The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - March 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2015
There was still up to 3 feet of ice on Munuscong Bay last week. Perch fishing has been excellent. Anglers fishing with minnows in up to 18 feet of water report a very good bite. There was still over a foot of snow in the woods, but hunting pressure has been light for rabbits and coyotes.
Drummond Island Area
Ice was in good shape last week around Drummond Island. There was up to 30 inches of ice, and shore ice was still in good shape. Light number of perch have been caught in Scotts and Maxton bays, but success has been spotty. Successful anglers are fishing with minnows and wax worms in 15 to 18 feet of water. Coyote hunting has been very good. There was still between 8 and 12 inches of snow in the shaded areas in the woods last week.
Perch fishing has been pretty good in Mackinac County. The best action has been on Milakokia Lake and South Manistique Lake. Minnows, butter worms, wax worms, and wigglers are all producing good results. The fish are scattered, and anglers are having to move around to keep up with the schools. There was still up to 18 inches of snow on the ice and in the woods. Slush has formed on the ice on the warmer days.
Fishing has been fair in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. Light numbers of cohos and chinook salmon have been caught in the upper harbor, and coho, whitefish, and splake have been hitting in the lower harbor. Anglers are reminded to be cautious when venturing out on the ice at this time of year, as the conditions are changing daily. Predator hunting is winding down.
Perch fishing has been decent in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Wigglers and minnows fished in 10 to 25 feet of water have produced good action. Whitefish have moved into the bay, and anglers dunking minnows in 25 to 45 feet of water in Gladstone Bay are putting good numbers of fish on the ice. Anglers are reminded to use extreme caution when venturing onto the ice. Rising temperatures and high winds can have a detrimental impact in the ice.
Ice fishing pressure has been light in Menominee County. The Menominee River is open below the dam and anglers are catching a few steelhead. Light numbers of walleyes are being caught, and anglers are reminded that the walleye limit is one in the boundary waters.
Ice was in good shape on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay last week. Lake trout, salmon, steelhead, and brown trout have all been caught. Steelhead are moving toward the river mouths and are hitting spawn. There was no snow on the ice last week, and anglers were wearing cleats and creepers to stay vertical.
Perch fishing has been slow on Lake Gogebic despite warm weather. Anglers continue to target yellowbellies with spikes and wigglers fished in 20 to 28 feet of water. Anglers report catching good-sized jumbo perch, but the numbers are light. Lake conditions vary with wet conditions and slush. Some areas were still good for ATV travel, while others were best with a snowmobile.
Northern Michigan Fishing Reports
Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - March 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2015
Traverse City Area
Ice was melting quickly around Traverse City, and ice fishing has come to a halt. Steelhead are starting to trickle into the Boardman and Betsie rivers, and spawn and jigs are producing. Once open water arrives, perch should start hitting in Grand Traverse Bays.
The Little Manistee River was wide open last week and anglers there were catching fair numbers of steelhead. A little warm rain should improve the run and bring fresh fish into the river system. Ice is falling apart on most of the inland lakes in the area, and ice fishing is coming to a screeching halt. There was still about 18 inches of snow in the shaded areas in the woods. Rabbit and coyote hunting pressure has been light.
Ice conditions were fair on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell last week, although shore ice was starting to fall apart. Anglers reported good crappie action on Cadillac at Kenwood Park. Those fishing with minnows or spikes reported the best success. Hunting pressure has been light for coyotes and rabbits.
Ice was still in pretty good shape last week on lakes in Crawford County. The perch bite has been very good on Manistee Lake and Lake Margrethe, south of Eagle Point. Coyote hunting has slowed now that the snow is melting. Rabbit hunting has been good. There was still about 6 inches of snow in the shaded areas in the woods.
Higgins Lake Area
The ice was starting to pull away from shore last week on Higgins Lake and anglers are reminded to use caution, especially near the inlets and springs. Perch fishing has been pretty good on the north end of the lake and over the sunken island. Wigglers, wax worms, and minnows all have produced good results. Good numbers of lake trout have been caught right on the bottom in 80 to 110 feet of water. Rainbow trout are still being caught off Big Creek and in front of the RAM Center. Hunting pressure has been light.
Hubbard Lake Area
Ice is breaking away from the shoreline on Hubbard Lake, and ice fishing there has pretty much ended. Anglers are waiting for open water. There was very little snow left in the woods, and coyote and rabbit hunting pressure has been light.
Southern Michigan Fishing Reports
Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - March 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2015
Lake St. Clair
Ice was deteriorating rapidly last week on Lake St. Clair, and anglers were urged to use extreme caution. The shoreline was breaking up. A few anglers were catching perch, but pressure was light.
Shore ice was in poor shape last week in Oakland County, but a few anglers were still getting out. Perch and bluegills were hitting on Union Lake, and the panfish bite has been good on Oxbow Lake.
Luna Pier Area
Ice was rapidly melting last week along the shore of Lake Erie. Light numbers of walleyes were being caught in Brest Bay, and perch were biting at the Lake Erie Metropark, although most were undersized.
Conditions were getting pretty sloppy last week at South Haven, with just a couple inches of solid ice remaining. A fair number of steelhead and brown trout were hitting off the pier in Lake Michigan at South Haven and in the Black River. The St. Joe River is open, and fair numbers of coho salmon and whitefish have been caught in the river and off the pier in Lake Michigan at South Haven. Rabbit hunters report good success.
The Kalamazoo River is open below the Allegan Dam, and anglers are finding some steelhead. Those drifting spawn sacks or wax worms under bobbers report the best action. There was still ice on area inland lakes, but it was melting last week. A decent bluegill bite was reported by anglers on Pleasant, Maple, Portage, North, Fish, and Upper Crooked lakes. Crappies up to 15 inches have been caught on Hogsett Lake, and some nice specs also have been caught on Bankson and Gun lakes. Predator-hunting pressure has been light, but there are a lot of coyotes around.
Grand Rapids Area
The Grand River is filling up with steelhead, and the water level is up. Fishing has been very good, with wax worms, flies, spinners, and plugs all taking fish. Ice is deteriorating on inland lakes, and very anglers have been out. Rabbit and coyote hunting has been decent, but hunting pressure has been light.