LANSING (AP) — Storms and cooler weather have once again changed the dynamics of fishing, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.
The DNR says panfish are still there, but the bite was slow. Bass fishing remains good in the early morning or late evening. More salmon were caught but lake trout fishing was fair, it says.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Walleye were slow but fish were still caught off Sterling State Park and Stony Point in 20 to 27 feet of water and in front of the Fermi Power Plant in 20 feet of water. Those launching from Bolles Harbor are perch fishing in 23 feet of water around the E Buoy. Good numbers of fish were caught however many were small. Try pink or yellow perch rigs with emerald shiners. Perch fishing was slow out near the Dumping Grounds because of the weeds and the algae bloom.
Huron River: Had bluegills, smallmouth bass and a few white bass caught.
Port Sanilac: Slow perch fishing with only a few bigger fish coming from the weed beds south of the harbor. Those trolling caught Atlantic, chinook, coho, pink salmon, steelhead, brown trout, lake trout and even a couple walleye in 100 to 130 feet of water in the bottom 30 feet. Pier anglers caught panfish and bullhead, and catfish.
Harbor Beach: Lake trout fishing is fair to good straight out, south or north of the harbor when using dodgers with spin glows and flies near the bottom or spoons off downriggers about 50 feet down. Fair to good steelhead action with color lines up high or put out some long lines on boards with bright colored small or medium spoons north of the harbor in 55 to 160 feet of water. A few salmon were also caught. Fair walleye catches north of the harbor and Port Hope in 25 to 50 feet of water with small spoons, crawler harnesses or Hot-n-Tots. Fish inside the harbor for bass and pike or look for perch near the cemetery or Wagner Park when using minnows.
Saginaw Bay: Perch were hitting around the Spark Plug and just east of it. The fish ranged from 8 to 12 inches. A couple walleye were caught out near Buoys 1 & 2 and along the weed beds off Maisou and Heisterman Islands in 10 to 14 feet of water. Channel cats were caught in the Hot Ponds.
Saginaw River: The lower river is producing freshwater drum and catfish.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
St. Joseph: Surface water temperatures were still in the low 80's. Pier fishing for steelhead and perch was slow. When the lake cools, steelhead will start to show up.
South Haven: Also had slow fishing as most anglers were not able to get out on windy days. Before the storms, catch rates were decent for trout and salmon when trolling in 100 feet of water.
Grand Haven: Had very good fishing. Water depths are changing daily, but fish were found 30 to 80 feet down in 70 to 100 feet of water. Green and blue spoons worked well however spinnies also caught fish. Fly colors are white and a green "pickle" color. A limited number of perch were caught. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp and orange spoons.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Reported a good run of steelhead, brown trout, chinook and the occasional coho. Those fishing up near the dam are using yarn, flies, spinners and Hot-n-Tots, and crawlers. Pike are hitting on spinners, spoons and suckers while catfish prefer crawlers, cut bait or suckers. Those trolling between the dam and the mouth are using thundersticks and body baits.
Grand River at Lansing: Is producing catfish for those using crawlers, leeches or cut bait near the North Lansing and Moore's Park Dam.
Muskegon: Salmon anglers are having a great time catching fish from the piers out to 120 feet of water. The hot spot was 90 feet of water with downriggers set at 50 feet when using green and blue spoons or spinnies.
Muskegon Lake: Boat anglers trolling have caught a couple chinook salmon.
NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Rogers City: Anglers caught a few chinook in the 12 to 18 pound range along with the occasional steelhead, lake trout, brown trout and walleye. Try near the bottom in 45 to 95 feet in warm water or halfway down in cooler water with downriggers, lead core and dipsey divers when looking for structure, baitfish or the thermocline. Try north toward the Pumphouse, State Park, Forty Mile Point or south toward Swan Bay. Good colors were green, blue, white, black and purple or anything that glows early and late.
Presque Isle: The better fishing was south toward Stoneport and north between the two lighthouses.
Rockport: No salmon to report however lake trout were caught out near the Nordmeer wreck. Try 80 to 90 feet down in 120 feet of water with spin glows. Walleye were caught on the northeast side of Middle Island in 35 to 40 feet of water when trolling crawler harnesses.
