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Michigan fishing report 5-27-10

May 27, 2010 at 07:38 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Memorial Day holiday weekend should be filled with good fishing, the Michigan Department of Natural Resource and Environment says.

The bite has been good for crappie and bass and bluegills are on the beds, the department said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.

Saturday is the opening day of bass season on the Great Lakes and all the inland waters except Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River, which open June 19. The early catch and release season has been very good so the opener should be strong.


Lake Erie: Fishing continues to improve as the waters clear up. Walleye were caught off Stony Point by those trolling bottom bouncers or using mini disks with spoons in 18 to 23 feet of water. Purple was the hot color. The Banana Dike and Fermi Plant were also good areas for walleye in 14 to 16 feet of water.

Detroit River: Walleye are hitting on bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses or Hot-n-Tots. White bass slowed in the lower river but was good up near Wyandotte. Try shiners or jigs with twister tails. Shore anglers caught a few yellow perch but catch rates overall were spotty. Catfish are hitting on green crawlers or shrimp and carp have been caught on worms and corn.

Lexington: Success for lake trout, pink salmon, and the occasional steelhead has picked up for those trolling in 50 to 100 feet of water. Good numbers of smallmouth bass were caught in the harbor.

Harbor Beach: Fishing continues to be very good with limits of lake trout taken when using dodgers and spin glows right on the bottom. Downriggers with spoons also caught fish. Best results came from 80 to 105 feet of water. Hot colors continue to be glow in the dark, pink with white dots, silver, green, and black. Chinook, coho and pink salmon are also being caught. For steelhead try color lines with dodgers and spin glows, flies or spoons in bright colors. Wall eye are still being caught off the north wall in the early morning or late evening when casting small spoons or body baits. Try perch, silver or green.

Port Austin: Boat anglers are catching trout and salmon in 50 to 100 feet of water. Some boats are heading west toward Caseville for walleye.

Saginaw Bay: Those trolling for walleye have done well. Most of the boating activity has been out near the Spark Plug in 20 to 22 feet of water or the Slot in 13 to 15 feet of water. Off Finn Road, anglers are fishing in 3 to 8 feet of water or deeper when the sun comes out. Most are relying on crawler harnesses off planer boards, but some did well with crank baits in deeper waters.

Tittabawassee River: Was providing good catch and release smallmouth bass fishing up near the Dow Dam. White bass have also started to show up.


Bass are still on their beds throughout the region. Pumpkinseed sunfish and bluegills are starting, so it is a great time to fish inland lakes. Yellow perch and salmon fishing has been good when anglers can get out.

St. Joseph: Boat anglers are catching mostly chinook and coho when trolling 30 to 40 feet down in 90 to 120 feet of water.

South Haven: Is producing mostly chinook however a few coho were also caught. Anglers were starting to catch perch in 50 to 60 feet of water.

Kalamazoo River: Is producing some nice brown trout.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers were catching salmon in 110 to 130 feet of water when using spoons and flasher/fly combos. Green, blue and white were good colors. Some boats caught fish in 300 feet of water. No perch and pier fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Continues to provide some very good catches of catfish. Try crawlers, stink baits or shrimp. Walleye are also being caught. Millennium Park would be a good spot to take the kids fishing for bluegills, crappie and bass.

Grand River at Lansing: Those fishing belo w the North Lansing Dam and near Riverfront Park are catching good numbers of catfish and carp. Some are using crawlers but corn was catching more carp.

Maple River: Still has good catfish action in town. Look for crappie starting to bed down along the shoreline.

Duck Lake: In Calhoun County is producing some nice bluegill. Walleye were caught in deeper waters.

Lake Ovid: Anglers are catching bluegills in the shallows. The bass opener should also be good.

Morrison Lake: Is producing limit catches of bluegill along with some crappie.

Sessions Lake: Look for bluegill and crappie in the shallows if the weather stays warm. Those targeting largemouth bass should do well.

Muskegon: Boats heading out to 60 to 160 feet of water caught salmon however the better bite seems to be in 110 to 130 feet of water. Spoons along with flasher/fly combos worked best. Hot colors were green, blue and white.


