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More Boat Launches Closed

In a continued effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 across Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources and local leaders are now shutting down some boat launches in Leelanau County.

The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office received notification Thursday that the DNR is closing three boat launches for public use effective Friday.

According to a Facebook post by the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office, the decision was made to implement the Governor's Executive Order 2020-21, Stay Home and Stay Safe.

The launches included in this closure, with cooperation of the local entities, will be in the Village of Northport, the Village of Suttons Bay, and the State launch at the end of Hilltop Road.

These closures will remain in effect until further notice.

The DNR was concerned too many people were on the trails to maintain a safe distance and people were fishing too close together.

Wednesday, anglers were using boats instead of waders to cast their lines.

They have shut down the city boat landing in Montague yesterday.

Tippy Dam Closure

Wednesday, anglers were using boats instead of waders to cast their lines after the closure of Tippy Dam Recreation Area Tuesday.

If anyone is caught in the closed recreation area they face up to a five hundred dollar fine.

The DNR said they are monitoring other popular fishing spots around northern Michigan to make sure people are maintaining a safe distance from one another.

On Thursday, officials with the Huron-Manistee National Forests also warned anglers to maintain social distancing guidelines.

National forests are also seeing an increased use following Governor Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order.

Please keep the following guidelines in mind before visiting state managed land:

Go out only if you’re feeling healthy.
Long-distance travel is discouraged unless it is essential.
Individuals must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between themselves and people of other households.
Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If those aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
When driving, keep windows slightly open to provide air flow. Do not drive with people who don’t live in your household.
If the parking is full when attempting to visit a park, recreation area, boating access site or trailhead, leave and choose a different location.
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More Boat Launches Closed
In a continued effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 across Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources and local leaders are now shutting down some boat launches in Leelanau County. 
The Leelanau County Sheriffs Office received notification Thursday that the DNR is closing three boat launches for public use effective Friday. 
According to a Facebook post by the Leelanau County Sheriffs Office, the decision was made to implement the Governors Executive Order 2020-21, Stay Home and Stay Safe. 
The launches included in this closure, with cooperation of the local entities, will be in the Village of Northport, the Village of Suttons Bay, and the State launch at the end of Hilltop Road. 
These closures will remain in effect until further notice.
The DNR was concerned too many people were on the trails to maintain a safe distance and people were fishing too close together. 
Wednesday, anglers were using boats instead of waders to cast their lines. 
They have shut down the city boat landing in Montague yesterday.
Tippy Dam Closure
Wednesday, anglers were using boats instead of waders to cast their lines after the closure of Tippy Dam Recreation Area Tuesday.
If anyone is caught in the closed recreation area they face up to a five hundred dollar fine. 
The DNR said they are monitoring other popular fishing spots around northern Michigan to make sure people are maintaining a safe distance from one another. 
On Thursday, officials with the Huron-Manistee National Forests also warned anglers to maintain social distancing guidelines. 
National forests are also seeing an increased use following Governor Whitmers Stay Home, Stay Safe order. 
Please keep the following guidelines in mind before visiting state managed land:
Go out only if you’re feeling healthy.
Long-distance travel is discouraged unless it is essential.
Individuals must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between themselves and people of other households. 
Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If those aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
When driving, keep windows slightly open to provide air flow. Do not drive with people who don’t live in your household.
If the parking is full when attempting to visit a park, recreation area, boating access site or trailhead, leave and choose a different location.

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It's an executive order. They warned all of us up front to follow the rules or there will be closures. We are fishermen, we need to stick together and police ourselves or one by one we will lose public launches.

I’d be more concerned about someone catching lead poisoning while trying to fine one for providing food for one’s family.......

Dnr did not order the closure of the Leelanau county ramps the sheriffs office did it on its own merits. So thank them don’t blame the dnr

Put those docks in now. When we buy those damn licenses we pay to fish. We pay for access to all the state's waters. Many of us fish alone (retired) or take our spouse. 2 buddies. fishing should not be and issue as long as they practice safe rules. Those that are dumbasses and cram 3 or more in a 12' boat cite the idiots and make them pay and escort them to shore. This is asinine and I want my license fee reimbursed.

If I am self isolating with my boyfriend we should be allowed to go out on a boat together. I am an essential employee and need to get out and get some fresh air and get away from people to keep me optimistic and sane right now. Fishing is what I enjoy and why should we not get reimbursed for our license if they are limiting us? I do not agree with this decision.

too close together , I'm in my boat in Lake leelanau by myself no one around this is getting a little to far fetched

Sorry, I can't "Like" this one. GA is leaving them all open and in SC all Federal Landings are open. Where are some folks priority? Long Live the South.

Taking are rights away. People need to open there eyes before the government takes all are rights . This is just the first step next is the FEMA line

Not sure how launching boats violates the distancing order. I'm not closer that 10ft from others when launching or retrieving. Doesn't make sense to me.

Hey Bucs Bait, do you feel any amount of guilt or responsibility for that “Perch are hot in Northport” report you sent out last week?

Thanks for helping with that Buc’s! Got everyone and their brother out there!

How in the phuck do people fish too close together with boats?????? Hey Adolph, the 🐑🐑🐑 are ready.

Did they close any of the houghton lake access

So we are allowed to fish unless more than 2 people show up then they will close that too !

How does one spread a virus at a boat launch?

Quit being stupid people

Communists!!! We the people pay for these parks. Deplorable.

John Gray

Close em all ...apparently society is too stupid to understand. I want to go fishing too but people think this crap is a joke.

Complete bullshit....

Maybe they should have just gave some 500 dollar tickets to guys fishing 3+ out of one boat if not family members. Instead they ruin it for everybody.

Dumbest thing I've seen so far this week...leelanau county has no clue what they r even doing...morons

How the hell can they choose another location when they shut down 3 landings???? Government idiots Now your gonna have boaters from those 3 all going to the next one. SO THEN BECAUSE THAT ONE US GETTING ALOT OF PEOPLE, ARE THEY GONNA CLAIM TO MANY PEOPLE AND SHUT IT DOWN TO??????? MIRE GOVERNMENT STUPIDITY. D.N.R.: D O N OTHING R ANGERS

Confused how being out on a boat has anything to do with spreading a fake virus

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I talked to a DNR Officer today and you are only allowed 2 people in a boat and only then you always have to be 6 feet apart, if you cannot comply then just one person in the boat.

You can have up to 4 in a boat if it is your Immediate family and you all live under the same roof.

The state police and sheriff might have a different ruling but to be safe only one person per boat unless immediate family living under the same roof. this could change in a hour as they are changing rules by the hour.

They are close to closing tippy Dam and Homestead as people are not keeping 6 feet apart.

