Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 17th, 2016

Lake St. Clair

Smallmouth bass fishing was very good recently on Lake St. Clair. Fish were hitting from the metropark to the mile roads in 6 to 10 feet of water. Swimbaits, jerkbaits and tubes were all producing good results. A few largemouth bass, pike and muskies were also caught. Walleye were found in the stretch between the metropark and the Clinton River ramp and around the 400 Club in 10 feet of water. Pink and chartreuse crawler harnesses were catching fish. Some reported limit catches in the shipping channel around the lighthouse. These anglers also caught good numbers of white bass. Perch are still being caught on minnows and worms fished in 6 to 8 feet of water at Gino’s Surf. Panfish were caught around the 400 Club in 8 to 10 feet of water when floating a minnow. On the north end, muskies were hitting on west side of Anchor Bay. Pike and bass were caught in the shallows. A few perch were caught when drifting minnows in the small bay just north of the Harley Ensign launch.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Commerce Area

With bass season under way, both Cass and Union lakes have seen steady pressure from tournament and non-tournament anglers. Those doing best are finesse fishing along the drop-offs and flats. On windy days, try fast moving baits such as crankbaits or spinners. Those targeting panfish in Cass Lake were successful with the fish in close to shore. A few walleyes have been caught in a variety of depths and locations in both lakes.

Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing has remained decent in the Detroit River. There are a lot of white bass in the river, too. Perch were being caught around the docks in Gibraltar and near the border waters in 10 to 11 feet of water. Shore fishing has been hot and heavy especially for bluegills.

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

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing remains very good on Lake Erie. Those fishing straight out from Fermi, Stony Point, Brest Bay, Bolles Harbor and further south to the Dumping Grounds reported an increase in limit catches. Trolling crawler harnesses with in-line spinners produce the most fish but spoons and crankbaits in firetiger, pink or purple also caught fish. Those bottom bouncing are catching fish but are also sorting through a lot of small ones because the bigger fish are suspended higher in the water column. Few were targeting yellow perch but some had decent luck with shiners on spreaders. Those fishing in La Plaisance Bay near Bolles Harbor have had good catches of largemouth and smallmouth bass in 5 to 10 feet of water. Tubes and crankbaits both caught fish. Shore anglers at Sterling State Park have caught largemouth and smallmouth bass off the Army Corp of Engineers Pier when using Twister Tails and jigs. Catfish were caught in the marsh channels near the mouth of Sandy Creek. Shore anglers at Pointe Mouillee caught largemouth bass, white bass and catfish at the boating access site.

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


South Haven

Strong winds have kept fishing pressure low on Lake Michigan. The boats that were able to get out caught a few coho and lake trout in waters less than 100 feet deep. Pier anglers caught some steelhead when floating shrimp under a bobber.

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Cloverdale Area

Fishing has been pretty good recently on most lakes in the area including Long and Cloverdale. Bluegills and sunfish have moved into the shallows and anglers are catching good numbers of fish on crawlers and wax worms. Bass fishing has been good too. Crankbaits and soft plastics were both producing a good bass bite.

Tackle Box, (269) 623-2994

Grand Rapids Area

Walleyes and catfish have been keeping anglers busy on the Grand River. Leeches have been the hot bait for the walleye and cut bait or shrimp for catfish. Bass have been caught in the shallows and around structure. Check the backwaters for bluegill and crappie.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

Plainwell Area

Fishing is pretty good on Gun Lake. Bluegills and sunfish have moved into the shallows to spawn. Wax worms, leaf worms and nightcrawlers are all producing good results. Bass fishing has been good, too. Anglers fishing with shiners and soft plastics report a good bite in 15 to 20 feet of water along the weedbeds.

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


Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing remains good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Walleye were hitting in 20 feet of water off Linwood and buoys G, A and B, and the pencil buoys. Walleye were caught around Spoils Island in the early morning before sunrise and off the Callahan Reef when heading out from the river mouth, Finn Road or Quanicassee. The hot spinners were purple, pink, chartreuse, anti-freeze, copper, brass and chrome.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Sanford Area

Bluegills, sunfish and a few crappies are being caught on Sanford Lake. The ‘gills and sunnies have moved into the shallows and are spawning. Leaf worms and wax worms have produced good action. Crappies are suspended over deeper water. Those fishing with minnows had good results. Bass fishing has been good, too, especially in the Tittabawassee River.

Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.

Baldwin Area

Bluegills are spawning on some of the lakes in the area and the spawn is done on others. Brown trout fishing has been fair on the Pere Marquette River. Crappies are hitting on Idlewild and Big Star lakes. Some Hendricksons have hatched and anglers are catching trout on the Pere Marquette River on nymphs and streamers. Live bait has produced good results outside of the flies-only section. Pike and bass are hitting on Idlewild, Big Bass and North lakes. Wolf Lake has also produced good bass fishing for both smallmouths and largemouths.

