Thursday, July 5, 2018

7/04/2018 Northwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Harbor Springs:  Anglers were targeting smallmouth bass as the fish were still up in the shallows.  Anglers were fishing from the east end of Little Traverse Bay to Harbor Point and just north.  

Petoskey:  A couple boats found some very small salmon 20 inches or less.  A nice steelhead was caught along the scum line.  Lake trout were caught but the fish seemed to be scattered.  Most boats were trolling from the breakwall to Bay Harbor.  On the 
Bear River, fishing at the mouth was decent with anglers taking a mix of smallmouth bass, catfish, carp and panfish on worms or stick baits.  


Charlevoix:  Those jigging in 55 to 60 feet near the cement plant were still taking some cisco.  Lake trout were caught off North Point when trolling along the bottom 20 feet of waters of waters 85 feet deep.  The lake trout were scattered south of the channel.  Those targeting smallmouth bass in the channel had limited success with real or artificial worms and leeches.  Some were still full of eggs.   With a hex hatch on the Boyne River, brown trout fishing was good especially at night.    

  • 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 hit-or-miss with the best action in the early morning when trolling the shallows or jigging around Deepwater Point.  Good bass fishing at the south end of the bay in eight to 12 feet.  Elk Rapids was hit-or-miss.  The Elk River continues to produce a good number of smallmouth bass for those using leeches and plastics.  In the West Bay, lake trout were caught by those jigging around Power Island.  Bass were caught south of 
Bowers Harbor.  The Boardman River was very slow with only a few panfish caught near the mouth or dam.  

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


Frankfort:  The baitfish moved offshore so anglers were trolling in 450 to 600 feet looking for them.  Once found, trolling above and below them was producing some Chinook salmon in the early morning.  Lake trout were caught in Platte Bay by those bouncing spin-glo’s off the bottom.  

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


Onekama:  Those trolling in and around the “Barrel” reported a moderate number of Chinook and lake trout.  Most Chinook were in 300 to 400 feet.   


Portage Lake:  Bass and perch numbers were picking up with some good size fish reported.  Perch were hitting in 15 to 20 feet and bass anglers were working the drops.  


Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell:  Walleye were caught in 12 to 15 feet along the weed beds with crawlers and leeches.  The bass and pike action was steady.  For panfish, target the deeper waters six to 14 feet.     


Manistee:  Surface water temperatures were about 65 degrees.  Pier fishing was slow but a few anglers caught steelhead off the north pier with alewife and spawn.  Boat anglers reported slower fishing.  Lake trout and a few Chinook were caught on spoons. 


Manistee River:  Had good brown trout fishing especially at night with the ongoing hex hatch.  The fly hatch along the upper river should be over soon.     

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 temperature readings were up near 66 degrees. Pier fishing is slow.  Off shore fishing was slow but some had success for Chinook, lake trout and steelhead in 120 to 200 feet when trolling spoons.     

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


Pere Marquette River:  Had a hex hatch that is starting to wind down.  


Pentwater:  Anglers trolling between the dunes and Little Sable Point caught steelhead, Chinook salmon, and lake trout 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 180 feet.  Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass while drifting minnows between the pier heads. 


Pentwater Lake:  Anglers fishing from Longbridge Road caught brown bullhead, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, and smallmouth bass when drifting red worms under a bobber of still-fishing near the bottom.

7/04/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan:  Those trolling in the straights caught salmon and lake trout on spoons.   Lake trout were caught off Nine Mile Point with spin-glo’s.  

Cheboygan River Is producing smallmouth bass, walleye, bullhead, freshwater drum and bluegills.  The smallmouth bass were undersize.   


Rogers City Lake trout fishing is still good but anglers are finding them out deeper.  Try 55 to 80 feet and fish near the bottom where you find 48 degree water.  These fish tend to school up so if you catch one, go back over the same area again.  Try dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s.  For Atlantic salmon and steelhead, try the top 30 feet with bright colored spoons like orange, green or yellow.  Look for steelhead near the scum lines.  Chinook were caught 50 feet down or where the thermocline is.  Try downriggers, lead core and dipseys throughout the water column in 65 to 120 feet.  Good colors are green, blue, chartreuse, or glow early and late.  Best time to head out was before sunrise and about an hour or two before and after sunset.  

