UP Opener on May 15

Dan from Jack's Sport Shop with a laker from Torch Lake

Dan from Jack’s Sport Shop with a laker from Torch Lake

Dan from Jack’s Sport Shop with a nice laker from Torch Lake.

Walleye, pike and muskellunge season for the Upper Peninsula inland waters, Great Lakes and the St. Mary’s River will open on Friday May 15th. Cooler temperatures may slow catch rates.

The cold nasty weather has put the great bite we had last week to a standstill the last few days.

Pappy’s at Wellston reports great fishing below Tippy Dam with fresh steelhead, some browns and a occasional walleye and no fisherman . Also some are seeing sturgeon below the dam also.

Elk River the steelhead fishing has been fair.

Crappie still biting in Houghton Lake, Wixom Lake and Sanford Lake.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The ice in Little Traverse Bay is finally gone. The dock was not in yet at the boat launch.

Petoskey: Anglers continue to pick up steelhead when using spawn bags in the early morning. Those surfcasting with spawn have also caught fish. Reports say the lake trout are as shallow as 10 to 15 feet in front of the marina and out deeper in 100 to 120 feet. Look for pike and smallmouth bass around the breakwall.

Bear River: Steelhead fishing picked up at the end of last week and continued to be good as rain does seem to bring more fish in. Water levels were fairly high. A good number of big fish have been caught on spawn bags, flies and rubber eggs. A few suckers are still in the river.

Charlevoix: Angler pressure is still low with only a few people trying the channel during daylight hours. A couple boats out for lake trout have picked up a few fish. More anglers are going out after dark and targeting walleye in the channel. Walleye fishing is still slow, but anglers have been picking up a few lake trout on crank baits and soft plastics after dark.

Elk River: Fishing has improved but is still relatively slow. Steelhead and the occasional Atlantic salmon or brown trout have been caught on spawn bags below the power dam.

Traverse City: Those fishing the East Bay caught cisco when jigging in 80 to 90 feet. Lake trout were also caught by those jigging out deeper in 150 feet or when trolling in shallow waters 10 to 40 feet along the first drop. Smallmouth bass have been caught near the mouth of the creeks where the water is warmer. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught by those trolling long lines in 8 to 35 feet but those jigging were much deeper. A couple small ciscos were caught by those jigging near the brush grounds in 40 to 60 feet.

Boardman River: A variety of species can be found below the Union Street Dam including steelhead, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, carp, and suckers. Anglers are reminded that it is catch and immediate release on bass until May 23rd. Most anglers are targeting steelhead with spawn bags. Lake trout are being caught at the mouth. Mayflies have started to hatch along the river.

Frankfort: Boats trolling in between the piers caught some brown trout and a couple drop back steelhead. Small jointed body baits were the ticket and the hot color was black with gold or silver.

Onekama: Pier anglers caught brown trout when casting small spoons and body baits.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers have picked up a few large and smallmouth but water temperatures were still on the cool side. Perch anglers say the number and the size is down this year. A few were caught near the mouth of the canal.

Lake Cadillac: Is producing some bluegills, crappie and bullhead. Bass anglers are practicing catch and immediate release.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing panfish and bass.

Manistee: Anglers are catching a few brown trout, lake trout, and chinook salmon when trolling orange spoons along the shoreline. Pier fishing is slow for perch and brown trout.

Manistee River: Steelhead are still being caught but in lower numbers. Anglers are getting brown trout and a couple walleye.

Ludington: Boat anglers reported hit-or-miss for chinook, brown trout and lake trout. Most are trolling orange spoons or body baits. Pier fishing is slow.

Pere Marquette River: Some fly hatches are just getting started. Anglers are still catching brown trout and the occasional steelhead.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Walleye fishermen had success shortly after the opener and reported good success for about a week but catch rates have slowed on most of the inland lakes. Suckers are still in the rivers but the numbers are dropping.

Rogers City: Water temperatures reached 40 degrees near shore but were colder out deep. A few more lake trout were caught between Calcite Harbor and Adams Point in 40 to 60 feet however those trolling higher in the water column in waters as shallow as 20 feet also caught fish. Run lures within 10 feet of the bottom for lake trout and higher for Atlantic salmon and lake trout that are suspended. Use cowbells or dodgers with spin-glows. Hot colors were orange and silver, blue and silver, green or fire-tiger. Pier anglers casting small spoons or body baits caught a couple walleye. The midge hatch is not too bad right now but once they start look for Atlantic salmon.

Alpena: Anglers are heading out for lake trout, chinook, Atlantic salmon, steelhead and walleye. Most are trolling spoons and body baits close to the harbor, behind the cement plant or towards Thunder Bay Island and North Point for lake trout and Atlantic salmon. Use bright colors in the stained water and basic green, blue, silver and orange in clean water. The lake trout are both close to the bottom and suspended. Walleye haven’t moved into the area but anglers willing to take a long boat ride may be able to pick up a couple towards South Point and Scarecrow Island when trolling body baits. The breakwall in the channel or by the Yacht Club has been descent for walleye in the late evening. Try large body baits that look like smelt.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers are catching the occasional steelhead up at the dam when drifting spawn bags or artificial fly patterns that imitate fish eggs. Walleye fishing in the river is very slow right now. For those interested in the early catch and immediate release bass season, the smallmouth action has been great in the river and the marina. Try casting tube baits or body baits.

Harrisville: Dredging has begun in the harbor. Work will be concentrated on the south side of the harbor around the city docks and channel leading to them. The pumping hardware is well marked with floating drums and buoys marking the channel. Fishing in and around the harbor is picking up for walleye, lake trout, steelhead and a few Atlantic salmon. A good number of walleye seem to be in and around the harbor where anglers are trolling or casting small spoons and body baits. Lake trout were caught in 40 to 60 feet with spoons off downriggers, planer boards and lead core. Atlantic salmon were caught on small spoons in the harbor.

Oscoda: Pier fishing picked up with a good number of walleye entering the river. Try floating crawlers or casting body baits and twister tails. A couple lake trout were caught off the pier however they will be moving out to deeper water.

Au Sable River: Steelhead are still making their way up to Foote Dam. Anglers are still seeing fish on the beds. Try spawn, wax worms, spinners or small spoons.

Tawas: Those trolling caught walleye, lake trout, steelhead or brown trout out past Buoy #2. Most are using spoons or crank baits. A few boats were working the waters around Buoys 4 and 6 near the reef. Pier anglers caught a few walleye and the rare Atlantic salmon. Those casting artificial baits caught and released bass.

Tawas River: Did not have much to report.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing was slow. Those heading north and fishing deeper in 30 to 50 feet off Point Lookout were getting a few with crank baits and bottom bouncers but most were heading south and fishing Buoys 1 and 2 in the shipping channel or to the Saganing Bar off the Pine River and fishing in 8 to 10 feet.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The bite did pick up over the last week and those trolling did ok between the Baraga Marina and the L’Anse Marina when trolling 15 to 40 feet down in 20 to 60 feet. They caught chinook, coho, steelhead and the occasional splake.

Lake Antoine: Was producing some decent size perch. Bass anglers were starting to target largemouth around the weed beds.

Menominee River: Was producing steelhead and a good number of crappie.

Little Bay De Noc: Fishing was slow except for the smallmouth bass anglers. Perch anglers had mixed results with most reporting few fish being caught. They are fishing the head of the bay from the Day’s River south to the Third Reef. The better catches were in 24 to 35 feet with minnows or crawlers. Bass fishing was good at both ends of the bay including 4 to 10 feet off Garth Point when casting crank baits or plastics and near the Ford River for boat and shore anglers casting crank baits, spinners or plastics in 3 to 12 feet. The catch and keep bass season opens on Saturday May 23rd. The walleye opener is May 15th and both look to be good. Good areas to fish are usually the mouth of the Whitefish River, the Center and Third Reefs, the “Narrows”, the mouth of the Escanaba River and between the Ford River and Breezy Point. Trout fishing on the Escanaba River has been slow up near Boney Falls.

