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4/30 Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Opening weekend followed tradition as it was wet in most areas. Extensive rainfall has many rivers flooded. It could take a minimum of seven to ten days for the watersheds to return to near normal conditions. Avoid standing near the edge of riverbanks because the ground is saturated and could pull away at anytime. Anglers hard-bitten by the fishing bug are encouraged to try inland lakes that are not connected to any river systems, because they were least affected by recent rains. Southeast Lower Peninsula Lake Erie – Bad weather has kept anglers on shore. When they can get out, anglers were still finding fair catches of walleye near the Dumping Grounds between Bolles Harbor and Luna Pier. Most were jigging in 8 to 12 feet of water however water clarity has been poor due to runoff after the storms. Good numbers of catfish have been caught in the Hot Ponds off Bolles Harbor. The catch and immediate release bass season was off to a good start with good numbers of fish caught in the marinas. Huron River – High water levels have bought the white bass in and anglers are catching their limits on minnows or jigs with tails. Good numbers of walleye were caught on minnow wraps or flies. Detroit River – Walleye are stacked up in the river. Anglers are doing well along the entire river when jigging or trolling. Humbug Marina off Gibraltar was a local hot spot. Good walleye action on the Canadian side. St. Clair River – Has good walleye fishing along the entire river. Hot spots were Marine City and the Middle Grounds. Look for steelhead and salmon off the mouth of the Black River. Lexington – Possibly the better fishing for Great Lakes anglers will be off the Thumb ports where good catches of coho, chinook and even some walleye were taken on downriggers with long lines in 10 to 25 feet of water. Try spoons or body baits. Port Sanilac – The better catch rates were north and south of the port when trolling. Harbor Beach – Should start producing chinook, coho and walleye. Saginaw Bay – Angler will want to seek out areas of clear water far away from river mouths, or fish along the line where clear and muddy waters converge. Walleye were hitting good on crawler harnesses fished off planer boards. Saginaw River – Had a good walleye opener but the river is now flooded. It will take a week or more for the Saginaw River watershed to recede enough for anglers to start fishing again. Tittabawassee River – The walleye opener was absolutely incredible, by all reports….for Saturday only. Central Michigan received a lot of rain and the river is not fishable at this time. Southwest Lower Peninsula St. Joe – Boats trolling in the channel caught brown trout and coho. St. Joe River – Is high and muddy. There were reports of steelhead at Berrien Springs, Buchanan, Niles and Mishawaka. Look for pike and crappie in the backwaters. Grand Haven – A brown trout was caught off the north pier when using spawn. Perch are still biting south of the pier in the 60 foot hole. Minnows, wigglers, spikes, and mousies are all working. The fish were a little smaller than last week. Grand River at Grand Rapids – The walleye opener was a good one however the river is high and muddy at this time. Those looking to wade should wait until the water levels come back down. Grand River at Lansing – Is running high and fast so use caution. The steelhead fishing is pretty much done but the pike and walleye action has been good over at Moore’s Park Dam. Carp were also caught. The Portland and Lyons area have also been good for pike and walleye. Chartreuse would be a good color to use with the muddy water. Looking Glass River – Is not fishable due to high water levels. Maple River – Is not fishable due to high water levels. Muskegon – Pier anglers were catching fish but the boat anglers were not able to get out due to storms and strong winds. Muskegon Lake – Perch were still being caught however anglers may need to move around to locate a school of fish. Muskegon River – Anglers were catching steelhead and suckers before the water levels went up. Northeast Lower Peninsula Rogers City – Fishing was slow however recent rains have brought the rivers up and the run-off will help warm up the shoreline waters. Boats trolling for salmon and brown trout had little luck, the waters are too cold. With a warm up, look for fish in Calcite Harbor or Swan Bay. Those fishing off the breakwall had limited results when casting spoons in chartreuse, blue and silver, green and silver or fire-tiger. Alpena – Boats are trolling just off the mouth of the river for walleye and brown trout. Thunder Bay River – Anglers are catching steelhead, walleye and suckers. Steelhead and walleye can be found up near the dam and suckers are throughout. Harrisville – Anglers fishing both sides of the wall were catching walleye. Boats out trolling picked up some fish on body baits. Good colors were fire-tiger, blue and silver or red and silver. Steelhead and brown trout were scarce. Lake trout were also caught but the season does not open until May 1st. Higgins Lake – Perch have been caught on minnows and wigglers. Boats trolling cowbells just off the bottom in 80 feet of water have caught some lake trout. Houghton Lake – Opening weekend was wet however anglers did manage to catch fish. Boats trolling in shallow waters 6 to 8 feet deep found walleye and northern pike. Bluegills and crappie can still be found in the canals. Oscoda – Walleye fishing picked up and the fish were most active from the early afternoon until well after dark. Pier anglers were using crawlers or body baits. Atlantic salmon and brown trout were also caught. Au Sable River – Steelhead have been seen all the way up to the dam. Tawas – Walleye action was good when trolling planer boards and body baits. Pier anglers caught walleye and brown trout. Au Gres – Good walleye fishing off the mouth of the river. Boats are trolling a crawler harness or vertical jigging. Au Gres River – Steelhead are still in the river. Anglers are surfcasting with spawn or small spoons near the Singing Bridge. Walleye have been caught at night. Chippewa River – In Isabella County has high water levels. Northwest Lower Peninsula Petoskey – Bad weather and cold water temperatures made for slow fishing. Bear River – Steelhead anglers caught some fish that came in with the rain. Most were using spawn, wax worms or flies. A few did well but most were disappointed. Lake Charlevoix – Steelhead anglers are working the rivers while perch anglers are targeting the lake. As the waters warm, anglers will be out looking for lake trout in the shallows. Suckers are still running in area streams. Lake Bellaire – Few anglers were out. The boat launch at Fisherman’s Paradise is in and ready for use, however, the construction at the access site is still not finished. For walleye, anglers were drifting jigs with crawlers and leeches or trolling a crawler harness or rapalas between Intermediate River and the Grass River outlet in 10 to 25 feet of water. Some targeted the river but no walleye were caught. Traverse City – Strong winds have hampered fishing efforts. When boats can get out, lake trout were caught in the West Bay when jigging. Boardman River – Steelhead action was slow due to cold water temperatures. Crystal Lake – In Benzie County is producing light numbers of steelhead for those surfcasting in the weeds off Cold Creek. Early morning is best. Platte Bay – Shore anglers using spawn were not catching anything but those trolling near the outlet were taking a few brown trout. Frankfort – Good numbers of brown trout were caught when trolling in the harbor. A few browns were caught between Frankfort and Point Betsie in 8 to 16 feet of water. Pier anglers caught fish when casting small spoons or using spawn. Betsie River – Once the water levels start to drop, target the area between Benzonia and the Homestead Dam for steelhead. Fish will still be in the river. Arcadia – Had fair fishing when there is warm water near shore. Boats trolling spoons around the Herring Hole have caught a few brown trout. Onekama – Pier fishing has been somewhat slow with the windy weather. A few walleye were caught when casting body baits after dark. Portage Lake – Good numbers of perch are still being caught in front of the channel, though a few smaller fish are now mixed in. Try in front of the channel and fish with minnows, wigglers, or wax worms. Pike were caught along the south shoreline. Manistee – Pier anglers targeting brown trout picked up a few fish when there was a nice chop on the water. Boats trolling in the harbor and along the shoreline have caught brown trout on body baits. Perch fishing off the pier has slowed. Manistee River – Steelhead and suckers can still be found however the river is high. Ludington – Pier fishing was slow but those trolling along the shoreline were catching some brown trout. Body baits in fire-tiger and clown patterns have been producing most of the fish. Pere Marquette River – Water levels are high and fast. Once the levels come down, good fishing should continue. UPPER PENINSULA Pilgrim River – Near Chassell, had a smelt run late last week. Anglers were getting their two gallon limit. Keweenaw Bay – Chinook, coho and steelhead have been caught from the Baraga Marina to the head of the Bay when fishing 30 to 55 feet down in waters 40 to 60 feet deep. Coho and steelhead were caught off the pier and when shore fishing near Linden Creek, which is across from the V.F.W. Hall in L’Anse. There were reports of smelt in Linden Creek and at the first bridge next to the Baraga State Park. Fall’s River – Steelhead fishing was fair and there were reports of a smelt run. Marquette – Fishing was slow except for the few fish caught by those trolling in front of the Carp River. The rivers are running high and fast. Menominee – Those trolling and jigging caught some nice walleye in the 18 to 21 inch range. Try a jig and minnow or plug 10 to 12 feet of water. Menominee River – Some nice walleye were seen in the river however catch rates were slow. Most were casting rapalas. There are lots of suckers in the river. Cedar River – Those trolling the shallows just off the mouth have been averaging one fish per boat of either brown trout or splake when using different colored plugs in 7 to 15 feet of water. Little Bay De Noc – The docks are in at Kipling and Ford River. The Rapid River Launch is the only one not installed. The rivers are high and fast. Shore anglers caught brown trout off Sand Point in Escanaba when casting crank baits or spoons in the harbor. Perch anglers are still anticipating the seasonal catches off Saunders Point, but no good reports as of yet. Ford River – Steelhead have been caught 4 to 8 miles upstream. Day’s River – Most anglers are fishing between old US-2 and the Golf Course. Big Bay De Noc – The docks are in Fayette, Garden and Ogontz. Several anglers headed out to Kate’s Bay where the late ice season was good, but few catches were reported. No smelt to report. Au Train – The ice is gone and the boat launch is in. The fishing has been exceptional with nice catches of coho and brown trout when casting or jigging near the mouth of the rivers. Munising – Pier anglers caught coho on spawn sacks or Cleo’s. The docks are in at the Municipal launch and boats are venturing out as the ice finally blew out. Extreme caution needs to be used because of floating ice. Out near Grand Island, boat anglers will need to watch for shelf ice. Boats in Trout Bay seem to be doing better than those trolling around in Munising Bay. Grand Marais – Pier anglers are catching coho. Boat anglers are taking a mix of steelhead, brown trout, coho, chinook and lake trout when fishing in the shallows along the shoreline or in front of the rivers and creeks that empty into Lake Superior. Drummond Island – Yellow perch fishing has been excellent. Limits of perch are being taken off the Bayside dock, the pier and also in Scotts Bay when using a crappie spreader with live minnows. De Tour – Some are fishing Albany Creek for steelhead. Most are using spoons and catch rates were limited. Cedarville and Hessel – Perch fishing has declined, perhaps due to low angler pressure. Splake have been caught off the Hessel Marina pier however the season does not open until May 1st. Carp River – A few anglers are still targeting steelhead. They are fishing spawn near the McDonald rapids.

