AAA Fishing Report for July 22

Whether you’re a serious angler or just like fishing for fun, there is plenty of angling action for a variety of species. Before heading to your fishing destination, visit for the latest traffic, construction, weather and road conditions that may affect your route.


Upper Peninsula:

Lake Gogebic in the Bergland area had a very strong Mayfly hatch that has slowed the fishing a bit. A few walleye are biting on night crawlers and leeches and some perch on night crawlers.

Good action in the L’Anse area where anglers are pulling in nice size Lake trout and salmon. Inland lakes are producing plenty of small mouth bass jigging with spinners or crawlers and fish are weighing in around the seven pound range. Off of the Escanaba area salmon action is good in the harbor, on the Big Cedar River and off nearby Fairport. Flies, flashers and spoons in a variety of colors are working well. Anglers are doing best fishing in 50-100 feet of water and fishing down 40-60 feet.

Good fishing off of the Manistique area on Lake Michigan where the salmon and trout are active. Spoons are working in just about every color. Good luck to all anglers fishing in the 24th Annual Manistique Area Salmon and Trout Derby this weekend. Call 1-800-342-4282 or 906-341-5241 for information.

Fishing activity is great again this week in the Sault Ste. Marie area. Atlantic salmon and whitefish continue to hit behind the Power House. Anglers are doing well trolling with black and white and orange spoons with flies working well too.

Off of the Munuscong area the herring are biting on teardrops and wax worms on Raber Bay and around Lime Island.

Around Drummond Island wax worms, teardrops and ice rigs are working well on herring on Sturgeon Bay. Scotts Bay is giving up some walleye on crawler harnesses. Scott and Maxton bays are producing plenty of pike, and the perch are active but spread out, minnows are working well.

St. Ignace anglers are finding that the weeds are just too high to troll with any success on Brevort Lake and the water is pretty darn cold on Lake Huron limiting the fishing activity.

Information Providers: ACE Hardware-St. Ignace; Johnson’s Sports-Drummond Island; Gogebic Grocery-Bergland; Wilderness Treasures-Munuscong Bay; Bay View Bait & Tackle-Escanaba; Top O’ Lake Sport-Manistique; Hank’s Sporting-Sault Ste. Marie; ACE Hardware-St.Ignace and Indian Country Sports-L’Anse.


Good fishing around the Alanson area where Burt Lake and the Crooked River are both producing nice catches of walleye especially at night and the early morning hours. Anglers are finding success drifting with crawler harnesses or trolling.

Boyne City has some good angling action on Walloon Lake and Lake Charlevoix for walleye, bass and pike using mostly live baits, leeches, Golden Shiners, suckers, crawler harnesses and body baits. The Boyne River and surrounding streams are doing well for Brook and Brown trout. Salmon activity on Grand Traverse Bay is decent in 126 feet of water and fishing about 112 feet down.

Off of Frankfort Lake Michigan is producing salmon around 12 miles out but when the wind picks up anglers are finding better luck closer to shore. The pier is hit-or-miss. Trolling seems to be working well with spoons or sparkle flies or Michigan Squid. All lakes are doing well on bass. Big Platte and the lower Herring are producing nice catches of walleye with crawler harnesses with crawlers or leeches working well and trolling with Bombers or body baits. Crystal Lake is providing good numbers of Rock bass, small mouth bass and perch. Small Mouth bass are biting on preserved wigglers.

Kalkaska area anglers are finding good fishing on Skegemog Lake for Lake trout, pike

Angling is good in Cadillac on Lake Mitchell where pike, Large Mouth bass and crappie are active. Spinner baits, leeches and minnows are popular baits. Lake Cadillac is producing an assortment of pan fish biting on worms, while bass and pike are hitting on wax worms.

Very good fishing is taking place in the Gaylord area now that the Hex Hatch is over. Anglers are using terrestrials, and finding good results with BWO’s, ants and grasshoppers on the Black, Sturgeon and Au Sable rivers. A few walleye are biting for anglers trolling with crawler harnesses or crank baits. The pan fish action is decent on Bradford and Big lakes jigging with worms.

Information providers: Backcast Fly Shop-Frankfort; Alphorn-Gaylord; Jack’s Sports-Kalkaska; Pilgrim’s Village-Cadillac; Young’s Bait Shop-Alanson and Boyne River Bait-Boyne City.


Pier fishing in Ludington is rated good for salmon along with some catches of perch. Best locations include the pier heads and near the lighthouse in 100-150 feet of water and on the bottom. Northern pike, bass, blue gill and a few perch are biting on Hamlin Lake.

