Ice is holding on in Northern Michigan

Walleye Jamboree
Jan 26 – Jan 29 · Dan’s Resort · Pickford

Call (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120 or for cabin reservations call 906-647-1410

The Soo Area Sportsmans Club has organized their annual walleye tournament on Munuscong Bay. Top prizes include 1st place $700, 2nd place $500, 3rd place Ion Auger, 4th place $300. There are lots of prizes, kids prizes, mystery weights, draw prizes, and hawg of the day challenges. It’s a great, fun-filled weekend for all ages! We are proud to host it at our place once again. Hope to see you there! Tickets are available in our tackle shop. $30 adults, $5 kids.

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    Caught on lake skegemog today by Fred Fields

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Houghton Lake Ice Fishing Report from Lyman’s on the Lake. Dave and Dan said the walleye bite was slow the past couple of days so they’ve been targeting gills. They kept about 16 tonight (Dan caught most of them). Widow Maker tungsten jigs tipped with red spikes, waxies and wigglers were the most effective. They said the ice is still around 11″ to 14″ on the west side, but you have to be careful of the expanding auger and spearing holes. The lake should start building ice starting tomorrow night and a little snow later this week.

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From Lyman;s on the Lake.

They said the ice is still around 11″ to 14″ on the west side, but you have to be careful of the expanding auger and spearing holes. The lake should start building ice starting tomorrow night and a little snow later this week.

These kids know how to catch fish!!! Cassandra Schwager (12) from Shelby Township caught 4 pike on tip-ups. She named this one “Rod” impressive 25 1/2″ and over 4lbs. Rease Cale (9) from Mt Pleasant is showing off his 20 3/4″ northern he caught on a tip-up with a golden shiner. Jake Fitzpatrick (13) from Middleton is back with 3 pike and a nice perch. He was using suckers on his tip-ups. Well done, guys! Nice to see you unplug from the electronic toys and enjoy the outdoors.

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Millers Corner  Lake Missaukee reports

We still have 14 solid inches on Missaukee. Spotty slush out on the lake. Lots of slush in the shore area. The standing water is diminishing. There are still vehicles & ATV’s driving out. 

Heard of 3 Pike speared in the last couple days. Walleye have been biting good. No recent reports of panfish.


The Hall brothers did well this morning. Great job boys!

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Buc’s Fishing Report


Lake Missaukee  

We still have 14 solid inches on Missaukee. Spotty slush out on the lake. Lots of slush in the shore area. The standing water is diminishing. There are still vehicles & ATV’s driving out. 

. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell-


Ice Update!!! 1/25/17 Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac.
There is about 12″ in most places. The bottom 8″ is good ice, the top 4″ is of varying hardness. Expect many wet spots on the surface with slush hiding under the fresh inch of snow. The shoreline is holding up fine for the most part, only a few isolated areas with water.

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Pike and crappie are biting Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update 231-775-5412

Houghton Lake has 10 to 15 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
Houghton Lake Ice Report for Tip Up Town USA. Anglers are reporting ice thickness ranging from 12″ to 15″. There are a number of large pressure cracks to avoid and the surface is covered with a layer of water, so it’s very slick. 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 Angelos Party Store 989-202-4422

Around Traverse City Green, Duck  are  froze a few fishing smelt on Green off the state park access. Lots of 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

Lake Skegemog has ice from 7 to 10 inches guys were heading catching some nice perch ., Manistee lake is 8 to 10 inches and has a good perch bite. 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

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 8″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle! owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is

North lake Leelanau is still a no go, south lake has 5″ to 7″ with perch and walleye being caught

They are fishing little glen and catching pike and perch. Call leelanau narrows@ (231) 994-2108 or Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433

Portage Lake has been great but be careful as there is some soft spots.

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Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028  Manistee Lake just froze and there hoping by the weekend things should get started

Otsego Lake has 8 to 10 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 is holding up just fine on the north end, have only checked the north.. 6-8 inches, half inch of slop on top. south-end6 to 5 inches.. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677   Evergreen Park  @ 989-821-5425. West Side Grocery 989-821-039

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with10 to 12 inches and  lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. A 15.5 lb 35 inch walleye was caught on the lake this week Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is mostly open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort The ice is still holding up well despite the above-freezing temperatures today. The top is still firm packed. Sleds and quads were out today. There is still deep slush under the snowy patches. The bite was hit or miss. Some caught only a few perch while others got their limit on walleyes. Perch did well during the day while the walleyes seem to hit in late morning. 

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We will keep you updated as conditions will most likely change through this long thaw we are entering..Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

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.

Pentwater Lake, has ice but few are fishing.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is open and some are out in boats. 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. 6 to 8 inches 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 4-6 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have ice but be careful 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

Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay are open water. Boat anglers have caught perch up to 12 inches but are sorting through a lot of small ones. They were fishing in about 60 feet near Yuba and Elk Rapids in the East Bay and in front of the Boardman River in the West Bay. The lake herring bite has been good in both bays.

Portage Lake: Was producing walleye and some very nice perch.

Lake Cadillac: Still had ice but slush and water were making travel a little more difficult. Those finding crappie and bluegills were moving from hole to hole and using dark colored jigs with spikes. Some have caught the occasional walleye. Pike continue to hit on tip-ups.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing crappie and bluegills. Check out the coves. Those using tip-ups are taking a few pike and walleye.

