Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015
Lake St. Clair
Bass fishing has been very good on Lake St. Clair. Anglers report a good bite on crawlers, minnows, and crankbaits fished in 12 to 14 feet of water in Fords Cove, and in 9 to 14 feet of water in front of the U.S. Coast Guard station. Perch fishing has been pretty good at the Firecracker. Waterfowl hunting has been fair.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Fishing has been pretty good in Oakland County, but fishing pressure has been light. Bass are moving onto the shallows and hitting plastics, cranks, and nightcrawlers on Pontiac, Orchard, and Cass lakes. The panfish bite has been pretty good, too. Archery deer season should be good with lots of deer in the area. Squirrel hunting has been good at the Pontiac State Game Area.
Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.
Luna Pier Area
High wind and coastal flood warnings have kept anglers off Lake Erie the past two weeks. Perch and walleye fishing are expected to be good when the weather calms down.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
High wind kept most anglers off the water last week, and cold water blew in toward shore on Lake Michigan. Perch fishing has been decent in 30 to 40 feet of water. Salmon, steelhead, and lake trout are still being caught in 80 to 120 feet of water. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Early archery season got off to a good start. Deer numbers are up. There are lots of turkeys in the area.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.
Inland perch fishermen are having some luck out on Eagle, Pleasant, and Little Paw Paw lakes. Wigglers and minnows are taking fish in 20 to 25 feet of water. Anglers report a good bluegill bite on Maple, Three Mile, Gravel, Gourdneck, and Barton lakes. At the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River, salmon and steelhead fishing was beginning to pick up last week.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
With cooler weather moving in, salmon were moving into the Grand River last week. Anglers report some success at the Sixth Street Dam. The archery deer season got off to a good start, and waterfowl hunting has been good.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
Perch fishing remains decent on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Those fishing minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water report the best action. Anglers are having to sort a little, but are finding plenty of 8- to 10-inchers. A few walleyes have been caught on stickbaits fished in 10 to 15 feet of water. Archery deer season got off to a good start.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Salmon fishing has been slow to get started, with warm water delaying the run. Bluegills and bass are hitting on Big Star, Wolf, and Idlewild lakes. Deer numbers are up a little, and the archery deer season should be good. Grouse hunters report good flush rates, and squirrel hunting has been productive.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Huron, but high winds have kept fishing pressure to a minimum. Those who have got out report good action when trolling nightcrawlers or crankbaits off Oak Pointe in 20 to 30 feet of water. Deer numbers are in good shape, and the archery season should be good. Goose hunting has been fantastic.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
High winds have stirred up the water in the St. Clair River, and fishing slowed last week. Before the winds moved in, anglers were catching a few king salmon off the boardwalk in Port Huron. Spoons were producing the best results. Catfish also were being caught, with crawlers doing the trick. Deer numbers are in good shape, and the archery season should be good.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.