Ice is gone in south; slush making a mess ‘up north’ – Southern LP Report


Lake St. Clair

Fishing pressure has been light on Lake St. Clair. There is no ice on the lake, and some anglers are dragging their boats out and hitting the open water. A few perch have been caught in front of the Coast Guard station and off Lake St. Clair Metropark. Walleye jiggers are working hard, but not enjoying much action yet. With the ice already gone, spring fishing should start soon.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Pontiac Area

Ice-fishing season never really got started in Oakland County, and most lakes are already ice-free or losing ice rapidly. Steelhead have been caught in the Clinton River, and suckers should be running soon. Coyote hunting has been pretty good. Rabbit hunting has been fair at the Pontiac Recreation Area and the Bald Mountain Recreation Area.
KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing has been slow on the Detroit River. The best action has been in the Trenton Channel. Pike fishing has been good in marinas and back bays. Suckers and minnows have been producing the best results. Yellow perch are starting to move into the creeks and canals along the river. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing in the drain across from Erie Metro Park. Perch are hitting in the Metropark marina, too. Walleye and steelhead fishing has been excellent on the Huron River. Anglers fishing waxies for steelies at the dam report success.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

Luna Pier Area

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Erie for small-boat anglers able to launch. Walleyes have been caught at Bolles Harbor, and perch and bluegills are hitting in the marina at Lake Erie Metropark.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.


Edwardsburg Area

Walleye and steelhead fishing has been very good on the St. Joseph River. Action has been hot and cold, but when it’s hot it has been “on fire.” Steelies are hitting everything from crankbaits and spawn to stone flies and egg patterns. Inland lakes in Cass County are ice-free. A few perch have been caught, and action should improve on most lakes when the wind quits blowing. Hunting pressure has been light. There is no snow on the ground.
Lunkers, (269) 663-3745.

Kalamazoo Area

Pier fishing has been good on Lake Michigan at St. Joe. Cohos, whitefish, and some brown trout are being caught. Anglers fishing off the pier at South Haven are catching fish, too. Whitefish are hitting salmon eggs and wax worms. The cohos and browns are hitting spawn, spoons, and spinners. Perch fishing has been good on Maple Lake near the dam, Lake Cora straight out from the boat landing, and Gull Lake in about 35 feet of water. Coyote hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Grand Rapids Area

Boat anglers are catching good numbers of steelhead in the Grand and Rogue rivers. Walleyes and steelhead also were hitting last week at the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Inland lakes are ice-free and were starting to turn over. There was no snow on the ground last week, and hunting pressure has been light.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.


Saginaw Bay Area

Ice was in fair shape last week on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, but warm weather and rain were in the forecast. Anglers fishing off Linwood Road reported a good perch bite in shallow water between 6 inches to 2 feet deep. They were having to sort to find the keepers, but the action has been good. There was no snow on the ground in Saginaw or Bay counties.  Coyote hunting has been decent, but hunting pressure has been light.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing was very good before a storm unleashed a foot of snow on the area last week. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good on the Pere Marquette River. Anglers are catching fresh fish on spawn, wax worms, flies, and spinners. Ice on inland lakes is falling apart. Anglers were still able to get out on Idlewild, Star, and Haymarsh lakes, which were producing good numbers of crappies and bluegills. There was about 4 inches of snow on the ground last week, but temperatures in the 50s didn’t bode well for keeping it around very long. Coyote hunting has been fair; hunting pressure has been light.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974,

Grand Haven Area

Pier fishing is starting to heat up on Lake Michigan with a few brown trout and steelhead being caught. Perch have been caught off Petty’s Bayou Bridge and Smith’s Bridge. Minnows and wax worms have produced the best results. Boat anglers are fishing Sterns and Millhouse bayous and catching good numbers of bluegills. Steelhead fishing has been good on the Muskegon River. There was no snow on the ground last week, and rabbit and coyote hunting has been slow.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.


Caseville Area

There was ice in the harbor on Lake Huron last week, but it was melting quickly. Anglers have been fishing through the ice off the docks and catching perch and lake trout. Whitefish should be showing up in the harbor any day. The Pigeon River is open and anglers fishing there report catching good numbers of walleyes, perch, and lakers. The water was muddy, but with very little runoff it was clearing up. Coyote hunting has been good, but warm weather has melted all the snow.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron Area

Walleye fishing has been slow in the St. Clair River, but is expected to pick up as warmer weather moves in. Fair numbers of steelhead and brown trout have been caught off the boardwalk in Port Huron. There was no ice on Lake Huron this winter so there are no ice floes clogging up the river. Coyote and rabbit hunting has been tough with the lack of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

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