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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - September 25th, 2015


Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been excellent in Raber Bay. Anglers fishing with nightcrawler harnesses and stick baits in 12 to 30 feet of water report some success. Perch fishing has been good at Barbeau in 15 feet of water. Grouse hunting is off to a good start, and bear hunters report good numbers in the area.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing has been fair in Scotts Bay, with lots of little fish being caught. Light numbers of bass and pike are still being caught in Maxton and Scotts bays. 

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Perch and walleye fishing has been very good on Big Manistique and South Manistique lakes. Decent numbers of pike and bass also are being caught. A few bears have been taken in the area, and goose hunting has been good. 

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.



Marquette Area

Fishing has been very slow around Marquette. No one is fishing in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor and inland lakes are empty. Grouse hunting got off to a good start, and bear hunters are tagging a few bruins.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Fishing slowed a little last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. When the wind wasn’t blowing anglers off the bay, a good walleye bite was being reported by those fishing south of Gladwin at Minneapolis shoals. The fish were suspended, and crankbaits were producing the best results. The perch bite has been pretty good north of Gladwin in 6 to 36 feet of water. Bear hunting has been good, and the ruffed grouse season also got of to a good start. 

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

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

Menominee Area

Pike and muskie fishing has been good on the Menominee River. Walleye fishing has been pretty good in the shallows on the Menominee, too, but timing is everything. The ‘eyes are moving in and out, and anglers have to move quickly to fish for them when they’re in the shallows. Salmon and trout fishing is picking up on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay as the fish move in toward shore. Bear hunting has been fair. Grouse hunters report good flush rates. 

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.



L’Anse Area

Anglers venturing out on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay report a mixed bag of lakers, browns, and kings, although lake trout fishing has been pretty consistent. Grouse numbers are down, but the birds are still in coveys. Bear hunting got off to a good start.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has improved slightly. Anglers fishing in the weeds in 9 to 12 feet of water are catching fair numbers of walleyes on leeches and minnows. Fair numbers of fish also are being caught on crawlers fished over the mud in 23 to 27 feet of water. A few perch have been caught, too. Overall the perch bite has been slow and walleyes have been running small. Bear hunting has been good. One hunter killed a bruin last week that dressed out at 390 pounds.

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

Iron River Area

Bass fishing has been very good on Chicagon Lake and the Michigamme Reservoir. Northern pike fishing has been very good, too. Bear hunting has been fair. Grouse hunting has been good, and flush rates are up. 

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - September 25th, 2015


Indian River

Fishing has been slow on Burt and Mullet lakes, but fishing pressure has been light. A few walleyes and smallmouth bass have been caught. Grouse hunters report fair flush rates so far.

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

Traverse City Area

Walleyes are hitting on Fife Lake in 8 to 12 feet of water. Jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers fished on the outside of the weedbeds are producing good results. Smallmouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits on South Lake Leelanau in 4 to 8 feet of water. Salmon fishing has been slow on Lake Michigan, but light numbers of fish are trickling into the Boardman, Elk, Betsie, and Big Manistee rivers. Grouse hunting has been good, with decent flush rates being reported. 

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

Cadillac Area

Fishing has been decent on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. Crappies and bluegills are hitting on Lake Cadillac, and a few bass and pike have been caught on both lakes. Light numbers of small perch also have been caught on both lakes. Hunting seasons have been slow to get started.

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



Grayling Area

Panfish and perch are hitting on Lake Margrethe. The best action has been in 15 feet of water. Grouse hunters report good flush rates.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

Fishing has been decent on Houghton Lake. Lots of northern pike are being caught all over the lake. Walleyes are still hitting crawlers, but lots of small fish are being caught. Grouse hunting has been slow, and hunting pressure has been light. Squirrel hunting has been very good. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

Oscoda Area

A few salmon have moved in toward shore on Lake Huron, but river fishing on the AuSable River has been slow. Hunting pressure has been light.

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - September 25th, 2015

Lake St. Clair

Bass fishing has been very good on Lake St. Clair in 14 to 16 feet of water. Perch fishing has been fair, with a lot of small fish being caught near the cans and off the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Muskie fishing has been very good, especially along the Canadian side of the lake. The best action has been in 12 to 18 feet of water.  

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Irish Hills Area

Fishing has been good in Jackson County. Bluegills are hitting crickets in 30 feet of water on Devils and Wamplers lakes. Bass fishing remains good, and decent numbers of northern pike are being caught on Devils and Wamplers, too. Goose hunting has been slow with warm weather keeping hunters at bay and pushing some birds north.

Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.



South Haven

When the weather allows anglers to get out, perch have been caught on Lake Michigan in 35 to 40 feet of water, south of South Haven near the dunes. Fair numbers of cohos and steelhead are hitting off the pier and farther out in 40 to 60 feet of water. 

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area

Good numbers of kings and cohos are being caught in the Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam. Spawn, spoons, and spinners are all working well. Walleye anglers have been finding some fish on Gun Lake in front of the state park and around Hastings Point. A good bluegill bite has been reported by anglers fishing in 14 to 18 feet of water on Gourdneck, Corey, Sherman, Saddle, and Clear lakes.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.



Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing remains good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Good numbers of fish up to 10 inches have been caught in 10 to 18 feet of water from the mouth of the Saginaw River all the way up to Standish. Anglers are having to move to stay on the fish, and sort through the small ones, but overall fishing has been good. Anglers trolling stickbaits in 11 to 15 feet of water are picking up decent numbers of walleyes. The fall bite should stay hot for a few weeks and only get better as the temperatures fall.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

A few salmon have moved into the Pere Marquette River downstream from Custer, but overall fishing has been slow. Bass fishing has been decent on most inland lakes, and pike are hitting on Idlewild and Big Star. A few perch have been caught on Big Bass Lake.

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

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

Ludington Area

Salmon fishing has been slow on Lake Michigan and on Pere Marquette Lake. Pike fishing has been good on Pere Marquette Lake.

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



Caseville Area

Walleye fishing remains good on Lake Huron at Oak Point in 10 to 30 feet of water on crawlers and body baits. Goose hunting has been good. There are lots of turkeys in the area, but hunting pressure has been light.

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

Port Huron

Fishing has slowed on Lake Huron, and fishing pressure has been light at Port Huron. A few steelhead are hitting in 40 to 60 feet of water at Port Sanilac. Walleye fishing has been fair just north of the Blue Water Bridge.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

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