The state is experiencing high water levels and strong currents. This includes the inland lakes, rivers, streams and Great Lakes. Runoff from all the rain is staining the waters which impacts clarity and makes fishing difficult. Flood warnings and advisories have been issued in some areas.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Harbor Springs: Boat anglers were still waiting for the dock to be put in at the launch. One boat that did go out was looking for perch but had no luck.
Petoskey: Few boats have been out. Surface water temperatures in Little Traverse Bay were 35 degrees so the water needs to warm up. Not many anglers were fishing off the piers. The Bear River is still getting what looks like fresh steelhead pushing up to the dam. The numbers have dropped but fish were still being hooked at the dam. A good number of suckers are also in the river. Anglers are using spawn, beads and flies
Charlevoix: The dock at the township launch near Medusa Creek was not in and the fish cleaning station was not open yet. Fishing effort continues to be slow. One boat was looking for lake trout, but none were caught. A few were casting or trolling for walleye in the channel after dark.
Traverse City: Lake herring were caught in the East Bay when jigging out from the Elk Rapids Marina and south of Deepwater Point. A couple bass were caught along the south end, but water temperatures were still very cold. Catch rates in the Elk River continue to be slow but a couple of steelhead were caught on spawn near the dam in the morning. A walleye or two were caught near the marina docks. In the West Bay, perch fishing in Northport slowed significantly; anglers could not find the fish. There are plenty of walleye in the harbor, but they did not want to bite. Lake herring were caught on the south east corner north of Bryant Park. On the Boardman River, steelhead fishing slowed but there were plenty of suckers up near the dam.
Lake Leelanau: Smallmouth bass and pike were caught in the narrows. A few walleye were also caught.
Frankfort: Catch rates were hit-or-miss as water temperatures are still in the low 40s.
Onekama: A few lake trout and the occasional steelhead were caught by those trolling the shoreline in 15 to 20 feet with body baits.
Portage Lake: Had very slow catch rates. Perch anglers using minnows managed to catch a few near the channel.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had good reports of walleye and crappie being caught. Walleye were in the canal between the two lakes.
Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 40 degrees. Lake trout fishing was heating up in deeper water as limit catches were reported. A few Chinook along brown trout were caught on spoons in 12 to 20 feet. Perch fishing slowed however both pier and boat anglers were getting a few on minnows or wigglers. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn. Walleye were caught at night with body baits.
Manistee River: Water levels are dropping so trout fishing should improve. Reports came in on some decent fly hatches during the last warm up. Anglers were still taking some steelhead up near Tippy Dam.
Ludington: All the docks are in and the fish cleaning station is now open. Lake trout fishing was on fire with fish taken by those trolling to the south in 20 to 40 feet with spoons and spin-glos. A small number of Chinook salmon were also caught. A few brown trout were caught when trolling in 8 to 14 feet. A few Chinook were found in shallow waters. Try spoons and body baits.
Pentwater: Pier anglers caught walleye and steelhead.
Copper Harbor: A small number of legal-size splake were caught. Fishing was slow as the water is still very cold.
Keweenaw Bay: Smelt are running sporadically so the action has been hit-or-miss. Trolling was really good or really bad as the large number of smelt in the shallows has made fishing a bit more difficult. Target the shallow waters with a medium-size stick bait. The majority of catches were coho, brown trout and splake. In the South Entry, trolling for trout and salmon was good in 6 to 40 feet with stick baits. Steelhead are still showing up in area rivers and the sucker runs are starting. Fishing the river mouths should be good in the weeks to come with the trout and round whitefish looking for eggs flowing out of the rivers.
Marquette: Had very good fishing with a large number of Chinook, coho, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead caught when trolling spoons and stick baits in 20 to 40 feet. Limit catches were reported.
Chocolay River: Fishing pressure slowed as most anglers were targeting the big lake. The water is still high making the sections upstream hard to fish. Those trying did catch a couple brown trout. Those launching at the marina were heading downstream to fish the mouth.
Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fair to good catches along the north end. The best area was between the Day’s River and the Third Reef in 23 to 32 feet with crawler and wigglers. In the Ford and Day’s River, steelhead fishing was fair as there are a lot of suckers in the rivers right now. Water levels were still up and running a bit fast. Good smallmouth action for shore anglers casting plastics and crank baits near the mouth of the Ford River. Boat anglers were fishing the rocky areas near the mouth.
Manistique River: All the gates at the dam except one are closed. Steelhead anglers reported good to excellent catches from the ORV Bridge to the Dam. Most are using beads or spawn with equal results. Fish were also caught at the “Bass Hole” but the area is full of suckers.
Au Train: Had very good coho and brown trout action for those trolling stick baits in Shelter Bay. No smelt reports.
Munising: Water temperatures have not warmed since ice-out and remain about 36 degrees. Boat anglers targeting coho caught anywhere from a few to limit catches. The odd steelhead, brown trout or splake were also caught. Most were fishing in the harbor, Trout Bay and toward Chapel Falls. A few boats trolling the Rock River area had slightly better catches. If targeting coho, troll in shallow waters. Pier and shore anglers were lucky to get a few splake. So far, no major smelt runs to report. Anglers have been checking daily and only a handful were taken.
Grand Marais: The north winds bring in good fishing resulting in good catches of coho when trolling outside the breakwall and towards Lonesome Point. Limits of whitefish were taken off the breakwall with a single egg. A couple steelhead were also caught.
Two Hearted River: Water levels were dropping, and the steelhead action was good for those using spawn.
Detour: All the boat docks have been put in at both launches in Detour Village, but no anglers had been out.
Drummond Island: Had good reports of yellow perch caught in Scott Bay in 6 feet with shiners or a small piece of crawler. Anglers were getting some 8- to 10-inch fish but many were throw backs. The ice in Maxton Bay is gone and the dock is in at the DNR launch. Perch were caught from the Monahan Dock at the end of Tourist Road.
Cedarville and Hessel: A few anglers were targeting perch in Cedarville Bay; however no fish were caught. At Hessel, those looking for splake should try the marina and fishing pier. Fish were taken on both artificial and natural spawn when drifting under the docks in the marina or with frozen smelt just off the bottom. Perch were caught off the finger docks in the Hessel Marina. Try minnows or small worms off docks 13 and 15.
Carp River: Was still a bit high and muddy. A couple of steelhead were caught but no big numbers yet.