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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - July 31st, 2015


Pickford Area

Herring are hitting at the mouth of the St. Marys River around Drummond Island and Lime Island, and anglers are dialing in on a hot bite. Walleyes are keeping anglers busy at Round Island in Raber Bay and throughout Munuscong Bay. Bottom bouncers and nightcrawler harnesses are producing the best results. Fair numbers of perch are being caught in Lake Huron at Cedarville and Hessel. 

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

Fishing has been pretty good on Manistique Lakes. Perch, pike, bluegills, bass, and walleyes have all been active, and anglers report very good action. Trout anglers report a pretty good brook trout bite. Streams are running at normal summer levels. 

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.



Marquette Area

Trout and salmon fishing has been slow in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. The fish are scattered and hitting in anywhere from 140 to 220 feet of water. Spoons and flies are both producing decent results. Anglers venturing out to Stannard Rock report good success on lake trout.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Salmon fishing was picking up last week in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Anglers reported catching decent numbers of king salmon and a few lakers and steelhead just outside the harbor in Escanaba. Walleye fishing remains slow, but a few yellow perch are starting to hit. The fish are scattered, and anglers are having to move around to find them, but most are catching enough for a meal or two. 

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

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

Menominee Area

Trout and salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay in 60 to 80 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been good in the Menominee River. Crawler harnesses are producing good results, as are jigs tipped with minnows. Perch fishing has improved in Green Bay north of town, and a few have been caught in the river, too.  

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.



Bergland Area

Perch, walleye, and bass fishing remains good on Lake Gogebic, but anglers are having to work for them. Bass and walleye are hitting in hard-bottom areas. They are feeding on crayfish. Fish also are hitting along the weeds in 6 to 12 feet of water. Crawlers and leeches are both attracting attention. Perch and some walleyes are hitting live bait fished in 25 to 28 feet of water.

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

Iron River Area

Bass fishing has been good on most lakes in the area, including HagermanChicagon, and Ottawa. Walleye fishing has been decent, with the best action coming on live bait fished during low-light periods. Panfish have moved out of the shallows and are hitting wax worms, leaf worms and minnows.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - July 31st, 2015


Traverse City Area

A few salmon are still being caught in East and West Grand Traverse bays. Dodgers and flies or spoons trolled 65 feet down over 150 feet of water are catching fish. Largemouth bass fishing has been very good on Big Platte Lake. Anglers dragging nightcrawlers under bobbers and casting crankbaits and tubes report good action. Trout anglers are enjoying a good bite on local trout streams. Terrestrials have been producing the best results for browns and brookies. Streams are stable. 

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

Cadillac Area

Walleye fishing has been slow on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, but bass fishing has been pretty good. Anglers report good success when fishing with nightcrawlers or topwater baits. A few crappies have been caught along the weeds of Lake Mitchell.

Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.

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



Mio Area

Warm weather has put a damper on trout fishing on the AuSable River at Mio. Water is running in the low 70s and fishing has slowed. Anglers are finding cooler water and active fish on the South Branch AuSable and the at the holy waters. Fish are hitting isos, blue-winged olives, and cahills. Streamer fishing for smallmouth bass has been very good on the AuSable at Alcona 

AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.

Oscoda Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good in the AuSable River below Foote Dam. Crawler harnesses and crankbaits fished early and late have produced good results. Light numbers of lakers are being caught in Lake Huron in 80 to 150 feet of water.

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.


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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - July 31st, 2015

Lake St. Clair

Walleye fishing was tough last week on Lake St. Clair. The best action was on the Canadian side of the lake early in the mornings and at night around the North, South, and Middle channels. Bass anglers report good action on tubes and golden shiners fished off 10, 11, and 13 mile roads.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Commerce Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Union Lake. Crankbaits fished in 14 to 25 feet of water are attracting a lot of attention. Pike fishing has been good on Maceday Lake. Bass and crappies also are hitting on Maceday in front of the gravel pit on the northwest side of the lake. Bass fishing has been good on Grass Lake, with lots of fish to 3 pounds being caught. Bass and bluegills are hitting on Long Lake, and smallmouth bass are hitting leeches on Union.

Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.



Allegan Area

Bluegills have moved into deeper water, and anglers report a good bite on the deep side of weeds in Great Bear, Baseline, and Scott lakes. Crappies are hitting small tubes and Twister Tails on Duck Lake. Catfish, some up to 30 pounds, have been caught above the Trowbridge Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Perch fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan at St. Joe. 

Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

South Haven

King salmon and steelhead are hitting spoons and meat rigs fished in 80 to 120 feet of water on Lake Michigan. Perch, some to 11 inches, have been caught in 25 to 35 feet of water just south of the South Haven Pier and south of Deerlick Creek Park. Pier anglers are catching good numbers of steelhead, catfish, and sheepshead. Bluegills and crappies are being caught on Saddle, Paw Paw, and Hutchins lakes. Spikes, wax worms, and minnows are producing. 

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area

Bass fishing is still going strong on Gun Lake, Gull Lake, Portage Lake, Baseline Lake, Sunset Lake, Lake Allegan, Duck Lake, and the St. Joe River. Drop-shot rigs, rubber worms, weedless frogs, and buzzbaits are all taking fish. Anglers after northern pike are finding fish on Long Lake, Gull Lake, Wolf Lake, Scott Lake, and Cedar Lake. One bass fisherman on Cedar landed a 44-inch, 20-pound, 1-ounce northern on a Bubble Gum Yamamoto Senko and 10-pound line. Bluegill anglers report that on sunny days the fish have been found suspended over deeper water. The best lakes have been Muskrat, Three Lakes, Pine, Maple, Lake Brownwood, Pleasant, and Lake Cora.

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



Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing remains strong out on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, but the fish seem to be moving a little deeper. The best reports are coming from anglers fishing in 18 to 25 feet of water from the Spark Plug all the way out to buoys 1 and 2. Nightcrawler harnesses are producing excellent results. Perch reports have been light, but a few fish have been caught around the edge of the Black Hole in 19 to 22 feet of water, as well as around the mouth of the Saginaw River.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Ludington Area

King salmon and a few cohos, lake trout, and steelhead have been hitting in Lake Michigan at Ludington.  Fishing has been good off the bank in 100 to 150 feet of water. Anglers are running meat rigs on low Divers 80 feet back, and 150 feet back on high Divers. Downriggers are pulling dodgers and flies 60 feet down, and  spoons and plugs are running off 5- to 10-color leadcore.

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



Harbor Beach Area

Trout and salmon fishing has been good on Lake Huron out of Harbor Beach. Lake trout are hitting dodgers and spoons or flies fished on bottom in 90 to 120 feet of water. Light numbers of salmon and steelhead also were being picked up when trolling 30 to 80 feet down.

Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been very good on Lake Huron, but the action is hit or miss. Crawler harnesses have been the bait of choice. Muskie fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River. Large rubber muskie baits have produced good results for anglers sight-fishing off the boardwalk. Smallmouth bass also are hitting along the boardwalk. Tubes are catching a lot of fish.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.



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