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Michigan Fishing Report – November 27, 2020

Report from the Dock

Fishing pressure has been pretty light across the state as most anglers have been out hunting deer. 

Steelhead fishing remains decent on many rivers up and down both sides of the state. Type 3 and Type 4 trout streams remain open for fishing all year. Type 1 and 2 streams are closed.

Whitefish are keeping anglers busy in Lake Michigan at Grand Haven and Holland, and good numbers of perch have been caught off Northport on Lake Michigan and in Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron.

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Rain and wind has put a damper on fishing on Lake St. Clair. When they could get out, anglers report catching good numbers of perch off the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Walleye fishing has been slow, but some big fall-run smallmouth bass have been caught. Duck hunting remains good. Divers are on the water and moving through, and hunters report very good gunning. The firearms deer season has been pretty good with several nice bucks being tagged. Muzzleloader season should be good, too. 

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

 

Lake Orion

Fishing pressure has been very light on inland lakes in Oakland County as most anglers have traded in their rods for a shotgun. The firearms deer season has been very good. Deer numbers are strong and several nice bucks have been taken. The muzzleloader season should be good.

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

 

Monroe Area

Walleye fishing remains good in Lake Erie’s Western Basin, when the high winds allow anglers to get out on the water. Anglers trolling with Husky Jerks, Bandits and Flicker shad are catching good numbers of fish. The firearms deer season has been good with several nice bucks being taken. Hunters are anticipating a good muzzleloader season. Waterfowl hunting has been very good. Divers are here and are being supplemented by the local populations of mallards and Canada geese.

Domka Outdoors, (734) 244-5240.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Coloma Area

The firearms deer season has been pretty good when the wind isn’t gusting too high. Several decent bucks have been shot in the area. Muzzleloading season should be good, too. Fishing pressure has been very light. A few steelheaders are getting out and catching light numbers of fish in the Paw Paw and St. Joe rivers. Inland lakes have been quiet, but a light numbers of bluegills have been caught by anglers fishing on Paw Paw Lake.

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

 

Hastings Area

The gun deer season has been good, and hunters report seeing and killing a lot of deer. Several big bucks have been tagged including a 12-point with a 21-inch inside spread. Fishing pressure has been light on local lakes and rivers. Steelhead action has been pretty good on the Kalamazoo River at the Allegan Dam. Wax worms, wigglers, spawn, beads, flies, and spinners are all taking fish. 

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

 

Union Area

The gun deer season has been slow. Bad weather including high winds, coupled with lower deer numbers, have put a damper on hunting. With a little snow, the muzzleloader season should be decent. Fishing pressure has been very light with no reports of success. 

Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.

 

Coldwater Area

The firearms deer season has been good, but hunters report seeing a lot of small deer in Branch County. A couple decent bucks have been taken, but most have been small. There is still a lot of standing corn in the farm fields. Fishing pressure has been light. A few crappies and bluegills have been caught on Gilead, Cary, and Coldwater lakes.  

Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

 

Grand Rapids Area

The firearms deer season has been pretty good with some several nice bucks being taken in Kent and Ottawa counties. The steelhead bite has been good on the Grand River at the Sixth Street Dam. Beads have been the bait of choice. Whitefish have moved in towards shore on Lake Michigan, and anglers fishing at Grand Haven and Holland report catching good numbers of fish off the piers. Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

The firearms deer season has been good around Saginaw with several decent bucks being taken. The muzzleloader season should also be good. Perch are still hitting in Saginaw Bay. The best bite has been in the shipping channel via minnows and perch rigs. Walleyes have returned to the bay and anglers are dialing in. Good action has been reported in 20 to 25 feet of water straight out from Linwood. Husky Jerks and Bandits are putting a lot of fish in the livewells. Duck hunting has been very good on the bay with tons of divers in the area and lots of mallards, too. 

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

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

 

Baldwin Area

The firearms deer season has been decent in Lake County. Deer movement has been slow, but a couple big bucks have been killed in the area. Fishing pressure has been light. A few steelhead have been caught in the Pere Marquette River.

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

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

 

Weidman Area

The gun season has been excellent in Isabella County. Deer numbers are up and several big bucks have been killed in the area including a 16-pointer. Fishing pressure has been very light. Light numbers of walleyes have been caught on Coldwater Lake.

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

 

Ludington Area

The gun deer season has been decent in Mason County. The quality of bucks is up, but deer numbers are down. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Divers are here and goose hunting remains good, too. Perch fishing has been slow with just a few small ones being caught in Pere Marquette Lake. Steelhead fishing has been hit or miss, depending on the weather, on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee rivers. A few whitefish have been caught off the pier on Lake Michigan at Whitehall.

