Salmon set to make fall runs; perch action hot at Caseville

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Bass fishing has been phenomenal on Lake St. Clair with fish
hitting all over the lake. Good perch fishing has been reported in
Anchor Bay with a good bite being reported by anglers fishing in 8
to 10 feet of water near Grassy Island. Perch have been hitting
near the Firecracker and in back of the St. Clair light. Fishing
should get even better as the water cools.

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

Irish Hills Area

Smallmouth bass are hitting on Clark and Columbia lakes. Anglers
are fishing minnows and tube baits with good success. Bluegills are
hitting crickets on most area lakes. A good bite has been reported
15 feet down in up to 30 feet of water. Small game hunting has been
fair, but hunter participation has been light.

Knutson’s Sporting Goods (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

Lake Orion

Bass fishing has been good on Lake Orion and Lakeville Lake.
Anglers are catching bluegills and sunfish on most area lakes
including Prince, Graham, and Stringy. Squirrel hunting has been
good at Bald Mountain, Metamora, and Holly recreation areas.

Hook Line & Sinker (248) 814-9216.

Monroe Area

Perch fishing has been decent, but spotty, on Lake Erie. Minnows
have been producing the best results when fished in 19 to 20 feet
of water between Boles Harbor and Stoney Point.

Cook’s Sportland (734) 242-0774.

Allegan Area

Salmon are hitting in the St. Joseph River. Anglers are fishing
spawn and Hot ‘N’ Tots at the mouth of tributary creeks. Bluegills
are hitting on Miner Lake. The best action has been on crickets and
red worms fished in 18 to 22 feet of water. Squirrel hunting has
been slow with warm weather keeping hunters indoors and out of the
deep woods.

Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle (269) 673-6294.

Union Area

A few salmon are showing up at Berrien Springs on the St. Joseph
River. Bluegills have been keeping anglers busy with crickets
taking good numbers of fish on Long, Pleasant, Birch, Chain, and
Juneau lakes. Squirrel hunting has been fair, but should pick up
when the weather cools.

Halls Bait and Tackle (269) 641-2304.

Kalamazoo Area

Fishing has been slow around Kalamazoo. A few bluegills are
hitting in 20 feet of water on Austin, Sugarloaf, and Gun lakes.
Bass and pike fishing have been slow. Squirrel hunting has been
fair, but will get better when the foliage falls.

D and R Sports (269) 372-2277.

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch are hitting in Saginaw Bay. Anglers are catching good
numbers of fish on minnows fished around the Black Hole and the “H”
buoy, and at Au Gres in 30 to 40 feet of water. An occasional
walleye is coming to the net north of Point Au Gres. Small game
hunting has been slow.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Grand Rapids Area

Salmon fishing has been slow on the Grand River. A few bluegills
are hitting crickets and leaf worms on Baker Lake. Small game
hunting has been quiet.

Grandville Live Bait (616) 534-8178.

Muskegon Area

Salmon fishing has been picking up steam in the causeway, on
Muskegon Lake and in the Muskegon River. Anglers are fishing with
plugs and spoons in the lake and the causeway, while spawn is
taking fish in the river. Small game hunting has been slow to get
started.

Angler Archer (231) 744-5992.

Caseville Area

Perch fishing has been excellent on Lake Huron. Anglers are
catching limits of good-sized yellowbellies in 32 to 52 feet of
water off Oak Point. Shiners have been producing the best results.
A few walleyes also are being picked up. Squirrel hunting has been
decent, and the youth waterfowl hunt was a big success.

Wash Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

Salmon fishing has been sporadic on Lake Huron. Some days the
fish are in the harbor and other days they’re out in 80 feet of
water. Bass fishing has been very good in the harbor with
nightcrawlers, minnows, and spinnerbaits all taking fish. A fair
number of walleyes are hitting body baits.

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

Lexington Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Huron at Lexington. Anglers are
catching a few salmon and an occasional steelhead in the harbor,
but the water temperature is still a little warm. Squirrel hunting
has been red hot.

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

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been pretty good in the St. Clair River, but
fishing pressure has been light. Anglers are catching good numbers
of fish on Flatfish and crawler harnesses. A few steelhead and
kings are starting to show up. Squirrel hunting has been
good.

Anderson’s Pro Bait (810) 984-3232.

NORTHERN LP

Baldwin Area

Salmon fishing has been fair on the Pere Marquette River. The
“fly waters” have been producing a few fish with the best action
coming early and late in the day. Small game hunting has been good,
but hunter participation has been light.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop (231) 745-4974.

Traverse City Area

Salmon are hitting in the Boardman and the Betsie rivers.
Anglers are fishing with spawn and inline spinners with pretty good
success. Perch are starting to hit in West Grand Traverse Bay and
Crystal Lake. Anglers are fishing minnows in 80 to 100 feet of
water in the bay and in 30 to 40 feet of water in Crystal. Squirrel
hunting has been fair with heavy foliage frustrating hunters.

Wilderness Guiding Services (231) 276-9874.