In Baldwin the Pere Marquette River is full of Brown trout as the terrestrial season gets underway. Grasshoppers and flies are popular. Blue gill are biting on wax worms and leaf worms on inland lakes with fish averaging eight inches. Howe’s Lake has nice blue gill fishing while Big Bass Lake is producing blue gill and perch. Wolf Lake has plenty of bass for the taking and the Rock bass are running on the very large size.

A cold spell of weather slowed the fishing on Chippewa Lake earlier in the week. The water is pretty cold so anglers need to find where the sun is hitting to locate the pike and even doing that the pike fishing is hit-or-miss. A few walleye are hitting and the most popular baits include minnows and crawlers.

Information providers: King Sports-Baldwin; Wolf Lake Resort & ATV Rental-Baldwin; East Bay General Store-Chippewa Lake; Shoreline Bait & Tackle-Muskegon; P.M. Sports-Ludington and Gander Mountain-Grand Rapids.


South Haven anglers are getting plenty of perch south of the pier in waters 25-30 feet. Fish are averaging 8-12 inches and anglers are obtaining limits when the winds are calm. The Kings have just started and anglers trolling in 100-180 feet of water are doing well for Lake Trout. Flies and Northern King spoons are working well. Blue gill are found in 12-20 feet of water on Portage, Long, Brandywine and Scott lakes with leaf worms and night crawlers working well.

The Kalamazoo River is giving up nice catches of Small Mouth bass between Comstock and Morrow Dam and around the same stretch of water a few walleye are in the mix. Try using slider grubs, Rapalas on Shiner minnows. Large Mouth bass are biting on West, Sugarloaf and Gunn lakes and also the upper Scott Lake. Northern pike action is good on Dumont, Big and Huzzy lakes on Lucky Craft Crank baits or Met Spinners.

The fishing is improving in Benton Harbor and around St. Joseph with Lake Trout your best bet. Troll very slowly in waters 80-120 feet and fishing the bottom 10. Anglers are getting good results with Sour Apple Rapture flies or green edge Pro Trolls with Hypnotist. Perch action is decent in 18-40 feet of water. Try fishing south by the Chalets. Lake Michigan is producing fair amounts of King Salmon in 70-150 feet of water. Fish 60-90 feet down and use Rapture Last Supper for good results. Steelhead seem to be biting best in 80-150 feet of water on Blue Dolphin, Freakin’ Blue Veggie or Mixed Veggie. Some other options getting good results include Tin Can Dodgers and Rapture Hypnotist.

Perch action is good in New Buffalo in about 27 feet of water near the Red Roof and Pump Station on minnows. Steelhead and Kings are hitting in 100-140 feet on spoons.

Blue gill action is overall good on all lakes in the Three Rivers area and particularly good on Corey Lake. Fish are very nice size. Bear Lake is giving up some very good bass numbers on artificial lures. Also working well are Red Wigglers, night crawlers, worms and crickets.

Information providers: D.& R. Sports-Kalamazoo; Captain Cook’s-New Buffalo; Fisherman’s Luck-Three Rivers and Tackle Haven-Benton Harbor.


Around Oscoda, Van Etten Lake has plenty of perch but the walleye and pike are few. The Au Sable River is producing a few bass and some perch. Blue gill are doing well on Crooked Lake on wax and leaf worms. Foote Dam Pond is loaded with bass and anglers are finding good results using soft shelled crayfish. Pike are biting on pike minnows and perch are biting on perch minnows. Lake Huron near the end of the river Lake Trout and a few salmon are just starting.

Lake Margrethe near Grayling has fair angling action and the pressure is light. Anglers are fishing in 18-feet of water for walleye with leeches and Lindy Rigs and drifting .5 mph. Small Mouth bass are being caught in 15-feet of water and pike in 50-feet between Big Bear and Little Bear.

Bass and walleye action is good on Houghton Lake particularly near the weed edge. Hot spots include near the middle ground, south shore and pretty much any weeded area.

Perch are active on Higgins Lake on wax worms and minnows while Rock bass prefer night crawlers and leeches. Anglers will also find a few Lake Trout.

Au Gres anglers are finding good fishing for walleye near the mouth of the river and out towards the deeper waters.

Information providers: Skips-Grayling; Sports Barn-Higgins Lake; The Dam Store-Oscoda; Lyman’s-Houghton Lake and Wright’s Sports Shop-Au Gres.


Standish anglers continue to find good catches of walleye in 35-feet of water. Green, yellow, pink and purple spoons in a variety of combinations are working as well as crawler harnesses. No perch action at this time. Linwood anglers are heading straight out to the edge of the shipping channels in 20-25 feet of water for some nice perch action. Fish are averaging nine inches. Straight out from Bay City three to four miles, near Finn Road and the Spark Plug the walleye fishing is good. Perch activity is decent near the last buoy bout 13 miles out. Catfish are hitting around Quanicassee and a few bass can be had near the Lafayette Bridge on the Saginaw River. Sand Point is a good location when the winds are calm for some good walleye fishing in deeper water with crawlers and harnesses. Anglers fishing early were limiting out by 11 a.m. Overall the entire Saginaw Bay is doing well on walleye on crawler harnesses.

