Sucker,knife,lester,and the stewart river are all good rivers to try. I've always been a drifter,I tie a egg loop knot and put a small piece of yarn on as a attractor(they will hit this by itself some days). If the fish are a bit lethargic you can toss a spawn sac on there and that should do the trick. As for wieght some guys just keep pinching on round split shots until they just tick the bottom, I usually tie a swivel on my line and leave the extra line from my knot and pinch my wieghts on that. Then when you get snagged they will slide off and save you some retieing...good luck
Almost any of the rivers on the northshore will have them, there are special reg's on most of the rivers, but as a starter you can just go down to the mouth of the Lester and just cast a spinner along the current coming into the lake, as soon as the ice is gone.