Lake St. Clair
Perch fishing has been great on Lake St. Clair. Fish up to 13 inches have been caught but most are between 8 and 10. Anglers report a good bite when fishing minnows in 12 to 16 feet of water from the mouth of the South Channel to the mouth of the Detroit River. Decent muskie action has been reported, too, but most are on the Canadian side of the lake. Waterfowl hunting has been decent.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Pike fishing has been very good on Lake Orion. Sucker minnows and spinnerbaits have produced the best action along the first weedbed off shore. Squirrel hunting has been good in the Bald Mountain Recreation Area. Archers report seeing lots of whitetails. Bucks are sparring.
Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.
Walleyes fishing has improved in the Detroit River. Anglers are handlining and jigging. The best action has been on the Canadian side of the river. Waterfowl hunting pressure has been light. Flight birds have not arrived yet.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Luna Pier Area
Anglers report good catches of yellow perch at various depths on Lake Erie. Anglers are doing well with shiners on perch rigs and spreaders in 20 to 24 feet of water off Stony Point, 19 to 23 feet of water near the River Raisin Buoys, 15 to 19 feet of water out from La Plaisance Creek and near the E-Buoy. Good numbers of perch also were caught in 15 to 17 feet of water off the Erie Consumers Plant and Toledo Beach Marina. A couple of walleyes have been caught but angler effort has been low. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Bowhunting has been good, too. Bucks are sparring.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Salmon fishing has been hit or miss at the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. The fish are coming through in small pods. Bluegill fishing has been good on Eagle Lake, Great Bear Lake and Scott Lake in Bloomingdale. Bow season is off to a slow start but waterfowl hunting has been good.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Fishing pressure has been very light in St. Joseph County. Bowhunters report seeing good numbers of whitetails. Bucks are sparring.
Klinger Lake Trading Post, (269) 651-2679.
Bluegills are hitting on Portage Lake and bass fishing has been good on Austin Lake. Archery deer season is off to a slow start with warm weather keeping bowhunters indoors. Leaves are just starting to fall.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Walleye fishing has been decent on Payne Lake while perch, crappies and bluegills are keeping anglers busy on Gun Lake. The fish are scattered along the weeds and being caught in as little as 5 feet of water and as deep as 15 feet. Archery deer season is off to a pretty good start. Bucks are sparring and scraping. Waterfowl hunting has been good, but the flights have yet to arrive.
Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.
Saginaw Bay Area
Perch fishing has been very good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay when the wind allows boats to get out. Good reports have come from those fishing between the Saganing and Pinconning bars in 12 to 13 feet of water, at the sailboat Buoy E east of Linwood, in the shipping channel near Buoys 11 and 12, and around Spoils Island. A few perch also have been caught at the mouth of the Saginaw River and off Bay Harbor Marina. Bow season is off to a pretty good start despite lots of warm weather. The action should improve as cooler weather moves in. About 25 percent of the corn was down as of last week. Bucks are sparring.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Grand Haven Area
No major salmon runs have gone up the Grand River and fishing has been slow. Light numbers of steelhead have been caught off the pier on Lake Michigan. Cleos have produced the best action when fished on a three-way rig. Bluegills are hitting wax worms and leafworms on Millhouse, Sterns and Pettys bayous. Duck hunting has been pretty good and the flights haven’t arrived yet. Grouse hunting has been quite but the archery deer season has been good.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Steelhead fishing is improving off the pier on Lake Michigan. Spawn has produced a good bite. A few steelies have moved into the Pere Marquette River but salmon fishing is winding down. Pike fishing has been good on most inland lakes in the area including Pere Marquette and Hamlin. Large stickbaits and live suckers are attracting most of the attention. Bowhunting has been slow with warm weather keeping deer movement to a minimum. Duck hunting has been pretty good but grouse hunting has been quiet.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.
