Fishing licenses available
LANSING — The 2013 Fishing Licenses went on sale March 1st. This gives anglers one month to purchase their new license before they are required on April 1st. The 2013 Fishing Guides will be available at all license vendors so be sure to ask for your copy.
Lake Charlevoix: Has been producing walleye.
Green Lake: Is producing a few more smelt. Try off the northeast side near the Music Camp. Night anglers sometimes do better in 30 to 50 feet of water.
Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is slowly picking up as fish become more active with the warmer temperatures and spring melt.
Arcadia Lake: Had good panfish action.
Lake Missaukee: Still has good ice fishing for walleye, crappie, pike and bluegills.
Lake Cadillac: Is producing good numbers of crappie and pike off the boat launch on the northwest side. Those fishing at night have done well for crappie and the occasional walleye.
Lake Mitchell: Is producing bluegill and crappie along the west side of the lake. Those with tip-ups continue to take pike.
Hamlin Lake: Catch rates for panfish are picking up once again.
Pere Marquette Lake: Pike fishing was hit-or-miss and perch fishing was fair.
Pere Marquette River: Has plenty of steelhead and the spring run should be underway soon.
Burt Lake: Catch rates were spotty with light numbers of perch and walleye taken.
Mullett Lake: Is producing perch for those using minnows and wigglers. Pike continue to hit on tip-ups with sucker minnows.
Au Sable River: Steelhead are still moving up and down between the mouth and the dam. Those fishing upstream are using spawn and wax worms. Between the bridge on 23 and the mouth, anglers are using spawn, spinners, spoons and body baits.
Lake Margrethe: Anglers are seeing some muskie.
Higgins Lake: Ice anglers are taking a fair to good number of lake trout when using tip-ups with minnows in 100 feet of water. Perch fishing stalled but should pick back up by the weekend. Try off the Sunken Island and off the South State Park. Rainbow trout were hitting on wigglers in the shallows off the Conference Center. As for smelt, catch rates were good for a day or two, and then they would no longer bite.
Houghton Lake: Has good ice but catch rates slowed. Those fishing at dusk have managed to catch a couple walleye however the fish were small. Most are jigging but some are using tip-ups. Bluegills are just starting.
Pine River: Is producing some small perch in the lower river.