Fishing is Slow

Fishing is Slow from Most Reports this week, Fishing reports have been hard to come by as snow, blowing snow and bitterly cold temperatures are not making it easy for anglers to get out. Those with ice shanties placed upon waters in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula are reminded that all shanties must be removed from the ice by midnight on March 1st.

Tom Wellman with a 45 inch Muskie speared out of Lake Margrethe
Tom Wellman with a 45 inch Muskie speared out of Lake Margrethe

Very few places reporting any fishing activity as most reports are no fisherman with the cold weather. Also the cold weather has made fish dormant, fish bite saturday with the warmer weather but have shut down this week, some say a perch bite out at Northport but cannot confirm as they are very tight lipped out there. Lake trout on west grand traverse bay has been fair but most are waiting for the warmer weather. Some places on the bay shelf ice blew in then froze and the ice is so thick you cannot get a 4 foot power auger though, also some reports of walleye bite on Burt Lake

Houghton Lake has been fair for pike, walleye, perch, crappie, and gills fisherman are saying the walleye have started back up saurday, so have fun this weekend. Call Angelo’s Party @ 989-202-4422, Dave@ four season Party 989-422-5230 Korbinski’s Sport Shop 989-366-9500 Lymans@ 989-422-3231 wright time shanty rentals @ 989-202-4531 H7H Fireworks call Lisa @ 989-366-0126

The is from yesterday Arch rivals Clare and Dave buried the hatchet tonight and used the same fishing spot on Houghton Lake. They each brought in 2 keepers. Clare won the biggest fish contest tonight with a 20-incher, which dwarfed Dave’s walleye fry.
Both were using Do Jiggers with chrome.

Arch rivals Clare and Dave buried the hatchet tonight and used the same fishing spot
Arch rivals Clare and Dave buried the hatchet tonight and used the same fishing spot

Houghton Lake Shanty Rentals

Angelo’s Party Store has his shanties out call Lou @ 989-202-4422

Dave from Four Season Party Store has shanties for rent and the perch and walleye have been biting around his shanties call Dave@ 989-422-5230 fish were biting around his shanty today . Guys are catching the big perch trying to catch walleye

Lyman’s on the lake has all their shanties out call 989-422-3231 to make a reservation

Wright Time Ice Shanties has shanties for rent for tip-up town. Call Jay@ 989-202-4531

Chris with a dandy out of Higgins with Bob Stockton guide service on a smelt do not know if it was live or frozen smelt

Chris with a dandy out of Higgy!
Chris with a dandy out of Higgy!

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Traverse City: The East Bay has a large pressure crack that parallels Old Mission Peninsula. Those heading out have caught a few whitefish.

Green Lake: Is producing smelt after dark.

Crystal Lake: In Benzie County is also producing some smelt off of Lobb Rd..

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had decent pike fishing along with some panfish.

Manistee River: The water is cold and clear. Those using spawn, jigs and flies are still catching fish as the river continues to hold a good number of steelhead.

Ludington: (Attention Anglers) Commercial vessel traffic will utilize the port February 26 through March 5th. A tug boat will take the barge the Spartan II from Lake Michigan to the Port of Ludington utilizing the docks near the S.S. Badger. All ice anglers should remove their shanties and other equipment from these areas. Snowmobilers, ATV operators and other users of the ice should avoid the area.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some nice steelhead and brown trout. As the days grow longer the fish tend to bite during the warmest part of the day. Try small jigs with flies or spawn.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fletchers Pond: Pike anglers are still taking fish on tip-ups. Panfish are hitting on minnows, wax worms and spikes.

Higgins Lake: Has little snow but there are some drifts that anglers will need to watch out for. Travel was good for snowmobiles and ATV’s. Even with the cold weather, a few perch were caught off the North State Park, B & B Marina and near Treasure Island and Sunken Island. Try 40 to 60 feet with minnows, wax worms or wigglers. Lake trout were hitting in 80 to 110 feet. Try blues, goldens or small suckers just off the bottom. Some nice rainbow trout up to 28 inches were caught in shallow waters near Big Creek.

Houghton Lake: While catch rates have not been steady, anglers are still getting a few walleye, pike and panfish. Bluegills were caught in 10 to 12 feet out near the Middle Grounds.

Tawas: Fishing was generally slow with only a few small perch taken in 18 feet and a couple walleye found in 22 feet.

Au Gres: Some were fishing the river and the end of the breakwall, but not really catching anything. Those fishing off Palmer Road were getting some walleyes and a few bigger perch in waters 10 to 22 feet deep.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers should use caution when driving out on the bay. There are fields of pack ice which are sharp and sticking up and could damage ones ORV or ATV. Those lake trout fishing off Jentofts Dock, Whirl-I-Gig, Old Mission and Pequaming have picked up a few fish but overall catch rates were slow. Smelt fishing is still good around the bay.

Sturgeon Bay: Anglers need to be aware of ice breaking activities February 23rd through the 26th. The vessel will enter the Ship Canal from Lake Michigan on its way to Bay Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Recreational users of the ice should avoid the immediate area and use extra caution near it.

Menominee River: Ice anglers have been targeting walleye near the Hattie Street Dam. Early morning or late evening is usually best.

Little Bay De Noc: Still has ice fishing and travel conditions were good although some drifting has occurred. The cold weather has lowered angler participation and catch rates for all species. The best walleye catches were in Gladstone Bay when jigging rapalas with or without minnows in 28 to 35 feet very early morning or after dark. Those fishing around Portage Point caught fish however this area is considered DANGEROUS so anglers must use extreme caution at all times. Very few perch were kept as many were too small. The Center Reef and the Second Reef produced most of the catches when using wigglers or minnows in 8 to 24 feet. Several whitefish were caught on minnows in 30 to 35 feet in Gladstone Bay. The best whitefish action was off Sand Point near Escanaba when using a minnow or spawn in 80 to 90 feet. This cold February has started to take a toll on anglers. Many are no longer participating and several have removed their ice shanties.

