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, March 30, 2017
Weekly Fishing Report
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Anglers are reminded that on Saturday April 1st, all anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a 2017 fishing license. Be sure to hang on to the current fishing guide which covers the regulations for both 2016 and 2017.
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Huron River: A few anglers caught steelhead at Huron Park and downriver.
Detroit River: Those fishing the lower river were still finding a few perch in the canals in Gibraltar. Water temperatures are still too cold to trigger much fish activity.
Lake St. Clair: Anglers were getting out and taking good catches of perch, crappie and bluegills. Some perch were caught in the Clinton River. Most were fishing at the mouth of the spillway with minnows and wax worms on the bottom.
St. Clair River: Ice floe in the river is winding down. Anglers have reported consistent catches of coho and steelhead at the upper end of the river. A few smelt were taken but no big number by any means. Suckers are being caught in the Belle River and the Black River.
Port Austin: Still had some ice floating around both inside and outside the marina.
Saginaw Bay: Perch anglers were doing a lot of sorting but were getting some limit catches of 7 to 9 inch fish at Eagle Bay Marina and the cut at the end of Palmer Road. Some walleye were taken by those trolling in 23 feet off Linwood Beach Marina. Limit catches were also taken straight off the state launch at the end of Patterson Road. Perch fishing was good for smaller fish at Finn Road, on the Quanicassee River, the Vassar Road drain and off the docks in Sunset Bay Marina. Catch rates were slow but steady in the Sebewaing River, at Bay Port, and at Mud Creek. Those putting in a lot of time did best as the fish would come and go. The females are still green but the males are ripe, so spawning should start sometime this week or early next week.
Saginaw River: Anglers were doing well on suckers.
New Buffalo: Lake Michigan fishing for trout and salmon is heating up with boat anglers reporting limit catches.
St. Joseph: Had good coho fishing between here and South Haven in 20 to 25 feet. Small plugs in orange, silver, and gold have worked well.
St. Joseph River: Steelhead were running through the Berrien Springs fish ladder in high numbers on March 27th so there should be good numbers of fish throughout the system. Fish were also in the ladders at Buchanan and Niles.
South Haven: Boat anglers were getting coho in shallow waters 20 to 25 feet deep with small orange, silver and gold plugs.
Kalamazoo River: Had good numbers of steelhead at the Allegan Dam. Those using crawlers caught suckers. Flow was above average.
Grand Haven: Had good brown trout activity along the shoreline and some perch were caught further out.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had good numbers of steelhead at the 6th Street Dam. Suckers have been caught. Flow was above average.
Grand River at Lansing: Had mostly shore anglers catching a few bass.
Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing has been good all the way up to Croton Dam.
White River: Those steelhead fishing have caught some nice fish. Anglers have done well near the dam in Hesperia.
Cheboygan River: Was producing a small number of steelhead near the dam. Water temperatures were still cold.
Burt Lake: Ice conditions are poor especially around the shorelines.
Mullett Lake: Ice conditions are poor especially around the shorelines. Heavy rains have weakened the ice in most places. Anglers should avoid the following areas: Indian River, Cheboygan River, Mullett Creek, and Pigeon River Bay because of open water.
Ocqueoc River: Continues to produce some steelhead in the lower river.
Thunder Bay River: Is producing some steelhead.
Au Sable River: Water levels were up after the rain. Fresh steelhead continue to move into the system and catch rates will only get better as water temperatures warm.
Tawas: Pier anglers on the state dock caught a few lake trout and a couple pike on large minnows or when casting assorted hardware. A couple walleye were caught straight out from the mouth of the river.
Tawas River: Sucker anglers were doing well in the lower river. A couple steelhead were also caught.
Au Gres: Boat anglers trolling assorted crank baits off the various points were picking up walleye and lake trout.
Au Gres River: Steelhead were caught near the Singing Bridge and by those surf-casting with spawn bags. The river was a bit high and murky after recent rains.
Rifle River: The sucker run is underway so grab a dozen crawlers and get out there. Steelhead are also in the river.
Charlevoix: Most inland lakes in the area are in between safe ice and open water.
Traverse City: Lake trout were caught in 65 to 70 feet in the West Bay. Lake herring were also caught.
Boardman River: Anglers are still getting some steelhead.
Frankford: Brown trout fishing has been good between here and Ludington.
Betsie River: Had good steelhead fishing and lots of anglers targeting them.
Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Still a little ice on Lake Mitchell however Lake Cadillac is now open. The water is still cold and no one was fishing.
Manistee: Those trolling and pier anglers are getting some brown trout. Catch rates seem to be better this year.
Manistee River: Still had good steelhead fishing.
Ludington: Those trolling are getting brown trout.
Pere Marquette River: Had good steelhead fishing.
Keweenaw Bay: The remaining ice is bad and anglers should stay off it. This area is in transition from ice fishing to open water. The Falls River had slow fishing.
Marquette: Fishing picked up as anglers were jigging and trolling for coho, brown trout, and steelhead near the "Bubblers" with artificial and cut bait. One of the docks was accessible for launching boats in the Upper Harbor. Shore anglers caught steelhead in the Chocolay River and the Carp River when using spawn. Brown trout were also caught in the Chocolay River when using spawn and wax worms. Most of the fish were between 10 and 12 inches.
Menominee River: Walleye and brown trout were caught by those trolling and by shore anglers. Boom Landing, 6th Street Slip, and the Menominee Lighthouse landing were still iced in.
Little Bay De Noc: Is now in-between seasons. Any remaining ice is no longer safe. Perch anglers were forced to fish shallow waters only near Kipling and most of the fish were small. All the rivers in the area with the exception of the Escanaba River are frozen at the mouth but had areas of open water up river. On the rivers, where there is open water the flow is fast and ice dams are present.
Au Train: The boat launch was still not usable due to ice. Ice in the bay was not stable. Small coho and steelhead were caught in both the Au Train River and the Rock River when using spawn.
Munising: In general fishing was slow with some reporting one or two fish but most were getting none. Ice conditions were holding but still had some deterioration. The mouth of the Anna River and Bay Furnace had a slight opening with open water. Those ice fishing with jigging spoons and Swedish pimples caught a couple coho but the bite was slow. Catch rates for splake were down. Minnows were still the better choice for tip-ups and minnows or cut bait for jigging spoons. A few smelt were taken off Sand Point.
Munuscong: Ice breaking operations have started and shipping season is open in the St. Marys River. This will affect the ice in Munuscong Bay. Please use caution. Stay outside of the bay and away from the shipping channel. Be careful around the islands and river mouths. Warmer temperatures and rain will weaken the ice. Anglers have caught perch but the action was slow. Most were still-fishing with minnows.
Cedarville and Hessel: There is a lot of open water. Many of the channels and larger bays are now open. Stay clear of the river mouths. Hessel Bay still had some ice and anglers were getting some perch but were also sorting out the small ones. Most were jigging or still-fishing with wigglers. Musky Bay still had ice and anglers were getting a few perch. Ice conditions are changing daily so use caution.
Enjoy your catch! Eat safe fish! Learn about eating safe, local and healthful fish from our Great Lakes State at: Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.