4/30 AAA Fishing Report

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Wind and rain has plagued anglers for several days now creating tough fishing conditions in many areas of the state. Before heading to your fishing destination, visit www.AAATraffic.com for the latest traffic, construction, weather and road conditions that may affect your route.


 

Upper Peninsula:

Bergland anglers seem to be in a transition period now that the ice is gone. Very minimal activity on perch and most anglers are just waiting for walleye season to open on May 15.

Marquette received 18-inches of snow last week and it has rained ever since so the rivers are crested and very muddy, most look like chocolate. Activity is slow overall slow with the exception of a few Coho on Lake Superior.

Escanaba anglers dealt with rain and wind this week that created high water levels in the rivers. All of the boat landings are open as well as trout season. Trout activity got off to a slow start in the streams. North of Gladstone some perch are being taken in the narrows. Walleye season opens May 15.

Indian Lake is producing nice numbers of perch and anglers are doing well on the majority of inland lakes. The Manistique River continues to remain strong for steelhead on spawn. So far no activity on Lake Michigan, just off of the Lake near Thompson Creek the brown trout are starting to hit.

Off of the Sault Ste. Marie area perch are biting on minnows near Sugar Island. Rain has curtailed much of the angling activity this week overall.

Around Munuscong the St. Mary’s River is producing steelhead on spawn and spoons. Pike, walleye and musky season opens May 15.

Around Drummond Island some smelt can still be found in the Lake Huron tributaries and anglers are getting some perch on minnows and perch rigs.

St. Ignace received plenty of wind and rain this week idling fishing activity, but a warm-up helped a few anglers pull in some trout. Smelt has slowed down but persistent anglers heading to the north side of the Carp River are filling their two-gallon bucket.

Information Providers: Bay View Bait & Tackle-Escanaba; Gogebic Grocery-Marenisco; Top O’Lake Sport-Manistique; Gander Mountain-Marquette; Hank’s Sporting-Sault Ste. Marie; Wilderness Treasurers-Munuscong Bay and ACE Hardware-St. Ignace.


Northwest:

Rain and adverse weather has limited fishing activity in Alanson so far this week.

Traverse City anglers are doing well on the Boardman River for steelhead. Suttons Bay is producing some perch on wigglers and perch minnows. Walleye is slow so far.

Anglers getting out around the Frankfort area are doing well on most inland lakes for blue gill and crappie. Steelhead and suckers are still running at a good pace on the Betsie and Platte rivers. Spawn and flies are working well, spin fishing, bobbers and longer leaders are also in the bag of tricks for anglers. Walleye and trout season opens in the area on Saturday.

Around Kalkaska some nice size trout have been caught despite the rain. The rain should actually bring in more steelhead into the Boardman River for the weekend.

Gaylord anglers are finding very good steelhead numbers in the Boyne, Sturgeon and Jordan rivers. Spawn, egg flies and nymph patterns are working well. Good action for walleye on Otsego Lake and Big Lake with crawler harnesses and crank bait working well. Trout streams are slow but improving.

In the Cadillac area fishing this week has been quiet with some blue gill and crappie being taking from Mitchell and Cadillac lakes. Trout fishing is good in the streams.

Information providers: Alphorn-Gaylord; Backcast Fly Shop-Frankfort; Jack’s Sports-Kalkaska; Pilgrim’s Village-Cadillac; Young’s Bait Shop-Alanson and Gander Mountain-Traverse City.


West:

Excellent trout action is taking place around the Baldwin area on the Little Manistee and Pere Marquette rivers and streams throughout the area that include rainbow, brown and brook trout. Steelhead activity is also rated good to excellent when using spawn. Inland lakes are good for pike on sucker minnows and the pan fish are biting in nice numbers too.

