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Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area
Now that the mayfly hatch has ended, walleye fishing has picked up again on Lake Charlevoix. Bottom bouncers and nightcrawler harnesses fished in 22 feet of water in the main lake basin are producing good results. Perch are hitting minnows fished in the cabbage weeds in 12 to 15 feet of water. Bluegills and crappies are biting on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Traverse City Area
Salmon fishing has been decent in East and West Grand Traverse Bays. Spoons and dodgers and flies are producing good results 65 feet down over 120 feet of water. Lakers are hitting in 100 to 110 feet of water later in the day. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Elk, Torch, and Crystal lakes in 8 to 14 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been slow. A few ‘eyes have been caught in Long Lake and Lake Leelanau in 25 to 35 feet of water on crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers. Fair numbers of skamania steelhead are being caught in the Big Manistee River.
WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com
Cadillac Area
Anglers are catching a mixed bag of fish on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits on Lake Mitchell in 12 feet of water, and crappies are hitting minnows along the shore at the east end of Lake Cadillac. Bass and pike fishing has been fair.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area
Walleye fishing has improved on Houghton Lake now that the mayfly hatch is over. Anglers dragging crawler harness through the weeds are catching good numbers of walleyes during early and late low-light periods. Bluegill fishing also has been good along the weeds.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Alpena Area
Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay. Anglers trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits are reporting the best results. Fair numbers of channel catfish have been caught, and anglers trolling the deeper off-shore waters of Lake Huron report a good lake trout bite.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Oscoda Area
Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron. Anglers trolling crawler harnesses and small spoons are picking up good numbers of fish. Lake trout are moving out to deeper water, and anglers fishing north and south of the AuSable River are catching fish. Walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches in the AuSable, too.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Tawas Area
Walleye fishing has been pretty good in Lake Huron’s Tawas Bay. Nightcrawlers and bottom bouncers trolled in 40 to 50 feet of water are producing good results. Pier anglers are catching a mixed bag of rock bass, smallmouth bass, and perch.
Bay Party Store, (989) 362-2332.

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