Easter Fishing Report

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HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!!

What a lousy Spring, ice still on most lake north of m-55 and south of m-55 all the rivers are way over there banks. We have very high water and it will not be much of an opener in northern Michigan if we stay cold as ice will still be on the lakes.

Guys were out on Skegemog today ice fishing as they are hammering the big perch as they have planks to get out on the ice. but it is dangerous if you do not know were to walk. Some steelhead but most report some much mud and silt is driving the fish to find clean water. Heck Grand Traverse Bays still have lots of ice.

Some guys thought the perch would start running but the rivers have made the harbors look like chocolate milk and the fish have left on Lake Michigan and Saginaw Bay

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

A few inland lakes were starting to open up but many were still 75 percent covered. Rivers and streams in the region were at or near flood stage. Fishing will be almost impossible until water levels recede.

Traverse City: The East Bay had too much ice cover for boats but not enough for ice fishing. On the West Bay, an area near the Boardman River had enough open water for those surfcasting or boats accessing via the river. Catch rates were slow.

Elk River: Steelhead fishing was slow. It looks like the spring run will likely be a couple weeks later than usual this year because of cold water temperatures. Elk Lake and Skegemog Lake still had ice.

Boardman River: Had slow fishing with only the occasional steelhead or brown trout caught on spawn bags or jigs tipped with wax worms, wigglers or scented plastics. High water levels will make fishing more difficult.

Platte Bay: Was open but that could change in a day’s time.

Platte River: Is producing some of the darker hold-over fish between the bridge at Pioneer Road and Henry Street. Some fresh fish have moved in and were seen in the holes near the El Dorado Access site.

Frankfort: Betsie Bay is clear but there is still some ice moving around in the channel and between the piers. Anglers are fishing off both the Elberta and Frankfort piers when the wind allows. The boat launch is operational but the docks are not in. Those trolling body baits in the bay have caught some brown trout.

Onekama: Is unfishable. Ice flow has the channel and the piers locked up.

Portage Lake: Over half the lake is still covered in ice however it is not safe.

Manistee: Boats trolling the shoreline are catching brown trout on spoons and body baits. Orange and yellow were good colors. Pier anglers using spawn have caught a few brown trout. The dock was in at the Arthur Street ramp but not the First Street ramp.

Manistee River: Continues to offer good steelhead fishing below Tippy Dam. Anglers are bottom bouncing and floating eggs or fly fishing.

Ludington: Brown trout have been caught by pier anglers using spawn and by those trolling the shoreline with orange spoons or body baits. The docks are not in yet at the Loomis Street Launch.

Pere Marquette River: Had high water levels but steelhead were still caught.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: The marina still had some ice but hopefully it will be open by the end of the week. The rocks still had ice but the end of the marina where the boats go out is one area where anglers could cast a line.

Alpena: Anglers are starting to come out however ice was still preventing access to the Lake Huron.

Thunder Bay River: Is open, all the ice is gone. The water was high, muddy and had debris coming down after the rain. The access site on Fletcher Street is open and a dock is in. The marina was still iced up but the ice is going fast. Steelhead are being caught but anglers are waiting for some fresh fish to come in.

Harrisville: The harbor has opened up enough to get small boats out. It will be hard to launch larger boats because the docks are not in yet. Steelhead and walleye should be in and around the harbor. The water level is up and there is a nice flow from the creek which seems to bring fish in.

Oscoda: A few walleye have been caught off the pier.

Au Sable River: Water levels are up and the current was fast. The bite was a bit on the slow side as it appears the fish seem to be holding out for something more appealing. Those in drift boats seem to have better luck. Anglers are using spawn, body baits, flies, spinners, spoons and wax worms.

Higgins Lake: The remaining ice is no longer safe. The shoreline has opened up.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice however it is no longer safe. The East Bay and the canals have opened up but no one is fishing as water temperatures are too cold.

Rifle River: Continues to produce a fair to good number of suckers.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow but those fishing out from the Falls River did catch a few whitefish and burbot. The occasional perch or splake were caught at the head of the bay and a couple lake trout were taken out from the old Tire Shop.

Fall’s River: Is producing a few rainbow trout for those using spawn bags. Water temperatures were still cold at 33 degrees.

Little Bay De Noc: Spring like weather did start to show signs that the ice was starting to break up. Ice around the shoreline was starting to open up but there was still enough ice for fishing. Perch fishing was fair near Kipling which is the only area being fished at this time. Try minnows or wigglers in 6 to 35 feet. Rivers in the area are starting to break up. The Rapid River and the Day’s River are cresting or near flood stage.

Ford River: Water levels are very high with large ice dams throughout. The gates are open at the 1st Dam so water flow is very fast. Avoid the river at this time.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no angler reports. Travel on the ice was difficult. The Sturgeon, Fish Dam and Ogontz Rivers are partially breaking up with high water levels. At Fairport, there is open water in the middle but the launches are not open.

Munising: Catch rates were fair to poor. Those out fishing need to use caution when walking on the ice. Numerous holes especially near the Anna River and Sand Point may be hidden by thin layers of ice and snow. Open water near the beach at Sand Point was expanding. Salmon were caught in the eastern half of the bay. Try jigging spoons 20 to 30 feet down. Recent reports indicate that some bigger whitefish were moving into the shallows. For splake, try near Sand Point or the Anna River. Catch rates in Trout Bay were poor.

