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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Baitman Michigan Free Fishing Weekend Fishing Report

Little mess of smelt and herring on Higgins Lake last night.

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West Grand Traverse Bay froze over and they are catching nice perch in front of the boardman river and bowers harbor, 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.

 

This is the weekend to get out and try ice fishing as Michigan’s annual “Winter Free Fishing Weekend” will be held this Saturday February 17th and Sunday February 18th. No fishing license will be required however all regulations will still apply. Special events will be held statewide and will be subject to weather conditions. Click Here for a Schedule of Events

 

Millers Corner

24” Lake Missaukee today!

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Another walleye out of Missaukee caught on Miller’s Minnows She’s a beauty!

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Lyman’s On The Lake

Logan found a limit of gills and crappie in HL a few days ago. He normally uses orange tung jigs with spikes, but that morning they wanted a glow jig with waxies. Logan was in about 7 feet in the weedbed.

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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 has slowdown on the big perch but bluegill and pike have started biting.
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

They are fishing little glen and some are fishing big Glen and  they are catching the big perch,. Lake Leelanau has turned and slowed the last few days but should get better on the walleye, north Lake Leelanau has a fair laker and whitefish bite.  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.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 good ice over the entire lake, with some areas coming in at 12 inches….no snow on top of ice…..lots of little perch, but they are catching smelt this year and ciscoes, some during the day .Lake trout are ok and a few pike being caught.. 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 10  to 12 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. 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

Saginaw Bay: For those heading out, ice conditions have not improved much and new snowfall has covered areas of thin ice and soft spots making them harder to see and judge. Anglers need to be extremely cautious. A good rule of thumb is; if nobody is fishing in a particular area, there may be a good reason for it and maybe you shouldn’t go there either! Many walleye anglers were going miles offshore but some have taken limit catches 1 to 1 1/2 miles out from Pinconning south to Linwood in 10 feet. The biggest share of activity was off Linwood in 17 to 20 feet. Catch rates were hit-or-miss with some getting limits while others did not do as well. Perch anglers were getting fish in 6 ½ to 7 feet off the end of Linwood Road. Quite a few anglers fishing 7 to 8 miles off the Bay City State Park were getting walleye. Anglers did well around Spoils Island off the mouth if the Saginaw River. The fish were suspended at 18 feet in 30 feet over the shipping channel and were hitting on smaller jigs and lures. On the south end of the bay, walleye anglers were going 7 miles out from Finn Road to fish in 20 feet however anyone that goes out from Finn Road needs to watch out for thin ice created by the Hot Pond discharge. Perch fishing finally picked up off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee in 8 feet but so many people descended on that area that apparently the fish left. Fishing should be better during the week when there’s less pressure. Sunset Bay Marina had a lot of activity with walleye anglers fishing along the Bar which is about a mile west of the deepest part of the Slot. Ice conditions off Thomas Road are not good and anglers should avoid the area. Perch fishing was slow from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Not many anglers were out and the deep snow made the ice hard to judge. There was open water off the Sebewaing VFW and off Rose Island. > In Wildfowl Bay, some did really well on perch but most caught very few. The key seemed to be spending enough time on the ice and either sitting tight and letting the fish come to you or moving around a lot and finding some active fish. At Caseville, ice anglers hugging the south side of the pier caught a few lake trout and walleye. They also reported seeing whitefish but were not catching many. Port Austin had little activity with only a couple ice shanties out.

Saginaw River: Fishing along the lower river was pretty good with lots of anglers around the U.S.S Edson and at the river mouth getting good numbers of walleye, but the snowstorms stopped everything as anglers reported marking lots of fish but they would not bite. Good depths were 17 and 23 feet downstream of the Independence Bridge near the Edson, and in the channel in 28 feet at the mouth. Anglers are cautioned to be extra careful where they are walking; as an angler went through in a large fishing hole that was cut and abandoned without being marked near the Edson. There’s been so much activity at some locations, the ice looks like Swiss cheese. At the upstream end of the river, there wasn’t much activity off Wickes Park but the turn basin by Ojibway Island had a few anglers and many were scattered all the way from First Street to Bay City, but success was spotty and small fish dominated the catch. Watch for bad ice conditions around both sides of the Zilwaukee Bridge and around Crow Island.

Muskegon Lake: Perch anglers are getting fish near the black buoy and to the west of it in 30 to 45 feet. Fish were also caught out from the sand docks in 42 to 44 feet. While many were heading out further, those fishing about 50 yards offshore were taking a good number of fish. They are sorting out the small ones but those putting in the time have taken some limit catches of good size fish. Pike anglers were still taking a fair to good number of fish off Heritage Landing.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Black Lake: Fishing slowed but some walleye were caught on minnows in 18 feet in the morning or at dusk. Many of the walleye were around 21 inches but some were undersize. Some 10 to 12 inch perch were caught on wigglers, spikes and minnows in 10 feet. A few 24 to 36 inch pike were speared or caught on tip-ups with large minnows. There were no reports of any musky caught.

Burt Lake: The better fishing for walleye and perch was in the morning or evening.

