Ice Fishing just a few places

Ice Fishing just a few places Houghton Lake, Lake Missaukee, Skegemog Lake, Otsego Lake, Cadillac and Mitchell, Munuscong Bay. The upper peninsula lake are ok, grand, black lakes still have guys fishing 

Conditions have improved a lot on the bay. There is 7-13 inches of ice. All the slush and water is froze solid, so the top is hard packed snow and ice. Everything is making it out ok. No trucks have gone out in the past few days. 
Walleye bite has been decent. Some are getting a few keepers and others, just throwbacks. Perch has seemed to pick up a bit and the pike are still hanging around.

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Pilgrims Village Fishing Shop

Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell
There is about 4″-5″ of clear ice with about 8″ of garbage on top.
Shorelines are starting to crackup in many places. I was only able to check behind us at the store, many of the roads along Lake Cadillac were blocked off by utility companies cleaning trees off from road ways and fixing power lines.
If you’re coming up this way I suggest bringing your Steelhead rod instead…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I went to long lake by traverse city today and nobody on the lake and ice had froze to shore but not thick enough photo from taylor park and Crescent Shores Drive Launch

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checked green lake at both access site by interlochen nobody out and ice is not safe

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From Miller’s Corner Lake City Sean and his son Bryce did well this evening. Congrats guys! Thanks for buying Miller bait.

Current Ice Report. 8-10″ of ice left. Temps are dropping down to the 20 degree marks at night. We’ve been having rain, light snow, hail, thunder and lightning. We have been busy with guys still fishing. Please use extreme caution when venturing out. Be safe & thank you for your inquiries!

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Degen Bednariks first time ice fishing 8″ perch caught it within minutes of putting line in the water

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We still have Ice North of M-55

Open water fishing was the rule in southern half of the Lower Peninsula. The northern half still had ice but anglers will need to be cautious and watch for changing ice conditions. Ice fishing on the Upper Peninsula inland lakes was still going strong.

They are still getting out on Lake Skegemog, and Lake Margrethe with perch biting fair.

long lake by traverse is still producing nice perch with lots of short walleye.

Hamlin and Portage Lake are not safe

 

The Reel Fun Ice Fishing Tournament
 
 

This unique tournament is detailed in the rules section but here’s a quick introduction.

  • Limited amount of tickets sold
  • Over 1250 predrilled holes in the tournament area- first come first serve
  • No shelters allowed
  • Prizes determined by fish weight and then by time registered in the event of a tie. 
  • Prizes are non-species specific, any open species of fish may be registered.

We had a meeting tonight and the tournament is a go! With 15″ of ice today we will have plenty to fish On. 

Again we ask you please DO NOT Park on the ice. We need the integrity of the landing to stay clear for tournament officials to get tents, vendors and gear on and off ice. 

Less than 100 tickets left at Bucks Bait and Top O Michigan. Any left over will be sold at the gate. 

See you Saturday!

Good Morning! Tickets are still available for both the tournament and Festivus. We will have a lot of raffles at Festivus for gear, a shanty, carvings and more. 

Also this year we will have t-shirts for sale at both Festivus and on the ice. See you soon and dress warm for Saturday as it looks like we will have another one of those years- for those who have fished in years past, you know what we mean!

 

 

 

The ice got a little sloppier today and we did lose a little during this thaw. The pressure crack by Grassy has open water in some spots and there is water coming up around the edges of Pine and Gull. If you are not familiar with the bay, there are springs around pine and a ridge underwater on the east side of pine. One snowmobile broke through on the east side, and one went down over there this afternoon. 
Try to stay clear of the river mouth, islands, and shorelines during this thaw and as we get into last ice. 
The bite seemed to be a little better today since more keepers were landed. Temperatures will not get below freezing until thursday night, so just be cautious out there!

Millers Corner There’s still a foot of ice. Some are still driving vehicles. Please use caution no matter what due to the warmer temps. The weather is supposed to change and get colder.

 

Lake Missaukee yesterday. Our buddy Mark did well.

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Ice Report 2/22/17, Lakes Cadillac and Lake Mitchell
We’ve lost about 4″ in 2 days. There is now about 10″-13″ of ice on both lakes. About 7″ of clear ice on the bottom everything above that is pretty soft and slushy. It’s pretty breezy and rain is forecasted for Friday.

Big Cove Lake Mitchell

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big cove lake cadillac

 

Kenwood Park, Lake Cadillac

 

Kenwood Park, Lake Cadillac
Kenwood Park, Lake Cadillac

 

Took this photo on Higgins lake west access today

Higgins lake west access
Higgins lake west access

 

Green Lake by interlochen today state park access

 

Green Lake by interlochen today state park access
Green Lake by interlochen today state park access

 

 

 

Lyman’s Weekly Big Pike Winners. Congratulations to Jake Gauthier (11) from Sheperd with his 29 1/2″, 6lb northern caught on a tip-up with an emerald shiner near the middle grounds. Rick Burtis from HL won the adult division with his 33″ pike…also caught near the middlegrounds. He was using a silver swedish pimple. Great job, guys!

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers were still ice fishing in this area of the state however caution should still be used during the warm weather. Check the ice as you go and avoid areas near natural springs as well as inlets and outlets where water is constantly flowing.

Lake Charlevoix: Still had ice but the lake was sloppy with slush and water on top.

Green Lake: Had good fishing for smelt on the southwest side. Anglers were fishing about 40 feet straight off the launch where it gets deep fast. There were quite a few people out there so look for the cluster of ice shanties. The depth varies as the fish rise in the water column to feed on zooplankton. Start near the bottom as it is getting dark and gradually work up. The ice was holding but who knows for how long.

Lake Cadillac: Still had ice however anglers should watch for quickly changing ice conditions. The recent bite was hit-or-miss. Anglers did manage to get some bluegills and crappie.

Lake Mitchell: Anglers were still ice fishing for panfish and pike.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers are still ice fishing and taking pike and panfish. The walleye bite slowed.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: On the good days, anglers were taking near limit catches of walleye in front of Hopper’s Tavern and off Greenman’s Point. A good number of jumbo perch were caught in Maple Bay.

Mullett Lake: The ice was holding so far with the warm up though the area near the outlet of the Pigeon River was not safe. Slush could be an issue until colder weather returns. Fishing has been slow and catch rates were low. The best spots for perch were in Scotts Bay off the Blue Water Shores area in 30 feet, in the “Humps” off Dodge Point in 25 feet or in front of Topinabee in 20 to 35 feet. Catches of 10 to 15 fish was considered a good day for perch. A few walleye were also caught in the same areas. The pike action slowed with only a couple fish caught.

