April 17 2015 Michigan Fishing Report

Coach’s Charters caught these Atlantic Salmon on Torch Lake this Week check out Coach’s Charter web site

Coach's Charter Atlantic salmon on Torch Lake

Coach’s Charter Atlantic salmon on Torch Lake

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Some perch have been biting off the pier in Manistee, also a few perch in Portage Lake.

Tippy Dam should be prime this weekend as the heavy rains were south on the White and Muskegon are over there banks

Houghton Lake the crappie and gills are starting to show up in the canals

Higgins Lake still has ice floating around

Lake Margrethe is getting some gills in the canals and a few perch out of the lake

Most Lakes the ice is out in the lower but the upper it is still winter.

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

Unlike last year, ice fishing is done. The sun shines, the birds chirp. It’s finally Spring. There’s a little slush ice along the East Side of Mitchell, blowing here and there with the wind.

Those eager to catch crappie have started on the traditional places on Lake Cadillac. A few have tried the Causeway without much luck.

Crappie and perch hae been caught from the City Dock on the East Side. Also the canal between the two lakes.

So far, few if any are trying Lake Mitchell. The lakes are still cold. Once they warm, it will improve.

Since the rain this weekend the steelhead bite has improved. There are more fresh fish and lots more fishermen. The word is out! Although the run is behind, everyday there seems to be more fish.

Many anglers tell stories about the large walleyes they’re catching. If your lucky enough to catch one, don’t forget the Season doesn’t open until April 25th.

Chartreuse colored spawn, the color of steelhead egs has been the bait of choice. However, waxworms, flies, wobble glos and beads are all important. Steelhead and Brown Trout all eat them.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Now is the time for steelhead fishing as last week’s rain pushed good numbers of fish up into the rivers. The warmer weather will ripen them fairly quick and they will be on the gravel soon. The Manistee and Pere Marquette should be good choices.

Harbor Springs: This side of the bay is starting to open up near shore. Ice in the harbor is starting to change color. There is no safe ice in the harbor.

Petoskey: Little Traverse Bay was still frozen over. The marina is starting to open up but ice remains.

Bear River: Water levels were a bit high. The mouth is open and there is now open water almost to the end of the breakwall. The rocks on the inside of the breakwall are fairly clear of snow and ice. Steelhead fishing is still a bit slow with only the occasional fish caught on spawn bags, wax worms and egg pattern flies. Most anglers are fishing at the mouth, off the D Pier or off the beach. A couple brown trout were caught and immediately released because the season is closed. Warmer temperatures this week should get the steelhead moving.

Charlevoix: The ice near shore blew out. The channel in Charlevoix is still open, along with most of Lake Michigan between North and South Points. Ice and snow were still packed in at the end of the piers but that should melt this week.

Lake Charlevoix: Still had some ice cover but no safe ice. The northwest end is fairly open with the exception of some thin ice out further. The docks at the Ferry Beach launch are not in yet.

Torch Lake: Still had ice cover.

Elk River: Fishing has been slow with only the occasional steelhead or brown trout caught below the dam. Try spawn or a jig and wax worm.

Traverse City: The East Bay is ice free. The docks are not in yet but boats have been out trolling. Lake trout were caught near the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. The West Bay has open water. Lake trout were caught when jigging in 120 to 150 feet.

Boardman River: Steelhead fishing has slowed. Try spawn bags or a jig and wax worm. Anglers are finding white suckers up at the Union Street Dam. Fresh planted trout were caught however they are sub-legal and cannot be harvested.

Frankfort: Pier anglers had good catches of steelhead and the occasional brown trout in the early morning when using fresh spawn. The North Pier was more active. Boat anglers trolling the shoreline and between the piers have picked up a few brown trout but the better numbers came to those trolling north to Platte Bay and looking for stained water. Small body baits worked best.

Onekama: Anglers fishing the north and south piers caught steelhead, brown trout and lake trout. The steelhead are hitting on fresh spawn but the brown trout and the lake trout were hitting Cleo’s, wobblers and body baits.

Portage Lake: The ice is completely gone. Anglers are making their way out looking for perch however they did not have much luck.

Manistee: Boats trolling the shoreline are finding steelhead, brown trout and lake trout. Bright colored spoons and body baits have been working. Pier anglers have caught steelhead and brown trout. Try casting orange spoons or floating spawn.

Manistee River: Steelhead are being caught below Tippy Dam including a fair number of fresh fish. The DNR will be conducting the annual steelhead egg take on the Little Manistee River starting this week and will be passing some fish upstream.

Ludington: Is producing brown trout and lake trout for those trolling along the shoreline with orange spoons and body baits. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn.

Pere Marquette River: Is still producing some steelhead.

Pentwater: Pier anglers reported slower steelhead fishing and more brown trout action. Boat anglers caught brown trout when trolling close to shore. Steelhead action in the river has slowed quite a bit.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in Otsego and Montmorency County were still ice covered. Some of the smaller lakes have opened up and the rest should follow by the weekend.

Cheboygan: Anglers were fishing near the locks and the dam but had no luck.

Ocqueoc River: Finally got some rain and run-off and hopefully this will help draw some steelhead in. Catch rates have been very slow. Anglers were drifting or floating spawn in the deeper holes.

Rogers City: Ice is gone from the launch ramp and one dock is in. Atlantic salmon should be out there so try trolling the shoreline and breakwalls with bright colored spoons or body baits. Good colors are orange, yellow, chartreuse and silver. Those casting from the breakwall will want to try spoons or body baits in chartreuse and silver or orange, gold and silver.

Presque Isle and Rockport: Ice was still blocking the launch ramp however it should be completely gone this week.

Alpena: A few boat anglers found Atlantic salmon. They are trolling bright colored spoons and body baits in front of the marina and near the Cement Plant. Orange, yellow, green and silver were the colors of choice.

Thunder Bay River: Had lots of anglers but catch rates were slow. Most are targeting steelhead when drifting or floating spawn and artificial egg patterns or when fishing along the bottom.

Harrisville: The harbor is ice free and one dock is in so boats can now launch. Steelhead and walleye are starting to show up. Body baits and spawn are working well. Atlantic salmon should be around the harbor soon.

Oscoda: Pier and boat anglers are catching walleye, steelhead and Atlantic salmon. Trolling and casting body baits were the most productive but fish were also caught by those drifting spawn or still-fishing with minnows. Early morning and late evening were best.

Au Sable River: Was producing some fresh steelhead. Spawn and body baits were the ticket.

Higgins Lake: Still had some large chunks of ice floating around. Boat anglers will have to wait a bit longer.

Houghton Lake: Has open water but not much in the way of fishing as water temperatures were still too cold. The only action reported was a couple panfish caught in the canals.

Tawas: Fishing was slow with only a few walleye caught by boat anglers.

Tawas River: Anglers caught the occasional steelhead on spawn. Suckers were also caught.

Au Gres: Boat anglers caught walleye off the mouth of the river.

Au Gres River: Steelhead have been caught in the East Branch near the Singing Bridge.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Is ice free. Those fishing off the rock dock caught a mix of coho, splake and steelhead. Trout were caught at the head of the bay between L’Anse and Baraga. Unless ice blows back into the bay between now and this weekend, there should be several boats out trolling for salmon. A good number of steelhead were hooked in the Falls River.

Menominee River: Three gates were open at the Hattie Street Dam which made shore fishing difficult. Most boat anglers were concentrated around the Turn Basin. Those using a jig and minnow or a jig and plastics had good success. There are reports of brown trout being caught by those trolling stick baits at the mouth.

Little Bay De Noc: Was still ice covered but is breaking up fast and several days of warm weather should speed up the process. All the rivers are open and flowing fast. Steelhead anglers are out as the season gets started.

Big Bay De Noc:Still had ice for the most part however it is starting to break up and will continue to do so with the warm temperatures and strong winds. The rivers are open and fishable for those targeting steelhead.

Marquette: Received 6 to 10 inches of heavy wet snow and the run-off is increasing water levels on area streams and rivers. The Upper Harbor launch is open however flow ice can still be seen. Lake Superior has areas with open water so boat anglers can navigate to the Carp River and beyond but extreme caution needs to be used. Watch for submerged ice which is not visible but can make navigation treacherous. The Lower Harbor is ice free. Boats can launch however no docks are in yet. Catch rates were slow with only a couple coho taken near the “Bubblers”.

Munising: Ice conditions in the bay are no longer safe! Pressure cracks around the shoreline are completely open and there are pockets of open water with shifting ice. Catch rates were fair. Keeper size splake were caught on jigs, eggs and minnows. Anglers caught whitefish ranging 10 to 15 inches with a single egg or wax worm on the bottom. Some fish were suspended. The bite has been very light so try extremely light rods. The coho action was just starting to pick-up with a few more fish caught near the Anna River. The ice in Trout Bay had slush and the honeycomb effect. Anglers are urged to stay off the bay and wait for open water fishing.

