Jared Ball with 38″ Pike on Lake Missaukee

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Jared Ball with 38″ Pike caught on Lake Missaukee today also the gills and crappie are biting. Call Miller’s Corner 231-839-0440 for the latest ice and fishing conditions

Lyman’s on the Lake reports good ice off the South shore with north bay being one of the areas still iffy. Pike and walleye are biting on jigs and tip-ups.

Pilgrim’s at Cadillac reports lots of guys out today and catching pike, walleye, crappie, perch and gills.

Higgins Lake went completely over last night but will not stay as warm weather and wind will break it up this week.

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We’re back on the ice!

We had temps in the single digits last night making more ice for this weekend and many lakes have safe ice again but use a spud and check all the way out.

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Jessica McLain Says “biggest fish I have ever held! It was a rush to be out there the ice was like glass. Good job Justin Burr!”

Small Shallow Lakes around Traverse City have safe ice with many fishing Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet, Long Lake went over but is not safe.

Houghton Lake has 4 to 8 inches of ice and pike and walleye have been biting. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531

Reports from Lymans on the Lake A report from around the North Bay….”the ice has a better looking color this morn. 5″ in front by me. That open water at long Point still open, area seams a bit smaller. We will see what this new cold front does.????”

One of our regulars just stopped in the shop with an ice report. We can only speak to the ice in front of our store (south shore), but there is about 5 inches along our shore and up to 6 1/2″ out about a half mile. He was able to get on with his quad.

We’re waiting to hear reports for the rest of the lake, so if you’re venturing out from another location, use extreme caution.

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Justin B. caught this beauty on Houghton Lake

36″ and 10lbs caught on a Golden Shiner from Lyman’s on the Lake with the freshest bait, LOTL.

The ice is getting a little soft in spots, so you might want to wait a few days before heading back out.

Lake St. Helen has 4 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Missaukee has 4 to 8 inches of ice and most are fishing from Lake City shoreline as Green Rd has 5 inches 10″ on the east side and the coves are safe. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info and the fish are biting.

Fife Lake is froze and perch fishing has been fair along with pike call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346

Lake Skegemog is froze with 3 to 5 inches of clear black ice and guys will be out on it this weekend Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 4 to 7 inches of ice and fish ing has been good. Call Jack’s Sport Shop@ 231-258-8892 for the latest ice fishing conditions

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are fishing it and catching fish but be very careful as you have to pick your way out to the fishing spot as the spring just froze and are noot safe. Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 Craig at Captain Chucks does a lot of fishing on Hamlin Lake but is waiting for thicker ice

Portage Lake is froze again three inches of ice but nobody was fishing but after last nights single digits maybe a few have tried. Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028

Otsego Lake has good ice with shanties out on it Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014

Lake Margrethe is froze with 3 to 5 inches and good walleye, perch and pike. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Baldwin Area is on the edge with some lakes with safe ice.

Leroy reports good ice with pike and panfish biting Call Eyes Haveit

Mio has ice and Jig’s Up Bait Shop report a few getting out on Mio Pond Call (989) 826-3467

Lewiston Report that west Twin has good ice and perch and a few walleyes are being caught. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

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

Mancelona Sports reports many small lakes in the area are froze and safe with Lake Bellaire going over a couple days age.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
call for the latest info. 231-775-5412

We’re back on the ice!

The cold nights have made all the difference. Anglers have returned to the coves on Mitchell, the Spear Colony at Thirsty’s and Kenwood Park on Cadillac.

Good catches of crappie, gills, some perch and large pike are common. Even the walleye have been hungry.

The Big Question – How much ice? Four to 8 inches with an inch of snow cover depending on where you are.

Spud your way. Take nothing for granted. There’s a lot of places we haven’t been. I was there this afternoon and lots of guys fishing Mitchell

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Dan’s Resort reports the perch and walleye are really Here’s proof the walleye are biting. 8.5-pounder — at Dan’s Resort.call Dans @ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing has been put on hold until ice conditions improve.

Oscoda: Few anglers have been out however pier anglers may still find the occasional steelhead or walleye.

