Baitman 1/31/2016

 

We hope the fish are as plentiful the time of the tournament!
WAY TO GO BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your excitement!

Angelo's Party Store on Old US 27's photo.

SO, Lou went out to work on the shanties and thought, what the heck, I’ll put out a couple tip ups while I’m working…

Angelo's Party Store on Old US 27's photo.

Another great day for BIG fish on Hamlin Lake !!
Nick Samuels took this 33lb., 47 inch Muskie on Upper Hamlin East of Wilson Hill this morning .
Awesome !!!!

Hamlin Grocery's photo.
Hamlin Grocery's photo.

Walleye , Walleye, Walleye ………..
Great job Jenna Luke !!!

Hamlin Grocery's photo.

Lyman’s On The Lake

 

Great final day of T.U.T. 2016. HL’s own Brook Pepper and CJ Fiedler made some noise down at The TUT USA Fishing Contest with these monster crappies they caught using tear drops with minnows in 8′ -14′ (that really narrows it down, huh?). Check out The Resorter for a list of the winners. Matthew wrapped up his weekend with enough pike fillets for a nice fish fry. And Dave is back into mid-season form with 3 keeper walleyes while his chief rival, HL Legend Clare Gee, got blanked.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Beautiful day !! Thanks to all who supported our little shop

Millers Corner's photo.
Millers Corner's photo.
Millers Corner's photo.

Jack Quance 28 3/4″ 7.3lb Walleye

'John 31 1/2" 6.98lb Pike'
Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Look at our parking lot – this was Sunday morning

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Thank you for coming out and supporting us! Great turnout this year.

Congrats to Bret Jones for bringing in the biggest walleye, weighing in at 6.74lbs.

There was just over 300 entrees and weighed in over 160 fish.

Good weather and pretty good fishing. Lots of little throwbacks this year.

'Final kids leader board.'
'Final walleye leader board.'
'The crowd at the awards ceremony.'
'The winning fish.'
'Final walleye leader board.'
'The crowd at the awards ceremony.'
'The winning fish.'

Baitman’s Report for 1/30/16

Cal Chapman speared this monster pike today which was 40″ and weighed 18# 14 oz. Tower Pond. That pike won’t be eating anymore trout in that pond or in the Black River. Congrats Cal.

Parrott's Outpost's photo.

After day 2 of the tournament:
6.6 lbs is leading the board.

Dan's Resort's photo.

Good afternoon !
Another busy morning dipping bait at Hamlin (Bait) Grocery. Still much buzz about all the fish coming in.
Though it has slowed down , still guys catching limits of nice bluegill. Average size is now 7-9inch with the occasional 10 plus inches. A few that are focusing on Perch have done well, overall much smaller fish. A few nice pike as well as some very nice walleye have been brought into the store for my viewing pleasure, but mums the word on location of catch. A good starting point may be Indian Pete West to the Narrows. 

With the warm weather ice has been of concern…. All I will say is what I am told,
6 inch. + in most areas. Sleds & quads have been out for over 2 weeks. If you wonder out on the lower lake be mindful of many weak areas of ice. Use common sense, and above all remember ” No ice is safe ice”.
Just about all bait has been used and tried this last week. Wax worms and red spikes seem to be popular for bluegill. Golden and suckers for top-up though suckers tend to be a little more hardy.
Tungsten gigs are a favorite …..
In colors or green, yellow , orange ,chartreuse and glow when available. The hot pick of the week: red, white & blue.

Be sure to stop in and say hello, we enjoy hearing all your “BIG FISH” stories.
Be safe & Fish-on !

Vaughn

 

Stop in for all your ice fishing needs! We have Blues, Perch minnows, Golden shiners, and suckers! Waxies, spikes (red and white), and mousees!

Maybe the fish are starting to get over their lockjaw… and just in time for this weekend’s T.U.T. fishing tournament. Collin from HL started his stringer with this nice walleye. Matthew Bowman from Mt. Pleasant is back again with a pair of pike and will be heading out again in the a.m. with his dad.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

HL Legend, Clare Gee scored first this morning with a keeper walleye on a Foo Flyer.. chief rival Dave wasn’t impressed.. They fished together in the evening and Glare had the last laugh with his 31″ 8lb pike and 17″ walleye using a Fish Bones Froggie jig using a single hook with minnow. A customer was impressed with Dave’s fish – he thought it was “a very nice perch”.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

The first fish of the morning didn’t take long for the guys staying in our sleeper shanty. James Rush caught this 22″ walleye on a tip-up with a Lyman’s Golden Shiner.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Hooked up on Higgins Lake
Missy Ruhlig's photo.
Missy Ruhlig to Hooked up on Higgins Lake

Thanks Bob Stockton from hooked up on higgins.our group had an awesome time with u on the lake today!!! You are one hell of a guide couldn’t have asked for a better teacher or new friend thanks again stay safe and keep ur lines tight!

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Another great day of fishing. Father and son, my girl and I. We all limited out on some nice lakers.

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Thanks Carl! It was my pleasure.

Carl Ventimiglia's photo.
Carl Ventimiglia to Hooked up on Higgins Lake

Thank you Bob for a great day and all your hard work. My son had a blast, Bob probably walked 5 miles just resetting baits for us. If you want top notch guide this guy knows his stuff!!

