The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing remains good in Maxton Bay. Anglers fishing with minnows and chunks of nightcrawlers in 5 to 7 feet of water are catching good numbers of 8- to 10-inch fish. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good around the islands, and a  few pike also have been caught. Smallies are hitting crawlers, crankbaits, and stickbaits, and pike are being caught on shiners and chubs fished under bobbers. The early goose season was decent, but teal hunting was slow.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Perch fishing has been good on Big and South Manistique lakes. Minnows are producing the best results. Bluegill fishing has been slow. Nice pike and bass and a few walleyes have been caught on Big Manistique. The early teal and goose seasons were slow, with light hunter participation.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Steelhead and salmon fishing has been pretty good in Lake Michigan at Fairport. Perch have moved into Big and Little Bays de Noc, and anglers report a good bite when they can find the schools. The fish are on the move. Walleye fishing has been fair. The early teal season was good, but only attracted light attention. Goose numbers are down, and the early season was slow.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Menominee Area

Trout and salmon fishing has been pretty good in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. The best action has been in Wisconsin waters off Chamber’s Island and Green Island. Bass and walleye fishing has been fair in the Menominee River, and the pike bite has been very good. Early waterfowl hunting has been slow to get started.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.

Bergland Area

Walleye fishing has been hit or miss on Lake Gogebic, with several severe weather fronts moving through the area. When they have been caught, walleyes are hitting minnows and nightcrawlers fished in the weeds and in 25 to 29 fet of water over the mud flats. Smallmouth bass action has been good. Concentrate on hard-bottom areas and sand edges. A few nice perch have been caught on nightcrawlers fished in the weeds and in deep mud. The fall season is well on its way, with water temps dropping.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on area lakes, including Chicagon. The fish are holding closer to shore. Brook trout fishing has been very good, and the bite on most area streams is still going strong.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

East Jordan Area

Salmon fishing has been good off the pier heads on Lake Michigan, on spinners and spawn. A few fish have moved through Lake Charlevoix and into the Bear, Jordan, and Boyne rivers. Walleye fishing has been fair in the south arm of Lake Charlevoix. Panfish action has been good on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes, and bass are hitting on most lakes in the area, including Charlevoix, Six Mile, Ellsworth, and Intermediate. Hunting pressure was light for the early goose season, and bird numbers are down a little.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

The salmon bite remains slow in East and West Grand Traverse Bays. Anglers report catching one or two fish a trip. Good numbers of chinooks have moved into the Betsie River, and anglers report a good bite.     Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on Big Platte Lake in 8 to 14 feet of water. Anglers are catching good numbers of fish on tubes and spinnerbaits.
WildFishing Guide Service

Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing remains good on Houghton Lake. Anglers report catching good numbers of ‘eyes on leeches and nightcrawlers fished in 10 to 12 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are hitting leeches and crawlers drifted in the same areas. Panfish action has been good along the weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water. Hunting pressure was light for the early goose and teal seasons.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Alpena Area

The salmon run was just getting started last week in the Thunder Bay River. A few anglers reported catching fish, but overall, action was slow. Walleye and bass fishing has slowed in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay, but anglers are still reporting fair to good success. Early teal and goose seasons were slow, with light hunting pressure.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Lake St. Clair

Perch fishing has been good in Lake St. Clair, but anglers are sorting through their catch to find the keepers. A few walleyes have been caught at the dumping grounds in 16 to 18 feet of water. Light numbers of ‘eyes have been caught in the Detroit River, but overall fishing there has been slow.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Irish Hills Area

Bluegill fishing has been good on Vineyard and Clark lakes. Pike anglers also report a good bite on Vineyard, and bass are hitting on most lakes in the area, including Devil’s. The early teal season was slow and hunting pressure was light. The early goose season got of to a good start, but has slowed.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

Luna Pier Area

Perch fishing has been good in Lake Erie. The best action has been in Michigan water 6 to 12 feet deep. There are lots of geese and teal in the area, but hunting pressure has been light.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

Allegan Area

Salmon fishing has been slow in the Kalamazoo River, but steelhead are hitting below the Allegan Dam. Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan. Perch fishing has been hit or miss on the big lake. The schools are on the move, and anglers are finding it difficult to keep up with them. Bluegill fishing has been very good on Baseline, Duck, and Great Bear lakes. Crickets have produced the best bites.  Early goose season got off to a good start, and teal hunters reported seeing decent numbers of birds.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

South Haven

Perch fishing remains pretty good  on Lake Michigan. Anglers fishing minnows in 40 to 45 feet of water south of the pier report the best action. Salmon and lake trout are hitting in Lake Michigan in 90 to 120 feet of water. The early goose season has been good, but teal hunting was slow.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area

Bluegill fishing has been good on Pleasant, School Section, Portage, Little Paw Paw, and Cedar lakes. Good numbers of crappies have been caught on Bankson, Rupert, and Sherman lakes in the evenings.  Minnows and slider grubs fished in 14 to 18 feet of water have been working best. Bass fishing remains good on Sunset, Cora, Gull, and Brandywine lakes.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

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