Michigan fishing report 6-9-10
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Boat anglers need to be careful near the shoreline due to floating and submerged debris from the recent storms. Anglers found walleye in 20 to 25 feet of water near the Fermi Power Plant, 22 feet of water near Bolles Harbor, and out deeper near the Ohio line. Spoons and crawler harnesses were producing fish. The May flies are hatching and a good number of fish were feeding off them near the surface. Largemouth bass were caught in the channels near Bolles Harbor.
Huron River: Water l evels were high however anglers were still fishing. Fair to good numbers of smallmouth have been caught but the run of white bass is just about done. Bluegills were caught up near the dam at Flat Rock. Those fishing the backwaters caught crappie and muskie.
Port Sanilac: Those out trolling caught lake trout, pink salmon, and occasional steelheads in 80 to 110 feet of water when using spoons, dodgers and squid.
Harbor Beach: Lake trout anglers have also caught a mix of chinook, coho and pink salmon when using medium and large spoons off the boards and downriggers 30 to 70 feet down in waters 70 to 130 feet deep. Limits of lake trout were caught right on the bottom when using dodgers and spin glows. Hot colors were yellow, green, black, pink with white dots, or anything that glows. Steelhead were taken with offshore boards, 5 and 10 color lines with bright colored spoons in 90 to 120 feet of water. Perch fishing was slow but should pick up soon. Try near the lighth ouse and along the channel with minnows or crawlers. Near the Cemetery, try 20 to 40 feet of water. Walleye fishing was slow, try off the north wall in the early morning or late evening when casting small body baits and spoons or trolling in 18 to 40 feet of water with crawler harnesses, small spoons or body baits. Bass and pike were caught inside the harbor and close to shore when casting small body baits or spoons.
Saginaw Bay: Anglers have done well when they can get out. Area rivers are swollen and muddy from all the rain so anglers on the bay should move around and find clear water for the best results. Walleye anglers were concentrated around the Spark Plug, Callahan Reef and the Slot. Crawler harnesses continue to catch most of the fish which also included a mix of freshwater drum, channel cats or yellow and white perch. Purple, blue, gold and silver were good colors for crank baits and harness spinners. Pier anglers at Caseville caught a few walleye at night an d bass during the day.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
St. Joseph: Salmon and trout have been caught in 70 to 160 feet of water when trolling. Perch fishing is just getting started with a few fish caught in 35 to 40 feet of water. Pier fishing was slow.
St. Joseph River: Fishing pressure was low because water levels are high and muddy.
South Haven: Salmon and trout have been caught in 90 to 120 feet of water when trolling. Perch were caught in 60 to 70 feet of water.
Grand Haven: Pier anglers are catching very few perch and steelhead. Alewives are being used for bait. Boat anglers are catching only light numbers of salmon and trout in the bottom 40 feet of waters 120 to 170 feet deep. Lake trout were on the bottom. Spoons are being used in the higher depths or flasher/fly combos in the lower depths. Good colors for spoons were green, blue and orange or green and white for flashers and flies. Most boats were fishing north of the port.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels were up after all the rain but anglers are still catching fish. Walleye have been caught on crawler harnesses or twister tails. Catfish are active and hitting on soft shell crabs, crawlers or cut bait. Millennium Park is a good place to catch nice bluegills, crappie and bass.
Grand River at Lansing: Moore’s Park continues to produce some nice catfish and a few walleye. Cats are hitting on chicken liver and crawlers. Some nice catfish have been caught below the North Lansing Dam and over near Portland. Try large minnows, crawlers, crayfish or cut bait. Bluegills and rock bass were in the shallows and hitting on red worms or wax worms.
Lake Ovid: Bluegills were in the shallows. Anglers were catching crappie, catfish and the occasional muskie. Look for bass along the weed beds.
Morrison Lake: Bluegills were still hitting on red worms. Crappie should be done spawning and moving out to deeper waters.
Sessions Lake: Bluegills were in the shallows.
Muskegon: Boat anglers are catching a few salmon and trout in the bottom 40 feet of waters 120 to 170 feet deep. Lake trout were on the bottom. Try spoons high in the water column or flasher/fly combos in the lower. No pier or perch fishing.
Whitehall: Salmon fishing slowed this week with fewer and smaller fish caught. Some perch were caught off the piers but no limit catches reported. Lots of freshwater drum have been caught.
White Lake: Those fishing the west side of the lake and into the channel have caught a fair to good number of bass.
NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Mullett Lake: Smallmouth bass have been caught in 3 to 8 feet of water. Anglers were trolling for pike in the Pigeon Bay area. A few yellow perch were caught by those drifting with a crawler.
