AAA Fishing Report for July 30th

Anglers have to battle the elements to find consistent fishing on Michigan’s lakes, rivers and streams. Before heading to your fishing destination, visit for the latest traffic, construction, weather and road conditions that may affect your route.


Upper Peninsula:

The mayfly hatch across the region has slowed fishing on Lake Gogebic near Bergland. A few walleye are biting using crawler harnesses and slip bobbers keeping the bait off the bottom of the lake. Perch fishing is beginning to pick up.

Fishing out of L’Anse, salmon action has slowed significantly while decent numbers of Lake trout are being taken on jigs in deeper waters. Inland lakes in the area are producing plenty of Small Mouth bass.

The walleye fishing has remained slow near Escanaba and Fairport. The salmon bite has been consistent from Escanaba south out of Little Bay De Noc or in the big bay near Fairport. Bass fishing is producing the best results across the region.

Anglers have found some consistency around Manistique when fishing for salmon, trout and steelhead, with spoons and flies working well as bait. A few perch are being caught on Indian Lake using minnows.

In the Sault Ste. Marie area, walleye fishing has slowed. However, the best fishing is in the St. Mary’s River using a crawler harness and bottom bouncer. Anglers are catching a few whitefish and the occasional Atlantic salmon behind the Power House.

Near Munuscong, the herring are biting on teardrops and wax worms on Raber Bay and around Lime Island. Anglers are also having success taking a few pike and musky in the stretch of water from Munuscong to Raber bays.

Around Drummond Island, perch are being caught near Harbor Island in Potaganissing Bay using minnows. Scott’s Bay is giving up some walleye on crawler harnesses and a few bass.

Limited fishing continues near St. Ignace. Anglers are dealing with weather conditions on the big lakes or continue to battle weeds on Brevort Lake.

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


Bass fishing has been great in the Alanson area, with Douglas Lake and Lake Paradise being the best places to throw a line. For anglers heading to Lake Michigan, good numbers of salmon have been taken heading out from Harbor Springs.

Great fishing continues to take place near Boyne City on Walloon Lake and Lake Charlevoix. Fishing the south arm of Lake Charlevoix, walleye can be found in 18-22 feet of water using a variety of baits. Salmon activity on Lake Michigan is also picking up out of the Charlevoix area. Salmon are moving into water 50-110 feet deep with blues and greens being the colors of choice.

Traverse City anglers are catching a few salmon in the east bay trolling spoons, dodgers and flies. The walleye bite has slowed and the fish have moved to deeper water on Long Lake and Lake Leelanau. The bite has also slowed on area lakes when fishing for bass and pan fish.

Although the weather has not been the greatest, all lakes in the Frankfort area are doing well on bass, blue gill, perch and walleye. The best places to cast a line in the area are Crystal, Arcadia and Bear lakes. The rivers and streams in the area are producing good numbers of Brown and Rainbow trout. On Lake Michigan, salmon are being caught trolling spoons, dodgers and flies.

Fishing on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac are producing good numbers of pike and bass. Blue gill have returned to the beds for a second time this year and, for anglers looking for larger sized crappie, head to Lake Mitchell.

Kalkaska area anglers are doing well catching bass and blue gill on all inland lakes. Pike fishing has been very good on Lake Skegemog.

Near Gaylord, anglers are using terrestrials and finding good results with BWO’s, crickets and grasshoppers on the Black, Sturgeon and Manistee rivers. Area lakes are producing fair to good amounts of bass, perch, walleye and pan fish.

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


Anglers are taking decent numbers of fish in the Ludington area. The north pier is producing good numbers of Kings and perch. Further out on Lake Michigan, the salmon and trout have been a little hard to find moving out into deeper water up to 160 feet deep between the Bathhouse and Sable Point. Hamlin Lake has been a good spot for Northern pike and bass. Pere Marquette Lake is giving up a few perch and the occasional salmon.

