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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 17, 2018
Weekly Fishing Report
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Recent heavy rains have caused higher water levels in many rivers and streams. Boat anglers should watch for debris. The warm rain and warming temperatures is exactly what is needed to jump start fishing.
Water levels were extremely high in pretty much all the rivers and streams. The pike are biting well and anglers could see bass on the beds.
Lake Erie: Boat anglers caught walleye on a purple crawler harness with a bottom bouncer in 20 feet in Brest Bay, trolling just north of the River Raisin in 24 feet as well as when drifting a gold and purple harness around the River Raisin humps in 13 to 14 feet. A few fish were also taken by those jigging near the Dumping Grounds in 15 feet with an orange and green jig tipped with a minnow. White bass, white perch and a couple freshwater drum were also caught.
Detroit River: Anglers are catching good numbers of white bass. Walleye fishing continues. Jigs and minnows continue to work well. Those hand-lining at night have caught a good number of fish.
Lake St. Clair: The walleye bite was heating up and some were getting limit catches. Most fish ranged 15 to 16 inches. The hot spot was the point at Metro Park. The large and smallmouth bass bite is slowly picking up with fish hitting on jerk baits and crank baits along the Mile Roads. Few panfish were showing up. Those looking for them saw a couple bluegill and crappie in the canals between the Harley Ensign and Selfridge launch.
St. Clair River: Was still producing a good number of walleye including some limit catches in the North Channel. Most were about 16 inches which are good eaters.
Lexington and Port Sanilac: Lake trout were caught in 35 to 40 feet when using downriggers with spoons or dodgers and squid. Coho were caught in 15 to 18 feet. Those fishing north caught coho, lake trout and walleye in 25 to 30 feet with body baits and spoons in the top half of the water column. At Lexington, a couple pike were caught on rapalas in the harbor. Pier anglers at Port Sanilac caught a couple coho when casting rapalas.
Harbor Beach: Lake trout were caught straight out and north of the harbor in 40 to 80 feet with dodgers and spin-glo's. Salmon were caught in 40 to 50 feet with spoons off downriggers and offshore boards. Try two and four colors of lead line. Walleye were caught close to shore with spoons on two color lead lines and offshore boards.
Saginaw Bay: Anglers caught pike and small perch at the Palmer Road Cut. Walleye were caught on body baits and crawler harnesses in 5 to 10 feet off Eagle Bay Marina. Crappie were caught in the marina. Boat anglers caught walleye on a flicker shad in 4 to 8 feet off Gambil's Marina near Pinconning. A few walleye were taken on crawlers out near the Spark Plug and from Quanicassee to Finn Road in 8 to 10 feet with a crawler harness and husky jerks. In the Quanicassee River, anglers were targeting catfish and carp. From Sebewaing to Caseville, bass anglers are working the shallows as the fish are starting to get on the beds. Some also caught pike and the odd walleye. The breakwall area at Caseville is closed for concrete work so access may be limited.
Saginaw River: Walleye catches are winding down. Anglers fishing near Smith Park caught smallmouth bass, white bass, catfish, freshwater drum and the occasional walleye.
Tittabawassee River: Those trolling shad raps and flicker shads caught a few white bass. Near Gordonville, a few smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye were taken on jigs and twisters.
Water levels continue to rise in many areas across the St. Joseph, Kalamazoo and Grand River basins. The rivers are expected to crest by the end of the week and into the weekend. Anglers will need to use caution when fishing the rivers. The inland lakes are producing crappie along drop-offs and structure and bluegills were starting to be caught in shallow waters. Bass are actively bedding in the Kalamazoo area.
St. Joseph: Salmon fishing in the southern part of Lake Michigan continues to be on fire. Several limits of Chinook and coho salmon were taken including several 15 to 20 pound fish. Anglers were trolling in 60 to 120 feet with most fish taken in 100 feet. Spin doctors and flies as well as yellow and green spoons seem to work best. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple Chinook salmon taken on alewife under a bobber. No perch reports.
St. Joseph River: Water levels were very high after all the rain and there is a lot of debris in the river. Boaters should use caution. A small number of steelhead were moving through the fish ladders.
