Summer fishing action has been as hot as the weather
Lake St. Clair
Muskie fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair near the Dumping
Grounds as well as on the Canadian side of the lake. Bass fishing
has been hot. Anglers have been catching smallmouths while fishing
for walleyes with minnows and nightcrawler harnesses.
Lakeside Fishing Shops (586) 777-7003, (586) 468-9913.
Bass and pike fishing have been very good on Pontiac, Cass, and
Mecaday lakes. A few walleyes are hitting crankbaits and
nightcrawlers on Union Lake in 30 feet of water. Bluegill and
crappie fishing have been fair.
KD Outdoors (248) 666-7799.
Fishing has been fair in the Detroit River. Hand-liners and
long-liners pulling Shad Raps are taking a few walleyes at night.
Anglers are catching perch near Celeron Island. A few smallmouth
bass have been caught on tubes and spinnerbaits.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle (734) 692-9839.
Luna Pier Area
In Lake Erie, anglers are catching perch near Sputnik using
spreaders with minnows. Walleyes are hitting crawler harnesses
fished off Stony Point and near the Fermi Power Plant in 20 to 24
feet of water. Spoons and Hot ‘N’ Tots have been producing good
results out from Bolles Harbor in 20 feet of water. Bass fishing
has been good. Anglers are fishing off the reefs with tubes. In the
Huron River, good numbers of bass have been caught on poppers and
buzz baits. Carp and catfish are hitting corn or dough balls.
Luna Pier Harbour Club (734) 848-8777.
St. Joseph Area
Limits of perch are being caught in Lake Michigan by anglers
fishing minnows in 17 to 27 feet of water. Pier anglers are
catching good numbers of steelhead on orange spoons or shrimp
fished under bobbers. Steelies also are being caught off the piers
by boat anglers. Kings are keeping anglers busy in 40 to 65 feet of
water, 40 to 50 feet down. Chartreuse and green spoons have been
producing the best results.
B.J. Sports (269) 429-8271.
Bluegills are moving off their beds and into deeper water on
most area lakes. Anglers fishing crickets in 20 feet on Eagle Lake
report a good bite. Bass fishing has been good in the mornings and
evenings. Daytime finds them in deeper water. Walleye fishing has
been slow. A fair number of pike are being caught on spinnerbaits
in the Kalamazoo River.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle (269) 673-6294.
Bass fishing has been very good on Donnell, Shavehead, Long,
Corey, and Baldwin lakes. The best action is coming in 15 feet of
water or more. On the St. Joe River, anglers fishing crawlers and
cutbaits at Mottville report a good catfish bite. Panfish action
has been slow.
Halls Bait and Tackle (269) 641-2304.
Perch are hitting in Lake Michigan. Anglers fishing minnows in
15 to 30 feet of water are catching lots of yellowbellies. Salmon
fishing has been good with the best catches being taken in waters
40 to 120 feet deep. On the Kalamazoo River, anglers are catching
good numbers of walleyes while drifting crawlers and leeches at
American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye fishing has been very good on Saginaw Bay. Anglers
fishing crawlers and crankbaits are picking up limit catches from
Linwood to Au Gres. A lot of undersized fish are being caught along
with the legal ones. Perch fishing has been slow.
Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.
Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.
Walleye fishing has been good on the Grand River. Anglers
fishing with minnows below the Moore’s Park and North Lansing Dam
report very good success. Catfish and bluegills are hitting on Lake
Ovid. Panfish action has been good on Narrow Lake.
Grand River Bait & Tackle (517) 482-4461.
Grand Haven Area
Steelhead, salmon, and perch are being caught off the piers in
Lake Michigan. Farther out in the lake, boat anglers are catching
good numbers of chinook in 50 to 120 feet of water, 40 to 50 feet
down. Spoons in orange and yellow have been working the best.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle (616) 842-2770.
Chinook fishing has been very good on Lake Michigan. Spoons in a
variety of colors are taking fish in 90 to 120 feet of water. On
Muskegon Lake, walleyes are hitting crawlers fished in 8 to 10 feet
of water. Bluegill and sunfish are hitting leaf worms and crickets
along the weedbeds.
Angler Archer (231) 744-5992.
Dawn to Dusk (231) 767-9706.
Pier fishing has been slow on Lake Michigan. A few steelhead
have been caught off the north pier. Boat anglers are catching good
numbers of salmon in 80 to 250 feet of water both north and south
of the port.
Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676
Walleye fishing has been fair in Lake Huron. Anglers trolling
Hot ‘N’ Tots and crawler harnesses report a decent bite at Callahan
Reef in 11 to 12 feet of water and at Coryeon Reef in 20 to 25 feet
Sebewaing Harbor Marina (989) 883-9558.
Harbor Beach Area
Fishing pressure on Lake Michigan has been light. Lake trout and
chinook are hitting spoons, and Dodgers and flies, in 90 to 110
feet of water. Walleye anglers report a good bite inside the harbor
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle (989) 864-5634.
Perch fishing has been pretty good on Lake Huron. Anglers are
catching yellowbellies on minnows fished in 25 to 30 feet of water
from Lexington to Port Sanilac. Lake trout and chinook are hitting
spoons fished in 75 to 90 feet of water.
Great Lakes Archers and Anglers (810) 359-8550.
Walleyes are hitting along the wall in the St. Clair River and
near the mouth at Lake Huron. A few perch are being caught at the
mouth of the Black River. In lower Lake Huron, smallmouth bass are
hitting crankbaits at Lakeside Beach.
Anderson’s Pro Bait (810) 984-3232
Perch fishing has been good on Black Lake with minnows and
crawlers both taking fish. Walleye anglers drifting crawler
harnesses and leeches report fair action on Burt Lake. Bass are
hitting spinnerbaits, tubes, minnows, and crawlers.
Northland Sports Co. (231) 238-9382
Traverse City Area
Fishing has been fair at Traverse City. A few lakers are being
caught in East and West Grand Traverse Bays. Salmon fishing has
been good near the Manitou Islands. On Pickerel and Crooked lakes,
bass and panfish are hitting crawlers. Walleye fishing has been
decent on Long Lake.
Wilderness Guiding Services (231) 276-9874.
Salmon and lake trout fishing have been pretty good in Lake
Michigan. Boat anglers trolling spoons and flies off the shelf to
the north and south report the best action. Pier anglers are
catching a few steelhead and chinook off both the north and south
Insta-Launch Marina (231) 723-7718.
Chinook and steelhead are hitting in Lake Michigan. Anglers are
trolling spoons and flies straight out from the piers in Frankfort
and to the north near Point Betsie in the early morning and evening
hours. Most anglers are fishing in 80 to 150 feet of water, 35 to
55 feet down. On Platte Lake, walleye anglers drifting and
slow-trolling nightcrawler harnesses report good success. Panfish
are hitting on Crystal Lake and Lower Herring Lake.
Bud’s in Honor (231) 325-3891
Panfish action remains decent on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac.
Worms and wax worms fished along the weedbeds have been producing
good results. Bass anglers also have been catching a few fish on
leeches, topwater baits, and spinnerbaits. Pike fishing has ben
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods (231) 775-7085.
Houghton Lake Area
Bass fishing has been decent on Houghton Lake. Anglers fishing
docks and shallow water early and late report a good bite. Topwater
baits and tubes have been productive around the docks. Walleye
fishing has been fair around dusk and dawn in 10 to 12 feet of
water. Diving crankbaits, leeches, and crawlers have all been
producing. Pike are still hitting all over the lake. Panfish action
has been fair.
Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.
Sportsman’s Resort and Marina (989) 366-5471.
Higgins Lake Area
Lake trout fishing has been good on Higgins Lake. The best
success has come to anglers trolling cowbells and minnows and
Rapalas in 85 to 100 feet of water. A couple 30-pounders and
several in the 15- to 20-pound range have been caught. Some decent
smallmouth bass action has been reported. Anglers fishing blues and
greys along the drops in 20 to 25 feet of water are enjoying good
success. Browns and rainbows are stacked up in 40 to 60 feet of
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle (989) 821-9517.
Phoenix Party and Bait Store (989) 821-7220.
Walleye fishing has been good in the Thunder Bay River for
anglers drifting nightcrawlers below the Ninth Street Dam. Anglers
trolling crawlers and cranks around the islands in Thunder Bay also
are catching fish. Good numbers of lake trout are being caught in
Lake Huron at the 9-Mile Can and around Thunder Bay Island. Anglers
are trolling Dodgers and flies or Dodgers and squid.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle (989) 354-2070.
Chinook and lake trout fishing have been good in Lake Huron.
Anglers are trolling spoons, and Dodgers and flies, in 50 to 65
feet of water near Au Sable Point. Walleyes are hitting crawlers
and crankbaits fished in 30 to 40 feet of water at Au Gres. On the
Au Gres River, anglers are catching good numbers of channel catfish
on nightcrawlers, cutbaits, and stinkbaits.
