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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014

Pickford Area
There was between 6 and 10 inches of ice on Munuscong Bay last week and anglers were having a blast. Good numbers of yellow perch and  walleyes were hitting minnows fished under tip-ups or threaded on jigs. There was no snow on the ice last week, and about a foot on the ground. Deer numbers are low in the eastern U.P., and the muzzleloader and late archery seasons have been slow.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area
There was up to 8 inches of ice in the bays around Drummond Island, but it wasn’t all good ice. A few anglers were getting out and catching pike in Scotts and Maxton bays, but warm weather was in the forecast. Muzzleloader and archery seasons have been slow. Coyote hunting is heating up, and rabbit hunting has been decent, too.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area
There was between 4 and 8 inches of ice on Manistique Lakes last week, and anglers were finally getting out. Walleyes and perch were hitting minnows fished on Big Manistique and South Manistique. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground and just a dusting on the ice. Late archery and muzzleloader deer seasons were slow.  
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Escanaba Area
Ice fishing is just getting started on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. There was up to 10 inches of ice in some spots north of Gladstone, but as little as 5 inches in other spots. Anglers are advised to check the ice as they go. Perch fishing has been slow, but a few walleyes have been caught. Tip-ups baited with sucker minnows have produced good results.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area
There was between 4 and 8 inches of ice on local lakes last week. A few walleyes and panfish have been caught on Badwater Flowage, Lake Antoine, and Cowboy Lake. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground. Muzzleloader deer season has been very slow. Some hunters chose not to fill an antlerless permit because deer numbers are so light.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Menominee Area
Fishing has been fair in Menominee County. There was ice on inland lakes, but warm weather during the day has kept it to a minimum. The Menominee River and Lake Michigan’s Green Bay were still open last week. A fair number of walleyes have been caught in the Menominee River, and the whitefish bite has been pretty good, too. Wax worms and spikes have produced good results. The muzzleloader and late bow deer seasons have been slow.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.

Bergland Area
Lake Gogebic has frozen over and a few anglers are getting out on the shallow bays. Conditions vary and anglers should call ahead before venturing out. Upwards of 10 feet of snow has fallen in the area so far and  has created a lot of slush on the ice. Anglers who have ventured out are catching a few walleyes on sucker minnows and jigs in 4 to 12 feet of water. There was about 2 feet of snow on the ground last week. Muzzleloader season has been slow. Deer numbers are low.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area
There was up to 10 inches of ice on inland lakes in Iron County last week. Walleyes and perch were hitting on Chicagon Lake, and a fair number of bluegills have been caught on Fortune Lake. A few hunters were muzzleloader hunting last week, but the action has been slow. Deer numbers are down. There was up to 2 feet of snow in the woods. Coyote hunting is off to a good start.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014

Saginaw Bay Area
Shore ice was forming last week on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, but warm weather and rain were in the forecast, so anglers are waiting for better conditions. A few walleyes have been caught in the Saginaw River. Late-season deer hunting has been slow.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Newaygo Area
There was up to 4 inches of ice on some of the smaller lakes in  Newaygo County last week, but there was warm weather in the forecast. Steelhead fishing was fair in the Muskegon River. The best action has come on wax worms, with some action on spawn. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground. Late-season deer hunting has been slow.
Parsley’s Sport and Fly Shop, (231) 652-6986.

Montague Area
Fishing has been slow in Muskegon County. Whitefish have moved out, and pier fishing on Lake Michigan has been slow A few steelhead have been caught off the pier and in the White River. Perch fishing has been good in the open water of White Lake. Anglers fishing with spikes, wigglers, shiners, and wax worms are catching fish in 50 to 60 feet of water. Muzzleloader and late archery deer seasons have been slow.
Johnson’s Great Outdoors Tackle Shop, (231) 893-6688.

East Jordan Area
With up to 10 inches of ice on inland lakes in Charlevoix and Antrim counties, the ice-fishing season is off to a good start. Anglers fishing on the Ellsworth Chain of Lakes report great panfish action. There was 6 inches of solid ice in the south arm of Lake Charlevoix last week, and pike and walleye fishing has been very good. One angler caught a 20-pound, 43-inch northern. Steelhead fishing has been good on the Boyne and Jordan rivers. There was up to 6 inches of snow on the ground, but warm weather was in the forecast.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area
Inland lakes were holding up to 4 inches of ice last week, but there was warm weather and rain in the forecast. Bluegills and crappies were hitting wax worms on Spider and Dubonnet. Steelhead fishing has been slow in the Boardman and Elk rivers.  A few fish have been caught on wigglers and wax worms. Late deer seasons have been slow.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

Houghton Lake Area
There was up to 7 inches of ice on Houghton Lake last week, but a couple spots still had open water, so anglers are urged to exercise caution. Pike and walleye action has been good along the south-shore weedbed and in the east bay. There was no snow on the ground. Late-season deer hunting has been slow.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Hubbard Lake Area
There was no safe ice on Hubbard Lake last week. Muzzleloader and late-archery deer seasons have been slow.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014

Lake St. Clair
There was no safe ice on Lake St. Clair last week. Some anglers were casting for walleyes in the open water at night, but it’s been tough to keep your line and guides from freezing. A few walleyes have been caught in the Detroit River.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Irish Hills Area
The ice-fishing season has yet to get  started in southern Michigan. Ice that formed overnight has melted during the day. Deer hunting has slowed considerably since Thanksgiving. Predator hunters are starting to target coyotes.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

South Haven
A few whitefish have been caught off the piers in Lake Michigan. Salmon eggs fished on bottom have produced the best results. The Black River is producing good steelhead  action. Spawn, spoons, and flies are all taking a few fish. There was no safe ice on inland lakes in the area last week.  
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area
The Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam has been muddy but was starting to clear up last week. Plugs and spawn are taking some steelhead. Similar reports have been coming from anglers on the St. Joe River. Water temps are in the mid-30s, and steelies are hitting spawn, plugs, and wax worms.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Grand Rapids Area
Steelhead fishing remains fair on the Grand River. Spawn and spoons are producing good results. Inland lakes were still open as of last week.  Muzzleloader deer season has been decent. Coyote hunting is slow to get started.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

Caseville Area
Lake trout are hitting through the ice at the mouth of the Pigeon River on jigging spoons and minnows. Anglers are reminded that lakers are legal in the river, but not in Lake Huron until Jan. 1. There was about 3 inches of ice last week, but warm weather was in the forecast, and lake trout fishing may be in open water by now. Muzzleloader and late archery deer hunting have been slow, but coyote hunting has been good.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron
Steelhead fishing has been good on the St. Clair River north of the Black River. Emerald shiners have produced good results from shore. A few walleyes have been caught, too. There was no snow on the ground last week. The late-season deer hunting has been fair.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

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