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Weekly Fishing Report
NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Weekly Fishing Report
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This coming Saturday is the large and smallmouth bass opener on the inland waters and the Great Lakes. The season opener on Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River is not until the 3rd Saturday in June. Catch and release anglers have caught a fair to good number of bass. The late spring weather has put spawning about a week later than normal.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing slowed after the storms came through and stirred up the lake, which was fairly muddy. Fish were caught on a gold crawler harness in 17 feet out of Bolles Harbor, a purple crawler harness and bottom bouncer in 18 to 20 feet near the Edison plant, a blue crawler harness and bottom bouncer in 20 feet off Stony Point, fire-tiger, red and chartreuse harness in 16 to 20 feet in Brest Bay, or a green and purple harness with inline weights and bottom bouncers in 18 feet off Sterling State Park. Fish were also caught in 20 to 24 feet off Fermi when drifting red and white Erie Dearies or trolling UV colored spoons and green and purple crank baits 10 to 15 feet down. Perch were caught in Brest Bay in 15 feet on perch rigs with minnows. Channel cats were caught in 24 feet in the Hot Ponds with chicken liver or in Bolles Harbor with shrimp.
Detroit River: Had limit catches of white bass. Many were fishing in the Trenton Channel and between Wyandotte and the mouth. Walleye were caught in the shipping channel east of Grosse Isle. Most were jigging dark plastics with minnows.
Lake St. Clair: Walleye anglers did very well when trolling a crawler harness or crank bait along the shoreline in 6 to 8 feet. It appears the bass have moved up into the bays or inlets between the islands where the water was warmer. There, both large and smallmouth and some pike were caught. Perch were slow but sunfish, rock bass and white bass were hitting crawlers.
Lexington and Port Sanilac: Lake trout fishing has been phenomenal at both ports with limit catches common. The fish are in 30 to 40 feet and were hitting on spoons fished off downriggers. Pier anglers caught walleye when casting crank baits at night.
Harbor Beach: A few coho were caught straight out and north of the harbor in 30 to 40 foot with 2, 3, and 5 color lines with offshore boards or spoons 15 to 20 feet down off downriggers. The hot color was silver with multi colored dots. Lake trout were taken from top to bottom on spoons or dodgers with spin-glo's. Steelhead were caught on small bright colored spoons fished near the surface. Walleye were caught on small spoons close to shore.
Port Austin and Grindstone City: Fishing pressure was lighter at both ports but lake trout were caught in 70 to 90 feet. Surface water temperature on the outside of the Thumb was still pretty cold at 48 to 50 degrees. Pier anglers at Port Austin caught walleye when casting crank baits at night. Smallmouth bass were starting to show up in the harbors, Bird Creek and the lower Willow River.
Saginaw Bay: Had excellent walleye fishing on crawler harnesses and body baits in 4 to 7 feet off Gambil's Marina near Pinconning. Off Linwood, those trolling did well around sailboat buoys A and B. The lower part of the bay, from the Bay City State Park south to the Kawkawlin River mouth in 10 to 11 feet as well as the Saginaw River mouth and the old Dumping Grounds were all producing walleye. At Quanicassee, walleye fishing was very good in 6 to 15 feet on body baits, crawler harnesses or spoons. Some were taking limit catches. Hot colors were pink, purple, chartreuse and brass. Those launching at Sebewaing were heading south to fish the lower end of the Slot straight out of Quanicassee. The carp are just starting to spawn so bow anglers should do well this coming weekend.
Saginaw River: Boats fishing the lower river in front of the Karn and Weadok power plants were getting walleye when vertical jigging with jig heads tipped with minnows, worms or scented plastics.
Tittabawassee River: Walleye fishing has tapered off for the spring. The white bass run has peaked and was starting to taper off but anglers were still getting some from Center Road up to M-46. Smallmouth bass fishing is just getting underway.
Pine River: Was producing bass and pike. Sucker spearing has slowed.
Flint River: Anglers were taking some limit catches of walleye from the Holloway Reservoir. Fish were caught near the tubes at Stanley Road. Walleye, catfish and smallmouth bass were caught at Zemmer Park and near the bridges in Columbiaville.
Bass can still be found on the beds in most of the inland lakes. The majority of bluegills were also in the shallows in pre-spawn mode. A fair number of crappie were still being caught. Pike fishing was good.
St. Joseph: Continues to produce very good salmon fishing. The fish had moved slightly deeper and were caught in 115 to 160 feet. A decent number of Chinook were still caught in 80 feet with spoons and spin doctors with green on them. Pier anglers caught a few Chinook along with catfish and freshwater drum. Perch fishing was slow.
