Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 7, 2017
Lake St. Clair
Walleye fishing has been decent on Lake St. Clair. Anglers trolling crawler harnesses at the Dumping Grounds and off Metro Beach report a fair bite. Perch fishing has been good off Metro Beach and the Selfridge National Guard Base, early in the mornings. Bass fishing has been good all over the lake. Walleye fishing remains good on the Detroit River although jiggers report slow action. Handliners are catching very good numbers of fish along the Canadian side of the river, early in the mornings.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Bass fishing has been good on Lake Orion. Lots of fish are cruising the shoreline, especially first thing on the morning and later in the evening. Pike fishing has been good on Tommy’s Lake. Bass and panfish have been caught along shore on East and West Graham lakes.
Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.
The few boats that could make it out on Lake Michigan were catching a few coho and lake trout at St. Joseph. The fish were taken on spoons in 120 feet of water and deeper. Pier anglers have caught a light number of steelhead when floating shrimp under a bobber. Skamania are hitting in the St. Joseph River at Berrien Springs. A good number of fish were moving through the ladder.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Grand Rapids Area
Grand River near Grand Rapids: Good catfish action has been reported by anglers fishing on the Grand River below the Sixth Street Dam. A couple of limit catches of walleye were taken below Johnson Park. Look for panfish in the backwaters until it warms back up.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye fishing has been outstanding on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Limit catches have been reported by anglers from AuGres through the entire inner bay. The rivers were flooded, unfishable and are not safe for navigation. All the muddy water is working its way down into the bay. Those looking for walleye should move around and find the clearest water they can, which could be a long way offshore. Try the middle bay from the inner Spark Plug northeast towards the Charity Islands.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Bass fishing remains good on the Grand River and on Lake Ovid. Fish were hitting minnows, leeches, nightcrawlers and all sorts of rubber baits. A couple of channel catfish were caught above the Moore’s Park Dam. Carp fishing has been good at the North Lansing Dam.
Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.
Grand Haven Area
Salmon and trout action continues to be slow on Lake Michigan. A few salmon and steelhead were caught 35 to 120 feet down in 100 to 200 feet of water. A couple of lake trout were caught in the bottom 15 feet in 150 to 200 feet of water. Dodgers with yellow or green Spin-N-Glos have produced the best results.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
When wind, mud and rain allows anglers to get out the walleye fishing has been very good in Lake Huron. A great bite has been reported off Grindstone City and Port Austin. Those trolling nightcrawler harnesses have reported the best results.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Lake Michigan anglers have caught a good number of lake trout in 65 to 80 feet of water in Platte Bay when trolling Spin–N–Glos near the bottom. Chinook were reported straight out in the top 50 to 70 feet of waters 90 to 120 feet deep and hitting on spoons and meat rigs. Down at Onekama, those trolling in the Barrel caught good numbers of lake trout and the odd chinook in the early morning.
Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell were still producing panfish including some good size bluegills for those using worms. Bass along with a few pike and walleyes were caught by those slow trolling or drifting.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Rogers City Area
Limit catches of lake trout were being caught on Lake Huron. The fish were suspended as well as within 10 feet of the bottom in 50 to 65 feet of water. Dodgers and cowbells with Spin-N-Glos or attractors with Peanuts and Spin–N–Glos have produced well. Chinook salmon are also starting to show up and were caught on spoons about halfway down in 65 to 120 feet of water.
Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303
Houghton Lake Area
Bluegills, rock bass and a few crappie are hitting on Houghton Lake. A few walleye were still being caught here and there by anglers trolling nightcrawlers or leeches in 9 to 12 feet of water.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Rock bass and smallmouth bass have kept anglers happy on Higgins Lake. Nightcrawlers have produced good results. The smallmouth were taken in the shallows near structure. Some anglers have started to catch a few perch on minnows and wax worms in 35 feet of water. Those trolling or jigging were still taking some nice lake trout.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Walleye fishing has been good in Munuscong and Raber bays. Crawlers and crankbaits are both producing good results. Herring are hitting in Lake Huron at the Les Cheneaux Islands and headed to DeTour. Teardrops tipped with a wax worm or a mayfly have been the hot baits.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Fishing has been pretty good on Manistique Lakes with a mixed bag of walleyes, perch, pike, bass and bluegills being caught.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
The best walleye catches on Little Bay de Noc have come from anglers fishing in southern waters between Breezy Point and the Minneapolis Shoals. In the Breezy Point area, anglers trolled stickbaits or a nightcrawler harnesses along the break in and around 12 feet of water. Out near the Fingers anglers used the same baits in 18 to 25 feet of water. A few walleyes are still being caught off the mouth of the Whitefish River but most are undersized.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Fishing has been a little slow in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. A few whitefish were taken in 60 to 90 feet of water on jigging spoons. Salmon anglers have not been able to get out because of the weather. At the South Entry, a couple of brown trout and splake were taken on orange spoons or stickbaits fished in 25 to 40 feet of water. Those trolling outside Huron Bay haver caught lake trout in 100 to 150 feet of water.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Fishing has improved a little on Lake Gogebic. Those trolling stick baits and crawler harness near shore and over the mud have caught fish. Leeches worked in the weeds and weed edges have produced some nice walleyes and perch. Northern pike and smallies have been fairly active as well.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
The DNR contributed to this report.