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.

Baitman Easter Fishing Report

Good perch fishing out of PM Lake and Pentwater Lake in boats with bigger fish coming out of PM. Perch shiners and wigglers are working best. Grand Traverse West Bay has been good for perch also.

Ice fishing is coming to a close up north They are still fishing little traverse bay between charlevoix and petoskey on the ice and catching fish photos are from fish today. People were out on Otsego Lake, Higgins lake the ice is 10 to 50 feet off shore on the west side so ice should go in a hurry.

Crappies are showing up at the first fill on Sanford Lake this week, wisdom lake has had some crappie showing up in the canals. Houghton lake still has ice floating around and the canals are still iced in.

Tippy Dam should be good as the water has been stabilized to 40 degrees the last few days so fish are showing up.

Anglers are reminded that on Sunday April 1st, all anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a new 2018 Michigan fishing license. Be sure to look at a copy of the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide for new regulations that go into effect on April 1st.

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing was slow on some of the local rivers as water levels were still low and cold. Anglers were still ice fishing on some lakes, but extreme caution needs to used, as ice conditions are questionable.

Lake Charlevoix: Still had ice. Perch fishing was just okay in the South Arm during the morning hours.

Betsie River: Angling activity continues to increase with steelhead being caught. Some brown trout were also caught and released as the season is closed.

Manistee: Pier and boat anglers have caught coho and brown trout. Steelhead were caught by pier anglers.

Big Manistee River: Fishing picked up over the last week as a good number of fresh fish were moving in. Up near Tippy Dam, anglers reported a decent bite that was best in the morning. Those on the north bank did well floating spawn while those on the south bank had luck with beads and flies.

Ludington: Pier and boat anglers have been picking up a few brown trout.

Pere Marquette Lake: Was producing a good number of yellow perch for boat anglers.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing is picking up with fresh fish moving in.

Pentwater River: Has steelhead.

Muskegon Lake: Perch fishing was good with boat anglers taking fish in front of the Sand Docks in 40 to 50 feet or in deeper water out from the Milwaukee Clipper.

Muskegon River: Boat and shore anglers are getting some steelhead but the action was still on the slow side with water temperatures in the mid 30’s. A couple anglers tried fishing at the Reedsburg Dam but no fish were caught.

White River: Steelhead fishing picked up with fresh fish moving in.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing was slow on some of the local rivers. Anglers were still ice fishing on some lakes, but extreme caution needs to used, as ice conditions are questionable.

Cheboygan River: Those using spawn at the dam were taking steelhead.

Pigeon River: Anglers were starting to fish for steelhead but most caught brown trout that had to be released.

Black Lake: There is still ice on the lake however how much and what conditions are is unknown. There is open water near the mouth of the Black River.

Alpena: Thunder Bay has open water.

Thunder Bay River: Is open water and conditions are right for steelhead fishing. The marina is still frozen but the Fletcher Street ramp is open. Not a lot of runoff yet so the river is still pretty fishable. The dam will likely be opened with the first real warm weather we get and that could make fishing more difficult. Up until freeze up last fall, Atlantic salmon were being caught regularly in the old ‘turning basin’ in the river and it is likely they are still there. Try casting from the walkway along LaMarre Park in Alpena.

Higgins Lake: Still had some ice but getting on the lake has been a problem that continues to get worse with open water along the west shore, off Big Creek and near the natural springs on the north end. Fishing here is pretty much done for now.

Houghton Lake: Pretty much all the ice is gone now but no boats have been out. Anglers are now waiting for spring fishing to get started.

Tawas: On the pier at the state harbor, those fishing outside the pier caught some Atlantic salmon, lake trout and a couple brown trout or walleye when still-fishing with minnows or casting crank baits. The marina basin is full of minnows so perch fishing was hit-or-miss. Boats launching at the mouth of the Tawas River and fishing down near Alabaster were taking some nice lake trout when trolling or jigging. The sucker run in the Rifle River at Omer was stalled but the warm rain this week should help.

Tawas River: Those drifting crawlers and spawn sacks were getting some steelhead.

Au Gres River: Steelhead anglers fishing at the Singing Bridge did well when drifting spawn sacks in the lower river. Surf fishing was nearly impossible due to the strong east winds.

Saginaw Bay: Perch were still not in the cuts and river mouths yet. Boat fishing for walleye has been difficult because of windy conditions. There has been very little fishing activity from Pinconning to the mouth of the Saginaw River. A couple walleye were caught out near Spoils Island but nothing much over 15 inches. Moving east, a few nice perch were caught on a tiny tube jig in the open water at Finn Road. Not much to report on the Quanicassee River or at the Thomas Cut and Allen Cut except for a few small perch taken. Bluegills, crappie and small perch were caught in Sunset Bay Marina. The Sebewaing River and marina along with Mud Creek were slow as those trying for perch did not have much luck. The Caseville Marina was slow but pier anglers were taking a few lake trout on minnows or when casting hardware. Rain this week should help bring water levels and water temperatures up in the rivers and that should get the perch and sucker fishing going.

