Thursday, June 5, 2014

Michigan Fishing Report

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It’s here! Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend will be observed this Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. Both residents and non-residents can fish without a license however all regulations still apply. This is a great opportunity to introduce someone new to the sport of fishing so don’t miss out, call a family member, friend or neighbor and take them fishing!
Lake Erie:  Walleye were caught southwest of Stony Point in 18 to 24 feet and near the River Raisin buoys in 16 to 22 feet. Fish were also caught in 18 to 22 feet out near the C-Buoy and the stacks as well as straight out from the campground at Sterling State Park. Anglers are trolling spoons or purple and pink crawler harnesses early or hard jerk baits mid-day. Fewer bass were caught at Bolles Harbor however anglers did catch some big largemouth. 

Detroit River:  The white bass run is on and fishing has been very good along the entire river. Walleye are still in the river and some anglers are having decent luck pulling wire after dark. Muskie season opens on Saturday.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes:  Anglers are doing well catching bluegill and bass. The bluegills are on their beds in the shallow sandy shorelines and sunken islands throughout the lake system. Bass are being caught in the weedy flats and along the drop-offs. Carp are starting to show up in good numbers in the shallows and along the rivers so this is a great time for bow fishing.

Lake St. Clair:  Has good walleye fishing near Metro Beach. White bass fishing has been very good near Huron Point and at the mouth of the Clinton River. Good smallmouth action in Anchor Bay and off the Mile Roads. Muskie season opens on Saturday.

St. Clair River:  Continues to have very good walleye fishing. Anglers are bottom bouncing, jigging and whipping.

Lexington:   Is producing lake trout and steelhead in waters up to 80 feet deep. Boats are targeting 40 feet in the early morning and moving deeper as the sun comes up. Pier anglers are catching rock bass and the occasional pike. 

Port Sanilac:  Is also producing some large lake trout and steelhead. Most are fishing within 40 to 80 feet. Lake trout are just off the bottom but steelhead are higher in the water column as they are surface feeding for insects. Pier anglers caught rock bass and pike. 

Harbor Beach:  Boats trolling in 40 to 80 feet are getting large lake trout near the bottom and steelhead off high lines. The steelhead are eating June bugs and other insects off the surface. Start in 40 feet early in the morning and move deeper as the sun comes up. Those fishing off the breakwall at night caught walleye.

Port Austin:  Walleye have been caught off the breakwall at night.  

Saginaw Bay:  Had excellent walleye fishing and limit catches were the rule. Anglers did very well off Pinconning, Linwood, the Bay City State Park, off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, north and east of Spoils Island, the Callahan Reef off Finn Road, around both Spark Plugs and in the Slot between Quanicassee and North Island. Depths range from five to 30 feet deep. As a rule of thumb, the shallows are best in the early morning and deeper water later in the day. Crawler harnesses were the go-to bait, with spinner colors of purple, white, gold, silver, or chartreuse. Those trolling deeper caught walleye on spoons or crank baits. Hot colors for crank baits were yellow perch and a goby pattern. 

Tittabawassee River:  Is still producing decent catches of walleye near Mapleton. A few bass and pike were also caught.   

SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULABluegills were on the beds. Male bass are still guarding the beds because females are vacating the shallow waters. 

St. Joseph:  
Salmon are being caught on spoons in 80 to 100 feet however fishing was still spotty. Pier fishing was slow except for a couple freshwater drum taken on spoons. Perch fishing is slow with only a few fish taken in waters 50 feet or deeper.  

South Haven:  
Salmon fishing is slow with only a couple chinook or lake trout taken in 60 feet. Pier and perch fishing remain slow.  

Grand Haven:  
Has good salmon fishing. Chinook were caught in 80 to 140 feet and steelhead out deeper. Anglers are running spoons, spin/fly combos and meat rigs 20 to 80 feet down. Hot colors were orange, blue, green or mixed veggie. Pier anglers can catch plenty of alewife for bait but the only fish biting were freshwater drum.   

Grand River in Grand Rapids:  
Has been good for both channel and flathead catfish. Try cut bait, live sucker minnows, crawlers or leeches on the bottom. Bluegills have been caught on leaf worms and wax worms. Smallmouth bass are hitting on tube baits, crank baits and live bait. A few walleye were taken on crank baits, crawlers and leeches. Millennium Park was good for panfish and bass.  

