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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Pickford Area

There was still some ice last week on Munuscong Bay, and anglers were catching good numbers of perch, but with warm weather in the forecast the season is sure to be over by now. Smelt should start showing up in Lake Huron tributaries at any time. When they do, look for fish in Nuns Creek, the Albany River, and the Carp River. 
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

Ice was falling apart on Manistique Lakes last week, and the ice-fishing season has ended. The Portage Anglers Club is holding a walleye tournament on Manistique Lakes, May 23-24. Money raised will be used to stock walleyes in the lakes. Steelhead and smelt should begin arriving any day in Lake Michigan tributaries including the Black River. There are very few turkeys in western Mackinac County. 
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Marquette Area

Up to 10 inches of heavy, wet snow fell in the Marquette area last week. It was followed by warm weather, so the streams are all running high. The Upper Harbor launch is open, but floe ice can still be seen. Lake Superior has areas with open water, so boat anglers can navigate to the Carp River and beyond, but extreme caution needs to be used. Watch for submerged ice that is not visible but can make navigation treacherous. The Lower Harbor is ice-free. Boaters can launch, but no docks are in yet. Catch rates were low, with only a couple cohos taken near the bubblers.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Ice was breaking up last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, and the ice-fishing season was about wrapped up. Anglers are waiting for open water so they can get out after  spring walleyes and smallmouth bass. Rivers are high, and steelhead anglers are starting to venture out and meeting fair success on the Days and Whitefish rivers.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

L’Anse Area.

The ice has blown out of Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay, and boat anglers report limit catches of salmon, steelhead, splake, browns, and kings. The docks are in, and the fishing has been fantastic. Rivers are in good shape, and steelhead anglers report a good bite on the Falls, Huron, and Silver rivers.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Warm weather had the ice falling apart last week on Lake Gogebic and lake travel was not being recommended. Anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye opener
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Traverse City Area

Ice has moved out and fishing was just getting started last week. Bass anglers were taking advantage of the new catch-and-immediate-release bass season and catching good numbers of fish on Duck and Green lakes. Atlantic salmon have been caught on Torch Lake where anglers were long-lining with crankbaits and spoons along the drop-offs. Toms are strutting. The spring season should be fair.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

Cadillac Area

Boat anglers have been slow to get out on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. A few crappies have been caught off the city dock on Lake Cadillac. Turkey season should be fair. Bird numbers are down in the area.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Houghton Lake Area

There was open water on Houghton Lake last week, but not much fishing pressure. Most anglers were waiting for the lake to warm up just a little. A few panfish have been caught in the cuts and canals. Spring turkey hunting should be fair. 
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Oscoda Area

Anglers trolling and casting body baits on Lake Huron report catching decent numbers of Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and walleyes from boats and off the pier. Low-light periods in the mornings and evenings seemed to produce the best results. Toms are strutting. Turkey season should be decent.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Lake St. Clair

Panfish are hitting in the cuts and marinas on Lake St. Clair. A decent bite has been reported in Anchor Bay off the Selfridge Air Base and at the mouth of the Clinton River. Spring  turkey season should be good in Macomb and St. Clair counties.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing has been outstanding on the Detroit River. Some limit catches have been reported, and fish up to 11 pounds have been caught. Good action has been reported from the Trenton Channel up to Joe Louis Arena. Anglers jigging with live bait or scented bait report good results.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

South Haven

Fishing has been excellent this spring at South Haven. Ice has moved out, and boat anglers on Lake Michigan are catching good numbers of lake trout in 40 to 50 feet of water. Closer to shore, brown trout, steelhead, and coho salmon are hitting in 10 to 20 feet of water. Steelies, browns, cohos, and a few perch have been caught off the pier at South Haven. The spring turkey season should be good. 
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area

Anglers report a good bluegill bite in the shallows of Portage and Sugarloaf lakes. Good crappie reports have come in from Duck, Eagle, and Gun lakes. Fair numbers of perch have been caught on Gun Lake in 8 to 12 feet of water. Crankbaits and spawn are both producing steelies up to 10 pounds on the Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam. 
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277

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