Lots of Ice Fishing

bucs-3Fisherman are ice fishing hard in Northern Michigan with many getting out on the small lakes. Green Lake by Interlochen opened back up today, but calm and cold it should go over again. Duck Lake has lots of fisherman out of Strawberry Point.

Skegemog guys are getting out about 300 yards.

Lake City and Houghton Lake report lots of people trying their luck today. Lake Margrethe has good action along with Otsego Lake by Gaylord.

Harrison and Farwell report lots of guys out on the small lakes with pike and panfish biting great. Leroy Area report good ice and fishing is great

Burt and Black Lake should be safe soon as lots of cold weather this week

Little Glen, Bar Lake and loon are not safe

Reports are they are getting out on Little Bay De Noc today but have not heard ice conditions yet

Saginaw bay has a couple inches of ice and many feel they will be fishing soon.

Reports downstate there is still no safe ice.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

Enjoy the Holiday–The ice is fine!  The weather’s cooperating making ice nightly.  Expect 4 to 8 inches (plus) on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell.  Permanent shanties and pop-ups dot the lakes.  Not recommended, snowmobile tracks trace the edges.  Prudence dictates using a spud to check your way where ever you go.
Pike fishing has been good – very good.  This is just the start and we’ve measured several over 30 inches.  Tip-ups account for most.  Northerns can’t resist a sucker or shiner meal.
John Dunbar & Gordon Reed  Brandon Bailey
         Close friends, John Dunbar and Gordon Reed first day      Visiting from Middleburg, Florida, Brandon Bailey
         on the ice was successful.  After releasing 10 undersized,    holds a 10 pound, 33 inch pike caught on Lake Cadillac.
          they took turns catching a 38 1/2, 32, 31 and 28 inch.

Tim Miller

Tim Miller poses with a pike caught the day before
Christmas.  Doesn’t fit under the tree, 36 5/8″, 11.57 pounds.
Walleye fishing has been better then average.  Although days have been good, best catches are at last light.  Be ready when the street lights turn on.  For some, limits have been common.  Jigging spoons tipped with minnows, and/or tip-ups are effective.
Jeff Thomas  Ken Clous
         Smiling Jeff Thomas holds a 24″, 5 pound plus walleye      Ken Clous takes walleye fishing seriously.  After a couple of
         caught on Lake Cadillac.                                                   hours fishing he returned with a pair.  A 20 1/4 and 19 inch                                                                                                   walleye each over 3 pounds.
The Pilgrim Village Pike Contest is off to a good start.  Although Jim Cornelius was the first on the board with a 26 1/2, 3.85 pike he since dropped to 4th Place.  He’ll soon upgrade.
Standings often change on a daily basis.  12/30/2012
                                             1st Place           Mark Gagnon             34″               8.79 lbs.
                                              2nd Place          Joe Brooks                29″               4.87 lbs.
                                              3rd Place          Gary Swiger               28 1/2″         4.60 lbs.
                                              4th Place           James Cornelious       26 1/2″         3.85 lbs.
Mark Gagnon  Joe Brooks
                  Mark Gagnon 34″; 8.79 lb.  northern pike                                 Joe Brooks 29″; 4.87 lb. pike

Gary Swiger

Gary Swiger  28 1/2″; 4.60 lb pike
Youth Division
                                       1st Place           Caitlyn Brooks          15 yr. old          25 1/2″          3.17 lb.
2nd Place          Marissa Brooks          11 yr. old          25″           3.17 lb.
The Brooks family all fish.  Close call between the Brooks Sisters.
Caitlyn Brooks  Marissa Brooks
          15 yr. old Caitlyn Brooks shows off the head shot on        Marissa Brooks may only be 11, but knows how to spear.
           her 25 1/2 nothern.                                                          This one is 25 inches.

Lots Of Fisherman Trying their Luck

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Many Fisherman were out today trying their luck as Missaukee had ice shanties on the lake from Lake City with pike biting great on golden.

Houghton Lake they were out in differnt places as the ice was 2 to 6 inches. St Helen has the best ice with 5 to 8 inches and they are catching fish the last two days.

Pratt Lake and Wiggins by Gladwin have lots of fisherman out and good pike and panfish. Sanford Lake and Wixom they are fishing  shallow bays with good panfish and pike.

Harrison and Farwell they are out on the small lakes catching panfish and pike

Black, Mullet and Burt are froze and a few will be out on Black Lake but the ice is not safe.

