MI: Walleye action is hot on St. Clair River, Gogebic Issue: 15

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Muskie fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair. Bucktails fished at
the Belle River Hump are producing good results. Perch fishing has
been good in Canadian waters at the hump, at St. Lukes, and at the
sand bar. Walleye fishing has been decent, and bass fishing has
been good all over the lake. Crawler harnesses, soft plastics, and
crankbaits are all producing good bass action.

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

Lake Orion

Bass and bluegills are hitting on Lake Orion. Bass anglers report
good action on Pinkie jigs and minnows fished along the primary
drop-offs in mid-morning. Bluegills are hitting along the weeds.
Wax worms and leaf worms are producing the best action. A few brown
trout have been caught in Paint Creek, but fishing pressure has
been light.

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

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Erie. Anglers report a good
bite in 6 to 14 feet of water at the dumping grounds between Luna
Pier and Toledo Beach. Fish are hitting crawler harnesses, body
baits, and spoons at E and C buoys. Perch fishing has slowed down a
little.

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

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Union Area

Bass and panfish action has been fair on Birch, Shavehead,
Paradise, Long, and Baldwin lakes. Bass are hitting crawlers and
soft plastics during the day and topwater baits early in the
mornings. Panfish have moved out to the weeds and are being caught
on leaf worms and crickets.

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

Kalamazoo Area

Perch fishing is picking up on Lake Michigan. Anglers heading out
from St. Joseph report a good bite in 35 feet of water, straight
out of the pier heads. About 5 miles north of St. Joe some bigger
perch have been caught in 20 to 25 feet of water. Lake trout,
salmon, and some steelhead are being caught out of South Haven in
75 to 110 feet of water. Flies and spoons are taking most of the
fish. Bluegills are hitting in Muskrat, Jeptha, Barton, Corey,
School Section, Clear, and Scott lakes. Spikes, wax worms, and red
worms work best. Inland trout fishermen are having luck on Little
Paw Paw and Shafer lakes. Crawlers and red worms are catching fish
at night on Little Paw Paw, and crankbaits and crawler harnesses
are working on Shafer. Bass fishing has been good on the Kalamazoo
River from Comstock up to the Morrow Pond Dam, as well as on Gun,
Austin, Bankson, Brownwood, and Crooked lakes.

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

Plainwell Area

Crappies and bluegills are hitting on Gun Lake and most of the
smaller lakes in the area. Minnows are producing good results on
crappies, and ‘gills are hitting leaf worms and crickets. Bass
fishing also has been good on Gun Lake, and some anglers are
catching muskies at night.

Gillett’s Bait and Hardware (269) 672-5371.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Water levels are good and the water is clear on Lake Huron’s
Saginaw Bay. Walleye anglers report success in 12 to 25 feet of
water at the Black Hole and near the Spark Plug, and between the
sand bars on the west side of the bay in 12 to 15 feet of water.
Nightcrawler harnesses are producing good results in the shallower
water, and spoons and crankbaits are catching fish out deeper.
Perch fishing has been slow.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

Fishing has slowed in Lake County. Bass fishing has been fair on
Wolf Lake. A few pike also are being caught on Wolf. Bluegill
fishing has been good on Idlewild, Big Bass, and Big Star lakes,
but the fish have moved into deeper water. Trout fishing has been
slow on the Pere Marquette River. The best bites have come to
anglers fishing crickets blue-winged olives, gold spinners, and
nightcrawlers in the evenings.

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

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

Greenville Area

Bluegill fishing has been good on Lincoln, Blue, Black, and Little
Lincoln lakes. Crickets have been the hot bait, and lots of fish
are being caught in the shallows. Pike fishing has been good on
Lincoln, and bass are hitting along the first drop-off. Soft
plastics have been producing the best action, but overall the bite
has been fair at best.

Tows Country Store (616) 984-5895.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Huron at Caseville. Anglers
report a good bite off Sleeper State Park in 30 to 50 feet of
water, northeast of Big Charity Island at the Steeples in 35 to 40
feet of water, and off Oak Beach in 30 to 40 feet of water. Crawler
harnesses and crankbaits have produced the best results.

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

Harbor Beach Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Huron in 50 feet of water, 30
feet down, on crawler harnesses. Anglers are still getting kings
north of Harbor Beach in 80 to 110 feet of water, and steelhead in
90 to 110 feet of water, 30 feet down. Orange and pink spoons have
produced the best results. A few catfish have ben caught in the
harbor.

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

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been good in the St. Clair River between Port
Huron and Marysville. Anglers drifting nightcrawlers are enjoying
limit catches. Perch fishing has been very good at the south end of
Lake Huron. Successful anglers are drifting with minnows in 28 to
34 feet of water along the shipping channel. However, minnows are
hit and miss right now at area bait shops.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Indian River

Decent walleye fishing has been reported by anglers on Burt Lake.
Those trolling with nightcrawler harnesses report the best bite.
Bass fishing has been good on Mullett Lake, with tubes and crayfish
imitations producing good results. Stream levels are holding up
pretty well and the water is clear. Brook trout and rainbow trout
fishing has been good on the Pigeon and Sturgeon rivers.