Grand Marais:Ice conditions are no longer safe! Large mounds of ice as high as 10 feet remain near the mouth of the Sucker River. These mounds are dangerous because anglers could fall through the weak spots. Most are fishing in the river near the access road. Coho were hitting on small orange jigs with a wax worm. The pier still had ice around it as well as mounds of ice covering the access walkway out to the Point. Stay off the ice because there a major changes in conditions and locations every day now.

Detour: The DNR boat launch was still ice covered and the docks are not in. On the north end of Detour Village, there’s still ice around the marina and village area with no docks in. Over at Drummond Island, some perch were caught in Whitney Bay in 6 to 8 feet when using small light colored or chartreuse jigs with wax worms. A few perch were taken in Scott Bay and near Peck Island in 8 to 12 feet. Good catches on the south side of Harbor Island in 4 feet with minnows or wax worms.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing in Hessel Bay has been very slow with only a few fish caught along the east end. There was still some ice however it is melting quickly. The fishing in Muskellunge Bay has been marginal. The west end of Duck Bay had some good reports. Getting on the ice is becoming dangerous.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: More boats are getting out. Walleye catches have improved although individual success has varied.

Detroit River: Has seen a large increase in angler effort and catch rates for walleye. Limit catches were much more common during the week with the bite slowing on the weekend. Virtually all boats are targeting walleye with most anglers reporting some measure of success. During the week good catches including multiple limits were reported where the river starts all the way downstream into the Trenton Channel and the east side of Grosse Ile. Multiple fish over 10 pounds were caught but the average size was about 4 pounds. Hot spots were Great Lakes Steel, Mud Island, Grassy Island, and near the Ambassador Bridge. Water temperatures range between 40 and 42 degrees. Some caught musky, pike, carp and suckers.

Washtenaw County: Panfish activity was slow but some anglers did report a few decent catches.

Lake St. Clair: Had little activity. Crappie and sunfish were caught in the canals and marinas. Shore fishing at the mouth of the Clinton River has been slow.

Clinton River: Has steelhead and suckers.

St. Clair River: There is still a lot of ice up on Lake Huron and a northwest wind will blow that ice back down into the river. Anglers are encouraged to check with local bait shops to make sure the boat ramps are not iced in. Some walleye were caught in the upper river. A mix of trout and salmon were caught the length of the river however the better catches were between Port Huron and Marine City.

Lexington: Boat anglers have done well when trolling orange body baits off planer boards in 5 to 15 feet. Most had anywhere from 2 to 9 fish consisting of chinook, coho, lake trout, steelhead and Atlantic salmon.

Port Sanilac: A couple coho and steelhead were caught in the harbor by pier anglers and those trolling.

Saginaw Bay: Had some good perch action at the Palmer Road Cut. Those trolling body baits caught walleye in 18 feet off Linwood and 10 to 12 feet off the Bay City State Park. Walleye were also caught by those trolling or jigging near the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, Spoils Island and to the east off Finn Road. Quanicassee to Caseville was slow for perch because of the muddy waters. The odd lake trout was caught off the end of the pier at Caseville.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing continues to be good with pier anglers catching coho and brown trout when using spawn on the bottom. The occasional whitefish was also caught. Boat anglers are doing very well north and south of the piers. They are taking a mixed bag of coho, brown trout, small chinook and steelhead. Body baits and small spoons are the ticket.

St. Joseph River: A lot of steelhead were seen moving through the fish ladder at Berrien Springs. Flows are well below normal for this time of year.

South Haven: Pier fishing has slowed with only a few coho taken on spawn fished on the bottom. Boat fishing also slowed but the fish caught were taken mostly south of the piers in waters between 8 and 60 feet deep.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers were doing well at the Allegan Dam. Fish are being taken on spawn, yarn flies and trout beads. Steelhead were caught near the Hamilton Dam on the Rabbit River.

Grand Haven: Pier and shore anglers are both taking steelhead and brown trout. Steelhead are hitting on fresh spawn and brown trout on orange body baits.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are still catching fair numbers of steelhead at 6th Street Dam but reported slower fishing with the recent rise of water. Those using spawn did best. Sucker catches increased over the last week. Anglers reported an increase in the number of steelhead showing up at the Flat River Dam in Lowell. Catch rates were fair for those using yarn and beads.

Grand River at Lansing: Word has it steelhead did not make it up past the Webber Dam so those looking for them will want to head downstream. Anglers are doing well for catfish when using crawlers or cut bait. A few crappie were caught but the panfish bite was still slow.

Jackson County: Fishing activity has picked up. Panfish are becoming more active as the waters warm.

Clinton County: Suckers have been caught in area streams. Inland lakes were slow due to cold water temperatures.

Muskegon: Has blocks of ice along the shoreline once again thanks to the west wind. Those venturing out have caught coho and brown trout on spoons and stick baits. Orange was a good color. Pier anglers also did well for steelhead with some limit catches taken by those fishing spawn on the bottom.

Muskegon River: Fresh steelhead were caught even though the river is stained. Anglers are using spawn, egg flies and body baits. Orange and chartreuse were good colors.

Whitehall: When the weather allows, a good number of pier anglers were targeting steelhead. The bite was slow however anglers were catching more brown trout. A good number of boat anglers caught brown trout when trolling close to shore. Try orange spoons or body baits.

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New fishing regulations went into effect on April 9th

New Fishing Regulations for 2015-2016 Season

The Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Resources Commission finalized several regulations impacting the 2015-2016 fishing season at their meeting on Thursday, April 9. Fishing regulations are annually adjusted to ensure Michigan’s fisheries resources are managed properly and to provide the best benefits to anglers and the public.

Due to the Natural Resources Commission’s unforeseen loss of regulatory authority, several regulations were not determined in time for the start of the 2015-2016 angling year (April 1) and were subsequently not printed in the hard-copy version of the Michigan Fishing Guide. However, there are several areas of the guide that have an orange star to indicate there would possibly be changes forthcoming. The details are now online at Michigan.gov/fishingguide and include the following:
Statewide Crayfish Regulations (page 12 of printed guide):

 Allow for the limited possession for Rusty Crayfish for consumptive purposes only.
 Rusty crayfish may not be transported to other waterbodies or used for bait.

New Hook Restriction (page 10 of printed guide):
 An artificial lure is defined as a body bait, plug, spinner or spoon. An artificial lure is not a device primarily constructed of lead. From August 1 through November 15, inclusive, terminal fishing gear is restricted to single-pointed, un-weighted hooks, measuring 1⁄2-inch or less from point to shank or treble hooks, measuring 3⁄8-inch or less from point to shank only when attached to an artificial lure on the following waters:

o Benzie County: all waters of the Betsie River.

o Manistee County: all waters of Bear Creek, all waters of the Betsie River,
and the Manistee River from Tippy Dam downstream to Railroad Bridge
below M-55 (T21N, R16W, S6).

o Mason County: the Big Sable River (from mouth upstream to Hamlin
Lake Dam).

Bass Fishing Season Change (Note 2, page 17 of printed guide):

 Allow Catch-and-Immediate Release (CIR) fishing for bass all year, statewide (unless otherwise closed to fishing). Please refer to the printed fishing guide for waters closed to fishing (Sylvania Wilderness Area, designated trout waters closed to fishing, etc.).
Green Bay Walleye Regulations Change (Note 3, page 17 of printed guide):
 Expand the boundary line for the early walleye season (March 2 – Friday before the 1st Saturday in May) in the Michigan waters of Green Bay to lengthen the zone approximately six miles north of the Cedar River.

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Most Lake are Open in Northern Michigan

Black Crappie

Black Crappie

With the wind and rain most lakes in Northern Michigan opened up today, Houghton Lake crappie should be in the canal sometime next week when the weather get in the sixties.

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Let Spring exploded Fishing Report

Most Lake are still froze in Northern Michigan with some ice fishing yesterday on Lake Bellaire, Otsego Lake, and the further north you go the more lakes that people are still trying but please give it up.

In the Upper they are still ice fishing on most lakes with a great perch bite

There is a good sucker run in Bear Creek this week also some in the Manistee.

Tippy Dam should be at full bore this weekend as silver fish are showing up the last few days and with the rain it should be good.

No perch to report yet as the ice is going out but no runs yet along the Lake Michigan Coast.

Houghton Lake the canals are opened but ice has to be off the lake before the crappie and gills will appear.