They will close fishing in the state of Michigan if they see fisherman cannot comply with the 6 foot rule for social distancing
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I talked to a DNR Officer today and you are only allowed 2 people in a boat and only then you always have to be 6 feet apart, if you cannot comply then just one person in the boat.
You can have up to 4 in a boat if it is your Immediate family and you all live under the same roof.
The state police and sheriff might have a different ruling but to be safe only one person per boat unless immediate family living under the same roof. this could change in a hour as they are changing rules by the hour.
They are close to  closing tippy Dam and Homestead as people are not keeping 6 feet apart.
They will close fishing in the state of Michigan if they see fisherman cannot comply with the 6 foot rule for social distancing

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They probably should enforce people walking together. I understand the same household thing but every day on my way home from my essential job I see a lot of (most likely not the same household people) walking shoulder to shoulder.

People can't comply while out shopping... if you're going to fish be reasonable and comply so you aren't ruining fishing for all of us

Hey, Chuck Morris that's what I heard. I wondered how long it would take DNR🙁I'm sure they were having fun. 🐟 are running!

Well they did close all public lands and lake accesses in Washington state because people would not obey the rules.

Just wanna put this out there, you think the DNR likes enforcing this,%$!# ?

Dudes were all shoulder to shoulder at Allegan Dam. DNR were pulling in when I drove by.

The female CO at the Northport ramp was “waiting for direction to start writing C19 tickets”.

They wanna crack down on this yet I see it everyday as a vendor in these grocery stores people are packed in there. They need to address that first!

Dumbasses! Give'm a badge and they know everything!😂 Not sorry....

People just can't seem to follow simple instructions.

So the DNR claimed there is a separate set of rules to be enforced by them compared to the state and local police??? Hahahaha

Who was the officer that claimed all this?

6’ apart.... apparently they have never perch fished when they come in😘🤷‍♂️🍺🍺

Steve Danielczyk

Trevor Dick

Jimmy Labo

Jesse Lautner

Tyler Rice

Patrick Daly

Brendan Miller

Joe Thornburg

And they can fuck off.

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Boat launch remains closed
By Eric Carlson
eric@leelanaunews.com
Despite appearances to the contrary, boat launches owned by the Village of Suttons Bay remain closed.
Village manager Rob Larrea said Friday afternoon that an unknown individual or group acting without any legal authority pushed a “skid pier” into the water at the village’s North Park early Friday.
“Now, the parking lot at North Park is filled with trucks and boat trailers, and who-knows-how many fishermen are using our ramp unlawfully right now,” Larrea said.
He added that the skid ramp was not properly installed and may be dangerous to anyone using it.
“The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office have been contacted and we are working to identify all involved,” the village manager said. “North Park boat launch remains closed as does the Marina boat launch which is closed for the 2020 boating season due to high water.”
Officials speculated that the number of people out fishing so early in the season on a weekday may be related to the sudden and unprecedented jump in the unemployment rate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any information the public can provide on who is behind the unlawful opening of the North Park boat launch will be appreciated, Larrea added.
He said that although all the village’s parks remain open, all playground equipment remains off-limits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Larrea said the village government is complying with the governor’s COVID-19 directives by limiting public access to the village hall and cutting back some services. The village council will likely use an online teleconferencing application to conduct meetings open to the public in the weeks ahead.
In the meantime, Larrea said, any water shutoffs in the village have been suspended — although all fees and payments are still required.
In addition, plans are moving ahead to begin downtown “streetscape” improvement project funded through the Michigan Department of Transportation and a federal Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) grant. Construction along M-22 (St. Joseph Avenue) in downtown Suttons Bay will begin on April 15, Larrea said, and should be completed before Memorial Day.
The village manager encouraged village residents and anyone interested to visit the village’s website at www.suttonsbayvillage.org for more information.
Photo caption: Fishermen launching boats at North Park in the Village of Suttons Bay have been doing so unlawfully since Friday morning when someone who has not yet been identified -- and without any authority -- shoved a "skid ramp" into the water so boats could be launched. Village officials have alerted the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about the ongoing violation.
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Boat launch remains closed
By Eric Carlson
eric@leelanaunews.com
Despite appearances to the contrary, boat launches owned by the Village of Suttons Bay remain closed.
Village manager Rob Larrea said Friday afternoon that an unknown individual or group acting without any legal authority pushed a “skid pier” into the water at the village’s North Park early Friday.
“Now, the parking lot at North Park is filled with trucks and boat trailers, and who-knows-how many fishermen are using our ramp unlawfully right now,” Larrea said.
He added that the skid ramp was not properly installed and may be dangerous to anyone using it. 
“The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office have been contacted and we are working to identify all involved,” the village manager said. “North Park boat launch remains closed as does the Marina boat launch which is closed for the 2020 boating season due to high water.”
Officials speculated that the number of people out fishing so early in the season on a weekday may be related to the sudden and unprecedented jump in the unemployment rate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any information the public can provide on who is behind the unlawful opening of the North Park boat launch will be appreciated, Larrea added.
He said that although all the village’s parks remain open, all playground equipment remains off-limits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Larrea said the village government is complying with the governor’s COVID-19 directives by limiting public access to the village hall and cutting back some services. The village council will likely use an online teleconferencing application to conduct meetings open to the public in the weeks ahead.
In the meantime, Larrea said, any water shutoffs in the village have been suspended — although all fees and payments are still required.
In addition, plans are moving ahead to begin downtown “streetscape” improvement project funded through the Michigan Department of Transportation and a federal Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) grant. Construction along M-22 (St. Joseph Avenue) in downtown Suttons Bay will begin on April 15, Larrea said, and should be completed before Memorial Day.
The village manager encouraged village residents and anyone interested to visit the village’s website at www.suttonsbayvillage.org for more information.
Photo caption: Fishermen launching boats at North Park in the Village of Suttons Bay have been doing so unlawfully since Friday morning when someone who has not yet been identified -- and without any authority -- shoved a skid ramp into the water so boats could be launched. Village officials have alerted the Leelanau County Sheriffs Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about the ongoing violation.

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Really now they don't have to pay someone to do it witch prolly cost a ton to the taxpayers stupid should have never ben took out in the first place didn't even come close to freezing this year.

If your closing the launch then you better put up a sign. People launch there all winter without a dock. Dnr says go fishing...

They should go install it properly. Apparently the village has forgotten they work for the citizens.

It really Pisses me off, there's the regular marina and they don't want you using that, because it just for the marina folk, I grew up in Suttons bay and regular marina was always open to the public,

ok parking lot asphalt, boat ramp..concrete,, dock , in place , whats the problem?, high water ...= don't have to back boat as far down the ramp , what problem is there

so what happen's if we go fishing up there and launch our boats

I mean if this page didn’t blow up Sutton’s bay or northport every time someone catches a perch this probably wouldn’t have happened!

