Northeast Lower Peninsula
Cheboygan River: Anglers have caught walleye, suckers, pike and Atlantic salmon when drifting worms. Those drifting a crawler harness, jigging soft baits or casting crank baits caught walleye ranging 15 to 24 inches. Pike were hitting on crank baits. Atlantic salmon were caught when drifting worms or jigging soft plastics near the DNR Station and walk bridge. There were reports of catfish moving in, but none were caught.
Burt Lake: Anglers reported good catches of walleye.
Black Lake: Also had good walleye fishing.
Rogers City: Surface water temperatures were 36-38 degrees, so the water still needs to warm up. Atlantic salmon should show up soon so try casting bright colored spoons and body baits. Head south towards Swan Bay, Adams Point and Calcite Harbor and use anything that looks like smelt such as small spoons in waters less than 60 feet deep. Stay in the top 15 feet with planer boards 60 to 100 feet back.
Presque Isle: Had few anglers. Lake trout should be in the area. Look for Atlantic salmon around Stoneport when trolling near the wall. Fish waters up to 60 feet deep and keep the lines in the top 15 to 20 feet with spoons and body baits. Good colors are orange, green, blue, silver and chartreuse.
Alpena: A good number of lake trout were caught off Thunder Bay Island when trolling spoons, body baits, or spin-glo’s in 30 to 60 feet. A few walleye were caught when jigging minnows or soft plastics near the mouth of the river. Pier anglers casting body baits caught walleye in the evening. Suckers are in the Devils River.
Thunder Bay River: Still had one gate open at the dam so the water was high. Walleye were caught by those jigging minnows and soft plastics in the lower river. The occasional steelhead was taken when drifting flies and beads or when casting crank baits. Suckers were in thick at the dam.
Oscoda: Those trolling had decent catches of lake trout with spoons, body baits or spin-glo’s in 20 to 50 feet. The fish were scattered. Walleye were caught when trolling body baits near the mouth of the river. Pier anglers caught walleye early or late when casting body baits or still-fishing with minnows.
Au Sable River: Suckers were in thick and the steelhead bite slowed. Those willing to wade through all the suckers did catch a couple steelhead and the occasional Atlantic salmon when drifting or floating beads, flies, fresh spawn and wax worms. Those drifting crawlers, casting body baits or still-fishing with minnows near the mouth found a couple walleye. Water levels were high.
Houghton Lake: Fishing continues to be slow with the cold and windy weather. The crappie action in the canals is pretty much done. A couple walleye were caught by those trolling crank baits along the drop-offs in six to eight feet.
Tawas: Walleye and lake trout were caught when jigging or trolling around Tawas Point and the artificial reef in 15 to 25 feet. Walleye and a couple large Chinook salmon were also caught. Pier anglers caught brown trout and Atlantic salmon.
Tawas River: Had good walleye action at night. Most were using body baits. Bass were caught and released.
Au Gres: Some limit catches of walleye were taken between here and the Singing Bridge in 15 to 20 feet with husky jerks and body baits. Near the Charity Island, walleye catches were scattered.
Back to Top