Strong winds continue to hamper those fishing not only the Great Lakes but also the large inland lakes. Warmer weather will certainly help catch rates. Watch for bluegills on the beds as some fish are actually spawning again.
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie – Some nice walleye were caught around the Banana Dike and off Stoney Point when trolling spoons, Erie Dearies or a crawler harness with crawlers in 17 to 24 feet of water. Perch were caught near the Dumping Grounds off Luna Pier and catfish were hitting near the Hot Ponds.
Huron River – Crappie are still in the backwaters and bluegills are in the fast water near the dam. This has been a banner year for catfish and carp.
Detroit River – For walleye, boats are trolling spoons or crawler harnesses. For perch, try south of Celeron Island and Sugar Island with perch rigs and minnows.
Lake St. Clair – Bass, walleye, perch and some pike are being caught.
Harbor Beach – Walleye were caught on crawler harnesses or Hot-n-Tots in 40 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were taken off the pier.
Grindstone City – Walleye were caught in 25 to 40 feet of water here as well.
Port Austin – Walleye were caught in 45 to 50 feet of water off the lighthouse. Lake trout were taken in 130 to 160 feet of water. Pier fishing was slow.
Saginaw Bay – Walleye have been caught in 20 to 25 feet of water around the Spark Plug and near Buoys 1 and 2. Anglers from Quanicassee and Sebewaing were heading out to the shipping channel and the Spark Plug while trolling crawler harnesses. Fish were caught in the Slot off Sunset Bay in 14 feet of water and outside the islands north of Sebewaing.
Saginaw River – A few bass were caught near Essexville.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
New Buffalo – Boats trolling in waters 80 to 140 feet deep have caught chinook and steelhead on spoons. Perch are hitting in about 30 feet of water.
St. Joe – Skamania have been caught off the piers and in the mud lines. Good numbers of perch were caught in 20 to 30 feet of water north and south of the piers.
South Haven – Salmon and trout have been caught in 90 to 120 feet of water. Perch are being taken in 20 to 30 feet of water two to three miles south of the piers.
Kalamazoo River – Is providing fair to good action for walleye and smallmouth bass when using minnows, worms, leeches, rapalas or spinner baits.
Grand Haven – Salmon and trout have been caught 80 to 120 feet down in waters 100 to 180 feet deep. Green and blue spinnies or plugs were taking fish. Pier anglers are catching catfish and freshwater drum.
Grand River at Grand Rapids – Steelhead are still active and hitting on flies, yarn and plugs up near the dam. Those looking for carp will find lots of fish near the ladder. Good bluegill and crappie action on the west side below the first coffer dam. Channel and flathead cats are hitting on sucker minnows, crawlers and fresh cut baits. For pike, try small bluegills, sucker minnows or spinner baits. Those fishing Plaster Creek caught some big catfish on the gravel bar at night.
Grand River at Lansing – Good numbers of catfish have been caught over near the dam at Moore’s Park. Try liver, shrimp or live baits.
Park Lake – Near Bath is producing some nice bluegills and crappie.
Muskrat Lake – Has fair to good action for bluegills and crappie. Largemouth bass were hitting on crawlers or crank baits. A few pike were caught on sucker minnows.
Lake Ovid – Anglers have started to catch more bluegills.
Reeds Lake – Bluegill and crappie have been caught northwest of the island.
Muskegon – Salmon and steelhead have been caught 24 to 60 feet down in waters 50 to 80 feet deep early and late. During the day, fish 65 to 90 feet down in waters 70 to 150 feet deep. Try anything green or blue that glows.
Muskegon Lake – Walleye have been caught along the edge of the weeds when using crawlers or leeches. Bluegills could be found in 10 to 15 feet of water and pike are in the shallows.
Muskegon River – Walleye have been caught in the lower river near US-31. Bass were hitting on crawlers or leeches.
Northeast Lower Peninsula
Mullett Lake – Those trolling Hot-n-Tots, spoons or crawler harnesses have caught some walleye. Perch, bass and pike were caught on both live and artificial baits.
Rogers City – Has good fishing straight out or west towards Forty Mile Point. Fish the top half of waters 50 to 110 feet deep. Downriggers were good 25 to 55 feet down but leadcore in 3 to 7 colors off planer boards and dipsy divers were better. Good colors have been blue and silver, green and silver, yellowtail, purple, orange or black with white glow. The fish are eating smelt, alewife, and sticklebacks.
