Michigan Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 21, 2019
Irish Hills Area
Panfish action is has been good on most lakes in the area now that the weather has stabilized a little bit. Good action has been reported by anglers on Wamplers, Devil’s and Sand lakes. The bass bite has picked up, too. Work the weeds along the first drop with soft plastics, topwaters or live baits.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Walleyes and white bass continue to attract anglers to the Detroit River. White bass have taken over the Trenton Channel, but that bite is winding down. There are still plenty of walleyes in the river. Anglers jigging or drifting a crawler harnesses report good action off the south end of Grosse Isle. Anglers trolling at the mouth of the river are catching good numbers of walleyes at the Banana Dyke, the Detroit Light and the Bell Buoy.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Luna Pier Area
The walleye bite on Lake Erie has slowed down a little. Most fish were caught in Brest Bay and near the Dumping Grounds in 20 to 25 feet when trolling crawlers, bandits or spoons. Anglers seem to do better in deeper water. A few white bass, perch and freshwater drum were also caught. The Fermi and Edison hot ponds were producing channel cats for those using crawlers. Near Bolles Harbor, largemouth bass were caught along the rock walls.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Panfish have finally moved into the shallows now that warm weather has arrived. Anglers fishing wax worms and leaf worms under a bobber report pretty good action on Lake of the Woods, Little Paw Paw, Big Paw Paw, Rush, Van Auken and Maple lakes.
Ellinee Bait and Tackle, (269) 468-7522
Bluegills have been caught in 6 feet of water or less. Spiders, gnats, and poppers are working well either on a fly rod or behind a bubble float. Wax worms or leaf worms fished under a bobber or fished just off bottom with a split shot are taking fish. Crappies have been caught in 8 to 12 feet of water along the weed edges on slider grubs and minnows under a slip-bobber. Pine, Portage, Sugerloaf and Gull have all been producing. Bass are hitting post-spawn patterns in most lakes including Gull, Austin, Big Cedar, and Baseline. Walleyes have been caught on crawler harnesses trolled in about 14 feet of water on Lake of the Woods and Maple Lake.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
High water levels on the Grand River continued to make fishing difficult. A couple of walleyes have been caught off the wall and catfish were hitting crawlers.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Walleye fishing has been good on the Gun Lake. Anglers trolling crawler harnesses in 11 to 20 feet of water have reported good action. Crappies and bluegills are hitting on most lakes in the area with females on the beds. Bass fishing also has been pretty good with both smallmouths and largemouths stacking up under the docks.
Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay was very good at last check with anglers catching fish on crawlers near Buoys 1 and 2, at the Spark Plug in 23 feet of water. Fish were also caught one mile east of the Spark Plug and near the Dumping Grounds in 17 feet of water. Those using crawlers off Finn Road also did well.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Trout fishing has been pretty good on the Pere Marquette River. Between the rain, black caddis and blue-winged olives have been hatching. Anglers have been picking up decent numbers of brown trout on flies, spinners and crawlers. Inland lake fishing has been slow in Lake County, with poor weather keeping anglers grounded. Crappies and bluegills have moved into the shallows on Idlewild, Big Star and Wolf lakes.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Inconsistent weather has put a damper on trout fishing in Newaygo County. When the weather has been nice for a day or two, the action picks up. Drakes were hatching on the Muskegon River, which is still running higher than usual, but remains fishable. Panfish have moved into the shallows on most lakes in the area including Pickerel, Brooks and Croton Pond.
Parsley’s Sport and Fly Shop, (231) 652-6986.
Grand Haven Area
Boat anglers on Lake Michigan were catching chinook, lake trout, and a few coho in 65 to 130 feet of water. Salmon were 25 to 60 feet down and hitting orange and green spoons. Lake trout were on the bottom and hitting yellow Spin-N-Glos. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp. Freshwater drum were taken on alewife.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Harbor Beach Area
Anglers trolling south of the harbor in Lake Huron were catching pink salmon on spoons fished in 60 to 80 feet of water. Orange, green and blue were hot colors. A couple of steelhead were taken north of the harbor in 60 to 100 feet of water on bright colored spoons or bodybaits. Lake trout were caught straight out and north of the harbor on Dodgers with Spin-N-Glos or spoons. The best action was near the bottom in 80 to 130 feet of water. Walleye were found close to shore north of the harbor.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.
