Friday, June 22, 2018

6/21/2018 Upper Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Upper Peninsula

Overall: Brook trout fishing in the small streams was good.  Mayfly hatches on some of the inland lakes have slowed catch rates.  

Keweenaw Bay:  Fishing was good before the storm.  Those heading out to fish will have to be careful as there is a lot of debris in the lake and a lot of mud that washed in from the flood waters.  Many roads in the area are washed out. 

Lac Vieux Desert:  Panfish angling has remained active with good numbers of bluegill, crappie and perch caught on crawlers, leeches, minnows and soft plastics with small jigs.  Submerged vegetation seems to be the ticket but be prepared to do some sorting. Walleye were found in the deeper holes but the action was slower.  A couple legal size musky were caught recently but most anglers were getting pike on crank baits and spinners in five to 15 feet.  Largemouth bass were hitting on spinners and soft plastics in four to eight feet. 

Little Bay De Noc:  Walleye action was good at the Whitefish and Escanaba Rivers but many were undersize.  Anglers were trolling crawlers and stick baits along the weed beds and near the mouth of the Whitefish River.  The Escanaba River was best when trolling or drifting crawlers in 20 feet.  Pier anglers on the Escanaba River caught undersize walleye, perch and smallmouth bass.  Bigger walleye were caught in the “Black Bottom” area when trolling stick baits in 12 to 24 feet and off Breezy Point in 12 to 18 feet.  Smallmouth bass fishing has been tricky this year as some were still on the beds while others were out deeper.  The best catches were along the east bank weed line just south of Hunters Point with crank baits and plastics in 16 feet.  A lot of small perch were caught throughout the bay and pike seem to be abundant.  

Big Bay De Noc:  Walleye reports were limited to the “Boot” area at the head of the Bay in 14 to 20 feet when trolling crawlers or stick baits.  The smallmouth bass action was tricky here as well but the best areas were from Ogontz south to Martins Bay in four to 12 feet, near the Fish Dam Rivers in and around 10 feet and around Porcupine Point in six to 18 feet when trolling or casting plastics, spinners and crank baits.  A few big perch were caught off Ogontz by walleye anglers trolling crawlers in 14 to 28 feet.  At Fairport, a few boats targeting salmon had been out but no catches were reported.  Water temperatures were still very cold.  A few lake trout were taken 80 feet down in 130 feet.   

Munising:  Boat anglers continue to catch Chinook salmon.  They also caught brown trout and the occasional steelhead or lake trout.  The Chinook were 17 to 32 inches.  Anglers have noted large schools of baitfish in both the east and west channels.  Fish were present at all depths and mainly suspended between 40 and 60 feet.  Coho fishing was also good with most taking between three and limit catches in both channels, in Munising Bay, near Sand Point and in Trout Bay.  The fish are eating smelt which were still in the area.  Lake trout anglers reported limit catches especially at Wood Island near the edges in 150 feet.  Water flow from nearby creeks was dirty after the heavy rain.  Surface water temperatures remain in the mid 40’s.  

Grand Marais:  Lake trout anglers were getting limit catches near the “Banks” and Five Mile Reef.  Most fish averaged four to five pounds with a few bigger ones up to and over 10 pounds.  Coho fishing was fair with most reporting two to three fish per trip when trolling east of the harbor in 40 feet.  Pier fishing was very slow.   

Manistique Lake:  Walleye, bass and bluegills were caught in the south lake.  

Detour:  Atlantic salmon were stacking up off the rocky structure at the red buoy, on the Drummond Island side, just east of the lighthouse and Detour Reef.  Anglers are trolling east to the next buoy then returning to the red buoy while fishing 15 to 25 feet down in 100 to 140 feet.  Lead core lines work well this time of year, along with dipsey divers.  Good colors are orange or gold and watermelon spoons.  A few Chinook, steelhead and lake trout were also caught.  The Chinook and steelhead were taken 35 to 60 feet down in 60 to 80 feet at the green buoy west of the lighthouse.  

