To say that the Eastern Upper Peninsula in the fall is a little slice of heaven would be an understatement. There are quite literally thousands of miles of coastline and thousands of acres of public land to experience the miracle of nature in the Upper Peninsula. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Sault Ste. Marie in autumn, then you better have a fishing pole to fish or something to hunt with, because nature’s bounty is just a short drive away. This guide will take the guesswork out of enjoying the great outdoors while you spend your time in the Soo.
Be Ready to Be Legal!
It goes without saying that before you head out on your epic “Up North” hunting and fishing excursion, you must have your hunting and fishing licenses and understand the laws of the land. Get your license on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website and review state hunting regulations here. Once that is squared away, you are ready to go!
Hunt whitetail deer, upland game birds and waterfowl in the fall in the Soo. There are over one thousand acres of public land in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area. There is no such thing as a bad hunting spot in the Upper Peninsula. Check out the DNR’s map of public hunting land here. If you see a piece of farmland that looks promising for bagging that big UP buck, you must ask the landowner for permission before even stepping foot on their property. A lot of private land boarders public land, so always know where you are and be aware of property lines.
For a real Upper Peninsula experience, fishing the Tahquamenon River is a must. Take the scenic Curley Lewis Highway about a ninety minutes west of Sault Ste. Marie to this fishing hot spot. Not only are there breathtaking views of the epic waterfalls, but the musky, walleye and pike are likely running those waters this time of year. Wade into the pools below the falls and try your hand at shore fishing, or you can also launch your boat nearby from the Tahquamenon River mouth boat launch. This fantastic location is yet another spot that caters to anyone who wants to cast a line.
There is a spot along the Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway that locals hold near and dear to their hearts. That spot is Pendill’s Creek. Directly across the street from the Pendill’s Creek National Fish Hatchery, Pendill’s Creek feeds directly into Lake Superior. You know you are in the right place because the boardwalk will lead you to the sandy beach. Directly in front of you will be the mighty Superior, and to your left you will see the nutrient reach creek feeding directly into the big water. That my friends, is where you will fish the bounty that is Pendill’s.
When you spend time in Sault Ste. Marie, you are also lucky enough to be able to visit the shores of the St. Marys River. The river provides multiple opportunities for fall fishing. Northern pike and muskies thrive here. One of the most popular places to fish in the Soo is Rotary Park. Even though the air and the water are cooling down, you can still cast a line from shore, or even launch you kayak and fish the waters around Voyageur Island and the small chain of islands nearby. Bring the kiddos and let them fall in love with fishing at the kid’s fishing pond.
You don’t have to go far to do some great fall fishing in Sault Ste. Marie. Whether towing your boat or taking a stroll with your fishing pole, Ashmun Bay is perfect. You are two minutes by car or 5 minutes on foot from the Soo Locks. Follow Portage Avenue east toward the International Bridge and follow the dirt road toward Ashmun Bay Boat Launch.
This spot not only has a boat launch, but also has 2 docks, walking trails, and a unique fishing pier on the canal side to sit and cast a line.
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