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


Alpena:  The water has warmed up so trout and salmon anglers are heading out towards Thunder Bay Island, the 9-Mile Can, and other areas outside the bay.  Lake trout along with an occasional Chinook, Atlantic, coho and pink salmon were caught.  Silver fish were caught from 60 feet and up near the thermocline with bright orange spoons in the top 25 to 30 feet.  Lake trout were in the bottom 20 feet and hitting on dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s.  A few walleye were caught south of the bay towards the Black River where boats were heading out in the late evening.  


Thunder Bay River:  The action has been slow.  Anglers trying for walleye had little success.  Those using crawlers or leeches caught rock bass, freshwater drum and some undersize bass.    


Black River:  Anglers were targeting walleye in the late evening and into the night.  Most were in 20 to 40 feet between Black River Island and Scarecrow Island.  


Harrisville:  Anglers found lake trout when trolling spoons with or without flashers in 70 to 90 feet around Sturgeon Point.  Most fish were in the bottom 10 feet but a few were caught on lead core in the top 25 feet.  Steelhead were taken off Sturgeon Point with spoons 20 feet down in 60 to 70 feet along the scum line.  The odd walleye was caught when trolling a crawler harness and bottom bouncer or body baits in 20 to 30 feet. 

 


Oscoda:  Lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons in the bottom 10 feet of waters 85 to 95 feet deep.  Pier anglers caught a couple walleye, channel cats, freshwater drum, carp, and smallmouth bass when drifting or floating crawlers and minnows.


Au Sable River:  A few smaller walleye were caught when drifting crawlers through the holes in Oscoda and up near Foote Dam.  Smallmouth bass and freshwater drum were commonly found when drifting crawlers or casting jigs and body baits.  Channel cats were caught when still-fishing with crawlers.  Hex hatches continue on certain sections and tributaries of the upper river.  Trophy water temperatures in Mio were reaching the mid 70’s, leaving the trout stressed but the smallmouth bite was good.  

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


Higgins Lake:  The perch action was hit-or-miss as some are getting fish and others are not.  Most were searching in 40 to 50 feet.  Lake trout are still being caught in 80 to 120 feet, mostly when jigging.  Smallmouth bass are hitting both live and artificial baits.  For the kids, rock bass can be found throughout the lake.   

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops: 
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle: (989) 821-9517 
Sports Barn: (989) 821-9511


Houghton Lake:  Good fishing continues.  Smaller bluegills are hitting on worms but the bigger fish were hitting on leeches in 10 feet or so.  Walleye are still hitting on crank baits, Hot-n-Tot’s, flicker shad or a harness with crawlers or leeches.  Those drifting did well with a beetle spin.  Good colors are red, pink, purple, orange and chartreuse.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:


Tawas:  Walleye action was slow but anglers were still trolling and jigging around Buoys 4 and 6.  Those trolling out deeper in 35 to 50 feet around Buoys 1 and 2 and northeast of the Charity Islands were marking but not necessarily catching fish.  


Tawas River:  Had lots of baitfish but anglers were still catching some pike, bass, channel cats and freshwater drum.    


Au Gres:  Had good walleye action in 15 to 35 feet with limit catches taken straight out mostly with a crawler harness.  A few were also taken on artificial baits.  The incidental large perch, catfish or freshwater drum were also caught.  A few limit catches were taken straight out from the Pine River in 20 to 30 feet.  Smallmouth bass were caught when casting near shore.  


Au Gres River:  Had a big mayfly hatch.  Anglers managed to catch a few largemouth bass, channel cats or freshwater drum.   


Your area may 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!

7/04/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Anglers caught a few Chinook and lake trout in 100 feet.  There is some good coho fishing however the fish were out very deep.  Perch fishing was decent north and south of the piers in 25 feet.  Pier anglers are catching lots of drum and catfish.  Steelhead fishing slowed with the increased water temperatures. 

St. Joseph River:  Watch for strong east winds that bring in cold water and move steelhead up into the fish ladder at Berrien Springs.  

