Weekly Fishing Report
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 14, 2017
Weekly Fishing Report
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Ice is building on the inland lakes but most did not have safe ice yet. Snow this week will not help as it will insulate the ice and slow the freezing process. Anglers might be able to fish the small shallow lakes by the weekend but remember, first ice is dangerous ice and extreme caution needs to be used.
Lake St. Clair: All of the canals have skim ice. Many of the bays have thin ice or slush and are just beginning to lock in. Strong winds have kept any unprotected areas from freezing. Snow in the forecast will not lead to favorable conditions for making good ice but the cold nights will help and there could be fishable ice in the marinas or canals by the weekend.
Lexington and Port Sanilac: Atlantic salmon could be found at both ports. Most were shore anglers jigging a small marabou jig.
Saginaw Bay: Ice is forming on the more sheltered shorelines of the inner Bay but was not yet thick enough for ice fishing. Ice has also covered most of the smaller area rivers including the Pine, Pinconning, Kawkawlin, Quanicassee and Sebewaing but again not thick enough for ice fishing.
Saginaw River: Was wide open. Walleye anglers were still taking some fish but frigid temperatures are keeping the boat anglers home.
There is no ice fishing in this area yet. Flows in the major rivers are back down to normal. With the recent cold weather, water temperatures in the rivers have dropped to the mid 30's which will slow if not stop the upstream movement of steelhead.
St. Joseph River: With water temperatures in the mid 30's, upstream movement of steelhead through the fish ladders was essentially zero.
Grand Haven: The whitefish activity has slowed as the run is just about over. Anglers were starting to catch a good number of perch in Lake Michigan.
Muskegon Lake: Anglers were taking walleye and perch.
Muskegon River: Water levels are good. Steelhead can still be found especially in the lower stretches.
White River: Was producing the occasional steelhead up near the Hesperia Dam.
Alpena: Those spearing whitefish reported slow catch rates.
Thunder Bay River: Had very good Atlantic salmon fishing in the lower river. The best fishing was in the slower water below the 9th Street Bridge. Try the fishing platform near LaMarre Park.
Au Sable River: Has steelhead and some Atlantic salmon in the lower river.
Houghton Lake: Ice is forming however the thickness is not consistent and there were still some areas with open water. A couple anglers were venturing out and fishing in shallow waters only in the East Bay but extreme caution needs to be used.
Some of the smaller lakes have frozen however there was no safe ice yet. Steelhead are in the rivers but angler numbers are down due to the cold weather. Pier fishing may no longer be an option because of icy conditions.
Boyne River: Anglers caught a couple steelhead.
Platte River: Anglers caught coho along with the occasional steelhead and brown trout.
Betsie River: Was producing steelhead but the bite has slowed.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Are now frozen but no safe ice as of yet. There may be some anglers out by the weekend but at this point it is hard to tell.
Big Manistee River: Was producing trout for those using jigs tipped with a wax worm and beads.
Pere Marquette River: Steelhead were caught in Mason County and portions of Lake County.
Heavy snows throughout the western Upper Peninsula warrant extreme caution when going out on any lakes that have frozen. On the east end, ice is just beginning to form on most lakes and waterbodies.
Lake Gogebic: Anglers were ice fishing Bergland Bay on the north end of the lake however heavy snows have caused water to push up on the ice causing some safety issues. Anglers will need to use extreme caution especially with the onset of heavy snow in the area.
Manistique River: Anglers were still taking some steelhead in the lower river.
Enjoy your catch! Eat safe fish! Learn about eating safe, local and healthful fish from our Great Lakes State at: Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.