 

Baitman travels today

Bobby Stockton with a huge laker out of Higgins Lake this week on 2 to 4 inches of ice on the north end, Nice fish Bobby!!!

The snow belt of Northwest Michigan has bad ice and lots of slush on the ice as we never got a good base before all the snow came so be careful on all these lake, go inland 40 miles east and you will find good ice on most lakes

A great panfish bite on Wixom and Sanford lake the last week with limit catches for some, but most people are catching fish. Wax and spikes working best.

Houghton Lake has been slow with walleye but reports are a better bite tonight, the pike are still biting great.

Heard a lot of the ice blew our of Saginaw Bay with the high winds yesterday.

Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.

Baitman Fishing Report 1/28/16

Dan’s Resort
23477 S Bay Rd
Pickford, Michigan
(906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Beautiful day on the bay today!

 

Dan’s Resort is selling Fish bones custom lures for the derby get them to catch the winning walleye
Justin Cope's photo.

About 9-12 inches of ice and the perch and walleye are coming in!

derby info

Dan's Resort's photo.

What a busy day on the bay! Thanks for supporting us, let’s do it again tomorrow!  ‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Dan's Resort's photo.
Dan's Resort's photo.

Dan’s Resort will once again be the epicenter of activity as the Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club holds the Walleye Jamboree on Munuscong Bay beginning at 1 a.m. Thursday.

“We’re happy to host the tournament,” said Karen Lacklin, anticipating upwards of 400 anglers competing for the $700 top prize awarded to the registered angler who weighs in the biggest walleye taken before noon on Sunday.

Spokesman Tom Ball said in his 15-plus years of overseeing the Walleye Jamboree, he hasn’t seen conditions this good leading up to the tournament.

“There’s a ton of water in the bay,” he said. “We’re up about a foot-and-a-half from last year.”

Ball said ice conditions are variable — 8-16 inches — and participants should use caution in their travels on the ice. The deeper channel waters, Ball indicated, do not appear to have enough ice; as a result, anglers will be confined to Munuscong Bay.

“They’re driving vehicles on the very inner part of the bay,” he said, noting a clearly visible pressure crack is keeping everyone in.

“The fishing out there is better than last year,” said Ball, “and last year was good.”

Anglers looking to hook the big one should work lures in gold and orange, silver and blue, and chartreuse and orange, according to Ball: “All tipped with minnows.”

Tickets are being sold for $30 for adult anglers and $5 for kids 15 and under and must be purchased before heading out on the ice. Dan’s Resort will have them available throughout the weekend as will Wilderness Treasures in Pickford. For those hitting the bay from the north, MMC Store in Barbeau be selling them, while Woody’s One Stop in the Sault will also be handling ticket sales.

Ball noted there is an increase in ticket prices this year with a nod toward improving the prizes.

“We’ll be giving away augers and shanties,” he said, “instead of coffee cups and jig poles.”

The top 15 adult anglers will win either cash or valuable prizes while the kids will compete in three different divisions including $100 for the biggest walleye, $35 for the biggest northern pike and $35 for the largest perch. Ron Gordon of Prescription Oxygen has also thrown down his own challenge, promising $100 in cash for the first kid to weigh-in a fish larger than his best of the tournament in all three divisions.

Ledy’s Auto Sales is also kicking in $100 in the form of a $25 prize for the biggest walleye brought to the scales on all four days of the jamboree.

And if you fish a full four days and fail to hook up, there is still plenty of opportunity to win. All of the registered anglers will compete in the entry draw as the tournament comes to a close on Sunday afternoon. You must, however, be present to win.

Houghton Lake Ice Report…

The 2016 TUT Mayor and Marshall have been checking the ice around the lake. About 90% of the lake is 8″ to 12″ thick. The area in front of Lyman’s (south shore weed bed area) and out to Little Round is the thickest we’ve measured. The Middle Grounds are around 8″. There are a couple of large pressure cracks reported – off Townline Rd, west of our shanty area and another north of us. Always exercise caution around the typical areas…East Bay, especially near the streams & canals, Long Point and all shorelines, streams, rivers, etc.
The Sheriff’s dept informed us that the East and West DNR ramps are plowed and open for parking. The north-side park is not plowed, but there is lake access using snowmobiles. Other lake access points for quads, snowmobiles and by foot include Reserve and Townline Rd, however, there is no parking. Harvey’s marina is another access point.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Lyman’s On The Lake Ice is about 12″ thick on Houghton Lake. They catch lots of pike in the shanties with a few walleye and panfish for those who time it right. The pictures of fish from the shanties are scattered throughout our posts. The ice report with the TUT mayor and marshall with the big pike is from the shanty.

