FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

While Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell still have close to 3 feet of ice, the majority of anglers are targeting steelhead on the nearby rivers. The parking lot at Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee is starting to fill. Although they’re catching steelhead at the dam, bettert numbers are holding down river in the deeper holes.

There’s no “gotta have” bait for the steelhead. Many fish spawn, jigs tipped with waxworms or wigglers, wobble glo’s or flies. All have their place and catch fish.

A few haven’t had their fill of ice fishing. Panfish anglers have been catching mostly crappie, often slabs in the middle of the day. Those target bluegills are settling for hand size.

Excuse our dust. The Plgrim Village Fishing Shop is changing over to Summer fishing tackle. This is the only time you’ll see peg board. Come see what’s new.

You’ve been warned!
The new 2014 Licenses are available.
Your 2013 Fishing/ORV Licenses are valid through March 31, 2014.
Stop the rumors.
A base license is not required when you purchase a fishing license.
A resident All-Spicies Annual is $26.00 and $11.00 for Seniors.

Also Northport has been good for perch

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Bay City State Park hot for Walleye

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Saginaw Bay off of Bay City State Park has been busy with lots of walleye fisherman and it is a short walk out to 5 feet of water and they are hammering the walleyes. Here are the two places by the park to buy bait and supplies.

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K&K State Park Grocery Store is a party store walking distance from Bay City State Park. We offer DNR Licensing, Bait & Tackle, Camping Supplies, a Bill Payment Center, clean & friendly service, and the coldest beer in town!

Phone
(989) 671-9510
Address
434 State Park Dr.
Bay City , MI 48706

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Riverview Party Store
3885 Kawkawlin River Dr, Bay City, MI 48706
(989) 316-1600

Perch Bite

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There is a reported jumbo perch bite up at Northport but some say slow and others are doing good with minnows and wigglers.

Steelhead are starting on the boardman River today with a few fish being spotted.

Pretty fish on the pin! #CollegeLyfe #ChasinSteel #Pintowin

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Lake Cadillac reports a good crappie bite of of Kenwood Park and look back to the canal to get lined up and walk towards the canal if your not catching any off Kenwood, most are biting after 5pm

Higgins Lake the perch bite has been fair.

Grand Traverse Bay quite a few guys out today with mixed results on whitefish and Lake Trout. Perch seem to be out Suttons Bay way and north.

Lake City the crappie and gills were fair today, Yup! At Miller’s Corner Spring Break 2014 & were still doing this. There is still a good 3 feet of ice, so come and get your fish on.

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Where the Hell is Spring Michigan Fishing Report

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Kirstie Kelly Wakeley with a rainbow from Higgins Lake

They are catching steelhead on the PM up to Baldwin and the Manistee has been good with spawn, flies and waxworms working best. Some fish in the Boardman River. Perch have been biting on Manistee Lake, PM Lake and Pentwater as fish have moved in from Lake Michigan this week but very few fishing

They are still catching smelt off of Lobb rd in 40 to 60 feet of water with red spikes and hali jigs.

Saginaw Bay: Ice angling continues with lots of people out fishing. Cold nights continue to sustain the ice but driving trucks out there is not a good idea. The snow cover is gone, so bring your cleats. Rivers have yet to open up so steelhead and sucker fishing are pretty much on hold. On the West side, only a couple walleye were caught because of dirty water. The occasional perch and walleye were taken in 6 to 8 feet off Townline Road and Newman Road. Those fishing off the Bay City State Park caught walleye in 15 to 17 feet. Fish were also taken in 9 feet off Parish Road, 14 feet off Killarney Beach, and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park near the mouth of the Saginaw River. Most are heading out about 6pm and fish until after dark. On the East side, fish were caught in 14 feet off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay Marina. At Sebewaing and Caseville, the water is getting dirty and the river ice is getting bad as runoff starts to erode it.

