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Michigan Fishing Report – July 10, 2020

Report from the Dock

Despite the recent heat wave, anglers are still getting out on the water in pretty good numbers.


Fish are settling into their summer patterns in manwy areas of the state, but are slower to make the transition as you move west acros the Upper Peninsula.


Cisco have finally arrived at the south end of the St. Mary’s River and walleye fishing has been good up and down the river.


Stream anglers in the U.P. and across the northern Lower are finding good brook, brown and rainbow trout action. The hex hatch is all but over, but mouse and frog patterns are taking fish at night. Terrestrials are getting it done during daylight hours.


Walleye fishing remains very good along the east side of the Lower from the western Basin of Lake Erie north to Saginaw Bay.


Panfish and bass have moved out of the shallows and are hitting along the weeds in 6 to 12 feet of water.


Lake St. Clair

Mayflies are hatching on Lake St. Clair and fish are feasting. The walleye and perch bites have been fair at the St. Clair Light. Bass are hitting soft plastics and nightcrawlers in front of 400 Club and off 11 Mile Road. The border with Canada remains closed so do not fish in Canadian waters.


Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.


Lake Orion

Warm, steamy temperatures has put a damper on fishing pressure, but those getting out report pretty good action. Bass fishing remains pretty good on Lake Orion and Lakeville Lake. Try working a crawler or jig along the weds and under docks and rafts in the mornings. Trout fishing has ben fair in paint Creek, but the fish are burried in cover to stay out of the sunshine.


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


Trenton Area

Fishing remains good in the Detroit River. Fair numbers of walleyes are still being caught in the Detroit River. Most of the walleyes are averaging 3 to 5 pounds. Crawler harnesses have produced the best results. The white bass have moved on. A few   perch have been caught along the edge of the shipping channel and at the dumping grounds. The border with Canada remains closed so do not fish in Canadian waters.


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


Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.


Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.


Monroe Area

Walleye fishing stellar very good in Lake Erie. Anglers report good action in Bolles harbor and Brest bay. Those trolling spoons and harnesses at 1.6 mph to 2.5 mph are catching a lot of fish.


Domka Outdoors, (734) 244-5240.


St Joseph Area

Salmon fishing has slowed a litle on Lake Huron, but the perch bite remains strong. 


Silver Beach Fishing, (269) 338-3182.


Coloma Area

Hot temperatures have turned poff some. Walleyes hitting on Paw Paw Lake. The best bites have been at night. Bass fishing has been pretty good, too, and perch fishing has been fair in Lake Michigan at South Haven. Those fishing in waters as shallow as 20 feet report good action.


Ellinee Bait and Tackle, (269) 468-7522.


Hastings Area

Bluegill fishing has been very good on most lakes in the area including Bristol, Morrison and Gun. Boating traffic heats up on Gun so get out early to avoid the traffic. Fish are holding in 6 to 12 fet of water. Fair numbers of crappies are hitting on Gun, too. Thornapple lake is producing good crappie and ‘gill action. Waxies or black gnats tipped with a waxie will catch fish. Bass fishing has been good on Carter, Algonquin, Leech and Little lakes. Rubber worms have produced the best results when fished in the weeds in 6 fet of water or deeper.


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


Grand Rapids Area

Fishing has been slow in the Grand River. Water is down and the heat wave has warmed the water.


Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.


Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing remains fantastic on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Spoons, crankbaits and nightcrawlers are all attracting attention. Anglers are catching fish in 18 to 24 feet of water all over the bay including at the Spark Plug, Cigar and along the  shipping channel. 


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


Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.


Newaygo Area

The water level on the Muskegon River has dropped and the water temperature has warmed. Trout fishing has been fair with nightcrawlers and spinners attracting the most attention. Smallmouth bass fishing also has been very good in the river. Crankbaits in a crayfish patterns have produced very good results along with soft plastics and nightcrawlers. 


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


Ludington Area

A few kings and some lake trout are hitting in lake Michigan. Anglers fishing north of the harbor near Big Sable Point had the best reports. Light numbers of steelhead have been caught, too. Bass fishing remains good in Hamlin.  Soft plastics, crawlers and shiners have all caught fish. The walleye bite on Hamlin has slowed.


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


Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been good in lake Huron. Angklers trolling crawler harnesses in 20 to 35 fet of water report good action from Sand Point to Oak Point. Those looking for bigger fish are heading northeast of Big Charity island and working 50 feet of water. Bass, catfish and sheephead are providing good action for anglers fishing off the breakwall in Caseville.


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


Port Huron

Mayflies still hatching on the St. Clair River, but it hasn’t affected the walleye bite. The night bite has produced the best action. Those handlining or whipping are catching lots of fish Shore anglers are also catchinbg good numbers of ‘eyes. Twister Tails threaded on a jig, and stickbaits fished of a three-way righ are taking fish. Perch fishing has been decent in Lake Huron. Those fishing in 15 to 20 feet of water at Lexington and Port Sanilac report a good bite. Cohos,  lake trout and a few steelhead have been caught in Lake Huron in 80 feet of water. 


Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.


