The Fat Lady is Singing Ice Fishing Report

Most places report ice fishing is done but there are a few places they are getting out but shoreline ice is bad.

Higgins Lake has been good for perch with Fred Fields form Coach’s Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday

Fred Fields form Coach's Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach’s Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach's Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach’s Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach's Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Fred Fields form Coach’s Smallmouth Charters catching these perch Monday and Tuesday on Higgins

Bob Stockton and Bob the Bear Hunter with some perch from Higgins the 20th

Bob Stockton and Bob the Bear Hunter with some perch from Higgins the 20th

Bob Stockton and Bob the Bear Hunter with some perch from Higgins the 20th

Skegemog is still producing perch but the ice is fading fast.

Miller’s CORNER REPORTING A GREAT GILL BITE AND THE ICE IS STILL GOOD CALL MILLERS @ 231-839-0440

Last Ice Bluegill

Last Ice Bluegill

On Wednesday April 1st, all anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a 2015 fishing license. Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2015 Fishing Guide when you purchase your license. Ice fishing is pretty much limited to the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. The piers along Lake Michigan are ice covered and dangerous.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing remains slow due to cold temperatures. A nice warm rain would really get the fish moving. There is no pier fishing or trolling on Lake Michigan yet because of abundant ice in the area.

Traverse City: Both bays still had ice however it is no longer safe. Anglers should just stay off and wait for open water fishing. The shoreline ice is gone in both bays. Those looking to fish just off shore will need to bring waders.

Boardman River: Has open water. Anglers have caught the occasional steelhead when floating spawn or wax worms.

Betsie River: Is producing the occasional steelhead.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: The ice is holding and anglers were still heading out. Most are catching crappie right under the ice in the early morning and evening. Try minnows, wax worms and spikes.

Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers were still taking a mixed bag of panfish.

Manistee River: Anglers are catching steelhead but it needs to warm up. Once the ice is gone from Tippy Dam Pond and we get some warm rain, the fish will be more active. A good number of brown trout were caught but most were too small.

Pere Marquette River: More anglers are heading out as the steelhead and brown trout bite continue to improve.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Some of the inland lakes are still producing panfish however those heading out need to use extreme caution. First ice and last ice are the most dangerous.

Higgins Lake: Ice fishing season is pretty much done. Much more of the shoreline ice has opened up and there are several pressure cracks starting near the shoreline and heading out into the lake. Rain, wind and warmer temperatures this week will only make conditions worse. Anglers are advised to wait for open water fishing.

Houghton Lake: Still had ice for those not ready to hang up the ice fishing gear. Anglers would be wise to use caution and be careful along the shoreline especially near the Cut River, Denton Creek or any other inlets or outlets. A fair number of bluegills and crappie were caught off Songer’s Point which is just north of the boat launch on the east side.

Tawas: A lot of ice has blown out of the bay but there was still some near Jerry’s Marina and that is where ice anglers were concentrated. Yellow perch were caught but many were small and anglers were putting in considerable time. A few walleye were caught.

Tawas River: The ice at the mouth was gone. Anglers were wading and casting but no reports came in.

Au Gres: Some anglers were still going north of the breakwall and catching a few walleye but there is no telling how long that ice will last.

Au Gres River: Down at the Singing Bridge, steelhead were caught in the lower river and in the surf though fishing was difficult with the piles of shore ice.

Rifle River: Sucker fishing is just barely starting to get underway.

Pine River: Is starting to open up and may soon be a good bet for open water perch and sucker fishing.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers are still ice fishing however proceed with caution! There is no snow on the ice so bring cleats for your boots and anchors for your shack. The cool evenings tend to firm up the ice so mornings are better. When the sun has been out for a while, ice conditions can change a lot in a few hours. Melting snow is the reason for more water in the bay. Be careful in front of the creeks and rivers as well as areas where water is running down a hillside. The ice in front of Carla’s looks to be very poor. Lake trout fishing was spotty but a few catches were reported from the Center Reef. The occasional splake was caught in 15 to 40 feet. Coho fishing was fair in front of the Falls River however ice conditions there can change quickly.

Marquette: The ice in the Upper Harbor and the Lower Harbor is no longer safe and the “bubblers” are ice free. Ice flow can move in quickly depending on wind direction. The only fishing activity was at the mouth of the Carp River where anglers were targeting steelhead and coho but catch rates were slow. They are using crawlers and spawn or drifting flies and small spoons. Catch rates will remain slow until air temperatures warm up causing runoff from snow and ice melt.

Au Train: Few anglers were out as most are waiting for open water fishing. The Rock River beneath the spillway is open with some flow just beyond the foot bridge however fishing season here will close on April 1st and reopen on June 30th. The Au Train River was open between the mouth and the M-28 Bridge. The Brownstone public launch has been plowed. Those targeting coho had poor results.

Munising: Still has good ice in the bay with a light layer of snow cover. Walking conditions are still slick so bring cleats and use caution. Some of the pressure cracks around the shoreline tightened back up. Catch rates were just fair. A couple splake ranging 16 to 21 inches were caught. Whitefish activity was up so more fish were caught. Some are using a single egg or wax worm on the bottom while others said the fish were suspended. The bite is very light so anglers are using extremely light rods. Anglers are still marking schools of smelt but none were caught and many are waiting for the coho bite to get started. Spearing was still slow. Catch rates in Trout Bay are still slow. Those fishing near Wood Island did manage to catch some lake trout.

