Ice is holding on in Northern Michigan

Walleye Jamboree
Jan 26 – Jan 29 · Dan’s Resort · Pickford

Call (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120 or for cabin reservations call 906-647-1410

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The Soo Area Sportsmans Club has organized their annual walleye tournament on Munuscong Bay. Top prizes include 1st place $700, 2nd place $500, 3rd place Ion Auger, 4th place $300. There are lots of prizes, kids prizes, mystery weights, draw prizes, and hawg of the day challenges. It’s a great, fun-filled weekend for all ages! We are proud to host it at our place once again. Hope to see you there! Tickets are available in our tackle shop. $30 adults, $5 kids.

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    Caught on lake skegemog today by Fred Fields

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Houghton Lake Ice Fishing Report from Lyman’s on the Lake. Dave and Dan said the walleye bite was slow the past couple of days so they’ve been targeting gills. They kept about 16 tonight (Dan caught most of them). Widow Maker tungsten jigs tipped with red spikes, waxies and wigglers were the most effective. They said the ice is still around 11″ to 14″ on the west side, but you have to be careful of the expanding auger and spearing holes. The lake should start building ice starting tomorrow night and a little snow later this week.

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From Lyman;s on the Lake.

They said the ice is still around 11″ to 14″ on the west side, but you have to be careful of the expanding auger and spearing holes. The lake should start building ice starting tomorrow night and a little snow later this week.

These kids know how to catch fish!!! Cassandra Schwager (12) from Shelby Township caught 4 pike on tip-ups. She named this one “Rod”..an impressive 25 1/2″ and over 4lbs. Rease Cale (9) from Mt Pleasant is showing off his 20 3/4″ northern he caught on a tip-up with a golden shiner. Jake Fitzpatrick (13) from Middleton is back with 3 pike and a nice perch. He was using suckers on his tip-ups. Well done, guys! Nice to see you unplug from the electronic toys and enjoy the outdoors.

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Millers Corner  Lake Missaukee reports

We still have 14 solid inches on Missaukee. Spotty slush out on the lake. Lots of slush in the shore area. The standing water is diminishing. There are still vehicles & ATV’s driving out. 

Heard of 3 Pike speared in the last couple days. Walleye have been biting good. No recent reports of panfish.

 

The Hall brothers did well this morning. Great job boys!

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Buc’s Fishing Report

 

Lake Missaukee  

We still have 14 solid inches on Missaukee. Spotty slush out on the lake. Lots of slush in the shore area. The standing water is diminishing. There are still vehicles & ATV’s driving out. 

. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

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Ice Update!!! 1/25/17 Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac.
There is about 12″ in most places. The bottom 8″ is good ice, the top 4″ is of varying hardness. Expect many wet spots on the surface with slush hiding under the fresh inch of snow. The shoreline is holding up fine for the most part, only a few isolated areas with water.

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Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s On The Lake reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid and the surface is covered with a layer of water, so it’s very slick. Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 7 to 10 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 8 to 10 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-3341 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 8″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake has been great but be careful as there is some soft spots.

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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 8 to 10 inches and good perch and walleye some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake Ice is holding up just fine on the north end, have only checked the north.. 6-8 inches, half inch of slop on top. south-end6 to 5 inches.. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425. West Side Grocery 989-821-039

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with10 to 12 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. A 15.5 lb 35 inch walleye was caught on the lake this week Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort The ice is still holding up well despite the above-freezing temperatures today. The top is still firm packed. Sleds and quads were out today. There is still deep slush under the snowy patches. The bite was hit or miss. Some caught only a few perch while others got their limit on walleyes. Perch did well during the day while the walleyes seem to hit in late morning. 

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We will keep you updated as conditions will most likely change through this long thaw we are entering..Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

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

Long Lake and Grand Lake has 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@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice but few are fishing.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is open and some are out in boats. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

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

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 4-6 inches

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

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay are open water. Boat anglers have caught perch up to 12 inches but are sorting through a lot of small ones. They were fishing in about 60 feet near Yuba and Elk Rapids in the East Bay and in front of the Boardman River in the West Bay. The lake herring bite has been good in both bays.

Portage Lake: Was producing walleye and some very nice perch.

Lake Cadillac: Still had ice but slush and water were making travel a little more difficult. Those finding crappie and bluegills were moving from hole to hole and using dark colored jigs with spikes. Some have caught the occasional walleye. Pike continue to hit on tip-ups.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing crappie and bluegills. Check out the coves. Those using tip-ups are taking a few pike and walleye.

Manistee River: Anglers have caught some steelhead during the warm-up.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead anglers have done well when using spawn, flies and beads.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mullett Lake: Anglers are urged to use extreme caution because the ice thickness has not been uniform. Anglers may find good ice in one spot and only a couple inches in another. Most were fishing the north end near Aloha State Park and Dodge Point but fishing was slow with only a couple walleye taken. A couple pike were caught off the state park and a handful of perch were taken off the launch at Lynn Road.

