Drummond Island Area
Perch fishing has heated up in Whitney Bay and in Maxton Bay off Ashmun Island. Minnows and nightcrawlers are producing fish. A few bass also have been caught in Maxton Bay. Grouse hunters report good flush rates, but the birds are hard to see with all the foliage.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Walleye fishing has been good on Round Lake. Anglers jigging in 50 feet of water report a nice bite. Limits are rare, but the fish are healthy and good-sized. Fair numbers of walleyes are hitting crawlers and minnows on Big and South Manistique lakes. The fish are scattered, so anglers are trolling to locate them, then are using jigs and minnows. Grouse hunting is off to a good start.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Bass fishing has been good in Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. Anglers are fishing with crankbaits, plastics, and nightcrawlers in 10 to 12 feet of water in Garden Bay. A few perch have been caught in Garden Bay on minnows fished along the weedbeds in 12 to 17 feet of water. You have to hunt for them, but good-sized pods of fish have been found. The action should improve as the temperature falls. Salmon fishing remains pretty good in Lake Michigan off the tip of Garden Peninsula in 90 feet of water. Turkey numbers are up, and the fall season should be pretty good.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.
Walleyes and perch are keeping anglers busy in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. The best action has come to anglers drifting and trolling nightcrawlers in the upper bay. The night bite has been good between the Ford River and the Bark River in 20 feet of water or less. Crankbaits have produced the best results after dark.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
Bass and crappies are hitting in the Michigamme Reservoir. Walleye fishing has been good on the Menominee River in the Chalk Hills area, and a few bass have been caught there, too. Bluegills and perch are hitting on Lake Antoine, but fishing pressure has been light. Grouse numbers are down in the area, but there are a lot of turkeys, many still with small poults. Whitetail numbers are up, and lots of does have twins this year. Predator numbers are strong.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Walleyes are still hitting crawlers, leeches, and minnows fished in deep water and in the remaining weedbeds on Lake Gogebic. Perch fishing has been slow, but smallmouth bass are hitting near any edges and breaklines with a hard bottom. Fishing pressure has been light. Grouse and woodcock seasons are now open, and many fishermen have traded their fishing poles for shotguns.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
A few splake are starting to show up in Lake Superior’s Eagle Harbor, Copper Harbor, Bete Grise Bay, and Traverse Bay. Anglers fishing for lake trout are picking up a few splake and a few salmon, too. Walleye fishing has been decent on Gratiot Lake, and lots of rock bass are hitting along the sandbars.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 369-4341.
Iron River Area
Bass fishing has been good on Ottawa Lake, and the perch bite has started on most of the smaller lakes in the area. Bear hunting has been very good. Grouse hunting has been good and bird numbers appear to be in good shape.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.