Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report


Perch fishing has been slow with no good reports from Glen Lake or Grand Traverse Bay.

Harbor Springs: Those fishing the Petoskey side of the bay did poorly with only one lake trout caught.

Petoskey: Had no thermocline. Fishing was better before the storms rolled in. Fish were being marked but none were caught. Earlier, salmon were caught 50 to 65 feet down in 90 to 115 feet and lake trout were 90 feet down in 130 to 150 feet. Boats were trolling fairly close to the breakwall with meat rigs and squid. Smallmouth bass were caught outside the breakwall during the day. Those casting off the end of the breakwall and the end of the clock dock after dark did manage to catch a few salmon on spoons or crank baits.

Bear River: Had more salmon and quite a few were caught at the dam. There was quite a bit of angling pressure but high water levels made landing any fish a challenge. Spawn and flies worked best. Anglers are reminded that there is a gear restriction of one single pointed, unweighted hook no larger than 3/8 inch from point to shank when fishing from the mouth to the Lake Street Dam.

Charlevoix: Lake trout fishing has dropped off. Most boats were still focusing on the area around the “Can” near the cement plant. Salmon were caught anywhere from 40 to 80 feet down in 75 to 130 feet. Meat rigs worked best but spoons also caught fish. Those moving in shallow were trying for the salmon staging near Medusa Creek. A few were caught 20 to 25 feet down. The weir in Medusa Creek is up and running. Fishing is closed in the creek as well as a radius of 100 feet off the mouth. Smallmouth bass are still being caught in the channel and some were keepers. A large northern pike was also caught in the channel. Pier anglers fishing after dark caught one or two salmon when casting spoons or crank baits.

Traverse City: The East Bay has good lake trout fishing 70 to 95 feet down in 90 to 120 feet. Salmon fishing was still hit-or-miss. Good smallmouth action in 10 to 30 feet. In the West Bay, lake trout were taken in 85 to 120 feet. Salmon anglers fishing near “the hole” had very limited success. Good smallmouth action for those using tube baits along the drop-offs.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers or tube baits. Salmon have not yet arrived in big numbers.

Boardman River: The weir is in place. A few chinook salmon were in the river and some actually jumped over the weir and continued upstream during high water. Those drifting skein under a bobber had limited success.

Platte Bay: The lake water is still cold and the river water at 70 degrees. Most fish are still in the East Bay off Peterson Road.

Platte River: Fishing was slow but should pick up soon. Coho were moving up into the river. The lower weir is in place and is holding back fish. There are fish all through the lower river.

Frankfort: Still has fresh chrome chinook and coho out front of the breakwalls. The better bite was in the early morning in 150 to 180 feet.

Betsie River: A large number of chinook salmon were heading upstream in a big rush. Very few were holding in the deeper holes along the way.

Onekama: Those fishing the “Barrel” caught coho and lake trout.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are having a good year on the lake and in the channel. Both large and smallmouth have been caught.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Cooler temperatures will bring the bluegill, crappie and perch back into shallow waters. Those targeting bass continue to do well with largemouth caught in the shallows early morning or evening.

Manistee: Boat anglers found trout and salmon 80 to 120 feet down in 120 to 200 feet. Most are using green flies or meat rigs and glow plugs. Those trolling around the piers had minimal success.

Manistee River: Anglers are catching salmon but some of the fish are dark. More anglers are showing up at Tippy Dam. With the cooler temperatures, look for more fish to move into the river system.

Ludington: Anglers found a decent number of salmon and trout 50 to 100 feet down in 200 to 400 feet. Most are using orange or green spoons along with green or yellow meat rigs. Fishing around the pier was slow but should improve soon.

Pentwater: Was producing salmon in 70 to 110 feet in the early morning. Spoons and flies were the ticket. A few salmon were caught from the pier, Long Bridge on Pentwater Lake and from the marsh beyond Long Bridge at the mouth of Pentwater River. No real numbers as most of the mature fish are still out in the big lake. Pier anglers caught a couple nice pike when salmon fishing.

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Crappie Angler, Doug Moore enjoys his time fishing Lake Cadillac,He’s holding a 13 1/2″, 1.12 pound Black Crappie.

The cool temperatures and rain bring some of the best fishing of the year. The fish are active and enjoy the falling water temperatures.

Bass fishing has been good. Many are fishing them for fun, but several boats are targeting them for that last tournament or coming championship. There’s plenty of large mouths in the 2/3 pound class. They’re also catching small mouths. They’ve been AWOL most of the Summer and have returned from their vacations. A few have been reported in the 4 pound plus range. The tournament Pro’s are searching for them.

Anyone fishing for bass will catch pike. It’s just automatic. If you lose a lure, it’s to a toothy critter. They’re hungry too.

The weeds have turned in many places on both lakes. Find patches of green, healthy weeds and you’ll find fish.

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Brock Safronoff I will never forget you


Our friends Joel and Debbie Safronoff lost their son in 9/11 in the world trade center and I know this is a very sad day for them. He was a great kid with a bright future to be cut short at such a young age and I will always remember taking him fishing and he lost a huge king on East Bay. Then giving him a hard time that he really screwed up and him defending himself that dull hooks was the problem.


There was one passion that consumed Brock and it was his devotion to the Detroit Lions, which stemmed from his upbringing in Traverse City, Mich., and which required the strength to withstand continual heartbreak of the lions and I hope this year maybe he can smile with a winning season. (GO Lions)

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Pilgrim Village 3rd Annual Free Fishing Contest ended

Pilgrim Village 3rd Annual Free Fishing Contest ended

Where has Summer gone? The Pilgrim Village 3rd Annual Free Fishing Contest ended September 8th. There were many entries. Often daily changes for the fish caught in all of the categories. All prizes will be awarded in the form of $50.00 Gift Certificates. Thank you to all that participated. It has been fun. Expect the 4th Summer Contest next year.

Large Mouth Bass 21 1/2″ 4.82 lb. Rich Ohlrich
Small Mouth Bass 20 1/4″ 4.60lb. Bob Whitaker
Northern Pike 39 1/2″ 12.78 lbs. Angela Parks
Walleye 27 1/4″ 5.73 lbs. Ryan Helmboldt
Bluegill 12″ 1.8 lb. Linda Hoesl
Sunfish 9 1/2″ .81 lb. Randy Johnson
Perch 12 1/8″ .63 Gordon Reed
Crappie 13 1/2″ 1.12lb. Doug Moore
Bullhead 14 1/2″ 1.56lb. Jim Gross
Dogfish 28 1/4″ 8.11lbs. David Bassett

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Buc’s Michigan Fishing Report 9/5/14


Mitchell-Hamilton with a nice crappie from the Cadillac area

It’s that time of year when the salmon and trout start to move in closer to shore as they prepare for the annual fall spawning runs. Salmon are starting to trickle into the river systems but no big numbers yet. Those fishing the inland lakes are doing well for panfish, pike, bass and even catfish.

Fife Lake has been fair this week on nice perch, Higgins has been good also for perch.

Salmon have been slow on both the big lake and the rivers, but river fishing will pick up with rain and cooler weather.

It is now legal to use live wigglers.

Perch fishing has been slow on grand traverse bay, glen lake, platte lake, lake leelanau, and portage lake.

Lake Margrethe has been fair for panfish, also Houghton Lake has been good for panfish.

Pentwater Pier has been fair for bass, salmon, and walleye and familiar bite alewives has been working great

Smallmouth fishing has been great on skegemog, torch, bellaire, and east grand traverse bay

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Most boats are still fishing on the Petoskey side but the lake trout were too small. Those heading further into Little Traverse Bay caught some bigger fish in 40 to 60 feet.