 

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions did improve around the Bay but it is still “iffy” out there in spots. There are fish to catch without crossing the pressure cracks which is much safer. Palmer Road near Standish was very busy with a lot of anglers on the ice. They caught 8 to 10 inch perch in 2 to 3 feet of water. Walleye were caught in the evening in 8 to 10 feet. White’s Beach had a few anglers targeting perch but the fish were small. Perch were caught at Pinconning and down off Newman Road. Walleye were found ¾ of a mile off Erickson Road but anglers need to be aware of all the pressure cracks out there and use caution. There are active pressure cracks off Linwood as well. The occasional walleye was caught in 8 feet off the Bay City State Recreation Area and from the shipping channel near Spoils Island. A few perch were caught near the range light off the river mouth. Perch fishing was spotty from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Some managed limit catches while others had none. Keep moving until you find an active school of fish. Walleye anglers were in the Slot and around North Island. Caseville was slow.

Saginaw River: Still had patches of open water here and there and anglers are cautioned to stay well away from those areas. Anglers need to beware of thin and treacherous ice along the river especially with temperatures well above freezing by the weekend. Anglers were marking lots of fish however they did not want to bite. That was the rule from Saginaw to the mouth. Walleye were caught but not in large numbers. Most were jigging rapalas tipped with minnow heads. Hot colors were blue and silver, black and gold, purple or perch colors. Fishing activity started near Wickes Park and Ojibway Island. A number of anglers were at the First Street turn basin at the north end of Saginaw and strung out north and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge. Be very careful of the ice near any of the bridges. The ice was not good near the Boys & Girls Club in the south end of Bay City. Anglers were fishing downstream of the Independence Bridge near the U.S.S. Edson but catch rates were spotty.

 

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved some from Gladstone north to the head of the Bay but again the ice thickness this year varies greatly in any given area. Anglers need to use caution when traveling on the Bay. Anglers have gone out as far south as the Stonington area but this is not recommended and considered VERY DANGEROUS ice. The Bay had very little snow cover. Several large pressure cracks have made travel a bit more difficult so please use extreme caution when traveling all areas. Walleye catches remain fair to good although tapering off a bit. The Gladstone Beach area and out from the State Police Post were best reporting good catches using tip-ups with minnows or jigging rapalas in 20 to 34 feet. Catches were also reported off the Second and Third Reefs when using the same in 17 to 30 feet. Perch anglers reported better catches especially between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows in 13 to 19 feet. Northern pike catches were reported throughout the Bay and anglers spearing northern pike have reported a very good season so far. Whitefish were caught off Gladstone with dead minnows in 27 to 35 feet.

 

Buc’s Fishing Report

With the deep freeze, most of the state is now ice fishing. Anglers will still need to use caution especially along the west side after all the snow. Reports coming in say the pike are hungry and hitting hard and the panfish action has turned on. Those targeting walleye are also taking some fish. Ice fishing season is finally here!

Lake Missaukee has 10 to 12 inches of ice and the ice is safe. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Houghton Lake has 8 to 12 inches of ice and pike and walleye, pike and panfish have been biting and it is Tip Up Town Weekend. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422 he has all his shanties out this weekend, , Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531 H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze some are fishing but all the snow we got sunday and monday made a mess of the lakes. . Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 6 to 10 inches

Fife Lake is froze and there were shanties on it today call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and they are fishing off of Wilson Hills with 5 to 7 inches with a great panfish bite  Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458

Portage Lake is froze and, a great walleye bite and perch bite one guy caught a 31 inch walleye  took a photo and released it back to portage lake. Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 7 to 10 inches ice Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake is froze they are fishing the south-end with 3 to 5 inches of ice, the north-end is not safe as guys are going out and doing great but be careful ice goes from 4 inches to 2 inches in a heartbeat. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677 both sports barn and Higgins Lake Hardware got fishbone lures in today along with the hook,line and threaders

 

Well, today has been on fire!! I managed to bust an awesome Lake Trout this A.M. !!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Cade Brown sent me this photo today of a nice Pike he caught on Higgins today! Way to go Cade! Nice catch!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

I’d say, we had a memorable day on Higgins with my group today. That’s what it is about having fun and making memories.

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

 

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 12 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Margarethe is froze with 6 to 10 inches and quite a few guys going out and a great pike bite along with some good numbers of walleye. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze over with open spots but nobody was going out yet Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 7 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 5 to 7 inches. Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has 12 inches on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake have ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and some are fishing it this weekend call Parrot’s Outpost in Onaway for latest info 

Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

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

Pentwater Lake, is froze and not safe yet call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze and a great bluegill and pike bite Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake Skegemog had a great perch bite yesterday with guys getting nice messes of perch., Manistee lake is 6-8inches and has a fair bite but the snow storm has put slush up on the ice call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading to Fremont lake and guys are going out and getting limits of panfish on the smaller Lakes call 231-854-3965

Have not got a report from Burt, Mullet or Black but I would say ice is not safe yet

Harrison Has ice and a few guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 5-7inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have ice but be careful and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2016

The sun was out and winds light, a perfect weekend to fish. No lack of ice. Expect 6-8″ or more inches of ice. Prudent of not, quads and snowmobiles dot our lakes. Ice shanties of every size color and brand covered the lakes like confetti.