Grand River at Lansing:  
Has good smallmouth action. Try tube baits, leeches, crawlers or minnows. Anglers are catching lots of rock bass on crawlers, red worms or beetle spinners.

Muskrat Lake:  
Is producing some crappie. Try spec minnows, wax worms or small twister grubs.

Morrison Lake:  
Anglers are catching bluegill and largemouth bass. Crappie are hitting on wax worms, spec minnows or small twister grubs.     

Reeds Lake:  
Is producing panfish and pike.      

Has good fishing especially north of the port in 130 to 150 feet.  Steelhead and smaller Chinook were in the top 40 feet while the bigger salmon were between 80 feet and the bottom. Use spoons up high and paddles or meat rigs down low. Try orange, U.V and mix veggie for spoons, white paddles with green flies or purple meat rigs.     

Muskegon River: 
 Water levels are good and water temperatures are warming. Fly hatches are underway so those fly fishing are doing well. 

Pier anglers fishing the channel caught a few walleye and panfish. Boat anglers caught mainly steelhead in 50 to 60 feet with bright colored lures. Orange was the hot color.

Rogers City:  
Lake trout are everywhere. Fish have been caught on dodgers or cowbells with spin glows in the bottom 10 feet of waters 35 to 60 feet deep. Those fishing higher in the water column caught the occasional Atlantic, Chinook or pink salmon and steelhead. Spoons also caught fish. Good colors were green, blue and orange with silver on them. Use glow spoons early or late and dark colors on cloudy days. Those trolling body baits in the shallows had limited success. Look for Atlantic salmon off the marinas and breakwalls.       

Is producing a good number of lake trout and a few salmon around Thunder Bay Island and the Nine Mile Can. Try the top half of waters 40 to 90 feet deep with the same lures and colors they are using at Rogers City. Walleye fishing was slow but should pick up soon. Try early morning or late evening with crawler harnesses or body baits.   

Thunder Bay River:  
The steelhead action continues to slow as warm weather will push them back out into Lake Huron. Anglers may find a few Atlantic salmon feeding on steelhead eggs. Try drifting or floating artificial beads and flies on the bottom. Anglers are catching plenty of smallmouth bass and panfish. Once the minnows move back into the river the walleye should follow.   

Had good fishing.  Lake trout were 80 to 100 feet but steelhead and salmon were 50 to 70 feet. Spoons, body baits, fly’s and cut bait all caught fish. Downriggers, dipseys, lead core, copper line and planer boards were all producing. Walleye were caught around the harbor walls and north towards Sturgeon Point. Try crawler harnesses or body baits.  

Boats that have made it out on the big lake had good success for lake trout steelhead and the occasional salmon. Lake trout are in 100 feet but steelhead are closer to 60 and 80 feet. Spoons and body baits off down riggers, lead core, copper line and planer boards are all working well.   

Au Sable River:  
Steelhead continue to run up the river and can be found on the beds. The Boy Scout Camp and High Banks had the most activity. Spawn, fly's and small spinners are producing the most fish. Pier anglers caught a mix of steelhead, Atlantic and walleye throughout the day and evening.  

Houghton Lake: 
 Is producing walleye and crappie for those using minnows or leeches. Not much on bluegill yet but anglers are catching some bass.

Lake St. Helen:  
Bluegill are finally starting to show signs up spawning. Crappie are out of the canals and are being caught in the lakes. A few walleye were caught. A good number of pike were caught on spinners and spoons.       

Pier fishing has slowed as we move into summer. Not much is happening on the inside but walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish have been caught at night on the outside of the wall. Those trolling from the tip of Tawas Point and Buoy #2 caught a few walleye in 15 to 30 feet.  

Au Gres: 
 Had most of the walleye action with a lot of boats fishing between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres but some were running eight to 10 miles south of Pointe Au Gres and fishing in 10 to 25 feet off the mouth of the Pine River. 

Au Gres River:  
Catfish anglers are doing well in the lower river.  

Bluegills are starting to show up and make beds in the shallows. It should be good fishing going into this weekend.  

