REED CITY \u2014\u00a0Warmer weather is making area fishing more active. The DNR is reporting the fish bite is improving as the waters warm up and anglers are having success for panfish, bass, pike, catfish, bullhead, carp and freshwater drum. More boats are heading out on the Great Lakes and the DNR reports lake trout fishing has been productive. Salmon and steelhead also are being caught. \u201cWe have some pretty good drake insect hatches going on right now,\u201d Joe Neumann, from the Pere Marquette River Lodge in Baldwin, said. \u201cThe fishing is getting really good at night. I\u2019ve had a dry-fly on the last three weeks. It\u2019s one of the best dry-fly seasons we\u2019ve had in quite awhile. Right now you can expect the gray drake. \u201cWhen the sun goes down, we\u2019re seeing mouse flies and those are bringing up some good trout in the evening. With the water level, it\u2019s quite wadable and fairly clear. That\u2019s important for people to know. We haven\u2019t haven\u2019t had much rain so those water levels are expected to stay normal for the foreseeable future. Opportunities are really pretty good.\u201d \u201cWe\u2019re still catching fish like bass and bluegills, some of them are just starting,\u201d Craig Walters, of The Eyes Have It In Leroy, said. \u201cThe weather has gotten them confused. It needs to get warmer again.\u201d The north pier is still closed in Manistee, but baitfish are still in the harbor and anglers were getting some steelhead, brown trout and chinook in the early morning and walleye at night, the DNR said, adding those trolling caught lake trout, steelhead and chinook in 100 to 300 feet. \u201cThis week, I have not heard of anything good other than a few panfish in Manistee Lake,\u201d Terry Riley, of Riley\u2019s Tackle & Gun Shop in Manistee, said. \u201cThe big lake, for the most part, it\u2019s been windy every day so no one can fish. The water is so cold, but it will shape up pretty quick.\u201d Northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass have been caught in Manistee Lake, the DNR said, adding at the Big Manistee River, some summer run steelhead have been caught on crawlers in the early morning at Tippy Dam. \u201dBluegills are on the beds at Manistee Lake,\u201d Dewey Buchner, of Don\u2019s Sporting Goods, said. \u201cWalleye are slow. Pike are still doing. On the piers, they are catching some skamania, a few browns and a few walleyes, but it\u2019s slow. The river has some walleyes, some pike, but it\u2019s been slow everywhere. They\u2019re getting some smallmouth, largemouth bass in the lake on the beds.\u201d In that same area, a few legal size brown trout were caught but mostly undersized. Fly fishermen also have been very active, the DNR said, and are catching trout between High Bridge and Tippy Dam, plus a few suckers. \u201cThere\u2019s nothing on the river,\u201d Gordon Park, of Andy\u2019s Tackle Box in Brethren, said. \u201cWe\u2019re in transition. We\u2019ve got suckers at the dam and that\u2019s about it. We\u2019re waiting on the bass and summer run steelhead.\u201d A few Chinook have been caught off the \u201cShelf\u201d at Frankfort in 180 to 300 feet of water, the DNR said, adding boats are heading straight out and to the north. Anglers are finding lake trout off a rock pile straight out from the mouth of the Platte River in East Platte Bay. \u201cWe have great lake trout fishing,\u201d Amanda Rommell, of Big Bob\u2019s Outfitters in Frankfort, said. \u201cIt\u2019s been really darn good. The king salmon are showing up. We\u2019re seeing a few, with a nice size to them. We had an offshore break of the steelhead action early in the week, which was pretty darn good. The walleye on Herring Lake have really picked up. Up to the north at Bass and Otter lakes, they\u2019re doing good on bluegills.\u201d Portage Lake is producing panfish in the shallows along the east side. Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell has provided solid bass fishing, especially largemouth bass, although a few smallmouth were also found. Cooler temperatures have slowed the catch rates, but they\u2019re expected to rebound by the weekend. A few walleye and bullhead were caught in the canal between the two lakes, the DNR said. At Ludington, some baitfish are moving into the channel and Pere Marquette Lake while boaters are getting lake trout, steelhead and Chinook in 100 to 300 feet. Anglers at Pentwater had success in 180 feet or deeper water going after chinook and steelhead.