Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

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Walleye action heats up, as shallows produce panfish

SOUTHERN LOWER

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Walleye fishing has been improving on Lake St. Clair. Anglers
report catching fish off 11 Mile Road, 12 Mile Road, 13 Mile Road,
and at Metro Beach. Anglers pulling crankbaits behind planer boards
are enjoying success.

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

Irish Hills Area

Bluegills are starting to bed on most area lakes, including
Clear and Sand, with warm weather pushing them into the shallows.
Crappie fishing has been decent, but is winding down. Walleye
fishing has been slow. Turkey hunting has been slow.

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

Lake Orion

Fishing pressure has been light around Lake Orion. Bluegills are
starting to move into the shallows on Prince Lake and Lake Orion. A
few pike have been caught on Lakeville Lake. Turkey hunting has
been good, but gobblers are starting to quiet down. Mushroom
hunters report good success.

Hook Line & Sinker (248) 814-9216.

Trenton Area

Most anglers are jigging or hand-lining and a few people are
drifting crawlers in the Detroit River. The results have been have
been similar – they’re all catching a lot of walleyes.

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

Trenton Lighthouse (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle (734) 692-9839.

Monroe Area

Walleye fishing on Lake Erie has been good. Anglers fishing
nightcrawlers and spoons behind planer boards are catching good
numbers of fish from Stoney Point to Luna Pier. Turkey hunting has
slowed. Morels are popping.

Cook’s Sportland (734) 242-0774

SOUTHWESTERN LP

St. Joseph Area

Cohos and king salmon are keeping anglers busy on Lake Michigan.
The best action has been coming to anglers fishing in 140 to 200
feet of water, 30 to 70 feet down, straight out the harbor and a
little to the south. Pier fishing has been slow. Channel catfish
are starting to bite in the St. Joseph River, but walleye fishing
has been slow. Turkey hunting has been excellent. Gobblers are
still coming to the call.

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

Coloma Area

Crappie fishing has been pretty good on Van Auken and Magician
lakes. Pike fishing has been good on the channel on Big Paw Paw
Lake. The best bite has been on shiners and spinnerbaits. Bluegills
are starting to move into the shallows on Round, Little Paw Paw,
and Big Paw Paw. Turkey hunting has been good. Some of the best
action has been in the afternoons after the hens have gone to their
nests.

Fishing Hole 2 (269) 468-7522.

Kalamazoo Area

Crappies and bluegills are hitting in the shallows on Fish,
Gravel, and Sugarloaf lakes. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good
on the Kalamazoo River with a few catfish being caught, too. Turkey
hunting has been slow and gobblers are reluctant to respond to
calls. Morels are popping.

D and R Sports (269) 372-2277.

Holland Area

Salmon fishing is improving on Lake Michigan. Anglers fishing in
120 to 200 feet of water, 60 to 70 feet down, report the best
success. Green and blue have been the hot colors. Walleye fishing
has been good on the Grand and Kalamazoo rivers. Turkey hunting has
been slow. Mushroom hunters report good success.

American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing remains steady on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.
Anglers trolling and drifting nightcrawlers in 6 to 14 feet of
water all along the shore of the bay report pretty good action.
Turkey season started out hot, but action has been slow in recent
weeks. Morels are popping.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Baldwin Area

Trout fishing on the Pere Marquette River remains good and a few
steelhead are still being caught, too. Turkey hunting has been
good, especially in the afternoons.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop (231) 745-4974.

Grand Haven Area

Salmon and steelhead fishing on Lake Michigan has been fair,
with the best action taking place in 130 to 210 feet of water, 60
to 130 feet down. Perch anglers are taking good numbers of fish in
70 feet of water. Bluegills are starting to move into the shallows
on most area inland lakes. Turkey hunting has been pretty good.
Hens are nesting.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle (616) 842-2770.

Clare Area

Panfish action is picking up around Clare as bluegills start
moving into the shallows. Anglers fishing on Lake Shamrock, Five
Lakes, and Eight Point Lake all report good success. Walleye action
is heating up on Eight Point Lake. Turkey hunting has been pretty
good.

