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

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Walleyes biting in Lower Peninsula; turkey hunting good

SOUTHERN LOWER

Trenton Area

The Detroit River was pretty muddy last week, but the American
side was clearing up and anglers reported a good walleye bite. Good
action was reported by anglers fishing in front of Joe Louis Arena,
the Free Press building, and the steel mill, with the best bite
occurring in the mornings. Minnows and Wyandotte Worms are taking
fish.

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

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

Luna Pier Area

High winds have stirred up mud in the western end of Lake Erie,
but despite the poor conditions, walleye anglers reported pretty
good success. Anglers were trolling crawler harnesses in 20 feet of
water in Brest Bay with good results. A few steelies are still
being caught in the Huron River, and walleye action is picking up.
Turkey season has been good.

Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

Grand Rapids Area

Walleye fishing has been good in the Grand River. Anglers
drifting crawler harnesses report a good bite. Catfish are hitting
crawlers, bluegills, and cut baits. Decent numbers of pike and bass
also have been caught. Crappies and bluegills are hitting wax
worms, flies, and rubber spiders in the backwaters. Turkey hunting
has been good.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

Saginaw Bay Area

Saginaw Bay was muddy and tough to fish last week. Successful
anglers reported catching a few walleyes on jigs and crawlers and
on stickbaits fished in 12 to 18 feet of water. A good bite was
reported at the mouth of the Saginaw River and at the Hot Ponds.
Turkey hunting has been good, and toms are gobbling early and late.
A few morels are being found.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina, (989) 697-4415.

Lansing Area

Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and tubes on the Grand
River at Eaton Rapids and below the North Lansing Dam. A fair
number of channel catfish are being caught at Moore’s Park, while
panfish have been hitting at the the Waverly Road Bridge. Catfish
and bass are hitting at Lake Ovid. Turkey season is in full stride,
and lots of hunters are enjoying success.

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

Harbor Beach Area

Lake trout are hitting in Lake Huron. The best action at Harbor
Beach has come to anglers trolling spoons and crankbaits in 35 to
60 feet of water, straight out and north of the harbor. Good colors
were blue, gray, and chartreuse. A few salmon and brown trout also
were being caught on blue, green, purple, and silver. Toms are
gobbling and a few morels are popping.

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

Lexington Area

Fishing has been fair on Lake Huron at Lexington. A few lake
trout are being caught in up to 25 feet of water, and steelhead are
hitting a little farther out in the lake. Turkey hunting has been
good. Toms are on the move.

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

NORTHERN LOWER

Frankfort Area

High winds have made fishing tough on Lake Michigan. Anglers who
have been able to get out report catching a few brown trout when
trolling just inside the breakwalls with planer boards and
crankbaits. Pier anglers also are catching a few browns. Steelhead
fishing remains fair on the Betsie River, and brown trout are
hitting flies fished above Kurick Road.

Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.

Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Houghton Lake. Anglers trolling
crankbaits or jigging with leeches report a good bite. Pike fishing
has been good, but a lot of small fish were being caught last week.
Panfish have moved into the shallows, and anglers fishing with wax
worms, leaf worms, and minnows report good action in the afternoon.
Turkey hunting has been good, and mushroom hunters are finding
morels.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

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

Higgins Lake Area

Trout fishing is heating up on Higgins Lake. Anglers report
catching limits of rainbows in the shallows at the south end of the
lake. A good lake trout bite has been reported by those fishing in
70 to 80 feet of water along the drop-off. Turkey hunting has been
fair. Morels have been found here and there.

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

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

Harrisville Area

Walleye fishing is heating up in and around the harbor on Lake
Huron. Anglers also have caught a few steelhead and Atlantics. The
best action has been on crankbaits fished early in the mornings and
late in the evenings. Turkey hunting has been good.

Keerl’s Korner, (989) 724-6426.

Alpena Area

Steelhead fishing has been fair in Lake Huron and in the Thunder
Bay River. A few browns also are being caught in the river, as were
smallmouth bass. Turkey hunting has been good. Hens are nesting in
the afternoons. Mushroom hunters are finding a few morels.

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

UPPER PENINSULA

Sault Ste. Marie Area

Pink salmon and a few steelhead are hitting in the St. Marys
River off the bridge on Portage Street. Spawn bags and flatfish are
taking fish. Small chinook salmon in the 17- to 19-inch range are
hitting behind the Edison Power Plant at Sault Ste. Marie. Chrome
Hot ‘N Tots have produced good action. A few perch have been caught
in the bays on Lake Nicolet.

Hank’s Sport Shop, (906) 632-8741.

Grand Marias Area

Coho fishing has been fair in Lake Superior at the mouth of the
Big Two-Hearted River, but steelhead fishing has slowed. Pier
anglers are catching whitefish and a few menominee on single eggs
fished in the surf.

Rainbow Lodge, (906) 658-3357.

Garden Area

Perch fishing remains pretty good in Big Bay de Noc’s Garden
Bay, but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find the
keepers. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing worms in
8 to 10 feet of water near the commercial landing. Turkey hunting
has been good. Hens are nesting in the afternoons.

The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.

Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Coho salmon fishing has been decent in Lake Superior. Anglers
fishing the upper harbor at Marquette report a good bite along the
breakwall and the bubblers. In the lower harbor, the best action
has been between the breakwall and the mouth of the Chocolay River.
Lakers are hitting near the white rocks, the Garlic River, and out
toward the “Sand Hole.” There were reports of limit catches out
near Stannard Rock. Water temperatures remain near 42 degrees.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Munising Area

Coho fishing has been good on Lake Superior near Pictured Rocks
and in Trout Bay. Anglers trolling crankbaits report the best
action. Pier and shore anglers are catching a few splake, but the
overall catch rates were low.

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

Escanaba Area

Perch fishing remains steady in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de
Noc. Anglers fishing minnows and wigglers off the access site at
Masonville Road report pretty good action in 20 feet of water.
South of the Narrows, anglers are still-fishing with worms in 20 to
30 feet of water. Steelhead fishing has been decent in the Days
River. Spawn and flies are taking fish north of U.S.-2. Turkey
season is in full swing, and lots of tome are being shot.

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

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

Ontonagon Area

Lake trout fishing is picking up on Lake Superior. Anglers
trolling in 12 to 40 feet of water are finding fish. A few chinooks
and browns are being caught.

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

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