Though the weather was cooler for the openers, anglers did catch trout, walleye and pike. Rain this week will raise water levels and hamper fishing once again.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Harbor Springs: Had no boat anglers and very few have been fishing from the docks or piers. There was no dock in at the boat launch.
Petoskey: The docks are in at the boat launch, however no boats had been out. The Bear River had a good push of steelhead as fish were reported between the dam and the mouth. There was quite a bit of fishing pressure at the dam. Water levels at the dam were still high. Most were using spawn, beads or flies. A good number of suckers are in the river for spawning.
Charlevoix: There was no dock in at the small township launch near the Medusa Weir. No anglers had been out as it has been too cold and windy.
Lake Charlevoix: Though most of the docks are in the water now at the Ferry Beach launch, the fish cleaning station was still closed.
Traverse City: Cold. windy weather has limited angler access on the East Bay. Water temperatures are still cold. Fishing was slow on the Elk River with only a couple steelhead caught at the dam. A couple nice steelhead were caught at the kid’s pond. On the West Bay, perch fishing was very good in Northport as good numbers of some nice-size fish have been caught on minnows. A few walleye were also caught. Those targeting perch in Suttons Bay, south of Elmwood Marina and in Bowers Harbor near Power Island had no luck. The Boardman River steelhead bite started to slow but a few were caught at the dam.
Frankfort: Those trolling around the pierheads and in Betsie Bay caught several lake trout and a few brown trout on body baits. Pier anglers reported slow catch rates with water temperatures still in the high 30s to low 40s.
Onekama: Those trolling the shoreline in 15 to 25 feet caught a good number of lake trout along with a few young Chinook on rapalas, jointed body baits and small spoons.
Portage Lake: Is cold. Only a couple perch and bluegill were caught.
Manistee: Surface temperature readings were near 42 degrees. Perch fishing slowed but some were still being caught off the pier with minnows and wigglers. Boat anglers caught a few walleye in the channel when jigging with artificial baits. Those trolling in 6 to 12 feet outside the piers caught lake trout and a few brown trout on body baits.
Manistee River: The trout opener was slow because of cold water temperatures and higher water levels. A few fish were caught in the deeper holes. Fishing on the Little Manistee was also slow.
Hamlin Lake: Had very few anglers. Those that did make it out caught a few bass and the occasional pike. Bluegills along with a few perch and crappie were caught at the far south end near Tamarac Village. Those looking for perch on the north end had no luck. Water levels were still a few inches below the normal summer levels and the water was still cold at 48 degrees.
Ludington: The fish cleaning station remains closed. Those trolling caught lake trout in 10 to 30 feet and brown trout in 6 to 12 feet with spoons and body baits.
Copper Harbor: Both Copper and Eagle Harbor were open water.
Keweenaw Bay: The ice is gone, and fishing was good. Those trolling stick baits in 5 to 40 feet did well for coho, brown trout and splake. The whitefish action was slow. In Huron Bay, the fishing pressure was low. Only a few splake were caught and released.
A few lake trout were caught off the South Portage Entry. Finding them was hard but once you do, they are hungry. Smelt are schooled up but not in the rivers yet.
Marquette: Boat anglers are picking up coho from the Lower Harbor to the Chocolay River when trolling spoons and stick baits in 20 to 50 feet. Brown trout and the odd Chinook salmon have also been caught. Coho and the odd splake were caught off the breakwall. Fishing on the Dead and Carp Rivers was limited due to high water.
Chocolay River: Anglers managed to pick up a couple steelhead and brown trout. Suckers moving into the river to spawn were also caught. Most anglers are using spawn and worms, but some were trying spinners and small spoons.
Little Bay De Noc: The ice is finally gone, and the docks are in. The rivers are still running fast throughout the area. Fair perch catches were reported between the Day’s River and the Vagabond Resort with minnows, wigglers and crawlers in 10 to 30 feet or between the Second and Third Reefs in 30 feet. Smallmouth bass are starting to show up at the mouth of the Ford River for catch and release fishing. Steelhead anglers have struggled with the fast water. A few catches were reported on the Day’s River near the golf course.
Manistique River: With four gates open and water flowing very fast, angler participation has dropped. Water levels were probably 3 feet higher than normal and most of the river was unfishable. There are good numbers of steelhead in the river and a few were caught, however landing them in the fast water is difficult.
Munising: Strong winds blew most of the ice out, however there was still some floating ice within the bay. Ice had pushed up on shore near the Anna River and from the east shoreline up to Sand Point and through the east channel. The docks are in at Brown's Public Launch. A few boats did get out and did well for coho with limit catches reported.
Anglers caught coho along with the occasional brown trout or splake out near Five Mile Point. A few smelt were running in area streams.
Grand Marais: Still had some floating ice which should be gone by the end of the week. Boat and pier anglers were doing well for coho and were taking limits of whitefish. Anglers were trolling spoons and shallow-running stick baits from the harbor to Carpenter Creek and from the Sucker River to Lonesome Point and beyond. A few brown trout and steelhead were also caught. Pier anglers did well for coho, steelhead and brown trout with spawn. Limits of whitefish were also caught with a single egg. The ice cap at the end of the pier was pretty much gone. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Sucker River caught a couple steelhead, however the boat and pier fishing were much better. Those targeting Menominee at the mouth of the river had no luck. Smelt anglers were taking a few fish in area streams.
Two Hearted River: Has steelhead but water levels are high. Access in this area is good now. For shore anglers looking for brook trout, area streams are still high.
Detour: The ice and snow are completely gone from the launches. The Coast Guard has reported that all ice is gone from the locks in Sault Ste. Marie downstream as far as the Detour Lighthouse. There were no docks in the water at any of the launches.
Cedarville and Hessel: The snow and ice is gone from the public launch on Meridian Road in Cedarville. There is a dock in at the launch. At Hessel, fishing effort increased at the Hessel Marina where good catches of splake were taken by boat and shore anglers. Splake were caught in Hessel Bay when trolling northwest of Haven Island with blue and chrome or blue and white slender crank baits with a red head 8 feet down in 14 to 20 feet. There were reports of perch being caught one mile east of the Hessel Marina in 8 feet.