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Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 26, 2021

Report from the Dock

Fishing pressure has been light, but for the few die-hards still getting out some of the best fishing of the year has been happening. Walleyes are hitting in Munuscong Bay, Saginaw Bay, and Lake Erie and a very good perch bite has been reported on Round lake, Lake St. Clair, and Saginaw Bay. Steelhead fishing has been fair but should improve in coming days.

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Deer hunting has been good in St. Clair and Macomb counties. Hunting  should continue to be good through the muzzleloader and late archery seasons. Fishing pressure has been light on Lake St. Clair, but perch and muskies continue to keep anglers busy. The action might not last long as colder temperatures are in the forecast and skim ice may become a problem. Until then, try the north side of the lake. Anglers did well in 8 to 10 feet of water for perch. Shiners and crawlers fished near the bottom have produced good results. Anglers fishing the south end of the lake reported a good bite in 12 to 18 feet of water out from 9 Mile Road and around the shipping channel. Muskie fishing has been excellent off the creek and river mouths. All modern restrooms at the Clinton River Cutoff, Harley, and Selfridge boat launches are closed for the season. The skid pier at the Clinton River Cutoff was pulled but the other skid piers will remain in the water as long as conditions allow. 

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Fishing has stalled on inland lakes in the area as most anglers have winterized their boats and are waiting for ice to form. The firearms deer season was good. Several hunters at Bald Mountain, Pontiac Lake, and Metamora/Hadley recreation areas reported tagging a deer. Deer numbers seem to be up, but activity has slowed since gun season opened and foot traffic increased in the woods. Squirrel and rabbit seasons remain open through March and hunting should be good.  

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

SOUTHWESTERN LP

St. Joseph Area

Steelhead fishing has improved in the St. Joseph River. Spinners, crankbaits, beads, spawn, and wax worms all have caught fish. Spawn is still attracting some attention, too. Whitefish are hitting spawn, wigglers, and wax worms fished off the pier on Lake Michigan. A few walleyes are being caught below the dam. Deer hunters report a good gun season and the muzzleloader and late archery seasons also should produce good results. Deer numbers are in good shape.

Silver Beach Fishing, (269) 338-3182.

Coloma Area

Steelhead are being caught in the Paw Paw River by anglers fishing with spinners, spawn, beads, and wax worms. Inland lake fishing pressure has been extremely light. Most anglers are waiting for first ice to form. The gun deer season was good with several nice bucks being taken in the area. Late-season hunting also should be good. 

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

Hastings Area

Steelhead fishing has been good on the Grand River. Spawn, wax worms,  and beads are all producing good results. Fishing pressure has been extremely slow on local lakes. The gun deer season was very good with several nice bucks being killed in Barry County. Deer numbers are in great shape, and the late deer seasons should be really good. 

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

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Perch fishing remains very good in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay and anglers are catching a fair number of walleyes, too. Fishing pressure has been light. The firearms deer season was a good one in the Bay Area with several nice bucks being tagged. Crops are down. The late archery and muzzleloader seasons should continue to provide good hunting. 

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

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing has improved on the Pere Marquette River. Flies, beads, spawn, and wax worms have all caught fish. Inland lake fishing pressure has been very light. Most anglers have their boats stored for the winter and are awaiting safe ice. The firearms season was fair, but a few decent bucks were taken. Hunting pressure has dropped off a little bit.

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

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

Weidman Area

The firearms deer season was good with several big bucks being killed in the area. The muzzleloader and late archery seasons should be very good. There are a lot of deer in Isabella County but public land is at a minimum. Grouse flush rates picked up at the end of the early season. The late season should be very good with good bird numbers in the area.

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

Muskegon Area

Steelhead fishing has been fair in the Muskegon River. Low and clear water conditions have made fishing tough the past couple of weeks. Good numbers of whitefish are being caught by anglers jigging in the channel. Small glow or silver jigging spoons worked best. Down at Grand Haven, anglers were catching whitefish while jigging in the channel. The best action has been on small jigging spoons. White and glow colors performed well. Lake trout action has been slow. Deer hunting has been very good with several big bucks being tagged during both the archery and firearms seasons. Deer numbers are strong and the muzzleloader and late archery seasons should be great. 

Fish-on Charters and Bait, (616) 402-4307.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Decent numbers of burbot and walleye are being caught at night by anglers fishing off the breakwall. Lake trout are also starting to be caught off the wall and the bite should increase as the weather cools. Perch are hitting in Caseville Harbor. The gun deer season was great with a lot of big bucks being tagged in the area. Deer numbers are strong and the late seasons should be exceptional. Goose hunting has been very good, too. There are still a lot of geese around. 

