Great Lakes action heats up; bluegills are still bedding

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair. Anglers are
catching fish off 10 Mile, 11 Mile, and 12 Mile roads. Fish also
are hitting crawlers fished in 4 to 12 feet of water off Metro
Beach. Anglers also report good success fishing flatfish tipped
with worms.

Lakeside Fishing Shops (586) 777-7003, (586) 468-9913.

Pontiac Area

Bluegills have moved onto their beds and anglers are doing very
well on Pontiac, Cass, Union, and Oakland lakes. Wax worms and
teardrops are producing good results. Walleye fishing has been
decent on Pontiac and Cass lakes. Anglers drifting crawler
harnesses and trolling with crankbaits are taking fish.

KD Outdoors (248) 666-7799.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing remains good on the Detroit River. Anglers are
still jigging and hand-lining with good results. White bass have
moved into the river. A few perch also are being caught by anglers
fishing with perch rigs and minnows.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle (734) 692-9839.

Monroe Area

Walleye fishing has been sizzling on Lake Erie. Anglers trolling
crawler harnesses behind bottom bouncers or planer boards report
great action between Brest Bay and the Fermi Plant in 15 to 20 feet
of water.

Cook’s Sportland (734) 242-0774.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

St. Joseph Area

Fishing has improved a little on Lake Michigan, but the fish
have moved into deeper water. Anglers trolling spoons or flies in
200 to 240 feet of water, 55 to 75 feet down, report catching fair
numbers of salmon and lake trout. Fishing has been slow in the St.
Joseph River.

B.J. Sports (269) 429-8271.

Sturgis Area

Bluegill fishing has been good on Thompson and Klinger lakes.
Crickets have been producing the best results. Pike fishing also
has been decent. Smallmouth are hitting tube baits on Klinger Lake.
Walleye fishing has been slow.

Klinger Lake Trading Post (269) 651-2679.

Kalamazoo Area

Bass fishing has been good on Gull, Austin, Baseline, and Gun
lakes. Spinnerbaits and plastics have been producing fish.
Bluegills are bedding on North, Portage, Cora, and most other lakes
in the area. Anglers are fishing wax worms, black gnats, and leaf
worms with good success. Walleye fishing has been great in the
Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam. The best action has been on
minnows and Hot ‘N’ Tots fished in the evenings. Walleyes are
hitting on Cedar Lake. Crappie action has been good on Pine
Lake.

D and R Sports (269) 372-2277.

Holland Area

Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan in 170 to 200 feet
of water, 50 to 80 feet down. Spoons have been producing the best
results. Walleyes are keeping anglers busy off the Holland Pier at
night. Crankbaits have been the bait of choice. A few perch are
hitting minnows fished in the Holland Channel, and crappies are
hitting in Lake Macatawa.

American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Saginaw Bay with lots of limit
catches being reported from Au Gres to Sebewaing. Crawler harnesses
fished behind planer boards have been taking fish in the shallow
water; use crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers in deeper
water.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Baldwin Area

Trout fishing has been fair on the Pere Marquette River and a
few steelhead are still being caught, too.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop (231) 745-4974.

Lansing Area

Walleye fishing has been decent on the Grand River with good
success being reported by anglers fishing crawlers at Moore’s Park.
The pike bite has been good on the Looking Glass River, and panfish
are hitting wax worms and minnows.

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

Grand Haven Area

Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan, but the fish have
moved into deeper water. The best action has been coming to anglers
trolling spoons in 150 to 280 feet of water, 40 to 100 feet
down.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle (616) 842-2770.

Muskegon Area

Salmon and lake trout are keeping anglers busy on Lake Michigan.
The best action has been in 170 to 250 feet of water, 60 to 110
feet down. Bluegills are hitting wax worms and teardrops fished
from shore in the Muskegon Channel. Brown trout are hitting in the
Muskegon River, where the Hex hatch should begin any day. Bass
fishing has been red hot on Muskegon Lake. Spinners and tubes are
both producing good results. A few perch and pike also are coming
to the net.