Pitching a fit about nothing.... Since when can't grown adults push in a dock and launch a boat?? Does it take a special person to do so... Give us all a break damn.....

Drove by Friday afternoon and there were at least a dozen trucks at the launch.

So from what I understand fishing is allowed but don't launch a boat? Anyone know if Bowers is useable or the same B.S.

SO when can we launch our boat's to go fishing ? when the down state money people come up

Is it a state dnr launch or a private launch? Is it free?

The village is ass-burnt that they got caught being lazy.

Your never close it to us natives

Clay Mcnitt

Who cares

Hey Village Manager the Fisherman are practicing Social Distancing like our Idiot Governor wants us to do. Are you against Social Distancing?, let's not put ignorance on Display.

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Good great reports from Northport today as guys were getting jumbo perch on minnows and perch pounders. Suttons Bay has been good with some doing fair in Traverse off the Boardman river and Old Coal Docks.

Down the coast to Grand Haven the perch bite is getting better.

Houghton Lake has ice floating around, but the canals still have ice so it will be another week before it opens up.

Higgins Lake looked bad today as some are using planks to get on, time to get your boat out.

Sucker fishing is starting on some of the rivers like the rifle and PM at Custer.

Steelhead Fishing has started with fish in the river from the Boardman south to Muskegon.

Some are still fishing Bear Lake for browns but the ice is going fast.

Look to the river and Lake Michigan, Lake Huron for your fishing fix with a boat or Kayak

Detroit River has been fair but who wants to go south where the virus is strong.
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Good great reports from Northport today as guys were getting jumbo perch on minnows and perch pounders. Suttons Bay has been good with some doing fair in Traverse off the Boardman river and Old Coal Docks.
Down the coast to Grand Haven the perch bite is getting better.
Houghton Lake has ice floating around, but the canals still have ice so it will be another week before it opens up.
Higgins Lake looked bad today as some are using planks to get on, time to get your boat out.
Sucker fishing is starting on some of the rivers like the rifle and PM at Custer.
Steelhead Fishing has started with fish in the river from the Boardman south to Muskegon.
Some are still fishing Bear Lake for browns but the ice is going fast.
Look to the river and Lake Michigan, Lake Huron for your fishing fix with a boat or Kayak
Detroit River has been fair but who wants to go south where the virus is strong.

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Where do you get perch pounders?

What docks are in?

Thanks for the report

Ron Boyle

Josh there ya have it

Chad Akins

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Jonas Wilcox is with Josh Farling.

Good day fishing the Betsie...
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Jonas Wilcox is with Josh Farling.
Good day fishing the Betsie...

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Is that above or below Homestead dam?

Many fish in river?

Tanya Wolcott the betsie

Head out to fish only if you're feeling well. Practice social distancing, at least 6 feet away from another person. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer. If driving to or from your nearby fishing spot, roll the windows down a bit for air flow.

There's nothing like time on the water for stress relief, and we all could use that right now.

Call before you go fishing for bait as many sport shops are closed till April 13

Had two guys report they did good out of Suttons Bay today as they caught there limit of perch on minnows.

Portage Lake and Manistee Lake have a few guys fishing and catching perch.

Pm Lake, Pentwater, and White Lake report a good perch bite the last two days.

Suckers are being caught up by Custer on Crawlers and worms.
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Head out to fish only if youre feeling well. Practice social distancing, at least 6 feet away from another person. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer. If driving to or from your nearby fishing spot, roll the windows down a bit for air flow. 
Theres nothing like time on the water for stress relief, and we all could use that right now.
Call before you go fishing for bait as many sport shops are closed till April 13
Had  two guys report they did good out of Suttons Bay today as they caught there limit of perch on minnows.
Portage Lake and Manistee Lake have a few guys fishing and catching perch.
Pm Lake, Pentwater, and White Lake report a good perch bite the last two days.
Suckers are being caught up by Custer on Crawlers and worms.

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Had a couple reports that perch are showing up at Northport with perch pounders, wigglers and perch minnows working best.

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Can't believe the leaves are on up there. Trees are still bald down here in Ohio.

Hell, Fish don't know what's going on ... Fish On!!!!

come on ...last years pic , leave the big fat story telling to the guy's in Washington D.C. , there better at it lol bahaha ...🐟

Nice size, good eating right there.

Lol snows gone too hmm

Phillip Rice look at this bunch of bull shit!!!! 🤣🙈

Lots of locals have said otherwise lol

Nice catch

Subterfuge.

Matthew Marci

JD Dakoske Randy Gower Chris Dakoske

🤣🤣🤣 ok

Josh Gratton

Ken James Shawn Petras

👍🎣

Holy crap there will be 1000 boats dumb asses

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Still got some firecracker let's blow it up!

Now that’s funny 🤣🤣🤣

John O'Donnell this is dj

Ray Hub

Josh Thomas

Ryan Rasmussen Drought

Jeffrey Carnes

Bill Reynolds , Lance Markoski

Bobby Brown

Marcos Serrano

Jarrod Seaberg oh snap

Carol Wolford Brock

Craig Hayward

Travis Mears 😂

Spencer Olson Kyle Lints Mikey Kowalski

Andy Bock

Timothy Wilson

Daniel Schober

😂

Some guys a permanent net bitch..lmao

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There are a few still ice fishing in Northern Michigan but most lakes are not safe.

Trevor Bethke reports from secret Lake

Still plenty of ice in the north #bucsfishingreport #eatwild #puremichigan

They are catching perch in boats at PM Lake in Ludington, Pentwater Lake, White Lake, Muskegon Lake.

Pier Fishing has picked up for steelhead, browns and some perch, be careful as high water and waves will wash you off the piers.

Steelhead are up many of the rivers from the Betsie south as we still have ice and snow north of M-72.

Though anglers are still ice fishing in the northern regions of the state, the shoreline ice is breaking up and making it harder for anglers to get on and off the ice. Where the waters have opened up, docks are slowly being installed.

Cheboygan River: Had anglers targeting steelhead; however, there were no hookups, and no fish were seen jumping at the dam.

Burt Lake: Still had ice and some still were taking snowmobiles out. Most were targeting panfish, as walleye and pike season are closed.

Mullett Lake: The ice was holding, as anglers targeted crappie and perch.

Higgins Lake: A couple anglers still are heading out. The shoreline ice is breaking up in areas where there are natural springs. Anglers continue to look for smelt in 40 feet or so and perch in 10 to 15 feet. Those looking for rainbow trout are getting on at the North State Park and fishing between the park and the RAM Center.

