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are getting lakers and steelhead from 100 feet clear out to 300 feet,
although most boats are fishing 100 to 150 feet of water. A few Kings
averaging 10 lb. have been taken., fishing dodgers & flies for
the lake trout near the bottom and spoons at all sorts of depths for
steelheads. A few perch (but not many!) have been taken on minnows
near the south gap in the breakwater
Walleye were hitting 2 miles north of the harbor in 65 feet of water
on crawler harnesses and spoons. This was an evening bite, with best
luck right at dusk. Bluewater trollers took some steelheads and kings
in 60 to 80 feet of water. Some are going all the way out to 115 to
150 feet of water and taking lake trout and a few walleyes right near
had gone deep with fish coming from 65 to 70 feet and some were taken
suspended off Port Hope over 100 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were
being taken as deep as 50 to 60 feet. All of this would indicate that
the thermocline is very deep on the outside of the Thumb, and the
few boats searching for lake trout and salmon seem to confirm this,
as they are having to fish from 140 to 200 feet deep to find lakers.
They’re also getting the odd steelhead and still some small
Trollers are just starting to target walleye in 25 to 40 feet of water.
Boats after salmon and trout are getting lake trout and steelhead
in 80 to 130 feet of water.
8th 2014 -
Trollers fishing over 150+ feet of water off Port Hope got
lake trout near the bottom and the odd steelhead, coho, and pink salmon
about 40 feet down. Steelhead were observed feeding on the surface
on hatching mayflies during calmer periods last week.
1st 2014 -
The water is warming up on the outside of the Thumb, and trout and
salmon fishing is slowing down a bit, but they’re still getting
some. Salmon and steelhead are scattered at 40 to 70 feet in depth
but lake trout can reliably be found near the bottom in 70 to 100
feet of water. Small pink salmon remain common. A few Chinooks and
cohos are still coming in along with decent numbers of steelheads
and good numbers of lake trout. Start shallower early in the morning
and work deeper as the sun comes up.
Shore, pier and wading anglers are still getting some smallmouths
were getting mixed catches of lake trout, steelheads, Chinooks, pink
salmon and the occasional coho from 70 to 100 feet of water. The steelheads
are in the top 10 to 15 feet, the salmon are halfway down, and the
lake trout are near the bottom . Pink salmon seem to be ubiquitous
this year, but they are small, running ½ lb to 1 lb.
Some bass are still being taken inside the harbor.
Pier fishing as slow.
17th 2014 - Pier
anglers are getting a few walleye at night at both ports casting crankbaits
or fishing big minnows under a bobber. At Port Sanilac, some salmon
and trout are still being caught from the breakwall on the outside
of the wall.
taking big lake trout and a mix of cohos, kings, steelhead and pink
salmon from 80 to 120 feet of water, with a few fishing as deep as
9th 2014 -
Trollers are taking good numbers of big lake trout in 40 to 100 feet
of water. They’re also bringing in steelhead and occasional
king, coho and pink salmon. Wading anglers were still getting smallmouths,
and a few walleyes were taken at the north gap at night.
3rd 2014 -
Walleyes are being taken at night off the breakwalls Wading anglers
at were catching a lot of smallmouth bass. Trollers were in fishing
40 to 80 feet of water and getting some large lake trout near the
bottom and steelhead off high lines. The steelhead were eating June
Bugs and other insects off the surface. Start in 40 feet of water
very early in the morning and move deeper as the sun comes up.
28th 2014 -
Trollers are getting a mixed catch of lake trout, Atlantics, some
steelheads, an occasional king and coho, and quite a few pink salmon.
The fish are scattered but most fishing is in 60 to 70 feet of water,
with a lot of fish coming from about halfway to the bottom on assorted
colors of spoons.
Night anglers casting body baits or still-fishing large minnows are
getting walleyes off the walls.
|May 12th 2014
- Taking some nice mixed-bag catches of lake trout, Chinooks, cohos,
steelhead and browns from 15 to 30 feet of water early to mid-week
last week, but by the weekend the fish were scattering and were being
taken anywhere from 8 to 40 feet of water on spoons and body baits.
Tthey’re getting some walleyes at night in the north gap, and
a few cohos in the daytime.
Shore anglers fishing behind the Edison Plant caught some walleyes,
smallmouths (released) and bullheads.
|Apr 30th 2014
- Only two guys fishing in the harbor at the north gap in the breakwall,
and a couple boats far out on the lake. The SLHMU Fish Crew shocked
the harbor and captured 20 steelhead, 5 nice browns, and one Atlantic.
Theey were unable to net an additional 10 steelhead and one brown.
Ironically, none of these fish were taken near the north gap where
everyone fishes. Many of the steelhead were taken from the old Detroit
Edison channel, where there is an excellent public shore fishing site
and no one was fishing there!
|Apr 8th 2014
- There’s been an open channel by the north cut in the breakwater,
and pier anglers casting hardware and plugs have been taking a few
lake trout, steelhead, walleye or browns.
|Feb 5th 2014
- They are getting some perch inside the city harbor while other were
venturing far out (maybe TOO far out) on the newer ice in search of
|Jan 30th 2014
- Ice anglers were getting a few lake trout and brown trout off the
ice near the Edison cut
15th - 2013
Trout and salmon trollers were fishing north of the harbor and picking
up some lake trout, steelheads and a few Chinooks in 100 to 140 feet;
lake trout on the bottom, steelheads and Chinooks halfway down. Closer
to shore, they were getting walleye and the odd brown trout in 50
feet of water.
