Michigan Ice Fishing Report 1/29/2015

WOWZERS……Look what Rich Fudge caught on Lake Missaukee!!! Good Job RICH!! From Miller’s Corner

Look what Rich Fudge caught on Lake Missaukee!!!

Look what Rich Fudge caught on Lake Missaukee!!!

Higgins Lake has been awesome for perch and Lakers but the lake has been getting hammered for two weeks so fishing is slower as they have caught a lot of fish. Some jumbo’s are also being caught, but guys are reporting limits with a few jumbo’s must are 6 to 9 inches. South end of Higgins Lake Call Dave @ Sportsbarn 989-821-9511- North-end Call Bill @ Higgins Lake Sport Center 989-821-9517- West Side Higgins Lake Hardware @ 989-821-6677 These are the places with live bait

lakers caught by Bob Stockon Guide Service

lakers caught by Bob Stockon Guide Service

Photo above from Bob Stockon Guide Service this week (989) 808-2671 for ice conditions and bite info.

Higgins Lake: Perch fishing slowed along the north end so anglers were going out deeper to 60 feet. Perch anglers are fishing around the Sunken Island and the Main Island in 20 to 50 feet. Lake trout anglers are fishing along the drop-off in 80 to 110 feet with blues and golden shiners just off the bottom. Some are using tip-ups while others are jigging Swedish Pimples. Rainbow trout were hitting on wigglers in shallow water about a foot deep near Big Creek and the Conference Center. A few pike were taken on sucker minnows or golden shiners in 40 to 50 feet.

Crystal Lake has been good for smelt at night, but small perch so far- lake trout has been fair.

Houghton Lake has been good for pike, walleye, perch, crappie, and gills fisherman are saying the walleye have started back up the last few days. It is Tip Up town Weekend so have fun this weekend. Call Angelo’s Party @ 989-202-4422, Dave@ four season Party 989-422-5230 Korbinski’s Sport Shop 989-366-9500 Lymans@ 989-422-3231 wright time shanty rentals @ 989-202-4531

From Lyman’s on the Lake Oh, Claaare….Dave brought in a 17″ Eye tonight (and a few nice Perch). Dave is now in a commanding lead with 21 keepers vs Clare’s 14. And that’s with Dave away on vacation for a week.

Dave brought in a 17" Eye tonight (and a few nice Perch) from Houghton Lake

Dave brought in a 17″ Eye tonight (and a few nice Perch) from Houghton Lake

Houghton Lake Shanty Rentals

Angelo’s Party Store has his shanties out call Lou @ 989-202-4422

Dave from Four Season Party Store has shanties for rent and the perch and walleye have been biting around his shanties call Dave@ 989-422-5230

Lyman’s on the lake has all their shanties out call 989-422-3231 to make a reservation

Wright Time Ice Shanties has shanties for rent for tip-up town. Call Jay@ 989-202-4531

Lake Missaukee has 12 to 16 inches of ice and most are fishing from Lake City shoreline as Green Rd has 12″ on the east side and the coves are safe. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info and the fish are biting.

Dan’s Resort has been busy with a great bite so far this year Ice anglers on Munuscong Bay reported fair to good perch and walleye fishing on the west end towards Grassy Island. This weekend is the walleye derby Call Dan’s (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120
Open 24 Hours

Around Traverse City Green Lake is froze and guys have been out with a few smelt biting , Long Lake is safe. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also South Lake Leelanau are safe with Lake Leelanau producing good perch and walleye.

Greg Alsip from Lake Leelanau Narrow’s Resort and Bait Shop reports walleye…fishing has been steady on south lake…lot of walleye being caught, North lake has plenty of ice but the fishing has been terrible…people are still searching for the perch Call Greg @ 231 624 6201 for latest info

Here is a fishing update and ice conditions in the southern part of Leelanau County; from Empire Outdoors

Little Glen = 10″ + Perch are being caught
Big Glen = 8″ Nice Perch have been caught no numbers.
South Bar = 6 – 8″ Pike are being caught daily
North Bar = 6″+ Pike can be caught, if you find the Blue Gill don’t tell anyone (but me)!
School Lake = 6″ + Pike, Pan fish
Bass Lake = 8″ + Pike, and Pan fish
Lime Lake = 8″ + Perch, Pan fish, Trout
Little Traverse Lake = 8″+ Perch, Pan fish, Trout

Wayne (Soni) Aylsworth
Empire Outdoors
11690 S. Lacore St.
231-326-5443

Fife Lake is froze and pike fishing has been fair and they are getting ready for the fishing derby next week Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346

Lake Skegemog has sold ice again and a great perch bite and guys are starting to get back out. Also pike have been on the bite Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 10 to 14 inches of ice and fishing 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 also Captain Chuck’s is under new ownership.

