Hook & Hunting: July 19 Weekly Fishing Report - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Hook & Hunting: July 19 Weekly Fishing Report

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NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA


Cheboygan:  Those fishing the south and east sides of Bois Blanc Island continue to catch chinook and lake trout on orange, yellow, green and white spoons. Hammond Bay is also producing chinook about halfway down in 90 feet of water.

Rogers City:  Cold water returned and fishing was good. Anglers caught chinook, Atlantic and pink salmon, lake trout, steelhead and the occasional walleye or brown trout. Some were fishing 50 to 80 feet of water while others preferred 90 to 130 feet. Use lead core in 3, 5, or 7 colors with bright colored spoons such as silver, yellow, orange, chartreuse or green and fish the top 60 feet. Black and white or anything that glows early and late were also good. Hot spots were straight out, north towards the State Park, Forty Mile Point and Adams Point.

Presque Isle:  Anglers are fishing straight out from the red can, north towards the two lighthouses, and south towards Stoneport.

Rockport:  Boat anglers have caught a mix of salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Walleye are starting to show up as well. For trout and salmon, try spoons, body baits and dodgers. For walleye, try crawler harnesses. Good areas to fish were Middle Island, the Nordmere Wreck, and Stoneport.

Alpena:  Those heading out to the "Humps" and Thunder Bay Island have caught lake trout when trolling spoons. A few salmon and steelhead were caught as well. Walleye were caught on crawler harnesses near Sulphur Island, Northpoint, and Scarecrow Island.

Thunder Bay River:   Rock bass and smallmouth bass have been caught on worms, leeches, spinners or Hot-n-Tots.  

Harrisville:  Lake trout are plentiful for those who are willing to travel out to get them. Most fish were in water 120 feet or deeper and were suspended anywhere from half to three quarters down. Spoons, spin-glows and cut bait work best. Steelhead are in closer at 65 to 80 feet of water and hitting on dipsey's, planner boards, lead core and copper. Orange and silver were good colors. 

Oscoda:  Is producing a mix bag of salmon, lake trout, steelhead and walleye.  Anglers are fishing 80 to 120 feet of water straight out and north of the river but the lake trout and salmon were out deeper. Spoons have been the most productive, but try spin-glows and cut bait. Steelhead were caught higher in the water column when using orange, blue and silver spoons.

Au Sable River:  Walleye are still being caught in the river, but the run has slowed. Channel cats have been coming in at night. 

Tawas:  Pier anglers are catching the odd bass, rock bass, catfish, freshwater drum, or very small perch. Those trolling for walleye are going down off Alabaster in 25 to 45 feet of water while others are going north of Big Charity Island and the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin.

Au Gres:  Still has a lot of fishing pressure and good walleye action with limit catches reported. Some are fishing off the mouth of the Au Gres River in 25 to 35 feet of water or south of Pointe Au Gres and fishing outside the end of the shipping channel. Others are going north or Big Charity Island and fishing around the Steeples and other reefs.


NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA


Harbor Springs: Anglers are still consistently catching lake trout around Harbor Point. Salmon were found 50 feet down in 190 feet of water.

Petoskey: Salmon are around, but no big numbers yet. Those staying on the Petoskey side of the bay were fishing near the Hospital or at Bay Harbor. A few smallmouth bass in the four to five pound range were caught near the State Park.

Bear River: There was not much action at all near the dam this week, but anglers are still coming out hoping to get those first salmon of the year. Brown trout can be found at the dam and downriver and small rainbow trout were caught both above and below the dam. Try natural bait or flies.

Charlevoix: Salmon have been caught 60 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water with flies and ladder-backs. Blue was a good color. Lake trout were 110 feet down in 175 feet of water. The channel was slow with most anglers catching sub-legal smallmouth bass.

Traverse City: Lake trout were caught 100 feet down in 160 feet of water on spoons or cowbells in both bays. A few salmon were also caught. For smallmouth bass, anglers were using tube baits and other plastics in 15 to 35 feet of water.

Elk River: Is producing smallmouth bass but many are small. Try leeches, crawlers, or a variety of artificial baits.

Boardman River: Is producing mostly smallmouth bass and rock bass. Live baits seem to work best.

Frankfort: Good numbers of chinook salmon have been caught between the Herring Hole and the Point. The fish were caught 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet of water but the 60 foot mark was the sweet spot. Glow spoons, UV spoons, meat rigs as well as flasher and flies landed fish. Blue seems to be the hot color for spoons but red seem to work for meat rigs and flies. Some nice steelhead were starting to show up in the same area.

Arcadia: Fishing has been good. Those trolling off the piers in 50 to 100 feet of water have done very well when using glow spoons. The fish were suspended from a few feet down to just off the bottom. During the day, try blue, green and screwball spoons, J-plugs or a flasher/fly combo.

Onekama: Head straight out to 120 to 150 feet of water and fish down 40 to 90 feet near the Golf Course for that early morning bite for chinook salmon. Meat rigs were hot. For lake trout, anglers were bouncing cow bells along the bottom or spin glows.

Portage Lake: Walleye are still being caught by those trolling crawler harnesses along the drop-offs. Bass anglers working the drops have caught fish. Perch and bluegills have slowed but those willing to work at it could catch enough for a nice dinner.

Lake Cadillac: Had good crappie fishing on the east side of the lake in the early morning or late evening. Head to deeper waters as the sun comes out. Good fishing for both large and smallmouth bass. Try spinners or live bait such as leeches and crawlers. Some nice bluegills have been caught.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing some good largemouth bass fishing. Pike fishing was slow.

