Central Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012
Saginaw Bay Area
Perch action has been hot on Saginaw Bay in water 14 to 22 feet deep. Hit the black holes early in the morning before the weather conditions get bad. Walleye fishing has tapered off. Some can still be found in water 22 to 25 feet deep. Use troll-less crawlers or crankbaits.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Brown trout fishing in the Pere Marquette River is still decent. Anglers are using grasshoppers and terrestrial patterns during the day, and mouse patterns at night. The king salmon are spread out, but most action can be found near Custer by those using Thunder Sticks or Hot-n-Tots. Cohos, kings, and skamania are being caught in the Big Manistee around Tippy Dam, or downriver near Bear Creek.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Bluegills are biting in Lake Isabella, the Martini Chain, and Coldwater Lake. Anglers are having success when using crickets and wax worms. Both bass fishing and pike fishing have been good on those bodies of water. Pike are hitting sucker minnows, and bass are taking crawlers and rubber worms.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.
Grand Haven Area
Fishing off piers along Lake Michigan has been on the slow side. Steelhead are currently in water 200 feet or more, waiting for lower temperatures. Inland anglers are faring well with bluegills and specks, particularly on the Grand Haven side of Sterns and Millhouse bayous. The fish are taking leaf worms and crawlers. Smallmouth bass are biting on mice and frogs.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.