Mullett Lake: Sur face water temperatures have been in the low 60’s. Pike anglers are fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water in Pigeon Bay with minnows or rapalas. Those targeting trout were fishing south of the Sunken Island and from Round Point to Red Pine Point with spoons and body baits in 25 to 45 feet of water. Perch fishing was slow with a few fish taken on minnows in Pigeon Bay and near the north Sunken Island. For bass, try around Needle Point, Dodge Point, Red Pine Point, Round Point and just north of Aloha State Park. Try 2 to 10 feet of water with tube baits, spinners, crank baits and rubber crawlers.

Rogers City: s producing lots of lake trout along with brown trout, steelhead, chinook and Atlantic salmon. The better fishing was in 40 to 60 feet of water with cowbells or dodgers with spin-glows. Good colors were orange and gold, blue and silver, green and blue, orange and copper or green. Body baits resembling smelt and goby have also been good. The fish are eating very well wit h smelt, alewife, sticklebacks and goby found in their bellies.

Presque Isle: Has very good lake trout fishing 5 to 8 feet off the bottom in 45 to 80 feet of water. Dodgers and spin glows or cowbells with spin-glows have been the ticket. Atlantic salmon were caught in the top 25 to 30 feet of waters 40 to 60 feet deep. Try anything with bright colors such as orange and green or body baits resembling smelt or goby between the two lighthouses.

Rockport: Pier anglers caught a few Atlantic salmon when still-fishing with large minnows and casting body baits. Many caught their limit but the fish spooked easily. Some report the best action at first and last light however others caught fish during the day. A few brown trout were caught off the pier.

Thunder Bay River: Those trying for steelhead caught bass instead. Boaters caught some walleye when jigging with worms and leeches between the foot bridge near Ninth Street and the mouth.

Harrisville: Some nice la ke trout were caught in 45 to 65 feet of water. Try spoons, flies and meat rigs.

Oscoda: Catch rates are heating up with good numbers of walleye and lake trout caught. The lake trout are in 40 to 60 feet of water and hitting on most anything.

Au Sable River: Is producing limit catches of walleye for those casting or drifting. Crawlers and leeches were the bait of choice. Walleye were caught on body baits.

Higgins Lake : Lake trout and whitefish are still hitting on bombers in 80 to 100 feet of water. A few perch were caught on wigglers. Try around the Sunken Island in the morning or along the drop-off in the evening.

Houghton Lake: Fair to good numbers of walleye have been caught on leeches in 6 to 8 feet of water. Those trolling crawler harnesses or Hot-n-Tots along the weed beds have also caught fish. Crappie were hitting on a jig and minnow in 8 to 10 feet of water. Bluegills should be on the beds anytime now and the bass opener this weekend looks to be good.

Tawas: Those trolling for walleye are heading out near Tawas Point and the Charity Islands and fishing in 25 to 40 feet of water. Pier anglers casting rapalas at night caught walleye. Rock bass were caught around the docks inside the State Harbor. A good number of smallmouth bass were caught and released in Tawas Bay. Many are sight fishing but some were fly fishing or using plastics.

Au Gres: Boat out trolling were scattered around several locations. Most are using crawler harnesses in 25 to 35 feet of water.


Bear River: Steelhead can still be caught in the early morning just below the dam when using spawn. The mouth of the river remains abundant with smallmouth bass, rock bass, and carp. Worms are working best.

Charlevoix: Lake trout are starting to show up in 70 to 100 feet of water, though the bite has been slow. Smallmouth bass are starting to show up close to shore and in the channel of the Pine River.

Traverse City: A nice school of perch were marked off the East Arm access site in the East Bay. Those fishing the West Bay did very well for lake trout in 20 feet of water along the east side of the bay. Spoons worked best. Some whitefish were caught north of the Yuba Creek launch. Lots of smallmouth bass were caught along the south end of the bay in 10 feet of water.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass and perch can be found near the dam in Elk Rapids.

Boardman River: There are good numbers of perch and smallmouth bass up near the Union Street Dam. Try minnows or wigglers. Anglers are starting to catch lake trout and walleye at the mouth.

Frankfort: Those heading out to the Herring Hole caught chinook in 65 to 90 feet of water. Several fish in the 9 to 13 pound range were reported. Lake trout were hitting just off the bottom.

Onekama: Chinook were caught about three miles out in 60 to 75 feet of water when trolling spoons and flies.

