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FIRST ANNUAL LUDINGTON BIG KING BONANZA
What: A Big King Tournament consisting of one division; with two different fishing periods. The first tournament spans from Thursday April 15th at 12:00 AM until Saturday July 3rd at 11:59 PM. The second tournament spans from Monday July 5th at 12:00 AM until 11:59 on the Saturday before Labor Day, September 4th, 2021. There will be an awards ceremony broadcasted on Facebook Live at Captain Chucks on Sunday July 4th at 2:00 in the afternoon for the first tournament winner(s)... as well as an awards ceremony also broadcasted on Sunday September 5th at 2:00 PM for the winner(s) of the second tournament.
Where: Any fish caught out of the Port Cities of Ludington, Pentwater, Muskegon, Whitehall, Manistee, Onekama, or Frankfort… basically any port city falling in between the Ports of Muskegon and Frankfort. For those fishing rivers, tributaries, and Lakes connected to Lake Michigan, Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Manistee, and Benzie counties are the decided fishing counties.

How to Register: Kindly stop at or mail your payment and registration form to Captain Chucks in Ludington. Cash only please! Let’s keep it simple!! If mailing, please write “CC: Big King Bonanza” on the envelope so it can get to the appropriate parties
Registration Costs: You may register for this tournament via one of two methods… either individually or by the boat. Your registration fee will cover you or your entire boat (depending on how you decide to register) for the period in which you register.
If registering individually the cost is $20 per person with the
option to pay an extra $5 to register for a winner takes all big Lake Trout division.
If registering by the boat the cost is $100 with the option to pay an extra $25 to enter in to a winner takes all Big Lake trout division.
You may register for either or, or both Chinook Salmon and Lake trout divisions.
The payout structure for big king will be as follows:
-If $1,999 or less are received in registration fees the payout will be the winner takes all…
-If $2,000-$3,499 are received in registration fees, the payout will be 70/30 for First and Second Places. For example, if we have exactly a $3,000 pot, $2,100 will be paid to the winner and $900 will be paid to the runner up...
-If $3,500-$4,999 are received in registration fees the payout will be 70/20/10 for First, Second, and Third places. For example, if we have exactly $4,000 in our pot payouts will be…
*First place-$2,800
*Second place-$800
*Third place-$400
-If $5,000-$7,999 are received in registration fees, the payout will be 45/25/15/10/5 for First through fifth places. For example payouts for a pot of exactly $5,000 would be… *First place-$2,250
*second place-$1,250
*Third place-$750
*Fourth place-$500
*Fifth place-$250
-If we receive $8,000 or more in registration fees, payouts will be 35/20/15/10/8/6/4/2 for the top 8 fish… for example, if we have $10,000 exactly in registration fees payout will be: *First place-$3,500
*Second place-$2,000
*Third place-$1,500
*Fourth place-$1,000
*Fifth place-$800
*Sixth place-$600
*Seventh place-$400
*Eighth place-$200
There will be an awards ceremony done at Captain Chucks on Sunday July 4th and again on Sunday September 5th at 2:00 PM for the trophy presentations and cash payouts. Both tournaments will have the same payout structures as listed above. If you cannot attend, they will also be broadcasted on Facebook Live.
As mentioned before, the lake trout division will be winner takes all
Questions?
Contact Captain Chucks (75 N. Jebavy Dr. Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4458) or
Logan Wessendorf (loganvwessendorf@gmail.com, (231) 224-3603).
Once registered, you will receive a business card with Scott Keegstra’s personal cell phone on it in case you need to get a hold of him for after hours weigh in… You may also contact Logan Wessendorf (number listed above) if and when this situation arises...
Rules and Regulations
This is a tournament (or derby if you go by Wisconsin standards) intended to give every angler who registers a shot at winning. Many smaller boats and more novice anglers cannot win a regular tournament because they are unlikely to catch the ten or twelve fish needed to place, as is the standard for the tournaments up and down the Lake. Anyone can catch that one special fish to win this derby, so long as you are in the right place, at the right time, with the right bait.
We will have a leaderboard at Captain Chucks. Additionally, a Facebook page (facebook.com/TBD) is in place where weekly rankings will be posted and friendly dialogue can take place.
Tiebreaker rules: Captain Chucks’ scales are accurate to the one one-hundredth of a pound; however in the rare event of a tie, the overall length of the salmon, to the closest one-eighth of an inch wins. If both fish are exactly the same weight and length, the fish caught the earliest in the season wins. If both fish were caught on the same day, a simple coin toss will determine the winner.
General Rules: As mentioned earlier, this fishing tournament spans from 12:00 AM on
Thursday April 15th until 11:59 PM on Saturday July 3rd, and again from 12:00 AM on Monday July 5th until 11:59 PM on Saturday September 4th 2021. Any Chinook Salmon or Lake Trout caught in between this time period is eligible to be weighed.
The physical fish must be present at Captain Chucks in Ludington to be weighed and counted. A picture of your monster fish, weighed and released will not be entered. It must be weighed on our official Tournament Scale at Captain Chucks.
Scott at Captain Chucks has graciously agreed to have a staff member weigh fish Even if it is after hours… So if you are from out of town and catch that one special fish, and are willing to make the trip, rest assured, someone will be there to weigh it.
If you catch a King, late in the day on July 3rd, or late in the day on September 4th, please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to get back to Captain Chucks before midnight to weigh your fish. We will have someone on stand by on both nights for this very scenario, however as previously stated, any angler attempting to weigh their fish on or after midnight will not be permitted to do so…
Any legal rod and reel fishing method is acceptable, including but not limited to trolling, jigging, casting, dead sticking with live bait, fly fishing, center pin, etc. Fish must be caught legally in the mouth!! Remember, any lake or river connected to Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Manistee, or Benzie counties as well as Lake Michigan itself from as far South as the Port of Muskegon to as far North as the Port of Frankfort constitutes as legal fishing waters… Be aware that the limitations of this tournament are classified by the Port City in which you depart, not by the exact location in which the fish was caught… so if you depart Frankfort and end up fishing North; in to waters of a neighboring County, you CAN weigh your fish because you departed from am eligible port...that being said, the fish must be caught in Michigan waters...
This is a big king tournament only. There is a separate Big Lake Trout Division you may choose to enroll in… we will not accept any other species, including but not limited to Steelhead or rainbow trout, brown trout, or coho salmon...
There is no cut off date for this tournament. If you would like to register the week before Labor Day weekend, you can. However, you must be registered beforehand to weigh in a fish. In our efforts to discourage cheating, you cannot weigh a fish until after 24 hour of registering for either tournament. In addition, fish must be weighed no more than twelve hours after the fish was landed
There are no limits to the amount of fish you weigh, so if you weigh a 31 pounder, and
the next day you upgrade to a 33 pounder, by all means, you are allowed to weigh that second fish. It is possible for one person or boat to win multiple places if they weigh multiple winning fish...
This is a fun tournament, and is intended to be that way. Any angler caught cheating will be immediately disqualified, and a decision will have to be made about their future eligibility in this contest. We reserve the right to administer a polygraph test to any potential winners. Also, we reserve the right to check the stomach contents of any fish being weighed for foreign objects intended to increase the weight of the catch...Additionally, any harassment or foul language on the facebook page will not be tolerated. Have fun, and be safe on the water!
Registration Form First Annual Ludington Big King
Bonanza 2021
____Check this box for an individual person registering for $20 (+$5?)
____Check this box for a boat registering for $100 (+$25?)
Name (first and last): __________________________________________________
Address:_____________________________________________________________ City:_______________________ State:_______________ Zip Code:____________
Phone Number:________________________________________________________ Email Address:________________________________________________________

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Registration Form Proof of Enrollment for our Records
Name (first and last): _______________________________ Address: __________________________________________
City:_____________State:______________Zip
Code:_________
Phone Number:_______________________________________ Email Address:________________________________________
Check Box to Indicate the applicable divisions registered: ___Individual _____Boat Check species: ___Both ___King Salmon only ___Lake Trout only
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Congratulations!!! What a great fish! 👍 Jack's Sport Shop, you guys are the best! You guys have so much hometown love its amazing!

How much does it weigh?

Damn That's a once in a lifetime fish especially through the ice!

Congratulations!

That’s a biggun for a jiggin stick!

What a trophy. Congrats

FN AWESOME 👏. PRETTY FISH 🐠

Good catch , what did it weigh

Nice,,,nice,nice,,,,Center lake,,,70,s

Jon Miehlke

Nice musky

Travis Fate

Hunter James Tharp

Lindsy Skellenger

Jason DeCora

Teresa Mayo Robbins

Nick Morse 👀👀

Rick Durant

Mark Vande Wouwer

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Fishing report 2/25/21

Photo is of Mark Martin as he reports from Mullett Lake in Cheboygan Michigan doing his ice seminars by the pro staff at Mullett Lake icefishing vacation school !!!!! It made me look good during One of my days of practice.

The reports are getting better this week as many report the fish have started biting again. The warm up has cause slush on may lakes making hard to get around.

Crystal Lake is froze with 6 inches of ice off of Lobb Rd. but reports have been slow bite on perch and smelt with a few lake trout.

Big Glen has many trying their luck for perch and some have reported good catches of nice perch and some are only finding small perch.

Duck and Green Lake by Interlochen are reporting pike fishing has picked up also lake trout are being caught. Some Smelt out of green lake with waxworms and Halis working best.

Long Lake by Traverse City has been slow with reports of lots of snow and slush.

Lake Skegemog by Kalkaska reports a great perch bite but lots of small ones so bring lots of minnows as you sort the bigger one to eat.

Mullet Lake has been fair on the walleye.