Higgins Lake: NO SMELT!!!Ice anglers are still getting some perch along the North end near Evergreen Park, the church camp and Sunken Island. For rainbow trout, try wigglers near the Conference Center. The lake trout bite has slowed and no word on smelt.

Traverse City: Those fishing the East Bay have caught lake trout in 80 to 150 feet off Deepwater Point. Most are jigging sand kickers or white Swedish pimples. The West Bay had slower catch rates but lake trout, cicso and whitefish were caught in 96 feet near the pressure crack which is out from the boat launch on M-22. Perch are being caught north of Lee’s Point up to Northport. There are more schools and guys are hunting hard but the results are huge perch.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The area has more snow and continued frigid temperatures which is making ice, not melting it! Ice fishing continues like it has for the last four months.

Traverse City: Those fishing the East Bay have caught lake trout in 80 to 150 feet off Deepwater Point. Most are jigging sand kickers or white Swedish pimples. The West Bay had slower catch rates but lake trout, cicso and whitefish were caught in 96 feet near the pressure crack which is out from the boat launch on M-22. Long Lake has been fair for perch this week.

Boardman River: Anglers are starting to see some steelhead.

Lake Cadillac: Cold temperatures and more snow are not the signs of spring that most anglers are looking for. Very few have been out and trying for panfish. The ice is still thick. Anglers are using extensions on their augers or looking for pre-drilled holes.

Manistee River: Has steelhead but we are still waiting for that big push that comes in the spring. Anglers caught fish on spawn, wax worms and wobble glows.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing is viable for those hardy enough to endure the January like conditions. The spring push has not yet started but fresh fish are starting to trickle in.

Hamlin Lake has been fair but very few fishing.

Portage Has been slow as no perch have moved in yet.

Big Platte Lake guys are waiting for last ice for the big perch to bite.

Lake Missaukee has been fair for crappie and gills and Miller’s Corner has bait and Beer.

Lake Skegemog has been good for perch with nice ones reported with minnows and wigglers working best

Baldwin has fish in the PM, ice fishing is slow.

Lake Margrethe has been very slow

Otsego Lake has been slow also.

Lake Charlevoix has been good for perch with minnows and wiggler working best.

Torch Lake they are still catching whitefish, lake trout and atlantic salmon

Burt and Mullet are report slow bite

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Au Sable River: Is open and accessible for shore and boat anglers. The launch at Rea Road was the most open as ice was still built up at the Whirlpool. Steelhead were caught near the gas line and the mouth. Try spawn, wax worms, small spoons, body baits or flies.

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Higgins Lake Perch

Higgins Lake: NO SMELT!!!!!Ice anglers are still getting some perch along the north end near Evergreen Park, the church camp and Sunken Island. For rainbow trout, try wigglers near the Conference Center. The lake trout bite has been fair. Kelly beach is still producing nice perch.

Houghton Lake: Is still locked up tight with ice and those heading out are catching bluegills, perch and crappie. The bluegills were caught in 5 feet of water.

Tawas: A few nice perch were caught in 18 feet off Jerry’s Marina however anglers were throwing back a lot of small ones. Quite a few were fishing inside the harbor but the fish were small. A few walleye were caught out past the end of Tawas Point in water at least 20 feet deep.

Au Gres: There were lots of anglers fishing off Palmer Road. They’re getting both walleye and perch from 6 to 8 feet of water. No limits but some nice fish were caught.

Au Gres River: Steelhead anglers hoping to fish the East Branch will have to wait a bit longer because Whitney Drain near the Singing Bridge is still iced in.

Rifle River: Dip net season opened on March 20th however anglers will be waiting a while as the river was still iced in.

Fletcher’s Pond has been fair for perch, gills and crappies

Black Lake has been fair for perch.

West Branch and St. Helen has been fair for gills and Crappie.

Wiggins and Pratt have been fair for panfish.

Wixom Lake has been good for crappie and gills.

