Water Logged Fishing Report

Now this is a catfish!!!!!
Frank Tingley stopped in yesterday to have a fish weighed and measured for master angler. We had no idea it was a monster of a fish until he opened his cooler. This fish weighed in at 35.8 lbs and measured 40 3/4 inches.
The current state record is 40lbs set back in 1964 and tied a record set in 1960. Congratulations Frank on a monster of a fish!

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The rain from the last two days has flooded many rivers and lake levels are high. Houghton Lake has been good for crappie and bluegill. The steelhead fishing has slowed down with a few fish being caught. Suckers are running in many rivers and  worms and crawlers working best.

Perch fishing has been ok but wind has made it hard to fish the last few days. Manistee lake and PM lake seem to be ok for perch.

Next week the fishing season opens and we will have our baitshops fully stocked.

 

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: The ice is gone however the dock was not in at the public launch.

Petoskey: The ice is gone but the marina did not have the docks in yet. The breakwall has seen a good number of anglers but catch rates were hit-or-miss for steelhead and coho. Rumor has it a couple brown trout caught on spawn bags.

Bear River: Had higher water levels and quite a few steelhead and some suckers below the dam. Anglers are drifting spawn bags, a single egg and flies. Anglers have reported suckers up at the dam as well.

Lake Charlevoix: The Ferry Beach launch was open and had a couple docks in.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, lake trout were caught in deep water south of Yuba Creek. Steelhead were caught on spawn, wigglers and wax worms in the Elk River. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught when trolling and those jigging found lake herring. The perch bite was slow.

Boardman River: Anglers have caught steelhead below the dam and down from Union Street Bridge. There are lots of suckers at the dam.

Leland: Dredging at the harbor mouth continues and the dock is still not in at the ramp. No boats have been out but a few anglers were steelhead fishing in the harbor and in the river. Catch rates were slow but a few fish were taken on spawn.

Platte Bay: Had light fishing pressure. A few anglers were fishing near the mouth of the river but had little success. There are steelhead in the lower Platte River and anglers are picking up a few. Water levels at the mouth are currently shallow and boats over 16 feet will most likely not be able to get in and out.

Frankfort: Those trolling along the piers and shoreline caught brown trout on black and silver body baits. Pier anglers caught steelhead and browns on spawn or body baits.

Onekama: Casting off the north breakwall was slow but will improve with the warmer temperatures. Surface water temperature was 46 degrees.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers casting in the shallows and around docks caught fish in the afternoon. Perch are still hitting but anglers are searching for them and sifting through the small ones.

Manistee: Surface temperatures reached 44 degrees. The restrooms will open the first week in May. A good number of perch were caught from the north pier when using minnows in the morning hours. A couple steelhead and brown trout were taken on spawn. Those trolling the shoreline caught steelhead, brown trout and lake trout.

Manistee River: Continues to have good steelhead fishing although by next weekend, it should start winding down.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were about 44 degrees. The restrooms are still closed. Those trolling the shoreline continue to catch coho, lake trout and brown trout. Pier anglers caught very few steelhead and brown trout.

Pere Marquette River: Still had good steelhead fishing. Anglers have about a week or so before the fishery slows down.

Pentwater: Boats trolling in 5 to 20 feet caught brown trout, the occasional chinook or lake trout. Pier anglers caught brown trout with spawn near the bottom.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing on Longbridge Road caught bullhead, suckers, and the occasional channel cat on crawlers or spawn near the bottom. Boats fishing in 15 to 25 feet caught perch using perch rigs tipped with wax worms.

Pentwater River: Had good steelhead fishing that should continue through next weekend.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: All the docks are in at the marinas. The water levels were high and the current was strong at the Lock and dam. Steelhead were caught on spawn and wax worms at the Lock. Suckers were caught on crawlers.

Cheboygan River: Shore anglers at the dam caught steelhead on spawn.

Rogers City: Water temperatures were about 38 degrees. All the docks are in but nothing is open in the marina. When boats can get out, try trolling the shoreline for lake trout and Atlantic salmon. For trout, try near the bottom in 30 to 50 feet with big flashers and cowbells with spin-glo’s and flies. For salmon try bright colored body baits.

Rockport: Lake trout are being caught near the bottom in 30 to 60 feet near Middle Island on flashers with flies or cowbells and spin-glo’s. Water temperatures were still cold. Those trying for Atlantic salmon had no luck.

Alpena: A few walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in Thunder Bay when trolling crank baits near the mouth of the river. Walleye were caught by pier anglers casting crank baits in the waters of Lake Huron after dark.

Thunder Bay River: Those drifting or floating spawn and beads caught a couple steelhead and some white suckers up near the 9th Street Dam.

Oscoda: Those fishing from the pier at Au Sable River Park have caught Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and a couple steelhead when casting spoons or drifting spawn and minnows.

Au Sable River: Atlantic salmon were caught by those drifting spawn or casting spoons as far upstream as the US-23 Bridge. Those targeting steelhead did best when drifting spawn, nymph eggs or black stonefly patterns between the whirlpool access and Foote Dam. White suckers were caught on spawn and worms. Those casting spoons have caught and released a few smallmouth bass near the mouth.

Houghton Lake: Continues to produce crappie and bluegills in the canals. Anglers are using minnows about a foot under a bobber. There has not been anyone fishing the rest of the lake.

Tawas: Those trolling in the bay were getting a few Atlantic salmon, brown trout and walleye with body baits off planer boards in 10 to 25 feet. Those heading south to Whitestone Point were getting a few more walleye. Pier anglers fishing outside the wall at the state dock caught a couple of Atlantic salmon and walleye while those fishing inside the floating docks took a couple small perch.

Tawas River: Shore anglers in the lower river caught and released a few bass. A couple Atlantic salmon, several suckers, catfish and carp were also caught.

Au Gres: Those trolling caught walleye off Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres when trolling body baits. Those surfcasting at night were targeting walleye with crank baits.

Au Gres River: Did not have much activity near the Singing Bridge.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Marquette: Coho fishing slowed in the harbors. Those doing best were fishing the “bubblers” and taking 3 or 4 fish per trip. A couple coho and brown trout were caught when trolling near the mouth of the Chocolay River and the Carp River. Steelhead fishing in the rivers was slow.

Menominee River: Anglers had to deal with some very high and fast water which kept catch rates low. Boat anglers fishing just off the mouth in the big lake caught some nice brown trout, a few walleye and a couple pike.

Little Bay De Noc: All the launches are open. Perch anglers reported catches near Kipling with minnows and crawlers in 30 to 35 feet or near Hunters Point in 22 to 30 feet. The rivers are high and flowing fast. Steelhead were caught in the Day’s River from Kipling Road, north across US-2 and to the golf course. Fish were caught near the 1st Dam in the Escanaba River when fly fishing with beads or casting yarn and spawn.

Manistique River: Steelhead anglers were few but catch rates were good especially in “big bass hole” which is south of the Cedar Street Bridge when fly fishing with beads, yarn and spawn. The water was high and fast so bring waders and use caution. White suckers were running and catch rates were good. Smelt anglers have just started reporting runs in the area including Black Creek and Southtown Creek.

Au Train: The Brownstone launch is still unusable and the Hiawatha Forest Service has put up a fence to prevent the public from using it.

Munising: Water temperatures remain cold in the mid 30’s but boat anglers have taken good catches of coho and even a few limit catches when combined with splake and brown trout when trolling spoons and stick baits. The coho averaged 16 inches. Few rainbows have been caught and no kings were observed. Pier and shore anglers report both good and bad days with a mix of coho and splake caught on spawn bags or when casting spoons or jigs.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers report good action for coho with a few limit catches taken. Belly contents show they are eating smelt. A few brown trout were also caught. A chinook just over 6 pounds was caught. Pier anglers caught a few coho and the occasional steelhead ranging 18 to 25 inches. They have also reported good catches of lake whitefish on certain days with fish running 12 to 20 inches. Menominee were running 7 to 12 inches. Try spawn sacs or a single egg. The ice cap is still present on the west end of the pier but the east side of the pier is ice free all the way to the end and is fishable. The water was turbid because of gusty winds. The Sucker River is quite high due to recent rains. Shore anglers still report slow action on the Sucker River and Carpenter Creek with only a couple steelhead caught. The fish caught were not spawned out so it is possible a small run may be coming in from the lake. A few coho and lake trout were caught on spawn sacs.

Two Hearted River: Has steelhead. Try spawn or wax worms.

Tahquamenon River: Had a fair to good smelt run but was beginning to slow down. Anglers may still find a few fish. Other streams off Whitefish Bay have been productive as well but in much smaller numbers.

Detour: All the ice is gone at Detour Passage and the docks are in. For Atlantic salmon, try trolling or long-lining with chrome crank baits along the shorelines. Small smelt runs were reported in Albany Creek off M-134 but the action will not last long. At Drummond Island, the docks are in at the DNR launch. In Maxton Bay, the Monahan Dock which is at the end of Tourist Road is open for perch fishing.

