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MIller’s Corner Reports
So, we do have a few “dare devils” that have reached out to us that are still fishing. The nights have been cold, however recently again we have lost the ice around the shore area. We have also lost the ice in the Redman Island area. Earlier this week the ice was looking black and very spotty, as if the water was going to start breaking through. The guys still fishing, are only walking out. We have a couple people out checking on the ice conditions for us at this time. Again, at this time, we don’t consider the ice to be safe. If you choose to go, please take a buddy and use the proper safety precautions. As for tomorrow (Friday 3/10) through the weekend we will continue to open at 7am. We will report to you as we receive information.
Lake Skegemog is mostly open after the rain and high winds. Sanford Sport reports a good walleye bite on the Titabawassee River from Sanford Dam below Dow Dam. call 989-687-5161 for latest info.
Pappy’s Bait at Wellston is reporting the river is in good shape below Tippy Dam and many fish are being caught- Call Rob @ 231-848-4142
At Hesperia Sport the fishing has been great on the White river for Trout this week call Terry or Jim@ 231-854-3965
Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
A few were still ice fishing however it is not recommended. Shoreline ice is deteriorating and much of the lake ice is honeycombed. Anglers would be wise to switch to river fishing or wait for open water.
Boardman River: Anglers were still finding some steelhead fishing between the mouth and Sabin Dam.
Betsie River: Steelhead anglers are out and taking some fish. Try spawn, flies and wax worms.
Lake Cadillac: Still had ice but the quality varies greatly. The ice is honeycombed which is not quality ice. First ice and last ice are the most dangerous. Some are still going out but extreme caution needs to be used.
Lake Mitchell: Has the same ice conditions as Cadillac. Anglers will need to use extreme caution. If you are not sure, fish in shallow waters only.
Manistee River: Had steelhead anglers all the way up to Tippy Dam. The bite was good during the warm spell but will surely decrease as cold temperatures move back in.
Little Manistee River: Anglers are reminded that the river from a point 300 feet upstream of the DNR weir to Spencer’s Bridge and a point from 300 feet below the DNR weir to Manistee Lake remains closed to fishing until April 1st.
Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing was on especially with the rain and warmer temperatures. Anglers were taking fish on spawn and wax worms.
Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Mullett Lake: Still had ice throughout but anglers will need to use caution in Pigeon River Bay, near Dodge Point, and near the Indian River. Fishing pressure was extremely light. The few that did go out only managed a couple perch.
Thunder Bay River: Is ice free but there is one gate fully open at the Ninth St. Dam and as a result the river is moving pretty fast. A few anglers were targeting steelhead in the slack water along the bank. Fishing should pick up as the flow slows down and more steelhead move in. Conditions could be good by the weekend unless the area gets more rain. Spawn is usually the bait of choice.
Fletchers Pond: Had pretty good fishing for bluegill, pumpkinseed and crappie. The rare brown trout has also been caught. The ice was variable throughout so use caution.
Oscoda: Boat and pier anglers were still getting some lake trout when trolling spoons, body baits and rapalas near the mouth. Pier anglers casting spoons have also caught some lake trout off the end of the pier.
Au Sable River: Had good steelhead fishing with limit catches reported. Anglers have done well with spawn and wax worms between the mouth and Foote Dam. With colder air moving in by the weekend, try the deeper holes.
Higgins Lake: Still had ice however the shoreline ice has opened up. No anglers were out because of the strong winds.
Houghton Lake: Still has ice however anglers cannot get out to it. Strong winds have blown the ice out anywhere from 50 to 100 feet or more along the shoreline.
Tawas: Did not have much happening.
Au Gres: Had some decent catches of perch from Eagle Bay Marina and the mouth of the Pine River.
Au Gres River: At last report, the mouth of Whitney Drain at the Singing Bridge was packed with floe ice and unfishable.
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report
This area of the state still had ice however recent rain and 40 degree temperatures did make conditions a bit more challenging. The ice was deteriorating in places so anglers will need to use caution.
Marquette: The only ice is in the marinas which is making it difficult for boats to launch. There has been no fishing activity in the marinas. Anglers have been fishing the Chocolay River and the Carp River with spinners, spawn and crawlers. The Carp River was best for steelhead when using spinners and spawn. Rumor has it anglers were doing well on the Chocolay River for brown trout and steelhead with spawn and crawlers.
Little Bay De Noc: Ice remained fishable in the northern Bay but anglers are using caution when traveling. All anglers should avoid the area around Butler Island as many have broken through the ice. The southern part of the Bay has open water and is not safe. Only a handful of anglers have been targeting walleye and catch rates were fair at best. Most were using jigs or tip-ups in 25 to 35 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. Perch anglers did better with minnows or wigglers in 27 to 35 feet near Kipling.
