We still have Ice North of M-55

Open water fishing was the rule in southern half of the Lower Peninsula. The northern half still had ice but anglers will need to be cautious and watch for changing ice conditions. Ice fishing on the Upper Peninsula inland lakes was still going strong.

They are still getting out on Lake Skegemog, and Lake Margrethe with perch biting fair.

long lake by traverse is still producing nice perch with lots of short walleye.

Hamlin and Portage Lake are not safe

 

The Reel Fun Ice Fishing Tournament
 
 

This unique tournament is detailed in the rules section but here’s a quick introduction.

  • Limited amount of tickets sold
  • Over 1250 predrilled holes in the tournament area- first come first serve
  • No shelters allowed
  • Prizes determined by fish weight and then by time registered in the event of a tie. 
  • Prizes are non-species specific, any open species of fish may be registered.

We had a meeting tonight and the tournament is a go! With 15″ of ice today we will have plenty to fish On. 

Again we ask you please DO NOT Park on the ice. We need the integrity of the landing to stay clear for tournament officials to get tents, vendors and gear on and off ice. 

Less than 100 tickets left at Bucks Bait and Top O Michigan. Any left over will be sold at the gate. 

See you Saturday!

Good Morning! Tickets are still available for both the tournament and Festivus. We will have a lot of raffles at Festivus for gear, a shanty, carvings and more. 

Also this year we will have t-shirts for sale at both Festivus and on the ice. See you soon and dress warm for Saturday as it looks like we will have another one of those years- for those who have fished in years past, you know what we mean!

 

 

 

The ice got a little sloppier today and we did lose a little during this thaw. The pressure crack by Grassy has open water in some spots and there is water coming up around the edges of Pine and Gull. If you are not familiar with the bay, there are springs around pine and a ridge underwater on the east side of pine. One snowmobile broke through on the east side, and one went down over there this afternoon. 
Try to stay clear of the river mouth, islands, and shorelines during this thaw and as we get into last ice. 
The bite seemed to be a little better today since more keepers were landed. Temperatures will not get below freezing until thursday night, so just be cautious out there!

Millers Corner There’s still a foot of ice. Some are still driving vehicles. Please use caution no matter what due to the warmer temps. The weather is supposed to change and get colder.

 

Lake Missaukee yesterday. Our buddy Mark did well.

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Ice Report 2/22/17, Lakes Cadillac and Lake Mitchell
We’ve lost about 4″ in 2 days. There is now about 10″-13″ of ice on both lakes. About 7″ of clear ice on the bottom everything above that is pretty soft and slushy. It’s pretty breezy and rain is forecasted for Friday.

Big Cove Lake Mitchell

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big cove lake cadillac

 

Kenwood Park, Lake Cadillac

 

Kenwood Park, Lake Cadillac
Kenwood Park, Lake Cadillac

 

Took this photo on Higgins lake west access today

Higgins lake west access
Higgins lake west access

 

Green Lake by interlochen today state park access

 

Green Lake by interlochen today state park access
Green Lake by interlochen today state park access

 

 

 

Lyman’s Weekly Big Pike Winners. Congratulations to Jake Gauthier (11) from Sheperd with his 29 1/2″, 6lb northern caught on a tip-up with an emerald shiner near the middle grounds. Rick Burtis from HL won the adult division with his 33″ pike…also caught near the middlegrounds. He was using a silver swedish pimple. Great job, guys!

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers were still ice fishing in this area of the state however caution should still be used during the warm weather. Check the ice as you go and avoid areas near natural springs as well as inlets and outlets where water is constantly flowing.

Lake Charlevoix: Still had ice but the lake was sloppy with slush and water on top.

Green Lake: Had good fishing for smelt on the southwest side. Anglers were fishing about 40 feet straight off the launch where it gets deep fast. There were quite a few people out there so look for the cluster of ice shanties. The depth varies as the fish rise in the water column to feed on zooplankton. Start near the bottom as it is getting dark and gradually work up. The ice was holding but who knows for how long.

Lake Cadillac: Still had ice however anglers should watch for quickly changing ice conditions. The recent bite was hit-or-miss. Anglers did manage to get some bluegills and crappie.

Lake Mitchell: Anglers were still ice fishing for panfish and pike.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers are still ice fishing and taking pike and panfish. The walleye bite slowed.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: On the good days, anglers were taking near limit catches of walleye in front of Hopper’s Tavern and off Greenman’s Point. A good number of jumbo perch were caught in Maple Bay.

Mullett Lake: The ice was holding so far with the warm up though the area near the outlet of the Pigeon River was not safe. Slush could be an issue until colder weather returns. Fishing has been slow and catch rates were low. The best spots for perch were in Scotts Bay off the Blue Water Shores area in 30 feet, in the “Humps” off Dodge Point in 25 feet or in front of Topinabee in 20 to 35 feet. Catches of 10 to 15 fish was considered a good day for perch. A few walleye were also caught in the same areas. The pike action slowed with only a couple fish caught.

Oscoda: Pier anglers reported good brown trout and lake trout fishing.

Higgins Lake: Is losing some ice with the warm weather however anglers were still out fishing. Lake trout were still hitting in deeper water. Smelt are still being caught but not in big numbers. Fish were found in 40 to 60 feet off the North State Park and off the west side launch.

Houghton Lake: The ice was holding however the lake has loss some shoreline ice and anglers should stay away from the large pressure crack which has opened up more with warm spell. Bluegill fishing was good but anglers will have to find them. The bigger fish were caught in 12 to 14 feet. Crappie were caught in 8 to 10 feet. Pike and walleye fishing were slow however bass were starting to hit.

Tawas: Stay off the ice! There is no safe ice or even remotely walkable ice anywhere on the bay.

Au Gres: Rivers in the area are open. The Rifle River in particular was fairly low and clear and well suited for steelhead fishing right now. No signs of suckers running yet; it is too early and the water is still too cold.

Au Gres River: There was a lot of fishing activity up at the Singing Bridge access site. Steelhead were caught on spawn by those surfcasting or fishing the lower river.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the western end were ice covered with heavy slush on the surface. The return of much cooler temperatures should lock the ice back up and ice fishing will continue. Anglers will be able to try Lake Gogebic for walleye and the Lac Vieux Desert Flowage for bluegills and crappie.

Keweenaw Bay: The ice blew out and the bay was open for trolling. Boat anglers have opportunities for brown trout, splake, and lake trout off the Sand Point Lighthouse on the west side and the Falls River off the village of L’Anse. A few coho were caught casting spoons from shore near the Sand Point Lighthouse in Baraga. Anglers putting in small boats at the Sand Point beach had limited success for coho and lake trout.

Menominee River: Was producing a few brown trout and steelhead up near the Hattie Street Dam. Anglers were using small spoons, stick baits, streamers or nymphs.

Little Bay De Noc: Unseasonably warm weather has impacted ice conditions. Areas around Escanaba and Saunders Point in Gladstone had open water. The area near the Escanaba River was considered dangerous and should be avoided. Anglers were still fishing the north end of the bay however watch for changing conditions with the warm weather. Walleye anglers reported a few nice catches in deep water off the Second Reef when jigging rapalas with minnows or using tip-ups with minnows in 32 to 35 feet. Perch anglers did best near Kipling with minnows or wigglers in 17 to 30 feet and off the Day’s River in 14 to 26 feet. Those looking to travel to the area might want to call the local bait shops for updates on ice conditions.

Munising: Ice conditions have deteriorated and were NOT safe at the Grand Island Ferry Access and the Munising Public Launch. The city docks, Sand Point, and Christmas access areas were holding somewhat fishable ice but anglers need to use caution. Soft ice and slushy conditions will only get worse before it turns cold again. Whitefish anglers had poor success. For splake, those using cut bait or minnows with jigs or tip-ups did better. It appears the splake are eating good numbers of smelt. Small perch were caught near Sand Point. Smelt catches in the same area were fair. A few coho and the occasional brown trout were caught recently. The Anna River dock is open enough from the mouth to the river where anglers can fish from the dock but the water clarity was somewhat muddy and they had no luck. The mouth of Furnace Creek is open approximately 50 to 100 feet along the shoreline.

Grand Marais: Had no fishable ice. No anglers were steelhead fishing off the pier or the Sucker River. Action on the area inland lakes has been good.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Boat anglers are heading out. Most walleye were caught in Ohio water

Detroit River: Has had a lot of boat anglers. No word on walleye yet but perch anglers were taking fish at the Cross Dyke near Sugar Island, in Airport Bay and in the canals around Grosse Ile.

Lake St. Clair: The Michigan side is all open water. A few boats have been launching and fishing, but no catches to report.

St. Clair River: No ice is flowing and Lake Huron looks to be almost completely ice free. Anglers have been out trolling, whipping and jigging with the warm weather.

Saginaw Bay: Stay off the ice! There is no safe ice or even remotely walkable ice anywhere on the bay!! Most of the cuts and rivers around the bay are wide open and can provide some shore fishing for perch. Boat anglers were fishing the lower Quanicassee River.

Saginaw River: Had lots of fishing activity with all the boat launches from Saginaw to Bay City open and useable. There are lots of undersize walleye in the river as many reported catching 50 to 75 short ones in order to get 5 or 6 fish over 13 inches. Most are using bright colored jig heads with shiners or plastic scented tails but some were jigging rapalas. The best fishing seemed to be in the middle of the shipping channel in the deepest water. Most were vertical jigging but some would anchor and cast.

