Skim ice is starting to appear on some of the inland lakes, especially in the northern sections of the state, the DNR said in its weekly fishing report. It says now is the time of year to start getting ready for ice fishing season.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
St. Joseph River: Water levels are up so anglers could see more fish moving in. Try small spoons in orange and silver or blue and silver, Rapalas, small spinners, or floating spawn and wax worms under a bobber.
Grand Haven: Pier anglers are catching whitefish while jigging along the pier. Best luck is had when fishing after dark.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has very good steelhead fishing. Those fishing off the wall are floating a wax worm under a bobber. Those fishing on the ladder side are floating spawn just off the bottom.
Muskegon River: Is producing good numbers of steelhead below Croton Dam. Try casting small spoons, spinners, and rapalas or floating spawn and flies.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Betsie River: Continues to produce steelhead. Try flies, spoons or spawn.
Manistee: Those surfcasting or fishing off the piers have caught steelhead in the early morning or evening.
Manistee River: Continues with good steelhead action as more fish moved up into the river.
Little Manistee River: Is producing steelhead between the Johnson Bridge and Manistee Lake.
Pere Marquette River: Has good steelhead action in the lower river. Anglers are drifting spawn or flies.