Secord Lake has been producing crappie the big slabs should be biting soon when the weather get in the high 30’s

Lake Margrethe has been slow

Lewiston been fair on west twin for perch

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Overall fishing was slow but some lake trout were caught a few miles north of Pequaming. A couple lake trout were caught in the bay. There is a lot of slush near Sand Point and to the south.

Menominee: The U.S. Coast Guard will be conducting ice breaking operations in Green Bay between the Marinette/ Menominee harbor breakwall and the Rock Island Passage to allow access to commercial vessels coming into the harbor. These operations will likely occur on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of March and will continue throughout the remainder of the 2014 shipping season. Anglers should remove ice shanties and equipment from the area and all recreational users on the ice should stay clear of the shipping channels.

Menominee River: At the Hattie Street Dam, anglers are trout fishing in the open water on the Michigan side. Rainbow trout and brown trout were caught by those drifting spawn, flies and yarn near the rocks or casting off the Catwalk.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions remain the same. If you have an extension for your auger you might want to bring it. Perch anglers had mixed results. A majority of fish were caught from the Second Reef in Kipling to just south of the “Narrows”. Deep water 30 to 40 feet is best for jumbo perch. Those fishing in 10 feet of water on the east side of Butler Island caught lots of small fish. Whitefish were caught in 35 to 40 feet off Gladstone however the better catches were off Sand Point in 75 to 85 feet.

Munising: Angler numbers and catch rates were down. The thick ice is almost impossible for those without a power auger. A couple salmon were caught between Sand Point and the Anna River. Try jigging spoons 20 to 30 feet down. Some say the bigger whitefish were moving towards shallow water. Anglers will want to try bouncing eggs off the bottom. Splake action was slow. Try minnows off Sand Point and the City Pier for bigger fish. Anglers are marking smelt but catch rates were poor. Catch rates for burbot have increased. Herring were caught near the river mouths. In Trout Bay, catch rates were spotty.

Munuscong: Some perch were caught near Grassy Island and west of Dan’s Resort.

Cedarville and Hessel: The perch harvest has been slow. It looks like catch rates will not pick up until spring not only arrives, but stays.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Perch are still being caught in the Metro Park Marina. The launch is now open and boats are heading out. Be sure to watch for ice coming down the river. Perch and walleye were caught near the Banana Dike.

River Raisin: Was not fishable. Ice jams down near the mouth were causing water levels to rise over the banks.

Huron River: Water levels were up some. Anglers fishing near Labo Park are catching steelhead.

Lake St. Clair: Still has a lot of ice however the lake is beginning to open up especially where there is a current. Be careful near the river mouths, creeks and ditches where warm water enters the lake. Pressure cracks are also starting to thaw so there is a possibility of the ice shifting. Anglers will need to use caution so they don’t find themselves taking a ride on a sheet of ice.

Clinton River: The cut-off channel (Macomb County) from the spillway weir to the Harper Road Bridge is under new fishing regulations beginning April 1, 2014. Please note the printed version of the guide on page 36 did not specify “from the spillway weir to the Harper Road Bridge” as it should have. The online version will be updated with the change soon.

Saginaw Bay: Ice angling continues with lots of people out fishing. Cold nights continue to sustain the ice but driving trucks out there is not a good idea. The snow cover is gone, so bring your cleats. Rivers have yet to open up so steelhead and sucker fishing are pretty much on hold. On the west side, only a couple walleye were caught because of dirty water. The occasional perch and walleye were taken in 6 to 8 feet off Townline Road and Newman Road. Those fishing off the Bay City State Park caught walleye in 15 to 17 feet. Fish were also taken in 9 feet off Parish Road, 14 feet off Killarney Beach, and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park near the mouth of the Saginaw River. Most are heading out about 6pm and fish until after dark. On the East side, fish were caught in 14 feet off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay Marina. At Sebewaing and Caseville, the water is getting dirty and the river ice is getting bad as runoff starts to erode it.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice on the inland lakes was holding but the problem may be getting on the lake as the shoreline ice becomes soft. Watch for honeycomb ice which can be very weak.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing has been good below the Berrien Springs Dam. Water levels continue to rise which makes wading difficult. Many are floating wax worms and wigglers but some did well with spinners.

