Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – August 14th, 2015


East Jordan Area

Fishing has been decent on Lake Charlevoix. Walleye action is picking up. Anglers report good action when fishing in 20 to 25 feet of water 15 to 20 feet down in the south arm of the lake. A good bite also has been found off the state park in 30 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good for anglers using slip bobbers and leeches along the weedbeds. Panfish action has been good on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes. Local trout streams are running at their normal summer levels, and brook trout fishing has been great. Salmon have showed up in Lake Michigan at Charlevoix. 

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Walleye fishing has been good on South Lake Leelanau. Bottom bouncers and nightcrawler harnesses fished in 25 to 35 feet of water have produced good results. There is still a fair number of salmon in Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bays. Anglers trolling spoons 65 feet down report a decent bite. Trout fishing has been good. Terrestrials are catching fish on the Boardman and Upper Manistee rivers. 

WildFishing Guide Service, 

Cadillac Area

Bass fishing has been good on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. Surface baits fished around docks and rafts have produced the best bites. Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits have caught bass and pike when fished late in the evenings. Bluegills and sunfish are keeping anglers busy along the weedbeds.

Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.



Grayling Area

Fishing has been pretty good on Lake Margrethe. Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawler harnesses drifted or trolled along the weedbeds. Bluegill fishing also has been decent on Margrethe and other smaller lakes in the area. Trout fishing has been decent on the AuSable River with ants and grasshoppers producing fish.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Higgins Lake Area

Perch and rock bass are being caught on Higgins Lake. The best action has come to anglers fishing around the sunken island and along the drop-off. The fish are scattered, and anglers are having to move around to find fish. Trout fishing has been good, too. Lake trout were hitting on the bottom off the drop-off. Browns and rainbows have been caught by anglers trolling 20 to 40 feet down. A few northern pike have been caught around the island by anglers bobber fishing with live bait. Bass anglers report catching decent numbers of smallies around the island.

Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

Categories: Michigan Fishing Reports, North (Central)

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