Weekly Fishing Report

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NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Weekly Fishing Report

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Open water fishing for pike and panfish is a good bet this time of year. Areas to the north may be making skim ice at night but there is no safe ice to report.


Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Some perch were caught in the Metro Park Marina. Walleye fishing slowed.

Huron River: Steelhead were caught up near the dam at Flat Rock. Those fishing in the marina at the mouth caught a good number of bluegills.

Detroit River: Was still producing walleye and perch. Walleye anglers were fishing between the Ford Yacht Club and Celeron Island or near the Trenton Power Plant.

Lake St. Clair: Those targeting musky had success at the mouth of the North Channel and near Grassy Island. Anglers were also casting in Anchor Bay off Grassy Island for musky and smallmouth bass. Musky season on the lake will close on December 15th.

St. Clair River: The few boats out have caught a couple walleye at night. Shore anglers were also taking a few fish.

Saginaw Bay: Had reports of yellow perch being caught. No specific locations but anglers might want to try the cuts and canals. There have been reports of walleye being caught by boat anglers. Rumor has it perch were caught in the Quanicassee River, Thomas Cut and the lower Sebewaing River. Mornings were best. At Caseville, some lake trout were caught in the lower Pigeon River. This is a Type-3 stream so it is legal to keep lake trout this time of year.

Saginaw River: Also had reports of some walleye caught.

Tittabawassee River: Had rumors of decent walleye fishing.

Flint River: Catch rates for walleye increased.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Saugatuck: A few whitefish were caught by pier anglers using jigging spoons or single eggs fished on the bottom.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers continue to catch whitefish. Jigging spoons were the ticket.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Continues to produce steelhead especially up near the Sixth Street Dam.

Grand River at Lansing: A couple nice walleye were caught on the north end near the Brenke Ladder.

Muskegon: Pier anglers caught whitefish and the occasional steelhead.

Muskegon River: Water levels were decent and those fishing continue to catch some nice steelhead. Boat anglers were swinging flies and shore anglers are floating spawn.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Thunder Bay River: Was producing a few Atlantic salmon and brown trout. Whitefish moved to the reefs in the bay.

Houghton Lake: Shore anglers have caught walleye and pike at night when casting crank baits in the canals and along the shoreline.

Tawas: Had rumors of moderate whitefish activity. Those fishing the State Dock were still taking some fish.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

This area of the state had little activity. Steelhead fishing picked up with the last rain however arctic temperatures will not only slow fishing but make it much harder to do so.

Manistee Lake: The coho salmon action was slow but steady. A few more steelhead have been picked up as well. Trolling the deeper waters has turned out more steelhead, while shallower waters have produced coho. The lake remains completely open with no ice to report.

Big Manistee River: Water temperatures are continuing to drop and water levels are up. Water clarity is down and anglers have been catching fish well into the afternoon. Floating spawn from Tippy Dam all the way down to the M-55 Bridge has yielded a steady number of steelhead. A few coho remain at the dam, but numbers have decreased.

Pere Marquette River: Water levels are up here as well and clarity is down which makes for better fishing. Fresh fish are in the river. Most are using spawn or fly fishing.

Pentwater: Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Those fishing below the Hattie Street Dam have caught whitefish on wax worms or steelhead and brown trout on cast-masters.

Little Bay De Noc: Had a decent perch bite in the shallows. Perch rigs with minnows worked best.


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