Tittabawassee River: Had lots of boat anglers. All of the boat ramps were open including Imerman Park. A lot of shore anglers were also out but the walleye fishing was very slow. Most anglers caught none but a couple boat anglers up near the Dow Dam did manage to get a couple. The water is really cold yet, and it does not appear that the spring walleye run from the bay into the rivers has gotten underway yet.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing is done for now. Most lakes are open water or nearly ice free. Boat anglers were out in good numbers. Stay off any remaining ice, it is not safe!

St. Joseph: Pier anglers have caught chinook, coho and brown trout.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing was very good. The fish are starting to move upstream and were moving through the fish ladder at the Berrien Springs Dam.

Black River: Still had some steelhead being caught.

Saugatuck: Boat anglers were still heading out and catching coho, brown trout and steelhead.

Kalamazoo River: Also had very good steelhead fishing. Fish were caught both below Calkins Dam and throughout the river.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers trolling close to shore have caught coho, steelhead and the occasional brown trout.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has had very good steelhead fishing with limit catches reported. Boat and shore anglers are using fresh skein, spawn bags, wax worms and wigglers. A fair to good number of walleye were also caught.

Muskegon River: Had a good number of boat anglers over the last week. Most have caught steelhead and a few hooked into and lost walleye below Croton Dam.


 

 

Michigan Free Fishing Weekend Fishing Report

Michigan’s annual “Winter Free Fishing Weekend” will be held this Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th. No fishing license is required however all regulations still apply. Special events will be held statewide, will be subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled if there is no safe ice. For a list of registered events, click here: www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52261_50497-372353–,00.html. With temperatures well above normal by the weekend and into next week, anglers will need to be very careful and watch for changing and or deteriorating ice conditions. Ice fishing especially in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula may be done for this year. Even if there is no fishable ice in certain parts of the state this weekend, anglers may find some open water fishing.

Cash Bash Ice Fishing Contest in Cadillac

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Inter-loch-ness ice fishing tournament feb 18&19

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Buc’s Fishing Report

Lake Missaukee  

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Current Ice Report: 16-18″ of beautiful ice! Any more questions? Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell-

Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell Ice Report 2/16/17
We have about 15″-17″ of ice on both lakes heading into the weekend. We’ll have to see what we have next week after the warm up.

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Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412
 

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s On The Lake reports

Houghton Lake 2-man Ice Fishing Contest on Feb 18th.

Brandon at the Back Door Saloon added on an extra bonus for the teams. He’s going to fry up their catch and he’ll supply the fries as well.  
Teams must register and check-in at Lyman’s from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.  
Weigh-in and fish fry are at The Back Door Saloon from 5pm to 7 pm. All fish must be at BDS by 7pm to qualify for prizes.

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Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid  Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 10 to 12 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch . Below a mess of perch from Skegemog

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lake skegemog

Manistee lake is 10 to 12 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-3341 for latest info

Ice report for the week. Upper Hamlin Lake has anywhere from 10-13 inches on it. The shore ice has locked back up and machines can get back on now. Pere Marquette lake has 6-7 inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 6-7 inches. Only safe ice we’ve heard is off the south side launch. Downtown is not fish able.Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

 

Greg and his buddy kyle caught some nice lake trout on 
North lake Leelanau

lake Leelanau ice
North is 6-8″
South is 8-10″
No snow on either lake 
Call Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

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They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake has slowed on big perch lots of little ones the last few days, walleye and pike fishing has been good

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Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  

Otsego Lake has 10 to 14 inches and good perch and walleye some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake should have lots of fisherman this week as the ice is finally were guys can get out on sleds and quads7 to 9 inches. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425. West Side Grocery 989-821-039

Mike from saint helen bait reports First and third lake seem to be the most productive getting reports of 12-14in of ice and not much snow on top call mike@ (989) 808-1814

Tony laframboise with a 23.5in walleye

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Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with10 to 12 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. perch fishing has picked up. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort

A beautiful, crisp, sunny day on the bay today. The evening bite picked up this week. Walleyes and perch have been hitting right before dark. There are still a lot of throwback walleyes and some throwback pike lately. 

9 to 15 inches of ice, with the top 40% honeycombed. There are a few trucks going out and there hasn’t been any problems getting out.

Another thaw is in the forecast for this weekend with highs in the 40’s. We expect it to get slushy but it will be a nice and sunny weekend to be outside! We will update our page as conditions and bite changes.
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Give us a call at 906-647-1410 or 906-647-8120 to find where they are biting. There is a full moon that weekend too so it should be good fishin!

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Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has ok ice on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake has ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice and lots of small perch.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is open in most spots Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 8 to 10inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice and a few  guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 7 -9 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have great ice  and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Bear Lake: In Kalkaska County had good trout fishing for those using tip-ups with minnows in 40 feet.

Lake Skegemog: Had fair to good perch fishing.

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay are open water and boat anglers are heading out.

Portage Lake: Still had lots of ice fishing going on however the west end of the lake had open water. Anglers have caught a number of large perch.

Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing continues and those targeting panfish were taking bluegills, crappie and some perch. The walleye bite was hit-or-miss but anglers have caught some nice fish.

Lake Mitchell: Pike fishing has been good and the fish are still feeding. Some are using tip-ups while others are spearing. Fair to good panfish action continues.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers are still ice fishing and taking pike, a few walleye and some panfish.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Had excellent walleye fishing off Hoppies Tavern and Roberts Road. Anglers are fishing early morning or late afternoon. Not many perch were caught but a good number of burbot have been caught along with the walleye.

Mullett Lake: Still had good ice but overall fishing was slow. A few pike have been speared or caught on tip-ups in Pigeon River Bay and off Needle Point. Perch were caught in front of the library in Topinabee in 30 to 40 feet and off Dodge Point. No significant numbers of walleye have been caught.

Black Lake: Had good catches of walleye and pike on the north end.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout anglers are doing well in 80 to 100 feet with greys on tip-ups or jigging Swedish pimples and sand kickers. Perch have been found off the North State Park, Evergreen Park, the Sunken and the Main Islands and south of Flag Point and Point Detroit. The key is to target 40 to 60 feet and move around. Those jigging for lake trout have caught a few whitefish. Pike were taken on tip-ups with sucker minnows in 45 feet or so along the drop-off. For smelt, anglers are using wax worms and spikes with Hali jigs near the bottom at night in about 50 feet off the North State Park. There should be lots of anglers out for Winterfest this weekend.

Houghton Lake: Still has good pike action. Anglers were getting a good number of bluegills but are sorting out some small ones. Work the weed beds in 6 to 12 feet with wigglers and wax worms. The walleye bite was still slow but should pick up soon. Anglers still need to use caution near the large pressure crack.

Tawas: Ice fishing in Tawas Bay continued to be slow. Anglers report seeing walleye down their holes but nobody can get them to bite. A few small perch were caught. Those spearing for pike did well in 15 feet.

Au Gres: Anglers continue to take some perch in the Northport Marina. Down at the Pine River/Palmer Road vicinity, there were a lot of anglers and quite a few limit catches of perch were taken in about 8 feet. The fish ranged 7 to 10 inches or more. Anglers also caught and released undersize walleye.

Au Gres River: Down at Singing Bridge, a couple steelhead were taken in the lower river and in the surf when using spawn bags.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Pack ice blew in and froze up. Anglers walking out at the head of the bay had limited success. Shore ice on the Baraga side looks poor and no anglers were out. L’Anse had the most anglers fishing in front of the Falls River but catch rates were slow. Use extreme caution going out as the ice pack is unpredictable and hard to walk on. Take your time, use cleats and spud your way out.

Menominee River: Open water anglers were trying for walleye and whitefish below the Hattie Street Dam. Those at the 6th Street Slip were still catching walleye, crappie, perch and whitefish.

Little Bay De Noc: The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations in Northern Green Bay and Little Bay De Noc February 17th – 19th. The area of operations will be from Rock Island Passage north to Escanaba. All ice anglers should remove their ice shacks and equipment from these areas. ATV operators and other recreational users of the ice should avoid the shipping channels and use extreme caution near these areas.. Walleye catches have been down all winter and anglers have been unable to fish the southern waters where most of the walleye are because of poor ice conditions. Anglers did report some walleye caught in various locations when jigging wigglers or minnows in 20 to 30 feet. No high number of perch but some decent size fish have been caught. Good numbers of small pike were taken in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Warmer temperatures could cause some problems for ice anglers.

Munising: The action was slow. Anglers were mainly targeting whitefish and splake with eggs. A few were using minnows for splake but most of the fish were undersize. Some were able to get a few nice catches of whitefish averaging 15 inches at the city docks, the Anna River access and Sand Point. A couple anglers caught splake in the West Channel near the Clay Banks and off the red can near Christmas. Trout Bay did not have any fishable ice. With last week’s heavy snowfall, travel on the ice has been difficult because of heavy slush and water.

Grand Marais: Still had no fishable ice.

Indian Lake: In Schoolcraft County was producing some perch and a few walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers targeting perch in Hessel Bay reported taking between five and ten fish ranging 7 to 11 inches when jigging a combination of natural and artificial baits in and around 15 feet. Anglers were sorting through the small ones. Those targeting splake had very little success. Muskie Bay anglers were targeting pike and caught a few perch. The Les Cheneaux Islands had moderate fishing activity.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Is open water and walleye anglers have been out in boats. The Metro Park launch has a couple docks in.

Huron River: Anglers caught the occasional steelhead and even a couple walleye.

Detroit River: Had good perch fishing with many fish moving into shallow waters in the canals and inlets. Boat and shore anglers have done well with minnows and perch rigs. Boat anglers still need to be careful as ice is still coming down the river.

Lake St. Clair: The main lake is mostly open water. The canals and marina ice is very questionable.

