Ice is holding on in Northern Michigan

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

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

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

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    Caught on lake skegemog today by Fred Fields

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

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From Lyman;s on the Lake.

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

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

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Millers Corner  Lake Missaukee reports

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

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

 

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

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Buc’s Fishing Report

 

Lake Missaukee  

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

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

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.

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…

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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 !!!!

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Hamlin Grocery's photo.

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

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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'
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Look at our parking lot – this was Sunday morning

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

derby info

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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.

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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.


Hamlin Hookers 4th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament

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Register for our Hamlin Hookers 4th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament
WHEN: FEBRUARY 8, 2014 – 7:00am to 5:00pm
CONTACT: Vaughn Flewelling, 231-843-2058 to register and for additional information

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Sponsored by Hamlin Grocery. Register at Hamlin Grocery, $20 to enter. 100% cash pay out for 1st. Place. Super prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th placing.

This is an individual, one-day, total points tournament on HAMLIN LAKE. A point value is given to each fish based on length and species, not by weight. Participants must sign-in at the tournament check-in line no later than 5:00pm for measuring of fish and calculation of points. Check-in line is located at the Hamlin Grocery live bait building. Measuring of fish and calculation of points will be conducted by a designated committee. The committee’s decision is final!!

Contact Vaughn at Hamlin Grocery 231-843-2058 for any additional information. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 8th!!

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