Mullett Lake: Fishing activity slowed but anglers were still getting some perch and a few walleye. A couple large pike were speared.

Higgins Lake: Ice fishing continues but anglers should still use caution near the inlets. The lake had 5 to 7 inches of snow on top. Pike spearing continues with some nice fish taken in 15 to 20 feet. The lake trout bite slowed. Perch anglers are getting some but were also doing a lot of sorting to get some keepers. Most of the action has been around the Main Island, Sunken Island and on the south end. Smelt anglers were still getting fish mainly at night in 40 to 60 feet.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are still advised to stay clear of the large pressure crack in the East Bay which runs from the canal on the west side of the East Bay and shoots northeast. Anglers can fish inside the East Bay but do not try to cross over into the main body of the lake. There is also a pressure crack at the entrance to the North Bay so use caution. Walleye anglers are seeing fish but the bite was slow. Orange and glow jigs tipped with a wax worm seemed to work best.

Tawas: Ice fishing was kind of spotty off Jerry’s Marina and out near Tawas Point. A few perch were caught near the reef. Walleye and pike fishing were slow but a decent number of pike were speared.

Au Gres: Walleye and pike were caught on the northeast side of the breakwall. Off Booth Road near the tip of Pointe Au Gres, some walleye and lake trout were taken in 8 to 9 feet. Down in Wigwam Bay, anglers going out off the end of Hale Road caught walleye and perch to the south or southwest towards the mouth of the Pine River in 8 to 10 feet. The perch were running 7 to 10 inches with a few up to 12 inches. Be sure to watch for the active pressure crack out there!


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Thumb Lake: In Charlevoix County was producing some perch. Anglers were catching splake but many were small.

Portage Lake: Lake herring fishing remains strong over the deeper water. Perch fishing was hit-or-miss. Most anglers were concentrated along the shallow sandbar off North Point and to the west.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice anglers are getting a few walleye. Panfish including crappie and perch have been caught on both lakes including the coves on Mitchell.

Manistee Lake: In Manistee County had a lot of anglers fishing out from Penny Park. Rumor has it they caught some nice pike on tip-ups or when spearing. Perch and crappie were also caught.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing should pick up with the warmer weather especially up around Tippy Dam. The river was frozen in the lower end.

Pere Marquette River: Should also have some good steelhead action.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Smelt fishing was good at the head of the bay as well as out from the Baraga Marina after dark. The lake herring action was fair in 40 to 60 feet. Lake trout fishing was good out from the Whirl-I-Gig.

Little Bay De Noc: Catch rates slowed considerably and as a result angler participation was low. Walleye anglers reported very few catches even though they were marking fish. Anglers were as far south as the Ford River but no reports came in. Most of the walleye fishing was near the Escanaba River and south to Portage Point when jigging rapalas in 25 to 40 feet. Mixed catches of walleye and perch were reported off the Second and Third Reefs when using rapalas tipped with minnows or wigglers in 30 feet. Overall perch catches were down but some nice jumbo fish were caught. Many small perch were reported around Butler Island. Walleye were caught at the mouth of the Day’s River but most were undersize. A few large northern pike were caught in the same area when using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 18 feet.

Munising: The ice was holding within the Bay. It is not recommended that anyone try to cross the channel especially from Sand Point due to unsafe ice and strong currents in the area. Ice anglers did fair to good for coho and whitefish and fair to good smelt action was reported off Sand Point. Coho were averaging 14 to 16 inches and whitefish up to 18 inches. Coho anglers were using jigging spoons such as Swedish Pimples and the smelt anglers were using Hali jigs. The splake action was slow and the majority of fish caught were undersize. Those burbot fishing at night have done well with fish up to 28 inches caught on cut bait or smelt.

Grand Marais: The harbor had fishable ice and anglers did well for Menominee. There is ice just beyond the bay but it was not safe at this time.

Cedarville and Hessel: Fishing was slow around the Les Cheneaux Islands once again. A few perch were taken on minnows, wigglers, wax worms and mousies in 15 feet. Many were around 9 inches with a few up to 12. Anglers are seeing smelt and splake but no fish were harvested.

Interlochness Ice Fishing Tournament.

Interlochness Ice Fishing Tournament.