Fishing pressure has been light at Caseville. A few walleye and lake trout have been caught in Lake Huron off the wall in Port Austin. Perch fishing has been decent in the bay. Duck and goose hunting has been very good with good numbers of local birds in the area. No flight birds have arrived yet. Bowhunting has been good and about 30 percent of the corn is down. Bucks are scraping and rubbing.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron north of the Bluewater Bridge. Anglers jigging in the deeper holes with nightcrawlers and rubber minnows report good results. Those whipping at night in the St. Clair River also report good action.
Steelhead and Atlantic salmon have been caught in the river by anglers fishing from shore. Archery season got off to a fair start, but warm weather has limited deer movement. Duck and goose hunting has been very good.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
East Jordan Area
Walleye fishing has been really good on Burt Lake for anglers jigging in 28 to 30 feet of water. The best action has been in front of the state park. Crappie fishing has been outstanding on Ellsworth Lake in 31 feet of water just off the boat launch. Anglers report a good crappie bite on St. Clair, too. River fishing has slowed. A few salmon are still being caught at the dam at Boyne City and at Petoskey on the Bear River. Good numbers of perch have been caught in Round Lake in 14 feet of water. Archery season is off to a good start but buck sightings are down. Leaves are starting to fall. Woodcock and grouse hunting has been good.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Traverse City Area
Perch fishing has been good on Portage Lake. Those fishing minnows or wigglers in 20 to 35 feet of water report good action. The fish are averaging 8 to 10 inches. Salmon runs are winding down but steelhead fishing has been decent on the Boardman, Betsie and Manistee rivers. Smallmouth bass fishing has been really good on Elk and Skegemog lakes. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been pretty good and will improve now that the leaves are starting to fall. Bear hunters report good success. The archery deer season has been slow.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Salmon fishing peaked last week on the Big Manistee River where the water was still running about 60 degrees. Steelhead fishing also has been pretty good. Perch fishing has been good on Glen, Portage and Manistee lakes and anglers report a good bluegill bite on some of the smaller inland lakes in the area. Grouse and woodcock hunters are flushing good numbers of birds but shooting has been limited by heavy foliage. There is a good acorn crop in the area this year and archery deer season has been pretty good.
Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.
Fishing pressure has been light. A few perch are still being caught on Lake Margrethe. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good. Foliage is still pretty thick, but leaves are starting to fall. Deer hunting has been fair and should improve as cooler weather moves in.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Higgins Lake Area
Perch fishing has been pretty good on Higgins Lake when weather allows anglers to get out. Minnows and shrimp fished in 20 to 30 feet of water have produced good results. Deer hunting has been decent and archers report seeing a lot of whitetails. Grouse and woodcock numbers are up but hunting pressure is down. Leaves are just starting to fall.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Bluegills and perch are keeping anglers busy on Cooke Pond, Long Lake and Loon Lake. A few salmon have been caught in Lake Huron off the docks at Tawas City. Perch fishing has been good at Tawas, too. Deer hunting is improving now that the crops are coming down. About 25 percent of the corn was harvested as of last week. Squirrel hunting has been good, but grouse and woodcock hunting have been slow with heavy foliage hampering success. Leaves are turning colors but very few have been falling.
M-65 Bait Shop, (989) 756-3651.
