Ice is a forming, but unfortunately the snow is a falling
Lyman’s on the Lake Houghton Lake Ice Report 12.14.17
The snow isn’t helping. For most of the lake, areas without snow are measuring 5″ to 6″ and they are mostly along the shoreline about 100 yds out. Areas with snow are measuring only 2″ to 3″ and that makes up the majority of the lake.
We got about 5 inches a half mile out and it’s only going to make more ice as temps stay near zero. Reports from others got less than 5 inches. It’s still early ice for sure.
Keep in mind—the ice thickness varies across the bay so always test it when venturing further out.
If you haven’t been on the bay—stay away from the shorelines around the islands. There are springs and currents around them and usually bad ice.
We got about 5 inches a half mile out and it’s only going to make more ice as temps stay near zero. Reports from others got less than 5 inches. It’s still early ice for sure.Keep in mind—the ice thickness varies across the bay so always test it when venturing further out. If you haven’t been on the bay—stay away from the shorelines around the islands. There are springs and currents around them and usually bad ice.#munuscongbay #fishon
Posted by Dan's Resort on Thursday, December 14, 2017
Pilgrim Village ICE REPORT: WEDNESDAY 12/13/17
The picture is deceiving there is only about 1 3/4-2″ of ice, there is over an inch of water flowing over the ice making it look more like 3″. The ice is harder then it was Monday but we didn’t really gain anything for thickness. There is anywhere from 5-8″ of snow on the lake and it’s still snowing. THE POINT IS DON’T MAKE ANY PLANS FOR FISHING LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL THIS WEEKEND. Be Safe! More updates in a couple days.
Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Some of the smaller lakes have frozen however there was no safe ice yet. Steelhead are in the rivers but angler numbers are down due to the cold weather. Pier fishing may no longer be an option because of icy conditions.
Boyne River: Anglers caught a couple steelhead.
Platte River: Anglers caught coho along with the occasional steelhead and brown trout.
Betsie River: Was producing steelhead but the bite has slowed.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Are now frozen but no safe ice as of yet. There may be some anglers out by the weekend but at this point it is hard to tell.
Big Manistee River: Was producing trout for those using jigs tipped with a wax worm and beads.
Pere Marquette River: Steelhead were caught in Mason County and portions of Lake County.
Muskegon Lake: Anglers were taking walleye and perch.
Muskegon River: Water levels are good. Steelhead can still be found especially in the lower stretches.
White River: Was producing the occasional steelhead up near the Hesperia Dam.
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report
Heavy snows throughout the western Upper Peninsula warrant extreme caution when going out on any lakes that have frozen. On the east end, ice is just beginning to form on most lakes and waterbodies.
Lake Gogebic: Anglers were ice fishing Bergland Bay on the north end of the lake however heavy snows have caused water to push up on the ice causing some safety issues. Anglers will need to use extreme caution especially with the onset of heavy snow in the area.
Manistique River: Anglers were still taking some steelhead in the lower river.
Alpena: Those spearing whitefish reported slow catch rates.
Thunder Bay River: Had very good Atlantic salmon fishing in the lower river. The best fishing was in the slower water below the 9th Street Bridge. Try the fishing platform near LaMarre Park.
Au Sable River: Has steelhead and some Atlantic salmon in the lower river.
Houghton Lake: Ice is forming however the thickness is not consistent and there were still some areas with open water. A couple anglers were venturing out and fishing in shallow waters only in the East Bay but extreme caution needs to be used.
Saginaw Bay: Ice is forming on the more sheltered shorelines of the inner Bay but was not yet thick enough for ice fishing. Ice has also covered most of the smaller area rivers including the Pine, Pinconning, Kawkawlin, Quanicassee and Sebewaing but again not thick enough for ice fishing.
Saginaw River: Was wide open. Walleye anglers were still taking some fish but frigid temperatures are keeping the boat anglers home.
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This is Houghton Lake yesterday 12-8-2017 from Lyman’s on the Lake
This is Lake Mitchell yesterday from Pilgrim Village as it is getting capped over should be fishing next weekend
Miller’s Corner just took this photo today of Lake Missaukee
Not much going on this week, Ludington still has a perch bite and they were fishing with all the gale winds so they must be really biting. Grand Traverse Bays still has a good perch bite but the wind has been hampering fishing.
