Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Traverse City Area
Fishing was getting better in Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Catch rates increased with lake trout and cisco being caught south and east of the M-37 boat launch in the East Bay. A fair number of smallmouth bass were caught and released in the bay and below the dam in Elk Rapids. Lake trout were caught in West Bay when trolling in the shallow waters north of Clinch Park. Smallmouth bass were hitting below the dam on the Boardman River. Suckers were hitting nightcrawlers in the shallows.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Fishing has improved on Lake Michigan at Frankfort. Boat anglers trolling the harbor caught lake trout and brown trout on spoons. The best action came in the early morning. Limits of lake trout were taken outside the piers in 25 to 50 feet of water. A couple of chinook were caught just off the bottom out deep. Down at Onekama, those trolling bright colored spoons caught fair to good numbers of chinook salmon in 180 to 300 feet of water. The fish were caught just off the bottom.
Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.
The north pier was still closed last week because of construction on the lighthouse. Good numbers of lake trout were still coming in and there was an increase in chinook salmon on Lake Michigan. Most fish were caught in 60 to 100 feet of water. A small number of brown trout were caught off the piers and good numbers of walleye have been caught at night. Baitfish are showing up in the harbor. The spring steelhead run was coming close to the end on the Big Manistee River. Only a few late fish were hitting a jig and wax worm on the Wellston side at Tippy Dam.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Fly anglers report good success fishing for trout on the Au Sable River. Sulfurs were hatching recently and the brown drakes should start emerging any day now.
AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.
Houghton Lake Area
Fishing has improved on Houghton Lake with limit catches of walleye and crappie reported. The walleye were hitting midday in 4 to 8 feet of water. Anglers were casting crankbaits while drifting. Crappies were caught by those floating a minnow out near the Middle Grounds. Bluegills were starting to move into the shallows.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Lake trout are being caught on Higgins Lake by those trolling in 80 to 100 feet of water. Rainbow trout were found in the thermocline in 15 to 40 feet of water. No word on perch but those targeting them were fishing in 20 feet of water in the early morning then moving to 40 to 50 feet later in the day. The best areas to try are the sunken island and off the main island.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Boat, shore and pier anglers have had good success with lake trout on Lake Huron. Hot spots were around Grass Island and Sulfur Island especially at night. The fish are starting to head out to deeper water so limit catches were more difficult. Good steelhead fishing was still being reported in the and in the Thunder Bay River as fish were still making their way up to the dam. Most are using trout beads and bodybaits.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Walleyes were starting to move in towards shore on Lake Michigan and the numbers are increasing. Most anglers are targeting them from the pier while casting bodybaits or drifting worms and leeches. Fresh steelhead were still coming up into the Au Sable River. Anglers are fishing the Foot Dam and High Banks areas with spawn, spoons, flies and spinnerbaits. Trout fishing on the South Branch has picked up.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.