Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Lake St. Clair
Fair numbers of yellow perch were being caught in Lake St. Clair recently. Those dunking minnows and wigglers at Metro Beach, the strawberry bar and at Selfrige in 8 to 14 feet of water reported good action. The early bite has been the best. The perch scatter when boating traffic arrives.
Walleyes are keeping anglers busy on
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Both Cass Lake and Union Lake experienced a rather large mayfly hatch recently so the panfish bite has slowed a bit. Anglers continue to do well for bass in the shallow sandy flats when using jerkbaits or drop-shot fishing. If looking for pike or walleye, try the weedy flats and drop-offs in the early morning or evening. The smallmouth spawn is pretty much done but anglers are reporting largemouth starting to bed now. Water temperatures are on the rise so the bluegills should be getting ready to spawn too.
Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.
The best walleye bite last week was on the Canadian side of the Detroit River. White bass are flooding the American side and providing great action. There are a lot of fish in the river from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie. Lots of fish in the 5- to 8-pound range have been caught.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Luna Pier Area
Walleye fishing was hit-or-miss last week on Lake Erie. Those drifting, trolling and bottom bouncing a crawler harness with copper and purple in-line spinner caught fish straight out from Brest Bay and Fermi or off Stony Point in 20 to 25 feet. A good report has come from anglers trolling at the banana dike, too. Those bowfishing in the lagoons at Sterling State Park caught several carp and goldfish along with a couple of gar. Bolles Harbor had decent catches of crappie and other panfish on a jig and wax worm. Largemouth bass and pike were caught on spinners and crankbaits.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Crappie fishing was good last week on the inland lakes in the area including Miner and Baseline. Anglers on Eagle and Duck lakes reported catching bluegills on red worms fished in the shallows.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Good-sized king salmon have arrived in Lake Michigan at South Haven. Lots of fish between 16 and 18 pounds have been caught and one tipped the scale last week at 24 pounds. The best action has come to those fishing in 100 to 150 feet of water, 40 to 80 feet down, straight out from the channel. Good numbers of steelhead are being caught along with the kings. Walleyes fishing has been good at night off the pier. Perch are moving in towards shore and anglers are catching good numbers of fish in 45 to 50 feet of water, also straight out from the channel.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.
Just about any lake you hit will have bass hanging out on their beds. Swimbaits, jerkbaits, tubes and jigs have all proven effective. Gull Lake, Sherman Lake, Portage Lake, Asylum Lake, and Gourdneck Lake were producing good results recently. Bluegills were beginning to spawn here and there. Some reports say that there are plenty of fish hanging out on beds but on other lakes they are suspended just off the break. Flies, poppers, and wax worms under a casting bubble are working well. On calm nights keep an eye out for them feeding on the surface. Anglers fishing for crappies have been having success on Gun Lake, Gravel Lake and Bankson Lake. A slider grub has been the lure of choice for many anglers but minnows under a slip bobber are also a good bet. Try fishing just off the breakline near weed clumps for best results. There have been many different bugs hatching recently. Caddis, March browns, sulfurs and a few gray drakes were buzzing around. Brown drakes should be starting soon.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Anglers report a very good smallmouth bass bite in the Grand River at the Sixth Street Dam in Grand Rapids. On the Muskegon River, smallies and walleyes are being caught. Largemouth bass have moved of their beds and are feeding heavily on inland lakes in the area. Anglers fishing on Compau and Murray lakes report good muskie and pike bites. The smallmouth bass bite on Hardy Dam Pond has been very good.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Bluegills are bedding on Gun Lake. The males are finning the nests and females are starting to move in. A few perch and crappies have been caught on Gun, too. Bluegills and crappies on also have been caught on Fish and Pine lakes. The fish are hitting in anywhere from 2 to 8 feet of water. Some of the crappies are suspended. Largemouth bass are still on their beds.
Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleyes were being caught in 7 feet of water recently in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay at Pinconning, in 14 to 17 feet of water around the G buoy, in 20 feet of water off Linwood, and in 8 to 10 feet of water on the Callahan Reef. On the east side, of the bay, the Slot was producing a good number of fish in 16 feet of water. Nightcrawler harnesses were definitely out-fishing crankbaits. Channel cat fishing was good off Sebewaing in 5 feet of water. Carp are in the shallows all over the south end and the east side of the bay where those bowfishing have done extremely well. Fair numbers of walleyes were being caught in the lower Saginaw River. The white bass are done spawning, but freshwater drum have moved in as they prepare to spawn.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Drake and sulfur fishing was phenomenal recently on the Pere Marquette River. Drakes will stick around until the middle of June. Daytime fishing has been slow with attractor patterns working best. The best action has been in the evenings. Panfish are starting to bed on local inland lakes. Crappies have moved in to shore and are hitting on Big Star and some of the other lakes in the area.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Smallmouth bass fishing was pretty good recently in the Grand River. Those fishing with minnows, leeches, crawlers or Twister Tail grubs and small spinners reported good action. Good numbers of crappies were being caught upstream of Moore’s Park. A few pike and walleye were still being caught below the dams. Those targeting panfish have caught some big rock bass.
Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.
Grand Haven Area
Good numbers of king salmon were being caught recently in Lake Michigan between the surface and 120 feet down in 140 to 240 feet of water. Anglers were using orange or green spoons with white flies. Pier anglers were catching a few brown trout and steelhead on alewife.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Hamlin Lake was producing some walleye and decent panfish action recently. Good numbers of lake trout were being caught in Lake Michigan at Ludington in 40 to 70 feet of water. Small numbers of brown trout, steelhead and chinook salmon were caught as well. Baitfish are moving into the harbor. Down at Pentwater, lots of nice lake trout were being caught in Lake Michigan in 30 to 70 feet of water. Chinook and coho were hitting out in 150 to 200 feet of water. Northern pike and smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Pentwater Lake. Those casting bodybaits or using shiners near the bottom reported the best success. Those seeking walleye caught fish when trolling crawler harnesses or vertical jigging with minnows or leeches.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Huron. Nightcrawler harnesses and bottom bouncers were catching fish in 6 to 14 feet of water recently at Quanicassee, off North Heisterman Island, near the buoy at Sand Point and south of the water tower. Lots of smallmouth bass have been caught off the breakwall and straight out from the breakwall. Blond morels were popping too.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Harbor Beach Area
Some nice salmon were being caught in Lake Huron recently. Spoons fished 25 to 60 feet down in 110 feet of water north of the harbor and south of Port Hope were attracting a lot of attention. The best colors were blue and green alewives, and yellow tail spoons. Try spoons on 2, 3, 5, and 10 color lines with offshore boards as well. Lake trout are still being caught straight out from the harbor and to the north in 60 to 100 feet of water. Dodgers and Spin-N-Glos or clean spoons fished down near the bottom, were catching fish. A couple of steelhead were taken up high in the water column.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.
Walleye fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River. Those whipping plugs at night are catching very good numbers of fish. Crawler harnesses have produced good results already too. Sturgeon are spawning and porpoising in the river. Lake trout are hitting in Lake Huron on the reef at Grindstone City.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Bluegills and sunfish are hitting in the shallows on Murphy Lake. Wax worms and leaf worms are producing good results. A few bass have been caught, too. Fair numbers of suckers are in the Cass River.
Fred’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 823-8157.