Cadillac and Mitchell looked like little city on the ice, and good pike fishing reported

Around Traverse the small lakes are getting fished and a few are going to Little Glen to see if the pike and perch are biting tomorrow.

They are getting out on Little Bay De Noc today

Ice Fishing Report

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Northern Michigan has many of it’s lakes froze and a few a getting out and trying there luck, most are waiting until we have 5 inches of hard water which most believe will happen Saturday on the shallow Lakes. There is ice fishing at most places but small ponds and lakes have safe ice, be careful and have a buddy with you when checking the ice.

Ice Fishermen your prayers are working.  Most of Lake Mitchell is FISHABLE by Saturday

As of Christmas the South East Side of Lake Mitchell from Mitchell State Park to the boat launch by Thirsty’s has 4+”.  Fishable depths at the park range from 5 to 15′.  This is good tip-up area for pike and walleye.  The ice is slick, no snow.  Pack your creepers, stay away from the canal.

At this writing the popular panfish area, the Big and Small Coves are not safe, nor is the North Side but by Saturday things should be fine

You’ll have to wait longer to fish Lake Cadillac.  The East (city), North and Middle have open water areas.  The Causeway to Mitchell State Park on the West Side will be the first safe access points.

 

Northwestern Michigan

 

Leroy- Reports are guys are getting out on the shallow lakes with good pike action

 

Baldwin- The little lakes around will be safe to fish this weekend

 

Big Glen-  Has open water

 

Little Glen- Has ice and many think that the ice will be safe this weekend, and hope the perch are biting

 

Manistee Lake by Kalkaska-  Good fishing this week with perch, pike, walleye and a few gills in the canals ice is 3 to 5 inches

 

Spider Lake- Three to five inches of ice with pike and panfish biting

 

Lake Dubonnet- Lots of fisherman fishing this lake with great pike action with some panfish

 

Long Lake, Green Lake, Duck Lake–  They have went over but are not safe but a few will try Long this weekend to see if it is safe. All three lakes have some open spots but should go over tonight

 

Skegemog-Has completely froze over and some think by Saturday they will be testing the ice and catching pike and perch

 

Fife Lake- Has ice but is not safe but many are getting out on Spring and Long Lake by Fife Lake

 

Portage Lake-  Was half froze today and a few will be out this Saturday on the shallow part

 

Hamlin Lake- Has a Skim of ice is not safe but by next week things should be hopping

 

Bear Lake- Has 3 to 5 inches of ice today with a few getting out catching pike.

 

Lake Missaukee- Today a few guys were venturing out and report 3 to 5 inches of good ice with pike and gills are biting good

 

Cadillac and Mitchell- there will be safe ice on most of Mitchell by Saturday with huge pike being caught this week, Lake Cadillac they are fishing off the causway and most feel by Saturday they will be out on most the lake.

Betsie River: Continues to produce some steelhead.

 

Big Manistee River: Is fishable and should have a fair to good number of steelhead including some fresh fish. Many are fly fishing below Tippy Dam.

 

Little Manistee River: Is producing steelhead and the occasional brown trout however the river will close to fishing on January 1st and will reopen on April 1st.

 

Pere Marquette River: Should still have some good steelhead fishing. Those fly fishing seem to catch more fish.

 

 

 

 

Northeast Michigan

 

Lewiston-  Both East and West Twin are froze but West Twin should be safe by the weekend.

 

Mio- Mio Pong has froze and a few are getting out on the lake

 

Lake St. Helen- Fishing has been good with 3 to 5 inches of ice with a few walleye being caught.

 

Pratt Lake and Wiggins Lake– has safe ice and many have been doing good on panfish and pike.

 

Wixom and Sanford Lake- Reports are the lake is froze and fisherman have been getting out on the shallow bays catching crappie, gills and pike.

 

Fletcher’s Floodwaters- Reports are the ice is safe to walk out on and the pike fishing has been fantastic the last two days but very few people out yet.

 

Black Lake- has skimmed but is not safe yet

 

Grand lake and Long Lake- Both lakes are froze over and a few fisherman are venturing out catching perch and pike on the shallow bays, also Saturday seems to be the day that most feel it will be safe.

 

Otsego Lake- The ice will be safe by Saturday as all the snow has settled and now the lake can make ice. Many are planning on getting their shanties out Saturday off the State Park.