Oscoda: Pier anglers reported good brown trout and lake trout fishing.

Higgins Lake: Is losing some ice with the warm weather however anglers were still out fishing. Lake trout were still hitting in deeper water. Smelt are still being caught but not in big numbers. Fish were found in 40 to 60 feet off the North State Park and off the west side launch.

Houghton Lake: The ice was holding however the lake has loss some shoreline ice and anglers should stay away from the large pressure crack which has opened up more with warm spell. Bluegill fishing was good but anglers will have to find them. The bigger fish were caught in 12 to 14 feet. Crappie were caught in 8 to 10 feet. Pike and walleye fishing were slow however bass were starting to hit.

Tawas: Stay off the ice! There is no safe ice or even remotely walkable ice anywhere on the bay.

Au Gres: Rivers in the area are open. The Rifle River in particular was fairly low and clear and well suited for steelhead fishing right now. No signs of suckers running yet; it is too early and the water is still too cold.

Au Gres River: There was a lot of fishing activity up at the Singing Bridge access site. Steelhead were caught on spawn by those surfcasting or fishing the lower river.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the western end were ice covered with heavy slush on the surface. The return of much cooler temperatures should lock the ice back up and ice fishing will continue. Anglers will be able to try Lake Gogebic for walleye and the Lac Vieux Desert Flowage for bluegills and crappie.

Keweenaw Bay: The ice blew out and the bay was open for trolling. Boat anglers have opportunities for brown trout, splake, and lake trout off the Sand Point Lighthouse on the west side and the Falls River off the village of L’Anse. A few coho were caught casting spoons from shore near the Sand Point Lighthouse in Baraga. Anglers putting in small boats at the Sand Point beach had limited success for coho and lake trout.

Menominee River: Was producing a few brown trout and steelhead up near the Hattie Street Dam. Anglers were using small spoons, stick baits, streamers or nymphs.

Little Bay De Noc: Unseasonably warm weather has impacted ice conditions. Areas around Escanaba and Saunders Point in Gladstone had open water. The area near the Escanaba River was considered dangerous and should be avoided. Anglers were still fishing the north end of the bay however watch for changing conditions with the warm weather. Walleye anglers reported a few nice catches in deep water off the Second Reef when jigging rapalas with minnows or using tip-ups with minnows in 32 to 35 feet. Perch anglers did best near Kipling with minnows or wigglers in 17 to 30 feet and off the Day’s River in 14 to 26 feet. Those looking to travel to the area might want to call the local bait shops for updates on ice conditions.

Munising: Ice conditions have deteriorated and were NOT safe at the Grand Island Ferry Access and the Munising Public Launch. The city docks, Sand Point, and Christmas access areas were holding somewhat fishable ice but anglers need to use caution. Soft ice and slushy conditions will only get worse before it turns cold again. Whitefish anglers had poor success. For splake, those using cut bait or minnows with jigs or tip-ups did better. It appears the splake are eating good numbers of smelt. Small perch were caught near Sand Point. Smelt catches in the same area were fair. A few coho and the occasional brown trout were caught recently. The Anna River dock is open enough from the mouth to the river where anglers can fish from the dock but the water clarity was somewhat muddy and they had no luck. The mouth of Furnace Creek is open approximately 50 to 100 feet along the shoreline.

Grand Marais: Had no fishable ice. No anglers were steelhead fishing off the pier or the Sucker River. Action on the area inland lakes has been good.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Boat anglers are heading out. Most walleye were caught in Ohio water

Detroit River: Has had a lot of boat anglers. No word on walleye yet but perch anglers were taking fish at the Cross Dyke near Sugar Island, in Airport Bay and in the canals around Grosse Ile.

Lake St. Clair: The Michigan side is all open water. A few boats have been launching and fishing, but no catches to report.

St. Clair River: No ice is flowing and Lake Huron looks to be almost completely ice free. Anglers have been out trolling, whipping and jigging with the warm weather.

Saginaw Bay: Stay off the ice! There is no safe ice or even remotely walkable ice anywhere on the bay!! Most of the cuts and rivers around the bay are wide open and can provide some shore fishing for perch. Boat anglers were fishing the lower Quanicassee River.

Saginaw River: Had lots of fishing activity with all the boat launches from Saginaw to Bay City open and useable. There are lots of undersize walleye in the river as many reported catching 50 to 75 short ones in order to get 5 or 6 fish over 13 inches. Most are using bright colored jig heads with shiners or plastic scented tails but some were jigging rapalas. The best fishing seemed to be in the middle of the shipping channel in the deepest water. Most were vertical jigging but some would anchor and cast.

Tittabawassee River: Had lots of boat anglers. All of the boat ramps were open including Imerman Park. A lot of shore anglers were also out but the walleye fishing was very slow. Most anglers caught none but a couple boat anglers up near the Dow Dam did manage to get a couple. The water is really cold yet, and it does not appear that the spring walleye run from the bay into the rivers has gotten underway yet.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing is done for now. Most lakes are open water or nearly ice free. Boat anglers were out in good numbers. Stay off any remaining ice, it is not safe!

St. Joseph: Pier anglers have caught chinook, coho and brown trout.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing was very good. The fish are starting to move upstream and were moving through the fish ladder at the Berrien Springs Dam.

Black River: Still had some steelhead being caught.

Saugatuck: Boat anglers were still heading out and catching coho, brown trout and steelhead.

Kalamazoo River: Also had very good steelhead fishing. Fish were caught both below Calkins Dam and throughout the river.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers trolling close to shore have caught coho, steelhead and the occasional brown trout.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has had very good steelhead fishing with limit catches reported. Boat and shore anglers are using fresh skein, spawn bags, wax worms and wigglers. A fair to good number of walleye were also caught.

Muskegon River: Had a good number of boat anglers over the last week. Most have caught steelhead and a few hooked into and lost walleye below Croton Dam.


