Baitman 3/31/16

 

Justin and his family are out fishing Big Glen on Easter using wigglers and they are having perch Easter Dinner, Man it does not get any better than that

Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.
Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.

Anglers are reminded that on Friday April 1st, all anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a 2016 fishing license. Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2016-2017 Fishing Guide when you purchase your license. River fishing has been good but the inland lakes especially to the north are still too cold.

Houghton Lake: Is really in-between seasons and the last snow storm did not help. Even those fishing the canals were not getting anything. It could be another couple weeks before water temperatures start to warm up.

Manistee Lake by Manistee has a perch bite this week, Muskegon Lake is still good for perch, but they are running smaller. Glen Lake has been fair for perch.

Tippy Dam has been great but if it rains too much they are close to flood Cleveland if the open the flood gate it will adversely effect the fishing below the dam with too much current.

Boardman River: Was producing some steelhead.

 

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Torch Lake: Is open and being used by those seeking out salmon and trout.

Traverse City: A few boats have been out in both the East Bay and the West Bay. Those jigging have caught cisco and lake trout.

Betsie River: Steelhead fishing picked up with the warm weather.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Have had very little to report. Water temperatures are still very cold.

Manistee: Trollers and pier anglers have been catching some steelhead and brown trout when the weather permits.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues.

Ludington: When they can get out, boat anglers caught steelhead and brown trout. Pier anglers were also taking some fish.

Pere Marquette River: Has steelhead. Cooler weather and rain will once again slow the bite.

 


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes still had some ice cover which was not safe. Some of the backroads were inaccessible due to heavy snow. Smelt action is still 3 to 4 weeks away at least.

Keweenaw Bay: Salmon were caught in the southern bay off the Falls River and Sand Point Beach. Steelhead action was still on the light side in the Falls River and the Silver River.

Menominee River: Walleye are being caught from the Hattie Street Bridge to Stephenson Island by shore anglers using zip lures, stick baits, jigs and plastics. The best action was early morning or evening. Walleye and brown trout were caught by those trolling and jigging especially in the Turn Basin. The 6th Street launch was still iced in but all the other launches were open.

Little Bay De Noc: Had a couple ice anglers at Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor, the only two places with ice however conditions were extremely dangerous! The only boat launch that could be used at this time was the Rapid River launch although the dock isn’t in yet and there was a 12 inch heave where the asphalt meets the pad. The Ford River and the Gladstone launches could be open by the end of this week. Those fishing the Day’s River, Tacoosh and the Whitefish River caught steelhead. The Ford River is open for shore anglers with the possibility of catching a trout or smallmouth bass.

Marquette: Both harbors have full access with the docks in. Cooler temperatures and rain have slowed fishing. Jigging with cut bait at the bubblers is still providing anglers with coho during the mid-morning and early afternoon. Those trolling artificial baits have caught fish. Pier anglers using artificial and cut bait in the Lower Harbor caught splake and whitefish. Those fishing the Carp River were still catching steelhead up to 9 pounds even though the water levels were high and muddy.

Au Train: The dock at the boat launch was still not in and depending on wind direction, loading and unloading a boat may be difficult for those fishing alone. Catch rates slowed but anglers were still getting some coho, brown trout and steelhead when trolling artificial baits near the Rock River. A few brown trout were caught on worms near the Rock River.

Munising: About 90% of the bay was ice free except for 100 to 200 feet of shoreline ice. Boat use is limited however if southerly winds prevail, the public launch may be open by the weekend. A few boats were able to launch from the Anna River and Sand Point. Catch rates for splake, coho and whitefish were hit-or-miss. Early morning was best for salmon. Most were using spawn, Swedish pimples and jigs tipped with cut bait.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers caught 2 or 3 fish per trip, mainly coho and steelhead just outside the breakwall and inside the harbor. Pier fishing was possible on the first section only as ice was still present on the rocks and the end of the pier.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ocqueoc River: Had a good number of steelhead.

Thunder Bay River: Had a fair number of steelhead.

Au Sable River: Water levels were high and muddy which usually slows the bite however some fish were still being caught up near the dam.

Higgins Lake: It appears the lake has finally opened up. Water temperatures are still pretty cold so no boats were out yet

Tawas River: A few suckers were still being caught in the lower river.

Au Gres: Trolling for walleye was really slow, probably held back by very cold and muddy water. A couple of lake trout and walleye were taken by shore anglers casting at the end of the breakwall.

Au Gres River: Steelhead fishing was very slow at the Singing Bridge. The water was high, fast and muddy.

Rifle River: Dip-netting for suckers was still in full swing.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie Those out trolling are still taking some walleye from Brest Bay.

Huron River Still had some decent steelhead fishing for those using spawn up near the Flat Rock Dam.

Detroit River: Boat anglers fishing near the Trenton Power Plant were catching a fair to good number of walleye when using jigs with minnows. Most of the fish caught were smaller, good eating size. Perch fishing slowed and smaller fish were moving in. Those willing to put in the time and do lots of sorting might get a few keepers.

Oakland County Surface water temperatures were about 46 degrees in most areas on Cass Lake and Union Lake. Anglers were targeting panfish in the shallow bays and canals. The crappie bite was slow but will improve as water temperatures warm. Bass anglers had limited success with the catch and immediate release season when using husky jerks in 2 to 4 feet along the breakwalls and shorelines.

Lake St. Clair: All the DNR boat access sites are open for launching. Heavy rain and high winds have kept the lake turbid. Good perch and sunfish reports continue to come from the canals and marinas.

