Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Friday, February 3rd, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

The summer’s heat is on; the fishing’s a bit off

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Walleyes are hitting in Lake St. Clair near the shipping channel
and the St. Clair Light when anglers drift crawlers or troll
crankbaits. Try trolling in waters 15 to 20 feet deep with
harnesses and bottom bouncers around Grass Island and Strawberry
Island. Yellow perch were caught in 12 to 15 feet of water near the
Firecracker. Good bass fishing has been reported from 8 Mile to 13
Mile Road on tube jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water.

Lakeside Fishing Shops (586) 777-7003, (586) 468-9913.

Luna Pier Area

On Lake Erie, a few walleyes have been caught when trolling
south of West Sister Island. Troll east to west using Hot ‘N Tots
in chrome or gold. Walleyes have been caught on crawler harnesses
east of Luna Pier near the Dumping Grounds, and around Brest Bay.
Perch have been caught, but the fish are running small. Better
catches have come from the Sputnik and the Toledo Lighthouse.

Luna Pier Harbour Club (734) 848-8777.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

St. Joseph Area

Boat anglers on Lake Michigan caught chinook and steelhead on
green, orange, and purple spoons. Fish straight out from the pier
in 75 to 140 feet of water. Low numbers of chinook and steelhead
have been caught off the piers by anglers fishing in the early
morning and late night.

B.J. Sports (269) 429-8271.

Holland Area

Fishing has been fair on Lake Michigan. Water temperatures are
still very warm, and fish are holding in the deeper waters. Chinook
have been caught in the early mornings, but the fishing slows down
about an hour after sunrise. Blue and green spoons along with
green, black, or purple J-Plugs have been producing the best
results. Coho and steelhead fishing were slow. Yellow perch fishing
has been hit or miss.

American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Walleyes are hitting on Saginaw Bay with good action being
reported from anglers fishing in front of Hoyle’s Marina and near
the Callahan Reef when trolling harnesses with crawlers or leeches.
Yellow perch are biting near buoys H and 18, the north end of the
Black Hole, and near the Spark Plug.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Baldwin Area

Water levels are normal on the Pere Marquette River. Hoppers and
nymphs are taking fair numbers of brown and rainbow trout, but the
water temperature is warming up. Panfish anglers report a good bite
on crickets on most of the inland lakes in the area.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop (231) 745-4974.

Lansing Area

Catfish are biting on the Grand River near the North Lansing Dam
and Moore’s Park Dam. Smallmouth bass are hitting on small
spinners, Twister tails, and live bait. Large bluegills can be
found in many of the inland lakes. Fish deep with light line and
crickets or wax worms.

Grand River Bait & Tackle (517) 482-4461.

Grand Rapids Area

On the Grand River near Grand Rapids, brown trout have been
caught on live and artificial neon green crawlers near the Sixth
Street Dam. Catfish are hitting shad, suckers, and small bluegills
in the deeper holes. Walleye fishing slowed, but northern pike have
been caught on spinners and jerkbaits.

Grandville Live Bait (616) 534-8178.

Grand Haven Area

Warm water temperatures on Lake Michigan are driving the fish
out to deeper waters. Boats trolling in 80 to 200 feet of water
with flashers and flies are taking the most fish. Pier fishing has
been slow with only a few freshwater drum caught during the day and
catfish at night.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle (616) 842-2770.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Perch are hitting on Lake Huron in 30 to 35 feet of water off
Oak Point and in 40 feet of water in front of Sleeper State Park.
Walleyes and lake trout are holding on bottom in 100 feet of water.
Catfish, bass, and pike are hitting in the channels and around the
islands.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Huron north of the
harbor in 100 to 130 feet of water for anglers using attractors
with cut bait. Try Spin Doctors or Dodgers with flies, on the
bottom. Salmon fishing has been slow, but a few fish have been
caught on spoons 50 to 60 feet down in 95 to 130 feet of water.
Steelhead fishing is slow. Bass and pike continue to hit on body
baits inside the harbor. Walleyes have been caught off Port
Hope.

Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle (989) 864-5634.

Lexington Area

Strong winds have slowed fishing on Lake Huron. A few chinook
have been caught, but the fish are small. A few walleyes also have
been caught. Perch have been caught in 30 to 35 feet of water by
anglers trolling crawler harnesses.

Great Lakes Archers and Anglers (810) 359-8550.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Indian River

Walleye fishing has been good on Black Lake. The best action is
coming to anglers fishing crawlers and leeches in 8 to 30 feet of
water. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are in the shallow weedy
areas on the north side of the lake. Casting with artificial baits
or large minnows worked best. Yellow perch and panfish have been
caught by anglers drifting or jigging worms and minnows in the
deeper water near the drop-offs.