Good fishing for anglers in the Muskegon area for perch, trout and walleye. Muskegon Lake is producing nice numbers of perch in 42-29 feet of water on minnows and wigglers. Perch action is good on Lake Michigan in 60-70 feet of water. The White and Muskegon rivers are both giving up tremendous trout catches. Off of the Muskegon piers the walleye fishing is good using crank baits and husky jerks.

In the Chippewa Lake area the channels are providing good counts of specks and Chippewa Lake is producing a few walleye on minnows.

Rain, rain and more rain is the word in Grand Rapids and with all that rain flooding is the rule for just about every river in the area idling fishing at this point. Inland lakes all have high water levels as well but are fishable.

Information providers: King Sports-Baldwin; East Bay Store-Chippewa Lake; Shoreline Bait & Tackle-Muskegon; Gander Mountain-Grand Rapids and Wolf Lake Motel & Resort-Baldwin.


Southwest:

Lake Michigan off of the Benton Harbor area is giving up good catches of Coho and Kings on Rapalas and orange spoons in 50-feet of water. Just about anything orange is doing the trick.

Wind and rain today has halted angling activity in the New Buffalo area.

High water from rain is causing for poor fishing conditions in the Kalamazoo area. Overall the angling action is slow and has been rough due to heavy winds. Pine Lake and Maple Lake are producing some blue gill. The St. Joe harbor is giving up a few brown trout.

Inland lakes throughout the Three Rivers area are providing nice numbers of perch and blue gill on wax worms and minnows.

Information providers: Tackle Haven-Benton Harbor; D.& R. Sports-Kalamazoo; Captain Cook’s-New Buffalo and Fisherman’s Luck-Three Rivers.


Northeast:

Alpena anglers continue to hit on good numbers of walleye near the shoreline of Lake Huron. Fishing in the evening hours with Rapalas seems to be getting good results. Fish are ranging from three to seven pounds. Steelhead and sucker activity is good near the Ninth Street Dam when anglers use spawn and flies.

Fishing is good in Oscoda for steelhead, suckers and walleye. Below the Foote Dam Pond steelhead and sucker activity is really starting to pick up. Walleye are hitting near the mouth of the Au Sable River.

Grayling anglers are doing fair for trout on the Au Sable and Manistee rivers. Best fishing seems to be mid-day. Lake Margrethe is slow to fair for pan fish. Anglers are getting best results in shallow water since fish are starting to bed up a bit. The walleye bite is slow so far. Crappie and blue gill are showing up in the canals. Live baits are working well on pan fish, wax worms on blue gill and jig heads with leeches while drifting for walleye.

Fishing is on the rise for Houghton Lake anglers. Today the weather finally broke and the walleye and pike are biting when trolling and using stick baits or Rapalas. The canals are producing decent counts of blue gill and crappie.

The sun finally popped out today on Higgins Lake after days of rain and wind. Walleye, trout and pike season are open, but so far no activity is taking place.

In the Au Gres area steelhead activity is still good on the east branch of the Au Gres. Sucker opportunities have dwindled. Good action for walleye at the mouth of the River.

Standish anglers are finding a slow and tough go for fishing due to northeast winds and rain causing dirty water and rough conditions. Some walleye are being caught near the mouth of the river and perch fishing seems to be over.

Information providers: Clem’s-Alpena; Skips-Grayling; Lyman’s-Houghton Lake; Sports Barn-Higgins Lake; Wright’s Sport Shop-Au Gres; The Dam Store-Oscoda and Eagle Bay Marina-Standish.


East:

Heavy winds have really curtailed the fishing for anglers around Bay City, Bay Port and Saginaw. Water is high, dirty and white caps were common on several days. Bay Port had a few small perch catches and a few anglers were catching and releasing some bass. Saginaw Bay gave up a few walleye on golden shiners, husky jerks, body baits and minnows during the evening hours, but overall the fishing opportunities have been limited. The Saginaw River has high water levels and is churned up like a chocolate milkshake.

Port Sanilac and Lexington anglers are trolling in 10-20 feet of water using some spoons but mostly body baits. Gold and orange are the best colors. Lexington Harbor has perch action picking up but you will need patience and put your time in. Anglers are finding that one day the fish are small in size the next day they are large, very inconsistent. The Port Huron Boardwalk has some nice numbers of Coho, Kings, walleye and steelhead for the taking. Red Eye spoons are hot on set lines. The mouth of the Black River the perch are starting to pick up with best results using Emerald Shiners and small perch bait. A few whitefish can be spotted at the mouth of the river and anglers are vertical jigging for walleye. Mill Creek the sucker run is slowing down.

Information providers: Anderson’s Pro Bait-Port Huron; 1st & Main-Bay Port; Michigan Sportsman-Bay City and Gander Mountain-Saginaw.


Central:

Water is high around Lansing and the fishing conditions are not good. The Grand River is muddy and the steelhead run has slowed. Pretty much all the fishing is slow on area lakes. Anglers are anxious for the weather to settle.

Anglers fishing throughout and around the Brooklyn area are finding slow activity due to wind. A few inland lakes are giving up good gill action and only a few walleye.

Information providers: Knutson’s Live Bait-Brooklyn and Grand River Bait and Tackle-Lansing.


Southeast:

East winds around the Harrison Township area has angling activity slowed today. A few anglers have been out catching and releasing small mouth bass in 6-8 feet of water on Lake St. Clair but overall rough conditions.

If the wind would just stop the walleye fishing would be phenomenal between Gibraltar and the Ambassador Bridge on the Detroit River. Over the past weekend, hundreds of walleye anglers were out despite very windy conditions and white caps. Anglers have been plagued with high winds since Saturday causing rough waters and tough fishing conditions. Today the winds are high again keeping anglers off the water. Shore fishing is decent from Delray Park for perch and silver bass, but walleye is only rated fair thanks to dirty water. Hand-liners are doing well at night. Baits of choice include Finesse minnows, Wyandotte Worms and a variety of gulp baits. Also try two-eyed jigs, chartreuse baits, Pumpkin Seeds and Melon Belly on the walleye. When the wind dies down, expect anglers to be back out at the hot spots that include off the wall near BASF, and near Great Lakes Steel Boat Club and the steel mill area where anglers were getting limits easily.

Off of Monroe, high winds kept anglers off of Lake Erie earlier this week but today some attempted are back at it fishing around Bolles Harbor, Brest Bay and near River Raisin seeking walleye. Most anglers are trolling with crawler harnesses, Rapala Shad Wraps popular in silver and black and Wyandotte worms. One ounce jig heads also seem to get results. Silver bass are very active and it is hard to keep them off the line when walleye fishing. Walleye activity is very good around Luna Pier, near the shipping channels, Turtle Island and the Toledo Light. Purple Hair jigs, minnows and worms are working well. The Huron River in Flat Rock still has some steelhead activity near Metro Park, by the Dam and near Edison.

Good fishing around Belleville where anglers are getting decent catches of walleye and pike on both Ford and Belleville lakes using suckers and Red Devil spoons. Pike are hitting on gold walleye shiners. A good location for some crappie action is around the flats on Ford Lake using minnows and walleye minnows. Blue gill are biting on the Huron River and both lakes on wax worms. A few anglers are catching and releasing bass. Popular baits include night crawlers and baby crawlers and wax worms for blue gill is starting to pick up.