31st - 2013
after salmon and lake trout are getting them from 85 to 140 feet with
lake trout at the bottom and steelhead and the odd coho in the top
half of the water column.
24th - 2013
are also being taken in 30 to 40 feet. Some walleye are also being
taken at night inside the harbor by shore and small boat anglers.
Trollers after trout and salmon are getting lake trout and steelheads
from 100 to 140 feet of water.
|June 26th 2013 -Some
walleye are being taken off in 20 to 30 feet of water, and trollers
there are also catching a few whitefish. Trout and salmon fishing
is a bit spotty as the thermocline hasn’t set up yet and fish
are scattered at various depths. Reports of steelheads and Chinooks
taken anywhere from 90 to 160 feet of water.
|June 13th 2013 -
Spotty success with mixed catches of Lake Trout, Kings, Coho, and
At Port Hope - good catches of Lake Trout in 155
ft. fishing 80 to bottom.
Boaters are takeing very nice catches of steelhead in the 5 to 8 pound
class fishing in a 100 feet of water 25 feet down.
Boats were going northeast to 80 feet of water, fishing 20 to 25 feet
down and taking a lot of steelhead, a few coho and kings, and the
odd walleye and lake trout. There were rumors of perch being taken
south of town near Wagner Park .
A few boats are getting good catches of steelhead and a mix of coho
and a few Kings in 170 to 200 feet of water, fishing 40 to 70 feet
down. This is 12 to 15 miles offshore, so you need a big boat and
a calm day to fish that far out (and about $70 worth of gas just to
get out there and back!). Some brown trout were reportedly caught
very early in the morning from 50 to 55 feet of water south off the
cemetery. Smallmouth bass fishing was reported good inside the harbor.
Salomon, trout and the occasional walleye were taken from 70 to 100
feet. Some brown trout were also taken from about 50 feet of water
south of town off the cemetery. Trollers should fish all depths of
water to find active fish. Steelheads and coho are often close to
the surface feeding on terrestrial insects.
and pink salmon are being taken in anywhere from 100 to 120 feet of
water in the top half of the water column, kings and lake trout are
being taken near the bottom.
Fishing pressure was reported light here last week, but the people
that went out caught walleye up toward Port Hope in 20 to 40 feet
of water. Trollers after salmon and trout were going deep, to 120
to 140 feet.
Trollers are bringing in some walleye from 30’
of water off Port Hope. Bluewater trollers were marking
a lot of fish out in 90 to 120 feet, but complaining that the fish
Trollers are working 40 to 80 feet of water at all ports, taking
the same mix of salmon and trout, using high lines for steelheads
and some salmon, and getting lake trout near the bottom. In addition,
pier and small boat anglers fishing at the mouths of the harbors
early in the morning and in the evening are taking brown trout and
walleyes, mostly casting Little Cleos
On Sunday we received this report: Fished in 120
fow. Landed one coho and one lake trout. On spoons using downriggers.
One angler was being towed in and and landed an 8 lb steelhead.
Other boats reported 2 to 4 fish.
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- Lake trout
fishing was fair to good straight out and north of the harbor in 80
to 160 feet of water when using dodgers with spin-glows just off the
bottom or downriggers with spoons in the bottom 50 feet. Orange and
black were good colors. For salmon, use spoons off 5 and 8 color lead
lines or spoons and body baits off dipsy divers and downriggers in
the top 35 to 50 feet of water. Blue, green, black and orange were
good colors. Steelhead fishing was good in the top 20 to 50 feet of
waters 80 to 160 feet deep with bright colored spoons. Brown trout
and walleye were slow. Try south of the harbor in 30 to 50 feet of
water with Hot-n-Tots, small spoons or crawler harnesses.
salmon and trout was very good last week for a mixed bag of Coho,
Kings, Steelhead, Lake Trout, the odd Brown Trout and Pink Salmon.
Depths ranged from as shallow as 30 feet to as deep as 120 feet, and
fish were scattered at all depths. Most of the fish were taken from
30 to 80 feet of water. Pier anglers fishing at night and casting
Rapalas were taking walleye off the north walls.
-28th - 2012
Boaters trolling for coho salmon just outside the harbor are doing
no report on what they were getting them on.
-22nd - 2012
Edison Plant is back on-line and the discharge channel is fishable
from shore. Three nice brown trout were seen taken. Perch fishing
through the ice at the marinas in town is pretty much done as the
ice has detrioated with the warm water discharge back up and running.
