Thursday, June 7, 2018

6/7/2018 Nortwest Lower Peninsula Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Overall: Good bass and bluegill fishing has been reported on most inland lakes.

Harbor Springs:   Lake trout were caught along the drop-off around Harbor Point. A few cisco were also caught around that area as well.  

Charlevoix:   Lake trout seemed to be scattered as some were caught around the cement plant in deeper water while others were found in shallow water. A few cisco were also caught in shallow water in front of the hospital. Despite a lot of angler pressure, fishing in the channel was hit-or-miss as water temperatures have dropped.  Smallmouth bass were also in the channel. Carp were up in the shallows which can be fun for those fly fishing. A couple lake trout were caught off the end of the piers.  

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Petoskey:   Surface water temperatures were 48 degrees. Some lake trout were caught near the drop-off between the breakwall and Bay Harbor. Near the mouth of the Bear River, anglers will find smallmouth bass, rock bass, bullhead, suckers, freshwater drum and carp. Those fishing the beach, breakwall and D Pier were using worms, spinners or crank baits. Angler pressure was low on the Bear River but a couple steelhead were caught up near the dam.  

Traverse City:  Lake trout were caught at various depths around Deepwater Point and along the west shoreline. Anglers were casting and jigging. Cisco were also caught when jigging around Deepwater Point, north of the M-37 launch and off Elk Rapids. Bass fishing was generally good along the south end between Acme and the State Park as well as north of Yuba Creek.  On the Elk River, bass fishing was very good with smallmouth caught down from the dam and near the harbor mouth. Crawlers and tube baits worked best. A few perch and rock bass along with some big carp were also caught. In the West Bay, lake trout and cisco were caught around Lee Point and south of the island. A few perch were caught near the M-22 launch. Bass were caught in Suttons Bay, south of Bowers Harbor, near Power Island and near the mouth of the Boardman. Those fishing up near the dam on the Boardman River caught rock bass and suckers. Bass were caught on crawlers and soft plastics near the mouth.    

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Frankfort:   The Chinook seem to have moved to deeper water this week with anglers reporting good early morning catches of them, steelheads and lake trout in 120 to 150 feet. Steelhead were hitting on two color with orange crush, lake trout near the bottom with spin-n-glows, and Chinook were hitting blue and green spoons and flies 40 to 80 feet down. 

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Arcadia Lake Pike anglers were doing very well with many getting limit catches when trolling or casting body baits. Some very large bowfin were also been caught. Bass anglers have done well especially between the breakwalls going out to Lake Michigan. A few perch and some bluegills have also been caught.   

Onekama:  Anglers trolling north and south were getting Chinook salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet with green flies and spoons. The early morning bite was producing some big Chinook and good catches of lake trout in and around the “Barrel”.

Portage Lake:  As of June 4 the mayflies had not shown up yet so the fish were hungry and the bite was good. Bass anglers reported respectable sizes and numbers throughout the lake. Perch were reported out near the buoy in 18 to 25 feet. Bluegill were on the beds along the west end.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell:  Continue to have good bass fishing for those using both live and soft plastic baits.  Bluegills are in the shallows.  Boat anglers are still getting the occasional walleye when trolling a crawler harness or rapala.      

Manistee:  Surface temperatures dropped to 50 degrees. Boat anglers were still getting a fair to good number of Chinook on spoons in 130 to 250 feet. A small number of steelhead and lake trout were also caught. Pier fishing was very slow because of the large number of baitfish in the harbor. The south pier remains closed.  

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 water temperate readings were at about 51 degrees. Some anglers had success trolling in the harbor. Chinook, browns and steelhead were caught trolling using spoons. Off shore Chinook fishing slowed but many anglers were catching big healthy fish in 130 to 250 foot of water. Steelhead, lake trout and browns also came in at those depths. Spoons were the most successful bait.

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

Pentwater:  Boats trolling 25 to 70 feet down in 120 to 180 feet caught salmon and steelhead from the dunes down to Little Sable Point. Green flies and orange, blue or green spoons all caught fish. 

Pentwater Lake:  Anglers floating red worms caught bluegills and sunfish in three to 10 feet. Those fishing from Longbridge Road caught smallmouth bass and sunfish with crawlers under a bobber.  

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