Jay’s Sporting Goods (989) 386-3475.

Ludington Area

Crappie fishing has been good on Hamlin Lake, and bluegills are
starting to move into the shallows. Smallmouth bass are hitting on
Pere Marquette Lake. A few salmon have been picked up on Lake
Michigan between Ludington and Pentwater, but overall, fishing has
been slow. Turkey hunting has been slow, too.

Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Catfish and smallmouth bass are hitting in the Pinebog River.
Smallies and perch are being caught off the harbor wall in
Caseville. Walleye fishing is improving in Lake Huron with anglers
reporting good success off Sand Point and west of North Island.
Turkey hunting has been fair and hunter pressure has been
light.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

Salmon, steelhead, and brown trout are hitting in Lake Huron.
The best action has been in 20 to 90 feet of water, depending on
the weather.

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

Lexington Area

A few salmon and lake trout are being caught in Lake Huron. The
best action has been in the shallows from 12 to 60 feet of water.
Orange, green, purple, and black and white spoons have all been
producing. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Morels are
popping.

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

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Walleye fishing has been good on the south arm of Lake
Charlevoix. The best action has been coming to anglers fishing
crawler harnesses and crankbaits in 12 to 20 feet of water. Perch
fishing has been slow with a few fish being caught in 80 feet of
water. Anglers are still catching fresh steelhead in the Jordan and
the Boyne rivers. Turkey hunting has been very good.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Lake trout and whitefish action has been slow in the East Bay of
Grand Traverse Bay. A few lakers are being caught in West Bay.
Perch fishing also has been slow. A fair number of steelhead are
still being caught in the Boardman River. Morels are popping.
Turkey hunting has been good.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com

Frankfort Area

Brown trout are hitting off the pier heads in Lake Michigan.
Anglers trolling crankbaits early in the mornings and late in the
evenings report the best success. Pier fishing has been slow, but
turkey hunting has been pretty good.

www.frankforttacklebox.com, Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

Manistee Area

Anglers trolling crankbaits in Lake Michigan are catching fair
numbers of brown trout and occasionally a salmon. Pier fishing has
been slow. A few steelhead are still being caught in the Manistee
River. Turkey hunting has been slow, but morel mushroom hunting has
been pretty good.

Fisherman’s Center (231) 723-7718.

Cadillac Area

Pike fishing has been pretty good in the weedbeds on lakes
Cadillac and Mitchell. Crappies also are hitting, but have moved
out of the shallows into 8 to 10 feet of water. Turkey hunting has
been slow. Morels are popping.

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

Grayling Area

Trout fishing has been decent on the Au Sable River, but fishing
pressure has been light. Hendricksons are still hatching, and bait
anglers are enjoying good success. Walleyes are starting to bite in
the shallows on Lake Margrethe. Turkey hunting has been slow.

Skip’s Sport Shop (989) 348-7111

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Bluegills are starting to move into the shallows on Houghton
Lake. Walleye and pike fishing also has been pretty good. Turkey
hunting has been slow with light hunter pressure, but mushroom
hunting has been very good.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

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

Higgins Lake Area

Lake trout and rainbow trout are being caught on Higgins Lake.
Anglers are slow-trolling for lakers and the ‘bows are hitting in
70 feet of water, 30 to 40 feet down. Perch fishing has picked up
and anglers fishing minnows along the drop-off and off the sunken
island report decent success. Turkey hunting has slowed.

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

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

Hubbard Lake Area

Walleye and pike fishing has been great on Hubbard Lake, but
fishing pressure has been light. Walleyes are hitting along the
south and southwest shores of the lake, and pike are still holding
in the shallows at the south end. A few perch are hitting in East
Bay, but most are on the small side. Turkey hunting has been slow.
Morel hunting has been pretty good.

