Ice Fishing Report

Marissa_BrooksNorthwestern Michigan

 

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 Lakehave 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.

 

 

 

 

Northeast Michigan

 

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

 

Ice Fishing Report 1/3/13

Marissa_Brooks 

Northwestern Michigan

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Northeast Michigan

 

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

 

 

Ice Fishing Has Been Great

CaitlyEvery Day a new lake comes online for winter ice fishing and Hamlin Lake is finally safe with 3 to 5 inches of ice and gills are biting great. Green Lake is still open!

Fife Lake is now safe and reports are a couple big pike have been caught and perch have been biting also. 3 to 5 inches of ice.

Long Lake is now safe and call MC Sports for the latest info at 231-933-6158 the walleye and perch have been biting.

A great crappie bite on Lake Cadillac the last three days call pilgrim’s Village for the latest info 231-775-5412

Lake Margrethe has been good call Skips at 989-348-7111 for latest info

Lyman’s are putting shanties out today on Houghton Lake call Lyman’s for the latest info 989-422-3231

Lake St. Helen has great ice 6 to 8 inches and great gill and pike bite call Malcom’s Tackle Box at 989-389-2100

Lots of Ice Fishing

bucs-3Fisherman are ice fishing hard in Northern Michigan with many getting out on the small lakes. Green Lake by Interlochen opened back up today, but calm and cold it should go over again. Duck Lake has lots of fisherman out of Strawberry Point.

Skegemog guys are getting out about 300 yards.

Lake City and Houghton Lake report lots of people trying their luck today. Lake Margrethe has good action along with Otsego Lake by Gaylord.

Harrison and Farwell report lots of guys out on the small lakes with pike and panfish biting great. Leroy Area report good ice and fishing is great

Burt and Black Lake should be safe soon as lots of cold weather this week

Little Glen, Bar Lake and loon are not safe

Reports are they are getting out on Little Bay De Noc today but have not heard ice conditions yet

Saginaw bay has a couple inches of ice and many feel they will be fishing soon.

Reports downstate there is still no safe ice.

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.
John Dunbar & Gordon Reed  Brandon Bailey
         Close friends, John Dunbar and Gordon Reed first day      Visiting from Middleburg, Florida, Brandon Bailey
         on the ice was successful.  After releasing 10 undersized,    holds a 10 pound, 33 inch pike caught on Lake Cadillac.
          they took turns catching a 38 1/2, 32, 31 and 28 inch.

Tim Miller

Tim Miller poses with a pike caught the day before
Christmas.  Doesn’t fit under the tree, 36 5/8″, 11.57 pounds.
Walleye fishing has been better then average.  Although days have been good, best catches are at last light.  Be ready when the street lights turn on.  For some, limits have been common.  Jigging spoons tipped with minnows, and/or tip-ups are effective.
Jeff Thomas  Ken Clous
         Smiling Jeff Thomas holds a 24″, 5 pound plus walleye      Ken Clous takes walleye fishing seriously.  After a couple of
         caught on Lake Cadillac.                                                   hours fishing he returned with a pair.  A 20 1/4 and 19 inch                                                                                                   walleye each over 3 pounds.
The Pilgrim Village Pike Contest is off to a good start.  Although Jim Cornelius was the first on the board with a 26 1/2, 3.85 pike he since dropped to 4th Place.  He’ll soon upgrade.
Standings often change on a daily basis.  12/30/2012
                                             1st Place           Mark Gagnon             34″               8.79 lbs.
                                              2nd Place          Joe Brooks                29″               4.87 lbs.
                                              3rd Place          Gary Swiger               28 1/2″         4.60 lbs.
                                              4th Place           James Cornelious       26 1/2″         3.85 lbs.
Mark Gagnon  Joe Brooks
                  Mark Gagnon 34″; 8.79 lb.  northern pike                                 Joe Brooks 29″; 4.87 lb. pike

Gary Swiger

Gary Swiger  28 1/2″; 4.60 lb pike
Youth Division
                                       1st Place           Caitlyn Brooks          15 yr. old          25 1/2″          3.17 lb.
2nd Place          Marissa Brooks          11 yr. old          25″           3.17 lb.
The Brooks family all fish.  Close call between the Brooks Sisters.
Caitlyn Brooks  Marissa Brooks
          15 yr. old Caitlyn Brooks shows off the head shot on        Marissa Brooks may only be 11, but knows how to spear.
           her 25 1/2 nothern.                                                          This one is 25 inches.

