Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – December 7th, 2012
Lake St. Clair
Skim ice was forming last week in the mornings on Lake St. Clair, and fishing pressure was nonexistent. A few walleyes were still being caught in the Detroit River. Jigs were producing the best results on both sides of the river. Hand-liners were catching a few fish, too, but jigs were the bait of choice.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
The firearms deer season was pretty good in northern Oakland County, with several big bucks being killed, mostly on private land. The late seasons should be good, too. A few steelhead were hitting spawn and spoons in the Clinton River, but fishing pressure has been light.
Hook Line & Sinker, (248) 814-9216.
The firearms deer season was fair in Livingston County. Fishing pressure has been light. A few crappies and bluegills have been caught on Ore, Crooked, and Island lakes. A couple walleyes have been caught on the Huron River.
Midwest Sport Shop, (810) 227-3141.
Deer hunting was a little slow in Allegan County. Hunters reported that deer numbers appeared down, but several nice, big bucks were killed. Steelhead fishing remains pretty good on the Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam. Wax worms drifted beneath bobbers have been taking good numbers of fish. A few bluegills are still being caught on Eagle and Duck lakes.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Deer hunting has been good in Kalamazoo County, although hunters report seeing fewer deer than in past years. There are lots of coyotes around. Angler are catching decent numbers of steelhead in Lake Michigan off the pier at South Haven and at the mouth of the Black River. Whitefish are moving in at St. Joseph, and anglers are dialing in with spawn and wax worms. Steelhead are hitting plugs in the St. Joe River.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Saginaw Bay Area
Deer hunters enjoyed a good firearms season around Saginaw Bay, but high winds have kept anglers grounded. When the weather allows anglers to get out, good numbers of perch have been caught in the rivers and cuts around the bay. Walleye action has been slow, but a few fish are starting to hit at the mouth of the Saginaw River and in 13 to 15 feet of water off Linwood. Crankbaits have produced the best results in the open water, and river anglers are using jigs tipped with soft plastics or live bait.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
The firearms deer season was very good in Lake County, with several nice bucks being taken. The muzzleloader and late archery seasons should be good, too, as there are still a lot of deer around. Steelhead fishing has been decent on the Pere Marquette River and the Manistee River at Tippy Dam. Lake fishing has been slow, with very light angler pressure.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Firearms deer hunting was slow in Muskegon County, but a few decent bucks have been killed. Whitefish action has been pretty good off the pier on White Lake. Jigging spoons have produced the best results. Perch fishing has been good in up to 60 feet of water in White Lake. Minnows have been the bait of choice.
Johnson’s Great Outdoors Tackle Shop, (231) 893-6688.
Deer hunting was decent in the Thumb, but warm and windy weather put a damper on hunter participation on many days of the season. There are a lot of coyotes in the area. Lake trout have moved into the harbor on Lake Huron. Anglers are catching them off the breakwall and in the Pigeon River on spoons and crankbaits. A few walleyes are showing up, too. Skim ice is forming in the mornings.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
The firearms deer season was very good in St. Clair and Sanilac counties. Several big bucks have been killed this year. Steelhead fishing remains good in the St. Clair River off the boardwalk. The best action has come to anglers fishing with shiners in the slow current and spoons in the faster current. Brown trout and perch have moved into the harbor at Lexington.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.