St. Mary’s River: Still had good ice at Munuscong. Those perch fishing in Fowlers Bay had some good days when using minnows in 4 to 6 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel:Musky Bay in Cedarville and Hessel Bay are very sporadic for yellow perch. Try minnows or wigglers in 10 to 12 feet.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: A few perch were caught by ice anglers around the Banana Dike but the majority of ice on the lake is no longer safe.

Huron River: Anglers are catching steelhead. Some of the better fishing can usually be found near Labo Park.

Detroit River: Is open however boat anglers will need to watch as quite a bit of flow ice is still coming down and will be for a while. A couple nice walleye were taken near the warm water discharge at the power plant in the Trenton Channel.

Lake St. Clair: Has a lot of shelf ice and flow ice in the connecting waters. Status on the boat launches and shore fishing areas can vary day to day depending on the wind. As a result, fishing activity has been light.

St. Clair River: Had some good trout and salmon reports when ice conditions allowed shore anglers to fish.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions continue to deteriorate so a good number of anglers are putting away their ice fishing gear and starting to get their boats ready. The die-hards were still going out and crossing active pressure cracks however extreme caution needs to be used! Watch for areas of open water. Shoreline ice is getting bad all around the bay. At Palmer Road, anglers crossing two major pressure cracks and fishing in 18 feet caught walleye. Closer to shore, fishing was spotty but a few were taken. Some perch were caught off White’s Beach. Walleye were caught from the Bay City State Park south to the trailer park near the mouth in 5 feet. The bite was best from dawn until about 9:00 and in the evening after 7:00. Those wading and casting off the mouth of the Hot Ponds had no luck. A few crappie were caught in Sunset Bay Marina. North of Sebewaing at Rose Island and Geiger Road, perch fishing was spotty but a couple limit catches were reported. Most were 6 to 8 inches with the occasional 12 inch fish.

Bad River: At St. Charles is producing some suckers.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the southern part near the Indiana border are ice free. Lakes towards Kalamazoo, Jackson, Lansing, and Grand Rapids still had some ice however no safe ice. The rivers have steelhead and more fish will continue to move in. The piers are still ice covered. Some boats were starting to troll between the piers, but there is still ice out in Lake Michigan.

St. Joseph: For those trolling, coho were biting at the mouth of the river.

St. Joseph River: Has a decent run of steelhead as a lot of fish had been moving through the Berrien Springs fish ladder over the last week. The live streaming Fish Cam at the ladder is back in operation and can be viewed at: www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52259_19092—,00.html

Holland: Has open water but the piers are still ice covered.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead are hitting below the Allegan Dam. Anglers were floating spawn and wax worms.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The fish ladders are open and steelhead are being caught below the 6th Street Dam. Try spawn, wax worms or plugs.

Grand River at Lansing: Few anglers have been out. No reports of any steelhead this far up.

Muskegon: Has open water in the harbor.

Muskegon River: Steelhead have been caught however water temperatures were still a bit cold. A stonefly hatch was just getting started.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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

Lake Cadillac Crappies on Last Ice

Lake Cadillac Crappies on Last Ice

The calendar says its Spring, but there’s still over a foot of ice on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Southern Anglers are shocked if they arrive without their power augers. The shoreline is showing signs of opening in certain places. It’s anybody’s quess how long the ice will last with the cold mornings and warm afternoons.

There’s a few crappie anglers left on the ice. Most have figured out the pattern and are doing well. Worth while numbers are being caught. The Coves on Mitchell and the Thirsty’s area have been consistent. The crappie have been suspending right under the ice. Right under the ice. Regardless of the depth those most successful only have 3 or 4 feet of line out. They can be finacky. For a while they only bite on minnows, then stop. Changing to waxworms or spikes starts the bite over. First light and the evenings find the most aggressive fish. Most of the better areas are pot marked with old holes making hole hopping easy.

Manisttee River: Steelhead have started. Not catching big numbers yet, but more fresh fish are coming up river. The best is yet to come, need the river to warm. Once Tippy Dam Pond thaws and some Spring rain comes, the numbers will pick up. Browns have been easy to catch but most are under that 15 inch mark. Be careful when releasing them.

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Close to Last Ice Fishing Report

Skegemog perch caught by fred fields from coach's charters

Skegemog perch caught by fred fields from coach’s charters

Ice on Higgins is getting away from shore many places and you have to look for access points. Higgins Lake they are catching perch on the north-end south end the bite has been very slow. Rumors of smelt being caught but no numbers. They were still getting out off the west access site today and should be ok with colder temps the rest of the week

Portage Lake was good for perch but the shore ice is bad so walking only, Manistee Lake had a perch bite but the ice is bad along shore. Hamlin Lake has a great gill bite but be careful.

Houghton Lake they are catching nice perch and big gills and still going out with quads.

Crystal Lake has good ice with perch, whitefish, lake trout biting great smelt fishing has been slow.

Skegemog the perch fishing is fair with some perch up to 13 inches the last few days.

