Water Logged Fishing Report

Now this is a catfish!!!!!
Frank Tingley stopped in yesterday to have a fish weighed and measured for master angler. We had no idea it was a monster of a fish until he opened his cooler. This fish weighed in at 35.8 lbs and measured 40 3/4 inches.
The current state record is 40lbs set back in 1964 and tied a record set in 1960. Congratulations Frank on a monster of a fish!

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoor
 

The rain from the last two days has flooded many rivers and lake levels are high. Houghton Lake has been good for crappie and bluegill. The steelhead fishing has slowed down with a few fish being caught. Suckers are running in many rivers and  worms and crawlers working best.

Perch fishing has been ok but wind has made it hard to fish the last few days. Manistee lake and PM lake seem to be ok for perch.

Next week the fishing season opens and we will have our baitshops fully stocked.

 

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The ice is gone however the dock was not in at the public launch.

Petoskey: The ice is gone but the marina did not have the docks in yet. The breakwall has seen a good number of anglers but catch rates were hit-or-miss for steelhead and coho. Rumor has it a couple brown trout caught on spawn bags.

Bear River: Had higher water levels and quite a few steelhead and some suckers below the dam. Anglers are drifting spawn bags, a single egg and flies. Anglers have reported suckers up at the dam as well.

Lake Charlevoix: The Ferry Beach launch was open and had a couple docks in.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, lake trout were caught in deep water south of Yuba Creek. Steelhead were caught on spawn, wigglers and wax worms in the Elk River. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught when trolling and those jigging found lake herring. The perch bite was slow.

Boardman River: Anglers have caught steelhead below the dam and down from Union Street Bridge. There are lots of suckers at the dam.

Leland: Dredging at the harbor mouth continues and the dock is still not in at the ramp. No boats have been out but a few anglers were steelhead fishing in the harbor and in the river. Catch rates were slow but a few fish were taken on spawn.

Platte Bay: Had light fishing pressure. A few anglers were fishing near the mouth of the river but had little success. There are steelhead in the lower Platte River and anglers are picking up a few. Water levels at the mouth are currently shallow and boats over 16 feet will most likely not be able to get in and out.

Frankfort: Those trolling along the piers and shoreline caught brown trout on black and silver body baits. Pier anglers caught steelhead and browns on spawn or body baits.

Onekama: Casting off the north breakwall was slow but will improve with the warmer temperatures. Surface water temperature was 46 degrees.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers casting in the shallows and around docks caught fish in the afternoon. Perch are still hitting but anglers are searching for them and sifting through the small ones.

Manistee: Surface temperatures reached 44 degrees. The restrooms will open the first week in May. A good number of perch were caught from the north pier when using minnows in the morning hours. A couple steelhead and brown trout were taken on spawn. Those trolling the shoreline caught steelhead, brown trout and lake trout.

Manistee River: Continues to have good steelhead fishing although by next weekend, it should start winding down.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were about 44 degrees. The restrooms are still closed. Those trolling the shoreline continue to catch coho, lake trout and brown trout. Pier anglers caught very few steelhead and brown trout.

Pere Marquette River: Still had good steelhead fishing. Anglers have about a week or so before the fishery slows down.

Pentwater: Boats trolling in 5 to 20 feet caught brown trout, the occasional chinook or lake trout. Pier anglers caught brown trout with spawn near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing on Longbridge Road caught bullhead, suckers, and the occasional channel cat on crawlers or spawn near the bottom. Boats fishing in 15 to 25 feet caught perch using perch rigs tipped with wax worms.

Pentwater River: Had good steelhead fishing that should continue through next weekend.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: All the docks are in at the marinas. The water levels were high and the current was strong at the Lock and dam. Steelhead were caught on spawn and wax worms at the Lock. Suckers were caught on crawlers.

Cheboygan River: Shore anglers at the dam caught steelhead on spawn.

Rogers City: Water temperatures were about 38 degrees. All the docks are in but nothing is open in the marina. When boats can get out, try trolling the shoreline for lake trout and Atlantic salmon. For trout, try near the bottom in 30 to 50 feet with big flashers and cowbells with spin-glo’s and flies. For salmon try bright colored body baits.

Rockport: Lake trout are being caught near the bottom in 30 to 60 feet near Middle Island on flashers with flies or cowbells and spin-glo’s. Water temperatures were still cold. Those trying for Atlantic salmon had no luck.

Alpena: A few walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in Thunder Bay when trolling crank baits near the mouth of the river. Walleye were caught by pier anglers casting crank baits in the waters of Lake Huron after dark.

