Ice fishing has ended in southern Michigan, and anglers are
gearing up for the open-water season. Turkeys are moving into open
fields, and toms are gobbling. It appears turkeys made it through
the winter in good shape.
Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.
The ice has melted on area lakes, and a few anglers are getting
out and hitting the open water. Bluegills are hitting wax worms and
spikes in 3 to 10 feet of water on Sugarloaf, Reynolds, Cora, and
Portage lakes. Pier fishing on Lake Michigan has been a little slow
at St. Joseph and South Haven. A few small whitefish are being
caught, and occasionally a brown trout or steelhead. The St. Joe
and Kalamazoo rivers were running high and dirty last week, and
fishing had pretty much turned off there. Action will improve when
the water conditions improve. Turkeys are breaking out of their
winter flocks. It should be a good spring season.
D_and_R_Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Lake St. Clair
The ice is shot on Lake St. Clair and ice fishing has ended for
this year. A few hand-liners and jiggers are catching walleyes in
the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, but are dodging ice floes.
Steelhead are moving into the Huron River. Spawn and flies are
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003, (586) 468-9913.
There was no safe ice in Oakland County last week, and anglers
there were gearing up for the open-water season. Turkeys are moving
out into the open and look to be in good shape. The spring season
should be a good one.
KD_Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.
Saginaw Bay Area
Ice fishing has ended on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. A few anglers
were fishing off the docks in open water in the marinas and
catching light numbers of perch. Coyote hunting has been slow. Toms
are starting to gobble.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Hoyles Marina, (989) 697-4415.
Ice has melted on Muskegon Lake and anglers are catching perch
in the open water. The best action has been on minnows and
wigglers. Very good numbers of steelhead and brown trout are
hitting off the piers and in the surf on Lake Michigan. Steelhead
also are starting to move into the Muskegon and White rivers.
Coyote hunting has been fair.
Angler Archer, (231) 744-5992.
The ice is history on Lake Huron. Lake trout and a few whitefish
are hitting in the Pigeon River. Suckers and perch also are
starting to migrate upstream and anglers are beginning to report
good action. Turkeys are breaking out of their winter flocks. There
are lots of birds in the area and the spring season should be a
Walsh Gun &_Tackle,_(989) 856-4465.