Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 31st, 2013
Perch and walleye fishing was spotty on Burt and Mullett lakes last week. Persistent anglers reported pretty good success. A few walleyes were being caught on Black Lake, too. Hunting pressure has been very light, but should improve as coyotes become more active.
Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.
Traverse City Area
Heavy snow is making lake access a bit difficult in Grand Traverse County. Perch are hitting minnows and wigglers on Lake Skegemog in 11 feet of water. Anglers are having to sort through the catch to find the keepers. Walleye fishing has been decent in 15 to 25 feet of water on Long Lake. There was over a foot of snow on the ground. Coyote and rabbit hunting has been good.
WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com
Bluegills and crappies were hitting in 10 to 12 feet of water last week on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, and fair numbers of pike were being caught on tip-ups. Perch fishing also has been pretty good on Mitchell. Coyotes are on the move.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Walleye fishing has been good in Houghton Lake’s East Bay, and the perch bite has been good along the south shore. Pike anglers are picking up northerns all over the lake when fishing with tip-ups.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Ice was forming on Higgins Lake last week, but it wasn’t yet safe for foot traffic. Call ahead for updated ice condition information. Predator-hunting pressure has been light.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Phoenix Party and Bait Store, (989) 821-7220.
Hubbard Lake Area
There was up to 6 inches of ice on Hubbard Lake last week and ice fishing has been good. Walleyes and northern pike have been caught at the south end of the lake and in East Bay in 6 to 15 feet of water. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground, and hunting pressure has been light.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.