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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - August 28th, 2015

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing remains good in the St. Marys River, particularly in Raber Bay. The best bites have come to those fishing with nightcrawlers and bottom bouncers along the shipping channel. Muskies and pike are still keeping anglers busy on Munuscong Bay, and perch fishing is still pretty good in Lake Huron at Cedarville. The fields are full of Canada geese, and the early season should be very good. 

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Salmon fishing has been slow around Drummond Island, but fair numbers of lake trout have been caught south of the lighthouse on the flats of the St. Marys River. Fair numbers of walleyes are hitting nightcrawler harnesses in Maxton and Scotts bays. Fair numbers of smallmouth bass and northern pike are being caught along with the ‘eyes. The perch have not arrived yet, but should start showing up any day now. 

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye fishing has improved on Big and South Manistique lakes. Nightcrawler harnesses are producing a good bite when fished along the weeds. The bluegill bite has been pretty good on South Manistique, and northern pike are keeping anglers busy on both lakes. There are a lot of Canada geese in the area, and the upcoming early season should be good.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

 

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Superior. Dodgers and flies as well as meat rigs are producing good results at the white rocks and the clay banks. A few chinook and coho salmon are being caught, too.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Anglers trolling stickbaits and crawler harnesses of the mouth of the Ford River report good action. Smallmouth bass and northern pike also are active, and anglers report good success. The perch bite is picking up on minnows fished in 12 to 20 feet of water.

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

Trout and salmon fishing remains good in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay for anglers trolling spoons in 40 to 80 feet of water. Fair numbers of walleyes and good numbers of bass are being caught in the Menominee River. 

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.

 

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Salmon and lake trout are hitting in Lake Superior’s Big Traverse Bay. Good action has been reported by those fishing in 180 to 260 feet of water. A few salmon and steelhead have been caught closer to shore, in water as shallow as 35 feet.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic walleye fishing has been fair to poor, with most anglers reporting slow action. Leeches are still producing the best bite, with nightcrawlers running second. The minnow bite has begun to pick up with signs that fall is near. Anglers continue to take fish from both the weeds and deep mud.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Muskie fishing remains good on Emily Lake, and walleyes are keeping anglers busy on ChicagonOttawa, and Fortune lakes. Brook trout fishing has been very good on local streams.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - August 28th, 2015

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Fishing has been a little slow on Lake Charlevoix. A few salmon have entered the lake, but the action has been slow. Lake trout action has been fair, but the fish are scattered and hitting in 80 to 200 feet of water. Bass fishing has been fair in 30 feet of water. Walleye action is picking up on Oyster Bay in 30 to 50 feet of water, 20 to 30 feet down. A fair number of fish have been caught between Horton Bay and the state park in 30 to 40 feet of water, 20 to 25 feet down. Fair numbers of walleyes and smallmouth bass have been caught off Whiting’s Park. Stream anglers report good brook trout action, and the Bellaire Chair of Lakes is producing some nice panfish.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

A few salmon and a lot of lake trout have been caught in Lake Michigan at Frankfort in 160 feet of water, 65 feet down. Meat rigs are producing the best results. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on Torch Lake in 15 to 25 feet of water along the steep drops. Bluegills are biting on Spider Lake in 15 to 25 feet of water along the weeds.

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

Cadillac Area

Fishing pressure has been light, but those heading out are catching lots of bass on both Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac. Crappies are hitting minnows fished on the east end of Cadillac, and bluegills are hitting red worms and wax worms on the west end of Mitchel. A few walleyes have been caught on leeches and jigs fished on Mitchell in 12 to 14 feet of water.  Pike fishing has been fair on both lakes, with a lot of hammer-handles being caught along the weeds. 