Trout fishing in the rivers and streams near Baldwin has been very good. Terrestrial patterns including crickets and grasshoppers are working well. In the Pere Marquette River, a few Skamania steelhead have been caught. Blue gill and bass are biting on wax worms and leaf worms on area inland lakes including Wolf Lake.

Near Muskegon, anglers heading onto Lake Michigan are catching good numbers of a variety of fish. Salmon can be found in water 40-60 feet deep in the mornings with glow-in-the-dark Moonshines. In the afternoons, salmon are in 100-150 feet of water. Spinners, crawlers and dark-colored Husky Jerks are working well for walleye. Look for perch in cooler water temperatures anywhere from the shoreline areas to 30 feet in depth.

Walleye numbers have picked up significantly on Chippewa Lake, with crawlers and minnows working well as bait.

Information providers: King Sports-Baldwin; Wolf Lake Resort & ATV Rental-Baldwin; East Bay General Store-Chippewa Lake; Shoreline Bait & Tackle-Muskegon and Pere Marquette Sports-Ludington.


The fishing on Lake Michigan out from the Benton Harbor area has remained steady even with the choppy water conditions. Perch action has been very good from the pier or near the Chalets in water up to 30 feet deep. Salmon can be found in water 80-120 feet in depth about 50-60 feet down from the surface, while Lake trout are being caught a little farther down. A few Skamania steelhead have been showing up in the St. Joseph River from Lake Michigan to Berrien Springs. Try using a Hot ’N Tot or Wiggle Wart for the best results.

Great fishing is taking place in the Kalamazoo area. Inland lakes are producing a variety of fish in decent numbers. If you’re on the hunt for pan fish, try School Section, North and Base Line lakes. Base Line is also giving up larger-sized crappies. Bass anglers are finding success for both species on Gull and Sugarloaf lakes. Fishing in the Kalamazoo River near the Allegan Dam, has anglers catching catfish, walleye and small mouth bass.

Perch fishing has slowed near New Buffalo. Weather conditions are making anglers search for the fish at varying depths. Salmon and steelhead fishing has also been weather-dependent in the area. In the Galien River, rock bass have been the dominant catch.

Near Three Rivers, fishing on all inland lakes has been great. Blue gill action on Corey Lake has remained excellent. Baits that have been working well across the region are Red Wigglers, minnows and crickets.

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


Alpena anglers using leeches and a jig head in the Thunder Bay River are finding good numbers of walleye and bass in the evenings. Salmon fishing on Lake Huron is doing well around Middle Island in varying depths.

Overall fishing out of the Oscoda area is doing very well. Anglers are catching a variety of fish on Cooke and Foote Dam Ponds using a variety of baits. One particular bait working well for pike, bass and walleye is soft-shelled frozen crayfish. Van Etten Lake is producing good numbers of walleye near the island.

Around Grayling, a decent number of walleye are being taken on Lake Margrethe in about 18 feet of water using leeches or crawlers on a jig head. Anglers are also catching a few pike as well. Trout fishing in the river systems across the area has been fair to good using terrestrial patterns.

Fishing has remained very consistent on Houghton Lake. Whether you are bobber-fishing or trolling with live bait, anglers are having great success. Try fishing the weed bed areas in 6-10 feet of water.

The deeper areas of Higgins Lake have been producing good numbers of Lake trout and whitefish using white Swedish Pimples and Rapalas. The perch have moved into water about 40 feet in depth with minnows working well as bait.

Au Gres anglers are having to work a little harder to get a good bite on Lake Huron. Anglers have to move around to find a consistent bite. Good numbers of blue gill are being taken on area inland lakes.

Information providers: Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle-Alpena; Skip’s Sports Shop-Grayling; Sports Barn-Higgins Lake; The Dam Store-Oscoda; Lyman’s-Houghton Lake and Wright’s Sports Shop-Au Gres.