Harbor Springs:  
Lake trout were caught in 80 to 120 feet off the point. Smallmouth bass are moving into the shallows near the State Park.  

A couple boats were lake trout fishing near Bay Harbor. Pier anglers on the D Pier caught smallmouth bass and carp. Bass are hitting on crank baits. Those fishing off the beach near the breakwall caught smallmouth bass in the morning.  

For lake trout, try 40 to 50 feet around North Point. A couple boats were trolling for walleye at night in the channel, Round Lake and into Lake Michigan. Try crank baits on the bottom. Smallmouth bass are starting to show up in the channel and a few were caught on soft scented rubber baits.   

Lake Charlevoix:  
Was producing walleye in the Narrows near Ironton and pike near the point in Loeb Bay.  

Bear River:  
Was a bit low with the lack of rain. Anglers are still picking up the occasional steelhead near the dam however most of the fish are now upstream and spawning or have gone back out to Lake Michigan. Suckers are in the river and have been caught up near the dam.  

Traverse City:  
The East Bay is producing lake trout for those jigging in 90 feet. Cisco were caught by those jigging in 60 to 70 feet and smallmouth bass were taken in 5 to 30 feet. In the West Bay, anglers caught lake trout in 90 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing should be good in the shallows or along the drop-offs.  

Elk River:  
Steelhead remain in the river. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair. Try worms, leeches or artificial baits.  

Boardman River:  
Continues to produce a couple steelhead even though the spring run is just about done. Smallmouth bass are hitting on live or artificial baits near the Union Street Dam and the mouth.

Platte Bay:  
Is producing some brown trout off the mouth of the river. Black and chrome rapalas were the ticket. A few walleye were also caught. Lake trout are still out a mile to the west or the north and hitting on brown or copper spoons.  

Platte River:  
Fishing has slowed however trout were caught between the hatchery and Goose Road Campground by those using Blue wing Olives and Hendrickson’s. Carp and suckers are in the river between the hatchery and the big lake. Smallmouth bass can be found between the M-22 Bridge and Loon Lake. 

Chinook salmon have arrived. Those trolling the Herring Hole caught fish 70 to 90 feet down in 160 to 200 feet of water. Most are using smaller copper colored spoons or meat rigs. Brown trout are still hitting between the piers. Try black and silver or black and gold body baits.   

Had no activity as anglers were heading to Manistee or Ludington.  

Portage Lake:  
Bluegill and largemouth bass are on the beds in the shallows. Perch are hitting on wigglers near the mouth of the channel in the morning but anglers will have to sort through the small ones.   

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell:  T
he bluegills and bass were finally on the beds. Anglers have done well when floating live bait or casting lures.  

Boats have been catching salmon and trout in 60 to 160 feet. Most are using orange, green or yellow spoons in the top 70 feet. Pier anglers are catching a few brown trout on spoons and live bait.

Chinook salmon and steelhead have been caught in the top 60 feet of waters 80 to 180 feet deep. Orange and green spoons work best.  

Had few anglers but those able to get out should find some trout and salmon in 40 to 60 feet. Fishing across from the Silver Lake Sand Dunes is usually a safe be. Target the top portion of the water column or about 30 to 50 feet down with bright colored lures. 

The ice is just about gone. With all the rain, anglers will need to use caution in the river and watch for debris coming down. Fishing has been good. Anglers have taken a mix of lake trout, brown trout, Chinook, coho and steelhead when trolling in waters between six and 35 feet deep. Many are using lead core and stick baits but fish were also on planer boards with spoons or body baits.  

Keweenaw Bay:  
Still had ice but it is thinning out. Boat anglers were able to launch at the L’Anse Marina and start trolling however watch the north wind which could blow ice back into the bay. Those trolling in 30 to 60 feet caught Chinook, coho, steelhead, brown trout and splake on spoons and body baits in a variety of colors. Most of the splake were caught in shallow water four to 15 feet off the rock dock near the L’Anse Marina and off the mouth of Linden Creek. Try spinners, cleo’s or crawlers. Lake trout action was a little better off Big Louie’s Point and Gay Point. Spoons worked best in 130 to 180 feet.  

