Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 19, 2013

Fishing: Warmer weather ends ice fishing

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — LANSING — It looks like ice fishing is pretty much done as rain and warmer temperatures pick away at any remaining ice. Rivers and streams are at or near flood stage.

Traverse City: Few boats have been out on either bay. Catch rates for cisco were good in 60 feet of water. Some also caught the occasional lake trout. Pier fishing was slow. Shore anglers caught steelhead on spawn bags.

Elk River: Steelhead fishing has been hit-or-miss. Some did well when drifting jigs tipped with wax worms while others caught fish on spawn bags.

Boardman River: Steelhead fishing has been relatively slow but a few fish were caught on a jig and wax worm or spawn bags.

Frankfort: Boat anglers trolling both inside and outside the breakwalls have caught a few brown trout on spoons or black and silver body baits.

Betsie River: Had reports of several steelhead passing over the Homestead Dam and steady movement upstream.

Portage Lake: Is ice free. The boat launches are accessible however the docks are not in so launching a bigger boat might be a problem.

Manistee: All the docks are in at the First Street launch and the new fish cleaning station is under construction. Boats trolling along the shoreline caught brown trout on body baits. Orange and yellow were good colors. Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn. Fishing was better when there was a good chop on the lake.

Manistee River: Steelhead were caught up near Tippy Dam. High water levels make fishing a little more difficult.

Lake Cadillac: Is opening up as rain and warmer temperatures take their toll on the remaining ice.

Lake Mitchell: Was still ice covered but the shorelines were starting to open up. Anglers are now waiting for open water fishing.

Ludington: Has one dock in at the Loomis Street launch. Pier anglers using spawn are catching light numbers of steelhead and brown trout. Those out trolling found brown trout along the shoreline and around the piers. Try orange, blue or yellow body baits.

Pentwater: Pier and channel anglers have caught steelhead on spawn. A few boats trolling the shoreline managed to catch some brown trout.