Near-shore anglers on Lake Superior are catching a variety of trout and salmon, although the action has been reported as slow, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its weekly fishing report.
Marquette: Boats out trolling did best between the Lower Harbor breakwall and the Chocolay River. They caught a few coho, brown trout and steelhead in water less than 30 feet deep. They were marking fish right on the bottom. Surface water temperatures dropped and were near 37 degrees. Water levels were low on the Dead River and the Carp River.
Keweenaw Bay: Coho and steelhead have been caught near L'Anse by those fishing off the mouth of Linden Creek.
Au Train: Those shore fishing near the Rock River caught a few steelhead but catch rates were slow. There were no reports for chinook or coho.
Menominee: Boat anglers trolling in Michigan and Wisconsin waters did manage to catch a couple brown trout on spoons about a mile offshore. Walleye numbers were light but a few fish were caught. Those boats heading out from the Cedar River were trolling spoons or stick baits north and south along the shoreline.
Menominee River: A few fish were caught between the mouth and the Hattie Street Dam by those jigging a minnow or trolling rapalas. Shore anglers were out between Stephenson Island and Hattie Street but catch rates for were walleye were slow. They were casting rapalas and stick baits or jigging with a minnow or plastic worm. A few fish were caught on a zip lure with a minnow. A couple brown trout were caught by those drifting colored yarn or casting spinner baits. The number of suckers in the river is starting to increase.
No word on smelt fishing but if anglers are thinking about heading out, they might want to do it soon as everything's about two weeks early this year. Just remember, smelt numbers are not what they used to be and there is now a two gallon daily possession limit.
Cheboygan River: Has steelhead hitting flies or spawn. For suckers, use crawlers.
Ocqueoc River: Has steelhead in the lower stretches and suckers throughout.
Thunder Bay River: Is producing the occasional steelhead and brown trout. Yellow perch fishing was good but the fish were small. The sucker run is in full swing.
Au Sable River: Anglers are still getting some steelhead, especially those fly fishing. The fly hatches started then stalled out with the return of cold weather.
Tawas Bay: Pier and boat anglers were still targeting steelhead, brown trout and lake trout. Perch were caught inside the harbor but the majority were small.
Tawas River: Still has suckers and a few perch in the lower river.
Rifle River: A few suckers were still caught even though the run is just about done.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Cooler weather over the past week has shut down the panfish bite. As for smelt, reports, these waters of Lake Michigan no longer have smelt runs, which has been the case for the last twenty years or so.
Frankfort: When they can get out, boat anglers are catching brown trout when trolling body baits. Pier anglers caught fish on spawn.
Betsie River: Steelhead fishing is going strong, but potentially winding down in the next week or two.
Lake Cadillac: Water temperatures are still on the cool side. Anglers can see the fish however they do not want to bite. Bluegills were not biting and the perch were scattered. Try the shallow waters on a sunny day as you may find a few fish in the warmer water.
Manistee: Pier and boat anglers caught a few brown trout.
Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is going strong but will not last much longer as some of the fish are beginning to move back toward the lake. Sucker runs were off and on.
Little Manistee River: Opened to fishing on Sunday April 1st and the fishing is good.
Ludington: Boat and pier anglers are catching the occasional brown trout.
Pere Marquette River: Many fish are now actively spawning so the run has peaked and is now starting to wind down. A few suckers were also caught.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing was good around Turtle Island in 12 to 16 feet of water. Limit catches were reported near the islands in Ohio waters. Try reef runners or jigs. Perch anglers should try along the shipping channel near the Detroit River Light.
Huron River: Is producing some catfish and suckers.
Detroit River: Walleye fishing was a bit slower because of muddy water. This should improve as the week goes on and into the weekend. Walleye were caught in the Trenton Channel by those hand-lining with (hash)9 and (hash)11 rapalas. Fire-tiger and orange were good colors. Stinger hooks are a must for walleye fishing. A few fish were caught near Humbug Island and the north end of Celeron Island.
Lake St. Clair: The hot perch fishing seems to have slowed but should bounce back.
St. Clair River: Should have some trout and salmon for anglers to target.
Lexington: Boat anglers were starting to catch a few salmon and lake trout. Pier anglers were targeting perch and lake trout.
Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was slow but could pick-up by the weekend. Perch usually spawn when water temperatures reach 44 to 54 degrees. Current temperatures in the bay were between 42 and 45 degrees.
Flint River: Is producing a few catfish below the Holloway Reservoir Dam.
Shiawassee River: Anglers were catching bluegill and crappie near the Shiatown Dam. A few suckers were also caught.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
New Buffalo: Those out trolling caught chinook, coho, lake trout and brown trout. The chinook and lake trout were still out in deeper water while the coho and brown trout were closer to shore.
St. Joseph: Is also producing trout and salmon for boat and pier anglers.
St. Joseph River: Still has some steelhead for the taking even though many have spawned. Anglers can also catch catfish and suckers.
Kalamazoo River: Some sections of the river near Marshall may open back up by the end of April. Anglers can view the Enbridge web site or the DNR website to find out the exact date of the opening.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead can still be found up near the dam. Catfish and carp were hitting on crawlers and chicken liver.
Grand River at Lansing: Steelhead are being caught at Moore's Park, the Point where the Grand meets the Red Cedar and near Grand Ledge. Catfish were hitting on worms, chicken liver or stink baits. Try near the Moore's Park Dam.
Hawk Island County Park: Was producing some bluegill and crappie.
Sleepy Hollow State Park: Anglers caught some nice bluegills between the shallows and 16 feet of water.
Morrison Lake: Is producing some crappie.
Wamplers Lake: In Jackson County was producing crappie.
Muskegon River: Continues to have good steelhead fishing. Water levels were up a bit after the rain so fresh fish were still being caught. Anglers will find fish in the deeper holes and on the gravel.