Report from the Dock
Fishing is heating up on the Great Lakes.
A mixture of rain and high winds have put a damper on some trips out on the big lakes, but when they can get out anglers report catching good numbers of lake trout, king salmon, and coho salmon. Some areas of Lake Huron like Oscoda, Alpena, and DeTour have produced a fair number of Atlantic salmon as well.
Inland lake fishing remains good. Bass and panfish are still in the shallows on a lot of lakes, depending on the water temperature. If they’re not in the shallows on your favorite lake move a little deeper to the first drop-off or weedbed and start your search there.
The hex hatch has been hit or miss this year, also likely affected by the weather. When the hexes are hatching the brown trout bite has been very good but on most streams there doesn’t seem to have been consistent hatches yet.
Ciscoes and whitefish have arrived at Drummond Island.
Walleye fishing has been good in a number of spots in both the Upper and Lower peninsulas. Good reports have come from anglers on Lake Erie, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, Saginaw Bay, South Lake Leelanau, Raber and Munuscong bays on the St. Mary’s River, Maxton and Scotts bays at Drummond Island, Little Bay de Noc, and Lake Gogebic.
Lake St. Clair
Anglers are catching walleyes on nightcrawler harnesses in Lake St. Clair. Perch have been caught at the mouth of the shipping channel. Good numbers of bass are hitting off the mile roads.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Walleye fishing remains good in the Detroit River. Fish have been caught in 25 to 35 feet of water near the steel mill in Ecorse, the Grosse Ile Bridge, and the Grosse Ile lighthouse. Drifting with crawlers produced good results.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Walleye fishing in Lake Erie continued to produce good results. Fish have been caught northeast of the Fermi Power Plant in 18 to 22 feet of water. At Luna Pier, fishing started to heat up with good numbers of fish caught in deeper water. The best baits to use were Flicker shad, crawler harnesses, and spoons. Light numbers of perch have been caught on emerald shiners in about 15 feet water.
Domka Outdoors, (734) 244-5240.
St. Joseph Area
Anglers reported good perch fishing on Lake Michigan in 40 to 50 feet of water. Most of the fishing pressure was just south of the piers. Boat anglers targeting salmon reported catching mixed bags of salmon and trout in 100 feet of water. Pier fishing has been slow for steelhead, but channel cats and lots of freshwater drum have been caught on nightcrawlers.
Silver Beach Fishing, (269) 338-3182.
Panfish are still hitting in the shallows but most of the bigger fish have moved out to deeper water. Red worms have been the hot bait. Crystal, Leech, Middle, and Gun lakes all produced good results. Bass are hitting plastics and Ned rigs on most lakes in the area. Shallow water is still providing good results. Crappies and muskies are hitting on Thornapple Lake.
Al and Pete’s Sport Shop, (269) 945-4417.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleyes have been caught in Saginaw Bay near sailboat buoys A, B, and F, three miles west of the Spark Plug in 22 feet of water, and two miles northeast of Spoils Island in 16 feet of water. Walleye also were caught two miles east of buoy No. 2 in 25 feet of water and at Bay City Sate Park in 14 feet of water. Crawler harnesses were working the best. Walleyes are starting to spread out on the eastern side of the Bay due to warming water temperatures.
Linwood Party and Sporting Goods, (989) 697-3825.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Salmon and trout fishing has been fair on Lake Michigan. The fish were scattered from in 100 to 300 feet of water. Spoons worked best when fished 40 to 90 feet down. Green, orange, and blue were good colors. Freshwater drum were caught by pier anglers casting silver spoons.
Fish-on Charters and Bait, (616) 402-4307.
Fishing was hit or miss on Lake Michigan. A few kings and cohos were caught at Big Sable Point, and straight out from Ludington in 110 to 220 feet of water, 60 to 75 feet down. Green and blue spoons and
flies worked best.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting, Archery, (231) 843-4458.
Walleye fishing has been very good in Lake Huron at Caseville. Anglers report catching a lot of fish between Sand Point and Oak Beach in 15 to 25 feet of water. Good numbers also have been caught at North Island. Bass, catfish, sheepshead, rock bass, and northern pike are hitting off the breakwall in Caseville. There are still good numbers of carp in the shallows in Wild Fowl Bay.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Harbor Beach Area
A few walleyes have been caught in Lake Huron on crankbaits fished in 20 to 30 feet of water. Lake trout were caught while trolling with lead core, downriggers, and spoons. They’re scattered in 60 to 100 feet of water.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.
Traverse City Area
Salmon and trout are hitting in Lake Michigan off the first break at Frankfort. Anglers report a good walleye bite on South Lake Leelanau in 35 to 40 feet of water. Trout fishing has been good on the Pigeon and Black rivers. The water was a little low and the hex hatch is on and off, but the smaller trout are eating worms and spinners.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
King salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan along the shelf north and south of town, and south towards Big Sable Point. Depths ranged from 130 to 250 feet of water 60 to 80 feet down. Green and blue spoons and flies have worked best. Pier fishing remained slow. Up on Portage Lake, the Mayfly hatch slowed down. Bass and panfish have been caught in the shallows.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Houghton Lake Area
Anglers on Houghton Lake are catching good numbers of panfish and pike on minnows and leeches. The walleye bite has been tough, but bass anglers report good action around docks and rafts.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Walleye fishing has been very good in Munuscong and Raber bays. Crawler harnesses and jigs fished in the weeds have produced a lot of fish. Perch, bass, and northern pike are also being caught. Perch are still hitting in Lake Huron at Cedarville in 6 to 8 feet of water. Live bait is producing the best results. Lakers are hitting at Hessel in 40 to 60 feet of water. Lake trout and a few Atlantics and kings have been caught at DeTour in 40 to 100 feet of water.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
When the wind allows anglers to get out, cisco and whitefish have been caught in Maxton and Potagassing bays. Try the areas around Howard Island and at the mouth of Harbor Island. Walleye fishing has been good with crawler harnesses catching good numbers of fish in Maxton and Scotts bays. Northern pike and smallmouth bass also have been active. Mayflies are hatching.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Anglers on Lake Superior are catching a lot of lake trout and decent numbers of kings and cohos. Anglers fishing offshore near the Chocolay River had success catching salmon from high lines using tri-color spoons of varying vibrant colors. Lake trout were caught lower in the water column in around 40 to 50 feet of water using bright orange spoons. Anglers also are catching lakers near the White Rocks in 150 feet of water.
Jonny’s Outdoors, (906) 235-2894.
Walleye fishing is picking up in Little Bay de Noc. Anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses or crankbaits have caught good numbers of fish. Try the water off the Ford River and Breezy Point. Anglers were catching walleyes at the head of the bay, too, but most have been undersized. Some anglers reported catching perch on crawlers. Bass fishing has been good all across the bay. Look for smallies in the reeds or around submerged structure.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
Anglers in Keweenaw and Huron bays are catching decent numbers lake trout and salmon. Anglers are trolling in 30 to 150 feet of water. Most fish have been caught by anglers using flies and spoons. Hot colors have been green, blue, and silver.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Fishing has been fair on Lake Gogebic due to wide swings in the weather. Minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers have all been working well when anglers can get out. Walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass have all been active. Anglers have had success with a number of tactics including drifting, jigging, trolling crawler harnesses, and trolling planer boards and stickbaits. Perch action has been slow but should improve with warmer weather settling in.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Anglers are catching a mixed bag of trout and salmon when jigging or trolling spoons in Traverse Bays and the South Portage Canal entry. The best action has been early in the mornings and late in the day. A few pike and rock bas have been caught buy shore anglers.
Northwoods Sporting Goods, (906) 482-5210.