FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

Isaac-Heyd

11 year old Isaac Heyd caught his first walleye, a dandy 26″,
5.13 pound while fishing the Manistee with his dad.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014

Last week,we weren’t sure if Lake Mitchell would open. The ice lasted until a couple of days after Easter. The water level on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell are both high and cold. Only a dock or two dot the shoreline on Lake Cadillac, but none on Mitchell yet. The DNR came through and put out the docks at their boat launches just in time for the Pike/Walleye opener. The boaters are happy.

Struggling against a cool, windy weekend, many anglers did well. Choose your flavor, pike, walleye, crappie and bullheads were caught. No sign of any bluegills that we are awear of. Several “Big” bass, both large and small mouthd, were accidentlally caught. The special Catch and Release Bass Season is open through the Friday before Memorial Day.

Trout anglers found the streams and rivers high, fast and cloudy. We’re told and seen camera pictures of several limits of Browns. Not many bragging about Brook Trout or Rainbows.

Those fishing the Big Manistee Tippy Damn area were able to cash in on those hugh walleyes they’ve been throwing back. Several were reported, a few in the 30 inch range. Ususally, they have a clock in their heads and are gone by the Walleye Opener. Keep your steelhead rods out because there are fresh steellhead still coming up river.

Fishing Report 4/25/14

Tanner-Shimel

Things are not good in Northern Michigan as most lakes north of M-72 still have ice and many creeks and rivers are still high. The conditions are the worst I have ever seen for any opener for boats. There has been nobody fishing so rally no reports but Houghton Lake is open so crappie should start when we get some temps in the 50’s. Higgins is still iced over. along with green Lake , Long Lake heck there was still ice on East Grand Traverse Bay this morning

This coming Saturday, April 26th marks the opening day of trout season on the Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as the walleye, northern pike and muskellunge opener on the Lower Peninsula inland waters. The “Catch and Immediate Release” bass season for all the Lower Peninsula waters including the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River will also open this coming Saturday. Sucker spearing and fishing was good on many rivers and tributaries.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Some of the inland lakes still have ice which is not safe. Even if the ice melts by Saturday, the water temperatures will be very cold. The rivers are receding but water levels could still be on the high side for the trout opener.
Traverse City: The ice is nearly gone from the East Bay. Anglers should be able to get their boats out soon. Those surfcasting caught a couple steelhead on spawn. The West Bay is opening up. A few boats were trolling near the mouth of the Boardman River. Catch rates for steelhead were limited. Cisco were caught by those jigging.

Elk River: Steelhead fishing was very slow but should pick-up once the water temperatures start to warm.

Boardman River: Fast flow has made steelhead fishing difficult. Anglers caught a few on jigs tipped with wigglers and wax worms. Catch rates will pick-up once the water clears up.

Frankfort: Those trolling have caught brown trout with thin fins and rapalas. Hot colors were black and gold, black and silver or chartreuse and silver.

Betsie River: There will be plenty of steelhead around for the trout opener.

Portage Lake: Was still 40 percent covered with drifting ice.

Onekama: Pier anglers caught brown trout when casting stick baits off the south pier in the morning. Black and silver was the hot color.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Are finally ice free and fishable.

Manistee: Is producing brown trout for those trolling the shoreline with orange spoons. Black and silver or fire-tiger body baits caught fish. Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout when using spawn.

Manistee River: Has a good number of steelhead. Catch rates were good even with the high water levels. Anglers are bottom bouncing spawn with trout beads.

Little Manistee River: Should have plenty of steelhead for the trout opener.

Ludington: Is also producing brown trout for those trolling orange spoons or body baits. Pier anglers are getting a few brown trout when using spawn.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some nice chrome steelhead and brown trout. Water levels were still high but receding.

Pentwater: Boat anglers trolling the shoreline have caught a good number of brown trout. Pier fishing was slow but may pick-up by the end of the week.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Has pretty much opened up. The ice has left the harbor but there was still some in and around the marina slips. Anglers may want to start casting for Atlantic salmon off the wall. Smaller boats that don’t need a dock can launch.

Thunder Bay River: All the gates but one have finally been closed at the dam. Those fishing at or below the dam had limited success for steelhead. More fish should start moving in now that the current has receded. Those bottom bouncing spawn and flies or floating spawn under a bobber have caught fish. The steelhead run is just getting started.

Harrisville: The harbor is open and one dock is in so boats can now launch. Steelhead and the occasional walleye have been seen in and around the harbor over the last week. Try floating spawn or casting small spoons and body baits.

Au Sable River: Water levels were almost back to normal. Steelhead have been caught between the mouth and Foote Dam. Anglers are bottom bouncing, drifting or floating a mix of baits including fly’s, wax worms, spawn, spoons and small spinners. Fish were also caught in Van Etten Creek.

