Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – April 26th, 2013
Lake St. Clair
Fishing has been poor on Lake St. Clair with high wind, heavy rain, and muddy water keeping anglers on shore. Turkey numbers are in good shape in rural Macomb and St. Clair counties.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Crappie fishing has been good in the canals on most lakes in Oakland County. Jigs and minnows have produced the best results. A few steelhead and lots of suckers are hitting in the Clinton River. Bow fishermen are starting to target carp on Cass, Oakland, and Pontiac lakes. Turkey numbers are strong.
KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.
Walleye fishing was spotty with muddy water slowing the action on the Detroit River. When the water’s clear, the bite has been good. Hand-liners and jiggers are both catching fish.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Coho salmon are being caught in Lake Michigan at St. Joseph. Anglers trolling in the St. Joe River and around the pier report good action. A few king salmon and brown trout also have been caught. Turkey numbers are in good shape in Allegan County.
Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.
Fresh steelhead have moved into the Kalamazoo River, and anglers are catching fish below the Allegan Dam on spawn, flies, yarn eggs, and spoons. Sucker fishing also has been good, especially at night. Perch have been caught on Lake Cora, Gun Lake, and Shaffer Lake, and a few bluegills are moving into the shallows on Pleasant, Portage, and Jeptha lakes.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
Heavy rain and high winds put a pause in fishing on the Grand River last week. Water in the river was as high as most people can remember. Prior to the bad weather, anglers were catching good numbers of steelhead on spawn and wax worms. There are lots of turkeys in Ottawa and Kent counties. Toms are strutting and gobbling.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.