Petoskey: Is still producing a good number of lake trout and the occasional salmon. Most were fishing about 50 feet down but a few salmon were taken 15 to 70 feet down in 80 to 130 feet. Try spoons, plugs, cut bait or a flasher/fly combo. Lake trout were between 40 and 120 feet down in 75 to 130 feet and hitting on spoons, peanuts, plugs and meat rigs. The thermocline dropped 25 feet in one day. Smallmouth bass were caught near the mouth of the river on worms or soft plastics. Pier anglers casting in the early morning caught a limited number of salmon.

Bear River: Recent rain did bring a couple small salmon runs up to the dam. Many anglers were out and most were using spawn.

Charlevoix: Salmon fishing is still hit-or-miss but a few were caught 55 to 70 feet down in 90 to 130 feet with downriggers and dipseys. They may be higher in the water column. Salmon and lake trout were caught on spoons and dodger/fly combos near the cement plant. Salmon may be starting up the channel into Lake Charlevoix and on their way to the Boyne River and the Jordan River. Sub-legal smallmouth bass are hitting in the channel but some caught keepers using crawlers or leeches on the bottom. A couple walleye were caught just before dark. Medusa Creek was blocked off last week. This means the creek is now closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth.

Traverse City: Salmon fishing was hit-or-miss in the East Bay. Try spoons or flies 50 to 70 feet down. Good lake trout fishing in 80 to 100 feet and smallmouth bass fishing was good in the shallows. In the West Bay, salmon were caught in the hole and northward. The majority of fish were hitting on spoons or flies 55 to 80 feet down. Lake trout were found in 85 to 100 feet and smallmouth bass were hitting on tube baits, crank baits and crawlers in the shallows.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass and panfish were caught below the power dam.

Boardman River: A couple steelhead were caught by those using spawn. Salmon were still not running in any numbers but anglers can expect to see them soon.

Platte Bay: Most of the coho run is in the East Bay. Warm water has pushed the fish below 60 feet. Try spoons and J-plugs in light blue or wonder bread.

Platte River: Fishing is still slow. Those using small dry flies up near the hatchery caught small rainbow trout.

Frankfort: Those trolling the harbor and between the piers caught chinook and coho on spoons and J-plugs. Pier and shore anglers caught salmon on spawn and glow spoons in the morning.

Betsie River: Is full of king salmon. Anglers reported lots of fish running up river with only a few holding in the holes.

Onekama: Those heading out to 120 feet and trolling 70 feet down have caught a few chinook in the mornings when using meat rigs and flies. Chinook, coho and lake trout were also caught in the Barrel.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are landing some nice large and smallmouth but they are working hard to get them to bite. Panfish action was slow.

Manistee: Boats are targeting salmon 100 to 150 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with a flasher/fly combo or plugs. Those trolling around the pier caught a few chinook on plugs and pier anglers caught a few on glow spoons.

Manistee River: Is still producing summer steelhead for those using streamers, spinners and rapalas. Salmon are starting to show up but no big numbers yet.

Ludington: Boat anglers are targeting trout and salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 100 to 250 feet. The best bait was still green meat rigs and plugs. Pier anglers are catching a few salmon when casting glow spoons.

Pentwater: Anglers are catching chinook salmon on meat rigs in 60 to 80 feet. The fish seemed to be biting in 60 degree water. Catch rates were spotty as changing wind directions affected catch rates. Pier anglers using live bait caught a couple smallmouth bass.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Anglers caught large and smallmouth bass near the mouth.

Rogers City: Is producing a mix of chinook, steelhead, lake trout, pink salmon and the occasional walleye. Start shallow early and then move out deeper. Run lines up and down the water column for best results. Spoons, J-plugs, and attractors with squid, flies and cut bait are working. Smaller fish were caught up by the lighthouse at Forty Mile Point. No big numbers yet but a few salmon were caught around Swan Bay.

Alpena: A few anglers heading out for walleye found fish when trolling crank baits in 30 to 35 feet near Grass Island, Sulphur Island and North Point. Good lake trout fishing with the occasional steelhead or pink salmon taken in the area known as the “Humps”.

Thunder Bay River: Is producing a few catfish and panfish. Anglers are using live bait such as crawlers and leeches.

Harrisville: Salmon should be in the area soon. Steelhead, lake trout and walleye have been moving closer to the harbor. Start shallow and head deeper. Fish were holding at 20 to 75 feet straight out and north of the harbor. Use dark colored baits.

Oscoda: Pier fishing was just starting to heat up as a few salmon and steelhead seem to be moving in closer. Pier anglers are using glow spoons or body baits. Boat anglers are fishing the upper half of the water column in 40 to 80 feet with spoons, dodgers and flies, squid and stick baits.

Au Sable River: Seems to have a good number of walleye between the mouth and the dam. They are hitting on crawlers, leeches and body baits. Early morning and late evening were best however don’t rule out the mid-day catch.

Tawas: Those trolling had to work a little harder to find walleye. A few fish were taken off Buoy #2, inside the bay near Buoys 4 and 6 and down near Alabaster.

Au Gres: : Walleye fishing slowed with only a fish or two taken per trip. Many were fishing in 25 to 40 feet south of Pointe Au Gres. Those trying for perch had little success.

Au Gres River: A couple catfish were caught in the lower river however dredging continues to hamper fishing.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers at all ports had good days and bad days. Lake trout were caught between Witz Marina and the Huron Islands in 50 to 90 feet. The occasional salmon was caught in the evening from Sand Point north to the Keweenaw Bay Red Rocks in 60 to 90 feet.

Lake Antoine: Anglers are still catching smaller bluegills, yellow perch, sunfish and rock bass when drifting crawlers. Bass anglers are taking a good number of fish when casting crank baits.

Marquette: The few anglers able to get out caught a few small chinook and lake trout out towards Shot Point and Granite Island. Those fishing the mouth of the Carp River had no luck when casting spoons or using spawn and crawlers. Water levels were high and turbid after all the rain.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing was pretty good considering the weather but perch fishing was the main target for many. Fair to good catches were reported in 12 feet off Garth Point and 8 to 17 feet around the Second and Third Reefs. Crawlers and minnows worked best. Pike were active throughout the Bay. Fish were caught in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor, mouth of the Escanaba River, at Kipling near the power plant and the Day’s River. Most are trolling or casting spoons, spinners and crank baits in 8 to 14 feet. Salmon anglers caught fish 40 feet down in 70 to 80 feet north of the Ford River Can.

Big Bay De Noc: Anglers targeting smallmouth bass had mixed results. Ogontz was fair to good for those using crawlers, crank baits or tube baits in 8 to 12 feet or 6 to 30 feet in Kate’s Bay and Garden Bluff. Catch rates for perch in Garden Bay slowed and most of the fish were too small. Pike action was fair to good in 8 to 16 feet from Kate’s Bay to Ansell’s Point. Those fishing off Fairport had fair to good catches of salmon 40 to 60 feet down in 80 to 110 feet near the “Gap” and 60 to 90 feet down in 120 to 150 feet south of Poverty Island.

Au Train: Those targeting lake trout had fair success as some reported five to ten fish in six hours of fishing off the Shelter Bay Flats and the Wood Island Reef. Try spoons within 20 feet off the bottom in 150 feet. No activity at the Rock River because of high water levels.

