The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 10 Apr 2014
Perch fishing has been good in Munuscong Bay where there was still about 30 inches of solid ice last week. Jigging spoons and teardrops tipped with minnows have produced good results. Wigglers and minnows have been taking good numbers of perch around the Les Cheneaux Islands at Cedarville, where there was still up to 2 feet of ice.
Drummond Island Area
A few perch have been caught in Whitney Bay and around Harbor Island in Maxton Bay. Minnows and wax worms have both produced good results. There was still about 3 feet of ice in the bays, and shore ice was in great shape with freezing temperatures returning nightly.
Perch and bluegill fishing has been pretty good on Big Manistique and South Manistique lakes. Ice was running up to 28 inches thick on the lakes, and the shore ice was in great shape. Wax worms, minnows, and wigglers all have been producing good results.
Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. A few perch have been caught off the Garden Peninsula. Shore ice is starting to soften, and anglers venturing out are urged to use extreme caution.
Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Superior. There was still up to 24 inches of ice in Marquette Harbor and a lot of pack ice out in Lake Superior. Anglers who have ventured out report catching fair numbers of steelhead and cohos.
Ice was in good shape last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Perch fishing has been good at Kipling and south to the Narrows in 38 to 41 feet of water. Anglers jigging with minnows and wigglers report a good bite. Good numbers of whitefish also have been caught in 30 to 40 feet of water at the Narrows.
Salmon, browns, and steelhead are hitting at the mouth of many of the local rivers. There was still lots of ice on Lake Superior last week, and lake trout fishing remains very good. Coyote hunting has been good along the lake shores.
Ice was still in good shape on Lake Gogebic last week. Some of the snow has melted, but more was in the forecast. All the snow cover has made access difficult for all except those with snowmobiles. Fishing has been hot or cold, with limits one day and slow fishing the next. Perch anglers who report the best success are using wigglers in 22 to 26 feet of water.
Iron River Area
There was still plenty of ice in the western U.P. last week with up to 30 inches on most of the lakes. Perch fishing has been good on Chicagon, and Ottawa lakes, and anglers report catching fair numbers of lake trout on Chicagon.
Northern Michigan Fishing Reports
Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 10 Apr 2014
East Jordan Area
Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light in Charlevoix County. Shore ice is breaking up on Lake Charlevoix, and access has been tough. A few steelhead have been caught in the Jordan and Boyne Rivers. Brown trout fishing has been hot at the mouth of the Jordan River in the open water on Lake Charlevoix. Spawn bags have produced the best results. Local residents report seeing lots of turkeys. The spring season should be a good one.
Traverse City Area
Ice is fading fast around Grand Traverse County, and the ice fishing season is coming to a close. Steelhead are trickling into local rivers, and anglers are catching fish on the Big Manistee, Boardman, Betsie, and Elk rivers. Coyote hunting has been better since the snow has started to melt.
Ice was still in decent shape last week on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Panfish anglers report a fair bite on both lakes. Overall, fishing pressure has been light. The shore ice is starting to deteriorate, and the ice-fishing season is expected to come to an end soon.
Houghton Lake Area
The ice was in pretty good shape last week on Houghton Lake. Bluegills, crappies, and a few perch have been caught in front of the Elks Club, in front of the Long Branch, and off Songers Point. Wigglers, spikes, and wax worms have all produced a good bite. Lots of perch in the 10- to 12-inch size have been caught, but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find the keepers.
Higgins Lake Area
Ice was in good shape on Higgins Lake last week for those walking and driving quads. Ice is starting to pull away from shore and it won’t be long before the lake is inaccessible. Extreme caution is advised. Perch are hitting at the north end of the lake off the church camp, in front of B & B Marina, and over the sunken island. Minnows and wax worms have produced good results.
Steelhead fishing has been good in the Thunder Bay River where anglers report catching fish on flies, spawn, wax worms, and spinners. Fair numbers of crappies are hitting waxies and minnows on Fletcher Floodwater where there was an inch of water over 30 inches of ice last week. Shore ice was still in pretty good shape.
Southern Michigan Fishing Reports
Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 10 Apr 2014
Lake St. Clair
Perch fishing remained pretty good on Lake St. Clair last week, but shore ice was starting to fall apart. Good reports came in from anglers fishing in front of Gino’s Surf and at Metro Beach. A few anglers were boat fishing for walleyes in the Detroit River, but launches were slick and there was a lot of ice in the river.
Irish Hills Area
Ice was in poor shape on Wamplers, Devil’s, Sand, and other lakes in Jackson County last week, and the ice-fishing season has come to an end there. Anglers are gearing up for the April 21 turkey season opener and the April 26 inland walleye opener.
Ice was melting along the shore of Pontiac, Cass, and other lakes in Oakland County last week, and fishing had come to a halt. A few steelhead were being caught in the Clinton River, with spawn, flies, and waxies all producing good results.
Some lakes were open and others still had ice last week in Cass County, but none of it was safe. Steelhead fishing has been very good on the St. Joseph River at Berrien Springs. A few cohos were being caught, too. Wax worms, spawn, nightcrawlers, and flies were all taking fish.
Steelhead fishing has been pretty good in the Kalamazoo River at the Allegan Dam. The water has receded a little, and anglers are catching good numbers of fish. Spawn and in-line spinners both have produced good results. Ice was melting fast last week on lakes in Kalamazoo County, and the ice fishing season has ended. A few boaters have been out on Maple Lake, and anglers report catching perch and crappies.
Grand Rapids Area
Steelhead fishing has been very good in the Grand River below the Sixth Street Dam. Spawn, flies, and wax worms were all taking fish. The ice fishing season had ended, and lakes were beginning to open up. Hunters were gearing up for the April 21 turkey season opener.