Two Hearted River: Was producing an occasional steelhead.

Cedarville and Hessel: Still has ice fishing in Hessel Bay. Catch rates were fair to good in 6 to 10 feet along the east end and off the north shore. Musky Bay has improved with bigger perch hitting.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Boat anglers are heading out but catch rates were slow.

Huron River: Is producing the occasional steelhead up near Flat Rock.

Detroit River: When the weather cooperates, walleye fishing is in full swing. A lot of limit catches were reported with numerous large females in the mix. The usual areas from the lower river at Trenton all the way up to Belle Isle are producing fish.

Lake St. Clair: Some docks are in at the access sites but windy conditions have kept anglers on shore. Anglers will also find muddy water conditions for a few days as the wind has really stirred things up.

St. Clair River: Some good walleye reports are coming from Port Huron and Algonac. Some have caught the occasional trout or salmon as well.

Lexington: The ice just went out of the harbor. Pier anglers have caught coho, steelhead and brown trout when casting small spoons. A lot of minnows are starting to enter the harbor which is a sure sign of spring.

Harbor Beach: The ice is gone. Anglers will want to get their boats on the water soon so they can take advantage of trout and salmon in close to shore. Pier anglers caught steelhead, coho and brown trout when casting small spoons.

Saginaw Bay: Fishing was just getting started with lots of suckers being caught in the rivers. Perch were caught in the cuts and canals and some walleye were taken off the mouth of several area rivers. Then the rain came?and now the rivers are at or above flood stage so fishing is just about impossible. Muddy water near the mouth of the rivers will make walleye fishing more difficult.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph River: Limits of coho were caught at the mouth when boats can get out. Crappie fishing was fair to good near the dams.

Kalamazoo River: Has good steelhead fishing at the Allegan Dam.

Calhoun County: Suckers are running in area creeks.

Grand Haven: Ice around the piers is finally gone but fishing was slow with only the occasional brown trout caught. One boat was trolling the channel and around the piers.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Is producing a fair to good number of steelhead below the Sixth Street Dam. Boat anglers are bottom bouncing with yarn and flies or floating spawn bags. Shore anglers are casting wobble glows. Pink, chartreuse and white were good colors.

Grand River at Lansing: More anglers are heading out but few fish were caught.

Maple River: Dip netting has begun and a few suckers are being caught. Water levels were up so anglers need to use caution.

Muskegon: Water around the piers has opened up. Those using spawn caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout.

Muskegon Lake: The Cottage Grove boat launch is closed due to dredging.

Muskegon River: Has extremely high water levels and the flow is fast and dangerous. Anglers should avoid the river until the water levels recede.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014

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Last week we were still ice fishing and concerned that the lakes would still have ice for the Pike/Walleye opener April 26th. Warm temperatures and plenty of rain has ended those fears. Twenty-four inches of ice has been reduced to a mere black cover. A few brave souls fished up to last Thursday with no reports of anyone getting wet.

Predictions of rain, snow and sleet this week should complete the job. Now there,s flood warnings in the area. Lake Cadillac traditionally opens first. Currently its opening from the canal (Mitchell State Park)out. The returning ducks and geese are happy.

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The Manisttee River is high and cold but the fish are enoying it. They’re catching Steelhead at Tippy Damn but better numbers are holding down river in the deeper holes. As a bonus the accidental walleye catches will be legal April 26th.

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Ice Fishing is History Fishing Report 4/10/14

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Chrome Chasers with some nice fish

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Traveling around today most lakes the shore ice has got away from shore, HIggins Lake off the west access site the open water is a least 50 feet out. They are getting out on Kelly Beach and the south-end but after tomorrow it might be dicey.

Houghton Lake is breaking up and the canal by the State Police Post was 1/2 open.

Lake Cadillac and Mitchell is getting close to being bad.

I would say anything south of Grayling is unsafe after today, north they will get out this weekend and that will be it. Good reports on steelhead in the rivers as the ice disappears off the Great Lakes. Some suckers are also reported p the rivers Manistee south.

Rifle River: The sucker runs are just barely getting started. There is still a fair amount of floating ice still coming down the river.

Ice fishing in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula is pretty much done. As the ice melts, residents are finding large numbers of dead fish which is the result of Winterkill, the most common type of fish kill especially in shallow lakes, streams and ponds. Michigan’s harsh winter with thick ice and deep snow cover are the culprit. This type of fish kill typically does not affect the overall health of the fish populations or fishing quality.

Detroit River: Still has ice flow coming down. Depending on wind direction, there can be open water or heavy flow ice. Anglers were walleye fishing on the days with a west wind because it will blow most of the drifting ice over to the Ontario side. Some walleye were caught in the Trenton Channel.