February 17th and 18th, Free Fishing Weekend, is Interlochness Ice Fishing Tournament.
Any lake in Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie Counties – as well as Lake Michigan.
Divisions are Pike, Lake Trout, Perch, Panfish, and Walleye. Mission Awards is donating trophies. We have some cool prizes for kids as well as some gift cards from Long Lake Grocery. You may register at either Havens Interlochen Party Store.
You must be registered or be in line to register by 9am Saturday the 17th. We had a great turnout last year and we’re hoping for an even better one this year. Last year’s 1st place pike won $391.00. All of the other division’s first place winners took home at least $200.
If anyone knows of any potential sponsors, call John at 714-7565.
Your fish can be weighed in at Haven’s Interlochen Party Store. Be sure to thank Barry!
Free Fishing Weekend!
Rules for 2018 Interlochness Tri-County Ice Fishing Tournament
Registration for this event must be completed before February 17 at 9am.
This is Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.
Although a fishing license is not required this weekend, all Michigan DNR fishing regulations are to be followed. Any non-legal fish brought to the weigh-in will be disqualified.
Anglers must pick at least one division in the tournament. You cannot have multiple entries in the same division. There is no limit on the amount of different divisions each angler chooses.
Ex: One angler might want to register for the Perch and the Walleye Divisions.
The tournament begins at 6am, Saturday, February 18 2018, and ends at 3pm the following day.
The weigh-in closes at 4pm at Interlochen Party Store. As long as you are in line to weigh your fish by 4pm, your fish will be weighed.
Waivers must be physically signed.
All fish brought to the weigh-in must be free of ice and snow to get an accurate weight.
Otherwise, they will not be weighed.
GTASFA membership is not required for this event.
Anglers may fish any body of water within Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Benzie County – Including Lake Michigan.
There will be cash pay-outs for each division for the top three fish based on weight.
If there is a tie in weight, we will measure the fish and length will determine the winner.
Anglers will only be allowed to enter one fish per division!
15% goes to the Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association.
The remaining 85% from individual divisions are paid out to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at 70%, 20%, and 10%.
The awards ceremony will be at the Haven’s Interlochen Party Store immediately after the weigh-in has closed.

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Baitman Fishing Report for Northern Michigan 2/9/2018

The cold front has slowed fishing in most places but some are still having good luck, but it is February and fishing does slow down.

Mark Martin Fishing School on Burt Lake this week was a huge success and they caught big perch, walleye and burbot
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This Saturday (Feb 10th) is a great opportunity to meet the guys from Ice Junkies Outdoors in a rare appearance at Houghton Lake. We have beautiful ice conditions…18′ to 24″ of ice and snow on top.

Lyman’s Weekly Big Pike Contest Winners. Zayne Lytle from Coleman was celebrating his 9th birthday on Houghton Lake and ended up winner the kid’s division with a 21″ pike. He was using a minnow on a green tear drop in the south shore weedbed. Dan Kubicki from HL won the adult division with his 32″, 7 1/2 lb keeper caught on a tip-up on Higgins Lake. Congrats to the winners!

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Houghton Lake: Anglers still need to stay clear of a large pressure crack in the East Bay which runs from the canal on the west side of the East Bay and shoots northeast. Anglers can fish inside the East Bay but do not try to cross over into the main body of the lake as the pressure crack had opened up and could be hard to see especially with the snow cover. There is also a pressure crack at the entrance to the North Bay so use caution.The bite has been up and down depending on the weather. Pike are still being caught. More walleye were still caught after 4pm and were hitting on jigging spoons or rapalas tipped with blues. Orange and glow were still the hot colors. If the walleye and bluegills are not hitting on minnows, try wigglers.

ICE REPORT: Thursday, 2/9/18
Lake Mitchell & Lake Cadillac

There is from 1-4″ of fresh snow on the lake,Lake Mitchell is holding stong with 10-13″ of ice and Lake Cadillac has about the same at 10-12″

 

 

Saginaw Bay: Those that want to go out are doing so at their own risk! Anglers are warned to stay away from the pressure cracks and do not try to cross them. There is a bad pressure crack about 1 to 1 ½ miles offshore that runs from White’s Beach all the way down to Newberg Road south of Pinconning. The crack was about 20 feet wide. There is another crack that crossed the bay just north of the Black Hole and anglers should avoid that area. Extreme caution needs to be used. You might not see a pressure crack until you are on top of it and by then it is too late. On the east side, there was bad ice from Rose Island Road north to Geiger Road due to currents in the area. Anglers have fallen through in this area. Bad ice was reported in Wildfowl Bay off Beadle Bay Marina. The ice blew out at the Caseville Pier. Fishing was spotty just about everywhere and perch fishing near shore normally starts to wind down this time of year.

Saginaw River: Ice conditions were extremely variable. One angler went through the ice down near Crow Island. Ice thickness was as thin as 1 or 2 inches in some spots. Fishing was spotty at best.

 

 

Newest ice report off of Green road 12-15” The walleye have started to bite .Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

White Lake has slowdown and guys were just getting back out Wednesday
Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

 

Around Traverse City Green fishing smelt on Green off the state park access also some nice perch being caught also. Guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Some nice perch out of long lake on wiggler in 28-30 of water. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches 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, 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 6-7 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

They are fishing little glen and some are fishing big Glen and  they are catching the big perch,. Lake Leelanau has turned slowed the last few days 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.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 good ice over the entire lake, with some areas coming in at 12 inches….no snow on top of ice…..lots of little perch, but they are catching smelt this year and ciscoes, some during the day .Lake trout are ok and a few pike being caught.. 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 10  to 12 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. 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

Lake Leelanau: Walleye have been caught in both lakes. Perch fishing was better in the south lake where anglers were fishing in 20 to 30 feet. The north lake was producing some lake trout in 80 to 100 feet. Some smelt were taken along the north end.

