Thursday, July 28, 2016

Michigan weekly fishing report 7/28/2016

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie:  Walleye fishing was a bit slower but anglers still had success near Fermi and Stony Point in 20 to 26 feet in the early morning and moving out to 28 feet as the day progresses.  A couple fish were caught near the E-Buoy.  Anglers are trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers or wiggle warts in fire-tiger, purple or chartreuse.  Those trolling crawlers caught quite a few freshwater drum, white perch and catfish.  Catch rates for yellow perch were hit-or-miss when using spreaders with shiners near the W-Buoy in 13 to 16 feet or near Fermi and Stony Point in 18 to 23 feet.  Shore anglers fishing the Evans Pier at Luna Pier caught bluegills and smaller largemouth bass on crawlers.  Shore anglers at Pointe Mouillee caught rock bass and freshwater drum on crawlers and shiners.  The lagoons at Sterling State Park were producing some largemouth bass.  

Detroit River:  Walleye anglers are still heading down to Lake Erie for better catch rates.  Others are still waiting for the perch fishing to pick up.  Try perch rigs with minnows.  Bass fishing was fair in the canals and around the islands.  A couple muskie were caught.    
Oakland County:  With surface water temperatures well into the high 70’s, deeper water seems to be the most productive for all species.  Anglers targeting pike and walleye found fish when trolling or casting a crawler harness along the deep weed lines.  Bass were caught by those using a slow presentation.  Those targeting bluegills found the bigger fish suspended in 15 to 25 feet.  
Lake St. Clair:  Smallmouth bass were caught around the Mile Roads when casting darters in 10 to 12 feet.  Largemouth bass were caught in six feet when casting a green pumpkin tube bait.  Those fishing in 17 feet in the Shipping Channel caught walleye and a few yellow perch on pink, purple, chartreuse and gold crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers.  Walleye were caught in 18 feet around the St. Clair Light and near the mouth of the Detroit River.  Anglers reported a large number of small yellow perch being caught when trolling crawler harnesses for walleye so some were switching to artificial lures including husky jerks.  A few channel cats and freshwater drum were caught.  On the north end, large muskie were caught about halfway between the Harley Ensign launch and Muskamoot Bay in 12 to 13 feet with yellow crank baits.  Channel cats were caught on crawlers in 12 feet near the mouth of the Middle Channel.  Panfish anglers managed a few limit catches in Bouvier Bay.  Red and black artificial baits worked well.  Small muskie were caught in six to eight feet off the Selfridge. Red and chrome lures were the ticket.  
St. Clair River:  Anglers were catching good numbers of walleye in 18 to 24 feet when trolling crawler harnesses.  
Lexington to Port Sanilac:  Those trolling caught steelhead, lake trout, the odd coho and some walleye in 75 to 100 feet when fishing the bottom half of the water column.  Surface water temperatures are getting quite warm so go deeper and fish the lower half of the column.  Yellow perch fishing was starting to pick up with fish eight to 11 inches caught along the various weed beds.  
Harbor Beach:   Some nice lake trout were taken 50 to 100 feet down in 80 to 100 when working the bottom with dodgers and spin-glo’s or spoons.  Try glow, green alewives, orange crush, black and white or purple and pink spoons.  Coho and pink salmon could still be found 20 to 55 feet down in 90 to 130 feet while steelhead were caught near the color lines in 85 to 100 feet with bright colored spoons.  A few walleye were taken in 20 to 60 feet with small spoons, thunder sticks and crawler harnesses.  Shore anglers casting body baits caught bass.  
Caseville to Grindstone City:  Walleye anglers did well northeast of Big Charity Island in 22 to 26 feet and along the various reefs between the two ports in 34 to 36 feet.  Limit catches were rare but most boats were getting fish.  
Saginaw Bay:  Those trolling were getting a few walleye.  It seems you need to keep moving until you find a concentration of active fish.  The better areas were the Dumping Grounds, the Callahan Reef, the green Spark Plug (Buoys 1 & 2) in 30 feet, the red Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) in 25 to 27 feet, the Slot between Sunset Bay and Sand Point, and in both the shallows and deep water along the Bar.  Some yellow perch were finally caught around Buoys A and B off Linwood and out near the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12).  The perch were eight to 11 inches and most were caught on worms.   

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Perch fishing was good though it slowed.  Anglers were fishing mainly south of the piers in 30 feet.  Salmon fishing was slow but some lake trout were caught in 100 feet.  Pier anglers caught a couple freshwater drum on crawlers or shrimp near the bottom.   

