Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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Salmon have moved into most rivers; warm weather slows hunting success

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Perch fishing has been very good on Lake St Clair. Anglers
fishing minnows off the mile roads, in front of the Grosse Point
Yacht Club, and off the Nine Mile Tower report good catches of fish
up to 12 inches. The best action has been in 8 to 10 feet of water
in the mornings, and out to 14 to 15 feet later in the day. Muskie
are hitting along the south shore near the Red Barn, and in front
of the Belle River and the Thames River. Smallies are hitting all
over the lake. Perch anglers can’t keep the bass off their hooks.
Warm weather has put a damper on deer and duck hunting.

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

Lake Orion

Bluegills are hitting on Orion, Clear, and Squaw lakes. Wax
worms and teardrops fished along the weeds have been producing good
results. Bass and pike are hitting spinnerbaits and rubber worms on
Orion and Lakeville lakes. Deer hunting has been slow, and
waterfowl season is off to a slow start.

Hook Line & Sinker (248) 814-9216.

Pontiac Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on area inland lakes. A few
panfish and walleyes are hitting on Pontiac Lake. Archery hunting
started slowly with warm weather keeping hunters indoors. Duck
hunting also has been slow because of the weather.

KD Outdoors (248) 666-7799.

Luna Pier Area

Anglers are catching good numbers of perch on Lake Erie. Anglers
are fishing 9-10 feet of water straight out from Luna Pier and in
17 feet of water over the Dumping Grounds. Walleyes are starting to
bite in the shipping channel in 22 feet of water. Waterfowl hunting
has been slow with warm weather keeping hunters at bay.

Luna Pier Harbour Club (734) 848-8777.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Allegan Area

River fishing has been good on the St. Joseph. Salmon and
steelhead are in the river and anglers are catching fish on spawn
and spinners, respectively. Bluegills are hitting crickets and red
worms on Miner Lake and Great Bear Lake. Waterfowl hunting has been
slow with a few geese being shot. Deer hunting has been slow, too.
Warm weather has been keeping whitetail movement to a
minimum.

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

Kalamazoo Area

Bluegills are hitting crickets and red wigglers on North Lake,
Crooked Lake, and Baseline Lake in 24 to 25 feet of water, 18 feet
down. Salmon are hitting on Lake Michigan with the best action
coming in the mornings. Anglers fishing with glow spoons or spawn
off the pier at South Haven report pretty good success. Salmon also
are hitting in the Kalamazoo River at the Allegan Dam with Hot ‘N’
Tots and Wiggle Warts taking fish. Deer hunting has been slow, but
a few decent bucks have been taken. There is a bumper crop of
acorns.

D and R Sports (269) 372-2277.

Holland Area

Salmon fishing has slowed off the pier heads on Lake Michigan as
most of the fish have moved up the rivers. Perch fishing has been
slow, too, but bluegills are hitting wax worms on the south side of
Lake Macatawa. Waterfowl hunting has been quiet. Deer hunting has
been pretty good. Hunters who are getting out are seeing deer,
especially in the mornings.

American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing has been pretty good on Saginaw Bay. Anglers are
catching fish on minnows fished in 15 to 20 feet of water at the
pencil buoys, around the edge of the Black Hole, and off Au Gres in
35 to 40 feet of water. Walleye action has been slow. Goose hunting
has been fair and deer hunting has been slow, but action should
improve with a little cool weather.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Baldwin Area

Salmon, brown trout, and steelhead are hitting in the Pere
Marquette River. Egg-sucking leeches, wooly buggers, and bucktail
streamers are taking fish, as is fresh spawn. Deer hunting has been
fair and should improve with cooler weather. Waterfowl hunting has
been slow. Woodcock are abundant, but grouse are few and far
between.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop (231) 745-4974.

Lansing Area

Longnose gar are keeping anglers busy below the North Lansing
Dam on the Grand River. Catfish are hitting up and down the river,
and an occasional walleye is coming to the net. Salmon are starting
to move into the Lansing area. Bluegills are hitting on some of the
inland lakes in the area. Deer hunting has been slow and hunting
pressure light. Goose hunting has been fair.

