By The Associated Press
Some nice panfish have been caught on inland lakes, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report. It said those shore fishing on the rivers are encouraged to use caution because the fast flowing water can be extremely dangerous.
Marquette: Catch rates for lake trout were still scattered with the better fishing near Shot Point. Those jigging were still north of the white rocks in 180 to 220 feet of water. Fair to good action around Stannard Rock with lake trout averaging 10 to 20 pounds caught by those jigging in 100 feet of water along the break. Surface water temperatures were in the low to mid 40's.
AuTrain: Produced fair catches of chinook and lake trout along the shipping channel east of AuTrain Island and near Wood Island in waters 130 to 200 feet deep. Good numbers of chinook salmon averaging 20 to 32 inches were caught between Scott Falls and AuTrain Point.
Munising: Boat anglers were still targeting chinook and a few coho. One or two fish was considered a successful outing when trolling in 20 to 55 feet of water. Pier and dock anglers caught very few splake. Lake trout were still reported in 150 to 170 feet of water around Grand Island and Pictured Rocks.
Eagle Harbor: Shore anglers caught fish when still-fishing with sucker minnows.
Keweenaw Bay: The bite is starting to pick up with a mix of chinook, coho and lake trout taken by those trolling 35 to 55 feet down in 40 to 60 feet of water. Try spoons and body baits when trolling at speeds 2 to 2.5 miles per hour from Old Mission to the Head of the Bay.
Gratiot Lake: Walleye fishing was slow however a few small pike were caught by those casting stick baits in 5 to 9 feet of water.
Menominee: Some nice walleye were caught by those trolling the Wisconsin shoreline just south of the river. Most were trolling crawler harnesses at the drop off.
Menominee River: Those casting musky baits just upstream of Boom Landing on the Wisconsin side, were able to catch a few that measured 35 inches. Smallmouth bass were caught and released near Hattie Street because the season does not open until the 3rd Saturday in June. Walleye action was slow.
Little Bay De Noc: Still has good numbers of walleye north of the "Narrows." Walleye were still leaving the Whitefish River and good numbers of fish were marked from Garth Point south to the Kipling Flats. Limit catches were reported by those trolling or drifting crawlers in 8 to 22 feet of water between the Center Reef and the Whitefish River. Those trolling crawler harnesses in 18 to 25 feet of water near the Black Bottom caught walleye. The bass opener was good for those fishing off Garth Point, Hunters Point and the west bank of Gladstone in 6 to 16 feet of water when casting tube baits or crank baits. Perch were caught between the "Narrows" and the Kipling Flats when still-fishing or drifting crawlers.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing into the night off Sand Point and the Nahma Golf Course when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 10 to 22 feet of water. Good numbers of smallmouth bass were caught in Puffy Bay and South River Bay. No perch to report.
Grand Marais: Pier anglers have done well catching whitefish and a couple coho in the early morning when using a single egg or wax worms. Boat anglers had mixed results but a few coho were caught when trolling east or west along the shoreline. Try rapalas or thundersticks. Good lake trout action from the shipping channel a few miles north of the bay.
Manistique River: A couple steelhead along with some white suckers were caught up near the first dam. For steelhead, try floating yarn or casting spinner baits. Smallmouth bass and northern pike were caught near the Municipal landing. Those wading near the dam caught some brown trout but most were too small to keep.
DeTour: Atlantic salmon and lake trout have been caught in the shipping channel and around the lighthouse. Whitney Bay was good for pike. Albany Creek is still producing some brook trout for those using worms.
Cedarville and Hessel: Had good pike action in Hessel Bay and off the marina pier. Smallmouth bass were also caught. Those trolling, casting or still-fishing in Musky Bay caught pike. The Moscoe Channel was a bit slower but pike were hitting.
Carp River: Those fishing upstream caught trout, walleye, pike and white suckers.
St. Ignace: The primitive launch is good for those launching small boats or wading for pike and bass. For lake trout, try the northeast side of Mackinaw Island about 25 to 40 feet down. Chinook salmon were caught over the flats on the west side of Mackinaw Island. Purple was the hot color.
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Rogers City: Lake trout fishing continues to pick up but most of the fish caught have been too big to keep. The surprise has been the number of Atlantic or chinook salmon caught when trolling in waters 35 to 100 feet deep. Fish were caught in the top half of the water column with spoons. Hot colors were silver with orange, green or blue. Try body baits that look like smelt or gobies. Lake trout have been full of gobies while salmon were eating smelt and sticklebacks. The marina is full of minnows so a fair number of Atlantic salmon and brown trout could be seen as well. Try casting small spoons or body baits in orange, gold and silver or try floating large minnows under a bobber.
