2018-06-13 / Sports


Summer fishing heats up along with the weather

Summer fishing is a favorite pastime for anglers of all ages. Summer fishing is a favorite pastime for anglers of all ages. LAPEER COUNTY — You can tell summer is almost here as fishing activity is heating up and most fish are following suite. Inland lakes are hot spots for panfish and bass right now while most rivers are offering walleye, northern pike and bass opportunities.

Overall: Inland lakes have been producing
good bass fishing, but panfish
opportunities have been hit-or-miss.
Lake Erie: Many limits of walleye were
caught, and those not catching their
limit still brought in a good number of
fish. Trolling orange and white crawler
harnesses on the bottom 22 feet of water
around the Dumping Grounds produced
a good number of fish. Walleye were also
caught while trolling with green Hot ‘N
Tots 15 feet down in 20 feet of water or
with pink rainbow spoons in 18 to 22
feet. While trolling from Stony Point to the
Raisin River, walleye were caught in 20
to 24 feet of water on copper and green
crawler harnesses. Anglers launching from
Sterling State Park headed out to Brest
Bay and beyond. Fish were marked in
20 to 30 feet of water and walleye were
caught on crawler harnesses with bottom
bouncers and spoons. Off Fermi, walleye
were caught while trolling fire-tiger and
hammered brass crawler harnesses in 26
feet of water. A large number of freshwater
drum, white perch and white bass were
also caught while targeting walleye. Yellow
perch were caught off Fermi in 26 feet
of water while using minnows. Channel
catfish were caught in the Hot Ponds
while still fishing with worms in 12 feet of
water. Smallmouth bass were caught off
Stony Point in 12 to 15 feet of water while
casting goby colored tubes. Largemouth
bass were caught in the canal at Sterling
in four feet of water while casting
Detroit River: Some white bass were being
caught with good numbers reported all
along the river from the Wyandotte boat
launch south to Pointe Mouillee.
St. Clair River: Good walleye fishing was
reported with vertical jigging with dark
colored plastic tipped with minnows
working best. Fish were biting both day
and night.
Clinton River: White bass limit catches were
reported by the mouth.
Lexington to Port Sanilac: Anglers who were
trolling in 55 to 60 feet had success with
lake trout. A few steelhead and walleye
were also taken.
Harbor Beach: A few steelhead were caught
from the shore and lake trout were caught
in 80 to 100 feet.
Saginaw Bay: A few boats caught walleye
out just beyond the Spoils Island. Limit
catches were common from the Slot from
Oakhurst north to Sunset Bay Marina, from
the Callahan Reef area, and from deeper
water between the Bar and the Spark Plug
(buoys 11 and 12). Crawler harnesses
were best. Purple, pink, chartreuse and
brass were the best colors for crawler
harness spinners.
Saginaw River: Anglers reported catching
catfish, sheepshead and walleye.
Tittabawassee River: This will be the last
river report of the season. The fishery
is now mostly for smallmouth bass; the
walleye and white bass have tapered off
for the summer. The river is high and
muddy after recent heavy rains up the

Overall: Panfish activity is really picking up,
as is northern pike fishing. It appears
salmon may be starting to move towards
the northern Lake Michigan ports.
St. Joseph: Salmon fishing was inconsistent.
Most anglers were catching a mixed bag
of lake trout, Coho and Chinook. The best
fishing was reported well past 120 feet of
water. Pier anglers caught good numbers
of catfish and lots of sheepshead. Most
fish were caught on spoons and while still
fishing with dead alewife. Steelhead were
caught on shrimp.
St. Joseph River: Walleye were being caught
near the courthouse.
South Haven: Salmon fishing continued to
be slow. Boat anglers caught a few lake
trout and Coho along with the occasional
Chinook. The fish were scattered anywhere
from 60 to 120 feet or more. Pier angler
caught a couple steelhead on shrimp
or freshwater drum when casting small
Grand Haven: Boat anglers reported fair
salmon action 40 to 90 feet down in 110
to 180 feet with blue, green and orange
spoons. Pier anglers caught a couple
steelhead on shrimp. Good numbers
of freshwater drum were caught in the
channel when using worms or minnows.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels
were up after all the rain. Walleye were
caught near the launch by the Rogue River
and downstream of Johnston Park. A few
catfish, including some large ones, were
been caught throughout the river. Anglers

