The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - May 24th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2013
High winds kept many anglers grounded on the opener, and the bite was a little slow for those who did venture out. Fair numbers of pike were caught in Lake Superior’s Brimley Bay, and the perch bite remains pretty good in Lake Huron at Cedarville.
Drummond Island Area
Winds up to 25 mph blew anglers off the water on the opener around Drummond Island. A few pike were caught early in Scotts, Maxton, and Whitney bays. Perch fishing has been good in the shallows on Maxton Bay and should continue as the water settles down.
High winds made fishing difficult, but the walleyes didn’t seem to notice on the opener. Limit catches were recorded by anglers fishing on both Big Manistique and South Manistique lakes. Perch fishing has slowed. A few pike were hitting in the shallows on South Manistique.
The walleye, pike, and muskie opener on Little Bay de Noc was met with mixed results. A fair number of walleyes were caught in the upper bay by those drifting crawler harnesses in 15 to 30 feet of water.
Lake Gogebic opened up just in time for the walleye, pike, and muskie opener, and the fishing turned out to be pretty good. The water level was still high and the winds had boats rocking, but walleyes were hitting in the shallows and off the breaks. Those trolling crankbaits and casting jigs were all catching fish.
Lake Medora and others in the Keweenaw Peninsula were still holding ice on the walleye, pike, and muskie opener. Lac LaBelle was ice-free, but the bite was slow. A couple splake have been caught in Copper Harbor. Better weather was in the forecast, and the action should improve as the water temperature increases.
Iron River Area
The walleye, pike, and muskie opener was slow in Iron County. There was a lot of high wind, and water temperatures were still in the upper 30s.
Northern Michigan Fishing Reports
Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - May 24th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2013
Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Burt and Mullett lakes. The spawn is winding down and fish are moving back into the lakes. Morels are popping. The late turkey season has been slow.
East Jordan Area
Fishing has been slow on Lake Charlevoix. Changing weather patterns seem to have the fish scattered. The docks are finally in at all the launches. A few walleyes have been caught on Six Mile Lake and in the Elk River at Elk Rapids. Good numbers of steelhead also are being caught. The late turkey season has been fair, and mushroom hunting has been spotty, although some white morels are popping.
Traverse City Area
Perch fishing has been very good on Big Glen Lake. Wigglers and minnows fished in 55 feet of water have produced well. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Lake Skegemog in 6 to 8 feet of water. Walleye fishing is heating up on Fife Lake. The walleyes are moving into 12 to 19 feet of water.
Hubbard Lake Area
Walleye and smallmouth bass are hitting on Hubbard Lake. The best action has come in 5 to 10 feet of water. Anglers are trolling with crawlers and leeches for the walleyes. Smallies are hitting a lot of tube baits. The late turkey season was slow. Turkey numbers are low. A few morels have been found.
Walleye fishing has been good on Black Lake, but cold, windy weather put a damper on things last week. When the bite was on, stickbaits were producing the best results. Brook trout fishing has been pretty good on the Black River, where the water level is still high. The late turkey season has been fair, but hunting pressure has been light. White morels are popping.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good in the Thunder Bay River, and a few steelhead are still being caught at the Ninth Street Dam. Cold weather has kept fishing pressure to a minimum, but those heading out report a fair walleye bite in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay. Turkey hunting has been slow, and a few morels are being found.
Southern Michigan Fishing Reports
Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - May 24th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2013
Lake St. Clair
Catch-and-release bass fishing has been unbelievable on Lake St. Clair along the mile roads. Walleye fishing has been fair, but should improve as the weather warms. Walleye fishing remains very good in the Detroit River. The late turkey season has been good.
Irish Hills Area
The crappie bite has slowed. A few walleyes have been caught on Sand and Devil’s lakes, and the pike bite is heating up on most lakes in the area. The spring turkey season started out good, but has been slow lately.
Panfish are hitting in the shallows on Prince, Graham, and most of the other lakes in the area. A pretty good pike bite has been reported by anglers on Lakeville Lake. Bass fishing has been good across the area, and brown trout fishing has picked up on Paint Creek, now that the water has receded.
Panfish are hitting on Juno and Pleasant lakes. The crappie bite has been hot, and bluegills are starting to move into the shallows. The late turkey season has been fair, but hunting pressure has been light.
Cold weather put a damper on fishing in Branch County last week. Before the weather turned sour, bluegills and northern pike were being caught on Marble and Union lakes. The late turkey season has been pretty good, but hunting pressure has been light. Morels have been scarce.
Kings, cohos, and lake trout are hitting in Lake Michigan out of South Haven in 80 to 135 feet of water and at St. Joe in 200 to 240 feet of water. Perch fishing has been good on Lake Cora, and bluegills are hitting on Crooked, Cedar, Huzzy, Duck, Eagle, Bloomingdale, Bankson, and Gourdneck lakes.