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Windy conditions hampered fishing on both the Great Lakes and the inland lakes. Water levels in the rivers are up and anglers continue to catch salmon and steelhead. As the waters cool, this is the perfect time of year for bass and pike fishing.


Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers were taking limit catches of perch near Fermi but they are putting in a lot of time to do so. Most of those heading out at Bolles Harbor had an Ohio license and were fishing in Ohio waters. Shiners seem to work better than mud minnows.

Huron River: A couple small steelhead were caught down near the mouth.

Wamplers Lake: Largemouth bass were caught when casting crank baits in 4 to 5 feet or spinners in 8 to 12 feet. The top-water bite was hot and producing a good number of fish as well. A few crappie were caught on tube baits in the shallow weed beds.

Detroit River: Boat anglers caught yellow perch on spreaders and perch rigs with shiners. Most were targeting the weed line around the islands. Shore anglers were starting to pick up a few fish in the canals and off the docks. Perch anglers have also caught a few walleye.

Lake St. Clair: Those able to get out had a difficult time locating perch and catch rates were poor. The few caught were taken while drifting worms off the bottom. The smallmouth bite was slow as well but a couple were caught around Grass Island or in the channels of the river. Jerk baits seem to work best. Walleye catches over the last week were up and down. The turbid water near the middle and the shipping channels produced some large fish but no big numbers. Most were using a dark colored crawler harness or a jig with a crawler.

Lexington to Port Austin: Those fishing inside the harbor at Lexington caught the occasional steelhead when casting Cleo’s in the morning. Pier and shore fishing were hit-or-miss with a couple steelhead, walleye, pike, and Atlantics caught. Pier fishing in Port Sanilac was slow inside the harbor. The few boats heading out of Harbor Beach caught lake trout, steelhead and a couple walleye in pockets of cold water found in 65 to 90 feet. Pier anglers fishing the north gap at night caught some walleye on crank baits. Grindstone City and Port Austin had very little activity.

Saginaw Bay: Minnows were starting to move into the marinas and river mouths. When the minnows come in, they usually bring the perch with them. Windy conditions have limited boat access. At Quanicassee, shore anglers targeting perch had to do a lot of sorting to get a few keepers. Sebewaing to Bay Port area was dominated by duck hunters. Shore anglers fishing the Sebewaing River and marina caught a few small bass and pike. One boat at Caseville caught a few perch in 30 to 40 feet off Oak Point.

Saginaw River: Boat anglers in the lower river caught some perch out of the Bay Aggregate Cut.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Those that could get out found lake trout and the odd Chinook salmon in 80 to 100 feet. A few perch anglers caught a decent number of fish in 40 feet.

Dowagiac River: Had a lot of fishing activity near the dam at Pucker Street.

South Haven: Had very few anglers. A couple steelhead were caught by pier anglers casting spoons or floating spawn.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers targeting steelhead with spawn had no success. White perch and channel cats were caught on minnows.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has a good number of steelhead now that the water levels are back up. Anglers were still taking some chrome coho as well. Most were using spawn, beads and flies.

Rogue River: Had a good number of steelhead in the lower river. Anglers have done well on a jig head with hair or feathers or a plain jig with a couple wax worms.

Grand River at Lansing: For good pike and smallmouth action, try fishing below any of the dams. The crappie bite was good below the dam in Dimondale. In North Lansing, a few coho and decent walleye were caught below the dam. A couple steelhead were spotted at the Webber Dam.

Morrison Lake: Had fair to good perch and crappie fishing.

Muskegon River: Salmon fishing improved. A fair to good number of steelhead are also in the river and could be found on the gravel. Some are using spawn, crank baits and spinners while those fly fishing were using egg flies, nymphs and streamers.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Had lots of anglers targeting Chinook and steelhead at the lock and dam with some success. Steelhead were averaging 4 pounds and hitting on spawn. There was another push of Chinook salmon and fish averaging 6 pounds were caught on crank baits, spinners, spawn bags or skein. Some undersize smallmouth bass were caught on worms.

Rogers City: Anglers can still catch a mixed bag of younger Chinook, coho, steelhead, Atlantics and walleye. Fish the entire water column in 60 to 90 feet with spoons. Good colors were blue, orange, silver, black and white or glow early and late.

Alpena: Had very little effort in the bay. Those targeting smallmouth bass caught fish in the LaFarge discharge and in Squaw Bay.

