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Michigan Fishing Report – October 2, 2020

Report from the Dock

Fishing pressure has generally been light, except in rivers where salmon are running. Good action has been reported on most rivers across the state including the St. Joe, Rouge, Black, Grand, Pere Marquette, manistee, Jordan, Thunder Bay, Swan Creek, Ocqueoc and many others.

Perch fishing has really picked up across the state with good action being reported in Lake Michigan (St. Joe, South Haven, Saugatuck, Northport), Lake Huron at Cedarville and Hessel, in the St. Mary’s River at Drummond Island, as well as in Van Etten Lake, Lake Charlevoix and Pere Marquette Lake.

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

When the weather allows perch fishing has been excellent. Anglers report a very good bite on minnows a and worms north of Selfridge, off Metro Beach, in front of the 400 Club, along the Mile Roads, and in front of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Waterfowl hunting has been pretty good, too.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

 

Irish Hills Area

Fishing pressure has been light around Jackson County. A few bass and panfish are still being caught in some of the local lakes, but for most their attention has turned to hunting. The archery deer season is underway and hunting should be pretty good with solid numbers of deer in Jackson County. Turkey hunting has been good.

Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

 

Lake Orion

Fishing pressure has been light, but a few largemouth bass and northern pike have been caught in Lake Orion. Bluegills and sunfish are hitting on Stringy Lakes along with good numbers of undersized bass. The archery deer season should be very good with strong numbers of whitetails in the area. Squirrel hunting has been good at Bald Mountain and Metamora recreation areas.

Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.

 

Monroe Area

Walleye and perch fishing remain pretty good on Lake Erie, but fishing pressure has been light. The early Canada goose season has been good and the archery deer season also should be good. There are a lot of ducks and deer in the region.

Domka Outdoors, (734) 244-5240.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Coloma Area

Fishing pressure has been light. Those venturing out on the Paw Paw, St. Joe and Black rivers report good numbers of king salmon and steelhead being caught. Wax worms, spawn, and spinners are producing good results.  Inland lake fishing has been slow but the  early goose season has been pretty good. Deer numbers are in great shape and the archery deer season should be a good one.

Ellinee Bait and Tackle, (269) 468-7522.

 

Hastings Area

Windy weather hasn’t been kind Panfish hitting on Gun, Algonquin, Middle and Thornapple lakes.  Salmon fishing has been spotty on the Grand, Kalamazoo and Rouge Rivers. Recent rain did bring a fresh push of fish. Goose season started off with a bang, but the birds got educated in a hurry and things have slowed. The archery season should be good. There are a lot of deer in the area and hunters report seeing a lot of bucks on their trail cameras. Turkey numbers are very good.

Al and Pete’s Sport Shop, (269) 945-4417.

 

Coldwater Area

Fishing pressure has been very light. A few crappies have been caught on Union Lake and bluegills are hitting on Randall and Palmer lakes. Goose hunters report good gunning and the archery deer season should be good with lots of deer in Branch County.

Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

 

Grand Rapids Area

Fishing pressure has been light, but the bite has been good for those who have ventured out. Bluegills and sunfish are hitting leaf worms and wax worms on Reeds Lake, and crappie fishing has been pretty good on Cranberry Lake. The perch bite remains very good in Lake Michigan at both South Haven and Saugatuck. Steelhead and salmon have been caught in the Grand River and kings have been caught on the Rogue. Wax worms, spawn and spinners are all catching fish. Early goose hunting has been good and the archery deer season also should be good. There are plenty of deer in the area. 

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing remains very good in Saginaw Bay, although fishing pressure has eased a little. The numbers aren’t great, so don;t expect to catch a limit, but the size of the fish has been outstanding. Goose hunting was  good throughout the early season and should pick up again when flights start moving through. Grouse and woodcock hunters report flushing decent numbers of birds. Deer numbers are very good in Saginaw and bay counties and the archery deer season should be good. Hunters report seeing a lot of mature bucks on trail cameras. Fall turkey hunting has been good.

Linwood Party and Sporting Goods, (989) 697-3825.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

 

Baldwin Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on inland lakes. Most of the locals are either hitting the Pere Marquette River for salmon and steelhead or heading into the woods to hunt. Flush rates have been fair in spots for ruffed grouse and woodcock. Foliage is still hindering shots. The action should improve as the leaves fall. Archery deer season should be good. 

