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Weekly Fishing Report

By The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie: Several boat anglers were catching walleye around Stony Point. Anglers were trolling Bandits 60 to 110 feet back in 24 to 26 feet of water. A lot of fish were marked, but slow and steady action.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Grand River: Boat and wade anglers were catching steelhead below the 6th Street Dam. Drifting spawn on bottom or under bobber was working best. The bite should get better with forecasted warmer weather.

Kalamazoo River: Boat anglers were targeting steelhead and were doing well before the colder weather. Drifting spawn on bottom or under a bobber worked well below the Allegan Dam and along shore. Boat anglers had some success between the dam and the M-89 Bridge using plugs and drifting spawn.

St. Joseph River: Boat anglers targeting steelhead were catching fish below the Berrien Springs Dam and in the lower river near I-94 Bridge. Plugs and back drifting spawn were working the best with some boats trolling upstream with plugs in slower current areas. The Benton Township Launch is closed.

Muskegon: Lake whitefish action slowed down in the channel. A few were caught using small jigging spoons.

Grand Haven: Anglers jigging in the channel found the lake whitefish action to be very slow.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Houghton Lake: Anglers were catching walleye, pike and bass in East Bay. Anglers were also catching crappie in the canals.

East Branch Au Gres River: A couple steelhead were caught but success was spotty.

Tawas: Anglers were catching whitefish from the Tawas State Dock.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Manistee: Steelhead fishing was fair. Low and clear water conditions have made fishing tough for the last couple of weeks, but some fish were caught.

Upper Peninsula

Menominee River: Brown trout have moved into the lower Menominee River. Anglers casting from shore using spoons and spinners were having most success.

Little Bay de Noc: Docks were pulled out from launch sites at Ford River, Rapid River and Farmers Dock. Access docks that were still in as of Nov. 28 were at Aronson Island, Hunter’s Point, Gladstone, Kipling and one dock remained at the North Shore boat launch.

Big Bay de Noc: Ogontz boat launch was the only one on the Bay that had not yet been pulled. However, some skim ice was present around the dock.

Fishing Tip: Where to find northern pike in Michigan

Most places in the state are seeing cold temperatures, but fishing for northern pike will continue to pick up. Pike are extremely popular during the ice fishing season but are readily available throughout much of the year.

There are many notable northern pike fisheries located throughout Michigan, including on Muskegon, Portage and Manistee lakes and Michigamme and Houghton lakes. But this species can be found in many other lakes and virtually all larger rivers in the state.

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