Extremely hot temperatures this week are warming water temperatures and slowing the bite, especially in the afternoon.
As the water warms, fish become sluggish, especially on the shallower inland lakes, so try fishing deeper water. Early morning or later in the evening is usually best.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Harbor Springs: Lake trout fishing was slow with only a couple of small fish caught just off the bottom in waters over 75 feet deep north of Harbor Point. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow as the fish were moving out to deeper water.
Petoskey: Lake trout fishing was slow. Panfish and freshwater drum were caught at the mouth of the river.
Charlevoix: Boat anglers targeting steelhead caught the occasional lake trout. The fish were up very high at 10 to 20 feet down in waters over 200 feet deep. A couple undersize smallmouth bass were caught in the channel on worms and crank baits. Alewives and mayflies were still in the channel.
Traverse City: Smallmouth fishing in the East Bay was somewhat slow in the shallows, however fish were found near structure at Deepwater Point and at the south end of the bay. Anglers should target slightly deeper water. A few fish were caught in the Elk Rapids Harbor along the rocks. On the Elk River, lots of undersize smallmouth were caught on crawlers and plastics between the dam and the end of the walkway. In the West Bay, bass were caught at various depths in Suttons Bay and off Northport. Pier anglers at Clinch Park caught a few small panfish. Those looking for perch near Northport had no luck. Those trolling for salmon near Lee Point marked some fish in deep water but none were caught. Fishing was slow on the Boardman River with only few rock bass or undersize smallmouth caught.
Frankfort: The number of chinook salmon caught was down due to water temperatures, however some 20-pounders were caught in the early morning and evening on spoons and meat rigs in the top 100 feet of waters 150 to 250 feet deep. Lake trout were very active in the area from Six Mile Hole to the shallow water out in front of the piers. Spin-glos on the bottom worked best.
Onekama: Those trolling in front of the golf course and through the “Barrel” caught a couple of chinook salmon in the early morning. Good numbers of lake trout were caught throughout the day.
Portage Lake: Bass anglers are starting to see better numbers now that the mayfly hatch is done. Most were fishing around docks and along the drop-offs. Panfish numbers improved in 16 to 18 feet with worms.
Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 65 degrees and salmon fishing was slow with only a couple taken along with steelhead 30 to 90 feet down in 90 to 150 feet. Lake trout fishing is still good along the bottom in 70 to 120 feet. Pier fishing remains slow. Anglers had some decent days for steelhead, but catch rates were not consistent.
Hamlin Lake: Overall fishing was slow. Those targeting bluegill had a tough time with only six keepers per trip. Same story with perch and crappie; lucky to get 10 keepers per trip. Bass fishing was fair. Walleye fishing on the south end was slow. Though most anglers are complaining about them there are plenty of freshwater drum to be caught. Water temperatures were up to 79 degrees which is playing a part in the slow fishing.
Ludington: Surface temperate readings were about 67 degrees. The better fishing seemed to be near the Ludington Pump Storage facility and south. Lake trout fishing remains hot, especially when bouncing the bottom in 80 to 120 feet. Slow salmon fishing with only a couple found 30 to 90 feet down in waters up to 150 feet or so. The occasional steelhead was caught. Pier fishing remains slow.