South Haven: Had good salmon fishing. Several anglers have taken limit catches of Chinook and coho. Most were trolling yellow or green spoons in 100 to 120 feet. A good number of lake trout were caught on spin-glo's in 50 to 70 feet. Slow pier fishing.
Black River: Is very high after all the rain. Boat anglers will need to use caution because of floating debris.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught a couple Chinook salmon on orange spoons and white flies in 50 to 100 feet. Lake trout were caught on the bottom in 160 to 220 feet with yellow spin-glo's. Pier anglers caught a few brown trout on minnows.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are up and that makes fishing a little more difficult. Anglers caught a few walleye and the occasional steelhead. Panfish anglers continue to target the slow backwaters.
Grand River at Lansing: Was producing smallmouth bass and crappie but now the river is high and muddy.
Muskegon: Chinook salmon fishing was slow but a few were caught on orange spoons in 50 to 90 feet. The number of fish should improve over the next week or so. A few brown trout were caught on body baits and husky jerks. Anglers are weaving in and out between the sand bars.
Muskegon Lake: Anglers are hoping to see some bluegills in the shallows soon. Walleye have been caught in the channel when trolling blade baits.
Muskegon River: Water temperatures were up into the low to mid 50's. Brown trout and some steelhead were caught.
Whitehall: Boats trolling body baits and spoons caught Chinook salmon 25 to 40 feet down in 50 to 75 feet. Lake trout were caught in 50 to 70 feet with spin-glo's along the bottom. Pier anglers reported spotty walleye catches when casting body baits or jigs tipped with soft plastics in the channel.
Cheboygan: Anglers were taking limit catches of lake trout when trolling near the bottom in 45 to 60 feet.
Cheboygan River: All the spillways at the dam are open but the water had cleared up. Anglers caught suckers, walleye, smallmouth bass, pike and steelhead. The walleye and smallmouth were caught on crank baits or when jigging worms and soft plastics. Steelhead were hitting on spinners and spoons. Suckers were hitting on worms or a plain hook.
Hammond Bay: A few anglers were out but had no luck when trolling spoons in 60 feet. Those fishing near the Ocqueoc River caught a couple Atlantic salmon and steelhead.
Ocqueoc River: Had light fishing pressure but those using beads caught steelhead up near the weir.
Rogers City: The water is still very cold. A few anglers ventured out and caught some lake trout. The fish are scattered so anglers had to look for them. Try running cowbells, spoons or dodgers with spin-glo's. Run a couple lines up high with bright colored spoons for Atlantic salmon. Casting from the breakwall was slow.
Alpena: Fishing picked up with anglers taking mostly lake trout, a couple Chinook and Atlantic salmon or the odd walleye out near Thunder Bay Island in 40 to 60 feet. Lake trout were near the bottom while the salmon and walleye were up high. Spoons and body baits worked best. Hot colors were green, blue, and silver.
Thunder Bay River: The water level is dropping and the suckers have moved out for the most part. Some steelhead were caught at the 9th Street Dam when drifting flies with beads or spawn. Good colors were orange, pink and chartreuse. Boat anglers drifting and jigging between the drawbridge and the mouth took a couple walleye but the action has slowed. Many were night fishing which may produce more fish.
Black River: Those floating spawn for steelhead near the mouth had no luck.
Harrisville: Walleye and a couple lake trout were caught by those casting body baits from the harbor rocks and by those trolling just outside the harbor. Northern pike, a couple steelhead and a coho were caught by those casting spoons and large spinners or when floating spawn near the mouth of the creek.
Oscoda: Boat anglers trolling inside 25 feet near the river mouth caught walleye on body baits especially in the evening. Pier anglers casting body baits, still-fishing with minnows and crawlers or floating a crawler harness up and down the pier caught walleye. Fire-tiger, clown and chartreuse were good colors. Atlantic salmon and lake trout were caught when casting spoons and jerk baits or still-fishing with minnows. Good colors were chrome and blue or chrome and orange. A couple large pike were caught on minnows.
Au Sable River: Water temperatures in the lower river were in the upper 50's. Atlantic salmon were caught when casting spoons and trolling plugs through the holes in Oscoda. The steelhead bite slowed but there was still a good number of fish in the system. Anglers did well when drifting flies, wobble-glo's and beads. Yarn eggs, black stonefly nymphs, and caddis nymphs were good fly patterns. Carp and suckers were also caught by those drifting flies but the sucker run has slowed.
