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Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – December 18th, 2015

NORTHWESTERN LP Alanson There was no ice in northwest Michigan last week. A few boat anglers were getting out and catching yellow perch on Burt Lake and in the Black River. Firearms deer season was slow, but some nice bucks were killed. Muzzleloader season was slow, too. The late grouse season has been slow, with hunting pressure light. Young’s Bait and Party Shop, (231) 548-5286. Traverse…

North central Pennsylvania Fish Report – December 18th, 2015

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Yellow perch were reported on nightcrawlers and live minnows in recent weeks. Trout were reported on rainbow-colored paste bait. Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Numbers of perch were reported on nightcrawlers and live minnows through early December.  Allegheny River (McKean County) — Walleyes were hitting on a variety of baits, with one angler reporting…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – December 4th, 2015

NORTHWESTERN LP Alanson Deer hunting has been slow in  Emmet County. The late grouse season should be pretty good. A few people are getting out on Burt Lake and catching light numbers of yellow perch in the deep hole. Young’s Bait and Party Shop, (231) 548-5286. Traverse City Area Firearms deer season has been slow in Grand Traverse County. Late grouse season should be pretty…

North central Pennsylvania Fish Report – December 4th, 2015

Kettle Creek (Potter County) — Water was 45 degrees Nov. 18 and anglers were catching trout on minnows and streamer patterns.  West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) — Walleyes were hitting on a variety of baits, as water temperatures dropped in mid- to late November.  Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Panfish and bass were reported on crawlers and minnows…

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

ASHLAND AREA For the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay, fishing has been good, with walleyes, brown trout, and coho salmon being caught in the bay. It has been a memorable autumn with the extended warm weather, especially after last year’s major snowstorm in early November. Water temperatures in Chequamegon Bay are still in the low 50s. And even out in the big lake, the…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015

NORTHWESTERN LP East Jordan Area Deer hunting has been pretty good in Charlevoix County. Some nice bucks have been taken in the area. Bucks are still chasing does. Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Charlevoix. A few steelhead have been caught along the pier in Charlevoix.  Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521. Traverse City Area Deer hunting has been pretty…

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 13th, 2015

AMERY AREA The only consistent fishing report has come off the Apple River, where large suckers are producing muskies. Duck and deer hunting reports have been favorable, and the bigger bucks really started to move during the past week. Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231 ASHLAND AREA This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Well, we got that rain we wanted and then…

North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – November 6th, 2015

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) —Don’s Tackle Shack reported Oct. 24 that recently stocked trout were hitting but fishing pressure was light.  Tioga River, Cowanesque River (Tioga County) — Smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds were reported on shiners and other live bait through late October.  Spring Creek (Centre County) —TCO Fly Shop reported low, clear conditions as of Oct. 23….

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015

​NORTHWESTERN LP East Jordan Area Grouse and woodcock hunting has been very good, and leaves are falling fast. The early archery deer season is off to a slow start. Waterfowl hunters report fair gunning. Flight birds are starting to arrive. Bass fishing has been good on Lake Charlevoix, and the fish are starting to move back into the shallows. Panfish action has been very…

North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – October 23rd, 2015

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Anglers were catching channel catfish on gold-color jigheads and crawlers. Yellow perch were reported on crawlers.  Spring Creek (Centre County)  — As of Oct. 10, TCO Fly Shop reported water in the high 60s and with some color. Most hatches were over for the year, although sporadic tricos (20-24) were still spotted in…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015

NORTHWESTERN LP East Jordan Area Fishing has been slow. Salmon runs have been very slow on the Jordan and other streams in the area. Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Charlevoix. Bass fishing has been good, too. Crappie fishing has been good on Six Mile Lake. Grouse and woodcock hunters report good flush rates. Leaves are just starting to fall. Archery deer season…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – October 2nd, 2015

Chain: Walleyes are good in current areas such as bottlenecks of the bridges, most being caught on fatheads or nightcrawlers. White bass good at Marie and Bluff on small spinners. Muskies are consistent on bucktails or jerkbaits around main lake points. Crappies are good in channel areas on small jigs tipped with small fatheads or spikes. Bluegills good around weed areas on small ice jigs tipped with waxies or spikes. Shabbona: Water clarity…

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 2nd, 2015

AMERY AREA Minnows are producing a few walleyes on Balsam Lake in 14 to 16 feet, and muskies continue to hit large sucker minnows and topwater baits in 12 to 15 feet on Deer Lake, the Apple River, and Lake Wapogasset. Crappies and sunfish continue to hit in 7 to 10 feet on Balsam, Wapogasset, and Bear Trap Lake. Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231 ASHLAND AREA Brown trout…

North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – September 25th, 2015

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Sept. 10 that largemouth bass up to 5 pounds and a few smallmouth bass were hitting crankbaits and various soft plastics in green pumpkin. Water was low and clear.  Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Panfish and pickerel were biting, with the bluegills, sunfish and perch hitting chunks of crawlers and other…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – September 18th, 2015

Chain: The panfish bite is very consistent. Fish small jigs tipped with spikes or waxies under a slip float. Fish the weedbeds and set your depth to just above the weeds. The largemouths have moved into the channels and the heavy mats of weeds. Fishing a scum frog or other weedless bait has been producing some good bass as well as northern pike. The muskie fishing has been hit or miss with some…