Big Bay De Noc: The perch catches in Garden Bay have tapered off. The perch do stay in the area and those willing to spend the time to find them will be rewarded. Those smallmouth bass fishing in Ogontz Bay caught good numbers of fish. Up near the Fish Dam River should also be good for smallmouth.

Marquette: Salmon anglers reported mixed results with a few taking one or two coho and chinook. Best areas have been outside the Lower Harbor and trolling to the Carp River in about 60 feet. Slightly better catch rates were reported towards the Sand River and Shot Point where anglers caught chinook and lake trout in 60 to 80 feet and in the Upper Harbor north of the white rocks, towards Little Presque Isle and east of Marquette in 150 feet. Shore fishing was slow with a few fish caught on crawlers near the mouth of the Carp River. Shore fishing has been somewhat restricted due to road construction on the Carp River Bridge.

Munising: The ice is finally gone! Catch rates for coho were fair for those trolling in 20 to 60 feet in Trout Bay and near Sand Point. Those using fresh spawn off the Anna River dock caught a variety of fish. Catch rates were poor for splake and whitefish. A few smelt have shown up in area rivers but catch rates were very low.

Grand Marais: No longer has ice. Anglers are trolling around West Bay or still-fishing off the pier. Catch rates for steelhead were low but whitefish have shown up and catch rates were excellent for those using a single egg or worm. Others are trolling in 15 to 40 feet near the mouth of the Sucker River with small spoons and rapalas. Limits of coho and whitefish were taken off the pier. The whitefish range 11 to 20 inches and the coho were 15 to 19 inches.

Two Hearted River: Steelhead fishing has been slow.

Detour: All the docks and buoys are in the water now. A couple Atlantic salmon and one lake trout were caught using sliders with blue and silver fly type baits in 45 feet.

Drummond Island: The spring run for yellow perch is just about done however anglers are still catching the occasional 7 to 9 inch fish in 3 to 5 feet off Sportsmen’s Club Point when using spreaders with a piece of worm or minnows. A couple pike measuring 28 to 30 inches were caught in Maxton Bay however pike season does not open until Friday May 15th. As water temperatures warm up bullhead and pumpkinseed will begin moving into the shallows to spawn.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing remains good in the Hessel Marina off the pier and the finger docks. Splake fishing remains excellent when trolling stick baits and spoons or casting off the pier.

Carp River: Anglers are targeting steelhead at the mouth and upstream to the bridge and the McDonald Rapids. They are using spawn bags, green and pink yarn, or casting with lures.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Is producing some walleye and white bass.

Lenawee County: A majority of anglers on Lake Hudson are targeting crappie and musky however success was limited. Perch and a few catfish were caught along the peninsula and campground. Live bait is the ticket. On Devils Lake, those targeting panfish have done well with minnows and wax worms along the weed beds in 4 to 10 feet. Anglers did well trolling and casting for pike and bass.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers reported that the morning bite was slowing down around 10 AM. Most of the better catches this past week came from waters in the northern half on the Canadian side. Catch rates were variable though some reported limit catches. Those fishing the waters in the southern half had more difficulty getting their bait to the bottom because of all the white bass. Most are still walleye fishing near the casino, the salt mines and “Cow Pasture” on the Canadian side, the Ambassador Bridge and up near Lake St. Clair. Some catches were reported on the Michigan side around Grosse Ile, Belle Isle and near Great Lakes Steel. Average size was 2 or 3 pounds. Good white bass fishing from the River Rouge down through the Trenton Channel. Smallmouth bass, musky, pike, suckers and freshwater drum were also caught. Water temperatures were 55 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Clear water has dominated the lake, especially in the Anchor Bay area. Bass fishing has been good off the Mile Roads and the west side of Anchor Bay. DNR trap nets near the Salt River have been catching good numbers of legal-sized northern pike. A few walleye have been caught between Huron Point and the 400 Club. Water temperatures in Anchor Bay have been in the low to mid 50’s.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been good near Marine City and Algonac. Schools of walleye are moving through the area and best fishing locations can change quickly. Jigging and whipping have been producing good catches. Water temperatures have been in the mid-40’s and extremely clear.

Lexington: Has steelhead in the harbor. Boat anglers working 40 to 100 feet have caught steelhead and chinook salmon on spoons in the top 20 feet. Lake trout are at the bottom and hitting on dodgers and spin-glows.

Port Sanilac: Steelhead have moved into the harbor.

Harbor Beach: Salmon and steelhead were caught in 70 to 100 feet north of the harbor when using spoons off downriggers and also on 2,3, 5, and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Hot colors were orange and black, white and black, blue and silver or green. Lake trout were north or straight out in 70 to 120 feet. Try dodgers with spin-glows or clean spoons. Steelhead are in the harbor.

Saginaw Bay: Weather has been the limiting factor. Walleye anglers are fishing crawler harnesses off Linwood in 18 to 22 feet, Gambil’s in 12 to 14 feet and around Spoils Island in 17 feet. Walleye fishing was fair between Quanicassee and Caseville. Fish were caught on crawler harnesses and body baits at Bay Port and Wildfowl Bay. Those fishing the Slot did well in 14 to 18 feet with crawler harnesses and crank baits. Good colors were purple, brass or pink. Channel catfish and white bass have also been caught. At Sebewaing, catfish were hitting on crawlers in the channel. At Port Austin, a few walleye were caught by pier anglers at night. The minnows were in and so were the steelhead and coho.

Tittabawassee River: The walleye run is winding down. A few are still being caught by those trolling near the Center Launch Train Bridge and Imerman Park. They are starting to catch white bass near the Train Bridge and Green Point Nature Center when casting or trolling artificial lures near shore. Gold was a good color. Those fishing down from the Dow Dam caught white bass or smallmouth bass.

Saginaw River: Walleye fishing slowed as the river was muddy.

Mott Lake: In Genesee County had high angler pressure for crappie but catch rates have slowed. They are using crawlers and minnows. A couple sub-legal walleye were caught on artificial baits. Catch and release fishing for large and smallmouth bass has been good.

Flint River: Activity has been slow on the river and its tributaries. Walleye fishing is down as most of the fish caught were undersize.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing has slowed. Pier anglers are catching a few freshwater drum and catfish when using crawlers on the bottom. Boat anglers are catching a few trout and salmon but the fish are scattered in 40 to 180 feet.

St. Joseph River: Is producing crappie and the occasional walleye.

South Haven: Pier fishing was slow for all species. Boat anglers are still catching lake trout in waters 60 feet and deeper.

Grand Haven: Fishing has slowed. The water is cold and fishing pressure has been slow because of the weather. Pier anglers are casting spawn for steelhead and brown trout. Some are throwing cast nets for alewife to use as bait however few were caught. Boat anglers were trolling in 25 to 75 feet of water with short coppers and lead core with small spoons in orange or gold. Perch fishing has slowed as the fish are beginning to spawn. Try the 60 foot holes with spikes, wigglers and minnows.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The steelhead run has slowed however the fish run off and on during the spring depending on water temperatures. Smallmouth bass and suckers are dominating the daily catch. More catfish are being caught as well. No reports of any walleye caught at the 6th Street Dam.

Lake Lansing: Is producing some crappie.

Jackson County: Many anglers are catch and release bass fishing. Panfish activity picks up with the warmer weather and some anglers were getting near limit catches.

Clinton County: Lake Ovid is producing some crappie. A few catfish are being caught in the Maple River.

Muskegon: Very few anglers have been fishing the piers. Boat anglers reported slow catch rates as the water is too cold. Most are trolling between the piers with small spoons. No perch to report.

Muskegon River: The steelhead run is starting to come to a close but the brown trout fishing has picked up. Small walleye have been caught right along with a fair to good number of

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015

The Farmers, Gardeners and Mushroom Hunters have been praying for rain. Their prayers have been answered. The trees are budding. Everything green is growing. This also includes morel mushrooms. Hunters are finding good numbers of blacks. A few grays have been reported mixed in. Soon the yellows will pop as the weather warms. It was a slow start but now the hunt is on.