South Haven:  Perch fishing was still on the slow side but fish are being caught mainly south of the piers in 30 to 40 feet.  Salmon fishing was slow but the occasional Chinook was taken in 90 to 110 feet.  A couple steelhead were also caught.    
Grand Haven:  Boat anglers were starting to see an increase in the number of Chinook salmon.  Most were caught 60 to 120 feet down in 90 to 160 feet with green or white flies and meat rigs.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum on minnows.  
Grand River at Grand Rapids:  With the warmer water temperatures, the better fishing has been early morning or late evening.  Those fishing below the dams have found the occasional walleye and catfish.  Crappie and other panfish were found near weed beds and shaded areas.  
Grand River at Lansing:  Water levels are low.  Those fishing below the North Lansing Dam continue to take smallmouth bass on flies and leeches.  Those targeting panfish had fair catches.   Muskegon:  Those trolling for trout and salmon found fish 60 to 150 feet down in 100 to 200 feet.  A mix of spoons, flies, meat rigs and spin-glo’s were producing fish.  
Muskegon River:  Small brown trout have been caught below the dams.  Bass anglers are doing well around brush piles, in the slow pockets and shaded areas.  
Whitehall:  Salmon and steelhead fishing was good in 120 to 225 feet.  Mixed veggie was a good color.  Pier anglers caught bass and freshwater drum.  Those fishing in the evening caught channel cats and the occasional walleye.   

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan:  Anglers are reporting good numbers of lake trout on the east side of Bois Blanc Island and a few down near Cordwood Point.  A couple steelhead and Chinook were also taken with the better salmon fishing north towards Mackinaw City.  Most a running a mix of spoons, hoochies, and dodgers run at multiple depths.   

Cheboygan River:  Walleye fishing has slowed with only a few smaller fish caught. Anglers will still find smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass.  
Burt Lake:  Is producing a few perch and walleye.  Perch, rock bass and crappie could be found along the weed beds.  Smallmouth bass can be found near the points.    
Mullett Lake:  Walleye fishing slowed however anglers were still targeting them around the Sunken Island and east to the “Humps”.  Most are only catching a couple fish per trip when trolling crawler harnesses near the bottom or using deep diving stick baits.   Perch anglers had little to no success.  Steelhead fishing has started to pick up with fish caught on downriggers with sliders 30 to 40 feet down in 80 to 120 feet between Round Point and Red Pine Point.  Most fish were caught on the typical spoons used in the Great Lakes.  
Rogers City:  Boat anglers are heading straight out, south to Swan Bay and Adams Point or north towards the State Park and Forty Mile Point with downriggers, lead core, dipseys and copper 65 to 90 feet down in 50 to 120 feet.   Chinook salmon were caught very early in the morning or late evening with spoons and flashers with squid, flies or cut bait.  Dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s s are still good for lake trout.  Hot colors were green, blue, black and white, purple, orange or anything that glows early and late.  Look for structure or baitfish near it.  Instead of running parallel, anglers are running shallow to deep and it seems when the thermocline is higher than 60 feet, anglers were doing well.  Be sure to watch for tagged fish.  
Presque Isle:  Boat anglers fishing between the two lighthouses straight out or south towards Stoneport found fish 65 to 90 feet down in 50 to 120 feet using the same methods as Rogers City anglers.  Run lines throughout the water column especially 35 to 65 feet down.  Chinook were caught very early or late.   
Alpena:  Lake trout are in abundance throughout the area.  Boats are heading to the Nordmere Wreck or east of Thunder Bay Island and fishing in 130 feet or deeper.  The fish are suspended from top to bottom so spread your baits out.  Steelhead are in the same area and hitting higher in the water column.  A few Chinook were caught further to the north when running spoons and attractors.  A good number of walleye seem to be moving into Thunder Bay and those fishing from Grass Island to the Black River had the most luck.  Bass fishing has been consistent.    
Oscoda:  Has good numbers of lake trout.  Boat anglers are fishing from Au Sable Point to Greenbush in waters 120 feet and deeper with baits spread throughout the water column.  Chinook and steelhead were up high.  As the water warms, look for the temperature breaks.  Pier anglers have caught a few walleye, smallmouth bass and channel cats in the early morning and late evening.     
Au Sable River:  Had good smallmouth bass fishing with good numbers of fish and good size.  More anglers are turning to kayak fishing.  Those casting and drifting had good success.  
Higgins Lake:   Those trolling or vertical jigging in 80 to 120 feet have caught lake trout.  Fair to good numbers of rock bass were also caught.  
Houghton Lake:  Still had a few walleye being caught on leeches, stick baits, flicker shads and the occasional crawler.  For bluegills, try leeches, wax worms and red worms.  Rock bass were hitting on leaf worms and small minnows.  
Tawas:  Some walleye were caught from the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina when casting Erie Dearies or crank baits.  More walleye and some steelhead were taken out past Buoy #2 in 70 feet.  A lot of boats heading north of Big Charity Island caught fish in 15 to 30 feet.  Pier fishing was slow.  
Tawas River:  Was producing a few smallmouth, rock bass and freshwater drum.  
Au Gres:  The hot spot for walleye was the “Steeples” which is northeast of Big Charity Island when using the same lures as Tawas.  
Au Gres River:  Anglers caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum.  A few catfish were taken in the lower river.   

