The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - April 25th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 24 Apr 2014
Anglers reported catching perch through the ice on Lake Huron at Cedarville and in Munuscong Bay last week. Minnows were producing the best results. There was still up to 20 inches of ice, but the shore ice was starting to break up.
Drummond Island Area
There was still 2 feet of ice in the bays at Drummond Island last week. Perch were hitting in 12 feet of water in Whitney Bay and on the west side of Peck Island in Scotts Bay in 15 to 17 feet of water. Minnows have produced the best action. The fish are running between 8 and 12 inches. Occasionally a 14- or 15-incher has been caught.
Ice was starting to break up last week along shore on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, and the ice-fishing season may be over by now. Anglers were catching fair numbers of perch near Kipling, which was the only area being fished at this time. Minnows and wigglers have taken fish in 6 to 35 feet of water. Rivers in the area are starting to open up. The Rapid River and the Days River were cresting or near flood stage.
Iron Mountain Area
There was still up to 30 inches of ice on most of the inland lakes last week, and recent snow has put a damper on fishing pressure. A fair number of bluegills and some perch have been caught on Lake Antoine and the Badwater Flowage (Twin Falls) on the Menominee River. There was still about a foot of snow in the woods.
Fishing has slowed a little on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay where there was about 30 inches of ice last week. A few steelhead, brown trout, splake, and lake trout were being caught, but fishing pressure has been light. There was still a lot of snow on the ground, but warmer temperatures were in the forecast.
There was up to 30 inches of ice on Lake Gogebic with at least a foot of solid ice. Shore ice was starting to break up, especially around the stream mouths and canals. Snowmobile travel has been good. The perch bite has been fair in 24 to 27 feet of water. Wigglers have produced good results. There was still about 24 inches of snow on the ground.
Northern Michigan Fishing Reports
Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - April 25th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 24 Apr 2014
East Jordan Area
Rivers and streams were very high last week, but were starting to recede. Some steelhead have been caught in the Jordan and the Boyne rivers. A few browns are hitting off the docks in Lake Charlevoix at the mouth of the Jordan River. Ice fishing is done, but there is still a lot of ice on area lakes. The spring turkey season should be good; flocks are breaking up.
Traverse City Area
Snow, rain, and frozen ground have created flood conditions on the Betsie, Boardman, and Manistee rivers. Boat anglers have caught a few steelhead in the flooded shallows. There was still ice in Grand Traverse Bays, but it was not safe for foot traffic. Toms are strutting and gobbling. The spring turkey season should be a good one.
There was still ice on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell last week, but ice fishing has ended. There was a just a few inches of snow remaining in the woods. Turkeys are on the move, and the spring season should be pretty good.
Houghton Lake Area
Houghton Lake still had ice last week, although the shore ice was melting fast and fishing pressure has been light. Canals and streams were free of ice, but low water temperatures were slowing the spring migration of fish into the shallows. Turkey sightings have been light, as hunters prepare to head to the woods.
Higgins Lake Area
Ice fishing has ended on Higgins Lake. Anglers are waiting for the remaining ice to melt and the open-water season to get started. Most of the snow has melted in the woods. There haven’t been many reports of turkeys.
Hubbard Lake Area
Shore ice was breaking up on Hubbard Lake last week and the ice fishing season has ended. Anglers are waiting for open water and hoping it arrives by the fishing opener April 26. There was still a few inches of snow in the shaded forests. Turkey numbers appear to be down.
Southern Michigan Fishing Reports
Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - April 25th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 24 Apr 2014
Lake St. Clair
High winds stirred up the water on Lake St. Clair last week, and fishing slowed down. On inland lakes in the area, bluegills are starting to show up in the shallows but fishing pressure has been light. Spring turkey hunting should be pretty good. There are good numbers of birds in Macomb and Oakland counties.
Walleye fishing has been red hot on the Detroit River. There was still a little ice coming down the river, and anglers are urged to use caution. Fish are stacked throughout the river including at the power plant, in the lower Trenton Channel, and at Wyandotte. Jigs with rubber worms and rubber minnows are producing fish.
Cohos are stacked up along shore in Lake Michigan north and south out of South Haven. Trolling spoons and stickbaits have produced the best results. A few browns have been caught in the near-shore troughs south of South Haven. Steelhead fishing has been very good on the St. Joe River below the Allegan Dam. Bluegills are starting to move into the shallows on inland lakes. Turkey season should be good. Toms are still traveling in bachelor groups.
With local lakes finally opening up, more anglers are getting their boats in the water. Eagle Lake was giving up some perch last week. Boaters on Maple Lake also have been finding perch, as well as crappies. Minnows have produced good results.