Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lake Macbride

Any size motor may be operated at no wake (5 mph). The fish cleaning station is shut down and most boat docks are out. The fish cleaning dock at the main ramp is still in along with the dock in the bay by the Sailboat ramp. Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or minnows over brush/stumps in 10-15 feet of water. Walleye - Slow: Vertical jig over structure in 14-18 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try spinnerbaits and crankbaits fished along rip rap. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Slow: Fish are hit and miss. Most fish are smaller, but some bigger fish have been reported in the past week. Most fish are deeper during the day and shallower towards evening.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Allegheny River

The Allegheny River in Clarion County is populated with walleye, smallmouth bass, muskellunge and northern pike. Anglers are saying the fish are in the water mostly from East Brady to Emlenton.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Oneida Lake

The bass and walleye fishing on Oneida Lake, one of Upstate New York's premier angling destinations, was "off this summer," according to creel reports collected by the Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackleton Point.
Angler catch rates for both fish were down about "40 percent" compared to years past, said Randy Jackson, senior research associate and associate director at the field station.
In addition, the fall walleye bite on the lake has likewise been "hit or miss," according to several veteran anglers interviewed.

The population explosion of round gobies on the lake, an invasive bait fish is one big factor. An additional reason is a banner reproductive year for gizzard shad, another bait fish on the lake. It's not a matter of shortage of fish in the lake. They just have an ample food supply.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Big Manistee River:

 Some fresh coho were caught. Steelhead numbers are decent especially for boat anglers fishing from High Bridge down. Beads, flies and crank baits were producing in the early morning. Spawn was not doing as well as artificial baits but anglers are still catching fish when drifting smaller sacs on the bottom. A few more lake trout were caught up near Tippy Dam when drifting beads.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Lake St. Clair:

 Smallmouth fishing was slow in the south end of the lake. Largemouth bass were caught in the canals at Metro in four to six feet when casting a purple tube bait of a green pumpkin wacky worm.  Yellow perch were caught on emerald shiners when anchored in 16 or 17 feet around the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club or with perch rigs and minnows in 14 to 16 feet off the 400 Club.  Muskie were caught under the 16 Mile Bridge when casting crank baits or about a mile out from the Clinton River Cut-Off Launch in nine to 11 feet with spinners and crank baits.  On the north end, yellow perch were caught in Bouvier Bay in eight feet.  Nice panfish including perch were taken by shore anglers floating a crawler at Selfridge.  The mouth of the North Channel was another hot spot for perch for those still-fishing or drifting minnows in nine to 11 feet.  Anglers continued to catch bluegill and crappie in the canals.  Smallmouth bass fishing was basically non-existent.  A few largemouth bass were caught along the shoeline.  Pike were caught along the weed beds in Anchor Bay. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lake Erie:

 Yellow perch fishing was decent but walleye fishing was still very slow. Perch were found in good numbers in 13 to 17 feet off the Toledo Beach Marina, the mansion and the Erie Consumers Plant or in 20 to 23 feet off Stony Point. Perch rigs and shiners worked best. Those fishing for largemouth bass did well with spinners and soft plastics in Plum Creek. Those fishing the Hoffman access site caught a good number of panfish from La Plaisance Creek with shiners and crawlers on crappie rigs or under a bobber. The lagoons at Sterling State Park were producing largemouth bass and bluegills and shore anglers at Pointe Mouillee caught perch and bluegills.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lake St. Clair

Smallmouth bass were caught around 12 Mile Road in 8 feet while drop-shotting a rubber worm and around Fords Cove in 7 feet while casting crankbaits. Muskie were caught around the Clinton River Cut-Off launch in 10 feet while casting medusas. Good yellow perch catches out from the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in 15 feet, out from the 400 Club in 12 to 14 feet and three miles out from the Clinton River Cut-Off when still-fishing or drifting emerald shiners on perch rigs. On the north end, anglers fishing near Harley Ensign and Fairhaven moved into the canals and caught a good number of bluegills and crappie when still-fishing and drifting live bait. A decent number of walleye were taken by those drifting minnows near the mouth of the North Channel. Smallmouth fishing was slow with only a couple fish found in 8 to 10 feet between Harley Ensign and Selfridge. A couple legal size muskies were also caught. Perch fishing was decent near the channel when using minnows.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lake Arthur

Lake Arthur are reeling in largemouth bass. The bass are biting at top water baits, usually around dusk. Channel catfish also are beginning to come out as a result of the cooler temperatures and can be caught using nightcrawlers or minnows around the main access points of the lake. Walleye fishing is consistent at the lake, as well.