Thunder Bay River: Those drifting or floating spawn and beads caught a couple steelhead and some white suckers up near the 9th Street Dam.

Oscoda: Those fishing from the pier at Au Sable River Park have caught Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and a couple steelhead when casting spoons or drifting spawn and minnows.

Au Sable River: Atlantic salmon were caught by those drifting spawn or casting spoons as far upstream as the US-23 Bridge. Those targeting steelhead did best when drifting spawn, nymph eggs or black stonefly patterns between the whirlpool access and Foote Dam. White suckers were caught on spawn and worms. Those casting spoons have caught and released a few smallmouth bass near the mouth.

Houghton Lake: Continues to produce crappie and bluegills in the canals. Anglers are using minnows about a foot under a bobber. There has not been anyone fishing the rest of the lake.

Tawas: Those trolling in the bay were getting a few Atlantic salmon, brown trout and walleye with body baits off planer boards in 10 to 25 feet. Those heading south to Whitestone Point were getting a few more walleye. Pier anglers fishing outside the wall at the state dock caught a couple of Atlantic salmon and walleye while those fishing inside the floating docks took a couple small perch.

Tawas River: Shore anglers in the lower river caught and released a few bass. A couple Atlantic salmon, several suckers, catfish and carp were also caught.

Au Gres: Those trolling caught walleye off Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres when trolling body baits. Those surfcasting at night were targeting walleye with crank baits.

Au Gres River: Did not have much activity near the Singing Bridge.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: Coho fishing slowed in the harbors. Those doing best were fishing the “bubblers” and taking 3 or 4 fish per trip. A couple coho and brown trout were caught when trolling near the mouth of the Chocolay River and the Carp River. Steelhead fishing in the rivers was slow.

Menominee River: Anglers had to deal with some very high and fast water which kept catch rates low. Boat anglers fishing just off the mouth in the big lake caught some nice brown trout, a few walleye and a couple pike.

Little Bay De Noc: All the launches are open. Perch anglers reported catches near Kipling with minnows and crawlers in 30 to 35 feet or near Hunters Point in 22 to 30 feet. The rivers are high and flowing fast. Steelhead were caught in the Day’s River from Kipling Road, north across US-2 and to the golf course. Fish were caught near the 1st Dam in the Escanaba River when fly fishing with beads or casting yarn and spawn.

Manistique River: Steelhead anglers were few but catch rates were good especially in “big bass hole” which is south of the Cedar Street Bridge when fly fishing with beads, yarn and spawn. The water was high and fast so bring waders and use caution. White suckers were running and catch rates were good. Smelt anglers have just started reporting runs in the area including Black Creek and Southtown Creek.

Au Train: The Brownstone launch is still unusable and the Hiawatha Forest Service has put up a fence to prevent the public from using it.

Munising: Water temperatures remain cold in the mid 30’s but boat anglers have taken good catches of coho and even a few limit catches when combined with splake and brown trout when trolling spoons and stick baits. The coho averaged 16 inches. Few rainbows have been caught and no kings were observed. Pier and shore anglers report both good and bad days with a mix of coho and splake caught on spawn bags or when casting spoons or jigs.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers report good action for coho with a few limit catches taken. Belly contents show they are eating smelt. A few brown trout were also caught. A chinook just over 6 pounds was caught. Pier anglers caught a few coho and the occasional steelhead ranging 18 to 25 inches. They have also reported good catches of lake whitefish on certain days with fish running 12 to 20 inches. Menominee were running 7 to 12 inches. Try spawn sacs or a single egg. The ice cap is still present on the west end of the pier but the east side of the pier is ice free all the way to the end and is fishable. The water was turbid because of gusty winds. The Sucker River is quite high due to recent rains. Shore anglers still report slow action on the Sucker River and Carpenter Creek with only a couple steelhead caught. The fish caught were not spawned out so it is possible a small run may be coming in from the lake. A few coho and lake trout were caught on spawn sacs.

Two Hearted River: Has steelhead. Try spawn or wax worms.

Tahquamenon River: Had a fair to good smelt run but was beginning to slow down. Anglers may still find a few fish. Other streams off Whitefish Bay have been productive as well but in much smaller numbers.

Detour: All the ice is gone at Detour Passage and the docks are in. For Atlantic salmon, try trolling or long-lining with chrome crank baits along the shorelines. Small smelt runs were reported in Albany Creek off M-134 but the action will not last long. At Drummond Island, the docks are in at the DNR launch. In Maxton Bay, the Monahan Dock which is at the end of Tourist Road is open for perch fishing.

