Warmth, dryness slow state's fishing
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 14 July 2005 07:02
With the recent increase in temperatures, fishing for all species across most areas of the state has been slow, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.

A lack of rainfall also has lowered water levels in several lakes and streams across the state, and boat anglers should use extra caution.


In Lake Erie, anglers are catching perch near Sputnik using spreaders with minnows, the DNR reported. Walleye have been caught off Stony Point and near the Fermi Power Plant in waters 20 to 24 feet deep using jet divers or crawler harnesses.

Anglers have caught walleye out from Bolles Harbor in waters 20 feet deep using Hot-n-Tot's and Wolverine spoons. Bass fishing has been good. Anglers are fishing off the reefs with tubes.

Good numbers of bass have been caught using poppers and buzz bait in the Huron River. Carp and catfish have been caught using corn or dough balls.

Fishing on the Detroit River has been slow. Anglers have caught perch at the bottom end of the river near Celeron Island. Walleye have been caught while hand-lining and jigging near Sugar Island. Smallmouth bass have been caught using tube and spinner baits.

Perch numbers are low. A few have been caught using minnows.

Walleye have been caught near the BASF Wall and just north of Mudd Island using crawlers. Musky have been caught using Bondy Bait.

In Lake St. Clair, musky have been caught near the Dumping Grounds as well as on the Canadian side of the lake. Bass fishing has been hot. Most anglers have been catching them while fishing for walleye with minnows and crawler harnesses.

In the St. Clair River, walleye have been caught along the walls and near the mouth of Lake Huron while drifting hand-liners. A few perch have been caught at the mouth of the Black River.

In lower Lake Huron, smallmouth bass have been caught near Lakeside Beach while trolling small Rapalas.

From Lexington to Port Sanilac, boat anglers have caught perch in waters 25 to 30 feet deep while drifting and still fishing. Lake trout and chinook have been caught in 75 to 90 feet of water.

Fishing pressure at Harbor Beach is low. Lake trout and chinook have been caught in waters 90 to 110 feet deep. Walleye have been caught inside the harbor at night.

Lake trout fishing has been good at Grindstone City and Port Austin. Walleye have been caught at Port Austin while fishing near the lighthouse in the evening hours.

Walleye fishing has been good in Saginaw Bay. The best spot seems to be near the Spark Plug off Linwood. Walleye have been caught out of Quanicassee near the Callahan and Coryeon Reefs.

Near Sebawing, the best walleye fishing has been along the outside of the islands near the Slot.

At Caseville, walleye have been caught north of Big Charity Island in waters 30 to 35 feet deep. Inland lake fishing has been good. Plenty of trout have been caught using cowbells with a 2-inch Rapala on the end or using a large sinker with a silvery spoon on a lead. Good catches of pan fish have been reported.

Bass fishing has picked up although most catches have been sub-legal. Boat anglers have had the best luck throwing artificial bait into the shallows.


At New Buffalo, perch fishing has been good along the shoreline all the way up to St. Joseph, according to the DNR's report.

Boat anglers are having the best luck fishing in waters 20 to 27 feet deep using minnows. Anglers are catching mostly sub-legal fish.

The biggest catches have been taken near Weko Beach in Bridgman and near the Pumping Station south of St. Joseph.

Chinook have been caught at St. Joseph. Anglers are fishing 35 to 50 feet down in waters 40 to 60 feet deep using flies and flashers or spoons and Dodgers. Boat anglers trolling off the pier heads in St. Joseph have caught a few coho and steelhead.

Overall fishing is slow on the St. Joseph River. Water temperatures are up and the water levels are extremely low. Boat anglers should use extra caution.

Fishing on Paw Paw Lake has been good for pan fish. Anglers have had the best results using night crawlers. Those targeting northern pike have had good success drifting minnows and trolling deep break lines.

Near Holland, perch have been caught in waters 15 to 30 feet deep using minnows. Salmon fishing has been good with the best catches being taken in waters 40 to 120 feet deep.

Anglers are catching good numbers of walleye while drifting crawlers and leeches at night on the Kalamazoo River.

Fishing has been good at Grand Haven. Steelhead, chinook and perch have been caught off the piers using alewives. The best catches of chinook have been while fishing 40 to 50 feet down in waters 50 to 120 feet deep. Spoons in orange and yellow seem to work the best.

On the Grand River near Grand Rapids, anglers have caught good numbers of northern pike while fishing the deep holes near the stream mouths with chartreuse spinner baits. Catfish numbers have been low. Good numbers of walleye have been caught in deeper waters using crawlers.

On the Thornapple River, anglers have been getting limit catches of walleye with a few measuring up to 23 inches.

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

On Lime Lake, lake trout have been caught while fishing 5 feet down in 30 feet of water using wax worms. The best catches have been during the late evening hours and after dark.

Fishing has been good for walleye on the Grand River near Lansing. Anglers have had good catches using minnows below the Moore's Park and North Lansing Dams.

Good numbers of catfish and bluegill have been caught at Sleepy Hollow. Anglers have caught crappie and plenty of pan fish at Narrow Lake.

Deep water fishing has been good at Muskegon. Chinook have been caught in front of the pier heads in waters 90 to 120 feet deep using spoons of various colors.

Walleye have been caught in waters 8 to 10 feet deep while drifting crawler harnesses on Muskegon Lake. Bluegill and other pan fish have been caught all along the weed beds.


At Rogers City, the best steelhead fishing has been in waters 100 to 170 feet deep while fishing the top 65 feet of water. Bright colored spoons such as orange and silver, silver and blue and purples have worked the best.

The hot spots have been north of the harbor from the lighthouse up to Hammond Bay or straight out of the harbor. A few salmon have been caught south of the harbor near Adams Point.