 

Lake Margrethe-  The lake is completely froze with 2 to 3 inches of ice and most are planning to be out fishing Saturday as with no snow on the ice it will be safe with 5” plus by Saturday

 

Higgins Lake- is still open with shore ice forming

 

Houghton Lake- The lake is completely froze over and there is 3 to 5 inches of ice with pike and walleye being caught on the east side.

 

Thunder Bay River: Has pretty good perch fishing though many are running small. Fish ranging 7 to 8 inches have been caught using ice jigs with wax worms or minnow rigs. The better fishing was off the 2nd Street Bridge, the River Walk both upstream and downstream of the 2nd Street Bridge and the gas dock in the marina. Some are also catching the occasional steelhead or brown trout.

Oscoda: Pier anglers are getting steelhead on spoons or body baits.

Au Sable River: Has a good number of steelhead between the mouth and Foote Dam. With a little effort, anglers are finding the spots producing the most fish. High Banks, the Boy Scout Camp and the Rea Road access sites have been active. Spawn is working best however try spoons or body baits at the mouth.

Au Gres River: Is still producing some perch although some were on the small side.

 

Upper Penisula Report

 

Newberry- Has good ice on most the small lakes with pike biting fair.

 

Munuscong Bay –Dan’s Resort in Pickford reports Four-wheelers are going out on the ice now. Perch are biting near the rock piles. Happy New year from Dan’s Resort

 

Manistique– Ice is forming good on Indian Lake and Big Manistique and they look to be fishing this weekend

 Bay De Noc- The bay is froze with just a handful of guys out as ice is not safe yet

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing ReportLake Erie: Anglers are still getting walleye in Brest Bay. Some limit catches were reported by those using the bigger reef runners or husky jerks. Hot colors were pink, purple or fire-tiger. Some of the fish caught were between 8 and 11 pounds. Boats are launching out of Lake Erie Metro Park or Sterling State Park. Bluegills were caught off the docks in the Metro Park Marina. Try a teardrop with a wax worm. Perch and crappie were caught on minnows.

Huron River: Water levels are low but conditions are good for steelhead. Fish have been caught in the deeper holes.

Detroit River: Perch have been caught near the mouth, off Gibraltar and the border waters off Sugar Island. Anglers are not getting as many fish however some are measuring 12 to 14 inches.

Lake St. Clair: While ice fishing is not an option at this time, boat anglers are still heading out for perch. Muskie season closed on December 15th. The docks at the DNR boat launch have been removed. Those planning to launch boats will most likely need waders.

Saginaw Bay: Is producing a good number of walleye for boat anglers. Those fishing close to shore caught some perch.

Saginaw River: Walleye are being caught from the mouth all the way up to Wicks Park. Some are drifting shiner minnows while others are using Hot-n-Tots.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Pier and surf anglers are getting some steelhead along with the occasional whitefish.

St. Joseph River: Should have some fresh steelhead for the taking.

Kalamazoo River: Boat and shore anglers have caught steelhead below the Allegan Dam. They are using spawn or Hot-n-Tots. A few walleye were also caught.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers are catching steelhead along with a few brown trout or whitefish. Those surfcasting are taking fish when floating spawn bags.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Fresh steelhead were caught on size 6 or 8 jigs tipped with wigglers and wax worms or spawn bags. Boat anglers are dropping Hot-n-Tots over the side and then putting a spawn bag on the bottom. Walleye and steelhead have been caught behind the Post Office, off Pearl Street and the walk bridge. Walleye anglers have done well with bucktail jigs and shiner minnows under a bobber. Those fishing off the bridges for walleye are drifting shiners. Pike fishing has been good downtown. Most are using chubs, shiners or body baits. For crappie and bluegill, try Riverside Park or Millennium Park.

Grand River at Lansing: Catch rates were hit-or-miss at the North Lansing Dam. Some channel catfish along with a few small flatheads were caught by those fishing minnows above the Moore’s Park Dam. Good pike action at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. Some are using spinners but more fish were caught on golden shiners.

Morrison Lake: Is producing perch and crappie for those using minnows.

Reeds Lake: Was producing bluegill and crappie.