Green Lake: Anglers were getting some perch in about 45 feet. Those targeting pike have done well with a fair number of fish taken off the State Park. Some smelt were caught in 40 to 50 feet.

Long Lake: In Grand Traverse County was producing some walleye and perch.

Portage Lake: Ice fishing continues with anglers taking perch and lake herring. The perch were found in 25 to 30 feet especially on the east end. Walleye and pike have also been caught.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice fishing continues. The bite slowed a bit but anglers were still getting a few walleye along with bluegills, crappie and a few perch. Those spearing or using tip-ups continue to take pike.

Muskegon Lake: Already has a good 4 to 6 inches of snow and more is coming by the weekend. The deeper snow makes travel a bit more difficult. Yellow perch have been caught along the drop-offs on the west end or between the black buoy and the Bear Lake channel. Perch were also caught in the northeast corner off Second Street in 30 to 40 feet. Walleye were caught in 20 to 25 feet. Pike anglers have done very well off Heritage Landing and out from Hartshorn Marina.

White Lake: Had good perch fishing on the north end in 30 to 50 feet.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Black Lake: Anglers need to be cautious near the river mouths, any pressure cracks and old spearing holes especially after the lake sturgeon season last Saturday. Fishing slowed. Walleye anglers jigging minnows in 15 to 20 feet had little luck. Those that were caught ranged 18 to 21 inches. A few pike up to 36 inches were caught in 15 feet.

Higgins Lake: Those spearing pike have done well including one fish that was 46 inches. Lake trout anglers are using trout minnows in 80 to 100 feet or deeper. Some nice perch were caught in 15 to 50 feet around the Main Island but anglers need to keep moving around to find them. Smelt were caught in 30 to 50 feet off the North State Park, Big Creek, the west launch and to the south of it. A few rainbow trout were taken on wigglers in a foot of water near the Conference Center.

 

Tawas: Some lake trout and walleye were caught around the artificial reef in northern Tawas Bay. Some perch were caught in 15 to 20 feet in the same area. This was the only area where we didn’t get reports of bad pressure cracks, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any out there. Caution needs to be used.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Ice in the Bay was building on a daily basis and anglers were venturing further out. Smelt fishing after dark was good. Lake trout fishing was fair off Sand Point and the Whirl-i-gig. The whitefish action was fair but the coho, splake and brown trout bite was slow.

Little Bay De Noc: Snow storms made travel on the Bay a little more difficult with many getting stuck. Anglers need to be aware of a large pressure crack out from the Terrace Bay Inn which has been moving some as the weight of the snow increases. Overall fishing slowed some. Walleye anglers reported fair catches in the Kipling flats and north to the Vagabond Resort when jigging rapalas with minnows in 27 to 35 feet, out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 35 feet and near the Escanaba River in 25 to 30 feet. A few anglers were fishing out by the Ford River but no reports have come in. Perch catches were slow. Anglers are catching some nice jumbo perch but fewer fish total. Best spots were the Kipling flats in 27 to 35 feet, Gladstone Beach area in 30 feet and good numbers of smaller fish in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when using minnows or wigglers with halo’s. Whitefish anglers reported fair catches in Escanaba off Sand Point with spawn or minnows in the deep water drop-off. Bigger fish were caught in 35 feet in the Gladstone area. A lot of pike continue to be caught throughout the Bay but most were undersize.

Munising: Ice was holding in the bay but the ice beyond Grand Island was not safe and Trout Bay was not safe as northwest winds shifted a majority of the ice. There is a large pressure crack near Rock 67 by Grand Island. Those on snowmobiles should not cross the lake as it is not safe. Several sleds went through the ice near Grand Island. Fishing has varied as some anglers report decent catches of whitefish up to 15 inches and others reported poor catch rates. The splake action was fair but most fish were undersize. Most were using Swedish pimples and assorted jigs, mousies, spawn, cut bait or fathead minnows. Some have caught the occasional young rainbow trout or brown trout. Some smelt along with young coho were caught off Sand Point. Lake trout anglers fishing the west channel reported slow catch rates.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing around the Les Cheneaux Islands reported slower fishing. Anglers were seeing lots of smelt, perch and splake with little to no harvest. Some perch about 8 inches were caught on minnows, wax worms wigglers, spikes or artificial soft baits in 10 to 15 feet. Splake were seen in 15 to 20 feet but no word on fish being caught. Anglers need to use extreme caution near any pressure cracks, moving ice and in areas where there is a current.

Osborn’s Big Ice Fishing Contest Starts Tomorrow Morning

The Big Ice Fishing Contest starts inTomorrow morning. We have stacks of prizes we can’t wait to give away. So come on down and get entered today. We also have several models of shanties for sale, one and two man Shappell flip overs and a Shappell bay runner.

Portage lake has good ice across the lake and has been producing some Cisco. We have had reports by some of good perch and pike being caught. The channel has opened up but the main body of the lake had a good 10-12 inches of ice with a few broken spots at the shoreline.

