Now this is a catfish!!!!!
Frank Tingley stopped in yesterday to have a fish weighed and measured for master angler. We had no idea it was a monster of a fish until he opened his cooler. This fish weighed in at 35.8 lbs and measured 40 3/4 inches.
The current state record is 40lbs set back in 1964 and tied a record set in 1960. Congratulations Frank on a monster of a fish!
The rain from the last two days has flooded many rivers and lake levels are high. Houghton Lake has been good for crappie and bluegill. The steelhead fishing has slowed down with a few fish being caught. Suckers are running in many rivers and worms and crawlers working best.
Perch fishing has been ok but wind has made it hard to fish the last few days. Manistee lake and PM lake seem to be ok for perch.
Next week the fishing season opens and we will have our baitshops fully stocked.
Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Harbor Springs: The ice is gone however the dock was not in at the public launch.
Petoskey: The ice is gone but the marina did not have the docks in yet. The breakwall has seen a good number of anglers but catch rates were hit-or-miss for steelhead and coho. Rumor has it a couple brown trout caught on spawn bags.
Bear River: Had higher water levels and quite a few steelhead and some suckers below the dam. Anglers are drifting spawn bags, a single egg and flies. Anglers have reported suckers up at the dam as well.
Lake Charlevoix: The Ferry Beach launch was open and had a couple docks in.
Traverse City: In the East Bay, lake trout were caught in deep water south of Yuba Creek. Steelhead were caught on spawn, wigglers and wax worms in the Elk River. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught when trolling and those jigging found lake herring. The perch bite was slow.
Boardman River: Anglers have caught steelhead below the dam and down from Union Street Bridge. There are lots of suckers at the dam.
Leland: Dredging at the harbor mouth continues and the dock is still not in at the ramp. No boats have been out but a few anglers were steelhead fishing in the harbor and in the river. Catch rates were slow but a few fish were taken on spawn.
Platte Bay: Had light fishing pressure. A few anglers were fishing near the mouth of the river but had little success. There are steelhead in the lower Platte River and anglers are picking up a few. Water levels at the mouth are currently shallow and boats over 16 feet will most likely not be able to get in and out.
Frankfort: Those trolling along the piers and shoreline caught brown trout on black and silver body baits. Pier anglers caught steelhead and browns on spawn or body baits.
Onekama: Casting off the north breakwall was slow but will improve with the warmer temperatures. Surface water temperature was 46 degrees.
Portage Lake: Bass anglers casting in the shallows and around docks caught fish in the afternoon. Perch are still hitting but anglers are searching for them and sifting through the small ones.
Manistee: Surface temperatures reached 44 degrees. The restrooms will open the first week in May. A good number of perch were caught from the north pier when using minnows in the morning hours. A couple steelhead and brown trout were taken on spawn. Those trolling the shoreline caught steelhead, brown trout and lake trout.
Manistee River: Continues to have good steelhead fishing although by next weekend, it should start winding down.
Ludington: Surface water temperatures were about 44 degrees. The restrooms are still closed. Those trolling the shoreline continue to catch coho, lake trout and brown trout. Pier anglers caught very few steelhead and brown trout.
Pere Marquette River: Still had good steelhead fishing. Anglers have about a week or so before the fishery slows down.
Pentwater: Boats trolling in 5 to 20 feet caught brown trout, the occasional chinook or lake trout. Pier anglers caught brown trout with spawn near the bottom.
Pentwater Lake: Those fishing on Longbridge Road caught bullhead, suckers, and the occasional channel cat on crawlers or spawn near the bottom. Boats fishing in 15 to 25 feet caught perch using perch rigs tipped with wax worms.
Pentwater River: Had good steelhead fishing that should continue through next weekend.
Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Cheboygan: All the docks are in at the marinas. The water levels were high and the current was strong at the Lock and dam. Steelhead were caught on spawn and wax worms at the Lock. Suckers were caught on crawlers.
Cheboygan River: Shore anglers at the dam caught steelhead on spawn.
Rogers City: Water temperatures were about 38 degrees. All the docks are in but nothing is open in the marina. When boats can get out, try trolling the shoreline for lake trout and Atlantic salmon. For trout, try near the bottom in 30 to 50 feet with big flashers and cowbells with spin-glo’s and flies. For salmon try bright colored body baits.
Rockport: Lake trout are being caught near the bottom in 30 to 60 feet near Middle Island on flashers with flies or cowbells and spin-glo’s. Water temperatures were still cold. Those trying for Atlantic salmon had no luck.
Alpena: A few walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in Thunder Bay when trolling crank baits near the mouth of the river. Walleye were caught by pier anglers casting crank baits in the waters of Lake Huron after dark.
