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Gone fishin’

June 22, 2012
The Mining Journal

Lake Superior anglers out of Marquette were finding good numbers of lake trout, including some trophy fish at Stannard Rock, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources weekly fishing report.

UPPER PENINSULA

Marquette: Anglers did well for lake trout with some limit catches reported. The fish averaged 3 to 4 pounds and were caught east towards Shot Point in 160 to 180 feet of water and near the Sand-Hole. It appears the fish have been eating mainly small plankton. A lake trout weighing 34 pounds was caught near Stannard Rock. Those jigging at Stannard Rock have caught good numbers of lake trout.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite has been very slow and of those that did get out, most returned with no fish. Perch fishing was spotty but a few were caught in the Baraga Marina. Those fishing the South Portage Entry caught lake trout when trolling in 60 to 120 feet of water on the Mud Banks and Farmers Reef. Good lake trout catches in Traverse Bay for those trolling near Hermits Cove and the Gay Stacks in 90 to 140 feet of water. Anglers were also trolling between the Gay Stacks and Big Louie's Point in 120 to 150 feet of water, along 6-Mile Reef in 90 to 130 feet of water and the east side of the Huron Islands in 100 to 130 feet of water. Those jigging picked up a few fish in 240 to 260 feet of water.

Au Train: Most anglers are targeting lake trout. Catch rates remain consistent with most anglers averaging two to five fish in a five hour trip. Most are using a combination of downriggers and high-lines using assorted spoons, flies and cut bait.

Munising: Those heading out are targeting lake trout around Grand Island, especially off the west side. Small boats fishing near shore caught mostly sub-legal splake and some whitefish. Pier anglers had fair catches of splake when still-fishing with spawn bags.

Grand Marais: Fishing was slow but boat anglers did mange to catch lake trout five to seven miles north of the bay in waters 100 to 300 feet deep. Limit catches are less frequent as many fish were only 10 to 12 inches. Success for whitefish depends on wind conditions so anglers were leaving empty handed or catching small fish only. The best time to fish was around sunrise or about 45 minutes after sunset.

St. Marys River: Walleye are in Raber Bay. Those trolling or drifting should focus their efforts around Raber Point and Round Island.

DeTour: Atlantic salmon catches remain good. Try spoons 10 to 22 feet down in waters over 80 feet deep between Detour Reef and the first red buoy on the south side of Drummond Island. Lake trout were also caught here on spoons in 55 to 65 feet of water. Fly hatches are beginning to appear in Chippewa County, at Detour and Cedarville. No cisco were caught yet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Had excellent catch rates for herring in McKay Bay. Limit catches were reported. Try 10 to 14 feet of water using a teardrop with a wax worm or casting a Swedish Pimple. Large and smallmouth bass, northern pike and perch were still hitting. Try Snows Channel, Musky Bay, Hessel Bay and the marina pier.

Ontonagon: Lake trout are still scattered but were caught in 40 to 100 feet of water. Trolling spoons worked best however fish were also taken on spin-glows with cut bait.

Menominee: Boat anglers caught salmon and brown trout in 50 feet of water near the marina. Fair to good catches were reported by those trolling on the north and south sides of Green Island. A good number of chinook salmon were caught near Washington Island and near the Whalesback in 100 feet of water. Most of the fish were about 50 feet down but some were caught near the surface. A silver spoon with a red eye in the middle worked best.

Menominee River: Those trolling caught freshwater drum, channel cats, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The walleye fishery has slowed considerably. Water levels near the dam were very low which made casting and trolling difficult. Shore anglers near Stephenson Isle were catching a few smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass when still-fishing with minnows and crawlers.

