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.


Baitman Fishing Report Nice fish being Caught in Northern Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

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

35 inch walleye caught on lake Margrethe on a tip up by Val Walker call Skips Sport shop for the latest info at 989-348-7111

 

 

Pike are really starting to pick up. More keeper walleyes came in last night and this morning.

More perch coming in. Today was a little slower than yesterday, but still a good day fishing nonetheless. A few more walleyes came in and more and more throwbacks are showing up.
7-9 inches of ice with a few inches of snow.

New this year at the shop: Propane exchange! Don’t be left in the cold in your shack. Bring in your empty (20lb) tank and exchange it for a full one.

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Buc’s Fishing Report

Lake Missaukee  

There’s a SOLID 7″ to 10″ of ice on Missaukee. Miller’s Corner  reports a good walleye and pike bite Please still use caution & 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 6″ to 10″ 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 5 to 7 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

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze but nobody has been out very far on the lake. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch.Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 5 to 7 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 5 to 8 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 4 to 7 inches and has a good perch 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 4″ to 6″ 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 few going out, 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 shore ice.. 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 5 to 7 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 weekCall Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

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

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort More perch coming in. Today was a little slower than yesterday, but still a good day fishing nonetheless. A few more walleyes came in and more and more throwbacks are showing up.
7-9 inches of ice with a few inches of snow..Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 4 to 6 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 5 to 7 inches 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 is froze but no reports yet, Mullet Lake has also froze over. 
 

Leroy reports  lakes are froze Call Craig Eyes Have it @ (231) 768-5653 for latest info

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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Due to poor ice conditions and snow in the region, anglers are just starting to venture out on some of the inland lakes.

Fletchers Pond: Fishing was good for pike and bluegills however ice conditions were variable and extreme caution needs to be used.

Lake Margrethe: Had ice but also received 10 inches or more of snow. A few anglers were out with portable shanties but no machines were on the ice.

Higgins Lake: Had no ice. The rain and strong winds opened the lake up again.

Houghton Lake: Has ice however anglers will need to be careful around the pressure cracks. The largest one runs from Heights Marina to the DNR Launch. There are other smaller ones throughout the lake. Anglers are taking pike on golden shiners and the walleye bite has started for those using blues. Bluegills and crappie have been caught.

Tawas: A few anglers were fishing in the north end of the bay near Jerry’s Marina however anglers should consider the ice in this area highly unstable because of the strong winds.

Tawas Lake: Bluegill fishing on the first ice was very good.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing in the rivers was good during the recent thaw. The Pere Marquette, Manistee and Betsie River would all be good choices. Ice is starting to build on the inland lakes including South Lake Leelanau and Little Glen Lake.

Long Lake: In Grand Traverse County was producing walleye and pike.

Long Lake: In Benzie County was producing a few perch.

Lake Cadillac: Had ice anglers using tip-ups for walleye and pike. Catch rates for pike were good. Some panfish have also been caught.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers continue to target the waters on the west end including Big Cove for bluegills and crappie. Those using tip-ups reported good pike fishing.

Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers using tip-ups have caught walleye and a few pike.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes along the west end had ice especially the small to mid-size lakes. Anglers were pike fishing on Lake Antoine in Dickinson County and Stager Lake in Iron County. Many of the smaller lakes across the region were producing some nice catches of panfish.

Gogebic: Had good fishing but the bite will no doubt slow with much colder air moving into the state. Areas with slush were freezing however you may break through the top layer in some areas. The walleye bite was very good in 7 to 11 feet with sucker minnows and jigging raps. Some perch were also caught. Try wigglers and spikes.

Little Bay De Noc: Has ice but the thickness was not uniform. Those thinking of heading out will need to use extreme caution in areas with a current and near the pressure cracks.

Indian Lake: In Schoolcraft County was producing good perch catches.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Those ice fishing at the Metro Park were taking small panfish and perch.

Huron River: Was giving up a couple steelhead.

Detroit River: Perch fishing continues in the canals where anglers are using perch rigs. Those fishing the marinas were using jigs and tear-drops with minnows.

Lake St. Clair: Had some ice in the canals and marinas. Those using silver spoons, worms and spikes caught bluegills and perch. A few anglers went through the ice on the north end of the lake. No ice on the lake should be considered fishable at this time. Anglers should wait for conditions to improve before venturing out.

Saginaw Bay: Shoreline ice around the bay has blown out. Winds 30 to 40 mph are changing ice conditions drastically. Anglers would be wise to stick to the sheltered marinas such as Eagle Bay Marina near Standish, Linwood Beach Marina near Linwood, Sunset Bay Marina near Unionville, and the Caseville Marina.

Saginaw River: : Was wide open but there is ice in many of the boat ramps and launch basins. Some were successfully launching boats at the Rust Avenue ramp in the south end of Saginaw and motoring upstream to fish around the confluence of the Tittabawassee and the Shiawassee Rivers near Green Island.