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

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974,

Grand Haven Area

Trout and salmon have been caught in Lake Michigan 35 to 150 feet down in 150 to 250 feet of water. Those trolling green flies and orange spoons reported a good bite. Pier anglers are catching steelhead on shrimp. Freshwater drum were caught while casting spoons in the channel.

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

Ludington Area

Baitfish are moving into the channel and Pere Marquette Lake. Boat anglers are getting lake trout, steelhead and chinook in 100 to 300 feet of water. Those targeting chinook and steelhead at Pentwater had success in 180 feet and deeper. Bass fishing has been good on Pentwater Lake in 2 and 12 feet of water. Jigs tipped with soft plastics and fished near weedbeds produced good results.

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


Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Huron. A good bite has been reported by anglers fishing at the Slot in 8 to 14 feet of water. Crawler harnesses trolled behind bottom bouncers were catching a lot of fish. Hot ‘N’ Tots also caught fish. Bass, catfish and northern pike have been hitting off the breakwall in the harbor at Caseville.

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

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River. Excellent reports are coming in from anglers fishing from Port Huron all the way downstream to Lake St. Clair. Anglers are whipping, vertical jigging and casting Mr. Twisters from shore and all are catching a lot of fish. Lake trout fishing has been outstanding at the south end of Lake Huron. A fair number of coho salmon and steelhead are also being caught in the lake.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

Vassar Area

Bluegills and panfish have moved into the shallows on Murphy Lake. Anglers fishing with leaf worms, wax worms and nightcrawlers are catching good numbers of fish. Bass are spawning. Crawlers, minnows and artificial baits are all taking fish. Anglers report very good bass action along the weeds at the old swimming hole on the north side of the lake.

Fred’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 823-8157.


East Jordan Area

Fishing has been excellent on Lake Charlevoix. The fish are scattered and good action has been reported by anglers fishing in 4 to 26 feet of water. Crankbaits and nightcrawler harnesses are both producing good results. Perch fishing has been good, too. Bass have moved onto their beds and are hitting tubes, wacky worms and Carolina jigs. Trout fishing has been very good on local streams. The headwaters of the Jordan River is giving up some good brookies. A few salmon have been caught on Lake Michigan and the walleye bite has been very good, too. Lake herring are hitting in the channel along with some lakers and walleye. Blade baits produced a very good bite.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Boat anglers targeting bass have done well in shallow water at the south end of East Grand Traverse Bay. Lake trout anglers have done well out of Elk Rapids and Deepwater Point. Cisco were caught south of Elk Rapids. The Elk River by-pass still has a good number of rainbow trout left over from the kids’ fishing day. Lake trout fishing was good north of the M-22 launch in West Grand Traverse Bay. Bass fishing has been good on the Boardman River. Those using crawlers and leeches had the best success.

WildFishing Guide Service,

Frankfort Area

A few chinook have been caught in Lake Michigan off the Shelf in 180 to 300 feet of water. Boats are heading straight out and to the north. Lake trout are being caught off a rock pile straight out from the mouth of the Platte River in East Platte Bay.

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

Manistee Area

The north pier on Lake Michigan was still closed at last check. Baitfish were still in the harbor and anglers were picking up a small number of steelhead, brown trout and chinook early in the mornings. Walleyes are still being caught at night. Those trolling caught lake trout, steelhead and chinook in 100 to 300 feet of water. Northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass have been caught in Manistee Lake.

Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Cadillac Area

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell have had good bass fishing. Most were catching largemouth but a few smallmouth were also found. Catch rates slowed with the cooler temperatures but should rebound as warm weather moves back in. A few walleye and bullhead were caught in the canal between the two lakes.

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


Mio Area

Lots of bugs are hatching on the Au Sable River. Anglers report seeing brown drakes, cahills, sulphurs and more. The problem is the cold nights are turning off the hatches and the fish. When the cold air hits the bugs go back to the trees. There have not been any reports of the hex hatch starting, but it should begin any time.

Au Sable Angler, (989) 826-8500.

Houghton Lake Area

Fishing has been good on Houghton Lake, especially out around the Middle Grounds. The walleye bite did slow with the latest mayfly hatch and the cooler temperatures but should rebound with some warmer temperatures. Anglers are catching a good number of walleyes in 6 to 8 feet of water late at night or early in the mornings. Bass, bluegills and sunfish have been caught throughout the day.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Lake trout fishing was still good on Higgins Lake. The best bites were in 80 to 100 feet of water. Anglers are catching lots of rock bass above the drop-off and the bite should continue for some time.

