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Michigan Fishing Report – June 12, 2020

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Walleye fishing has been decent in Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay. Anglers trolling or drifting a crawler harness report good action near Selfridge. Crankbaits also are taking a fair number of fish. Bass fishing has been very good along the mile roads. The boat launch at Nine Mile Road has reopened, but the Clinton River Cut-Off launch remains closed for dredging. 

 

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

 

Lake Orion

Bluegills and sunfish are in the shallows and fishing has been good on Lake Orion, Lakeville Lake, and Stringy Lakes. Crappies are being caught suspended off the deep side of drop-offs. Fair numbers of brown trout have been caught in Paint Creek, but fishing pressure has been light. The stream was still running high last week. Panfish have been caught in the shallows on pothole lakes in Bald Mountain Recreation Area including East and West Graham.

 

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

 

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing remains good in the Detroit River. Anglers jigging with plastics and live baits are catching fair numbers of fish around the islands and at the mouth of the river. White bass have moved in and are being caught in the Trenton Channel and around the backside of Calf Island.  Fair numbers of smallmouth bass and catfish also have been caught. 

 

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

 

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

 

Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

 

Monroe Area

Walleye fishing remains fantastic in Lake Erie. Anglers fishing in Bolles Harbor are catching limits on Bandits, spoons, and crawler harnesses fished between the Dumping Ground and  the River Raisin in 19 to 24 feet of water. In Brest Bay, anglers are using smaller profile baits, nightcrawler harnesses and spoons with equally good success. Good action has been reported from Nos. 1 and 2 buoys to the state line and north to Fermi in 20 to 24 feet of water. Pink, purple and gold have been the hot colors.

 

Domka Outdoors, (734) 244-5240.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Hastings Area

Fishing has been great on Gun, Long, and Gull lakes. Bluegills are in the shallows and crappies are moving out, but still being caught suspended over the drop-offs. Bass have moved off their beds, but also are being caught along the breaks. Wacky rigs and Ned rigs have produced good results along with drop-shotting. Morrison, Thornapple, and Jordan lakes have also been producing some good bites.

 

Al and Pete’s Sport Shop, (269) 945-4417.

 

Union Area

Panfish action has been pretty good on Long, Baldwin, Juno, and Birch lakes. Bluegills and sunfish are in the shallows and anglers are dialing in. Bass have moved out to the drop-offs and action has been good. Soft plastics and spinnerbaits have produced good action. 

 

Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.

 

Grand Rapids Area

Walleyes and smallmouth bass are hitting at the Sixth Street Dam on the Grand River. Live baits are producing the best results. Over at Lansing, anglers report catching a mixed bag of walleyes, catfish, smallmouth, and an assortment of panfish in the Grand.

 

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing has been very good in Saginaw Bay. Anglers trolling spoons, crawlers or cranks are catching fish off Pinconning, Linwood, and east of the Spark Plug in 18 to 25 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are in the shallows and hitting spinnerbaits and soft plastics. 

 

Linwood Party and Sporting Goods, (989) 697-3825.

 

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

 

Ludington Area

Boat anglers report good catches of chinook salmon and lake trout. On Pere Marquette Lake, anglers are targeting northern pike with good results. 

 

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Good numbers of walleyes have been caught in Wildfowl Bay and inside Heisterman Islands. The fish are scattered so anglers are having to search for them a little. A good bite also has been reported off Quanicassee in 7 to 9 feet of water, and from the bottom of the Slot up to Sebewaing in 17 to 19 feet. Purple, orange, and chartreuse crawler harness and bodybaits have produced good results.

 

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

 

Harbor Beach Area

Salmon and lake trout have been  caught in Lake Huron, south of the harbor in 110 to 115 feet of water. Anglers trolling spoons report the best action. A couple walleyes have been caught north of the harbor in 20 to 25 feet of water. Crawlers and bodybaits are producing good results. 

 

Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.

 

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River and at the lower end of Lake Huron. Crawler harnesses during the day and whipping pencil plugs at night are taking limits in 22 to 24 feet of water. Fishing pressure has been high. Shore anglers are catching ’eyes in the evenings on Twister Tails. Silver bass are starting to show up for shore anglers. Good numbers of cohos are being caught at the south end of Lake Huron.

