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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lake skegemog

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.

Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby

 

 

 

 

We are leaving the online registration open until Thursday January 25th. Sorry no more checks can be accepted this year~ only cash or credit card. We will no longer be mailing out any registration packets(incase they get lost in the mail)~ you’ll have to stop into the Fife Lake Party Store to pick up your packet with wrist band prior to fishing. The registration hours are M,T,W,Th 8am-8pm, Fri & Sat 7am-9pm, Sun 10a-8pm(these are not store hours, only registration hours). Remember Friday 26th at 7am the price goes up to $35 adult & $20 child. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER 6PM ON FRIDAY 1/26/18 no matter how long the line is. Be PREPARED~ Sign up early!

ANGLERS~ Grab your gear and get ready for the Annual Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby on January 27th 2018 on Fife Lake.
This fishing tournament offers lots of fun for the whole family. Last year we had lots of entrants! First place prize is guaranteed $1000.00, plus offers hourly door prizes too! All participants MUST BE SIGNED UP PRIOR TO 5pm on Friday January 26th 2018. All prizes will be handed out underneath the white tent in the the DNR boat launch (bring your driver’s license if you intend on winning). This Derby is a 3-species tournament with cash prizes in the categories of Perch, Pike & Walleye, and don’t forget the annual Shanty Contest.
The Fife Lake Lodging & Party Store will open again this year at 6 am the day of the derby to offer minnows & other live bait, beer, liquor, pop, breakfast sandwiches, coffee and tons of snacks. The line gets long in the am so stop in the day prior to save yourself some time. Stop in the night before till 10pm to get your goodies early! As in years past… the party store will be offering a snowmobile delivery service on the ice for all of your store needs including whole pizza’s, cigarettes, fresh subs, minnows, beverages, ect, cost is $5 and all items must be paid for inadvance of delivery with a credit card/cash.
Derby Cost is $25 per adult, young anglers cost $10 UNTILL Thursday January 25th. On Friday 1/26/18 all adults will be charged $35 and children $20~register early!
NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER 6PM ON FRIDAY 1/26/18
Absolutely no registration will be accepted on the day of the derby.
To register: Walk into the Fife Lake Lodging & Party store and pay with cash or credit card. ALL CREDIT CARD payment will be subject to a $2 processing fee. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER 6PM ON FRIDAY 1/26/18

These are some of the rules:
*EVERYONE must be registered prior to 6pm on Friday 1/26/18
*Follow all rules! All coolers/shanty’s ect may be inspected by inspectors at any point in time from 4am to 4pm.
*NO holes are to be drilled before start of tournament at 7am
*No spearing
*All fish must be turned in alive, not even slightly frozen, no previously caught fish will be allowed.
*Every person 17 years & over must fish with a Michigan fishing license and follow all Mi Regulations, if you have any questions contact http://www.michigan.gov/dnr or e-mail DNR-Fisheries@michigan.gov or call Traverse City CSC 2122 South M-37 Traverse City, MI 49685
A list of all rules and regulations will be emailed, handed over or mailed to every contestant

Tip Up Town Fishing Report

Lyman’s on the Lake Houghton Lake ice report 1.17.18. It’s Tip-up Town weekend and we have 12” to 18” of ice with light snow on top. The temp is supposed to be close to 40, so it should be a great weekend to fish and enjoy all the TUT activities. We still have a couple of rental shanties available….call to reserve one.

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.

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Nice Houghton Lake walleye. David Mogg from Wayland caught a 26″, 5lb eye by the south shore using a tip-up with a  shiner. He was in about 8′ fow. Nice catch, David!

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

With most of the snow gone during the warm up last week, the ice has hardened up like a diamond!

Lake Mitchell:
Big Cove area 7-9″
East side by Mitchell State Park 12″

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park 8-10″
East end, City Boat launch 12 1/2″

The ice height in the pictures is about 3/4″-1″ above the waterline on the tape measure. The overcast sky is making for terrible contrast and it is hard to see in the pictures.