Cedarville and Hessel:  Most fishing effort throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands has been for pike, large and smallmouth bass.  Largemouth bass were found under most docks.  Try casting spinners around them or along the weed beds in four to six feet.  Smallmouth were caught off the rocky points with tube jigs in four to eight feet.  For the kids, rock bas and sunfish were caught off Hill Island Road Bridge at the west end of Flower Bay.  Fish were caught by boat and shore anglers using worms in four to six feet. Fair to good pike action at the Middle Entrance between Little La Salle Island and Peck Bay with creek chubs or frozen smelt just off the bottom in eight to 12 feet.  Hessel had no reports of yellow perch at the finger docks.  Wilderness Bay has been good for smallmouth bass when jigging tube jigs off the rocks and points.  Hot colors were brown, orange or dark green.  Fair pike catches when trolling large buck tail spinners with black and yellow blades.  Try six to eight feet of water on the north side of Marquette Island, east of Haven Island and around Cube Pointe.  

6/21/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Good numbers of coho and lake trout were taken by those trolling spoons in the top 40 of waters 120 feet deep.  A couple anglers reported decent perch fishing south of the piers in 40 feet.  Pier anglers reported slow steelhead action however they were catching good numbers of catfish and freshwater drum on crawlers. 

St. Joseph River:  The summer steelhead run has been slow. Beginning in late May, American Electric Power had to lower water levels on Lake Chapin to facilitate repairs to the Berrien Springs Dam. The low water levels have made it more challenging for steelhead and other species to swim up the fish ladder. If all goes as planned, water levels in Lake Chapin and in the Berrien Springs Dam fish ladder should return to normal around June 25.  Some have caught a few walleye.  

Nearby Bait Shops Include: 
Fishin Hole (269) 982-3474
Tackle Haven (269) 925-0341
Great Lakes Tackle  (269) 208-6178
Fishing Hole 2 (269) 468-7522

South Haven:  Lake trout and the occasional coho were caught by those trolling spoons or spin-glo’s in 100 feet.  Pier fishing was slow for steelhead but lots of freshwater drum were caught.  Perch fishing was slow.  

  • For more public lakes to fish in Van Buren County: Click Here! 

Kalamazoo River:  Several anglers have caught pike and panfish.  Catfish anglers are doing well below the Allegan Dam.

Grand Haven:  Anglers are catching a mixed bag of salmon and trout in 90 to 160 feet.  Lake trout were hitting on silver and yellow or silver and blue spin-glo within five feet of the bottom.  Salmon and steelhead were hitting on green and blue spoons 35 to 80 feet down.  Pier fishing for steelhead was slow.  

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Some nice bluegills have been caught in the bayous including Bruce, Lloyds and Petty Bayou near Spring Lake.   

  • For a more accurate report on the Grand River at Grand Rapids I suggest reaching out to the people at Al & Bob's SportsPhone: (616-281-0777)

Grand River at Lansing:  Was producing limited catches of panfish and a few catfish.

  • For a more accurate report on the Grand River at Lansing I suggest reaching out to the people at Grand River Bait & TacklePhone: (517-482-4461)


Clinton County:  A few small bluegills and some bass have been caught on various lakes in the area.    

  • For more public lakes to fish in Clinton County: Click Here! 

Jackson County:  Those fishing the inland lakes were getting bluegills, bass, a few crappie and pike.  

  • For more public lakes to fish in Jackson County: Click Here! 

Muskegon:  Had fair salmon and trout action 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with green and orange spoons and green flies.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum with spoons and body baits.    

Muskegon Lake Bluegills are being caught but most were small.  Those trolling crawlers and leeches in the channel caught smallmouth bass, catfish, freshwater drum and the odd walleye.  Some pike were caught on the east side when trolling crank baits.  

  • For a more accurate report on the Muskegon Lake & the Muskegon River I suggest reaching out to the people at Snug Harbor OutfittersPhone: (231-719-0759)

Whitehall:  Boats trolling in 90 to 150 feet near Stony Lake caught steelhead on orange spoons in the top 50 feet and Chinook salmon on green or blue spoons and meat rigs 30 to 70 feet down.  Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead in the morning when casting spoons or still-fishing with alewives. 

White Lake:  Anglers caught a good number of bluegills and sunfish in four to 10 feet when drifting red worms under a bobber.   

For more bait shops in the southwest lower peninsula follow the links below:

Kalamazoo County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Berrien County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Allegan County Bait Shops: Click Here!