Munising: Boat anglers are targeting lake trout when they can get out but some are starting to shift toward salmon. Catch rates for lake trout were fair to good around Trout Bay, the Wood Island Reefs and east of Grand Portal. A few trolling for salmon and splake within the bay had no success. Pier fishing was very slow.

Grand Marais: Boats targeting lake trout were still heading north and west out to the shipping channels. They caught fish ranging between 2 and 5 pounds. Catch rates were good off the southwest bank near Caribou Island and some reported limit catches of 3 and 4 pound fish taken in 100 to 200 feet. No salmon to report. Some were still trying offshore at the Marina but had no luck.

St. Mary’s River: Pink salmon have arrived in good numbers and anglers did well trolling large pink spoons. Shore and pier anglers are also catching fish on the same spoons when casting near Valley Camp, the dock at the Locks boat tours and from the blue hand rail next to Clover Land Power Plant. Limit catches of Atlantic salmon were taken on the discharge side of the power plant when drifting brown or cream colored flies. Some bigger fish were caught on streamer type flies. A couple rainbow trout were caught above the power plant on Portage Street when drifting burgundy colored flat fish with a chrome belly. The whitefish bite slowed. Moving downstream to Lake Nicolet, walleye were caught off 4 and 6 Mile Roads when trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses just off the shipping channel in 18 to 20 feet. A few yellow perch were taken at the lower end of the Rock-Cut near the red buoy in 8 to 14 feet. Pike were caught at the mouth of the Munuscong River where anglers are trolling dark colored bucktail spinners just off the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet. Good smallmouth action off the Raber launch and the pier. Most are still-fishing crawlers or casting tube jigs in 4 to 8 feet off the old dock pilings and rocks.

Detour: Anglers are catching lake trout and pink salmon however the harvest for chinook salmon was slow. They are trolling from the city launch to Frying Pan Island, to the #3 Green Can, around the lighthouse and to the #2 Red Can. Yellow perch were caught at Sweets Point and a few walleye were taken off Drummond Island near Dix’s Point.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing was good out of Hessel at the first cut in 10 to 12 feet and on the east side of the docks in 8 to 9 feet. Those targeting pike have done very well in Hessel Bay, Musky, Bay, Government Bay and the Middle Entrance when using chubs. Perch fishing in the Middle Entrance and the east end of Cedarville Bay was starting to pick up.

Carp River: Chinook salmon are starting to bite at the mouth.

St. Ignace: Anglers caught chinook, lake trout and pink salmon between the fuel tanks and the southwest corner of Mackinac Island. Most are using spoons. Green and gold, white with colored strips or silver and blue were the most popular colors.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had some good perch numbers when conditions were right. Anglers were fishing straight out from Stony Point in 24 to 26 feet and about a half mile south. Fish were caught near the E-Buoy but many were small. Try using bigger minnows to avoid the small perch. Fish were also caught near the Raisin River Buoys and Turtle Island. A few remaining walleye could be found as shallow as 8 feet in the early morning or late at night in Brest Bay or in front of the Fermi Plant.

Detroit River: Anglers are still finding some perch near and south of Celeron Island. Try minnows in 12 to 14 feet. Walleye anglers were targeting the waters in the Trenton Channel.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Bass anglers are doing best in the areas with a current. In the morning, try the shallow flats and move deeper mid-day. Bluegills have been caught at various depths but the bigger ones seem to be suspended about halfway down in 15 to 20 feet. Try crickets and crawlers on small jigs.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in Anchor Bay and south of Huron Point with plastic baits or live minnows. Walleye fishing has been slow. Perch fishing was slowly improving with some decent catches coming from the Dumping Grounds and along the shipping channels. A few perch were also caught near the B-Marker in Anchor Bay.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing remains very good after dark around Port Huron. Daytime fishing was spotty with a few fish taken on crawler harnesses or jigs. Sturgeon fishing has been good for those using worms. Try the North Channel between Decker’s Landing and Algonac.

Port Sanilac: Anglers caught chinook and steelhead 60 to 70 feet down in 75 to 90 feet of water with 5 and 10 color lead core and orange or metallic spoons. The better fishing seems to come with a west wind. Perch anglers were out but no fish were caught.

Harbor Beach: Was a hot spot with anglers trolling north of the harbor and up near Port Hope where they caught a mix of lake trout, steelhead and even some walleye in 80 to 115 feet. Lake trout were 70 to 80 feet down and the steelhead were 20 to 40 feet down. Try orange or copper and green spoons. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass.

Port Austin: Windy weather made for difficult fishing however when boats can get out they did get some lake trout in 140 feet.

Saginaw Bay: A few walleye were taken in 11 to 14 feet off the Pinconning Bar and near the Black Hole but those trolling had to work hard to get them. They are still getting the occasional walleye out from the Slot in 12 to 14 feet. A few perch were caught however anglers will need to sort out the small ones. Catfish were caught from the Hot Pond and shore anglers are Essexville were still taking a few bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes continue to provide good bluegill fishing in deeper waters. Anglers are using crickets, leaf worms, or a wax worm and fly combination.

St. Joseph: Salmon anglers have done well in 80 to 110 feet. The better fishing was early in the day and most were caught on spoons. A few perch were caught in 40 to 50 feet. Pier fishing was slow for trout and salmon however anglers caught freshwater drum and catfish.

South Haven: Was producing lake trout and salmon in 70 to 120 feet. Anglers are using spoons and meat rigs. Both perch fishing and pier fishing were slow.

Kalamazoo River: Has good smallmouth bass fishing in Marshall, Comstock, Kalamazoo, and Plainwell.

Port Sheldon: Chinook salmon fishing is picking up. A thermocline is finally setting up for the first time this summer. Fishing was good in 120 to 135 feet when using J-plugs, spoons and meat rigs.

Grand Haven: Anglers were fishing 60 to 110 feet down in 115 to 175 feet. Some had 300 feet of coppers working well for them but the best bite was on a spin/fly combo up high or a paddle/fly combo deeper. Hot colors were white and UV followed by green or green and white. Some are using anything that glows or meat rigs in any color. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand River near Lansing: The fish ladders are open which will allow the fall steelhead and salmon to migrate to the Moore’s Park Dam.

Muskegon: Pier anglers were casting or jigging for salmon but had no luck. Boat anglers were fishing 60 to 110 feet down in 120 to 170 feet with a spin/fly combo up high or paddle/fly combo down low. Those using meat rigs caught fish as well as those using anything that glows.

Muskegon River: Continues to provide good smallmouth bass fishing.

Whitehall: Anglers found fish 70 feet down in 150 to 200 feet. Meat rigs worked best. Downriggers may start working better as the fish were no long near the top of the water column. Pier anglers caught a couple salmon but no big numbers yet. Walleye action in the channel was good one day and cold the next.

White Lake: Was producing some large panfish.

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Young Alazech Reed shows off a mixed bag of crappie and walleye.

The last Summer Holiday is history. The lakes are becoming peaceful with the absense of jet ski, skiers and power boats. No lines at the boat launch or parking. Boats ands docks will start to disappear. Some of the best fishing of the year is yet to come. September is the month of Master Angler and record breaking fish.

Bass fishing on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell continues to be good. Catch a large mouth and chances are it’ll spitup crayfish,–one of their favorite foods. Hint! Hint! It’s not unusual to find marks on their noses where they’ve been digging for them in the rocks and gravel. The small mouths are still on vacation. There’s good numbers in both lakes but we’ve seen few. The tournament anglers will find them as the lakes cool.

