MI: Salmon, trout fishing heats up on Great Lakes Issue: 13
Lake St. Clair
Walleye fishing has improved in Lake St. Clair now that the water
has cleared up. There are lots of fish all along the American
shoreline. Anglers report an excellent bite in front of the 400
Club. Perch fishing has been hot at the a Firecracker. The bass
bite has been good all over the lake, with particularly good action
coming to anglers fishing in front of the Grosse Pointe Yacht
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003, (586) 468-9913.
The Panfish bite remains strong on inland lakes across Oakland
County. Bluegills and sunfish are holding in the shallows and
anglers tossing flies, poppers, rubber spiders and wax worms are
catching good numbers of fish on Lake Orion, Graham, Lakeville and
Hook Line & Sinker, (248) 814-9216.
The white bass bite remains strong in the Detroit River. Anglers
fishing with jigs and worms are catching good numbers of fish under
the Ambassador Bridge. Handliners and those vertical jigging are
still catching good numbers of walleyes in front of the Joe Louis
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Luna Pier Area
Walleye fishing is improving on Lake Erie now that the weather has
stabilized a bit and the water has cleared. Anglers trolling with
nightcrawler harnesses are catching good numbers of fish in front
of the Fermi Nuclear Plant. Fair numbers of perch are hitting
wigglers and minnows at Lake Erie Metro Park.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Panfish action remains good on Emerson and Duck lakes. and bass are
keeping anglers busy, too. Salmon and trout fishing has slowed a
bit on Lake Michigan at South Haven. A few fish were being caught
on spoons trolled in 80 feet of water. Down at St. Joseph, salmon
fishing has been slow, but pier anglers report a good sheephead
bite. Perch fishing has been slow to get started.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Bluegills, perch and smallmouth bass are keeping anglers busy on
Gilead Lake. Wigglers are hatching and the fish are swarming to the
shallows to gorge on the larval insects. Bluegills and crappies are
still bedding in the shallows on Honey and Coldwater lakes. A few
redear sunfish are also being caught on Coldwater. Walleye fishing
has been fair.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330
Panfish are still hanging around the shallows on Muskrat, Eagle,
Decatur, Three Lakes, Huzzy, Swan, Cora and Gourdneck lakes.
Walleye fishing has been decent on the Kalamazoo River below the
Allegan Dam, where one angler reportedly caught a 7-pound,
12-ouncer. Anglers also report catching catfish, carp, smallmouth
bass, steelhead and crappies in light numbers. Bass fishing is
improving on Barton, Maple, Gull, Three Legged, Portage, Sun Set
and Austin lakes.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Saginaw Bay Area
Decent walleye fishing has been reported in Lake Huron’s Saginaw
Bay by anglers fishing in 17 feet of water at Linwood and between
Kawkawlin and the Saginaw River. Anglers trolling and drifting
crawler harnesses report a fair bite in 20 feet of water east of
the Spark Plug and in 30 feet of water at buoys No. 1 and No.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Harbor Beach Area
Lake trout, salmon and steelhead are still being caught at the
southern end of Lake Huron. Anglers trolling spoons in 80-100 feet
of water report fair success. Shore anglers are catching good
numbers of smallmouth bass off the north wall and in the Detroit
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.
Fair numbers of chinook, coho, steelhead and lake trout are being
caught in Lake Huron in 40-60 feet of water at Lexington and Port
Satanic. Pike and walleyes are hitting off the pier at Port
Sanilac. Pike are active in the mornings and the walleye bite heats
up in the evening.
Buck Wild Nation, (810) 359-8550
Traverse City Area
Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse
Bay. Anglers trolling in the East Bay are catching good numbers of
fish in 70-80 feet of water north of Yuba Creek. Bass are hitting
at the dam at Elk Rapids and in the kid’s pond. In the West Bay,
anglers report a good lake trout bite in 40 feet of water north of
Bryant Park. Anglers jigging in 100 feet of water report a good
laker bite near the red buoy. Smallmouth bass are hitting minnows
and nightwalkers at the mouth of the Boardman River and up near the
Union Street Dam.