Northland Sports Co. (231) 238-9382

East Jordan Area

Salmon and lake trout are hitting white Dodgers and flies, as
well as flies in green and blue on Lake Michigan. Look for both
species in 120 feet of water, 100 feet down. In Lake Charlevoix,
anglers are targeting perch along the northwest end of the lake.
Worms and minnows fished in 20 and 35 feet of water have been
producing the best results.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Smallies are hitting nightcrawlers on the lower Boardman River.
Good perch fishing was reported in 20 to 27 feet of water on Long
Lake. Walleyes have been caught at dusk on slip bobbers and leeches
east of the beach. Smallmouth bass are hitting leeches fished along
the drop-offs. Salmon fishing was fair on both Grand Traverse Bays.
In the East Bay, try spoons with Hootchie Mamas in green off Yuba,
and out from the M-37 launch site between Willow Point and the
South Bank. On West Bay, trolling along the Whitewalls and around
Red Buoy 8 produced the best results. Try fishing 50 to 90 feet
down in waters 100 to 200 feet deep for salmon. Lake trout are in
100 to 120 feet of water.

Wilderness Guiding Services (231) 276-9874.

Grayling Area

Skip’s Sport Shop (989) 348-7111

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Anglers on Houghton Lake report excellent bass fishing. Most
fish have been caught in shallow water. Walleye anglers are fishing
at dusk and dawn as surface water temperatures have hit 86 degrees
during the day.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

Sportsman’s Resort and Marina (989) 366-5471.

Higgins Lake Area

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Higgins Lake. Try
fishing in 40 to 50 feet of water on the north side of the main
island. Lake trout are hitting in 100 feet of water in front of Big
Creek. Lots of perch have been caught on minnows and wigglers in 40
to 50 feet of water.

Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle (989) 821-9517.

Phoenix Party and Bait Store (989) 821-7220.

Oscoda Area

Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Huron straight out or
southeast to Greenbush in 80 to 120 feet of water. Fish are hitting
spoons in green, silver, raspberry, orange, and green or yellow and
black with sliders and cowbells. Pier anglers are catching walleyes
on crawlers. Catfish have been active in the evening hours.

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Herring fishing has slowed on Lake Huron at De Tour. Good
smallmouth bass fishing has been reported from Musky Bay west to
Cedarville Bay. Salmon have been caught in 50 to 70 feet of water
between Marquette Island and Goose Island out of Hessel, and the
Yacht Entrance or the Dolomite Shipping Channel out of Cedarville.
Try different shades of green and orange. Yellow perch have been
caught off the pier at Hessel and from Cedarville Bay to Snows
Channel.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

St. Ignace Area

At St. Ignace, boaters are trolling for chinook around Mackinaw
Island and near the Coast Guard Station. Orange, watermelon, and
chartreuse spoons with green and white flashers and flies have
worked best. Shore anglers continue to catch northern pike and
smallmouth bass on small spinners and flies on the west side of the
bridge.

Brevoort Lake Camp Store (906) 292-5410

Ace Hardware (906) 643-7721,

Grand Marais Area

Lake trout continue to hit in Lake Superior just off the bottom
in waters 150 to 300 feet deep. Spoons in a variety of colors have
been taking fish.

Rainbow Lodge (906) 658-3357

Munising Area

Lake trout are hitting in Lake Superior in 150 feet of water.
Boats making the long trip out to the Big Reef reported good
catches.

Curly’s Hilltop Grocery (906) 387-3056.

Garden Area

In Big Bay de Noc, walleye action is picking up. Good catches
were reported just off Garden Bluff in 15 to 30 feet of water by
anglers trolling stick baits or drifting crawlers with bottom
bouncers in the deep water. Work the shoal area in waters 16 to 30
feet deep or try trolling stick baits in the deep waters between
St. Vitals Point and Round Island. A few nice perch have been
caught by anglers jigging or drifting crawlers in 8 to 12 feet of
water in Garden Bay.

The Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908.

Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.

WESTERN UP

Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has slowed on the Escanaba River as water
temperatures have soared into the 70s. Lakers are hitting in Lake
Superior. Good action is being reported in 150 to 180 feet of
water. Spoons in watermelon and dolphin patterns have been
productive. Fishing has been slow on most inland lakes thanks in
part to hot weather.

Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300.

Bergland Area

Fair to good fishing was reported in Lake Gogebic. Walleyes and
yellow perch have been caught by anglers jigging crawler harnesses
with leeches in 18 to 20 feet of water.

Maple Ridge Bait & Tackle (906) 575-3218.

Escanaba Area

In Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, anglers have caught
walleyes by trolling stick baits or drifting crawlers in 18 to 30
feet of water around Center Reef. Good success also has been
reported by anglers jigging or trolling in 10 to 20 feet of water
around the Black Bottom. Northern pike are active just off Saunders
Point.

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

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950

Keweenaw Peninsula

Small chinook have been caught in Keweenaw Bay. Fish are biting
right at sunrise and sunset. Small lake trout were caught in over
200 feet of water in Traverse Bay.

Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, 906-289-4481.

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