Panfishermen are happy. Many have moved from the deeper East side to the shallower West Side of Cadillac. Good size crappie, gills and perch have been caught in the area between Kenwood Park and the canal. The water temperature is falling and now 6 to 10 foot appears to be the magic depth.

The main attraction for the fihermen are salmon. A few Kings are being caught all the way to Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee. Stories are starting from the Pere Marquette, Betsie, Boardman and both Manistees. Also the pier heads, Manistt Lake and Frankfort Harbor report catches. It’s just starting. Thundersticks are still the guides choice.

There’s a short period of time left for the Pilgrim Village 2014 Free Summer Fishing Contest. It ends September 8, 2014.

Strangely, there were no changes from last weeks standings although there were a couple of “almost” in the crappie and bass categories.

Large Mouth Bass 21 1/2″ 4.82 lb. Rich Ohlrich
Small Mouth Bass 20 1/4″ 4.60lb. Bob Whitaker
Northern Pike 39 1/2″ 12.78 lbs. Angela Jordan
Walleye 27 1/4″ 5.73 lbs. Ryan Helmboldt
Bluegill 12″ 1.8 lb. Linda Hoesl
Sunfish 9 1/2″ .81 lb. Randy Johnson
Perch 12 1/8″ .63 Gordon Reed
Crappie 13 1/2″ 1.12lb. Doug Moore
Bullhead 14 1/2″ 1.56lb. Jim Gross
Dogfish 28 1/4″ 8.11lbs. David Bassett

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Michigan Labor Day Fishing Report


Two very nice bronze backs out of portage Lake the big one weighted in at 6 Lbs 3 Oz nice job another regular at DONS BAIT AND TACKLE caught on BUCS GREEN CRAWLERS And DONS GLOW FLOATING crawler harness

Perch fishing has picked upon Higgins Lake, Big Glen, Long Lake by TC, Salmon movement into the rivers is still on the light side but it won’t be long. The inland lakes are producing panfish, bass and pike. The upcoming holiday weekend should have plenty of fishing opportunities for all.


Sam Harbach shows us the 17 1/2″, 3.17 lb.Large Mouth he caught vacationing in Cadillac


Jason Harboch holds the first keeper pike he caught, 26 1/4″, 3.52 lbs. Off to a good start.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Most boats have been fishing the Petoskey side of the bay. There are still lake trout at multiple depths in Harbor Springs and some have also picked up a couple salmon that were 75 feet down in 130 to 140 feet. Boats running up the coast toward Seven Mile Point or staying close to harbor have caught fish.

Petoskey: Still had a thermocline about 50 feet down. A few salmon were caught on spoons 50 to 75 feet down. A good number of lake trout were caught, with many in the Slot. The fish were scattered but caught 50 to 90 feet down when trolling over multiple depths. Not many pier anglers. A few casting spoons or crank baits in the early morning caught the occasional salmon but no big numbers yet.

Bear River: A couple salmon are starting to show up at the dam. Some have caught the occasional steelhead on spawn.

Charlevoix: Salmon fishing seemed to be slightly better in the evening. Boat anglers could be found near the cement plant and towards Fisherman’s Island. Many are catching a lot of lake trout which are further up in the water column as compared to a typical year. Fish were caught anywhere from 35 to 90 feet down in 120 to 170 feet and salmon were more shallow about 50 feet down. Try spoons, hootchies with flies or meat rigs. Those running sliders have done well. Sub-legal smallmouth were caught on crawlers or leeches along the bottom in the channel.

Traverse City: Salmon fishing has been sporadic in the East Bay with most taking zero to three chinook per outing. Depths were variable, but most were fishing 30 to 70 feet down. Lake trout fishing was good in 100 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in shallow water or along the first drops. In the West Bay, salmon are beginning to stack up in “The Hole” but catch rates were still hit-or-miss. Most are using flies or spoons. Lake trout fishing was good for those jigging or trolling north of Traverse City in 100 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass have been caught below the dam, as well as small panfish when using live bait. Most of the bass were sub-legal.

Boardman River: Fishing continues to be slow except for a few smallmouth and rock bass hitting on live baits. There have been rumors of salmon entering the river.

Platte River: Catch rates were still slow except for a few rainbow trout taken up near the hatchery. Water temperatures were 74 degrees which is keeping the fish out. A few were seen jumping near the mouth but did not want to bite.

Platte Bay: Coho are in the East Bay. They are scattered however anglers did find them in the top 20 feet of waters 40 to 100 feet deep in the southwest corner near the commercial nets and along Otter Beach. Anglers need to use caution near the commercial nets as the lines may extend several hundred feet in any direction from the floats. Try blue or green spoons and blue J-plugs.

Frankfort: Catch rates were hit-or-miss. The chinook were right in front of the piers but moved out deeper. Anglers are working hard to locate fish from 40 feet to 500 feet. The morning bite was best out from the pier with fish hitting on meat rigs and J-plugs. Pier anglers catching alewife caught a couple chinook, coho and one very nice 44 inch pike. Those jigging Swedish pimples and Jonah jigs caught chinook. Hot colors were green, pink and purple.

Onekama: The Barrel is producing nice catches in the early morning. Anglers are working the top 60 feet with 2 and 3 colors of lead, 100 to 150 feet back on dipseys with meat rigs catching the bigger kings. Coho were in the same area and hitting on blue or green spoons.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers continue to have a great season throughout the lake. Cooler water temperatures had the bass in close and along the drops. Walleye were hitting on crawler harnesses near Little Eden and the Inn.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Are producing some nice largemouth bass. Bluegills were hitting on leaf worms and wax worms. Minnows caught crappie and perch. Pike anglers have done well.

Manistee: Salmon fishing has not been easy as the fish were scattered. Anglers did find fish 40 to 90 feet down in 80 to 180 feet when trolling green meat rigs or flies and orange spoons. Use glow spoons or plugs in the early morning. Pier fishing is slow. Those trolling near shore early or late have caught a few kings.

Manistee River: Decent numbers of Skamania steelhead were present at Tippy Dam. A few kings were mixed in but no big numbers yet.

Ludington: Catch rates for trout and salmon were hit-or-miss. Boat anglers found fish 40 to 100 feet down in 80 to 200 feet when trolling yellow or green meat rigs along with orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Anglers are catching salmon out from the dunes at Silver Lake and a few miles north of the port. Some were shallow in the 50 to 80 feet range and hitting right along the bottom while others were caught 70 to 80 feet down in 200 feet or more. Meat rigs are still working the best.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Foggy conditions have hampered fishing. The lake has rolled over. Surface water temperatures were barely 60 degrees and 20 feet down was in the upper 40’s. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of trout, salmon and walleye. Swan Bay has started to heat up. Not a lot of fish but some decent salmon were caught by those trolling J-plugs or bombers with planer boards in 20 feet. Those fishing deeper are running downriggers, lead core, copper and dipseys. The water is cold so run your baits higher in the water column. Good colors were green, blue, orange and silver, black and white or anything that glows. J-plugs with flashers and flies, squid or cut bait have also caught fish.

Alpena: Anglers caught a few walleye in 30 feet along North Point, Sulphur Island or Grass Island. Good lake trout action along the “Humps”. Anglers also caught the occasional steelhead, pink salmon or stray chinook. Most are still going to Rockport or Presque Isle so they don’t have to run so far out to catch salmon and trout.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers are using live bait when targeting catfish, smallmouth bass and panfish. Success was limited but a few were caught.

