Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA

Marquette: Dense patchy fog is making it hard to anglers to get out. A few steelhead were caught at the mouth of the Carp River. Catch rates for salmon dropped with only a few chinook or coho taken. Lake trout action was fair. A few anglers had good catches near the Sand River and Shot Point when using spoons in 100 to 160 feet. Those fishing deeper had little success. Catch rates were slow for those fishing near the Sand Hole and north of Granite Island toward the Clay Banks. Surface water temperatures were in the low to mid 40’s.

Keweenaw Bay: Had good fishing with anglers taking a mix of coho, chinook, rainbow trout, lake trout, splake and brown trout when trolling 30 to 50 feet down in 40 to 60 feet of water. Most are trolling between the Baraga Marina or the L’Anse Marina and the head of the bay. Some were trolling as far north as Carla’s Restaurant on U.S. 41. Trolling speed was between 1.8 and 2.3 mph. In Traverse Bay, anglers fished off Big Louie’s and Gay Point for lake trout in 130 to 180 feet with spoons but the bite was slow. A few fish were taken by those jigging in waters 20 to 260 feet deep off Big Louie’s Point. No report for the South Portage Entry.

Munising: Boat anglers caught a mix of chinook, splake and lake trout but catch rates have slowed. Most are fishing in Munising Bay and around Grand Island. Surface water temperatures were 45 to 52 degrees. Pier angling was slow and catch rates were poor with only a few small splake taken on worms or spawn.

AuTrain: Boat anglers launching at the Brownstone landing continue to do best for lake trout with catches averaging from one to some parties limiting out. Fish were caught from the Shelter Bay flats along the edge in 140 to 180 feet to east of Au Train Island and near Wood Island. Most are using downriggers but some are using planer boards or dipseys and high-lines for salmon. Catch rates for chinook did drop off over the past week but a few were still targeting them near the mouth of the Au Train River and along the shore near Scott Falls. Dense fog due to cold water temperatures has restricted anglers from venturing too far from shore.

Grand Marais: Pier angling dropped off as catch rates decreased dramatically. The average size of whitefish also decreased. Some did catch the occasional coho, pike or menominee. Evening was better than morning fishing. Boat angling activity has shifted mainly to lake trout fishing. Excellent catches were reported north and west of the bay from three to six miles out in the shipping channels and near Sable Point.

Most of the fish were between two and four pounds but a few bigger ones were also caught and several reported limit catches. Shore anglers near the marina reported slow catch rates with only a few coho, pike or steelhead caught.

Lake Antoine: Pier, shore and boat anglers have caught a good number of panfish when still-fishing or drifting with live bait. Most of the fish were smaller but boat anglers did catch some very nice bluegills, yellow perch and crappie. The bass fishery is still producing some nice large and smallmouth for those casting crank baits near the weeds.

Little Bay De Noc: South to southeast winds created good walleye conditions between the Ford River and Breezy Point. Walleye anglers reported good to excellent catches using crawler’s with harnesses in eight to 10 feet. Some went south down by Round Island and reported the same in six to 14 feet. The rest of the Bay reported less action although catches were reported at the mouth of the Escanaba River, the east bank in Gladstone and the First and Second reefs in Kipling. Most catches were in 14 to 28 feet with crawler harnesses. Smallmouth catches were down and fewer anglers were fishing them. The Ford River area is still best with fair catches in six to eight feet with plastics, spinners and crawlers. A few largemouth bass were caught in Kipling along the West Bank using spinners in 10 to 14 feet. Perch fishing was fair with minnows or crawlers in 10 to 14 feet at Kipling, 20 to 26 feet along the Narrows and 14 to 20 feet up by the Days River. No salmon to report.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass catches were down. Garden Bay, South River, Ogontz and up near the Fish Dam River all reported similar results for those casting and trolling plastics, crank baits, spinners or crawlers in six to 12 feet. The walleye started moving south and catch rates were fair. Fish can still be found at the “Boot” and out to Kate’s Bay but some are further south by Garden Bluff. Best catches were in eight to 18 feet using crawlers with harnesses. Fairport had a few anglers trying to salmon but catch rates slow. Water temperatures remain cold with surface temperatures in the mid 50’s but 70 to 80 feet down were in the mid to high 30’s.