Torch Lake is froze with the North end many are tryin g for Burbot.

Otsego Lake has started to produce again the last couple days with perch and walleye biting.

Lake Margrethe is reporting a better bite this week with pike, walleye, gills and perch biting.

Higgins Lake: Was producing catches of smelt and some nice perch for the first time in years as some in the 12 inch class. Smelt fishing was fair at night. Lake trout were found in 80 to 100 feet. Large pike were caught off the first drop-off..

Houghton Lake: The walleye bite was starting to pick up in 12 feet or so when using glow jigs. Small perch and other panfish were hitting late afternoon and again about 3 in the morning.

Manistee County: Portage Lake, Manistee Lake, Bear Lake and surrounding lakes had steady fishing but slush on lake making hard to get around

Emmet County: Evenings are producing fair numbers of walleye on Crooked and Pickerel lakes. Crooked Lake had good pike and perch fishing.

Charlevoix County: Cisco fishing was active on Lake Charlevoix but has since slowed. The evening bite for walleye was good on Walloon Lake. Inland lakes in the area have slush on top of the ice, which is making travel more difficult for quads and other vehicles.

White Lake: Perch, bluegill and pike have been caught. The ice thickness was not consistent in a few of the deep areas. Spearing seems to yield more pike than tip-ups. Anglers are accessing on both the north and the south side.

Saginaw Bay: Lots of anglers have been out, but catch rates were slow. There is a large pressure crack roughly a mile to a mile and a half offshore that runs from the state park up past Linwood toward Pinconning. The crack has been a trouble spot for those trying to cross it, especially for quads, because of the pockets of open water. Walleye were caught near Buoy #1 in 30 feet, at the Spark Plug in 20 to 30 feet and near the Black Hole in 26 feet. Perch were found off the end of Linwood Road in 4 feet, near the range light at the mouth of the Saginaw River and up to the Pine River area when using perch rigs with minnows. Reports vary day to day, but those fishing shallow and staying away from the crowds seem to do better. On the east side, perch fishing activity was limited at Vanderbilt Park and from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Fish were caught in Wildfowl Bay, but most were small. Walleye anglers were going out anywhere from 3 to 15 miles and fishing in 17 to 28 feet. Success was limited off Finn Road, where anglers were going out 12 miles. Fish were marked out by the shipping channel, but they did not want to bite.

Saginaw River: With the warmup this week, ice conditions could change, so anglers should carry a spud to check the ice. Walleye anglers are getting lots of undersize fish but not a lot of keepers. Anglers are fishing the entire system from Saginaw to the mouth in Bay City. Some are fishing multiple access points in one day as they try to find fish that are more active. Most are using jigging raps, lead jigs, small spoons or a single hook with minnows just off the bottom.

Little Bay de Noc: Walleye were caught along the drop-off near Escanaba. Anglers are using tip-ups with sucker minnows, jigs and raps. No word on perch.

Munising: Fishing pressure was down, as catch rates were very slow with few fish being caught. Most angler trips resulted in few bites and no fish. Ice conditions were stable, but caution still needs to be used.

Luce County: Anglers on Frenchman’s Lake and Trout Lake were getting walleye, some perch and other panfish.

Munuscong Bay: Is producing some walleye out near the channel.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands were getting some perch.
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Fishing report 2/25/21
Photo is of Mark Martin as he reports from Mullett Lake in Cheboygan Michigan doing his ice seminars by the pro staff at Mullett Lake icefishing vacation school !!!!! It made me look good during One of my days of practice.
The reports are getting better this week as many report the fish have started biting again. The warm up has cause slush on may lakes making hard to get around.
Crystal Lake is froze with 6 inches of ice off of Lobb Rd. but reports have been slow bite on perch and smelt with a few lake trout.
Big Glen has many trying their  luck for perch and some have reported good catches of nice perch and some  are only finding small perch.
Duck and Green Lake by Interlochen are reporting pike fishing has picked up also lake trout are being caught. Some Smelt out of green lake with waxworms and Halis working best.
Long Lake by Traverse City has been slow with reports of lots of snow and slush.
Lake Skegemog by Kalkaska reports a great perch bite but lots of small ones so bring lots of minnows as you sort the bigger one to eat.
Mullet Lake has been fair on the walleye.
Torch Lake is froze with the North end many are tryin g for Burbot.
Otsego Lake has started to produce again the last couple days with perch and walleye biting.
Lake Margrethe is reporting a better bite this week with pike, walleye, gills and perch biting.
Higgins Lake: Was producing catches of smelt and some nice perch for the first time in years as some in the 12 inch class. Smelt fishing was fair at night. Lake trout were found in 80 to 100 feet. Large pike were caught off the first drop-off.. 
Houghton Lake: The walleye bite was starting to pick up in 12 feet or so when using glow jigs. Small perch and other panfish were hitting late afternoon and again about 3 in the morning. 
Manistee County: Portage Lake, Manistee Lake, Bear Lake and surrounding lakes had steady fishing but slush on lake making hard to get around
Emmet County: Evenings are producing fair numbers of walleye on Crooked and Pickerel lakes. Crooked Lake had good pike and perch fishing.
Charlevoix County: Cisco fishing was active on Lake Charlevoix but has since slowed.  The evening bite for walleye was good on Walloon Lake. Inland lakes in the area have slush on top of the ice, which is making travel more difficult for quads and other vehicles.    
White Lake: Perch, bluegill and pike have been caught. The ice thickness was not consistent in a few of the deep areas. Spearing seems to yield more pike than tip-ups.  Anglers are accessing on both the north and the south side. 
Saginaw Bay: Lots of anglers have been out, but catch rates were slow. There is a large pressure crack roughly a mile to a mile and a half offshore that runs from the state park up past Linwood toward Pinconning. The crack has been a trouble spot for those trying to cross it, especially for quads, because of the pockets of open water. Walleye were caught near Buoy #1 in 30 feet, at the Spark Plug in 20 to 30 feet and near the Black Hole in 26 feet. Perch were found off the end of Linwood Road in 4 feet, near the range light at the mouth of the Saginaw River and up to the Pine River area when using perch rigs with minnows. Reports vary day to day, but those fishing shallow and staying away from the crowds seem to do better. On the east side, perch fishing activity was limited at Vanderbilt Park and from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Fish were caught in Wildfowl Bay, but most were small. Walleye anglers were going out anywhere from 3 to 15 miles and fishing in 17 to 28 feet. Success was limited off Finn Road, where anglers were going out 12 miles. Fish were marked out by the shipping channel, but they did not want to bite.    
Saginaw River: With the warmup this week, ice conditions could change, so anglers should carry a spud to check the ice. Walleye anglers are getting lots of undersize fish but not a lot of keepers. Anglers are fishing the entire system from Saginaw to the mouth in Bay City. Some are fishing multiple access points in one day as they try to find fish that are more active. Most are using jigging raps, lead jigs, small spoons or a single hook with minnows just off the bottom.  
Little Bay de Noc: Walleye were caught along the drop-off near Escanaba. Anglers are using tip-ups with sucker minnows, jigs and raps. No word on perch. 
Munising: Fishing pressure was down, as catch rates were very slow with few fish being caught. Most angler trips resulted in few bites and no fish. Ice conditions were stable, but caution still needs to be used. 
Luce County: Anglers on Frenchman’s Lake and Trout Lake were getting walleye, some perch and other panfish.
Munuscong Bay: Is producing some walleye out near the channel.
Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands were getting some perch.

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Torch lake was dangerous.....good ice didn’t survive the warm up

Cold weather has slowed the bite. Most lakes are reporting slow bite as the sub zero weather has made fish dormant as we need a warm up to get water running back into the lakes to put oxygen in the lake to get the fish active again.

Crystal Lake and Torch lake have went over so these two lakes should have a bite as it will be first ice.

Most my sport shops reports slow bite everywhere but the warm up should get the bite going again.

Higgins Lake

Has just a couple inches of snow on the ice. Watch the pressure crack between Point Detroit and Flag Point. Lake trout can be found in 80 feet and deeper when using tip-ups or jigging with golden shiners or smelt. Rainbow trout can be found in the shallows between Big Creek and the Conference Center. Smelt anglers can be found between West Street and the North State Park however anglers may find smelt anywhere in 40 feet or less.

Lake Charlevoix

Those targeting Cisco have done well on the main basin when fishing off Hemingway Point.

Grand Traverse County

Ice conditions are not as great as they were a couple of weeks ago on lakes in the Traverse City area due to snow cover resulting in quite a bit of slush which is making it difficult for anglers traveling by foot. The perch action on Duck Lake near Interlochen was steady but the fish were small.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell

Both lakes had very light fishing pressure with the extremely cold weather. The next warmup should help get more anglers out and improve the bite

Hamlin Lake

Ice anglers were targeting bluegills in the bayous. Crappie were found along the drop-offs.

White Lake

Pike anglers were on the east end near the Narrows. Some are using tip-ups while others are spearing.

Saginaw Bay

On the west side there are at least five open pockets of water and machines have gone in, so extreme caution needs to be used. There is open water straight out from Linwood, an area south and a little east of the “Black Hole,” up near Pinconning, off Cody Esty Road, and straight out from Whites Beach. On the east side there is open water off Callahan Road. Cracks are everywhere so anglers need to use extreme caution as the pressure cracks are changing depending on wind direction and speed. There is a lot of rough ice, jagged cracks and large snowdrifts making travel much more difficult, especially for quads.