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Harbor Springs:  Lake trout were caught about 120 feet down near Harbor Point but some anglers are heading north and west of the bay while looking for cooler water.  A good number of boats were running up to Five Mile Point.  Surface water temperatures were at 70 degrees and only dropping to 68 degrees at 100 feet deep.  

Petoskey:  Boat anglers had a bit of trouble not only locating lake trout but getting them to bite.  The fish are moving out deeper because of the warm water so try heading out of the Bay to Seven Mile or Nine Mile Point and fish 100 to 190 feet down in 130 to 200 feet with spin-glo’s, flashers, flies and cut bait.   
Bear River:  Water levels were low and no steelhead to report.  Anglers caught rock bass and small brown trout up near the dam with spawn bags or worms.  Those fishing the mouth managed to catch a few smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum or bullhead on crawlers.  
Charlevoix:  Boat anglers did find Chinook salmon but they were small.  Fish were found about halfway down in 100 feet however water temperatures have really warmed up so they may be deeper.  Decent lake trout fishing just off the bottom in 115 feet near North Point but some fish were suspended.  Spoons and spin-glo’s worked best.  Smallmouth bass were caught in the channel including some keepers.  Freshwater drum were also caught.  
Traverse City:  Anglers in the East Bay have caught lake trout out of Elk Rapids towards Old Mission, near Deepwater Point and the area around Yuba Creek.  The occasional Chinook or lake herring were also mixed in.  Smallmouth bass were caught below the dam in Elk Rapids but most were undersize.  In the West Bay, lake trout fishing was slower but a few were caught north of the M-22 launch.  
Boardman River:  Has plenty of smaller bass.
Frankfort:  Chinook salmon were hitting in the top 40 to 60 feet of waters 180 to 200 feet deep.  Most fish were taken on spoons and blue flies but the bigger fish were hitting on meat rigs.  Chinook were in the harbor but anglers were having a tough time getting them to hit.  
Onekama:  Boat anglers trolling out near the “Barrel” caught lake trout when bouncing the bottom with spin-glo’s and flies in 80 to 120 feet.  
Portage Lake:  Panfish anglers were taking some fish on worms in 10 to 18 feet near Little Eden.  
Manistee:  Surface water temperatures were up near 71 degrees.  Boat anglers caught Chinook off the Shelf and some were up around 20 pounds.   A small number of coho and steelhead were caught in 150 to 200 feet.  Lake trout numbers have slowed but a few were still caught in 150 to 200 feet.  
Manistee Lake:  Largemouth and smallmouth bass were hit-or-miss.  Fishing was slow during the day and picking up gradually during the cooler evenings.  Those casting artificial worms on wacky rigs caught fish along the shoreline.  A few walleye were caught by those trolling a crawler harness with worms or minnows.  
Big Manistee River:  Skamania can still be found at Tippy Dam however the number of fish caught was well below average.  Try fishing above the Coffer Dam with lighter tackle.  The smallmouth bite increased in the lower sections especially below Potters Landing. Try casting in the slow deep holes, near the banks or near downed trees.  A few walleye were reported between the M-55 Bridge and the viewing platform.   
Ludington:  Had surface water temperatures of 73 degrees.   The dredging should be completed by the end of this week.  Catch rates for lake trout have slowed for those trolling in 150 to 200 feet.  A small number of Chinook, coho and steelhead were caught.  Chinook were still being caught in Pere Marquette Lake.  
Pentwater:  Salmon and steelhead fishing has been tough but some caught fish in 130 to 200 feet with meat rigs and herring strips.  Lake trout were caught in 130 to 250 feet.  
Pentwater Lake:  Some yellow perch were caught on red worms.  Bullhead and channel cats were caught in the evening when still-fishing with crawlers or cut bait.   

Upper Peninsula

Lake Gogebic:  Had another mayfly hatch but anglers were still getting some walleye when trolling crawler harnesses or artificial baits down the middle of the lake or when jigging leeches and crawlers over the rock piles on the southeast side.  Bass can be found along the weed beds and drop-offs.  Good pumpkinseed action in Bergland Bay when bobber fishing with leeches or crawlers along the weed beds.  A few perch and walleye were also caught.  Construction at the Bergland Launch has made access a little more difficult.  