Au Sable River: Anglers are still getting some steelhead throughout the river system. Boat and shore anglers are using spawn or a jig and wax worm. No word on walleye, they seem to be gone.

Higgins Lake: Had open water, no ice. Boat anglers were still heading out and targeting whitefish and lake trout.

Houghton Lake: As of this report, the ice was no longer safe. With the return of cold weather, the ice might shore back up by the end of the week. Those heading out will need to use extreme caution. Before the big thaw, walleye anglers were doing very well.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes still had ice but it was deteriorating with the extremely warm weather. Anyone venturing out now needs to use extreme caution. Shoreline ice was thin and some reported water running down the holes which will only weaken the ice more. Much colder air by the end of the week should restart the freezing process. On Lake Michigan, a couple boats were out trolling along the shoreline and in the harbors. They caught steelhead, brown trout and a couple small chinook salmon.

Frankfort: Surf and pier anglers are still getting a few fish.

Betsie River: Steelhead fishing is still viable, although few are doing it. Reports have not been great but fish are being caught.

Lake Cadillac: Still had ice however it was deteriorating. Anglers need to use extreme caution until colder weather has a chance to shore the ice back up. Be sure to use a spud to check the ice in front of you. Those that have been out reported good fishing.

Lake Mitchell: Still had some ice however it was melting. Extreme caution needs to used. Those jigging or using tip-ups have caught fish.

Lake Missaukee: Is producing some pike and walleye.

Manistee: Pier anglers and those surfcasting are getting a few fish.

Manistee River: Steelhead are still available in both the Big and Little Manistee even though it has not been a banner fall run. Try spawn, wax worms or plugs.

Ludington: Surf and pier anglers are still getting a few fish.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

In the northern sections, the recent warm weather did weaken the ice. Heavy snow added weight and caused ponding on the surface. Anglers are reminded to use extreme caution and don’t forget the traditional safety gear such as a spud, ice pics, a throwable flotation device, a rope and the buddy-system.

Anglers in the eastern half of the Upper Peninsula were ice fishing on the inland lakes however no sleds were heading out, foot traffic only. Lakes around Newbery with yellow perch and panfish are being targeted. The next couple weeks are showing temperatures that will slowly improve ice conditions.

Portage Lake: In Houghton County was producing a good number of walleye and pike.

Lake Gogebic: Was also producing a good number of walleye and pike. Anglers are jigging and using tip-ups.

Little Bay De Noc: Had enough ice north of Gladstone that anglers were traveling on ORV’s and snowmobiles. The warmer weather and rain made conditions sloppy. Anglers have been fishing for yellow perch in the Butler Island area and walleye in the central and northern parts of the Bay including the First, Second and Center Reefs. There was some ice but more open water south of Gladstone.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: The only reports were a few decent perch caught in the Metro Park Marina.

Huron River: Anglers are still catching steelhead. Shore anglers are floating jigs with wax worms and boat anglers were back bouncing with Hot-n-Tots.

Detroit River: Anglers were going out but no reports were coming in. Those heading out are usually targeting walleye or perch. Muskie season is closed.

Lake St. Clair: Had no fishable ice anywhere. Much colder temperatures should start producing ice by the weekend. Muskie season closed on December 15th.

St. Clair River: Muskie season is closed. Shore anglers fishing off the wall at Port Huron were still picking up some steelhead and the occasional brown trout.

Saginaw Bay: If the weather allows, boat anglers may find some fish when trolling or drifting.

Saginaw River: Anglers caught walleye at Bay City when casting from shore. Lots of small ones but anglers did take home some keepers.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The lakes in Southwest Michigan had open water. Any ice out there would not be safe. Thanks to the rain and above normal temperatures, it is going to be a while before anglers here are ice fishing.

St. Joseph River: Has steelhead in the system but the numbers are slightly below average. The better fishing is usually below Berrien Springs. Try spawn, wax worms or plugs.

Kalamazoo River: Is still producing some steelhead. Like the St. Joseph, the number of fish is slightly below average this year. The better fishing this time of year is usually below the Allegan Dam.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Is still producing some steelhead. A few were caught off the wall at the Post Office when using a white jig tipped with a wax worm. Near Fulton Street, anglers were back bouncing with spawn bags. The occasional walleye was caught on bucktail jigs and white twister tails.

