This coming Saturday, June 20th is the opening day of bass season on the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. Panfish activity has started to pick up along with walleye, pike, bass and catfish. Mayfly hatches have just started in certain areas around the state.
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie - Walleye fishing was fair in 25 to 27 feet of water off Stoney Point, 20 feet of water off the Fermi Power Plant and 15 feet of water along the north end of the Banana Dike. The better fishing was in Ohio waters near West Sister Island where spoons, crank baits and crawlers were all producing fish depending on weather conditions. Perch anglers were starting to catch more fish near the mouth of the River Raisin and the Banana Dike when using minnows. Largemouth bass fishing was good between the River Raisin and Bolles Harbor.
Detroit River - Even though the Mayfly hatch is underway, walleye are still being caught. Copper and gold have been good colors. Perch can be found along the shipping channel and the weed beds. Good numbers of white perch have been caught in the lower Trenton Channel.
Lexington - Lake trout and salmon are hitting in waters 20 to 75 feet deep. Those fishing close to shore in the early morning caught salmon, lake trout and walleye. Pier anglers are catching rock bass, crappie, bass, pike, bullhead and a few walleye.
Harbor Beach - For chinook and coho, try 30 to 90 feet of water straight out or north of the harbor when trolling spoons off downriggers and offshore boards. Good colors were silver, green, blue, orange and yellow. Steelhead are hitting on bright colored spoons or body baits in 70 to 110 feet of water. Lake trout could be found in the lower half of waters 60 to 100 feet deep. Good colors were white with pink dots, green camo, orange or green. Walleye were caught in the evening when casting body baits off the north wall or trolling a crawler harness, small spoons or Hot-n-Tots. Perch anglers will want to try along the channel inside the harbor, near the lighthouse or the cemetery in 25 to 40 feet of water.
Grindstone City - Smallmouth bass are still hitting in Eagle Bay.
Port Austin - Walleye are being caught off all the local reefs.
Saginaw Bay - Hot spots for walleye over the last week have been the Spark Plug, Callahan Reef, 10 feet of water off Kitchen Road and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, the Slot from Quanicassee northeast to Sand Point and the Bar on the west side of the Slot. Pretty much wherever anglers went they caught walleye as long as they were in 10 feet of water or deeper, and most were getting their limits. The action near Sand Point and Wildfowl Bay slowed maybe because the fish moved out to deeper water. Channel cats were hitting in the Hot Ponds. Slow fishing at Caseville except for a few bass taken off the pier.
Saginaw River - Bass and catfish have been caught in the lower river.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
St. Joe - Trout and salmon are still being caught in waters 100 to 180 feet deep. A few perch have been caught in 40 to 60 feet of water north of the pier. Those fishing off the pier have caught the occasional steelhead along with a few perch, catfish and freshwater drum.
St. Joe River - Is high and the current is fast after the recent rains.
Kalamazoo River - Is producing some walleye and bass.
Austin Lake - Anglers are catching good numbers of bluegill.
Long Lake - In Kalamazoo County is producing fair to good numbers of pike.
Holland - Salmon and trout are still being caught however the fish are scattered which makes it harder to take limit catches.
Grand Haven - Salmon have been caught out deep in waters 200 to 320 feet deep. Target the top half of the water column with spoons. Hot colors were gold, orange and silver. Those fishing off the south pier were catching steelhead when using shrimp under a bobber. A few perch were also caught.
Grand River at Grand Rapids - Skamania have been caught on yarn, flies or bunny strips. Walleye are still being caught between the Sixth Street Dam and Wealthy Street. Anglers are drifting crawlers and small rapalas. Smallmouth bass were hitting on black and white Twister Tails. A few pike were caught on sucker minnows. Slow catch rates for crappie, bluegills and catfish.
Grand River at Lansing - Check out Moore’s Park for walleye. Carp have been caught off the boardwalk along Riverfront Park. Try crawlers or corn. Some nice rock bass were caught on red worms below the North Lansing Dam.
Lake Ovid - Is producing some nice channel cats on live bait, chicken liver or fresh dead bait.
Morrison Lake - Crappie were hitting on pink and white jigs or tear drops with minnows or wax worms.
Rogue River - Brown trout and skamania have been caught above and below the Rockford Dam. Most are using leaf worms or spinners.
Reeds Lake - Bluegills can be found just off the bottom from the shallows to water 20 feet deep. Perch are in 20 to 25 feet of water. Pike were caught when slow trolling with sucker minnows, spoons or large body baits. Largemouth bass were hitting on purple worms.
Muskegon - The trout and salmon are still way out in waters 200 to 320 feet deep. Troll the upper half of the water column with spoons. Good colors were gold, orange and yellow. No word on perch.
Whitehall - Salmon were still being caught however the action was slower. Most were trolling in 180 to 220 feet of water. Some perch were caught near the wreck which is a few miles north of the pier. Those fishing off the piers have caught a few brown trout on Cleo’s.
