Lake St. Clair
Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing has been excellent on Lake St. Clair. A few panfish are hitting in the cuts and canals, and sucker fishing has been very good at the mouth of the Clinton River. Turkey season got off to a slow start, but action has improved now that the wind has blown away.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Walleye fishing remains exceptional in the Detroit River, where the water temperature was running in the upper 40s last week. Anglers jigging and hand-lining were all reporting a good bite up and down the river. White bass have moved into the Trenton Channel and are providing fine action.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Anglers report catching limits of lake trout in Lake Michigan in 40 to 50 feet of water. Kings are starting to show up in 60 to 70 feet of water, but the bite has been fair at best. Brown trout, steelhead, and coho salmon are holding in the shallows and keeping near-shore boat anglers and pier anglers busy. No word on perch yet, but action is expected to begin any time. Turkey hunting has been good. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.
Fair numbers of steelhead are hitting spawn and crankbaits fished in the Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam. Reports from Swan Creek indicate fair numbers of steelhead are in there. Crappie fishermen are finding some nice fish in 6 to 12 feet of water on Barton, Gun, and Pine lakes. Minnows and slider grubs are working well. Bluegill fishing has been a little slow, but fair numbers of fish have been caught on Little Paw Paw, Duck, Brandywine, and Portage lakes. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye fishing is picking up on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers are catching good numbers of fish off Linwood in 10 to 12 feet of water A good bite also has been reported by anglers fishing between Quanicassee and Fish Point. Walleye action has been good in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers. Turkey hunting is off to a good start. Toms are coming to hunters’ calling.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Grand Haven Area
Pier anglers and boat anglers trolling along the shore of Lake Michigan report catching good numbers of brown trout and occasionally a steelhead. The perch bite is starting to heat up in Lake Michigan south of Grand Haven. Turkey hunting has been pretty good so far.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.
Large flocks of cormorants are feeding in the harbor and local streams in the mornings and putting a damper on fishing. Despite the cormorants, walleye fishing has been good off the breakwall on Lake Huron. Perch fishing has been slow, but smallmouth bass fishing has been outstanding. The spring turkey season has been very good. Toms are gobbling and coming to the call. No morels are popping yet.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Steelhead fishing has been good in the St. Clair River and in the southern waters of Lake Huron. Big minnows and spawn are both producing good results. Walleye fishing has been good in the St. Clair River, too. Action has been hot or cold, but “when they’re on, they’re on.” Turkey hunting has been very good. There are a lot of birds in St. Clair County. Toms are responding to calls.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.