were still getting smallmouth bass.
Grand River at Lansing: There were reports
of rock bass being caught.
Maple River: Good catches of channel
catfish were observed.
Muskegon: Chinook salmon were caught 30
to 100 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with
green and orange spoons with white flies.
There was no pier report.
Muskegon River: Good walleye, pike and
bass fishing was reported.
Whitehall: Boats trolling 30 to 70 feet down
in 120 to 180 feet caught salmon and
steelhead. Meinert Park to Stony Lake was
a productive trolling path with spoons in
blue and green enticing most fish.

Cheboygan: Had some anglers fishing
smallmouth bass in the bay. Those using
soft baits and crank baits did catch some
Cheboygan River: The water flow has slowed
and there was one chute open on the
dam. Walleye fishing slowed but a few
were taken early or late when drifting
worms or jigging soft baits. Those using
crank baits, spoons and spinners had
little to no luck. Pike were caught on
spinners and crank baits and most were
around 26 inches. Anglers also caught
carp, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass,
rock bass, suckers and a few catfish when
drifting worms.
Ocqueoc River: Those using worms and
flies at the access site caught large and
smallmouth bass as well as carp.
Rogers City: Lake trout fishing picked up
with a few limit catches reported. Most
were fishing cowbells or dodgers with
spin-glo’s near the bottom or spoons up
higher in 50 to 70 feet. Chinook salmon
should be around. Try the top half of the
water column in 60 to 120 feet. A couple
Atlantic salmon were caught recently. Try
the top 20 feet with bright spoons like
orange or chartreuse.
Alpena: Boats did well with a mixed bag
of lake trout, Atlantic salmon and the
occasional Chinook or steelhead being
caught straight out in 60 to 90 feet,
around Thunder Bay Island and off the
Nine Mile Can. Anglers were running lines
throughout the water column and closer
to the bottom for lake trout. Spoons, as
well as dodgers or flashers with flies or
spin glo’s, were good in green, blue and
chartreuse. Use bright colors up high.
Walleye anglers were fishing in 25 feet off
the city beach, Grass Island, Northshore
and North Point. Crank baits worked best
usually in the late evening and throughout
the night.
Thunder Bay River: Fresh water drum appear
to be in and anglers have caught them on
an assortment of tackle, including live bait.
Smallmouth bass, rock bass and bowfin
were also caught. Boats trolling or jigging
in the turn basin caught a few walleye
early in the day. Most were jigging leeches
or trolling a crawler harness.
Black River: A couple large channel cats
were taken at the mouth by those stillfishing with crawlers.
Harrisville: Those trolling spoons and spinglo’s between the harbor and Sturgeon
Point found lake trout, Atlantic salmon
and steelhead in 65 to 90 feet. Lake trout
were taken from the bottom half of the
water column while steelhead and Atlantic
salmon were up higher. The fish were
feeding on emerald shiners, gobies and a
few smelt.
Oscoda: Anglers trolling spoons in 60 to
90 feet had good catches of lake trout
near the bottom and a few pink salmon
up high. Lake trout were taken as far out
as 150 feet and around the Hump in the
bottom 20 feet. Pier anglers still-fishing
with crawlers caught channel cats up to
10 pounds. Walleye and smallmouth bass
were taken when drifting or still-fishing with
crawlers, twister tail jigs and body baits.
Lots of rock bass, carp and freshwater
drum were taken on crawlers.
Au Sable River: Anglers were finding decent
numbers of walleye from River Road down

