MI DNR: Steelhead runs could peak this week
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Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:15

Some steelhead runs could peak by the weekend if the weather stays warm, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly Recreational Fishing Report. Suckers continue to run, and the crappie fishing is starting to pick up, the DNR said

But there has been no word of any smelt activity around the state, as the ideal water temperatures are 42 to 44 degrees and most waters are still in the 38- to 40-degree range.

SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Lake Erie: Only a few boats are fishing for walleye, and most of the fish caught have been taken near Turtle Island.

Huron River: Good steelhead fishing continues between Flat Rock and Rockwood. Drifting spawn or flies in egg patterns have worked best.

Detroit River: Very good walleye fishing was reported in the Lower Trenton Channel. Try using jigs with minnows and stinger hooks. Some nice northern pike have been caught in some of the back bays off the river when casting crank baits.

Lake St. Clair: Strong winds have made for rough fishing, so many are staying in the cuts and canals. Try fishing near the mouth of the Clinton River for yellow perch.

St. Clair River: With the river muddy, the fishing has slowed. Once the river clears up, try fishing for coho, brown trout and steelhead.

Lexington: Those fishing at night have caught a few small steelhead and brown trout in the marina.

Saginaw Bay: Good yellow perch fishing off Pine River Road and Palmer Road, but the fish are running small. Walleye were caught off Killarney Beach, near the Hot Ponds, and at the mouth of the KawKawlin River. At Bay Port, small yellow perch and crappie were caught in the Bay Shore Marina. At Caseville, a few suckers and small yellow perch were caught.

Saginaw River: Yellow perch have been caught in front of Bay Aggregate. Some were fishing near Tower Beach Road and catching perch averaging 8 inches.

Pinnebog River: Fair to good sucker action continues, especially near Crescent State Park.

SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

St. Joseph: When boats can get out, they are still catching light numbers of coho, brown trout and steelhead. Most are trolling with planer boards along the shoreline in waters 8 to 30 feet deep. Pier fishing has been hit-or-miss.

St. Joseph River: Fishing has been on the slow side, even though a fair number of fish are still going through the fish ladder at Berrien Springs.

Dowagiac River: There are good numbers of steelhead in the river system, but the fishing has been difficult. It seems those fly fishing with egg or stonefly patterns have done best. Spawn is working for those spin casting.

Grand Haven: Fishing on both the north and south piers has been slow with only a few brown trout caught on spawn. Gizzard shad are schooling around the piers and some anglers are catching them to use for bait, but spawn seems to work best. No word on yellow perch or smelt.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead are still hitting on spawn sacks up near the Sixth Street Dam. Good crappie fishing was also reported. Try fishing waters 3 to 4 feet deep near the rocks and around the brush. Fair to good sucker fishing.

Grand River at Lansing: Crappie are hitting on minnows along the entire river. Catfish have been caught on minnows or wax worms under a bobber.

Muskegon: Both brown trout and steelhead have been caught off the south pier when still-fishing with spawn. Boat anglers have also caught brown trout when trolling with planer boards in waters 7 to 30 feet deep.

Muskegon River: Has good numbers of steelhead, especially between Newaygo and Croton. Some are floating spawn while others are using fly patterns.

Whitehall: Fair to good success when fishing for steelhead and brown trout off the pier. The better catches have come within an hour of sunrise when using spawn.

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Cheboygan: Slow fishing this week, as water temperatures range from 35 to 39 degrees. A few brown trout were caught when trolling planer boards with body baits. Hot colors have been fire-tiger, black and silver, or chartreuse and silver. Best places to troll are south along the shoreline, in Calcite Harbor and in Swan Bay. No reports of any smelt.

Cheboygan: Slow fishing this week, as water temperatures range from 35 to 39 degrees. A few brown trout were caught when trolling planer boards with body baits. Hot colors have been fire-tiger, black and silver, or chartreuse and silver. Best places to troll are south along the shoreline, in Calcite Harbor and in Swan Bay. No reports of any smelt.

Cheboygan River: Steelhead fishing was a little better, but it is still early. Anglers are drifting spawn under a bobber or casting spoons near the dam in Cheboygan.

Ocqueoc River: Steelhead were caught when fishing at least 100 feet away from the lamprey weir and near the mouth of the river.

Alpena: Walleye are starting to show up in the bay. Anglers fishing off the mouth of the river have started to catch the occasional fish, but it is still a bit early.

Au Sable River: Good numbers of steelhead are entering the river. Good fishing was reported near the mouth when floating spawn.

Tawas: Boat anglers have caught some walleye, brown trout and steelhead. Pier anglers have caught small walleye and yellow perch.

Tawas River: Steelhead have been caught on spawn or flies.

Au Gres: A few walleye were caught just off the mouth of the river. Try fishing off Point Lookout and Point Au Gres.

Higgins Lake: The ice is finally gone and the launch sites are open. Boat anglers are starting to troll along the drop-off in 20 to 60 feet of water for brown trout and rainbow trout. Lake trout can be found in 80 to 100 feet of water.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are just starting to catch crappie when fishing in the canals with perch minnows.