Saginaw River: Perch fishing in the lower river was pretty good with most boats in 30 feet along the shipping channel from the mouth upstream to the Bay Aggregate cut and also in front of Bay Harbor Marina. Crappie were caught in the tributaries.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Perch fishing started to pick up on the north end.

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing continues to be slow for lake trout, splake, and salmon. Smelt are still biting all day and night off Sand Point and out from the Baraga Marina. Splake and coho were seen off the Falls River but they did not want to bite.

Menominee County: Perch fishing was good on Hayward Lake. Lake Mary and Lake Ann have been slow; with little to no luck on bluegills. Shakey Lake was slow.

Little Bay De Noc: The cold nights have helped the ice some but the edges are getting rough in areas. The only anglers south of Gladstone were a few whitefish anglers off Sand Point that reported fair catches when jigging minnows or spawn along the drop-off. Angler participation has dropped and those out were primarily perch fishing off Kipling in 24 to 40 feet along the Second and Third Reefs with minnows or wigglers. Some were still getting the occasional jumbo perch. Those that still have ice shanties out are reminded that they need to be off the ice by midnight of March 31st.

Marquette: Coho fishing was slow at the bubblers with most anglers only getting one or two fish per trip. Those dragging boats across the ice need to use extreme caution. Water levels were still extremely low in both the Carp and Chocolay Rivers. Very few fish other than a couple brown trout have been caught.

Au Train: Coho fishing through the ice was hit-or-miss at the Au Train River mouth. On the good days, anglers were getting limit catches but on the slow days they were lucky to get a couple fish. A few coho and whitefish were caught through the ice at the mouth of the Rock River.

Munising: Still had ice and it should hang around for a few more weeks. Anglers continue to report good catches of smelt especially in the afternoon when the schools of fish were more active. Night anglers for burbot have done very well throughout however the best areas were off Trout Bay and Sand Point. Coho fishing was slightly better with one or two fish caught in the morning. Weekend fishing pressure was very high with nearly 100 anglers and the increased noise factor with sleds coming and going may have slowed the bite. In general, there is a lot of food in the bay with an abundance of smelt. The splake and whitefish action was poor with only a few fish caught.

Two Hearted River: Access to the river would be by snowmobile only as there are no open roads in that area right now. Anglers interested in steelhead fishing would need to access by snowmobile as heavy snowpack still exists in the area.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing slowed around the Les Cheneaux Islands. Many of those caught were undersize but some did manage to catch the occasional 8 to 14 inch fish with minnows, wigglers, spikes, and small lures. Some have caught splake up to 8 pounds with minnows. The ice was holding but some bays now have open water. Anglers still need to use caution especially near the points and areas with a strong current.

Michigan Fishing Report 3/22/2018

 

 

 

 

Dan’s Resort on Munuscong Bay We still have lots of ice and minnows! Some perch are biting, but not all of them 😜

Please come pick up your shack and sled by March 31st (the sooner the better to avoid the mud.)

Thank you!

Check out this map of great lakes ice coverage and you’ll see we are one of the few bays with cold water and lots of ice.

 

Fewer anglers were out because of the cold temperatures and strong winds. Shore anglers will likely encounter ice in the cuts and canals with temperatures dropping down below freezing at night. Warmer temperatures next week should help improve the bite. Anglers are reminded that walleye fishing on the Saginaw River closed on March 15th and will not re-open until Saturday April 28th.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Had a couple anglers fishing at the dam but the bite was poor and no fish were seen.

Mullett Lake: Still had some people on the ice but the pressure cracks are opening up. Extreme caution needs to be used.

Black Lake: Had no reports for the week. There is still ice but the thickness is unknown. Most access sites are usable but caution needs to be used. Anglers should also be cautious of open water around the lower Black River.

Higgins Lake: Between Point Detroit and Flag Point which is the area that becomes very narrow and divides the north and south basin; there are currents that chew the ice up quickly. Anglers should avoid the area. Watch the ice out from Big Creek because of the current. Lake trout anglers were still out. Smelt were caught on the north end or in front of Cottage Grove during the day. Some decent size perch were caught in 20 to 30 feet on the south end of the Sunken Island.

Houghton Lake: No one was out fishing. There is open water in many areas now with more opening up. Any remaining ice will most likely not be safe. It is time to get ready for open water fishing.

Au Sable River: Is running low and clear. Those using streamers in the lower river should find a small number of steelhead in the late morning or afternoons when it warms up.

Tawas: Pier anglers did catch some Atlantic salmon and lake trout with large minnows or when casting various lures. Boats trolling and vertical jigging down near Alabaster were getting both lake trout and walleye in 10 to 20 feet.