Munising: Has good ice however deep snow cover and pockets of slush make walking difficult. Few anglers have been out. Reports indicate generally poor catch rates. Many are fishing in 40 to 70 feet and most of the splake were sub-legal with only a few ranging 16 to 20 inches. Try jigging lures, eggs and minnows. Whitefish reports continue to slow with anglers keeping very few fish in the 10 to 13 inch range after several hours of fishing. Try a single egg or wax worm on the bottom. Anglers reported marking schools of smelt within the bay. Those in the spearing shacks had poor to fair results for herring. Trout Bay has ice but fishing was limited by poor weather. Anglers caught a mix of coho, lake trout, herring and burbot.

St. Mary’s River: Fishing in Munuscong Bay remains very slow; however those fishing the northwest end of the bay near Grassy Island may see some perch and walleye

Cedarville and Hessel: With the extreme cold weather, fishing has been slow for perch and pike. There is a lot of snow on the ice making travel difficult. A limited number of perch were caught in 22 feet in Government Bay.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: The Metro Park Marina was spotty for perch. Those fishing Brest Bay for walleye had slow to fair catch rates. Anglers need to use caution out past Stony Point. The wind blew the ice out a couple weeks ago and it has just started to refreeze. Do not go east beyond the Point. Walleye anglers are still targeting Ohio waters.

Detroit River: Had slower perch fishing in Airport Bay however a couple anglers did manage to catch a few nice ones.

Lake St. Clair: Bitter cold and drifting snow has cut fishing activity. Snowmobiles had no trouble getting around, but quads have gotten stuck on occasion. Those walking and pulling shanties have found travel easiest by sticking to trails broken by snowmobiles. Fishing was slow overall but an occasional good catch of perch has been reported. The area near Metro Beach, Geno’s, and Crocker Road seems to be better than the northern areas of the lake. Anglers are reminded that Saturday February 28th is the last day of perch spearing. Northern pike spearing is open through March 15th.

St. Clair River: Those fishing along the wall in Port Huron are still catching the occasional coho, steelhead or brown trout although flow ice is a problem some days. Large shiners have worked best.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye and perch were caught off White’s Beach. The walleye anglers were going about 5 miles out while the perch anglers were heading north towards Palmer Road. Some perch were caught in 6 to 8 feet off Newman Road and Townline Road. They had to do a lot of sorting but a few keepers were mixed in. Anglers were heading out about 5 miles off Erickson Road and fishing in 18 to 20 feet. The hot ticket was a Wonderbread spoon tipped with a minnow head. At Linwood, they were heading out 3 to 4 miles and fishing in 18 feet however watch out for the first pressure crack which is very active and about 4 feet wide. Walleye were caught in the evening about 4 miles off the Bay City State Park, in 14 feet northeast of Spoils Island, and 6 to 7 miles north of Finn Road. Vanderbilt Park is still the best spot for perch with some fish measuring up to 14 inches. A few even reported limit or near limit catches. For the best success, fish early to mid-week and get out there very early in the morning. Those fishing out of Sunset Bay and off Thomas Road are going all the way out to Buoys 1 & 2 which is 12 miles out and there are all kinds of pressure cracks out there. Fishing pressure from Sebewaing to Caseville was slow. A few walleye anglers were fishing the Slot from Fish Point up to the islands. For those wanting to fish close to shore, some lake trout were caught near the pier at Caseville.

Saginaw River: Has been slow from one end to the other. A few nice perch were caught near the Cement Plant in Essexville in the evening. Walleye anglers were fishing off Wickes Park but catch rates were slow.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fishing continues to be slow when the temperature drops. Warmer weather by the weekend should help increase the bite for bluegills, crappie and perch. Stick with the small tackle and deeper water until temperatures rebound.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead anglers braving the cold have found fish holding in the deeper holes.

Kalamazoo River: Boat anglers have caught a couple steelhead below the Allegan Dam. Try small flies or crank baits. Boat launches will be icy.

Gull Lake: Anglers found a few perch along the southeast end near Island Park. Try 20 to 30 feet with minnows or wigglers. Those targeting smelt were still taking fish in 50 to 70 feet after dark.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing steelhead. Try a jig with small flies and spawn or very small spoons.

Muskegon Lake: Anglers have caught bluegill, crappie, walleye and a few perch. Be sure to watch for pressure cracks and stay clear of the shipping channel.

Muskegon River: Water temperatures were at or near the 32 degree mark. Catch rates for steelhead and brown trout will be hit-or-miss. The better bite will be during the warmest part of the day.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015

Andrew Brands holds the 30" pike he caught on Lake Mitchell.
Andrew Brands holds the 30″ pike he caught on Lake Mitchell.

Those of us with frozen pipes and drains are happy this weekend has passed.
Ice Anglers are a hardy bunch wearing the right clothes, fishing from shanties with heaters, but this weekend was a test. Even we were surprised at the numbers who fished Friday Morning with temperature -30 degrees. That -30° true temperature not counting wind chills.

All out there deserved fish for their efforts. Unfortunately the fishing and catching didn’t come together for most. In most cases those staying home caught as many as those on the lakes.

Even with more fresh snow keeping every thing clean and white, the fridget temperatures we’re on the backside of Winter. Soon we’ll see the grass again.

Catching isn’t as easy as the first part of the season. The fish still eat, but are more cautious. Maybe they’ve become smarter.