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

Alpena Area

Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Huron. Anglers fishing
deep water off the 9-Mile Can report decent success. Closer to
shore, walleye and brown trout fishing has been good. Steelhead
fishing has slowed in the Thunder Bay River. Turkey hunting has
been slow, too, with light hunter pressure. Morels are popping.

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

Oscoda Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Huron with the best action
taking place early in the mornings and late in the evenings. A few
steelhead are hitting in the Au Sable River, but the run is
dwindling. Turkey hunting has been slow. Morels are popping.

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

Glennie Area

Crappies are hitting in the shallows on the Au Sable River.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good below the Five Channels Dam.
Turkey hunting has been slow, but mushroom hunting has been
great.

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been great in Lake Superior’s Brimley Back
Bay. Crawler harnesses fished in the shallows have been producing
the best results. Walleye fishing has been slow on Munuscong Bay,
but the catfish bite has been good.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

A few perch are hitting in Maxton Bay at the mouth of the
Potoganissing River. Walleye fishing has been spotty, but pike
fishing has been great. A few morels are popping.

Johnson’s Sport Shop (906) 493-6300.

St. Ignace Area

Fishing has been slow around St. Ignace and fishing pressure has
been light. A few walleyes are holding in the shallows on Brevoort
Lake. River fishing has been slow on the Pine and Carp.

Brevoort Lake Camp Store (906) 292-5410 .

Ace Hardware (906) 643-7721.

Grand Marais Area

Anglers trolling spoons in Lake Superior are catching a few
cohos and occasionally a steelhead in front of the Sucker River.
Pier anglers report that the whitefish are still biting. The best
action has been on spawn.

Rainbow Lodge (906) 658-3357.

Curtis Area

Walleye fishing has been very good on Big and South Manistique
lakes when the weather allows anglers to get out. Bluegill fishing
has been slow, but bass fishing has been great. Pike are hitting,
too. Morels are popping.

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

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

Lakers are keeping anglers busy in Lake Superior’s Marquette
Harbor, and big-lake fishing should improve as the water warms.
Salmon fishing has been slow. Stream anglers report pretty good
trout fishing on area streams. A few morels have been found.

Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Perch fishing has been fair in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de
Noc. The best action has been coming to anglers fishing wigglers
and minnows at the Narrows and off the Second Reef. Walleye fishing
has been pretty good throughout the bay. Turkey hunting has been
decent and mushroom hunters report finding a few morels.

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

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

Menominee Area

Walleye fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay
and fair in the Menominee River. Crawler harnesses and jigs have
been productive. Crappies and bluegills are hitting in the shallows
on Shakey Lakes and around Cottonback Island in the Menominee
River. Turkey hunting has been slow. Morels are popping.

MBK Sports Shop (715) 735-5393.

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

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw
Bay. A few cohos and kings also are being caught with some of the
best action coming early in the mornings when anglers are fishing
in the shallows. Whitefish have moved in and anglers are pounding
them with jigging spoons. Walleye fishing has been good in Lake
Superior’s Huron Bay. Steelhead fishing remains good in area
rivers.

Indian Country Sports (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Gogebic with several
anglers reporting limit catches. The best action has been coming to
anglers fishing crawler harnesses or jigs at the north end of the
lake in 5 to 18 feet of water. Smallmouth bass and northern pike
action has been hot, too. Mushroom hunting has been slow.

Gus’ Guide Service (906) 364-4459.

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

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

Keweenaw Peninsula

The water is slowly warming and a few walleyes have been caught
in Lac La Belle and Gratiot Lake. Smallmouth bass also are hitting.
Splake fishing has been decent along the north shore of Lake
Superior’s Copper Harbor. Stream fishing has been very good with
anglers catching good numbers of brookies. Mushroom hunters report
slim picking.

Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service (906) 289-4481.

Ontonagon Area

Lake Superior has been producing very good numbers of lake trout
and good numbers of salmon and browns. The best action has been
coming to anglers fishing in 30 to 40 feet of water. Trout fishing
has been pretty good on area streams.

Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle (906) 884-2770.

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