Weekly Fishing Report
Weekly Fishing Report
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If they can brave the cold, steelhead anglers will still find fish in the rivers. As for the inland lakes, fishing is now in between seasons especially with the freezing temperatures and lake effect snow. Boat launches will be covered in snow in many areas making it impossible to launch. A slight warm-up by the end of the week could help angler participation and catch rates.
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Lake Erie: This is the time of year walleye anglers wade out from the beaches of Sterling State Park and cast bombers at night. A few perch were caught at the Metro Park Marina. No boats have been out on the lake.
Huron River: Steelhead were caught up near the golf course and a couple walleye were taken down near the mouth.
Lake St. Clair: Did not have much fishing activity with the bad weather. Those targeting muskie have caught some fish over 40 pounds. Though skim ice is starting to form in the canals and marinas and there is some flow ice in the lake, there is no safe ice.
St. Clair River: Rumor has it some walleye and steelhead were caught off the wall at Port Huron. Muskie fishing has been good.
Saginaw Bay: A few perch were caught up in the cuts, canals and rivers.
Saginaw River: A few boat anglers were targeting walleye near the Zilwaukee Bridge.
St. Joseph: Pier anglers were taking a fair to good number of whitefish and a couple steelhead.
St. Joseph River: Boat anglers caught steelhead up near Berrien Springs. Those wading caught a few fish when casting small spoons, body baits or wobble glows.
South Haven: When the weather permits, pier anglers floating a single egg or wax worm have started to catch some whitefish. Be sure to use a small hook.
Kalamazoo River: Continues to produce some steelhead for those fishing below the Allegan Dam. Try spoons, spinners, plugs or a jig and wax worm.
Grand River near Grand Rapids: Anglers caught steelhead on white jigs tipped with a wax worm. Fish were caught near the Post Office and off the east side wall.
Ingham County: Fishing activity has slowed dramatically on area lakes and rivers.
Muskegon River: Water temperatures are dropping but steelhead can still be found in the river. Fishing was fair up near Croton Dam.
Muskegon Lake: Before the snow, walleye anglers found a few fish when casting body baits or bucktail jigs at night. A couple whitefish were caught in the channel.
Thunder Bay River: Had very little to report. Some are still trying for the occasional steelhead below the Ninth Street Dam. A few perch were reported in the marina. Skim ice is starting to form in the river and marina however there is no safe ice.
Oscoda: When the weather allows, pier anglers continue to catch the occasional steelhead, whitefish or walleye. Remember, the piers can become very slippery this time of year.
Au Sable River: Is still producing some steelhead and the occasional walleye. Whitefish were also caught by those willing to brave the elements.
Higgins Lake: Had no anglers. Boats are put away for the winter.
Houghton Lake: The North Bay had skim ice along the shoreline. No anglers have been out.
Tawas: A few walleye were caught in and around Tawas. Look for whitefish near the Tawas State Docks in East Tawas.
Betsie River: Has a fair number of steelhead however artic conditions have kept most anglers from pursuing them.
Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Had skim ice starting to form around the shoreline.
Manistee: When the weather allows, those surfcasting have caught some steelhead if your there on the right day. Pier anglers are casting or floating spawn however use caution and watch for icy conditions.
Manistee River: Has a moderate number of steelhead but arctic conditions have prevented most from pursuing them. Steelhead can also be found in the Little Manistee River.
Ludington: Pier and shore anglers did catch some steelhead. Try casting orange spoons or plugs or floating spawn and wax worms.
Pere Marquette River: Is also a good place for fall steelhead fishing. Look for brown trout between US-31 and the Indian Bridge. Falling water temperatures did produce some fresh fish.
Menominee River: With the cold and snowy weather perch fishing has been suspended until the ice is thick enough to walk on. The only fishing activity observed over the last week was near the Hattie Street Dam. Walleye and a few brown trout were caught on a jig and crawler, small spoons or rapalas. Whitefish have been caught by those using small jigs and a bobber however ice-up on the lines has been a problem. Those putting in the time have caught fish ranging 17 and 22 inches.
Little Bay De Noc: Had very winter-like conditions and extremely cold temperatures over the last week. Ice is starting to form and the only launches that were open were Kipling and the Gladstone Yacht Harbor. Angler participation is very low but a few heading out for walleye reported fair to good action. They are trolling crank baits or stick baits from the "Narrows" north to the Center Reef. Those fishing during the day reported catches in 29 to 35 feet while evening anglers did best in 12 to 24 feet. Water temperatures were in the high 30's to low 40's and dropping. If this weather pattern holds, we could be ice fishing soon.
Manistique River: Those fishing the lower stretch below the dam were targeting steelhead.
Manistique Lakes: Were producing a few perch and walleye before the extreme cold and snow.
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