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Michigan fishing report 7-8-09

July 08, 2009 at 02:22 PM

Walleye fishing in Saginaw Bay continues to be good, but has slowed considerably since the arrival of a cold front, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.
Cooler weather has slowed fishing in many areas, the DNR said, but fishing should pick up as the weather warms.
Lake Erie: Walleye are being taken in 15 to 21 feet of water at Fermi. Brest Bay and Celeron Island are producing good catches of perch.
Huron River: Smallmouth bass action upstream using crayfish, leeches, spinner baits and tube baits. Near Belleville catfish and walleye are being taken. Catfish are being caught near the dams in the lower river.
Detroit River: Walleye were caught in the Trenton Channel by those handlining with spoons or small rapalas.
Lexington: Anglers trolling are marking fish in 80 to 90 feet of water, but nothing is hitting. Perch fishing is slow.
Port Sanilac: Perch fishing has slowed.
Port Austin: Good catches of lake trout and some incidental chinook and steelhead are being taken in 90 to 135 feet of water. A few walleye are being taken in 20 to 40 feet off the reefs west of Port Austin. Pier fishing is slow.
Saginaw Bay: All the usual spots continue to produce fish, but since the cooler weather set in the walleye have moved farther offshore. Good catches were consistently taken out near Buoys No. 1 and 2 at the end of the shipping channel but catches on the Callahan Reef, in the slot and out on the Bar were hit and miss. Consistently windy weather for the past several days has made fishing difficult. Nearshore areas are reported to be somewhat murky due to all the wind and waves. Warmer, more stable weather should cause fishing to improve.
St. Joe: There still are plenty of perch to catch, but look for them in 40 feet of water. Look for salmon in 100 to 120 feet of water. A few Skamania being caught on the piers but windy conditions have kept most anglers away.
St. Joe River: Skamania were doing well at Berrien Springs Dam.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Skamania are starting to hit at the dam along with a big surge of brown trout. Try either flies or crawlers. Large catfish were hitting off the east side wall and Fulton Street Bridge. Anglers were catching walleye on small crank baits and crawlers. Pike were starting to hit on body baits.
Grand River at Lansing: Moores Park Dam has reports of rock bass and catfish being caught. At the North Lansing Dam, anglers will find plenty of carp and catfish using crawlers or corn. Anglers will also find ample catches of rock bass using red worms.
Lake Ovid: The lake is producing some keeper-size bas s and large catfish up to 12 pounds.
Maple River: There are reports of crappie and smallmouth bass.
Reeds Lake: Anglers are getting good-sized perch and bluegill off minnows and wax worms. Crappie were hitting in six to 10 feet of water.
Muskegon: Fishing is slow and there are not many anglers, but when fish are caught they are some 12 pounds and up.
Mullett Lake: Catch rates were low due to the change in weather. Most action centered on perch, with limited action on walleye and smallmouth bass. Most boats are fishing the south end of the lake.
Rogers City: The offshore fishery has been great. Look for a scum line in waters 150 to 220 feet deep. Anglers are trolling planer boards with three to seven colors of lead core and bright colored spoons. Mixed bags of steelhead, lake trout, pink, chinook and Atlantic salmon have been taken. Fishing closer to shore has been slow.
Presque Isle: Fishing is slow with a few small lake trout being taken. Anglers targeting salmon are having little success. Tribal trap nets have been placed in nearby waters from the red can south to Stoneport and past Stoneport so be very careful.
Rockport: Salmon and lake trout are being taken around Middle Island in 90 feet of water. Hot baits for the area have been watermelon spoons an d yellow tails. Salmon and trout have also been caught around the wreck in 90 to 120 feet of water. Anglers have reported tribal fishing nets covering fishing grounds in Bell Bay so that is a spot to avoid presently.
Alpena: Anglers on the bay are having the best luck for walleye using crawler harnesses. Sulfur Island near the nine-mile can has been a hot spot this week with anglers catching limits of walleye in 14 to 18 feet of water trolling with crawler harnesses.
