Lake St. Clair
The firearms deer season was pretty good in St. Clair and Macomb counties. Perch fishing and walleye fishing have been slow on Lake St. Clair as high winds had the lake all stirred up last week. Walleye fishing has been slow in the Detroit River, and fishing pressure has been light.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
Firearms deer season was slow. Deer numbers are down in Jackson County. Fishing has been slow, and fishing pressure has been light. The big lakes in the area were ice-free last week.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
The firearms deer season was pretty good in Cass County. Hunters report that it seems like the local population is rebounding from past bouts with EHD. Walleye fishing has been good on the St. Joseph River. Panfish action has been good on some of the canals in the area that weren’t frozen over. Skim ice is forming on some of the smaller waters.
Lunkers, (269) 663-3745.
The firearms deer season was slow in Allegan County. Deer numbers are still depressed from several EHD outbreaks. Bluegills are hitting on Eagle Lake in 3 feet of water and on Great Bear Lake, suspended over deeper water. Wax worms and leaf worms were producing good results. Steelhead fishing has been good in the Kalamazoo River, with plugs and spoons both taking fish. Skim ice was forming on some of the smaller ponds and canals in the local area.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.