Northeast Lower Peninsula
Mullett Lake - Anglers have been targeting smallmouth bass along the drop-offs with tube baits, jerk baits, and spinners. Walleye anglers are trolling on the north end with crank baits, spinners or crawler harnesses. A few pike and perch were caught.
Burt Lake - Walleye have been caught on stick baits and bottom bouncers. Some fish were taken high in the water column and others at 25 feet.
Rogers City - Has very good lake trout fishing with lots of limit catches reported. Some smaller throw backs have started to show up which means the bigger fish are heading out to deeper waters. Anglers were targeting the bottom 10 feet of waters 30 to 60 feet deep around Swan Bay, Adams Point, Seagull Point and Forty Mile Point. Try cowbells and spin glo’s, dodgers and spin glo’s, blue and silver or green spoons. The salmon are scattered in the top 60 feet of waters up to 100 feet deep.
Presque Isle - Good numbers of lake trout have been caught in 30 to 80 feet of water. Fish closer to the bottom the more shallow you are. Out deeper, they are suspended 15 to 20 feet off the bottom.
Rockport - Lake trout have been caught close to the harbor in about 50 feet of water. Some are fishing in 70 feet of water near the Nordmere Wreck for chinook, coho and lake trout.
Alpena - Walleye have been caught in waters up to 25 feet deep along the north shore and between Grass Island and Partridge Point. The island is a mile or two south of the launch. Body baits with a perch pattern are working well.
Thunder Bay River - Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass when still-fishing with worms. Walleye were also caught on leeches.
Hubbard Lake - Has good smallmouth bass fishing.
Harrisville - Fish have been caught in waters 45 to 120 feet deep. Try silver, green and white combinations with planer boards and lead core.
Higgins Lake - Perch are being caught but it will be short lived because the Brown Drake hatch is underway. Lake trout are deep and hitting on body baits or live bait.
Houghton Lake - Walleye have been caught when trolling crawler harnesses or leech rigs in 6 to 8 feet of water. Some big bluegills and sunfish are hitting on wax worms or leaf worms in 3 to 6 feet of water. The Mayfly hatch is currently underway.
Oscoda - Lake trout and salmon have been caught on silver and green spoons in 60 to 100 feet of water.
Au Sable River - Walleye are being caught when drifting crawlers or leeches.
Tawas Lake - Anglers are catching some nice bluegills.
Tawas - Has been the one exception to excellent walleye fishing, so most boat anglers are trailering down to Au Gres. The only report for walleye was a few fish caught down near Alabaster. Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent. Pier anglers have caught the occasional bass, walleye, catfish and carp.
Au Gres - Walleye fishing here remains excellent, with lots of limit catches reported. Anglers are fishing 30 to 40 feet of water both north and south of the river.
Au Gres River - Anglers were taking channel cats along with the occasional bass and walleye on crawlers. Those night fishing near the Singing Bridge have caught some walleye in the surf.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Petoskey - Lake Michigan waters are still cold with surface temperatures in the 50 degree range.
Bear River - Bass fishing was a bit slow however anglers were catching rock bass, freshwater drum and carp.
Charlevoix - Some anglers caught plenty of lake trout just off the bottom in waters up to 80 feet deep, but many were small. Anglers report plenty of baitfish in the area.
Lake Charlevoix - A fair number of walleye and smallmouth bass have been caught.
Lake Bellaire - Construction at the Fisherman’s Paradise access site has been completed. The access site is now deeper and the dock extends further out, so it should be much easier to launch a boat. Walleye anglers are taking fish in the early morning and late evening when trolling near the Grass River outlet, the northern drop-offs, and the northwest arm from the Narrows to the Eckertly Road access site. Try crawler harnesses, jigs with leeches or rapalas. Fair to good smallmouth bass action along the west side of the lake, the flats on the north shore, and near the Grass River. Perch were caught in the northwest arm in 4 to 15 feet of water. Try leaf worms or crawlers. Rock bass are hitting in 7 to 10 feet.
Leland - Boats out trolling have caught limits of lake trout just above the 45th Parallel when using blue spoons and flies in 50 to 60 feet of water. Chinook must be moving into the area as a few fish were caught on the north side of North Manitou Island.
Glen Arbor - Several chinook salmon including some weighing in at 12 to 15 pounds have been caught south of the Coast Guard Station. Nothing routine here as one day they are 80 to 90 feet down and the next day they will only hit high lines trolled quite a ways behind the boat.
Glen Lake - Dredging at the access site has been completed. Lake trout were hitting in 50 to 70 feet of water. Perch fishing has slowed for now but a few fish were still caught near the marina.
Frankfort - Chinook have been caught along the outside edge of the Herring Hole in the early morning. Those trolling in the afternoon had better luck along the Shelf towards Betsie Point. Chinook and lake trout were caught on spoons in 100 to 140 feet of water. Orange, pink, green and blue were good colors.
Onekama - Good fishing for those trolling up near the Barrel. Chinook were caught on the north end of the structure in 80 to 130 feet of water. Meat rigs along with purple, green, and blue spoons were catching the most fish.
