Saginaw Bay Area
There’s open water on Saginaw Bay, and anglers are starting to troll for walleyes with stickbaits. The best action has been in 12 to 16 feet of water. Once the smelt move in, you can wade out and cast for them up near AuGres. Perch fishing has been productive at the mouth of the Saginaw River, but don’t forget you can’t have any beads within 6 inches of your hook if you’re fishing in the river until walleye season opens April 27. Sucker fishing has been good on the Rifle River. There are lots of turkeys in the area.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Ice fishing has all but ended in Lake County, but steelhead fishing has been very good on the Pere Marquette River. Lots of 7- and 8-pound fish have been caught on flies and spawn. Spring turkey season should be decent. The local flock is healthy. Gobblers are still in bachelor groups.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Ice is disappearing quickly, and fishing on inland lakes has come to an end in Isabella County. Anglers are waiting for open water. Gobblers are strutting, and the spring season should be good, with lots of gobblers in the area.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.
Perch fishing has been good in the harbor at Caseville and off the breakwall. Suckers are starting to move into the Pigeon River, and occasionally a steelhead or whitefish is being caught. There are lots of turkeys around.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Harbor Beach Area
A few brown trout and lake trout have been caught in Lake Huron off the Edison Plant in Harbor Beach harbor. Turkey season should be good.
Frank’s Place Bait & Tackle, (989) 864-5634.
Walleye fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River and in Lake Huron. A few steelies and browns also have been caught. There are lots of turkeys in St. Clair County.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.