Thursday, August 30, 2018

8/29/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan:  Smallmouth anglers casting soft plastics or spinners in Duncan Bay or near the mouth of the Cheboygan River had little to no luck. 

Cheboygan River All the gates at the dam were closed.  Water temperatures were about 78 degrees.  Anglers using leeches and worms had better luck downriver from the paper mill.  Walleye between 15-18 inches were caught on a crawler harness and smallmouth bass between 8-12 inches were caught when drifting worms.

Mullett Lake:  Had decent perch fishing.   

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Rogers City:  Fishing picked up as anglers caught a mixed bag of Chinook, lake trout, walleye, and Atlantics, along with an occasional steelhead or coho on downriggers, dipseys, lead core, and copper spread throughout the water column.  Anglers are using spoons, J-plugs, flashers with flies, squid or cut bait. In 45 to 100 feet.  Good colors were black and white, green, blue, silver, bloody nose, or glow early and late.  The salmon are light sensitive so fish extremely early or late.  The walleyes were incidental but a nice bonus. 

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

Long Lake:  Was producing some walleye.   

Alpena:  Windy conditions hampered fishing, but lake trout were still being caught along the bottom in deeper water off the “Humps”, Nordmere Wreck or the Nine Mile Can.  No word on walleye but those fishing Rockport and Presque Isle were getting a few fish. 

Thunder Bay River:  Catch rates were still slow because of the warm water temperatures.   Most were using live bait for walleye but caught freshwater drum, rock bass and smallmouth bass instead.  There were rumors of Chinook caught by those trolling the river mouth.  

Black River:  Walleye were caught by those trolling planer boards and stick baits in 20 to 30 feet in the early morning or late evening.  Some were suspended out to 100 feet. 

Hubbard Lake:  Was producing walleye and bass.  Bluegills were in the weed beds.   

Harrisville A couple lake trout were caught when trolling spoons near the bottom in 80 to 100 feet.  Strong winds have slowed the effort and scattered the fish.

Oscoda:  Lake trout were caught in 85 to 140 feet when trolling spoons, meat rigs, and dodgers with spin-glo’s.  Lake trout were found near the bottom while steelhead and walleye were 40 to 80 feet down.  Strong winds have made it difficult to get out and find fish.  Pier anglers caught channel cats and freshwater drum on crawlers and stick baits. 

Au Sable River:  Was slow.  A few channel cats, bowfin, smallmouth bass, rock bass, and freshwater drum were taken by those still-fishing with crawlers.  

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

Tawas Walleye were caught with harnesses and bottom bouncers around Buoys 4 & 6.  Fish were also caught in 40 to 55 feet down near the Bell Buoy off Whitestone Point, and in 70 feet outside Tawas Bay when trolling spoons. 

Au Gres:  Walleye were taken straight out in 30 to 35 feet and near the Bell Buoy when trolling a crawler harness.  Fish were found in 40 feet out near the NOAA weather buoy.
Some perch were taken in 13 to 17 feet off the mouth of the Pine 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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