Higgins Lake is all done unless you use waders and that is not recommended

Kyle McClelland XXL Chrome Chasing

Kyle McClelland XXL Chrome Chasing

Let the wind rip and the rain pour! Soaking wet, but as long as the chromers are biting, it’s all good! Had a fun morning on the water, some very good air shows and acrobats! -Kyle McClelland XXL Chrome Chasing

Dan's Resort ‎munuscong bay‬ Reports There is still a lot of ice and a lot of perch out there. Trucks are going out early when the ramp is frozen, if you wait too late in the day, you might have trouble getting a truck out. ‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎percharebiting‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Dan’s Resort ‎munuscong bay‬ Reports There is still a lot of ice and a lot of perch out there. Trucks are going out early when the ramp is frozen, if you wait too late in the day, you might have trouble getting a truck out. ‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎percharebiting‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Dan’s Resort ‎munuscong bay‬ Reports There is still a lot of ice and a lot of perch out there. Trucks are going out early when the ramp is frozen, if you wait too late in the day, you might have trouble getting a truck out. ‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎percharebiting‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

When the ice melts and the winds increase, lakes and ponds go through a period called “turnover” which is the process of water turning over from top to bottom. When this happens, residents are apt to see some dead fish which is usually the result of “winterkill” caused by a harsh winter with thick ice. This type of fish kill typically does not affect the overall health of fish populations or the quality of fishing. For more information on fish kills click here: www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52259-119822–,00.html

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing in this region of the state is done. There is still ice however it is not safe. Steelhead fishing in the rivers was slow because of cold temperatures and a lack of warm rain. A good number of steelhead remain in the big lake and are still being caught by those trolling and pier anglers. A few brown trout were also caught.

Charlevoix: Lake Michigan shows signs of thawing further out but is still frozen closer to shore.

Lake Charlevoix: Most of the lake is still ice covered and the boat launch is not accessible. There is open water on Round Lake and the part of Lake Charlevoix where it connects to Round Lake.

Traverse City: The ice is breaking up in the East Bay however the majority of the bay was still covered so boats will not be able to access open water. Fishing was slow in the Elk River as few fish were spotted. In the West Bay, the area in front of the Boardman River is open but the rest of the bay is pretty much ice covered. Those targeting steelhead from the pier at the Maritime Academy had limited success.

Boardman River: Fishing was slow but a couple steelhead and brown trout were caught by those drifting a jig and wax worm.

Frankfort: The ice has cleared from Betsie Bay and boat anglers are making their way out. They have caught steelhead, brown trout and walleye between the piers and along the shoreline. Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout off the north breakwall when using fresh spawn. Both piers are still iced over so anglers need to use extreme caution.

Onekama: Both piers had minimal ice build-up so caution needs to be used. Anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on fresh spawn. Ice flow in Portage Lake leaves boaters no access to Lake Michigan.

Portage Lake: Ice coverage was about 30 percent and windy conditions make ice movement very unpredictable.

Manistee: Pier anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout when using spawn. Boat anglers are catching a few brown trout on orange spoons and body baits. Two docks are in at the First Street launch.

Manistee River: Steelhead are being caught below Tippy Dam however the run is behind this year. Egg take operations at the weir on the Little Manistee won’t start until next Monday at the earliest which is quite late compared to years past.

Ludington: Pier anglers are catching the occasional steelhead or brown trout when using spawn. Boat anglers trolling along the shoreline and around the piers caught steelhead and brown trout. Try spoons or body baits in orange and chartreuse. There are two docks in at the Loomis Street launch.

Pentwater: Anglers are taking steelhead and brown trout from the piers when still-fishing with spawn. There was no visible ice on Lake Michigan but keep in mind there may still be some ice further out. Boats were starting to head out when conditions allow. On Pentwater Lake, the ice is gone.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Was producing steelhead for those casting lures, slip bobbers with a wax worm or artificial spawn bags.

Ocqueoc River: The ice has been gone for a couple weeks now but water temperatures were cold and angler activity was low. Try drifting artificial eggs and beads or floating spawn bags in the deeper holes until it warms up.

Rogers City: Everything is still iced up but anglers are hoping the ice will be completely gone by the weekend.

Presque Isle and Rockport: Were still iced in but could be open by weekend. Look for Atlantic salmon once everything opens up and boats are able to get out.

Alpena: The ice has finally left the river. The city boat launch is still iced up but the river launch is open and the dock is in. A few boats have been launching but no reports had come in.

Thunder Bay River: There has been very little run off from the winter and water levels were low. With the cold water temperatures, rain this week should help jump start the steelhead run. Those steelhead fishing were targeting the deeper holes with flies and beads or spawn.

Harrisville: The ice in the harbor is gone and there should be one dock in within the next week or so. Small boats have made their way out of the harbor but the water is cold and the bite was slow so only a limited number of steelhead or walleye were caught. Try spoons, body baits or spawn.

Oscoda: The mouth of the river is open to boat and pier anglers. There is one dock in with ample room to launch. Pier anglers caught steelhead, walleye and suckers.

Au Sable River: Those fishing up river had success when targeting steelhead. Fish the deeper holes and around the bends. Drifting spawn and body baits did best but anglers may also want to try small spoons or spinners.

Houghton Lake: Still has some ice however there is no safe ice and there is more open water every day. The canals are starting to open up. A few anglers were trying for crappie but water temperatures were still too cold.

Tawas: The ice is gone around the State Harbor. Pier anglers are casting outside the wall for whatever will hit and it was not much. A couple walleye and a pike were caught just off the mouth of the river.

Tawas River: Anglers caught steelhead and suckers in the lower river.

Au Gres: The bay is open but there was not much activity.

Au Gres River: Is open and there was a fair amount of activity on the East Branch with anglers catching steelhead near the Singing Bridge. Some were up to 4 pounds. Steelhead were reported along Turner Road.

Rifle River: Suckers are being caught by hook-and-line between Omer and the mouth. A couple steelhead were also caught.

Pine River: The boat launch is now open.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Walleye and trout are being caught between the Hattie Street Dam and Stephenson Island when using jigs tipped with minnows and twister tails or rapalas. The dam has been partially open for the past week. Landings at Stephenson Island and the Mystery Ship were open. Angler pressure at the dam was moderate to heavy.

Little Bay De Noc: Had a few perch anglers ice fishing near Kipling. Only a few keepers were taken as most of the fish were small. Anglers were walking out and using minnows or wigglers in 10 to 28 feet. Some of the rivers are starting to open up. Both the Rapid River and the Tacoosh River are open and flowing fast. The Whitefish River is open north of the 2nd bridge. The Day’s River is partially open between US-2 and the mouth and northwest of the Golf Course. The Escanaba River is open to the dam but still iced over at the mouth. The Ford River is open west of Hyde. The flows are fast but not like last year. No steelhead reports yet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no reports as it was still covered in ice. The Ogontz River is open but still had some ice flow. The Fish Dam Rivers are partially iced over. Locals who fished here this winter reported perch catches were down from previous years but the whitefish action was very good.

Marquette: The Upper Harbor is now ice free. Anglers can launch boats however the wind may blow ice back into the area. Anglers will find open water between the “Bubblers” and Picnic Rocks however there are large sheets of ice still floating in the area. The Lower Harbor is still ice packed. It could be a good two weeks yet before the area is ice free. A few boats trolling out near the “Bubblers” had poor results. Only the occasional chinook or coho was caught on crank baits or jigs tipped with spawn, crawlers and cut bait.

Carp River: Those casting spoons for trout and salmon down near the mouth had poor results. Others were using jigs with crawlers or spawn but had no luck.

Au Train Lake: Had no angler activity. The ice was holding except for a few areas along the shoreline and where the Au Train River flows in and out of the lake.

Detour: There was no fishing activity in Detour and the Drummond Island area. None of the boat ramps are open and there are no docks in. There is still a lot of ice however it is no longer safe.

Cedarville and Hessel: Musky Bay had excellent perch fishing. Limit catches came from Duck Bay and Rice Point in 10 to 12 feet. Ice fishing here could still be around for a few weeks.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Nearly all the ice is gone (at least temporarily) from the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River but there is still a lot of ice left on the eastern shore of Lake Huron and the forecast for this week includes lots of east wind that will probably move that ice into the St. Clair River.

Lake Erie: No word on walleye fishing in Michigan waters however those trolling and jigging in Ohio waters are catching fish.

Detroit River: Was clear of ice flow and more anglers were out as catch rates increased. Almost all boats are targeting walleye and most anglers reported some measure of success. Several limit catches were reported but most boats were averaging 3 to 5 fish. The better catches came between Great Lakes Steel and Grassy Island though anglers also had some luck at most of the access sites. Those perch fishing in Canadian waters near the Cross Dike had good success. Keepers were 7 to 13 inches but many were throwbacks. Some caught the occasional pike, musky, carp or suckers. Water temperatures were running about 38 degrees. The launches are open. The St. Jean’s launch has 3 new ramps to improve access.

Lake St. Clair: The docks are in at the DNR launches but there’s not much fishing going on yet. Some good perch catches were reported near Geno’s.

St. Clair River: A few salmon and steelhead were caught by shore anglers at Port Huron and Marine City. Some good walleye jigging reports came from those fishing near the mouth of the Black River. It is possible that we could have flow ice moving through the system by the weekend. Anglers should call ahead or check webcams along the river to verify current conditions.

Lexington: Boat anglers out trolling caught a mix of coho, chinook, lake trout and even a walleye or two. Most are using body baits off planer boards. Pier anglers caught a couple trout and salmon when floating large minnows under a bobber. A nice perch was also caught in the harbor.

