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Michigan Fishing Report – April 17, 2020

Report from the Dock

Fishing pressure across the state has been very, very light due to restrictions on motor use due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Steelhead and suckers are in the rivers and light numbers of fish have been caught by anglers wading and fishing from shore. 

 

Anglers report catching steelhead in the Boardman, Betsie, Pere Marquette, Muskegon, Chippewa and Carp rivers, among others. Most rivers that get a steelhead run still have catchable fish. Beads, flies and spinners have produced good results and when all else fails spawn, spawnand wax worms will usually attract attention. 

 

The sucker bite has been pretty god for anglers duking gos of leaf worms on the Muskegon, cut, Munuscong and Whiskey rivers.

 

The spring turkey season should be a pretty good one this year with healthy populations of birds in most areas. Toms are strutting, gobbling and chasing hens. Some of the hens are starting to nest.

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

No report.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

 

Lake Orion

Very few people are fishing in northern Oakland County. A few anglers are looking forward to the trout opener on Paint Creek. Turkey numbers are in pretty good shape. The spring hunting season should be good.

Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.

 

Trenton Area

Fishing has stalled on the Detroit River because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

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

Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.

Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.

 

Luna Pier Area

No report.

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

SOUTHWESTERN LP

St Joseph Area

No report.

Silver Beach Fishing, (269) 338-3182.

 

Coloma Area

Turkey numbers are in good shape. A few anglers are hitting the rivers but no reports have come back.

Ellinee Bait and Tackle, (269) 468-7522.

 

Hastings Area

No one has been fishing since the COVID-19 restrictions went in place. The turkey population seems to be in good shape. Toms are strutting and gobbling.

Al and Pete’s Sport Shop, (269) 945-4417.

 

Coldwater Area

A couple anglers have tried shore fishing, but met with little success. Turkey numbers are in pretty good shape in Branch County. Toms are strutting and gobbling.

Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

 

Kalamazoo Area

Fishing pressure has been very light. Turkey season should be good. There are lots of birds in the area. Toms are strutting and chasing hens.

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

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Turkey hunters were anxious to get started. Toms are strutting and chasing hens. The spring season should be a good one. Perch fishing and pike fishing have been pretty good from shore and in some of the marinas on Saginaw Bay..

Linwood Party and Sporting Goods, (989) 697-3825.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

 

Baldwin Area

There are good numbers of steelhead in the Pere Marquette River. Waders and shore anglers have caught a few fish on spawn, wax worms and flies, but pressure has been light. Turkey numbers are in good shape and birds are on the move.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

 

Newaygo Area

A few anglers are wading the Muskegon River. Those who are getting out are catching a few steelhead on spawn, wax worms and beads. Suckers are running, too. Turkeys numbers are in good shape. Toms are strutting and gobbling. The spring season should be a good one.

Parsley’s Sport and Fly Shop, (231) 652-6986.

 

Weidman Area

A few steelhead have been caught in the Chippewa River, but fishing  pressure has been light. Crappies and bluegills are moving toward shore on inland lakes in the area. Turkey numbers are in good shape. Toms are strutting, gobbling and chasing hens.

Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.

 

Montague Area

A few anglers are pier fishing on Lake Michigan when the weather cooperates. Light numbers of walleyes have been caught. Turkey numbers appear to be low in the area.

Johnson’s Great Outdoors Tackle Shop, (231) 893-6688.

 

Ludington Area

A few steelhead have been caught in the Pere Marquette River but fishing pressure has been light. Those hooking up are using an assortment of spawn, wax worms and spinners.  Pier fishing has been slow and fishing pressure very light. Turkey numbers are in good shape in Mason County. Toms are strutting and gobbling. The spring season should be good. 

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

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Turkey numbers are strong throughout the Thumb. Toms are chasing hens and strutting. The spring season should be good. No fishing report.

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

 

Port Huron

Closed due to COVID-19. No report.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Indian River

No report.

Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.

 

East Jordan Area

No report. Only open on Fridays and Saturdays until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

 

Traverse City Area

Light numbers of steelhead have been caught in the Bardman and Betsie rivers. Spawn and wax worms have produced the best results. Toms are gobbling and strutting. The spring season should be good.

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

 

Wellston Area

No report.

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

A couple anglers have been shore fishing on Houghton Lake and in the canals and catching light numbers of small panfish. Suckers are running in the Cut river and anglers are catching good numbers of fish on gobs of leaf worms. The spring turkey season should be good. Toms are strutting and gobbling. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

 

Higgins Lake Area

There are good numbers of turkeys in the area. Toms are strutting and gobbling. The spring season should be good.

Sportsman’s Barn, (989) 821-9511

 

Oscoda Area

Anglers are catching fair numbers of walleyes in the lower stretch of the Au Sable and off the pier in Lake Huron. Toms are strutting and gobbling. The spring turkey season should be good. 

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

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

A few steelhead have been caught at the mouth of the Carp River. Spawn has been the hot bait. Suckers are running in the Munuscong River and Whiskey River. A couple splake have been caught in Lake Huron off the docks in Hessel. Smelt and cutbait have produced the best results. Turkey numbers appear strong in the area. Toms are gobbling, strutting and chasing hens. The spring hunting season should be good.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

 

Drummond Island Area

No report.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

 

Curtis Area

Toms are strutting. Most anglers are waiting for the walleye, pike and muskie opener on May 15.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Escanaba Area

No report. Closed due to COVID-19.

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

 

Iron Mountain Area

There has been a little fishing from on the Menominee River. Anglers report catching a few walleyes. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener and hoping the restrictions on motorized boats is lifted.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

No report. Closed due to COVID-19.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

 

Bergland Area

Most local anglers are waiting for the walleye, pike and muskie season opener on May 15 and hoping the boating restrictions are lifted by then.

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

 

Iron River Area

One angler reported catching a few walleyes from shore on the Menominee River. Turkeys are on the move and the spring season should be good. 

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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