Harrisville: Still has some on-going dredging in the harbor. The launch is still open and boats are able to make it out to the lake. Trout and salmon were caught in shallow waters 60 to 80 feet. Fish the entire water column with dark colored baits including large spoons. A good number of walleye seem to be in the area between the Black River and Greenbush. Try 12 to 40 feet early evening until midnight and early morning until just after day break with crawler harnesses, stick baits or small spoons.

Oscoda: Pier fishing has started to pick up and should not be long before the early salmon start to show up. Boat anglers are catching steelhead, lake trout and salmon in 60 to 80 feet and are moving in closer. Those fishing in the evening reported fish close to shore and around the piers. Try dark spoons, body baits and cut bait when trolling. Pier anglers are using spoons such as Little Cleo’s, glow spoons, body baits and twister tails.

Au Sable River: Walleye are in the river and the numbers seem to be increasing.

Higgins Lake: Has lots of rock bass being caught and perch are there for the taking when anglers can find a school of fish. Try around the Sunken Island and Treasure Island. Lake trout ranging 18 to 24 inches were caught just off the bottom in 85 to 100 feet when trolling cowbells, rapalas and bombers or when jigging Swedish pimples and castmasters. Some nice rainbow trout were caught 20 to 40 feet down in waters 100 feet or deeper.

Houghton Lake: Is producing walleye, bass, pike, bluegills, crappie and sunfish. For walleye, target 8 to 10 feet along the edge of the weed beds with leeches. Smallmouth bass were hitting on leeches and crawlers.

Tawas: Pier angling is slow with a few smallmouth bass, rock bass and small perch taken. Those out trolling caught a few walleye out near Buoy #2 and near Alabaster in 25 to 35 feet.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye were averaging 2 to 3 fish per boat and pressure has dropped considerably. The few out for perch did not have much luck.

Au Gres River: Dredging continues to hamper fishing efforts.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Black River Harbor: Is producing lake trout just outside the harbor in 40 to 100 feet. Some nice catches were reported. Some are trying for salmon in the early morning but had little success.

Ontonagon: Fishing has been good. Lake trout were caught in 12 to 30 feet outside the breakwall. Spin glows behind a dodger have produced as well as green and orange spoons. The lake trout are eating small smelt and stickleback minnows. A few salmon and brown trout were taken but catch rates were not consistent.

Keweenaw Bay: All ports had few anglers because of the weather. Those that did get out caught a few lake trout but overall, not a good week.

Lake Antoine: Boat and shore anglers are catching a lot of panfish such as bluegills, sunfish, yellow perch and rock bass. Drifting crawlers with slip bobbers worked best during the rain and high winds.

Marquette: Had very little salmon action and varying degrees of success for lake trout. Granite Island was pretty much the same but catch rates were fair north of White Rocks where anglers were fishing in 180 to 260 feet. Most of the fish were caught along the bottom but a few were hitting at 50 to 70 feet. Surface water temperatures were still around 60 degrees.

Carp River: A few anglers spotted some chinoook salmon activity upstream. Shore angling remains slow with a few small rainbows caught at the mouth.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing in the south Bay near Round Island, Fishery Point and 11-Mile Shoal. Catch rates were fair. Fish were caught off the east bank of the Center Reef in 4 to 10 feet with crawlers or stick baits at night. The mouth of the Whitefish River produced a few fish for those trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 14 feet but many were small. Fair catches reported along the south end of the Black Bottom in 18 to 24 feet and near Kipling in 8 to 14 feet. Yellow perch were out deeper in 14 to 25 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. Pike were active throughout the Bay for those trolling or casting crank baits, spoons or spinners in 10 to 14 feet. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor had fair to good crappie action for shore anglers using minnows after dark and in the Escanaba River for those using minnows or small crank baits in the deep hole near the old steel bridge. Smallmouth bass were quite active in shallow water. Try casting plastics or crank baits in 6 to 10 feet near Garth Point or in the Ford River in 5 to 12 feet. Some reported salmon 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 120 feet south of the Ford River Can.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported slower catch rates. The better fishing was around St. Vitals Island. Perch fishing slowed but fair catches were reported in Garden Bay for those using crawlers 100 to 200 yards out from the Garden Launch in 8 to 12 feet. Fair to good smallmouth catches near Ogontz in 8 to 12 feet, Popular Point in 8 to 10, Kate’s Bay in 12 to 18 or Garden Bay in 8 to 12 feet. Anglers are using crawlers, plastics, crank bait or spinners. Good salmon fishing off Fairport. Try 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 120 feet with spoons near the “Gap” or meat rigs 60 to 80 feet down in 110 to 150 feet south of Poverty Island.

Au Train: Lake trout action was sporadic with most anglers using downriggers and spoons anywhere from 160 to 230 feet. Some days were good with five to eight fish while other days produced few fish.

Au Train River: Had few anglers and no salmon to report. There is a new canoe/kayak launch which is handicap accessible at the bridge off M-28. The launch will have a nice restroom however the the parking lot is not yet completed. Launch dock Canoe-kayak launch

Munising: Had fewer boats but those heading out were exclusively targeting lake trout and catch rates were fair. Most are still fishing Trout Bay and along the Wood Island Reefs. The bite was slow at Big Reef. Those trolling in the bay did catch a few splake. Pier anglers reported slow fishing and had no reports of keeper size splake.

Grand Marais: Had few anglers. Boat anglers were heading three to seven miles north and west and fishing in the shipping channels for lake trout. The fish range 2 to 5 pounds. Good catches were reported off the southwest bank near Caribou Island in 100 to 250 feet. Those trolling outside the bay caught a couple coho in 50 to 60 feet. Perch anglers were trying offshore at the marina but only a few small ones were caught. Pier angling effort was very limited with no catch reports.

Detour: Anglers are fishing from Frying Pan Island to the #3 Green Can, around the lighthouse and to the #2 Red Can near Drummond Island. Some are heading further south and targeting lake trout along the “Flats”. Chinook and lake trout were hitting on spoons. Hot colors were watermelon, hammered silver with orange, green and white or yellow.

Cedarville and Hessel: Still has very good pike fishing in Hessel Bay, Middle Entrance and the north shore of Government Bay. Mackinaw Bay and Shepard Bay are excellent for bass and pike when casting in the shallows. Those using minnows or casting spinners caught perch.

Carp River: Anglers are seeing fish but success was limited. Pike have been caught near the mouth.

St. Ignace: Anglers fishing past the old fuel tanks and over to the southwest corner of Mackinac Island have caught chinook and lake trout in 55 to 80 feet. Try spoons in hammered silver and orange, green and white, yellow and orange.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: The walleye bite slowed but a few fish were caught early morning or at night in Brest Bay and near the Raisin River Buoys in water as shallow as 10 feet. Try Hot-n-Tots or wiggle warts. Those perch fishing caught the occasional walleye. For perch, try straight off Stony Point and up to the Fermi Power Plant in 24 to 26 feet. Lots of perch were caught at the E-buoy but many were small. Try bigger minnows to avoid the small perch and fish near the bottom to avoid white bass and white perch.

