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.
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.
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
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.