Cedarville and Hessel: Some good perch catches were reported in Cedarville Bay just south of the boat launch off Meridian Street. Some 8 to 11 inch fish were caught on small minnows in 4 to 6 feet off the weed beds and around the docks. Splake were caught off the pier at the Hessel Marina. Try frozen smelt just off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet.

St. Ignace: There is one dock in at the public marina however the dock is not in at the Pine River. Water levels on the Carp and Pine Rivers were high and fast. No word on smelt in the Carp River.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Anglers are still trolling and jigging for walleye in Brest Bay. Most are trolling stick baits or jigging bucktail jigs with minnows and twister tails.

Huron River: Is starting to produce some white bass at the dam.

Wamplers Lake: Anglers were catching and releasing largemouth bass on the east end in less than 8 feet, on the south end in 1 to 5 feet and near the boat launch when casting jerk baits, chatter baits, swim jigs or top water lures. Water temperatures have warmed to 54 degrees. Those next door on Sand Lake have caught bluegills and crappie in the canals on the west end in 4 feet with a white curly tail jig and black fly. Largemouth bass were caught and released on the west end in 6 to 8 feet.

Detroit River: Anglers are taking walleye including some limit catches. Most are using a jig and minnow or twister tail. Dark colors like black and purple seemed to work best. Perch fishing has slowed. Panfish anglers have taken a few crappie in the canals.

Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures are beginning to warm and clarity was improving. Crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed are in the canals and marinas. Smallmouth bass have been caught in deeper water off from spring time spawning areas when using blade baits and soft plastics. Shore anglers have caught largemouth bass. The boat launch at the Clinton River Cut-Off has been cleared out allowing vessels to launch.

St. Clair River: Walleye anglers were jigging and whipping mid-river and in the North Channel. The action was not fast, but there were some walleye to be caught.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Boat anglers trolling in 15 to 20 feet have caught steelhead and coho. Lake trout were found just off the bottom in 40 feet. Pier anglers casting outside the walls caught a few coho on worms, minnows and Little Cleo’s.

Harbor Beach: Boats are starting to head out and have caught coho and steelhead in 15 to 18 feet or lake trout in 40 feet. Night anglers fishing the north gap caught walleye.

Saginaw Bay: It appears that the spring perch runs are just about over for this year. Rivers in the area are coming down and clearing up. Much of the bay remains turbid due to runoff and high winds. Boat anglers are getting walleye off Spoils Island and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River when vertical jigging, which still seems to be more effective than trolling. A “blue-ice” plastic minnow on a jig head seems to be the best color right now. Up the east side, trollers out of Sunset Bay Marina trying for walleye had limited success. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicassee and Sebewaing Rivers were catching carp, suckers, white bass, bowfin, and anything else that will hit a worm. Perch anglers at Bay Port and Mud Creek were getting a few but had to sort through a lot of small ones to get a couple keepers. A few sunfish were caught from the Thomas Cut when using worms and a couple crappie were caught on minnows.

Saginaw River: Catfish anglers were getting a few when using shrimp in the lower river at Smith Park.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the region are producing crappie and bluegills in shallow waters. Crappies are hitting on minnows and the bluegills are hitting on red worms and wax worms. The perch bite is just about done.

St. Joseph: Fishing pressure has been low. Most boat anglers reported inconsistent catch rates but a few managed to find a decent number of coho. The fish were very deep, well past 150 feet and were hitting on small spoons. Pier fishing was slow for coho and brown trout with only a few taken on spawn.

St. Joseph River: Had some fresh steelhead using the Berrien Springs ladder. Water levels were high but were coming back down and clearing up.

South Haven: Boat anglers caught a few trout and salmon in 50 feet when trolling spoons. Anglers will have to deal with some construction in South Haven and should follow the detour signs. The road to the north pier is under construction however the boat launch is open.

Kalamazoo River: Water levels are coming down but water temperatures are on the rise. Cooler water up near the Allegan Dam is producing steelhead but as the water temperatures rise, that fishery will not last much longer.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers caught a few brown trout when still-fishing with minnows or casting spoons. Those trolling the shoreline reported slow catch rates. Those targeting perch reported catch rates that were hit-or-miss.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are still high which makes fishing difficult. Steelhead are still being caught in the Rogue River.

Grand River at Lansing: Has had very few anglers due to the high and muddy water.

Muskegon: Pier and shore anglers reported slow catch rates for brown trout but a few were taken by those trolling bright colored spoons and body baits along the shoreline.

Muskegon River: Fishing was a bit harder but anglers have managed to catch some nice steelhead when drifting spawn, casting small spoons or fly fishing.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught brown trout and steelhead on spawn near the bottom.

White Lake: Perch were caught in 15 to 30 feet on dropper rigs tipped with spikes or wax worms.

White River: Steelhead fishing is still going on and could last through next weekend.

Ice is holding on in Northern Michigan

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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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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

Cadillac and Mitchell-

 

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.

I have not Found Safe Ice in Northern Michigan

 

Ice Thickness Chart
Ice Thickness Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been all around the state and have found lakes that go from 5 inches down to 1 inch  in a few feet, the snow really hurt the ice but this warm up should help get the snow down so it can freeze.  Have heard of many people falling though trying to get out, a few are fishing but is it worth the risk. There was a rumor that Higgins had ice and it is wide open so you need a boat to fish it.

White Lake by Whitehall was the only lake I saw shanties on as the snow missed there so they had ice but the warm weather will make it questionable.

The Upper got hammered even worse with snow and most reports are slush and unsafe ice.

They have been fishing on Wixom and Sanford lake in the shallow bays and Canals with gills and crappie biting. Muddy Bay has been hit hard as it is shallow also they do not have the snow like many other places.

 

Chappel Dam Grocery by Gladwin says  a few have been out on Wiggins and Pratt with 3 to 5 inches.

Black Bass Bay by Roger City had 3 to 5 inches but the last snow seem to screw the ice up last weekend be careful

Houghton Lake Ice Report 12.21.16. The ice is being stubborn and unpredictable. Ice thickness ranges from 8″ to 2″. There are guys fishing, but they have been staying fairly close to shore. The south shore weed bed can be fished to about 200 – 300 yards out, but you need to check as you go. Areas of east bay, north shore by Flint Rd and in the canals can be fished. No one is traveling by quad or sled yet.

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Current ice conditions on Lake Missaukee as of 12:30pm today- 2″ of ice, 1″ of water, 2″ of foamy ice. 75 yards out, 2 blows with a spud goes through. It is worse in the areas where the snow is sitting. 

Again, this is not safe! If you choose to go, please use extreme caution. 

~Casey Miller

 

ICE UPDATE!
Conditions on both Lakes Mitchell and Cadillac are very inconsistent. Some places that I was yesterday now have some dark spots bleeding through the snow. If you were planning on coming up from out of town you would be better off waiting until we have more consistent conditions. Everybody be safe this weekend.

Checked a couple places on Lake Mitchell today. South side of lake over by Thirstie’s gas station there is just over 4 1/2″ of ice. West side of lake off Camp Torenta there is about 4″ of ice. Lake Cadillac is a couple of days behind Mitchell, I’ll start checking there tomorrow. Consider all areas uncharted territory before heading out even if you see the tracks of others, use your spud and your head…

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Has a full supply of live bait and Fishing was slow today for the most part. But the ice conditions on upper Hamlin are looking good. Most spots have a solid 6″ of ice. 
Indian Pete bayou has a 5 to 6″ of ice, there is a few spots around the edges that are questionable but for the most part it is good solid ice. 
Fishing should improve after this front has moved through.

 

Lower Hamlin Grocery has new owners
 
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Lower Hamlin Grocery has winter bait and reports a few guys heading out this week

 
 
 
 

We currently have 3 inches of ice at the end of our docks and we are starting to see people fishing in front of the old Wesley’s Marina. Just a reminder that we are open 5:30am – 5:30pm, Friday- Sunday, 7:00am – 5:30pm Tuesday – Thursday.

 
 
 
 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Most of the inland lakes in this region did not have safe ice. Those anxious to head out would be wise to fish in shallow waters only. With the deep snow cover and strong winds, ice formation will not be uniform. Many of the inland lakes in this region are being reported as too early for safe ice especially with the amount of snow cover over the last week.

Grand Lake: A few anglers were testing the ice however the DNR cannot stress enough the importance of ice safety and ask anglers to be very cautious.

Higgins Lake: Was all open water except for a little ice around the shoreline.

Houghton Lake: Has ice but it is not uniform by any means especially with 6 to 8 inches of snow on top. The better ice was close to shore in the shallows. A few pike have been taken on tip-ups with blues or golden shiners.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice is forming on the inland lakes however areas in the snow-belt have received quite a bit of snow. That snow will insulate the ice and slow the freezing process. Those heading out were fishing in shallow waters only. Be careful near inlets and outlets. Some limits of panfish were reported by those fishing in shallow water.

Lake Cadillac: Had a few anglers out on the west end of the lake. It might be a good idea to avoid the deeper waters at this time.

Lake Mitchell: A few ice anglers were targeting bluegill and crappie in Big Cove.