Information providers: Gander Mountain-Taylor; Lakeside Fishing Shop-St. Clair Shores; Pro-Fishing & Archery-Harrison Township; South Street Tackle-Belleville; Bottom Line Bait & Tackle-Rock Wood; Erie Party Shop-Monroe and Andy’s Tackle Box-Melvindale.

Saturday on Erie

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Never had such a beautiful day be such a downer before.  Weather was right, had the shorts on, cold beer on ice, good friends…………..and some of the dirtiest water I have ever seen.

Brest Bay was socked in with milky water.  The River Raisin was spewing dirty run-off, and between the bay and the channel was that thin blue line I always look for! Trolled down the mudline, and back up the mudline, ended up near Stoney Point.  Not one fish, let alone a bite.

So, pack up the gear and head south for Ohio waters.  Ended up between the Toledo light and Turtle Island and started drifting.  Threw out two drift bags off the rear and threw in a 3/4 oz Whistler Jig.  My neighbor and his brother tossed out both hair jigs and blade baits like the Vibe and Cicada.  Again the water was pretty milky when we started our drift.

Near the end of the drift I pulled in one drift bag and one of the guys had put out a harness on a 2 oz bottom bouncer, just to switch things up.  The wind picked up and the blade started turning…rod bends over!  At the same time my neighbor has hits on a chartreuse hair jig.  His brother pulled up a nice 22.5 inch male that weighed a healthy 4.2 lbs.

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I fillet it up after getting home and cannot wait to cook these yummy treats up.  And you know I got the cheeks!!!

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Lake Erie Report for Friday and Saturday

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Look alive folks, the fishing is here and now for Lake Erie in Michigan waters.  I called both the Erie Party Store and Sterling State Party Store to get the latest reports before heading out tomorrow, and both report fishing being caught.  Cranks, hair jigs and minnows and harness rigs all are catching walleye RIGHT NOW.  Which means the waters have warmed up enough for some of the runs to start.

In addition, there are perch being caught inside Brest Bay too.  Which means I have to tie up some fresh perch rigs for this year a few months earlier than I expected!  If we can get a early walleye limit, why not utilize your time and chase some perch as well. 

Erie bait will have a fresh delivery sometime in the morning if you are heading out, and Sterling just had a delivery this afternoon, both will be stocked up for the weekend.

4/15 AAA Fishing Report for Michigan

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

High winds, rain and overall inclement weather this week has stirred up the waters in many areas. A bright spot for anglers, the weekend will warm up and fishing opportunities should improve. Before heading to your fishing destination, visit www.AAATraffic.com for the latest traffic, construction, weather and road conditions that may affect your route.


 

Upper Peninsula:

Lake Gogebic still has good ice however temperatures are on the rise in the area. Anglers are doing well for perch on wigglers. Some of the inland lakes around Bergland are giving up crappie and blue gill.

Marquette anglers are finding that the river systems off of Lake Superior are not really producing any fish just yet due to the cold water, still a chilly 36 degrees. However, anglers trolling in 25-feet of water on Lake Superior are pulling in some decent Coho with hard baits.

Angling is slow overall in the Escanaba area. No action on the Bay yet and there is open water south of Gladstone. The Big Cedar River is giving up some brown trout and splake. Anglers are doing well trolling with Rapalas and Storms in 8-15 feet of water along the shore.

Indian Lake has one large chunk of ice still floating but that isn’t stopping anglers in small boats from going out to it and fishing for perch.

The Manistique River has all the gates open and fishable. Anglers are drifting with spawn for steelhead action. Smelt dipping is starting to pick up and 3 a.m. seems to be the best timeframe at this point.

Off of Sault Ste. Marie the Bay’s still have ice on them and perch action is hit or miss. A few anglers are attempting to put boats in, but overall angling seems to be in a transition period.

Anglers are still ice fishing in the Munuscong area. Good perch action on Munuscong Lake using minnows and teardrops. So far no smelt dipping taking place in the area.

Around Drummond Island, Whitney Bay still has ice fishing taking place and anglers are reeling in some perch. The ice is starting to show signs of deterioration.

Off of Cedarville perch are hitting on teardrops with a wiggler.

Around St. Ignace the ice is deteriorating particularly around the shoreline, out in the middle the ice is good but getting to it can be rough. Overall, activity is very limited at this point.

Information Providers: Bayview Bait & Tackle-Escanaba; Gogebic Grocery-Marenisco; Top O’Lake Sport-Manistique; Gander Mountain-Marquette; Hank’s Sporting-Sault Ste. Marie; Johnson’s Sports-Drummond Island; Wilderness Treasurers-Munuscong Bay and ACE Hardware-St. Ignace.


Northwest:

Alanson anglers are finding fair to good action for steelhead off the break wall in Petoskey. The Pigeon River is good for sucker fishing with night crawlers. Crooked and Pickerel lakes both have open water and Burt Lake is partially open.

Around the Traverse City area, Suttons Bay is giving up perch and cisco off of the deep water points. Overall the bite is fair to good with wigglers. The Betsie River is giving up nice counts of steelhead, while the Boardman is currently slow. Crystal and Big Glen lakes are producing a few perch.

Action is picking up around Frankfort where steelhead are starting to really move. Anglers are Finesse fishing and yarn balls, spawn and night crawlers are also working well. The Platte River is slow with a few steelhead on the move and suckers are hitting on anything.

Around Kalkaska, Skegemog Lake has some fair to good activity for perch on wigglers and minnows. Steelhead activity is rated fair to good for Elk Rapids Dam and the Boardman River when using jigs with wax worms.

Gaylord anglers finding decent action for steelhead using spawn on the Boyne, Jordan and Sturgeon rivers. Plenty of catch and release fishing is taking place on the Black, Au Sable and Manistee rivers.

In the Cadillac area, fair to good crappie fishing is taking place off of the causeway and city docks using minnows.

Information providers: Alphorn-Gaylord; Backcast Fly Shop-Frankfort; Jack’s Sports-Kalkaska; Pilgrim’s Village-Cadillac; Young’s Bait Shop-Alanson and Gander Mountain-Traverse City


West:

Off of the Ludington pier and the Pere Marquette River the steelhead and brown trout are on the move and anglers are getting good results with spawn. Suckers are also active on worms. Pan fish are moving into the shallow waters of Hamlin Lake and activity is picking up. Perch are hitting on wigglers and minnows on the Pere Marquette Lake, Pentwater Lake and White Lake.

Anglers are finding good action in and near the Baldwin area, much improved over last week. The Manistee River up to the Tippy Dam has very good steelhead activity. Small stone flies, Hex and Nuke egg patterns are working well. The Pere Marquette River is low and crystal clear and giving up steelhead in the early morning hours and before dark. Day fishing isn’t so great the fish seemed to be spooked due to the low water. Browns are found in the deeper holes behind the steelhead and spawn type patterns seem to be working well. Wolf Lake has a few bass to be had. Big Bass Lake is giving up a few perch on wigglers and wax worms.

