Weekly Fishing Report – April 18th

“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.

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.

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.” Michigan DNR

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