Lake Missaukee: Had a few ice anglers fishing in shallow waters.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Thin ice cover was reported in some of the sheltered bays and along the shoreline of Lake Superior. Inland lakes in the western end had ice starting to form but caution is advised. On the east end, lakes were ice and snow covered. Many have tracks where anglers have tested the ice. Some have ventured out on a few of the larger lakes such as Manistique and Brevoort Lake but caution needs to be used. A few pike have been caught. Recent snowfall has made foot travel on the ice more challenging.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: A few ice anglers were jigging for walleye in 16 to 18 feet in Brest Bay. Use extreme caution. Those fishing near the mouth of the Huron River caught bluegills and one steelhead in Lake Point Marina. Ice anglers in the Metro Park Marina caught yellow perch on minnows.

Huron River: Was still giving up the occasional steelhead.

Detroit River: Had a few anglers ice fishing in Airport Bay.

Lake St. Clair: Anglers hitting the canals and marinas had mixed results for panfish and yellow perch however a few nice catches of large yellow perch and crappie were reported. Those fishing the marinas in St. Clair Shores had success. Ice has begun to form in the main lake however conditions are day-to-day and are very unpredictable with the recent high winds and current.

Saginaw Bay: Had a few anglers fishing from shore ice only off the Pinconning Park, a couple roads south of there and off the end of Linwood Road. These anglers are perch fishing in just a couple feet of water. Shore anglers were targeting perch in Sebewaing but most of the fish were small. Many anglers will fish in a pair of neoprene waders this time of year so if they fall through in shallow water they don’t get wet.

Pine River: Largemouth bass and black crappie were caught in Alma and St. Louis. Most were using stick baits and surface lures.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead anglers did well trolling silver and green Hot-n-Tots.

Hutchins Lake: In Allegan County had a few ice anglers. Some did well with demon glows and spikes near the channel.

Thornapple Lake: In Barry County was producing some fish for ice anglers however caution needs to be used.

Branch County: Anglers were taking limit catches of bluegill at Cemetery Lake. Tip-ups were showing up on Messenger Lake. Please use caution.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce some steelhead. Water temperatures were in the mid 30’s. Skim ice was found along the shoreline.


 

Baitman 3/31/16

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boardman River: Was producing some steelhead.

 

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues.

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

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

 


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ocqueoc River: Had a good number of steelhead.

Thunder Bay River: Had a fair number of steelhead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baitman 2/15/2106

 

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

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

Don’t forget we have a fishing contest going … get out there, get catching some fish and bring them into the store to enter in the contest

 

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.
Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

 

Matt Master Blaster Peterson
Matt Master Blaster Peterson The big crappies eating the mini prototype bloody nose glass rattle jig even with the hook on backwards thanks for the pic Chris and by the way nice catch of crappies and a couple of eyes to go with them,  i never new you could put a treble hook on backwards

Matt Master Blaster Peterson's photo.

Here are some pictures of the Prize winners. Congratulations to all.

Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.
Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.
Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.
Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.

Saturdays group had a fun day! All limited out!

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

Had a good day with Frank & Mike today. Bite was slow this afternoon.

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

Baitman reports we have good ice and it is Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend

Michigan’s annual “Winter Free Fishing Weekend” will be held this Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th. No fishing license is required however all regulations still apply. This is a great time to introduce someone new to the world of ice fishing. Special events will be held statewide. For a list of registered events, click here: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52261_50497-372353–,00.html

 

 

 

Weekly Fishing Report

A lot of big pike, crappie and perch catches are great crappie better late. Blue gills biting good over grass. Some walleye but not many. Real good last ten days hope cold wave does not slow things down to much

Couple nice pike and a good size perch

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.
Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

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

The North American Snow Festival’s Ice Fishing Contest is now History.  Hundreds participated on a beautiful 30 degree day.  Thank You Fox Motors of Cadillac for sponsoring the event.  Those who caught the largest Northern Pike, Walleye, Bluegill, Crappie or Perch were awarded a Shappell FX200 2 man flip tent.  Hundreds of prizes were then awarded to the remaining registered anglers weather they caught a fish or not.

Although there are several thousand acres among the two lakes, the West side of Lake Mitchell is still the most consistent area for mixed catches of fish.  There are several areas of living green weed patches in and around the Big and Small Coves.  Find them in 12′-15′ depths and its almost a sure thing.

Often anglers from Southern Michigan are concerned about the ice conditions, at least until they see quads and snowmobiles criss crossing the lakes.  You must be cautious of slush.  Expect 6″-8″ of clear ice with 5″-6″ of white ice on top of that, with 2″-5″ of slush on top of that.  There’s also an inch of crusty snow on top of that.  Cold temperatures are returning which should tighten the lakes up.

The fish are getting confused, warm, cold, snow and rain.  One day limits of panfish are easy, ususally of Crappie.  Fish the same holes the next day and catch only a few.  The bite runs hot and cold.  Over half the winters over and it’s not as easy as when we started.  The fish are there!  Often those using electronics mark plenty of fish but can’t get them to bite.  The days are getting longer.  Fish fisrt light and late afternoons into dark for the most aggressive bite.  Cut more holes then you need and hole hop.  Even when the fish are lathargic there’s always a few that want to play.  When fishing Lakes Cadiilac and Mitchell always set a tip-up.  Pike seem to be anywhere and everywhere.  This species is always looking for an easy meal.  Tip-ups baited with Walleye minnows may catch Walleye but also often catch those 12″ slab Crappies.

The Perch and Crappie are biting on Lake Mitchell.  Nolan VanOrder shows off an 11″ Crappie and 9″ Perch part of his catch.

Fishing with his dad, Trent Mitchell landed a 35 5/8″ Lake Cadillac Pike.  Nice fish, Bad picture.

Zack Gill is the Perch King.  He’s holding a 14″ and 14 1/2″, both over a pound caught on Portage Lake.

Smelt fishermen your prayers have been answered. Anglers are reporting worth while catches of Smelt on Green Lake.

Higgins Lake  –  Want some variety?  The opportunity to catch Perch, Lake Trout, Whitefish, Smelt and Trophy Pike is there.

 

 

 

Thanks Nick Bork for taking this awesome photo today! I had an awesome day with you guys! 6 to 8 inches on the north-end of Higgins Lake

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

 

 

 

 

Free fishing this weekend!  ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Michigan Department of Natural Resources's photo.

Today was another great day to be out on Houghton Lake ice fishing!! We had the pleasure of meeting Mark Martin and gladly delivered lunch out to everyone attending his class this afternoon!

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

It was a really nice day on the ice. The weather was warm, sun was out late morning and the fish were more active. Check out this nice pike…

Ben Baker's photo.

Buc’s Fishing Report

Saginaw Bay: Ice fishing is very limited and is strictly a nearshore activity as there are just a few locations where shore ice was hanging on. Ice quality is BAD, with thickness varying widely within just a few feet. It is NOT advisable to try and take a snowmobile or ATV out on any remaining ice. The ice is not good off the Pine River access site. Some ice was still hanging on at Palmer Road, but perch fishing was slow and the water was murky. A few small perch were caught off White’s Beach and Pinconning. At Linwood, the marina opened their boat channel and a number of small boats were trolling about five miles out. They caught walleye on crank baits however be sure to watch for ice floes. If anyone launches from Linwood Beach, they should be sure to leave their cell-phone number with the marina, as ice floes can move in and block the channel making it impossible to get back in. The launch at the mouth of the Saginaw River was not useable because of too much ice. Boats were launching from the Hampton Township ramp at the end of Jones Road and fishing about five miles out. The Quanicassee River is wide open, running high and fast. A few crappie and small perch were caught inside Sunset Bay Marina. Any ice from Sebewaing to Sand Point was not safe. The Sebewaing River and the marina are wide open. The water is running high, fast and muddy.

Saginaw River: Most launch sites were useable but take a bag of sand or salt for traction on the ramp. The water is running high, fast and muddy. The Patterson Road ramp at the mouth of the river was not useable because of too much ice.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions remain good in the northern section from Gladstone Bay to Garth Point. Pressure cracks tightened up over the last week making travel better in several areas. Saunders Point is considered DANGEROUS because of open water. Ice in the southern bay improved as far south as Portage Point. A pressure crack at Aronson Island is running several hundred yards south. Anglers are using extreme caution when navigating this area. The best walleye catches were reported south of Aronson Island in 25 to 45 feet when using jig raps with minnows or tip-ups with sucker minnows. Good numbers of large fish were reported. Whitefish were also caught in this area. Fair to good walleye catches in 15 to 20 feet south of the Escanaba River, 25 to 34 feet in Gladstone Bay, 23 to 30 feet near Kipling, and 14 to 24 feet near the Day’s River. The better perch fishing was in 17 to 35 feet from the Second Reef north to the Center Reef when using mousies, wigglers or minnows. Good numbers of smaller perch were taken in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Pike were still active and some large fish were taken in 15 to 20 feet just south of the Escanaba River. Try tip-ups with sucker minnows. Those spearing did well in 5 to 10 feet near Butler Island but the water was stained.

With the snow storms the first of the week many of the lakes have slush again Ice fishing season is finally here!