The coves on the West side of Lake Mitchell seemed to be the center of activity. The Big and Small coves are famous for mixed catches of panfish. Catches on the Big cove were mostly Crappie with a few Bluegill and Perch mixed in. Those fishing out from the Small cove caught more Gills and Sunfish then Crappie. Either cove, the best catches (often limits) came from 10′ to 15′ depths expecially where weeds were present. Common Crappie limits were 8″ to 10″ but a few found them up to 13″. Bluegills were hand sized but their cousins the Sunfish were often up to 9″. Nice thick and heavy. No large numbers but several 8″ to 10″ Perch were caught. Maybe they’re on the comeback.

Our favorite Northern Pike were off for the number of tip-ups on the lakes. Not the usual number of flags. However those on the ice ranged from legal to 35″.

Those smart enough and lucky enough to catch Walleyes are still not talking. They do say no to bother fishing in less than 12′ of water. Keep changing your tip-up minnows and use light line. When jigging artificial lures try Perch colors. Those filleted probably have a belly full of baby perch.

No catch reports for the East side of Lake Cadillac yet. Many waiting to fish Kenwood Park area are out. Shanties dot the area. Crappie and Perch dominate the area but also a great place to tip-up fish for Pike.

Several have tried the causeway on the West side of Lake Cadillac. Normally one of the top spots, those fishing it have been disappointed. Maybe it will pick up.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Deep snow and slush continue to make travel more difficult on the inland lakes. Anglers should still use caution and be sure to check the ice when heading out. Rivers in this area of the state continue to produce a good number of steelhead.

Traverse City: Any ice on the bays was questionable.

Lake Cadillac: Catch rates were a little slower but should pick up. Anglers are taking panfish. Try a teardrop with a small minnow, wax worm or spike. Pike anglers are spearing or using tip-ups with large minnows.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers fishing the coves were catching panfish over the weed beds in 10 to 12 feet. The Big Cove was producing more crappie while the smaller cove was good for bluegills. The occasional perch was also caught. Those using tip-ups are targeting pike and walleye. Those spear fishing have also taken a couple nice pike.

Manistee River: Continues to provide some good steelhead fishing. Fish have been caught throughout the river. Anglers are getting bright colored fish as well as plenty of fresh ones. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have done well with spawn or jigs and wax worms.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fletchers Pond: Pike anglers using tip-ups are taking a good number of fish. Those seeking panfish have done well with minnows, wax worms and spikes.

Higgins Lake: Anglers were starting to walk out on the south end where they were catching lake trout in 50 to 60 feet. Rainbow trout were caught in shallow waters 3 feet deep near the west shore boat ramp. Anglers need to use caution and check the ice ahead of them.

Houghton Lake: Fishing has started to pick up with walleye caught along the drop-offs in deeper water. Look for the weed beds. Fish were caught at sunrise, mid-day and at sunset. Pike anglers are doing well as the fish are everywhere. Bluegills and crappie were caught off the DNR launch on the south end. There was a report of a quad that broke through the ice about 500 yards or more from the Middle Grounds. Anglers should use caution in this area.

Tawas: Most ice fishing activity was still up in the “armpit” off Jerry’s Marina. Perch were caught in 15 to 20 feet and walleye in 20 to 22 feet but success was spotty. A brown trout, a few lake trout and whitefish were caught on a spoon with a minnow. Those fishing inside the state harbor caught a few pike and perch.

Au Gres River: Anglers were taking a few walleye.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Had deep slush on the ice which is not ideal for vehicles especially those with wheels. Please do not drive any truck into the Bergland boat launch. The snow pack is soft and too many have gotten stuck. Perch fishing was slow with only a few caught in 22 to 25 feet. Walleye fishing was fair during the day but much better after dark in 8 to 12 feet in Bergland Bay. During the day, fish were caught in 15 to 18 feet. Try tip-ups with shiners and suckers or jigging rapalas and assorted spoons tipped with a small minnow.

Menominee: A WARNING TO ANGLERS The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations in northern Green Bay between Marinette-Menominee and Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin on January 29-31, 2016. On Friday the 29th, a tug and its barge will be escorted from Sturgeon Bay to Marinette. The vessels will travel north and east of Green Island, approaching the Menominee Entrance in the Michigan waters of Green Bay. On Sunday the 31st, the tug and barge will be escorted back to Sturgeon Bay following the same path through northern Green Bay, remaining north and east of Green Island. All ice fishermen should remove their ice shacks and equipment from these areas; especially from the Menominee Entrance Channel and areas near Marinette Marine Corporation. Snowmobile, ATV operators, and other recreational users of the ice should avoid the shipping channels, plan their activities carefully, and use extreme caution in this area.

Menominee River: Had one gate partially open at the Hattie Street Dam and the ice blew out near the dam. The 6th Street Slip was producing some nice walleye.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved some from Gladstone north to the head of the Bay but again the ice thickness this year varies greatly in any given area. Anglers need to use caution when traveling on the Bay. Anglers have gone out as far south as the Stonington area but this is not recommended and considered VERY DANGEROUS ice. The Bay had very little snow cover. Several large pressure cracks have made travel a bit more difficult so please use extreme caution when traveling all areas. Walleye catches remain fair to good although tapering off a bit. The Gladstone Beach area and out from the State Police Post were best reporting good catches using tip-ups with minnows or jigging rapalas in 20 to 34 feet. Catches were also reported off the Second and Third Reefs when using the same in 17 to 30 feet. Perch anglers reported better catches especially between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows in 13 to 19 feet. Northern pike catches were reported throughout the Bay and anglers spearing northern pike have reported a very good season so far. Whitefish were caught off Gladstone with dead minnows in 27 to 35 feet.