 

 

Michigan Free Fishing Weekend Fishing Report

Michigan’s annual “Winter Free Fishing Weekend” will be held this Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th. No fishing license is required however all regulations still apply. Special events will be held statewide, will be subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled if there is no safe ice. For a list of registered events, click here: www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52261_50497-372353–,00.html. With temperatures well above normal by the weekend and into next week, anglers will need to be very careful and watch for changing and or deteriorating ice conditions. Ice fishing especially in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula may be done for this year. Even if there is no fishable ice in certain parts of the state this weekend, anglers may find some open water fishing.

Cash Bash Ice Fishing Contest in Cadillac

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Inter-loch-ness ice fishing tournament feb 18&19

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Buc’s Fishing Report

Lake Missaukee  

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Current Ice Report: 16-18″ of beautiful ice! Any more questions? Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell-

Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell Ice Report 2/16/17
We have about 15″-17″ of ice on both lakes heading into the weekend. We’ll have to see what we have next week after the warm up.

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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 2-man Ice Fishing Contest on Feb 18th.

Brandon at the Back Door Saloon added on an extra bonus for the teams. He’s going to fry up their catch and he’ll supply the fries as well.  
Teams must register and check-in at Lyman’s from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.  
Weigh-in and fish fry are at The Back Door Saloon from 5pm to 7 pm. All fish must be at BDS by 7pm to qualify for prizes.

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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  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 10 to 12 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch . Below a mess of perch from Skegemog

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Manistee lake is 10 to 12 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

Ice report for the week. Upper Hamlin Lake has anywhere from 10-13 inches on it. The shore ice has locked back up and machines can get back on now. Pere Marquette lake has 6-7 inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 6-7 inches. Only safe ice we’ve heard is off the south side launch. Downtown is not fish able.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

 

Greg and his buddy kyle caught some nice lake trout on 
North lake Leelanau

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North is 6-8″
South is 8-10″
No snow on either lake 
Call Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is  http://www.lakeeffectcharters.com

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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 slowed on big perch lots of little ones the last few days, walleye and pike fishing has been good

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Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  

Otsego Lake has 10 to 14 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 should have lots of fisherman this week as the ice is finally were guys can get out on sleds and quads7 to 9 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

Mike from saint helen bait reports First and third lake seem to be the most productive getting reports of 12-14in of ice and not much snow on top call mike@ (989) 808-1814

Tony laframboise with a 23.5in walleye

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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. perch fishing has picked up. 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

A beautiful, crisp, sunny day on the bay today. The evening bite picked up this week. Walleyes and perch have been hitting right before dark. There are still a lot of throwback walleyes and some throwback pike lately. 

9 to 15 inches of ice, with the top 40% honeycombed. There are a few trucks going out and there hasn’t been any problems getting out.

Another thaw is in the forecast for this weekend with highs in the 40’s. We expect it to get slushy but it will be a nice and sunny weekend to be outside! We will update our page as conditions and bite changes.
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Give us a call at 906-647-1410 or 906-647-8120 to find where they are biting. There is a full moon that weekend too so it should be good fishin!

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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 and lots of small perch.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is open in most spots 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. 8 to 10inches 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 7 -9 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have great ice  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

Bear Lake: In Kalkaska County had good trout fishing for those using tip-ups with minnows in 40 feet.

Lake Skegemog: Had fair to good perch fishing.

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay are open water and boat anglers are heading out.

Portage Lake: Still had lots of ice fishing going on however the west end of the lake had open water. Anglers have caught a number of large perch.

Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing continues and those targeting panfish were taking bluegills, crappie and some perch. The walleye bite was hit-or-miss but anglers have caught some nice fish.

Lake Mitchell: Pike fishing has been good and the fish are still feeding. Some are using tip-ups while others are spearing. Fair to good panfish action continues.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers are still ice fishing and taking pike, a few walleye and some panfish.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Had excellent walleye fishing off Hoppies Tavern and Roberts Road. Anglers are fishing early morning or late afternoon. Not many perch were caught but a good number of burbot have been caught along with the walleye.

Mullett Lake: Still had good ice but overall fishing was slow. A few pike have been speared or caught on tip-ups in Pigeon River Bay and off Needle Point. Perch were caught in front of the library in Topinabee in 30 to 40 feet and off Dodge Point. No significant numbers of walleye have been caught.

Black Lake: Had good catches of walleye and pike on the north end.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout anglers are doing well in 80 to 100 feet with greys on tip-ups or jigging Swedish pimples and sand kickers. Perch have been found off the North State Park, Evergreen Park, the Sunken and the Main Islands and south of Flag Point and Point Detroit. The key is to target 40 to 60 feet and move around. Those jigging for lake trout have caught a few whitefish. Pike were taken on tip-ups with sucker minnows in 45 feet or so along the drop-off. For smelt, anglers are using wax worms and spikes with Hali jigs near the bottom at night in about 50 feet off the North State Park. There should be lots of anglers out for Winterfest this weekend.

Houghton Lake: Still has good pike action. Anglers were getting a good number of bluegills but are sorting out some small ones. Work the weed beds in 6 to 12 feet with wigglers and wax worms. The walleye bite was still slow but should pick up soon. Anglers still need to use caution near the large pressure crack.

Tawas: Ice fishing in Tawas Bay continued to be slow. Anglers report seeing walleye down their holes but nobody can get them to bite. A few small perch were caught. Those spearing for pike did well in 15 feet.

Au Gres: Anglers continue to take some perch in the Northport Marina. Down at the Pine River/Palmer Road vicinity, there were a lot of anglers and quite a few limit catches of perch were taken in about 8 feet. The fish ranged 7 to 10 inches or more. Anglers also caught and released undersize walleye.

Au Gres River: Down at Singing Bridge, a couple steelhead were taken in the lower river and in the surf when using spawn bags.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Pack ice blew in and froze up. Anglers walking out at the head of the bay had limited success. Shore ice on the Baraga side looks poor and no anglers were out. L’Anse had the most anglers fishing in front of the Falls River but catch rates were slow. Use extreme caution going out as the ice pack is unpredictable and hard to walk on. Take your time, use cleats and spud your way out.

Menominee River: Open water anglers were trying for walleye and whitefish below the Hattie Street Dam. Those at the 6th Street Slip were still catching walleye, crappie, perch and whitefish.

Little Bay De Noc: The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations in Northern Green Bay and Little Bay De Noc February 17th – 19th. The area of operations will be from Rock Island Passage north to Escanaba. All ice anglers should remove their ice shacks and equipment from these areas. ATV operators and other recreational users of the ice should avoid the shipping channels and use extreme caution near these areas.. Walleye catches have been down all winter and anglers have been unable to fish the southern waters where most of the walleye are because of poor ice conditions. Anglers did report some walleye caught in various locations when jigging wigglers or minnows in 20 to 30 feet. No high number of perch but some decent size fish have been caught. Good numbers of small pike were taken in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Warmer temperatures could cause some problems for ice anglers.