Au Trail: Had no fishable ice in the bay. There have been no reports for the Au Train River. The boat launch is not accessible due to ice buildup.
Munising: Had slow fishing as most anglers had few hits for several hours of effort. Only a few small splake and whitefish were caught. Anglers tried jigging Swedish pimples and other small jigging rapalas with eggs, cut bait, mousies and minnows. Anglers observed large schools of small lake herring. No reports on coho or steelhead. Cold temperatures did help with the freezing process however warm temperatures, rain and windy conditions will not help. Pay close attention to ice conditions.
Newberry: Inland lakes in the area still had ice but use caution. The walleye and pike fishing were good on the Manistique Lakes. Minnows on tip-ups worked best.
Munuscong: The Bay had lots of anglers catching mostly walleye, perch and pike. Most were fishing out near Grassy Island. They are jigging, using tip-ups or still-fishing with a minnow under a bobber. Many sub-legal walleye and perch have also been caught so anglers are sorting out the small ones.
Cedarville and Hessel: Those targeting perch in Muskie Bay reported mixed catch rates for perch as some days were better than others. The fish ranged 7 to 12 inches which included a fair number of throwbacks. Most were jigging a combination of natural and artificial baits in 15 feet. Minnows and wigglers worked well. Pike fishing was slow. Anglers should avoid the Middle Channel because of open water. The ice was holding in Hessel Bay; however, the ice has disappeared along the shoreline around some of the islands. Use caution in all areas!
Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Huron River: Was producing some steelhead and the occasional walleye but the bite will slow once again with the colder weather.
Detroit River: Boat anglers continue to take some nice perch especially around the islands. Fish have also been caught in the marinas and at the mouth. Most are using perch rigs and minnows.
Lake St. Clair: Conditions have not been ideal this week and not many anglers were out. Water clarity has been impacted by all the wind.
Clinton River: The steelhead run was just getting started. Warming temperatures are needed to get the fish moving. Only a few have been caught in the deeper holes. There were no fish on the gravel yet.
St. Clair River: Some were targeting walleye and steelhead but catch rates were low.
Saginaw Bay: Had very little to report as the ice has broken up and it has been too windy for boats to get out. The only boat launch open along the west side was the DNR ramp at the mouth of the Saginaw River (Patterson Road). The few boats able to get out were having a hard time finding clean water to fish in. Perch fishing was hit-or-miss but worth pursuing in a variety of ditches and rivers along the south end and the east side including Finn Road, the Quanicassee River, Garner Road, Kirk Road and Thomas Road. Perch were taken on perch rigs and minnows or tiny tube jigs cast and retrieved under a small bobber, similar to crappie fishing. Perch were also caught from the Sebewaing River, the access site at Bay Port, the basin at Bayshore Marina, and Mud Creek. The bigger fish might run into one creek today and another one tomorrow, so a good strategy for this type of fishing is to hit a spot for no more than a half hour, then move on to the next spot if the first one doesn’t produce fish.
Saginaw River: Fishing over the last week has been poor. The river was high, fast and muddy. Conditions are improving if we don’t get more rain.
Tittabawassee River: Shore anglers caught a few walleye in the south end of Midland near Gerace Construction. Catch rates further downriver were very slow.
Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
St. Joseph: Pier anglers are catching some coho, brown trout and steelhead. When the weather permits, boat anglers willing to go out to 200 feet have taken limit catches of coho when trolling orange plugs and spoons 50 to 80 feet down.
St. Joseph River: Steelhead are still moving up into the river but the water is high and dirty in most locations making fishing more difficult. There was a good push of steelhead and lots of fish were using the ladder a Berrien Springs.
South Haven: When the weather allows, boat anglers here were also taking limit catches of coho when trolling 50 to 80 feet down in 200 feet. Most were using spoons or plugs. Orange was the hot color.
Kalamazoo River: Steelhead are still being caught but the water is high and dirty making it much more difficult.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers trolling in deeper water were finding coho and steelhead. Shore anglers also caught fish off the end of the pier.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are still finding steelhead but the high and stained water makes fishing more difficult. Most fish have been caught up near the 6th Street Dam.
Grand River near Lansing: Anglers caught a couple nice pike, a few walleye and the odd bass near the North Lansing Dam during the warm spell. The bite should rebound when it warms back up.
Muskegon River: Still had a good number of steelhead but the higher water levels made fishing a bit more difficult. With colder air moving into the state, anglers will want to target the deeper holes.