Great Lakes offering up fantastic late-summer angling

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Fishing has been slow on Lake St. Clair. Muskies are hitting
along the Canadian shoreline. Bass fishing has been good all across
the lake, but walleye and perch fishing have been very slow.

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

Lake Orion

A few perch are hitting on Lakeville Lake in 6 feet of water.
Small spinners seem to be the bait of choice. Pike and bass fishing
have also been hot on Lakeville. Bass fishing has been fair on Lake
Orion, but angling pressure has been light. Early goose season
should be good.

Hook Line & Sinker (248) 814-9216

Pontiac Area

A few walleyes are being caught in Pontiac Lake. The best action
is taking place around the hole in front of the beach and off
island points. Good bluegill and fair walleye fishing has been
reported by anglers fishing in Union Lake. Redear sunfish are
hitting crickets and small spinners fished near the bottom on Long
Lake. A few decent-sized splake and browns are being caught on
Maceday Lake. Most anglers are fishing in 60 feet of water with
small spoons or jigs tipped with minnows. The local goose flock
looks good.

KD Outdoors (248) 666-7799.

Monroe Area

Walleye fishing has been slow on Lake Erie, and angler pressure
has been light. A few perch are being caught, but the bite has been
sporadic. The early goose season should be good with a lot of local
birds in the area.

Cook’s Sportland (734) 242-0774.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

St. Joseph Area

Chinook are hitting in Lake Michigan with the best action coming
in 60 to 90 feet of water, 30 to 50 feet down. Spoons have been
taking most of the fish. Pier anglers are catching steelhead and a
few salmon, and action should improve in coming weeks. Perch
fishing has been fair. The fish are scattered in 15 to 25 feet of
water. Anglers drifting nightcrawlers are picking up good numbers
of bass in the St. Joseph River. A few steelhead have also moved
into the river.

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

Union Area

Anglers are picking up bluegills and crappies on some of the
local inland lakes including Corey, Long, Eagle, Baldwin, and
Pleasant. Bass fishing has been decent on Cedar Lake. The local
goose population is holding strong.

Halls Bait and Tackle (269) 641-2304.

Kalamazoo Area

Perch fishing has been good on Lake Michigan at South Haven.
Anglers are catching fish in 20 feet of water. Bluegills are
hitting in 24 to 28 feet of water on Lake Cora and Sugarloaf Lake.
Leaf worms and wax worms are working best. Bass fishing has been
hot on Gun Lake with white spinnerbaits producing very good
results. A few crappies are hitting minnows fished in the evening
in 20 feet of water on Baseline Lake.

D and R Sports (269) 372-2277.

Holland Area

Salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan. Early in the morning,
anglers are picking up fish in 40 to 50 feet of water and working
their way out to 100 feet later in the day. Dodgers and flies,
spoons and J-plugs all are taking fish. Walleye fishing has been
slow. The bluegill bite has been pretty good on Lake Mac and in the
channel. Perch fishing has been good on Lake Michigan in 15 feet of
water south and north of the pier. Minnows, spikes, and wax worms
all are taking fish.

American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing has been great in Saginaw Bay. Anglers report a
good bite in 18 to 22 feet of water outside the Black Hole, around
the Pencil Buoys and at the Spark Plug. Walleye fishing has been
slow. A few walleyes are hitting in the outer bay near the Charity
Islands. There are plenty of local Canada geese in the area.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Lansing Area

Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and bluegills in the Grand
River near the North Lansing Dam. Crappie fishing has been decent
in Morrison Lake with minnows producing the best results. Good
walleye fishing is being reported by anglers fishing the Thornapple
River. Crappie have been caught in 10 to 15 feet of water in Reeds
Lake, and bluegills are keeping anglers busy on Camp Lake.

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

Grand Rapids Area

Salmon are starting to show up at the Sixth Street Dam on the
Grand River and angles are dialing in. Anglers using a glow crawler
harness with a neon green crawler under a bobber report a pretty
good bite. Crappies are hitting minnows at Riverside Park and both
channel cats and flathead cats are being caught on sucker minnows,
crawlers, and shrimp.

Grandville Live Bait (616) 534-8178.

