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Gone fishin’

July 15, 2011
By The Associated Press , The Mining Journal

Stable weather has produced better fishing, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its weekly fishing report.


Marquette: Surface water is close to 60 degrees. Lake trout action has picked up for those fishing toward Granite Island and Shot Point with an average of two to five fish per trip. Use spoons and flies in 160 to 200 feet of water. Stannard Rock was giving up fish in the 3 to 8 pound range. Remember, if you catch a tagged fish, be sure to call the telephone number on the tag or contact a local DNR Office.

AuTrain: Surface water temperatures are now in the upper 50's. Those out fishing did catch lake trout 10 to 20 feet off the bottom in 160 to 220 feet of water north of AuTrain Island and Woods Island. Try spoons and flies with cut bait.

Munising: Those seeking lake trout caught few fish around Grand Island, Pictured Rocks and Wood Island. Those lucky enough to catch fish were 70 to 170 feet down and putting in a lot of time to catch a few fish. Pier anglers had slow action for splake with only a handful of legal size fish caught. They are using an assortment of spawn and lures but most of the smaller fish were caught on spawn.

Eagle Harbor: Fish are being caught about two and a half miles straight out from harbor, 60 to 80 feet down in 700 to 800 feet of water. Some nice fish were caught near the surface in the scum line. Anglers are bringing in chinook, coho, lake trout and even a few rainbow trout.

Copper Harbor: Had very little activity. Fishing off the state marina dock is not allowed when there are boats using the marina.

Keweenaw Bay: Catch rates have been slow for those trolling for trout and salmon. Those jigging for lake trout off Pequaming and the south end of Big Reef caught fish in 240 to 280 feet of water. Only a few perch caught at Baraga and Big Bucks Marina. The bite has started to pick up in the South Portage Entry. Lake trout were caught near Farmer's, Newton's Reef and the Mud Banks in 60 to 120 feet of water. In Traverse Bay, catch rates were sporadic with only a few fish caught off Big Louie's Point, Gay Point, Five and Seven Mile Reefs.

Gratiot Lake: Walleye fishing has been very good especially in the morning between 5:30 and 8:00am. Most are trolling crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers in 17 to 25 feet of water. Those still-fishing with a minnow or leech under a slip bobber also caught fish about a foot off the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Menominee: Some are trolling near Chambers and Green Island, but the only salmon that were caught were in Wisconsin in Sturgeon Bay.

Menominee River: Is producing lots of freshwater drum along with some big channel cats hitting on crawlers. Those fishing near the mouth have caught pike, smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye.

Little Bay De Noc: Mayfly hatches and alewife in the area have slowed catch rates in both Bays. A couple large walleye were taken by those trolling crawler harnesses in 14 feet of water near the "Fingers." Walleye were caught off the mouth of the Escanaba River, out near the lighthouse in 20 feet of water and off Breezy Point in 10 to 12 feet of water. Perch were caught on crawlers in 28 to 33 feet of water in the Narrows or the Kipling Flats in 25 to 30 feet of water. Salmon anglers reported fish starting to show up in the channel between Aronson Island and Breezy Point. Several fish were caught by those trolling spoons 25 to 40 feet down.

Big Bay De Noc: Has lots of smallmouth bass anglers taking fish in 15 to 20 feet of water when using tube baits or crank baits off Garden Bluff and in Kate's Bay. Perch were caught in Snail Shell Harbor in 8 to 16 feet of water. Salmon action off Fairport is really starting to heat up with fish caught off Point Detour and north to the "Rock Pile" when trolling spoons 45 to 80 feet down in 80 to 100 feet of water.

Grand Marais: Whitefish action off the pier is almost done but those fishing in the early morning or just before dark with a single egg or wax worm might still catch a fish or two. Boat anglers heading out to the shipping channel have caught lake trout in 40 to over 200 feet of water. The fish caught were taken on both meat rigs or when trolling lures. Shore anglers trying to catch pike have not had much luck.

Manistique: The chinook salmon are starting to show up four to five miles out in about 60 to 75 feet of water. Surface waters were 58 to 61 degrees and 50 feet down was also near 50 degrees. Anglers are averaging 0-3 fish per boat. A couple steelhead were caught. Most are trolling spoons in all sizes and colors. Pier anglers did manage to pick up a few walleye when casting rapalas or crawlers.

Manistique River: Smallmouth bass, pike and carp were caught up near the dam.