Houghton Lake: Still had some ice; however, ice fishing looks to be done for the season, as finding a safe pathway out and back is becoming much more difficult as the shoreline ice deteriorates. There is open water just south of the North Bay. Anglers now are starting to fish open water including near the Reedsburg Dam.

Manistee River: Steelhead are in the river; however, there have been no great reports coming in.

Ludington: Pier fishing should improve for steelhead and brown trout.

Lake Charlevoix: The South Arm still had ice, and a few anglers were getting perch on tip-ups.

Elk Lake: In Antrim County was producing some nice lake trout. Fishing may be limited, as ice along the shoreline is getting bad.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers still were ice fishing, although the ice is becoming more and more questionable. Areas with moving water have opened, and the shoreline is starting to open.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing around the Les Cheneaux Islands caught slightly bigger perch in Musky Bay when jigging wax worms and wigglers. The south edge of Musky Bay is now open water, but the north side still had some ice. Hessel Bay still had ice, but Wilderness Bay has started to break away. The edge along the south end of Wilderness Bay and the edge of Burlee Point is now open water. In Hessel Bay, splake, lake trout, perch, pike, smelt and burbot were caught. Anglers noted good fish movement, but some days they did not want to bite. Many are now targeting splake when jigging spoons tipped with minnows in 15 feet. Some days were better than others for catching perch when jigging wigglers, wax worms and small minnows. Pike still were hitting on tip-ups with minnows.

Brevoort Lake: Still had ice and anglers targeting yellow perch.
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There are a few still ice fishing in Northern Michigan but most lakes are not safe.
Trevor Bethke reports from secret Lake
Still plenty of ice in the north #bucsfishingreport #eatwild #puremichigan
They are catching perch in boats at PM Lake in Ludington, Pentwater Lake, White Lake, Muskegon Lake.
Pier Fishing has picked up for steelhead, browns and some perch, be careful as high water and waves will wash you off the piers.
Steelhead are up many of the rivers from the Betsie south as we still have ice and snow north of M-72.
Though anglers are still ice fishing in the northern regions of the state, the shoreline ice is breaking up and making it harder for anglers to get on and off the ice. Where the waters have opened up, docks are slowly being installed. 
Cheboygan River: Had anglers targeting steelhead; however, there were no hookups, and no fish were seen jumping at the dam.  
Burt Lake: Still had ice and some still were taking snowmobiles out. Most were targeting panfish, as walleye and pike season are closed. 
Mullett Lake: The ice was holding, as anglers targeted crappie and perch. 
Higgins Lake: A couple anglers still are heading out. The shoreline ice is breaking up in areas where there are natural springs. Anglers continue to look for smelt in 40 feet or so and perch in 10 to 15 feet. Those looking for rainbow trout are getting on at the North State Park and fishing between the park and the RAM Center. 
Houghton Lake: Still had some ice; however, ice fishing looks to be done for the season, as finding a safe pathway out and back is becoming much more difficult as the shoreline ice deteriorates. There is open water just south of the North Bay. Anglers now are starting to fish open water including near the Reedsburg Dam. 
Manistee River: Steelhead are in the river; however, there have been no great reports coming in. 
Ludington: Pier fishing should improve for steelhead and brown trout.
Lake Charlevoix: The South Arm still had ice, and a few anglers were getting perch on tip-ups. 
Elk Lake: In Antrim County was producing some nice lake trout. Fishing may be limited, as ice along the shoreline is getting bad. 
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers still were ice fishing, although the ice is becoming more and more questionable. Areas with moving water have opened, and the shoreline is starting to open. 
Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing around the Les Cheneaux Islands caught slightly bigger perch in Musky Bay when jigging wax worms and wigglers. The south edge of Musky Bay is now open water, but the north side still had some ice. Hessel Bay still had ice, but Wilderness Bay has started to break away. The edge along the south end of Wilderness Bay and the edge of Burlee Point is now open water. In Hessel Bay, splake, lake trout, perch, pike, smelt and burbot were caught. Anglers noted good fish movement, but some days they did not want to bite. Many are now targeting splake when jigging spoons tipped with minnows in 15 feet. Some days were better than others for catching perch when jigging wigglers, wax worms and small minnows. Pike still were hitting on tip-ups with minnows. 
Brevoort Lake: Still had ice and anglers targeting yellow perch.

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Everyone knows where these fish were caught.

Very nice of you

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I would but they probably close fishing license purchases

Yes, as soon as the ice is off the lake.

That’s what I want to do.

I'm going golfing

Wish I was !

Yup

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We are getting closer to ice fishing many lakes. Otsego Lake today had 3 to 4 inches of ice, there were shanties on the lake today. Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 4 inches of ice and a few guys on the lake, also Crawford Lake they are fishing.
Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell
We gained a little bit since the last check on Tuesday. Off Kenwood park on Lake Cadillac we’re between 3-4″. West side of Lake Mitchell out of Camp Torenta had about 4” but it was probalbly 3/4 white ice. Behind us on the East side of Lake Mitchell there is almost 6″ of white/clear ice that stretches out a couple hundred yards before it tapers back down to 3-4″.

Traverse City they are fishing Spider Lake, Arbutus Lake and Long Lake by fife Lake.

Houghton Lake they are on East Bay and there was a shanty out there today.

Lake Saint Helen they are back out with 5 inches of ice. A couple anglers fishing in shallow waters caught some bluegills, crappie and the odd walleye. Caution needs to be used.

Lake Missaukee they are fishing some of the canals and shallow Bays.

Muskegon Lake: The docks have been pulled at the Grand Trunk launch, so boat anglers will need to bring waders. Schools of gizzard shad slowed the walleye bite; however, those trolling about 25 feet down along the ledges and along the south end near the Milwaukee Clipper have caught a few big ones.

Perch fishing in Ludington, Pentwater, White Lake and Muskegon is done till ice as the lakes are starting to freeze.

Many Lakes are froze and use extreme caution right now.
#puremichigan #bucsfishingreport #fishingreport #icefishing#icefishinglife #puremichiganfishing #northernmichiganfishingreport

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Ice is still on a few Lake.

Dan from Jack's Sport Shop with a laker from Torch Lake
Dan from Jack’s Sport Shop with a laker from Torch Lake

 

 

Otsego, Higgins, Burt  still have some ice floating but should be gone by tomorrow. Fishing has been ok some places, but the water has to warm out for the gills and crappie north of M-32 as the ice just went off.

