Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – March 1st, 2013
Lake St. Clair
Ice fishing has been pretty good on Lake St. Clair, where there was up to 10 inches of ice last week. Anglers report catching good numbers of bluegills and a few perch off Cotton Road, Selfridge, and in front of Gino’s Surf. You’ll have to move around to stay on the fish, but the action has been good.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
Panfish action has been decent on Devils Lake. A few walleyes have been caught, too, but there’s open water over the best spots. Coyote hunting has been good. There was a dusting of snow on the ground last week.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Good numbers of pike are hitting on Highland and Chemung lakes. A few walleyes have been picked up on Chemung, too. Hunting pressure has been light. A couple rabbits and coyotes have been killed.
Midwest Sport Shop, (810) 227-3141.
Steelhead fishing has been good on the Black River. Wax worms and spawn bags are producing good results. Ice fishing has improved, with up to six inches of ice on some lakes, less on others. Bluegills and crappies are keeping anglers busy on Scott Lake, while pike fishing has been good on Hutchins Lake. Coyote hunting has been decent. Rabbit hunting has been slow.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720
Safe ice was still a big concern around Kalamazoo last week. Anglers were fishing in the bay at Gull Lake and catching some bluegills and smelt. On Sugarloaf Lake, fishermen are finding bluegills but you may have to do a little sorting to find the keepers. A few northern pike also have been caught on tip-ups on Sugarloaf, but there are no reports of anything over 30 inches long. River water levels are not too bad, and anglers fishing for steelhead on the St. Joe and Kalamazoo are taking one to three fish per trip.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Ice-fishing action is picking up in Kent and Ottawa counties. Crappie fishing has been good on Reeds Lake, and anglers report catching a few perch, too. Bluegills and crappies have been caught on Wabasis Lake. Steelhead fishing has been good between ice floes on the Grand and Muskegon rivers. Coyote hunting has been fair, but hunting pressure has been light.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.