Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012
Lake St. Clair
Anglers are catching walleyes in the Detroit River on both the American and Canadian sides by deep-trolling with hand-liners. Spoons and Rapalas seem to work best, or try jigging with a minnow. On the northeast side of Lake St. Clair, yellow perch are biting in water 25 to 30 feet deep. Some anglers are catching smallmouth bass between 7 and 9 Mile roads.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
Bass, bluegill, perch, and walleye fishing is picking up on Clark Lake and Vineyard Lake. Perch also are biting in Lake Erie.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Those fishing Union, Cass, White, and Pontiac lakes are catching good numbers of bluegills and bass. Bluegills are hitting on leaf worms or fathead minnows, while crankbaits are working best for bass.
KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.
Salmon are still in deep water in Lake Michigan, waiting for cooler weather. Some anglers are having success using flashers and meat rigs with herring. Anglers also are catching perch with worms and crawlers.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720
Plenty of panfish and perch are coming out of Madison, Honey, Rose, and Cary lakes. Most anglers are using worms, nightcrawlers and wax worms. Beginning Sept. 1, it’s also legal to dig for and use mayfly larvae. Some pike are hitting on minnows and nightcrawlers. Walleye fishing won’t take off until late September.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330
Lake Michigan near South Haven is experiencing salmon and steelhead moving closer to shore. Both are being caught on magnum spoons and by those trolling with flies in water 90 feet deep. A mixed bag of catfish is being caught below the Allegan Dam at the Kalamazoo River. Anglers are catching them on suckers or cut bait. Some steelhead have come up to the dam. On inland water, perch are ripe for the catching on Lake Cora, while anglers are hooking a ton of bluegills on Pleasant Lake and Little Paw Paw Lake. Those having success are using harnesses suspended in water 15 to 20 feet deep. A few walleyes are being taken on crawler harnesses offered at Gravel Lake.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Kings and steelhead are still being pulled out of Lake Michigan, and some salmon are making their way into rivers. Anglers are using green flies, spoons, and J-Plugs to catch them. On Muskegon Lake, Mona Lake, and White Lake, smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing is slowing down. At the 6th Street Dam in downtown Grand Rapids, anglers are catching some kings and steelheads by using yarn balls, stone flies, and mayflies.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.