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Traverse City: On the East Bay, steelhead were caught on spawn bags near the mouth of Mitchell Creek. Near Elk Rapids, try floating wigglers and wax worms under a bobber for steelhead. Limits of whitefish were caught when jigging spoons in 230 to 240 feet of water near the "Hump" just west of Elk Rapids. On the West Bay, steelhead were caught near the mouth of the river at first light. A good number of whitefish have been caught off Bingham Road and just south of Lee's Point in 240 feet of water. Most of the fish caught were taken when jigging spoons between sunrise and 10 a.m. In Suttons Bay, some nice yellow perch have been caught in limited numbers on minnows and wigglers in 70 to 80 feet of water.

Boardman River: Anglers have caught steelhead, with the better fishing at first light when using spawn bags and wax worms.

Glen Lake: Yellow perch ranging from 8 to 11 inches were caught in 40 to 50 feet of water. No smelt activity to report.

Platte River: Steelhead have been caught below U.S. 31.

Frankfort: Pier fishing has been good, especially for brown trout when using spawn bags. Those trolling near the piers in the morning have also done well using body baits. Steelhead fishing was slow, but a few were caught off the piers.

Betsie River: Water levels are up just a bit, but the river is still fishable. Some steelhead were caught below the Homestead Dam.

Manistee: Slow fishing recently, with only a few brown trout and steelhead taken off the south pier. Boat anglers took a few brown trout when trolling in the harbor or heading south to warmer waters.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead runs are in full swing and should peak by this weekend if the weather stays warm. A good number of anglers are fishing Tippy Dam.

Little Manistee River: The annual egg take at the Little Manistee Weir has started. This means DNR staff will be passing some fish upstream. Anglers can call the DNR hot line at (231) 775-9727, ext. 6072, for the latest updates.

Ludington: Fishing has been slow. A few browns were taken off the south pier on spawn, but no steelhead were caught. Boat anglers have not had much luck, only catching a few brown trout. Try to find water temperatures above 45 degrees. All the docks at the Loomis Launch site have been put in, and the dredging is done.

Ludington: Fishing has been slow. A few browns were taken off the south pier on spawn, but no steelhead were caught. Boat anglers have not had much luck, only catching a few brown trout. Try to find water temperatures above 45 degrees. All the docks at the Loomis Launch site have been put in, and the dredging is done.

Pere Marquette River: Water levels were starting to come down before the rain returned. Fair steelhead fishing was reported by anglers fishing below Custer. Fair to good sucker fishing continues.

Hamlin Lake: Bluegill and crappie are biting. Try fishing the in the bays and canals. Boat anglers are reminded to launch at the State Park because of low water levels at the other launch sites.

Pentwater: Reported some success catching steelhead and brown trout when using spawn bags off the piers. Most fish have been caught within an hour of sunrise.

Pentwater River: Good steelhead fishing was reported just upstream from Longbridge Road.

UPPER PENINSULA

Keweenaw Bay: A few coho were caught off Sand Point. Boats are starting to troll in Traverse Bay just out from the Traverse Marina, but the fishing was slow. Pier anglers are also starting to fish. No smelt activity to report.

Falls River: Good rainbow trout fishing from U.S. 41 down to the mouth.

Menominee River: Excellent walleye catches are taking place along the entire lower river, and a good number of boat and shore anglers are present. Boat anglers are jigging minnows while the shore anglers are casting Rapalas. The occasional brown trout and steelhead have been caught between the Hattie Street Bridge and the First Dam when drifting spawn.

Green Bay: Boat anglers working the area just out from the mouth of the river reported excellent walleye fishing when jigging minnows. Those trolling with Rapalas in 20 feet of water have caught some brown trout and steelhead. Walleye can be found in 10 to 20 feet of water off Stony Point. Brown trout were caught when trolling off J.W. Wells State Park. Anglers can now fish near No-See-Um-Creek for brown trout and splake as this area has open water.

Little Bay De Noc: This is a slow period, as ice is limiting boat access and most of the launch sites were still not open. The only ramp that is open is the North Shore Launch site on the Escanaba River. Boat anglers are fishing for yellow perch near Kipling, but the area is limited due to surrounding ice. Only small perch have been caught when jigging wigglers and spikes.

Big Bay De Noc: No angler reports at this time. The only launch that boats can use is the one at Ogontz, which is open all year.

Marquette: Anglers are fishing in the shallow waters of Lake Superior for coho and brown trout. Boat anglers are trolling with crank baits and small spoons or using jigs in bright colors in waters 6 to 30 feet deep. There have also been rumors of some whitefish being taken near the Ore Dock. Those fishing the Lower Harbor had limited success with only a few coho and splake taken.

Cedarville/Hessel: Anglers are enjoying very good yellow perch fishing on the last ice of the season when fishing in the area of the Les Cheneaux Islands. Some anglers are taking boats across Snows Channel to get on the ice at Duck Bay where perch are hitting on wigglers and wax worms. Use extreme caution on any remaining ice, as it will most likely be gone in the next few days

 
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