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Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015

Lake St. Clair

Walleye fishing was tough last week on Lake St. Clair. The best action was on the Canadian side of the lake early in the mornings and at night around the North, South, and Middle channels. Bass anglers report good action on tubes and golden shiners fished off 10, 11, and 13 mile roads.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Commerce Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Union Lake. Crankbaits fished in 14 to 25 feet of water are attracting a lot of attention. Pike fishing has been good on Maceday Lake. Bass and crappies also are hitting on Maceday in front of the gravel pit on the northwest side of the lake. Bass fishing has been good on Grass Lake, with lots of fish to 3 pounds being caught. Bass and bluegills are hitting on Long Lake, and smallmouth bass are hitting leeches on Union.

Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.



Allegan Area

Bluegills have moved into deeper water, and anglers report a good bite on the deep side of weeds in Great Bear, Baseline, and Scott lakes. Crappies are hitting small tubes and Twister Tails on Duck Lake. Catfish, some up to 30 pounds, have been caught above the Trowbridge Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Perch fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan at St. Joe. 

Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

South Haven

King salmon and steelhead are hitting spoons and meat rigs fished in 80 to 120 feet of water on Lake Michigan. Perch, some to 11 inches, have been caught in 25 to 35 feet of water just south of the South Haven Pier and south of Deerlick Creek Park. Pier anglers are catching good numbers of steelhead, catfish, and sheepshead. Bluegills and crappies are being caught on Saddle, Paw Paw, and Hutchins lakes. Spikes, wax worms, and minnows are producing. 

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area

Bass fishing is still going strong on Gun Lake, Gull Lake, Portage Lake, Baseline Lake, Sunset Lake, Lake Allegan, Duck Lake, and the St. Joe River. Drop-shot rigs, rubber worms, weedless frogs, and buzzbaits are all taking fish. Anglers after northern pike are finding fish on Long Lake, Gull Lake, Wolf Lake, Scott Lake, and Cedar Lake. One bass fisherman on Cedar landed a 44-inch, 20-pound, 1-ounce northern on a Bubble Gum Yamamoto Senko and 10-pound line. Bluegill anglers report that on sunny days the fish have been found suspended over deeper water. The best lakes have been Muskrat, Three Lakes, Pine, Maple, Lake Brownwood, Pleasant, and Lake Cora.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.



Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing remains strong out on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, but the fish seem to be moving a little deeper. The best reports are coming from anglers fishing in 18 to 25 feet of water from the Spark Plug all the way out to buoys 1 and 2. Nightcrawler harnesses are producing excellent results. Perch reports have been light, but a few fish have been caught around the edge of the Black Hole in 19 to 22 feet of water, as well as around the mouth of the Saginaw River.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Ludington Area

King salmon and a few cohos, lake trout, and steelhead have been hitting in Lake Michigan at Ludington.  Fishing has been good off the bank in 100 to 150 feet of water. Anglers are running meat rigs on low Divers 80 feet back, and 150 feet back on high Divers. Downriggers are pulling dodgers and flies 60 feet down, and  spoons and plugs are running off 5- to 10-color leadcore.

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.



Harbor Beach Area

Trout and salmon fishing has been good on Lake Huron out of Harbor Beach. Lake trout are hitting dodgers and spoons or flies fished on bottom in 90 to 120 feet of water. Light numbers of salmon and steelhead also were being picked up when trolling 30 to 80 feet down.

Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been very good on Lake Huron, but the action is hit or miss. Crawler harnesses have been the bait of choice. Muskie fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River. Large rubber muskie baits have produced good results for anglers sight-fishing off the boardwalk. Smallmouth bass also are hitting along the boardwalk. Tubes are catching a lot of fish.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.



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