Higgins Lake: The ice was pulling away from the shoreline. Anglers targeting perch off the North State Park were starting to get a few smelt. Most were using minnows, wigglers or wax worms in 40 to 50 feet.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice however anglers will still need to be careful and watch for existing holes that anglers have made and pike spearing holes which expanded with the warmer weather. Caution needs to be used as the pressure crack has also gotten bigger and extends about seven miles from the south side DNR Launch all the way up to Long Point. Anglers have done well for bluegills and crappie. Bluegills were hitting on wax worms, red spikes and wigglers. Crappie were hitting on jigs with minnows. Pink, purple, chartreuse and fire-tiger were good colors. For pike, anglers were using tip-ups with golden’s and suckers. The walleye bite slowed but a few were taken on rattle jigs tipped with a wiggler.

Tawas: Had light fishing pressure near Jerry’s Marina, but anglers were still getting out there. Those with cameras could see a variety of fish over the artificial reef but the fish would not bite. There are vast numbers of shiners and gizzard shad down there and it’s hard to compete with Mother Nature’s smorgasbord. Nevertheless, a few pike were speared and one whitefish was caught.

Tawas River: Had open water but no anglers were seen.

Au Gres: Perch fishing in Wigwam Bay has slowed due to muddy water coming out of both the Rifle and Pine Rivers. Ice conditions were questionable including the area near Palmer Road where some reported four-wheelers going through the ice.

Au Gres River: Most of the river had little to no fishing activity due to poor ice conditions however surf anglers at the Singing Bridge were catching good numbers of steelhead.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the region were getting sloppy with a couple inches of slush on top. Colder temperatures by the end of the week should shore the ice back up.

Lake Gogebic: Was producing a good number of walleye.

Menominee River: Most angling pressure has been at the 6th Street Slip where anglers have caught walleye, crappie, whitefish and a few perch when jigging wax worms or minnows.

Little Bay De Noc: Warm temperatures and rain have worsened ice conditions throughout the area. Heavy fog and slush have limited travel. A good number of shanties were pulled before the surface refreezes. Anglers should avoid the area south of Gladstone because of dangerous ice conditions. Some were taking vehicles out on the ice however it is not recommended as several mishaps have been reported. Fishing remains slow. The better perch fishing was near Kipling with wigglers and minnows in 26 feet. There was no good spot for walleye as catches were spotty. Anglers were targeting 26 to 35 feet near Hunters Point, the Second, Third and Center Reefs. They were marking fish but finding it hard to catch them and those actually catching fish were getting undersize walleye and pike. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor also reported high numbers of small northern pike. Whitefish anglers concentrated on the Gladstone area but only a few catches were reported in 28 to 35 feet. Conditions were messy so anglers should be prepared for walking and using portable shanties.

Manistique Lakes: More slush has accumulated on the ice making travel a little more difficult. Good walleye and perch fishing were reported.

Munuscong Bay: Had a lot of slush on the ice. Walleye fishing has picked up and the perch fishing was good off Grassy Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Still had ice with slush on top. Hessel Bay is still the place to go for perch and splake. Anglers are also fishing Wilderness Bay for splake and some larger perch. Muskie Bay is very good for pike and fair for perch.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Huron River: Had some anglers targeting steelhead.

Detroit River: Is wide open. A few boats were going out but most were sticking to the canals because of all the ice coming down. Perch anglers were fishing off the docks in the marinas and in the canals near Gibraltar but were sorting through a lot of small ones to get a few keepers.

Saginaw Bay: The January thaw has ruined the ice in many places. Ice conditions off the end of Linwood Road were “iffy” at best. A couple anglers tried open-water fishing in the Hot Pond but had no success. The perch action at Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee was slow and many were leery of getting stuck near the access point as ice conditions were questionable. Sebewaing, Geiger Road, Mud Creek and Caseville all had poor ice conditions. There was no fishable ice at Port Austin, Grindstone City or Harbor Beach.

Saginaw River: Boat ramps along the river were almost opened up so boat anglers may be able to get out. The Rust Avenue ramp is open and the ramp at Zilwaukee should also be ice-free. There is no safe ice anywhere along the river. The middle of the river was open and had ice and debris including tree trunks moving downstream.

Tittabawassee River: Was open at Gordonville Road where boats were launching. Shore anglers were also out but catch rates were slow. Further downstream there was a lot of floating ice that can hamper fishing. The rivers have been rising constantly for a week now, and other boat ramps should be free of ice.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The limited ice in the area was not safe. Many have moved back to river fishing until the lakes freeze back up.