Tawas River: Shore anglers fishing downstream of US-23 did catch a couple steelhead and a few suckers.

Au Gres: Walleye were staging just off the river mouth and those trolling were doing well including some that were taking limit catches.

Au Gres River: Those fishing down at the Singing Bridge (Whitney Drain) caught some steelhead and one Atlantic salmon in the lower river and in the surf.

Pine River: Perch fishing in the lower river was slow and the fish were small.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fishing conditions were not ideal. The rivers are low, clear and cold which is making it tough for anglers to target steelhead. While the inland lakes still had some ice, the thickness is variable and those planning to head out will need to use extreme caution.

Lake Charlevoix: The ice was holding. Perch anglers were doing okay along the South Arm in the morning hours.

Boardman River: Was producing some steelhead for those using spawn, a jig and wax worm or small spinners.

Manistee: When they can get out, boat anglers are finding some coho and brown trout when trolling in shallow waters along the beach. Pier anglers were picking up a couple steelhead and brown trout as well.

Big Manistee River: Anglers are trying and catching a few trout but fishing conditions have not been angler friendly. Those fishing the lower river reported decent fishing. Catch rates should improve in the next few weeks.

Ludington: A few hardy anglers trolling or pier fishing caught steelhead and brown trout. Those trolling were in 10 to 20 feet along the beach.

Pere Marquette River: Water temperatures in the 30’s have slowed fishing. A warm up next week should help to get the bite going again. Anglers were using spawn, wax worms, and beads.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing has been slow. Those targeting lake trout had limited success. A few coho were caught in 10 to 15 feet. A couple nice brown trout were caught in 50 to 60 feet. Smelt fishing was very good both day and night on the Baraga side of the bay.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice remained in most areas but that will change fast in the coming weeks. A few were still taking vehicles out however it is not recommended especially now that the shoreline ice will break-up fast. With walleye season closed, anglers are targeting perch or whitefish. The best perch catches were near Kipling between the Second and Third Reefs in 24 to 30 feet when jigging wigglers or minnows right on the bottom. For whitefish, the best area was off Sand Point when using minnows or spawn in and around 80 feet.

Marquette: Ice was still present at the Upper Harbor bubblers. Those fishing the open water did well for coho but were dragging boats across the ice to get to the open water. This is very dangerous and is not recommended. Fishing on the Carp and Chocolay Rivers was very slow as the water levels are low and clear and the steelhead have not shown up yet. Only a couple brown trout were caught.

Au Train: Fishing pressure was very light as few have been out. Those fishing the Au Train River caught a couple coho but no steelhead.

Munising: The bay still had ice. Coho salmon catches have increased the last few days with a few limits reported. Smelt are still schooling in large numbers with catches varying up to two gallons. Trout Bay had some shove ice but was still fishable. Splake and whitefish action was very slow. Night anglers targeting burbot did well with most fish averaging 22 to 24 inches.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing around the Les Cheneaux Islands reported good pike and splake fishing with splake up to eight pounds taken on minnows in 18 feet and pike 24 to 36 inches taken in 10 to 15 feet. Perch fishing was a bit harder as most fish were only 5 inches. Anglers were using minnows, spikes, and wigglers. The area still had ice however always be cautious.


Last Day of Pike and Walleye Season in Michigan

Fishing slowed once again with the return of cold temperatures and snow. Walleye, pike and muskellunge season on the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters, St. Marys River and all the Lower Peninsula inland waters will close at midnight on March 15th. Walleye and pike season is open all year on the Lower Peninsula Greats Lakes, Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River.

Today is the last day of Pike and Walleye on the inland lakes. We have ice still in Northern Michigan but safe ice seems to be north of M-72. Otsego Lake has 12 to 18 inches of ice and the perch bite has been good. Skegemog has good ice and perch are biting , and they seem to be a bigger school. Burt lake they are still doing good on perch and there were trucks still driving out tuesday. The UPPER has safe ice and they are still driving trucks out. Long Lake by Traverse City has good ice very few going out and the last few days the bite has been tough.

Steelhead fishing has been tough with the cold weather, but reports there are fish up the rivers and they are getting fresh fish.

 Has great ice but some places you have to watch out Please stay away from Roach Point, Maple Point, Steamboat, and Pine. There is very thin ice.

 

 

 

Jen Hunsberger caught this nice pike out of Higgins Lake, 40″ 18#!!!!