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

Montague Area

Salmon fishing has been good on the White and Muskegon rivers.
Spawn and crankbaits have both been taking fish. A few perch and
bluegills are hitting on White Lake, and pike fishing has been very
good. Early archery season was pretty good, but warm weather has
kept pressure to a minimum. Duck hunting has been decent, and
grouse and woodcock hunting have been good, but hunter pressure has
been very light. It’s been too hot to run the dogs.

Johnson’s Great Outdoors Tackle Shop (231) 893-6688.

Ludington Area

Salmon fishing has been pretty good on the Pere Marquette River,
which is full of fish. Spawn, spinners, and flies have all been
producing good results. Grouse and woodcock hunting have been slow
and hunting pressure has been very light. Bowhunting has been fair,
but again, hunting pressure has been light because of the
unseasonably warm weather.

Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Perch fishing continues to be fantastic on Lake Huron. The best
action has been coming to anglers fishing minnows off Oak Point and
Sleeper State Park in 35 to 40 feet of water. Deer hunting has been
very good, despite the warm weather, and goose hunting has been
fantastic.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

Salmon are staging in front of the harbor in Lake Huron and
anglers are catching good numbers of fish on J-plugs and body
baits. Goose hunting has been great with lots of birds in the area.
Deer hunting has been slow with limited deer movement because of
the warm weather.

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

Lexington Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on Lake Huron. A few salmon
are hitting spoons and body baits in the harbor, mostly in the
mornings. Goose hunting has been very good, but deer hunting has
been slow.

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

Port Huron

A fair number of walleyes are hitting in the St. Clair River.
Anglers drifting with crawler harnesses and vertical jigging with
minnows report pretty good success. A few salmon also are being
caught on flutter spoons. Goose hunting has been fair, and deer
hunting has been slow with warm weather keeping most hunters out of
the woods.

Anderson’s Pro Bait (810) 984-3232

NORTHWESTERN LP

Indian River

Perch are hitting at the mouth of the Crooked River on Burt
Lake. The best action is coming on minnows fished in 10 to 15 feet
of water. A few walleyes also are being caught, but fishing
pressure has been very light. Upland bird hunters are waiting for
some cooler weather before getting their dogs out, and deer hunting
has been slow with light hunter participation.

Northland Sports Co. (231) 238-9382

Traverse City Area

Perch fishing is heating up in East and West Grand Traverse Bay.
Anglers fishing with wigglers and minnows in 60 to 70 feet of water
report very good success with some fish running up to 15 inches.
Salmon fishing is peaking in area rivers including the Platte,
Betsie, Boardman, and the Elk with fresh fish moving in daily. Boat
anglers also are catching salmon at Frankfort and in East and West
Grand Traverse Bay in 15 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing has
been good on Crystal and Elk lakes. The duck opener was slow with
unseasonably warm weather limiting success. Deer hunting has been
slow, too.

Wilderness Guiding Services (231) 276-9874.

Wellston Area

Salmon fishing has been very good on the Big Manistee River, but
there are still a lot of fish downstream and at the mouth of the
river. Grouse hunting has been slow with warm weather and heavy
leaf cover interfering with success. Bowhunting has been slow with
warm weather and low deer numbers prevailing.

Pappy’s Bait & Tackle (231) 848-4142.

Cadillac Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on lakes Mitchell and
Cadillac, but a few crappies and pike are being caught. Salmon
fishing has been very good on the Big Manistee River. Grouse and
woodcock hunting have been fair, but bird numbers are down.
Bowhunting has been slow with warm weather keeping deer movement to
a minimum.

Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods (231) 775-7085.

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

A few crappies and an occasional walleye are being caught on
Houghton Lake. Crappies are hitting minnows along the south shore
weedbed, and walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers fished in 8
to 10 feet of water. Grouse and woodcock hunting have been slow
with light hunter pressure. Bowhunting also has been slow.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

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

Higgins Lake Area

Fishing has been fair on Higgins Lake. A few perch are being
caught along the drop-offs in 45 to 50 feet of water. Minnows and
wigglers are both producing. Trout fishing has been slow. Bird
hunting has been fair with light hunter pressure because of the
unseasonably warm weather. Bowhunting pressure has been very
light.

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

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

Oscoda Area

Salmon have moved into the Au Sable River and fishing has been
very good. Anglers are fishing spawn under a bobber with very good
results. A few walleyes are being picked up by anglers trolling
body baits and drifting crawlers at the mouth of the river in Lake
Huron. Bowhunting has been pretty good and a couple decent bucks
have been taken by local archers. Bear hunting has been good, but
grouse and woodcock hunting have been slow, with light hunter
participation. Waterfowl hunting has been decent.

