Guys are getting out ice fishing but be careful


Ice update! Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac 12/28/16. What a difference a couple of days makes. All of the snow is melted off the top and refroze. There seems to be a good 4″ to 7″ of ice near all the public access sites. I checked over by Thirsty’s gas station, Big cove, Kenwood Park and the city boat launch.

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Ice fishing is fairly solid here in the Ludington area. Jeff took this 32″ pike with a spear yesterday evening. Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 6″.

Tight lines,

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Buc’s Fishing Report



Lake Missaukee  

There’s a SOLID 6″ of ice on Missaukee. Miller’s Corner  good friend Jason checked the ice out today for us & he even rode his quad. Please still use caution & be safe. Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info

Cadillac and Mitchell- Ice update! Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac 12/28/16. What a difference a couple of days makes. All of the snow is melted off the top and refroze. There seems to be a good 4″ to 7″ of ice near all the public access sites. I checked over by Thirsty’s gas station, Big cove, Kenwood Park and the city boat launch. Call Pilgrim Village for the latest update

Houghton Lake has 5 to 7 inches of ice and pike and walleye,  and panfish have been biting,  Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231., Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and  H&H Fireworks (989) 366-0126, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780

Around Traverse City Green, Duck and Long are  froze but nobody has been out very far on the lake. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have 5 to 7 inches

Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes  call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346 for latest info

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are just starting to fish Ice off of Wilson Hill is about 6″. Call  Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420

Lake Leelanau report from Leelanau Narrows bait shop owner Greg Alsip his cell# (231) 624-6201 and he has ice fishing charters his web site is

North lake Leelanau is open water still, south lake is very iffy…no one has really fished it yet

The northern half of the south lake has more ice, further south the thinner is gets

Most ice I’ve heard of on the south lake was about 3-4″

We are open 7 days a week at the lake Leelanau narrows resort for live bait and tackle!

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

Portage Lake is froze with 4 to 6 inches with a few going out, Bear Lake has been fair for walleye this week 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 5 to 7 inches some are fishing Chub lake also 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 wide open. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677  Also Evergreen Park is handling bait call them @ 989-821-5425

Lake St. Helen has 5 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814

Lake Margarethe is froze with 5 to 7 inches and  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 open. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342


Munuscong Bay: Dan’s Resort reports It has tightened up a lot. four wheelers are going out as far as the birches and Gull. I’ll be testing/fishing today and will give a report later today.Call Dan’s Resort for latest info@ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Lewiston Report that west Twin has 4 to 6 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 ok ice on Grand Lake. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303

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

Black Lake is froze and some pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765

Burt Lake is froze but no reports yet

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

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

White Lake is froze and the pike fishing has been great also gills in the marina  Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688 

Lake Skegemog has ice from 5 to 8 inches guys were heading out today so have not got any reports. ., Manistee lake is 4 to 7 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 a few  guys are getting out call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and  Mike’s Quick Stop@  (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862

Baldwin area some of the guys are getting out but the ice is 4-6 inches

Wixom, Sanford, Sugar Springs, wiggins, Pratt Lake and Secord have ice but be careful and the bite has been good for pike and panfish. call Sanford Sport @ 989-687-5161  Chappel Dam Grocery (989) 426-7503   Big R’s Party  (989) 435-2517

Saginaw Bay:  the ice was not safe.

Saginaw River: Open water


Walleye Pro Mark Martin is holding an Ice Fishing Vacation/School on Houghton Lake January 8th-11th! Mark and his pro staff are outstanding teachers and his students have a lot of fun. Mark still has a few spots left, but they won’t last. 

Contact Mark Martin by e-mail:, 
phone 231-744-0330 or 231-740-6427. Tell him “Lyman’s sent you”


We’re back on the ice!

We had temps in the single digits last night making more ice for this weekend and many lakes have safe ice again but use a spud and check all the way out.


Jessica McLain Says “biggest fish I have ever held! It was a rush to be out there the ice was like glass. Good job Justin Burr!”

Small Shallow Lakes around Traverse City have safe ice with many fishing Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet, Long Lake went over but is not safe.