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Here is your chance to win a new Ion 40v Electric ice auger. Three Ion augers are the top prizes for the Pike, Walleye and Perch divisions during this years Big Ice fishing contest. We also have several models available for sale and one available as a rental if you interested in seeing first hand how they work.

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Baitman Super Bowl Fishing report 2/1/2018

The cold front has slowed fishing in most places but some are still having good luck.

Stringers of gills. Dennis and Andrew Gauthier from Shepherd found the gills this weekend on Houghton Lake. Over 20 lbs of gills and crappie. A white teardrop worked the best. They wouldn’t reveal their spot, so we’ll start tracking them now.

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Yup! Lake Missaukee! Good job Stewart!!

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26” Walleye Lake Missaukee

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ICE REPORT: Thursday, 2/1/18
Lake Mitchell & Lake Cadillac

Looks like we should be in good shape for the NASF Fishing Contest and the AMA Ice Races. Stop on in and get signed up for the contest while there isn’t much of a line yet!

There is from 1-4″ of fresh snow on the lake, with 1-3″ forecasted for tonight. Lake Mitchell is holding stong with 10-13″ of ice and Lake Cadillac has about the same at 10-12″.

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Dan’s Resort
Final standings:
Congrats to Nick for catching the biggest walleye! And congratulations to all the winners.
Adult walleye division: Nick Rye | 7.61lb
Kids walleye division: Hayden Taylor | 5.85lb
Kids Perch: Lila Muska: 1.01lb
Kids Pike: Aspen Cottle | 8.58lb
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Lake Missaukee

Newest ice report off of Green road 12-15” The walleye have started to bite .Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

White Lake has good ice and one of the best perch bites in years with minnows and spikes working best. PERCH is calling your name!!!!
Fishing the Montague side now for perch Heard from different ones that they had their limits in a little more than an hr. Nice size too.
Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

 

Around Traverse City Green fishing smelt on Green off the state park access also some nice perch being caught also. Guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Some nice perch out of long lake on wiggler in 28-30 of water. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches 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 . we got 4 5 inches of snow today. and the lake is in great shape, 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 8 to 10 inches inches on it.Marquette lake has 6-7 inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 8-10 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

They are fishing little glen and some are fishing big Glen and  they are catching the big perch,. Lake Leelanau has turned slowed the last few days 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.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 good ice over the entire lake, with some areas coming in at 12 inches….no snow on top of ice…..lots of little perch, but they are catching smelt this year, some during the day also ciscoes are biting also.Lake trout are ok and a few pike being caught.. 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 10  to 12 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. 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

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions around the Bay are not good as they are changing all the time. Reports are coming in of snowmobiles and ATV’s going through the ice at the pressure cracks. Perch and walleye fishing were pretty good along the west side from White’s Beach south to the Bay City State Park. Perch fishing was pretty good from White’s Beach in 6 feet all the way to Linwood. Most of the perch were coming from 4 to 6 feet off Pinconning, Newman Road, Erickson Road, Coggins Road, and Linwood Road when using minnows or jack-hooks baited with a red plastic bead. Some limits were also reported. Walleye anglers were going to the Black Hole and out around the Spark Plug and getting fish on jigging spoons or a blue and silver jigging rapala tipped with a minnow. Off Bay City State Park, walleye anglers were fishing in the old shipping channel and over the dumping grounds in 20 feet. There was up to 6 inches of water on top of the ice in places near the second pressure crack off Linwood. No one is fishing out near Spoils Island due to poor ice conditions. Most of the activity was at Sunset Bay Marina with walleye anglers going out to mid-bay and also the Slot but watch out for the pressure crack! It would be good to avoid the area off Finn Road and Callahan Road as the Hot Pond discharge seriously weakened the ice in that area. Fishing up the east side from Sebewaing to Caseville was terrible as perch fishing was just plain poor. Mud Creek was also slow but a few were doing a little bit better there. Slow fishing at Caseville because of muddy water in the river and marinas.

Saginaw River: Ice conditions were BAD on the entire river and no one was out fishing. A few were in the marinas near the mouth but nobody was really doing any good. Colder weather this weekend may improve ice conditions.

Tittabawassee River: Had open water from Dow Dam downstream to about Mapleton. One boat went out of Gordonville Road and there were several shore anglers from Mapleton to north of the Gordonville Road ramp, but nobody was catching anything.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing is still going strong in this part of the state. Lots of anglers have been out targeting pike, walleye, and panfish.

Manistee Lake: In Kalkaska County was producing some crappie for those using a jig tipped with a minnow. Those spearing pike can be found in the southeast corner.

Fife Lake: In Grand Traverse County was producing a fair number of pike just east of the boat launch. A few smaller perch were caught in 15 to 30 feet.

Portage Lake: Perch fishing continues but anglers were still sorting through a lot of small ones. Those fishing in deeper water were still taking some lake herring when using a Hali jig.

Lake Missuakee: Anglers have caught bluegills and crappie. A couple walleye were taken by those jigging near the drop-offs.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: The ice was slippery with not much snow on top. Be sure to bring some cleats. Those using tip-ups have caught some decent pike. The crappie fishing was very good with limit catches reported. A good number of bluegills and sunfish have been caught on both lakes.