Saginaw Bay: Ice along the edge is gone to the point that anglers will need waders to get out. Keep in mind, if the wind shifts, you might not be able to get back. It would be best to put away the ice fishing gear and stay off the ice! A few guys with air-boats are still fishing but most are getting ready for spring. Shore anglers are starting to fish for perch at the Quanicassee River, the Garner Road Drain, and off Kirk Road. Most caught small fish as the perch really have not come in yet. The Thomas Cut is just opening up. At Sebewaing, the river was fishable but nothing was caught. It appears the fish runs will peak about two weeks later than usual this year because of the harsh winter. We could see an unusually good walleye opener on the rivers because fewer fish will have left by the time the season opens on April 26th.

Manistee River: Continues to offer good steelhead fishing below Tippy Dam. Anglers are bottom bouncing or floating eggs or fly fishing.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Platte Bay: Is open with a south wind but closed with ice flow during a north or west wind. The surf at the mouth of the river remains open.

Platte River: Anglers are finding dark fall run fish near the Post Office.

Frankfort: Lake Michigan including the bay is iced in so there is no access for fishing. There is open water in the channel near the Coast Guard Station.

Betsie River: Anglers are fishing at the Homestead Dam. A few fish were caught on spawn in the early morning.

Onekama: Had no open water and no fishing activity.

Portage Lake: Still has plenty of ice for fishing even though there is some open water near the shoreline. A few perch were caught on minnows and wigglers in the shallows or a bit deeper along the weed beds.

Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing is still possible as of right now but warm temperatures this week could render the ice unsafe by the weekend.

Manistee: Pier anglers caught a few brown trout on spawn. Boats were not able to access the big lake because of excessive ice in the harbor.

Manistee River: Continues to offer good steelhead fishing below Tippy Dam. Anglers are bottom bouncing or floating eggs or fly fishing.

Ludington: A few anglers were finally able to access the piers but no fish were caught. The ice has started to clear up in the harbor and one boat was attempting to head out.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some nice steelhead

Pentwater: Still has ice built up around the piers and there was an ice jam at the mouth of the channel. Ice flows have filled the channel quite frequently. Anglers caught a fair number of steelhead and brown trout.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harrisville: The harbor was still iced in but with the warm weather and high winds it should open up soon.

Au Sable River: Steelhead are making their way up into the river. Fish have been caught but most seem to have been in the river a while. Anglers are using spawn, wax worms, small spoons and body baits. Warmer weather has anglers out in good numbers but catch rates were down as the river was high and the flow was fast. Ice flows were still coming down and the water was cloudy. The launches are clearing out. Rea Road and Whirl Pool had plenty of parking.

Higgins Lake: Is still ice covered however no one is fishing.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice but those heading out need to use caution as the pressure cracks are starting to open up and ice along the shoreline is starting to go. A few diehards are still going out for bluegill, crappie and perch.

Tawas: Shore fishing has started off the mouth of the Tawas River where a light number of steelhead have been caught.

Au Gres: Surf anglers clamoring about on the icebergs have caught a couple steelhead and the odd brown trout off the mouth of Whitney Drain.

Rifle River: The sucker runs are just barely getting started. There is still a fair amount of floating ice still coming down the river.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: A few lake trout were caught off Pequaming and Whirl-l-Gig Road in waters 240 to 310 feet deep. Some caught smelt between Baraga and Bucks Marina. Try teardrops with wax worms at night. A mix of splake, whitefish, herring, salmon, steelhead and brown trout were caught near the Fall’s River. Early morning was best when using Swedish pimples or a small jig with spawn or wax worms.

Fall’s River: Is producing a small number of rainbow trout.

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer weather is melting the snow from last week’s storm. The bay remains completely iced over and is 40 inches plus in some areas. Jumbo perch were still being caught near Kipling. Try minnows or wigglers in 18 to 45 feet. The Escanaba River is open to the first dam.

Big Bay De Noc: Appears to have bad travel conditions. The snow is melting pretty fast so this week could see better access for anglers. Some were heading out and fishing Kate’s Bay. Fairport had no activity. The area is mostly frozen however there is some open water.

Munising: Ice fishing continues however anglers may find themselves breaking through the top crust of ice and slush. An area around Sand Point is beginning to show a few small pressure cracks and there are water pockets near the beach. A few coho were caught between Sand Point and the Anna River but catch rates were slow. Anglers were jigging spoons 20 to 30 feet down. Those targeting splake not only caught more fish but also caught bigger fish. Try minnows off Sand Point or just off the Anna River. For whitefish, try bouncing eggs off the bottom.

Cedarville and Hessel: Some pretty nice perch are coming from Musky Bay, the east end of Hessel Bay, Cedarville Bay and Little Joe Island. The action is just starting however those with persistence have caught some very nice perch.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Detroit River: Still has ice flow coming down. Depending on wind direction, there can be open water or heavy flow ice. Anglers were walleye fishing on the days with a west wind because it will blow most of the drifting ice over to the Ontario side. Some walleye were caught in the Trenton Channel.

Lake St. Clair: Some of the boat ramps are ice free but the skid piers are not in. Anglers will have to launch and retrieve their boats without a dock.

St. Clair River: Has flow ice. Depending on the wind, there can be open water or heavy flow ice. Shore anglers have picked up a few brown trout, steelhead, and salmon near the Blue Water Bridge.

