Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 1st, 2016

Lake St. Clair

The recent mayfly hatch put a damper on fishing on Lake St. Clair. Walleyes and a few perch have been caught in the shipping channel in 30 feet of water. Chartreuse or a pink and purple crawler harness have produced good results. Walleyes were also hitting crawlers in 14 feet of water near 14 Mile Road. A few perch were being caught between the Metro Beach launch and the Clinton River launch. Perch were also hitting off the south channel. Smallmouth bass were being caught from the Clinton River down to 9 Mile Road in 7 to 14 feet of water. Swimbaits, green and pumpkin tubes or drop-shot rigs were all catching fish. A couple of large muskies were caught near the Clinton River launch when casting soft plastics in 15 feet of water. On the north end, largemouth and smallmouth bass were hitting in 7 feet of water on the east side of Anchor Bay.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Bass fishing has been pretty good on Lake Orion, Lakeville and in Trout lakes. Nightcrawlers, soft plastics and crankbaits are all getting hit. Fair numbers of brown trout are still hitting in Paint Creek. Crawlers and leaf worms are attracting attention. Fly-fishing has been good, too.

Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.

Ypsilanti Area

Bass fishing has been good on Belleville Lake. Those casting crankbaits and jigs along the weedbeds report good success. Panfish are still hitting wax worms and leaf worms in the shallows. A few catfish and walleyes have been caught, too.

Bass-N-Sport, (734) 485-2355.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing has improved on the Detroit River now that the white bass have moved out. Anglers are hand-lining with Flatfish and spoons and catching good numbers of fish. ‘Eyes were being caught in the lower river and in front of the Trenton Power Plant but anglers are having to sort out the small ones. A few perch have been caught in the shallows and some nice muskies are being caught, too.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Luna Pier Area

Fishing has slowed on Lake Erie due to strong winds and a large mayfly hatch. Those doing the best found walleyes straight out from Stony Point and near the Femi Plant in 24 to 28 feet of water, near the Dumping Grounds and the ‘E’ buoy in 23 to 26 feet of water. The fish were hitting crawler harnesses with hot pink, purple or copper in-line blades trolled behind bottom bouncers. Perch fishing has been good in 16 to 20 feet of water in front of Sterling State Park and Toledo Beach. Emerald shiners on spreaders worked best. Smallmouth bass action has been good for anglers fishing tube baits off Bolles Harbor in 5 to 8 feet of water. Shore anglers at Sterling State Park reported catching largemouth and smallmouth bass on jerkbaits.

Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.


Allegan Area

The crappie bite on Fish Lake at Orangeville has been very good. Anglers fishing with tube jigs tipped with a wax worm are catching lots of fish. Bluegills are still spawning deep on a few lakes in the area. A good bite has been reported by anglers fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water on Eagle and Duck lakes. Steelhead fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan off the piers at Saugatuck. Minnows are working very well.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

South Haven

Salmon and trout have scattered on Lake Michigan. Anglers report catching decent numbers of fish in 40 to 150 feet of water on a variety of baits. Pier anglers are catching steelhead on shrimp and minnows. Perch fishing continues to be on the slow side.

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Cloverdale Area

The perch bite has been very good at the north end of Long Lake. Minnows and wigglers have been producing the best action. Bass fishing has been quiet, but angles report a good pike bite on Crooked Lake. Try suspending a minnow under a bobber and tossing it to the edge of the weeds. Panfish action has been good on most lakes in the area. The spawn has ended and the fish have moved out to deeper water. Try dunking a baby crawler in 8 to 14 feet of water.

Tackle Box, (269) 623-2994

Kalamazoo Area

Bluegill fishing remains good with some fish still in the shallows. Poppers, spiders and black gnats have been working well. If you’re having trouble finding fish on beds try slow trolling with red worms or baby nightcrawlers at various depths to find suspended fish. Good lakes have been Portage, Gull, Austin, and School Section. Bass fishing has been good, too. Sunset, Gull, Crooked in Delton, and Maple lakes have all been producing good action. Try working a popper on calm evenings for an exciting fight. Rubber worms and crankbaits have been catching a lot of fish. D&R Sport Center’s Big Fish Contest runs through Sept. 5.

