Thank you to all my guests for fishing with me in 2021. Photos from those trips have been updated, and they are now on the website. Based on trends, I believe 2022 will offer some fantastic fishing on the great lakes. As of now (December), I still have some weekday openings for 2022, but those dates are filling fast. Please call me at 586-212-4030 to reserve a date. Sincere wishes for a happy and healthy 2022!
Here is the fishing report as I see it on July 5. I do not have any charter openings until September, but if you call, I can recommend someone for you. 586-212-4030.
The fishing at Drummond Island has been good for Lake Trout, at the mouth of the St. Marys River, all the way to about 10 miles west. 90-120 feet of water was best when I fished there recently, and there were scattered Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon mixed in. Be careful not to enter the federal Lake Trout refuge. Notice the color of the meat. It is a deep, rich orange flesh. These fish are prime for the table, and there’s nothing better.
More recently, I have been fishing at Grindstone City. Lake Trout has been excellent, and we are also catching Pinks, Cohos and Steelhead near the surface on small orange spoons, but expect to go out more than 10 miles. These fish are scattered everywhere in water greater than 150 feet. The Walleye are just showing up in 25-40 feet of water. I like using body baits, and trolling faster than most people do. Early morning and late evening is best.
2021 Fishing Outlook
Happy New Year! The fishing outlook for 2021 is excellent, based on 2020 catches. The Atlantic Salmon fishing at Drummond Island should continue to be outstanding, due to efforts from the DNR, and Lake Superior State College. 2020 was excellent. Frankfort will continue to have good Salmon fishing, but it has honestly become a hit and miss fishery. There just isn’t as many Salmon in Lake Michigan as there was 10 years ago, but it is still the best place to fish, and most days in 2020 were good! The fishing at the tip of Michigan’s thumb had a lot of variety in 2020. Steelhead, Walleye, and Lake Trout were especially good in 2020, but many other species were available. Walleye fishing should continue to be excellent, especially in July. Lake Trout fishing will be excellent, but these fish are moving around more than usual, and long runs offshore are sometimes necessary. If you are interested in a 2021 charter, please call me at 586-212-4030. Have a wonderful winter!
Fishing at the tip of Michigans thumb has been good, but the Lake Trout have scattered out to deep water. The traditional trolling areas in 90-130 feet of water has not been productive, mainly due to the disappearance of bait. The best fishing for Trout, Steelhead, and Pink Salmon have been in about 160-180 feet of water. Walleye have been scattered, but there are plenty to fish for from Port Austin to Lighthouse Park in 25-45 feet of water. There have also been a lot of Whitefish caught this year on the Walleye baits. Mini Silver Streaks and Bombers have been the best. Anything with a gold or copper back instead of silver is working.
My schedule is full until September, and that’s a great time to go. For more information, call me at 586-212-4030. Capt. Dan. Good luck fishing
Fishing has been awesome at the tip of Michigan’s thumb. Walleye are everywhere from 20 to 150 feet of water. Lake Trout and Steelhead have not been in their usual spots within 7 miles of shore every day, but there are plenty of fish scattered out in deep water, up to 200 feet. Magnum spoons have been doing better than dodger/spin-glow rigs. These photos are recent, and most of these fish were caught in about 125 feet of water, due north of Grindstone. August is full for me, but I have some trips available in September, and that is a great time to fish! Good luck.
Here are a few recent photos. Fishing at the tip of Michigan’s thumb has been outstanding, but the fish are moving around in search of baitfish. The usual productive areas that are only 5-9 miles from Grindstone has been slow, but there are plenty of fish scattered in deep water, up to 200′. In addition, there are scattered Steelhead out there in the top 30 feet hitting orange colored spoons. Just head offshore, and you will run into fish. As of right now, Walleye are still mostly in the bay and have not invaded our area as of yet, due to cool water and north winds. I only have a few openings left, but will be happy to recommend someone if you call. Have a great summer.