Traverse City: Perch fishing was good around Deepwater Point in the East Bay. Lake trout and some lake herring were caught by those jigging around Deepwater Point and along the drop-off south of the M-37 launch. Lake trout were caught by those jigging straight out from Elk Rapids. In the Elk River, catch rates were hit-or-miss but steelhead were caught at the dam when using spawn in the morning. A couple nice fish were caught at the kid’s pond. In the West Bay, perch fishing was excellent at Northport in 40 to 80 feet on both live bait and artificial baits. Perch were also caught in Bowers Harbor and east of Power Island before the winds. Lee Point was hit-or-miss. Lake trout were caught in the morning when trolling at the south end of the bay. The Boardman River is producing steelhead in the early morning or evening with spawn or a jig and wax worm. A few nice brown trout were caught at the dam.

Long Lake has had some action but I have not got any feed back this week, guys are waiting for the ice to get out of Ironton on lake Charlevoix to look for perch.

Portage Lake: Water temperatures were still on the cool side even in the shallows so perch fishing was slow.

Fishing is finally picking up. The warm rain should really help to get things going. Anglers should find trout in the rivers however the trout opener to the north was slow because of colder air and water temperatures. Bluegills and crappie are being caught in the inland lakes. Walleye, bass and pike fishing continue to get better as it warms up.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing off Linwood was centered around the Black Hole and 1 to 2 miles northeast of Spoils Island when boats could get out there. Body baits off planer boards was the ticket, although some boats were vertical jigging near Spoils Island. On the east side of the bay from Quanicassee to Bay Port, walleye anglers were fishing all over the bay but no one had great success as most boats came in with only 2 or 3 fish. Spring perch fishing is pretty much over. Walleye anglers are also catching and releasing a few smallmouth bass. A few pike were caught in the Sebewaing River. Up at Caseville, pier anglers managed to catch some walleye, one coho and some smallmouth bass. Near Port Austin, those fishing the Pinnebog River caught suckers, pike, and smallmouth bass. A couple walleye were taken at the mouth of Bird Creek.

Saginaw River: Boat anglers vertical jigging in the lower river were taking some walleye. Shore anglers at Smith Park caught mainly white bass, freshwater drum, catfish and a couple pike. Smallmouth bass were caught and released in the marinas.

Tittabawassee River: Walleye fishing in the entire river from Dow Dam downstream to Green Point was excellent for the opener. Limit catches of 5 fish per angler was common. Even the shore anglers did well when they could get to a deep hole or run. Ninety-five percent of the walleyes taken were males as the large females have moved back out to the bay.

Houghton Lake: Good fishing continues in the canals for crappie and bluegills. A few walleye were also caught. Those out trolling on the opener caught a few walleye.

Baitman reports Many Lake froze over Still in Northern Michigan

 

 

 

This coming Saturday, April 28th is the walleye, pike and muskellunge opener on the Lower Peninsula inland waters. The statewide trout opener on all Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as all Type A and Type D Designated Trout Lakes is also this Saturday.

 

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA FISHING REPORT

Steelhead fishing continues. The remaining fish should run and spawn fairly quickly so anglers may find more steelhead for the trout opener this weekend. Conditions for the opener depend on how much rain we get this week. As for the walleye opener, some lakes to target would be Hamlin Lake, Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, Lake Missaukee, Portage Lake, Bear Lake and both Upper and Lower Herring Lakes. Many lakes in this region are still ice covered but the ice is melting quickly so anglers should wait for open water fishing.

Harbor Springs: The ice is beginning to melt but there was not much in the way of open water yet.

Petoskey: Anglers are fishing for steelhead inside the breakwall when possible. The ice was melted about halfway down the breakwall making that area fishable. Anglers are using spawn bags. There was still ice and snow on the walkway and rocks so caution needs to be used. Anglers were also fishing off the D Pier at the mouth of the river and using spawn and worms or casting spinners.

Bear River: Had higher water levels as warmer temperatures melt the deep snow. There were quite a few steelhead up near the dam but anglers had a hard time landing them because of the high water levels. Most were using spawn bags and flies.

Lake Charlevoix: Still had ice and anglers were waiting to see if it will be gone by the opener this weekend. If the lake opens up, the walleye and pike will likely be spawning during the opener.

Boyne River: More steelhead were starting to come in.

Glen Arbor: Had very little fishing activity. The ramp and docks were still not in.

Traverse City: Perch fishing was good around Deepwater Point in the East Bay. Lake herring and a few lake trout were caught along the along the east side of the bay when jigging. The Elk River was slow with only a couple steelhead taken on spawn in the early morning or late afternoon. In the West Bay, perch fishing was good at times in Bowers Harbor and in deep water slightly south towards Power Island. Lee Point was hit-or-miss for perch but fish were caught off Northport, out from Clinch Park and south of Elmwood Marina. On the Boardman River, a couple steelhead were caught on spawn and wax worms. Suckers had also moved in.

Frankfort: Had a couple small ice formations on the piers. Anglers caught a few brown trout near the elbow on the North Pier. Those trolling north and south along the shoreline reported slow catch rates.

Betsie River: Was producing some decent size steelhead. Anglers were catching both dark fish and some fresh fish.

Arcadia: Boat and shore anglers got out but only a couple steelhead and brown trout were caught.

Onekama: The ice is completely gone from the piers.

Portage Lake: Is ice free. Anglers have been searching for perch but had no luck.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 39 degrees. All docks are now in at the city launch, but the fish cleaning station was still closed. The south pier is still closed until further notice. Small numbers of brown trout and steelhead were caught off the north pier. Boat anglers picked up brown trout, lake trout, and the occasional steelhead when trolling rapalas in the basin and outside the piers in 9 to 14 feet.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues and the fish will run and spawn quickly now that it has warmed up. Fish should also be found in the Little Manistee. For the walleye opener, try Tippy Dam Pond and Hodenpyl Dam Pond.

Hamlin Lake: A few panfish were starting to enter the canals.

Ludington: All the docks are in at the city launch but the fish cleaning station was still closed. Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn. Boat anglers picked up brown trout when trolling rapalas in 9 to 14 feet.

Pere Marquette River: Has a good number of steelhead as well. Trout anglers will want to check out some of the major tributaries including the Middle and the Little South Branch as well as the Baldwin River.

Pentwater: Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout off the end of the piers. A few walleye were also caught.

Pentwater Lake: Perch anglers reported good fishing in 40 to 50 feet with perch rigs tipped with wax worms, spikes, or minnows. A couple steelhead were caught on spawn from Longbridge Road.

Muskegon Lake: Would be a good bet for the walleye opener. Perch are still being caught in 30 to 50 feet along the west end. Panfish are still in deeper water but will move in as it warms up. The pike opener should be good for those trolling crank baits or using sucker minnows.

Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing continues and warm temperatures should hasten the remaining fish to run and spawn fairly quickly. Because of that, trout anglers fishing in waters accessible to steelhead on the opener this weekend will find more steelhead than usual. Other trout streams to try in the watershed would be the Hersey and the Middle Branch Rivers. As for the walleye opener, try Croton Pond and Hardy Pond.