Bullheads are moving into the shallows at night. Lots of them.There’s no size or possession limit on bullheads. They’re easy to catch and are really fun. No fancy equipment, no boat or electronics. Just cast a crawlers and let it lay on the bottom. Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell have all three species, Black, Brown and yellow bellies. If you ever want to catch a Master Angler now is the time. It only takes 14″ to qualify. No more weighing or hassel. Catch 10 and the odds are one will be over 14 inches. Bring them to the Pilgrim Village and we’ll do the paper work and send it in for you.

Panfishermen have been catching crappies on a regular basis. Favorite spots like the Causeway on Lake Cadillac have been disappointing. One day they catch a few. The next 3 or 4 nothing happens. We have heard of several pike caught there. They must be scaring the crappie away. Hint. Hint. Pike are one of our favorites. Most we’ve seen are in the 24 to 28 inch range. The pike are still in the shallow water.

Bluegill catches are just starting, no evidence of spawning. Those caught have been in the shallows during the warmest part of the day–late afternoon.

There’s no shortage of Big Bass. Catch and Immediate realese Season is underway. This is the perfect time to sharpen your skills before Tournament Season begins. It will never be easier then now.

Mark your calendar, The 4th Annual Catchin Crappies to Cure Cancer Crappie Tournament is Saturday May 23, 2015. We ‘re catching them now–nail down your spot.

TURKEY HUNTERS: There are lots of turkey left in our area. The 234 Hunt opens May 4th thru the 31st. Licenses are available.

BEAR HUNTERS: Apply now. Applications for your bear license or point started May 1st through June 1st.

ELK HUNTERS: same as the bear, May 1st-June 1, 2015.

Bluegills Are Biting

Bluegill Fishing

Bluegill Fishing

Having lots of reports this week of bluegill are in the shallows and fisherman are getting limit catches. Around Traverse Lake Dubonnet, Spider Lake, Arbutus Lake, Green Lake have been good, Harrison area has been good for gills and crappie also.

Bluegill Tips

Bluegill Tips

Bluegill Tips

In the springtime, a bluegill is not particularly fussy about what it will attack and consume. Among the best baits for bluegill are night crawlers and earthworms, as well as leeches and red worms. Wax worms will also entice a bluegill to bite, as will crickets, corn and even bits of bacon. Artificial lures should have small hooks due to the smallish size of a bluegill’s mouth. Smaller spinning baits, artificial flies, tiny crank baits, poppers and jigs will all work when the bluegills are spawning. For the ultimate bluegill experience, use the lightest possible tackle, such as an ultralight spinning rod rigged with 2 to 4 lb. monofilament line. Keep hooks small to accommodate the bluegill’s mouth.

Bluegill Tactics
To catch bluegill one right after the other, hook your live bait, such as wax worms or night crawlers, on the hook underneath a small-sized bobber. Cast out and wait for the bobber to indicate a bite before setting the hook. A bluegill gives as good a fight as any freshwater fish, and it is imperative that you steer it clear of any structure in the water, such as branches or stumps, or you risk the line becoming tangled. Artificial lures such as jigs can be tipped with a small chunk of a worm or with wax worms to get the bluegills to bite.

Most small lakes in Northern Michigan have been producing with the warm weather.

In the East Bay, lake trout have been caught along the first drop-off in 15 to 35 feet or out deeper in 90 to 120 feet. Those jigging caught cisco. Some have started to target smallmouth bass in the shallows. Try locating baitfish and areas of warmer water and you should do well. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught by those trolling in waters as shallow as 10 feet and by those jigging out deeper in 185 feet. Pier anglers caught the occasional fish on minnows or spawn bags.

Boardman River: Steelhead fishing has been very slow due to dry weather and a low number of fish. There are plenty of suckers in the river as well as the occasional walleye or smallmouth bass.

Houghton Lake the crappie and gill fishing is great, with Reedsburg and Burkus creek reporting bluegills.

Wixom and Sanford Lake have a great crappie run with fatheads working best.

Portage Lake has perch bite but lots of small ones. Manistee seems to have bigger perch

Fishing continues to pick up as the weather improves. Inland lakes are starting to produce more bluegill, crappie, perch, walleye, pike and bass. Walleye and pike season on the Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary waters opened on May 2nd.

Tittabawassee River: Is still producing some walleye including a few limit catches even as the action slows. Most of the fish caught were males. Anglers did well upstream of the Center Road launch, the Railroad Bridge, Coty’s Landing and Imerman Park when using body baits or jigs and crawlers with light line.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Trout streams were low and clear which makes it easier to wade but the fish are not as eager to bite. Inland lakes are producing crappie, bluegill, walleye, pike and bass.

Petoskey: The boat launch area in the marina still had ice and the docks are not in. Windy conditions blew the ice to the east end of the bay which opened up the breakwall and the clock dock. Pier anglers continue to pick up a few fish. They caught steelhead, brown trout or lake trout on spawn bags.

Bear River: Steelhead fishing is still slow as water levels are low. The few caught were taken on spawn bags. A couple brown trout were hooked up near the dam. The river is full of suckers.

Charlevoix: Fishing was slow. Boat anglers heading out for perch had no luck but a few lake trout were caught in shallow waters south of the port.

Elk River: Still has some steelhead below the dam along with plenty of suckers and a few smallmouth bass. Those using spawn bags had limited success for steelhead.

Frankfort: Those trolling the harbor and the outside walls caught brown trout on spoons and small body baits. Black, gold and orange were good colors. Steelhead are still in the area and chrome fish have been caught.

Onekama: Anglers casting spoons off the north pier caught brown trout and the occasional lake trout. Walleye were reported around the rocks.

Portage Lake: The perch are biting though anglers are sorting through the small ones to find keepers. The fish are hitting on minnows and wigglers in the early morning. The perch bite will only last 4 or 5 days so anglers need to get out there. Walleye anglers trolling crawler harnesses have also caught a few perch.

Lake Cadillac: Anglers are starting to catch panfish and the occasional walleye. Catch and release bass fishing should be good soon.

Lake Mitchell: Those fishing in Big Cove were catching crappie.

Manistee: Boats trolling the shoreline with orange body baits and spoons are catching brown trout and lake trout. Pier anglers caught a few perch on wigglers. Those casting spoons or floating minnows caught the occasional brown trout.

Ludington: Brown trout and lake trout have been caught by boat anglers trolling the shoreline. Orange spoons and body baits were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Lake trout along with the occasional brown trout have been caught in 30 to 40 feet. Anglers ventured a good distance north and south of the piers. Green flies and blue or watermelon spoons worked best.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ocqueoc River: Anglers reported empty beds as it seems the last rain must have brought some fish in, they spawned and left. The few being caught are stragglers. Try drifting spawn bags or flies and jigs in the holes.

Rogers City: Water temperatures are still very cold. Those out trolling are targeting lake trout south towards Calcite Harbor, Swan Bay and Adams Point. Try shallow waters out to about 60 feet and fish just off the bottom when using cowbells with spin glows or dodgers. Try spoons or body baits up high for Atlantic salmon.

Alpena: Boat anglers are trolling spoons and body baits for Atlantic salmon, lake trout and walleye near the mouth of the river, the cement plant and around the island. Pier anglers casting at night have caught the occasional walleye, lake trout or Atlantic salmon.

Thunder Bay River: Is still being overrun with suckers. A few more steelhead entered the river but the numbers are way down and most likely due to little or no run off this spring. Most are drifting artificial flies or egg patterns up at the 9th Street Dam.

Harrisville: Lake trout are being caught near the harbor. Those trolling for walleye with planer boards and body baits or spoons are picking up lake trout. Walleye are in the area but seem to have lockjaw which might be because the surface water temperature is only 48 degrees.

Oscoda: Pier fishing has started to bring in a mix of steelhead, lake trout, walleye and suckers. Anglers are using body baits, spoons, jigs and worms. Walleye are starting to come in, in good numbers and fish are being caught at all times of the day and night.

Au Sable River: Look for steelhead to be up on the beds. Over the last week fish have started to move up river and look very fresh.