Anglers in Muskegon are anxious to see the cold, wet and windy conditions leave the area. Lake Michigan is producing plenty of steelhead for some great fishing off the break wall using spawn bags. An occasional brown trout is mixed in. The west end of Muskegon Lake is the best spot for some perch action. Anglers are getting up to two dozen fish per boat, but sorting is also necessary. A variety of baits seem to be working that include; spikes, mousies, wigglers, minnows, cut bait and eyeballs. Fishing in 42-29 feet of water in the front channel to the yacht club is a good location.

Chippewa Lake anglers again this week are doing very well for specks throughout the channels. Minnows are working well. Bigger fish are starting to move in.

All around the Grand Rapids area the inland lakes are picking up for crappie and blue gill. The Grand River near the Sixth Street Dam has great steelhead action as well as the smaller rivers in the area. Near Ionia, Morrison Lake is producing decent perch and near Whitehall, White Lake is also giving up decent perch opportunities. Off of Lake Michigan anglers are doing well fishing from piers for walleye using Rapala Husky Jerks and Countdown Rapalas.

Information providers: P.M. Sports-Ludington; King Sports-Baldwin; East Bay Store-Chippewa Lake; Shoreline Bait & Tackle-Muskegon; Gander Mountain-Grand Rapids and Wolf Lake Motel & Resort-Baldwin.


Southwest:

Excellent fishing available in Benton Harbor where Coho are biting on orange jointed Rapalas and Brad’s Thin Fish south of the Harbor in 15-25 feet of water. A few Kings are hitting on dodgers and flies. Off of the pier Coho are taking spawn and spoons.

Off of the New Buffalo pier in 20-feet of water the Coho action is good with fish in close. A few Kings are being caught by anglers in boats fishing in 25-40 feet of water.

Good fishing around the Kalamazoo area. The steelhead and walleye activity has picked up on the Kalamazoo River near the Allegan Dam. Spawn and minnows are the baits of choice. Sugarloaf and Portage lakes are rated fair to good for blue gill on live bait. Off of the St. Joe pier body baits and Rapalas are doing the trick on Coho, brown trout and whitefish. Anglers fishing the pier in South Haven are pulling in some whitefish and Coho.

Information providers: Tackle Haven-Benton Harbor; D. & R. Sports-Kalamazoo and Captain Cook’s-New Buffalo.


Northeast:

Alpena angling is fair to good for steelhead near the Ninth Street Dam and Thunder Bay River. Fair action for walleye during the evening hours is taking place off of the break wall using Rapalas.

Around Oscoda more fish are moving into the Foote Dam Pond since all the ice is gone. The Au Sable River is fair to good for steelhead activity with spawn, wax worms, wigglers and flies working well.

Lake Margrethe near Grayling is overall slow for perch activity using minnows, but the pan fish are starting to come into the shallows. Most rivers and streams are starting to pick up for steelhead action on spawn and flies.

Houghton Lake is back in action with some decent crappie and blue gill fishing. The canals are the best locations and using minnows and wax worms.

Still no angling activity for Higgins Lake, the ice is still floating around.

Action is good around Au Gres for walleye off the break wall and near the mouth of the Au Gres. Boating activity is picking up as well. Good results taking place with Rapala Deep Downs, Rapala Floaters in size 13 and 18, Rapala Husky Jerks in size 12 and 14 and bombers. Steelhead action is good at the Singing Bridge and East Branch of the Au Gres River. Spawn, small Cleo’s and small Rapalas in size 7 and 9 seem to work fairly well. The Rifle River has some good sucker fishing with crawlers, yarn and sponge doing the job.

Information providers: Clem’s-Alpena; Skips-Grayling; Lyman’s-Houghton Lake; Sports Barn-Higgins Lake; Wright’s Sport Shop-Au Gres and The Dam Store-Oscoda.


East:

Bay City anglers are headed to the Kawkawlin River for walleye action. Perch are hit or miss in the cuts around Bay City on minnows. Angling activity is starting to pick up around Bay Port after plenty of wind and cold weather. Some perch are being caught near the public access in the evening hours and around the marinas activity is slower. Sebewaing fishing is fair to good for perch, but fish are small in size with crawlers and minnows working ok.

Weather has created slow action for Standish anglers on Eagle Bay. A few small perch are hitting in the cuts. Some walleye are biting near the mouth of the river jigging with minnows. Warmer weather expected Thursday should improve action by the weekend.

Port Huron and Sanilac fishing has been limited this week due to high winds and dirty water. Some Kings, Coho and steelhead are biting during the day. Smelt dipping is good close to shore. Coho are being caught in Lexington Harbor right from the dock on Cleo’s and crawlers. The Black River is giving up good size Coho and steelhead. And as soon as the water clears up the walleye action will be great.

Information providers: 1st & Main-Bay Port; Anderson’s Pro Bait-Port Huron; Michigan Sportsman-Bay City and Eagle Bay Marina-Standish.


Central:

Lansing fishing is still on the slow side but coming to life each day that it warms up. Steelhead activity is picking up on the Grand River and sucker fishing is great near Omer while the pan fish are just becoming active. A few anglers are catching and releasing bass. Downriver from Lansing the Grand River is good for steelhead action.

Near Brooklyn the crappie are coming back in to feed after the cool weather earlier this week. Inland lakes in and around the area will be great for crappie and blue gill fishing this weekend. Expect the fish to be active in the shallow and warm waters during the afternoon while the sun is blazing. Wax worms, spikes and spiders will do the job.

Information providers: Knutson’s Live Bait-Brooklyn and Grand River Bait and Tackle-Lansing.


Southeast:

Fair Haven anglers are doing well for blue gill around Harsen’s Island using pieces of crawler, wax worms or bobber fishing. The St. Clair River is producing some Coho and a few walleye. Some anglers are catching and releasing a few bass out of Anchor Bay.

Near Harrison Township the walleye action is pretty good in the north channel of the St. Clair River, in the deep waters around Algonac and in the Detroit River in 20-30 feet of water either vertical jigging and deep trolling. The St. Clair River is also good for whip fishing and using pencil plugs. Lake St. Clair is not so hot for walleye due to the spawning process right now. The Clinton River is giving up nice steelhead catches at the dam and spillway. Perch and sucker action is good around Metro Beach the mouth of the spillway.

Now that the wind and cold weather is moving out the walleye action is picking up again on the Detroit River from Ecorse to Wyandotte but fish are not hitting in great numbers. Anglers are jigging in 15 feet of water or less, or 35 feet and deeper before 10 or 11 in the morning for best results. The Great Lakes Steel Mill is a good location and on the Canadian side around Fighting Island. Plastic baits in bubblegum and chartreuse seem to work well.

From Trenton to Gibraltar the Detroit River is good for walleye catches as well as near the mouth of the Detroit River, the east side of Grosse Ile and near Dunbar Sullivan. A variety of baits are working for anglers that include; big walleye minnows, four-inch Finesse Tails and Wyandotte Worms and stinger hooks are essential. The average walleye is weighing in around six pounds, but a few have been caught in the 11-12 pound range. Get in the action the “Michigan Walleye Tournament” takes place Saturday and Sunday on the Detroit River, launching out of Lake Erie Metro Park, call 734-379-9762 for details.

