Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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Salmon runs slowing; hunting improves with cooler weather

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

High winds have kept many anglers and duck hunters off Lake St.
Clair. For those who are getting out, a few perch are hitting, but
anglers are having to move a lot to stay on top of them. Bass
fishing remains good across the lake. Duck hunting has been pretty
good.

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

Lake Orion

Fishing pressure has been very light. A few bass and pike are
hitting on Lakeville and Orion lakes. Duck hunting has been pretty
good, but deer hunting has been slow. Squirrel hunting has been
good.

Hook Line & Sinker (248) 814-9216.

Pontiac Area

Fishing pressure has been very light around Pontiac. Deer
hunting also has been slow, but action is improving with colder
weather moving in. Duck hunting has been fair, and the pheasant
opener was decent.

KD Outdoors (248) 666-7799.

Monroe Area

Perch fishing is picking up on Lake Erie. Anglers fishing
shiners in 22 feet of water around the Sputnik report pretty good
success. Walleye success has been sporadic, with the best action
coming to anglers fishing off Stoney Point. Deer hunting has been
pretty good. Duck hunting has been slow.

Cook’s Sportland (734) 242-0774

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Union Area

Fishing pressure has been very light around Union, but the
anglers who are venturing out are catching a fair number of fish.
Bluegills are hitting on Donnell, Chain, and Cory lakes. Bass
fishing has been very good on Eagle Lake. Hunting pressure on ducks
and turkeys has been light. Deer hunting has been good, as the
crops are coming out.

Halls Bait and Tackle (269) 641-2304.

Kalamazoo Area

Water is very low on the Kalamazoo River. A few salmon are still
hitting, and steelhead fishing is picking up below the Allegan Dam.
Bobbers and wax worms, as well as fresh spawn, are producing good
results. Bluegills are hitting on North Lake, and Sugarloaf Lake is
producing a good crappie bite. Deer hunting has been slow, but
whitetail activity is picking up with cooler weather arriving. Duck
hunting has been slow and hunters are still waiting for northern
birds to arrive from Canada. Coyote hunting has been good in Van
Buren County.

D and R Sports (269) 372-2277.

Holland Area

Salmon have moved into the rivers, and open-water fishing on
Lake Michigan has been slow. A few steelhead are hitting off the
pier. Bluegills are biting along the shore on Lake Macatawa and on
the east side of the red buoy. Deer hunting has been pretty good
with a few nice bucks being taken. Duck hunting has been slow, and
turkey hunting has been fair.

American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.

CENTRAL LP>/b>

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing has been good on Saginaw Bay with good reports
coming from anglers fishing in 12 to 16 feet of water between
Linwood and Pinconning. Walleye fishing has been slow with a few
fish moving into the Saginaw River. Pheasant hunting started out
strong. Duck hunting has been pretty good and should improve with
the northern birds starting to arrive. Deer hunting got off to a
slow start, but action is picking up. Bucks are rubbing.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Grand Rapids Area

A fair number of salmon are still hitting spawn and flies in the
Grand River, and steelhead are starting to move in. Deer hunting
has been decent and the bucks are starting to rub and scrape. Duck
hunting has been slow, but should improve when colder weather
arrives.

Grandville Live Bait (616) 534-8178.

Grand Haven Area

Perch fishing has been very good on Lake Michigan. The best
action is coming to anglers fishing minnows, wigglers, or spikes in
45 to 60 feet of water off the pavilion in Grand Haven. A few
salmon still are being caught in the Grand River, and steelhead are
hitting in Lake Michigan in 100 to 125 feet of water. Duck hunting
has been poor. Deer hunting has been very good. Bucks are rubbing
and scraping. Grouse and woodcock hunting have been fair and should
get better now that the leaves are falling.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle (616) 842-2770.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Anglers are catching good numbers of perch, fair numbers of
walleyes, and an occasional brown trout off the breakwall in
Caseville. Perch fishing remains hot farther out in Lake Huron with
anglers reporting a good bite in 37 to 45 feet of water off Oak
Point and Gagetown Road. Pheasant hunting has been pretty good, and
duck hunting has been great. Deer hunting has been good and leaves
are falling.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Lexington Area

Salmon fishing has been slow on Lake Huron. A few fish are being
caught in the harbor, but most anglers are awaiting the arrival of
brown trout. Perch are hitting off the DNR docks in the harbor. A
few walleye are still being caught off the wall in the St. Clair
River. Deer hunting has been very good with lots of bucks being
taken. Rubs and scrapes are appearing in the woods. Duck hunting
has been slow. Pheasant hunting has been decent, but hunters are
having to work hard to get their birds.

