Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – January 6th, 2016

Lake St. Clair

Ice was forming on Lake St. Clair and warm temperatures actually may have helped by melting 10 inches of snow that was on top of a couple of inches of ice. Anglers are picking up panfish in the canals. Be sure to beware of private property rights. Fair numbers of fish also have been caught in front of the Selfridge Air Guard Base.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Irish Hills Area

Anglers were still waiting for safe ice to form in Jackson County. There was between 2 and 5 inches of ice depending on the lake and the area of the lake in question. Anglers are urged to use extreme caution and to call ahead for ice conditions. Deer hunting has been slow in Jackson County. There was no snow on the ground.

Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

Lake Orion

Safe ice was still forming on Lake Orion and no one was able to get out yet. Anglers were venturing out at their own risk on some of the smaller lakes where there was up to 4 inches of ice. A few panfish had been caught. There was no snow on the ground in Oakland County. Late archery deer season has been slow, but a few does have been taken during the late antlerless season.

Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Sturgis Area

There was between 3 and 5 inches of ice on Klinger, Lee and Thompson lakes and anglers were getting out. Extreme caution is advised. Bluegills and crappies have been keeping anglers busy. There was no snow and  The late archery and late antlerless deer seasons have been slow.

Klinger Lake Trading Post, (269) 651-2679.

Union Area

There was between 2 and 5 inches of ice on local lakes in Cass County. Anglers are starting to get out on Baldwin, Eagle and Juno lakes and catching lots of panfish and pike. Late archery and antlerless deer seasons have been decent. There was no snow on the ground.

Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.

Kalamazoo Area

Ice was running up to 3 inches thick in some of the channels in Kalamazoo County. Most anglers were waiting for colder weather and safe ice. Anglers who are venturing out are urged to use extreme caution. Use an ice spud to check the ice as you go. There was no snow on the ground. Late deer seasons have been slow and hunting pressure has been light. Deer numbers remain depressed in the area.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Ice was forming all around Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay and a few anglers were fishing close to shore. Those venturing out are urged to use caution. Fair numbers of yellow perch have been hitting Russian hooks tipped with minnows, tear drops tipped with wax worms and beaded spoons when fished in 3 to 6 feet of water. With fluctuating temperatures and high winds anglers should call ahead for ice conditions before heading out. The late archery deer season has been slow and hunting pressure has been light. High winds have put a damper on activity.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Sanford Area

Ice was running between 4 and 6 inches in the cuts on Sanford and Wixom lakes last week. Crappies up to 9 inches and decent sized bluegills are keeping anglers busy. There was 3 or 4 inches of crusty snow on the ground. The late grouse season has been pretty good and rabbit hunters report good success. The late archery and late antlerless deer seasons were pretty good, too.

Sanford Sport Shop, (989) 687-5161.

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing has been pretty good on the Pere Marquette River. Plugs, flies, spawn, wigglers and wax worms have all been producing good results. Ice was running up to 5 inches thick on some of the smaller lakes in the area but caution is advised when heading out. There was about 6 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light. A few deer have been taken during the late archery season.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

There was up to 5 inches of ice on Lake Huron. Good numbers of walleyes, pike and perch have been caught. There was no snow on the ground. The late archery and late antlerless seasons have been pretty good.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron

There was no safe ice in Port Huron, but good numbers of Atlantic salmon have been caught in Lake Huron’s Lexington Harbor, where there was up to 6 inches of ice. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good in the backwaters of the St. Clair and Black rivers. Emerald shiners have produced the best action. There was no snow on the ground. The late deer seasons have been pretty good.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Traverse City Area

There was up to 4 inches of ice on some of the smaller lakes in Grand Traverse County. Tear drops and spikes fished in 8 to 15 feet of water are producing decent numbers of bluegills and crappies on Arbutus and Spider lakes. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good on the Boardman and Big Manistee. Wax worms fished under a float have produced the best results. There was up to 5 inches of crusty snow on the ground. The late doe season has been good. Squirrel hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light.

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

Cadillac Area

There was 3 to 6 inches of ice on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. There was no snow on the ice and creepers are required for foot travel. Good numbers of northern pike have been caught on Mitchell. Decent numbers of crappies and bluegills have been caught, too. There was a couple of inches of crusty snow on the ground. The late archery season has been pretty good.

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

NORTHEASTERN LP

Rogers City Area

There was up to 4 inches of ice on some of the smaller lakes in Presque Isle County and fair numbers of panfish have been caught. The late archery and antlerless deer seasons were decent but hunting pressure has been light. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground.

Adrian’s Sport Shop, (989) 734-2303

Houghton Lake Area

There was between 4 and 8 inches of ice on Houghton Lake and anglers are catching a lot of northern pike and a few walleyes in the shallows. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground. The late archery season has been decent but hunting pressure has been light.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Oscoda Area

There was up to 5 inches of ice on Cedar Lake and anglers there were catching bluegills and a few northern pike. There was decent shore ice in the bays on VanEtten Lake but there was still a little open water in the middle. Caution is advised. Steelhead fishing has been good in the Au Sable River. Spawn and wax worms are both producing good results. There was no snow on the ground. The late archery and late antlerless deer seasons were fair.

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Ice was running up to 8 inches thick on Munuscong Bay. Perch fishing has been good. Those fishing minnows in 4 to 5 feet of water report the best success. A few small walleyes have been caught too. There was about 18 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light with persistent high winds keeping hunters indoors.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

There was between 6 and 10 inches of ice on Manistique Lakes. Anglers report a good walleye and pike bite on minnows and suckers, respectively. There was about 18 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

CENTRAL UP

Escanaba Area

There was between 3 and 7 inches of ice north of Gladstone on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. A good walleye bite has been reported and a few pike and perch have been caught, too. Jigging Rapalas and minnows have produced the best action. South of Gladstone, the bay had between 3 and 4 inches of ice and anglers reported a good walleye bite. There was about 4 inches of snow on the ground. The late archery season has been slow and hunting pressure has been light.

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

Safe ice was still forming on lakes in Iron County. A few of the smaller lakes had up to 3 or 4 inches. Anglers have been catching pike on Little Badwater and Stager Lake. Good numbers of crappies and bluegills have been caught on Gene’s Lake. Hunting pressure has been very light. There was about 6 inches of crusty snow on the ground.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

There was no ice on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay, but anglers were heading north to Chassel Bay where they reported a good pike bite. Extreme caution was advised as the ice there has not frozen evenly. There was about 3 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light with high winds hampering success.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has been great. Ice conditions vary with 8 to 12 inches in the bays and 6 to 10 inches on the main lake. Slush has mostly turned to ice with the colder temps so areas are icy. The walleye bite has been fantastic in 7 to 11 feet of water when using sucker minnows and jigging Rapalas. Some perch have been picked up in the same areas in the bays with anglers beginning to fish the mud flats. Not a lot of perch reports yet in those areas. Anglers are using wigglers and spikes. The late archery season has been slow.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

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