Manistee River: Steelhead were caught during the warm spell but as we head back into a deep freeze, fishing might not be all that great by the weekend. Most were using spawn, jig and wax worm, beads and flies.

Pere Marquette River: Anglers were steelhead fishing after the rain and warmer temperatures. The shelf ice upriver cleared out so anglers were able to throw small eggs and nymphs.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Walleye fishing was decent for those using tip-ups or jigging in 15 to 20 feet.

Black Lake: Fishing pressure picked up with many anglers getting ready for sturgeon season which begins Saturday February 3rd. Walleye anglers have caught 18 to 21 inch fish in 6 to 15 feet when using blues. Early morning or dusk was best. Anglers were catching perch averaging 6 inches in 10 to 18 feet. A few 28 to 32 inch pike were caught but many were undersize. Anglers need to use caution near the river mouths and the large pressure crack on the southeast side of the lake.

Higgins Lake: The lake is slippery with only a dusting of snow on top so anglers might want to bring ice cleats for easier travel. Caution should still be used near the creek mouths. The bite slowed some but anglers were still taking a few whitefish. Perch were caught but anglers were doing a lot of sorting to get a few keepers. Smelt were caught along the drop-off in 30 to 60 feet in the evening however the bite was not consistent. Those spearing or using tip-ups with large minnows have taken some pike.

Houghton Lake: The DNR launch ramp on the east side of the lake is temporarily inaccessible as the cement planks have buckled. Anglers can still walk out from the access site but will not be able to take vehicles out at this site. Anglers should be aware of a pressure crack in the East Bay and at the entrance to the North Bay. The lake had about an inch of snow on top but anglers may still want to bring cleats for easier travel. Anglers are getting lots of pike. The bass became active and the bluegill bite was decent in the morning. For walleye, the better bite was between 4pm and sundown. Anglers are using jigging spoons and rapalas tipped with blues. Orange and glow were the hot colors. Some were also using shiners or sucker minnows on tip-ups.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was kind of slow over the last week. One group fishing over the artificial reef off Jerry’s Marina caught a few walleye and some lake trout while another group out near the tip of Tawas Point did not do quite as well. Several pike were speared in Tawas Bay but the perch fishing was slow.

Au Gres: A few anglers fishing north of the breakwall were seeing walleye but none were caught. Those fishing south of the breakwall caught some perch and walleye. The area near the Pine River mouth had muddy water and poor fishing after the thaw but the bite did pick up so walleye were perch were found in 8 feet. Anglers need to beware of the pressure crack out there and avoid it as most were not crossing it.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Strong winds broke up the ice which left many areas unsafe. Anglers were found at the head of the Bay and out in front of the Falls River in L’Anse. A couple anglers went through the ice on the Baraga side when walking out to the whitefish hole. With snow in the forecast, always check the ice with a spud as you walk out. Fishing for splake and brown trout was fair in 20 to 50 feet when jigging shiners or using tip-ups. Spawn was also productive.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions worsened a bit with the warmer temperatures. Drifting snow made for difficult travel in some areas. Pressure cracks also presented problems so please use caution in those areas. Those fishing off Portage Point caught some walleye but the area was considered dangerous and extreme caution must be used. Out from the Terrace Bay Inn and south to the Escanaba River was also good for walleye when using tip-ups or rapalas in 30 to 35 feet. Perch anglers reported fewer catches with the best area in the Kipling Flats with wigglers in 28 to 35 feet or near Brach’s Cabins in 18 to 27 feet. Whitefish anglers reported fair catches off Sand Point with spawn or minnows in 80 feet. Northern pike have been active throughout and most catches were reported by walleye or perch anglers. If you like to spear pike good areas to try would be near Butler Island, the Day’s River mouth, off the coal piles in Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor.

Cedarville and Hessel: Near Hessel, the ice is black and clear but there has been a lot of movement along the west side of Hessel Bay. Be cautious of pressure cracks, moving ice and areas with currents. Perch fishing picked up around the Les Cheneaux Islands. Many are still catching lots of small ones but a few 7 to 11 inches have also been caught when using wax worms, spikes, wigglers and minnows. Anglers have spotted some pike and splake but no harvest reports yet.

The 8th annual T.N.T tournament!!

****The 8th annual T.N.T tournament!!****

You can sign up here at the shop or the morning of the tournament. This is a fun tournament with awesome raffles at the weigh in. Payout will be determined by how many enter in each category. Be sure to set your calendar for February 3rd and join us for the 8th annual T.N.T tournament.

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Baitman Fishing Report 1/25/18

Houghton Lake Ice report 1.25.18. Ice thickness is 15″ to 20″ with very little snow on top. Most of the larger pressure cracks are located along the shore, so be careful getting on. There are two pressure cracks reported on the main body of the lake…one is near long point and another in east bay. Here’s Dave with 3 more walleye…he got him some!

