Island lake fishing is slow but consistent for angler that are willing to put in the time and cover water. I fished four consecutive days this past week averaging about fifteen larger keepers per day. Crappies were hard to find in any numbers, bluegills were cooperative when located, but sunfish produced the trophies one each trip. Coldwater Lake, Long Lake, Pine Lake, and Portage Lake were all fished with virtually the identical results. Pine Lake was disappointing. Recognized as one of the area’s premier crappie lakes, only one crappie was boated. A few days of stable weather should really help productivity.
Anglers need to think about light weight and subtle presentations. Torpedo bobbers and flies wither either a spike or wax worm, Slider Grubs with a 1/64 ounce jig head, or Berkley Gulp Alive one inch minnows under a slip bobber with a 1/64 ounce jig head.
There has been many good reports of bass fishing recently. Jerkbaits and crankbaits seem to be working well. There are also many Facebook posts of local fisherman doing well on the Detroit River but most fish are still small males.
Lake Michigan is on fire! Anglers fishing in 180 – 210 feet of water are finding large masses of fish.
I’ll be out turkey hunting this week with expert caller Art Cober. Early success will result in an early return to fishing.
Have a great week!