Michigan Recreational Fishing Report – 6/12/2008

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Rivers around the state are experiencing high water levels, especially in areas that received heavy rainfall over the last week. Panfish are being caught in shallow waters or near the drop offs. We should start to move into the summer fishing mode now that warmer weather is finally here.
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie – Is producing good catches of walleye in the 17 to 21 inch size range. Most anglers are using crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers while others are doing well on spoons and body baits. Most recently, the best fishing has been in 23 to 25 feet of water near Stony Point and straight out from Bolles Harbor around the E-Buoy.

Huron River – Water levels are up but the river is still fishable. Anglers are catching good numbers of smallmouth bass, catfish and carp. Those fishing below the dam are still taking some nice crappie on minnows.

Detroit River – White bass are still biting, but not with the same intensity.

Lexington – The salmon and lake trout are scattered in waters 30 to 100 feet deep. Perch were caught in 50 to 60 feet of water south of the port. Pier anglers have caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and other panfish.

Grindstone City – Good smallmouth bass fishing along the shoreline of Eagle Bay.

Port Austin – Salmon and lake trout were scattered here and could be found in 30 to over 100 feet of water. Good smallmouth bass action in the harbor and along the shoreline. Walleye anglers are leaving at dusk and taking fish in 40 feet of water, then move in shallow after dark as the fish are in 10 feet of water.

Saginaw Bay – Has excellent walleye fishing off Pinconning, Linwood, out near the Spark Plug and the Callahan Reef. Most are using harnesses, but some are starting to use Hot-n-Tots. Anything with silver is working. Excellent walleye fishing was reported from the Slot at Quanicassee to Bay Port in 12 to 15 feet of water. Bass fishing is good in 3 to 5 feet of water in Wild Fowl Bay.

Saginaw River – Walleye are still being caught as far up as Essexville in the Lower Saginaw River. Anglers are trolling with harnesses or body baits.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
St. Joseph – Anglers are taking trout and salmon in waters 100 to 220 feet deep.

Kalamazoo River – Has high water levels. Look for walleye and smallmouth bass fishing to improve once the water levels start to recede.

Holland – Boats are heading straight out and fishing in 120 to 200 feet of water.

Lake Macatawa – Has good panfish action and the catfish are biting. Walleye are still being caught when trolling after dark with a crawler harness.

Grand Haven – Boat anglers are still fishing 40 to 80 feet down in waters 90 to 160 feet deep. Best colors were orange, green or blue. Those targeting salmon and perch off the piers while using alewife have not been real successful.

Grand River at Grand Rapids – Has excellent catfish action off Fulton Street, Bridge Street and off the east wall near the Post Office. Pike are still being caught and though the smallmouth action has slowed, a few fish were caught. Before the high water levels, boat anglers were catching walleye in the evening above Fulton Street when trolling a small rapala upstream then jigging back down.

Reeds Lake – Some nice largemouth bass have been caught.

Grand River at Lansing – Has good catfish action over at Moore’s Park and some nice fish have been caught. A few are still getting the occasional walleye. Anglers are watching the bluegills now as the crappie are pretty much done spawning.

Muskegon Lake – Boat anglers are catching walleye at night. Both boat and shore anglers are catching bass and bluegills.
Northeast Lower Peninsula
Rogers City – Look for lake trout off Sea Gull Point, the State Park, Swan Bay or Adams Point. Some are highlining with cowbells and spin glows in the shallow waters while those in deep waters are running downriggers 5 to 10 feet off the bottom. Green and silver or blue and silver spoons were taking fish. Atlantic salmon were caught by boat and pier anglers. Those trolling are targeting the top 30 feet of water with bright colored spoons while the pier anglers are casting bright colored body baits. Pier anglers caught walleye at night on deep diving plugs or spoons that glow.

Presque Isle – The lake trout and atlantic salmon action has been steady between the lighthouses, in North Bay and at Stoneport. The fish are suspended, but fishing the bottom 10 feet in 20 to 80 feet of water has produced fish. There appears to be a lot of shiners in the shallow waters around the harbor.

Rockport – Pier anglers are catching lake trout, brown trout and atlantic salmon. Minnows and body baits worked best. Boat anglers are fishing 20 feet down in 80 feet of water. Glow spoons have worked well.

Alpena – Pier anglers are catching walleye, but most of the bay reported slow action. Boat anglers managed to catch a few fish at night.

Thunder Bay River – Shore anglers are catching walleye on crawlers, leeches or green jig heads with white cobra tails. Bass are hitting on worms. Large rock bass and some crappie have also been caught.

East & West Twin Lakes – Walleye were caught when trolling, drifting, or jigging with crawlers, minnows or leeches near the drop offs. Bass are hitting on artificial baits or crawlers in the shallows.

Harrisville – Has seen an increase in lake trout catches, mainly in waters 80 to 100 feet deep when fishing off the bottom. Try white and silver spoons or cut bait. No walleye reports this week.

Oscoda – Walleye fishing has started to improve as pier anglers were taking at least one nice fish when using worms under a slip bobber.

Au Sable River – Trout fishing is still good and walleye were caught near the mouth.

Tawas – Those trolling were taking fair numbers of walleye on crawlers in 35 feet of water out near Buoy #2. Bass fishing has been excellent in Tawas Bay.

Au Gres – Walleye fishing was good in 30 feet of water with limit catches reported.

Higgins Lake – Lake trout are hitting on cowbells with body baits. Smallmouth bass were caught off Flag Point. Perch were caught around Treasure Island.

Houghton Lake – Boat anglers are catching walleye. Try slow trolling or drifting at night along the weedbeds or drop offs. The bluegill bite has finally taken off and bass are being caught in 3 to 15 feet of water.


Northwest Lower Peninsula
Petoskey – Boat anglers will find trout scattered in shallow waters along the shoreline south of the port.

Charlevoix – Trout anglers will want to target waters 70 to 90 feet deep.

Lake Charlevoix – The steelhead are running late into the season due to the cold weather, and a few brown trout have been caught. Bass fishing has been good with plenty of fish either spawning or cruising the flats. Try tube baits, crank baits or worms. Walleye are turning up along the drop offs, emerging weedbeds, or where there is a current. Rock bass and other panfish have been caught.

Elk Lake – Strong winds have made it difficult for anglers to get out. Water temperatures have gone from 55 to 61 degrees. Anglers are targeting walleye in the north section of the lake but so far no fish were caught. Bass fishing was slow.

Skegemog Lake – The surface water is 65 degrees. Look for smallmouth bass in the southern end of the lake, near the marsh, the Torch River and the access site. On the north end of the lake, check out the Narrows while using tube baits, crank baits, spinners, and crawlers in 3 to 15 feet of water. Walleye fishing was slow, but those targeting bass and muskie have caught a few. Pike have been caught between the Torch River and the marsh.

Big Glen Lake – The warm weather has turned out some really nice catches. Smallmouth bass are hitting bright spinners along the shoals. Some northern pike have been caught. Rainbow trout are moving into shallow waters to feed. Try casting silver rapalas.

Crystal Lake – Anglers are catching perch on wigglers or minnows. Look for smallmouth bass in the weedbeds off Beulah.

Manistee – Fishing has picked up with chinook salmon caught in waters 100 to 150 feet deep when using blue or green Dolphins. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple salmon caught on spoons or alewife.

Lake Cadillac – Bass fishing has been fantastic. Crappie and pike catches have also been good, and the bluegills are finally on the beds.

Lake Mitchell – Has very good crappie, pike, and bass fishing.

Ludington – A couple salmon and lake trout have been caught in 80 to 150 feet of water, but fishing pressure has been light.
Upper Peninsula
Ontonagon – Is producing good catches of lake trout along with the occasional salmon when trolling body baits in waters 12 to 40 feet deep. Finding water in the 50 degree range has been the key.