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

NORTHWESTERN LP

Traverse City Area

Salmon are still being caught in the Boardman River, but
steelhead have yet to show up. Perch fishing has been good on
Crystal Lake and in East and West Grand Traverse Bay. The magic
depth has been 60 to 80 feet of water. Duck hunting has been slow,
but should improve as the weather cools. Grouse and woodcock
hunting have been excellent, especially around the Platte River
area. Squirrel hunting has been slow because of heavy foliage, but
the leaves are starting to fall.

Wilderness Guiding Services (231) 276-9874.

Kalkaska Area

Fishing pressure has been light around Kalkaska. Perch are
hitting on Skegemog and Manistee lakes. Walleye fishing has been
good on Bellaire and Intermediate lakes. Duck hunting has been
pretty good. Deer hunting has been very good compared to the past
couple years. Bucks are rubbing and scraping. Grouse and woodcock
hunting have been decent. Woodcock numbers are up and grouse
numbers are stable. Leaves are falling.

Jack’s Sport Shop (231) 258-8892.

Ludington Area

Salmon fishing remains pretty good in the Sable and Pere
Marquette rivers. A few salmon are still being picked up in Lake
Michigan, but boaters are having to travel four or five miles off
shore to find them. Steelhead are beginning to show up along the
breakwall in Ludington. Deer hunting has been slow with low deer
numbers. Early duck hunting was slow with light hunter pressure.
Grouse and woodcock hunting have been poor.

Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Houghton Lake. Anglers who
are venturing out report that walleyes are moving into the shallows
at night. Minnows and crankbaits are taking good numbers of fish
from the shallows in the evenings and after dark. Pike are hitting
all over the lake, but perch fishing has been slow. Deer and duck
hunting have been slow. Grouse and woodcock hunting have been fair
and should improve now that the leaves are beginning to fall.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

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

Higgins Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Higgins Lake. Good numbers of
perch are hitting minnows fished along the drop-offs and around the
north sunken island. Surf fishing has been productive for browns
and rainbows with decent success being reported by anglers fishing
in front of the DNR boat ramp on the northwest shore. Deer hunting
has been slow, and duck hunting has been fair.

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

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

Alpena Area

Perch fishing has been very good on Long and Grand lakes. The
best action has been coming to anglers fishing minnows in 5 to 15
feet of water. A few salmon are still hitting in the Thunder Bay
River at the Ninth Street Dam. Anglers are drifting spawn and
casting crankbaits and spoons. Deer hunting has been slow, but the
bucks are starting to rub and scrape. A few ducks are being taken
but the flights have yet to arrive. Grouse and woodcock hunting
have been slow with heavy foliage hampering success.

Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle (989) 354-2070.

Oscoda Area

A few walleyes are being caught off the pier heads on Lake
Huron. The best action is coming to anglers casting crankbaits in
the evening and at night. There still are a few salmon being caught
in the Au Sable River. The best action is coming upstream at Foote
Dam by anglers drifting spawn and egg flies. Perch fishing has been
pretty good on Van Etten Lake. Minnows fished in 4 to 6 feet of
water have been producing good results. Bowhunting has been slow.
Duck hunting has been fair with a few northern ducks moving
through. Grouse and woodcock hunting have been decent and should
improve as the leaves fall. Deer hunting has been fair; numbers are
down, but bucks are starting to rub.

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Muskie and pike fishing have been excellent on Munuscong Bay.
Anglers are fishing crankbaits and spinners with good success in
the trough between the main bay and the river channel. Walleye
fishing also has been good in both Munuscong and Raber bays. Most
walleye anglers are drifting with crawler harnesses and bottom
bouncers. Perch fishing has slowed, but smallmouth bass fishing has
been very good in the bays. Deer hunting has been slow, but should
improve as the rut gets started. Heavy foliage has hampered upland
game bird hunters, but the leaves are beginning to fall. Duck
hunting has been slow.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

High winds have hampered access to fishing in recent days.
Anglers who are able to get out report a good perch bite on minnows
fished in Scotts and Maxton bays. A lot of 9- and 10-inch fish are
being caught in 10 to 12 feet of water. An occasional pike is also
being caught. Walleye action has been slow. A few salmon are still
being picked up by anglers trolling spoons and plugs in the
shipping channel. Duck hunting is beginning to improve with cold
weather arriving. Grouse hunting has been slow, but woodcock
numbers are strong. Deer hunting has been pretty good. Bucks are
rubbing.