Thunder Bay River: Chinook salmon, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, and a few small steelhead continue to be caught at the 9th Street Dam by those casting spoons, spinners, and crank baits or when drifting spawn bags and skein. Some of the Chinook being caught were still in fairly decent shape.

Oscoda: Pier anglers casting stick baits caught walleye in the early morning or evening. Channel cats were taken by those still-fishing crawlers near the mouth in the evening. Good size smallmouth bass were caught on jigs and crank baits. A few rock bass and smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers.

Au Sable River: Steelhead along with a couple Chinook and Atlantic salmon were taken by those casting spoons and spinners or drifting spawn bags and skein between Foote Dam and the Whirlpool Access Site. Northern pike and smallmouth bass were caught by those casting spoons and crank baits in the lower river.

Tawas: One boat did manage to catch a few walleye near the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina. Boats fishing inside the Yacht Club basin caught a few perch. A few walleye were taken at night by anglers “walking the wall” and hand trolling with crank baits. Pier anglers fishing inside the harbor caught small perch and the odd pike.

Tawas River: A few Chinook salmon were still moving into the river but there were no reports of any fish caught. Shore anglers caught a few walleye in the early morning and late evening when casting jigs and crank baits.

Au Gres: Boat anglers caught a few perch and walleye near the weather buoy off Pointe Au Gres in 40 to 42 feet and off the mouth of the Pine River in 15 to 18 feet. Perch fishing was good off Eagle Bay Marina in 10 to 20 feet with a few limit catches reported. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Pine River caught crappie, sunfish, rock bass and small perch on worms and minnows.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: Had no boat anglers. The Bear River had high water levels. Cooler temperatures and wind brought more fish in. Anglers caught Chinook, coho, steelhead, and lake trout. Most of the Chinook were dark. Try spawn, flies and artificial eggs. Brown trout season is closed in the river. Quite a few were hooked at the dam and they must be released. Chinook, coho and lake trout were beginning to show up down near the mouth. Lake trout season is closed in Lake Michigan but open in the Bear River. Most were using spawn but some were casting spoons, body baits, and spinners.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing for salmon was very slow. For smallmouth bass, catch rates were still hit-or-miss. Most were using real or artificial crawlers and minnows. The Medusa Weir was still operating which means the creek is closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth.

Traverse City: The lake herring action was very good in the East Bay with plenty of big fish caught both jigging and trolling straight out from the M-37 launch, up near Bluff Road, and around Deepwater Point. The Elk River was consistent for Chinook, coho and steelhead up near the dam. The West Bay was very good for perch along the north side of Marion Island and directly east along the peninsula. Suttons Bay was good but Northport was spotty. Most were using minnows and crawlers in 40 feet or so. The Boardman River slowed but a few Chinook were still caught.

Leland: Those trolling caught small Chinook and coho north of North Manitou Island. A few salmon were present in both the harbor and the river and those using spawn, spoons and body baits caught fish.

Platte River: Was still producing some Chinook and coho salmon. The number of fish remained steady but there were fewer anglers every day. Try spawn, skein, flies and beads.

Betsie River: Still had small numbers of Chinook salmon at the Homestead Dam.

Portage Lake: Warm water temperatures had perch anglers sifting through several small ones to get a batch of keepers. Most were caught on minnows and wax worms.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 60 degrees. The dock is still in at the ramp but the fish cleaning station is closed. A small number of coho and steelhead were caught on spawn by shore and pier anglers.

Big Manistee River: Had reports of steelhead being caught in the early morning.

Pentwater: Strong winds limited fishing. Smallmouth bass and freshwater drum were caught by pier anglers when still-fishing or slowly retrieving crawlers along the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting body baits for salmon at Longbridge Road reported very slow fishing. Boat anglers caught perch in 15 to 25 feet with a jig or dropper rig tipped with a minnow.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Was producing some walleye between Stephenson Island and the Hattie Street Dam for those using live bait or plastics. Chinook salmon, brown trout and the occasional steelhead are also in the river.

Little Bay De Noc: A few walleye were caught near Kipling when jigging minnows in 18 to 30 feet and at the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling a crawler harness or stick bait along the weed beds in 20 feet. Perch catches were good at the mouth of the river with minnows in 20 to 30 feet between the First and Second Reefs and near Kipling in 18 to 30 feet. Good pike action along the coal piles in Gladstone with spoons and crank baits in 12 to 18 feet. Bass anglers struggled to find fish but those that did caught several nice ones between Hunters Point and the south end of the Black Bottom with plastics, jigs or spinners in 12 to 20 feet.

