Sunday, August 12, 2018

8/9/2018 Northwest Lower Peninsula Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Harbor Springs:  A couple lake trout were caught around Harbor Point.  The fish were hitting on spin-glo’s between 90 feet down and the bottom in over 120 feet.   

Petoskey:  Boat anglers are looking for salmon however most averaged less than one per boat as there are not a lot of them in the area.  The few caught seemed to be scattered between 50 and over 100 feet down.  Try spoons, flies and meat rigs.  Lake trout were caught 80 to 90 feet down.  Pier anglers caught smallmouth on worms and body baits.  Water levels in the Bear River were still on the low side.    

Charlevoix:  Lake trout were suspended and caught anywhere from 60 to 90 feet down on spoons and spin-glo’s.  The temperature break had moved deeper.   In the channel, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum were caught with real or artificial worms and leeches along the bottom.   

  • For a more accurate report on Lake Charlevoix I suggest reaching out to the people at Tom's Bait & TacklePhone: (231-536-3521)

Traverse City:  A couple Chinook salmon were caught in the East Bay when trolling along the south bank in the evening.  Lake trout were caught when trolling out from the M-37 launch, Deepwater Point, off Elk Rapids or when jigging off Old Mission.  Bass were caught in deep water.  The Elk River remains slow with only a few smallmouths caught up near the dam.  In the West Bay, a few Chinook were caught at the south end in early morning.  Lake trout were caught south of Power Island, along the west bank south of the M-22 launch and along the east bank north of Bryant Park.   Small perch were caught around Lee Point and south of the M-22 launch.  Bass were found in deep water around the island.  The Boardman remains slow, but a couple nice pike were caught recently.  Look for smallmouth or rock bass near the mouth.  

  • For a list of bait and tackle shops in the Traverse City area: Click Here!

Frankfort:  Large Chinook salmon fill the cleaning station as several angler’s report fish 30 pounds plus caught in the area.  Most were trolling the top 80 feet in 140 to 170 feet with meat rigs.  Lake trout were taken off the bottom with spin-glo’s at the Six-Mile Hole.   

  • For a list of bait and tackle shops in the Benzie County: Click Here!

Arcadia:  Boat anglers were getting one to three Chinook salmon per trip and some of the fish were over 20 pounds.  They were found 40 to 80 feet down in 100 to 150 feet out in front of the harbor.  A mix of spoons, flashers and flies as well as meat rigs worked best.  

Onekama:  Those fishing the “Barrel” were working the top 65 feet for Chinook or bouncing the bottom for lake trout in 120 to 140 feet.  Spoons and J-plugs worked best.  Hot colors were greens and blues.  

Portage Lake:  Bass anglers reported good numbers of largemouth around structure or when working the drop-offs.  Bluegills, rock bass and perch were still being caught.  

Manistee:  Surface water temperatures were about 72 degrees.  Chinook salmon fishing continues to get better as angler activity and catch rates were both high.  Big fish including a 32-pounder continue to be caught 50 to 100 feet down in 140 to 300 feet.  Spoons, J-plugs and meat rigs worked best.  A small number of steelhead and lake trout were also caught.  Pier fishing was slow.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:
Don's Sporting Goods: (231) 723-5028
Tangled Tackle Co.(231) 887-4242
Pappy's Bait & Tackle: (231) 848-4142
Andy's Tackle Box: (231) 477-5737

Manistee River:  Is producing a fair to good number of smallmouth bass and pike.  Below Tippy Dam, those fishing above or below the coffer dam caught the occasional summer steelhead but water temperatures are too warm.  

Ludington: Chinook fishing here continues to get better with a good number of fish 30 pounds plus being caught.  Most were 50 to 100 feet down in 130 to 300 feet and hitting on spoons, meat rigs and J-plugs.  

Pere Marquette Lake:  Chinook salmon were still being picked up in the channel and over near the river.   

Pentwater:  Fishing in front of the dunes has been slow, but those fishing the south side of Little Sable Point caught Chinook, steelhead, and lake trout 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 150 feet with meat rigs followed by green or blue spoons and flies.  

Pentwater Lake:  Large and smallmouth bass were caught in eight to 12 feet while jigging white soft-plastics or casting body baits along the drop-offs.  Those fishing off Longbridge Road can still find bullhead, sunfish and bass when drifting or fishing on the bottom with crawlers and red worms.   