Saginaw Bay: This may be the last week of fishable ice depending on what the weather does. Strong winds from the west did not help. Ice conditions will be day-to-day for the rest of the winter. Some nice catches of perch were taken off the end of Cody-Estey Road. There was still fishable ice from Palmer Road south to Pinconning and Newman Roads however the ice at the end of Linwood Road was honeycombed and did not look safe. The ice sheet is well offshore from Linwood down to the Bay City State Park. Even the shore ice is gone at the State Park. They’re still fishing off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee where the perch fishing was very good last week with perch up to 14 inches taken. The ice blew out at Thomas Road late last week but then it blew back in with the strong winds on Sunday. The connection between the shore ice and the sheet ice was not good and no one should try jumping the crack to get to the offshore ice or you may find yourself taking a long ride on a sheet of ice. There is visible open water offshore from most access points so anglers need to use extreme caution. Beware of the ice at Caseville. It may have broken up after the strong winds.

Saginaw River: Most boat ramps were still iced in, but a few guys were launching small boats from shore at Wickes Park and beneath the I-675 Bridge. Launches that were open were Rust Avenue, the Zilwaukee Ramp, and below the Independence Bridge. All the other ramps in Bay City were iced in but might open up by next week. The river was pretty fast and muddy and fishing was slow.

Tittabawassee River: Had a good number of boat and shore anglers at the launch at Gordonville Road but fishing was slow. The boats that went up to the Dow Dam got a few walleye, but the boats and shore anglers around Gordonville Road and Mapleton really didn’t catch much. Further downstream, ice hinders shore fishing and the launch ramps were iced in.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Some lakes still had enough soft ice to prevent boating, but were not safe to walk on. Lake Macatawa had shoreline ice only. Gull Lake is open with ice in the protected coves and along the shoreline.

St. Joseph: Boat anglers are getting out for some early brown trout, coho and steelhead action on Lake Michigan.

St. Joseph River: Had high water levels but the steelhead action was good.

Black River: Was producing the occasional steelhead.

Saugatuck: Boat anglers were out for coho, brown trout and steelhead.

Kalamazoo River: Was open and accessible by boat. Anglers have caught good numbers of steelhead and brown trout. Most fish are dark and appear to be winter holdovers.

Rabbit River: A couple steelhead were caught at the Hamilton Dam when drifting bright yarn flies or spawn.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers were heading out for steelhead, brown trout and coho.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has steelhead up near the dam and a couple walleye have been caught.

Grand River at Lansing: Had very few anglers and those out had no luck. Steelhead are moving around but no fish were spotted beyond the Webber Dam.

Muskegon River: Water levels were still on the high side but coming down. Steelhead fishing was slow but some walleye were caught below Croton Dam.

Events for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend 2017

15.5 lb 35 inch walleye out of Lake Margrethe
15.5 lb 35 inch walleye out of Lake Margrethe

Bay County
Event Name: Free Fishing Festival
Location: Saginaw Bay Visitor Center at Bay City State Recreation Area, 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Details: Activities focus on getting out and exploring Michigan’s winter recreation. Activities include an Ice Fishing Derby, Youth Ice Fishing Clinic, and other demonstrations!
Contact: blaschkav@michigan.gov, 989-667-0717

Benzie County
Event Name: First-Annual Inter-Loch-Ness Tri-County Ice Fishing Tournament
Location: Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: 6 a.m. (Saturday) until 3 p.m. (Sunday)
Details: Fish any lake in Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties! More information available online at gtasfa.com/. Anglers should register online or at Haven’s Interlochen Party Store. 
Contact: info@gtasfa.com

Event Name: Take a Kid Ice Fishing
Location: 602 Main Street, Frankfort (City of Frankfort Marina)
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 12 p.m.
Details: Join the Benzie Water Festival as they host “Take a Kid Ice Fishing”! Rods, bait, shanties and volunteer instruction will be provided. 
Contact: joshuastoltzis@gmail.com, 231-640-0200

Emmet County
Event Name: Friends of Oden Fish Hatchery Ice Fishing Event
Location: Camp Petosega, 11000 Camp Petosega Road, Alanson
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: A day of free ice fishing on Pickerel Lake with gear, bait, food and entertainment provided. 
Contact: mhent@hughes.net, 231-548-5694

Gogebic County
Event Name: 8th Annual Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Contest
Location: Wakefield VFW Post 9084
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Join this annual ice fishing contest where lots of prizes are raffled off!
Contact: clerk@cityofwakefield.org, 906-229-5131 x 1002

Grand Traverse County
Event Name: First-Annual Inter-Loch-Ness Tri-County Ice Fishing Tournament
Location: Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: TBD
Details: Fish any lake in Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties! More information available online at gtasfa.com/. Anglers should register online or at Haven’s Interlochen Party Store. 
Contact: info@gtasfa.com

Gratiot County
Event Name: Fish the Chip during Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Any river-running Chippewa Watershed Conservancy sites
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: Sunrise to sunset, both days
Details: Fish the Chippewa River or any of its tributaries from any of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy river-running preserve sites.
Contact: katie@chippewawatershedconservancy.org, 989-772-5777

Huron County
Event Name: Caseville Shanty Days
Location: 5020 N. Caseville Road, Caseville
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: 11 am to 10 pm (Saturday) & 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Details: The 25th annual Shanty Days will feature a two-day contest for anglers. The angler who catches the biggest walleye, lake trout, yellow perch or northern pike will win a prize!
Contact: email@casevillechamber.com, 989-856-3818

Iron County
Event Name: Fuzz & Dave’s Mid City ice fishing contest
Location: Any Iron County lake
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: Join the Fuzz & Dave’s Mid City Caspian ice fishing contest. Hosted by the Mid City Bar & Grill, located at 224 East Caspian Avenue in Iron River.
Contact: lbander@up.net, 906-367-3398

Isabella County
Event Name: Fish the Chip during Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Any river-running Chippewa Watershed Conservancy sites
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: Sunrise to sunset, both days
Details: Fish the Chippewa River or any of its tributaries from any of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy river-running preserve sites.
Contact: katie@chippewawatershedconservancy.org, 989-772-5777

Leelanau County
Event Name: First-Annual Inter-Loch-Ness Tri-County Ice Fishing Tournament
Location: Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: TBD
Details: Fish any lake in Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties! More information available online at gtasfa.com/. Anglers should register online or at Haven’s Interlochen Party Store. 
Contact: info@gtasfa.com

Mecosta County
Event Name: Fish the Chip during Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Any river-running Chippewa Watershed Conservancy sites
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: Sunrise to sunset, both days
Details: Fish the Chippewa River or any of its tributaries from any of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy river-running preserve sites.
Contact: katie@chippewawatershedconservancy.org, 989-772-5777

Montcalm County
Event Name: Fish the Chip during Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Any river-running Chippewa Watershed Conservancy sites
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: Sunrise to sunset, both days
Details: Fish the Chippewa River or any of its tributaries from any of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy river-running preserve sites.
Contact: katie@chippewawatershedconservancy.org, 989-772-5777

Newaygo County
Event Name: Dam to Dam 2017
Location: Croton Bay Trading Post, 8249 S. Croton Hardy Drive, Newaygo
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: Come ice fishing on Croton Pond at this event sponsored by Croton Bay Trading Post, WLAV and Leinenkugel.
Contact: 231-652-2250

Oakland County
Event Name: Seven Lakes State Park Free Ice Fishing Derby
Location: Seven Lakes State Park, 14390 Fish Lake Road, Holly
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: This kid-friendly event is sponsored by the Izaak Walton League of America.
Contact: dunkelj1@michigan.gov or colea3@michigan.gov, 248-634-7271

Event Name: Winterfest on Higgins Lake
Location: 105 Castner Legion Drive, Lyon Township
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: All day
Details: Join the pancake breakfast and fishing contest put on by Friends of Lyon Township. There will also be kid-friendly games!
Contact: donnickel53@yahoo.com, 989-821-6727

Otsego County
Event Name: Northland Sportsman Club Fishing Derby
Location: Otsego Lake State Park, 7136 Old 27 South, Gaylord
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: Join this special event held at the Otsego Lake State Park boat launch.
Contact: monfortonjim@yahoo.com, 989-619-9393

Roscommon County
Event Name: WinterFest 2017
Location: Higgins Lake, North Higgins Lake State Park
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 8 a.m. to ??
Details: Join this annual event for only $5 per person. The Higgins Lake Fishing Derby will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from North Higgins Lake State Park. Tons of other activities will be held as well. For more information visit hlrcc.com/chamber-events/winterfest.
Contact: info@hlrcc.com, 989-275-8760

Event Name: Catch Us If You Can – Double Up
Location: Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, Lake St. Helen
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: All day, both days
Details: Catch one of the more than 200 tagged fish in Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake or Lake St. Helen and win a prize.
Contact: info@visithoughtonlake.com, 989-422-2002

Tuscola County
Event Name: 22nd Annual Ice Fishing Contest
Location: The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, 2315 Harmon Lake Road, Mayville
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: Join this annual contest and try to catch the $7,000 northern pike! The contest is hosted by Rob Trott and Susie Trott of Great Lakes Outdoors.
Contact: camp@thefowlercenter.org, 989-670-2050

Van Buren County
Event Name: Wild about Winter Activity Day
Location: Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, 34270 County Road 652, Mattawan
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Details: Ice Fishing 101 courses will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Additional activities will include snowshoeing, a winter scavenger hunt and much more!
Contact: ramseys2@michigan.gov, 269-668-2876

Wexford County
Event Name: Family Ice Fishing
Location: Carl T. Johnson Hunt & Fish Center, 6087 M-115, Cadillac
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 12-4 p.m.
Details: Join Outdoor Skills Academy Pro-Staff at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center for an on-the-ice experience and learn how to ice fish.  
Contact: shawe@michigan.gov, 231-779-1321

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FIFE LAKE ICE FISHING DERBY

Feb 11, 2017 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fife Lake DNR Public Parking Lot
East State Street
Fife Lake, MI 49633
$20
CONTACT & MORE INFO
Contact: Kathy Gwizdala
Email: kathy@fifelakelodging.com
Phone: 231-357-2767
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They are catching smelt on Higgins Lake this year

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Houghton Lake hog. Check out this 30 1/2″, 8 1/2lb walleye out of Houghton Lake. It’s been a really tough bite for eyes the past few weeks, but Tom Gratz from Dorr, MI figured it out. He was on the west shore in 10 fow using a tip-up. Great job, Tom!

