Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 8, 2018
Lake St. Clair
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on Lake St. Clair, but anglers had to search for them as the fish seemed to be schooled together. Hot spots have included Muscamoot Bay and off the mile roads. Walleye anglers had luck in 6 to 8 feet of water in the early morning when trolling a crawler harness or casting crankbaits in Anchor Bay and off Metro Beach. Those fishing in the afternoon did best near the St. Clair Light. Anglers caught good numbers of white bass and rock bass and there are plenty of pike, especially around the weedbeds and marsh areas off Fairhaven.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
Fishing has been good in Jackson County. Anglers report catching good numbers of bluegills and sunfish on their beds on most lakes in the area. Bass fishing is starting to pick up. Turkey hunting was mediocre at best.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Bass and panfish are keeping anglers busy on Lake Orion. Bass are still spawning and bluegills are staging and ready to take over the shallows. A fair number of brown trout have been caught in Paint Creek. Bass and pike fishing has also been good on Lakeville Lake, especially in and around the stump field. Turkey hunting was good.
Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.
Luna Pier Area
A lot of boats on Lake Erie have been bringing in limits of walleyes. Out of Bolles Harbor, walleye were caught while trolling chartreuse, copper and fire-tiger crawler harnesses in 22 to 24 feet of water, and between Bolles and the River Raisin with a Redhead Reef Runner 12 feet down in 20 to 22 feet of water. Around Buoys 1 and 2 off the River Raisin, walleye were caught in 23 feet of water with a red and purple crawler harness and bottom bouncers 30 feet back. Around the Dumping Grounds anglers were catching ’eyes on purple and chartreuse harnesses fished in 22 feet of water, and around the E-Buoy when drifting red and white Erie Dearies in 22 feet of water. In Brest Bay, fish were caught on a crawler harness and bottom bouncer or planer boards in 20 to 25 feet of water. Yellow perch were caught on minnows jigged in 25 feet of water near Fermi.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Salmon fishing slowed on Lake Michigan, but anglers were still taking a decent number of chinook in 120 feet of water or more. Coho and lake trout were also caught. Spin-doctors and flies seem to work best. Pier anglers are catching catfish and freshwater drum. Perch anglers were starting to catch some fish in 50 feet or so of water, but fishing was still slow. On Lake Michigan at South Haven, salmon fishing slowed, as well. Boat anglers were still getting coho, lake trout and the occasional chinook in 60 to well past 120 feet of water. Spoons have caught the most but no particular color stood out. Pier anglers are getting catfish and freshwater drum. There has been no perch to report. Turkey season was pretty good.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Many inland lakes are warming up quickly, especially dark-bottomed lakes. Bluegills were in the pre-spawn mode in many lakes, so shallow areas will be the best place to find them. Most bluegills were biting just about anything that was being thrown at them. For best results try black gnats tipped with a wax worm, small jigs and swimbaits, or a good old fashion hook and red worm. Bass are still on their beds in most lakes; they are spending a lot of time around docks and around the shoreline. The crappie fishing picked up in many of the lakes near Kalamazoo, as well. The spring turkey season was pretty good.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Walleye anglers were still fishing around the bridges and the creek mouths on the Grand River and catching a few fish. Anglers were also catching smallmouth bass and northern pike on both live and artificial baits.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Bluegills, crappies and walleyes are hitting on Gun Lake. Bass are still on their beds, but the bite has been slow. Bluegills and crappies are hitting in 7 to 12 feet of water and the walleyes in 12 and 22 feet of water. The spring turkey season was very good with a lot of big birds taken in the area.
Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.
Saginaw Bay Area
Limit catches of walleyes are still being caught in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. A good bite has been reported by those fishing straight out from Eagle Bay Marina in 8 to 15 feet of water, and off the Pinconning and Saganing sand bars. Lots of limit catches were reported by anglers fishing at the B Buoy, Spark Plug, off Kawkawlin in 7 to 9 feet of water. Try crawlers and crankbaits. Purple, pink and chartreuse were hot colors. Bass are hitting spinners and top-water plugs. The Tittabawassee River was producing good smallmouth action. Turkey hunting was very good.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Smallmouth bass action slowed at the North Lansing Dam on the Grand River, but the carp bite has excellent as the fish prepare to spawn. Over on Morrison Lake, bluegills have moved into the shallows and anglers were using red worms, wax worms and small flies. Lake Ovid was producing a few crappie and lots of bluegills though many were small.
Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.