Rain and windy conditions limited angling in the Monroe area earlier this week stirring up the Lake and making it look like chocolate it could take three to four days for the water clarity to return. Off of the Edison piers the Hot Hole is giving up white bass and catfish on shrimp and minnows. Anglers are casting off of the Luna Pier in the evening hours with bombers and getting good results.

Ford and Belleville lakes both have some good fishing for blue gill and crappie on just about anything. Best locations are near the boat launch and near the bridges.

In Ohio the warm waters are creating for excellent walleye action near the Toledo Light, on the Maumee River, around Turtle Island and in the shipping channels. For information on how to obtain an Ohio fishing license in Michigan, call 734-457-0006.

Information providers: Bottom Line Bait & Tackle-Rock Wood; Pro-Fishing & Archery-Harrison Township; Erie Party Shop-Monroe; South Street Tackle-Belleville; Gander Mountain-Taylor and Andy’s Tackle Box-Melvindale.

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April 16th: MI DNR Fishing Report

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

It looks like spring fishing has finally begun, at least in the Lower Peninsula. Some waters around the state are muddy due to recent rains and strong winds. Warm weather by the end of the week should make for some good fishing.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie - Has been rough and muddy. Few anglers had been out.

Huron River - Steelhead anglers are catching fish on spawn, wax worms, flies, small jigs or small spoons.

Detroit River - East winds have muddied up the waters but anglers are still walleye fishing. Most are jigging minnows with stinger hooks. Boats are launching from Metro Park or Elizabeth Park.

St. Clair River - Boat and shore anglers up near Port Huron continue to catch steelhead, coho, walleye and even some suckers.

Lexington - A few anglers have been out catching the occasional steelhead.

Port Austin - Some coho and a couple of big brown trout were taken by shore anglers in the lower end of Bird Creek.

Saginaw Bay - Lots of small perch means lots of sorting in both the lower Pine and the cut at the end of Palmer Road. Bigger fish have been caught on the right days. When boat anglers can get out, they found some bigger fish out near the commercial nets. Perch have been caught from the docks at Linwood Marina, inside Eagle’s Landing, and at the end of Sagatoo Road. Good catches of walleye were taken near Channel Island and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River when vertical jigging or trolling planer boards with body baits. At Caseville, the occasional walleye has been caught by those fishing lake ward off the pier.

Saginaw River - Some decent size perch were caught in the lower river from the Bay Aggregate cut.

Quanicassee River - Has been slow with only a few perch caught.

Sebewaing River - Has lots of small perch however the river and the marina are full of emerald shiners. That much forage in one place will make it hard to catch a fish.

Pigeon River - Has lots of small perch in the river and the marina basins. Be ready to sort out the small ones.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joe - Fishing is good with boats catching coho when trolling off the bottom along the mud lines. Pier anglers caught good numbers of coho and whitefish on spawn.

St. Joe River - Steelhead are still passing through the ladder at Berrien Springs. A few brown trout have been caught.

South Haven - Pier anglers are taking a fair number of coho when still-fishing.

Grand Haven - Anglers were targeting steelhead and brown trout but catch rates were spotty. Pier anglers have caught a few menominee. Boats were trolling along the shoreline in shallow waters for brown trout. Stick baits in a “tiger pattern” have produced fish. Some lake trout have also been caught but the fish need to be released immediately because the season does not open until May 1st.

Grand River at Grand Rapids - Has started to clear up. Anglers are still catching steelhead with the better fishing between the dam and Wealthy Street. There is still a good number of chrome fish in the river and they seem to be hitting on spawn or yarn. Carp and suckers are also being caught. Bruce Bayou is producing some nice bluegill and crappie. Try wax worms, leaf worms or minnows.

Grand River at Lansing - Steelhead are still being passed through the ladder at Webber Dam. Those fishing over at Moore’s Park are catching them when floating crawlers under a bobber. The rain should push more fish up into the Lansing area.

Reeds Lake - Perch fishing has been good. The channels are producing fair to good numbers of crappie and bluegills.

Muskegon - Pier anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout. Boat anglers have been trolling just outside the piers.

Muskegon Lake - Anglers are still catching yellow perch. The better fishing has been along the west side of the lake between the channel and the Yacht Club in 42 to 49 feet of water.

Muskegon River - Fair to good steelhead action from the mouth to Bridgeton.

Whitehall - The brown trout and steelhead action continues to be slow. The occasional brown trout was caught by boats trolling in 8 to 10 feet of water between the sandbars.

White Lake - There are still a lot of perch being caught in front of the old Post Office, where the lake meets the channel, and off the northwest point nearest the channel.

White River - Steelhead action continues up near Hesperia.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Rockport - Anglers are steelhead fishing off the pier. Most are casting spawn but some were bobber fishing in 5 feet of water. The docks are not in yet; therefore, not much boat activity.

Alpena - A limited number of walleye have been caught near the mouth when trolling body baits.

Thunder Bay River - Those fishing for steelhead are casting or still-fishing with spawn or flies. There have been reports of brown trout caught behind LaFarge when trolling body baits.

Harrisville - Boat anglers able to get out have caught steelhead, brown trout and even some walleye in 15 to 20 feet of water in front of the harbor. They are trolling with planer boards or long lining with body baits. Good colors were silver or fire-tiger. Some walleye were caught off the north wall on body baits.

Houghton Lake - Is ice free and those fishing the canals have started to catch bluegill and crappie.

Oscoda - Walleye fishing had started to pick up and then slowed again. Look for the action to pick back up once the temperatures warm up.

Au Sable River - Steelhead are in the river. Both shore anglers and drift boats are catching fish on spawn or body baits.

Tawas - Lots of small perch have been caught in the harbor. The average is 5 to 7 inches but some keepers in the 8 to 9 inch range were also caught. Those fishing on the lake side of the pier have caught a few walleye, steelhead, brown trout and the occasional salmon. Boats are trolling for walleye with planer boards and rapalas in front of the river and down toward Alabaster.

Au Gres - Boats trolling off the mouth of the river with planer boards and body baits were catching walleye.

Au Gres River - Over near the Singing Bridge, steelhead anglers were doing well when using spawn in the lower Whitney Drain. Surfcasting also produced fish.

Rifle River - It looks like the sucker runs have peaked near Omer, but anglers fishing further up near Sterling were still catching good numbers of fish.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Traverse City - Both bays are open. Boat anglers are searching for steelhead, brown trout, lake trout, whitefish and perch but catch rates have been slow.

Elk River - Fishing has been slow with the colder weather. A few fish were caught when using spawn or wax worms.

Boardman River - Catch rates have been hit-or-miss with the better success while surf casting off the mouth and off the Maritime Dock when using spawn or wigglers. Warmer weather should kick the fishing in high gear.

Frankfort - Pier fishing was slow. Boats trolling for brown trout reported fair catch rates when they can get out.

Betsie River - Steelhead anglers are taking fish. Some days are better than others.

Manistee - Pier fishing was spotty. Boat anglers are catching brown trout when trolling in the harbor and out around the piers. Clown, fire-tiger and chartreuse patterns were catching fish. Strong winds have hampered spring trolling.