East Jordan Area

Walleye fishing is heating up like the weather on Lake Charlevoix. Anglers fishing with nightcrawler harnesses in hammered brass or orange are catching good numbers of fish in 15 to 18 feet of water. Skatter Raps trolled behind a planner board are also producing good results. Bass fishing also remains good on Charlevoix and good numbers of perch have been caught on minnows and crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water. Good walleye and panfish action has been reported on Six Mile Lake and salmon anglers are catching fish straight of the pier head in 200 feet of water, 95 feet down. Flashers and flies are producing. 


Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.


Traverse City Area

Trout fishing has been pretty good on the Boardman and Upper Big Manistee rivers. The hex hatch is all but over. Mouses and frogs are taking fish at night and terestrials are getting the job done during the day.  Nightcrawlers and spinners are still catching fish, too. Walleye fishing has been good on Big Platte Lake. Try trolling crankbaits for suspended fish over the deeper waters. Fishing has slowed on Grand Traverse Bay, but the smallmouth bass bite is still providing some good action. Try dunking a tube or fishing a plastic minnow or worm on a drop-shot in 25 to 30 feet of water.


WildFishing Guide Service, 


Cadillac Area

Walleye fishing has slowed on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, but anglers willing to work a little are still catching a few fish on crawler harnesses. Cadillac is producing better than Mitchell. Bass fishing has been very good on both lakes. One angler recently caught a 20-inch, 5-pounder.  Those fishing soft plastics, spinners, and crawlers in 12 to 14 feet of water are finding good numbers of fish. Try plastics, spinners, or crawler harnesses. Salmon and lake trout action has been good on Lake Michigan at Manistee. Pier anglers are catching fish, too. Bass fishing has been very good up and down the Manistee River. 


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


Mio Area

Trout fishing remains good on the Au Sable River. The hex hatch is winding down, but anglers are still catching fish. Cahills and iso’s are also hatching so the evening bite should remain strong. Terrestrials are catching fish during the day.


AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.


Grayling Area

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.


Old AuSable Fly Shop, (989) 348-3330.


Houghton Lake Area

The bluegill and sunfish bite is attracting angler attention on Hoiughtion Lake. Leeches, leaf worms, and crickets fished along the weeds in 7 to 10 feet of water are catching good numbers of decent sized fish. Walleye fishing has been decent, but bass fishing has been pretty good. 


Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.


Pickford Area

Herring have arrived in the St. Marys River and a good bite has been reported at DeTour on tear drops and wax worms, or a live mayfly fished near the lighthous. Walleyes are also being caught in the river, but they have moved to deeper water and are being caught along the edge of the of the shipping channel. Down on Lake Huron, pike fishing has been fantastic around the Les Cheneaux Islands. Suckers fished under a bobber, spoons, and spinners have all attracted attention. Bass fishing has been decent around the islands, too. 


Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.


Drummond Island Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Scotts Bay. Nightcrawler harnesses and stickbaits have all produced. Smallmouth bass action has been good in the rock piles all around the island in  2 to 6 feet of water. Spinners and plastics are producing good results. Herring have arrived and anglers are dialing. The best action has been in Pigeon Cove on Cove Island in 30 feet of water. Tear drops and wax worms or mayflies have produced.


Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.


Curtis Area

Walleye, pike, perch and bl;uegills have been keping anglers busy on Manistique Lakes. Those fishing with live baits including crawlers, minnows and leeches have reported the best action.


Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.


Escanaba Area

Smallmouth bass have provided the hot bite in Little Bay de Noc. Crawlers, and soft plastics fished at the mouth of the Ford River have produced very good results. Walleye action has slowed, but a few fish were still being caught off the Escanaba  and Whitefish rivers. Anglers were sorting to find the keepers as a lot of undersized fish were being caught.  


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


Iron Mountain Area

Fishing has been decent around Iron Mountain. Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers fished on the  Michigammee Reservoir. The best action has come to anglers fishing during low light times. Smallmouth bass and lots of northern pike have been caught in the Menominee River. 


Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.


L’Anse Area

Good numbers of lake trout are being caught in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Jiggers and trollers report good action in 40 to 60 feet opf water. Light numbers of kings and cohos are also being caught with the lakers. Bug hatches have slowed some and brook trout fishing has been good on the Silver and Sturgeon rivers. A few brookies have been caught on the Falls River, too. Worms and small spinners are producing good results. Anglers also report a good mixed bag of walleye, pike and bluegills walleye, pike and bluegills at Pricket Dam.


Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.


Bergland Area

Fishing has been good on Lake Gogebic, despite several bug hatches. Walleye and smallmouth bass anglers are pulling in some nice fish over hard bottom areas. Leeches fished in 12 to 21 feet of water have produced good results. Trollers are using planer boards with stickbaits or nightcrawler harnesses. Perch action has warmed up. Crawlers fished in 8 to 16 feet of water have produced good action.


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


Iron River Area

Fishing was pretty good in Iron County until the area was hit with six inches of rain last week. Prior to the storm rolling through, anglers reported catching walleyes on Chicagon, Stanley and Peavy. Bluegills are still spawning in the shallows and good action has been reported by anglers in Fortune, Glidden and Runkle lakes Pike action has been hot “everywhere.” Lake trout fishing has been slow on Golden and Ottawa lakes. Strteam trout fishing slowed when the rain filled the rivers. 


Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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