St. Joseph River: Those fishing near the dams have caught a fair to good number of walleye and the occasional steelhead.

Dowagiac River: Was also producing a good number of walleye. Steelhead fishing was much slower.

Kalamazoo River: Had elevated water levels which made fishing more difficult.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing some steelhead and a few walleye up near the Sixth Street Dam.

Rogue River: Anglers caught steelhead with a jig and wax worm.

We Still Have Safe Ice in Northern Michigan

 

Lyman’s On The Lake reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid and the surface is covered with a layer of water, so it’s very slick.
Time to look at some fish…Gary & Pat Freeman and Mike Berro from Monroe brought in three pike..all around 28″. Charlie Jock (Duck Dynasty stunt double) from Houghton Lake caught a 32″ pike and is currently in first place for our weekly big pike contest. Mike Thompson from HL was successful using a 1/4oz green jig with a minnow…two on the stringer are 20″ & 21″ Walleyes.

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Ice update LAKE MISSAUKEE !!! There is still 12-14″ of ice!! Miller’s Corner reports a good walleye and pike bite & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info 26″ walleye from last night on LAKE MISSAUKEE

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Buc’s Northern Michigan Fishing Report 

From lake Margrethe this week in grayling call skips sport 989- 348-7111

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Pilgrims Village Update Ice Update! 1/18/17
Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell still have about 12″-14″ inches of ice on them. There is about 2″-4″ of slush on top so make sure you have your creepers on chains on your ATV’s. We get calls all day long from fishermen downstate and out of state who are losing their ice. We’re hoarding it all up here

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West Side Grocery on Higgins Lake is now handling bait and Eric Carlson from Phoenix Park Party is helping them out call 989-821-0391 9963 W. Higgins Lake Dr. 48653

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Portage Lake is the place to be!! They are really catching some nice ones out there. At least 10 inches of ice on 1-18-17

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Buc’s Fishing Report

 

Lake Missaukee  

Ice update !!! There is still 12-14″ of ice!! Miller’s Corner  reports a good walleye and pike bite & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

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Pilgrims Village Update Ice Update! 1/18/17
Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell still have about 12″-14″ inches of ice on them. There is about 2″-4″ of slush on top so make sure you have your creepers on chains on your ATV’s. We get calls all day long from fishermen downstate and out of state who are losing their ice. We’re hoarding it all up here Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s On The Lake reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid and the surface is covered with a layer of water, so it’s very slick. Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 7 to 10 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 4 to 7 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 6″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake is the place to be!! They are really catching some nice ones out there. At least 10 inches of ice on 1-18-17

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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 8 to 10 inches some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake 6 to 8 inches inches on North-end, and south-end3 to 5 inches.. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425. West Side Grocery 989-821-039

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with10 to 12 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. A 15.5 lb 35 inch walleye was caught on the lake this week Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort The ice is still holding up well despite the above-freezing temperatures today. The top is still firm packed. Sleds and quads were out today. There is still deep slush under the snowy patches. The bite was hit or miss. Some caught only a few perch while others got their limit on walleyes. Perch did well during the day while the walleyes seem to hit in late morning. 

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We will keep you updated as conditions will most likely change through this long thaw we are entering..Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

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

Long Lake and Grand Lake has 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@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice but few are fishing.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze and we still have 4″ of ice at the end of our docks and the shanty town is still thriving over at the old Wesley’s Marina. However there is open water where the current cuts through the harbor. Keep your spud and spikes handy. We expect a slow melt to continue through the next couple days.There’s a lot of activity around Tannery Bay as the pike have been biting well. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

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

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 4-6 inches

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

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

With the January thaw, steelhead fishing should be good this week so anglers will want to try the Manistee, Betsie, and Pere Marquette Rivers. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River is closed to fishing until April 1. 

Charlevoix County: Most anglers traveling on the inland lakes in this area were traveling by foot. The ice was layered and not of real high quality. Panfish were biting during the day and those fishing Lake Charlevoix at night were starting to catch walleye. With warmer temperatures in the low 40’s this week, anglers will need to use caution. 

Benzie County: Ice was thicker but not consistent so anglers should still use caution. Some perch and panfish were caught on Platte and Upper Herring Lakes.

Portage Lake: Has safe ice and is great fpor perch, walleye and pike.

Lake Cadillac: Is giving up catches of bluegill and crappie although some sorting is required. Good pike catches on tip-ups and even a few walleye. 

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing crappie and bluegills. Check out the coves. Those using tip-ups are taking a few pike and walleye. 

Lake Missaukee: Was producing decent catches of pike, perch and other panfish. A few walleye were taken after dark.

Hamlin Lake: Anglers reported decent catches of panfish and a few pike on tip-ups. 

Pentwater Lake: Numerous perch are being caught but most were small.