Fishing has been spotty in Presque Isle. Salmon have been caught north of the harbor between the two lighthouses or straight out and south toward Stoneport. Anglers have had good luck in waters 70 to 180 feet deep while fishing the top 70 feet with downriggers. Steelhead have been caught near the surface with lead core and planer boards.

Boat anglers at Rockport have caught lake trout while trolling off Middle Island in waters 60 to 90 feet deep.

Anglers have caught perch using crawlers at Black Lake. Those trolling with crawler harnesses have caught a few walleye and smallmouth bass.

Fishing pressure is low at Fletcher's Floodwaters. Northern pike and bass have been caught. Top water baits have worked well for bass. Perch have been caught in waters 5 feet deep using worms and white tubes. Good numbers of pan fish have been taken as well.

Walleye fishing is good at Alpena. Anglers are drift fishing down by the Ninth Street Dam or trolling the islands in the bay. Good numbers of lake trout have been caught at the 9 Mile Can and around Thunder Bay Island while trolling with a Dodger and fly or Dodger and squid.

Walleye fishing has slowed near Oscoda. Boat anglers have caught lake trout near Oscoda and Harrisville.

At Tawas, boat anglers have caught chinook and lake trout while trolling in waters 50 to 65 feet deep. Walleye have been caught in waters 30 to 40 feet deep. Lake trout have been caught near Au Sable Point.

Walleye fishing has been good at Au Gres. Boat anglers are trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses in waters 22 to 40 feet deep.

Anglers have caught good numbers of channel catfish on the Au Gres River.


Fishing has been slow at Traverse City, the DNR said in its report. Boat anglers have caught good numbers of lake trout in both bays. Salmon fishing has been good near the Manitou Islands.

Walleye and bass fishing has been good at Burt Lake. At Pickerel and Crooked Lake, bass and pan fish have been caught using crawlers or crawler harnesses.

The walleye fishing has been good on Long Lake.

At Frankfort, pier anglers have caught chinook and steelhead straight out from the piers and to the north near Point Betsie in the early morning and evening hours. Most anglers are fishing in 80 to 150 feet of water 35 to 55 feet down using spoons or flies.

Blue Chilly Willeys, Greasy Chicken Wings and Lemon Drop Tails have been the most productive. Platte Lake has had some good catches of walleye while using crawler harnesses.

Crystal Lake and Lower Herring Lake have been producing good catches of pan fish.

At Onekama, boat anglers have been catching good numbers of chinook and lake trout in the early morning and evening hours. The best spots seem to be to the north near the Barrel Hole during the early morning. Those fishing the afternoon hours have had the best luck in waters 45 to 130 feet deep. Pier anglers have caught good numbers of rock bass and smallmouth bass.

Anglers on Portage Lake have caught rock bass, bluegill and perch.

At Manistee, fishing continues to be good. Boat anglers have been trolling off the shelf to the north and south with good catches of salmon and lake trout. Pier anglers have caught steelhead and chinook off both the north and south piers.

Pier fishing is slow at Ludington. Steelhead have been caught off the north pier. Boat anglers have caught salmon while trolling in waters 80 to 250 feet deep to the north and south of the port.


Salmon fishing has been slow in Keweenaw Bay, the DNR said. Anglers have caught a few coho and chinook in waters 30 to 100 feet deep.

Those trolling for lake trout have had good success in waters 40 to 120 feet deep. Anglers jigging for lake trout have had fair success in waters 200 to 240 feet deep.

In Traverse Bay, anglers have had good success trolling for lake trout in waters 60 to 150 feet deep. Try jigging in waters 130 to 249 feet deep. Coho have been caught while trolling in waters 30 to 90 feet deep.

Walleye fishing has improved on the inland waters. At Lake Gogebic, anglers have had good success using slip bobbers in Bergland Bay or crawler harnesses in the center of the lake. Purple harnesses and pink jigs have worked the best. Perch fishing has been good.

On the Ontonagon River, walleye fishing has been good from the mouth upstream. Those trolling out into Lake Superior have had some nice catches of brown trout, coho and steelhead.

In Marquette, fishing pressure is high even with the recent fly hatch chasing some anglers off the lake. Boat anglers have caught a few lake trout in waters 100 to 220 feet deep.

Anglers have reported fair to good success for lake trout at Munising and Au Train. The best success has been trolling spoons in waters 150 to 200 feet deep as the fish have moved out to deeper waters.

At Grand Marais, lake trout fishing has been good when trolling about five miles offshore. Anglers are fishing right off the bottom along the drop-offs with orange and green spoons. Pier anglers have caught whitefish. Perch can be found along the drop-off near the boat launch.

Herring fishing on the St. Mary's River has been slow. Walleye fishing in Munuscong and Raber Bays has been good. Anglers are trolling with crawler harnesses.

Near Drummond Island, the herring fishing has been good in the harbor and around Long Island. In De Tour, herring are feeding on natural hatches so the catch has been slim. A few salmon and steelhead have been caught while walleye fishing has been slow.

Anglers in Cedarville and Hessel are fishing for salmon with good results. The best catches have been coming from the area between Marquette Island and Goose Island as well as east of Cedarville out of the Dolomite shipping channel and yacht entrance.

Anglers are catching northern pike off the Hessel pier, and in Cedarville Bay. Yellow perch are hitting in Cedarville Bay and Moscoe Channel in 4 to 8 feet of water.

In St. Ignace, boat anglers still are catching chinook around Mackinac Island, Round Island and Bois Blanc Island, and near the Coast Guard Station. Spoons such as Watermelon and Orange Crush with green and white flashers and flies have worked best.

Shore anglers are wading on the west side of the Mackinac Bridge for northern pike and smallmouth bass.

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