Rogers City: Lake trout fishing is starting to wind down as the fish begin to spread out in the water column and move out deeper. Try spoons in green and blue with si lver, chartreuse, and orange from the State Park to Forty Mile Point. A few salmon have also been caught. Those fishing Adams Point caught a few lake trout near the bottom in 50 to 60 feet of water. Try cowbells or dodgers with spin glows.
Presque Isle: Lake trout are scattered. Fish the bottom 15 to 20 feet in waters 30 to 70 feet deep. A lot of small lake trout were caught. Atlantic salmon were still being caught in the top 8 feet when trolling small body baits that look like rainbow trout.
Rockport: Anglers are still catching Atlantic salmon from the pier, about four feet below the surface. Lake trout were caught in the bottom 25 feet of waters 60 feet deep or more. Try chartreuse, fluorescent green and yellow spoons. Those trolling around Middle Island caught fish on dodgers with spin glows.
Alpena: Walleye fishing picked up with many anglers getting their limit. Perch style lures, crawler harnesses, stick baits and bombers all caught fish in 10 to 15 f eet of water however the fish were scattered. Try the reef near the cement plant and down to the launch as well as between Grass Island and the pier at Blair Street. Grass Island is three to four miles south of the launch and Blair Street is along US-23 north of the island. Lake trout were caught off the north shore near the “Humps” in 70 feet of water. Chartreuse was the hot color.
Thunder Bay River: Shore anglers are beginning to catch panfish and bass. Hot spots are the bridge on Ninth Street, the shoreline off Rotary Island Park and near the foot bridge. The panfish are small but will keep the young ones busy. The bass are good size this year. Catfish are stacked up at the mouth of the river and are being caught on worms.
Harrisville: Those able to get out have caught lake trout to the north in 50 to 80 feet of water. Most of the lake trout were full of smelt, so use anything that resembles them. A couple steelhead along with chinook and Atlantic salmon were caught in 30 to 40 feet of water with orange and silver spoons or body baits.
Oscoda: Lake trout and a few salmon have been caught in 50 to 65 feet of water. The fish look good and no one color combination was more successful than another.
Au Sable River: Walleye action has picked back up with anglers averaging a couple fish per outing. Crawler harnesses and leaches are working best. The fish look good and catch rates should only get better.
Higgins Lake: When boats can get out, they are trolling just off the bottom for lake trout and whitefish in 100 feet of water. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass in the shallows with crawlers or leeches. Perch anglers are getting fish in 20 to 40 feet of water. Some nice rock bass have also been caught.
Houghton Lake: The fly hatches are done so the bite has improved. Those trolling crank baits along the weed beds caught walleye. Pike and bass were also along the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet of water. Good live bait s were leeches, crawlers and minnows. The crappie are done spawning and have moved to deeper water.
Tawas: Walleye anglers trolling in 30 to 40 feet of water off Tawas Point caught fish on crawler harnesses. Bass anglers did well when sight fishing for smallmouth. Pier fishing was slow with a few panfish taken during the day and walleye at night.
Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye have done well in 30 to 40 feet of water between Point Au Gres and Point Lookout. Some limit catches were reported. Bass anglers are doing well around the points and the Charity Islands.
Au Gres River: Was high and muddy.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Bear River: Anglers have caught rock bass and smallmouth bass when using crawlers or wax worms.
Petoskey: Anglers fishing Little Traverse Bay have caught lake trout measuring up to 24 inches. A few small chinook salmon were also caught on spoons.
Charlevoix: Small chinook were caught off the Red Can near Medusa w hen using spoons. Bass were caught in the shallows near Medusa and the Pine River Channel when using live or artificial crawlers.
Traverse City: Bass anglers did well in the East Bay when using artificial soft plastics along the south end, the drop offs and the sand flats. Lake whitefish are still being caught on the east side and north of Dock Road. Boat anglers were taking a good number of cicso just north of Elk Rapids. Those fishing the bypass caught perch and smallmouth bass when using crawlers and leeches. Good lake trout action in the West Bay when trolling spoons in water less than 50 feet deep along the east side. A few chinook salmon were also caught.
Boardman River: Lots of smallmouth bass are being caught near the dam on Union Street when using live crayfish or leeches. Northern pike are hitting on minnows.
Frankfort: Anglers had good luck trolling the Herring Hole and straight out from the lighthouse. Try spoons or meat rigs 60 to 100 feet down in waters 120 to 180 feet deep. May flies are hatching so feeding may be good this weekend. For steelhead, the sum line is out a little ways but those catching fish said the bellies were full of black flies. Baitfish moved into the area and pier anglers were catching brown trout.
Onekama: Dredging has begun at the outlet just west of the lighthouse.
