Anglers are reminded that ice shanties on Lake St. Clair must be removed by sunset on Sunday, Feb. 23rd. Inland lakes around the state are covered in deep snow and slush. Travel is extremely difficult.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
Inland lakes continue to produce some bluegills in the morning and evening. Yellow perch action picked up on sunny days. Northern pike are becoming more active as it gets closer to spring.
St. Joseph River: Steelhead activity should pick up with the brief warm up. Those fishing near the Berrien Springs Dam have caught fish.
Kalamazoo River: Has shelf ice but those fishing up near the Allegan Dam have caught the occasional steelhead and walleye.
Gull Lake: Was producing a better number of smelt for those fishing in deeper water at night. The better perch and pike fishing are usually around Island Park.
Gun Lake: Has bluegill, crappie, perch and walleye.
Duck Lake: In Calhoun County was producing some pike for those spearing.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has a good number of steelhead. Anglers are using a jig and wax worm, spawn bags or Hot-n-Tots. Walleye can be found from the dam all the way down. They are hitting on white bucktail jigs and 3 inch twister tails. There was no ice coming down the river at this time.
Reeds Lake: Was good for perch, bluegill, crappie and pike.
Muskegon River: Is full of steelhead. Anglers have taken limit catches right along with the occasional brown trout.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Grand Traverse Bay: The West Bay was producing good catches of lake trout. Whitefish were caught in both bays.
Lake Leelanau: Those using tip-ups have caught some nice pike.
Lake Cadillac: Crappie anglers are fishing off Kenwood Park. Those targeting walleye have actually caught some nice crappie on tip-ups. For pike and perch, try the southeast side of the lake.
Lake Mitchell: Is finally producing some bluegills. The better fishing was at the mouth of Big Cove.
Manistee River: Steelhead can be found in the pockets and pools. Most anglers are now using minnow patterns. Below High Bridge the river is iced up and not fishable.
Pere Marquette River: Is producing steelhead and some brown trout. Look for the fast water and try to get away from the shelf ice.