With the cooler temperatures the last several days the fish have moved back out to deeper water. There are a few LM bass on the beds but not what I thought there would be, (no, I'm not fishing for them, just looking.) The weather is supposed to improve the next few days with some desperately needed rain. I'll get some water temps later today and try to get them posted.
76° - 80° F
The lakes have really warmed up recently and the fish are moving up shallow. At Pere Marquette there was one boat out. I fished it for a while, (from pier), and nothing was happening. Moved inland and did much better. Every kind of fish in the lakes from dog fish to red ears were in 6' or less and definitely had the pre-spawn feed bag on. A lot of fun, multiple species. I used 2" white twister tails on 1/4oz. jigs. Saw others using spinners and crank baits.
Manistee lake (manistee county) on Friday afternoon
Slow for us… searched in front of 9th st launch. 17’-41’ two decent perch. 8-10 throw backs in the 40’ depth range
Talked to two others that were out … slow for them also. Left at 4:30. May have missed an evening bite
I was actually at 9th st launch yesterday… midday … only looking … had taken the girlfriend to Meijer shopping. Plenty of shanties around between 9th and penny park. too windy for my girl yesterday.
Below 40° F
16° - 20° F
I moved up to Manistee County to try some lakes there, (might start a new link and just call it NW lower MI lakes. Anyway, tried a few spots and did much better. Manistee was ok for perch off of 9th St. but had to do a lot of sorting. Guys were getting norther on tip-ups near shore.
Went to Portage and did get some real nice perch. Just drilled a hole by the crowd and waited for them to come through. Moved shallow in the evening and did well on nice sized gills and a couple of crappies. I'll be out again in a couple of weeks, will post if anything is going.
26° - 30° F
Fished pere Marquette lake today
Only sink perch for me
33’ of water … waxies caught the fish
Fished Ford, Hamlin and Gun over the last week. Went to Lake County and gave Big Bass a try. Fishing was very slow everywhere I went, (midwinter doldrums I guess). Plenty of ice and most of the slush has frozen, not too hard to walk around. There were snowmobiles, 4 wheelers and 6 wheelers out on Big Bass.
Caught some decent perch at all lakes, but not a lot.
looked at manistee lake on friday .... same deal lots of boats out saw no fish caught.... went to high bridge watched a couple boats work a couple holes saw no fish caught
chased gills on monday (yesterday) cleaned 18 good ones
Went to Gun early last Friday. Thought I would try for some rock and LM bass so I used a surface bait. First cast was a 10" rock bass. Second cast was a 23" walleye. It was in less than 4' of water. It appeared to be a spawned out female. I released it and fished a few more hours getting a few smaller LM and some nice rock bass; all released.
46° - 50° F
41° - 45° F
Fished a couple of the lakes last weekend. The bass were staged in the 15' to 23' range. The crappies and gills were starting to move shallow when I left Sunday. I'll be back in a few weeks and post if anything works out.
Also went to the break-wall in Ludington; nothing going there. Moved up the river and caught a few small pike and a brook trout. The brookie was the first I have ever caught in the Pere Marquette.