Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report — June 9, 2017
Lake St. Clair
The walleye bite has been good on Lake St. Clair and some limit catches were taken in front of the Metropark. Everything from trolling a crawler harness to jigging crawlers has worked. Those trolling from Selfridge to the main shipping channel were finding walleyes, too. The white bass action was hot near the Clinton River, Metro Beach and in front of the mile roads. Fish were showing up in large schools near the breakwall in front of Harley Ensign Boat Launch. Smallmouth bass fishing was slower than average but fish were being caught.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
Fishing has slowed on Wamplers Lake but bass were caught along the flats on the northwest end when casting spinners and crankbaits. Panfish are transitioning from deeper water to their beds. Panfish were caught along the drop-offs and sandy areas where beds were located in 5 to 10 feet. Sand Lake was producing largemouth bass along the drop-offs in 10 to 15 feet. Panfish are on their way to the beds in 6 to 10 feet and were caught on worms and wax worms.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Luna Pier Area
Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Erie. Anglers at Bolles Harbor did best near the E-Buoy when trolling nightcrawlers near the bottom at a low speed. Some limit catches were reported. At Sterling State Park, anglers did best in 18 to 23 feet but no limit catches were reported. Many small fish are still being caught. White bass numbers have declined. Most anglers are using crawlers.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Panfish have moved into the shallows on lakes in Cass County. Bluegills and sunfish are hitting leaf worms, wax worms and rubber spiders. Bass are holding in the shallows too and the bite has been good when tossing soft plastics, shallow-running crankbaits and nightcrawlers.
Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.
Bluegills have moved into the shallows on many lakes in the area including Gull, Barton and Portage. Torpedo bobbers with flies were most productive for bluegills. Bass are very active too, and the rock bass action has been nonstop. Good catches of crappies have been reported on Cedar and Pine lakes. Live minnows seem to be the bait of choice. Anglers on Lake Michigan are reporting the best fishing in three years. All species are being caught and many big kings have been reported.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
The Grand River near Grand Rapids had good fishing for smallmouth bass, catfish, walleye and pike. Most anglers were using nightcrawlers or minnows. This is a good section of the river for pike fishing, too. Try a spinnerbait fished along the emerging weeds.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
Saginaw Bay is heating up. Walleyes were caught on a nightcrawler harness fished in 17 feet of water off Linwood, the Black Hole, the Callahan Reef and two miles northeast of the Spark Plug. Spinner color did not seem to matter.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Grand Haven Area
Boat anglers reported fair salmon action on Lake Michigan, 30 to 120 feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water. White or green flies and pink, orange or green spoons are producing good results. Pier fishing for steelhead and chinook was slow but those casting spoons and alewife caught freshwater drum.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Walleye and bass are keeping anglers busy on Lake Huron. Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers trolled and cast between Sand Point and North Island in 6 to 12 feet of water. Bass are hitting in the rivers and bays. The action has been red hot.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
The St. Clair River had excellent walleye fishing from Port Huron to the North Channel. In Lake Huron, those trolling between Lexington and Port Austin caught lots of lake trout along with some steelhead, chinook and the occasional coho or pink salmon. Spoons fished on downriggers in 40 to 60 feet of water produced good results. Pier anglers caught a few walleye at night when casting a jig and Twister Tail or Rapala.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
East Jordan Area
Those targeting lake trout were still fishing around North Point where fish were found in 45 to 60 feet of water. Most are using spoons and Spin-N-Glos. Water temperatures are still very cold so the fish can be found in shallow waters. Lake trout are still in the channel and a few lake herring are starting to show up. Anglers are jigging and casting spoons. A few smallmouth bass were also seen in the channel. Walleye anglers fishing after dark have taken a few fish, too.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Traverse City Area
East Grand Traverse Bay was producing lake trout and lake herring south of M-37, north of Deepwater Point and north of Yuba Creek when trolling or casting. Bass fishing has been good off the state park and south of the Acme launch in shallow water. In West Grand Traverse Bay, lake herring were caught near Lee Point. Bass anglers caught fish south of Bowers Harbor.
Boat anglers on Lake Michigan trolling the top 30 feet in 60 to 80 feet of water caught chinook salmon on spoons. Chinook were caught by pier anglers using alewives, too. Early morning was best.
Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.
Rogers City Area
Lake trout fishing picked up on Lake Huron with limit catches reported. Fish between 20 feet down and the bottom in 40 to 60 feet of water with green, yellow, silver and blue spoons. Dodgers and cowbells with chartreuse or green Spin-N-Glos also caught fish. Seagull Point, Adams Point, and Forty Mile Point have all produced. Atlantics were caught by those trolling faster and running small walleye spoons higher in the water column. Pier anglers caught a few Atlantic salmon, lake trout and northern pike when casting spoons and bodybaits.
Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303
Houghton Lake Area
Houghton Lake: Walleye were hitting on Houghton Lake near the drop-offs when using live bait during the day and crankbaits up near shore at night. Crappie have moved out into the lake and the bite has slowed. Bass are hitting on artificial worms. The pike are smaller right now but fun to catch as they are hitting just about anything that moves. Panfish anglers were taking lots of sunfish.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Anglers trolling spoons on Lake Huron caught lake trout and a couple of steelhead in 40 to 90 feet of water. Walleyes and freshwater drum were caught when trolling Rapalas and nightcrawler harnesses in 10 to 20 feet of water. Pier anglers caught channel catfish, carp and a few white suckers when still-fishing with crawlers on a three way swivel. Anglers on the Au Sable River have picked up a few walleyes when drifting crawlers or casting glow crankbaits.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Pike were caught in Lake Huron at the east end of Snows Channel when still-fishing with chubs in 8 to 10 feet of water near buoys 8 and 10. Fish were caught on orange and gold spoons at the middle entrance in 6 to 8 feet in the morning or evening. Anglers reported excellent smallmouth bass fishing in Duck Bay when casting white Twister Tails or still-fishing with nightcrawlers in 4 to 6 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were hitting at Hessel outside the pier when casting crankbaits or floating a crawler 3 feet off the bottom in 8 feet of water. Pike were caught along the east side of Hessel Bay.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Walleye fishing has been slow but fish over 20 inches were caught when drifting a crawler harness near the bottom in 6 to 12 feet of water. Casting or trolling crankbaits has also taken fish. Hot colors were bright green, orange and fire-tiger. Smallmouth bass fishing was good in 4 to 8 feet of water on top-water lures, soft plastics, spinners and weedless jigs fished in Scotts Bay near McCormick Marsh, and in Maxton Bay near the Sportsmen’s Club.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Fishing has been steady on Manistique Lakes with walleyes, perch and northern pike hitting live bait fished on Big and South Manistique.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Fishing on Lake Superior is heating up. Limits of lake trout were caught near the white rocks and Granite Island in 200 feet of water or more. A few coho and brown trout were taken at Shot Point. Water temperatures were still very cold at 38 degrees.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Water temperatures were in the mid 50s last week on Little Bay de Noc. Walleye anglers were fishing the northern bay up near the Whitefish River and caught good numbers of undersized fish when trolling or drifting a crawler harness in 18 to 24 feet. Fish were also caught along the Narrows and near the Escanaba River when trolling or drifting in 20 to 35 feet. Perch anglers reported a few good catches in the Kipling area and the bass opener was good in the Ford River.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
Cool, rainy weather put a damper on fishing in Dickinson County. A fain number crappies have been caught on the Menominee River, Lake Antoine and Badwater Flooding. Bluegills haven’t moved into the shallows yet. Walleye fishing has been slow. Streams are coming down and trout fishing has been pretty good on local rivers and creeks.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Anglers trolling spoons and crankbaits in the shallows in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay are catching good numbers of coho and splake. Lakers are hitting in 180 feet of water by anglers bobbing. Walleye fishing has been good in Huron Bay with crawler harnesses producing a good bite. Streams are still running high with lots of rain moving through.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Lake Gogebic fishing remains fair to good, depending on the weather. Jigs tipped with a minnow or a leach have been producing good results for walleyes when fished in 15. to 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are beginning to move into the shallows. Anglers using Twister Tails and stickbaits are starting to catch fish along the shorelines.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Bass fishing has been good on most of the inland lakes in the area. Trout fishing has been fair, but rivers and streams are running high and cold due to recent rains.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.