Thunder Bay River: Those drifting or floating spawn and beads caught a couple steelhead and some white suckers up near the 9th Street Dam.
Oscoda: Those fishing from the pier at Au Sable River Park have caught Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and a couple steelhead when casting spoons or drifting spawn and minnows.
Au Sable River: Atlantic salmon were caught by those drifting spawn or casting spoons as far upstream as the US-23 Bridge. Those targeting steelhead did best when drifting spawn, nymph eggs or black stonefly patterns between the whirlpool access and Foote Dam. White suckers were caught on spawn and worms. Those casting spoons have caught and released a few smallmouth bass near the mouth.
Houghton Lake: Continues to produce crappie and bluegills in the canals. Anglers are using minnows about a foot under a bobber. There has not been anyone fishing the rest of the lake.
Tawas: Those trolling in the bay were getting a few Atlantic salmon, brown trout and walleye with body baits off planer boards in 10 to 25 feet. Those heading south to Whitestone Point were getting a few more walleye. Pier anglers fishing outside the wall at the state dock caught a couple of Atlantic salmon and walleye while those fishing inside the floating docks took a couple small perch.
Tawas River: Shore anglers in the lower river caught and released a few bass. A couple Atlantic salmon, several suckers, catfish and carp were also caught.
Au Gres: Those trolling caught walleye off Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres when trolling body baits. Those surfcasting at night were targeting walleye with crank baits.
Au Gres River: Did not have much activity near the Singing Bridge.
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report
Marquette: Coho fishing slowed in the harbors. Those doing best were fishing the “bubblers” and taking 3 or 4 fish per trip. A couple coho and brown trout were caught when trolling near the mouth of the Chocolay River and the Carp River. Steelhead fishing in the rivers was slow.
Menominee River: Anglers had to deal with some very high and fast water which kept catch rates low. Boat anglers fishing just off the mouth in the big lake caught some nice brown trout, a few walleye and a couple pike.
Little Bay De Noc: All the launches are open. Perch anglers reported catches near Kipling with minnows and crawlers in 30 to 35 feet or near Hunters Point in 22 to 30 feet. The rivers are high and flowing fast. Steelhead were caught in the Day’s River from Kipling Road, north across US-2 and to the golf course. Fish were caught near the 1st Dam in the Escanaba River when fly fishing with beads or casting yarn and spawn.
Manistique River: Steelhead anglers were few but catch rates were good especially in “big bass hole” which is south of the Cedar Street Bridge when fly fishing with beads, yarn and spawn. The water was high and fast so bring waders and use caution. White suckers were running and catch rates were good. Smelt anglers have just started reporting runs in the area including Black Creek and Southtown Creek.
Au Train: The Brownstone launch is still unusable and the Hiawatha Forest Service has put up a fence to prevent the public from using it.
Munising: Water temperatures remain cold in the mid 30’s but boat anglers have taken good catches of coho and even a few limit catches when combined with splake and brown trout when trolling spoons and stick baits. The coho averaged 16 inches. Few rainbows have been caught and no kings were observed. Pier and shore anglers report both good and bad days with a mix of coho and splake caught on spawn bags or when casting spoons or jigs.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers report good action for coho with a few limit catches taken. Belly contents show they are eating smelt. A few brown trout were also caught. A chinook just over 6 pounds was caught. Pier anglers caught a few coho and the occasional steelhead ranging 18 to 25 inches. They have also reported good catches of lake whitefish on certain days with fish running 12 to 20 inches. Menominee were running 7 to 12 inches. Try spawn sacs or a single egg. The ice cap is still present on the west end of the pier but the east side of the pier is ice free all the way to the end and is fishable. The water was turbid because of gusty winds. The Sucker River is quite high due to recent rains. Shore anglers still report slow action on the Sucker River and Carpenter Creek with only a couple steelhead caught. The fish caught were not spawned out so it is possible a small run may be coming in from the lake. A few coho and lake trout were caught on spawn sacs.
Two Hearted River: Has steelhead. Try spawn or wax worms.
Tahquamenon River: Had a fair to good smelt run but was beginning to slow down. Anglers may still find a few fish. Other streams off Whitefish Bay have been productive as well but in much smaller numbers.
Detour: All the ice is gone at Detour Passage and the docks are in. For Atlantic salmon, try trolling or long-lining with chrome crank baits along the shorelines. Small smelt runs were reported in Albany Creek off M-134 but the action will not last long. At Drummond Island, the docks are in at the DNR launch. In Maxton Bay, the Monahan Dock which is at the end of Tourist Road is open for perch fishing.
Cedarville and Hessel: Some good perch catches were reported in Cedarville Bay just south of the boat launch off Meridian Street. Some 8 to 11 inch fish were caught on small minnows in 4 to 6 feet off the weed beds and around the docks. Splake were caught off the pier at the Hessel Marina. Try frozen smelt just off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet.