St. Clair River: The recent heavy rainfall and high winds have resulted in muddy conditions. The North Channel and the Marine City access sites will have the docks in and be open for launching on Friday, April 1st.

Saginaw Bay: All area rivers were high, fast and muddy. Steelhead, sucker and perch fishing in the rivers and cuts at least in the lower ends was pretty much unproductive if not impossible. Shore anglers at Eagle Bay Marina were taking a large number of small perch. Fish over 7 inches were almost non-existent. On the east side of the bay, success was pretty limited. A few small perch were caught in the Sebewaing River. At Mud Creek, the catch rate for keeper perch was one fish per angler hour. Walleye fishing out in the bay was pretty slow as the water was muddy.


 

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph River: Water temperatures were up into the low 50’s which should have produced some good steelhead fishing especially up near the Berrien Springs Dam.

Kalamazoo River: Water levels were about normal and steelhead fishing was good. Suckers were also being caught.

Grand Haven: Boat and shore anglers continue to target steelhead and brown trout.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water temperatures were up near the low 50’s. Steelhead were still being caught. Those targeting suckers have done well using worms below 6th Street.

Grand River at Lansing: A couple steelhead were caught at the point where the Grand meets the Red Cedar. Anglers were using spawn, a jig and wax worm or spinners. Steelhead were also caught near the Portland Dam, the Webber Dam and in Prairie Creek near Ionia.

Rogue River: Continues to produce some nice steelhead in the lower river.

Muskegon Lake: Is producing a fair to good number of white perch.

Muskegon River: Water clarity was low and will continue to be with all the run-off and more rain on the way the bite will be slow.

Baitman 3/23/16

Not much to report today, as Muskegon perch are still biting, and the Boardman is still producing steelhead on waxworms.

Most areas are saying slow with few fishing as many are waiting out the storm.

 

The bros and I had some fun on the water tonight! Using  Float fishing spawn, jigs, beads and worms with the centerpin!

XXL Chrome Chasing's photo.

Baitman 3/22/16

Steelhead caught in Northern Michigan
Steelhead caught in Northern Michigan

The big storm coming in will effect fishing the next two day.

There are not many fishing right now except for steelhead as most the access sites on the rivers are full on the weekend. Perch have been ok in Muskegon Lake this week.

Houghton Lake is open but not much is happening as we need warm wether to warm the water to get the gills and crappie in the canals.

They are catching a few perch on Big Glen and Long Lake by Traverse City nice size perch but not many and wigglers working best.

Steelhead fishing is fair on the Boardman River a few were caught today on spawn and waxworms.

Lake Charlevoix the guys are thing perch off of Ironton but most are waiting for the weather to warm up.

They are catching channel cats on Hodenpyle Dam Pond using crawlers

Baitman Fishing Report 3/17/16

Good Perch run in Muskegon Lake in boats, the last week with lots of nice perch being caught some saying 9 to 12 inches on minnows, wigglers, spike and mousse’s.

Torch Lake has been good for Atlantic salmon, and lake trout by the clam river.

East and West grand traverse bay has been good for ciscoes and a few lake trout, no reports of many perch yet, steelhead have been fair in the Boardman.

The rain has made the rivers really muddy today for steelhead and it has slowed fishing today

Most lakes south of m-55 are open, and north of M-32 most lake still have ice, Skegemog opened up and guys are thinking about getting their boats out when the wind goes down

Houghton Lake is wide open for the most part it wont be long until the crappie and bluegill fishing gets hot!

Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.

The Ray’s team strike perch pay dirt today. Ron’s rigs and glow getters produce.

Ray's Mini Mart's photo.

Attention anglers: Don’t forget to come pick up your shacks and sleds as soon as possible. They are too nice to be sitting in the water and mud.

Thank you!

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

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing in this area is pretty much done. Some of the lakes still have ice so boat anglers are not able to get out yet. Most of the rivers are high which is bringing in fresh steelhead. The rivers are fishable and conditions should only improve now that most of the snow is gone.

Torch Lake: Boat anglers were heading out for Atlantic salmon and lake trout.

Traverse City: Boats are heading out for whitefish and lake trout. In the East Bay, some whitefish were caught off Deepwater Point. Try jigs with a single egg just off the bottom.

Frankfort: Pier anglers caught steelhead, brown trout and menominee whitefish.

Betsie River: Steelhead fishing is picking up. Try spawn, beads or wax worms.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Both lakes still have ice however there is no safe ice.

Manistee: Pier fishing has begun and anglers are catching steelhead, brown trout and menominee whitefish. Anglers are hooking fish on both spawn and by casting spoons. Three docks have been installed and boats are out trolling for steelhead, brown trout and lake trout.

Manistee Lake: The ice is completely gone and the boat ramp is clear. Those jigging and trolling have caught some fresh steelhead. Coho were also caught on wax worms and spawn.

Big Manistee River: Tippy Dam to High Bridge had plenty of activity with mixed results. The number of fish caught was low but the run was just getting started. Fish were hitting on spawn, beads, wax worms, wobble glows or Hot-n-Tots. Several chrome fish were seen between Bear Creek and Manistee Lake but the water was dirty after the rain and the bite was slow. As a reminder, the Little Manistee River remains closed to all fishing until April 1st.

Ludington: Pier anglers are catching steelhead, brown trout and menominee whitefish when floating spawn or casting spoons.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing is picking up and will continue to get better.

