Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015
Traverse City Area
Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing remains good on Duck and Green lakes. Steelhead fishing has been slow on the Betsie and Boardman rivers. Toms are strutting, and the early part of the spring turkey season has been pretty good. There’s been no sign of morels yet.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
East Jordan Area
Perch were hitting in Lake Charlevoix last week in 40 to 50 feet of water. Anglers were having to sort through their catches to find the keepers. Walleye fishing has been slow, but crappie fishing has been good on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes. River steelhead fishing has been hit or miss. The best action has been on the Boyne River. The Atlantic salmon bite on Torch Lake has been slow. Spring turkey season is off to a good start. Toms are coming to the call.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Lakers and brown trout are keeping anglers busy off the piers and along the shores of Lake Michigan. Spawn and spoons are both producing decent results. Light numbers of yellow perch have been caught off the piers on minnows and wigglers. Steelhead and brown trout also are being caught in the Manistee River, along with a few walleyes. Spring turkey hunting has been slow. Bird numbers are down in Manistee County.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
The trout opener was very good on the AuSable River. There were no hatches yet as of last week, but streamer fishing has been good. Browns up to 20 inches have been caught. Spring turkey hunting has been pretty good.
AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.
Houghton Lake Area
Walleye fishing was slow on Houghton Lake last week, where water temperatures remain low. A few crappies and bluegills have been caught in the canals and along the south end of the lake. Spring turkey hunting has been fair.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Fair numbers of Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and walleyes were hitting spoons and body baits along the shore of Lake Huron last week. There were still good numbers of steelhead in the Thunder Bay River, but there also were a lot of suckers. Fresh spawn was producing the best results. The spring turkey season is off to a fair start.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.