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Hook & Hunting: June 14 Weekly Fishing Report

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June is a prime time for fly fishing after dark. Many big bugs are beginning to hatch, which are great for big trout fishing. With the warm weather, hatches this year are going to be more intense. For more hatching information contact a local fly shop or bait shop.

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Cheboygan:  Lake Huron is producing some nice chinook salmon in 100 feet of water. Try 35 feet down with green and silver or red-nose spoons. Hammond Bay was slow but a few chinook and lake trout were taken on green and silver spoons.    

Cheboygan River:  Has walleye, suckers, bullhead and rock bass.   

Rogers City:  The area is starting to see some fly hatches. Lake trout are being caught by Seagull Point, Forty Mile Point and south towards Adams Point in 50 to 80 feet of water. Chinook and steelhead were caught in the top half of waters 50 to 90 feet deep. Good colors were green, blue and silver or a combination of blues and greens. Orange was good in the top 15 to 20 feet for steelhead. Anglers are using downriggers, dipsy's and lead core in 3, 5 and 7 colors.    

Presque Isle:  Has good fishing for Atlantic, chinook and lake trout straight out and north towards the big lighthouse when fishing the top half of waters 90 feet deep.  

Rockport:  Catch rates for Atlantic salmon slowed even though anglers could see fish off the pier, they would not bite. Lake trout were caught at the Nordmere Wreck. Try 60 to 100 feet down in 100 to 150 feet of water with spoons, dodgers and spin-glows.  Orange, purple and silver were good colors. Trout and salmon were caught on spin-glows, spoons and rapalas. Try 30 to 60 feet of water near the wreck, False Presque Isle, and Middle Island. 

Thunder Bay River:  Had good smallmouth bass fishing for those using leeches and crawlers. Rock bass were also caught. A couple walleye were taken on a crawler harnesses. Freshwater drum and bullhead were caught on worms.  

Hubbard Lake:  Has walleye, smallmouth bass and rock bass. The lake also produces some nice perch.  

Harrisville:  Is producing lake trout, steelhead and salmon between Squaw Bay and the Au Sable River. The fish seem to be scattered in 70 to 150 feet of water. Everything from lead core on planer boards, dipsy's and downriggers produced fish. Hot colors were orange, brown, black and silver.  

Oscoda:  Had few anglers but those able to get out caught fish in 70 to 90 feet of water. Try fishing higher in the water column as the fish were suspended. Blue and silver or a blue and green combination worked best.      

Au Sable River:  Walleye fishing was slow near Oscoda however catch rates further upstream seem to be picking up. Try body baits, crawlers and leaches.  

Higgins Lake:  Perch have been caught in 30 to 40 feet of water along the drop-off. Anglers were starting to catch fish in the eight to 10 inch range. Lake trout and whitefish were hitting on cowbells, stick baits and rapalas. Some have started jigging with Swedish pimples. Good colors were white pearl and chrome. Tip it with a wax worm for perch in the deeper waters.  

Houghton Lake:  Walleye were caught in 8 feet of water near the weed beds. Try crawlers or leeches. Bluegills were also found near the weed beds.  

Tawas:  Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, rock bass, pike and a few walleye. Mayfly hatches have been heavy the last few nights and it's hard for anglers to compete with all that natural food. Those trolling at night caught walleye in 27 to 30 feet of water outside Tawas Point however many are still taking their boats down to Au Gres where the bite was better.  

Au Gres:  Had good to excellent walleye fishing south of Pointe Au Gres and east of Eagle's Landing Marina in 30 to 35 feet of water. Limit catches when the bite is on. 

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Summer fishing for bass and panfish is in full swing. The bass are pretty much done while the bluegills are still spawning. Trout fishing in area streams was good now that water levels have receded.    

Harbor Springs:   Lake trout were caught 10 feet down in 40 feet of water. Some anglers are traveling all the way to 9-Mile.  

Bear River:  Steelhead are still being caught including some females. Try drifting spawn bags or jigging with crawlers. Reports say Skamania are showing up near the dam already. A couple nice brown trout were taken between the dam and the "Bobber Hole" with natural baits or when fly fishing.  