 

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

Houghton Lake has 8 to 12 inches of ice and pike and walleye, pike and panfish have been biting and it is Tip Up Town Weekend. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422 he has all his shanties out this weekend, , Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531 H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231.

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

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze but ice is weird so be careful.smelt are biting on green at both access site now. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 6 to 10 inches

Fife Lake is froze and they are having there ice fishing contest this weekend call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and they are fishing off of Wilson Hills with 5 to 7 inches with a great panfish bite  Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458

Portage Lake is froze and, a great walleye bite and perch bite one guy caught a 31 inch walleye  took a photo and released it back to portage lake. Perch are still on the bite with many jumbo’s being caught call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 7 to 10 inches ice Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake is froze they are fishing the south-end with 8 to 10 inches of ice with a great perch, pike and trout bite

The north-end  ice is great. They  have been fishing on 6″ to 8″ (north end) guys are going out and doing great on perch and lake trout. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677 both sports barn and Higgins Lake Hardware got fishbone lures in today along with the hook,line and threaders. Also Evergreen Park is handling bait call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 12 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Margarethe is froze with 6 to 10 inches and quite a few guys going out and a great pike bite along with some good numbers of walleye. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze over with open spots but nobody was going out yet Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

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

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 10 to 12 inches. The flood feast is this weekCall A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

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

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

Black Lake is froze and Sturgeon Season opens this weekend on Black Lake call Parrot’s Outpost in Onaway for latest info

Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

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

Pentwater Lake, is froze and not safe yet call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze but has open water  and a great bluegill and pike bite Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake Skegemog had a great perch bite yesterday with guys getting nice messes of perch, they received 10 inches of snow last night so it might have slush now. ., Manistee lake is 6-8inches and has a fair bite but the snow storm has put slush up on the ice call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading to Fremont lake and guys are going out and getting limits of panfish on the smaller 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 5-7inches

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

Burt Lake: Has ice anglers but use caution until colder temperatures have a chance to shore the ice back up. Some were fishing Maple Bay. With the warm weather this week walking out was the safest bet at this time.

Mullett Lake: Some were out fishing on the south end in Scott Bay but again use caution. Ice thickness was variable and can change quickly from one spot to the next. Walking was the only mode of safe travel at this time.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout fishing has been hot! Fish have been caught in 80 to 110 feet when using greys or jigging Swedish pimples, sand kickers and raps. Perch were caught up by the church camp, B&B Sports, Kelley Beach near Flag Point, and Lincoln Avenue on the south end near the State Park. Anglers may also want to try around the Main Island. Fish were caught in 30 to 60 feet. A few pike are still being caught on tip-ups including one 47 inch fish. No word on whitefish yet.

Houghton Lake: Ice conditions were slick making travel just a little more challenging. Some of the better fishing has been right at first light and last light though walleye were caught along the deeper flats at mid-day. For walleye, anglers were using a slow presentation with a jig and minnow head. Put it right on the bottom and let it sit there then bring it up really slow. Some nice crappies were taken on perch minnows. Bluegills were caught near the Middle Grounds and the south shore weed beds. Perch were caught in the East Bay and the pike were still active.

Lake St. Helen: Was producing some nice pike including one measuring 38 inches. Bluegills and some perch measuring 12 to 13 inches have been caught. Crappie fishing was good in the evening. Walleye catches slowed and many were sub-legal. Ice was in good shape with hard snow cover.

Tawas: There’s still some ice up in the “armpit” of Tawas Bay near Jerry’s Marina and also inside the state harbor…but it’s not good quality ice at all. Anglers near Jerry’s caught a few lake trout and brown trout but very few walleye. Smaller perch were also caught. The water was reported as murky after the recent rains. Just a few small perch were caught inside the state harbor.

Tawas River: Was open water. Shore anglers caught a couple steelhead when using spawn.

Au Gres: Did not have much fishing activity due to poor ice or no ice at all.

Au Gres River: Surf anglers fishing at the mouth of Whitney Drain caught several steelhead. Most were floating spawn sacks.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Torch Lake: Has open water.

Traverse City: Both bays had open water.

Crystal Lake: In Benzie County has open water.

Betsie River: Has steelhead fishing.

Green Lake: Was starting to produce some smelt.

Lake Cadillac: Ice anglers are still targeting pike, walleye and panfish. Anglers are marking fish but getting them to bite has not been easy. Pike numbers were still good for those using tip-ups.

Lake Mitchell: Continues to offer up ice fishing as well. Look for the bite to slow with the onset of much colder temperatures by the weekend.

Lake Missaukee: Still had ice fishing. Anglers were taking panfish and pike.

Manistee River: Has steelhead fishing. With colder temperatures in the forecast, check out the deeper holes.

Pere Marquette River: Has steelhead.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Had deep slush on the north end in Bergland Bay. Try to stay on the hard pack the snowmobiles made for easier travel but drill your holes away from the hard pack. Travel on the west shore was good however wheeled vehicles should not be on the ice. Walleye fishing slowed and the perch bite has not picked up yet. The walleye bite was sporadic with a few fish taken in 15 to 20 feet. Catch rates for perch were limited. Try wigglers in 20 to 28 feet. The east shore boat launch was slushy. It was not as deep as Bergland Bay but the slush did extend from the boat launch to the south end of the lake.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing off the pier in L’Anse have picked up a couple of rainbow trout on spinners and Cleo’s. Those fishing off Sand Point reported some good catches of coho and a couple splake when casting Cleo’s or Swedish pimples. A couple rainbow trout were caught on spawn and spinners in the Falls Rivers.

Menominee River: The hot spot continues to be the 6th Street Slip with walleye being the target species. Anglers are jigging minnows and plastics in 30 feet. Electronics have been very helpful. Some trout were caught in open water by the dam above Hattie Street. Small Cleo’s and raps worked well.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions remain good in the northern section from Gladstone Bay to Garth Point. Pressure cracks tightened up over the last week making travel better in several areas. Saunders Point is considered DANGEROUS because of open water. Ice in the southern bay improved as far south as Portage Point. A pressure crack at Aronson Island is running several hundred yards south. Anglers are using extreme caution when navigating this area. The best walleye catches were reported south of Aronson Island in 25 to 45 feet when using jig raps with minnows or tip-ups with sucker minnows. Good numbers of large fish were reported. Whitefish were also caught in this area. Fair to good walleye catches in 15 to 20 feet south of the Escanaba River, 25 to 34 feet in Gladstone Bay, 23 to 30 feet near Kipling, and 14 to 24 feet near the Day’s River. The better perch fishing was in 17 to 35 feet from the Second Reef north to the Center Reef when using mousies, wigglers or minnows. Good numbers of smaller perch were taken in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Pike were still active and some large fish were taken in 15 to 20 feet just south of the Escanaba River. Try tip-ups with sucker minnows. Those spearing did well in 5 to 10 feet near Butler Island but the water was stained.

Munising: Still has ice in the bay however areas to avoid because of poor ice and/or the movement of ice are Powell Point, the City Docks, and Sand Point. Strong winds coupled with strong currents have caused the ice to deteriorate especially at Sand Point which was pretty much open water except for broken ice near shore. The fishing tug has moved up shore and has cut a different path towards the channel so this area would not be safe. Those on snowmobiles should NOT cross Munising Bay. The better ice was off the Pictured Rocks dock and the Anna River access. Catch rates were mixed with a few splake and whitefish taken on a single egg. Those fishing off the Anna River had poor success.

Munuscong Bay: Was very slow for walleye and perch with the exception of Grassy Island which is where most of the fish were coming from. The ice east of Roach Point was still questionable.

Cedarville and Hessel: Muskie Bay has been producing a few nice catches of perch. Pike spearing is fair to good with plenty of undersized fish. Government Bay is also a very good spot for pike. Hessel Bay has produced some perch.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had no ice. There is one dock in at the Metro Park and a few boats were out trolling husky jerks for walleye.

Detroit River: The water was high and fast and in some areas it was muddy. A few boats were out fishing but anglers will need to pay close attention to wind direction and watch for ice floes coming down.

Oakland County: Shoreline ice was thin but should tighten back up. Anglers on Union and Cass Lakes were targeting panfish when using small plastics and wax worms. Those doing the best were hole hopping to stay on the fish. A few nice size pike were caught or speared in 4 to 10 feet.

Lake St. Clair: Had no ice fishing at all and while colder weather is coming, it will take at least a week of very cold weather before ice fishing returns.

Saginaw Bay: Ice fishing is very limited and is strictly a nearshore activity as there are just a few locations where shore ice was hanging on. Ice quality is BAD, with thickness varying widely within just a few feet. It is NOT advisable to try and take a snowmobile or ATV out on any remaining ice. The ice is not good off the Pine River access site. Some ice was still hanging on at Palmer Road, but perch fishing was slow and the water was murky. A few small perch were caught off White’s Beach and Pinconning. At Linwood, the marina opened their boat channel and a number of small boats were trolling about five miles out. They caught walleye on crank baits however be sure to watch for ice floes. If anyone launches from Linwood Beach, they should be sure to leave their cell-phone number with the marina, as ice floes can move in and block the channel making it impossible to get back in. The launch at the mouth of the Saginaw River was not useable because of too much ice. Boats were launching from the Hampton Township ramp at the end of Jones Road and fishing about five miles out. The Quanicassee River is wide open, running high and fast. A few crappie and small perch were caught inside Sunset Bay Marina. Any ice from Sebewaing to Sand Point was not safe. The Sebewaing River and the marina are wide open. The water is running high, fast and muddy.

