Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 26th, 2016

Lake St. Clair

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair. Fish have been caught in the bay between the Harley Ensign launch and Metro Point by anglers casting worms. Smallmouths were also caught on the east side of Anchor Bay in 8 to 11 feet of water on crankbaits, and on the west side of Anchor Bay in the same depths while casting tubes and plastic worms. Decent catches of yellow perch have been caught while still fishing minnows and crawlers by Strawberry Island and the Harley Ensign boat launch. Yellow perch, walleye, channel catfish, and panfish have been caught in 16 feet of water near the 400 club. Anglers caught mixed bags near the St. Clair light while trolling  crawler harnesses. They took panfish, smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike. The Dumping Grounds proved to be a good location for smallmouth bass fishermen. Anglers are having success for muskie while trolling a variety of artificial baits at about six mph. Goose hunting should be good.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Bass fishing has been very good on Lake Orion and Trout Lake. Minnows and nightcrawlers have produced good results but top-water baits are also taking good numbers of fish. Bluegills are hitting on most lakes in the areas and there are still a lot of fish in the shallows.

Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.

Luna Pier Area

Yellow perch fishing has been good on Lake Erie with anglers reporting occasional limit catches. Most success was had using shiners on perch rigs or spreaders in 24 to 27 feet of water. Good spots included straight out from the River Raisin and drifting in areas between Fermi, Sandy Creek and straight out from the mouth of the Raisin until decent schools of fish were found. Anglers were still sorting many small fish but some anglers hitting the right schools found plenty of decent-sized perch. Bass were hitting jerkbaits and crankbaits near the mouth of La Plaisance Creek and around Pointe Mouillee’s dikes

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


Allegan Area

Skamania steelhead fishing has been good on the Kalamazoo River and in Swan Creek. Good action has come to anglers fishing spinners and flies. Catfish have been caught in the Kalamazoo on nightcrawlers. Bluegills are suspended over deep water on Duck, Eagle and School Section lakes. Bass fishing has been decent on Gull Lake in 40 feet of water and on Saddle Lake in the lily pads in 3 feet of water. Bluegill fishing has been pretty good, too.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

South Haven

Perch fishing has slowed on Lake Michigan. Boat anglers targeting salmon report good action in 70 to 80 feet and 100 to 120 feet. Steelhead, lake trout and light numbers of chinook have been caught on blue and green spoons. Pier anglers have caught a couple of steelhead.

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Grand Rapids Area

A few walleyes have been caught below the dams on the Grand River. The best action has been early in the mornings and late in the evenings. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers, shrimp or cut bait when fished at night.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.


Saginaw Bay Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay due to hot weather during the week and rain on the weekend. Some walleye were taken off the Pinconning Bar in 19 to 25 feet of water. A few perch are being taken from the Black Hole, sailboat buoys G and H, and in the old shipping channel north of the Saginaw River mouth. Over on the east side of the bay, walleye fishing was generally slow but individual boats did fairly well if they found some active fish. Surprisingly, some boats have done well in 8 to 12 feet of water and others in 15 to 17 feet. Perch fishing on the east side was generally slow.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Sanford Area

Fishing has been a bit slow in mid-Michigan with heavy rain keeping anglers off the lakes. When they can get out, Wixom and Sanford have produced some good crappie fishings. Bass fishing also has been good on Sanford. The early Canada goose season should be great with a lot of geese in the area.

Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.

Lansing Area

Bass are hitting leeches and flies fished on the Grand River. Tube baits and spinnerbaits are producing good results as well. Those fishing at night are catching fair numbers of catfish.

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

Grand Haven Area

Decent numbers of salmon have been caught in Lake Michigan 35 to 90 feet down over 80 to 130 feet of water. Meat rigs, glow plugs and flies have been working well in a variety of colors. A few freshwater drum and catfish have been caught in the channel. Goose hunting should be pretty good this year.

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

Ludington Area

Chinook salmon have been caught in the afternoons on Lake Michigan in 90 to 150 feet of water. Coho salmon along with small numbers of steelhead and lake trout were also being caught at those depths. The morning bite has proven to be a lot better than at night. Down at Pentwater, salmon and steelhead fishing has been good on Lake Michigan 30 to 90 feet down in 60 to 140 feet of water. Plugs, flashers and flies and meat rigs have all been fishing well. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass on Pentwater Lake have had success using minnows and nightcrawlers when drifting along the bottom of the channel. Goose hunting should be decent.