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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We have a new entry for our 16th Annual Spearing Contest. There is still time to sign up if you have not already. There is no cost to enter. The contest goes until March 15th so there is still plenty of time to get on the board.

Ed Pascoe speared this one from Lake Mitchell, 29 1/2″ and 5.82lbs. He is now currently in 1st place.

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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 road12-15” .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, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. 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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lake skegemog

Manistee lake is 6 to 8 inches and lots of slush. 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 has8-10 inches. 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 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 8 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, no numbers yet but some are getting up to 60  a trip.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 some 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: 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.

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.


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.

Lake Leelanau has a Great Walleye Bite

Lake Leelanau has been good for walleye and
Empire Outdoors or Roadside minnows is your place to get fresh bait in Leelanau county as they support Buc’s and this fishing report.
Lake Leelanau Walleye 🐟

I have talked to a few fisherman they are fishing the south end of South Lake Leelanau and small suckers on a tip-up has been producing there biggest walleye, jigging g with a blue head with pimples, rapalas, and fish bones has been producing.
Congratulations Nick Skrocki on a nice catch

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Todays Live Fishing Video

Fishing has been Good this Weekend

Pike fishing is so good on Mannistee Lake even Dewey from Dons bait can catch on. 33 in 10# call me for info 231 7235028 open 630 to 600

Pike fishing is so good on Mannistee Lake even Dewey from Dons bait can catch on. 33 in 10# call me for info 231 7235028 open 630 to 600

 

 

 

Sturgeon Joe Shanty has been out for one week on Otsego Lake by Gaylord and Jack gets the first sturgeon.
Catch and release 51 1/2 in.
Way to go Jack!!!!

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Lyman’s weekly pike contest winners
Audry Littrell from Romulus took 1st place in the under 16 division with her 27″ northern pike. She limited out using jigs with a minnow on the south shore weed bed. Greg Nichols from Richmond, MI won the 17 and over division with a 32″ pike caught on a gold jigging rap. Each winner received a tip-up and are eligible for the grand prizes at the end of the season. Great job!

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Higgins Lake Ice Update and Lymans Pike Contest

First Laker of the year out of Higgins!

Higgins Lake 6 inches of good solid ice, with very little snow, Saw quads and snowmobiles running all over the lake, there was a big group off of Big Creek and Sam O Set fishing pike. reports of a 40 inch + pike this week, west access has a pressure crack right at shore only two car in the parking lot today. South-end had quite a few out today as the weather was cold

*****SAFETY MESSAGE ******
Tomorrow late morning the ice breaker will be breaking ice in Pere Marquette lake. They will be getting the harbor and lake ready for a barge coming in Monday. Please share this message to make everyone aware of the changing ice conditions on Pere Marquette lake.

Want to learn how to catch more fish while ice fishing, as well have a great time doing it? Look no further than the Ice Fishing Vacation School 2018! Time for the first ice fishing school at Houghton Lake

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Lyman’s 2018 weekly big pike contest starts today. Bring in your biggest pike for a picture….everyone who brings in a pike has a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the season.

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Alex Basel (6) had the best kind of birthday party….he and his buddies Mason Langlois (9) and Brody (8) and Bryce (6) Chudzinski went ice fishing in Lyman’s shanties. They caught 5 pike on tip-ups with shiners. Happy birthday, Alex and great job guys!

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Baby It was Cold this Morning

Running my route today I had 26 below in Grayling, most report slow fishing with this arctic blast but warm weather coming and that will trigger the bite.

 

 

First Laker of the year out of HigginsLake

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Higgins Lake 6 inches of good solid ice, with very little snow, Saw quads and snowmobiles running all over the lake, there was a big group off of Big Creek and Sam O Set fishing pike. reports of a 40 inch + pike this week, west access has a pressure crack right at shore only two car in the parking lot today. South-end had quite a few out today as the weather was cold

*****SAFETY MESSAGE ******
Tomorrow late morning the ice breaker will be breaking ice in Pere Marquette lake. They will be getting the harbor and lake ready for a barge coming in Monday. Please share this message to make everyone aware of the changing ice conditions on Pere Marquette lake.

