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Walleye fishing heats up in Lower; U.P. anglers await opener

SOUTHERN LOWER

Lake St. Clair

A few walleyes are hitting in Lake St. Clair off 11 Mile Road
and 12 Mile Road. Perch fishing is starting to pick up off the
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. The best action has been in the mornings.
Turkey hunting has been good.

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

Irish Hills Area

Bluegills and crappies are hitting in most area lakes including
Wamplers, Devil’s, Clark, and Sand. The best action has been in the
shallows. Walleye and pike fishing has been slow. Turkey hunting
has been good. Hens are beginning to nest.

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

Trenton Area

River anglers are still taking limit catches of walleyes up and
down the Detroit River. Jigs and minnows and jigs and rubber worms
are both taking fish.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle (734) 692-9839.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Erie, when the wind allows
anglers to get out. Jigs and minnows fished in 10 to 12 feet of
water around Turtle Island and near the humps by the Toledo Light
have been producing very good results.

Luna Pier Harbour Club (734) 848-8777.

St. Joseph Area

Fishing has been slow at St. Joseph. A few salmon are hitting on
Lake Michigan in 30 to 100 feet of water in the top 30 feet, but
the fish are scattered. A few browns are being caught off the
piers. Walleye fishing has been slow in the St. Joseph River.
Crappie and bluegill fishing has been good on Paw Paw and Magician
lakes. Turkey hunting has been good.

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

Weidman Area

Fishing has been slow in Isabella County. A few crappies are
still being caught, and bluegills are moving into the shallows on
Chippewa and Stevenson lakes. Walleye fishing has been slow. Turkey
hunting has been good, with the best action coming in the
afternoons when the hens go to nest. Black morels are popping.

Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods (989) 644-3501.

Montague Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good off the piers on Lake
Michigan. The best action has been on crankbaits. Salmon and trout
fishing has been slow. Turkey hunting has been slow.

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

Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Huron. Anglers
fishing jigs and crawlers or jigs and minnows report good success
off Sand Point and off the breakwall in Caseville. Perch are still
being caught in the Pigeon River and off the breakwall in
Caseville. Turkey hunting has been good.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

Trout and salmon fishing has been decent in Lake Huron. The best
action is taking place south of the cemetery in 18 feet of water, 4
to 6 feet down. Turkey hunting has been good, and hens are
nesting.

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

NORTHERN LOWER

Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Saginaw Bay. Anglers fishing
crawler harnesses and trolling spoons have been taking fish in 16
to 24 feet of water. A good bite has been reported in the lower
bay, straight out from Hoyles Marina. Turkey hunting has been
good.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Baldwin Area

Trout fishing has been fair on the Pere Marquette River, but the
fly hatches have been sporadic. A few steelhead are still being
caught. The water is high and stained. Turkey hunting has been
good. Black morels are popping.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop (231) 745-4974.

Ludington Area

Good numbers of walleyes and an occasional northern pike are
hitting crankbaits fished off the piers in Lake Michigan. Crappies
and bluegills are hitting minnows and wax worms, respectively, in
the shallow bays on Hamlin Lake. Pike fishing also has been good on
Hamlin. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Hens are nesting in
the afternoons. Black morels are popping.

Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676

Traverse City Area

The Boardman and the Betsie rivers are still producing pretty
good steelhead action. Spawn and yarn flies are taking fish. Perch
are hitting wigglers and minnows in 30 feet of water on Big Glenn
Lake. Turkey hunting has been good. Black morels are being
found.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing

Benzonia Area

Steelhead are still hitting in the Platte River and anglers are
catching whitefish and perch on Crystal Lake. Anglers fishing
spoons and spawn in Lake Michigan off the piers in Frankfort report
catching a few browns and steelies. Turkey hunting has been
good.

Backcast Flyshop, Bait & Tackle (231) 882-5222.

Houghton Lake Area

Crappies and bluegills are keeping shore anglers busy in the
canals on Houghton Lake. Walleye fishing has been pretty good with
the best action coming to anglers fishing in the shallows during
low-light hours. Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing has been
great. Turkey hunting has been slow, but a few black morels are
coming up.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

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

Hubbard Lake Area

Walleye fishing has been fair on Hubbard Lake but should improve
as the water warms. The best action has been coming to anglers
fishing live bait at the dam on the north end of the lake. Pike
fishing has been decent, but turkey hunting has been slow. Morels
are just starting pop.

Side Door Bait and Tackle (989) 736-6418.

UPPER PENINSULA

Pickford Area

Perch fishing has been decent off the docks at Drummond Island.
Splake are hitting spoons and minnows in Lake Huron. The best
action has been off the breakwall at Hessel.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

Newberry Area

Fishing has been slow around Newberry while anglers await the
walleye opener. Steelhead are hitting on the Big Two-Hearted River
and brookies are being caught on the Little Two-Hearted River. Fly
hatches have been light, as has fishing pressure.

Pine Lake Resort (906) 658-3323.

Duke’s Sport Shop (906) 293-8421.

Marquette Area

Fishing has been fair around Marquette. Trout fishing has been
decent, but water levels are low. Salmon, brown trout, and
steelhead are hitting in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. The best
action has been in 10 to 14 feet of water in the mornings and out
to 30 or 40 feet later in the day. Perch fishing has been real good
on some of the inland lakes in the area.

Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300

Escanaba Area

Perch fishing has been good in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de
Noc. Anglers are fishing wigglers and minnows south of Gladstone in
25 to 30 feet of water. Turkey hunting has been good. Morels
haven’t begun to pop.

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

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

Bergland Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on Lake Gogebic. Stream
fishing has improved with the warmer weather moving in, and a few
bug hatches are taking place.

Maple Ridge Bait & Tackle (906) 575-3545.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort (906) 842-3361.

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