Thursday, February 9th, 2023
Thursday, February 9th, 2023

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High winds, rain hamper anglers; gobblers still talking

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

High winds, heavy rain and dirty water put a damper on fishing
last week on Lake St. Clair. Fair numbers of walleyes have been
caught in the Detroit River.

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

Irish Hills Area

Bad spring weather has pulled the rug out from anglers feet as
fishing in Jackson County came to a halt last week. The turkey
season started on a good note with gobblers coming to the calls,
but high winds and rain storms have cancelled most plans of
late.

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

Lake Orion

Panfish are biting in the shallows on most area inland lakes
when the dismal weather allows anglers to venture out. Reports of
good bluegill and rock bass fishing have come from anglers on
Prince Lake, Graham Lake, and Lake Sixteen. Bass anglers are
catching fish on Lake Orion. The turkey season got off to a good
start, but action has slowed.

Hook Line & Sinker, (248) 814-9216.

Brighton Area

Pike, bass, crappies, and bluegills are hitting on most inland
lakes in the area, including Kent, Island, Chain of Lakes, and
Crooked Lake. A fair number of walleyes have been caught at the
lower end of the Huron River, and a few browns are still hitting in
the Huron at the Proud Lake Recreation Area. The turkey season got
off to a good start, but has stalled with the recent wet, windy
weather.

Midwest Sport Shop, (810) 227-3141.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing was good on Lake Erie before windy weather blew
in last week. Successful anglers were jigging between Turtle Island
and the Toledo Light, and at the Dumping Grounds.

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

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Edwardsburg Area

Fishing had been pretty good before bad weather rolled in last
week. Catch-and-release bass fishing has been good on Eagle and
Diamond lakes. Bluegills were hitting in the shallows on most of
the inland lakes in the area last week. The males had moved into
the shallows, but have moved back out to deeper water with cooler
temperatures.

Lunkers, (269) 663-3745.

Allegan Area

Windy, wet weather has stirred up fishing in Allegan County.
Bluegills are hitting in the shallows of Great Bear Lake. The males
have moved up, but the females are still holding in deeper water.
Crappies remain active on Muskrat Lake and Upper Jepp Lake. A few
walleyes have been caught in Lake Michigan off the pier at South
Haven. The best action has come to those fishing after dark with
Husky jerkbaits. Inland, walleye fishing has been slow to get
started. Turkey season started out hot, but has been slow
lately.

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

Union Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure has been light around
Union so far this year. Turkey hunting has been fair.

Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.

Kalamazoo Area

Crappies and bluegills are hitting in the shallows on Austin and
Gun lakes. Walleye fishing has been good at Lake of the Woods.
Turkey hunting got off to a good start, but slowed with the wet,
windy weather that hit the area last week. A few morels are being
found.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Grand Rapids Area

Panfish action has been good on inland lakes around Grand
Rapids. Crappies are hitting in the shallows on Reeds Lake and
Wabasis Lake. Bluegills are hitting on Gun Lake and bass are active
on most of the lakes in the area. Anglers are catching a fair
number of king salmon on Lake Michigan at South Haven. Turkey
season has been pretty good.

Al & Bob s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

High winds kept anglers off Lake Huron s Saginaw Bay last week.
Prior to the nasty weather, anglers trolling stickbaits in 12 to 18
feet of water in the inner bay were catching good numbers of
walleyes. On the Saginaw River, anglers were jigging up walleyes
all through Bay City. Turkey hunting was good and morels were
popping before cold weather arrived.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina, (989) 697-4415.

Baldwin Area

Trout fishing was pretty good on the Pere Marquette River before
last week s wind storms blew into town. A few Hendricksons and
bluewings were hatching. Last week s rain should replenish the
river, which had been running low. A fair panfish bite has been
reported by anglers fishing in the shallows on Idlewild, Lake
George, and Big Star lakes. Turkey hunting has been decent;
mushroom hunting has been hit or miss.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

Weidman Area

Fishing has been slow across Isabella County. Cool weather has
kept water temperatures down, and panfish and bass have yet to move
into the shallows to spawn. Turkey hunting was good during the
early season, but bad weather put a damper on success.

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

Muskegon Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light in Muskegon
County, with high winds keeping anglers off the water. Bluegills
have moved into the shallows on Muskegon Lake, and anglers are
dialing in when they can get out. Salmon fishing is picking up on
Lake Michigan. Anglers trolling spoons in 50 feet of water are
catching fish in front of the pier heads. Turkey hunting got of to
a very good start, but has slowed.

Angler Archer, (231) 744-5992.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Windy weather put a damper on fishing on Lake Huron last week.
Prior to the front blowing through, anglers were catching good
numbers of walleyes west of the buoy on Sand Point and at The Slot,
off North Heisterman Island. Good numbers of walleyes also were
hitting off the breakwall in Caseville. Bass were hitting off the
breakwall, too. Turkey hunting has been good, but the windy weather
gave the gobblers tight lips last week.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Harbor Beach Area

Good numbers of lake trout and fair numbers of brown trout and
steelhead were hitting in Lake Huron before bad weather sailed into
town last week. Once the water clears, the bite should resume.

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

Lexington Area

Limits of lake trout were being caught in Lake Huron, along with
a few kings and cohos, before the nasty weather arrived last week.
The best action was coming to anglers trolling spoons in 25 to 35
feet of water. Turkey hunting has been very good, but the windy
weather slowed the action last week.

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

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been good in the St. Clair River. Anglers
jigging with 3D 4-ounce jigheads tipped with finesse minnows were
catching good numbers of fish south of the mouth of the Black
River. Turkey hunting was very good during the early season, but
toms are henned up and hunting has slowed.