Munising: The action was slow. Anglers were mainly targeting whitefish and splake with eggs. A few were using minnows for splake but most of the fish were undersize. Some were able to get a few nice catches of whitefish averaging 15 inches at the city docks, the Anna River access and Sand Point. A couple anglers caught splake in the West Channel near the Clay Banks and off the red can near Christmas. Trout Bay did not have any fishable ice. With last week’s heavy snowfall, travel on the ice has been difficult because of heavy slush and water.

Grand Marais: Still had no fishable ice.

Indian Lake: In Schoolcraft County was producing some perch and a few walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers targeting perch in Hessel Bay reported taking between five and ten fish ranging 7 to 11 inches when jigging a combination of natural and artificial baits in and around 15 feet. Anglers were sorting through the small ones. Those targeting splake had very little success. Muskie Bay anglers were targeting pike and caught a few perch. The Les Cheneaux Islands had moderate fishing activity.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Is open water and walleye anglers have been out in boats. The Metro Park launch has a couple docks in.

Huron River: Anglers caught the occasional steelhead and even a couple walleye.

Detroit River: Had good perch fishing with many fish moving into shallow waters in the canals and inlets. Boat and shore anglers have done well with minnows and perch rigs. Boat anglers still need to be careful as ice is still coming down the river.

Lake St. Clair: The main lake is mostly open water. The canals and marina ice is very questionable.

Saginaw Bay: This may be the last week of fishable ice depending on what the weather does. Strong winds from the west did not help. Ice conditions will be day-to-day for the rest of the winter. Some nice catches of perch were taken off the end of Cody-Estey Road. There was still fishable ice from Palmer Road south to Pinconning and Newman Roads however the ice at the end of Linwood Road was honeycombed and did not look safe. The ice sheet is well offshore from Linwood down to the Bay City State Park. Even the shore ice is gone at the State Park. They’re still fishing off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee where the perch fishing was very good last week with perch up to 14 inches taken. The ice blew out at Thomas Road late last week but then it blew back in with the strong winds on Sunday. The connection between the shore ice and the sheet ice was not good and no one should try jumping the crack to get to the offshore ice or you may find yourself taking a long ride on a sheet of ice. There is visible open water offshore from most access points so anglers need to use extreme caution. Beware of the ice at Caseville. It may have broken up after the strong winds.

Saginaw River: Most boat ramps were still iced in, but a few guys were launching small boats from shore at Wickes Park and beneath the I-675 Bridge. Launches that were open were Rust Avenue, the Zilwaukee Ramp, and below the Independence Bridge. All the other ramps in Bay City were iced in but might open up by next week. The river was pretty fast and muddy and fishing was slow.

Tittabawassee River: Had a good number of boat and shore anglers at the launch at Gordonville Road but fishing was slow. The boats that went up to the Dow Dam got a few walleye, but the boats and shore anglers around Gordonville Road and Mapleton really didn’t catch much. Further downstream, ice hinders shore fishing and the launch ramps were iced in.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Some lakes still had enough soft ice to prevent boating, but were not safe to walk on. Lake Macatawa had shoreline ice only. Gull Lake is open with ice in the protected coves and along the shoreline.

St. Joseph: Boat anglers are getting out for some early brown trout, coho and steelhead action on Lake Michigan.

St. Joseph River: Had high water levels but the steelhead action was good.

Black River: Was producing the occasional steelhead.

Saugatuck: Boat anglers were out for coho, brown trout and steelhead.

Kalamazoo River: Was open and accessible by boat. Anglers have caught good numbers of steelhead and brown trout. Most fish are dark and appear to be winter holdovers.

Rabbit River: A couple steelhead were caught at the Hamilton Dam when drifting bright yarn flies or spawn.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers were heading out for steelhead, brown trout and coho.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has steelhead up near the dam and a couple walleye have been caught.

Grand River at Lansing: Had very few anglers and those out had no luck. Steelhead are moving around but no fish were spotted beyond the Webber Dam.

Muskegon River: Water levels were still on the high side but coming down. Steelhead fishing was slow but some walleye were caught below Croton Dam.

Events for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend 2017

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

Bay County
Event Name: Free Fishing Festival
Location: Saginaw Bay Visitor Center at Bay City State Recreation Area, 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Details: Activities focus on getting out and exploring Michigan’s winter recreation. Activities include an Ice Fishing Derby, Youth Ice Fishing Clinic, and other demonstrations!
Contact: blaschkav@michigan.gov, 989-667-0717

Benzie County
Event Name: First-Annual Inter-Loch-Ness Tri-County Ice Fishing Tournament
Location: Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: 6 a.m. (Saturday) until 3 p.m. (Sunday)
Details: Fish any lake in Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties! More information available online at gtasfa.com/. Anglers should register online or at Haven’s Interlochen Party Store. 
Contact: info@gtasfa.com

Event Name: Take a Kid Ice Fishing
Location: 602 Main Street, Frankfort (City of Frankfort Marina)
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 12 p.m.
Details: Join the Benzie Water Festival as they host “Take a Kid Ice Fishing”! Rods, bait, shanties and volunteer instruction will be provided. 
Contact: joshuastoltzis@gmail.com, 231-640-0200

Emmet County
Event Name: Friends of Oden Fish Hatchery Ice Fishing Event
Location: Camp Petosega, 11000 Camp Petosega Road, Alanson
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: A day of free ice fishing on Pickerel Lake with gear, bait, food and entertainment provided. 
Contact: mhent@hughes.net, 231-548-5694

Gogebic County
Event Name: 8th Annual Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Contest
Location: Wakefield VFW Post 9084
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Join this annual ice fishing contest where lots of prizes are raffled off!
Contact: clerk@cityofwakefield.org, 906-229-5131 x 1002

Grand Traverse County
Event Name: First-Annual Inter-Loch-Ness Tri-County Ice Fishing Tournament
Location: Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: TBD
Details: Fish any lake in Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties! More information available online at gtasfa.com/. Anglers should register online or at Haven’s Interlochen Party Store. 
Contact: info@gtasfa.com