Munuscong Bay: Has ice fishing however the ice east of Roach Point towards the deeper water and the Dumping Grounds is NOT safe so avoid this area. Walleye fishing was good off Grassy Island and north of Pine Island. Perch fishing slowed which is usual for this time of year.

Cedarville and Hessel: Both Hessel Bay and Muskie Bay have picked up for perch. Muskie Bay has been very good for pike. Ice thickness is variable so be extremely careful.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake St. Clair: Has more ice on the lake but there is still a lot of open water offshore so anglers need to be aware of wind conditions and the possibility of ice shifting and pressure cracks opening up. Anglers are out fishing the usual places off Fairhaven, Brandenburg, Cotton Road, South River Road, the Metro Park and the Spillway Access Site. Ice thickness is variable at these locations so anglers need to use extreme caution.

Port Austin and Grindstone City: Each had a few ice shanties in the harbor that were close to shore.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions did improve around the Bay but it is still “iffy” out there in spots. There are fish to catch without crossing the pressure cracks which is much safer. Palmer Road near Standish was very busy with a lot of anglers on the ice. They caught 8 to 10 inch perch in 2 to 3 feet of water. Walleye were caught in the evening in 8 to 10 feet. White’s Beach had a few anglers targeting perch but the fish were small. Perch were caught at Pinconning and down off Newman Road. Walleye were found ¾ of a mile off Erickson Road but anglers need to be aware of all the pressure cracks out there and use caution. There are active pressure cracks off Linwood as well. The occasional walleye was caught in 8 feet off the Bay City State Recreation Area and from the shipping channel near Spoils Island. A few perch were caught near the range light off the river mouth. Perch fishing was spotty from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Some managed limit catches while others had none. Keep moving until you find an active school of fish. Walleye anglers were in the Slot and around North Island. Caseville was slow.

Saginaw River: Still had patches of open water here and there and anglers are cautioned to stay well away from those areas. Anglers need to beware of thin and treacherous ice along the river especially with temperatures well above freezing by the weekend. Anglers were marking lots of fish however they did not want to bite. That was the rule from Saginaw to the mouth. Walleye were caught but not in large numbers. Most were jigging rapalas tipped with minnow heads. Hot colors were blue and silver, black and gold, purple or perch colors. Fishing activity started near Wickes Park and Ojibway Island. A number of anglers were at the First Street turn basin at the north end of Saginaw and strung out north and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge. Be very careful of the ice near any of the bridges. The ice was not good near the Boys & Girls Club in the south end of Bay City. Anglers were fishing downstream of the Independence Bridge near the U.S.S. Edson but catch rates were spotty.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers are ice fishing on the inland lakes however snow and slush may make travel on the ice a little more difficult. Be sure to use caution and watch for soft ice. Anglers are catching panfish, pike and walleye.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead anglers are taking fish below the Allegan Dam. Try spawn, plugs or a jig and wax worm.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are still out there and catching steelhead including a fair to good number of chrome colored fish.

Lake Lansing: Had fair to good bluegill action but anglers are sorting out a lot of small ones. Crappie were also caught.

Morrison Lake: Is producing fairly well. Anglers are taking bluegills, perch and some decent size crappie.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce a good number of steelhead especially in the lower sections. Those floating spawn have done well but those fly fishing have also taken fish.


Some nice catches in Northern, MI

 

Nice catch Dusty Verbeke!!

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.
Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Brandon Shinsky scored big with this 48″, 28 lbs Muskie! Congrats Brandon

Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.

Gettin’ em! Pk Slender spoon.

Millers Corner's photo.

The Pro’s raving about the Miller’s–Woo Hoo!

Brandon Stanton's photo.
Brandon Stanton with Todd Spink.

Todd Spink and I checking out the great selection of PK Lures and Fish Bones Custom Lures at Millers Corner in Lake City, Mi.

Fishing From Around the Area

 

Had a good trip today!! Busted a good 39 1/2″ Pike!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.
Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Lyman’s On The Lake

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Zach is back! He found this 24″ walleye in 12′ of water using a Lyman’s blue minnow on a tip-up at 7 pm yesterday.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

HL Legend Clare Gee continues to put some distance between himself and his chief rival, Dave. Two more 17″ walleye caught on Fish Bones’ Blue Shiner lures tipped with Lyman’s emerald shiners. He was at location #9 in 12′ of water after 5 pm. Someone needs to give Dave a pep talk to get his head back in the game.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
MONDAY  JANUARY  25,  2016

The sun was out and winds light, a perfect weekend to fish.  No lack of ice.  Expect 6-8″ or more inches of ice.  Prudent of not, quads and snowmobiles dot our lakes.  Ice shanties of every size color and brand covered the lakes like confetti.

The coves on the West side of Lake Mitchell seemed to be the center of activity.  The Big and Small coves are famous for mixed catches of panfish.  Catches on the Big cove were mostly Crappie with a few Bluegill and Perch mixed in.  Those fishing out from the Small cove caught more Gills and Sunfish then Crappie.  Either cove, the best catches (often limits) came from 10′ to 15′ depths expecially where weeds were present.  Common Crappie limits were 8″ to 10″ but a few found them up to 13″.  Bluegills were hand sized but their cousins the Sunfish were often up to 9″.  Nice thick and heavy.  No large numbers but several 8″ to 10″ Perch were caught.  Maybe they’re on the comeback.

Our favorite Northern Pike were off for the number of tip-ups on the lakes.  Not the usual number of flags.  However those on the ice ranged from legal to 35″.

Those smart enough and lucky enough to catch Walleyes are still not talking.  They do say no to bother fishing in less than 12′ of water.  Keep changing your tip-up minnows and use light line.  When jigging artificial lures try Perch colors.  Those filleted probably have a belly full of baby perch.

No catch reports for the East side of Lake Cadillac yet.  Many waiting to fish Kenwood Park area are out.  Shanties dot the area.  Crappie and Perch dominate the area but also a great place to tip-up fish for Pike.

Several have tried the causeway on the West side of Lake Cadillac.  Normally one of the top spots, those fishing it have been disappointed.  Maybe it will pick up.

Catching Crappie on Lake Mitchell, Ray Kussmaul landed a 13″ slab.

John Dunbar doesn’t fool around with anything but big Pike.

Fishing From Houghton Lake , Lake City, and Cadillac

The Legend’s granddaughter was starting to get ticked because Grandpa hasn’t been on FB for several days. Well, the drought is over for Clare. He was fishing in his chief rival’s spot…ol’ #9. 7 Walleye’s this morning, but only one keeper. He also landed 3 pike. Foo Flyers with a minnow is what was working for him today.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

 

 

 

Jeff Dickey, Tyler Guzy and Brandon Buckley from Coldwater said the bite was on at daybreak and sunset, but slow the rest of the day. They were using silver, blue and purple jigs tipped with Lyman’s red spikes and white spikes. They also said the fish were in deeper water.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

First time ice angler, 12 year-old Ashley Irvine from Houghton Lake did better than most of the guys yesterday. She was using a tip-up with a Lyman’s shiner in front of the south shore boat launch. Way to go, Ashley!

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
From Miller’s Corner Lake Missaukee

Brody Gothard 18.5″

Millers Corner's photo.
Millers Corner's photo.

New Ice Report! from Pilgrim’s Village

Lake Mitchell:
South side by Thirsty’s gas station 8″
Big Cove 8 1/2″
Small Cove 7″
East end by Mitchell State Park 8″+

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park 6 1/2″
East end by city boat launch 7 1/2″
South West corner by Sands motel 8 1/2″

Theres about 5-6″ of powder snow on top. Starting to see lots of snowmobiles, atv’s and side by sides out there.

Pilgrims Village Fishing Shop's photo.

Baitman Tip Up Town Fishing Report

Ralph Kotecki, caught this huge 37", 12lb 6 oz
Ralph Kotecki, caught this huge 37″, 12lb 6 oz

Houghton Lake Ice Report…

The 2016 TUT Mayor and Marshall have been checking the ice around the lake. About 90% of the lake is 8″ to 12″ thick. The area in front of Lyman’s (south shore weed bed area) and out to Little Round is the thickest we’ve measured. The Middle Grounds are around 8″. There are a couple of large pressure cracks reported – off Townline Rd, west of our shanty area and another north of us. Always exercise caution around the typical areas…East Bay, especially near the streams & canals, Long Point and all shorelines, streams, rivers, etc.
The Sheriff’s dept informed us that the East and West DNR ramps are plowed and open for parking. The north-side park is not plowed, but there is lake access using snowmobiles. Other lake access points for quads, snowmobiles and by foot include Reserve and Townline Rd, however, there is no parking. Harvey’s marina is another access point.

Northern Michigan Bait Shops See Increase in Business

Posted: Jan 20, 2016 11:12 PM ESTUpdated: Jan 20, 2016 11:12 PM EST


Ice fishers are welcoming this recent blast of winter weather with open arms.

With these colder temperatures, it’s safe in many places to go out on the ice.

And where there’s ice, there are fishermen.

Bait shops couldn’t be happier with the business boost.

Casey Miller owns Miller’s Corner Bait Shop in Lake City.

He says it’s a huge contrast from just three weeks ago.

“Seeing a lot of people coming out of everywhere that want to fish and have been waiting and waiting and now it’s safe and everybody is being able to use their ATV’s so it makes everyone excited.” Says owner, Casey Miller.

With the string of warmer weather in the December, Miller said he was wondering if the lakes would ever freeze over.

 

Dan’s Resort
23477 S Bay Rd
Pickford, Michigan
(906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Beautiful day on the bay today!

About 9-12 inches of ice and the perch and walleye are coming in!

derby info

Dan's Resort's photo.