 


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Ice fishing is done. Boat anglers trolling the head of the bay and northward just past the Pump House along Bay Shore Road in L’Anse caught coho, lake trout and brown trout on a variety of spoons in 40 to 70 feet. Shore anglers fishing off the Rock Dock near the L’Anse Marina caught a few coho and rainbow trout when using spawn and crawlers. The Falls River opened up and those fishing did well for rainbow trout when using spawn and yarn flies. Those in small boats near the Falls River had no success when trolling or still-fishing.

Menominee River: Fishing activity has switched over to mostly open water with the majority of anglers fishing up near the Hattie Street Dam. A few trout and the occasional walleye were caught on a jig with a twister tail, small spoons or rapalas. Water temperatures are still in the low 30’s.

Little Bay De Noc: The remaining ice is no longer safe. The Bay is now unfishable. The Day’s River and parts of the Escanaba and Ford River are open but the flow is fast. Boat anglers should be out soon.

Marquette: The harbors are ice free however conditions outside the harbor are unknown. The docks are not in yet at the boat launches. Anglers did well for coho at the bubblers when jigging cut bait. Hot colors were green, pink or white. Splake are starting to move into the Lower Harbor and around the breakwall. Anglers caught them on artificial or natural baits. Steelhead are moving into the Carp River and those using spawn bags have caught them.

Au Train: The parking lot was still covered with snow but the launch is open. Fishing has been slow but a couple coho and steelhead were caught near the mouth of the river. Conditions were too windy for jigging in the bay so most were trolling but had little luck.

Munising: Heavy rain is taking the ice out quickly. Ice fishing season here is over. Anglers should not venture out onto any remaining ice. At Christmas, the ice is gone and Sand Point is all open water. The Anna River boat access is free of ice and snow so boat anglers could start launching but watch the ice about 100 feet from the entrance of the river. Shore fishing is possible from the Anna River dock. Most are using a single egg or spawn. Those trying minnows or crawlers had no luck. A few splake and steelhead were caught but catch rates for whitefish were poor. The city launch and docks are still iced in but the ice is thinning. The Grand Island access site is open water but there is floating ice in the area.

Munuscong Bay: Perch and walleye activity were slow. Conditions are deteriorating and a few machines have gone through the ice.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch and walleye activity was relatively slow.

 

 

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie A few walleye have been caught in Brest Bay but nothing consistent yet.

Detroit River: Anglers were getting a few walleye in the lower Trenton Channel. Some good size perch were caught on the east side of Grosse Isle. Perch were also caught in the canals however they are sorting out the small ones. Pike were caught in the lower river. Anglers are using spoons or bobber fishing with suckers.

Lake St. Clair: Boat anglers were out but water temperatures are still cold and catch rates were extremely slow. Typically, when water temperatures are cold in the spring, anglers will find more fish activity in the warm water areas like canals and marina’s, shallow waters near shore or at the mouths of tributary streams and rivers. Fishing near warm water discharges near power plants can also be productive. Anglers are reminded that cold water and warm air can result in very foggy conditions on calm days. Keep safety in mind. A working GPS and a signal horn are critical in foggy conditions.

St. Clair River: Boat anglers are heading out but no word on catch rates yet.

Saginaw Bay: The ice is gone at the Pine River mouth and Palmer Road. One or two anglers have tried shore fishing in the Pine River for perch but had little to show for it. Linwood Beach Marina is open and launching boats but you have to go in and pay first. The launch at the mouth of the Saginaw River is open and those trolling or jigging for walleye out on the bay did pretty good at various locations such as north of Spoils Island and the Spark Plug when using crank baits, Hot-n-Tots, Husky Jerks and Bombers. Boats out on the bay will have to navigate through floating ice fields. The area off Oakhurst was 2/3 floating ice and 1/3 open water. Boats up to 16 feet were launching from the end of Jones Road and walleye fishing off the mouth of the Hot Pond and south of Spoils Island had fair results. Those wading and fishing the mouth of the Hot Pond caught mostly carp and pike. Some are launching from the access site on the lower Quanicassee River and trolling out on the bay. A few were starting to fish the cuts for perch but had no luck as it is still a bit early. The Sebewaing River is high, fast and muddy. Boats could not get out of Sebewaing or Caseville because of the ice.

Saginaw River: Walleye season on the river including the section from the mouth up to the Center Street Bridge closed on March 15th and will not re-open until April 30th. The daily possession limit for yellow perch from the mouth up to the Center Street Bridge is 25 fish. Be sure to check the Exceptions to General Regulations by County in the fishing guide for gear restrictions pertaining to the Saginaw River.

Tittabawassee River: Walleye season on the river closed after March 15th and will not re-open until April 30th. Be sure to check the Exceptions to General Regulations by County in the fishing guide for gear restrictions pertaining to the river.

 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Anglers starting to venture out onto Lake Michigan reported good catches of coho with a few brown trout mixed in.

St. Joseph River: The spring steelhead runs have started. Water temperatures are in the low 50s.

Kalamazoo River: The spring steelhead run has started. Flows are above average but still well below flood stage.

Grand Haven: When the weather allows, boat anglers are heading out and trolling along the shoreline for brown trout.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: The spring steelhead runs are underway. Flows were above average and forecast to exceed bankfull. Flood advisories were issued for Ionia and Kent County.

Grand River at Lansing: Those fishing near the North Lansing Dam have caught some rock bass and the occasional smallmouth bass.

Muskegon River: Water levels were up and that is bringing more steelhead in. Most are using spawn, wax worms or egg patterns. Stoneflies were starting to hatch.

 


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Au Sable River: Water levels are high which will bring more fish in but will also make fishing a bit more of a challenge. Steelhead were caught from the dam to the mouth. Most are using spawn bags. Lake trout were caught on spoons and minnows at the mouth.

