Lake St. Clair
Ice is melting quickly on Lake St. Clair, and fishing has stalled for the time being. Action should start to pick up in the open water in the canals as warm weather begins to arrive. On the Detroit River, a few boat anglers were jigging for walleyes and dodging ice floes at the same time. Fishing has been slow so far, but should improve was the water begins to warm and spawning fish arrive in the river.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
Some of the channels are open on Devil’s Lake and Vineyard Lake, and a few anglers are starting to fish for panfish. Light numbers of crappies have been caught on minnows both by anglers on shore and boat anglers. Action should improve as the water begins to warm.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Ice is stacking up along the shore on Lake Michigan from St. Joe all the way to Muskegon. Steelhead, brown trout, and coho salmon have moved into the Black River and are providing a pretty good fishery there. Action has been hit or miss, but when the bite is on, it has been very good. Spawn has produced the best results. Inland lakes are opening up, and a few anglers are catching crappies on some of the smaller lakes.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.
Ice fishing has ended, and inland lakes are opening up around Kalamazoo. Most anglers were hitting the rivers last week. Fair numbers of steelhead were being caught on the St. Joseph River below the Berrien Springs Dam. Spawn and beads were producing the best results. Fair numbers of steelies also were being caught in the Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam, but the water was running high.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Grand Rapids Area
River anglers were catching good numbers of steelhead last week on the Grand River. Beads, spawn, and wax worms were all taking fish. Inland lakes have opened up, and a few anglers were heading out and catching light numbers of panfish. There was rain and high temperatures in the forecast, and anglers were anticipating better fishing in the very near future.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.