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Fishing Report

Contributed • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Good fishing reports coming in from all areas of the state. The recent storms however, have muddied the waters and slowed some areas of fishing down. Reports of mayflies are starting to show up and that should help with the steelhead in the coming weeks. For those trout and salmon fishing certain areas are starting to pick-up where others are beginning to slow down.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph: Perch fishing picked up this week. Anglers were catching perch in 30 to 50 feet of water. Salmon anglers were making good catches of fish. Trollers should target 80 to 120 feet of water and deeper. Steelhead fishing from the piers is slow.

St. Joseph River: Smallmouth and Walleye fishing have been good but after all the rain the river is high and muddy.

South Haven: Salmon fishing has slowed down a little this week. There are a few fish being caught in 100 feet of water. Anglers are taking freshwater drum on the pier. Still fishing night crawlers on the bottom is working best. Perch fishing continues to be slow.

Grand Haven: The fog, weather, and wind have made fishing very difficult. Salmon anglers have been fishing in 85 to 110 feet of water, 40 to 90 feet down. Spoons are still the main bait of choice in colors of blues and yellows. Pier fishing is slow. Mostly caught have been catfish, sheephead and bass. No perch reported.

Grand River at Lansing: Continues to provide fair to good fishing for channel catfish, smallmouth bass, rock bass and even some bluegills.

Lake Jordan: Nice catch rates fishing for bass and crappie and bluegill using live baits.

Muskegon: Salmon anglers have been fishing in 90 to 100 feet of water, 40 to 50 feet down. Spoons were used in the colors of blues and greens. No perch reported.

Whitehall: Fish are most likely out in deep water due to warm water temperatures. Anglers should try traveling north to the flower creek area as the water temps are cooler. Pier anglers caught catfish and bass this week by casting yellow and green body baits and with cut bait.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Harbor Springs: Smallmouth bass anglers are still focusing most of their effort near the permanent structures east of Wequetonsing (i.e. the pier at Roaring Brook) and near the north shore of Petoskey State Park. They also did well fishing shallow in the Wequetonsing docks. A lot of success was also had inside Harbor Point and in the harbor itself. Green tube baits and soft plastic worms are working well. Many fish over 6 pounds are reported to have been caught this spring by catch and release.

Petoskey: The surface temperature of Little Traverse Bay remained in the low to mid 50's at the surface last week. Boat pressure remains pretty low in Petoskey. A lot of lake trout caught were under the slot limit. Anglers are using spoons and peanuts and fishing from Bay Harbor east into the Bay. Fish are being caught in 60 to 100 feet of water, some suspended and some close to the bottom. Anglers fishing near the mouth of Bear River on D Pier were still catching smallmouth and rock bass. A lot of freshwater drum were caught last week as well. Walleye are being picked up during the afternoons and evenings past the mouth of the river. Anglers were mainly using crawlers, crank baits, soft plastics and flies on all of those species. Anglers fishing the break wall are still catching a few smallmouth bass and northern pike using jigs with soft plastics, small crank baits or just a hook with a crawler.

Charlevoix: Boats are targeting lake trout from North Point to the can at the cement plant. Winged glow bobbers and flashers or dodgers were working well with green always being a good color. Lake trout were caught in 40 to 70 feet of water -- some within 10 feet of the bottom. A cisco was also caught out near the cement plant while trolling. Smallmouth bass can be seen in the channel, but the bite was a bit slow. The few bass that are biting are on the large size. Smallmouths were caught on crawlers, crank baits, and jigs with soft plastics. Some ciscos were still being caught in the channel at various times of the day. Carp and northern pike have been spotted cruising around in the channel as well.

Lake Charlevoix: Anglers are reporting the mayfly hatch has started. Anglers are catching some walleye just before dark and cisco at various times during the day. Ciscos were found in Loeb Bay, Oyster Bay and into Round Lake. Try a little jig with a soft plastic or a Swedish pimple for cisco.

Traverse City: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in East Bay. Anglers have been catching bass in the shallows on tube baits, crank baits, and spinner baits. Lake trout fishing has been good for the relatively few boats targeting them. Depths have been variable, but most fish were caught near the bottom in 20 to 50 feet of water. West Bay reports good smallmouth bass fishing in five to 15 feet of water. The lake trout bite has been good fishing in 15 to 40 feet of water on spoons or spin glows behind dodgers.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair; however the majority of fish have been on the small side. Anglers were targeting bass with tube baits, crawlers, and leeches. A few freshwater drum were caught as well.

Boardman River: Smallmouth bass fishing has been relatively slow with mostly sub-legal fish taken on live baits. Carp and rock bass have been caught as well.

Platte River: Walleye and steelhead can be found at the mouth and in the stream in small numbers. There are large numbers of suckers and carp from the hatchery to the lake.

Frankfort: Salmon catches have slowed from the past two weeks but anglers are having some luck in the early mornings and evenings out front in 120 to 200 feet of water trolling 60 to 100 feet down. Blues, greens, and chartreuse colors have been the most popular. Anglers heading north to Platte Bay have been having good luck with lake trout.

Onekama: Anglers had good catches of steelhead heading off shore a mile and trolling the top 40 feet of water with orange and chartreuse spoons. The Barrel is producing nice size lake trout and the occasional king with the early morning bite producing nicer catches.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are still having nice catches of large and smallmouth bass throughout the lake. Smallmouths are hitting good around the break walls and largemouths are shallow around structures and on the drops in 18 to 22 feet of water. Pan fish are starting to bite after the mayfly hatch but it is still a little slow.

Manistee: Salmon fishing has slowed down compared to what it has been the last couple weeks. Boats were finding Salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 100 to 200 feet of water. Steelhead anglers going offshore looking for the temperature break were doing well. The hot color for steelhead was orange. Pier fishing is slow since the water has warmed up.

Ludington: Boats are catching some Salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 180 feet of water. Anglers going offshore looking for the temperature break were finding decent number of Steelhead. Bright colored spoons were working well for the offshore anglers. Pier fishing is slow.

Pentwater: Boating anglers fishing on Lake Michigan traveled 12 to 14 miles out to find fish. These fish were taken in 300 to 400 feet of water. Steelhead and Chinook salmon were taken from the top twenty feet of the water column. Lines running closer to the bottom returned fair numbers of lake trout as well.

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