Fishermen reminded to get their licenses

REED CITY —  Anglers are reminded that the 2017 Fishing Licenses went on sale this past Wednesday.

Fishermen now have one month to purchase their new license before they are required to on April 1. Anglers should also hold on to their current copy of the Michigan Fishing Guide as it covers the rules and regulations for both 2016 and 2017.

Portage Lake and Manistee Lake are completely opened up and ice fishing was halted, the DNR said.

"They're doing steelhead in the river," Bud Fitzgerald, of Tangled Tackle Co., said. "The pier fishing has been back up. I don't know what they've been doing the past couple of days. The river has been very good."

"They're getting browns and steelhead off the pier," Dewey Buchner, of Don's Spring Goods in Manistee, said. "They're starting to get some perch off the boats at Portage and Manistee Lake. The river is doing good for steelhead."

Manistee River had good steelhead fishing, the DNR reported, while anglers were using jigs with a wax worm or spawn and beads.

"We've got high water flows due to the recent rain and snow meltoff," Dave Barkman, of DLoop Outfitters in Wellston, said. "The spring steelhead run is beginning in the local rivers. The Big Manistee has been fishing very good for steelhead below the Tippy Dam.” In Lake County, the Pere Marquette River was producing good steelhead fishing with the warmer weather. A good number of fish were reported near the Custer Bridge, the DNR said where anglers were getting some limit catches.

The DNR reports Crystal Lake in Benzie County had a couple anglers go through the ice. 

"They have been hitting a few steelhead in the Betsie, but really that's about it," Dane Bovee, of Backcast Fly Shop in Benzonia, said. Lake Cadillac still had some ice fishing, but the DNR reports ice around the shoreline was not good and anglers should avoid the areas with open water especially near the mouth of the canal where water flows into Lake Mitchell. 

While Lake Mitchell still had ice fishing, and the DNR said anglers should stay away from the canal. Pike and crappie were caught in the early morning and at night.

Ice anglers had small catches of pike, perch and crappie at Lake Missaukee, the DNR reported.