Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 29, 2012

Sunday is deadline for '12 license rule


LANSING — Starting Sunday, all anglers 17 and older will be required to have a 2012 Michigan fishing license. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that anglers should be sure to pick up a copy of the 2012 Fishing Guide when they buy their license.

Warm weather had several species at the peak of their spawning runs two weeks earlier than normal in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula, the DNR said in its weekly fishing report.

It said walleyes, suckers, and yellow perch are just about done spawning.

Frankfort: Boat anglers are catching brown trout when trolling body baits. Pier anglers are also catching fish on spawn.

Betsie River: Steelhead fishing continues and fish are on the gravel.

Lake Cadillac: Bullhead and crappie were caught even though inland lake fishing has not taken off yet.

Manistee: Has fair to good brown trout action. Boats are trolling body baits while pier anglers are casting spawn or spoons.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is probably near the peak of the run which is about two weeks early this year. Fish are on the gravel.

Hamlin Lake: Fishing is still on the slow side except for bullhead and crappie.

Ludington: Boat and pier anglers are catching brown trout.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead are on the gravel which is early this year. The run will not last much longer.

Cheboygan River: Steelhead and suckers are just starting to move in.