Friday, June 28, 2019

6/27/2019 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

To access the original Michigan DNR fishing Report: Click Here! 

St. Joseph: The fish were scattered and boat anglers targeting salmon had mixed results. A few salmon and steelhead were caught in 100 feet, but anglers did better in 120 feet when trolling spoons. A couple steelhead were caught off the pier when using shrimp on the bottom. Perch fishing was slow.
  • For a list of Berrien County Bait Shops: Click Here!
South Haven: Had high water around the boat launches. The main access is via Dunkley and that road is closed. Boats need to access the launch from Blue Star Highway. There is a road closed sign however the road off Blue Star Highway is open to the launch. Most of the fishing pressure was south of the piers but catch rates were slow as the fish seem to be scattered in 85 to well past 120 feet and were hitting throughout the water column. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp or alewife under a bobber. Good numbers of freshwater drum and catfish were caught. A couple perch were caught in 40 feet.

Kalamazoo River: Has high water levels which are causing a strong current and floating debris. Emergency managers are recommending anglers stay off the river. Shore anglers need to use caution as the banks are unstable.
Thornapple River: Also has high water levels and a strong current. Boat and shore anglers should wait until water levels recede to safe levels.
Grand Haven: Salmon and trout action slowed a bit. The best action was 30 to 90 feet down in 70 to 130 feet with orange and blue spoons along with green and white flies. A few were also taken on meat rigs. Lake trout were on the bottom and hitting yellow and green spin-glo’s. Pier anglers continue to catch a couple steelhead on shrimp and alewife. Good numbers of freshwater drum were caught on silver spoons and alewife. Caution: Water continues to cover most of the Harbor Island launch parking lot.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are still high but a few more anglers were heading out. Some big flathead catfish and smallmouth bass were caught below the Sixth Street Dam . A few walleye were also caught.
Grand River at Lansing: Highwater continues to hamper fishing.
  • For a more accurate report on the Grand River at Lansing I suggest reaching out to the people at Grand River Bait & TacklePhone: (517-482-4461)
Muskegon: Trout and salmon were caught 40 to 90 feet down in 80 to 130 feet with green, blue and orange spoons. A few lake trout taken from the bottom with yellow spin-glo’s. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum.

Muskegon Lake: Is producing bluegills on the north end where fish were on the beds. Good bass fishing can be found throughout. No word on walleye and few anglers were targeting pike.

  • For a more accurate report on the Muskegon Lake & the Muskegon River I suggest reaching out to the people at Snug Harbor OutfittersPhone: (231-719-0759)
Muskegon River: Water levels were still high for this time of year however anglers are picking up a few more bass. Those fishing Hardy Dam Pond caught panfish, bass and even a few walleye. Trout anglers have found fish on the gravel. There is currently a mayfly hatch in progress.
White Lake: Anglers are taking bluegills in five to seven feet however they are sorting through the small ones.

For more bait shops in the southwest lower peninsula follow the links below:
Berrien County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Allegan County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Ingham County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Branch County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Barry County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Kalamazoo County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Kent County Bait Shops: Click Here!

Your area may not be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Southwest Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Allegan County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Barry County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Calhoun County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Cass County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here! 
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Kalamazoo Public Lakes: Click Here! 
St. Joseph County Public Lakes: Click Here! 

6/27/2019 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

To access the original Michigan DNR fishing Report: Click Here!

Lake Erie: Water levels are still extremely high and most of the ramps at Sterling State Park and Bolles Harbor were submerged especially if there is an east wind. Bring boots or waders for launching and be sure to watch your step as the docks can be slippery. Walleye fishing was a bit tougher. The bays off Bolles Harbor and Toledo Beach were less than ideal for fishing because of the considerable weeds and turbid water. Anglers reported clearer water further north in Brest Bay. Walleye were caught close to shore however most limit catches came between Stony Point and the River Raisin in 26 to 28 feet with bottom bouncers, bandits and spoons. Largemouth bass and pike were caught in the shallows near Pt. Mouillee.

  • If you're planning on fishing any of the canals near Lake Erie Metro Park or Point Mouillee State Game Area you can get all of your bait & tackle needs met at  Bottom Line Bait & Tackle.

Detroit River: Walleye were caught with a jig and piece of crawler. Good smallmouth action was reported, and anglers are still getting a few white bass. Not much to report on the yellow perch.
Lake St. Clair: Anglers on the north end did well trolling for walleye in the shipping channel. Bass anglers had limited luck on Anchor Bay. Smallmouth fishing was somewhat better on the south end especially near Masonic Park where smallmouth bass, rock bass, catfish and walleye were caught in waters surrounding the park. Bass fishing along the Mile Roads was fair. Muskie fishing slowed.
  • For a more accurate report on Lake St. Clair I suggest reaching out to the people at Sportsmen's Direct  as their weekly LSC fishing report is usually far more in depth.  Phone: (586-741-6052)
  • Macomb County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Lexington and Port Sanilac: Smallmouth bass, rock bass and some bluegills were caught from the docks and piers at Lexington. Try minnows and crawlers. Walleye were caught in the evening when casting artificial lures. At Port Sanilac, salmon and trout were scattered in 40 to 90 feet. Those trolling caught steelhead and pink salmon. Atlantic salmon came into the harbor and were caught when casting Cleo’s.
Harbor Beach: Lake trout, steelhead and pink salmon were caught straight out and north of the harbor in 60 to 120 feet with spoons and spin-glo’s. Walleye were caught from the breakwall in the evening when casting jigs with a twister tail or body baits. Smallmouth bass were caught inside the harbor.
Grindstone City: Lake trout and a couple pink salmon were caught with spoons and lead core in 90 to 120 feet.
Port Austin: Not much boat activity. Smallmouth bass were caught from the docks and breakwalls with lures or crawlers.
Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught out near Buoys 1 & 2 in 30 feet, the Dumping Grounds in 16 to 18 feet and the Spark Plug in 20 to 23 feet when trolling crawlers. Fish were also caught south of the Black Hole in 20 feet with spoons and crank baits. Good walleye fishing along the east side of the bay in 16 to 19 feet from the bottom of the Slot all the way up to North Island. Fish were also found shallower in 12 to 14 feet or suspended off the bottom out deeper in the shipping channel. Anglers had to find them but did well once they did with a crawler harness, spoons or a variety of body baits. Color did not matter. Pike, channel cats, white bass, freshwater drum and a couple yellow perch were also caught. Slow fishing at Caseville with only a couple walleye caught.
  • For a more accurate report on Saginaw Bay I suggest taking a look at the weekly Saginaw Bay Fishing Report given to you by
Saginaw River: Shore anglers at Essexville were casting crank baits for smallmouth bass at Smith Park. A couple yellow perch were caught on worms.
Flint River: Had fair to good bass fishing in the Holloway Reservoir. Try crawlers, leeches or tube baits. Bluegills, crappie and even a few walleye were caught.

Below are links to bait shop listings organized by county:  

Your area may not be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Southeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Genessee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Hillsdale County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lapeer County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lenawee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Livingston County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 1: Click Here! 
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 2: Click Here!
Washtenaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Wayne County Public Lakes: Click Here!


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