The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been fair in Raber Bay, but rainy weather has kept fishing pressure to a minimum. Goose hunting has been spotty, and the early archery season has been slow to get started. Grouse and woodcock numbers are in decent shape, but hunting pressure has been light.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Drummond Island. Perch fishing has been slow, but pike fishing has been good in Scott’s and Maxton bays. Grouse hunting and woodcock hunting have been good, but thick foliage has kept hunting pressure to a minimum. Early archery season has been pretty good, and waterfowl hunting has been very good, but there has been no sign of flight ducks yet.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Marquette Area

Good numbers of trout and salmon are being caught in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. Spoons trolled in 60 to 80 feet of water have produced good results. Grouse hunting and woodcock hunting have been decent and the leaves are falling, so action should improve. The archery deer season is off to a fair start. Deer numbers are down in Marquette County. Waterfowl hunting has been good.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Nightcrawler harnesses and crankbaits are both producing good results when fished in 12 to 25 feet of water, especially at the second and third reefs. Pike fishing has been good in the harbors and around the river mouths. Archery deer hunting has been slow, but waterfowl hunting has been good. Leaves are falling, and grouse and woodcock hunting should improve.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

Muskie fishing has been pretty good on Lake Emily, but fishing pressure has been light. Archery season is off to a slow start. Grouse hunting and woodcock hunting have been pretty good, and leaves are finally starting to fall. Waterfowl hunting pressure has been light, but there are good numbers of ducks and geese in the area. Bear hunting has been decent, but action is winding down.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fall fishing has been great. Shore anglers are catching good numbers of walleyes during low-light periods. Minnows fished along the weeds in 9 to 11 feet of water have produced good results. Smallmouth action also has been good. Grouse and woodcock hunting have been great and will get better now that the leaves are falling. Archery deer season has been slow to get started. Young bucks are starting to chase does, but deer numbers are down in Gogebic County.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

East Jordan Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Lake Charlevoix. Perch are starting to show up on Lake Michigan, but the fish are on the move. The archery season is off to a good start with several nice bucks being shot. Grouse hunting and woodcock hunting also have been good, and woodcock flights have started. Waterfowl hunting has been decent. The corn is still standing.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Cadillac Area

Walleye fishing has been good along the shore and in the canals on Lake Mitchell. Crankbaits have been producing the best results. Archery deer season is off to a slow start, but should improve as bucks start chasing does. Grouse hunting and woodcock hunting have been decent and will improve as the leaves fall.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Higgins Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Higgins Lake, where fair numbers of perch have been caught. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good, but the archery deer season is off to a slow start. Waterfowl hunting has been pretty good, but hunting pressure has been light since opening day. There are a lot of mergansers on Higgins Lake.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

Alpena Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Huron, but those venturing out are catching fair numbers of steelhead and walleyes. Waterfowl hunting has been good, and the early archery deer season is off to a decent start. Grouse and woodcock hunters report good flush rates. Leaves are starting to fall.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Lake St. Clair

Wind and rain kept anglers off of Lake St. Clair last week, but the fishing was pretty good before the rough weather blew in. Bass fishing has been good off the mile roads, and catfish are spawning in the Sturgeon Hole. Muskie fishing also has been good on Lake St. Clair, especially on the Canadian side of the lake. Walleye fishing has slowed on the Detroit River, but hand-liners are still taking a few fish. Early archery deer season has been good. Young bucks are starting to chase does.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Luna Pier Area

Perch fishing has been good on Lake Erie. Anglers fishing with minnows or crawlers are catching good numbers of fish at the Dumping Grounds in 10 to 12 feet of water and off Turtle Island in 10 to 12 feet of water. Waterfowl hunting and deer hunting have both been slow to get started. Hunting pressure has been light for both.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

South Haven

Fishing success and fishing pressure have both been light on Lake Michigan. Pier and surf anglers report catching a fair number of steelhead, but overall fishing has been slow. Deer hunting has been good, and waterfowl hunters report good numbers of birds in the area.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Coldwater Area

Fishing has slowed in Branch County, and fishing pressure has been light. A few perch are hitting minnows fished in Gillead Lake, and light numbers of catfish have been caught in Madison Lake. Wet, windy weather put a damper on deer hunting last week. Bucks are breaking out of their bachelor groups.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

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