Little Bay De Noc: Cold temperatures improved the ice conditions mostly in the northern Bay. The Escanaba River area and south still remains dangerous although iced over. Shipping activity has opened areas in these waters and should be avoided. The northern Bay has ice but warm weather this week could cause problems so anglers need to use caution especially around Saunders Point, the pressure cracks and near the mouth of the rivers. Fishing in general has been very slow. The best walleye catches have come between the Second and the Third Reefs with jigging rapalas or tip-ups and minnows in 25 to 35 feet and straight out from the Day’s River in 20 to 30 feet. Perch anglers had little to show but a few fish were taken on minnows near Kipling in 17 to 25 feet and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor in eight to 10 feet. Pike have been active throughout and those targeting whitefish had fair catches near Gladstone when using minnows or spawn in 30 to 40 feet. 

 

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was generally slow at most locations with the exception of two, Wigwam Bay between the Pine River mouth and Hale Road and near Quanicassee in the area off Tietz Drain in three to five feet. Minnows were catching more fish and early morning was best. Both areas produced nice catches of big perch however anglers need to use caution and watch for variable ice conditions. There have been reports of four-wheelers going through the ice northeast of Vanderbilt Park, off Geiger Road and Mud Creek. Some reported fair to good perch and a few walleye taken on the right day off Palmer Road. Try for perch in the morning and walleye at dusk. All rivers in the area and associated marinas were reported to be high, fast and muddy to the point of being almost unfishable. Anyone going out on Saginaw Bay should give the river mouths, creeks, and drains a wide berth, as the increased flows will ruin the ice in the immediate vicinity. There’s essentially no fishable ice at Port Austin, Grindstone City or Harbor Beach. 

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan & Presque Isle Counties: Ice conditions were variable from lake to lake so anglers need to use caution. Some walleye and a fair number of pike were caught in Black Lake. Grand Lake was good for perch and a few walleye.

Burt Lake: Anglers were taking some jumbo perch and walleye in Maple Bay and at the north end near the Robert Road access area. 

Mullett Lake: Anglers are urged to use extreme caution as ice thickness is not consistent throughout the lake. A few perch and walleye were taken just south of Dodge Point and around the sunken island. A few pike and walleye were taken off Aloha State Park. 

East & West Twin Lakes: In Montmorency County produced a few perch and walleye.

Fletchers Pond: Had many soft pockets of ice that continue to be dangerous. Those using tip-ups have caught some pike.

Higgins Lake: Had ice however anglers are taking it day-by-day. Lake trout were still hitting on greys and some were jigging. Pike were taken on tip-ups on the south end off the State Park in 20 to 40 feet. For perch, try the north end off the State Park, off Big Creek and near the main island. 

Houghton Lake: Still had ice but the lake was sloppy with a good inch or two of water on top. Anglers should avoid the area near the large pressure crack which runs from Heights Marina to the DNR Launch. Anglers were taking lots of pike and some walleye in eight to 12 feet with tip-ups. For bluegill and crappie, try the weed beds along the first drop-off with tear drops and wax worms. 

Tawas: Had a fair amount of fishing activity in Tawas Bay near Jerry’s Marina. Those with cameras could see a lot of perch, walleye and other species but nothing would bite. Lots of baitfish were reported down the holes. This was a big year for gizzard shad and with so many out there, it may keep the walleye from getting hungry enough to bite. 

Tawas Lake: Had good bluegill fishing.

Au Gres: Anglers here were also seeing lots of bait fish down the holes. 

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Was producing a good number of walleye and perch along the north end of the lake. Many of the walleye were 15 inches or more. Perch were hitting just south of Porcupine Point. Ice conditions can vary greatly with slush and bad ice in some locations. 

Gogebic County: Bluegills are being caught on the small lakes. Crappie and perch were taken on Crooked Lake. Several pike have been caught with tip-ups on Lake Lac Vieux Desert.

Lake Antoine: Was producing a few walleye and some perch.

Menominee River: Was producing a nice mix of fish from the 6th Street Slip on the Wisconsin side. Perch, crappie, walleye and a few whitefish were caught by those jigging minnows and wax worms.

 

Munising: The bay froze over however the following areas had partial open water or were not safe: Powell Point, Grand Island and access off M-28 near Christmas. The city docks had the most activity with 15 shanties and the ice was better than the Anna River though a few anglers were still out near the Sunset Motel. Catch rates were slow with only a few undersize splake and very few whitefish. Anglers need to pay close attention to the winds which could break up the ice. Anglers and the general public are cautioned that the ice is not safe to access the ice caves on Grand Island. 

Grand Marais: The harbor does not have any ice at this time. A few locals fishing the area inland lakes were taking some pike. 

Indian Lake: Anglers were taking a few walleye.