Anglers fishing right in the harbor at Harbor Beach are getting walleye biting on crawler harnesses, pink is a hot color. No perch at this time.

Information providers: 1st & Main-Bay Port; Frank’s Great Outdoors-Linwood; Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle-Harbor Beach; Michigan Sportsman-Bay City; Eagle Bay Marina-Standish and Gander Mountain-Saginaw.


Lake Isabella and Stephenson Lake in the Lansing area are both producing an abundance of bass on night crawlers.

In Lansing the catfish action is outstanding on the Red Cedar River just below the Moore’s Park Dam and anglers targeting Northern Pike or carp are doing well. Muskrat Lake about six to eight miles north of Lansing is producing crappie. Anglers are double rigging with good results. Try using one rig with crappie minnows the other with small Twister Tail Spinners. Fish are small in size but anglers are catching two fish at a time.

Devils Lake in Addison, Sand Lake in Irish Hills and Round Lake near Manitou Beach are all doing well on blue gill. Anglers are getting good results with jumbo pan fish worms. Overall all inland lakes in the surrounding areas are producing a wide variety of good fishing, but the blue gill action is hot.

Information providers: Knutson’s Live Bait-Brooklyn; Jake’s Outdoors-Mt. Pleasant and Grand River Bait and Tackle-Lansing.


Around Fair Haven and Algonac the walleye action remains strong on crawler harnesses and Hammer Lures with beads. Perch action is spotty. Bass are everywhere but try around Grass Island, near the cut, or the mouth of the North Channel, spinners are working well.

Great walleye fishing taking place near Harrison in 28-30 feet of water near the Fire Cracker and anglers are obtaining limits using crawler harnesses. Small Mouth bass are all over the lake in 8-14 feet of water and tubes are working well. Musky action is very good generally all over the lake, but one hot spot is near the middle and dumping grounds. Hi-Fin Bucktails are working well and fish are measuring up to 53-inches and some near 35 pounds.

Fishing near the St. Clair Shores area anglers will find perch out in front of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, around the 29 and 30 Cans, near the St. Clair Lighthouse and the Nine Mile Tower. Lake St. Clair has some nice walleye activity in the early morning hours.

Walleye are still present on the Detroit River from the Ambassador Bridge down to the lower Trenton Channel on both sides of the river. Anglers need to move around a lot. Some anglers are jigging, but it seems that hand liners may be doing better in the evening hours and crawler harnesses and Wyandotte worms continue to work. Out on Lake Erie the walleye action is strong using spoons, Dipsy Divers, In-line planer boards and crawler harnesses remain popular. Perch action is good south of Celeron Island in 8-13 feet of water, near the Detroit Light and Rat Island. Stren series bass tournament takes place July 23-25 out of the Elizabeth Park Marina. For details call 734-675-8051 for details.

Near Monroe walleye activity remains good around Stoney Point and Brest Bay and out in front of the Fermi Stacks in 19-20 feet of water. Hot-n-Tots, Wiggle Warts, minnows and worms are working well. Luna Pier is giving up nice walleye numbers in 14-feet of water.

Further out on Lake Erie, anglers are doing very well around all of the Islands and near Buoys 1 and 2. Heading towards Leamington plenty of walleye are being caught in 30-feet of water. Further south, Pelee Island has great walleye action and all of the charter services are limiting out. Perch action is good near the Sputnik and McDonalds buoys, near the S and W-cans but watch for lots of nets.

In the Belleville area some great crappie and walleye fishing is taking place near Sandy’s Marina and near the Rawsonvillle Road Bridge in the early morning hours. Belleville Lake is producing nice crappie catches near the bridge and walleye near the Dam. The blue gill bite is good and the Small Mouth bass are starting to bite better as well. The Huron River near Geddes Road or Argo Park in Ann Arbor is a good spot for some nice bass fishing with artificial frogs. Ford Lake has limited angling due to the heavy algae at this time. Popular baits overall include baby crawlers, minnows, wax worms, leeches and night crawlers.

Information providers: Bluewater Bait-Fairhaven; Pro-Fishing & Archery-Harrison Township; Lakeside Fishing Shop-St. Clair Shores; South Street Tackle-Belleville; Bottom Line Bait & Tackle-Rock Wood; Erie Party Shop-Monroe and Andy’s Tackle Box-Melvindale

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