Low water and cold temperatures have resulted in slow fishing lately, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said this week in its weekly fishing report.
A few trout have been taken in rivers and streams but low water levels and temperatures have kept the run down. Marquette County streams had an early run of steelhead and it appears the run is about over.
Keweenaw Bay: Catch rates were up and down for those trolling for salmon in 20 to 50 feet of water. Most were using spoons or body baits between the head of the bay and Sand Point or north between the Falls River and the L'Anse Township Park. Trolling speeds were between 1.9 and 2.3 miles per hour.
Falls River: Was producing some smelt but not sure for how long.
Marquette: Lake trout were caught right on the bottom in 200 feet of water in the Upper Harbor and north of Granite Island. Chinook and coho action was spotty for those trolling in 30 to 40 feet of water outside the harbors and near the Chocolay River. Water levels in area rivers were extremely low.
Menominee: Boat anglers were still trolling for walleye and trout in both Michigan and Wisconsin waters. Catch rates were down however those putting in four to five hours of effort caught the occasional walleye when trolling crawler harnesses. Catch rates for walleye and brown trout were slow off Stony Point. Boats trolling north and south off the Cedar River did catch a few brown trout and splake. Shore anglers using crawlers or stick baits caught nothing.
Menominee River: Had a good number of shore anglers and those wading from Stephenson Island upstream to the Hattie Street Dam. Water levels decreased with the closing of the gates at the first dam. This made trout and walleye fishing a bit more difficult but those looking for suckers have done well.
AuTrain: Boat anglers were trolling for chinook and coho but catch rates were slow. Those fishing close to shore for lake trout caught no fish. The best area for coho was trolling near the mouth of the Au Train River and Red Rock.
Cedarville and Hessel: Were not seeing much fishing pressure.
Carp River: Anglers are still seeing steelhead.
Cheboygan: Anglers caught a few yellow perch on worms. Steelhead are still coming in and hitting on fresh spawn or stick baits near the dam.
Rogers City: Atlantic salmon have been caught off the breakwall and by boat. A couple steelhead and brown trout were also caught. Pier anglers were casting spoons and body baits that resemble small forage fish. Boats trolling spoons and body baits that resemble smelt caught fish in Swan Bay and Calcite Harbor. Try planer boards in 20 feet of water with no weight on the line. Water temperatures were still in the low 40's so concentrate on the areas that have river run-off.
Harrisville: Steelhead are in the harbor and being caught by anglers fishing from shore and both sides of the breakwall. Body baits in various colors are working well with fire-tiger the favorite. Floating spawn under a bobber in front of the creek produced a few fish. Walleye are also in. The fish are healthy and averaging 20 inches. Anglers did best in the evening with small spoons or body baits in silver and orange or fire-tiger.
Oscoda: Walleye and steelhead have been caught off the mouth of the river by those using body baits.
Au Sable River: Steelhead were still moving up toward the dam. Flies of various colors are working well. Drift high above the holes to better your chances.
Tawas: Was producing some decent perch right along with all the small ones inside the harbor. Brown trout were caught outside the wall but the fish were smaller.
Au Gres: Boat anglers caught walleye in 20 feet of water off Point Lookout, Whitestone Point and Foster Road.
Au Gres River: Was producing small perch. Near the Singing Bridge, steelhead were caught in the river and by those surfcasting with spoons. Night anglers were casting for walleye in the surf.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Cold weather and closed seasons on the inland waters have slowed fishing activity. Steelhead are moving back into Lake Michigan so fewer fish are being caught in the river systems. The panfish bite is slow. Brown trout are moving back out to deeper waters. A few walleye have been caught near the piers.
Elk River: Steelhead fishing was hit-or-miss but a few fish were caught on spawn bags or wax worms.
Traverse City: Whitefish and the occasional lake trout have been caught in the East Bay when jigging spikes or wigglers. Boat anglers in the West Bay have caught cisco near the surface in the southern part of the bay.
Boardman River: Steelhead fishing is winding down but a few fish were still being caught on spawn bags. There is an abundance of suckers in the river right now.
Frankfort: Anglers had good catches between the breakwalls and just outside them with lake trout, brown trout and a nice 15 pound chinook salmon caught. Brown and gold body baits as well as magnum spoons have caught fish.
Onekama: Brown trout are still in the area and hitting on cleos.
Portage Lake: Anglers were sorting through dozens of perch to get enough for dinner. The bigger fish were hitting on minnows and the smaller ones on wigglers along the west end near the canal.
Manistee: Brown trout have been caught by those trolling the shoreline with body baits. Chinook salmon were caught 60 to 150 feet down in waters 150 to 250 feet deep. Perch and brown trout fishing off the pier were slow.
Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is on the downslide.
Ludington: Boat anglers trolling 50 to 150 feet down in waters 150 to 250 feet deep have caught salmon on green and blue spoons. Green and blue flies and meat rigs worked deeper in the water column. A few brown trout were caught by those trolling the shoreline with body baits in natural patterns. Pier fishing was slow.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Anglers are targeting walleye in 15 to 17 feet of water around Turtle Island and the Dumping Grounds. Those trolling body baits seem to catch more but those jigging with blade baits and hair jigs also caught fish. Purple and chrome or white were good colors. As the water warms, try crawler harnesses.
Detroit River: Walleye fishing has been very good when the weather cooperates. Anglers are bouncing jigs during the day and hand-lining at night.
Lake St. Clair: Had good perch reports from Anchor Bay and south of Metro Beach. Limits of rock bass were caught at night near Blossom Health in St. Clair Shores.
St. Clair River: Boat and shore anglers have caught a few walleye, coho, brown trout and steelhead along the wall. Walleye were caught near Marine City.
Lexington: Those trolling caught chinook, coho, brown trout, lake trout and steelhead. Most are using planer boards in 20 to 50 feet of water. Pier anglers caught brown trout and coho but the bite was slow.
Harbor Beach: Those fishing outside the breakwall caught coho, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead in 30 feet of water.
Port Austin: Pier anglers caught Atlantic and coho salmon. Walleye were caught in the evening but catch rates slowed with the cooler weather.
Saginaw Bay: A few walleye were caught two to three miles northwest of Spoils Island as well as around the island and the shipping channel.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
St. Joseph: Boat and pier anglers are catching chinook, coho and steelhead when the weather permits. Windy conditions had the fish scattered.
Kalamazoo River: A three-mile section between the Perrin Dam at Marshall and Saylor's Landing is now open for public use. Saylor's Landing is located at 15 Mile Road. The public will be allowed to fish however the "do not eat" advisory for all fish between Talmadge Creek and the west end of Morrow Lake continues until further tests are completed by the Department of Community Health.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught trout and salmon 70 to 150 feet down in 150 to 220 feet of water. Wire divers were back 200 to 300 feet. Most are using regular or magnum spoons in blue or green. A few smaller perch were caught in the 65 foot hole south of the piers.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are still getting a few leftover steelhead. Carp and catfish are biting.
Grand River at Lansing: Those fishing Moore's Park are still getting a couple steelhead right along with some catfish. Carp have been caught near Grand Ledge.
Lake Ovid: Was producing a few crappie for those using spec minnows.
Muskegon: Is also producing trout and salmon for those trolling about halfway down in waters 150 to 240 feet of water.
Muskegon Lake: Those launching boats need to use caution as water levels are extremely low.