Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
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Great Lakes fishing is hot; muskies hungry on St. Clair

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Muskie fishing has been great on Lake St. Clair. Anglers
trolling bucktail spinners along the south shore of the lake report
good success. Smallmouth bass fishing has also been very good, say
anglers fishing minnows at the Firecracker. Walleye fishing has
been slow. The best walleye bites have come from the Canadian side
of the lake.

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

Lake Orion

Bass fishing has been decent on Lake Orion, but the fish are
running on the small side. Pike and panfish are hitting live bait
on Lakeville Lake.

Hook Line & Sinker (248) 814-9216.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing has been slow on the Detroit River. Handliners
are enjoying success running Rapalas in the mornings. A few anglers
are catching fish on a jig tipped with a crawler or leech.
Smallmouths are hitting rubber gobies and perch are hitting minnows
fished in 6 to 8 feet around Sugar Island.

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

Trenton Lighthouse (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle (734) 692-9839.

Monroe Area

Walleye fishing has been decent on Lake Erie. Anglers trolling
crankbaits and crawler harnesses are catching fish between the
Dumping Grounds and the Banana Dike in 13 to 18 feet. Bass fishing
has been good throughout the western basin. Perch fishing is
heating up around Luna Pier and should improve. Bass fishing has
been good on the Huron River where live baits and spinnerbaits are
producing.

Cook’s Sportland (734) 242-0774.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

St. Joseph Area

Salmon fishing has been pretty good on Lake Michigan. Kings are
hitting spoons in 60 to 90 feet of water, 35 to 55 feet down. Pier
fishing has been slow with a few fish being caught around the Cook
Plant in 20 to 30 feet of water. Steelhead fishing has improved in
the St. Joseph River and a fresh batch of fish has moved in.

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

Allegan Area

Fishing pressure has been light in Allegan County. Bluegill
fishing has been good on Duck Lake. Fish are hitting wax worms and
leaf worms fished in 18 to 22 feet of water. Walleye action has
been slow on the Kalamazoo River, but bass fishing has been good on
Saddle and Hutchins lakes.

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

Holland Area

Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan. Anglers trolling
spoons in 100 to 130 feet, south of the harbor, report good
success. Perch fishing has been pretty good, with anglers picking
up fish in 20 to 40 feet of water in front of the south pier. Pier
fishing has been slow. Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake
Macatawa.

American Tackle Outfitters (616) 392-6688.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Walleye fishing has been great all over Saginaw Bay including
the Spark Plug, the Slot, and off buoys No. 1 and No. 2. Fish are
hitting crawlers, spoons, and crankbaits. Catfish action has been
good at the Hot Ponds and the Saginaw River.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina (989) 697-4415.

Lansing Area

Water levels are low on the Grand River, but anglers are
catching good numbers of bass and panfish. The best action has been
from those fishing above the North Lansing Dam. Bass are hitting
crawlers, leeches, and bodybaits. For panfish, try leaf worms or
butter worms. Fishing has been slow and pressure light at Lake
Ovid.

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

Grand Haven Area

Steelhead and salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan.
Anglers trolling spoons and j-plugs report a good bite in 150 to
200 feet. Pier anglers are catching a few fish on alewives. Perch
fishing has been slow.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle (616) 842-2770.

Muskegon Area

Salmon and steelhead fishing has been very good on Lake
Michigan. Anglers trolling dark-colored spoons in 60 to 90 feet of
water, 45 to 50 feet down, report a good bite. Pier fishing has
been slow.

Angler Archer (231) 744-5992.

Ludington Area

Kings and browns are hitting in Lake Michigan just outside the
harbor. Glow spoons and flies fished in the early mornings have
been producing very good results when fished in 50 to 70 feet of
water. Pier anglers also are starting to catch fish, especially
those using alewives. A few perch have been caught off the North
Pier.

Pere Marquette Sport Center (231) 843-8676.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been very good in Lake Huron. Anglers
fishing night crawlers and crankbaits are picking up fish west of
North Island along the weed edges, at the Slot, and northeast of
Big Charity Island. Perch fishing has been pretty good in 25 to 35
feet of water off Oak Point. Bass, catfish, and an occasional pike
are being caught inside the Caseville harbor.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

Perch fishing has been very good in Lake Huron at Port Sanilac.
The best action has come to anglers fishing minnows in 24 to 35
feet of water. Anglers are reminded there is no bait shop in Port
Sanilac. Walleye fishing has been pretty good at Harbor Beach both
inside and outside the harbor. Catfish and pike are also hitting in
the harbor. Lake trout and an occasional chinook salmon are being
caught by anglers trolling dodgers and squids or dodgers and flies
in 85 to 110 feet of water.