All Season Sporting Goods (989) 362-4512.
Herring fishing has been slow on the St. Marys River. Anglers
trolling and drifting nightcrawler harnesses report a good walleye
bite in Munuscong Bay and Raber Bay. Salmon are hitting in Lake
Huron at Cedarville and Hessel. The best catches have been coming
from the area between Marquette Island and Goose Island as well as
east of Cedarville out of the Dolomite Shipping Channel and yacht
entrance. Anglers are catching northern pike off the Hessel pier,
and in Cedarville Bay. Yellow perch are hitting minnows fished in 4
to 8 feet of water in Cedarville Bay and Moscoe Channel.
Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Near Drummond Island, the herring fishing has been good in the
harbor and around Long Island. In De Tour, herring are feeding on
natural hatches, so the catch has been slim. A few salmon and
steelhead are hitting, but walleye fishing has been slow.
Johnson’s Sport Shop (906) 493-6300.
St. Ignace Area
Boat anglers are catching chinook around Mackinac Island, Round
Island and Bois Blanc Island, and near the Coast Guard station.
Spoons in watermelon and orange crush patterns as well as green and
white flashers and flies have worked best. Shore anglers are wading
on the west side of the Mackinac Bridge and catching northern pike
and smallmouth bass. Spinnerbaits have worked best. On Brevoort
Lake, anglers report a good walleye bite. Walleyes are hitting
crawlers and crankbaits fished in 20 to 25 feet of water.
Smallmouth bass fishing also has been good.
Brevoort Lake Camp Store (906) 292-5410.
Ace Hardware (906) 643-7721.
Grand Marais Area
Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Superior. Anglers
trolling orange and green spoons along bottom about five miles
offshore report a good bite. Perch are hitting minnows along the
drop-off near the boat launch.
Rainbow Lodge (906) 658-3357.
Perch fishing has been great on Big Manistique Lake. Fish are
hitting all over the lake, but anglers are having to sort for the
keepers. Pretty good walleye fishing has been reported by anglers
fishing South Manistique Lake. The walleyes are down deep and take
a little enticing, but anglers are catching enough for a decent
meal. Pike also are hitting on Big Manistique.
J.R. Sport Shop (906) 586-6040.
Salmon fishing has been good in Lake Michigan. Anglers are
running spoons in various colors off Fairport and Manistique in 80
and 100 feet of water about 60 feet down. In the evenings, anglers
are running spoons about 40 feet down. Walleye fishing has been
good in Big Bay de Noc. The fish are suspended in 21 feet of water,
down about 10 feet. Good action has been reported off the Sand Pit
and of Porcupine Point. Bass are hitting in the weedbeds in 12 to
14 feet of water.
The Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.
Fishing pressure has been heavy on Lake Superior. Lake trout
action has been very good for anglers trolling cowbells and spoons
in 100 to 220 feet of water.
Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300.
At Munising and Au Train, anglers fishing in Lake Superior
report fair to good success for lake trout. The fish have moved out
deeper, and anglers trolling spoons in 150 to 200 feet of water are
enjoying the best success.
Curly’s Hilltop Grocery (906) 387-3056.
Fishing has been slow in upper Little Bay de Noc. The best
walleye action is coming to anglers fishing in the shallows in the
evenings at Breezy Point and at the mouth of the Ford River.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been the best bet in the upper bay.
Anglers fishing leeches and crawlers, and topwater baits in the
mornings, report good success around the Days River and the
Bay View Bait & Tackle (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
In Keweenaw Bay, salmon fishing has been slow. Anglers are
catching a few coho and chinook 30 to 100 feet of water. Anglers
trolling for lake trout have had good success in water 40 to 120
feet deep. Anglers jigging for lake trout have had fair success in
waters 200 to 240 feet deep. In Traverse Bay, anglers report good
success trolling for lake trout in 60 to 150 feet of water. A few
coho have also been caught, too.
Indian Country Sports (906) 524-6518.
Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Gogebic. Anglers are
fishing leeches and minnows under slip bobbers in Bergland Bay and
crawler harnesses in the center of the lake. Purple harnesses and
pink jigs have worked the best. On the Ontonagon River, walleye
fishing has been good from the mouth upstream. Anglers trolling in
Lake Superior have had some nice catches of brown trout and
Maple Ridge Bait & Tackle (906) 575-3218.