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, June 23, 2016
Weekly Fishing Report
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Summer fishing is on! The inland lakes are producing panfish, bass, walleye, pike, bowfin, and carp to name a few. Spawning is done in most waters. The extremely hot weather tends to push fish to deeper waters. The best time to fish shallow is early morning or late evening.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing was slower than previous weeks as anglers dealt with strong winds and a large mayfly hatch. Those doing the best were heading out deep and found walleye straight out from Stony Point, Estral Beach and near the Femi Plant in 24 to 28 feet or near the Dumping Grounds and the E-Buoy in 23 to 26 feet. The fish were hitting on crawler harnesses with hot pink, purple or copper inline blades trolled with bottom bouncers. Yellow perch fishing was slightly better with a couple decent catches taken in 16 to 20 feet straight out from Sterling State Park and Toledo Beach with emerald shiners on spreaders. Anglers fishing 5 to 8 feet did well for smallmouth bass with tube baits straight out from Bolles Harbor. Shore anglers at Sterling State Park caught several large and smallmouth bass on husky jerks. Catfish were taken on crawlers in the marsh channel and lagoons. Those fishing from the Evans Municipal Pier in Luna Pier caught largemouth bass on buck tail spinners and channel cats on shiners and crawlers.
Detroit River: Walleye are starting to hit again now that the white bass are pretty much done. Anglers are hand-lining with flat fish and spoons. Fish were caught in the lower river and in front of the Trenton Power Plant but anglers are having to sort out the small ones. A few perch were caught in the shallows and some nice musky are being caught.
Oakland County: Both Cass and Union Lake have seen good fishing for most species. Many are targeting walleye and bass which have been caught near the weed lines in the shallow flats. For walleye, anglers might want to try trolling or drifting a crawler harness. The bluegills were deep in 10 to 20 feet and suspended just off the bottom.
Lake St. Clair: A recent mayfly hatch did slow fishing a bit. Walleye and a few yellow perch were caught in the shipping channel in 30 feet on chartreuse or a pink and purple crawler harness. Walleye were also caught in 14 feet near 14-Mile Road when trolling crawler harnesses. A few perch were taken between the Metro launch and the Clinton River launch when still-fishing or drifting crawlers. Perch were also caught while drifting black and gray crawler harnesses between the point at Metro and the South Channel. Smallmouth bass were caught from the Clinton River down to 9-Mile Road in 7 to 14 feet when casting swim baits, green and pumpkin tube baits or dropshot rigs. A couple large musky were caught near the Clinton River launch when casting soft plastics in 15 feet. On the north end, large and smallmouth bass were caught in 7 feet on the east side of Anchor Bay. Bass anglers have also caught a few pike and rock bass. Yellow perch were found on the east side of Anchor Bay.
St. Clair River: Was still producing limit catches of walleye throughout. Those fishing up near Port Huron were also taking limit catches. Most were trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers or using jigs.
Lexington to Port Sanilac: Trout and salmon fishing in Lake Huron was good when anglers could find them. The fish were scattered at all depths most likely due to rain runoff and windy conditions. Pier fishing at all ports was slow.
Harbor Beach: Lake trout were scattered but some were caught in 70 to 150 feet straight out and north of the harbor when using dodgers with spin-glo's or clean spoons down near the bottom. Anglers can also try orange and gold, black and white or green and white spoons. Steelhead were caught near the color lines in 150 feet when using bright colored spoons. The salmon were on the slow side but some pink salmon were taken on clean spoons with offshore boards 40 to 50 feet down. A few walleye were taken on small spoons, thunder sticks, and crawler harnesses in 25 to 40 feet. Bass and pike can be found inside the harbor and near shore when casting or trolling small spoons and body baits. Pier anglers were getting a few rock bass.
Saginaw Bay: Walleye were being caught all over the inner bay but the consensus among anglers was that the fish appeared to be moving toward deeper water. Crawler harnesses were the ticket, and trolling speeds increased to 1.5 to 1.8 mph. Those trolling have also caught a lot of freshwater drum and a couple nice yellow perch. Fish were caught around the inner Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) in 22 feet, near Buoys 1 & 2 at the end of the shipping channel in 26 to 28 feet, off the Pinconning Bar, in the Slot from Sunset Bay Marina and north along the outside of the islands in 15 to 17 feet, and along the Callahan Reef in 7 to 10 feet. Early morning and evenings are best. The hot colors were gold, orange, purple and yellow. Bass anglers are doing well in Wildfowl Bay when fishing out of the marinas.