Grand Haven Area

Salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan with good reports coming
from anglers fishing at the mouths of the Muskegon and the Grand
rivers. The best action has been early in the mornings and late in
the evenings. J-plugs and Dodgers and flies are taking fish in 40
to 100 feet of water. In the Muskegon River, smallmouth bass along
with a few walleyes have been caught on live bait, crankbaits, and
spinners fished in some of the deeper holes.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle (616) 842-2770.

Ludington Area

Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan. A few salmon are
moving into the Pere Marquette River, but the water has been warm.
Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Hamlin Lake with the best
action coming early in the morning and late in the evening.
Bluegills are hitting small poppers and rubber spiders, and
crappies are taking minnows. Bass fishing has been fair.

Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Perch fishing has picked up on Lake Huron with bigger fish
moving in. Anglers report a good bite on shiners fished in 30 to 35
feet of water at Oak Pointe, around the buoy off Sand Point and off
Sleeper State Park in 40 feet of water. Catfish are hitting
crawlers, and a few walleyes have been caught on nightcrawlers
fished in 23 to 40 feet of water, but fishing pressure has been
light. Early goose season should be good.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

Lake trout are hitting in Lake Huron north of the harbor in 85
to 110 feet of water. Dodgers with flies fished just off the bottom
are taking decent numbers of fish. Salmon fishing has been slow
with a few fish being caught 40 to 60 feet down in 60 to 90 feet of
water. Lead lines with spoons and small Spin Doctors with flies are
working. The best colors are yellow or green glow, and blues.
Steelhead fishing has been slow, but some fish have been taken on
bright-colored spoons north of the harbor. Walleyes also have been
caught in 60 to 90 feet of water as far north as the “Can” off
Light House Park. Try slow-trolling with crawler harnesses or Hot
‘N Tots.

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

Lexington Area

A mix of salmon, lake trout, and steelhead is being picked up by
anglers trolling in Lake Huron between Lexington a Port Sanilac.
Dodgers and cut bait are taking fish in 50 to 100 feet of water.
Perch are hitting minnows fished in 18 to 30 feet of water off both
ports, but anglers are having to sort through the fish to find the
keepers.

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

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been decent in the St. Clair River. Anglers
drifting, jigging, or hand-lining between Algonac and Port Huron
report good success. A few fish have also been caught near the Blue
Water Bridge.

Anderson’s Pro Bait (810) 984-3232

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Boat anglers are catching good numbers of salmon in Lake
Michigan. Spoons, and Dodgers and flies are producing good results
south of Fisherman’s Island to North Point. Perch anglers report a
good bite on shiners fished in Lake Charlevoix. Smallies are
hitting in the Pine River Channel with crawlers and leeches both
producing. Higher water levels from recent rains have pushed a few
early salmon into some of the local rivers. Early goose season
should be decent.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Salmon fishing has improved in East and West Grand Traverse
Bays. Good fishing is being reported by anglers trolling spoons in
65 to 95 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been good on Long Lake
and Lake Bellaire. Anglers fishing the Boardman River are still
waiting for salmon to show up, but brown trout are hitting flies,
spinners, and worms.

Wilderness Guiding Services (231) 276-9874.

Manistee Area

Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan. Good numbers of
chinook are being caught in the harbor and out to the shelf in 100
feet of water. Pier anglers are starting to catch salmon, too. A
fair number of steelhead have been caught in the Big Manistee River
at Tippy Dam. The weir is in place on the Little Manistee River and
will stop any further upstream salmon migrations. The egg take
likely will begin in early October.

Insta-Launch Marina (231) 723-7718.

Grayling Area

Bluegill fishing has been good on Lake Margrethe with wax worms
producing the best results. Smallmouth bass are hitting leeches and
spinnerbaits fished in 20 feet of water.

Skip’s Sport Shop (989) 348-7111

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

On Houghton Lake, anglers are catching a mixed bag including
walleye, bass, sunfish and rock bass. Those anchoring along
weedbeds and fishing leeches or crawlers under slip bobbers are
enjoying pretty good success. Early goose season should be
good.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

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

Higgins Lake Area

Water temperatures in the shallow waters remain in the upper 70s
on Higgins Lake. Good numbers of rock bass have been caught in 8 to
10 feet of water. A few lake trout have been caught using cowbells
and minnows in 85 to 100 feet of water. Perch are starting to hit
minnows.

