Hook & Hunting: July 5 Weekly Fishing Report
NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Cheboygan: Those fishing Hammond Bay were targeting chinook at the Nine Mile drop-off when fishing 40 feet down in 90 feet of water. Local anglers are fishing for pike and smallmouth bass off the breakwall.
Cheboygan River: Small boats trolling the mouth from the DNR Launch to the paper mill have caught walleye, freshwater drum and suckers. Walleye are hitting on crawler harness or small spinners with early morning producing fish. Limited shore fishing is taking place from the foot bridge up to the paper mill.
Rogers City: The best fishing has been north towards Forty Mile Point when fishing 90 feet down where the water is cold. The fish were scattered with all the northwest wind so some were caught as high as 50 feet up. Hot colors were anything green, blue, orange, white, glow and combos of copper and green or black and white. Anglers are getting a mixed bag of chinook, coho, lake trout, steelhead and pink salmon.
Presque Isle: Water temperatures in the area were near 65 degrees throughout the water column until you get out deep to 120 feet or more and fish 90 feet down. There has been lots of baitfish suspended in 50 to 90 feet of water.
Alpena: With shifting winds, anglers were having trouble finding walleye.
Thunder Bay River: Smallmouth bass and rock bass have been caught between the mouth and the 9th Street Dam when using crawlers, leeches, rapalas and spinners. Freshwater drum were caught on crawlers and a few walleye were caught by those casting artificial bait or still-fishing with worms.
Harrisville: The winds have not been favorable but those able to make it out had limited success. Lake trout are in 70 to 90 feet of water early in the morning and heading out deeper as the day progresses. Spoons, spin glows and flies were catching fish. Darker colors with flashers seem to work best. Steelhead were starting to show up in 55 to 70 feet of water so try planer boards with lead core and copper wire in orange, blue and silver. A few walleye were caught up near Sturgeon Point. Try 20 to 30 feet of water early and shallow waters in the late evening.
Oscoda: Lake trout have been caught straight out and north of the river in 80 to 100 feet of water. The fish were suspended about halfway down. Spoons, flies, cut bait and spin glows in darker colors caught fish.
Au Sable River: In Oscoda, a few walleye are still making their way into the river, but most of these fish are small.
Au Gres: Is still producing walleye on crawler harnesses, crank baits or Hot-n-Tots.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Harbor Springs: Those trolling have caught lake trout north of Harbor Point in 160 feet of water and west off the furthest buoy when fishing 120 feet down. Smallmouth bass are still being caught by those using tube baits.
Petoskey: Anglers are catching mostly lake trout when trolling in 100 to 120 feet of water off Bay Harbor or 150 to 160 feet down in 200 to 220 feet of water further east. A few chinook were also caught. The end of the first dock and the breakwall are still producing smallmouth bass, rock bass and bullhead.
Bear River: Anglers are still catching some steelhead near the dam when using spawn bags or crawlers. Brown trout can also be found near the dam and downriver. Try both natural bait and flies.
Charlevoix: Is producing smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye for those fishing in the channel. Freshwater drum were also caught.
Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay have good smallmouth bass fishing. There are still some fish in the shallows but many have been caught in waters up to 15 feet deep. Lake trout were caught in 80 to 100 feet of water and limit catches were reported. Anglers are beginning to see more salmon and the action should improve in the next few weeks.
Elk River: Anglers are targeting smallmouth bass with leeches, crawlers or gulp plastic baits. Many are on the small side but try early morning fishing for a chance to catch bigger the fish.
Boardman River: Anglers are targeting smallmouth bass and carp. Try crawlers or corn for carp and live baits for smallmouth bass. Some have caught the occasional walleye or pike.
Frankfort: Had great fishing 60 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet of water with meat rigs. Blue was the hot color. If your lines are set at 5:30 am, you will be reeling in fish. Use anything that glows prior to sunrise and UV after sun up. After the morning catch is done, drop a line to the bottom with a flasher and spin glow for lake trout.
Onekama: Those heading straight out to 110 to 150 feet of water caught fish when trolling along the drop. Fish 80 to 90 feet down, good colors were blue and glow. Meat rigs worked best after the sun comes up.
Portage Lake: Walleye have been caught on crawler harnesses in the early morning around Little Eden and near the canal. Bass have moved to the drop-offs and the bite has slowed. Perch and bluegills were caught in 16 to 18 feet of water. A 34 inch pike was also caught.
Lake Cadillac: Bluegill and crappie have been caught along the east side. Try fishing the deeper holes and under structure that give some shade. The better fishing seems to be early morning or later in the evening. Try casting small spinners or floating crickets and small minnows.
Manistee: Fishing slowed compared to what it has been. Boat anglers found salmon 45 to 150 feet down in 140 to 300 feet of water. Meat rigs in yellow and green or blue and green spoons caught fish.
Ludington: Salmon fishing slowed but fish were caught 50 to 120 feet down in 140 to 250 feet of water with green spoons or purple and green meat rigs.