Dan’s Resort The perch are coming in! Did I mention we have Blues? Come get ‘em while the bite is on. Trucks are still going out. Call (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120 for the latest info on Munuscong Bay

Saginaw Bay: Warm weather over the past 10 days coupled with strong wind is causing ice conditions to deteriorate quickly. This is the time of year when ice becomes extremely unpredictable and dangerous. Anglers need to use extreme caution! The shoreline ice is getting bad. Watch out for pressure cracks and think twice before crossing them. Anglers have been rescued near Pinconning and the mouth of the Saginaw River. Those fishing off Palmer Road caught walleye including some limit catches. Most of the activity was about 1 ½ miles out in 7 to 8 feet inside the first pressure crack. Some nice perch were also caught. Decent size perch and a few walleye were taken in 8 feet near White’s Beach. Down off Cody-Estey Road and Pinconning Road, walleye were taken in 14 feet however be extremely careful around the pressure cracks as the ice was not good. A lot of anglers were fishing off the Bay City State Park. Some were going out 3 miles for walleye while others stayed close to shore and caught fish in 4 to 5 feet. The bite was best before 9:30AM. The ice is getting bad near the mouth of the river so avoid the area. Those heading out from Finn Road caught some walleye toward the north end of Spoils Island however stay away from the Hot Pond Channel! Bluegill and crappie were caught inside the marina basin at Sunset Bay. Walleye fishing in the Slot has slowed due to questionable ice conditions. At Sebewaing, the river is getting dirty and those fishing the marina said it was slow. Mud Creek was spotty. Those fishing the east side of the bay need to watch out for large areas of open water near the islands.

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

Charles Wright has been catching keeper perch on Lake Cadillac

Charles Wright has been catching keeper perch on Lake Cadillac

Charles Wright has been catching keeper perch on Lake Cadillac all season. He shows us a 13 incher

Put away your tip-ups and spears, any pike or walleyes have to come out of your freezer. The seasons are now closed in all Lower Peninsula Inland Waters. Many Anglers beat the deadline and have caught their share. The Seasons open again the last Saturday in April. Keep your light rods handy. Some of the better panfish catches always come with last ice.

For those tired of the ice, the Manistee River is starting to fill with Steelhead.

Our lakes look empty. All the permanent shanties have been removed by March 15th according to law. No cities or clusters as before. Those sitting on buckets, look like specks in the distance.

Elevated water levels will continue on streams and rivers through the weekend as runoff from melting snow continues. Caution is urged when walking the river banks.

Anglers are invited to attend “Conversations & Coffee” with the DNR Fisheries Division. The public will have a chance to meet with managers and fisheries biologist to discuss local and statewide fisheries management activities and concerns as well as get specific questions answered. For meeting dates, times and locations click here:

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing is still going, but anglers really need to be cautious. Even with lots of ice if it doesn’t get cold at night, the ice can change quickly. Steelhead fishing is slow because water temperatures are still cold from the snowmelt. Once the snowpack is gone, the spring run will begin.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers are still fishing however extreme caution needs to be used. Safety is always a concern on first and last ice. Some bluegills and crappie were caught just under the ice.

Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers were getting panfish. Be careful and pay close attention to temperatures and wind direction.

Manistee River: Anglers are starting to catch more steelhead and the catch rates will only improve as the water temperatures rise. Melting snow has the water levels up.

Hamlin Lake: Anglers were catching a mixed bag of fish including a fair number of bluegill.

Pere Marquette River: The ice is pretty much gone. Snowmelt will stain the waters and raise the levels. Those targeting steelhead will want to try spawn in the deeper holes until the water warms up.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Although many lakes still have fishable ice, anglers still need to use caution. Rivers and streams are beginning to open up.

Grand Lake: Perch fishing started to pick up.

Long Lake: Was producing perch on the south end. The size was smaller but a good number were caught.

Grass Lake: In Montmorency County was producing a good number of hand size bluegills.

Fletchers Pond: Is producing a good number of bluegills but many were small.

Higgins Lake: The ice is holding but the shoreline ice was starting to go especially along the west side. Anglers were heading out from the North State Park and the launch on the west side. Perch were caught on the north end and along the shelf that runs out to the Sunken Island in 40 to 60 feet and in shallow waters 15 to 20 feet. Lake trout action slowed as most anglers are perch fishing. Those with cameras have seen smelt out from Big Creek in 20 feet however they will not bite.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice and anglers are targeting bluegill and perch. Most are fishing along the weed beds a couple hundred yards offshore. Try wax worms or spikes for bluegill and perch minnows or wax worms for perch.

Tawas: Those spearing pike in the bay took several fish 30 inches or more. Perch fishing was slow. A few walleye were taken off Jerry’s Marina and the mouth of the Tawas River, but success was spotty. A couple lake trout were caught by those targeting walleye.

Au Gres: A couple anglers going out just north of the breakwall caught a few walleye along with a couple whitefish or lake trout in 7 to 10 feet. The water was muddy out from the Rifle River and the Pine River because of snowmelt.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: The ice is deteriorating out near the “bubblers” and there are pressure cracks near shore on both the Upper and Lower Harbors. The ice is no longer safe and several miles out you can see stretches of open water with ice flow. Water levels at the mouth of the Carp River and the Dead River have started to rise slightly because of runoff. Those fishing the Carp River have caught the occasional steelhead on spawn or crawlers.

Au Train Bay: The mouth of the Rock River and the Au Train River are slowly starting to open up. There was no activity at the Brownstone launch. The bay remains frozen with some pressure cracks near shore.

Menominee River: The dam at Menominee has 2 gates partially open so anglers are now open water fishing. A couple dozen anglers were fishing near Hattie Street.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have deteriorated quickly and shoreline ice has opened up in many locations. Although some anglers were still driving out on the bay, the ice is getting dangerous and driving on it is no longer safe. Extreme caution needs to be used near the rivers, Sand Point, Saunders Point and the entire southern sections. Perch anglers had fair catches but most of the fish were small. The better catches were between the Second and Center Reefs with wigglers or minnows in 17 to 28 feet.

