Thursday, July 19, 2018

7/19/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan:  Boat anglers trolling out near Bois Blanc Island were still getting a mix of Chinook and lake trout in 80 to 110 feet off Lafayette Point.  Most were using spoons and meat rigs.  Chinook were caught in 80 to 105 feet around Mackinac Island.  The fish were nine to 15 pounds.  

Cheboygan River:  Is producing smallmouth bass, rock bass, catfish, walleye and freshwater drum when drifting worms or casting crank baits and jigs with leeches.  Most of the walleye and smallmouth were undersize.  The catfish were between 10-18 pounds.  

Hammond Bay:  Chinook salmon and steelhead were caught on spoons in 80 to 100 feet off Nine Mile Point.  The Chinook were eight to 10 pounds and the steelhead were about six pounds.

Rogers City:  Fishing had started to improve but a cold front this week will change things up again.  Anglers caught a mix of Chinook, Atlantics, lake trout, steelhead and a few coho in 50 to 140 feet depending on where the temperature break was.  Anglers were running lines throughout the water column.  Steelhead were taken up high around the bug slicks.  Lake trout were taken near the bottom.  The best Chinook action was early morning or late at night with anything that glows.  Dodges or flashers and flies have caught a few fish.  Anglers were marking lots of three to four inch smelt.  

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Grand Lake and Long Lake:  Were producing some nice perch, bass and the occasional walleye.  

Alpena:  Had good fishing with a mix of salmon and trout caught in 65 to 120 feet.  Run lines throughout the water column and focus on the bottom 15 feet with big flashers and spin-glo’s for lake trout.  The Chinooks are coming around the thermocline while the steelhead and Atlantics are coming up high.  Spoons were a good choice in green, blue, orange, blue and green, red and white or glow.  Walleye were caught in the main part of the lake including the southern part of the bay, around Thunder Bay Island and off Rockport with a crawler harness or body bait.  

Thunder Bay River:  Those using live bait near the bottom caught freshwater drum, a few walleye and lots of rock bass, smallmouth bass and even a few largemouth bass.  Some were casting artificial baits but the live bait worked best.  

Black River:  Anglers were targeting walleye at night between Black River Island and South Point when trolling body baits or a crawler harness with bottom bouncers. 

Harrisville:  A few lake trout were caught by those trolling spoons and spin-glo’s in the bottom 10 feet or 50 feet down in 70 to 110 feet.  Steelhead were caught on 5-10 colors of lead core with spoons at the thermocline.  A couple coho were taken in the top 40 of 150 to 160 feet between here and Greenbush.  Those trolling body baits at night caught walleye off Harrisville State Park and Sturgeon Point.   

Oscoda:  Salmon, trout and walleye were scattered throughout the water column.   Lake trout were taken on spoons, dodgers with spin-glo’s, and meat rigs with flashers in the bottom 20 or 40 to 50 feet down in 85 to 120 feet.  Lake trout, steelhead, Atlantics, coho and small Chinook were caught on spoons and meat rigs with flashers 30 to 50 feet down in 140 to 160 feet around the “Humps”. Walleye were caught in the top 30 feet.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum, channel cats, rock bass, smallmouth bass and a couple walleye when still-fishing with crawlers.  Crappie and channel cats were taken on jigs with minnows at night.  

Au Sable River:  A couple small walleye were caught between the railroad trestle and the mouth by those drifting crawler harnesses through the holes.  Try night fishing or target the deep, shaded holes in the early morning or evening.  Channel cats, carp, smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, and rock bass were caught by those still-fishing or drifting crawlers. 

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

Higgins Lake:  Lake trout anglers continue to catch fish just off the bottom in 90 to 100 feet especially when jigging sand kickers and Swedish pimples.  Smallmouth bass were caught in eight to 12 feet.  Perch anglers were getting enough fish for a meal.  Most were seven to 12 inches and were caught in 40 to 50 feet.  Look for all the boats or try the northeast side of the Sunken Island and out from the South State Park.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops: 

Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle: (989) 821-9517 

Sports Barn: (989) 821-9511


    Houghton Lake:  Anglers are still catching walleye, pike, bass, rock bass, bluegill and some perch.  Look for the weed beds and drop-offs.  

    Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:

    Tawas:  Walleye fishing was good on the right day in 35 to 65 feet from Buoy #2 south to the Crib off Alabaster and out around Big Charity Island.  Some perch were caught near Buoys 4 & 6 in 15 to 20 feet.  Smallmouth bass fishing was good with soft plastics.  Pier fishing was slow.  

    Tawas River:  Fishing is summer slow with only the occasional carp, freshwater drum or bass taken.    

    Au Gres:  Walleye anglers are fishing in 15 to 40 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres or are going out to the Charity Islands.  Boats fishing off the mouth of the Pine River in 10 feet were getting a few perch.  Catfish anglers were doing well at night off the wall along the Au Gres River. 

    Your area may not 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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