9-13-21 Alpena area Same program as always. Walleye are suspended in 50-60 feet of water 30-40 down on shad raps and rip shads. On the big lake the mixed bag is hot ...Full Report
8-29-21 Cadillac area Crappie fishing on lake Mitchell is on fire. They have started to school up in 16 to 18 foot of water. You have to work the drops until you find a school and then anchor up or ...Full Report
Start of season Update 5-10-20 Hey everyone! We hope that you're all weathering this health scare in good shape. I'm heading up to the lodge tomorrow, to get things opened up for our early season gue ...Full Report
9-20-21 Cheboygan The Mullett Lake Troll bite is on in 30-40 FOW. Northland Super Death Rigs and Northland baitfish blades are working well. Boated over 25 fish per trip and some Jumbo Perch in the m ...Full Report
7-26-21 Curtis area Well the good fishing continues on big and south Manistique lakes in Curtis. We just arrive for annual vacation, and the first trolling pass yielded for keeper pike and two nice ke ...Full Report
8-29-21 Drummond Island walleye fishing still remains very good with lots of big fish being caught. The fish are are still relating to deep water structure. Trolling Crank baits and crawler harness ha ...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
6-15-20 Frankfort We have cold water back in the nearshore area around the Frankfort area. This has a majority of the fish staying relatively close in 65-100 Dow. Consequently, we are running 5-8 col ...Full Report
5-2-21 Gaylord area Fished multiple central Michigan trout streams this week. Had decent success throwing mepps and Panther martin spinners, silver and red seemed to work best. All my trout are r ...Full Report
9-13-21 Saginaw Bay Perch fishing on the Saginaw Bay continues to get better every day. Live minnow or small jigs tipped with minnows or small plastic tails continue to put fish in the boat from 14 to ...Full Report
8-1-21 Holland Fishing has been excellent in Holland but this north wind may slow it some. We’ve been catching kings, coho and trout in 90-150 FOW. Traxstech riggers 50-90 down with Big Weenie padd ...Full Report
6-14-21 Indian River The fishing on Burt Lake is fired up big-time over the last week of warm weather. Bass are deep into spawning and pretty well getting done. There’s been lots of pressure but the ...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
8/30/2001 Ludington Over the last few days 130 fow strait out has had A good bite. Spin doctors and flys doing good off divers or riggers. Anything green. Plugs and spoons of 225 250 300 copp ...Full Report
8-23-21 Mackinaw City Fishing is starting to heat up in the mackinaw city area. The fish are biting in the slot at the south side of Bois blanc island and the mainland. If you're looking for kings t ...Full Report
9-20-21 Manistee As for the report. Lower Stretches of the pere Marquette and Manistee rivers have been fishing well with thundersticks and skein under a float. Lots of great quality fish around this ...Full Report
9-20-21 Marquette River Fishing has kicked off with a bang! Multiple species caught all over the U.P. Big River Kings, Browns and Pinks on Skein. Northern Pike and Walleye on Crank Baits. X rap S ...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
2-21-21 Newberry Matt Titus and his family took a bunch of cousins out fishing. Well the fishing north of Newberry near Paradise was awesome. As you can see smaller inland lakes in the central upper ...Full Report
8-23-21 St Ignace Well the fishing out of Saint Ignace was absolutely fantastic this past week. A variety of fish were hitting but the Lakers were on fire. We fished between 85 and 115 feet around bo ...Full Report
7-26-21 Sault Sainte Marie fishing report. The mayflie hatch is towards the end and the fishing should pick up. The Atlantic's, Rainbows and Whitefish are being caught behind the power plant. Drift ...Full Report
Tawas 4-7 on silver,4-4 on eyes. lost a giant steel on a rigger down 48, lost a big silver on a slider on that same rod, lost the other silver on a wire slide diver out 130' (down 55 ish) 7 color, 10 ...Full Report
9-20-21 Traverse City The majority of the smallmouth on the big water are still staying deep.. The deep stuff in close proximity to shallow water has been holding the greatest numbers. Drop shotting ...Full Report
7-26-21 Western UP With late summer upon us the fish in Superior are getting active. One doesn't need to be way out to find fish.40-80 ft depths and fishing 20-40 ft down can work. Down riggers ar ...Full Report
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