Port Sanilac: Has boats out trolling for trout and salmon. Fish have been caught on body baits. Pier anglers floating large minnows caught steelhead and coho.

Harbor Beach: Has open water. A few anglers were casting off the breakwall but not having much luck.

Saginaw Bay: Open water fishing is here. Anglers are looking for perch in the river mouths and cuts however it is still early. Sucker runs are underway and the fishing was good. Boat anglers caught walleye three miles off Linwood when trolling crank baits. Walleye were caught near Spoils Island and between the Saginaw River and the Kawkawlin River. Some were fishing east toward Finn Road but the Finn Road cut was still full of ice so boats are launching at the mouth of the Saginaw River. Those vertical jigging or using perch rigs with walleye minnows caught walleye just off the mouth of the Saginaw River. Over at the Hot Ponds, anglers caught white bass and carp. A couple fish were caught off Quanicassee. Perch fishing was still slow in the cuts near Unionville, Fish Point and near the Sebewaing River. Anglers are “cut-hopping” which is fishing one cut for a short time then driving to the next. Warm rain this week should get the bite going.

Saginaw River: Boat anglers fishing the lower river were getting some perch out of the Bay Aggregate Cut.

Quanicassee River: Shore anglers targeting perch reported slow fishing.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph:Pier anglers are catching a few coho and brown trout. Fishing is spotty, but should improve. Most are using spawn on the bottom. Boat anglers haven’t been able to get out because of ice. Most of it is gone now but there are still some large ice flows in the area so boaters should use caution.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead movement increased with the recent rain. Fish are being caught near the dam at Berrien Springs.

South Haven: Pier anglers have caught some decent numbers of trout and salmon when using spawn on the bottom. For boat anglers, the lake has opened up but some very large ice flows are still in the area so use caution.

Black River: Those fishing up river have been doing very well.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead action was fair near the Allegan Dam. Anglers are using spawn, spoons or spinners.

Grand Haven: Pier and shore anglers are doing well for steelhead, brown trout and the occasional coho. Most are using spawn. Both the north and south piers still have ice on them and there is still some ice along the shoreline. Boats have been able to troll around the pier heads but it is limited. Use caution because if there is ice in the lake it will come into the area around the piers making it difficult for boat and pier anglers.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead fishing picked up near the 6th Street Dam and some fresh fish were caught. Try spawn, spoons, spinners or yarn.

Grand River at Lansing: Continues to produce catfish, carp and suckers. No steelhead yet however some fish might make it up this far by the weekend.

Muskegon: Has less ice on the pier and along the shoreline. Pier anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout on spawn. Boat anglers are trolling the basin and out into Lake Michigan.

Muskegon Lake: The boat launches around the lake are open.

Muskegon River: Steelhead are being caught and the fishing should only get better. There should be some fresh fish moving into the system by the weekend.

Whitehall: There was no visible sign of ice on Lake Michigan however anglers need to be careful as there may still be some ice further out in the big lake. Boat anglers were leaving the channel but no word on fishing conditions. Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout when floating spawn. Suckers were starting to hit. On White Lake, the ice is gone.

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Happy Easter Fishing Report

Cold weather is putting the steelhead runs behind schedule. Conditions might start to improve by next week. Ice fishing on the inland lakes in the Lower Peninsula is pretty much done as conditions continue to deteriorate.

They were still ice fishing on Skegemog, and Higgins Lake with perch fishing being great. Ludington the browns are in but you have to dodge ice when trolling Craig at Captain Chucks II has had a blast catching browns and steelhead. Tippy Dam reports chrome is showing up this week

Dan McElreath caught this nice brown

Dan McElreath caught this nice brown

Dan McElreath caught this nice brown yesterday on the riverwalk in Manistee..24in brown

Joe Smith on Manistee lake

Joe Smith on Manistee lake


Joe Smith on Manistee lake, Manistee before the ice got bad It was Friday night on the catch

Big browns are definitely one of my favorite fish to catch!  -Thane

Big browns are definitely one of my favorite fish to catch!
-Thane

Wasn’t expecting this nice brown the other day! Big browns are definitely one of my favorite fish to catch!
-Thane

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

Put away your ice tackle! It’s been a good season but enough is enough. The shore lines are opening. Even if you could get out its rotten. Even the bravest of us have quit. Temperatures are predicted in the 50ty’s with rain for the rest of the week. There’s a few open spots showing beautiful blue water.

Getting cabin fever. The warm temperatures will improve the steelhead fishing. The combination of Spring temperatures and rain will start the spawning migration up river. Expect more fish daily as the numbers grow, these new bright fish will be hungry.

The new 2015 Fishing Licenses are avaible. No change. They are All Species. A resident All Species Annual is $26.00 and $11.00 for Seniors.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The ice is slowly deteriorating and ice fishing is no longer recommended. While some ports may have open water the piers may not be ACCESSIBLE due to ice cover. Steelhead fishing remains slow. We need rain and warmer temperatures.

Traverse City: The West Bay had open water about three hundred yards out but the rest of the bay was still iced over.

Boardman River: Anglers were catching steelhead up near the Union Street Dam and near the weir. The mouth of the river is open.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice fishing is done. The lakes are still ice covered however it is not safe. There is open water around the edge as the lakes BEGIN TO OPEN up. It is time to get ready for open water fishing.

Manistee: Pier anglers are catching a few brown trout on spawn.

Manistee River: Water levels were BACK up below Tippy Dam. The bite was slow due to cold water temperatures. Try a slow presentation in the deeper holes. Look for the bite to increase with warmer weather and rain in the extended forecast.

Ludington: Boats trolling the harbor and along the shoreline have caught steelhead and brown trout on orange and chartreuse body baits. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn. The piers are still ice covered so anglers need to be careful. There is one dock in at the Loomis Street launch.

Pere Marquette River: Water levels are running a bit low for this time of year. The steelhead bite slowed with the colder weather.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Thunder Bay River: The tailwaters below the Ninth Street Dam are quite cold because the impoundment still has ice cover and this prevents warming of the water below the dam. It could be another week or two before steelhead fishing GETS STARTED.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice but the shoreline ice is starting to break up. The North Bay is starting TO OPEN up. Anglers need to use caution near the inlets, outlets and canals. A fair number of crappie were starting to bite. Fish were caught out from the Cut River. The weed beds along the south shore are producing some bluegills.

Au Sable River: The tailwaters below Foote Dam are still quite cold. Combine the cold water temperatures and low flows due to an extremely dry spring thus far and anglers will see there has not been much of a “signal” to stimulate upstream migration or spawning steelhead. There are fair numbers of steelhead below Foote Dam and as soon as the ice is gone from the impoundments temperatures will start to rise and catch rates will really heat up. The water was low and clear so fishing tactics will be different than those years with usual high water.

Tawas: Ice was hanging on in the northernmost part of Tawas Bay, from Jerry’s Marina back north toward shore. A lot of perch were under the ice but most of them are quite small and not worth taking a swim for. A few walleye were caught in the evening near the artificial reef. Boat anglers starting to venture out caught a couple Atlantic salmon or lake trout.

Tawas River: There was not much ACTIVITY at the mouth. Only a few suckers have been caught.

Au Gres: The ice is gone.

Au Gres River: The ice is gone from the mouth and those surfcasting are out trying their luck when the weather cooperates.

Rifle River: With rain in the forecast, the sucker run should start to pick up by this weekend.

Pine River: Near Standish is open near the mouth but shore anglers were not doing much yet.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

All of the lakes in the Eastern U.P. remain ice covered. A good number of rivers are open now and anglers are anxiously awaiting the steelhead run. The Two Hearted and the Sucker River would be the first areas for anglers to seek out steelhead. Those rivers have begun to open at the mouth which is a good sign of spring.

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was slow however some reports were good. Splake fishing was good in 20 to 30 feet with spawn bags or minnows. A couple coho and the occasional chinook were also caught. Live smelt was the hot bait for chinook while coho were hitting on spawn, wax worms, smelt or minnows. Lake trout action was fair along the Center Reef. Remember, ice conditions can change quickly this time of year. The shoreline ice was not safe. There are a couple large pressure cracks that cross the entire bay between the Pump House and Pequaming.

Menominee River: Was producing some walleye along with brown trout and steelhead from the Hattie Street Dam down to Stephenson Island. The only landing open was at Stephenson Island. Ice was still blocking a good portion of the river between the Interstate Bridge and the mouth.

Little Bay De Noc: The southern Bay is open water from the Escanaba Lighthouse south. The rivers remain mostly frozen with patches of open water. The mouth of the Escanaba River to the 1st Dam is open. A few perch anglers had fair catches at Kipling. Most were fishing the East BANK with minnows or wigglers in 18 to 35 feet. If you travel on the ice be sure to use caution.