De Tour: Lake herring are scattered with good reports from Lime, Big Trout, Burnt, Butterfield and McComb Islands. A few whitefish were also caught in the same areas. Use a yellow, orange, red or green teardrop with wax worms. Chinook, lake trout and the occasional Atlantic salmon were caught in the shipping channel. Some are heading three to four miles south of the Red Can on the Drummond Island side.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers are catching northern pike in Hessel Bay however Musky Bay was the hot spot when casting minnows or chubs. A limited number of yellow perch were caught from the Hessel Marina and Cedarville Bay. The north end of Snows Channel is producing good numbers of perch. Try still-fishing with minnows or crawlers. Lake herring are still being caught in McKay Bay and the east end of Moscoe Channel. Prentice Bay is producing lots of lake herring. Try minnows, shiners or worms.

Carp River: Anglers fishing the mouth are casting spinners for smallmouth bass. Those fly fishing are targeting rainbow and brook trout.

St. Ignace: For chinook and lake trout, try between the Coast Guard Station and the fuel tanks with orange and black ladder spoons or green and gold spoons. Try the primitive launch for pike and smallmouth bass. Use spinners or weedless lures.


Rogers City: Fishing was hit-or-miss as the fish are there one day and scattered the next. Those able to find them caught mainly chinook, lake trout, steelhead and the occasional walleye or coho. The good news is the steelhead have arrived and there seems to be lots of fish to catch. Early morning or late evening is best. Try 65 to 120 feet of water using downriggers, lead core of 2, 3, 5, and 7 colors. Stick with bright colors such as pink, orange and green. Look for structure and baitfish.

Presque Isle: Fish are scattered here as well. Fish the top half of the water column with anything green, silver, blue, pearl, white, orange or anything that glows.

Harrisville: Lake trout have moved out to deeper water so anglers are fishing just off the bottom in 120 to 150 feet of water. A couple steelhead were caught just off the bottom in deeper water. Try spoons, flies, and cut bait.

Higgins Lake: Boats are marking lake trout but catch rates were slow. Try cowbells and spoons in 80 to 120 feet of water. Anglers continue to catch perch, rock bass and even some smelt.

Houghton Lake: Is producing some nice smallmouth bass. For walleye, anglers are jigging leeches or pieces of crawler along the weed beds. For perch, try the Middle Grounds. Bluegills were hitting on leeches, wax worms, crawlers and crickets.

Lake Margrethe: Is producing good numbers of panfish.

Oscoda: Lake trout have moved out deeper to waters 100 to 130 feet deep. North of the river seems to be the best place to catch lake trout, steelhead and pink salmon. Try spoons and flies behind dodgers.

Tawas: Fishing pressure was light as most anglers were fishing from Au Gres.

Tawas River: Shore anglers were getting some catfish at night.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was very good, but experienced anglers were doing the best. The hot spots were just north of Big Charity Island in 8 feet of water and the Gravelly Shoals in 30 feet of water with crawler harnesses, Hot-n-Tots or spoons.

Au Gres River: Walleye fishing was slow however channel cats are making their way up into the river. Crawlers and leeches have worked well for both species.


Petoskey: Boat anglers are taking a fair number of salmon and lake trout.

Lake Charlevoix: Anglers are catching bluegill, perch, pike and even some walleye when trolling crawler harnesses or leeches.

Boardman River: Is producing smallmouth bass near the mouth for those using spinners, tube baits or crawlers.

Frankfort: Anglers are struggling close to shore but fish were caught at first light on glow lures and after sunrise on meat rigs. Chinook were caught 90 to 110 feet down in waters 500 to 600 feet deep. For steelhead, troll the top 50 feet. For lake trout, try bumping the bottom in 100 feet of water with dodgers and peanuts.

Onekama: Those trolling in the early morning caught chinook salmon 90 to 120 feet down in waters 250 to 300 feet deep. Plugs work best. Lake trout are still feeding on alewife and were seen near the surface.

Portage Lake: Catch rates for bass have slowed but still some nice large and smallmouth have been caught up around the docks and a bit deeper in the weed beds. Look for bluegill and rock bass around the weeds and perch near the buoy.

Lake Missaukee: Is producing some nice northern pike.

Lake Cadillac: Walleye anglers are drifting leeches or trolling crawler harnesses. Those looking for bass have done well along the weed beds in the early morning or evening when casting crawlers, leeches or spinners. Bluegills are hitting on wax worms, leaf worms and crickets.

Manistee: Salmon fishing is slow with a few fish caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Try green flies or spoons in the bottom half of the water column. Steelhead could be found in the top 60 feet of water. Try running orange spoons or body baits.

Manistee River: Is producing some brown trout below Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Was producing light numbers of salmon for those fishing in 150 to 250 feet of water. Try running green flies or spoons. Boats venturing offshore have caught the occasional steelhead.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some brown trout.

Pentwater: Salmon fishing was slow however steelhead were caught in the top 30 to 50 feet of water. Try green, blue and orange spoons.


Lake Erie: Walleye were caught in 28 feet of water off Stony Point. Most are trolling fire-tiger or purple crawler harnesses. A good number of walleye were caught about a mile north of the River Raisin in 24 feet of water. Good numbers of perch were caught off Toledo Beach in 13 feet of water.

