BUC’S BAIT WILL BE DISTRIBUTING ICE STRONG TITANIUM SPRING BOBBER

 ICE STRONG TITANIUM SPRING BOBBER

 

 ICE STRONG TITANIUM SPRING BOBBER
ICE STRONG TITANIUM SPRING BOBBER

 

Buc’s bait will be distributing ice strong titanium spring bobber to our dealers so ask your local sport shop to carry these awesome spring bobbers.

 

Ice fishing, as you know, is a rapidly growing sport, both recreational and competitively, and everyone is looking for the next best thing…and that’s what we have-complete with lifetime warranty! Everyone from the average Jane and Joe up to US Olympic Anglers use our products!

 ICE STRONG TITANIUM SPRING BOBBER
 
 
 
Ice Strong Titanium Spring Bobber is the best spring ice fishing bobber on the market today…and it’s made in the USA! We are a Titanium Spring Bobber made in Michigan by Captain Matt Strong and wife Laura Strong. Capt Matt is a charter fisherman on Lake Michigan (creator of the Dreamweaver Lure Strong Fly and Strong Fly Meat Rigs), as well as a pro-ice fisherman and guide. He fishes the NAIFC tournament series and qualified for the NAIFC Championship in 2015 in Mille Lacs, MN. He also guides on Lake Gogebic in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, spending over 100 days on the ice every year.
 
 
Ice Strong Bobbers were introduced to the fishing world in 2012 as a concept idea, and then select stores in 2014. We have continued to grow, launching new products!
 
Buc's bait will be distributing ice strong titanium spring bobber
Buc’s bait will be distributing ice strong titanium spring bobber
 
Our bobber line includes,
Original Strong Bobber: .016 Single Strand Titanium, NonKinking, 40# test, perfect for 2.5-5.0mm jigs
Ultralight Strong Bobber: .014 Single Strand Titanium, NonKinking, 30# test, perfect for 1.0-3.0mm jigs
XL Strong Bobber: .020 Single Strand Titanium, NonKinking, 70# test, high vis bead for deadsticking
 
 
We guarantee that our Ice Strong Titanium Bobbers will be the only bobber you and your customers will EVER need! They are rated for -25 degrees Fahrenheit! No competing product comes close in terms of sensitivity and the ability to “see the lightest bites.” Our pricing structure is as follows:
 
An Ice Strong Titanium Spring Bobber is the MOST important part of an ice fishing setup. The bobber not only serves as your rod’s tip, but is a highly sensitive strike indicator.
 
 
1) The first step is to determine what jig you will be using and pick the appropriate Ice Strong Titanium Spring Bobber.
 
Ultralight Bobber is designed for 1.0 – 3.0mm Tungsten Jigs and Flies
Original Bobber is designed for 2.5 – 5.0mm Tungsten Jigs and Plastics
XL Bobber is designed for deadstick presentations
 
2) The next step is to attach your your bobber. It should be attached to the end of your rod tip and acts as extension of your rod.
 
3) The third step is to load the bobber. Thread your line through the spring bobber and tie on your favorite jig. The spring bobber will load up – meaning it should hang at an approximate 45 degree angle from your rod.
 
4) The final step is to get out on the ice and see all of the bites you’re been missing!
 
You will notice, that with these highly sensitive bobbers, not only will you see the down bite, but you will see the ever-so-subtle UP bite of a crappie or finicky bluegill. Fish on fellow anglers!
 
ATTACHING YOUR ICE STRONG BOBBER
 
Ways to attach your Ice Strong Titanium Spring Bobber
 
OPTION 1
Tie your bobber direct to your rod tip with rod building thread and a dab of glue.
 
OPTION 2
Use a dab of glue and shrink tubing over the rod tip. Shrink it down with a heat gun.
 
 

Baitman Reports great ice in Northern Michigan 2/25/16

 

The bite is on! ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

There is 16 inches of ice and barely any snow on top. Trucks and sleds are still going out without a problem. It is just a very bumpy ride out. We had a thaw last weekend so the ice got pretty rutted from all the traffic and then all the ruts froze, so it is rough riding out and slippery walking around out there. We have been selling ice cleats like crazy this week! The perch have moved into shallower water and nice-sized, keeper walleyes are coming in pretty frequently now compared to what we have seen earlier in the season.

‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

Dan's Resort's photo.
Cody Newman's photo.

Biggest I’ve landed on a jig pole. Heading back out in the AM, see ya at 7!

 

 

 

Still fishing on Hamlin Lake ……
Said to be 8+ inch. of ice . Had about 3 dozen fishermen in this a.m. and as many tonight.
Quads and sleds still being used.
Be safe and fish on !!

Hamlin Grocery's photo.

My good buddy and loyal customer, Jeff Tenney put the tines to this 26 incher this morning. Good work Jeff!

Captain Chuck's II Inc.'s photo.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
On Saturday after Fridays wind, warm temperatures and rain, Pizza Plus sponsered their Annual Speed Fishing Tournament.

The phones and e-mails rang constantly by those expecting the lakes to be open water.  It did not happen.  It did melt the snow!  Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell have 12″ to 15″ of measured ice.  No slush, just slippery.  Four wheelers and an occasional compact pick-up trucks cross the lakes for those who prefer not to walk.

Saturday was blue skies, sun and breezy, perfect conditions for competition.  What is fun about this type of tournament is that anyone can win.  10 anglers paid the $25 entry fee for the one hour of fishing.  Every ten minutes a whistle blew and every one moved clockwise to a new hole.  Only one line and bait are allowed.  No electronics.  The largest legal fish by length receives the 100% pay out.

A few Perch were caught up to 6″.  Later a couple of gills, the largest 7″.  Finally a 9″ Crappie at the closing minutes.  James Cornelius has fished the Speed Tournament past years and collected the payout by landing the 9″ Crappie.  Speed fishing is fun and anything can happen.  Past years 6″ and 7″ Perch have won all the money.

See Pizza Plus for next years Tournament, come rain or shine they’re in.

Bring your power augers, there’s lots of ice.  It’s slick on top, a wise investment would be a pair of creepers if fishing before the next snow.  There’s lots of winter to go.

Buc’s Fishing Report

Saginaw Bay: Catch rates were poor over the last week. Much warmer weather moving into the state will soften the ice once again. Anyone going out on the ice will need to use EXTREME CAUTION. Spud your way out and don’t take a quad or snowmobile out. An Argo went through the ice off the Bay City State Park. A fair number of anglers at Palmer Road but catch rates were slow. The water was still murky. Anglers were fishing in 3 to 7 feet from shore ice that was still hanging on. Ice conditions were bad near the mouth of the Pine River. Some were walking out from the Bay City State Park however the ice was not good. The ice near the mouth of the Saginaw River was questionable. Some were walking out from the end of Jones Road and fishing the Hot Ponds but they reported mostly carp in there right now. Fishing off Vanderbilt Park was not good. A few crappies and bluegills were taken in the Quanicassee River and the Sunset Bay Marina. Some perch were taken off Geiger Road but ice conditions were not consistent. The Sebewaing River and marina froze over again but the ice was not safe.

Saginaw River: Did freeze again however ice safety was questionable. A few anglers were creeping out and fishing close to shore at various locations but again the ice thickness was not consistent.

Little Bay De Noc: Had few anglers and catch rates were down. Anglers are fishing as far south as Portage Point but open water starts around Breezy Point so use caution if venturing out in these areas. Ice conditions were good in the northern Bay but much thinner near Portage Point. Saunders Point had a large area of open water that just froze over and was considered DANGEROUS. Walleye catches were reported throughout the Bay but the southern waters were best. The Escanaba ship docks or just south of the Escanaba River reported fair catches when jigging rapalas or using tip-ups in 18 to 22 feet. Several large pike were also reported in this area. The best catches were between Aronson Island and Portage Point in 25 to 45 feet. Fair walleye catches between the Center and the Second Reef in 20 to 35 feet. Perch catches were down. The best area was between the Second and Third Reefs when using wigglers or mousies in 17 to 28 feet. A few nice catches were reported from the flats off Kipling in 24 feet. A lot of undersize walleye and pike were also reported in this area. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor reported good catches of perch though many were on the small side. Whitefish anglers caught fish near Gladstone when using minnows in 28 to 40 feet and off Sand Point with minnows or spawn in 80 to 90 feet.