Walleye fishing remains very good in the St Clair River and in Lake Huron. Most anglers are drifting or power trolling nightcrawler harnesses. Those whipping or hand-lining at night are also catching fish. A lot of 18 and 19-inch fish have been caught on both sides of the river. Silver bass have started to move into the river, too. A few steelhead have been caught at Port Sanilac and Harbor Beach.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Traverse City Area
Smallmouth bass are hitting in Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake. The fish are in 6 to 8 feet of water. Ned rigs and soft plastics have produced good results. Lake trout are hitting in Grand Traverse Bays in 25 to 50 feet of water.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Those trolling in Lake Michigan straight out from the harbor with spoons and flies were catching limits of salmon 30 to 60 feet down in 120 to 150 feet of water. Lake trout were hitting Spin-N-Glos near the bottom in Platte Bay.
Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.
Sulfurs and brown drakes were hatching on the Au Sable River and fly-fishermen reported good success. The river was still running a little high, but was wadeable in most areas. Anglers are hoping for a few days of stable, warm weather to trigger the Hendrickson hatch.
Au Sable Angler, (989) 826-8500.
Fishing has been decent around Montmorency County. Bass and panfish are hitting on Fletchers and Grass lakes. Panfish and bass are still staging in the deeper water so check the drop-offs and weedbeds. Stream fishing has also been good. The Thunder Bay River is giving up a lot of healthy brown trout including a couple over 23 inches. Brookies are being caught on the Black River, including one over 15 inches.
Elk Country Outfitters NEMI, (989) 306-0720, www.ElkCountryOutfittersNEMI.com.
Those trolling in Lake Huron were catching good numbers of lake trout and steelhead on spoons and Spin-N-Glos fished in 60 to 80 feet of water. Lake trout were caught in the lower half of the water column. Pier anglers caught walleyes, catfish and freshwater drum on crawlers and leeches. In the lower end of the Au Sable River, water temperatures were in the mid 60s. Walleye, suckers and rock bass were caught below Foote Dam when drifting or floating crawlers in the holes.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Fishing has been hit or miss at the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula with poor weather dictating the bite. When the weather settles down, the bite picks up. Those fishing in Munuscong Bay report a good walleye bite. Pike and splake are hitting hallow-diving crankbaits in Lake Huron at Cedarville. Pike are hitting chubs and casting spoons in the shallows. Stream fishing has been slow.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Success has been off and on around Drummond Island, depending on the weather. Bass have finally moved into the shallows in Scotts and Maxton bays. Lots of smallies and a few largemouths have been caught. Pike fishing has been fair, but walleye fishing is starting to heat up. The ’eyes are moving back and forth between Scotts and Maxton bays and are being caught in 4 to 6 feet of water. Trolling and drifting nightcrawler harnesses have produced the best results. The surface water temperature was running between 57 and 60 degrees in the bays.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Fishing action has improved on Big and South Manistique Lakes now that the weather has warmed a little. Anglers report catching a mixed bag of walleyes, northern pike, bass, perch and bluegills. Water was still running a little high, but it is receding.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Fishing was steady in Lake Superior with those targeting salmon taking 3 to 6 fish per trip. Most were getting a mix of coho, steelhead, lake trout or brown trout. Few chinook were caught. Most were heading east towards Shot Point and staying in shallow waters 50 feet deep or less. Lake trout action picked up. Those targeting lake trout have done well in 150 to 200 feet around Shot Point, Granite Island and the White Rocks.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Good walleye action was reported in Little Bay de Noc near the mouth of the Whitefish River. The better catches were between Garth Point and the Vagabond Resort with crawlers or stickbaits fished in 16 to 32 feet of water. Fair catches were also reported off Breezy Point in 16 to 22 feet of water, and in the Escanaba River up near the dam with a jig and crawler. Smallmouth bass anglers had good catches throughout the bay with the better action near the mouth of the Ford River or upstream near the Clay Banks. Most perch catches were incidental by walleye anglers in the Narrows in 30 feet of water and Center Reef in 25 feet of water.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Anglers are catching a mixed bag of kings, coho, lake trout and pike in the shallows of Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Most of the fish are being caught 25 to 35 feet down. The whitefish bite has been slow. Walleye anglers also report good action in Keweenaw Bay. Brook trout up to 14 inches are hitting in the Falls and Silver rivers.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Anglers are using multiple methods to catch walleye on Lake Gogebic. Drifting jigs and minnows, crawlers, stickbaits and jigging with leeches have all produced. Shore anglers continue to get a fair bite using minnows at dark. Smallmouth bass continue to provide action in 5. to 8 feet of water as they move in and out due to weather patterns.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
The panfish bite has been very good in Iron County with bluegills and crappies holding in the shallows. Bluegills are hitting on all the lakes in the area including Chicagon, Fortune, Hagerman and Peavy. Crappies are hitting in Paint, Michigamme and Peavy. A few perch also have been caught. Bass fishing has been very good on most of the lakes in the area. Bass have moved into the shallows to spawn and anglers are dialing in on some hot action. Pike fishing has been very good, too.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.