Irish Hills Area
Fishing has been slow in Jackson County. Turkey hunting has been
fair. Cool temperatures, high winds, and rain have kept hunting
pressure down and gobblers quiet.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Walleye fishing remains very good on the Detroit River. The water
has cleared up, and anglers are catching good numbers of fish in
the Trenton Channel. Hand-lining and jigging are both producing
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Bluegills and crappies are turning on when the warm weather stays
around. Bluegills are hitting on Paradise, Diamond, and Pleasant
lakes, while crappies have been caught in the shallows on Eagle and
Baldwin lakes. Turkey hunting has been good. The season got off to
a good start, but stalled with high wind and wet weather. There are
still a lot of birds around because many hunters passed on the
Lunkers, (269) 663-3745.
Bluegill fishing is starting to turn on in the canals on Miner
Lake. Crappies are hitting on Miner, Clear, and Big lakes. Turkey
hunting has been slow. Hunting pressure has been light because of
wet, windy weather.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Grand Rapids Area
Turkey hunting is improving as the weather warms. Toms are gobbling
and strutting. The Grand River is high and muddy. A few walleyes
are hitting crankbaits and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers at Hardy
Dam Pond on the Muskegon River. Catch-and-release bass fishing has
been great on Gun and Jordan lakes. Panfish are moving into the
shallows, and crappies are hitting on Wabasis and Big White Fish
lakes. A few morels have been found by mushroom hunters.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.
Saginaw Bay Area
High winds and rain have kept anglers off Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.
When the weather allows anglers to get out, they report good
walleye fishing on stickbaits trolled in 10 to 15 feet of water
from the state park north to Linwood. Smelt dipping has been good
this spring from Au Gres to Oscoda. Turkey hunting has been good,
and a few morels are reported to be popping.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Turkey hunting got off to a good start, but gobblers have been
quiet since wet, cool weather moved in. Steelhead fishing remains
pretty good on the Pere Marquette River. Crappies are hitting on
Idlewild and Big Star lakes. Bluegill fishing is heating up on most
of the inland lakes in the area. A few morel mushrooms are
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Turkey hunting has been pretty good in Muskegon County. Toms are
gobbling and strutting. Catfish are hitting in Muskegon Lake, and a
few perch have been caught, despite the muddy water. Crawlers and
cutbait fished near the channel are producing good results for
Angler Archer, (231) 744-5992.
Walleye fishing is heating up in the St. Clair River. Anglers
casting Twister tails and jigs off the boardwalk report some
success. Smelt dipping has slowed in Lake Huron, but overall the
season was very good. Salmon fishing has been good in Lake Huron
with lots of fish being caught in 20 to 30 feet of water. A fair
number of steelhead and browns and a few cohos and lakers also have
been caught. Turkey hunting is heating up, and action has been
good. Toms are gobbling and strutting. The late hunt should be very
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.
Turkey hunting has been slow and hunter pressure has been light.
Rain and high winds have kept hunting pressure to a minimum.
Walleye fishing has been fair on Burt Lake. The best action has
come to anglers fishing crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet of water. Trout
streams are still running high and muddy. Mushroom hunting has been
fair. A little warm weather should improve the take.
Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.
Turkey hunting has been slow, with bad weather keeping hunting
pressure to a minimum. Toms are gobbling and strutting, and the
late season should be excellent. The trout fishing opener was very
good. Streams are a little high, but fishing has been good.
Steelhead are hitting on the Boardman and Elk rivers. The Manistee
River has produced a decent bite for browns and brookies. Walleye
fishing is just getting started on area inland lakes, and panfish
action has been slow. Black morels are being found.
Jack’s Sport Shop, (231) 258-8892.
Turkey season got off to a decent start. Toms are gobbling and
strutting, and the late season should be good. The trout opener was
decent on the Pine and Pere Marquette rivers. The water is high,
but anglers still found fish. Walleye fishing has pretty good on
lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Anglers casting crankbaits at night
are reporting the best success. Crappies are starting to move into
the shallows on Lake Cadillac.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Traverse City Area
Morel mushrooms are starting to pop. Walleye fishing has been slow
on South Lake Leelanau and Long Lake. The best action has come to
anglers trolling crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet of water. A few jack
salmon are being caught in 10 to 12 feet of water in Grand Traverse
Bay. Turkey hunting has been fair, with cold, windy weather
hampering success. The late season could be very good, as hunting
pressure has been light.
WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com
Houghton Lake Area
Crappie fishing has been slow on Houghton Lake with cold nights
hanging around. A fair number of walleyes are hitting crawlers and
Hot ‘N’ Tots, but high winds have kept fishing pressure to a
minimum. Turkey hunting has been good when hunters can get out, and
a few morels are popping.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Sportsman’s Resort and Marina, (989) 366-5471.
Hubbard Lake Area
Walleye fishing has been good on Hubbard Lake. Anglers fishing with
nightcrawlers and leeches are catching fish in 6 to 8 feet of
water. Pike fishing has been very good in East Bay. Suckers fished
in 3 to 4 feet of water have been producing good results. Trout
fishing has been slow, as local streams are high and muddy. Wet,
windy weather has put a damper on turkey hunting.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
Perch are hitting in the Upper St. Marys River. The best action has
come to anglers fishing minnows in 30 feet of water west of Ashmund
Bay. A few perch also are being caught in the bays around Drummond
Island. Turkey hunting has been good when the wind allows hunters
to get out.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
A few steelhead are hitting spawn and flies in the Big Two-Hearted
River. Sucker fishing has been good in Portage Creek, but the high,
muddy water has put a damper on stream trout fishing. Perch fishing
has been tough on Manistique Lakes with high winds keeping anglers
grounded. A few morels have been found.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Perch fishing has been good when the wind lays down and allows
anglers to get out on Little Bay de Noc. Good catches have been
reported by anglers fishing at the mouth of Days River and south of
Gladstone in front of the campground. Turkey hunting has been good,
but hunting pressure has been light.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
Brown trout and walleyes are hitting in the shallows on Lake
Michigan’s Green Bay. Stickbaits have produced the best results.
Panfish are hitting wax worms and minnows on Shakey Lakes. Turkey
hunting has been fair.
MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Martin Creek Sport and Feed, (906) 863-4868.
A few perch are being caught on Lake Gogebic, but fishing pressure
has been very light. Most anglers are waiting for the walleye,
pike, and muskie opener on May 15. Turkey hunting has been
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.