Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 23, 2017


Lake St. Clair

Perch fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair. Anglers dunking minnows at Selfridge report a good bite early in morning before the boat traffic picks up. Good action also has been reported by anglers fishing at Metro Beach. Walleyes are also hitting at Metro Beach on bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing has been tremendous on the Detroit River. The Canadian side has been on fire. Anglers report catching very good numbers of fish from the cow pasture down past the casino. Rubber worms are still producing the best bites. Handliners are catching fish at night from the mouth of Lake St. Clair down to the steel mill, again on the Canadian side of the lake.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye and perch fishing have been very good on Lake Erie. Walleye anglers are catching a lot of fish, but having to sort through them to find the 15-inch keepers. A good bite has been reported by anglers fishing spoons, body baits and crawler harnesses in 16 to 24 feet of water. The water is up this year so anglers don’t have to go out as far as in past years. Try fishing around the W buoy and E buoy. Perch are hitting minnows fished in same areas.

Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.


Sturgis Area

Bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish are biting on Klinger Lake. Some fish have moved into the shallows and anglers fishing with leaf worms, wax worms and chunks of nightcrawlers report good action.

Klinger Lake Trading Post, (269) 651-2679.

Kalamazoo Area

Bluegills are bedding on inland lakes around Kalamazoo. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing with leaf worms and wax worms on Portage, Sugarloaf and Gourdneck lakes. Bass fishing has been good along the shallows on Portage, Clear and Austin lakes. Fair numbers of skamania have moved into the Kalamazoo River. Skamania and light numbers of chinook salmon have been caught in Lake Michigan off the pier heads at South Haven. Shrimp has been the hot bait for the steelies and spoons for the kings.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Plainwell Area

Big bluegills, pumpkinseed sunfish and crappies, and good eater-sized walleyes have been caught on Gun Lake. One angler caught an 11-inch sunfish last week. Walleyes are hitting on Payne Lake, too. Nightcrawlers have produced the best action but those jigging are also catching fish. Lots of ‘eyes between 19 and 23 inches have been caught. Bass fishing has been good on Gun Lake, too. Smallies are still in the shallows, but the largemouth have moved out a bit.

Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.


Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers trolling nightcrawlers or spoons in 25 to 30 feet of water report the best action. The fish are being caught across the bay and depth is the most important factor right now.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Sanford Area

Fishing has slowed a little with a mayfly hatch on Sanford Lake, but anglers are still catching good numbers of fish. Crappies and bluegills are hitting minnows and leaf worms, respectively, when fished along the weeds. Walleyes anglers report a good bite on crawlers at the expressway bridge. Pike action has also been good.

Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.

Ludington Area

Lake Michigan anglers report phenomenal fishing so far this year. Lake trout, kings, coho and a few steelhead are being caught on cut-bait rigs and flies. Those fishing at Little Point south of Pentwater are finding fish in 100 feet of water while those fishing north of the point in Ludington are doing best in 200 feet of water. Bluegills are spawned out on inland lakes in the area and have moved out to deeper water. Bass fishing has been good along the drop-offs on inland lakes.

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.


Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Huron when boats can get out on the water. High wind has been a problem. Anglers report a good bite inside the bay on 8 to 14 feet of water. Good numbers of fish have also been caught off Big Charity Island and Oak Point. Nightcrawler harnesses trolled along the bottom have produced the best action.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been “insane”at the south end of Lake Huron. A lot of small fish are being caught, but a lot of keepers are hitting, too. The best bite has been along the shipping channel in 30 feet of water for those vertical jigging with natural colors or trolling nightcrawler harnesses behind bottom bouncers. Fair numbers of walleyes and silver bass have been caught on the St. Clair River, too.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.


Indian River

Crappies and bass are keeping anglers busy on Burt Lake. Crappies are hitting minnows and smallmouths are attacking tube baits. One angler caught a 42-inch northern pike last week. Good numbers of walleyes have been caught by anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses.

Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.