Saginaw River: Most launch sites were useable but take a bag of sand or salt for traction on the ramp. The water is running high, fast and muddy. The Patterson Road ramp at the mouth of the river was not useable because of too much ice.

Tittabawassee River: Shore anglers were taking a few walleyes just upstream of the Gordonville Road launch and down at Mapleton. Catch rates were spotty as the river was high, fast and muddy. Best baits were an orange ¼ ounce jig head with a white twister tail to increase visibility. Anglers could launch at Gordonville Road and fish upstream to the Dow Dam or downstream to Freeland.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Shoreline ice on the inland lakes deteriorated during the rain and warm spell but should tighten up again with the colder temperatures. Extreme caution should always be used on the ice especially in the counties along the Lake Michigan shoreline which are getting significant snowfall this week.

St. Joseph River: Anglers were still catching some steelhead downstream of the Berrien Springs Dam. Try spawn or wax worms. The occasional walleye was also taken further upstream.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are catching steelhead near the 6th Street Dam and near the mouth of the Rogue River. Most are using spawn and wax worms.

Grand River at Lansing: A few pike were caught on sucker minnows above the North Lansing Dam. A couple walleye were taken on minnows below the North Lansing Dam and in the Red Cedar River.

Muskegon River: Water levels were still a bit high and fast. A fair number of steelhead were still being caught all the way up to Croton Dam.

Baitman 2/9/16

 

Greg Alsip
Greg has the bait shop at the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort call (231) 994-2108 for the latest ice conditions and fishing

First good one of the season from Lake Leeelanau…26″

Greg Alsip's photo.

It was a really nice day on the ice. The weather was warm, sun was out late morning and the fish were more active. Check out this nice pike…

Ben Baker's photo.

Great catch Ty and Luke

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Word is Bluegill have moved to the East, aprox 13 ft. of water. Bait and tackle of choice :
Orange/yellow tungsten , Strong bobber and spikes !
It’s a beautiful day to be on the ice….
Enjoy and be safe ~
Vaughn

Hamlin Grocery's photo.
Hamlin Grocery's photo.

Baitman Fishing Report 2/4/2016

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
TUESDAY  FEBRUARY  2,  2016

 

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

Tuesday nights snow and rain storm, has changed our lakes.  In many places but not all there’s lots of slush on our lakes.  Making it very sloppy.  In most areas it’s obvious.  The clear ice beneath is still 6″-8″.  There is always the possibility of quads and snowmobiles getting stuck.  This is Michigan and the temperatures will drop from tonight on, this may help.

The coves on the West side of Lake Mitchell have become very popular.  The words out, the bite is on.  Those using quads or snowmobiles easily find the deeper pockets of healthy green weeds in the 12′ to 15′ foot holes. Many of the anglers who walk out spend too much time in shallower water and don’t do as well.  Early mornings and late afternoons have been the best time for Crappie anglers limits.  8″ – 10″ Crappies have been common.  Small minnows are their favorite but some are caught on spikes and wax worms.  Bluegills and Sunfish anglers have been very productive with red spikes.  We’re seeing good numbers of Blugills with larger better fighting Sunfish mixed in.  They’re much thicker, especially when they’re in the 9″ range.

Pike are Pike!  Fishing either Lake Cadillac or Lake Mitchell set a tip-up or two.  There’s no one hot spot.  They seem to cruise all depths.  We hear of Walleye stories but don’t know of any particular areas better then others.  Those catching them don’t want any company.

 

 

 

FISHING REPORT Saint Helen :
Crappie and Blue Gill biting real good after 3:00 pm. Lots of Pike caught this past week. 37″ 11.82 pounds was the biggest I saw. Perch fishing better than ever, several 13″ were caught. Walleye have been caught early and late in the day, a lot of undersized which is great for the future. Call Dave@ 989-389-2100 if you need more information.

Tyler Hatfield with this Northern Pike – 11.82lbs 37″

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.
Captain Chuck’s II Inc.

This is one happy little fisherman! This is a great catch in anyone’s book.

Ashela 'Lauth' Trevino's photo.

Corey and I fished Hamlin tonight. Good ice, but sloppy. Solid 5 inches. Bluegill bite was decent but not outrageous. Definitely worth fishing though.

Randy

 

 

 

A rare photo…Chip, Clare and Dave together. The other day they teamed up to scout for new fishing spots and to check the ice. And, it looks like HL Legend, Clare Gee was the only one who remembered to bring his GPS that day. Tonight Clare was using a Fish Bones Blue Shiner jig tipped with a minnow head. He had one 16″ walleye, 5 throwbacks and 7 pike. Clare has built a 2-limit lead on his chief rival, Dave.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Beautiful morning on the bay today.

12 inches of ice and a few inches of snow on top. Perch were biting this morning.
‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Dan's Resort's photo.
'#flagup #munuscongbay'

Lure of the month & guess who sells them? Yup, that’s right! Only at your favorite corner store!

Millers Corner's photo.

Buc’s Fishing Report

Saginaw Bay: Most of the ice blew out last week, leaving only shore ice. The only fishable spots left were near Standish and Pinconning; the Pine River/Palmer Road area and off Pinconning Park and Newman Road. EXTREME CAUTION must be used and travel by ATV is not advised! Anglers did get some perch from those areas however warm temperatures continue to eat away at the ice. There may still be some fishing opportunities for perch off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee but strictly in shallow water only.

Saginaw River: The ice was no longer safe but there was still too much in the marinas to launch a boat.

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer temperatures were creating a few hazards throughout the Bay especially the southern waters were the ice was not that thick. Anglers reported minor problems crossing Butler Island in a few areas. Anglers were fishing north of Gladstone Bay. Fair walleye catches reported south of the Escanaba River and out from the Power plant in 25 to 35 feet when jigging raps or sucker minnows on tip-ups. Use caution in this area which is known for dangerous ice conditions. Fair catches reported from the Center Reef south to the Second Reef in 20 to 35 feet when using tip-ups with sucker minnows. The number of perch caught has not been high but the fish are averaging 8 to 16 inches. The best areas were between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows or spikes in 17 feet and off the Second Reef in 23 to 30 feet. The head of the Bay reported catches in 10 to 20 feet. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor had good catches but many were small. Whitefish anglers started fishing off Sand Point but the ice conditions worsened so no one was fishing. A few whitefish were caught on minnows in Gladstone in 27 to 35 feet. The northern pike action was good off the mouth of the Day’s River and the Second and Third Reefs but many were undersize. Most were using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 14 to 30 feet.

With the snow storms the first of the week many of the lakes have slush again Ice fishing season is finally here!

With rain and warmer temperatures especially in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula, ice fishing on the inland lakes has become much more dangerous. Anglers would be wise to stay off the deeper lakes and fish in shallow waters only. Don’t venture out on lakes that you are not familiar with. It pays to know depths, where drop-offs are and the location of any inlets or outlets. River ice was no longer safe.

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

Houghton Lake has 8 to 12 inches of ice and pike and walleye, pike and panfish have been biting and it is Tip Up Town Weekend. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422 he has all his shanties out this weekend, , Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531 H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze some are fishing but all the snow we got sunday and monday made a mess of the lakes. . Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 6 to 10 inches

Fife Lake is froze and there were shanties on it today call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and they are fishing off of Wilson Hills with 5 to 7 inches with a great panfish bite  Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458

Portage Lake is froze and, a great walleye bite and perch bite one guy caught a 31 inch walleye  took a photo and released it back to portage lake. Osborn’s big fishing contest is this weekendCall 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 7 to 10 inches ice Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake is froze they are fishing the south-end with 5 to 7  inches of ice, the north-end  ice is still fine. They  have been fishing on 5″ to 6″ (north end) guys are going out and doing great but be careful and there is slush on the lake. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677 both sports barn and Higgins Lake Hardware got fishbone lures in today along with the hook,line and threaders. Also Evergreen Park is handling bait call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 12 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Margarethe is froze with 6 to 10 inches and quite a few guys going out and a great pike bite along with some good numbers of walleye. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze over with open spots but nobody was going out yet Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 7 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 12 inches on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

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

Black Lake is froze and Sturgeon Season opens this weekend on Black Lake call Parrot’s Outpost in Onaway for latest info

Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

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

Pentwater Lake, is froze and not safe yet call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze but has open water  and a great bluegill and pike bite Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake Skegemog had a great perch bite yesterday with guys getting nice messes of perch., Manistee lake is 6-8inches and has a fair bite but the snow storm has put slush up on the ice call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading to Fremont lake and guys are going out and getting limits of panfish on the smaller 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 5-7inches

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

Black Lake: The 2016 lake sturgeon fishing and spearing season will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 6. All anglers must register with the DNR to participate and must also possess a lake sturgeon tag which can be obtained for free at any license vendor.

