Fishing Report: 04/01/2021 | GO

Anglers aged 17 and over must have a 2021 fishing license from April 1st. The 2021 Michigan Fishing Guide will be posted on the DNR website April 1st. This is the day all new rules and regulations come into effect.


Anglers should focus on rivers that are open to steelhead fishing. Although fishing is a little tricky right now as the rivers are low and clear, warm rain will help improve conditions.

Charlevoix County: Steelhead was caught in the Boyne River, although the numbers were still low.

Traverse City: When boat anglers were able to disembark, some Cisco’s were caught in West Bay and Suttons Bay. A few perch have been caught in Northport. Steelhead was caught in the Boardman River.

Frankfurt: Boats trolling in the shallower water have caught brown trout.

Benzie County: Steelhead was caught in the Betsie River, although no steelhead appears to be moving through the Platte River yet.

Manistee: A few steelhead and brown trout have been caught by surf anglers and trollers near the coast.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing was stable in warmer weather.

Pere Marquette River: Fresh steelhead was reported in the South Branch.

Pentwater River: Had a run of fresh steelhead.


Cheboygan County: Anglers caught a beautiful steel head in the Sturgeon River and the Pigeon River south of M-68.

Alpena: Steelhead was caught in Thunder Bay and Ninth Street Dam.

Au Sable River: Anglers caught good numbers of steelhead and Atlantic salmon. The better fishing was near the estuary, but fish were also found at the Foote Dam.

Higgins Lake: The ice is finally gone. A few boat anglers set out and trolled, although no reports of the quotas have been received.

Houghton Lake: The water temperatures are still too cold for bluegills, but crappies have been trapped in the canals. A few perch were caught at Reedsburg Dam.

Tawas: Some lake trout, brown trout, and pikeperch were caught near the artificial reef when they were trolling body bait and spoons at 15 to 30 feet. It was slow on the Pine River and very few boats went out for perch. While using minnows, some small fish were caught in the river.

Tawas River: Fishing was slow in Gateway Park, only a few suckers and a brown trout were caught on crawlers.

Au Gres: The action was slow with a few lake trout and pike being caught while hauling body bait at 10 to 25 feet near the estuary and near Whitestone Point. Suction cups were caught in the Rifle River at Omer and upstream.

Au Gres River: There have been some good catches including a few border catches of steelhead and brown trout in the surf at the Singing Bridge entrance. Most of them were still fishing or spawning.

Gratiot County: Suckers and carp make their way into the drainage ditches, and bow fishing begins to overflow.


The rivers had fair steelhead action, but the estuaries had very good action for steelhead, coho, and brown trout fishing.

Keweenaw Bay: Most of the ice in the bay has disappeared, with the exception of pack ice near the head of the bay, which moves with the wind every day. Anglers on land have caught Koho, Brown Trout, Splake and Steelhead. Boat anglers have caught the same thing along with some lake trout. All rivers in the area are open. Fish are slowly moving in, but it’s still early.

Marquette: It’s ice free and the docks are in. Those trolling guys did well taking a combination of coho, brown trout, steelhead and the occasional chinook. Most were taken in the lower harbor from the green can to the Carp and Chocolay Rivers in 30 feet or less with spoons and stick baits. Those who start from the Chocolay River Marina and fish all the way to the estuary have caught Koho and brown trout. Onshore anglers fishing the Carp, Chocolay and Garlic Rivers have caught a few steelhead and brown trout from a single egg swim or from crawlers.

Little Bay De Noc: Open south of Gladstone, although there are some ice pockets along the coast in some areas. There are no skid piers yet. The northern part of the bay north of Gladstone and Kipling still had ice, although it is melting quickly. Some boats have gone out, although high winds keep most anglers out of the water.

Munising: The ice cream is available from Christmas to Grand Island Access. The ice is gone in Munising Bay and the dock is in. The ice is 90% away from Sand Point. Shock ice has been blown on the Anna River and the small access point is currently difficult due to a large sandbar at the mouth.

Cedarville and Hessel: There are no reports for the week as many of the bays are now open water and the ice conditions for remaining ice were unknown. Boat anglers should leave soon.

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