Northeast Lower Peninsula
Cheboygan: Lake trout, steelhead and Chinook were caught off Lafayette Point and Lighthouse Point on Bois Blanc Island when trolling spoons, meat rigs and spin-glo’s. Anglers were fishing in 40 to 60 feet, but some days were in 100 to 120 feet depending on wind and water temperature.
Cheboygan River: Walleye fishing is still doing well, with anglers harvesting some fish between 15-25 inches while drifting, bottom bouncing or casting worms between the walk-over bridge and the DNR station. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, channel cats and freshwater drum also were caught.
Rogers City: A strong mixed-bag fishery continues with lake trout, steelhead, pink salmon, walleye, coho, Atlantic and Chinook salmon. Fish throughout the water column while focusing on where the thermocline is located. The best depths seem to be 40 to 90 feet. Watch the wind, as a northwest blow will push cold water out of the area, leaving warm water top to bottom. Most are using spoons, cut bait, dodgers and flies or squid. Hot colors were green, blue, orange, black and white, or glow early and late. Chinook were caught early morning or late evening. Fish were eating 3- to 4-inch smelt so use lures that resemble them.
Presque Isle: Also has a very good fishery taking place with trout, salmon and walleye being caught. The shallow water was cold, and anglers were marking baitfish. Try 40 to 90 feet and scatter lines throughout. Spoons worked best, but try dodgers, flies, squid and spin-glo’s.
Alpena: Lake trout, steelhead, pink salmon and the occasional coho were caught when trolling spoons and spin-glo’s off the Nordmeer Wreck and Thunder Bay Island in 70 to 140 feet. Fish were found mainly in the top 70 feet. Those trolling crankbaits took a few walleye and brown trout inside of the bay. The walleye bite was best at night.
Thunder Bay River: Anglers caught a few smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, rock bass, channel cats and the occasional walleye when drifting and floating crawlers or casting and trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits.
Fletchers Pond: Anglers are catching largemouth bass and northern pike.
Oscoda: Was also producing lake trout, pink salmon, steelhead, walleye and the occasional coho when trolling spoons and spin-glo’s in the top 70 of waters 80 to 140 feet deep. There have been plenty of pink salmon to be found. A few walleye were found in shallower water. Hot colors were blue, chrome, yellow, orange and purple. Pier anglers caught rock bass, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when floating crawlers.
Au Sable River: Anglers caught a few smallmouth bass and rock bass when floating or drifting crawlers. A couple smallmouth bass and small pike were caught when casting spinners and crankbaits.
Higgins Lake: Those targeting lake trout did best when jigging in 90 to 110 feet and using kastmasters, sand kickers or small spoons. Perch anglers were sorting through the small ones but did find a few keepers in 20 to 25 feet. No word on brown trout. Good action for rock bass continues.
Houghton Lake: Fishing was slow, but anglers still were getting a few walleye in the East Bay when trolling a purple harness with crawlers or leeches in 14 feet. Bass have been caught, and a few pike were taken here and there. Bluegills were found off the weed beds in 8 feet or so.
Lake St. Helen: Panfish and bass are being caught along the weed beds.
Tawas: Walleye were caught straight out from the Tawas River in 30 to 70 feet with a crawler or body bait and inside the bay near the weed beds in 15 to 25 feet with a lindy rig and crawlers. There was a large mayfly hatch with the warm muggy weather, which may have slowed the bite. Steelhead, lake trout and pink salmon were caught out towards Au Sable Point in 80 to 100 feet with spoons and dipsey divers.
Au Gres: Walleye were caught with crawlers and body baits in 15 to 40 feet north of the bell buoy to south of Eagle Bay when using crawlers and body baits. Largemouth bass were caught near the weed beds in Wigwam Bay and in front of Eagle Bay Marina when casting lures.
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