Houghton Lake: Fishing continues to be slow most likely because of temperatures dropping at night. A couple bluegill and crappie were caught but the fish appear to have lockjaw for now.

Tawas: Those trolling have caught Atlantic salmon, brown trout and walleye when using husky jerks and rapalas in 20 to 40 feet. Pier anglers reported no minnows so no perch. A few walleye and Atlantic salmon were caught in the evening.

Tawas River: Was slow with only the occasional walleye, sucker or catch and release smallmouth bass reported.

Au Gres: Had lots of boating activity. Some caught walleye in 15 to 40 feet off Pinconning or Palmer Road when trolling husky jerks, bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses.

Au Gres River: Those fishing near the Singing Bridge were casting for the steelhead and walleye.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The bite has been slow but those trolling at the South Portage Entry caught some nice lake trout on spoons in a variety of colors in 120 to 150 feet. Those jigging caught lake trout in 130 to 150 feet between Farmers Reef and the Mud Banks. In Traverse Bay, lake trout were caught by those trolling in 120 to 160 feet and those jigging in 140 to 180 feet near Big Louie’s Point. Steelhead were caught in the Falls River in L’Anse.

Menominee River: Walleye are being caught in the Turn Basin by those using jig heads and live bait. Those trolling at the mouth and beyond are getting some walleye and brown trout.

Marquette: Catch rates picked up slightly with a few more coho caught by boat and shore anglers. Most are targeting salmon and steelhead and some caught one or two lake trout. Boat anglers trolling in 40 to 60 feet outside the Lower Harbor and up to the Carp River caught salmon and the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Carp River had little success when using crawlers or spawn. Surface temperatures are still in the 30’s but were upper 30’s to 40 degrees near the mouth of the Carp River and the Chocolay River.

Au Train Lake: The dock at the public launch was not in yet.

Munising: Depending on wind direction, ice still remains and is being pushed around in some areas. Boat anglers were targeting coho in 15 to 30 feet near the mouth of the Anna River when the ice was absent. Most were using worms. Those still-fishing or jigging from small boats caught coho on spawn and worms. Only a few splake and whitefish were caught and steelhead fishing was minimal. Smelt were in some of the rivers but catch rates were low. Rain by the weekend could help.

Grand Marais: Still has some ice moving around in the bay and is very unpredictable. Anglers need to pay close attention to wind direction. The pier is not safe due to mounds of ice still covering it so anglers are fishing off the wall near the parking lots. Mounds of ice about 5 feet high remain near the mouth of the Sucker River. Catch rates exploded over the last week for boat anglers trolling in 15 to 40 feet near the mouth of the Sucker River. Small spoons and rapalas were the ticket. Limit catches were reported with fish ranging 15 to 23 inches. Coho were caught in the Sucker River.

Detour: The ice is off the St. Mary’s River at Detour Village. All the access sites are open and clear of ice however the docks may not be in yet. As the smelt run begins Atlantic salmon should be available so target the rocky points and feeder creeks. A chrome colored crank bait with a blue back should work well for Atlantic salmon.

Drummond Island: The yellow perch run has started in Maxton Bay. Anglers were catching fish 7 to 9.5 inches with the occasional 11 or 12 inch fish. They were drifting minnows with red beaded spreaders in 6 to 8 feet off the Sportsman’s Club.

Cedarville and Hessel: Splake season is open and anglers were doing well off the marina pier at Hessel when using minnows or smelt. Harvest from boats is a bit slower than the pier, with anglers fishing Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay. A few perch were caught inside the marina.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye anglers are trolling crawler harnesses in Brest Bay. Boat anglers trolling or jigging in Ohio waters reported fair to good catches. Perch anglers are targeting the Dumping Grounds and Brest Bay. Bass anglers are fishing the shallows and the weed beds.

Lenawee County: Lake Hudson is producing a few perch and crappie. A couple musky were caught and released. Devils Lake was producing pike and bass along the drop-offs. A few limit catches of crappie were reported. Surface water temperatures were between 59 and 62 degrees.

Detroit River: While catch rates were variable, limit catches were reported. Most are targeting walleye but activity has also increased for white bass. Good catches still remain near Great Lakes Steel, the salt mines and the “Cow Pasture” on the Canadian side, near the Ambassador Bridge and up near Lake St. Clair. Average size continues to fall below 3 pounds but a few were up around 6 pounds. Anglers had some luck at most access sites. Several white bass were caught between Trenton and Wyandotte. Some caught the occasional smallmouth bass, musky, northern pike and suckers. Water temperatures were near 50 degrees.

Lake St. Clair: Had some good bass fishing reports coming from the Mile Roads. Anglers caught good numbers of crappie and sunfish in the canals and marinas. Rock bass are hitting in the Clinton River. Water temperatures in Anchor Bay ranged 52 to 55 degrees.

St. Clair River: Water temperatures were in the mid-40’s. Walleye fishing is picking up in the Algonac area and should improve further north as water temperatures rise. A couple steelhead and brown trout were caught.

Lexington: Those trolling caught a mix of steelhead and coho in waters between 8 and 50 feet deep. Pier anglers caught fish when casting small Cleo’s with minnows.

Port Sanilac: Those trolling for coho north of the port in 12 feet were getting the occasional walleye or lake trout. Most are using planer boards and rapalas.

Harbor Beach: Boat anglers caught steelhead and Atlantic salmon in various depths. There were rumors of chinook salmon caught as well but no word on size.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught off Linwood in16 to 18 feet, Gambils in 17 feet, the Spark Plug in 17 to 20 feet, Spoils Island in 17 feet and off Jones Road in 6 feet. Some are still jigging while others are switching to crawler harnesses. When the winds allowed, walleye fishing was very good off Quanicassee with limit catches reported in 7 to 9 feet in the morning or in 12 feet on the Coryeon Reef and 15 feet in the Slot. Sebewaing had no boat activity but shore anglers at both Caseville and Sebewaing caught the occasional walleye, catfish, freshwater drum or smallmouth bass. At Port Austin, catch rates were slow for those trolling. Pier anglers caught a few Atlantic and one coho when casting Cleo’s. Smallmouth bass were caught and released. At Grindstone City, a few lake trout were caught on cut bait in 50 feet.

Tittabawassee River: Is still producing some walleye including a few limit catches even as the action slows. Most of the fish caught were males. Anglers did well upstream of the Center Road launch, the Railroad Bridge, Coty’s Landing and Imerman Park when using body baits or jigs and crawlers with light line.

Mott Lake: In Genesee County has boat anglers trolling for walleye but catch rates were slow. For crappie, anglers are bobber fishing in the shallows. Shore anglers are using minnows.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fish are still being caught in 20 to 40 feet but in fewer numbers. Pier fishing has slowed with only a couple brown trout and coho caught by those fishing spawn on the bottom.

St. Joseph River: Walleye fishing was slow. Anglers are still getting the occasional steelhead and some suckers.

South Haven: Boat anglers have done well for lake trout when using spin-glows in 60 feet. Pier fishing has slowed.

Black River: Walleye fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Pier angling slowed for steelhead and brown trout. Anglers are using spawn or casting spoons. Perch fishing is getting better, but not every boat is getting limit catches. They are fishing all 3 holes south of the pier and not one seems to be out fishing the other. Use minnows, wigglers or spikes and look for all the boats. Anglers caught chinook, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead when trolling between the shoreline and 100 feet of water when using short coppers and lead core with jointed body baits and small lures in spring colors.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead continue to be caught but in fewer numbers. Most are drifting spawn below the 6th Street Dam. Catch rates for walleye and catfish were still slow but lots of suckers and more smallmouth bass have been caught.

Muskegon: Pier and shore fishing slowed. Spawn is still the bait of choice. Those trolling caught salmon and trout along the shoreline and in between the north and south piers with short lead core and coppers with spoons in blue veggie, UV, orange or gold. No perch to report.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce some chrome colored steelhead. Try spawn, artificial eggs or a piece of crawler.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught northern pike and walleye in the early morning hours. The occasional brown trout was caught on minnows. Water temperatures are still cold so anglers should still find fair catches in the shallows.

