Central Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – December 21st, 2012
Saginaw Bay Area
There is no ice on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, but open-water anglers report good perch and walleye action. Perch are hitting minnows fished in the marinas, at the mouth of the Saginaw River, and in the Au Gres River. The walleye action has been best on deep-diving crankbaits trolled in 16 to 18 feet of water. Deer hunting is winding down. There are a lot of coyotes in the area for predator hunters.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Steelhead fishing has been fair on the Pere Marquette River. The water is low and clear, and fishing has been tough. There was no ice on any of the inland lakes last week, and snow cover was sparse. Squirrel hunting remains pretty good in Lake County. Deer-hunting pressure has been light.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
There was skim ice on inland lakes in Isabella County last week, and about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Deer hunting is winding down, but the season was pretty good, overall. Rabbit hunting has been good, despite a high coyote population in the area. Predator hunting should be good.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.
There was no ice at Caseville last week, but lake trout were hitting off the breakwall on the Pigeon River. Lots of burbot were being caught, too. Perch anglers report a good bite in the harbor on Lake Huron. There was no snow on the ground. Deer-hunting pressure has fallen off, and the whitetails are nocturnal. Coyote hunting should be good, with lots of song dogs in Huron County.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Steelhead fishing has been good in the St. Clair River at the mouth of the Black River. Walleyes are moving out. Brown trout are hitting in the harbors on Lake Huron at Lexington and Port Sanilac. Coyote hunting is just getting started, but there was no snow on the ground last week. The late doe season should be good.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Safe ice was still forming on inland lakes last week in the Thumb. Deer-hunting pressure has been light, and there was no snow on the ground. Predator hunting should be good. There are lots of coyotes around, according to reports. Snow would help predator chasers.
Fred’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 823-8157.