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


Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Anglers have caught some good size flathead catfish on big minnows, bluegills or cut bait.  

  • For a more accurate report on the Grand River at Grand Rapids I suggest reaching out to the people at Al & Bob's SportsPhone: (616-281-0777)


Grand River at Lansing:  The smallmouth action slowed at the North Lansing Dam however anglers have done well for smallmouth and channel cats at the Portland Dam.  Others caught carp and bowfin along the river.  

  • 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 Lake:  Fishing continues even in the heat.  The walleye bite was a bit slower but anglers were catching bass and panfish.  The better bass fishing was early morning or late evening off the State Park, in the channel and around any structure with live or artificial baits.  Bluegills were in the shallows however some of the bigger fish were out in deeper water and hitting on leeches.  

  • 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:  A couple walleye were caught up near Croton Dam even though water levels were a bit low.  Those fishing Hardy Dam Pond caught a couple walleye, large and smallmouth bass.      


Whitehall:  Boats trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 130 to 240 feet between Meinert Park and Stony Lake caught lake trout, steelhead, and Chinook salmon on blue or green spoons and meat-rigs.  Pier anglers caught largemouth bass and freshwater drum on jigs tipped with soft plastics or the occasional steelhead while casting spoons or still-fishing with frozen shrimp and alewife.  


White Lake:  Bass anglers had success in six to 15 feet when casting body baits, jigs tipped with minnows or crayfish imitations along the bottom. Panfish anglers caught good numbers of bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish in three to 10 feet when drifting red worms or wax worms under a bobber. 


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!
Van Buren County Public Lakes: Click Here!

7/04/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report


Southeast Lower Peninsula

Even though fishing boats have been outnumbered by pleasure boats during the hot spell, panfish and bass fishing should be great on the inland lakes. Those trolling on the Great Lakes are getting a mix of salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Boat and shore anglers are reminded to be respectful of those around you.  

Lake Erie:  Limits of walleye were caught around Buoys 1 and 2 off the River Raisin as well as straight off Stony Point and out near the Michigan-Ohio border.  Most were trolling a copper, chartreuse or lime crawler harness 50 to 60 feet back in 24 to 28 feet.  Freshwater drum, white bass, white perch and channel cats were caught throughout the lake when targeting walleye.  Largemouth bass were caught around the Toledo Beach Marina when casting crank bait.  Those fishing the Hot Ponds early to mid-morning caught a good number of channel cats in less than two hours when using shrimp for bait.  

  • 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.


Lake St. Clair:  The better walleye catches were around the St Clair Light and in the shipping channel in 20 to 30 feet near the drop-offs.  Fair catches of perch were also taken by those walleye anglers trolling a crawler harness.  The river mouths are a good place to look for smallmouth bass and walleye this time of year.  Smallmouth fishing was best along the Mile Roads in 10 to 12 feet.  Those fishing the canals caught a fair number of bluegills and rock bass along with the occasional perch when using crawlers.  

  • 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!


Lexington and Port Sanilac:  A few perch were caught just north of Lexington.  


Harbor Beach:  For lake trout, try the bottom 50 in 80 to 120 feet north of the harbor with dodgers and spin-glo’s near the bottom.  A few were caught off Wagoner Park in 80 to 90 feet.  For salmon and steelhead in the same area, try bright colored spoons off 5, 7 and 10 colored lead lines with boards or spoons off downriggers from top to bottom.  A few walleye were taken close to shore north of the harbor with Hot-n-Tot’s, spoons or a crawler harness.  Bass were caught near shore when casting spoons or body baits.  


Saginaw Bay:  Walleye were caught in 20 to 25 feet at the Spark Plug.  Blue and chrome were the hot colors.  Those using shrimp or worms in the Hot Ponds caught channel cats.  Those fishing off the cement plant at Essexville caught bass on spinners or tube jigs.  Walleye were caught off Finn Road with a crawler harness in 12 feet and off Sebewaing in 12 to 15 feet.  Those fishing outside the islands off Bay Port did better along the Slot however windy conditions have kept the fishing pressure down.  The odd fish was caught off Sand Point and Oak Point.  