St. Ignace: There is one dock in at the public marina however the dock is not in at the Pine River. Water levels on the Carp and Pine Rivers were high and fast. No word on smelt in the Carp River.
Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Lake Erie: Anglers are still trolling and jigging for walleye in Brest Bay. Most are trolling stick baits or jigging bucktail jigs with minnows and twister tails.
Huron River: Is starting to produce some white bass at the dam.
Wamplers Lake: Anglers were catching and releasing largemouth bass on the east end in less than 8 feet, on the south end in 1 to 5 feet and near the boat launch when casting jerk baits, chatter baits, swim jigs or top water lures. Water temperatures have warmed to 54 degrees. Those next door on Sand Lake have caught bluegills and crappie in the canals on the west end in 4 feet with a white curly tail jig and black fly. Largemouth bass were caught and released on the west end in 6 to 8 feet.
Detroit River: Anglers are taking walleye including some limit catches. Most are using a jig and minnow or twister tail. Dark colors like black and purple seemed to work best. Perch fishing has slowed. Panfish anglers have taken a few crappie in the canals.
Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures are beginning to warm and clarity was improving. Crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed are in the canals and marinas. Smallmouth bass have been caught in deeper water off from spring time spawning areas when using blade baits and soft plastics. Shore anglers have caught largemouth bass. The boat launch at the Clinton River Cut-Off has been cleared out allowing vessels to launch.
St. Clair River: Walleye anglers were jigging and whipping mid-river and in the North Channel. The action was not fast, but there were some walleye to be caught.
Lexington to Port Sanilac: Boat anglers trolling in 15 to 20 feet have caught steelhead and coho. Lake trout were found just off the bottom in 40 feet. Pier anglers casting outside the walls caught a few coho on worms, minnows and Little Cleo’s.
Harbor Beach: Boats are starting to head out and have caught coho and steelhead in 15 to 18 feet or lake trout in 40 feet. Night anglers fishing the north gap caught walleye.
Saginaw Bay: It appears that the spring perch runs are just about over for this year. Rivers in the area are coming down and clearing up. Much of the bay remains turbid due to runoff and high winds. Boat anglers are getting walleye off Spoils Island and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River when vertical jigging, which still seems to be more effective than trolling. A “blue-ice” plastic minnow on a jig head seems to be the best color right now. Up the east side, trollers out of Sunset Bay Marina trying for walleye had limited success. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicassee and Sebewaing Rivers were catching carp, suckers, white bass, bowfin, and anything else that will hit a worm. Perch anglers at Bay Port and Mud Creek were getting a few but had to sort through a lot of small ones to get a couple keepers. A few sunfish were caught from the Thomas Cut when using worms and a couple crappie were caught on minnows.
Saginaw River: Catfish anglers were getting a few when using shrimp in the lower river at Smith Park.
Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Inland lakes in the region are producing crappie and bluegills in shallow waters. Crappies are hitting on minnows and the bluegills are hitting on red worms and wax worms. The perch bite is just about done.
St. Joseph: Fishing pressure has been low. Most boat anglers reported inconsistent catch rates but a few managed to find a decent number of coho. The fish were very deep, well past 150 feet and were hitting on small spoons. Pier fishing was slow for coho and brown trout with only a few taken on spawn.
St. Joseph River: Had some fresh steelhead using the Berrien Springs ladder. Water levels were high but were coming back down and clearing up.
South Haven: Boat anglers caught a few trout and salmon in 50 feet when trolling spoons. Anglers will have to deal with some construction in South Haven and should follow the detour signs. The road to the north pier is under construction however the boat launch is open.
Kalamazoo River: Water levels are coming down but water temperatures are on the rise. Cooler water up near the Allegan Dam is producing steelhead but as the water temperatures rise, that fishery will not last much longer.
Grand Haven: Pier anglers caught a few brown trout when still-fishing with minnows or casting spoons. Those trolling the shoreline reported slow catch rates. Those targeting perch reported catch rates that were hit-or-miss.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are still high which makes fishing difficult. Steelhead are still being caught in the Rogue River.
Grand River at Lansing: Has had very few anglers due to the high and muddy water.
Muskegon: Pier and shore anglers reported slow catch rates for brown trout but a few were taken by those trolling bright colored spoons and body baits along the shoreline.
Muskegon River: Fishing was a bit harder but anglers have managed to catch some nice steelhead when drifting spawn, casting small spoons or fly fishing.
Whitehall: Pier anglers caught brown trout and steelhead on spawn near the bottom.
White Lake: Perch were caught in 15 to 30 feet on dropper rigs tipped with spikes or wax worms.
White River: Steelhead fishing is still going on and could last through next weekend.