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Mike from Saint Helen Bait-shop reports First and third lake seem to be the most productive getting reports of 12-14 inches of ice and not much snow on top. Nice perch being caught on the two lake. call mike@ 989-808-1814

The three fisherman with the fish Johnny smiecinski, Richie myers and zach kopolous

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Buc’s Fishing Report

Lake Missaukee  

 

Mr. Miller from Miller’s Corner reports Current Ice Report: BRRRR! It’s 12 degrees here this morning. The rain did not negatively impact Lake Missaukee. In fact, it’s snowing here right now & the ice is a solid 16″. Unfortunately, I don’t have a fishing report due to the lack of patrons that weren’t willing to chance the wet weather we have endured. However, I know there are tons of fish in there to be caught. See you folks this weekend!Image may contain: 1 person

 

. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell-

Ice Report!!! 2/9/17
Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell
I know you guys down state lost your ice… again…
But don’t worry we have plenty!
We’re sitting on about a minimum of 14″-15″ in all places.

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Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s On The Lake reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid  Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 10 to 12 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch . Below a mess of perch from Skegemog

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lake skegemog

Manistee lake is 10 to 12 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-3341 for latest info

Ice report for the week. Upper Hamlin Lake has anywhere from 10-13 inches on it. The shore ice has locked back up and machines can get back on now. Pere Marquette lake has 6-7 inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 6-7 inches. Only safe ice we’ve heard is off the south side launch. Downtown is not fish able.Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake has slowed on big perch lots of little ones the last few days, walleye and pike fishing has been good

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Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 10 to 14 inches and good perch and walleye some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake should have lots of fisherman this week as the ice is finally were guys can get out on sleds and quads7 to 9 inches. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425. West Side Grocery 989-821-039

Lake St. Helen has 10 to12 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with10 to 12 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. perch fishing has picked up. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort

More keeper walleyes are coming in, but in between many throwbacks. Perch picked up a tad and seem to be biting mostly during the middle of the day. The pike have finally made an appearance—we got reports of some throwbacks and a few monsters. Chartreuse has been the hot color and working with a live minnow or a head.We have been making some good, clear ice, but there is still more honeycombed ice than clear ice. Thickness ranges from 8 to 12 inches. We had whiteout conditions most of the day today so there are small drifts and bare ice patches. 

A Shout out to the guys at AMI in Sault Ste. Marie for following our reports!

Give us a call at 906-647-1410 or 906-647-8120 to find where they are biting. There is a full moon that weekend too so it should be good fishin!

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Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has ok ice on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake has ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice and lots of small perch.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake has started to heal and this weekend things should get better for ice fishing. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 8 to 10inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice and a few  guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 7 -9 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have great ice  and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Charlevoix: The South Arm was producing steelhead, pike and some walleye

Lake Bellaire: Night anglers were taking walleye in about 25 feet.

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay were open water. Boats were still launching however catch rates were slow.

Boardman River: Was producing some fresh steelhead.

Crystal Lake: In Benzie County still had open water.

Green Lake: Those targeting smelt have done well off the National Music Camp. Try small minnows in 35 to 50 feet. Anglers were fishing the far south end and getting smelt. The bite was best about 4pm and again between 7 – 9pm.

Portage Lake: Ice anglers reported a slow bite. They can see fish down the holes however they could not get them to bite. Those using tip-ups were still catching pike.

Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing is going strong with good catches of pike, panfish and the occasional walleye. Anglers were taking snowmobiles and quads out. The canal that connects the two lakes is open water so caution needs to be used.

Lake Mitchell: Also has good ice and lots of anglers taking pike on tip-ups with minnows. Panfish were hitting on minnows, wigglers and wax worms. Some have taken the occasional walleye.

Lake Missaukee: Had good ice as well. Anglers were taking a fair to good number of pike, panfish and a few walleye.

Big Star Lake: Was producing panfish for those using minnow, wigglers and wax worms. Pike are hitting on tip-ups with big minnows.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mullett Lake: Still has ice however anglers should avoid the areas near the inlets and outlets. A few walleye have been caught around Needle Point in 20 feet. Pike and walleye were taken in Pigeon River Bay.

Higgins Lake: Has ice but anglers need to be careful where there are springs along the shoreline and near the creek mouths. Lake trout are being caught on minnows about 5 feet off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. Perch were caught but anglers are sorting through the small ones. Hot spots were the North State Park, near the Sunken and the Main Island, off the Garrish Township Park and off Flag Point in 40 to 60 feet. Most were using jigs with minnows, wigglers and wax worms. A few smelt have been caught at night near the North State Park and Big Creek. The fish were near the bottom in about 50 feet. Pike were taken on tip-ups but those spearing were not doing as well.

Houghton Lake: Some were fishing around the large pressure crack but caution needs to be used. The walleye bite picked up and some were reporting limit catches. Pike are still hitting on tip-ups. No word on pike spearing. The panfish bite was hit-or-miss.

Tawas: Not much effort was reported over the last week. A couple pike were speared, and a couple menominee and some small perch were caught. No walleye have been recorded so far this winter.

Au Gres: Some perch were caught in the Northport Marina.

Au Gres River: Fishing in the river and the adjacent bayou was slow. In the East Branch, steelhead fishing slowed in the lower river near the Singing Bridge and for those surfcasting.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Still had no ice. Shore anglers have caught some coho, steelhead, brown trout and lake herring when casting spoons. Silver and orange were good colors.

Menominee River: Anglers fishing from the 6th Street ramp caught a few perch, walleye, whitefish and crappie.

Little Bay De Noc: Had very little change in ice conditions. A few anglers were fishing south of the Escanaba River but ice conditions are very dangerous and anglers should avoid this area. Overall fishing was slow although perch remained fair. Walleye catches were low with most fish undersize. Most were fishing near Kipling and the First, Second and Third Reefs with minnows and wigglers in 24 to 30 feet. The best perch catches were in 17 to 30 feet near Kipling. Pike catches slowed but fish were still taken in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor, near Gladstone, and out from the Terrace Bay Inn and the Day’s River with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 10 to 35 feet.

Munising: Received 8 to 10 inches of snow. Snow squalls and blowing snow along with a lot of slush on the ice will make travel difficult. Anglers were ice fishing off Brown’s Public Launch, the city docks, the Anna River, and Sand Point. There was some slush on the ice. There was open water between Sand Point and Grand Island so access to the ice caves is not possible. Areas that are unsafe or questionable are off the Grand Island Ferry access, Powell Point, Sand Point and towards the “green can” off Christmas. Catch rates were hit-or-miss. Some did well with a few limit catches of whitefish. For splake, most of the fish caught were undersize. Catch rates for perch were low. Spearing shacks off the Anna River report slow action for lake herring. Water clarity was somewhat muddy.

Grand Marais: Had no fishable ice.

Munuscong Bay: Walleye fishing was spotty. The better fishing was around Grassy Island, north of Pine Island, and between Gull and Pine Islands. Perch are scattered all over the bay with low harvest numbers being reported. Splake fishing is good especially in Wilderness Bay. Be very careful on the ice and stay out of the deep water because the ice there was not safe.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing in Musky Bay has declined but the pike fishing was very good. Those targeting perch have done well in Hessel Bay and around Little Joe Island.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Detroit River: Had very little fishing activity. The ice was not safe in the canals and the marinas and ice floe coming down the river is hampering access for boat anglers.

Lake St. Clair: Conditions continue to be highly variable and very unpredictable. Main lake ice was beginning to form this past week but the rain and warm temperatures will be a setback once again. Anglers should proceed with caution.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions were not good to start with and after the rain, they are even worse. So much water on the ice will make it very slippery and will make it much harder to tell where the thin ice is. Anglers will need to use extreme caution. A handful of 7 to 9 inch perch were taken off White’s Beach out near the first crack. No anglers were going out beyond the first crack for fear of being caught on an ice floe. Perch were taken off Sunny Cove which is at the end of Knickerbocker Road in 6 to 7 feet and off Newman Road in 4 to 5 feet. The perch bite off Linwood was hit-or-miss. Be sure to watch for soft spots in the ice out there. The best perch fishing was off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee. Anglers fishing up the east side toward Hidden Harbor (Tietz Drain) reported limit catches of perch 10 to 15 inches taken in 5 to 8 feet. A few panfish were taken in Sunset Bay Marina. The Coast Guard had to go out and get a group of guys out in the Slot so the pressure crack out there must be active. Fishing from Sebewaing to Caseville was light and scattered and catch rates were hit-or-miss. Those getting perch were sorting through the small ones. There are four large areas of open water off Mud Creek and they seem to be getting bigger so extreme caution must be used. Some nice lake trout were caught through the ice near the breakwall at Caseville when jigging spoons tipped with minnows.

Saginaw River: A few perch were caught on the ice inside the Yacht Club at the mouth. Most of the boat ramps along the river had frozen up again, limiting angler access. There’s no ice to fish on, so it’s boats or shore fishing only. Some were launching small boats under the I-675 Bridge in Saginaw. They caught a lot of undersize walleye but were still getting a few keepers. Try pink jig-heads with minnows. The rivers will be running high, fast and muddy after all the rain.