Your area may not be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Northeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Cheboygan County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Leelanau County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

8/9/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan:  Anglers have been catching Atlantics, Chinook, lake trout, steelhead and walleye in 60 to 100 feet off Lafayette Point and Lighthouse Point on Bois Blanc Island.  The fish were hitting on spoons, spin-glo’s and meat rigs.  Lake trout were caught off Spectacle Reef and Chinook were caught around Mackinac Island and the Straits with spoons and meat rigs.   

Cheboygan River:  Fishing slowed but those using worms, leeches, soft plastics or spinners caught the occasional walleye, smallmouth, rock bass, and freshwater drum.  

  • For more public lakes in Cheboygan County: Click Here!

Hammond Bay:  Anglers caught Atlantic and Chinook salmon as well as lake trout on spoons in 60 to 90 feet off Nine Mile Point.  The Atlantics were taken in the top 30 feet and averaged five pounds.  The Chinook were about 10 pounds.  

Rogers City:  Had decent fishing as anglers took Chinook, Atlantics, coho, lake trout, steelhead and the odd walleye.  The thermocline was higher, so anglers were targeting 50 to 120 feet.  Deploy your lines throughout the water column.  Spoons worked best and the hot colors were green, blue, orange, green and blue, black and white or glow early and late.  Flashers with flies, squid and cut bait were taking some of the bigger fish.  

  • For more public lakes in Presque Isle county: Click Here!

Alpena:  When they can get out, boat anglers headed to the “Humps”, Thunder Bay Island and the Nine Mile Can for the best results.  Most were targeting lake trout near the bottom with spoons or flashers with flies, squid and spin-glo’s.  Walleye were caught south towards Scarecrow Island and Black River or near Sugar Island and Thunder Bay Island with crawler harnesses and crank baits.  

Thunder Bay River:  Boat and shore anglers caught freshwater drum. small bass, rock bass, channel catfish and the occasional walleye with leeches and crawlers.  

Black River:  Anglers were targeting walleye between Black River and South Point when trolling stick baits.  Pike were caught in the river when casting crank baits.  

Harrisville:  Lake trout were taken 100 to 140 feet between the harbor and Sturgeon Point when trolling spoons and spin-glo’s with dodgers in the bottom 20 feet.  Walleye were taken in 20 to 35 feet in the early morning when trolling stick baits off Sturgeon Point as well as south of the harbor.  

Oscoda:  Steelhead, lake trout, and the odd Atlantic or small Chinook were taken by anglers trolling spoons, meat rigs and spin-glo’s with dodgers 35 to 65 feet down in 85 to 130 feet.  Lake trout were also caught in the bottom 30 feet around the drop-off.  Quite a few suspended walleye were caught incidentally by those trolling spoons for salmon and trout.  Anglers still-fishing crawlers and leeches from the pier caught channel catfish, smallmouth bass, or a few walleye.  The catfish bite was best in the evening.    

Au Sable River:  Those still-fishing and drifting crawlers in the lower river caught smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum, and a few small walleye.  Those casting spinners caught pike while smallmouth bass were taken on poppers or a weed less soft plastic.  Smallmouth bass, small walleye, and a few nice pike have been caught on streamers or when casting crank baits between Mio, Alcona, and Loud Dam. 

680 River Rd.
Oscoda Twp. Mi 48750
(989) 739-5332

Higgins Lake:  Lake trout were caught when trolling or jigging just off the bottom in 90 to 120 feet.  A couple rainbow trout were caught in 60 to 70 feet off Big Creek and the South State Park.  Perch were found in 40 to 50 feet off the south end of the Sunken Island and Treasure Island.  Smallmouth bass and lots of rock bass have been caught throughout the lake.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops: 
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle: (989) 821-9517 

Sports Barn: (989) 821-9511

Houghton Lake:  Walleye were caught by those trolling a crawler harness tipped with crawlers or leeches along the drop-off in eight to 12 feet.  Pike have been caught throughout the lake.  Bluegills were in the weed beds in six to eight feet.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:

Tawas:  Walleye trollers just outside Tawas Bay were doing well around Buoy #2 in 35 to 70 feet and bringing back some limits on a harness.  They’re also fishing up towards Au Sable Point and getting some steelhead, Atlantics and walleye.  Inside Tawas Bay, walleye were caught around Buoys 4 & 6. 

Au Gres:  Walleye fishing slowed some; but they are still getting fish between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres in 20 to 40 feet or out deeper off the Gravelly Shoals and Big Charity Island.  Perch anglers were getting fish off the mouth of the Pine River and off Eagle Bay Marina in 10 to 20 feet.  Those targeting catfish have also done well.    

