Thursday, June 22, 2017

Traverse City:

Lake trout fishing in the East Bay was fair when trolling the shallows south of the M-37 launch or jigging off Deepwater Point. Bass fishing around Yuba Creek was slow but the fish that were caught were good size. The shallows along the west side and the south end were good spots. Bass fishing slowed in the Elk River but a few nice ones were taken on plastics and crawlers. Pike and freshwater drum were also caught. Those fishing the dam caught perch and rock bass. Lake trout were caught in the West Bay when trolling the shallows south of Marion Island, along the southeast end of the bay and south of the M-22 launch. Smallmouth bass and rock bass were caught in the Boardman River on leeches and soft plastics.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Chama River above El Vado

Keep an eye on the upper Chama River above El Vado, streamflows here are dropping steadily and conditions on this productive stretch of the river should be prime by the end of June. The Pecos River is also dropping and last week was stocked with over 3,000 catchable-size rainbow trout.
As well as the good trout fishing in Northern New Mexico, the fishing for smallmouth bass at Abiquiu Lake has been very good. The bass are on their spawning beds now. Walleye are hitting and fishing for these fish is better early and late in the day, especially under the very hot and sunny conditions we’ve been experiencing lately. Walleyes have large, sensitive eyes for which they are named and don’t like bright sunshine.
Releases below Navajo dam on the San Juan River continue to be heavy at 4,750 cubic feet per second. The best fishing is from drift boats.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pymatuning Reservoir

 Pymatuning Reservoir, anglers are picking up a variety of fish, including channel catfish, largemouth bass, yellow perch, crappie and walleye. Fishermen looking to pick up panfish should hone in on the shallow areas, up to about 8 feet of water. Warmer water temperatures may drive the bass into the deeper sections of the reservoir.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lake Erie walleye fishing

Lake Erie walleye fishing this week has been awesome at times and slow at times. The one constant is that the smaller, undersized fish are biting almost everywhere you go and are very plentiful. Keeper sized fish have been a bit more spotty this week after a cold front that blasted through last week cooled the water temperature around the islands. The area between Kelleys Island and South Bass was producing limit catches last week, but after the big northeast blow on Wednesday of last week this area cooled off for the keeper sized fish, especially for boats that were casting for walleye. Trolling was still producing some good keeper sized fish so it was probably a bit of cooler water technology that was working best. The area north of West Sister Island has been producing some good catches of keeper sized walleye as that area seems to have been immune to the cooling from the northeast winds allowing anglers to stuff the cooler with good ones!

Walleye fishing

Walleye fishing is fair to good to the Ohio line. Try from 24 feet out to 45 feet. Glow blue Bay Rats have been very good at night. Walleye have been liking Walleye Bandit deep-diving stick baits. There are reports that the migratory walleye are at least on the way toward Pennsylvania.
Perch fishing has been spotty in the Barcelona to Dunkirk area. The better perch fishing in New York Lake Erie water has been in the areas of Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point.
In Pennsylvania water to the east of Erie, probably the best perch fishing has been off the Claybanks, Six Mile Run and Seven Mile Run in the depth range of 39 feet to 45 feet. Many of the perch caught here have been longer than 11 inches. Perch fishing has been spotty and only fair to the west of Erie.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Saginaw Bay:

 Walleye were hitting in many places including 17 to 20 feet off Pinconning, 18 feet off Linwood, and 5 to 8 feet off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River however the best reports came from the south end of the Slot from Quanicassee to Sebewaing and up onto the Bar (Coryeon Reef) in 12 to 13 feet. Fish were also caught outside the islands off Bay Port and along the weed beds in Wildfowl Bay. Some of the east side anglers were going out as far as the shipping channel and getting fish in 25 feet and deeper. From Caseville, a couple fish were caught in 15 feet off Oak Point in the early morning. Hot spinner colors were chartreuse, anti-freeze, fire-tiger and purple.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cross Creek Lake

 Cross Creek Lake is teeming with an active population of crappie, with local fishermen using minnows to pick up the fish. Water temperatures may dictate the most productive areas of the lake to fish in as crappie are being found in depths of 5 feet or less, although warmer temperatures will force them into greater depths.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Lake St. Clair:

Lake St. Clair: Anglers took some limit catches of walleye. The nighttime bite is good using whipping techniques. The catch and immediate release bass fishing was good. A few nice perch were caught in the shipping channel. The catfish and carp bite is getting stronger at the Clinton River spillway. Anglers are using bread balls and cut bait with heavy weights to keep the bait on the bottom. White bass were caught near Metro Beach and the Harley Ensign launch. Those bow fishing for carp are hitting the lake and surrounding canals. Panfish and pike anglers were fishing shallow waters on the north end.