A couple walleye were caught off Linwood Road in 22 feet and yellow perch were caught in 3 to 4 feet. Near Pinconning, pike were speared in 5 feet. Walleye were also caught in the Blackhole off Erickson Road. On the east side, walleye were caught about nine miles out from Finn Road in 23 feet. Yellow perch are finally starting to show up at Vanderbilt Park and were caught in 8 to 10 feet. Pike were speared in 4 to 6 feet. Perch fishing was inconsistent along the east side as anglers are sorting through a lot of small ones between Sebewaing and Bay Port. Fish were seen in Wildfowl Bay, but the bigger ones did not want to bite. No word on walleye, pike, or lake trout.

Saginaw River

Has had a good number of anglers. Walleye fishing was slow overall with only a few areas producing some smaller eating size fish. Most are doing a lot of sorting. Catch rates were not significant with only 2-4 keepers if lucky. The better spots were the Zilwaukee access site, Crow Island on the north side of the Zilwaukee Bridge in 24 feet, and at the mouth in 23 feet. Mornings were best with an orange or clown colored jigging rapala.

Ice anglers were targeting bluegills in the bayous. Crappie were found along the drop-offs.

Little Bay De Noc

Ice conditions improved, and anglers were fishing all the way down to Escanaba. Lots of anglers are walleye fishing, however catch rates have been spotty. Yellow perch fishing was fair to good.

Munising

Fewer anglers have been out due to bitter cold temperatures. Those that have gone out reported nice catches of coho and quality size splake. Whitefish numbers were low. Those targeting lake trout were starting to head out. Schools of smelt were scattered off Sand Point and the Anna River.
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Cold weather has slowed the bite. Most lakes are reporting slow bite as the sub zero weather has made fish dormant as we need a warm up to get water running back into the lakes to put oxygen in the lake to get the fish active again. 
Crystal Lake and Torch lake have went over so these two lakes should have a bite as it will be first ice.
Most my sport shops reports slow bite everywhere but the warm up should get the bite going again.
Higgins Lake
Has just a couple inches of snow on the ice. Watch the pressure crack between Point Detroit and Flag Point. Lake trout can be found in 80 feet and deeper when using tip-ups or jigging with golden shiners or smelt. Rainbow trout can be found in the shallows between Big Creek and the Conference Center. Smelt anglers can be found between West Street and the North State Park however anglers may find smelt anywhere in 40 feet or less.
Lake Charlevoix
Those targeting Cisco have done well on the main basin when fishing off Hemingway Point.
Grand Traverse County
Ice conditions are not as great as they were a couple of weeks ago on lakes in the Traverse City area due to snow cover resulting in quite a bit of slush which is making it difficult for anglers traveling by foot. The perch action on Duck Lake near Interlochen was steady but the fish were small.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell
Both lakes had very light fishing pressure with the extremely cold weather. The next warmup should help get more anglers out and improve the bite
Hamlin Lake
Ice anglers were targeting bluegills in the bayous. Crappie were found along the drop-offs.
White Lake
Pike anglers were on the east end near the Narrows. Some are using tip-ups while others are spearing.
Saginaw Bay
On the west side there are at least five open pockets of water and machines have gone in, so extreme caution needs to be used. There is open water straight out from Linwood, an area south and a little east of the “Black Hole,” up near Pinconning, off Cody Esty Road, and straight out from Whites Beach. On the east side there is open water off Callahan Road. Cracks are everywhere so anglers need to use extreme caution as the pressure cracks are changing depending on wind direction and speed. There is a lot of rough ice, jagged cracks and large snowdrifts making travel much more difficult, especially for quads.
A couple walleye were caught off Linwood Road in 22 feet and yellow perch were caught in 3 to 4 feet. Near Pinconning, pike were speared in 5 feet. Walleye were also caught in the Blackhole off Erickson Road. On the east side, walleye were caught about nine miles out from Finn Road in 23 feet. Yellow perch are finally starting to show up at Vanderbilt Park and were caught in 8 to 10 feet. Pike were speared in 4 to 6 feet. Perch fishing was inconsistent along the east side as anglers are sorting through a lot of small ones between Sebewaing and Bay Port. Fish were seen in Wildfowl Bay, but the bigger ones did not want to bite. No word on walleye, pike, or lake trout.
Saginaw River
Has had a good number of anglers. Walleye fishing was slow overall with only a few areas producing some smaller eating size fish. Most are doing a lot of sorting. Catch rates were not significant with only 2-4 keepers if lucky. The better spots were the Zilwaukee access site, Crow Island on the north side of the Zilwaukee Bridge in 24 feet, and at the mouth in 23 feet. Mornings were best with an orange or clown colored jigging rapala.
Ice anglers were targeting bluegills in the bayous. Crappie were found along the drop-offs.
Little Bay De Noc
Ice conditions improved, and anglers were fishing all the way down to Escanaba. Lots of anglers are walleye fishing, however catch rates have been spotty. Yellow perch fishing was fair to good.
Munising
Fewer anglers have been out due to bitter cold temperatures. Those that have gone out reported nice catches of coho and quality size splake. Whitefish numbers were low. Those targeting lake trout were starting to head out. Schools of smelt were scattered off Sand Point and the Anna River.

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Does Bucs have wigglers in Interlochen

How is the fishing on Burt lake

Torch had open water at 4 pm today

Anyone have information on little or big glen? Heading up this weekend. Thanks in advance

are they catching smelt on green? my coop is out from state park and been hit and miss but I went over to the Betsie River side tonight to take a look and there is a whole bunch of people out there late on a weeknight so there must be some smelt over there

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Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report

Dustin Wilson reports from Higgins Lake Had a great weekend up there Ice fishing . #icefishing #icefishinglife #icefishingnation #puremichiganfishing #livebait #livebaitfishing #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #puremichigan #fishingreports #michiganfishing #icefishingmichigan #northernmichiganfishing #fishing ... See MoreSee Less

Dustin Wilson reports from Higgins Lake Had a great weekend up there Ice fishing . #Icefishing #icefishinglife #icefishingnation  #puremichiganfishing #livebait #livebaitfishing #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #puremichigan #fishingreports #michiganfishing  #icefishingmichigan  #northernmichiganfishing #fishing

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Awesome nice to see there are still fish in them waters . Inland Smelt taste soooooo good in the winter. Have to get me some soon . Thanks for sharing

Nope we had the brightest green light I could see around us. This guy posted on another page showing his shanty and set up, didn’t recognize it.

Fished all day Saturday 2-13, hardly any bites.

Wow wish we had some of those down state haven't got any of those since I was a boy in the up.

I'd like to take my two sons out on Higgins Lake this weekend. Where is a decent spot to look for perch?

86, we're guessing, right?

Ben Baxter did you run into these guys?

Smelt

Laura Pawson

Gordon Graham Richard Gibson

Your a pig didn't need that much

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Osborns Big Ice Fishing Contest Feb 13th and 14th

Here is our Big Ice Fishing Contest Brochure. We will have a lot of good safe ice this year so come on out and enter. Bring the kids as we love seeing the new fishing generation! We are really getting excited as it is this coming Saturday and Sunday, which is also Free Fishing Weekend. You can enter in person at our store, over the phone with a card or from our website, just click the link below for the entry form from our website- You can pick the Adult or Kids entry form which pays through pay pal. www.osbornssportshop.com
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Osborns Big Ice Fishing Contest Feb 13th and 14th
Here is our Big Ice Fishing Contest Brochure. We will have a lot of good safe ice this year so come on out and enter. Bring the kids as we love seeing the new fishing generation! We are really getting excited as it is this coming Saturday and Sunday, which is also Free Fishing Weekend. You can enter in person at our store, over the phone with a card or from our website, just click the link below for the entry form from our website- You can pick the Adult or Kids entry form which pays through pay pal. https://www.osbornssportshop.com

Fishing Report 2/11/21

Fishing has been slow this week most places reporting cold weather has slowed bite.

A few fish are being caught but most report bite is slow and fishing pressure is light as it is really cold out.

South Lake Leelanau
Ice reports are good with snowmobiles and quads all over. Good amount of snow with some slush spots, especially the southern end. Bite has been hit and miss with not as many people out this past week due to the frigid temps.
Call Greg at 231-624-6201 the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort Bait & Tackle for Leelanau reports. We carry a full line of live bait & tackle. Also doing personal guided trips on Leelanau, contact Lake Effect Fishing Charters

This upcoming coming weekend is Michigan’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend! Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday Feb. 14, both Michigan residents and nonresidents can fish for free. While no license is required, all regulations still apply. Even with the extremely cold temperatures, anglers are reminded to use caution. Never go out alone, take a cell phone, check the ice ahead of you with a spud and stay away from pressure cracks as well as any inlets or outlets where there is a constant current.

Cheboygan County: Burt Lake has slow catch rates for perch and walleye. The fish being caught are good size, but the numbers are low. Mullett Lake was producing some perch.

Montmorency County: Voyer Lake had good bluegill action. Clear Lake had moderate splake catches along with perch. Both East and West Twin Lake were slow, with only a few walleye and perch taken. Trout fishing picked up on McCormick Lake. Lake Fifteen was producing a few smelt and brown trout.

Fletchers Pond: Anglers caught small perch and pike.

Higgins Lake: Has a good number of anglers out on the ice. Anglers should avoid the areas with springs, inlets and outlets and near the points. The smelt action was good between West Street and the North State Park, where fish were hitting spikes and wax worms anywhere from 3 feet to 40 feet down. Smelt anglers are also getting a few cisco. Perch fishing was fair to good. Lake trout were found at 80 feet and deeper. Rainbow trout were still being caught in the shallows.

Houghton Lake: Was producing some nice perch. Bluegills and the occasional crappie were taken on small jigs with spikes, wax worms or wigglers. Anglers are reporting fewer northern pike. Walleye fishing was slow.

