Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – September 13th, 2013

Pickford Area

Salmon fishing has been very good in Lake Huron at Hessel and De Tour and up and down the St. Marys River. Perch fishing has been very good in Raber Bay. Anglers fishing with minnows in 8 to 20 feet of water report some success. Decent numbers of walleyes are hitting in the same areas. The early goose season was pretty good. Grouse and rabbit numbers appear to be in good shape, and the small-game season should be good.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has ben pretty good around Drummond Island. A few schools of perch are holding in Scotts and Maxton bays, but anglers are having to sort through the catch to find the keepers. Bass and pike fishing has been pretty good, too. Early goose season was good, with lots of geese in the area. Grouse and woodcock hunting should be decent, and will improve once the leaves start falling.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye and perch fishing has been slow on Manistique Lakes. A few walleyes have been caught on cloudy days on Big Manistique, but most of the fish have been undersized. Perch fishing has been slow, too, and most of those fish have been small. The early goose season was good, but warm, windy weather kept a lot of hunters home. Grouse numbers are down a little, but the upcoming season should still be pretty good.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Perch fishing has been good in Big Bay de Noc. Anglers fishing in 10 to 14 feet of water in Fayette Harbor report a good bite. Yellowbellies are starting to show up in Garden Bay, too. Smallmouth bass are hitting minnows, spinners, and nightcrawlers fished in 12 to 16 feet of water at Big Bay Shoals. Good numbers of salmon have been caught in Lake Michigan off Fairport in 120 to 140 feet of water, 50 to 70 feet down. Spoons and cut bait have produced the best results. The early goose season was decent, and grouse and woodcock hunting should be good.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Lake trout action was fair in Lake Superior with some limit catches reported from Shot Point, the Clay Banks, Little Presque Isle, and east of the white rocks in 100 to 140 feet of water. A few salmon have been  caught near the mouths of the Carp and Chocolay rivers. Grouse and woodcock numbers are strong, and upland gunning should be good.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has been fair on Little Bay de Noc. Anglers trolling or drifting crawlers in 18 to 27 feet of water are picking up a few fish off  Kipling and around the second reef. Try stick baits or crawlers in 25 feet of water off the east bank in Gladstone. Pike fishing has been good in the yacht harbor. Perch fishing has been decent at Kipling in 8 to 19 feet of water and at Gladstone in 14 to 25 feet  of water. Grouse and woodcock hunting should be good this fall.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

L’Anse Area

Salmon fishing remains good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Salmon are moving into shore and should be in the rivers soon. Lakers are moving toward shore. The early goose season has been good, with lots of local birds in the area. Bear season should be pretty good, grouse and woodcock season, fair.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing has improved a little on Lake Gogebic. The walleye bite has been good, but a lot of small fish have been caught. Anglers fishing crawler harnesses in 20 to 27 feet of water report a good bite. The deeper weedlines in 9 to 12 feet of water also have been productive. Perch fishing has been good along the weeds in 6 to 8 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are hitting along the deeper drop-offs in 16 to 25 feet of water. Pike fishing has been good, too. Bear season should be real good, despite a lot of natural food sources available.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Muskie fishing has been good on Emily and Chicagon lakes. A few perch are starting to show up on Chicagon, and the action should improve as fall arrives. Bear hunting should be very good.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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