Fishing still providing some opportunities

Many anglers waiting for ice

Is it time for fishermen to start getting their shanties ready?

Is it time for fishermen to start getting their shanties ready?

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BIG RAPIDS – It may be several more weeks before ice fishing season starts, but certain anglers are still taking advantage of some opportunities.

The DNR reports in northern Michigan at Manistee, steelhead fishing was fair. Low and clear water conditions have made fishing tough for the last couple of weeks, but some fish were caught.

“We have steelhead in the river all the way to the dam,” Bud Fitzgerald, of Tangled Tackle Co., in Manistee said. “There’s some nice fish in the river. I’m sure there’s panfish to be caught.”

“The only thing we have going on now is a couple of perch in Pere Marquette Lake,” a spokesperson at Captain Chuck’s in Ludington said. “There’s still some fish in the Pere Marquette River, a real good run of steelhead right now. Last week, they did pretty good off the piers in PM Lake for steelhead but that run has moved up into the river. I think a lot of people are waiting for ice right now.”

A spokesperson at the Flycast shop in Benzie said there have been a very few steelhead on the Betsie River.

The DNR reminds individuals all anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.  

Fishing Tip: Where to find northern pike in Michigan

Courtesy of the Michigan DNR

Most places in the state are seeing cold temperatures, but fishing for northern pike will continue to pick up. Pike are extremely popular during the ice fishing season but are readily available throughout much of the year.

There are many notable northern pike fisheries located throughout Michigan, including on Muskegon, Portage and Manistee lakes and Michigamme and Houghton lakes. But this species can be found in many other lakes and virtually all larger rivers in the state.

Please note there are many regulations for northern pike regarding minimum size and possession limit. Be sure to read up on this species in the current Michigan Fishing Guide and on the northern pike page on our website.