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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Ice was up 12 inches thick last week on Munuscong Bay, and ice fishing has been very good. Walleyes and perch were being caught all over the bay. The Walleye Jamboree will be held on the bay Jan. 28-30. There was 18 to 24 inches of snow on the ground, and coyote hunting has been good, although hunting pressure has been light.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Safe ice has formed around Drummond Island, and anglers are finally getting out. Scotts Bay had 10 inches of ice last week, and ice fishing has been pretty good. A few perch and northern pike have been caught, but the water is still a little murky. Rabbit hunting has been fair.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

There was up to a foot of ice on most of the Manistique Lakes last week, but some areas still had only 5 inches. Walleyes, perch, and pike have been caught on both Big and South Manistique. With a foot of snow on the ground, coyote and rabbit hunting have been good. Whitetails have just started to migrate south.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

 

CENTRAL UP

Marquette Area

There was up to 8 inches of snow on inland lakes in Marquette County last week. Panfish and pike have been hitting on Shag Lake. With only 10 inches of snow on the ground, whitetail migration has just begun. Coyote hunting has been outstanding in Marquette County, but hunting pressure has been light.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

The north end of Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc was open for ice fishing last week with between 9 and 11 inches of ice north of Gladstone. To the south there was still some open water. Walleye and perch fishing has been pretty good. The fish are spread out all over the bay. Some anglers reported catching fish around the reefs in 8 to 15 feet of water, and others were catching fish on the east side of the bay in 30 to 40 feet of water. There was only a few inches of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been fair in the area. 

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

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

Iron Mountain Area

There was up to a foot of ice on most of the smaller lakes in the area. Walleye fishing has been good on Paint Pond. Decent panfish action has been reported by anglers fishing on Lake Antoine, Cowboy Lake, and the Mine Pond. The flowages haven’t frozen quite as well. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground last week. Predator hunting has been slow to get started. Frigid weather and high winds have kept some hunters indoors.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Menominee Area

Ice was running up to 10 inches thick last week on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay and about the same on the backwaters of the Menominee River. Whitefish, perch, and a couple walleyes have been caught in 15 to 25 feet of water. Northern pike were hitting suckers and chubs. Bluegills and crappies have been hitting, too. There was about 3 inches of crunchy snow on the ground, which has hampered hunters who use hounds. Callers have killed a few coyotes. 

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 424-4108.

 

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

There was about 6 to inches of ice on Lake Superior’s Huron Bay and most of the inland lakes in the area last week. Ice fishing has been good, with some panfish and pike being caught inland and a few lakers being landed on the bay. With a foot of snow on the ground, coyote hunting has been good in Baraga County.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Gogebic. Low temperatures kept anglers off the ice last week, and the bite was very tough for those who braved the cold and went fishing. Milder weather is in the forecast. Ice conditions are fair to good throughout the lake, but slush has been a problem in many areas. Snowmobiles are now the best way to travel. The best walleye bite has been in 12 feet and about 20 feet of water. Perch action has been slow so far. The best perch reports have come from those fishing in 24 to 28 feet of water.

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

Iron River Area

There was safe ice on most lakes in Iron County last week, and anglers were taking advantage of the opportunity. Pike fishing has been good on Chicagon, Ottawa, and Michigamme. Good numbers of perch and bluegills have been caught in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bobcat hunting and coyote hunting have been very good. There was about 6 inches of snow on the ground. An ice-fishing derby will be held Jan. 30 on Sunset Lake, and Pike on the Paint runs Jan. 29-30 at the Paint River landing.  

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

NORTHWESTERN LP

Alanson

There was between 5 and 7 inches of ice on both Burt and Crooked lakes last week, and anglers there were walking out to fish. A few walleyes and perch have been caught on minnows. Predator and rabbit hunting have been slow to get started. 

Young’s Bait and Party Shop, (231) 548-5286.

East Jordan Area

There was at least 2 feet of snow on the ground in Charlevoix County last week and ice was being insulated on many lakes. There was about 6 inches of ice on the south arm of Lake Charlevoix and anglers there were catching northern pike and a few walleyes. The best action has been in 17 feet of water. Coyote hunting has been slow, and hunting pressure has been light.  

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Ice conditions were poor in Grand Traverse County last week with up to 2 feet of snow on the ground. A few anglers were walking out on some of the smaller lakes and catching panfish and pike. A few boat anglers were still getting out on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay and catching fair numbers of lake trout in 110 to 150 feet of water. Hunting pressure has been light.

WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. 

Lake City Area

There was up to 8 inches of ice on Lake Missaukee last week, and anglers there were getting out on snowmobiles and quads. Those fishing with tip-ups in 15 to 25 feet of water were catching lots of northern pike and largemouth bass, including one in the 5-pound range. Jiggers were catching light numbers of walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water on minnows and jigging spoons. There was about 5 inches of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been decent, but hunting pressure has been light.

Miller’s Corner, (231) 839-0440

Cadillac Area

Ice was running between 4 and 8 inches thick on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac last week, and fishing has been “phenomenal.” The coves on Lake Mitchell have produced good pike, bluegill, and crappie fishing. Pike also were being caught and speared behind Thirsty’s gas station. Panfish and pike were being caught along the causeway on Lake Cadillac. Walleye fishing has been slow on both lakes. There was about 2 feet of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light.

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

 

NORTHEASTERN LP

Grayling Area

Ice was running up to 7 inches thick last week on Lake Margrethe. Anglers reported catching good numbers of northern pike on suckers and chubs fished beneath tip-ups. Lots of them were undersized. Perch and bluegill fishing has slowed, but a few walleyes have been caught. There was about 2 feet of snow on the ground. Rabbit hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light. Predator hunting has been slow to get started.  

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

There was 8 inches of solid ice on Houghton Lake last week. However, anglers were cautioned to be aware of where streams and cuts flow into the lake. Anglers reported catching good numbers of northern pike and fair numbers of walleyes. Panfish action has been fair. With less than 8 inches of snow on the ground, predator hunting has been good. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

There was ice on Higgins Lake last week, but it was not yet safe, even for foot traffic. With just a few inches of snow on the lake and continued sub-freezing temperatures in the forecast, more ice will be forming and the ice-fishing season should begin soon. Predator hunting has been good in Roscommon County.

Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

Hubbard Lake Area

Hubbard Lake has frozen over and there was 6 inches of solid ice in East Bay last week. Pike and perch anglers have started catching fair numbers of fish. There was about up to 6 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been very light.

Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

Hale Area

There was up to 6 inches of ice on lakes in Iosco County last week. Fishing has been “hit or miss,” but reports of fair panfish and pike bites have come from anglers fishing on LoonLondoLong, and Laird lakes. There was 8 inches of snow on the ground and predator hunting has been pretty good. 

M-65 Bait Shop, (989) 756-3651.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

Lake St. Clair

There was about 4 inches of ice along shore and in the bays on Lake St Clair last week, and anglers were walking out to fish. Perch fishing has been pretty good in the marinas, off library at 11 Mile Road, at the spillway, and in front of Selfrige. One angler caught a 15-incher on a red bead. Anglers are urged to use caution. Use a spud on the ice in front of you as you walk until the lake tightens up a little more. 

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Irish Hills Area

There was up to 5 inches of ice on most of the smaller and shallower lakes in Jackson County. Anglers are urged to use caution and bring a spud with them to check the ice ahead of them. Bluegills and crappies were hitting on Vineyard and Wamplers lakes. The sandy beach on Devil’s Lake has produced redear sunfish and bluegills. Knutson’s is holding an ice-fishing contest through last ice on Wamplers. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground last week. Coyote hunting has been slow. 

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

Commerce Area

Ice was running between 3 and 6 inches thick last week in Oakland County. Anglers were walking out, but were urged to use a spud and check the ice as they go. Fair numbers of northern pike and panfish have been caught on some of the smaller lakes in the area. There was a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light.

Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.

 

SOUTHWESTERN LP

South Haven

There was up to 5 inches of ice on Swan Lake and Lake Fourteen last week, and anglers were walking out to fish. Good numbers of bluegills and crappies were being caught, along with a few northern pike “here and there.” The Black River was blocked up with slush and ice floes and no one was fishing. There was about 2 inches of snow on the ground. Rabbit hunting has been pretty good in the area. Predator hunting has been slow. The late goose season should be good. There are still a lot of geese at South Haven.

Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Union Area

There was between 4 and 7 inches of ice last week on most of the lakes in Cass County. Bluegills and crappies have been hitting on KlingerPleasant, and Clear lakes. The Marcellus lakes have produced good fishing, too. There was just a few inches of snow on the ground. Predator and rabbit hunting pressure has been light.

