Leroy- Reports are guys are getting out on the shallow lakes with good pike action Call Eyes Have It@231-768-5653
Baldwin- The little lakes around Baldwin are safe and pan fish has been fair. Call Baldwin Bait @ 231-745-3529 or Ed’s Sport @ 231-745-4974
Big Glen- Has open water
Little Glen- Has ice and many think that the ice will be safe this weekend, and hope the perch are biting Call Fishhook@ (231) 256-9496.
Manistee Lake by Kalkaska- Good fishing this week with perch, pike, walleye and a few gills in the canals ice is 3 to 5 inches Call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892
Spider Lake- Three to five inches of ice with pike and pan fish biting, a huge pike was caught out of there last week Call Roy’s@231-946-5633
Lake Dubonnet- Lots of fisherman fishing this lake with great pike action with some pan fish
Duck Lake: Lots of fisherman off of Strawberry Point MC Sports @ 231-933-6158
Green Lake: Still has open water
Long Lake: They are fishing on the North-end and catching fish, but lots of small walleye being caught. Call MC Sports @ 231-933-6158
Skegemog-Has completely froze over and lots of people are walking out not safe for atv’s yet and good pike and perch fishing. Call Jack’s Sport Shop@231-258-8892
Fife Lake- Has ice and a few big pike have been caught, along with perch
Portage Lake- It froze over but have not heard of any body trying there luck. Call Osborne’s@ 231-889-3775
Hamlin Lake- Has 3 to 5 inches on Upper Hamlin and lots of fisherman are walking out. Call Ph Expeditions@ 231-425-8913 or Hamlin Grocery@(231) 843-2058
Bear Lake- Has 3 to 5 inches of ice today with a few getting out catching pike. Osborne’s@ 231-889-3775
Portage, Manistee Lake, Pentwater Lake, White Lake, and Muskegon Lake have ice but are not safe yet. Upper Hamlin has 2 to 4 inches of ice and many are going out for panfish but be careful.
Lake Missaukee- Today a few guys were venturing out and report 5 to 8 inches of good ice with pike and gills are biting good Call Miller Corner@ 231-839-0440 or Hopkins Outfitters@ 231-839-FISH (3474)
Cadillac and Mitchell- there will be safe ice on most of Mitchell by Saturday with huge pike being caught this week, Lake Cadillac they are fishing off the causeway and it has looked like a city on the ice this week Call Pilgrim Village for latest info@ 231-775-5412
Betsie River: Continues to produce some steelhead.
Big Manistee River: Is fishable and should have a fair to good number of steelhead including some fresh fish. Many are fly fishing below Tippy Dam.
Little Manistee River: Is producing steelhead and the occasional brown trout however the river will close to fishing on January 1st and will reopen on April 1st.
Pere Marquette River: Should still have some good steelhead fishing. Those fly fishing seem to catch more fish.
Lewiston- Both East and West Twin are froze but West Twin should be safe by the weekend. Call Mid Lakes Market @ (989) 786-3227
Mio- Mio Pong has froze and a few are getting out on the lake. Call Jig’s Bait Shop@ (989) 826-3467
Lake St. Helen- Fishing has been good with 5 to 8 inches of ice lots of pike, with pan fish on the bite with a few walleye being caught. Call Macomb’s Tackle Box @ 989-389-2100
Pratt Lake and Wiggins Lake– has safe ice and many have been doing good on pan fish and pike. Call Chappel Dam@ 989-426-7503
Wixom and Sanford Lake- Reports are the lake is froze and fisherman have been getting out on the shallow bays catching crappie, gills and pike. Call Sanford Sport Shop@989-687-5161 or Sandy’s Market@ (989) 435-9688
Secord Lake has had a great bite this week Sandy’s Market@ (989) 435-9688
Fletcher’s Floodwaters- Reports are the ice is safe to walk out on and the pike fishing has been fantastic the last two days but very few people out yet. Call Bill’s @989-742-4874
Black Lake- Has 3 to 5 inches of ice Call Parrots Outpost@(989) 733-2472
Grand lake and Long Lake- Both lakes are froze over and a few fisherman are venturing out catching perch and pike on the shallow bays, also Saturday seems to be the day that most feel it will be safe. Call Bucks@ 989-595-2121
Otsego Lake- The ice will be safe by Saturday as all the snow has settled and now the lake can make ice. Many are planning on getting their shanties out Saturday off the State Park. Call Northern Sports@ 987-448-2014
Lake Margrethe- The lake is completely froze with 4 to 8 inches of ice and good fish being caught. Call Skip’s Sport @ 989-348-7111
Higgins Lake- is still open with shore ice forming
Houghton Lake- The lake is completely froze over and there is 4 to 5 inches of ice with pike and walleye being caught on the east side. Lyman’s has started putting their shanties out call them@ 989-422-3231 Also Dave @ Four Season is getting ready to put his Shanties out and said last night they did good on the walleyes and pike. Call him @ 989-422-5230
Thunder Bay River: Has pretty good perch fishing though many are running small. Fish ranging 7 to 8 inches have been caught using ice jigs with wax worms or minnow rigs. The better fishing was off the 2nd Street Bridge, the River Walk both upstream and downstream of the 2nd Street Bridge and the gas dock in the marina. Some are also catching the occasional steelhead or brown trout.