St. Marys River: Fishing is getting better for Atlantic salmon as we approach the month of July. Eight and 10 pound fish are being caught throughout the day casting fly type baits or trolling slender crank baits four to six feet below the surface along the entire length of the discharge side of the power plant. Lake whitefish are also being caught drifting wax worms on the discharge side. In the bay off Lake Nicolet, a few walleye were caught in the evening in four to six feet when using bottom bouncers, gold spinner blades with crawler harnesses. Lake George had excellent pike fishing when trolling six-inch crank baits in and around Gem Island and Hay Pointe. It seems the walleye fishing has slowed. The water is still cold in Raber Bay and near Lime Island. No walleye to report. Maud Bay is producing some nice smallmouth bass 16 to 18 inches. Try jigging tube baits off the rocky points in four to six feet.

Detour: Had no reports on walleye off Sweets Point. Again, cold water temperatures seem to slow the bite. Those heading out caught a few Atlantic salmon, lake trout and chinook around the lighthouse when using blue, green and white or gold spoons.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing with chubs for pike are doing well along the south and east shores of Hessel Bay and off the marina pier early or late, in Musky Bay, Middle Entrance, and along the north shore of Government Bay. Perch fishing in Cedarville Bay is fair, and bass fishing remains good. Try casting spinner baits in shallow water.

St. Ignace: The city launch and the Carp River have been slow.

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Rogers City: Is producing lake trout. The fish are both on the bottom and scattered throughout the water column. The better fishing was in 45 to 65 feet. Try cowbells or dodgers with spin glows or spoons. Good colors were green, white, blue and silver. chinook and steelhead are starting to show up but no real numbers yet. Those targeting them are only getting a few fish straight out or south of the harbor and up near Seagull Point. Some are heading up past Forty Mile Point and fishing the structure or south past the Dynamite Shack and fishing 40 to 90 feet. Lead core is good up high for steelhead. For spoons try orange, purple and silver, green and blue, green and orange, blue and silver or anything that glows early and late. Several Atlantic salmon were caught this past week.

Long Lake: Fishing activity has started to pick up with some walleye caught. Bass and panfish spawning were slow.

Alpena: Had a lot of boats heading out at night and fishing for walleye. The best results were in shallow water along the city shoreline or Sulphur Island with body baits or crawler harnesses. Those heading out in the morning had limited success when trolling for walleye. One day will be really good and the next day will be slow because of water temperatures. Thunder Bay Island has been great for lake trout. Anglers are fishing the bottom half of the water column with spoons, dodgers and cowbells with spin glows. Those fishing higher in the water column caught the occasional chinook salmon.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers are getting the occasional smallmouth bass, rock bass or walleye.

Hubbard Lake: Was producing a good number of walleye.

Harrisville: Is producing walleye, trout and salmon. Walleye were caught in 12 to 25 feet on body baits and crawler harnesses off planer boards and long lines. For lake trout, fish 80 to 120 feet with spoons, cut bait and flies. Salmon and steelhead are 20 to 50 feet down in 60 to 80 feet. Try lead core, planer boards and downriggers. Hot colors were blue, orange or black and pearl.

Oscoda: Boat anglers are doing well for steelhead and salmon in 40 to 80 feet with spoons, body baits or spin-glows. Lake trout are suspended off the bottom in 70 to 100 feet. Spoons with flashers seem to be the best attractants. Pier anglers did well early and late.

AuSable River: Walleye are moving into the river in good numbers. Boats drifting from the Bridge to the mouth are doing very well. Most are using crawlers and leeches with split shot to adjust for the current.

Higgins Lake: Continues to provide good rock bass fishing for anglers of all ages. Try minnows, crawlers or wax worms. Those trolling have done well for lake trout in 80 to 100 feet with body baits.

Houghton Lake: Was producing walleye, crappie and even a few jumbo perch.

Tawas: Boat anglers are running to the north side of Big Charity Island and getting walleyes in 30 to 35 feet. A few fish were also taken near Buoy #2. A few boats were heading south around the tip of Tawas Point and then going north toward Au Sable Point for salmon and lake trout. chinook and lake trout were caught in 50 feet. Pier fishing was slow with only a few large or smallmouth bass and rock bass caught.

Tawas River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river caught a few smallmouth bass. Catfish were caught at night.

AuGres: Has a lot of boats, a lot of people and a lot of walleye coming in. Some are getting limit catches. They are fishing in 30 to 40 feet between the points, south of Pointe AuGres, and north of Big Charity Island. Crawler harnesses were best but crank baits also caught fish.