Lake St. Helen: Panfish and an occasional walleye were caught on the Third Lake.

Grand Traverse County: Both the East and the West Bay had open water. Anglers have caught fish through the ice on Lake Dubonnet, Long Lake and Silver Lake.

Leelanau County: A few limit catches of walleye were taken on the south end of South Lake Leelanau. On Little Glen Lake, the perch bite was slow. The occasional steelhead was seen in the Crystal River.

Benzie County: Ice conditions on the inland lakes are improving. Those on the smaller lakes have caught panfish.

Lake Missaukee: Fishing activity was slow, but anglers were getting a few walleye and perch.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had fewer anglers, as cold temperatures have kept many off the ice. Though the bite has been slow, those braving the elements did find some panfish.

Little Bay de Noc: Perch have been caught off Kipling. Walleye were caught off Escanaba when fishing along the drop-off. Anglers are using jigging raps and tip-ups with sucker minnows.

Munising: Fishing pressure decreased with the brutal cold weather and up to 12 inches or more of snowfall. Wind chills have been as low as 25 below with north winds. A few anglers were out; however, catch rates for coho, whitefish and splake were down. Whitefish were in 50 to 60 feet. Some were marking smelt. Schools of coho were coming through, but not everyone caught fish. The bite was best in the morning.

Big Manistique Lake: Was producing a fair number of walleye.

St. Marys River: A few whitefish were caught in Ashmun Bay. Perch were caught in Fowlers Bay.

Cedarville and Hessel: A fair to good number of perch were caught off Cedarville by those jigging minnows. Perch were also caught in Hessel Bay. No word on splake.
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Fishing Report 2/11/21
Fishing has been slow this week most places reporting cold weather has slowed bite.
A few fish are being caught but most report bite is slow and fishing pressure is light as it is really cold out.
South Lake Leelanau
Ice reports are good with snowmobiles and quads all over. Good amount of snow with some slush spots, especially the southern end. Bite has been hit and miss with not as many people out this past week due to the frigid temps. 
Call Greg at 231-624-6201 the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort Bait & Tackle for Leelanau reports. We carry a full line of live bait & tackle. Also doing personal guided trips on Leelanau, contact Lake Effect Fishing Charters
This upcoming coming weekend is Michigan’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend! Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday Feb. 14, both Michigan residents and nonresidents can fish for free. While no license is required, all regulations still apply. Even with the extremely cold temperatures, anglers are reminded to use caution. Never go out alone, take a cell phone, check the ice ahead of you with a spud and stay away from pressure cracks as well as any inlets or outlets where there is a constant current.
Cheboygan County: Burt Lake has slow catch rates for perch and walleye. The fish being caught are good size, but the numbers are low. Mullett Lake was producing some perch. 
Montmorency County: Voyer Lake had good bluegill action. Clear Lake had moderate splake catches along with perch. Both East and West Twin Lake were slow, with only a few walleye and perch taken. Trout fishing picked up on McCormick Lake. Lake Fifteen was producing a few smelt and brown trout. 
Fletchers Pond: Anglers caught small perch and pike. 
Higgins Lake: Has a good number of anglers out on the ice. Anglers should avoid the areas with springs, inlets and outlets and near the points. The smelt action was good between West Street and the North State Park, where fish were hitting spikes and wax worms anywhere from 3 feet to 40 feet down. Smelt anglers are also getting a few cisco. Perch fishing was fair to good. Lake trout were found at 80 feet and deeper.  Rainbow trout were still being caught in the shallows. 
Houghton Lake: Was producing some nice perch. Bluegills and the occasional crappie were taken on small jigs with spikes, wax worms or wigglers. Anglers are reporting fewer northern pike. Walleye fishing was slow.
Lake St. Helen: Panfish and an occasional walleye were caught on the Third Lake. 
Grand Traverse County: Both the East and the West Bay had open water. Anglers have caught fish through the ice on Lake Dubonnet, Long Lake and Silver Lake.   
Leelanau County: A few limit catches of walleye were taken on the south end of South Lake Leelanau. On Little Glen Lake, the perch bite was slow. The occasional steelhead was seen in the Crystal River.      
Benzie County: Ice conditions on the inland lakes are improving. Those on the smaller lakes have caught panfish. 
Lake Missaukee: Fishing activity was slow, but anglers were getting a few walleye and perch. 
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had fewer anglers, as cold temperatures have kept many off the ice. Though the bite has been slow, those braving the elements did find some panfish.   
Little Bay de Noc: Perch have been caught off Kipling. Walleye were caught off Escanaba when fishing along the drop-off. Anglers are using jigging raps and tip-ups with sucker minnows.
Munising: Fishing pressure decreased with the brutal cold weather and up to 12 inches or more of snowfall. Wind chills have been as low as 25 below with north winds. A few anglers were out; however, catch rates for coho, whitefish and splake were down.  Whitefish were in 50 to 60 feet. Some were marking smelt. Schools of coho were coming through, but not everyone caught fish. The bite was best in the morning. 
Big Manistique Lake: Was producing a fair number of walleye. 
St. Marys River: A few whitefish were caught in Ashmun Bay. Perch were caught in Fowlers Bay.     
Cedarville and Hessel: A fair to good number of perch were caught off Cedarville by those jigging minnows. Perch were also caught in Hessel Bay. No word on splake.

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Fishing Report 2/2/2021

Fishing has picked up the last two days with a storm coming in by tomorrow 30 + winds will make fishing tough.

Greg Alsip reports from Lake Leelanau bait and Tackle
Walleye bite has been slow
Majority of people have been on south lake looking for walleye and perch. The perch bite has been pretty well in 8-14’ of water with minnows. Hoping this cold snaps helps with the bite.
Call 231-624-6201 for reports, live bait & tackle and guided ice trips.
Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort
Lake Effect Fishing Charters

Scott from Captain Chucks 2 reports from Ludington
Perch fishing on PM is steady lots of sorting, inland lakes good pike fishing and lots of ice.
Hamlin lake has good pike action the crappie bite has slowed up as well as the bluegill bite. Call (231) 843-4458 for the latest fishing info around Ludington

Higgins Lake ice is getting better I saw lots of quads out on the lake. They are catching perch, lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, pike, smelt and a few whitefish. Perch bite has been good with nice size perch this year.:More anglers are starting to get out on the ice, though caution still needs to be used. Call Sport Barn 898-821-9511 or West Higgins Lake Hardware 989-

Houghton Lake: Ice fishing continues, though anglers will need to watch the pressure cracks and for ice movement caused by strong winds. Avoid the areas near the river and creek mouths also. Some nice bluegills, crappie and a few perch have been caught right at sunset using small jigs with wax worms, spikes and mousies, or try wigglers. Walleye slowed; however, the bite was best late at night. Bass fishing was good, and a few big pike were caught.

Lake Skegemog reports the last two days the bigger perch finally started biting with wiggler and minnows working best.

Long Lake by Traverse City getting mixed reports on the bite for perch and walleye.

Green Lake by Interlochen has lots of shanties out and catching smelt, pike, perch and a few Lake Trout.

Duck Lake by Interlochen has been fair on pike, and a few lake trout.

Bear Lake by Bear Lake has slowed down as most are now heading to Portage Lake where most are still fishing in town but cold temps should help getting out in deeper water. Pike, walleye and perch are being caught on Porage.

Manistee Lake at Manistee has ice with good pike and perch bite.

Lots of people out on Hamlin Lake with a good bite this year.

Otsego Lake has slowed down this week.

Burt Lake: Anglers fishing along the east side reported slow catch rates for pike, walleye and perch.

Black Lake has been fair for pike, walleye and perch.

Mullet lots of shacks out and the perch and walleye bite has been fair.

Lake Margrethe: Ice anglers are targeting perch, walleye and pike. Bluegill and rock bass were found in the weed beds.

Crooked Lake: In Antrim County was producing a good number of pike on the east side, but most were undersize. Small perch were caught along with the occasional keeper. Pike were hitting on minnows and the perch were hitting wax worms.

Saginaw Bay: The bay has ice; however, IT IS NOT SAFE TO TRAVEL OFFSHORE, AND TAKING MACHINES OUT IS NOT RECOMMENDED AS ANGLERS AND MACHINES HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ICE. Those perch fishing near shore report various ice thickness where new ice has formed. Much of the bay has ice piled very high from strong winds. Those heading out should take a spud to test the ice ahead of you. Perch were targeted north of Linwood up to the Pine River in 2 to 4 feet. The trick is to move around and avoid crowds where noise will spook the fish. No walleye catches anywhere on the bay, as ice thickness was not safe to travel any distance. Fishing on the east side was slow at Vanderbilt Park. There were pockets of open water in front of Sunset Marina. At Finn Road, anglers were still catching small perch at the boat launch. Watch for areas of open water between Sebewaing and Bay Port. Fishing was slow, with only a few small perch caught. Wildfowl Bay was hit or miss on perch, and most were small.

Saginaw River: Ice was starting to form; however, EXTREME CAUTION NEEDS TO BE USED AS ICE THICKNESS VARIES GREATLY AND ANGLERS HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ICE. Some were seen at almost all access points, but walleye fishing was slow and worth waiting until the ice firms up. Many sublegal fish were caught as well as a few keepers at First Street and downstream at Veterans Park. The mouth of the river had the best fishing, with anglers getting perch in the channel in 32 feet with perch rigs and minnows.

Keweenaw Bay: Ice was starting to form near shore. EXTREME CAUTION NEEDS TO BE USED, AS IT IS EARLY ICE. Anglers need to be aware of changing ice conditions, especially with a south wind.

