Justin and his family are out fishing Big Glen on Easter using wigglers and they are having perch Easter Dinner, Man it does not get any better than that
Anglers are reminded that on Friday April 1st, all anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a 2016 fishing license. Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2016-2017 Fishing Guide when you purchase your license. River fishing has been good but the inland lakes especially to the north are still too cold.
Houghton Lake: Is really in-between seasons and the last snow storm did not help. Even those fishing the canals were not getting anything. It could be another couple weeks before water temperatures start to warm up.
Manistee Lake by Manistee has a perch bite this week, Muskegon Lake is still good for perch, but they are running smaller. Glen Lake has been fair for perch.
Tippy Dam has been great but if it rains too much they are close to flood Cleveland if the open the flood gate it will adversely effect the fishing below the dam with too much current.
Boardman River: Was producing some steelhead.
Torch Lake: Is open and being used by those seeking out salmon and trout.
Traverse City: A few boats have been out in both the East Bay and the West Bay. Those jigging have caught cisco and lake trout.
Betsie River: Steelhead fishing picked up with the warm weather.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Have had very little to report. Water temperatures are still very cold.
Manistee: Trollers and pier anglers have been catching some steelhead and brown trout when the weather permits.
Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues.
Ludington: When they can get out, boat anglers caught steelhead and brown trout. Pier anglers were also taking some fish.
Pere Marquette River: Has steelhead. Cooler weather and rain will once again slow the bite.
The inland lakes still had some ice cover which was not safe. Some of the backroads were inaccessible due to heavy snow. Smelt action is still 3 to 4 weeks away at least.
Keweenaw Bay: Salmon were caught in the southern bay off the Falls River and Sand Point Beach. Steelhead action was still on the light side in the Falls River and the Silver River.
Menominee River: Walleye are being caught from the Hattie Street Bridge to Stephenson Island by shore anglers using zip lures, stick baits, jigs and plastics. The best action was early morning or evening. Walleye and brown trout were caught by those trolling and jigging especially in the Turn Basin. The 6th Street launch was still iced in but all the other launches were open.
Little Bay De Noc: Had a couple ice anglers at Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor, the only two places with ice however conditions were extremely dangerous! The only boat launch that could be used at this time was the Rapid River launch although the dock isn’t in yet and there was a 12 inch heave where the asphalt meets the pad. The Ford River and the Gladstone launches could be open by the end of this week. Those fishing the Day’s River, Tacoosh and the Whitefish River caught steelhead. The Ford River is open for shore anglers with the possibility of catching a trout or smallmouth bass.
Marquette: Both harbors have full access with the docks in. Cooler temperatures and rain have slowed fishing. Jigging with cut bait at the bubblers is still providing anglers with coho during the mid-morning and early afternoon. Those trolling artificial baits have caught fish. Pier anglers using artificial and cut bait in the Lower Harbor caught splake and whitefish. Those fishing the Carp River were still catching steelhead up to 9 pounds even though the water levels were high and muddy.
Au Train: The dock at the boat launch was still not in and depending on wind direction, loading and unloading a boat may be difficult for those fishing alone. Catch rates slowed but anglers were still getting some coho, brown trout and steelhead when trolling artificial baits near the Rock River. A few brown trout were caught on worms near the Rock River.
Munising: About 90% of the bay was ice free except for 100 to 200 feet of shoreline ice. Boat use is limited however if southerly winds prevail, the public launch may be open by the weekend. A few boats were able to launch from the Anna River and Sand Point. Catch rates for splake, coho and whitefish were hit-or-miss. Early morning was best for salmon. Most were using spawn, Swedish pimples and jigs tipped with cut bait.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers caught 2 or 3 fish per trip, mainly coho and steelhead just outside the breakwall and inside the harbor. Pier fishing was possible on the first section only as ice was still present on the rocks and the end of the pier.
Ocqueoc River: Had a good number of steelhead.
Thunder Bay River: Had a fair number of steelhead.
Au Sable River: Water levels were high and muddy which usually slows the bite however some fish were still being caught up near the dam.
Higgins Lake: It appears the lake has finally opened up. Water temperatures are still pretty cold so no boats were out yet
Tawas River: A few suckers were still being caught in the lower river.
Au Gres: Trolling for walleye was really slow, probably held back by very cold and muddy water. A couple of lake trout and walleye were taken by shore anglers casting at the end of the breakwall.
Au Gres River: Steelhead fishing was very slow at the Singing Bridge. The water was high, fast and muddy.
Rifle River: Dip-netting for suckers was still in full swing.
Lake Erie Those out trolling are still taking some walleye from Brest Bay.
Huron River Still had some decent steelhead fishing for those using spawn up near the Flat Rock Dam.
Detroit River: Boat anglers fishing near the Trenton Power Plant were catching a fair to good number of walleye when using jigs with minnows. Most of the fish caught were smaller, good eating size. Perch fishing slowed and smaller fish were moving in. Those willing to put in the time and do lots of sorting might get a few keepers.
Oakland County Surface water temperatures were about 46 degrees in most areas on Cass Lake and Union Lake. Anglers were targeting panfish in the shallow bays and canals. The crappie bite was slow but will improve as water temperatures warm. Bass anglers had limited success with the catch and immediate release season when using husky jerks in 2 to 4 feet along the breakwalls and shorelines.
Lake St. Clair: All the DNR boat access sites are open for launching. Heavy rain and high winds have kept the lake turbid. Good perch and sunfish reports continue to come from the canals and marinas.
St. Clair River: The recent heavy rainfall and high winds have resulted in muddy conditions. The North Channel and the Marine City access sites will have the docks in and be open for launching on Friday, April 1st.
Saginaw Bay: All area rivers were high, fast and muddy. Steelhead, sucker and perch fishing in the rivers and cuts at least in the lower ends was pretty much unproductive if not impossible. Shore anglers at Eagle Bay Marina were taking a large number of small perch. Fish over 7 inches were almost non-existent. On the east side of the bay, success was pretty limited. A few small perch were caught in the Sebewaing River. At Mud Creek, the catch rate for keeper perch was one fish per angler hour. Walleye fishing out in the bay was pretty slow as the water was muddy.
St. Joseph River: Water temperatures were up into the low 50’s which should have produced some good steelhead fishing especially up near the Berrien Springs Dam.
Kalamazoo River: Water levels were about normal and steelhead fishing was good. Suckers were also being caught.
Grand Haven: Boat and shore anglers continue to target steelhead and brown trout.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water temperatures were up near the low 50’s. Steelhead were still being caught. Those targeting suckers have done well using worms below 6th Street.
Grand River at Lansing: A couple steelhead were caught at the point where the Grand meets the Red Cedar. Anglers were using spawn, a jig and wax worm or spinners. Steelhead were also caught near the Portland Dam, the Webber Dam and in Prairie Creek near Ionia.
Rogue River: Continues to produce some nice steelhead in the lower river.
Muskegon Lake: Is producing a fair to good number of white perch.
Muskegon River: Water clarity was low and will continue to be with all the run-off and more rain on the way the bite will be slow.