LAPEER COUNTY — A new fishing season begins in the state today. Anglers are reminded that on Sunday, April 1 all anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a new 2018 Michigan fishing license. Be sure to look at a copy of the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide for new regulations that go into effect on April 1 – you can download it from Michigan.gov/dnrdigests.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Was producing limit catches
of walleye in Brest Bay, off Luna Pier
and near the Banana Dike.
Lake St. Clair: Wind and rain kept boat
anglers off the lake early this week
but a few decent reports of panfish
and perch have come from shore
anglers. Those fishing the canals
were using minnows or a tear drop
with a wax worms under a bobber for
St. Clair River: Before the ice came
down, some anglers were able to find
walleye as well as the occasional
steelhead and salmon. The remaining
ice from southern Lake Huron broke
free on Monday and is now making its
way down stream.
This is making it difficult for anglers to
access the river. Ice conditions can
change dramatically throughout the
day depending on wind direction.
Saginaw Bay: Perch were still not in
the cuts and river mouths yet. Boat
fishing for walleye has been difficult
because of windy conditions. There
has been very little fishing activity
from Pinconning to the mouth of the
Saginaw River. A couple walleye were
caught out near Spoils Island but
nothing much over 15 inches. Moving
east, a few nice perch were caught
on a tiny tube jig in the open water at
Finn Road. Not much to report on the
Quanicassee River or at the Thomas
Cut and Allen Cut except for a few
small perch taken. Bluegills, crappie and small perch were caught in
Sunset Bay Marina. The Sebewaing
River and marina along with Mud
Creek were slow as those trying for
perch did not have much luck. The
Caseville Marina was slow but pier
anglers were taking a few lake trout
on minnows or when casting hardware.
Rain this week should help bring water
levels and water temperatures up in
the rivers and that should get the
perch and sucker fishing going.
Saginaw River: Perch fishing in the
lower river was pretty good with most
boats in 30 feet along the shipping
channel from the mouth upstream
to the Bay Aggregate cut and also in
front of Bay Harbor Marina. Crappie
were caught in the tributaries.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
New Buffalo: Coho fishing was good for
those trolling along the beach.
Dowagiac River: Anglers are catching
steelhead at the Pucker Street Dam.
St. Joseph: Coho, brown trout and the
occasional steelhead were caught
by pier anglers and by those trolling
along the beach.
St. Joseph River: Has a good number
of steelhead and fish are moving
onto the gravel for spawning. Spawn
bags, skein and plugs have all worked
especially up near the Berrien Springs
Dam. Some limit catches were reported. Kalamazoo River: Also has a good number of steelhead.
South Haven: Boat anglers were taking
limit catches of coho. Pier anglers
caught coho and steelhead.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers were still
getting a few perch south of the piers.
Steelhead were caught by pier anglers.