Michigan DNR fishing report for May 3, 2018


Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: Had good numbers of steelhead going through the Berrien Springs fish ladder.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers were getting steelhead including some limit catches.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers were still getting a couple steelhead. Look for walleye up near the dam and around the bridges. Those fishing the Rogue River were getting a couple steelhead. Look for more fish to move into the tributaries with the warm weather and warm rain in the forecast. Bluegills and crappie were caught in the shallows.

Muskegon River: Those streamer fishing did well catching some large steelhead and some brown trout. Water levels were up so watch for floating debris. Those fishing Croton and Hardy Dam Pond did catch some walleye.


Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan River: Steelhead fishing was slow with no fish harvested. A couple walleye were caught when casting artificials.

Ocqueoc River: Steelhead were caught on spawn. Some were also using spinners and artificial baits.

Au Sable River: Atlantic salmon were caught by those fishing the holes between Mill Street in Oscoda and the mouth. Drifting or still-fishing spawn bags and minnows took Atlantics up to eight-and-a-half pounds, walleye and suckers. Pyramid sinkers in two ounces or higher were required in the current. Those trolling plugs also caught Atlantics. A few good walleye catches at Foote Dam for those casting jerk baits. Steelhead were taken when drifting wax worms, wigglers, beads, flies, and spawn bags. Both chrome and winter fish were caught but high water levels from an open gate at the dam had the fish scattered. Most steelhead were pre-spawn.

Au Gres River: Down at Singing Bridge, surf anglers fishing late in the evening are catching quite a few walleye which seem to be feeding on gobies as they were full of them. A couple steelhead were also caught.

Northwest Lower Peninsula


Bear River: Water levels at the dam were high and fast. Steelhead fishing was pretty good but mornings seemed best. Quite a few fresh fish were up near the dam but they were hard to land because of the fast water. Anglers are using spawn bags and flies.

Traverse City: In the Elk River, catch rates were hit-or-miss but steelhead were caught at the dam when using spawn in the morning. A couple nice fish were caught at the kid’s pond. The Boardman River is producing steelhead in the early morning or evening with spawn or a jig and wax worm. A few nice brown trout were caught at the dam.


Big Manistee River: Was still producing steelhead. Fish were hitting on spawn, spinners, crank baits, flies and beads.

Pere Marquette River: Has a good number of steelhead as well. Warmer temperatures along with the warm rain should produce some very good catches along the river and its tributaries.

Upper Peninsula

Marquette: On the Carp and Chocolay Rivers, the steelhead run has not really started yet but a few were caught. Water levels have come up on both rivers so anglers should expect a good run soon.



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