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 10 to 16inches of ice and pike and walleye, pike and panfish have been biting the pre spawn bite has started and bigger walleye have been caught this week. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422 he has all his shanties out this weekend, , Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231.

Guys are catching walleye but go small, use a blue head and keep the jig still and leave it on the bottom.

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze and the ice is finally safe and without slush. Smelt are biting on green at both access site now with guys catching up to two hundred the last few days but they are small. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 6 to 10 inches

Fife Lake is froze and the perch are biting  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 10 to 12 inches with a great panfish bite  Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458

Portage Lake is froze and  Perch are still on the bite with many jumbo’s being caught 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 10 to 12 inches and a great perch bite this week 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 10 to 16 inches of ice with a great perch, pike and trout bite. There has beeb jeeps out on the ice but not recommended

The north-end  ice is great. They  have been fishing on 10″ to 12″ (north end) guys are going out and doing great on perch and lake trout. 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 and fishbones lures call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 10 to 14 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Margarethe is froze with 10 to 12 inches and quite a few guys going out and pike and walleye have been fair. Bluegill bite has been good this week. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Crystal Lake is froze with 2 to4 inches of clear ice some guys are going out but warm weather this week might make it unsafe. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342

 

Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort Reports the walleye bite is on!!!!!Grassy Island was the best for walleye, perch and pike. The ice east of Roach Point was in poor condition. Avoid this area. Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 10  to 12 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

Fletcher Floodwater has ice 10 to 12 inches. The flood feast is this week 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 some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake the perch are biting on Maple Bay.

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

Pentwater Lake, is open ice is not safe.  Call Pentwater angler info 231-869-5357

White Lake is froze but has open water  and is not safe Call Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688

Lake Skegemog had a awesome  perch bite with guys getting nice messes of perch, the lake is in good shape with many fisherman tying there luck. ., Manistee lake is 10-16 inches and has a fair bite  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 but fishing has been slow  call 231-854-3965

Harrison Has ice and lots of  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 8-10 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

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice in Southern Michigan is not safe and you have to get above US 10 to find safe ice

Detroit River: A few perch were caught in the cuts, canals and marinas. Fish were reported in the canals around Gibraltar. Fishing is pretty much open water.

Oakland County: Both Union and Cass Lake had a good number of anglers but fishing was slow. A fair to good number of pike were caught on tip-ups or seen through the spearing holes but most were undersize. A handful of bluegills were caught in front of Dodge State Park on Cass Lake. Ice thickness varies from one spot to the next so anglers will need to use extreme caution.

Lake St. Clair: Had ice and fishing once again in areas like Fairhaven and Metro Beach but most of the lake has rather thin ice cover which will most likely be gone by Friday. Wind speed and direction will play a big role in how long the remaining ice sticks around. Anglers will need to use extreme caution and recognize that wind and warm temperatures can result in ice conditions that can change quickly. Moving ice becomes a problem and anglers may find themselves stranded on ice floe. Anglers should avoid fishing where the winds can potentially push the ice away from shore.

Harbor Beach to Caseville: Harbor Beach had open water. There was no fishing activity at Caseville or Port Austin.

Saginaw Bay: Catch rates were poor over the last week. Much warmer weather moving into the state will soften the ice once again. Anyone going out on the ice will need to use EXTREME CAUTION. Spud your way out and don’t take a quad or snowmobile out. An Argo went through the ice off the Bay City State Park. A fair number of anglers at Palmer Road but catch rates were slow. The water was still murky. Anglers were fishing in 3 to 7 feet from shore ice that was still hanging on. Ice conditions were bad near the mouth of the Pine River. Some were walking out from the Bay City State Park however the ice was not good. The ice near the mouth of the Saginaw River was questionable. Some were walking out from the end of Jones Road and fishing the Hot Ponds but they reported mostly carp in there right now. Fishing off Vanderbilt Park was not good. A few crappies and bluegills were taken in the Quanicassee River and the Sunset Bay Marina. Some perch were taken off Geiger Road but ice conditions were not consistent. The Sebewaing River and marina froze over again but the ice was not safe.

Saginaw River: Did freeze again however ice safety was questionable. A few anglers were creeping out and fishing close to shore at various locations but again the ice thickness was not consistent.