Your area may not be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Northeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Alcona County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Alpena County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Clare County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Crawford County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Gladwin County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Iosco County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Montmorency Public Lakes: Click Here! 
Ogemaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oscoda County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Presque Isle County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Friday, August 10, 2018

8/9/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Though salmon fishing was slow, some were still caught well past 100 feet of water.  Lake trout were caught in 90 feet.  Perch fishing remains slow with only a few caught in 50 to 60 feet.  Pier anglers caught catfish and freshwater drum.  

Nearby Bait Shops Include: 
Fishin Hole (269) 982-3474
Tackle Haven (269) 925-0341
Great Lakes Tackle  (269) 208-6178
Fishing Hole 2 (269) 468-7522

South Haven:  Had slow salmon and steelhead action as the fish seem to be scattered and very deep.  Lake trout were caught in 100 feet.  Perch fishing was inconsistent however on the good days anglers were taking a fair to good number of fish in about 60 feet.  The action was very good one day and poor the next.  Pier anglers caught lots of freshwater drum.  

  • For more places to fish in Van Buren County: Click Here!

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Few anglers were out because of the hot weather and the low water levels.  Those fishing early morning or late evening should find some smallmouth bass or panfish.  Summer steelhead were scarce.  

Grand River at Lansing:  Water levels were up some after the recent rains.  A few channel cats were caught mostly on live bait such as crawlers, leeches and small bluegills.  Longnose gar were caught at Webber Dam.  

  • For a more accurate report on the Grand River at Lansing I suggest reaching out to the people at Grand River Bait & TacklePhone: (517-482-4461)

Muskegon:  The salmon action slowed but anglers were still getting a few fish 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 150 feet out from Duck Lake.  Lake trout were caught just off the bottom in 200 feet.  Pink, orange or pink and pearl were good colors.  

Muskegon Lake Walleye were caught in 15 to 18 feet between the state park and the Bear Lake Channel.  After dark, boat anglers were trolling crank baits about 12 feet down in 18 feet.  Bass have been caught everywhere including the channel with blade baits or jigging spoons.  Bluegills were caught in eight to 10 feet along the east side and a few crappie were taken off the piers on the south end.  

  • For a more accurate report on the Muskegon Lake & the Muskegon River I suggest reaching out to the people at Snug Harbor OutfittersPhone: (231-719-0759)

Muskegon River:  Is producing some smallmouth bass.  Panfish were hitting on worms and minnows.  Water levels were low and clear.  Hardy Dam Pond was producing bluegills, largemouth bass and a few walleyes.  

Whitehall:  Boats trolling 40 to 70 feet down in 70 to 130 feet caught Chinook, lake trout, and the odd steelhead on meat rigs and blue or green spoons.  Pier anglers caught largemouth bass and freshwater drum with spinners or soft-plastic swimbaits.

White Lake:  Those fishing near the channel caught bluegills, largemouth bass and freshwater drum while drifting or still-fishing with crawlers and red worms.  Boat anglers caught bluegills and yellow perch on dropper-rigs tipped with red worms or wax worms in 15 to 25 feet. 

For more bait shops in the southwest lower peninsula follow the links below:

Kalamazoo County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Berrien County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Allegan County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Ingham County Bait Shops: Click Here!

Your area may be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Southwest Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Allegan County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Barry County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Calhoun County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Cass County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here! 
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Kalamazoo Public Lakes: Click Here! 
St. Joseph County Public Lakes: Click Here!

8/9/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie: Yellow perch were caught out of Bolles Harbor in 16 feet and near the E-Buoy and the Dumping Grounds in 22 to 24 feet on spreader rigs with green spinners and crappie rigs with orange and chartreuse.  A few limit catches were taken along the Dumping Grounds and the E-Buoy with orange or chartreuse spoons with deep divers, wiggle warts, crank baits or hot-n-tots.  Walleye limits were taken in 25 feet off the River Raisin with fire-tiger crank baits or in 21 to 23 feet between Stony Point and Fermi with bandits or when trolling a green, purple or chartreuse crawler harness.  White bass, white perch, freshwater drum and large channel cats were also caught.  Those targeting the Hot Ponds were taking a good number of catfish on shrimp or crawlers.  Largemouth bass were hitting spinners and twister tails at the mouth of the River Raisin and the Hot Ponds.  

