Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – November 6th, 2015


Traverse City Area

High wind and rain put a damper on hunting and fishing in Grand Traverse County last week. Before the bad weather moved in anglers were catching cisco in Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. The best action has come to those jigging spoons in 50 to 100 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in 2 to 6 feet of water in Skegemog Lake. Spinnerbaits have produced good results. Steelhead fishing has been fair in the Big Manistee River. Grouse numbers are decent and hunting should improve now that the leaves are down. Archery deer season has been fair. Bucks are chasing does.

WildFishing Guide Service, 

Cadillac Area

Fishing pressure on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell has been very light. Those who have gotten out report a good perch bite on the east side of Lake Cadillac. A few crappies have been caught along with the yellowbellies. Deer hunting has been pretty good and hunters report seeing some nice-sized deer. Bucks are chasing does. Grouse hunting has been slow, but should improve now that the leaves are mostly down.

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



Higgins Lake Area

Bowhunting has been fair. Leaves are down, but partridge hunting has been slow in Roscommon County. Waterfowl hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light. Cold, wet, windy weather has kept anglers off Higgins Lake. When they can get out, smallmouth bass fishing has been good along the drop-off. Browns and rainbows also have been caught along the drop-off.

Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

Hubbard Lake Area

Bass fishing has been good on Hubbard Lake. One angler caught a state record smallmouth bass last month. A few perch and walleyes have been caught, too, when the wind allows anglers to get out. The archery deer season has been slow and hunting pressure light. Bear season was good and partridge hunting is improving now that the leaves are falling.

Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

Categories: Michigan Fishing Reports, North (Central)

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