Fishing Report – March 12, 2020

The weather for the weekend is expected to be in the low 40’s with variable winds.

Ice fishing has come to an end, as the water begins to open up the fish are beginning to spawn.

Pike fishing can be hot over the next couple of weeks, as temperatures start to warm up the fish will begin to move into shallow areas. Baitfish imitations tend to be the best technique during this time.

The rivers are heating up as the Kalamazoo and St. Joseph begins to produce great numbers of walleye and steelhead. Anglers have had great success floating spawn through deeper holes along the river edge. Steelhead were also being caught on light-colored Wobble Glo’s.

Those fishing off the pier caught great numbers of Coho using spawn.

Bass fishing will start to heat up over the next month. With the ice now coming off the lake, docks have not been put back into launches, this is a great time to get on the water in a kayak. Pay attention to the eating behavior of bass as they start to move from the pre-spawn into their spawning zones. This is a great time to catch bass cruising different depths in search of food with jerk baits and chatter baits

Tip of the Week:

Bed fishing can be some of the most fun fishing out there, it can also be the most frustrating. Consider starting with a small finesse jig, after a few casts if the fish is not interested try moving to more subtle tactics like a wacky rig. Using white baits allow you to better see your bait on the bed.