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

Coldwater Area

There was between 4 and 6 inches of ice on lakes in Branch County last week and anglers were walking out to fish. A good bite from bluegills and northern pike was reported by anglers fishing on Gillead and Messenger lakes. Most of the action was between shore and the first drop-off. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light.

Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.

Kalamazoo Area

There was up to 4 inches of ice in Kalamazoo County last week. A few anglers were sneaking out to fish, but they were urged to use a spud and check the ice as they went. Panfish and northern pike have been caught on GravelAustinPortageHogsetHampton, and School Section lakes. With just 6 inches of snow on the ground, the lakes are still making ice. Predator hunting has been pretty good. D and R is holding a coyote challenge Feb.19-21.

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

Grand Rapids Area

Ice was running about 4 inches thick last week on most of the lakes around Grand Rapids. Anglers were getting out, but using a spud to check the ice. Anglers reported catching panfish and northern pike in the shallows on Reed’sBig Whitefish, and Gun lakes. There was about 6 inches of snow on the ground. Rabbit and coyote hunting have been good when the weather allows the dogs to work.   

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

 

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Ice conditions are slowly improving on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. There was still only shore ice forming last week that was good enough for walking. Some anglers were venturing out and getting a few perch in 1 to 3 feet of water where the ice was holding tight. Walleye fishing remained good for boat anglers in the Saginaw River, but with cold weather sinking in, that fishery may be coming to an end. 

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

There was up to 4 inches of ice on some of the smaller lakes in Lake County last week. Light numbers of anglers were sneaking out and catching fairs numbers of panfish and pike. Anglers should still use caution and check the ice with a spud. There was about a foot of snow on the ground and on the ice, which has slowed the ice-making process. Coyote hunting has been pretty good, and squirrel hunting has been great.

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

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

Lansing Area

There was everything between open water to 6 inches of ice on lakes near Lansing last week. Anglers were catching panfish on Lake Lansing where there was 8 inches of ice. Tupper and Jordan lakes had poor ice and anglers were staying off those lakes. Coyote hunting has been good.

Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.

Weidman Area

There was about 8 inches of ice on most of the lakes in Isabella County last week, and the ice-fishing season has finally arrived. Fair numbers of bluegills and crappies were hitting wax worms and minnows, respectively, on Stevenson Lake and Lake Isabella. Light numbers of pike have been caught, too, but no big ones yet.  There was about 10 inches of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been very good, and there are a lot of foxes in the area. 

Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.

Grand Haven Area

The ice in Ottawa County stiffened up enough for anglers to walk out last week. There was up to 4 inches on Millhouse and Bruce’s bayous where anglers reported a good bite for bluegills and northern pike. Good panfish action also was being reported by anglers fishing at the Eastmanville Bridge on the Grand River. There was about 10 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light.

Lakeview Marine & Tackle, (616) 842-2770.

Ludington Area

There was up to 8 inches of ice on lakes in Mason County last week. Anglers reported a good bite for bluegills, crappies, and northern pike on Pere Marquette and Hamlin lakes. A few walleyes were being caught on Hamlin, too. The best action has come to those fishing in 10 to 14 feet of water. There was over a foot of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been pretty good. Rabbit hunting has been slow so far this winter.

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.

 

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

There was up to 8 inches of ice on Lake Huron at Caseville last week, and a lack of snow was allowing more ice to be made. Anglers were catching good numbers of walleyes 2 miles out from Mud Creek in 6 feet of water. Lake trout were hitting off the breakwall through 6 inches of ice. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground. Coyote and fox hunting has been very good. 

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

Port Huron

Lake Huron’s Lexington Harbor had 5 inches of ice last week, and anglers there were catching good numbers of brown trout and steelhead. Stay away from the docks, though, where bubblers are always working. Spikes and wax worms have been producing good results. Fishing has been slow on the St. Clair River. A few whitefish have been caught in the open water from shore at the mouth of the Black River, early in the mornings. Small spoons and emerald shiners are both producing good results. Coyote hunting has been good in St. Clair County. 

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

Vassar Area

Ice was running up to 8 inches thick last week on Murphy Lake. Anglers report catching good number of crappies and bluegills. The best action has been in 12 feet of water in the holes at the south end of the lake. There was just a couple inches of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been good. There are a lot of coyotes in Tuscola County. Rabbit hunting has been good, too.  

Fred’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 823-8157.

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