June 17th AAA Fishing Report

From walleye and trout to bass and pike, fishing statewide is rated good. Before heading to your fishing destination, visit www.AAATraffic.com for the latest traFrom walleye and trout to bass and pike, fishing statewide is rated good. Before heading to your fishing destination, visit www.AAATraffic.com for the latest traffic, construction, weather and road conditions that may affect your route. ——————————————————————————– Upper Peninsula Northwest West Southwest Northeast East Central Southeast Upper Peninsula: Anglers in and around the Bergland area are finding plenty of walleye trolling with planer boards and Reef Runners. Fish are suspended in the Mud Flats. Life is good in the L’Anse area where fishing is good for lake trout and jigging with cut bait. Anglers are most successful when fishing in the early morning or evening hours and in waters 150-170 feet on both Huron Bay and Keweenaw Bay. King salmon seems to be hit-or-miss with anglers fishing in 30-40 feet during the early morning or late evening hours using downriggers, dodgers and spoons. During the day anglers are finding better results fishing in 100 feet of water. Crappie are on beds now. Marquette anglers are finding that the walleye are just starting on many inland lakes. It appears that the cold water has slowed the trout and salmon fishing a bit off of the area. Escanaba anglers are finding that the walleye fishing is either hot or cold but when the fish are biting they are hitting on crawlers and crank baits in good numbers. The fish are pretty spread out with the north end and center reef the best locations. Ford and Escanaba rivers are giving up decent counts of bass and a few perch can be had off of the campground area near Gladstone. A Mayfly hatch in the Manistique area has slowed angling activity. Warmer weather has finally arrived in the area and anglers with plenty of patience are getting a walleye here and there on Indian Lake. It’s a slow go this week for Sault Ste. Marie anglers, very limited angling activity to speak of. Excellent walleye fishing taking place on Munuscong Bay with anglers getting great results with crawler harnesses with a bottom bouncer, Wally Divers and jigging. Excellent walleye action is also taking place at the mouth of the Gogomain River with anglers drifting or trolling. Good fishing for anglers headed to Scott and Maxton bays around Drummond Island for walleye. Anglers are using crawlers, crawler harnesses and stick baits with good results. Pike, small mouth bass and an occasional sunfish are also biting on both bays. Walleye are active at the mouth of the river to the Potanissing Bay. St. Ignace anglers are either getting limits on walleye or getting nothing at all out on Brevort Lake. Warmer weather has finally arrived in the area and the fishing should really start to pick up. Information Providers: Johnson’s Sports-Drummond Island; Bay View Bait & Tackle-Escanaba; Top O’ Lake Sport-Manistique; Hank’s Sporting-Sault Ste. Marie; Wilderness Treasurers-Munuscong Bay; ACE Hardware-St. Ignace; Gogebic Grocery-Bergland and Indian Country Sports-L’Anse. ——————————————————————————– Northwest: Crooked and Pickerel lakes near the Alanson area are producing plentiful walleye, pike and bass on crawlers. Lake trout are biting on Lake Michigan. A Mayfly hatch just happened. Boyne City anglers are finding good luck fishing on Walloon Lake for bass, walleye and northern. Splake, blue gill, crappie and bass are hitting in good quantities on Deer, Susan and Thumb lakes. Body baits and crawler harnesses seem to do the trick. Off of the Lake Charlevoix channel in the late evening hours anglers are getting nice numbers of bass, walleye and northern. Walleye are biting around 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. Torch and Skegemog lakes in the Kalkaska area are both abundant with pike, lake trout and bass. Most inland lakes have a variety of fish bedding such as blue gill, pan fish and sunfish. Overall most rivers and streams in the area are producing good action for trout fishing with spinners. Killer angling action taking place in the Gaylord area, the streams and rivers are alive with activity. The Black, Sturgeon and Pigeon rivers are producing very good counts of steelhead, and Rainbow trout. Several hatches have occurred including Brown Drake, Sulfur, Caddis and Mahogany