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Michigan fishing report 8-25-10

August 25, 2010 at 10:17 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - As the dog days of summer approach, walleye fishing in waters of Saginaw Bay and other parts of the Great Lakes including Saginaw Bay has begun to taper off, the Michigan Department of natural Resources and Environment says.

A few salmon have been caught in some rivers but no big numbers yet, the agency said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.


Lake Erie: Anglers found perch near the River Raisin channel. More fish were found in deep water however the bigger fish were caught in shallow waters. Catfish and freshwater drum continue to hit perch rigs. Walleye fishing was poor. Water temperatures have dropped to the high 70’s and low 80’s with the recent cold front.

Detroit River: Several anglers have been taking bluegill in the lower river along the west side of the Livingston Channel Dike. Walleye were hit-or-miss. Decreasing water temperatures should trigger some activity.

Lake St . Clair: Fishing was slow. Bass are still being caught however perch have not made it into the lake yet.

Lexington: Those trolling are catching trout and salmon. Perch fishing was spotty.

Port Sanilac Steelhead fishing has been consistent all summer. Shiny spoons on bright sunny days were best. For perch, try 15 to 25 feet of water and keep moving to find active schools.

Harbor Beach: For lake trout, fish north of the harbor in 60 to 120 feet of water. Chinook and pink salmon were caught with the lake trout. Steelhead were in 100 to 140 feet of water and smaller brown trout were caught. Try J-plugs off downriggers, dipsey divers and boards. Walleye are straight out and north and hitting on crawler harnesses, small spoons or body baits. For color try root beer, perch, purple, gold or green and red. Bass and pike are hitting inside the harbor. Try casting small spoons or body baits in shallow waters.

Grindstone City: Those out trolling are catching a go od number of lake trout and steelhead along with a few coho, pink salmon and walleye when fishing the bottom third of waters 70 to 140 feet deep.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye action is almost nonexistent as it usually tapers off near Labor Day, and this year everything is at least a week or two early. Forage fish born this spring are now large enough to be of interest to predator fish, and the forage base is at its annual maximum in terms of biomass. Couple this with warm water temperatures and you end up with predator fish that are not hungry. Perch were caught near Buoys 1, 2, 11, 12, and 18 and also a few miles east of Spoils Island.

Cass River: Those fishing in Caro did well for panfish with near limits reported.


St. Joseph: Is producing a few salmon, mostly chinook and trout when trolling in 60 to 100 feet of water. A fair number of yellow perch were also caught by those still-fishing a couple miles north of the pier in 20 to 40 feet of water.

St. Joseph River: Smallmouth bass fishing remained good with some nice fish caught on crank baits or plastics. Walleye fishing was slow with only a few fish taken by those drifting crawlers.

Kalamazoo River Remains closed to fishing from Marshall to Morrow Dam until further notice. Clean-up will continue through the fall and most likely into winter.

Duncan Lake: In Barry County was producing some big bluegills.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has good bass fishing above the Sixth Street Dam. Largemouth were hitting on frogs and smallmouth on tube baits. For walleye, anglers are fishing shallow waters in the early morning. Boats are drifting crawlers down towards Fulton Street and trolling small crank baits back up. Flathead cats are hitting on large white suckers and bluegills. Channel cats prefer cut bait, chicken liver or bad shrimp. Bluegills and crappie were caught all along the river. For pike, try live suckers or large spinners.

Grand River at Lansing: In North Lansing, smallmouth bass were caught below the dam and largemouth bass above it. Largemouth were running on the small side. Over at Moore’s Park, walleye were caught in the early morning or late at night. Catfish were still the target at Portland.

Park Lake: Boat anglers were catching largemouth bass and pike in deeper waters. Shore anglers were taking a few bluegill.

In Jackson County: Inland lakes were producing panfish and bass. In Big Portage Lake, bluegills were found in deep water.

Lake Ovid: Is producing some nice largemouth bass along with panfish.

Reeds Lake Has good bass fishing with largemouth hitting on top water lures. Pike were also caught.

Murray Lake: In Kent County is producing some muskie. Anglers are using suckers or large body baits 20 to 25 feet down.


Mullett Lake: Walleye anglers are still heading out and taking a fair number of fish between Red Pine Point and Parrot Point, Dodge Point and Needle Point as well as near the southern Sunken Island and the Indian River. Target 10 to 30 feet of water when trolling crawler harnesses, stick baits, crank baits or hot-n-tots. Trout anglers picked up a few fish when trolling spoons 20 to 50 feet down in 75 to 100 feet of water between Parrot Point and Round Point. Pike were caught in 10 to 20 feet of water on minnows, crawlers and crank baits. A few smallmouth bass were caught in Pigeon Bay and near the Indian River. Try crawlers or tube baits in 20 to 25 feet of water. Look for perch in the bays, off the points and near the sunken islands.

