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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been “the best it’s been in 10 years” in Munuscong Bay. The water is up 2 to 3 feet, and good action has been reported by anglers fishing in 2 to 7 feet of water. There was up to 15 inches of ice on the bay, and access has been good. Coyote hunting has been pretty good.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Scotts Bay has been producing a very good perch bite and fair pike action. There are a lot of yellowbellies hanging out in 8 feet of water, but anglers are having to sort through the small ones to find the keepers. There was about 6 inches of snow on the ground last week. A few coyotes have been killed.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Escanaba Area

Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc was safe for foot traffic last week. Walleye and perch fishing has been good at the north end of bay. Minnows jigged in 25 to 30 feet of water have been taking good numbers of fish at Kippling. A good perch bite was reported off Gladstone in 15 to 30 feet of water, and whitefish are starting to show up near Escanaba in water up to 40 feet deep. Hunting pressure has been light.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

Whitefish have moved into Lake Michigan’s Green Bay, and anglers reported good action last week both north and south of the mouth of the Menominee River. Panfish action has been good on the Menominee River at Cottonbach Island. There was limited ice on the lower stretch of the river, and fishing there was slow. There was very little snow on the ground last week, and hunting activity has been light.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.

L’Anse Area

There is ice on Keweenaw and Huron bays in Lake Superior. Anglers are catching good numbers of splake and decent numbers of lake trout and steelhead in 25 to 40 feet of water. Splake are growing fast and numbers are very good. Anglers report a good whitefish bite on Huron Bay. There was no snow on the ice last week and about a foot in the woods. Rabbit hunting has been good. Coyote numbers are down, likely because there are a lot of wolves in the area. 
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has been fair. Higher temperatures last week  improved the angler activity and the fishing action, as well. Walleyes continue to hit spoons, jigs, and sucker minnows fished in 22 to 27 feet of water. A decent bite has been reported by anglers fishing in 7 to 12 feet of water during low-light conditions. Perch are hitting wigglers and spikes fished in 23 to 26 feet of water over mud. Lake travel was good, with about 12 inches of fresh snow on the  ice, but there were pockets of slush, so anglers should be aware of that fact. There was about 6 feet of snow in the woods. Predator hunting has been slow, but snowmobile trails are in good shape.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

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Northern Michigan Fishing Reports

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - January 16th, 2015

East Jordan Area
Anglers were still waiting for safe ice last week on Lake Charlevoix where there was up to 18 inches of snow. Anglers walking out on the lake were catching good numbers of pike and panfish. The Ellsworth Chain of Lakes had up to 12 inches of ice and anglers there were catching perch, walleyes, and crappies. Predator hunting has been good, with lots of coyotes in the area.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area
Smaller lakes like Arbutus and Spider had enough ice for foot traffic last week. Panfish were being caught in 10 to 12 feet of water on jigs and wax worms. Steelhead fishing has been slow on the Boardman, Betsie, and Elk rivers, where just a few fish have been caught. Frigid temperatures have kept most anglers off the ice.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.

Cadillac Area
Ice fishing has been pretty good on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, where there was up to 8 inches of ice last week. Anglers reported a good pike bite on Cadillac, and those heading out on Lake Mitchell were catching good numbers of panfish in the shallow bays. Teardrops and wax worms have produced the best results for panfish.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Houghton Lake Area
Ice anglers report a good bite on Houghton Lake, despite open water in North and East bays. Extreme caution is advised. The pike bite has been good on tip-ups baited with suckers and shiners. Bluegills are hitting wax worms, and walleye action has been fair, with jigs and minnows producing the best results. A few jumbo perch have been caught, too. Coyote activity is heating up.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area
Higgins Lake has iced over, but was not safe for foot traffic at midweek. Anglers were waiting a few more days before venturing out. Strong winds broke up the ice on the north end of the lake, so extreme caution is advised.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

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Southern Michigan Fishing Reports

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - January 16th, 2015

Lake St. Clair
Solid ice was forming in the canals and shallow bays on Lake St. Clair last week. Anglers were catching ‘gills, perch, and crappies and hoping to get after walleyes farther out on the lake in a week or so. Anglers are reminded that the Selfridge boat ramp in Anchor Bay is under construction, but will remain open for ice-fishing access.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Luna Pier Area
Ice was forming on Lake Erie last week, and anglers reported a decent perch bite in the marina at Lake Erie Metropark. Fair numbers of steelhead have been caught in the Huron River at Flat Rock. Jigs and wax worms were producing good results.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.

South Haven
Some of the channels are freezing   on VanAuken Lake and Gray Bear Lake. Nice numbers of crappies and bluegills were being caught last week. There was about 3 inches of ice, with low temperatures in the forecast. Coyote hunting is off to a slow start with lots of high wind.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720.

Kalamazoo Area
There was up to 6 inches of ice on some inland lakes in the Kalamazoo area last week, and open water on others. Anglers are urged to use caution when heading out. Crappies and pike have been caught in the big bay on Gull Lake. Pike and panfish also are being caught on Three Lakes, and bluegills are hitting on Portage Lake. Coyote hunting is off to a good start.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Saginaw Bay Area
Ice was forming on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay last week and access was difficult. A few anglers were “tip-toeing out” in the shallows along shore and catching a few yellow perch. Most anglers were waiting for thicker ice to form. Coyote hunting is heating up, with a dusting of snow on the ground.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area
Steelhead fishing has been pretty good on the Pere Marquette River. There was up to 6 inches of ice on inland lakes in Lake County last week. Ice anglers report a decent bite for panfish and pike on Idlewild Lake. Perch have been caught on Big Bass Lake, and crappies and a few walleyes have been caught on Big Star. Hunting pressure has been light.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.

Lansing Area
Walleyes and pike were hitting minnows and nightcrawlers fished in the Grand River at the North Lansing Dam last week. Steelhead were hitting flies, wax worms, spawn, and spinners at the Portland, Webber, and Lyons dams. A few pike and walleyes have been caught, too. Ice was forming on Lake Lansing and Lake Ovid. Panfish have been caught in the bays.
Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.

Caseville Area
There was up to 5 inches of ice off the breakwall on Lake Huron in Caseville last week, and anglers were dialing in on a pretty good bite. Good numbers of walleyes and lake trout have been caught, along with a few perch, too. Perch also are being caught in the harbor, but anglers are reminded to check the ice, as high winds can impact safe ice. Perch are hitting in Wildfowl Bay, where there was up to 6 inches of ice. Coyote hunting has been good, with lots of ‘yotes in the Thumb.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron
There was about 6 inches of ice in Lake Huron’s Lexington Harbor last week and the steelhead and brown trout bites had been pretty good. The bite had been hit or miss, but when the fish are on, the bite has been red hot. Skim ice was forming in the St. Clair River, and access has been difficult. Coyote hunting has been good, and the song dogs are getting vocal.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

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