Grand Lake: Was producing walleye and perch. No large numbers but the fish were good size.

Long Lake: Anglers were catching walleye and perch. 

Hubbard Lake: Walleye and perch were starting to bite in 50 to 55 feet. Anglers using tip-ups with blues near the bottom had better success.

Van Etten Lake: Was producing a large number of small perch.

Higgins Lake: Still has ice fishing however anglers should still be careful and drill their way out as ice thickness varies in some areas. Lake trout fishing has been very good in 85 to 110 feet when using greys on tip-ups or jigging. Swedish pimples and big spoons also caught fish. Good perch fishing in 40 to 60 feet. Try the area near the church camp. Trout and pike were caught off the south end.

Houghton Lake: Ice fishing continues. Anglers should avoid the areas near inlets and outlets and use caution near the pressure cracks. Bluegill, crappie and perch have been caught off Saunders Point near the Cut River. Those using tip-ups caught some big pike measuring 30+ inches.

Lake St. Helen: Was producing pike and panfish.

Tawas: Most of the ice blew out leaving only shore ice. The only fishable spots left were the north end of Tawas Bay in the “armpit” and west of Jerry’s Marina but again, extreme caution needs to be used.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

River fishing remains consistent, although water levels will be rising due to significant melt and rainfall.

Betsie River: Has steelhead fishing.

Green Lake: Smelt fishing has been poor. Numbers are low and the fish are small.

Lake Cadillac: Has had a good number of anglers fishing mostly for crappies and northern pike. Tip-ups with large minnows or spearing have done well for pike.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers continue to do well for crappie and the bluegill bite did pick up some. Anglers are using minnows, spikes and wax worms. No word on walleye. Pike are still being caught.

Portage Lake: Some decent catches of perch and bluegill were reported.

Manistee River: Has steelhead fishing and those heading out have caught some nice fish throughout the river.

Hamlin Lake: Anglers are taking bluegills, perch and some walleyes. Those seeking pike are spearing or using tip-ups with sucker minnows.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Had good walleye fishing with some limit catches reported. Some jumbo perch were also caught.

Menominee River: The 6th Street Slip was the hot spot for walleye due in part to the lack of ice by the Hattie Street Dam. Anglers are jigging with a variety of small spoons and jigs tipped with minnows. Those fishing the open water near the dam have caught a few rainbow and brown trout when casting small spoons or rapalas.

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer temperatures were creating a few hazards throughout the Bay especially the southern waters were the ice was not that thick. Anglers reported minor problems crossing Butler Island in a few areas. Anglers were fishing north of Gladstone Bay. Fair walleye catches reported south of the Escanaba River and out from the Power plant in 25 to 35 feet when jigging raps or sucker minnows on tip-ups. Use caution in this area which is known for dangerous ice conditions. Fair catches reported from the Center Reef south to the Second Reef in 20 to 35 feet when using tip-ups with sucker minnows. The number of perch caught has not been high but the fish are averaging 8 to 16 inches. The best areas were between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows or spikes in 17 feet and off the Second Reef in 23 to 30 feet. The head of the Bay reported catches in 10 to 20 feet. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor had good catches but many were small. Whitefish anglers started fishing off Sand Point but the ice conditions worsened so no one was fishing. A few whitefish were caught on minnows in Gladstone in 27 to 35 feet. The northern pike action was good off the mouth of the Day’s River and the Second and Third Reefs but many were undersize. Most were using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 14 to 30 feet.

Munising: Ice conditions in the bay varied and caution needs to be used. There may also be more open water after the strong winds. Most anglers were targeting whitefish or splake. The whitefish are running small. The keepers were between 12 and 14 inches. Catch rates for splake were slow and most of the fish were sublegal. Most are using a single egg but a few were jigging fatheads in 50 to 60 feet. The ice off Powell Point had areas of open water and was questionable. The area near the city docks is limited due to tugboats that have been operating on a daily basis. Off the Anna River access, anglers were fishing in about 60 feet and reporting fish within one or two feet from the bottom. Most were small whitefish and splake. The area off Sand Point was not safe as there was open water within 100 to 200 feet offshore.

Indian Lake: In Schoolcraft County was slow for perch and walleye but a fair number of brown trout were caught.

Big Manistique Lake: Was producing good catches of walleye and large perch.

Brevoort Lake: Was producing some northern pike and a few walleye. Water depths vary but most were in 12 to 15 feet. Minnows worked best. Anglers still need to use caution. 

Munuscong Bay: Was slow for walleye except for the area around Grassy Island. Perch are pretty much scattered throughout. The ice east of Roach Point was still “iffy” so use caution when traveling on the ice.

Cedarville and Hessel: Les Cheneaux and Hessel Bay were good for perch with some nice catches reported. A few splake were also caught. Muskie Bay was slow for perch. Government Bay was very good for pike. Anglers are still encouraged to use caution on the ice.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Huron River: Steelhead success was marginal at Flat Rock. Those able to access the river by small boat were taking a few fish out of the deeper holes. Those fishing below the Belleville Dam caught a couple walleye.

Detroit River: Ice floes have pretty much put a halt to anglers going out in boats.

Oakland County: Anglers on Cass Lake and Union Lake are advised to use extreme caution especially after the rain and warm temperatures. Ice thickness will vary from one spot to the next and it may be best to stay in shallow waters. Those that had been fishing caught a decent number of panfish on wax worms in 6 to 12 feet. Those targeting walleye and pike had the best action right before dark when using glow lures and minnows.

Lake St. Clair: Multiple vehicles went through the ice at Fairhaven. With the rain and warm temperatures, all the fishable lake ice is pretty much gone. The canals and marinas will be questionable. Proceed with extreme caution as ice conditions can change dramatically in a short distance. The boat ramps at the Harley Ensign Launch are ice free so anglers could launch a boat.

Saginaw Bay: Most of the ice blew out last week, leaving only shore ice. The only fishable spots left were near Standish and Pinconning; the Pine River/Palmer Road area and off Pinconning Park and Newman Road. EXTREME CAUTION must be used and travel by ATV is not advised! Anglers did get some perch from those areas however warm temperatures continue to eat away at the ice. There may still be some fishing opportunities for perch off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee but strictly in shallow water only.

Saginaw River: The ice was no longer safe but there was still too much in the marinas to launch a boat.

Tittabawassee River: It was possible to launch boats from the ramp at Gordonville Road south of Midland. There is open water upstream to the Dow Dam and downstream as far as Freeland. Boat and shore anglers have been catching walleye on jigs and twister tails or jigs with minnows. A couple steelhead were also caught.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Even though temperatures are dropping at night, warm temperatures during the day coupled with rain are not helping ice conditions. Constant thawing and refreezing are producing honeycomb ice which is not safe. Anglers need to use extreme caution.

St. Joseph River: Anglers are doing well for steelhead downstream of the Berrien Springs Dam. Walleye were caught further upstream.

Kalamazoo River: More anglers were out with the warmer weather. Those fishing spawn, crank baits, or wax worms were taking steelhead below the Allegan Dam.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers will need to pay close attention to fluctuating water levels caused by rain, run-off and moving ice. Steelhead are still being caught up near the 6th Street Dam. Anglers are using spawn bags and crank baits. Look for panfish in the backwaters. Some limit catches were reported in the bayous.

Grand River at Lansing: Was quiet for the most part. A few walleye were caught near the North Lansing Dam. Try shiners under a bobber or tight lining.

Muskegon River: The fish are there and those targeting steelhead are finding fish throughout the river including near Croton. With water levels up a bit, most fish were caught in areas where the water was slower.

Baitman 1/31/2016

 

We hope the fish are as plentiful the time of the tournament!
WAY TO GO BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your excitement!

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

SO, Lou went out to work on the shanties and thought, what the heck, I’ll put out a couple tip ups while I’m working…

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

Another great day for BIG fish on Hamlin Lake !!
Nick Samuels took this 33lb., 47 inch Muskie on Upper Hamlin East of Wilson Hill this morning .
Awesome !!!!

Hamlin Grocery's photo.
Hamlin Grocery's photo.

Walleye , Walleye, Walleye ………..
Great job Jenna Luke !!!

Hamlin Grocery's photo.

Lyman’s On The Lake

 

Great final day of T.U.T. 2016. HL’s own Brook Pepper and CJ Fiedler made some noise down at The TUT USA Fishing Contest with these monster crappies they caught using tear drops with minnows in 8′ -14′ (that really narrows it down, huh?). Check out The Resorter for a list of the winners. Matthew wrapped up his weekend with enough pike fillets for a nice fish fry. And Dave is back into mid-season form with 3 keeper walleyes while his chief rival, HL Legend Clare Gee, got blanked.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Beautiful day !! Thanks to all who supported our little shop

Millers Corner's photo.
Millers Corner's photo.
Millers Corner's photo.

Jack Quance 28 3/4″ 7.3lb Walleye

'John 31 1/2" 6.98lb Pike'
Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Look at our parking lot – this was Sunday morning

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Thank you for coming out and supporting us! Great turnout this year.

Congrats to Bret Jones for bringing in the biggest walleye, weighing in at 6.74lbs.