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From Higgins Lake from the South-end 45-1/2 inches 25 pounds 4 ounces from Sports Barn on Higgins Lake

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Another nice mess of Perch from Skegemog caught today 1/25/18

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ICE REPORT: MONDAY, 1/18/18
LAKES MITCHELL AND CADILLAC

ICE REPORT: Tuesday, 1/23/18
Lakes Mitchell & Cadillac

Lake Mitchell:
South side by Thirsty’s off M-55 – 8-9″
BIg and Small Coves – 9″, we cut a hole in the darkest spookiest looking ice we could find and it was good ice just some slush on top.

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park – 10-11″
East Boat Launch, Downtown – 12″

A good number of crappie were taken off Kenwood Park on Lake Cadillac. Mitchell is also producing some nice crappie. The coves on Mitchell were good for bluegills and sunfish. Pike were active on both lakes and were hitting tip-ups with sucker minnows.

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Saginaw Bay: Had a lot of anglers from Erickson Road south to Linwood, with Linwood being the most popular access point. Walleyes were taken in 17 to 20 feet in the vicinity of the second pressure crack. Anglers need to use extreme caution near both pressure cracks as they are still active and changing all the time. Both people and machines have fallen through the ice near them. Walleye were caught in 14 feet off Parish Road. Perch anglers were getting some fish in 5 feet off Anderson Road and 6 feet off Linwood. Good catches including a couple limits came from the shipping channel near Spoils Island. A few were fishing in 10 feet off the trailer park near the river mouth. East of the Saginaw River mouth, success was slow at Finn Road and at Vanderbilt Park. Perch anglers in the lower Quanicassee River caught a few small ones. Slow perch fishing from Sebewaing to Bay Port. A few pike were speared or caught on hook and line and several perch anglers reported seeing pike down the holes. Perch fishing was a little better off Mud Creek in Wildfowl Bay. A few pike and walleye were taken incidental to perch in Wildfowl Bay. At Caseville, the thaw last week made the river and marina pretty murky and fishing slowed to a standstill. No fishing at Port Austin as the few shanties inside the harbor were pulled to shore.

Saginaw River: Special note: Be careful of the ice in or near the channel. The thaw last week caused the current to pick up and it thinned out the ice. You might be standing on 8 inches in one spot off the current and two steps away there might only be 2 inches! The thaw caused the water to muddy up and fishing slowed. From Wickes Park in Saginaw north all the way to the Independence Bridge, catches were limited to a walleye here and there with a lot of sub-legal fish caught and released. A couple eater-size fish were taken between the Independence Bridge and the mouth. Those fishing out of the main current seemed to be doing a little better, and evenings were best. A few walleye and some perch were caught inside the Yacht Club basin. Again, these areas out of the main current seem to be where the fish have been holding.

Muskegon Lake: Special note: Anglers should avoid the northeast corner of the lake as a truck went through the ice between Second Street and the Conservation Club. Also beware of the boat that goes in and out between the GT Dock on the south end and the channel leading to Lake Michigan. Perch have been caught in 42 feet on the southwest and west end off Cottage Grove and the Harbor Town parking lot. The bite turns on and off but some good size fish have been caught. Pike and a few walleye were taken off Fisherman’s Landing on the east end. Pike were taken off Heritage Landing and Hartshorn Marina.

Lake Missaukee

Newest ice report off of Green road 12-15” .Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

White Lake has good ice and one of the best perch bites in years with minnows and spikes working best. PERCH is calling your name!!!!
Fishing the Montague side now for perch Heard from different ones that they had their limits in a little more than an hr. Nice size too.
Now perch are awesome, but I love bluegills too! Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

 

Around Traverse City Green fishing smelt on Green off the state park access also some nice perch being caught also. Guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Some nice perch out of long lake on wiggler in 28-30 of water. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 8 to 10 inches Call roys for latest info @ 231-946-5633

Lake Skegemog has ice from 8 to12 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch . Below a mess of perch from Skegemog snow is gone and the lake is in great shape

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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 8 to 10 inches inches on it.Marquette lake has 6-7 inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 8-10 inches and has a hot perch bite on wigglers. has ice and good perch bite. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

They are fishing little glen and some are fishing big Glen but ice is not more than 4 inches out where they are catching the big perch, catching pike and perch. Lake Leelanau has turned on and a great walleye bite. Call   Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433 or Roadside minnows 231-944-5229

Portage Lake has been fair on perch, walleye and pike fishing has been really good this week.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 10 to 12 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 fairly steady 10 inches of ice over the entire lake, with some areas coming in at 12 inches….no snow on top of ice…..lots of little perch, but they are catching smelt this year, some during the day also ciscoes are biting also.Lake trout are ok and a few pike being caught.. 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 10  to 12 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. 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 8to 12inches 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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: Was producing a decent number of walleye and perch.

Black Lake: Fishing pressure picked up. Anglers are catching walleye before sunrise and at dusk with blues in 11 to 18 feet. Anglers were also catching a few pike but most were sub-legal. Perch were caught on shiners in 6 feet. There were no musky reports from spear anglers. There are some major pressure cracks near Zolner Road and off Corbat Road so use caution in these areas.