Lake Antoine:  
Boat anglers are getting some bigger crappie, bluegill and perch when drifting or still-fishing crawlers and wax worms. They also caught a good number of smallmouth bass and pike when casting or trolling crank baits. Lake Antoine Road is still under construction with only one lane open.  

Most of the ice has blown out of bay leaving a few lingering ice masses.  Boat anglers should be able to troll some areas from the harbor to the Carp River and the Chocolay River with little trouble. Some caught steelhead with a mix of coho and Chinook. Water temperatures are still extremely cold at 40 degrees. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Carp River did catch small splake, a few coho and steelhead on spawn or small spoons.

Little Bay De Noc:  
Walleye anglers reported catches throughout the bay with the Ford River area being best for those trolling or drifting crawlers in eight to 16 feet from Breezy Point south to Round Island. Catch rates were fair from the First and Third Reefs in 10 to 20 feet.  Walleye are leaving the Whitefish River. There are good numbers of smaller fish. Good bass fishing near the Ford River. Shore and boat anglers are using plastics, spinners, crank baits and crawlers along the shoreline and around the mouth in four to eight feet. Perch anglers reported several good catches when using crawlers in eight to 14 feet in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor.  

Escanaba River:  
Had fair walleye catches on crawler harnesses in eight to 12 feet.   

Big Bay De Noc:  
The walleye action near Ogontz has slowed but a few fish were still caught on crawler harnesses in 10 to 14 feet. The head of the bay up by Valentine Creek was best in eight to 10 feet. Smallmouth bass are still very active and nesting. Good catches reported throughout the bay with Ogontz and the Fish Dam Rivers area being fished the most. Anglers are casting or trolling crank baits, plastics or crawlers in four to eight feet. Those bow fishing are targeting carp near Ogontz. Higher water levels have made it a bit more difficult but several fish were still taken. Fairport had no salmon reports as water temperatures are too cold.   

Au Train:  
Had light fishing activity in the bay and only a few shore anglers at the Rock River and the Au Train River. Most of the ice has left but there are still a few lingering ice flows. A few coho were seen near shore during a fly hatch. Boat anglers had poor results for Chinook and coho.  

Still had some ice flows hanging around but inside the bay was open. Boat anglers have done well taking a mix of Chinook, coho, splake and steelhead.  Pier anglers had fair results for splake, menominee and steelhead when casting or when using spawn and worms. Those able to hook splake reported 15 to 18 inch fish. Shore anglers had poor results.  

Grand Marais:  
The ice has diminished quite a bit but still caused a few issues on certain days. Boat anglers caught mainly coho along with the occasional Chinook or steelhead. Most of the steelhead head caught are spawned out and turning dark.  Pier anglers reported fair to very good catches of whitefish, coho, and menominee. Fish in the two and three pound range were caught. Very few steelhead were taken. No report from shore anglers as activity at the mouth of the Sucker River has quit.   

St. Mary’s River:  
Is producing some yellow perch ranging eight to 11 inches. Anglers are launching out of Sherman Park and perch fishing in 25 to 30 feet of water along the shipping channel near the first red buoy. Most are using shiners. Good walleye fishing at the mouth of the Gogomain River. Crawler harnesses, and rubber tail body baits are working good. Again there were no weeds in any of the bays so this is a good time to fish. Walleye were slow in and around Lime Island and Raber Bay.

Anglers continue to catch trout and salmon around the lighthouse.  

Drummond Island:  
Had excellent walleye fishing in Scott Bay. Anglers are trolling blue and chrome crank baits or crawler harnesses in four to eight feet. Planer boards seem to work best however bottom bouncers used with crawler harnesses are also working well. There are no weeds to fish around at this time so anglers are enjoying their time on the water.  Smallmouth were caught in Maxton Bay.

Cedarville and Hessel:  
Perch are in the Hessel Marina. Some perch were up near 11 inches however there is still a lot of undersized fish to keep it fun. Pike fishing has picked up in Government Bay, Musky Bay, Middle Entrance, and off the pier at Hessel. Bass are around, but you will have to work to find them.  

Carp River:  
Anglers are still trying for steelhead and suckers at the Carp River Bridge and McDonald Rapids.  
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