Tahquamenon River: Rising water levels were making it very difficult to fish.

Munuscong Bay: Walleye and perch fishing were slow. Travel was slow due to slush. 

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing remains good in Hessel Bay. Wilderness Bay is the place to go for splake. Muskie Bay is still on the slow side for perch but was good for pike. Government Bay has produced some perch. Be extremely careful especially with the warmer temperatures. 

 

 

Huron River: Water levels were about a foot below the dam at Flat Rock and muddy. 

Detroit River: Has a few boat anglers targeting perch near Gibraltar and other areas, look for open water however watch for ice coming downstream. 

Lake St. Clair: A few anglers have gone through the ice near the Clinton River Spillway and had to be rescued. Extreme caution is warranted with warm temperatures and rain this week. 

Saginaw River: Anglers are cautioned to STAY OFF the ice. The river is running fast and dirty and will only get worse. The fishable ice along the shorelines of the river will be getting thin with the rain and warmer temperatures. We will need a good cold snap to freeze things up again. 

Tittabawassee River: Anglers are cautioned to STAY OFF the ice here as well. 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing in this area should be good by the end of the week especially with the warm up. Good rivers to try would be the St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Grand, Muskegon and the White River. Water levels and flow will be elevated.

While the bite improved with the warmer weather, ice on the inland lakes in this region is inconsistent and dangerous. If anglers are heading out they would be wise to fish in shallow waters only.

Baitman Fishing Report 1/12/2017

 

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Bobby Stockton caught these huge pike on Higgins Lake this week. North-end Higgins 2 to 3 inches, south -end 3 to 5 inches. Be careful!!!!!

 

Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries
Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries
Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries
Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries

Lyman’s on the Lake Big Pike contest week #2. Riley Roberts (9) from Houghton Lake and Linkin LaPaugh (9) from Olivet brought in two impressive pike entries this weekend. 

 

Buc’s Fishing Report

Lake Missaukee  

There’s a SOLID 8″ to 12″ of ice on Missaukee. Miller’s Corner  reports a good walleye and pike bite & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell- There seems to be a good 8″ to 12″ of ice near all the public access sites. I checked over by Thirsty’s gas station, Big cove, Kenwood Park and the city boat launch. Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 7 to 10 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 4 to 7 inches and has a good perch bite. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 6″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake is froze with 4 to 6 inches with a great perch bite, Bear Lake has been fair for walleye this week 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 8 to 10 inches some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake is starting to freeze with 2 to 3 inches on North-end, and south-end3 to 5 inches.. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677  Also Evergreen Park is handling bait call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with 7 to 9 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. A 15.5 lb 35 inch walleye was caught on the lake this week Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort Walleye were hitting on live minnows and perch were after the tip-ups. We have seen about 8 inches of clear ice with about 4 inches of honeycomb ice on top of it. If you are after pike, we got chubs in the tank now so come get em’ while they’re feisty!.Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 8to 12inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

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

Long Lake and Grand Lake has 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@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

Pentwater Lake, has ice but few are fishing.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze and we still have 4″ of ice at the end of our docks and the shanty town is still thriving over at the old Wesley’s Marina. However there is open water where the current cuts through the harbor. Keep your spud and spikes handy. We expect a slow melt to continue through the next couple days.There’s a lot of activity around Tannery Bay as the pike have been biting well. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

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

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 4-6 inches

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

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions are highly variable around the Bay and anglers are cautioned to be very careful. Patches of open water still exist in many areas, and newly formed ice may or may not be thick enough to hold anglers. Fishing was basically limited to perch fishing in shallow water. The bay has not yet frozen all the way across, and in most locations ice only extends out about a mile from shore and most anglers are not venturing out anywhere near that far. Some perch fishing activity was reported at White’s Beach, Pinconning Road, Newman Road and about three blocks off Erickson Road. Anglers were perch fishing off Linwood but caution needs to be used as a lot of the ice out there was newly frozen or re-frozen and “shove ice” and thickness varies tremendously from spot to spot. Those fishing off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee were getting a few perch with live minnows. A few small perch and a couple bluegills were caught inside Sunset Bay Marina. There was also some fishing activity in the channel that leads out of the marina basin. Moving north, Geiger Road had some fishing activity, but the fish were small and the ice had patches of open water so use caution. Fish were also caught from the Mud Creek access site.

Saginaw River:: Most ice fishing activity was concentrated at the mouth, especially in the marina basins off the channel. Some decent catches of 8 to 12 inch perch were taken from the Yacht Club Marina basin and in the mouth of the basin. Live minnows on perch rigs seemed to be more effective than beaded spoons. Live bait usually works best when it is extremely cold. Most fishing on the lower river was limited to the edges as anglers did not trust the ice in the middle of the channel. Some were fishing just off the edge of the banks as far upstream as the Independence Bridge and south of Bay City from Veterans Park along M-13 to Crow Island, but be advised that the middle of the river still has thin ice and patches of open water. Walleye fishing was very slow.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lakes in Antrim and Charlevoix counties were hit-or-miss for safety. The high volume of snow has resulted in much slush and water on top of the ice. Anglers still need to exercise extreme caution when fishing these and other lakes in the area.