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

Manistee Area

Fishing has been a little slow at Manistee. Fair numbers of salmon
are hitting in Lake Michigan, but the fish are out deep. The best
action has come to anglers trolling spoons in 200 to 250 feet of
water, 120 to 130 feet down. A few perch are being found around the
piers, but most are tight-lipped and tough to catch. Bluegills are
finally bedding on Manistee Lake and anglers are dialing in with
wax worms and flies. The hex hatch is wrapping up, and trout
fishing has been fair in the Manistee and Little Manistee
rivers.

Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Cadillac Area

Fishing has been pretty good on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac.
Bluegills and crappies are hitting on both lakes along the weedbeds
in 8 to 12 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been good on Mitchell
along the outer weedlines. Crawler harnesses and leeches are
producing fish. Pike fishing has been good on both lakes, and
northerns are hitting “just about anything that moves.”

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

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Higgins Lake

Lake trout fishing has been good on Higgins Lake. The best action
has come to anglers fishing with cowbells in 80 to 90 feet of water
in the north basin in front of Big Creek. Rock bass and perch are
hitting in 25 feet of water along the drop-off and at the sunken
island. Minnows and nightcrawlers have produced the best
results.

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

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

Hubbard Lake Area

Bass fishing has been good on Hubbard Lake. Smallies are hitting
crawlers, leeches, and stickbaits fished in 4 to 10 feet of water.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good, too. Anglers fishing in 10 to
25 feet of water with crankbaits and bottom bouncers and
nightcrawlers are catching fish on the south end and west shore
from Hardwood point south.

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

Alpena Area

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits fished in 10 to 15 feet of water in
Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay. Lake trout fishing has been good near the
shipwreck off Rockport. A few salmon also have been caught there.
The best laker bite has come to anglers fishing right on bottom in
110 feet of water. Salmon are hitting in 50 to 60 feet of water, 40
to 50 feet down. Fishing in the Thunder Bay River has been slow. A
few bass have been caught.

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Herring fishing has been good off Lime Island in the St Mary’s
River and at Cedarville in Lake Huron. The best action has come to
anglers fishing wax worms on teardrops along the channel. Walleye
fishing has been good in the channel in Raber Bay. Crawlers are
producing the best action. Good perch and pike fishing is being
reported by anglers fishing at Cedarville.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Walleyes and smallmouth bass are keeping anglers busy at Drummond
Island. Walleyes are being caught in Scotts and Maxton bays on
crawler harnesses. Bass fishing has been good in both bays and
around Harbor Island. Tube baits and nightcrawlers have been the
hot baits. A few pike have been caught around the islands, too, on
spinners. A fair number of herring have been caught in Sturgeon
Bay.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Fishing has been slow on Manistique Lakes. A few walleyes are being
caught on Big Manistique and South Manistique. The best action has
come to anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses and leeches behind
planer boards along the weedbeds. A few perch have been caught, but
overall the bite has been slow.

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

CENTRAL UP

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has been slow on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc.
A few perch have been caught on nightcrawlers fished along the
weeds in the upper bay. Salmon fishing has been slow. The fish that
are being caught are running up to 20 pounds.

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

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

Menominee Area

Brown trout fishing is heating up on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay.
Anglers trolling spoons report the best action in 80 feet of water
or deeper. Bass and northern pike are biting in the Menominee
River. Bass are hitting crawlers, and pike are being caught on
suckers and chubs fished beneath bobbers. Panfish action has
improved on Shakey Lakes. Bluegills have moved out to the weedbeds
and are hitting worms and nightcrawlers

MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.

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

Iron Mountain Area

Trout fishing has been good on area streams. Brookies and browns
are hitting on the Paint, Brule, and many of the smaller streams.
The hex hatch is winding down and hopper patterns are starting to
produce. Adams and mosquitos also are taking fish. Bass fishing has
been hot on the Menominee River. Anglers tossing crankbaits,
weedless frogs, and leeches report a good bite. Walleyes are
hitting leeches and crawlers on the flowages.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay.
Anglers jigging and trolling are picking up good numbers of fish in
water 180 feet deep and deeper. A fair number of lakers have been
caught at the Huron Islands, too. Salmon fishing has been slow.
Stream fishing has been good. Water levels are up, and the brookies
are biting.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing has been awesome on Lake Gogebic. Jumbo perch are hitting
nightcrawlers and leeches fished in the weeds. Walleye action also
has been good with the bite moving from crawlers to leeches and
back again. Anglers are bringing in lots of fish.

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

 

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