Fishing Report

High water makes river fishing difficult
Apr 18, 2014

High water levels and strong flow are putting some rivers at dangerous levels. Some access sites are not accessible and the river banks may be saturated and unstable. Boat anglers will need to watch for floating debris.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: Limits of coho were caught at the mouth when boats can get out. Crappie fishing was fair to good near the dams.

Kalamazoo River: Has good steelhead fishing at the Allegan Dam.

Calhoun County: Suckers are running in area creeks.

Grand Haven: Ice around the piers is finally gone but fishing was slow with only the occasional brown trout caught. One boat was trolling the channel and around the piers.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Is producing a fair to good number of steelhead below the Sixth Street Dam. Boat anglers are bottom bouncing with yarn and flies or floating spawn bags. Shore anglers are casting wobble glows. Pink, chartreuse and white were good colors.

Grand River at Lansing: More anglers are heading out but few fish were caught.

Maple River: Dip netting has begun and a few suckers are being caught. Water levels were up so anglers need to use caution.

Muskegon: Water around the piers has opened up. Those using spawn caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout.

Muskegon Lake: The Cottage Grove boat launch is closed due to dredging.

Muskegon River: Has extremely high water levels and the flow is fast and dangerous. Anglers should avoid the river until the water levels recede.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

A few inland lakes were starting to open up but many were still 75 percent covered. Rivers and streams in the region were at or near flood stage. Fishing will be almost impossible until water levels recede.

Traverse City: The East Bay had too much ice cover for boats but not enough for ice fishing. On the West Bay, an area near the Boardman River had enough open water for those surfcasting or boats accessing via the river. Catch rates were slow.

Elk River: Steelhead fishing was slow. It looks like the spring run will likely be a couple weeks later than usual this year because of cold water temperatures. Elk Lake and Skegemog Lake still had ice.

Boardman River: Had slow fishing with only the occasional steelhead or brown trout caught on spawn bags or jigs tipped with wax worms, wigglers or scented plastics. High water levels will make fishing more difficult.

Platte Bay: Was open but that could change in a day's time.

Platte River: Is producing some of the darker hold-over fish between the bridge at Pioneer Road and Henry Street. Some fresh fish have moved in and were seen in the holes near the El Dorado Access site.

Frankfort: Betsie Bay is clear but there is still some ice moving around in the channel and between the piers. Anglers are fishing off both the Elberta and Frankfort piers when the wind allows. The boat launch is operational but the docks are not in. Those trolling body baits in the bay have caught some brown trout.

Onekama: Is unfishable. Ice flow has the channel and the piers locked up.

Portage Lake: Over half the lake is still covered in ice however it is not safe.

Manistee: Boats trolling the shoreline are catching brown trout on spoons and body baits. Orange and yellow were good colors. Pier anglers using spawn have caught a few brown trout. The dock was in at the Arthur Street ramp but not the First Street ramp.

Manistee River: Continues to offer good steelhead fishing below Tippy Dam. Anglers are bottom bouncing and floating eggs or fly fishing.

Ludington: Brown trout have been caught by pier anglers using spawn and by those trolling the shoreline with orange spoons or body baits. The docks are not in yet at the Loomis Street Launch.

Pere Marquette River: Had high water levels but steelhead were still caught.

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