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Hook & Hunting: July 12 Weekly Fishing Report

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NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Cheboygan:  Lake Huron is producing chinook salmon and lake trout for those fishing off the south and east sides of Bois Blanc Island with orange or yellow, green and white spoons with scallops. In Hammond Bay, anglers are targeting chinook 40 feet down in 90 feet of water off the Nine Mile Drop-Off and out from the Biological Station. Locals were fishing off the breakwall for pike and smallmouth bass.  

Cheboygan River:  Had fewer anglers however the river has a good current which should produce walleye. Try crawlers on a single hook or crawler harnesses. Rock bass and largemouth bass are hitting small silver spoons near the dam.  

Rogers City:  Catch rates are fair but some days are better than others because of all the baitfish. Most are fishing deeper but fish were also found higher up in warmer waters especially when they are feeding. Try straight out, north towards the State Park and the Biological Station or south towards Adams Point. The best bite was very early before sun rise or evening. Mid-day was good for steelhead which were hitting on lead core in 3, 5 or 7 colors with dipsey divers out 130 feet. Downriggers set about halfway down or in the top 30 feet. Good colors were green, blue with silver and yellow tail. Try darker colors early and late or anything that glows. 

Presque Isle:  Has the same report as Rogers City. Anglers are fishing south towards Stoneport, Albany Point or north between the two lighthouses. 

Rockport:   Boat anglers caught steelhead, lake trout and salmon when trolling spoons out near the Nordmere Wreck and Middle Island. Shore anglers are catching bluegill, smallmouth bass and rock bass. Try worms or spinners. 

Alpena:  Walleye are being caught in Thunder Bay by those using crawler harnesses, spinners and body baits. Walleye fishing was good along Sulphur Island, Scarecrow Island and along North Shore. Channel cats were caught by those using crawler harnesses. Those trolling spoons out near Thunder Bay Island, the "Humps", and the Nordmere Wreck have caught several lake trout. 

Thunder Bay River:   Is producing rock bass and smallmouth bass between the 9th Street Dam and the marina. Try worms or artificial baits. 

Harrisville:  Lake trout seem to making their way out to deeper water. Anglers caught fish in 90 to 120 feet of water straight out and north of the harbor with spoons about three quarters of the way down. Hot colors were black and silver, black and orange or blue and silver. For steelhead, look for the scum line.      

Oscoda:  Walleye were caught by those trolling in deeper water for lake trout and salmon. Small spoons seem to work best in deeper water. Lake trout were moving out deeper north and south of the river. Colors vary but darker is better. 

Au Sable River:  Boat and shore anglers caught walleye on crawlers and leeches. 

Houghton Lake:  Is producing a few walleye along the weed beds in the early morning or late evening. Bluegills were caught on leeches or crawlers.   

Tawas:  Pier anglers are catching the usual summer mix of rock bass, smallmouth bass and a few small perch. Those fishing off the old Coast Guard Station also caught perch. Walleye were caught by those trolling in 40 to 50 feet of water off Alabaster. Some limit catches were reported. 

Au Gres:   Has good walleye fishing for those making the long run and heading out north of the Charity Islands or as far as Oak Point which is north of Caseville and the reefs off Sleeper State Park. Others are still heading south and fishing the inner bay in 30 feet of water north of Buoys 1 & 2.


NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA


Harbor Springs:
 Salmon fishing improved with fish caught around 5 Mile Point. The lake turned over and temperatures were dropping in the water column. It was 57 degrees at 80 feet. Salmon were caught 40 to 75 feet down in 160 feet of water and lake trout were caught 120 to 140 feet down.    

Petoskey:  Boat anglers targeting salmon were heading over to the Harbor Springs and fishing 100 feet down in 150 feet of water. Lake trout were still being caught between the pier and Bay Harbor when trolling at least 150 feet down. 

Bear River:  The steelhead bite is really slowing down, but anglers are still finding the occasional fish near the dam. Brown trout can be found at the dam and small rainbow trout were caught both above and below the dam. Try natural bait or flies. 

Charlevoix:  Salmon action has picked up. Some nice fish up to 16 pounds were caught 60 to 85 feet down in 160 to 180 feet of water with a Hootchie Mama, dipsey divers and flies. Bigger lake trout are also starting to show up around North Point. Try 135 to 140 feet down in 150 to 160 feet of water with spin glows and flies. The channel is still producing walleye, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Try crawlers or leeches in the evening. 

Lake Charlevoix:  Was producing some nice perch for those jigging in deep water. 

Traverse City:  The bays have good smallmouth bass fishing. Try 15 feet of water with soft plastic baits. Plenty of lake trout are being caught as well. Try jigging or trolling in 80 to 110 feet of water. A few chinook salmon were also caught. 

Elk River:  Anglers are mainly targeting smallmouth bass. Try leeches, crawlers, or plastic baits. Most of the fish are on the small side.    

Boardman River:  Anglers are targeting carp with corn or dough baits. For smallmouth bass try live baits such as crawlers, leeches, minnow or crayfish. 

Frankfort:  Anglers are taking limit catches of chinook when using meat rigs, spoons and green flies. A couple steelhead were also caught. Try 60 to 100 feet down in 90 to 150 feet of water but the depths were changing daily so check with the local shops. Most are trolling straight out from the lighthouse and heading north. 

