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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – October 25th, 2013

Pickford Area

Salmon fishing remains pretty good in the Albany and Carp rivers, with fresh fish moving in daily. Perch fishing has been good in Lake Huron around the Les Cheneaux Islands in 6 to 8 feet of water. Walleye fishing is picking up in Munuscong Bay and should continue to improve. Goose hunting has been very good. Grouse and woodcock hunters are having mixed results. Bowhunting has been fair.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing remains good in Maxton Bay. Anglers report catching lots of fish in 10 to 12 feet of water on minnows. Fish are averaging between 8 and 10 inches, with an occasional 12-incher being caught. A few pike and smallmouth bass have been caught, too. Waterfowl hunting has been slow, with warm weather and high winds hampering participation. Grouse hunting has been good and leaves are falling so the action will improve. Woodcock hunters are waiting for the flight birds to arrive. Rabbit hunting and deer hunting have been a little slow.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Big and South Manistique lakes. Perch fishing has been good on Big Manistique. Grouse hunting has been good and is improving as the leaves are falling, and woodcock hunters are waiting for flight birds to arrive. Waterfowl hunting has been fair, with more ducks than geese in the mix. Deer hunters report a good start to the season.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Bass fishing has been good on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. The best action has come to anglers fishing in 40 feet of water off Burnt Bluff and Garden Bluff. Fair numbers of northern pike have been caught on sucker minnows fished off Garden Bluff, too. Perch and walleye action has been slow but should improve any day. Bear hunting has been slow, and grouse flush rates are down. Woodcock hunting has been pretty good. Early archery deer season has been fair. Duck and goose hunting is improving every day.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Boat anglers are catching chinooks, cohos, steelhead, and lake trout just outside the lower harbor breakwall in 40 to 50 feet of water or up near the mouth of the rivers. Spoons, stick baits, and crankbaits are all producing fish. Archery deer season is off to a fair start, and grouse and woodcock hunters report finding decent numbers of birds.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Fishing pressure has been light, but the perch bite remains pretty good on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. The best action has come to anglers fishing with minnows in the upper bay off Kipling and around the reefs. Walleye fishing also has been pretty good. The fish are scattered, and anglers are catching a few fish all through the bay. Deer hunting is off to a bit of a slow start, but bear-hunting success has been high. Grouse and woodcock hunters report fair flush rates. Cold weather is in the forecast, so migrant waterfowl and woodcock should show up any day.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

L’Anse Area

Fishing remains good on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Limits of salmon and a few lakers are being caught off shore. Cohos have moved into the rivers, and anglers are dialing in. Spawn, spinners, and flies are all taking fish. Deer numbers are noticeably down this fall, especially yearlings. Grouse and woodcock numbers also are down a bit, but duck and goose numbers are strong and waterfowlers are enjoying a good season.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Gogebic. Lots of small walleyes have been caught on suckers and crawlers. A few perch have been caught, too. Grouse hunting has been good, and woodcock numbers are in great shape. Duck and goose hunting has been fair. Archery deer hunting is off to a slow start Bear hunting started slowly with warm weather, but the second season was a lot better.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Muskie fishing has been pretty good on Chicagon, Peavy, Michigamme, and Emily lakes. A fair number of walleyes have been caught, too. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good. Deer hunting is off to a slow start. Bear hunting has been good. One hunter killed a 600-pounder.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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