Michigan DNR Fishing Report for March 27, 2019

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River
Is producing steelhead and suckers. Steelhead are moving quickly through the ladders, and good catches were reported below the Berrien Springs Dam. The camera at the fish ladder is up and running and can be viewed at https://paddleandpole.com/berrien-springs-fish-cam.

Black River
Was producing coho and steelhead. 

Kalamazoo River
Was producing a good number of steelhead. Try drifting beads, spawn or wobble glo’s.
Grand River at Grand Rapids
Is producing steelhead up near the 6th Street Dam. Suckers also have been caught. The ladders are open, and fish were on the move. 

Rogue River
Is producing steelhead.
Muskegon River
The number of steelhead continues to increase. Fish were found in the deeper holes.  At the mouth, fish were caught near the Veterans Park.

White River
Is producing some steelhead and suckers. Steelhead were caught closer to Hesperia. 

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Ocqueoc River
Anglers caught a couple steelhead. 

Thunder Bay River
Had steelhead and Atlantic salmon. 
Au Sable River
Steelhead and Atlantic salmon fishing has picked up in the lower river for those wading or boat fishing. 

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Betsie River
Steelhead fishing was hit or miss, as anglers had multiple catches one day and very few the next. 
Manistee River
Is producing fresh steelhead in the lower river.    
Pere Marquette River
Is producing steelhead.

Michigan DNR Fishing Report for March 20, 2019

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: Steelhead have been caught near the Berrien Springs Dam. Anglers reported a good number as well as some large fishing being caught.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has high water levels and a swift current which made steelhead fishing a bit more difficult. Steelhead fishing should be good by the weekend.

Rogue River: Was high however water levels should recede by the end of the week.

Grand River near Lansing: The fish ladders are now open.

Muskegon: Pier anglers are out targeting steelhead and brown trout.

Muskegon River: Had very high-water levels at Newaygo and Bridgeton which will make fishing almost impossible. Hopefully the levels will drop by the weekend so the trout anglers can get out.

White River: May be a better option for steelhead fishing as water levels here tend to go up and down much faster. The North Branch would also be a good place to fish.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Tawas River: The lower river was opening-up. A couple steelhead and suckers were caught on spawn.

Au Gres: Had poor ice conditions.

Au Gres River: The lower end of Whitney Drain below the Singing Bridge had a little open water where a couple steelhead were caught.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Overall: All rivers in the area had extremely highwater levels which makes for difficult fishing conditions. If we do not get any more rain, conditions should improve by the weekend.

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