Report from the Dock
Mayflies are hatching across the state. That’s good news for trout anglers, but not so good news for walleye anglers.
Mayflies on Lake St. Clair have shut down the walleye bite as the ’eyes are gorging themselves on all the bugs. Farther north, the hex hatch (giant mayflies) is winding down on the Au Sable after providing a couple weeks of great nighttime brown trout fishing. It’s just getting started on the upper end of the Manistee River and the action should improve on the Manistee and other rivers in coming days.
Inland lakes are producing good panfish action. The ’gills and sunfish have moved off their beds in southern Michigan, but are still spawning in the deeper lakes in the northern Lower Peninsula as well as many lakes in the Upper Peninsula. Bass are pretty much following the same pattern.
Lake trout fishing has been good up and down lakes Michigan and Huron.
Trout fishing has been good on Upper Peninsula streams and the perch have finally arrived at Cedarville.
Lake St. Clair
Mayflies are hatching on Lake St. Clair, and the walleyes are gorging on them. Bass fishing remains very good between 9 Mile and 14 Mile roads. Tubes and rubber worms are producing very good results. Stay in American waters. The border with Canada remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Border patrol is giving out tickets.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
Fishing has been pretty good in Jackson County. Panfish action has been good on most of the lakes in the area. The bluegills are moving deeper and being caught in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good on Wamplers and Devils lakes. Fishing pressure has been high.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Walleye fishing remains good in the Detroit River. Many anglers have switched over to nightcrawler harnesses and bottom bouncers. Jiggers are doing well, too, but the fish are grouped up so when you get on them, stay on them. Anglers are reminded that Canadian waters are off limits as the border remains closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Walleye fishing remains red hot on Lake Erie. Limit catches have been reported by anglers fishing in Bolles Harbor. Spoons and nightcrawler harnesses are taking fish between the Dumping Grounds and the River Raisin. The best action has been in 19 to 24 feet of water. Brest Bay is also producing a good bite. Again, harnesses and spoons trolled in 20 to 24 feet of water have produced good results.
Domka Outdoors, (734) 244-5240.
St. Joseph Area
Perch fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan. Those dunking minnows in 30 to 40 feet of water report a good bite. Lakers and steelhead are keeping anglers happy on Lake Michigan and occasionally a nice king will come to the net. Pier anglers also report a good steelhead bite. Walleye fishing has been good in the St. Joe River. Some decent catfish also have been caught.
Silver Beach Fishing, (269) 338-3182.
The bigger panfish have moved out of the shallows and are hitting in 8 to 12 feet of water. Leaf worms, crawler chunks and wax worms are all producing good results. Bass fishing also has been good with fish being caught in the shallows early in the mornings and along the weeds later in the day when traffic picks up.
Klinger Lake Trading Post, (269) 651-2679.
Fishing has been fair around Coloma. A few walleyes have been caught at night on Paw Paw Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. Panfish have moved off the beds and are hitting along the weeds. Catfish and bass are hitting in the St. Joe River.
Ellinee Bait and Tackle, (269) 468-7522.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye fishing has been fantastic in Saginaw Bay. Nightcrawlers, spoons, and crankbaits are all taking fish. Good action has been reported in 22 to 26 feet of water, from the end of the shipping channel to the Dumping Grounds. Bass fishing has been very good, too. Lots of fish have been caught in the shallows on swimbaits, plastic worms, and other soft plastics. Spinners and jigs also have attracted attention.
Linwood Party and Sporting Goods, (989) 697-3825.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Trout fishing has been good on the Muskegon River from the mouth up to Croton Dam. Panfish are hitting in the shallows on Sylvan, Kimball and Emerald lakes. Anglers report that the bluegill bite just turned on in Croton Pond.
Parsley’s Sport and Fly Shop, (231) 652-6986.
Fishing has been good in Isabella and Mecosta counties. Walleyes and crappies are keeping anglers busy on Coldwater Lake. The crappies are spawning and still in the shallows. Bluegill fishing is good just outside the shallows on some of the shallower lakes including Stevenson, Chippewa, Isabella, and the Martiny Chain of lakes.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.
Lake trout are keeping anglers happy on Lake Michigan. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing Spin-N-Glos and WhirlyGigs in 80 to 100 feet of water, right on bottom. Panfish and bass are hitting on most of the inland lakes in the area and the pike bite on Hamlin Lake has been very good all year.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.