Muskegon River: Is fishable. Steelhead are still being caught as more move up into the river system

 

 

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2012

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Ice Fishermen your prayers are working. Part of Lake Mitchell is FISHABLE – selected area only.
As of this morning the South East Side of Lake Mitchell from Mitchell State Park to the boat launch by Thirsty’s has 4+”. Fishable depths at the park range from 5 to 15′. This is good tip-up area for pike and walleye. The ice is slick, no snow. Pack your creepers, stay away from the canal.
At this writing the popular panfish area, the Big and Small Coves are not safe, nor is the North Side. Skim ice only.
You’ll have to wait longer to fish Lake Cadillac. The East (city), North and Middle have open water areas. The Causeway to Mitchell State Park on the West Side will be the first safe access points.
Night temperatures are predicted 15º and teens through out the week. The ice is growing and more area will be safe by mid week. We’ll keep checking.
We are selling bait to bluegill anglers fishing Lake Missaukee. We are told of 4″ but have not physically checked it out as we have on Lake Cadillac and Mitchell.

Maybe Next Week for Ice Fishing

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We are getting hammered with a major snow storm today and it might be a good thing we do not have lots of ice. After the storm passes the temps are going to plummet into the teens at night. A few lakes are froze but this storm is not going to help, as there is no safe ice in lower michigan

THey are fishing a little on Munuscong Bay for walleye and perch, The ice fishing season has officially began at Dan’s Resort on Munuscong Bay ! It’s not thick enough for sleds or 4-wheelers yet. Everyone is walking out.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Not much is happening in this region of the state. Some lakes have a little ice, but there is no safe ice yet. Steelhead fishing is basically the only game in town right now.

Betsie River: Continues to produce some steelhead.

Big Manistee River: Is fishable and should have a fair to good number of steelhead including some fresh fish. Many are fly fishing below Tippy Dam.

Little Manistee River: Is producing steelhead and the occasional brown trout however the river will close to fishing on January 1st and will reopen on April 1st.

Pere Marquette River: Should still have some good steelhead fishing. Those fly fishing seem to catch more fish.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Thunder Bay River: Has pretty good perch fishing though many are running small. Fish ranging 7 to 8 inches have been caught using ice jigs with wax worms or minnow rigs. The better fishing was off the 2nd Street Bridge, the River Walk both upstream and downstream of the 2nd Street Bridge and the gas dock in the marina. Some are also catching the occasional steelhead or brown trout.

Oscoda: Pier anglers are getting steelhead on spoons or body baits.

Au Sable River: Has a good number of steelhead between the mouth and Foote Dam. With a little effort, anglers are finding the spots producing the most fish. High Banks, the Boy Scout Camp and the Rea Road access sites have been active. Spawn is working best however try spoons or body baits at the mouth.

Houghton Lake: Has ice all the way across the lake however the ice is not safe. Those anxious to get out and do some fishing should stay in shallow waters only for safety reasons.

Au Gres River: Is still producing some perch although some were on the small side.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Newberry: Ice is forming on the inland lakes in the region however there is no safe ice yet. Deep snow from the upcoming storm will only insulate the ice and slow the freezing process.

The ice fishing season has officially began at Dan’s Resort on Munuscong Bay ! It’s not thick enough for sleds or 4-wheelers yet. Everyone is walking out.
Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers are still getting walleye in Brest Bay. Some limit catches were reported by those using the bigger reef runners or husky jerks. Hot colors were pink, purple or fire-tiger. Some of the fish caught were between 8 and 11 pounds. Boats are launching out of Lake Erie Metro Park or Sterling State Park. Bluegills were caught off the docks in the Metro Park Marina. Try a teardrop with a wax worm. Perch and crappie were caught on minnows.

Huron River: Water levels are low but conditions are good for steelhead. Fish have been caught in the deeper holes.

Detroit River: Perch have been caught near the mouth, off Gibraltar and the border waters off Sugar Island. Anglers are not getting as many fish however some are measuring 12 to 14 inches.

Lake St. Clair: While ice fishing is not an option at this time, boat anglers are still heading out for perch. Muskie season closed on December 15th. The docks at the DNR boat launch have been removed. Those planning to launch boats will most likely need waders.

Saginaw Bay: Is producing a good number of walleye for boat anglers. Those fishing close to shore caught some perch.

Saginaw River: Walleye are being caught from the mouth all the way up to Wicks Park. Some are drifting shiner minnows while others are using Hot-n-Tots.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Pier and surf anglers are getting some steelhead along with the occasional whitefish.

St. Joseph River: Should have some fresh steelhead for the taking.