Ontonagon River – Fishing has slowed but some nice walleye were still caught when trolling a crawler harness or jigging around structure.

Lake Gogebic – Walleye are still being caught using a minnow with a slip bobber. Smallmouth bass action has been very good as the fish are quite active along the rocky shoreline.

Keweenaw Bay – Boat anglers have done well when trolling spoons 15 to 50 feet down in waters 30 to 60 feet deep. They have caught chinook, coho, lake trout and brown trout when trolling from the head of the Bay to Sand Point and Carla’s Café. Those jigging took lake trout in 180 to 240 feet of water off Pequaming and Point Abbey. In Traverse Bay, lake trout are still being caught out from Big Louie’s and Gay Point when trolling in 135 to 180 feet of water. Those jigging found fish in 145 to 240 feet of water.

Marquette – Has good salmon fishing out from the Lower Harbor launch. Good numbers of chinook, coho and lake trout have been caught when trolling spoons in 70 to 100 feet of water. Lake trout were caught out from the Presque Isle launch when trolling around the white rocks or jigging near the breakwall.

Menominee – Small brown trout have been caught inside the breakwall. Good smallmouth bass fishing at the lighthouse when jigging with crawlers or wigglers.

Menominee River – Has good walleye fishing but the fish have been smaller. Trolling, drifting with crawlers or casting spoons caught fish. Catches off the Hattie Street Bridge were spotty with the best results at night. Try crawlers, minnows or casting lures. Muskie and pike action was slow and no reports of perch.

Cedar River – Is producing good numbers of smallmouth bass and a few walleye. Anglers are casting lures or drifting with crawlers. Those trolling after dark for walleye have done well close to shore when using crawlers or lures.

Little Bay De Noc – Walleye anglers did better in the southern section from the Escanaba River to Breezy Point. Good action from Portage Point to Breezy Point when trolling crawlers or crank baits. Most fish were over 20 inches and caught at night. Some are fishing in 18 to 20 feet of water out near the Black Bottom. Good smallmouth action south of the Day’s River and near Garth Point. Use spinners or crank baits in 4 to 6 feet of water. Perch fishing should pick up soon.

Escanaba River – Anglers are trolling in 10 to 20 feet of water at the mouth for walleye. Crawlers were working best.

Ford River – Has good smallmouth bass fishing for those casting spinners or jigs off the banks and around the rocky areas near the mouth.

Big Bay De Noc – Walleye anglers marked fish from Kate’s Bay south to Ansells Point, but no catches were reported. Good smallmouth action continues in Martin Bay, Puffy Bay, South River Bay and near Ogontz when casting crank baits or spinners in 4 to 10 feet of water. Salmon action is just getting started off Fairport.

Au Train – Lake trout catches were good when anglers can get out.

Munising – Chinook fishing has slowed and the average size of the fish has dropped to about 3 pounds. Lake trout were taken in Trout Bay.

Grand Marais – Whitefish action has slowed but fish were still being caught on spawn. The better fishing was one hour after sunrise and just before sunset. Boats able to get out did catch some coho and steelhead when trolling.

Nawakwa Lake – Near Seney, is producing pike and walleye. Try casting rapalas or jigging with leeches. Perch and smallmouth bass were caught.

Cedarville and Hessel – Report good pike action in Cedarville Bay, Hessel Bay, Musky Bay, Moscoe Channel and Middle Entrance. Boat anglers are targeting the deeper waters in Wilderness Bay and outer Hessel Bay for atlantic salmon and splake. Good smallmouth action in Musky Bay off Connors Point and Pleasant Point. Pier anglers from Hessel are catching pike, smallmouth and rock bass in Cedarville Bay. No word on perch.

Pine River – White suckers have been caught by those targeting walleye.

Brevoort Lake – Anglers are still catching walleye.

St. Ignace – Boats are still trolling around the southwest corner of Mackinaw Island for atlantic salmon and lake trout. Shore anglers fishing off the primitive launch on the northwest side of the bridge are targeting pike but the action has been slow.