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Michigan fishing report 4-28-10

April 28, 2010 at 09:53 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Walleye and pike fishing has been fair to good and should only get better, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment said Wednesday.

Crappie fishing has slowed, but the bluegill bite has started to pick up and the catfish are active, the DNRE said in its weekly recreational fishing report.

Lake Erie: Strong east winds caused muddy conditions. Despite the bad weather, a few walleye were caught in Brest Bay in 20 feet of water when trolling crawler harnesses or crank baits.

Huron River: The water is up and a few walleye and leftover steelhead were caught near the bridge on Telegraph Road. Largemouth, smallmouth and white bass were caught on white twister tails, jigs or flies.

Detroit River: Those jigging or hand-lining caught a few walleye.

Lexington: The fish were scattered and catch rates were slower. Some lake trout were caught in 25 feet of water and steelhead in 50 feet of water.

Harbor Beach: Had good lake trout fishing in 35 to 60 feet of water when trolling spoons or body baits straight and north of the harbor. Good colors were blue, gray, and chartreuse. Salmon were caught with regular and magnum spoons or body baits with offshore boards and downriggers. Blue, green, purple and silver were good colors. For brown trout, fish close to shore with long lines and boards however watch for the big rocks. Try body baits or medium spoons in silver and blue or perch colors.

Saginaw Bay: Most fishing activity was near the mouth of the Saginaw River, especially in windy conditions. Walleye were caught on jigs baited with crawlers. The Hot Pond was producing a few walleye for those using jigs or crank baits. Near Quanicassee, catch rates for walleye improved on the Callahan Reef. Boat anglers were fishing in 3 to 12 feet of water with crawler harnesses and crank baits.

Sebewa ing: Not much activity while boat anglers wait for the channel markers to go in. A few crappie were caught in the marina. Anglers are reminded that fishing will not be allowed from the docks after May 1. Areas away from the boats will remain open to fishing.

Bay Port: Anglers caught a few crappie at the public access site and Bay Shore Marina.

Caseville: Pier anglers caught a few walleye, trout or salmon.

Tittabawassee River: The walleye opener was good but not outstanding, with no limits taken. The fish spooked easily because of the clear water and many appear to have dropped back to Saginaw Bay after spawning about a week earlier than normal. The better fishing was downstream from Imerman Park near State Street.

Saginaw River: Walleye fishing was particularly good for both boat and shore anglers around the bridges in Bay City.

Quanicassee River: Has been producing some walleye. Limits were not the rule but everyone seemed to catch some fish. S hore anglers caught pike.

The crappie bite on the inland lakes has slowed as it usually does this time of year. Anglers fishing the channels were catching bluegills on rubber spiders.

St. Joe: Trout and salmon fishing were slow, but pier anglers were catching freshwater drum and catfish on the river side.

St. Joe River: Steelhead fishing was slow. A few fish were caught by those drifting wobble glos, small spoons or body baits.

South Haven: Catch rates for trout and salmon were slow.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers who could get out were perch fishing. The fish are scattered in small groups, making it hard for boats to anchor on schools of fish. Some anglers were getting limits while others struggled. Try minnows, spikes and wigglers in various depths near the bathhouse at the State Park. Pier anglers caught a few trout or salmon. Most were using spawn or alewife for bait.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The walleye opener was good for those drifting crawlers with drift socks. Channel catfish were caught all along the river when using small bluegills, crawlers, chicken liver or cut-up suckers. Northern pike action was good for those casting big spinners, rapalas and body baits of floating suckers. Smallmouth bass were hitting on leeches. Crappie could be found in the backwaters. Bluegills were caught on leaf worms. Flatheads and channel catfish were caught off Fulton Street, Wealthy Street and Bridge Street. Riverside Park was good for bluegill, crappie and pike.

Grand River at Lansing: The walleye opener was a bit slow but the smallmouth bass fishing was good near Eaton Rapids and below the North Lansing Dam. Moore’s Park was good for channel catfish. The best spot for crappie and bluegill is the Waverly Road Bridge.

