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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been decent on Raber and Munuscong bays. Crawler harnesses have produced the best action. Lots of pike have been caught in Munuscong, too. In Lake Huron at Cedarville, anglers report catching good numbers of northern pike, and herring should show up any day. 

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good in Maxton and Scotts bays in 4 to 9 feet of water. Crawler harnesses and stickbaits are both catching fish. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good, too. Herring should arrive any day now. 

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has been fair on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Mayflies are hatching and alewives are spawning, so there is a lot of food in the bay. Salmon fishing has been good at Fairport for those fishing 40 to 60 feet down over 100 feet of water or more.  

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

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

Menominee Area

Lake Michigan’s Green Bay is producing a few perch, and light numbers have been caught in the Menominee River, too. Walleye fishing has been slow, but bass anglers are finding fish below the dam.

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.

Bergland Area

Minnows and leeches are taking decent numbers of walleyes on Lake Gogebic, but action had slowed last week due to mayfly hatches. Those fishing near the weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water reported the best action. Perch were hitting crawlers fished in the weeds.

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

Iron River Area

Panfish and walleyes continue to keep anglers busy on Hagerman, Ottawa, and Chicagon lakes. 

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - June 19th, 2015

NORTHWESTERN LP
Traverse City Area
Smallmouth bass are hitting on East and West Grant Traverse Bays. The fish are moving shallow to spawn and are hitting tube baits. Walleye anglers report a good bite on Long Lake. Anglers fishing leeches under slip bobbers in 15 to 25 feet of water are catching the most fish. The hex hatch is on and night fishing for browns with big bugs has been good on the Big Manistee and the Boardman rivers.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Cadillac Area
Bluegills are bedding and anglers are dialing in. The best bite has been along the shore on Lake Mitchell. Lots of 7- and 8-inchers have been caught. Walleye fishing has slowed. The water has warmed and the fish have moved out to deeper water. Pike and largemouth bass are hitting on both lakes. Many of the pike have been in the 30-inch-plus range.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

NORTHEASTERN LP
Mio Area
Isos and drakes are hatching and a few sulfers and black caddis, too. Anglers are catching good numbers of browns and brookies on the AuSable River. The hex hatch should start any day. A few have been hatching on local lakes. The late-night river bite should be exceptional. Anglers will have to get out early to lock down a spot, but the trophy trout won’t start biting until late at night. There has been a lot of rain in the area. The river runs high and dirty the day after a rain, but quickly returns to normal.
AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.
Higgins Lake Area
Perch and rock bass are hitting on Higgins Lake. Perch are being caught around Big Creek, the sunken island and the main island. Wax worms and perch minnows have been the bait of choice. Rock bass are hitting leaf worms and chunks of crawlers  fished in 12 feet of water or less all over the lake. A few lake trout have been caught by anglers trolling spoons and flies right on the bottom in 80 to 100 feet of water.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Lake St. Clair

Walleyes are keeping anglers busy on Lake St. Clair at Metro Beach and in front of the 400 Club. Crawlers have produced the best results, and the hot action has been early in the mornings. Bass and muskie fishing also has been good on St. Clair.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing remains decent in the Detroit River. Plastic minnows and worms fished on jigs, sometimes tipped with pieces of live crawler or minnow heads, are producing good results. Sheepshead, white bass, and muskies also are being caught, according to recent reports.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

Allegan Area

Fishing pressure has been light in southwest Lower Michigan with high water levels and rain keeping anglers grounded. Bluegills have moved off their beds, and action has been pretty good on Emerson Lake. A decent crappie bite has been reported by anglers on Baseline Lake. Muskie fishing has been good on Osterhout Lake. One angler caught a 25-pounder last week. Perch fishing has been slow on Lake Michigan.

Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

South Haven

Salmon, lake trout, and steelhead fishing have been good on Lake Michigan. The best action has been in 80 to 120 feet of water. A few perch have been caught in 20 to 25 feet of water south of the pier near the dunes. Catfish and a few steelhead have been caught off the pier. Rain and muddy water have put a damper on inland lake fishing. 

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Saginaw Bay Area

High winds wreaked havoc on anglers trying to get out on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay last week. When they could get out, anglers reported a good walleye bite on nightcrawler harnesses trolled at 1 to 1.5 mph. Hot spots include the Black Hole and the Spark Plug.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Ludington Area

Good numbers of salmon and trout are hitting in Lake Michigan. The best action has come to anglers fishing 60 to 70 feet down in 200 to 250 feet of water. Crappies are hitting minnows fished in Hamlin and Crystal lakes in 5 to 15 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good on Hamlin. Anglers fishing rubber worms in 10 to 15 feet of water are picking up good numbers of fish. Bluegills are hitting crickets on Upper Hamlin, and pike fishing has been decent on Pere Marquette Lake and Hamlin Lake along the weeds in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.

Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron. Anglers trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits between Oak Point and Charity Islands report the best action. Bass and catfish are hitting in the harbor in Caseville. 

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

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Anglers wire-lining with crawlers and whipping crankbaits at night are catching lots of fish. Good numbers of silver bass are being caught, too, with minnows producing the best results. Salmon and trout fishing has been very good in Lake Huron at Sanilac and Harbor Beach in 75 to 90 feet of water.  

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

 

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