Gratiot County
Event Name: Fish the Chip during Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Any river-running Chippewa Watershed Conservancy sites
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: Sunrise to sunset, both days
Details: Fish the Chippewa River or any of its tributaries from any of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy river-running preserve sites.
Contact: katie@chippewawatershedconservancy.org, 989-772-5777

Huron County
Event Name: Caseville Shanty Days
Location: 5020 N. Caseville Road, Caseville
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: 11 am to 10 pm (Saturday) & 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Details: The 25th annual Shanty Days will feature a two-day contest for anglers. The angler who catches the biggest walleye, lake trout, yellow perch or northern pike will win a prize!
Contact: email@casevillechamber.com, 989-856-3818

Iron County
Event Name: Fuzz & Dave’s Mid City ice fishing contest
Location: Any Iron County lake
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: Join the Fuzz & Dave’s Mid City Caspian ice fishing contest. Hosted by the Mid City Bar & Grill, located at 224 East Caspian Avenue in Iron River.
Contact: lbander@up.net, 906-367-3398

Isabella County
Event Name: Fish the Chip during Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Any river-running Chippewa Watershed Conservancy sites
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: Sunrise to sunset, both days
Details: Fish the Chippewa River or any of its tributaries from any of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy river-running preserve sites.
Contact: katie@chippewawatershedconservancy.org, 989-772-5777

Leelanau County
Event Name: First-Annual Inter-Loch-Ness Tri-County Ice Fishing Tournament
Location: Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: TBD
Details: Fish any lake in Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties! More information available online at gtasfa.com/. Anglers should register online or at Haven’s Interlochen Party Store. 
Contact: info@gtasfa.com

Mecosta County
Event Name: Fish the Chip during Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Any river-running Chippewa Watershed Conservancy sites
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: Sunrise to sunset, both days
Details: Fish the Chippewa River or any of its tributaries from any of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy river-running preserve sites.
Contact: katie@chippewawatershedconservancy.org, 989-772-5777

Montcalm County
Event Name: Fish the Chip during Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Any river-running Chippewa Watershed Conservancy sites
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: Sunrise to sunset, both days
Details: Fish the Chippewa River or any of its tributaries from any of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy river-running preserve sites.
Contact: katie@chippewawatershedconservancy.org, 989-772-5777

Newaygo County
Event Name: Dam to Dam 2017
Location: Croton Bay Trading Post, 8249 S. Croton Hardy Drive, Newaygo
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: Come ice fishing on Croton Pond at this event sponsored by Croton Bay Trading Post, WLAV and Leinenkugel.
Contact: 231-652-2250

Oakland County
Event Name: Seven Lakes State Park Free Ice Fishing Derby
Location: Seven Lakes State Park, 14390 Fish Lake Road, Holly
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: This kid-friendly event is sponsored by the Izaak Walton League of America.
Contact: dunkelj1@michigan.gov or colea3@michigan.gov, 248-634-7271

Event Name: Winterfest on Higgins Lake
Location: 105 Castner Legion Drive, Lyon Township
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: All day
Details: Join the pancake breakfast and fishing contest put on by Friends of Lyon Township. There will also be kid-friendly games!
Contact: donnickel53@yahoo.com, 989-821-6727

Otsego County
Event Name: Northland Sportsman Club Fishing Derby
Location: Otsego Lake State Park, 7136 Old 27 South, Gaylord
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: Join this special event held at the Otsego Lake State Park boat launch.
Contact: monfortonjim@yahoo.com, 989-619-9393

Roscommon County
Event Name: WinterFest 2017
Location: Higgins Lake, North Higgins Lake State Park
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 8 a.m. to ??
Details: Join this annual event for only $5 per person. The Higgins Lake Fishing Derby will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from North Higgins Lake State Park. Tons of other activities will be held as well. For more information visit hlrcc.com/chamber-events/winterfest.
Contact: info@hlrcc.com, 989-275-8760

Event Name: Catch Us If You Can – Double Up
Location: Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, Lake St. Helen
Date: Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Time: All day, both days
Details: Catch one of the more than 200 tagged fish in Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake or Lake St. Helen and win a prize.
Contact: info@visithoughtonlake.com, 989-422-2002

Tuscola County
Event Name: 22nd Annual Ice Fishing Contest
Location: The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, 2315 Harmon Lake Road, Mayville
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: TBD
Details: Join this annual contest and try to catch the $7,000 northern pike! The contest is hosted by Rob Trott and Susie Trott of Great Lakes Outdoors.
Contact: camp@thefowlercenter.org, 989-670-2050

Van Buren County
Event Name: Wild about Winter Activity Day
Location: Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, 34270 County Road 652, Mattawan
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Details: Ice Fishing 101 courses will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Additional activities will include snowshoeing, a winter scavenger hunt and much more!
Contact: ramseys2@michigan.gov, 269-668-2876

Wexford County
Event Name: Family Ice Fishing
Location: Carl T. Johnson Hunt & Fish Center, 6087 M-115, Cadillac
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 12-4 p.m.
Details: Join Outdoor Skills Academy Pro-Staff at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center for an on-the-ice experience and learn how to ice fish.  
Contact: shawe@michigan.gov, 231-779-1321

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FIFE LAKE ICE FISHING DERBY

Feb 11, 2017 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fife Lake DNR Public Parking Lot
East State Street
Fife Lake, MI 49633
$20
CONTACT & MORE INFO
Contact: Kathy Gwizdala
Email: kathy@fifelakelodging.com
Phone: 231-357-2767
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They are catching smelt on Higgins Lake this year

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Houghton Lake hog. Check out this 30 1/2″, 8 1/2lb walleye out of Houghton Lake. It’s been a really tough bite for eyes the past few weeks, but Tom Gratz from Dorr, MI figured it out. He was on the west shore in 10 fow using a tip-up. Great job, Tom!

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Mike from Saint Helen Bait-shop reports First and third lake seem to be the most productive getting reports of 12-14 inches of ice and not much snow on top. Nice perch being caught on the two lake. call mike@ 989-808-1814

The three fisherman with the fish Johnny smiecinski, Richie myers and zach kopolous

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Buc’s Fishing Report

Lake Missaukee  

 

Mr. Miller from Miller’s Corner reports Current Ice Report: BRRRR! It’s 12 degrees here this morning. The rain did not negatively impact Lake Missaukee. In fact, it’s snowing here right now & the ice is a solid 16″. Unfortunately, I don’t have a fishing report due to the lack of patrons that weren’t willing to chance the wet weather we have endured. However, I know there are tons of fish in there to be caught. See you folks this weekend!Image may contain: 1 person

 

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

Cadillac and Mitchell-

Ice Report!!! 2/9/17
Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell
I know you guys down state lost your ice… again…
But don’t worry we have plenty!
We’re sitting on about a minimum of 14″-15″ in all places.