Grand River near Lansing: Was still producing some pike and walleye for those fishing below the dams. Shiners seem to work better than sucker minnows. No steelhead to report in Lansing however fish were caught near Portland. Try spawn, beads and small spinners.

Muskegon River: Recent rain should not affect the river too much. Anglers are still catching some steelhead and brown trout. Many are drifting streamers, plugs, small spinners or spoons. Blue and silver were a good color.

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The rains on Tuesday made the ice soft and guys stopped going out, a few are going to try their luck tomorrow and will have a idea where the safe ice for the weekend.

Looks like cold weather should be with us for a few days and the ice should be safe again. We did not lose our ice just got soft from the rains we are in the 20’s tonight so that should harden the ice tonight.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

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Todd Bates holds a 25 3/4″, 5.5 lb Lake Mitchell walleye he caught on first ice.

Ice Anglers often speak of first ice as conditions for the best fishing. This year it’s TRUE! Some say they’ve caught more and larger fish than all of last Winter.

However–the ice is deteriorating rapidly with the unseasonable temperatures. At this writing expect 2 to 3 inches at the shore and 4 to 6 inches as you go out. We are surprised at the number of fishermen venturing out. The smart ones wear creepers, carry ice picks and spud their way out. The snow has melted leaving standing water. So there’s no paths where other fishermen have been. Spearing is very popular here. Watch out for old holes that mey or not be marked.

This weeks predicted temperatures show little hope for improvement and things will get worst. Call for daily updated conditions (231-775-5412).

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Lake Missaukee Walleye

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Miller’s Corner sent me this photo of walleye caught today out of Lake Missaukee a 23 inch beautiful fat walleye Congrats Zach Redman Call Miller’s Corner for the latest on Missaukee 231-839-0440

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Houghton Lake has a walleye bite

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Lyman’s on the Lake in Houghton Lake Posted “Nice catch tonight”, Tony B.! 23″ and 16″ Walleyes caught on Houghton Lake.

Stop at Lyman’s on the Lake, we stole his coordinates where he caught them.

Houghton Lake has been very good for pike and walleye the last two days.

Cadillac has been hot for pike.

Missaukee Lake good pike and walleye

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Fish are Biting

What few lakes we have with safe ice they are catching fish. Cadillac has a awesome northern bite today with some hogs being taken.

Green Rd. on Missaukee has 3 to 6 inches with access off of Lake city has 5 to 8 Miller’s Corner reports guys are catching fish today call them 231-839-0440. Vinny from the Nextdoor convenience store in Lake City caught a nice pike and walleye from Missaukee Lake

Houghton Lake has some open spots over by the Muskgegon River the south shore and Prudenville have safe ice. Walleye and pike have been biting.

Around Gladwin Sugar Spring, Wiggins and Secord Lake have ice from 3 to 6 inches and crappie , pike and gills are on the bite. Wixom Lake is not safe but a few guys are still out on Muddy Bay catching small gills and crappie.

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Ice Fishing is Great in Northern Michigan

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We had temps in the single digits last night making more ice for this weekend and many lakes have safe ice.

Northern pike and muskie spearing opened on December 1st for all waters except Designated Trout Lakes, Designated Trout Streams and the Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters.

Small Shallow Lakes around Traverse City have safe ice with many fishing Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet, Long Lake went over but is not safe.

Lake Cadillac and Mitchell are froze with guys taking shanties out, but some are wary with the warm-up this weekend. Call Pilgrims Village for the latest info. 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 4 to 8 inches of ice and pike and walleye have been biting. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531

Lake St. Helen has 4 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Missaukee has 4 to 8 inches of ice and most are fishing from Lake City shoreline as Green Rd is iffy. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info and the fish are biting.

