Lake St. Clair
Fishing pressure has been very light on Lake St. Clair. Perch fishing has been good when anglers can find some clean water. High winds had muddied things up pretty good last week. Waterfowl hunting has improved and should get even better with another blast of cold weather pushing through. Bucks are chasing does. The firearms deer season should be pretty good.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
The rut is starting and bucks are chasing does. Hunters report that epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has taken a toll on some deer in pockets south of Jackson. Crops are coming down and the firearms deer season should still be decent. Goose hunting has been good and flight ducks are starting to arrive. Bluegills, bass and pike have been caught on Wamplers and Devils lakes, but fishing pressure has been light.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Perch continue to move into the Detroit River with a lot of 10- and 11-inchers being caught. Boat anglers are using minnows in 14 feet of water with good success. Shore anglers are catching perch in the marinas, but having to sort through the small ones. Shore anglers are also catching bluegills on wax worms. Walleye were caught on both sides of Celeron Island. A few limits have been reported.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
The archery deer season has been fair in Cass County. Bucks are starting to chase does and crops are coming down. Fishing pressure has been light. The lakes are empty and the rivers are running high. Most are getting ready for the firearms deer season.
Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.
Grand Rapids Area
The Grand River has been running high and dirty due to recent heavy rain and high winds. Steelhead fishing has been slow, but a few fish have been caught at the Sixth Street Dam. The archery deer season has been pretty good. Bucks are rubbing and scraping and starting to chase does. The firearms season should be good.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Archers are starting to take some nice bucks and the firearms deer season should be good. Bucks are on the move and starting to hound does. Waterfowl hunting has been good and will improve with colder weather moving in. Flight birds are arriving. Fishing pressure has been very light on Gun Lake. Those who are venturing out are catching good numbers of panfish, bass and pike and have the lake to themselves.
Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.
Saginaw Bay Area
Perch are hitting in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay along the north side of Spoils Island. Those fishing minnows in 15 feet of water in the old shipping channel and in the first set of buoys past the island report a very good bite. A few walleyes have been caught incidentally. Small perch and bluegills have been caught off Finn Road. About 70 percent of the crops had been harvested as of last week and leaves were falling fast. Waterfowl hunting has improved with flight birds finally arriving. The firearms deer season should be good. Deer numbers are in good shape and bucks are on the move.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Pike have been hitting in the Grand River. Anglers who are floating minnows in the slow water outside the current report good success. If there is no slow water, try a variety of weights to keep the bait on the bottom. The firearms deer season should be good. Bucks are rubbing and scraping and starting to chase does. Crops and leaves are falling fast.
Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.
The rut is on. Bucks are chasing does. The firearms deer season should be a good one. The deer population is in good shape in Isabella County. The crops are about 50 percent harvested. Leaves are coming down pretty quickly. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been slow, but woodcock action has improved with flight birds arriving. Waterfowl hunting also has been good with fresh birds arriving daily. Fishing pressure has been very light.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.
The bowhunting season has been pretty good. Bucks are starting to chase does. Deer numbers are in good shape in Mason County and the firearms season should be good, too. Farmers are still taking down their crops, which are about 50 percent harvested. About half the leaves have fallen, too. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been quiet, but waterfowl hunting has been good. The Pere Marquette River was way over its banks and fishing there had stalled. A few steelhead, cohos and brown trout have been caught off the piers on Lake Michigan. Spawn has produced the best results.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.
Perch fishing has been very good in Lake Huron’s Caseville Harbor. Those dunking minnows report a good bite. Walleyes and burbot are being caught off the breakwall in Caseville. Waterfowl hunting has been very good with flight birds arriving, finally. Crops are about 75 percent harvested and leaves are falling fast. Bucks are starting to chase does. The firearms deer season should be very good.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
The archery deer season has been good in St. Clair County and bucks are chasing does. The firearms season should be very good. Deer numbers are in good shape. Crops are about 50 percent harvested and leaves are falling fast. Walleye fishing remains very good at the mouth of the St. Clair River in Lake Huron and in the river itself. Anglers vertical jigging with plastics and whipping pencil plugs and Rapalas report a very good bite. Atlantic salmon and brown trout are being caught in Lexington Harbor. Spoons and flies are attracting a good amount of attention.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Anglers are catching some lake trout and perch at the mouth of the Crooked River on Burt Lake, but fishing pressure has been light. The archery deer season has been slow. Bucks are rubbing and scraping and the gun season should be good. Deer numbers are up a little bit. About half the leaves had fallen as of last week and about 50 percent of the crops had been harvested.
Young’s Bait and Party Shop, (231) 548-5286.
Traverse City Area
The archery deer season has been good and the firearms season should be good, too. Deer numbers appear to be up in Grand Traverse County. Bucks are chasing does. The rut is on. Leaves are falling fast, but grouse and woodcock hunting have been slow. Perch fishing has been phenomenal in Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. The best action has been in 45 to 80 feet of water with minnows, wigglers or chunks of shrimp producing a good bite. Walleye fishing is picking up on South Lake Leelanau and Long Lakes. The best action has come to anglers fishing in the shallows with suspending jerkbaits. Steelhead fishing has been very good in the Boardman, Betsie and Big Manistee rivers.