Tittabawassee River: Was not fishable due to floating ice.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice conditions improved on most lakes other than the ones in Allegan and Van Buren County that received significant snowfall. Anglers still need to use extreme caution and watch the shoreline ice which may be weak in areas. Bluegills and crappie were hitting on jigs and wax worms in 10 to 20 feet. Go with very small jigs or even ice fly’s as it seems the regular size teardrops were not working.

St. Joseph River: Steelhead fishing has been good during the warm spells so look for some good action by the weekend.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Catch rates slowed during the artic chill but should rebound by the end of the week especially with runoff after the rain and melting snow. Try spawn and wax worms up near the 6th Street Dam and near the mouth of the Rogue River.

Grand River at Lansing: Look for the pike and walleye bite to improve with the warm up. Try small sucker minnows or golden shiners.

Muskegon River: Is producing a fair number of steelhead but the number of fish caught should increase by the weekend.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had few anglers and catch rates were down. Anglers are fishing as far south as Portage Point but open water starts around Breezy Point so use caution if venturing out in these areas. Ice conditions were good in the northern Bay but much thinner near Portage Point. Saunders Point had a large area of open water that just froze over and was considered DANGEROUS. Walleye catches were reported throughout the Bay but the southern waters were best. The Escanaba ship docks or just south of the Escanaba River reported fair catches when jigging rapalas or using tip-ups in 18 to 22 feet. Several large pike were also reported in this area. The best catches were between Aronson Island and Portage Point in 25 to 45 feet. Fair walleye catches between the Center and the Second Reef in 20 to 35 feet. Perch catches were down. The best area was between the Second and Third Reefs when using wigglers or mousies in 17 to 28 feet. A few nice catches were reported from the flats off Kipling in 24 feet. A lot of undersize walleye and pike were also reported in this area. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor reported good catches of perch though many were on the small side. Whitefish anglers caught fish near Gladstone when using minnows in 28 to 40 feet and off Sand Point with minnows or spawn in 80 to 90 feet.

Munising: Ice conditions improved with the cold weather. Some areas have “shove ice” which is ice that broke up and has slid under other sheets of ice making it somewhat difficult to drill holes. The ice around Powell Point improved so anglers had access. There is still open water in the main channel west and east of Grand Island. Fishing in general was slow. Most are targeting whitefish and splake with an assortment of eggs, wax worms and minnows. The fish are running small 10 to 12 inches and were found in 50 to 60 feet. Some legal size splake were caught in 70 to 80 feet however anglers were putting in their time to catch them. Those fishing at night were targeting burbot.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing improved, especially if one moves around. Splake fishing was good in Wilderness Bay. Be aware of thin ice from Middle Island to the south. Smelt are working the best for perch and splake. Muskie Bay is still quite slow for perch but good for pike.

Baitman 2/9/16

 

Greg Alsip
Greg has the bait shop at the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort call (231) 994-2108 for the latest ice conditions and fishing

First good one of the season from Lake Leeelanau…26″

Greg Alsip's photo.

It was a really nice day on the ice. The weather was warm, sun was out late morning and the fish were more active. Check out this nice pike…

Ben Baker's photo.

Great catch Ty and Luke

Malcolm's Tackle Box's photo.

Word is Bluegill have moved to the East, aprox 13 ft. of water. Bait and tackle of choice :
Orange/yellow tungsten , Strong bobber and spikes !
It’s a beautiful day to be on the ice….
Enjoy and be safe ~
Vaughn

Hamlin Grocery's photo.
Hamlin Grocery'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.

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 Fishing Report 1/28/16

Dan’s Resort
23477 S Bay Rd
Pickford, Michigan
(906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Beautiful day on the bay today!

 

Dan’s Resort is selling Fish bones custom lures for the derby get them to catch the winning walleye
Justin Cope's photo.

About 9-12 inches of ice and the perch and walleye are coming in!

derby info

Dan's Resort's photo.

What a busy day on the bay! Thanks for supporting us, let’s do it again tomorrow!  ‪#‎fishon‬ ‪#‎munuscongbay‬

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

Dan’s Resort will once again be the epicenter of activity as the Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club holds the Walleye Jamboree on Munuscong Bay beginning at 1 a.m. Thursday.

“We’re happy to host the tournament,” said Karen Lacklin, anticipating upwards of 400 anglers competing for the $700 top prize awarded to the registered angler who weighs in the biggest walleye taken before noon on Sunday.

Spokesman Tom Ball said in his 15-plus years of overseeing the Walleye Jamboree, he hasn’t seen conditions this good leading up to the tournament.

“There’s a ton of water in the bay,” he said. “We’re up about a foot-and-a-half from last year.”

Ball said ice conditions are variable — 8-16 inches — and participants should use caution in their travels on the ice. The deeper channel waters, Ball indicated, do not appear to have enough ice; as a result, anglers will be confined to Munuscong Bay.

“They’re driving vehicles on the very inner part of the bay,” he said, noting a clearly visible pressure crack is keeping everyone in.

“The fishing out there is better than last year,” said Ball, “and last year was good.”

Anglers looking to hook the big one should work lures in gold and orange, silver and blue, and chartreuse and orange, according to Ball: “All tipped with minnows.”

Tickets are being sold for $30 for adult anglers and $5 for kids 15 and under and must be purchased before heading out on the ice. Dan’s Resort will have them available throughout the weekend as will Wilderness Treasures in Pickford. For those hitting the bay from the north, MMC Store in Barbeau be selling them, while Woody’s One Stop in the Sault will also be handling ticket sales.

Ball noted there is an increase in ticket prices this year with a nod toward improving the prizes.

“We’ll be giving away augers and shanties,” he said, “instead of coffee cups and jig poles.”

The top 15 adult anglers will win either cash or valuable prizes while the kids will compete in three different divisions including $100 for the biggest walleye, $35 for the biggest northern pike and $35 for the largest perch. Ron Gordon of Prescription Oxygen has also thrown down his own challenge, promising $100 in cash for the first kid to weigh-in a fish larger than his best of the tournament in all three divisions.

Ledy’s Auto Sales is also kicking in $100 in the form of a $25 prize for the biggest walleye brought to the scales on all four days of the jamboree.

And if you fish a full four days and fail to hook up, there is still plenty of opportunity to win. All of the registered anglers will compete in the entry draw as the tournament comes to a close on Sunday afternoon. You must, however, be present to win.

Houghton Lake Ice Report…

The 2016 TUT Mayor and Marshall have been checking the ice around the lake. About 90% of the lake is 8″ to 12″ thick. The area in front of Lyman’s (south shore weed bed area) and out to Little Round is the thickest we’ve measured. The Middle Grounds are around 8″. There are a couple of large pressure cracks reported – off Townline Rd, west of our shanty area and another north of us. Always exercise caution around the typical areas…East Bay, especially near the streams & canals, Long Point and all shorelines, streams, rivers, etc.
The Sheriff’s dept informed us that the East and West DNR ramps are plowed and open for parking. The north-side park is not plowed, but there is lake access using snowmobiles. Other lake access points for quads, snowmobiles and by foot include Reserve and Townline Rd, however, there is no parking. Harvey’s marina is another access point.

Lyman's On The Lake's photo.

Lyman’s On The Lake Ice is about 12″ thick on Houghton Lake. They catch lots of pike in the shanties with a few walleye and panfish for those who time it right. The pictures of fish from the shanties are scattered throughout our posts. The ice report with the TUT mayor and marshall with the big pike is from the shanty.

 

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions did improve around the Bay but it is still “iffy” out there in spots. There are fish to catch without crossing the pressure cracks which is much safer. Palmer Road near Standish was very busy with a lot of anglers on the ice. They caught 8 to 10 inch perch in 2 to 3 feet of water. Walleye were caught in the evening in 8 to 10 feet. White’s Beach had a few anglers targeting perch but the fish were small. Perch were caught at Pinconning and down off Newman Road. Walleye were found ¾ of a mile off Erickson Road but anglers need to be aware of all the pressure cracks out there and use caution. There are active pressure cracks off Linwood as well. The occasional walleye was caught in 8 feet off the Bay City State Recreation Area and from the shipping channel near Spoils Island. A few perch were caught near the range light off the river mouth. Perch fishing was spotty from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Some managed limit catches while others had none. Keep moving until you find an active school of fish. Walleye anglers were in the Slot and around North Island. Caseville was slow.

Saginaw River: Still had patches of open water here and there and anglers are cautioned to stay well away from those areas. Anglers need to beware of thin and treacherous ice along the river especially with temperatures well above freezing by the weekend. Anglers were marking lots of fish however they did not want to bite. That was the rule from Saginaw to the mouth. Walleye were caught but not in large numbers. Most were jigging rapalas tipped with minnow heads. Hot colors were blue and silver, black and gold, purple or perch colors. Fishing activity started near Wickes Park and Ojibway Island. A number of anglers were at the First Street turn basin at the north end of Saginaw and strung out north and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge. Be very careful of the ice near any of the bridges. The ice was not good near the Boys & Girls Club in the south end of Bay City. Anglers were fishing downstream of the Independence Bridge near the U.S.S. Edson but catch rates were spotty.

 

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved some from Gladstone north to the head of the Bay but again the ice thickness this year varies greatly in any given area. Anglers need to use caution when traveling on the Bay. Anglers have gone out as far south as the Stonington area but this is not recommended and considered VERY DANGEROUS ice. The Bay had very little snow cover. Several large pressure cracks have made travel a bit more difficult so please use extreme caution when traveling all areas. Walleye catches remain fair to good although tapering off a bit. The Gladstone Beach area and out from the State Police Post were best reporting good catches using tip-ups with minnows or jigging rapalas in 20 to 34 feet. Catches were also reported off the Second and Third Reefs when using the same in 17 to 30 feet. Perch anglers reported better catches especially between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows in 13 to 19 feet. Northern pike catches were reported throughout the Bay and anglers spearing northern pike have reported a very good season so far. Whitefish were caught off Gladstone with dead minnows in 27 to 35 feet.

 

Buc’s Fishing Report

With the deep freeze, most of the state is now ice fishing. Anglers will still need to use caution especially along the west side after all the snow. Reports coming in say the pike are hungry and hitting hard and the panfish action has turned on. Those targeting walleye are also taking some fish. Ice fishing season is finally here!

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. 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 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 3 to 5 inches of ice, the north-end is not safe as guys are going out and doing great but be careful ice goes from 4 inches to 2 inches in a heartbeat. 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

 

Well, today has been on fire!! I managed to bust an awesome Lake Trout this A.M. !!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

Cade Brown sent me this photo today of a nice Pike he caught on Higgins today! Way to go Cade! Nice catch!

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

I’d say, we had a memorable day on Higgins with my group today. That’s what it is about having fun and making memories.

Hooked up on Higgins Lake's photo.

 

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 some are fishing it this weekend 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 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

Have not got a report from Burt, Mullet or Black but I would say ice is not safe yet

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

 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2016

The sun was out and winds light, a perfect weekend to fish. No lack of ice. Expect 6-8″ or more inches of ice. Prudent of not, quads and snowmobiles dot our lakes. Ice shanties of every size color and brand covered the lakes like confetti.

The coves on the West side of Lake Mitchell seemed to be the center of activity. The Big and Small coves are famous for mixed catches of panfish. Catches on the Big cove were mostly Crappie with a few Bluegill and Perch mixed in. Those fishing out from the Small cove caught more Gills and Sunfish then Crappie. Either cove, the best catches (often limits) came from 10′ to 15′ depths expecially where weeds were present. Common Crappie limits were 8″ to 10″ but a few found them up to 13″. Bluegills were hand sized but their cousins the Sunfish were often up to 9″. Nice thick and heavy. No large numbers but several 8″ to 10″ Perch were caught. Maybe they’re on the comeback.

Our favorite Northern Pike were off for the number of tip-ups on the lakes. Not the usual number of flags. However those on the ice ranged from legal to 35″.

Those smart enough and lucky enough to catch Walleyes are still not talking. They do say no to bother fishing in less than 12′ of water. Keep changing your tip-up minnows and use light line. When jigging artificial lures try Perch colors. Those filleted probably have a belly full of baby perch.

No catch reports for the East side of Lake Cadillac yet. Many waiting to fish Kenwood Park area are out. Shanties dot the area. Crappie and Perch dominate the area but also a great place to tip-up fish for Pike.

Several have tried the causeway on the West side of Lake Cadillac. Normally one of the top spots, those fishing it have been disappointed. Maybe it will pick up.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Deep snow and slush continue to make travel more difficult on the inland lakes. Anglers should still use caution and be sure to check the ice when heading out. Rivers in this area of the state continue to produce a good number of steelhead.

Traverse City: Any ice on the bays was questionable.

Lake Cadillac: Catch rates were a little slower but should pick up. Anglers are taking panfish. Try a teardrop with a small minnow, wax worm or spike. Pike anglers are spearing or using tip-ups with large minnows.

Lake Mitchell: Ice anglers fishing the coves were catching panfish over the weed beds in 10 to 12 feet. The Big Cove was producing more crappie while the smaller cove was good for bluegills. The occasional perch was also caught. Those using tip-ups are targeting pike and walleye. Those spear fishing have also taken a couple nice pike.

Manistee River: Continues to provide some good steelhead fishing. Fish have been caught throughout the river. Anglers are getting bright colored fish as well as plenty of fresh ones. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have done well with spawn or jigs and wax worms.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fletchers Pond: Pike anglers using tip-ups are taking a good number of fish. Those seeking panfish have done well with minnows, wax worms and spikes.

Higgins Lake: Anglers were starting to walk out on the south end where they were catching lake trout in 50 to 60 feet. Rainbow trout were caught in shallow waters 3 feet deep near the west shore boat ramp. Anglers need to use caution and check the ice ahead of them.

Houghton Lake: Fishing has started to pick up with walleye caught along the drop-offs in deeper water. Look for the weed beds. Fish were caught at sunrise, mid-day and at sunset. Pike anglers are doing well as the fish are everywhere. Bluegills and crappie were caught off the DNR launch on the south end. There was a report of a quad that broke through the ice about 500 yards or more from the Middle Grounds. Anglers should use caution in this area.

Tawas: Most ice fishing activity was still up in the “armpit” off Jerry’s Marina. Perch were caught in 15 to 20 feet and walleye in 20 to 22 feet but success was spotty. A brown trout, a few lake trout and whitefish were caught on a spoon with a minnow. Those fishing inside the state harbor caught a few pike and perch.

Au Gres River: Anglers were taking a few walleye.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Had deep slush on the ice which is not ideal for vehicles especially those with wheels. Please do not drive any truck into the Bergland boat launch. The snow pack is soft and too many have gotten stuck. Perch fishing was slow with only a few caught in 22 to 25 feet. Walleye fishing was fair during the day but much better after dark in 8 to 12 feet in Bergland Bay. During the day, fish were caught in 15 to 18 feet. Try tip-ups with shiners and suckers or jigging rapalas and assorted spoons tipped with a small minnow.

Menominee: A WARNING TO ANGLERS The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations in northern Green Bay between Marinette-Menominee and Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin on January 29-31, 2016. On Friday the 29th, a tug and its barge will be escorted from Sturgeon Bay to Marinette. The vessels will travel north and east of Green Island, approaching the Menominee Entrance in the Michigan waters of Green Bay. On Sunday the 31st, the tug and barge will be escorted back to Sturgeon Bay following the same path through northern Green Bay, remaining north and east of Green Island. All ice fishermen should remove their ice shacks and equipment from these areas; especially from the Menominee Entrance Channel and areas near Marinette Marine Corporation. Snowmobile, ATV operators, and other recreational users of the ice should avoid the shipping channels, plan their activities carefully, and use extreme caution in this area.

Menominee River: Had one gate partially open at the Hattie Street Dam and the ice blew out near the dam. The 6th Street Slip was producing some nice walleye.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved some from Gladstone north to the head of the Bay but again the ice thickness this year varies greatly in any given area. Anglers need to use caution when traveling on the Bay. Anglers have gone out as far south as the Stonington area but this is not recommended and considered VERY DANGEROUS ice. The Bay had very little snow cover. Several large pressure cracks have made travel a bit more difficult so please use extreme caution when traveling all areas. Walleye catches remain fair to good although tapering off a bit. The Gladstone Beach area and out from the State Police Post were best reporting good catches using tip-ups with minnows or jigging rapalas in 20 to 34 feet. Catches were also reported off the Second and Third Reefs when using the same in 17 to 30 feet. Perch anglers reported better catches especially between the Second and Third Reefs with minnows in 13 to 19 feet. Northern pike catches were reported throughout the Bay and anglers spearing northern pike have reported a very good season so far. Whitefish were caught off Gladstone with dead minnows in 27 to 35 feet.

Munuscong Bay: Has ice fishing however the ice east of Roach Point towards the deeper water and the Dumping Grounds is NOT safe so avoid this area. Walleye fishing was good off Grassy Island and north of Pine Island. Perch fishing slowed which is usual for this time of year.

Cedarville and Hessel: Both Hessel Bay and Muskie Bay have picked up for perch. Muskie Bay has been very good for pike. Ice thickness is variable so be extremely careful.

 

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake St. Clair: Has more ice on the lake but there is still a lot of open water offshore so anglers need to be aware of wind conditions and the possibility of ice shifting and pressure cracks opening up. Anglers are out fishing the usual places off Fairhaven, Brandenburg, Cotton Road, South River Road, the Metro Park and the Spillway Access Site. Ice thickness is variable at these locations so anglers need to use extreme caution.

Port Austin and Grindstone City: Each had a few ice shanties in the harbor that were close to shore.

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions did improve around the Bay but it is still “iffy” out there in spots. There are fish to catch without crossing the pressure cracks which is much safer. Palmer Road near Standish was very busy with a lot of anglers on the ice. They caught 8 to 10 inch perch in 2 to 3 feet of water. Walleye were caught in the evening in 8 to 10 feet. White’s Beach had a few anglers targeting perch but the fish were small. Perch were caught at Pinconning and down off Newman Road. Walleye were found ¾ of a mile off Erickson Road but anglers need to be aware of all the pressure cracks out there and use caution. There are active pressure cracks off Linwood as well. The occasional walleye was caught in 8 feet off the Bay City State Recreation Area and from the shipping channel near Spoils Island. A few perch were caught near the range light off the river mouth. Perch fishing was spotty from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Some managed limit catches while others had none. Keep moving until you find an active school of fish. Walleye anglers were in the Slot and around North Island. Caseville was slow.

Saginaw River: Still had patches of open water here and there and anglers are cautioned to stay well away from those areas. Anglers need to beware of thin and treacherous ice along the river especially with temperatures well above freezing by the weekend. Anglers were marking lots of fish however they did not want to bite. That was the rule from Saginaw to the mouth. Walleye were caught but not in large numbers. Most were jigging rapalas tipped with minnow heads. Hot colors were blue and silver, black and gold, purple or perch colors. Fishing activity started near Wickes Park and Ojibway Island. A number of anglers were at the First Street turn basin at the north end of Saginaw and strung out north and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge. Be very careful of the ice near any of the bridges. The ice was not good near the Boys & Girls Club in the south end of Bay City. Anglers were fishing downstream of the Independence Bridge near the U.S.S. Edson but catch rates were spotty.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers are ice fishing on the inland lakes however snow and slush may make travel on the ice a little more difficult. Be sure to use caution and watch for soft ice. Anglers are catching panfish, pike and walleye.

Kalamazoo River: Steelhead anglers are taking fish below the Allegan Dam. Try spawn, plugs or a jig and wax worm.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are still out there and catching steelhead including a fair to good number of chrome colored fish.

Lake Lansing: Had fair to good bluegill action but anglers are sorting out a lot of small ones. Crappie were also caught.

Morrison Lake: Is producing fairly well. Anglers are taking bluegills, perch and some decent size crappie.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce a good number of steelhead especially in the lower sections. Those floating spawn have done well but those fly fishing have also taken fish.


Hamlin Hookers 4th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament

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Register for our Hamlin Hookers 4th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament
WHEN: FEBRUARY 8, 2014 – 7:00am to 5:00pm
CONTACT: Vaughn Flewelling, 231-843-2058 to register and for additional information

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Sponsored by Hamlin Grocery. Register at Hamlin Grocery, $20 to enter. 100% cash pay out for 1st. Place. Super prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th placing.

This is an individual, one-day, total points tournament on HAMLIN LAKE. A point value is given to each fish based on length and species, not by weight. Participants must sign-in at the tournament check-in line no later than 5:00pm for measuring of fish and calculation of points. Check-in line is located at the Hamlin Grocery live bait building. Measuring of fish and calculation of points will be conducted by a designated committee. The committee’s decision is final!!

Contact Vaughn at Hamlin Grocery 231-843-2058 for any additional information. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 8th!!

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