Saginaw River: Shore anglers at Essexville were catching bass, catfish, and freshwater drum when using worms on the bottom. Those fishing under the bridges have caught some nice flathead catfish.
Tittabawassee River: Was producing smallmouth bass.
St. Joseph: Boat anglers were catching a decent number of steelhead near the piers with orange spoons and crankbaits. Pier anglers are also catching steelhead on shrimp. Perch fishing continues to be very slow.
South Haven: Boat anglers were targeting salmon and steelhead in 40 to 150 feet as the fish were scattered. Fishing was a little on the slow side and no particular technique stood out. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp. Perch fishing continues to be very slow.
Kalamazoo County: Gull Lake was producing some crappie. Sherman Lake was producing some perch.
Barry County: Thornapple Lake was producing some nice bluegills. Crappie were caught in 10 to 15 feet. A couple walleye were taken near Howards Point.
Grand Haven: Decent numbers of steelhead are being caught off the piers. Anglers are using alewife and shrimp or casting orange spoons. Boats trolling near the end of the piers caught steelhead on orange spoons or body baits. A few lake trout were caught on dodgers and spin-glo's in 80 to 140 feet.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a small push of steelhead at the 6th Street Dam. Bass and catfish are also being caught.
Grand River at Lansing: Anglers have caught smallmouth bass below the dams. The occasional walleye was caught. Those fishing at night caught carp and catfish. For panfish, check out the backwaters.
Muskegon: Boat anglers report the salmon action as slow but those targeting lake trout caught fish in 80 to 130 feet when trolling dodgers and spin-glo's.
Muskegon River: Has several fly hatches currently underway. Those fly fishing have done well for brown and rainbow trout. Panfish are in the backwaters.
Whitehall: Large schools of alewives have been seen near the piers and those fishing have caught the occasional steelhead. Those trolling in 60 to 150 feet caught steelhead along with the occasional chinook and coho.
Cheboygan: Lake trout fishing slowed as warmer water had the fish scattered. Some days they were in 30 to 50 feet and other days in 60 feet and deeper. There has been an occasional steelhead, Atlantic or chinook but very few were landed.
Cheboygan River: Anglers caught some walleye, smallmouth bass, a few pike, lots of rock bass and freshwater drum. The walleye action was still slow with only a few fish taken on crawler harnesses.
Mullett Lake: The smallmouth bass have pretty much moved off the beds. A few were found in shallow waters but most were struggling to catch them. Walleye anglers were doing well after dark and very early morning when using crawler harnesses or body baits in front of the Aloha State Park and around the Sunken Island on the north end. A few pike were still being caught in Pigeon River Bay.
Rogers City: Anglers were taking limit catches of lake trout in 45 to 60 feet. The fish are suspended and near the bottom and were hitting on cowbells and dodgers with spin-glo's. Green was the hot color. Atlantic salmon are also being caught. Try fishing up high with green and orange, silver and orange or gold and orange spoons. Chinook, steelhead and pinks are starting to mix in. Try fishing the top 55 feet in 65 to 120 feet with green, blue, orange, white or black and white spoons.
Presque Isle: Has been great for lake trout and Atlantic salmon. The lake trout were caught in the entire water column in 20 to 85 feet. For the Atlantic salmon, fish up higher in the water column.
Alpena: Lake trout fishing was best from Rockport and throughout Thunder Bay. Anglers are using downriggers with sliders, dipsey's, inline planer boards and lead core in 60 to 120 feet. Try spoons in yellow tail, purple and blue. The occasional steelhead and pink salmon are also being picked up. Water temperatures were still a little cool so most anglers are targeting smallmouth in the shallows around Grass Island. Walleye are starting to pick up. Late evening, throughout the night and early morning are the best times with body baits and crawler harnesses off planer boards.
Thunder Bay River: Smallmouth bass can be found throughout the river.
Hubbard Lake: A few smallmouth bass were caught on the beds but most anglers had better luck in the East Bay in 10 to 12 feet.
Oscoda: Pier fishing has been slow. Lake trout, steelhead and the occasional pink salmon have been caught but these fish are moving around and usually not in the same place the next day. Try spoons with dodgers or cowbells in 80 to 120 feet. Colors vary so change up often.
Au Sable River: A couple brown trout were caught on crawlers near the Mio Dam. A few walleye have started to show up. Try up river late in the evening and early morning. Just outside the mouth has been slow but worth a try. Drifting crawlers and body baits worked best.
Higgins Lake: Boat anglers trolling in 100 to 110 feet were getting some lake trout just off the bottom. One 40 inch fish was reported. A couple rainbow trout were caught out in deeper water when fishing up high in the water column. Anglers are catching lots of rock bass and a few perch. The big surprise was a few smelt caught on perch rigs with spikes.
