Thursday, August 2, 2018

8/2/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan: Anglers caught lake trout and Chinook salmon off Lighthouse Point, Lafayette Point and Bois Blanc Island in 70 to 100 feet with spoons and meat rigs. A 6-pound walleye was also caught off Lafayette Point.  

Cheboygan RiverIs producing walleye, smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum for those using artificial soft baits, worms and leeches however they did best with worms. Those casting crank baits and soft plastics caught smallmouth bass however many were too small.  

Hammond Bay: A few anglers caught lake trout off Nine Mile Point when trolling spoons in 70 to 90 feet.  

Rogers CityWatch for the winds to up-well cold water then take advantage of the fishing.  Northwest winds brought in warm water top to bottom forcing anglers to head out past 120 feet where the water cooled. The fish were scattered and being caught throughout the water column with the better shallow water fishing in the early morning and after sunset. Anglers are deploying downriggers, lead core, copper, and dipseys with dodgers and spin-glo’s with flies, squid and cut bait behind them. Green, blue, black and white or glow spoons were also taking fish.  

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Long Lake: Was producing some walleye and smallmouth bass.   

AlpenaThose heading out are targeting lake trout in deeper water off the humps, the Nordmere Wreck, Thunder Bay Island and the Nine Mile Can in 80 to 150 feet. Many anglers are favoring the ports of Rockport and Presque Isle due to deep water close to shore and not having to run out so far. Walleye were taken mostly in the outer bay towards Sulphur Island and Black River or Thunder Bay Island, Sugar Island and Rockport when trolling crank baits and harnesses in 15 to 40 feet. 


Thunder Bay River: Is producing large and smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum and a couple small walleye on live bait. Live bait seems to be the best. Boats trolling in the turn-basin also picked up a couple small walleye.   
Fletchers PondHad good action for northern pike and bass.  
Black River: Walleye were caught on body baits in 20 to 45 feet between here and Scarecrow Island. Those fishing the mouth of the river caught pike and freshwater drum when still-fishing with minnows.  

HarrisvilleThose targeting trout and salmon found lake trout suspending 30 to 40 feet down or about 15 feet off the bottom and hitting on spoons and spin-glo’s with dodgers. Atlantic salmon were hitting on spoons in the top 15 feet while the odd Chinook was 50 to 65 feet down in 100 to 140 feet. Lake trout up to 20 pounds were caught. A couple walleye were caught when trolling stick baits around Sturgeon Point and between Harrisville and Greenbush in 20 to 35 feet. Chartreuse, purple, chrome and wonderbread were good colors.  

OscodaAnglers continue to catch a mix of lake trout, steelhead, Atlantic, Chinook and coho salmon. Lake trout were in the bottom 20 feet or suspended up higher with the salmon which were 20 to 50 feet down in 70 to 130 feet. Spoons or dodgers and flies on sliders, lead core and copper have taken fish. Anglers found suspended walleye when trolling small spoons in the top 40 feet with lead core or divers. Pier anglers caught drum, smallmouth and rock bass when still-fishing with crawlers or casting jigs.  

Au Sable River: A few small walleye, freshwater drum and smallmouth bass were caught below Foote Dam when drifting crawlers or casting jigs in the holes. Smallmouth were also caught by those working the top waters in the cuts and current breaks. In Foote Pond, smallmouth bass and pike were caught when casting shad raps and spinners. Smallmouth were caught on poppers and hopper flies between Mio and the Alcona Pond. This time of year can be a good time to try flies in the trout waters from Alcona Dam up. Try hoppers, flying ants, spiders and other terrestrials.   

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

TawasThe walleye hot-spot was in Tawas Bay with good catches including some limits taken outside Tawas Point and near Buoy #2 in 30 to 60 feet when trolling a crawler harness. A couple steelhead were taken out near 60 feet. Inside the bay, those trolling near Buoys 4 and 6 were getting some walleye and pike. Pier fishing was slow.  

Tawas River: Fishing was summer-slow with only a few bass, catfish or freshwater drum taken.  
Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye continue to do well between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres in 20 to 30 feet but some were doing better up towards Tawas Bay or when crossing over to the north side of Big Charity Island. Walleye fishing was slower down near the Pine River and Eagle Bay Marina. 

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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