Saginaw Bay Area
Perch action has picked up on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers are finding fish in 15 to 18 feet of water from Linwood north. Some days you may have to move around a couple times to get on a nice school, but the fish seem to be nice-sized and plentiful. The walleye bite has been decent near the “cigar,” with crawlers and crankbaits both catching fish. Fall turkey season got of to a fair start.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Salmon have moved into the Pere Marquette River and fishing has been very good. Inland lake fishing has been slow. Squirrel-hunting season is off to a good start. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been decent, with lots of woodcock and a fair number of grouse.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974.
Grand Haven Area
Salmon fishing has slowed on Lake Michigan as the fish have moved into area rivers. Perch fishing has slowed, too. A fair number of bluegills and crappies have been caught in Spring Lake. The early goose season was good. There are fair numbers of birds in Ottawa County.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Perch fishing has been very good on Lake Huron on the east side of Saginaw Bay, but minnows are hard to find. A good bite has been found in 36 feet of water off Oak Point and in the 50-foot hole. Perch and a few walleyes have been caught west of North Heisterman Island in 14 to 16 feet of water. A few ‘eyes have been picked up around the buoy at Sand Point, too. Bass, perch, and occasionally a walleye have been caught off the breakwall in Caseville. Turkey season is off to a good start, and farmers are starting to harvest their crops.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Smallmouth bass are hitting under the Bluewater Bridge in the St. Clair River and all along the breakwall. Minnows and tube baits have produced good results. A few salmon are starting to move in, and the walleye bite has picked up along the boardwalk after dark.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.