Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – August 30th, 2013

East Jordan Area

Salmon fishing has been good in Lake Michigan. Anglers report decent action off the north point and the south point in 200 feet of water, down about 100 feet. Bass and panfish are hitting in the Bellaire Chain of Lakes. Walleye fishing has been slow on Lake Charlevoix and fishing pressure has been light. There are lots of geese in the area, and the early season should be good. 
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Manistee Area

Salmon fishing has improved a little in Lake Michigan. Some cooler weather and a little rain should spark the migration. Bass fishing remains good in Manistee Lake. and a few salmon are trickling through the lake and into the Manistee River.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Cadillac Area

A good number of panfish have been caught in lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. The best action has come to anglers fishing leaf worms and minnows along the outer edges of weedlines. Minnows have produced good results on the crappies and worms for the ‘gills and sunnies. A few northern pike have been caught along the weeds on both lakes, with sucker minnows producing the best action. Walleye action has been slow. A couple dozen Canada geese have been spotted leaving Lake Mitchell in the mornings. The early goose season should be fair.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Grayling Area

A few perch and walleyes are being caught on Lake Margrethe. Perch are hitting in 11 to 14 feet of water, and walleyes are being caught in 20 to 24 feet of water. Leeches fished during low-light times are producing the best results. Decent numbers of bluegills also are being caught. Fair to good trout fishing has been reported in the AuSable River. Spinners are producing the best results for the brookies. Goose numbers are light this year. The early season could be tough.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

Bluegills are keeping anglers busy on Houghton Lake. Several ‘gills up to 10 and 11 inches have been caught in recent days. A few jumbo perch  and lots of small walleyes are being caught. The best action is coming to anglers fishing in 8 to 10 feet of water along the weeds. The local goose population is down and sightings have been scarce.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

Perch fishing has heated up on Higgins Lake. The best action has come to anglers fishing in 30 to 40 feet of water at the west-side boat launch, off the American Legion property, and over the sunken island. Rock bass action has been very good along the drop-off. The lake trout bite has been pretty good in 85 to 100 feet of water. There are lots of geese in the area, and the early season should be pretty good.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Phoenix Party and Bait Store, (989) 821-7220.

Onaway Area

Bluegill fishing has been pretty good on most of the local lakes. A few walleyes have been caught in 20 feet of water on Black Lake. Nightcrawlers have produced the best action. Brook trout fishing remains good on the Black River. Early goose season should be decent.
Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Oscoda Area

Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers fished off the pier in Lake Huron. A few walleyes are hitting and occasionally a salmon is showing up. Walleye fishing has been pretty good in the AuSable River. Bass and catfish are also hitting in the river.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

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