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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Pickford Area
Fishing has been slow and fishing  pressure light on the St. Mary’s River. There was about 4 inches of crusty snow on the ground last week for the firearms deer season opener. Deer numbers are down in the eastern U.P. and the archery kill was noticeably down in the area. Coyote hunting has been good and duck season has been good, too, with flight birds moving through.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area
Crusty snow and high winds put a damper on the end of a slow archery deer season, but most hunters reported seeing deer. Bucks are chasing does and the firearms season should be decent. A few hunters were still taking good numbers of rabbits and grouse up to the start of the gun deer season. Fishing pressure has been very light.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area
There was around 6 inches of snow on the ground last week in Mackinac County and hunters were eager for the start of the firearms deer season. The rut is on and bucks are hounding does. The archery season was slow and deer numbers are down in the area. Walleyes and good numbers of nice-sized perch have been caught on Big and South Manistique lakes.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Escanaba Area
Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers trolled at night at the north end of the bay, north of Gladstone. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground for the gun opener last weekend.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area
Fishing pressure has been very light on the Menominee River. There was between 10 and 30 inches of snow on the ground in surrounding areas and about a foot of snow in Iron Mountain. Single digit temperatures at night had skim ice forming. Bow season was slow. The rut is on, but deer numbers are down in Dickinson County. Grouse season was very good. Trappers report good numbers of raccoons and muskrats.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Menominee Area
Whitefish have moved into the Menominee River and anglers report a good bite below the Hattie Street Dam. A few walleyes and chinook salmon are being caught, too. Fishing pressure has been light. The archery deer season was slow and deer numbers are down in Menominee County. There was a dusting of snow in Menominee last week for the firearms deer opener.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.
 

Bergland Area
The rut is on and bucks are chasing does, but deer numbers are down in  the west end of the U.P. There was about a foot of snow on the ground last week and most hunters were eagerly awaiting the opening of the firearms deer season.  Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Lake Gogebic. A few walleyes have been caught by shore anglers fishing with minnows during low-light conditions.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
 

Ontonagon Area
The archery deer season was slow and deer numbers are down. There was up to a foot of snow on the ground last week heading into the firearms deer season. Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Superior around Ontonagon.
Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle, (906) 884-2770.

Iron River Area
Fishing came to a halt in Iron River last week when Mother Nature dumped about 21 inches of snow in Iron County. Muskie fishing had been good on Chicagon, Stanley, but the snow storm ran anglers off the water. The archery deer season was slow. Deer numbers are down in the western U.P. The rut is on and the firearms deer season should be OK. Grouse hunting was good.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

East Jordan Area
Archery deer season slowed a little near the end but  bucks are on the move and the firearms season should be good. There was about 4 inches of snow heading into opening weekend. Waterfowl hunting has been good and flight ducks are moving through. Steelhead fishing has been good on the Bear and Elk rivers and a few have been caught in the Jordan. Spawn and flies have both produced good results.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Kalkaska Area
The archery deer season was pretty good in Kalkaska County and the firearms season should be good, too. The rut is on. Waterfowl hunting has been very good and flight ducks are moving through. Fishing pressure has been light on most of the lakes in the area.
Jack’s Sport Shop, (231) 258-8892.

Cadillac Area
The archery deer season was pretty good in Wexford County and the firearms deer season should be good, too. The rut is on. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground last week. Waterfowl hunting has been good on Lake Mitchell. Walleye fishing has been good in the canal between the lakes. Crankbaits fished at night have been the hot ticket.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Higgins Lake Area
Archery deer hunting was fair in Roscommon County despite wet, windy weather most of the season. Deer numbers are down in the area but bucks are on the move and the rut is on. There was no snow on the ground last week headed into the firearms season. Grouse hunting was pretty good. Fishing pressure has been very light on Higgins Lake.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

Hubbard Lake Area
Archery deer season was slow this year in Alcona County. Deer numbers are down and hunting pressure has been light. There was a dusting of snow on the ground last week heading into the firearms deer season. The rut in on. Waterfowlers report some flight ducks starting to arrive. Fishing pressure has been very light on Hubbard Lake.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

