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2020 Fishing Reports

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 18, 2020

Posted by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters — Had another great trip out front of Ludington this morning!!!! Set up in 80′ and finished in 85′ with Dreamweaver lures chrome spin doctors and blue or yellow whirly gigs. Dates still available for the upcoming summer fun. Give us a call at (800)-850-1978 to book your adventure aboard Lie A Lot Charters today.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 15, 2020

Posted by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters — Fishing has been very good all season aboard the Lie A Lot!!!! This morning started fast and continued until 9-930 when we finished up with a 3 man limit of trout and one salmon. Fished straight out of Ludington then trolled south towards Ludington Pump Storage facility. Best was at or near bottom with Dreamweaver chrome spin doctors and green, yellow or blue Dreamweaver whirly gigs. We do have this Friday newly available and future dates!! Give us a call today at (800)-850-1978 to book your adventure aboard the Lie A Lot!!!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 30, 2020

Posted by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters — Fishing has been real good out of Ludington. Fished south of pump storage plant in 130-160′ with fish literally coming all over. A 7 color with moonshine orange slice and a 300′ copper with the same mag orange slice… We dropped a couple trout rigs down early and the youngsters had a great time corraling them. Give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters today while the early spring kings are around!!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 25, 2020

Posted by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters — Fishing has been very good for the first couple weeks post corona shut down!!! Trout have been close and in the last week so are the kings!!! Best this morning was the chute down rigger down 100′ with a Dreamweaver black and crush glow paddle with Big Water Meat rigs Moo Moo meat rig…. We set up in 120′ and trolled out to 180′ south of the Pump Storage Plant south of Ludington!! Give us a call today to get on this hot salmon action aboard the Lie A Lot….. (800)-850-1978

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report March 12, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Steelhead fishing is improving. 

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report March 5, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Steelhead fishing only will get better as we move closer to spring. Water temperatures were still a bit cold, running in the mid to upper 30s. Those fly fishing are hooking some fish.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report February 20, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Was also producing steelhead for those using spawn, beads and wax worms.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report February 13, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Was also producing steelhead.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report February 6, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Steelhead were caught by those fly fishing. Hot colors were pink, purple and blue.