Manistee: Salmon were caught 50 to 120 feet down in 120 to 280 feet of water. Glow plugs, spoons or green and yellow meat rigs in the early morning.

Ludington: Boat anglers are doing well for salmon in 100 to 250 feet of water. Try 40 to 120 feet down with meat rigs or spoons in green or blue. Glow spoons or plugs also worked well in the early morning.

Pentwater: Had very good fishing for those targeting trout and salmon straight out, north and south of the pier or off the sand dunes and Silver Lake. Try 60 feet down in 80 to 100 feet of water. Steelhead were caught 10 to 15 feet down in 40 feet with spoons and flashers. Good colors were blue, green and black for salmon but steelhead preferred orange. Pier anglers managed to catch a few perch on minnows, crawlers, and wax worms or smallmouth bass when casting top water baits. Dredging at the mouth was completed last weekend.


UPPER PENINSULA


Keweenaw Bay: A few perch were caught off the Baraga Marina. Those trolling from Sand Point north to the Red Rock Cliffs caught coho and lake trout. Fish were caught in 30 to 40 feet of water with the Mayfly hatch. Good lake trout fishing in Traverse Bay when trolling along Big Reef, Big Louie's Point and the northeast side of the Huron Island in 120 to 180 feet of water.

Marquette: Catch rates for lake trout picked up for those fishing east near the "Sand Hole", north of the white rocks and around Granite Island. A few limit catches were reported. Some caught fish 60 feet down in 120 to 180 feet of water with high lines while others did good in 200 to 250 feet of water. Average weight was 15 pounds. Anglers used assorted spoons and flies with no particular color. Catch rates were consistent around Stannard Rock when jigging with suckers. Water temperatures were in the low 70's and water clarity was reduced due to an algae bloom.

Menominee: Chinook, steelhead and brown trout were caught in 100 feet of water near Green Island. Walleye were caught by those trolling in 12 to 15 feet. Fewer salmon were caught off the Cedar River even though good numbers of fish were marked. Water temperatures out at the Whalesback were in the mid 70's near the surface and the mid 50's near the bottom. Calm waters in the early morning or late evening were best at 65 to 85 feet down in 70 to 85 feet of water north and south or the green can. Those launching off Stony Point caught chinook salmon near the bottom in 85 to 100 feet of water.

Menominee River: Those trolling have caught freshwater drum, channel cats, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. Crawler harnesses or different colored rapalas worked best. Shore anglers were targeting smallmouth bass and walleye in the early morning or late evening.

Cedar River: Bass anglers are fishing from the mouth to the first rapids. They caught undersize smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers fishing the "Black Bottom" caught fish when jigging or drifting crawlers in 14 to 20 feet of water. Some were heading south down by Breezy Point and the "Fingers" but catch rates were few even though a good number of fish were marked. Perch anglers did well off the northeast side of Butler Island when using crawlers in 17 to 25 feet of water. Salmon action was fair near the Ford River Buoy when trolling spoons 30 to 95 feet down in 50 to 140 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc: Had fair to good smallmouth bass fishing. Water temperatures are on the rise so the bass are heading to deeper water. Best catches were in 18 to 30 feet off Garden Bluff or 14 to 22 feet out from Kate's Bay. Fairport still has good catch rates for salmon 50 to 90 feet down in 90 to 140 feet of water. Most are using spoons however some of the bigger fish were caught on natural or artificial cut bait.

Au Train: Had few anglers. The near shore water temperatures were in the low 70's and offshore waters were 68 degrees. With the warm water temperatures, an algae bloom has reduced water clarity.

Munising: Few anglers were out due to all the recreational boating. Lake trout have been caught near Grand Portal Point, Trout Bay and Wood Island in 100 to 180 feet of water in the early morning or late evening. A few limit catches were reported but those anglers put in a lot of time. Pier fishing was very slow.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers had fair to good success for lake trout fishing five to seven miles to the north and between Au Sable Point Lighthouse and Grand Marais. Fish waters 100 to 300 feet deep.

St. Mary's River: Up near Lime Island, the fly hatches have disappeared and lake herring are no longer biting. Fly hatches are still present east of Lime Island. Whitefish and herring are still being caught at Butterfield Island, Long Island and McComb Island when using small tear drops with wax worms or natural hatches in 30 feet of water. In Raber Bay, pike fishing was slow however walleye were hitting in the early morning or evening. Anglers are trolling crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers. Purple and orange were good colors. A few walleye were caught at the yellow buoy between Neebish Island and the south end of Sugar Island.

DeTour: Is producing good numbers of Atlantic salmon for those trolling lead core 80 to 90 feet behind the boat between the Detour Lighthouse and first red buoy on the south end of Drummond Island. Try four-inch gold and orange spoons. A few chinook and lake trout were also caught by those trolling red, blue and chrome spoons 50 feet down in 90 feet of water.

Cedarville and Hessel: Had excellent pike fishing in Hessel Bay and Government Bay. Use minnows and chubs. Perch are spotty, but occasional nice catches are coming in from Cedarville Bay, Hessel Bay, and the Moscoe Channel. Herring are still in Prentice Bay and McKay Bay with angler numbers declining.

St. Ignace: Has good salmon fishing off the Coast Guard Station, the city launch, the southwest corner of Mackinaw Island and the northwest side of Round Island.