Manistique River: The chinook run is definitely peaking so now’s the time. The fish cleaning station is being used although the disposal is still down. There is a trash can to use for fish remains. The DNR freezer is still there for head collection of fish missing the adipose fin. Few boats were out but the number of shore anglers has increased. Anglers have fished from the High Dam by the Paper Mill up to the Cedar Street Bridge. Most are using spoons, rapalas or spinners but a few had spawn. Several fish 20 pounds or more were reported. Those fly fishing for steelhead reported fair to good catches further up river when using beads.

Marquette: Those able to get out reported slow catch rates with only a few lake trout taken in shallow waters around the harbor. River fishing has been slow as most are still waiting on a big push of coho. The Dear River still has Chinook and a few pink salmon but the fish are very dark. No word on coho yet. The Carp and the Chocolay Rivers are producing a light number of coho.

Au train: Had no reports for Lake Superior. A couple coho were caught at the mouth of the Rock River.

Munising: Most of the fishing has been shore and pier anglers and catch rates were slow with only a few coho or splake caught with spawn bags or spoons and spinners. Coho were hitting orange spoons. The run may have peaked already but a couple chrome fish were still caught. Surface water temperatures remain in the mid to upper 50’s which is warm for this time of year. Fall colors will peak by next week.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers trolling in the harbor caught pike up to 30 inches when long-lining with stick baits or jointed rapalas. The majority of fishing over the last week was surf anglers targeting steelhead out from mouth of the Sucker River. Most were floating spawn sacs but a few were casting spoons and stick baits. Anyone that would like to view spectacular fall colors, next week will most likely be the peak. Highway-77 from Seney to Grand Marais is a gorgeous ride along with Highway-58 which follows the Pictured Rocks area.

Tahquamenon River: Musky anglers are still seeing fish but could not land them. Those fishing the Dollarville Dam caught perch, small bluegills and rock bass on worms.

St. Marys River: Salmon fishing in the upper river behind Cloverland Powerhouse continues to be hit-or-miss depending on how much water there is. Perch fishing was beginning to pick up in Baie De Wassai in 4 to 8 feet with crawlers or minnows. A good number of yellow perch were caught in 50 feet in Lake George. Walleye fishing is beginning to pick up near the north end of the lake for those jigging soft plastics or trolling a crawler harnesses or crank bait. In the lower river, a few walleye were caught near Sweet’s Point, Pipe Island and Twin Pipe Island just north of Detour when trolling deep diving stick baits or a crawler harness and bottom bouncer in 28 to 35 feet. Some nice yellow perch were caught when drifting minnows and worms near the bottom in 14 to 20 feet in Raber Bay. Good spots include the northeast side of Lime Island and near Round Island.

Drummond Island: Those targeting yellow perch were still taking good catches including some limit catches of fish above the legal size limit while sorting through all the small ones. Water temperatures in Potagannissing Bay were still in the mid 60’s and too warm for the jumbo perch to move in. Most are drifting small minnows near the bottom. The schools have moved to shallow waters and can be found in 8 to 13 feet in Maxton Bay near Sportsmen’s Club Point, James Island, Ashman Island, or Scott Bay near Rutland and Peck Islands. The local bait stores are running low on minnows but trying their best to keep up with current demands.

Cedarville and Hessel: Catch rates for perch were very slow throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Those caught were taken on worms and shiners. The surface water temperature was 58 degrees. At Hessel, pike were caught by pier anglers using large chubs or a chrome spoon with a red eye. Early morning and late afternoon were best.

St. Ignace: Had no reports. The Carp River had reports of a couple steelhead taken on spawn. Those trying worms, crank baits or spinners had no luck. The Pine River had little activity. Those targeting walleye had no luck.


Enjoy your catch! Eat safe fish! Learn about eating safe, local and healthful fish from our Great Lakes State at: Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.

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Bear’s Nine Pines Resort – October 11, 2017

Lake Gogebic fishing remains very slow. A few nice perch have come in using crawlers in 8ft. to 12ft. Northern Pike have been hitting minnows but are running small. Smallmouth have been fair in hard bottom areas and near weed edges. Walleye bite remains slow. Fall colors have reached peak very quickly this week. Grouse hunters are finding very low numbers of birds. Best of luck! Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361.

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Lake Gogebic fishing remains very slow. A few nice perch have come in using crawlers in 8ft. to 12ft. Northern Pike have been hitting minnows but are running small. Smallmouth have been fair in hard bottom areas and near weed edges. Walleye bite remains slow. Fall colors have reached peak very quickly this week. Grouse hunters are finding very low numbers of birds. Best of luck! Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361. ...

