Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 11, 2018
Lake St. Clair
Catch-and-immediate-release smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair, especially off the mile roads, in front of Selfridge, and along the shoreline between the Harley Ensign launch and Metro Beach. The best action has been in 8 to 12 feet of water. The shoreline between the 9-Mile launch and Masonic Park was also producing a good number of fish. Anglers also picked up a couple of walleyes. Largemouth bass are in the shallows and the canals. Sizable pike and undersize muskie have also been caught. Crappie and sunfish cruising the marinas and back channels were hitting small jigs, minnows and crawlers.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Walleye fishing remains good in the Detroit River. Most of the larger females have dropped back into Lake Erie, but the bite remains very good for those jigging live and plastic minnows and worms. Handliners also report good action after dark.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Luna Pier Area
Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Erie with limit catches being reported. A few anglers found success while jigging minnows just outside of Otter Creek and around Turtle Island in 10 to 14 feet of water. Stony Point was producing larger fish at a variety of depths. Anglers were fishing anywhere from 15 to 22 feet of water and some did well running their baits 8 to 10 feet deep while others did well 13 to 18 feet deep. Crawler harness and bottom bouncer have produced good results.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Good catches of bluegills and crappies are being reported by anglers fishing in 6 to 9 feet of water. Hogsett Lake, Sugarloaf Lake, Cedar Lake, and Pine Lake have been popular spots. Keep an eye out for darker-bottom areas as these spots tend to warm up faster than the rest of the lake and you’ll be sure to find fish there. Turkey hunting has been very good. There are a lot of birds in the area.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Anglers are still getting a couple of steelhead in the Grand River. Look for walleyes up near the dam and around the bridges. Those fishing the Rogue River reported catching a couple of steelhead. Look for more fish to move into the tributaries with warm weather and warm rain in the forecast. Bluegills and crappie have been caught in the shallows on most lakes in the area. Turkey hunting has been very good. Toms are gobbling.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Those fishing out of Linwood were concentrating on the Black Hole and 1 to 2 miles northeast of Spoils Island, when boats could get out there. Bodybaits off planer boards were the ticket, although some anglers were vertical jigging near Spoils Island. On the Saginaw River, boat anglers vertical jigging in the lower river were taking some walleye. Shore anglers at Smith Park caught mainly white bass, freshwater drum, catfish and a couple of pike. Smallmouth bass have been caught and released in the marinas. Turkey hunting has been good. Toms are gobbling and there are a lot of birds in the area.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Lots of smallmouth bass continue to be caught in the Grand River, especially near the North Lansing Dam. Try crawlers, minnows and crankbaits. The crappie bite has picked up at Eaton Rapids and above the Moore’s Park Dam. Anglers are using minnows. Look for crappie and smallmouth bass near the bridges along the river. Over on Lake Ovid, crappie fishing has been very good for anglers fishing with minnows. Toms are gobbling and hens are nesting in the afternoons.
Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.
Grand Haven Area
Anglers trolling the shoreline of Lake Michigan are catching a few brown trout on small orange spoons. Boats going offshore looking for coho salmon reported slow fishing. The best action was 60 to 140 feet down in 160 to 230 feet of water. Orange and green spoons have produced the best results. Yellow perch have been caught in 60 to 80 feet of water south of the channel. Pier anglers have caught a few brown trout on spawn. Construction has started on the south pier, which is now closed from the first lighthouse to the end. Turkey hunting has been good.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good in Lake Huron. The fish are scattered and trollers report the best success. Pike have moved into the rivers, but the perch bite has dwindled down. Turkey hunting has been very good. Hens are nesting in the afternoons.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Salmon fishing has been very good this spring in Lake Huron. Decent numbers of kings, Atlantics and browns, a few lake trout, and a lot of cohos have been caught from Lexington to Port Sanilac. Walleye fishing has been outstanding in the St. Clair River. Those jigging have caught limits. It pays to have a Canadian license. Turkey hunting has been very good. Toms are gobbling and hens are nesting in the afternoons.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
East Jordan Area
The ice has finally left Lake Charlevoix and walleye fishing has been very good. Those casting at night off the docks in East Jordan report a good bite. Anglers trolling bodybaits also report very good action in 10 feet of water, especially when the water is rough. Steelhead fishing remains pretty good in the Jordan River. Perch are hitting on Intermediate Lake and a few walleyes have been caught on Lake Bellaire. Turkey hunting has been good and the guaranteed hunt (0234) should be very good.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Water temperatures on Lake Michigan were in the mid 40s and the fish are becoming more active. Several mixed bags were reported. Those fishing inside and outside the piers caught walleyes, pike, lake trout and steelhead. Brown trout action is a little behind schedule this year, but should be heating up by the time you read this report. Down at Arcadia, brown trout were caught in shallow waters when trolling bodybaits behind planer boards. Arcadia Lake has produced good numbers of smallies and northern pike along with a few browns and rainbows.
Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.
The opener was very cold. More anglers were present in the afternoon and they reported catching a few walleyes in both Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell. Turkey hunting also got off to a chilly start, but has improved with warmer temperatures.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
The Au Sable River, like most rivers across the state, has been running high and the trout fishing opener was slow. The water temperature has been in the mid-50s and Hendricksons have started to hatch, but the fish really aren’t looking up yet. Most anglers are waiting for the water to recede. Turkey hunting has been decent now that warmer weather has arrived.
Au Sable Angler, (989) 826-8500.
Houghton Lake Area
Good fishing for crappies and bluegills has been reported in the canals on Houghton Lake. Those out trolling on the opener caught a few walleyes. Turkey hunting got off to a cold start, but the action has picked up and should continue to be pretty good.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
The ice has finally left Higgins Lake, but the opener was slow and fishing pressure very light. Action should improve as warmer weather moves in.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Walleyes and a few large lake trout have been caught in Lake Huron by those still-fishing minnows from the pier. Fish were also taken on jigs and soft plastics as well as deep-diving crankbaits and jerkbaits. More fish were starting to show up in the evening. Strong winds have stirred up the lake so water clarity was poor. Steelhead and walleyes have been caught in the lower section of the Au Sable River. Turkey hunting has been good.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Smelt have been running in some of the local rivers and streams including the Nunns and the Carp. There was still ice on Munuscong Bay recently, but it had pulled well away from shore and was not safe for foot traffic. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye opener. Steelhead are hitting wax worms, spinners and spawn in the Carp River. Splake are hitting around the docks in Lake Huron at Hessel. Spoons and crankbaits have produced good results. Turkey hunting has been pretty good.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
There was still a little ice on Manistique Lakes last week but with warm weather in the forecast the outlook for open water on the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener was great. Turkey hunting has been decent with better hunting to the west.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Fishing on Lake Superior has been slow due to ice in the harbor. When the ice was gone for a couple of days, anglers did well catching cohos and brown trout when trolling or jigging on the bubblers. There is a dock in place in the Upper Harbor so when the ice leaves anglers will be able to launch. A few steelhead have been caught on the Carp and Chocolay rivers.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Most of the ice is gone on Little Bay de Noc but water temperatures remain in the high 30s. There is still some floating ice out in the bay so boat anglers should use extreme caution. Pier anglers at the North Shore launch have caught a few smallmouth bass. All of the rivers in the area were high and fast last week.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Lake Gogebic still had a lot of ice last week but there has been no angler activity. Snow is off the surface and the few days of 70 degrees has darkened the surface of the ice and it has started to honeycomb. Shoreline areas have begun to open up. The lake is not safe for travel.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
There was still ice on most of the lakes in Iron County, but the shorelines are falling apart and nothing was safe for foot traffic. There was warm weather in the forecast. Most anglers are waiting for the opener on May 15. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Toms are gobbling and hens are starting to go to their nests in the afternoons.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.