Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report — May 12, 2017


Irish Hills Area

Wamplers Lake has had very little activity due to poor weather. On Sand Lake, largemouth bass were caught around the orange buoy and along the east side of the lake in waters up to 8 feet deep. Those casting chatterbaits, jerkbaits and swim jigs reported a good bite. Turkey hunting has been good, but slowed a little. Toms are still strutting and morels are popping.

Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing remains very good in the Detroit River. Fish are hitting on the both sides of the river, but most of the bigger fish have been caught in Canadian waters. Those jigging and handlining are catching fish up and down the river. Morel hunters report good success.

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

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Luna Pier Area

Fishing activity has slowed on Lake Erie. Walleyes were caught when trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 16 feet of water in Brest Bay and off Stony Point. A large number of white bass have also been caught in these areas.

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


Kalamazoo Area

Panfish and crappies are moving into the shallows on Gull, Portage and Barton lakes. Anglers are catching fish in 10 feet of water or less. A good bass bite has been reported off the ledges on Gull Lake and in Sugarloaf Lake. Turkey hunting has been pretty good but the gobblers have been quiet. The woods are greening up. Morels are popping.

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

Grand Rapids Area

Walleye fishing has been good in the Grand River below the Sixth Street Dam. Bass fishing has been pretty good on Croton Pond, Gun and Gull lakes. Turkey hunting remains pretty good. Toms are still strutting and gobbling, especially early in the mornings. Black morels have been found.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.


Saginaw Bay Area

Fishing on inner Saginaw Bay has been slow with muddy water and high winds creating poor conditions. When they could get out, boat anglers found a few walleyes around Spoils Island when vertical jigging, or trolling northeast of the island. Turkey hunting remains pretty good and some morels have been found.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Grand Haven Area

Those targeting coho in Lake Michigan did well in 170 to 260 feet of water with orange or green spoons fished in the top 80 feet. A few brown trout were caught when trolling along the shoreline. Perch fishing was still hit-or-miss but they’re hitting minnows and wigglers when you can find them. Turkey hunting has slowed. Toms aren’t gobbling as much as they were.

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

Ludington Area

There was still some debris washing up on Lake Michigan’s Big Sable Point from an abandoned boat that is breaking up. Boat anglers will need to use caution in this area. Lake trout were hitting and a few chinook were starting to be caught in 30 to 60 feet of water. Light numbers of brown trout were caught by those trolling along the shoreline. Pier fishing has been slow. Down at Pentwater, brown trout are hitting orange or gold bodybaits trolled in 8 to 20 feet of water. Perch fishing has been good on Pentwater Lake for those fishing wax worms in 10 to 25 feet of water. Turkey hunting has been fair. Morels are popping.

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.


Caseville Area

Persistent high winds have put a damper on fishing on Lake Huron. Bass fishing has been good in the canals and fair numbers of perch have been caught in the canals at Sand Point and Bayport. Turkey hunting has been pretty good in the Thumb. Toms are still talking and morels are popping.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron

Walleye fishing remains good in Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Those jigging are picking up fish at the south end of the lake and those whipping are catching fish in the river. Turkey hunting has slowed with the nasty weather but should heat up when the wind blows away and the sun comes out. Morels are popping.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.


East Jordan Area

Fishing has been good on Lake Charlevoix. Perch are hitting off the Coast Guard Station in 60 to 70 feet of water and walleyes have been caught in 6 to 12 feet of water in the South Arm by anglers trolling crankbaits. The water temperature was in the upper 40s. Turkey hunting has been very good with a lot of big birds being shot. Toms are gobbling. Morels are popping.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Those trolling in deep water in Grand Traverse Bay off Elk Rapids caught lake trout and some good sized lake herring. Fishing in the Elk River has been slow with only a couple of steelhead caught. On the Boardman River, a few small rainbows and brown trout have been caught. Turkey hunting has been decent.

WildFishing Guide Service

Cadillac Area

Bass fishing has been pretty good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. A fair number of pike also have been caught. Walleye anglers were trolling in 10 to 15 feet of water during the day and fishing from shore at night with fair success. The panfish bite was still slow. Turkey hunting has been decent, but the birds aren’t as talkative as they were. Morels are popping.

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


Rogers City Area

When the weather allows, anglers have caught lake trout in Lake Huron in water up to 60 feet deep on cowbells and Spin-N-Glos. A few Atlantics have been caught, too. Shore anglers should try casting orange, silver or chartreuse spoons and bodybaits off the breakwall. Turkey hunting has been fair.

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303

Oscoda Area

Those casting spoons and body baits from the pier on Lake Huron reported a good Atlantic salmon and lake trout  bite. Walleyes were taken on jigs tipped with flukes and Twister Tails. Pike fishing has been good, too. Those out trolling caught a couple walleyes on crankbaits and crawler harnesses in 10 to 20 feet of water. The majority of steelhead were found upstream in the AuSable River by anglers fishing egg flies, beads, and spawn. The North Branch Au Sable had a Hendrickson fly hatch and some brook trout hitting the surface. The warmest part of the day was best.

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


Pickford Area

The perch bite slowed on Lake Huron at Cedarville, but a few were taken straight out from the launch behind Cedarville Marine. At Hessel, splake continued to bite both inside and outside the marina pier. Those casting crankbaits or fishing smelt on the bottom in 8 feet of water caught Atlantic salmon, splake and lake trout.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

The smelt run is winding down on the Two Hearted River. Perch fishing remains pretty good on Big Manistique Lake, but fishing pressure has been light. Stream anglers are catching good numbers of brookies when the weather allows them to get out.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Escanaba Area

Perch anglers reported fair success in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc between the Day’s River and the Third Reef. Nightcrawlers and wigglers fished in 26 to 35 feet of water were producing the best results. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in the Ford River. Turkey hunting has been decent.

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

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


Marquette Area

Cohos are still being caught in Lake Superior in both harbors especially in the morning, but catch rates have slowed. The few anglers heading out for lake trout report a great bite, but pressure has been light. Some coho and brown trout were also caught.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Bergland Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Lake Gogebic. Most anglers are waiting for the walleye opener on May 15.

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

Iron River Area

Fishing pressure has been light on inland lakes in Iron County as most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener. The trout opener was good, but fishing pressure was light. Turkey hunting has been good and a few morels are popping.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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