Munising: Warmer weather equals more anglers but catch rates were slow. Walking conditions are slick so bring your cleats. Ice conditions in the bay were still good, the snow cover is gone but there were pockets of slush near shore. Pressure cracks are beginning to show up around the shoreline at Sand Point and small open water pockets are beginning to pop up. A couple keeper size splake were taken on jigging lures, eggs or minnows. Catch rates for whitefish did improve some after several hours of effort. Try a single egg or wax worm on the bottom. Anglers were marking schools of smelt but none were caught. A few coho were taken and catch rates should pick-up soon. Those in the spearing shacks had poor to fair results for herring in the early morning. Trout Bay continues to have fishable ice though catch rates were slow for a mixed bag of chinook, coho, lake trout, herring and burbot.

St. Mary’s River: Walleye season is closed so anglers are now targeting perch which were scattered in Munuscong Bay. The better fishing was up in Fowlers Bay when using minnows in 4 to 6 feet. The ice has water and slush on top.

Cedarville and Hessel:Pike season is closed but perch fishing is starting to improve in Musky Bay and Hessel Bay. Fish were caught on wigglers and wax worms in 6 to 10 feet of water.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Will not be usable to anyone as the ice is in poor shape but there is still enough to prevent boat anglers from going out. A few were ice fishing for perch at the Metro Park Marina but those days are numbered.

Huron River: Continues to produce the occasional steelhead.

Detroit River: Has quite a bit of flow ice coming down. Boat anglers will need to keep watch. Some were jigging for walleye in the Trenton Channel. A few perch were still being caught in the canals around Gibraltar.

Lake St. Clair: Still had ice but it was deteriorating quickly especially in the areas with a current. The top layer of ice was honeycombed and granular with hard ice underneath however with temperatures above freezing this week conditions will be very dicey by the weekend. It appears time to hang up the ice fishing gear and start preparing for open water fishing.

Clinton River: Anglers have caught a couple steelhead.

St. Clair River: Patchy ice flows can restrict shore fishing however when the waters open up anglers have caught steelhead and coho on large shiners fished near the bottom or when casting spoons near the surface.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers were still getting out on some lakes but extreme caution needs to be used because last ice is dangerous. Shoreline ice was extremely soft.

St. Joseph River: The fish ladders are open and steelhead have started moving through at Berrien Springs. The river is turbid due to all the runoff during the past week. Stream flow is within normal range for this time of year. A lot of anglers were fishing below the dam.

Black River: At South Haven was producing a couple steelhead or brown trout.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers are reporting good catches of steelhead below the Allegan Dam.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The fish ladders are open. Anglers are reporting good catches of steelhead below the 6th Street Dam. Movement through the ladders will increase as water temperatures get above 39 degrees.

Grand River at Lansing: All the fish ladders are open.

Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing is slowly improving and will only get better as water temperatures warm up. Most of the river is free of ice flow but snowmelt has the water stained

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

Charles Wright has been catching keeper perch on Lake Cadillac all season. He shows us a 13 incher

Put away your tip-ups and spears, any pike or walleyes have to come out of your freezer. The seasons are now closed in all Lower Peninsula Inland Waters. Many Anglers beat the deadline and have caught their share. The Seasons open again the last Saturday in April. Keep your light rods handy. Some of the better panfish catches always come with last ice.

For those tired of the ice, the Manistee River is starting to fill with Steelhead.

Our lakes look empty. All the permanent shanties have been removed by March 15th according to law. No cities or clusters as before. Those sitting on buckets, look like specks in the distance.

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Last Weekend for Pike and Walleye Fishing Report

Last Weekend for Pike and Walleye Fishing Report for Michigan and ice is in great shape

Anglers are reminded that walleye, pike and muskie season on the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters, St. Mary’s River and all the Lower Peninsula inland waters will close at midnight on March 15th. Walleye and pike season is open all year on the Lower Peninsula Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River. Ice shanties placed on waters in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula must be removed by midnight on March 15th.

Lyman’s on the Lake Reports The warmer weather is helping to turn on the fish. Clare’s Protege, Dave caught this big 21″ Walleye tonight. (He left the 15″ one in the bucket). No word from Clare, so Dave assumes he didn’t catch anything.

Dave caught this big 21" Walleye

Dave caught this big 21″ Walleye

Higgins Lake has been good for perch on the south end with limit catches also North-end id producing perch. There are reports of smelt being caught but cannot confirm Bob Stockton has been catching smelt but have not heard how many

FINAL Standings for the 4th annual Miller’s fishing tournament:

Miller's Corner Pink Tipup

Miller’s Corner Pink Tipup

Adults-
Walleye: Rick B. 20 1/2″
Pike: Terry E. 36 1/2″
Alman M. 36″
Gills: Scott G. 8 5/8″
2nd – TIE – Stewart H. 8 1/2″
Jeff R. 8 1/2″
Crappie: Dewayne R. 14 1/2″
Ryan M. 13 1/2″
Dwayne R. 12 1/2″
Perch: Larry D. 11 1/2″
John M. 10 7/8″
Chuck D. 10 5/8″
Kids-
No walleye
Pike: Cooper Hall 30 1/8″
Lindsey Blumberg 27″
Davin Hogan 25 3/4″
Gills: Lindsey Blumberg 8 3/8″
Alazeah Read 7 1/2″
Alexis Helmboldt 7 3/8″
Crappie: Joe Bode 9 1/4″
Lindsey Blumberg 7 3/4″
No 3rd place
Perch: Lindsey Blumberg 6 3/4″
Alexis Helmboldt 6″
Chloe Read 5 1/2″
Thank you everyone for participating & making this tournament successful. We hope to see all of you next year!

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The rivers should be open by this weekend, although they may go from ice covered and unfishable to blown out, muddy, and unfishable.