Marquette: Some were able to get boats out and those fishing the “bubblers” did catch a couple coho about 16 inches long. There were large schools of lake herring at the “bubblers” but many were fowl hooked. Anglers are using a combination of ¼ ounce jigs tipped with twister tails, crawlers and gulp bait. Good colors were fluorescent pink or white jig. There is still large ice flows at the “bubblers” so ice moves in and out depending on wind direction. The main part of the lake remains frozen however it IS NOT SAFE due to shifting ice. The only other angler ACTIVITY was at the mouth of the Carp River where fishing was slow. A few anglers picked up a couple steelhead. They also had a few hits on crawlers which they thought may have been some coho. Those using spoons had no hits.

Au Train: A few anglers ice fishing off the Brownstone launch caught one or two coho but catch rates were slow. The ice is still packed in tight along shore so anglers were ice fishing off the mouth of the Rock River where they caught a couple menominee and lake whitefish. Catch rates for coho and steelhead were poor. As a reminder, fishing is CLOSED on the Rock River from the spillway below M-28 to the footbridge from April 1st to June 30th. Those fishing off the mouth of the Au Train River had no luck. The Au Train River is about ¾ open with water levels increasing.

Munising: Had more anglers as catch rates increased. Ice conditions in the bay were holding but anglers still need to use caution this time of year. There was a layer of wet snow on top of the ice but walking conditions were still decent. Catch rates were fair in 15 to 70 feet between the Anna River and Sand Point. Splake were caught including more keepers for those using jigs with an egg or minnow. Catch rates for whitefish were up with most anglers keeping 3 to 10 fish. Try a single egg or wax worm on the bottom. If no fish are found, try further up in the water column as some of the fish were suspended. Anglers are still marking smelt but they would not bite. The coho action should only get better. A few were caught in open water at the mouth of the Anna River. Trout Bay still had fishable ice but catch rates were slow. Remember, ice conditions can change quickly this time of year.

Grand Marais: Lake Superior is producing some coho salmon and a couple steelhead through the ice.

St. Mary’s River: Still had ice at Munuscong but fishing was rated as poor.

Cedarville and Hessel: Ice fishing continues and those fishing Hessel Bay had a great time and a few harvested limit catches of perch when using wigglers in 6 to 12 feet. Musky Bay improved slightly for those fishing in 10 to 14 feet with wigglers or minnows.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

There is still some flow ice moving around in southern Lake Huron which is also affecting the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. Some of the public boat launches are now OPEN however the docks are not in yet.

Lake Erie: Is opening up. Any remaining ice is not safe. Walleye fishing was slow on the Michigan side but a few fish have been caught in Ohio waters, especially the Maumee River.

Detroit River: Is open. The lower river is clear right now however there is flow ice in the upper river. Ice flows continue to be a problem more so around the launches than in the open water though anglers would be wise to be mindful of flow ice at all times. Boat anglers are jigging for walleye but catch rates are extremely low. A few perch were caught in the canals. A couple anglers caught perch in Canadian waters and in Michigan waters near Mud Island. Keepers were 8 to 12 inches but many were throwbacks. These same anglers caught sub-legal pike along with a couple ranging 26 to 30 inches. Water temperatures were 32 to 34 degrees and need to warm up to improve the bite. The launches at St. Jean, Ecorse and Elizabeth Park remain CLOSED as of this report.

Lake St. Clair: Still has some flow ice moving around. Conditions change daily depending on wind DIRECTION and speed. Some of the public boat launching sites are now open but most do not have the docks in yet so boat anglers should be prepared to launch without them.

St. Clair River: Has flow ice coming down from Lake Huron.

Harbor Beach: The marina was still iced in and Lake Huron still has ice flows.

Saginaw Bay: With gusty winds, the ice has broken up in the bay and the ice along the inner bay is gone. A few boat anglers fishing near Spoils Island did well for walleye. White bass were caught in the Hot Pond. Perch anglers from Kawkawlin to Sebewaing might want to get their shore-fishing gear and START hitting the cuts and rivers this coming weekend. Perch fishing was good around Rose Island and Geiger Road but the ice is now gone. Some anglers were using air boats to get around. Outside the Thumb, pier and boat anglers will want to start gearing up for the early-season trout and salmon fishing.

Saginaw River: Boat anglers on the lower river near the train bridge at Essexville took some nice perch on minnows.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Boats out trolling were picking up some coho at and near the mouth of the river.

St. Joseph River: The recent cold spell SLOWED steelhead movement through the Berrien Springs fish ladder but the run is expected to pick BACK up with on the onset of warmer weather this week. Stream flows are below average for this time of year.

Holland: Has open water but the piers are still ice covered. There is still some flow ice out in Lake Michigan.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead action slowed at the Allegan Dam where anglers were still floating spawn or wax worms.

Grand Haven: Has open water. Anglers may still encounter some flow ice out in Lake Michigan. The piers still had some ice cover.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Overall, fishing was slow. The better steelhead fishing was below the 6th Street Dam and down to Johnston Park. Anglers are floating and drifting spawn and yarn. The occasional steelhead was caught at the Flat River Dam in Lowell. Catch rates should improve within the next week or two as temperatures START to climb and spring showers move into the REGION.

Grand River at Lansing: Is producing lots of catfish. No trophy fish but good table size. Anglers are using crawlers, cut bait and chicken liver. Carp and suckers are also starting to hit. No steelhead reports as the fish have not made it up this far.

Muskegon River: The tailwaters below Croton Pond were still quite cold because the impoundment still had ice cover so water temperatures below the dam are cold. Fishing was good one day but shut down the next. As soon as the ice is gone from the impoundments temperatures will start to rise and catch rates will really heat up.

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The Fat Lady is Singing Ice Fishing Report

Most places report ice fishing is done but there are a few places they are getting out but shoreline ice is bad.

Higgins Lake has been good for perch with Fred Fields form Coach’s Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday

Fred Fields form Coach's Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach’s Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach's Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach’s Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach's Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach’s Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Bob Stockton and Bob the Bear Hunter with some perch from Higgins the 20th

Bob Stockton and Bob the Bear Hunter with some perch from Higgins the 20th

Bob Stockton and Bob the Bear Hunter with some perch from Higgins the 20th

Skegemog is still producing perch but the ice is fading fast.

Miller’s CORNER REPORTING A GREAT GILL BITE AND THE ICE IS STILL GOOD CALL MILLERS @ 231-839-0440

Last Ice Bluegill

Last Ice Bluegill

On Wednesday April 1st, all anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a 2015 fishing license. Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2015 Fishing Guide when you purchase your license. Ice fishing is pretty much limited to the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. The piers along Lake Michigan are ice covered and dangerous.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing remains slow due to cold temperatures. A nice warm rain would really get the fish moving. There is no pier fishing or trolling on Lake Michigan yet because of abundant ice in the area.

Traverse City: Both bays still had ice however it is no longer safe. Anglers should just stay off and wait for open water fishing. The shoreline ice is gone in both bays. Those looking to fish just off shore will need to bring waders.

Boardman River: Has open water. Anglers have caught the occasional steelhead when floating spawn or wax worms.

Betsie River: Is producing the occasional steelhead.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: The ice is holding and anglers were still heading out. Most are catching crappie right under the ice in the early morning and evening. Try minnows, wax worms and spikes.

Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers were still taking a mixed bag of panfish.

Manistee River: Anglers are catching steelhead but it needs to warm up. Once the ice is gone from Tippy Dam Pond and we get some warm rain, the fish will be more active. A good number of brown trout were caught but most were too small.

Pere Marquette River: More anglers are heading out as the steelhead and brown trout bite continue to improve.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Some of the inland lakes are still producing panfish however those heading out need to use extreme caution. First ice and last ice are the most dangerous.

Higgins Lake: Ice fishing season is pretty much done. Much more of the shoreline ice has opened up and there are several pressure cracks starting near the shoreline and heading out into the lake. Rain, wind and warmer temperatures this week will only make conditions worse. Anglers are advised to wait for open water fishing.

Houghton Lake: Still had ice for those not ready to hang up the ice fishing gear. Anglers would be wise to use caution and be careful along the shoreline especially near the Cut River, Denton Creek or any other inlets or outlets. A fair number of bluegills and crappie were caught off Songer’s Point which is just north of the boat launch on the east side.

Tawas: A lot of ice has blown out of the bay but there was still some near Jerry’s Marina and that is where ice anglers were concentrated. Yellow perch were caught but many were small and anglers were putting in considerable time. A few walleye were caught.

Tawas River: The ice at the mouth was gone. Anglers were wading and casting but no reports came in.

Au Gres: Some anglers were still going north of the breakwall and catching a few walleye but there is no telling how long that ice will last.

Au Gres River: Down at the Singing Bridge, steelhead were caught in the lower river and in the surf though fishing was difficult with the piles of shore ice.

Rifle River: Sucker fishing is just barely starting to get underway.