Lexington: The ice has broken up around the edges making ice fishing treacherous. The mouth of the harbor is now open.

Harbor Beach: Had an open channel by the north cut in the breakwall. Pier anglers casting hardware and plugs did catch a couple lake trout, steelhead, walleye or brown trout.

Saginaw Bay: Ice along the edge is gone to the point that anglers will need waders to get out. Keep in mind, if the wind shifts, you might not be able to get back. It would be best to put away the ice fishing gear and stay off the ice! A few guys with air-boats are still fishing but most are getting ready for spring. Shore anglers are starting to fish for perch at the Quanicassee River, the Garner Road Drain, and off Kirk Road. Most caught small fish as the perch really have not come in yet. The Thomas Cut is just opening up. At Sebewaing, the river was fishable but nothing was caught. It appears the fish runs will peak about two weeks later than usual this year because of the harsh winter. We could see an unusually good walleye opener on the rivers because fewer fish will have left by the time the season opens on April 26th.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph River: Based on the current water temperature and the weather forecast, this should be a big week for steelhead movement. Flows are still well above average for this time of year. Anglers have caught coho and steelhead.

Kalamazoo River: Has good steelhead fishing at the Allegan Dam.

Grand Haven: Still has ice on the piers so use caution. There has been lake ice out to the lighthouse on the north and south side pier, so fishing has been difficult. Catch rates were slow but a couple brown trout were caught. Pier anglers are using spawn and boats trolling the channel were using planer boards.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Water levels and flow were up. Boat anglers were using 80 to 100 pound anchors to keep stationary. It might even be a good idea to have a back-up anchor. Boat anglers are bottom bouncing yarn, flies and beads with a 4 to 6 foot leader. Some are floating a quarter size spawn bag. Hot colors were pink, chartreuse or white. Shore anglers fishing the east side near the dam are using pink and chartreuse yarn or wobble glows.

Grand River at Lansing: All the ladders are open. Water levels are too high to safely remove the boards however the fish can jump them. Some reported seeing steelhead in Grand Ledge.

Muskegon: Both the north and the south pier have ice on them, so use caution. The stub pier on the channel is ice free. Anglers are fishing from the south pier, the stub pier or from shore. They have caught steelhead and brown trout when using spawn.

Muskegon Lake: Still had ice so no boats were launching.

Muskegon River: Has good steelhead fishing below Newaygo.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught coho, brown trout and steelhead when using spawn but the bite was slow. Ice flows coming off the lake still block the channel at times.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

If you haven’t had enough ice fishing, its still going strong on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Daily we’re losing some ice but current measurements are 24″. No trouble with heaving or the shorelines yet. Mornings you may need creepers but as it warms the surface becomes sloppy, if it isn’t already, soon the ice will be honeycombed.

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Those out have been catching crappies and gills. Both lakes, Cadillac and Mitchell have been producing. Be cautious where you go, check your way. Soon safe ice will end.

The majority of anglers have traded their short rods for 9 footers. Steelhead fever has infected most fishermen. It’s April and Spring.

Twenty-five miles from Cadillac, Tippy Damn on the Manistee River has become popular again. Many of the Fall/Winter fish have been caught but now mostly fresh “chromers” are showing up on stringers. With the melting snow and rain, fresh fish arrive everyday preparing to spawn. Experienced Anglers are catching steelhead on a variety of baits; spawn, jigs and beads. Take your pick they all are catching fish.

Although there’s still ice tackle at the Pilgrim Village we’re changing over to Summer tackle. Come see what’s new.

First Period Turkey Hunters start in two weeks (April 21-27). You may be hunting in the snow.

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Getting Close to Last Ice Fishing Report

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Please do not drive your truck on the ice in April!!!!!

Saginaw Bay: Ice fishing was still going strong but ice near the shoreline was getting bad. It is not a good idea to be drive or park on the ice. Spring run-off was starting to stain the water. The days of ice fishing are numbered but walleye are now moving closer. Those heading off White’s Beach for walleye need to be careful near the pressure crack. Some perch were caught off the end of Newman Road and Townline Road. At Linwood, walleye were in 15 feet of water but the shoreline ice is getting bad. Walleye were caught in 3 to 9 feet off the Bay City State Park. Those venturing out from Sunset Bay Marina caught a few walleye from the Slot in 13 feet. Sebewaing was slow due to muddy water. No activity at Caseville.

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer temperatures produced some nice perch for those fishing at Kipling and south to the “Narrows”. Try jigging minnows or wigglers and #3 rapalas in 38 to 41 feet. Several nice jumbo perch were also caught. A lot of smaller fish were seen in shallow water but few were caught. Several whitefish were caught on minnows in 30 to 40 feet around the “Narrows”.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes still have good ice but few are fishing. Be sure to use caution in areas that have even a small current. Steelhead fishing has really picked up with the rain and warmer temperatures.

Torch Lake: Is producing Atlantic salmon, whitefish and burbot.

Platte River: Is producing steelhead and brown trout in the upper section. Spawn and flies work best.

Frankfort: There is no boat access and both of the breakwalls are unfishable due to extensive ice.

Lake Cadillac: Those still ice fishing have caught some nice crappie and bluegills. Try minnows, wigglers and wax worms.