Thunder Bay River: Walleye are being taken on leeches, worms, shad wraps and clowns, with leeches working the best. Catfish are being taken in the river mouth on worms. There also have been some crappie and perch caught in the river.
Harrisville: Lake trout catches are up and are expected to improve. Boats that are fishing in 70 to 90 feet of water are having the most success on yellow tails, and some of the new silver streak colors are producing good catches.
Higgins Lake: Perch and rock bass are being taken between the table top and the north end of Treasure Island. Smallmouth bass can be found along the drop off. Lake trout were caught trolling in 85 to 100 feet of water. Fishing is picking up.
Houghton Lake: Anglers are catching walleye, bluegill, bass, and pike in East Bay, North Bay and Long Point on crawlers and leeches.
Oscoda: Lake trout catches are steady, with morning being the most productive. There are a few salmon being caught north of the river in 80 to 100 feet of water. Anything resembling smelt seems to be working.
Au Sable River: Walleye seem to be in and out of the river. Varied reports are coming from the pier head and mornings seem to be producing more catches.
Tawas: Overall fishing was slow. Those trolling are getting a few walleye out by Buoy No. 2. Pier anglers are catching the odd rock bass, smallmouth, catfish or carp, but nothing consistent.
Au Gres: Still has good walleye fishing, but the best locat ion is now about eight miles south of Au Gres in 30 to 45 feet of water.
Petoskey: Anglers continue to fish for lake trout at Bay Harbor fishing 55 feet down in waters 85 to 95 feet deep.
Charlevoix: Lake trout continue to provide the majority of the action. Anglers are using spoons or cowbells and spin glos, with green being the best color. Look for fish from 55 feet down to the bottom in 85 to 95 feet of water off Harbor Point and straight out from Charlevoix’s light house. With the change of weather panfish and smallmouth bass fishing was slow.
Lake Bellaire: Walleye fishing in the evening and early morning is producing 13- to 24-inch fish. Anglers have been trolling with crawler harnesses, spoons and rapalas or jigging leaded and floating jigheads with leeches in 10 to 60 feet of water near the Grass River outlet and in the northwest arm narrows. Those targeting bass have been still fishing with artificial grubs and casting spinners and tubes in four to 15 feet of water along the so uthwestern margin of the lake and the flats near the Grass River outlet.
Traverse City: Smallmouth bass can be found in the shallows throughout the East Bay with fish being taken on plastic baits and crank baits. Lake trout have been suspended over deep water with spoons being the most productive. Angler activity has been slow in the West Bay.
Elk River: Smallmouth bass and freshwater drum are being caught between the dam and the mouth using leeches or crawlers.
Boardman River: Carp and smallmouth bass can be found below Union Street Dam to the mouth of the river.
Leland: Some chinook are being picked up around the west to northwest side of South Manitou Island. Lake trout fishing is still good trolling the lakeshore in 70 to 90 feet of water.
Glen Arbor: Early morning anglers are having the most success picking up chinook around the points fishing the slopes. Lake trout are also going strong and have produced some nice-sized fish. Trolling the 45th parallel seems to be the spot in 70 to 80 feet of water.
Frankfort: Salmon were being caught 60 to 120 feet down in 25 to 35 feet of water.
Portage Lake: Bass and pike fishing is steady although not many large fish are being caught. Panfish action is still slow.
Manistee: Boat anglers are catching trout and salmon off the Shelf fishing 60 to 80 feet down. Try blue dolphins and blue whales. Steelhead were caught on orange spoons near the surface.
Ludington: Anglers targeting salmon and trout have found the best action between the Bathhouse and Sable Point in 75 to 150 feet of water. Spoons in green or orange have been producing the most fish.
Pentwater: There has been good chinook fishing with a few steelhead being taken.
Keweenaw Bay: Anglers have picked up lake trout on Farmers Reef and Mud Bank out from South Portage Entry trolling in 90 to 150 feet of water or jigging in 150 to 240 feet of water. The salmon bite is slow. Some lake trout were caught off Pequaming and Big Reef jigging in 150 to 260 feet of water. Yellow perch have been taken in Baraga and Bucks Marinas on minnows and crawlers. Some pike have also been caught on minnows, crank baits and spoons at the head of the bay and Baraga Marina. Fishing pressure has slowed in Traverse Bay with only a few trout and coho taken between Big Traverse Marina and Big Louie’s Point in 60 to 110 feet of water with spoons.