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


Saginaw River:  Smallmouth bass and catfish were caught mostly on worms but a small number were taken on minnows. 


  • For a more accurate report on fishing the Saginaw & Tittabawassee Rivers I suggest joining the Michigan Fish Slayers group on facebook.  There are always quite a few people giving updates on Saginaw & Tittabawassee River fishing. 
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 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!

7/04/2018 Upper Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

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Upper Peninsula

Even though fishing boats have been outnumbered by pleasure boats during the hot spell, panfish and bass fishing should be great on the inland lakes. Those trolling on the Great Lakes are getting a mix of salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Boat and shore anglers are reminded to be respectful of those around you.  

Lac Vieux Desert:  Anglers were catching bluegills and pumpkinseed around the weed beds with natural or artificial baits but it appears the fish are starting to move out to deeper water.  Perch and crappie were found in eight to 14 feet.  Panfish anglers were sorting through a lot small ones to get some keepers.  A few walleye were caught on crank baits or by those jigging for perch.  Musky anglers caught and landed a few over the weed beds.  Pike are still on the hunt and those chasing bass or musky caught a fair number of them on spoons, spinners and crank baits.  Largemouth bass were caught in Indian Bay and Rice Bay when using spinners or top-water lures.  

Little Bay De Noc:  Walleye catches slowed with mostly undersize fish in the northern parts of the Bay.  Fair to good catches were reported in the "Black Bottom" with a crawler harness in 14 to 30 feet.  Fair walleye catches from Breezy Point and just south of the Ford River in 12 to 27 feet.  Smallmouth bass were still on the beds in some areas.  Best catches were north of the Escanaba River off the west bank when casting plastics, spinners or crank baits along the weed lines.  Lots of perch were reported around Butler Island but most were small.  The Escanaba Yacht Harbor reported the same, lots of small perch but a great opportunity for kids.  The Escanaba River had mixed results with catches of smallmouth bass, undersize walleye, freshwater drum and some good size pike.



Big Bay De Noc:  Still had a couple anglers chasing walleye out by the "Boot".  A few catches were reported but most of the fish have moved out further.  Lots of smallmouth bass anglers reporting fair to good catches.  Some fish were still on the beds.  Try Puffy Bay in four to 10 feet, close to shore along the weed line off Ogontz, Kate’s Bay in 10 to 12 feet and Garden Bay off Ansell’s Point in and around eight feet when casting plastics.  Off Fairport, boats were salmon fishing 60 to 90 feet down in 100 to 130 feet.  Not a lot of fish were caught but some were 20 pounds or more.  


Munising:  Offshore surface water temperatures warmed to the upper 50’s, low 60’s. Salmon fishing was not good as the fish have dispersed into other areas because of the warm water.  Lake trout fishing was good around Grand Portal, north of Grand Island, Big Reef and around Wood Island.  Anglers were jigging or trolling the reef edges.  A few nice splake were caught recently.  Pier fishing was slow.  


Grand Marais:  Surface water temperatures have warmed into the low 60’s.  Boat anglers report slow salmon fishing but the lake trout anglers continue to do well along the edge of the reefs five to seven miles out near the shipping channel and towards Big Reef. Pier anglers caught whitefish on a single egg at daybreak.  


Detour:  Surface water temperatures were 65 degrees and the thermocline was 53 degrees at 15 feet down.  A few Chinook were caught 30 to 35 feet down in 60 to 80 feet between Fry Pan Island and the green buoy.  Atlantics were caught at the red buoy east of the Detour Lighthouse on a four-inch orange and gold spoon 12 to 15 feet down.  A couple pike were caught downstream of the ferry boat lane in Detour Village.  A few lake whitefish were caught near the entrance of Whitney Bay on the Drummond Island side of the river with a red or brown tear-drop tipped with a minnow in 25 feet.  


