Rivers and streams are slowly dropping and becoming fishable. Water temperatures were still cool. Crappie moved into shallow waters but they did not want to bite. For the opener on Monday, look for walleye and pike near the spawning areas though most are done. Musky were not spawning but should be moving into the shallows.
≤ Keweenaw Bay: Boats caught a few coho and splake when trolling shallow water body baits. In the South Entry, a few lake trout were caught in 200 feet. The channel leaving Big Traverse Bay is only 2 ½ feet deep in a few spots so anglers will need to be careful and make sure they know how much water their boats draft before using this launch.
≤ Marquette: Boat anglers reported slow catch rates for coho. Those trolling stick baits between the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers caught a few trout and salmon in 8 to 20 feet. Good colors were purple and white, blue and white or fire-tiger.
≤ Menominee River: Was still running high and dirty making it difficult to fish.
≤ Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fewer catches. Those fishing the “Narrows” did best with crawlers and wigglers in 23 to 38 feet. Fair to good smallmouth fishing in the Ford River when casting crank baits, spinners or plastics between M-35 and the mouth. Look for a moderate start to the walleye opener. Water temperatures remain on the cool side and the rivers were still high. Try the mouth of the Whitefish River, the Third Reef, the “Narrows” and south around the Ford River.
≤ Manistique River: Steelhead fishing is winding down but a few were caught below the High Dam when casting yarn, beads or spawn in the rapids. Walleye anglers here are expecting a good opener near the mouth and up near “Big Bass Hole.” The Marina was not open but should be soon. The Municipal boat launch and cleaning station are up and running.
≤ Au Train: The Brownstone Launch was still closed because of damage from ice pushing up one of the cement slabs. Officials are hoping to have it fixed by the end of the month. Anglers fishing on the rocks at the launch caught a couple coho.
Munising: A few boats trolling in the bay did catch a few coho. Pier and shore anglers managed to catch a few splake on spawn.
≤ Grand Marais: Boat anglers caught several coho. Pier anglers had slow fishing and spent several hours to catch a limit of whitefish averaging 12 inches. Pier anglers need to be very careful as waves washing over the pier could easily sweep them right off and into the strong current.
≤ Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers were not able to locate yellow perch in Cedarville Bay or around Government Island but a few nice smallmouth bass were caught and released. Splake fishing out of the Hessel Marina was still good for those using a 5/8 ounce sinker tied below a three way swivel and a 15 inch leader tipped with a minnow or smelt.
— Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Dragging the sinker along the bottom in 8 feet was producing the best. Splake were caught by those long-lining or trolling crank baits about 80 feet behind the boat in 15 feet. Yellow perch finally showed up at the Hessel Marina. Anglers caught a fair number of 8 to 12 inch fish with worms and minnows off the finger docks at the Hessel Marina.
St. Ignace: All the docks are now in at the marinas and along the rivers. There has been little fishing pressure at the Carp River. Suckers were caught when drifting worms. A few were trying for perch but had no luck.