The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - October 10th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 09 Oct 2014
Walleye fishing has been good on the St. Mary’s River and in Raber Bay, but pressure has been light. Crankbaits are producing good results. Waterfowl hunting has been very good. Grouse- and woodcock-hunting pressure has been light but should pick up when the leaves fall. Bowhunting has been fair, with mixed results being reported. Bear hunting has been slow.
Perch and walleye fishing has been very good on Big and South Manistique lakes. Rainy weather kept fishing pressure to a minimum last week, but when anglers can get out, crawlers and minnows have produced good results. Bear hunting has been fair, and grouse and woodcock hunting has been good.
Salmon fishing has been pretty good in Lake Michigan. Anglers report catching good numbers of chinooks at Manistique. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in Big Bay de Noc. Waterfowl hunting has been good, with lots of ducks and geese in the area. Bear hunting has been slow, and deer numbers are down.
Walleye fishing and bass fishing have been good in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Walleyes are hitting crawlers and crankbaits fished in 10 to 24 feet of water at Second and Center reefs. Smallmouths are hitting all over the bay. Perch anglers are catching fish off the mouth of the Days River. Upland bird hunting has been decent, and bear hunters report mixed results.
Fishing has been fair in Lake Superior. Pretty good numbers of lakers and light numbers of salmon have been caught in Keweenaw Bay in 80 to 100 feet of water, 20 to 30 feet down. Some lakers are suspended and others are hitting right on the bottom. Cohos are still moving into the Carp River. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good. Bow season is expected to be fair. Bear season has been pretty good.
Walleyes and smallmouth bass are hitting on Lake Gogebic. Minnows and Twister tails are both producing good results. Waterfowl hunting has been decent, and grouse and woodcock hunting has been fair, but should improve as the leaves fall. Bow season is off to a slow start, but some good-sized bucks have been seen in the area. Overall deer numbers are down.
Northern Michigan Fishing Reports
Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - October 10th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 09 Oct 2014
Traverse City Area
Salmon fishing has been slow in Grand Traverse Bays. Steelhead are starting to show up in the Manistee and Betsie rivers. Spinnerbaits have been catching good numbers of smallmouth bass on Green and Duck lakes. Grouse hunting has been pretty good, and archery deer season should be fair. Deer numbers are down a little.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good in Lake Mitchell. Jigs tipped with minnows have produced in 6 feet of water. Crappies are hitting off the city dock on Lake Cadillac. Grouse hunting has been fair. Deer numbers are down a little in Wexford County, but bow season should be decent.
Houghton Lake Area
Walleyes and panfish are hitting on Houghton Lake. Crawlers and leeches fished along the weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water are producing good results. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good.
Trout, salmon, and walleyes are hitting in Lake Huron off North Point and Thunder Bay Island. Spoons are producing the best results. Waterfowl hunting and the archery deer season should both be decent.
Southern Michigan Fishing Reports
Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - October 10th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 09 Oct 2014
Lake St. Clair
Perch and bass fishing has been very good on Lake St. Clair. Anglers fishing near the shipping channel are catching fish from the “dumping grounds” to the Firecracker. The best bite has been early in the morning in 17 to 18 feet of water. Bass fishing has been very good all across the lake. Crawlers, crankbaits, and tubes are all producing when fished along the weeds. Muskies are hitting on the Canadian side on bucktails and body baits. Walleye fishing has been fair in the Detroit River. Anglers fishing near the Belle Isle Bridge have enjoyed decent success.
Irish Hills Area
Fishing has been pretty good in Jackson County. Perch and other panfish are hitting on Vineyard and Wamplers lakes. A few walleyes have been caught, too, but overall the action has been slow. Bow season is off to a good start with several nice bucks being taken. Waterfowl season should be good.
Luna Pier Area
Perch fishing has been good in Lake Erie. Shiners fished in 8 to 12 feet of water have produced good results around Turtle Island and the “dumping grounds.” Waterfowl hunting has been fair. The birds are on the move. Early bow season is off to a good start.
Salmon fishing has been fair at the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Anglers are still waiting for the big runs to start. Flies have produced very good results, and spawn and spinners are picking up a few fish, too. Squirrel hunting has been very good in Allegan County. Deer hunting should be good, too, with lots of whitetails in the area. Turkey hunting has been slow, but grouse hunters report pretty good flush rates.
Perch fishing has finally warmed up on Lake Michigan, with anglers reporting lots of limits. The best action has come to anglers fishing minnows in 40 to 50 feet of water. Salmon fishing has been good in 100 to 150 feet of water. Pier anglers report catching good numbers of salmon and steelhead on shiners fished under bobbers. Fishing pressure has been light on the inland lakes. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Turkey and deer numbers are in good shape in the area.
Bluegill fishermen are doing well on Sugarloaf, North, Eagle, Three Mile, and Pleasant lakes. Red wigglers have been the bait of choice. Perch fishing has been good on Gull Lake, Maple Lake, and Lake Cora. Wigglers and minnows are taking lots of fish in the 10- to 13-inch range. Fair numbers of walleyes have been caught on crawler harnesses trolled or drifted on Gravel Lake and Lake of the Woods. Deer numbers are down in Kalamazoo County.