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 Higgins Lake: The best access site continues to be off the North State Park but caution need to be used. Perch were hitting on minnows and wax worms in 20 to 40 feet but anglers are still doing a lot of sorting. Smelt were also in 20 to 40 feet and were hitting on wax worms or spikes. Rainbow trout can be found in shallow waters about a foot deep near Big Creek and the Conference Center. Most were caught on wigglers. Sam O Set launch is still being used also for access with lighter machines and walkouts…..Definitely getting towards the end of the season, so lets be safe. There are lots of big jumbo perch in Higgins but you will not find they in the same old spots where you are catching small perch over and over. The jumbos school together and move together and love 70 feet and deeper water.Occasionally I have seen them in shallower water but rarely. If you are catching perch on Lake Trout tip ups then you are getting close !

Lyman’s Weekly Big Pike Contest Winners. Folks are still able to get out on the ice on foot. Drake Hannah (16) from Ludington won the 16 and under division with his 30 1/2″, 7lb northern he caught on a tip-up. Mark Look from HL won the 17 and over division with a 28″ 4 1/2lb pike he also caught on a tip-up. NIce job, guys….we have your prizes at the shop.

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Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Black Lake: Still had a few anglers but fishing pressure has slowed. Many of the access sites will no longer be accessible and anglers need to stay away from any open river mouths. Harvest numbers were low with only a few small perch taken on spikes and minnows. Those spearing reported undersize pike.

Sturgeon River: Some steelhead were starting to run.

Ocqueoc River: Had steelhead fishing.

Au Sable River: Was producing some steelhead.

Higgins Lake: The best access site continues to be off the North State Park but caution needs to be used. Perch were hitting on minnows and wax worms in 20 to 40 feet but anglers are still doing a lot of sorting. Smelt were also in 20 to 40 feet and were hitting on wax worms or spikes. Rainbow trout can be found in shallow waters about a foot deep near Big Creek and the Conference Center. Most were caught on wigglers.

Houghton Lake: Has open water in the North Bay, the East Bay and at various other points around the lake. Few anglers have been out. A couple were targeting bluegills and crappie in shallow waters along the south shore weed beds. Those anglers are walking out and fishing in shallow waters only. Walleye anglers were fishing in open water near the rivers.

Tawas: Boats launching into Tawas Bay and trolling south of the bay off the “Crib” which is about a mile straight out from Alabaster were getting lake trout in 10 to 20 feet.

Tawas River: Fishing was generally slow with just a couple walleye, pike and steelhead picked up.

Au Gres: A few boats were trolling not too far offshore between Point Lookout and Point Au Gres but angler success varied.

Au Gres River: Shore fishing on the lower river was slow. Fishing pressure at the Singing Bridge was light as anglers were not having much luck.

Pine River: Anglers were trying to shore fish on the lower river near Standish but catch rates for perch were poor as the fish are not in the river yet.

Rifle River: Steelhead were caught in the lower river.

Saginaw River: The walleye hotspot was in the lower river from the mouth upstream through Bay City and as far as James Clements Airport with limit catches (8 fish per angler) common. Most were taken when vertical jigging from boats, either anchored or drifting, with heavy jig heads and stinger hooks baited with minnows. Moving upstream between Bay City and through Saginaw to the confluence, fishing slowed quite a bit which indicates the run is just now entering the lower river from Saginaw Bay. Anglers were getting walleye throughout this reach but they had to work harder for them. Anglers are reminded that the inland walleye season, which includes the Saginaw River will close at midnight on Thursday March 15th and will re-open on Saturday, April 28th.

Tittabawassee River: Both boat and shore anglers caught some walleye along the entire length of the river. Heavy jigs baited with minnows or plastic twister-tails fished right along the bottom were the ticket. The inland walleye season which includes the Tittabawassee River will close at midnight on Thursday March 15th and will re-open on Saturday, April 28th.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The return of winter has slowed things down. River steelhead fishing is decent in the lower stretches. Water levels were low and clear which makes fishing a little more difficult. Ice on the inland lakes is unpredictable. Caution needs to be used.

Bear River: In Emmet County had reports of some steelhead starting to run.

Traverse City: In the northern part of the West Bay, both Suttons Bay and Omena Bay are open water and the perch anglers were out.

Betsie River: Steelhead are being caught.

Lake Leelanau: The north end of the North Lake was producing a few whitefish but no smelt. The south end of the South Lake has unsafe ice

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: While the cold nights were making ice, it is not recommended that anglers go out ice fishing.

Manistee: Coho salmon and brown trout fishing is picking up for those trolling along the beach. There is one dock in at the First Street launch. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead and brown trout.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is decent in the lower river.

Ludington: A few hardy anglers trolling or pier fishing caught steelhead and brown trout. Those trolling were in 10 to 20 feet along the beach.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing picked up from the Twin Bridges at US-31 to Lake County but cold temperatures have once again slowed the bite.

Pentwater River: Has steelhead for those braving the cold weather.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Michigamme River: A few anglers caught good size pike near the Way Dam.

Sawyer Lake: In Dickinson County had good pike fishing for those using tip-ups or rods with fathead minnows.

