Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
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MI: High winds hinder hunters, fishermen across state Issue: 22

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

High winds have kept anglers grounded on Lake St. Clair and stirred
up a lot of muddy water. When the winds lie down and anglers get
out, perch have been biting all along the American side of the
lake, including in front of the Grosse Point Yacht Club. Bass
fishing also has been good, and the muskie bite has been good at
the mouth of the Thames River. Waterfowl hunting has been decent
and should improve with colder weather moving some of the flight
birds south. The archery deer season is off to a good start.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Brighton Area

Fishing has been slow in Livingston County. High winds have kept
most anglers off the water, so fishing pressure has been light.
Waterfowl hunting has been good and should improve when the flight
birds start arriving. The wind has put a damper on bowhunting, too.
A couple turkeys have been killed. Leaves are falling, and crops
are coming out.

Midwest Sport Shop, (810) 227-3141.

Luna Pier Area

Fishing has been tough on Lake Erie with high winds and muddy water
keeping anglers on shore. Waterfowl hunting has been good.
Bowhunting has been slow and hunting pressure has been light.

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

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Allegan Area

High winds and muddy water have kept anglers off Lake Michigan.
Steelhead fishing has been good on the Kalamazoo River below the
Allegan Dam. Spawn, spinners, wax worms, and yarn have all produced
good results. Perch fishing has been good on Duck Lake and Hutchins
Lake. Archery deer season has been slow to get started, but should
improve with cooler weather moving in and crops coming out. Duck
hunting has been good in Coopmans Marsh and the Ottawa Marsh on the
Kalamazoo River.

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

Kalamazoo Area

Perch fishing has been good on Gun Lake in 6 to 10 feet of water.
Minnows and wigglers are both catching fish. A few walleyes have
been caught on Gun, too. There are still some salmon and steelhead
being caught below the Berrien Springs dam on the St. Joe River.
Bluegills are hitting on Little Paw Paw Lake and Hogsett Lake, and
the bass bite has been good on Gull, Swan, Big, and Crooked lakes.
Crops are coming out and deer hunting should improve, but warm,
windy weather put a damper on the early season. Fall turkey season
has ben fair.

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

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing remains good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers
fishing minnows in 17 to 21 feet of water report a good bite south
of the black hole and in front of Linwood Beach Marina. Waterfowl
hunting has been good with lots of ducks and geese on the bay.
Archery deer season has slowed a bit, but should improve with the
crops coming out and cooler weather in the forecast.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Weidman Area

Bluegill and pike fishing has been good on Lake Isabella, Coldwater
Lake, and the Martini Chain of Lakes. A few walleyes have been
caught on Isabella and Coldwater. Archery deer season has stalled
with warm weather, then high winds keeping hunters out of the
woods. The action should improve with more hunting pressure and
cooler weather. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been great, and
hunters report killing a few turkeys. Waterfowl hunting has been
fantastic with lots of ducks and geese in Isabella County.

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

Muskegon Area

High winds muddied the water in Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake
last week and fishing has been slow. With cooler temperatures and
lighter winds in the forecast, anglers are awaiting the arrival of
yellow perch. Waterfowl hunting has been pretty good. There are
lots of local ducks and geese in the area, and flight birds are
starting to arrive. Deer hunting has been slow, and hunting
pressure has been light.

Angler Archer, (231) 744-5992.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Huron, but anglers report
good action on perch, brown trout, and lake trout in the Pigeon
River. Waterfowl hunting has been very good with lots of geese and
good numbers of ducks in the area. Crops are coming out and deer
hunting has been good.

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

Harbor Beach Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Lake Huron as
high winds blew into the area last week. Archery deer season is off
to a slow start. Leaves are falling and the corn is coming out, so
hunting should improve in coming weeks.

