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.  

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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!

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