Houghton Lake has 4 to 8 inches of ice and pike and walleye have been biting. Call Angelo’s Party Store 898-202-4422, Lyman’s on the Lake 989-422-3231, Papa’s Bait 989-429-5780 Four Season Party Store 989-422-5230 and Wright’s 989-202-4531

Reports from Lymans on the Lake A report from around the North Bay….”the ice has a better looking color this morn. 5″ in front by me. That open water at long Point still open, area seams a bit smaller. We will see what this new cold front does.????”

One of our regulars just stopped in the shop with an ice report. We can only speak to the ice in front of our store (south shore), but there is about 5 inches along our shore and up to 6 1/2″ out about a half mile. He was able to get on with his quad.

We’re waiting to hear reports for the rest of the lake, so if you’re venturing out from another location, use extreme caution.


Justin B. caught this beauty on Houghton Lake

36″ and 10lbs caught on a Golden Shiner from Lyman’s on the Lake with the freshest bait, LOTL.

The ice is getting a little soft in spots, so you might want to wait a few days before heading back out.

Lake St. Helen has 4 to 7 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Dave @ Malcomb’s Tackle Box 989-389-2100

Lake Missaukee has 4 to 8 inches of ice and most are fishing from Lake City shoreline as Green Rd has 5 inches 10″ on the east side and the coves are safe. Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info and the fish are biting.

Fife Lake is froze and perch fishing has been fair along with pike call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-4346

Lake Skegemog is froze with 3 to 5 inches of clear black ice and guys will be out on it this weekend Manistee Lake by Kalkaska has 4 to 7 inches of ice and fish ing has been good. Call Jack’s Sport Shop@ 231-258-8892 for the latest ice fishing conditions

Hamlin Lake has ice and guys are fishing it and catching fish but be very careful as you have to pick your way out to the fishing spot as the spring just froze and are noot safe. Call Hamlin Grocery @ 231-843-2058 or Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 Craig at Captain Chucks does a lot of fishing on Hamlin Lake but is waiting for thicker ice

Portage Lake is froze again three inches of ice but nobody was fishing but after last nights single digits maybe a few have tried. Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028

Otsego Lake has good ice with shanties out on it Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014

Lake Margrethe is froze with 3 to 5 inches and good walleye, perch and pike. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111

Baldwin Area is on the edge with some lakes with safe ice.

Leroy reports good ice with pike and panfish biting Call Eyes Haveit

Mio has ice and Jig’s Up Bait Shop report a few getting out on Mio Pond Call (989) 826-3467

Lewiston Report that west Twin has good ice and perch and a few walleyes are being caught. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info

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

Mancelona Sports reports many small lakes in the area are froze and safe with Lake Bellaire going over a couple days age.

call for the latest info. 231-775-5412

We’re back on the ice!

The cold nights have made all the difference. Anglers have returned to the coves on Mitchell, the Spear Colony at Thirsty’s and Kenwood Park on Cadillac.

Good catches of crappie, gills, some perch and large pike are common. Even the walleye have been hungry.

The Big Question – How much ice? Four to 8 inches with an inch of snow cover depending on where you are.

Spud your way. Take nothing for granted. There’s a lot of places we haven’t been. I was there this afternoon and lots of guys fishing Mitchell

dans report

Dan’s Resort reports the perch and walleye are really Here’s proof the walleye are biting. 8.5-pounder — at Dan’s Dans @ (906) 647-8753 or 906-647-8120

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice fishing has been put on hold until ice conditions improve.

Oscoda: Few anglers have been out however pier anglers may still find the occasional steelhead or walleye.

Au Sable River: Anglers are still getting some steelhead throughout the river system. Boat and shore anglers are using spawn or a jig and wax worm. No word on walleye, they seem to be gone.

Higgins Lake: Had open water, no ice. Boat anglers were still heading out and targeting whitefish and lake trout.

Houghton Lake: As of this report, the ice was no longer safe. With the return of cold weather, the ice might shore back up by the end of the week. Those heading out will need to use extreme caution. Before the big thaw, walleye anglers were doing very well.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes still had ice but it was deteriorating with the extremely warm weather. Anyone venturing out now needs to use extreme caution. Shoreline ice was thin and some reported water running down the holes which will only weaken the ice more. Much colder air by the end of the week should restart the freezing process. On Lake Michigan, a couple boats were out trolling along the shoreline and in the harbors. They caught steelhead, brown trout and a couple small chinook salmon.

