Panfishing remains strong
BIG RAPIDS — The DNR calls panfish and bass fishing “great” on the inland lakes. Those trolling on the Great Lakes are getting a mix of salmon, steelhead and lake trout, the DNR said.
“It was a little slower over the weekend,” Tanner Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods said. “There were lot more pleasure boaters than fishermen. But some fishermen were catching bluegills in the river. The lakes for the most part are starting to slow down. They’re off their beds mainly. He walleye bite is going good. They’re doing good in he river.”
A spokesman at Triggertime Outfitters said the bite has been off in recent days with temperatures being so high.
In northwest Michigan, at Onekama, the DNR reported those trolling in and around the “Barrel” had a moderate number of Chinook and lake trout with most Chinook in 300 to 400 feet.
Portage Lake featured strong bass and perch numbers picking up with some good size fish reported. Perch were being found in 15 to 20 feet and bass anglers were working the drops.
Surface water temperatures were about 65 degrees at Manistee and pier fishing was slow but a few individiduals got steelhead off the north pier with alewife and spawn. Boat anglers were finding slower fishing. Anglers using spoons were finding lake trout and a few Chinook.
Manistee River had good brown trout fishing especially at night with the ongoing hex hatch, the DNR said, adding the fly hatch along the upper river is about to end.
Walleye were found in 12 to 15 feet along the weed beds with crawlers and leeches at lakes Cadillac at Mitchell. The bass and pike action was steady.
Ludington’s surface temperature readings were up near 66 degrees but pier fishing is slow. Off shore fishing was also slow but there’s been some success for Chinook, lake trout and steelhead in 120 to 200 feet when trolling spoons.
Pere Marquette River’s hex hatch is starting to wind down.
The baitfish moved offshore at Frankfort so anglers were trolling in 450 to 600 feet looking for them. Once found, trolling above and below them was producing some Chinook salmon in the early morning. Lake trout were caught in Platte Bay by those bouncing spin-glo’s off the bottom.
Anglers trolling between the dunes and Little Sable Point at Pentwater caught steelhead, Chinook salmon, and lake trout 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 180 feet.
In eastern Michigan, “summer-time bass fishing is kicking,” Jeff Throop, of Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, said. “It’s doing really good. I fished a tournament (Sunday) and got some big fish. Fish are usually out deeper right now because of the hot temperatures. They’re doing good on the bay and getting a lot of limits. Crappies and bluegills are doing good, too.”
“The crappies bite is finally starting to get a little better,” Woody Raymond, of Sanford Sports Shop, said. “We’ve been getting crappies and bluegills. People are coming in the store saying they’re getting a lot more fish. The bass and pike bite has been on.”
The DNR issued the following statements on area fishing spots:
Lexington and Port Sanilac: “A few perch were caught just north of Lexington.”
Harbor Beach: “For lake trout, try the bottom 50 in 80 to 120 feet north of the harbor with dodgers and spin-glo’s near the bottom. A few were caught off Wagoner Park in 80 to 90 feet. For salmon and steelhead in the same area, try bright colored spoons off 5, 7 and 10 colored lead lines with boards or spoons off downriggers from top to bottom. A few walleye were taken close to shore north of the harbor with Hot-n-Tot’s, spoons or a crawler harness. Bass were caught near shore when casting spoons or body baits.”
Saginaw Bay: “Walleye were caught in 20 to 25 feet at the Spark Plug. Blue and chrome were the hot colors. Those using shrimp or worms in the Hot Ponds caught channel cats. Those fishing off the cement plant at Essexville caught bass on spinners or tube jigs. Walleye were caught off Finn Road with a crawler harness in 12 feet and off Sebewaing in 12 to 15 feet. Those fishing outside the islands off Bay Port did better along the Slot however windy conditions have kept the fishing pressure down. The odd fish was caught off Sand Point and Oak Point.’
Saginaw River: “Smallmouth bass and catfish were caught mostly on worms but a small number were taken on minnows.”