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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  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 10 to 12 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch . Below a mess of perch from Skegemog

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Manistee lake is 10 to 12 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

Ice report for the week. Upper Hamlin Lake has anywhere from 10-13 inches on it. The shore ice has locked back up and machines can get back on now. Pere Marquette lake has 6-7 inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 6-7 inches. Only safe ice we’ve heard is off the south side launch. Downtown is not fish able.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 slowed on big perch lots of little ones the last few days, walleye and pike fishing has been good

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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 10 to 14 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 should have lots of fisherman this week as the ice is finally were guys can get out on sleds and quads7 to 9 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 10 to12 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. perch fishing has picked up. 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

More keeper walleyes are coming in, but in between many throwbacks. Perch picked up a tad and seem to be biting mostly during the middle of the day. The pike have finally made an appearance—we got reports of some throwbacks and a few monsters. Chartreuse has been the hot color and working with a live minnow or a head.We have been making some good, clear ice, but there is still more honeycombed ice than clear ice. Thickness ranges from 8 to 12 inches. We had whiteout conditions most of the day today so there are small drifts and bare ice patches. 

A Shout out to the guys at AMI in Sault Ste. Marie for following our reports!

Give us a call at 906-647-1410 or 906-647-8120 to find where they are biting. There is a full moon that weekend too so it should be good fishin!

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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 and lots of small perch.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake has started to heal and this weekend things should get better for ice fishing. 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. 8 to 10inches 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 7 -9 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have great ice  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

Lake Charlevoix: The South Arm was producing steelhead, pike and some walleye

Lake Bellaire: Night anglers were taking walleye in about 25 feet.

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay were open water. Boats were still launching however catch rates were slow.

Boardman River: Was producing some fresh steelhead.

Crystal Lake: In Benzie County still had open water.

Green Lake: Those targeting smelt have done well off the National Music Camp. Try small minnows in 35 to 50 feet. Anglers were fishing the far south end and getting smelt. The bite was best about 4pm and again between 7 – 9pm.

Portage Lake: Ice anglers reported a slow bite. They can see fish down the holes however they could not get them to bite. Those using tip-ups were still catching pike.

Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing is going strong with good catches of pike, panfish and the occasional walleye. Anglers were taking snowmobiles and quads out. The canal that connects the two lakes is open water so caution needs to be used.

Lake Mitchell: Also has good ice and lots of anglers taking pike on tip-ups with minnows. Panfish were hitting on minnows, wigglers and wax worms. Some have taken the occasional walleye.

Lake Missaukee: Had good ice as well. Anglers were taking a fair to good number of pike, panfish and a few walleye.

Big Star Lake: Was producing panfish for those using minnow, wigglers and wax worms. Pike are hitting on tip-ups with big minnows.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mullett Lake: Still has ice however anglers should avoid the areas near the inlets and outlets. A few walleye have been caught around Needle Point in 20 feet. Pike and walleye were taken in Pigeon River Bay.

Higgins Lake: Has ice but anglers need to be careful where there are springs along the shoreline and near the creek mouths. Lake trout are being caught on minnows about 5 feet off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. Perch were caught but anglers are sorting through the small ones. Hot spots were the North State Park, near the Sunken and the Main Island, off the Garrish Township Park and off Flag Point in 40 to 60 feet. Most were using jigs with minnows, wigglers and wax worms. A few smelt have been caught at night near the North State Park and Big Creek. The fish were near the bottom in about 50 feet. Pike were taken on tip-ups but those spearing were not doing as well.

Houghton Lake: Some were fishing around the large pressure crack but caution needs to be used. The walleye bite picked up and some were reporting limit catches. Pike are still hitting on tip-ups. No word on pike spearing. The panfish bite was hit-or-miss.

Tawas: Not much effort was reported over the last week. A couple pike were speared, and a couple menominee and some small perch were caught. No walleye have been recorded so far this winter.

Au Gres: Some perch were caught in the Northport Marina.

Au Gres River: Fishing in the river and the adjacent bayou was slow. In the East Branch, steelhead fishing slowed in the lower river near the Singing Bridge and for those surfcasting.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Still had no ice. Shore anglers have caught some coho, steelhead, brown trout and lake herring when casting spoons. Silver and orange were good colors.

Menominee River: Anglers fishing from the 6th Street ramp caught a few perch, walleye, whitefish and crappie.

Little Bay De Noc: Had very little change in ice conditions. A few anglers were fishing south of the Escanaba River but ice conditions are very dangerous and anglers should avoid this area. Overall fishing was slow although perch remained fair. Walleye catches were low with most fish undersize. Most were fishing near Kipling and the First, Second and Third Reefs with minnows and wigglers in 24 to 30 feet. The best perch catches were in 17 to 30 feet near Kipling. Pike catches slowed but fish were still taken in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor, near Gladstone, and out from the Terrace Bay Inn and the Day’s River with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 10 to 35 feet.

Munising: Received 8 to 10 inches of snow. Snow squalls and blowing snow along with a lot of slush on the ice will make travel difficult. Anglers were ice fishing off Brown’s Public Launch, the city docks, the Anna River, and Sand Point. There was some slush on the ice. There was open water between Sand Point and Grand Island so access to the ice caves is not possible. Areas that are unsafe or questionable are off the Grand Island Ferry access, Powell Point, Sand Point and towards the “green can” off Christmas. Catch rates were hit-or-miss. Some did well with a few limit catches of whitefish. For splake, most of the fish caught were undersize. Catch rates for perch were low. Spearing shacks off the Anna River report slow action for lake herring. Water clarity was somewhat muddy.

Grand Marais: Had no fishable ice.

Munuscong Bay: Walleye fishing was spotty. The better fishing was around Grassy Island, north of Pine Island, and between Gull and Pine Islands. Perch are scattered all over the bay with low harvest numbers being reported. Splake fishing is good especially in Wilderness Bay. Be very careful on the ice and stay out of the deep water because the ice there was not safe.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing in Musky Bay has declined but the pike fishing was very good. Those targeting perch have done well in Hessel Bay and around Little Joe Island.

