GENESEE COUNTY — You can tell summer is almost here as fishing activity is heating up and most fish are following suite. Inland lakes are hot spots for panfish and bass right now while most rivers are offering walleye, northern pike and bass opportunities.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Many limits of walleye were caught, and those not catching their limit still brought in a good number of fish. Trolling orange and white crawler harnesses on the bottom 22 feet of water around the Dumping Grounds produced a good number of fish. Walleye were also caught while trolling with green Hot ‘N Tots 15 feet down in 20 feet of water or with pink rainbow spoons in 18 to 22 feet. While trolling from Stony Point to the Raisin River, walleye were caught in 20 to 24 feet of water on copper and green crawler harnesses. Anglers launching from Sterling State Park headed out to Brest Bay and beyond. Fish were marked in 20 to 30 feet of water and walleye were caught on crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers and spoons. Off Fermi, walleye were caught while trolling fire-tiger and hammered brass crawler harnesses in 26 feet of water. A large number of freshwater drum, white perch and white bass were also caught while targeting walleye. Yellow perch were caught off Fermi in 26 feet of water while using minnows. Channel catfish were caught in the Hot Ponds while still fishing with worms in 12 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were caught off Stony Point in 12 to 15 feet of water while casting goby colored tubes. Largemouth bass were caught in the canal at Sterling in four feet of water while casting spinnerbaits.
Detroit River: Some white bass were being caught with good numbers reported all along the river from the Wyandotte boat launch south to Pointe Mouillee.
St. Clair River: Good walleye fishing was reported with vertical jigging with dark colored plastic tipped with minnows working best. Fish were biting both day and night.
Clinton River: White bass limit catches were reported by the mouth.
Lexington to Port Sanilac: Anglers who were trolling in 55 to 60 feet had success with lake trout. A few steelhead and walleye were also taken.
Harbor Beach: A few steelhead were caught from the shore and lake trout were caught in 80 to 100 feet.
Saginaw Bay: A few boats caught walleye out just beyond the Spoils Island. Limit catches were common from the Slot from Oakhurst north to Sunset Bay Marina, from the Callahan Reef area, and from deeper water between the Bar and the Spark Plug (buoys 11 and 12). Crawler harnesses were best. Purple, pink, chartreuse and brass were the best colors for crawler harness spinners.
Saginaw River: Anglers reported catching catfish, sheepshead and walleye.
Tittabawassee River: This will be the last river report of the season. The fishery is now mostly for smallmouth bass; the walleye and white bass have tapered off for the summer. The river is high and muddy after recent heavy rains up the watershed.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Overall: Panfish activity is really picking up, as is northern pike fishing. It appears salmon may be starting to move towards the northern Lake Michigan ports.
St. Joseph: Salmon fishing was inconsistent. Most anglers were catching a mixed bag of lake trout, Coho and Chinook. The best fishing was reported well past 120 feet of water. Pier anglers caught good numbers of catfish and lots of sheepshead. Most fish were caught on spoons and while still fishing with dead alewife. Steelhead were caught on shrimp.
St. Joseph River: Walleye were being caught near the courthouse.
South Haven: Salmon fishing continued to be slow. Boat anglers caught a few lake trout and Coho along with the occasional Chinook. The fish were scattered anywhere from 60 to 120 feet or more.
Pier angler caught a couple steelhead on shrimp or freshwater drum when casting small spoons.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers reported fair salmon action 40 to 90 feet down in 110 to 180 feet with blue, green and orange spoons. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp. Good numbers of freshwater drum were caught in the channel when using worms or minnows.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels were up after all the rain. Walleye were caught near the launch by the Rogue River and downstream of Johnston Park. A few catfish, including some large ones, were been caught throughout the river. Anglers were still getting smallmouth bass.
Grand River at Lansing: There were reports of rock bass being caught.
Maple River: Good catches of channel catfish were observed.
Muskegon: Chinook salmon were caught 30 to 100 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with green and orange spoons with white flies. There was no pier report.
Muskegon River: Good walleye, pike and bass fishing was reported.
Whitehall: Boats trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 120 to 180 feet caught salmon and steelhead. Meinert Park to Stony Lake was a productive trolling path with spoons in blue and green enticing most fish.
NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Cheboygan: Had some anglers fishing smallmouth bass in the bay. Those using soft baits and crank baits did catch some fish.
Cheboygan River: The water flow has slowed and there was one chute open on the dam. Walleye fishing slowed but a few were taken early or late when drifting worms or jigging soft baits. Those using crank baits, spoons and spinners had little to no luck. Pike were caught on spinners and crank baits and most were around 26 inches. Anglers also caught carp, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, suckers and a few catfish.