Reports are few this week, as temperature changes have once again hampered fishing conditions. Very few have come out with extremely cold temperatures. Strong winds have kept dock fishermen at bay. While ice can form on the upper peninsula, the lower peninsula will take a little longer.
Lake Erie: The launch of the Metro Park is still open and has docks inside. When they can go out, boat fishermen catch the pike perch in Brest Bay when fishing for crank baits. Those looking for panfish used wax worms in canals and marinas.
Huron River: fishermen still occasionally receive steel heads. Most threw small spoons or spinners.
Detroit River: fishermen on the coast have caught blue gills and some perch in the marinas. The action of the perch has been slow, but the fish are dripping slowly. Those who fish around Grosse Ile have also caught some fish.
Lake St. Clair: I had some encouraging catches of pike perch along the southern end of the lake when fishing with bait. The docks on the ramps will be removed soon.
St. Clair River: It had some fishermen on boats fishing or fishing with pike perch just above and just below the bridge in Port Huron. Capture rates were slow.
As of this report, there really is no safe ice in the area. Most of the inland lakes had open water and if there is ice, it is not safe ice.
St. Joseph River: Walleye fishermen are having some success, and occasionally you can find Steelhead. Steelhead's fall race is almost over, as very few fish were observed on the fish scales this week.
The fish stairs will remain open throughout the winter; However, previous research has shown that few fish move upstream after the water temperature drops below 40 degrees. The live fish chamber on the Berrien Springs fish ladder is suspended during winter and will be reactivated in early March when the spring springhead race begins.
Kalamazoo River: fishermen have occasionally captured the Steelhead.
Grand River in Grand Rapids: water levels rose once again with greater flow. Steelhead's fishing was irregular when the water temperature dropped. Those who used accounts still received some. Try fishing in the deepest holes.
Muskegon Lake: the docks have been thrown at the launch of Grand Trunk, so fishermen must bring mosquitoes. The gizzard shad schools slowed the pike perch bite; however, those who stumbled about 25 feet down along the ledges and along the southern end near the Milwaukee Clipper have captured some. Perch should move for winter at any time.
Muskegon River: water levels remained high after the last rain. The capture rates were irregular; However, you can still find the occasional steel head.
Very little to report, since most are waiting for safe ice.
Thunder Bay River: it had very little fishing activity under the dam on Novena Street. It is always worth trying the area at this time of year for a possible steel head.
Au Sable River: Occasionally produces steel heads and some brown trouts.
Houghton Lake: I had no ice fishermen since ice was not safe. There are open waters facing the north coast and the Heights. The northern bay is wide open. Those who fished in open water at the Reedsburg dam caught a couple of nonsense.
Lake St. Helen: a couple of fishermen who fished in shallow waters caught some blue gills, the type of fish and the strange pike perch. Caution must be taken.
There is not much to report. The rivers were still high and harder to fish for that. A few Steelhead were still being captured. There was no fishing ice in the inland lakes.
Manistee River: Steelhead can still be found on the right day when using egg flies or beads. The occasional fresh fish has also been caught.
The ice conditions were still bad. While most of the inland lakes were covered with ice, recent snowfalls of a couple of inches have isolated it, resulting in very poor conditions. Those who want to go out and fish on the ice should exercise extreme caution. There is no ice in Munising Bay or in any of the areas near the shore of Lake Superior or Lake Huron.
Little Bay De Noc: Some fishermen fished on the ice; however, they are found only in shallow waters and do not venture far. Extreme caution must be taken.
Fishing tip: pike perch goal throughout the day
When fishermen aim at the pike eye through the ice, they often experience different levels of activity as the day progresses. Early in the morning, near dawn, the fish will be active, and you may want to use larger lures and more aggressive jigging. As time passes, those fish will reduce their intensity; During that time, you'll want to select smaller lures.
When all activity seems to have diminished, you will want to consider sitting down and waiting for the fish to come to you. Then, as the sunset approaches, often its activity will increase and you will want to return to your early morning strategies.
Do you want even more advice about pike perch fishing? Check out the walleye page on the DNR website.
This report is intended to give you an idea of what is happening throughout the state. Updates come from Fishing staff and Conservation Officers. With more than 11,000 inland lakes, the Great Lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, not all places can be listed. However, it is safe to say that if a species is being captured in some waters of the area, it is likely that they will be caught in all waters of that section of the state that have that species.
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