Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012
Fishing for largemouth bass with crayfish has been phenomenal in Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell. The bass are hitting in the drop-offs and weed edges in the early morning. Crappies also are biting, primarily on the east side of Lake Cadillac. Anglers are catching them in the early morning on minnows. Perch also are starting to hit minnows right off the bottom. There are some pike still roaming both lakes, looking for panfish and minnows. Anglers are catching northerns with spinnerbaits set 6 to 10 feet deep on the west side of Lake Cadillac near Mitchell State Park.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Bluegills are hitting leaf or wax worms around weedbeds in Houghton Lake. Walleye fishing is starting to pick up on Houghton Lake for those using crawlers and minnows.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Anglers are still catching plenty of lake trout by trolling and jigging. Fish are being snared at the bottom of Higgins Lake. Some anglers are bringing in whitefish by using jigging equipment. Some rainbow trout also are being caught on Higgins Lake, with anglers running stackers or high-lining. By drifting crawler harnesses, fishermen are bringing home smallmouth bass. Perch are biting on minnows or wax worms in water 60 or more feet deep.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Phoenix Party and Bait Store, (989) 821-7220.
Anglers are catching chinook salmon at the 9th Street Dam and in the Thunder Bay River by using spawn and floating techniques. Those out at Grand and Long lakes are catching perch with crawlers in water 15 feet deep. Some walleyes are biting on Hubbards Lake.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Anglers at Cook Pond are bringing home plenty of sunfish and an occasional rock bass. King salmon are starting to make their way to the mouth of the Au Sable River. Glow baits are working best.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Bluegills, sunfish, and perch are still biting in Cook Pond and Loud Pond. Anglers also are catching smallmouth bass by using minnows or by jigging leeches on the bottom. A few walleyes are biting at the bottom of both ponds.
Gordon’s Bait and Tackle, (989) 728-2248.