Spring has finally arrived, and most of the lakes south of M-72 are ice free. The rest should be ice free by the weekend. The trout opener was ok for the most part. The large rivers were still high and muddy but the smaller creeks were fishable.
Torch Lake: Was producing Atlantic salmon and the occasional brown trout.
Traverse City: Cisco fishing was good in the West Bay. Most are jigging spoons in 60 feet of water. Lake trout and the occasional whitefish were caught. Shore anglers caught steelhead and lake trout on spawn bags or minnows.
Elk River: Had good numbers of steelhead. The bite was a little slow but anglers still found success when using small spawn bags or jigs tipped with wax worms.
Boardman River: Steelhead fishing was slow but a few were caught when drifting spawn bags or jigs tipped with wax worms.
Big Glen Lake: Is producing good sizes and numbers of perch. Some limit catches of 8 to 12 inch fish were taken on minnows and wigglers.
Platte Bay: Those surfcasting with spawn or casting spoons are getting some fish. Boat anglers trolling spoons about a mile out were getting one lake trout per trip.
Platte River: Anglers were finding a lot of steelhead and walleye.
Frankfort: Water temperatures reached the 50’s and several brown trout were caught by those trolling body baits both north and south of the port.
Crystal Lake: The fishing at Beulah Beach has not yet started. The lake is ice free and the water is warming, but no steelhead or coho yet.
Betsie River: Those drifting flies or spawn bags caught steelhead between the Homestead Dam and Betsie Bay.
Onekama: A few brown trout were caught off both piers. Try spawn or body baits. Those trolling south along the shoreline caught fish.
Portage Lake: Had a great walleye opener with higher than average numbers and size caught. Olive drab was a good color. The catch and release bass opener was also good for large and smallmouth. Pike action was good but many were sub-legal. Perch anglers were disappointed with the size and numbers of fish caught.
Manistee: Boat anglers trolling along the shoreline caught a few brown trout and lake trout. Orange or green body baits worked well. Pier fishing was slow.
Manistee River: Was a hot spot for walleye. Steelhead are still present in the river and in the local streams as the run is not through yet but it will start winding down as water temperatures rise and the fish prepare to spawn.