Portage Lake: Walleye are hitting on crawler harnesses instead of the usual body baits. Early morning was best. Bluegill action slowed however a few fish could still be found along the eastern shore and in the cove. The bass opener looks good.

Manistee: The First Street fish cleaning station is now open. Boats are catching salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 150 to 200 feet of water. Try using green flies or spoons. A few brown trout were caught in the harbor.

Ludington: Trout and salmon are being caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Spinnies and flies have been productive.


Ontonagon: Lake Trout fishing has been exceptional. Most fish were caught 10 to 20 feet off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet of water. A few smaller chinook were caught in deeper water. Walleye fishing has started to pick up.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite has been good with those trolling picking up a mix of coho, chinook and lake trout. Most were fishing 35 to 65 feet down in waters 40 to 7 0 feet deep from the head of the bay to Sand Point and up around Old Mission. Whitefish were caught east of Baraga in 80 to 105 feet of water. In Traverse Bay, the bite was hit-or-miss but those jigging in 150 to 185 feet of water did catch fish from Gay Point to Hermits Cove.

Marquette: Lake trout were caught near the white rocks and the Sand Hole in 150 to 180 feet of water. Stannard Rock had excellent catch rates but the fish were running smaller this week, averaging 5 to 10 pounds.

Little Bay De Noc: Catch rates were good for the walleye opener however most fish were just legal or too small to keep. Most were fishing deeper waters from the head of the bay and north to Saunders Point. Day anglers used harnesses with crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water and night anglers used crank baits. The bigger fish were caught as far south as Round Island when trolling crank baits in 4 to 14 feet of water. The night fishery has started with boats going out an hour or two be fore dark and trolling crank baits in 20 to 35 feet of water out from the Second Reef or straight out of Kipling. A few perch were caught off the mouth of the Day’s River. The bass opener this weekend should be good as smallmouth are staging for the spawn.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were struggling. The areas that usually produce well every year were not. The better catches were coming from out near the Boot, the Sand Pit or just off the Nahma Golf Course when trolling crank baits in 15 to 25 feet of water. The walleye appear to be moving out earlier this year so look for Ansell’s Point to produce earlier. The bass opener should be very good with lots of fish reported in South River Bay, Ogontz Bay and around Porcupine Point.

Indian Lake: Anglers were mainly trolling crawler harnesses for walleye along the north end of the lake. Catches were slow but some did well when fishing late afternoon with harness and leech. Some nice brown trout and lake herring were caught on the south end near the mouth of the Indian River when trolling tiger or perch colored rapalas. Pike were caught but most were small. A few nice perch were caught at the north end of the lake when still-fishing with a worm.

Au Train: Surface water temperatures were in the low 40’s. Lake trout fishing was fair with some limits of 2 to 3 pound fish reported. A few fish over 10 pounds were caught in the shipping lanes. Anglers are trolling in 150 to 200 feet of water however the fish appear to be scattered.

Munising: Trout and salmon fishing slowed as water temperatures moved up into the low to mid 50’s. Lake trout fishing was slow but most anglers were focusing on chinook. Pier and shore anglers caught the occasional splake when casting lures or still-fishing with natural baits.

Grand Marais: Catch rates for whitefish were slow with the onset of warm weather. Those fishing at night caught smaller fish on a single egg. A few lake trout were caught by boat anglers in the shipping channel.

Munuscong Bay: Walleye are now hitting on crank baits trolled in 4 feet of water between the Waters Edge Resort and the mouth of the Gogomain River. Those drifting are using leeches. A couple walleye were caught in 5 to 6 feet of water on the east side of Lime Island.

De Tour: Lake trout anglers are trolling around the green can out to the Drummond Island side. Atlantic salmon, chinook and steelhead were also caught high in the water column anywhere from just below the surface to 40 feet down. Try spoons in orange, watermelon, green or gold.

Cedarville and Hessel: Northern pike can be found throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Catch rates picked up for those casting or still-fishing from the Hessel pier or trolling with stick baits. Splake are still there however they are moving out to deeper waters in Hessel Bay, Wilderness Bay and Marquette Bay. A few are targeting perch in shallow waters off the Hessel pier and in M ackinaw Bay.

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