Cedarville and Hessel: Some good perch catches were reported in Cedarville Bay just south of the boat launch off Meridian Street. Some 8 to 11 inch fish were caught on small minnows in 4 to 6 feet off the weed beds and around the docks. Splake were caught off the pier at the Hessel Marina. Try frozen smelt just off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet.

St. Ignace: There is one dock in at the public marina however the dock is not in at the Pine River. Water levels on the Carp and Pine Rivers were high and fast. No word on smelt in the Carp River.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers are still trolling and jigging for walleye in Brest Bay. Most are trolling stick baits or jigging bucktail jigs with minnows and twister tails.

Huron River: Is starting to produce some white bass at the dam.

Wamplers Lake: Anglers were catching and releasing largemouth bass on the east end in less than 8 feet, on the south end in 1 to 5 feet and near the boat launch when casting jerk baits, chatter baits, swim jigs or top water lures. Water temperatures have warmed to 54 degrees. Those next door on Sand Lake have caught bluegills and crappie in the canals on the west end in 4 feet with a white curly tail jig and black fly. Largemouth bass were caught and released on the west end in 6 to 8 feet.

Detroit River: Anglers are taking walleye including some limit catches. Most are using a jig and minnow or twister tail. Dark colors like black and purple seemed to work best. Perch fishing has slowed. Panfish anglers have taken a few crappie in the canals.

Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures are beginning to warm and clarity was improving. Crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed are in the canals and marinas. Smallmouth bass have been caught in deeper water off from spring time spawning areas when using blade baits and soft plastics. Shore anglers have caught largemouth bass. The boat launch at the Clinton River Cut-Off has been cleared out allowing vessels to launch.

St. Clair River: Walleye anglers were jigging and whipping mid-river and in the North Channel. The action was not fast, but there were some walleye to be caught.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Boat anglers trolling in 15 to 20 feet have caught steelhead and coho. Lake trout were found just off the bottom in 40 feet. Pier anglers casting outside the walls caught a few coho on worms, minnows and Little Cleo’s.

Harbor Beach: Boats are starting to head out and have caught coho and steelhead in 15 to 18 feet or lake trout in 40 feet. Night anglers fishing the north gap caught walleye.

Saginaw Bay: It appears that the spring perch runs are just about over for this year. Rivers in the area are coming down and clearing up. Much of the bay remains turbid due to runoff and high winds. Boat anglers are getting walleye off Spoils Island and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River when vertical jigging, which still seems to be more effective than trolling. A “blue-ice” plastic minnow on a jig head seems to be the best color right now. Up the east side, trollers out of Sunset Bay Marina trying for walleye had limited success. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicassee and Sebewaing Rivers were catching carp, suckers, white bass, bowfin, and anything else that will hit a worm. Perch anglers at Bay Port and Mud Creek were getting a few but had to sort through a lot of small ones to get a couple keepers. A few sunfish were caught from the Thomas Cut when using worms and a couple crappie were caught on minnows.

Saginaw River: Catfish anglers were getting a few when using shrimp in the lower river at Smith Park.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the region are producing crappie and bluegills in shallow waters. Crappies are hitting on minnows and the bluegills are hitting on red worms and wax worms. The perch bite is just about done.

St. Joseph: Fishing pressure has been low. Most boat anglers reported inconsistent catch rates but a few managed to find a decent number of coho. The fish were very deep, well past 150 feet and were hitting on small spoons. Pier fishing was slow for coho and brown trout with only a few taken on spawn.

St. Joseph River: Had some fresh steelhead using the Berrien Springs ladder. Water levels were high but were coming back down and clearing up.

South Haven: Boat anglers caught a few trout and salmon in 50 feet when trolling spoons. Anglers will have to deal with some construction in South Haven and should follow the detour signs. The road to the north pier is under construction however the boat launch is open.

Kalamazoo River: Water levels are coming down but water temperatures are on the rise. Cooler water up near the Allegan Dam is producing steelhead but as the water temperatures rise, that fishery will not last much longer.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers caught a few brown trout when still-fishing with minnows or casting spoons. Those trolling the shoreline reported slow catch rates. Those targeting perch reported catch rates that were hit-or-miss.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are still high which makes fishing difficult. Steelhead are still being caught in the Rogue River.

Grand River at Lansing: Has had very few anglers due to the high and muddy water.

Muskegon: Pier and shore anglers reported slow catch rates for brown trout but a few were taken by those trolling bright colored spoons and body baits along the shoreline.

Muskegon River: Fishing was a bit harder but anglers have managed to catch some nice steelhead when drifting spawn, casting small spoons or fly fishing.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught brown trout and steelhead on spawn near the bottom.