Dun. Fishing is best mid to late afternoon. Bradford Lake is doing well for walleye on crank baits and Otsego Lake is a bit slow but some small and large mouth bass are biting. Great fishing for anglers headed for the Cadillac area. Sunfish, blue gill, Rock bass, crappie and perch are plentiful on both Mitchell and Cadillac lakes. A variety of baits and techniques are working. Blue gill still have not bedded and anglers are typically not getting limits, but fishing is steady. Lake Michigan is giving up good numbers of bass and pike. Information providers: Alphorn-Gaylord; Jack’s Sports-Kalkaska; Pilgrim’s Village-Cadillac; Young’s Bait Shop-Alanson and Boyne River Bait Shop-Boyne City. ——————————————————————————– West: Good action off of the Ludington area on Lake Michigan where anglers are fishing in 120 feet of water for steelhead, Brown trout and salmon. Fish are god size and a variety of spoons are working well including Mixed Veggie, Blue/Green Dolphins, Wonder Bread, Kevorkian and Lemon Ice. On Hamlin Lake blue gill, bass and Northern pike are in good numbers. Pike are coming off their beds on the upper portion of the lake and around the bayous. Worms, minnows and jigs seem to be working well. Warmer weather in Baldwin has greatly improved the fishing activity. Trout action is good on the Pere Marquette, Little and Big Manistee rivers. Several streamer patterns are working. Bass Lake some large size bass are being caught, five to six pounds seem to be the norm. Large mouth bass are hitting on crank baits, while rubber worms with a spinner in front is working well on Rock bass. Muskegon area anglers are finding mid-June doldrums with angling activity on the slow side. Some anglers are pulling in a few blue gill on Muskegon Lake using bobbers, wax worms and spikes. Salmon activity is taking place on Lake Michigan in 300-350 feet of water. Anglers fishing the Muskegon River are doing well on trout with flies. Chippewa Lake is really good for pan fish with many anglers obtaining limits easily. A few bass are hitting on crawlers and the fish are good size. Minnows seem to be the bait of choice. Around the Grand Rapids area the Grand River is producing nice numbers of catfish and crawlers are working well. Information providers: Wolf Lake Resort & ATV Rental-Baldwin; King Sports-Baldwin; East Bay General Store-Chippewa Lake; Shoreline Bait & Tackle-Muskegon; P.M. Sports-Ludington and Gander Mountain-Grand Rapids. ——————————————————————————– Southwest: In Benton Harbor the angling is on the slow side but persistent anglers are getting salmon and trout in 200-250 feet of water fishing the top 50-60 feet. North of the pier perch are active in 40-50 feet of water and biting on Yellow Killers, Natural Born Killers, Blue Dolphins, Watermelon, Blue Garden and Spin and Glow. In New Buffalo perch are abundant in 30 feet of water near the Red Roof Inn and Pumping Station with anglers using minnows and getting good results. Coho action is good near the state line and fishing in 60-feet of water with Carmel Dolphins and Monkey Puke spoons. In and around the Kalamazoo area Gunn, Sugarloaf and Austin lakes are giving up nice catches of bass jigging near weed beds and with crank baits. Pan fish are good on Gunn Lake and the blue gills are biting on rubber spiders. Fish are in post-spawn pattern right now. Austin, Gull and Sugarloaf lakes are also good for some nice numbers of crappie and blue gill. Information providers: D.& R. Sports-Kalamazoo; Tackle Haven-Benton Harbor and Captain Cook’s-New Buffalo. ——————————————————————————– Northeast: Around Grayling trout are starting on the Manistee and Au Sable rivers and a Brown Drake hatch has occurred. Lonesome Lake in Crawford County and Guthrie Lake are both producing fair blue gill numbers and some bass can be found in shallow waters. Lake Margrethe is producing nice blue gill in the shallows and near the south end. Oscoda anglers finally have some nice weather and improved fishing conditions. Cooke Dam Pond is producing good blue gill and bass, Foote Dam Pond is giving up pike, perch, lots of bass and a few crappie. Van Etten Lake anglers are reeling in nice numbers of pike, perch and walleye. The Au Sable River has decent walleye and sucker activity and an occasional steelhead in the mix. Overall good fishing in the area and the following baits are popular, minnows, leeches, night