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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A few anglers were trying to ice fish for perch however with the rain and warmer temperatures it is not recommended that anglers go out. The ice past Harbor Point and near the marina and boat launch does not look safe.

Petoskey: Anglers were fishing for steelhead inside the breakwall but thin ice especially in the morning made it impossible to fish.

Bear River: Catch rates were a bit slow but some nice chrome fish were caught with spawn bags up near the dam and downstream between the bridges. A couple steelhead were also caught on wax worms or spawn bags at the mouth.

Glen Arbor: Had little to no fishing activity. The ramp and the dock were not in at the boat launch on Lake Michigan.

Traverse City: The weather has not been cooperating on either bay. Icy conditions at the boat launches and skim ice near shore were making it difficult for boat anglers. In the East Bay, a few lake herring were caught south of the M-37 launch. On the Elk River in Elk Rapids, a couple steelhead were caught below the dam in the early morning. In the West Bay, Bowers Harbor was still frozen at the boat launch. On the Boardman River, steelhead were caught below the dam with spawn or wax worms. There were quite a few planter rainbow trout near the dam so beads and soft plastics would be a good option if you are losing bait quickly.

Arcadia: Had little to no fishing activity. On Arcadia Lake, the dock is in at the ramp.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were holding around 36 degrees. Not many anglers had been out. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn bags. The south pier is closed because of a large hole.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead were caught up as far as Tippy Dam by those using beads and spawn bags. The rain should help bring more fish in.

Ludington: Surface temperature readings were up to 38 degrees. Few anglers were out but a couple did manage to catch some brown trout when trolling spoons and plugs.

Pere Marquette Lake: Was producing a few perch.

Pere Marquette River: Has a mix of winter run steelhead and a few fresh fish.

Pentwater: Gusty winds have limited pier fishing but anglers did catch steelhead and the occasional brown trout with spawn bags in the channel.

Pentwater Lake: Boat anglers caught yellow perch in 30 feet using perch rigs tipped with minnows or wax worms. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught the occasional steelhead on spawn bags near the bottom.

Muskegon: Pier anglers have caught steelhead along with a few brown trout on spawn. No boat report this week.

Muskegon Lake: Perch anglers were still getting some nice fish out from the Sand Docks and off the Bear Lake Channel in 40 to 50 feet.

Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing was average but should pick up with the rain and warmer temperatures.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead with spawn bags fished near the bottom.

White Lake: Boat anglers caught mainly small perch in 50 feet.

White River: Had fair to good steelhead fishing.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Anglers caught steelhead at the dam with spawn, beads, spinners, worms and minnows. Conditions were a bit difficult because of high currents from overflow.

Ocqueoc River: Fishing pressure was slow at times but anglers have caught steelhead averaging 15 inches. Try spawn and spinners.

Rogers City: Had a good 13 inches of snow. Nothing is open yet and no docks were in because of ice.

Alpena: No boats were out but the launch next to the Alpena Fish Station is open and has a dock in. The city ramp was still iced up.

Thunder Bay River: Fishing was slow but anglers were getting a couple steelhead and Atlantic salmon when drifting flies or spawn bags with bobbers. The water is low, clear and very cold.

Oscoda: Pier anglers caught a couple walleye and the occasional Atlantic salmon, steelhead, or lake trout when still-fishing with minnows and spawn bags or when casting deep diving or sinking crank baits.

Au Sable River: Steelhead were caught by anglers drifting or floating wax worms, flies, and spawn bags through the holes. River temperatures were hovering around 39 degrees and the water is very clear, so winter tactics continue to produce best. Some fresh fish entered the river and a fair amount of black stone flies were emerging.

Black River: Despite on and off skim ice, anglers found a couple steelhead at the mouth of the river when floating spawn bags.

Harrisville: Had no angling activity. Skim ice continues to form overnight in the harbor, disappearing in the afternoon. The skid piers were not in the water yet.

Higgins Lake: Those fishing in the shallows near Big Creek and the Conference Center were still getting some rainbow trout.

Tawas: Pier fishing was slow with only one Atlantic and a couple lake trout or walleye caught.

Au Gres: Only a couple boats ventured out and they caught a fairly good number of post-spawn northern pike and a couple walleye out from the river mouth. They also took some walleye and lake trout between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Perch fishing was slow at the mouth of the Pine River.

Au Gres River: Down at Singing Bridge (Whitney Drain), steelhead anglers were doing well in both the lower river and in the surf. They were either drifting spawn or wax worms down the river or still-fishing with floating spawn sacks in the surf. A few anglers dragging small boats across the beach and launching to fish just off the river mouth were getting some steelhead, lake trout and coho close to shore.

Rifle River: Sucker fishing is on-going at Omer, but the run slowed with the colder weather. Warmer weather later this week might get something going.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was very slow at Eagle Bay Marina and off Palmer Road. When boats could get out of Linwood Beach Marina, they caught walleye when trolling Husky Jerks in 21 feet. The key was trolling along the edge of the stained water. Walleye were also caught in the Old Shipping Channel and near the Spoils Island when trolling or vertical jigging. Perch fishing slowed but a few limit catches were taken out near Buoy-22 in the Shipping Channel. The size of the fish caught has declined with most only 8 to 9 inches. Shore fishing for perch at Finn Road, the Quanicassee River, the various cuts near Fish Point, and the Sebewaing River was slow. Fishing was slow at Bay Port, Mud Creek and Caseville. Warmer weather is needed to get the fish going.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Still had ice however the edges were getting soft in some spots. The area around Butler Island had opened up so use caution. Only a few anglers were targeting perch in 30 to 40 feet off Kipling. Catch rates were fair when using minnows or wigglers right on the bottom. Portage Point and south had open water. The Ford River was showing signs of breaking up but was still not fishable. The Day’s River had open water in a few areas. This week could open up some areas for shore anglers.

Big Bay De Noc: Was entirely ice covered but no anglers had been seen most likely due to the significant snow fall. Fairport is open water but the marina was blocked because of snow.

Indian Lake: Was producing bluegills and perch.

Marquette: The bubblers were ice free but fishing was slow with most anglers only getting 1-3 coho per trip. Only a handful of steelhead and brown trout were caught in both the Carp and Chocolay Rivers. Rain and runoff is needed to bring the water levels back up.

Munising: Still had ice fishing but fewer anglers were out because of bad weather. The weather is to remain cold at night with a low in the teens and only getting to the upper 30’s during the day. Those targeting coho only caught a few as the schools of fish had been moving in and out. Night anglers caught a couple burbot.

Grand Marais: The harbor was frozen solid however the ice outside the harbor was moving in and out depending on wind direction and some massive ice floes were present. Only a handful of local anglers had been ice fishing in the harbor. Most were targeting Menominee but a few coho were also caught. There was no activity along the Sucker River as ice floes along with a wall of ice about 15 feet high were reported on the pier. Heavy snowfall in the area has also been a problem.

Two Hearted River: Had difficult fishing conditions due to deep snow in the area.

Manistique Lake: Anglers were getting some panfish.

Cedarville and Hessel: Because of open water and thin ice, there has been no fishing effort in Cedarville Bay, Musky Bay, Government Bay, McKay Bay, or Prentiss Bay. The boat launches were snowed in and no docks were in yet. Hessel still had ice. Those targeting splake did well 25 to 150 yards southwest of the marina breakwall when bouncing a 2 inch orange and chrome spoon off the bottom. The yellow perch action was slow and most fish were 6 to 7 inches with the occasional larger fish mixed in. Anglers were on the north side of Marquette Island and just east of Cube Point in 12 to 15 feet with a very small orange tear-drop lure and minnow.