2019 Fishing Reports

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report November 21, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan  – Continued to produce steelhead. The fish were bouncing back after the cold spell so the bite should be good for the next week or so.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report November 14, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan – Also has steelhead, including some good size fish being caught. While the bite may have slowed with the cold weather, it should rebound once it warms back up. Try fishing the deeper holes.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report November 7, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan – Water levels are up. Those targeting steelhead were getting a few, mainly on flies. Try an egg pattern or a bead.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report October 31, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan  — was producing some steelhead.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report October 31, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan  — Pier anglers and those surf casting from shore were getting some steelhead. Most were using spawn, flies or small spoons. Those surf casting could be found at the State Park.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report October 24, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Salmon fishing is winding down.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report October 24, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — The city has removed all but one dock at the boat launch. Fishing remains slow, with only a few caught by pier anglers using spawn. Those surfcasting at the state park caught a couple coho.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report October 17, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — When anglers can get out, a few coho were caught at the State Park. Water temperatures have cooled to the mid 50’s.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report October 17, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Water levels were receding in the upper stretches, but the lower stretches were still high. Anglers continue to catch some large Chinook. The rain will certainly help not only the salmon, but the fall steelhead runs as well.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report October 10, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Surface temperatures were about 62 degrees. Coho were starting to show up at Ludington State Park.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report October 10, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Water levels were still high but receding. The salmon run could peak this week. Salmon have been caught in the Big South Branch as well. A good number of large fish have been reported but most were turning dark. Look for steelhead which follow the salmon and usually hit on spawn or beads.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report October 3, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Bluegill fishing was consistent in the upper lake with 10-20 fish per trip when floating worms in 6 to 10 feet. Bass fishing has slowed which many believe is due to the large algae bloom on in the lake.Water temperatures were 62 degrees.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report September 26, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Still had warmer water. Coho and steelhead were hitting spoons 50 to 90 feet down in 200 to 400 feet where the cooler water was found. Pier anglers caught small coho on spawn.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report September 26, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Bluegill fishing was steady in the upper lake with boats getting 10-25 fish per trip. Most were using worms in 7 to 10 feet in front of Indian Pete’s Bayou. Pike fishing was decent though most were on the small side. Walleye fishing was slow.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report September 26, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Salmon were still running and could be found in the South Branch in Oceana County.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report September 19, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Some are still catching salmon with spoons and J-plugs.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report September 19, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Those targeting bluegill did well in 7 to 12 feet when floating worms. Bass anglers caught largemouth along with the occasional smallmouth or pike per trip. No walleye to report. Water temperatures were near 67 degrees.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report September 19, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Water levels were up a bit and more fish were moving upriver, including some large salmon. Trout fishing in the upper river was good.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report September 19, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Chinook, coho and steelhead were taken 60 to 100 feet down in waters 200 feet and deeper when trolling spoons, flies and meat rigs. Surface water temperatures were up near 65 degrees. Pier fishing was slow.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report September 12, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Chinook fishing slowed way down and many fish moved into the river.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report September 12, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Fishing was slow, but the bluegill fishing was starting to pick up on the upper lake. Bass fishing was decent on the lower lake. Water temps were 64 to 66 degrees.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report September 12, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Coho were starting to show up in the Sable River at the State Park. Surface water temperatures were at about 64 degrees. Offshore fishing for Chinook slowed. Anglers were having success with steelhead and coho in 200 to 400 feet of water, 60 to 90 feet down. Spoons and meat rigs worked best. Pier fishing remained slow.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report September 12, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —A good run of Chinooks had begun.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report September 5, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Those trolling or jigging for salmon continue to catch fish on spoons or J-plugs.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report September 5, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Fishing was tough when the lake rolled over and the water was warm from top to bottom. Most were heading deep and targeting the top 80 to 100 feet in 200 to 400 feet where they caught Chinook, coho and steelhead on spoons and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report September 5, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Was starting to see more some salmon moving up into the river as water temperatures were favorable with the cooler weather. The better fishing was in the lower reaches.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report August 29, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Continues to produce Chinook salmon for those trolling spoons and J-plugs in both the channel and the lake.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report August 29, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Salmon are slowly starting to push up into the river. A couple Chinook were seen in the South Branch.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 29, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — The lake rolled over which caused a good number of Chinook salmon to run into Pere Marquette Lake. Those trolling around the piers, in the channel and into the lake caught fish on spoons and J-plugs. Those fishing offshore were still bringing in a fair number of fish. Try 20 to 50 feet down in 60 to 120 feet with spoons, meat rigs and J-plugs in the early morning.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report August 22, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Chinook salmon were still being caught in the channel and the lake when trolling spoons and J-plugs

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 22, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Salmon fishing slowed though Chinook, coho and steelhead were found 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with spoons, J-plugs and meat rigs. Pier anglers also caught fish when casting spoons.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report August 15, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Anglers are catching Chinook salmon in the channel and the lake. Those trolling were using J-plugs.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 15, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Surface temperature readings were near 72 degrees. Though the fish were a bit scattered, big Chinook salmon are coming in. Most were 50 to 80 feet down in 400 feet or more. Chinook, steelhead and a small number of coho were 40 to 60 feet down in 90 to 300 feet. Meat rigs and spoons worked best. Chinook are also being caught around the piers.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report August 15, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Fishing was still tough because of the warm water and weeds. Some did manage a couple walleye per trip in 20 to 40 feet with a crawler harness or body bait. Bass anglers did fair. Some found fish in shallow water near shore when it was calm, while others found them in 15 to 20 feet. Most were largemouth, but a couple nice smallmouth were caught in front of the dunes and on the east side of Lower Hamlin.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 11, 2019

Posted by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters — Fishing, morning or evening has been steady with a nice mixed bag of kings, coho, steelhead and a few lake trout. Best rigs were kg spin doctors with uv green big water meat rigs on a 300′ copper. Few dates left in August give us a call soon to enjoy your trip aboard the Lie A Lot!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 10, 2019