  • If you're planning on fishing any of the canals near Lake Erie Metro Park or Point Mouillee State Game Area you can get all of your bait & tackle needs met at  Bottom Line Bait & Tackle
  • If you're planning on fishing out of Sterling State Park or the Brest Bay area you can pick up tackle from the nice people at Jeff's Bait & Tackle.

Detroit River:  Shore anglers are getting bass and catfish on crawlers, shrimp or crayfish.  Boat anglers were using crawlers, shrimp or green worms.  Walleye were found in 13 to 20 feet along the weed beds with a jig and worm or crawler harness.  Yellow perch were in five to nine feet or so along the weed beds around the islands.  Most were using perch rigs.  A couple muskie were taken on large spinners or jigging baits.   

Lake St. Clair:  Walleye anglers trolling with crawlers and crankbaits were able to harvest a few fish in deep water near the St. Clair Light, on the back side of Strawberry Island in 20 to 25 feet, in the
shipping channel and at the mouth of the Middle Channel.  Yellow perch numbers were increasing out in front of the Selfridge Air Base when drifting crawlers on drop-shot rigs just off the bottom.  Muskie and a couple good size pike were caught while casting and trolling in 15 to 20 feet in Anchor Bay and near the Dumping Grounds.  Bass anglers were targeting fish in deep water near the shipping channel, the three channel mouths of the St. Clair River, off the Mile Roads or in 10 to 12 feet in Anchor Bay.  Try soft plastics like tube baits and fish them slow.  

  • For a more accurate report on Lake St. Clair I suggest reaching out to the people at Sportsmen's Direct  as their weekly LSC fishing report is usually far more in depth.  Phone: (586-741-6052)
  • Macomb County Bait Shops: Click Here!

Port Sanilac:  Perch fishing declined.  Steelhead action is picking up along the outside of the Thumb.  The hot spot for steelhead outside of Thumb was off Forester which is about five miles north of the port.  Those trolling were getting two to five steelhead per trip when trolling spoons about halfway down in 120 feet.  Spoon color did not matter, you just need to find the fish.  Pier and river fishing is limited to catfish, drum and a few bass.  

Harbor Beach Fishing was slow as the fish were scattered and only a few were taken in the early morning.  Try running spoons from top to bottom or dodgers with spin-glo’s near the bottom.  Start in 80 feet and work your way out to deeper water north of the harbor.  For steelhead, try bright colored spoons.  Walleye were scattered but water temperatures were finally starting to warm so the bite should improve.  Try small spoons, harness or hot-n-tots.  

Grindstone City:  Anglers were getting lots of lake trout in 130 to 135 feet.  

Port Austin:  Walleye fishing slowed.  It seems the walleye fishery just never really developed here this summer.

Saginaw Bay:  We are in the mid-summer fishing mode and the walleye are out deep for the most part.  Walleye fishing in the inner bay is spotty as the fish are scattered.  The most consistent area was near Buoys 1 & 2 at the end of the shipping channel in 30 feet or more.  Walleye continue to be caught at most locations if anglers put in enough time.  Try the shallow side of the Slot between Sebewaing and Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet.  Crawler harnesses seem to work best though some were also using spoons or crank baits.  Perch fishing was starting to pick up in several locations especially in the Old Shipping Channel off the mouth of the Saginaw River in 17 feet.  Other spots include Sailboat Buoys A & B or F & G off Linwood and the Spark Plug at Buoys 11 & 12.  The fish range eight to 10 inches.   Limits are possible but not the norm.   

  • For a more accurate report on Saginaw Bay I suggest taking a look at the weekly Saginaw Bay Fishing Report given to you by

With summer in full swing there are ample opportunities to get out and fish.  With that in mind I suggest reaching out to the local bait shops in southeast Michigan to verify what your best options are.  Below are links to bait shop listings organized by county:  

Your area may not be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Southeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Genessee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Hillsdale County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lapeer County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lenawee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Livingston County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 1: Click Here! 
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 2: Click Here!
Washtenaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Wayne County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Friday, August 3, 2018

8/2/2018 Upper Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Upper Peninsula

Lac Vieux DesertWalleye fishing has remained somewhat slow. Those caught were taken in the deeper holes around the lake. Bass anglers reported very good fishing with top-water lures or when casting spinners in the shallows. A couple legal size musky were caught in the deeper holes and when casting along the shallow weed beds. Bluegill, crappie, perch and sunfish were caught in 3 to 12 feet with natural or artificial baits. Be ready so sort through the small ones.    

