogontz Bay but most of the bass and pike caught were undersize. Bass were also caught in 10 to 18 feet in Kates Bay and near Portage Point. Those trolling off Fairport reported good numbers of steelhead between the islands and off Point Detour. Salmon anglers were traveling further south and some as far as Washington Island where catch rates were fair 50 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet.

Marquette: Boat anglers were targeting lake trout in 180 feet north of the white rocks. Those trolling spoons between the Lower Harbor breakwall, the Carp River and the Chocolay River caught lake trout and coho. Those fishing the mouth of the Dead River caught pike on spoons or crank baits.

Manistique: Boat anglers report good salmon fishing and some bigger chinook were caught when baitfish are in the area. Steelhead and lake trout were also caught on downriggers with flies and spoons.

Detour: Boat anglers caught a few Atlantic and pink salmon or lake trout between Fry Pan Island and the lighthouse. No reports yet of lake herring around Lime Island however some reported large schools of fish staging on the south and west side in 18 feet.

Drummond Island: Lake herring action was fair to good around the islands. Try a small brown or dark red Swedish pimple tipped with wax worms in 20 feet around Butterfield Island or in 18 feet near Round Island, Maple Island and the south side of Burnt Island. With the cool nights, fly hatches have remained moderate this summer.

Cedarville and Hessel: In Cedarville, smallmouth bass catches were good in 5 to 6 feet in the "Narrows" or between Little LaSalle Island and Marquette Island. Target the rocks and the shoreline while casting buck tail spinners or jigging dark green or brown tube jigs in the early morning. A few yellow perch were caught mid-morning when drifting minnows in 6 to 8 feet in Cedarville Bay and Government Bay. Pike fishing was good in the early morning in Snows Channel when still-fishing with creek chubs or trolling spoons with a red eye off the weed beds in 6 feet. At Hessel, a few perch were caught mid-day with small worms and shiners in 6 feet at the Hessel Marina. Pike were caught along the outside of the fishing pier on creek chubs or large minnows in the early morning or late evening. Most fish were in the 24 to 26 inch range.

St. Ignace: Anglers are catching lake trout around Mackinac Island. No salmon to report. Smallmouth bass and pike were caught by boat and shore anglers near the rustic boat launch west of the bridge. The Carp River is still producing some walleye, pike and smallmouth bass. Try leeches or crawlers. The Pine River is still producing a number of walleye for those using crawler harness or drifting leeches and crawlers. Some have also caught the occasional large perch or pike.


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