Walleye are still being caught in some Michigan waters, while fishing results are mixed as summer weather settles in around the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.
Marquette: Trout fishermen in the area reported varied results with most anglers harvesting two to five lake trout. Most lake trout were found in deeper waters ranging from 180 to 230 feet down with most fish within a few feet of the bottom. Anglers used a combination of spoons and flies. Areas that have produced this past week were north of the White Rocks and toward Shot Point. Chinook and coho action were slow this past week with best areas trolling in 40 to 60 feet off M-28 east of the Chocolay River. Stannard Rock reports slow results with smaller fish less than 15 pounds. Most trips averaging 15 to 25 fish. Surface temperatures at Stannard Rock are ranging 37 to 39 degrees. Surface water temperatures in the Marquette area are averaging in the mid to upper 40s.
AuTrain: Fishermen have reported poor lake trout fishing. Most lake trout were caught at varying depths from 60 to 200 feet of water. Average size harvested ranged from 3 to 6 pounds. Best areas were just north of AuTrain Island and Wood's Island using spoons and flies with cut bait. Chinook salmon catches have slowed this past week with only a few fish reported harvested. Surface water temperatures remain cool in the mid 40s.
Copper Harbor: The weather has been poor this past week. A few nice splake have been caught near the entrance to the harbor trolling 20 to 30 feet down on spoons. Shore fishing has been slow as well.
Keweenaw Bay: The fish bite has slowed some during the past week but anglers are still picking up a few coho, chinook and lake trout. Anglers are picking these fish up trolling from the Head of the Bay northward to Carla's Restaurant in 40 to 70 feet of water, 35 to 65 feet down using spoons and body baits. Best trolling speeds are between 2.1 and 2.6 mph Some anglers have had up and down success on yellow perch at the Baraga and Bucks Marina using slip bobbers and crawlers. The fish bite is slow in Traverse Bay but anglers here are picking up some lake trout off of the Gay Point, Big Louie's Point and Traverse Island trolling in 90 to 170 feet of water with spoons.
Gratiot Lake: Walleye fishing on Gratiot was fair this past week. Slow trolling with night crawlers in 14 to 17 feet of water produced some nice catches. Smallmouth bass fishing was good with most sight fishing and pitching tube jigs near the beds.
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported best catches off the Gladstone Beach area and south to the Terrace Bay Inn trolling or jigging crawlers in 18 to 33 feet of water. Fair catches also reported near Second Reef trolling or drifting crawlers with harnesses in 20 to 30 feet of water. Good perch catches reported off Saunders Point still fishing with crawlers in 25 to 30 feet of water. Still good smallmouth bass catches reported in and around the mouth of the Ford River casting cranks and tubes from shore or in boats.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported several catches between the Boot and Ansell's Point trolling crawlers with harnesses in and around 20 feet of water. Good smallmouth bass catches are still being reported throughout the Bay. Most fished in 3 to 15 feet of water around the Garden Bluff area casting cranks or plastics. Fairport has water temperatures still a bit on the cold side, around 50 degrees. Anglers who fished out past the "Gap" reported a few catches trolling spoons in 140 feet of water and 125 to 130 feet down.
DeTour: Detour is producing Atlantic salmon and lake trout in the freighter channel, around the lighthouse, and on the reef. In addition, a few rainbow trout and chinook salmon have been caught on silver/blue or orange/black spoons. Whitney Bay, off Drummond Island is also a good location for northern pike using fire tiger lures.
Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass while targeting pike. Reminder, the size limit for bass is 14 inches. Yellow perch are also starting to show off of Hessels pier. Cedarville Bay, Musky Bay and Moscoe Channel are also producing pike. Anglers are casting or still fishing with chubs. Perch fishing is also picking up in Cedarville Bay and Moscoe Channel on garden worms or minnows.
St. Ignace: The primitive launch in St. Ignace is a good opportunity for anglers to launch small boats or wade for northern pike and bass. Black, orange or chartreuse are good colors to try. Anglers fishing out of the city launches are catching lake trout on the northeast side of Mackinaw Island fishing 25 to 40 feet down. Chinook salmon are also biting over the flats on the west side of Mackinaw Island. The Carp River Mouth and upstream anglers are harvesting trout, northern pike, walleye and white suckers.