Lots Of Fisherman Trying their Luck

HPIM1742

 

Many Fisherman were out today trying their luck as Missaukee had ice shanties on the lake from Lake City with pike biting great on golden.

Houghton Lake they were out in differnt places as the ice was 2 to 6 inches. St Helen has the best ice with 5 to 8 inches and they are catching fish the last two days.

Pratt Lake and Wiggins by Gladwin have lots of fisherman out and good pike and panfish. Sanford Lake and Wixom they are fishing  shallow bays with good panfish and pike.

Harrison and Farwell they are out on the small lakes catching panfish and pike

Black, Mullet and Burt are froze and a few will be out on Black Lake but the ice is not safe.

Cadillac and Mitchell looked like little city on the ice, and good pike fishing reported

Around Traverse the small lakes are getting fished and a few are going to Little Glen to see if the pike and perch are biting tomorrow.

They are getting out on Little Bay De Noc today

Ice Fishing Report

bucs-11

Northern Michigan has many of it’s lakes froze and a few a getting out and trying there luck, most are waiting until we have 5 inches of hard water which most believe will happen Saturday on the shallow Lakes. There is ice fishing at most places but small ponds and lakes have safe ice, be careful and have a buddy with you when checking the ice.

Ice Fishermen your prayers are working.  Most of Lake Mitchell is FISHABLE by Saturday

As of Christmas the South East Side of Lake Mitchell from Mitchell State Park to the boat launch by Thirsty’s has 4+”.  Fishable depths at the park range from 5 to 15′.  This is good tip-up area for pike and walleye.  The ice is slick, no snow.  Pack your creepers, stay away from the canal.

At this writing the popular panfish area, the Big and Small Coves are not safe, nor is the North Side but by Saturday things should be fine

You’ll have to wait longer to fish Lake Cadillac.  The East (city), North and Middle have open water areas.  The Causeway to Mitchell State Park on the West Side will be the first safe access points.

 

Northwestern Michigan

 

Leroy- Reports are guys are getting out on the shallow lakes with good pike action

 

Baldwin- The little lakes around will be safe to fish this weekend

 

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

 

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

 

Spider Lake- Three to five inches of ice with pike and panfish biting

 

Lake Dubonnet- Lots of fisherman fishing this lake with great pike action with some panfish

 

Long Lake, Green Lake, Duck Lake–  They have went over but are not safe but a few will try Long this weekend to see if it is safe. All three lakes have some open spots but should go over tonight

 

Skegemog-Has completely froze over and some think by Saturday they will be testing the ice and catching pike and perch

 

Fife Lake- Has ice but is not safe but many are getting out on Spring and Long Lake by Fife Lake

 

Portage Lake-  Was half froze today and a few will be out this Saturday on the shallow part

 

Hamlin Lake- Has a Skim of ice is not safe but by next week things should be hopping

 

Bear Lake- Has 3 to 5 inches of ice today with a few getting out catching pike.

 

Lake Missaukee- Today a few guys were venturing out and report 3 to 5 inches of good ice with pike and gills are biting good

 

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 causway and most feel by Saturday they will be out on most the lake.

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.

 

 

 

 

Northeast Michigan

 

Lewiston-  Both East and West Twin are froze but West Twin should be safe by the weekend.

 

Mio- Mio Pong has froze and a few are getting out on the lake

 

Lake St. Helen- Fishing has been good with 3 to 5 inches of ice with a few walleye being caught.

 

Pratt Lake and Wiggins Lake– has safe ice and many have been doing good on panfish and pike.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Black Lake- has skimmed but is not safe yet

 

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.

 

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.

 

Lake Margrethe-  The lake is completely froze with 2 to 3 inches of ice and most are planning to be out fishing Saturday as with no snow on the ice it will be safe with 5” plus by Saturday

 

Higgins Lake- is still open with shore ice forming

 

Houghton Lake- The lake is completely froze over and there is 3 to 5 inches of ice with pike and walleye being caught on the east side.

 

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 Penisula 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. Happy New year from Dan’s Resort

 

Manistique– Ice is forming good on Indian Lake and Big Manistique and they look to be fishing this weekend

 Bay De Noc- The bay is froze with just a handful of guys out as ice is not safe yet

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing ReportLake Erie: Anglers are still getting walleye in Brest Bay. Some limit catches were reported by those using the bigger reef runners or husky jerks. 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: Is producing a good number of walleye for boat anglers. Those fishing close to shore caught some perch.

Saginaw River: Walleye are being caught from the mouth all the way up to Wicks Park. Some are drifting shiner minnows while others are using Hot-n-Tots.

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

 

 

smelt-fishing