Portage Lake is froze again fishing has been great for pike, walleye and perch. It has been weird on the lake cause some guys are killing the perch and others cannot get a bite. Most are saying they have to move all the time. Fishing in town seems to be better right now. . Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028 Manistee Lake has been good for walleye and pike

Otsego Lake has good ice with shanties out also a great perch bite reported with big perch being caught on it Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664

Lake Margrethe is froze with 8 to 12 inches and good walleye, perch and pike. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Baldwin Area with safe ice. Call Ed’s Sport Shop 231-745-4974 or Baldwin Bait 231-422-5394

Leroy reports good ice with pike and panfish biting Call Craig Eyes Have it @ (231) 768-5653

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 East Twin and perch and a few walleyes are being caught. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has safe ice and pike, panfish are biting. Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay and Grand Lake has been great with jumbo perch being caught. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake has ben fair for perch call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121

Mancelona Sports reports many small lakes in the area are froze and safe with some nice perch coming out of Manistee Lake and a few out of Clam but be careful with the current in Clam call Larry at Mancelona Sports 231-587-9421

Wixom Lake, Sugar Springs, Wiggins Lake Secord Lake and Sanford Lake have ice guys are out again Call Sanford Sport Shop @ 989-687-5161

Burt and Mullet have been good for perch this week and Black Lake fishing has been good .

Pentwater Lake, is froze and guys are getting out this weekend call Pentwater Angler for the latest info 231-869-5357

White Lake has safe ice with a great gil bite on spikes and waxworms. Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake St. Helen: Those using tip-ups are taking a good number of pike and some walleye. Crappie action was best in the evening. Some found bluegills above the weed beds in 4 to 6 feet. A few lucky anglers caught the occasional 12 inch perch however very few were taken. Call Dave at Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Wiggins and Pratt Lakes have been good the last couple days as the ice is safe again. Call Chappel Dam Grocery @ 989-426-7503 for latest info. Also Sugar Spring and Secord Lake have a great pike and crappie bite

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

Lake Cadillac: Has a lot of anglers. The pike action has been good for those using tip-ups or spearing. Travel on the ice is difficult due to snow and deep slush.

Lake Mitchell: Has lots of ice anglers targeting bluegill, crappie and perch when using jigs and wax worms. Catch rates for pike were good with tip-ups.

M&J Hardware reports between Hardy and Croton Dam fishing has been awesome for perch, crappie, and pike call Don @ 231-652-7624 also Don put minnows into his store this week so stop in and say hello

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing is in full force. Depending on what lake, anglers are getting crappie, pike walleye and some decent perch. Steelhead fishing is doable and there are fish in the rivers although few anglers are going.

Lake Charlevoix: Had a large pressure crack forming around the drop-off at 95 feet.

Lake Cadillac: Pike fishing continues to be good for both spear and tip-up anglers. Some caught a few walleye and a couple decent size perch. The bluegill and crappie bite was slow.

Lake Mitchell: Is producing bluegill, crappie, perch, and pike. For perch, try moving around to find a school of active fish. With fish looking at the bait then moving on, try light line and a very small teardrop.

Lake Missaukee: Was producing some nice panfish.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is doable but few anglers have been out. This is a good time of year to get away from the crowded lakes and fish the river.

Hamlin Lake: Was giving up a fair number of panfish including bluegill, crappie and perch.

Pere Marquette River: Catch rates for steelhead increased with the warmer weather but once again colder temperatures will slow the bite.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Grand Lake: Had good walleye and perch fishing during the warm spell. Try Whiskey Bay or the reefs along the north end. Pike were caught by those using tip-ups or spearing.

Long Lake: Had good walleye and perch fishing. For walleye, many fish the east end “Narrows” at night. A few pike have also been caught.

Thunder Bay River: Has ice anglers on the river and in the boat harbor targeting perch, walleye and pike.

Hubbard Lake: Is producing walleye and a few perch. For walleye, try after dark.

Au Sable River: Fishing for steelhead on the lower river was pretty good though angling pressure was very low. The river was pretty much ice-free and a good number of fish have already moved in from the lake. Anglers drifting spawn at Foote Dam are hooking some fish and those downstream are finding fish in typical, winter holding areas where the water is of moderate depth and slow. Hardware is working along with flies downstream.

Higgins Lake: Perch fishing slowed along the north end so anglers were going out deeper to 60 feet. Perch anglers are fishing around the Sunken Island and the Main Island in 20 to 50 feet. Lake trout anglers are fishing along the drop-off in 80 to 110 feet with blues and golden shiners just off the bottom. Some are using tip-ups while others are jigging Swedish Pimples. Rainbow trout were hitting on wigglers in shallow water about a foot deep near Big Creek and the Conference Center. A few pike were taken on sucker minnows or golden shiners in 40 to 50 feet.

Houghton Lake: Had good fishing but the return of cold weather will once again slow the bite. The North Bay is starting to freeze but the ice was thin and the East Bay still has areas that are not safe because of moving water in the area. Walleye anglers did well throughout the night in 10 to 12 feet. Bluegills were caught near the bottom in 12 to 16 feet.

Lake St. Helen: Those using tip-ups are taking a good number of pike and some walleye. Crappie action was best in the evening. Some found bluegills above the weed beds in 4 to 6 feet. A few lucky anglers caught the occasional 12 inch perch however very few were taken.

Tawas: Had good walleye fishing in 18 to 20 feet. Evenings were best and some limit catches were reported. Perch were slower. Anglers were generally fishing in 15 feet and sorting out the small ones. No report on pike spearing.

Au Gres: Walleye and whitefish were caught in 10 feet off Booth Road. Try spoons or jigging rapalas tipped with minnows. Those heading out from Pine River and Palmer Road caught some walleye in 18 feet however ice conditions are variable and anglers need to use caution especially around the pressure cracks. Some fishing in 10 feet for perch caught the occasional walleye in the early morning. Perch anglers are doing a lot of sorting.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Had about 12 inches of new snow and the occasional slush pocket. Walleye and perch have been caught in 22 to 27 feet by those jigging or using tip-ups with wigglers, perch minnows or sucker minnows. For walleye at night, target 7 to 12 feet. A good number of pike have been caught on large minnows.