Fife Lake is froze and perch fishing has been fair along with pike call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346

Lake Skegemog is froze with 3 to 5 inches of clear black ice and guys will be out on it this weekend Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 4 to 7 inches of ice and fish ing has been good. Call Jack’s Sport Shop@ 231-258-8892 for the latest ice fishing conditions

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are fishing it and catching fish but be very careful as you have to pick your way out to the fishing spot as the spring just froze and are noot safe. Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 Craig at Captain Chucks does a lot of fishing on Hamlin Lake but is waiting for thicker ice

Portage Lake is froze with three inches of ice but nobody was fishing Wednesday but after last nights single digits maybe a few have tried. Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028

Otsego Lake has good ice with shanties out on it Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014

Lake Margrethe is froze with 3 to 5 inches and good walleye, perch and pike. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Baldwin Area is on the edge with some lakes with safe ice.

Leroy reports good ice with pike and panfish biting

Mio has ice and Jig’s Up Bait Shop report a few getting out on Mio Pond Call (989) 826-3467

Lewiston Report that west Twin has good ice and perch and a few walleyes are being caught. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227

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

Mancelona Sports reports many small lakes in the area are froze and safe with Lake Bellaire going over a couple days age.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers are ice fishing on some lakes. Those heading out are reminded to use extreme caution and be sure to use a spud to check the ice as you go. The rivers are open at fishable levels and have steelhead just not many anglers are fishing for them.

Torch Lake: Those spear fishing did well for whitefish.

Elk River: Was producing steelhead at the dam.

Manistee Lake: In Kalkaska County had ice anglers. Foot travel was best as the ice was not safe for machines. Most of the fish caught were on the small side.

Betsie River: Is producing some steelhead.

Lake Cadillac: Has ice. Anglers have done well when spearing for pike. Try jigs and wax worms for panfish. Bring your cleats and be sure to check the ice first.

Lake Mitchell: Ice fishing has started. Those heading out caught mostly small pike and panfish. The ice had no snow so be sure to bring your cleats.

Lake Missaukee: Ice fishing has started but not all the ice is safe. Most anglers were seen on the northeast side of the lake.

Manistee River: Water levels were fishable once again. The river still has a good number of steelhead and other trout.

Ludington: Pier and surf anglers were still catching steelhead.

Pere Marquette River: Water levels were good and the river still has a fair to good number of steelhead.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Grand Lake: Ice anglers were fishing in the shallow bays only.

Long Lake: Also had ice anglers fishing in the shallow bays.

Thunder Bay River: The number of fish has dropped but anglers were still taking a couple steelhead up near the 9th Street Dam.

Otsego Lake: Ice anglers were fishing in shallow waters along the shoreline.

Oscoda: Pier anglers fishing at night were still picking up some whitefish and the occasional walleye.

Au Sable River: So far, the launch ramps are fine and steelhead are being caught. Water temperatures were in the mid 30’s. The forecast for the weekend looks to be very good for river fishing but it might be a good idea to pack some rock salt or sand just in case the ramps ice up.

Lake Margrethe: Ice fishing is underway however anglers need to use caution.

Houghton Lake: Ice anglers can be found off Harvey’s Marina in the East Bay. The ice is clear with no snow so be sure to bring cleats for easier travel. Some are using tip-ups while others are jigging. For walleye, try blues and perch minnows and for pike use anything that has some flash to it.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice was forming on the inland lakes but snow will slow the freezing process. Those anxious to get out and start fishing need to use extreme caution and avoid the deeper lakes.

Little Bay De Noc: Commercial vessel traffic will be utilizing the port of Gladstone beginning Saturday, December 13th and are expected to transit into and out of Little Bay De Noc through December 18th. Recreational users of the ice should plan their activity carefully, use caution, and stay away from the shipping channels and other areas where there is vessel traffic. Ice anglers were fishing above Saunders Point. They caught a few perch, walleye and pike. Anglers need to use caution and watch for pressure cracks with open water.

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

Manistique Lake: A few ice anglers were starting to venture out however it is still early and ice conditions need to be checked carefully.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Perch anglers were fishing off the docks at the Metro Park Marina.

Huron River: Is still producing steelhead. Some boat anglers are back trolling with Hot-n-Tots.

Detroit River: Had a few boat anglers perch fishing near the Cross Dike.

Lake St. Clair: Has open water for the most part. There was a little skim ice in the canals and some of the marinas but nothing close to fishable. There has been a lot of muskie fishing activity over the last week as water clarity has improved. Muskie season closes on December 15th however the end of the season is usually when the biggest fish of the year are caught.

