Weather affects fishing in the state
Warmer temperatures had bluegill and crappie biting in the inland lakes as well as the rivers, mainly the backwaters. The pike and bass have been aggressive as well. Rain did help to push more steelhead into the river systems, but it took out what little ice was starting to form so we are back to fall fishing. Walleye are also being caught.
Boardman River: Continues to produce steelhead for those using spawn and wax worms.
Long Lake: Has reports of anglers out targeting perch and walleye.
Betsie River: Should have more steelhead after the rain. Try fishing between the mouth and the Homestead Dam.
Manistee: Pier anglers and those surfcasting are catching steelhead on the right day depending on wind direction and speed.
Manistee River: Recent rain may have pushed more steelhead up into the river. Look for chrome colored fish between the mouth and Tippy Dam. While some are floating spawn others are fly fishing.
Ludington: Pier and surf anglers are catching steelhead. Try spawn, wax worms or body baits in the early morning or evening.
Pere Marquette River: May also have more steelhead that moved up into the river. Try floating spawn under a bobber or drifting egg flies.