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Gone fishin’

December 14, 2012
The Mining Journal


Marquette: A few whitefish were caught off the Lower Harbor breakwall.



Oscoda: Pier anglers are still taking steelhead as the fish continue to move in and out of the river system.

Au Sable River: Is producing the occasional steelhead.

Higgins Lake: Has no anglers and no ice.

Houghton Lake: Ice has started to form this week however there is no safe ice.

Au Gres River: Anglers are catching perch down near the mouth. Most are using perch rigs with minnows or small jigs.


The region has snow but no ice as all the lakes are still open.

Betsie River: Should have good steelhead fishing this week.

Manistee River: Is producing more steelhead and should continue through the week. Chrome colored fish are being caught mainly on streamers in both the Little Manistee and the Big Manistee Rivers. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River closes to fishing on Dec. 31 and will reopen on April 1.

Pere Marquette River: Has good steelhead fishing for those drifting eggs, nymphs or streamers. A few were hitting on spawn but most were taken by those fly fishing.

Pentwater: Pier anglers were catching some whitefish.



Lake Erie: Is producing walleye in Brest Bay. Anglers are trolling body baits. Those casting off Sterling State Park have caught walleye off the rocks. Bluegills were caught in the Metro Park Marina.

Huron River: Is producing the occasional steelhead. Catch rates will improve once the water levels come up.

Detroit River: Has good muskie fishing. Perch are being caught in the marina at Grosse Ile and off the south end of the Cross Dike.

Lake St Clair: The die-hard boat anglers are still out chasing muskie. Catch rates have been good and should continue until the season closes on Saturday, Dec. 15. Perch have been caught in the canals and marinas however most of these locations are private and hard to gain access without a boat.

Saginaw Bay: Has good walleye fishing off Linwood. Boat anglers are using Hot-n-Tots, husky jerks and reef runners.

Saginaw River: We have reports of walleye being caught by boat and shore anglers up near Wicks Park.

Tittabawassee River: Boat anglers caught walleye between Midland and Saginaw.


St. Joseph River: Should still have some good steelhead fishing this week. The better spots to target are Berrien Springs, Buchanan or Niles.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead season continues with fish caught by boat and shore anglers. Some are using jigs with wax worms. Natural colors such as dark tan or black seem to be working better than bright colors. Anglers are casting rapalas or Hot-n-Tots. Boat anglers are bouncing spawn bags.

Grand River at Lansing: Walleye and pike have been caught on spoons or minnows at the Moore's Park Dam. Bass and walleye were caught at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge and near Lyons. Anglers were using minnows and crawlers.

Looking Glass River: Continues to produce pike.

Muskegon River: Steelhead are being caught but catch rates were still hit-or-miss.



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