Menominee River: The ice below the dam got smaller during the warm spell but walleye anglers were still present. Those jigging rapalas tipped with minnows or a minnow head were catching fish in the early morning or evenings.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions remain about the same but ice in the southern Bay is still considered DANGEROUS throughout the shipping channel. Walleye anglers reported spotty catches throughout the northern Bay. The better fishing was around Gladstone and out from the Terrace Bay Inn when using rapalas and minnows in 30 to 34 feet. Similar results were reported near the Escanaba Power Plant in 28 to 35 feet. Perch anglers had fair catches when using wigglers, minnows or spikes in and around 17 feet straight out from the first Masonville access gate and just off the southwest end of Butler Island in 6 to 12 feet. Several jumbo perch were reported. Whitefish anglers had fair to good catches at Gladstone with minnows or spawn in 35 feet. Some were starting to target whitefish off Sandpoint in Escanaba however this area should be considered DANGEROUS and extreme caution needs to be used. Pike spearing was better in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor in 6 to 10 feet and around Butler Island in 6 to 12 feet. Anglers say live decoys work best.

St. Mary’s River: Catch raters were still slow in Munuscong Bay. Those out for walleye and perch caught a limited number of fish.

Cedarville and Hessel: Catch rates in Hessel Bay continue to improve with anglers reporting good catches in 12 to 14 feet on certain days. Try minnows or wax worms. Musky Bay is producing a large number of small pike in 10 to 13 feet. Cedarville Bay was slow.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Be careful around the pressure cracks. Some perch have been caught in the marinas. A few walleye were caught on Swedish Pimples or jigging rapalas in 18 to 20 feet in Brest Bay but the better walleye fishing was in Ohio waters. Anglers are heading out about 3 miles off Camp Perry which is just north of Port Clinton and straight out from Crane Creek which is just south of Reno Beach and fishing out towards West Sister Reef.

Detroit River: Is frozen. The only fishing observed was some perch caught at the south end of Grosse Ile in Airport Bay.

Lake St. Clair: Perch fishing was spotty with success varying from day to day. Some of the bigger fish are still being taken by those spearing. Anglers are using quads and snowmobiles however use caution.

St. Clair River: Anglers are still catching steelhead and brown trout off the wall in Port Huron when ice flow allows. A few coho and whitefish were caught.

Harbor Beach: Had a couple shanties in the harbor however there was open water along the rock wall and a lot of pressure cracks.

Port Austin: Has more ice shanties popping up around the marina.

Saginaw Bay: Conservation Officers have reported some machines going through the ice. Anglers need to use caution as the ice was variable. A good number of walleye and a few perch were caught in 22 feet off Linwood. Caution: The ice was bad along the shore where people have parked and some vehicles did go through the ice. A few pike were taken near the Hot Ponds but be careful out near Spoils Island because a truck went through the ice. A few perch were caught in 6 feet off Vanderbilt Park. Off Thomas Road, limits of walleye were caught about 8 miles out. Sebewaing had little action and perch fishing off Geiger Road was poor. Lots of anglers perch fishing off Mud Creek but they had little success with maybe 5 to 10 fish per group of anglers. At Caseville, a big wide pressure crack off the end of the breakwall had opened up. It is very wide and heads south towards Sand Point. This is the area where anglers were targeting lake trout so those contemplating fishing at Caseville need to be extremely careful.

Saginaw River: Had a few dark spots in the ice so be careful. Walleye fishing was slow north and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge and off Wickes Park. Catch rates were fair near the Airport where a few keepers were reported. Those fishing near the Boys and Girls Club in Bay City caught a few when jigging rapalas. Hot colors were perch, fire-tiger or blue and silver. Bay City to the mouth was slow.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The recent warm weather melted some of the snow and has allowed for better ice on most lakes. Anglers should still use caution around inlets and outlets and on deeper lakes that take longer to form safe ice. Bluegill fishing slowed but anglers were still catching fish in 8 to 20 feet on most lakes. Try a smaller jig with a spike or wax worm just off the bottom.

St. Joseph River: Anglers are catching steelhead. Try the slow water and the deeper holes with plugs, spawn or wax worms.

Gun Lake: In Barry County is producing bluegill and crappie. For walleye, try night fishing east of Murphy’s Point.

Kalamazoo River: Continues to produce steelhead for those braving the cold weather. Come prepared as the boat launches will be slippery. Those fishing below the dam should try plugs, spawn or a jig and wax worm.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead continue to be taken. Typical winter conditions exist, so be prepared for slippery trials and boat launches. Anglers fishing plugs, back bouncing spawn, and bobber fishing with a jig and wax worm did best.

Lake Lansing: Is producing some pike. While many are small a few keepers have also been caught. For bluegill and crappie, target the weed beds in 5 to 10 feet.

Muskegon Lake: Is producing perch in 35 to 40 feet near the channel and off the Sand Docks. Always use extreme caution near the channel. Bluegill and some crappie were caught off the Yacht Club. Pike have been caught on tip-ups with sucker minnows but those spearing have also taken some nice fish.

Muskegon River: Catch rates for steelhead and brown trout improved with the small spike in temperature. With another cold snap on the way, try fishing the slow water and the deeper holes.