Houghton Lake: Had good walleye fishing with a few bigger ones taken recently. Most were caught by those jigging. Bass fishing was also good. Bluegills were on the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet.
Lake St. Helen: Is producing bluegills, pumpkinseed sunfish and rock bass. Some nice largemouth bass were caught on top water lures and a wacky-rig with an artificial worm. Some walleye up to 22 and 23 inches have been caught when drifting leeches. Target the major weed beds.
Tawas: Boat anglers reported slow fishing and were actually trailering their boats down to Au Gres where walleye fishing was very good. A few walleye along with a lot of freshwater drum were caught out beyond Buoy #2 in 35 to 70 feet. Some looking for trout and salmon were heading north of Au Sable Point. They caught lake trout in 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow.
Tawas River: Was giving up some smallmouth bass right along with catfish and carp for those bottom fishing.
Au Gres: Has had a lot of fishing activity and lots of walleye caught including a good number of limit catches. The best fishing was in 35 to 45 feet out near the NOAA weather buoy which is east and southeast of Pointe Au Gres. Crawler harnesses were the ticket. Anglers have also caught lots of freshwater drum.
Au Gres River: Shore anglers were getting a few catfish in the lower river.
Harbor Springs: Lake trout were caught right on the bottom or within 10 feet of the bottom in 50 to 100 feet from Harbor Point north. The weather buoy in Little Traverse Bay had the surface temperature at 59 degrees and in the low 40's at 100 feet. Bass anglers are fishing the shoreline and around the docks and piers.
Petoskey: Lake trout anglers were fishing near the bottom in 40 to 70 feet from the breakwall to Bay Harbor. Spoons and spin-glo's worked well. One small chinook was caught about halfway down in 90 to 100 feet.
Bear River: Water levels were just about normal range. Anglers caught a couple small brown trout and there were still some rock bass and chubs near the falls. At the mouth, anglers caught rock bass, bullhead, catfish, carp, suckers and even a couple small perch. Smallmouth were there but most were less than 14 inches.
Charlevoix: Boat anglers were catching a mix of lake trout, lake herring and small chinook salmon. Most were caught about halfway down in 100 to 120 feet between North and South Point. A good number of anglers were fishing the channel and most were targeting smallmouth bass and lake herring. Bass anglers were using crawlers but catch rates were slow. For lake herring, try spoons or jigs. Some big carp were caught off the pier. Look for channel cats after dark.
Traverse City: Boat anglers targeting smallmouth have done well on the East Bay especially as the weather warms. Good fishing on the south end of the bay and the west side north of the M-37 launch. Some walleye were caught below the dam in Elk Rapids. Smallmouth bass were also caught however most were sub-legal.
Boardman River: Bass fishing has slowed.
Big Platte Lake: Was producing some bass and perch.
Crystal Lake: Was producing a large number of rock bass on the south end.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers are catching bluegills, sunfish, crappie, perch and rock bass. Bass can still be found in the shallows early morning and evening. Walleye are still being caught. Some are slow trolling crawler harness or leeches while others are jigging.
Manistee: Lake trout fishing is really good north of the harbor in 80 to 100 feet. Most of the chinook salmon that were caught were small. Steelhead are starting to show up and most were caught as deep as 500 feet. A couple brown trout and steelhead were caught off the pier.
Manistee Lake: The recent increase in water temperatures had the fish moving deeper than usual. Some bigger pike were caught on spinners in 7 to 15 feet. Anglers are getting decent catches of rock bass but those targeting bluegills found the action to be hit-or-miss. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom.
Big Manistee River: Skamania, the summer run steelhead have been moving into the area near Tippy Dam. Anglers are picking up large fish 10 pounds or more in the early morning between 5-8am with worms, spawn, or fresh shrimp. Sub-legal brown trout and rock bass continue to attract anglers of all ages to the area between Tippy Dam and the Sawdust Hole.
Ludington: The cooler at Copeyon Park has been fixed. Lake trout are still being caught in 80 to 200 feet. Steelhead numbers are picking up and anglers are catching them as deep as 500 feet. A few chinook were caught in 100 to 300 feet.
Pentwater: Had lots of baitfish around the piers and in the channel. Those casting spoons and other minnow imitations caught freshwater drum, smallmouth bass and even the occasional steelhead when the baitfish were there. Those trolling in 50 to 80 feet caught steelhead and lake trout.