Presque Isle: Is also producing good numbers of lake trout, Atlantic and chinook salmon for those trolling in the same depths with the same spoons and body baits. Lake trout were caught off Lighthouse Point while the Atlantic and chinook salmon were caught between the two lighthouses and Stoneport.
Rockport: Shore anglers were targeting Atlantic salmon off the old shipping dock but no fish were taken except for a nice bass that hit on a body bait with red and orange markings.
Alpena: Walleye were slow but fish were caught day and night in 12 feet of water.
Thunder Bay River: Walleye were caught by those jigging or still-fishing crawlers with red jigs. Catfish are hitting on crawlers, and the bass opener was good. Steelhead were caught up near the Ninth Street Dam when using rubber eggs or body baits. Large pike were taken on body baits near the mouth of the river.
Hubbard Lake: Had good walleye fishing.
Harrisville: Is producing some walleye north of the harbor in 20 to 50 feet of water when trolling crawler harnesses or try baits that resemble small steelhead. Lake trout seem to be straight out or north of the harbor in 30 to 100 feet of water and hitting on anything that looks like steelhead.
Higgins Lake: No perch to report. Boats trolling cowbells and minnows have caught lake trout. Some of the trout were suspended. For the kids, look for rock bass.
Oscoda: Pier anglers say walleye fishing was hit-or-miss. Try crawlers, leeches, body baits or small spoons. Steelhead were recently stocked at this location so try using a spoon, body bait or jig that mimics the color or action of a steelhead. Lake trout seem to be moving out to deeper water so try 80 to 100 feet with silver and white or silver and blue spoons.
AuSable River: Was producing some walleye.
Tawas: Those trolling for walleye did well in 25 to 35 feet of water off Tawas Point when using crawler harnesses. Pier anglers found caught small perch and the occasional walleye or pike.
Tawas River: Shore anglers caught walleye and bass.
Au Gres: The main problem is finding clear water to fish in. Most are trolling north around Point Lookout or south of Point Au Gres and fishing in 15 to 30 feet of water.
Au Gres River: Shore anglers casting down near the mouth have caught a few pike, walleye and bass.
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Petoskey: Little Traverse Bay remains slow but fishing should pick up as water temperatures start to increase. A few lake trout were caught in 50 to 100 feet of water between Bay Harbor and the hospital. With the cold water, the fish are scattered throughout the water column. Try running small spoons with spin-glo's or peanuts in the bottom 5 feet of water.
Charlevoix: Angler activity was slow. The Pine River Channel was producing smallmouth bass and walleye in the evening when using a jig tipped with a white plastic grub or crawler.
Traverse City: Had good smallmouth bass fishing along the south bank in 12 to 14 feet of water. Lake trout were caught just north of Yuba Creek. Boats out jigging caught Cisco and lake trout in 100 to 120 feet of water off Dock Road. Smallmouth bass were in the marina. In the West Bay, perch were caught off Hilltop Road in 60 feet of water. The school of fish is starting to disperse. Lake trout were caught in the early morning out by Maritime and Bryant Park in less than 20 feet of water. Boats out jigging in 80 to 100 feet of water caught fish along the east side of the bay.
Boardman River: A good number of smallmouth bass were caught in front of the Union Street Dam. Some perch were also caught. Try drifting crawlers or leeches near the mouth for walleye and smallmouth bass. A couple steelhead were caught near the dam.
Frankfort: Chinook salmon have moved into the area. Fish have been caught in 160 to 210 feet of water when using spoons and meat rigs. A couple steelhead, brown trout and chinook salmon were still hanging around the pier. Alewife moved into the shallows with the warmer weather.
Onekama: Boat anglers trolling in 180 to 210 feet of water south of the port have caught some nice chinook on spoons with meat rigs. Brown trout are still in the area but those fishing the bottom for lake trout were not catching very many fish.
Portage Lake: Anglers working the shoreline did manage to catch both large and smallmouth bass. Fish were not on the beds yet. Bluegills are just starting to come in but were still caught in deeper water. Large rock bass have also been caught.
Lake Cadillac: Anglers are catching panfish like bluegill, crappie, and perch. The bass opener was good.
Lake Mitchell: Has black crappie and bass. Bluegills were still a bit slow.
Manistee: Boats are catching a few brown trout and salmon just in front of the piers. The salmon were caught in the top 50 feet of waters 100 to 200 feet deep. Try orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.
Ludington: Salmon are being caught from the piers out to 60 feet of water. Try fishing short cores with orange spoons.