Petoskey:  Shore anglers are still catching smallmouth bass with crawlers or leeches near the mouth of the river. Rock bass, carp and the occasional steelhead were caught off the old dock near the mouth.  

Charlevoix:  Salmon fishing was good with plenty of smaller chinook one or two pounds caught right along with some bigger fish ranging 12 to 18 pounds. Try 120 feet down in waters 140 to 220 feet deep west of the lighthouse to Fisherman's Island.  Salmon were marked 70 to 80 feet down near Bell's Bay. Pier anglers caught walleye on crawlers and leeches after dark. Smallmouth were caught but many were sub-legal.  

Elk River:  Most are targeting smallmouth bass. Catch rates were good but many of the bigger fish have been thinned out. Try leeches or crawlers.    

Lake Skegemog:  Was producing some nice size perch and bluegills.   

Manistee Lake:  In Kalkaska County is producing walleye and perch.  

Traverse City:  Both bays are producing lake trout and the occasional whitefish.  A few chinook salmon are beginning to show up as well. Catch rates for smallmouth bass were good for those sight fishing in four to 15 feet of water. A few anglers were targeting carp in the flats with fly fishing gear.

Boardman River:  Smallmouth bass and carp seem to be the targets. Live baits worked best. A couple pike were caught.    

Platte Bay:  Produced good numbers of large lake trout in 35 to 55 feet of water.   

Frankfort:  Those able to make it out with the high winds were trolling 40 to 70 feet down in waters 115 to 205 feet deep straight out and near the Herring Hole. They caught chinook, steelhead and lake trout. There are lots of alewife around and just outside the piers. Try lures that glow before 7:00 a.m. or blue and green spoons later.    

Arcadia:  Though fishing was slow, chinook were caught 50 to 80 feet down in waters 150 to 180 feet deep off the golf course with green and blue spoons.    

Arcadia Lake:  Fisheries technicians did a survey and found large pike and walleye in the trap nets. The hot spots were the point between the north and east arms and off the channel.  

Onekama:  Those trolling 45 to 60 feet down in 160 to 180 feet of water in the early morning have taken some nice catches on glow spoons at first light.  

Portage Lake:   Those fishing the shallows continue to catch pike, walleye, bluegills and perch while bass are being caught along the drop-offs.  

Lake Cadillac:  Bluegills were still spawning. Fish were caught along the north shore near the High School when using crawlers, leaf worms, wax worms or by those fly fishing. For crappie, try the east side of the lake in deeper water. Good baits are minnows, wigglers and leeches. Early morning or evening is the best time for bass and pike. No word on walleye.  

Manistee:  Boat anglers are finding trout and salmon 45 to 110 feet down in waters 80 to 230 feet deep. Blue and green spoons seem to work best. Pier anglers caught a few brown trout when casting spoons.   Manistee River:  Skamania steelhead are starting to show up at Tippy Dam.  

Ludington:  Is also producing trout and salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 80 to 180 feet of water. Green and blue spoons were the ticket.  

Pere Marquette River:   Is currently experiencing a mayfly hatch.  

Pentwater:  Fishing was good with lots of steelhead and salmon being caught in 150 to 190 feet of water. Steelhead were caught 45 feet down and salmon were caught 80 to 90 feet down. Good colors were green and orange. Catch rates were good about seven miles to the south. There is still plenty of baitfish in the channel so perch and steelhead are also in the there. 

UPPER PENINSULA


Ontonagon:
 River fishing is very slow but those fishing the big lake have caught lake trout. The fish were scattered and caught in the top third of waters 12 to 125 feet deep.    

Keweenaw Bay:  Those trolling caught fish from Sand Point north toward the red rocks at the roadside park at Keweenaw. Try 50 to 75 feet down in waters 60 to 90 feet deep with spoons or crank baits in a variety of colors. Those jigging found lake trout in 240 to 270 feet of water off the pine tree at Pequaming Point and the south end of Big Reef.  A few more perch were caught at the Baraga Marina. Near South Portage, lake trout were taken off Farmers Reef, Newton's Reef and the Mud Banks in 45 to 70 feet of water. Some were jigging in 90 to 180 feet. In Traverse Bay, those trolling off the stacks between Gay Point and Big Louie's Point caught lake trout in 145 to 180 feet of water or between the stacks and Hermits Cove in 150 to 200 feet.

