Report from the Dock
Fishing has been slow for the most part, both on inland lakes across the state and on most of the Great Lakes. Warm temperatures have scattered the fish or pushed them out to deeper water.
On the Great Lakes, anglers report finding salmon and trout in anywhere from 100 feet of water out to 300-feet-plus. An assortment of baits have produced decent results including spoons, meat rigs, and flashers and flies.
The hottest ports for salmon and trout have been on northern Lake Michigan and include Manistee and Frankfort. The fish should start moving towards shore soon for their annual river spawning runs and the bite will pick up when they do.
Overall, the best Great Lakes action has been in northern Lake Huron where anglers are catching a good mixed bag of perch, pike, and smallmouth bass throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands.
The inland lake bite has slowed in most areas. Anglers are still catching fish, but the fish have scattered on most waters. The exception is in the northern Lower Peninsula on lakes like Higgins, Grass, Sage, and Fletchers where anglers report a good mix of fish.
The surprise bite this week is on Lake Avalon, where anglers are catching decent numbers of splake.
Lake St. Clair
Perch fishing remains good on Lake St. Clair. Muskies and a few walleyes are hitting in the South Channel. Some nice perch have been caught, there, too. Bass fishing has been pretty good across the lake in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Fishing has been slow in Oakland County. The recent heat wave put a damper on the bite, and anglers are sweating it out. Bass fishing has been fair, but fish are moving to deeper water when the sun starts to rise high in the sky. Anglers report catching fish in water as deep as 30 feet. Look for weeds and you’ll likely find bass. The panfish bite has been fair.
Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.
Anglers were catching walleye in the Detroit River while trolling with crawlers and jigging with jig heads tipped with crawlers. The main action was in the mouth of the river at Lake Erie and in the Trenton Channel. Most fish were caught in 15 to 20 feet of water. Anglers were beginning to catch perch in the mouth of the river and in front of the Lake Erie Metropark. Anglers were anchored and still fishing with minnows.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Luna Pier Area
Fishing was slow with the weather and algae bloom in full effect. Anglers were catching yellow perch on minnow rigs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Some walleyes were still hanging on out around Fermi in 23 feet of water. Anglers who were catching walleyes were using crawler harnesses. Bass fishing slowed down with the murky water. Catfish still are hitting at the hot ponds.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
St. Joseph Area
Boat anglers targeting salmon in Lake Michigan had a good week. Anglers fishing in 80 to 100 feet of water were catching lake trout and a few salmon. The deeper anglers caught more salmon and fewer lake trout. Spin Doctors, flies, and meat rigs were working best. Perch anglers were doing fair. The perch were in 35 feet of water but as the week progressed the fish moved deeper. The best bite seemed be in around 45 feet of water. Pier anglers had slow fishing for all species.
Silver Beach Fishing, (269) 338-3182.
Fishing has been slow in the Paw Paw area. Bass are providing the best action. Docks and rafts have produced pretty good results early and late. As boat traffic increases the fish are moving deeper. River fishing has been slow on the St. Joe River.
Ellinee Bait and Tackle, (269) 468-7522.
Fishing has been relatively slow. Bluegills have been caught in 20 feet of water on wax worms and crickets on most inland lakes in the area. Light numbers of muskies have been caught on Thornapple Lake. River fishing has slowed, but a fair number of smallmouth bass and some norther pike have been caught in the Thornapple River. Pike fishing has been fair on Carter Lake.
Al and Pete’s Sport Shop, (269) 945-4417.
Saginaw Bay Area
Anglers found walleye scattered throughout the east side of Saginaw Bay in 10 to 30-plus feet of water, but catches were inconsistent. More consistent fishing was over the sand bar in 22 to 24 feet of water, and east of the shipping channel in 25 to 30 feet. Bodybaits, spoons, and crawlers all produced at times. Walleye were also caught near Buoy 1 and Buoy 2 while trolling in 25 feet of water with crankbaits or nightcrawlers. Just north of Spoils Island, walleye have been caught on crawlers while trolling in 15 feet of water. A few perch have been caught near the old shipping channel and near buoy’s A, H, and F.
Linwood Party and Sporting Goods, (989) 697-3825.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Boats anglers were catching Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan, 55 to 130 feet down in 120 to 240 feet of water. Glow spoons, green meat rigs, and flies all produced good numbers of salmon. The best salmon bite occurred in low light conditions. Pier anglers were finding the freshwater drum action to be slow.
Fish-on Charters and Bait, (616) 402-4307.
Salmon were caught in Lake Michigan straight out and south off the projects in 170 to 220 feet of water when fishing 60 to 90 feet down, and in 140 to 150 feet of water, 70 to 90 down. Spoons, flies, and plugs worked well. Pier fishing has been slow.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.
Harbor Beach Area
A few walleyes have been caught in Lake Huron in 18 to 40 feet of water. Artificial lures and nightcrawlers harnesses have produced fish. A couple boat anglers were trolling for salmon and trout and caught lake trout in 100 to 120 feet of water on downriggers with spoons, and Dodgers and squid.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.