Ingham County Bait Shops: Click Here!

Your area may be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Southwest Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Allegan County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Barry County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Calhoun County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Cass County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here! 
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Kalamazoo Public Lakes: Click Here! 
St. Joseph County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Van Buren County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

6/21/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan:  Lake trout were caught with spoons and spin-glo’s in 50 to 80 feet off Lighthouse Point.  The average fish was eight pounds.  A couple steelhead were taken on spoons in 30 to 50 feet off Cordwood Point.  Smallmouth bass up to four pounds were caught on tube baits and Senko rigs near the mouth of the river.   

Cheboygan River:  Anglers have caught walleye, pike, smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, bullhead and carp with drifting worms or leeches.  Most walleye were small but a few keepers were caught.  There has been a lot of night fishing.  Lots of freshwater drum were caught at the DNR Station.  Most of the smallmouth bass were undersize.  

Burt and Mullett Lake The walleye and perch bite were below average as both lakes were in the midst of a hex hatch.     

Rogers City:  Had excellent lake trout fishing with limit catches taken throughout the water column when using spoons or dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s.  The best depths were 50 to 65 feet.  Chinook and Atlantics have also been caught in the top 25 feet with bright colored spoons.  The Chinook were caught early morning or evening.

Grand Lake:  Had fair to good walleye fishing but many were on the small side.  

  • For more public lakes in Presque Isle county: Click Here!

Alpena:  Continues to have very good lake trout fishing.  They are also picking up a few Chinook and Atlantic salmon higher up in the water column with spoons.  Good colors were green, orange, silver, blue or gold and green.  Lake trout were caught all through the water column but the best fishing was in the bottom 20 feet on flashers with spin-glo’s.  With the waters starting to warm, anglers were opting to fish Rockport and Presque Isle which is a shorter distance to deeper water than traveling from Alpena.  Anglers from these ports reported excellent fishing especially Presque Isle where a lot of Chinook and Atlantics were caught.  

Black River:  Boat anglers found walleye around structure in 20 to 25 feet between here and South Point as well as into Thunder Bay.  A few pike were caught at the mouth of the river when casting crank baits.  

Harrisville:  Anglers caught lake trout when trolling spoons near the bottom in 60 to 80 feet straight out or between Harrisville and Sturgeon Point.  Walleye anglers had a few good catches when trolling body baits in 15 to 40 feet.  

Oscoda:  A few limit catches of lake trout were taken between here and Greenbush when trolling spoons, dodgers with spin-glo’s or cowbells with flatfish in the bottom 10 feet.  Atlantic and pink salmon were found in the top 30 of 70 to 90 feet with small spoons on lead core behind planer boards.  Orange, chartreuse, blue and silver were good colors.  Pier anglers caught a couple walleye, channel cats, carp and freshwater drum when still-fishing with crawlers.  A couple walleye and smallmouth bass were also taken on twister tail jigs.  The walleye bite slowed and the fish were on the small side.   

Au Sable River:  Anglers caught walleye and catfish in the early morning or evening when floating crawlers and leeches.  Walleye were taken in some of the upstream holes below 
Foote Dam.  Smallmouth bass were taken by those casting streamer flies, jigs, crank baits, spinners and popper flies.  Pike have been caught throughout when casting spinners and crank baits in deeper water and along the weed lines. Those fly fishing the upper stretch above Mio reported good brown trout fishing even with the hex hatches.  Foote Pond was good for smallmouth bass, rock bass and pike when casting spinners or floating crawlers and leeches off Foote Park and Old Orchard Park.  

680 River Rd.
Oscoda Twp. Mi 48750
(989) 739-5332

Higgins Lake:  Most lake trout anglers are jigging a Swedish pimple in 80 to 120 feet.  The trick is to head out before sunrise and fish until about 8 a.m.  Smallmouth bass are still hitting live or artificial baits in 10 to 20 feet.  A few more perch were caught just off the bottom in 40 to 50 feet off the northeast point of Treasure Island.  Lots of rock bass are being caught.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops: 
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle: (989) 821-9517 
Sports Barn: (989) 821-9511

