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Gone fishin’

June 17, 2011
By The Associated Press , The Mining Journal


Marquette: Limit catches of lake trout were caught north of Granite Island, near the white rocks and Shot Point. Fish 120 to 180 feet of water with spoons or crank baits tipped with cut bait. The fish averaged 4 to 6 pounds and were feeding on flying ants, sticklebacks and herring. Chinook were caught just outside the Lower Harbor, along M-28 and out near Stannard Rock. Fish averaged 6 to 8 pounds. Surface water temperatures were slowly warming to the upper 40s but temperatures near the Carp and Chocolay Rivers were in the low 50s.

AuTrain: A few boats caught chinook in 40 to 60 feet of water between Scott Falls and AuTrain Point. Lake trout action was fair near the shipping lanes and Wood Island in 130 to 180 feet of water. Anglers said the fish are feeding on sticklebacks.

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling have caught a fair mix of coho, chinook and lake trout from the head of the bay north to Carla's Restaurant. Try 35 to 60 feet down in 40 to 70 feet of water with a variety of spoons. Those jigging for lake trout did well off Pequaming and the south end of Big Reef. Lake trout were caught in the South Portage Entry between Farmers Reef and Newton's Reef in 130 to 185 feet of water. In Traverse Bay, the bite was sporadic however lake trout were caught south of the Marina past Big Louie's Point or straight out from Gay Point.

Copper Harbor: Splake fishing was slow although a lot of fish have been seen. A few were caught by those still-fishing with minnows or casting spoons and stick baits. Pike were also caught. The water is very clear so sight fishing on sunny days is the best way to get fish. Try casting beyond them and slowly bringing your bait toward them. Not much going on in Eagle Harbor.

Gratiot Lake: Fishing was good with 15 to 17 inch walleye caught when slow trolling with crawler harnesses in 10 to 12 feet of water around the shoreline. Some nice walleye were caught out from the boat launch near the Hump. Smallmouth bass fishing has picked up as the fish were spawning. Pike have been caught along the edge of the weed beds.

Menominee River: Walleye fishing was slow but a few fish were caught up by the dam on the Wisconsin side. Some boats caught fish in the hole upstream from the Mystery Ship launch on the Michigan side or under the railroad bridge. A lot of freshwater drum and some nice smallmouth bass have been caught. Bass season opens tomorrow.

Little Bay De Noc: Had good walleye fishing throughout the bay. The hot spots were near the mouth of the Whitefish River when jigging or drifting crawlers in 12 feet of water, the Second and Third Reef in 12 to 30 feet of water, the Narrows south to Gladstone Beach when jigging or drifting crawlers in 18 to 30 feet of water. A few fish were caught along the Black Bottom and Breezy Point in 8 to 14 feet of water. For jumbo perch, try near the Second Reef and south through the Narrows when still-fishing with crawlers in 30 feet of water.

Good smallmouth bass action near the mouth of the Ford River when casting crank baits, tube baits or spinners.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing at night around the Sand Pit near Nahma and the Boot. Most are trolling crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bass fishing is still good especially in the bays when using tube baits or crank baits in 3 to 15 feet of water. Off Fairport, salmon fishing is just getting started with action in the "Gap" when trolling spoons in 40 to 100 feet of water.

Manistique River: Walleye fishing was slow. A couple fish were caught down near the mouth just before dark. Shore anglers are casting rapalas while boat anglers are trolling crawler harnesses. Between the mouth and the first dam anglers caught smallmouth bass, pike, carp, suckers, and the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Most are casting crank baits but some were drifting yarn near the dam.

St. Marys River: A few musky were caught in Raber Bay and on the east side of Lime Island in 8 to 10 feet of water.

DeTour: Is producing Atlantic salmon and lake trout in the shipping channel, around the lighthouse, and on the reef. A couple chinook and steelhead were also caught. Smallmouth bass and rock bass have been caught along the northeast shoreline of Scott Bay when casting tube jigs in and around the rocks. Pike, walleye and perch were slow.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike anglers fishing out of Hessel are doing very well. Smallmouth bass were also caught. Yellow perch are starting to show up off the Hessel Pier. Cedarville Bay, Musky Bay and the Moscoe Channel are also good for pike. Try casting or still-fishing with chubs.