There was just over 300 entrees and weighed in over 160 fish.

Good weather and pretty good fishing. Lots of little throwbacks this year.

'Final kids leader board.'
'Final walleye leader board.'
'The crowd at the awards ceremony.'
'The winning fish.'
'Final walleye leader board.'
'The crowd at the awards ceremony.'
'The winning fish.'

Baitman Fishing Report 1/28/16

Dan’s Resort
23477 S Bay Rd
Pickford, Michigan
(906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Beautiful day on the bay today!

 

Dan’s Resort is selling Fish bones custom lures for the derby get them to catch the winning walleye
Justin Cope's photo.

About 9-12 inches of ice and the perch and walleye are coming in!

derby info

Dan's Resort's photo.

What a busy day on the bay! Thanks for supporting us, let’s do it again tomorrow!  ‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

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

Dan’s Resort will once again be the epicenter of activity as the Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club holds the Walleye Jamboree on Munuscong Bay beginning at 1 a.m. Thursday.

“We’re happy to host the tournament,” said Karen Lacklin, anticipating upwards of 400 anglers competing for the $700 top prize awarded to the registered angler who weighs in the biggest walleye taken before noon on Sunday.

Spokesman Tom Ball said in his 15-plus years of overseeing the Walleye Jamboree, he hasn’t seen conditions this good leading up to the tournament.

“There’s a ton of water in the bay,” he said. “We’re up about a foot-and-a-half from last year.”

Ball said ice conditions are variable — 8-16 inches — and participants should use caution in their travels on the ice. The deeper channel waters, Ball indicated, do not appear to have enough ice; as a result, anglers will be confined to Munuscong Bay.

“They’re driving vehicles on the very inner part of the bay,” he said, noting a clearly visible pressure crack is keeping everyone in.

“The fishing out there is better than last year,” said Ball, “and last year was good.”

Anglers looking to hook the big one should work lures in gold and orange, silver and blue, and chartreuse and orange, according to Ball: “All tipped with minnows.”

Tickets are being sold for $30 for adult anglers and $5 for kids 15 and under and must be purchased before heading out on the ice. Dan’s Resort will have them available throughout the weekend as will Wilderness Treasures in Pickford. For those hitting the bay from the north, MMC Store in Barbeau be selling them, while Woody’s One Stop in the Sault will also be handling ticket sales.

Ball noted there is an increase in ticket prices this year with a nod toward improving the prizes.

“We’ll be giving away augers and shanties,” he said, “instead of coffee cups and jig poles.”

The top 15 adult anglers will win either cash or valuable prizes while the kids will compete in three different divisions including $100 for the biggest walleye, $35 for the biggest northern pike and $35 for the largest perch. Ron Gordon of Prescription Oxygen has also thrown down his own challenge, promising $100 in cash for the first kid to weigh-in a fish larger than his best of the tournament in all three divisions.

Ledy’s Auto Sales is also kicking in $100 in the form of a $25 prize for the biggest walleye brought to the scales on all four days of the jamboree.

And if you fish a full four days and fail to hook up, there is still plenty of opportunity to win. All of the registered anglers will compete in the entry draw as the tournament comes to a close on Sunday afternoon. You must, however, be present to win.

Houghton Lake Ice Report…

The 2016 TUT Mayor and Marshall have been checking the ice around the lake. About 90% of the lake is 8″ to 12″ thick. The area in front of Lyman’s (south shore weed bed area) and out to Little Round is the thickest we’ve measured. The Middle Grounds are around 8″. There are a couple of large pressure cracks reported – off Townline Rd, west of our shanty area and another north of us. Always exercise caution around the typical areas…East Bay, especially near the streams & canals, Long Point and all shorelines, streams, rivers, etc.
The Sheriff’s dept informed us that the East and West DNR ramps are plowed and open for parking. The north-side park is not plowed, but there is lake access using snowmobiles. Other lake access points for quads, snowmobiles and by foot include Reserve and Townline Rd, however, there is no parking. Harvey’s marina is another access point.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Lyman’s On The Lake Ice is about 12″ thick on Houghton Lake. They catch lots of pike in the shanties with a few walleye and panfish for those who time it right. The pictures of fish from the shanties are scattered throughout our posts. The ice report with the TUT mayor and marshall with the big pike is from the shanty.

 

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions did improve around the Bay but it is still “iffy” out there in spots. There are fish to catch without crossing the pressure cracks which is much safer. Palmer Road near Standish was very busy with a lot of anglers on the ice. They caught 8 to 10 inch perch in 2 to 3 feet of water. Walleye were caught in the evening in 8 to 10 feet. White’s Beach had a few anglers targeting perch but the fish were small. Perch were caught at Pinconning and down off Newman Road. Walleye were found ¾ of a mile off Erickson Road but anglers need to be aware of all the pressure cracks out there and use caution. There are active pressure cracks off Linwood as well. The occasional walleye was caught in 8 feet off the Bay City State Recreation Area and from the shipping channel near Spoils Island. A few perch were caught near the range light off the river mouth. Perch fishing was spotty from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Some managed limit catches while others had none. Keep moving until you find an active school of fish. Walleye anglers were in the Slot and around North Island. Caseville was slow.

Saginaw River: Still had patches of open water here and there and anglers are cautioned to stay well away from those areas. Anglers need to beware of thin and treacherous ice along the river especially with temperatures well above freezing by the weekend. Anglers were marking lots of fish however they did not want to bite. That was the rule from Saginaw to the mouth. Walleye were caught but not in large numbers. Most were jigging rapalas tipped with minnow heads. Hot colors were blue and silver, black and gold, purple or perch colors. Fishing activity started near Wickes Park and Ojibway Island. A number of anglers were at the First Street turn basin at the north end of Saginaw and strung out north and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge. Be very careful of the ice near any of the bridges. The ice was not good near the Boys & Girls Club in the south end of Bay City. Anglers were fishing downstream of the Independence Bridge near the U.S.S. Edson but catch rates were spotty.

 

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved some from Gladstone north to the head of the Bay but again the ice thickness this year varies greatly in any given area. Anglers need to use caution when traveling on the Bay. Anglers have gone out as far south as the Stonington area but this is not recommended and considered VERY DANGEROUS ice. The Bay had very little snow cover. Several large pressure cracks have made travel a bit more difficult so please use extreme caution when traveling all areas. Walleye catches remain fair to good although tapering off a bit. The Gladstone Beach area and out from the State Police Post were best reporting good catches using tip-ups with minnows or jigging rapalas in 20 to 34 feet. Catches were also reported off the Second and Third Reefs when using the same in 17 to 30 feet. Perch anglers reported better catches especially between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows in 13 to 19 feet. Northern pike catches were reported throughout the Bay and anglers spearing northern pike have reported a very good season so far. Whitefish were caught off Gladstone with dead minnows in 27 to 35 feet.

 

Buc’s Fishing Report

With the deep freeze, most of the state is now ice fishing. Anglers will still need to use caution especially along the west side after all the snow. Reports coming in say the pike are hungry and hitting hard and the panfish action has turned on. Those targeting walleye are also taking some fish. Ice fishing season is finally here!

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

Houghton Lake has 8 to 12 inches of ice and pike and walleye, pike and panfish have been biting and it is Tip Up Town Weekend. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422 he has all his shanties out this weekend, , Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531 H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze some are fishing but all the snow we got sunday and monday made a mess of the lakes. . Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 6 to 10 inches

Fife Lake is froze and there were shanties on it today call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and they are fishing off of Wilson Hills with 5 to 7 inches with a great panfish bite  Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458

Portage Lake is froze and, a great walleye bite and perch bite one guy caught a 31 inch walleye  took a photo and released it back to portage lake. 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 7 to 10 inches ice Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake is froze they are fishing the south-end with 3 to 5 inches of ice, the north-end is not safe as guys are going out and doing great but be careful ice goes from 4 inches to 2 inches in a heartbeat. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677 both sports barn and Higgins Lake Hardware got fishbone lures in today along with the hook,line and threaders

 

Well, today has been on fire!! I managed to bust an awesome Lake Trout this A.M. !!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Cade Brown sent me this photo today of a nice Pike he caught on Higgins today! Way to go Cade! Nice catch!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

I’d say, we had a memorable day on Higgins with my group today. That’s what it is about having fun and making memories.

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

 

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 12 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Margarethe is froze with 6 to 10 inches and quite a few guys going out and a great pike bite along with some good numbers of walleye. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze over with open spots but nobody was going out yet Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 7 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 12 inches on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

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

Black Lake is froze and some are fishing it this weekend call Parrot’s Outpost in Onaway for latest info 

Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

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

Pentwater Lake, is froze and not safe yet call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze and a great bluegill and pike bite Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake Skegemog had a great perch bite yesterday with guys getting nice messes of perch., Manistee lake is 6-8inches and has a fair bite but the snow storm has put slush up on the ice call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading to Fremont lake and guys are going out and getting limits of panfish on the smaller Lakes call 231-854-3965

Have not got a report from Burt, Mullet or Black but I would say ice is not safe yet

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 5-7inches

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

 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2016

The sun was out and winds light, a perfect weekend to fish. No lack of ice. Expect 6-8″ or more inches of ice. Prudent of not, quads and snowmobiles dot our lakes. Ice shanties of every size color and brand covered the lakes like confetti.

