Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 1, 2017


Lake St. Clair

Anglers have had a hard time locating fish on Lake St. Clair. Those trolling crankbaits and nightcrawlers in the Middle and South channels of the river have caught a couple nice walleyes. Smallmouth bass action has been hit-or-miss, though. Usually the southern end of the lake is better, but have also been some decent catches reported near the Clinton River spillway.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Bass fishing has been steady on Orion and Lakeville lakes. Topwater baits fished in the shallows early in the mornings have produced a good bite. Fair numbers of panfish have been caught on Prince, Trout, East Graham and West Graham lakes in the Bald Mountain Recreation area.

Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.

Luna Pier Area

Lake Erie has been producing good numbers of yellow perch outside the River Raisin near buoys 1 and 2, and east of the buoys towards the Michigan/Ohio line. Perch rigs with gold or white beads tipped with a minnow have caught fish. Near limit catches of walleyes were reported off Stony Point by anglers trolling bodybaits.

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


Coldwater Area

Fishing has been slow in Branch County and fishing pressure light. A few walleyes have been caught in Madison Lake on nightcrawlers and crankbaits. Panfish anglers report catching a few good-sized bluegills in Honey and Gilead lakes.

Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

Kalamazoo Area

The dog days of summer may be over in Kalamazoo County. Good catches of bluegills, perch, and crappies were reported from anglers on most area lakes. Anglers reported catching some limits of bluegills on Barton, Sugarloaf and Gull lakes. Good catches of perch were also reported on Barton. The bluegills and crappies are beginning to gather in 12 to 18 feet of water. The ‘gills seem to prefer pieces of nightcrawlers over trout worms, and crappies always prefer a lively minnow.

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

Grand Rapids Area

The Grand River continues to provide some good walleye action below the Sixth Street Dam. Most are being caught on leeches. Fair to good numbers of catfish are also being caught both above and below the dam.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.


Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing has been good in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Water up toward Pinconning and Standish had fair fishing with perch hitting in 16 feet of water off the Pinconning Bar. Boat anglers were taking 20 to 25 fish per boat. Most were 8 to 10 inches long, but some did get the occasional 12-inch fish. A few walleyes were taken off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning in 14 feet of water and around the sailboat buoys A, B and H. Catfish were hitting worms and shrimp in the Hot Ponds.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Grand Haven Area

Salmon fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan. Boat anglers caught salmon 70 to 140 feet down in 120 to 220 feet of water. A flasher/fly combination worked best with green or white flies. Fish were also taken on yellow or green meat rigs. The thermocline was about 70 to 80 feet down. Smaller boats are fishing inside 120 to 150 feet and the bigger boats are going out deeper when the weather allows. Most of the fish caught were salmon. Pier fishing was slow.

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

Ludington Area

Anglers are catching a mixed bag of salmon and steelhead on Lake Michigan. The better fishing was in 120 to 200 feet of water with spoons, J-plugs and meat rigs all producing the best results. Anglers caught some big Chinook salmon along with some coho salmon and steelhead trout. The thermocline was 90 to 120 feet down. At Pentwater, boats trolling from the dunes down to Little Sable Point caught Chinook and coho 50 to 90 feet down in 160 to 200 feet of water. Spoons, flies, plugs and meat rigs are all working. Hot colors were blue flies, green plugs or a “bloody nose” spoon. On Pentwater Lake, anglers still-fishing with minnows in the channel caught smallmouth bass and a few pike. Bluegills, rock bass, and yellow perch have been caught at the mouth of the channel.

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


Caseville Area

Windy weather has kept some anglers grounded, but those who have ventured out on the east side of Saginaw Bay are catching very good numbers of walleyes. Nightcrawler harnesses trolled at 1 mph are taking fish in 20 to 25 feet of water north of Oak Point and in 17 feet of water west of Heisterman Island. Some anglers have caught their limit. Early goose season should be very good.

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

Harbor Beach Area

Salmon and trout are scattered in Lake Huron. Lake trout were taken in 90 to 140 feet of water straight out and north of the harbor using dodgers with Spin-N-Glo’s near the bottom. A few steelhead were taken in the top 60 of 160 feet of water on bright colored spoons. A few walleyes have been caught and bass are hitting close to shore.

Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.


Traverse City Area

A few nice Chinook salmon were caught in East Grand Traverse Bay  by anglers trolling spoons in 60 feet of water. Lake trout were caught when jigging on Deepwater Point or north and just south of the M-37 launch. Lake trout action out from the Elk Rapids Marina was very good for those trolling along the bottom or jigging in 100 to 105 feet of water. A couple cisco were also caught. A few perch were caught along the south end. Bass fishing in the Elk River was very slow. In West Bay, a few Chinook and coho were caught between Clinch Park and the mouth of the Boardman River, and north of the Elmwood Marina. Some perch were caught near Lee Point when using cut shrimp in 30 to 40 feet of water. The Boardman River produced some rainbow trout and panfish for those using crawlers.

