Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report — April 14, 2017

Lake St. Clair

Wind and rain has muddied the water in the canals, marinas and near shore on Lake St. Clair. Perch and panfish were being caught before the weather changed and that action should resume once the water clears up.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Trenton Area

Walleyes are moving into the Detroit River – the spring run has begun. Anglers fishing in the lower river reported a good bite when jigging or drifting plastics and shiners. The fish averaged 15 to 19 inches and a few limit catches were reported. Perch were being caught in shallow waters. Try the canals and marinas with small shiners under a slip bobber.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Luna Pier Area

Boat anglers were getting some bigger walleye in Lake Erie’s Brest Bay. Most were using large crankbaits in 14 to 20 feet of water. Up on the Huron River steelhead anglers have taken fair numbers of fish on spawn, wax worms and flies.

Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.


Kalamazoo Area

Inland lake fishing has been slow to get started in Kalamazoo County. A few anglers report catching light numbers of panfish on unspecified lakes. The Kalamazoo River continues to produce some nice steelhead action even with the higher water levels. Spawn, spinners, wax worms and flies are all producing action. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Hens are nesting in the afternoons.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Grand Rapids Area

The Grand River at Grand Rapids had very high water levels and was under a flood warning. Steelhead were still being found but fishing conditions will remain difficult until the water levels come back down. The South Pier on Lake Michigan at Muskegon is still closed to the public due to construction in the area. There is a “No-Trespassing” sign and anglers need to heed the call stay off the pier because of safety concerns. Pier fishing has been slow for steelhead and brown trout. When they can get out, boat anglers have caught a few lake trout and brown trout when fishing with bodybaits along shore on Lake Michigan. Turkeys are talking in the mornings.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

Edwardsburg Area

Pier fishing has been very slow on Lake Michigan for salmon and steelhead. When they can get out, boat anglers have caught salmon and lake trout when trolling small crankbaits along the shoreline in 40 feet of water or less. Good numbers of steelhead continue to be caught in the St. Joseph River at Berrien Springs, Buchanan and Niles. Toms are gobbling and strutting.

The Trading Post, (269) 633-8803.


Saginaw Bay Area

Perch anglers on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay were fishing inside Eagle Bay Marina and at the end of Palmer Road and still catching fish, but sorting through a lot of small ones. Those trolling were trying to find walleye between Linwood and the mouth of the Saginaw River but were not having much luck. A few perch were caught inside the Linwood Beach Marina but rain shut the bite down again. Toms are strutting.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Ludington Area

Surface water temperatures on Lake Michigan have bee near 41 degrees. The docks are in at the city marina but the restrooms and the fish cleaning station are still closed. Angler activity was light but those trolling along the shoreline caught a few brown trout. Steelhead fishing remained good on the Pere Marquette and Pentwater rivers and should continue to be decent as the runs peak. Toms are gobbling and strutting.

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.


Caseville Area

Some bigger perch have been caught on the east side of Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay in the marina at Sebewaing and in Mud Creek. The best bites have been early and late in the day. Perch fishing at Caseville has been  slow. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Hens are nesting early.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.


East Jordan Area

Ice finally left Lake Charlevoix and boat anglers had not been able to get out yet. When you can get out, try targeting brown trout and perch. Steelhead are hitting on the Jordan and Boyne rivers and at the mouth of the  Bear River in Petoskey. Good numbers of jumbo perch have been caught at the mouth of the Boardman River in West Grand Traverse Bay. Toms are gobbling and strutting.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Wellston Area

The water temperature on the Big Manistee River finally broke 40 degrees and steelhead are starting to spawn. The weir remains in on the Little Manistee River but  the water there was still cold and no fish had passed yet. A fair number of perch have been caught in Manistee and Portage lakes. Turkeys are talking and toms are strutting.

Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.


Onaway Area

Fishing pressure has been very light in Presque Isle and Cheboygan counties. Light numbers of steelhead have been caught in the Ocqueoc River and anglers report a few suckers being caught in the Pigeon River. Turkeys are talking.

Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.

Oscoda Area

Pier anglers on Lake Huron have caught a few Atlantic salmon and some lake trout. Water levels were up and running fast on the Au Sable River and steelhead fishing was slow. Toms are gobbling and strutting. Hens are nesting in the afternoons.

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.


Pickford Area

Ice conditions were getting very dangerous on Munuscong Bay and anglers were packing up for the year. Most areas were slushy with not much hard ice underneath. A few smelt have been caught in the Tahquamenon River. Down at Cedarville and Hessel there is a lot of open water on Lake Huron and any remaining ice is dangerous. Light numbers of steelhead have been caught in the Carp River.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

Ice was falling apart on Manistique Lakes and with warm temperatures and rain in the forecast anglers are waiting for open water.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.


Marquette Area

Coho fishing has slowed in the open water of Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. A few anglers were still catching fish when jigging at the bubblers. A couple splake were caught off the breakwall in the Lower Harbor when the ice was not there. Those targeting steelhead in the Carp and Chocolay rivers reported slower catch rates. A few small brown trout were caught in the Chocolay River on spawn, leaf worms and wax worms.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

The ice is breaking up fast and most of Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc is now open water. Anglers should be able to launch boats by now. Steelhead anglers are just getting started on the Day’s River. Tom are strutting.

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

Anglers have caught walleye and brown trout in the Menominee River when casting jigs and stickbaits below the dam at Hattie Street. The walleye bite remains slow but should pick up.

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) (906) 424-4108.


L’Anse Area

Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay still had ice floating around, but it should be open by now. A few coho were being caught by those casting spoons from shore. Light numbers of steelhead have been caught in the Falls River. We need some warm days to get the temperatures up and get a smelt run started.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic ice conditions have deteriorated quickly. ATV travel was good in the mornings but poor by evening. Water began to pool on the surface, which will honeycomb the ice quickly. Many shoreline areas are deteriorated as well. Ice travel is not safe.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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