Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – August 28th, 2015


East Jordan Area

Fishing has been a little slow on Lake Charlevoix. A few salmon have entered the lake, but the action has been slow. Lake trout action has been fair, but the fish are scattered and hitting in 80 to 200 feet of water. Bass fishing has been fair in 30 feet of water. Walleye action is picking up on Oyster Bay in 30 to 50 feet of water, 20 to 30 feet down. A fair number of fish have been caught between Horton Bay and the state park in 30 to 40 feet of water, 20 to 25 feet down. Fair numbers of walleyes and smallmouth bass have been caught off Whiting’s Park. Stream anglers report good brook trout action, and the Bellaire Chair of Lakes is producing some nice panfish.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

A few salmon and a lot of lake trout have been caught in Lake Michigan at Frankfort in 160 feet of water, 65 feet down. Meat rigs are producing the best results. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on Torch Lake in 15 to 25 feet of water along the steep drops. Bluegills are biting on Spider Lake in 15 to 25 feet of water along the weeds.

WildFishing Guide Service, 

Cadillac Area

Fishing pressure has been light, but those heading out are catching lots of bass on both Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac. Crappies are hitting minnows fished on the east end of Cadillac, and bluegills are hitting red worms and wax worms on the west end of Mitchel. A few walleyes have been caught on leeches and jigs fished on Mitchell in 12 to 14 feet of water.  Pike fishing has been fair on both lakes, with a lot of hammer-handles being caught along the weeds. 

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



Houghton Lake Area

Bluegills are hitting on Houghton Lake. Wax worms, crickets, and leaf worms fished along the weeds in 8 to 11 feet of water have produced good results. Walleye fishing has been slow with lots of small fish being caught. Anglers report that it’s been tough to find a keeper. Northern pike, including several over 30 inches, are hitting all over the lake. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Onaway Area

Pike fishing has been very good all summer on Black Lake. Anglers casting spinnerbaits are catching lots of fish along the weeds. Walleyes are hitting in 25 to 30 feet of water on stickbaits and leeches. Bluegill fishing also has been good on Black, despite a very warm month of August. Crappies and bluegills are hitting on Tomahawk Lake and Klieber Pond

Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Oscoda Area

Catfish action has been very good in the AuSable River and on Van Etten Lake. Stink baits are attracting a lot of attention. Lake trout fishing has been very good in Lake Huron in 100 to 160 feet of water. A few walleyes have been caught along with the lakers. Sunfish and bluegill fishing has been good on Cook Dam Pond. Leaf worms and crickets are producing a good bite. 

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.



Categories: Michigan Fishing Reports, North (Central)

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