LANSING — Strong storms and windy conditions have scattered fish in the Great Lakes and some of the large inland lakes. Cool water temperatures made for good pike and walleye fishing on the inland lakes. Certain areas have fly hatches to contend with but all and all; summer fishing in Michigan is good.
Harbor Springs: Smallmouth fishing from boats seems to have slowed. Lake trout anglers around Harbor Point found fish shallow and suspended last week. Success was found in 20 to 60 feet but the water was starting to warm so the fish may be moving deeper.
Petoskey: Wind and fog have made it difficult for boat anglers. Those able to get out did catch a couple lake trout and cisco. Those fishing on the D Pier near the mouth of the Bear River caught lots of rock bass, bluegill and sub-legal smallmouth. It appears the freshwater drum may have moved out. Most are using crawlers, crank baits, soft plastics and flies.
Charlevoix: Boat anglers are still focusing on the area between North Point and the cement plant. Lake trout were still caught in shallow waters. Try 10 to 40 feet down in waters up to 180 feet deep. Spoons and winged glow bobbers in green were still working best. Schools of fish were also marked out in front of the lighthouse in 70 to 80 feet but the water was too rough for jigging. Smallmouth fishing in the channel was hit-or-miss but a few large fish were caught by those using crawlers, leeches, soft plastics or crank baits. Cisco were caught in the channel.
Bear River: Angler pressure was low. Some are trying for summer steelhead which usually show up this time of year. Most are using spawn bags.
Traverse City: Windy conditions and currents in the East Bay caused water temperatures to drop and the smallmouth action slowed. Bass anglers will want to look for areas with warmer water and the fish are more active. Lake trout fishing was good in waters 15 to 50 feet deep. In the West Bay, the smallmouth action was slow but lake trout fishing was good.