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

 

Weidman Area

There are a lot of deer in Isabella and Mecosta counties and hunters are expecting a good archery season. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been fair, but should improve now that leaves are starting to fall. Walleye fishing has been decent on Coldwater Lake, but fishing pressure has been pretty light.

Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.

 

Ludington Area

Salmon and steelhead are keeping anglers busy in the Pere Marquette River. Flies, spawn, wax worms, spinners, and crankbaits are all catching fish. Anglers on Pere Marquette lake report jigging up a few salmon. Fair numbers of perch have been caught in Pere Marquette Lake, too, but anglers are sorting to find the keepers. Up on Hamlin Lake, walleye anglers are catching a few fish when jigging at night and bluegills are hitting along the weed edges. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Leaves are starting to fall and grouse and woodcock hunting should improve. Archery deer season should be good. There is no shortage of deer.

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Fishing pressure. Perch gills crappies Gieger Rd Smallies of breakwall. lake trout at Port Austin in 150 feet of water half way down. Goose hunting remains good with a lot of local birds being taken. There are a lot turkeys in the ag fieldsDeer hunting should be good. Deer numbers are in grreat shape. Hunters are seeing a lot of nice bucks on their trail cameras..

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

 

Port Huron

Walleye fishing has been slow. The best action has been at night for handliners and whippers. Marysville and Algonac have been the best spots. Perch off the weedbeds at Marysville and Port Huron. Silver fish moving into Lexington and Sanilac Harbors. Try spoons and Cleos. Salmon 60 to 90 feet of water for those trolling spoons. The goose season is off to a good start, but duck hunting has been slow. The archery deer season should be very good.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Salmon fishing has been very good at the Bear River Dam in Petoskey. Spawn and skein have produced the best action. Salmon fishing also has been excellent on the Boyne River from mouth to dam. Spawn and skein is taking fish in the rover while those fishing at the mouth are casting spoons into the surf. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on Walloon Lake and in Lake Charlevoix. Look for them in 10 to 20 feet of water.  Large schools of perch are holding in 100 to 130 feet of water off the cement plant in Lake Charlevoix, in the south arm of the lake from Holy Island to the yellow condos in East Jordan, and around the weedbeds in Lake Charlevoix at Boyne City. A good perch bite also has been reported by anglers fishing at the north end of  Six Mile Lake around the mouth of the channel. The early goose season was slow. Leaves are starting to fall so grouse hunters will have less to grouse about. Archery deer season should be good. The local whitetail population is in good shape. Bear hunting has been good.  

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

 

Traverse City Area

Grouse hunting has been good. Woodcock flights have not arrived yet. Goose hunting has been good and numbers remain high. The archery deer season should be pretty good. Last winter was mild and the deer came through pretty well. Good numbers of perch are being caught in Lake Michigan at Northport in 65 to 100 feet of water. Steelhead are starting to show up in the Boardman and Platte rivers and anglers drifting spawn are enjoying the majority of the action.

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

 

Cadillac Area

Fishing pressure has been light on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. For those who are venturing out, a few walleyes have been caught at night in the canal between the lakes. Crappies are hitting off docks along the causeway in Cadillac, and at the east end near the city dock. Salmon fishing remains good in the Betsie and Manistee rivers. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been slow, but leaves are starting to come down and that should help the hunters. Deer numbers are down a little in Wexford County but up in Clare and Osceola counties. Hunters report seeing some real nice bucks.

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

The walleye bite has been slow on Houghton Lake, but should pick up any day. In the meantime, panfish have kept anglers busy when fishing wax worms or leaf worms along the remaining weeds. Waterfowl hunting has been decent with local birds holding down the fort. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been fair, but should improve as the leaves fall. Deer numbers are in pretty good shape in Roscommon County and the archery deer season should be good.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

 

Higgins Lake Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure has been very light on Hubbard Lake. Grouse and woodcock hunting is off to a fair start, but should improve as the leaves fall. The archery deer season should be good.

Sportsman’s Barn, (989) 821-9511

 

Alpena Area

Kings, cohos and Atlantics are hitting spawn fished in the Thunder Bay River. Grouse and woodcock hunting has been fair. Action should improve when woodcock flights start moving through.  The early goose season was pretty good and the archery deer season should be good, too. Deer numbers are in pretty good shape.

Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.

 

Oscoda Area

Kings and Atlantics off pier spoons jigging and casting. Also spinners. A few walleyes of the pier on crawlers. Inland lakes perch and bluegills Van Etten and Cedar. Best action in the shallows. Waterfowl hunting has been good and the archery deer season should be good, too.

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

The bear season has been good. Lots of bears between 250 and 300 pounds have been checked in at Wilderness Treasures. Grouse numbers seem to be down a little. Hunters are flushing fair numbers of grouse, but numbers seem to be down a little bit. Duck hunting has been slow, too, but goose season is off to a great start. The archery deer season should be good. Deer numbers and buck sightings are both up in the area. A good perch bite has been reported at Cedarville and Hessel. Try casting a minnow under a bobber at Snows Channel and off the municipal docks in both towns. A few splake have been caught off the docks in Hessel, too. Spoons and spawn are  both producing good results.  

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

 

Drummond Island Area

Between wind and rain, anglers are finding it difficult to get out, but when they do the perch bite has been very good.  Most  are having to sort through their catch to find keepers, but numbers have been great. The best action has been between Scott and Maxton bays around Ashmun, James, and Rutland islands. Minnows and chunks of nightcrawlers are both working. Leaves are changing colors and starting to fall. Grouse hunting has improved and rabbit hunting has been pretty good, too. The archery deer season should be good. Deer numbers are in pretty good shape on the island.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

 

Curtis Area

Perch, walleyes, and pike are keeping anglers busy on Big Manistique Lake, but high winds have kept anglers at bay. Fishing pressure has been light. Bear hunters report a pretty good season so far and the archery deer season also should be good. Leaves are falling and grouse and woodcock action is picking up. Waterfowl hunters also report a good start to the season.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Escanaba Area

Fishing pressure has been light and windy weather has kept anglers off Little Bay de Noc. The walleye bite has been slow, but some decent perch reports have been coming  from anglers fishing at the north end of the bay from Kipling to the Whitefish River. Bass fishing has been pretty good at the north end of the bay, too, as well as around the mouth of the Ford River. Salmon have moved into the Manistique River. Spawn and spinners have both produced good results. Leaves are falling fast and grouse hunting has improved. Bear hunting has been good and the archery deer season should also be pretty good with good deer numbers being reported in the area. 

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

 

Iron Mountain Area

Fishing pressure has been light in Dickinson County. A few anglers are sneaking out on the Menominee River when the wind allows and catching fair numbers of walleyes and smallmouth bass. Grouse hunting is improving and leaves are starting to fall. Bear hunting has been good and the archery deer season should be good too. Deer numbers are increasing.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

River fishing has been pretty good. Anglers report catching fair numbers of splake, coho, steelhead, and brown trout in the Huron and Silver rivers, and a few pink salmon are showing up in the Falls River. Nightcrawlers, spawn, yarn eggs, and spinners have all produced good results. When the wind allows, anglers are catching good numbers of coho and king salmon in the top 30 feet of water in Keweenaw Bay. Crankbaits and plugs are working better than spoons. The archery deer season should be good. Deer numbers are in good shape and locals report seeing a lot of bucks. Leaves are falling and grouse hunting has been pretty good. Bear hunters report a decent season so far.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

 

Bergland Area

The fall walleye bite on Lake Gogebic is improving. Anglers trolling and casting stick baits are reporting good quality fish while others fishing minnows in the weeds in 7 to 9 feet of water are reporting good action as well. Smallmouth bass continue to hit both artificial and live bait. A few perch are hitting nightcrawlers fished in the weeds. The northern pike bite has been pretty good for anglers using minnows. We are in the third season of bear hunting now and grouse season is well underway with bird sightings better than first predicted with bird sightings daily. Fall colors have peaked and some leaves are beginning to fall. The archery deer season should be good. Deer numbers also looking good. Bear hunting has been good.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

 

Iron River Area

The bear season has been pretty good with a couple in the 400-pound range. Archery deer season should be pretty good, too, with good numbers of whitetails in the area. Grouse hunting has been good and woodcock numbers are good. Leaves are falling fast with the high winds that have blown through the area. Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure ha been light. A few muskies have been caught on some of the local lakes. Duck and goose hunting has been fair.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151. 

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