LANSING — This Saturday marks the opening day of trout season on the Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as the walleye, northern pike and muskellunge opener on the Lower Peninsula inland waters.
The “Catch-and-Immediate-Release” bass season for all the Lower Peninsula waters including the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River will also open this coming Saturday. The openers may be a little slower because of ice in the upper regions or flooding in the central and lower regions. For the trout opener, try the small feeder streams at the top of the watersheds as they are more likely to be fishable than the bigger rivers.
Traverse City: Catch rates for cisco were very good in the southwest portion of the West Bay. Try jigging spoons in 40 to 80 feet of water. A few lake trout were caught as well. Pier fishing was slow with a few lake trout taken on spawn bags.
Elk River: Steelhead fishing was steady. Try spawn bags or drifting a dark colored jig tipped with wax worms.
Boardman River: Steelhead fishing was slow even though water levels have come down a little. A few fish were caught on spawn bags and jigs tipped with wax worms.
Big Glen Lake: Is ice free but no anglers were out.
Platte Bay: Fishing has picked up as steelhead are now moving into the river. Those surfcasting with spawn have caught a few fish.
Frankfort: Catch rates slowed however a few brown trout and steelhead were caught by those using spawn off both piers. Those trolling for brown trout reported some strikes but landed only a few.
Betsie River: Those fishing up at the Homestead Dam are catching steelhead.
Onekama: The dock has been put in at the park downtown. Water levels were good at the launch site and in the channel leading to Lake Michigan.
Portage Lake: The dock is in and anglers are testing the waters for perch. A good number of fish were hitting on wigglers however the fish were small.
Manistee: Pier fishing was slow for steelhead and brown trout. Boat anglers caught a few browns when trolling around the piers. Try orange or chartreuse body baits.
Manistee River: Steelhead are being caught even though the river is high and muddy. Those fishing at Tippy Dam have caught fish.
Lake Cadillac: Has pretty much opened up.
Lake Mitchell: Still had ice.
Au Sable River: Is high and fast. The strong current actually turned the dock at the Rea Road launch site. Even with the high water levels, shore anglers reported good fishing. Upstream, they are using spawn, flies and wax worms. Down at the mouth, try spawn, spoons or body baits off the end of the pier. There were reports of a couple walleye taken off the end of the pier late at night.