AuGres River: Night anglers are catching channel catfish.

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers usually target lake trout outside Harbor Point. Those looking for smallmouth bass were fishing near the permanent structures east of Wequetonsing (the pier at Roaring Brook) and near the north shore of Petoskey State Park. They also did well fishing in shallow water around the docks. Anglers report that smallmouth bass are finally starting to bed. Try crank baits or soft plastic worms.

Petoskey: Surface water temperatures dropped to 47 degrees. Boat pressure was low with only a few out trolling 25 to 90 feet down for lake trout. Most of the fish caught were under the legal limit of 20 inches. Boats were trolling Bay Shore, in front of Bay Harbor, and east towards Petoskey State park. While most smallmouth bass anglers were fishing the Harbor Springs side of the bay, one boat did well near the Bay View Pier. Those fishing near the mouth of the Bear River caught smallmouth bass and rock bass on crawlers, soft plastics and spinners. Rumor has it a few walleye were caught after dark. Pier anglers caught the occasional smallmouth bass and pike. Try small crank baits or a jig with a twisty tail.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing was still slow with only a few lake trout taken in 40 to 70 feet. The fish are still suspended and scattered but most say 10 feet off the bottom is usually good. Walleye fishing was slow in the channel but a few were taken on crank baits after dark. Pier anglers caught a few lake trout off the end when using spoons or crank baits. Catch rates are improving in the channel for smallmouth early or late. Try crank baits or jigs with soft plastics. Cisco were caught in the channel at various times of the day and carp are still cruising.

Bear River: Anglers caught a few steelhead on spawn. A 16-inch smallmouth bass was caught up near the dam.

Traverse City: The East Bay has good smallmouth bass fishing. Bass were spotted on the beds. Try two to 10 feet of water with spinners, tube baits, or plastics. Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons or spin-glows in 10 to 50 feet. The West Bay also has good smallmouth action in shallow waters especially in rocky areas. Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons in 15 to 60 feet.

Elk River: Had good smallmouth bass fishing between the dam and the mouth. Crawlers, leeches, and tube baits worked best.

Boardman River: Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass, carp, and the occasional perch near the Union Street Dam. Live baits work best.

Platte Bay: Fishing has slowed. Some were still finding lake trout two miles out. Those surfcasting with body baits caught steelhead and walleye.

Platte River: Smallmouth bass are spawning upstream from Loon Lake. Suckers can be found between the hatchery and the lake.

Frankfort: Had great fishing from the Herring Hole to the Point. chinook were hitting like crazy 25 to 60 feet down in 50 to 120 feet. chinook and steelhead were hitting on greens, blues and orange. The bigger chinook seem to be hitting meat rigs later in the day. Brown trout are still in the harbor and pier anglers have caught them on alewife. Those trolling around the piers did well on gold and black body baits.

Onekama: Anglers heading straight out from the piers and trolling 30 to 60 feet down in 90 to 130 feet caught some nice chinook in the early morning. Slim or mini lures in green or blue worked best.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch is done so bass and panfish are starting to hit in 14 to 19 feet. Working the drop-offs and weed beds has produced some nice bass. Water temperatures are up and walleye anglers caught a few fish when trolling crawler harnesses and body baits in the early morning or at night.

Manistee: Boat anglers are doing well for salmon and steelhead. Try 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 180 feet with orange and green spoons or red and green meat rigs. Pier fishing for brown trout is slow.

Manistee River: The hex hatch has been ongoing. It is late this year due to the cold spring we had. Anglers caught some nice fish when the bugs do come off.

Ludington: Salmon and steelhead are being caught 20 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with orange and blue spoons or green and blue meat rigs. Pier fishing is slow.

Pere Marquette River: Patience is the key during the fly hatch. Anglers have caught some nice fish when the bugs do come off.

Pentwater: Was producing some fish a mile or two north of the pier. Most were fishing 40 to 50 feet down in 100 to 140 feet deep. While some boats did fairly well others came in with empty coolers.

SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Lake Erie: Walleye are still being taken in Ohio waters around West Sister Island, along the Michigan-Ohio border, straight out from Stony Point and up near the Fermi Power Plant. Fish were caught in 24 to 30 feet with most coming from 27 feet when using crawler harnesses and spoons with divers. Try purple or copper on all presentations. Perch numbers are increasing in Brest Bay but were even better near Stony Point in 24 feet of water. Try jigging minnows.

