Panfish action hot in south; steelies still hitting in rivers – Southern Region Report

Lake St. Clair

Panfish action has been hot all along the American side of Lake St. Clair. Perch up to a foot long have been caught off the mile roads, Metro Beach, Huron Point, and Selfridge in 5 to 11 feet of water. Good numbers of crappies and bluegills are being caught, too. Worms and minnows fished under slip bobbers have produced good results.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

The unseasonably warm weather that blanketed southern Michigan last week warmed water temperatures enough to lure panfish into the shallows. Anglers report catching decent numbers of bluegills, sunfish, and crappies along shore in Lake Orion and Squaw Lake.
Hook Line & Sinker, (248) 814-9216.

Trenton Area

Walleye fishing has been on fire in the Detroit River. Anglers report jigging up fish from the mouth of the river to Wyandotte, with a good bite coming in the Trenton Channel. Good numbers of perch, with some jumbos in the mix, have been caught on minnows fished around Boblo Island.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

Allegan Area

Bluegill fishing has been very good on Eagle, Duck, Swan, and Jepp lakes. Black gnats, spikes, and wax worms are producing the best results when fished in the shallows. Brown trout are being caught by boat anglers and off the piers in Lake Michigan at South Haven. Coho fishing is starting to pick up, too.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

Coldwater Area

With water temperatures rising quickly on area inland lakes, fishing action is heating up. Crappies have moved into the shallows to spawn on Gilead and Madison lakes. Anglers tipping Pinkie jigs with minnows report success.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330

Kalamazoo Area

Bluegills are moving up into cuts, shallow bays, and canals on local lakes, and anglers are dialing in on some good early season action. Anglers are catching fish on Reynolds, Gravel, Corey, Pleasant, Three Mile, Portage, and Fish lakes. Black gnats and green flies tipped with spikes or wax worms are catching these shallow-running bluegills. Perch fishing has been pretty good on Gun, Eagle, and Shafer lakes. Wigglers and minnows are both taking fish. Steelhead fishing has been good on the St. Joe River below the Berrien Springs Dam. Steelhead are hitting below the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. On Lake Michigan,  anglers are catching cohos and steelhead off the pier heads at St. Joe and New Buffalo.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Saginaw Bay Area

The unseasonably warm weather last week melted all the ice in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Trolling season is right around the corner. Perch fishing has been steady in the Saginaw River.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing has been good in the Pere Marquette, Baldwin, and Little Manistee rivers. On the Little Manistee, a good bite has been reported by anglers fishing all the way upstream to the town of Luther. Spawn, egg flies, and spinners are all producing good results. Bluegills are hitting in the shallows on Government and Wolf lakes.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

Weidman Area

Panfish action has been excellent on lakes in Isabella County. Summer-like weather has warmed the waters earlier than usual, and bluegills, sunfish, and crappies are moving into the shallows to spawn. Anglers are catching good numbers of fish on Stevenson Lake, Chippewa Lake, Lake Isabella, and the Martini Chain of Lakes. Leaf worms, dry flies, and poppers are taking fish.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.

Caseville Area

Perch fishing has been outstanding in the canals around the tip of the Thumb and in Lake Huron. Yellowbellies have moved into the canals at Bayport and Sand Point and are being caught off shore from the school in Caseville to the end of the breakwall. Whitefish, steelhead, catfish, and lake trout are being caught in the harbor off the breakwall, and suckers have moved into the Pigeon River.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron

Crystal-clear water conditions are making it tough to fish. Steelhead, browns, and cohos have been hitting in Lake Huron at Lexington and Sanilac, and walleyes are hitting at Port Huron. Good numbers of suckers have moved into the Black River.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

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