Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan:  Chinook salmon and lake trout have been caught in 70 to 110 feet off Lafayette Point on Bois Blanc Island with spoons, flies, and cut bait.  The Chinook were 10-15 pounds and the lake trout averaged six pounds.  

Cheboygan River:  The chutes at the dam were still shut.  Fishing has slowed.  Anglers have caught 13-18 inch walleye on leeches.  Smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum were caught on worms.  Most of the smallmouth were about 10 inches.  

  • For more public lakes in Cheboygan County: Click Here!

Mullett Lake:  Had decent perch fishing.  Try off Aloha State Park in 20 to 30 feet.  

Hammond Bay:  Anglers had a hard time finding fish.  Those trolling in 60 to 110 feet off Nine Mile Point had no luck.  

Rogers City:  Boat anglers caught Chinook, steelhead, Atlantics, walleye and the odd pink or coho salmon in 45 to 130 feet.  Run lines throughout the water column but focus on the thermocline, baitfish and areas with structure.  Spoons worked well along with flashers or attractors with flies, squid or cut bait.  Good colors were green, blue, purple, orange and silver, black and white or glow early and late.  Walleye anglers did well to the north off Presque Isle.  Try fishing them suspended with crank baits or crawler harnesses in 30 to 80 feet and target the top 30 feet in the deeper water.  

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

Alpena:  Those heading out to the “Humps” and the Nordmere Wreck have done well for lake trout when fishing near the bottom in 80 to 130 feet.  A couple steelhead were taken up higher.  No word on any walleye caught.  

Thunder Bay River:  Had less activity.  Those using live bait caught lots of rock bass, freshwater drum or undersize bass.  A few walleye were caught but many were on the small side.  The river is very warm right now which has slowed fishing.  

Black River:  Walleye were caught by those trolling stick baits in 20 to 35 feet in the early morning and late evening off old Alcona Village and Lakeshore Drive, as well as to the north off South Point.  Suspending walleye were caught on spoons 20 to 40 feet down in over 60 to 100 feet.  

Harrisville:  Lake trout were spread out in 85 to 150 feet and taken either in the bottom 15 feet or around the thermocline 60 to 70 feet down.  Spoons and dodgers with spin-glo’s caught fish.  Atlantic salmon were taken on spoons 70 feet down in 100 to 200 feet off Sturgeon Point.  Walleye were caught by those trolling stick baits in 20 to 30 feet in the early morning off Sturgeon Point and between Harrisville and Greenbush. 

Oscoda:  Steelhead, Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and a few Chinook salmon were taken on spoons, meat rigs, and spin-glo’s 50 to 75 feet down in 85 to 130 feet around the drop-off and the “hump” east of the river mouth and out to 180 feet.  Most of the lake trout however were taken near the bottom.  Walleye were suspended in the top 40 of 60 to 120 feet.  Pier anglers got channel cats, smallmouth, rock bass, or the odd walleye.     

Au Sable River:  A couple walleye was caught by those casting jigs with twister tails or when still-fishing with crawlers at night in the lower river.  Channel cats, smallmouth, rock bass, bluegills and even a couple perch were also caught.  Anglers on the Type 4 waters between the Mio Dam and the Mio powerlines caught a few small walleye and brown trout on spinners or when drifting a crawler harness.  The white mayfly and white caddis hatches have begun with a few good evenings of heavy activity between the Mio and Alcona Dams.  Water temperatures from Parmalee Bridge to below Mio were hovering in the high 60s and low 70s. 

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

Higgins Lake:  Lake trout action was fair to good for those trolling or jigging just off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet.  For perch, try near the islands in 40 to 60 feet with minnows.  Lots of rock bass have been caught along the drop-offs with minnow and crawlers.   

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

Houghton Lake:  Pike and walleye were caught when trolling or drifting along the weed beds.  Panfish were taken by those floating crawlers along the weed beds in five to eight feet.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:

Tawas:  Walleye fishing in deep water was good off Tawas Bay with some limits taken fin 35 to 50 feet down near the Bell Buoy which is about 10 ½ miles south of Tawas Bay and straight east of Whitestone Point.  Most fish were taken on a crawler harness. Walleye and steelhead were taken on spoons halfway down in 70 to 80 feet.  A few walleye were found around the weed beds inside Tawas Bay near Buoys 4 & 6.  

Au Gres:  Walleye fishing slowed but a few were taken in 30 to 40 feet near the Gravelly Shoals, north of Big Charity Island and north off Whitestone Point.  Those fishing off Eagle Bay Marina found walleye in 20 to 30 feet.  Some perch were taken outside of the weed beds in 15 to 20 feet between the Saganing and Pinconning Bars.   

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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