Green Lake: Is still producing smelt for those fishing after dark.

Crystal Lake: Had good smelt action for those fishing at night.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell:Bluegills are becoming more active with the warmer weather. Crappie were hitting on minnows, wax worms or spikes.

Lake Missaukee: Is producing panfish. Bluegills are starting to become more active and crappie were hitting early morning or at night. The better fishing is usually west and north of the launch at Green Road.

Manistee River: Is producing some steelhead for those using wax worms and beads.

Pere Marquette River: The steelhead bite is on and anglers are catching a few fish.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Higgins Lake: The ice was still snow covered but it is packing down. Anglers are reminded to use caution near the inlets and areas where there are natural springs. Perch fishing was good on the north end off B & B Marina, around the Main Island and the Sunken Island when using wigglers, wax worms or minnows in 50 to 60 feet. Lake trout were caught right off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet. Try goldens or blues. A good number of rainbow trout are still being caught off Big Creek and the Conference Center.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice but there is a lot of slush and water on top of it. Anglers are advised to not take vehicles out on the ice from this point on. The bluegill bite has picked up. The fish were suspended 3 to 4 feet down in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleye were also caught in 10 to 12 feet.

Lake St. Helen: Is still producing some crappie especially after dark. Pike are still hitting on tip-ups and the bite should continue until the season closes on the 15th. Bluegills were starting to become more active.

Tawas: Is producing a few perch in 15 to 20 feet. Many are small but some keepers were taken. A couple walleye were caught in waters 18 to 22 feet deep. Those spearing did take a couple pike.

Au Gres: Walleye were caught north of the breakwall in waters 5 to 18 feet deep.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Had a few small slush pockets on the ice. Catch rates were slow but a few splake and coho were caught out from the Falls River. Some caught the occasional lake trout. Smelt fishing has been hit-or-miss.

Marquette: In general, fishing was slow. Anglers were fishing the “bubblers” at the Upper Harbor but there have been several close calls because of ice conditions. Anglers need to use extreme caution! Coho, a few chinook just over 8 pounds and brown trout up to 6 pounds were caught. Successful days vary with some doing well in the early morning while others did better mid-day. Catch rates were 0 to 4 fish. Baits of choice were heavier pink or white jigs tipped with twister tails, gulp and cut bait but some also did well with Swedish pimples. The “bubbler” further out seemed to be more productive. A few lake herring were caught on jigs. Those fishing the Lower Harbor and out from South Beach were trying for coho and whitefish but few were caught. A couple small splake were reported. A few anglers were targeting steelhead below the 41-Bridge by the Carp River but catch rates were poor. Most of the rivers in this area were still frozen.

Au Train Bay: Had no activity at the Brownstone Launch or the mouth of the Au Train River.

Menominee River: The walleye bite was slow but should pick up with the warmer temperatures.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported the best catches of the season down by the Ford River and some reported limit catches when using tip-ups with sucker minnows or jigging rapalas in 15 to 22 feet. Most of the fish sampled were large females over 23 inches. While anglers were driving snowmobiles and 4-wheelers about ½ mile out, extreme caution needs to be used when traveling near the mouth of the Ford River as this area could become DANGEROUS with the warmer weather. Other areas like the Center Reef had fair catches when using tip-ups with suckers in 13 to 24 feet. Similar results on the Kipling Flats, the “Narrows” and out from the Terrace Bay Inn when using tip-ups or jigging rapalas in 25 to 35 feet. Perch anglers reported fair catches throughout the Bay when using wigglers or minnows in 10 to 26 feet. Some whitefish were caught on minnows in 25 to 45 feet in Gladstone Bay. Be careful and watch for changes in the ice as temperatures start to rise.

Munising: Improving weather had more anglers out but catch rates were still slow. Ice was solid but snow on top of the ice will turn to slush and anglers may encounter deep slush pockets especially around the shoreline. Most anglers are fishing in 30 to 70 feet. Many splake were sub-legal but a few keepers were taken on eggs or minnows. The whitefish and coho action continues to be slow. Those targeting burbot have done well in the evening. Catch rates were spotty in Trout Bay with only a few coho, lake trout, herring and burbot taken.

St. Mary’s River: Fishing remains slow in Munuscong Bay. Anglers may want to target waters along the northwest end of the bay near Grassy Island for perch and walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing off Hessel were targeting perch in 18 to 24 feet in Wilderness Bay. Musky Bay was full of undersized pike.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Was producing the occasional walleye in Brest Bay. Those heading out from the marina need to use caution because of soft ice. At the Metro Park, anglers caught a lot of small perch.

Huron River: Is starting to open up. Anglers have caught a couple steelhead.

Detroit River: Did not have much flow ice yet. Catch rates for perch in Airport Bay were hit-or-miss. The canals around Gibraltar were producing a few perch.

Lake St. Clair: Ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating. Locations where there is a current such as near the mouth of tributaries and around the points have already opened up. Ice along the shorelines is thawing and becoming soft. Perch fishing has been brutally slow as it seems the last ice feeding frenzy has not yet materialized. Anglers will need to use extreme caution in the days ahead as ice conditions can change rapidly with the warm temperatures.

Clinton River: Steelhead anglers were out but no fish were caught. The upper river near Yates Dam was still frozen over and the area with open water still had shelf ice. The water is dirty because of melting snow and runoff.