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Perch are in Portage Lake

Portage Lake Perch

Portage Lake Perch

The perch moved into Portage Lake from Lake Michigan Saturday with guys catching perch the last two day finally Call Osborn’s Sport at 231-889-3775

also perch at Manistee Pier and in the mouth of the river call Don’s @ 231-723-5028

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015

The lakes are warming. The birds are cherping and the mushrooms are popping. It’s truly Spring and everything is happening outdoors.

The bite has picked up since the opener. If you’re a panfisherman the West side of Lake Mitchell is the place to start. Bluegill and Crapppies have been staging in the Big and Small Coves. Neither appear to be spawning yet but are enjoying the warmer water and fresh growth of weeds. The Pike and Bass prowl the same weed cover feeding on them.

The Boat Launches on Lake Cadillac are filling. The words out on the crappie catches. No boat is necessary at the City Dock and the fishing has been good. Stingers of crappie are normal, but lately several Northerns have been caught. Small crappie rigs account for accidental catches of up to 30 inch pike. Only a few actually target them.

On both lakes the walleye are out deeper until dark. It’s too early for any hot spots or which lake is better. Same for baits, both live and artificials are working. Those casting artificials do best with a slow retrieve. Minnow type lures are effective, especially Rapala Husky Jerks and Jointed Rapalas.

Randy Johnson.  Fishing before dark on the City Dock he landed a 31 5/8 inch, 18.7 pound carp

Randy Johnson. Fishing before dark on the City Dock he landed a 31 5/8 inch, 18.7 pound carp

The Fish of the week was caught by Randy Johnson. Fishing before dark on the City Dock he landed a 31 5/8 inch, 18.7 pound carp. Those of us who have lived here any length of time have never seen or caught carp in our lakes. Hopefully this Master Angler was a loaner. Per our local DNR Fish Biologist, “If any other carp are caught they shoud not be returned to the lake.”

MAY DAY FISHING REPORT 2015

Jumbo perch off the manistee pier

Jumbo perch off the manistee pier

Manistee Pier they are catching jumbo perch on minnows above photo from fisherman off the Manistee Pier last weekend Call Dewey @ Dons Bait at 231-723-5028

Lake St; Helen report the crappie are in the canals this week

Houghton Lake the crappie are in the canals also the bluegill are showing up in the canals also

Portage Lake has been slow this week on perch and walleye

Pentwater Lake they are reporting some perch being caught

Tittabawassee River: They said it took longer to launch your boat saturday than to catch a limit of walleye on both rivers.
The walleye opener was very good however with warmer weather, the fish will be moving out to Saginaw Bay. Limit catches were taken near the Center Street launch as well as upstream and downstream when vertical jigging or trolling with jigs and body baits, but no live bait. The area upstream from Gordonville Road and up near the Dow Dam were slower but if anglers worked at it, limit catches were a possibility. Most were using gold, orange or fire-tiger twisters, body baits, rapalas, crawlers or minnow parts. Freeland was somewhat slower. The best action was around the bridge on Tittabawassee Road.

Saginaw River: Anglers caught walleye when trolling and jigging from the mouth to the Coast Guard Station and near the Independence Bridge. No perch to report.

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

After this Winters snow fall and Spring rain, Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell are at normal depths. The DNR boat launch docks are in. It’s been a cold spring. The water temperature taken from our docks ranges 45º/46º. Only a dock or two dot the shoreline.

Although it was the Pike/Walleye opener you wouldn’t know it from the launches. The Parking lots had plenty of room with no waiting in or out.

Although walleyes were caught no one was bragging about limits. It seems one keeper here or there on both lakes. No numbers, but several talk about a catching several undersized 10 to 14 inchers, fishing for crappies with small minnows. Know of no pattern or hot spot yet on either lake. It will pick up as the lakes warm.

Pike Anglers were more successful, many tell of catching a dozen or more early morning. No monsters but keepers in the 24 to 28″ range

were common. Most were caught in shallow water.

Crappie fishing gets better daily. Pan fishermen keep finding new places on both lakes. Small minnows and Gulp Baits Curb their hunger. No evidence of them spawning and not all of them have eggs. Size matters and some have caught them over 13″. Limts are possible.

Bluegill Anglers have to wait for the lakes to warm. No stories, no evidence of them at the cleaning station.

No matter which lake those fishing for pike and walleye tried, most talk of catching bass. They must know they’re not in season because they were caught on artificials and live bait. Their day is coming.

Most Trout Anglers were happy! We’re told and see many camera pictures of limits of browns, a few rainbows and fewer brookies. Leaf worms and dillys are the secret bait. It has to warm for flies and spinners.

Manistee River – Keep your steelhead rods handy. There are still fresh steelhead coming up river.

To clarify recent changes to bass fishing that went into effect April 9th, anglers will now be able to practice catch-and-immediate-release all year long instead of having to wait until the last Saturday in April to do so. The season to keep large and smallmouth bass will still open on the Saturday before Memorial Day on the inland waters and the Great Lakes or the 3rd Saturday in June on Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River and will close on December 31st.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: Ice has blown back into Little Traverse Bay and it was pretty well covered. The dock at the public boat launch has been pulled back out.

Bear River: Catch rates were very slow. Anglers continue to fish from the dam downstream, off the D Pier, and to the beach area. Depending on where the ice is blowing, anglers were fishing off the clock dock and inside the breakwall with spawn bags, wax worms, wigglers and egg pattern flies. They caught mainly steelhead, brown trout and suckers. A good number of steelhead were ripe.

Lake Charlevoix: Is ice free and the docks are in at the Ferry Beach launch.

Elk River: Fishing has been hit-or-miss with very few steelhead in the river. Some caught the occasional brown trout or Atlantic salmon. Most are using spawn bags or a jig and wax worm.

Traverse City: Lake trout and Cisco have been caught in the East Bay when jigging in 60 to 120 feet. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught at a variety of depths between 15 and 120 feet deep. Steelhead, brown trout and lake trout were caught near the Boardman River. Most are using spawn bags.

Boardman River: Few brown trout were caught between the Forks and the Brown Bridge. Steelhead are still being caught at the Union Street Dam. Suckers have moved into the river and up to the dam. Lake trout were caught near the mouth. A Hendrix hatch was in progress near the Brown Bridge.

Frankfort: Cooler temperatures slowed catch rates but anglers were still landing a few brown trout when trolling body baits in the harbor. Pier anglers caught steelhead on fresh spawn.

Onekama: Those casting spoons off the north breakwall have caught brown trout.

Portage Lake: Water temperatures are still a bit cool for bass activity but those working hard did manage to catch and release some smallmouth. Perch anglers have had very little activity.

Manistee: Boats are doing well for lake trout and brown trout when trolling along the shoreline. Orange spoons and natural color body baits work best. Pier anglers are catching a few perch on minnows or wigglers. Brown trout were caught by those casting spoons or still-fishing with spawn.

Manistee River: Fishing improved on the upper sections where anglers caught steelhead, brown trout and the occasional walleye.

Ludington: Is also producing lake trout and brown trout for those trolling the shoreline with orange spoons or body baits. Pier fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Pier anglers caught a few brown trout or a fresh steelhead on spawn. Those that did have fish have put in several hours of fishing. Walleye anglers are fishing the channels and from the piers but only a few were caught.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ocqueoc River: More steelhead entered the river but it is still slow. Some are drifting spawn bags or tiny jigs under a bobber while others are casting very small spinners of cleos. Water levels are low so try the deeper holes.

Pigeon River: Anglers caught a few brown trout and steelhead.

Rogers City: Had very little activity as it has been too cold. If it ever warms up there should be Atlantic salmon and lake trout available. Try shallow waters up to 40 feet deep but fish up high in the water column and head south towards Calcite Harbor and Swan Bay. Look for stained water from the rivers as it will be a few degrees warmer. Spoons and body baits usually work best and good colors are blue and silver, green and silver, orange, fire-tiger or silver.