Cedarville  and Hessel:  Anglers caught a few walleye one mile south of the Cedarville boat launch.  Anglers were trolling deep diving crank baits in a 12 foot channel that runs between La Salle Island and Islington Road.  Orange, chartreuse, and yellow were the hot colors.  Lots of small pike were caught when trolling or still-fishing with creek chubs between Peck Bay and Little La Salle Island.  For bigger fish, try drifting deeper in 12 feet or so.  Some were trying to find cisco in McKay and Prentiss Bay however there was a mild fly hatch and no fish were caught.  At Hessel, a few pike were caught around the Haven Marina fishing pier and around Haven Island with a black and yellow bucktail spinner in six to 10 feet.  Panfish anglers should try one mile east of the Hessel Marina where rock bass and pumpkinseed sunfish were caught near the weeds and around Echo Island in four to six feet.  Largemouth bass were caught on spinners.     

Friday, June 22, 2018

6/21/2018 Upper Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Upper Peninsula


Overall: Brook trout fishing in the small streams was good.  Mayfly hatches on some of the inland lakes have slowed catch rates.  

Keweenaw Bay:  Fishing was good before the storm.  Those heading out to fish will have to be careful as there is a lot of debris in the lake and a lot of mud that washed in from the flood waters.  Many roads in the area are washed out. 


Lac Vieux Desert:  Panfish angling has remained active with good numbers of bluegill, crappie and perch caught on crawlers, leeches, minnows and soft plastics with small jigs.  Submerged vegetation seems to be the ticket but be prepared to do some sorting. Walleye were found in the deeper holes but the action was slower.  A couple legal size musky were caught recently but most anglers were getting pike on crank baits and spinners in five to 15 feet.  Largemouth bass were hitting on spinners and soft plastics in four to eight feet. 


Little Bay De Noc:  Walleye action was good at the Whitefish and Escanaba Rivers but many were undersize.  Anglers were trolling crawlers and stick baits along the weed beds and near the mouth of the Whitefish River.  The Escanaba River was best when trolling or drifting crawlers in 20 feet.  Pier anglers on the Escanaba River caught undersize walleye, perch and smallmouth bass.  Bigger walleye were caught in the “Black Bottom” area when trolling stick baits in 12 to 24 feet and off Breezy Point in 12 to 18 feet.  Smallmouth bass fishing has been tricky this year as some were still on the beds while others were out deeper.  The best catches were along the east bank weed line just south of Hunters Point with crank baits and plastics in 16 feet.  A lot of small perch were caught throughout the bay and pike seem to be abundant.  


Big Bay De Noc:  Walleye reports were limited to the “Boot” area at the head of the Bay in 14 to 20 feet when trolling crawlers or stick baits.  The smallmouth bass action was tricky here as well but the best areas were from Ogontz south to Martins Bay in four to 12 feet, near the Fish Dam Rivers in and around 10 feet and around Porcupine Point in six to 18 feet when trolling or casting plastics, spinners and crank baits.  A few big perch were caught off Ogontz by walleye anglers trolling crawlers in 14 to 28 feet.  At Fairport, a few boats targeting salmon had been out but no catches were reported.  Water temperatures were still very cold.  A few lake trout were taken 80 feet down in 130 feet.   

Munising:  Boat anglers continue to catch Chinook salmon.  They also caught brown trout and the occasional steelhead or lake trout.  The Chinook were 17 to 32 inches.  Anglers have noted large schools of baitfish in both the east and west channels.  Fish were present at all depths and mainly suspended between 40 and 60 feet.  Coho fishing was also good with most taking between three and limit catches in both channels, in Munising Bay, near Sand Point and in Trout Bay.  The fish are eating smelt which were still in the area.  Lake trout anglers reported limit catches especially at Wood Island near the edges in 150 feet.  Water flow from nearby creeks was dirty after the heavy rain.  Surface water temperatures remain in the mid 40’s.  


Grand Marais:  Lake trout anglers were getting limit catches near the “Banks” and Five Mile Reef.  Most fish averaged four to five pounds with a few bigger ones up to and over 10 pounds.  Coho fishing was fair with most reporting two to three fish per trip when trolling east of the harbor in 40 feet.  Pier fishing was very slow.   


Manistique Lake:  Walleye, bass and bluegills were caught in the south lake.  