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

Port Huron

Walleyes are hitting in the St. Clair River and at the mouth of Lake Huron. Anglers whipping pencil plugs are catching fish in the river and jiggers are catching them in the lake in 35 to 40 feet of water. Good numbers of walleyes are hitting off the wall in town, but no steelhead or salmon yet. The firearms deer season was decent. Deer numbers are strong and the late seasons should be good. Duck hunting has been very good.   

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

East Jordan Area

Perch fishing has been very good on Round Lake, but fishing pressure has been light. Those getting out are catching fish in 48 to 52 feet of water on minnows and shrimp. The firearms deer season was very good with several nice bucks being taken in the area. Late seasons should be good, including the late grouse season.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Gun deer season was very good in Manistee and Grand Traverse counties. The late archery and muzzleloader seasons should be very good. The late grouse season also should be good, too. Steelhead fishing has been decent on the Boardman, Platte, and Betsie rivers. Numbers are low, but anglers can get out and catch a fish or two. 

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

Manistee Area

Steelhead fishing has been fair on the Manistee River. Low and clear water conditions have made fishing tough for the past couple of weeks, but some fish were caught. Flies, beads, wax worms, and spinners are all attracting attention. The firearms deer season was very good and action should continue into the late archery and muzzleloader seasons.

Riley’s, (231) 723-3354.

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Houghton Lake, but the anglers who are getting out are catching fish. Anglers report catching walleyes, pike, and bass in East Bay and decent numbers of crappies in the canals. The firearms deer season was good. Hunters in the area took several decent bucks. The late seasons should be good, too. Flush rates improved late in the early grouse season and the December hunt should still be good.  

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Atlanta Area

Inland lake fishing pressure has been very light. Most anglers are waiting for first ice. The firearms deer season was pretty good and the muzzleloader and late archery seasons should also produce some deer. The second elk season runs Dec. 11-19 and should be excellent. The elk herd is in great shape.

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

Rogers City Area

Fishing pressure has been very light. The firearms deer hunting season was decent with hunters passing on smaller bucks and shooting a lot of does. One successful hunter tagged a 10-point early in the season. Late grouse season should be decent.

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Fishing pressure has been light,  but muskie and walleye fishing has been fantastic in Munuscong Bay for the few anglers venturing out. Big crankbaits have produced good results for both species. The firearms deer season has been hit and miss. Hunters in some areas did very well while hunters in other areas report slow hunting with minimal deer sightings, based on where the predators are. The late grouse season should be awesome. There are a lot of grouse in the area. Predator hunting should be very good, too, with strong coyotes numbers at the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula. Beaver numbers are up and trapping season should be very good.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

Fishing pressure has been light on Manistique Lakes. A few perch, pike, and walleyes have been caught. Walleyes and a few muskies  also have been caught on the Manistique and Tahquamenon rivers. Deer hunting has been decent, but deer numbers are down. The late seasons should be fair.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Escanaba Area

Walleye anglers continued to struggle on Little Bay de Noc, but there were reports of some fish caught at Center Reef. Smallmouth anglers launching out of Kipling had some success, too. Fishing pressure has been very light on Big Bay de Noc. The Fayette, Nahma, Garden, and Fish Dam boat launches have been pulled for the season. Deer hunting has been pretty good.

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

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Fishing pressure has been light but the guys getting out report catching decent numbers of splake and coho salmon in Keweenaw Bay. A good bite has been reported off the mouth of the Falls River and off the Sand Point Lighthouse. Spawn sacks and casting spoons have both produced  good results. The firearms deer season was pretty good with hunters reporting strong deer activity. Hunters  saw a lot of bucks including some pretty big ones. One hunter took a big 10-pointer early in the season. Late grouse hunting should be very good with strong numbers of birds in the area. 

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing pressure continues to be very light on Lake Gogebic. A few shore anglers are catching walleyes on sucker minnows. Gun deer season was pretty good with some snow cover in certain areas. Deer activity was good. First ice is not too far off, so those excited to be the first anglers out be sure to use extreme caution. Safe ice over the main lake will not normally be here until after Christmas

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

Ontonagon Area

Fishing pressure has been very light. Skim ice is forming on some of the smaller lakes and ponds at the western end of the Upper Peninsula. The firearms deer season was fair. 

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

Iron River Area

Deer hunting has been pretty good in Iron County. Firearms hunters reported seeing a lot of does and smaller bucks; however, one hunter tagged a 14-point buck. The late grouse season should be decent with a fair number of birds in the area. Fishing pressure has been light and a thin layer of ice is forming on some of the smaller lakes.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

— The DNR contributed to this report.

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