Want to learn how to catch more fish while ice fishing, as well have a great time doing it? Look no further than the Ice Fishing Vacation School 2018! Time for the first ice fishing school at Houghton Lake

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baitman fishing report 1/4/2108

Buc’s Fishing Report

pike bucs bait

 

ICE REPORT: WEDNESDAY, 1/3/18
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell

Lake Mitchell:
By Thirsty’s off M-55: 7″ ice, 6″ of snow on top
Big Cove: 6-7″ of ice, some places were slushy. 6-8″ of snow
East side Mitchell State Park: 7-8″ of ice. 6-8″ of snow on top

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park: 6-7″ of ice, 5-7″ of snow on top
East City Boat Launch: 9-10″ of ice, 1-2″ of snow on top. Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 7 to 12 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting, Lyman’s have there shanties out so we are good to go.   Lyman’s On The Lake reports HL legend Clare Gee was joined by his granddaughter Delanie for some ice fishing this weekend. Loaded up with a pocket full of candy and some wax worms, she landed a bunch of big gills. She requested we hide her identity so she wouldn’t be followed out to her spot the next trip.

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Houghton Lake Ice R. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 7″ to 12″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid  Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780

Lake Missaukee

Newest ice report off of Green road 5-6” approximately 150 yards out.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 postoffice,be careful and no quads yet. 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, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. 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 5 to 7 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch . Below a mess of perch from Skegemog lots of slush and hard to pull a shanty out.

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lake skegemog

Manistee lake is 6 to 8 inches and lots of slush. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great brown 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 5 to 7 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 6-7 inches. Pentwater Lake, 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 catching pike and perch. Lake Leelanau has lots of slush and is slow. 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 good 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 8 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 5 inches of ice over the entire lake, with some areas coming in at 8 inches….2.5 inches of snow on top of ice…..North basin a few walkouts to the trout, but reporting tight lips….South basin looser lips and catching a few…..Any one else have fresh updates of ice thickness please feel free to do it on this post…..Sam O Set is up and running….Saw two shanties out about a quarter of a mile….One portable with a quad next to it and a permanent with a snowmobile. Even though I’m seeing a few machines on ice, I would still suggest checking with someone before venturing out too far…..Especially to the deep water…..Let’s have a safe ice season…. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425.

Lake St. Helen has 7 to 10 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with 6 to 10 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 but not safe. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort

Well, the bite has been a little slow. Some keeper walleyes and a few perch lately. With a full moon and snow storms, the bite usually slows down.

Today it warmed up to 15 degrees! We got a few inches of powder and small drifts on the bay. Ice thickness varies from 9-11 inches including about 3 inches of snow ice. Sleds and quads are mainly going out. A couple trucks have braved it.

Slush is coming up along the shoreline and the ramp.
For those who did not register their shack, I posted pictures so you can see if yours is in the slush. You might want to move it further out before the real cold weather comes in tomorrow. Give us a call at 906-647-1410 or 906-647-8120 

catch ya later!

#munuscongbay

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Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 8 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

Black Bass Bay has ok ice on Grand Lake. 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 some 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. It’s early ice so anglers need to use caution.

White Lake has started to heal and this weekend things should get better for ice fishing. Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

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 a few  guys are getting out 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

Ice fishing is on for most of the state however ice conditions are variable in some locations. Anglers will need to use caution especially in those areas that have received a lot of snow. Check the ice ahead of you and around you when heading out and remember deep snow and slush will hide dangerous pressure cracks and depressions. Steelhead fishing has come to a standstill as most rivers have shelf ice or floating ice.

Saginaw Bay: Had little fishing activity from White’s Beach south to Linwood. There has been a fair amount of activity off Linwood with some anglers going as deep as 24 feet and taking good catches of walleye however anglers need to use caution as there is an active pressure crack off Linwood and at least one machine has gone through the ice. Changes in wind direction can cause water level changes under the ice and this caused a pickup truck to break through the ice last weekend. There was a fair amount of ice fishing off the Bay City State Park. On the east side, there was light fishing pressure from Sebewaing to Bay Port with most fishing just outside the islands and in the Slot. Perch, pike and walleye were taken in Wildfowl Bay.