Tittabawassee River: Had a lot of floating ice which hindered fishing. There was some open water up by Gordonville Road and Mapleton, but fishing was pretty slow with only an occasional walleye taken. The Gordonville ramp was iced in and not useable.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Small shallow lakes and shallow or protected bays were providing some ice fishing opportunities however large lakes or lakes with any flow were not safe. In the Kalamazoo area, the word is very little safe ice. Most lakes in the area opened up after the last warm up and were not considered safe. Closer to Lansing, anglers were fishing a few lakes however ice conditions are variable. Anglers should use extreme caution. Flow in the rivers is above average and will continue to climb for the next couple days.

St. Joseph River: Water levels were up and stained. The rain and warm temperatures increased the steelhead bite.

Kalamazoo River: Had some fresh steelhead move up into the river. Those using spawn or small spoons have caught fish.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has plenty of steelhead including some fresh fish moving up into the system. The Rogue River also had some fish being caught when anglers could find a spot with no ice.

Grand River at Lansing: Anglers were getting a few pike near the North Lansing Dam. Most were using live bait under a bobber.

Maple River: Was producing a few pike near the Elsie Dam.

Jackson County: There was no safe ice and no ice fishing on Wamplers Lake.

Muskegon River: Steelhead and some brown trout were caught in the slower waters

Ice Fishing and Ice is Great in Northern Michigan

Rob caught a nice pike on Indian Lake by Manistque – 40″ 15 lbs!

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Lyman’s on the Lake reports. Logan from St. Claire Shores is back in mid-season form with his limit of gills & crappie on Houghton Lake. He was using spikes and waxies.

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Buc’s Fishing Report

 

Lake Missaukee  

We still have 14 solid inches on Missaukee. Spotty slush out on the lake. Lots of slush in the shore area. The standing water is diminishing. There are still vehicles & ATV’s driving out. 

Mr. Miller from Miller’s Corner ice is 10 to 14 inches of hard ice

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. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell-

 

Ice Update!!! 2/1/2017
Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac
It’s cold again and we’re making Ice!
There is 14″+ on both lakes. If you don’t have a power auger you’re going to want one.

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Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s On The Lake reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid  Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 10 to 12 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch . Below a mess of perch from Skegemog

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Manistee lake is 10 to 12 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-3341 for latest info

Ice report for the week. Upper Hamlin Lake has anywhere from 10-13 inches on it. The shore ice has locked back up and machines can get back on now. Pere Marquette lake has 6-7 inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 6-7 inches. Only safe ice we’ve heard is off the south side launch. Downtown is not fish able.Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake has slowed on big perch lots of little ones the last few days, walleye and pike fishing has been good

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Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 10 to 14 inches and good perch and walleye some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake should have lots of fisherman this week as the ice is finally were guys can get out on sleds and quads7 to 9 inches. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425. West Side Grocery 989-821-039

Lake St. Helen has 10 to12 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with10 to 12 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. perch fishing has picked up. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort

Things have calmed down quite a bit since the tournament. The bay has been nice and quiet, and making ice the past few days. The thickness ranges from 8-13 inches. The top half is honeycombed and the bottom half is clear. There is a pressure crack near Sand Island. Not much snow on top, so it’s easy for sleds, four-wheelers, and side-by-sides to get out.Perch slowed down a little. Good eatin’ sized Walleyes are hanging around the islands. A lot of throwbacks being caught and a few keepers. Reports of a some throwback pike.Side note: We just got a cabin opening for the weekend of 11th this month. That cabin has 1 double and 2 twin beds. Give us a call at 906-647-1410 or 906-647-8120 to reserve it. There is a full moon that weekend too so it should be good fishin!

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Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has ok ice on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake has ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice and lots of small perch.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake has started to heal and this weekend things should get better for ice fishing. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 8 to 10inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice and a few  guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 7 -9 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have great ice  and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice in this area survived the warm up for the most part and was already firming back up with the cold temperatures. Deep snow may hamper travel in certain areas. Steelhead fishing was decent but the number of anglers will drop off again until the next thaw.

Charlevoix County: Deer Lake was producing perch and pike, Hoffman Lake was producing perch and Thumb Lake anglers were getting perch and splake.

Lake Charlevoix: The South Arm had ice but conditions were iffy at Ironton near Holy Island. There is some work being done at the marina at Ironton and anglers should avoid this area.

Lake Bellaire: Had a good walleye bite in 25 to 30 feet.

Lake Skegemog: Was producing some nice perch.

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay were open water. Deep snow at the launches was making it difficult for boat anglers. If they can get out, they should still find some yellow perch and lake herring.

South Lake Leelanau: Perch were caught in 15 feet by the “Narrows”. Walleye were caught on emerald shiners in 20 to 25 feet.

Green Lake: Ice anglers were targeting smelt.

Portage Lake: Ice fishing continues and anglers were getting some nice perch between the two camps. Pike anglers using tip-ups were taking fish.

Lake Cadillac: The ice was holding and the slush has frozen back up. The panfish bite slowed but crappie were caught. Anglers could see fish but they did not want to bite. Walleye were still hitting and those spearing have taken pike.

Lake Mitchell: The ice was holding here as well and the slush has frozen. Panfish were slow but anglers were spearing pike and getting the occasional walleye.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers have caught pike, walleye and panfish.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Was producing some nice walleye in Maple Bay.

Mullett Lake: Anglers are urged to use caution when going out on the ice as some areas of the lake had thin ice. There was open water on Pigeon River Bay because of the Pigeon River. The few heading out only caught a couple perch and walleye.

Black Lake: Was producing good catches of walleye and pike on the north end.

Lake Margrethe: Was sloppy with a lot of slush but it should refreeze. There were a lot of shanties in 10 to 20 feet where anglers were targeting bluegills and perch.

Oscoda: Pier anglers were catching lake trout on minnows.

Higgins Lake: Has ice and anglers were catching perch in 45 to 65 feet and lake trout in 90 feet or more.

Houghton Lake: The large pressure crack is closing up on the ends near shore but anglers will still need to be careful out further. Anglers will still need to watch for spearing holes which will take longer to refreeze. The lake is rough and has ruts now that the slush is freezing. The walleye bite was slow. Anglers were using jigs with blues or jigs with wax worms. If the fish are not hitting, change it up and go smaller. The pike have been very active and providing good catches. For panfish, the bluegill bite was good. Some were getting crappie and even a few perch.

Tawas: Those spearing pike got a few on Tawas Bay. Walleye and perch fishing out near Jerry’s Marina remained slow. Inside the state harbor, anglers saw lots of shiners and shad down the holes, but they also noted the presence of large lake trout feeding on the abundant baitfish. A few had lake trout on, but none were landed.

Au Gres: The bay off the Pine River mouth and Palmer Road was still muddy, and there was very little fishing pressure.

Au Gres River: Some perch were taken out of the lower river and the Northport Marina basin. Down at the mouth of Whitney Drain (Singing Bridge access site), open-water anglers caught steelhead in the lower river and when surfcasting with spawn bags.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Had no ice. Cold nights have produced some skim ice only to be blown out by morning.

Houghton County: Anglers reported good success for large pike and walleye on Portage Lake and in Chassell Bay.

Lake Gogebic: Was producing walleye and jumbo perch.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have improved slightly with the colder nights but most anglers are still fishing north of the Escanaba River. Deep ruts from melting and refreezing have made travel difficult in some areas so use caution. For walleye, a few catches were reported off the reefs near Kipling but the action was spotty. Anglers were reporting good numbers of undersize fish in most areas. They were jigging rapalas and using tip-ups in 22 to 30 feet. Some perch were caught on minnows and wigglers in 17 to 28 feet at the First and Second Reefs. Northern pike have been fairly abundant throughout. Good catches were reported in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor.

Munuscong Bay: Had good walleye success. Perch fishing seems to pick up and then slow back down. The best spots were north of Pine and Grassy Islands or between Pine and Gull Islands. The ice was not quite thick enough for deep water fishing. Please use caution.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers are fishing Wilderness Bay for yellow perch and splake. Hessel Bay was producing a good number of perch. Muskie Bay picked up for perch and pike, especially at Rice Point. Pike spearing was good in Urie Bay. Little Joe Island in Cedarville Bay was producing some nice perch.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Detroit River: Some perch were caught off the docks in the marinas, in the canals and down near the mouth.

Lake St. Clair: With the last few weeks of warm weather several people have fallen through the ice. Conditions are improving but anglers should wait a bit longer. Those thinking about trying the canals and marinas by the weekend will need to use extreme caution when venturing out on newly formed or refrozen ice.

Clinton River: Anglers caught some steelhead in certain branches.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions continue to be highly variable. A lot of areas that were open water have just frozen over again. Snow cover on the new ice will make it hard to judge for safety. Anglers should use extreme caution because the ice could be safe in one area and your next step may only be on ice that is a half inch thick. It should also be noted that about six anglers were stuck on an ice floe off Linwood last week so think twice about crossing the pressure cracks. The bay is not even close to being frozen all the way across, so there is nothing to keep one ice sheet attached to another. All the cuts along the east side were open and flowing. Fishing was slow but those targeting perch near shore caught some decent size fish but no large numbers. Fish were reported off Pinconning, Newman Road and Linwood Road in 3 to 4 feet. The action was very slow at the Hot Pond. On the Quanicassee River, shore anglers targeting perch had no luck. Watch the ice near Vanderbilt Park. Ice anglers at the end of Sagatoo Road caught bluegills, sunfish and crappie inside Sunset Bay Marina. From Sebewaing northward, fishing pressure was light and the newly forming ice was thin. Anglers need to be careful near Geiger Road, Bay Port and Mud Creek. The Sebewaing River is just now freezing over and the Pigeon River was still open.