Cedar River: Bass anglers are fishing from the mouth upstream until the water level gets low. Some nice smallmouth were caught by those using a goby look alike and by those fishing under the M-35 Bridge.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were down but fish were caught off Breezy Point when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 10 to 28 feet of water. Night anglers reported fair catches in the north part of the bay when trolling stick baits in 10 to 14 feet of water. A few limit catches were taken near the Black Bottom when jigging crawlers along the weeds in 10 to 12 feet. Most of the walleye from the upper bay were small. Several large northern pike were caught by shore anglers casting spoons or crank baits in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Some nice perch were caught off Gladstone Beach and southern tip of Butler Island in 6 to 28 feet of water. Bass anglers reported fair to good catches near the mouth of the Ford River when casting crank baits or plastics in 6 to 12 feet of water. Good salmon action out by the Ford River Buoy when trolling spoons 70 to 90 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water. Several large flathead and channel cats have also been caught.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers had fair catches when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 18 to 20 feet of water out by the "Boot". Good smallmouth bass action off Ogontz in 10 to 12 feet, Poplar Point in 12 to 18 feet, and Kates Bay in 10 to 12 feet of water. Anglers were trolling crank baits or plastics or live bait. Several large flathead and channel cats have been caught. Fairport had good to excellent salmon fishing 70 to 80 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water.

Carp River: Is producing bass, northern pike, walleye, and rainbow trout for those still-fishing or casting in 4 to 6 feet of water.

St. Ignace: Has good salmon fishing between the old fuel tanks and the Coast Guard Station. Try 35 to 40 feet down in waters 60 to 80 feet deep.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Be sure to check out the new lake trout and splake regulations for Lake Huron.

Cheboygan: Chinook salmon are hitting on spoons along the south side of Boise Blanc Island. Hammond Bay is producing a limited number of chinook near the 9-Mile mark. Try 75 to 80 feet down with blue, silver or black and white spoons.

Cheboygan River: Walleye anglers are fishing near the foot bridge on the back side of the paper mill. Smaller boats are trolling while others are shore fishing with crawlers and leeches.

Rogers City: Is producing a nice mix of chinook, coho, Atlantic salmon, lake trout and steelhead. Head straight out from the marina or south towards Adams Point and fish anywhere from 50 to 115 feet of water. Fish the top 45 feet. Good colors include green and blue combo, orange and green, glow, white, silver, green and purple. Try orange and silver up high or any bright color for steelhead and Atlantic salmon.

Presque Isle: Is also producing a mix of trout and salmon for those heading straight out in front of the red can or north between the two lighthouses. Best depths were 50 to 100 with most fish caught in the top 45. Same colors as Rogers City.

Rockport: Boats heading out to Bell Bay caught smallmouth bass.

Alpena: Boats going out in Thunder Bay have caught walleye, and a few limit catches were reported. Fish were caught at the mouth of the river, on the lakeside of the pier, and towards Grass Island. Try a variety of baits including crank baits, crawler harnesses, cowbells, or spinners.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass on worms and minnows. Northern pike and rock bass were hitting on leeches and worms.

Harrisville: Lake trout were caught in 70 to 100 feet of water north of the harbor. Most were using downriggers and planer boards with blue, green, black and silver spoons or spin-glows. The fish were suspended about halfway down. The walleye have moved to deeper waters around Sturgeon Point.

Oscoda: A few boat anglers caught lake trout about halfway down in 80 to 100 feet of water. Spoons, spin-glows and cut bait produced the most fish. Colors vary but white and silver combos worked well.

Au Sable River: Walleye catches are slow but fish are coming in. Most were taken when drifting crawlers with a slip bobber. Many are small but there is the occasional 25 to 27 inch fish being caught.

Houghton Lake: Had reports of bigger bluegills being caught in 6 to 8 feet of water. Walleye fishing was fair.

Tawas: Boats trolling for walleye caught fish outside Tawas Point in 20 to 30 feet of water but some were going all the way out to the Charity Islands and catching fish. Many were still loading their boats and heading down to Au Gres. Bass are still being caught however spawning is about over so bass fishing is winding down. Pier anglers caught rock bass.

Tawas River: Is producing some catfish.

Au Gres: Is producing good numbers of walleye south of Pointe Au Gres in 20 to 35 feet of water. Crawler harnesses work best. Walleye were also caught between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Salmon were found past Five Mile Point in 80 to 100 feet of water. Try spoons and flies. Smallmouth bass can be found near any structure.