crawlers, wax worms and leaf worms. Houghton Lake anglers continue to find good walleye action while drifting and trolling along with a few blue gill, Northern Pike and crappie. Anglers fishing from shore are getting carp with bows. Higgins Lake anglers are finding Rock bass everywhere on the lake using crawlers. Perch fishing is good in 30 to 40 feet of water. Lake trout fishing is good using Swedish Pimples. Good fishing in the Au Gres area for walleye. Anglers are going straight out from the boat launch in 30-40 feet of water and using crawler harnesses with good results. The Au Gres River is giving up some pike, bass and an occasional walleye. Information providers: Skips-Grayling; Lyman’s-Houghton Lake; Sports Barn-Higgins Lake; Wright’s Sport Shop-Au Gres and The Dam Store-Oscoda. ——————————————————————————– East: Straight out from Standish and towards the north, anglers are fishing in 14-18 feet of water for some nice walleye catches. Purple spoons are working well. Night crawlers are working ok for Linwood anglers fishing Saginaw Bay in 16 to 20 feet of water. Bay City anglers are fishing the Saginaw River for catfish using crawlers with harnesses and walleye catches remain good off Quanicassee and Finn Road. Anglers fishing straight out from Quanicassee are also doing well on catfish with cut bait and limiting out on perch using minnows. Sand Point off of the Bay Port area is producing good numbers of walleye and anglers using Hot-N- Tots and crawler harnesses are limiting out. A few walleye are being caught close to shore off the Long Dock. Walleye are good size too. Off of the Bay Port Public Access the catfish and bass fishing is good. Off of Port Austin, Saginaw Bay is producing nice numbers of walleye particularly around the Pointe. Anglers are doing well trolling with crawler harnesses in 8-15 feet of water. Off of Harbor Beach Lake Huron is giving up good numbers of perch and walleye in 45 feet of water. A few Kings, Coho and steelhead remain and the lake trout fishing is great along with plentiful bass. Butterscotch spoons are hot. Off of Lexington and Port Sanilac, King fishing is decent in 70 feet of water. Water temperatures have improved greatly. A smelt run is coming up the river bringing a lot of other fish with them. Perch are starting to show up as well. Perch are starting to hit off of Lakeport. In Port Huron anglers fishing off the boardwalk continue to pull in good numbers of walleye and an occasional Brown. The water clarity has improved. Walleye fishing above the bridge while drifting is getting good results and when using crawler harnesses, Chartreuse and Copper Blades. Huge numbers of Silver bass are biting all along the mouth of the Black River and near the filtration plant. Minnows and crappie rigs seem to be working well. Pike and small mouth bass have really turned on in the Black River and Mill Creek. Local ponds are producing good numbers of bass. Information providers: Frank’s Place-Harbor Beach; 1st & Main-Bay Port; Michigan Sportsman-Bay City; Eagle Bay Marina-Standish; Anderson’s Pro Bait-Port Huron; Frank’s Great Outdoors-Linwood and Gander Mountain-Saginaw. ——————————————————————————– Central: Warmer weather has improved angling activity around the Mount Pleasant area. The Chippewa River is producing decent catches of pike on shiners around Deerfield Nature Park. Hot action is taking place for anglers fishing the Grand River, particularly in Downtown Lansing. Anglers are slamming Rock bass and carp using Red Wigglers under a float and corn. Park Lake is giving up decent numbers of bass and blue gill but the water is high and not the best visibility. Lake Ovid and the Grand River are both producing decent numbers of blue gill, hit or miss catfish and the pan fish are off and on. Vineyard and Wamplers lakes in Brooklyn are producing good numbers of blue gill, a few pike and crappie. Successful baits include jumbo pan fish worms, wax worms and night crawlers. Information providers: Jake’s outdoors-Mt. Pleasant; Knutson’s Live Bait-Brooklyn and Grand River Bait and Tackle-Lansing. ——————————————————————————– Southeast: Algonac anglers are finding plenty of perch starting to hit in Lake St. Clair. Lots of bass are being caught and this weekend bass opens on the American side. A few walleye are being caught in the North Channel, St. Clair River and South Channel. Off of