The most successful anglers use electronics and underwater cameras. They auger many holes to locate fish—then fish. Too many others cut holes, set their shanties and wait for the fish. Who catches more. In fairness, negative temperatures and wind make it difficult to keep moving.

Horrible Weather equals Horrible Fishing

Horrible Weather equals Horrible Fishing

Blizzard Ice Fishing
Blizzard Ice Fishing

Fishing has been a bust with the artic temperatures and it looks like we’re facing another week of the same kind of weather. Very few anglers have been out so updates for this week are limited. A warm-up on Saturday may be the best chance to get out and fish.

The fishing has been terrible from most accounts I went by the west access site on Higgins lake and there was not a car in the parking lot today so people are waiting for warmer weather before they head out.

Both Grand Traverse Bays are froze and reports of whitefish, lake trout, and a few perch are being caught.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Traverse City: The East Bay had a few portable shanties out. The West Bay had ice but there is still open water as well. Anglers need to use caution as they venture out. Anglers caught a few whitefish and burbot.

Green Lake: Those targeting smelt were out after dark. Pike were caught on tip-ups when the weather allowed. The bluegill and perch bite were slow.

Portage Lake: Was still giving up some yellow perch when anglers can find a school of fish. Pike were active and hitting on sucker minnows.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Did produce some perch and crappie for those braving the cold. Try very small flies or very small jigs with wax worms or spikes.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers caught crappie and bluegill and some were lucky enough to take a northern pike 30 inches or more. Walleye fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Those braving the cold and putting in the time have caught steelhead. The water is cold so use a slow presentation in the deeper holes. Fishing should be good by the weekend.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Had fewer anglers than usual for this time of year. Those braving the cold usually target walleye along the south end or in Maple Bay.

Otsego Lake: Anglers reported occasional catches of pike and walleye.

East Twin Lake: In Montmorency County was producing sub-legal walleye.

Fletchers Pond: Was giving up some pike and a fair number of bluegill, crappie and yellow perch.

Higgins Lake: Was still producing some rainbow trout in shallow waters near Big Creek and the Conference Center. Wigglers work best. Some managed to find a few perch around the Main Island and the Sunken Island when using wax worms, wigglers or minnows. Lake trout can be found in 80 to 90 feet when using blues or golden shiners. Pike anglers are using suckers.

Houghton Lake: Is iced over however anglers on the south east end should stay away from Denton Creek because there is always open water in that area. Anglers are getting bluegills in 10 to 12 feet. Walleye anglers are getting some keepers when using Do-Jiggers along the north shore.

Lake St. Helen: Was still producing some pike but everything else was slow. Few anglers have been out because of the weather. Not much snow on the ice however the ice is a bit bumpy at this time.

Tawas: Fishing was between slow and non-existent due to weather conditions. A few walleye and small perch were caught in 22 feet off Jerry’s Marina.

Au Gres: Anglers were not able to head out from Booth Road because of problems with snow drifts. Access is still possible off Santiago Road where a few walleye were caught in 20 feet. A few walleye and a couple nice perch were taken off Palmer Road in 10 feet. Rumor has it some nice catches of perch were taken off White’s Beach.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Catch rates were slow but those targeting smelt did good when fishing at night between Baraga and Bucks Marina. Those fishing out from the Falls River, Perch Corner in L’Anse and off Sand Point picked up a few lake herring, coho, splake and the occasional brown trout. The Whitefish Hole east of the Baraga Marina was slow over the last week. A few lake trout were taken out from Jentoft’s Dock, the Whirl-L-Gig, Old Mission and off Pequaming.

Menominee River: Walleye anglers fishing near the Hattie Street Dam had success when jigging rapalas or small spoons tipped with a minnow head in the very early morning or late evening.

Little Bay De Noc: Had low angler participation with the cold weather. Snowfall and drifting made travel a bit more difficult in some areas. Walleye anglers reported fair catches at best with no one area better than another. Most were jigging rapalas with minnows in 23 to 35 feet. Perch anglers had similar results when using minnows or wigglers in 10 to 30 feet. Several jumbo perch were reported near the ship docks in Escanaba when using minnows in and around 30 feet. Whitefish anglers reported fair catches with minnows or spawn in 80 to 90 feet off Sand Point.

St. Mary’s River: Had no change from last week. Those fishing Munuscong Bay reported slow catch rates for walleye and perch.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing Musky Bay are catching perch and undersized pike in 10 to 13 feet. Little Joe Island was producing some nice fish in 4 to 6 feet. Hessel Bay is seeing the most action for perch and catch rates just keep improving. Try 10 to 12 feet with wigglers, wax worms or minnows.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Only a few perch were caught in the Metro Park Marina. Walleye anglers have done well in Ohio waters. Many are heading out from Crane Creek and fishing out near West Sister Island. Those staying in Michigan waters have caught fish in Brest Bay but the action was still hit-or-miss. Anglers need to pay close attention to wind direction because a west wind can break the ice up quickly.

Detroit River: Had very few anglers except for the few that were perch fishing in Airport Bay.

Washtenaw County: Whitmore Lake was producing small perch and a few pike. Anglers on Ford Lake are catching panfish and white bass. Lake Independence was giving up some pike and bluegills.

Lake St. Clair: Severe cold and drifted snow has hampered fishing activity. Perch fishing was slow but some were caught off the Fair Haven access site. The crappie bite was good with fish ranging 11 to 14 inches.

St. Clair River: Continues to produce some trout and salmon when conditions allow for shore fishing.

