By The Associated Press
Anglers who have not put their boats in storage yet are still fishing some of the inland lakes for walleye, perch, pike and bass, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment said in its weekly fishing report.
Skim ice is starting to appear on some of the lakes, especially in the northern sections, but there is no safe ice to report, the DNRE said.
Little Bay De Noc: Skim ice was starting to form with the cold weather. Most anglers are heading out on the weekend only.
Those seeking walleye are staying north of the Narrows and fishing between the Second Reef and the flats at Kipling.
Some are trolling crank baits in 10 to 35 feet of water during the day, but night anglers caught more fish using the same method. Bigger fish were caught along the southern section of the Black Bottom and over near the lighthouse when trolling crank baits in 14 to 35 feet of water in the evening.
Perch fishing was good out by Butler Island when using minnows or crawlers in 10 to 17 feet of water.
St. Marys River: Is still producing some walleye for those trolling or casting deep diving crank baits. Those fishing in Munuscong Bay have caught a few walleye near Moon Island.
Alpena: Whitefish are still being caught off the reefs in Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay River: Boat and shore anglers have caught steelhead and brown trout up near the Ninth Street Dam. Whitefish are in the shallows.
Oscoda: Pier anglers continue to catch steelhead and whitefish. Those surfcasting have also taken fish. Boats trolling just off the mouth of the river have caught the occasional walleye.
Au Sable River: Steelhead were hitting on spawn bags and whitefish on wax worms or a single egg under a bobber. Those using the single egg caught more fish. Most anglers continue to fish the lower stretch of the river between the mouth and Foote Dam. The whitefish will be spawning for another week or two.
Tawas: Shore anglers have caught whitefish off the state dock. Try small minnows, wax worms or a single egg. Some perch along with the occasional steelhead were also caught.
Au Gres: Continues to have good whitefish action. Try a single egg or wax worm on a small gold hook.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA:
Petoskey: Is producing good numbers of steelhead in the surf on windy days. The fish are more apt to come into the shallows when there is wave action. Most are floating spawn bags just off the bottom in 1 to 1 feet of water in the early morning. Limit catches were reported. This fishing has not slowed down at all and should continue until things ice up around mid-December.
Charlevoix: Is also producing good numbers of steelhead for those fishing in the shallows in the early morning with spawn bags. Limit catches were reported.
Frankfort: Those surfcasting or fishing from the piers have caught the most steelhead in recent days.
Manistee: Is producing steelhead for those surfcasting or fishing off the pier in the early morning or evening.
Manistee River: Is still low and clear, so steelhead fishing has been tough. Try the lower stretches, but catch rates have not been great by any means.
Ludington: Surf and pier fishing has been the best way to catch steelhead.
Pere Marquette River: Steelhead are being caught mostly in the lower river, but low water levels continue to hinder catch rates. Anglers are drifting spawn or flies.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA:
Huron River: Water levels did come up after the rain. Anglers have caught steelhead between the mouth and the dam at Flat Rock.
Detroit River: Conditions have changed, so few were out except for a couple anglers targeting bluegill and perch. Cold weather is producing some skim ice, but no safe ice to report.
Lake St. Clair: Some perch were caught near St. Clair Shores.
St. Clair River: Some nice steelhead and a few small walleye have been caught off the wall at Port Huron. Try minnows and spoons.
Lexington: Windy conditions shut fishing right down especially along the nearshore waters.
Port Sanilac: No pier report this week as fishing here also shut down as a result of strong winds.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA:
St. Joseph: Had good whitefish action off the piers, and most fish were caught on a single boiled salmon egg. Steelhead and brown trout were also caught.
St. Joseph River: Rain last week did bring water levels up, however boat anglers should still exercise caution when navigating the river. Steelhead fishing continues to be good. Most are using spawn or crank baits. Shore anglers also caught some fish.
Grand Haven: Is producing some whitefish, however Muskegon is producing more.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a good push of steelhead come into the river. Good numbers of fish have been caught between Johnston Park and the Sixth Street Dam. The fish are hitting on orange, white and chartreuse spawn bags, Hot-n-Tots, flies such as big white streamers or a jig and wax worm under a bobber. A few lake trout were also caught. Walleye were taken on bucktail jigs, twister tails and body baits. Crappie were caught on minnows at Riverside Park.
Lansing: Anglers are catching pike around the area, but no one is saying where. Anglers will just need to go out to their favorite pike waters and get their line wet.
Reeds Lake: Has a few crappie hitting on minnows in 6 to 10 feet of water.
Muskegon: Has very good whitefish action for pier and shore anglers. Catch rates are best in the early morning or late evening.