White Lake: Perch were caught in 15 to 30 feet on dropper rigs tipped with spikes or wax worms.

White River: Steelhead fishing is still going on and could last through next weekend.

Easter Fishing Report 2017

 

PM Lake at Ludington has a perch bite the last 3 days with wigglers working best. Captain Chucks has been really busy with guys heading out using wigglers and perch shiners.

 

 

PM  lake perch
PM lake perch

 

 

Crystal, Portage, Manistee, Big Glen, Lake Charlevoix, Green Lake, are reporting a decent perch bite.

 

Sheldon from Hesperia Sport Shop has had a great spring for Steelhead on the White River below the Hesperia Dam

Image may contain: 1 person, child, outdoor, nature and water
Image may contain: 1 person, standing, tree, outdoor, nature and water
 
 
 

was just at Pappy’s Bait in Wellston and a guy brought in at 18 1/2 pound male steelhead

Image may contain: outdoor
 

Houghton Lake the Crappies are in

 

Crappie are in! Jacob Chipman from Frederick found the gills and crappie in the canals…including a 14″, master angler crappie. He said to use minnows under a pink, purple or fire tiger jig for the crappie and leaf or wax worms for the gills. They’re both hitting about 18″ from the surface.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing and outdoor
 
 
 
 

These nice Detroit Walleye fell victim to the Fish Bones Slim Line Rattle Jigs yesterday thanks for the pic guys

Image may contain: food
 
 
 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: This side of the Bay was mainly ice free but the dock at the launch was not in yet. The other side of the Bay still had a lot of loose ice, so depending on wind direction it could blow back over.

Petoskey: Little Traverse Bay still had quite a bit of loose ice which makes boat fishing a slim possibility. The launch at the marina does not have the dock in yet. The breakwall ice and snow is melting and anglers were fishing inside the breakwall when there was no floating ice. Catch rates were hit-or-miss but a couple steelhead and coho were caught.

Bear River: Water levels were still moderately high. A fair number of steelhead were hooked between the dam and the mouth when drifting spawn bags and flies. Anglers are reminded that brown trout season is closed until the last Saturday in April.

Traverse City: Most of the boating action was on the West Bay where anglers were catching plenty of perch northeast of Clinch Park when using minnows and wigglers. Though many were small, some did manage to catch fish 8 inches or larger. Lake herring were caught north of Bryant Park and off the M-22 launch when jigging. A couple nice trout were caught at the south end of the East Bay near Acme. Those targeting steelhead in Elk Rapids caught some fish below the dam on spawn and wax worms.

Boardman River: Was slow but a couple steelhead and the occasional brown trout were still caught.

Leland: A few were fishing in the harbor and the river for steelhead but only a couple were landed. Dredging at the harbor mouth was to start this week. It would be challenging to try and get a larger boat out at this point.

Platte Bay: Had mainly shore anglers that were surfcasting but few fish were caught. Springtime water levels at the mouth of the Platte River are currently low, so it would be difficult for anglers to get out into Platte Bay with boats larger than 16 feet. The lower river has some steelhead.

Frankfort: Pier anglers were getting the occasional steelhead or brown trout on spawn, spoons or body baits. Most of the steelhead are chrome colored. Those trolling the harbor caught brown trout when casting body baits.

Betsie River: Had a lot of anglers as steelhead fishing continues.

Portage Lake: Perch anglers were fishing several locations but catch rates were hit-or-miss. Minnows, worms and wrigglers were used.

Manistee: Surface temperatures were about 41 degrees. All the docks are in at the launches however the restrooms and fish cleaning station were still closed. Perch were caught off the north pier when using minnows and a couple steelhead were taken when using spawn bags. Those trolling along the shoreline were getting some brown trout.

Ludington: Surface temperatures made it up to 42 degrees. The restrooms and the fish cleaning station were still closed. A small number of brown trout were caught by pier anglers using spawn bags or those trolling the shoreline. Some perch were caught in Pere Marquette Lake.

Pentwater: Adverse weather limited boat anglers. The water around the piers was cloudy and those fishing reported slow catch rates.

Pentwater Lake: Those trolling caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Perch fishing was good in 10 to 30 feet using perch rigs tipped with white spikes and wax worms. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught suckers and bullhead on crawlers.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: The city launch and marina at the mouth of the river have the docks in.

Cheboygan River: Shore anglers had some luck with steelhead at the dam and downstream when using spawn. Those that tried crank baits and spinners had no luck.