Angler Archer (231) 744-5992.

Ludington Area

Anglers surf-fishing in Lake Michigan are still picking up
decent numbers of brown trout on both spoons and flies. Boat
anglers are catching fair numbers of lakers and kings, with good
action being reported to the south.

Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron with anglers
reporting a good bite at the Slot and off Sand Point. Crawler
harnesses and Hot ‘N’ Tots are both producing good results.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Lexington Area

Salmon and trout fishing has been good in Lake Huron. Anglers
trolling spoons in 50 to 80 feet of water report good success with
a mixed bag of lakers, steelhead, and king salmon. The fishing also
has been good at Port Austin where anglers report catching a few
pink salmon along with good numbers of king salmon and lakers.

Great Lakes Archers and Anglers (810) 359-8550.

Port Huron

Salmon fishing has been better than last year and anglers report
catching good numbers of fish in the shallows of Lake Huron. The
best action has been in 70 feet of water. Perch fishing also is
improving with good success reported at Lake Port in 20 to 25 feet
of water. Walleye fishing has been good at the mouth of the St.
Clair River in Lake Huron. Crawlers have been producing the best
results. Smallmouth bass fishing has been phenomenal in the St.
Clair River.

Anderson’s Pro Bait (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Walleye fishing has been hot in Lake Charlevoix and in the
Ellsworth Chain of Lakes. In Lake Charlevoix, anglers fishing with
crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers are taking fish up to 8
pounds in the South Arm and at the east end of the lake. Smallmouth
bass fishing also has been good with fish moving into the shallows.
Anglers report catching good numbers of brown trout, and bluegills
are starting to bed. On the chain of lakes, walleye anglers report
good success on all the lakes including Six Mile, St. Clair, and
Intermediate.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Whitefish action has been slow in the East Bay of Grand Traverse
Bay, but lake trout fishing is improving. A fair number of perch
are being caught along the east shore of the bay. In West Bay, lake
trout and whitefish are keeping anglers busy. Smallmouth bass are
hitting spinners and tubes in the Boardman River, and persistent
anglers are catching a steelhead here and there. Walleye fishing
has been good on Long Lake with anglers reporting that fish are
holding in 15 to 35 feet of water. Nightcrawler harnesses and
crankbaits have both been producing good results. Perch fishing
also has been pretty good on Long Lake.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com

Manistee Area

Brown trout and steelhead are still being caught in Lake
Michigan off the South Pier. Brown trout are hitting spoons at the
mouth of Gurney Creek. Boat anglers trolling flies and spoons are
catching lakers and kings in 50 to 140 feet of water.

Fisherman’s Center (231) 723-7718.

Cadillac Area

Pike fishing has been good, but fishing pressure has been light
on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. Spinnerbaits fished along the
shallow-water weedbeds have been producing good results. Bluegills
are starting to move into the shallows. The evenings have been best
for walleye action.

Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods (231) 775-7085.

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Houghton Lake. The best
action has been during low-light hours. Bass fishing also has been
good with crawlers and plastics attracting attention. Panfish
action has been fair.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

Sportsman’s Resort and Marina (989) 366-5471.

Higgins Lake Area

Trout fishing remains decent on Higgins Lake. Anglers are
catching lakers and rainbows by slow-trolling in the deeper parts
of the lake. Perch fishing has been good off the first drop-off and
around the sunken island.

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

Phoenix Party and Bait Store (989) 821-7220.

Hubbard Lake Area

Smallmouth bass fishing has been great on Hubbard Lake. Anglers
fishing in 4 to 6 feet of water with crawlers or spinnerbaits are
enjoying the best success. Walleye fishing has been good with the
best action taking place at night in 12 to 16 feet of water.
Leeches and nightcrawler harnesses are both producing good
results.

Side Door Bait and Tackle (989) 736-6418.

Cheboygan Area

Lake trout fishing has been pretty good in Lake Huron. Anglers
trolling spoons and flies between Calcite and Adams Point report
good success.

Outdoor Adventure Store 231-627-5273.