St. Clair River: Has a lot of flow ice coming down and there are ice jams in the lower channels. Conditions are constantly changing depending on wind direction and temperatures. Steelhead and coho are being caught by anglers casting from shore when conditions allow. Flow ice can shift rapidly so anglers may find it necessary to search for open water from day to day.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was spotty in 7 to 20 feet off Palmer Road. Most anglers were targeting 10 feet and when they found a school of fish, some big ones were caught. Evenings were best for walleye off Erickson Road and some perch were also caught. Walleye were caught in 15 feet off Linwood, 6 to 15 feet off the Bay City Recreation Area and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park. Those heading out from Finn Road and Callahan Road are fishing in 7 to 10 feet around the island. Fishing slowed off Quanicassee and Thomas Road. A few small perch were caught in the Slot from Sebewaing to Bay Port and at Geiger Road.

Tittabawassee River: Had little activity. The ice is bad so anglers are not able to get to their fishing spots.

Saginaw River: Ice conditions will deteriorate quickly with temperatures in the 50’s. Wickes Park and the Zilwaukee Bridge were slow with only a few keepers caught. Catch rates were picking up along M-13 near Veterans Park and the Independence Bridge when fishing on the Essexville side of the channel. Catch rates were slow at the mouth.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice movement on the rivers and streams may cause ice jams. Those fishing the rivers will need to pay close attention to flow ice and rising water levels.

Gun Lake: Gave up a few perch. For walleye, try 10 to 20 feet east of Murphy’s Point.

Gull Lake: Anglers are taking some smelt. Pike were still hitting on tip-ups and the bite should be good until the season closes on March 15th.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Boat and shore anglers will need to watch for flow ice coming over the dam. Steelhead are responding to the warmer weather and are hitting on jigs with wax worms or bright colored spawn bags.

Grand River at Lansing: Anglers have caught an occasional walleye near the dams. Try a chartreuse jig with a minnow.

Morrison Lake: Is producing some crappie and bluegills. The better fishing was very early morning or at night.

Muskegon River: The steelhead bite was still slow because of the cold water but as the weather heats up so does the fishing. Anglers were using stoneflies and midges just off the shoreline.

Osborn’s Sport Shop Reports have sure seen some BIG perch this year, but this one takes the cake!! It was caught last weekend and is 16″+ on Portage Lake. It weighed over 2#. Wowsa!! You can’t catch these from the couch.

16"+ on Portage Lake

16″+ on Portage Lake

Seems Manistee Lake and Portage Lake finally are having a perch bite the last couple days as perch moved in and minnow are working best.

PM Lake also reporting perch have moved in.

Pentwater the perch fishing is slow but steelhead moved into the Pentwater River mouth going into Pentwater Lake as there was 30 guys fishing there today.

Hesperia reports some fishing showing up there.

Bladwin reports fish and fisherman are showing in the rivers.

Crystal Lake the smelt are biting but no perch bite at all.

Here is a really nice Walleye @ 31″ and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene from Grand Blanc on 3/8/15

nice Walleye @ 31" and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene

nice Walleye @ 31″ and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene

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Perch Bite and Steelhead

Osborn’s Sport Shop Reports have sure seen some BIG perch this year, but this one takes the cake!! It was caught last weekend and is 16″+ on Portage Lake. It weighed over 2#. Wowsa!! You can’t catch these from the couch.

16"+ on Portage Lake

16″+ on Portage Lake

Seems Manistee Lake and Portage Lake finally are having a perch bite the last couple days as perch moved in and minnow are working best.

PM Lake also reporting perch have moved in.

Pentwater the perch fishing is slow but steelhead moved into the Pentwater River mouth going into Pentwater Lake as there was 30 guys fishing there today.

Hesperia reports some fishing showing up there.

Bladwin reports fish and fisherman are showing in the rivers.

Crystal Lake the smelt are biting but no perch bite at all.

Here is a really nice Walleye @ 31″ and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene from Grand Blanc on 3/8/15

nice Walleye @ 31" and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene

nice Walleye @ 31″ and just over 11#, taken from Portage Lake by Dave Keene

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2015

Curtis-Brown

What happened? We didn’t freeze this weekend. Hopefully we’re past the below zero temperatures we’ve experienced the last couple of weeks. It was a rare sunny weekend.

It’s March so we can expect extreme weather changes. The current temperatures will melt the snow. There’s plenty of ice so don’t put your power auger away. Expect to be on your knees drilling before hitting water. Some carry auger extentions.

The lakes look empty since most of the permanent shanties have been removed before the March 15th deadline.

Only a short time before Northern Pike and Walleye Seasons close also on the 15th. Once closed the serious tip-up and spear fishermen will experience withdrawals and become irritable waiting for the Spring Season to open April 25th.

Panfishing has improved with better weather or maybe it’s because we can move around, better hole hoping.

Crappie have been active through out the day. They’re suspending and at times may be just under the ice. More bluegills are showing up. You may have to sort but the numbers are there.

Lakes Mitchell and Cadillac aren’t know for perch as some of the other lakes, but catches are improving. Still many throw backs but 8 to 12 inch are not rare. No limits, but catches of 12 to 18 keepers are becoming common. Usually they hold tight to the bottom.

Manistee River: Tired of ice fishing? Steelhead are starting. Time to clean off the long rods and spool fresh line. The most popular bait seems to be waxworms on jigs. Some are bobber fishing with beads.

Smelt: Finally catching smelt consistently on Crystal. Worth while numbers and larger size then the other smelt lakes. These days number of 100 to 150 a night are great. No reported catches during the day yet. It’s all in the dark.

