More anglers have been out with the warmer weather, however the fish were heading to deeper water due to warmer water temperatures. Early morning and evening were best. The season to take snapping turtles and softshell turtles opened on July 15 and will remain open until September 15. Be sure to check the 2019 Fishing Guide for size and possession limits.

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Wilderness State Park: Fishing slowed, however a couple of smallmouth bass ranging 10-16 inches were caught in Goose Bay with tube baits or worms. Those fly fishing for carp had no luck but did manage to catch smallmouth bass.

Harbor Springs: A few lake trout were caught 80 feet down in over 100 feet around Harbor Point or further west and north over deeper water at 60 to 100 feet down in 180 to 300 feet. Good smallmouth action along the entire shoreline.

Petoskey: More boats are heading out but those fishing the Petoskey side had no luck. Fish were marked 50 to 75 feet down near Bay Harbor. A large number of baitfish are in the area. Water levels in the Bear River were still a bit high. Rock bass, chubs and a couple smaller bass were caught at the dam. Most were fishing down near the mouth where smallmouth bass, rock bass, catfish, freshwater drum and even a couple bluegills were caught on worms. Shore anglers near the breakwall caught smallmouth bass with worms or when casting crank baits.

Charlevoix: Fishing was tough with only a few lake trout caught 30 to 50 feet down in 100 to 250 feet with spoons, flies and spin-glos. Boats were fishing near the cement plant and south. The lake herring action in the channel is just about done so anglers are now targeting smallmouth bass. Anglers are using both live and artificial worms or leeches. There are lots of alewives in the channel along with a few carp.

Lake Charlevoix: Was in the middle of a large mayfly hatch.

Traverse City: A couple of lake herring were caught in the East Bay when trolling around Deepwater Point and along the east bank. Smallmouth bass were caught in 15 to 30 feet along the south end. In the Elk River, smallmouth bass were caught at the dam and along the walkway using leeches and plastics. A couple freshwater drum were caught. On the West Bay, bass were caught in the shallows south of the M-22 launch and in Suttons Bay. No word on salmon and those looking for perch had no luck. Fishing was slow on the Boardman River with only a couple of small panfish and bass caught at the dam. Water levels remain high.

Frankfort: North winds rolled the lake over and surface water temperatures were in the 40s. The chinook bite was spotty, and the fish were smaller. A good number of lake trout were caught close to the point and near Six Mile Hole when bouncing the bottom with cowbells and spin-glos. Steelhead were up high in 250 to 350 feet.

Onekama: Some good catches of lake trout along with a couple chinook salmon were taken in the “Barrel” in the early morning. The lake trout were on the bottom while the chinook in the top 80 feet of waters 120 to 180 feet deep.

Portage Lake: The mayfly hatch is still going strong so the number of bass and panfish caught has been down. There is flooding in the area due to high water levels.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: The better fishing has been in the early morning before it gets too hot and the fish move to deeper water. Bluegills were found along the weed beds in 8 to 12 feet and crappie in 8 to 16 feet though the bite was slow. Those trolling or drifting a crawler harness along the drop-offs managed to get a few walleye. Bass were hitting topwater lures and artificial worms.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 55 degrees. Chinook salmon fishing was slow, however a good number of lake trout were caught. The best fishing was in 80 to 150 feet when bottom bouncing with cowbells and spin-glos. Pier fishing was slow, however a couple of steelhead were taken on shrimp or alewives.

Manistee River: Skamania have been caught all the up to Tippy Dam.

Ludington: A good number of lake trout were caught in 90 to 200 feet when bottom bouncing cowbells and spin-glos. Pier fishing was slow.