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Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 17, 2021

Report from the Dock

Good numbers of salmon are heading upstream on most Lower Peninsula rivers while the fall spawning runs are just getting started in some U.P. streams, and have yet to start in others.

In the Lower Peninsula, rivers as far north as the Boyne and the Cheboygan all the way down to the St. Joe are holding spawning salmon. 

Anglers are wading and casting from shore with good success. A multitude of presentations will attract a bite when the fish are in the rivers including spawn bags, skein, spinners, crankbaits, wax worms, beads, dry flies, and streamers. Be prepared to try several different presentations if the first one or two don’t work. The fish are finicky when they move upstream so it’s a good idea to experiment to see what works best.

The fall perch bite is heating up in many areas of the state including Lake St. Clair, Saginaw Bay, Lake Charlevoix, Raber Bay, Munuscong Bay, Drummond Island, and Manistique Lakes. The fish are on the move, so it takes a little mobility to stay on the bite. Minnows, worms, and nightcrawlers are all producing good results.

The bear hunting season got off to a pretty good start. There have been several reports of hunters enjoying early-season success both in the U.P. and northern L.P.

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Anglers report catching good numbers of perch in Lake St. Clair. Decent action has been reported by anglers fishing in Anchor Bay, off the 400 Club, and off 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads. Good numbers of fish have been caught near the St. Clair Light, too. If the fish disappear, make a move to locate the pods. They are on the move, but they’re not moving far. Bass fishing also has been good in the same areas anglers are catching perch

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Panfish action has been pretty good on most inland lakes in the area including Stringy and Lakeville. A few brown trout are still hitting in Paint Creek. The season ends there on Sept. 30. The youth deer hunt was pretty good with several local kids tagging deer.

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

Monroe Area

Walleye fishing remains good in Lake Erie. Anglers report catching good numbers of fish off Buoys 1 and 2. Crankbaits, nightcrawler harnesses, and spoons all are attracting some attention. The hot colors have been  pink, purple, green, and copper.  The youth deer season was pretty good.

Domka Outdoors, (734) 244-5240.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Sturgis Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Klinger Lake. A few panfish have been caught, and bass have moved back in towards shore. The dock and raft bite is heating up again. The youth deer season was pretty fair. 

Klinger Lake Trading Post, (269) 651-2679.

Coloma Area

Kings have moved into the St. Joe and Paw Paw rivers. Spawn and spinners have been producing good action. Crappies are hitting in the open water in 15 to 20 feet on Paw Paw Lake. A few perch have been mixed in. Bass have moved back into shore, and anglers report a pretty good bite around the docks. The youth deer hunt was quiet.

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

Hastings Area

Inland lake fishing has been pretty quiet. A few bluegills have been caught in deeper water on inland lakes in the area. Worms and chunks of crawlers have produced good action. Most anglers have gone north to target the rivers for salmon. The youth deer season was pretty good.

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

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing has been pretty solid with a lot of jumbos being caught. The best action has been in between 13 and 18 feet of water off Parish Road, directly out from the Linwood Marina, and off the Pinconning Bar. Walleye fishing has been slow. A few fish are being caught at Callahan Reef and in front of the state park. The youth deer hunt was quiet.

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

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Ludington Area

Fishing has been good in Lake Michigan. Salmon are moving up the Pere Marquette River and anglers are dialing in. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of bluegills, bass, and crappies on Hamlin Lake. Bluegills and bass are hitting along the weeds and crappies have been found in 17 to 21 feet of water. The youth deer hunt was very good.

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

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Fishing pressure has been light at Caseville. Catfish action has been good off the breakwall in town. A few sheepshead and bass have been caught, too. The walleye and perch bites have been slow. The best action has been on the west side of Saginaw Bay. The youth deer season was very good. There are still a lot of geese around Huron County.

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

Port Huron

Fishing has slowed a little at Port Huron. Walleyes are being found in the deeper holes. Handliners are catching the most fish in 20 to 30 feet of water in Lake Huron. Fair numbers of perch have been caught off the docks. Steelhead are hitting in 80 to 100 feet of water off Port Sanilac. A few Atlantics have been caught, too. The youth deer hunt was decent.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Indian River

Fishing has been fair on Burt and Mullett lakes. A few decent perch have been caught on both lakes, but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find the keepers. Walleye fishing has been slow, with the best action coming to the guys fishing on the night shift. Salmon have moved into the Cheboygan River and fish are being caught at the dam. Hunting pressure was light for the youth deer hunt. Bear hunting has been fair.

Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.

East Jordan Area

Fishing has been hit or miss on Lake Charlevoix where the surface water temperature is still in the 70s. A few salmon are showing up at the cement plant on Lake Charlevoix. There is no weir this year and the fish have moved up to the quarry. Salmon are hitting at the mouth of the Boyne, too, as well as up at Petoskey. Perch have been caught in the shallows in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass fishing has been decent, too, and a few walleyes have been caught along the drop-off in the South Arm. A few kids had good success in the youth deer hunt including one hunter who shot a 9-point buck in velvet.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Manistee Area

Salmon have moved into the Manistee River. Anglers report finding fish all the way up to Tippy Dam. A few boats are trolling along the pier heads and catching salmon and lake trout. The youth deer season was pretty good.

Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

Cadillac Area

Crappies, sunfish, and bluegills, including some up to 9 inches, have been keeping anglers busy on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Bluegills and sunfish have been caught on the west side of Lake Mitchell and the crappies are hitting at the east end of Lake Cadillac. The crappies are suspended and a few nice perch have been caught, down on the bottom. Bear hunting has been slow. The youth deer hunt was fair.

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Houghton Lake. A few walleyes have been caught in North Bay including a 27-incher. Bluegills and crappies are hitting in the canals. River fishing has been very good on the Manistee, Pere Marquette, and other rivers in the area. Bear hunting has been decent and the youth deer hunt was pretty good. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Onaway Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Black Lake and the bite has been slow. The youth deer hunt was productive. Bear hunting has been good and a couple nice bears have been killed in the area.

Onaway Outfitters, (989) 733-2472.

Rogers City Area

Fishing has been quiet on Lake Huron. A few salmon and lake trout are still being caught. Salmon have moved into the Ocqueoc River and Swan Creek and anglers there are dialing in. The bear season is off to a slow start and the youth deer hunt was quiet, too.

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303

Oscoda Area

Fair numbers of king salmon have been caught off the end of the piers on Lake Huron on spoons, and by boat anglers trolling Flicker Shads in 12 to 15 feet of water. The best action has been early in the mornings. A few salmon have moved into the lower Au Sable River and good action has been reported at Foote Dam. Inland lake fishing has been slow. Bear hunting has been pretty good, but the youth deer season was quiet. 

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Fishing has been pretty good at the east end of the Upper Peninsula. Walleyes and good numbers of perch have been caught in the channel on Munuscong and Raber bays. The best action has been in 18 to 20 feet of water with live worms producing the good action. Smallmouth bass are starting to move into the bays, too, and action has been good. Perch fishing is heating up in northern Lake Huron at Cedarville. Good action is coming to those fishing in 6 to 8 feet of water. Chinook have moved into the streams along Highway 134 including Nuns Creek and the Carp and Pine rivers. Bear hunting is off to a good start. Bear numbers appear to be up, but warm weather is keeping daytime movement to a minimum. Grouse numbers are looking good and there are a lot of geese in the area. Waterfowl hunting should be good.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has been decent around Drummond Island. A few pike and bass have been caught in Scotts and Maxton bays. The perch bite has been spotty but decent numbers of fish have been caught off Harbor, Grape, and Ashmun islands in Scotts and Maxton bays. Perch up to 12 inches have been caught but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find the keepers. 

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Fishing has improved on Manistique lakes. Good numbers of perch and light numbers of walleyes and pike have been caught in Big Manistique and South Manistique. Minnows have provided the best results. The bear hunting season is off to a good start with several big boars already being taken. Waterfowl hunting should be good with a lot of ducks and geese in the area.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

Salmon and lake trout fishing remains good in Lake Superior. Anglers report a good lake trout bite at Stannard Rock. Bear hunting has been good, but grouse hunting has been slow to get started. The archery deer season should be pretty good.

Gwinn Bait & Tackle, (906) 346-3330.

Escanaba Area

Fishing has been pretty good in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc.  Walleyes are hitting at the Black Bottom. The best daytime bite has been in 40 feet of water. The fish are moving higher up on the drop-off in the day. Perch fishing has been good north of Gladstone. Several limits have been reported of some good keeper-sized fish. Salmon fishing remains pretty good at Fairport but the bite is winding down. Salmon have started to move into the Manistique River. There have been no reports from the Ford and Escanaba rivers, yet. Bear

hunting has been pretty good.

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

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Fishing has been very good in Keweenaw Bay. Anglers report catching good numbers of king and coho salmon along with good numbers of lake trout. The salmon are hitting in top 50 feet and lakers have been caught up and down the water column. The best colors have been blues, greens, and wonder bread. River fishing has been slow to get started. Bear hunting has been pretty good with several nice bears already being registered. Grouse numbers appear to be in solid shape. 

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has slowed some. Anglers continue to report fair catches of walleye, perch, and bass in a variety of areas. Some are working the weeds with crawlers and leeches and reporting good results. The minnow bite has been a little slow. Others are working the mud flats trolling or jigging in 24 to 26 feet of water. Hard bottom areas are giving up some bass and walleye. Grouse season is underway with bird numbers are looking up this year although hunting pressure has been light this early in the season. Fall colors are improving and are about at 10% to 20%

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

Iron River Area

Bear season is off to a decent start with several nice bears being resistered. Fishing has been very good on local lakes. Panfish are hitting on Chicagon, Peavy, and Michigamme. Brook trout fishing has been very good on local streams in the area. Fall colors are changing fast. Some of the leaves are starting to fall.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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