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Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015

Lake St. Clair
Perch fishing has been good early in the mornings on Lake St. Clair. Those fishing with minnows report a good bite at Metro Beach and in front of Selfridge Field. Muskie fishing has been very good on the Canadian side of the lake. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing from the Belle River down to Stony Point and at the mouth of the Detroit River.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Commerce Area
Bluegills were still on their beds last week and anglers were catching good numbers of fish on Union, Pontiac, Cass, White and Long lakes. Walleye fishing has been good on Cass, Union and Long lakes. The best action has come to anglers fishing with nightcrawler harnesses in around 35 feet of water. Bass fishing has been very good on Lotus and Union lakes with  leeches and crawlers producing the best results. The northern pike bite has been very good on Long, Cass and Pontiac lakes. Spinnerbaits and big suckers fished under a bobber have both caught fish.
Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.
Trenton Area
Walleye fishing remains pretty good on the Detroit River. Most of the fish are running between 13 and 20 inches. The best bite has been on the Canadian side of the river from the sand piles down to Sculpture Park and at the mouth of the river. Lots of silver bass and smallmouth bass are being caught, too.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

South Haven
Perch fishing was pretty good on Lake Michigan last week. Anglers fishing in 60 to 70 feet of water north of the pier were reporting good action. King salmon, steelhead and lake trout were hitting spoons and flies fished in 100 feet of water, south of the pier.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.
Kalamazoo Area
Bass fishing has been good on Gull Lake, Deep Lake, Big Lake, Lake Cora, Scott Lake, and the Kalamazoo River below the Morrow Pond Dam. Crankbaits, jerkbaits and soft plastics have all produced good results. Anglers after catfish are doing well on the Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam. Cut bait and suckers have been the best baits. Gull Lake, Long Lake, the Battle Creek River and the Kalamazoo River are all giving up some good northern pike. Bluegill reports say most of the ‘gills have moved off their beds and are hanging out in deeper water near weedbeds and drop-offs on most lakes in the area including Reynolds, Huzzy, Hemlock and Cedar.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Coldwater Area
Bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish are still on their beds on Gillead Lake and other lakes in the area. Anglers fishing with wax worms, leaf worms, and rubber spiders report a very good bite. A few perch have been caught, too, but not in good numbers.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

Saginaw Bay Area
Anglers fishing on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay have been battling high winds, but when they can get out the fishing has been very good. Crawlers seem to be taking the most fish. With water temperatures starting to rise the spoon bite should pick up soon. Good action has been reported at the black hole and the spark plug.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Baldwin Area
Trout fishing has been slow on the Pere Marquette River but the hex hatch should begin any day. Bluegills are on their beds on Wolf, Whelan, Pettibone and Hill lakes. Wax worms and rubber spiders are producing a good bite. Walleye fishing has been fair on Big Star and Big Bass lakes. Nightcrawler harnesses and leeches have both produced good results.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974,
Ludington Area
Chinook salmon and lake trout have been caught in good numbers on Lake Michigan. Boat anglers report good action in 60 to 80 feet of water, 60 feet down, and right on bottom. Bluegills are on their beds on Hamlin Lake. Crickets and wax worms have been the baits of choice. Crappies are moving off their beds and staging on the drop-offs. Minnows on Pinkie jigs are attracting a lot of attention. Bass fishing has been on fire on Hamlin. Good walleye fishing has been reported, too. Walleye anglers are fishing with crawler harnesses and crankbaits in 7 to 10 feet of water at dark and after dark.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.

Caseville Area
Walleye fishing has been very good in Lake Huron. Anglers fishing at  north island in 8 to 18 feet of water report a good bite on crankbaits and nightcrawlers. Bass and catfish are hitting on the breakwall in Caseville. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and bass are hitting minnows, crankbaits and buzzbaits.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Port Huron
Silver bass are starting to show up at the mouth of the Black River in the St. Clair River. Walleye fishing has been inconsistent. When a north wind blows it moves the cold water from Lake Huron into the St. Clair River, which pushes the walleyes downstream. Lake trout fishing has been outstanding in Lake Huron out of Port Sanilac, Harbor Beach and Port Austin. The best action has been in 80 feet of water, 50 to 60 feet down. Spoons and flies are both producing good results.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Vassar Area
Fishing has been slow around Vassar. Water temperatures are still rising. Panfish have moved into the shallows and are starting to spawn on Murphy Lake. Anglers are catching numbers of bluegills, pumpkinseed sunfish and rock bass on leaf worms, wax worms and chunks of nightcrawlers. Catfish have been caught on nightcrawlers fished in the cuts off Lake Huron.
Fred’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 823-8157.

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