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, April 19, 2018
Weekly Fishing Report
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Crazy weather including strong winds hampered fishing conditions. Catch rates slowed but should pick up by the weekend and continue into next week. The northern sections of the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula are digging out from heavy snowfall and it is going to be a while before all that snow melts.
Lake Erie: The water was muddy after the storm. Those trolling Bandits in Brest Bay or using a jig and minnow off the Metro Park caught a few walleye.
Detroit River: Walleye anglers were taking fish in the Trenton Channel and off Wyandotte. Most were using a jig with a live or artificial minnow. Some perch were caught in the canals.
Lake St. Clair: The waters are still stained after the weekend storms. There is also a lot of debris. The only good reports were bluegills and sunfish caught in the canals.
St. Clair River: The water was stained and had floating debris.
Lexington and Port Sanilac: When they can get out, boat anglers fishing just outside the harbors and along the breakwalls were getting coho, steelhead, lake trout and Atlantic salmon on spoons and assorted live bait.
Saginaw Bay: The spring storm left flooding along the inner Bay and shut down all fishing activity. Conditions should improve as the weather moderates this week. Word has it that post-spawn walleye are dropping down out of the rivers and some are being caught off the river mouths by boat anglers.
St. Joseph: Poor weather slowed fishing however when boats could get out, they were catching good numbers of coho south of the piers when trolling small crank baits in 25 to 30 feet. Pier anglers caught coho and whitefish on spawn and worms.
St. Joseph River: A lot of steelhead were moving through the Berrien Springs ladder after the rain. The river was high and turbid.
South Haven: Coho were caught by those trolling small crank baits in waters 25 feet deep. Pier fishing was slow.
Holland: Boat and pier anglers were targeting steelhead, brown trout and whitefish.
Grand Haven: Pier anglers caught brown trout and Menominee on spawn.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: There was a good push of fresh steelhead resulting in a good number of fish in the river over the last week.
Grand River at Lansing: Smallmouth bass were caught and released at the North Lansing Dam. Minnows were the ticket.
Muskegon: Steelhead and a couple brown trout were caught by pier anglers.
Muskegon River: Water levels were up after the storm. Turbid and stained water made fishing a little more difficult.
Whitehall: Freezing temperatures and snow have kept most anglers off the piers. When they could, anglers were targeting steelhead and brown trout but catch rates slowed.
Rivers will rise over the next couple weeks with the daytime melting and the snow will definitely be around until May. At this point, conditions for the trout opener next weekend do not look good.
Cheboygan River: Had no reports. All of the raceways at the dam were open.
Ocqueoc River: Before the winter storm hit, a couple steelhead were caught on spawn. Fishing pressure declined with the onset of colder weather.
Rogers City: There is nothing to report. Everything was iced in. Still no docks were in and it is going to be few weeks before the ramps open up and anglers get out.
Thunder Bay River: A couple steelhead and Atlantic salmon were caught before the storm. Fishing is slow and the spring run has not even begun yet. We need warmer weather and an increase in water levels.
Oscoda: Pier anglers caught a couple Atlantic salmon when still-fishing with minnows or spawn bags.
Au Sable River: Snow, cold air, and ice on the ponds have kept river temperatures about 38 degrees. Flow has increased but the water stayed fairly clear towards Foote Dam Pond. A couple steelhead were caught in the deeper holes as well as up near Foot Dam when drifting spawn bags, flies, and wax worms. These and other natural looking baits continue to produce in the cold water.
Black River: A couple steelhead were caught by those floating spawn.
Harrisville: Those targeting steelhead in the harbor caught a couple fish when casting a small marabou or twister tail jig. Those targeting walleye were casting stick baits and crank baits from the rocks or from boats but they had no luck. The skid piers were still not in at the harbor.
Tawas: Had no report because of windy conditions.
Au Gres: Also had no report because of windy conditions.
Rivers in this area will rise over the next couple weeks with the daytime melting. Some lakes were still ice covered however deep snow makes it impossible to tell what the ice conditions are like.
Harbor Springs: No anglers were out especially after reports of an angler going through the ice last week. It is recommended that anglers do not go out on any remaining ice. It would be best to wait for open water fishing.
Petoskey: Pier anglers were steelhead fishing inside the breakwall when the weather permitted. The entire breakwall was covered with deep snow and ice which can be very dangerous for pier anglers. Due to safety concerns, anglers should not venture out on the piers until the ice and snow are gone.
Bear River: Was flowing at a higher level. Steelhead were caught on spawn bags, flies or wax worms. A few suckers were also caught.
Glen Arbor: Had no fishing activity. The ramp and the docks remain out of the water.
Traverse City: Both bays have some shoreline ice buildup and most of the boat launches were snowed in. There was no fishing in the bays however a couple steelhead and brown trout were caught in the Boardman River.
Frankfort: Had no fishing as the breakwalls were covered in ice and snow.
Manistee: Surface temperature readings were near 38 degrees. Brown trout and lake trout were caught by those trolling in the basin and around the pier heads before the storm. The south pier remains closed due to a large hole near the 45 degree turn. As a safety precaution, anglers should stay off the pier. The restrooms and the fish cleaning station remain closed.
Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues, and will for a while.
Ludington: The piers were closed but should be open by this weekend. There was one dock in at the city launch but the restrooms and fish cleaning station were still closed.
Pere Marquette River: Had good steelhead fishing.
Pentwater Lake: Those fishing Longbridge Road caught the occasional steelhead.
Keweenaw Bay: The ice north of the lighthouse on the west side has broken up along the shoreline. Damage to ice in the bay could be extensive and heavy snowfall will cover dangerous areas.
Little Bay De Noc: Was still mostly ice covered. A few anglers were out but it is not recommended because of unsafe ice conditions. There is open water south of Aronson Island. The Ford River had not opened up yet but the Day's River was open and the Escanaba River is open and shore anglers were able to fish the piers at the north shore launch.
Big Bay De Noc: Was still ice covered however the ice conditions were not safe.
Marquette: The bubblers were locked in tight with ice and snow. Before the storm, anglers were getting 1-3 coho per trip. Those targeting steelhead in the Carp and Chocolay Rivers have caught the occasional brown trout.
Munising: Still has ice fishing and anglers were still catching smelt up to 10 inches long. A few splake were caught on Swedish Pimples tipped with minnows or on tip-ups. Catch rates for coho were not good however those putting in a lot of time did manage a few limit catches.
Grand Marais: Is covered in deep snow. Anglers were still trying to hit the small bays for whitefish and some have actually done well both here and in Whitefish Bay.
Two Hearted River: The additional snowfall will prolong any fishing activity for steelhead.
Detour: Anglers are waiting patiently for winter to lose its grip on Detour Village and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Currently, snow and ice remain at both boat launches in Detour Village and no docks were in at either launch.
Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville Bay was open and free of most ice as strong northeast winds helped push more ice out of the bay which allowed anglers to explore more open water throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. At Hessel, ice conditions have deteriorated as there is now a lot of slush and blue ice.
Enjoy your catch! Eat safe fish! Learn about eating safe, local and healthful fish from our Great Lakes State at: Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.