WildFishing Guide Service,

Frankfort Area

Salmon and trout fishing has been good on Lake Michigan at Frankfort. The best action has come to those   fishing 70 to 130 feet down. Schools of baitfish were harder to find. Those jigging near the car ferry landing and the south breakwall were catching  Chinooks on spawn. Coho numbers are up slightly.

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

Cadillac Area

Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Lake Mitchell at Big Cove and off the city dock at the east end of Lake Cadillac. Bass fishing has been good all over both lakes. Those fishing topwaters, crankbaits, crawlers and spinners have all caught fish.

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


Rogers City Area

Lake Huron is producing Chinook salmon, including some “really nice fish,” but no big numbers yet. Most were caught throughout the water column out to 120 feet with spoons, J-plugs, and flashers with squid, flies and meat rigs. Good colors were green, white, blue, orange, silver or glow. A few boats were running planer boards with Bombers and J-plugs. The best fishing was very early in the morning or very late in the evening. Trout and salmon anglers were still picking up a couple walleye.

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303

Houghton Lake Area

Anglers on Houghton Lake are still catch fish along the weedbeds in 9 to 12 feet of water. Walleye anglers did better when trolling bright green, purple or rainbow-colored crankbaits.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Lake trout are still being caught on Higgins Lake in 80 to 135 feet of water. Good action has come to those fishing along the north end. Perch anglers found fish in 40 to 50 feet of water with perch rigs or Hali jigs tipped with minnows and wax worms.

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

Oscoda Area

Anglers found good numbers of lake trout in Lake Huron when trolling in 120 to 160 feet of water. Most fish were found on the bottom but a few were suspended. Atlantic salmon and steelhead were hitting in the top 30 to 70 feet. Chinook were 80 feet down in 130 to 150 feet of water. Walleye were suspended in 80 to 100 feet of water. Pier anglers caught some good-sized channel cats on crawlers or shrimp fished on the bottom. A few walleyes, sheepshead and bass have been caught on nightcrawlers. The Au Sable River was producing good numbers of smallmouth bass for those drifting crawlers, casting spinners or jigging soft plastics.

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


Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been fair in the St. Mary’s River in Raber and Munscong bays. Nightcrawlers and crankbaits are both producing good results. Perch are starting to bite, too. Salmon and trout have been caught at DeTour in 40 to 60 feet of water. Pike fishing has been very good in Lake Huron at Cedarville and throughout the St. Mary’s River.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Walleye fishing continues to be slow around Drummond Island. A few nice perch were caught in Potaganassing Bay near Harbor, Peck, and Rutland Islands when drifting nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass and pike fishing were decent for those casting pearl and perch colored artificial lures or flashy spoons all around the island.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Fishing has been decent on Manistique Lakes. The perch bite continues to heat up and decent numbers of walleyes, bass and bluegills have been caught on South and Big  Manistique lakes. Those trolling or drifting crawler harnesses are catching walleyes along the weeds. Try dunking a minnow near weeds for perch, and the ‘gills are hitting leaf worms.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.


Marquette Area

Good numbers of lake trout have been caught in Lake Superior  between the white rocks and Little Presque Isle. A few coho were mixed in with the catch. Those targeting coho near Shot Point had minimal success, however they caught a good number of lake trout.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc due to windy weather. A few perch have been caught. Light numbers of pike and smallmouth bass are hitting, and occasionally someone runs into a walleye.

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

Menominee Area

The Menominee River still had a gate open but anglers have caught a few walleyes and smallmouth bass at the Hattie Street Dam when using jigs, spinners and crankbaits. Those trolling crawler harnesses and spoons reported catching a mixed bag of walleye, smallmouth bass, catfish and sheepshead.

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) (906) 424-4108.


L’Anse Area

Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay is producing a good coho salmon bite near the Red Rocks and in front of Carla’s Restaurant on the L’Anse side of the bay. Those trolling spoons in 40 to 50 feet of water are catching good numbers of fish. Wonder bread has been the hot color. Inland, Prickett Dam Flooding is producing good catches of walleye, pike and smallmouth bass. Rivers are still running high because of recent heavy rain, but browns and brookies have been caught on most trout streams in the area. Crawlers are producing the best results right now.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing remains slow on Lake Gogebic. A few anglers are working some nice perch and walleye from deep water using crawlers, but the bite has been on and off. Mayflies continue to hatch sporadically. Smallmouth bass are providing some action in the weeds and over hard bottom areas.

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

Iron River Area

Fishing remains good in Iron County. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on most of the lakes in the area including Chicagon, Emily and Fortune. The muskie bite has been light, but should improve in a couple weeks or so. Bluegills are hitting on most lakes in the area. The September goose season should be good.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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