Maple River: Most anglers were fishing for flathead and channel catfish near Maple Rapids.

Lake Ovid: Is produci ng some nice catfish but the bass were small.

Sessions Lake: Reported good crappie fishing.

Morrison Lake: Still has good crappie fishing. The fish are off the beds and have moved to waters 6 to 12 feet deep.

Reeds Lake: The bigger bluegills were still in the cattails and lily pads. Those fly fishing with white flies in the early morning or evening did best. Crappie were 15 feet down in 30 feet of water near the island. Perch were caught in 20 to 40 feet of water when dead drifting. Largemouth bass were caught on chrome and black or chrome and blue rattle traps. Pike anglers did well when slow trolling with live suckers.

Muskegon: Walleye anglers have been successful off the short pier when casting spoons. Those trolling north of the port in 8 to 12 feet of water caught brown trout on black and gold rapalas. No perch to report.

Mullett Lake: The docks are in at public acces s site and the DNRE access site on the east side of the lake and are ready for use. Surface temperatures have ranged from the high 40s in the north to the low 50s in the south near Pigeon Bay and the Indian River. High winds have made boating difficult. Walleye fishing remains closed until May 15. Those targeting northern pike were still-fishing in 8 feet of water in Pigeon Bay. Trout anglers were trolling stick baits in 6 to 15 feet of water off Red Pine Point but no fish were caught.

Rogers City: Few boat anglers have been out because of the strong winds. The fish cleaning station is currently closed.

Alpena: Boat activity has started to pick up, but catch rates were not good for those targeting salmon, steelhead and walleye. A few suckers were caught.

Thunder Bay River: Steelhead fishing has been slow and the sucker run is pretty much done. Some large steelhead are there for the taking, so try black or brown artificial flies. The best tactic is to wade i nto the river and cast close to the dam where the spawning holes are. Be extremely careful because the bottom is uneven. Small brown trout were still being caught. Smallmouth bass were hitting on artificial flies and rapalas.

Harrisville: The walleye are in and around the harbor. Catch rates were steady with some anglers getting a bonus steelhead or Atlantic salmon. Early morning and late evening were the most productive when using body baits in clown or fire-tiger.

Oscoda: Boat traffic stayed in the river and around the pier. Those fishing off the end of the pier managed to catch brown trout, steelhead and Atlantic salmon.

Au Sable River: Boat traffic picked up with the opening of walleye season. Catch rates were steady early morning and evening with body baits, crawler rigs or spoons.

Higgins Lake: Limits of rainbow trout were caught in shallow waters along the south end of the lake. Try 70 to 80 feet of water along the drop-off for lake trout.

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Houghton Lake: The walleye opener was good for those trolling crank baits or using jigs with leeches. Pike anglers were out but many of the fish were small. The bluegill and crappie bite slowed with the colder weather. Look for the best bite in the afternoon after the sun has warmed the water.

Tawas: Those trolling crawler harnesses and crank baits caught some walleye in the evening in 10 to 25 feet of water. Pier anglers were getting a few walleye on both sides of the harbor. Pike and brown trout were caught on the lake side. Perch anglers were doing a lot of sorting to find a few keepers.

Tawas River: Some walleye were caught in the lower river.

Au Gres: Walleye were caught by those trolling stick baits in 20 to 30 feet of water.

Au Gres River: Those fishing near the Singing Bridge at night caught steelhead and walleye when casting rapalas in the surf.

Traverse City: Th ose fishing the West Bay reported good perch fishing in the deep waters of Suttons Bay. Lake trout fishing was hit-or-miss.

Elk River: Anglers will find fair to good numbers of steelhead in the river bypass.

Boardman River: Steelhead can still be caught when using spawn bags or wax worms. A few walleye were spotted in the weeds near the dam.

Frankfort: Those able to get out in windy conditions caught a few brown trout when trolling just inside the breakwalls with planer boards and body baits. Pier anglers also managed to take a few brown trout.