Detour:  Atlantic salmon were stacking up off the rocky structure at the red buoy, on the Drummond Island side, just east of the lighthouse and Detour Reef.  Anglers are trolling east to the next buoy then returning to the red buoy while fishing 15 to 25 feet down in 100 to 140 feet.  Lead core lines work well this time of year, along with dipsey divers.  Good colors are orange or gold and watermelon spoons.  A few Chinook, steelhead and lake trout were also caught.  The Chinook and steelhead were taken 35 to 60 feet down in 60 to 80 feet at the green buoy west of the lighthouse.  


Cedarville and Hessel:  Most fishing effort throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands has been for pike, large and smallmouth bass.  Largemouth bass were found under most docks.  Try casting spinners around them or along the weed beds in four to six feet.  Smallmouth were caught off the rocky points with tube jigs in four to eight feet.  For the kids, rock bas and sunfish were caught off Hill Island Road Bridge at the west end of Flower Bay.  Fish were caught by boat and shore anglers using worms in four to six feet. Fair to good pike action at the Middle Entrance between Little La Salle Island and Peck Bay with creek chubs or frozen smelt just off the bottom in eight to 12 feet.  Hessel had no reports of yellow perch at the finger docks.  Wilderness Bay has been good for smallmouth bass when jigging tube jigs off the rocks and points.  Hot colors were brown, orange or dark green.  Fair pike catches when trolling large buck tail spinners with black and yellow blades.  Try six to eight feet of water on the north side of Marquette Island, east of Haven Island and around Cube Pointe.  

6/21/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Good numbers of coho and lake trout were taken by those trolling spoons in the top 40 of waters 120 feet deep.  A couple anglers reported decent perch fishing south of the piers in 40 feet.  Pier anglers reported slow steelhead action however they were catching good numbers of catfish and freshwater drum on crawlers. 


St. Joseph River:  The summer steelhead run has been slow. Beginning in late May, American Electric Power had to lower water levels on Lake Chapin to facilitate repairs to the Berrien Springs Dam. The low water levels have made it more challenging for steelhead and other species to swim up the fish ladder. If all goes as planned, water levels in Lake Chapin and in the Berrien Springs Dam fish ladder should return to normal around June 25.  Some have caught a few walleye.  


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:  Lake trout and the occasional coho were caught by those trolling spoons or spin-glo’s in 100 feet.  Pier fishing was slow for steelhead but lots of freshwater drum were caught.  Perch fishing was slow.  


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


Kalamazoo River:  Several anglers have caught pike and panfish.  Catfish anglers are doing well below the Allegan Dam.


Grand Haven:  Anglers are catching a mixed bag of salmon and trout in 90 to 160 feet.  Lake trout were hitting on silver and yellow or silver and blue spin-glo within five feet of the bottom.  Salmon and steelhead were hitting on green and blue spoons 35 to 80 feet down.  Pier fishing for steelhead was slow.  


Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Some nice bluegills have been caught in the bayous including Bruce, Lloyds and Petty Bayou near Spring Lake.   


  • For a more accurate report on the Grand River at Grand Rapids I suggest reaching out to the people at Al & Bob's SportsPhone: (616-281-0777)


Grand River at Lansing:  Was producing limited catches of panfish and a few catfish.

  • 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)

  

Clinton County:  A few small bluegills and some bass have been caught on various lakes in the area.    

  • For more public lakes to fish in Clinton County: Click Here! 


Jackson County:  Those fishing the inland lakes were getting bluegills, bass, a few crappie and pike.  


  • For more public lakes to fish in Jackson County: Click Here! 

Muskegon:  Had fair salmon and trout action 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with green and orange spoons and green flies.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum with spoons and body baits.    


Muskegon Lake Bluegills are being caught but most were small.  Those trolling crawlers and leeches in the channel caught smallmouth bass, catfish, freshwater drum and the odd walleye.  Some pike were caught on the east side when trolling crank baits.  


  • 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)


Whitehall:  Boats trolling in 90 to 150 feet near Stony Lake caught steelhead on orange spoons in the top 50 feet and Chinook salmon on green or blue spoons and meat rigs 30 to 70 feet down.  Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead in the morning when casting spoons or still-fishing with alewives. 


White Lake:  Anglers caught a good number of bluegills and sunfish in four to 10 feet when drifting red worms under a bobber.   



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!

Van Buren County Public Lakes: Click Here!

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