Saginaw Bay: Before the storm and artic temperatures, some nice catches of big perch were taken very early in the morning off Vanderbilt Park in 6 to 8 feet. Some fish measured 12 to 14 inches. Walleye were taken north of Spoils Island. A lot more pressure cracks developed along the west side especially from Pinconning south to Erickson Road so be careful out there! Some anglers are still heading out 7 to 8 miles but fishing has just not been that good. Perch anglers from the Sebewaing area were going down to Quanicassee to fish Vanderbilt Park. At Mud Creek, fishing pressure was light and perch catches were averaging 6 to 8 fish per angler if they kept any. Pike spearing on the east side of the bay is really slow this winter. A few lake trout were caught in the Caseville area.

Saginaw River: Fishing on the river was uniformly slow from the mouth all the way through Saginaw. Those using underwater cameras off Wickes Park in Saginaw could see walleye however they either ignored the bait or followed it briefly then swam away. While the fish are in no mood to bite, try this weekend as the warmer weather may entice them.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fishing has slowed including the bluegill, crappie and yellow perch bite. Anglers fishing deeper water with small and light tackle are doing best.

The Grand, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph River have a lot of shelf ice making it more difficult for those targeting steelhead from a boat.

Gull Lake: Was giving up some smelt for those fishing at night. Bluegills were slow but a few were caught. Pike were taken on tip-ups or when spearing.

Lake Lansing: Had some crappie starting to hit once again. Best time to fish is very early morning or late afternoon until about 10pm.

Morrison Lake: Has bluegill and crappie however getting them to bite has not been easy. Anything big and bright seems to spook the fish so try suspending very small ice flies.

Jordan Lake: In Barry County was producing bluegill, crappie and even some perch.

Muskegon River: Access sites will be a challenge under current conditions and steelhead fishing will not be easy with the cold water temperatures.

4th Annual Cadillac CASH BASH Ice Fishing Tournament

4th Annual Cadillac CASH BASH Ice Fishing Tournament

Jeff-Podbilski

Hosted by:
Out The Door Rent To Own
Double J Lawncare, Snowplowing, & Irrigation
Orrin A. Sprague Agency, Inc.
Saturday, February 28th
Kenwood Beach Pavillion
Rules Meeting @ 8:30 am
Shotgun Start Immediatly After
Must be signed up, and present!
$20 Entry Fee
100% Pay Back, Lunch & Door Prizes!!!!
$500 Guaranteed 1st Prize!
All Prizes handed out after tournament @ Kenwood!
2 Species Tournament- They will be announced at rules meeting
No One Knows Till Then!!!
Rules:
1.Must be present @ Rules Meeting & Shotgun Start.
2. NO Holes are to be drilled before Start of Tournament.
3. No Spearing!
4. Catch & Release Tournament (all fish turned in alive!)
5. Must Fish within State Regulations
6. Tournament End Time TBD @ Rules Meeting!
7. Lake Cadillac & Lake Mitchell ONLY!
8. Tiebreakers- Determined by Time 1st Fish is measured!

Register @ Out The Door Rent to Own
Contact info: Josh Johnson 231-878-4264 or
Kevin Baker 231-878-0002

Northaire Resort 5th Annual Ice Fishing Event

5th Annual Ice Fishing Event

Fishing contest feb 21 2015
Fishing contest feb 21 2015

Ice Fishing Event Rules

Event Rules

1. The tournament is scheduled for February 21st, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. on Clam Lake in front of Northaire Resort 7067 Crystal Springs Rd. Bellaire, MI. Contestants are discouraged inside fishing area prior to 10:00 a.m.

2. Will be Held if Snowing. Official cancellation notices will be posted at http://www.northaireresort.com/

3. The top 7 place prizes are determined by largest weight and time registered. In the event of a tie, the first fish registered takes priority. Any size fish may place in the Top 7. Any open species of fish may be registered, the prizes place are determned by weight.

4. Each person will be allowed to fish one hole per ticket, two holes maximum. You may register as many fish as you want, but only the heaviest fish per contestant will qualify for a competition prize. No contestant will be eligible for more than one competition prize. There is no age requirement on tournament participation.

5. Contestants may select their hole or holes no earlier than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the tournament. Selection is first come, first serve.

6. All fish entered must be brought to the weigh-in station immediately and be alive. Please bring a bag or bucket, as the tournament is live release. Dead or frozen fish are ineligible. Judges shall have the right to verify that fish were legally caught. The decision of the judge is final. Contestants are responsible for verification of weight of fish at time of weigh in.

7. All fish must be caught and the contestant en route to the weigh-in station by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the contest.

8. Contestants must fish in the area designated for the contest and will be required to have their tickets visible at all times. Ticket checks as well as container inspections will be required.

9. Contestants will be allowed to move to other unoccupied holes in the contest area. You are allowed to bring as many poles as desired, but cannot use more than one pole per hole at a time. Contestants must use holes provided and will not be allowed to leave the contest area between 12:00–3:00 p.m.

10. Entry fee for the tournament is $25.00 for tickets. No refunds will be given for any reason.

11. Contestants are responsible for their own safety, actions, and property at all times. Contestants and holes must be in plain view from all sides at all times. No shelters will be allowed.

12. All laws of the State of Michigan will be abided by.

13. Contest prizes are the responsibility of the winners. Licensing, registration, transportation, taxes, and all incidental or consequential expenses incurred are the responsibility of the winners. Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of notification.

14. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the contest area other than those of contest officials and event personnel. Any contestant bringing a motor vehicle within 100 yards of the contestant perimeter will be disqualified.

15. Contestants are encouraged to park in the areas provided. Watch for signs. Contestants are encouraged to carpool and use the buddy system. There will be parking available at Northaire Resort.

16. All bait fish must be six inches or smaller. Any bait fish over six inches will not be allowed on the ice.

17. Coolers and large containers are discouraged. No spears allowed. Heaters, chairs, and bait pails are allowed. No licenses sold on the lake. Ice chisels are recommended as holes are drilled the day before. The use of augers is not allowed. Weighted lines without hooks or bait can be used to check depth prior to 11:45 a.m. No electronics are allowed. No lines are allowed in the water from 11:45 a.m. to the start of the contest.