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Salmon fishing has been decent on Lake Michigan. Anglers fishing in
80-120 feet of water, 50 feet down are catching good numbers of
chinook salmon. Closer to shore, pier anglers are casting spoons
and catching a few salmon and brown trout. Down at Ludington,
salmon are hitting in 80-160 feet of water. Pier fishing has been
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Bass and pike are hitting along the breaklines and in the shallows
on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Walleye action has been slow on
both lakes, but a few crappies have been caught on Mitchell.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Walleye fishing is heating up on Houghton Lake. Anglers trolling
and drifting crawler harnesses and leeches are taking good numbers
of fish in 7-9 feet of water along the north shore and in East Bay.
Bluegills are hitting wax worms and red worms fished in the
shallows along the north shore and at the Middle Ground.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Lake trout fishing has kept anglers busy on Higgins Lake. Jiggers
and trollers are both catching decent numbers of fish. Pike fishing
has been good for anglers casting spinnerbaits and bodybaits in 15
feet of water around the main island. Rock bass are hitting worms
and leeches fished between shore and the first dropoff all over the
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Phoenix Party and Bait Store, (989) 821-7220.
Walleye fishing is improving on Lake Huron. Excellent numbers of
fish have been caught by anglers fishing with crawler harnesses in
20 feet of water or less. Catfish, smallies and a few walleyes have
been caught in the Thunder Bay River.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Huron. Anglers trolling
spoons and dodgers and flies are picking up good numbers of fish a
couple miles north of the AuSable River in 80-100 feet of water.
Walleye fishing has been slow on the Au Sable River.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Bass fishing has been pretty good in Lake Huron’s Tawas Bay, but
the walleye bite has been light. At Au Gres, a few walleyes are
being picked up by anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses in 25-35
feet of water.
Bay Party Store, (989) 362-2332.
Muskie fishing has been good in Raber Bay and on the east side of
Lime Island in 8-10 feet of water. Pike and bass anglers report a
good bite in Lake Huron at Hessel. Pike fishing has also been good
in Cedarville Bay, Musky Bay and the Moscoe Channel. Perch are
starting to show up off the Hessel Pier and anglers are gathering
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
St. Ignace Area
Northern pike and bass are hitting in Lake Huron at the primitive
boat launch in St. Ignace. A few lakers are being picked up by
anglers trolling on the northeast side of Mackinaw Island or along
the flats on the west side of the island.
Brevoort Lake Camp Store, (906) 292-5410.
Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.
Walleye fishing has improved in Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. A
good night bite has been reported by anglers fishing at the Sand
Pit and the Boot. Nightcrawlers trolled in 10-20 feet of water are
producing good results. Bass fishing remains very good for anglers
casting tubebaits and crankbaits in 3-15 feet of water. Salmon
fishing is warming up in Lake Michigan off Fairport in 40-100 feet
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.
Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc.
Anglers drifting nightcrawlers at the mouth of the Whitefish River
and at the Second and Third reefs report good action. Good
smallmouth bass action has been reported by anglers fishing tubes
and crankbaits at the mouth of the Ford River.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
Limit catches of lake trout have been caught by anglers fishing in
Lake Superior north of Granite Island, near the white rocks and
Shot Point in 120-180 feet of water. A few salmon have been caught
outside the Lower Harbor and out near Stannard Rock.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Walleye fishing was slow in the Menominee River but a few fish have
been caught at the dam on the Wisconsin side of the river. Some
boats caught fish in the hole upstream from the Mystery Ship launch
on the Michigan side and under the railroad bridge. A few
smallmouth bass have been caught, too. Panfish action has been good
on Shakey Lakes.
MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Martin Creek Sport and Feed, (906) 863-4868.
Salmon and lake trout are hitting in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay
from the head of the bay north to Carla’s Restaurant. Good action
has been enjoyed by anglers fishing in 40-70 feet of water, 35-60
feet down. Those jigging for lake trout reported catching fish off
Pequaming and the south end of Big Reef.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Splake fishing was slow in Lake Superior at Copper Harbor, but a
lot of fish have been seen. Anglers still-fishing with minnows are
catching a few fish. Pike fishing has been pretty good.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 289-4481.