East Jordan Area

Bass fishing has been very good on Lake Charlevoix. They have finished spawning and are hitting on the shelf. Walleyes are suspended and hitting bodybaits behind planer boards 10 to 15 feet down over 20 to 30 feet of water. Crawler harnesses are producing good results as are leeches behind bottom bouncers. Cisco are hitting blade baits fished in the channel between Round Lake and Lake Michigan in Charlevoix. Lake trout and brown trout fishing has been pretty good on Lake Michigan. Salmon are just starting to show up. Panfish are spawning on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Cadillac Area

Fishing has been good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Bluegills, sunfish, crappies and a lot of bass are keeping anglers busy. Bluegills and sunfish have moved into the shallows to spawn. Crappies and bass have dropped back to the drop-offs. Walleye fishing has been good, especially at night. Those fishing in 10 to 15 feet of water with planer boards and crawler harnesses or casting crankbaits all report a good bite.

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.


Grayling Area

The hex hatch is on. Brown trout are hitting, especially at night when mayflies are hatching, on rivers across northern Michigan including the Au Sable and Manistee. Panfish are hitting on Lake Margrethe. Bluegills and sunfish are bedding and bass are still hanging around shore. The walleye bite is starting to slow down with all the mayflies hatching.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

Carp are in the shallows and canals on Houghton Lake and bowfishers are dialing in. Panfish are still holding on the shallows. Mayflies are hatching, but the walleye bite remains good along the south and west shores.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Rock bass and lake trout are active on Higgins Lake The lakers are hitting cow bells and spoons or Rapalas trolled in about 80 feet of water. Rock bass are hitting leaf worms fished along the breakline.

Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.


Pickford Area

Walleye fishing continues to improve on the St. Mary’s River. Small crankbaits and nightcrawler harnesses are attracting attention in Lake George. Smallmouth bass are hitting spinners and soft plastics thee, too. The walleye bite slowed in Munuscong Bay. Most of the fish being caught now are undersized. Pike, walleyes and muskies have been caught by anglers trolling small crankbaits and nightcrawler harnesses in the bay. Down on Lake Huron, smallmouth bass have been caught by those casting spinnerbaits with double leaf blades at the mouth of Duck Bay and at the middle entrance. A couple of splake were caught near Little La Salle Island by anglers casting and jigging small spoons in 6 to 8 feet of water.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

A few walleyes were caught when drifting a crawler harness near the bottom or trolling small crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet in Scotts Bay. Hot colors were fire-tiger, chartreuse, and orange. Smallmouth bass fishing slowed as the fish have moved to slightly deeper water.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye, pike, bass and perch are keeping anglers busy on Big and South Manistique lakes. Good numbers of bluegills also have been caught on South Manistique. Jigs tipped with a leech and nightcrawler harnesses are both producing good results.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.


Marquette Area

Fishing was slow in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor with only a couple of lake trout taken in 200 feet of water or more between the white rocks and Granite Island. A steelhead was caught on high lines in the same area. A couple coho and steelhead were taken off Shot Point.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Almost of the walleye action has been up near the Whitefish River. Anglers were using stickbaits and drifting or trolling crawler harnesses in 10 to 28 feet of water. A few used a jig tipped with a crawler in 12 to 28 feet. Fair to good smallmouth bass catches were reported throughout the bay. Hot spots were near the Ford River, Escanaba River, Gladstone Bay near the highway, Hunters Point and Garth Point when casting plastics and spinners in 5 to 16 feet of water. Perch have been caught on minnows and crawlers in 24 to 30 feet of water near the green buoy at Kipling.

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

Anglers report small walleye being caught in the Menominee River between the railroad bridge and the mouth when slow trolling a jig tipped with a crawler. A couple of muskies were taken on spinners and crankbaits.

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) (906) 424-4108.


L’Anse Area

Those trolling on Lake Superior were catching cohos, steelhead, brown trout and splake along the shoreline or from the top 50 feet in 100 to 200 feet of water. Spoons and stickbaits were producing. A few cohos and brown trout were caught in Huron Bay and the south entry in 20 to 30 feet of water.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has been tough. Anglers are catching a few walleyes, but action has been very spotty. Frequent storm fronts were definitely a factor. Weeds are up nicely in 6 feet to 8 feet of water with anglers using leeches while others are working 15 to 18 feet. Smallmouth action has tapered off but the perch bite is improving. Nightcrawlers have been the bait of choice.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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