Lake Cadillac: Is producing pike for those using tip-ups with suckers. The bluegill and crappie bite improved with the warmer weather.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers continue to target the waters on the west end including Big Cove and Small Cove for bluegills and crappie. Try a smaller jig with live bait such as minnows, wigglers and wax worms. Those spearing pike have taken some fish along the south end.

Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers are taking pike and walleye on tip-ups.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Margrethe: Has ice fishing and a couple good size walleye have been caught.

Higgins Lake: The ice is building. Anglers will need to use caution and watch for a pressure crack out from Big Creek which has come together and is now protruding above the ice. The lake had a good 6 to 7 inches of snow which was turning to slush. Anglers were starting to target pike in 45 feet and lake trout in 80 to 100 feet along the north end. Most are using tip-ups with greys and suckers. Some were also starting to fish off the south end near the State Park.

Houghton Lake: Ice fishing continues however anglers need to stay clear of the very large pressure crack that runs from Heights Marina to the DNR Launch. The large pressure crack is moving from day to day which makes it even more dangerous. The lake had a good 5 inches of snow on top. Fishing has been good with the pike and bluegills active. A couple limit catches of walleye were reported by those fishing in deeper water with smaller jigs and live minnows. Good colors were chartreuse, fire-tiger, dark green and gold. Those targeting crappie are also taking fish.

Tawas: Perch fishing in the Bay was very slow with only a few small fish taken in 15 feet near Jerry’s Marina. Those after walleye in 22 feet saw walleye, lake trout and other species near the bottom but nothing would bite. Those spearing pike near Jerry’s Marina were taking fish here and there but the action was still slow.

Au Gres: A few were perch fishing on the lower river and in the bayou near the breakwall, but success was limited to a few small perch and sub-legal walleye. Off the Pine River mouth and Palmer Road, people were going out up to a mile, but perch success was slow and no walleyes were brought in. Primarily small perch and a couple bluegills were caught inside Eagle Bay Marina.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers targeting panfish on the inland lakes had minimal success. Anglers fishing Wamplers Lake and Sand Lake in Lenawee County were fishing near the bottom in 12 to 18 feet. A few pike were taken on tip-ups in 8 to 12 feet. Anglers will need to use caution after the mid-week warm up.

Lake Erie: The Metro Park Marina was giving up some panfish.

Huron River: Continues to give up some steelhead near the golf course.

Detroit River: Is wide open with not much in the way of fishing activity.

Lake St. Clair: Panfish and perch fishing were good in the marinas and canals. Some of the main lake areas froze up but anglers were still close to shore. With rain and warm temperatures again, anglers should use extreme caution. Ice that has thawed and refroze is never as strong as new ice.

 


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice conditions on the inland lakes in the counties near Lake Michigan are still variable due to heavy snow cover. As you move east into counties such as Eaton, Calhoun, St. Joseph, and Jackson, the lakes had less snow and a little thicker ice.

Kalamazoo County: Ice anglers were out on Big and Little Sugarloaf, Gourdneck and Long Lake just to mention a few.

Kalamazoo River: Has elevated water levels that will no doubt spill over the banks. Those walking near the river should exercise caution as the banks will be unstable.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Was under a flood watch in Robinson Township, Ottawa County. There is an ice jam downstream of Robinson Township. Combined rain and snow melt may elevate the river behind the ice jam. Anglers would need to use extreme caution in this area as well as downstream in case the ice jams give way. A flood warning has been issued near Comstock Park in Kent County. Anglers should avoid these areas of the river.

Muskegon Lake: The Coast Guard is warning anglers to be aware of commercial shipping and ice-breaking activity on the lake Wednesday January 11th through Sunday January 15th. Ships are expected to transit the channel in and out of Muskegon at various times throughout the weekend. A tug boat will conduct ice breaking operations in support of the ships. Recreational users of the ice should plan their activity carefully, use caution near the ice, and stay away from shipping channels and the charted Lake Carriers Association track lines. Most anglers were staying in Snug Harbor.


Baitman Fishing Report Nice fish being Caught in Northern Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

15.5 lb 35 inch walleye out of Lake Margrethe
15.5 lb 35 inch walleye out of Lake Margrethe

35 inch walleye caught on lake Margrethe on a tip up by Val Walker call Skips Sport shop for the latest info at 989-348-7111

 

 

Pike are really starting to pick up. More keeper walleyes came in last night and this morning.

