Northeast Lower Peninsula
Cheboygan: Anglers caught Chinook, lake trout and walleye when trolling spoons and meat rigs off Lafayette Point on Bois Blanc Island. The thermocline was 40 to 60 feet down depending on the wind. The lake trout averaged six pounds while the Chinook were about eight pounds.
Cheboygan River: Those drifting leeches and worms caught walleye. Most were 15 to 19 inches long. Anglers caught smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum.
Rogers City: Had days where a nice mixed bag of Chinook, lake trout, steelhead, walleye and the odd Atlantic salmon came in when fishing throughout the water column in 60 to 150 feet. Find the thermocline for salmon or fish the bottom 15 to 20 feet for lake trout on dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s or spoons. Steelhead were up higher near the bug slicks and hitting bright colored spoons. Most of the Chinook were coming and hour to two before sun-up or after sunset with glow spoons or dodgers with flies, squid or cut bait. Good colors were green, blue, white and black, white and red or glow early and late.
Presque Isle: Was producing Chinook, lake trout, coho, pink salmon, walleye and the odd Atlantic salmon in 55 to 150 feet or deeper. Run lines throughout the water column and look for steelhead and walleye up higher. Salmon were found near the thermocline and lake trout were near the bottom. Try spoons and flashers with squid, flies or cut bait.
Alpena: Anglers found lake trout, steelhead, pink salmon and the odd coho when trolling spoons, spin-glo’s and meat rigs in 90 to 180 feet along the humps off Thunder Bay Island and near the Nordmeer Wreck. Lake trout were both high and low in the water column while coho, pink salmon and steelhead were in the top half. Brown trout were caught by those trolling body baits in the bay. Walleye were caught when trolling a crawler harness or body bait in 20 to 45 feet off the north shore, near the channel, off North and South Points as well as near Scarecrow Island and Sulphur Island. Walleye were also taken on spoons and lead core in deeper water.
Thunder Bay River: Walleye fishing was slow with a few caught in the evening when still fishing or drifting crawlers. Freshwater drum, rock bass, channel cats, bullhead, along with sublegal smallmouth bass, and northern pike were taken on crawlers. A few crappie and bluegill were caught on leeches in the harbor.
Oscoda: Lake trout, steelhead and a couple pink salmon were caught in 90 to 120 feet or deeper at 140 to 190 feet. Lake trout were taken on spoons and meat rigs with attractors in the bottom 25 feet, but a few were up higher. Steelhead, pink salmon and a couple suspended walleye were taken above the thermocline on orange, chartreuse, chrome or black spoons. Pier anglers caught walleye in the early morning or evening when casting body baits or still fishing crawlers. Freshwater drum, smallmouth bass, rock bass and a few decent channel cats were also taken on crawlers.
Au Sable River: A couple walleye were caught in the holes and below Foote Dam when drifting crawlers. Channel cats, smallmouth, rock bass, yellow perch and freshwater drum were also caught. In Foote Pond, a couple walleye were caught when vertical jigging soft plastic in the main basin. A few yellow perch were caught on crawlers under a bobber in deeper water near the edge of the weed line.
Tawas: Walleye anglers were trolling crawlers, crank baits and spoons out past Tawas Pt. and south to the Charity Islands in 20 to 35 feet. Most are getting fish including some limit catches. A few lake trout were taken on spoons in 60 to 70 feet. Pier anglers caught walleye and smallmouth bass when casting body baits.
Tawas River: Those still-fishing with crawlers caught some catfish.
Au Gres: Some limit catches of walleye were taken by those trolling crawlers and crank baits in 18 to 30 feet straight out of the river mouth and anywhere between Pt. Lookout and Pt. Au Gres. Pier anglers caught rock bass and catfish on crawlers. Those trolling crawlers and crank baits in 15 to 25 feet off the Pine River and Eagle Bay Marina caught a good number of walleye.
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