Saginaw River: Had open water fishing. The river was still a bit high and fast after the recent thaw, but the clarity was improving somewhat. Most boat launches were usable but the cold weather may cause them to ice up again. Boat anglers managed to get a few walleye with bright colored jig heads tipped with shiners near the I-675 Bridge and just downstream of the U.S.S. Edson near the Independence Bridge.

Tittabawassee River: Also had open water fishing and higher water levels. Boat and shore anglers were noted near the access site at Gordonville Road but fishing was slow with only a few smaller walleye taken. Boats fishing out of the launch at Center Road had no luck.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Most of the inland lakes especially in the southern part of the unit do not have safe ice. Anglers have been getting out on some of the smaller lakes in the northern part. The ice seems to be very spotty, so anglers need to use extreme caution and check the ice frequently when heading out to fish. Recent snowfall has not helped and will make it harder to see those areas that are not safe.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing slowed once again but walleye were caught.

Kalamazoo River: Had excellent steelhead fishing but the bite will no doubt slow with the colder weather. Shore anglers took limit catches in Saugatuck and Douglas with spawn on the bottom.

Thornapple River: Anglers were having good success here as well.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Still had some steelhead up near the Sixth Street Dam. A few walleye could still be found.

Muskegon River: Was high and muddy but still producing some nice steelhead.

Ice is holding on in Northern Michigan

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Jan 26 – Jan 29 · Dan’s Resort · Pickford

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The Soo Area Sportsmans Club has organized their annual walleye tournament on Munuscong Bay. Top prizes include 1st place $700, 2nd place $500, 3rd place Ion Auger, 4th place $300. There are lots of prizes, kids prizes, mystery weights, draw prizes, and hawg of the day challenges. It’s a great, fun-filled weekend for all ages! We are proud to host it at our place once again. Hope to see you there! Tickets are available in our tackle shop. $30 adults, $5 kids.

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Houghton Lake Ice Fishing Report from Lyman’s on the Lake. Dave and Dan said the walleye bite was slow the past couple of days so they’ve been targeting gills. They kept about 16 tonight (Dan caught most of them). Widow Maker tungsten jigs tipped with red spikes, waxies and wigglers were the most effective. They said the ice is still around 11″ to 14″ on the west side, but you have to be careful of the expanding auger and spearing holes. The lake should start building ice starting tomorrow night and a little snow later this week.

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From Lyman;s on the Lake.

They said the ice is still around 11″ to 14″ on the west side, but you have to be careful of the expanding auger and spearing holes. The lake should start building ice starting tomorrow night and a little snow later this week.

These kids know how to catch fish!!! Cassandra Schwager (12) from Shelby Township caught 4 pike on tip-ups. She named this one “Rod”..an impressive 25 1/2″ and over 4lbs. Rease Cale (9) from Mt Pleasant is showing off his 20 3/4″ northern he caught on a tip-up with a golden shiner. Jake Fitzpatrick (13) from Middleton is back with 3 pike and a nice perch. He was using suckers on his tip-ups. Well done, guys! Nice to see you unplug from the electronic toys and enjoy the outdoors.

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Millers Corner  Lake Missaukee reports

We still have 14 solid inches on Missaukee. Spotty slush out on the lake. Lots of slush in the shore area. The standing water is diminishing. There are still vehicles & ATV’s driving out. 

Heard of 3 Pike speared in the last couple days. Walleye have been biting good. No recent reports of panfish.

 

The Hall brothers did well this morning. Great job boys!

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Buc’s Fishing Report

 

Lake Missaukee  

We still have 14 solid inches on Missaukee. Spotty slush out on the lake. Lots of slush in the shore area. The standing water is diminishing. There are still vehicles & ATV’s driving out. 

. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

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Ice Update!!! 1/25/17 Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac.
There is about 12″ in most places. The bottom 8″ is good ice, the top 4″ is of varying hardness. Expect many wet spots on the surface with slush hiding under the fresh inch of snow. The shoreline is holding up fine for the most part, only a few isolated areas with water.

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Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s On The Lake reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid and the surface is covered with a layer of water, so it’s very slick. Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 7 to 10 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 8 to 10 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-3341 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 8″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake has been great but be careful as there is some soft spots.

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Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 8 to 10 inches and good perch and walleye some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake Ice is holding up just fine on the north end, have only checked the north.. 6-8 inches, half inch of slop on top. south-end6 to 5 inches.. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425. West Side Grocery 989-821-039

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with10 to 12 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. A 15.5 lb 35 inch walleye was caught on the lake this week Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort The ice is still holding up well despite the above-freezing temperatures today. The top is still firm packed. Sleds and quads were out today. There is still deep slush under the snowy patches. The bite was hit or miss. Some caught only a few perch while others got their limit on walleyes. Perch did well during the day while the walleyes seem to hit in late morning. 

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We will keep you updated as conditions will most likely change through this long thaw we are entering..Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has ok ice on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake has ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice but few are fishing.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is open and some are out in boats. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice and a few  guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 4-6 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have ice but be careful and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay are open water. Boat anglers have caught perch up to 12 inches but are sorting through a lot of small ones. They were fishing in about 60 feet near Yuba and Elk Rapids in the East Bay and in front of the Boardman River in the West Bay. The lake herring bite has been good in both bays.

Portage Lake: Was producing walleye and some very nice perch.

Lake Cadillac: Still had ice but slush and water were making travel a little more difficult. Those finding crappie and bluegills were moving from hole to hole and using dark colored jigs with spikes. Some have caught the occasional walleye. Pike continue to hit on tip-ups.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing crappie and bluegills. Check out the coves. Those using tip-ups are taking a few pike and walleye.

Manistee River: Anglers have caught some steelhead during the warm-up.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead anglers have done well when using spawn, flies and beads.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mullett Lake: Anglers are urged to use extreme caution because the ice thickness has not been uniform. Anglers may find good ice in one spot and only a couple inches in another. Most were fishing the north end near Aloha State Park and Dodge Point but fishing was slow with only a couple walleye taken. A couple pike were caught off the state park and a handful of perch were taken off the launch at Lynn Road.

Higgins Lake: The ice was pulling away from the shoreline. Anglers targeting perch off the North State Park were starting to get a few smelt. Most were using minnows, wigglers or wax worms in 40 to 50 feet.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice however anglers will still need to be careful and watch for existing holes that anglers have made and pike spearing holes which expanded with the warmer weather. Caution needs to be used as the pressure crack has also gotten bigger and extends about seven miles from the south side DNR Launch all the way up to Long Point. Anglers have done well for bluegills and crappie. Bluegills were hitting on wax worms, red spikes and wigglers. Crappie were hitting on jigs with minnows. Pink, purple, chartreuse and fire-tiger were good colors. For pike, anglers were using tip-ups with golden’s and suckers. The walleye bite slowed but a few were taken on rattle jigs tipped with a wiggler.

Tawas: Had light fishing pressure near Jerry’s Marina, but anglers were still getting out there. Those with cameras could see a variety of fish over the artificial reef but the fish would not bite. There are vast numbers of shiners and gizzard shad down there and it’s hard to compete with Mother Nature’s smorgasbord. Nevertheless, a few pike were speared and one whitefish was caught.

Tawas River: Had open water but no anglers were seen.

Au Gres: Perch fishing in Wigwam Bay has slowed due to muddy water coming out of both the Rifle and Pine Rivers. Ice conditions were questionable including the area near Palmer Road where some reported four-wheelers going through the ice.

Au Gres River: Most of the river had little to no fishing activity due to poor ice conditions however surf anglers at the Singing Bridge were catching good numbers of steelhead.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the region were getting sloppy with a couple inches of slush on top. Colder temperatures by the end of the week should shore the ice back up.

Lake Gogebic: Was producing a good number of walleye.

Menominee River: Most angling pressure has been at the 6th Street Slip where anglers have caught walleye, crappie, whitefish and a few perch when jigging wax worms or minnows.

Little Bay De Noc: Warm temperatures and rain have worsened ice conditions throughout the area. Heavy fog and slush have limited travel. A good number of shanties were pulled before the surface refreezes. Anglers should avoid the area south of Gladstone because of dangerous ice conditions. Some were taking vehicles out on the ice however it is not recommended as several mishaps have been reported. Fishing remains slow. The better perch fishing was near Kipling with wigglers and minnows in 26 feet. There was no good spot for walleye as catches were spotty. Anglers were targeting 26 to 35 feet near Hunters Point, the Second, Third and Center Reefs. They were marking fish but finding it hard to catch them and those actually catching fish were getting undersize walleye and pike. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor also reported high numbers of small northern pike. Whitefish anglers concentrated on the Gladstone area but only a few catches were reported in 28 to 35 feet. Conditions were messy so anglers should be prepared for walking and using portable shanties.

Manistique Lakes: More slush has accumulated on the ice making travel a little more difficult. Good walleye and perch fishing were reported.

Munuscong Bay: Had a lot of slush on the ice. Walleye fishing has picked up and the perch fishing was good off Grassy Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Still had ice with slush on top. Hessel Bay is still the place to go for perch and splake. Anglers are also fishing Wilderness Bay for splake and some larger perch. Muskie Bay is very good for pike and fair for perch.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Huron River: Had some anglers targeting steelhead.

Detroit River: Is wide open. A few boats were going out but most were sticking to the canals because of all the ice coming down. Perch anglers were fishing off the docks in the marinas and in the canals near Gibraltar but were sorting through a lot of small ones to get a few keepers.

