Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015


East Jordan Area

Grouse and woodcock hunting has been very good, and leaves are falling fast. The early archery deer season is off to a slow start. Waterfowl hunters report fair gunning. Flight birds are starting to arrive. Bass fishing has been good on Lake Charlevoix, and the fish are starting to move back into the shallows. Panfish action has been very good on St. Clair and Ellsworth lakes. A few salmon were still being caught last week at the dam on the Boyne River.  

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Long Lake. Anglers are fishing jigs and minnows during the day and trolling in the shallows with crankbaits at night. Ciscoes have been providing some good action in 75 to 100 feet of water on Grand Traverse Bay. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good. Leaves are falling at a good clip now. Early archery season has been slow. 

WildFishing Guide Service, 

Cadillac Area

Archery season is off to a good start with several nice bucks being taken. Bass and pike are hitting on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. Bass have moved into the shallows, and the pike are hitting off the weedbeds. A few walleyes have been caught by anglers wading at night on Cadillac.  

Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.



Grayling Area

Perch fishing has been good on Lake Margrethe. The best action has come to anglers fishing minnows in 15 feet of water. Deer hunting is off to a decent start, while grouse and woodcock hunters report good flush rates. Leaves are falling fast. Waterfowl  hunters have been shooting fair numbers of ducks.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Onaway Area

Bird hunters are reporting good flush rates of grouse and woodcock. Early archery deer season is off to a slow start. Waterfowl hunting has been good for diver ducks. Fishing pressure has been slow and success light.

Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Hale Area

Archery deer hunting has been pretty good in Iosco County. Hunters report seeing good numbers of deer, and several bucks have been tagged. Leaves are starting to fall, and grouse and woodcock hunting should improve. Panfish are hitting wax worms and leaf worms fished along the weeds on LondoLongSage, and Laird lakes 

M-65 Bait Shop, (989) 756-3651.

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