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Detroit River: Had very little fishing activity. The ice was not safe in the canals and the marinas and ice floe coming down the river is hampering access for boat anglers.

Lake St. Clair: Conditions continue to be highly variable and very unpredictable. Main lake ice was beginning to form this past week but the rain and warm temperatures will be a setback once again. Anglers should proceed with caution.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions were not good to start with and after the rain, they are even worse. So much water on the ice will make it very slippery and will make it much harder to tell where the thin ice is. Anglers will need to use extreme caution. A handful of 7 to 9 inch perch were taken off White’s Beach out near the first crack. No anglers were going out beyond the first crack for fear of being caught on an ice floe. Perch were taken off Sunny Cove which is at the end of Knickerbocker Road in 6 to 7 feet and off Newman Road in 4 to 5 feet. The perch bite off Linwood was hit-or-miss. Be sure to watch for soft spots in the ice out there. The best perch fishing was off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee. Anglers fishing up the east side toward Hidden Harbor (Tietz Drain) reported limit catches of perch 10 to 15 inches taken in 5 to 8 feet. A few panfish were taken in Sunset Bay Marina. The Coast Guard had to go out and get a group of guys out in the Slot so the pressure crack out there must be active. Fishing from Sebewaing to Caseville was light and scattered and catch rates were hit-or-miss. Those getting perch were sorting through the small ones. There are four large areas of open water off Mud Creek and they seem to be getting bigger so extreme caution must be used. Some nice lake trout were caught through the ice near the breakwall at Caseville when jigging spoons tipped with minnows.

Saginaw River: A few perch were caught on the ice inside the Yacht Club at the mouth. Most of the boat ramps along the river had frozen up again, limiting angler access. There’s no ice to fish on, so it’s boats or shore fishing only. Some were launching small boats under the I-675 Bridge in Saginaw. They caught a lot of undersize walleye but were still getting a few keepers. Try pink jig-heads with minnows. The rivers will be running high, fast and muddy after all the rain.

Tittabawassee River: Had a lot of floating ice which hindered fishing. There was some open water up by Gordonville Road and Mapleton, but fishing was pretty slow with only an occasional walleye taken. The Gordonville ramp was iced in and not useable.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Small shallow lakes and shallow or protected bays were providing some ice fishing opportunities however large lakes or lakes with any flow were not safe. In the Kalamazoo area, the word is very little safe ice. Most lakes in the area opened up after the last warm up and were not considered safe. Closer to Lansing, anglers were fishing a few lakes however ice conditions are variable. Anglers should use extreme caution. Flow in the rivers is above average and will continue to climb for the next couple days.

St. Joseph River: Water levels were up and stained. The rain and warm temperatures increased the steelhead bite.

Kalamazoo River: Had some fresh steelhead move up into the river. Those using spawn or small spoons have caught fish.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has plenty of steelhead including some fresh fish moving up into the system. The Rogue River also had some fish being caught when anglers could find a spot with no ice.

Grand River at Lansing: Anglers were getting a few pike near the North Lansing Dam. Most were using live bait under a bobber.

Maple River: Was producing a few pike near the Elsie Dam.

Jackson County: There was no safe ice and no ice fishing on Wamplers Lake.

Muskegon River: Steelhead and some brown trout were caught in the slower waters

Ice Fishing and Ice is Great in Northern Michigan

Rob caught a nice pike on Indian Lake by Manistque – 40″ 15 lbs!

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Lyman’s on the Lake reports. Logan from St. Claire Shores is back in mid-season form with his limit of gills & crappie on Houghton Lake. He was using spikes and waxies.

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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. 

Mr. Miller from Miller’s Corner ice is 10 to 14 inches of hard ice

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

Cadillac and Mitchell-

 

Ice Update!!! 2/1/2017
Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac
It’s cold again and we’re making Ice!
There is 14″+ on both lakes. If you don’t have a power auger you’re going to want one.

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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  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 10 to 12 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch . Below a mess of perch from Skegemog

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Manistee lake is 10 to 12 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

Ice report for the week. Upper Hamlin Lake has anywhere from 10-13 inches on it. The shore ice has locked back up and machines can get back on now. Pere Marquette lake has 6-7 inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 6-7 inches. Only safe ice we’ve heard is off the south side launch. Downtown is not fish able.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 slowed on big perch lots of little ones the last few days, walleye and pike fishing has been good

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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 10 to 14 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 should have lots of fisherman this week as the ice is finally were guys can get out on sleds and quads7 to 9 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 10 to12 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. perch fishing has picked up. 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

Things have calmed down quite a bit since the tournament. The bay has been nice and quiet, and making ice the past few days. The thickness ranges from 8-13 inches. The top half is honeycombed and the bottom half is clear. There is a pressure crack near Sand Island. Not much snow on top, so it’s easy for sleds, four-wheelers, and side-by-sides to get out.Perch slowed down a little. Good eatin’ sized Walleyes are hanging around the islands. A lot of throwbacks being caught and a few keepers. Reports of a some throwback pike.Side note: We just got a cabin opening for the weekend of 11th this month. That cabin has 1 double and 2 twin beds. Give us a call at 906-647-1410 or 906-647-8120 to reserve it. There is a full moon that weekend too so it should be good fishin!

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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 and lots of small perch.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake has started to heal and this weekend things should get better for ice fishing. 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. 8 to 10inches 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 7 -9 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have great ice  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

Ice in this area survived the warm up for the most part and was already firming back up with the cold temperatures. Deep snow may hamper travel in certain areas. Steelhead fishing was decent but the number of anglers will drop off again until the next thaw.

Charlevoix County: Deer Lake was producing perch and pike, Hoffman Lake was producing perch and Thumb Lake anglers were getting perch and splake.

Lake Charlevoix: The South Arm had ice but conditions were iffy at Ironton near Holy Island. There is some work being done at the marina at Ironton and anglers should avoid this area.

Lake Bellaire: Had a good walleye bite in 25 to 30 feet.

Lake Skegemog: Was producing some nice perch.

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay were open water. Deep snow at the launches was making it difficult for boat anglers. If they can get out, they should still find some yellow perch and lake herring.

South Lake Leelanau: Perch were caught in 15 feet by the “Narrows”. Walleye were caught on emerald shiners in 20 to 25 feet.