Houghton Lake:  The bluegill action continues to be hit-or-miss with no big numbers caught yet.  Some found fish out on the sand flats with many bluegills being shallow in three to four feet but some were also caught about 6 feet down in 9 feet.  Some nice walleye 20 inches plus have been caught when drifting a harness with crawlers and leeches or crank baits along the edge of the weed beds in nine to 14 feet. Pink and purple were the hot colors.  Shore anglers caught a few fish on purple crank baits at night.  Good numbers of pike are also being caught but most are on the small side.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:

Tawas:  Those trolling were marking lake trout but not many were caught.  Walleye anglers were getting some fish down near the “Steeples” and the Charity Islands in 30 to 40 feet or inside Jerry's Marina.  Pier anglers reported a slow summer pattern with only a few large and smallmouth bass or carp taken.    

Tawas River:  Was producing some rock bass, channel cats, freshwater drum, large and smallmouth bass when still-fishing or casting.  

Au Gres:  Anglers were getting some limit catches when trolling in 30 to 35 feet.  Limits were also caught in 15 to 25 feet off 
Eagle Bay Marina, towards Buoys 1 and 2 and off Gambil’s.  Channel cats, perch and freshwater drum were caught.  Those using artificial baits or crawlers caught fish off the Pine River in 10 to 15 feet.  

Your area may be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Northeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Alcona County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Alpena County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Clare County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Crawford County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Gladwin County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Iosco County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Montmorency Public Lakes: Click Here! 
Ogemaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oscoda County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Presque Isle County Public Lakes: Click Here!

6/21/2018 Northwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Harbor Springs:  Smallmouth anglers are still going out on the Harbor Springs side of the bay and doing well in shallow waters from the State Park to Harbor Point.  Lake trout were caught from Harbor Point north as the fishing seemed better on this side of the bay.  Fish were caught in 40 to 60 feet.  Cisco were still being caught up around Harbor Point and further into the bay.  

Petoskey:  Boat anglers were catching lake trout when trolling from the breakwall to Bay Harbor.  The fish were near the bottom in 65 to 135 feet.  Surface water temperatures were about 57 degrees and some nice temperature breaks were setting up according to the weather buoy.  The Bear River may still have some steelhead up near the dam.  A variety of species have been caught at the mouth including smallmouth bass, rock bass, pike, catfish, bullhead, carp, freshwater drum, a couple walleye and even one largemouth bass.  Anglers are using worms and stick baits.  

Charlevoix:  Boat anglers are either jigging our front for cisco or trolling and catching lake trout.  The lake trout action was best north of North Point and out towards Nine Mile Point.  In the channel, the cisco action slowed as the fish could be moving out of the channel.  A couple lake trout were caught off the pier with spoons or jigs.  Anglers are waiting for smallmouth bass to start showing up.  

  • For a more accurate report on Lake Charlevoix I suggest reaching out to the people at Tom's Bait & TacklePhone: (231-536-3521)

Kalkaska County:  Pickerel Lake was producing the occasional walleye.  A few bluegills were on the
beds.  Lake Skegemog had a good number of large and smallmouth bass caught.  Those targeting perch caught mostly small fish.  

Traverse City:  Lake trout were caught in the East Bay when trolling or jigging off the Elk Rapids Marina and to the north of it but catch rates were hit-or-miss.  Lake trout and lake herring were also caught on the north side of Deepwater Point and off the M-37 launch.  On the other hand bass fishing in the East Bay was good with fish caught in shallow waters south of Deepwater Point and the M-37 launch, towards Yuba and in Elk Harbor.  Fishing was slow in the Elk River but a few bass, perch and rock bass were caught between the dam and the mouth when using crawlers, leeches or tube baits.  In the West Bay, fishing was hit-or-miss.  Lake trout were caught along the east side when trolling.  Those jigging did fair south of Power Island.  Sutton’s Bay was slow but a few nice perch were taken off the pier.  Bass were caught in the shallows south of 
Bowers Harbor.  On the Boardman River, anglers caught a few smallmouth along with plenty of rock bass and panfish at the mouth and near the dam.  

  • For a list of bait and tackle shops in the Traverse City area: Click Here!

Frankfort:  The early morning Chinook bite was starting to pick up.  Large bait plumes are being reported near the bottom and anglers are trolling just above them with green flies and spoons working best but meat rigs were also getting some hits.  Steelhead numbers were also picking up because of fly hatches.  