Rogers City: The ice is gone and there is one dock in at the launch. When boats can get out, Atlantic salmon and lake trout should be available. Try trolling in stained waters less than 40 feet deep. In Swan Bay, bright spoons or body baits should produce some fish. Boat anglers were targeting lake trout near the bottom inside 50 feet. Try big flashers with flies or spin-glo’s. A few anglers were casting for Atlantic salmon off the wall. Try orange or chartreuse.

Rockport: Anglers were casting for Atlantic salmon from the wall. The fish should show up any day now. A few boats were getting lake trout just off the bottom in 60 feet. Try big flashers with flies or spin-glo’s.

Alpena: A few boat anglers were out in Thunder Bay. Those trolling for walleye have caught and released a few smallmouth bass.

Thunder Bay River: Waters levels were elevated but anglers still caught a couple steelhead when drifting spawn near the 9th Street Dam or Hot-n-Tots from the bridges.

Oscoda: Pier anglers caught lake trout when drifting or still-fishing with spawn and minnows or when casting spoons.

Au Sable River: Water levels were high and turbid. Those fishing the lower river in Oscoda caught a couple steelhead on spawn but more fish were caught up near Foote Dam. Carp and freshwater drum were caught on worms.

Houghton Lake: Crappie anglers are fishing the canals. Sucker fishing is starting to pick up on the Cut River near the mouth of Houghton Lake.

Tawas: Pier anglers are catching brown trout, steelhead and smallmouth bass when still-fishing with minnows or casting lures. A few smaller perch were caught inside the pier. Those trolling were starting to catch walleye off Tawas Point, Alabaster and Whitestone Point. The fish were caught on body baits in 10 to 25 feet. Lake trout were caught near the reef.

Tawas River: Was still producing suckers.

Au Gres: Anglers caught several lake trout while fishing for walleye.

Rifle River: At Greenwood Road was producing suckers.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: Both the Upper and Lower Harbors are producing coho along with a few brown trout and splake. Those jigging at the “bubblers” did best with pink or white jig heads with a white twisty tail. Those trolling also caught fish with Hot-n-Tots, shad raps and small spoons for coho. Steelhead are being caught on the Carp and Chocolay Rivers.

Menominee River: Anglers fishing the Turn Basin and were jigging plastics, live baits and zip lures. Brown trout were caught north and south of the mouth when trolling spoons and stick baits. Fishing pressure has been extremely heavy below the Hattie Street Dam.

Little Bay De Noc: All rivers are open and flowing with water levels down some. The Bay is open but still had pack ice stacked on various shorelines. The launches that are ready for use are Rapid River, Gladstone and North Shore. The dock on the Ford River should be in this week. This should be a good week for perch anglers to try their luck. Several anglers have started steelhead fishing in the Day’s, Escanaba and Ford Rivers. Best catches were reported were in the Day’s River across US-2 and when fly fishing the Escanaba River up near the 1st Dam. Most used spawn, beads or yarn.

Manistique River: The public launch is open and several boat and shore anglers have started fishing the mouth for steelhead. Fair to good catches were reported from the dam to “big bass hole” which is just south of the Cedar Street Bridge. Anglers are fly fishing with beads and yarn or casting spawn and yarn. Water temperatures were between 38 and 44 degrees.

Au Train: The brownstone launch was currently not usable. A piece of cement slab at the launch pad was moved by the ice and is blocking access. Only a couple steelhead were caught in the Rock River.

Munising: The ice is gone and the docks are in at the public launch. Anglers reported good catches of coho when casting or trolling with spoons. Shore and boat anglers were taking a few splake. Steelhead fishing was slow off the Anna River.

Grand Marais: Good catches of coho and some nice steelhead 25 to 30 inches were reported by boat anglers. Most of the steelhead were dark, about 50% spent and appeared to be fish coming down the river. Shore anglers did poorly with very few hits off the Sucker River and Carpenter Creek area. River levels are high due to recent rains so if you are planning on fishing the mouth of the Sucker River you will want to bring waders.

Two Hearted River: Had high water levels. Steelhead were spotty at best. Most roads in the area are now open.

Detour: To the north, the ice is gone from the Raber Bay boat launch and the Lime Island Dock but the docks are not in yet. Look for spawning perch in 4 to 6 feet in and around old cattails and weeds with small minnows or wigglers. At Detour Village, the ice is gone at both boat launches. This is the time to start fishing for Atlantic salmon which are close to shore and chasing smelt. Try long-lining with hard crank baits that simulate smelt in 6 to 10 feet. A few anglers were targeting steelhead in Albany Creek which is about ten miles west of Detour Village under M-134 but no catches were reported.

