Michigan DNR Fishing Report 4-3-2024

Michigan DNR Fishing Report 4-3-2024

Looks like we missed a good weekend to get up to Oscoda and the lower Au Sable! With Spring here and small stream trout season on the way, be sure to check out our selection of flies and tenkara gear. Also, don't forget to purchase your fishing license!

From the Michigan DNR Fishing Report 4-3-2024

In the Southeast Lower Peninsula, fishing conditions varied across different water bodies. Angler pressure was low in Saginaw Bay, with only a few panfish and yellow perch caught, mostly of throwback size. Walleye fishing on the Saginaw River was mediocre, with occasional catches reported in different areas. The Detroit River saw an increase in walleye activity, with anglers using jigs with plastics or tipped with minnows. Lake Erie experienced slow but steady walleye fishing, with trolling in Brest Bay proving effective. Inland lakes were still cold, but panfish like bluegill and black crappie were found in some canals. The Huron River and Spring Mill Pond saw anglers targeting broodstock trout successfully.

Moving to the Southwest Lower Peninsula, Muskegon and Grand Haven reported slow steelhead and brown trout action, while South Haven saw good coho salmon catches. St. Joseph had decent coho salmon catches as well, with both boat and pier anglers finding success.

In the Northeast Lower Peninsula, Au Gres had slow fishing due to poor weather, while Oscoda reported good catches of lake trout, steelhead, and Atlantic salmon. The Au Sable River had solid steelhead fishing, and Tawas saw varied catches including lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, and walleye.

In the Northwest Lower Peninsula, Frankfort and Manistee reported low fishing activity due to cooler temperatures, while Onekama saw some brown trout action.

Moving to the Upper Peninsula, Little Bay de Noc had low angler pressure, with cold water temperatures affecting perch fishing. Marquette had slow coho salmon fishing due to poor weather, but steelhead and brown trout were caught in rivers. Au Train had reports of steelhead and brown trout catches, and Keweenaw Bay saw limited angling activity with anglers targeting rainbow trout and splake. Le Cheneaux and Detour reported anglers catching splake from piers and boats.

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