Marine News from the Great Lakes

Winter is the Perfect Time to Connect Across the Great Lakes

Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Winter does not mean that we all have to stop thinking about fishing for the next few months! During a mild winter, many people still fish from shore, and some areas in the Great Lakes region freeze over, providing opportunities for exercising those ice fishing skills!

Even if you’re not getting out fishing, there are many events and conferences for anglers at this time of year. Those in fishing and boating-related businesses also find this to be a good time to get their marketing materials updated for winter shows and the upcoming season. I personally am using Practical Productions (found at to help with getting all my informational materials and presentations looking and sounding great for the upcoming shows and events.

There’s also still plenty to talk about as we review what worked this season, and prepare for the spring ahead. In fact, the online communities at,, and are still buzzing at this time of year. With a combined membership of more than 25,000, there are many voices to chime into the conversation.

We’d like to thank the members and friends of these websites for keeping us up-to-date on how the fishing is going on all five Great Lakes. As of the writing of this article, here’s what they’ve been saying:

  • From Lake Ontario we’re getting reports of kings and browns in the streams and tributaries around the lake. Some anglers willing to keep the boat in the water late in the season are doing well on lake trout. Water temperatures are dropping quickly but the rainbows still haven't shown up in numbers yet in the creeks. Many anglers have put their boats away for the year to do some hunting (which they are also talking about on this network of websites).
  • On Lake Erie, perch fishing continues to be good with some anglers reporting catches of more than 100 fish. Small mouths are also being caught in the lake, mainly in front of the inlets. Rainbow fishing in the streams as well as the tributaries has been heating up all around the lake, and as the emeralds start to move in, the walleyes are following closely behind. 
  • Lake Michigan is bringing us reports of rainbows and steelhead being caught in good numbers and sizes in the streams as well as the tributaries. Some anglers were able to sneak out onto the lake with the breaks in weather we have had and are finding that kings are hitting on spoons in 120-150 feet of water and lake trout can be found out a little deeper in 150-170 feet of water.
  • Decent catches of cohos are being reported on Lake Huron. Great numbers of pink salmon are being reported on the northern end of the lake and lake trout are still being caught if you can find nice enough weather to get out. Ice fishing season will be upon us soon!
  • On Lake Superior, fishing reports for lake trout have been scarce this time of year as parts of the lake are shut down to fishing to protect the spawning period. Those anglers who have been able to get out report good catches of salmon in and around the streams, with rainbows also mixed in.

Even as you’re storing the boat away for the winter and dusting off the ice fishing gear, if you’re thinking about fishing any of the Great Lakes (or even some of their surrounding waters) prepare for your trip by visiting these sites online or downloading their apps for real time updates. (And don’t forget to stop back after your outing to share your photos and stories.)

tags: Fishing, Great Lakes, Winterization

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