Alpena: Most anglers are trolling near the marina or out by the cement plant for a mix of lake trout, walleye and the occasional Atlantic salmon. Try spoons and body baits and use bright colors in the stained water.

Thunder Bay River: More steelhead came into the river but the numbers seem to be way down. Try drifting spawn bags under a bobber. Those fishing the bottom with white, orange or chartreuse flies have caught fish. The river has been overrun with suckers. Steelhead anglers are incidentally catching 15 to 20 suckers a trip so walleye and trout fishing will be easier once the suckers are gone. A few walleye are in the river. Shore anglers are fishing crawlers on the bottom or casting body baits. Boat anglers are jigging from the foot bridge down to the mouth.

Harrisville: Steelhead started making their way into the harbor in good numbers. A few walleye and lake trout were also caught on body baits and spoons. Early morning was best for trout but walleye anglers did best late evening and into the night. Dredging has not started but should be underway within the next week.

Oscoda: Pier fishing has started to pick up for steelhead, lake trout and walleye. Early morning and late evening were best but midday catches were also recorded. Body baits, spoons, minnows and crawlers are all working well.

Au Sable River: Steelhead made their way up river and the females are on the beds. Most of the fish are silver and fresh, and the males should follow. Try drifting body baits, fly’s and spawn. Brown trout and some brook trout were also caught.

Houghton Lake: The walleye opener was slow but should pick up as the temperatures warm up. Other than a few crappie in the canals, fishing was slow.

Tawas: Was producing some limit catches of walleye for those trolling around Buoy #2. Walleye and lake trout were caught by those jigging off the artificial reef. Pier anglers caught Atlantic salmon or pike during the day and walleye at night. Smallmouth bass were caught and released.

Au Gres: Had good walleye fishing with limit catches reported by those using husky jerks and body baits in 18 to 20 feet.

Au Gres River: Anglers caught a few salmon, brown trout and steelhead. There were rumors of steelhead and walleye caught in the surf near the Singing Bridge.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Brook trout were caught on many inland trout lakes. Smelt were reported in both Lake Superior and Lake Huron rivers however the action is very sporadic. Those lucky enough to find some were in the right place at the right time.

Copper Harbor: Fishing is still slow. Suckers have come into the harbor and they should start running into Fanny Hooe Creek soon. There is word of smelt starting to run in some rivers.

Keweenaw Bay: Cold temperatures slowed the bite for those trolling for salmon. When the weather was overcast and blowing, a few anglers did very well when fishing off the rock-dock which is the lake ward edge of the north side of the L’Anse marina channel. They caught splake and coho on spawn bags. A couple smelt were taken in Linden Creek and the Falls River but overall catches were poor. Anglers caught a couple steelhead in the Falls River. Those trolling out from the South Portage Entry did catch some lake trout ranging between 2 and 5 pounds. The fish were hitting on a variety of spoons in 120 to 150 feet. Traverse Bay had no anglers.

Menominee: Anglers reported on some large walleye being caught south of the river when using planer boards.

Menominee River: Panfish anglers caught perch and crappie from the Government Pier. Slip bobbers and minnows are the ticket. The spawning run is pretty much done so anglers are fishing Lake Michigan for post spawn fish.

Little Bay De Noc: All the boat launches are up and running. Perch fishing has picked up. Most were fishing the northern end but the Center Reef was the best when using minnows and crawlers in and around 30 feet. Several nice catches of jumbo perch were reported in the same area. Steelhead anglers reported good fishing in the Day’s River from the Masonville Bridge to the Golf Course and on the Ford River. Smallmouth bass were caught and released around the mouth of the Ford River.

Big Bay De Noc: Perch fishing in Garden Bay is on. Anglers reported good to excellent catches over by Hermes Fishery when using minnows in 6 to 8 feet. This is a bit unusual because the area is very small but packed with fish. The average size was 8 to 9 inches although some nice jumbo fish were also reported right along with some limit catches.

Marquette: Water temperatures are still very cold at 36 degrees. Most boat anglers fished out of the Lower Harbor to the Carp River but catch rates were between 0 and 2 chinook or coho. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Carp River had little luck with only the occasional steelhead or coho caught in the early morning by those using spinners, spawn or crawlers. No fish were caught off the Lower Harbor breakwall. Water levels on the rivers were still a bit high but dropping.

Munising: Cooler weather with wind and shifting ice still has limited some effort and catch rates remained low. A few coho were caught by those jigging or still-fishing from small boats near the Anna River. Try spawn or worms. Those trolling caught a few coho. No word on splake, whitefish or steelhead. Smelt have shown up in some of the rivers but catch rates were poor. The snow on Bay Furnace Road is gone.

Grand Marais: The ice is shifting daily. It can make fishing impossible in the morning but blow out so anglers can fish in the afternoon. It has been very unpredictable so boat anglers need to be especially careful. Ice mounds covering the pier are not safe to cross. Anglers are fishing open water off the wall near the parking lots. No whitefish to report yet. Large mounds of ice about 8 feet high remain near the mouth of the Sucker River. Anglers are fishing the river and Carpenter Creek.

Two Hearted River: The road to the mouth has been plowed. The water was high and dirty however a couple steelhead were caught.

Detour: The ice is gone from the smaller DNR launch off M-143 and across from the DNR Field Office. Anglers can now launch boats however the dock was not in as of this report. Anglers are gearing up Atlantic salmon fishing which was the best ever last year.

Drummond Island: The ice is currently gone from Maxton Bay at the mouth of the Potagannissing River. The boat launch is open at the DNR Access Site off Maxton Road however the dock was not in yet. The ice has finally moved away from the steel breakwall off Tourist Road. Anglers will soon be yellow perch fishing off the Monahan Dock which is just southwest of Sportsman’s Club Point.

Cedarville and Hessel: A few boats were heading out of Cedarville and looking for perch. Anglers are also fishing from the Hessel pier. Splake season opens May 1st.

Carp River: Had reports of smelt but for how long no one knows.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Perch and walleye were being targeted near the Dumping Grounds off LaPlaisance Bay but few fish were seen. Anglers are looking for perch in Brest Bay.

River Raisin: From Dundee downstream, anglers are reporting perch, walleye, pike, catfish, bass and crappie.

Huron River: Was producing limit catches of trout near Proud Lake Recreation area. Walleye and white bass were caught near Ypsilanti.

Detroit River: Water temperatures were at 46 degrees. Despite challenges from the weather, walleye are still being caught. Catch rates were highly variable though several limit catches were reported over the course of the last week. Most are targeting walleye with good catches reported near Great Lakes Steel, the salt mines on the Canadian side, Stoney Island, Trenton Channel, Cobo Hall, the Ambassador Bridge, Fighting Island in Canadian waters and up near Lake St. Clair. Some caught smallmouth bass, musky, pike and suckers. A good number of white bass were caught near the Trenton power plant.

Belle Isle: Anglers on the island were catching crappie on minnows.

Lake St. Clair: Despite cold water temperatures, catch and release smallmouth bass fishing has been good, especially on sunny days when the shallow waters warm up quickly. Redhorse suckers are biting at the mouth of the Clinton River and a few rock bass have been caught.

St. Clair River: A few trout and salmon were caught between Marine City and Port Huron. Walleye fishing is starting to heat up between Algonac and Marine City.

Lexington: Anglers trolling between Lexington and Harbor Beach caught Atlantic, chinook, coho, lake trout and steelhead but no brown trout. They are using downriggers and planer boards with spoons and body baits in 15 to 30 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Anglers trolling and jigging in 10 feet around Spoils Island and about 4 miles out from Linwood caught good numbers of walleye. Boat anglers did fair for walleye between Quanicassee and Fish Point. No reports on perch. Some were targeting bass for the catch-and-immediate-release season but catch rates were slow with only a few smallmouth taken at Caseville.

