Central Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – August 2nd, 2013
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye action has been very good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. The recent hot weather pushed the fish into 18 to 22 feet of water in the inner bay. Anglers fishing with crankbaits and crawler harnesses report a good bite just outside the pencil buoys and all along the west side of the channel up to buoy No. 1. Perch reports have been sparse, but that bite should turn on any day.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Bass fishing has been good on Wolf, Idlewild, and Big Star lakes. Rubber worms have been producing good results. A few perch have been caught on minnows fished on Cecilia and Big Bass lakes. Bluegill fishing has been slow. Steelhead fishing has been fair on the Pere Marquette River. The water temperature was in the low 60s last week, and the fish were stressed. Those catching fish were using crawlers. A few browns have been caught on flies and small crankbaits.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974
Grand Haven Area
Salmon fishing has been hit or miss on Lake Michigan. A few fish have been caught in 160 to 180 feet of water, about 80 feet down. Perch have moved in toward shore. Anglers fishing off the pier report some success. Walleye fishing has been good at the gravel pit, with crawlers and leeches producing the best results. Catfish action has been good in the Grand River.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Walleye fishing has been red hot in Lake Huron. The fishing has been good from Big Charity Island through Port Hope. Inside the bay, the best fishing has been in 8 to 14 feet of water, while in the main lake the fish are holding in 18 to 40 feet. Bottom bouncers and crawlers, Hot ‘N’ Tots, and jigs have all produced good action. A few walleyes, catfish, and smallmouth bass have been caught in the harbor off the breakwall.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Harbor Beach Area
Walleye fishing has been outstanding in Lake Huron at Harbor Beach. Anglers fishing with nightcrawler harnesses or Hot ‘N’ Tots are catching limits in 50 feet of water. A few trout and salmon have been caught, too, but most anglers are concentrating on the red-hot walleye bite.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.