We have great ice in Northern Michigan with most lake having 12 to 15 inches of ice.
West Grand Traverse Bay froze over and they are still out in front of the boardman river, also lake trout and ciscoes.
PM Lake in Ludington has a great perch bite with jumbos being caught on wigglers and hali jigs. Pentwater Lake has numbers of perch but no size.
Saginaw Bay: It is recommended that no one venture out onto the ice because of flooding, rising water levels and quickly deteriorating ice conditions. The rain, warmer temperatures and snow melt are creating dangerous conditions. Those looking to go ice fishing should head to the northern part of the Lower Peninsula or the Upper Peninsula.
Saginaw River: It is recommended that no one venture out onto the ice on this and other rivers in the area because of flooding and rising water levels. Conditions are not safe.
Houghton Lake Ice Report 2.22.18. Anglers are reporting ice thickness of 14″ to 20″. Be advised that we had a lot of rain the other day so the old spearing and fishing holes are fairly large and some are skimmed over…watch where you drive and step. Also avoid crossing over the pressure cracks near east bay and off long point and check with us one last time before you head out. Here’s Logan from St. Claire shows with a master angler crappie and a 13″ perch he caught earlier this week..
ICE REPORT: Wednesday 2/22/18
Lakes Mitchell & Cadillac
We’re still in pretty good shape even after all the rain on Tuesday. Shorelines still seem to be holding up except for along the causeway on M-115.
Kenwood Park 12″
Big Cove 10 1/2″
Mitchell State Park 13″
Lots of ice on Missaukee as they are driving trucks out. The walleye have started to bite .Opening at 7am. Fish on! Call Miller’s Corner @ 231-839-0440 for latest info
White Lake had a great perch bite last weekend also bluegill and pike have started biting. The ice was away from shore so call to see ice condition s
Call Armstrong’s on White Lake (231) 894-6753 or Johnson’s Outdoors for the latest fishing info @ 231-893-6688
Around Traverse City the big story is they are fishing on west grand traverse bay and catching jumbo perch 4 to 6 inches of ice, also lake trout and ciscoes. Boardman river has been really good for steelhead.. Guys out on Long Lake catching walleye, pike and perch. Some nice perch out of long lake on wiggler in 28-30 of water. Have not had many reports on green lake smelt this week. Spider Lake, Arbutus, Ellis Lake, Lake Dubonnet(mud Lake) also have great iceinches Call roys for latest info @ 231-946-5633
Lake Skegemog has ice from 10 to15 inches guys were heading catching perch the last few day lots of sorting the lake is in great shape, fish shallow water as the bigger ones seem to be in shallow water. Manistee lake is 10 to 12 inches with fishing fair.. Bear and Guernsey Lake have a great trout bite. call Jack’s Sport@ 231-258-8892
Fife Lake is froze and pike have been biting on the smaller lakes call Kathy’s Lakeside Party Store 231-879-3341 for latest info
Ice report for the week. Upper Hamlin Lake has anywhere from 12 to 15 inches inches on it. Here Marquette lake has good ice and a great perch bite with big perch being caught. inches in most spots. Just use caution out by the shipping lane. Pentwater lake also has 10 -12 inches and has cooled off the last couple days and smaller perch also. Call Captain Chucks@ 231-843-4458 or Lower Hamlin Grocery @ (231) 425-4420
Houghton Lake-: Anglers are still fishing however extreme caution needs to be used when traveling across the ice. All the fishing and spearing holes have opened up and are much bigger now. Caution needs to be used near the rivers and creeks, near the pressure crack that runs across the East Bay and another one off Long Point near the entrance to the North Bay. Anglers caught crappie, bluegills, walleye, pike and perch on minnows. If the bite slows, try switching to wax worms. The better bite was early morning and again about 4 p.m. Be sure to bring ice cleats for easier travel across the ice.Lyman’s has their shanties out call them for your resevations@ 989-422-3231 , H&H call matt for latest info @ (989) 366-0126, Dave @ Four Season Party 989-422-5230
They are fishing little glen and some are fishing big Glen for perch and lake trout. \ Lake Leelanau is slow. Call Empire Outdoors@ (231) 326-5433 or Roadside minnows 231-944-5229
Portage Lake has been fair on perch and ciscoes, walleye and pike fishing has been slow this week. the ice has broke away from the shoreline.Call Osborn’s @ 231-889-3775 or Dewey @ Don’s Sport Shop 231-735-5028 Manistee Lake is froze and catching pike, and perch.
Otsego Lake has 15 to 18 inches and good perch and walleye some are fishing Chub lake also has great bite this week on trout, perch and pike. Call Northern Sports @ 989-448-2014 Brian Derminer’s Party Store 989-705-7051 Tony @ Otsego Corner Store 989-7321-8664 for latest info
Higgins Lake: Ice anglers should stay away from the creek mouths due to deteriorating ice conditions from runoff. Anglers are still heading out. Those targeting perch were getting a good number but sorting through a lot of small ones. Lake trout were found just off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet. Good pike action continues. Rainbow trout were taken in shallow waters near Big Creek and the Conference Center. Smelt were hitting in the evening but catch rates were spotty. Be sure to bring ice cleats for easier travel. Call Sports Barn @ 989-821-9511 or Higgins Lake Hardware Call Brian @ 989-821-6677 Evergreen Park @ 989-821-5425.
Lake St. Helen has 10 to 15 inches and pike, walleye, and panfish have been biting. Call Mike @ Saint Helen Bait Shop 989-808-1814
Lake Margarethe is froze with 14 to 17 inches and lots of guys have been fishing with good pike and walleye. perch fishing has picked up. Call Skip’s Sport Shop @ 989-348-7111
Crystal Lake is froze lots of little perch, some smelt off of Lobb road. Call Stapleton’s Corner for latest info : 790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616 Phone:(231) 882-4342
Lewiston Report that west Twin has 10to 12 inches. Call Midlakes Party @ (989) 786-3227 for latest info
Fletcher Floodwater has ice 12 to 16 inches Call A1 Party Store for the latest info @ (989) 742-4112
Grand Lake has good ice. Call Adrian’s Sport for the latest ice update @ (989) 734-2303
Long Lake and Grand Lake has ice call Buck’s Bait and Tackle @ (989) 595-2121 for latest ice info
Black Lake is froze and lots of guys fishing the lake this year. pike walleye and perch are being caught Call Parrots Outpost@ (989) 733-2472 Address: 20628 State St, Onaway, MI 49765
Burt Lake: Ice anglers were taking a decent number of perch from Maple Bay which is on the west side of the lake. Try live minnows.
Mullett Lake: Anglers were taking a few perch in front of Aloha State Park and in Scotts Bay.
Hesperia Sport reports that the smaller lakes have ice lots of guys heading out with good gill and pike bite. 8 to 10inches of ice on most lakes. call 231-854-3965
Harrison Has ice and good perch bite on Budd Lake call Ken’s Landing@ (989) 539-3700 and Mike’s Quick Stop@ (989) 539-1435 Sharps Market (989) 539-9862
Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Ice fishing continues in this part of the state.
Lake Charlevoix: Still had ice. Cisco fishing was hit-or-miss but anglers managed to catch a few if they were patient. Most were taken in 100 feet.
Portage Lake: Continues to produce lake herring. The perch bite was still hit-or-miss. Many were still targeting the waters along the shallow sandbar off North Point and to the west of it.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice anglers should avoid the areas where there is flowing water as these deteriorate first. Colder temperatures should help shore the ice back up.
Big Manistee River: Had reports of steelhead being caught.
Pere Marquette River: Also had reports of steelhead being caught after the rain and warmer temperatures.
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report
Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was slower. The smelt bite was fair after dark out from the Baraga marina. The whitefish action was slower than normal. Lake trout fishing was fair off of the Whirl-I-Gig. There were very few coho and brown trout caught but no kings or steelhead.
Little Bay De Noc: Ice remains throughout most of the Bay. Saunders Point is dangerous and should be avoided because of the warm water discharge and open water in the area. Overall fishing was slow but anglers are marking good numbers of fish throughout. Spotty walleye catches were reported throughout but the better catches were in the southern waters. Fair catch rates for those jigging rapalas in and around 30 feet just south of the Escanaba River and in 23 to 30 feet in the Stonington area. Bigger fish were caught along the break and 25 to 40 feet down off Portage Point. Many were using tip-ups in the upper Bay but those jigging did better. Perch anglers reported slow but steady catches. Some large perch were caught in the northern Bay. Fair catches were reported from the First Reef to the Third Reef with wigglers on the bottom. A lot of undersize walleye mixed with some keepers and several respectable catches of perch and pike were taken up near the Day’s River in 14 to 24 feet. Good to excellent pike spearing was reported in 8 to 10 feet just off Butler Island.
Munising: Catch rates for whitefish dropped slightly. Anglers are mainly fishing with a single egg or wax worm. The coho action was fair to good for those jigging spoons or a Swedish pimple. Catch rates were fair for smelt. Night anglers targeting burbot reported slow catch rates. Many were fishing Trout Bay and Sand Point.
Cedarville and Hessel: Fishing pressure picked up around the Les Cheneaux Islands but the number of fish caught was down. Some days have been better than others. Perch ranging 8 to 12 inches were caught on minnows, spikes and wigglers in 8 to 12 feet. Bigger fish were seen but none were caught. Anglers reported seeing smelt and splake. Pike fishing picked up with most fish ranging 22 to 30 inches. Anglers still need to be cautious of areas with a strong current and or moving ice.
Anglers should still use caution especially after the rain and warm temperatures. The return of colder weather should help to shore the ice back up.
Black Lake: Still had ice but some major pressure cracks were starting to open up including one in front of Zolner Road. Fishing was slow but a few walleye were caught on minnows at dusk. Some perch ranging 8 to 12 inches were caught along the weeds in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers were using spikes, wigglers and minnows with the best luck on minnows. Pike up to 29 inches were caught however most were 20 to 22 inches.
Burt Lake: Still had some shanties out on the ice. Most anglers are targeting walleye and perch.
Mullett Lake: Still had ice fishing and plenty of shanties out.
Higgins Lake: Ice anglers should stay away from the creek mouths due to deteriorating ice conditions from runoff. Anglers are still heading out. Those targeting perch were getting a good number but sorting through a lot of small ones. Lake trout were found just off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet. Good pike action continues. Rainbow trout were taken in shallow waters near Big Creek and the Conference Center. Smelt were hitting in the evening but catch rates were spotty. Be sure to bring ice cleats for easier travel.
Houghton Lake: Anglers are still fishing however extreme caution needs to be used when traveling across the ice. All the fishing and spearing holes have opened up and are much bigger now. Caution needs to be used near the rivers and creeks, near the pressure crack that runs across the East Bay and another one off Long Point near the entrance to the North Bay. Anglers caught crappie, bluegills, walleye, pike and perch on minnows. If the bite slows, try switching to wax worms. The better bite was early morning and again about 4pm. Be sure to bring ice cleats for easier travel across the ice.
Rifle River: Was under a flood warning. High water levels and a strong current are not ideal fishing conditions.