Anderson s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Indian River

Walleye fishing is picking up on Burt Lake. Anglers fishing
nightcrawler harnesses and Rapalas in the top 30 feet of water
report a good bite. Turkey hunting has been slow. Bird numbers are
down in Cheboygan County.

Pat & Gary s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.

East Jordan Area

High winds have kept anglers at bay on Lake Charlevoix. Perch
fishing has been fair, when anglers can get out. Walleye fishing is
starting to pick up on Charlevoix and on the Chain of Lakes. Turkey
hunting has been good. A few black morels are popping.

Tom s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Lake trout are hitting in 25 feet of water on West Grand
Traverse Bay. The best action has come on crankbaits trolled off
the gravel pit. Walleyes are hitting in the shallows on South Lake
Leelanau. Anglers fishing jigs and nightcrawlers in 8-12 feet of
water along emerging weeds report the best success. Turkey hunting
has been slow and hunting pressure light. A few white morels are
popping.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com

Cadillac Area

Fishing has been spotty on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell as rain
and windy weather have kept anglers at bay since the opener. Stream
anglers report a good trout bite. Turkey hunting has been slow.
Bird numbers appear to be down in Wexford County.

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

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

NORTHEASTERN LP

Grayling Area

Light numbers of panfish are being caught on Lake Margrethe,
Lonesome Lake, and KP Lake. Perch fishing has been good on Lake
Margrethe. The best action has come to those fishing minnows in 16
feet of water. Bass are moving into the shallows and starting to
make beds. Walleye fishing has been decent on Five Channels Dam
Pond. A few morels, both black and white, are popping. Turkey
hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light.

Skip s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Higgins Lake Area

Lakers and whitefish are hitting on Higgins Lake. The best
action has come to anglers trolling crankbaits close to bottom in
85 to 90 feet of water. Good numbers of rainbow trout were hitting
in the shallows, but action has slowed since bad weather moved in.
Turkey hunting has been slow, and hunting pressure has been light.
White morels are popping.

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

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

Hubbard Lake Area

Walleye fishing was good on Hubbard Lake before cold, wet, and
windy weather moved in last week. The best action has come to
anglers trolling nightcrawlers and crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet of
water. Perch were hitting in 6 to 8 feet of water in East Bay.
Minnows and redworms have been producing the best results. Turkey
hunting has been slow.

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

Oscoda Area

Fishing has been good in Lake Huron. Walleyes are hitting off
the pier at the mouth of the Au Sable River. The best action has
been on stickbaits and soft plastics. Fishing has been slow in the
Au Sable River. Turkey hunting has been great. Toms are still
responding to the calls. Mushroom hunters report finding both black
and white morels.

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

EASTERN UP

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing has shut down around Drummond Island. Anglers were
eagerly anticipating the walleye, pike, and muskie opener on May
15.

Johnson s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

St. Ignace Area

Stream fishing has been slow in the eastern Upper Peninsula with
cool, wet, windy weather impacting the bite. A few perch were
hitting in Lake Huron at the Les Cheneaux Islands, but angler
pressure has been light. Most were waiting for the walleye, pike,
and muskie opener on May 15. Mushroom hunting has been slow.

Brevoort Lake Camp Store, (906) 292-5410.

Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.

Curtis Area

A few perch have been hitting on Big Manistique Lake, but angler
pressure has been light as most were waiting for the May 15 walleye
opener. Trout anglers report a good bite on local streams. Water
levels are way down across the eastern U.P.

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

CENTRAL UP

Garden Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Michigan s Big Bay de
Noc as most local anglers were waiting for the May 15 walleye,
muskie, and pike opener. Turkey season started off on a good note,
but has slowed recently with dismal weather taking a toll on hunter
participation.

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

Foxy s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Fishing has been pretty good on Lake Superior. Anglers trolling
close to shore report catching good numbers of lake trout, brown
trout, and chinook salmon. A few splake also have been caught in
the lower harbor.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

High winds put a damper on fishing last week on Lake Michigan s
Little Bay de Noc. Before the wet, cold, windy weather moved in,
anglers were catching good numbers of perch off Kippling, around
Saunders Point, and south of Gladstone. A few walleyes were being
caught by the perch anglers, who were eager for the May 15
opener.

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

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

Menominee Area

Walleyes, browns, and rainbows were being caught in the
Menominee River before wet, windy weather moved in last week and
put a damper on the action. Turkey hunting has been fair.

MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.

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

WESTERN UP

Bergland Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Gogebic as most anglers
were gearing up for the walleye, pike, and muskie opener. The water
level is unseasonable low. Walleyes are holding near the spawning
areas, and the opener was expected to be good.

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

Keweenaw Peninsula

Fishing has been slow in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Trout anglers
report a decent bite on local streams. A few lake trout are hitting
in Lake Superior. Bobbers are enjoying the best action in 150 to
180 feet of water. A few splake are being caught in Copper Harbor,
Eagle Harbor, and the other harbors and marinas on Lake
Superior.

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

Ontonagon Area

Salmon, lake trout, and brown trout are hitting in Lake
Superior. The best action has been in 10 feet of water right along
shore. Local anglers are gearing up for the Ontonagon Lake Trout
Classic, May 21-23. Inland lakes are still running cold and fishing
has been slow. Mushrooms were popping before cold, wet, windy
weather moved in last week.

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

Iron River Area

Fishing has been slow in Iron County. Most anglers were awaiting
the walleye, pike, and muskie opener on May 15. Good numbers of
brookies and browns are hitting on local streams. Turkey season
started out with a bang, but has slowed.

Luckey s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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