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

 

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Bluegills are hitting on Houghton Lake. Wax worms, crickets, and leaf worms fished along the weeds in 8 to 11 feet of water have produced good results. Walleye fishing has been slow with lots of small fish being caught. Anglers report that it’s been tough to find a keeper. Northern pike, including several over 30 inches, are hitting all over the lake. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Onaway Area

Pike fishing has been very good all summer on Black Lake. Anglers casting spinnerbaits are catching lots of fish along the weeds. Walleyes are hitting in 25 to 30 feet of water on stickbaits and leeches. Bluegill fishing also has been good on Black, despite a very warm month of August. Crappies and bluegills are hitting on Tomahawk Lake and Klieber Pond

Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Oscoda Area

Catfish action has been very good in the AuSable River and on Van Etten Lake. Stink baits are attracting a lot of attention. Lake trout fishing has been very good in Lake Huron in 100 to 160 feet of water. A few walleyes have been caught along with the lakers. Sunfish and bluegill fishing has been good on Cook Dam Pond. Leaf worms and crickets are producing a good bite. 

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

 

 

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - August 28th, 2015

Lake St. Clair

Muskie and bass fishing have been good on Lake St. Clair. The best muskie bite has come to anglers fishing in 18- to 20-foot depths in Canadian water. Good numbers of fish have been caught off the Belle River hump, too. Bass are hitting all over the lake. Use soft plastics and live bait.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Commerce Area

Walleye fishing has been slow in Oakland County. A few bass have been caught on Long Lake.

Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.

Luna Pier Area

Perch fishing has been very good in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find the keepers. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing minnows in 8 to 12 feet of water. Fair numbers of walleyes have been caught near the sailboat buoys three miles northeast of Luna Pier. Wiggle Warts trolled 85 feet back have produced good results. 

Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

 

SOUTHWESTERN LP

South Haven

High wind kept anglers at bay last week on Lake Michigan and moved fish into deeper water. Salmon, lake trout, and steelhead have been caught in 90 to 110 feet of water straight out of the harbor. Perch fishing has been excellent in 45 to 55 feet of water. Lots of limits have been reported. Pike and bass  fishing have been good in the Black River and off the pier at South Haven.

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area

Bluegill fishing has been good in 15 to 20 feet of water on Three Mile Lake. Bluegills also have been caught on PleasantCoraSchool SectionHogsett, and Gull lakes. Good numbers of walleyes and catfish are being caught in the Kalamazoo River. Northern pike and smallmouth bass have been caught in the river between Comstock and the Morrow Dam Pond.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Grand Rapids Area

A few steelhead have been caught, but overall fishing remains slow on the Grand River. Silver fish should start entering the river any day. Bass and panfish action has been good on Reeds LakeCampau and Kettle also have been producing good action. Walleye fishing has been fair.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

 

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Warm weather has put a little bit of a damper on the fishing in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers trolling spoons report a decent bite around buoys 1 and 2 and at the Cigar. The best colors have been frozen wigwam and Sporty’s chicken wing. A good bite has been reported by anglers fishing nightcrawler harnesses in 20 to 25 feet of water. A few perch are starting to be caught around the Black Hole out to buoys 1 and 2.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

Trout fishing has been fair in low, clear water on the Pere Marquette River with terrestrials attracting the most attention. Salmon should start entering the system any day now. Bass fishing has been pretty good on Wolf and Big Star. Soft plastics and live bait have produced the best results. Bluegill fishing has been decent on Big Star, North, and Nichols lakes. 

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

Grand Haven Area

Salmon and steelhead have been keeping anglers busy on Lake Michigan in 110 to 160 feet of water.Bluegill action has been pretty good on Petty’s and Sterns bayous in 3 to 7 feet of water. Crappie fishing has been good in Petty’s, too. Bass fishing has been excellent on all the bayous and in the Grand River. The catfish bite has been very good in the Grand River. Stink baits are producing outstanding results.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.

 

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

High winds kept anglers grounded last week on Lake Huron. A fair walleye bite was being reported by anglers fishing northwest of Big Charity Island in 25 to 35 feet of water. Nightcrawlers have produced the best bite. Anglers also are picking up a fair number of fish from Oak Point to Port Austin. There are a lot of geese in the area, and the early season should be very good.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron

Fishing was slow last week in Lake Huron at Port Huron. A few walleyes were being caught north of the Bluewater Bridge in 60 to 70 feet of water. Up at Port Sanilac, anglers report good action from cohos and steelhead in 140 feet of water. Very good numbers of smallmouth bass have been caught in the St. Clair River, and catfish are keeping anglers busy in the Black River.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

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