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.
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.
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.