The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016
Posted on Thu, 05 May 2016
There was not much fishing effort at Raber Bay or Lime Island last week. Moving up the St. Marys River to Lake George, anglers report catching yellow perch on the east side of Sugar Island off Hay Bay in 30 feet of water. Shiner minnows seemed to work best. Down on Lake Huron at Cedarville, the boat launch is open and yellow perch were being caught. Anglers at Hessel report catching a few splake in Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay. Pier fishing results for anglers targeting splake were mixed. Catch rates have been slow although a few nice fish in the 10-pound range were reported. Most anglers were fishing with a smelt or minnow under a slip-bobber.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Perch were hitting in Scotts and Maxton bays last week. Some anglers had success stillfishing and drifting with minnows and worms along the north side of Scotts Bay where old cattails are bent over in the water. In Maxton Bay the perch are being caught between the DNR access site and the old Sportsman Club Pointe. Those still fishing and drifting with perch spreaders tipped with minnows reported a good bite.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
St. Ignace Area
One dock had been put in at the St. Ignace city boat launch last week but there was very little fishing activity occurring out on Lake Huron. The fish cleaning station remained closed. Light numbers of steelhead were being caught in the Carp River with warmer water bringing in a few fresh fish. The water was high in the river so fishing was tough. Suckers are starting to show up in the Carp River as well. A short smelt run in eastern Upper Peninsula streams appears to be nearing the end.
Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.
Perch and panfish action has improved a little on Manistee Lakes, but cool weather last week wasn’t helping things much. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the Upper Peninsula.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Fishing has been fair in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor when the wind allows anglers to get out. Boat anglers at the upper harbor reported catching light numbers of kings and coho around the breakwater. Spoons were producing the best results. Some boat anglers are also jigging at the “bubblers” with a few successful for coho. In the lower harbor fishing picked up a little last week with boat anglers trolling for coho around the breakwater and at the mouth of the Carp River. There are a couple commercial nets in the lower harbor near the sand bar so be aware of net buoys. Steelhead fishing is winding down in the Carp River.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Cold weather, wind and rain kept many anglers grounded last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Perch anglers who ventured out reported good to excellent catches off center and third reefs using minnows or wigglers in 25 to 35 feet of water. Best area was between the Day’s River and the Vagabond Resort towards the east bank. Several limits were reported. Smallmouth bass anglers have started fishing the shore off the Ford River and reported fair to good catches when casting spinners, crankbaits or soft plastics. Fly fishing anglers reported a few steelhead catches on the Escanaba River. Toms are strutting and coming to the call.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
Light numbers of walleyes have been caught in the Menominee River, which is a boundary water with Wisconsin. Anglers are allowed to keep one walleye on boundary waters. Cold nights and rain has put a damper on fishing and cooled the water. Bluegills and perch have been caught by anglers fishing from shore on Lake Antoine and the crappie bite has been decent on Twin Falls Flowage. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the Upper Peninsula. Turkey hunting has been slow to get started and hunting pressure has been light.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Atlantic salmon have found their way into Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Anglers trolling in the bay, when the wind allows them to get out, report catching a few Atlantics mixed in with good numbers of cohos and browns, and a few kings. Fishing pressure on inland lakes has been light. The turkey season got off to a slow start, but there are birds in the area.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Things were pretty quiet on Lake Gogebic last week. The ice has finally melted and the lake is open but no one was heading out fishing yet. Anglers are awaiting the May 15 walleye opener. Turkey hunting has been decent.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Lakes are open, but fishing pressure has been light in Iron County. Anglers there were waiting for last weekend’s trout opener and the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the U.P. The spring turkey season got off to a decent start. Toms are gobbling and strutting.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
Northern Michigan Fishing Reports
Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016
Posted on Thu, 05 May 2016
Burbot fishing has been very good in the deep hole on Burt Lake. Other than that fishing has been slow. Most anglers were waiting for last weekend’s inland walleye, pike, muskie and trout openers in the Lower Peninsula. Toms are gobbling and morels are popping.
Young’s Bait and Party Shop, (231) 548-5286.
