Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 21, 2017
Irish Hills Area
Fishing has been pretty good in Jackson County. Bluegills and crappies have moved of the beds and into deeper water. Crickets fished in 15 to 18 feet of water have produced a good bite on Wamplers, Devil’s and Sand lakes.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Luna Pier Area
Walleye and perch fishing have been good in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Perch fishing has been good in the Michigan waters, but anglers are having to sort. Walleyes have been hitting in 12 to 16 feet of water near the dumping grounds in Michigan water.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
The Kalamazoo River has been giving up some skamania steelhead at the Allegan Dam. Bluegills are hitting on Big Bear Lake. The fish are suspended over deeper water. Swan Lake is giving up a lot of keeper crappies. A few walleyes have been caught in the Kalamazoo River at Saugatuck on crankbaits. Brown trout fishing has been very good on Swan Creek. Perch fishing has heated up on Lake Michigan in front of Deer Lick Creek in 28 feet of water. Salmon and trout fishing remains very good on Lake Michigan.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Grand Rapids Area
Skamania steelhead have been caught in the Grand River at the Sixth Street Dam. Walleye anglers were taking a fair number of fish, too, and a good number of large flathead and channel cats have been caught on suckers.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
Limit catches of walleyes have been reported by anglers all over Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. A good bite was reported off Linwood, off the Bay City State Park, at the Dumping Grounds, three miles northeast of the Red Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), and on the Callahan Reef. Try a nightcrawler harness or a gold and black crankbait.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Grand Haven Area
Salmon and trout fishing has been fair on Lake Michigan. A lot of 2-year-old fish have been caught. Bluegills are hitting on most inland lakes in the area including Sterns Bayou and Spring Lake. Most of the ‘gills have moved into 5 to 7 feet of water along the grass lines. Walleye fishing has been very good on the lower half of the Grand River. The best bites have come to those drifting nightcrawler harnesses between the gravel pits and the willows.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Fishing has been very good on Lake Huron. Walleyes are hitting between Big Charity Island and Port Hope. Lots of limits have been caught. Some smaller walleyes have been caught at the Slot along with a few catfish and sheepshead. Bass fishing has been decent off the breakwall in Caseville.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Walleye fishing remains good at the south end of Lake Huron and in the St. Clair River. Those pulling crawler harnesses in the shipping channel in 30 feet of water report good action during daylight hours. At night, those whipping pencil plugs are catching ‘eyes in the river. Bass fishing has been real good on most of the local ponds.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Lake Skegemog and Torch Lake. Brown trout fishing has been good on Bear Lake and a few brookies are hitting in the Boardman River. Panfish action has been hit or miss on inland lakes in the area. The hex hatch is winding down but good numbers of brown trout are still being caught at night on the Au Sable, Manistee and Pere Marquette rivers.
Jack’s Sport Shop, (231) 258-8892.
Fishing has slowed a little with all the rain storms that blew through Wexford County. Bluegills and crappies have moved off the beds and are hitting in 10 to 15 feet of water on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Bass fishing has been good on both lakes and a lot of small pike have been caught, too. Light numbers of walleyes have been caught, but very few limits. Successful anglers report catching one or two ‘eyes per trip.
Pilgrim’s Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Hubbard Lake Area
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on Hubbard Lake. Anglers report catching fish from shore out to 12 feet of water. Nightcrawlers, tubes and spinnerbaits are all producing good results. Walleye fishing also has been good. The best action has come at night to anglers pulling Rapalas and Hot-N-Tots behind planer boards or long-lining.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
Lake trout fishing has been very good and decent numbers of chinook salmon have been caught in Lake Huron at Presque Isle. Anglers using spoons and crankbaits are catching the kings in the top 30 feet over 80 to 120 feet of water. Lakers are hugging the bottom. Walleye fishing has been good in Thunder Bay. Crankbaits at night and crawler harnesses during the day, have been the baits of choice. A few walleyes are hitting in the Thunder Bay River.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Herring fishing remains good in the St. Mary’s River at DeTour and through Lime Island in Raber Bay. Tear drops and wax worms, and small Swedish pimples have worked well. Fresh mayflies are producing, too. Walleye fishing has been good throughout the St. Mary’s River between the bays and shipping channel in 10 to 14 feet of water. Crawler harnesses are still attracting attention. Perch and pike are hitting in Lake Huron at Cedarville. Spinners or live chubs are taking northern’s and perch are hitting minnows and wax worms.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Herring are still hitting although action is slowing down. Tear drops and wax worms fished off Big, Trout Maple, Macomb and Butterfield islands in the St. Mary’s River have produced a good bite. Walleye fishing has been good in Scotts Bay. Nightcrawlers have been the bait of choice. Northern pike and yellow perch are scattered throughout the bays and around the island. A few king and Atlantic salmon have been caught in the St. Mary’s off the DeTour lighthouse.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Walleye fishing has slowed on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Alewives are spawning and mayflies are hatching so there is an overabundance of food in the bay. Pike and perch fishing has been pretty good and smallmouth bass fishing has been fair. The best perch action has been found along the weeds around Butler’s Island and off the swimming beach in Gladstone. Minnows fished under a bobber have caught fish. Pike have been caught “anywhere you find weeds,” but anglers report catching a lot of little ones.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
Bass fishing has been good on the Menominee River, which is finally down to a fishable level. Heavy rain over the past few weeks has raised the levels of all lakes in the area. Crappies and northerns are hitting on Badwater Flooding and bass, bluegills and northern pike are being caught on Lake Antoine. Stream anglers are caching brookies and browns on the Brule River, which also has been running very high. Fair numbers of crappies and bluegills have been caught on Gene’s Pond. The ‘gills are sliding out of the shallows and back into deeper water.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Limits of lake trout have been caught in Lake Superior between the white rocks and Granite Island. Depths vary day to day but 150 to 200 feet was the typical range. A couple limits of coho have been taken in both harbors in 20 feet of water. A couple chinook have been caught, too.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Coho salmon and king salmon have kept anglers busy on Lake Superior’s Huron and Keweenaw bays. Those trolling spoons in 40 to 60 feet of water are catching good numbers of fish. Anglers bobbing for lake trout in 150 to 180 feet of water also report good action when using banana jigs and rubber tails. Stream fishing has been slow. Heavy rain has everything running high and fast. Pike and walleye fishing have been good at Prickett Dam Flooding.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Iron River Area
Heavy rain has put a damper on fishing pressure, but those who have gone out report good success. Pike fishing has been good on most lakes in the area including Ottawa and Chicagon. One angler caught a 40-incher last week. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Ottawa and Chicagon, too. Bluegills are still hitting in the shallows on most lakes in 4 to 5 feet of water. Muskie fishing has been good, too. Chicagon and Ottawa have produced a fair number of walleyes, but most have been under the 15-inch size minimum..
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.