Sunday, July 19, 2020

7/15/20 Northwest Lower Peninsula Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

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Harbor SpringsBoats heading north up to Five Mile and Seven Mile Point did well for lake trout and the odd Chinook salmon taken 80 to 85 feet down in over 100 feet. The temperature break was about 60 feet down. 
CharlevoixHad a large mayfly hatch, and you could see them coming down the channel. Those targeting lake trout found a few fish from North Point to Fisherman’s Island. A couple Chinook salmon also were caught. Those fishing the channel were targeting smallmouth bass; however, a couple random cisco were caught on spoons. There were a lot of undersize smallmouth in the rocks near the lighthouse. Rock bass also were caught. You may find a couple pike in the channel as well. Most anglers fish the bottom with crawlers and leeches; however, some also had luck using crankbaits and twisty tails.
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  • For a more accurate report on Lake Charlevoix I suggest reaching out to the people at Tom's Bait & TacklePhone: (231-536-3521)
Torch Lake: Was producing smallmouth bass.
Lake Bellaire: Anglers caught a couple walleye here and on the Clam River. 
Traverse City: A couple cisco were caught in the East Bay. A lot of bass anglers were out.    
Grand Traverse County: Anglers reported good panfish activity on Arbutus Lake and good bass fishing on Spider Lake. 
Lake Skegemog: Those drifting worms in the late evening caught crappie. Anglers had limited success with topwater crankbaits for bass in the early morning.

Leland: Lake trout and salmon moved out deeper off Leland and Sleeping Bear Point.  Limit catches were reported. 
Lake Leelanau: Walleye were caught south of the “Narrows.”    
Frankfort: With the warm water, the temperature break was 60 to 70 feet down. Chinook salmon were hitting meat rigs in the early morning and at sunset. Lake trout still were hitting throughout the area.
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Portage Lake: Surface water temperatures were warm, but bass anglers caught some very nice largemouth. Catch rates did not come easy, as most were working very hard for them. Perch and panfish catches were slow in 18 to 22 feet. 
Manistee: Fishing was hit or miss, but a few Chinook were caught south of town toward Big Sable Point and along the “Shelf.” Most were using spoons, meat rigs and a flasher/fly combo 35 to 90 feet down in 120 to 200 feet. Lake trout were caught in 80 to 140 feet north and south of the port. Steelhead were caught in the top 50 feet in 100 to 200 feet along the “Shelf.” 
Manistee Lake: Was producing bluegill, pike, bass and perch. 
Manistee River: The Hex hatch is over, but a lot of other bugs were giving the fish plenty to eat. Those drifting are seeing trout, but they did not want to bite.    
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Ludington: A couple salmon were caught at Big Sable Point in 150 feet or out from the projects in 140 feet. Spoons and meat rigs worked, but fishing was slow at times. Lake trout were caught straight out in 80 feet as well as north of the point in 70 to 100 feet.  Steelhead were hitting spoons to the south in 140 feet or to the north in 300 to 350 feet.  Pier anglers targeting perch had no luck; however, those fishing off the stub pier caught rock bass on worms. 
Pentwater: Lake trout were caught in 200 to 250 feet between here and Little Sable Point. 

Pentwater Lake: Was producing some perch.

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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.

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