Saturday, August 29, 2020

8/26/20 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report


Northeast Lower Peninsula

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Cheboygan: Lake trout were caught off Poe Reef when trolling spoons. A couple Chinook salmon up to 10 pounds were caught on spoons in the shipping channel.

Cheboygan RiverHad no reports of salmon yet. Those drifting worms at the DNR Station, the walk-over bridge and up at the dam caught walleye, smallmouth bass and rock bass. Anglers also had luck catching pike when casting crankbaits at the dam. 

Burt and Mullett Lakes: Perch fishing picked up. Jumbo-size fish were caught in both lakes, but not in any one location. 

Rogers CityThe better fishing for trout and salmon continues between Swan Bay and Adams Point extremely early before 5 a.m. or near sunset. The fish were picky, and getting them to bite was difficult. Most were using spoons, J-plugs, meat rigs and bombers throughout the water column in 50 to 125 feet. 

Presque IsleIs producing a mixed bag of trout and salmon for those finding baitfish or colder water near the thermocline. Most were using spoons along with attractors, flies, squid and spin-glo’s. The odd Chinook or Atlantic salmon have also been caught. 

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Otsego Lake: Walleye anglers caught a couple fish; however, weeds made fishing difficult.    

Alpena: Anglers caught lake trout, pink salmon, steelhead and walleye when trolling spoons and spin-glo’s in 90 to 160 feet at the “Humps” and near the Nordmeer wreck. Lake trout were found near bottom, with silver fish scattered throughout the lower half of the water column. Silver, orange, blue and green were good colors. Walleye were scattered with only a few caught in 35 to 80 feet when trolling lead core with spoons and body baits. 

Thunder Bay River: Fishing was slow, but anglers found a few rock bass and smallmouth bass when floating crawlers and leeches. Bullhead and a couple channel cats were caught in the evening with

crawlers or stink baits. The odd walleye was caught when trolling a crawler harness. 

Oscoda: Trout, salmon and walleye were caught when trolling spoons or spin-glo’s in 90 to 160 feet between the river and Greenbush. The odd Chinook and coho were also found. Lake trout were found both on the bottom and suspended, while walleye and silver fish were scattered between 30 feet down and the bottom. Gold, orange, purple, blue and green were hot colors. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and yellow perch on crawlers. 

Au Sable River: A few smallmouth bass and northern pike were caught on crank baits and soft plastics. A couple channel cats were taken on crawlers in the evening. 

680 River Rd.
Oscoda Twp. Mi 48750

Higgins Lake: The lake trout action has slowed considerably. Smallmouth bass were caught by those working the drop-off. Rock bass are still being caught.      

Houghton LakeCatch rates were on the slow side. Walleye and bluegills were taken in small numbers near the Cut River. A few largemouth bass were caught along the south shore. 

TawasA few small perch were caught inside the bay near the weed beds with perch rigs and minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Walleye were caught near buoys 4 and 6 with lindy rigs or Erie dearies with crawlers. Steelhead and walleye were found out past Buoy #2 in 60 to 70 feet with downriggers and spoons. Catch rates for steelhead have been good. The few targeting smallmouth bass inside the bay and out near the point had released close to 30 fish. 

Tawas River: Anglers caught largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and some bluegills when using crawlers at Gateway Park. 

Au Gres: Walleye fishing has been slow, with only a few fish caught out near the Charity Islands or south near Pt. Au Gres when using body baits, spoons or crawlers in 15 to 30 feet. Perch were caught in front of the Pine River and south toward the Saganing and Pinconning bars when using minnows in 15 to 17 feet. 

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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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