Saginaw Bay Area
Firearms deer hunting was decent in Saginaw County. Most of the crops are down, and with a little snow on the ground, the late archery and muzzleloader seasons should be pretty good. Shore ice was forming in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay last week, and launching a boat was tough. Walleye and perch were hitting in the shallows prior to the ice forming. A few walleyes were being caught in the Saginaw River, but fishing pressure has been very light of late.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
The firearms deer season was slow in Lake County. Hunters report seeing a fair number of does, but antlerless permits are scarce. Hunting pressure has been light. Late archery and muzzleloader seasons should be good. Steelhead fishing has been good in the Pere Marquette River, but fishing pressure has been light. Egg-pattern flies and fresh spawn have produced good results. Skim ice was forming last week on most of the inland lakes, and fishing has stalled.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974
The firearms deer season was a little slow in Huron County. Opening weekend started off with a bang, but the action slowed after that, and hunting pressure dwindled. Deer numbers are down. Ice was forming on Lake Huron last week. A few guys were fishing through the ice off the docks in the harbor in downtown Caseville last week and catching perch.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
The firearms deer season was very good in St. Clair and Sanilac counties, with several nice bucks being taken. Bucks were still chasing does, and most of the corn was down. Late archery season and muzzleloader season should be good. Steelhead fishing has been good off the boardwalk in the St. Clair River. A few walleyes have been caught, too, but high winds have kept boat anglers grounded.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.