Saturday kicks off bass season on Lake St. Clair, Detroit and St. Clair rivers
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Friday, 17 June 2005 01:53
Saturday kicks off the bass season opener for Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair and Detroit rivers. Anglers may not take or attempt to take any species during the closed season.

With the recent hot weather across the state, several natural fish kills have been reported, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report. A fish kill takes place when many fish in an aquatic system die at one time.

Summer kills occur during very hot days and usually are caused by naturally occurring events such as low oxygen levels in the water. For more information on natural fish kills please visit our website at www.michigan.gov/dnr or contact your local DNR office.

SOUTHEASTERN LOWER PENINSULA

In Lake Erie, anglers are catching walleye in Ohio waters between Sputnik and West Sister Island, the DNR said in its report. Boat anglers are trolling east of Brest Bay in waters 23 to 25 feet deep with crawler harnesses and Hot-N-Tots. Bass have been caught in waters 9 to 12 feet deep.

Smallmouth bass have been caught in the Huron River using crayfish, minnows and leeches. Carp and northern pike have been caught using spinner baits and spider jigs.

On the Detroit River, anglers have caught walleye at the bottom end of the river from the Banana Dike south to Stony Point in waters 20 to 25 feet deep using crawler harnesses or crank baits. Perch have been caught near Sugar Island in waters 8 to 12 feet deep using minnows.

Shore anglers have caught perch off the pier in Ecorse using minnows. Walleye have been caught near Mud Island while drifting with crawler harnesses.

Musky have been caught on the Canadian side of Lake St. Clair in the far southeastern corner. A few perch have been caught near the Lake St. Clair Lighthouse.

Walleye have been caught from Port Huron down to Algonac in the St. Clair River. Boat anglers are having luck using Pencil Plugs in the evening hours.

Smallmouth bass and perch have been caught in the Black River.

The lake trout numbers have been good in Lake Huron. Boat anglers are fishing near Port Huron using Silver Streaks. Light numbers of steelhead and coho still are being caught.

From Lexington to Port Sanilac, boats are trolling for chinook 30 to 40 feet down in 70 to 80 feet of water with spoons and body baits.

Lake trout fishing has been good at Harbor Beach. Anglers are fishing straight out and north of the harbor in waters 80 to 140 feet deep. Spin-N-Glows or Peanuts and Dodgers off the bottom have worked best.

Salmon have been caught in 50 to 105 feet of water north of the harbor using spoons in greens, blues or black and white. Light numbers of brown trout have been caught in waters 80 to 105 feet using spoons. Perch fishing is improving.

Bass and pike fishing have been good inside the harbor using body baits and spoons around the weed beds. Pier fishing has been slow.

Anglers have caught lake trout in waters 90 to 110 feet deep at Port Austin. An occasional whitefish and chinook have been caught as well.

Walleye fishing has been good overall in Saginaw Bay. Those fishing near Sebawing have caught walleye in waters 10 to 12 feet deep using crawler harnesses or Hot-N-Tots. Those fishing near Quanicassee have had good catches of walleye at Callahan Reef in waters 22 feet deep.

Walleye anglers have done well fishing in 18 to 22 feet of water from Linwood up to Standish. The best catches have come from drifting crawlers.

At Pinconning, walleye have been caught near the Pinconning Bar in waters 10 to 12 feet deep.

SOUTHWESTERN LOWER PENINSULA

Perch fishing has been good at New Buffalo, according to the DNR. Boat anglers are getting limit catches in 15 to 35 feet of water.

Perch fishing has been excellent at St. Joseph. Limit catches have been caught while fishing in 35 to 45 feet of water while using minnows. Salmon fishing has been slow. Most are being caught in waters 240 to 300 feet deep using spoons.

Overall fishing is slow on the St. Joseph River. Anglers have caught walleye while drifting crawlers. Catfish numbers have been good. Most are being caught at night using live bait. Some smallmouth bass have been caught while jigging with tube jigs.

Fishing on Paw Paw Lake has been slow. Near South Haven, perch have been caught in waters 40 to 50 feet deep while using minnows.

On the Kalamazoo River, anglers are catching good numbers of walleye while drifting live bait at night.