Lake Mitchell: Still has ice and was producing crappie and bluegills.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is going strong and some large fish have been caught. Anglers are using jigs with spawn, wax worms, wigglers or flies.

Ludington: It is going to be while before boats will be able to launch. The entire basin is still frozen solid.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing is going strong.

Skegemog Lake has been good for perch this week as water running back into the holes is getting O2 back in the lake

Crystal Lake is still producing lots of smelt off of Lobb Rd.

Today in Hamlin Lake, Hamlin Lake Grocery had guys finally coming in with nice fish this week and post are the photo from the last few days Call Vaughn at Hamlin Lake Grocery @231 -843-2058 the panfish bite is on.

Northport and Suttons Bay have been hit and miss the last few days on perch lake trout is still fair on the bays.

Osborn’s Sport is reporting perch haver moved into Portage Lake this week and nice ones have been caught.

Captain Chucks in Ludington report PM Lake has been slow as the ice breaker and high water have turned the water chocolate and fishing has been slow.

Pentwater Angler reports they are fishing last ice as they no longer can fish off the city and mst fish down towards the outlet with perch biting and there were 6 groups of guys out today.

Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee reports perch are still biting on Manistee Lake but just a few guys fishing

Baldwin Bait reports good fishing in the PM the last couple days.

Pappy’s Bait reports Tippy Dam has been fair with fish being caught everyday but not to many fresh fish so far.

Hesperia Sport say they have been doing fair for steelies at the dam.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Anglers are beginning to catch the occasional steelhead on Waxworms.

Alpena: The boat ramps are frozen in so it is going to be a while before boats can get out. The only fishing in the area would be for panfish through the ice on the impoundments.

Thunder Bay River: Is still frozen below the 9th Street Dam however the ice is not safe for ice fishing.

Fletchers Pond: Was producing bluegill and sunfish. Some caught the occasional perch and crappie.

Au Sable River: Is finally open from the Dam to the mouth. The Rea Road access and the Whirlpool are open for launching. A 4-wheel drive is still needed but a few more days of warmer weather will make it easier to launch. Steelhead have been caught in the deep holes along the bends. Spawn, wax worms, spinner baits and small spoons have been working well. Keep an eye on the flow as it continues to pick up with rain and melt off. Anglers should avoid the ice shelves as they are not stable. The parking lot at the mouth is open but the skid piers are not in.

Tawas: Ice anglers inside the state harbor are catching small perch. Off Jerry’s Marina, a few walleye were caught near Buoy #4 and off the mouth of the river during the evening hours.

Tawas River: Is open. Steelhead and suckers have been caught in the lower river

Rifle River: Sucker dippers are setting up near Omer, but they may have a hard time until the ice flows move downstream. Suckers are in the river and are hitting on crawlers. Just find some open water.

Higgins Lake- STILL NO SMELT! Perch fishing has been great and some lake trout and whitefish.

Houghton Lake- The crappie and bluegills have started biting with some nice gills being caught with waxworms and wigglers. Crappie have started to bite.

Lake Margrethe has a bite with perch and gills being caught but only two guys fishing the lake this week

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Warmer temperatures and rain have turned the slush into standing water. Snow by the end of the week will once again cause difficult travel. Lake trout and whitefish action was slow. A couple chinook salmon were caught on tip-ups with minnows near the Falls River. Those jigging spoons also caught fish. Smelt fishing was spotty.

Menominee River: Anglers were targeting walleye or trout in open water on the Michigan side near the Hattie Street Dam and off Stephenson Island. Most are drifting yarn and spawn, casting rapalas or fly fishing. Catch rates were slow.

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer temperatures produced some nice perch for those fishing at Kipling and south to the “Narrows”. Try jigging minnows or wigglers and #3 rapalas in 38 to 41 feet. Several nice jumbo perch were also caught. A lot of smaller fish were seen in shallow water but few were caught. Several whitefish were caught on minnows in 30 to 40 feet around the “Narrows”.

Munising: Those fishing the bay reported catch rates as fair to poor. Because of rain, there was deep slush on top of the ice which made travel difficult. The ice was 20 to 40 inches thick in most areas. Most are targeting coho as they make their way into the bay. Some are still looking for splake, whitefish or smelt. A few salmon were caught between Sand Point and the Anna River. Anglers used jigging spoons 20 to 30 feet down. The best chance for a legal size splake has been off Sand Point or in front of the Anna River when using minnows. Smelt are in the bay however catch rates were poor. Fishing activity in Trout Bay was slow.

Munuscong: Nothing has changed. A few perch were caught near Grassy Island and west of Dan’s Resort.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing was slow and will be until spring gets here.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Is no longer safe including Bolles Harbor and near Sterling State Park. Anglers are now waiting for all the floating ice to clear.

Huron River: Most of the ice has cleared and a small number of boats were fishing for steelhead.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers are launching in the lower river but anglers need to watch for ice flow coming down. Conditions can change quickly depending on wind speed and direction. Small boats can easily become stuck in ice flows.