Higgins Lake: Lake trout anglers continue to get fish while jigging in 80 to 100 feet or when long-lining along the drop-offs. Perch anglers are getting some fish in about 40 feet but were working hard to find the schools.
Marl Lake: Those bowfishing have taken a good number of bowfin and carp.
Houghton Lake: Anglers were getting lots of crappie out in the lake. Fish were caught 3 feet off the bottom in 8 feet along the drop-offs, the weed beds and around the Middle Grounds with a pink or purple jig tipped with a minnow. Lots of pike were caught but many are small. Walleye were hitting on crank baits in a bluegill or perch pattern and on a jig tipped with a leech. Bass are active and being caught in the canals on spinners, chatter baits, poppers and crawlers.
Tawas: Boat anglers caught walleye between the reef and Whitestone Point when casting jigs or trolling body baits and crawlers in 15 to 25 feet. Pier anglers caught Atlantic salmon, pike, or the odd walleye on body baits, jigs and minnows. Walleye were caught in 8 to 10 feet off the Pine River.
Tawas River: Walleye, smallmouth bass, pike, carp, freshwater drum and channel cats were caught with worms on the bottom or when casting lures.
Au Gres: Those fishing between the points caught a few walleye in 15 to 25 feet with crawlers and body baits. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, pike, suckers and the odd walleye or perch. Bass angling increased and a good number of fish were caught near the lighthouse.
Au Gres River: A few walleye were caught. Those surfcasting down near the Singing Bridge reported slow catch rates.
Steelhead fishing is slowing down, as most have now spawned and are headed back to the big lake. Inland lake fishing remains good. Walleye were caught in Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in Tippy Dam Pond.
Harbor Springs: The dock is in at the boat launch.
Petoskey: Word has it anglers were getting a few smallmouth bass and pike off the breakwall when casting spinners and crank baits. Steelhead and some suckers were caught at the mouth of the river and on the D Pier.
Bear River: Steelhead numbers were high at the dam but the action has slowed. Most fish were caught at the dam when using spawn, flies and artificial eggs. There continues to be a lot of suckers in the river.
Charlevoix: Angler pressure was still very light with only a few trying to fish the channel during the day. Those fishing the channel in the evening were targeting walleye but the bite was slow as water temperatures were low 40's at best.
Traverse City: Catch rates for lake herring were good in the East Bay along the west side and around Deepwater Point. Bass fishing was good at the south end in shallow water. In the Elk River, steelhead fishing slowed. Walleye were caught in the evening when casting towards the marina docks. In the West Bay, lake herring were caught along the southeast side north of Bryant Park. Lake trout fishing was good there and off Clinch Park when trolling. Those jigging near the mouth of the Boardman also caught trout. Perch fishing in Bowers Harbor was slow and the fish were small. Northport was also slow but a few decent catches were reported. Lee Point was hit-or-miss and there was no action in Sutton's Bay. Lake trout were caught around Power Island. A few smallmouth bass were caught south of Bowers Harbor near the drop-off. On the Boardman River, a couple steelhead were caught but the fish were few and far between. Bass were caught down at the mouth and suckers were caught at the dam.
Frankfort: Lake trout were caught in front of the piers. The fish were hitting on spin-glo's and spoons in the bottom half of waters 50 feet deep. The first Chinook salmon of the year were caught on spoons in the same area. The fish ranged 13 to 18 pounds. Few brown trout were caught.
Arcadia Lake: Was producing a few bass and panfish.
Onekama: Those trolling north to the golf course caught lake trout, brown trout and walleye on body baits and cowbells.
Portage Lake: Surface waters were 58 degrees so the panfish action was slow. Bass are making a strong showing in the shallows with some starting to bed. A couple nice catches of perch were reported but the bite was hit-or-miss depending on the winds.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Inland lake fishing remains good. Both lakes were providing some nice catches of walleye. Anglers are using a jig and twister tail, rapalas and even live bait such as small minnows and leeches. Crappie are moving to the shallows and getting ready to spawn.
Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 47 degrees. The south pier remains closed. Those trolling caught lake trout in 40 to 60 feet. A couple brown trout were caught by those trolling around the pier heads. Perch fishing slowed and the majority of fish caught were throwbacks. Walleye fishing slowed so many were just fishing for them at night. They were casting artificial baits or jigging with artificial grubs.
Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is about done as most fish have spawned and are headed back to the big lake. Tippy Dam Pond was giving up some good catches of walleye and smallmouth bass.
Ludington: Pier fishing was slow with only a few brown trout caught. Offshore, fishing started to heat up with a good number of Chinook salmon and lake trout as well as some brown trout caught in 50 to 70 feet. Spoons were the ticket.
Pentwater: Boats trolling in 50 to 80 feet caught Chinook and coho salmon 20 to 40 feet down on spoons and body baits. Lake trout were caught in 60 to 80 feet with spin-glo's near the bottom.
Pentwater Lake: Perch fishing slowed. Anglers have started to catch bluegills and sunfish along the drop-offs in 8 to 12 feet with red worms and wax worms. Those casting body baits reported good catches of smallmouth bass and northern pike in 8 to 15 feet. A good number of smallmouth bass were caught from Longbridge Road on jigs tipped with soft plastics.
Lac Vieux Desert: The walleye opener was slow. A few legal fish were taken but the hot bite seems to be from the northern pike and perch. Anglers are taking advantage of the no size limit on northern pike and taking a good number of fish all over the lake when drifting live baits or casting artificials. Perch were caught on minnows and crawlers but anglers are sorting through the small ones. A few crappie were caught.
Little Bay De Noc: Surface water temperatures were about 48 degrees. Perch fishing was fair to good in the northern parts of the Bay with minnows, wigglers and crawlers in 32 feet. Shore anglers caught smallmouth bass along the Ford River when casting spinners, plastics or crank baits. The water is higher than last year with a fairly strong current. The walleye opener looks to be good this year as many perch anglers were marking fish throughout the Bay. The mouth of the Whitefish, Escanaba and Ford River should all be good during the early season.
Big Bay De Noc: Perch were caught in Garden Bay and most were spawned out. Overall fishing was good but the fish were smaller at 8 to 10 inches. Most were using crawlers, minnows and wigglers in front of the Commercial Fish House. Not sure on the walleye opener here but the better fishing could come the second or third week after the waters warm up. Spots to try would be off the mouth of the Ogontz River, Kates Bay, the "Boot", off Indian Point and Nahma.
Marquette: Had floating ice in both the Upper and the Lower Harbors so there had been no fishing. In the Chocolay and Carp Rivers, very few steelhead were caught and those caught were spawned out or had loose eggs. A couple splake were caught at the mouth of both rivers.
Au Train: The boat launch is open and quite a few anglers were heading out.
Munising: The Bay is open but there continues to be some lake ice that drifts back into the channel so use caution. Fishing pressure has been high in this area. Those targeting coho were getting 3 to 5 fish per trip when trolling stick baits and crank baits with high lines. Steelhead and splake were also caught. Shore and pier anglers caught splake and the odd coho with spawn and crawlers or when casting spoons.
Grand Marais: Good catches of coho were reported by those trolling around the harbor, to the east and towards the Sucker River. Morning and evening were best. Boat and pier anglers caught the occasional brown trout and steelhead which were running small. Pier anglers were taking some limit catches of whitefish when using a single egg.
Detour: The ice is completely gone in and around Detour Village. The docks are in at both launches. Now is the time to get your boat in the water if you want to target Chinook and Atlantic salmon as well as lake trout. These fish are chasing baitfish in shallow waters along the shoreline. Run baits 6 to 8 feet down.
Drummond Island: A few yellow perch were caught between the Monahan Dock and the old Sportsman Club Point. Small to medium size minnows work best when drifting in 6 to 8 feet until you find a school of fish.
Cedarville and Hessel: The public boat docks are in off Meridian Road. All the ice is gone in Cedarville Bay, throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands and off Hessel. There was no fishing activity in Cedarville Bay and no yellow perch reports. At Hessel, yellow perch are showing up in the marina. Catch rates were good between 3pm and dark around the finger docks inside the steel breakwall. Splake remain in the area and those jigging a hammered copper 2 inch spoon tipped with a smelt head were catching fish. Those trolling shallow running reef runners and crank baits off the docks east of the Hessel Marina caught splake. The hot color was yellow with a red back.
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