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Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 2nd, 2016

Lake St. Clair

Fishing activity has been very limited on Lake St. Clair. The docks at the launches on Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River will stay in through the first week of December unless ice becomes an issue. The catch-and-immediate-release sturgeon season on both the lake and the river closed November 30. Deer hunting has been pretty good in Macomb County. Several nice bucks have been killed.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Pike fishing remains pretty good on Lake Orion. Live suckers have produced the best results. The firearms deer season has been fair. A couple of decent bucks have been taken at the Bald Mountain Recreation Area.

Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.

Trenton Area

Those jigging have caught a few walleyes in the Detroit River. Fair to good yellow perch fishing has been reported by anglers fishing around Celeron and Sugar islands and in front of Rat Island.

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

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Union Area

The firearms deer season has been pretty good in Cass County. One hunter shot a 14-pointer recently. Fishing pressure has been light. Most anglers are waiting for safe ice.

Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.

Coldwater Area

Fishing pressure has been very light in Branch County where some lakes had skim ice. The firearms deer season got off to a slow start, but picked up a little after cooler weather moved in. Bucks are still following does.

Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

Plainwell Area

The firearms deer season has been very good in Barry and Kalamazoo counties. Several nice bucks have been taken including a 20-pointer. Fishing pressure has been light. Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Gun Lake and the pike bite has been good, too. Skim ice is forming in the mornings.

Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

The firearms deer season started out slow but improved with cooler temperatures arriving in the area. The harvest is up over last year and several nice bucks have been shot. A few walleyes have been caught in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. The best reports have come from those fishing in 16 to 18 feet of water in the inner bay out of Linwood. Perch have moved into the cuts and anglers there are dialing in. Skim ice has been forming in the mornings but blowing out later in the day.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Sanford Area

The firearms deer season has been pretty good with several nice bucks being taken. Bucks are still following does and overall numbers appear to be up. Walleye fishing has been decent on the Tittabawassee River and Wixom Lake has been producing some nice crappies, but fishing pressure has been light. Skim ice has been making access difficult.

Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.

Baldwin Area

The firearms deer season started out slow but action has improved with cooler temperatures moving in. Hunting pressure has been light, but some decent bucks have been taken. Steelhead fishing has been fair on the Pere Marquette River with most fish still in the lower stretch of the river. Eggs and skein have been the hot baits, but streamers, nymphs and beads have produced good results, too. Fishing pressure has been very light on inland lakes.

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

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

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

The firearms deer season has been good and all the crops are down. The smaller bucks are still tending does. Warm weather put a damper on the first few days of the season. Ice is starting to form in the Pigeon River. Lake trout are starting to show up in Lake Huron.

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

Port Huron

The firearms deer season started a little slow with warm weather and a “super moon” keeping deer movement to a minimum. Action picked up after the weather cooled a little. Walleye fishing remains very good in the St. Clair River. Those whipping at night with pencil plugs report a good bite. Shore anglers are catching fish, too. Duck hunting for divers has been very good.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Indian River

The gun deer season got off to a slow start with warm weather and the “super moon” slowing deer movement. When cooler temperatures arrived the action picked up and has been pretty good in Cheboygan County. Several nice bucks have been shot in the area including a 198-pound (dressed) 8-point. Fishing pressure has been light on Burt and Mullett lakes. A few yellow perch have been caught.

Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.

Traverse City Area

The firearms deer season has been pretty good in Grand Traverse County and several decent bucks have been taken. Bucks were still trailing does recently. Cisco have provided a good bite on East Grand Traverse Bay. The best action has been on jigs fished in 85 to 125 feet of water. Trollers are picking up fish on small spoons, too. Rivers are still low but a few steelhead have been caught on the Boardman and Big Manistee rivers.

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

Manistee Area

The firearms deer season has been decent in Manistee County with several nice bucks being taken. Bucks were still trailing does last week. Pier anglers and those surfcasting are catching light numbers of steelhead in Lake Michigan. The best action has been in the early mornings or evenings. On Manistee Lake, anglers were still getting some coho near the mouth of the Little Manistee River, but they were working hard for them. A few steelhead have been picked up, but for the most part catches were few and far between. Good numbers of undersized brown trout along with the occasional keeper were caught below Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee River. Boat and shore anglers have caught a decent number of steelhead. Beads, flies, wax worms, crawlers and spawn have all produced trout. Downriver has been hit-or-miss for steelhead. Most fish were caught in the early morning but many were small.

Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Cadillac Area

Gun deer season started off slowly in Wexford County, but action picked up as cooler weather moved in. Several nice bucks have been killed including a big 10-pointer in the Mitchell Swamp. Fishing pressure has been light. Most anglers are waiting for safe ice to form.

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Rogers City Area

The firearms deer season has been decent. Deer numbers are down a little, but several bigger bucks have been tagged including a 10-pointer that dressed out at 214 pounds. Perch fishing remains very good on Grand Lake in front of Black Bass Bay. Most anglers are waiting for safe ice to form.

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303

Grayling Area

The firearms deer season started out on a slow note with warm weather, thick fog and a “super moon” putting a damper on action. Activity heated up once the temperatures dropped. Ten 8-points were killed over a 4-day period recently as bucks were still trailing does. Fishing pressure has been light. Most anglers are waiting for first ice.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Onaway Area

The firearms deer season was pretty good in Presque Isle County. The buck kill was down a little, but so was hunting pressure. Several nice mature bucks have been tagged. Fishing pressure has been very light. Skim ice has been forming on Black Lake but warmer  weather was in the forecast and it wasn’t expected to last. Steelhead fishing has been decent on the Ocqueoc and Cheboygan rivers. Spawn has been the bait of choice.

Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Alpena Area

The firearms deer season was decent in Alpena County, but hunting pressure was down a little. Bucks were still trailing does last week. The colder weather did bring some whitefish into the shallows on Lake Huron. Light numbers of whitefish have been caught in the Thunder Bay River off the Ninth Street Bridge. Try a single egg or wax worm. Steelhead should also be in the river. Some yellow perch were caught about a quarter-mile upstream from the mouth. Most were 6.5 to 7.5 inches along with the occasional larger fish.

Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

The firearms deer season has been fair in Chippewa County. The season got of to a slow start, but action improved a little when the temperatures dropped. Deer numbers remain down at the east end of the Upper Peninsula. Fishing pressure has been very light. Most anglers are waiting for first ice to form.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

The gun deer season started slow on Drummond Island, but action improved a little when cooler temperatures moved in. Fishing pressure has been light. Most anglers are waiting for first ice to form.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Warm weather and a full moon put a damper on the opener of gun season. Action picked up a little as the temperatures fell, but overall deer numbers are down in Mackinac County.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

The firearms deer season has been pretty good in Marquette County. There was four inches of snow on the ground and deer were on the move. Fishing pressure has been very light. A few steelhead have been caught in the Carp and Chocolet rivers. Partridge numbers are in good shape. The December season should be good.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Winter weather has hit the area. Temperatures at night have been below freezing and skim ice is beginning to form in the shallows on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. The docks have been removed from the Ford River and the Rapid River launches. Angler participation has been very light but a few walleye anglers were still fishing between the First and the Center reefs. Most were trolling stickbaits in 10 to 25 feet of water. The firearms deer season was fair. Action picked up after cooler temperatures arrived.

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

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

Iron Mountain Area

The gun deer season has been slow and buck sightings have been light. Hunting pressure has been light, too. Skim ice is starting to form on some of the lakes, but there was warm weather in the forecast. Muskie fishing has been decent on Paint Pond and Stanley Lake.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

The firearms deer season has been slow in Baraga County. Hunters report seeing lots of does and fawns but very few bucks. There was about  an inch of snow on the ground. Fishing pressure has been light. Fair numbers of steelhead, coho, browns, splake and a few lake trout have been caught off Squaw Beach in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

The firearms deer season was fair and hunting pressure was light at the west end of the Upper Peninsula. Deer numbers remain low, but appear to be up a little from last year. There was a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Walleye fishing has been very good. Shore anglers are casting sucker minnows and stickbaits and catching limits of walleyes, even during daylight hours.

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

Iron River Area

The firearms deer season has been slow. A couple of nice bucks have been killed but deer numbers are down  in Iron County. There was about 5 inches of snow on the ground. A few whitefish have been caught on Ottawa and Chicagon lakes but overall fishing pressure has been very light. Most anglers are waiting for first ice.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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