Higgins Lake: The shoreline ice is rapidly breaking up and there is some open water. The remaining ice is not safe. Boat anglers will be waiting another week or so before they can start launching.

Houghton Lake: Ice fishing season is done. The shoreline ice has opened up about 10 feet out and the remaining ice is very soft and no longer safe. There is some open water and strong winds could open up the rest of the lake.

Tawas: Pier anglers fishing off the state dock were catching quite a few lake trout outside the wall. Those still-fishing with large shiners did best however those casting spoons and body baits also caught fish. Boat anglers trolling spoons and body baits in Tawas Bay were taking a good number of lake trout along with the occasional steelhead, brown trout or chinook salmon. The docks are in at the boat launch.

Tawas River: Is running high, fast, and muddy. Not much to report except for the occasional sucker caught.

Au Gres: Did not have much in the way of fishing yet. The docks are in at the launch ramp. A few boats were out trolling for walleye but had no luck.

Au Gres River: Down at the Singing Bridge, the river was high, fast and muddy so the steelhead anglers were not doing well. Those surfcasting did manage to take a couple steelhead when floating spawn bags near the mouth of Whitney Drain.

Rifle River: The sucker run had not started yet so no activity at Omer but given the weather, the run should be underway sometime within the next week. Water levels were predicted to rise above flood levels then fall below flood stage by Friday.

 

Great Perch Bite in Muskegon Lake

 

Good Perch run in Muskegon Lake in boats, the last week with lots of nice perch being caught some saying 9 to 12 inches on minnows, wigglers, spike and mousse’s.

Torch Lake has been good for Atlantic salmon, and lake trout by the clam river.

East and West grand traverse bay has been good for ciscoes and a few lake trout, no reports of many perch yet, steelhead have been fair in the Boardman.

The rain has made the rivers really muddy today for steelhead and it has slowed fishing today

Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.

The perch still continues to be good on Muskegon lake. We have plenty of wigglers and minnow’s. Perch pounders have been the ticket.

Snug Harbor Outfitters's photo.
Snug Harbor Outfitters's photo.
Captain Chuck’s II Inc. updated their profile picture.
Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.

Attention anglers: Don’t forget to come pick up your shacks and sleds as soon as possible. They are too nice to be sitting in the water and mud.

Thank you!

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

Baitman 3/14/2016

 

Dan's Resort's photo.
Dan's Resort's photo.
Dan’s Resort added 2 new photos.

Thanks for a great weekend! Congratulations to all the winners! Here are the final standings.

Captain Chuck’s II Inc.

Ok fishermen and fisher ladies. Fishing in the big lake has been moderate. A mixed bag of fish are being caught right now. Trolling has been producing Brown, Lakers, Steelhead, a couple Coho and a couple small Kings. The pier also has produced the same fish. River fishing has been decent for Steelies, depending on the day. The sucker run is going strong also. I ended up with about 30 yesterday. There has also been a few Perch being caught in Pentwater and Pere Marquette lake. Tight lines!!!

Randy

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Almost last ice….one of the largest walleyes we’ve seen all season from Houghton Lake was brought in this morning by Jason Broyles from Grand Ledge. He caught this 26″, 6 lb. 3oz wall-hanger while jigging in 12′ of water using a gold and orange Do Jigger tipped with an emerald shiner minnow head. Awesome way to end the season, Jason!

Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.
Captain Chuck’s II Inc.

This is sucker fishing at its best! Here is Chad Lemire and his 3 year old grandson Jon. Little Jon landed 5 suckers while I was there!

'This is David Lewis, one lucky fisherman!'
Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.
Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.
Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.

Here is the picture of the other big walleye we mentioned. These were caught on Portage Lake the weekend of Feb. 27th. 2016. The walleye is 16 1/4 #, and look at those perch. They hit the mother load!!! We sure wish we were eating dinner at their house!

Baitman thinks it time to get the boats ready in the LP

Higgins Lake from today 3/10/2016 check out the video link

 

 

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Steelhead fishing has started on most rivers in the Lower Peninsula, torch Lake is producing Atlantic salmon off the clam river with guys using blues. We will be fishing open water month and a half ahead of schedule!!!!

The Grand Traverse Bay are open and they are catching Ciscoes and some perch off east bay as the west east bay launch is open for the season.

 

White Lake and Muskegon lake are open and fishing has been fair.

 

 

 

 

Walleye at Dans Resort and last chance walleye derby
Walleye at Dans Resort and last chance walleye derby

The derby is still on for tomorrow. We have tickets for sale in the shop.

If you are interested in a cabin for the derby, we had a cancellation and we have one cabin open that can sleep 4 people. Give us a call and we can reserve it for you!

Perch and walleye are coming in strong. There is still over a foot of ice. However, there is a lot of water on top of the ice. Sleds and four-wheelers are going out and a couple trucks. Remember, it’s that time of year when the ice can get honey-combed with this warm weather and become unstable and inconsistent. Use extreme caution if going out.

Please remember to pick up your shack before everything turns to mud or by March 31st at the latest.

Thank you,

Fish on!

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice of the inland lakes is deteriorating daily. Anglers were still heading out on a few shallow lakes only. With the snowmelt and rain this week, those fishing the rivers will need to use caution when walking near the riverbanks. Water levels will be up and the currents will be strong.

Higgins Lake: Ice fishing is done. There is open water out in front of Big Creek and the shoreline ice is deteriorating. With the rain and warm temperatures, the ice is rapidly becoming unsafe. Time to get ready for open water fishing!