Whitehall: Boats trolling body baits in 5 to 25 feet caught brown trout and lake trout.Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn both in the channel and outside the pier heads.

White Lake: Would be a good bet for the walleye opener.

 

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA FISHING REPORT

 

Cheboygan: The bay was still ice covered.

Cheboygan River: Had good steelhead fishing at the lock and dam with spawn, wax worms, artificial baits and lures but did best with spawn. Anglers caught Atlantics on lures at the lock and dam and near the DNR Office. Spawn or a jig and wax worm also took a few fish. The Atlantics were about 20 inches and up to 6 pounds.

Pigeon River: Had a small number of steelhead.

Ocqueoc River: Steelhead were caught on spawn, artificial baits and spinners.

Rogers City: Was still iced in except for the outer breakwall. A couple anglers tried for anything that would hit but had no luck.

Alpena: Boat anglers venturing out were taking good catches of lake trout and a few Atlantics.

Thunder Bay River: Those drifting spawn or flies near the 9th Street Dam or further down the river in the deeper holes should be getting some steelhead. Catch rates will continue to improve with the warmer weather and water flow. The launch ramp near the Fisheries Research Station is open but the main public launch was still iced in.

Oscoda: Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and suckers were caught by anglers drifting or still-fishing spawn bags from the pier and mouth of the river. Pier anglers casting jigs or still-fishing with minnows found walleye in the 16 to 22 feet in the early morning or evening. The walleye bite was still slow.

Au Sable River: Anglers caught steelhead when drifting or floating spawn bags, beads, and wax worms or when casting plugs. Despite the warmer weather, melting snow has kept the lower river temperatures around 38 degrees. Most fish were still pre-spawn and found in the holes. Atlantic salmon and a couple young chinook and coho were caught by those drifting spawn or casting plugs in the lower river.

Harrisville: A few anglers were casting spoons and jigs for steelhead and walleye from the rocks and launch at the harbor but had no success. The skid piers were still not in.

Higgins Lake: Was still iced in and it could be another week or so before the lake opens up. The shoreline ice is receding.

Houghton Lake: Has no ice and most of the boat launches have the docks in. Shore anglers were catching crappie in the canals including some limit catches. Some bluegills were also caught. Few boats have been out.

Tawas: Pier fishing has been good with several Atlantics taken by those mainly casting spoons, but body baits and live minnows fished near the bottom have also taken fish. Walleye have been caught on body baits and jigs in the evening. Boat anglers have also taken walleye, lake trout, steelhead and Atlantics but the trick was to find clear water to troll in.

Tawas River: Was high and muddy but was giving up a few suckers.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye did best up between Whitestone Point and Point Lookout in 15 to 20 feet with body baits. Some limit catches were reported. Fish were also caught in 15 to 20 feet off Pointe Au Gres.

Au Gres River: Whitney Drain was high and muddy and fishing was difficult.

Saginaw Bay: The perch spawning period in the inner bay is about over, but walleye fishing is just getting started. Fish were hitting off Linwood in 20 to 22 feet on body baits. Those trolling were getting fish up and down the Shipping Channel and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Vertical jigging with jigs tipped with minnows or plastic bodies produced fish around Spoils Island. The best bite was early morning until 10-10:30. At Quanicassee, perch fishing was spotty with only a few large fish taken in 6 feet off the mouth of the river. On the east side, walleye anglers were trolling body baits all over including the deep part of the Slot, over the Bar, on the Callahan Reef, and back west to the shipping channel. Water temperatures ranged between 37 and 42 degrees. The cuts and rivers from Quanicassee to Bay Port had quite a few anglers but the perch action was poor with only a few small fish taken at Mud Creek. Those targeting suckers did well in the lower Pinnebog River.

Saginaw River: The perch action appears to be done in the lower river. Catfish are being caught.

Tittabawassee River: As for the walleye opener, the river experienced two moderate flood events recently. Flooding just before the opener will usually encourage the post-spawn walleye to leave the river, so it’s hard to say how the opener will turn out. As long as the water levels continue to drop, the opener should be productive, but the spring fishery after opening day may not last as long as it has in previous years.

 

UPPER PENINSULA FISHING REPORT

Keweenaw Bay: Still had ice however with the warm weather, the shoreline ice was getting very soft. Anglers will need to use caution getting on and leaving the ice. Coho, splake, and steelhead were caught out from the Falls River by those using small minnows or wax worms. Smelt were still being caught out from the Baraga Marina.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice anglers were still out but ice fishing season should end this week with the warmer temperatures. All the area rivers are open except for the Ford River which should open up within the next week. The piers at the north shore launch are open for use. The winter access gates are closed so anyone that still has an ice shanty inside will have to contact the DNR to have it removed.

Marquette: Has a lot of ice. The Upper and Lower Harbors as well as the bubblers are inaccessible at this time. The beach access for the bubblers has been closed off by the city. The rocks have been moved so there is no access to the beach. There won’t be any boat fishing access until the ice leaves the harbors. Both the Chocolay and the Carp Rivers had a handful of steelhead that moved in but the major run has not started yet. Those targeting steelhead were getting a few brown trout.

Munising: Had lots of anglers out ice fishing. They were jigging mainly for coho but only a few were caught. The Anna River has opened up by the mouth which has allowed anglers to fish from the pier. Splake and steelhead were caught on spawn.

Grand Marais: Had no report. Steelhead action was slow in the Sucker River. Access to the river mouth will be limited due to ice jams along the shoreline.

Two Hearted River: Steelhead are steadily moving into the river and the big push of fish has not really occurred yet. Many fish in the river are dark.

Newberry: For trout waters in the area, expect snowpack on all roads heading into area trout lakes and many streams. Despite the warmer temperatures, the heavy snowpack still exists and will likely make travel into any of the trout waters difficult and limited to foot traffic or snowmobile. Inland lakes will most likely be ice covered. Extreme caution should be used by those deciding to venture out as ice conditions have deteriorated and rain this week will only make conditions worse. Water levels in the streams were low but are beginning to rise with the snowmelt.

Detour: There was no fishing effort in the Detour Passage. No docks were in because of the ice and snow.

Drummond Island: Maxton Bay still had ice and a few good catches of 8 to 10 inch yellow perch were taken west of the mouth of the bay in 8 to 12 feet with a tear drop tipped with a wax worm or wiggler. All anglers are reminded to use extreme caution on any late spring ice as conditions can change daily.

