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Port of Harbor Beach - Dock Report

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Dock Reporter:
Sept 10th 2015 - Trollers caught lake trout and steelheads, a few walleye and a few white bass over 90 to 115 FOW. Blue, green, and purple were the best spoon colors. Piers were producing some rock bass and smallmouth.  
Aug 10th 2015 -Walleye trollers were going north toward Port Hope and doing well on 20 to 40 FOW. Trollers after lake trout and salmon were going waaaaay out…to 110 to 160 feet of water. Anyway, way out there, they were getting steelhead, lake trout, and an occasional salmon fishing 50 feet down. Pier anglers were taking a few smallmouths and the odd walleye at night.  
June 15th 2015 -Getting some walleyes in the evening. There are still steelhead in the harbor and locals (mainly kids) were catching them in the Edison channel from shore casting small Rapalas. There are also still a few steelhead in Rock Falls Creek. Pier fishing at all sites was generally slow over the weekend despite more pier anglers out than usual due to Free Fishing Weekend.  
Oct 21st 2014 - Walleyes are hitting at night off the north breakwall with anglers casting outside the harbor into the lake proper.  
Oct 1st 2014 -Trollers were taking mixed bags of lake trout, steelhead, and the odd walleye. The lakers were in 100 feet of water, fishing 90 feet down, and the steelhead were over 80 to 90 feet of water, about 25 feet down. Black & orange spoons were the hot steelhead bait.
Pier anglers fishing the north gap were starting to get a few steelhead and walleye in the evening. Brown trout were seen surfacing in the harbor, but wouldn’t bite.
Sept 3th 2014 - This was the hot-spot last week, to some extent because the winds were more bearable here. Trollers fishing north of the harbor up near Port Hope took nice mixed catches of lake trout, steelhead and walleye from 80 to 115 feet of water. The lake trout and walleye were 70 to 80 feet down while the steelhead were at 20 to 40 feet. Good spoon colors included orange and copper-green. Pier anglers were catching some smallmouth bass casting various lures.  
Aug 28th 2014 -Boats are getting lakers and steelhead from 100 feet clear out to 300 feet, although most boats are fishing 100 to 150 feet of water. A few Kings averaging 10 lb. have been taken., fishing dodgers & flies for the lake trout near the bottom and spoons at all sorts of depths for steelheads. A few perch (but not many!) have been taken on minnows near the south gap in the breakwater  
Aug 12th 2014 - Walleye were hitting 2 miles north of the harbor in 65 feet of water on crawler harnesses and spoons. This was an evening bite, with best luck right at dusk. Bluewater trollers took some steelheads and kings in 60 to 80 feet of water. Some are going all the way out to 115 to 150 feet of water and taking lake trout and a few walleyes right near the bottom.  
July 29th 2014 - Walleyes had gone deep with fish coming from 65 to 70 feet and some were taken suspended off Port Hope over 100 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were being taken as deep as 50 to 60 feet. All of this would indicate that the thermocline is very deep on the outside of the Thumb, and the few boats searching for lake trout and salmon seem to confirm this, as they are having to fish from 140 to 200 feet deep to find lakers. They’re also getting the odd steelhead and still some small pink salmon.  
July 16th 2014- Trollers are just starting to target walleye in 25 to 40 feet of water. Boats after salmon and trout are getting lake trout and steelhead in 80 to 130 feet of water.  
July 8th 2014 - Trollers fishing over 150+ feet of water off Port Hope got lake trout near the bottom and the odd steelhead, coho, and pink salmon about 40 feet down. Steelhead were observed feeding on the surface on hatching mayflies during calmer periods last week.  
July 1st 2014 - The water is warming up on the outside of the Thumb, and trout and salmon fishing is slowing down a bit, but they’re still getting some. Salmon and steelhead are scattered at 40 to 70 feet in depth but lake trout can reliably be found near the bottom in 70 to 100 feet of water. Small pink salmon remain common. A few Chinooks and cohos are still coming in along with decent numbers of steelheads and good numbers of lake trout. Start shallower early in the morning and work deeper as the sun comes up.

Shore, pier and wading anglers are still getting some smallmouths
June 24th 2014 -Trollers were getting mixed catches of lake trout, steelheads, Chinooks, pink salmon and the occasional coho from 70 to 100 feet of water. The steelheads are in the top 10 to 15 feet, the salmon are halfway down, and the lake trout are near the bottom . Pink salmon seem to be ubiquitous this year, but they are small, running ½ lb to 1 lb.

