Area anglers awaiting arrival of ice, but warmer weather could help steelheaders

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Fishing is in-between seasons so the weekly updates will continue to be slow until ice fishing gets started. Steelhead fishing should be good this week with the warmer temperatures. Those looking for ice will have to wait a bit longer, however, this is a good time to get your ice fishing gear ready to go.


Muskegon River: Steelhead are being caught but catch rates were still hit-or-miss.


The region has snow, but no ice as all the lakes are still open.

Betsie River: Should have good steelhead fishing this week.

Manistee River: Is producing more steelhead and should continue through the week. Chrome colored fish are being caught mainly on streamers in both the Little Manistee and the Big Manistee Rivers. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River closes to fishing on December 31 and will reopen on April 1.

Pere Marquette River: Has good steelhead fishing for those drifting eggs, nymphs or streamers. A few were hitting on spawn but most were taken by those fly fishing.

Pentwater: Pier anglers were catching some whitefish.

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