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Clara-Joe MarcoeHi Trish and Bear, any more bear taken? A very large boar taken here, 574 lb.and one over 450 lbs.!

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Lake Gogebic report has not changed. Fishing continues to be slow overall with only a few isolated fair reports. Crawlers and leeches are still producing better than minnows for most. Smallmouth are about the most active. Anglers working the mud or deep breaks are doing the best. Fall colors are holding at about 25%. More normal temps are forecast this week with highs in the 50`s and 60`s. The third season bear hunters are now in the woods and grouse hunters are reporting few flushes. Best of luck in the woods and on the water. Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361 ...

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Dixie PlushWhy has the lake been so slow? This has been since June. Just curious.

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Lake Gogebic report is fair. Smallmouth are still active in hard bottom areas. Walleye have been hit and miss reports working the weeds and the deeper mud flats. Crawlers and leeches are still getting the best results. Warm temps way above average are still in the forecast for the upcoming week! We are into the second week of bear season with good reports despite the hot weather. Grouse season opened on the 15th with hunters and grouse both in low numbers. We have been seeing a few more young birds out there than we did last year so that is a good sign. Over all bird numbers seem low yet with only a few reports in certain areas that hunters have seen good numbers. Fall colors are coming in fast at about 25%. Best of luck to all on the water and in the woods. Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361 ...

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Congratulations Jim for getting your Beatiful Boar last 5 minutes of your hunt 🙂
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Congratulations Jim for getting your Beatiful Boar last 5 minutes of your hunt :)

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Lisa Michaels-BilgrienCongratulations! How much did it weigh?

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Janelle Andersen AntesTricia how much did he weigh?

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Melissa'nJosh JacobsVery nice!!!

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James FullerThanks Bear and Trish. Great outfit and well worth it.

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James Fuller208lb. field dressed so it would have been about a 250lber. Thanks again Bear and Trish. Great outfit and great hunt. "The proof is in the pudding."

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Vita DuncanGood job Jimmy!!

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Susan Wiegand FullerGood job Jimmy. Pulled pork maybe?

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Sherri WingertWoo Hoo Jim!!!

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Pat WingertWow wow wow. Great job Jim

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Virgil and his Family have hunted with us 3 times and he got a big gorgeous Boar on the second Day of the hunt . Awesome Bear Virgil Dressed at 315 🙂
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Virgil and his Family have hunted with us 3 times and he got a big gorgeous Boar on the second Day of the hunt . Awesome Bear Virgil Dressed at 315 :)

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Janelle Andersen AntesCongratulations!

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Bear's Nine Pines ResortJanelle Andersen Antes this is Tricia so far so good Bears out tracking. Everyone's seeing them a couple misses but doing good

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Andrew Curtissbeautiful bear! congrats Virgil and Bear! lots of sweat equity went into that big boy!

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP – February 5, 2017

The 2017 North American Snow Festival is over. We had plenty of brite white snow for the snowmobilers and lots of ice for the fishermen. There were nearly 400 participants in the 2nd Annual NASF Ice Fishing Contest. Top prizes were awarded for the largest Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, Pike and Walleye. The winning fish were:

Bluegill- 8 5/8″

Crappie- 12 1/2″

Perch- 12 1/4″

Pike- 31″

Walleye- 20 3/4″

While fishing for Walleye on Lake Cadillac, Rodney Sanders caught the winning Perch for the NASF Ice Fishing Contest by accident on a tip-up.

Smelt Fishermen – It’s Happening! The lakes you’ve been waiting for have ice.

Green Lake – Reports of catchs of 60 to 80 Smelt coming from the Karlin Boat Launch. More ice on the music camp side and reports of Perch mixed in with the Smelt.

Higgins Lake – We’re told 4″ to 6″ of solid ice with permanent shanties poping up daily. Want Variety? The opportunity to catch Smelt, White Fish, Lake Trout, Perch and monster Pike is here.

Crystal Lake – Still waiting… This lake is the last to freeze and the first to open.