Lake St. Clair: Has more open water day by day. The ramps at the Harley Ensign site are ice-free and boats could launch but none have. There is still a lot of ice on the lake but the shoreline ice is getting soft. Some are still fishing but caution needs to be used in areas where there is a current. Perch were biting but many were small.

Clinton River: Anglers reported steelhead at Yates Park but catch rates were slow.

Saginaw Bay: Ice fishing was still going strong but ice near the shoreline was getting bad. It is not a good idea to be drive or park on the ice. Spring run-off was starting to stain the water. The days of ice fishing are numbered but walleye are now moving closer. Those heading off White’s Beach for walleye need to be careful near the pressure crack. Some perch were caught off the end of Newman Road and Townline Road. At Linwood, walleye were in 15 feet of water but the shoreline ice is getting bad. Walleye were caught in 3 to 9 feet off the Bay City State Park. Those venturing out from Sunset Bay Marina caught a few walleye from the Slot in 13 feet. Sebewaing was slow due to muddy water. No activity at Caseville.

Saginaw River: Had no reports but suckers should be available in the tributaries including the Shiawassee, Cass and Flint rivers. Be sure to consult the Fishing Guide for gear restrictions on these rivers during the period when walleye, pike and muskie season is closed.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake edges in the southern counties have open water.

St. Joseph River: Large numbers of steelhead are moving through the fish ladder at Berrien Springs. Water levels are high but still below flood stage. Water temperatures have risen 5 degrees since March 30th and were at 43 degrees.

Branch County: Anglers caught limits of bluegill and crappie on Union Lake. Most were fishing the cove in front of Hanks Landing. Anglers will take a canoe out to get on the ice because the fishing can be good this time of year.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead are being caught below the Allegan Dam.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Is producing some nice steelhead. Water levels were up due to rain and melting snow.

Grand River at Lansing: Fishing activity was steady. Anglers are catching steelhead as more fish move up into the Lansing area.

Muskegon River: Has good steelhead fishing in the lower river. Most are fishing below Newaygo with flies or spawn.

White River: Has a flood advisory in place as water levels were at bankfull.

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Last Ice is Heating up

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Today in Hamlin Lake, Hamlin Lake Grocery had guys finally coming in with nice fish this week and post are the photo from the last few days Call Vaughn at Hamlin Lake Grocery @231 -843-2058 the panfish bite is on.

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Northport and Suttons Bay have been hit and miss the last few days on perch lake trout is still fair on the bays.

Osborn’s Sport is reporting perch haver moved into Portage Lake this week and nice ones have been caught.

Captain Chucks in Ludington report PM Lake has been slow as the ice breaker and high water have turned the water chocolate and fishing has been slow.

Pentwater Angler reports they are fishing last ice as they no longer can fish off the city and mst fish down towards the outlet with perch biting and there were 6 groups of guys out today.

Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee reports perch are still biting on Manistee Lake but just a few guys fishing

Baldwin Bait reports good fishing in the PM the last couple days.

Pappy’s Bait reports Tippy Dam has been fair with fish being caught everyday but not to many fresh fish so far.

Hesperia Sport say they have been doing fair for steelies at the dam.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

While Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell still have close to 3 feet of ice, the majority of anglers are targeting steelhead on the nearby rivers. The parking lot at Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee is starting to fill. Although they’re catching steelhead at the dam, bettert numbers are holding down river in the deeper holes.

There’s no “gotta have” bait for the steelhead. Many fish spawn, jigs tipped with waxworms or wigglers, wobble glo’s or flies. All have their place and catch fish.

A few haven’t had their fill of ice fishing. Panfish anglers have been catching mostly crappie, often slabs in the middle of the day. Those target bluegills are settling for hand size.

Excuse our dust. The Plgrim Village Fishing Shop is changing over to Summer fishing tackle. This is the only time you’ll see peg board. Come see what’s new.

You’ve been warned!
The new 2014 Licenses are available.
Your 2013 Fishing/ORV Licenses are valid through March 31, 2014.
Stop the rumors.
A base license is not required when you purchase a fishing license.
A resident All-Spicies Annual is $26.00 and $11.00 for Seniors.

Also Northport has been good for perch

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Bay City State Park hot for Walleye

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Saginaw Bay off of Bay City State Park has been busy with lots of walleye fisherman and it is a short walk out to 5 feet of water and they are hammering the walleyes. Here are the two places by the park to buy bait and supplies.

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K&K State Park Grocery Store is a party store walking distance from Bay City State Park. We offer DNR Licensing, Bait & Tackle, Camping Supplies, a Bill Payment Center, clean & friendly service, and the coldest beer in town!

Phone
(989) 671-9510
Address
434 State Park Dr.
Bay City , MI 48706

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Riverview Party Store
3885 Kawkawlin River Dr, Bay City, MI 48706
(989) 316-1600

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Perch Bite

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There is a reported jumbo perch bite up at Northport but some say slow and others are doing good with minnows and wigglers.

Steelhead are starting on the boardman River today with a few fish being spotted.

Pretty fish on the pin! #CollegeLyfe #ChasinSteel #Pintowin

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Lake Cadillac reports a good crappie bite of of Kenwood Park and look back to the canal to get lined up and walk towards the canal if your not catching any off Kenwood, most are biting after 5pm

Higgins Lake the perch bite has been fair.