Tittabawassee River: The walleye opener was very good however with warmer weather, the fish will be moving out to Saginaw Bay. Limit catches were taken near the Center Street launch as well as upstream and downstream when vertical jigging or trolling with jigs and body baits, but no live bait. The area upstream from Gordonville Road and up near the Dow Dam were slower but if anglers worked at it, limit catches were a possibility. Most were using gold, orange or fire-tiger twisters, body baits, rapalas, crawlers or minnow parts. Freeland was somewhat slower. The best action was around the bridge on Tittabawassee Road.

Saginaw River: Anglers caught walleye when trolling and jigging from the mouth to the Coast Guard Station and near the Independence Bridge. No perch to report.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing slowed but those trolling small spoons caught fish in 40 feet. There is still some trout and salmon being caught off the piers. Spawn worked best but a few were also caught by those casting spoons.

St. Joseph River: Is producing steelhead and suckers. The walleye opener was very slow. Crappie were caught below the dams.

South Haven: Had good trout and salmon action. Boat anglers caught lake trout on spin glows in 60 feet and coho on small spoons in shallow waters up to 40 feet deep. Pier anglers caught trout and salmon with spoons or crawlers on the bottom.

Kalamazoo River: Was producing some nice catches of steelhead and brown trout. A good number of walleye were caught by those jigging or drifting with crawlers.

Grand Haven: Pier fishing has slowed. Anglers are using spawn and orange spoons for brown trout. Boat anglers are still trolling along the shoreline for steelhead and brown trout when using short coppers and lead core with jointed body baits and small spoons in bright colors. A limited number of perch anglers were fishing the hole just south of the south pier but catch rates were spotty.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers reported some nice catches of walleye with the opener. The better steelhead fishing is below the 6th Street Dam when drifting spawn.

Jackson County: Panfish are being caught on local lakes. Many are enjoying the catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing.

Muskegon: Boat anglers continue to troll for steelhead and brown trout along the shoreline. Steelhead fishing off the piers has slowed but a few brown trout were caught on spawn and orange spoons. No word on walleye yet.

Whitehall: Boat anglers were targeting walleye in the channels but catch rates were slow. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead or brown trout when floating spawn.

White Lake: Was producing northern pike in 10 feet. Black and gold lures were the ticket. Perch anglers fishing near the mouth of the channel were moderately successful though the fish were small.

Michigan Opening Weekend Fishing Report

We had snow in Northern Michigan and the cold front shut the crappie and gill bite down today but warmer weather will get it back by the weekend

sanford lake crappie

sanford lake crappie

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Trout fishing should be decent this coming weekend, although it may be a little cold for insect hatches. Water levels should be good, slightly high but not raging. In the streams open to Lake Michigan, there should be a good number of steelhead available. The run this year has been very late due to cold temperatures. The walleye and pike opener should be very good in this area with fish on their post-spawn feeding binge.

Petoskey: Most of the ice in Little Traverse Bay blew out but there were a couple large ice flows still present. The marina is open, but the docks are not yet.

Bear River: Steelhead fishing improved somewhat. Females are starting to show up in the catch and many have eggs flowing. Anglers are fishing the dam, the mouth, off the inside of the breakwall, and off the end of the clock dock. Anglers did best with spawn bags, wax worms, and flies. Suckers were caught at the mouth and dam.

Kalkaska County: Manistee Lake is usually good for walleye.

Lake Charlevoix: The north end looked to be ice free. The docks at the boat launch were still not in.

Elk River: Fishing was slow. Anglers managed to pull a couple steelhead and brown trout while fishing spawn bags below the power dam.

Fife Lake: In Grand Traverse County is a good bet for walleye.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, those jigging had fair catches of cisco and lake trout and those trolling picked up lake trout along the breaks in 30 to 50 feet or deeper in 80 to 120 feet. In the West Bay, lake trout have been caught in 20 to 50 feet. Shore fishing was relatively slow near the mouth of the Boardman and the Maritime Academy with only a few lake trout and the occasional brown trout or steelhead taken on spawn or minnows.

Boardman River: Anglers are catching steelhead at the Union Street Dam. Most fish were caught on spawn bags. Fish are on the gravel behind the Post Office.

Frankfort: Windy conditions have made it difficult for both pier and boat anglers. Those trolling north or south along the shoreline caught steelhead, brown trout and lake trout in 9 to 12 feet. A few more bites were coming on spoons rather than body baits. Orange and green were the hot colors.

Benzie County: Try Upper and Lower Herring Lakes for walleye.

Lake County: Try Big Star Lake for walleye.

Onekama: Anglers are landing brown trout and lake trout off the north pier. Body baits worked best but fresh spawn was also taking brown trout.

Portage Lake: The docks are in at both launches. Anglers have been out but catch rates were slow due to cold water temperatures. No sign of perch yet.

Manistee: Boats trolling along the shoreline are catching a few brown trout and lake trout on black and silver, orange and gold or perch colored body baits. Pier anglers caught a few perch on wigglers and minnows. A few brown trout were taken by those casting spoons or still-fishing with spawn.

Manistee County: Try Manistee Lake, Bear Lake, Portage Lake and Tippy Dam Pond for walleye.

Ludington: Brown trout and lake trout have been caught while trolling the shoreline with orange spoons and body baits. Pier anglers and those surfcasting had slow results for steelhead and brown trout.

Hamlin Lake: Is usually a good bet for the walleye.

Pentwater: Pier anglers caught a few brown trout, steelhead and even a couple perch. Many are wrapping up the pier fishing and thinking about putting their boats in. The docks are not in at the launches yet but some are putting in smaller boats and catching a fair number of lake trout and brown trout in the shallows.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ocqueoc River: Was slow. The water is still very cold. Those targeting steelhead are drifting spawn under a bobber through the deeper holes. Most are the darker hold-over and very few chrome fish.

Rogers City: A few boats have gone out but had little success. Atlantics and lake trout should be in shallow waters up to 40 feet deep. Try trolling spoons or body baits and use bright colors in the stained water. In clear waters, try green and silver or blue and silver. The fish should be up higher in the water column and around structure. The area from Calcite Harbor all the way south to Adams Point should be good for Atlantics and lake trout.

Presque Isle and Rockport: All the ice is gone. A dock is in at Presque Isle but not Rockport.

Alpena: Those trolling around the marina or casting from the breakwall have caught a mix of Atlantic, lake trout and walleye. Catch rates were decent. A few fish were taken behind the cement plant. Most are trolling. Walleye were caught near the mouth of the river when jigging or casting body baits at night.

Thunder Bay River: The occasional steelhead was caught up near the 9th Street Dam. Anglers are drifting spawn bags under a bobber or on the bottom. Artificial egg patterns have also caught fish. Some caught suckers or the incidental walleye. It looks like walleye will be in the river for the opener. Water temperatures were still on the cold side. Anglers are still waiting for a major push of steelhead to arrive.

Au Sable River: Anglers should find some steelhead and brown trout. Try spawn, wax worms and flies. With the cooler weather, try fishing the deeper holes.

Tawas: Boats trolling husky-jerks near the artificial reef and those jigging were getting some walleyes and quite a few lake trout. Pier fishing was spotty with only one Atlantic, and a couple walleye, pike and lake trout taken when casting or still-fishing. Minnows come and go inside the harbor.

Tawas River: Was producing mostly suckers and carp. A few walleye were taken off the mouth.

Au Gres: Boat anglers fishing around Whitestone Point and Point Lookout did well for walleye. Some are dipping smelt from boats at night with lights hung over the side to attract them. Pier anglers casting for walleye at end of breakwall at night were getting a few. A small number of smelt were taken by those with dip nets around the shoreline at Point Lookout and Point Au Gres.

Au Gres River: Most of the steelhead are apparently further upriver. Near the Singing Bridge, those surfcasting at night have caught some walleye. Sucker runs are winding down however there were still quite a few fish in the river.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Northern Luce and Alger County still have snow on the ground, between 1 and 2 feet. Some roads are passible, but a majority of the roads are not due to snowpack and ice cover. The only confirmed accessible roads at this point are County Road 500 towards Little Lake Harbor and County Road 414 to County Road 423 to the mouth of the Two Hearted River. A majority of the trout lakes will still be ice covered for the trout opener. The roads in Chippewa County should be open however the trout lakes near Lake Superior will most likely still have ice on them. The roads in Mackinac County should be open. Lakes to the south end of the Upper Peninsula should be open for the weekend. M-28 could be used as a divider for lakes open or not. Expect all streams and rivers to be high and muddy.