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It's the last day of September and an absolutely beautiful day to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
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The Fish Contest sure slowed down in July but in the last week we've had a new Perch, Crappie and Bluegill brought in.
Current standings for 8/5/17:
Largemouth Bass- 20 3/4"
Smallmouth Bass- 21 7/8"
Northern Pike- 38 1/2"
Walleye- 29"
Bluegill- 12 1/2"
Sunfish- 10"
Perch- 12"
Crappie- 13 3/4"
Bullhead- 14 5/8"
Dogfish- 29 1/2"
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The Fish Contest sure slowed down in July but in the last week weve had a new Perch, Crappie and Bluegill brought in. 
Current standings for 8/5/17:
Largemouth Bass- 20 3/4
Smallmouth Bass- 21 7/8
Northern Pike- 38 1/2
Walleye- 29
Bluegill- 12 1/2
Sunfish- 10
Perch- 12
Crappie- 13 3/4
Bullhead- 14 5/8
Dogfish- 29 1/2

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This one just came in! 29" Walleye out of Lake Mitchell. We don't see to many Master Angler Walleyes out of our lakes here but they do exist!

Largemouth Bass - 20 3/4"
Smallmouth Bass - 21 7/8"
Northern Pike - 38 1/2"
Walleye - 29"
Bluegill - 11 3/8"
Sunfish - 10"
Perch - 11 7/8"
Crappie - 12 5/8"
Bullhead - 14 5/8"
Dogfish - 29 1/2"
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This one just came in!  29 Walleye out of Lake Mitchell.  We dont see to many Master Angler Walleyes out of our lakes here but they do exist!  

Largemouth Bass - 20 3/4
Smallmouth Bass - 21 7/8
Northern Pike - 38 1/2
Walleye - 29
Bluegill - 11 3/8
Sunfish - 10
Perch - 11 7/8
Crappie - 12 5/8
Bullhead - 14 5/8
Dogfish - 29 1/2

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Don OylerNice fish Chris. Where were you Adam? I know

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Brad McClellandGot a 24" dogfish last weekend by he beach. Those things are fun to catch!!!!

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Scott BrookshireGreat job Chris Reed you always pull nice fish out summer or winter been a blast fishing with you you taught me quite a bit!keep getting them and break that record

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Some Big fish have been rolling in this week for our 6th Annual Summer Free Fishing Contest! A new Northern Pike and Walleye were brought in today.

Largemouth Bass - 20 3/8"
Smallmouth Bass - 21 7/8"
Northern Pike - 38 1/2"
Walleye - 28 1/8"
Bluegill - 11 3/8"
Sunfish - 10"
Perch - 11 7/8"
Crappie - 12 5/8"
Bullhead - 14 5/8"
Dogfish - 29 1/2"
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Some Big fish have been rolling in this week for our 6th Annual Summer Free Fishing Contest!  A new Northern Pike and Walleye were brought in today.

Largemouth Bass - 20 3/8
Smallmouth Bass - 21 7/8
Northern Pike - 38 1/2
Walleye - 28 1/8
Bluegill - 11 3/8
Sunfish - 10
Perch - 11 7/8
Crappie - 12 5/8
Bullhead - 14 5/8
Dogfish - 29 1/2

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We have more changes on the leader board for our 6th Annual Summer Fishing Contest!
Largemouth Bass - 19 1/2"
Smallmouth Bass - 21 7/8"
Northern Pike - 28 5/8"
Walleye - 26 3/4"
Bluegill - 11 3/8"
Sunfish - 10"
Perch - 11 7/8"
Crappie - 12 5/8"
Bullhead - 12 3/4"
Dogfish - 29 1/2"
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We have more changes on the leader board for our 6th Annual Summer Fishing Contest!
Largemouth Bass - 19 1/2
Smallmouth Bass - 21 7/8
Northern Pike - 28 5/8
Walleye - 26 3/4
Bluegill - 11 3/8
Sunfish - 10
Perch - 11 7/8
Crappie - 12 5/8
Bullhead - 12 3/4
Dogfish - 29 1/2

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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report.

Trout like it cold, dark, and wet.  We don’t have much of that in the IMG_7742heat of August here in the Au Sable River Valley.  But we’ve been fortunate enough this season to have timely rains and relieving cold nights that swoop in on the heels of hot spells.

The rains keep the springs flowing and pumping cold water into our streams that are inevitably low.  In some ways the low water levels can help the stream temperatures by allowing the cool spring water to have a stronger cooling effect on the river temperatures.  And, of course, nights that dip into the forties do a fine job of helping battle theIMG_2219 summer heat.  We’re gonna need a little of both after this latest hot streak and it looks like we may just get it.

Early mornings will continue to offer the best stream trout angling opportunities as the water temps will be at their best for the day.  Tricos and olives are the order of the morning, but the fishing has been even better when the hatch wanes and the fish are FB_IMG_1470599068429still looking to the surface.  Then it becomes time for small attractor pattern like Patriots and Royal Coachman parachutes.