Grand Traverse Bay quite a few guys out today with mixed results on whitefish and Lake Trout. Perch seem to be out Suttons Bay way and north.

Lake City the crappie and gills were fair today, Yup! At Miller’s Corner Spring Break 2014 & were still doing this. There is still a good 3 feet of ice, so come and get your fish on.

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Where the Hell is Spring Michigan Fishing Report

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Kirstie Kelly Wakeley with a rainbow from Higgins Lake

They are catching steelhead on the PM up to Baldwin and the Manistee has been good with spawn, flies and waxworms working best. Some fish in the Boardman River. Perch have been biting on Manistee Lake, PM Lake and Pentwater as fish have moved in from Lake Michigan this week but very few fishing

They are still catching smelt off of Lobb rd in 40 to 60 feet of water with red spikes and hali jigs.

Saginaw Bay: Ice angling continues with lots of people out fishing. Cold nights continue to sustain the ice but driving trucks out there is not a good idea. The snow cover is gone, so bring your cleats. Rivers have yet to open up so steelhead and sucker fishing are pretty much on hold. On the West side, only a couple walleye were caught because of dirty water. The occasional perch and walleye were taken in 6 to 8 feet off Townline Road and Newman Road. Those fishing off the Bay City State Park caught walleye in 15 to 17 feet. Fish were also taken in 9 feet off Parish Road, 14 feet off Killarney Beach, and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park near the mouth of the Saginaw River. Most are heading out about 6pm and fish until after dark. On the East side, fish were caught in 14 feet off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay Marina. At Sebewaing and Caseville, the water is getting dirty and the river ice is getting bad as runoff starts to erode it.

Higgins Lake: NO SMELT!!!Ice anglers are still getting some perch along the North end near Evergreen Park, the church camp and Sunken Island. For rainbow trout, try wigglers near the Conference Center. The lake trout bite has slowed and no word on smelt.

Traverse City: Those fishing the East Bay have caught lake trout in 80 to 150 feet off Deepwater Point. Most are jigging sand kickers or white Swedish pimples. The West Bay had slower catch rates but lake trout, cicso and whitefish were caught in 96 feet near the pressure crack which is out from the boat launch on M-22. Perch are being caught north of Lee’s Point up to Northport. There are more schools and guys are hunting hard but the results are huge perch.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The area has more snow and continued frigid temperatures which is making ice, not melting it! Ice fishing continues like it has for the last four months.

Traverse City: Those fishing the East Bay have caught lake trout in 80 to 150 feet off Deepwater Point. Most are jigging sand kickers or white Swedish pimples. The West Bay had slower catch rates but lake trout, cicso and whitefish were caught in 96 feet near the pressure crack which is out from the boat launch on M-22. Long Lake has been fair for perch this week.

Boardman River: Anglers are starting to see some steelhead.

Lake Cadillac: Cold temperatures and more snow are not the signs of spring that most anglers are looking for. Very few have been out and trying for panfish. The ice is still thick. Anglers are using extensions on their augers or looking for pre-drilled holes.

Manistee River: Has steelhead but we are still waiting for that big push that comes in the spring. Anglers caught fish on spawn, wax worms and wobble glows.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing is viable for those hardy enough to endure the January like conditions. The spring push has not yet started but fresh fish are starting to trickle in.

Hamlin Lake has been fair but very few fishing.

Portage Has been slow as no perch have moved in yet.

Big Platte Lake guys are waiting for last ice for the big perch to bite.

Lake Missaukee has been fair for crappie and gills and Miller’s Corner has bait and Beer.

Lake Skegemog has been good for perch with nice ones reported with minnows and wigglers working best

Baldwin has fish in the PM, ice fishing is slow.

Lake Margrethe has been very slow

Otsego Lake has been slow also.

Lake Charlevoix has been good for perch with minnows and wiggler working best.

Torch Lake they are still catching whitefish, lake trout and atlantic salmon

Burt and Mullet are report slow bite

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Au Sable River: Is open and accessible for shore and boat anglers. The launch at Rea Road was the most open as ice was still built up at the Whirlpool. Steelhead were caught near the gas line and the mouth. Try spawn, wax worms, small spoons, body baits or flies.

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Higgins Lake Perch

Higgins Lake: NO SMELT!!!!!Ice anglers are still getting some perch along the north end near Evergreen Park, the church camp and Sunken Island. For rainbow trout, try wigglers near the Conference Center. The lake trout bite has been fair. Kelly beach is still producing nice perch.

Houghton Lake: Is still locked up tight with ice and those heading out are catching bluegills, perch and crappie. The bluegills were caught in 5 feet of water.

Tawas: A few nice perch were caught in 18 feet off Jerry’s Marina however anglers were throwing back a lot of small ones. Quite a few were fishing inside the harbor but the fish were small. A few walleye were caught out past the end of Tawas Point in water at least 20 feet deep.

Au Gres: There were lots of anglers fishing off Palmer Road. They’re getting both walleye and perch from 6 to 8 feet of water. No limits but some nice fish were caught.