 

 

Saginaw Bay: Had lots of fishing activity off Palmer Road where yellow perch including many small ones were caught in 1 ½ to 6 feet of water. The keepers were running 7 to 9 inches. A couple walleye were also taken at night. A few were fishing off the mouth of the Pine River but most were concentrated off Palmer Road. A good number were fishing off the Pinconning Park in waters up to 4 feet deep where the occasional limit catch of 8 to 10 inch perch were caught. Some were catching small perch inside the Linwood Beach Marina. Fishing was slow at the Hot Ponds. At Quanicassee, anglers fishing inside Lindy’s Marina off the river and caught bluegills and crappie but no perch. Some are starting to venture out from Vanderbilt Park but the perch fishing was spotty. No activity off Thomas Road. From Sebewaing north to Bayshore Marina, most of the activity was off Geiger Road but perch fishing was spotty. A few did well but they had to work hard for 8 to 10 fish measuring 7 to 9 inches. Fishing was slow off Mud Creek with only a few perch and one pike taken. At Caseville, a few lake trout were taken in the river near the pier however the ice was still questionable, especially out near the end of the pier. The ice was still questionable at Port Austin and Grindstone City with just a few shanties appearing at both harbors.

Saginaw River: Was in transition, with too much ice for boat fishing but not enough for ice fishing in most places. A couple anglers were fishing on the basin behind Ojibway Island in Saginaw and a few were slowly heading out from First Street but the ice is not all that thick yet and anglers need to use extreme caution. There might be 5 or 6 inches in one spot but only an inch thick a few feet away. There was no fishing activity from Saginaw to the mouth.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have improved however there was still open water from the Escanaba River to the south. Ice cover was noted from Gladstone to the north. While some are using snowmobiles and 4-wheelers for travel, driving a full size vehicle out on the ice would be very dangerous and is not recommended. Pressure cracks have started to form out from the Terrace Bay Inn and Kipling from the center Masonville gate road leading out to Butler Island. Walleye anglers reported fair to good catches throughout the Bay with the better catches from the Third Reef when jigging raps or using tip-ups with minnows in 13 to 30 feet and at Gladstone in 26 to 30 feet out from the State Police Post. Perch fishing was spotty. Good numbers of small fish were reported near Kipling but few were kept. Northern pike were very active and caught by walleye anglers throughout the Bay. Those spearing did best around Butler Island in 5 to 10 feet and north of the Day’s River in 7 to 10 feet. Several whitefish were caught along with walleye in Gladstone.

Buc’s Fishing Report

 

With the deep freeze, most of the state is now ice fishing. Anglers will still need to use caution especially along the west side after all the snow. Reports coming in say the pike are hungry and hitting hard and the panfish action has turned on. Those targeting walleye are also taking some fish. Ice fishing season is finally here!

Lake Missaukee has 7 to 9 inches of ice and the ice is safe. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Houghton Lake has 8 to 12 inches of ice and pike and walleye, pike and panfish have been biting and it is Tip Up Town Weekend. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422 he has all his shanties out this weekend, , Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531 H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze some are fishing but all the snow we got sunday and monday made a mess of the lakes. . Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 6 to 10 inches

Fife Lake is froze and there were shanties on it today call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and they are fishing off of Wilson Hills with 5 to 7 inches with a great panfish bite  Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458

Portage Lake is froze and be careful , but a great walleye bite and perch bite one guy caught a 31 inch walleye  took a photo and released it back to portage lake. Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 7 to 10 inches ice Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake froze monday  night, there are a couple guys fishing in the shallow water for rainbows but nobody venturing out very far as the ice is not safe but next weekend things should be good as long as no snow storm screws it up,  Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677 both sports barn and Higgins Lake Hardware got fishbone lures in today along with the hook,line and threaders

Lake St. Helen has 7 to 10 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Margarethe is froze with 6 to 10 inches and quite a few guys going out and a great pike bite along with some good numbers of walleye. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze over with open spots but nobody was going out yet Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 7 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 5 to 7 inches. Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has 7 inches. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake have ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and some are fishing it this weekend call Parrot’s Outpost in Onaway for latest info 

Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

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

Pentwater Lake, is froze and not safe yet call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze and hoping this weekend they might start sneaking out Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake Skegemog had a great perch bite yesterday with guys getting nice messes of perch., Manistee lake is 6-8inches and has a fair bite but the snow storm has put slush up on the ice call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice but only 3 to 4 inches so not safe but guys are going out and getting limits of panfish call 231-854-3965

Have not got a report from Burt, Mullet or Black but I would say ice is not safe yet

Harrison Has ice and a few guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 5-7inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have ice but be careful and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
MONDAY  JANUARY  18,  2016

All winter sports are in full gear in the Cadillac area.  Plenty of fresh snow for the skiers and snowmobilers.  Ice fishermen are drilling holes on Lake Cadillac and Mitchell and the surrounding lakes.

Many of the panfish anglers are happy.  Many are fishing the coves on Lake Mitchell and catching Crappie, Bluegills and a few Perch mixed in.  The predominent catch has been Crappie in the 8″-10″ range.  However, a few over 13″ have been reported.  They were caught by Walleye fishermen on tip-ups.  Bluegills are running hand sized.  Mix in a couple 9″-10″ Perch and its been a good day.