Cedarville and Hessel: The public launch at Lake Side Road has open water. Launching here allows anglers to fish for perch at the mouth of McKay Creek, and McKay Bay. The Cedarville launch off Meridian Street in town has open water. A few reports of perch have come from Cedarville Bay, south of the boat launch and around the cattails in 6 to 8 feet. Anglers were using small minnows. East winds blew the ice out of the Hessel Marina and finger docks. Splake fishing was good with small minnows and frozen smelt 20 inches off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet outside the steel breakwall.

St. Ignace: Had no angler activity. There is one dock in at the public launch. The Pine River is slow and the docks are not in yet. Anglers are targeting steelhead on the Carp River using spawn but no smelt run as of yet.

Black River: In Mackinac County has steelhead running and catch rates were moderate.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Walleye fishing in Brest Bay slowed but should pick back up. Anglers were trolling crank baits, reef runners and husky jerks.

Huron River: Was still producing some steelhead for those using spawn, wax worms or flies.

Wamplers Lake: In Lenawee County had anglers taking panfish near the drop-offs with limited success. Anglers were marking a number of fish that were suspended in 24 to 25 feet on the west end but could not get them to bite. They were using worms, minnows and artificial baits. Water temperatures were in the mid to high 40’s. Sand Lake which is next to Wamplers was also producing a few panfish.

Detroit River: The walleye bite is improving. Anglers are using ¾ to 1 ounce jigs with minnows anywhere from 12 to 18 inches off the bottom. The cuts and canals are producing panfish.

Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures have remained in the mid 40’s, but were starting to increase. Clarity still remains below average due to excessive runoff. Most species are still lethargic, but some anglers were able to catch smallmouth bass and perch. Those targeting bass did well in 3 to 5 feet when casting crank baits. Perch were caught in the canals and were hitting on minnows but worms were also working at times. Crappie and bluegills were caught in the canals and marinas when using wax worms and crawlers just off the bottom. The Clinton River was turbid and muddy and perch fishing slowed in the spillway.

St. Clair River: Anglers are catching salmon off the wall at Port Huron. Smelt numbers are sparse but a couple anglers were taking a few. Anglers were beginning to catch limits of walleye in the North Channel however many fish were undersize.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Those out trolling were marking fish in 18 to 40 feet but were not catching any. Those fishing inside the harbor at Lexington managed to catch a couple coho, steelhead and perch with a crawler or minnow under a bobber.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye anglers off Linwood were marking fish but had no success catching them. A few walleye were caught off the north end of Spoils Island when jigging minnows in 8 to 10 feet. Water levels near the river and the inner bay were high and muddy. A few catfish were caught at the Hot Ponds. Quanicassee to Sebewaing had poor fishing with only small fish taken. Those fishing the day use area on the Pinnebog River were taking suckers but heavy sinkers were needed due to the increased flow.

Saginaw River: Water levels were high and muddy.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Fishing pressure was low. The few boats that have made it out struggled to find fish because the lake was churned up after the storms and strong winds. Most were slow trolling just outside the piers and along the shoreline. Pier anglers struggled as well but some did manage to catch a few whitefish and the occasional brown trout when using spawn.

South Haven: Fishing pressure was low as few boats were able to get out. Those that did get out reported slow coho and brown trout fishing.

Kalamazoo River: Has high water levels which is limiting fishing. The river still has a good number of steelhead. The closed tributaries also have more fish than usual because of the high water levels.

Rabbit River: Has a good number of steelhead.

Grand Haven: After all the rain, the water along the shoreline was muddy. Pier anglers caught a few brown trout on live minnows but the action was slow. A couple menominee whitefish were caught on wax worms or skein.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead are still being caught here and in the Rogue River however high water levels have made fishing a challenge. Use caution.

Jackson County: Panfish including perch are being caught in various lakes.

Muskegon: Pier and shore anglers reported slower catch rates for steelhead and brown trout. When the weather allows, boat anglers caught a few brown trout when trolling orange or green body baits along the shoreline.

Muskegon River: Continues to have a good number of steelhead and some walleye but that season does not open until the last Saturday in April. In Mecosta County, there was good panfish action near Rogers Heights.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught brown trout and steelhead when still-fishing with spawn. Whitefish were also caught using wax worms or a single egg.

White Lake: Anglers caught perch in 20 to 30 feet using perch rigs with wax worms.

White River: Had fresh fish coming from the lake.

Fishing is Finally Changing Seasons

Black Crappie
Black Crappie

Ice finally went out of most lakes north of M-72 the last few days. Higgins Lake the ice was all the way piles up on the south and south west shore. They are catching  some rainbows off of big creek.

Hesperia below the dam reports a great steelhead run with waxworms working best. Tippy Dam has been spotty with a better bite in the afternoon.

