Weekly fishing report from Michigan DNR

Anglers are reminded that the 2018 fishing licenses go on sale starting March 1. Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide or download it from Michigan.gov/dnrdigests.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Overall: Steelhead were on the move last week before the rapid rise in water levels. Some have already started boat fishing. A few boats braving the float ice were going out onto Lake Michigan to target lake trout and brown trout.

St. Joseph River: Had some steelhead action.

Kalamazoo River: Also had some steelhead action.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead and walleye were caught before the high water levels which have restricted fishing opportunities.

Muskegon River: Water levels were coming down and steelhead were being caught. Try spawn, flies, beads or wax worms.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan River: Was producing some steelhead including some silver fish that were coming in.

Ocqueoc River: Was producing some steelhead including some fresh fish.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Overall: Stream steelhead fishing should be picking up with the warmer weather.

Betsie River: Water levels have returned to near normal. Look for steelhead with the warmer temperatures.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing picked up with the rain and warmer temperatures. Try spawn, beads and wax worms. Water levels were near normal.

Pere Marquette River: With the lower water levels, anglers were catching some steelhead again.

Pentwater River: Was also producing some steelhead.

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