South Haven: Salmon fishing was on fire as boat anglers were getting limit catches of Chinook and coho. Several Chinook were 16 pounds plus and the biggest was up near 24 pounds. Most were caught in the top 60 of waters 130 to 170 feet deep. Dipsey divers were the ticket but the bigger fish were taken on blue and yellow dolphin spoons or J-plugs. Pier fishing was slow for all species. There was still a good number of baitfish around the piers.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers are doing very well on Chinook and coho salmon. The best action was 20 to 80 feet down in 80 to 180 feet with orange spoons and green or white flies. Perch fishing was fair in 55 to 80 feet. Catfish and freshwater drum were caught by pier anglers using worms. Anglers are reminded that the south pier is closed due to construction between the first lighthouse and the end of the pier.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Walleye anglers are fishing around the bridges and the creek mouths. Anglers were getting a good number of smallmouth bass so the opener should be good. Pike were also caught.
Grand River at Lansing: Continues to produce smallmouth bass. Anglers should find fish at any of the dams along the river. Some caught the occasional pike or crappie.
Ingham County: Small panfish and some bass were caught at Hawk Island Park.
Muskrat Lake: Was producing some crappie but anglers were sorting through the small ones to get a few keepers.
Shiawassee River: Was producing some rock bass at the Shi Town Dam.
Lake Ovid: Was producing a few crappie. Look for bluegills in the shallows as the waters warm back up.
Maple River: Was producing bass, pike and some nice catfish.
Morrison Lake: Anglers were getting crappie on minnows and wax worms. The bluegill bite should improve by the weekend.
Muskegon: The salmon action picked up for boat anglers. Chinook were caught 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange spoons and green or white flies.
Muskegon Lake: Bluegills are moving up into the shallows during the day. Bass anglers caught fish around the docks in the marinas and along the shoreline. Walleye were caught by those trolling blade baits in the channel during the day.
Whitehall: Boats trolling spin-glo's and spoons near the bottom in 40 to 70 feet caught lake trout. Pier anglers caught walleye on body baits or soft plastic swimbaits.
White Lake: Anglers caught bluegill and pumpkinseed when floating red worms or wax worms in 5 to 10 feet.
Cheboygan River: Fishing pressure slowed because of high water flow from the dam. Anglers caught walleye up to 22 inches at the dam with spinners, crank baits, worms and jigs at dusk. A lot of suckers were also caught when floating worms. The occasional steelhead was caught on spinners and spoons. Smallmouth bass were caught on crank baits, soft plastics and worms near the walk over bridge.
Black Lake: Anglers were catching walleye and a mixed bag of bass and pike.
Hammond Bay: A few lake trout were caught off Nine Mile Point.
Ocqueoc River: A couple steelhead were caught on beads and spawn up near the weir. Anglers also caught suckers, smallmouth bass, and few pike on crank baits, soft baits, and worms.
Rogers City: Was still slow with not much activity as the water is still cold. Some caught lake trout while others have not. The fish were scattered so you have to look for them. Try spoons, dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo's near the bottom in 45 to 70 feet but don't be afraid to run lines a bit higher. For Atlantic salmon, use bright colored body baits or spoons up high. A few Atlantics were spotted around the breakwall. Try casting orange and gold spoons or bright colored spoons.
Grand Lake: Was producing the occasional walleye and perch.
Alpena: Anglers are taking a mixed bag of Atlantics, lake trout; a couple Chinook salmon and some steelhead throughout the water column in 40 to 70 feet straight out from the marina and around Thunder Bay Island with spoons and body baits. Hot colors were orange, green, chartreuse or any other bright colors. Walleye were caught in the evening and throughout the night when trolling body baits inside 30 feet. Try around Sulphur, Grass, Bird and Scarecrow Island.
Thunder Bay River: Anglers are still hooking into steelhead when drifting flies and beads up near the 9th Street Dam. Smallmouth bass were also caught on body baits and live bait. Walleye were caught in the evening when casting off the Yacht Club wall.
Black River: Those trolling spoons in the lake caught lake trout in 30 feet between the Black River and Sturgeon Point, but fish are likely to be found deeper as well. Pike were caught by those casting crank baits at the mouth of the river.
Harrisville: Suspended lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons in 60 to 75 feet between Harrisville and Greenbush. A few walleye were caught when casting body baits from the rocks in the evening. Those casting and working spinners along the current in Mill Creek and Mill Pond caught a couple steelhead and brown trout.
Oscoda: Those trolling body baits inside 25 feet caught some walleye but the bite has slowed. Morning and evening were best. Those trolling in 55 to 75 feet caught lake trout and a couple Atlantic salmon on spoons throughout the water column. Chrome, blue and orange were good colors. Pier anglers caught Atlantic salmon, lake trout, walleye, and a couple smallmouth bass or pike when still-fishing with minnows or casting jigs and body baits. Crawlers drifted under a float took walleye, suckers and freshwater drum.
