I went out to the lakefront park in Portage today, looking for steelhead and whitefish. Looks like they've closed the main pier for the rest of the winter. Is this typical? I came up to visit my parents and don't normally fish lake Michigan. The lake was calm and it didn't seem dangerous. We tried off the smaller river walk pier and didn't have any luck. If conditions weren't dangerous would anyone hassle me for being out on the big pier? Is fishing still good from the river walk or should I try the port?
I saw a couple of zombie salmon paired up on the little cal on thanksgiving morning. Nothing fresh, no one I saw or talked to had any luck. I'm sure there's some fresher fish in there, but you'll have to do some searching.