Houghton Lake: Still had some ice fishing however there is open water in the East Bay in front of Denton Creek so avoid this area. Anglers heading out on the west end are catching crappie, bluegills and a few nice walleye. Some pike are still hitting on tip-ups. This will most likely be the last of ice fishing.

Tawas River: Anglers should find some steelhead. The higher water levels will bring fish in but will also make fishing a bit more challenging. Try spawn, beads, jigs and wax worms.

Au Gres River: Should also have a fair to good number of steelhead especially down near the Singing Bridge.

 


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Charlevoix: The ice was thinning and will only get worse as the week goes on. There is open water near the Ironton launch where a bubbler was going near some boats. Most are now preparing for open water fishing.

Betsie River: Should see the steelhead fishing improve with fresh fish coming in.

Manistee: Brown trout trolling could get started by the weekend. No reports yet but boat anglers should start seeking them out if the weather holds up.

Manistee Lake: The Arthur Street boat launch is open with ice covering 50 percent of the lake on the east side. Ice was still present but considered unsafe for fishing.

Big Manistee River: Anglers fishing near Tippy Dam reported slow catch rates for steelhead and brown trout. Those caught were hitting on spawn, flies, wax worms and minnows. With the recent snowmelt and rain, water levels are up and more rain is expected. Fresh steelhead were reported in the lower end of Bear Creek. They were hitting on spawn or Hot-n-Tots.

Ludington: Should have anglers out targeting brown trout if the weather holds.

Pere Marquette River: Should also have good steelhead fishing by the end of the week as rain and warmer temperatures get the fish moving.

 


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: In the last two weeks, the Bay has gone from ice covered to breaking up, crushed ice floating in open water to refreezing and now thawing once again because of the sun, the south winds and the warm temperatures. Conditions are deteriorating quickly. Staying off the ice and waiting for open water fishing is recommended at this time.

Lake Gogebic: Fishing was good for walleye and the perch bite was getting better however ice conditions will change rapidly by the end of the week. Anglers were using sucker minnows on tip-ups for walleye. Perch were hitting on red, brown and white or pink and white jigs tipped with a wiggler or frosty spoons.

Menominee River: Trout and a few walleye were caught in open water near the Hattie Street Dam. Rapala’s, jigs, and zip lures are being fished from both sides of the river and off the fishermen’s walkway.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions concerned anglers and for good reason especially with the rain and much warmer temperatures this week. Most of ice shanties have been removed. Several vehicles have gone through the ice around Butler Island and along the shorelines. Anyone planning a fishing trip should call ahead to check on ice conditions. Catch rates for walleye were fair around Gladstone, Kipling, the Second and the Center Reefs. Catch rates for perch were up some in both shallow waters and deeper. Though the number of fish is down the size was up considerably.

Marquette: Anglers caught some coho near the bubblers in the harbor in the early morning when jigging cut bait. Most of the ice in the Carp River is gone and the steelhead are starting to move in. Those fishing the holes were taking fish on spawn or pink and white crank baits.

Au Train: The ramp at the boat launch is not in and the area had not been plowed.

Munising: Had ice however rain and gusty winds this week will no doubt cause the ice to shift and move especially around Sand Point and the Grand Island access. Ice conditions have deteriorated and will only continue to get worse. The shoreline areas are marginal at best. There is a lot of water on the remaining ice so it is extremely slippery. Water levels are rising on the Anna River. Anglers were casting spawn and artificial lures at the mouth but had no luck.

Munuscong Bay: Still had ice but for how long no one knows. Perch, pike and walleye were caught near Grassy Island and Barbeau Point. Be aware of a few nasty pressure cracks. The ice north and east of Roach Point was much thinner.

Cedarville and Hessel: Hessel Bay was still improving for perch. Splake were caught in Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay. Muskie Bay was fair for perch and good for pike. Anglers need to use extreme caution with the rain and warmer weather.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie Shore anglers were catching perch near the Metro Park.

Huron River Anglers have caught a couple trout and walleye.

Detroit River: Water temperatures were still on the cold side so walleye fishing was slow. Perch fishing was starting to pick up.

Lake St. Clair: Still had floe ice and some shore ice in a few places but nothing fishable. It should all be gone by the end of the week and boats could be launching from the DNR ramps. The skid piers are in at the Harley Ensign and the Selfridge access sites. The piers should be in at Fairhaven sometime next week. The Clinton River Cut-Off site has (1) pier in the water. Anglers will have to pay close attention to wind direction and speed as floe ice may be moving down from Lake Huron. The access sites and shore fishing locations can change quickly if the wind shifts and pushes the ice towards shore.

St. Clair River: Floe ice has been coming down from Lake Huron and limiting access at times. Anglers should call ahead to local bait shops to check on day-to-day conditions. Early spring weather should get the spring salmon and trout fishery going.

Saginaw Bay: While the bay had some ice, there is no longer any safe ice. It is time for open water fishing. A few anglers walking out to the Hot Pond caught mainly pike and carp. Most anglers are fishing the rivers right now. Steelhead can be found in the Tawas, East Branch of the Au Gres, the Rifle, Tittabawassee and the Chippewa River. Water levels will be elevated and the currents will be strong.

