Walleye, salmon in feeding frenzy on Great Lakes waters
Lake St. Clair
Muskie fishing has been great on Lake St. Clair with lots of big
fish being taken. Anglers fishing spinners, bucktails, and spoons
off Stony Point are catching fish in 20 feet of water and on out
into the middle of the lake. Bass fishing has been very good, too,
with tubes and crawlers taking fish along the American side of the
lake. Perch fishing also has been pretty good on the American side.
Anglers fishing in front of the Grosse Point Yacht Club report a
good bite. They’re having to sort through the catch, but lots of
eaters are being caught.
Lakeside Fishing Shops (586) 777-7003, (586) 468-9913.
Irish Hills Area
Walleyes are hitting in the evenings on Sand, Clark, and Devil’s
lakes. The best action has been on nightcrawlers fished in 15 to 17
feet of water. Bluegill fishing remains good on Vineyard, Wamplers,
and Devil’s lakes. The fish are suspended in 15 feet of water, 10
to 12 feet down. Bass and pike fishing have been slow.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Pike and walleye anglers report a good bite on Lake Orion. Baby
suckers and golden shiners have been taking fish in the deeper
holes. Bluegills and sunfish are hitting teardrops tipped with wax
worms on most area lakes including Orion, Prince, and Lake Sixteen.
Brown trout are still being caught from the deeper holes on Paint
Creek. Flies and worms are taking fish. The water level is pretty
Hook Line & Sinker (248) 814-9216.
Luna Pier Area
Walleye fishing remains very good on Lake Erie. Most of the fish
have moved deeper and are being caught in Ohio waters behind the
Luna Pier Harbour Club (734) 848-8777.
St. Joseph Area
Steelhead are hitting off the pier heads in Lake Michigan. Boat
anglers are trolling spoons with good success, while pier fishermen
are tossing spoons and fishing shrimp under bobbers. A few kings
are hitting in 85 feet of water.
B.J. Sports (269) 429-8271.
Some bluegills are still bedding on area lakes while others are
suspended in 8 to 22 feet of water. Skamania steelhead fishing has
been good on the Kalamazoo River. Walleye fishing has picked up
following an east wind that pushed fish into the river. Reports
indicate anglers were catching good numbers of walleyes between the
piers at Saugatuck.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle (269) 673-6294.
Three Rivers Area
Catfish and walleyes are hitting in the St. Joe River between
Three Rivers and Constantine. Walleyes have been caught on
nightcrawlers, while the cats are hitting crawlers and large
suckers. Bass anglers report a good smallmouth bite on Clinger,
Cory, and Fishers lakes.
Bobber Stop Bait and Tackle (269) 352-1554.
Perch fishing has been excellent on Lake Michigan. Anglers
fishing both north and south of the Holland Pier report good action
on minnows fished in 15 to 30 feet of water. Salmon fishing has
improved with good reports coming from anglers fishing dodgers and
flies in 50 to 120 feet of water, 20 to 50 feet down. Walleye
fishing has been good at the channel mouth in Lake Macatawa. Live
bait and jigging spoons have been the hot baits. A few smallies
also have been caught at the west end of Lake Mac.
American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.
Walleye fishing is heating up once again on Saginaw Bay. Anglers
fishing minnows and nightcrawlers in the weedbeds off the
Pinconning Bar report a very good bite. Perch fishing also has been
very good in the bay. Minnows fished in 18 to 22 feet of water have
been producing good results at the Black Hole and around the pencil
Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.
Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.
Fishing has been slow in the Baldwin area. Grasshopper
imitations have been taking a few browns on the Pere Marquette
River, and an occasional salmon is being caught, but only a few
have trickled into the river. The water is running low and warm.
Fair bass and bluegill fishing has been reported by anglers on Big
Baldwin Bait & Tackle (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop (231) 745-4974.
A few catfish are being caught in the Grand River and the
Looking Glass River, but overall, fishing has been slow. Cats are
hitting crawlers and cutbaits. Carp have been caught in the Grand
at Island Park in Grand Ledge. The best bites have been on bread
balls fished on the bottom in the evenings.
Grand River Bait & Tackle (517) 482-4461.
Salmon and steelhead fishing has been very good on Lake
Michigan. The best action has been in 100 to 150 feet of water, 75
to 100 feet down, but fish are starting to move up in the water
column. Spoons and dodgers, and flies, are both taking fish.
Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676
Perch and walleye fishing on Lake Huron has been excellent.
Anglers are catching fish in 20 feet of water from Oak Point to
Gagetown Road. Perch are holding on the bottom, and walleyes are
suspended halfway up. Good numbers of walleyes also are being
caught by anglers fishing nightcrawlers and minnows northeast of
Big Charity Island in 25 to 35 feet of water. There are lots of
walleyes in the 15- to 20-inch range. Catfish are hitting in the
same areas. Salmon fishing has been pretty good off Sleeper State
Park, 10 miles out, in 45 to 55 feet of water. Lake trout are
hitting at Port Austin.
Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.
Harbor Beach Area
Perch fishing on Lake Huron is “the best it’s been in 12 years.”
Bigger fish are being caught at Harbor Beach, but more fish are
hitting at Port Sanilac. At Harbor Beach, anglers are fishing
minnows in 35 feet of water, straight out from the harbor and south
of the harbor. At Port Sanilac, anglers are fishing in 12 to 50
feet of water, from one mile south of the harbor all the way up to
Forestville Road. Fair numbers of salmon and lake trout are hitting
at Harbor Beach in 95 feet of water, 60 to 80 feet down. Glow
spoons have been the bait of choice. A few pink salmon are being
caught in 110 feet of water.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle (989) 864-5634.
Perch fishing has been unbelievable in Lake Huron at Lakeport
and off the buoys at Port Huron. The best action has been in 17 to
25 feet of water. Walleye fishing remains good on the St. Clair
River. Hand-liners are taking the most fish on small spoons fished
at night. Trollers are catching walleyes on nightcrawlers. Silver
bass and smallmouth bass are stacked up at the mouth of the Black
Anderson’s Pro Bait (810) 984-3232.
East Jordan Area
Salmon fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan. Good catch
rates have been reported by anglers trolling spoons off the cement
plant. The best action has been in 110 to 150 feet of water, but a
persistent east wind has the fish moving closer to shore. Perch
fishing has been good in Lake Charlevoix. Fish are scattered all
over the lake, but anglers are finding good numbers of fish in the
weedbeds in 8 to 30 feet of water. Walleye anglers report a good
bite in 14 to 30 feet of water, depending on water clarity. Stream
trout fishing has been good on the Jordan River, and brookies are
moving into the feeder creeks.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle (231) 536-3521.
Salmon fishing has been red hot on Lake Michigan at Manistee
with daily limits the norm. Hoochie Mommas and flies fished in the
top 50 feet in up to 100 feet of water have been producing
excellent results. There have been no reports of anyone catching
salmon in Manistee Lake, yet.
Fisherman’s Center (231) 723-7718.
Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Bellaire and Lake
Margrethe. Nightcrawlers and leeches both have been producing good
results when fished along the weedbeds. Bass fishing has been good
on Skegemog and Clam lakes. Nightcrawlers, minnows, spinnerbaits,
and tube baits all have been catching fish. Stream fishing has been
Jack’s Sport Shop (231) 258-8892.
A few skamania steelhead are being caught in the Manistee River
at Tippy Dam. Spawn, yarn flies, egg-sucking leeches, and stone
flies all have been taking fish. An occasional king salmon has been
caught in the Little Manistee River, but the fish are not showing
up in big numbers. Walleyes are keeping anglers busy in the
backwaters above Tippy Dam, and smallmouth and pike fishing also
have been good there.
Pappy’s Bait & Tackle (231) 848-4142.
Walleye fishing has been excellent in Big Platte Lake. The best
bites have come on nightcrawlers fished in 25 to 30 feet of water.
Salmon fishing has been good in Lake Michigan, but the best fishing
is still a week or two away. Warm summer temperatures have kept the
majority of the fish out in deep water.
Bud’s in Honor (231) 325-3891.
Houghton Lake Area
Fishing has been spotty on Houghton Lake. A few walleyes,
bluegills, and sunfish are hitting live baits fished along the
south-shore weedbed. Pike fishing has been slow. A few northerns
are being caught, with the best action coming on live bait fished
along the drop-offs late in the evenings.
Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.
Sportsman’s Resort and Marina (989) 366-5471.
Hubbard Lake Area
Walleye and perch fishing has been pretty good on Hubbard Lake.
Walleye anglers report a good bite between 9 p.m. and midnight in
40 to 60 feet of water, 30 feet down. Crawlers and leeches both
have been producing decent results. A few perch are being caught in
10 to 12 feet of water at the south end of the lake. Most are on
the small side, but the bigger fish should begin showing up within
the next few weeks. Smallies are hitting spinnerbaits, topwater
baits, and crawler harnesses fished at the mouth of Sucker Creek
and along the west shore of the lake.
Side Door Bait and Tackle (989) 736-6418.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the Cheboygan River.
Nightcrawler harnesses and spinners have been attracting the most
attention. Walleye fishing has been slow on Mullett Lake. Fair to
good salmon fishing has been reported on Lake Huron. Several fronts
have moved through the area and the fish are scattered, but anglers
report decent success when they can locate the schools. Several
kings in the 20-pound range have been caught during the past two
Outdoor Adventure Store 231-627-5273.
Fishing has been slow around Gaylord. A few perch are hitting on
Otsego Lake. Minnows and wigglers fished along the weedbeds have
been producing the best results. An occasional walleye is also
coming to the net. Stream fishing has been slow with light angler
Don’s Sport & Marine (989) 732-4157.
