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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016


Pickford Area

Perch and splake were hitting in Lake Michigan off the docks at Hessel. The rivers are still full of suckers. Fair numbers of perch have been caught in Lake George and above the locks on the St. Marys River. Good numbers of Atlantic salmon have been caught at the power house. Most anglers were waiting for last weekend’s walleye opener. Turkey hunting has been good. Morels are popping. 

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing slowed at Drummond Island last week and most anglers  were waiting for the pike and walleye opener. Perch anglers in Maxton Bay were catching a lot of pike incidentally. A few morels are popping.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

St. Ignace Area 

A few boats have done well lake trout fishing in Lake Huron near Bois Blanc Island and near St. Ignace. Spoons and Spin-N-Glos have caught fish. Steelhead action has been slow in the Carp River. Anglers were moving upstream to target steelhead. A few  brook trout and brown trout were caught.

Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.



Marquette Area

Surface water temperatures were 38 degrees last week in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. Anglers trolling spoons, jigging or casting for trout and salmon caught a few brown trout near Shot Point. Lake trout were caught near the Chocolay River, a few miles north of the breakwall in the Lower Harbor and near Partridge Island in 130 to 170 feet of water. Very few chinook salmon were caught. Fishing on the Carp River has slowed. Anglers had no luck with spawn so they were switching to artificial baits and spinners, which landed a few brook trout.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Perch anglers are still reporting catches in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc south of the Days River. Anglers were using minnows or crawlers in 34 feet. Smallmouth bass were hitting in the Ford River in 6 to 14 feet of water and near Garth Point. Most were casting plastics, spinners or crankbaits. Anglers were awaiting the recent walleye opener. Water in the bay was in the mid-50s. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. 

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

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



L’Anse Area

Steelhead and suckers have kept anglers busy in the Falls River. Good numbers of coho salmon, brown trout and splake have been caught in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. One angler caught a 30-pound laker last week. The best bites have come to those trolling body baits in Huron Bay in 25 to 30 feet of water. Turkey hunting has been fair. Morels are popping.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on Lake Gogebic. Anglers there were waiting for last Sunday’s walleye opener. The walleyes are done spawning but the black flies are out in force. Anglers are reminded that the walleye limit is five fish, but two of them can be between 13 and 15 inches long.

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


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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016


Traverse City Area

Lake herring and lake trout were keeping anglers busy last week on Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay. Those fishing Swedish pimples in  35 to 75 feet of water reported good results. Walleye fishing has been good on South Lake Leelenau. Crankbaits trolled in 10 to 17 feet of water have produced good results. Crappies were hitting jigs and minnows fished in the shallows on Spider Lake. Turkey hunting has been good in Grand Traverse County. Morel hunting has been slow. 

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

Frankfort Area

Fishing has improved on Lake Michigan. Those fishing off the north pier on the harbor side last week caught some nice brown trout on spawn bags. The best action came when there was a south wind. Those trolling to the south picked up lake trout and brown trout in 25 to 50 feet of water. Bright colored spoons that are typically used for steelhead were attracting a lot of attention. Lake trout were hitting spoons trolled on the east side of Platte Bay. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Morel hunting has been spotty. 

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

Manistee Area

Light numbers of small brown trout and king salmon were being caught last week outside the pier on Lake Michigan. The surface water temperatures was about 47 degrees. Walleye fishing was good in the channel and between the piers. Turkey hunting has been decent.

Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Cadillac Area

The night walleye bite has been good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Rapalas and nightcrawlers have been the hot baits. A few walleyes and bullhead have been caught in the canal between the two lakes. The crappie bite has picked up with a good number of fish being caught in the shallow coves on Lake Mitchell. The bluegill action was still slow but lots of bass were being caught and released on both lakes. Turkey hunting has slowed, but there are still birds around. Mushroom hunting has been spotty.

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



Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing was heating up on Houghton Lake. Anglers reported catching good numbers of fish in 8 feet of water along the weedbeds. Crappies are just about done in the canals and the bluegills were starting to move in. Minnows and worms are both catching panfish. The spring turkey season has been good. Hens are nesting in the afternoons. Mushroom hunting has been hot and cold, like the weather.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Boat anglers were catching a few lake trout last week on Higgins Lake. The best action was coming to those fishing in 80 to 100 feet of water. A couple of rainbow trout were caught off Big Creek in 30 to 35 feet of water. There were no perch being caught yet. 

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

Alpena Area

Walleye fishing has been slow on Lake Huron at Alpena. Lake trout were still in close last week as surface waters temperatures were still around 50 degrees. Fair numbers of steelhead were still being caught in the Thunder Bay River. Turkey hunting started off with a bang but has slowed some. Hens are nesting in the afternoons. Mushroom hunting has been spotty.

Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

Oscoda Area

Pier fishing was slow last week on Lake Huron. Walleye anglers had very limited success as it seems the fish have not made it up from Saginaw Bay in big numbers yet. Those who did catch fish were casting body baits, Twister Tails or small spoons. Lake trout are still being caught off the pier head but in limited numbers. A few steelhead were still on their beds in the Au Sable River. The trout season is off to a good start. Brown trout fishing has been very good

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

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Lake St. Clair

Anglers caught largemouth and smallmouth bass in 7 feet of water along the shoreline last week on Lake St. Clair. Most fish were caught south of the Clinton River cutoff launch and near the mouth of the Detroit River. Crankbaits produced the best results. Dark green and crayfish were good colors. Those targeting perch and panfish did best in the canals just north of the Clinton River. Crawlers seemed to work best producing more bluegills and sunfish than perch. On the north end of the lake, both largemouth and smallmouth bass were caught around the metropark and just north of the Selfridge launch, along the walls in 3 to 6 feet of water. Tube baits in green/pumpkin or smoke/purple caught fish. A few pike were hitting, too. Anglers fishing in the canals around Selfridge and at Fairhaven were catching panfish on red and chartreuse jigs fished in 7 feet of water. Turkey hunting has been good in Macomb and St. Clair counties. Morels are popping.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Irish Hills Area

Good crappie and bluegill fishing was reported last week by anglers fishing on VineyardWamplers and some of the private lakes in the area.  They haven’t moved into the shallows to spawn yet, but are staging just off shore. The spring turkey season has been better than average so far. There are still a lot of birds in the area but the toms are henned up early. Lots of morels were being found. 

Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

Commerce Area

Bass fishing was good last week on CassOrchardUnion and most lakes in the area. A few pike and walleye were caught by those casting or trolling body baits along the drop-offs. Anglers are finding panfish in the canals and back bays. Small jigs tipped with a minnow or worm fished under a bobber have produced good action. Surface water temperatures were between 55 and 59 degrees. Turkey hunting has been good in Oakland County. Hens are nesting and the afternoon hunt has been good. Morels are popping.

Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.

Trenton Area

Good walleye action was being reported by anglers fishing in the Detroit River last week. Anglers were trolling or jigging Wyandotte worms and walleye minnows and enjoying  good success. The white bass are starting to show up and were being caught  off the pier in Wyandotte. Anglers are reminded that the DNR will be collecting muskie eggs on the Detroit River this month. As a safety precaution, anglers should avoid coming close to the electro-fishing boat during the nighttime shocking operations. 

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

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing remained good last week on Lake Erie. Anglers fishing at Stony Point and in Brest Bay reported good action. Most were trolling or drifting crawler harnesses or crankbaits in 16 to 25 feet of water. Chartreuse, fire-tiger and purple were the hot colors. Shore anglers at the Pointe Mouillee access site reported decent catches of largemouth bass. Channel cats and bullhead were caught on chicken livers. Shore anglers at Swan Creek were catching channel catfish, bullhead and light numbers of yellow perch. Nightcrawlers were the bait of choice. Turkeys are talkin’ and morels are poppin’.

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



South Haven

Trout and salmon fishing is improving on Lake Michigan. Good numbers of lake trout are being caught right on the bottom in 50 to 80 feet of water. Spin-N-Glos are producing good results. Farther out in the lake, anglers are catching coho salmon and steelhead, and occasionally a chinook, in 200 to 220 feet of water. That’s about 10 to 12 miles off shore. Small spoons and body baits have caught the steelies and cohos. The kings are hitting meat rigs. Turkey season has been very good. There are a lot of birds in the area. Morels hunting has been spotty.

 Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Union Area

Panfish are hitting on inland lakes in the area. Red wigglers and wax worms are producing the best action. Fair numbers of largemouth bass have been caught on LongBaldwin and Juno lakes. Turkey hunting has been decent. Mushroom hunters are finding a few morels.

Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.

Coldwater Area

Good crappie fishing has been reported by anglers on MadisonGilead and Bartholomew lakes. They are moving up the drop-offs and hitting minnows and jigs tipped with a wax worm or wiggler. Turkey hunting has been very good. There are a lot of birds in Branch County. Hens are nesting in the afternoon and toms are on the prowl. Morel hunting has been good.  

Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

Kalamazoo Area

Anglers report good crappie action on NorthPortage and Maple lakes when fishing along breaks and weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water. Slider grubs and Twister Tails fished on a 1⁄16-ounce jig head have been most effective. Live minnows under a slip-bobber have also been working well. Anglers have reported that bluegills are becoming more active, especially in shallow areas that warm up during the day. Redworms, wax worms and flies are all catching fish on ShermanEagleDuck and Sugarloaf lakes. Bass are hitting on PineGullAustin and School Section lakes. Brown trout have been caught on crawlers and spinners on the Paw Paw River and Campbell Creek. Steelhead fishing has ended on the Kalamazoo River but suckers are still in the river. The turkey season has been good. Mushroom hunters are finding morels. 

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



Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Boat anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses report good action in 6 to 8 feet of water at Pinconning. Good action has been reported and in 18 feet of water just west of the Spark Plug, and near the Dumping Grounds, too. Turkey hunting has been very good in  Bay and Arenac counties. Toms are active and gobbling. Hens are nesting. Mushroom hunters are finding morels.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Saginaw River 

Shore anglers on the Saginaw River last week were catching freshwater drum (sheepshead) and catfish on nightcrawlers. Smith Park in Essexville was the hot spot. A few walleyes were being caught on jigs and Twisters tipped with minnows or crawlers near the State Street Bridge on the Tittabawassee River. Good numbers of white bass were also being caught.

Riverview Bait Shop, (517) 755-0989.

Sanford Area

Panfish action has been good on Sanford and Wixom lake. Crappies are in the cuts and bluegills are starting to move in. Walleye fishing has slowed in the Tittabawassee River. Turkey hunting has been very good. Toms are still gobbling. Morel hunting has been good, but a little warm weather and rain would help.

Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.

Baldwin Area

Trout fishing has been fair. Brown trout up to 24 inches have been caught on the Pere Marquette River. A few steelhead are still being caught on spawn, streamer and egg-pattern flies. Gold spinners have produced too. Bluegills are getting active on IdlewildBig Bass and Big Star lakes. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Morel hunting has been fair. Mushroom hunters are hoping for warmer weather.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

Lansing Area

Smallmouth bass and bluegills are hitting on the Grand River upstream of Moore’s Park. Walleyes have been caught below most of the area dams and a few northern pike have been caught below the North Lansing Dam. Boat anglers report a good crappie bite at the Waverly Road Bridge. Minnows and jigs have produced the best bites. Turkey hunting has been good. 

Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.

Grand Haven Area

Coho fishing has been pretty good in Lake Michigan. Anglers report catching fish 25 to 150 feet down in 160 to 260 feet of water. Bright colored spoons are working well in the upper water column. Those trolling near the pier heads are finding coho, chinook and a few brown trout. Pier fishing was slow. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Hens are nesting in the afternoons. Morels are popping. 

Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.

Ludington Area

Good numbers of lake trout are still being caught outside the piers on Lake Michigan, where the water temperature was 49 degrees last week. Light numbers of chinook salmon are starting to show up. A few walleyes have been caught off the pier down at Pentwater. The best action has been after sunset using deep-diving body baits or plastic swimbaits. Bluegill and crappie are hitting in 10 to 20 feet of water on Pentwater Lake. Northern pike have been caught on shiners fished under a bobber.  

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



Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Huron, when there isn’t a northwest wind to keep anglers grounded. When they can get out, anglers report catching fish at North Island, off the buoy at Sand Point and off the breakwall in Caseville. Body baits are producing the best results. Turkey hunting has been very good. The best action has been early in the morning when the birds are coming off the roost. A few morels are showing up.

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

Harbor Beach Area

Light numbers of salmon were hitting spoons last week on Lake Huron. Those fishing in 30 to 80 feet of water straight out and north of the harbor had good success. The best colors were orange, green, blue and the yellow tail. Some limits of lake trout were being reported by anglers fishing straight out and north of the harbor in 60 to 100 feet of water. Dodgers with Spin-N-Glos or clean spoons trolled along the bottom were catching fish. Hot colors were bright yellow, green and orange Spin-N-Glos or green, blue and perch colored spoons. Walleyes were caught off the north wall when the winds were calm. Turkey hunting has been good all over the Thumb. Morels are popping.

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

Port Huron

Kings and cohos have been caught in the St. Clair River and are starting to hit in Lake Huron at Lexington. The best bites have been along shore in 15 to 20 feet of water. The water was running about 45 degrees last week. Smelt are still running under the Blue Water Bridge. The best action has been when the wind blows and the water is dirty. Walleye fishing has been hit-or-miss in the St. Clair River. One day they’re in the next they’re gone. Mushroom hunters are finding black morels in St. Clair County. Turkey hunting has been very good. There are a lot of birds around Port Huron.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

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