Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 18th, 2013
Lake St. Clair
There was up to 4 inches of ice in the bays and near shore last week on Lake St. Clair. The perch bite has been good from Nine Mile Road to Metro Beach, at Selfridge, off Cotton Road, and in Anchor Bay. Rain and temperatures into the 50s were in the forecast for last weekend, so be sure to call ahead for updated ice conditions.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Ice conditions were poor in Oakland County last week. A few anglers were getting out on some of the smaller lakes, which had up to 5 inches of ice, but with warm weather and rain in the forecast, safe ice wasn’t expected to last through the weekend. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground before the warm weather moved in, and coyote hunting has been good.
Hook Line & Sinker, (248) 814-9216.
Livingston County lakes were holding between 4 and 6 inches of ice last week. Bluegills and crappies were hitting wax worms and minnows on Woodland, Island, and Chemung lakes. Some anglers also were setting tip-ups and catching good numbers of northern pike. A few walleyes have been caught on Island and Woodland. Coyotes are on the move, and hunting has been decent.
Midwest Sport Shop, (810) 227-3141.
Ice was running up to 4 inches thick last week around Kalamazoo, but unseasonably high temperatures and rain were in the forecast. Anglers waiting for better ice have been doing well catching whitefish in Lake Michigan off the pier at St. Joseph. Steelhead are hitting spawn in the St. Joe River near the Berrien Springs Dam. On the Kalamazoo River, spawn and plugs have both been producing fish up to 12 pounds below the Allegan Dam. Coyote hunting has been fair, but should improve with cooler weather and a little snow.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.