Some bass are still being taken inside the harbor.

Pier fishing as slow.
June 17th 2014 - Pier anglers are getting a few walleye at night at both ports casting crankbaits or fishing big minnows under a bobber. At Port Sanilac, some salmon and trout are still being caught from the breakwall on the outside of the wall.

are taking big lake trout and a mix of cohos, kings, steelhead and pink salmon from 80 to 120 feet of water, with a few fishing as deep as 150 feet.
June 9th 2014 - Trollers are taking good numbers of big lake trout in 40 to 100 feet of water. They’re also bringing in steelhead and occasional king, coho and pink salmon. Wading anglers were still getting smallmouths, and a few walleyes were taken at the north gap at night.  
June 3rd 2014 - Walleyes are being taken at night off the breakwalls Wading anglers at were catching a lot of smallmouth bass. Trollers were in fishing 40 to 80 feet of water and getting some large lake trout near the bottom and steelhead off high lines. The steelhead were eating June Bugs and other insects off the surface. Start in 40 feet of water very early in the morning and move deeper as the sun comes up.  
May 28th 2014 - Trollers are getting a mixed catch of lake trout, Atlantics, some steelheads, an occasional king and coho, and quite a few pink salmon. The fish are scattered but most fishing is in 60 to 70 feet of water, with a lot of fish coming from about halfway to the bottom on assorted colors of spoons.

Night anglers casting body baits or still-fishing large minnows are getting walleyes off the walls.
May 12th 2014 - Taking some nice mixed-bag catches of lake trout, Chinooks, cohos, steelhead and browns from 15 to 30 feet of water early to mid-week last week, but by the weekend the fish were scattering and were being taken anywhere from 8 to 40 feet of water on spoons and body baits. Tthey’re getting some walleyes at night in the north gap, and a few cohos in the daytime.

Shore anglers fishing behind the Edison Plant caught some walleyes, smallmouths (released) and bullheads.

Apr 30th 2014 - Only two guys fishing in the harbor at the north gap in the breakwall, and a couple boats far out on the lake. The SLHMU Fish Crew shocked the harbor and captured 20 steelhead, 5 nice browns, and one Atlantic. Theey were unable to net an additional 10 steelhead and one brown. Ironically, none of these fish were taken near the north gap where everyone fishes. Many of the steelhead were taken from the old Detroit Edison channel, where there is an excellent public shore fishing site and no one was fishing there!  
Apr 8th 2014 - There’s been an open channel by the north cut in the breakwater, and pier anglers casting hardware and plugs have been taking a few lake trout, steelhead, walleye or browns.  
Feb 5th 2014 - They are getting some perch inside the city harbor while other were venturing far out (maybe TOO far out) on the newer ice in search of other species.  
Jan 30th 2014 - Ice anglers were getting a few lake trout and brown trout off the ice near the Edison cut  
Aug- 15th - 2013 Trout and salmon trollers were fishing north of the harbor and picking up some lake trout, steelheads and a few Chinooks in 100 to 140 feet; lake trout on the bottom, steelheads and Chinooks halfway down. Closer to shore, they were getting walleye and the odd brown trout in 50 feet of water.  
July- 31st - 2013 - Trollers after salmon and lake trout are getting them from 85 to 140 feet with lake trout at the bottom and steelhead and the odd coho in the top half of the water column.  
July- 24th - 2013 -Walleye are also being taken in 30 to 40 feet. Some walleye are also being taken at night inside the harbor by shore and small boat anglers. Trollers after trout and salmon are getting lake trout and steelheads from 100 to 140 feet of water.  
June 26th 2013 -Some walleye are being taken off in 20 to 30 feet of water, and trollers there are also catching a few whitefish. Trout and salmon fishing is a bit spotty as the thermocline hasn’t set up yet and fish are scattered at various depths. Reports of steelheads and Chinooks taken anywhere from 90 to 160 feet of water.  
June 13th 2013 - Spotty success with mixed catches of Lake Trout, Kings, Coho, and Steelhead.

At Port Hope - good catches of Lake Trout in 155 ft. fishing 80 to bottom.