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The cold nights creating lots of safe ice

Around the circuit today

Lou from Angelo’s Party Store has his shanties out on North Bay as the infamous open spot finally froze and is safe

2man shanty $40.00 per day with heat

2man shanty $40.00 per day with heat

2man shanty $40.00 per day with heat

4 man shanty $70.00 with heat

4 man shanty $70.00 with heat

4 man shanty $70.00 with heat
Call Lou @ 989-202-4422 to get your shanty reserved

DAN’S RESORT ANNUAL WALLEYE JAMBOREE!

Walleyes are back

Walleyes are back

IT’S TIME FOR THE ANNUAL WALLEYE JAMBOREE!
January 29-February 1st.
$20 entry fee, $5 for kids under 15.
1st place: $800
Lots of prizes and contests this year. Pickup your fresh bait and ticket in the tackle shop!

23477 S Bay Rd
Pickford, Michigan
(906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120
Open 24 Hours

There is an average of 18 inches of ice and there hasn’t been any reports of any trouble driving out on the bay. The fishing is good right now!
We open the tackle shop at 5am and we have lots of lucky minnows.
Gold is the hot color right now. ‪#‎justsayin‬ ‪#‎gogetem‬

Dan's Resort Fishing Contest

Dan’s Resort Fishing Contest

Matt and Bob Stockton from Hooked Up on Higgins Lake Guide service with there catch yesterday on Higgins Lake

Matt and Bob Stockton from Hooked Up on Higgins Lake Guide service with there catch yesterday

Matt and Bob Stockton from Hooked Up on Higgins Lake Guide service with there catch yesterday

Lots of people heading out on Portage this morning and some are doing well on perch yesterday ]\

Manistee Lake has been fair for pike and walleye.

Hamlin Lake has been good for pike and panfish

Pm Lake has been slow for perch this week

Pentwater has been slow this week as the ice broke up down town Pentwater due to an ice dam at the mouth and it backed up water and took the ice out, some many are hoping now the the ice dam broke that the perch will start coming into the lake from Lake Michigan. There are lots of guys fishing Pentwater Lake south but fishing has been slow

Whitehall has been fair for pike, perch and gills with minnows and spike working best.

Between Hardy and Croton Dam they are reporting good crappie, gill and perch bite with lots of fisherman out

Lakes around Baldwin have been fair

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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

Emma Baker hold the 30 1/2" Northern over 6 pounds she caught on Lake Mitchell

Emma Baker hold the 30 1/2″ Northern over 6 pounds she caught on Lake Mitchell

Emma Baker hold the 30 1/2″ Northern over 6 pounds she caught on Lake Mitchell

Those with cameras see crappies and gills charge to their bait, look then turn away. The Panfish have not been aggressive. Those catching must use the lightest line and smallest jigs possible, tipping them with spikes. Try a subtle jiggle then allow your bait to be still.

Plastics for panfish are gaining popularity. Used properly they’ve out fished live bait. Representatives from Jr’s Jig Tails, Vexilar, and ice fishing Pro’s Bill Ising and Jerry Lawhead present the first Free Fishing Weekend Ice Fishing Seminar. They’ll be covering everything from jigs to bait, to floats, and ice safety. The Free Ice Fishing Seminar and Youth Ice Fishing Derby starts at 9:00 A.M.Saturday, February 14th at the Carl T Johnson Hunting Fishing Center.

Many have been following the Pilgrim Village spearing contest where the standings often change on a daily basis. Although the contest ends January 31st, spearing season doesn’t end until March 15th. There’s plenty of time to spear a trophy or a delicious meal.

The Cadillac Chapter of the Michigan Dark House Association and the Carl T. Hohnson Fishing Hunting Center are sponsoring a seminar on Saturday, January 31, 2015 by MDAA President, Mike Holmes. The Michigan Spear Fishing, 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon. Meet the “Pres”, guest spesker from Iron Mountain.

The next Cadillac Chapter Meeting is Wednesday, January 28th at 7:00 P.M. at Carl T. Hunting & Fishing Center.

Pike Spearing Standings as of 1/25/2015

First Place Tom Ryster 41 1/4″, 16.14 lbs.
Second Place John Brooks 37 7/8″, 9.5 lbs.
Third Place Boone Williams 36 5/8″, 12.2 lbs.
Fourth Place Greg Sokowski 35 7/8″, 9.1 lbs.
Fifth Place Joe Brooks 35″, 10.31 lbs.
Youth Division

First Place Marissa Brooks 28 3/4″, 4.85 lbs.
Second Place Rodney Sanders 27 7/8″, 3.10 lbs.
Other Division

Bowfin Thomas Brooks 31″, 10.9 lbs.

30th North American Snow Festival
ICE FISHING CONTEST
Saturday, February 7, 2015

You must have a $5.00 NASF BUTTON to be eligible.
Your button number must be registered at any of these Sponsors:
MC Sports or Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop.
The NASF Button is good for all Snow Fest Events and Raffle Prizes.

Win a prize for the largest Perch, Crappie, Bluegill, Pike or Walleye.

All participants will be entered for prize drawings at the
Cadillac Junior High School located at 500 S. Chestnut St.

Receive contest rules when you register at any one of these Sponsors:
MC Sports or Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop.

You must be entered by 10:00 A.M. of February 7th and have a $5.00 NASF Button.