Little Bay de Noc: Ice conditions were widely inconsistent around the bay. Good ice at the head of the bay has created a false sense of safe ice, as it may be a foot thick in one area and less than an inch nearby. Several anglers have fallen through the ice recently, either walking or operating snowmobiles and ORV’s. EXTREME CAUTION NEEDS TO BE USED. Areas of special concern include Saunders Point, Hunters Point, the access site at Fayette and Ogontz, Farmers Dock, and near the mouth of the Escanaba, Days and Ford rivers.

Munising: Ice anglers are out on the bay, and more ice shanties are popping up. ICE CONDITIONS ARE NOT CONSISTENT, SO ANGLERS NEED TO USE CAUTION, ESPEICALLY WITH MODERATE SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS IN THE FORECAST. Avoid the channels and Grand Island Access areas. There is a large pressure crack off Powell Point. Anglers are getting splake, coho, whitefish, burbot and perch, including some limit catches by those putting in the time. Fishing pressure was high in the mornings off the Anna River Access, the city docks and Sand Point. Splake were hitting jigs with minnows or wax worms in the bottom 6 feet. Coho were slow, with anglers getting maybe one fish per hour. Those spearing for herring reported slow catch rates. Those targeting burbot were seen off Sand Point and off the Anna River.

Grand Marais: A few anglers have started ice fishing in the harbor for coho and Menominee, but no reports have come in.

Cedarville and Hessel: There is ice fishing activity in Musky Bay, and a few anglers were out in Government Bay and the Cedarville Channel; however, ice conditions were unknown. Those out were taking 6- to 10-inch perch when jigging minnows. A few pike were caught. The ice in Hessel Bay was variable, with more on the east side than the west side. Perch fishing picked up with 7- to 10-inch fish caught when jigging minnows in 14 to 17 feet. A few splake ranging from 20 to 26 inches were also caught when jigging spoons in 10 to 16 feet.

Kalkaska County: Anglers are targeting walleye and perch, though the bite was slow on Manistee Lake. Cub Lake is producing bluegill and sunfish.

Grand Traverse County: The ice continues to firm up on Duck, Green and Long Lake. Small perch were caught on Green Lake. Ice shanties were seen off the Betsie River Road launch, where anglers are no doubt targeting smelt. Smaller inland lakes in the area are providing panfish opportunities.

Benzie County: Most of the smaller inland lakes had fishable ice. Catch rates were fair for bluegills and perch. Big Platte Lake has been producing a few walleye and perch. Crystal Lke has froze in Beluah but no ice reports yet.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice fishing continues; however, the bite must have slowed, as not many anglers were out.
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Fishing Report 2/2/2021
Fishing has picked up the last two days with a storm coming in by tomorrow 30 + winds will make fishing tough.
Greg Alsip reports from Lake Leelanau bait and Tackle 
Walleye bite has been slow
Majority of people have been on south lake looking for walleye and perch. The perch bite has been pretty well in 8-14’ of water with minnows. Hoping this cold snaps helps with the bite.
Call 231-624-6201 for reports, live bait & tackle and guided ice trips.
Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort
Lake Effect Fishing Charters
Scott from Captain Chucks 2 reports from Ludington
Perch fishing on PM is steady lots of sorting, inland lakes good pike fishing and lots of ice. 
Hamlin lake has good pike action the crappie bite has slowed up as well as the bluegill bite. Call (231) 843-4458 for the latest fishing info around Ludington
Higgins Lake ice is getting better I saw lots of quads out on the lake. They are catching perch, lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, pike, smelt and a few whitefish. Perch bite has been good with nice size perch this year.:More anglers are starting to get out on the ice, though caution still needs to be used. Call Sport Barn 898-821-9511 or West Higgins Lake Hardware 989-
Houghton Lake: Ice fishing continues, though anglers will need to watch the pressure cracks and for ice movement caused by strong winds. Avoid the areas near the river and creek mouths also. Some nice bluegills, crappie and a few perch have been caught right at sunset using small jigs with wax worms, spikes and mousies, or try wigglers. Walleye slowed; however, the bite was best late at night. Bass fishing was good, and a few big pike were caught. 
Lake Skegemog reports the last two days the bigger perch finally started biting with wiggler and minnows working best.
Long Lake by Traverse City getting mixed reports on the bite for perch and walleye.
Green Lake by Interlochen has lots of shanties out and catching smelt, pike, perch and a few Lake Trout.
Duck Lake by Interlochen has been fair on pike, and a few lake trout.
Bear Lake by Bear Lake has slowed down as most are now heading to Portage Lake where most are still fishing in town but cold temps should help getting out in deeper water. Pike, walleye and perch are being caught on Porage.
Manistee Lake at Manistee has ice with good pike and perch bite.
Lots of people out on Hamlin Lake with a good bite this year.
Otsego Lake has slowed down this week.
Burt Lake: Anglers fishing along the east side reported slow catch rates for pike, walleye and perch.    
Black Lake has been fair for pike, walleye and perch.
Mullet lots of shacks out and the perch and walleye bite has been fair. 
Lake Margrethe: Ice anglers are targeting perch, walleye and pike. Bluegill and rock bass were found in the weed beds. 
Crooked Lake: In Antrim County was producing a good number of pike on the east side, but most were undersize. Small perch were caught along with the occasional keeper. Pike were hitting on minnows and the perch were hitting wax worms.
Saginaw Bay: The bay has ice; however, IT IS NOT SAFE TO TRAVEL OFFSHORE, AND TAKING MACHINES OUT IS NOT RECOMMENDED AS ANGLERS AND MACHINES HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ICE. Those perch fishing near shore report various ice thickness where new ice has formed. Much of the bay has ice piled very high from strong winds. Those heading out should take a spud to test the ice ahead of you. Perch were targeted north of Linwood up to the Pine River in 2 to 4 feet. The trick is to move around and avoid crowds where noise will spook the fish. No walleye catches anywhere on the bay, as ice thickness was not safe to travel any distance. Fishing on the east side was slow at Vanderbilt Park. There were pockets of open water in front of Sunset Marina. At Finn Road, anglers were still catching small perch at the boat launch. Watch for areas of open water between Sebewaing and Bay Port. Fishing was slow, with only a few small perch caught. Wildfowl Bay was hit or miss on perch, and most were small. 
Saginaw River: Ice was starting to form; however, EXTREME CAUTION NEEDS TO BE USED AS ICE THICKNESS VARIES GREATLY AND ANGLERS HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ICE. Some were seen at almost all access points, but walleye fishing was slow and worth waiting until the ice firms up. Many sublegal fish were caught as well as a few keepers at First Street and downstream at Veterans Park. The mouth of the river had the best fishing, with anglers getting perch in the channel in 32 feet with perch rigs and minnows. 
Keweenaw Bay: Ice was starting to form near shore. EXTREME CAUTION NEEDS TO BE USED, AS IT IS EARLY ICE. Anglers need to be aware of changing ice conditions, especially with a south wind.    
Little Bay de Noc: Ice conditions were widely inconsistent around the bay. Good ice at the head of the bay has created a false sense of safe ice, as it may be a foot thick in one area and less than an inch nearby. Several anglers have fallen through the ice recently, either walking or operating snowmobiles and ORV’s. EXTREME CAUTION NEEDS TO BE USED. Areas of special concern include Saunders Point, Hunters Point, the access site at Fayette and Ogontz, Farmers Dock, and near the mouth of the Escanaba, Days and Ford rivers. 
Munising: Ice anglers are out on the bay, and more ice shanties are popping up. ICE CONDITIONS ARE NOT CONSISTENT, SO ANGLERS NEED TO USE CAUTION, ESPEICALLY WITH MODERATE SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS IN THE FORECAST. Avoid the channels and Grand Island Access areas. There is a large pressure crack off Powell Point. Anglers are getting splake, coho, whitefish, burbot and perch, including some limit catches by those putting in the time. Fishing pressure was high in the mornings off the Anna River Access, the city docks and Sand Point. Splake were hitting jigs with minnows or wax worms in the bottom 6 feet. Coho were slow, with anglers getting maybe one fish per hour. Those spearing for herring reported slow catch rates. Those targeting burbot were seen off Sand Point and off the Anna River. 
Grand Marais: A few anglers have started ice fishing in the harbor for coho and Menominee, but no reports have come in. 
Cedarville and Hessel: There is ice fishing activity in Musky Bay, and a few anglers were out in Government Bay and the Cedarville Channel; however, ice conditions were unknown. Those out were taking 6- to 10-inch perch when jigging minnows. A few pike were caught. The ice in Hessel Bay was variable, with more on the east side than the west side. Perch fishing picked up with 7- to 10-inch fish caught when jigging minnows in 14 to 17 feet. A few splake ranging from 20 to 26 inches were also caught when jigging spoons in 10 to 16 feet.
Kalkaska County: Anglers are targeting walleye and perch, though the bite was slow on Manistee Lake. Cub Lake is producing bluegill and sunfish. 
Grand Traverse County: The ice continues to firm up on Duck, Green and Long Lake. Small perch were caught on Green Lake. Ice shanties were seen off the Betsie River Road launch, where anglers are no doubt targeting smelt. Smaller inland lakes in the area are providing panfish opportunities.   
Benzie County: Most of the smaller inland lakes had fishable ice. Catch rates were fair for bluegills and perch. Big Platte Lake has been producing a few walleye and perch. Crystal Lke has froze in Beluah but no ice reports yet.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice fishing continues; however, the bite must have slowed, as not many anglers were out.

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Great report. Hitting walloon next week.

95% of that came from the DNR fishing report, may need to start giving them credit on your reports....