18. Anyone pre-fishing 24 hours before the contest must register with contest officials on site.

19. Failure to comply with any contest rules subjects contestants to disqualification and removal from competition site, as determined by contest officials. Right to refuse to sell and/or revoke a competition ticket to anyone is hereby reserved.

20. There will be a leader board located in the contest area. All efforts will be made to keep the board up to date and accurate. Tournament results remain unofficial until verified by the head judge.

21. Family and paid staff of Northaire Resort are ineligible to fish the tournament.

22. All contestants and others hereby consent to the use of any names, photographs or likenesses of themselves to be used in the promotion of our contest, including but not limited to print, radio, television, or any other media.

23. All fish registered have been legally gifted to the officials for release.

24. Northaire Resort would like thank you for supporting our efforts to protect the environment and request that you remove refuse—including cigarette butts—from the ice when you leave. Glass containers are not allowed in contest area and will be confiscated by and forfeited to tournament officials. Waste containers are provided.

25. All contest updates available and valid only from www.northaireresort.com

Brutal Weather Hijacks Free Fishing Weekend

Brutal Weather Hijacks Free Fishing Weekend Most report nobody went out this weekend fishing many contest had nobody show up what a disaster

Fishing on Berry Lake, Chris Grappin iced a 33 1/4
Fishing on Berry Lake, Chris Grappin iced a 33 1/4

Fishing on Berry Lake, Chris Grappin iced a 33 1/4

 Ed Pascoe hold a healthy Mitchell Pike pushing 34"
Ed Pascoe hold a healthy Mitchell Pike pushing 34″

Ed Pascoe hold a healthy Mitchell Pike pushing 34″

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015

Many came to Cadillac to fish, snowmobile or ski on Presidents Weekend. The blistering cold, snow and wind kept most indoors.

Surprisingly decent numbers of crappie and perch caught by those with well anchored, heated ice shanties.

Normally we depend on tip-ups for catching pike and walleyes. Not this weekend. The wind tripped them. The blowing snow covered them and the holes froze shut almost instantly. This was one of the few times tip-ups were not an important weapon.

This was “Free Fishing Weekend.” We were supposed to introduce non-anglers to the sport and fun of ice fishing. Not much happened. The next one June 14th and 15th has a better chance.

The ice fishing seminars at the Carl T Johnson Center on Saturday were worth your time. Those who made it, learned the use of plastics for ice fishing. The owners of Jr’s Jig Tails, several fishing Pro’s and a Rep from Vexilar explained the use of plastics baits, jigs and electronics. The MDNR Out door Academy Pro-Staff is doing a great job.

Fishing Report for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend Deep Freeze

Fishing Report for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend Deep Freeze

Craig and Joe showing us how its done!
Craig and Joe showing us how its done!

It’s here! Michigan’s annual “Winter Free Fishing Weekend” will be held this Saturday February 14th and Sunday February 15th. No fishing license is required however all regulations still apply. This is a great time to introduce someone new to the world of ice fishing. Special events will be held statewide. For a list of registered events, click here: www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52261_50497-343251–,00.html

It looks like we might have our first bad saturday in a while as sub zero temps will be slamming into Michigan this weekend.

Fishing has been slow for most but some have been doing great still.

Crystal Lake off of Lobb Rd. has been fair for smelt but it seems the guys have all kinds of combos with lights and hali jigs or tear drops to catch smelt but I have had a few messes dropped off so I know they are biting

Big Platte Lake has been fair for walleye with some nice fish being caught but no numbers

Torch Lake has been giving up a good whitefish and Alantic Salmon bite the last few days and cold temps will make the ice safe. Many are hoping to get out and catch burbot this weekend on Torch

Skegemog is still producing good perch with guys catching limits yesterday from jacks Sport Shop give them a call @ 231 -258-8892 for the latest on Torch and Skegemog.

Lots of thing going on this weekend but the weather is going to make it tough.

Winterfest on Higgins Lake is this weekend with Rainbow, Lake trout, perch and pike biting. They are calling North -end of Higgins Lake “Little Simcoe Lake” as they have caught so many perch this winter

Higgins Lake has slowed down since sunday. Some jumbo’s are also being caught, but guys are reporting limits with a few jumbo’s most are 6 to 9 inches. Had some snow but the ice was clean further out. Perch fishing was good in 50 to 60 feet with wax worms, wigglers and minnows. Rainbow trout were caught in shallow waters with wigglers. More anglers are targeting lake trout in 80 to 110 feet. South end of Higgins Lake Call Dave @ Sportsbarn 989-821-9511- North-end Call Bill @ Higgins Lake Sport Center 989-821-9517- West Side Higgins Lake Hardware @ 989-821-6677 These are the places with live bait

Report from Bob Stockon Guide Service on Higgins Lake this week (989) 808-2671 for ice conditions and bite info.

My hen from this evening! 21 inches so fat it was over 5lbs!
My hen from this evening! 21 inches so fat it was over 5lbs!