Saginaw Bay: The January thaw has ruined the ice in many places. Ice conditions off the end of Linwood Road were “iffy” at best. A couple anglers tried open-water fishing in the Hot Pond but had no success. The perch action at Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee was slow and many were leery of getting stuck near the access point as ice conditions were questionable. Sebewaing, Geiger Road, Mud Creek and Caseville all had poor ice conditions. There was no fishable ice at Port Austin, Grindstone City or Harbor Beach.

Saginaw River: Boat ramps along the river were almost opened up so boat anglers may be able to get out. The Rust Avenue ramp is open and the ramp at Zilwaukee should also be ice-free. There is no safe ice anywhere along the river. The middle of the river was open and had ice and debris including tree trunks moving downstream.

Tittabawassee River: Was open at Gordonville Road where boats were launching. Shore anglers were also out but catch rates were slow. Further downstream there was a lot of floating ice that can hamper fishing. The rivers have been rising constantly for a week now, and other boat ramps should be free of ice.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The limited ice in the area was not safe. Many have moved back to river fishing until the lakes freeze back up.

St. Joseph River: Those fishing near the dams have caught a fair to good number of walleye and the occasional steelhead.

Dowagiac River: Was also producing a good number of walleye. Steelhead fishing was much slower.

Kalamazoo River: Had elevated water levels which made fishing more difficult.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing some steelhead and a few walleye up near the Sixth Street Dam.

Rogue River: Anglers caught steelhead with a jig and wax worm.

We Still Have Safe Ice in Northern Michigan

 

Lyman’s On The Lake reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid and the surface is covered with a layer of water, so it’s very slick.
Time to look at some fish…Gary & Pat Freeman and Mike Berro from Monroe brought in three pike..all around 28″. Charlie Jock (Duck Dynasty stunt double) from Houghton Lake caught a 32″ pike and is currently in first place for our weekly big pike contest. Mike Thompson from HL was successful using a 1/4oz green jig with a minnow…two on the stringer are 20″ & 21″ Walleyes.

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Ice update LAKE MISSAUKEE !!! There is still 12-14″ of ice!! Miller’s Corner reports a good walleye and pike bite & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info 26″ walleye from last night on LAKE MISSAUKEE

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Buc’s Northern Michigan Fishing Report 

From lake Margrethe this week in grayling call skips sport 989- 348-7111

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Pilgrims Village Update Ice Update! 1/18/17
Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell still have about 12″-14″ inches of ice on them. There is about 2″-4″ of slush on top so make sure you have your creepers on chains on your ATV’s. We get calls all day long from fishermen downstate and out of state who are losing their ice. We’re hoarding it all up here

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West Side Grocery on Higgins Lake is now handling bait and Eric Carlson from Phoenix Park Party is helping them out call 989-821-0391 9963 W. Higgins Lake Dr. 48653

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Portage Lake is the place to be!! They are really catching some nice ones out there. At least 10 inches of ice on 1-18-17

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Buc’s Fishing Report

 

Lake Missaukee  

Ice update !!! There is still 12-14″ of ice!! Miller’s Corner  reports a good walleye and pike bite & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

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Pilgrims Village Update Ice Update! 1/18/17
Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell still have about 12″-14″ inches of ice on them. There is about 2″-4″ of slush on top so make sure you have your creepers on chains on your ATV’s. We get calls all day long from fishermen downstate and out of state who are losing their ice. We’re hoarding it all up here Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s On The Lake reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid and the surface is covered with a layer of water, so it’s very slick. Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 7 to 10 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 4 to 7 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 6″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake is the place to be!! They are really catching some nice ones out there. At least 10 inches of ice on 1-18-17

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Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 8 to 10 inches some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake 6 to 8 inches inches on North-end, and south-end3 to 5 inches.. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425. West Side Grocery 989-821-039

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with10 to 12 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. A 15.5 lb 35 inch walleye was caught on the lake this week Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort The ice is still holding up well despite the above-freezing temperatures today. The top is still firm packed. Sleds and quads were out today. There is still deep slush under the snowy patches. The bite was hit or miss. Some caught only a few perch while others got their limit on walleyes. Perch did well during the day while the walleyes seem to hit in late morning. 

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We will keep you updated as conditions will most likely change through this long thaw we are entering..Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has ok ice on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake has ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice but few are fishing.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze and we still have 4″ of ice at the end of our docks and the shanty town is still thriving over at the old Wesley’s Marina. However there is open water where the current cuts through the harbor. Keep your spud and spikes handy. We expect a slow melt to continue through the next couple days.There’s a lot of activity around Tannery Bay as the pike have been biting well. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice and a few  guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 4-6 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have ice but be careful and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

With the January thaw, steelhead fishing should be good this week so anglers will want to try the Manistee, Betsie, and Pere Marquette Rivers. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River is closed to fishing until April 1. 

Charlevoix County: Most anglers traveling on the inland lakes in this area were traveling by foot. The ice was layered and not of real high quality. Panfish were biting during the day and those fishing Lake Charlevoix at night were starting to catch walleye. With warmer temperatures in the low 40’s this week, anglers will need to use caution. 

Benzie County: Ice was thicker but not consistent so anglers should still use caution. Some perch and panfish were caught on Platte and Upper Herring Lakes.

Portage Lake: Has safe ice and is great fpor perch, walleye and pike.

Lake Cadillac: Is giving up catches of bluegill and crappie although some sorting is required. Good pike catches on tip-ups and even a few walleye. 

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing crappie and bluegills. Check out the coves. Those using tip-ups are taking a few pike and walleye. 

Lake Missaukee: Was producing decent catches of pike, perch and other panfish. A few walleye were taken after dark.

Hamlin Lake: Anglers reported decent catches of panfish and a few pike on tip-ups. 

Pentwater Lake: Numerous perch are being caught but most were small.

Little Bay De Noc: Cold temperatures improved the ice conditions mostly in the northern Bay. The Escanaba River area and south still remains dangerous although iced over. Shipping activity has opened areas in these waters and should be avoided. The northern Bay has ice but warm weather this week could cause problems so anglers need to use caution especially around Saunders Point, the pressure cracks and near the mouth of the rivers. Fishing in general has been very slow. The best walleye catches have come between the Second and the Third Reefs with jigging rapalas or tip-ups and minnows in 25 to 35 feet and straight out from the Day’s River in 20 to 30 feet. Perch anglers had little to show but a few fish were taken on minnows near Kipling in 17 to 25 feet and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor in eight to 10 feet. Pike have been active throughout and those targeting whitefish had fair catches near Gladstone when using minnows or spawn in 30 to 40 feet. 

 

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was generally slow at most locations with the exception of two, Wigwam Bay between the Pine River mouth and Hale Road and near Quanicassee in the area off Tietz Drain in three to five feet. Minnows were catching more fish and early morning was best. Both areas produced nice catches of big perch however anglers need to use caution and watch for variable ice conditions. There have been reports of four-wheelers going through the ice northeast of Vanderbilt Park, off Geiger Road and Mud Creek. Some reported fair to good perch and a few walleye taken on the right day off Palmer Road. Try for perch in the morning and walleye at dusk. All rivers in the area and associated marinas were reported to be high, fast and muddy to the point of being almost unfishable. Anyone going out on Saginaw Bay should give the river mouths, creeks, and drains a wide berth, as the increased flows will ruin the ice in the immediate vicinity. There’s essentially no fishable ice at Port Austin, Grindstone City or Harbor Beach. 

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan & Presque Isle Counties: Ice conditions were variable from lake to lake so anglers need to use caution. Some walleye and a fair number of pike were caught in Black Lake. Grand Lake was good for perch and a few walleye.

Burt Lake: Anglers were taking some jumbo perch and walleye in Maple Bay and at the north end near the Robert Road access area. 

Mullett Lake: Anglers are urged to use extreme caution as ice thickness is not consistent throughout the lake. A few perch and walleye were taken just south of Dodge Point and around the sunken island. A few pike and walleye were taken off Aloha State Park. 

East & West Twin Lakes: In Montmorency County produced a few perch and walleye.

Fletchers Pond: Had many soft pockets of ice that continue to be dangerous. Those using tip-ups have caught some pike.

Higgins Lake: Had ice however anglers are taking it day-by-day. Lake trout were still hitting on greys and some were jigging. Pike were taken on tip-ups on the south end off the State Park in 20 to 40 feet. For perch, try the north end off the State Park, off Big Creek and near the main island. 

Houghton Lake: Still had ice but the lake was sloppy with a good inch or two of water on top. Anglers should avoid the area near the large pressure crack which runs from Heights Marina to the DNR Launch. Anglers were taking lots of pike and some walleye in eight to 12 feet with tip-ups. For bluegill and crappie, try the weed beds along the first drop-off with tear drops and wax worms. 

Tawas: Had a fair amount of fishing activity in Tawas Bay near Jerry’s Marina. Those with cameras could see a lot of perch, walleye and other species but nothing would bite. Lots of baitfish were reported down the holes. This was a big year for gizzard shad and with so many out there, it may keep the walleye from getting hungry enough to bite. 

Tawas Lake: Had good bluegill fishing.

Au Gres: Anglers here were also seeing lots of bait fish down the holes. 

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Was producing a good number of walleye and perch along the north end of the lake. Many of the walleye were 15 inches or more. Perch were hitting just south of Porcupine Point. Ice conditions can vary greatly with slush and bad ice in some locations. 

Gogebic County: Bluegills are being caught on the small lakes. Crappie and perch were taken on Crooked Lake. Several pike have been caught with tip-ups on Lake Lac Vieux Desert.