Detroit River: Was producing some nice perch about a mile south of Celeron Island. Most are using minnows in 14 feet or so. A few walleye were caught near the Trenton Power Plant on the Grosse Ile side.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Fishing was slow. Those fishing the river mouths and bends between the lakes did best. The bass bite was slow so try slow presentations in 10 to 15 feet. The bluegills moved to deeper water so try fishing near the bottom with a slip bobber and worm.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good in the Michigan waters. Some of the best reports are from water over 17 feet deep along the shipping channel and off the mile roads. Perch anglers say the bigger fish are scattered but decent catches came from the Dumping Grounds and along the shipping channel.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been very good in the upper river for wire-liners.Fish were also caught by those trolling crawler harnesses near Algonac and Marine City. Sturgeon fishing picked up with good reports from the North Channel near Algonac and Pearl Beach. Muskie fishing was very good along the weedy edges of the North and Middle Channels. Perch fishing was productive along the weed edges in the channels.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Those trolling caught steelhead, lake trout and pink salmon in 100 feet or more. Some steelhead and the odd walleye were caught in 60 to 80 feet. Pier fishing was slow with a few small pike caught at Lexington.

Harbor Beach: Salmon and steelhead were caught in 80 to 130 feet straight out or north of the harbor. Run spoons off downriggers and also on 2, 3 and 5 color lead lines and offshore boards. Bright orange and black, copper, green or black and white were good colors. For lake trout, head straight out and fish 90 to 120 feet down in 120 to 130 feet with spoons or dodgers with spin-glows. A few walleye were caught on crawler harnesses, small spoons or Hot-n-Tots in 80 to 90 feet. Good colors were lime green, copper, black and orange, black and white or mixed veggie. A few perch were caught on minnows near the gap in the breakwall.

Grindstone City: A few walleye were caught in 40 to 50 feet here and at Port Austin. Catch rates have slowed. Those trolling found steelhead, lake trout, pink salmon and a couple chinook in 135 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Fishing was a little better however the action is clearly in “August Mode”. Walleye fishing has slowed substantially, but persistent anglers can still find a few fish west of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), in the southern end of the Slot from Quanicassee to Fish Point, over the Bar and out near Buoys 1 & 2. The average was 3 to 5 fish per boat. Fall perch fishing has yet to begin, and pier fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass were caught off the Charity Islands. Channel cats were taken from the Hot Pond and shore anglers at Essexville continue to catch a mix of bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Perch fishing is very inconsistent as the fish seem to be scattered in 30 to 70 feet. Salmon fishing was decent with most fish taken in the early morning in 90 to 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Continues to provide good smallmouth bass fishing.

Dowagiac River: Skamania steelhead are hitting in the lower river below the Pucker Street Dam.

South Haven: Perch anglers are fishing as shallow as 20 feet or as deep as 60 feet but catch rates were not consistent. Salmon fishing was good when using spoons in 80 to 90 feet in the early morning. Pier fishing was slow.

Kalamazoo River: Has good smallmouth bass fishing when the water clears. There is still some dredging going on so stay upstream of Marshall or downstream of Kalamazoo for the best water conditions.

Gun Lake: Was producing largemouth bass in Robins Bay and Pickerel Cove.

Port Sheldon: Was producing a mix of chinook, coho and steelhead in 165 feet.

Grand Haven: The water warmed up. Salmon anglers were fishing 70 to 105 feet down in 80 to 160 feet and setting wire divers out 220 to 240 feet. The better bite was on white paddles and spinnies with green, blue, UV or green and blue flies but some were also using meat rigs in UV greens and yellows. A few fish were taken on J-plugs, “Atomics” and glow spoons. No perch with the warm water.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are finding steelhead and the occasional salmon. Pike have been caught throughout the river. Those drifting crawlers with a #7 split shot have caught a few walleye. Panfish were caught at Millennium Park.

Grand River near Lansing: Had good largemouth bass action for boat anglers fishing between Moore’s Park and Dimondale. Most are using golden shiners or artificial minnows. The smallmouth and catfish bite has slowed. Those looking for bluegills and crappie might want to try fishing the deeper water.

Reeds Lake: Continues to produce bluegills and crappie. Most are using leaf worms and wax worms.

Muskegon: Is fishing the same as Grand Haven because of the warm water. Put white paddles and spinnies with blue and green flies 70 to 100 feet down in 80 to 160 feet. Those using meat rigs and J-plugs have also caught fish. Green and yellow were good colors.

Muskegon Lake: Had some chinook salmon near the old paper mill and near the Sand Docks were anglers were jigging.

Muskegon River: Those targeting smallmouth bass continue to do well when using plastics, spinners or flies.

Whitehall: Salmon were caught right on the bottom in shallow waters 50 to 80 feet or about 70 feet down in waters 200 feet or deeper. Meat rigs were the ticket including a new copper and meat rig combination.

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Intact Deer Found Inside 1,000-pound Alabama Alligator


On August 16, a family of hunters in Alabama harvested a massive 1,011.5-pound alligator near Millers Ferry Dam in Wilcox County. The reptile was large enough to claim the Alabama state record and make a run for the title of the world’s heaviest, but what taxidermists found inside the alligator’s stomach may be even more surprising. According to, taxidermist Ken Owens was preparing the large animal for a full-body mount when he discovered a partially-digested, yet intact three-year-old doe inside the reptile’s gut.

“I always thought that once an alligator killed something that it ate it a piece at a time,” Owens said. “I can’t imagine how it got ahold of that adult deer and ate it in one piece like that. It’s unbelievable.”

Owens estimated the doe’s age from what was left of the deer’s lower jawbone. The average weight of a mature Alabama doe can reach well past 100 pounds, so it was no bite-sized snack for even this mammoth alligator. The taxidermist said he also found some digested squirrels, bird bones, and even evidence that the reptile may have eaten a cow. Owens was also surprised to see some greenery in the gator’s stomach.

Although the American alligator is typically seen as an apex predator that eats just about any critter unlucky enough to be within reach, scientists say the reptiles also eat fruits and vegetables whenever they can. Recent research shows that alligators and other crocodillian species will consume berries, fruits, and sometimes even grass if other food is not available. In any case, larger animals such as deer and feral hogs are not usually part of an alligator’s diet, which generally consist of muskrats, raccoons, and other small mammals. Bigger alligators can target larger prey, and a very fast-acting form of stomach acid helps them digest big bones. A 2008 study showed that alligators are capable of shunting off blood from their lungs toward their stomachs, which increase gastric acid production and allows the animal to digest food more rapidly.

“In my experience, the hair and some of the skin would have been gone on that deer within the first 36 hours,” Kent Vliet, a biologist at University of Florida, told

As far as last meals go, a stomach full of venison is fitting for what may be world’s largest hunter-harvested alligator. Mandy Stokes was hunting with her husband, her brother-in-law, and her brother-in-law’s children earlier this month when they encountered the animal. It took five hours of battle between the hunting party and the alligator before Stokes was able to dispatch it with a shotgun. The family stated that they will be donating the meat to local churches for their annual wild game banquets, while the mount is expected to be ready in several weeks. Safari Club International, the organization that documents world records for alligators and other big game, is currently in the process of reviewing Stokes’s application.

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Angela Parks caught a 39 1/2″, 12.78 pike while casting spinner baits on Lake Cadillac. Impressive fish. This monster has been living in the weed beds alog the North West shore and fatally tried to eat a chartruese spinnerbait. Many locals claim there are larger ones out there so don’t give up. Angela Parks didn’t need help catching her 39 1/2″ pike,
but did need a extra hand holding it for the picture.

Last weeks report. “Bigger Pike and greater numbers are here. Those big healthy Fall pike are starting to show up as Summer disappears.” Trust us! We have a new entry in the Northern Pike Category in this Summers Fishing Contest.

Large Mouth Bass are accompanying the pike. Anglers out early in the morning come back with healthy fish. The early bites produce the greatest numbers and Lake Cadillac seems to be outshining Lake Mitchell–this week.