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

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been fair on the St. Clair River. Anglers
are drifting or slow-trolling nightcrawler harnesses and pencil
plugs. Lake trout are hitting at Lexington in 80 to 100 feet of
water.

Anderson’s Pro Bait (810) 984-3232

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Walleye fishing remains good on Lake Charlevoix. Anglers fishing
night crawlers and leeches in weeds in 12 to 16 feet of water are
catching walleyes in the south arm. In the main lake, the fish are
being found in 20 to 30 feet of water. Perch fishing has been very
good all across the lake. Minnows fished in 17 to 25 feet of water
are producing very good results. Salmon fishing has been spotty,
with the best action coming in 80 feet of water. Panfish and bass
are keeping anglers busy on Bellaire Chain of lakes.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Salmon fishing has improved in Grand Traverse Bay. Anglers
trolling spoons in East Bay are catching fish off Deepwater Point
and the Bluffs. In West Bay, salmon are hitting between Lookout
Point and Elmwood. A few whitefish are hitting wigglers fished in
60 to 80 feet of water at the south end of the bay.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com

Frankfort Area

Salmon and steelhead fishing has been very good on Lake
Michigan. Anglers are trolling spoons in 70 to 180 feet of water,
30 to 50 feet down. The best action has been had between Herring
Hole and Point Betsie. Fish also are hitting in 60 to 100 feet of
water straight out from the piers at Onekama. Walleye and pike
fishing has been good on Portage Lake. Crawler harnesses trolled or
drifted along the weedbeds have produced the best results. Panfish
and bass also are hitting.

www.frankforttacklebox.com

Tackle Box (231) 352-7673.

Manistee Area

Salmon and steelhead fishing has been very good in Lake
Michigan. Anglers are reminded to be aware of the commercial
fishing nets in the area. Anglers are trolling in the harbor and
out to waters 70 feet deep with good results. Pier anglers are
catching a few fish too, with spoons and alewives producing the
best results.

Fisherman’s Center (231) 723-7718.

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Bass and pike fishing has been good on Houghton Lake. Anglers
fishing nightcrawler harnesses and spoons around the weedbeds
report good action. Panfish are hitting leaf worms, crawler chunks,
and wax worms in and around the south shore weedbed.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

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

Cheboygan Area

Anglers fishing on Lake Huron report catching a mixed bag of
salmon and trout. The best success is being reported by those
trolling spoons in 55 to 120 feet of water.

Outdoor Adventure Store (231) 627-5273.

Oscoda Area

Lake trout and occasionally a salmon are being caught in Lake
Huron. The best action has come to anglers fishing right on bottom
in 90 to 120 feet. Pier anglers are catching smallmouth bass,
walleyes, catfish, and sheepshead. Nightcrawlers and leeches have
been the baits of choice.

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

Tawas Area

Walleye fishing has been fair in Lake Huron. Anglers fishing
near the Charity Islands report a decent bite when fishing
nightcrawlers in 35 to 50 feet. Bass fishing has been good with
lots of 3- to 5-pound bass in the bay.

Bay Party Store (989) 362-2332.

EASTERN UP

Sault Ste. Marie Area

Walleye fishing has been fantastic in the St. Mary’s River from
the Soo down to Raber Bay. Anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses
with bottom bouncers during low-light hours are picking up good
numbers of fish. Bass anglers report a good smallmouth bite off
Round Island. Salmon fishing has been slow in the river, but should
improve. A few Atlantic salmon are being caught behind the power
plant.

Hank’s Sport Shop (906) 632-8741.

St. Ignace Area

Salmon fishing has been decent in the Straits of Mackinac and a
few lakers are coming to the net, too. Anglers trolling spoons in
45 feet report the best success. Perch and walleye fishing has been
slow on Brevoort Lake. Anglers are catching more walleyes than
perch, but the fish have been small.

Brevoort Lake Camp Store (906) 292-5410.

Ace Hardware (906) 643-7721.