Keweenaw Bay:  Those trolling for salmon harvested a few coho and lake trout from the head of the Bay north to the red rocks with orange or green spoons and body baits.  Try 40 to 90 feet down in 60 to 110 feet at 2.1 to 2.5 mph.  Those jigging found lake trout in 220 to 260 feet northeast of Pequaming.    
Menominee River:  Continues to fish well for walleye ranging 18 to 24 inches.  Both trolling and jigging are producing fish.  
Little Bay De Noc:  The better walleye catches were south into the waters of Green Bay when trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits in 18 to 24 feet from the “Fingers” south to the Minneapolis Shoals.  Salmon anglers reported a few catches but not many were marked when trolling spoons 50 to 60 feet down in 70 to 110 feet just north of the Ford River Buoy.  Fair catches of perch were taken off the mouth of the Escanaba Yacht Harbor with minnows or crawlers on top of the break.  Good numbers of small pike and freshwater drum were reported throughout the bay.  Shore anglers caught pike in the Escanaba River when casting spoons, spinners or crank baits near the 1st Dam.  
Big Bay De Noc:  Had lots of smallmouth bass anglers however catch rates were fair at best near Ogontz, the golf course at Nahma and the mouth of Garden Bay when casting crank baits, plastics or drop-shotting in 12 to 22 feet.  At Fairport, some were still trolling the “Gap” but others were fishing near St. Martin and Washington Islands or off Point Detour.  Try spoons 45 to 90 feet down in 90 to 150 feet.  Good numbers of steelhead were 30 to 40 feet down.  
Marquette:  Fishing was slow.  Boat anglers fishing around the breakwall caught lake trout on spoons while others out in 180 feet caught fish north of the white rocks.  No coho to report.  Shore anglers at the mouth of the Carp River caught a few walleye.  
Munising:  Boat anglers fishing for lake trout have reported several limit catches.   Most fish were caught within 10 feet of the bottom in 140 to 180 feet along the Wood Island Reef, Grumps Hump, north of Grand Island and in Trout Bay.  Those out jigging also caught fish.  Catch rates near the Big Reef were fair.  A few coho up near 22 inches have been caught.  Most are using white, watermelon or chartreuse spoons.  Pier anglers at the Anna River report very little action for splake.  
Grand Marais:  Pier fishing was slow with only a few anglers casting spoons.  A couple coho just over three pounds were caught.  Boat anglers trolling for lake trout have reported some limit catches three to five miles straight out in 200 feet, near Au Sable Point and near Big Reef.  Surface water temperatures offshore were in the low 60’s.  
Manistique:  Those trolling for salmon found fish 40 to 60 feet down in 80 to 110 feet off Wiggins Point.      
St. Marys River:  Had good reports of lake herring and whitefish caught near Lime Island.  Fish 100 yards west of the boat docks in 18 to 22 feet with a reddish brown Swedish Pimple tipped with a wax worm or natural fly baits.  The hot weather has produced good fly hatches around Butterfield, Maple, Big Trout, Little Trout and Burnt Islands so look for schools of fish.  
Detour:  Had excellent lake trout fishing for those trolling over the 80 foot flat two miles straight south of the Detour Lighthouse with orange and green spin-glo’s.  Those trolling fly type baits and small orange or pink spoons caught Atlantic and pink salmon.  The Atlantic salmon were hitting up high about six to 12 feet below the surface.  A few walleye were caught around Detour Point when trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers in six to 12 feet.  
Cedarville and Hessel:  Pier fishing for pike at Hessel was good in the early morning when floating creek chubs.  Evenings were best for smallmouth bass when using crawlers. At Cedarville, a few reports of small yellow perch are coming in while drift fishing with shiners and worms in six feet between Hill Island and Island #8 in the early morning.  Prentiss Bay had no reports of fly hatches or lake herring.  Wilderness Bay and Marquette Bay on the west side of Marquette Island had fair pike fishing when trolling off the weed beds in six to eight feet of water using a chrome spoon with a red eye.  On the east side of Marquette Island, a few walleye were caught at the mouth of Duck Bay when drifting or casting purple crank baits in six to eight feet.   
St. Ignace:  Anglers are reporting good numbers of lake trout around Mackinac Island.  A few salmon have started to show up in the area and are being caught by those fishing near the Mackinac Bridge, out from the Grand Hotel and down by Round Island.  Those catching both salmon and lake trout are using a mix of spoons, dodgers and hoochies with flies.  The Pine River is still producing walleye and perch for boat and shore anglers.  The Carp River is producing a few perch, walleye and smallmouth bass.  Walleye and perch anglers did best with crawlers or leeches.   

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