Thursday, June 14, 2018

6/14/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan River:  Anglers caught walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, catfish, rock bass, and freshwater drum when drifting worms at the dam and DNR station.  Many walleye were undersize but those harvested were 15 to 20 inches.  One chute on the dam was open.  

Rogers City:  The Atlantic salmon fishing was very good with many boats catching multiple fish especially in the morning on calm days.  Anglers are using short lengths of copper 75 to 125 feet with lead core and 1-3 colors off planer boards.  Many were also using sliders off the boards.  Try regular size spoons, mini spoons, slim spoons or slammers in bright colors in 50 to 90 feet.  These fish love structure especially off points, walls, and around marinas.  Lake trout fishing has been excellent with limit catches.  Most were caught in the bottom 15 to 20 feet with spoons or dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s.  Chinook salmon were also caught 50 to 60 feet down in 60 to 90 feet with blue, green, chartreuse or glow spoons.  There has been a lot of baitfish in the area.    

Alpena:  Had very good Atlantic salmon fishing in the top 30 feet.  Lake trout were caught near the bottom but some were suspended and hitting on large attractors with spin-glo’s and spoons.  Chinook were about halfway down in 50 to 120 feet and were hitting on green, orange, blue and bright colored spoons.  Walleye were hitting at night.  Try off the city beach, North Point and near Grass, Sulphur and Scarecrow Islands when trolling body baits in eight to 25 feet.    

Thunder Bay River:  A couple walleye were caught in the early morning or at night when trolling or jigging crawlers and leeches in the turn basin.  Up at the dam, anglers caught the occasional rock bass, smallmouth bass or bowfin on worms or when casting body baits. 

Black River:  A couple small walleye and pike were caught when casting crank baits at the mouth.  Those
trolling body baits in 15 to 25 feet caught a few walleye. 

Harrisville:  Those trolling spoons between Harrisville and Sturgeon Point caught lake trout in 60 to 75 feet.  Most fish were hugging the bottom but a few were suspended up higher.  Chartreuse, chrome and blue were good colors.  Those trolling body baits or a crawler harness and bottom bouncer in 20 to 30 feet caught a couple walleye between Harrisville and the Black River.  

Oscoda:  Lake trout were caught in the bottom 15 feet of waters 70 to 90 feet deep.  A couple Atlantics were caught on spoons higher in the water column.  Pier anglers had good catches of channel catfish when still-fishing with crawlers.  Walleye were caught from the pier and the river mouth when still-fishing or drifting crawlers as well as casting body baits and jigs.  Largemouth and smallmouth bass along with freshwater drum were caught by those casting jigs with twister tails or drifting crawlers.  

Au Sable River:  Those still-fishing crawlers from shore or drifting crawlers from boats caught walleye, channel cats, freshwater drum, and carp between River Road and the mouth.  Smallmouth anglers took fish when casting jigs or crank baits.  Try targeting the holes and near woody debris for smallmouth bass and walleye.  The deeper holes near Foote Dam can also provide some good size smallmouth bass this time of year.   

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

Higgins Lake:  Lake trout are still being caught in 80 to 100 feet or more when trolling or jigging cast masters and Swedish pimples just off the bottom.  Smallmouth bass were hitting both artificial and live bait in 10 to 20 feet.  A fair number of perch were caught off the northeast point of Treasure Island in 40 feet but most were small.    

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

Houghton Lake:  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.  Good bass fishing especially for those using a purple artificial worm.   Bluegills were shallow in three to four feet but some were also caught about 6 feet down in 9 feet.  Try 10 to 12 feet for crappie.  Lots of pike have been caught but many were small.    

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:

Tawas:  Walleye were caught off Jerry's Marina and out near Buoy #2 in 60 feet however success in Tawas Bay was spotty.  

Tawas River:  Shore anglers caught an assortment of bass, freshwater drum, catfish and some pike.  

Au Gres:  Had excellent walleye fishing with lots of limit catches taken.  Many were fishing straight off the river mouth in 25 to 30 feet, off Eagle Bay Marina and south towards Pinconning in eight to 22 feet.  Big yellow perch and pike were also caught.  

Au Gres River:  Shore anglers caught crappie, pumpkinseed, bullhead, freshwater drum, catfish and pike.   

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