Sunday, July 19, 2020

7/15/20 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

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Cheboygan: Had no reports; however, those looking for salmon and trout will want to target Lafayette Point off Bois Blanc Island when trolling spoons, spin-glo’s and meat rigs as shallow as 60 to 90 feet or as deep as 100 to 140 feet. 
Cheboygan RiverHad little fishing pressure. Anglers did catch smallmouth bass and a couple walleye when drifting worms. Boat anglers trolling a crawler harness caught smallmouth bass. 
Rogers CityColder water will be much deeper now. Hopefully, the winds will switch again to a more southerly or easterly direction and bring the thermocline back up. For now, go deep and find structure. Those using spoons did well on lake trout, steelhead, pink salmon and the occasional Chinook in 80 to 150 feet. Use downriggers deep or copper and lead core covering the mid and upper sections. Hot colors were green, black and white, orange and green, orange and silver, green/blue combination, and glow early and late. Anglers caught a couple walleye as well.   
Presque Isle: Anglers trolling spoons caught trout and salmon. Try 80 to 150 feet and run lines throughout the water column for best results.   
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Alpena: Those trolling spoons and spin-glo’s in 60 to 140 feet found lake trout, coho, pink salmon, steelhead and walleye. Most were found in the upper 60 feet with a few near the bottom. Those trolling a crawler harness in 15 to 40 feet caught walleye, pike and freshwater drum. The walleye bite was best after dark.

Thunder Bay River: Those floating or drifting crawlers caught smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum and the occasional walleye or channel cat. Small perch were caught in Alcona Pond. 
Hubbard Lake: Walleye fishing was slow, but anglers were getting panfish. 
Oscoda: Trout, salmon and walleye were caught by those trolling spoons or flies and dodgers with spin-glo’s between Au Sable Point and 3 Mile Park in 70 to 140 feet. Fish were suspended in the top 60 feet or near the bottom. Purple, red, white, orange and blue were good colors. A couple walleye were suspended in 50 to 70 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth, freshwater drum, channel cats and the occasional walleye. 
Au Sable River: Anglers floating crawlers at the mouth caught freshwater drum, channel cats, smallmouth bass and rock bass. A couple smallmouth and pike were caught by those casting crankbaits. The occasional walleye was caught, but most of the fish were undersize. 

680 River Rd.
Oscoda Twp. Mi 48750

Higgins Lake: Trolling for lake trout has been good in 100 feet using cowbells and body baits. Rock bass fishing has been good along the drop-offs.
Houghton LakeWalleye fishing was hit or miss when trolling crankbaits or a crawler harness. Panfish were caught on slip bobbers and leeches.
Lake St. Helen: Panfish and bass were caught along the weed beds.
TawasA good number of walleyes, including some limits, were caught straight off the point with crawlers, spoons and crank baits in 50 to 70 feet. Brown trout and steelhead were caught a bit deeper in 80 feet or more with spoons. 
Tawas River: Those fishing at Gateway Park caught a few catfish, freshwater drum and rock bass on crawlers and various lures.

Au Gres: Continues to have good walleye fishing in 30 to 40 feet with crawlers, spoons and crankbaits. Fish have been found north of the Charity Islands and as far south as the Pinconning area.

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