Saginaw River: Anglers are reminded that walleye fishing on the inland waters and that includes the Saginaw River will close at midnight on March 15th and not re-open until April 30th this year. The river had a lot of anglers and it seems everyone was getting a few fish but no limits. Most were vertical jigging a ¾ ounce chartreuse jig head with a twister tail and live minnow in the deepest part of the shipping channel. You need a heavy jig to get to the bottom in the strong current. With the snow melt and run-off this week, the water is going to get faster and dirtier. About a dozen boats were fishing around the U.S.S. Edson. Just about all the boat ramps are open and useable with the exception of the Patterson Road ramp at the mouth which was still iced in.

Tittabawassee River: Has had a large number of boat anglers targeting walleye. The better action was up at the Dow Dam and right below it but anglers were working hard to catch them. Most were casting pink or chartreuse jigs and twister tails tipped with minnows. There was not much success downstream of Gordonville Road.

 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Use caution when walking near the riverbanks as they will be unstable after the snowmelt. Water levels will be up and the currents will be strong.

St. Joseph: Pier anglers have caught some steelhead and brown trout.

St. Joseph River: The steelhead run is picking up so anglers should do well. Try spawn, beads, jigs and wax worms. All the fish ladders are open and steelhead were reported at Berrien Springs. The online Fish Cam is currently not available however staff is hopeful that it will be back in service soon.

Kalamazoo River: Look for steelhead below the Allegan Dam.

Grand Haven: The piers are open and those out fishing have caught some steelhead and brown trout.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: All the fish ladders are open. Anglers should find good numbers of steelhead. Try spawn, flies, beads, jigs and wax worms.

Grand River at Lansing: All the fish ladders are open. A steelhead was caught below the Webber Dam. Some decent pike and walleye were caught on minnows near the North Lansing Dam.

Muskegon River: Water levels were up and spring fish were moving in. Anglers caught winter fish and some nice chrome ones. They are using spawn, beads, jigs and wax worms or fly fishing with sculpins and nymphs.

White River: Also has some fresh steelhead moving up into the river.

 

Baitman 3/5/2016

 

Hi, from dan’s resort on munuscong bay Pickford mi

there is about 16 inches of ice and anywhere from 3 inches of snow to drifts of around 8 inches. Mostly sleds and 4×4 trucks going out. The walleye have picked up and a lot of nice-sized keepers are coming in. A 6-pounder and a few 3 pounders came in a couple days ago that I saw. Perch are still biting but no reports of any big numbers of perch.

Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.

Caught today on lake skegemog Kalkaska

Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.

Lake Missaukee 3/5/16 off at Green Road in all these people fishing in Miller’s contest

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Early start to the weekend… The weather was great on Houghton Lake today and so was the fishing for Gary Freeman from Monroe. He caught this 32″ Pike in about 8′ of water by the Tip-Up Town site. He and his buddies limited out using our golden shiners on tip-ups.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Baitman Reports good ice on most lakes north of M-55

 

Stop on in! Sign up deadline is 7am Saturday morning on March 5th. Don’t forget that we provide you with an awesome fish dinner on Sunday March 6th after the event.

Fun family event! Adult CASH payouts for 1st and 2nd places based on length and weight. Categories are: Walleye, Pike, Blue Gill, Crappie & Perch. Kids prizes for the same categories, but will be for 1st – 3rd places. On Sunday, the final weigh in is at 3:00pm at Miller’s Corner-no late weigh ins. Fish fry with awards ceremony to follow at the Town Pump Saloon. Cost: Adults $12.00 & Kids 12- under $2.00. This is for Lake Missaukee ONLY!

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendar!! Spread the word!!
😀EXCITED😀 to announce Angelo’s 2nd annual ice fishing tournament!!🎣🎣🎣
Thank you to all the sponsors!!

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

We still have plenty of ice!

Pilgrims Village Fishing Shop's photo.
Pilgrims Village Fishing Shop's photo.

Jacks Sport in Kalkaska says Bear lake or Starvation as both have a good brown bite with blues working best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higgins Lake March 3, 2016 The lake is in great shape

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Long Lake by Traverse City is in great shape with 12 to 14 inches
long lake by traverse city with curly's rig
long lake by traverse city with Baitman’s rig

The phone is ringing “off the hook” ………
UNSAFE ICE on all of Upper Hamlin, and Off of Lincoln !!! Ice has broke free from shore.

Caution ……..
STAY OFF !!!!

Hamlin Grocery's photo.

OK everyone, Hamlin lake is pretty much done for the ice season! We highly recommend you DO NOT venture out on the ice. Shore ice is bad plus there are several cracks that are 4-10 feet wide! Start getting your Sucker and Brown gear ready! Tight lines!

 

 

 

 

There is 16 inches of ice and barely any snow on top. Trucks and sleds are still going out without a problem. It is just a very bumpy ride out. We had a thaw last weekend so the ice got pretty rutted from all the traffic and then all the ruts froze, so it is rough riding out and slippery walking around out there. We have been selling ice cleats like crazy this week! The perch have moved into shallower water and nice-sized, keeper walleyes are coming in pretty frequently now compared to what we have seen earlier in the season.

‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

 

 

 

Buc’s Fishing Report

 

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

 

Houghton Lake has 10 to 16inches of ice and pike and walleye, pike and panfish have been biting the pre spawn bite has started and bigger walleye have been caught this week. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422 he has all his shanties out this weekend, , Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231.

Guys are catching walleye but go small, use a blue head and keep the jig still and leave it on the bottom.

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze and the ice is finally safe and without slush. Smelt are biting on green at both access site now with guys catching up to two hundred the last few days but they are small. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 6 to 10 inches

Fife Lake is froze and the perch are biting  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake is not safe Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458

Portage Lake is froze and the shore ice has froze again so guys are heading back out today Perch are still on the bite with many jumbo’s being caught call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 10 to 12 inches and a great perch bite this week ice Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

 

Mark with some nice perch out of Higgins Lake!