Houghton Lake the crappie are in the canals the last few days, also bluegill  have showed up with worms working best also crappie biting on fatheads or small emeralds.

Lake City the crappies are biting on Lake Missaukee in the lagoon, also in the canals.

East Grand Traverse Bay is producing perch, lake trout and ciscoes.

They are still catching atlantic  salmon on Torch Lake off the mouth of the clam river trolling or bobber fishing with blues.

The are catching some nice perch on the Muskegon River by Freemont and Between Cronton and Hardy Dam.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The harbor was still iced in so no docks are in yet.

Petoskey: Little Traverse Bay still had some ice. The boat launch at the marina does not have the docks in yet. Use caution if fishing the breakwall as the walkway was still snow and ice covered. Overall, steelhead fishing has been slow. Anglers should find coho, brown trout and steelhead as the waters warm up.

Bear River: Water levels were fairly high. A couple fish were seen jumping at the dam. Anglers were drifting spawn bags or flies.

Boardman River: Should have good steelhead fishing by the weekend.

Frankfort: Had little activity. Betsie Bay is clear of ice and the boat ramp is open.

Betsie River: Look for good steelhead action into next week.

Manistee: Had few anglers. Surface water temperatures were about 40 degrees. Docks are in at the boat launch but the restrooms and the fishing cleaning station are still closed.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is in full swing and the run should peak sometime in the next week. The warm up this weekend should be prime time.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were near 41 degrees. The docks are in at the city marina but the restrooms and the fish cleaning station are still closed. Angler activity was low but those trolling along the shoreline caught a few brown trout.

Pere Marquette River: Should have good steelhead fishing by the weekend and into next week as run peaks.

Pentwater River: Should have good steelhead fishing by the weekend.

 

Ocqueoc River: Anglers continue to target steelhead. Try drifting spawn and beads in the deeper holes.

Rogers City: The marina and launch ramp were still ice covered.

Rockport: Was ice free and boat anglers were trolling for Atlantic salmon and lake trout in shallow waters. Shore anglers were targeting fish off the wall.

Oscoda: Pier anglers have caught a few Atlantic salmon and some lake trout.

Au Sable River: Water levels were up and running fast which will make fishing more difficult. The steelhead bite should pick back up by the weekend.

Houghton Lake: Is ice free and the dock is in at the launch on the south end. Anglers are starting to get crappie in and near the canals with fathead minnows. Bluegills are also starting to bite and were hitting on leaf worms. Try pink and purple jigs.

Tawas: A few perch were caught near the floating docks inside the harbor but anglers were sorting to get some keepers. Outside the wall, anglers caught lake trout, brown trout, a couple pike and the odd walleye on live minnows or when casting spoons and body baits. Those trolling inside Tawas Bay were also taking fish with body baits.

Tawas River: A lot of suckers were caught on worms in the lower river.

Au Gres: When they can get out, boat anglers were fishing around the various points in 10 to 25 feet. Those trolling body baits were catching more lake trout than walleye. Those surf-casting with body baits were targeting walleye at night.

Au Gres River: Shore anglers fishing the cuts and marina basins along the river were getting a mix of perch, crappies and bluegills. On the East Branch, shore and surf anglers were getting some steelhead when drifting spawn bags or wax worms down at the Singing Bridge.

Rifle River: The sucker runs continue at Omer but water levels were high and fast.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The bay still has ice floating around but hopefully some wind will open it up to boating. A few coho were caught by those casting spoons from shore. The Falls River has been slow but a couple steelhead were caught. Water temperatures were about 36 degrees. We need some warm days to get the temperatures up and get a smelt run started.

Marquette: Coho fishing slowed some but a few anglers were still getting the occasional limit catch when jigging at the “Bubblers”. A couple splake were caught off the breakwall in the Lower Harbor when the ice was not there. Those targeting steelhead in the Carp and Chocolay Rivers reported slower catch rates. A few small brown trout were caught in the Chocolay River with spawn, leaf worms and wax worms.

Menominee River: Anglers have caught walleye and brown trout when casting jigs and stick baits below the dam at Hattie Street. The walleye bite remains slow but should pick up soon.

Little Bay De Noc: The ice is breaking up fast and most of the Bay is now open water. Anglers are still not able to launch boats but hopefully soon. Shore fishing is available in many areas. The rivers are pretty much open and flowing fast. Steelhead anglers are just getting started on the Day’s River.

Manistique River: Is open but no launches were up and running yet. Water levels are up and the flow is fast. A good number of shore anglers were fishing near the dam. A couple steelhead were caught but it is still early. Suckers have started running.

