Fishing pressure light; turkeys are on the move - Northern LP Report
Fishing pressure has been light on Burt and Mullett lakes, and success has been fair. Steelhead fishing remains pretty good on the Ocqueoc and Bear rivers. Toms are strutting and gobbling. A few morels have been found.
Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.
Traverse City Area
Steelhead fishing has been slow on the Boardman River. Brown trout are hitting on the upper Manistee River and the Betsie River. Streamers and body baits are producing the best results. Whitefish and lake trout fishing has been good in 150 feet of water on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Lake trout anglers are trolling along the shore of Elk Lake and catching good numbers of fish. Morels are popping and turkeys are on the move. The spring hunting season should be good.
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Steelhead fishing remains pretty good on the Manistee River, but the spring runs are winding down. Most of the action has come to anglers fishing above the coffer dam. The turkey season should be good, with outdoorsmen reporting plenty of birds in the area.
Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.
Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. A few panfish have been caught on Mitchell. Mushroom hunters are finding fair numbers of morels. Toms are strutting and on the move. Hunters anticipate a decent spring turkey-hunting season.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Crappies and a few bluegills are being caught in the shallows on Rose Lake. Morels are popping in Osceola County, and the spring turkey season should be decent with good numbers of birds in the area. Toms are strutting and gobbling.
The Eyes Have It, (231) 768-5653.
Houghton Lake Area
Fishing remains on the slow side on Houghton Lake. Light numbers of ‘gills and crappies are being caught in the shallows, but fishing pressure has been light. Toms are gobbling and looking for hens.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Sportsman’s Resort and Marina, (989) 366-5471.
Higgins Lake Area
A few perch have been caught on Higgins Lake, but fishing pressure has been light. Mushroom hunters report that morels are popping. Toms are strutting and gobbling. Turkey hunting should be decent, but numbers are down in Roscommon County.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Phoenix Party and Bait Store, (989) 821-7220.
Steelhead fishing remains good in the Au Sable River and off the pier on Lake Huron. Walleyes also are starting to hit off the piers. Bluegills are in the shallows on inland lakes, and anglers report success. A few perch have been caught on Van Etten Lake, but most have been undersized. Gobblers are active and are breaking out of their bachelor groups.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Crappie fishing has been fair on Fletcher Pond. The best action is on warm, sunny days. A few perch are hitting, too. Morels are popping, and toms are gobbling and strutting.
Wild Bill’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 742-4874.