Alpena: Walleye fishing is slow but a few were caught by those trolling with lines 100 feet back and 40 feet down with dipsey divers. The thermocline was found in 105 feet of water. Anglers pursued lake trout and salmon 15 to 20 miles out near the Humps but catch rates for lake trout and steelhead were slow.
Thunder Bay River: Was producing good numbers of catfish along with smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum when using crawlers or leeches.
Harrisville: Boats able to get out caught lake trout in 90 to 120 feet of water when using lead core, downriggers and dipsey's with spoons, flies and cut bait. Cowbells also worked well. Hot colors were green and white or black and red. Steelhead were 20 to 40 feet down in waters 65 to 85 feet of water. Hot colors were blue and silver as well as orange and silver. Walleye were caught north of the harbor around the lighthouse.
Houghton Lake: Those fishing the weed beds are catching fish. Pike were hitting on sucker minnows early and late. Bluegills were hitting on worm and leeches.
Oscoda: Lake trout, steelhead, salmon and a few walleye were caught in 90 to 120 feet of water by those using spoons, flies, cut bait, and spin glows.
Au Sable River: Catch rates were slow with only a few channel cats and smallmouth bass reported. Walleye were almost non-existent.
Tawas: Boats trolling for trout and salmon were going out around Tawas Point and north toward Au Sable Point where they caught chinook, pink salmon and lake trout. Rumor has it chinook were in deep water off Alabaster. Pier anglers are catching small perch and the occasional smallmouth bass.
Au Gres: Walleye fishing was spotty with a few fish taken in 15 feet of water north of Big Charity Island. Perch action is starting to pick up off Point Lookout in 25 to 45 feet of water. Other spots to try for perch were around the commercial nets south of Point Au Gres as well as Buoys 1 & 2.
Au Gres River: Was slow with only a few small perch or freshwater drum caught.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Petoskey: Salmon fishing was slow as the fish are scattered. Lake trout were hitting spoons 110 to 120 feet down in 120 to 160 feet of water.
Bear River: Is starting to see a few early salmon show up.
Charlevoix: Salmon fishing was hit-or-miss with some boats catching fish while others were not so lucky.
Traverse City: Fishing has picked up as both bays are now producing salmon for those trolling green and blue spoons with spinnies. Lake trout fishing in the East Bay is heating up for those trolling or jigging Swedish pimples.
Frankfort: Anglers are landing some large chinook between the Herring Hole and the Point. Several fish were in the 20 to 25 pound range. Fish the top 40 feet in waters 60 to 90 feet deep with two colors of lead topped with spoons and flies. Meat rigs are working very well in the morning but use glow spoons between 5 and 6am. Pier activity is increasing with the late night anglers.
Onekama: Those trolling the Shelf to the golf course have caught good numbers of fish using meat rigs in the morning. Bump your speed down after the sun comes up.
Portage Lake: Good numbers of bluegill and other panfish are being caught on worms. Perch moved out deeper and the bass are holding tight to the drops.
Manistee: Salmon have been caught all the way out to 120 feet of water. Glow plugs and spoons were best in the early morning or cut bait once the sun comes up. Pier anglers caught chinook in the early morning when casting glow spoons.
Ludington: Boats heading out to 100 feet of water have caught salmon. Glow plugs caught fish in the harbor and around the piers. Pier anglers casting spoons caught the occasional salmon.
Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was slow but the early morning bite did produce some fish for those trolling spoons in 130 to 150 feet of water. Those jigging in 200 to 260 feet of water caught lake trout off Pequaming Point and the south end of Big Reef. Lake trout were caught when trolling in 90 to 140 feet of water near Farmers, Newton and Big Reefs as well as the Mud Banks. Fish were marked in shallow waters 30 to 50 feet deep. Hot spots in Traverse Bay were Five and Seven Mile Reefs, Big Louie's, and Gay Point. Limits were taken in 170 feet of water.
Marquette: Surface water temperatures remain in the upper 60's close to the harbor and upper 50's toward Shot Point and Granite Island. Lake trout were scattered with the better catches near Granite Island with a few fish over 20 pounds. Stannard Rock was producing fish around 5 pounds with the occasional 20 pounder caught.