Carp River: Those fishing upstream have caught pike, walleye and white suckers.

St. Ignace: The primitive launch is a good spot for anglers to launch small boats or wade for northern pike and bass. Black, orange or chartreuse were good colors. Those fishing out of the city launches have caught lake trout on the northeast side of Mackinaw Island or along the flats on the west side.


Rogers City: Is producing a mix of Atlantic salmon, lake trout, chinook and the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Most fish were caught in the top half of waters 100 feet deep. Lake trout are hitting cowbells, dodgers; spin glo's or spoons just off the bottom. Try silver combined with green, orange or blue and anything that looks like a smelt when fishing south toward Adams Point or straight out toward the State Park or Forty Mile Point. Pier anglers caught brown trout.

Presque Isle: Lake trout have been caught off Big Lighthouse Point in 25 to 35 feet of water. In shallow water, try high-lining with some weight. Water temperatures are still in the low 50's.

Alpena: Walleye fishing is starting to heat up around the bay. Limit catches were taken in shallow waters less than 20 feet deep during the day or during the evening hours when the fish move in closer to shore. The hot bait was a pearl colored crawler harness.

Thunder Bay River: Is providing good action for catfish by those using crawlers. Walleye fishing has slowed however a few fish were taken on leeches. Smallmouth bass are hitting on crank baits or rapalas.

Harrisville: Had good fishing with a mixed bag of salmon, lake trout, steelhead and even some walleye in 100 feet of water.

Higgins Lake: Those jigging for lake trout are using Swedish Pimples, cast masters or jigs with twister tails. Boats trolling are using cowbells, bombers, rapalas or body baits. A good number of rock bass have also been caught. Pike were caught by those drifting spinner baits or body baits in 15 feet of water around the main island.

Houghton Lake: Walleye were caught in 7 to 9 feet of water along the north shore and in the East Bay. Try crawlers or leeches. Bluegills were caught along the north shore and the Middle Ground.

Oscoda: Lake trout are being caught a couple miles north of the river in 80 to 100 feet of water. Try spoons or flies with dodgers. White and chrome were good colors.

Au Sable River: Cool water temperatures are making for slow walleye fishing.

Tawas: Those trolling caught smallmouth, largemouth and freshwater drum, but walleye fishing was slow. Pier anglers caught the occasional carp or panfish.

Au Gres: Had good walleye fishing for those trolling crawler harnesses from Pt. Au Gris straight out to Point Lookout in 25 to 35 feet of water. Look for smallmouth bass around the Charity Islands.

Au Gres River: Is producing limit catches of catfish and some pike.


Petoskey: Smallmouth bass can be found in the shallows. Rock bass were caught in good numbers near the mouth of the Bear River. Smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye were also caught.

Charlevoix: Lake trout fishing remains slow. Only a few fish have been caught when trolling between the sand dunes and North Point in 100 to 150 feet of water. Look for smallmouth bass in the Pine River Channel.

Lake Charlevoix: Is producing smallmouth bass along with walleye in the early morning or late evening.

Lake Bellaire: Also had good walleye and bass fishing.

Traverse City: Those trolling in the East Bay caught lake trout north of Yuba Creek in 70 to 80 feet of water. Some are jigging in 90 to 120 feet of water and taking fish off the Center Road launch. Those fishing the Elk Rapids bypass caught bass up near the dam and in the kid's pond. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught when trolling in 40 feet of water from Bryant Park to the north when using flat fish. Good numbers of lake trout were caught when jigging white or chrome pimples in 100 feet of water south of the island or near the Red Buoy.

Boardman River: Good numbers of smallmouth bass were caught near the mouth by those using minnows or crawlers. Lots of carp and smallmouth bass have been caught up near the Union Street Dam.

Frankfort: Chinook were caught around the Herring Hole while coho and lake trout were caught north toward the point. Try spoons 75 to 120 feet down in waters 90 to 160 feet deep. A couple salmon were caught off the breakwall when using live bait.

Onekama: Those trolling south of Barr Lake caught a few chinook on spoons.

