Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – September 13th, 2013
East Jordan Area
Panfish action has been very good on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes. Lots of big bluegills are being caught. Salmon have moved into the rivers and are being caught in the Pine River Channel at Charlevoix, and the Jordan, Boyne, and Bear rivers. Spawn has been producing the best action. The early goose season was slow and hunting pressure has been light. Grouse and woodcock hunting should be good in pockets. Squirrel and rabbit numbers are up.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Traverse City Area
Salmon fishing remains good in Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Kings are hitting plugs trolled 90 to 100 feet down in 100 to 150 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and soft plastics in 20 to 50 feet of water. A few salmon have moved into the Boardman River and are hitting spawn bags and skein fished under bobbers. The weir grates are in place. Early season goose hunting was slow. Small-game season should be decent.
WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com
Salmon fishing has been good in Lake Michigan. Anglers trolling spoons and plugs are picking up fish in 100 to 120 feet of water, 55 to 90 feet down. Several large kings weighing over 25 pounds have been caught off the pier. Little Cleo’s are producing the best bite off the piers.
Tackle Box, (231) 352-7673.
Boat anglers are catching good numbers of salmon in Lake Michigan. Anglers trolling plugs in 60 feet of water between the piers report a very good early morning bite. Salmon are moving into the Manistee River where spawn, flies, and spinners are all taking fish. Early goose season was fair, but hunting pressure was light. Grouse hunting should be good, but the birds are being found in pockets.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Houghton Lake Area
Fishing has ben slow on Houghton Lake. A few panfish and bass are being caught at the middle grounds and little round in 8 to 12 feet of water along the weeds at both spots. Walleye fishing has been decent, but most of the fish are small. The early goose season was decent on the cool, overcast days. Grouse and woodcock hunting should be pretty good.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Lake trout fishing is heating up on Higgins Lake. Anglers jigging north of Treasure Island in 70 feet of water report a good bite on minnows. Perch fishing is starting to heat up on the north side of the sunken island in 30 to 40 feet of water and in front of the Lincoln Park Post in the northwest corner of the lake in 30 feet of water. Early goose season was slow, and hunting pressure was light. Grouse and woodcock hunting should be decent.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Bass fishing has been pretty good in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay and should get better as fall weather moves in. Walleye fishing has been slow. Salmon are starting to move into the Thunder Bay River, and the bite should heat up any day now. Bass fishing has been good in the river, with both crawlers and crankbaits producing a good bite. Early Canada goose hunting was decent, but warm weather kept many hunters at home.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Salmon and steelhead are moving into the Au Sable River and fishing has been pretty good. Pier anglers on Lake Huron are catching fair numbers of salmon and trout, and boat anglers are catching fish in 80 to 150 feet of water. The early goose season was fair, and hunting pressure was light.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.