The coves on the West side of Lake Mitchell seemed to be the center of activity. The Big and Small coves are famous for mixed catches of panfish. Catches on the Big cove were mostly Crappie with a few Bluegill and Perch mixed in. Those fishing out from the Small cove caught more Gills and Sunfish then Crappie. Either cove, the best catches (often limits) came from 10′ to 15′ depths expecially where weeds were present. Common Crappie limits were 8″ to 10″ but a few found them up to 13″. Bluegills were hand sized but their cousins the Sunfish were often up to 9″. Nice thick and heavy. No large numbers but several 8″ to 10″ Perch were caught. Maybe they’re on the comeback.

Our favorite Northern Pike were off for the number of tip-ups on the lakes. Not the usual number of flags. However those on the ice ranged from legal to 35″.

Those smart enough and lucky enough to catch Walleyes are still not talking. They do say no to bother fishing in less than 12′ of water. Keep changing your tip-up minnows and use light line. When jigging artificial lures try Perch colors. Those filleted probably have a belly full of baby perch.

No catch reports for the East side of Lake Cadillac yet. Many waiting to fish Kenwood Park area are out. Shanties dot the area. Crappie and Perch dominate the area but also a great place to tip-up fish for Pike.

Several have tried the causeway on the West side of Lake Cadillac. Normally one of the top spots, those fishing it have been disappointed. Maybe it will pick up.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Deep snow and slush continue to make travel more difficult on the inland lakes. Anglers should still use caution and be sure to check the ice when heading out. Rivers in this area of the state continue to produce a good number of steelhead.

Traverse City: Any ice on the bays was questionable.

Lake Cadillac: Catch rates were a little slower but should pick up. Anglers are taking panfish. Try a teardrop with a small minnow, wax worm or spike. Pike anglers are spearing or using tip-ups with large minnows.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers fishing the coves were catching panfish over the weed beds in 10 to 12 feet. The Big Cove was producing more crappie while the smaller cove was good for bluegills. The occasional perch was also caught. Those using tip-ups are targeting pike and walleye. Those spear fishing have also taken a couple nice pike.

Manistee River: Continues to provide some good steelhead fishing. Fish have been caught throughout the river. Anglers are getting bright colored fish as well as plenty of fresh ones. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have done well with spawn or jigs and wax worms.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fletchers Pond: Pike anglers using tip-ups are taking a good number of fish. Those seeking panfish have done well with minnows, wax worms and spikes.

Higgins Lake: Anglers were starting to walk out on the south end where they were catching lake trout in 50 to 60 feet. Rainbow trout were caught in shallow waters 3 feet deep near the west shore boat ramp. Anglers need to use caution and check the ice ahead of them.

Houghton Lake: Fishing has started to pick up with walleye caught along the drop-offs in deeper water. Look for the weed beds. Fish were caught at sunrise, mid-day and at sunset. Pike anglers are doing well as the fish are everywhere. Bluegills and crappie were caught off the DNR launch on the south end. There was a report of a quad that broke through the ice about 500 yards or more from the Middle Grounds. Anglers should use caution in this area.

Tawas: Most ice fishing activity was still up in the “armpit” off Jerry’s Marina. Perch were caught in 15 to 20 feet and walleye in 20 to 22 feet but success was spotty. A brown trout, a few lake trout and whitefish were caught on a spoon with a minnow. Those fishing inside the state harbor caught a few pike and perch.

Au Gres River: Anglers were taking a few walleye.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Had deep slush on the ice which is not ideal for vehicles especially those with wheels. Please do not drive any truck into the Bergland boat launch. The snow pack is soft and too many have gotten stuck. Perch fishing was slow with only a few caught in 22 to 25 feet. Walleye fishing was fair during the day but much better after dark in 8 to 12 feet in Bergland Bay. During the day, fish were caught in 15 to 18 feet. Try tip-ups with shiners and suckers or jigging rapalas and assorted spoons tipped with a small minnow.

Menominee: A WARNING TO ANGLERS The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations in northern Green Bay between Marinette-Menominee and Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin on January 29-31, 2016. On Friday the 29th, a tug and its barge will be escorted from Sturgeon Bay to Marinette. The vessels will travel north and east of Green Island, approaching the Menominee Entrance in the Michigan waters of Green Bay. On Sunday the 31st, the tug and barge will be escorted back to Sturgeon Bay following the same path through northern Green Bay, remaining north and east of Green Island. All ice fishermen should remove their ice shacks and equipment from these areas; especially from the Menominee Entrance Channel and areas near Marinette Marine Corporation. Snowmobile, ATV operators, and other recreational users of the ice should avoid the shipping channels, plan their activities carefully, and use extreme caution in this area.

Menominee River: Had one gate partially open at the Hattie Street Dam and the ice blew out near the dam. The 6th Street Slip was producing some nice walleye.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved some from Gladstone north to the head of the Bay but again the ice thickness this year varies greatly in any given area. Anglers need to use caution when traveling on the Bay. Anglers have gone out as far south as the Stonington area but this is not recommended and considered VERY DANGEROUS ice. The Bay had very little snow cover. Several large pressure cracks have made travel a bit more difficult so please use extreme caution when traveling all areas. Walleye catches remain fair to good although tapering off a bit. The Gladstone Beach area and out from the State Police Post were best reporting good catches using tip-ups with minnows or jigging rapalas in 20 to 34 feet. Catches were also reported off the Second and Third Reefs when using the same in 17 to 30 feet. Perch anglers reported better catches especially between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows in 13 to 19 feet. Northern pike catches were reported throughout the Bay and anglers spearing northern pike have reported a very good season so far. Whitefish were caught off Gladstone with dead minnows in 27 to 35 feet.

Munuscong Bay: Has ice fishing however the ice east of Roach Point towards the deeper water and the Dumping Grounds is NOT safe so avoid this area. Walleye fishing was good off Grassy Island and north of Pine Island. Perch fishing slowed which is usual for this time of year.

Cedarville and Hessel: Both Hessel Bay and Muskie Bay have picked up for perch. Muskie Bay has been very good for pike. Ice thickness is variable so be extremely careful.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake St. Clair: Has more ice on the lake but there is still a lot of open water offshore so anglers need to be aware of wind conditions and the possibility of ice shifting and pressure cracks opening up. Anglers are out fishing the usual places off Fairhaven, Brandenburg, Cotton Road, South River Road, the Metro Park and the Spillway Access Site. Ice thickness is variable at these locations so anglers need to use extreme caution.

Port Austin and Grindstone City: Each had a few ice shanties in the harbor that were close to shore.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions did improve around the Bay but it is still “iffy” out there in spots. There are fish to catch without crossing the pressure cracks which is much safer. Palmer Road near Standish was very busy with a lot of anglers on the ice. They caught 8 to 10 inch perch in 2 to 3 feet of water. Walleye were caught in the evening in 8 to 10 feet. White’s Beach had a few anglers targeting perch but the fish were small. Perch were caught at Pinconning and down off Newman Road. Walleye were found ¾ of a mile off Erickson Road but anglers need to be aware of all the pressure cracks out there and use caution. There are active pressure cracks off Linwood as well. The occasional walleye was caught in 8 feet off the Bay City State Recreation Area and from the shipping channel near Spoils Island. A few perch were caught near the range light off the river mouth. Perch fishing was spotty from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Some managed limit catches while others had none. Keep moving until you find an active school of fish. Walleye anglers were in the Slot and around North Island. Caseville was slow.

Saginaw River: Still had patches of open water here and there and anglers are cautioned to stay well away from those areas. Anglers need to beware of thin and treacherous ice along the river especially with temperatures well above freezing by the weekend. Anglers were marking lots of fish however they did not want to bite. That was the rule from Saginaw to the mouth. Walleye were caught but not in large numbers. Most were jigging rapalas tipped with minnow heads. Hot colors were blue and silver, black and gold, purple or perch colors. Fishing activity started near Wickes Park and Ojibway Island. A number of anglers were at the First Street turn basin at the north end of Saginaw and strung out north and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge. Be very careful of the ice near any of the bridges. The ice was not good near the Boys & Girls Club in the south end of Bay City. Anglers were fishing downstream of the Independence Bridge near the U.S.S. Edson but catch rates were spotty.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers are ice fishing on the inland lakes however snow and slush may make travel on the ice a little more difficult. Be sure to use caution and watch for soft ice. Anglers are catching panfish, pike and walleye.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead anglers are taking fish below the Allegan Dam. Try spawn, plugs or a jig and wax worm.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are still out there and catching steelhead including a fair to good number of chrome colored fish.

Lake Lansing: Had fair to good bluegill action but anglers are sorting out a lot of small ones. Crappie were also caught.

Morrison Lake: Is producing fairly well. Anglers are taking bluegills, perch and some decent size crappie.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce a good number of steelhead especially in the lower sections. Those floating spawn have done well but those fly fishing have also taken fish.