Pine River: Is starting to open up and may soon be a good bet for open water perch and sucker fishing.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers are still ice fishing however proceed with caution! There is no snow on the ice so bring cleats for your boots and anchors for your shack. The cool evenings tend to firm up the ice so mornings are better. When the sun has been out for a while, ice conditions can change a lot in a few hours. Melting snow is the reason for more water in the bay. Be careful in front of the creeks and rivers as well as areas where water is running down a hillside. The ice in front of Carla’s looks to be very poor. Lake trout fishing was spotty but a few catches were reported from the Center Reef. The occasional splake was caught in 15 to 40 feet. Coho fishing was fair in front of the Falls River however ice conditions there can change quickly.

Marquette: The ice in the Upper Harbor and the Lower Harbor is no longer safe and the “bubblers” are ice free. Ice flow can move in quickly depending on wind direction. The only fishing activity was at the mouth of the Carp River where anglers were targeting steelhead and coho but catch rates were slow. They are using crawlers and spawn or drifting flies and small spoons. Catch rates will remain slow until air temperatures warm up causing runoff from snow and ice melt.

Au Train: Few anglers were out as most are waiting for open water fishing. The Rock River beneath the spillway is open with some flow just beyond the foot bridge however fishing season here will close on April 1st and reopen on June 30th. The Au Train River was open between the mouth and the M-28 Bridge. The Brownstone public launch has been plowed. Those targeting coho had poor results.

Munising: Still has good ice in the bay with a light layer of snow cover. Walking conditions are still slick so bring cleats and use caution. Some of the pressure cracks around the shoreline tightened back up. Catch rates were just fair. A couple splake ranging 16 to 21 inches were caught. Whitefish activity was up so more fish were caught. Some are using a single egg or wax worm on the bottom while others said the fish were suspended. The bite is very light so anglers are using extremely light rods. Anglers are still marking schools of smelt but none were caught and many are waiting for the coho bite to get started. Spearing was still slow. Catch rates in Trout Bay are still slow. Those fishing near Wood Island did manage to catch some lake trout.

St. Mary’s River: Still had good ice at Munuscong. Those perch fishing in Fowlers Bay had some good days when using minnows in 4 to 6 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel:Musky Bay in Cedarville and Hessel Bay are very sporadic for yellow perch. Try minnows or wigglers in 10 to 12 feet.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: A few perch were caught by ice anglers around the Banana Dike but the majority of ice on the lake is no longer safe.

Huron River: Anglers are catching steelhead. Some of the better fishing can usually be found near Labo Park.

Detroit River: Is open however boat anglers will need to watch as quite a bit of flow ice is still coming down and will be for a while. A couple nice walleye were taken near the warm water discharge at the power plant in the Trenton Channel.

Lake St. Clair: Has a lot of shelf ice and flow ice in the connecting waters. Status on the boat launches and shore fishing areas can vary day to day depending on the wind. As a result, fishing activity has been light.

St. Clair River: Had some good trout and salmon reports when ice conditions allowed shore anglers to fish.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions continue to deteriorate so a good number of anglers are putting away their ice fishing gear and starting to get their boats ready. The die-hards were still going out and crossing active pressure cracks however extreme caution needs to be used! Watch for areas of open water. Shoreline ice is getting bad all around the bay. At Palmer Road, anglers crossing two major pressure cracks and fishing in 18 feet caught walleye. Closer to shore, fishing was spotty but a few were taken. Some perch were caught off White’s Beach. Walleye were caught from the Bay City State Park south to the trailer park near the mouth in 5 feet. The bite was best from dawn until about 9:00 and in the evening after 7:00. Those wading and casting off the mouth of the Hot Ponds had no luck. A few crappie were caught in Sunset Bay Marina. North of Sebewaing at Rose Island and Geiger Road, perch fishing was spotty but a couple limit catches were reported. Most were 6 to 8 inches with the occasional 12 inch fish.

Bad River: At St. Charles is producing some suckers.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the southern part near the Indiana border are ice free. Lakes towards Kalamazoo, Jackson, Lansing, and Grand Rapids still had some ice however no safe ice. The rivers have steelhead and more fish will continue to move in. The piers are still ice covered. Some boats were starting to troll between the piers, but there is still ice out in Lake Michigan.

St. Joseph: For those trolling, coho were biting at the mouth of the river.

St. Joseph River: Has a decent run of steelhead as a lot of fish had been moving through the Berrien Springs fish ladder over the last week. The live streaming Fish Cam at the ladder is back in operation and can be viewed at: www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52259_19092—,00.html

Holland: Has open water but the piers are still ice covered.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead are hitting below the Allegan Dam. Anglers were floating spawn and wax worms.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The fish ladders are open and steelhead are being caught below the 6th Street Dam. Try spawn, wax worms or plugs.

Grand River at Lansing: Few anglers have been out. No reports of any steelhead this far up.

Muskegon: Has open water in the harbor.

Muskegon River: Steelhead have been caught however water temperatures were still a bit cold. A stonefly hatch was just getting started.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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

Lake Cadillac Crappies on Last Ice

Lake Cadillac Crappies on Last Ice

The calendar says its Spring, but there’s still over a foot of ice on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Southern Anglers are shocked if they arrive without their power augers. The shoreline is showing signs of opening in certain places. It’s anybody’s quess how long the ice will last with the cold mornings and warm afternoons.

There’s a few crappie anglers left on the ice. Most have figured out the pattern and are doing well. Worth while numbers are being caught. The Coves on Mitchell and the Thirsty’s area have been consistent. The crappie have been suspending right under the ice. Right under the ice. Regardless of the depth those most successful only have 3 or 4 feet of line out. They can be finacky. For a while they only bite on minnows, then stop. Changing to waxworms or spikes starts the bite over. First light and the evenings find the most aggressive fish. Most of the better areas are pot marked with old holes making hole hopping easy.

Manisttee River: Steelhead have started. Not catching big numbers yet, but more fresh fish are coming up river. The best is yet to come, need the river to warm. Once Tippy Dam Pond thaws and some Spring rain comes, the numbers will pick up. Browns have been easy to catch but most are under that 15 inch mark. Be careful when releasing them.

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Close to Last Ice Fishing Report

Skegemog perch caught by fred fields from coach's charters

Skegemog perch caught by fred fields from coach’s charters

Ice on Higgins is getting away from shore many places and you have to look for access points. Higgins Lake they are catching perch on the north-end south end the bite has been very slow. Rumors of smelt being caught but no numbers. They were still getting out off the west access site today and should be ok with colder temps the rest of the week

Portage Lake was good for perch but the shore ice is bad so walking only, Manistee Lake had a perch bite but the ice is bad along shore. Hamlin Lake has a great gill bite but be careful.

Houghton Lake they are catching nice perch and big gills and still going out with quads.

Crystal Lake has good ice with perch, whitefish, lake trout biting great smelt fishing has been slow.

Skegemog the perch fishing is fair with some perch up to 13 inches the last few days.

Dan’s Resort The perch are coming in! Did I mention we have Blues? Come get ‘em while the bite is on. Trucks are still going out. Call (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120 for the latest info on Munuscong Bay

Saginaw Bay: Warm weather over the past 10 days coupled with strong wind is causing ice conditions to deteriorate quickly. This is the time of year when ice becomes extremely unpredictable and dangerous. Anglers need to use extreme caution! The shoreline ice is getting bad. Watch out for pressure cracks and think twice before crossing them. Anglers have been rescued near Pinconning and the mouth of the Saginaw River. Those fishing off Palmer Road caught walleye including some limit catches. Most of the activity was about 1 ½ miles out in 7 to 8 feet inside the first pressure crack. Some nice perch were also caught. Decent size perch and a few walleye were taken in 8 feet near White’s Beach. Down off Cody-Estey Road and Pinconning Road, walleye were taken in 14 feet however be extremely careful around the pressure cracks as the ice was not good. A lot of anglers were fishing off the Bay City State Park. Some were going out 3 miles for walleye while others stayed close to shore and caught fish in 4 to 5 feet. The bite was best before 9:30AM. The ice is getting bad near the mouth of the river so avoid the area. Those heading out from Finn Road caught some walleye toward the north end of Spoils Island however stay away from the Hot Pond Channel! Bluegill and crappie were caught inside the marina basin at Sunset Bay. Walleye fishing in the Slot has slowed due to questionable ice conditions. At Sebewaing, the river is getting dirty and those fishing the marina said it was slow. Mud Creek was spotty. Those fishing the east side of the bay need to watch out for large areas of open water near the islands.

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

Charles Wright has been catching keeper perch on Lake Cadillac

Charles Wright has been catching keeper perch on Lake Cadillac

Charles Wright has been catching keeper perch on Lake Cadillac all season. He shows us a 13 incher

Put away your tip-ups and spears, any pike or walleyes have to come out of your freezer. The seasons are now closed in all Lower Peninsula Inland Waters. Many Anglers beat the deadline and have caught their share. The Seasons open again the last Saturday in April. Keep your light rods handy. Some of the better panfish catches always come with last ice.

For those tired of the ice, the Manistee River is starting to fill with Steelhead.