East Jordan Area
Fishing has been slow on Lake Charlevoix and fishing pressure light. Walleyes have spawned and local anglers were anticipating a good opener with clear, warm weather in the forecast. Crappies are starting to move into the shallows. Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Michigan in 50 to 70 feet of water. Atlantics, browns and lakers have been keeping anglers busy on Torch Lake. Turkey hunting got off to a slow start, but there are birds “all over the place.” A few morels have been found.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Anglers reported fair perch action on Lake Michigan. Anglers were jigging wax worms or crawlers off the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass anglers were picking up good size smallmouths around the docks. The turkey season got off to a good start. Black morels were starting to show up.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Both fresh steelhead and drop backs were being caught last week at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. A few small brown trout were hitting, too. The fish are hungry. Flies, spawn, lures, yarn, beads and spinners were all producing good results. Sucker anglers have been landing a few fish in Bear Creek and the Rainbow Bend area on crawlers. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Morels are starting to pop.
Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.
Fishing pressure has been light on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Fair numbers of crappies and bluegills have been caught along shore on Lake Cadillac. Bass fishing has been good on most inland lakes in the area. Anglers were looking forward to last weekend’s walleye, pike, muskie and trout openers. Turkey hunting has been pretty good, but hunting pressure has been light. A few morels have been found.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Panfish have moved into the canals, and the mouths of the canals on Houghton Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are both hitting, too. Cold weather shut down the activity last week, but when the weather started to warm up late in the week, the bite in the canals returned. Crappies were hitting at sunrise and sunset and the bluegills were hitting at mid-day. The walleye opener was expected to be pretty good. The turkey season got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. Morels are starting to show.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Lake trout fishing was pretty good on Higgins Lake before a cold spell moved in last week and shut everything down. The action should improve as warmer weather returns. Turkey hunting got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. Black morels are popping.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Hubbard Lake Area
Fishing pressure has been very light on Hubbard Lake. Local anglers were waiting for last weekend’s Lower Peninsula inland fishing opener. Turkey season has been very good. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call. No word on morels yet.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
Fishing is remained consistent on Lake Huron last week, while water temperatures are fluctuating up and down depending on weather and wind conditions. Fishing in Thunder Bay was up and down with fish scattered throughout the bay. Lake trout are being caught in good numbers along with smallmouth bass. Steelhead are still running up the Thunder Bay River but not in high numbers. A few walleye were being caught. Toms are strutting and gobbling and coming to the call. Morels are starting to pop.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
The catch in Lake Huron off the Oscoda pier is picking up slowly. There were reports last week of walleyes being caught late at night and early in the morning on bodybaits in silver, UV and clown colors. Steelhead are still making their way up the Au Sable River and onto the beds. Spawn, flies, trout beads, spinners and bodybaits are all producing well. Down in Tawas Bay, a fair number of walleyes and a few pike salmon have been caught. Walleye were hitting both crankbaits and crawler harnesses and were being caught in a variety of locations around Tawas Bay and also down off Whitestone Point. Shore and wading anglers casting crankbaits and jigs were taking some walleye and pike beside the state police post and also at the mouth of the Tawas River. Spring turkey hunting has been pretty good. Mushroom hunters are finding a few morels.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Southern Michigan Fishing Reports
Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016
Posted on Thu, 05 May 2016
Lake St. Clair
Dock and channel anglers on Lake St. Clair were still catching panfish on crawlers and minnows last week at the Selfridge launch. Boat anglers leaving Selfridge moved into the canals surrounding the area and caught crappie and perch. Boat anglers fishing around Harley Ensign launch caught bluegills and perch as well. On the south end of the lake, smallmouth bass fishing proved to be good at Memorial Park, the 400 Club, and at Metro Beach in 6 to 9 feet of water. Green pumpkin tubes and white tubes both caught fish. Largemouths were also caught at Metro and in the canals. Pumpkinseed sunfish and bluegill were caught using crawlers and spikes in the canals around Metro. Beach.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Anglers continue to do well on smallmouth bass in both Union and Cass lakes. Suspending jerkbaits fished in the sandy shallow flats or bladebaits fished along the deeper end of the drop-offs have been producing the best results. Cass Lake has had good bluegill fishing in the canals and shallow coves. Those using small jigs or hooks tipped with live bait are doing best. Good numbers of pike and walleyes are being seen in the shallows and last weekend’s inland walleye opener should have been good. Anglers report water temps were between 52 and 57 degrees. Turkey season has been good. Toms are strutting. Morels are popping.
Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.
