Fishing action remains good here in Frankfort. The Lake Trout are on FIRE, 30-60′ of water right on bottom. They seem to be picking out the dodgers with spin-n-glos or peanuts. The King bit is also decent. Fishing 100-160′ fo water 60-100′ down with Flies behind Spin Docs have been the ticket. Nice quality fish too!!
The Perch have showed up a bit. When the action is fast, the size is smaller but some good leaches have hooked some dandy perch over …the last week or so. The Rock Bass bite is still a little slow and Smallmouth are putting the final touches on their beds and moving in.
Walleye action has improved and we’re getting decent reports of Blue Gill and Bass as well!
The Brown Trout action remains ok here in Frankfort. The lack of dirty water is making it a bit more challenging that a bit earlier in the year, but favorable winds Friday followed by calm seas Saturday and Sunday could be the key to some HOT BT action. Those out there trying are also catching a king here and there, a couple Walleye (open in the big water but not in the inner harbor) and pike as well. Steelhead have been hitting the river a little more making the pier and big water action a bit slower (But making the River Guys quite happy).
We’ve heard a couple rumblings of some ok Perch catches out on Crystal over the past few days. Early morning seems to be the ticket to those tricky buggers. Wigglers are the key.
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With the snow storm the last couple days I don’t have many up to date reports but I would assume with this snow melting and the forecasted 50 degree temps this will most likely be the week to target those wiley steelhead. We would think that the runoff should get both the beach and the river fired up. The brown trout bite remains the same, expect one to three a trip. Good luck out there and have fun.
River Action still reported as slightly slow though there are some Steelhead being taken. Spawn or small jig with waxies under a float have been the ticket here.
Crystal Lake just opened up so no updated reports for perch as of yet, but now until Easter is usually go-time for our perch guys. Check that 20-40′ of water zone.
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Ice remains sketchy in many areas, but we still have very safe ice on Little Long and the East End of Crystal Lake. Little Long has been a great spot for small pike and some small perch while Crystal is giving up some nice catches of perch in 20-25′ of water. Surf Fishing reports are starting to trickle in with some browns and steelhead being caught. Browns are preferring the casting spoons while steelhead are biting the spawn on slip-sinker rigs. The Betsie has been slow thus far but we’re expecting it to fire up in the next week as this ice moves out.
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Where has all the ice gone??? We are getting LOTS of inquiries wanting to do some Crystal Lake Perch, Smelt and Lake Trout fishing, but unfortunately fellow anglers, Crystal is not frozen. Furthermore, with this very warm winter we’re having, it’s looking less and less likely that we’ll see a safe Crystal this winter.
The inland lakes are holding their own. Little Long still has nice, safe ice and lots of medium sized Pike available for the taking. Upper Herring, Portage and Arcadia were all holding up well this weekend too. We have had some really warm weather since, so please be sure you’re exercising caution wherever you go. Portage has been the only consistent perch reports we’ve received, though they vary from “several but small” to “a few but nice”…
Betsie Bay has been giving up good pike action with some DANDY pike taken this year (we’ve had 3 well over 30”). Sunday, however, the ice really started to break up and ship out. A few cold days and we could be back in action but it’s pretty hit/miss right now.
The Pike action on Betsie Bay has been good. Doing some culling for size but lots of flags and opportunities to throw the spear. Walleye reports are steady from both Platte and Upper Herring. We’re getting mixed review perch reports for Portage and hearing that Arcadia has been pretty quiet. Pan fish reports are hit/miss at best. Still no real safe ice on Crystal.
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