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Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Reports

Cheboygan: Boat anglers caught chinook and lake trout along with the occasional steelhead or walleye. Most were trolling spoons and cut bait around Lafayette Point and Lighthouse Point. The chinook averaged 10 pounds or so.

Cheboygan River: Fishing pressure slowed but shore anglers drifting worms with a plain hook or crawler harnesses caught walleye, smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum, catfish and pike. Most of the walleye were 15 to 18 inches but some were undersize. Anglers were fishing near the Bois Blanc ferry parking lot or up at the lock and dam.

Mullett Lake: The Jewell Road boating access site will close temporarily as major site renovations to the ramp will begin on Monday August 14th and will be completed by December 1, 2017. Boaters are encouraged to use one of three alternate access sites including Aloha State Park, the Mullett Village access or the Forks access site.

Rogers City: Windy conditions have prevented the set-up of a thermocline and the lack of cold water. Fishing was on the slow side with only a few chinook, steelhead, lake trout or the occasional walleye taken. The better catches were taken throughout the water column in 45 to 120 feet before sunrise and after the sunset. When you find fish, keep going back and trolling over that same area with spoons and attractors with flies, squid and cut bait. Good colors were green, blue, white, black, orange, silver and glow.

Rockport: Had few anglers. Walleye were caught by those trolling body baits or a crawler harness in 35 to 60 feet.

Alpena: Lake trout were caught between the first or third set of “Humps” or off Thunder Bay Island in 110 to 160 feet. Some are on the bottom and some were about halfway down. A couple steelhead were taken in the top 60 feet. Try spin-glo’s, meat rigs or spoons with paddles depending on fish activity. Walleye were caught on stick baits in 25 to 50 feet near Scarecrow and Sulphur Islands, North Point and out from the Black River. Crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers caught a few walleye and channel cats during the day. Those trolling spoons in 100 feet or more found walleye suspended. Some good size smallmouth bass were caught in the LaFarge discharge when casting crank baits and spinners or when drifting a harness.

Thunder Bay River: Was producing a mix of smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, rock bass, bluegill, bowfin and channel catfish when still fishing or drifting crawlers near the bottom. A few walleye were found by those drifting crawlers on the bottom at night, but overall walleye fishing was very slow.

Oscoda: Lake trout were found in 110 to 180 feet. Some were on the bottom while others were about halfway down. Atlantic salmon, steelhead and a couple pink salmon were found in the top 60 feet. Try spoons, spin-glo’s and meat rigs. Pier anglers found good numbers of smallmouth bass and freshwater drum with crawlers near the bottom. Channel cats were caught on crawlers after dark.

Au Sable River: Had good smallmouth bass fishing for those using spinners, soft plastics or crawlers. Freshwater drum, rock bass, bowfin and a couple channel cats were also caught. The walleye bite was slow but a few were taken when drifting crawlers on the bottom or with a slip bobber in the holes between the railroad trestle and the mouth.

Higgins Lake: Perch are still being caught in 40 to 50 feet when still-fishing with minnows or wax worms. Lake trout were taken just off the bottom in 100 to 120 feet.

Houghton Lake: Those trolling along the weed beds near the drop-off in 8 to 12 feet have caught walleye on Hot-n-Tots. Bass, pike and bluegills are also in the weeds.

Tawas: Those trolling caught a few walleye inside the bay off Jerry’s Marina when using a Lindy rig along the weed beds. Fish were also caught on spoons in 50 to 60 feet down near Alabaster. Pier fishing was slow.

Tawas River: Shore anglers continue to find bass, catfish, carp and freshwater drum.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was spotty with some caught in 35 feet straight off the mouth of the river or in 25 to 35 feet off Pointe Au Gres and around the weed beds off the mouth of the Pine River. Down off Sagatoo Road, perch anglers fishing at Eagle Bay Marina caught a decent number of fish in 15 to 25 feet.


Fishing reports courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources


NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.

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