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#!!!!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sky, outdoor, water and nature
 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.

Image may contain: 1 person
Image may contain: 1 person, standing

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

Dan’s Resort Last Chance Walleye Contest

No automatic alt text available.

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!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, sky, outdoor and nature

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..

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling

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″

Image may contain: outdoor

Lake Missaukee

Image may contain: outdoor

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.

 

 

 

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, eyeglasses, table, food and outdoor

Baitman Michigan Free Fishing Weekend Fishing Report

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

No automatic alt text available.

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!

Image may contain: outdoor and nature

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

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, sky, outdoor, water and nature

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.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling

 

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.

No automatic alt text available.

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
Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people sitting
Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoor
Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sitting
Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor
Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

 

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!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing
Image may contain: 1 person, standing
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.

No automatic alt text available.
No automatic alt text available.
No automatic alt text available.
No automatic alt text available.

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.

No automatic alt text available.
No automatic alt text available.
No automatic alt text available.