Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

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Bucks are chasing does; fishing pressure light

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Perch fishing remains very good on Lake St. Clair. High winds put a
damper on action last week and muddied up the water. Prior to that,
anglers reported good action at the Grosse Point Yacht Club, the
mouth of the Detroit River, the Belle River Hump, and at the
weather buoy on the Canadian side of the lake. Muskie fishing has
also been good with anglers catching good numbers of fish in the
Thames River and west towards the Red Barn. A few fish were being
caught at the  dumping grounds. Bass fishing tapered off with the
high winds that blew through last week. Waterfowl hunting has been
good. Goose hunters report very good success in the corn fields off
26 Mile Road. Archery deer season has also been good. The rut is
on.

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

Lake Orion

Bass fishing has been good on Lake Orion, but angler pressure has
been light. Bluegills are hitting wax worms and leaf worms on
Prince Lake. Fall turkey hunting has been very good with lots of
birds in the area. Deer hunting has been good, too. Most of the
leaves are down and bucks are on the move. Duck and goose hunting
has been pretty good. Migrants are moving through.

Hook Line & Sinker, (248) 814-9216.

Monroe Area

Perch fishing has been very good on Lake Erie. Anglers fishing
minnows in 18-23 feet of water report catching lots of 9- to
12-inch yellowbellies. Duck hunting has been fair, but hunter
pressure has been light. Bowhunters report good success. Bucks are
rubbing and scraping. There have been no reports of steelhead yet
in the Huron River.

Rick’s Sports, (734) 242-0774.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Edwardsburg Area

Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Cory, Diamond and Juno lakes.
Bass fishing has been good on Lake of the Woods. Deer hunting has
been pretty good, despite an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic
disease (EHD) in the local herd. Bucks are on the move and are
chasing does. Waterfowl hunting has been excellent. There are lots
of wood ducks in the area and mallards are starting to move in.
Goose hunting has been spotty. Flight birds have yet to arrive.
Fall turkey hunting has been good.

Lunkers, (269) 663-3745.

Kalamazoo Area

Salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan at St. Joseph in 180-200 feet
of water, 100-130 feet down. Steelhead fishing has been very good
in the Kalamazoo and St. Joe rivers. Good numbers of walleyes and
smallies are also being caught in the Kalamazoo between Comstock
and the Morrow Pond Dam. Pike fishing remains good on Gun, Long and
Gull lakes. Top spots for decent bluegill action include Eagle,
Fish, Scott, Little Paw Paw, Sugar Loaf, Rupert and Swan lakes.
Waterfowl hunting should improve with a little cold weather. Deer
hunting has been good and bucks are on the move.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Grand Rapids Area

Steelhead fishing has been pretty good in the Grand River. A few
salmon are still being caught, too. Salmon spawn has been the bait
of choice. Panfish action has been great on Reeds and Wabasis
lakes. Deer hunting has been good and is improving. Bucks are
chasing does and most of the leaves have fallen. Grouse hunting has
been slow, but woodcock action has been pretty good. Waterfowl
hunting has been good and flight birds should start showing up now
that cooler weather has arrived.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing remains very good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.
Anglers fishing perch rigs tipped with minnows report good action
in 15-20 feet of water at the Black Hole and the Spark Plug.
Walleye fishing has been slow. Deer hunting is heating up and bucks
are chasing does. Waterfowl hunting has been fair and flight birds
are starting to arrive. Fall turkey hunting has been fair.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina, (989) 697-4415.

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing has been very good in the Pere Marquette River. A
few cohos are being caught downstream. Pike fishing has been pretty
good on Levrentz, Wolf and Idlewild lakes. Waterfowl hunting has
been pretty good. Grouse hunting has been very good, but woodcock
hunting has been slow. Deer numbers are still down and hunting has
been fair. Leaves are down and bucks are on the move.

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

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

Weidman Area

Bluegill and walleye fishing has been good on Coldwater Lake and
Lake Isabella. Anglers there also report catching good numbers of
pike. Waterfowl hunting has been good and flight ducks are starting
to trickle through the area. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been
very good. Deer hunting has been good, too, and is getting better.
Bucks are tearing up the woods and chasing does.

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

Ludington Area

Steelhead fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan. Anglers
trolling orange spoons in 90 feet of water report the best success.
Those fishing off the breakwall and in the Pere Marquette River
report good action on fresh spawn. Deer hunting has been pretty
good. Bucks are rubbing and scraping. Duck hunting has been quiet.
Grouse and woodcock hunting has been slow.

Pere Marquette Sport Center, (231) 843-8676.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Perch, walleyes and a few burbot are being caught in Lake Huron off
the breakwall in downtown Caseville. High winds have kept boat
anglers grounded. When they can get out, anglers report catching a
few perch off North Island. Waterfowl hunting has been very good
with lots of flight birds arriving. Deer hunting has also been hot.
About 90 percent of the crops are down and bucks are chasing does.
Turkey hunting has been very good.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Lexington Area

The harbor on Lake Huron is full of salmon, pike and perch and
anglers are dialing in. Salmon are hitting minnows and spawn. Pike
and perch are hitting minnows, too. Duck and goose hunting has been
fair. Deer hunting has been very good. The crops are down and bucks
are scraping and rubbing. Turkey hunting has been very good with
lots of birds in the area.

Buck Wild Nation,  (810) 359-8550

Vassar Area

Fishing has been slow in Tuscola County. A few bluegills and a
couple walleyes have been caught on Murphy Lake. Deer hunting has
been fair and should heat up as bucks begin chasing does. Overall,
deer numbers are down a little. Turkey hunting has been
quiet.

Fred’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 823-8157.