Green Lake: Ice anglers were targeting smelt.

Portage Lake: Ice fishing continues and anglers were getting some nice perch between the two camps. Pike anglers using tip-ups were taking fish.

Lake Cadillac: The ice was holding and the slush has frozen back up. The panfish bite slowed but crappie were caught. Anglers could see fish but they did not want to bite. Walleye were still hitting and those spearing have taken pike.

Lake Mitchell: The ice was holding here as well and the slush has frozen. Panfish were slow but anglers were spearing pike and getting the occasional walleye.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers have caught pike, walleye and panfish.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Was producing some nice walleye in Maple Bay.

Mullett Lake: Anglers are urged to use caution when going out on the ice as some areas of the lake had thin ice. There was open water on Pigeon River Bay because of the Pigeon River. The few heading out only caught a couple perch and walleye.

Black Lake: Was producing good catches of walleye and pike on the north end.

Lake Margrethe: Was sloppy with a lot of slush but it should refreeze. There were a lot of shanties in 10 to 20 feet where anglers were targeting bluegills and perch.

Oscoda: Pier anglers were catching lake trout on minnows.

Higgins Lake: Has ice and anglers were catching perch in 45 to 65 feet and lake trout in 90 feet or more.

Houghton Lake: The large pressure crack is closing up on the ends near shore but anglers will still need to be careful out further. Anglers will still need to watch for spearing holes which will take longer to refreeze. The lake is rough and has ruts now that the slush is freezing. The walleye bite was slow. Anglers were using jigs with blues or jigs with wax worms. If the fish are not hitting, change it up and go smaller. The pike have been very active and providing good catches. For panfish, the bluegill bite was good. Some were getting crappie and even a few perch.

Tawas: Those spearing pike got a few on Tawas Bay. Walleye and perch fishing out near Jerry’s Marina remained slow. Inside the state harbor, anglers saw lots of shiners and shad down the holes, but they also noted the presence of large lake trout feeding on the abundant baitfish. A few had lake trout on, but none were landed.

Au Gres: The bay off the Pine River mouth and Palmer Road was still muddy, and there was very little fishing pressure.

Au Gres River: Some perch were taken out of the lower river and the Northport Marina basin. Down at the mouth of Whitney Drain (Singing Bridge access site), open-water anglers caught steelhead in the lower river and when surfcasting with spawn bags.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Had no ice. Cold nights have produced some skim ice only to be blown out by morning.

Houghton County: Anglers reported good success for large pike and walleye on Portage Lake and in Chassell Bay.

Lake Gogebic: Was producing walleye and jumbo perch.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have improved slightly with the colder nights but most anglers are still fishing north of the Escanaba River. Deep ruts from melting and refreezing have made travel difficult in some areas so use caution. For walleye, a few catches were reported off the reefs near Kipling but the action was spotty. Anglers were reporting good numbers of undersize fish in most areas. They were jigging rapalas and using tip-ups in 22 to 30 feet. Some perch were caught on minnows and wigglers in 17 to 28 feet at the First and Second Reefs. Northern pike have been fairly abundant throughout. Good catches were reported in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor.

Munuscong Bay: Had good walleye success. Perch fishing seems to pick up and then slow back down. The best spots were north of Pine and Grassy Islands or between Pine and Gull Islands. The ice was not quite thick enough for deep water fishing. Please use caution.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers are fishing Wilderness Bay for yellow perch and splake. Hessel Bay was producing a good number of perch. Muskie Bay picked up for perch and pike, especially at Rice Point. Pike spearing was good in Urie Bay. Little Joe Island in Cedarville Bay was producing some nice perch.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Detroit River: Some perch were caught off the docks in the marinas, in the canals and down near the mouth.

Lake St. Clair: With the last few weeks of warm weather several people have fallen through the ice. Conditions are improving but anglers should wait a bit longer. Those thinking about trying the canals and marinas by the weekend will need to use extreme caution when venturing out on newly formed or refrozen ice.

Clinton River: Anglers caught some steelhead in certain branches.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions continue to be highly variable. A lot of areas that were open water have just frozen over again. Snow cover on the new ice will make it hard to judge for safety. Anglers should use extreme caution because the ice could be safe in one area and your next step may only be on ice that is a half inch thick. It should also be noted that about six anglers were stuck on an ice floe off Linwood last week so think twice about crossing the pressure cracks. The bay is not even close to being frozen all the way across, so there is nothing to keep one ice sheet attached to another. All the cuts along the east side were open and flowing. Fishing was slow but those targeting perch near shore caught some decent size fish but no large numbers. Fish were reported off Pinconning, Newman Road and Linwood Road in 3 to 4 feet. The action was very slow at the Hot Pond. On the Quanicassee River, shore anglers targeting perch had no luck. Watch the ice near Vanderbilt Park. Ice anglers at the end of Sagatoo Road caught bluegills, sunfish and crappie inside Sunset Bay Marina. From Sebewaing northward, fishing pressure was light and the newly forming ice was thin. Anglers need to be careful near Geiger Road, Bay Port and Mud Creek. The Sebewaing River is just now freezing over and the Pigeon River was still open.

Saginaw River: Had open water fishing. The river was still a bit high and fast after the recent thaw, but the clarity was improving somewhat. Most boat launches were usable but the cold weather may cause them to ice up again. Boat anglers managed to get a few walleye with bright colored jig heads tipped with shiners near the I-675 Bridge and just downstream of the U.S.S. Edson near the Independence Bridge.

Tittabawassee River: Also had open water fishing and higher water levels. Boat and shore anglers were noted near the access site at Gordonville Road but fishing was slow with only a few smaller walleye taken. Boats fishing out of the launch at Center Road had no luck.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Most of the inland lakes especially in the southern part of the unit do not have safe ice. Anglers have been getting out on some of the smaller lakes in the northern part. The ice seems to be very spotty, so anglers need to use extreme caution and check the ice frequently when heading out to fish. Recent snowfall has not helped and will make it harder to see those areas that are not safe.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing slowed once again but walleye were caught.

Kalamazoo River: Had excellent steelhead fishing but the bite will no doubt slow with the colder weather. Shore anglers took limit catches in Saugatuck and Douglas with spawn on the bottom.

Thornapple River: Anglers were having good success here as well.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Still had some steelhead up near the Sixth Street Dam. A few walleye could still be found.

Muskegon River: Was high and muddy but still producing some nice steelhead.