Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – August 28th, 2015
Lake St. Clair
Muskie and bass fishing have been good on Lake St. Clair. The best muskie bite has come to anglers fishing in 18- to 20-foot depths in Canadian water. Good numbers of fish have been caught off the Belle River hump, too. Bass are hitting all over the lake. Use soft plastics and live bait.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Walleye fishing has been slow in Oakland County. A few bass have been caught on Long Lake.
Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.
Luna Pier Area
Perch fishing has been very good in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find the keepers. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing minnows in 8 to 12 feet of water. Fair numbers of walleyes have been caught near the sailboat buoys three miles northeast of Luna Pier. Wiggle Warts trolled 85 feet back have produced good results.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
High wind kept anglers at bay last week on Lake Michigan and moved fish into deeper water. Salmon, lake trout, and steelhead have been caught in 90 to 110 feet of water straight out of the harbor. Perch fishing has been excellent in 45 to 55 feet of water. Lots of limits have been reported. Pike and bass fishing have been good in the Black River and off the pier at South Haven.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.
Bluegill fishing has been good in 15 to 20 feet of water on Three Mile Lake. Bluegills also have been caught on Pleasant, Cora, School Section, Hogsett, and Gull lakes. Good numbers of walleyes and catfish are being caught in the Kalamazoo River. Northern pike and smallmouth bass have been caught in the river between Comstock and the Morrow Dam Pond.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
A few steelhead have been caught, but overall fishing remains slow on the Grand River. Silver fish should start entering the river any day. Bass and panfish action has been good on Reeds Lake. Campau and Kettle also have been producing good action. Walleye fishing has been fair.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
Warm weather has put a little bit of a damper on the fishing in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers trolling spoons report a decent bite around buoys 1 and 2 and at the Cigar. The best colors have been frozen wigwam and Sporty’s chicken wing. A good bite has been reported by anglers fishing nightcrawler harnesses in 20 to 25 feet of water. A few perch are starting to be caught around the Black Hole out to buoys 1 and 2.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Trout fishing has been fair in low, clear water on the Pere Marquette River with terrestrials attracting the most attention. Salmon should start entering the system any day now. Bass fishing has been pretty good on Wolf and Big Star. Soft plastics and live bait have produced the best results. Bluegill fishing has been decent on Big Star, North, and Nichols lakes.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Grand Haven Area
Salmon and steelhead have been keeping anglers busy on Lake Michigan in 110 to 160 feet of water.Bluegill action has been pretty good on Petty’s and Sterns bayous in 3 to 7 feet of water. Crappie fishing has been good in Petty’s, too. Bass fishing has been excellent on all the bayous and in the Grand River. The catfish bite has been very good in the Grand River. Stink baits are producing outstanding results.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
High winds kept anglers grounded last week on Lake Huron. A fair walleye bite was being reported by anglers fishing northwest of Big Charity Island in 25 to 35 feet of water. Nightcrawlers have produced the best bite. Anglers also are picking up a fair number of fish from Oak Point to Port Austin. There are a lot of geese in the area, and the early season should be very good.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Fishing was slow last week in Lake Huron at Port Huron. A few walleyes were being caught north of the Bluewater Bridge in 60 to 70 feet of water. Up at Port Sanilac, anglers report good action from cohos and steelhead in 140 feet of water. Very good numbers of smallmouth bass have been caught in the St. Clair River, and catfish are keeping anglers busy in the Black River.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.