Lake trout fishing has been pretty good on Lake Huron. Anglers
trolling spoons, and dodgers and flies are catching fish in 60 to
120 feet of water. A few salmon and steelhead are being caught in
the same depths, but they’re suspended about halfway down. Catfish
action has been hot in the Au Sable River. Walleye fishing has been
good, too, but the fish are running small. Panfish are hitting in
the weedbeds on Cooke Dam Pond and Foote Dam Pond.
Wellman’s Sport Center (989) 739-2869.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good in outer Saginaw Bay.
Anglers fishing crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers in 50 feet of
water at buoy No. 2 report good success. Perch also are starting to
move in, and anglers report catching some fish in 40 feet of water.
At Au Gres, anglers are picking up walleyes north of the Charity
Islands. Bass and pike are hitting on Tawas Lake.
All Season Sporting Goods (989) 362-4512.
Walleye fishing has been very good in the St. Marys River, with
anglers catching fish from Nebish Island to Raber Bay. Nightcrawler
harnesses and bottom bouncers have been the bait of choice. Muskie
and pike fishing is picking up in Munuscong Bay. Salmon fishing has
been fair in Lake Huron around DeTour, Cedar, and Hessel.
Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Bass fishing has been very good in Maxton, Scotts, and Whitney
bays. Anglers fishing chubs under bobbers, jigs and nightcrawlers,
and spinners all have been catching fish. A few perch are hitting
off the Yacht Haven dock in Maxton Bay and around the islands in
the bays. An occasional walleye is being caught on a crawler
harness fished in Scotts Bay.
Johnson’s Sport Shop (906) 493-6300.
Sault Ste. Marie Area
Walleye fishing has been excellent on the St. Marys River.
Anglers report very good action off Four Mile and Nine Mile roads
and on the backside of Sugar Island. Nightcrawler harnesses have
been producing the best results.
Hank’s Sport Shop (906) 632-8741.
Perch fishing has been good on Big Manistique Lake. Anglers
fishing minnows close to the bottom are catching fish throughout
the lake. A few walleyes also are being caught, and an occasional
pike is coming to the net. Walleyes and bluegills are hitting
crawlers on South Manistique. Smallmouth bass fishing also has been
pretty good on both lakes.
J.R. Sport Shop (906) 586-6040.
Big Bay Area
Stream fishing has been pretty good for trout. Most area
streams, including the Yellow Dog, the Salmon-Trout, and Cedar
Creek are low, and fish are concentrated. Hoppers and live bait are
Big Bay Corner Store (906) 345-5098.
Salmon fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan at Fairport.
The fish are hitting spoons pulled through 140 to 180 feet of
water. Most fish have been caught in the bottom 40 feet. Bass
fishing has been good in Big Bay de Noc. Minnows are catching fish
in 8 feet of water along the rock reefs and in some of the
weedbeds. Walleye fishing has been slow, but should improve when
the cool nights set in. Pike fishing has been slow.
The Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.
Lake trout fishing has been fantastic in Lake Superior. Lakers
are hitting spoons trolled close to bottom in 140 to 200 feet of
water. A few cohos and chinooks are beginning to move in toward the
harbor. Anglers fishing about a mile off shore are catching fish
between the surface and 80 feet down.
Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300.
Perch and walleyes are keeping anglers busy in Little Bay de
Noc. Walleye anglers report a good bite at Black Bottom across from
the Escanaba River in 35 to 40 feet of water. Crawler harnesses
have been producing good results. Perch are hitting off Butlers
Island, the Gladstone Yacht Club, and the red buoy in 14 to 20 feet
of water. Bass fishing has been decent.
Bay View Bait & Tackle (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
Lake trout fishing has been hot in Keweenaw Bay. Anglers are
catching fish on the bottom and are finding suspended fish, as
well. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good throughout the bay, but
walleye action has been slow.
Indian Country Sports (906) 524-6518.
Anglers report a pretty good walleye bite on Lake Gogebic when
trolling or drifting leeches or nightcrawlers. The fish are holding
in the weeds in 7 to 20 feet of water. Perch fishing has slowed
because the hot, dry weather has driven them into deeper water.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been great.
Gus’ Guide Service (906) 364-4459.
Maple Ridge Bait & Tackle (906) 575-3545.
Walleye fishing has been good on Lac La Belle and Gratiot Lake.
Fish are hitting crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers fished in 16
to 18 feet of water around rocky structure. Low-light times have
been the best. Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Superior,
and salmon fishing has been decent. Lakers are hitting spoons in 90
to 130 feet of water.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, 906-289-4481.
Lake trout fishing has been very good on Lake Superior. The best
action has come to anglers pulling spoons in 100 feet of water.
Walleye fishing has been slow.
Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle 906-884-2770.