Pentwater Lake: Smallmouth bass and pike are being caught throughout the lake and in the channel. Those targeting bluegill and black crappie had success floating a jig with a red worm.
Lake Gogebic: Had good walleye fishing.
Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling for salmon have done well for coho but have also caught the occasional chinook, brown trout, lake trout or steelhead from the head of the bay northward to the second set of "Red Rocks" which are past the community of Keweenaw. Try 15 to 45 feet down in 30 to 70 feet with orange or green spoons and body baits. A few did alright when jigging in 220 to 260 feet off Jentoffs. Lake trout were caught in the South Portage Entry near Farmers, Newton's and the Big Reef in 80 to 150 feet. In Traverse Bay, the lake trout bite was starting to pick up for those trolling Hermits Cove, Gay Point, Big Louie's Point and 7 Mile Reef. Put spoons just off the bottom in 120 to 160 feet. Those jigging did better out deeper in 240 to 265 feet.
Menominee River: Anglers caught brown trout off the mouth. Walleye and smallmouth were caught by those casting and trolling from the Hattie Street Bridge down to the mouth.
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair to spotty catches from Breezy Point south to Round Island when trolling crawler harnesses in 10 to 20 feet. The mouth of the Whitefish River produced best but many were too small. They were trolling crawlers in 12 to 18 feet. Several limits were reported. Perch fishing was fair just south of the Day's River with crawlers in 14 to 22 feet. Both pike and freshwater drum were reported throughout the bay.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye were caught in the late evening near Ogontz when trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits in 16 to 18 feet. Fish were also caught south of the Fish Dam Rivers near the "Boot" in 25 feet. Good smallmouth bass action for those using crank baits, tube baits, spinners or crawlers in 4 to 12 feet. Off Fairport, salmon season is underway. Those running the Poverty Island gap and trolling spoons 50 to 80 feet down in 150 feet caught chinook and steelhead.
Big and South Manistique Lakes: Had good walleye fishing. South Manistique was good for panfish.
Marquette: Anglers are taking some lake trout north and east of white rocks, near Granite Island, and the black rocks when trolling cut bait. A couple fish were also taken at Shot Point in 120 to 180 feet. Some caught the occasional steelhead, brown trout and coho when trolling cut bait in shallow waters. Those fishing the Sand Hole reported some days better than others but limit catches were taken.
Munising: Boat anglers did well for lake trout and some reported limit catches of smaller fish. Hot spots were the West Channel, near Wood Island Reef and out towards Big Reef when trolling or jigging along the edge. Some fish were suspended 60 to 80 feet down in 200 feet. A few coho were caught. Pier anglers at the Anna River reported an increase in bites but not catching. Splake were hitting on crawlers and spawn bags or when casting spoons and stick baits. A nice walleye was also caught. Pike were hitting but landing them was not easy.
Grand Marais: Pier action for whitefish was slow with the better action in the early morning with a single egg. Some were lucky enough to catch coho and steelhead as well. Most of the whitefish are running small. Boat anglers targeting lake trout had excellent catches especially about 7 miles out near the Big Reef. Most were averaging 4 to 6 pounds but a few were over 10 pounds. Surface water temperatures offshore increased to the mid 50's and nearshore waters were upper 50's.
Detour: Anglers had success catching Atlantic salmon in and around the Detour Reef Light House. Most caught a mix of Atlantic and pink salmon as well as steelhead in 60 to 80 feet with sliders working best. Candy corn was a good color. Fish were also taken on purple and copper spoons. Boats were trolling on the Drummond Island side at the red buoy and back to the lighthouse or northwest from the lighthouse to the green buoy in the early morning. There were no lake herring in Raber Bay or near Drummond Island. Anglers are still waiting for the fish to show up.
Cedarville and Hessel: Northern pike fishing was fair off the Hessel Pier when still-fishing in the early morning with chubs and large minnows or casting spinner baits. Over the last week, a couple schools of yellow perch were moving in and out of the finger docks mid-morning. Fish were caught on both shiners and worms. Those wanting larger pike should try medium to large black buck tail spinners just off the weed beds in 8 feet around Cube Island which is west of the Hessel Pier. West of Cedarville, yellow perch were caught in Moscoe Channel in 8 to 12 feet with minnow spreaders in the early morning. A couple lake herring were caught in Moscoe Channel and McKay Bay but no limit catches and no big numbers yet.
St. Ignace: Lake trout fishing remains good around Mackinac Island. Most were caught on either dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo's or peanuts. The Carp and Pine Rivers are both producing some walleye and pike. Catch rates were low but some did better than others when using crawlers or leeches.
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