Oscoda: Pier anglers are getting steelhead on spoons or body baits.
Au Sable River: Has a good number of steelhead between the mouth and Foote Dam. With a little effort, anglers are finding the spots producing the most fish. High Banks, the Boy Scout Camp and the Rea Road access sites have been active. Spawn is working best however try spoons or body baits at the mouth.
Au Gres River: Is still producing some perch although some were on the small side.
Upper Peninsula Report
Newberry- Has good ice on most the small lakes with pike biting fair.
Munuscong Bay –Dan’s Resort in Pickford reports Four-wheelers are going out on the ice now. Perch are biting near the rock piles. The walleye have been biting well the last few days on blues Call Dan’s Resort @ (906) 647-8753
Manistique– Ice is forming good on Indian Lake and Big Manistique and they look to be fishing this weekend Call Top O Lakes Sport@ 906-341-5241
Bay De Noc: has ice but most are waiting till it gets thicker so they can drive on the ice Call Bayshore Resort@ (906) 428-9687
FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
Enjoy the Holiday–The ice is fine! The weather’s cooperating making ice nightly. Expect 4 to 8 inches (plus) on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Permanent shanties and pop-ups dot the lakes. Not recommended, snowmobile tracks trace the edges. Prudence dictates using a spud to check your way where ever you go.
Pike fishing has been good – very good. This is just the start and we’ve measured several over 30 inches. Tip-ups account for most. Northerns can’t resist a sucker or shiner meal.
|Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Lake Erie: Anglers are still getting walleye in Brest Bay. Those using the bigger reef runners or husky jerks reported some limit catches. Hot colors were pink, purple or fire-tiger. Some of the fish caught were between 8 and 11 pounds. Boats are launching out of Lake Erie Metro Park or Sterling State Park. Bluegills were caught off the docks in the Metro Park Marina. Try a teardrop with a wax worm. Perch and crappie were caught on minnows.
Huron River: Water levels are low but conditions are good for steelhead. Fish have been caught in the deeper holes.
Detroit River: Perch have been caught near the mouth, off Gibraltar and the border waters off Sugar Island. Anglers are not getting as many fish however some are measuring 12 to 14 inches.
Lake St. Clair: While ice fishing is not an option at this time, boat anglers are still heading out for perch. Muskie season closed on December 15th. The docks at the DNR boat launch have been removed. Those planning to launch boats will most likely need waders.
Saginaw Bay: Has some ice but most are just going out a ways to fish perch
Saginaw River: some are venturing on the ice and it isn’t safe
Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
St. Joseph: Pier and surf anglers are getting some steelhead along with the occasional whitefish.
St. Joseph River: Should have some fresh steelhead for the taking.
Kalamazoo River: Boat and shore anglers have caught steelhead below the Allegan Dam. They are using spawn or Hot-n-Tots. A few walleye were also caught.
Grand Haven: Pier anglers are catching steelhead along with a few brown trout or whitefish. Those surfcasting are taking fish when floating spawn bags.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Fresh steelhead were caught on size 6 or 8 jigs tipped with wigglers and wax worms or spawn bags. Boat anglers are dropping Hot-n-Tots over the side and then putting a spawn bag on the bottom. Walleye and steelhead have been caught behind the Post Office, off Pearl Street and the walk bridge. Walleye anglers have done well with bucktail jigs and shiner minnows under a bobber. Those fishing off the bridges for walleye are drifting shiners. Pike fishing has been good downtown. Most are using chubs, shiners or body baits. For crappie and bluegill, try Riverside Park or Millennium Park.
Grand River at Lansing: Catch rates were hit-or-miss at the North Lansing Dam. Some channel catfish along with a few small flatheads were caught by those fishing minnows above the Moore’s Park Dam. Good pike action at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. Some are using spinners but more fish were caught on golden shiners.
Morrison Lake: Is producing perch and crappie for those using minnows.
Reeds Lake: Was producing bluegill and crappie.
Muskegon River: Is fishable. Steelhead are still being caught as more move up into the river system