The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Pickford Area

Herring are running in McKay Bay. Anglers fishing with tear drops and wax worms report a good bite. Walleye fishing has been fair in the eastern U.P. with a few fish being taken in Munuscong Bay and Raber Bay.
Wilderness Treasures,
(906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

The mayfly hatch has come to an end on Manistique Lakes and the fish are biting again. Walleye, bass, and perch are being caught in good numbers on Big and South Manistique lakes. Good numbers of bluegills and occasionally a muskie have been caught in South Manistique. Fair numbers of walleyes, bass, and perch also are being caught from Millecoquin Lake.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing was slow last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. A few fish have been caught at the mouth of the Ford River, especially when a south wind is blowing. Perch fishing has been slow all over the bay. A couple salmon have been caught by anglers trolling spoons off the Ford River can and over at Fairport.
Bay View Bait & Tackle,
(906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle
(906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

The crappie bite has been very good on Badwater Flowage. Bass fishing has been very good on Lake Antoine with topwaters and nightcrawlers both producing. Walleye fishing has been decent on the Menominee River. Anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses report the best action. Walleyes are also being caught on  Peavy and Michigamme reservoirs. Bluegills are hitting beadheads on the Badwater Flowage and some of the smaller lakes in the area. Northern pike also are being caught in Badwater. Fly fishing has been slow on area streams. The late spring has hatches a couple weeks behind.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing continues to be very slow. Smallmouth bass have been providing most of the action with anglers fishing hard bottom rocky areas, where the smallies are  feeding on crayfish. Perch anglers are pulling in a few nice fish from 12 to 16 feet of water near the edges of the mud. Walleye are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers fished near the weedline and in the mud but success has been light.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort,
(906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Muskie fishing has been good on Chicagon Lake, but most have been undersized. A lot of small northern pike and a few walleyes also have been caught with leeches and crawlers producing the best results Bass fishing has been very good on Hagerman, Sunset and Iron lakes.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Indian River

Fishing has been slow on Burt and Mullett lakes. A few walleyes and light numbers of smallmouth bass have been caught but overall the action has been slow. Trout fishing on area streams also has been slow.
Pat & Gary’s Party Store,
(231) 238-6776.

Traverse City Area

Bass fishing has been good in Grand Traverse Bays, but the fish have moved out to the first drop-off. Tubes and drop-shot rigs have produced the best results. The hex hatch is over on the Boardman and the Manistee rivers and terrestrials are producing the best results now. Walleyes are hitting crawlers fished in 20 to 25 feet of water in South Lake Leelenau.
WildFishing Guide Service

Mio Area

The hex hatch is winding down on the AuSable River. Dry flies like isos are producing good results in the main branch of the AuSable. Good numbers of walleyes have been caught in Mio Pond by anglers trolling and casting  nightcrawlers and crankbaits.
AuSable Angler (989) 826-8500.

Hubbard Lake Area

Good numbers of smallmouth bass and walleyes are keeping anglers busy on Hubbard Lake. Smallies are hitting jigs and crawlers fished in 3 to 12 feet of water and the walleyes are hitting nightcrawler harnesses and stickbaits fished in 20 to 30 feet of water.
Side Door Bait and Tackle,
(989) 736-6418

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Lake St. Clair

Fishing was slow on Lake St. Clair last week with high winds and rain stirring things up. A few bass, perch, walleyes, and muskies have been caught, but most anglers were waiting for the lake to settle down before venturing out. Walleye fishing has been slow on the Detroit River.
Lakeside Fishing Shops,
(586) 777-7003.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing remains very good in Lake Erie. Anglers trolling bottom bouncers with nightcrawler harnesses or crankbaits report a good bite around Turtle Island.
Luna Pier Harbour Club,
(734) 848-8777.

South Haven

Good numbers of perch have been caught in Lake Michigan. Anglers  fishing minnows north of the pier, in front of the clay banks, and off Deer Lick Creek report catching good numbers of fish. The best action has been in 26 to 44 feet of water. Salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan in 110 to 130 feet of water at South Haven and St. Joe. Meat rigs and flies are producing the best results. Good numbers of lake trout have been caught, too.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720

Kalamazoo Area

Fishermen on the Kalamazoo River were catching walleyes and a few brown trout last week below the Allegan Dam. Nightcrawlers have produced best. Good numbers of catfish also have been caught. Bluegills and sunfish are hitting along the weedbeds on Three Legged, Jeptha, North, Eagle, Gravel and Hemlock lakes. One angler landed a sunfish on Klinger Lake that was 111⁄2 inches long with a 12-inch girth. It weighed 1 pound, 8 ounces. Reports from bass fishermen say the best spots have been Deep, Austin, Pine, Duck, Gull, and Saddle lakes. Swimbaits, topwaters and crankbaits are all taking fish.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

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