With extremely cold temperatures and snow, fishing slowed once again. Pier anglers will need to be extremely careful as some piers were covered in ice. Anglers are reminded that walleye, pike and muskellunge season on the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, the inland waters, St. Marys River and all the Lower Peninsula inland waters including the Saginaw River closed on March 15th.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Traverse City: When boats can get out, lake herring and lake trout were caught in the deeper waters.
Boardman River: Was producing the occasional steelhead.
Frankfort: When pier anglers could get out, they caught some steelhead.
Betsie River: Was producing the occasional steelhead though few anglers were out.
Lake Mitchell: Had a couple anglers out however most are now waiting for open water fishing.
Manistee River: Steelhead are in the river however the cold weather was deterring many.
Pere Marquette River: Steelhead anglers were few but those braving the cold did manage to catch a couple fish.
Pentwater River: Was producing steelhead in the South Branch near the Hart Dam.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
There is no safe ice anywhere in this region of the state. Water temperatures are still very cold and will impact catch rates.
New Buffalo: Had no pier anglers due to ice buildup. No boats have been out because of the strong winds and high waves.
St. Joseph: Had no pier anglers due to ice and no boats have been out.
St. Joseph River: Water levels were back to normal however water temperatures were cold. Look for the steelhead bite to pick up when the temperatures warm back up.
Kalamazoo River: Water levels were back to normal. With the cold temperatures, few anglers were out. Those braving the cold did manage to find a couple steelhead in the deeper holes and up near the Allegan Dam.
Grand Haven: The pier was ice covered and had no anglers. Boat anglers have not been able to get out.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Still had steelhead and those fishing the system have done well. Staff observed a good number of steelhead when they cleaned out the fish ladder. A couple walleye were caught below the 6th Street Dam.
Muskegon: When they could get out, pier anglers were getting some steelhead as well as those trolling planer boards between the piers.
Muskegon River: Anglers were targeting steelhead but catch rates were hit-or-miss.
White River: Produces some steelhead in Hesperia between Pines Point and the dam.
NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Cheboygan River: Was producing the occasional steelhead at the dam.
Mullett Lake: Still had ice however Pigeon River Bay was not safe. Angling pressure was light but the few that did get out caught perch between Aloha and Dodge Point, off Round Point, and off the Jewel Road boat access. Anglers harvesting 10 to 15 fish considered it a good day as no big numbers were caught.
Ocqueoc River: Anglers have caught steelhead near the mouth.
Thunder Bay River: Water levels are back to normal in most areas however the return of cold weather has slowed fishing. Steelhead should be starting to show up soon.
Oscoda: No boats have been out but those fishing off the end of the pier were still taking some lake trout. Watch for ice on the pier.
Au Sable River: Those braving the cold weather were still getting some steelhead between the mouth and Foote Dam.
Houghton Lake: Strong winds have opened up a good portion of the middle of the lake. Anglers have limited fishing from shore.
Tawas: Pier anglers caught a couple pike on minnows.
Tawas River: Suckers were biting to some extent in the lower river.
Au Gres: Anglers caught a few perch off the docks in Eagle Bay Marina after punching a hole in the ice.
Au Gres River: At Whitney Drain, a couple of steelheads were taken by those drifting wax worms or spawn.