to the mouth when drifting night crawlers
from a boat or under a bobber. A few
steelhead were still present in the river,
with a few caught on drifted flies. Nice
sized smallmouth bass have been taken
by anglers drifting the river and stripping
streamer flies. Anglers still fishing night
crawlers near the mouth of the river have
had good catches of channel catfish.
Tawas: When they could get out, boats
trolling in Tawas Bay did pretty good for
walleye around Buoys 4 and 6 in the inner
bay and out as far as Buoy 2, south of
Alabaster and out near the Charity Islands.
Bass anglers working the shallows caught
a lot of smallmouths on tube jigs.
Tawas River: Smallmouth, catfish and
freshwater drum were caught in the lower
Au Gres: When they could get out, boats
heading in all directions were catching a
lot of walleye on crawler harnesses in 28
to 35 feet. Limit catches of eight fish per
angler were common.
Au Gres River: A lot of catfish and
freshwater drum were caught in the lower

Overall: Good bass and bluegill fishing has
been reported on most inland lakes.
Harbor Springs: Lake trout were caught
along the drop-off around Harbor Point. A
few cisco were also caught around that
area as well.
Charlevoix: Lake trout seemed to be
scattered as some were caught around
the cement plant in deeper water while
others were found in shallow water. A few
cisco were also caught in shallow water
in front of the hospital. Despite a lot of
angler pressure, fishing in the channel was
hit-or-miss as water temperatures have
dropped. Smallmouth bass were also in
the channel. Carp were up in the shallows
which can be fun for those fly fishing. A
couple lake trout were caught off the end
of the piers.
Petoskey: Surface water temperatures were
48 degrees. Some lake trout were caught
near the drop-off between the break wall
and Bay Harbor. Near the mouth of the
Bear River, anglers will find smallmouth
bass, rock bass, bullhead, suckers,
freshwater drum and carp. Those fishing
the beach, break wall and D Pier were
using worms, spinners or crank baits.
Angler pressure was low on the Bear River
but a couple steelhead were caught up
near the dam.
Traverse City: Lake trout were caught at
various depths around Deepwater Point
and along the west shoreline. Anglers
were casting and jigging. Cisco were also
caught when jigging around Deepwater
Point, north of the M-37 launch and off Elk
Rapids. Bass fishing was generally good
along the south end between Acme and
the State Park as well as north of Yuba
Creek. On the Elk River, bass fishing was
very good with smallmouth caught down
from the dam and near the harbor mouth.
Crawlers and tube baits worked best. A
few perch and rock bass along with some
big carp were also caught. In the West Bay,
lake trout and cisco were caught around
Lee Point and south of the island. A few
perch were caught near the M-22 launch.
Bass were caught in Suttons Bay, south of
Bowers Harbor, near Power Island and near
the mouth of the Boardman. Those fishing
up near the dam on the Boardman River
caught rock bass and suckers. Bass were
caught on crawlers and soft plastics near
the mouth.
Frankfort: The Chinook seem to have
moved to deeper water this week with
anglers reporting good early morning
catches of them, steelheads and lake
trout in 120 to 150 feet. Steelhead were
hitting on two color with orange crush, lake
trout near the bottom with spin-n-glows,
and Chinook were hitting blue and green
spoons and flies 40 to 80 feet down.
Arcadia Lake: Pike anglers were doing
very well with many getting limit catches
when trolling or casting body baits. Some