Kalamazoo River: Boat and shore anglers have caught steelhead below the Allegan Dam. They are using spawn or Hot-n-Tots. A few walleye were also caught.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers are catching steelhead along with a few brown trout or whitefish. Those surfcasting are taking fish when floating spawn bags.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Fresh steelhead were caught on size 6 or 8 jigs tipped with wigglers and wax worms or spawn bags. Boat anglers are dropping Hot-n-Tots over the side and then putting a spawn bag on the bottom. Walleye and steelhead have been caught behind the Post Office, off Pearl Street and the walk bridge. Walleye anglers have done well with bucktail jigs and shiner minnows under a bobber. Those fishing off the bridges for walleye are drifting shiners. Pike fishing has been good downtown. Most are using chubs, shiners or body baits. For crappie and bluegill, try Riverside Park or Millennium Park.

Grand River at Lansing: Catch rates were hit-or-miss at the North Lansing Dam. Some channel catfish along with a few small flatheads were caught by those fishing minnows above the Moore’s Park Dam. Good pike action at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. Some are using spinners but more fish were caught on golden shiners.

Morrison Lake: Is producing perch and crappie for those using minnows.

Reeds Lake: Was producing bluegill and crappie.

Muskegon River: Is fishable. Steelhead are still being caught as more move up into the river system.

We have Ice but not safe yet

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Many lakes are froze with a few getting on Houghton Lake on East Bay off of Harvey’s. THere is no safe ice but a couple cold nights and ice fishing will be kicking off. Lake City, Cadillac, Gaylord, St. Helen, and Houghton Lake will be the first lakes we will be out on.

Pentwater they are getting out in boats and off the docks catching perch, reports are lots of perch but sorting to get a nice mess, guys using bigger minnows are catching bigger perch

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Some Lake have went over and next cold spell we will be ice fishing

Betsie River: Should have good steelhead fishing this week.

Manistee River: Is producing more steelhead and should continue through the week. Chrome colored fish are being caught mainly on streamers in both the Little Manistee and the Big Manistee Rivers. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River closes to fishing on December 31st and will reopen on April 1st.

Pere Marquette River: Has good steelhead fishing for those drifting eggs, nymphs or streamers. A few were hitting on spawn but most were taken by those fly fishing.

Pentwater: Pier anglers were catching some whitefish and perch.

Long Lake by Traverse City has been good for perch in boats but most are waiting for ice

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Oscoda: Pier anglers are still taking steelhead as the fish continue to move in and out of the river system.

Au Sable River: Is producing the occasional steelhead.

Higgins Lake: Has no anglers and no ice.

Houghton Lake: Ice has started to form this week however there is no safe ice.

Au Gres River: Anglers are catching perch down near the mouth. Most are using perch rigs with minnows or small jigs.

Black Bass Bay on Grand Lake has ice a a few were getting out yesterday but ice is not safe

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: A few whitefish were caught off the lower harbor breakwall.

Munoskegon Bay a few are getting out but ice is not safe yet

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Is producing walleye in Brest Bay. Anglers are trolling body baits. Those casting off Sterling State Park have caught walleye off the rocks. Bluegills were caught in the Metro Park Marina.

Huron River: Is producing the occasional steelhead. Catch rates will improve once the water levels come up.

Detroit River: Has good muskie fishing. Perch are being caught in the marina at Grosse Ile and off the south end of the Cross Dike.

Lake St. Clair: The die-hard boat anglers are still out chasing muskie. Catch rates have been good and should continue until the season closes on Saturday, December 15th. Perch have been caught in the canals and marinas however most of these locations are private and hard to gain access without a boat.

Saginaw Bay: Has good walleye fishing off Linwood. Boat anglers are using Hot-n-Tots, husky jerks and reef runners.

Saginaw River: We have reports of walleye being caught by boat and shore anglers up near Wicks Park.

Tittabawassee River: Boat anglers caught walleye between Midland and Saginaw.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph River: Should still have some good steelhead fishing this week. The better spots to target are Berrien Springs, Buchanan or Niles.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead season continues with fish caught by boat and shore anglers. Some are using jigs with wax worms. Natural colors such as dark tan or black seem to be working better than bright colors. Anglers are casting rapalas or Hot-n-Tots. Boat anglers are bouncing spawn bags.

Grand River at Lansing: Walleye and pike have been caught on spoons or minnows at the Moore’s Park Dam. Bass and walleye were caught at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge and near Lyons. Anglers were using minnows and crawlers.

Looking Glass River: Continues to produce pike.

Muskegon River: Steelhead are being caught but catch rates were still hit-or-miss.