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Rogers City: Lake trout have been taken on a pretty regular basis but anglers have had to go north of the harbor 8 to10 miles to catch them. Most fish have been caught north of 40 Mile Point. Fishing close to the bottom and suspended has been working for many. A few salmon have also been taken in the area as well. Anglers have been fishing up and down the coast in the area but the fish are very scattered. The structure areas seem to be the best spots to fish. Trickles of steelhead, pinks, coho and chinooks have also been taken.
Presque Isle: Lake trout have been caught in 25 to 40 feet of water but many of them have been too small to keep. The larger fish are now in deeper waters. One angler reported he fished out in 200 feet of water and had a mixed bag of fish including a 16 pound king. Other anglers have been fishing closer to shore mostly between the two big lighthouses in 45 to 120 feet of water and fishing the top 50 feet.
Alpena: Fishing action dropped off this week. Very few fish are coming in. Anglers targeting walleye at night are seeing a few but there is no action in the daytime. Anglers on the lake are catching a few walleye around Grass Island and Sulfur Island. Most fish were taken in 16 to 24 feet of water on stick baits and crawler harnesses. Smallmouth bass action has slowed a little on Squaw Bay. Most smallmouth caught were undersized, while a few legal fish were caught. These fish were caught in 6 to 10 feet of water. Only a few walleye were taken from the river this week. Leeches seemed to be the best bet. These fish were taken from the Ninth Street Bridge and on each side of the foot bridge behind the Boys and Girls Club. No sizable pan fish were taken this week.
Harrisville: Lake trout have moved in from last week. Fish are being caught in 65 to 80 feet of water on green or white Dodger's with chrome, silver spoons or fly's. Anglers are starting to catch some steelhead, but few reports of anglers targeting them. Walleye are still being caught north of the harbor toward Sturgeon Point in 30 to 50 feet of water on crawler harnesses and body baits.
Oscoda: Oscoda is seeing more anglers out and more fish caught. Lake trout have moved into shallow water with most fish picked up in 60 to 70 feet of water. Almost all the boats targeting lake trout caught fish, along with a few kings. All of the fish were of decent size and healthy. Spoons, fly's and cut baits are working well. Walleye fishing is very slow in the river with most fish being taken early in the morning on crawler's and body baits.
Tawas Bay: Pier fishing is pretty slow with a few smallmouth bass and catfish being caught. Boat anglers trolling for walleye should be considered fair to slow success. When Walleye were being caught it was in 35 to 60 feet of water, some limits taken but not many. Shore anglers fishing along the Tawas River caught a mix of bullheads, catfish, pike, smallmouth's, and walleye all while casting.
Au Gres: Walleye fishing continues to be successful. Lots of limit catches but also a lot of sorting, mostly on crawler harnesses and crank baits. Fish seem to be hanging in 35 to 60 feet of water between Pt. Au Gres and Point Lookout. Shore anglers fishing in the Au Gres River are getting bullheads, catfish, sheepshead, and occasional pike.
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Petoskey: Lake trout has been slow using cowbells, spin-n-glow and peanuts. Very little salmon, steelhead or brown trout reported.
Charlevoix: Lake trout are being caught in good numbers but the size is small. There has been an east wind and the striking is tailing off. Depths have varied all the way from the surface to 74 feet. Spin-n-glow, cowbells and spoons have all been successful.
Traverse City: Bays are slow. Anglers are trolling trout using cowbells and peanuts. Long Lake is good for Walleye in the evening and after dark. Panfish were late on the beds. In Lake Leelanau, anglers are trolling shallow and having luck between 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM. Whitefish are slow and perch are hard to find.
Frankfort: King salmon, chinook and lake trout are being caught 120 to 130 feet out and 60 to 70 feet down with spoons and meat rigs.
Onekama: King salmon are spotty but found 10 to 20 feet out.
Portage Lake: Best fishing has been night walleye fishing near the channel.
Crystal Lake: A lot of rock bass reported as well as some smallmouth. Perch are there but you have to work for them. Best fishing is between Port Betsie and Herring Hole.
Lake Missaukee: Has produced some limit catches of bluegill.
Lake Cadillac: Walleye fishing is the best it's been in years. West of Four Winns Test Center or straight out from Kenwood Park in the middle of the lake are two spots to try. The most effective method has been trolling crawler harnesses behind bottom bouncers in 12 to 20 foot depths. You may have to fight the weeds even at those depths but it's worth the effort. Blade colors for harnesses change, but green or purple tones have been the most consistent. Harnesses with floaters are popular, the extra loft of the crawlers make a difference.
