BIG RAPIDS -- Windy conditions continue to hamper pier fishing, the DNR reports.

A few more anglers were out on the inland lakes as lower water levels in the rivers have made trout fishing a challenge, the DNR said.

Dale Doepker, president of the Canadian Lakes Fishing Club, said it’s been quiet in recent weeks.

“A friend of mine was doing pretty good on perch early in November down on the Muskegon River, anywhere from a couple of miles north of 8 Mile to a mile south of 8 Mile, that area, “Doepker said. “That last trip he made, he said they got skunked.

“I went over to Muskegon for whitefish a week ago. But apparently we were a little late this year and at the tail end of the run. My buddy and I got three. Normally if we go earlier, we get more than that. So we’ve made a note to ourselves to next year to go earlier.”

Overall, “there’s only a handful of fishing. It’s peaked,” Doepker said. “I hear they’re doing well at Saginaw Bay but I haven’t been over there. Not much going on around here. They’re waiting for ice.”

In northwest Michigan, steelhead fishing continues to be decent on the Manistee River, the DNR said. “Other rivers also have some steelhead, but water levels are running low and clear, which makes for tough fishing. Steelhead and young coho were caught from Lake Michigan beaches when surf casting, the DNR said.

“They’re still getting some fishing on the beach,” Bud Fitzgerald, of Tangled Tackle Co. said. “We’ve had some nice west blows. Perch haven’t really turned on yet. They’ve gotten a few, but nothing of size or quantity.

“They’re still getting steelhead in the river; there’s a few hens moving so there’s some nice fish. They’re using jigs and waxies.”

Those casting from shore at Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell were still getting a few walleye, the DNR said.

On the upper Manistee River, the best fishing was upstream of the CCC Bridge, the DNR said, adding with the cloudy weather, blue winged olives were being used along the banks in the quiet water.

A spokesperson at Captain Chuck’s in Ludington said steelhead fishing has been picking up.

“But it’s still pretty slow,” the spokesman said. “Everything else has been hit and miss.”

Fishing Tip: Where to find northern pike in Michigan

Courtesy of the Michigan DNR

Most places in the state are seeing cold temperatures, but fishing for northern pike will continue to pick up. Pike are extremely popular during the ice fishing season but are readily available throughout much of the year.

There are many notable northern pike fisheries located throughout Michigan, including on Muskegon, Portage and Manistee lakes and Michigamme and Houghton lakes. But this species can be found in many other lakes and virtually all larger rivers in the state.

Please note there are many regulations for northern pike regarding minimum size and possession limit. Be sure to read up on this species in the current Michigan Fishing Guide and on the northern pike page on our website.

All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.