Anglers need to use caution and beware of additional markers and workers in the area.
Portage Lake: This is a good time to catch bass near the docks and around the weed beds. Bluegills were not so active but pike are starting to feed on the surface.
Lake Cadillac: Anglers are catching a good mix of panfish including bluegill, rock bass, crappie and perch. Bass anglers are also doing very well. Night anglers have caught some bullhead when fishing crawlers or leeches on the bottom.
Lake Mitchell: Had good fishing for bass and panfish. Pike were hitting from the weed beds.
Manistee: Salmon and tr out were caught in the top 60 feet of waters 100 to 200 feet deep. Pier anglers caught brown trout and freshwater drum when using alewife.
Ludington: Salmon and trout have been caught in 50 to 150 feet of water when trolling orange and green spoons. Small salmon and brown trout were caught in front of the harbor.
Pentwater: Salmon fishing slowed this week but a good number of freshwater drum have been caught. Pier anglers caught a few perch.
Black River Harbor: Fishing is slow close to shore as most fish are being caught in 200 to 300 feet of water. The river might be good in the early morning as fish can be seen feeding on minnows.
Ontonagon: Lake trout fishing was still good with most fish caught on the bottom in 100 feet of water. Walleye fishing is good for those trolling up the river.
Lake Gogebic: Walleye fishing continues to get better. During the day, anglers are trolling the middle of the lake with stick baits. Mor ning and evening anglers are fishing near the weed beds with jigs and minnows or crawlers.
Keweenaw Bay: Those jigging for lake trout had fair action in 240 to 260 feet of water straight out from Big Louie’s Point. The bite was slower for those trolling. Coho and a few brown trout were also caught near Gay Point. Those fishing near the South Portage Entry did well when trolling in 30 to 70 feet of water.
Marquette: Had fair action for lake trout and a few coho taken by those trolling in the Lower Harbor. Stannard Rock had fair lake trout action.
Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye fishing was in 15 to 20 feet of water north of the Second Reef during the day and in waters less than 15 feet at night. Most fish were sub-legal however 15 to 18 inch fish were caught. Those fishing the southern water reported bigger fish but fewer fish were caught. Most are trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses in 10 to 25 feet of water. Perch fishing was fair in the north en d of the bay when drifting or still-fishing crawlers in 15 to 25 feet of water. Good smallmouth action throughout the bay when jigging or casting tube baits or crawlers in 6 to 12 feet of water.
Big Bay De Noc: Anglers fishing in the evening caught walleye off Ansell’s Point in 15 to 20 feet of water and the “Boot” in 12 to 15 feet of water. Most were trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses. Bass anglers found fish in 6 to 14 feet of water as the fish were leaving the beds. Off Fairport, anglers reported several good catches of salmon 45 to 80 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water.
Indian Lake: Had good walleye fishing when drifting along the west shoreline with crawlers or leeches on a harness. Many were small but some nice fish were taken as well. Northern pike were caught on the north end of the lake and yellow perch were caught in front of the State Park when using crawlers. Those trolling for walleye also picked up the occasional lake herring.
Au Trai n: Lake trout were caught north of the island and near the shipping channel.
Munising: Not many anglers but those going out have caught the occasional chinook and lake trout when trolling around Grand Island and Wood Island. Pier and dock fishing was slow with only a couple splake caught when still-fishing with natural baits or casting spoons and spinners.
Little Beaver Lake: In Alger County was producing walleye and northern pike.
Grand Marais: Had fair catches of small lake trout in the area near the shipping channel. Some whitefish were caught in the early morning hours however the bigger fish were caught at night on a single egg.
St. Marys River: Some nice walleye were caught in Little Lake George when trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses. Those fishing the weed beds in Raber Bay also caught walleye. The fly hatches are coming early to the Eastern Upper Peninsula, so the herring may be showing up soon.
De Tour: Boats are trolling b oth side of the shipping channel, out to the No. 3 can and three miles out to the “Humps”. Fish were hitting 45 to 55 feet down on green and silver or green and gold spoons.
Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing Cedarville Bay and Musky Bay are trolling for yellow perch in 10 to 12 feet of water with minnows and worms. Fly hatches are taking place in the Moscoe Channel, so the herring will be there soon. Pike were caught off the pier at Hessel in the early morning when using large minnows. A few perch were also caught. Good smallmouth bass action for those casting.
St. Ignace: The two fish cleaning stations are now open. Chinook have been caught about a mile out from the new lighthouse. Try 50 feet down in 90 feet of water with green spoons. Those wading at the primitive launch west of the bridge have caught northern pike on orange and silver spinners or green and orange stick baits.