Lake St. Clair
Perch fishing is heating up on Lake St. Clair. Anglers report a very good bite all along the Canadian shoreline with an emphasis on the Belle River Hump. Good numbers of perch also are being caught at the dumping grounds and in front of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Muskie fishing remains good. Several big muskies were caught last week in a local tournament, including a 53-incher. Good spots to try include Stoney Point and off the Thames River. Dark-colored bucktails and crankbaits have produced good results.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Perch and bluegills are moving into the shallows on Union Lake. Pike fishing has been good on Pontiac, Union, Loon, and Oakland lakes. The best action has been in the shallows in the evenings. Bass are transitioning out of their summer patterns and into deeper water. Turkey and small-game hunting have been slow.
KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.
Perch fishing has been good on Lake Michigan in 40 to 50 feet of water. King salmon have moved into the Black River and fishing has been good. A few pike and catfish have been caught in the river, too. Salmon and steelhead are hitting in 100 to 140 feet of water in Lake Michigan, straight out from South Haven. Early goose season was good. There are lots of birds in the area.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720
A few kings are already being caught at the Allegan Dam in the Kalamazoo River. The St. Joe River is also seeing some fish heading upstream. Spawn and crankbaits are taking those fish, as well as some steelhead. Fishermen using nightcrawlers and Hot ‘N Tots below the Allegan Dam are catching good numbers of walleyes. Lakes that have been giving up some good bass fishing action include Klinger, Barton, Gull , Austin, Cranberry, and Saddlebag. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics have all been producing good results. Rainbow trout have been caught on Little Paw Paw Lake, and bluegills are hitting wigglers and red worms on Lake Cora.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.