Portage Lake: Largemouth bass were on the beds. Small bluegills were in the weeds and perch could be found around the buoy. A good number of rock bass were caught along the west shoreline. Those trolling during the day caught a couple pike but no walleye.

Lake Missaukee: Has produced some limit catches of bluegill.

Lake Cadillac: Is producing great bass and pike fishing, but the walleye action was slower.

Lake Mitchell: Is also good for bass and pike. A few walleye were caught but overall catch rates were slow.

Manistee: Salmon fishing has been decent when anglers can get out. Most are using spoons in the top 50 feet although some chinook salmon were caught a little deeper. Blue or green spoons were good. Pier anglers have caught chinook and brown trout.

Ludington: Boat anglers caught salmon in 80 to 160 feet of water on orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow for salmon and brown trout.


Lake Erie: Is producing some walleye in 21 feet of water in front of the Fermi Power Plant. Try gold, copper or purple crawler harnesses. Those shore fishing off the Lake Erie Metro Park caught yellow perch, white perch and catfish.

Huron River: Is producing smallmouth bass, catfish and lots of carp.

Detroit River: Is producing some white bass. Those fishing around the islands down near the mouth have caught a few yellow perch and smallmouth bass.

Lake St. Clair: Lots of bass have been caught during the early catch and immediate release season. The catch and keep season opens this weekend.

St. Clair River: Reported good bass fishing. The opener is Saturday June 18th.

Lexington: Is producing chinook, coho, steelhead and lake trout.

Port Sanilac: Trout and salmon have been caught in 40 to 60 feet of water. Pier anglers caught pike in the early morning, walleye in the evening and rock bass all day long. No perch activity to report yet.

Harbor Beach: Had moderate success for lake trout when trolling in 80 to 100 feet of water. Chinook, coho, steelhead and pink salmon were also caught. Pier anglers fishing off the north wall and those fishing the Detroit Edison channel caught smallmouth bass.

Grindstone City: Depending on wind conditions, pier and shore anglers were catching smallmouth bass.

Port Austin: Limits of walleye were caught at the Flat Rock Reef before changes in the weather. Look for walleye, brown trout and whitefish out near the lighthouse. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass.

Saginaw Bay: It seems the walleye were suspended over deep water where it was much more difficult to target them. Off Linwood, the better fishing was in 17 feet of water. Walleye were caught between the Kawkawlin and Saginaw River. Decent fishing was reported around the Spark Plug and to the east in 20 feet of water and Buoys 1 and 2 in 30 feet of water. Crawler harnesses with silver backs worked best. At Quanicassee, walleye anglers did best in the morning. Fish were caught in shallow waters off Callahan and Finn Roads in 7 feet of water. Others were fishing deeper in 15 feet of water along the edge of the Slot off Thomas Road and the edge of the Coryeon Reef. Bass were hitting on spinner baits. Walleye were caught straight out from Sebewaing in the early morning.

Saginaw River: Catfish and freshwater drum were caught near Essexville.

Flint River: Anglers on the Holloway Reservoir were catching walleye from shore. Boat and shore anglers were catching a lot of channel cats.

Mott Lake: Shore anglers are catching walleye.


St. Joseph: Pier anglers are catching lots of freshwater drum when fishing on the bottom with live bait. Those fishing for steelhead with spoons have also caught freshwater drum. Salmon and trout fishing were spotty and no perch were caught.

South Haven: Fishing for trout and salmon was slow here as well. A few fish were caught were in 80 feet of water. No perch were caught by boat or pier anglers. Freshwater drum were taken off the pier.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The action for flathead catfish is picking up. Try using live sucker, bluegills or cut bait. Good bluegill action with some nice fish caught on leaf worms or wax worms. Pike are hitting on spoons or suckers under a bobber. For walleye, try body baits or bouncing crawlers off the bottom. Those in canoes or kayaks would be wise to stay away from the coffer dam due to low water levels.

Grand River at Lansing: Moore's Park and the North Lansing Dam have been good for smallmouth bass and catfish. Try crawlers and leeches. Inland lakes in the area were sporadic as the crappie and bluegills continue to move on and off the beds.

Reeds Lake: Is good for perch, bluegills, crappie, pike and bass.

Muskegon River: Several large bass have been caught in Hardy Pond.



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