High water levels in certain areas are making it difficult for anglers, the DNR said in its weekly fishing report. It said water temperatures in the rivers were still on the cold side, but the warm weather was making way for open water fishing.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Anglers are finding bluegill and black crappie on the inland lakes. Most ramps are open but it may be a couple of weeks before all the docks are in place.
St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing has been good especially down near the Berrien Springs Dam. Quite a few fish are moving through the fish ladders. With the warmer water temperatures, the run will most likely peak soon. Suckers are also starting to show up.
Kalamazoo River: Has good steelhead fishing but the peak of the run could come sooner than later so anglers will want to get out there this week.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has very good steelhead action and fresh fish have moved up into the river. A few walleye were caught and the suckers are moving in.
Muskegon River: Has high water levels which will not only bring fresh fish into the river system but will also make steelhead fishing a little more difficult.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Ice fishing is done in this area of the state. Even though the lakes still had some ice, the rain and warm temperatures will deteriorate conditions rapidly. Anglers should stay off any remaining ice from here on out.
Betsie River: Steelhead fishing is starting to pick up.
Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is starting to pick up as fresh fish move in. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River is closed to fishing until April 1st.
Pere Marquette River: Had higher water levels near Scottville. Steelhead fishing should only get better in the next few weeks.