Kalamazoo River: Catch rates for steelhead were good below the Allegan Dam. Those wading will want to keep a close eye on water levels.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Anglers are catching steelhead below the Sixth Street Dam.

Grand River at Lansing: No word on steelhead however rain and warmer temperatures should start to push some fish up this way.

Looking Glass River: Water levels are up.

Maple River: At Maple Rapids has high water levels.

Muskegon River: Has good steelhead fishing. Anglers are concentrating on the deeper holes until the weather warms up.

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The Christal Frost Show

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

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It’s only days before April and the lakes are still making ice. Depending on where you are expect 30 to 36″ of ice on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Extensions on power augers are helpful if you could find one. Most area lakes have the same conditions.

Even the fish are tired of this long and extremely cold winter. Those caught say they wouldn,t mind the sound of Bass Boats roaring across the lakes or even a Jet Boat or two.

A few dot the lakes searching for panfish, a very few. All the permanent shanties are gone as of the 15th. With rare exception catches have been mediocre.

We look forward to warmer weather when the melting starts rushing down the holes. Normally this is some of the best fishing and catching of the year. Limits of crappies may be found just under the ice.

Soon the weather will change. Keep your ice rods handy.

MANISTEE RIVER

Cold as it is, many prefer standing in the Manistee River, instead of on the ice. Check your waders because the steelhead are there. The parking lot at Tippy Dam is starting to fill. The “River Rats” are bragging. Went 2 for 6, 3 for 8 and so on. The steelheadhead are eating it all: waxworms, spawn, wobble glos and minnows.

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The new 2014 Licenses are available.
Your 2013 Fishing/ORV Licenses are valid through March 31, 2014.
Stop the rumors.
A base license is not required when you purchase a fishing license.
A resident All-Spicies Annual is $26.00 and $11.00 for Seniors.

The Tired of Ice Fishing -Fishing Report

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There are very few people ice fishing as the long winter has people looking for soft water and gentle waves kissing the side of their boat. Fish are starting to bite again as water starts to go back down the holes to produce much need oxygen in many lakes.

It may be hard to believe but anglers are actually getting tired of ice fishing! Many have put the ice fishing gear away and are now getting the spring and summer gear ready to go. The 2013-2014 ice fishing season may be one for the record books.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye season is open year round. Fish were caught at several locations like White’s Beach, the Black Hole in 20 feet, Linwood in 17 feet, the first pressure crack off the Bay City State Park, five to six miles north of Callahan Road, or the Slot off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay Marina. Fish were also caught off the north end of Spoils Island however anglers need to use caution around the south end because snowmobiles have gone through the ice near the sand bar. Some perch were caught off Killarney Beach but Vanderbilt Park was slow. Bluegills and some nice crappie 9 to 12 inches were caught in the marina at Sebewaing. At Mud Creek, anglers are seeing a lot of nice perch but they would not bite. The smaller ones were hitting on a regular basis. We look forward to reporting on the steelhead and sucker runs but with all the ice, it’s going to be awhile.

Grand Traverse Bay- ice fishing is still good for lake trout and whitefish.
perch have been spotty but when you find them the are beauties. Menominee’s have been biting off of Lee’s Point. Burbot at re biting and coming to rocky places to spawn like Stoney Point. The East Bay continues to produce some lake trout and large burbot. Most are fishing in 120 to 150 feet off Deep Water Point and Yuba. Try jigs that glow. Lake trout have been caught in West Bay as well. Try 135 to 180 feet with sand kickers and pimples with or without a minnow. Perch anglers could not get the fish to bite. Warmer temperatures are starting to produce some pressure cracks so anglers need to be careful.