Where they catching pike

Ella Ackerman try and follow them or join

Anyone know how much ice their is on Duck lake?

Thanks!!

Thank you!!!

Ice season over by the time I read all of that

Jim Clevenger. Good reports here🎣

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We are getting closer to ice fishing many lakes. Otsego Lake today had 3 to 4 inches of ice, there were shanties on the lake today. Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 4 inches of ice and a few guys on the lake, also Crawford Lake they are fishing.
Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell
We gained a little bit since the last check on Tuesday. Off Kenwood park on Lake Cadillac we’re between 3-4″. West side of Lake Mitchell out of Camp Torenta had about 4” but it was probalbly 3/4 white ice. Behind us on the East side of Lake Mitchell there is almost 6″ of white/clear ice that stretches out a couple hundred yards before it tapers back down to 3-4″.

Traverse City they are fishing Spider Lake, Arbutus Lake and Long Lake by fife Lake.

Houghton Lake they are on East Bay and there was a shanty out there today.

Lake Saint Helen they are back out with 5 inches of ice. A couple anglers fishing in shallow waters caught some bluegills, crappie and the odd walleye. Caution needs to be used.

Lake Missaukee they are fishing some of the canals and shallow Bays.

Muskegon Lake: The docks have been pulled at the Grand Trunk launch, so boat anglers will need to bring waders. Schools of gizzard shad slowed the walleye bite; however, those trolling about 25 feet down along the ledges and along the south end near the Milwaukee Clipper have caught a few big ones.

Perch fishing in Ludington, Pentwater, White Lake and Muskegon is done till ice as the lakes are starting to freeze.

Many Lakes are froze and use extreme caution right now.
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Ice is still on a few Lake.

Dan from Jack's Sport Shop with a laker from Torch Lake
Dan from Jack’s Sport Shop with a laker from Torch Lake

 

 

Otsego, Higgins, Burt  still have some ice floating but should be gone by tomorrow. Fishing has been ok some places, but the water has to warm out for the gills and crappie north of M-32 as the ice just went off.

Traverse City: Perch fishing was good around Deepwater Point in the East Bay. Lake trout and some lake herring were caught by those jigging around Deepwater Point and along the drop-off south of the M-37 launch. Lake trout were caught by those jigging straight out from Elk Rapids. In the Elk River, catch rates were hit-or-miss but steelhead were caught at the dam when using spawn in the morning. A couple nice fish were caught at the kid’s pond. In the West Bay, perch fishing was excellent at Northport in 40 to 80 feet on both live bait and artificial baits. Perch were also caught in Bowers Harbor and east of Power Island before the winds. Lee Point was hit-or-miss. Lake trout were caught in the morning when trolling at the south end of the bay. The Boardman River is producing steelhead in the early morning or evening with spawn or a jig and wax worm. A few nice brown trout were caught at the dam.

Long Lake has had some action but I have not got any feed back this week, guys are waiting for the ice to get out of Ironton on lake Charlevoix to look for perch.

Portage Lake: Water temperatures were still on the cool side even in the shallows so perch fishing was slow.

Fishing is finally picking up. The warm rain should really help to get things going. Anglers should find trout in the rivers however the trout opener to the north was slow because of colder air and water temperatures. Bluegills and crappie are being caught in the inland lakes. Walleye, bass and pike fishing continue to get better as it warms up.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing off Linwood was centered around the Black Hole and 1 to 2 miles northeast of Spoils Island when boats could get out there. Body baits off planer boards was the ticket, although some boats were vertical jigging near Spoils Island. On the east side of the bay from Quanicassee to Bay Port, walleye anglers were fishing all over the bay but no one had great success as most boats came in with only 2 or 3 fish. Spring perch fishing is pretty much over. Walleye anglers are also catching and releasing a few smallmouth bass. A few pike were caught in the Sebewaing River. Up at Caseville, pier anglers managed to catch some walleye, one coho and some smallmouth bass. Near Port Austin, those fishing the Pinnebog River caught suckers, pike, and smallmouth bass. A couple walleye were taken at the mouth of Bird Creek.

Saginaw River: Boat anglers vertical jigging in the lower river were taking some walleye. Shore anglers at Smith Park caught mainly white bass, freshwater drum, catfish and a couple pike. Smallmouth bass were caught and released in the marinas.

Tittabawassee River: Walleye fishing in the entire river from Dow Dam downstream to Green Point was excellent for the opener. Limit catches of 5 fish per angler was common. Even the shore anglers did well when they could get to a deep hole or run. Ninety-five percent of the walleyes taken were males as the large females have moved back out to the bay.

Houghton Lake: Good fishing continues in the canals for crappie and bluegills. A few walleye were also caught. Those out trolling on the opener caught a few walleye.

Baitman reports Many Lake froze over Still in Northern Michigan

 

 

 

This coming Saturday, April 28th is the walleye, pike and muskellunge opener on the Lower Peninsula inland waters. The statewide trout opener on all Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as all Type A and Type D Designated Trout Lakes is also this Saturday.

 

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA FISHING REPORT

Steelhead fishing continues. The remaining fish should run and spawn fairly quickly so anglers may find more steelhead for the trout opener this weekend. Conditions for the opener depend on how much rain we get this week. As for the walleye opener, some lakes to target would be Hamlin Lake, Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, Lake Missaukee, Portage Lake, Bear Lake and both Upper and Lower Herring Lakes. Many lakes in this region are still ice covered but the ice is melting quickly so anglers should wait for open water fishing.

Harbor Springs: The ice is beginning to melt but there was not much in the way of open water yet.

Petoskey: Anglers are fishing for steelhead inside the breakwall when possible. The ice was melted about halfway down the breakwall making that area fishable. Anglers are using spawn bags. There was still ice and snow on the walkway and rocks so caution needs to be used. Anglers were also fishing off the D Pier at the mouth of the river and using spawn and worms or casting spinners.

Bear River: Had higher water levels as warmer temperatures melt the deep snow. There were quite a few steelhead up near the dam but anglers had a hard time landing them because of the high water levels. Most were using spawn bags and flies.

Lake Charlevoix: Still had ice and anglers were waiting to see if it will be gone by the opener this weekend. If the lake opens up, the walleye and pike will likely be spawning during the opener.

Boyne River: More steelhead were starting to come in.

Glen Arbor: Had very little fishing activity. The ramp and docks were still not in.

Traverse City: Perch fishing was good around Deepwater Point in the East Bay. Lake herring and a few lake trout were caught along the along the east side of the bay when jigging. The Elk River was slow with only a couple steelhead taken on spawn in the early morning or late afternoon. In the West Bay, perch fishing was good at times in Bowers Harbor and in deep water slightly south towards Power Island. Lee Point was hit-or-miss for perch but fish were caught off Northport, out from Clinch Park and south of Elmwood Marina. On the Boardman River, a couple steelhead were caught on spawn and wax worms. Suckers had also moved in.

Frankfort: Had a couple small ice formations on the piers. Anglers caught a few brown trout near the elbow on the North Pier. Those trolling north and south along the shoreline reported slow catch rates.

Betsie River: Was producing some decent size steelhead. Anglers were catching both dark fish and some fresh fish.

Arcadia: Boat and shore anglers got out but only a couple steelhead and brown trout were caught.

Onekama: The ice is completely gone from the piers.

Portage Lake: Is ice free. Anglers have been searching for perch but had no luck.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 39 degrees. All docks are now in at the city launch, but the fish cleaning station was still closed. The south pier is still closed until further notice. Small numbers of brown trout and steelhead were caught off the north pier. Boat anglers picked up brown trout, lake trout, and the occasional steelhead when trolling rapalas in the basin and outside the piers in 9 to 14 feet.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues and the fish will run and spawn quickly now that it has warmed up. Fish should also be found in the Little Manistee. For the walleye opener, try Tippy Dam Pond and Hodenpyl Dam Pond.

Hamlin Lake: A few panfish were starting to enter the canals.

Ludington: All the docks are in at the city launch but the fish cleaning station was still closed. Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn. Boat anglers picked up brown trout when trolling rapalas in 9 to 14 feet.

Pere Marquette River: Has a good number of steelhead as well. Trout anglers will want to check out some of the major tributaries including the Middle and the Little South Branch as well as the Baldwin River.

Pentwater: Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout off the end of the piers. A few walleye were also caught.

Pentwater Lake: Perch anglers reported good fishing in 40 to 50 feet with perch rigs tipped with wax worms, spikes, or minnows. A couple steelhead were caught on spawn from Longbridge Road.

Muskegon Lake: Would be a good bet for the walleye opener. Perch are still being caught in 30 to 50 feet along the west end. Panfish are still in deeper water but will move in as it warms up. The pike opener should be good for those trolling crank baits or using sucker minnows.

Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing continues and warm temperatures should hasten the remaining fish to run and spawn fairly quickly. Because of that, trout anglers fishing in waters accessible to steelhead on the opener this weekend will find more steelhead than usual. Other trout streams to try in the watershed would be the Hersey and the Middle Branch Rivers. As for the walleye opener, try Croton Pond and Hardy Pond.

Whitehall: Boats trolling body baits in 5 to 25 feet caught brown trout and lake trout.Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn both in the channel and outside the pier heads.

White Lake: Would be a good bet for the walleye opener.

 

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA FISHING REPORT

 

Cheboygan: The bay was still ice covered.

Cheboygan River: Had good steelhead fishing at the lock and dam with spawn, wax worms, artificial baits and lures but did best with spawn. Anglers caught Atlantics on lures at the lock and dam and near the DNR Office. Spawn or a jig and wax worm also took a few fish. The Atlantics were about 20 inches and up to 6 pounds.