Posted by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters — Still getting some huge Kings, many mid to upper 20’s and fish everyday over 30lbs. The warmer water has pushed in closer after the west winds but remains very cold on the inside. Break is 30ft or less down. Some steelhead, coho and lakers in the mix. White Slick 8″ Spin Doc w/Pickeled Sunshine flies have been good on high divers 100-140ft back. White Crush Paddles 60ft down. Black Crush Paddles on divers 80ft back. Yeck Bush bean, Lightning, Jerids, Bad Chicken on 100-200 coppers. Closer on high diver back 165ft w/ UV Gasoline meat rigs. Water is stirred up from the wind and the best water is outside of the white clay water. North of the Point that was 160ft to 280fow for us today. 00’s to 02.5 was good. Dancing Anchovy taking fish on a high diver back 110ft. Moonshine Mahi Mahi, Green Jeans on 200-300ft coppers.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 8, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Chinook salmon fishing is heating up here as well with some big healthy fish coming in. The best fishing was 30 to 60 feet down in 100 to 200 feet as well as 30 to 50 feet down in 300 to 400 feet with spoons and meat rigs. A small number of steelhead and lake trout were also caught. Pier fishing was slow.

Hamlin Lake Report August 8, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Had slow fishing as the water is very dirty especially in Upper Hamlin. There are a lot of weeds both floating and submerged. Anglers did manage to get a walleye or two with a crawler harness or body bait right on the bottom in 20 to 40 feet. Bass were caught in less than 20 feet in Lower Hamlin. The panfish action was extremely slow even in deep water. With all the freshwater drum, some anglers are enjoying the action as these fish can put up a good fight.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 6, 2019

Posted by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters — Fishing has been spotty overall. You need to be on the fish. Water nearshore is a wreck after a few days of north and east winds. 4000s have been good from the 53’s south. North of the point in 300-400fow. Break is high. 100 coppers to 400 coppers are working well 35 to 90ft down on riggers, 150-180ft back on high divers, 90-120ft back on low divers. Spoons have been good, Moonshine Gr Jeans, Blue Hulk, Gr Hulk, Flounder Pounder. Yeck Jerid and Lightning and Bush Bean ,Stinger Naked Jordo and SOG. Free sliders are taking fish well. Meat Rigs on Spin Doctors, my best has been a Closer w/UV on Ice Meat Rig. Showtime with Blue Moo has been good. Best flasher fly combo for me has been 8″ White Slick and Pickeled Sunshine fly. A bunch of 30plus pound fish are still being caught. Get out and get some

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 2, 2019

Posted by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters — Fishing continues to be very very good out of Ludington!!! This afternoon again did not disappoint with the kids having steady action!!! Have a few spots still available, give us a call today to book your adventure!!! Lie A Lot Charters…..(800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 1, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Surface temps were at about 70 degrees. The current was still very strong at Sable Point and the beach area is still closed for safety reasons. The north pier is always closed if there’s any wind over 10 mph. Chinook were starting to show up with the best fishing found off shore in 120 to 200 feet of water, 70 to 90 feet down. Meat rigs and flies were most fruitful. Lake trout were caught off shore while bouncing the bottom.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 31, 2019

Posted by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters — The south blow we had this weekend brought kings in and the n a north and north east wind has cooled the water down and made fishing tougher again. Black Paddles and Pickeled Sunshine flies on deep rigger and low wires 69-120ft back are working. Moonshine Mongollian Beef stacked with a Yeck Wart frog 60-65ft down. 200 Coppers w/Mahi Mahi and Green Shorts. 300-400 coppers w/ Kevins Girlfriend and Pickeled Sunshine. Best water is South of the Project 90-140fow. Tons of bait has shown up with the fish. Steelhead have shown up in better numbers and hopefully coho are soon to follow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 30, 2019

Posted by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters — Kings are finally showing themselves!!! Big water green mile meat rig behind green spin doctors on a low diver was best! Took a Fed early on glow spoons on full core and 225 copper as well. Book your adventure soon before dates are filled up!! Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 27, 2019

