Salmon are staging in some areas and are just starting to move up into some of the rivers. Those fishingthe rivers are reminded that snagging is illegal. Bass and pike fishing has picked up with the cooler temperatures.
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie: Had decent yellow perch fishing with some reporting limit catches. Hot spots were 20 to 23 feet near the E-Buoy, 22 to 24 feet near Buoys 1 & 2 of the River Raisin and 22 to 25 feet near Stony Point. Most are using minnows especially emerald shiners on spreaders and perch rigs. Freshwater drum, catfish, white perch, and the occasional sub-legal walleye were also caught. Decent smallmouth action when jigging black and red tube baits near the mouth of the River Raisin and La Plaisance Bay. Those fishing from Evans Pier in Luna Pier caught freshwater drum, white perch, white bass and catfish on crawlers and cut bait. Shore anglers at Pointe Mouillee caught yellow perch, rock bass and sub-legal smallmouth bass on crawlers. Shore anglers at Sterling State Park caught bluegills and catfish on crawlers.
Detroit River: Anglers are getting a few yellow perch including the occasional bigger fish. Most of bigger ones are still in the lake but should be on the move with the cooler temperatures. A few walleye were caught but the action was still on the slow side.
Oakland County: Cass and Union Lake continue to produce a good number of bass and pike along with the occasional walleye. The better fishing was along the weedy flats and near the drop-offs. For bass, crayfish imitation baits on the bottom produced best. Some bluegills were caught in six to 10 feet on Cass Lake. Water temperatures are dropping but were still in the high 70’s.
Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass anglers caught fish in 13 to 22 feet off 9-Mile Road. Bass and channel cats were caught when drifting worms about three miles out from the 400 Club. A decent number of yellow perch were taken in the shipping channel near Buoys 29 and 31 and near the L-Buoy when still-fishing or trolling minnows and crawlers however a large number were on the small side. The betterfishing was in the early morning. Walleye fishing slowed which could be because of the weeds. Muskie were caught at the mouth of the South Channel while fly fishing. On the north end, smallmouth bass were caught near Harley Ensign and largemouth were taken in the canals around Metro while casting tube baits and wacky worms. Rock bass were caught in 12 to 14 feet around Harley Ensign. Muskie were caught just east of the Baltimore Channel while casting a crank bait. Walleye were caught by those trolling between Munchie Bay and New Baltimore. A good number of perch were caught at the mouth of the North and South Channels.
Lexington to Port Sanilac: Those trolling were taking a mix of steelhead, walleye, Atlantic salmon and the occasional lake trout in 40 to 60 feet or 80 feet and deeper. The steelhead and Atlantics were coming on spoons in the top 1/3 of the water column. One 12 ½ pound Atlantic was taken off Port Sanilac. Pierfishing was slow.
Harbor Beach: Some nice lake trout were caught in 80 to 130 feet with dodgers and spin-glo’s near the bottom or with downriggers and spoons 60 to 100 feet down. Hot colors were green, purple and blue alewives. A few salmon including pinks, coho, Chinook and Atlantic were caught 15 to 80 feet down in 80 to 135 feet. Try some J-plugs. Steelhead were caught on bright colored spoons in 75 to 100 feet and walleye were taken on small spoons, thunder sticks and crawler harnesses. Look for bass close to shore when casting small body baits and spinners.
Port Austin: When the winds allowed, boat anglers caught lake trout in 80 to 120 feet when using spin-glo’s near the bottom. Those off Grindstone City did the same.
Saginaw Bay: We are not hearing a whole lot about walleye fishing in the inner bay; the fish are scattered and the average catch is a couple of fish per trip. The Slot from Fish Point to the tip of Sand Point was still giving up a few fish for the diehards. Perch were caught at many locations, with the common denominator being that lots of sorting was necessary to get a mess of keepers. Good perch spots were 15 feet off Gambil’s Marina, 20 feet at the Black Hole, sailboat Buoys A, G, and H, a mile west of the Spark Plug (shipping channel Buoys 11 & 12), eight to 10 feet along the Callahan Reef and off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. A few fish were also found off the mouth of the Saginaw River and near Spoils Island. Catfish were hitting on crawlers and shrimp in the Hot Pond.
Saginaw River: Shore anglers caught mostly freshwater drum and catfish.
St. Joseph: Boat anglers are catching decent numbers of lake trout and a few Chinook salmon but catch rates were inconsistent. Most fish were taken on spoons in 90 to 100 feet. Perch fishing was a little slow with a few catches taken in 40 feet. Pier fishing was also slow.
St. Joseph River: Water levels continue to be very high and muddy after all the rain. Boat anglers should use caution and watch for floating debris.
South Haven: Salmon fishing was slower with only a few fish caught in 100 feet but most of those were lake trout. Perch and pier fishing were very slow.
Black River: Water levels here are also very high so boat anglers use caution.
Jordan Lake: In Barry County is producing bass and panfish.
Hutchins Lake: In Allegan County had limit catches of panfish in 20 feet with crickets.
Grand Haven: Pier anglers caught freshwater drum and channel cats on minnows. Removal of the catwalk on the south pier has begun and the pier was not accessible. Boat anglers found salmon 50 to 120 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with glow plugs, meat rigs and flies.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Look for walleye below the dams. Boat and shore anglers have found fish in the early morning or late evening. Those using crawlers and cut bait have caught catfish.
Grand River at Lansing: Continues to produce smallmouth bass for those casting spinners and tube baits or fly fishing. Those fishing near the dam at Moore’s Park caught a few walleye.
Shiawassee River: Anglers caught smallmouth bass and rock bass at the Shiatown Dam near Vernon. Try live bait or artificial baits.
Muskegon: Boat anglers found trout and salmon 60 to 120 feet down in 70 to 180 feet when trolling a mix of glow plugs, meat rigs and flies. No pier fishing to report. The south pier at Pere Marquette Beach will be closed this week so temporary repairs can be made to the structure.
Whitehall: Anglers are catching salmon 30 to 90 feet down in 80 to 150 feet with
orange and silver spoons, green plugs, and red or green meat rigs. Pier fishing for salmon was slow but should improve as cooler water moves in.
White Lake: Bluegill anglers had success using dropper rigs tipped with wax worms in 15 to 25 feet. Large and smallmouth bass were caught by those trolling crank baits along the drop-offs in 10 to 20 feet.