Pere Marquette River: Those fishing the flies only section did well when using streamers. Suckers were also caught.
Pentwater: Boat anglers trolling in 60 to 80 feet of water have caught salmon. Green and blue spoons worked best.
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Lake Erie: Is producing some walleye but anglers are working hard for them. White bass are in the area. Shore anglers near the power plants caught a variety of fish.
Huron River: Had extremely high water levels. The interior of Huroc Park was inaccessible and Labo Park had picnic tables under water. The bass opener was almost non-existent.
Detroit River: Had muddy water due to runoff after the storms. Anglers have caught white bass along with a few walleye and catfish. Debris coming down the river is heavier than usual this year due to the above average rainfall. Logs and very large branches are common. Boaters need to exercise extreme care especially at night to avoid heavy damage to their boat or motor.
Lake St. Clair: Anglers are starting to catch walleye in small numbers in L'Anse Creuse Bay. Bass anglers can be found all over the lake especially from St. Clair Shores to Selfridge while practicing catch and release.
St. Clair River: Those handlining near the Blue Water Bridge caught a few walleye.
Lexington: A few boats were out looking for perch but none were caught. Those trolling were still catching lake trout, salmon and steelhead from 35 to 45 feet of water. Bass were caught inside the harbor.
Port Sanilac: Boat anglers trolling in shallow waters caught trout and salmon. Bass were caught inside the harbor.
Harbor Beach: Has very good lake trout fishing for those fishing the bottom 40 feet in 80 feet of water straight out or north of the harbor with spoons, dodgers, flashers, flies or spin-glo's. Hot colors were purple, pink, black, green or blue. Steelhead were spotty. Try offshore boards with clean spoons or a three way swivel with body baits near the bottom and spoons near the surface. Brown trout are still being caught in shallow waters 25 to 45 feet deep, south of the harbor. For body baits or spoons try green, blue or perch. Salmon were caught 45 to 85 feet down on spoons. For walleye, head north of the harbor and fish 30 to 60 feet of water with spoons or crawler harnesses. Perch are south near the cemetery in 15 to 30 feet of water.
Grindstone City: Had good smallmouth bass fishing. Anglers were wading in the boat basin and harbor, as well as Eagle Bay. Good bass fishing in the shallow waters off Lighthouse Park when using white jigs with twister tails.
Port Austin: Good lake trout action just north of Port Austin off the point in 120 feet of water. Good smallmouth bass action between Grindstone City and Port Austin.
Saginaw Bay: Walleye action was reported in several different locations such as the deep side of the Pinconning Bar, 17 feet of water off Linwood and the Callahan Reef as well as east of the Hot Pond discharge off Knight and Finn Roads. Those trolling for walleye also picked up a few large yellow perch. From Quanicassee, most of the boats caught their limit of walleye. The fish were in 7 feet of water right off the end of the channel marker buoys in the early morning but moved deeper into the Slot after the fog burned off and the sun came out. For Sebewaing and Bay Port, walleye fishing was spotty. Bass anglers did well around the islands, cuts and marina basins.
Tittabawassee River: The spring walleye fishery is about done. Anglers caught good numbers of smallmouth bass, white bass, catfish and freshwater drum.
Saginaw River: Shore anglers in the lower river were catching catfish and freshwater drum near Smith Park in Essexville.
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St. Joseph: Trout and salmon fishing were slow but a few fish were caught in 110 feet of water. Pier anglers were catching freshwater drum and catfish.
South Haven: Perch fishing was slow. Salmon and trout were caught in waters over 200 feet deep. Lead core worked best. Pier fishing was slow.
Grand Haven: Is producing good numbers of chinook along with an occasional steelhead or lake trout. Most are using spoons 40 to 60 feet down in 140 to 240 feet of water. Green and blue worked best down deep while orange and gold worked higher in the water column. Pier anglers had no luck and no perch to report.
Grand River at Lansing: Water levels are high. Moore's Park is producing catfish and carp. Walleye and pike were caught over near Lyons. The Red Cedar is extremely high and not really fishable at this time.
Lake Lansing: Had good bluegill and bass fishing. Pike were also caught.
Lake Ovid: Is producing crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass.
Morrison Lake: Continues with good crappie and bluegill fishing. Try minnows or wax worms. Those fly fishing have caught fish as well.
Muskegon: Had good salmon fishing when boats can get out to waters 140 to 240 feet deep. Hot colors were green, blue, orange and gold. No word on perch. Pier fishing was very slow.
Muskegon River: Steelhead activity is done however several large smallmouth bass have been caught above Hardy Dam.