Our lakes look empty. All the permanent shanties have been removed by March 15th according to law. No cities or clusters as before. Those sitting on buckets, look like specks in the distance.

Elevated water levels will continue on streams and rivers through the weekend as runoff from melting snow continues. Caution is urged when walking the river banks.

Anglers are invited to attend “Conversations & Coffee” with the DNR Fisheries Division. The public will have a chance to meet with managers and fisheries biologist to discuss local and statewide fisheries management activities and concerns as well as get specific questions answered. For meeting dates, times and locations click here:

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing is still going, but anglers really need to be cautious. Even with lots of ice if it doesn’t get cold at night, the ice can change quickly. Steelhead fishing is slow because water temperatures are still cold from the snowmelt. Once the snowpack is gone, the spring run will begin.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers are still fishing however extreme caution needs to be used. Safety is always a concern on first and last ice. Some bluegills and crappie were caught just under the ice.

Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers were getting panfish. Be careful and pay close attention to temperatures and wind direction.

Manistee River: Anglers are starting to catch more steelhead and the catch rates will only improve as the water temperatures rise. Melting snow has the water levels up.

Hamlin Lake: Anglers were catching a mixed bag of fish including a fair number of bluegill.

Pere Marquette River: The ice is pretty much gone. Snowmelt will stain the waters and raise the levels. Those targeting steelhead will want to try spawn in the deeper holes until the water warms up.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Although many lakes still have fishable ice, anglers still need to use caution. Rivers and streams are beginning to open up.

Grand Lake: Perch fishing started to pick up.

Long Lake: Was producing perch on the south end. The size was smaller but a good number were caught.

Grass Lake: In Montmorency County was producing a good number of hand size bluegills.

Fletchers Pond: Is producing a good number of bluegills but many were small.

Higgins Lake: The ice is holding but the shoreline ice was starting to go especially along the west side. Anglers were heading out from the North State Park and the launch on the west side. Perch were caught on the north end and along the shelf that runs out to the Sunken Island in 40 to 60 feet and in shallow waters 15 to 20 feet. Lake trout action slowed as most anglers are perch fishing. Those with cameras have seen smelt out from Big Creek in 20 feet however they will not bite.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice and anglers are targeting bluegill and perch. Most are fishing along the weed beds a couple hundred yards offshore. Try wax worms or spikes for bluegill and perch minnows or wax worms for perch.

Tawas: Those spearing pike in the bay took several fish 30 inches or more. Perch fishing was slow. A few walleye were taken off Jerry’s Marina and the mouth of the Tawas River, but success was spotty. A couple lake trout were caught by those targeting walleye.

Au Gres: A couple anglers going out just north of the breakwall caught a few walleye along with a couple whitefish or lake trout in 7 to 10 feet. The water was muddy out from the Rifle River and the Pine River because of snowmelt.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: The ice is deteriorating out near the “bubblers” and there are pressure cracks near shore on both the Upper and Lower Harbors. The ice is no longer safe and several miles out you can see stretches of open water with ice flow. Water levels at the mouth of the Carp River and the Dead River have started to rise slightly because of runoff. Those fishing the Carp River have caught the occasional steelhead on spawn or crawlers.

Au Train Bay: The mouth of the Rock River and the Au Train River are slowly starting to open up. There was no activity at the Brownstone launch. The bay remains frozen with some pressure cracks near shore.

Menominee River: The dam at Menominee has 2 gates partially open so anglers are now open water fishing. A couple dozen anglers were fishing near Hattie Street.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have deteriorated quickly and shoreline ice has opened up in many locations. Although some anglers were still driving out on the bay, the ice is getting dangerous and driving on it is no longer safe. Extreme caution needs to be used near the rivers, Sand Point, Saunders Point and the entire southern sections. Perch anglers had fair catches but most of the fish were small. The better catches were between the Second and Center Reefs with wigglers or minnows in 17 to 28 feet.

Munising: Warmer weather equals more anglers but catch rates were slow. Walking conditions are slick so bring your cleats. Ice conditions in the bay were still good, the snow cover is gone but there were pockets of slush near shore. Pressure cracks are beginning to show up around the shoreline at Sand Point and small open water pockets are beginning to pop up. A couple keeper size splake were taken on jigging lures, eggs or minnows. Catch rates for whitefish did improve some after several hours of effort. Try a single egg or wax worm on the bottom. Anglers were marking schools of smelt but none were caught. A few coho were taken and catch rates should pick-up soon. Those in the spearing shacks had poor to fair results for herring in the early morning. Trout Bay continues to have fishable ice though catch rates were slow for a mixed bag of chinook, coho, lake trout, herring and burbot.

St. Mary’s River: Walleye season is closed so anglers are now targeting perch which were scattered in Munuscong Bay. The better fishing was up in Fowlers Bay when using minnows in 4 to 6 feet. The ice has water and slush on top.

Cedarville and Hessel:Pike season is closed but perch fishing is starting to improve in Musky Bay and Hessel Bay. Fish were caught on wigglers and wax worms in 6 to 10 feet of water.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Will not be usable to anyone as the ice is in poor shape but there is still enough to prevent boat anglers from going out. A few were ice fishing for perch at the Metro Park Marina but those days are numbered.

Huron River: Continues to produce the occasional steelhead.

Detroit River: Has quite a bit of flow ice coming down. Boat anglers will need to keep watch. Some were jigging for walleye in the Trenton Channel. A few perch were still being caught in the canals around Gibraltar.

Lake St. Clair: Still had ice but it was deteriorating quickly especially in the areas with a current. The top layer of ice was honeycombed and granular with hard ice underneath however with temperatures above freezing this week conditions will be very dicey by the weekend. It appears time to hang up the ice fishing gear and start preparing for open water fishing.

Clinton River: Anglers have caught a couple steelhead.

St. Clair River: Patchy ice flows can restrict shore fishing however when the waters open up anglers have caught steelhead and coho on large shiners fished near the bottom or when casting spoons near the surface.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers were still getting out on some lakes but extreme caution needs to be used because last ice is dangerous. Shoreline ice was extremely soft.

St. Joseph River: The fish ladders are open and steelhead have started moving through at Berrien Springs. The river is turbid due to all the runoff during the past week. Stream flow is within normal range for this time of year. A lot of anglers were fishing below the dam.

Black River: At South Haven was producing a couple steelhead or brown trout.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers are reporting good catches of steelhead below the Allegan Dam.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The fish ladders are open. Anglers are reporting good catches of steelhead below the 6th Street Dam. Movement through the ladders will increase as water temperatures get above 39 degrees.

Grand River at Lansing: All the fish ladders are open.

Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing is slowly improving and will only get better as water temperatures warm up. Most of the river is free of ice flow but snowmelt has the water stained

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

Charles Wright has been catching keeper perch on Lake Cadillac all season. He shows us a 13 incher

Put away your tip-ups and spears, any pike or walleyes have to come out of your freezer. The seasons are now closed in all Lower Peninsula Inland Waters. Many Anglers beat the deadline and have caught their share. The Seasons open again the last Saturday in April. Keep your light rods handy. Some of the better panfish catches always come with last ice.

For those tired of the ice, the Manistee River is starting to fill with Steelhead.

Our lakes look empty. All the permanent shanties have been removed by March 15th according to law. No cities or clusters as before. Those sitting on buckets, look like specks in the distance.

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Last Weekend for Pike and Walleye Fishing Report

Last Weekend for Pike and Walleye Fishing Report for Michigan and ice is in great shape

Anglers are reminded that walleye, pike and muskie season on the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters, St. Mary’s River and all the Lower Peninsula inland waters will close at midnight on March 15th. Walleye and pike season is open all year on the Lower Peninsula Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River. Ice shanties placed on waters in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula must be removed by midnight on March 15th.

Lyman’s on the Lake Reports The warmer weather is helping to turn on the fish. Clare’s Protege, Dave caught this big 21″ Walleye tonight. (He left the 15″ one in the bucket). No word from Clare, so Dave assumes he didn’t catch anything.

Dave caught this big 21" Walleye

Dave caught this big 21″ Walleye

Higgins Lake has been good for perch on the south end with limit catches also North-end id producing perch. There are reports of smelt being caught but cannot confirm Bob Stockton has been catching smelt but have not heard how many

FINAL Standings for the 4th annual Miller’s fishing tournament:

Miller's Corner Pink Tipup

Miller’s Corner Pink Tipup

Adults-
Walleye: Rick B. 20 1/2″
Pike: Terry E. 36 1/2″
Alman M. 36″
Gills: Scott G. 8 5/8″
2nd – TIE – Stewart H. 8 1/2″
Jeff R. 8 1/2″
Crappie: Dewayne R. 14 1/2″
Ryan M. 13 1/2″
Dwayne R. 12 1/2″
Perch: Larry D. 11 1/2″
John M. 10 7/8″
Chuck D. 10 5/8″
Kids-
No walleye
Pike: Cooper Hall 30 1/8″
Lindsey Blumberg 27″
Davin Hogan 25 3/4″
Gills: Lindsey Blumberg 8 3/8″
Alazeah Read 7 1/2″
Alexis Helmboldt 7 3/8″
Crappie: Joe Bode 9 1/4″
Lindsey Blumberg 7 3/4″
No 3rd place
Perch: Lindsey Blumberg 6 3/4″
Alexis Helmboldt 6″
Chloe Read 5 1/2″
Thank you everyone for participating & making this tournament successful. We hope to see all of you next year!