Salmon fishing has been slow at Holland. Most catches have been taken in waters 150 to 300 feet deep while using blue, green or orange spoons. Good numbers of drum are being caught off the piers with bright colored spoons.

On the Grand River near Grand Rapids, anglers have caught catfish in the evening hours at the Sixth Street Dam using shiners. Those fishing Millennium Park have caught a few bass.

Fishing has been good on Reeds Lake. Bluegill and perch have been caught using minnows, leeches and wax worms.

On the Grand River near Lansing, fishing has been good for pan fish. Bluegill have been caught above and below the Moore's Park Dam using wax worms.

At Sleepy Hollow, good numbers of bass have been caught using purple worms with a white stripe. Good numbers of walleye are being caught in the Thornapple River.

On Reeds Lake in Kent County, bluegill are being caught in the shallows on wax worms and leeches.

At Muskegon, boats are trolling for chinook 60 to 80 feet down in 90 to 120 feet of water in the pre-dawn hours. Spoons of various colors are being used with the best results on those that glow in the dark. Those fishing during the day have had luck trolling 80 to 100 feet down in 230 to 240 feet of water using blue and green spoons.

On Muskegon Lake, walleye have been caught in waters 8 to 10 feet deep while drifting crawler harnesses. The bluegill are still on their beds and have been caught using wax worms under a bobber.

On the Muskegon River, rainbow trout have been caught while drifting live bait or flies. NORTHEASTERN LOWER PENINSULA

Fishing has been slow near Rogers City, the DNR said. Those fishing in the port have caught a few lake trout. Boat anglers at Rockport have caught lake trout while trolling off Middle Island using Cowbells and Spin-N-Glows.

In Thunder Bay, walleye have been caught in the mouth of the Thunder Bay River. The best catches have been in the evening while casting Rapala's. A few channel catfish have been taken using leeches or crawlers.

Near Oscoda, pier anglers are catching good numbers of walleye near the mouth of the Au Sable River.

In the Port of Oscoda, lake trout have been caught while trolling in waters 90 to 110 feet deep. Catfish have been caught in the Au Sable River in the evening hours.

Near Grayling, the Hex fly hatch has started and should be in full swing by the weekend.

At Tawas, boat anglers have caught walleye off Tawas Point in 25 to 30 feet of water using body baits. Those fishing near Au Sable Point have caught good numbers of lake trout in waters 80 to 100 feet deep. Pier fishing is slow with only small numbers of bass being caught.

Those fishing near Au Gres have caught walleye in waters 15 to 35 feet deep. Inland, fishing was slow. Good numbers of lake trout have been caught on Higgins Lake.

Those fishing Houghton Lake have caught walleye in waters 8 to 10 feet deep using leeches or minnows. A few largemouth bass have been caught as well.

NORTHWESTERN LOWER PENINSULA

At Harbor Springs, smallmouth bass are starting to spawn and have been caught near the mouth of the Bear River. Shore and boat anglers have had the best luck using tube worms, spinners or crawlers.

Near Charlevoix, plenty of lake trout and salmon have been caught. Those fishing in Lake Charlevoix have caught a mix of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and lake trout. The best results have been while fishing the south arm off the points.

At Traverse City, boat anglers have caught good numbers of lake trout in the East Bay while trolling spoons in waters 80 to 100 feet deep. The best catches have been along the south bank and peninsula side of the bay.

Smallmouth bass action has been good along the south bank of East Bay in the deep water breaks using tubes and spinner baits.

On the Lower Boardman River, anglers have caught smallmouth bass using worms and leeches. A few trout have been caught below the Union Street Dam using crawlers or fly fishing with an Adams Dry Fly.

Suckers and carp have been caught on the river from the mouth to the Union Street Dam while using crawlers. Northern pike have been caught throughout the bottom section of the river from the dam to the mouth.

Anglers fishing the upper river have caught brook and brown trout near the Forks Campground using dry flies. Bluegill and rock bass have been caught in Brown Bridge Pond using crawlers. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have started to hit. Anglers have had the best luck using crawlers, poppers and rubber worms.

Fishing has improved in Platte Bay. Chinook and lake trout have been caught near Point Betsie using spoons in blues and greens.

At Frankfort, pier anglers have caught chinook and lake trout 40 to 50 feet down in waters 110 to 200 feet deep. A few steelhead have been caught as well. Most fish have been taken in waters 300 feet deep using blue and green Dolphins or Chilly Willeys.

