Marine News from the Great Lakes

Hot Weather and Even Hotter Fishing!

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We are approaching summer peak here in the Great Lakes, and right now, we are seeing some of the best fishing of the year. Charter captains, guides, and recreational fishermen are experiencing fishing at its very best. Nice weather is providing some great opportunities for boaters to get out and spend some quality time on the water. No matter what the targeted species is, good fishing can be found on almost every body of water right now!

Lake Ontario Fishing Report:
Chinook fishing has been stellar lately and 2017 may prove to be one of the best years on record for all species of trout and salmon on the lake.

Lake Erie Fishing Report:
Walleye year classes seem to be very strong all across the lake this season. Limit catches are plentiful and the numbers of fish being caught are staggering. Don’t forget about the smallmouth bass fishing, which has also been incredible.

Lake Huron Fishing Report:
The Thunder Bay and Saginaw Bay areas have had excellent walleye fishing. The north is producing some good Chinook fishing along with some Great Lake trout fishing.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report:
Trout and salmon fishing seem to be strong with some seriously big Chinook showing up lately. The bays and inlets have been producing good catches of bass, walleye, and bluegills.

Lake Superior Fishing Report:
Lake trout fishing has been great but most of the hype has been on the excellent catches of coho salmon and Chinook salmon. We're seeing good reports of warm water catches from the western portion of the Upper Peninsula including smallmouth bass, pike, and panfish.

Whether it is bass, trout and salmon, or musky you are after, the tournament season is in full swing on the Great Lakes. Almost every week, you can find a competitive angling event close to home. Tournaments offer anglers a chance not only to compete against nature, but a chance to compete against each other. A “put your money where your mouth is” scenario with a chance to be crowned king for the day. There are many different tournament formats including big fish derbies, multiple day tournaments, and one-day shootouts with an array of prize money possibilities, some even exceeding $100,000. Whether it is big money or small money, there are plenty of events for the seasoned veteran or weekend warrior to get out and contend against their peers. Besides being able to enjoy stiff competition, money, and trophies, these events give a huge bump to the local economies and, more importantly, do an unmeasurable amount of promotion to the sport of angling.

Social media and online forums are a giant resource for us anglers worldwide. The nearly 30,000 members of,, and provide a great way to stay informed about the happenings here on the Great Lakes. We would like to say thank you to these online communities for keeping us up to date with relevant news, information, and fishing reports.

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