LANSING — Walleye, musky and pike season on the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters and the St. Mary’s River opened on May 15. The early catch-and-immediate-release bass season also opened on May 15.
Traverse City: Lake trout and cisco are being caught in both bays. For lake trout, anglers are trolling in 10 to 15 feet of water or jigging in 150 feet. For Cisco, they are jigging in 50 to 75 feet. Catch and release smallmouth bass fishing should continue to improve as water temperatures slowly rise.
Elk River: Still has a good number of steelhead being caught. Drifting fresh spawn bags has been the most consistent.
Boardman River: The steelhead action continues to wind down even though a few fish are still being caught. Carp, northern pike, suckers, and a few smallmouth bass are also in the river.
Charlevoix: Boat anglers looked for perch in 50 to 100 feet of water outside the channel but no fish were marked. Those trolling crawlers for walleye in the channel had no luck. Fishing in Medusa Creek is closed as the weir is now in use.
Lake Charlevoix: Anglers were not able to find the large perch they found the week before. Schools of small perch were hitting on wigglers near Two Mile Point. Walleye were spotted in 20 to 30 feet of water right off the Irish Boat Launch but they would not bite.
Harbor Springs: The dock at the public boat launch was still not in because of dredging. There were no boat or pier anglers in sight.
Petoskey: Pier anglers targeting steelhead with spoons or spawn had no luck. Those fishing near the “bobber hole” were not getting any bites.
Bear River: Still has steelhead between the dam and the mouth. Fish were on the beds upstream of the dam. Steelhead were caught all the way up to Sheridan Road. Orange spawn bags or rubber eggs seemed to work best.
Platte Bay: Fishing was slow with the cold front. One boat that was out trolling did manage to catch a nice lake trout.
Frankfort: Cooler temperatures and winds out of the north were keeping the water between 46 and 51 degrees. Anglers are still picking up brown trout around the piers and when trolling the shoreline with body baits or UV spoons. There have been reports of salmon in the area.
Portage Lake: Perch fishing slowed but anglers might still find some good catches if they can get out there early in the morning. Wigglers and minnows worked best but once the bluegills move in, the perch will be gone. Bass anglers are still doing very well during the catch and release season.
Manistee: Brown trout fishing continues to be slow for boat and pier anglers. A couple were caught by those trolling around the piers with gold and black or silver and black body baits. Perch fishing slowed.
Manistee River: Is still producing some steelhead and walleye. Try small spoons, crank baits and flies. Orange and chartreuse were good colors.
Lake Cadillac: Those seeking walleye did best at night when casting rapalas or Hot-n-Tots. Some nice crappie were caught off the State Park in eight to 10 feet of water. Bluegills were starting to bite in shallow water.
Lake Mitchell: Is producing some walleye for those trolling at night. Shore anglers are casting rapalas. A fair number of crappie are also being caught.
Au Sable River: Steelhead are on the beds between the mouth and the dam. High Banks has had the most angler activity, and produced the most catches. Fish can be found throughout the river so move around if one location becomes too crowded. Flies seem to work best but spawn and wax worms have also taken fish. Walleye are moving in and out of the river.