Houghton Lake: The ice is finally gone! A few crappie have been caught in the canals but that’s about it. Water temperatures are still cold.

Tawas: Did not have much in the way of boat action because there is still a lot of ice floating around the piers and the docks are not in yet. Those casting off the wall caught the occasional steelhead or walleye.

Tawas River: Is producing a good number of suckers and some steelhead. Those wading or casting off the mouth at night have caught walleye.

Au Gres: Boat anglers trolling rapalas in 10 to 15 feet off the mouth of the river were catching good numbers of walleye including some limit catches.

Au Gres River: Remains muddy so perch and sucker fishing were slow. On the East Branch, water near the Singing Bridge was finally clearing up but catch rates were still slow. Steelhead were caught further up between Au Gres and M-55.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Conditions for this weekend’s trout opener will be challenging due to high water and snow pack in many places. Seasonal access roads in many areas may not be passible due to the snow conditions. Areas in the extreme southern and eastern portions may have better accessibility. Trout lakes will have ice cover. Anglers are reminded that ice conditions are rapidly

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was still slow but some lake trout were caught off Jentoft’s Dock, a couple coho were taken at Perch Corner and a mix of splake, whitefish, coho, chinook and brown trout were caught through the ice near the Falls River. Water levels were on the rise in the Falls River. A couple rainbow trout were caught near the mouth. Anglers will need to watch for honeycomb ice.

Little Bay De Noc: Open water has formed just south of Escanaba and is working its way up to Aronson Island. The head of the Bay was still frozen however ice along the shoreline was starting to get soft. Perch fishing was fair near Kipling. Try minnows or wigglers in 8 to 30 feet. Some fished deeper in 35 feet but catch rates were spotty. Warmer temperatures have melted most of the snow and all the rivers were open except for the Whitefish River. Steelhead anglers have started checking the rivers but no reports as of yet. Those fishing the rivers will find fast currents and large pieces of flow ice coming down.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no reports. The rivers are all open with the exception of the Sturgeon River. The road that runs to the river is a seasonal road and my not be accessible. At Fairport, the launches were still iced in however recent rain should help with the thawing process.

Munising: Catch rates in the bay were fair to poor. Warmer weather and rain has uncovered old holes and softened the ice. Anglers should use caution around the Anna River and Sand Point. Open water pockets and cracks around Sand Point have expanded quickly over the last week. Shoreline ice was starting to breakup but most areas around the bay still had thick ice. Many anglers are targeting coho but catch rates were poor. Those looking for whitefish were jigging eggs just off the bottom. The fish range 12 to 17 inches. Catch rates for splake were slow. There is enough open water to fish around the Anna River pier. Trout Bay was slow.

Luce County: Still had ice on the inland lakes. Trout streams are extremely high and there is still a lot of snow in the woods and swamps. Seasonal roads may not be accessible.

Two Hearted River: Due to the high snow pack, access to the mouth may not be possible for the trout opener.

St. Mary’s River: All the boat launches between the Locks in Sault Ste. Marie and Detour are iced in.

Detour: Anglers are fishing Lake Huron just west of Albany Creek. Those fishing off the rocks have caught steelhead when using spawn bags.

Cedarville and Hessel: There was no angler pressure in Hessel Bay even though the north shore and east end should be producing some perch. Musky Bay is good for perch and they are migrating towards Duck Bay in 6 to 8 feet. Bigger fish are being caught but anglers were still catching lots of small ones.

Carp River: Is ice free but no smelt action yet. Water temperatures need to warm up first.

St. Ignace: The Coast Guard will open the waters between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, effective 8:00am on April 24th. The Coast Guard would like to remind all recreational ice users to plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from the shipping channels.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: The daily limit for walleye in Michigan waters from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 will remain six (6) fish.

Detroit River: Walleye fishing remains very good. Fishing pressure was high but so were catch rates. As long as the weather cooperates and we don’t have any major rainfall events or wind storms to muddy up Lake St. Clair, walleye fishing on the river should remain excellent for the next three to four weeks.

Lake St. Clair: The boat ramps are open. The canals and marinas are warming up enough that anglers were doing well for bluegill and crappie.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has been good near Port Huron. A few trout and salmon were starting to show up as far south as Algonac.

Lexington: Salmon anglers started hitting the water and most did pretty well when trolling in 10 to 18 feet south of the harbor off Lexington Heights. They reported 3 to 4 fish per boat when trolling crank baits or spoons with long lines off planer boards. A mixed bag of chinook, coho, steelhead, brown trout and lake trout were taken by those using downriggers. Pier fishing was slow.

