Despite the onset of colder weather, anglers are continuing to catch steelhead, some brown trout, yellow perch, bluegill and crappie, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. In addition, the DNR said open water fishing is near an end due to the colder temperatures.
Little Bay De Noc: A couple walleye anglers were still heading out, but open water fishing may not last much longer. While the docks at Gladstone have been removed, boat anglers can still launch near Kipling as there is still one dock in.
Alpena: The peak of the whitefish action will soon be coming to an end.
Thunder Bay River: Shore anglers are catching the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Perch are still being caught but many are on the small side.
Au Sable River: Still has a good number of steelhead in the lower river. Try spawn or flies.
Tawas: Water temperatures near shore were in the high 30s to the low 40s. A few anglers are still fishing off the state dock for whitefish or perch.
Tawas River: Shore anglers will want to try the lower river for perch.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Manistee River: Still has good steelhead fishing with fresh fish being caught by boat anglers drifting and shore anglers up near Tippy Dam.
Pere Marquette River: Has good steelhead action in the lower river. Try floating spawn under a bobber or drifting egg flies.
Lake Erie: Shore anglers at the Metro Park Marina are catching a few perch, bluegill, or crappie when using minnows and wax worms.
Huron River: Unfishable due to high water levels.
Detroit River: Had a few perch caught on shiners in the canals near Gibraltar.
Lexington: Wind, rain, snow and wave action muddied up the harbor. Steelhead still surfacing, but not biting. Once the weather settles down, the fish should start hitting again.
Port Sanilac: A few anglers are still trying to catch fish however the waters here in the harbor are also muddy. Steelhead still present and should start biting again.
Harbor Beach: Still had one dock in at the boat launch.
Saginaw Bay: Shore anglers are targeting perch as this is a good time of year to catch them before ice-up. Try the marinas at Linwood Beach, Sunset Bay and Bayshore or the Garner Road Drain which has shore fishing on the north side near the end of the drain and from State Land. Mornings are best. Try one spot for thirty minutes or so and be willing to move around if you're not having any luck.
Kawkawlin River: Shore anglers are getting some perch in the lower river.
Saginaw River: Perch can usually be found in the lower river between the Independence Bridge and the mouth.
Quanicassee River: Should also have perch in the lower river.
Pigeon River: Those fishing at Caseville will want to try for perch.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
St. Joseph River: Is under a flood advisory in Calhoun County.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is still producing some steelhead up near the Sixth Street Dam. Fish have been caught on spawn and flies. A few walleye were caught off the wall and up near the Fulton Street Bridge by those casting body baits. Check out the backwater for panfish.
Grand River at Lansing: Is producing some steelhead over near the Moore's Park Dam. Water levels here are up some however fish are still being caught on flies, spawn, wax worms and tear drops. Higher water levels were reported in Ionia and Jackson County.
Thornapple River: Is under a flood advisory above Hastings.
Maple River: Is under a flood advisory.
Muskegon River: Still has a good number of nice chrome fish being caught by those drift fishing or shore fishing with spawn, spinners, and flies. Water temperatures have dropped to the low 40s.