Oct -2nd - 2012 - Boaters are takeing very nice catches of steelhead in the 5 to 8 pound class fishing in a 100 feet of water 25 feet down.  
Aug -28th - 2012 - Boats were going northeast to 80 feet of water, fishing 20 to 25 feet down and taking a lot of steelhead, a few coho and kings, and the odd walleye and lake trout. There were rumors of perch being taken south of town near Wagner Park .
Aug -20th - 2012 - A few boats are getting good catches of steelhead and a mix of coho and a few Kings in 170 to 200 feet of water, fishing 40 to 70 feet down. This is 12 to 15 miles offshore, so you need a big boat and a calm day to fish that far out (and about $70 worth of gas just to get out there and back!). Some brown trout were reportedly caught very early in the morning from 50 to 55 feet of water south off the cemetery. Smallmouth bass fishing was reported good inside the harbor.  
Aug -8th - 2012 - Salomon, trout and the occasional walleye were taken from 70 to 100 feet. Some brown trout were also taken from about 50 feet of water south of town off the cemetery. Trollers should fish all depths of water to find active fish. Steelheads and coho are often close to the surface feeding on terrestrial insects.  
Jul -31st - 2012 -Steelhead and pink salmon are being taken in anywhere from 100 to 120 feet of water in the top half of the water column, kings and lake trout are being taken near the bottom.  
Jul -17th - 2012 - Fishing pressure was reported light here last week, but the people that went out caught walleye up toward Port Hope in 20 to 40 feet of water. Trollers after salmon and trout were going deep, to 120 to 140 feet.  
Jul -10th - 2012 - Trollers are bringing in some walleye from 30’ of water off Port Hope. Bluewater trollers were marking a lot of fish out in 90 to 120 feet, but complaining that the fish had lockjaw.  
Jun -27th - 2012 - Trollers are working 40 to 80 feet of water at all ports, taking the same mix of salmon and trout, using high lines for steelheads and some salmon, and getting lake trout near the bottom. In addition, pier and small boat anglers fishing at the mouths of the harbors early in the morning and in the evening are taking brown trout and walleyes, mostly casting Little Cleos

On Sunday we received this report: Fished in 120 fow. Landed one coho and one lake trout. On spoons using downriggers. One angler was being towed in and and landed an 8 lb steelhead. Other boats reported 2 to 4 fish.
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5-22-12 - Lake trout fishing was fair to good straight out and north of the harbor in 80 to 160 feet of water when using dodgers with spin-glows just off the bottom or downriggers with spoons in the bottom 50 feet. Orange and black were good colors. For salmon, use spoons off 5 and 8 color lead lines or spoons and body baits off dipsy divers and downriggers in the top 35 to 50 feet of water. Blue, green, black and orange were good colors. Steelhead fishing was good in the top 20 to 50 feet of waters 80 to 160 feet deep with bright colored spoons. Brown trout and walleye were slow. Try south of the harbor in 30 to 50 feet of water with Hot-n-Tots, small spoons or crawler harnesses.
5-15-12 -Trolling for salmon and trout was very good last week for a mixed bag of Coho, Kings, Steelhead, Lake Trout, the odd Brown Trout and Pink Salmon. Depths ranged from as shallow as 30 feet to as deep as 120 feet, and fish were scattered at all depths. Most of the fish were taken from 30 to 80 feet of water. Pier anglers fishing at night and casting Rapalas were taking walleye off the north walls.  
Mar -28th - 2012 - Boaters trolling for coho salmon just outside the harbor are doing well, no report on what they were getting them on.  
Feb -22nd - 2012 - The Edison Plant is back on-line and the discharge channel is fishable from shore. Three nice brown trout were seen taken. Perch fishing through the ice at the marinas in town is pretty much done as the ice has detrioated with the warm water discharge back up and running.
Sept -28th - 2011-Anglers trolling in the harbor are reporting taking good numbers of brown trout in the ship channel. These browns are running 18 to 22 inches in length and are hitting spoons.  
Sept-8-11 - Steelhead fishing slowed but should pick back up. Try straight out or north of the harbor in the early morning with color lines. Put out some long lines on boards and bright colored small spoons. Start in 70 feet and head out to that 160 to 200 foot range. Fish the top 60 feet in the morning and the top 40 feet as the sun comes up. For lake trout, try dodgers with spin glows or flies near the bottom. Catch rates for salmon were slow in 70 to 190 feet of water. Set downriggers for the top 50 to 80 feet with bright colored spoons, plugs and flies. Walleye action was slow as the fish were scattered. Try 25 to 60 feet of water with Hot-n-tots, small spoons or crawler harnesses. Try 10 to 20 feet of water inside the harbor for perch.
Aug-29-11 Decent catches of steelhead, lake trout, and occasional Chinooks and cohos taken from 80 to 140 feet of water, with the steelheads and salmon and an occasional walleye hitting 45 to 55 feet down and the lake trout near the bottom. Try small spoons about 2 ½” long. One individual was catching some very nice perch from a small boat anchored inside the harbor near the light.  
Aug 16th-2011 - Walleye were still hitting north towards Port Hope in about 40 feet of water, but boaters had to work for them. Good fishing for salmon and trout in 90 to 120-130 feet of water, when the fish were in a mood to hit. Boats reported marking lots of fish anywhere from 30 feet to the bottom, but they had lockjaw for a lot of the week.  
Aug 10th-2011 -Good walleye action from 40 to 50 feet of water north toward Port Hope. Good catches of steelheads and lake trout from 80 to 130 feet.  
July 26th-2011 -Fishing pressure was light last week, but trollers after salmon and trout did well, taking good numbers of steelheads over 70 feet of water about 40 feet down and lake trout near the bottom in anywhere from 70 to 145 feet of water. Some walleye were also hitting north toward Port Hope in 30 to 40 feet of water.  
July 21st-2011 -Steelhead fishing has picked up again, use color lines for best results. Keep your lines up high as the fish are feeding on the current bug hatch. Use boards with regular or magnum bright colored spoons while fishing north of the harbor in 75 to 120 feet of water. A couple salmon were caught 20 to 50 feet down. Fair lake trout fishing north of the harbor using dodgers with spin glows near the bottom. Try spoons off downriggers 50 feet down. Start out in 110 feet of water and work your way out to deeper water until you find them. Walleye fishing has picked up north of the harbor and north of Port Hope in 30 to 65 feet of water. For pike and bass, fish along the weed beds close to shore with spoons or body baits. For perch, try the cemetery or inside the harbor with minnows.
July 6th-2011 - Steelhead fishing is picking up. Useing all sizes of color lead lines on the boards, bright colors of spoons regular and magnum sizes are working best fishing North of the harbor in 85 to 110 foot of water.

