River anglers are on the water; however, others are getting their ice fishing gear ready to go as they wait for the transition from open water to ice fishing. Some of the lakes are starting to get skim ice however there is no safe ice yet.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
St. Joseph: Had good steelhead fishing for pier and shore anglers. Whitefish are in around the piers. Try a single egg just off the bottom.
St. Joseph River: Is still producing steelhead. With the colder weather, try smaller presentations and light line. The fish ladders are now closed as movement declines significantly when the water temperature drops below 45 degrees.
South Haven: Is producing whitefish for those fishing at night. Good steelhead action for both pier anglers and those surfcasting.
Kalamazoo River: Has good steelhead fishing with fresh fish in the system.
Grand Haven: Pier anglers and those surfcasting are catching steelhead. Whitefish are in and around the piers. Better fishing is usually at night or early morning.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Most of the ladders along the Grand are now closed however the ladder at Sixth Street is always open. Steelhead are still being caught including some bright silver fish. Anglers will want to use smaller lures and light line especially in the colder weather.
Muskegon: Pier anglers are catching whitefish.
Muskegon River: Has good steelhead fishing with lots of fresh fish. Some are floating spawn while others are fly fishing.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Not much to report this week as winter has hit full force. The inland lakes are starting to ice up however there is no safe ice yet.
Boardman River: Steelhead are still around for those seeking trout.
Betsie River: Has good steelhead fishing. Anglers are using trout beads and a single egg. The best fishing was between the Homestead Dam and US-31.
Manistee: Pier and surf anglers are taking steelhead. Some are casting small spoons and spinners while others are floating spawn.
Manistee River: Water levels were dropping and clarity was improving. Steelhead are being caught in both the Big Manistee and the Little Manistee.
Pere Marquette River: Still has a good number of steelhead and some brown trout