Central Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – October 11th, 2013
Saginaw Bay Area
Perch fishing has moved to the forefront on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers report a good bite when fishing in 15 to 18 feet of water from Linwood north. You’ll have to keep moving to stay on the fish. A fair number of walleyes also have been caught in the bay. The archery deer opener got off to a slow start with warm weather hampering success. There are lots of deer in the area, and the action should improve.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Salmon fishing has been pretty good in the Pere Marquette River with fresh fish still heading upstream. Lots of fish over 25 pounds have been caught this fall. Inland lake fishing has been slow. A few panfish have been caught on Idlewild and Big Star lakes, but fishing pressure has been light. Squirrel hunting has been good. Grouse and woodcock flush rates have been fair. Bird hunters are waiting for the leaves to fall.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Salmon fishing has been very good in the Muskegon River all the way up to Croaton Dam. Several fish over 20 pounds have been caught. A few steelhead are being caught, too. Bluegill fishing has been good on Pickerel and Emerald lakes, as well as Croaton and Hardy ponds. Anglers fishing in 15 to 23 feet of water report the best action. Fair numbers of walleyes have been caught in 25 to 40 feet of water. Archery deer season got of to a warm start. Squirrel hunting has been pretty good, and grouse flush rates have been decent, but most hunters are waiting for the leaves to fall.
Parsley’s Sport and Fly Shop (231) 652-6986.
Perch fishing has been very good in outer Saginaw Bay. Good numbers of fish have been caught in 36 to 50 feet of water off Oak Point and in 8 to 12 feet of water off North Heisterman Island. Fish up to 15 inches have been caught, but most are between 8 and 12 inches. Fall turkey-hunting season is off to a good start. The youth deer hunt was good, and early archery season should be good, too, with lots of deer in the Thumb. The opener was warm.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Salmon and steelhead are in the St. Clair River and anglers are having a blast fishing off the boardwalk. Anglers are having to work, but the payoff has been good. Walleye fishing has been slow, with water temps hovering in the mid-60s. Once the water dips into the mid-50s, the ‘eyes should return. A few kings and browns have been caught at Harbor Beach.The bow opener was very warm, and hunting pressure was light.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.