Lake Mitchell: Walleye fishing spots vary but are always in 12 feet or more of water. Trolling crawler harnesses behind bottom bouncers in the 12 to 20 foot depths has worked best. Green and purple tones have been most consistent.
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: Chinook and king salmon were prevalent over the weekend.
Hamlin Lake: Anglers are catching northern pike while trolling with spinner lures and getting Bass with crawlers. A lot of perch and panfish have been caught as well as crappie while using wax worms. Walleye are scarce right now.
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Lake Erie: Walleye action is still being reported near the Fermi Power Plant in 21 to 22 feet of water with anglers using crawler harnesses. Those who are shore fishing were catching catfish right across from the Metro Park and near Point Mouillee.
Detroit River: Anglers are finding perch in the weed beds around the mouth. A few silver bass have been found lingering around the Trenton channel.
Lexington: Trollers were still getting a mixed bag of chinook, coho, steelhead, and lake trout from 60 to 80 feet of water. Best areas are from south of Lexington north to Port Sanilac. Anglers are having their best luck on downriggers, dipsy's and spoons. Shore anglers are having good success for white bass, smallmouth, rock bass, bullhead, northern pike but largemouth are slowing down.
Port Sanilac: Shore anglers have reports of slow activity on all species except for an occasional perch or rock bass.
Grindstone City: A few smallmouth bass are being taken but a lot of throwbacks.
Port Austin: reported slow fishing due to high wind. When anglers could get on the water they were trolling for salmon and trout at depths of 60 to100 feet with only a few fish taken. Some walleye have been taken around the Flat Rock Reef.
Saginaw Bay: Quanicassee had much the same as last week with the fish scattered throughout the area. Some were still managing a few fish in shallow waters on Callahan, over near Finn Rd., and near the Hot pond Channel in 5 to 9 feet of water. Other boats were also taking some fish from near the Spark Plug in 17 to 19 feet of water. Gold, purple, pink, and chartreuse seemed to be good colors. There are still a few large perch being taken by anglers while trolling. Shore anglers were catching a few catfish and bowfin along the river.
Saginaw River: Anglers were catching a few catfish and bowfin.
Sebewaing: A few boats were venturing up into the Slot along the islands and bringing back a few fish from that direction as well. Those that trolled plastic seemed to out fish the crawler fisherman. Thunder sticks and Hot'n Tots did well. Those fishing in the marina are still taking a few largemouth and northerns but most of the fish are sub-legal throwbacks.
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St. Joseph: Trollers are getting mixed bags in 65 to 90 feet of water with the use of spin doctors, flies, and riverside spoons. Pier fishing has increased using shrimp under a bobber. There are good reports of walleye being caught on the lower section of the river. There were reports of perch catches in 43 feet of water to the south.
South Haven: Trollers are seeing king salmon and lake trout north of the pier heads in 110 to 140 feet of water. Perch fishing is very slow but some were taken north of the pier in 40 to 60 feet of water. A few steelhead were being caught off the piers. Water temperatures are still in the low 60's.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Good steelhead fishing continues. The water is clearing up so anglers are using long leaders with light line. Spawn bags and red Wobble Glows have caught fish. Those fishing backwaters are catching crappie using minnows.
Grand River at Lansing: Catfish are good at the Brenke Fish Ladder. Moore's River Drive off MLK has seen a lot of catfish and some walleye. The popular bait has been crawlers, stink bait, minnows and golden shiners. Gar is picking up off the docks before the Moore's Park and North Lansing Dams with the preferred bait being minnows. With the water level going down, fishing is improving. Lake Lansing is producing a lot of pike and bass for anglers.
Kalamazoo River: Walleye action has been good below the Allegan Dam. Carp are around after spawning and some smallmouth bass have been spotted. Steelhead are scarce.
Little Paw Paw Lake: Bluegill are being caught in 8 to 20 feet of water with black gnats, wax worms and purple gnats.
Muskegon River: The lower end of the river is seeing smallmouth bass catches using crankbait. Walleye is being taken by cast trolling with crankbait or drifting using crawlers. Local rains will keep water flowing and water temperatures low into July. Trout fishing is great and hatches of stones and caddis are going most days. Muskegon Lake is seeing an increase in bass (post spawn) in 6 to 10 feet of water, while bluegill are being captured using worms under bobbers in 4 to 6 feet of water. Resident perch are increasing in the deep water near the black buoy. Walleye are slow on the lake right now.