The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 11 Sep 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.