Pigeon River: Had a small number of steelhead.

Ocqueoc River: Steelhead were caught on spawn, artificial baits and spinners.

Rogers City: Was still iced in except for the outer breakwall. A couple anglers tried for anything that would hit but had no luck.

Alpena: Boat anglers venturing out were taking good catches of lake trout and a few Atlantics.

Thunder Bay River: Those drifting spawn or flies near the 9th Street Dam or further down the river in the deeper holes should be getting some steelhead. Catch rates will continue to improve with the warmer weather and water flow. The launch ramp near the Fisheries Research Station is open but the main public launch was still iced in.

Oscoda: Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and suckers were caught by anglers drifting or still-fishing spawn bags from the pier and mouth of the river. Pier anglers casting jigs or still-fishing with minnows found walleye in the 16 to 22 feet in the early morning or evening. The walleye bite was still slow.

Au Sable River: Anglers caught steelhead when drifting or floating spawn bags, beads, and wax worms or when casting plugs. Despite the warmer weather, melting snow has kept the lower river temperatures around 38 degrees. Most fish were still pre-spawn and found in the holes. Atlantic salmon and a couple young chinook and coho were caught by those drifting spawn or casting plugs in the lower river.

Harrisville: A few anglers were casting spoons and jigs for steelhead and walleye from the rocks and launch at the harbor but had no success. The skid piers were still not in.

Higgins Lake: Was still iced in and it could be another week or so before the lake opens up. The shoreline ice is receding.

Houghton Lake: Has no ice and most of the boat launches have the docks in. Shore anglers were catching crappie in the canals including some limit catches. Some bluegills were also caught. Few boats have been out.

Tawas: Pier fishing has been good with several Atlantics taken by those mainly casting spoons, but body baits and live minnows fished near the bottom have also taken fish. Walleye have been caught on body baits and jigs in the evening. Boat anglers have also taken walleye, lake trout, steelhead and Atlantics but the trick was to find clear water to troll in.

Tawas River: Was high and muddy but was giving up a few suckers.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye did best up between Whitestone Point and Point Lookout in 15 to 20 feet with body baits. Some limit catches were reported. Fish were also caught in 15 to 20 feet off Pointe Au Gres.

Au Gres River: Whitney Drain was high and muddy and fishing was difficult.

Saginaw Bay: The perch spawning period in the inner bay is about over, but walleye fishing is just getting started. Fish were hitting off Linwood in 20 to 22 feet on body baits. Those trolling were getting fish up and down the Shipping Channel and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Vertical jigging with jigs tipped with minnows or plastic bodies produced fish around Spoils Island. The best bite was early morning until 10-10:30. At Quanicassee, perch fishing was spotty with only a few large fish taken in 6 feet off the mouth of the river. On the east side, walleye anglers were trolling body baits all over including the deep part of the Slot, over the Bar, on the Callahan Reef, and back west to the shipping channel. Water temperatures ranged between 37 and 42 degrees. The cuts and rivers from Quanicassee to Bay Port had quite a few anglers but the perch action was poor with only a few small fish taken at Mud Creek. Those targeting suckers did well in the lower Pinnebog River.

Saginaw River: The perch action appears to be done in the lower river. Catfish are being caught.

Tittabawassee River: As for the walleye opener, the river experienced two moderate flood events recently. Flooding just before the opener will usually encourage the post-spawn walleye to leave the river, so it’s hard to say how the opener will turn out. As long as the water levels continue to drop, the opener should be productive, but the spring fishery after opening day may not last as long as it has in previous years.

 

UPPER PENINSULA FISHING REPORT

Keweenaw Bay: Still had ice however with the warm weather, the shoreline ice was getting very soft. Anglers will need to use caution getting on and leaving the ice. Coho, splake, and steelhead were caught out from the Falls River by those using small minnows or wax worms. Smelt were still being caught out from the Baraga Marina.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice anglers were still out but ice fishing season should end this week with the warmer temperatures. All the area rivers are open except for the Ford River which should open up within the next week. The piers at the north shore launch are open for use. The winter access gates are closed so anyone that still has an ice shanty inside will have to contact the DNR to have it removed.

Marquette: Has a lot of ice. The Upper and Lower Harbors as well as the bubblers are inaccessible at this time. The beach access for the bubblers has been closed off by the city. The rocks have been moved so there is no access to the beach. There won’t be any boat fishing access until the ice leaves the harbors. Both the Chocolay and the Carp Rivers had a handful of steelhead that moved in but the major run has not started yet. Those targeting steelhead were getting a few brown trout.

Munising: Had lots of anglers out ice fishing. They were jigging mainly for coho but only a few were caught. The Anna River has opened up by the mouth which has allowed anglers to fish from the pier. Splake and steelhead were caught on spawn.

Grand Marais: Had no report. Steelhead action was slow in the Sucker River. Access to the river mouth will be limited due to ice jams along the shoreline.

Two Hearted River: Steelhead are steadily moving into the river and the big push of fish has not really occurred yet. Many fish in the river are dark.

Newberry: For trout waters in the area, expect snowpack on all roads heading into area trout lakes and many streams. Despite the warmer temperatures, the heavy snowpack still exists and will likely make travel into any of the trout waters difficult and limited to foot traffic or snowmobile. Inland lakes will most likely be ice covered. Extreme caution should be used by those deciding to venture out as ice conditions have deteriorated and rain this week will only make conditions worse. Water levels in the streams were low but are beginning to rise with the snowmelt.

Detour: There was no fishing effort in the Detour Passage. No docks were in because of the ice and snow.

Drummond Island: Maxton Bay still had ice and a few good catches of 8 to 10 inch yellow perch were taken west of the mouth of the bay in 8 to 12 feet with a tear drop tipped with a wax worm or wiggler. All anglers are reminded to use extreme caution on any late spring ice as conditions can change daily.

Cedarville and Hessel: As of the first part of the week, there was no access to the Cedarville boat launch on Meridian Road. The dock is in at the public launch however it was still covered in snow and ice. There was no fishing effort throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. At Hessel, ice anglers were still taking splake at the Hessel Marina. Ice was still found about 70 yards out from the steel breakwall at the marina. Those jigging an orange and chrome 2 inch spoon tipped with a smelt head on the bottom did well. There was no yellow perch effort. Remember ice conditions are subject to change especially this time of year with the warm temperatures and changing wind directions.

Houghton Lake the Crappie are in the canals

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A few anglers were trying to ice fish for perch however with the rain and warmer temperatures it is not recommended that anglers go out. The ice past Harbor Point and near the marina and boat launch does not look safe.

Petoskey: Anglers were fishing for steelhead inside the breakwall but thin ice especially in the morning made it impossible to fish.

Bear River: Catch rates were a bit slow but some nice chrome fish were caught with spawn bags up near the dam and downstream between the bridges. A couple steelhead were also caught on wax worms or spawn bags at the mouth.

Glen Arbor: Had little to no fishing activity. The ramp and the dock were not in at the boat launch on Lake Michigan.

Traverse City: The weather has not been cooperating on either bay. Icy conditions at the boat launches and skim ice near shore were making it difficult for boat anglers. In the East Bay, a few lake herring were caught south of the M-37 launch. On the Elk River in Elk Rapids, a couple steelhead were caught below the dam in the early morning. In the West Bay, Bowers Harbor was still frozen at the boat launch. On the Boardman River, steelhead were caught below the dam with spawn or wax worms. There were quite a few planter rainbow trout near the dam so beads and soft plastics would be a good option if you are losing bait quickly.

Arcadia: Had little to no fishing activity. On Arcadia Lake, the dock is in at the ramp.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were holding around 36 degrees. Not many anglers had been out. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn bags. The south pier is closed because of a large hole.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead were caught up as far as Tippy Dam by those using beads and spawn bags. The rain should help bring more fish in.

Ludington: Surface temperature readings were up to 38 degrees. Few anglers were out but a couple did manage to catch some brown trout when trolling spoons and plugs.

Pere Marquette Lake: Was producing a few perch.

Pere Marquette River: Has a mix of winter run steelhead and a few fresh fish.

Pentwater: Gusty winds have limited pier fishing but anglers did catch steelhead and the occasional brown trout with spawn bags in the channel.

Pentwater Lake: Boat anglers caught yellow perch in 30 feet using perch rigs tipped with minnows or wax worms. Those fishing Longbridge Road caught the occasional steelhead on spawn bags near the bottom.

Muskegon: Pier anglers have caught steelhead along with a few brown trout on spawn. No boat report this week.

Muskegon Lake: Perch anglers were still getting some nice fish out from the Sand Docks and off the Bear Lake Channel in 40 to 50 feet.

Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing was average but should pick up with the rain and warmer temperatures.

Whitehall: Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead with spawn bags fished near the bottom.

White Lake: Boat anglers caught mainly small perch in 50 feet.

White River: Had fair to good steelhead fishing.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Anglers caught steelhead at the dam with spawn, beads, spinners, worms and minnows. Conditions were a bit difficult because of high currents from overflow.

Ocqueoc River: Fishing pressure was slow at times but anglers have caught steelhead averaging 15 inches. Try spawn and spinners.

Rogers City: Had a good 13 inches of snow. Nothing is open yet and no docks were in because of ice.

Alpena: No boats were out but the launch next to the Alpena Fish Station is open and has a dock in. The city ramp was still iced up.

Thunder Bay River: Fishing was slow but anglers were getting a couple steelhead and Atlantic salmon when drifting flies or spawn bags with bobbers. The water is low, clear and very cold.