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

Glennie Area

Pike are hitting spinners, and chubs and suckers fished under
bobbers, in the Au Sable River and in Alcona Dam Pond. Hunting
pressure has been very light with unseasonably warm weather keeping
hunters out of the woods.

The Au Sable Hook-Up (989) 728-2248.

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been good in the St. Marys River at Raber.
The best action has been on crawler harnesses fished in 28 feet of
water. Perch fishing has been very good along the North Channel and
around Sugar Island. Lakers are hitting in 60 feet of water at
DeTour Village. Goose hunting has been fair, but the flight birds
have not arrived yet. Warm weather has kept hunting pressure to a
minimum.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing has been very good all around Drummond Island with
the best action coming to anglers fishing minnows and crawlers in
10 to 17 feet of water. A few pike are being caught in Scotts Bay
and Maxton Bay. Anglers are trolling with spoons and still-fishing
with live bait and a bobber. Bird and deer hunting have been slow
with light hunter pressure.

Johnson’s Sport Shop (906) 493-6300.

Sault Ste. Marie Area

Salmon fishing has been slow in the upper St. Marys River. A few
walleyes and perch are hitting in 15 to 20 feet of water. Archery
deer hunting has been pretty good, but hunter pressure has been
light. Bear hunting started out pretty good, but warm weather has
put a damper on action. Grouse and woodcock numbers are up
slightly, but hunter pressure has been light.

Hank’s Sport Shop (906) 632-8741.

St. Ignace Area

Salmon fishing has been pretty good in the Straits of Mackinac.
Boat anglers are pulling spoons and plugs, and shore anglers are
casting glow spoons in the evenings with good success. Salmon are
moving into the Carp River and anglers fishing spawn report pretty
good success. Good numbers of perch are hitting on Brevoort Lake.
The best action is coming to anglers fishing minnows in 10 feet of
water. Bear hunting has been slow; goose hunting has been fair.
Deer and bird hunters are waiting for the weather to cool a
bit.

Brevoort Lake Camp Store (906) 292-5410.

Ace Hardware (906) 643-7721.

CENTRAL UP

Garden Area

Perch fishing has been pretty good in Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de
Noc. Anglers report a fair bite on minnows fished off the Bluffs
and in Fayette Harbor. Bass fishing has been slow. Warm weather has
put a damper on deer and bear hunting. Grouse hunting has been
fair, with the best action coming early in the mornings before the
temperatures rise.

The Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908.

Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Fishing has been slow around Marquette. A few salmon are being
caught in Marquette Harbor, but overall success has been low. There
were no salmon yet in the Dead, Carp, Chocolet, or Au Train rivers
as of the middle of last week. Bear hunting has been very good.
Deer hunters report seeing fair numbers of whitetails. Grouse
hunting has been fair and goose hunting has been very good.

Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300

Escanaba Area

Salmon are moving into the Escanaba and Ford rivers. Anglers are
picking up fish on fresh spawn and flies. Walleye fishing has been
slow, but a a few fish are hitting crankbaits at Minneapolis Shoals
and Portage Point. Anglers trolling crawler harnesses in 25 to 35
feet of water at the Black Bottom are also picking up a few
walleyes. Smallies are hitting tubes and spinners along the
breaklines. Pike are hitting spinnerbaits at Kipling and Saunders
Point. Deer and bird hunting have been slow.

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

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

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Coho salmon are hitting in the Falls River. The best action has
been coming to anglers fishing with fresh spawn. A fair number of
lakers are being caught in Keweenaw Bay, but fishing pressure has
been light. Warm weather put a damper on bear and deer hunting, but
action is expected to improve as the mercury falls. Grouse and
woodcock hunting have been fair. Goose hunting has been pretty
good.

Indian Country Sports (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

A fair number of walleyes are being caught in Lake Gogebic.
Anglers are fishing minnows off their docks in the evenings and
drifting nightcrawlers in the middle of the lake. Grouse hunters
are flushing good numbers of birds, and duck and goose hunting have
been pretty good. Bear hunting has been very good, but the bears
are running a little small this year. Deer hunting has been
slow.

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

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