Cedarville and Hessel: As of the first part of the week, there was no access to the Cedarville boat launch on Meridian Road. The dock is in at the public launch however it was still covered in snow and ice. There was no fishing effort throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. At Hessel, ice anglers were still taking splake at the Hessel Marina. Ice was still found about 70 yards out from the steel breakwall at the marina. Those jigging an orange and chrome 2 inch spoon tipped with a smelt head on the bottom did well. There was no yellow perch effort. Remember ice conditions are subject to change especially this time of year with the warm temperatures and changing wind directions.

Houghton Lake the Crappie are in the canals

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A few anglers were trying to ice fish for perch however with the rain and warmer temperatures it is not recommended that anglers go out. The ice past Harbor Point and near the marina and boat launch does not look safe.

Petoskey: Anglers were fishing for steelhead inside the breakwall but thin ice especially in the morning made it impossible to fish.

Bear River: Catch rates were a bit slow but some nice chrome fish were caught with spawn bags up near the dam and downstream between the bridges. A couple steelhead were also caught on wax worms or spawn bags at the mouth.

Glen Arbor: Had little to no fishing activity. The ramp and the dock were not in at the boat launch on Lake Michigan.

Traverse City: The weather has not been cooperating on either bay. Icy conditions at the boat launches and skim ice near shore were making it difficult for boat anglers. In the East Bay, a few lake herring were caught south of the M-37 launch. On the Elk River in Elk Rapids, a couple steelhead were caught below the dam in the early morning. In the West Bay, Bowers Harbor was still frozen at the boat launch. On the Boardman River, steelhead were caught below the dam with spawn or wax worms. There were quite a few planter rainbow trout near the dam so beads and soft plastics would be a good option if you are losing bait quickly.

Arcadia: Had little to no fishing activity. On Arcadia Lake, the dock is in at the ramp.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were holding around 36 degrees. Not many anglers had been out. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn bags. The south pier is closed because of a large hole.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead were caught up as far as Tippy Dam by those using beads and spawn bags. The rain should help bring more fish in.

Ludington: Surface temperature readings were up to 38 degrees. Few anglers were out but a couple did manage to catch some brown trout when trolling spoons and plugs.

Pere Marquette Lake: Was producing a few perch.

Pere Marquette River: Has a mix of winter run steelhead and a few fresh fish.

Pentwater: Gusty winds have limited pier fishing but anglers did catch steelhead and the occasional brown trout with spawn bags in the channel.

Pentwater Lake: Boat anglers caught yellow perch in 30 feet using perch rigs tipped with minnows or wax worms. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught the occasional steelhead on spawn bags near the bottom.

Muskegon: Pier anglers have caught steelhead along with a few brown trout on spawn. No boat report this week.

Muskegon Lake: Perch anglers were still getting some nice fish out from the Sand Docks and off the Bear Lake Channel in 40 to 50 feet.

Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing was average but should pick up with the rain and warmer temperatures.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead with spawn bags fished near the bottom.

White Lake: Boat anglers caught mainly small perch in 50 feet.

White River: Had fair to good steelhead fishing.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Anglers caught steelhead at the dam with spawn, beads, spinners, worms and minnows. Conditions were a bit difficult because of high currents from overflow.

Ocqueoc River: Fishing pressure was slow at times but anglers have caught steelhead averaging 15 inches. Try spawn and spinners.

Rogers City: Had a good 13 inches of snow. Nothing is open yet and no docks were in because of ice.

Alpena: No boats were out but the launch next to the Alpena Fish Station is open and has a dock in. The city ramp was still iced up.

Thunder Bay River: Fishing was slow but anglers were getting a couple steelhead and Atlantic salmon when drifting flies or spawn bags with bobbers. The water is low, clear and very cold.

Oscoda: Pier anglers caught a couple walleye and the occasional Atlantic salmon, steelhead, or lake trout when still-fishing with minnows and spawn bags or when casting deep diving or sinking crank baits.

Au Sable River: Steelhead were caught by anglers drifting or floating wax worms, flies, and spawn bags through the holes. River temperatures were hovering around 39 degrees and the water is very clear, so winter tactics continue to produce best. Some fresh fish entered the river and a fair amount of black stone flies were emerging.

Black River: Despite on and off skim ice, anglers found a couple steelhead at the mouth of the river when floating spawn bags.

Harrisville: Had no angling activity. Skim ice continues to form overnight in the harbor, disappearing in the afternoon. The skid piers were not in the water yet.

Higgins Lake: Those fishing in the shallows near Big Creek and the Conference Center were still getting some rainbow trout.

Tawas: Pier fishing was slow with only one Atlantic and a couple lake trout or walleye caught.

Au Gres: Only a couple boats ventured out and they caught a fairly good number of post-spawn northern pike and a couple walleye out from the river mouth. They also took some walleye and lake trout between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Perch fishing was slow at the mouth of the Pine River.

Au Gres River: Down at Singing Bridge (Whitney Drain), steelhead anglers were doing well in both the lower river and in the surf. They were either drifting spawn or wax worms down the river or still-fishing with floating spawn sacks in the surf. A few anglers dragging small boats across the beach and launching to fish just off the river mouth were getting some steelhead, lake trout and coho close to shore.

Rifle River: Sucker fishing is on-going at Omer, but the run slowed with the colder weather. Warmer weather later this week might get something going.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was very slow at Eagle Bay Marina and off Palmer Road. When boats could get out of Linwood Beach Marina, they caught walleye when trolling Husky Jerks in 21 feet. The key was trolling along the edge of the stained water. Walleye were also caught in the Old Shipping Channel and near the Spoils Island when trolling or vertical jigging. Perch fishing slowed but a few limit catches were taken out near Buoy-22 in the Shipping Channel. The size of the fish caught has declined with most only 8 to 9 inches. Shore fishing for perch at Finn Road, the Quanicassee River, the various cuts near Fish Point, and the Sebewaing River was slow. Fishing was slow at Bay Port, Mud Creek and Caseville. Warmer weather is needed to get the fish going.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Still had ice however the edges were getting soft in some spots. The area around Butler Island had opened up so use caution. Only a few anglers were targeting perch in 30 to 40 feet off Kipling. Catch rates were fair when using minnows or wigglers right on the bottom. Portage Point and south had open water. The Ford River was showing signs of breaking up but was still not fishable. The Day’s River had open water in a few areas. This week could open up some areas for shore anglers.

Big Bay De Noc: Was entirely ice covered but no anglers had been seen most likely due to the significant snow fall. Fairport is open water but the marina was blocked because of snow.

Indian Lake: Was producing bluegills and perch.

Marquette: The bubblers were ice free but fishing was slow with most anglers only getting 1-3 coho per trip. Only a handful of steelhead and brown trout were caught in both the Carp and Chocolay Rivers. Rain and runoff is needed to bring the water levels back up.