Oscoda: Pier anglers caught a couple walleye and the occasional Atlantic salmon, steelhead, or lake trout when still-fishing with minnows and spawn bags or when casting deep diving or sinking crank baits.

Au Sable River: Steelhead were caught by anglers drifting or floating wax worms, flies, and spawn bags through the holes. River temperatures were hovering around 39 degrees and the water is very clear, so winter tactics continue to produce best. Some fresh fish entered the river and a fair amount of black stone flies were emerging.

Black River: Despite on and off skim ice, anglers found a couple steelhead at the mouth of the river when floating spawn bags.

Harrisville: Had no angling activity. Skim ice continues to form overnight in the harbor, disappearing in the afternoon. The skid piers were not in the water yet.

Higgins Lake: Those fishing in the shallows near Big Creek and the Conference Center were still getting some rainbow trout.

Tawas: Pier fishing was slow with only one Atlantic and a couple lake trout or walleye caught.

Au Gres: Only a couple boats ventured out and they caught a fairly good number of post-spawn northern pike and a couple walleye out from the river mouth. They also took some walleye and lake trout between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Perch fishing was slow at the mouth of the Pine River.

Au Gres River: Down at Singing Bridge (Whitney Drain), steelhead anglers were doing well in both the lower river and in the surf. They were either drifting spawn or wax worms down the river or still-fishing with floating spawn sacks in the surf. A few anglers dragging small boats across the beach and launching to fish just off the river mouth were getting some steelhead, lake trout and coho close to shore.

Rifle River: Sucker fishing is on-going at Omer, but the run slowed with the colder weather. Warmer weather later this week might get something going.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing was very slow at Eagle Bay Marina and off Palmer Road. When boats could get out of Linwood Beach Marina, they caught walleye when trolling Husky Jerks in 21 feet. The key was trolling along the edge of the stained water. Walleye were also caught in the Old Shipping Channel and near the Spoils Island when trolling or vertical jigging. Perch fishing slowed but a few limit catches were taken out near Buoy-22 in the Shipping Channel. The size of the fish caught has declined with most only 8 to 9 inches. Shore fishing for perch at Finn Road, the Quanicassee River, the various cuts near Fish Point, and the Sebewaing River was slow. Fishing was slow at Bay Port, Mud Creek and Caseville. Warmer weather is needed to get the fish going.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Still had ice however the edges were getting soft in some spots. The area around Butler Island had opened up so use caution. Only a few anglers were targeting perch in 30 to 40 feet off Kipling. Catch rates were fair when using minnows or wigglers right on the bottom. Portage Point and south had open water. The Ford River was showing signs of breaking up but was still not fishable. The Day’s River had open water in a few areas. This week could open up some areas for shore anglers.

Big Bay De Noc: Was entirely ice covered but no anglers had been seen most likely due to the significant snow fall. Fairport is open water but the marina was blocked because of snow.

Indian Lake: Was producing bluegills and perch.

Marquette: The bubblers were ice free but fishing was slow with most anglers only getting 1-3 coho per trip. Only a handful of steelhead and brown trout were caught in both the Carp and Chocolay Rivers. Rain and runoff is needed to bring the water levels back up.

Munising: Still had ice fishing but fewer anglers were out because of bad weather. The weather is to remain cold at night with a low in the teens and only getting to the upper 30’s during the day. Those targeting coho only caught a few as the schools of fish had been moving in and out. Night anglers caught a couple burbot.

Grand Marais: The harbor was frozen solid however the ice outside the harbor was moving in and out depending on wind direction and some massive ice floes were present. Only a handful of local anglers had been ice fishing in the harbor. Most were targeting Menominee but a few coho were also caught. There was no activity along the Sucker River as ice floes along with a wall of ice about 15 feet high were reported on the pier. Heavy snowfall in the area has also been a problem.

Two Hearted River: Had difficult fishing conditions due to deep snow in the area.

Manistique Lake: Anglers were getting some panfish.

Cedarville and Hessel: Because of open water and thin ice, there has been no fishing effort in Cedarville Bay, Musky Bay, Government Bay, McKay Bay, or Prentiss Bay. The boat launches were snowed in and no docks were in yet. Hessel still had ice. Those targeting splake did well 25 to 150 yards southwest of the marina breakwall when bouncing a 2 inch orange and chrome spoon off the bottom. The yellow perch action was slow and most fish were 6 to 7 inches with the occasional larger fish mixed in. Anglers were on the north side of Marquette Island and just east of Cube Point in 12 to 15 feet with a very small orange tear-drop lure and minnow.

10 BEST BAIT AND TACKLE SHOPS IN MICHIGAN

10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in MichiganIn a state so full of lakes and rivers as Michigan is, it’s no surprise that fishing is a very big deal. From salmon to trout to the good old Michigan bluegill, you’ll find plenty of places to fish and plenty of kinds of fish to pursue. But you won’t get far with the wrong gear—you’ll need the right equipment to go fishing in Michigan. From top-of-the-line rods and reels to live bait, here are the 10 best bait and tackle shops in the state. BY STEVE ANDERSON

1. CAPTAIN CHUCK’S II, LUDINGTON, MI

Ostensibly the sequel to Captain Chuck’s, Captain Chuck’s II in Ludington won’t skimp on its offerings. It’s not only got rods and reels from some of the biggest names in fishing, but it’s also got a wide range of “Made in Michigan” hardware to consider, allowing you to support the same state that brought you the great fishing to begin with. Throw in referrals to fishing charter services, regular fishing reports, and updates on new tackle, and you’ll have a complete one-stop shop for where to find them and how to get them.

2. TACKLE HAVEN, BENTON HARBOR, MI

Benton Harbor’s Tackle Haven offers about all the gear an angler could need, from rods to reels to outerwear for taking on the wet environment and well beyond. But any store can offer hardware—Tackle Haven distinguishes itself with its extras. It not only offers information about area charter fishing operations, but offers regular fishing reports on area activity. Throw in a regular fishing tournament sponsored annually, and boat storage services—great for those winter months when all the fishing is ice-based—and you’ve got the total package.

3. MICK’S BAIT SHOP, CURTIS, MI

Welcome to Curtis, Michigan, an Upper Peninsula destination that’s home to Mick’s Bait Shop. Mick’s bills itself as “…your Upper Peninsula source for live bait, fishing tackle…” and plenty more. This includes a line of custom rods and custom tackle, including a set of patent-pending spinner baits under the Hooked on Tackle Co. brand name. It’s additionally part of the Manistique Lakes Area, which puts it within an easy hop of some of the Upper Peninsula’s best fishing spots, and will provide fishing reports to keep anglers apprised of the latest doings.

4. FRANKFORT TACKLE BOX, FRANKFORT, MI

Frankfort Tackle Box, found not at all surprisingly in Frankfort, boasts a sound array of lures, rods and reels to keep anglers well-supplied. Frankfort Tackle Box goes the extra mile by bringing together a slate of links about the Michigan area, including resources (ever wonder how to avoid commercial fishing nets on the Great Lakes? They’ll tell you.), local accommodations, and even weather reports.

5. LAKESIDE FISHING SHOP, ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI

With a wide range of options for gear—including a slate of discounted clearance items—Lakeside will have pretty much everything you need on hand. It goes on from there to present a daily fishing report from its own Captain Dan, a measure which is always welcome for those not wanting to waste a day on the water. There’s even word about area tournaments and even area hotels for those who want to stick around the area more than a day.

6. JACK’S SPORT SHOP, KALKASKA, MI

Kalkaska is home to Jack’s Sport Shop, an operation that’s been running for over 50 years now. Named one of Michigan’s top three sporting goods stores in Northern Michigan by the Detroit Free Press, the store is home to not only a wide array of hardware but plenty of expertise on the area and its hunting and fishing operations. Jack’s is also home to a substantial array of ice tackle as well, meaning it’s ready for fishing whether the water is solid or liquid. Check out the regular fishing reports as well as the store’s blog for all the latest on fishing in the area.

7. ANDERSON’S PROBAIT, PORT HURON, MI

While it’s got a sizable lineup of fishing products, Anderson’s Probait features something a little new and different: a complete message board system online. Not only can you shop for material at Anderson’s, but you can also discuss all the latest developments in fishing technology and plenty of other topics with fellow members of the fishing community!

8. FISH ON BAIT & TACKLE, NUNICA, MI

Check out Nunica to find Fish On, a shop that distinguishes itself by offering actual fishing seminars. No, really—seminars about fishing topics, ranging from general knowledge issues to discussion of new techniques in the field. Last year’s seminar event even came with door prizes and a catered lunch for a $25 entry fee. Throw in several services on site—line spooling and repair for starters—as well as the latest in fishing technologies and you’re ready to go fishing.

9. OSBORN’S SPORT SHOP, BEAR LAKE, MI

Bear Lake’s Osborn Sports Shop won’t just offer the full range of live bait—a staple of most any tackle and bait shop—but it will also offer the means to get at the fish. Osborn Sports Shop offers kayaks for rent, just $15 gets one for the day. You’ll need a credit card and driver’s license, but you can still rent a kayak quite inexpensively. It also offers archery and trapping supplies as well as swimming and camping gear, so you’ll be covered no matter when or where you fish and may want other material on hand as well for the ancillary sports.

10. GREAT LAKES FLY FISHING COMPANY, ROCKFORD, MI

Over in Rockford, Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company is waiting for all the fly fishers out there. That’s especially important as Great Lakes specializes in fly fishing. Naturally, it’s got all the supplies and assorted gear one could ask for, and it also boasts both new and used equipment. It’s even got some vintage estate gear for those who think that they just don’t make ’em like that anymore. Throw in a complete line of educational products and lessons and you’ll have the fullest fishing experience right here.