Copper Harbor: Fishing is very slow. The harbor was about half full of pack ice and strong winds keep moving it around. It was along the west end making it impossible to launch a boat. Eagle Harbor has no ice issues but steelhead fishing was slow.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing the Falls River in L’Anse did manage to catch a few fish. Those fishing off the rock dock caught a few coho, steelhead and splake when using spawn, crawlers, spoons or spinners. Boat anglers trolling near the head of the bay caught a mix of coho, chinook, brown trout, steelhead and splake. In the South Portage Entry, those jigging off the lighthouse in 120 to 180 feet caught lake trout.

Menominee: Brown trout were caught in good numbers off the Lighthouse Pier and north of the Menominee River when using #7 rapalas in various colors in 6 to 10 feet. Fish as large as 28 inches and 12 pounds have been caught.

Menominee River: Brown trout were caught on rapalas and stick baits. Most anglers are now concentrating on walleye in the lower river when using jigs and minnows. Walleye and brown trout were caught at the Hattie Street Dam.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers have just started boat fishing. The docks are in at Rapid River, the Ford River and the Gladstone Yacht Harbor. There could still be some floating ice in the bay so boat anglers will still need to use caution. Perch anglers caught small fish on crawlers in 10 to 25 feet. Steelhead anglers fishing the Bark River, Days River and the Whitefish River are starting to catch some fish.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no reports. Garden Bay is still iced over but should break up any day now. The only launch open is at Ogontz. The Sturgeon River is very high and only being fished north of US-2. Many anglers are waiting for Garden Bay and the great perch fishery.

Marquette: For the most part the area is ice free except for shoreline ice that has blown towards the mouth of the Chocolay River. Catch rates were very slow with only a few anglers taking 1 to 3 fish which were mainly coho and chinook. Most of the fish were caught by boat anglers fishing the “Bubblers” at the Upper Harbor, outside the Lower Harbor breakwall and between the Carp River and the Chocolay River. Jig fishing produced more than trolling. A few lake trout were caught in 80 to 100 feet east of Marquette, towards the White Rocks and north towards Granite Island. Boats are trolling spoons and crank baits 20 to 30 feet down in 50 to 60 feet. The area towards the Sand River and Shot Point is ice free except for the shoreline. Ice is still present along Shelter Bay, Au Train Bay and the Rock River remains ice locked however there are pressure cracks.

Munising: Changing weather, strong wind and melting ice has limited angler activity. Ice conditions in the bay are still not safe! Around the shoreline there is open water however some thin ice still remains locked in the bay. Reports from around the bay indicate poor to fair catch results on a mixed bag of fish. Many in small boats are fishing in 20 to 30 feet near the mouth of the Anna River where the occasional steelhead, coho and splake were caught by those still-fishing or jigging spawn and worms. Whitefish reports were down. Try spawn or worms on the bottom. Trout Bay has not been fished and efforts at Bay Furnace were low as 4WD is still needed to get for access to the road. No word on smelt.

Grand Marais: The ice was blowing out of the bay including ice near the boat launch and the channel so anglers can start launching boats. The ice is gone near the Sucker River as well.

Mackinac County: Smelt action has been nonexistent at this point. Water temperatures on the Carp River were 36 degrees and Nunn’s Creek was 41 degrees. The cold nights and rain will lower those water temperatures. The Black River had some steelhead activity but the bite was slow. Water levels were high.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The peak of the walleye spawn is about a week later than average so there should be a lot of males still in the rivers. The opener this weekend should be good as long as we don’t get too much rain.

Detroit River: Continues to have high fishing pressure. Walleye fishing has been very good with lots of large fish caught. Wind and rain will muddy and make fishing more difficult. Good catches during the week were taken near Great Lakes Steel, Mud Island, Stoney Island, Trenton Channel, the Rouge River, Cobo Hall, Ambassador Bridge and in Canadian waters near Fighting Island. Average size was 3 pounds with some fish up to 8 or 9 pounds. At this point most of the bigger females caught have already spawned so most of the fish caught now are smaller males. Some caught suckers and the occasional smallmouth bass.

Lake St. Clair: Had a few reports of bass angling success. Windy conditions have muddied up the lake and it may still be a muddy mess for the weekend.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing at Port Huron has slowed. A few salmon and trout, along with some whitefish are being caught by shore anglers in Port Huron. Walleye were caught in the Algonac area, but overall fishing was slow. Water temperatures remain in the upper 30’s.

Lexington: Boat anglers are taking a fair mix of coho, chinook, Atlantic, steelhead and lake trout. The fish were spooked easily in the clear water near shore. Best depths were anywhere from 35 to 65 feet from south of Lexington or between Lexington and Port Sanilac. Most are trolling downriggers with spoons. Pier fishing was slow at both ports.

Saginaw Bay: At Pine River and Palmer Road, the perch run is apparently over. The fish are spawned out and most of them are small. Good walleye fishing off Linwood in 13 to 20 feet and around Spoils Island when jigging or trolling crank baits. East of Bay City, boats launching at Finn Road are going back west and fishing around Spoils Island. White bass and catfish were caught at the Hot Ponds. Up the east side, walleye were caught in 5 feet off Quanicassee. Some are going as far as the Spark Plug. From Sunset Bay north to Caseville, not much for boat anglers; just cut anglers after perch though the run is over with only small fish in the cuts and rivers. Some very big smallmouth bass were caught and released off the end of the pier at Caseville and by shore and pier anglers at Port Austin and Grindstone City. Fish 4 to 6 pounds were caught and released by those casting jigs with assorted plastics.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Boat anglers had good success mainly south of the port when using small crank baits. Lake trout were caught on spoons fished deep. Pier anglers caught fish when using spawn on the bottom.

St. Joseph River: Recent rains decreased water clarity, but flows were still below average. A fair number of steelhead can still be seen moving through the Berrien Springs fish ladder. Suckers are also showing up.

South Haven: Boat anglers are catching a few coho in waters up to 30 feet deep when trolling small spoons. Pier fishing slowed.

Kalamazoo River: Still has a good number of steelhead and suckers. The walleye opener this weekend should be good.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers are doing well for steelhead and brown trout when using spawn. Boat anglers had success when trolling along the shoreline for steelhead, brown trout, coho and smaller chinook salmon. They are using 2, 3, and 5 colors of lead core and short coppers. Hot lures were body baits, jointed baits and small spoons in orange, red or gold. As for perch, anglers caught some one day and were skunked the next.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a good number of steelhead. Spawn was the bait of choice. Suckers are showing up in good numbers too.

Grand River at Lansing: Is producing catfish for those using crawlers and cut bait. Bass anglers are catching and releasing a few fish. No word on steelhead this far up.

Muskegon: Pier anglers did well for steelhead and brown trout when floating spawn. Boat anglers heading out caught a mix of steelhead, brown trout, small chinook and coho when using between 2 and 5 colors of leadcore and short coppers. Try orange, red or gold body baits and small spoons.

Muskegon River: Water temperatures were in the low to mid 40’s. The water was somewhat muddy after all the rain. Anglers are still taking a fair to good number of steelhead on spawn and body baits.

Whitehall: Pier anglers are catching a few brown trout and steelhead. The bite is slow and water flowing through the channel is cloudy. Those trolling in the shallows are catching brown trout and lake trout.

White Lake: Had reports of a few perch caught.

Crappie-palooza is on!!

Lymans On the Lake Reports

Houghton Lake Crappie-palooza is on!!
Our own Downtown Derek Brown just brought in a limit of Crappie he caught in the Houghton Lake canals this morning. He said he can be bribed if anyone wants his exact location.

Downtown Derek Brown just brought in a limit of Crappie

Downtown Derek Brown just brought in a limit of Crappie

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