Munising: Still had ice fishing but fewer anglers were out because of bad weather. The weather is to remain cold at night with a low in the teens and only getting to the upper 30’s during the day. Those targeting coho only caught a few as the schools of fish had been moving in and out. Night anglers caught a couple burbot.

Grand Marais: The harbor was frozen solid however the ice outside the harbor was moving in and out depending on wind direction and some massive ice floes were present. Only a handful of local anglers had been ice fishing in the harbor. Most were targeting Menominee but a few coho were also caught. There was no activity along the Sucker River as ice floes along with a wall of ice about 15 feet high were reported on the pier. Heavy snowfall in the area has also been a problem.

Two Hearted River: Had difficult fishing conditions due to deep snow in the area.

Manistique Lake: Anglers were getting some panfish.

Cedarville and Hessel: Because of open water and thin ice, there has been no fishing effort in Cedarville Bay, Musky Bay, Government Bay, McKay Bay, or Prentiss Bay. The boat launches were snowed in and no docks were in yet. Hessel still had ice. Those targeting splake did well 25 to 150 yards southwest of the marina breakwall when bouncing a 2 inch orange and chrome spoon off the bottom. The yellow perch action was slow and most fish were 6 to 7 inches with the occasional larger fish mixed in. Anglers were on the north side of Marquette Island and just east of Cube Point in 12 to 15 feet with a very small orange tear-drop lure and minnow.

10 BEST BAIT AND TACKLE SHOPS IN MICHIGAN

10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in MichiganIn a state so full of lakes and rivers as Michigan is, it’s no surprise that fishing is a very big deal. From salmon to trout to the good old Michigan bluegill, you’ll find plenty of places to fish and plenty of kinds of fish to pursue. But you won’t get far with the wrong gear—you’ll need the right equipment to go fishing in Michigan. From top-of-the-line rods and reels to live bait, here are the 10 best bait and tackle shops in the state. BY STEVE ANDERSON

1. CAPTAIN CHUCK’S II, LUDINGTON, MI

Ostensibly the sequel to Captain Chuck’s, Captain Chuck’s II in Ludington won’t skimp on its offerings. It’s not only got rods and reels from some of the biggest names in fishing, but it’s also got a wide range of “Made in Michigan” hardware to consider, allowing you to support the same state that brought you the great fishing to begin with. Throw in referrals to fishing charter services, regular fishing reports, and updates on new tackle, and you’ll have a complete one-stop shop for where to find them and how to get them.

2. TACKLE HAVEN, BENTON HARBOR, MI

Benton Harbor’s Tackle Haven offers about all the gear an angler could need, from rods to reels to outerwear for taking on the wet environment and well beyond. But any store can offer hardware—Tackle Haven distinguishes itself with its extras. It not only offers information about area charter fishing operations, but offers regular fishing reports on area activity. Throw in a regular fishing tournament sponsored annually, and boat storage services—great for those winter months when all the fishing is ice-based—and you’ve got the total package.

3. MICK’S BAIT SHOP, CURTIS, MI

Welcome to Curtis, Michigan, an Upper Peninsula destination that’s home to Mick’s Bait Shop. Mick’s bills itself as “…your Upper Peninsula source for live bait, fishing tackle…” and plenty more. This includes a line of custom rods and custom tackle, including a set of patent-pending spinner baits under the Hooked on Tackle Co. brand name. It’s additionally part of the Manistique Lakes Area, which puts it within an easy hop of some of the Upper Peninsula’s best fishing spots, and will provide fishing reports to keep anglers apprised of the latest doings.

4. FRANKFORT TACKLE BOX, FRANKFORT, MI

Frankfort Tackle Box, found not at all surprisingly in Frankfort, boasts a sound array of lures, rods and reels to keep anglers well-supplied. Frankfort Tackle Box goes the extra mile by bringing together a slate of links about the Michigan area, including resources (ever wonder how to avoid commercial fishing nets on the Great Lakes? They’ll tell you.), local accommodations, and even weather reports.

5. LAKESIDE FISHING SHOP, ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI

With a wide range of options for gear—including a slate of discounted clearance items—Lakeside will have pretty much everything you need on hand. It goes on from there to present a daily fishing report from its own Captain Dan, a measure which is always welcome for those not wanting to waste a day on the water. There’s even word about area tournaments and even area hotels for those who want to stick around the area more than a day.

6. JACK’S SPORT SHOP, KALKASKA, MI

Kalkaska is home to Jack’s Sport Shop, an operation that’s been running for over 50 years now. Named one of Michigan’s top three sporting goods stores in Northern Michigan by the Detroit Free Press, the store is home to not only a wide array of hardware but plenty of expertise on the area and its hunting and fishing operations. Jack’s is also home to a substantial array of ice tackle as well, meaning it’s ready for fishing whether the water is solid or liquid. Check out the regular fishing reports as well as the store’s blog for all the latest on fishing in the area.

7. ANDERSON’S PROBAIT, PORT HURON, MI

While it’s got a sizable lineup of fishing products, Anderson’s Probait features something a little new and different: a complete message board system online. Not only can you shop for material at Anderson’s, but you can also discuss all the latest developments in fishing technology and plenty of other topics with fellow members of the fishing community!

8. FISH ON BAIT & TACKLE, NUNICA, MI

Check out Nunica to find Fish On, a shop that distinguishes itself by offering actual fishing seminars. No, really—seminars about fishing topics, ranging from general knowledge issues to discussion of new techniques in the field. Last year’s seminar event even came with door prizes and a catered lunch for a $25 entry fee. Throw in several services on site—line spooling and repair for starters—as well as the latest in fishing technologies and you’re ready to go fishing.

9. OSBORN’S SPORT SHOP, BEAR LAKE, MI

Bear Lake’s Osborn Sports Shop won’t just offer the full range of live bait—a staple of most any tackle and bait shop—but it will also offer the means to get at the fish. Osborn Sports Shop offers kayaks for rent, just $15 gets one for the day. You’ll need a credit card and driver’s license, but you can still rent a kayak quite inexpensively. It also offers archery and trapping supplies as well as swimming and camping gear, so you’ll be covered no matter when or where you fish and may want other material on hand as well for the ancillary sports.

10. GREAT LAKES FLY FISHING COMPANY, ROCKFORD, MI

Over in Rockford, Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company is waiting for all the fly fishers out there. That’s especially important as Great Lakes specializes in fly fishing. Naturally, it’s got all the supplies and assorted gear one could ask for, and it also boasts both new and used equipment. It’s even got some vintage estate gear for those who think that they just don’t make ’em like that anymore. Throw in a complete line of educational products and lessons and you’ll have the fullest fishing experience right here.