Houghton Lake has been good for pike, walleye, perch, crappie, and gills fisherman are saying the walleye have started back up the last few days, so have fun this weekend. Call Angelo’s Party @ 989-202-4422, Dave@ four season Party 989-422-5230 Korbinski’s Sport Shop 989-366-9500 Lymans@ 989-422-3231 wright time shanty rentals @ 989-202-4531 H7H Fireworks call Lisa @ 989-366-0126

Houghton Lake Shanty Rentals

Angelo’s Party Store has his shanties out call Lou @ 989-202-4422

Dave from Four Season Party Store has shanties for rent and the perch and walleye have been biting around his shanties call Dave@ 989-422-5230 a 13.5 inch perch was caught around his shanty as walleye are biting but lots of under size ones. Guys are catching the big perch trying to catch walleye

Lyman’s on the lake has all their shanties out call 989-422-3231 to make a reservation

Wright Time Ice Shanties has shanties for rent for tip-up town. Call Jay@ 989-202-4531

Lake Missaukee has 12 to 16 inches of ice and most are fishing from Lake City shoreline as Green Rd has 12″ on the east side and the coves are safe. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info and the fish are biting.

Dan’s Resort has been busy with a great bite so far this year Ice anglers on Munuscong Bay reported fair to good perch and walleye fishing on the west end towards Grassy Island. Call Dan’s (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120
Open 24 Hours

Around Traverse City Green Lake is froze and guys have been out with a few smelt biting , Long Lake is safe. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also South Lake Leelanau are safe with Lake Leelanau producing good perch and walleye.

Greg Alsip from Lake Leelanau Narrow’s Resort and Bait Shop reports walleye…fishing has been steady on south lake…lot of walleye being caught, North lake has plenty of ice but the fishing has been terrible…people are still searching for the perch Call Greg @ 231 624 6201 for latest info

Here is a fishing update and ice conditions in the southern part of Leelanau County; from Empire Outdoors

Little Glen = 10″ + Perch are being caught
Big Glen = 8″ Nice Perch have been caught no numbers.
South Bar = 6 – 8″ Pike are being caught daily
North Bar = 6″+ Pike can be caught, if you find the Blue Gill don’t tell anyone (but me)!
School Lake = 6″ + Pike, Pan fish
Bass Lake = 8″ + Pike, and Pan fish
Lime Lake = 8″ + Perch, Pan fish, Trout
Little Traverse Lake = 8″+ Perch, Pan fish, Trout

Wayne (Soni) Aylsworth
Empire Outdoors
11690 S. Lacore St.
231-326-5443

Fife Lake is froze and pike fishing has been fair call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346

Skegemog perch caught by fred fields from coach's charters
Skegemog perch caught by fred fields from coach’s charters

Photo above is perch caught this week from Skegemog and a great perch bite and guys are starting to get back out. Also pike have been on the bite Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 10 to 14 inches of ice and fishing has been good. Call Jack’s Sport Shop@ 231-258-8892 for the latest ice fishing conditions

Hamlin Lake has good ice and guys are catching perch. gills, pike and walleye. Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 Craig at Captain Chucks does a lot of fishing on Hamlin Lake and the ice is good with a good panfish biteCaptain Chuck’s is under new ownership.Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 has a contest on fen 7

Portage Lake they are catching pike, walleye and perch. It has been weird on the lake cause some guys are killing the perch and others cannot get a bite. Most are saying they have to move all the time. Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028 and pike Osborn’s has his big ice fishing contest this weekend

Tyler Knudsen Manistee Lake 37 1/2 14 lbs Don's hooked it up with the bait
Tyler Knudsen Manistee Lake 37 1/2 14 lbs Don’s hooked it up with the bait

Manistee Lake has been good for walleye and Pike call Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028

Otsego Lake has good ice with shanties out also a great perch bite reported with big perch being caught on it Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664

Lake Margrethe is froze with good walleye, perch and pike. they are seeing some huge muskie’s but nobody has speared one yetCall Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Baldwin Area with safe ice. Call Ed’s Sport Shop 231-745-4974 or Baldwin Bait 231-422-5394

Leroy reports good ice with pike and panfish biting Call Craig Eyes Have it @ (231) 768-5653

Mio has ice and Jig’s Up Bait Shop report a few getting out on Mio Pond Call (989) 826-3467

Lewiston Report that west Twin has good ice East Twin and perch and a few walleyes are being caught. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info they have a fishing contest this weekend

Fletcher Floodwater has safe ice and pike, panfish are biting. Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Grand Lake has been great with jumbo perch being caught. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake has ben fair for perch call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121

Mancelona Sports reports the bigger lake are producing fish Mancelona Sports 231-587-9421

Wixom Lake, Sugar Springs, Wiggins Lake Secord Lake and Sanford Lake have ice guys are out again Call Sanford Sport Shop @ 989-687-5161

Burt and Mullet have been good for perch this week and Black Lake fishing has been good .

Pentwater Lake, is froze and guys are getting out this weekend call Pentwater Angler for the latest info 231-869-5357

White Lake has safe ice with a great gil bite on spikes and waxworms. Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake St. Helen: Those using tip-ups are taking a good number of pike and some walleye. Crappie action was best in the evening. Some found bluegills above the weed beds in 4 to 6 feet. A few lucky anglers caught the occasional 12 inch perch however very few were taken. Call Dave at Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Wiggins and Pratt Lakes have been good the last couple days as the ice is safe again. Call Chappel Dam Grocery @ 989-426-7503 for latest info. Also Sugar Spring and Secord Lake have a great pike and crappie bite

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
call for the latest info. 231-775-5412

Lake Cadillac: Has a lot of anglers. The pike action has been good for those using tip-ups or spearing. Travel on the ice is difficult due to snow and deep slush.

Lake Mitchell: Has lots of ice anglers targeting bluegill, crappie and perch when using jigs and wax worms. Catch rates for pike were good with tip-ups.

M&J Hardware reports between Hardy and Croton Dam fishing has been awesome for perch, crappie, and pike call Don @ 231-652-7624 also Don put minnows into his store this week so stop in and say hello

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing is the rule in this area! Conditions are good for the upcoming weekend however a drop in temperatures will slow the bite. Steelhead fishing is possible in the Pere Marquette, Manistee, and Betsie River but few anglers have been out.

