Michigan Fishing Report April 21: Cold Spell Impacts Conditions

Whether you’re heading out to Petoskey in the Northwest Lower Peninsula or Munising in the Upper Peninsula, view the current fishing conditions for the week of April 14 from the Michigan DNR.

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.

All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Petoskey:  The docks are in at the public launch however boat effort remains light. A couple boats fished the Harbor Springs side of the Bay. Those fishing the mouth of the river did not catch much other than some planted brown trout. Those fishing off the beach and breakwall caught a couple pike on spawn and crankbaits.

Bear River: Water levels were a bit above average. Steelhead are there however catch rates were hit-or-miss. Most anglers are using spawn bags, beads and flies. Suckers are still in the system.

Harbor Springs: The docks were not in at the public launch. One boat looking for perch had no luck. Lake trout were found outside the bay in 40 to 50 feet.

Frankfort: Lake trout were caught straight out and to the north when trolling body baits and spin-glo’s. Water temperatures are still on the cool side.

Onekama: Lake trout were caught in the “Barrel” with spin-glo’s near the bottom.

Lake Missaukee: Was producing some crappie before the cold spell.

Manistee: Fishing was slow for those out trolling. A few lake trout and the odd brown trout were caught south of the harbor. Pier anglers targeting trout had no luck however a few suckers were caught on crawlers.

Manistee River: Anglers are catching steelhead and suckers.

Ludington: Lake trout were caught north and south of the harbor in 45 to 60 feet. A couple coho, brown trout and the rare Cisco were also caught. Brown trout were caught off Big Sable Point. Pier anglers had no luck on spawn or when casting spoons.

Pere Marquette River: The steelhead action is slowing down.

Pentwater: Coho were caught off the piers.

Pentwater Lake: Was producing some perch.

Upper Peninsula

Ontonagon: Strong winds have stopped boat anglers from heading out. When they did get out, a few anglers trolling did well while most only picked up a fish here and there.  Some steelhead were caught but there were no reports of fish in the rivers yet. Large schools of smelt were seen at the mouth of the Ontonagon River; however smaller streams have not seen any smelt.

Little Bay De Noc: Boat anglers continue to catch yellow perch near Kipling.

Manistique River: Has a good number of steelhead in the system.

Indian Lake: Was producing some perch.

Au Train: Boat anglers were getting some limit catches of coho along with the occasional Chinook. Water temperatures were about 34 degrees.

Munising: Shore and pier anglers report slow fishing with only a few coho and splake caught. Boat anglers trolling within the bay caught a few coho. A few limit catches of mainly coho with the occasional steelhead or brown trout were reported in Trout Bay up near Chapel Beach.

Grand Marais: Limits of whitefish along with a few coho averaging 12 inches have been caught. Most are using eggs for whitefish and spawn sacs for coho.

Steelhead are in rivers and the majority may be done spawning. Smelt were found in Sable Creek.

St. Marys River: Perch fishing was picking up on the upper river.

Drummond Island: Perch fishing started to pick up in Scott’s Bay.