Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – June 21st, 2013
East Jordan Area
Walleyes are hitting like gangbusters on Lake Charlevoix. Anglers drifting nightcrawler harnesses at daylight are catching fish in 18 to 22 feet of water. After dark, try trolling or drifting bodybaits. Bass fishing has been good in six to 14 feet of water, but reports late last week indicated that the fish are moving into the shallows to bed. Bodybaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics have all produced good results.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Stream anglers are catching decent numbers of brown trout and brook trout on local trout streams. Mayflies are starting to hatch. Bass fishing has been very good on Skegemog and Clam lakes with both live bait and artificials producing good results. Northern pike are hitting on Skegemog, too. The walleye bite has been slow to get started.
Jack’s Sport Shop, (231) 258-8892.
Fishing has been very good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Bluegills and sunfish are moving into the shallows. Crappies have dropped back to the break lines and are hitting minnows. Several “big” specs were caught last week. Walleye fishing has been slow. The best action has come to anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses after the sun goes down. Bass fishing has been good with lots of largemouths moving into the shallows.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Bluegills and bass are hitting in the shallows on Lake Margrethe and most smaller lakes in Crawford County. Walleye action has been good on leeches and jigs fished after dark on Margrethe. Trollers were just getting started last week. Sulphurs and blue-winged olives are hatching on the Au Sable River and the brown drake hatch was just getting started. Trout fishing has been good.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Houghton Lake Area
Walleye fishing has been good on Houghton Lake. Anglers trolling and drifting crawler harnesses along the weeds in six to eight feet of water report a good bite. Try the Middle Grounds for walleyes and crappies. Carp have moved into the shallows and bow fishers have been dialing in on some hot action.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Hubbard Lake Area
Bass fishing has been very good on Hubbard Lake. Anglers fishing with tubes and soft plastics are catching lots of fish in the shallows. A few walleyes have been caught, too. Perch fishing has been spotty.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.