Panfish are still being caught on the North East side of Cadillac, from the High School to the City Dock. Expect an assortment of crappie, bluegill, sunfish and perch. Waxworms and Leafworms have been working. Crappie can’t resist small minnows.

Only a report of some undersized walleye. It’s a start. No stories from other lakes. August is not walleye friendly.

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Buc’s Michigan Fishing Report 8/22/14


Fishing has been slow this week with the colder weather and wind. Pike have started to bite again with suckers working the best. Salmon Fishing has ben good at pentwater and ludington, but north the cold water has scattered the fish the last few days. Kings are showing up in East and West Grand Traverse Bay.

A light number of salmon moved into some of the rivers but warmer temperatures by the weekend will slow the movement of fish. Rain and windy conditions have once again stirred up the Great Lakes and the inland lakes.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Harbor Point is still producing lots of lake trout anywhere from 50 to 100 feet down in 120 to 160 feet. One boat caught a salmon up near Seven Mile Point when using spoons or dodgers with flies.

Petoskey: Surface water temperatures were at 60 degrees and the thermocline was 50 to 60 feet down. Salmon fishing seems to be picking up but some boats are only getting lake trout. Most are fishing near the hospital and water treatment plant but a few were in Bay Harbor and straight out from the marina. Lake trout were scattered everywhere but 70 to 90 feet down produced quite a few. Although most of the chinook were 50 feet down one was caught at 90 feet and a coho was caught 40 feet down. Try spoons, plugs and meat rigs. Pier anglers are still catching smallmouth bass but many were small. Try crawlers, small tube baits, spinners and crank baits.

Bear River: Heavy rain and wind seemed like the perfect combination to push fish up into the river however only one steelhead was harvested at the dam. Salmon should start to show up soon.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers caught a few lake trout and the odd salmon. Most are trolling near the cement plant and towards Fisherman’s Island. Fish were caught 40 to 60 feet down in 100 feet with spoons and flies. A few lake trout were taken 60 to 80 feet down off North Point but a few were hitting shallow just 20 to 25 feet down. Smallmouth fishing in the channel is good but only a couple keepers were taken with crawlers and leeches on the bottom. Freshwater drum were also caught.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, anglers were hooking into a few salmon but overall catch rates were slow. Depths were highly variable with fish caught anywhere from 40 to 115 feet. Catch rates for lake trout were fair. Smallmouth bass were found in 30 to 50 feet. In the West Bay, salmon fishing is slowly picking up. Lake trout action was steady in 90 to 120 feet.

Elk River: Still has slow catch rates with only smallmouth, rock bass and freshwater drum for the taking.

Boardman River: Had slow fishing as well. Early arrival chinook salmon should start to show up soon. Anglers caught smallmouth, rock bass and freshwater drum.

Platte River: Catch rates were slow with only a couple small rainbow trout taken on dry flies up near the hatchery.

Loon Lake: Anglers are finding pike and walleye along the west side.

Platte Bay: Those trolling caught some big lake trout and yellow was the hot color. Chinook were caught in the West Bay on J-plugs in green with a black ladder back.

Frankfort: Chinook, steelhead and lake trout were hitting in 100 to 150 feet. Anglers are trolling the top 80 feet with downriggers or 100 to 140 feet with dipseys and J-plugs. White and blue were hot colors. Salmon anglers are fishing the Herring Hole or heading a bit deeper to waters between 200 and 250 feet deep later in the day. Alewives are now in and around the piers. Shore anglers caught chinook on alewife or glow spoons in the early morning.

Onekama: Those heading straight out from the piers and trolling the top 60 feet in 120 to 170 feet have caught chinook and steelhead. The morning bite was best on meat rigs and flies. Red and blue were good colors.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers caught some very nice large and smallmouth when fishing around the docks and along the drop-offs.

Manistee: Catch rates were starting to improve with trout and salmon caught in the top 60 feet of waters 80 to 160 feet deep. Glow plugs and spoons worked well in low light conditions. Green flies and meat rigs also caught fish. A couple chinook were taken off the piers but catch rates were still slow.

Manistee River: A few salmon are pushing their way up as far as Tippy Dam in the Big Manistee. The Little Manistee saw a steady run of salmon. The Weir was put into place last week.

Ludington: Salmon and trout action was starting to improve. The better fishing was the top 60 feet of waters 90 to 180 feet deep when using green meat rigs and flies or glow plugs. Pier anglers caught a few chinook or brown trout on glow spoons.

Pere Marquette River: Also has some early salmon starting to show up. No big numbers yet but anglers are catching a few. Those fly fishing caught brown trout.

Pentwater: Those fishing in 80 to 100 feet seem to do best as the salmon appear to be staging for the run. Fish were caught a mile south of the pier and near the sand dunes at Silver Lake. Meat rigs were the ticket. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass when still-fishing or casting with minnows.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Fishing will be difficult until things settle down. Surface water temperatures were in the low 60’s. Before the wind and rain anglers were taking trout, salmon and a few walleye. The fish were scattered. Try halfway down in 40 to 120 feet and scatter lines throughout the water column. The better areas are between the State Park and Forty Mile Point or south between Calcite Harbor and Adams Point with green, blue, black and white or anything that glows. Some of the bigger salmon were taken on flashers with squid, flies or cut bait.

Alpena: When boats can get out, they caught trout and salmon out near the Humps and Thunder Bay Island. More anglers were fishing Rockport and Presque Isle because the fish were closer to shore.

Harrisville: Is producing walleye, salmon, lake trout and steelhead between the Black River and Greenbush in 30 to 80 feet. It seems most of the fish were attracted to the same baits. Try spoons, stick baits, body baits and cut bait and be sure to spread them throughout the water column. For shore anglers, spoons and body baits worked best outside the harbor wall. Steelhead and walleye were outside the wall just before dusk and just before daylight.

Oscoda: Boat anglers were not running as far to find fish as most were starting close to shore and then heading out in the morning and reversing by starting out deep and heading towards shore in the evening. Chinook, steelhead, lake trout and Atlantic salmon were holding in 60 to 90 feet but run your bait top to bottom.

Au Sable River: Walleye are moving in and heading all the way up to the dam. Channel catfish are slowly trickling in late in the evening and there is a good number of large and smallmouth bass upstream.

Houghton Lake: Is producing a few walleye including one 27 inch fish that was caught when floating a leech. Bass anglers have caught some nice fish and those looking for bluegill have done well in 10 feet of water when using leeches or wax worms.

Tawas: A few walleye are still being caught with the better fishing closer to shore in 10 to 15 feet near the weed beds. Fish were caught off Jerry’s Marina in Tawas Bay and off the mouth of the Pine River, Rifle River and Saganing River. Perch anglers had fair catches of smaller fish 6 to 8 inches near the weeds off Jerry’s Marina.

Wixom Lake: In Gladwin County had fair to good crappie fishing.

Au Gres: Is still producing some walleye when anglers can get out. Try fishing near the mouth of the rivers or out near the shipping channel.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The salmon bite was slow. Those jigging for lake trout found fish in 180 to 260 feet off Jentoff’s Dock, Whirl-l-Gig, out from the pine tree on the north side of Pequaming and along Big Reef. In Traverse Bay, the lake trout bite slowed in 100 to 150 feet along the mile reefs and 120 to 165 feet off Big Louie’s, Gay Point and Hermits Cove. Try 5 feet off the bottom with spoons. The bite was slow for the South Portage Entry for those trolling for lake trout.