Little Bay De NocA few walleye were caught here and there. Fish were found along the “Black Bottom” when trolling a crawler harness in 18 to 24 feet and near the lighthouse in Escanaba when jigging crawlers in 14 to 30 feet. Off Breezy Point, the better catches came in the early morning with a crawler harness along the break in 14 feet. Smallmouth bass catches were fair south of the Ford River and south of Hunters Point when casting crank baits or plastics around the weed lines and rocky areas in 8 to 14 feet. A few perch were taken off Gladstone Beach with crawlers in 18 to 25 feet. A couple salmon were caught 80 feet down in 105 feet near the Ford River Can.  

Big Bay De NocSmallmouth anglers reported excellent catch rates off Nahma either 2 miles out to the “Rock” or off the golf course and Butlers Point. A good number of limit catches were reported. Those harvesting fish were using mostly live crawlers and leeches while those releasing were using plastics, spinners and crank baits in 6 to 15 feet. Good fishing was also reported in Puffy Bay and Garden Bay and Martins Bay in 6 to 18 feet. At Fairport, catch rates were fair with lake trout and steelhead coming 60 to 90 feet down in 105 to 170 feet. A few large Chinook were also caught.  

MarquetteLake trout fishing picked up with most boat anglers catching fish including some limit catches. The fish seem to be suspended so cover the entire water column when trolling spoons. Chartreuse was the hot color. Most were trolling between the white rocks and Granite Island, Sand Hole and Shot Point. The occasional steelhead or brown trout were caught but very few salmon. Stannard Rock was a hot spot when the weather was good. Anglers caught a good number of fishing ranging 3-9 pounds.  

Au Train: Those fishing the east side of Au Train Island were getting a few fish for a couple hours of trolling. Some were making the 28-mile run to the Big Reef and bringing back a good number of fish.  

MunisingBoat anglers did well for lake trout along Wood Island Reef and Grand Portal when trolling along the drop-offs in 140 to 200 feet or more. The best trolling speed was about 2 mph with downriggers near the bottom or when using lead core with spoons.  Hot colors were fire-tiger, chartreuse and orange fluorescent. Coho and a few brown trout were also caught. Splake fishing was slow, and pier fishing was poor.    

Grand MaraisLimit catches of lake trout were reported near Five Mile Reef when trolling along the drop in 180 to 220 feet with assorted spoons and flies. Lake trout were reported in close to shore when trolling west of Au Sable Point. A few coho and brown trout were also caught. Pier anglers had no luck.  

DetourAnglers are catching a mixed bag of Chinook, Atlantic, pink salmon and steelhead at the Detour Lighthouse. Water temperatures were 52 degrees at 60 feet in most areas of the St. Marys River. Chinook were caught from Fry Pan Island south to the green buoy with purple and gold spoons 35 feet down in 60 to 80 feet. Atlantics were caught from the lighthouse to the first red buoy on the Drummond Island side. Anglers are reminded to be cautious of the rocks when approaching the red buoy as the water goes from 80 feet immediately to 35 feet at the buoy. Use lead core with 3-5 colors and orange spoons.  

Cedarville and Hessel: Good pike fishing was reported in Muskellunge Bay from Dollar Island to Connors Pointe when trolling or drifting creek chubs in 8 to 12 feet or a blue and chrome crank bait off the weed beds in 5 to 7 feet. Fish were caught at the west end of Snows Channel near the golf course when trolling from Buoys 18 & 19 west to the mouth of Mackinac Bay. A few walleye were caught by those drifting a small orange jig tipped with a shiner. For panfish, try 3 to 5 feet at Echo Island in Mackinac Bay.  Fishing improved around Hessel. Some perch were caught off the marina finger docks with small worms. Best fishing was 2-4 pm. In Mackinac Bay, smallmouth bass were caught on crank baits and some very nice largemouth bass were caught on blue and white crank baits or a green rubber frog near the weed beds in 3 to 6 feet. The occasional splake was caught on the west side of Marquette Island at Coates Point when trolling a small blue and white crank bait just off the bottom in 15 to 20 feet.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

8/2/2018 Northwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Harbor SpringsBoat anglers caught lake trout near Harbor Springs. Some were fishing from Harbor Point north to Five Mile Point. Bass anglers were also out. 
Petoskey: Lake trout, salmon, steelhead and even a couple lake herring were caught. Not a lot of salmon but a few were caught 40 to 55 feet down from the breakwall to Bay Harbor. Lake trout were also caught including some as deep as 80 feet down. Water levels were up a bit in the Bear River and a couple smaller steelhead were caught on spawn bags and flies up near the dam. Smallmouth bass were caught at the mouth including a legal one here and there. Rock bass, catfish and drum were also caught on worms and leeches.  
CharlevoixAnglers were getting lake trout along with a few salmon and lake herring. The salmon were 40 feet down and the lakers were 80 to 90 feet down in 100 to 300 feet around the cement plant and south off North Point. Smallmouth action in the channel was hit-or-miss with a few keepers taken on real or artificial worms and leeches along the bottom.  