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Don’s Sporting Goods Last chance Pike showdown

Don’s Sporting Goods Last chance Pike showdown

Jack caught this nice pike 35inch on Manistee lake minnows from Dons Bait call for info. 231-723-5028

Jack caught this nice pike 35inch on Manistee lake

Jack caught this nice pike 35inch on Manistee lake

Don’s Sporting Goods Last chance Pike showdown 10.00 entry fee winner takes all Heaviest Pike wins if there is a tie we go to the longest pike starts March 13Th at 6:00 Am ends the 15Th at noon

Door prizes give away at STU’S PUB On sunday March 15 At 2:00 HAVE SOME GOOD PRIZES ANY QUESTION CALL DEWEY AT 231 723 5028 GOOD LUCK

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

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Dan’s Resort Last Chance Walleye Derby

Dan’s Resort Last Chance Walleye Derby

Dan's Resort Last Chance Walleye Derby

Dan’s Resort Last Chance Walleye Derby

Last Chance Walleye Derby
March 13-14th | 6am Friday – 9pm Saturday
Entry: $20 adults, $5 kids
1st place wins $400
Kids walleye and pike divisions
Mystery weight, fish bowl and entrance drawings, and a chance to win a 17 HMR rife.
Weigh-in hours: 8pm-9pm friday and saturday night at the resort.
Stop in the tackle shop for your ticket and bait!

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

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Michigan Fishing Report 3/6/2015

Michigan Fishing Report 3/6/2015

Nice Perch! Haley Pifer from McBain brought in a nice 12″ Perch she caught on a Fish Bones Lure in 7′ of water near the south shore.
Despite a slow bite, she found a way to catch a fish. Well done! HL legend, Clare might want to bring her aboard as his new protege …sorry, Dave.

Nice Perch! Haley Pifer from McBain brought in a nice 12"

Nice Perch! Haley Pifer from McBain brought in a nice 12″

Fishing has been slow many places as cold temps have the fish in a lock jaw state. The 2015 licenses went on sale March 1st. This gives anglers one month to purchase their new license before they are required to have one on April 1st. The 2015 Fishing Guides are also available at all license vendors so be sure to ask for your copy!

Torch Lake has had a good bite of Atlantic Salmon, Burbot, perch, Lake trout, and whitefish. Great ice on Torch and a good bite.

East and West Grand Traverse Bay have been fair for lakers, whitefish, Burbot and perch. Northport was the hotspot for perch and walleye but have not heard much this week. Parking is the problem as out on the peninsula cops are giving tickets for parking along the road. Lots of guys parking on the East Bay peninsula access site but have not heard what they are catching but lots of guys were fishing out of there.

Skegemog has been good for perch still with some sorting.

Long Lake by Traverse has been fair for walleye

HIggins Lake has been fair for perch on the south-end north-end has slowed for perch. Bob Stockton Busted a nice bow last evening. Lake trout has been slow but march is the time they turn back on with warmer temps.

Bob Stockton Busted a nice bow last evening

Bob Stockton Busted a nice bow last evening

Burt Lake has been fair for walleyes

White Lake has a great gills bite this week with spikes working best.

Baldwin Area has been real slow.

Wixom Lake has been fair for pike, Crappie and gills.

Lake St. Helen has been slow but warmer temps should perk it up

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Not a whole lot to report this week. Pike fishing remains good but not much to report on panfish or walleye. There is interest in steelhead fishing however there is a lot of ice covering the streams right now.

Traverse City: Has plenty of ice and pressure cracks. Bring a spud and be careful. Cisco were hitting big spoons like a Swedish pimple. The fish are suspended in 50 to 70 feet. A good number of lake trout have been caught off the bottom in 100 to 125 feet with jigging spoons. Whitefish and burbot were also caught.

Bear Lake: In Kalkaska County is producing rainbow and brown trout.

Starvation Lake: Is also producing some rainbows and brown trout.

Green Lake: Has smelt for those fishing after dark. For northern pike, try tip-ups along the shallows off the State Park.

Crystal Lake: In Benzie County is producing some smelt and burbot.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Tip-ups and pike fishing go hand-in-hand on both lakes and a good number of fish have been caught. The crappie bite was fair to good and a few perch were taken. Try a very small jig with minnows, wax worms, or spikes.

Ludington: Commercial vessel traffic will utilize the port through March 5th. A tug boat will taking a barge into port and utilizing the docks near the S.S. Badger. All ice anglers, snowmobilers, ATV operators and other users of the ice should avoid the area.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Higgins Lake: Had good perch fishing off the North State Park, B & B Marina, near the Sunken Island, Treasure Island and off Flag Point in waters up to 70 feet deep. Lake trout fishing was good in 80 to 120 feet with some limit catches reported. Rainbow trout are still hitting in the shallows off Big Creek. A couple smelt reports have come in for those fishing at night. Not many but a few were caught off Big Creek in 40 to 50 feet and south of the west side boat ramp off Birch Lodge in 50 feet.

Houghton Lake: While fishing has been slow anglers are still picking up some crappie along with a few perch and the occasional walleye. The better bite has been very early morning or late afternoon into the evening. Some bluegills were also caught.

Lake St. Helen: Had a good crappie bite for those using wax worms, mousies or minnows. Fish were caught all day however the better bite was from late afternoon until dark. Some bluegills were also caught and the pike action was still good.

Tawas: Perch fishing was slow with a lot of sorting and few keepers coming from 15 to 18 feet off Jerry’s Marina. Only a few walleye and a couple lake trout were caught in 20 to 22 feet. Ice anglers fishing outside the rock wall caught a couple lake trout. Those spearing managed to take a couple pike.