Rogers City: Fishing this week has been really good for some but a struggle for others. Bigger salmon and a good number of steelhead are starting to show up in the creel. Try straight out from the harbor or south towards Swan Bay about 45 to 60 feet down in 45 to 90 feet of water with 3, 5, or 7 colors of lead core off boards. This week s hould be good as anglers have done well in the daytime during a full moon. Look for baitfish in 35 to 60 feet of water or structure that drops off rapidly.

Rockport: Chinook salmon were caught about 25 feet down in 60 feet of water. Steelhead and walleye could be found in 60 feet of water around Middle Island. Lake trout and pink salmon were caught in 120 to 130 feet of water near the wreck. Salmon are hitting anything dark. Walleye and steelhead preferred body baits.

Lake Avalon: In Montmorency County is producing splake in deep water.

Alpena Sulfur Island continues to be the only place producing walleye in 30 feet of water. The fish were suspended 7 to 10 feet down.

Thunder Bay River Walleye, smallmouth bass and rock bass have been caught on crawlers. Quite a few bass were running on the small side. Walleye activity was best late at night when using green jigs with crawlers.

Harrisville: Boat anglers reported good fishing for lake trout, walle ye, steelhead and the occasional chinook. Lake trout were 75 to 85 feet down in 120 to 150 feet of water, steelhead were near the surface in 80 to 100 feet of water and walleye could be found in 40 to 150 feet of water.

Oscoda: A few salmon and steelhead were caught closer to shore in 60 to 80 feet of water. Lake trout are 80 to 90 feet down in 120 to 150 feet of water. Silver and black were good colors for lake trout but the steelhead prefer orange.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout fishing is steady. Boats are trolling minnows and cowbells just off the bottom in 100 feet of water. Lots of rock bass in the 9 to 12 inch range have been caught on minnows and worms.

Houghton Lake: Is producing panfish and bass. Early morning or late afternoon is best for bass up in the shallows.

Tawas Pier fishing continues to be slow. Those trolling are picking up walleye in 35 to 70 feet of water outside Tawas Bay, near Buoys 4 & 6, and near the lighthouse when using crawl er harnesses.

Au Gres: Local anglers are putting their boats on trailers and heading up to Tawas where the better walleye fishing is. Perch were found in 40 feet of water along the shipping channel however anglers will need to sort out the small ones.


Petoskey: Anglers are starting to pick up salmon from the Hospital to Bay Harbor in 110 to 150 feet of water. The bite was hit-or-miss as the fish are moving around daily and difficult to key in on. Try green, blue or white spoons.

Bear River: Has reported the first push of salmon after heavy rain last weekend. Fish were caught on spawn and yarn.

Charlevoix: Anglers have found fish from North Point to Fishermen’s Island in 100 to 170 feet of water in the early morning or dusk. Fish 70 to 130 feet down with a flasher fly combo, green or moonshine spoons.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, good numbers of whitefish have been caught north of the Center Road launch in 60 to 90 feet of water. Try using natural colored sand kickers. Salmon anglers are catching few fish per trip south of Bluff Road when targeting waters 100 feet deep. Near Elk Rapids, smallmouth bass are hitting on minnows in the channel. In the West Bay, boats were not marking many fish. A few were caught north of Suttons Bay in 60 to 80 feet of water. Lake trout action was slow.

Boardman River: Active fish could be found at the mouth of the river when using minnows or leeches. Bluegills and rock bass can be caught near the Union Street Dam any time of day.

Frankfort Chinook and coho were starting to move into shallower waters. Boats were heading south and fishing 50 to 80 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water. Early morning was best when using spoons or j-plugs that glow. After sunrise, try white paddles and green flies or meat rigs. Pier anglers caught a couple fish off the North Pier in the early morning when using glow spoons.

Betsie River: Those fishing nea r the mouth have caught a few chinook salmon on spawn sacks. Chinook were reported as far up as the Homestead Dam.

Onekama: Had good catch rates despite the wind. Anglers are fishing just north of the breakwall and fishing 50 to 100 feet down in 80 to 140 feet of water. Early morning was best however evening catches have produced fish over 20 pounds. Meat rigs were the ticket. Chinook like meat rigs and coho preferred j-plugs.

Portage Lake: Bluegill anglers are still working the deeper waters and shaded areas. Bass anglers did manage to catch a few fish.