Presque Isle – Look for structure in 50 to 120 feet of water straight out from the harbor, between the lighthouses, or north towards Black Point.
Rockport – Chinook and lake trout were in 120 feet of water around Middle Island and 90 feet of water of around the Nordmere Wreck. Black and white spoons were taking fish. Steelhead were caught 20 to 50 feet down near the wreck.
Alpena – Atlantic and pink salmon were caught in 150 feet of water at the “Humps” which are located 20 miles east of Thunder Bay Island. Salmon were caught in 85 to 95 feet of water. For steelhead, try 20 to 50 feet of water near North Point. Walleye action was slow in 12 to 18 feet of water.
Thunder Bay River – Walleye are hitting on jerk baits and catfish on worms. A couple nice smallmouth bass were caught on worms and leeches.
Harrisville – Fishing was slow but salmon, lake trout and steelhead were caught. The fish were out deep and hitting just off the bottom in 90 to 150 feet of water. Gold spoons were the ticket.
Lake Margrethe – Walleye fishing has slowed.
Houghton Lake – Walleye and panfish were still biting.
Oscoda – Salmon, lake trout, steelhead and pink salmon were caught in 90 to 150 feet of water. Some caught the occasional walleye.
Au Sable River – Reports were light except for a few walleye. The current is flowing at a normal rate again and that may increase catch rates.
Tawas – Boat anglers caught a few walleye. Pier fishing was slow.
Tawas River – Bluegill, freshwater drum and small pike were caught.
Au Gres – A few walleye were still being caught near the channel and south of the port in 35 to 40 feet of water when trolling crawler harnesses.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Petoskey – Lake trout fishing is steady and salmon are being caught right along with them. Try 70 to 95 feet down in waters 110 to 130 feet deep with green spoons. Fish around Harbor Point and north along the shoreline at Harbor Springs, out in front of Magnus Park and down towards East Park.
Charlevoix – Has good salmon and lake trout action between North and South Point.
Traverse City – The East Bay is producing lake trout and whitefish in the southern portions. Most are jigging a white Swedish Pimple in 100 to 150 feet of water. Lake trout action was good in the West Bay when trolling near the bottom in 100 to 120 feet of water south of Marion Island or on the west side just north of the red buoy. Cowbells and spoons caught the most fish. Salmon have started to trickle in and a few fish were caught in the early morning or just before dark.
Leland – Has good salmon fishing around North and South Manitou Islands. Several fish in the low 20 pound range have been caught on green glow spoons and green flies in 60 to 90 feet of water. Lake trout fishing in 40 to 50 feet of water before the First Bank is still good however the fish are smaller.
Glen Arbor – Launching may be a little tricky on those windy days but those able to get out on the calm days have caught some big chinook salmon off Pyramid Point, Canners Point and around the islands.
Platte Bay – Fishing has improved with chinook found in 100 feet of water. Green spoons were the hot bait.
Frankfort – Anglers are catching good numbers of chinook straight out from the pier and to the north when trolling 70 to 90 feet down in waters 80 to 170 feet deep. Fish were also caught in the Herring Hole but the bite was slower to the south. Pier fishing was slow except for freshwater drum. Good lures were aqua/gold flies with white flashers, regular or magnum spoons in a variety of colors or green and blue splatter-back plugs.
Arcadia – Large chinook and steelhead have been caught in waters 100 to 300 feet deep. Those fishing 80 feet down caught fish on bait rigs and dodger/fly combos. For steelhead, try orange spoons fished high in the water column.
Onekama – Chinook, lake trout and steelhead have been caught about halfway down in waters 140 to 180 feet deep. The Barrel has been somewhat slow, but anglers are catching a few fish first thing in the morning.
Portage Lake – Bass fishing was good for those using plastics or crank baits in 6 to 8 feet of water. Good spots were near the sailboats and along the south shoreline. Bluegill fishing was slow, try 15 to 20 feet of water toward the middle of the lake. Decent numbers of pike are being caught throughout the day.
Lake Missaukee – Panfish along with some big northern pike have been caught.
Lake Cadillac – Bass anglers have done very well.
Lake Mitchell – Is producing some very nice bluegills and crappie. The bluegills have actually started spawning again, making for some good fishing on the beds. Bass fishing has also been good.