Flint River: Anglers were starting to see some nice walleye.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Few were out because of the arctic blast and strong winds but those braving the elements have taken some nice catches of bluegills, crappie and pike. Anglers were ice fishing on the smaller shallow lakes in the area. For the most part, ice on the bigger lakes was not uniform and anglers would be wise to wait a bit longer before venturing out. Stay away from inlets, outlets and pressure cracks.

Rogue River: Had a couple steelhead caught before the cold front moved in. If you can keep the ice off your line, you should find a few fish.

Grand River at Lansing: Not many were out but those fishing near the North Lansing Dam have caught a few pike and walleye.

Muskegon River: Is producing steelhead and the occasional brown trout. Water levels were up a bit after the rain and snowmelt. Anglers are using streamers and sculpins or a jig and wax worm.

Baldwin Lake: In Greenville was producing bluegills and crappie near the boat launch.

Cold Weather Returns Today so We should be good for the weekend

 

 

 

Nathan Keeler Hamlin lake 10lbs 36inch

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Captain Chuck’s II in Ludington Reports
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Ice fishing has been pretty good on some of the lakes around here. One of our customers shared this picture with us. Of course these fish were caught in an undisclosed location but he did say the ice was a solid 6″. 
Cooler temps are right around the corner should help the ice conditions. 

Green Lake by Interlochen has open water off the Karlin Access site, state park access had 3 inches yesterday and guys quit fishing but they did catch a few smelt sunday night when they has better ice.

In my travels today Portage Lake has ice but not safe, cold weather should help.

Manistee Lake is not safe as but cold weather will help.

Hamlin Lake has lots of guys out with ice 5 to 9 inches.

Pentwater the ice is not safe.

White Lake had open spots and is not safe in many spots, guys were in boats yesterday and catching big perch, so the arctic blast should gets ice fishing.

Hesperia they are fishing hard and catching panfish, pike.

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Some nice fish caught out of Lake Missaukee before the weather change. Call Millers Corner for the latest fishing conditions
(231) 839-0440

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From Millers Corner Walleye caught sunday night. 28″ Walleye & 24″ Pike – Lake Missaukee

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‎Francis Murray Hincks Had a good day have 12 more time for dinner

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Lyman’s on the Lake has their Shanties Out on Hought!

 

Lyman’s On The Lake Shanties are Out
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Houghton Lake Ice Report 1.02.17 Our shanties are now on the ice and ready to rent. Most of the lake is 5″ to 8″, but there are thinner spots as well, so don’t assume your next step is necessarily safe. There are also a few pressure cracks where its not safe to cross. Stop in and see us before you go out for the latest report.

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Miller’s Corner in Lake City 
(231) 839-0440 had this monster bought in today from the Lake.This just in & measured by us- 43″ Northern! Good job Jake & Jordan!

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Quite a few fishermen out on Lake Cadillac today

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Casey and Korinda from Miller’s corner in Lake City niece and nephew with pike

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Weekend Review of Ice Fishing

 

 

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Nick Hallenbeck‎ caught 25″ & 22.5″ first time out on Lake Mitchell , 

 

 

Pike photo is from Lake Missaukee
Pike photo is from Lake Missaukee

 

 

Miller’s Corner Lake City_UPDATE! There is a pressure crack off of Green Road launch to the West. Please use caution when venturing out. Pike photo is from Lake Missaukee

Jack’s Sport in Kalkaska reports a good perch bite on Manistee Lake with a few walleye.

Skips Sport reports that Lake Margrethe has ice from 4 to 7 inches and pike are biting, but walleye and perch are slow.

Higgins Lake is wide open.

Houghton Lake they have better ice on the east and north-end, lymans still has his shanties, walleye have been slow but good pike bite.

Saint helen sport reports good pike and some nice walleye being caught.

Wixom Lake has been good for pike, and gills.

Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac has been fair for pike and walleye, crappie bite has been awesome off of kenwood park.

Fife Lake is froze but I only saw a couple people out fishing, the smaller lakes have been ok for gills and pike in the area.

Long Lake by Traverse has lots of people out fishing this weekend have not heard if the walleye were biting.

We are Ice Fishing but still be careful!

 

Jeff got this big walleye today on a sucker on Lake Missaukee by Lake City with a tip up caught on bait from Miller’s corner they are fully stocked call Casey to find out where to go

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ICE UPDATE From Armstrong’s Bait on White Lake!

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. The two pictured were pulled from there yesterday afternoon(26″ and 38″). We also just got a delivery of spearing decoys in for those of you that are putting out your spearing shanties this weekend. Happy Fishing!

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Guys are getting out ice fishing but be careful

 

Ice update! Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac 12/28/16. What a difference a couple of days makes. All of the snow is melted off the top and refroze. There seems to be a good 4″ to 7″ 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.

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Ice fishing is fairly solid here in the Ludington area. Jeff took this 32″ pike with a spear yesterday evening. Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 6″.