Little Bay De Noc: The last week of walleye season was one that anglers have not seen in years. Many were not able to reach the water without an extension on their auger because of the ice thickness. Anglers caught jumbo perch along the “Narrows” in 40 to 50 feet and off Vagabond Resort in 24 to 30 feet when using minnows or wigglers. Those fishing Butler Island reported a lot of small fish along with a few keepers. The next several weeks should bring some very good perch fishing opportunities if it warms up.

Munuscong: Anglers caught perch off Grassy Island. Catch rates should pick up soon off Dan’s Resort and near Grassy Island.

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
Oh No! Pike and Walleye seasons are now closed in all Lower Peninsula Inland Waters. The spring season starts the last Saturday in April. Will our lakes be open? Currently there’s close to 3 feet of ice and below 0 temperatures linger on. Many Anglers beat the deadline and iced their share of Pike and Walleye.

Put away your tip-ups, but keep your light rods handy. Some of the better panfish catches always come with last ice. Near limits and often limits of crappie, gills, and perch are coming from both Cadillac and Mitchell. The predominate numbers are crappie, but expect mixed bags. Towards evening they suspend top to bottom. You may find them just under the ice.

Reports on Manistee Lake from Don’s Sport Shop the perch are biting as a nice school moved in the last few days and lots of nice size ones. Hali jigs tipped with minnows are working best.

Portage Lake has been slow according to Osborn’s Sport Shop, Dan went out tuesday and caught 20 but only two were over 9 inches.

Ludington’s Pm Lake has been slow this week for perch.

Pentwater Angler report a new bunch of perch moved in this week and they have been nice size but very few fishing and they still have 2 feet of ice.

Hesperia report slow fishing this week

Baldwin reports no ice fishing but river fishing has picked up the last few days,

Tippy Dam has been fair but no fresh fish so far this week, reports some are in the lower part when you can find open water.

Crystal Lae is slow for perch but smelt have been good at night off of Lobb Rd.

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing is still going on the inland lakes. At this rate, anglers could be ice fishing well into April. Warmer weather should help with the panfish bite.

Lake Charlevoix: Was producing fair catches of perch.

Torch Lake: Was producing decent catches of whitefish and trout.

Traverse City: The East Bay continues to produce some lake trout and large burbot. Most are fishing in 120 to 150 feet off Deep Water Point and Yuba. Try jigs that glow. Lake trout have been caught in West Bay as well. Try 135 to 180 feet with sand kickers and pimples with or without a minnow. Perch anglers could not get the fish to bite. Warmer temperatures are starting to produce some pressure cracks so anglers need to be careful.

Green Lake: Still had ice. Those fishing at night have caught smelt.

Lake Cadillac: Those still heading out are now targeting panfish. Crappie could be found just off the bottom or just under the ice. Try minnows, wigglers or wax worms.

Lake Mitchell: Still has a few anglers heading out for bluegill and crappie.

Manistee River: Has some steelhead but the spring run has not yet started. Ice still covers some large areas of the river.

Pere Marquette River: Also has steelhead and more anglers out targeting them. Large sections of the river still had ice.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Is producing a few perch.

Au Sable River: Steelhead fishing was good however the access sites including the ramps, steps and walkways were icy. Anglers need to use caution in these areas. Boats being retrieved are dripping water on the extremely cold surfaces which adds more ice each time.

Higgins Lake: Still has ice but fewer anglers heading out. Some are still targeting lake trout. Perch fishing was very slow and there has been no word on smelt.

Houghton Lake: Still has a few anglers going out for bluegills however few fish were caught. There is no longer any snow on the lake which means those heading out will want to bring cleats for traction.

Tawas: Fishing in the bay was slow. A few small perch were caught inside the harbor. Pike spearing is closed but hook and line fishing is still open on the Great Lakes. Walleye anglers were mainly fishing at dusk.

