1/28/20 The Alpena area is starting to get very good again but its not the lake we have talked about in past reports. This week we are talking about long lake in Alpena. The walleye and perch bite ha ...Full Report
2/9/20 The bite in the Cadillac areas have been consistent. We’re hearing of mixed bags of Crappie and Sunfish coming from in front of the coves on Lake Mitchell with the occasional Pike being caught ...Full Report
10/8/2019 The fall Musky bite is is going great on Eagle Lake. I haven't experienced musky fishing this awesome ever in my life. The trolling is outstanding from now till ice up. Fish are stacking up ...Full Report
2/4/20 Our last report from the Cheboygan area came off of the very famous Burt lake but this week we are talking about its twin, Mullet lake. Mullet Lake has been fishing very well for perch and wa ...Full Report
2/9/20 Curtis area fishing has been stellar with this consistent weather that we are finally getting. ICE REPORT: TODAY IS COLD! WE ARE HEARING REPORTS OF 7-18 INCHES OF ICE. THE SLUSH AND SNOW ...Full Report
10/21/2019 The fishing season is coming to an end on Drummond island at least from a boat but that shouldnt stop you from getting out! There are still some perch around but they are scattered now. Yo ...Full Report
Paddling season is here! Did you know that the waters of the Cass River in, and around Frankenmuth offer some awesome fishing/paddling opportunities. And there's also a great opportunity for "small bo ...Full Report
3/2/20 When it comes to the Northwest Michigan in the spring most people think spring steelhead and that’s exactly what is happening right now on the Betsie River. Fish are starting to stack up in a ...Full Report
11/11/2019 The weather has changed in the past two weeks but big Trout are still hot. If big Brown trout in small streams is something that gets you excited, the time is now and it will keep you warm ...Full Report
The Saginaw River is officially closed for walleye untill the last Saturday in April. With that being said the Saginaw Bay is starting to produce good catch s of pre spawn walleye’s. Most anglers are ...Full Report
The close to shore beach fishing is on fire when weather allows you to get out. From Frankfort all the way down to Michigan city and Holland is a great place to be right now! Cohos, brown trout, lake ...Full Report
1/20/20 When you think Indian River, MI you tend to think of the inland water ways and the two prestigious lakes the touch and those are Mullet and Burt Lake. This week we are focusing on Burt Lake a ...Full Report
6-17-19 Well this year's fishing season started out in fine fashion up at Kesagami wilderness Lodge. The Walleye and big Pike were biting ferociously, and guests were catching fish of a lifetime regul ...Full Report
3/2/20 This week in the ludington area we are hitting the open water of the Pere Marquette river as the spring run has started and there are plenty of fish in the system! Beads and spawn have been th ...Full Report
6-26-19 Mackinaw city Trout fishing has been good although the water is still a little on the chillier side. It is starting to transition so we are finding hot and cold pockets. Salmon are just starti ...Full Report
The close to shore beach fishing is on fire when weather allows you to get out. From Manistee all the way down to Michigan city! Cohos, brown trout, lake trout, and even some small kings are being cau ...Full Report
12/17/19 Marquette County Ice conditions are creating a more than challenging start to the hard water season. 4-7 inches of black ice with over a foot of slush and snow on top. Snowmobiles and ATVs ...Full Report
Meta Lake lodge 6-19-19 Well we recovered from the opener and things are rolling along here at Meta lake. The fishing is flat out, nothing short of stupid good. Almost every angler in camp has had an ...Full Report
2/9/20 Muinising area has been fishing well and Has some ice fishing; however, conditions were variable, with open water in some areas. Bay Furnace, the East and West Channel, around Grand Island and ...Full Report
10/28/2019 When its comes to Fall fishing there is no better place than the Newberry area. The colors are absolutely stunning but are coming to an end as colder temps have arrived. Out in front of t ...Full Report
Fish and ice report: Walleye have been picky the last couple days. We marked a lot, but only the throwbacks and 15 inch fish are feeding. The water is still pretty clear which is probably contributin ...Full Report
Fishing on the lower AuSable River is heating up. The warm weather offered some excellent steelhead fishing. Big fish so far this season is this 12.5 pound,33” steelie. A master angler caught by Cody ...Full Report
1/28/20 This week ice report for the Traverse City is coming just outside of town on Lake Leelanau. Walleye fishing is begging to pick up by the narrows and other sections of the lake(the whole lake ...Full Report
Western UP Fishing on lake Gogebic has been decent. A fair number of eater size perch are being caught. A good number of bigger perch are being caught on the mud flats using small perch jigs or tungs ...Full Report
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