Menominee River: Anglers are starting to catch brown trout near the Hattie Street Dam.

Little Bay De Noc: The ice has held up for the most part although areas with moving water or surrounding rocky areas had begun to thaw. Anglers will need to use caution. Some walleye were caught at the head of the Bay when jigging rapalas or using tip-ups in 10 to 27 feet. Perch fishing was fair with most targeting the Kipling flats and north to Garth Point. The few fish taken were caught on wigglers or minnows in 16 to 30 feet. Whitefish moved north into the Bay and were caught between the Second and Third Reefs by several perch anglers.

Marquette: Limits or near limit catches of coho were taken on the bubblers. A mix of brown trout, splake, herring, and a couple kings were also taken but the ice moved back in and locked up access to the bubblers once again. Rivers in the Marquette area had very little fishing pressure.

Au Train: Anglers need to use extreme caution on the ice as the thickness is variable. Some coho, lake herring and Menominee were caught at the mouth of the Au Train River. Anglers are catching them both through the ice and while drifting spawn bags in the river.

Munising: Overall catch rates were lower for coho and smelt. Some managed a few good catches while others reported none. Best time for coho was in the morning with assorted jigging rapalas or Swedish pimples. Few were targeting whitefish as the bite was poor. The occasional splake was caught when jigging for coho. Those spearing reported slightly better action for lake herring when schools of fish were moving through.

Grand Marais: Still had ice within the harbor but low fishing pressure. Anglers were fishing for Menominee in shallower water. A few coho and steelhead were caught in the upper part of the marina.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing picked up around the Les Cheneaux Islands for those using minnows, wigglers, spikes and mousies. Most of the fish caught were around 8 inches but some did manage to find a few fish up to 14 inches. Smaller pike 22 to 25 inches were caught on minnows. Anglers saw some splake but only a few were caught. Anglers and recreational riders need to be extremely cautious near the island points and high current areas that have opened up or have poor ice.

 

Ice is ok north go M-32

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Munuscong Bay WARNING: Please stay away from Roach Point, Maple Point, Steamboat, and Pine. There is very thin ice.

A sled when through by Roach tonight. They made it out of the water ok and their helmet is laying next to a big hole in the ice. So don’t think someone is under water there and go over there to check. They are out and safe. Please spread the word.

This is the time of year when the ice gets deceiving and starts melting around structures, shorelines, and points. Be safe and smart out there.

Ice is ok north go M-32- Still Shanties on Otsego Lake where they are catching perch , walleye, pike, and sturgeon. Most have put there ice fishing equipment getting ready for spring fishing. Steelhead fishing is tough but some are being caught, Betsie River had a small run a couple of weeks age but now the fish have moved up. Long Lake by Traverse City still has good ice but nobody fishing, some are getting out in boats on west bay out of elmwood marina and perch fishing has been fair.

Burt Lake: With the shoreline ice broken up, the North State Park access site is the only place to get on the lake now. Avoid the area around Treasure Island and off Point Detroit. Smelt anglers are walking out from the State Park. The fish were hitting in 20 to 30 feet in the late afternoon and after dark. Lake herring were also caught. Lake trout were found in 100 feet or more. Perch were caught in 20 to 30 feet but many were small and keepers were few.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice fishing. Be sure to watch for old spearing holes which may not be visible because of snow cover. Use caution near the pressure cracks, the Middle Grounds and near any inlets. The bluegill, sunfish and crappie bite were good with limit catches reported for those using tear-drops. Green, white and purple were good colors. Walleye fishing slowed so anglers downsized and were using anything small such as a small Swedish pimple. Pike fishing continues to be good.

Burt Lake: Fishing pressure slowed as some were having a hard time finding fish. A few walleye were taken in 7 to 18 feet. Some perch were caught but many were small. Spear anglers were seeing small pike along the weeds in 8 feet. Ice at the access sites was showing some damage and there was open water. Ice thickness varies. Anglers need to use caution near the river mouths and near the pressure cracks which have started to buckle.

Saginaw Bay: Boat fishing along the west and south end of the bay was not possible due to ice that blew back in, although a few boats did get out by Spoils Island and took some walleye by vertical jigging in the ship channel. Shore anglers fishing the lower Kawkawlin River near Castaways and the cuts at Thomas Road and Kirk Road were taking a few small perch. There was not much happening on the lower Quanicassee River except for the odd crappie or a few perch caught from the Old State Road Bridge. Shore anglers caught a few perch and a couple pike in the lower Sebewaing River. The cut at Bay Port also produced a few perch. At Mud Creek, a few fish were still being caught in the early morning but tapered off quickly. A few walleye were also caught while perch fishing. Anglers are reminded that the inland walleye regulations call for a minimum size limit of 15 inches (not 13) and a daily bag limit of 5 fish (not 8). Shore anglers at Caseville were taking a few perch in the marina by poking a hole through the soft ice and fishing from the docks.