Many are missing the best bite of the day, the last hour before dark the Crappie are aggressive.  Fishing for most of the day many pack up and leave.  The panfish appetite hasn’t been to particular.  Wax worms, Spikes and Mousee’s all work but the Crappie enjoy small minnows.  Pike reports have been good and consistent.  Lots of flags.  Lots of fun.  Either lake you go to, bring your tip-ups.  Every one wants to catch Walleyes.  We hear of catches but have not seen any come in yet.  No pictures, only talk.  Those that catch them are tight lipped.

It appears the thickest ice is on Lake Mitchell.  We were on it first and it has the most activity.  Looks like 6″ and more is standard, but there are many areas that haven’t been fished.  Be cautious of Lake Cadillac.  It was the last to freeze, especially the East side.  Some have started at Kenwood Park, a popular Panfish area.  Regardless where you fish use your spud to check the ice.  The waters cold.

A good day on Lake Mitchell.  Andrew, Scott and Conrad spent more time cleaning fish than fishing.  They caught a variety of Crappie, Bluegills, Perch and Pike.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Margrethe: Had ice however still use caution near the deep water.

Higgins Lake: Finally froze over late Monday night however the ice was not safe yet. Continued cold temperatures should shore the ice up soon but for now anglers will have to wait. Snow cover was very light and will not hinder the freezing process.

Houghton Lake: Has ice and is producing fish. Anglers still need to use caution around Long Point and the areas where there are inlets and outlets. Anglers are taking good numbers of pike on tip-ups with minnows. Try blues, golden’s or suckers. The walleye have been really picky. They see the bait, they swim toward it and as soon as the anglers start to move it a little bit the fish swim away. Anglers are catching some bluegills and a few crappie.

Tawas: Finally had some ice cover back in the “armpit” of Tawas Bay and up inside Tawas Point. Those heading out from the access road next to Jerry’s Marina were getting some perch during the day and a few walleye in the evening in 18 to 20 feet. There was no activity inside the harbor at Tawas.

Au Gres River: Anglers were out and taking a few walleye in the evening.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Deep snow and slush is making travel difficult on the inland lakes. Anglers should avoid the bigger and deeper lakes as they take longer to freeze and with deep snow now covering them, it will slow the freezing process.

Kalkaska County: The inland lakes had ice however the ice may not be uniform. Use extreme caution and watch for areas of soft ice.

Lake Cadillac: Anglers are ice fishing however use caution especially along the east side. Check the ice as you go. Panfish were caught on wax worms, spikes and small minnows. The pike are very active and hitting on tip-ups with minnows.

Lake Mitchell: Ice fishing is on! Anglers can be found in the coves and near the State Park. Pike fishing was good for those using tip-ups with blues. Decent catch rates for bluegills and crappie when using spikes and wax worms. The occasional perch was caught on minnows. Walleye anglers found fish just before dark.

Lake Missaukee: Has ice and anglers are out catching panfish, pike and the occasional walleye.

Manistee River: Those able to brave the cold are taking a fair to good number of steelhead. There was an ice jam along M-37 at Sherman.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

 

Munising: ATTENTION ANGLERS: Authorities have issued an ICE WARNING for Munising Bay. A fishing boat left the bay early Wednesday morning and broke up the ice in the area. There is a lot of snow, slush and now open water a few hundred yards out especially towards Sand Point.

Munuscong Bay: The best fishing has been around Grassy Island, east and north of Barbeau Point and off the Birches where anglers are taking perch and walleye. Be extremely careful when moving around because the ice is not uniform and varies from one spot to the next

Cedarville and Hessel: Ice conditions have improved significantly. Some perch and a few splake have been caught in Hessel Bay and some perch were taken in Musky Bay. Anglers should still continue to use caution when traveling on the ice.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake St. Clair: Has ice in some locations but open water in other areas. Windy conditions have prevented the lake from freezing. This results in highly variable ice thickness ranging from open water to maybe 6 inches in some areas. Anglers need to be extremely careful and check the ice. Those considering using an ATV to get around on the lake need to be extremely careful as the ice thickness can vary dramatically in a very short distance. Anglers fishing Anchor Bay at Fairhaven were getting some perch up to 12 inches but they are sorting through a lot of small ones. The bluegill and crappie fishing has been good. Ice cover is very limited at the Selfridge access site, near the mouth of the Clinton River and the Metro Park.

St. Clair River: Has open water so shore fishing would be an option. Anglers could find some rainbow trout and brown trout.

Lexington: Ice anglers have been targeting brown trout, steelhead and Atlantic salmon.

Tittabawassee River: Was just not fishable due to colder temperatures making a lot of floating ice.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers are getting out on lakes in the south and central part of the state that received less snow over the weekend. This includes lakes in the counties of Jackson, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Branch, and St. Joseph. Try fishing the small shallow lakes. Bluegills, crappie and pike were being caught.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead anglers are still getting fish up near the Allegan Dam.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A few anglers were still targeting steelhead. These diehards are still taking a fair number of some nice fish.

Kent County: Anglers were fishing on Lime Lake, Long Lake, Reeds Lake and Wabasis Lake.

Lake Lansing: Pike anglers reported slow catch rates. Try targeting bluegill and crappie instead.

Muskrat Lake: In Clinton County is producing a few crappie.

Morrison Lake: In Ionia County has ice anglers targeting panfish.