Au Gres: Had a lot of anglers walleye fishing off Palmer Road. Most were fishing in 7 to 10 and some limit catches were reported. Some perch ranging 6 to 8 inches were also caught but anglers were sorting through the small ones. We have reports of a truck going through the ice at Palmer Road so anglers need to use caution.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: The Lower Harbor had no anglers but the ice remains solid. Strong winds in the Upper Harbor are shifting the ice while cold temperatures were making new ice. Only a few anglers were out but no fish were caught.

Carp River: Winds have shifted some of the ice and other areas froze over because of temperatures below zero. Some of the river is open slightly between the bridge and the discharge area below the bridge at Highway-41. A few anglers have tried fishing here but had no success.

Au Train: Had only a handful of anglers fishing and they had no success. Some areas took the entire length of the auger to get through the ice and slush. The mouth of the Rock River and the Au Train River were still iced in.

Munising: Had more anglers out fishing but catch rates remain slow. Solid ice remains but fresh snow may make travel difficult. For whitefish, try bouncing eggs off the bottom in 60 to 70 feet. Some reported a fairly steady bite between 6 and 8pm. The fish ranged 8 to 13 inches. Splake were caught however many were small. For bigger fish, try off the City Pier or Sand Point. Coho anglers could be found off Sand Point but catch rates slowed. Those fishing near the mouth of the rivers caught herring, menominee and steelhead. Fishing in Trout Bay has declined with only the occasional coho, lake trout or steelhead caught.

Menominee River: Warmer weather followed by extreme cold turned the parking lots, walkways and the river into ice rinks. Some were fishing the open water on the Michigan side for steelhead and brown trout. They are drifting spawn, yarn and flies near the rocks or casting lures off the Cat Walk. Catch rates were slow.

Little Bay De Noc: The last week of walleye season was one that anglers have not seen in years. Many were not able to reach the water without an extension on their auger because of the ice thickness. Anglers caught jumbo perch along the “Narrows” in 40 to 50 feet and off Vagabond Resort in 24 to 30 feet when using minnows or wigglers. Those fishing Butler Island reported a lot of small fish along with a few keepers. The next several weeks should bring some very good perch fishing opportunities if it warms up.

Munuscong: Anglers caught perch off Grassy Island. Catch rates should pick up soon off Dan’s Resort and near Grassy Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch anglers are taking fish off the west end of Musky Bay and towards Duck Bay in 7 to 10 feet. Fish were also caught from the east end of Hessel Bay and Government Bay.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Brest Bay is still giving up a few walleye. Perch and bluegills were caught in the Metro Park Marina. Those fishing the middle lagoon at Sterling State Park caught bluegill and crappie. Some bluegills were on the small side but some of the crappie were 9 to 11 inches.

Detroit River: Had some flow ice coming down. Anglers were still ice fishing for perch in Airport Bay. The canals around Gibraltar were starting to open up.

Lake St. Clair: Still has ice however with rain in the forecast and warmer temperatures this week, the shoreline may start to get soft by the weekend. Perch fishing was on the slow side with mostly smaller fish caught.

Oakland County: Warm weather had the bluegills biting on the inland lakes.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye season is open year round. Fish were caught at several locations like White’s Beach, the Black Hole in 20 feet, Linwood in 17 feet, the first pressure crack off the Bay City State Park, five to six miles north of Callahan Road, or the Slot off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay Marina. Fish were also caught off the north end of Spoils Island however anglers need to use caution around the south end because snowmobiles have gone through the ice near the sand bar. Some perch were caught off Killarney Beach but Vanderbilt Park was slow. Bluegills and some nice crappie 9 to 12 inches were caught in the marina at Sebewaing. At Mud Creek, anglers are seeing a lot of nice perch but they would not bite. The smaller ones were hitting on a regular basis. We look forward to reporting on the steelhead and sucker runs but with all the ice, it’s going to be awhile.

Saginaw River: Walleye season is closed and will re-open on Saturday, April 26th.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes still have ice. Most had mixed catch reports. Some limit catches of crappie were reported.

