Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 22, 2018


Lake St. Clair

Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been pretty good on Lake St. Clair. Anglers drifting and trolling nightcrawler harnesses behind bottom bouncers are catching fish all over the lake. A decent perch bite has been reported by anglers fishing off Huron Point, Metro Beach and in front of Selfridge.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Bass and panfish are keeping anglers busy on Lake Orion, and a few decent northern pike have been caught, too. Bass are hitting crankbaits and soft plastics while the northerns are hitting cranks and spinnerbaits. Fair numbers of brown trout have been caught in Paint Creek.

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

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing remains very good on the Detroit River with limit caches still being reported. The best action has been on the Canadian side of the lake, from the Ambassador Bridge down to the sand piles. Most fish are between 15 and 10 inches. Those jigging and handlining are catching fish. 

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing continues to be good on Lake Erie. A good number of fish have been caught out of Bolles Harbor, Brest Bay, around the Dumping Grounds, off the Banana Dike and off the Metropark. Those looking for shore fishing opportunities are encouraged to head down to Pt. Mouillee. On the Huron River, anglers report catching decent numbers of bass and catfish.

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


Kalamazoo Area

Bass fishing has been very good, especially for smallmouths. The Grand River was still producing good numbers of smallies, as well as the Kalamazoo River. There were reports of nice-sized smallmouth bass that were being caught at the end of the pier in Saugatuck on Lake Michigan, as well as farther upstream. Anglers have been catching quite a few panfish. There were reports of bluegills still being caught in the bayous off of the Grand River, as well as on many inland lakes. Wax worms have been the most popular bait. 

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

Grand Rapids Area

Anglers are still getting the occasional walleye near the bridges and creek mouths on the Grand River. Fair to good smallmouth bass action also has been reported. Good numbers of catfish are being caught on live bait.  

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

Plainwell Area

Bass fishing remains good on Gun Lake and bluegills are hitting, too, but the ’gills are starting to move off the shallows. Mayflies are hatching. Bass are still spawning and the bite in the shallows and under docks has been pretty good. Walleye fishing has been slow.

Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.


Saginaw Bay Area

Excellent walleye fishing has been reported by anglers fishing on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay when the wind stops blowing and boats can get out. Good catches were reported off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning in 23 feet of water, and around the Old Dumping Grounds. Excellent fishing was reported in the Slot. Most have switched over to crawler harnesses, but a few are doing well on spoons, Flicker-Shad and other assorted crankbaits. 

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Newaygo Area

Panfish action has been pretty good on Pickerel, Kimball, Sylvan and Emerald lakes. The ’gills have moved of the beds and are hanging along the drop-offs. Brooks and Hess lakes are producing, pretty good, too, but the crappie bite has slowed. Catfish and walleyes are being caught on Brooks Lake, too. At Croton Dam on the Muskegon River, the water is low but a few walleyes have been caught. Hardy Pond is also producing a good walleye bite. The hex hatch is slowly getting started and the nighttime brown trout bite should be good on the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, White and Pine rivers.

Parsley’s Sport and Fly Shop, (231) 652-6986.

Weidman Area

Bluegill fishing has been very good in Isabella County. ’Gills are still spawning on most lakes and the bite has been hot. Walleye fishing has been good on Coldwater and Chippewa lakes. Crawlers and leeches are both producing a good bite. Bass fishing has also been very good, but the spawn is winding down.

Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.

Grand Haven Area

Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan. Anglers trolling orange and blue spoons 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 180 feet of water report good success. Pier anglers are catching good numbers of steelhead on shrimp.

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


Caseville Area

Walleye anglers report a decent bite in Lake Huron around the Charity Islands and along the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin. 

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

Port Huron

Walleye fishing remains very good in the St. Clair River. Those drifting nightcrawlers at the mouth of Lake Huron and down at the Black River are all catching fish. Lots of Atlantic salmon have been caught in the river, too. A few perch have started to show up but the bite will only last a couple of weeks. 

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.


East Jordan Area

Salmon fishing has been excellent on Lake Michigan. One angler caught a 22.4-pounder. The best action has come to those trolling spoons, flashers and flies and meat rigs. Dark colors seem to be producing best. The top 60 feet of water off Cat Head Point or the Humps have produced good results. Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Charlevoix. Good action has been found in 30 feet of water, 10 to 15 feet down. Bluegills are bedding on inland lakes and the Bellaire Chain has produced some good fishing. Brown trout fishing has been very good on inland streams.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Torch Lake. Anglers fishing tubes and grubs in 5 to 15 feet of water report a good bite. Mayflies are hatching. Brown trout fishing has been very good on the Big Manistee and Boyne rivers, especially at night when the hex hatch is in full bloom. Northern pike are hitting on Spider Lake where anglers report catching a lot of 25- to 30-inch fish. The walleye bite has been pretty good on Big Platte Lake. Crankbaits fished in 25 to 30 feet of water are taking a lot of suspended fish. Panfish are still on the beds on many inland lakes in the area. 

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

Frankfort Area

East winds pushed the warmer water out deep on Lake Michigan and anglers were getting good catches of chinook salmon on copper and green or blue spoons. Pike and smallmouth bass are still being caught on Arcadia Lake:.

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

Cadillac Area

A few walleye were caught by those trolling a crawler harness. The panfish were in shallow and were hitting on spiders, small flies and artificial baits. Crappies were caught with a slip-bobber in eight to 12 feet. 