Bring in your catch to the Cadillac Junior High School

Contest begins at 8 A.M. and ends at 3:00 P.M. Februqary 7, 2015.

ALL PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AT 3:30 P.M. at the Cadillac Junior High School

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Some Fishing action From Last Week

Some Fishing action From Last Week

Best friends and experienced anglers Dontay G. and Mathew B. from Mt Pleasant caught 13 Pike today on tip-ups with Golden Shiners. They were fishing from Lyman on the Lake Shanties on Houghton Lake

Dontay G. and Mathew B. from Mt Pleasant caught 13 Pike today on tip-ups with Golden Shiners

Dontay G. and Mathew B. from Mt Pleasant caught 13 Pike today on tip-ups with Golden Shiners

Dontay and Matt did it again. This time with a Pike and Walleye…
Editors note: their performance was aided by several cans of energy drinks and candy.

Dontay G. and Mathew B. from Mt Pleasant did it again with a pike and walleye

Dontay G. and Mathew B. from Mt Pleasant did it again with a pike and walleye

From Manistee Don’s Sporting Goods Customers caught on Don’s Fresh Bait

John Sain with a nice walleye out of the Manistee area 27″ 7lb

John Sain with a nice walleye out of the Manistee area 27" 7lb

John Sain with a nice walleye out of the Manistee area 27″ 7lb

Tyler Knudsen Manistee Lake 37 1/2 14 lbs Don’s hooked it up with the bait!

Tyler Knudsen Manistee Lake  37 1/2 14 lbs Don's hooked it up with the bait

Tyler Knudsen Manistee Lake 37 1/2 14 lbs Don’s hooked it up with the bait

Lake Missaukee walleye 2:30 in the morning Aaron Comp

Lake Missaukee walleye 2:30 in the morning Aaron Comp

Lake Missaukee walleye 2:30 in the morning Aaron Comp

Bob Stockton Guide service caught these big pike on Higgins Lake but had a crappy image so I made a cartoon of the image but three hog northern pike

Higgins Lake Pike

Higgins Lake Pike

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Osborn’s Sport Reports Portage has a Perch Bite

Osborn’s Sport Reports Portage has a Perch Bite

Dan From Osborn’s Sport reports the big perch moved into Portage Lake and fisherman had a great day today with nice perch.Call Dan @ 231-889-3775

Yellow_Perch___Ice_Fishing_portagelake

Also Big Glen is reporting big perch were biting.

Higgins Lake had a city out there and lots of perch were caught today with guys coming in buying more perch minnows as they ran out but did not here what size they were. Also the Lake Trout were biting.

Pentwater Lake has opened up in town so many had to move south bite seems to be slow this week.

Lyman’s on the Lake reports,

Houghton Lake’s own, Amanda Jock caught this 32 1/2″, 8lb Pike on a dead stick with a Golden Shiner near the Cut River. She’ll be entering that one in the Tip Up Town fishing contest.
Way to put the pressure on, Amanda!

 Amanda Jock caught this 32 1/2", 8lb Pike

Amanda Jock caught this 32 1/2″, 8lb Pike

Lake Missaukee had a city out on the lake today and Casey from Miller’s Corner said a good pike bite and gill bite today.

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First ice fishing trip for Sierra on Higgins lake

First ice fishing trip for Sierra on Higgins lake

First ice fishing trip for Sierra on Higgins lake

First ice fishing trip for Sierra on Higgins lake

First ice fishing trip for Sierra on Higgins lake South-end. She caught the biggest one of the day and reeled in 20 by herself.

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Higgins Lake and Skegemog have a Great Perch Bite

Higgins Lake is Great for Lakers and Perch

I saw a guy at Sports Barn with a 13.5″ perch he caught on Higgins Lake today what a fat hog. Photo Below

13.5" perch he caught on Higgins Lake

Higgins Lake has been awesome for perch and Lakers this week. Some jumbo’s are also being caught, but guys are reporting limits with a few jumbo’s must are 6 to 9 inches. South end of Higgins Lake Call Dave @ Sportsbarn 989-821-9511- North-end Call Bill @ Higgins Lake Sport Center 989-821-9517- West Side Higgins Lake Hardware @ 989-821-6677 These are the places with live bait also on the lake also call Bob Stockon Guide Service (989) 808-2671 for ice conditions and bite info.

Higgins Lake: Perch were hitting wax worms, wigglers or minnows in 20 to 60 feet around the Sunken Island and the Main Island. Pike were caught on sucker minnows near Big Creek. Those spearing have taken fish up to 40 inches near Sam-O-Set Park which is in the north basin. Lake trout were caught in the north basin by those jigging spoons near the bottom or using tip-ups with minnows. Most of the fish caught were not big but legal size. Rainbow trout were caught on wigglers in shallow water near Big Creek and the Conference Center. A few smelt were taken along the west side of the lake.

Crystal Lake has been good for smelt at night, but small perch so far- lake trout has been fair.