Detroit River: Is producing walleye in the Trenton Channel near Humbug and Calf Island. Anglers are jigging or trolling crawler harnesses. Perch were caught around Sugar Island.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Water levels are up. Bluegills are starting to pull off their beds. Pike and bass are being caught around the points and weedy flats. The drop-off around the sunken island on Baseline Lake is producing good numbers of bass and bluegill. For bass try a blue or green jig with a trailer and pitch the deep weed beds. Carp and gar are in the shallows so this is a great time for bow-fishing.

Port Sanilac: Boat anglers are getting a mix of trout and salmon. chinook, coho and pink salmon were taken about halfway down in 70 to 100 feet. Steelhead are in the top 10 to 15 feet and lake trout were caught just off the bottom. Pink salmon seem to be everywhere this year but they are running small. A few perch were caught by those drift fishing. Anglers averaged 10 to 12 keepers per boat. The weed beds are coming up slow this year because of the late spring and cold water temperatures.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout are can be found in 60 to 140 feet. Try dodgers or spin doctors with spin-glows just off the bottom or spoons 50 to 100 feet down. Salmon and steelhead are hitting on spoons. Fly hatches are taking place and the fish are eating them up. Hot colors were orange or purple with black, gold with orange and black, silver or black with glow. Walleye fishing is still slow, but a few were taken from the wall or trolling close to shore. Try early morning and late evening casting small body baits and spoons for best results. Perch colors and silver with black were good. Bass were caught inside the harbor but otherwise pier fishing was slow.

Grindstone City: Is producing good catches of steelhead and lake trout in 60 to 80 feet and limit catches lake trout just off the bottom in 140 feet.

Port Austin: The boat launch and ramp are finally open!

Saginaw Bay: Had good to excellent walleye fishing. Anglers have done well in 10 feet off the Pinconning Bar, 16 feet off Gambil’s Marina, Buoys 1 & 2, the old Dumping Grounds, in 20 feet two miles east of the Spark Plug, six to eight feet off Finn Road and the Callahan Reef, 12 to 16 feet along the Slot from Sunset Bay Marina to North Island, 10 to 20 feet along the west side of The Bar, and Wildfowl Bay. Some are taking limit catches but most are getting some fish every trip. Crawler harnesses work best but Hot-n-Tots have also taken fish. Hot colors were blue and chrome, black and orange backs, black and gold or purple.

Saginaw River: Those trolling in the lower river between the mouth and the Coast Guard Station are catching walleye. Shore anglers at Smith Park caught catfish, freshwater drum and the occasional smallmouth bass.

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St. Joseph: Salmon fishing has slowed. Anglers are targeting waters 100 feet or deeper. Perch fishing is slow but a few were taken in 40 to 50 feet. Pier anglers continue to catch freshwater drum and catfish.

South Haven: Boat anglers say salmon fishing is very inconsistent. Most are targeting waters between 60 to 100 feet or more. Pier anglers are taking good catches of freshwater drum but steelhead fishing was slow. Perch fishing is slow.

Kalamazoo River: Is producing pike and bass. The occasional walleye was caught.

Grand Haven: Salmon were caught 50 to 70 feet down in 80 to 100 feet. Try mini or regular spoons in blue or green or spinnie/fly bites. Pier fishing was hit-or-miss. Anglers are still catching alewife but chinook and steelhead were few and far between. Most have caught freshwater drum and channel cats. No perch to report.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Is producing a fair to good number of channel and flathead catfish. Live baits work best. Skamania were caught on eggs and fly’s. A few walleye were taken on body baits, crawlers and minnows. Millennium Park had good bass fishing.

Grand River at Lansing: Continues to provide fair to good fishing for channel catfish, smallmouth bass, rock bass and even some bluegills.

Ingham County: Fishing and boating activity has been high especially on the weekends. Anglers were taking more limit catches of panfish on the inland lakes and rivers.

Reeds Lake: Was producing some nice bass. Try tube baits, spinners or crawlers.

Muskegon: Boat anglers are taking salmon 50 to 70 feet down in 80 to 100 feet. A good number of salmon were holding near Duck Lake. Anglers are using mini and regular spoons in blue and green.

Muskegon River: Has active mayfly and blue winged olive hatches. Rainbow trout and brown trout have been caught below Croton Dam. Those targeting smallmouth bass have caught fish.

Whitehall: Catch rates were very slow. What few fish were found were in the top 50 feet of waters 80 to 120 feet deep.