Lake Missaukee: Reported good bass and bluegill fishing.

Lake Cadillac Has crappie hitting along the east side of the lake in deeper water. Try small jigs with minnows or leaf worms. Bass fishing was fair to good in the early morning or evening.

Manistee: Salmon fishing has been good when the wind allows anglers to get out. Early morning was best with glow plugs in 60 to 120 feet of water. A few fish have been caught off the piers and in the harbor, but not many yet.

Manistee River: Salmon fishing is just starting with only a few fish caught so far.

Ludington Boat anglers have caught mostly chinook along with a few coho when trolling in 50 to 150 feet of water between the Bath House and Big Sable Point. Use glow plugs in the early morning and switch to chrome as the sun comes up.

Pere Marquette: Lake Those trolling have caught a couple chinook salmon.


Black River Harbor: Fishing has picked up with coho caught by those trolling flies with a flasher or dodger about halfway down in 75 to 100 feet of water. Lake trout were also caught on spoons.

Ontonagon: Had good lake trout fishing just off the bottom in 65 to 85 feet of water. Coho salmon were also active in the same area.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow however anglers did manage to pick up a mix of coho and lake trout when trolling between Sand Point and Ca rla’s Restaurant in 60 to 100 feet of water. Along the South Portage Entry, a limited number of coho and lake trout were caught by those trolling along the Newton and Farmers Reef.

Marquette: Fishing slowed with the weather however lake trout were still being caught north of the White Rocks and in the Sand Hole when fishing between the bottom and 30 feet up. Spoons worked best and good colors were silver, gold, orange or melon. Surface waters here were averaging 68 degrees. Lake trout were also caught around Stannard Rock.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair to good catches of walleye when weather permitted.

The best fishing was off the Black Bottom when trolling or drifting crawlers in 10 to 38 feet of water however the bigger fish were caught between Round Island and the shoals when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 14 to 25 feet of water. Perch fishing was up a bit this week with several jumbo fish taken by the ship docks in Escanaba when jigging crawlers in 2 5 to 40 feet of water. Salmon anglers were trolling south of Escanaba in deep waters. Try 75 to 130 feet down in waters 100 to 160 feet deep.

Big Bay De Noc: Perch fishing tapered off. Anglers were catching mostly smallmouth bass when casting tube baits or crank baits in 15 to 35 feet of water between Ansell’s Point and Garden Bluff. At Fairport, salmon fishing was fair in 120 to 160 feet of water.

Au Train: Lake trout action was slow except for a few fish taken north of Au Train Island and Wood Island Reef. Surface water temperatures have cooled this past week due to rain. The average surface water temperature was 68 degrees.

Munising: The Big Reef continues to produce good lake trout action with fish between 10 and 25 pounds being caught with spoons just off the bottom. Small perch were caught in Murray Bay and a few small splake were seen by those fishing around the Grand Island dock.

Grand Marais: Good numbers of smaller lake trout have been caugh t about five miles north of the bay when trolling spoons in 150 to 200 feet of water. Shore anglers were pike fishing however catch rates were poor.

Indian Lake: Small walleye have been caught by those trolling or drifting the north end of the lake and around the rock pile with crawler harnesses. Smallmouth bass, pike and perch were also caught but most fish were running on the small side.

De Tour: Anglers continue to harvest trout and salmon when trolling. Chinook were averaging 3 to 12 pounds. Good numbers of pink salmon along with a few Atlantics and steelhead were caught in 45 to 60 feet of water. Watermelon spoons, dipsey divers and glow orange flashers worked best. Near Raber Bay, walleye have been caught by those using crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers. Hot colors were lime, red, purple or blue with smiley blades.

Cedarville and Hessel: For perch, fish near the Hessel pier, the east end of Hessel Bay, the south shoreline, the north side of Haven Island and Snows Channel. Crawlers worked best in 8 to 12 feet of water however Snows Channel did better in 6 to 10 feet of water. Perch were caught in Musky Bay and the Middle Entrance but the Moscoe Channel was the hot spot when using crawlers in 4 to 6 feet of water. Pink salmon, Atlantic salmon, chinook, steelhead and lake trout were caught 30 feet down in 50 to 60 feet of water around Goose Island. Dredging continues at the Cedarville launch, resulting in only minor pressure around Little Joe Island. Anglers can launch off Four Mile Block on Musky Bay or the Tribal launch on McKay Bay.

St. Ignace: Fishing activity remains steady. Anglers are trolling the flats near the Coast Guard Station and the Edison Plant. Fish were 45 to 55 feet deep.

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