Oscoda Area
Archery deer season was a good one this year and hunters were eager for the firearms deer season to get started. The rut is on. There was a dusting of snow on the ground last week. Waterfowl hunting has been pretty good and flight ducks are moving through. Whitefish are hitting wax worms fished off the pier heads on Lake Michigan. Walleye fishing has been good in the lower stretch of the AuSable River with nightcrawlers and crankbaits.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

 

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Lake St. Clair
Fishing has been pretty good on Lake St. Clair, but fishing pressure has been light. Anglers who have ventured out report a good perch bite at the Firecracker at the south channel and in front of the Grosse Point Yacht Club. On the Canadian side of the lake, perch are being caught at the Belle River hump, in Mitchells Bay and around the weather buoy. The firearms deer season should be pretty good. There are lots of deer in southeast Michigan.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Pontiac Area
The archery deer season was good in Oakland County and local hunters were excited about the prospects for the firearms season. The rut is on and bucks are hounding does. Fishing pressure has been light on most lakes in the area. Fair numbers of steelhead have been caught in the Clinton River.
KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.

Luna Pier Area
Bucks are on the move and the rut is on. The firearms deer season should stack up to be a good one. Walleye fishing has been good with crankbaits producing good results in Lake Erie’s Brest Bay. The night bite has been the best, but fishing pressure has been light. Steelhead fishing is starting to heat up on the Huron River. Wax worms and salmon eggs are taking most of the fish.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

South Haven
Bucks are chasing does and the firearms deer season should be a good one. The rut is on. Deer numbers are in decent  shape in VanBuren County. Fair numbers of whitefish have been caught in Lake Michigan but fishing pressure has been light. Salmon eggs fished on bottom off the piers have produced good results. A few steelhead have been caught off the piers, too.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Sturgis Area
The archery deer season was pretty good in St. Joseph County and firearms season is expected to be good, too. Bucks are chasing does. Fishing pressure has been light on Klinger Lake and other lakes in the area. A few panfish have been caught on minnows.
Klinger Lake Trading Post, (269) 651-2679.

Kalamazoo Area
The rut is on and bucks are on the move. The firearms deer season should be good. Snow was in the forecast last week. Steelhead fishing is heating up on the St. Joe and Kalamazoo rivers. Anglers report good action on both spawn and spinners. Bass fishing has been very good on Gourdneck Lake, but fishing pressure has been light.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Saginaw Bay Area
Most of the crops are coming down and bucks are on the move. The firearms deer season should be good with lots of deer in Saginaw and Bay counties. High winds kept anglers off Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay last week. Before the wind moved in anglers were catching decent numbers of perch in 10 to 13 feet of water at the Pinconning sand bar and in 16 to 18 feet of water around the pencil buoys.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area
Steelhead fishing has been very good in the Pere Marquette River. Wax worms and flies have produced the best results but fishing pressure has been light. The archery deer season was slow and deer numbers are down in Lake County. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground last week and the firearms deer season should be decent.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
 

Weidman Area
Bucks are chasing does and the rut is on in Isabella County. Most of the crops are down. The archery deer season was pretty good with lots of deer in the area. The firearms season should be good, too. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Flight ducks are moving through. Grouse hunting season was good. Fishing pressure has been light, but anglers who are venturing out report a good walleye bite  on Coldwater and Littlefield lakes and bluegill anglers report good success, too.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.

Caseville Area
The archery deer season was pretty good in Huron County despite a lot of wet, windy weather. Half of the corn was cut as of last week. The rut is on  and the firearms deer season should be good. Waterfowl hunting has been good, too. Walleyes are hitting in Lake Huron off the breakwall in the harbor at Caseville. Crankbaits and jigs tipped with a minnow are producing good results. Burbot and lake trout are also being caught off the breakwall.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area
Bucks are on the move and the firearms deer season should be pretty good. Crops are coming down and there are lots of deer in the Thumb. A fair number of walleyes have been caught in the harbor on Lake Huron, but fishing pressure has been light.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.

Port Huron
The rut is on and bucks are chasing does. The archery deer season was pretty good in St. Clair County with good numbers of deer in the area. The firearms season should be good, too. Walleye fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River and in Lake Huron. Steelhead fishing has been red hot off the boardwalk in Port Huron. Red eyes have produced the best results.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

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