Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 29th, 2016

Lake St. Clair

Another fish-fly hatch has slowed fishing on Lake St. Clair. Fair numbers of walleyes have been caught in the shipping channel from the Detroit River all the way up to the South Channel. Bass fishing has been fair off Slefrige Field, in front of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and off the mile roads

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Bass fishing has been fair on Lake Orion. Those fishing the weedlines with soft plastics and nightcrawlers report good action. Trout fishing has slowed on Paint Creek where there is low water and warm temperatures. The fish are lethargic. Panfish and bass have been caught on Graham Lakes and Trout Lake in the Bald Mountain Recreation Area.

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

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Erie. Anglers bottom-bouncing with nightcrawler harnesses in Brest Bay report lots of fish, but they’re having to sort through them to find the keepers.

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


Allegan Area

Fishing has been tough and water levels are low in Allegan County. Bluegill fishing has been decent on Great Bear Lake, Scott Lake in Bloomingdale and Duck Lake. The fish are suspended in 40 to 50 feet of water, 15 feet down, on Great Bear. On Scott and Duck the best action has come to those fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water. On the Kalamazoo River near Saugatuck and north, the walleye bite has been good. Crankbaits have been catching most of the fish. Find the holes and you’ll find the fish.

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

South Haven

Big kings and big steelhead have been hitting in Lake Michigan in 110 to 130 feet of water with steelies in the top 30 feet. Salmon are holding in 50 feet of water to bottom. Spoons and meat rigs have produced the best bite. Hot colors have been green, orange and blue. Perch fishing finally picked up last week. Those fishing in 34 to 37 feet of water south of the pier and in front of the dunes report good action with lots of 10- and 11-inch fish being caught.

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area

Fair numbers of bluegills have been caught in 15 to 20 feet of water on Hogsett, Gourdneck and Portage lakes. Wax worms and leaf worms are producing the best results. Bass fishing has been tough on area lakes. Light numbers of catfish and northern pike are hitting in Kalamazoo and St. Joe rivers.

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

Grand Rapids Area

Bass fishing has been decent around Grand Rapids especially on Reed’s Lake, Freemont Lake and Lake Macatawa. Catfish action has been good in the Grand River. Cut bluegills and chicken livers have produced fish up to 25 pounds. Crappie fishing has been fair at Millenniam Park and Cranberry Lake. Bluegill fishing has been good on most lakes in the area and skamania steelhead have been caught in the Muskegon River.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.


Saginaw Bay Area

Walleyes have moved out into deeper water on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers report a good bite in 25 to 30 feet of water near buoys No. 1 and No. 2. Good numbers of fish have been caught on pink and purple spoons and nightcrawlers. Small crankbaits are also starting to produce good action. Perch fishing has been slow.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Greenville Area

Panfish have kept anglers busy on area lakes. Those fishing with wax worms and leaf worms along the deep side of the weedbeds report a good bite on Lincoln, Blue and Black lakes. Muskie fishing has been slow. Bass fishing has been pretty good on most lakes in the area. Crickets are producing some very good action.

Tows Country Store, (616) 984-5895.

Ludington Area

Trout and salmon fishing is picking up on Lake Michigan. A few nice-sized fish have been caught up off Big Sable and Little Sable points in 120 to 200 feet of water, 90 feet down and deeper. Spoons, meat rigs and flies have all produced. Green and blue have been the hot colors. No word yet on perch showing up. Inland lake fishing has been steady for bluegills and crappies. Those fishing in 15 to 30 feet of water on Hamlin Lake report a pretty good bite. A small salmon run has moved into the harbor. Spoons, flies and small j-plugs are all taking fish.

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


Caseville Area

High winds have kept anglers grounded lately. Walleyes are hitting in Lake Huron at Oak Point in 35 to 45 feet of water, northeast of Big Charity Island. Nightcrawler harnesses trolled behind bottom bouncers are catching a lot of fish. You have to pick your day but most anglers are catching fish when they can get out. The bass and catfish bites off the wall in Caseville has been good and a few lake trout are being caught off the end of the wall.

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

Port Huron

Fishing has slowed a little in the St. Clair River and at the southern end of Lake Huron. Walleye fishing has been decent north of the bridge for anglers jigging, and wire lining with crawler harnesses in 30 to 60 feet of water. River fishing has been slow. The best action is at night for walleyes with Twister Tails. Muskie fishing has been good in the river and smallmouth bass action is just starting to improve.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

Vassar Area

Fishing is slowing down on Murphy Lake. Light numbers of panfish have been caught along the weeds. A few walleyes are hitting, too, including a 27-incher last week. Bass fishing has provided the best action but the catfish and pike bites have been slow.

Fred’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 823-8157.


