Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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2017 Michigan Fishing Forecast

Who’s excited to go fishing this year?! As temperatures start to warm up and the water beckons you, we invite you to pay any corner of the state a visit to cast a line and catch a fish! Want a few location-specific ideas? Keep watching our 2017 Michigan Fishing Forecast, which covers the southeast Lower Peninsula, Saginaw Bay region, northwest Lower Peninsula, northeast Lower Peninsula and eastern Upper Peninsula Southeast Lower Peninsula There will be many high-quality fishing opportunities in this area this spring! Local biologists expect lots of legal-size walleye to be available in western Lake Erie and the yellow perch fishing should be outstanding

The St Clair-Detroit River system will continue to support phenomenal smallmouth bass, muskellunge and lake sturgeon fisheries, along with a spring run of walleye in the Detroit River Another mild winter should ensure inland lakes continue to provide quality fisheries Some places to check out include Union, Cass or Maceday lakes in Oakland County, Belleville Lake in Wayne County, Bird Lake or Lake Hudson in Lenawee County, or Lake Diane in Hillsdale County If you’re interested in stream fishing, check out Paint Creek in Oakland County or Mill Creek in Washtenaw County

Both the Clinton and Huron rivers should have good steelhead returns this year as well! Saginaw Bay Region Water is high and moving quickly in this part of the state, but conditions should even out soon Local biologists still expect good numbers of walleye and steelhead in this area – so anglers should definitely look forward to that in the coming weeks! Northwest Lower Peninsula In this area spring activity will kick off with the steelhead run Local biologists say rivers like the Muskegon, White, Pentwater, Pere Marquette, Little Manistee, Manistee, Bear Creek and Betsie are all top bets Lake Michigan piers offer excellent fishing in April and May, with the primary target being brown trout, but whitefish, walleye and yellow perch can also be caught Great piers to try include those at Muskegon, Whitehall, Pentwater, Ludington, Manistee and Frankfort

Inland fishing will really take off towards the end of April, especially for panfish, walleye and northern pike Some of the best lakes to try are Muskegon, White, Fremont and Silver lakes and Croton and Hardy ponds in Oceana County; Hart and Pickerel lakes in Newaygo County; Big Star, Hamlin and Manistee lakes in Manistee County; Portage, Bear, Houghton, Fife, Upper Herring and Lower Herring lakes, Tippy Dam Pond, and lakes Cadillac, Mitchell and Missaukee in Wexford County While there are literally hundreds of small tributary streams in which to catch brown and brook trout in this part of the state, some of the more well-known places to catch good numbers are the Muskegon below Croton Dam, the White, the Pere Marquette (including its tributaries – the Big South Branch, the Little South Branch, the Middle Branch, and the Baldwin), the Hersey, the Little Manistee, the Pine, the Manistee, Bear Creek, and the Betsie Northeast Lower Peninsula and Eastern Upper Peninsula This portion of the forecast covers waters that flow into Lake Huron from the Au Sable River north to Sault Ste Marie

This past winter was milder than most and local biologists anticipate trout survival to be better this year as a result They also think there will be a good number of species in the Les Cheneaux Islands area, especially for splake in early spring and yellow perch and northern pike throughout the spring and summer Looking for even more insight to plan an upcoming fishing trip? Check out the Weekly Fishing Report the Department of Natural Resources produces each and every Thursday To check this out – and other sources of information – visit Michigan dot gov slash fishing

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