-28th - 2011-Anglers
trolling in the harbor are reporting taking good numbers of brown
trout in the ship channel. These browns are running 18 to 22 inches
in length and are hitting spoons.
fishing slowed but should pick back up. Try straight out or north
of the harbor in the early morning with color lines. Put out some
long lines on boards and bright colored small spoons. Start in 70
feet and head out to that 160 to 200 foot range. Fish the top 60 feet
in the morning and the top 40 feet as the sun comes up. For lake trout,
try dodgers with spin glows or flies near the bottom. Catch rates
for salmon were slow in 70 to 190 feet of water. Set downriggers for
the top 50 to 80 feet with bright colored spoons, plugs and flies.
Walleye action was slow as the fish were scattered. Try 25 to 60 feet
of water with Hot-n-tots, small spoons or crawler harnesses. Try 10
to 20 feet of water inside the harbor for perch.
catches of steelhead, lake trout, and occasional Chinooks and cohos
taken from 80 to 140 feet of water, with the steelheads and salmon
and an occasional walleye hitting 45 to 55 feet down and the lake
trout near the bottom. Try small spoons about 2 ½” long.
One individual was catching some very nice perch from a small boat
anchored inside the harbor near the light.
16th-2011 - Walleye
were still hitting north towards Port Hope in about 40 feet of water,
but boaters had to work for them. Good fishing for salmon and trout
in 90 to 120-130 feet of water, when the fish were in a mood to hit.
Boats reported marking lots of fish anywhere from 30 feet to the bottom,
but they had lockjaw for a lot of the week.
walleye action from 40 to 50 feet of water north toward Port Hope.
Good catches of steelheads and lake trout from 80 to 130 feet.
pressure was light last week, but trollers after salmon and trout
did well, taking good numbers of steelheads over 70 feet of water
about 40 feet down and lake trout near the bottom in anywhere from
70 to 145 feet of water. Some walleye were also hitting north toward
Port Hope in 30 to 40 feet of water.
fishing has picked up again, use color lines for best results. Keep
your lines up high as the fish are feeding on the current bug hatch.
Use boards with regular or magnum bright colored spoons while fishing
north of the harbor in 75 to 120 feet of water. A couple salmon were
caught 20 to 50 feet down. Fair lake trout fishing north of the harbor
using dodgers with spin glows near the bottom. Try spoons off downriggers
50 feet down. Start out in 110 feet of water and work your way out
to deeper water until you find them. Walleye fishing has picked up
north of the harbor and north of Port Hope in 30 to 65 feet of water.
For pike and bass, fish along the weed beds close to shore with spoons
or body baits. For perch, try the cemetery or inside the harbor with
6th-2011 - Steelhead
fishing is picking up. Useing all sizes of color lead lines on the
boards, bright colors of spoons regular and magnum sizes are working
best fishing North of the harbor in 85 to 110 foot of water.
Lake Trout were slow but since the wind switch it has been picking
back up again. Fishing is best north of the harbor using dodgers
with spin and glows close to the bottom. Best colors are green with
white and red, and white with pink dots. Start fishing in 75 feet
of water and work your way out to the deeper water of 110 to 120
Some coho, pink and an occasional king continue to be taken just
like Lake trout north of the harbor is best.. Fish clean spoons
off the downriggers 20 to 55 feet down. Best colors have been the
gold with orange, green and chrome with colored dots. Dodgers or
flashers with flys off the downriggers or dipsey divers are also
working. Start in 55 feet of water and work out till you find where
they are setting. Don’t fish too deep or you will be under
them, they are still coming up high.
16th-2011 - Moderate
success for Lake Trout when trolling in 80 to 100 feet of water. King,
Coho, Steelhead and Pink salmon were also caught. Pier anglers fishing
off the north wall and those fishing the Detroit Edison channel caught
7th-2011 - Good
action for King, Steelheads and Lake Trout in 90 to 120 feet has been
2nd-2011 - Very
good lake trout fishing the bottom 40 feet in 80 feet of water straight
out or north of the harbor with spoons, dodgers, flashers, flies or
spin-glo's. Hot colors were purple, pink, black, green or blue. Steelhead
were spotty. Try offshore boards with clean spoons or a three way
swivel with body baits near the bottom and spoons near the surface.
Brown trout are still being caught in shallow waters 25 to 45 feet
deep, south of the harbor. For body baits or spoons try green, blue
or perch. Salmon were caught 45 to 85 feet down on spoons. For walleye,
head north of the harbor and fish 30 to 60 feet of water with spoons
or crawler harnesses. Perch are south near the cemetery in 15 to 30
feet of water.
25th -2011 - Lake
trout fishing is good straight out and north of the harbor. Try spoons
off downriggers, flashers or dodgers with flies or spin-glo's in the
bottom 40 feet. Good colors were purple, green, blue and black. Salmon
were caught in all directions when trolling spoons 40 to 80 feet down.
Silver, green, blue or black were hot colors. Brown trout were caught
close to shore in 25 to 45 feet of water south of the harbor. Steelhead
fishing was slow but should pick up. For walleye, try 30 to 40 feet
of water to the north. For perch, try near the cemetery when using
minnows in 20 to 30 feet of water.
11th -2011 - A
few boats starting to go out, and taking some lake trout, steelheads
and kings. A lone shore angler got a 2 lb. brown trout out of the
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