More perch coming in. Today was a little slower than yesterday, but still a good day fishing nonetheless. A few more walleyes came in and more and more throwbacks are showing up.
7-9 inches of ice with a few inches of snow.

New this year at the shop: Propane exchange! Don’t be left in the cold in your shack. Bring in your empty (20lb) tank and exchange it for a full one.

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Buc’s Fishing Report

Lake Missaukee  

There’s a SOLID 7″ to 10″ of ice on Missaukee. Miller’s Corner  reports a good walleye and pike bite Please still use caution & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell- There seems to be a good 6″ to 10″ of ice near all the public access sites. I checked over by Thirsty’s gas station, Big cove, Kenwood Park and the city boat launch. Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 5 to 7 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze but nobody has been out very far on the lake. Lots of guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch.Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 5 to 7 inches

Lake Skegemog has ice from 5 to 8 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 4 to 7 inches and has a good perch bite  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 6″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 4″ to 6″ with perch and walleye being caught

 

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake is froze with 4 to 6 inches with a few going out, Bear Lake has been fair for walleye this week 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 8 to 10 inches some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake is starting to freeze with shore ice.. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677  Also Evergreen Park is handling bait call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with 5 to 7 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. A 15.5 lb 35 inch walleye was caught on the lake this weekCall Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort More perch coming in. Today was a little slower than yesterday, but still a good day fishing nonetheless. A few more walleyes came in and more and more throwbacks are showing up.
7-9 inches of ice with a few inches of snow..Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 4 to 6 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

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

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

Long Lake and Grand Lake has 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@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake is froze but no reports yet, Mullet Lake has also froze over. 
 

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

Pentwater Lake, has ice but few are fishing.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze and we still have 4″ of ice at the end of our docks and the shanty town is still thriving over at the old Wesley’s Marina. However there is open water where the current cuts through the harbor. Keep your spud and spikes handy. We expect a slow melt to continue through the next couple days.There’s a lot of activity around Tannery Bay as the pike have been biting well. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

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

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 4-6 inches

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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Due to poor ice conditions and snow in the region, anglers are just starting to venture out on some of the inland lakes.

Fletchers Pond: Fishing was good for pike and bluegills however ice conditions were variable and extreme caution needs to be used.

Lake Margrethe: Had ice but also received 10 inches or more of snow. A few anglers were out with portable shanties but no machines were on the ice.

Higgins Lake: Had no ice. The rain and strong winds opened the lake up again.

Houghton Lake: Has ice however anglers will need to be careful around the pressure cracks. The largest one runs from Heights Marina to the DNR Launch. There are other smaller ones throughout the lake. Anglers are taking pike on golden shiners and the walleye bite has started for those using blues. Bluegills and crappie have been caught.

Tawas: A few anglers were fishing in the north end of the bay near Jerry’s Marina however anglers should consider the ice in this area highly unstable because of the strong winds.

Tawas Lake: Bluegill fishing on the first ice was very good.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing in the rivers was good during the recent thaw. The Pere Marquette, Manistee and Betsie River would all be good choices. Ice is starting to build on the inland lakes including South Lake Leelanau and Little Glen Lake.

Long Lake: In Grand Traverse County was producing walleye and pike.

Long Lake: In Benzie County was producing a few perch.

Lake Cadillac: Had ice anglers using tip-ups for walleye and pike. Catch rates for pike were good. Some panfish have also been caught.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers continue to target the waters on the west end including Big Cove for bluegills and crappie. Those using tip-ups reported good pike fishing.

Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers using tip-ups have caught walleye and a few pike.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes along the west end had ice especially the small to mid-size lakes. Anglers were pike fishing on Lake Antoine in Dickinson County and Stager Lake in Iron County. Many of the smaller lakes across the region were producing some nice catches of panfish.

Gogebic: Had good fishing but the bite will no doubt slow with much colder air moving into the state. Areas with slush were freezing however you may break through the top layer in some areas. The walleye bite was very good in 7 to 11 feet with sucker minnows and jigging raps. Some perch were also caught. Try wigglers and spikes.

Little Bay De Noc: Has ice but the thickness was not uniform. Those thinking of heading out will need to use extreme caution in areas with a current and near the pressure cracks.

Indian Lake: In Schoolcraft County was producing good perch catches.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Those ice fishing at the Metro Park were taking small panfish and perch.

Huron River: Was giving up a couple steelhead.

Detroit River: Perch fishing continues in the canals where anglers are using perch rigs. Those fishing the marinas were using jigs and tear-drops with minnows.

Lake St. Clair: Had some ice in the canals and marinas. Those using silver spoons, worms and spikes caught bluegills and perch. A few anglers went through the ice on the north end of the lake. No ice on the lake should be considered fishable at this time. Anglers should wait for conditions to improve before venturing out.

