Area Fishing Report – June 20, 2017

Written By:  D&R Sports Center June 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Sorry for the delay. I got caught up in one of my three rules of life.  – Love your God, love your woman, and never leave biting fishing. –  I’ll let you decide which one it was.

Last week seems to have been the premier week for fishing so far this season. Reports from anglers were all outstanding. Bluegills are still shallow and most reports were limit catches. All techniques are putting fish in the boat. The size of fish being caught on Long Lake – Portage seems to be better than the previous two years.

Crappies are beginning to show up in more numbers. A 13 inch 1 lb. Crappie took 1st Place in Klines Resort’s fishing derby on Saturday.

Pike are on the post spawn feed. Many bass anglers are losing lots of plastic on Gull Lake to active Northerns. I boated a 36 inch 10 lb. female on a white bomber jerkbait on June 8th while trolling in 12 feet of water.

Bass, Bass, Bass everyone is doing well. They are on the breaks in 6 to 8 feet of water. Plastics are always productive, bluegill fishermen are getting them on redworms. The post spawn bite is better than ever. Maybe the lack of ice this past winter was a good thing?

I want to give Randy VanDam a special thank you for being our guest speaker at Klines Resort fishing school on June 7th. The crowd appreciated his tips for improving their success on local lakes. Several park residents were very impressed with the small fishing pontoon he brought.

Last week I spent four days up north on Lake Charlevoix chasing Smallmouth Bass. Wind and more wind made fishing a challenge, but Tuesday was the only day with reasonable conditions. Many 2 and 3 pound fish were boated with a 19 incher being the fish of the trip. Yamamoto Hula Grub 215 Cinnamon Blue took all the fish.

– Jim

Jim with a Northern Michigan smallmouth.