very large bowfin were also been caught.
Bass anglers have done well especially
between the break walls going out to Lake
Michigan. A few perch and some bluegills
have also been caught.
Onekama: Anglers trolling north and south
were getting Chinook salmon 40 to 80
feet down in 120 to 150 feet with green
flies and spoons. The early morning bite
was producing some big Chinook and good
catches of lake trout in and around the
Portage Lake: As of June 4 the mayflies had
not shown up yet so the fish were hungry
and the bite was good. Bass anglers
reported respectable sizes and numbers
throughout the lake. Perch were reported
out near the buoy in 18 to 25 feet. Bluegill
were on the beds along the west end.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Continue to
have good bass fishing for those using
both live and soft plastic baits. Bluegills
are in the shallows. Boat anglers are still
getting the occasional walleye when trolling
a crawler harness or rapala.
Manistee: Surface temperatures dropped
to 50 degrees. Boat anglers were still
getting a fair to good number of Chinook
on spoons in 130 to 250 feet. A small
number of steelhead and lake trout were
also caught. Pier fishing was very slow
because of the large number of baitfish in
the harbor. The south pier remains closed.
Ludington: Surface water temperate
readings were at about 51 degrees. Some
anglers had success trolling in the harbor.
Chinook, browns and steelhead were
caught trolling using spoons. Off shore
Chinook fishing slowed but many anglers
were catching big healthy fish in 130 to
250 foot of water. Steelhead, lake trout
and browns also came in at those depths.
Spoons were the most successful bait.
Pentwater: Boats trolling 25 to 70 feet down
in 120 to 180 feet caught salmon and
steelhead from the dunes down to Little
Sable Point. Green flies and orange, blue
or green spoons all caught fish.
Pentwater Lake: Anglers floating red worms
caught bluegills and sunfish in three to 10
feet. Those fishing from Longbridge Road
caught smallmouth bass and sunfish with
crawlers under a bobber.

Lac Vieux Desert: Crappie were moving
off the beds and were caught with less
frequency. Bluegill and sunfish were in the
shallows around the weed beds and hitting
on natural or artificial plastics. Be ready
to sort out the small ones. Some perch
were caught including some bigger ones
taken on minnows and other natural baits
along the breaks. Those targeting perch
have also caught a couple walleye. A few
muskie anglers were getting out but catch
rates were slow.
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing slowed
with most activity at the mouths of the
Whitefish or Escanaba rivers. At the
Whitefish most trolled or jigged crawlers in
10 to 18 feet while at the Escanaba they
drifted or jigged along the weed lines in 20
feet. Fair catches of perch were reported
out from the Gladstone beach area in and
around 25 feet using minnows or crawlers.
Most smallmouth anglers reported fair
catches at best. Best catches were in and
around 12 feet using plastics or cranks.
South of the Ford River was best along
the reeds in 8 to 12 feet. Northern pike
were active throughout the bay with several
large fish reported caught off the mouth of
the Day’s River trolling stick baits in 14 to
18 feet.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were still
good here between the Ogontz Launch and
Indian Point trolling stick baits or crawlers
w/harnesses in 14 to 21 feet. At the head
of the bay by Valentines Creek anglers
trolled crawlers harnesses or stick baits
in 10 to 16 feet. Some walleye were also
reported up by the Little Fish Dam River.
Smallmouth bass were active throughout
the bay. Near Ogontz good catches came
along the weeds casting cranks, spinners
or plastics in four to eight feet. Martins
Bay had fish also, mostly northern pike.
Fish Dam area was best while trolling or
casting cranks or plastics in four to 10
feet. South River, Puffy Bay and Garden
Bay area all reported smallmouth catches
using the same in four to 12 feet.
Munising: Boat anglers took fair catches
of Chinook and Coho salmon in Trout Bay
and west of Grand Island. Most are trolling
in shallow waters less than 20 feet deep
between 2 and 2.5 mph. A few lake trout
were caught in 130 to 150 feet around
Wood Island. Water temperatures remain
in the mid 40’s. Pier and shore fishing
were slow.
Grand Marais: Those trolling have caught
lake trout along with a few Coho and
steelhead. Lake trout anglers did well
straight out and along the “Banks” and
towards Sable Point. Salmon anglers did
best a few miles east of Grand Marais in
less than 20 feet. Pier anglers did well
for lake whitefish with most taking limit
catches, however the fish were small
averaging 11 to 12 inches. A single egg
worked best.

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