Kalkaska Area

Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up on Skeegemog and Elk
lakes. Anglers are fishing Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits in 5 to 12
feet of water with good success. Squirrel and grouse hunting have
been fair, but foliage is still heavy. Bear hunting has been
fair.

Jack’s Sport Shop (231) 258-8892.

Grayling Area

Fishing has been slow around Grayling. A few bluegills and an
occasional walleye are being picked up on Lake Margrethe, but
fishing pressure has been light. Grouse hunting has been pretty
good, bear hunting has been decent, and squirrel hunting is
hot.

Skip’s Sport Shop (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

Fishing has been slow on Houghton Lake. Smallmouth bass are
hitting crawlers and minnows in 6 to 7 feet of water. Squirrel
hunting has been very good. Grouse hunting has been fair. The birds
are scattered, and hunters are flushing singles and doubles. Bear
hunting has been good.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

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

Higgins Lake Area

Perch are hitting minnows on Higgins Lake. The best action is
coming to anglers fishing minnows in 35 feet of water or more along
the sunken island and the big island. Fair numbers of lake trout
are being caught in 85 to 100 feet of water. Bear hunting has been
decent. Grouse hunting has been spotty, and squirrel hunting has
been great.

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

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

Gaylord Area

Perch fishing has been pretty good on Otsego Lake, Big Bradford
Lake, West Twin Lake, and Burt Lake. The best action has come to
anglers fishing minnows in 5 to 30 feet of water. Bluegills are
hitting, too, but action is starting to slow. Pike and bass fishing
have been slow. Bear hunting has been poor with abundant natural
foods giving baiters a rough time. Grouse hunting is slow with
heavy foliage hampering success.

Don’s Sport & Marine (989) 732-4157.

Oscoda Area

Salmon fishing has been decent off the pier heads in Lake Huron.
Plugs and spoons have been attracting the most attention. Salmon
are just starting to move into the Au Sable River. Fair bluegill
fishing has been reported by anglers using wax worms on the
backwaters of the dams. Small game hunting has been slow to get
started. Bear hunting has been fair.

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

Glennie Area

Fishing pressure has been very light around Glennie. Squirrel
hunters report good success. Grouse hunting has been slow, but
should improve as the leaves start to fall.

The AuSable Hook-Up (989) 728-2248.

UPPER PENINSULA

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been good in the St. Marys River. Anglers
using crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers report good success.
Muskie and pike anglers are catching fair numbers of fish in
Munuscong Bay on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Perch fishing has
been pretty good on Lake Huron at Cedarville. Bear hunting has been
slow. Warm weather has kept bear movement to a minimum. Grouse
hunting also has been slow.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing has been very good around Drummond Island. Minnows
and crawlers are both taking fish in Maxton Bay and Scotts Bay.
Anglers also are picking up good numbers of smallies in Scotts Bay,
and salmon are starting to hit in the channel. Grouse hunting has
been fair. Bear hunters enjoyed a good season as 15 hunters killed
a bear out of the 25 permits issued on the island.

Johnson’s Sport Shop (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Perch fishing has been very good on Big Manistique Lake. Pike
and walleye fishing is picking up with good action being reported
by anglers fishing on both Big Manistique and South Manistique
lakes. Bear hunting has been pretty good. Grouse and squirrel
hunting has been slow to get started.

J.R. Sport Shop (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Perch have moved into Big Bay de Noc’s Garden Bay and bass are
hitting off Garden Bluff. Salmon are staging at the mouth of
Thompson Creek and the Manistique River, and the spawning runs
should begin any day. A few walleyes are hitting on the shoals off
Fayette and off Round Island, but overall the action has been slow.
Bear hunting has been slow. Warm weather has put a damper on bear
movement.

Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908.

Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has been decent in the bays in Marquette
Harbor. The best action has been coming to anglers fishing in 100
to 160 feet of water. The best fishing is still ahead. Bear hunting
has been good. Goose season has been pretty good with lots of
migrating birds passing through. Grouse hunting has been slow and
bird numbers are down.

Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300

Escanaba Area

Salmon are starting to trickle into the Ford River, but the best
action is still ahead. Fair walleye fishing has been reported by
anglers fishing off the reefs in Little Bay de Noc. There have been
no reports on perch action just yet. A fair number of pike are
being caught by anglers fishing between Escanaba and Gladstone.
Overall, fishing pressure has been light. Bear hunting has been
slow. Grouse hunting has been fair.

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

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

Bergland Area

Walleyes are biting on Lake Gogebic. Anglers are fishing minnows
along the weedbeds during the daytime and moving to the rocky
shorelines at night. Bear hunting has been good with one hunter
killing a 634-pound bruin. Grouse hunting also has been been pretty
good. The leaves are turning.

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

Iron River Area

Perch fishing is starting to heat up and walleye fishing has
been fair on Ottawa Lake. Bear hunting has been pretty good, but
success is down slightly from last year.

Luckey’s Sport Shop (906) 265-5339.

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