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With most of the statewide creel clerks done working for the year, updates for the report are very limited. Few anglers had been out, as strong, gusty winds coupled with rain and snow over the last week kept anglers off the big waters and most of the inland lakes. Water levels were low and clear, making it much harder for those targeting steelhead in some rivers. Warm and sunny weather this week will be great for fishing but will change up fishing conditions once again. 

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

Manistee: Pier and shore anglers are targeting steelhead when using spawn. Pier anglers managed to hook a couple whitefish when using a single egg or wax worm.   

Manistee River: Anglers were getting some steelhead, but the action has slowed. Most were using flies and beads. Water levels are low and clear, which makes steelhead fishing very tough. 

Ludington: When they could get out safely, pier anglers did manage to catch some steelhead.   

Pere Marquette River: More anglers are out targeting steelhead, especially in the lower river. Most were using spawn and beads.

Upper Peninsula

There were no weekly updates available for this region of the state. If any updates for the area are received in the future, they will be posted in the report. 

Photo(s) by Anna Marie