With rain and cooler temperatures by weeks end, look for salmon to be heading into the river systems. Those fishing lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior are catching trout and salmon. On the inland lakes, anglers are catching bluegills, crappie, perch, bass, pike, rock bass and some walleye.
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie: Anglers are bringing in good catches of yellow perch and the fish are beginning to move shallower. Most are using perch rigs or spreaders with minnows near the bottom in 20 to 23 feet near Buoys 1 & 2 of the River Raisin, out from Bolles Harbor near the E-Buoy and straight out from Stony Point in 21 to 25 feet. Largemouth bass were caught around the rocks near Bolles Harbor and Sterling State Park’s Army Corps of Engineers Pier with tube baits, lizards and various crank baits. Shore anglers fishing the lagoons at Sterling State Park caught largemouth bass on curly tail jigs and small bluegills, rock bass, and channel cats crawlers. Rock bass and freshwater drum were caught near Pointe Mouillee.
Detroit River: Those targeting bass found a few fish along the weed beds in the early morning or evening. Yellow perch fishing was still slow but some were taken on perch rigs with shiners around the islands and down near the mouth. Catfish have also been caught.
Oakland County: Bass fishing slowed on both Cass and Union Lake. Those doing the best were fishing the weed lines in eight to 12 feet. Though catch rates were inconsistent, Union Lake was producing some nice bluegills. Those trolling harnesses or crank baits caught few walleye but good numbers of pike, rock bass and panfish.
Lake St. Clair: Those fishing the southern part caught smallmouth bass in 18 feet near the Dumping Grounds when casting gray and purple tube jigs. Fish were also caught in 18 to 20 feet near the South Channel and in front of the 400 Club when drop-shotting green, pumpkin and watermelon lures or when drifting crawlers and spinners. Some large perch and a couple walleye were taken in 18 feet north of the St. Clair light with a crawler harness. On the north end, fishing was slower with only a few large or smallmouth bass caught in Bouvier Bay in three to eight feet while casting spinners, when drop-shotting tube baits around Brandenburg or casting crank baits near Selfridge. A couple smallmouth were caught between the purple building and the water tower on the west side of Anchor Bay in 12 feet. Pike were caught around Grassy Island. A few yellow perch and bluegills were caught about a half mile out from Selfridge when drifting worms over the weed beds.
St. Clair River: A few walleye were caught in the Middle Channel in 18 feet of water while a trolling purple and chartreuse crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers but many were undersize.
Lexington to Port Sanilac: Boat anglers heading out reported spotty catch rates with only a few lake trout, steelhead and walleye caught. Fish were scattered throughout the water column in 50 to 120 feet and hitting on orange spoons.
Grindstone City: Those heading straight north found lake trout, steelhead, walleye and pink salmon in 100 to 140 feet. The lake was stirred up because of windy conditions so there was no specific thermocline and the fish were scattered. One boat traveled 35 miles north to the Yankee Reef and caught lake trout when vertical jigging large silver or chartreuse spoons instead of trolling.
Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was pretty much all anyone was doing. The hot spot was between the Saganing and Pinconning Bars in 14 to 16 feet. Boats were launching at either Eagle Bay or Gambil’s Marina. Other good spots included the Black Hole, Sailboat Buoys A, B, D, or G, along the shipping channel at Buoy 22 and the two buoys past Spoils Island. Most fish were 8 to 10 inches.
St. Joseph: Had good salmon fishing for those trolling in 100 to 130 feet. Those trolling the piers also caught a decent number of fish on spoons and J-plugs. Pier anglers caught salmon and steelhead on shrimp and crawlers under a bobber or when casting spoons. Perch fishing was slow as the fish were scattered in 10 to 60 feet.
St. Joseph River: Was producing some salmon for those trolling spoons.
South Haven: Salmon fishing was slow. A few were caught on spoons in 100 feet however most of the fish taken were steelhead and lake trout. Pier fishing was slow and perch fishing was slow.
Black River: Those trolling did manage to catch a few salmon on spoons.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught salmon when trolling the channel and out in front of the piers. Most were taken 25 to 65 feet down in 110 to 180 feet with orange, green and blue spoons. Pier anglers caught salmon and a couple steelhead when casting spoons or still-fishing with alewives.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are picking up a few salmon and steelhead near the Sixth Street Dam with spawn, spinners, thunder sticks, flies and Cleo’s. A fair to good number of catfish have also been caught.
Rogue River: Anglers have caught a couple trout and salmon.
Wabasis Lake: In Kent County was producing bluegills. For crappie try minnows. The perch bite usually improves during the month of September.
Grand River at Lansing: While some are starting to target salmon others are still targeting bass, catfish and even crappie. Check below the dams for bass or the occasional walleye.
Muskegon: Those trolling in and near the harbor caught a few salmon on plugs. Those trolling the top 70 feet in 100 to 200 feet also caught fish on orange and green spoons with white flies. Pier anglers caught a few salmon when casting glow spoons.
Whitehall: Anglers caught salmon 30 to 60 feet down in 60 to 120 feet with green plugs and meat rigs. Pier anglers caught a couple salmon when casting spoons or jigging.
White Lake: Anglers are catching bluegills and perch in 12 to 25 feet with perch and crappie rigs tipped with a wax worm.