Northern Michigan Ice update 12/23/2017

ICE REPORT: FRIDAY 12/22/17
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell

A few fishermen are starting to trickle their way on to the lakes today. We got a fresh blanket of snow on top of everything so make sure if you adventure out to use your spud the whole way. We’re seeing about 4-5″ inches of ice in many places but keep on the look out for bad spots, there are still many slushy areas. So far it looks like Big cove on Lake Mitchell and Kenwood park and off the causeway on Lake Cadillac are the first places.

Lake Missaukee they are fishing off of the town pump but take a spud and be careful.

Around Interlochen long, duck and green lake are still not safe to walk on as checked a few went out but came back in. Green Lake was still open off the south access site. Some are fishing Little Glen today in the shallow bays.

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Happy Saturday from Dan’s Resort!

We have around 5-7 inches of ice. The soft spot in the birches seems to have froze over, but there are reports of a soft spot at grassy. Sleds and quads are going out just fine. The bay is still making ice so just make sure to test it if your venturing outside of the tracks.

The walleye haven’t made many appearances yet. Jumbo Perch has picked up. Most have caught over a dozen jumbos.

We will be open 7-5 every day and got lots of feisty minnows.

#munuscongbay#fishon

Houghton Lake ice fishing kids. Dakota Harvey (7 years old) and his cousin John Smith (4), had a great day on Houghton Lake. They caught a couple of pike using shiners on tip ups and a BIG 20 1/2” walleye on a green/orange teardrop tipped with a wax worm. They were fishing the northern part of east bay. Great job, boys!

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Otsego Lake seems to be the hotspot with safe ice with over 20 shanties on the lake and walleye, perch and pike are biting.

Something new this year! Every month the biggest fish in each category will win a $10.00 gift certificate. So be sure to stop in with your catch!

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Cold Weather Coming in Should make great ice for next week!!

Dan’s Resort Reports :There’s not many jobs where you can fish at work….22 inch pike, an 18 inch pike, and robbed 3 times today on a tip-up behind the tackle shop.

Here’s the scoop on the ice and fishing:
We have been in a heatwave for 2 days so we haven’t really made ice. There is as much as 7 inches in some spots. The snow on top sunk down and there was little slush in some spots.

*watch out for a soft spot about 50 yards wide by the birches, there is only 1 inch of ice*

The fishing was ok today. Small perch were biting (and small pike).

Colder temps move in tonight so we should be good to go for the holiday weekend!
#munuscongbay #flag #fishon

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Photo above is Fife Lake this afternoon ice is 1 to 2 inches but no snow so it should make some ice.
I went by Otsego Lake today and count 14 shanties on the lake, reports are 4 to 7 inches of ice, and walleye and perch are biting.
Skegemog the snow finally melt off the ice so hopefully tonight it will tighten up without much snow and some will be fishing sunday.
Lake Margrethe is not safe but snow is off the lake so cold weather coming should be fishing next week.
I checked Portage ,Hamlin, Bear Lake, Manistee Lake on the route today …NOT SAFE. A few guys on White Lake off of Wesley’s Marina but ice is not safe. Hesperia and Baldwin also report the ice is not safe but the snow is off the lakes and they tightened up last night.

Houghton Lake Ice Report 12.20.17
We have 4″ to 5″ near shore on the sw side, but it starts to thin out to 2″ to 3″ about 300 yards out. 5″ to 6″ are being reported out from Harvey’s on East Bay and along the north shore, but further out it thins to 2″. If you go, bring a buddy. walk don’t ride and spud often.

Ice report for muddy bay here on Houghton Matt Peterson  walked out 75 yards and the spud went through with 3 hits only 2 in of ice yet there were sleds running 300 to 400 yards out not for me i’ll wait for a while yet lots of crack this way also with water on top of what ice we do have

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ICE REPORT: WEDNESDAY 12/20/17
Lake Mitchell

The slightly warmer weather the last few days did us a favor and melted the snow down enough to uncover some of the ice. Areas where the snow melted have about 4″+ of ice while snow covered areas still have 2-3″. I still found a few punky spots with my spud, but thats why we use them. If we don’t get too much snow we might see some guys out there this coming weekend. More updates to come! Be SAFE!

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Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Most of the ice in this area was not safe. Those fishing the inland lakes were targeting the shallow waters only. More time is needed to shore up the ice.

Cheboygan River: Continues to produce a couple steelhead.

Black Lake: Ice anglers were taking panfish in shallow waters.

Grand Lake: A few perch and walleye were caught before the warm spell.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers continue to catch steelhead.

Au Sable River: Anglers continue to catch steelhead and the occasional Atlantic salmon.

