Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – February 15th, 2013
East Jordan Area
Slush was making it tough for quads to get around on Lake Charlevoix, but anglers using snowmobiles were having no problems. Perch and walleyes were keeping anglers busy off Holy Island in the south arm. Shelf ice on most of the rivers in the area has put a damper on steelhead fishing. There was up to 24 inches of snow on the ground last week. Coyotes are on the move.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Traverse City Area
Quads and snowmobiles were traveling freely on most of the inland lakes in Grand Traverse County last week. Perch fishing has been good on Lake Skegemog in 11 to 16 feet of water. Minnows, wigglers, and spoons are all taking fish. Steelhead fishing remains pretty good on the Boardman River. Jigs and wax worms fished under bobbers have been producing good results. There was a foot of snow on the ground and lots of coyotes in the area.
WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com
Pike and crappies are keeping anglers busy on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. Crappies have been hitting minnows in Big Cove on Mitchell and off Kenwood Park on Cadillac. Pike are hitting along the weedbeds on both lakes. There was about 5 inches of snow on the ground last week. Hunting pressure has been light.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Walleye, pike, and perch are keeping anglers busy on Houghton Lake where there was up to 18 inches of ice last week. The south-shore weedbed and the middle grounds have been the hot spots.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Ice is between 8 and 12 inches thick on Higgins Lake. Lakers are hitting in 85 to 110 feet of water. A few whitefish have been caught, too. Perch fishing is starting to heat up along the drop-off near the sunken island and off the north end of the main island. Smelt fishing has been good in 35 to 50 feet of water, and pike fishing has been hot at the north end of the lake.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Phoenix Party and Bait Store, (989) 821-7220.
Walleye and pike fishing has been pretty good on Black Lake. Anglers report catching good numbers of both species when fishing jigs and minnows in 20 to 30 feet of water. Tip-ups have caught fish, too. Crappie action has been good on Orchard Lake. There was about 10 inches of snow on the ground last week. Coyote hunting has been good.
Parrott’s Outpost (989) 733-2472.