Manistee River - There were some good catches up near Tippy Dam but overall, the run is a little slow due to cold temperatures and lack of rain. The bright side is that steelhead fishing will extend throughout the month of April.

Ludington - Steelhead and brown trout fishing off the piers remains slow. Boat anglers have caught brown trout when trolling along the shoreline with body baits. Green and orange were good colors. Strong winds have hampered fishing.

Pentwater River - Pier fishing has been slow. A few brown trout were caught by those trolling in 10 feet of water between the sandbars.

UPPER PENINSULA

Keweenaw Bay - Several coho and a couple rainbow trout were taken through the ice near L’Anse but the ice has since deteriorated to the point of dangerous. No luck on the piers yet. Boats are trolling but few fish were caught. Look for catch rates to improve with spring rains and warmer temperatures.

Fall’s River - Slow catch rates for those targeting rainbow trout.

Marquette - Steelhead have been caught out from the mouth of the rivers when trolling spoons and body baits. Coho were caught in both the upper and lower harbor when using jigs with twister tails and cut bait. Pink has been a good color. Rain is needed to bring steelhead into the rivers.

Menominee River - Anglers are starting to pick up some nice walleye when trolling in shallow waters and near the mouth of the river. Those wading and casting from shore had limited success. Evenings were best for walleye. Those trolling or casting were using a #9 blue and white rapalas. Suckers are starting to show up in the river. Steelhead and brown trout action was slow.

Cedar River - The docks are in at the public access site and at Stony Point. The water levels are low so there has not been much fishing activity. Boats are starting to troll the shoreline near the mouth and also the shallows for splake and brown trout. A few fish were caught on different colored plugs.

Au Train - Some nice catches of coho are coming from the mouth of the Rock River on spawn bags and crawlers.

Munising - Fishing was slow, warmer weather is needed. The ice is deteriorating and the shoreline has slush as the pressure cracks start to open up. Further out, there is ice however much of the surface is covered with honeycomb ice. Anglers need to use extreme caution.

Munuscong - A limited number of anglers are targeting perch off Grassy Island or in Fowlers Bay.

De Tour - Anglers are targeting steelhead in Albany Creek when still-fishing with spawn bags.

Cedarville and Hessel - Anglers are catching perch along the west end of Musky Bay. They are taking boats across Snows Channel to get to the ice and fishing minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water. Little Joe Island is also producing fair numbers of perch for those using wax worms in 3 to 4 feet of water.

Carp River - Anglers are steelhead fishing at the mouth or at the first bridge off Mackinaw Trail. Most are using spawn bags.

Maumee River Walleye Report: 4/9/09

Thursday, April 9th, 2009
Temp: 42°F

Level:   The river is up about 5-feet.  The river crested yesterday and it is starting to drop.  Water temperature dropped 5 degrees in the past two days.  Anglers can NOT cross over to Blue Grass Island. 

Fishing Effort: low

 

 

 

FISH BEING CAUGHT

 

Walleye fishing continues to be slow with the high water and cold front.   Anglers are sill catching a few walleye.   

  

BEST BAITS

 

The best bait to catch walleye are floating jig heads tied about 18-24 inches above a weight.  The amount of weight depends on the amount of flow. At low flow try
3/8 oz weight; at high flow try
3/4 0z weight.
Tip the jig with a brightly colored plastic tail–pink, green, yellow–fluorescent colors seem to work the best.
  

BEST LOCATIONS

 

The best areas to fish with the high water are Orleans Park and White Street.   

OUTLOOK

 

As the water starts dropping walleye fishing should improve.  It should start picking up tomorrow and it should be good by Friday and Saturday.   

   

COMMENTS

 

The higher water should bring more walleye into the river.  As the river drops and warms fishing should be very good this weekend. 

Michigan’s AAA Fishing Report: 4/9/09

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

The weather forecast is looking good for anglers planning to fish over the Easter holiday weekend. Before heading to your fishing destination, visit www.AAATraffic.com for the latest traffic, construction, weather and road conditions that may affect your route.


 

Upper Peninsula:

Bergland anglers are doing well for perch pretty much all over and around mud flats. Ice is still strong enough to hold a four-wheeler.

Off of the Marquette area, a few Coho are being caught by anglers in small boats fishing in 25-feet of water. Otherwise angling activity is slow overall.

Around Escanaba the ice is deteriorating fast and anglers are just not getting out at this point. Angling action is in a transition period at this point.

Weather around Drummond Island has created poor fishing conditions. There is still plenty of ice on the Bays and a few perch are being caught on Whitney Bay.

Around the Manistique area, poor conditions exist for Lake Michigan and Indian Lake. Ice is in bad shape and unsafe. Steelhead action is picking up on the Manistique River.

Around Sault Ste. Marie the weather has been miserable with snow and cold temperatures causing for very limited angling opportunities. The St. Mary’s River is still covered with ice. Lake George the ice is very skeptical, but a few anglers are pulling in some perch.

Near Brimley, a few anglers are fishing through the ice at the mouth of Pendills Creek when the wind is blowing in the right direction.

Munuscong Lake is giving up a few perch and the ice is still good.

There is perch to be caught around Cedarville, however the ice is very uncertain and a few anglers have fallen in this past week. The smelt run should be starting very shortly around St. Ignace.

Information Providers: Bayview Bait & Tackle-Escanaba; Gogebic Grocery-Marenisco; Top O’Lake Sport-Manistique; Gander Mountain-Marquette; Hank’s Sporting-Sault Ste. Marie; Johnson’s Sports-Drummond Island; Wilderness Treasurers-Munuscong Bay and ACE Hardware-St.Ignace.


Northwest:

Burt Lake is giving up a few suckers on crawlers and Crooked Lake has open water and boats can now get out. River fishing is starting to get in gear.

Frankfort area anglers are starting to catch steelhead from the Betsie River and steelhead are starting to show up on Crystal Lake where anglers fishing off shore are working very hard for the fish.

In the Kalkaska area good action taking place for smelt on Twin Lake and the Boardman River is giving up good counts of steelhead on wax worms and spawn.

The Boyne, Jordan and Sturgeon rivers are plentiful with steelhead. Fly fisherman are using egg and nymph patterns and bait anglers are using spawn sacks. Fly Fishing with streamers is taking place on the open branches of the Manistee and Au Sable river systems with good results.

Near the Cadillac area, Pine and Manistee rivers are giving up good numbers of steelhead on spawn and flies. Mitchell Lake has open water now and a few perch and crappie are biting.

Information providers: Alphorn-Gaylord; Backcast Fly Shop-Frankfort; Jack’s Sports-Kalkaska; Pilgrim’s Village-Cadillac and Young’s Bait Shop-Alanson.


West:

Windy and cold weather this week in the Ludington area has slowed the fishing activity a bit. Anglers that are fishing off the north and south piers for steelhead and brown trout are finding decent results. The Pere Marquette River is producing some catches of steelhead.

Lake fishing in the Baldwin area is not so great this week due to cold weather. Fly fishing is good on the Pere Marquette near the river beds. The weekend is expected to be very good as the warmer weather returns.