  • For a more accurate report on Lake Charlevoix I suggest reaching out to the people at Tom's Bait & TacklePhone: (231-536-3521)
Traverse City: Lake trout fishing in the East Bay was best when trolling along the west bank and down to the south bank. Those jigging did well around Deepwater Point, north of the M-37 launch, and off Old Mission. Trout were also caught when trolling or jigging out from Elk Rapids. Bass fishing was fair around Deepwater Point, north of Yuba and along the west side of the bay in 15 to 25 feet. Slow fishing in the Elk River but plenty of sub-legal bass were caught on crawlers and leeches. In the West Bay, lake trout were taken when trolling along the east side and south of Power Island or when jigging off Lee Point or south of the M-22 launch. Steelhead action on the Boardman River was very slow. Some small bass or rock bass were caught at the mouth when using worms.  

  • For a list of bait and tackle shops in the Traverse City area: Click Here!
Frankfort: The kings are living up to their name with numerous reports of Chinook over 25 pounds and a few over 30. From the Manitou Islands to the Herring Hole anglers are landing large fish. Meat rigs produced a lot of big ones but J-plugs, flies and magnum spoons in multiple colors have also done well. A thermocline has not set up so anglers are scattered throughout the area and were working the top 65 feet in 120 to 600 feet. Nice steelhead were also taken up high on orange spoons.   
Arcadia: Anglers are catching 1-2 fish per trip including a mix of Chinook, lake trout and the occasional steelhead 40 to 60 feet down in 100 to 120 feet. The water 40 to 50 feet down was 45 degrees so the fish were scattered. Use spoons, flies and meat rigs.  
Onekama: The early morning bite in the “Barrel” has anglers reconsidering putting new line on their rods with several reports of large Chinook that are putting up a good fight. Most were taken 55 to 75 feet down on J-plugs or meat rigs and flies in the afternoon.  
Portage Lake: Water temperatures are warm, so anglers were targeting 16 to 25 feet and picking up perch, bluegills, sunfish and rock bass. Bass anglers working the drops and structure caught some nice largemouth, but the number of smallmouth has not been as good as in the past. Use caution in the channel due to construction.    
ManisteeSurface temperatures were 65 degrees. Chinook fishing has really started to heat up with some nice fish including a 31 and a 29-pounder taken recently. Most were caught 50 to 100 feet down in 130 to 250 feet. Steelhead and lake trout were also found, but most of the fish taken were Chinook. Spoons and meat rigs worked best. Those trolling spoons and J-plugs in the channel and around the piers also found some Chinook.    
Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:

Don's Sporting Goods: (231) 723-5028
Tangled Tackle Co.(231) 887-4242
Pappy's Bait & Tackle: (231) 848-4142
Andy's Tackle Box: (231) 477-5737

Ludington: Surface temperatures were up around 70 degrees and more salmon are being caught including one fish just over 34 pounds. Anglers are trolling spoons and meat rigs 30 to 70 feet down in 170 to 300 feet. A small number of steelhead and lake trout were also caught.    
Pere Marquette LakeThose trolling spoons and J-plugs have caught Chinook salmon here and in the channel.   
Pentwater: Chinook were caught by those trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 60 to 130 feet in the early morning from the dunes down to Little Sable Point with glow or green and blue spoons and flies. Chinook and the occasional steelhead were caught later in the morning when trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 150 to 180 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass when drifting minnows or crawlers through the channel.   
Anglers drifting crawlers, leeches or minnows through the channel caught good numbers of smallmouth bass in the morning. Those still-fishing with red worms from Longbridge Road caught sunfish, bullhead, and the odd smallmouth bass.

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:
Don's Sporting Goods: (231) 723-5028
Tangled Tackle Co.(231) 887-4242
Pappy's Bait & Tackle: (231) 848-4142
Andy's Tackle Box: (231) 477-5737


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