Perch fishing has been slow, but salmon fishing has improved on Lake Huron. Steelhead and Atlantic salmon are hitting in 80 to 100 feet of water off Lexington and Port Sanilac. Walleye fishing remains good in the St. Clair River. Those jigging in the deeper holes are enjoying the best success.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
East Jordan Area
Perch are hitting in Lake Charlevoix off Elm Point, and the walleye bite at night has been good for those trolling in the center of the lake. A couple salmon and lake trout have been caught in Charlevoix, too. The panfish bite remains good on the Chain of Lakes. Minnows, wax worms, and crickets all have produced good action.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Chinook and a few lake trout have been caught in Lake Michigan straight out from the marina along the shelf in 120 to 175 feet of water 80 to 100 feet down. Spoons, flies, and meat rigs have caught fish. Pier fishing has been slow.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Chinook catches have picked up a little in Lake Michigan. The best action has come to anglers fishing straight out on The Bank in 160 to 200 feet of water 60 to 80 feet down. The best action has been at first light and at dusk on green spoons and flies. Platte Bay anglers reported good numbers of lake trout while trolling and jigging near the bottom.
Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.
Higgins Lake Area
Rainbow trout are hitting in Higgins Lake off the DNR conference center. Lake trout are keeping anglers busy in the deeper water out past the drop-off. A decent bass and rock bass bite also has been reported with action occurring all over the lake. A few northern pike have been caught, too.
Sportsman’s Barn, (989) 821-9511
Fishing has been good in Montmorency County. Bluegills are hitting along the drop-offs and bass fishing has been very good. Grass, Sage, and Fletchers Pond have all been producing good results. Lake Avalon is producing a few splake in 30 to 40 feet of water. Minnows have attracted the most attention.
Elk Country Outfitters NEMI, (989) 306-0720, www.ElkCountryOutfittersNEMI.com.
Rogers City Area
A few king salmon were starting to show up in Lake Huron. Numbers have been light, but high-quality fish were caught with many reaching 15 pounds or more. When cooler water was present the fish were biting much better than when the warm water was stacked in this area. The best depth was 50 to 90 feet of water. Anglers are running lines throughout the water column. The best baits have been spoons, J-Plugs, Dodgers with flies or squids, and meat rigs. Meat rigs worked better in warmer water. Good colors were black and white, greens, blue, white, pearl, and glow fished early and late.
Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303
Anglers are catching perch, pike, and smallmouth bass throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Spinners and live bait have been good. Salmon have arrived at DeTour and Atlantics, lakers, and kings are all being caught. Walleye fishing remains good in the St. Mary’s River from the Soo all the way down to De Tour.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Grand Marais Area
Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Superior. Fish were averaging around 3 to 4 pounds. Some of the areas producing the best results were towards AuSable Point and near the fishing channel near Five Mile Reef. Fish have been found in 200-plus feet of water. Surface water temps remained in mid to upper 60s to near 70 degrees in the harbor.
Rainbow Lodge, (906) 658-3357.
Northern pike, walleyes, perch, and bluegills are hitting on Big and South Manistique Lakes. Live bait has produced the best action. Muskie fishing remains decent in the Tahquamenon River. A few northern pike and walleyes have been caught, too.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Superior. Anglers reported catching only lake trout in the Marquette area. Most reports of success came from around White Rocks, and a few from Shot Point. When fishing near White Rocks, try to find deep water 130 to 160 feet deep. Bright colored spoons trolled just under 2 mph have caught fish. For Shot Point, try trolling spoons in 40 to 60 feet of water.
Jonny’s Outdoors, (906) 235-2894.
Fishing was slow on Lake Superior, however a few catches of splake were reported. Lake trout fishing was fair to good in the west channel towards White Rocks and Wood Island Reef. Common depths were around 150 feet. Water temperatures remained cool for this time of year with surface temps in the mid to upper 60s, however offshore temperatures remained in the low 60s on surface.
Curly’s Hilltop Grocery, (906) 387-3056.
Walleye fishing was slow in Little Bay de Noc. Perch fishing has been good, but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find the keepers. Anglers were using minnows and worms. Areas around the Kipling boat launch produced the best action.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
Anglers in Keweenaw and Huron bays were fishing mostly for lake trout. Anglers have been trolling but overall success has been spotty unless weather was favorable. The most used baits continued to be spoons, or flasher and flies with no natural bait on them. These baits seemed to be the best option for trolling in and around Keweenaw and Huron bays. Most successful fishing was in the early morning hours while temperatures were low, and the fish were most active.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Overall fishing has been pretty good on Lake Gogebic. Nightcrawlers and leeches fished along the weeds are catching walleyes, smallmouth bass, perch, northern pike, and some really nice bluegills, crappies, and sunfish.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Most anglers in Traverse Bay and the South Portage entry canal have been trolling for lake trout, but cohos are starting to show up in near-shore waters soon. Anglers trolling reported a few coho in shallow water. Anglers were trolling with spoons, and flashers and flies for salmon. Lake trout have been caught in the deeper waters. Try fishing as early or late in the day as you can since the water temps will be lower during those times and the fish should be in shallower water. Shore anglers are catching northern pike and yellow perch on worms, minnows, and topwater baits.
Northwoods Sporting Goods, (906) 482-5210.
The DNR contributed to this report.