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

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

High winds and heavy rain have put a damper on fishing. Before the
bad weather moved in, perch were hitting on Lake Charlevoix in
Raspberry Bay and off the Coast Guard Station. The best action has
been in 30 to 50 feet of water. Salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan
in 130 feet of water, 70 to 80 feet down. Archery deer hunting has
been slow, with high winds impacting deer movement. Crops are
coming out. Leaves are falling and grouse and woodcock hunting has
improved. Waterfowl hunting has been pretty good. There are lots of
geese around, but flight ducks have yet to arrive.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Cadillac Area

A few walleyes and crappies were being caught last week on Lake
Cadillac, before the weather turned sour. Archery deer season has
been fair, but the high winds have kept hunting pressure and deer
movement to a minimum. Bear hunting has been slow, too. Grouse and
woodcock hunting has been decent, and should improve with the
leaves falling. Woodcock flights should start soon.

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

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Higgins Lake Area

Perch and lake trout are hitting on Higgins Lake. Perch are biting
minnows fished in 50 feet of water, and the lakers are hitting jigs
fished right on bottom in 100 feet of water. Browns and rainbow
trout are starting to show up in the mornings on the drop-off.
Waterfowl hunting has been pretty good, but the flight ducks have
not arrived yet. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good. Leaves
are down and woodcock flights could begin any day. Archery deer
hunting has been tough with warm and windy weather hampering
hunting.

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

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

Glennie Area

Perch fishing has been good on Van Etten Lake and the Au Sable
River. Grouse and woodcock hunters report good flush rates, but
heavy foliage has made shooting tough. Leaves are falling, and the
action should get better. Archery deer season has been good.

Gordon’s Bait, (989) 728-2248.

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Diver ducks are rafting up and waterfowl hunting has been very good
in the eastern U.P. There are lots of geese in the area, too. Deer
hunting is off to a slow start. Bear hunting has been slow, too,
with unseasonably warm weather limiting bear movement during
daylight hours. Perch fishing has been good in the St. Marys River
near Barbeau. Anglers fishing minnows and worms are catching good
numbers of fish in 20 feet of water. Perch fishing has been good on
Lake Huron at Cedarville and Hessels, too. The fall walleye bite
has started, and anglers report good action in Munuscong Bay, when
the wind allows them to get out on the water.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

High wind put a damper on hunting and fishing last week. Before the
weather turned nasty, anglers reported catching good numbers of
perch in Scotts and Maxton bays. Deer hunting has been slow, and
hunting pressure light. Grouse and woodcock numbers are down. Most
of the leaves have fallen.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

CENTRAL UP

Garden Area

Perch fishing has been good in Lake Michigan’s Garden Bay. Minnows
fished in 20 feet of water have produced good results. Smallmouth
bass fishing has been excellent off Garden Bluff and Burnt Bluff.
Anglers are fishing sucker minnows in 25 feet of water. Grouse and
woodcock hunting has been fair and should improve with the leaves
falling. Squirrel hunting has been good. Bear hunting has been
good, and several bears have been killed on Garden Peninsula.
Bowhunting has been good, and bucks are starting to prowl.

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

Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has been pretty good off the wall in Lake
Superior’s Marquette Harbor. A fair number of whitefish also are
being caught. A few lakers are being caught farther out in Lake
Superior, but fishing pressure has been light. Grouse and woodcock
hunting has been very good, as has waterfowl hunting. Archery deer
season has been decent. Bear hunting was hot early in the season,
but has slowed in recent weeks.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

WESTERN UP

Menominee Area

Decent numbers of steelhead and a few salmon have been caught off
the breakwall on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. A few fish also have
been caught in the Menominee River. Waterfowl hunting has been
good, and grouse and woodcock hunters report good flush rates.
Archery deer season got off to a good start. Bear-hunting success
has slowed.

MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.

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

Bergland Area

High winds last week limited hunting and fishing success. Fishing
pressure has been light. Perch and walleyes are hitting
nightcrawlers fished along the weeds in the bays on Lake Gogebic.
Waterfowl hunting has been decent. Grouse and woodcock hunting has
been fantastic, with lots of limits being reported. Archery deer
season has been good and deer numbers are up a little. Hunting
pressure has been light. A few bears are still being killed.

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

 

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