  • For a list of bait and tackle shops in the Frankfort area: Click Here!

Arcadia Lake:  A mixed bag of salmon, lake trout, and steelhead were caught in front of the pier heads or off the golf course when trolling green, blue and orange spoons.   

Onekama: Chinook salmon were caught in the top 65 feet of waters 200 to 250 feet in the early morning.  Lake trout were caught on spin-glo’s a little further down.  There was still a good number of baitfish in the area. 

Portage Lake:  The mayfly hatch is in full swing and most anglers reported slower activity.  Bass fishing was good with largemouth caught along the drop-offs.  Panfish were still hitting on worms in the shallows.  

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell:  Crappie were out deeper and hitting on a jig and minnow.  Those targeting bluegills and sunfish were getting fish in three to eight feet.  Those trolling found some walleye in deeper water.  A few limit catches were taken on a crawler harness.  Night anglers caught bullhead.  

Manistee:  Trolling in the harbor slowed but anglers were still picking up a few brown trout and the occasional Chinook.  Most were still coming in with a mix of Chinook, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout when using spoons 75 to 100 feet down in 150 to 200 feet.  Steelhead are starting be caught off the north pier when using spawn.  

Manistee River:  The hex hatch has started and the river should be in great shape for trout fishing.    

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:
Don's Sporting Goods: (231) 723-5028
Tangled Tackle Co.(231) 887-4242
Pappy's Bait & Tackle: (231) 848-4142
Andy's Tackle Box: (231) 477-5737

Ludington:  Surface temperature readings were up to 60 degrees.  The catch rate slowed for those trolling but they were still bringing in some brown trout, steelhead and the occasional salmon.  Most fish were caught on spoons 60 to 100 feet down in 130 to 200 feet.  Pier fishing was slow.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:
Don's Sporting Goods: (231) 723-5028
Tangled Tackle Co.(231) 887-4242
Pappy's Bait & Tackle: (231) 848-4142
Andy's Tackle Box: (231) 477-5737

Pere Marquette River Is in good shape and the hex hatch has started on the lower river.  Trout are being taken on spinner patterns as well as medium sized streamers. Brown trout are being caught on mouse patterns at night as well. When the trout aren't being cooperative smallmouth are also being caught readily on the river. 

Pentwater:  Boats trolling in front of Juniper Beach in 120 to 180 feet caught Chinook, steelhead, and coho on spoons and meat rigs in the top 70 feet.  Double orange crush, wonderbread, and bloody nose spoons worked well.  Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass in the channel when drifting crawlers or minnows.

Pentwater Lake:  Anglers casting body baits and soft plastic swimbaits caught smallmouth bass in five to 12 feet.  At Longbridge Road, anglers caught smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, and bullhead when drifting worms under a bobber. 

6/21/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie:  Walleye fishing was spotty as some were getting limit catches quickly while others found the bite to be slow.  Limits of walleye were caught while trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses around the E-Buoy and Buoys 1 & 2 off the River Raisin.  Most were using a purple or fire-tiger crawler harness.  Yellow perch, white bass, white perch and freshwater drum were also caught.  

  • If you're planning on fishing any of the canals near Lake Erie Metro Park or Point Mouillee State Game Area you can get all of your bait & tackle needs met at  Bottom Line Bait & Tackle
  • If you're planning on fishing out of Sterling State Park or the Brest Bay area you can pick up tackle from the nice people at Jeff's Bait & Tackle.

Huron River:  Anglers were taking a decent number of large and smallmouth bass on both live and artificial baits.   

  • 7.6 Miles North of Huroc Park there is a Dicks Sporting Goods
  • 7.6 Miles North of Huroc Park there is also a Meijer which carries fishing tackle and some live bait
  • 7.6 Miles North of Huroc Park there is also a Petsmart which carries crawlers, wax worms, mealworms and red wigglers
  • 5.3 Miles south east of Huroc Park the people at Bottom Line Bait & Tackle can help with any bait and tackle you need whether you're chasing bass, steelhead or walleye. 