Walleye fishing has been very good in Lake Huron, behind Heisterman and North islands, in the Slot, and northeast of Charity Island. The best action has been in 10 to 15 feet of water when fishing crawlers or crankbaits. The 37th annual Caseville Chamber of Commerce Walleye Tournament runs June 27 through July 12 with big fish prizes awarded daily. Bowfishing has been good all over the tip of the Thumb. Anglers are still shooting good numbers of carp. Bass and pike have been caught in the shallows and at the mouth of most of the rivers in the area.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Walleye fishing remains pretty good at Port Huron The bite is a little spotty but the fish are still around. Crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers are producing a good bite in 30 to 40 feet of water along the shipping channel. The best bite has been at the mouth of Lake Huron. Pond fishing has been phenomenal for panfish and bass. Pink salmon have been caught in Lake Huron on small spoons fished in up to 180 feet of water. A lot of lake trout have been caught, too, but the salmon bite has slowed down.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Perch and walleye fishing has been good on Burt Lake. Perch are hitting minnows, and walleyes have been caught on crawler harnesses and jigs tipped with a crawler or leech. Bass fishing also has been very good. The smallies are hitting tubes, jigs, and other soft plastics. The catfish bite has been very good in the Cheboygan River. One angler caught a 17.22-pounder.
Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.
East Jordan Area
Mayflies are hatching and the walleye bite has slowed. Those fishing with a plane hook and a half crawler fished 3 to 4 feet under the surface have enjoyed the best success. Panfish are still in the shallows on the Elk Lake Chain. Bass have moved off the shallows to the first shelf. Lake trout are biting in 60 to 80 feet of water in Lake Michigan off Northpoint. Cisco have been caught in the Pine River Channel.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Lake trout and cisco have moved into the shallows in Grand Traverse Bay. Anglers report catching fish in 4 to 15 feet of water. When they move out of the shallows, look in 22 to 25 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are stacked up at the dam in Elk Rapids and anglers are catching a lot of fish. Bass are hitting in the shallows on Skegemog, Intermediate, Torch, and Elk lakes. Warm weather has inspired the bug hatches on area rivers and streams, and trout fishing has been good. Spinners and nightcrawlers are taking fish on the smaller streams.
Jack’s Sport Shop, (231) 258-8892.
A skamania or two have been caught at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River, but overall the action has been slow. Fly hatches have been sporadic and a few hexes have hatched, but cold nights have disrupted the hatches. Bluegills are bedding and suspended just off the beds on most inland lakes in the area including Portage, Bass, and Manistee. Bass fishing has been good in the shallows, too.
Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.
The hex hatch is winding down on the Au Sable River, but was just kicking in on the Manistee River. Some big browns have been caught by anglers matching the hatch at night.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Old Au Sable Fly Shop, (989) 348-3330
Houghton Lake Area
The mayflies are done hatching. Walleye fishing has been decent on Houghton Lake. The best action has been in the shallows at night.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231
Rogers City Area
Walleye fishing has been good on Fletcher Floodwaters, and a few catfish have been caught near the dam. On Lake Huron, lake trout are hitting dodgers and spoons, and Spin-N-Glos in 80 to 120 feet of water, north of 40 Mile Point. Panfish and bass are hitting in the shallows on Tomahawk Lake, Grand Lake, and Lake Fertleman.
Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303
Walleye fishing has been good in Munuscong Bay. Those fishing in the shallows, in the weeds, are having the best success. At Cedarville, the perch have finally arrived and pike fishing has been good, too. Perch are hitting right off the docks in 6 feet of water. Mayflies are hatching and herring should arrive any day. Lake trout, Atlantic salmon, and a few kings are hitting in the St. Mary’s River at DeTour.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Fishing has been good at Drummond Island. Mayflies are hatching but no herring have arrived, yet. Bass are hitting in the shallows around rock piles. The walleye bite has been good in Scotts Bay in 4 to 7 feet of water. Crawlers have produced the best results.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
A mixed bag of walleyes, perch, pike, and bluegills are keeping anglers busy on Manistique Lakes. Live bait, including crawlers, leeches and minnows have all attracted attention.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Bass fishing has been good on Little Bay de Noc in 4 to 12 feet of water off Hunter’s Point and at the mouth of the Ford River. Mayflies are hatching so walleye fishing has slowed, but avid anglers are still catching a few fish.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
Iron Mountain Area
Walleyes have been caught in the Michigamme Reservoir and bass and pike are providing good action in the Menominee River. Panfish are hitting in the shallows on Lake Antoine.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Fishing has been decent in Keweenaw and Huron bays. Those jigging and trolling are picking up good numbers of lake trout, but the salmon action has been slow. The best bite has been around the Huron Islands. Inland lake anglers report catching a mixed bag of walleyes, pike, panfish and bass at Prickett Dam. On Roland Lake, walleyes, panfish, bass, and brook trout have been caught. River and stream fishing has been decent. Water is running a little low, but the brook trout bite has been pretty good.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Lake Gogebic fishing has been up and down daily as severe weather swings and heavy rain moved through. It is on the upswing once again as anglers work upcoming weed growth using crawlers and leeches with good reports for both walleyes and smallmouths. Others are working the mud flats for walleyes using crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers. Heavy rain has water levels extremely high so watch for floating debris.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Fishing has picked up on inland lakes in Iron County. Muskies are running a little small so far, but trout fishing has been good. The early bite has been the best.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.