Manistee River: Anglers have caught some steelhead during the warm-up.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead anglers have done well when using spawn, flies and beads.



Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mullett Lake: Anglers are urged to use extreme caution because the ice thickness has not been uniform. Anglers may find good ice in one spot and only a couple inches in another. Most were fishing the north end near Aloha State Park and Dodge Point but fishing was slow with only a couple walleye taken. A couple pike were caught off the state park and a handful of perch were taken off the launch at Lynn Road.

Higgins Lake: The ice was pulling away from the shoreline. Anglers targeting perch off the North State Park were starting to get a few smelt. Most were using minnows, wigglers or wax worms in 40 to 50 feet.

Houghton Lake: Still has ice however anglers will still need to be careful and watch for existing holes that anglers have made and pike spearing holes which expanded with the warmer weather. Caution needs to be used as the pressure crack has also gotten bigger and extends about seven miles from the south side DNR Launch all the way up to Long Point. Anglers have done well for bluegills and crappie. Bluegills were hitting on wax worms, red spikes and wigglers. Crappie were hitting on jigs with minnows. Pink, purple, chartreuse and fire-tiger were good colors. For pike, anglers were using tip-ups with golden’s and suckers. The walleye bite slowed but a few were taken on rattle jigs tipped with a wiggler.

Tawas: Had light fishing pressure near Jerry’s Marina, but anglers were still getting out there. Those with cameras could see a variety of fish over the artificial reef but the fish would not bite. There are vast numbers of shiners and gizzard shad down there and it’s hard to compete with Mother Nature’s smorgasbord. Nevertheless, a few pike were speared and one whitefish was caught.

Tawas River: Had open water but no anglers were seen.

Au Gres: Perch fishing in Wigwam Bay has slowed due to muddy water coming out of both the Rifle and Pine Rivers. Ice conditions were questionable including the area near Palmer Road where some reported four-wheelers going through the ice.

Au Gres River: Most of the river had little to no fishing activity due to poor ice conditions however surf anglers at the Singing Bridge were catching good numbers of steelhead.



Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in the region were getting sloppy with a couple inches of slush on top. Colder temperatures by the end of the week should shore the ice back up.

Lake Gogebic: Was producing a good number of walleye.

Menominee River: Most angling pressure has been at the 6th Street Slip where anglers have caught walleye, crappie, whitefish and a few perch when jigging wax worms or minnows.

Little Bay De Noc: Warm temperatures and rain have worsened ice conditions throughout the area. Heavy fog and slush have limited travel. A good number of shanties were pulled before the surface refreezes. Anglers should avoid the area south of Gladstone because of dangerous ice conditions. Some were taking vehicles out on the ice however it is not recommended as several mishaps have been reported. Fishing remains slow. The better perch fishing was near Kipling with wigglers and minnows in 26 feet. There was no good spot for walleye as catches were spotty. Anglers were targeting 26 to 35 feet near Hunters Point, the Second, Third and Center Reefs. They were marking fish but finding it hard to catch them and those actually catching fish were getting undersize walleye and pike. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor also reported high numbers of small northern pike. Whitefish anglers concentrated on the Gladstone area but only a few catches were reported in 28 to 35 feet. Conditions were messy so anglers should be prepared for walking and using portable shanties.

Manistique Lakes: More slush has accumulated on the ice making travel a little more difficult. Good walleye and perch fishing were reported.

Munuscong Bay: Had a lot of slush on the ice. Walleye fishing has picked up and the perch fishing was good off Grassy Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Still had ice with slush on top. Hessel Bay is still the place to go for perch and splake. Anglers are also fishing Wilderness Bay for splake and some larger perch. Muskie Bay is very good for pike and fair for perch.



Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Huron River: Had some anglers targeting steelhead.

Detroit River: Is wide open. A few boats were going out but most were sticking to the canals because of all the ice coming down. Perch anglers were fishing off the docks in the marinas and in the canals near Gibraltar but were sorting through a lot of small ones to get a few keepers.

Saginaw Bay: The January thaw has ruined the ice in many places. Ice conditions off the end of Linwood Road were “iffy” at best. A couple anglers tried open-water fishing in the Hot Pond but had no success. The perch action at Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee was slow and many were leery of getting stuck near the access point as ice conditions were questionable. Sebewaing, Geiger Road, Mud Creek and Caseville all had poor ice conditions. There was no fishable ice at Port Austin, Grindstone City or Harbor Beach.

Saginaw River: Boat ramps along the river were almost opened up so boat anglers may be able to get out. The Rust Avenue ramp is open and the ramp at Zilwaukee should also be ice-free. There is no safe ice anywhere along the river. The middle of the river was open and had ice and debris including tree trunks moving downstream.

Tittabawassee River: Was open at Gordonville Road where boats were launching. Shore anglers were also out but catch rates were slow. Further downstream there was a lot of floating ice that can hamper fishing. The rivers have been rising constantly for a week now, and other boat ramps should be free of ice.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The limited ice in the area was not safe. Many have moved back to river fishing until the lakes freeze back up.

St. Joseph River: Those fishing near the dams have caught a fair to good number of walleye and the occasional steelhead.

Dowagiac River: Was also producing a good number of walleye. Steelhead fishing was much slower.

Kalamazoo River: Had elevated water levels which made fishing more difficult.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing some steelhead and a few walleye up near the Sixth Street Dam.

Rogue River: Anglers caught steelhead with a jig and wax worm.