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Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – October 11th, 2013

Lake St. Clair
Walleye fishing has been very good in Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. Jiggers are catching fish in the river from the mouth at Lake St. Clair all the way down to Wyandotte. Good numbers of walleyes are being caught in the North and South channels. Lots of walleyes in the 3- to 5-pound range have been caught by anglers trolling crankbaits. Perch fishing is heating up on the Canadian side of the lake. Hunting has been slow around the lake as warm weather is keeping hunters indoors.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Pontiac Area
Fishing has been slow in Oakland County. Fair numbers of bluegills have been caught on Union Lake on wax worms and small jigs. A few jumbo perch also have been caught on Union. Bass are still transitioning into their fall patterns, so the fish are scattered. Good bass and panfish action has been reported by anglers fishing Cass Lake. The archery opener was warm, and deer movement was light. The action should improve as the temperature drops and the crops come down. Deer numbers are in good shape in Oakland County.
KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.

South Haven
Salmon fishing has been good in the Black and Kalamazoo rivers. Good numbers of salmon are still being caught in Lake Michigan, too, in 100 to 200 feet of water. A few lakers also are being boated. Perch fishing has been good in 50 feet of water straight out from the pier and in front of the dunes. The youth deer hunt was good, and the bow deer season should be good, too, but it got off to a warm start. Waterfowl hunting has been fair.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720
Kalamazoo Area
Fishing has been a little slow around Kalamazoo. Salmon fishing remains decent in the Kalamazoo River, but some of the access has been fenced off. Still, anglers are catching kings, cohos, and a few steelhead. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Gull Lake for anglers tossing jerkbaits and drop-shot rigs. Fishing pressure has been light. Bluegills are hitting in 18 to 20 feet of water on Paw Paw Lake in Texas Corners, Sugarloaf, Gourdneck, and Eagle lakes. The bow opener got off to a slow start, with hot weather keeping hunting pressure and deer movement to a minimum.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

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