Belleville Lake: Carp are spawning in the shallows throughout the lake making for a decent nights of bowfishing.  As well carp are being caught just below Ford Dam on leeches and night crawlers.  The walleye bite is going very well with anglers catching fish on chartreuse crawler harnesses and lindy rigs with leeches.  The lily pads are grown in but not too dense and largemouth bass are being taken on topwater frogs where ever pads are present.

Detroit River:  Smallmouth bass were caught near the Cross-Dike near Sugar Island and along the seawalls in the Trenton Channel.  The walleye action slowed but a few were taken from the deeper channels in the lower river when trolling a crawler harness or diving baits.  The white bass run is nearly done but a few were caught in Ecorse, Wyandotte and Trenton. 

Lake St. Clair:  The better walleye fishing was in the river but a few were caught in the lake.  Most were using a crawler harness with a bottom bouncer.  Perch were found near the channels.  Smallmouth bass were found in eight to 10 feet off the Mile Roads and Anchor Bay.  

  • For a more accurate report on Lake St. Clair I suggest reaching out to the people at Sportsmen's Direct  as their weekly LSC fishing report is usually far more in depth.  Phone: (586-741-6052)

St. Clair River:  Walleye fishing slowed off Algonac however fish were caught further down the system in the Middle and South Channels.  Jigging one ounce jig heads and trolling crawler harnesses down current towards the lake has led to some impressive walleye.  A few perch were caught when fishing the drop-offs in the lower end of the channels.  For smallmouth bass, try soft plastics in the lower channels.  

Lexington and Port Sanilac:  Lexington had pleasure boaters.  Pier anglers were fishing for whatever will bite.  At Port Sanilac, lake trout and the odd steelhead were caught north of the port in 50 to 70 feet with an orange, chartreuse or purple spoon near the bottom.  A few boats were looking for perch but none were found.  

Harbor Beach Lake trout were taken in 80 to 120 feet with dodgers and spin-glo’s near the bottom.  Green or pink were good colors.  A few salmon were taken on spoons 30 to 60 feet down.  Steelhead were caught straight out and north in 90 to 130 feet with bright colored spoons off boards.  Walleye were caught north of the harbor in 30 feet with spoons, small body baits and worm burners with crawlers.  Bass were hitting on spoons and small body baits close to shore.   

Saginaw Bay:  Walleye were caught in 25 feet at the Spark Plug with spoons, crank baits or a crawler harness.  Off Pinconning, those using spoons in 20 to 25 feet caught fish off Gambil’s.  At Finn Road, the fish were shallow in four to six feet and hitting a crawler harness.   From Quanicassee to Fish Point, catch rates were good during the week and slower on the weekend.  Fish were caught from the buoys off Quanicassee to Thomas Road, along the Slot and between the Coryeon Reef and the Spark Plug in 25 to 28 feet with a harness or plastics in purple or fire-tiger.   From Fish Point to Sebewaing, anglers caught a mixed bag in 17 feet.  At Bay Port, walleye anglers were fishing outside the islands and the Slot.   

  • For a more accurate report on Saginaw Bay I suggest taking a look at the weekly Saginaw Bay Fishing Report given to you by

Saginaw River:  Smallmouth bass, channel cats and freshwater drum were caught off Smith Park and the Wart Stone Dock.  

  • For a more accurate report on fishing the Saginaw & Tittabawassee Rivers I suggest joining the Michigan Fish Slayers group on facebook.  There are always quite a few people giving updates on Saginaw & Tittabawassee River fishing. 

Flint River:  Anglers were taking limit catches of channel cats in the Holloway Reservoir when using a plain hook with a worm.  

  • For more public lakes to fish in Genesee county: Click Here! 

Nearby Bait Shops Include: 
Bait Masters (989) 697-5341
Bob's Bait Shop & Taxidermy (989) 684-6431
Cobb Bait, Tackle & Pet Supply (989) 684-2150

M-15 Bait & Tackle (898) 667-2100

With summer in full swing there are ample opportunities to get out and fish.  With that in mind I suggest reaching out to the local bait shops in southeast Michigan to verify what your best options are.  Below are links to bait shop listings organized by county:

Your area may be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Southeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Genessee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Hillsdale County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lapeer County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lenawee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Livingston County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 1: Click Here! 
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 2: Click Here!
Washtenaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Wayne County Public Lakes: Click Here!


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