DNR Weekly Fishing Report: Bass hitting tight to shore in Whitelake

From DNR reports

MUSKEGON AREA
Manistee:  Fishing continues to be tough. Salmon and trout have been caught 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 240 feet of water. Try running green or orange spoons. Freshwater drum have been caught off the pier.

Ludington:  Boat anglers have found the salmon and trout bite tough. Some fish have been caught 40 to 100 feet down in 110 to 240 feet of water. Try running blue and green spoons along with meat rigs down deeper.

Pentwater:  A few anglers have taken steelhead and Chinook salmon. These anglers fished in 100 to 150 feet of water and trolled with lines running 50 to 80 feet down. Anglers are still taking a few pan fish from Longbridge and from various points along the shoreline.

Whitehall:  Anglers trolling in 100 to 150 feet of water are taking a few coho salmon. Pier and channel fishing at both ports have turned up little besides freshwater drum and a few catfish. Pan fishing is slowing down but anglers are still taking a few from the channel at Whitehall.

White Lake: Bass fishing continued to be very good this week. These fish are still in tight to shore with green, white, and gold being the hot colors this week.

Grand Haven:  Salmon anglers are targeting steelhead since kings are still scarce in 200 to 240 feet of water at the top portion of the water column. Spoons that are orange are working best. Water around the piers has warmed so pier anglers are struggling to catch steelhead. They are using shrimp and a bobber for bait. No perch.

NORTHWEST

Harbor Springs:  Lake trout were being found around Harbor Point on spoons with cowbells or dodgers, spin n’ glows and spoons. There have been lots of undersized lake trout caught but some keepers as well. There are still lake trout to be caught further north between the condos and 7 Mile Point.

Petoskey:  The pier is producing lots of small smallmouth bass, rock bass and bullhead. Most people are fishing with crawlers, but some are using crank baits, spinners, and jigs with soft plastic lures. Anglers on the break wall were catching some smallmouth and an occasional yellow perch on crawlers and minnows. Boat fishing is still pretty slow but it is expected to pick up when reports of salmon start coming in.

Bear River:  There were very few people fishing at the dam or in the river this week. Anglers that were there trying for steelhead with spawn bags were having their bait swiped by chubs.

Charlevoix:  Walleye fishing in the channel has been slow for the last week.  Smallmouth are being caught in the channel on crawlers as are freshwater drum and rock bass. Boat fishing has been slow in Charlevoix. A lot of undersize lake trout are being caught.

Traverse City:  The East Bay reports good smallmouth bass fishing in five to 15 feet of water. Lake trout, cisco, and a few whitefish were caught jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water. Lake trout were also caught trolling at depths around 75 feet. Anglers fishing in West Bay report lake trout catches while  jigging and trolling in depths around 100 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in 10 to 20 feet of water.

Elk River:  Smallmouth bass fishing has been good, but most of the fish are on the small side. Try leeches, crawlers, or plastic baits for the bass.

Boardman River:    Fishing has been relatively slow. Smallmouth and rock bass have been caught along with the occasional pike. Live bait seems to be working the best.

Frankfort:  Chinook salmon are in the area but not in great numbers. The ones that are being landed are caught in 180 to 220 feet of water and trolling 65 to 110 feet down. Limits of lake trout have also been reported around the six mile hole area while bouncing the bottom with spin and glows and cow bells.

Onekama:  Anglers are reporting a good early morning bite in 140 to 240 feet of water trolling 70 to 120 feet down just off the golf course. Several kings are being reported hitting on blue spoons and on meat. Lake trout are also hitting well in the same area on cow bells.

Portage Lake:  Bass anglers are working the drops due to warming temperatures. Activity has slowed but still some nice large and smallmouths are being caught. Bluegills, sun fish, rock bass and perch are all reporting good numbers off all the weed beds. Please be cautious in the area with all the vacationing recreational boaters.

SOUTHWEST
Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Is producing smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish and the surprise summer run steelhead.

Branch County:  Coldwater Lake is producing largemouth bass, northern pike, rock bass and bluegills along the drop offs.

Holland: One boat angler had good luck fishing in 80 feet of water targeting lake trout while fishing the bottom with “trash cans” and picked up one lake trout and a king. Boat anglers here are pretty sparse. Perch are being caught south of Saugatuck. Pier anglers are struggling to catch steelhead with shrimp and a bobber.

South Haven:  Perch fishing is finally improving. They are being caught in 35 to 45 feet of water. Anglers that are drifting are doing significantly better than anglers who are anchoring. Salmon anglers are catching a few fish in 75 to 140 feet of water. Anglers that were doing best were targeting the upper half of the depths they are fishing. Pier anglers are catching the occasional steelhead, but overall pier fishing is slow.

Kalamazoo River:  Smallmouth bass are biting when the water clears between rains.

St. Joseph:  Salmon anglers are still finding fishing very spotty. Most fish are being caught in 60 to 100 feet of water. Pier fishing has been slow but anglers have caught some steelhead. Anglers casting orange spoons were doing best. Some fish were also caught on shrimp and alewives fished under bobbers. Perch fishing has been very spotty. The fish seem to be moving a lot and have been caught in 20 feet out past 50 feet of water.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *