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Chappel Dam Grocery & Sport
Chapped Dam Grocery ice fishing Contest
Chapped Dam Grocery ice fishing Contest

THE RAFFLE PRIZE. $5.00 a ticket. This nice 2 man shanty will be awarded to one lucky winner on march 5th. Come in and see it set up in the store.

Chappel Dam Grocery & Sport's photo.
Chappel Dam Grocery & Sport's photo.
Chappel Dam Grocery & Sport's photo.
Chappel Dam Grocery & Sport's photo.

Ok this isn’t a good picture but I will take a better one later today. This is the leader board as of 1-28

Chappel Dam Grocery & Sport's photo.

A tie on the adult pike Louis Simrau

Chappel Dam Grocery & Sport's photo.

Landon Terrell with a nice pike 26 1/2″. Great job

Chappel Dam Grocery & Sport's photo.

Good evening !
It’s the weekend and fishermen are hitting the lake early this morning. About two dozen customers in for bait so far .
Ice reports of 6-8 inches with about a inch of snow. Quads & sleds have been out daily.
As far as the catch, much slower. Minimal amounts being brought in. The bit has been slow , but perch have been a bit larger. Bluegill are a bit smaller 7-9 inch.
Little word on pike and walleye…..
Crappie , YES !!! Word is fair amounts off of Lincoln .
Will keep you posted on all the latest!
Be safe !

Vaughn

 

Another solid day on the ice. Decent mess of gills and a limit of pike. Pike were taken on smelt. Gills seem to like glow based jigs right now. Stop on in for the jigs and the smelt.

Randy

 

Had another decent day on the pond, I forgot to take a group picture. We all limited out. Thanks for a great day guys!

Andrew Wiltz's photo.

Baitman Fishing Report 2/4/2016

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
TUESDAY  FEBRUARY  2,  2016

 

Pilgrims Village Fishing Shop's photo.
Pilgrims Village Fishing Shop's photo.

Tuesday nights snow and rain storm, has changed our lakes.  In many places but not all there’s lots of slush on our lakes.  Making it very sloppy.  In most areas it’s obvious.  The clear ice beneath is still 6″-8″.  There is always the possibility of quads and snowmobiles getting stuck.  This is Michigan and the temperatures will drop from tonight on, this may help.

The coves on the West side of Lake Mitchell have become very popular.  The words out, the bite is on.  Those using quads or snowmobiles easily find the deeper pockets of healthy green weeds in the 12′ to 15′ foot holes. Many of the anglers who walk out spend too much time in shallower water and don’t do as well.  Early mornings and late afternoons have been the best time for Crappie anglers limits.  8″ – 10″ Crappies have been common.  Small minnows are their favorite but some are caught on spikes and wax worms.  Bluegills and Sunfish anglers have been very productive with red spikes.  We’re seeing good numbers of Blugills with larger better fighting Sunfish mixed in.  They’re much thicker, especially when they’re in the 9″ range.

Pike are Pike!  Fishing either Lake Cadillac or Lake Mitchell set a tip-up or two.  There’s no one hot spot.  They seem to cruise all depths.  We hear of Walleye stories but don’t know of any particular areas better then others.  Those catching them don’t want any company.

 

 

 

FISHING REPORT Saint Helen :
Crappie and Blue Gill biting real good after 3:00 pm. Lots of Pike caught this past week. 37″ 11.82 pounds was the biggest I saw. Perch fishing better than ever, several 13″ were caught. Walleye have been caught early and late in the day, a lot of undersized which is great for the future. Call Dave@ 989-389-2100 if you need more information.

Tyler Hatfield with this Northern Pike – 11.82lbs 37″

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.
Captain Chuck’s II Inc.

This is one happy little fisherman! This is a great catch in anyone’s book.

Ashela 'Lauth' Trevino's photo.

Corey and I fished Hamlin tonight. Good ice, but sloppy. Solid 5 inches. Bluegill bite was decent but not outrageous. Definitely worth fishing though.

Randy

 

 

 

A rare photo…Chip, Clare and Dave together. The other day they teamed up to scout for new fishing spots and to check the ice. And, it looks like HL Legend, Clare Gee was the only one who remembered to bring his GPS that day. Tonight Clare was using a Fish Bones Blue Shiner jig tipped with a minnow head. He had one 16″ walleye, 5 throwbacks and 7 pike. Clare has built a 2-limit lead on his chief rival, Dave.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Beautiful morning on the bay today.

12 inches of ice and a few inches of snow on top. Perch were biting this morning.
‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Dan's Resort's photo.
'#flagup #munuscongbay'

Lure of the month & guess who sells them? Yup, that’s right! Only at your favorite corner store!

Millers Corner's photo.

Buc’s Fishing Report

Saginaw Bay: Most of the ice blew out last week, leaving only shore ice. The only fishable spots left were near Standish and Pinconning; the Pine River/Palmer Road area and off Pinconning Park and Newman Road. EXTREME CAUTION must be used and travel by ATV is not advised! Anglers did get some perch from those areas however warm temperatures continue to eat away at the ice. There may still be some fishing opportunities for perch off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee but strictly in shallow water only.

Saginaw River: The ice was no longer safe but there was still too much in the marinas to launch a boat.

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer temperatures were creating a few hazards throughout the Bay especially the southern waters were the ice was not that thick. Anglers reported minor problems crossing Butler Island in a few areas. Anglers were fishing north of Gladstone Bay. Fair walleye catches reported south of the Escanaba River and out from the Power plant in 25 to 35 feet when jigging raps or sucker minnows on tip-ups. Use caution in this area which is known for dangerous ice conditions. Fair catches reported from the Center Reef south to the Second Reef in 20 to 35 feet when using tip-ups with sucker minnows. The number of perch caught has not been high but the fish are averaging 8 to 16 inches. The best areas were between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows or spikes in 17 feet and off the Second Reef in 23 to 30 feet. The head of the Bay reported catches in 10 to 20 feet. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor had good catches but many were small. Whitefish anglers started fishing off Sand Point but the ice conditions worsened so no one was fishing. A few whitefish were caught on minnows in Gladstone in 27 to 35 feet. The northern pike action was good off the mouth of the Day’s River and the Second and Third Reefs but many were undersize. Most were using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 14 to 30 feet.

With the snow storms the first of the week many of the lakes have slush again Ice fishing season is finally here!

With rain and warmer temperatures especially in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula, ice fishing on the inland lakes has become much more dangerous. Anglers would be wise to stay off the deeper lakes and fish in shallow waters only. Don’t venture out on lakes that you are not familiar with. It pays to know depths, where drop-offs are and the location of any inlets or outlets. River ice was no longer safe.

Lake Missaukee has 10 to 12 inches of ice and the ice is safe. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Houghton Lake has 8 to 12 inches of ice and pike and walleye, pike and panfish have been biting and it is Tip Up Town Weekend. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422 he has all his shanties out this weekend, , Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531 H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze some are fishing but all the snow we got sunday and monday made a mess of the lakes. . Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 6 to 10 inches

Fife Lake is froze and there were shanties on it today call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and they are fishing off of Wilson Hills with 5 to 7 inches with a great panfish bite  Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458

Portage Lake is froze and, a great walleye bite and perch bite one guy caught a 31 inch walleye  took a photo and released it back to portage lake. Osborn’s big fishing contest is this weekendCall 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 7 to 10 inches ice 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 is froze they are fishing the south-end with 5 to 7  inches of ice, the north-end  ice is still fine. They  have been fishing on 5″ to 6″ (north end) guys are going out and doing great but be careful and there is slush on the lake. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677 both sports barn and Higgins Lake Hardware got fishbone lures in today along with the hook,line and threaders. Also Evergreen Park is handling bait call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 8 to 12 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Margarethe is froze with 6 to 10 inches and quite a few guys going out and a great pike bite along with some good numbers of walleye. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze over with open spots but nobody was going out yet Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 6 to 7 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 5 to 7 inches. Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112

Black Bass Bay has 12 inches on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

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

Black Lake is froze and Sturgeon Season opens this weekend on Black Lake call Parrot’s Outpost in Onaway for latest info

Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Leroy reports some lakes are froze Call Craig Eyes Have it @ (231) 768-5653 for latest info

Pentwater Lake, is froze and not safe yet call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze but has open water  and a great bluegill and pike bite Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake Skegemog had a great perch bite yesterday with guys getting nice messes of perch., Manistee lake is 6-8inches and has a fair bite but the snow storm has put slush up on the ice call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892

Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading to Fremont lake and guys are going out and getting limits of panfish on the smaller 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 5-7inches

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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Black Lake: The 2016 lake sturgeon fishing and spearing season will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 6. All anglers must register with the DNR to participate and must also possess a lake sturgeon tag which can be obtained for free at any license vendor.

Grand Lake: Was producing walleye and perch. No large numbers but the fish were good size.

Long Lake: Anglers were catching walleye and perch. 

Hubbard Lake: Walleye and perch were starting to bite in 50 to 55 feet. Anglers using tip-ups with blues near the bottom had better success.

Van Etten Lake: Was producing a large number of small perch.

Higgins Lake: Still has ice fishing however anglers should still be careful and drill their way out as ice thickness varies in some areas. Lake trout fishing has been very good in 85 to 110 feet when using greys on tip-ups or jigging. Swedish pimples and big spoons also caught fish. Good perch fishing in 40 to 60 feet. Try the area near the church camp. Trout and pike were caught off the south end.

Houghton Lake: Ice fishing continues. Anglers should avoid the areas near inlets and outlets and use caution near the pressure cracks. Bluegill, crappie and perch have been caught off Saunders Point near the Cut River. Those using tip-ups caught some big pike measuring 30+ inches.

Lake St. Helen: Was producing pike and panfish.

Tawas: Most of the ice blew out leaving only shore ice. The only fishable spots left were the north end of Tawas Bay in the “armpit” and west of Jerry’s Marina but again, extreme caution needs to be used.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

River fishing remains consistent, although water levels will be rising due to significant melt and rainfall.

Betsie River: Has steelhead fishing.

Green Lake: Smelt fishing has been poor. Numbers are low and the fish are small.

Lake Cadillac: Has had a good number of anglers fishing mostly for crappies and northern pike. Tip-ups with large minnows or spearing have done well for pike.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers continue to do well for crappie and the bluegill bite did pick up some. Anglers are using minnows, spikes and wax worms. No word on walleye. Pike are still being caught.

Portage Lake: Some decent catches of perch and bluegill were reported.

Manistee River: Has steelhead fishing and those heading out have caught some nice fish throughout the river.

Hamlin Lake: Anglers are taking bluegills, perch and some walleyes. Those seeking pike are spearing or using tip-ups with sucker minnows.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Had good walleye fishing with some limit catches reported. Some jumbo perch were also caught.

Menominee River: The 6th Street Slip was the hot spot for walleye due in part to the lack of ice by the Hattie Street Dam. Anglers are jigging with a variety of small spoons and jigs tipped with minnows. Those fishing the open water near the dam have caught a few rainbow and brown trout when casting small spoons or rapalas.

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer temperatures were creating a few hazards throughout the Bay especially the southern waters were the ice was not that thick. Anglers reported minor problems crossing Butler Island in a few areas. Anglers were fishing north of Gladstone Bay. Fair walleye catches reported south of the Escanaba River and out from the Power plant in 25 to 35 feet when jigging raps or sucker minnows on tip-ups. Use caution in this area which is known for dangerous ice conditions. Fair catches reported from the Center Reef south to the Second Reef in 20 to 35 feet when using tip-ups with sucker minnows. The number of perch caught has not been high but the fish are averaging 8 to 16 inches. The best areas were between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows or spikes in 17 feet and off the Second Reef in 23 to 30 feet. The head of the Bay reported catches in 10 to 20 feet. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor had good catches but many were small. Whitefish anglers started fishing off Sand Point but the ice conditions worsened so no one was fishing. A few whitefish were caught on minnows in Gladstone in 27 to 35 feet. The northern pike action was good off the mouth of the Day’s River and the Second and Third Reefs but many were undersize. Most were using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 14 to 30 feet.

Munising: Ice conditions in the bay varied and caution needs to be used. There may also be more open water after the strong winds. Most anglers were targeting whitefish or splake. The whitefish are running small. The keepers were between 12 and 14 inches. Catch rates for splake were slow and most of the fish were sublegal. Most are using a single egg but a few were jigging fatheads in 50 to 60 feet. The ice off Powell Point had areas of open water and was questionable. The area near the city docks is limited due to tugboats that have been operating on a daily basis. Off the Anna River access, anglers were fishing in about 60 feet and reporting fish within one or two feet from the bottom. Most were small whitefish and splake. The area off Sand Point was not safe as there was open water within 100 to 200 feet offshore.

Indian Lake: In Schoolcraft County was slow for perch and walleye but a fair number of brown trout were caught.

Big Manistique Lake: Was producing good catches of walleye and large perch.

Brevoort Lake: Was producing some northern pike and a few walleye. Water depths vary but most were in 12 to 15 feet. Minnows worked best. Anglers still need to use caution. 

Munuscong Bay: Was slow for walleye except for the area around Grassy Island. Perch are pretty much scattered throughout. The ice east of Roach Point was still “iffy” so use caution when traveling on the ice.

Cedarville and Hessel: Les Cheneaux and Hessel Bay were good for perch with some nice catches reported. A few splake were also caught. Muskie Bay was slow for perch. Government Bay was very good for pike. Anglers are still encouraged to use caution on the ice.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Huron River: Steelhead success was marginal at Flat Rock. Those able to access the river by small boat were taking a few fish out of the deeper holes. Those fishing below the Belleville Dam caught a couple walleye.

Detroit River: Ice floes have pretty much put a halt to anglers going out in boats.

Oakland County: Anglers on Cass Lake and Union Lake are advised to use extreme caution especially after the rain and warm temperatures. Ice thickness will vary from one spot to the next and it may be best to stay in shallow waters. Those that had been fishing caught a decent number of panfish on wax worms in 6 to 12 feet. Those targeting walleye and pike had the best action right before dark when using glow lures and minnows.

Lake St. Clair: Multiple vehicles went through the ice at Fairhaven. With the rain and warm temperatures, all the fishable lake ice is pretty much gone. The canals and marinas will be questionable. Proceed with extreme caution as ice conditions can change dramatically in a short distance. The boat ramps at the Harley Ensign Launch are ice free so anglers could launch a boat.

Saginaw Bay: Most of the ice blew out last week, leaving only shore ice. The only fishable spots left were near Standish and Pinconning; the Pine River/Palmer Road area and off Pinconning Park and Newman Road. EXTREME CAUTION must be used and travel by ATV is not advised! Anglers did get some perch from those areas however warm temperatures continue to eat away at the ice. There may still be some fishing opportunities for perch off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee but strictly in shallow water only.

Saginaw River: The ice was no longer safe but there was still too much in the marinas to launch a boat.

Tittabawassee River: It was possible to launch boats from the ramp at Gordonville Road south of Midland. There is open water upstream to the Dow Dam and downstream as far as Freeland. Boat and shore anglers have been catching walleye on jigs and twister tails or jigs with minnows. A couple steelhead were also caught.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Even though temperatures are dropping at night, warm temperatures during the day coupled with rain are not helping ice conditions. Constant thawing and refreezing are producing honeycomb ice which is not safe. Anglers need to use extreme caution.

St. Joseph River: Anglers are doing well for steelhead downstream of the Berrien Springs Dam. Walleye were caught further upstream.

Kalamazoo River: More anglers were out with the warmer weather. Those fishing spawn, crank baits, or wax worms were taking steelhead below the Allegan Dam.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers will need to pay close attention to fluctuating water levels caused by rain, run-off and moving ice. Steelhead are still being caught up near the 6th Street Dam. Anglers are using spawn bags and crank baits. Look for panfish in the backwaters. Some limit catches were reported in the bayous.

Grand River at Lansing: Was quiet for the most part. A few walleye were caught near the North Lansing Dam. Try shiners under a bobber or tight lining.

Muskegon River: The fish are there and those targeting steelhead are finding fish throughout the river including near Croton. With water levels up a bit, most fish were caught in areas where the water was slower.

Evergreen Northern Market on Higgins Lake has Live Bait

Evergreen Northern Market Higgins Lake
Evergreen Northern Market Higgins Lake
Open · 7:00AM – 9:00PM
9961 N Higgins Lake Dr
Roscommon, Michigan
https://www.facebook.com/evergreennorthernmarket/?fref=ts

Liquor, Beer, Wine, Gas, Grocery, Pizza, Deli, 

989-821-5425

http://evergreennorthernmarket.com/

 

 

Minnows, Spikes, wigglers and waxworms!!! Now at Evergreen Northern Market.  Lets go get some fish!!!

Nice catch!!

Evergreen Northern Market's photo.

Caught on Higgins Lake North-end. Nice catch fellas. Must have been those primo blues from Evergreen Northern Market.!!

Evergreen Northern Market's photo.

Higgins Lake Sunday 1/31. Nice!!

Evergreen Northern Market's photo.

Beautiful blues!#

Evergreen Northern Market's photo.

These little guys live to be perch food

Evergreen Northern Market's photo.

Baitman 2/3/2016

 

Get registered for a good time on the ice. Its a good reason to go fishing! Over $10,000 in prizes! http://www.osbornssportshop.com/apps/webstore/

Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.
1, - Onekama, Michigan's photo.
1, - Onekama, Michigan's photo.
1, - Onekama, Michigan's photo.

The ice is on the lakes of Manistee and Benzie Counties, and the fish are biting. If you are looking for some fun this weekend, a chance to catch a mess of fish, a chance to catch some big ones, and the chance to win some nice prizes, then come to Osborn’s Sport Shop on US 31 between Manistee and Bear Lake and register in the Feb 4th, 5th and 6th ice fishing contest. Over $10,000 in prizes for adults and for kids, and many lakes to fish on. Largest perch, pike, walleye, bluegill and crappie will be awarded prizes.
Perch photos from this past week fishing on Portage Lake in Manistee County. The big perch weighed 1.79 and 1.62 lbs respectively
You can learn more about the contest at:
http://www.osbornssportshop.com/2016bigicefishing.htm

You can also call at 231-889-3775 for information
You have to register by Feb 4th at 6pm, and fishing starts at midnight and goes to 3pm on Sunday, Feb 7th.

I’m pretty sure the kids are doing better than the adults. Time to tap into your inner child, anglers…

David Pepper's photo.
This young man caught 4 eyes half dozen misses started snowing like a banchy so headed off houghton lake

Today was fun!! Great guys! Great fish!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Baitman 2/2/2106

fishbones rattle jig walleye
fishbones rattle jig walleye

Baitman went out on Long Lake by Traverse tonight and caught 6 walleye but all were short but had a great time and tested out the fishbones rattle jig which worked great and we sell to bait shops. Still have a learning curve with the vexilar but had lots of fun watching fish come up but never could get one to bite need some coaching.

The S.O.L. group was out today in the shanties and did pretty good! What a nice picture! Tells a great story!!

Angelo's Party Store on Old US 27's photo.

oh yeah baby!!!!!! That’s what little Angelo said when he saw these!!
All of these beauties were caught in Houghton Lake!
In the area where we have the shanties!

Angelo's Party Store on Old US 27's photo.
Angelo's Party Store on Old US 27's photo.

When he’s not wearing khakis… Jacob, Jake-from-State Farm, Chipman knows how to catch big pike. Along with his fishing partner, Carie Keely, the duo used Lyman’s emerald shiners on a bare hook below the Reedsburg dam and limited out with a 25lb stringer. The largest was 34″ and 10lbs.
Now we’ll see if Jake follows through on his promise to cook pike patties for the boys in the shop.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Pike-a-palooza at Houghton Lake. On Saturday, Ann Lavery and Gary Newman from Stanton caught a 35″ and 33″ 8lb+ pike. One was speared and the other caught on a tip-up with a sucker. Also Saturday, Matthew Bowman brought in two more pike to add to his haul this weekend. The Lunker Award goes to Troy Young with the help of his brother Traymyn (camera shy) who landed this 34″ ,10lb 12oz by Lyman’s rental shanty #88 using a golden shiner on a tip-up.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Hooked up on Higgins Lake
The ice is still fine. Today I have been fishing on 5″ to 6″ (north end) , tomorrow’s weather doesn’t look bad calling for 1 to 3″. The wind isn’t suppose to be that bad either. After tomorrow we are going to get some colder weather. The lake will be machine ready soon. I have seen a few snowmobile’s on the lake in the past few days. South end I don’t have a report, but the ice should be at least a solid 6″ . Please still use caution when going out!

Couple of the big ones from today!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Had another good day with clients!! Started slow but picked up!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Busy day on the bay this weekend. ‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Dan's Resort's photo.
Dan's Resort's photo.

Baitman 2/1/2016

Rick Wetzig with a nice Pike out of Higgins Lake! Way to GO!!! I’m telling you there are some monsters in this lake. ‪#‎fishon‬

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Charlie Hendrickson caught this one a couple minutes ago in Portage Lake. They are going to get nothing but bigger for the contest. 1.79 Pounds and 15-1/2″.

Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.

John Judge caught a fat perch off of Portage Lake in the rain! Nice Catch! 1.62 Pounds and 14-1/2″ Caught on Osborn’s Magic Bait. 1/31/2016

Osborn's Sport Shop's photo.

This is one happy little fisherman! This is a great catch in anyone’s book.

Ashela 'Lauth' Trevino's photo.
Ashela ‘Lauth’ Trevino added a new photo to Captain Chuck’s II Inc.‘s timeline — in Fountain, Michigan.

Fishing was good today!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

 

Darrin Young's photo.
Darrin Young to Hooked up on Higgins Lake

I’m a little behind but I wanted to show the fish Bob put me on this weekend. That man knows his stuff

All 7 of us limited out today! Managed a few good ones.

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

My girl caught a nice one this morning! ‪#‎fishon‬

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Baitman 1/31/2016

 

We hope the fish are as plentiful the time of the tournament!
WAY TO GO BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your excitement!

Angelo's Party Store on Old US 27's photo.

SO, Lou went out to work on the shanties and thought, what the heck, I’ll put out a couple tip ups while I’m working…

Angelo's Party Store on Old US 27's photo.

Another great day for BIG fish on Hamlin Lake !!
Nick Samuels took this 33lb., 47 inch Muskie on Upper Hamlin East of Wilson Hill this morning .
Awesome !!!!

Hamlin Grocery's photo.
Hamlin Grocery's photo.

Walleye , Walleye, Walleye ………..
Great job Jenna Luke !!!

Hamlin Grocery's photo.

Lyman’s On The Lake

 

Great final day of T.U.T. 2016. HL’s own Brook Pepper and CJ Fiedler made some noise down at The TUT USA Fishing Contest with these monster crappies they caught using tear drops with minnows in 8′ -14′ (that really narrows it down, huh?). Check out The Resorter for a list of the winners. Matthew wrapped up his weekend with enough pike fillets for a nice fish fry. And Dave is back into mid-season form with 3 keeper walleyes while his chief rival, HL Legend Clare Gee, got blanked.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Beautiful day !! Thanks to all who supported our little shop

Millers Corner's photo.
Millers Corner's photo.
Millers Corner's photo.

Jack Quance 28 3/4″ 7.3lb Walleye

'John 31 1/2" 6.98lb Pike'
Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Look at our parking lot – this was Sunday morning

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Thank you for coming out and supporting us! Great turnout this year.

Congrats to Bret Jones for bringing in the biggest walleye, weighing in at 6.74lbs.

There was just over 300 entrees and weighed in over 160 fish.

Good weather and pretty good fishing. Lots of little throwbacks this year.

'Final kids leader board.'
'Final walleye leader board.'
'The crowd at the awards ceremony.'
'The winning fish.'
'Final walleye leader board.'
'The crowd at the awards ceremony.'
'The winning fish.'

Baitman’s Report for 1/30/16

Cal Chapman speared this monster pike today which was 40″ and weighed 18# 14 oz. Tower Pond. That pike won’t be eating anymore trout in that pond or in the Black River. Congrats Cal.

Parrott's Outpost's photo.

After day 2 of the tournament:
6.6 lbs is leading the board.

Dan's Resort's photo.

Good afternoon !
Another busy morning dipping bait at Hamlin (Bait) Grocery. Still much buzz about all the fish coming in.
Though it has slowed down , still guys catching limits of nice bluegill. Average size is now 7-9inch with the occasional 10 plus inches. A few that are focusing on Perch have done well, overall much smaller fish. A few nice pike as well as some very nice walleye have been brought into the store for my viewing pleasure, but mums the word on location of catch. A good starting point may be Indian Pete West to the Narrows. 

With the warm weather ice has been of concern…. All I will say is what I am told,
6 inch. + in most areas. Sleds & quads have been out for over 2 weeks. If you wonder out on the lower lake be mindful of many weak areas of ice. Use common sense, and above all remember ” No ice is safe ice”.
Just about all bait has been used and tried this last week. Wax worms and red spikes seem to be popular for bluegill. Golden and suckers for top-up though suckers tend to be a little more hardy.
Tungsten gigs are a favorite …..
In colors or green, yellow , orange ,chartreuse and glow when available. The hot pick of the week: red, white & blue.

Be sure to stop in and say hello, we enjoy hearing all your “BIG FISH” stories.
Be safe & Fish-on !

Vaughn

 

Stop in for all your ice fishing needs! We have Blues, Perch minnows, Golden shiners, and suckers! Waxies, spikes (red and white), and mousees!

Maybe the fish are starting to get over their lockjaw… and just in time for this weekend’s T.U.T. fishing tournament. Collin from HL started his stringer with this nice walleye. Matthew Bowman from Mt. Pleasant is back again with a pair of pike and will be heading out again in the a.m. with his dad.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

HL Legend, Clare Gee scored first this morning with a keeper walleye on a Foo Flyer.. chief rival Dave wasn’t impressed.. They fished together in the evening and Glare had the last laugh with his 31″ 8lb pike and 17″ walleye using a Fish Bones Froggie jig using a single hook with minnow. A customer was impressed with Dave’s fish – he thought it was “a very nice perch”.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

The first fish of the morning didn’t take long for the guys staying in our sleeper shanty. James Rush caught this 22″ walleye on a tip-up with a Lyman’s Golden Shiner.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.
Hooked up on Higgins Lake
Missy Ruhlig's photo.
Missy Ruhlig to Hooked up on Higgins Lake

Thanks Bob Stockton from hooked up on higgins.our group had an awesome time with u on the lake today!!! You are one hell of a guide couldn’t have asked for a better teacher or new friend thanks again stay safe and keep ur lines tight!

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Another great day of fishing. Father and son, my girl and I. We all limited out on some nice lakers.

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Thanks Carl! It was my pleasure.

Carl Ventimiglia's photo.
Carl Ventimiglia to Hooked up on Higgins Lake

Thank you Bob for a great day and all your hard work. My son had a blast, Bob probably walked 5 miles just resetting baits for us. If you want top notch guide this guy knows his stuff!!

 

Baitman travels today

Bobby Stockton with a huge laker out of Higgins Lake this week on 2 to 4 inches of ice on the north end, Nice fish Bobby!!!

The snow belt of Northwest Michigan has bad ice and lots of slush on the ice as we never got a good base before all the snow came so be careful on all these lake, go inland 40 miles east and you will find good ice on most lakes

A great panfish bite on Wixom and Sanford lake the last week with limit catches for some, but most people are catching fish. Wax and spikes working best.

Houghton Lake has been slow with walleye but reports are a better bite tonight, the pike are still biting great.

Heard a lot of the ice blew our of Saginaw Bay with the high winds yesterday.

Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report's photo.