Michigan Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – May 10, 2019
Lake St. Clair
High winds, rain and storms made fishing difficult and kept pressure light on Lake St. Clair. Those fishing in the cuts and canals were catching some panfish. Spring turkey hunting has been good. Toms are gobbling.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Walleye fishing remains red hot in the Detroit River, when you can find clear water. Heavy rain and high winds have made fishing challenging at times, but when conditions are good anglers, are jigging up limits of fish up and down the river.
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 decent on Lake Erie with quite a few boats bringing in limit catches. Artificial baits worked best, and green was the hot color. Anglers were fishing in front of Sterling State Park, Bolles Harbor and near the Dumping Grounds in 15 to 19 feet of water.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Boat anglers on Lake Michigan trolling just past the piers and along the shoreline have caught a few coho and lake trout along with some very nice chinook. Most were caught on spoons trolled south of the port in 45 to 65 feet of water. Pier fishing has been slow except for channel cats, which were hitting spawn and stink baits. There have been no perch reports. Up at South Haven, boat anglers were catching decent numbers of lake trout and light numbers of chinook in 50 to 65 feet of water. Pier fishing has been slow for all species and no perch have been caught. Spring turkey season has been good. There are a lot of birds in the area.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Grand Rapids Area
Steelhead and walleyes are keeping anglers busy at the Sixth Street Bridge on the Grand River. Steelhead anglers are using wax worms, beads and spawn to catch fish. Walleyes are hitting jigs tipped with live bait and plastics. Toms are gobbling. Turkey hunting has been good.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Rain and high winds have put a damper on fishing on Gun Lake. Crappies and a few nice walleyes have been caught but fishing pressure has been light. A few largemouth bass also have been hitting. Turkey hunting has been good when hunters can get out of the wind. Morels are popping.
Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.
Saginaw Bay Area
High winds and rain have made fishing difficult on Saginaw Bay. When anglers could get out, those trolling for walleyes did well off Gambil’s Marina in 8 feet of water with crawler harnesses and bodybaits. Those launching at Pinconning Park were also fishing south toward Gambil’s. At Linwood, walleyes were hitting harnesses and bodybaits in about 20 feet of water. Turkey hunting has been good. Toms are gobbling.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Windy weather had many boats fishing in the lower part of the Saginaw River, where some limit catches of walleyes were taken near the Coast Guard Station. The ramp at Finn Road was closed last week due to drain work being done.
Riverview Bait Shop, (517) 755-0989.
Smallmouth bass and walleyes were being caught in the Grand River up near the North Lansing Dam before all the rain moved in causing the river to run high and dirty. The odd steelhead has been caught near Moore’s Park however there are no big numbers of fish in the area. Toms are gobbling and a few mushrooms are popping.
Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.
Grand Haven Area
Anglers trolling the shoreline of Lake Michigan are catching a few brown trout, lake trout, and coho salmon. Orange and green were good colors. Those targeting yellow perch have done well when using minnows and wigglers. Pier anglers report slow brown trout action. Spring turkey season has been pretty good. Gobblers are gobbling and still following hens. Morels are popping.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Rain and wind have been the story at Caseville. A fair number of walleyes have been caught in Lake Huron’s Wildfowl Bay, but offshore fishing has stalled with muddy water. The perch spawned out in the lake and never moved into the streams and creeks. Turkey hunting has been good.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Walleye fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River. Anglers jigging with live bait and plastics have enjoyed very good results, especially downstream from the Black River. The spring turkey season has been very good. Toms are still gobbling.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Those trolling around the pier heads on Lake Michigan and in Betsie Bay have caught good numbers of lake trout and a few brown trout on bodybaits. Pier anglers reported slow catch rates with water temperatures still in the high 30s to low 40s. Down at Onekama, anglers trolling the shoreline of Lake Michigan in 15 to 25 feet of water have caught a good number of lake trout along with a few young chinook on Rapalas, jointed bodybaits and small spoons. Toms are gobbling and strutting.
Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.
Surface temperature readings on Lake Michigan were near 42 degrees at last check. Perch fishing slowed but some were still being caught off the pier with minnows and wigglers. Boat anglers have caught a few walleyes in the channel when jigging with artificial baits. Those trolling in 6 to 12 feet of water outside the piers have caught lake trout and a few brown trout on bodybaits. On the Manistee River, the trout opener was slow because of cold water temperatures and high water levels. A few fish were caught in the deeper holes. Fishing on the Little Manistee River also was slow.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Houghton Lake Area
The walleye and pike opener got off to a slow start on Houghton Lake as a cold front dropped water temperatures once again. Crappie fishing in the canals shut down and the bluegills moved back out to deeper water. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Toms are gobbling in the mornings.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
The ice is gone on Higgins Lake. Some docks are in at the launches however few anglers have been out.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Good catches of lake trout were taken in Lake Huron in 40 to 60 feet of water when trolling spoons and Spin-N-Glos. Pier anglers experienced a good walleye bite when casting bodybaits in the evening. Atlantic salmon, steelhead and a few lake trout have been caught by pier anglers casting bodybaits or still-fishing with spawn. A few carp and freshwater drum were beginning to show up. On the Au Sable River, the steelhead run appears to be peaking as good numbers of fish were present in the river. Fish were caught when drifting or floating beads, spawn and flies. Atlantic salmon have been caught near the mouth of the river by anglers still-fishing with spawn or inflated crawlers. Walleyes have been caught by anglers casting jigs or crankbaits. A good number of suckers are in the river. Spring turkey season has been good. Toms are gobbling.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Rain, snow and high wind has put a damper on fishing in the eastern UP. Smelt were running on Nuns Creek, but high, muddy water shut down the run. Turkey hunting has been pretty good.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Fishing pressure has been light on Manistique Lakes as most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Boat anglers are picking up fair numbers of coho in Lake Superior from Lower Marquette Harbor to the Chocolay River. Spoons and stickbaits fished in 20 to 50 feet of water have been catching fish. A few brown trout and chinook salmon also have been caught. Light numbers of coho and splake were caught off the breakwall. Fishing on the Dead and Carp rivers was limited due to high water.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
The ice is finally gone and the docks are in on Little Bay de Noc. The rivers are still running fast throughout the area. Fair perch catches were reported by anglers fishing between the Day’s River and the Vagabond Resort. Minnows, wigglers and nightcrawlers fished in 10 to 30 feet of water, or between the Second and Third reefs in 30 feet of water, have caught fish. Smallmouth bass are starting to show up at the mouth of the Ford River for catch-and-release fishing. Steelhead anglers have struggled with the fast water. A few catches were reported on the Day’s River near the golf course.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
The ice is gone in Keweenaw Bay and fishing has been good. Those trolling stickbaits in 5 to 40 feet of water did well with cohos, brown trout and splake. The whitefish bite has been slow. In Huron Bay, fishing pressure has been light and only a few splake were caught and released. A few lake trout were caught off the south Portage entry. Finding them has been tough, but once anglers get on them, the fish are hungry. Smelt runs are getting started.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
The ice finally moved out on Lake Gogebic. Only a few floating chunks remained. Snow cover is all but gone with only a few shaded areas and snow piles remaining. Anglers are waiting for the opener on May 15.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
The DNR contributed to this report.