Indian River

Walleye fishing has been fair on Burt Lake. Anglers report catching light numbers of fish off Colonial Point. Trout fishing has been fair on area streams. Most are running low.

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

East Jordan Area

Trout fishing has been excellent on the Jordan River with brookies up to 12 inches and browns up to 17 being caught. Spinners, flies and garden hackle were producing good results. Fishing has slowed down on Lake Charlevoix. Fair numbers of perch and panfish are hitting in Charlevoix and the Bellaire Chain of Lakes. Walleye and bass fishing has been slow. Crawlers and worms have produced for both when you can get them to bite. Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Michigan and salmon starting to show up in bigger numbers.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Frankfort Area

Lake trout and salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan. Anglers fishing right on bottom at Six Mile Hole and off the reef report the best results for lakers. Salmon are out in front of the harbor and on the bay with fish up to 20 pounds being caught. Hot colors have been bright UV, chartreuse, green and pink for trout. Salmon are fond of orange patterns.

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.


Mio Area

Bruce Gaff – owner

AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.

Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Houghton Lake. Stickbaits, flicker shads and leeches have all produced a good bite. Bluegills were hitting on leeches, wax worms or redworms fished along the weeds. Rock bass are feeding on small perch minnows.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Anglers report a good lake trout bite on Higgins Lake. Those vertical jigging in 80 to 100 feet of water were finding good numbers of fish. Rock bass are being caught on the top side of the drop-off.

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

Oscoda Area

Good lake trout fishing has been reported by anglers on Lake Huron. Some are occasionally catching a chinook or steelhead. Try 120 to 150 feet of water and run your lines from top to bottom. Pier fishing has been slow with only a few catfish caught late at night. Walleyes and smallmouth bass are being caught in the AuSable River up toward Foot Dam.

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


Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been very good in Raber Bay up through Nine Mile Road along the St. Mary’s River. Nightcrawler harnesses trolled behind bottom bouncers have produced well and large crankbaits are taking some fish, too. Fair numbers of walleyes are hitting in Munuscong Bay, too. The herring bite at Lime Island and north in Raber Bay is starting to slow a little. Tear drops and wax worms are attracting the most attention. Pike fishing has been very good in Lake Huron at Cedarville around the Les Cheneaux Islands. Spinners and live bait fished under a bobber are both taking good numbers of fish. Salmon and take trout are hitting in Lake Huron at DeTour.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has been slow at Drummond Island with heavy wind keeping action to a minimum. Light numbers of walleye have been caught on crawler harnesses trolled and drifted in Scotts Bay. A few bass and northern pike have been caught in Scotts, Maxton and Whitney bays. Nightcrawler harnesses and spinnerbaits have produced the best results. A couple ciscos and suckers are hanging around in Potagannissing Bay off Long Island. Those fishing with tear drops and wax worms are catching light numbers of fish..

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye, perch, bluegills and northern pike are biting on Manistique Lakes. Perch are hitting minnows on South Manistique. Walleyes are being caught on South Manistique and Big Manistique with leeches and nightcrawlers catching the most fish. Stream fishing has been very good. Streams are up a little and brookies are hungry.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.


Marquette Area

Boat anglers were targeting lake trout on Lake Superior in 180 feet of water north of the white rocks. Those trolling spoons between the Lower Harbor breakwall, the Carp River and the Chocolay River are catching lake trout and coho. Those fishing the mouth of the Dead River are catching pike on spoons and crankbaits. Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Fishing has slowed on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Fly hatches have kept the fish full and the bite light. Salmon are providing some good action over in Big Bay de Noc and off of Manistique. Stream anglers report a good brookie bite.

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

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


L’Anse Area

Salmon and trout are being caught in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. The best action has been found north of the Portage Entry in 120 feet of water, 60 to 50 feet down. Walleye fishing has been good on the Sturgeon River and in Otter Lake. Walleye, pike and smallmouth bass are hitting on Prickett Dam Flooding and Portage Lake. One angler caught a 7-pound walleye last week on Huron Bay. Fishing has been good on the local brookie streams.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

The Lake Gogebic report remains good. Perch action has been good using crawlers in the weeds in 6 to 9 feet of water. Some walleyes and bass have been caught in the same areas. Walleye and bass continue to feed on the young-of-the-year crayfish in hard bottom areas. Live bait and crawfish-colored artificials are working well. Anglers working the mud flats using crawler harness are also reporting good success.

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

Iron River Area

Fishing has slowed a little in Iron County. Muskie fishing has been fair on Chicagon, Stanley and Emily lakes and the Michigamme Reservoir. A few walleyes have been caught, but anglers have to search hard to find them. The thermocline is 25 to 30 feet down. Trout fishing has been good on the Iron, Paint and Brule rivers.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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