Posted by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters — Now that the tournaments are over posts will be regular.
Fishing for salmon has been tough, few fish have been around. In the offshore Classic some monster Kings showed up but it was a strong lake trout tournament. Most of the big Kings were caught off of Manistee, a 37.75lb fish was weighed in. Lake Trout fishing has been good straight out and south to the 54’s in 80-90fow after the north winds this week and the water cooled off. With the south blow today and water warming up the trout should move back out to 100-130fow. Riggers with cowbells w/peanuts or spin-n-glos are doing well, along w/Chrome Spin Docs, Trout Candy, Chrome Mixed Veggie with Green, Mtn Dew, Glo Spi-n-glos and DW Whirly gigs. I did find a batch of kings in the 51’s in the 35’s to 39s on Tuesday. It wasn’t a normal offshore fast troll program but very slow and deep even with the break 30ft down. At daybreak fish were hitting at 2.8SOG on spoons Moonshine Flounder Pounder, Gr. Knight, Wonder Bread free slider the others were on riggers 55ft to 60ft down. 100 Copper with Naked Jordo, 200 Copper with Yeck Mag Bl/Gr Holographic Dolphin then the bite quickly shut down. Struggled to get bit. Put a Kevins Girlfriend w/Pickeled Sunshine fly down 100ft and slowed the troll to 1.9Sog and immediately got bit, dropped low wires back to 200ft with Netminder and Diabolical Gr. Reaper Meat Rig and 10″ Kevins Girlfriend w/ Diabolical Gr. Reaper Meatrig and they started to fire.
Yetserday fished the bank north from 01.5 to the 7’s. Started off in 140fow w/no bites, slid into 105fow north of the point and captured a Chinook low diver 160ft back on Netminder w/Gr Reaper Meatrig. Then cowbells started to fire on the bottom for trout. Lotsa trash and weeds made keeping rods clean tough. Noticed we had to be out of the dirty water to catch fish. The south blow today is really pushing some dirty water along the shore north and the water is warming up, hoping this brings the Kings in!

Some of the kings we caught offshore this week, and a great group of YMCA camp kids on a 2 boat trip HATTRICK AND RAPTOR pounding on the trout.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 25, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Surface waters were 65 degrees. Some big Chinook salmon over 30 pounds were caught 40 to 90 feet down in 120 to 250 feet when trolling spoons and meat rigs. Lake trout action slowed a bit however fish were still being caught along the bottom in 100 to 180 feet. The piers were closed for safety reasons because of the highwater levels.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 18, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — 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.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report July 18, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —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.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 11, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — A good number of lake trout were caught in 90 to 200 feet when bottom bouncing cowbells and spin-glo’s. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 7, 2019

Posted by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters — Following the north blow was a huge guess where to go?? Water peeled from the Point south, Fri night we had 73 deg, it was 43 this am. Decided to start 59.1 on a south troll pointed at the weather buoy?? It worked out for us today 85fow. 2 riggers on the bottom were best for us, they were on fire, Chrome Mixed Veggie Spin Doc w/UV Gr Tip Spin-n-Glo and 10″ Chrome Spin Dioc w/Xmas Tree Spin-n-glo was outstanding. Took a big King on a Moonshine Gr Knight 50ft down on a rigger. On a south troll turned north at 56.7 and went north a mile and we were done Also hit fish with a high diver w/LT Candy Spin Doc and UV GreenTip Spin-n-glo and A Low wire with 10″ Spin Doc w/Xmas Tree Spin-n-glo in the mud.

Had a great time aboard the RAPTOR with a family from Missouri. The kids were nonstop on the rods, on trout. They get to go home w/fish to eat and great memories, and the girls wanted to hear about my daughters Bachlorette party nn the boat friday afternoon. Fun day and fish dances from the girls this morning when we went 5 min w/o a bite, dang this captain is horrible, LOL

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 6, 2019

Posted by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters — Fishing is good or poor based on your perspective. Catching trout is getting better. Bait and sea fleas are showing up and are the normal precurser to good king fishing. My steady Eddie worked again a couple of times last night taking a nice King and a trout just, north of the Point on a low diver back 160ft. A Netminder with a Diabolical meatrig called Gr. reaper. Also took fish on a Bl Bubble Spin Doc w/Bl Moo Meatrig back 150ft on a High Diver. Trout are moing in and that is the bread and butter fishing. As we get closer to the Ludington Tournament the Kings usually show up again, let’s hope!!