Those fishing near Arcadia have caught chinook using spoons of any color. Most catches have been taken 8 to 15 miles out while fishing the top 35 feet of water using planer boards and Dipsies.

At Onekama, pier angers have been catching good numbers of rock bass and smallmouth bass throughout the daytime hours using crawlers or plastic worms. Boat anglers have caught chinook and lake trout to the north and south of the harbor in waters 80 to 180 feet deep.

Those fishing Portage Lake have caught smallmouth bass, northern pike, perch and bluegill in the early morning hours.

Fishing has been slow at Manistee. Boat anglers have caught a few steelhead while fishing in waters 300 to 600 feet deep. Small numbers of chinook and lake trout have been picked up as well.

Pier fishing is slow at Ludington. Boat anglers have caught steelhead and lake trout in waters 300 feet deep.

UPPER PENINSULA

In Keweenaw Bay, boat anglers have had good success when trolling for chinook 40 to 70 feet down in waters 60 to 90 feet deep. Those targeting lake trout have had good success while jigging in waters 200 to 240 feet deep.

In Traverse Bay, lake trout have been caught while trolling in waters 130 to 175 feet deep or jigging in waters 220 to 240 feet deep.

In Lake Gogebic, fishing has picked up with recent warmer temperatures. Walleye catches have been good using crawlers and leeches on slip bobbers. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on the east shore while using live bait in the shallows.

Good numbers of bass have been caught on Ottawa Lake in Iron County.

In Marquette, boat anglers fishing the harbor have caught lake trout in waters 130 to 170 feet deep. A few coho have been caught in the upper harbor as well.

Lake trout have been caught in the shallow waters near the Chocolay River. Those fishing the Carp and Dead Rivers have caught a mix of northern pike and rainbow trout.

In Little Bay De Noc, walleye fishing has slowed near Gladstone. Night anglers have had good catches out from the Gladstone beach while jigging in waters 8 to 15 feet deep. Perch have been caught while jigging off the narrows in waters 25 feet deep.

Bass have been caught just south of the Ford River while casting leeches and crank baits in waters 4 to 10 feet deep. Fishing pressure is low in Big Bay De Noc. Walleye have been caught just north of Kate's Bay while drifting crawlers and slow trolling crank baits in waters 6 to 14 feet deep.

Good numbers of smallmouth bass have been caught in the head of the bay and south near Puffy Bay in Garden. In both areas anglers have had luck using crank baits and spinners in waters 4 to 8 feet deep.

The coho fishing is slow near Au Train and Munising. Lake trout fishing has been good. Anglers have been catching good numbers when trolling flies and spoons or bobbing in 150 to 175 feet of water.

Splake have been caught at the mouth of the Anna River in Munising while casting spoons.

Near Grand Marais, the whitefish are starting to pick up. Boat anglers fishing out of Grand Marais have caught lake trout while trolling spoons 10 feet off the bottom in waters 150 to 300 feet deep.

Fishing on the Tahquamenon River has been slow with a few catches of northern pike and walleye near Newberry.

Walleye fishing has been good in Munuscong Bay. Anglers have had the best success while trolling medium-sized crank baits of various colors 20 feet behind the boat.

At Drummond Island, walleye fishing has been slow as water temperatures have increased to 73 degrees. A few walleye have been caught in waters 9 to 10 feet deep.

Smallmouth bass have been caught in Scott's Bay while casting crank baits in 4 feet of water. Northern pike have been caught on the north end of the island at Bruce's Point. Anglers are having the best results while casting crank baits or spoons.

In De Tour, anglers are catching Atlantic salmon and chinook while trolling the shipping channel to and around the lighthouse. The best results have come from using raspberry or green spoons. There is a new fish cleaning station in De Tour, located between the two water towers.

At Cedarville and Hessel, perch have been biting in Moscoe Channel and Cedarville Bay in 4 feet of water. Anglers are using crab meat or casting small spinners. Northern pike have been caught while casting stick bait.

At St. Ignace, boat anglers have caught chinook while casting green spoons. Shore anglers have caught smallmouth bass on the northwest side of the Mackinac Bridge.

 
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