The water clarity is as important a factor as any right now.  Water in Northern Michigan now is ice water glassy.  Trout in our region are subject to a higher than average natural predation rate.  Herons, ospreys, kingfishers, eagles, mink, and otters all take their toll on our trout and the make the fish ultra-wary.  That means, for us, that the second, third, and forth year trout are largely hidden in the logjams and weed beds when the sun reaches the water.

So most of the fish caught in the shallows during sunlight hours will be small fish that are relegated to the center of the stream.  As theIMG_8313_2 water drops, the side rider cover becomes prime, crowded real estate.  Look for the water itself to become the cover.  There’s only so much room under the logjam, so better fish will be forced to use deeper cuts, riffles, and pools.  To take advantage of this phenomenon, think nymph fishing.  A slow, wet presentation is perfect for fish that don’t want to make strong moves to a stream or dry fly.  That is, if you want to catch a bigger trout.

Good luck out there, and we’ll see you on the River.

Andy

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Here is a brief overview for anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The pike, walleye and bass fishing is very good right now, you’ll find the pike and bass in the cabbage weeds 8-10foot depth, the best walleye fishing is mid to late afternoon pulling crawler harness’s over the deep mud flats. Lake Victoria, is out of commission this year, they have drained it to repair the dam ( too bad, it was finally getting good again since the last drain down). The blue gills are in the deep part of the lakes early, then head shallow as it gets dark. Brook trout fishing is good if you can stand the bugs as you’re fishing

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

Hi All. The weather has been great and summer is here. Trout fishing has been very good as of late with the warmer temps and the hatch that is going on. With that said smaller nymph and fly patterns are the bait of choice at first and last light for the trout. Huge Bass are being caught on Wolf Lake and small minnows and purple colored worms seem to be the best bait.
The Pine River and Little Manistee River are excellent for Huge Brown trout and some very nice Rainbows and brookies. If you have never been here fishing before, give it a try, it’s World Class Fishing is all I can say. With 46 streams and 4 major rivers, if you can’t catch a fish here, you might want to put the beer bottle down. Give us a call at 231 745 4101 8am until 10pm and we can get you set up with a room and tell you where to fish. This time of the year is AWESOME. Tight lines. Tim
The forecast for the rest of the week and weekend sound good. (That’s if you can believe a forecast.) If you want some great fishing, get your butt up here and go fishing in some of the best rivers in the world. We do have a couple rooms available for next week. Plus we have on site ATV, Boat and Snowmobile rentals, weather permitting of course.

If the fishing is slow, or you just want to try something different we also have on site ATV, Boat and Snowmobile rentals plus we are in the middle of one of the largest trail systems in the state. Visit us a wolflakemotel.com or call us at 231 745 4101 8am until 10 pm. Email is at info@wolflakemotel.com and like us on facebook at Facebook/WolfLakeMotel Tight lines, Tim

Here is a brief overview for anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The pike, walleye and bass fishing is very good right now, you’ll find the pike and bass in the cabbage weeds 8-10foot depth, the best walleye fishing is mid to late afternoon pulling crawler harness’s over the deep mud flats. Lake Victoria, is out of commission this year, they have drained it to repair the dam ( too bad, it was finally getting good again since the last drain down). The blue gills are in the deep part of the lakes early, then head shallow as it gets dark. Brook trout fishing is good if you can stand the bugs as you’re fishing

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

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Here is a brief overview for springtime anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The salmon and lake trout fishing is still good, but you have to travel a mile or two out to get into the better fishing. Pike and bass fishing is very good right now, you’ll find the best fishing in the 8-10 ft. range along the weed beds. Brook trout fishing is good, but the bugs are so bad that its hard to sit out there long enough to fish. Lake Victoria, is out of commission this year, they have drained it to repair the dam ( too bad, it was finally getting good again since the last drain down).

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

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Here is a brief overview for springtime anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The pike and walleye opener in a few days might be a bust, many of the inland lakes are still ice covered or flooded, water temps are still just above freezing, hopefully we’ll get a few warm days in a row to start warming things up. Lake superior fishing around here is on a hold also because of all the run-off the shore line water is really dirty, some boats are picking up a few stealhead, and coho, but it’s pretty slow, again if we can keep a south wind for a few days to blow out the dirty water that would help

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

Visit Scott’s Superior Inn Website >>>>