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


Mio Area

Trout fishing has been very good on the Au Sable River. Isos are starting to hatch. A few hexes are starting to hatch, too, but should improve in coming days. The brown trout bite has been good and will improve with the hex hatch. 

Au Sable Angler, (989) 826-8500.

Houghton Lake Area

Some nice walleyes have been caught in Houghton Lake by anglers drifting crawlers, leeches or crankbaits. The best action has come along the edge of the weedbeds in 9 to 14 feet of water. Pink and purple were the hot colors. Anglers report good bass fishing, especially those using a purple rubber worm. Bluegills are hitting in the shallows, but some were also caught about 6 feet down in 9 feet of water. Try 10 to 12 feet for crappies. Lots of pike have been caught but many are small. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Lake trout are hitting in Higgins Lake in 80 to 100 feet of water or more when trolling or jigging Cast Masters and Swedish pimples just off the bottom. Smallmouth bass are hitting both artificial and live bait fished in 10 to 20 feet of water. A fair number of perch have been caught off the northeast point of Treasure Island in 40 feet of water, but most have been small. 

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

Rogers City Area

The Atlantic salmon fishing has been very good in Lake Huron with many boats catching multiple fish, especially in the morning on calm days. Anglers are using short lengths of copper 75 to 125 feet with lead core and 1-3 colors off planer boards. Many were also using sliders off the boards. Try regular size spoons, mini spoons, slim spoons or slammers in bright colors in 50 to 90 feet of water. These fish love structure, especially off points, walls and around marinas. Lake trout fishing has been excellent. Most were caught in the bottom 15 to 20 feet of water on spoons or dodgers and cowbells with Spin-N-Glos. Chinook salmon are hitting 50 to 60 feet down in 60 to 90 feet of water. 

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303


Pickford Area

Walleye fishing remains pretty good in Munuscong Bay. There have been no reports of yellow perch being caught in Cedarville Bay, but a few 7- to 9-inch fish were caught off Connors Point in 12 feet of water on worms and minnows. Pike fishing has been slow throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands, but a few have been caught when still-fishing with frozen smelt or chubs along the south end of Little LaSalle Island in Sand Bay. 

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has been slow, but finally picked up late last week. Walleyes are hitting crawler harnesses 4 to 8 feet of water in Scotts and Maxton bays. Stickbaits also are catching fish. A few bass and pike have been caught, too, but no perch yet.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Anglers report catching a good mixed bag of walleyes, perch, bluegills and northern pike in Manistique Lakes. Walleyes and pike are hitting in both lakes while perch are hitting minnows in Big Manistique and the ’gills are hitting wax worms and chunks of crawlers fished on South Manistique.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.


Marquette Area

Boat anglers are catching fair numbers of chinook, coho, steelhead and brown trout in Lake Superior. Those fishing have seen a number of chinook in all sizes from 17 to 36 inches including fish just over 16 pounds. Lake trout anglers were few, but those heading out might want to try the Wood Island Reef off Munising. Pier fishing has been fair. 

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc has produced good numbers of walleyes at the mouth of the Whitefish River. Anglers trolling a crawler harness or stickbait, or jigging a crawler near the weedbeds have reported goos action. Fish were also caught on the Escanaba River when jigging crawlers. Some limit catches were reported. Fish were also caught along the Black Bottom in 18 to 30 feet of water, and off Breezy Point in 15 to 20 feet. Perch anglers reported fair catches off Gladstone Beach with crawlers or minnows fished in 15 to 25 feet of water and at the head of the bay near the green buoy off the Day’s River in 24 feet of water.

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

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

Bluegills fishing has been hit or miss. Some lakes the fish have moved of the beds and on other lakes they are still in the shallows. The Mine Ponds were producing and so was Sawyer Lake. Trout fishing has been good all over Iron, Dickson and Marquette counties. Gray drakes are hatching and the hex hatch should start any time. Walleye fishing has been slow.  

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.


L’Anse Area

Fishing has been good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Those trolling off Sand Point and at the head of the bay have caught chinook, coho, lake trout, brown trout and splake. Hot baits were chartreuse stickbaits and green, black or blue spoons fished in the top third of water, 40 to 80 feet deep. In Huron Bay, chinook and lake trout have been caught in 30 to 60 feet of water, but the fish are scattered. Good fishing has been reported by anglers fishing at the in south entry with chinook, coho and lake trout hitting around the lighthouse and south along the shoreline. Stream trout anglers report a decent bite on local rivers and streams. 

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing on Lake Gogebic has been fair. Anglers are struggling as the bite has been very fickle. The persistent east wind has finally blown away, which could bring back more of a stable pattern. Leeches have been working best for walleye with most targeting 16 to 20 foot of water. Smallmouth bass continue to provide fair action near hard-bottom areas and some nice perch are beginning to come from the weedbeds in 9 to 13 feet of water. 

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

Ontonagon Area

Fishing has been good in Lake Superior with chinook salmon showing up near the mouth of the Ontonagon River. Lake trout and brown trout have been caught along the shoreline in 20 to 60 feet of water. Fish up high for the salmon and brown trout, and lower for lake trout. 

Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle, (906) 884-2770.

Iron River Area

Northern pike fishing has been very good on most local lakes including Chicagon and the reservoirs on the Michigammee River. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting on. panfish action has been decent, but the fish are running small. Mosquitoes are “trophy sized.” 

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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