St. Clair River: Shore anglers have caught steelhead and brown trout off the wall at Port Huron. A few whitefish were also mixed in. With the warmer temperatures, there are no ice flows coming down the river so fishing conditions are good.

Saginaw Bay: Had some anglers fishing the first ice near shore however anglers be warned, the ice is not very thick.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

No safe ice in southern Michigan, in fact, most of the lakes have opened back up. Steelhead fishing was just alright on rivers in the area.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing was fair with most anglers picking up one or two fish per trip. Water levels were still a bit high.

Black River: Was producing some steelhead and a few brown trout.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead fishing was fair with anglers usually getting a couple fish per trip. Water levels are still coming down and have started to clear up. Try drifting spawn and wax worms or casting crank baits and plugs.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Is still producing some steelhead. Some days are better than others.

Grand River near Lansing: Pike and walleye anglers can be found near the dams. Most are using live bait such as sucker minnows. A few reports came in regarding steelhead at Portland. Try floating a jig with spawn, minnows or crawlers.

Muskegon: Piers anglers caught whitefish when jigging a single egg.

Muskegon Lake: Was also producing a few whitefish for those fishing at night.

Muskegon River: The higher waters levels did bring fresh steelhead into the river system. Those fly fishing have done well with egg patterns. Anglers are catching steelhead, some brown trout and even the occasional lake trout.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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Bobbie Brooks speared the First Pike for our spearing contest – 26″, 3.39 lb. Northern Pike

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

Dust off your ice fishing equipment. Change your line, sharpen your hooks and find your safety picks. It’s time to take advantage of first ice on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Expect at least 3 to 6 inches and more of clear, hard ice. No snow cover so wear your creepers. Body parts do not work well after contact with the ice.

Pike Spearing Season has started and some have put permanent shanties out. The season has just started. Take nothing for granted. There’s many places we haven’t been. So test the ice before tromping out

The majority of anglers are on Mitchell. Reports of success have come from the Big Cova and from the Spearing Colony by Thirsty’s.

Some speak of crappie limits from the Big Cove just before dark. Others a few gills, perch, but mostly crappie. Set your tip-ups. Numbers of pike are there too.

The Dark House Guys already have speared several Northerns and entered the in the Pilgrim Village Spearing Contest. We have more pictures than space to print. You must be registered before you spear. No entry fee.

We’re off to a good start catching walleyes. As usual, the bite seems to start right at dark. Currently Jigging Rapala’s are hot.

Other Lakes:

MISSSAUKEE – some are fishing the coves and the Downtown (Lake City) area. At this writing the ice is not safe off the Green Road Boat Launch.

MANISTEE RIVERS- Waiting for new fish to enter the system. Wigglers, waxworms and spawn are the baits of choice.

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop
13th Annual Pike Spearing Contest

Member of Michigan Dark House Angling Association

Contest will be held from December 1, 2014 until January 31, 2015.
All state laws will apply.
Fish may be speared in Wexford, Osceola or Missaukee Counties only.
Only one prize will be awarded per fisherman.
You may bring in a bigger fish to replace a smaller one.
Prizes will be awarded by length not weight.
Fish must be brought in on the day they are speared.
You must be pre-registered before you can enter a fish.
You must allow a picture to be taken of you with the fish for verication. Pictures will also be used on our website along with contest standings.
Contestants are responsible for their own safety, actions and property at all times.

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Ice Fishing is On!

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Lake Margrethe has ice and the fishing were biting with 3 to 5 inches of clear ice. Call Skip’s Sport for the latest info@ 989-348-7111

Otsego Lake by Gaylord has a good pike bite.

Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 4 to 7 inches of ice and perch, walleye and some gills. Call Jacks Sport @ 231-258-8892 for latest info

Houghton Lake has been good for pike and walleye ice is from 4 to 8 inches

Miller’s Corner reports good ice on Missaukee and fish are biting call them @ 231-839-0440

Lake Cadillac and Mitchell seem to have the most fisherman right now and fish are biting Call Pilgrim Village @ 775-5412

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