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


Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been very good in Lake Huron. Anglers fishing at The Slot in 14 feet of water are catching good numbers of fish on nightcrawler harnesses. Bodybaits are taking a few fish, too. Those trolling northeast of Big Charity Island and Sleeper State Park are catching fish in 28 to 38 feet of water. Catfish, bass and occasionally a walleye have been caught in the harbor. A few perch starting to show up, too. Goose hunting should be real good this fall with a strong flock of local birds.

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

Harbor Beach Area

Perch walleye lake trout and steelhead have all been hitting in Lake Huron.

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

Port Huron

Atlantic salmon are hitting in Lake Huron at Port Sanilac and Lexington. The best action has been on small spoons fished straight out of the harbors in 60 to 70 feet of water. Blues and oranges have produced well. Steelhead have been caught in the same depths. Water temperature was up to 70 degrees at the mouth of the St. Clair River and walleye fishing has turned off and the fish have scattered. Crawler harnesses and jigs have both produced a few bites. Muskie fishing remains pretty good in the St. Clair River. A few ‘eyes have been caught in the river by shore anglers fishing with three-way rigs and spoons and small flatfish. Goose numbers look a little light.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

Vassar Area

Fishing has been fair on Murphy Lake. A few panfish have been caught in water between 15 and 20 feet deep. Out on 30 to 40 feet of water the fish are suspended 12 and 15 feet down. Goose hunting should be good with quite a few birds in the area.

Fred’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 823-8157.


Indian River

Steelhead fishing has been good in Mullett Lake. Anglers trolling spoons 50 to 60 feet down have had good results. Anglers are also marking fish in 35 to 45 feet of water right on bottom but they seemed to be tight lipped and won’t bite. Stream fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light.

Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.

East Jordan Area

Guys are marking fish on Lake Charlevoix and several other lakes in the area, but nothing wants to bite. Panfish action remains pretty good on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes. Lake trout fishing remains good on Lake Michigan for anglers trolling spoons 50 to 90 feet down in up to 200 feet of water. A few salmon are starting to show up in the same areas. Goose season should be good. There are a lot of birds in the area. Teal hunting should be good, too.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Frankfort Area

Chinook salmon are biting in a variety of places on Lake Michigan from the Herring Hole to Platte Bay. The best action is coming to those trolling spoons, flies or plugs 40 to 80 feet down. All are seeing action with greens and blue colors being the most popular. Coho numbers are picking up in the same areas but a little deeper. Down at Onekama, The Barrel is still producing a few chinook in the early mornings and lake trout are hitting throughout the day. Anglers are trolling 40 to 100 feet down with the temperature break at 45 to 65 down.

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

Lake City Area

Walleye fishing has been steady on Lake Missaukee. Everything else has been slow.

Miller’s Corner, (231) 839-0440

Cadillac Area

Crappie fishing has been good on Lake Mitchell and decent on Lake Cadillac. Walleye and pike fishing has slowed on both lakes with the warm weather and warm water temperatures. Bass fishing remains decent on both lakes, but especially on Mitchell. Fish up to 3 pounds are hitting in the shallows and the bigger fish are out in deeper water.

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


Grayling Area

Fishing has been slow in Roscommon County. Decent bluegill action has been reported on Lake Margrethe and the walleye bite is finally starting to pick up. Rivers are running low and warm and stream fishing pressure has been light. Goose hunting should be fair.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

Bluegill fishing has been pretty good on Houghton Lake. Anglers fishing leaf worms and wax worms in the weeds along the drop-offs are catching good numbers of fish. Walleye fishing has been slow. Jigheads and leeches are catching a few fish, but overall the bite has slowed. Bass fishing has improved some but pike fishing has been slow, too. The goose season should be decent.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Onaway Area

Panfish action has been pretty good on Black Lake and Tomahawk Creek Flooding. Walleye fishing has slowed a little bit on Black Lake but pike fishing has been good. Crankbaits and sucker minnows fished under a bobber or trolled are taking good numbers of northerns. Stream fishing has been pretty good for rainbows on the Pigeon River. Flies have produced good results. Goose hunting should be decent.

Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Oscoda Area

Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Huron. Those trolling right on bottom with Spin ‘N Glows in 90 to 100 feet of water report a pretty good bite. A few bass and catfish have been caught off the pier in Huron. The Au Sable River is warm and low and fishing has been slow in the lower stretch. Goose season should be pretty good this year with a good number of honkers in the area.