Au Gres River: Steelhead anglers hoping to fish the East Branch will have to wait a bit longer because Whitney Drain near the Singing Bridge is still iced in.

Rifle River: Dip net season opened on March 20th however anglers will be waiting a while as the river was still iced in.

Fletcher’s Pond has been fair for perch, gills and crappies

Black Lake has been fair for perch.

West Branch and St. Helen has been fair for gills and Crappie.

Wiggins and Pratt have been fair for panfish.

Wixom Lake has been good for crappie and gills.

Secord Lake has been producing crappie the big slabs should be biting soon when the weather get in the high 30′s

Lake Margrethe has been slow

Lewiston been fair on west twin for perch

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Overall fishing was slow but some lake trout were caught a few miles north of Pequaming. A couple lake trout were caught in the bay. There is a lot of slush near Sand Point and to the south.

Menominee: The U.S. Coast Guard will be conducting ice breaking operations in Green Bay between the Marinette/ Menominee harbor breakwall and the Rock Island Passage to allow access to commercial vessels coming into the harbor. These operations will likely occur on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of March and will continue throughout the remainder of the 2014 shipping season. Anglers should remove ice shanties and equipment from the area and all recreational users on the ice should stay clear of the shipping channels.

Menominee River: At the Hattie Street Dam, anglers are trout fishing in the open water on the Michigan side. Rainbow trout and brown trout were caught by those drifting spawn, flies and yarn near the rocks or casting off the Catwalk.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions remain the same. If you have an extension for your auger you might want to bring it. Perch anglers had mixed results. A majority of fish were caught from the Second Reef in Kipling to just south of the “Narrows”. Deep water 30 to 40 feet is best for jumbo perch. Those fishing in 10 feet of water on the east side of Butler Island caught lots of small fish. Whitefish were caught in 35 to 40 feet off Gladstone however the better catches were off Sand Point in 75 to 85 feet.

Munising: Angler numbers and catch rates were down. The thick ice is almost impossible for those without a power auger. A couple salmon were caught between Sand Point and the Anna River. Try jigging spoons 20 to 30 feet down. Some say the bigger whitefish were moving towards shallow water. Anglers will want to try bouncing eggs off the bottom. Splake action was slow. Try minnows off Sand Point and the City Pier for bigger fish. Anglers are marking smelt but catch rates were poor. Catch rates for burbot have increased. Herring were caught near the river mouths. In Trout Bay, catch rates were spotty.

Munuscong: Some perch were caught near Grassy Island and west of Dan’s Resort.

Cedarville and Hessel: The perch harvest has been slow. It looks like catch rates will not pick up until spring not only arrives, but stays.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Perch are still being caught in the Metro Park Marina. The launch is now open and boats are heading out. Be sure to watch for ice coming down the river. Perch and walleye were caught near the Banana Dike.

River Raisin: Was not fishable. Ice jams down near the mouth were causing water levels to rise over the banks.

Huron River: Water levels were up some. Anglers fishing near Labo Park are catching steelhead.

Lake St. Clair: Still has a lot of ice however the lake is beginning to open up especially where there is a current. Be careful near the river mouths, creeks and ditches where warm water enters the lake. Pressure cracks are also starting to thaw so there is a possibility of the ice shifting. Anglers will need to use caution so they don’t find themselves taking a ride on a sheet of ice.

Clinton River: The cut-off channel (Macomb County) from the spillway weir to the Harper Road Bridge is under new fishing regulations beginning April 1, 2014. Please note the printed version of the guide on page 36 did not specify “from the spillway weir to the Harper Road Bridge” as it should have. The online version will be updated with the change soon.

Saginaw Bay: Ice angling continues with lots of people out fishing. Cold nights continue to sustain the ice but driving trucks out there is not a good idea. The snow cover is gone, so bring your cleats. Rivers have yet to open up so steelhead and sucker fishing are pretty much on hold. On the west side, only a couple walleye were caught because of dirty water. The occasional perch and walleye were taken in 6 to 8 feet off Townline Road and Newman Road. Those fishing off the Bay City State Park caught walleye in 15 to 17 feet. Fish were also taken in 9 feet off Parish Road, 14 feet off Killarney Beach, and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park near the mouth of the Saginaw River. Most are heading out about 6pm and fish until after dark. On the East side, fish were caught in 14 feet off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay Marina. At Sebewaing and Caseville, the water is getting dirty and the river ice is getting bad as runoff starts to erode it.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice on the inland lakes was holding but the problem may be getting on the lake as the shoreline ice becomes soft. Watch for honeycomb ice which can be very weak.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing has been good below the Berrien Springs Dam. Water levels continue to rise which makes wading difficult. Many are floating wax worms and wigglers but some did well with spinners.

Kalamazoo River: Catch rates for steelhead were good below the Allegan Dam. Those wading will want to keep a close eye on water levels.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Anglers are catching steelhead below the Sixth Street Dam.

Grand River at Lansing: No word on steelhead however rain and warmer temperatures should start to push some fish up this way.

Looking Glass River: Water levels are up.

Maple River: At Maple Rapids has high water levels.

Muskegon River: Has good steelhead fishing. Anglers are concentrating on the deeper holes until the weather warms up.

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