D & R Sports, (269) 372-2277.


Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing remains very good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Nightcrawler harnesses trolled between 1.5 and 1.8 mph seemed to do the trick. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing at the Spark Plug in 22 feet of water, near buoys 1 and 2 at the end of the shipping channel in 26 to 28 feet of water, off the Pinconning Bar, in the Slot and along the Callahan Reef. Early morning and evenings are the best. The hot colors have been gold, orange, purple and yellow. Bass anglers are doing well in Wildfowl Bay when fishing out of the marinas. Shore anglers at Essexville were catching bass, catfish, and freshwater drum (sheepshead) in the Saginaw River.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Lansing Area

Anglers have caught smallmouth bass below the dams on the Grand River. A few walleyes have been caught, too, but numbers have been light. Anglers reported a good night bite for carp and catfish. Panfish action has been pretty good in the backwaters.

Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.

Grand Haven Area

Decent numbers of steelhead are being caught off the piers on Lake Michigan. Anglers are using alewife and shrimp or casting orange spoons. Boats trolling near the end of the piers also are picking up steelhead on orange spoons or bodybaits. A few lake trout were caught on Dodgers and Spin ‘N’ Glo’s in 80 to 140 feet of water.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.


Traverse City Area

The hex hatch has started on the Boardman, Platte and Big Manistee rivers and the night bite for brown trout has been outstanding. Bass are done spawning and have moved into a summer pattern. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing with crankbaits and rubber worms. Walleye fishing has slowed but light numbers of fish have been caught on North Lake Leelanau by anglers trolling crankbaits. Lake trout fishing has been slow in Grand Traverse Bays. The fish are scattered.

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

Manistee Area

Lake trout fishing has been really good on Lake Michigan, north of the harbor in 80 to 100 feet of water. Most of the chinook salmon that were caught were small. Steelhead are starting to show up, too. A couple of brown trout and steelhead were caught off the pier. On Manistee Lake, good pike fishing was reported by anglers casting spinners in 7 to 15 feet of water. Anglers are getting decent catches of rock bass, too. The mayfly hatch is in full bloom. River anglers are catching good numbers of brown trout at night. Skamania steelhead have been hitting at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. Anglers are picking up large fish over 10 pounds early in the mornings.

Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Cadillac Area

Anglers are catching good numbers of bluegills, sunfish, crappies, perch and rock bass on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. Bass can still be found in the shallows. Early morning and evening have produced the best action. Fair numbers of walleye are being caught. Some anglers are slow trolling crawler harnesses or leeches while others are jigging.

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


Houghton Lake Area

Anglers on Houghton Lake report pretty good walleye fishing with a few bigger fish being taken recently. Most were caught by those jigging with leeches and crawlers. Bass fishing has also been good. Bluegills are on the weedbeds in 6 to 8 feet of water.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Boat anglers trolling in 100 to 110 feet water are catching lake trout just off the bottom of Higgins Lake. One 40-inch fish was reported. A couple of rainbow trout have been caught high in the water column. Anglers are catching lots of rock bass and a few perch along the drop-off. The big surprise was a few smelt caught on perch rigs with spikes.

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

Alpena Area

Lake trout fishing has been very good on Lake Huron. Anglers report a good bite at Rockport and throughout Thunder Bay when trolling spoons behind downriggers with sliders, Dipsey’s, in-line planer boards and lead core in 60 to 120 feet of water. Yellow tail, purple and blue have been the hot colors. A few steelhead and pink salmon have also been caught. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics and crankbaits in the shallows around Grass Island. Walleye action is starting to pick up. Crawlers and crankbaits trolled behind planer boards are catching good numbers of ‘eyes late in the evenings, throughout the night and early in the mornings. Smallmouth bass have been keeping anglers busy throughout the Thunder Bay River.

