Perching Begins - SE Lake Michigan 6/29 - 7/5
66° - 70° F
76° - 80° F
Perching has begun from New Buffalo to South Haven. 6/29 S Haven pretty slow. Pyles Port Hole minnow source now gone, try All_Season Marine on right on way out to lake. 6 small and 1 14".Fished too shallow at less then 35'. St Joseph 6/30 got 16 tossed maybe 6. All 45-52'. St Joe launch is only $5 and has an incredible fish cleaning station including a commercial perch scaling machine Trips 7/1,4,and 5 all out of New Buffalo. 7/1 went 12 miles north to Weko Beach at Bridgman got 12 keepers. Skunked on 7/4. On 7/5, after rumors of good New Buffalo perch (shallow to 33') I did poorly. BUT one or two guys that focus on perch did very well. 3 nice perch on 7/5 and saw a livewell on 7/5 with 15+ perch, most very large 12-13" plus and fat and in good condition. This particular guy does incredibly well on perch but is tight lipped, gathered he uses simple crappie rigs mostly and gets out early.
New Buffalo Electric has livebait and opens at 6:30am EST.
Highlight of trips was a 16# steelhead on a pink perch fly in 42' of water. Landed it alone and had baked trout last night.
My most successful color perch flies for trips were orange and yellow. Killer good "Perch Pounder II" (White River Tackle) rigs now at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor now that Pyles Porthole is closed in S Haven.
Water temps amazingly warm, 60's from top down to 35-40 feet. Before offshore SE winds lately was 60+F top to bottom at-55-60'.See Great Lakes buoys for S Haven, Cook Nuclear plan, and Michigan City to get decent water profile.
Impression is that there are a lot of perch in SW Michigan Lake Michigan. Summer 2017, if this start is any indication, might be a great perch summer.
Please post as few do for this fishiery.
Has been a very good spring salmon/trout spring til this early summer time.
Looking forward to an early August return.