OSCODA: Pier and boat anglers are catching walleye, steelhead and Atlantic salmon. Trolling and casting body baits were the most productive, but fish were also caught by those drifting spawn or still-fishing with minnows. Early morning and late evening were best.
OSCODA: The mouth of the river is open to boat and pier anglers. There is one dock in with ample room to launch. Pier anglers caught steelhead, walleye and suckers.
AuSABLE RIVER: The tailwaters below Foote Dam are still quite cold. Combine the cold water temperatures and low flows due to an extremely dry spring thus far and anglers will see there has not been much of a “signal” to stimulate upstream migration or spawning steelhead. There are fair numbers of steelhead below Foote Dam and as soon as the ice is gone from the impoundments temperatures will start to rise and catch rates will really heat up. The water was low and clear so fishing tactics will be different than those years with usual high water.
Some of the inland lakes are still producing panfish however those heading out need to use extreme caution. First ice and last ice are the most dangerous.
Although many lakes still have fishable ice, anglers still need to use caution. Rivers and streams are beginning to open up.
TAWAS: Is producing a few perch in 15 to 20 feet. Many are small but some keepers were taken. A couple walleye were caught in waters 18 to 22 feet deep. Those spearing did take a couple pike.
TAWAS: Perch fishing was slow with a lot of sorting and few keepers coming from 15 to 18 feet off Jerry’s Marina. Only a few walleye and a couple lake trout were caught in 20 to 22 feet. Ice anglers fishing outside the rock wall caught a couple lake trout. Those spearing managed to take a couple pike.
TAWAS: Fishing was generally slow with only a few small perch taken in 18 feet and a couple walleye found in 22 feet.
TAWAS: Fishing was between slow and non-existent due to weather conditions. A few walleye and small perch were caught in 22 feet off Jerry’s Marina.