Michigan DNR Fishing Report for December 19, 2018

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: The steelhead bite improved with the warmer weather. Those fishing during the cold spells were targeting the deeper holes.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead fishing improved during the warm up however the return of cold air will once again slow the bite. Most were still targeting fish up near the Allegan Dam.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Continues to produce steelhead especially during the warm up. Anglers were drifting and floating spawn, beads and flies.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce some steelhead both in the shallows and the deeper holes. The water had a slight stain after the snow melt so flashy patterns seem to work best.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Manistee River: Anglers continue to catch some good size steelhead right along with a few coho. Spawn, beads and flies were the ticket.

Little Manistee River: Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee will close to fishing on January 1 and will not re-open until April 1.

Pere Marquette River: Those fly casting picked up a few more fish this week.

Michigan DNR Fishing Report for December 13, 2018

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: Steelhead have been caught; however, the bite was extremely slow because of the cold water. Try fishing the deeper holes.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead still are being caught up near the Allegan Dam. Most are floating spawn or a jig and wax worm, back bouncing spawn bags or trolling plugs.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead fishing remains fair. Although the numbers are down from last year, the size of the steelhead has been impressive, with many fish weighing 10 pounds or more.

Muskegon River: Boat anglers still were getting some nice steelhead. Those fishing the deeper holes did a little better than those fishing in shallow waters.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Manistee River: The bite was slow as water temperatures dropped to the mid 30s. Steelhead anglers floating spawn and beads have managed to take a few nice fish. The odd coho also was caught.

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