Houghton Lake has been good for pike, walleye, perch, crappie, and gills for tip-up town weekend. It is Tip Up town Weekend so have fun this weekend. Call Angelo’s Party @ 989-202-4422, Dave@ four season Party 989-422-5230 Korbinski’s Sport Shop 989-366-9500 Lymans@ 989-422-3231 wright time shanty rentals @ 989-202-4531

Houghton Lake Shanty Rentals

Angelo’s Party Store has his shanties out call Lou @ 989-202-4422

Dave from Four Season Party Store has shanties for rent and the perch and walleye have been biting around his shanties call Dave@ 989-422-5230

Lyman’s on the lake has all their shanties out call 989-422-3231 to make a reservation
Wright Time Ice Shanties has shanties for rent for tip-up town. Call Jay@ 989-202-4531

Lake Missaukee has 8 to 12 inches of ice and most are fishing from Lake City shoreline as Green Rd has 8 inches 12″ on the east side and the coves are safe. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info and the fish are biting.

Dan’s Resort has been busy with a great bite so far this year Ice anglers on Munuscong Bay reported fair to good perch and walleye fishing on the west end towards Grassy Island. Call Dan’s (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120
Open 24 Hours

Around Traverse City Green Lake is froze and guys have been out with a few smelt biting , Duck Lake they have shanties out on Strawberry Point and guys are catching some nice perch and I’m having a mess from there tonight that somebody gve me and Long Lake is safe. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also South Lake Leelanau are safe with Lake Leelanau producing good perch and walleye.

Greg Alsip from Lake Leelanau Narrow’s Resort and Bait Shop reports walleye…fishing has been steady on south lake…lot of walleye being caught, North lake has plenty of ice but the fishing has been terrible…people are still searching for the perch Call Greg @ 231 624 6201 for latest info

Here is a fishing update and ice conditions in the southern part of Leelanau County; from Empire Outdoors

Little Glen = 10″ + Perch are being caught
Big Glen = 6″ Please be careful, Nice Perch have been caught no numbers.
South Bar = 4 – 6″ Pike are being caught daily
North Bar = 6″+ Pike can be caught, if you find the Blue Gill don’t tell anyone (but me)!
School Lake = 4 – 6″ + Pike, Pan fish
Bass Lake = 6 – 8″ + Pike, and Pan fish
Lime Lake = 6″ + Perch, Pan fish, Trout
Little Traverse Lake = 6″+ Perch, Pan fish, Trout

Wayne (Soni) Aylsworth
Empire Outdoors
11690 S. Lacore St.

Fife Lake is froze and pike fishing has been fair with a guy had a 38″ on the ice today call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346

Lake Skegemog has sold ice again and a great perch bite and guys are starting to get back out. Also pike have been on the bite Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 10 to 14 inches of ice and fishing 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 also Captain Chuck’s is under new ownership.

Portage Lake is froze again fishing has been great for pike, walleye and perch. It has been weird on the lake cause some guys are killing the perch and others cannot get a bite. Most are saying they have to move all the time. Fishing in town seems to be better right now. . Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028

Otsego Lake has good ice with shanties out also a great perch bite reported with big perch being caught on it Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664

Lake Margrethe is froze with 8 to 12 inches and good walleye, perch and pike. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Baldwin Area with safe ice. Call Ed’s Sport Shop 231-745-4974 or Baldwin Bait 231-422-5394

Leroy reports good ice with pike and panfish biting Call Craig Eyes Have it @ (231) 768-5653

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 East Twin and perch and a few walleyes are being caught. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has safe ice and pike, panfish are biting. Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay and Grand Lake has been great with jumbo perch being caught. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake has safe ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121

Mancelona Sports reports many small lakes in the area are froze and safe with some nice perch coming out of Manistee Lake and a few out of Clam but be careful with the current in Clam call Larry at Mancelona Sports 231-587-9421

Wixom Lake, Sugar Springs, Wiggins Lake Secord Lake and Sanford Lake have ice guys are out again Call Sanford Sport Shop @ 989-687-5161

Around Burt and Mullet has ice with a few getting out on Black Lake but be careful.

Pentwater Lake, is froze and guys are getting out this weekend call Pentwater Angler for the latest info 231-869-5357

White Lake has safe ice with a great gil bite on spikes and waxworms. Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake St. Helen has been great for walleye the last few days with blues working best. Also good pike and a few gills. Call Dave at Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Wiggins and Pratt Lakes have been good the last couple days as the ice is safe again. Call Chappel Dam Grocery @ 989-426-7503 for latest info. Also Sugar Spring and Secord Lake have a great pike and crappie bite

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

Lake Cadillac: Has a lot of anglers. The pike action has been good for those using tip-ups or spearing. Travel on the ice is difficult due to snow and deep slush.

Lake Mitchell: Has lots of ice anglers targeting bluegill, crappie and perch when using jigs and wax worms. Catch rates for pike were good with tip-ups.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes are producing pike, walleye, perch, and panfish. While most lakes are in good shape anglers will still need to use caution on the deeper ones.

Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing continues to be good. Pike are being taken on tip-ups and spears and panfish were hitting on minnows, spikes and wax worms.

Lake Mitchell: Is producing bluegills, crappie and even some perch in the coves. A good number of pike have been taken.

Lake Missaukee: Was producing walleye and smaller panfish.

Portage Lake: Had reports of walleye and yellow perch being caught.

Manistee River: Continues to produce steelhead and brown trout. Fish have been caught below Tippy Dam and by those wading above or below the coffer dam.

Hamlin Lake: Is producing a fair number of bluegill, crappie and perch. Try fishing the bayous with minnows, wax worms or spikes.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing has been good for those drifting or wading. Be sure to watch for shelf ice.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice conditions are improving on all water bodies in this region however anglers should still use caution.
Lake Avalon: Is producing a few splake.

