Good fishing reports coming in from all areas of the state. The recent storms however, have muddied the waters and slowed some areas of fishing down. Reports of mayflies are starting to show up and that should help with the steelhead in the coming weeks. For those trout and salmon fishing certain areas are starting to pick-up where others are beginning to slow
Harbor Springs: Smallmouth bass anglers are still focusing most of their effort near the permanent structures east of Wequetonsing (i.e. the pier at Roaring Brook) and near the north shore of Petoskey State Park. They also did well fishing shallow in the Wequetonsing docks. A lot of success was also had inside Harbor Point and in the harbor itself. Green tube baits and soft plastic worms are working well. Many fish over 6 pounds are reported to have been caught this spring by catch and release.
Petoskey: The surface temperature of Little Traverse Bay remained in the low to mid 50’s at the surface last week. Boat pressure remains pretty low in Petoskey. A lot of lake trout caught were under the slot limit. Anglers are using spoons and peanuts and fishing from Bay Harbor east into the Bay. Fish are being caught in 60 to 100 feet of water, some suspended and some close to the bottom. Anglers fishing near the mouth of Bear River on D Pier were still catching smallmouth and rock bass. A lot of freshwater drum were caught last week as well. Walleye are being picked up during the afternoons and evenings past the mouth of the river. Anglers were mainly using crawlers, crank baits, soft plastics and flies on all of those species. Anglers fishing the break wall are still catching a few smallmouth bass and northern pike using jigs with soft plastics, small crank baits or just a hook with a crawler.