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


Pickford Area

A few muskies in the 38- to 46-inch class have been caught in the St. Mary’s River. Those trolling large black bucktail spinners with yellow spotted blades in 12 feet of water just off the weedbeds are catching fish from the Raber Bay Boat Launch south to the Lime Island Dock and fishing pier. For walleye anglers the best location has been at the mouth of Carlton Creek two miles south of the Raber Boat Launch. The best action has been early mornings and late evening. Nightcrawler harnesses trolled 8 to 12 feet down have produced the best action. Down at Cedarville and Hessel, Atlantic salmon have been caught in Lake Huron at the fishing pier on the east side of the power plant. A few whitefish are being caught on tear drops and wax worms.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has been slow around Drummond Island. Walleyes have all but disappeared. Light numbers of perch are being caught in Maxton and Scotts bays, but anglers are really having to sort through them to find the keepers. Most anglers are waiting for the larger perch to arrive. A few smallmouth bass and northern pike have been caught in both bays, but overall numbers are light. On the St. Mary’s River, light numbers of pink salmon and lake trout have been caught. Pinks are hitting 14 to 20 feet down and lakers are being caught along the bottom in 80 feet of water. Goose season should be fair. Numbers seem a little light compared to past years.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300

St. Ignace Area 

A few small chinook and very few big chinooks have been caught in the Straits of Mackinac. Good numbers of lake trout are still being taken by those who target them and a few pink salmon are being caught on high lines set for steelhead or salmon. The Carp River is producing a few walleyes, smallmouth bass, pike and perch. Most fish are being caught early in the morning or late in the day. The Pine River is still giving up a few walleyes for those trolling nightcrawler harnesses near Lake Huron but catch rates have been light. Early in the morning seems to produce the best bite. Light numbers of perch, pike and smallmouth bass also have been caught. Goose season should be good.

Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.

Curtis Area

Fishing remains pretty good on Manistique Lakes. Anglers report catching a mixed bag of pike, perch, walleyes and bluegills on both Big and South Manistique lakes. Leeches and nightcrawler harnesses are both attracting attention. Goose season should be good.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.


Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has been pretty good in Lake Superior at Stannard Rock and Big Reef. A few coho and occasionally a splake also have been caught. Early goose season should be decent.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Fishing has slowed on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc and fishing pressure has been light. A few fish have been caught at Round Island. Bass are hitting at Ogontz in the reeds along the shoreline. Best catches of smallmouth bass were in the Nahma area by anglers casting or trolling plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits or crawlers in 5 to 16 feet of water. Goose season should be good with lots of birds on the bay.

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

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

Iron Mountain Area

Bluegill fishing has been pretty good on Lake Antoine and Badwater Lake. The fish have moved deeper and are hitting in 15 to 18 feet of water. Smallmouth and a few largemouth bass have been caught on the Menominee River below the Sturgeon Falls Dam and in Lake Antoine. Walleye fishing has been slow with warm water hampering success. Trout streams rose a little, but have receded again and trout fishing has been slow with light fishing pressure. Goose hunting should be good with a fair number of birds in the area.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Menominee Area

Bass and panfish have been caught in the Menominee River and at Shakey Lakes. Walleye fishing has been slow in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. A few fish have been caught by persistent anglers, but overall the action has been fair at best. Early goose hunting should be good with a lot of birds in the area.

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 424-4108.


L’Anse Area

The bite has slowed a bit in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay for anglers trolling for salmon. Those trolling have fished from the head of the bay northward as far as the red rocks at the roadside park on US-41 near the community of Keweenaw Bay. A few fish have been caught by those trolling spoons and bodybaits in 30 to 90 feet of water, 25 to 70 feet down. Oranges and greens have produced the best results.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing on Lake Gogebic remains slow. A few perch reports are coming in from anglers fishing in the weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water. Walleye action has been very unpredictable with the best reports coming from anglers trolling stickbaits along the deep weed edges in 21 to 26 feet of water over the mud. Smallmouth bass have been fairly active and continue to hit leeches and nightcrawlers. Early goose season should be pretty good.

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

Iron River Area

Nice panfish action has been reported by anglers fishing local lakes in Iron County. Trout fishing has picked u[p again since stream levels have risen with local rainfall. Muskie fishing has been good in the Michigammee River system and up by the dam on the Paint River.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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