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

Oscoda Area

Lake trout, steelhead and a few pink salmon have been caught in Lake Huron but these fish are moving around and usually not in the same place the next day. Try spoons with Dodgers or cowbells in 80 to 120 feet of water. Colors vary so change up often. Brown trout are hitting flies and crawlers in the Au Sable River. The hex hatch is on and the night bite for browns has been good. Walleyes have started to show up. Anglers drifting nightcrawlers at the mouth of the river report catching a few walleyes.

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


Pickford Area

Walleye fishing remains good in Munuscong Bay. Nightcrawlers have been the bait of choice. A good pike bite has been reported, too. Lake trout action has been good at DeTour at the head of Lake Huron and fair numbers of Atlantic salmon are being caught, too. Tye best action has come to anglers fishing in 40 feet of water, 10 to 14 feet down. Pike fishing has been excellent in Lake Huron at Cedarville and herring have finally arrived in McKays’s Bay. With an ongoing mayfly hatch anglers were catching fish on mayflies or wax worms on a tear drop fished in 8 feet of water. 

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fair numbers of bass and pike have been caught in Scotts and Maxton bays. The bass are still spawning. Mayflies have hatched and herring should begin to show up any time.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye fishing remained good on Big and South Manistique lakes. Those drifting or trolling crawler harnesses caught good numbers of fish. The panfish bite has been good along shore on South Manistique Lake.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.


Marquette Area

Anglers are catching good numbers of lake trout in Lake Superior when fishing north and east of white rocks, near Granite Island, and at the black rocks when trolling cut bait. A couple of fish were also taken at Shot Point in 120 to 180 feet of water. Some caught light numbers of steelhead, brown trout and coho when trolling cut bait in shallow waters. Those fishing the Sand Hole reported the bite was better on some days but slower on others.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Bays de Noc

Walleye anglers reported fair to spotty catches in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc from Breezy Point south to Round Island. The best action came to those trolling crawler harnesses in 10 to 20 feet of water. The mouth of the Whitefish River produced best but many were too small. Perch fishing has been fair just south of the Day’s River when fishing nightcrawlers in 14 to 22 feet of water. Both pike and freshwater drum were reported throughout the bay. Over on Big Bay de Noc, walleye anglers report a good late-evening bite near Ogontz when trolling nightcrawler harnesses or stickbaits in 16 to 18 feet of water. Fish were also caught south of the Fish Dam River near the Boot in 25 feet of water. Good smallmouth bass action also was reported by anglers casting crankbaits, tube baits, spinners or crawlers in 4 to 12 feet of water. Off Fairport, salmon season is under way. Those running the Poverty Island gap and trolling spoons 50 to 80 feet down in 150 feet have caught chinook and steelhead.

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.


L’Anse Area

Fishing has been great in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. King salmon, lake trout, splake and coho salmon have all been caught. Good action has come to anglers fishing in water up to 200 feet deep. Jigs and spoons have both caught a lot of fish. Walleyes, bluegills and perch are hitting live bait fished in near-shore water in Huron Bay. Walleye and pike fishing has been good below Prickett Dam on the Sturgeon River.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has been slow for some but great for others. Anglers trolling or drifting nightcrawlers or stickbaits in 18 to 22 feet of water are producing fair catches of walleyes. Others are working weeds in 5 to 9 feet of water. Nightcrawlers, leeches and stickbaits are catching a mixed bag of walleyes, bass and perch. The perch bite has been slow, but seems to be improving each day. Mayflies have begun to hatch and changing weather has changed the bite from one day to the next.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Hagerman, Ottawa, Chicagon, Stanley and Sunset lakes. Beadheads are working well when fished along shore. Bass fishing has been good on most lakes in the area including Ottawa, but perch fishing has been slow. Walleye and northern pike fishing has been good on all the big lakes in the area. A few muskies have been caught on Chicagon, Paint and Emily lakes, but most have been small.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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