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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

Drummond Island Area
Perch fishing was very spotty around Drummond Island last week. Anglers reported catching a lot of undersized fish. Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing has been good in Maxton Bay. A few pike and walleyes have been caught, too, and the pike/muskie/walleye opener was expected to be very good.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area
Bluegills were hitting on South Manistique Lake last week, and anglers there were dialing in on a good bite. A few perch were starting to bite on Big Manistique. Trout anglers are catching decent numbers of brookies on most of the local streams. Water levels have come down and are back to normal flow rates.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Marquette Area
Light numbers of salmon have been caught in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. Lake trout are biting in 60 to 80 feet of water in the upper harbor and farther out in the lake in 150 feet of water east of Marquette.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics all have produced good results when fished along shore. The walleye season should be good, and anglers last week were gearing up for the opener. Perch fishing has been slow.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Bergland Area
Anglers around Lake Gogebic were anticipating the walleye opener last week. Ice has been out for weeks, and walleyes are done spawning. Expect a good low-light bite in shallow areas. Many larger fish will still be deeper or near the shoreline breaks. Sucker minnows and fatheads will be the first choice for baits. Because of higher water temperatures, try leeches and nightcrawlers, as well.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Keweenaw Peninsula
Splake fishing has been good in Lake Superior’s Copper Harbor. Action has been hit or miss, but when the fish are in, limit catches have been reported. Spawn bags, cut suckers, and smelt, along with spoons have all produced good action. Good numbers of lake trout have been caught in Lake Superior’s Bete Grise Bay in 200 feet of water. Cut smelt was producing the best results. Anglers were anticipating a good walleye opener on May 15.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 369-4341.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - May 8th, 2015

Traverse City Area
Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing remains good on Duck and Green lakes. Steelhead fishing has been slow on the Betsie and Boardman rivers. Toms are strutting, and the early part of the spring turkey season has been pretty good. There’s been no sign of morels yet.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

East Jordan Area
Perch were hitting in Lake Charlevoix last week in 40 to 50 feet of water. Anglers were having to sort through their catches to find the keepers. Walleye fishing has been slow, but crappie fishing has been good on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes. River steelhead fishing has been hit or miss. The best action has been on the Boyne River. The Atlantic salmon bite on Torch Lake has been slow. Spring turkey season is off to a good start. Toms are coming to the call.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Manistee Area
Lakers and brown trout are keeping anglers busy off the piers and along the shores of Lake Michigan. Spawn and spoons are both producing decent results. Light numbers of yellow perch have been caught off the piers on minnows and wigglers. Steelhead and brown trout also are being caught in the Manistee River, along with a few walleyes. Spring turkey hunting has been slow. Bird numbers are down in Manistee County.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Mio Area
The trout opener was very good on the AuSable River. There were no hatches yet as of last week, but streamer fishing has been good. Browns up to 20 inches have been caught. Spring turkey hunting has been pretty good.
AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.

Houghton Lake Area
Walleye fishing was slow on Houghton Lake last week, where  water temperatures remain low. A few crappies and bluegills have been caught in the canals and along the south end of the lake. Spring turkey hunting has been fair.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Alpena Area
Fair numbers of Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and walleyes were hitting spoons and body baits along the shore of Lake Huron last week. There were still good numbers of steelhead in the Thunder Bay River, but there also were a lot of suckers. Fresh spawn was producing the best results. The spring turkey season is off to a fair start.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

Traverse City Area
Ciscoes have moved into Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay and anglers fishing eggs and wax worms are catching fish in 80 to 90 feet of water. A few fish have been caught in West Grand Traverse Bay, too, but the best action has been in East Bay. Fair numbers of lake trout are being caught in 120 to 150 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good in both bays and inland on Green Lake and Lake Leelanau. Turkey hunting has slowed, but toms are still gobbling. Morel mushrooms are popping in the area.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

Cadillac Area
Crappies are hitting in the shallows on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Bluegills are moving into the shallows in the afternoons. Largemouths and a few smallmouths have been caught on both lakes, along with lots of pike, most of them under 28 inches. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss on Mitchell and slower on Cadillac. The best action has been at night. Bullheads, including several of Master Angler proportions, are hitting in the canal between the two lakes. Turkey hunting has been good.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Houghton Lake Area
Fishing has been slow on Houghton Lake. A few crappies are hitting in the canals, and bluegills are just starting to move into the shallows. Walleye fishing has been very slow. The water is warming up, but rain, thunderstorms, and cold nights are keeping anglers off the water. Turkey hunting has been fair. Morels are popping.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area
Perch fishing has been good on Higgins Lake near the sunken island in 20 to 50 feet of water. Bass are hitting in the shallows. Lake trout fishing has been slow, but should improve any day now. Turkey hunting has been fair. Morels are popping.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

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