the Fair Haven area the St. Clair River is producing decent numbers of walleye. Walleye activity is good near Sans Souci and Marine City as well. Anglers are vertical jigging and using crawler harnesses. Perch action is picking up around Harsen’s Island. Walleye action remains strong around the Harrison Township area near Metro Beach, Gino’s Surf, and the 400 Club. Anglers are fishing on Lake St. Clair in about 14 feet of water and drifting crawlers. Small mouth bass and musky action is excellent around 9 Mile Road near the shallows. Green tubes are working today, but some anglers are starting to transition to light green or greenish/brown. St. Clair Shores anglers are heading right out in front of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club for some pretty good walleye action on the Detroit River. Off of the Melvindale, River Rouge and Ecorse areas the fishing has slowed a bit on the Detroit River; possibly due to a transition of many fish heading out to the lake. Silver bass may be slowing down some and the walleye that are left seem easier to catch. Perch are starting to run in the Detroit River and are biting in most canals and around marinas and yacht clubs. Near Fighting Island and down to Buoy 94 anglers continue to jig for walleye with decent success. Fish are deep in the channel and generally smaller in size. A Mayfly hatch is just starting. Walleye fishing is decent around Celeron and Calf Islands using Chartreuse jig heads. When the fish are biting, hand liners are doing great. Popular baits include bottom bouncers, crawler harnesses and a variety of spoons with no particular color. FLW Walleye League Tournament takes place this Saturday on Lake Erie. Call 313-388-3474 for details. In the Rock Wood area the Huron River is producing good numbers of large and small mouth bass. Perch action is picking up and anglers should find good numbers in front of Lake Erie Metro Park and towards the shipping channels. Silver bass are still on the heavy side in certain areas of the Detroit River and walleye remain in the river but overall the majority seems to have moved out from the Gibraltar area to deeper waters of Lake Erie. This may change as walleye follow spawning shiner minnows back into shallow water once the water temperature gets to about 70 degrees, right now the water is 65 degrees. Popular baits include bottom bouncers with harnesses and jigs with Wyandotte worms as well as Jet Divers and Michigan Stinger Spoons. Straight out from Monroe heavy walleye fishing is taking place in 24-30 feet of water on Lake Erie near the Turn-Around Buoy out in front of the Fermi Plant. Bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses are working well, especially in purple and pink. Perch activity is really good around Luna Pier, E-Buoy and the Dumping Grounds. Stony Pointe and Brest Bay anglers will still find a few walleye. Trolling is better than drifting right now. Worms and minnows are still popular. Further out near the Michigan/Ohio/Canadian line and the Sputnik Buoy walleye fishing is great however Mayflies and bugs are really bad on the lake. The FLW Walleye League Tournament comes to Sterling State Park in Monroe Saturday, June 20. Call 313-910-0229 for details. Anglers are finding hot walleye action in Ohio waters three to five miles northwest of West Sister Island and just east of Buoy #1 in the Toledo shipping channel. Anglers are getting results in 27 to 30 feet of water. Purple and watermelon colored crawler harnesses and one ounce in-line weights 40-55 feet back seem to take most fish, but a few are hitting on bottom bouncers. In the same area, charter boat services are doing well trolling spoons and jet divers 80-100 feet. Blue gill are hitting in good numbers on Belleville and Ford lakes. Otherwise fishing overall is steady but don’t expect huge quantities of any fish. Jumbo and baby night crawlers, leeches, wax worms, Fathead minnows and worms are popular baits working on a variety of species. Information providers: Bluewater Bait-Fairhaven; Lakeside Fishing Shop-St. Clair Shores; Pro-Fishing & Archery-Harrison Township; South Street Tackle-Belleville; Bottom Line Bait & Tackle-Rock Wood; Erie Party Shop-Monroe; Andy’s Tackle Box-Melvindale; WalleyeKid.com-Canton; Lance Valentine’s Walleye 101 and Mackie’s Bait & Tackle-Algonac.

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