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The rivers should be open by this weekend, although they may go from ice covered and unfishable to blown out, muddy, and unfishable.

Green Lake: Is still producing smelt for those fishing after dark.

Crystal Lake: Had good smelt action for those fishing at night.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell:Bluegills are becoming more active with the warmer weather. Crappie were hitting on minnows, wax worms or spikes.

Lake Missaukee: Is producing panfish. Bluegills are starting to become more active and crappie were hitting early morning or at night. The better fishing is usually west and north of the launch at Green Road.

Manistee River: Is producing some steelhead for those using wax worms and beads.

Pere Marquette River: The steelhead bite is on and anglers are catching a few fish.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Higgins Lake: The ice was still snow covered but it is packing down. Anglers are reminded to use caution near the inlets and areas where there are natural springs. Perch fishing was good on the north end off B & B Marina, around the Main Island and the Sunken Island when using wigglers, wax worms or minnows in 50 to 60 feet. Lake trout were caught right off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet. Try goldens or blues. A good number of rainbow trout are still being caught off Big Creek and the Conference Center.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice but there is a lot of slush and water on top of it. Anglers are advised to not take vehicles out on the ice from this point on. The bluegill bite has picked up. The fish were suspended 3 to 4 feet down in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleye were also caught in 10 to 12 feet.

Lake St. Helen: Is still producing some crappie especially after dark. Pike are still hitting on tip-ups and the bite should continue until the season closes on the 15th. Bluegills were starting to become more active.

Tawas: Is producing a few perch in 15 to 20 feet. Many are small but some keepers were taken. A couple walleye were caught in waters 18 to 22 feet deep. Those spearing did take a couple pike.

Au Gres: Walleye were caught north of the breakwall in waters 5 to 18 feet deep.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Had a few small slush pockets on the ice. Catch rates were slow but a few splake and coho were caught out from the Falls River. Some caught the occasional lake trout. Smelt fishing has been hit-or-miss.

Marquette: In general, fishing was slow. Anglers were fishing the “bubblers” at the Upper Harbor but there have been several close calls because of ice conditions. Anglers need to use extreme caution! Coho, a few chinook just over 8 pounds and brown trout up to 6 pounds were caught. Successful days vary with some doing well in the early morning while others did better mid-day. Catch rates were 0 to 4 fish. Baits of choice were heavier pink or white jigs tipped with twister tails, gulp and cut bait but some also did well with Swedish pimples. The “bubbler” further out seemed to be more productive. A few lake herring were caught on jigs. Those fishing the Lower Harbor and out from South Beach were trying for coho and whitefish but few were caught. A couple small splake were reported. A few anglers were targeting steelhead below the 41-Bridge by the Carp River but catch rates were poor. Most of the rivers in this area were still frozen.

Au Train Bay: Had no activity at the Brownstone Launch or the mouth of the Au Train River.

Menominee River: The walleye bite was slow but should pick up with the warmer temperatures.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported the best catches of the season down by the Ford River and some reported limit catches when using tip-ups with sucker minnows or jigging rapalas in 15 to 22 feet. Most of the fish sampled were large females over 23 inches. While anglers were driving snowmobiles and 4-wheelers about ½ mile out, extreme caution needs to be used when traveling near the mouth of the Ford River as this area could become DANGEROUS with the warmer weather. Other areas like the Center Reef had fair catches when using tip-ups with suckers in 13 to 24 feet. Similar results on the Kipling Flats, the “Narrows” and out from the Terrace Bay Inn when using tip-ups or jigging rapalas in 25 to 35 feet. Perch anglers reported fair catches throughout the Bay when using wigglers or minnows in 10 to 26 feet. Some whitefish were caught on minnows in 25 to 45 feet in Gladstone Bay. Be careful and watch for changes in the ice as temperatures start to rise.

Munising: Improving weather had more anglers out but catch rates were still slow. Ice was solid but snow on top of the ice will turn to slush and anglers may encounter deep slush pockets especially around the shoreline. Most anglers are fishing in 30 to 70 feet. Many splake were sub-legal but a few keepers were taken on eggs or minnows. The whitefish and coho action continues to be slow. Those targeting burbot have done well in the evening. Catch rates were spotty in Trout Bay with only a few coho, lake trout, herring and burbot taken.

St. Mary’s River: Fishing remains slow in Munuscong Bay. Anglers may want to target waters along the northwest end of the bay near Grassy Island for perch and walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing off Hessel were targeting perch in 18 to 24 feet in Wilderness Bay. Musky Bay was full of undersized pike.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Was producing the occasional walleye in Brest Bay. Those heading out from the marina need to use caution because of soft ice. At the Metro Park, anglers caught a lot of small perch.

Huron River: Is starting to open up. Anglers have caught a couple steelhead.

Detroit River: Did not have much flow ice yet. Catch rates for perch in Airport Bay were hit-or-miss. The canals around Gibraltar were producing a few perch.

Lake St. Clair: Ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating. Locations where there is a current such as near the mouth of tributaries and around the points have already opened up. Ice along the shorelines is thawing and becoming soft. Perch fishing has been brutally slow as it seems the last ice feeding frenzy has not yet materialized. Anglers will need to use extreme caution in the days ahead as ice conditions can change rapidly with the warm temperatures.

Clinton River: Steelhead anglers were out but no fish were caught. The upper river near Yates Dam was still frozen over and the area with open water still had shelf ice. The water is dirty because of melting snow and runoff.

St. Clair River: Has a lot of flow ice coming down and there are ice jams in the lower channels. Conditions are constantly changing depending on wind direction and temperatures. Steelhead and coho are being caught by anglers casting from shore when conditions allow. Flow ice can shift rapidly so anglers may find it necessary to search for open water from day to day.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was spotty in 7 to 20 feet off Palmer Road. Most anglers were targeting 10 feet and when they found a school of fish, some big ones were caught. Evenings were best for walleye off Erickson Road and some perch were also caught. Walleye were caught in 15 feet off Linwood, 6 to 15 feet off the Bay City Recreation Area and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park. Those heading out from Finn Road and Callahan Road are fishing in 7 to 10 feet around the island. Fishing slowed off Quanicassee and Thomas Road. A few small perch were caught in the Slot from Sebewaing to Bay Port and at Geiger Road.

Tittabawassee River: Had little activity. The ice is bad so anglers are not able to get to their fishing spots.

Saginaw River: Ice conditions will deteriorate quickly with temperatures in the 50’s. Wickes Park and the Zilwaukee Bridge were slow with only a few keepers caught. Catch rates were picking up along M-13 near Veterans Park and the Independence Bridge when fishing on the Essexville side of the channel. Catch rates were slow at the mouth.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice movement on the rivers and streams may cause ice jams. Those fishing the rivers will need to pay close attention to flow ice and rising water levels.

Gun Lake: Gave up a few perch. For walleye, try 10 to 20 feet east of Murphy’s Point.

Gull Lake: Anglers are taking some smelt. Pike were still hitting on tip-ups and the bite should be good until the season closes on March 15th.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Boat and shore anglers will need to watch for flow ice coming over the dam. Steelhead are responding to the warmer weather and are hitting on jigs with wax worms or bright colored spawn bags.

Grand River at Lansing: Anglers have caught an occasional walleye near the dams. Try a chartreuse jig with a minnow.

Morrison Lake: Is producing some crappie and bluegills. The better fishing was very early morning or at night.

Muskegon River: The steelhead bite was still slow because of the cold water but as the weather heats up so does the fishing. Anglers were using stoneflies and midges just off the shoreline.

Osborn’s Sport Shop Reports have sure seen some BIG perch this year, but this one takes the cake!! It was caught last weekend and is 16″+ on Portage Lake. It weighed over 2#. Wowsa!! You can’t catch these from the couch.

16"+ on Portage Lake

16″+ on Portage Lake

Seems Manistee Lake and Portage Lake finally are having a perch bite the last couple days as perch moved in and minnow are working best.

PM Lake also reporting perch have moved in.

Pentwater the perch fishing is slow but steelhead moved into the Pentwater River mouth going into Pentwater Lake as there was 30 guys fishing there today.

Hesperia reports some fishing showing up there.

Bladwin reports fish and fisherman are showing in the rivers.

Crystal Lake the smelt are biting but no perch bite at all.

Here is a really nice Walleye @ 31″ and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene from Grand Blanc on 3/8/15

nice Walleye @ 31" and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene

nice Walleye @ 31″ and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene

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