Au Gres: Some walleye were caught straight off the mouth of the river in 12 to 22 feet. Booth Road and Santiago Road had light walleye activity but more anglers were fishing off Palmer Road where some limit catches were taken in 5 to 20 feet. These anglers were also getting 2 or 3 nice perch when targeting walleye.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing has slowed once again. Anglers are hoping catch rates will improve with warmer temperatures. A few coho and splake were caught out from the Falls River. A couple lake trout were taken in 60 to 150 feet off Old Mission. Smelt fishing was slow.

Menominee River: Walleye are still being caught at the Hattie Street Dam. Anglers are using jigs and minnows.

Little Bay De Noc: Travel on the bay is good although some vehicles have gotten stuck in snow drifts. Walleye anglers had little to report. The better fishing was 20 to 30 feet at the Center Reef and along the “Hump” off Gladstone in 28 to 35 feet with rapalas and minnows. Those fishing around the shipping docks in Escanaba were using rapalas or tip-ups with minnows in 30 to 35 feet. Those thinking about fishing down near the Ford River need to use extreme caution. For perch, reports show fewer than a dozen fish taken in 10 to 27 feet near the Second and Center Reefs. No whitefish to report.

Indian Lake: Anglers caught very few walleye or perch.

Munising: Snow cover on top of the ice remains substantial though walking conditions improved some with the snow settling. Deep slush pockets may still be present especially around the shoreline. Reports from around the bay indicate poor to fair catch results on a mixed bag of fish. Most are fishing 40 to 70 feet. The splake were small but a few keepers ranging 16 to 20 inches were caught on jigging lures, eggs and minnows. Whitefish reports were slow. Try a single egg or wax worm on the bottom. Anglers are marking schools of smelt within the bay and a couple catches were reported. A few coho have started to trickle in. Those spearing had poor to fair results for herring. Trout Bay had fair to good catch rates for coho, lake trout, herring and burbot.

St. Mary’s River: No change from last week. Catch rates remain slow for perch and walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: No change from last week. Deep snow makes for difficult travel on the ice. The only reported catches were a few perch taken from 22 feet in Government Bay.

Dan’s Resort Last Chance Walleye Derby
March 13-14th | 6am Friday – 9pm Saturday
Entry: $20 adults, $5 kids
1st place wins $400
Kids walleye and pike divisions
Mystery weight, fish bowl and entrance drawings, and a chance to win a 17 HMR rife.
Weigh-in hours: 8pm-9pm friday and saturday night at the resort.
Stop in the tackle shop for your ticket and bait!

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: A few perch are being caught in the Metro Park Marina. A couple walleye were taken in Brest Bay but some anglers are still heading out and fishing in Ohio waters. Those fishing the lagoons at Sterling State Park have taken a few panfish on wax worms.

Detroit River: A few perch were caught in Airport Bay and the canals around Gibraltar.

Livingston County: Northern pike have been caught in the shallows of Crooked Lake. A small number of bluegill and crappie were caught in Lake Chemung.

Oakland County: Those fishing Seven Lakes at the State Park have caught some bluegills and other panfish.

Lake St. Clair: Perch fishing reports have been spotty and most of the fish were small. Perch spearing season has closed, so anglers are now waiting for the bite to pick-up as things start to thaw out. Anglers are reminded that warming conditions will result in rapid loss of ice in areas with currents such as near the mouth of creeks and rivers. Use extreme caution as warmer weather starts to move in.

St. Clair River: Nearly all the river is jammed up with ice so there’s very little fishing at this time. Some open water is still present at the Bluewater Bridge.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing picked up a bit. It seems after a few weeks of lockjaw, the fish were finally hungry! Success was spotty though. If you were in the right place you caught a good number of fish but if not, you went home empty handed. Some of the better walleye action was along the west and south shore. Anglers did well off Erickson Road, Linwood Road, Boutell Road, Bay City State Park, Killarney Beach, the trailer park near the mouth of the Saginaw River, northeast of Spoils Island and in the Slot off Sunset Bay and Thomas Road. Vanderbilt Park remains the lone perch hot-spot for the entire bay. Catch rates were good in 2 to 5 feet very early in the morning. The perch bite is basically over by 10 AM. There was little activity between Sebewaing and Caseville.

Saginaw River: Little has changed over the last month. Fishing for walleye was slow and sporadic at best. Those with cameras are seeing a lot of fish but they just will not bite. Warmer weather might just help. A couple fish were taken near the train bridge in Essexville when fishing the middle of the navigation channel. Those contemplating fishing this week might want to try the lower end at the Independence Bridge and downstream at dusk.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fishing continues to be slow when the temperature drops. Warmer weather by the weekend should help increase the bite especially for bluegills, crappie and perch.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead should become more active as temperatures rise to the 30’s and 40’s over the next week.

Gull Lake: Was still producing some smelt for those fishing at night. Anglers are reminded that the possession limit is 2 gallons.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers will need to watch for flow ice coming over the dam. Steelhead are hitting on jigs with wax worms or pink and chartreuse spawn bags. Walleye were caught downriver between Johnston Park and Fulton Street. Try bucktail jigs, white twister tails and body baits. Those fishing off the west side of Fulton Street were using ¾ ounce bucktail jigs and 3 inch paddle tails.

Jackson County: Anglers fishing the inland lakes indicated little success and the panfish were small.

Clinton County: Ice fishing activity has been slow with limited catches.

Reeds Lake: Pike were hitting on sucker minnows. Crappie were 10 to 15 feet down in 30 to 40 feet. Perch were caught off the bottom with wax worms, minnows or spikes.

Muskegon River: Has steelhead but catch rates were spotty. Look for bite to improve over the next week.

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