Lots of perch have been caught on Grand Lake. The fish are holding in 13 to 19 feet of water and some are running up to 14 inches. Anglers report catching good numbers of perch in Alpena Harbor, too. Salmon have moved into the Thunder Bay River up to the Ninth Street Dam. More fish are moving in each day. A few pink salmon have moved in, too. Crankbaits are producing good results and spawn is taking a lot of fish, too. On Lake Huron, salmon and steelhead are hitting at Presque Isle in 60 to 80 feet of water in the top 40 feet. A few bears are still being taken. Archery deer season is off to a slow start. Leaves are turning colors and starting to fall. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been fair and should get better as more leaves fall.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Walleyes were caught in the St. Mary’s River by anglers trolling in 14 to 18 feet of water on both sides of Pipe Island. Nightcrawler harnesses and bottom bouncers have produced good results. Swedes Point was also producing a few ‘eyes. Anglers were using blue and chrome crankbaits behind planer boards 5 feet down over 12 feet of water. Pike were hitting northwest of the Pipe Island when trolling a 3-inch chrome spoon with a red eye along the weeds near the docks. Down on Lake Huron, there were reports of spawning chinook salmon being caught at Bush Creek located off Hwy M-134, and one-half mile east of Cedarville’s Stone Quarry. A few salmon were caught by shore anglers casting spawn bags, and light numbers of perch have been caught at Government Island in 8 to 10 feet of water. Worms and shiners were both working well. Hunting pressure has been light. Bucks are sparring and rubbing.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Perch fishing has been good in Scotts Bay. Anglers fishing with minnows in 5 to 10 feet of water report a good bite. A few northern pike have been caught in the same areas. Hunting pressure has been light with warm weather and heavy foliage hampering success. Leaves are past prime colors and starting to fall. Grouse and woodcock hunting should improve as the leaves continue to fall.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
St. Ignace Area
Fishing pressure has been light. The Carp River is still producing chinook and pink salmon. The chinook are getting darker and the pinks are going downhill fast, too. Fish have been caught on spawn and spoons and those fishing farther upstream were doing better than those down near the mouth.
Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.
Fishing has been good on Manistique Lakes. Perch are hitting on both Big and South Manistique. Fair numbers of walleyes have been caught, too. Minnows have produced the best results when fished in 12 feet of water. Hunting pressure has been light and the archery deer season is off to a slow start. Leaves are turning colors and falling.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Water temperatures were running between 62 and 50 degrees in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor last week. Lake trout have been caught on spoons when fished north of the white rocks but limit catches were few. Anglers caught coho and steelhead out of the Carp and Chocolay rivers on spawn and spinners. A few brown trout were caught on worms or spawn.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Wet, windy weather has kept fishing pressure light on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. A few walleyes have been caught between the Second Reef and the head of the bay. The better catches came in 16 to 20 feet of water by anglers using crawler harnesses or stickbaits. Perch fishing has been pretty good just south of the Day’s River on minnows fished in 6 to 10 feet of water. Good pike and smallmouth bass action was reported from anglers fishing the south end of the Black Bottom with plastics, crankbaits, spinners or spoons in 10 to 24 feet of water. Salmon anglers reported catching fish up near the first dam on the Escanaba River. Most were casting Cleos or crankbaits off the east side of the river. Hunting pressure has been light. Young bucks are sparring and leaves are starting to fall.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
Grouse hunting has been very good with hunters reporting good flush rates. Leaves are still turning color and many are still green. Ferns are starting to lie down. Woodcock flights have yet to arrive. Bowhunters are seeing fair numbers of deer including lots of fawns and some decent bucks. Bear hunting has been slow. Wet, cold, windy weather has kept fishing pressure to a minimum on the Menominee River and local inland lakes.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Salmon and trout fishing has been decent in the Huron and Silver rivers, at the head of Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay at Third Bridge, and off the piers in front of the L’Anse Marina. Spawn and Cleos have both produced good results. Fishing has been hit or miss farther out in the bay with a good salmon and trout bite reported one day and nothing the next. Bear hunters report very good success, including one hunter who shot a 450-pounder. Grouse hunting has been pretty good and the leaves are just starting to fall. Early archery season is off to a good start, too, with a lot of younger bucks being seen.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Fishing has been fair on Lake Gogebic. Anglers are still using crawlers and leeches over the mud flats and in the weeds. There have been some good reports from anglers trolling stickbaits as well. The transition to the minnow bite has been slow this year mainly due to warm temperatures. Some anglers using minnows have reported good catches as well mainly in the weeds and from shore. Grouse hunting has been slow mainly due to heavy foliage. Flush rates have been pretty good so far with limited shots due to thick cover. Bird numbers seem to be down from last year. Fall colors are at about 80 percent.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Walleye and muskie fishing has been good on most inland lakes in the area. Good numbers of northern pike have been caught on Lac View Desert. Bear hunting has slowed and hunting pressure has been light due to a lot of rain. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good and hunters report flushing good numbers of birds. Archery deer season has been slow with wind, rain and cold temperatures keeping archers indoors.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.