Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – March 15th, 2013
Lake St. Clair
Crappie, bluegill, and perch fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair, but ice conditions are deteriorating and anglers are warned to be cautious. A good bite has been reported by anglers fishing in the bay at Selfridge and off the Salt River, a mile out, in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Ice fishing has been good in Oakland County. Some big perch have been caught on minnows fished on Sylvan Lake. Anglers report that they’re still catching crappies and pike on Pontiac Lake and crappies on Cedar Island Lake. Perch and crappie action has been good on Union Lake, too. Ice was holding up pretty well on most lakes last week, but shore ice was starting to deteriorate. Caution is advised. Coyote hunting and trapping has been good.
KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.
Fair panfish action has been reported on the Detroit River by anglers fishing in some of the protected bays. A few pike have been caught, too, but the ice was falling apart last week and anglers are urged to use extreme caution. Call ahead for an update on ice conditions.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Ice fishing has stalled again in extreme southern Michigan as ice conditions deteriorate. A few steelhead are being caught in the St. Joseph River below the Berrien Springs Dam. Spoons, spawn, and wax worms have all been producing good results. Coyote hunting has been slow, with light hunter participation.
Lunkers, (269) 663-3745.
Fishing has been slow in Kent County. Fair numbers of smelt have been caught on Gull Lake, with the best action being reported by anglers plying the waters of the south bay. A few pike and crappies have been caught there, too. Steelhead and walleye fishing has been fair below the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Predator hunting has been slow.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Steelhead fishing remains decent in the Grand River. Anglers floating spawn and wax worms under bobbers are taking a few fish below the Sixth Street Dam. Ice conditions are falling apart on inland lakes as warm weather invades the area. Predator hunting has been fair.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.