Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 18, 2017

SOUTHEASTERN LOWER

Lake St. Clair

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair. Anglers report good action off the Metro Park, at the Clinton River spillway and up into the North Channel. The walleye bite has been hit or miss. Those jigging and drifting did better than those trolling. A couple of muskie have been caught near the Clinton River when trolling close to shore.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Irish Hills Area

Warm weather has pushed fish into deeper water. Bass fishing has been fair, with the best action coming early and late in the day. A good bluegill bite has been reported by anglers fishing in 30 feet of water or more on Devils and Clark lakes. Walleye fishing has been “pretty quiet.”

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

Luna Pier Area

Perch and walleye fishing remain good on Lake Erie. Perch are hitting minnows, but not many limit catches were recorded. The average catch per angler putting in a full day was maybe 15 fish. Walleye fishing has been good with limit catches taken in Brest Bay and off Fermi when trolling a crawler harness.

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

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Allegan Area

Bluegill fishing remains good in Allegan County. The fish are suspended over deeper water on Eagle in Bloomingdale and Great Bear lakes. Swan Creek has been giving up some really nice brown trout including a couple of 20-inchers caught on nightcrawlers. Skamania fishing has been good at the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Plugs are producing a good bite. Lake Allegan is giving up a fair number of walleyes after dark on crankbaits and stickbaits.

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

Union Area

Fishing has slowed a little in Cass County. Bluegills are suspended over deep water and are hitting red wigglers and wax worms on Long Lake. A few crappies have been caught, too. Bass have moved deeper on most lakes in the area. The best bite has come in the early mornings and evenings.

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

Kalamazoo Area

Bluegills are moving out to deeper water. Good action has been reported by anglers on Portage and Barton lakes. The Kalamazoo River is producing a good catfish bite. Bass fishing has slowed down, but the perch bite has picked up on inland lakes and on Lake Michigan.

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

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch are hitting in 13 to 17 feet of water all over Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. As temperatures start to fall, fishing will improve. Walleyes are hitting nightcrawler harnesses or spoons trolled in 19 to 22 feet of water.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

A few salmon have moved up to the flies-only water on the Pere Marquette River. Stream trout fishing has been good on night crawlers, hoppers, ants and bead-headed nymphs. Bluegills are hitting wax worms and redworms fished in 14 feet of water on most lakes including Big Bass, Idlewild, Big Levrentz and Big Star. Bass fishing has slowed but a decent bite has been reported on Wolf Lake.

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

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

Weidman Area

The water has cooled a little and fishing has improved in Isabella County. Bluegills are hitting wax worms and leaf worms fished along the weeds  on the Martini Chain of Lakes, Littlefield, Coldwater and Stevenson lakes. The walleye bite has picked up on Coldwater and Chippewa lakes. Night crawlers and leeches have both produced good results. Bass fishing remains pretty good on the Martini Chain and Six Lakes.

Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.

Ludington Area

Salmon and trout fishing has been very good on Lake Michigan. One angler caught a 37-pound king salmon last week. Bluegill and crappie fishing has been slow inland but the pike bite has been hot on Pere Marquette Lake. Spinners have produced the best results. Walleye fishing has been good on Hamlin Lake with night crawler harnesses and bodybaits both producing a good bite. The perch bite on Lake Michigan has been hot or cold. The best bite comes following a north blow.

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

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Walleye fishing remains very good on Lake Huron. Anglers report good action when fishing crawler harnesses in 17 to 20 feet of water north of the Sand Point water tower. A lot of 18- to 23-inch fish have been caught. A good bite also has been reported by anglers fishing at the same depths but west of Heisterman Island in the Slot. Pike, catfish and an occasional smallmouth bass have been caught off the breakwall in Caseville. Plugs and night crawlers have produced the best action. Deer and goose numbers look good in Huron County.