Saginaw River: Has ice anglers fishing the length of the river, from Wicke’s Park in Saginaw all the way down to the mouth. Ice thickness varies so anglers need to use extreme caution. Walleye were caught at most locations when using a fire-tiger jigging rapala tipped with a minnow head. Catfish have also been caught and a large lake sturgeon was caught recently. Anglers are reminded that any sturgeon caught anywhere in the Saginaw River or Saginaw Bay must be released immediately. Keep in mind that handling these fish for any length of time in these temperatures can cause the gill filaments to freeze and result in the death of a fish so get them back in the water as quickly as possible.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Many of the lakes northwest of Grayling had sloppy conditions. There wasn’t a lot of ice to begin with and after getting hammered with a lot of snow, the ice is now insulated which slows the freezing process. There is a lot of slush under the snow. Be very careful especially around the Traverse City area.

Lake Missaukee: Ice fishing is going well with anglers targeting mostly panfish.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers are fishing however ice thickness is not consistent because of all the snow. Areas with slush are also hidden by the snow cover. Both lakes have given up some nice pike and walleye on tip-ups. Good size bluegills and crappie were taken in the coves on Lake Mitchell.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is mostly shut down due to the arctic weather.

Pere Marquette River: Shelf ice has locked up many sections of the river. Anglers will have to wait for it to warm back up.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in this region have ice however caution still needs to be used because of deep snow and slush insulating most of the lakes.

Courtney Lake: In Ontonagon County had anglers fishing for brook trout.

Lake Gogebic: Anglers are fishing for walleye and perch.

Keweenaw Bay: Had no safe ice but there is a chance anglers could be out within the next two weeks

Alberta Pond: In Baraga County had some brook trout anglers.

Lake Antoine: In Dickinson County had some ice shanties and angler activity.

Munising: The bay is ice covered and has anglers fishing close to shore near the city docks, the Sunset Motel and the Anna River access site. Ice thickness is unknown so please use caution especially off Sand Point. Ice anglers are targeting splake and Lake Whitefish when jigging small rapalas tipped with a single egg. Those using tip-ups are targeting splake with a minnow. Stay clear of thinking you can walk to Grand Island. Just because you see white ice does not mean it is safe!

Indian Lake: Was producing pike for those using tip-ups.

Manistique Lake: Was producing some nice walleye catches.

Munuscong Lake: Was producing some perch and walleye.

St. Marys River: Had quite a few ice shanties in Munuscong Bay. Most were moving around a lot because the bite was good one day but they would have no hits the next day in the same spot.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

 

Mullett Lake: Anglers were out ice fishing but caution needs to be used. Those using tip-ups were targeting pike.

Otsego Lake: Had anglers out fishing.

Higgins Lake: Is frozen but anglers will need to use caution. No one was fishing in deep water yet because it takes longer to freeze. Anglers were walking out from the south launch. The ice was still thin off the west launch so avoid that area.

Houghton Lake: Has good ice however anglers need to use caution near the inlets. Some areas have little snow while other areas are drifting. Walleye anglers are getting a few fish when using Swedish pimples and do-jiggers or rattle jigs. Hot colors were nickel blue, orange, pearl and dark green. Walleye anglers are also catching a lot of pike. Bluegills have been caught on teardrops tipped with a wax worm. If the bite slows, try wigglers.

Lake Margrethe: Has ice anglers.

Tawas: Those in the bay were targeting walleye, lake trout and burbot in 15 to 18 feet over the artificial reef. Those out toward the tip of Tawas Point were getting some walleye.

Au Gres: Most anglers were two to three miles out from the Pine River and off Palmer Road.

Au Gres River: Anglers were taking a few walleye. Some were fishing out on the bayou southwest of the river mouth but no reports had come in.