Marquette: Fishing action has been fair to good for lake trout in 100 to 200 feet of water. Limit catches of lake trout have been reported from Shot Point and Stannard Rock. Coho and chinook action remains slow in the area. Some reports of menominee and whitefish being taken off of the Marquette harbors.
Menominee: Salmon anglers trolling near Green Island and Chambers Island are finding fish in 30 to 120 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been slow with some fish being caught using crawler harnesses in 25 to 60 feet of water.
Menominee River: Some walleye have been caught in the deeper holes from the mouth to the first dam but most are in the smaller range. Freshwater drum have also been caught near Hattie Street Dam on both the Michigan and Wisconsin side. Some smallmouth bass have been taken using night crawlers.
Cedar River: Smallmouth bass are being caught between the mouth and the first rapids. Most are sub-legal size with an occasional keeper. Crawlers and crawler harnesses are the preferred bait.
Little Bay De Noc: Few catches of walleye were reported. The southern portion of the bay held most of the larger fish. Best reports were out from the Terrace Inn trolling crank baits in 25 feet of water right on the break. Good smallmouth bass catches in the Ford River casting crank baits from shore. Also good bass catches in the Gladstone area off the west bank casting crank baits and tubes along the weed line. Perch catches were down with most reporting small fish jigging and drifting worms all around the Butler Island area in 10 to 25 feet of water. Salmon anglers reported fair catches trolling spoons out by the Ford River buoy in 80 to 90 feet of water and 65 feet down.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers have been fishing out from Ansels Point and marking fish in 20 to 30 feet of water. There is still good smallmouth bass fishing in Ogontz, the Fish Dam River area and Garden Bay, casting crank baits or plastic baits along the weed lines and shores in six to 12 feet of water. Several northern pike catches in Kate’s Bay trolling crank baits and spoons in 12 to 20 feet of water. The best time to fish is midmorning. At Fairport, fishing action is picking up. Anglers reported fair to good catches of salmon trolling spoons and artificial cut bait in 90 to 110 feet of water fishing 65 to 80 feet deep.
Au Train: Lake trout action was fair. Cold weather and windy conditions prevented anglers from getting out.
Munising: High winds have kept most anglers off the water. Some lake trout have been caught by boating anglers that venture out.
Grand Marais: Some lake trout still are being taken when anglers can get out.
St. Mary’s River: Anglers are catching walleye at Antelope Point in the early morning hours at the mouth of Carlton Creek in eight to 12 feet of water trolling one ounce bottom bouncers trailed with a crawler harness. Good fly hatches are being reported all around Lime Island, but no herring or cisco catches yet.
De Tour: Lake trout, chinook, Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout are reported. Anglers are trolling south toward the lighthouse using sideboards and four colors of lead core and orange or black spoons. Limited numbers of lak e herring have been harvested around Howard, Harbor and Big Trout Islands while still fishing with wax worms.
Drummond Island: A few lake herring and whitefish are being caught on the south side of Howard Island in 16 feet of water using natural flies and Swedish Pimples. Boaters are reminded to be very cautious of rocks and rocky shoals when boating around the island.
Cedarville and Hessel: Fishing for northern pike continues to be excellent in Hessel Bay and from Hessel Marina Pier while still fishing with minnows or trolling or casting in boats in five to 12 feet of water. Good catches also are being reported from Cedarville Bay and along the shoreline of Musky Bay. Those targeting salmon are bringing in a few chinook from Goose Island fishing 15 to 35 feet down.
Pine River: Anglers are fishing the river mouth for white suckers using crawlers or leeches.
St. Ignace: The primitive launch has been slow with only a few northern pike coming in on green and orange weedless spoons. Anglers launching from the city launches are trolling from the old fuel tanks across the bay to the Coast Guard Station. They are catching chinook salmon and lake trout close to the bottom on blue/silver or combination blue/black ladder spoons.

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