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.
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.
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