Lake Trout were slow but since the wind switch it has been picking back up again. Fishing is best north of the harbor using dodgers with spin and glows close to the bottom. Best colors are green with white and red, and white with pink dots. Start fishing in 75 feet of water and work your way out to the deeper water of 110 to 120 feet.

Some coho, pink and an occasional king continue to be taken just like Lake trout north of the harbor is best.. Fish clean spoons off the downriggers 20 to 55 feet down. Best colors have been the gold with orange, green and chrome with colored dots. Dodgers or flashers with flys off the downriggers or dipsey divers are also working. Start in 55 feet of water and work out till you find where they are setting. Don’t fish too deep or you will be under them, they are still coming up high.

June 16th-2011 - Moderate success for Lake Trout when trolling in 80 to 100 feet of water. King, Coho, Steelhead and Pink salmon were also caught. Pier anglers fishing off the north wall and those fishing the Detroit Edison channel caught smallmouth bass.
June 7th-2011 - Good action for King, Steelheads and Lake Trout in 90 to 120 feet has been reported..

June 2nd-2011 - Very good lake trout fishing the bottom 40 feet in 80 feet of water straight out or north of the harbor with spoons, dodgers, flashers, flies or spin-glo's. Hot colors were purple, pink, black, green or blue. Steelhead were spotty. Try offshore boards with clean spoons or a three way swivel with body baits near the bottom and spoons near the surface. Brown trout are still being caught in shallow waters 25 to 45 feet deep, south of the harbor. For body baits or spoons try green, blue or perch. Salmon were caught 45 to 85 feet down on spoons. For walleye, head north of the harbor and fish 30 to 60 feet of water with spoons or crawler harnesses. Perch are south near the cemetery in 15 to 30 feet of water.
May 25th -2011 - Lake trout fishing is good straight out and north of the harbor. Try spoons off downriggers, flashers or dodgers with flies or spin-glo's in the bottom 40 feet. Good colors were purple, green, blue and black. Salmon were caught in all directions when trolling spoons 40 to 80 feet down. Silver, green, blue or black were hot colors. Brown trout were caught close to shore in 25 to 45 feet of water south of the harbor. Steelhead fishing was slow but should pick up. For walleye, try 30 to 40 feet of water to the north. For perch, try near the cemetery when using minnows in 20 to 30 feet of water.

May 11th -2011 - A few boats starting to go out, and taking some lake trout, steelheads and kings. A lone shore angler got a 2 lb. brown trout out of the Edison channel.