Au Sable River: Steelhead anglers did well when drifting flies and beads in the shallow pools behind gravel. The bite was slower but a few were hitting smaller natural flies like the caddis and stonefly nymphs. Most were fairly dark and post spawn however a few chrome fish were also found. Those drifting flies caught walleye, suckers and carp. Those floating crawlers or casting jigs in the holes near Oscoda found a few walleye. Those fishing Cooke Dam Pond caught a few walleye and pike on jigs or when casting spinners. Boat anglers caught a couple nice smallmouth bass and pike in Alcona Dam Pond when casting chatter baits or square billed crank baits off Alcona Park.
Higgins Lake: Lake trout anglers were getting fish just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. Those looking for perch were fishing around Treasure Island in 20 to 40 feet. Rock bass were caught in 20 feet or less. Bass anglers were getting some smallmouth.
Houghton Lake: Walleye have been caught on purple and orange spinners or with leeches on a harness. The pike are active. Anglers were getting some pumpkinseed but the bluegills were not in the shallows and may be suspended out deeper until the water warms up. Crappies are still being caught but catch rates slowed. Bass were hitting on both live and artificial baits.
Tawas: Those trolling in the bay and to the south took walleye in 15 to 25 feet. The better spots were around the artificial reef off Jerry's Marina and south toward Alabaster, the Singing Bridge and White Stone Point. Boats going out near the Charity Islands were getting walleye on jigs with minnows. Fishing around the Tawas Harbor slowed with only a few walleye, pike and smallmouth taken. The walleye bite was best after dark. Trout and salmon were found in 30 to 40 feet southeast of Tawas Point when trolling spoons off downriggers.
Tawas River: Fishing pressure on the lower river has slowed. Anglers are catching mostly warm-water species like catfish, smallmouth bass, carp and freshwater drum.
Au Gres: Walleye fishing was very good between Point Lookout and White Stone Point when using a crawler harness or body bait. Those trolling off Eagle Bay Marina and the mouth of the Pine River did well on a crawler harness. Shore anglers casting off the end of the breakwall caught a couple walleye, pike and smallmouth bass. Shore anglers on the lower Pine River caught largemouth bass, bowfin, and freshwater drum.
The trout streams had decent levels and activity on the inland lakes continues to heat up. Bass are starting to spawn, and a few bluegills were starting to bed in the coves where the water is a few degrees warmer. Good walleye fishing continues.
Petoskey: Boat anglers were finally heading out but the water was cold as surface water temperatures were about 42 degrees. One boat was targeting smallmouth bass but none were caught. Those targeting lake trout had success in the bottom half of waters 20 to 80 feet deep or near the bottom in 100 feet.
Bear River: A couple steelhead were caught at the dam but otherwise fishing was slow. The number of suckers in the river has dropped. Anglers were using spawn, flies, or artificial eggs at the dam. Some caught the occasional smallmouth bass.
Charlevoix: Few boats had been out and only one lake trout was caught in shallow waters about 30 to 35 feet deep. Surface water temperatures were right around 38 degrees. Those fishing the channel during the day had not caught anything but some were still fishing for walleye in the evening.
Traverse City: Those targeting lake herring in the East Bay did well around Deepwater Point in 40 to 55 feet. Bass fishing was starting to pick up in the shallows around the south end of the bay between Acme and the State Park. A good number of lake trout were caught north of the M-37 launch and around Deepwater Point. Lake trout and lake herring were caught while jigging along the drop-off straight out from the marina in Elk Rapids. On the Elk River, steelhead and lake trout were caught at the dam when using spawn or crawlers in the morning. Suckers were also caught. Steelhead were caught at the kids pond. In the West Bay, lake trout and lake herring were caught north of Bryant Park. On the Boardman River, bass were caught at the mouth and dam.
Frankfort: The early morning bite for Chinook salmon is starting to pick up in 50 to 60 feet in front of the pier head's and south to the Herring Hole when trolling spoons 25 to 45 feet down. Very nice catches of lake trout were reported in the same area with spin-glo's near the bottom. Walleye and pike were reported in Bestie Bay.
Arcadia Lake: Anglers caught pike and bass when casting spoons or body baits.
Onekama: Anglers trolling south and looking for warmer water found a couple Chinook salmon and lake trout in 60 to 80 feet in the early morning.
Portage Lake: Perch were showing up in some areas and were hitting on minnows, wigglers and worms. Bass are starting to show up on the beds. Cooler water temperatures are keeping panfish a bit sluggish.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Walleye fishing continues to be good on both lakes. A fair to good number of pike have been caught as well. Those targeting bass have done well so the opener this weekend looks to be good.
Manistee: Surface water temperatures dropped to 41 degrees. The south pier remains closed. Those trolling caught a mix of Chinook, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout in less than 40 feet. Boats were fishing north, south and near the pier heads.