Marquette:  Lake trout anglers are fishing about five miles towards Shot Point and taking fish 20 feet off the bottom in 180 feet of water or north of Granite Island in 200 feet of water. A few fish were taken on high-lines within 50 feet of the surface. Good numbers of lake trout were caught from Stannard Rock.  

Menominee:  More boats are targeting chinook in the waters of Sturgeon Bay. Some are heading to Chambers Isle and picking up a few. A couple salmon were caught near the Whalesback and beyond. Walleye anglers trolling in 12 to 15 feet of water along the Michigan and Wisconsin shoreline were not doing very well but they did catch freshwater drum and smallmouth bass.    

Menominee River:  Water levels near the dam are still low. Shore anglers were catching a few smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass when still-fishing with crawlers and minnows.  

Cedar River:  Bass anglers fishing from the mouth to the first rapids caught smallmouth but the fish were running small. Freshwater drum were also caught.  

Little Bay De Noc:   Walleye catches were best at night when trolling crawler harnesses or crank baits near Kipling, the Narrows or out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 10 to 28 feet of water. During the day, the better fishing was near the beach at Gladstone in 14 to 28 feet of water or off the Black Bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water. Walleye were caught down by the "Fingers" and Round Island in 10 to 23 feet. Chinook salmon fishing was good to excellent out by the Ford River Buoy when trolling spoons 60 to 80 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water. Perch were caught by those still-fishing with worms in 10 to 20 feet of water northeast of Butler Island and off the beach house at Gladstone in 14 to 25 feet of water. Several large channel cats were caught by walleye anglers.  

Ford River:  Has good smallmouth action for those casting crank baits in 10 to 12 feet of water along the edge of the mouth or those casting crank baits or plastics between the mouth and the first bridge.    

Big Bay De Noc:  Had very good walleye fishing from Poplar Point over to Kate's Bay when trolling crawler harnesses in 16 to 20 feet of water. With good numbers of fish and few anglers, this is a good place to go if you fish for walleye. Good smallmouth action between Porcupine Point and Poplar Point, Ogontz, Kate's Bay and Garden Bluff when casting crank baits or plastics in 12 to 15 feet of water. A few perch were taken in 8 to 12 feet in Garden Bay. Fairport had excellent salmon fishing however few anglers were out. Good numbers of fish were caught 65 to 95 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water when trolling spoons. Schools of fish are chasing all the baitfish. If you like salmon fishing and your waiting until July you could miss all the action! For smallmouth, try the north end of Little Summer Island.  

Au Train:  Surface water temperatures were in the mid 50's in the bay and near 50 degrees beyond the island. Water temperatures are much warmer this year than last year. Lake trout were caught out towards Laughing Whitefish Point and Wood Island.  

St. Mary's River:  Anglers have done well for walleye in Raber Bay when trolling purple crawler harnesses in six to 12 feet of water between Carleton Creek and Round Island. A few musky were also caught in Raber Bay in the late evening. Those trolling near the mouth of the Gogomain River have caught walleye on crawler harnesses. Anglers can take off from the Raber Bay Township Launch which is just north of Petersen's Country Store.  

Detour:  Is producing Atlantic salmon for those trolling orange and gold spoons 10 to 20 feet down in 80 feet of water. Lake trout have also been caught right along with a few chinook salmon between the Detour Lighthouse and the first red buoy on the south end of Drummond Island.  

Cedarville and Hessel:  Anglers in Hessel are harvesting perch from the marina pier and the east end of Hessel Bay. Waters are warming up so look for things to improve quickly.  Salmon are also being caught. For bass, try Snows Channel and for pike try Cedarville
Bay.   

Carp River:  Is producing walleye, rainbow trout and pike.  

St. Ignace:  Anglers heading out have caught a fair number of chinook salmon.

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