Gotta be nuts to take 6 crazed bridal shower women out on your boat. Have had Bachelor parties out and they are so mellow compared to Bachlorette groups.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 5, 2019

Posted by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters — Kings have been hard to find the last couple of outings! So we switched gears and have been doing very well on Lake trout the past couple of trips. Fished in front of the pump storage plant in 100-110′ of water. Spin n glows behind chrome spin doctors and yeck tin can dodgers have been the best, at or near bottom. Dates are booking fast so give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters to secure your desired date!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 4, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Boat anglers found a few Chinook, steelhead and lake trout 80 to 140 feet down in 120 to 250 feet with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Fish were also found out deep in 300 feet or more. Pier fishing was slow.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report June 27, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Bluegill and sunfish are on their beds, but fishing was slow as the number caught was in the single digits. Bass fishing remains good with 2-4 pound largemouth caught. Walleye fishing was slow. Water temperatures were about 68 degrees.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report June 13, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — The bluegill and sunfish action finally picked up as good numbers of fish were taken when drifting or still-fishing with a worm and bobber in front of Barnhart’s Restaurant. Bluegills are on the beds now and have not yet spawned. Bass anglers are still doing very well with good size largemouth and the occasional smallmouth taken. A couple walleye were caught in the lower lake by those drifting or trolling. Crappie fishing slowed down but a few were caught by those targeting bluegills.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report June 6, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Crappie were caught in front of Indian Pete’s Bayou when drifting minnows or plastics. The bite in front of the scout camp slowed. Bass anglers did well throughout the lake with mostly largemouth taken. Bluegill fishing remained slow as water temperatures were about 63 degrees.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report May 30, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Also had some higher flows but anglers were still catching some trout. The river is starting to see some good fly hatches.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report May 30, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Anglers caught a good number of crappie when drifting minnows or soft plastics in front of Indian Pete’s Bayou and the boy scout camp. Bass anglers did well with a good number of largemouth taken. Bluegills were not on the beds yet but should be shortly. Water temperatures were between 59 and 63 degrees with some warmer water in the bayous.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report May 23, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Crappie were caught by those drifting minnows in front of Indian Pete’s Bayou and the scout camp. The bluegill and sunfish bite was slow but a few were caught near Tamarac Village and in front of the scout camp with crawlers or wax worms. The early season bass fishing was very good.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report May 2, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Had very few anglers. Those that did make it out caught a few bass and the occasional pike. Bluegills along with a few perch and crappie were caught at the far south end near Tamarac Village. Those looking for perch on the north end had no luck. Water levels were still a few inches below the normal summer levels and the water was still cold at 48 degrees.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report April 4, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Steelhead anglers are out but catch rates were slow.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report April 4, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — The lower lake is completely open water. The upper lake still had ice which should be gone by the end of the week. There was about 100 feet of open water around the edge.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report March 28, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — The ice along the shore has deteriorated significantly, thus limiting access. All the access points have open water. Ice fishing could be done.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report March 28, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Is producing steelhead.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report March 7, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Anglers were getting panfish a half mile east of Wilson Hill Park however the action was hit-or-miss depending on the day. The better bite was in the evening. A number of crappie were caught in the crappie hole off Lincoln Road. The fish were suspended 10 feet off the bottom in 35 to 40 feet and hitting teardrop jigs with plastics, spikes or minnows. A couple walleye were caught in the evening off Duneview Drive. For the most part, fishing was slow. The only consistent bite was small perch.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report March 7, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Anglers were getting panfish a half mile east of Wilson Hill Park however the action was hit-or-miss depending on the day. The better bite was in the evening. A number of crappie were caught in the crappie hole off Lincoln Road. The fish were suspended 10 feet off the bottom in 35 to 40 feet and hitting teardrop jigs with plastics, spikes or minnows. A couple walleye were caught in the evening off Duneview Drive. For the most part, fishing was slow. The only consistent bite was small perch.

Pere Marquette River Report February 28, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — The bite was slow but those putting in the time were getting a couple steelhead. Most were found in the slow deep water. 