Saginaw Bay: Shoreline ice around the bay has blown out. Winds 30 to 40 mph are changing ice conditions drastically. Anglers would be wise to stick to the sheltered marinas such as Eagle Bay Marina near Standish, Linwood Beach Marina near Linwood, Sunset Bay Marina near Unionville, and the Caseville Marina.

Saginaw River: : Was wide open but there is ice in many of the boat ramps and launch basins. Some were successfully launching boats at the Rust Avenue ramp in the south end of Saginaw and motoring upstream to fish around the confluence of the Tittabawassee and the Shiawassee Rivers near Green Island.

Flint River: Anglers were starting to see some nice walleye.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Few were out because of the arctic blast and strong winds but those braving the elements have taken some nice catches of bluegills, crappie and pike. Anglers were ice fishing on the smaller shallow lakes in the area. For the most part, ice on the bigger lakes was not uniform and anglers would be wise to wait a bit longer before venturing out. Stay away from inlets, outlets and pressure cracks.

Rogue River: Had a couple steelhead caught before the cold front moved in. If you can keep the ice off your line, you should find a few fish.

Grand River at Lansing: Not many were out but those fishing near the North Lansing Dam have caught a few pike and walleye.

Muskegon River: Is producing steelhead and the occasional brown trout. Water levels were up a bit after the rain and snowmelt. Anglers are using streamers and sculpins or a jig and wax worm.

Baldwin Lake: In Greenville was producing bluegills and crappie near the boat launch.

Cold Weather Returns Today so We should be good for the weekend

 

 

 

Nathan Keeler Hamlin lake 10lbs 36inch

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Captain Chuck’s II in Ludington Reports
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Ice fishing has been pretty good on some of the lakes around here. One of our customers shared this picture with us. Of course these fish were caught in an undisclosed location but he did say the ice was a solid 6″. 
Cooler temps are right around the corner should help the ice conditions. 

Green Lake by Interlochen has open water off the Karlin Access site, state park access had 3 inches yesterday and guys quit fishing but they did catch a few smelt sunday night when they has better ice.

In my travels today Portage Lake has ice but not safe, cold weather should help.

Manistee Lake is not safe as but cold weather will help.

Hamlin Lake has lots of guys out with ice 5 to 9 inches.

Pentwater the ice is not safe.

White Lake had open spots and is not safe in many spots, guys were in boats yesterday and catching big perch, so the arctic blast should gets ice fishing.

Hesperia they are fishing hard and catching panfish, pike.

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Some nice fish caught out of Lake Missaukee before the weather change. Call Millers Corner for the latest fishing conditions
(231) 839-0440

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From Millers Corner Walleye caught sunday night. 28″ Walleye & 24″ Pike – Lake Missaukee

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‎Francis Murray Hincks Had a good day have 12 more time for dinner

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Lyman’s on the Lake has their Shanties Out on Hought!

 

Lyman’s On The Lake Shanties are Out
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Houghton Lake Ice Report 1.02.17 Our shanties are now on the ice and ready to rent. Most of the lake is 5″ to 8″, but there are thinner spots as well, so don’t assume your next step is necessarily safe. There are also a few pressure cracks where its not safe to cross. Stop in and see us before you go out for the latest report.

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Miller’s Corner in Lake City 
(231) 839-0440 had this monster bought in today from the Lake.This just in & measured by us- 43″ Northern! Good job Jake & Jordan!

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Quite a few fishermen out on Lake Cadillac today

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Casey and Korinda from Miller’s corner in Lake City niece and nephew with pike

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Weekend Review of Ice Fishing

 

 

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Nick Hallenbeck‎ caught 25″ & 22.5″ first time out on Lake Mitchell , 

 

 

Pike photo is from Lake Missaukee
Pike photo is from Lake Missaukee

 

 

Miller’s Corner Lake City_UPDATE! There is a pressure crack off of Green Road launch to the West. Please use caution when venturing out. Pike photo is from Lake Missaukee

Jack’s Sport in Kalkaska reports a good perch bite on Manistee Lake with a few walleye.

Skips Sport reports that Lake Margrethe has ice from 4 to 7 inches and pike are biting, but walleye and perch are slow.

Higgins Lake is wide open.

Houghton Lake they have better ice on the east and north-end, lymans still has his shanties, walleye have been slow but good pike bite.

Saint helen sport reports good pike and some nice walleye being caught.

Wixom Lake has been good for pike, and gills.

Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac has been fair for pike and walleye, crappie bite has been awesome off of kenwood park.

Fife Lake is froze but I only saw a couple people out fishing, the smaller lakes have been ok for gills and pike in the area.

Long Lake by Traverse has lots of people out fishing this weekend have not heard if the walleye were biting.