Tawas Area

Walleye anglers report good success in Lake Huron’s Tawas Bay,
particularly around the yacht club. Bass fishing has been
excellent. Up at Oscoda, lake trout are hitting flies and spoons
fished in 100 feet of water, and pier anglers are catching walleyes
on nightcrawlers. At Au Gres, walleye fishing has been hot in the
bay.

Bay Party Store (989) 362-2332.

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been great in Munuscong Bay. Anglers report
success when fishing with crawler harnesses. Pike fishing has been
excellent, with spinnerbaits attracting lots of attention. Bass
fishing has been very good in Muskie Bay and Hessel Bay. Perch
fishing has been slow.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Scotts and Maxton bays. The
best action has come to anglers fishing nightcrawler harnesses in 6
to 8 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing also has been very
good.

Johnson’s Sport Shop (906) 493-6300.

St. Ignace Area

A few salmon and lake trout have made their way up to the Staits
of Mackinac and a few anglers are dialing in on the action. The
bite has been hit or miss. Walleye fishing has been good on
Brevoort Lake.

Brevoort Lake Camp Store (906) 292-5410.

Ace Hardware (906) 643-7721.

Curtis Area

Fishing has been ‘exceptional’ on Big Manistique and South
Manistique lakes. Walleye anglers are catching fish on crawler
harnesses during the day and switching to a jig and a minnow or a
jig and a leech fished under a slip bobber at night. Smallmouth and
largemouth bass action also has been hot. Bluegills are starting to
move into the shallows on South Manistique lake.

J.R. Sport Shop (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Garden Area

Bass fishing has been good in Big Bay de Noc. Crankbaits and
spinnerbaits zipped through the emerging weeds have been producing
good results. Walleye fishing has been fair.

The Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908

Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Salmon and lake trout are hitting in Marquette Harbor, but
anglers are having to work hard to catch them. The salmon have
moved into 50 to 70 feet of water, while lakers are being found in
water up to 180 feet deep.

Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300.

Munising Area

Lake Superior is turning out a fair number of lake trout and
salmon at Munising. The best action has been in the shallower water
early in the mornings. Spoons and flies have been producing good
results. Fishing should heat up in coming weeks.

Curly’s Hilltop Grocery (906) 387-3056.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has turned on in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de
Noc. Anglers drifting nightcrawler harnesses in 15 to 30 feet of
water report good action. Bass fishing has also been very good,
especially at the mouth of the Ford River. Tube baits and
crankbaits, as well as nightcrawlers, have been producing good
results.

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

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

Menominee Area

Walleye fishing has been decent in the Menominee River, upstream
from the Hattie Street Dam. Crawlers have been attracting the most
attention. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the river.
Leeches are taking good numbers of fish, and tube baits also are
producing. Anglers report a good bluegill bite in Shakey Lake as
the fish begin moving into the shallows. A few brown trout have
been caught by anglers fishing Lake Michigan’s Green Bay.

MBK Sports Shop (715) 735-5393.

Martin Creek Sport and Feed (906) 863-4868.

WESTERN UP

Bergland Area

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Lake Gogebic. Anglers
fishing spinners and tube baits along the rocks on the east and
west shores report a good bite in 6 to 8 feet of water. Walleye
fishing has been pretty good. Perch fishing has been slow, but
should improve in coming weeks. Bluegills are hitting in the
shallows on Crooked and Twin lakes.

Gus’ Guide Service (906) 364-4459.

Maple Ridge Bait & Tackle (906) 575-3545.

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

Ontonagon Area

Lake trout and salmon are hitting along the shore of Lake
Superior. Anglers trolling spoons and flies report good success. A
few browns also are being caught.

Grieg’s Taxidermy and Tackle (906) 884-2770

Keweenaw Peninsula

Walleye fishing has been good on Gratiot and Medora lakes.
Anglers are fishing jigs tipped with crawlers or chubs behind
bottom bouncers. The best action has been in 3 to 15 feet of water.
Walleyes also are hitting crankbaits on the Sturgeon River.

Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service (906) 289-4481.

Categories: Archive

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *