Irish Hills Area
The water is warming up fast and the bluegill pre-spawn is on. Crappie, bass and bluegill are all going to do their thing at the same time, according to reports. Walleyes have been fairly quiet. Turkey hunting almost nonexistent. Mushroom hunting has also been quiet.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Anglers are catching bluegills, bass and northern pike on Lake Orion. One angler reportedly caught a largemouth in the 10-pound range. There had been a lot of talk about mushrooms, but soggy conditions are starting to dry.
Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.
The Detroit River was still producing a good walleye bite though anglers were getting a lot fish that were undersize. Many are using the Wyandotte worms and minnows. Perch were still being caught off the docks.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Luna Pier Area
Walleye were caught in Lake Erie’s Brest Bay when slow trolling crankbaits in 20 to 25 feet of water. Some reported limit catches. Walleyes were caught out of Bolles Harbor, near the E-Buoy and Toledo Beach. The Hot Ponds were good for largemouth and smallmouth bass or channel cats.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Lots of limits on bluegills and crappies being reported caught on inland lakes in Branch County. No word on what’s happening with turkey hunters, but mushroom hunters reportedly are still finding success.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.
Bluegills are starting to move up into the shallows and smallmouth bass are starting to bed on inland lakes in the area.. Been a few reports of wild turkeys being taken. And things are just now starting to slow down on the mushroom front. Before that, there were reports of a lot of mushrooms getting picked – find one and you would likely find a whole lot of them in the area.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Anglers are getting some catfish and a few walleye on minnows fished below the Stxth Street Dam on the Grand River. A few white bass and freshwater drum also have ben caught.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
At Linwood, catch–and–release bass fishing picked up near shore in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Walleye anglers were trolling crankbaits around Spoils Island in 9 to 10 feet or a crawler harness in front of the Bay City State Recreation Area or from Gambil’s to Pinconning in 8 to 10 feet. Fair to good walleye action was noted out in the Slot in 15 to 18 feet but many were small. Those bowfishing for carp did well near the shoreline.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Bluegill fishing is good on the Martini Chain of Lakes. The ‘gills aren’t on their beds yet but reportedly are close. Crappie fishing is a little slow, but that’s OK as most people are targeting bluegills as they’re accessible in the shallows. Bass look to be getting ready to bed and there are high hopes here for a good opener later this month. Walleye fishing is good, and lots of turkeys reportedly have been harvested of late. And, after a strong season, mushrooms reportedly are about done.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.
Windy conditions have put a damper on fishing in recent days, but prior to that, fishing reportedly had been very good. Lots of bluegills have been caught, and after dark, the walleyes have been biting nicely. Not a lot of wild turkey action. Mushroomers were doing real well a week or so ago, with reports of mushroom hunters finding them beyond their usual haunts.
Johnson’s Great Outdoors Tackle Shop, (231) 893-6688.
A lot of catch-and-release bass fishing was being reported on Lake Huron including a lot of nice ones, some 22 to 23 inches being reported. Walleye action is starting up somewhat, although it’s expected to be a few weeks before that really heats up. Carp are cooperating and showing up just in time for the Carp Shoot last weekend. And for mushroom hunters, there reportedly are some morels left – it’s hit and miss right now. Turkey hunters are still finding success in what’s been a solid season.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Folks here are reporting walleye fishing like they’ve never seen before — on southern Lake Huron and in the St. Clair River. And the fish are hitting pretty much anything anglers are throwing their way, with countless limits of fish, mostly in the 15-inch range. Not a lot of bigger fish, just good eater sized fish, according to reports. Most walleye anglers are using heavier jigs with rubber baits bounced off the bottom. The trout bite also has been hot, and wild turkey and morel mushroom hunters also are finding the going good.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
East Jordan Area
A few more boats were heading out and did well on lake trout. The fish can be found in shallow waters 10 to 35 feet and were hitting on spoons and Spin-N–Glo’s. North Point was a hot spot but a midge hatch made fishing difficult. A good number of anglers were targeting lake trout and lake herring in the channel during the day while the walleye anglers came out after dark but few fish were caught. Large schools of carp and smallmouth bass could be seen swimming in the channel.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Anglers are catching a lot of bass ahead of the opener – in the river mouths and pretty much any lake in the area, with a lot of nice-sized largemouth being reported. A few perch have been mixed in, too. No reports of turkeys being taken as of late, and a few mushroomers are finding morels. Up to this point, it’s been dry, but with wet weather of late, still some possibilities for mushroom hunters.
Mancelona Sports, (231) 587-9421.
Crappies are getting ready to start coming into the beds on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. In the meatime, walleye anglers are still doing well, while the pike bite has slowed a bit. Most of the walleyes are being caught in shallow water – 5 to 12 feet, with a lot being caught on the canal. Catch-and-release bass are the buzz here, too, with smallmouths and largemouths over 6 pounds reported.Trout fishing on local streams has been equally as strong, with good numbers of brookies and browns being caught. There have been the occasional reports of successful turkey hunts. Same goes for mushrooming, although the morels are starting to fade to white.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Brown trout the ticket on the Au Sable River, particularly with a recent warm front coming through the area, with browns up to 26 inches being reported. With high waters, trout anglers have been limited to fishing from boats, but “wadeable” waters reportedly are right around the corner. Mushroomers have been doing well up to late, but reports are that the season may be at its end.
AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.
Hubbard Lake Area
Nice walleyes and pike are being caught on the south side of Hubbard Lake, and walleyes around Churchill Point and Doctors Point, too. But with windy, rainy weather, few anglers have been out as of late. Most walleyes have been in the 20-inch range – nothing big, but good eater size. Very few turkey hunters out of late in the area, and it’s also been spotty for mushroomers.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
Drummond Island Area
Walleyes and pike were being caught in good numbers over the recent opener. Scott’s Bay was the ticket for walleyes, with some limits being reported. A few big fish in the mix, but mostly in the 17- to 18-inch range. A crawler harness has been the hot bait when used in shallower water – 4 to 10 feet, but 4 feet or so in the corner of the bay. Most of the pike were being picked up around Maxton Bay. Bass fishing has been good, too.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
The walleye season started slow on Manistique Lakes but has been picking up steam in recent days, with most anglers finding success in 6 to 15 feet of water using crawler harnesses with leeches and nightcrawlers. Some limits are being reported. Not a lot of big walleyes, but good eater-sized fish have ben caught.. Pike, perch and bluegills are also being found in decent numbers.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Slow going early on in the walleye season, with few limits being reported on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc.. Anglers are fishing from just a couple feet of water to 35 to 40 feet. Some have had luck on the Escanaba River, drifting with crawlers, as well as the far north end of the bay, mostly drifting and trolling with crawlers and using crankbaits after dark. Anglers having better luck with perch and running across some bass, too.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Coho and steelhead have given way to walleyes with the recent opener. Some limits are being caught. Shallows have been good. Everything from Lindy rigs tipped with minnows to bottom-bouncer setups producing. Lots of reports of successful turkey hunts, and with recent rains, mushrooming expected to take off again.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Most fishing action has been in Lake Superior’s Kewenaw Bay, with decent results, particularly for coho and steelheads. Orange has been the go-to color, and the best action has been in the shallows – no deeper than 30 feet. The smelt run and cooler water temps reportedly have hampered anglers, but now that the run is over and the water is starting to warm some, things are expected to warm up as well. Walleyes are being caught here and there on Huron Bay. Mushroomers, too, are reportedly just starting to find success.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Cold, wind and rain didn’t dampen the Lake Gogebic fishing opener The rain continues to hang on but temps have warmed up. Fishing was fantastic with lots of walleyes between 15 inches to 18 inches being caught, not many that you had to measure. Drifting with a jig and minnow was very popular over the main lake with good reports coming from those fishing in 15 feet to 18 feet of water. Low light conditions showed a good bite in shallow water and for shore anglers. Some great reports came in from anglers using leeches also.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Good numbers of crappies, walleyes and pike, and even a few good-sized muskies being reported. For walleyes, minnows the main bait of choice. Anglers report finding the most success near shorelines and right off weedlines. Walleyes reportedly averaging around 16 to 17 inches, with a lot in the 7 to 14-1/2 range, and the largest a hefty 31-incher.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.