Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow but those fishing out from the Falls River did catch a few whitefish and burbot. The occasional perch or splake were caught at the head of the bay and a few lake trout were taken out from the old Tire Shop.
Falls River: Is producing a few rainbow trout for those using spawn bags. Water temperatures was 33 degrees.
Munising: Catch rates were fair to poor. Those out fishing need to use caution when walking on the ice. Numerous holes, especially near the Anna River and Sand Point, may be hidden by thin layers of ice and snow. Open water near the beach at Sand Point was expanding. Salmon were caught in the eastern half of the bay. Try jigging spoons 20 to 30 feet down. Recent reports indicate that some bigger whitefish were moving into the shallows. For splake, try near Sand Point or the Anna River. Catch rates in Trout Bay were poor.
Two-Hearted River: Was producing an occasional steelhead.
Little Bay De Noc: Spring like weather did start to show signs that the ice was starting to break up. Ice around the shoreline was starting to open up but there was still enough ice for fishing. Perch fishing was fair near Kipling which is the only area being fished at this time. Try minnows or wigglers in six to 35 feet. Rivers in the area are starting to break up. The Rapid River and the Day’s River are cresting or near flood stage.
Ford River: Water levels are very high with large ice dams throughout. The gates are open at the first dam so water flow is very fast. Avoid the river at this time.
Big Bay De Noc: Had no angler reports. Travel on the ice was difficult. The Sturgeon, Fish Dam and Ogontz rivers are partially breaking up with high water levels. At Fairport, there is open water in the middle but the launches are not open.
Cedarville and Hessel: Still has ice fishing in Hessel Bay. Catch rates were fair to good in six to 10 feet along the east end and off the north shore. Musky Bay has improved with bigger perch hitting.
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NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Rogers City: The marina still had some ice but hopefully it will be open by the end of the week. The rocks still had ice but the end of the marina where the boats go out is one area where anglers could cast a line.
Alpena: Anglers are starting to come out however ice was still preventing access to the Lake Huron.
Thunder Bay River: Is open, all the ice is gone. The water was high, muddy and had debris coming down after the rain. The access site on Fletcher Street is open and a dock is in. The marina was still iced up but the ice is going fast. Steelhead are being caught but anglers are waiting for some fresh fish to come in.
Harrisville: The harbor has opened up enough to get small boats out. It will be hard to launch larger boats because the docks are not in yet. Steelhead and walleye should be in and around the harbor. The water level is up and there is a nice flow from the creek which seems to bring fish in.
Oscoda: A few walleye have been caught off the pier.
AuSable River: Water levels are up and the current was fast. The bite was a bit on the slow side as it appears the fish seem to be holding out for something more appealing. Those in drift boats seem to have better luck. Anglers are using spawn, body baits, flies, spinners, spoons and wax worms.
Higgins Lake: The remaining ice is no longer safe. The shoreline has opened up.
Houghton Lake: Still has ice however it is no longer safe. The East Bay and the canals have opened up but no one is fishing as water temperatures are too cold.
Rifle River: Continues to produce a fair to good number of suckers.
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A few inland lakes were starting to open up but many were still 75 percent covered. Rivers and streams in the region were at or near flood stage. Fishing will be almost impossible until water levels recede.
Traverse City: The East Bay had too much ice cover for boats but not enough for ice fishing. On the West Bay, an area near the Boardman River had enough open water for those surfcasting or boats accessing via the river. Catch rates were slow.
Elk River: Steelhead fishing was slow. It looks like the spring run will likely be a couple weeks later than usual this year because of cold water temperatures. Elk Lake and Skegemog Lake still had ice.
Boardman River: Had slow fishing with only the occasional steelhead or brown trout caught on spawn bags or jigs tipped with wax worms, wigglers or scented plastics. High water levels will make fishing more difficult.
Platte Bay: Was open but that could change in a day’s time.
Platte River: Is producing some of the darker hold-over fish between the bridge at Pioneer Road and Henry Street. Some fresh fish have moved in and were seen in the holes near the El Dorado Access site.
Frankfort: Betsie Bay is clear but there is still some ice moving around in the channel and between the piers. Anglers are fishing off both the Elberta and Frankfort piers when the wind allows. The boat launch is operational but the docks are not in. Those trolling body baits in the bay have caught some brown trout.
Onekama: Is unfishable. Ice flow has the channel and the piers locked up.
Portage Lake: Over half the lake is still covered in ice however it is not safe.
Manistee: Boats trolling the shoreline are catching brown trout on spoons and body baits. Orange and yellow were good colors. Pier anglers using spawn have caught a few brown trout. The dock was in at the Arthur Street ramp but not the First Street ramp.
Manistee River: Continues to offer good steelhead fishing below Tippy Dam. Anglers are bottom bouncing and floating eggs or fly fishing.
Ludington: Brown trout have been caught by pier anglers using spawn and by those trolling the shoreline with orange spoons or body baits. The docks are not in yet at the Loomis Street Launch.
Pere Marquette River: Had high water levels but steelhead were still caught.
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Lake Erie: Boat anglers are heading out but catch rates were slow.
Huron River: Is producing the occasional steelhead up near Flat Rock.
Detroit River: When the weather cooperates, walleye fishing is in full swing. A lot of limit catches were reported with numerous large females in the mix. The usual areas from the lower river at Trenton all the way up to Belle Isle are producing fish.
Lake St. Clair: Some docks are in at the access sites but windy conditions have kept anglers on shore. Anglers will also find muddy water conditions for a few days as the wind has really stirred things up.
St. Clair River: Some good walleye reports are coming from Port Huron and Algonac. Some have caught the occasional trout or salmon as well.
Lexington: The ice just went out of the harbor. Pier anglers have caught coho, steelhead and brown trout when casting small spoons. A lot of minnows are starting to enter the harbor which is a sure sign of spring.
Harbor Beach: The ice is gone. Anglers will want to get their boats on the water soon so they can take advantage of trout and salmon in close to shore. Pier anglers caught steelhead, coho and brown trout when casting small spoons.
Saginaw Bay: Fishing was just getting started with lots of suckers being caught in the rivers. Perch were caught in the cuts and canals and some walleye were taken off the mouth of several area rivers. Then the rain cameand now the rivers are at or above flood stage so fishing is just about impossible. Muddy water near the mouth of the rivers will make walleye fishing more difficult.
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St. Joseph River: Limits of coho were caught at the mouth when boats can get out. Crappie fishing was fair to good near the dams.
Kalamazoo River: Has good steelhead fishing at the Allegan Dam.
Calhoun County: Suckers are running in area creeks.
Grand Haven: Ice around the piers is finally gone but fishing was slow with only the occasional brown trout caught. One boat was trolling the channel and around the piers.
Grand River in Grand Rapids: Is producing a fair to good number of steelhead below the Sixth Street Dam. Boat anglers are bottom bouncing with yarn and flies or floating spawn bags. Shore anglers are casting wobble glows. Pink, chartreuse and white were good colors.
Grand River in Lansing: More anglers are heading out but few fish were caught.
Maple River: Dip netting has begun and a few suckers are being caught. Water levels were up so anglers need to use caution.
Muskegon: Water around the piers has opened up. Those using spawn caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout.
Muskegon Lake: The Cottage Grove boat launch is closed due to dredging.
Muskegon River: Has extremely high water levels and the flow is fast and dangerous. Anglers should avoid the river until the water levels recede.