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

Higgins Lake is froze they are fishing the south-end with 10 to 12inches of ice with a great perch, pike and trout bite.

The north-end  ice is great. They  have been fishing on 10″ to 12″ (north end) guys are going out and doing great on perch and lake trout. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677 both sports barn and Higgins Lake Hardware got fishbone lures in today along with the hook,line and threaders. Also Evergreen Park is handling bait and fishbones lures call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 10 to 14 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Margarethe is froze with 10 to 12 inches of great ice  and quite a few guys going out and pike and walleye have been fair. Bluegill bite has been good this week. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze with 2 to4 inches of clear ice some guys are going out but warm weather this week might make it unsafe. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

 

Munuscong Bay:

There is 16 inches of ice and barely any snow on top. Trucks and sleds are still going out without a problem. It is just a very bumpy ride out. We had a thaw last weekend so the ice got pretty rutted from all the traffic and then all the ruts froze, so it is rough riding out and slippery walking around out there. We have been selling ice cleats like crazy this week! The perch have moved into shallower water and nice-sized, keeper walleyes are coming in pretty frequently now compared to what we have seen earlier in the season.

‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 10  to 12 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 10 to 12 inches. fishing has been slow Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

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

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

Black Lake is froze and some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake the perch are biting on Maple Bay.

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

Pentwater Lake, is open ice is not safe.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake  has open water  and is not safe Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake Skegemog has a awesome  perch bite with 10-12 inches of ice guys getting nice messes of perch, the lake is in good shape with many fisherman tying there luck. ., Manistee lake is 10-16 inches and has a fair bite  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice but fishing has been slow  call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice but iffy around shore and lots of  guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 8-10 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have ice but not safe call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

 

 

 

 

Saginaw Bay: Did not have much ice left and what was there was not good ice. Nothing to report on the west side of the bay as the ice was either gone or no good. Boats going out from the mouth of the Saginaw River and trolling out by the Range Light did well for walleye when using husky jerks. Those fishing the Hot Ponds caught pike and carp. The Quanicassee River was wide open. There was no fishing from Sebewaing to Wildfowl Bay as the ice was either bad or actually breaking up. A few were ice fishing off Mud Creek. If you find a school of perch you can limit out but most anglers were only getting 4 or 5 fish or getting skunked.

Saginaw River: Had pretty good walleye fishing especially during the warm spell. Boat anglers were somewhat hampered by the high winds. Fish were caught near the Independence Bridge, the Cass Avenue Launch, Zilwaukee, and Ojibway Island. Some walleye were also taken at the confluence where the Shiawassee and the Tittabawassee join and form the Saginaw. Vertical jigging with fire-tiger jigs and twister tails was productive or try jigs and minnows.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions in the northern Bay remain good although pressure cracks have created some problems. Anglers should use caution if taking vehicles on the ice. Saunders Point is open water so avoid the area. The majority of anglers have fished from the Escanaba River north because of ice conditions in the southern Bay. Walleye anglers reported catches in Gladstone Bay when using minnows with tip-ups in 25 to 35 feet. The head of the Bay was best using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 8 to 25 feet. Perch anglers reported the best catches north of Butler Island with minnows or wigglers in 8 to 24 feet. Overall catches were down but a little better than last week. The late ice should be good but use extreme caution as conditions will change much faster this year because the ice is not as thick.

 

 

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Huron River A couple steelhead were caught near Flat Rock and a few walleye were taken below the Belleville Dam.

Detroit River: Had no floe ice coming down at this time. Shore anglers caught some perch. A few boats fishing the canals around Gibraltar caught perch. A couple steelhead were caught near the Trenton Power Plant.

Lake St. Clair: Practically all the ice has blown out. There is skim ice on some of the canals but no safe ice. The boat ramps at the Harley Ensign DNR site are ice free, but no boat activity so far. Windy conditions have the lake very muddy.

St. Clair River: Has floe ice drifting down from Lake Huron. The Harsens Island ferry was shut down last weekend due to ice jamming. Shore fishing could be limited by ice floes. Boat anglers should pay close attention to changes in wind direction that could cause ice to block access to the boat launches.

Caseville: The Pigeon River at Caseville is breaking up and there’s no fishing activity. The ice out by the breakwall has broken up.

Saginaw Bay: Did not have much ice left and what was there was not good ice. Nothing to report on the west side of the bay as the ice was either gone or no good. Boats going out from the mouth of the Saginaw River and trolling out by the Range Light did well for walleye when using husky jerks. Those fishing the Hot Ponds caught pike and carp. The Quanicassee River was wide open. There was no fishing from Sebewaing to Wildfowl Bay as the ice was either bad or actually breaking up. A few were ice fishing off Mud Creek. If you find a school of perch you can limit out but most anglers were only getting 4 or 5 fish or getting skunked.

Saginaw River: Had pretty good walleye fishing especially during the warm spell. Boat anglers were somewhat hampered by the high winds. Fish were caught near the Independence Bridge, the Cass Avenue Launch, Zilwaukee, and Ojibway Island. Some walleye were also taken at the confluence where the Shiawassee and the Tittabawassee join and form the Saginaw. Vertical jigging with fire-tiger jigs and twister tails was productive or try jigs and minnows.

Tittabawassee River: Was somewhat slower. Those fishing near Center Road had little success. Up at Gordonville Road, boat anglers did pretty well up at the Dow Dam when casting fire-tiger rapalas.