Menominee: Anglers trolling near Green Island and Chamber Island had very little to report regarding trout and salmon. Walleye were caught near Green Island when jigging minnows or trolling crawler harnesses and stick baits.
Menominee River: Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass, catfish and freshwater drum for those drifting crawlers. Those jigging crawlers or minnows off the breakwall in the early morning did catch some nice yellow perch. Those fishing in the evening upstream of Boom Landing or Mystery Ship Landing caught walleye in the deeper holes when trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits.
Little Bay De Noc: A few walleye were caught on the Second Reef and south of the Narrows when trolling or drifting crawlers in 18 to 30 feet of water and out by the Black Bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Crawler harnesses worked out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 25 to 35 feet of water. Good numbers of fish were marked down by Round Island. Perch fishing was fair between the Second Reef and Saunders Point as some fish were in the weeds in the shallows while others were deeper in 20 feet. Try still-fishing with crawlers or leaf worms. Good smallmouth action off Hunters Point when casting tube baits or crank baits along the drop or the mouth of the Ford River along the weed beds. Pike were caught southeast of the Day's River when trolling or casting spinners.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were out but strong winds have kept them from heading south to find the bigger concentrations of fish. Fish were marked near the Sand Pit in Nahma and out near the "Boot" but no fish were caught. Smallmouth bass were caught from Valentines Creek down to Ansell's Point when trolling crank baits or tube baits along the weeds in 6 to 10 feet of water. Several perch were caught in Garden Bay when still-fishing with crawlers in 8 to 10 feet of water. Fairport anglers have moved out to deeper water and are trolling 50 to 80 feet down in 130 to 160 feet of water. Steelhead were 50 feet down.
Au Train: Catch rates for lake trout were scattered with only a few limit catches reported north and east of Au Train Island and near Wood Island Reef. The fish averaged 2 to 4 pounds and were caught within 30 feet of the bottom in 160 to 180 feet of water. No salmon to report.
Munising: Catch rates were fair to poor. Not many boats in the bay however those targeting lake trout can be found from the Wood Island reefs to Grand Portal. The fish were small 2 to 5 pounders and were caught on spoons and flies. Not many pier anglers were out.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers continue to make their way out to the shipping channel which is about 5 to 7 miles north of the bay and catch lake trout in 70 to 200 feet of water. Limit catches were reported and the fish averaged 4 pounds. Try meat rigs or trolling white, watermelon or copper lures.
Manistique: Steelhead and chinook were caught 80 to 150 feet down in waters 120 to 160 feet deep. Anglers are traveling 12 miles or more to get out to those depths. Boats are averaging 0-3 fish but those putting in more effort did manage to catch at least 6 fish. They are trolling all different size spoons with some adding flies. Early morning and evening were the best times to fish.
Manistique River: Is producing pike, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Walleye fishing was slow. Pier and shore anglers are drifting crawlers and leeches while boat anglers are trolling spoons, crank baits or rapalas. Those fishing the mouth seem to catch more fish.
St. Marys River: Those fishing upstream on Munuscong Lake have caught walleye and northern pike in the channel when using crawler harnesses with V blades in orange or chartreuse.
Detour: Chinook salmon averaging 8 to 16 pounds were caught by those trolling along the shipping channel to the (hash)3 Green Can and the lighthouse as well as the lighthouse side of Drummond Island to the (hash)2 Red Can. Most are using silver and green flashers and flies or purple and yellow spoons. Lake trout, steelhead and Atlantic salmon were also caught.
Cedarville and Hessel: Very good catch rates for pike and yellow perch in Hessel Bay. For pike, try chubs in 8 to 13 feet of water. Musky Bay and Government Bay were also good for pike in 10 to 15 feet of water. Very good perch fishing off the marina dock, Haven Island and the first cut of Snows Channel. Try crawlers or minnows. Salmon were caught in 60 to 70 feet of water off Gravely Island, the East Entrance and the Yacht Entrance.
St. Ignace: More anglers are heading out for chinook, lake trout, rainbow trout and steelhead. Salmon are averaging 5 to 15 pounds. Fish the Coast Guard Station, the old fuel tanks or the northeast and southwest corners of Mackinac Island. The primitive launch east of the bridge remains good for pike and bass.