Grand Marais Area

A fair number of brook trout and brown trout have been caught in
the Two-Hearted River. Flies, spinners, and worms are producing.
Shore anglers on Lake Superior are catching menominee in the surf,
especially when the wind is out of the northwest. Single salmon
eggs and worms are catching fish. Lake trout fishing has been very
good. The best action has been three to five miles off shore.

Rainbow Lodge (906) 658-3357.

Curtis Area

Fishing has been spotty on Manistique lakes. Pike fishing has
been pretty good on Big Manistique where a 46-inch, 21-pound
northern was caught last week. A few perch are hitting minnows on
Big Manistique Lake. Anglers report that bluegills and occasionally
a walleye have been caught on South Manistique Lake.

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

CENTRAL UP

Garden Area

Perch fishing has improved in Big Bay de Noc. Anglers fishing
minnows in 12 to 14 feet near Ogontz report good success. Perch
anglers are catching decent numbers of fish in Garden Bay. Salmon
anglers are picking up chinooks when trolling spoons in 80 to 120
feet of water, 40 to 60 feet down. Walleye anglers report a slow
bite.

The Garden Sport Shop (906) 644-2908.

Foxy’s Den (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Superior’s Marquette
Harbor. Anglers fishing in 100 to 160 feet are catching fish up and
down the water column. Some are suspended as high as 40 feet. Most
anglers are trolling, but some are jigging in 250 to 300 feet.
Inland lake fishing is picking up. Crappies are biting on Greenwood
Reservoir and walleyes are keeping anglers busy on Lake
Independence and East Bass Lake.

Gander Mountain (906) 226-8300.

Munising Area

Lake trout are keeping anglers busy in Lake Superior at
Munising. Fish are scattered and being caught in 100 to 300 feet of
water. Anglers fishing off the mouth of the Anna River report a
good splake bite. Spoons and spawn both are producing good results.
At Au Train, anglers are catching lake trout in the same depths of
water. Perch fishing has been good on Au Train Lake with minnows
producing the best results.

Curly’s Hilltop Grocery (906) 387-3056.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has improved in Little Bay de Noc. Decent action
has been reported by anglers fishing during the hours of low light.
Anglers drifting and jigging with night crawlers in 18 to 35 feet
of water report fair action between Gladstone and the Black Bottom.
Anglers also report catching fish between the Ford River and Breezy
Point. Perch are hitting in 10 to 14 feet off Butler Island, and in
18 to 25 feet of water out by the Narrows. A few salmon are being
caught by anglers trolling spoons in 80 to 100 feet of water, 40 to
50 feet down.

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

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

Menominee Area

Salmon and brown trout fishing has been good in Green Bay.
Anglers trolling spoons or flashers and flies in 40 to 60 feet of
water report good success. The marina and the Menominee River are
full of bass and shore anglers are dialing in. Perch fishing has
also been good in the marina. Panfish are biting on Shaky Lake.

MBK Sports Shop (715) 735-5393.

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

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Lake trout fishing has been slow in Keweenaw Bay and Huron Bay,
but a few anglers are catching fish. The key is to go deep. Panfish
and bass action has been good on area inland lakes including
Prickett Lake and Big Lake. Brook trout fishing has been slow.
Stream levels are way down as the area continues to be in a
drought.

Indian Country Sports (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Perch fishing has been great on Lake Gogebic. Anglers fishing
with nightcrawler harnesses are catching fish along the weedbeds in
10 feet of water in Bergland Bay. Smallmouth bass action has also
been very good. Anglers report a good panfish bite in Crooked Lake,
Henry Lake, and the Cisco Chain of lakes. Lake trout fishing has
been good in Lake Superior. Anglers trolling spoons in 80 to 150
feet of water are catching the most fish.

Gus’ Guide Service (906) 364-4459.

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

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

Keweenaw Peninsula

Lake trout and salmon are hitting in Lake Superior. The best
action has been on spoons fished 20 to 40 feet down in 55 to 80
feet of water. A few walleyes have been caught along the weedbeds
in Gratiot Lake and Lac LaBelle.

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

Crystal Falls Area

Fishing has picked up a little at Crystal Falls. Pike anglers
are catching a few northerns on the Michigamme Reservoir and the
Peavy Backwaters. Spoons and live bait are both producing.
Bluegills are hitting worms and crickets fished in the weedbeds in
Lake Mary and Fire Lake.

DJ’s Sport Shop & Marine (906) 875-3113.

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