State fishing report: Coho, steelhead, brown trout hitting in GH

LANSING (AP) - Spring fishing is getting started, at least in most of the Lower Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says. In its weekly fishing report Wednesday, the department said anglers should look for catch rates to improve as temperatures rise and the state gets more rain. Ice conditions are deteriorating on a daily basis now, so anglers need to use extreme caution up north.
Apr 8, 2011


St. Joseph: Boat and pier anglers continue to take limits of coho along with a few brown trout.
St. Joseph River: Continues to produce steelhead and a few brown trout.
South Haven: Boat and piers anglers were taking limits of coho along with a few brown trout.
Kalamazoo River: Still has good steelhead movement from the mouth to the dam.
Grand Haven: Was producing the occasional coho, steelhead or brown trout.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead is the word with good numbers of fish being caught on spawn, flies and yarn. Orange, pink and chartreuse were good colors. Try to 6 to 10 foot leaders with extra weight up near the dam.
Muskegon: Catch rates were hit-or-miss for pier anglers but some did manage to catch steelhead, brown trout or coho. Most were using spawn.
Muskegon River: Water levels are high and muddy. Steelhead are still being caught but fishing was a bit more challenging with the current conditions.

Manistee: Two docks are in at the First Street Launch. Boat anglers have caught some brown trout and steelhead when trolling the shoreline with small spoons or jointed body baits. Pier anglers caught fish when using fresh spawn.
Manistee River: The recent rain and snow melt should help push more fish into the river. This could be the weekend that anglers have been waiting for.
Ludington: Has one dock in on Loomis Street. Those trolling the shoreline have caught steelhead and brown trout. Try body baits in natural colors. Pier fishing has been slow.
Pere Marquette River: Fishing was slow and water levels were low. Rain in the forecast should help. Anglers are drifting flies on the gravel from Rainbow Rapids to the Lower Branch Bridge.
Pentwater: Catch rates off the piers were hit-or-miss.
Pentwater River: Steelhead anglers had better luck as fish have already moved up into the river.


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