Lake St. Clair
The rut is on and bucks are on the move. The firearms deer season should be good with lots of whitetails in St. Clair and Macomb counties. Windy weather has made it tough for anglers to get out on Lake St. Clair. A few perch are being caught close to shore near Metro Beach and off 11 Mile Road. Walleyes are still hitting in the Detroit River when anglers can get out. Fishing pressure has been light.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
The rut is on. Bowhunters report success, and the firearms season was expected to be good. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Fishing pressure has been light. A few bluegills and crappies are hitting on Woodland, Chemung, and Crooked lakes, and pike fishing has been good on Thompson Lake. Bass fishing has been slow.
Midwest Sport Shop, (810) 227-3141.
The rut is on and bucks are chasing does. Heavy winds and rough waters have made it difficult to get a boat out on Lake Erie. When anglers can get out on the lake, the perch bite has been good. Pier anglers are catching a fair number of walleyes on minnows and crankbaits fished off Luna Pier. Steelhead fishing has been slow in the Huron River.
Cook’s Sportland, (734) 242-0774.
Steelhead fishing remains good on the Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam, but salmon fishing is about done. Flies and wax worms have produced the best bites. Pier fishing has been quiet on Lake Michigan, but steelhead and walleyes should be showing up. Archery deer hunting has been very slow. Hunters speculate that EHD took a bigger toll last year than was first thought. Deer numbers are down, and the firearms deer season might be slow.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
The rut is on and bucks are on the move. The firearms season should be good in Kalamazoo County, where deer numbers remain strong. Boat anglers fishing plugs on the Kalamazoo River are taking steelhead up to 14 pounds. Anglers wading or shore fishing are doing well on trout beads and spawn sacs. A couple of inland lakes have been giving up some perch. Lake Cora and Eagle Lake have been good spots for perch running up to 11 inches. Some of those fish are in 8 feet of water. On sunny days, they seem to move deeper into 16 to 24 feet of water. Minnows and wigglers work best for catching those fish.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Bucks are chasing does all over the woods, and the gun season should be good. Steelhead fishing has been good on the Grand River with wax worms, spawn, flies, and spinners all producing a good bite. Walleye fishing also has been pretty good, with crankbaits and jigs producing good action.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156