 

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Frankfort Area

Fair numbers of king salmon and good numbers of lake trout have been caught in Lake Michigan by anglers trolling spoons, 45 to 65 feet down over 150 to 180 feet of water. Blue and green have been the hot colors. The bigger chinook were hitting meat rigs. Down at Onekema, anglers trolling in 200 to 220 feet of water reported catching light numbers of fish.

 

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

 

Cadillac Area

Crappie and bass fishing remains good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Fair numbers of walleyes also have been caught, although the bite slowed when the warm weather arrived. Over at Manistee, anglers are catching good numbers of chinook salmon and lake trout in Lake Michigan. Isos are starting to hatch on the Manistee River and the hex hatch should be starting any day. 

 

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Grayling Area

Trout anglers on the Au Sable River  report the tail end of the brown drake hatch. Isos were starting to hatch, but no hexes were hatching yet – although they were expected to start any day. The hex hatch usually begins on the South Branch, then spreads throughout the Au Sable.

 

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

 

Old Au Sable Fly Shop, (989) 348-3330

 

Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Houghton Lake. They’re on the move so anglers are having to move around to find them. Purple, copper, and nickel blue have been the hot colors. Bluegills and sunfish are in the shallows. The panfish bite has been hot.

 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

 

Higgins Lake Area

Trout fishing has been good on Higgins Lake. Lake trout have been caught right on the bottom in 80 to 130 feet of water. Try down-riggers and cowbells, spoons, and crankbaits. Browns and rainbows are hitting in about 30 feet of water near the west side launch. Smallmouth bass action is heating up along the drop-offs. 

 

Sportsman’s Barn, (989) 821-9511

 

Rogers City Area

Limits of lake trout have been caught in Lake Huron in 45 to 80 feet of water. While most are fishing near the bottom, others were running lines higher in the water column and getting fish with dodgers or cowbells with Spin-N-Glos or spoons. Hot colors were green, blue, orange, and chartreuse.  

 

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been red hot in Munuscong Bay. Crawler harnesses and crankbaits are producing good results in the mornings and evenings. Fish are hitting throughout the bay along the weedlines. Pike fishing also has been good. 

 

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

 

Drummond Island Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good around Drummond Island. Those fishing crawler harnesses in Scotts Bay report the best action. A few bass and pike are being caught,
too. The bass are still in the shallows. 

 

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

 

Curtis Area

The water temperature on Manistique Lakes was between 62 and 70 degrees, and fishing has been good. Bluegills, perch, and crappies are hitting perch minnows, nightcrawlers and leaf worms. Those jigging or slow trolling with leeches, minnows or nightcrawlers are catching good numbers of walleyes. Pink, purple, and blue have been hot colors. Bass have moved into the shallows.

 

 Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Superior and the catch has been fair. Chinooks and lakers have been caught near Granite Island while cohos, lakers, and rainbows have been caught near Shot Point. The area also has produced a few lake trout, but the water temperature there was only 38 degrees. 

 

Gander Outdoors, (906) 226-8300.

 

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing is heating up in Little Bay de Noc with limit catches reported in several areas. Anglers  trolling or drifting a crawler harness or flatfish tipped with a crawler in 18 to 24 feet of water report good success near the Escanaba River and the Whitefish River. At Kipling, a few perch have been caught on crawlers and minnows in 25 to 30 feet of water. Smallmouth bass action has been very good in 3 to 10 feet of water. Most have spawned, but some were still on the beds. 

 

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

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Kings and cohos are keeping anglers busy in Lake Superior’s Keewenaw Bay. Spoons and flasher/fly combos trolled in 30 to 50 feet of water have produced good results. Orange has been the hot color. Anglers jigging in 200 to 250 feet of water are catching good numbers of lake trout on jigs tipped with a chunk of a sucker. Brookie fishing has been good on local streams, but black flies and mosquitoes have been bad.

 

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

 

Bergland Area

Walleye fishing is heating up on Lake Gogebic. Jigs tipped with a minnow or leech and fished over hard bottom areas have caught fish. Weedbeds have been slow to get started. Some of the best reports have been from anglers trolling boards and nightcrawlers over the main lake basin. A few perch have started to come in as well, but numbers have been light, so far. 

 

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

 

— The DNR contributed to this report.

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