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.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Weekly Fishing Report
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Very few anglers have been out. Fishing was pretty much non-existent over the weekend because of the rain and snow. Strong winds continue to make fishing difficult especially along the Great Lakes. Many are now waiting for ice fishing season to get started.
Detroit River: Walleye anglers were still picking up the occasional fish. Those targeting musky near the mouth found a few fish.
Lake St. Clair: Yellow perch were caught in and around the entrances to the many marinas around the lake.
St. Clair River: Walleye can still be found both jigging from boats and casting from shore. Those targeting musky in the channel mouths were taking a few fish.
Saginaw Bay: Boat and shore anglers have been limited because of strong winds.
Saginaw River: Is still producing some walleye in the lower river.
St. Joseph River: After all the rain the flow was high and the water was turbid. A light number of steelhead were still moving through the Berrien Springs ladder.
Kalamazoo River: Water flow was high and fast.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had higher water levels including a flood advisory at Ionia. Those fishing below the 6th Street Dam have caught steelhead and the occasional walleye on wobble glo's, plugs, spawn, jigs and beads.
Rogue River: Is producing steelhead all the way up to Rockford as more fish move in with the high water levels.
Maple River: At Maple Rapids had higher water levels and was under a flood advisory.
Muskegon River: Water levels are up after the rain. There is still a decent number of steelhead in the river. Boat anglers fishing Hardy Pond continue to take a fair to good number of perch and walleye.
Alpena: Boat anglers were targeting whitefish in Thunder Bay. This is the time of year when the fish come in to spawn.
Thunder Bay River: Continues to produce Atlantic salmon and lake trout especially up near the 9th Street Dam.
Au Sable River: Water levels in the lower river were up a bit after all the rain. Those fly fishing have caught trout and salmon.
Rivers in this area are high once again after all the rain. Steelhead fishing was slow because of the higher water and colder water temperatures.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Were pretty quiet on the fishing front. The lakes had skim ice here and there but no safe ice.
Manistee: Strong winds have hampered both pier and surf fishing but when anglers can get out they have caught a few.
Big Manistee River: Water levels are high and the water temperatures are cold. Fishing was very slow with only a couple steelhead taken.
Ludington: Pier anglers and those surf casting have not been able to get out because of the strong winds.
Pere Marquette River: Had higher water levels.
In the western Upper Peninsula, cold weather has formed ice on most of the inland lakes, although the ice was not safe.
Ontonagon River: Those that want a mid-day break from deer hunting are encouraged to fish the Middle Branch downstream from State Highway M-28 (Agate Falls) which offers good opportunities for lake-run brown trout.
Menominee River: Anglers targeting whitefish reported fair to good catches.
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing remained good although even fewer anglers were out. Those fishing the "Black Bottom" found fish in 18 to 25 feet when trolling stick baits. The head of the bay saw the most action with the majority of anglers fishing around the Center Reef and taking good catches. Those fishing during the day were trolling stick baits or crank baits in 24 to 32 feet. Night anglers were much shallower in 8 to 16 feet.
Tahquamenon River: The Dollarville Flooding near Newberry was open in the main channel but most of the bays, backwaters and the boat launches were iced in. The launch at the Dollarville dam was iced in but the one at McPhees Landing had open water. Water levels were high with some ice floe coming down.
Enjoy your catch! Eat safe fish! Learn about eating safe, local and healthful fish from our Great Lakes State at: Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.