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

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

Harrisville Area

The lake trout bite has been good on Lake Huron. Anglers are
fishing near Sturgeon Point, straight east of the harbor, and south
of the harbor. Orange, green, chartreuse, and watermelon spoons and
Dodgers and cowbells have been producing good results in 70 to 160
feet of water. A few chinook have been caught north to Sturgeon
Point in 60 to 135 feet of water. Anglers are marking lots of fish
near the nets just north of Sturgeon Point.

Keerl’s Korner (989) 724-6426.

Oscoda Area

Lakers are hitting in Lake Huron, northeast or straight east of
Oscoda in 85 to 130 feet of water. Orange and chartreuse spoons are
producing good results. Pier anglers are catching catfish on live
bait while fishing at night.

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Fair numbers of perch are hitting in Lake Huron throughout the
Les Cheneaux Islands. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are hitting
shiners and chubs in shallow waters. Good action has been reported
by anglers fishing between Government Bay and Cedarville Bay,
around Connors Point, in Muskie Bay and Hessel Bay, and around the
piers. Salmon anglers are trolling in 40 to 70 feet of water
between Brulee Point, Coat Point and Goose Island.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

Sault Ste. Marie Area

A few walleye have been caught in the St. Marys River. Boat
anglers are slow-trolling and drifting nightcrawler harnesses and
bottom bouncers in 8 to 14 feet of water off Raber Point with very
good results.

Hank’s Sport Shop (906) 632-8741.

St. Ignace Area

Fair numbers of salmon are hitting in Lake Huron with decent
reports coming from anglers fishing around Mackinaw Island and off
the Coast Guard station. Catch rates are low and most of the fish
are averaging between 4 and 10 pounds. J-plugs, silver and white
flashers, and red and white flies have been producing the best
results. Brookies are hitting in the Little Brevoort River. Pike
fishing has been pretty good on Brevoort Lake.

Brevoort Lake Camp Store (906) 292-5410 .

Ace Hardware (906) 643-7721,

Grand Marais Area

Lakers are hitting in Lake Superior off Grand Marais. Good
action has been reported by anglers fishing near the drop-offs in
150 to 300 feet of water. There have been no signs of salmon, but
the chinook and coho should start to gather around the harbors in
the next few weeks.

Rainbow Lodge (906) 658-3357.

CENTRAL UP

Garden Area

Bass fishing has been very good in Big Bay de Noc. Anglers are
fishing tubes and spinnerbaits along shoreline weedbeds. Walleye
fishing also has been pretty good in the bay with good reports
coming from anglers fishing south of Garden off Big Hump and Little
Hump. The early goose season should be red hot with lots of birds
in the area.

The Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908.

Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Good numbers of lake trout are being caught in Lake Superior in
100 feet of water or more. The fish have been running 2 to 5 pounds
with an occasional 10- to 18-pounder coming to the net.

Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300.

Munising Area

Lake trout are hitting spoons along with cowbells and peanuts
fished in Lake Superior around Big Reef. Good action has been
reported by anglers fishing in 150 feet of water.

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

Manistique Area

Salmon fishing has been slow on Lake Michigan around Manistique.
A few steelhead are starting to show up in the Manistique River,
but no salmon have appeared yet. There are a lot of local Canada
geese in the area.

Top-O-Lake Sport Shop (906) 341-5241.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Lake trout fishing has been great in Keweenaw Bay. Good action
has been reported by anglers trolling and jigging in 150 to 300
feet of water. Salmon fishing has been hit-or-miss. A few
“humpbacks” are starting to stage at the mouth of local
streams.

Indian Country Sports (906) 524-6518.

Crystal Falls Area

Smallmouth bass are grabbing anglers’ attention on Runkle Lake.
Walleyes are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers fished in 10 to 12
feet of water on Peavy Pond. Muskie fishing is starting to pick up
on Lake Emily and Chicagon Lake.

DJ’s Sport Shop & Marine (906) 875-3113.

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