Bear River: For steelhead, some ripe females are still being caught by those drifting spawn bags or jigging with crawlers. Skamania are now showing up at the dam. A few brown trout have also been caught.

Petoskey: Shore and pier anglers are catching smallmouth bass on natural baits. A couple walleye were caught off the end. Rock bass, carp and a couple steelhead were caught on crawlers off the old dock near the mouth of the river.

Charlevoix: Anglers are targeting salmon from Bay Harbor to Bell's Bay however most of the fish were caught 60 to 120 feet down in 160 to 180 feet of water around North Fox Island. Salmon were also marked near North Point and the "Can" off South Point. Meat rigs and flasher fly combos were the ticket. Lake trout were hitting on spoons in 100 to 120 feet of water between Bell's Bay and North Point. Pier anglers caught walleye on stick baits and white grubs after dark. Smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers just off the bottom but many were small.

Traverse City: Both bays have good bass fishing. Smallmouth were caught in shallow waters or 8 to 15 feet deep. The West Bay had lake trout for those jigging in 100 feet of water. Several chinook salmon have also been caught.

Elk River: The number and size of smallmouth bass is declining however bigger fish may still be entering the river. Night crawlers work best. Anglers are catching lots of rock bass.

Boardman River: Anglers have been targeting carp and smallmouth bass. Try live bait for the smallmouth or jumbo corn and dough for carp.

Platte Bay: Fishing was slow with only one chinook caught on a green spoon 60 feet down in 100 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were caught by those casting in the surf near the mouth of the river.

Frankfort: Had good fishing for those trolling 40 to 70 feet down in 120 to 210 feet of water with meat rigs, flashers and spoons. Try glow in the morning and blue during the day. Those bouncing flashers and spin glows along the bottom have caught lake trout. With the warm weather, there is a definite temperature break.

Arcadia: Fishing was good in the late morning and at dusk. Boats are heading straight out and south towards the Golf Course and fishing 60 feet down in waters 80 to 180 feet deep. Green and blue were the hot colors.

Onekama: Fish are being caught in the early morning 45 to 80 down in 120 to 180 feet of water along the drop straight out from the channel. Large schools of bait fish were marked with chinook salmon just above them.

Portage Lake: Bluegill fishing slowed but some keepers were still caught off the east shoreline and Little Eden. Bass anglers are having a great year with several large and smallmouth caught. The drop-offs are producing the bigger fish but catch rates were good around the docks. A couple 12 and 14 inch perch were caught but most were on the small side.

Lake Cadillac: Warm temperatures have pushed the bluegills into deeper water along the drop-offs and the weed beds. Not much on walleye butbass fishing was very good. Anglers are using crawlers, leeches, plastics and spinners.

Lake Mitchell: Is producing bluegill and bass.

Manistee: Boats are doing well in 80 to 180 feet of water. Try fishing the upper half of the water column with orange or green spoons and try meat rigs deeper. Pier fishing is slow for steelhead and brown trout.

Ludington: Salmon and steelhead have been caught 40 to 100 feet down in waters 70 to 140 feet deep when using green and blue spoons.

Pentwater: Was producing a good number of steelhead and salmon in 65 to 90 feet of water. Steelhead were caught about 50 feet down while salmon were 40 to 60 feet down. Yellow and green were the hot colors. Good bass fishing in the channel with limit catches reported by those still-fishing with minnows.

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie: Walleye fishing remains steady in Ohio waters, east of Sputnik. Limits are possible in Michigan waters however they are not coming easy. The better spots in Michigan were 21 to 25 feet of water in Brest Bay, off Stony Point and along the Michigan-Ohio line. Buoys 1 and 2 off the River Raisin channel were also producing walleye. A few boats did well for perch in 22 feet of water off Fermi. Crawler harnesses worked best and the hot colors were purple, copper and peach.

Detroit River: Perch were caught around Humbug and Rat Island. Bass season is open and catch rates were good.

Lake St. Clair: Is producing smallmouth bass, perch and the occasional walleye.

