Warm temperatures brought out more anglers in Northern Michigan looking to get that one last fishing trip in. Those targeting the inland lakes did manage to catch a few bass, pike, walleye, perch and other panfish, including bluegills and crappie. The muskie bite is starting to pick up. Water levels on the rivers remain low and clear, which makes fishing much more difficult.
All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license. If you’re headed out fishing, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if you’re feeling well. Practice proper social distancing (at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household) and keep a face-covering handy for when social distancing cannot be maintained. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Platte River: Is producing a light number of steelhead.
Frankfort: Pier and surf anglers are catching steelhead on spawn.
Betsie River: Is producing some steelhead.
Manistee Lake: In Kalkaska County saw more anglers as walleye fishing was picking up. Most anglers were trolling a crawler harness or crankbait while paying close attention to their trolling speed. As the water temperature drops, many will switch to crankbaits and target the top 10 feet.
Manistee: Shore anglers fishing the surf have caught some steelhead. Pier anglers are also targeting steelhead and whitefish when the weather permits.
Manistee River: Anglers are getting steelhead below Tippy Dam; however, they are having to work a little harder to get them as the water levels are low and clear. A few coho were still being caught up near Tippy Dam as well. In the upper river, anglers were targeting steelhead. Try casting blue wing olives in the quiet water along the banks on cloudy days.
Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing from the “Black Bottom” north to the Center Reef. Catch rates were spotty, as some reported fair to good catches while others caught little or no fish. Those fishing the “Black Bottom” were jigging minnows and crawlers along the east bank, while those trolling had stick baits or a crawler harness in 8 to 20 feet. Up near the Center Reef, anglers were trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 15 to 30 feet.
St. Marys River: Was producing walleye, pike and smallmouth bass. Those trolling and casting in Munuscong Bay have caught muskie.