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

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Fishing pressure has been light in the Thumb as most anglers are out chasing whitetails. The firearms season has been good with several big bucks being shot in Huron County. The muzzleloader season should also be good. There are still a lot of deer.

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

 

Port Huron

The firearms deer season has been fair in St. Clair County. Deer movement slowed to a trickle in the second week of the season. Waterfowlers report that layout hunting has been very good with a lot of divers moving through. Fishing pressure has been light, but shore anglers fishing along the boardwalk in Port Huron on the St. Clair River are catching good numbers of steelhead. Walleye fishing also has been good in the river. 

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

The firearms deer season has been slow with high winds keeping deer movement to a minimum. Some nice bucks have been killed, but not a lot of them. Waterfowl hunting has been good. Divers are keeping hunters busy and there are still some mallards and geese around. Fishing pressure has been light. Anglers are marking perch in 80 feet of water in Lake Michigan but can’t get them to bite. 

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

 

Traverse City Area

The firearms deer season has been pretty good. Hunters report seeing a lot of deer, but most are waiting for a big buck. Steelhead fishing remains pretty good in the Boardman River. Jigs and wax worms or wigglers have produced good results. A few coho and steelhead have been caught in the lower Platte River. Perch are still being caught in Lake Michigan off Northport, when the wind allows anglers to get out. Good action has been reported in 50 to 100 feet of water. Walleyes have been caught in the shallows on Long Lake.  

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

 

Cadillac Area

The firearms deer season has been fair in Wexford County. Deer numbers are down a little and hunters report fewer sightings than normal. Fishing pressure has been very light. A few anglers are catching walleyes from shore at night on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Walleyes also are being caught in the causeway between the lakes, at night on Husky Jerkbaits. Steelhead fishing has been good on the Manistee River as far up as Tippy Dam.

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Houghton Lake. The walleye bite is heating up in the shallows. Anglers tossing minnows and jigs report pretty good action. The firearms deer season has been very good in Roscommon County. Hunters report seeing a lot of deer, and several big bucks have been killed in the area. The waterfowl season ended on a slow note. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

 

Higgins Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Higgins Lake. A few anglers are catching rainbow trout off High Road and in front of the DNR conference center. The firearms deer season has been good. Hunters report seeing a lot of deer, but are being selective. Several big bucks have been tagged. Waterfowl hunting ended with a bang.

Sportsman’s Barn, (989) 821-9511

 

Atlanta Area

The firearms deer season has been slow. Deer movement has been limited and sightings are down. The waterfowl season ended on a slow note, too. Fishing pressure has been extremely light as most anglers are out chasing whitetails.

Elk Country Outfitters NEMI, (989) 306-0720, www.ElkCountryOutfittersNEMI.com.

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

The firearms deer season was slow. A few decent bucks were taken, but not many of them. The Mackinac Bridge count was down about 50% as of Nov. 25. Fishing pressure has been light with high winds keeping anglers off the water. Walleye fishing has been slow in Munuscong Bay. The water is up about three feet. 

Wilderness Treasures

(906) 647-4002.

 

Curtis Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Manistique Lakes. The few anglers who have been out report catching a mixed bag of walleye, perch, pike, and a few bluegills. The firearms deer season was decent and the muzzleloader season should be good if we get a little snow on the ground.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Escanaba Area

A few walleyes and perch have been caught on Little Bay de Noc, but fishing pressure has been very light. The best action has been reported by anglers fishing off the reefs in 15 to 30 feet of water. Nightcrawlers and stickbaits have both caught fish. 

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

 

Iron Mountain Area

Fishing pressure has been light but a few anglers are getting out on the Menominee River and catching light numbers of walleyes. Deer hunters reported mixed results for the firearms season. 

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Gun hunting was slow. The overall, deer size was running average from past years. Some hunters have been selective and are waiting for a big buck. Others report not seeing many deer. Fishing pressure has been light, but a few anglers are getting out. The dock was still in at L’Anse as of late November, and anglers reported catching lake trout in close to shore. A few brown trout have been caught, too. Steelhead fishing has been pretty slow. 

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

 

Ontonagon Area

The firearms deer season was slow in northern Ontonagon County. Most hunters report that deer sightings are down this year and predator sightings are up. Fishing pressure has been very light both inland and on Lake Superior. Cohos have been caught along shore in Superior at Silver City. 

Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle, (906) 884-2770.

 

Iron River Area

The firearms deer season has been pretty good in Iron County. Many hunters are being selective and waiting for a bigger buck, but most report seeing a lot of deer. Doe and fawn numbers are up. Fishing pressure has been light, but those heading out are catching a mixed bag of perch, walleye, and northern pike. Try Chicagon, Fortune, Hagerman and Stanley lakes.

Luckey’s Sport Shop

(906) 265-0151.

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