Ludington: Surface temperature readings were 42 degrees. Those trolling in 30 to 60 feet caught Chinook and lake trout along with the occasional steelhead or brown trout.
Pentwater: Boats trolling in 40 to 70 feet caught lake trout on spin-glo's near the bottom. A couple Chinook were caught on spoons in the middle of the water column.
Pentwater Lake: Anglers caught lots of smallmouth bass on jigs tipped with soft plastics in 3 to 10 feet. Those fishing from Longbridge Road caught channel catfish while still-fishing with crawlers or smallmouth bass when casting jigs and soft plastic swim baits. Those casting body baits and jigs in the channel caught the occasional walleye in the evening.
Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was good one day and poor the next. The smelt have moved out to open water. Steelhead and brown trout were caught when trolling throughout the water column in 40 to 60 feet. There has been very little lake trout activity this spring. In Huron Bay, walleye fishing was slow but a few pike were caught. In Traverse Bay, windy conditions have slowed angler effort. It seems most of the fish in the area are in the bay right along with the large schools of smelt.
Lac Vieux Desert: The bite was good with anglers getting lots of panfish around the weed beds. Natural bait as well as soft plastics were producing fish but there was a good a deal of sorting required. The majority of fish were crappie followed by perch, bluegills and sunfish. A few walleye and some pike were caught. Not many musky anglers as the water was fairly cool.
Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye catches were still in or near the rivers in the area. Good catches including some limit catches were reported in the Escanaba River using a jig and crawler or a crawler harness along the river banks and channels. Fair to good catches were reported around the mouth of the Whitefish River when trolling stick baits or a crawler harness in 10 to 17 feet and along the Ford River when trolling or using a jig and crawler near the mouth. Those out in the Bay managed to catch a couple on a crawler harness or stick bait in 14 to 16 feet near Breezy Point. Pike were active throughout the bay especially around Butler Island when trolling stick baits and crank baits in 8 to 14 feet, near Gladstone Beach with crawlers and minnows in 25 feet or north of the Day's River in 17 to 32 feet.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were good for those using stick baits in 6 to 8 feet near the mouth of the Ogontz River and those trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 6 to 10 feet near the Little Fish Dam River. Both areas produced limit catches of 17 to 22 inch fish. A good number of largemouth bass were also caught so the opener should be good. A large number of pike were also reported in the area.
Marquette: Fishing has started to pick as anglers were taking a good mix of Chinook, coho, brown trout and steelhead. The best fishing was between the Carp River and the Chocolay River in 10 to 20 feet with small spoons or body baits. A few splake and suckers were still being caught in both the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers.
Munising: Boat anglers reported good catches of coho along with some lake trout, salmon, steelhead and brown trout. Shore and piers anglers were getting a good number of splake on spawn, spoons and shallow running stick baits.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers reported excellent coho fishing with limit catches reported. The morning and evening were best when trolling high-lines and boards with shallow running spoons or flies in less than 20 feet east of the breakwall, towards the Sucker River and Lonesome Point. The average fish was 15 inches. A few brown trout up to 27 inches and a couple steelhead were also caught. Pier anglers targeting whitefish have done well with limit catches reported. Most of the fish are small at 10 to 12 inches. Boat anglers will need to use caution and watch for commercial nets which have been set in this area.
Munuscong Bay: Had excellent walleye fishing with limit catches taken along Birch Point and Pine Island. Boat anglers are using crank baits or crawler harnesses when trolling 1.5 mph. Boats were launching east of Pickford or at the north end of the bay.
Detour: Had limited fishing effort but one boat did get both an Atlantic and Chinook salmon. The Atlantic salmon was caught when trolling and long-lining in 15 feet with a chrome and chartreuse spoon 6 feet below the surface. The Chinook was caught between the green buoy and Fry Pan Island when trolling a dodger and squid 25 feet down in over 80 feet. This time of year the trout and salmon are in feeding mode and seem to hit up high and close to the surface.
Drummond Island: Those targeting perch were still getting a few in Maxton Bay with wigglers, small minnows and worms. The fish were running 7.5 to 9 inches, with lots of throw backs. One angler caught a lake trout west of Maxton Bay at Bay Island with a minnow about two cranks off the bottom in 12 feet.
Cedarville and Hessel: There were few anglers in Cedarville Bay or Government Island. At Hessel, anglers caught a mixed bag of splake, pike and smallmouth bass from the marina pier. They are fishing using worms in 8 to 12 feet off the steel breakwall. Splake are hitting a 2 inch copper spoon tipped with a smelt head, jigged off the bottom. Yellow perch were caught off the finger docks with worms and wigglers under a slip bobber set 6 feet down in over 10 feet of water.
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