Grand Lake: Was producing some walleye.

Higgins Lake: Perch anglers were near the drop-off in 60 feet. Lots of anglers were out deep and targeting lake trout in 80 to 120 feet. Most are using greys or smelt. Those targeting smelt were in 50 to 60 feet off the North State Park, the west launch and off Big Creek with a Hali jig tipped with wax worm or spike. The occasional rainbow trout has been taken in shallow waters off the Conference Center when using a wiggler. A few pike are still being taken on tip-ups or by those spearing.

Houghton Lake: Anglers can walk out from the DNR launch on the north end but taking any kind of vehicle out is not possible as the cement ramp has buckled. Anglers should not drive across the pressure crack off the west launch. Bluegills have been caught on wigglers and wax worms in 5 to 8 feet. For walleye, try jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head. Crappie were hitting on small jigging spoons tipped with a live minnow. Those spearing or using tip-ups are taking pike.

Tawas: Those spearing pike did well on the north end of the bay off Jerry’s Marina. Lake trout and walleye were caught around the artificial reef. A few anglers were walleye fishing out closer to the tip of Tawas Point in 20 to 22 feet.

Au Gres: Most of the fishing effort was concentrated in the back bay west of the river mouth where anglers were taking pike, a few walleye and some perch. Walleye anglers heading out from Hale Road, the Pine River access site, and Palmer Road were getting fish in 11 to 15 feet. Walleye anglers were also hitting the Catfish Hole off White’s Beach. Perch anglers north of the Pine River caught 8 to 10 inch fish in 4 to 8 feet.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers were taking motorized vehicles out however caution should be used especially around any pressure cracks. The rivers should be fishable with warmers temperatures by the weekend.

Walloon Lake: In Charlevoix County was producing a few perch.

Portage Lake: Perch fishing was decent. Some nice fish were caught but anglers were sorting through the small ones. Lake herring were caught over deep water.

Manistee Lake: Had ice shanties off Penny Park.

Lake Missuakee: Has been good for panfish but no word on walleye.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had less snow on the ice so travel conditions were much better. A good number of crappie were taken off Kenwood Park on Lake Cadillac. Mitchell is also producing some nice crappie. The coves on Mitchell were good for bluegills and sunfish. Pike were active on both lakes and were hitting tip-ups with sucker minnows.

Pere Marquette Lake: Anglers caught pike on tip-ups with sucker minnows. Some perch were also caught.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers were getting bluegill, crappie and a few perch.

Haymarsh Lakes: In Mecosta County were producing some nice bluegills. No limit catches but the fish caught were up to 10 inches.

Muskegon Lake: Special note: Anglers should avoid the northeast corner of the lake as a truck went through the ice between Second Street and the Conservation Club. Also beware of the boat that goes in and out between the GT Dock on the south end and the channel leading to Lake Michigan. Perch have been caught in 42 feet on the southwest and west end off Cottage Grove and the Harbor Town parking lot. The bite turns on and off but some good size fish have been caught. Pike and a few walleye were taken off Fisherman’s Landing on the east end. Pike were taken off Heritage Landing and Hartshorn Marina.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had very little snow cover on it. Ice conditions changed some and those heading south of Aronson Island reported much thinner ice. This area is considered dangerous and extreme caution must be used at all times. Pressure cracks have been moving a lot over the last week so please use caution near them. Overall catches were down some but still fair to good. Walleye anglers reported fair catches near the Second Reef in 27 to 35 feet, in the channel south of the “Narrows” in 28 to 34 feet and just south of the Escanaba River in 25 to 32 feet. All were using rapalas tipped with a minnow. Several large fish were caught between Aronson Island and Portage Point when jigging rapalas tipped with a minnow in 27 to 32 feet. Lots of walleye anglers in the upper bay reported a good number of undersize fish which is a good sign for the future. Perch anglers had fair to good catches with wigglers in the Kipling Flats in 27 feet. Fewer fish were caught but the size was 10 to 13 inches. Fair catches were reported in the Gladstone Channel in 28 to 34 feet, out near Brach’s Cabins in 17 to 21 feet and out near the shipping docks in Escanaba in 30 feet. Good numbers of smaller perch and some bluegills were caught in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor in 8 to 12 feet. Pike were active throughout the bay. Best catches of large fish were reported near the ship docks in Escanaba when using a tip-up with a sucker minnows in and around 25 feet. Whitefish anglers reported fair to good catches out in the channel at Gladstone with minnows or spawn in 30 to 35 feet and off Sand Point in 80 to 90 feet.

Manistique Lakes: Walleye were hitting pretty good.

Brevoort Lake: Anglers caught walleye and pike.

St. Marys River: Those fishing the upper river above the locks reported good Menominee and whitefish action. Mosquito Bay is the popular location.

Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville was producing yellow perch and pike. Perch catches were good but anglers were doing some sorting. Off Hessel, perch were caught around the Les Cheneaux Islands when using minnows, wigglers and spikes. Most were undersize but keepers averaged 10 inches. Be sure to use caution in areas where there is a current.