Grand Lake: Continues to produce perch in good numbers. A few pike and walleye were also caught.

Long Lake: Was good for walleye with a few perch and pike mixed in. Try jigging.

Hubbard Lake: Try the North Bay or the East Bay for perch.

Au Sable River: There are steelhead below Foote Dam but fishing pressure has been light. Try casting plugs while drifting downstream from the dam to the mouth.

Houghton Lake: Still had open water in the North Bay off Long Point. The East Bay has iced over however the ice was thin. Catch rates slowed with all the traffic on the ice however the walleye bite was starting to come back. Some of the fish caught were sub-legal but anglers are still taking some keepers.

Lake St. Helen: Is producing panfish and pike were caught on tip-ups.

Tawas: Had good walleye fishing in 15 to 20 feet in the Bay. Some limit catches were reported. Perch fishing was also good with a fair number of 7 ½ to 10 inch fish caught. Fishing inside the harbor was slow.

Au Gres: The best walleye fishing was off Booth Road at Point Au Gres in 15 feet. At Palmer Road, walleye fishing was good with some limits reported. Perch fishing was spotty but the fish range 7 to 9 inches.

Au Gres River: Was producing mostly sub-legal walleye.

Genesee County: Panfish are being caught at Holloway Reservoir but no big numbers. Pike and small numbers of panfish were caught in Byram Lake.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Ice has finally developed. Anglers are finding access on the southern end of the bay along US-41 and fishing the drop-off located about 100 yards offshore. They have caught lake trout, splake, whitefish, and the occasional brown trout. Catch rates were light with the most fish caught at daybreak.

Otter Lake: In Houghton County was producing a light number of pike and crappie.

Lake Gogebic: Is producing a moderate number of walleye and perch.

Menominee River: Walleye are being caught below the dam at Hattie Street. Anglers are jigging rapalas or small spoons tipped with a minnow. Good colors were fire-tiger or blue and silver.

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer temperatures caused problems with ice conditions in the Escanaba shipping channel. Anglers have been fishing this area but it is considered DANGEROUS. Please use caution at all times when navigating the southern areas of the Bay. Ice conditions were favorable north of the “Narrows” where catch rates for walleye and perch were up. In Kipling, most were jigging rapalas with minnows in 24 to 30 feet or 27 to 35 feet in Gladstone. Some were using tip-ups or jigging rapalas between the shipping docks and the river in Escanaba. Perch anglers reported fair catches with the Kipling area the best for those jigging minnows or wigglers in 10 to 30 feet or 17 feet straight out from the first Masonville access site. Several pike were speared from the Escanaba Yacht Harbor in 8 feet when using live decoys. Whitefish anglers were marking good numbers of fish but few catches were reported out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 35 to 40 feet. Although many are driving their vehicles out on the Bay it is not recommended for safety reasons.

Au Train Lake: Was producing some pike and small perch. Anglers were heading out from Forest Lake Road and the access site in Buck Bay.

Munising: The bay is frozen from Christmas to Sand Point and there was fishing pressure in all the usual locations. Splake up to 20 inches were caught on occasion but many were under the 15 inch size limit. Anglers were taking good catches of whitefish but they are also running small. Some lake trout anglers were venturing out to the west side of Grand Island however the ice is variable out there and extreme caution needs to be used.

Schoolcraft County: Thunder Lake and Round Lake were slush covered and the bite was not good. Pete’s Lake was producing some small perch and pike. Fishing slowed on Indian Lake after the cold spell.

St. Mary’s River: Munuscong has slowed down. Very few walleye and perch have been caught.

Cedarville and Hessel: Activity picked up some in Hessel Bay. Some days anglers are reporting good catches in 12 to 14 feet when using minnows. Musky Bay and Cedarville Bay were slow.

Brevoort Lake: Was producing a fair to good number of yellow Bellies

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Is producing some perch in the marinas. Bluegill and crappie were caught off Sterling State Park. A few walleye were taken in Brest Bay however anglers need to pay close attention to a west wind which will blow out the ice beyond the pressure crack.

Lenawee County: Finally had enough ice for anglers to get out on the lakes. A few panfish were caught on Wampler’s Lake but overall the bite was slow. Anglers are urged to use caution when venturing out.

Detroit River: Word has it Airport Bay was still producing some yellow perch. For access, anglers will have to walk about ¾ of a mile down Frenchman Creek. Those fishing the canals around Gibraltar have caught a handful of bluegills. Pike have been caught around Belle Isle.

Lake St. Clair: Had mixed reports all over the lake. Lots of small perch as the bigger fish were not as active. Those spearing perch had the best luck because fish would come in to investigate but would not bite. Some perch were caught near Geno’s and the Metro Park. Good reports were coming from the marinas and shallow weed beds where pumpkinseed were hitting on teardrops and spikes. A lot of anglers were fishing Anchor Bay off the Palms Road access site.

Port Austin: Had a few shanties in the harbor.