St. Joseph River: Rising water levels will slow the steelhead bite however fish were caught downstream of the Berrien Springs Dam.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead have been caught below the Allegan Dam.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Anglers are still getting some nice steelhead below the Sixth Street Dam.

Ingham County: Fishing has slowed on the area lakes and rivers.

Clinton County: The lakes still have ice but few anglers. Those heading out have caught a couple bluegills here and there.

Jackson County: Some anglers were out but few fish were caught.

Calhoun County: Area lakes have become fairly quiet and some had no anglers at all. Goguac Lake and Duck Lake were producing a few panfish.

Muskegon River: Anglers report good steelhead fishing below Croton Dam. Brown trout have also been caught. Most are fly fishing.

Perch Starting to Bite

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Reports on Manistee Lake from Don’s Sport Shop the perch are biting as a nice school moved in the last few days and lots of nice size ones. Hali jigs tipped with minnows are working best.

Portage Lake has been slow according to Osborn’s Sport Shop, Dan went out tuesday and caught 20 but only two were over 9 inches.

Ludington’s Pm Lake has been slow this week for perch.

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Pentwater Angler report a new bunch of perch moved in this week and they have been nice size but very few fishing and they still have 2 feet of ice.

Heperia report slow fishing this week

Baldwin reports no ice fishing but river fishing has picked up the last few days,

Tippy Dam has been fair but no fresh fish so far this week, reports some are in the lower part when you can find open water.

Crystal Lae is slow for perch but smelt have been good at night off of Lobb Rd.

Herbert and Rob with a double on bright fish this time! First two casts for them today!

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Some more Action From Last Week

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DANA SKYTTA Won first prize with his 10.03 Pound pike

Dewey From Don’s Sporting Goods Manistee Thanks everybody that signed up we really want too thank everybody for their support

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PHIL FORTIN with two nice pike

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NATHEN KEELER With a huge northern he caught on mannistee lake 16.50 Pounds and 41 Inch nice job

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JOHN SKOCELAS and his 8.15 Pound pike

The boys from Chrome Chaser’s with some nice fish

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Oh No! Pike and Walleye seasons are now closed in all Lower Peninsula Inland Waters. The spring season starts the last Saturday in April. Will our lakes be open? Currently there’s close to 3 feet of ice and below 0 temperatures linger on. Many Anglers beat the deadline and iced their share of Pike and Walleye.

Put away your tip-ups, but keep your light rods handy. Some of the better panfish catches always come with last ice. Near limits and often limits of crappie, gills, and perch are coming from both Cadillac and Mitchell. The predominate numbers are crappie, but expect mixed bags. Towards evening they suspend top to bottom. You may find them just under the ice.

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10 yr old Chelsea Weaver was happy to pose with
the 26″ Pike she caught. Great trip with dad.

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On the last day of Pike season Rodney Sanders II
shows off the 28″ Pike he caught fishing on Lake Cadillac.

SMELT

There’s strong interest in smelt, on Green Lake- Crystal Lake However the smelt cities of permanent shanties are disappearing. Permanent shanties have to be removed by Midnight, March 15th. Portables are taking over. Catches are still at night. Day light catches have been hit or miss.

Decent numbers of smelt are coming from Green Lake. Crystal lately has been slow. No reports from Higgins.

MANISTEE RIVER

Steelhead have started. Time to break out your long rods, spool fresh line. The most poular bait seems to be waxworms on jigs. Some are bobber fishing with beads.

Don’t miss “Conversations & Coffee” Wednesday March 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center Located at 6087 E M-115.

Meet the DNR Managers and Biologists to discuss local issues and management activities.

This Public forum is especially important if you fish the Rivers, The Manistee, Betsie, Big Sauble or Bear Creek. Attendees will discuss a potential change to the lawful use of treble hooks. A proposed regulation change is an attempt to curtail illegal snagging.