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report February 21, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — The ice is NOT safe for vehicles. Fishing improved as anglers were getting 10-15 panfish along the east side which included bluegill, crappie, sunfish and the occasional perch. Most of the perch were small. Crappie anglers fishing between Indian Pete’s Bayou and the Narrows were taking five to 10 fish per trip in 30 to 37 feet. A couple decent catches of bluegill and sunfish were taken from the North Bayou. Those fishing the walleye grounds off Duneview Road managed to get a couple legal size fish though many were too small. Pike anglers did well along the upper lake with tip-ups or when spearing though some were too small.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report January 24, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Anglers were using Wilson Hill Park to access the lake, though anglers are still being advised to use caution as there may be thin spots. Catch rates slowed, with most getting 10 fish or less. Though the numbers were down, the size of the fish has been decent, with a few big crappie mixed in with the bluegills. The perch were small at 3-5 inches. Those targeting pike had limited success, and many of those caught were undersize. A few walleye were caught. Near the South Bayou, anglers were struggling to find keeper-size bluegill.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report January 17, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — There was six inches of ice out of Wilson Hill Park but anglers should avoid walking west out of the launch as there was open water there as of Sunday. Those targeting panfish out of Wilson Hill Park did well. Limits or near limits of bluegill, and some nice size crappie, were caught. Anglers reported an abundance of under size yellow perch in the area. Small jigs tipped with a wax worm worked best. Those targeting pike had to sort through undersized fish to find anything legal to keep.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report January 10, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Was not completely froze; as there was open water on the northern sections of both the upper and lower lake. The bayous were mostly frozen however there was still some open water because of the moving water. Extreme caution needs to be used. Expect more ice to be blown open with the windy conditions.

2016 Ludington Fishing Reports

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report May 26, 2016

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Was producing some walleye and decent panfish action.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report March 24, 2016

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Had more steelhead showing up but the bite will slow with colder temperatures. Try fishing the deeper holes until it warms back up.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report March 24, 2016

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Should also have good steelhead fishing by the end of the week as rain and warmer temperatures get the fish moving.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report February 11, 2016

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Should also have good steelhead fishing by the end of the week as rain and warmer temperatures get the fish moving.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report January 28, 2016

Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery — Fishing has been lighter the past several days, but seeing some nice bluegill and smaller perch. We had a good-sized walleye come in around dusk on Wednesday. There’s a about 1″ of slush on top of around 6″ of good ice. Still many people fishing, but biting has slowed down. If the expected nice weather happens this weekend, the catches should start kicking back in again. Hot tackle now is anything with a glow, anglers have switched to using red spikes. Stop into Hamlin Grocery for all your fishing supplies.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report January 24, 2016

Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery — Brandon Shinsky landed a monster 46-inch, 28-pound muskie using a seven-tine Wilson spear.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report January 22, 2016

Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery — People fishing on the Indian Pete Bayou on Upper Hamlin Lake are catching nice bluegill and small lake perch. At the Narrows, there have been several nice pick caught in the last couple of days, along with some walleye. At Wilson Hill Park, Victory Park, and the old boy scout camp, the bluegill grounds are producing good catches, right up to the limits. Nice bluegill sizes from 8-10″. Wednesday this week was a little slow but the pace picked up from Wednesday evening into Thursday with multiple people catching the limit. Please be mindful of the rules about limits as the DNR has been out in full force. The ice is good, about 6 inches or more, with some slushy areas. Quads and sleds have been out this past week. Stop into Hamlin Grocery for your bait and tackle. We have a great supply of new jigs, tungstens, wax rims, spikes, red spikes, and mousies. Live bait includes perch minnows, golden shiners, suckers, blues and decoys.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report January 21, 2016

Advantage Marketing Staff  — According to a local fisherman: On Upper Hamlin Lake, the bluegill bite was slow, although there were reports of limit catches last weekend. However, near the end of this particular fishing session, a 24″ walleye was caught on a tungsten jig and a red spike 200 yards from Wilson Hill Park in 12 feet of water. So get out, wet a line and enjoy the great outdoors.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report January 7, 2016

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan  Steelhead fishing has been good despite the cold. Try fishing the deeper holes.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report January 6, 2016

Advantage Marketing  — A local fisherman reports that the fish are in the Pere Marquette River flats, but the action is spotty. Some days are good, some not. There are lots of people fishing on the river today.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Report January 1, 2016

Advantage Marketing  — This report was submitted to us by a local fisherman. After a couple hours fishing on a very cold morning December 27, he landed a 30 inch, 10 pound steelhead. The fishing started at daybreak on the river flats near Pere Marquette Lake. The air temperature was around 25 degrees with a cold northwest wind 10-15mph. Flat fish lures were used with no luck, then put a spawn bag on a set line and got the only fish of the day.

 

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