Huron River: Had few anglers but those putting in the time have caught smallmouth bass, catfish, carp and the occasional walleye.

Lake St. Clair: Walleye fishing was decent when trolling crawler harnesses in 15 feet of water. Perch fishing has also been good however the better catches came from Ontario waters. Those targeting bass have moved out to deeper water. Muskie fishing was slow but should start to pick up.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing near Algonac was slow however some fish were caught up closer to Marysville. Try bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses.

Lexington: Boats trolling in 70 to 80 feet of water are getting trout and salmon. Pier anglers are catching a mixed bag of panfish and bullheads. Perch are hitting but catch rates were still hit-or-miss. Try the various weed beds in 20 to 30 feet of water near the harbor. The schools of fish are moving around so anglers will also need to keep moving. Jumbos up to 14 inches were caught right along with the smaller fish.

Port Sanilac: Look for perch along the weed beds north of the harbor in 20 to 30 feet of water. Pier anglers are still taking panfish.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout fishing was slow but some were caught north of the harbor using dodgers with spin glows near the bottom. Use spoons off downriggers in the bottom 50 feet of water. Start trolling in 120 feet of water and work your way out to deeper water until you find them. Steelhead action was fair when using color lines. Keep your line up high as they are feeding on bugs that are hatching. Try 2, 5, and 10 color lead lines on the boards and bright colored spoons north of the harbor in 75 to 120 feet of water. Coho and the occasional chinook were caught north of the harbor when using spoons with dodgers, flashers or flies 25 to 60 feet down. Hot colors were chrome or black with colored dots, gold with orange, green and watermelon. Start in 85 feet of water but don't fish too deep or you will be under them as they are still coming up high. Bass and pike are hitting spoons and body baits close to shore. A few walleye were caught north of the harbor and north of Port Hope. Try small spoons or crawler harnesses in 30 to 65 feet of water.

Grindstone City: Those trolling have caught some nice whitefish.

Port Austin: Chinook, lake trout, steelhead and even a couple pink salmon were caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Good walleye action between the Flat Rock Reef and Grindstone City.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing was good but anglers will need to pay close attention to the warm weather and signs that the fish may be starting their mid-summer migration out to deeper waters in the bay and Lake Huron. Good numbers of walleye were taken from a variety of locations including 13 feet of water off the Pinconning Bar, northeast of the Black Hole, 10 to 12 feet of water north of Finn Road, 7 to 8 feet of water north of Knight Road, and 11 to 13 feet of water on the east side of the Bar. Crawler harnesses continue to produce, but Hot-n-Tots are also working. Good colors include chartreuse, purple, blue and pink. Lots of freshwater drum and channel cats have been caught from the Hot Ponds. Off Caseville, walleye were caught off the north side of Big Charity Island and along the north end of the Slot off Sand Point.

Saginaw River: Is producing lots of channel cats in the lower river at Essexville.


Grand Haven: The fish are scattered but if anglers can find them, they are catching chinook, coho, lake trout and even some steelhead. Most are fishing 40 to 70 feet down in 200 to 300 feet of water. Try spoons or spin/fly combos in blue, green, and yellow. Pier anglers are catching freshwater drum.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Summer steelhead are running. A few brown trout were caught on flies, spawn or body baits. Walleye are active during the first hour and a half in the morning and last hour before sunset in shallow water above Fulton Street. Try crawlers or body baits. Pike are hitting on spoons, spinners and sucker minnows. Flathead catfish are hitting on suckers, creek chubs, and cut bluegill while the channel cats are hitting on chicken liver or crawlers. Millennium Park is producing a good number of panfish.

Grand River at Lansing: Moore's Park is producing bass, catfish and carp for those using crawlers and corn. The North Lansing Dam has pike hitting on large minnows, smallmouth bass on crawlers, catfish on crawlers or minnows and carp on corn and crawlers. Those fishing the point where the Grand meets the Red Cedar have caught pike and catfish on crawlers and minnows. Try the Portland Dam for smallmouth bass and catfish. Over at Lyons, walleye and catfish were caught on leeches.

Reeds Lake: Those fishing off the island have taken limit catches of perch and bluegills. Bass are hitting top water lures in the early morning or late afternoon while pike are hitting on spoons. For crappie, try minnows in 15 feet of water.

Lake Lansing: Is producing bluegills and bass along the weed beds.

Crooked Lake: Is producing some nice bluegill.

Muskegon: Fishing was difficult as the fish are scattered. Most boats are trolling in 200 to 300 feet of water with lines set at 70 to 40 feet with spoons. Good colors were green, blue and yellow. Pier anglers had nothing to report.

Muskegon River: Is producing some nice brown trout.



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