Saginaw River: Had a lot of activity at the Rust Avenue ramp and at the Zilwaukee ramp. Boat anglers did well for walleye upstream from the Zilwaukee Bridge in 15 feet when vertical jigging and near the St. Mary’s Health Building in downtown Saginaw. Boats from Rust Avenue were going upstream to the confluence of the Shiawassee and Tittabawassee rivers and did fairly well. Most were vertical jigging with a chartreuse jig tipped with a blue, purple ice or black ice plastic tail. Boats trolling for walleye in the lower river were not doing very well. The bite slowed with the cold temperatures but should pick back up as the weather improves.

Tittabawassee River: Fishing was slow but a few were taken while casting jigs or vertical jigging from boats. The water was still a little high and a little dirty but very fishable. The better walleye fishing was centered around Gordonville Road and upstream to the Dow Dam. Shore anglers did pretty well casting jigs with minnows or twister tails in the area from the Gordonville Road access site upstream as far as the train bridge. Boats were working both upstream and downstream. Almost all the walleye caught were smaller males; as the spring run has not yet started.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The ice stops a few miles out near Pequaming and over to the red rocks. Lake trout fishing was slow with limited success off the Whirl-I-Gig. Some were fishing near the edge of the ice however anglers should not go that far because the ice could break free at any time. A few coho and splake were caught out from the Falls River. Smelt fishing has been very good. Anglers were taking fair catches off the Baraga Marina and Sand Point during the day but the catch rates go up after dark when using a light in the water. Try a small spoon with a teardrop jig tied above it and wax worms.

Little Bay De Noc: Still had ice in many areas but was also showing signs of receding and areas of open water have appeared in various spots. Anglers will need to use caution as some vehicles have broken through the ice in shallow areas. Walleye anglers reported few catches. Those fishing the Ford River reported stained water with no visibility. The best reports came from the head of the Bay in 14 to 22 feet and out from the Escanaba ship docks just south of the Escanaba River in 30 feet when jigging rapalas or using tip-ups. Perch catches were low for those targeting the Kipling flats in 23 to 30 feet with minnows and wigglers. Those looking for the large perch were using small rapalas in deeper water. Several anglers caught whitefish while jigging for perch. Pike were the most caught fish whether targeting them or not. Spearing around Butler Island was good with many fish in shallow waters 4 to 10 feet deep. If anglers plan to head up for the last weekend of walleye season, it would be a good idea to ask the locals about ice conditions before venturing out.

Marquette: When the bubblers were free of ice, good numbers of coho along with the occasional brown trout or splake were caught. The ice blew in last Saturday afternoon and anglers were no longer able to access the bubblers by boat or the ice as it was not safe to walk on.

Au Train: Had very little fishing pressure around the area.

Munising: Ice fishing pressure was high on the weekends. Catch rates for coho and smelt were slightly less than the previous week but anglers continue to do well overall. Catches varied from group to group with some reporting no fish while others reported fair catches. For coho, they are using a Swedish pimple or assorted jigging spoons. Schools of smelt were more prevalent late afternoon into the evening but a couple anglers did well during the day. The best option for smelt is a Hali jig or a tear-drop jig tipped with wax worms. Whitefish catches remain low however most anglers were targeting coho and smelt. Most fish appear suspended anywhere from 10 to 40 feet depending on where the schools of smelt are. Night anglers reported fair catch rates for burbot with most running 22 to 24 inches.

Brevoort Lake: The bite slowed but anglers were still finding some perch and walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Fishing had picked up some around the Les Cheneaux Islands with perch anglers getting 8 to 16 inch fish on spikes, mousies, wigglers and minnows in 12 to 18 feet. Some 26 to 34 inch pike were also taken on minnows. One 44 inch musky was harvested. Anglers need to use caution where there is a strong current and around the island points which had open water or bad ice.

 

We are sadden today as Millers Corner has closed their doors in Lake City. Thanks Casey & Korinda for being a great customer and keeping Lake City with many great memories.

This note was posted on their facebook page.

Millers Corner

We’ll just say that it’s been one hell of a ride. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and our family for the past 6 years. We have met many new people that we call friends. We have shared lots of laughter and made tons of memories. Life has a way of teaching you lessons, making you grow, and leading your hearts in different directions. As we age, we have truly learned the importance of family. We don’t want to miss the games, the boating or camping. We don’t want to be married to a business that we have lost our love for. This wasn’t an easy decision for us, as we have toyed closing down for about two years now. We would still plug away because our hearts were still in it. We both have very demanding jobs outside of the store & it just became time that something had to give. We closed officially yesterday.