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

Hubbard Lake Area

Smallmouth bass are hitting during the day and walleyes are keeping anglers busy at night. Smallies are hitting in 2 to 10 feet of water. Surface baits were working in the shallows and crawlers or leeches and jigs in the deeper water. Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers and Rapalas trolled behind planer boards and bottom bouncers in 15 to 25 feet of water. There are a lot of ticks this year.

Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

Alpena Area

Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Michigan. Most anglers are targeting fish in 60 to 80 feet of water and spreading bait throughout the water column as the fish were suspended last week. Spoons, flies, Spin-N-Glos, Wobble Glos, cut bait and bodybaits in dark colors were all attracting attention. Walleye fishing was still spotty. Most anglers were heading out at night with planer boards and long-lining with body baits and crawler harnesses. Thunder Bay has lots of bass and pike. Fishing was slow in the Thunder Bay River. A few walleye and bass were caught in the early morning and late evening when using live bait.

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

Oscoda Area

Pier fishing was hit-or-miss last week on Lake Huron. Those targeting walleyes had limited success. Those trolling have caught lake trout and a few steelhead in 60 to 100 feet of water. Spoons, cut bait or Spin-N Glos all caught fish. Fish were marked from top to bottom. Walleyes were hitting in the lower stretch of the Au Sable River. Boat anglers drifting nightcrawlers have caught fish. Some were casting bodybaits and stickbaits. Trout have been caught in all branches especially by those fly-fishing.

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


Pickford Area

Anglers are doing well fishing for northern pike in Musky Bay. They were trolling with rubber-bodied minnows and a spinner blade in 6 to 8 feet of water in early morning hours. In and around Wilderness Bay, a few pike were caught in 6 feet of water when trolling light colored bucktail spinners. West of the Hessel Dock, fish were also taken in Lake Huron on the west side of Combe Island in 6 to 8 feet of water on live chub minnows. Those looking for yellow perch should try inside the finger docks in the Hessel Marina with wax worms about 6 inches off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet of water. The early morning bite has been the best.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing was good but fishing pressure light last week around Drummond Island. A lot of walleyes were caught in Scotts Bay by those trolling crawler harnesses and stickbaits in 4 to 8 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good in Scotts and Maxton bays. The fish are staging before they start spawning. Mayflies are hatching. Herring should start moving in at the end of June.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Fishing has been very good on Manistique Lakes. Walleyes, perch, northern pike, bass and bluegills have all been keeping anglers busy on Big Manistique and South Manistique. Leeches and nightcrawlers have produced the best results. Trout anglers were catching a lot of brookies on area streams until the water rose with recent heavy rain.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Escanaba Area

Walleye anglers reported fair to good catches last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. A good bite was reported between the center and the third reefs when trolling stickbaits or crawler harnesses in 18 to 25 feet of water. The best area was south by the Ford River and Breezy Point where anglers trolled stickbaits in 8 to 14 feet of water. The mouth of the Ford River was producing fair catches of smallmouth bass but the better fishing was up river where most were casting tubes, crankbaits or spinners along the banks. Fish were also caught at the mouth of the Escanaba River in 8 to 12 feet of water. Shore anglers at the Ford River had a lot of action but most of the fish were too small. Pike numbers are on the increase with good catches throughout the bay including around Butler Island and just off the Day’s River when trolling crankbaits, spoons or spinners in 10 to 18 feet of water. Those fly-fishing on the Escanaba River did well for rainbow and brown trout.

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

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


Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has slowed on Lake Superior near the white rocks. Anglers were still heading north and fishing the Upper Harbor and Shot Point in 80 to 200 feet of water. The coho action slowed as well but some were still caught around the breakwall in the Lower Harbor. Water levels in the Carp River were high due to recent rains. Those targeting brook trout had little success. Over at Munising, heavy rains lowered water temperatures into the low to mid 40s. Lake trout were caught near the Wood Island Reef on Lake Superior. The fish averaged 2 to 3 pounds. A few boat anglers caught chinook salmon up to 8 pounds when trolling near Trout Bay and inside Munising Bay. Pier activity at the Anna River was slow but those out did catch some decent size splake right along with several small ones.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

L’Anse Area

Keweenaw Bay: Those who braved the recent cool rainy weather did very well with a mix of coho, lake trout and splake on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Good action was reported by anglers trolling spoons and bodybaits from the head of the bay north to the red rocks. Trolling speeds were between 2 and 2.5 mph.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has been like a roller coaster ride. Fishing went from fantastic to poor overnight when the cold temps arrived. Bass had moved up on the beds for two days with great fishing and then shut off. The walleye bite also stalled. Warmer temperatures have arrived with continued normal temps. The fish should respond to the change and hopefully pick back up. Anglers are still catching fish, but it has been tough.

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

The DNR contributed to this report.

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