Harbor Beach, MI — Try for some Salmon in closer to shore first thing in the morning, then move out to the deeper water after the sun gets up. Try some Spin Doctors and Action Flys off the Dipsey Divers back 150 feet. Spoons off the downriggers and dipsey divers, black with glow oval color have been working, also try blueberry muffin, or the green or blue alewive colors. Don’t forget to start trying some J-Plugs as well. Try out in the 50 to 120 foot of water areas and work out to the deeper depths. They have still been setting in the top 50 to 80 feet of water. Maybe even deeper after the lightning.
Steelhead action has slowed with the storms that are going through, you might try out in the deeper water after the storms have moved on. I would suggest stopping in 120 feet of water and trolling out to the deeper water. Find those color lines and you should do good, troll those bright color pinks and orange lures for best results back 150 feet off the Offshore Boards or dipseys. Remember if they are on a slow bite, try speeding up more than usually, it usually works!
Lake Trout fishing has also slowed due to the storms. Try fishing 80 to 130 feet of water North of the harbor using the dull silver Dodgers with the green body, white wing spin and glows fishing close to the bottom. Also try yellow, gold, orange with yellow and black or green colors for best results. If the fishing is slow try using some plain spoons off the downriggers and speed up some, the copper with orange and black, gold, and green colors have still been working best. Move to the deeper water for a day or two till the lake settles.
Walleye fishing is on the slow side but should start picking up again. Try fishing straight out front and North of the harbor with the crawler harness and hot and tots, and small to medium size spoons. I would start trolling in 25 or 30 feet of water and work out to the deeper waters. They have been setting in the upper sections of water first thing in the morning and lower as the sun comes up. Long lines or the ten color lead lines have still been working best. Best colors continue to be the copper, orange, green, and yellow colors straight or with small blades in front.
Bass fishing is still very good casting around the weed beds inside the harbor and close to shore North and South of the harbor.
Perch fishing is still slow but a few are still being taken off the walkway at the swim beach and South of the harbor by the cemetery, or try out in 30 to 60 feet of water using minnows.
Keep those lines tight!
Captains Ken and Janice Deaton
Harbor Beach MI