Most are thinking we will be ice fishing some of the small shallow lakes by next weekend, I will keep you updated on where they are going to fish. Some think they will be fishing Black Bass Bay on Grand Lake the first of the week as it is one of the earliest places in Northern Michigan.
Be safe and think safe ice!
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Strong winds continue to hamper fishing and major cool down the end of next week should help start the freezing process.
Armstrongs on White Lake reports fisherman are having a good perch bite at Whitehall on the west side of White Lake with minnows, spikes and wigglers working best.
Capt. Chucks reports PM Lake is still ok for perch and some are being caught off the pier.
There was some ice on Mitchell and Bear Lake today, Houghton Lake was wide open.
Long Lake by Traverse City has been good for walleye and perch.
Houghton Lake has been slow for walleyes from the shore, also Reedsburg been slow also.
Lake Margrethe has been great for walleye, and many report seeing big pike in the shallows.
Tippy has been slow this week with colder and more water flow this week.
Portage a couple guys have been fishing but no reports back.
Fishing will completely depend on the weather. Moderate temperatures this week means no ice fishing. Lakes in the area have some skim ice but no safe ice. Walleye will bite right up until ice up, so those trolling or casting for late fall walleye could find some fish. Steelhead fishing should be good in the rivers.
Betsie River: Steelhead fishing continues. Most are using flies and beads or spawn.
Manistee: Surf fishing and pier fishing for steelhead should remain good if the weather allows anglers to get out.
Big Manistee River: Was producing steelhead. Many are hold-overs but rain by the end of the week should bring in some fresh fish.
Ludington: Surf fishing and pier fishing for steelhead should remain good here as well.
Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing continues with a good number of fish in the river.
Muskegon: Pier anglers caught some whitefish.
Muskegon River: With water levels receding, those targeting steelhead have caught some nice fish all the way up to Croton Dam. Walleye and perch were still being caught in both Croton Pond and Hardy Pond.
Alpena: Boat anglers target whitefish in the shallows this time of year. Try a small hook with a wax worm or single egg. Those spearing usually do so at night with the aid of a light.
Au Sable River: Water levels dropped and cleared up over the last week. Those fly casting or drifting caught steelhead and brown trout.
Tawas: Shore anglers target whitefish off the State Dock this time of year. The better fishing is usually in the early morning when using a small hook tipped with a wax worm or single egg.
Saginaw Bay: Boat and shore anglers continue to be limited because of strong winds. Perch are in the river mouths and the cuts. Fish have been caught in the Pine and the Kawkawlin Rivers on the west side of the bay and in the Quanicassee and Sebewaing Rivers as well as the Thomas Cut on the east side. The perch move in and out, so try a spot for an hour or so and if no luck, move on to the next river or cut. Perch anglers are also fishing in the public harbor at Caseville. Some were casting for lake trout at the mouth of the Pigeon River.
Saginaw River: Anglers fishing the lower river from the Independence Bridge downstream to the mouth are catching walleye when vertical jigging with jig-heads tipped with minnows. Some perch were caught down near the mouth.
Thin ice has formed on most of the smaller inland lakes on the west end. The ice is thin and not safe for foot travel. Colder weather is predicted for the end of next week and beyond which should help with the freezing process and could provide some early ice fishing.
Little Bay De Noc: Had walleye anglers with fair to good catches reported. The best catches were in the northern parts of the Bay. Night anglers trolled stick baits in the shallow waters with best catches in 9 to 20 feet. Day anglers did best a little deeper with crank baits and stick baits in 24 to 35 feet. Most reported a good mix of large and small fish. The early ice season should be good when it gets here.
Tahquamenon River: Had no reports other than some of the river and the Dollarville Flooding had skim ice.
Had to run perch minnows to Capt. Chucks in Ludington friday as the perch are back in PM lake and they are also catching perch off the pier.
Hesperia reports good steelhead on the white river with waxworms working best.
Cadillac report walleye are biting off the canal at night.
Pappy’s Bait in Wellston reports the steelhead fishing has been fair as they been dealing with high water all week on the big river, Little Manistee has been good as they passed a bunch of cohos up the river from the weir and the steelhead are following the coho eating the eggs.
Have not heard much this week on Lake Charlevoix perch but we have had gale winds all week.