Saginaw Bay: A few perch were caught off White’s Beach however beware of the ice past the first pressure crack. Perch were caught off Newman Road just south of Pinconning. Walleye fishing was pretty good 3 miles off Linwood with a fair number of limit catches but use extreme caution beyond the first pressure crack. Walleye fishing was good and some perch were caught near Spoils Island. Along the east side of the bay, most anglers were after perch near shore. A few were caught off Vanderbilt Park however there was still some open water out there so anglers need to use extreme caution. Crappie were caught in Sunset Bay Marina. Walleye were caught out in the Slot in 15 feet however be very careful beyond the first pressure crack. Perch fishing from Sebewaing to Caseville was slow and spotty throughout much of the area including the marina at Sebewaing and off Geiger Road. Most of the activity was off the Mud Creek access site in Wildfowl Bay where catch rates range from getting “skunked” to maybe 25 taken by the luckiest anglers that found a school of active fish. Success rates declined with all the noise from anglers traveling across the ice.

Saginaw River: Had a lot of anglers but catch rates were slow. There are a lot of sub-legal walleyes in the river this time of year so anglers at all locations have to do a lot of sorting. Jigging rapalas are the standard however spoons also work and hot colors are blue and silver, perch or fire-tiger. The slowest action was down in Saginaw and as far north as the Zilwaukee Bridge as the water was muddy after the snow-melt. Most of the walleye caught between the Zilwaukee Bridge and Bay City were sub-legal. Those fishing around the U.S.S. Edson only caught the occasional keeper. Watch the ice near the mouth as there were some areas with open water and some thin ice close to shore.

Tittabawassee River: Was not fishable at the time of this report. There was too much ice for open-water fishing but the ice was not safe to walk on. The current increased after the weekend thaw.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Warmer weather opened up river fishing again, so anglers are back out on the St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, and the Grand. The launches are snow covered and icy, so come prepared. Ice conditions are better towards the middle of the state near Lansing because the west side of the state had much more snow cover. Anglers need to be extremely careful.

Gull Lake: In Kalamazoo County was producing some smelt.

Gun Lake: In Barry County is producing a few perch and bluegills. For walleye, try east of Murphy’s Point.

Kalamazoo River: Has anglers targeting steelhead below the Allegan Dam.

Lake Macatawa: Had some decent reports for bluegill and perch.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is still producing some steelhead. Try a jig and wax worm, spinners, wobble glows or flies. Good colors are usually blue and silver.

Grand River near Lansing: Catch rates dropped right off during the cold spell and have not rebounded.

Lake Lansing: Is producing some bluegill and crappie. Some are using tip-ups for pike while others are spearing. The bite is slow, try light line and very small tear drops with very small bait.

Livingston County: A fair number of panfish have been caught in Lake Chemung, Upper Chilson Pond, or Appleton Lake.

Jackson County: Had lots of anglers but catch rates were slow.

Clinton County: Ice fishing was in full swing though anglers were having little success. Most caught small bluegills.

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Perch Fishing still Slow Down the Coast

Perch Fishing still Slow Down the Coast

Big Platte Lake has a good walleye bite with tipups and small suckers working best.

Hamlin Lake is still fair bite for panfish and PM Lake has been good this week also

Pentwater they are catching perch but lots of sorting to get a few nice ones

Whitehall has had a fair perch bite but you have to move a lot and the big ones are biting real light.

Muskegon Lake lots of little perch so far

Why is the Onekama Village Park and Portage Point Drive filled and lined with cars and trucks? Cause it is time for ice fishing and they are catching some nice fish.

 The large perch photo by Bob Blackmore was taken on 1-15-15 of a 1.34 lb perch taken in Portage Lake.


The large perch photo by Bob Blackmore was taken on 1-15-15 of a 1.34 lb perch taken in Portage Lake.

The large perch photo by Bob Blackmore was taken on 1-15-15 of a 1.34 lb perch taken in Portage Lake. They are catching pan fish, perch, walleye and pike right now.

For fishing reports on local ice fishing, you can go to the Onekama Web site (www.onekama.info

Portage Lake reports are real spotty some are doing good and other cannot get a bite.

Lyman’s on the Lake Reports

clare Houghton Lake Walleye

clare Houghton Lake Walleye

Dave's walleye from Houghton Lake

Dave’s walleye from Houghton Lake

Bitter rivals Dave L and Clare G. went neck-and-neck today with each catching 5 Eyes. Dave won total weight with 2 keepers around 18″, but Clare won the size war with a 21″ beauty. They both said the fish didn’t start biting until 5 pm.

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Smelt are Starting to Bite

Smelt are Starting to Bite

Smelt-Ice-Fishing

Getting a few reports that a couple guys caught 40 smelt on Green Lake, but reports from Crystal a better smelt bite with two guys upwards of 150 smelt. Small Perch and Lake trout also reported from Crystal Lake. HIggins Lake they are seeing smelt on cameras using blue or green lights, but they cannot get them to bite

Duck Lake by Interlochen reports a great perch bite with jumbo’s being caight off of Strawberry point, some gills and nice pike also.

Skegemog has a great perch bite with waxworms and minnow working best.

Boardman Lake by Traverse is still good for walleye along with Lake Leelanau.

Big Glen is producing big perch but no numbers.

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Higgins Lake Perch and Pike are doing well

Higgins Lake Perch and Pike are doing well

Higgins Lake Perch and Pike are doing well

Higgins Lake Perch and Pike are doing well

Bob Stockton Guide Service Reports from Higgins Lake Perch and Pike are doing well in 45 feet of water, minnows and waxworms working best! Ice is in great shape! Also the lake trout are biting great call Bob @ (989) 808-2671. Luke Baker Caught 11 Lakers in 3 hours yesterday, ice was 11+ inches on Higgins

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