Houghton Lake: Only had one area of ice fishing and that was in the East Bay where anglers were hugging the shoreline. Most were setting tip-ups for walleye but all they caught was pike.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions were marginal from Tawas City to Bay City and beyond. A few ice anglers were perch fishing off Palmer Road near Standish, at Newman Road near Pinconning and at Erickson Road north of Linwood. Again, conditions are marginal and those out on the ice appear to be fishing in no more than 2 to 3 feet. Perch fishing on first ice can be very good if you’re in the right place at the right time. No one is taking machines out yet. Those heading out to shallow waters are walking. It is a good idea to wear a pair of neoprene waders when fishing in shallow waters.

Saginaw River: Boat and shore anglers could get out and target walleye with the warmer weather. The river was wide open.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

There is not much safe ice to report. A few anglers were fishing most likely shallow waters only but no fishing reports have come in. It is going to take a good week or two of cold weather and calm winds to make safe ice. Steelhead fishing continues in the rivers but few were out.

Boyne River: Had steelhead.

Betsie River: Was producing steelhead. The bite improved by afternoon when the sun was out.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Are frozen but the ice is not safe. There is too much snow and slush covering the ice.

Big Manistee River: Was still producing some trout. Those fishing the Little Manistee River have also taken some steelhead.

Pere Marquette River: Still has some steelhead for anglers to target.

Pentwater River: Steelhead anglers were fishing upstream to the Hart Dam.

White River: Was producing the occasional steelhead up near the Hesperia Dam.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Due to heavy snows and balmy weather, ice conditions from Marquette west were unsafe for foot travel. Pretty much all the inland lakes had a few inches of snow along with a layer of slush on top. For the eastern half, first ice anglers were out however caution needs to be used as ice conditions vary greatly across the area.

Lake Gogebic: Had a few anglers venturing out but catch rates were slow. Extreme caution needs to be used. Anglers would be wise to fish in shallow waters only.

Two Hearted River: Salmon are slowly beginning to show up.

Northern Michigan Ice Report 12-20-2017

I checked Portage ,Hamlin, Bear Lake, Manistee Lake on the route today …NOT SAFE. A few guys on White Lake off of Wesley’s Marina but ice is not safe. Hesperia and Baldwin also report the ice is not safe but the snow is off the lakes and they tightened up last night.

 

Lymans on the Lake Houghton Lake Ice Report 12.20.17
We have 4″ to 5″ near shore on the sw side, but it starts to thin out to 2″ to 3″ about 300 yards out. 5″ to 6″ are being reported out from Harvey’s on East Bay and along the north shore, but further out it thins to 2″. If you go, bring a buddy. walk don’t ride and spud often.

 

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PILGRIM VILLAGE ICE REPORT: WEDNESDAY 12/20/17
Lake Mitchell

The slightly warmer weather the last few days did us a favor and melted the snow down enough to uncover some of the ice. Areas where the snow melted have about 4″+ of ice while snow covered areas still have 2-3″. I still found a few punky spots with my spud, but thats why we use them. If we don’t get too much snow we might see some guys out there this coming weekend. More updates to come! Be SAFE!

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Ice Fishing Conditions 12/19/2017

Pilgrim Village- Someone’s sad foot prints of an unsatisfactory ice check…
The ice thickness is pretty much the same as last check but the snow has settled down to only a few inches so there is not as much insulating the ice from the cold. More checks soon!
 
 
Lymans on the Lake reports they are not fishing in front of his place, I went by Harvey’s Marina on Houghton Lake and there was a large group fishing there. Also a few are getting out off of flint road reports 4 to 5 inches there.
 
Wixom Lake they are fishing Muddy Bay but today it started getting a little risky.
 
Millers corner -We had a report yesterday of someone falling through the ice near town. The ice is still not safe. 1 1/2” – 2” in areas. Please use caution if you choose to chance it.
 
Quite a few guys were fishing Grand Lake off of Black Bass Bay and doing good on perch.Pilgrims Village Fishing Shop
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Lake around traverse are not safe as the warm weather is getting the snow off the ice so the next cold snap and we should be fishing.

Michigan Fishing Report 12-14-2017

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.

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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.

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In my travels the last two days most lakes are froze, but only 1 to 2 inches of ice and a foot of snow on them. THE ICE IS VERY THIN AND TREACHEROUS WITH ALL THE SNOW.
Otsego Lake seems to have the most ice as reports 4 inches of ice.
Black Bass Bay on Grand Lake reports a few guys out fishing.
Hamlin Lake the bayous are froze but they got 18 inches of snow last night.
Skegemog had 2 inches of ice but some parts just froze so they have under and inch with 12 inches of snow.
No ice on portage or Manistee lake as of yesterday’
Green lake by Interlochen froze last night and got 7 inches of snow on one inch of ice.
Margrethe has 1 to 2 inches of ice.
Ice is building on the inland lakes but most did not have safe ice yet. Snow this week will not help as it will insulate the ice and slow the freezing process. Anglers might be able to fish the small shallow lakes by the weekend but remember, first ice is dangerous ice and extreme caution needs to be used.

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.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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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