As Michigan's temperatures retreat from their recent sweltering levels, the incoming milder weather should bring good fishing across the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said this week in its weekly fishing report.
Traverse Bay: Anglers have enjoyed a good fish bite over the past week. Good success reported trolling for lake trout between Big Louie's and Gay Points as well as 5 and 7 mile reefs. Best action is in 90 to 180 feet of water and bobbing in 240-260 feet of water.
South Portage Entry: Nice catches of lake trout off of big reef.
Marquette: Good action for lake trout was reported fishing the "clay banks" and Granite Island area in depths of 100 to 140 feet of water. Anglers report a hatch of adult flying ants on the surface near Granite Island where lake trout were feeding. Lake trout are averaging 3 to 4 pounds with a few reports of fish over 20 pounds. Best choices of baits were assorted spoons of silver/copper/melon colors. A few anglers did well on coho salmon and lake trout trolling outside the lower harbor breakwall in 40 to 50 feet of water which were feeding on large schools of stickleback. No reports of any chinook salmon. Good reports of lake trout from Stannard Rock with a few fish reported at 20 to 30 pounds.
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye action picked up this week with fair to good reports throughout the Bay. Catches were spotty at times but good numbers of fish were marked from Breezy Point south to Round Island. Most trolled crawlers in 12 to 16 feet of water. First and second reef anglers trolled or drifted crawler's w/harnesses in 12 to 20 feet of water. Good perch catches reported in Kipling out from the Power Plant in 12 to 24 feet of water and also off the northeast tip off Butler Island in 10 to 18 feet of water. Northern pike were very active all around the Butler Island area and into the Buckeye Bay. Most cast spinners and spoons in 12 to 18 feet of water with several 40 inch fish reported.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers fished the Peninsula Point area into the Minneapolis shoals. Good smallmouth catches reported in Kate's Bay in 3 to 12 feet of water and Porcupine Point in 6 to 14 feet of water casting plastics and cranks. Note: the Fish Dam launch will be closed for a few weeks for renovation.
Fairport: Salmon anglers reported fair catches out in the "Gap" trolling spoons in 80 to 125 feet of water and 40 to 80 feet down. Several nice catches of rainbow trout were reported trolling spoons or flies in 100 feet of water and 50 feet down. A 29 pound and a 31 pound chinook were reported caught here this week.
Au Train: Surface water temperatures have increased to the upper 60s this past week with the continued warm weather this summer. Lake trout success has slowed this past week with most anglers catch averaging three to five fish. Best success continues to be two to three miles north of Au Train Island and Wood Island in depths of 180 to 220 feet of water. No reports of any salmon.
Detour: Fishermen are trolling the shipping channel to the (hash)3 green can and lighthouse area and the Drummond Island side to the (hash)2 red can with some boats continuing 3 miles south for their lake trout limits. Anglers are fishing green flashers with flies, or white spoons with a red nose. Upstream on the St. Marys River at Munuscong Lake, walleye and northern pike are hitting in the channel on crawler harnesses with round or smiley V blades in red and gold or white and purple.
Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers fishing Hessel Bay for northern pike and yellow perch are having excellent results. Northern pike are hitting in 8 to 13 feet of water while anglers still fish with chubs. A limited number of anglers are venturing out to 60 to 70 feet of water for salmon. Musky Bay and Government Bay are also good locations for pike. Anglers are fishing in 10 to 15 feet of water. Perch catches are great out of Hessel Bay along the south shore, off the Marina dock, Haven Island and the 1st cut of Snows Channel. Anglers are fishing minnows or crawlers in 8 to 13 feet of water.
St. Ignace: Saw an increase in fishing pressure with anglers going out for chinook salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout and steelhead. Salmon are averaging from 5 to 15 pounds. Anglers are fishing from the Coast Guard area across the bay to the old four fuel tanks and the NE and SW corners of Mackinac Island. Common colors include silver or green flashers with flies, orange crush and watermelon. The primitive launch east of the Mackinaw Bridge remains a good opportunity for northern pike, small and largemouth bass. Anglers fishing along the bull rushes are casting weedless hooks with night crawlers, or casting spinner baits. Early morning or early evening is the best.