The Corner will now be the office of Miller Contracting. We will post office hours later when we make a few more decisions. Most likely we will not operate weekend hours, as we want to enjoy time with our family. We will still do black dirt, excavating, concrete, construction, building, and even tent rental.
We will have a closing the door sale & that time and date is yet to be determined.

Thank you all again!
Casey & Korinda

Sturgeon Joe caught this 63″ sturgeon on Tuesday afternoon. Beautiful day to be in northern Michigan out on Otsego Lake!

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We have Great Ice in Northern Michigan

We have great ice in Northern Michigan with most lake having 12 to 15 inches of ice.

West Grand Traverse Bay froze over and they are still out in  front of the boardman river, also lake trout and ciscoes.

PM Lake in Ludington has a great perch bite with jumbos being caught on wigglers and hali jigs. Pentwater Lake has numbers of perch but no size.

Saginaw Bay: It is recommended that no one venture out onto the ice because of flooding, rising water levels and quickly deteriorating ice conditions. The rain, warmer temperatures and snow melt are creating dangerous conditions. Those looking to go ice fishing should head to the northern part of the Lower Peninsula or the Upper Peninsula.

Saginaw River: It is recommended that no one venture out onto the ice on this and other rivers in the area because of flooding and rising water levels. Conditions are not safe.

Houghton Lake Ice Report 2.22.18. Anglers are reporting ice thickness of 14″ to 20″. Be advised that we had a lot of rain the other day so the old spearing and fishing holes are fairly large and some are skimmed over…watch where you drive and step. Also avoid crossing over the pressure cracks near east bay and off long point and check with us one last time before you head out. Here’s Logan from St. Claire shows with a master angler crappie and a 13″ perch he caught earlier this week..

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ICE REPORT: Wednesday 2/22/18
Lakes Mitchell & Cadillac
We’re still in pretty good shape even after all the rain on Tuesday. Shorelines still seem to be holding up except for along the causeway on M-115.
Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park 12″
Lake Mitchell:
Big Cove 10 1/2″
Mitchell State Park 13″

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Lake Missaukee

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Lots of ice on Missaukee as they are driving trucks out. The walleye have started to bite .Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

White Lake had a great perch bite last weekend also bluegill and pike have started biting. The ice was away from shore so call to see ice condition s
Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

 

Around Traverse City the big story is they are fishing on west grand traverse bay and catching jumbo perch 4 to 6 inches of ice, also lake trout and ciscoes. Boardman river has been really good for steelhead.. Guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Some nice perch out of long lake on wiggler in 28-30 of water. Have not had many reports on green lake smelt this week. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have great iceinches Call roys for latest info @ 231-946-5633

Lake Skegemog has ice from 10 to15  inches guys were heading catching perch the last few day lots of sorting the lake is in great shape, fish shallow water as the bigger ones seem to be in shallow water. Manistee lake is 10 to 12 inches with fishing fair.. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great  trout bite.  call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-3341 for latest info

Ice report for the week. Upper Hamlin Lake has anywhere from 12 to 15 inches inches on it. Here Marquette lake has good ice and a great perch bite with big perch being caught.  inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 10 -12  inches and has cooled off the last couple days and smaller perch also. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Houghton Lake-: Anglers are still fishing however extreme caution needs to be used when traveling across the ice. All the fishing and spearing holes have opened up and are much bigger now. Caution needs to be used near the rivers and creeks, near the pressure crack that runs across the East Bay and another one off Long Point near the entrance to the North Bay. Anglers caught crappie, bluegills, walleye, pike and perch on minnows. If the bite slows, try switching to wax worms. The better bite was early morning and again about 4 p.m. Be sure to bring ice cleats for easier travel across the ice.Lyman’s has  their shanties out call them for your resevations@ 989-422-3231 , H&H call matt for latest info @ (989) 366-0126,  Dave @ Four Season  Party 989-422-5230

They are fishing little glen and some are fishing big Glen for perch and lake trout.  \ Lake Leelanau is slow.  Call   Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433 or Roadside minnows 231-944-5229

Portage Lake has been fair on perch and ciscoes, walleye and pike fishing has been slow this week. the ice has broke away from the shoreline.Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake is froze and catching pike, and perch.

Otsego Lake has 15 to 18 inches and good perch and walleye some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info

Higgins Lake: Ice anglers should stay away from the creek mouths due to deteriorating ice conditions from runoff. Anglers are still heading out. Those targeting perch were getting a good number but sorting through a lot of small ones. Lake trout were found just off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet. Good pike action continues. Rainbow trout were taken in shallow waters near Big Creek and the Conference Center. Smelt were hitting in the evening but catch rates were spotty. Be sure to bring ice cleats for easier travel. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425.

Lake St. Helen has 10 to 15  inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with 14 to 17 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. perch fishing has picked up. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze lots of little perch, some  smelt off of Lobb road. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 10to 12 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 12 to 16 inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Grand Lake has good ice. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

Long Lake and Grand Lake has ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info

Black Lake is froze and lots of guys fishing the lake this year. pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.

Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay.

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 8 to 10inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice and good perch bite on Budd Lake call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 7 -9 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have great ice  and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing continues in this part of the state.

Lake Charlevoix: Still had ice. Cisco fishing was hit-or-miss but anglers managed to catch a few if they were patient. Most were taken in 100 feet.

Portage Lake: Continues to produce lake herring. The perch bite was still hit-or-miss. Many were still targeting the waters along the shallow sandbar off North Point and to the west of it.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice anglers should avoid the areas where there is flowing water as these deteriorate first. Colder temperatures should help shore the ice back up.

Big Manistee River: Had reports of steelhead being caught.

Pere Marquette River: Also had reports of steelhead being caught after the rain and warmer temperatures.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was slower. The smelt bite was fair after dark out from the Baraga marina. The whitefish action was slower than normal. Lake trout fishing was fair off of the Whirl-I-Gig. There were very few coho and brown trout caught but no kings or steelhead.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice remains throughout most of the Bay. Saunders Point is dangerous and should be avoided because of the warm water discharge and open water in the area. Overall fishing was slow but anglers are marking good numbers of fish throughout. Spotty walleye catches were reported throughout but the better catches were in the southern waters. Fair catch rates for those jigging rapalas in and around 30 feet just south of the Escanaba River and in 23 to 30 feet in the Stonington area. Bigger fish were caught along the break and 25 to 40 feet down off Portage Point. Many were using tip-ups in the upper Bay but those jigging did better. Perch anglers reported slow but steady catches. Some large perch were caught in the northern Bay. Fair catches were reported from the First Reef to the Third Reef with wigglers on the bottom. A lot of undersize walleye mixed with some keepers and several respectable catches of perch and pike were taken up near the Day’s River in 14 to 24 feet. Good to excellent pike spearing was reported in 8 to 10 feet just off Butler Island.

Munising: Catch rates for whitefish dropped slightly. Anglers are mainly fishing with a single egg or wax worm. The coho action was fair to good for those jigging spoons or a Swedish pimple. Catch rates were fair for smelt. Night anglers targeting burbot reported slow catch rates. Many were fishing Trout Bay and Sand Point.

Cedarville and Hessel: Fishing pressure picked up around the Les Cheneaux Islands but the number of fish caught was down. Some days have been better than others. Perch ranging 8 to 12 inches were caught on minnows, spikes and wigglers in 8 to 12 feet. Bigger fish were seen but none were caught. Anglers reported seeing smelt and splake. Pike fishing picked up with most fish ranging 22 to 30 inches. Anglers still need to be cautious of areas with a strong current and or moving ice.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers should still use caution especially after the rain and warm temperatures. The return of colder weather should help to shore the ice back up.

Black Lake: Still had ice but some major pressure cracks were starting to open up including one in front of Zolner Road. Fishing was slow but a few walleye were caught on minnows at dusk. Some perch ranging 8 to 12 inches were caught along the weeds in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers were using spikes, wigglers and minnows with the best luck on minnows. Pike up to 29 inches were caught however most were 20 to 22 inches.

Burt Lake: Still had some shanties out on the ice. Most anglers are targeting walleye and perch.

Mullett Lake: Still had ice fishing and plenty of shanties out.

Higgins Lake: Ice anglers should stay away from the creek mouths due to deteriorating ice conditions from runoff. Anglers are still heading out. Those targeting perch were getting a good number but sorting through a lot of small ones. Lake trout were found just off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet. Good pike action continues. Rainbow trout were taken in shallow waters near Big Creek and the Conference Center. Smelt were hitting in the evening but catch rates were spotty. Be sure to bring ice cleats for easier travel.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are still fishing however extreme caution needs to be used when traveling across the ice. All the fishing and spearing holes have opened up and are much bigger now. Caution needs to be used near the rivers and creeks, near the pressure crack that runs across the East Bay and another one off Long Point near the entrance to the North Bay. Anglers caught crappie, bluegills, walleye, pike and perch on minnows. If the bite slows, try switching to wax worms. The better bite was early morning and again about 4pm. Be sure to bring ice cleats for easier travel across the ice.

Rifle River: Was under a flood warning. High water levels and a strong current are not ideal fishing conditions.

Ice in Cadillac in Great shape

ICE REPORT: Wednesday 2/21/18
Lakes Mitchell & Cadillac
We’re still in pretty good shape even after all the rain on Tuesday. Shorelines still seem to be holding up except for along the causeway on M-115.
Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park 12″
Lake Mitchell:
Big Cove 10 1/2″
Mitchell State Park 13″

 

Mike Bruck, Joe Gross and Gary Becker made the trip from Lansing and all got their limits of Crappie from Lake Cadillac.

 

 

 

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