Lake Antoine: Was producing a few walleye and some perch.

Menominee River: Was producing a nice mix of fish from the 6th Street Slip on the Wisconsin side. Perch, crappie, walleye and a few whitefish were caught by those jigging minnows and wax worms.

 

Munising: The bay froze over however the following areas had partial open water or were not safe: Powell Point, Grand Island and access off M-28 near Christmas. The city docks had the most activity with 15 shanties and the ice was better than the Anna River though a few anglers were still out near the Sunset Motel. Catch rates were slow with only a few undersize splake and very few whitefish. Anglers need to pay close attention to the winds which could break up the ice. Anglers and the general public are cautioned that the ice is not safe to access the ice caves on Grand Island. 

Grand Marais: The harbor does not have any ice at this time. A few locals fishing the area inland lakes were taking some pike. 

Indian Lake: Anglers were taking a few walleye.

Tahquamenon River: Rising water levels were making it very difficult to fish.

Munuscong Bay: Walleye and perch fishing were slow. Travel was slow due to slush. 

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing remains good in Hessel Bay. Wilderness Bay is the place to go for splake. Muskie Bay is still on the slow side for perch but was good for pike. Government Bay has produced some perch. Be extremely careful especially with the warmer temperatures. 

 

 

Huron River: Water levels were about a foot below the dam at Flat Rock and muddy. 

Detroit River: Has a few boat anglers targeting perch near Gibraltar and other areas, look for open water however watch for ice coming downstream. 

Lake St. Clair: A few anglers have gone through the ice near the Clinton River Spillway and had to be rescued. Extreme caution is warranted with warm temperatures and rain this week. 

Saginaw River: Anglers are cautioned to STAY OFF the ice. The river is running fast and dirty and will only get worse. The fishable ice along the shorelines of the river will be getting thin with the rain and warmer temperatures. We will need a good cold snap to freeze things up again. 

Tittabawassee River: Anglers are cautioned to STAY OFF the ice here as well. 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing in this area should be good by the end of the week especially with the warm up. Good rivers to try would be the St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Grand, Muskegon and the White River. Water levels and flow will be elevated.

While the bite improved with the warmer weather, ice on the inland lakes in this region is inconsistent and dangerous. If anglers are heading out they would be wise to fish in shallow waters only.

Baitman Fishing Report 1/12/2017

 

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Bobby Stockton caught these huge pike on Higgins Lake this week. North-end Higgins 2 to 3 inches, south -end 3 to 5 inches. Be careful!!!!!

 

Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries
Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries
Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries
Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries

Lyman’s on the Lake Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries this weekend. 

 

Buc’s Fishing Report

Lake Missaukee  

There’s a SOLID 8″ to 12″ of ice on Missaukee. Miller’s Corner  reports a good walleye and pike bite & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell- There seems to be a good 8″ to 12″ of ice near all the public access sites. I checked over by Thirsty’s gas station, Big cove, Kenwood Park and the city boat launch. Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 7 to 10 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 4 to 7 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 6″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake is froze with 4 to 6 inches with a great perch bite, Bear Lake has been fair for walleye this week Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 8 to 10 inches some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake is starting to freeze with 2 to 3 inches on North-end, and south-end3 to 5 inches.. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677  Also Evergreen Park is handling bait call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with 7 to 9 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. A 15.5 lb 35 inch walleye was caught on the lake this week Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort Walleye were hitting on live minnows and perch were after the tip-ups. We have seen about 8 inches of clear ice with about 4 inches of honeycomb ice on top of it. If you are after pike, we got chubs in the tank now so come get em’ while they’re feisty!.Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has ok ice on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake has ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice but few are fishing.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze and we still have 4″ of ice at the end of our docks and the shanty town is still thriving over at the old Wesley’s Marina. However there is open water where the current cuts through the harbor. Keep your spud and spikes handy. We expect a slow melt to continue through the next couple days.There’s a lot of activity around Tannery Bay as the pike have been biting well. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice and a few  guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 4-6 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have ice but be careful and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions are highly variable around the Bay and anglers are cautioned to be very careful. Patches of open water still exist in many areas, and newly formed ice may or may not be thick enough to hold anglers. Fishing was basically limited to perch fishing in shallow water. The bay has not yet frozen all the way across, and in most locations ice only extends out about a mile from shore and most anglers are not venturing out anywhere near that far. Some perch fishing activity was reported at White’s Beach, Pinconning Road, Newman Road and about three blocks off Erickson Road. Anglers were perch fishing off Linwood but caution needs to be used as a lot of the ice out there was newly frozen or re-frozen and “shove ice” and thickness varies tremendously from spot to spot. Those fishing off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee were getting a few perch with live minnows. A few small perch and a couple bluegills were caught inside Sunset Bay Marina. There was also some fishing activity in the channel that leads out of the marina basin. Moving north, Geiger Road had some fishing activity, but the fish were small and the ice had patches of open water so use caution. Fish were also caught from the Mud Creek access site.

Saginaw River:: Most ice fishing activity was concentrated at the mouth, especially in the marina basins off the channel. Some decent catches of 8 to 12 inch perch were taken from the Yacht Club Marina basin and in the mouth of the basin. Live minnows on perch rigs seemed to be more effective than beaded spoons. Live bait usually works best when it is extremely cold. Most fishing on the lower river was limited to the edges as anglers did not trust the ice in the middle of the channel. Some were fishing just off the edge of the banks as far upstream as the Independence Bridge and south of Bay City from Veterans Park along M-13 to Crow Island, but be advised that the middle of the river still has thin ice and patches of open water. Walleye fishing was very slow.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lakes in Antrim and Charlevoix counties were hit-or-miss for safety. The high volume of snow has resulted in much slush and water on top of the ice. Anglers still need to exercise extreme caution when fishing these and other lakes in the area.

Lake Cadillac: Is producing pike for those using tip-ups with suckers. The bluegill and crappie bite improved with the warmer weather.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers continue to target the waters on the west end including Big Cove and Small Cove for bluegills and crappie. Try a smaller jig with live bait such as minnows, wigglers and wax worms. Those spearing pike have taken some fish along the south end.

Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers are taking pike and walleye on tip-ups.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Margrethe: Has ice fishing and a couple good size walleye have been caught.

Higgins Lake: The ice is building. Anglers will need to use caution and watch for a pressure crack out from Big Creek which has come together and is now protruding above the ice. The lake had a good 6 to 7 inches of snow which was turning to slush. Anglers were starting to target pike in 45 feet and lake trout in 80 to 100 feet along the north end. Most are using tip-ups with greys and suckers. Some were also starting to fish off the south end near the State Park.

Houghton Lake: Ice fishing continues however anglers need to stay clear of the very large pressure crack that runs from Heights Marina to the DNR Launch. The large pressure crack is moving from day to day which makes it even more dangerous. The lake had a good 5 inches of snow on top. Fishing has been good with the pike and bluegills active. A couple limit catches of walleye were reported by those fishing in deeper water with smaller jigs and live minnows. Good colors were chartreuse, fire-tiger, dark green and gold. Those targeting crappie are also taking fish.

Tawas: Perch fishing in the Bay was very slow with only a few small fish taken in 15 feet near Jerry’s Marina. Those after walleye in 22 feet saw walleye, lake trout and other species near the bottom but nothing would bite. Those spearing pike near Jerry’s Marina were taking fish here and there but the action was still slow.

Au Gres: A few were perch fishing on the lower river and in the bayou near the breakwall, but success was limited to a few small perch and sub-legal walleye. Off the Pine River mouth and Palmer Road, people were going out up to a mile, but perch success was slow and no walleyes were brought in. Primarily small perch and a couple bluegills were caught inside Eagle Bay Marina.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers targeting panfish on the inland lakes had minimal success. Anglers fishing Wamplers Lake and Sand Lake in Lenawee County were fishing near the bottom in 12 to 18 feet. A few pike were taken on tip-ups in 8 to 12 feet. Anglers will need to use caution after the mid-week warm up.

Lake Erie: The Metro Park Marina was giving up some panfish.

Huron River: Continues to give up some steelhead near the golf course.

Detroit River: Is wide open with not much in the way of fishing activity.

Lake St. Clair: Panfish and perch fishing were good in the marinas and canals. Some of the main lake areas froze up but anglers were still close to shore. With rain and warm temperatures again, anglers should use extreme caution. Ice that has thawed and refroze is never as strong as new ice.

 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice conditions on the inland lakes in the counties near Lake Michigan are still variable due to heavy snow cover. As you move east into counties such as Eaton, Calhoun, St. Joseph, and Jackson, the lakes had less snow and a little thicker ice.

Kalamazoo County: Ice anglers were out on Big and Little Sugarloaf, Gourdneck and Long Lake just to mention a few.

Kalamazoo River: Has elevated water levels that will no doubt spill over the banks. Those walking near the river should exercise caution as the banks will be unstable.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Was under a flood watch in Robinson Township, Ottawa County. There is an ice jam downstream of Robinson Township. Combined rain and snow melt may elevate the river behind the ice jam. Anglers would need to use extreme caution in this area as well as downstream in case the ice jams give way. A flood warning has been issued near Comstock Park in Kent County. Anglers should avoid these areas of the river.

Muskegon Lake: The Coast Guard is warning anglers to be aware of commercial shipping and ice-breaking activity on the lake Wednesday January 11th through Sunday January 15th. Ships are expected to transit the channel in and out of Muskegon at various times throughout the weekend. A tug boat will conduct ice breaking operations in support of the ships. Recreational users of the ice should plan their activity carefully, use caution near the ice, and stay away from shipping channels and the charted Lake Carriers Association track lines. Most anglers were staying in Snug Harbor.