Muskegon anglers fishing Lake Michigan off the break wall are doing well for steelhead using spawn. Muskegon River and White River are both giving up steelhead catches on spawn on the higher sections of the rivers. Anglers fishing Muskegon Lake and using minnows are getting larger fish, using spikes gets a lot of fish but a lot of sorting is also necessary. The perch action is great for anglers fishing in small boats around the channels and the Sand Dock. Perch seem to be biting on everything and the average per boat is 30-40 fish but a lot of sorting is needed.

The action is hot on Chippewa Lake for speckled trout. The lake has wide open water and anglers are pulling in limits easily. The average fish is eight or nine inches and minnows are doing the trick.

In the Grand Rapids area, good action continues on the Grand River near the Sixth Street Dam where the steelhead are hitting on spawn, flies, and wobble glows.

On the Rogue River in Rockford the cold water tributary is also producing nice counts of steelhead on wobble glows, spawn and flies.

Off of the White Hall and Holland piers the walleye action is good when using Rapala Husky Jerks

Information providers: P.M. Sports-Ludington; King Sports-Baldwin; East Bay Store-Chippewa Lake; Shoreline Bait & Tackle-Muskegon; Gander Mountain-Grand Rapids and Wolf Lake Motel & Resort-Baldwin.


Southwest:

Off of the Benton Harbor pier anglers are pulling in some nice Coho and brown trout. KO Wobblers, Thin-Thin Spinners and spawn seem to be working well. Otherwise the cold weather has slowed activity in the area.

Angling activity has not been so good around the New Buffalo area thanks to cold weather and windy conditions. The rivers are muddy and lakes dirty, however with warmer weather in the forecast for the weekend, angling action should be good.

Kalamazoo had some rotten weather this week slowing angling action. Some steelhead are hitting just below the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. The walleye are really coming in and averaging 8-10 pounds and anglers are getting 5-6 per person, however fish must be released at this time. Fishing on the St. Joe River near Berrien Springs Dam is good for steelhead. Fish are hitting on Storm Wiggle Warts and spawn sacks.

Off of the St. Joe pier anglers are getting a few Coho and brown trout, but the anglers trolling in boats along the shoreline are doing the best. Gotcha flies and small stinger spoons are working well.

Hogset Lake is producing some blue gill with anglers fishing in 15-feet of water and getting the fish in 2-feet of water just under the surface on spikes.

Lake Cora is producing perch on wigglers and minnows in 25-feet of water.

Around the Three Rivers area Corey and Hardwood lakes are decent for blue gill and crappie with minnows and red wigglers working well.

Information providers: Tackle Haven-Benton Harbor; D.& R. Sports-Kalamazoo; Fisherman’s Luck-Three Rivers and Captain Cook’s-New Buffalo.


Northeast:

Anglers fishing just below the Foote Dam Pond in Oscoda are doing ok for steelhead using wax worms, spawn and flies.

Poor angling conditions on Houghton Lake due to ice floating. The canals are open but the water is extremely cold and not much moving just yet, overall a transition time of year. It is a week or so away for crappie fishing.

Higgins Lake has ice breaking up and floating. No activity at this time.

Fishing has slowed this week in the Au Gres area thanks to cold weather. Anglers are pulling in a few walleye from the mouth of the river and from the boat launch on Rapala Husky Jerks.

Information providers: Lyman’s-Houghton Lake; Sports Barn-Higgins Lake; Wright’s Sport Shop-Au Gres and The Dam Store-Oscoda.


East:

The Rifle River is good for suckers on worms. Quanicassee is decent for small perch around the Iron Bridge, boat launch, Akron Road and Palmer Road. Anglers getting out in small boats are finding some action around Bay Harbor Marina.

Pink perch rigs are working well for anglers fishing for perch on Eagle Bay in the Standish area.

Lexington, Port Sanilac and Port Huron angling action is picking back up after a few days of very heavy north winds. Around Lexington the Coho action is good in 10-15 feet of water on body baits, popular color is orange. The Boardwalk in Port Huron has some nice activity from the Thomas Edison Inn to the Black River. Red eye spoons and big Emerald shiners are working well. Smelt action is good at night and bringing in a lot of other fish.

Information providers: Anderson’s Pro Bait-Port Huron; Michigan Sportsman-Bay City and Eagle Bay Marina-Standish.


Central:

Angling activity has been extremely slow this week due to snow and cold weather. Suckers continue to be plentiful on the Chippewa River.

Despite adverse weather Lansing fishing remains good for big carp and nice catches of steelhead near the Eckert Power Station at the Moores Park Dam.

At best, mediocre fishing taking place on Devils, Wamplers, Vineyard, Clark and Sand lakes. Snow and cold temperatures hindered angling opportunities earlier this week. By the weekend warmer temperatures in the forecast should improve crappie conditions.

Information providers: Knutson’s Live Bait-Brooklyn; Jakes Outdoors-Mt. Pleasant and Grand River Bait and Tackle-Lansing.


Southeast:

Near Metro Beach the blue gill and crappie action is good. Around Harrison Township walleye and perch activity is good in front of Beacon Cover and the spillway. St. Clair Shores anglers are finding murky waters and tough fishing due to the high winds and adverse weather earlier this week. The Detroit River is giving up nice numbers of walleye vertical jigging.

Anglers fishing the Detroit River are killing the walleye in the lower Trenton channel averaging 10-20 per boat. Anglers seem to be doing the best in shallow water jigging with pink, gold and chartreuse lures, stinger hooks, walleye minnows, four-inch Finesse Tails and gulp grubs. A few walleye caught have weighed 11 and 12 pounds. Walleye activity is also hot from Trenton to Wyandotte in the early morning hours or late evening hours with some anglers limiting out. Those anglers are using a jig with artificial worms. The Detroit River is also giving up some pike on pike suckers under a bobber.

Anglers fishing around Grosse Ile are finding spotty perch action while some perch and blue gill are being caught around south Gibraltar. Around Rock Wood the Huron River is doing well for dip netting suckers and steelhead. Flies, spawn, minnows and Cleo’s are working well.

In the Flat Rock area the Huron River is producing steelhead at the dam on flies and spawn. Between the two dams anglers are using a jig with a wax worm. Suckers are hot just below the dam on flies and jigs.

Off of the Monroe area, Silver Creek near Pointe Mouille is producing blue gill and perch. Bolles Harbor anglers are fishing off the pier and pulling in some decent number of bullhead, perch and crappie. Minnows are doing the trick. The Huron River in the area is dirty.

Belleville Lake is producing nice catfish on pike chubs. Ford and Belleville lakes are both doing well for perch and crappie and the hot spot is near Rawsonville Road. The weekend should be really good for pan fish, steelhead and crappie. Little jig heads with pink and green flies and a hologram sparkle are working well. The Huron River is giving up a few steelhead. Most ponds in the area are hot for fishing.

In Ohio the Maumee River continues to be super hot for walleye, as well as Crain Creek and around Turtle Island.

Information providers: Pro-Fishing & Archery-Harrison Township; Little Dipper Bait & Tackle-Flat Rock; Erie Party Shop-Monroe; Lakeside Fishing Shop-St. Clair Shores; South Street Tackle-Belleville; Gander Mountain-Taylor and Bottom Line Bait & Tackle-Rock Wood.