Pentwater: Boat anglers continue to catch chinook and steelhead 30 to 50 feet off the bottom in 90 to 120 feet of water. Boats were heading south and fishing across from the dunes and Silver Lake State Park. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass on minnows and body baits.
Keweenaw Bay: Anglers picked up salmon and lake trout when trolling from Sand Point north to the Red Rocks at the Keweenaw roadside park. Try 50 to 100 feet down in 50 to 120 feet of water with a variety of colors. Those jigging for lake trout caught fish in 240 to 280 feet of water off Pequaming. Perch were caught off the Baraga Marina. Those fishing the South Portage Entry caught fish off the Mud Banks, Farmers Reef, Newton's Reef and the Big Reef. Try the bottom 50 feet in waters up to 150 feet deep. Off the south end of Big Reef and Farmers Reef, try 220 to 260 feet of water. In Traverse Bay, those trolling for lake trout did well between Gay Point and Big Louie's Point.
Marquette: Lake trout fishing was fair with most anglers taking one fish per hour. Try east of the White Rocks and towards Granite Island in 160 to 180 feet of water with a combination of spoons and flies. Those jigging for lake trout did well at Stannard Rock. Surface water temperatures near shore were in the upper 60's but offshore waters were in the low 60's.
Menominee: Chinook and brown trout have been caught in front of the marina in 50 feet of water. Anglers are also trolling the north and south side of Green Island. Limit catches were reported by those fishing 100 feet of water near the Whalesback in the early morning. Most of the fish were 30 to 50 feet down. Those trolling 50 feet down in waters 70 to 85 feet deep off Wells State Park caught chinook and the occasional brown trout on spoons.
Menominee River: Those trolling caught freshwater drum, channel cats, smallmouth bass, pike and walleye. Try crawler harnesses or rapalas in a variety of colors. The bigger walleye were caught in the deeper holes like the one in front of the Foundry. Shore anglers caught freshwater drum, smallmouth, rock bass, channel cats and a couple small walleye between Boom Landing and the First Dam. Water levels were low in many areas.
Cedar River: Is still producing smallmouth bass. Shore anglers near the boat launch did well drifting crawlers or casting crank baits. Channel cats and freshwater drum were also caught.
Little Bay De Noc: Mayfly hatches and alewife have slowed catch rates considerably. Walleye anglers did best in southern waters with the exception of night anglers but catch rates were spotty. Those jigging crawlers along the weeds out by “Black Bottom” scored a few keepers in early morning in 10 to 20 feet of water. Breezy Point and south to the “Fingers” also produced a few catches with some trolling crank baits while others used crawler harnesses in 12 to 24 feet of water. Fair to good smallmouth bass action off Hunters Point, the coal docks in Escanaba and the Ford River when casting crank baits or jigs in 10 to 15 feet of water. Salmon fishing was fair out by the Ford River buoy when trolling spoons 75 to 90 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing the “Boot” and south to the Shoals but no fish were caught. Smallmouth bass were caught near Ogontz, Poplar Point, Kates Bay and off Garden Bluff when casting crank baits, plastics or crawlers in 12 to 18 feet of water. A good number of rock bass were caught by those drifting crawlers in 8 to 12 feet of water in Garden Bay. Fairport has excellent salmon fishing out in the “Gap” when trolling spoons 70 to 90 feet down in 80 to 125 feet of water. Black or green glows have done very well.
Au Train: Anglers are picking up a few lake trout towards Wood Island in 200 feet of water. Chinook and coho were caught on high lines. Surface water temperatures were in the mid to upper 60's.
St. Mary's River: Raber Bay is producing walleye in the evening for those trolling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses along weed beds in 8 to 10 feet of water. Cisco, and lake herring are still being caught on the west side of Lime Island in 12 to18 feet of water using red tear drops tipped with wax worms or natural fly hatches. A few pike and musky were caught early morning and evening in Raber Bay while trolling spoons and crank baits along weed lines off the Point. Boat anglers are reminded to watch for rocks and shallow sand bars along the river.
DeTour: Chinook and Atlantic salmon have been caught between the lighthouse and the first red buoy on the south end of Drummond Island. Anglers do best trolling orange, gold, and black spoons 55 feet down in 70 to 100 feet of water. Drummond Island had fly hatches around all the Islands. Lake herring were caught at Butterfield Island and Salton Stall in 25 feet of water using tiny red teardrops tipped with wax worms, or the natural fly hatches. Boat anglers around Drummond Island need to watch for rocks and shallow sand bars.
Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing off the pier and in Hessel Bay has picked up in eight to 12 feet of water. Try crawlers or minnows. Good northern pike action in Hessel Bay when using chubs. McKay Bay and Prentice Bay are excellent for herring as limit catches were reported.
St. Ignace: Had excellent chinook salmon fishing directly in front of the Coast Guard Station and the city launch in 70 to 80 feet of water.