Northeast Lower Peninsula
Cheboygan River: Those fishing near the Foot Bridge caught a good number of smallmouth bass, walleye and pike but most were sub-legal. Anglers were using crawlers and wax worms off multiple fishing piers.
Rogers City: Continues to produce a mixed bag of Chinook, steelhead and lake trout. The Chinook are here but in low numbers. Some are getting a few while others struggle to find them especially south towards Swan Bay and Adams Point in 40 to 90 feet. Try 20 to 25 feet down with spoons or J-plugs and attractors with flies or squid. Good colors were green, blue, black and white or glow.
East and West Twin Lakes: The fishing was slow on East Twin. Anglers were trolling and jigging with artificial and natural baits for walleye but they had no luck. Perch fishing was slow. Surface water temperature was between 70 and 74 degrees and the weeds are starting to come up around the island. Try six to eight feet for smallmouth. Walleye fishing on West Twin was moderate but most of the fish caught were sub-legal. Anglers are trolling in six to 18 feet with both artificial and natural baits. The lake provides easy fishing for rock bass but most are caught in the perch holes and off Eagle Point. Perch fishing was moderate in four to six feet.
Alpena: It seemed like the walleye left the bay because those targeting them came in with one fish. Lake trout are still being caught off the “Humps” and the deeper water off Thunder Bay Island and the Nordmere Wreck.
Thunder Bay River: Had very little to report with only a few smaller panfish caught.
Harrisville: Walleye were being caught in good numbers. Evening and very early morning was best but some did report the occasional midday catch. Body baits worked best but also try wobble glo’s, spin-glo’s and small spoons in 12 to 15 feet. Lake trout moved in slightly. Try fishing throughout the water column in 80 to 120 feet with spoons, spin-glo’s and wobble glo’s behind dodgers.
Oscoda: Pier fishing seems to be getting better as anglers were catching walleye, channel cats and smallmouth bass. Catfish are being caught on crawlers and minnows throughout the night. Walleye are hitting throughout the day but evening may be a touch better when drifting crawlers or casting body baits. Lake trout are out deep in 150 to 180 feet and hitting on spoons, body baits, spin-glo’s and wobble glo’s. The fish were suspended about 20 feet from the bottom.
Au Sable River: Spinners and body baits are being used to catch bass.
Higgins Lake: Those looking for perch are using minnows and wax worms. Rock bass are everywhere and provide a great fishery for young anglers. Those trolling for lake trout are fishing along the bottom in waters 80 feet and deeper. Those fishing higher in the water column may find a couple brown trout or rainbow trout. Try black and gold, black and silver or perch colored body baits.
Houghton Lake: Walleye fishing has been tough but a few were caught early morning or evening in about nine feet. Some are using purple or chartreuse harnesses but those trolling small crank baits have caught some nice bluegill and crappie. Large and smallmouth bass fishing was good but the pike fishing was slow. Those fishing the canals caught crappie. Pike, bass and bluegills were caught on the upper side of the Reedsburg Dam.
Lake St. Helen: Had good fishing. Largemouth bass were hitting soft plastics on the bottom during the day and top water lures in early morning or late evening. Panfish including bluegills, sunfish and rock bass were caught by those drifting a piece of crawler. No walleye or crappie to report.
Tawas: Walleye fishing was slow.
Au Gres: Walleye fishing was slow. Some fish were caught in 60 feet or more along the weed beds off the Pine River but the action was not hot by any means. Most anglers were working extremely had to get one or two fish per boat.
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