Fishing action is heating up; turkey hunting slow – Southern LP Report
Irish Hills Area
Bluegills are starting to stage, and anglers are catching good numbers of fish on local inland lakes. Turkey hunting has slowed, and hunting pressure has been light.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Bass fishing has been good on Lake Orion. The early morning bite has been hot, with topwater presentations taking lots of fish. Pike and bass are hitting on Lakeville Lake. Turkey hunting has slowed, with toms henning up early. The afternoon hunts have been productive.
Hook Line & Sinker, (248) 814-9216.
Bluegills and crappies and hitting on Island, Woodland, and East and West Crooked lakes. Some fish are still on the beds and some are moving back into the main lake. Archers report that carp hunting has been good on Thompson and Woodland lakes. Bass anglers are picking up fish on Island and Woodland lakes, and a few pike have been caught, too. Turkey hunting has been decent, but hunting pressure was light as the season winds down.
Midwest Sport Shop, (810) 227-3141.
Walleyes and white bass are hitting up and down the Detroit River. Hand-liners and jiggers are picking up good numbers of walleyes early in the mornings. White bass are biting everywhere.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Luna Pier Area
Walleye fishing has been very good on Lake Erie. Anglers trolling small spoons in 12 to 17 feet of water report a good bite between Turtle Island and the S buoy. White bass are thick at the west end of Lake Erie. A few perch have been caught in 11 feet of water off the northwest side of Turtle Island.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Bluegills are staging on most inland lakes, including Eagle, Duck, and Scott. Good numbers of crappies have ben caught on Big Lake, and bass fishing has been very good on Lake Allegan. The late season has been tough on turkey hunters. Gobblers aren’t coming to calls very well.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Kings and coho salmon are hitting in 120 to 180 feet of water on Lake Michigan. A few lakers have been caught, too. Perch fishing is starting to heat up with limit catches being reported last week by anglers fishing in 50 to 65 feet of water. The late turkey season has been slow.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720
Bluegill are hitting in the shallows on Huzzy, Corey, Bankson, Scott, and Muskrat lakes. The perch bite has been good on Crooked, Eagle, Little Paw Paw, and Gull lakes in 18 to 25 feet of water. Walleye anglers are using crawler harnesses and crankbaits to catch fish on Gravel Lake and Maple Lake.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan off Holland and Port Sheldon in 140 to 230 feet of water. Panfish are hitting on Jordan and Sessions lakes. Bass fishing has been hot on Gun and Selkirk lakes and on the bayous along the Grand River. Catfish and smallmouth bass are hitting in the Grand River. Turkey hunting has been slow.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye action is heating up on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers trolling with stickbaits in 10 to 15 feet of water are picking up good numbers of fish. Crawlers are taking a few fish, too. Salmon fishing has been pretty good along the shore of Lake Huron in less than 40 feet of water. Anglers report catching a mixed bag of steelhead, kings, lakers, and cohos. Turkey hunting has slowed.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Steelhead fishing has improved on the Pere Marquette River. Crankbaits, spinners, and nightcrawlers are all catching fish. Fly fishing has been good, too, with several browns and a few brookies being caught. Tributaries seem to be fishing better than the main branch. Panfish and bass are hitting on most of the inland lakes, including Big Bass, Big Star, Wolf, and Idlewild. Turkey hunting has been good, and there are still good numbers of birds around.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974.