Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report — April 28, 2017
Lake St. Clair
Water temperatures on Lake St. Clair are beginning to warm and clarity is improving. Crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed are in the canals and marinas. Smallmouth bass have been caught in deeper water off spawning areas when using blade baits and soft plastics. Shore anglers have caught largemouth bass. The boat launch at the Clinton River Cut-Off has been cleared out allowing vessels to launch. The spring turkey season is off to a good start.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Anglers are catching good numbers of walleye in the Detroit River, including some limit catches. Most are using a jig and minnow or Twister Tail. Dark colors like black and purple seemed to work best. Perch fishing has slowed. Panfish anglers have taken a few crappie in the canals.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Luna Pier Area
Anglers are still trolling and jigging for walleye in Lake Erie’s Brest Bay. Most are trolling stickbaits or jigging bucktail jigs with minnows and Twister Tails. The Huron River is starting to produce some white bass at the dam. A few steelhead are still being caught.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Water levels are coming down on the Kalamazoo River but water temperatures are on the rise. Cooler water up near the Allegan Dam is producing steelhead but as the water temperatures rise, that fishery will not last much longer. Toms are gobbling and strutting.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Grand Rapids Area
Water levels are still high on the Grand River, which makes fishing difficult. Steelhead are still being caught in the Rogue River. Turkey hunting has been good.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Fishing pressure has been light in southwest Lower Michigan. Most boat anglers on Lake Michigan reported inconsistent catch rates but a few managed to find a decent number of coho. The fish were very deep, well past 150 feet and were hitting small spoons. Pier fishing was slow for coho and brown trout with only a few taken on spawn. St. Joseph River has some fresh steelhead using the Berrien Springs ladder. Water levels were high but were coming back down and clearing up. Toms are strutting, and gobbling off the roost.
The Trading Post, (269) 633-8803.
Saginaw Bay Area
It appears that the spring perch runs are just about over for this year on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Much of the bay remains turbid due to runoff and high winds. Boat anglers are getting walleye off Spoils Island and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River when vertical jigging, which still seems to be more effective than trolling. Toms are strutting and gobbling.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
A few crappies are hitting on the Martini Chain of Lakes and on Chippewa Lake. A few bluegills have been caught, too. The fish are moving into the shallows on sunny days. Turkey hunting has been very good. There are a lot of birds in the area and toms are strutting and gobbling.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.
Surface water temperatures have been about 44 degrees on Lake Michigan. Those trolling the shoreline continue to catch coho, lake trout and brown trout. Pier anglers have caught a few steelhead and brown trout. The Pere Marquette River still had good steelhead fishing. Down at Pentwater, boats trolling on Lake Michigan in 5 to 20 feet caught brown trout, a few chinook and lake trout. Pier anglers caught brown trout with spawn near the bottom. On Pentwater Lake, those fishing off Longbridge Road caught bullhead, suckers, and the occasional channel catfish on crawlers or spawn fished near the bottom. Boats fishing in 15 to 25 feet caught perch using perch rigs tipped with wax worms. The Pentwater River had good steelhead fishing that should continue for w while.
Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.
Shore anglers fishing in Lake Huron the Quanicassee and Sebewaing rivers were catching carp, suckers, white bass and bowfin. Perch anglers at Bay Port and Mud Creek were getting a few but had to sort through a lot of small ones to get a couple keepers. A few sunfish were caught from the Thomas Cut when using worms and a couple crappie were caught on minnows. Turkey hunting has been good.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Walleye fishing has been good in the St. Clair River. Those fishing with jigs and minnows report a good bite. On Lake Huron, anglers trolling close to shore report catching a mixed bag of cohos, kings, Atlantics, steelhead and lake trout. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Toms are gobbling.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
East Jordan Area
Perch fishing has been very good on Lake Charlevoix in the south arm between Ironton and Holy Island in 40 to 70 feet of water. On Lake Michigan perch are hitting in 70 to 90 feet of water. Steelhead fishing has been good in the Boyne and Jordan rivers and in the channel between Lake Michigan and Round Lake. Spawn has produced the best results. Turkey hunting has been slow with cool, cloudy weather calming the toms down a little. Morels are popping.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Traverse City Area
Crisco are hitting in 70 feet of water in West Grand Traverse Bay. Those jigging with small spoons report a pretty good bite. Steelhead fishing has slowed. A few stragglers are still in the rivers but the main run is over. Suckers have moved into the Boardman River. Turkey hunting has been decent. Toms are strutting and gobbling. White morels are popping.
Rogers City Area
Water temperatures were about 38 degrees in northern Lake Huron last week. All the docks are in. When boats can get out, try trolling the shoreline for lake trout and Atlantic salmon. For trout, try near the bottom in 30 to 50 feet of water with big flashers, cowbells with Spin ‘N Glos and flies. For salmon try bright colored bodybaits. At Rockport, lake trout are being caught near the bottom in 30 to 60 feet of water near Middle Island. Water temperatures were still cold. Those trying for Atlantic salmon had no luck. Turkey season got off to a good start. Toms are strutting and gobbling. A few morels are being found.
Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303
Houghton Lake Area
Houghton Lake continues to produce crappies and bluegills in the canals. Anglers are using minnows about a foot under a bobber. There has not been anyone fishing the rest of the lake. Turkey season has been good and morels are popping.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
A few walleyes and smallmouth bass have been caught in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay when trolling crankbaits near the mouth of the Thunder Bay River. Walleyes were caught by pier anglers casting crankbaits in the waters of Lake Huron after dark. In the Thunder Bay River, those drifting or floating spawn and beads have caught a couple of steelhead and some white suckers up near the 9th Street Dam. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Morels are starting to show up, too.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.
Good perch fishing has been reported in Lake Huron’s Cedarville Bay just south of the boat launch. Splake were caught off the pier at the Hessel Marina. Try frozen smelt just off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet of water.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Smelt are starting to show up in light numbers and a few steelhead have been caught in the Two Hearted River. Perch fishing has been pretty good on Big Manistique Lake, but the perch bite has slowed in Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Coho fishing has slowed in Lake Superior’s harbors. Those fishing at the “bubblers” were catching 3 or 4 fish per trip. A couple of coho and brown trout were caught when trolling near the mouth of the Chocolay River and the Carp River. Over at Munising, water temperatures remained in the mid 30s but boat anglers have taken good catches of coho, splake and brown trout when trolling spoons and stickbaits.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
All the launches are open in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Perch anglers reported catches near Kipling on minnows and crawlers fished in 30 to 35 feet of water or near Hunters Point in 22 to 30 feet. Steelhead have been caught in the Day’s River on beads, yarn and spawn. Toms are gobbling.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Anglers had to deal with some very high and fast water in the Menominee River, which kept catch rates down. Boat anglers fishing just off the mouth in Lake Michigan caught some nice brown trout, a few walleyes and a couple pike.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) (906) 424-4108.
Iron River Area
Fishing has been slow and pressure light. Turkey hunting has been very good. Tom are strutting and gobbling. Morel hunting has been slow.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.