Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – May 20th, 2016


Traverse City Area

Lake herring and lake trout were keeping anglers busy last week on Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay. Those fishing Swedish pimples in  35 to 75 feet of water reported good results. Walleye fishing has been good on South Lake Leelenau. Crankbaits trolled in 10 to 17 feet of water have produced good results. Crappies were hitting jigs and minnows fished in the shallows on Spider Lake. Turkey hunting has been good in Grand Traverse County. Morel hunting has been slow. 

WildFishing Guide Service, 

Frankfort Area

Fishing has improved on Lake Michigan. Those fishing off the north pier on the harbor side last week caught some nice brown trout on spawn bags. The best action came when there was a south wind. Those trolling to the south picked up lake trout and brown trout in 25 to 50 feet of water. Bright colored spoons that are typically used for steelhead were attracting a lot of attention. Lake trout were hitting spoons trolled on the east side of Platte Bay. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Morel hunting has been spotty. 

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

Manistee Area

Light numbers of small brown trout and king salmon were being caught last week outside the pier on Lake Michigan. The surface water temperatures was about 47 degrees. Walleye fishing was good in the channel and between the piers. Turkey hunting has been decent.

Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Cadillac Area

The night walleye bite has been good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Rapalas and nightcrawlers have been the hot baits. A few walleyes and bullhead have been caught in the canal between the two lakes. The crappie bite has picked up with a good number of fish being caught in the shallow coves on Lake Mitchell. The bluegill action was still slow but lots of bass were being caught and released on both lakes. Turkey hunting has slowed, but there are still birds around. Mushroom hunting has been spotty.

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



Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing was heating up on Houghton Lake. Anglers reported catching good numbers of fish in 8 feet of water along the weedbeds. Crappies are just about done in the canals and the bluegills were starting to move in. Minnows and worms are both catching panfish. The spring turkey season has been good. Hens are nesting in the afternoons. Mushroom hunting has been hot and cold, like the weather.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Boat anglers were catching a few lake trout last week on Higgins Lake. The best action was coming to those fishing in 80 to 100 feet of water. A couple of rainbow trout were caught off Big Creek in 30 to 35 feet of water. There were no perch being caught yet. 

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

Alpena Area

Walleye fishing has been slow on Lake Huron at Alpena. Lake trout were still in close last week as surface waters temperatures were still around 50 degrees. Fair numbers of steelhead were still being caught in the Thunder Bay River. Turkey hunting started off with a bang but has slowed some. Hens are nesting in the afternoons. Mushroom hunting has been spotty.

Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

Oscoda Area

Pier fishing was slow last week on Lake Huron. Walleye anglers had very limited success as it seems the fish have not made it up from Saginaw Bay in big numbers yet. Those who did catch fish were casting body baits, Twister Tails or small spoons. Lake trout are still being caught off the pier head but in limited numbers. A few steelhead were still on their beds in the Au Sable River. The trout season is off to a good start. Brown trout fishing has been very good

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

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