Manistee – Catch rates were spotty however fish were caught off the Shelf when trolling spin/fly combinations. Hot colors were blue on blue or white on green.
Manistee River – Has good fishing near Tippy Dam for smaller brown trout and steelhead.
Ludington – Trout and salmon have been caught in 80 to 160 feet of water between Sable Point and the Bathhouse. The best baits have been glow plugs early in the morning or spin/fly combinations in green or blue. Perch fishing was slow.
Pere Marquette River – Has good brown trout action for those looking to fly fish.
Keweenaw Bay – A few salmon were caught but the bite was slow. Lake trout anglers have been doing well when jigging in 180 to 270 feet of water near Pequaming and off the south end of the Big Reef. Perch fishing was spotty but northern pike were caught near the Baraga Marina on sucker minnows. Casting top water baits into the shallows also produced some fish. Good lake trout action in Traverse Bay with limits caught in 130 to 160 feet of water out from the Gay Stack, Hermits Cove, and the Seven Mile Reef. A couple boats also did well when trolling out near the Huron Islands.
Marquette – Had good lake trout fishing with limit catches reported. Limit catches are still coming from Stannard Rock. Chinook and coho action was slow. Surface water temperatures were in the low 50’s.
Menominee – Anglers are doing better around Chambers Island then Green Island. Early morning was best. Boats are trolling north and south of the Cedar River for chinook, steelhead and brown trout. Most are fishing 50 to 80 feet down in 80 feet of water. The bigger boats are going out to the Whaleback Shoal and fishing 65 to 85 feet down in waters 100 to 120 feet deep. Try different colored spoons and dipsy divers with flies and flashers.
Menominee River – Those fishing from the mouth to the first dam have caught walleye, smallmouth bass and rock bass when trolling the deeper holes with different colored crawler harnesses. Early morning and late evening were best.
Cedar River – Smallmouth bass have been caught when trolling crawlers with or without a harness between the mouth and first rapids, but many were sub-legal. Kids were having fun catching small ones from the wall near the landing.
Little Bay De Noc – Lots of walleye were marked in the lower bay however catch rates were slow. Most fish were caught around the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling or drifting crawlers in 15 to 25 feet of water. Salmon were caught about halfway down in waters 80 feet deep in the channel or waters 100 to 120 feet deep out near the Ford River Buoy. Good smallmouth action around Butler Island, Hunters Point and just south of the Ford River when casting or trolling crank baits or tube baits in 12 to 16 feet of water.
Big Bay De Noc – Walleye anglers were marking good numbers of fish south and east of Round Island in 25 to 30 feet of water however few fish were caught. Good smallmouth catches in Ogontz and Garden Bay when casting along the weeds in 5 to 20 feet of water. Good catches of chinook salmon were taken off Fairport when trolling out in the Gap. Most were trolling anywhere from 30 to 80 feet down in waters 80 to 120 feet deep with artificial cut bait. Good colors were red and silver or blue.
Au Train – Limits of lake trout have been caught in waters less than 100 feet deep as water temperatures were in the upper 50’s.
Munising – Is good for lake trout when boats can get out.
Grand Marais – Is still producing limits of lake trout in waters up to 260 feet deep.
Big Manistique Lake – Perch fishing was good. Some walleye were caught in 7 to 9 feet of water in South Manistique.
St. Mary’s River – Those fishing Raber Bay have caught limits of herring around Lime Island when using a tear drop with a wax worm. Walleye were caught in 30 feet of water north of Lime Island at the Bell Buoy and in the shipping channel.
De Tour – Those fishing out around Drummond Island found walleye in 4 to 6 feet of water around Peck Island. Most anglers were using a crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers and crawlers or leeches. White and pink with spin blades worked well.
Cedarville and Hessel – Pier anglers at Hessel are catching salmon, pike, yellow perch and smallmouth bass. Yellow perch were also hitting in 9 to 12 feet of water outside the marina. Snows Channel is producing pike and smallmouth while Musky Bay is producing pike along the south shoreline in 6 to 10 feet of water. Cedarville Bay was spotty for perch. Lake Herring is very good with anglers taking their limits. The fish will move soon but are currently in McKay Bay, Prentice Bay and the Moscoe Channel.
St. Ignace – Chinook and lake trout were caught 10 feet off the bottom between Mackinaw Island and Goose Island. Early morning was best with green spoons.