Skegemog Lake: Was producing some bluegills. Perch anglers caught fish but there were moving around to locate them.

Lake Leelanau: Those fishing the south lake did catch some bluegills, a few walleye and even some rock bass. The better fishing is usually off the south shoreline.

Green Lake: In Grand Traverse County was still producing light numbers of smelt. For pike, try using tip-ups off the State Park. Some caught bluegill and perch but many were small.

Portage Lake: Near Onekama was producing some yellow perch. Pike were active and hitting on sucker minnows.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Are producing bluegill, perch and a few crappie for those using jigs with wax worms or spikes. Both lakes give up some nice pike for those using tip-ups.

Lake Missaukee: Has bluegill, crappie and perch for panfish anglers. For bluegills, try 10 to 12 feet on the east side of the lake. For walleye and crappie, fish the weed beds in the early morning or late evening. Pike anglers are spearing or using tip-ups.

Hamlin Lake: Anglers are catching bluegills, perch and a few walleye. Those using tip-ups or spearing are taking a few pike.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mullett Lake: Was producing some perch and the occasional walleye. Large lakes can be difficult to fish so anglers may want to try off the State Park.

Burt Lake: Anglers will find walleye and perch. Try 20 to 30 feet in Maple Bay or along the south end of the lake.

Grand Lake: Was producing some nice perch and the occasional walleye.

Higgins Lake: Rainbow trout are still hitting on wigglers in shallow waters off Big Creek. For perch, try minnows, wigglers or wax worms off Flag Point and Gerrish Park which is located on the northeast corner of the lake. For perch around the Main Island try 40 to 60 feet, the Sunken Island 20 to 50 feet or straight out from Big Creek in 40 to 60 feet. Lake trout were taken on tip-ups with blues or golden shiners in 80 to 110 feet. Northern pike were also hitting on tip-ups with sucker minnows along the drop-offs in 30 to 50 feet. No word on whitefish or smelt.

Houghton Lake: Anglers have caught walleye and some nice crappie. Bluegills were starting to hit out deeper in 10 to 12 feet.

Tawas: Some perch were taken in 18 to 20 feet from Tawas Bay. Walleye fishing slowed but a few were taken in 20 to 22 feet. A couple lake trout were also caught.

Au Gres: Most of the fishing activity was off Booth Road or Santiago Road. Anglers caught some walleye right along with the occasional lake trout or whitefish in 10 to 20 feet. Perch fishing was slow off Pine River and Palmer Road but the walleye anglers did well before the arrival of arctic air.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Travel on the Bay was good even after several inches of new snow. Walleye catches were down with anglers reporting fair catches at best between Gladstone Bay and the Terrace Bay Inn when using rapalas with minnows in 25 to 35 feet or around the shipping docks in Escanaba when jigging or using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 28 to 35 feet. Some nice pike were also taken. Anglers were walleye fishing between Aronson Island and Portage Point but this area is considered DANGEROUS! Perch fishing was fair at Kipling with wigglers and minnows in 17 to 24 feet and south near the ship docks in 30 feet. Fewer fish were caught but some did manage to find jumbo perch. Whitefish anglers had fair catches off Sand Point when jigging minnows in 80 to 90 feet. A good number of rock bass were caught by perch anglers near Kipling. Ice conditions overall were good but anyone fishing south of the Escanaba ship docks need to use EXTREME CAUTION when venturing out.

Munising: Had a fair number of anglers fishing the Bay. With 6 to 12 inches of snow on the ice, walking was a little more difficult. Catch rates were between poor and fair with most fishing in 40 to 60 feet. Some legal size splake up to 20 inches were caught. Whitefish reports slowed but anglers were still keeping up to 6 fish ranging 10 to 13 inches. Try a single hook with one egg or wax worm. Bigger whitefish were reported on the west side of the Bay. No reports on coho or smelt. Those in the spearing shacks had fair action for herring in the early morning. Burbot were also caught. Trout Bay had fishable ice and catch rates were fair to good for coho.

St. Mary’s River: Munuscong Bay was very slow for walleye and perch. There are a few pockets and when anglers locate them, harvest rates increased. Try jigs with minnows in 4 to 7 feet. Recent snow caused drifting and numerous vehicles became stuck. If driving on the ice, anglers need to use caution.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers fishing Musky Bay are catching limited perch and undersized pike in 12 to 14 feet. Hessel Bay is seeing the most action for perch, and harvest numbers keep improving! Fish 10 to 12 feet with a white jig with wigglers or wax worms.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers caught walleye in Brest Bay but once the traffic picks up, the fish scatter. Most anglers are heading to Ohio waters where catch rates were good. Those fishing the Metro Park Marina have caught bluegill and perch while Lake Point Marina which is just south of Metro was producing bluegill, perch and the occasional steelhead.

Detroit River: Perch anglers putting in their time have taken some fish in Airport Bay and south of Stony Island. Those fishing the canals around Gibraltar have caught perch but most of the fish were on the small side.

Lake St. Clair: Heavy snow and slushy conditions hampered travel on the ice but colder weather this week should help improve conditions. Fishing success has been spotty. Perch fishing has been slow with mostly small fish caught. Pike spearing has been good in the area near the Spillway which is just south of Metro Beach.

St. Clair River: Is producing the occasional steelhead, brown trout and a couple small salmon for those fishing along the wall at Port Huron. Flow ice continues to affect fishing when winds are out of the north or east.