Tight lines,
Randy

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Buc’s Fishing Report

 

 

Lake Missaukee  

There’s a SOLID 6″ of ice on Missaukee. Miller’s Corner  good friend Jason checked the ice out today for us & he even rode his quad. Please still use caution & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell- Ice update! Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac 12/28/16. What a difference a couple of days makes. All of the snow is melted off the top and refroze. There seems to be a good 4″ to 7″ 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. Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update

Houghton Lake has 5 to 7 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting,  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

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze but nobody has been out very far on the lake. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 5 to 7 inches

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 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 open water still, south lake is very iffy…no one has really fished it yet

The northern half of the south lake has more ice, further south the thinner is gets

Most ice I’ve heard of on the south lake was about 3-4″

We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle!
 

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 few going out, 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 5 to 7 inches some are fishing Chub lake also and a great perch bite this week ice 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 wide open. 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 5 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 5 to 7 inches and  a few guys going out and pike and walleye have been fair. Bluegill bite has been good this week. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

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

 

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort reports It has tightened up a lot. four wheelers are going out as far as the birches and Gull. I’ll be testing/fishing today and will give a report later today.Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 4 to 6 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 5 to 7 inches 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 is froze but no reports yet
 

Leroy reports  lakes are froze Call Craig Eyes Have it @ (231) 768-5653 for latest info

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

White Lake is froze and the pike fishing has been great also gills in the marina  Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Lake Skegemog has ice from 5 to 8 inches guys were heading out today so have not got any reports. ., Manistee lake is 4 to 7 inches and has a fair bite  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading to Fremont lake and guys are going out and but fishing has been slow  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:  the ice was not safe.

Saginaw River: Open water

 

Walleye Pro Mark Martin is holding an Ice Fishing Vacation/School on Houghton Lake January 8th-11th! Mark and his pro staff are outstanding teachers and his students have a lot of fun. Mark still has a few spots left, but they won’t last. 

Contact Mark Martin by e-mail: origchamp1990@comcast.net, 
phone 231-744-0330 or 231-740-6427. Tell him “Lyman’s sent you”

 

Warm Weather helps Lakes as Snow is Gone and ice will form fast

The warm up helped the ice in most places as taking down the 2 feet of snow we had on most lakes and many are trying there luck today on the shallow bays and canals. Pike and bass have been biting good on many of the shallow lakes. Wixom Lake has been great for gills and pike. Lake Saint Helen has walkable ice with pike, walleye and a few panfish being caught. Armstrong’s on White Lake reports a good 4 inches on White Lake with lots of gills and pike being caught.

Houghton Lake Ice Report 12/27/2016. The warm weather and rain yesterday helped the ice. We measured 6″ to 8″ near the shoreline behind Lyman’s. The ice thins out to about 4″ at 250 yards out. There are still some slush-covered spots where the ice is only 2″ thick with a 2″ layer of water/slush on top that should freeze up within the next couple of days. Still not recommending quads, but you can get to more places by foot now.

 

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It was slushy day on the bay today. There is an average of 4 inches of ice and quite a bit of slush. A snowmobile went out, but most people are walking out a few hundred yards. We expect conditions to change as colder weather moves in late tonight. Big perch are biting. #munuscongbay #fishon

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Good evening everyone, this is Mitch. As you know, my mom is normally the one that does all the posts on Facebook. (And does a mighty fine job if I do say so.) I would like to thank everyone for making Johnson’s Great Outdoors a success this year. A new thing that we will be doing is posting a ice report and a fishing report every other day ,and as we approach the new year we will be adding some new inventory! I’m also waiting for our federal firearm license to arrive so stay tuned and I will keep you up to date as soon as it get’s here ! Merry Christmas and be blessed from the Johnson family ! 

 
 
Lake City’s Missaukee ice is not good yet reports Casey Miller at  Millers Corner but will check tomorrow after a good freeze tonight.
 
Cadillac and Mitchell have walkable ice now that the snow is off and see a couple shanties off the causeway.

Wixom Lake seems to be the hotspot with walking ice.

 

 

Hopefully we will soon be out on Lake Cadillac catching big ones like this
Hopefully we will soon be out on Lake Cadillac catching big ones like this

 

 

Wixom Lake had many fisherman on it today on the shallow bays and canals as they were doing good on gills and pike with spikes, waxworms for the panfish, golden for the pike. All the bait shops were busy today with fisherman out trying their luck.

Houghton Lake off of Lyman’s is not safe but on the north end off of Harvey’s and Songer’s they are reporting better ice with 4 to 7 inches and good pike fishing, also some walleye being caught.

Lake MIssaukee Current ice conditions as of 12:30pm today- 2″ of ice, 1″ of water, 2″ of foamy ice. 75 yards out, 2 blows with a spud goes through. It is worse in the areas where the snow is sitting. Again, this is not safe! If you choose to go, please use extreme caution.

Fife Lake has ice and snowmobiles were on it but did not see any fisherman on the lake, Fife Lake Party store has live bait in.

Manistee Lake by Kalkaska had a few guys out but good ice is spotty with all the snow.

The Eyes Have It in Leroy reports they are fishing around him on the smaller lakes but has not posted any thing the last couple of days.

Saw a few guys off the causeway on Lake Cadillac also a few off of thirsty’s on Mitchell.

Around Interlochen, Green, duck and Long are froze but ice is not safe. Lake Doubenet a has had some guys out doing good on bass and a few pike.