Portage Lake - Fishing was slow due to the recent Mayfly hatch. Bass anglers are still taking fish in 8 to 10 feet of water. Boat anglers trolling in the afternoon caught some nice pike along with the occasional large bluegill or perch. For walleye, anglers trolling near the channel at night have caught fish on small body baits.
Lake Missaukee - Pan fishing improved and lots of pike have been caught.
Manistee - Boat anglers fishing off the Shelf are still taking trout and salmon. Anglers are fishing the top 60 feet at various depths. A few scum lines were found by those venturing out towards deeper waters. Green and orange spoons were still the top producers. Pier anglers were still picking up the occasional chinook or brown trout when casting spoons.
Ludington - Salmon and trout have been caught in 70 to 140 feet of water between the Bath House and Betsie Point. Good colors were green, blue and orange. Pier fishing was slow.
Copper Harbor - Has good splake fishing for those casting spinners or stick baits. Most of the fish recorded were between 3 and 5 pounds.
Eagle Harbor - Lake trout were caught on cut bait in 50 to 100 feet of water.
Lac La Belle - In Keweenaw County is producing some nice crappie in 4 to 10 feet of water.
Keweenaw Bay - Chinook, coho, and a few lake trout were caught from the head of the Bay to Carla’s Restaurant which is located on U.S. 41. Spoons, dodgers and flies or body baits in green, gold, orange or white were catching fish. Try 40 to 90 feet down in waters 50 to 110 feet deep. Good trolling action in Traverse Bay in 120 to 180 feet of water between the stacks and Big Louie’s Point. Lake trout were caught off the Point in 220 to 240 feet of water when using jigs with cut bait such as smelt or suckers.
Marquette - Some limits of lake trout were caught in 140 to 180 feet of water near the White Rocks and Shot Point. Coho, brown trout and steelhead were also caught. Morning trips were best. Those fishing at the “Rock” were jigging cut bait. Surface water temperatures are 46 to 49 degrees.
Menominee - Boats are trolling in 14 to 25 feet of water in both Michigan and Wisconsin waters but only picking up a few fish. A few smallmouth bass were caught but most were sub-legal.
Menominee River - Boat and shore anglers fishing between the mouth and the Hattie Street Dam have caught lots of catfish and freshwater drum. Some nice walleye were caught in the deeper holes when trolling crawler harnesses. The better fishing was in the early morning or late evening. Crawlers worked best.
Cedar River - Anglers have caught lots of smallmouth bass when jigging crawlers.
Little Bay De Noc - Water temperature have made it up to 60 degrees but the walleye bite was still slow and many fish were sub-legal. The better catches were coming around Strawberry Island and south to the Center Reef when trolling or drifting crawlers in 4 to 32 feet of water. Fish shallow up near the island. Walleye were also caught between No-See-Um Creek and the “Fingers.” Good smallmouth action around the Bay including Garth Point and Hunter’s Point. Perch fishing was fair for those jigging or drifting worms in 8 to 18 feet of water around Butler Island.
Ford River - Has good smallmouth action for those casting tube baits or crank baits. Shore anglers also caught fish when casting crank baits near the split.
Big Bay De Noc - Walleye have been caught out by the “Boot” when trolling crawlers just off the bottom in 14 to 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were caught in Garden Bay and South River Bay, off Porcupine Point and near Ogontz. Try waters 4 to 14 feet deep.
Au Train - Had fair fishing with a few lake trout caught in waters between 70 and over 300 feet deep. A few lucky anglers did manage to get their limit. The surface water temperatures were between 41 and 45 degrees.
Munising - Lake trout have been caught in Trout Bay and the West Channel.
Grand Marais - The better whitefish action was in the early morning and at night. Limits of lake trout were caught in 120 to 270 feet of water.
St. Mary’s River - Had reports of walleye being caught near Dan’s Resort when trolling a crawler harness in 3 to 5 feet of water. Purple and pink or light green were good colors.
Munuscong Bay - The walleye action has just begun. Try fishing shallow waters near the weeds. Early morning and late evening produced the most fish near the mouth of the Munuscong River.
De Tour - The action was a bit slower however anglers were fishing from the city launch to the #3 green can and around both the red cans on the Drummond Island side. Chinook, atlantic salmon and lake trout were caught in the top 30 feet of water when using green and gold spoons.
Drummond Island - Walleye have been caught in 4 to 6 feet of water in Scotts Bay. Most fish were caught on crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers. Smallmouth bass and northern pike were caught on the west side of James Island.
Cedarville and Hessel - Even with cooler temperatures, anglers were catching good numbers of northern pike and fair numbers of smallmouth bass. Northern pike are biting in the Moscoe Channel, Cedarville Bay and Mackinac Bay. Most were casting spinner baits or stick baits.
St. Ignace - Boat anglers fishing between the city launch and the Coast Guard launch are getting a lot of hits, but landing only a few. Chinook, atlantic salmon and lake trout were caught 25 to 50 feet down on spoons.