Lexington: Those trolling were taking a mix of lake trout, chinook, coho, pink salmon and steelhead in 60 to 80 feet of water. Some are going as deep as 120 feet. Pier anglers fishing off the end of the rocks and small boats just outside the harbor caught mostly rock bass, white bass, bluegill and the occasional smallmouth bass.

Port Sanilac: Is also producing trout and salmon in 60 to 90 feet of water, or as deep as 100 to 120 feet. Put your lines 15 to 20 feet down for steelhead or just off the bottom for lake trout. Perch fishing was hit-or-miss around the weed beds. Drift until you find fish then anchor.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout fishing slowed with the windy weather but anglers will still want to try straight out and north of the harbor in 80 to 120 feet of water with spoons off downriggers in the bottom 50 feet. Good colors were green and white, yellow and white, black and copper or black with glow. Coho were caught in 80 to 160 feet of water with spoons off 5 and 10 color lead lines. Good steelhead fishing in the top 45 feet. Try 2 or 3 color lead lines on boards with bright colored spoons. Walleye fishing was slow in 50 to 80 feet of water north and south of the harbor. Brown trout were caught in 17 feet of water along the shipping channel. Pike and bass action were still good along the weed beds. Perch fishing is still slow.

Grindstone City: Lake trout are hitting straight north in 100 to 120 feet of water. A few walleye were caught in 5 to 15 feet of water off Eagle Bay.

Saginaw Bay: Warmer weather is pushing the walleye out to deeper water. Try near Buoys 1 & 2, around the sailboat buoys off Linwood, and between the shipping channel and the Coryeon Reef which is also called the "Bar". Depths vary from 19 to 35 feet. Crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers off planer boards was the ticket. Walleye were caught over the weed beds on the Callahan Reef when using crawler harnesses trolled without bottom bouncers so they skim over the top of the weeds. Bass anglers continue to do well off Bay Port when fishing around North Island. Walleye are starting to hit on the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin as well as the Port Austin Lighthouse in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fish way out there is a sign that they are reacting to the warm weather and moving out of the inner bay.

Saginaw River: Windy weather forced anglers to fish in the lower river and they did catch a few walleye trolling Hot-n-Tots between the mouth and Coast Guard Station.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing overall is spotty. A few perch were caught in waters 40 feet or deeper. Salmon fishing was hit-or-miss with anglers trolling in waters 40 to 200 feet deep. A few anglers did well but most are struggling to catch more than one or two fish a trip. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on alewife or shrimp.

South Haven: Boat anglers managed to find a couple salmon out deep. Pier fishing was slow but a couple steelhead were caught when the water was colder. A couple perch were caught in waters 40 feet or deeper.

Grand Haven: Salmon were caught 42 to 70 feet down in 75 to 85 feet of water. Anglers are using downriggers and lead core in 8 to 14 colors with spoons. Hot colors were orange up high or green and blue deeper. No perch to report.

Grand River at Lansing: Catfish and carp are hitting on crawlers and corn at Moore's Park. Walleye and smallmouth bass were caught on minnows. The North Lansing Dam has carp hitting on crawlers, corn and bread. Near Portland, smallmouth bass and pike were caught on minnows.

Lake Ovid: Decent size crappie were caught on minnows. Catfish were hitting on sucker minnows.

Morrison Lake: Bluegill and crappie were hitting on red worms and spec minnows.

Sessions Lake: Is also producing bluegill and crappie.

Muskegon: Is producing salmon 40 to 70 feet down in waters 70 to 90 feet deep. Use downriggers and lead core up to 14 colors. Spoons were the ticket, try orange up high or green and blue down low.

Muskegon River: Those fly fishing continue to catch brown and rainbow trout. Smallmouth bass fishing was good with flies or live bait.

Whitehall: Salmon and trout fishing were very good for those heading four to nine miles north of the launch to 120 feet of water. Salmon were 80 feet down but lake trout and steelhead were 20 feet down. Those fishing in the evening caught salmon on spoons. Pier anglers caught large steelhead on shrimp.

 
 

 

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