Au Train: Still had ice in the bay and the boat launch was not accessible. There were no reports from either the Rock or the Au Train River.

Munising: Ice has started to leave the shoreline and the following areas were open a few hundred yards from shore with some floating ice: Bay Furnace, Christmas along M-28, the Grand Island Ferry access, and Sand Point. Anglers are pushing boats over the ice to open water near the Anna River and Sand Point. Anglers have caught coho and splake when jigging spoons and Swedish pimples or using cut bait. Steelhead reports were slow. Anglers can try off the Anna River dock as there is open water.

Grand Marais: Had few anglers. Water levels were low in Carpenter Creek and the Sucker River. There was quite a bit of shore ice on the Sucker River and substantial amounts of snow in the woods in this area. As far as pier activity it will be at least two weeks maybe longer before anglers will be able to fish the pier as there are large ice caps covering most of the pier at this time. There was no ice in the harbor though and the boat launch was ice free.

Two Hearted River: Has had no reports as of yet. Anglers should keep in mind that access may be challenging due to snow pack on area roads. Ice is still on the shoreline of Lake Superior so that may keep some fish out of the river for a while yet.

Tahquamenon River: Had reports of a few smelt taken over the last couple days.

Munuscong: Ice conditions are getting very dangerous. Most areas were slushy with not much hard ice underneath.

Cedarville and Hessel: There is a lot of open water and any remaining ice is dangerous.

Carp River: In Mackinac County had some angling activity and a couple steelhead were caught.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Boat anglers were getting some bigger walleye in Brest Bay. Most were using large crank baits, reef runners and husky jerks in 14 to 20 feet.

Huron River: Steelhead anglers have taken fish on spawn, wax worms or flies.

Detroit River: Had good walleye fishing in the lower river for those jigging and drifting plastics and shiners. The fish averaged 15 to 19 inches and a few limit catches were reported. Perch were caught in shallow waters. Try the canals and marinas with small shiners under a slip bobber.

Lake St. Clair: Conditions have not been ideal so not many anglers were out. The wind and rain have muddied the water in the canals, marinas and near shore. Perch and panfish had been caught before the weather changed.

St. Clair River: There is no more ice coming down the river. Anglers were trying for walleye but the action was very slow. Shore anglers at Port Huron were getting salmon, walleye and even a few smelt off the wall.

Port Austin: The marina is ice free but the docks at the boat launch were not in yet.

Saginaw Bay: Perch anglers inside Eagle Bay Marina and also at the end of Palmer Road were still catching fish, but sorting through a lot of small ones for every keeper. The rain and snow will not help the perch fishing. Those trolling were trying to find walleye between Linwood and the mouth of the Saginaw River but were not having much luck. A few perch were caught inside the Linwood Beach Marina but rain shut the bite down again. A few small perch were found in the lower Kawkawlin River, the drain at the end of Finn Road, and the Quanicassee River but no big numbers by any means. Some bigger perch were caught in the marina at Sebewaing and in Mud Creek mainly early and late in the day. Keepers were 7 to 9 inches. Perch fishing at Caseville was slow.

Saginaw River: Had excellent perch fishing down near the mouth before the heavy rain and snow.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Pier fishing is very slow for salmon and steelhead. Those targeting salmon did catch a couple catfish. When they can get out, boat anglers found salmon and lake trout when trolling small crank baits along the shoreline in 40 feet or less.

St. Joseph River: Still has a good number of steelhead throughout the system including Berrien Springs, Buchanan and Niles.

South Haven: Had no report as strong winds have kept boats off the big lake. The boat launch is open however there is a lot of construction in the area.

Kalamazoo River: Continues to produce some nice steelhead even with the higher water levels.

Grand Haven: The South Pier is still closed and will be until late summer because of construction. A “No-Trespassing” sign has been posted so anglers need to stay off the pier because of safety concerns. The launch on Harbor Island has two docks in. Those trolling the shoreline reported slow catch rates for brown trout.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had very high water levels and was under a flood warning. Steelhead can still be found but fishing conditions will be difficult until the water levels come back down.

Muskegon: The South Pier is still closed to the public due to construction in the area. There is a “No-Trespassing” sign and anglers need to stay off the pier because of safety concerns. Pier fishing is slow for steelhead and brown trout. When they can get out, boat anglers caught a few lake trout and brown trout on body baits.

Muskegon River: Has had good steelhead fishing all the way up to Croton Dam. Some have caught the occasional brown trout. Water levels were up and stained.

Whitehall: When they can get out, pier anglers have caught steelhead, brown trout and the occasional whitefish with spawn near the bottom.