Anglers heading into the Saginaw Bay from either Standish or Bay Port continue to work for their catch. The walleye are being caught in about 20-25 feet of water fishing the bottom. A variety of baits are working well including crawler harnesses, spoons and even the occasional Hot ‘N Tot.

Out from the Standish area, anglers are finding success near the sand bar. The best attracting colors have been pinks and purples. The occasional perch is being caught as well.

Near Bay City, the best areas have been close to the edge of the shipping channel and between the Spark Plug and buoys 1 and 2. Anglers looking for perch can try near the Spark Plug or out from the Quanicassee River. The fishing around Bay Port has been very spotty. The most consistent fishing has been beyond Sand Point with Hot ‘N Tots as the bait of choice.

Around the tip of the thumb, walleye action has been excellent. Try using a crawler harness or bomber near the Grindstone area in water 20-25 feet in depth. Lake trout have moved in closer out from Port Austin with good numbers being caught.

Perch fishing out from Port Sanilac or Lexington has been very slow with no report on walleye action for the week.

Drift fishing near Port Huron has remained solid and hand-lining is beginning to pick up using an F7 Rapala. In the Black River, the silver bass bite has remained consistent near the city building. Farther up the river, Large and Small Mouth bass and pike are being caught.

Information providers: 1st & Main-Bay Port; Frank’s Great Outdoors-Linwood; Michigan Sportsman-Bay City; Eagle Bay Marina-Standish and Anderson’s Pro Bait-Port Huron.


Near Mt. Pleasant, area lakes are producing good numbers of bass. Lake Isabella and Coldwater Lake are great places to throw a line in the area.

Typical summer fishing is taking place in the Lansing area. The Grand River is giving up good numbers of gills, catfish, pike and bass when the weather cooperates. Overall, all inland lakes in the surrounding areas are producing a wide variety of good fishing.

Good fishing continues on area lakes near Jackson and Brooklyn. Devils Lake is a good spot for blue gill fishing using worms or crickets as bait. Walleye action on Wamplers Lake has remained steady even with the windy conditions.

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 on the south channel is producing good results. Perch fishing has picked up from the Fair Haven area to Grass Island in the bay. Bass continue to be plentiful no matter where you cast a line.

On Lake St. Clair, walleye action has been hot around the dumping grounds, the St. Clair Lighthouse, the 29 and 30 cans and in front of the Grosse Point Yacht Club. In Canadian waters, the best place to fish is near the Belle River. Perch fishing around the shipping channel and buoy 26 is producing good results. For the best musky fishing, head toward the red barn or over to Canadian waters and bass can be taken just about anywhere.

Around the Detroit River, anglers are hand-lining, drifting and jigging for walleye with success. In the northern part of the river, hand-lining is working well at dawn, dusk and at night. From Trenton to Celeron Island, on both sides of Grosse Ile, jigging has resulted in good numbers of walleye. Walleye are also being caught in the channel cuts of the river, near the last green buoy and near Sugar Island in 14 feet of water. Perch action is good from buoy 10 south to the Detroit Light and south of Celeron Island.

Near Monroe, walleye activity remains good around Estral Beach, Stony Point, Bolles Harbor and out in front of the Fermi Stacks in water up to 23 feet deep. Perch action has increased near Luna Pier, E-Buoy, the Toledo Lighthouse and C-can. Minnows and worms are the bait of choice.

Further out on Lake Erie, anglers are doing very well around the Sputnik and McDonalds buoys for walleye. In Canadian waters, walleye can be found near Harbor Beach in about 21 feet of water. Around Colchester, try fishing near the helicopter pad or near the One Mile buoy.

In the Belleville area, Ford Lake is producing nice crappie, blue gill, Small Mouth bass and walleye. The Huron River near Geddes Road or Argo Park in Ann Arbor are good spots for a variety of fishing. Popular baits overall include leaf worms, minnows, wax worms, leeches and night crawlers.

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

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