Johnson’s Sport Shop (906) 493-6300.

Grand Marais Area

Fishing action is picking up around Grand Marais. Good numbers
of steelhead are hitting spawn and spinners in the Two-Hearted
River and at the mouth of he river in Lake Superior. Fair numbers
of menominee are hitting single eggs and worms fished in the surf.
Duck hunting has been decent and should improve as the weather gets
worse. Grouse hunting has been fair. Deer and bear hunting have
been slow.

Rainbow Lodge (906) 658-3357.

Curtis Area

Walleyes, perch, and pike are hitting on Big and South
Manistique lakes. Perch are hitting minnows during the daytime, and
walleyes are picking up the slack when the perch bite dies down in
the evening. Minnows have been producing good results for both.
Pike are hitting spinners and live bait fished under bobbers. Duck
hunting has been slow. Deer hunting has been good, with lots of
deer being seen, but few bucks are in the mix. Woodcock numbers are
strong; grouse numbers are down. The leaves are falling.

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

CENTRAL UP

Garden Area

Bass fishing has been very good in Big Bay de Noc. Anglers
report a good bite off Garden Bluff and Burnt Bluff. The best
action has been in 20 to 30 feet of water, and tubes and crawlers
have been producing. Walleye-fishing pressure has been light. Good
numbers of salmon are being caught in the Manistique River and
Thompson Creek. Crankbaits and fresh spawn both have been working.
Grouse hunting has been pretty good, but birds are being found in
pockets. Duck hunting has been fair and should improve with cold
weather on its way. Deer hunting has been fair. Bear season was
slow.

The Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908

Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.

Escanaba Area

Walleye action is picking up on Little Bay de Noc. Anglers are
finding good numbers of fish around Black Bottom and around the
first, second, and third reefs. Crankbaits, crawlers, and redtail
chubs threaded on a jig are all taking fish. A few perch are being
caught, but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find
the keepers. Grouse and woodcock hunting have been slow, but cooler
weather is moving in and the leaves are falling. Deer hunting has
been quiet.

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

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

Menominee Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good in Green Bay. Anglers are
picking up good umbers of fish on minnows and crawlers fished in 20
feet of water or less. Salmon and steelhead are hitting in the
Menominee River, and a few sturgeon have been picked up under the
dam. Deer hunting has been slow. Bear hunting was very good. Grouse
and woodcock hunting have been fair.

MBK Sport Shop (715) 735-5393.

Martin Creek Sport and Feed (906) 863-4868.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Fishing pressure has been light in Keweenaw Bay. For anglers who
are getting out, salmon and steelhead are hitting spawn and
spinners fished along the shoreline. Lakers are still hitting in
deeper water, but few boats are venturing out. Fair numbers of coho
are being caught in the Falls and the Huron rivers. Grouse numbers
are way down, but woodcock numbers appear to be pretty good.

Indian Country Sports (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Walleyes are hitting in the shallows on Lake Gogebic. The best
bite has been coming to anglers fishing minnows and leeches in 10
to 14 feet of water along the west shore of the lake, and along the
deep edges of the weedbeds. Bear hunting has been very good. Grouse
and woodcock hunting have been decent in spots. Duck and deer
hunting have been slow, but should improve now that cooler weather
has arrived.

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

Iron River Area

Anglers are taking good numbers of walleyes and perch on most
area lakes including Perch, Hagerman, and Chicagon. Bass fishing
also has been very good on Hagerman. Grouse and woodcock hunting
have been slow. Duck hunting has been slow, too, but cooler weather
is moving in and should push the northern ducks through. Deer
hunting has been pretty good and will improve as the rut
approaches.

Luckey’s Sport Shop (906) 265-5339.

Ontonagon Area.

Lake trout are hitting in 60 feet of water on Lake Superior
around the Porcupine Mountain area. A few salmon are still being
caught in the Big Iron River, but the run is almost over. Grouse
and woodcock hunting have been pretty good. Bear hunting was fair.
Deer hunting has been slow.

Greg’s Taxidermy & Tackle 906-884-2770.

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