Harbor Beach: Is open and the docks are in.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was spotty in the cuts near Palmer Road. Walleye were caught by those trolling crank baits in 16 to 18 feet off Linwood and off the mouth of the Saginaw River. Those jigging minnows off the mouth also caught fish. Area rivers are finally receding and clearing up however perch fishing in the Quanicassee, Sebewaing, and Pigeon was spotty and a lot of the fish were small. Perch fishing is usually best between dawn and 11am. Suckers can also be found.

Saginaw River: Was back in its banks for the most part. No doubt a fair number of fish chose to ride the flooding back to Saginaw Bay when they were done spawning but there should still be enough fish for a good opener on Saturday. Spawning occurred about two weeks later than normal this year so there was two weeks less for the fish to drop back to the bay. Barring another major rain event, the walleye opener should be a good one.

Tittabawassee River: Water levels are down. The walleye opener should be good.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Crappie have been caught on many of the inland lakes. Try live minnows or small jigs near structure and along the drop-offs.

St. Joseph: Coho fishing was slow. Boat anglers are doing better than pier anglers in waters 30 feet deep or less. Pier anglers are catching the occasional salmon. Spawn on the bottom worked best.

St. Joseph River: Still has steelhead for the taking. Flows were about average for this time of year. Anglers report a good run of suckers and a good number of post spawn walleye should be available for the opener on Saturday.

South Haven: Catch rates were slow. Pier anglers caught a few coho and brown trout when casting small spoons or spinners. Boat anglers picked up a few fish when trolling small crank baits south of the piers.

Kalamazoo River: Has good steelhead fishing at the Allegan Dam. Suckers are hitting on crawlers.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers caught brown trout on spawn.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Still has some steelhead available. Most are fishing up near the Sixth Street Dam. Walleye season opens on Saturday and anglers should find some nice post spawn fish.

Grand River closer to Lansing: Steelhead have been caught at the Portland Dam, Webber Dam and the Lyons Dam. Most are using live bait or spawn under a bobber.

Muskegon: Boats trolling the shoreline are getting brown trout and the occasional steelhead or lake trout when using orange spoons or body baits. Pier fishing was hit-or-miss.

Muskegon River: Water levels are receding but the water is still stained. Steelhead are being caught and anglers are finding fresh fish.

Whitehall: Is producing brown trout for pier and boat anglers in the channel. A few coho and steelhead were also caught. Most are using spawn but some were casting lures. Pier anglers caught a couple walleye and pike. Anglers must be out beyond the Lake Michigan shoreline to keep walleye and pike until Saturday.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014

Finally, Winter’s over! Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell still have ice but the end is near. Lake Cadillac is 3/4’s open and the remaining ice should melt off in a day or two. Rain and warmer temperatures are forecasted.

Lake Mitchell will have ice longer. The ice may interfier with the weekend pike/walleye opener.

Anglers are anxious to fish open water. A couple of boats have already launched at Kenwood Park on Lake Cadillac. They we’re able to fish from the Park to the Mitchell Park Canal Area. No word on their catch. It is nice to see boats again. Follow the ducks and geese and you’ll find open water.

The remainder of Cadillac will be fishable in a day or two. Lake Mitchell is another story and it will be close. If fishing Lake Mitchell is in your plans call us at 231-775-5412 for current conditions. We are unable to put any of our docks or rental boats out.

Expect high water on all area lakes. With the warm temperatures and rain soon mushrooms will start popping.

Good Luck to the Turkey Hunters who drew the first period, April 21-27. Wear rubber boots.

STEELHEAD:

The Manistee River may be high and fast, but numbers of steelhead are up river waitimg to bite. The Tippy Damn Area is not normal, but many are catching large, fresh chrome steelhead. As a bonus the accidental walleye catches will be legal April 26th.

grumpy

Ten pound walleye Caught on the south pier mannistee throwing night crawlers good job GRUMPY

Tanner-Shimel

Look at the beautiful Steelhead Tanner Shimel caught
fishing at Tippy Damn. It’s his first and he’s hooked
for life.

Jason-Beebe

The high water at Tippy Damn did not bother Jason Beebe. He landed a monster.

Easter Fishing Report

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HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!!

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

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

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

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Hearted River: Was producing an occasional steelhead.

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

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

Calhoun County: Suckers are running in area creeks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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

Joe-Lueck

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

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

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

Ice Fishing is History Fishing Report 4/10/14

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Chrome Chasers with some nice fish

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

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

Lake Cadillac and Mitchell is getting close to being bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

Onekama: Had no open water and no fishing activity.

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

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

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

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

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

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some nice steelhead

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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon River: Has good steelhead fishing below Newaygo.

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

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting Close to Last Ice Fishing Report

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

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

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

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing is going strong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake edges in the southern counties have open water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Ice is Heating up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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