Betsie River: Steelhead fishing was fair with some fish caught above the U.S. 31 bridge when floating flies on the gravel. The sucker run is pretty much over, but a few fish could still be found between the Homestead Dam and the mouth. Small brown trout were caught above Kurick Road.

Portage Lake: Perch anglers were out, but only small fish in the 5- to 7-inch range were caught. Try wigglers in 15 to 20 f eet of water near the mouth. The northern pike opener was good with some nice fish caught in shallow waters when using spoons, body baits or spinners.

Lake Cadillac: The walleye opener was off to a slow start but the pike anglers did well. Some nice crappie were caught.

Manistee: Steelhead fishing is basically over. Brown trout and a few chinook salmon were caught by those trolling or fishing off the piers. Perch fishing was slow.

Ludington: Boaters were catching brown trout and a few salmon when trolling the shoreline. Pier action was slow for perch and brown trout.

The western U.P. is exceptionally dry. Black crappie are showing up in the shallows of inland lakes while other panfish are waiting in slightly deeper water for stable, warm weather. Many rivers and creeks have sucker runs going on. Some of the cooler streams, including those in the Keweenaw Peninsula, have decent numbers of s teelhead.

Black River Harbor: Windy conditions have stopped many boaters but those venturing out were still picking up a few coho.

Ontonagon: More lake trout are showing up and boat anglers are catching fish in 12 to 40 feet of water. Early morning before the wind picks up is best. Catch rates were spotty for chinook and brown trout.

Marquette: Those fishing the upper harbor caught coho near the breakwall and the bubblers. In the lower harbor, the better catch rates were between the breakwall and the mouth of the Chocolay River. A few lake trout were caught near the white rocks, the Garlic River and toward the Sand Hole. There were reports of limit catches out near Stannard Rock. Water temperatures remain near 42 degrees.

Little Bay De Noc: Perch were caught off the access site at Masonville Road when jigging wigglers in 20 feet of water. South of the Narrows, anglers were still-fishing with worms in 20 to 30 feet of water.

Days River: The bette r steelhead fishing was north of U.S. 2.

Big Bay De Noc: Still had fair to good catches of perch in Garden Bay although the fish were getting smaller. Most were still-fishing with worms in 8 to 10 feet of water near the commercial landing.

Big Fishdam River: Has a good number of white suckers.

Au Train: Still had good coho fishing for those trolling rapalas or spoons. The hot spot was between the Red Rock area and the mouth of the Au Train River. Lake trout were also caught however the fish were somewhat scattered. Anglers did catch some nice brown trout and the occasional chinook salmon.

Munising: Boat anglers reported fair to good catches of coho near Pictured Rocks and in Trout Bay when trolling body baits. Pier and shore anglers caught a few splake but the overall catch rates were slow.

Grand Marais: Coho fishing was fair but steelhead fishing has tapered off. Pier anglers were catching more whitefish along with the occasional menominee. A s ingle egg on a hook works best.

St. Marys River: Pink salmon along with a few small steelhead were still being caught off the bridge on Portage Street when using spawn bags or chrome colored flatfish. Small chinook salmon in the 17- to 19-inch range were caught on the back side of the Edison Power Plant at Sault Ste. Marie when casting chrome Hot-n-Tots. A few yellow perch were caught in some of the bays of Lake Nicolet. Try 4 to 6 feet of water with minnows and worms.

De Tour: A limited number of steelhead were seen below the weir in Albany Creek. Boat anglers were fishing Drummond Island and Scott Bay for perch however catch rates were slow.

Cedarville and Hessel: Angler pressure has been low. Those fishing off the Hessel pier caught small perch and the occasional splake. Anglers are reminded that splake season does not open until May 1st. Those fishing Musky Bay and Cedarville Bay have caught perch however the fish were too small to keep.

Carp Rive r: Anglers are targeting steelhead but the run was slow. Most were still making a day of it by catching white suckers. No word on smelt.

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