Central Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – April 11th, 2014
Saginaw Bay Area
Anglers were still sneaking onto Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay last week, but the shore ice was falling apart. A few walleyes were being caught, but with warm weather and rain in the forecast, the outlook was bleak that ice would hold up much longer.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Steelhead fishing has been good on the Pere Marquette River, but the water was rising quickly. Ice was holding up last week, but the shore ice was starting to deteriorate, and anglers are urged to use extreme caution. Bluegills and crappies have been caught on wax worms on Idlewild and Big Bass lakes.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Grand Haven Area
Steelhead are hitting in the Muskegon River. Spawn, wax worms, spinners, and flies are all taking fish. Bluegills and crappies have been caught on most of the bayous in the area, and a good perch bite has been reported on Petty’s Bayou. Shore ice is starting to fall apart. Anglers are urged to use extreme caution.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Walleye fishing remains good in Lake Huron. Good catches have been reported from anglers fishing behind North Island in 12 to 14 feet of water. Perch were hitting off the end of Filion Road in 4 to 7 feet of water. The ice along shore was starting to break up, and caution is advised. The mouth of the Pigeon River is open, and suckers should start showing up at any time.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Ice is jammed up in Lake Huron but fishing has been very good in the St. Clair River for steelhead, browns, and cohos. Crankbaits and spoons are both taking fish. Ice is melting fast in the local harbors, and ice fishing has come to an end.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.