Walleye, pike and muskellunge season for the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, St. Mary’s River and the inland lakes will open on May 15. Bass anglers enjoying the early catch and release season in the Lower Peninsula are doing very well. The opener for the Upper Peninsula is May 15.
- Traverse City: Lake trout fishing has been good in the bays. Depths were variable with some caught while jigging in 125 feet of water but others caught when trolling plugs in water as shallow as eight feet. A couple cisco were also caught. Pier and surfcasting were hit-or-miss with the occasional steelhead taken on minnows or spawn bags. Smallmouth bass are being caught and released. Try tube baits in 10 to 35 feet of water.
- Elk River: Has a decent number of steelhead. The bite was slow for most but some were able to catch a few fish using fresh spawn or a jig tipped with wax
worms. Boardman River: Steelhead fishing is winding down there is a good number of suckers in the river. A few pike and carp were caught.
- Glen Arbor: The boat launch is now open.
- Platte Bay: Fishing pressure has slowed. Those trolling spoons caught lake trout and brown trout.
- Platte River: Continues to produce walleye and steelhead.
- Frankfort: Pier anglers on the north wall were catching a couple steelhead and brown trout on spawn bags. The water is beginning to clear up and anglers can see alewife. Those trolling caught brown trout on UV spoons (not Magnums) and body baits. Black and silver or black and gold were still the hot colors. Lake trout were active in waters over 25 feet deep.
- Onekama: Pier anglers targeting brown trout reported hit-or-miss. Catch rates were better when the water was choppy. Try casting spoons, body baits or spawn. Those trolling the shoreline did best north to the golf course and south to Bar Lake in 15 to 22 feet of water with silver and perch body baits.
- Portage Lake: Catch rates for the bigger perch have slowed but several small ones have been caught. Try minnows and wigglers. Those trolling for walleye have caught fish ranging five to seven pounds. The water is beginning to settle so bass anglers are having a great time with the early catch-and- release season.
- Manistee: Pier anglers have caught perch on wigglers. Brown trout action was slow for those trolling around the piers.
- Manistee River: Anglers continue to take good numbers of steelhead and walleye. They are using spoons, crank baits and flies.
- Lake Cadillac: Is producing some walleye. The better fishing starts in the evening and runs through dark. Most are casting floating rapalas from shore. No word on bluegills yet but crappie are starting to hit on minnows.
- Au Sable River: The water is up, making it easier for boats to make their way up and down the river. The water is still muddy but looks to be clearing. Good numbers of steelhead can be found. They are hitting on flies, spawn, wax worms, spoons and body baits.