Strong north winds have cooled the surface water on Lake Michigan to 52 degrees. Fishing pressure has been light. Small numbers of steelhead were caught off the north pier when using fresh spawn. The fish cleaning station is closed but the restrooms were still open. The docks were still in at the launch. Leaves are falling and bird hunting has improved. Bowhunters are seeing decent numbers of deer and bucks are starting to chase does. The firearms season should be pretty good in Manistee County.
Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.
Rogers City Area
Windy conditions have scattered the fish on Lake Huron and slowed the bite. Surface water temperatures have dropped below 50 degrees. A couple ofboat anglers went out but caught no fish. At Presque Isle, before the weather turned, a few chinook, steelhead and Atlantic salmon were being caught in 65 to 90 feet of water. Look for the baitfish and use green, blue, orange, black and white, or glow spoons. The archery deer season has been decent and the firearms season should be, too. Duck hunters report that flights are starting to arrive from Canada and the hunting should heat up from here on out.
Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303
Deer hunting has been slow, but bucks are starting to get excited. The firearms season should be good with decent deer numbers in the area. Acorns are spotty. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been good and flush rates are up. About three-quarters of the leaves have fallen. Waterfowl hunting has been very good on Fletcher Pond. Fishing pressure has been very light as most anglers are focusing on hunting seasons. Rivers were running high from recent heavy rain.
Elk Country Outfitters NEMI, (989) 306-0720.
Fishing pressure has been light. Walleyes were being caught by those casting from the pier on Lake Huron or trolling crankbaits near the mouth of the Thunder Bay River in the evenings. Several gates on the river were open at the Ninth Street Dam and high water levels have brought a push of pre-spawn Atlantic salmon up into the river. The fish ranged from 4 to 10 pounds. Atlantic salmon, brown trout, steelhead and a couple of chinook have been caught at the dam by anglers casting spoons, spinners, and shallow-diving crankbaits as well as when drifting beads or spawn. Walleyes have been caught in the lower river when casting or trolling crankbaits or jigging soft plastics. Waterfowl hunting has been good and flight birds are starting to trickle through. The firearms deer season should be good.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
A few walleyes have been caught on the north end of Lake George near Hay Point. Crankbaits and crawler harnesses fished in 5 to 20 feet of water are producing a good bite. In the lower river, a few anglers were targeting muskies in Munuscong Bay. Most caught at least one fish when trolling large stickbaits behind planer boards or when casting large-bodied soft swimbaits near Moon Island. Some nice pike and smallmouth bass have also been caught. On Lake Huron at Cedarville and Hessel, high winds and rain kept the fishing effort down throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. A few pike were caught by those trolling spoons or drifting chubs in Urie Bay and off Conner’s Pointe. Hunting pressure has been light for deer and game birds. Bucks are rubbing and scraping.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Fishing has been slow around Drummond Island. The wind picked up and the perch bite shut right down. Leaves have fallen and partridge hunting has improved. Hunters report good bird numbers on the island. The archery deer season has been fair, but hunting pressure has been light.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Walleyes and perch are hitting on Big and South Manistique Lakes. A few pike have been caught, too. Leaves are falling and grouse and woodcock hunting have been pretty good. Waterfowl hunting also has been good with flight birds moving through. The firearms deer season should be decent. Deer numbers are improving in the Eastern UP.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
The archery deer season has been fair. Bucks are starting to rub and scrape. Grouse and woodcock hunting has improved now that most of the leaves have fallen. One of the docks in Lake Superior’s Upper Marquette Harbor has been pulled. The Lower Harbor still had both docks in last week. A few anglers were catching lake trout in the harbors and near the river mouths. River fishing has been slow with only a couple of coho or steelhead being caught. Over at Munising, shore and pier anglers are catching a few steelhead and splake on spoons and spawn sacks.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Walleye fishing has improved in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay De Noc. Those fishing north of the Narrows were trolling stickbaits and crawler harness in 18 to 30 feet of water between the Second and Third reefs. The best catches have come from the Days River by those trolling stickbaits in 8 to 10 feet of water at night. A few perch were being caught off Kipling in 20 to 30 feet of water. Those fishing the slip docks in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor reported catching some nice perch when jigging minnows.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Walleye, brown trout and light numbers of chinook and steelhead have been caught between the Hattie Street Dam and the Interstate Bridge on the Menominee River. Minnows, plastics and spoons have all caught fish. Leaves are down and hunting has improved. Bucks are rubbing and scraping. The firearms season should be good.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) (906) 424-4108.
Rivers have receded and coho, splake, brown trout and steelhead action has been pretty good on the Silver, Huron and Falls rivers. Spawn, yarn eggs, nightcrawlers and spinners have all produced good action. The leaves have fallen. Better grouse hunting has been found south of L’Anse. The archery deer season has been good and hunters report seeing more deer than last year. Bucks are scraping and rubbing. The firearms season should be good.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
There has been very light angler activity on Lake Gogebic. Some shore fishermen are reporting good catches of walleyes when using minnows. Continued heavy snow with winter-like conditions have dropped water temperature. Grouse hunters are slowing down for the season with few birds reported. Deer numbers have improved some over last year and many hunters are preparing for the rifle opener.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Archery deer hunting has been slow. Leaves are down, but grouse and woodcock hunting has slowed. There was about 3 inches of snow on the ground so everything was sloppy. Muskie fishing has been very good on Chicagon, Peavy Pond, Bond Falls Flowage and Lake Emily.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.