Onekama: Those heading straight out from the canal and north to the Golf Course caught some nice fish 60 to 90 feet down in 120 to 150 feet of water. Green was the hot color after sunrise. 

Portage Lake:  Early morning walleye are hitting on crawler harnesses. Fair to good bluegill catches for those using worms or shrimp in 14 to 18 feet of water. Bass anglers are still working the drops.  

Lake Missaukee:  Is producing panfish and some large pike. 

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell:  For bluegill and crappie try small spinners or minnows, wax worms, crickets or leeches.    

Manistee:  Has good fishing 40 to 110 feet down in 80 to 200 feet of water with meat rigs. Good colors were yellow, green and blue. Try spoons higher in the water column. Green, orange and blue were good colors. 

Manistee River:  Is still producing some steelhead up near Tippy Dam.   

Ludington:  Boat anglers are catching trout and salmon 25 to 100 feet down in waters 60 to 180 feet deep. Try running orange, yellow, and green spoons. Meat rigs in various colors are also working. 

Pentwater:  Anglers are catching quite a few smallmouth bass in the channel. They are using body baits and minnows. Boat anglers targeting salmon were heading south and fishing the area near Stony Lake.



UPPER PENINSULA


Ontonagon: 
Had good fishing over the last week as more anglers were starting to catch salmon. Most are trolling spin glows, spoons and flies. Lake trout were scattered in 60 to 100 feet.

Marquette:  Lake trout fishing continues to be slow with most averaging two to five fish. The fish are eating plankton and sticklebacks. Most are fishing near the "Sand Hole", north of the white rocks and near Little Presque Isle. Stannard Rock continues to be consistent with lake trout averaging three to 10 pounds. 

Menominee:  Chinook, steelhead and brown trout were caught 50 to 80 feet down in 100 feet of water near Green Island. Limit catches of chinook salmon were taken near the Whalesback. The calm waters in the early morning or late evening were best. Those trolling in 70 to 85 feet of water north and south of the green can caught one to three fish per boat. Bright colored spoons worked best but some were also using dipsey divers and flies. 

Menominee River:  Those trolling are taking smallmouth bass, channel cats, freshwater drum, pike and walleye. Most are using crawler harnesses or rapalas. Try the deeper holes near the Foundry for the bigger walleye. Shore anglers did best in the evening especially during the hot weather. 

Cedar River:   Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass, pike and freshwater drum.

Little Bay De Noc:  Mayfly hatches and baitfish are providing plenty of food so catch rates were down. Walleye anglers were fishing the "Black Bottom" or the "Fingers" when drifting or jigging crawlers along the weeds in 10 to 20 feet of water. Those trolling along the north end of the bay were using stick baits in 20 to 30 feet of water.  Several perch were caught near the beach at Gladstone when still-fishing with crawlers in 10 to 18 feet of water. Those after salmon had fair to good action when trolling spoons 30 to 75 feet down in 50 to 120 feet of water. Best catches were just south of the "Fingers" in 50 to 60 feet of water. 

Big Bay De Noc:  No walleye to report this week however smallmouth bass anglers did well catching fish in the four to five pound range. Try St. Vitals Point or between Poplar Point and Stony Point in 12 to 14 feet of water or Garden Bluff in 14 to 18 feet of water with crawlers, crank baits or plastics. Fairport continues to produce very good salmon action for those trolling spoons 60 to 90 feet down in 80 to 140 feet of water. Good colors were black, green, and orange.    

Au Train:  Anglers participation has been low with the strong winds and occasional storm. Water temperatures near shore were in the low 70's but offshore waters were in the mid to upper 60's. 

Munising:  Lake trout anglers were fishing the west side of Grand Island, Grand Portal Point, Trout Bay and Wood Island. The fish range two to eight pounds. Limit catches were reported but those anglers put in a lot hours. The fish are feeding on a variety including freshwater shrimp and lake herring. Perch fishing was slow in Murray Bay and pier fishing was slow. 

Grand Marais:  Had fair to good lake trout fishing in 100 to 200 feet of water about five to seven miles north and west to the Au Sable Point Lighthouse.   

St. Mary's River:  Cisco have slowed off Lime Island. Walleye are good, but many were too small. Walleye and northern pike have slowed in Munuscong Bay. Smallmouth bass fishing is very good on the Drummond Island side at Bruce's Point when using tube jigs around the around the points in four to six feet of water.

DeTour:  Has good lake trout fishing for those trolling gold and orange spoons 55 feet down in 90 to 100 feet of water between the lighthouse and the first red buoy on the south end of Drummond Island. Chinook and Atlantic salmon were also caught. Cisco are good off Drummond Island, Long Island, Butterfield Island, and Big and Little Trout Islands. Use a red teardrop tipped with a wax worm or fly. 

Cedarville and Hessel:  Government Bay and Hessel Bay are very good for pike when still-fishing with minnows and chubs. Perch are slow, but the occasional nice catch is coming from Cedarville Bay and Hessel Bay. Herring are still in Prentice Bay and McKay Bay with some anglers catching their limit.    

St. Ignace:  Salmon fishing remains excellent off the Coast Guard Station, the city launch and the southwest corner of Mackinaw Island in 40 feet of water.