Water levels are up in the rivers and streams that saw significant rainfall over the last week. Anglers will want to be cautious and watch for floating debris in the rivers and the Great Lakes where those rivers flow into.
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Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was good but slowed for a few days due to weather. Anglers doing well were fishing perch rigs and spreaders with whatever minnows were available (preferably emerald shiners) in 24 to 27 feet straight out from Stony Point and Sandy Creek, 22 to 25 feet near the mouth of the River Raisin or straight out from La Plaisance Creek. Those fishing the dikes around Pointe Mouillee caught decent numbers of largemouth bass with soft plastics in shallow water in the evening. Shore anglers in Luna Pier caught freshwater drum and a couple yellow perch on crawlers or a few largemouth bass on soft plastics. Shore anglers at the Hoffman Memorial Access site caught pumpkinseed, bluegills and white perch on crawlers.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
St. Joseph: Wind and rain have hampered fishing. The few boats that have made it out found slower fishing with only a few Chinook caught in 70 to 120 feet. Perch fishing was on the slow side. The fish moved deeper and were caught in 50 to 60 feet. Pier fishing was also slow. Boat anglers should watch for debris coming out of the river.
Northeast Lower Peninsula
Mackinaw City: High winds made fishing a challenge but those that could get out did manage to take a few salmon and lake trout when trolling around the Straits.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Harbor Springs: Anglers are catching lake trout from Harbor Point to the north. Some were suspended at 140 feet down in 170 feet however warmer water might push the fish deeper.
Lake Gogebic: Fishing slowed with the recent weather changes, but the better walleye fishing was for those trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits in deeper water or when bobber fishing with crawlers and leeches along the deeper weed beds. Most of the perch were caught out deep and along the weed beds as well. A decent number of pumpkinseed were caught in the weeds around Bergland Bay.