 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

There is no safe ice and with much warmer weather moving in next week, ice fishing season is over in this part of the state. With heavy snow and freezing rain the boat ramps will be tricky until the next warm-up. The rivers are higher than normal and the steelhead are not only biting, but becoming more aggressive.

St. Joseph River: Should have good steelhead action especially as the temperatures start to rise.

Kalamazoo River: Should also have good steelhead action. Try spawn, flies, small spoons or even a wax worm in the deeper holes until it warms up.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead activity has been increasing at both the Sixth Street Dam and along the shoreline. Those using spawn have had some success. Walleye fishing was productive as well.

Grand River at Lansing: The occasional steelhead has been caught at the Webber Dam and downstream. Try spawn and jigs. Pike and walleye catches were sporadic below the dams. Staff will be opening the fish ladders next week weather permitting.

Muskegon River: The number of steelhead caught did increase with the warmer weather. Some walleye were also caught by those using husky jerks.

White River: Anglers are starting to get steelhead.

 


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Grand Lake: Has sporadically continued to produce a decent number of walleye and jumbo perch. Walleye sizes vary from 17 to 21 inches.

Fletchers Pond: Catch rates slowed for bluegill and pike.

McCormick Lake: Is slowly producing a few brown trout.

Higgins Lake: Still has ice this week but conditions will change quickly next week as temperatures inch up into the 50’s. Lake trout were still being caught in 80 to 120 feet along the north end and the south end. Use blues and golden shiners on tip-ups set 5 to 10 feet off the bottom. Some were jigging Swedish pimples, Do-jiggers or jigging raps. Perch were caught in 30 to 60 feet near the Main Island, Sunken Island, off Big Creek, the North State Park, Garrish Park, Pt. Detroit and a half mile out from the west launch. Anglers need to use extreme caution near Pt. Detroit because of natural springs. A couple quads went through the ice in about 3 feet of water.

Houghton Lake: This may very well be the last weekend of ice fishing especially with the warm weather and rain moving in next week. Watch the shore ice and be careful around the large pressure crack. There has been a morning bite however the afternoon was better for walleye and perch. Anglers did well with pink or fire-tiger jigging raps and Do-jiggers tipped with a minnow head. Bluegills were hitting on wax worms. Some nice crappies have been caught. The pike are still active. Those using tip-ups with golden shiners caught more fish but those using sucker minnows caught bigger fish.

Lake St. Helen: Catch rates slowed with the onset of colder temperatures and strong winds. The bite should pick-up by the weekend and into the beginning of next week but no one knows how long the ice will last.

Tawas: Still had some ice fishing in the “armpit” northwest of Jerry’s Marina, but the action was spotty. Perch and walleye fishing were slow but a couple lake trout were caught. The ice is gone in front of the Pine River and there was not much left at Palmer Road.

Tawas River: Had open water. Steelhead anglers caught a few fish on spawn.

Au Gres River: Down at the Singing Bridge, the river was open and a fair number of steelhead were caught. The river ice at Au Gres was not safe.

 


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Charlevoix: Anglers were catching some walleye.

Lake Skegemog: In Kalkaska County was producing perch however anglers were sorting through dozens of smaller fish for a few keepers. Most were using minnows and plastics.

Green Lake: Smelt fishing was fair. The size of fish being caught has been an improvement from the last couple of years.

Lake Cadillac: Continues to offer ice fishing at least through the weekend. Much warmer temperatures and rain next week will start the melting process.

Lake Mitchell: Crappies are being highly sought after on Mitchell and other smaller lakes in the area.

Manistee Lake: The ice was holding with some soft spots so spud as you go. Good numbers of perch were caught near Penny Park when working the north shoreline with minnows and wigglers. Pike were caught on minnows and tip-ups. The Arthur Street launch was open and ice free.

Big Manistee River: Most anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout. Those fishing up near Tippy Dam were catching more browns.

Pentwater River: A few anglers caught steelhead.

 


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: The walleye action has slowed but some jumbo perch were caught.

Menominee River: Had open water fishing on the walkway below the Hattie Street Bridge. Anglers were targeting walleye and trout.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions in the northern Bay remain good although pressure cracks have created some problems. Anglers should use caution if taking vehicles on the ice. Saunders Point is open water so avoid the area. The majority of anglers have fished from the Escanaba River north because of ice conditions in the southern Bay. Walleye anglers reported catches in Gladstone Bay when using minnows with tip-ups in 25 to 35 feet. The head of the Bay was best using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 8 to 25 feet. Perch anglers reported the best catches north of Butler Island with minnows or wigglers in 8 to 24 feet. Overall catches were down but a little better than last week. The late ice should be good but use extreme caution as conditions will change much faster this year because the ice is not as thick.

Munising: Catch rates were slow. A few splake measuring up to 19 inches were caught. The whitefish action was slow. Anglers were ice fishing off the Anna River and Sand Point. A few tried fishing the west channel and off the green can near Christmas for lake trout but it was slow. Most are using a single egg or minnows. Ice conditions in the channel were not safe due to pack ice. Stay away from this area. No reports of any coho or smelt activity.

Munuscong Bay: Is about the same with Grass Island remaining good for perch, pike and walleye. Good fishing was also reported west of Pine Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing in Hessel Bay remains fair to good. Splake fishing is good especially in Wilderness Bay along the north shore. Use extreme caution and do not go out any farther than a quarter mile. Be very careful wherever you go on the ice. Perch fishing improved in Muskie Bay and pike fishing is always good.