The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014

Pickford Area

Fishing has been slow in the eastern Upper Peninsula with a lot of rain holding anglers back. When the weather allows anglers to get out, fair numbers of walleyes have been caught in Raber Bay, and a few perch and pike have been boated, too. Perch and pike are hitting in Lake Michigan at Cedarville, but the bite has been a little slow. Canada goose numbers are down a little, and the early September hunting season should be fair.Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has been slow around Drummond Island. A few perch have been caught in Maxton Bay off Grape and LaPointe islands. Anglers report a fair perch bite in Whitney Bay, too. Smallmouth bass are keeping bass anglers happy in all the bays. Crankbaits, soft plastics, swim baits, and live bait are all catching fish. Occasionally a bass angler will tie into a northern pike. Walleye fishing has been slow all around the island. Lake trout fishing has been good in the St. Mary’s River. Light numbers of king salmon have been caught, too. The early goose season should be fair, with light numbers of birds around the island.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Fishing remains good on Manistique Lakes. Fishing pressure has been light, but those heading out report good action for walleyes, pike, bluegills, and bass on North and Big Manistique Lakes. Early goose season is on the horizon, and the hunt should be pretty good with lots of geese on the lakes.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Perch fishing has been very good in  Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. Nightcrawlers are producing the best results. Bass fishing has slowed a little, but the fishing has still been steady. Topwater baits and soft plastics are attracting a lot of attention. Salmon and steelhead fishing has picked up farther out in Lake Michigan off the Garden Peninsula. Early goose season should be fair. Goose numbers appear to be down a little.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has been pretty good in Lake Superior. Boaters heading out to Stannard Rock report good action. A good bite also has been reported by anglers fishing off Little Presque Isle and the clay banks. A few fish have been caught by shore anglers fishing with spinners and spoons in the harbor. Early goose season should be decent.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Perch fishing has been good on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Anglers fishing with minnows report a good bite at Gladstone and just north of the point at Gladstone. Catches of 20 to 30 keepers a day have been common. Northern pike are hitting in the same areas, off the pier in Gladstone, and in Escanaba Harbor. Spinnerbaits and suckers or chubs fished under bobbers have produced good results.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

Bass fishing has been good off the light house in the Menominee River. Bass and walleyes have been caught upstream in the Menominee between the dams. Trout and salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay off Green Island in 75 feet of water. The early Canada goose season is on the horizon and should be good. There are a lot of birds in Menominee County.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.

L’Anse Area

Lake trout fishing has been very good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Anglers trolling and jigging in  200 to 250 feet of water are catching good numbers of fish. Salmon fishing has been fair. Smallmouth bass action has been good, too, along the shore of the bay and at Prickett Dam Backwaters on the Sturgeon River.  Brook trout fishing has been very good. Streams have a good amount of water, and the fishing has been excellent.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Perch fishing has been fantastic on Lake Gogebic. Anglers fishing with nightcrawlers in 7 to 9 feet of water are catching “jumbos by the bucket.”  Good numbers of fish also have been caught over the mud flats in 25 to 30 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been steady, but a lot of small fish have been caught. Minnows have produced the best results. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good near the hard-bottom areas.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014

East Jordan Area

Panfish action remains very good on Lake Charlevoix. Bluegills and crappies are hitting leaf worms and wax worms fished in 6 to 10 feet of water. Walleye fishing is heating up in the south arm of Lake Charlevoix. Bass fishing has been very good, with spinnerbaits and tube baits producing the best results. Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan in 130 to 145 feet of water, 50 to 70 feet down. A few skamania steelhead and brown trout also have been caught. There are good numbers of geese in the area, and the early season should be good.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Salmon fishing is heating up in Lake Michigan off the ports of Manistee, Frankfort, and in Grand Traverse Bays. Inland, anglers report good success when slip-bobbering in 12 feet of water on Long Lake. Pike fishing has been good on Lake Dubonnett. Spinnerbaits fished along the weedbeds have been producing fish, and there is no size limit on Dubonnett.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

Mesick Area

Pike fishing has been good on Hodenpyle Dam Pond. Crappies and bluegills also are being caught in the backwaters. The best bites have come to anglers fishing leeches and wax worms along the weedbeds. The early Canada goose season should be fair, with light numbers of birds in Wexford County.
Thirlby Auto and Sporting Goods, (231) 885-1971.

