Have questions about fishing in Michigan and 2021 fishing regulations? Michigan will host some virtual “Conversations & Coffee” events, focusing on fisheries management areas around the state, to get answers and talk with DNR Fisheries Division staff.
These events cover local and statewide regulation changes affecting anglers and are a great opportunity to meet fisheries managers and biologists, discuss local issues and management activities, and get specific questions answered.
Central and Southern biologists Scott Heintzelman and Brian Gunderman will host one April 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
You can join the webinar by going to https://msu.zoom.us/j/92783071237. Webinar ID is 927 8307 1237.
ShowSpan, Inc., Michigan's premier producer of consumer shows, today announced the postponement of the rest of its 2021 “Show Season” in Grand Rapids to a similar schedule in the First Quarter of 2022. A decision on ShowSpan’s remaining schedule of 2021 consumer shows in Novi and Lansing, Michigan has not yet been made.
The first of two 2021 Free Fishing Weekends in Michigan will take place Feb. 13-14.
Twice a year, residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy world-class fishing on two back-to-back days without a fishing license. All other regulations apply.
Why not add a few state parks to your weekend itinerary? During these two days, we also waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee to all 103 state parks and more than 1,300 DNR-managed boating access sites.
You can learn more at Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.
Southeast Lower Peninsula
There is no safe ice in this area, as most of the inland lakes are partially open or have skim ice only.†
Lake Erie: Boat anglers continue to catch walleye, including some limits. The action was good for those using color bandits in and around Brest Bay.†
Lake St. Clair: Skim ice has formed in the marinas, canals and back waters, but there is no fishable ice.†There are no docks at the state launches.†Boat anglers are still using Harley Ensign, which has open water, and Blossom Heath when breaking through skim ice. The Selfridge launch is iced in with thin ice.†The few boat anglers out are targeting walleye, musky and yellow perch. Those fishing off the docks did well for panfish.
By Al McGuckin
Benvenuto’s Family Restaurant, Sugarbush Tavern, pick your favorite, there’s no shortage of great places around Lake St. Clair to gobble up great fried perch.
“My favorite place for fried perch is Benvenuto’s,” says Gene Gilliland, Conservation Director for B.A.S.S., and a hard-core bass angler who makes an annual pilgrimage from his home in Oklahoma to chase St. Clair’s legendary smallmouth each year with a group of good buddies.
Fact is, at St. Clair, yellow perch are the top menu item of choice not just for guys like Gilliland, but smallmouth too. “There are plenty of gobies in St. Clair, but they’re not necessarily the star of the show at St. Clair like they are on the St. Lawrence, and that’s largely because gobies eat zebra mussels which thrive on rockier bottoms, and St. Clair is largely a sandy lake bottom,” says Gilliland, who worked 32 years for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, focusing largely on bass research.