Frankfort: Surf and pier anglers are still getting a few fish.

Betsie River: Steelhead fishing is still viable, although few are doing it. Reports have not been great but fish are being caught.

Lake Cadillac: Still had ice however it was deteriorating. Anglers need to use extreme caution until colder weather has a chance to shore the ice back up. Be sure to use a spud to check the ice in front of you. Those that have been out reported good fishing.

Lake Mitchell: Still had some ice however it was melting. Extreme caution needs to used. Those jigging or using tip-ups have caught fish.

Lake Missaukee: Is producing some pike and walleye.

Manistee: Pier anglers and those surfcasting are getting a few fish.

Manistee River: Steelhead are still available in both the Big and Little Manistee even though it has not been a banner fall run. Try spawn, wax worms or plugs.

Ludington: Surf and pier anglers are still getting a few fish.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

In the northern sections, the recent warm weather did weaken the ice. Heavy snow added weight and caused ponding on the surface. Anglers are reminded to use extreme caution and don’t forget the traditional safety gear such as a spud, ice pics, a throwable flotation device, a rope and the buddy-system.

Anglers in the eastern half of the Upper Peninsula were ice fishing on the inland lakes however no sleds were heading out, foot traffic only. Lakes around Newbery with yellow perch and panfish are being targeted. The next couple weeks are showing temperatures that will slowly improve ice conditions.

Portage Lake: In Houghton County was producing a good number of walleye and pike.

Lake Gogebic: Was also producing a good number of walleye and pike. Anglers are jigging and using tip-ups.

Little Bay De Noc: Had enough ice north of Gladstone that anglers were traveling on ORV’s and snowmobiles. The warmer weather and rain made conditions sloppy. Anglers have been fishing for yellow perch in the Butler Island area and walleye in the central and northern parts of the Bay including the First, Second and Center Reefs. There was some ice but more open water south of Gladstone.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: The only reports were a few decent perch caught in the Metro Park Marina.

Huron River: Anglers are still catching steelhead. Shore anglers are floating jigs with wax worms and boat anglers were back bouncing with Hot-n-Tots.

Detroit River: Anglers were going out but no reports were coming in. Those heading out are usually targeting walleye or perch. Muskie season is closed.

Lake St. Clair: Had no fishable ice anywhere. Much colder temperatures should start producing ice by the weekend. Muskie season closed on December 15th.

St. Clair River: Muskie season is closed. Shore anglers fishing off the wall at Port Huron were still picking up some steelhead and the occasional brown trout.

Saginaw Bay: If the weather allows, boat anglers may find some fish when trolling or drifting.

Saginaw River: Anglers caught walleye at Bay City when casting from shore. Lots of small ones but anglers did take home some keepers.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The lakes in Southwest Michigan had open water. Any ice out there would not be safe. Thanks to the rain and above normal temperatures, it is going to be a while before anglers here are ice fishing.

St. Joseph River: Has steelhead in the system but the numbers are slightly below average. The better fishing is usually below Berrien Springs. Try spawn, wax worms or plugs.

Kalamazoo River: Is still producing some steelhead. Like the St. Joseph, the number of fish is slightly below average this year. The better fishing this time of year is usually below the Allegan Dam.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Is still producing some steelhead. A few were caught off the wall at the Post Office when using a white jig tipped with a wax worm. Near Fulton Street, anglers were back bouncing with spawn bags. The occasional walleye was caught on bucktail jigs and white twister tails.

Grand River near Lansing: Was still producing some pike and walleye for those fishing below the dams. Shiners seem to work better than sucker minnows. No steelhead to report in Lansing however fish were caught near Portland. Try spawn, beads and small spinners.

Muskegon River: Recent rain should not affect the river too much. Anglers are still catching some steelhead and brown trout. Many are drifting streamers, plugs, small spinners or spoons. Blue and silver were a good color.