Cadillac Area

Northern pike fishing has been good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Spinnerbaits are producing the best results. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics and topwaters on both lakes, with the best action coming early and late in the day. The panfish bite has been good for anglers fishing at the east end of Lake Cadillac in 10 to 15 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been spotty. A few salmon are starting to be caught at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. Early goose season should be fair.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing has been decent on Houghton Lake. Anglers trolling and drifting leeches and nightcrawlers report catching good numbers of fish.  Bass fishing also has been good, with crankbaits and soft plastics producing good results when fished along the weeds. The bluegill bite remains good in 9 to 10 feet of water, with wax worms, leeches, and crickets all producing good results. Early goose season should be a dandy.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Onaway Area

Bluegill fishing and sunfish action have been good on Black Lake. Minnows fished on perch rigs have produced good results. Pike fishing also has been good on Black Lake. One angler reported catching a 40-incher earlier this month. Several anglers also have reported catching northern pike in the 30-inch range. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss. The best results have come to those fishing with nightcrawler harnesses. Goose numbers are down in Presque Isle County, and the early season should be fair at best.
Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Alpena Area

Wind and rain put a damper on fishing on Lake Huron last week. When anglers can get out they report catching decent numbers of salmon and trout off Thunder Bay Island and at the humps. Bass fishing has been decent in the Thunder Bay River. Early goose season should be fair.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

Oscoda Area

Salmon, steelhead, and lake trout are all being caught in Lake Huron. Anglers report a decent bite in 50 to 90 feet of water, and the fish are scattered from top to bottom. Pier fishing has been fair. Walleyes are moving into the Au Sable River and are being caught all the way up to Foote Dam. Good numbers of channel catfish also have been caught in the Au Sable River.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

 

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014

Irish Hills Area

Bluegills are still being caught along the weeds in 12 to 14 feet of water on Wamplers and Devil’s lakes. Bass fishing has been good on Vineyard, Wolf, and Sand lakes. Anglers report good action on topwater baits fished early and late in the day. Walleye fishing has been good on Sand and Devil’s lakes. Leeches have produced good results. Early goose season should be good. There are lots of birds in Jackson County.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

Brighton Area

Fishing has been good in Livingston and western Oakland counties. Bluegills and crappies are keeping anglers busy on Kent and Island lakes. The fish are being caught in the weedbeds along the first breakline. Occasionally, a walleye is being caught in the same area. Woodland, Kent, and Island lakes are turning out good numbers of bass, with minnows and spinnerbaits producing the best results. The bass bite also has been good on Crooked, Little Crooked, and Chemung lakes. Hunters are eager for the upcoming early goose and teal seasons.
Midwest Sport Shop, (810) 227-3141.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing was slow on Lake Erie last week. Storms had the water churned up, and fishing pressure was light. When conditions allow, anglers report catching good numbers of yellow perch in Michigan and Ohio waters. Walleyes are hitting under the algae bloom inside Kelly Island. Early goose season should be very good, with “a ton of geese” around Luna Pier. Teal are starting to move through the area, too.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

South Haven

Perch fishing has slowed a little on Lake Michigan. Anglers who are catching yellowbellies report the best action on minnows fished in 25 to 35 feet of water about four miles south of the pier. Salmon fishing has been good, and a few steelhead are coming to the net, too. Anglers trolling spoons in 120 to 140 feet of water, 40 to 80 feet down, are catching fish straight out from South Haven. A fair number of skamania steelhead have been caught off the South Haven Pier. Shrimp and Little Cleos have both produced good results. Early goose season should be very good, with a lot of honkers in the southwest Lower Peninsula.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Coldwater Area

Fishing was slow last week in Branch County, with heavy rain and wind keeping anglers grounded. When the weather allowed anglers to get out, bluegills and perch were hitting minnows and chunks of crawlers fished on Gillead, Carey, and Madison lakes. Bass fishing has been pretty good on most lakes in the area.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

Kalamazoo Area

Reports of some good bass fishing action have come from anglers on Eagle, Muskrat, Baseline, Diamond, Duck, Gull, and Swan lakes. Top baits have been drop-shot rigs, wacky worm rigs, crankbaits, and weedless frogs. The best bluegill lakes lately have been Portage, Gourdneck, Eagle, Bloomingdale, Long, Sunset, and Three Mile. Leaf worms, wax worms, and crickets fished along the weeds have produced a good bite. Little Paw Paw Lake has been giving up some good perch and bluegill fishing in 15 to 18 feet of water. At night, anglers are getting rainbow trout in about 28 to 35 feet of water.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Grand Rapids Area

Skamania fishing has been great on the Grand River. Flies, trout beads, and spinners are all taking fish. A few flathead catfish and walleyes also have been caught on the Grand. Bass fishing has been great on most lakes in the area, including Muskegon and  White. Bluegill fishing has been good at the gravel pit in Jenison and Reeds Lake in east Grand Rapids. Early goose season should be pretty good, with a large flock of local birds.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

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