Saginaw Bay: Still has some pressure cracks around the Bay. Anglers will need to use caution and be sure to watch were they are going; especially in the dark. Walleye were caught off White’s Beach but watch the ice out there. The fish were caught just short of the pressure crack in 8 to 10 feet. Those fishing off Pinconning, Newman Road and Townline Road caught a few perch in the early morning and walleye after dark. Off Erickson Road, a few walleye were taken in the Black Hole but use caution out there. Walleye anglers found fish between 1 and 1 ½ miles off the Bay City State Park. Walleye were hitting off the mouth of the river along the Shipping Channel. Some went north 8 to 10 miles off Finn Road and reported limit catches. Look for perch off Vanderbilt Park and up towards Tietz Drain. Fish very early morning before everyone else gets there. Walleye anglers heading 3 to 4 miles out from Sunset Bay and Thomas Road and fishing the middle of the Slot did well. Nothing at the Hot Ponds and if your ice fishing; stay clear of the channel. Perch fishing at Mud Creek and Geiger Road was spotty but a few nice catches were reported when it warmed up. Most fish were 6 to 8 inches with a few up to 10. Walleye anglers fishing the Slot between Fish Point and the islands were heading out very late in the evening.

Saginaw River: From Wickes Park downstream past the Zilwaukee Bridge was slow and spotty with lots of smaller fish caught for every keeper. Most are using silver and blue or fire-tiger jigging rapalas. During the warm spell, anglers did well in the area off M-13, Veteran’s Park and James Clements Airport. A few walleye were taken near the Appledore in Bay City but the action was slow from the Independence Bridge downstream to the mouth.

Tittabawassee River: Is currently not fishable.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Most lakes in the region had clear ice with about a foot of slush and snow. Colder weather this week should help freeze the slush which will make travel much easier. Anglers can still find a fair to good number of bluegill. Try small jigs tipped with a spike or wax worm in 10 to 25 feet in the early morning or evening. Northern pike are becoming more active. Try tip-ups with large minnows set up along the edge of the weed beds.

St. Joseph River: Has a fair number of steelhead but the snow and cold weather have made it difficult for boat and shore anglers.

Kalamazoo River: For steelhead, fish the deeper holes and the slow water until it warms back up.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had shelf ice along the banks. Those braving the cold might find a steelhead or walleye near the Sixth Street Dam. Those fishing the backwaters need to be extremely careful on the ice.

Lake Lansing: The pike are on the move so those using tip-ups with sucker minnows should catch some fish along the weed beds.

Morrison Lake: Is producing bluegill and crappie along the east end of the lake.

Muskegon Lake: Was producing some perch near the Sand Docks. Bluegills were deeper in 10 to 12 feet. Some have caught crappie.

Muskegon River: Access sites are icy as the slush has frozen once again. Catch rates were hit-or-miss for those steelhead fishing. Water temperatures were extremely cold.

White Lake: Anglers were taking bluegills. Try a white jig with a minnow or spike. For perch, try off Sylvan Beach or Long Point.

Lake Trout Action From Higgins Lake This Winter

Craig and Joe showing us how its done!

Craig and Joe showing us how its done!
Craig and Joe showing us how its done!

Caught by Jordon Sarsfield on Jan 25,2015 on Higgins lake

 Caught by Jordon Sarsfield on Jan 25,2015 on Higgins lake

Caught by Jordon Sarsfield on Jan 25,2015 on Higgins lake

Caught by Jordon Sarsfield with the help of his brother Jason. Higgins lake Jan 31, 2015

Caught by Jordon Sarsfield with the help of his brother Jason. Higgins lake Jan 31, 2015
Caught by Jordon Sarsfield with the help of his brother Jason. Higgins lake Jan 31, 2015

Caught by Jodie Sarsfield on Jan. 24,2015 on Higgins lake

Caught by Jodie Sarsfield on Jan. 24,2015 on Higgins lake
Caught by Jodie Sarsfield on Jan. 24,2015 on Higgins lake

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL

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

Luke and Ray Nixon had a good day fishing Lake Mitchell, catching a 25″, 5.7 pound walleye and a 37″ 11.14 pound Northern.

Luke and Ray Nixon had a good day fishing Lake Mitchell
Luke and Ray Nixon had a good day fishing Lake Mitchell

Sponsored by Fox Ford of Cadillac, the North American Snow Festival was a success. Temperatures were in the 30ty’s with no wind. The Ice Fishig Contest was planned on a perfect day. There was a even a touch of blue sky.

Close to 600 anglers of all ages were registered for the fun and prizes. With the help of the DNR many fish were measured and weighed. All species were accounted for the largest Northern Pike, Walleye, Bluegill (sunfish), Crappie and Perch. All registered particiapants present were entered for prize drawings ranging from cash or merchandise, whether they caught a fish or not. The cafeteria at the Cadillac Junior High School was filled with prizes and took over two hours to distribute.

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The Big Fish winners for this years Festival
The Big Fish winners for this years Festival
:

Northern Pike Noah Lubben 38.1″, 13.18 pounds
Walleye Ivan Jessup 20.4″, 2.54 pounds
Bluegill (sunfish) Ted Rizor 8.7″, .42 pounds
Crappie Rich Russell 12.7″, 1.24 pounds
Perch Ian VanuLiet 11.0″, .62 pounds

Miller’s Corner Fishing Report On Missaukee

Miller’s Corner reports a Walleye bite On Missaukee

Pike and Walleye are ok, panfish you have to work hard for, plus the gill guys are tight lipped

Miller's Corner reports a Walleye bite On Missaukee
Miller’s Corner reports a Walleye bite On Missaukee

A local that gets fresh bait from Miller’s Corner caught two nice walleye saturday night onLake Missaukee. Call Miller’s for the latest bite info 231-389-0440. Miller’s Corner will have their fishing contest in March this year 7th and 8th

The President of Lake Missaukee with a nice pike

The President of Lake Missaukee with a nice pike
The President of Lake Missaukee with a nice pike