Grand Haven Area
Salmon fishing remains good on Lake Michigan. Fish have been caught 50 to 120 feet down in 170 to 250 feet of water. Orange, blue and green spoons are working well along with green or white flies. Pier anglers using cut bait have caught channel cats and freshwater drum.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Surface temperatures on Lake Michigan were in the 50s last week. Warm temperatures have brought the chinook salmon in. Anglers were taking limit catches of big healthy fish to the south in 120 to 200 feet of water or when heading north to Big Sable Point. A small number of lake trout and steelhead were also taken. Most are trolling spoons. Pier fishing has been slow. At Pentwater, salmon fishing has been excellent from the dunes down to Little Sable Point. Boats trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 110 to 180 feet of water reported catching good numbers of chinook, coho and steelhead on spoons, flies and meat rigs. Spoon colors were orange, pink or the blue dolphin and fly colors were blue, green or white. On Pentwater Lake, panfish anglers caught bluegills and pumpkinseeds when floating red worms in 3 to 8 feet of water. Bass anglers caught both largemouth and smallmouth on jigs tipped with soft plastics or bodybaits fished in 3 to 10 feet of water. Spring turkey hunting was pretty good.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.
Walleye fishing has been very good in Lake Huron. Anglers fishing around Heisterman Island report a good bite as do most anglers fishing south and west of the Sand Point Buoy. Bass fishing has been very good in the shallows and carp are in thick. The spring turkey season was very good, but hunting pressure was down.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Harbor Beach Area
Some nice lake trout were still being caught in Lake Huron straight out and north of the harbor. Fish were caught in the bottom 50 feet of 80 to 100 feet of water. Dodgers and Spin-N-Glos or 10 colors of lead line and offshore boards with spoons both caught fish. Best colors were silver with colored dots or a yellow, green and white combo with a red head. A couple of salmon and steelhead were caught north of the harbor in 50 to 90 feet of water on spoons off downriggers. Use bright colored spoons such as silver, blue and green. A few walleyes were taken on small spoons fished closer to shore. Bass have been caught by anglers casting or trolling spoons and bodybaits close to shore.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.
Walleye fishing remains excellent at Port Huron. Trolling crawler harnesses, whipping, handlining and jigging have all produced good results. The best action recently has been in the deeper water at the south end of Lake Huron, but a few fish were caught in the St. Clair River, too. The spring turkey season was good, when the weather allowed hunters to get out.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Good numbers of smallmouth bass and walleyes have been caught in Burt and Mullett Lakes. Those sight fishing with tubes have caught lots of fish in the 3- to 4-pound range and larger. Turkey hunting was decent.
Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.
East Jordan Area
Herring fishing has been very good in Round Lake, Lake Michigan and in the Pine River Channel at Charlevoix. Blade baits have produced the best results. Perch fishing has been fair, but walleye action has been good. Guys are catching suspended fish about 10 feet down in 20 to 30 feet of water on crawlers and bodybaits. Bass are starting to bed. Turkey hunting was good in Charlevoix County. Trout fishing has been decent on streams in the area.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Surface water temperature readings on Lake Michigan have been about 52 degrees. The chinook salmon are finally here and some good size fish have been caught to the south, in 120 to 200 feet of water. Spoons have produced the best results. Cohos, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead also have been caught. Spring turkey hunting was good, but hunting pressure was light. Trout fishing has been decent on local streams.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Fishing has been very good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. The bass and bluegills are both spawning now as the hot weather really got things going. Those targeting fish in the shallows have used crawlers and soft plastics for the bass and wax worms, rubber spiders and small flies for the ’gills. Turkey season was good.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Walleye were still being caught early morning and late evening on Houghton Lake. Try crawlers or leeches on a harness or spinners. The bluegill bite picked up with the warmer weather. Some nice sunfish have also been caught, too. Crappie slowed so anglers will have to fish deep. Turkey hunting was pretty good.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Lake trout have been caught on Higgins Lake in 80 to 100 feet of water when trolling or jigging Kastmasters or Swedish pimples just off the bottom in the early morning. The smallmouth bass action was good in 10 to 20 feet and rock bass are being caught everywhere. Perch catch rates were spotty.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Rogers City Area
A large midge hatch was under way with swarms on Lake Huron and on shore. Fishing picked up with lake trout suspended or on the bottom in 45 to 70 feet of water. They are hitting dodgers and cowbells with Spin-N-Glos or spoons fished around structure with rocks. The fish are eating gobies and the gobies like the rocks. Hot colors were green, blue, orange and chartreuse. Chinook salmon have been caught, too. Try the top half of waters 60 to 90 feet deep with bright colored spoons. A few suckers along with largemouth and smallmouth bass were caught on worms on the Ocqueoc River. Some steelhead were seen but none were caught. Stream anglers reported a decent trout bite coinciding with the midge hatch. Turkey hunting was good.
Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303
Lake trout and a few chinooks, Atlantics and steelhead have been caught in Lake Huron. The fish are hitting throughout the water column in 50 to 80 feet of water. The lake trout are hitting flashers with flies or Spin-N-Glos and dodgers with Spin-N-Glos. The salmon and steelhead were hitting spoons fished in the top 40 feet. Hot colors were green, orange, blue, chartreuse and other bright colors. Try straight out of the harbor or around Thunder Bay Island and the Nine Mile Can. Walleye anglers are trolling straight out from the city beach and marina to Grass Island and catching fish. The best action has been inside 30 feet of water with bodybaits fished in the early morning or at night. The steelhead run is over on the Thunder Bay River, but a few fish were still in the river. Anglers are casting bodybaits or drifting flies and beads. Atlantic salmon were feeding on eggs and minnows.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Anglers trolling on Lake Huron between Oscoda and Greenbush have found lake trout, pink salmon and even a couple of chinook when trolling spoons in 60 to 85 feet of water. Some lake trout were caught as shallow as 30 feet. Fish are being found throughout the water column and are full of smelt so if you find the smelt, you have a good chance of catching fish. Orange, chartreuse, blue and chrome spoons have been hot. Pier anglers fare well catching walleyes when casting jigs and body baits or floating nightcrawlers. A few Atlantics were caught around the piers by anglers casting a small Twister Tail jig or still-fishing with inflated crawlers. Water temperatures at the lower end of the Au Sable River were in the mid- to upper-60s. Steelhead catches are winding down but anglers are still getting a few when drifting flies, mostly between Foote Dam and the High Banks Overlook. Walleye were caught when drifting crawlers and leeches or when floating them from shore.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Walleye fishing has been good in Munuscong Bay. Crawlers and crankbaits fished during low light periods are producing the best bites. Stream anglers report decent trout action. Down on Lake Huron at Cedarville, smallmouth bass fishing was excellent in Duck Bay for anglers casting or jigging amber colored crayfish in 4 to 6 feet of water. Panfish anglers did well in Flower Bay with wigglers and small worms taking fish in 4 to 6 feet of water just off the cattails. Good catches of pike have been reported in the Moscow Channel. At Hessel, a few yellow perch were still being caught on small worms and minnows fished off the finger docks. Schools of perch were still moving in and out of the marina, you just have to be there when the fish are. Splake fishing slowed but pike were being caught along the outside of the pier when still-fishing with creek chubs or when casting spoons at the end of the pier.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Pike fishing has been pretty good in Maxton Bay. Spoons and Rapalas have been hot. The walleye bite is picking up in Scotts Bay. Those trolling nightcrawler harnesses behind bottom bouncers in 4 to 7 feet of water report good success. Smallmouth bass are hitting crawlers, spinners and soft plastics in Scotts and Maxton bays. Perch fishing has been slow.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Fishing has been very good on Manistique Lakes. Walleyes and pike are hitting on both lakes. Perch are being caught on Big Manistique Lake and good numbers of bluegills are being caught on South Manistique. The ’gills have moved into the shallows and are hitting wax worms and rubber spiders. Try nightcrawlers and leeches for the walleyes; minnows for the perch.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Boat anglers targeting lake trout in Lake Superior reported slow action with only a few caught, which could be because of the large number of smelt in the area. Those targeting salmon and steelhead reported slow catches with only a few coho taken along with the occasional brown trout. A few younger chinook salmon were caught. Shore and pier anglers report spotty catch rates for splake and most were undersize. Those trolling need to watch for the marked buoys, which indicate commercial nets in the area.
Curly’s Hilltop Grocery, (906) 387-3056.
Anglers on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc have been reporting fair to good walleye catches. Best areas were the mouth of the Whitefish River when trolling a crawler harness or stickbaits in 12 to 32 feet of water, and the mouth of the Escanaba River along the weedlines. The bass opener got off to a good start with lots of smallmouth being caught, especially around the Ford River. Most were casting spinners, crankbaits or plastics along the shoreline and rocky areas. Good catches were also reported in Gladstone Bay, along Garth Point and into the Whitefish River. Several nice catches of perch were taken off Gladstone Beach in 33 feet of water.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
Iron Mountain Area
Fishing pressure has been light so far, but those getting out are catching fish. Bluegills and bass are bedding in the shallows. Those fishing on Badwater Lake are catching panfish and the bass bite on the Menominee River has been very good. Bass and panfish are hitting on Lake Antoine, too. The crappie bite is winding down on inland lakes and anglers are finding them back over the drop-offs. Trout fishing has been good and some very nice fish have been caught in local streams. Trout are plentiful and good sized on the Brule, Fence, Sturgeon and Escanaba rivers.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Lake trout, whitefish and coho salmon fishing has been pretty good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Steelhead fishing remains very good on the Falls River and stream anglers report a good trout bite on local rivers and streams.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Fishing on Lake Gogebic has been up and down since the opener. Some great catches of walleyes are reported one day and not-so-good action the next. Anglers are working jigs and minnows or leeches in 15 to 18 feet of water. During low light conditions they are catching fish in 6 to 12 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting minnows on a regular basis but most are running small. A few nice perch have been caught, but they seem to be widely dispersed as far as depth. Warm temperatures should keep bringing water temperatures up and bring the smallies into shore.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Panfish anglers continue to see a good number of crappie, bluegills and sunfish in the shallows on Lac Vieux Desert. The action was fast and furious using artificial or natural baits but be prepared to do some sorting. Perch anglers reported decent success, but the fish are moving around the lake and are difficult to find at times. A few walleyes have been caught, too. Largemouth bass were starting to move onto the beds and were being by anglers targeting panfish. Muskie fishing pressure was light and not many fish have been caught.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.