Walleye fishing remained fair on the Detroit River last week. Anglers reported catching decent numbers of fish but the big spawners have yet to move in. Wind and unseasonable cool temperatures have delayed the runs a little. Action should improve with a little stable, warm weather.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Luna Pier Area
Anglers targeting walleye in the Western Basin of Lake Erie saw good action last week. Those jigging minnows and bucktail jigs or trolling sticks and cranks in bright or chrome colors caught fish in 13 to 20 feet of water. Stoney Point and Turtle Island were hot spots. Nightcrawler harnesses were also catching fish. White bass catches are slowly increasing and the occasional yellow perch is also being taken. Anglers targeting largemouth bass in the harbors, channels and from shore are catching good numbers of fish. Several crappie have also been taken in the harbors and marinas.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Bluegill fishing has been pretty good in the shallows on Great Bear, Eagle and Duck lakes. Black gnats have produced the best results. Coho, brown trout and a few walleyes and in the trough at the power plant on Lake Michigan. The spring turkey season has been very good. Toms are strutting and answering the call. Morels are starting to pop.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Boat anglers continue to have good success targeting lake trout on Lake Michigan. The best fishing seems to be in 45 to 65 feet of water. Cowbells and Spin ‘N’ Glows are working best. Anglers targeting salmon are finding fishing slow. Pier fishing is also very slow, but the spring turkey season got off to a good start and should improve with warmer weather moving in.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.
Fishing was slow and fishing pressure light last week in Branch County. Cool temperatures and rain put a damper on the action. The spring turkey season got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. A few black morels are starting to show up. Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.
Bluegills are starting to move into the shallows on Long and Crooked lakes and anglers report a good bite. The spring turkey season got off to a good start. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call. A few black morels have been found.
Tackle Box, (269) 623-2994
Panfish action has been fair on lakes in Kalamazoo County. Crappies are starting to move into the shallows on Gun, Maple and Portage lakes. A pretty good bluegill bite has been reported by anglers fishing on Portage, too. The turkey season has been very good. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Black and grey morels are starting to show up.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye were being taken in a variety of locations in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay including off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning, off Linwood in 15 to 20 feet of water and off Bay City State Park in 9 to 15 feet of water. Others reported walleye catches off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River in 12 to 15 feet of water and a mile northeast of Spoils Island and out near the Spark Plug buoys numbers 11 and 12. There were also walleye anglers reporting fish catches off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. Pink and purple lures were productive. Both crankbaits and crawler harnesses were taking fish. Shore anglers in the Saginaw River at Essexville were catching a few channel catfish.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Panfish have moved into the canals and cuts on Sanford and Wixom lakes. Wax worms, flies and leaf worms are all producing good results. Turkey season has been pretty good. Toms are strutting and answering the call.
Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.
Steelhead fishing has slowed, but remains pretty good in the Pere Marquette River. Egg flies, nymphs, streamers, spawn and spinners have all produced good results. A good bite has been reported at Rainbow Rapids, Sulak and Upper Branch Bridge. Crappie fishing has been steady on Big Star and Paradise lakes. Bluegills are still holding in 10 to 15 feet of water. Black morels are popping. There are a lot of turkeys in the area, but hunting pressure has been light. Toms are gobbling.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light in Montcalm County. Anglers there were waiting for warmer weather and last weekend’s opening of walleye and pike seasons on inland waters in the Lower Peninsula. Toms are strutting and gobbling. A few morels have been found.
Tows Country Store, (616) 984-5895.
Grand Haven Area
Perch were hitting minnows fished in 60 to 70 feet of water last week on Lake Michigan. Bluegill fishing has been spotty on but the best bite has been on Sterns Bayou in 5 to 10 feet of water. Good numbers of crappies have been caught on Pettys Bayou and Bruce’s Bayou The spring turkey season got off to a good start, but a lot of locals are waiting for the late season hunt.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Perch fishing remains pretty good in Mud Creek and other cuts and streams in Huron County. Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron off the breakwall in the harbor, around Heisterman Island and at Sand Point. The best action has come early in the mornings. The spring turkey season started off with a bang and remains very good. Toms are strutting and gobbling.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Harbor Beach Area
A few boats have been out on Lake Huron and anglers report catching good numbers of lake trout. All along the outside of the thumb. The lakers seem to be stacked along the bottom in 30 to 45 feet of water. Spring turkey hunting has been good. Toms are strutting and responding to calls.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.
Fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River but action has been slow on Lake Huron. Anglers jigging shiners and finesse minnows are catching a lot of walleyes. Salmon are also being caught in the river on spoons fished by boat and from shore. Smelt are still running under the Blue Water Bridge, as long as the water is dirty. The spring turkey season has been very good with a lot of gobblers in the area. Morels are starting to show up.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.