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

Port Huron

Fishing has slowed a little in St. Clair County. Smallmouth bass and silver bass are hitting crawler harnesses in the St. Clair River. Fair numbers of walleyes are still being caught in the river, too. The best action has been late at night when the water cools a bit. Wire-lining and whipping have produced good results. Local inland ponds are “on fire” for largemouth bass. Top-water baits are netting great results.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Lake trout and salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan at Charlevoix. The best bites have come to those trolling spoons and meat rigs 70 to 90 feet  down over 100 to 300 feet of water. Panfish action has been decent on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes, but walleye fishing has been slow. A few ‘eyes have been caught in Lake Charlevoix on bottom bouncers and leeches fished in 20 to 22 feet of water.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Lake trout are hitting in Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay. Good action has come to those fishing cow bells and Spin ‘N Glos in 90 to 110 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing is heating up. Drop-shot rigs fished in 8 to 20 feet of water are catching fish on Bellaire, Elk and Torch lakes. The walleye bite on Big Platte Lake. A few salmon have trickled into the Betsie River. Browns and brookies are hitting in the upper Boardman and upper Manistee rivers. Terrestrials, spinners and crawlers are all taking fish.

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

NORTHEASTERN LP

Rogers City Area

Salmon and lake trout fishing remains pretty good on Lake Huron. Those trolling spoons and meat rigs 40 to 60 feet down over 70 to 100 feet of water are catching fish. Stream fishing has slowed. Walleye action remains pretty good on Grand Lake and anglers there report a good bluegill bite, too.

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303

Atlanta Area

Fishing remains very good for all the warmwater species in Montmorency County. Avery Lake has produced a good bass and panfish bite, while West Twin is giving up decent numbers of walleyes. Crankbaits fished after dark have produced the best action. Brown trout fishing has been good on the Pigeon River and a fair number of rainbows have been caught, too. Spinners are producing. Deer and bear numbers are both in good shape.

Elk Country Outfitters NEMI, (989) 306-0720, www.ElkCountryOutfittersNEMI.com.

Onaway Area

Fishing has slowed a little as the midsummer doldrums have hit. A few pike, bass and rock bass have been caught on Black Lake. Walleye action has slowed, but persistent anglers are catching a few.

Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Oscoda Area

Catfish are hitting in Lake Huron off the pier. Night crawlers fished on bottom right before dark and into the night are producing a good bite. Lake trout and Atlantic salmon are hitting farther out in Lake Huron. Those trolling in 80 to 100 feet of water report the best action. Walleye fishing has picked up a little on the Au Sable River. The best action has been during low light period. Anglers are using slip bobbers or drifting with nightcrawlers and leeches.

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Fair numbers of  walleyes have been caught in Raber and Munuscong bays. Pike fishing has been good in Lake Huron at Cedarville and Hessel. Perch are hitting crawlers and wax worms at Cedarville.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Light numbers of pike and smallmouth bass have been caught in Scotts and Maxton and Whitney bays. A few perch are hitting around weeds in Maxton and Scotts. Lake trout fishing has been decent in the St. Mary’s River near the DeTour Lighthouse. Herring have moved out.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Fishing is getting better and better on Manistique Lakes. The perch bite has turned on and fair numbers of walleyes, bass and bluegills have been caught on Big and South Manistique lakes. Minnows have attracted most of the perch attention, walleyes are hitting night crawlers.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

Strong winds have scattered the fish on Lake Superior. A few lake trout have been caught near Granite Island, the white rocks and off Shot Point. A couple of coho have been caught near Shot Point.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Walleye anglers reported fair to good catches around the First and Second reefs in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Those trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 28 feet of water report good action. A few walleye were caught near Breezy Point in 12 to 14 feet of water. Perch fishing was fair to good near Kipling when dunking nightcrawlers in 8 to 13 feet of water. Several jumbo perch were reported, too.

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

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

Iron Mountain Area

Fishing pressure has been light in Dickinson County. Fly-fishermen report a good bass bite on top-water presentations in the Menominee RiverLake Antoine and the Michigamme Reservoir.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Kings, cohos, browns and a few splake are hitting in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Anglers trolling glow, chartreuse or orange spoons report good action when fishing 30 to 40 feet down in 120 to 180 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting spoons and live suckers and chubs on Prickett Dam Flooding. Walleye fishing has been pretty good in Huron Bay. Crawler harnesses fished in the evening have produced good results. Brook trout fishing remains good on the Silver, Falls and Slate rivers and other local streams.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Iron River Area

Fishing has been decent in Iron County. Perch have turned on in most of the bigger lakes in the area including Chicagon and Emily. Walleyes are hitting leeches and night crawlers fished on the rivers and backwaters.  Brook and brown trout fishing remains very good on local rivers and streams including the Iron and Brule.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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