Lake St. Clair
The Canadian side of Lake St. Clair is producing a good walleye bite. Silver bass are hitting in 22 to 28 feet of water on the American side of the lake. Perch are starting to show up in front of Gino’s Surf and off Selfridge. The best action has been early in the mornings. Bass fishing has been good all over the lake. Walleyes and silver bass are still being caught in good numbers in the Detroit River. The spring turkey season was productive.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Irish Hills Area
Panfish are moving into the shallows and providing good action on Wamplers, Devils, and Sand lakes. Bass fishing also has been good on inland lakes in the area. The spring turkey season was good in Jackson County.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.
Salmon and trout fishing has been pretty good on Lake Michigan. Anglers fishing in 80 to 90 feet of water were catching good numbers of kings and steelhead from the surface down to 60 feet. Lakers were hitting closer to the bottom. Fair numbers of yellow perch have been caught in 45 feet of water, about 4 miles south of South Haven off the sand dunes. Walleyes, sheephead, and catfish have been caught off the Black River pier. Bluegills have been moving into the shallows on Lake Eleven and Great Bear Lake. Late-season turkey hunting was pretty good.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.
Bluegills are moving into the shallows, and good action has been reported by anglers on Pleasant, Gourdneck, Huzzy, Three Mile, and Bankson lakes. Wax worms, foam spiders, and black gnats are working well. Anglers on Gull Lake are finding some great crappie action, including one 16-inch, 2-pound, 4-ounce whopper. Minnows, slider grubs, and beetle spins are catching fish.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Bluegills are bedding in the shallows on Gun Lake, and crappies are hitting, too. Good numbers of perch have been caught in 12 to 15 feet of water along the edge of Pickerel Cove. Good numbers of walleyes and bass also have been caught. Crappies and bluegills are keeping anglers busy on Crooked and Fish lakes. Late-season turkey hunting was very good. One hunter shot a gobbler with a double beard last week.
Gillett’s Bait and Hardware, (269) 672-5371.
Saginaw Bay Area
Walleye fishing remains very good on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Anglers trolling crankbaits in 14 to 18 feet of water report good action in deeper water and off the island at the mouth of the Saginaw River. Spring turkey hunting was very good in Bay and Arenac counties.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Rainbow and brown trout have been caught in the Pere Marquette River. Gray drakes are hatching in the evenings. Streamer fishing also has been productive. Panfish are moving into the shallows on most area lakes, including Big Star and Big Bass. A few nice crappies have been caught on Big Star, too, but walleye fishing has been spotty. A few fish have been caught by anglers drifting crawlers over the drop-offs. The late turkey season was slow.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Walleye fishing has been very good on Lake Huron when the wind allows anglers to get out. Those fishing around the buoy at Sand Point and north of Heisterman Island report success. Crawler harness are producing the best results. Bass fishing remains good along shore. Bass, walleyes, pike, and catfish all have been caught off the breakwall in Caseville. The late turkey season was very good.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
Walleye fishing has been good in the St. Clair River. Anglers report a good bite from Algonac to Marine City. The fish were just starting to show up at Port Huron last week. Lake trout fishing has been good on Lake Huron from Port Sanilac to Harbor Beach. The best action has come to anglers trolling spoons in 60 to 80 feet of water.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.