Lake Antoine: Is producing some nice smallmouth bass for those using top water crank baits. Those drifting crawlers or using minnows and a jig with a piece of crawler have done well. Many were small but some were good size.

Marquette: Catch rates were slow and most anglers caught lake trout averaging 4 pounds. Stannard Rock was good with a number of young fish caught. Catch rates were fair near Little Presque Isle, Clay Banks and Granite Island. Anglers had limited success near Shot Point. No salmon yet however a few anglers were starting to spot the occasional chinook near the Carp River. Shore anglers using small spinners and spoons caught a few lake trout.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catch rates were spotty. At the head of the Bay anglers are trolling crawler harnesses in 6 to 14 feet and switching to stick baits at night. Fish were also caught in 16 to 24 feet along the Second Reef, the Black Bottom and in 12 to 20 feet off the mouth of the Escanaba River. Use crawlers on harnesses. Those fishing off Breezy Point were marking fish in 10 to 14 feet but few were caught. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair to good for those casting plastics, crank baits or spinners in 10 to 12 feet near the mouth of the Ford River. Perch anglers reported fair catches off the mouth of the Day’s River in 12 to 18 feet and the Second Reef in 10 to 20 feet. No salmon reports this week.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no walleye catches recorded. Perch action in Garden Bay slowed. Anglers were fishing throughout the center of the Bay in 9 to 14 feet with crawlers. Fair to good smallmouth bass fishing in 6 to 14 feet in Ogontz, 8 to 12 feet near Indian Point and 8 to 16 feet in Kate’s Bay. Most were using plastics or crank baits but some opted for crawlers. Salmon anglers had fair to good catches from the “Gap” and south past Poverty Island. Depths changed daily from 80 to 170 feet while 40 to 90 feet down. Overall this season has been slower than previous years.

Au Train: Fishing continues at a slow pace and there have been no salmon to report. Surface water temperatures near shore were close to 60 degrees and the offshore temperatures were in the upper 50’s. Catch rates for lake trout were spotty for those using spoons and cut bait in 120 to 180 feet northeast of Au Train Island near the flats and drop-offs. Try near the bottom along the edge of the reefs near Grump’s Hump, Millers and Wood Island.

Luce County: Those stream fishing for brook trout have done well.

Manistique Lake: Had good perch fishing.

St. Mary’s River: Had a few good fly hatches east of Lime Island, Macomb Island, and Maple Island. Those looking for lake herring and whitefish caught a few limits when jigging artificial flies with #12 hooks in 20 to 40 feet. Raber Bay was slow for legal size walleye with lots of 13 and 14 inch fish caught and released. Bigger walleye were caught along the east side of Neebish Island when using crawler harnesses near the drop-off in 12 to 18 feet. Keeper size walleye were caught off the steel breakwall just below the Sugar Island Ferry Dock. Evenings were best when drifting crawler harnesses. A good number of Atlantic salmon have been caught at the power plant off Portage Street when drifting natural flies on the discharge side. A few pike were taken along the west side near Burnt Island when trolling spoons with a red eye or bucktail spinners. Some reported catching perch at the south end of the Rock-Cut and north of Munuscong Bay at Moon Island when using shiners in 12 to 14 feet.

Detour: Was producing a good number of walleye off Swedes Pointe and Maude Bay but most of the fish were smaller.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing remains excellent for those still-fishing with chubs in Hessel Bay, Middle Entrance and along the north shore of Government Bay. Bass anglers casting in the shallows have done very well. Perch fishing was good in 8 feet in Hessel Bay but hit-or-miss in the Moscoe Channel.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had some good perch fishing at times near the E-Buoy and straight out from Bolles Harbor in 22 to 24 feet but the best action remains near Stony Point in 24 to 26 feet. Anglers are using all kinds of perch rigs and many were cutting minnows in half. The occasional walleye can still be found from the Fermi Power Plant to Brest Bay in 12 to 18 feet. Try crawler harnesses, crank baits and tube baits. Purple, pink and copper were the hot colors.

Huron River: Had good smallmouth bass fishing for shore anglers. Many are using live crayfish while others are using artificial baits that look like a fat shiner on a jig.

Detroit River: The water has cleared up. Anglers caught some nice yellow perch around Celeron Island, Rat Island and Sugar Island. Most are using minnows. Walleye fishing was quite slow with only the occasional fish taken.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Good numbers of bass and bluegill have been seen in the channels connecting the lakes. Bluegills were caught near the bottom along the weed lines and near the points. For bass try top water in the evening in the channels and outlets. Strawberry and Little Portage seem to be producing the majority of bluegills right now.

Lake St. Clair: Those trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses in 14 to 18 feet near the shipping channel and the main lake reported a good mix of catches. Most are targeting walleye, but catches of smallmouth bass, pike, muskie, white bass and yellow perch are common. For smallmouth, try 12 to 17 feet. Those starting to target yellow perch had success in 14 to 17 feet when using slip bobbers and shiners.

St. Clair River: Walleye reports were hard to come by. More anglers are looking for sturgeon and some good reports have come from Marine City and down through the North Channel. Anglers are reminded that fish less than 42 inches or greater than 50 inches must be released immediately.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Fishing activity was very light, with little success. The lake is really stirred up from all the wind and will need some time to settle down.

Grindstone City: Several lake trout were caught in the early morning. Pink salmon, steelhead and the occasional walleye were also caught on six colors of lead core and trolling spin-glows and UV spoons in 100 to 137 feet off Lighthouse Park.

Saginaw Bay: Fishing pressure has been minimal due to the weather. When boats can get out, they are still catching some walleye along the weed beds especially along the inner bay. A few boats tried fishing out from the State Park but windy conditions made it difficult.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Boat anglers are taking good catches of salmon in 80 to 140 feet. Most fish were caught on spoons. Perch fishing is slow overall as the fish were scattered in waters 20 to 60 feet. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp and freshwater drum on crawlers but the water is warming so less steelhead were caught.

St. Joseph River: Had good smallmouth fishing. Try shallow running crank baits.

Kalamazoo River: Was low and clear so the smallmouth bass fishing really picked up. There is still some dredging going on so stay upstream of Marshall or downstream of Kalamazoo for best water conditions.

Grand Haven: Chinook fishing is really heating up especially for those fishing 60 to 120 feet down in 160 to 230 feet. They are using 300 and 400 feet coppers, blue, green or blue and green flies attached to white or UV paddles or spinnies. Meat rigs in UV with yellow also caught fish. Water near shore has warmed again so pier fishing for steelhead and perch fishing have slowed.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a few chinook, coho and brown trout up near the dam. No big numbers yet but it won’t be long.

Grand River near Lansing: Anglers caught a few pike in Eaton County and bowfin after dark in Jackson County.

Lake Ovid: Anglers were catching some big largemouth bass.

Reeds Lake: Anglers caught bluegills and crappie.

Muskegon: Anglers are fishing shallower here, 50 to 90 feet down in 55 to 130 feet and catching chinook. Most are using white or UV paddles and spinnies with green and white, green or blue flies. Orange glow spoons also caught fish. Pier anglers were trying for salmon but had no luck.

Whitehall: Water temperatures were very cold at 39 degrees 50 feet down and the fish marked would not bite. Anglers looking for warmer water found a temperature break at 120 feet. Salmon were caught in the top 50 feet of waters 120 to 200 feet deep. Alewife moved out of the channel but anglers were still getting a few salmon on body baits. A few walleye were caught in the channel on artificial lures. Pier fishing should improve soon.

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