Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Warmer temperatures had bluegill and crappie biting in the inland lakes as well as the rivers, mainly the backwaters. The pike and bass have been aggressive as well. Rain did help to push more steelhead into the river systems. Walleye are also being caught.
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing steelhead behind the Post Office and off the wall. Anglers are using white jigs with wax worms. Those fishing near Fulton Street did well when back bouncing spawn bags. Fish have been caught throughout the river by those casting plugs, rapalas or Hot-n-Tots. Bluegill and crappie were caught in the backwaters.
Reeds Lake: Is producing bluegill and crappie.
Muskegon River: Water levels were up a bit after the rain so a few more steelhead moved up. Catch rates are still spotty however fish are being caught. Try a white jig with wax worms or floating spawn.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Rain took out what little ice was starting to form so we are back to fall fishing.
Manistee: Pier anglers and those surfcasting are catching steelhead on the right day depending on wind direction and speed.
Manistee River: Recent rain may have pushed more steelhead up into the river. Look for chrome colored fish between the mouth and Tippy Dam. While some are floating spawn others are fly fishing.
Ludington: Pier and surf anglers are catching steelhead. Try spawn, wax worms or body baits in the early morning or evening.
Pere Marquette River: May also have more steelhead that moved up into the river. Try floating spawn under a bobber or drifting egg flies.