Traverse City Area
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in East Grand Traverse Bay. Tubes and soft plastics have produced good results when fished in 20 to 40 feet of water. A few perch have been caught, too. Salmon fishing remains fair in the Elk, Betsie, and Boardman rivers, but the run is winding down. Archery deer season has been decent, but hunting pressure has been light, with warm weather deterring hunters. Ditto for grouse and woodcock hunting. Morning hunting has been best.
WildFishing Guide Service
Pier anglers are catching light numbers of steelhead on spawn on Lake Michigan, and boat anglers are picking up steelies and salmon in 300 to 400 feet of water, 100 to 150 feet down. Salmon fishing is winding down on the Manistee River, but a fresh batch of steelhead have moved in. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been fair and will improve now that leaves are falling.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Fishing pressure has been light on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac, but those who are venturing out report a decent panfish bite on Lake Cadillac. The walleye bite should improve around the channel as the water cools and the night bite heats up. Hunting pressure also has been light, and success has been fair. Grouse and woodcock numbers are low this year.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Walleye action has been good on Houghton Lake for anglers casting crankbaits from shore. Waterfowl hunting has been good, and grouse hunting has been decent. Upland game bird numbers are down a little. The archery season got of to a slow start, with warm weather keeping hunting pressure to a minimum.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Hubbard Lake Area
Perch fishing has been good on Hubbard Lake. Most of the fish are between 8 and 12 inches, and one was a 16-incher. Walleye fishing has been best at night for anglers trolling crankbaits and crawler harnesses at the south and east ends of the lake. Bear hunting was good this fall. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been slow, but is expected to pick up as the leaves continue to fall. Archery deer season has been fair.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
Salmon fishing is slowing down in the Thunder Bay River as the fall run winds down. Waterfowl hunting has been fair, and hunters are waiting for the flight birds to arrive. Grouse and woodcock hunting should improve when the leaves have dropped.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Salmon fishing remains pretty good in Lake Huron off the pier at Oscoda. Anglers report catching a few walleyes, too. The AuSable River also is producing some salmon, but most are in poor shape. The fall run is about over. Archery deer hunting has been good, and should improve as buck activity picks up. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been slow, but should improve now that leaves are falling.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.