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Charlevoix and pressure has been
light. A few perch have been caught, but success has been spotty.
Waterfowl hunting has been very good. Flight ducks and geese are
arriving daily. Deer hunting has been slow with high winds keeping
movement to a minimum. Bucks are chasing does. Grouse and woodcock
hunting has been good, but woodcock hunting is slowing.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Steelhead fishing has been very good on the Big Manistee River.
Spawn has been producing the best results. Perch are hitting in
17-25 feet of water on Long Lake. The whitefish bite remains good
in East Grand Traverse Bay in 110-120 feet of water. Lakers and a
few small steelhead are being caught in the Boardman River. Deer
hunting has been fair. Leaves are down and bucks are on the move.
Grouse and woodcock hunting has improved now that the leaves are
down. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Flight ducks are migrating
through.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com

Cadillac Area

Fishing has been quiet on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. A few
steelhead are hitting at Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee River. Deer
hunting has been fair and should improve now that the rut has
started. A few grouse and woodcock are being killed, but overall
hunting has been slow.

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

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Grayling Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Margrethe and angler pressure has
dwindled down to nothing. Deer hunting has been slow with light
numbers of deer being seen. Bucks are starting to chase does.
Grouse hunting has been slow but woodcock hunting has been very
good. Waterfowl hunting has been slow, but should improve with
cooler weather moving in. A few flight birds are starting to show
up. The bear season was very good and coyote hunting has been
good.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

Walleye fishing is heating up on Houghton Lake. The best action has
come to anglers fishing minnows and crankbaits in the shallows. A
few pike have been caught, too, including a 39-incher last week.
Deer hunting has been fair and numbers are down. Leaves have fallen
and bucks are rutting. Waterfowl hunting has been quiet, but grouse
and woodcock numbers are up.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

High winds have kept anglers on shore at Higgins Lake. Those who
have been out are catching fish off West Sunken Island. Deer
hunting has been slow and pressure has been light. Grouse and
woodcock hunting has been good.

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

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

Oscoda Area

Perch fishing has been very good on Van Etten Lake with a few fish
up to 13 inches being caught. The best action has come to anglers
fishing in 8-10 feet of water. Deer hunting is starting to heat up.
The leaves are down and bucks are on the move. Grouse and woodcock
hunting has been pretty good and waterfowl hunting has also been
good with lots of local and migrant birds in the area.

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been very good in Munuscong Bay and Raber Bay.
Crankbaits have produced the best results. Perch fishing has been
slow. Duck hunting has been phenomenal with lots of flight birds
arriving. Goose hunting has slowed. Deer hunting has been spotty,
but the rut is beginning. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been
slow, but the bear season was pretty good.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has been slow on Drummond Island with heavy winds keeping
anglers grounded. For those who have been able to get out, perch
fishing has been good in Maxton Bay. Anglers fishing between Ashmun
Island and James Island report a good bite in 8-10 feet of water.
Duck hunting is improving in Scotts, Maxton and Whitney bays.
Divers have arrived. Grouse hunting has been fair. Deer hunting has
been slow.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye fishing has been very good on Big Manistique Lake. The best
action has come to anglers drifting minnows with the wind. Duck
hunting has been good and should improve as flight ducks appear.
Deer hunting has been very slow, but should heat up a little now
that the leaves are down and bucks are on the move. Grouse and
woodcock hunting has been quiet, but will improve now that the
cover has fallen.

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

CENTRAL UP

Big Bay Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Lake
Independence. Deer hunting has been very good. Deer numbers appear
to be up and the bucks are active. Waterfowl hunting has been slow
with warm weather putting a damper on action. Bear hunting was
good, but grouse and woodcock hunting has been slow. Coyote numbers
are on the rise.

Big Bay Corner Store, (906) 345-5098.

Marquette Area

A few steelhead, lake trout and coho salmon have been caught in the
near-shore waters of Lake Superior. Lake trout fishing has been
very good in Lower Marquette Harbor. Anglers casting spinnerbaits
and crankbaits off the breakwall report good success. Waterfowl
hunting is improving and some migrant ducks are moving through.
Grouse hunting remains good and deer activity is increasing. Bucks
are on the prowl.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Perch fishing continues to be pretty good in Lake Michigan’s Little
Bay de Noc, when the wind allows anglers to get out. Good action
has been reported by anglers fishing  north of Gladstone at the
Days River, and at Center Reef. Perch rigs with minnows and worms
have produced good results. Lots of fish in the 9- to 15-inch range
have been caught.  Walleye fishing is just getting started with
water in the bay hovering around 50 degrees. The bear season was
good. Grouse hunting has been good, too. Deer hunting has been
fair.

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

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

Menominee Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good in the Menominee River.
Crawlers have been producing the best results. Panfish action has
been good on Shakey Lakes. Waterfowl hunting has been very good
with lots of birds in the area. Deer hunting has also been pretty
good and the action should improve. Bear hunting was slow. Grouse
and woodcock hunting has been quiet.

MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.

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

WESTERN UP

Bergland Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Gogebic, but fishing pressure
has been very light. Anglers fishing in 4-8 feet of water are
catching fish along the weeds and off shore. Sucker minnows and
crankbaits have both produced good results. The best action has
been during low light periods. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been
very good. Deer hunting has been pretty good, too, but hunting
pressure has been light. Bucks are rubbing and scraping. Duck
hunting has been pretty good, but goose hunting has been
slow.

Lynn & Barry

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

Iron River Area

Muskie fishing has been very good on Chicagon Lake and Paint Pond.
Grouse and turkey hunting has been good with plenty of birds around
and should improve now that the leaves are down. Duck and goose
hunting is improving as flight birds arrive.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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