Steelhead are moving in as river water begins to recede

Ice conditions are deteriorating. Anglers heading out on ice
in northern Michigan are advised to be extremely careful. Wear a
life jacket, carry ice picks, check the ice as you go, and keep an
eye on the weather. High winds and warm sunshine can both have
serious effects on the ice this time of year.

SOUTHERN LP

Trenton Area

A few walleyes are beginning to show up in the Lower Detroit
River. Steelhead anglers report a decent bite on the Huron River at
Flat Rock.

Bottom Line Bait & Tackle (734) 379-9762.

Horse Island Tackle (734) 692-9839.

Monroe Area

High northeast winds have kept anglers at bay on Lake Erie.
Walleye action is starting to pick up and should improve once the
lake settles down.

Cook’s Sportland (734) 242-0774.

St. Joseph Area

Steelhead are hitting in the St. Joseph River. Spawn has been
producing the best results, but Hot ‘N Tots and Wobble Glows work,
too. A few coho are starting to be caught by both pier and boat
anglers on Lake Michigan.

B.J. Sports (269) 429-8271.

Grand Rapids Area

A fair number of steelies are being caught in the Rogue River
and on the Grand River. Spawn, flies, and Little Cleos all have
taken fish. Suckers are moving into the Grand.

Grandville Live Bait (616) 534-8178.

Saginaw Bay Area

Boat anglers are starting to venture out on Saginaw Bay. A few
perch and walleyes have been caught at Au Gres, but better action
lies ahead. Suckers are beginning to move into the Rifle River at
Omer.

Franks Great Outdoors (989) 697-5341.

Caseville Area

Good-sized perch are hitting off the breakwall at Caseville and
in the Pinebog River. Minnows have been producing the best results.
A few suckers also are starting to move into the Pinebog.

Walsh Gun & Tackle (989) 856-4465.

NORTHERN LOWER

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing has been pretty good on the Pere Marquette
River with fresh fish moving in. The water is dropping and
clearing, and the water temperature was hovering around 38 degrees
late last week.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle (231) 745-3529.

East Jordan Area

Steelhead fishing has been pretty good on the Jordan River.
Spawn has been the hot bait both at the mouth, and upstream.
Bluegills and a few perch are hitting in 6 feet of water on the
Ellsworth Chain of Lakes.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle (231) 536-3521.

Houghton Lake Area

Ice is running between 6 and 10 inches thick on Houghton Lake,
where anglers report a good crappie bite. Anglers also are catching
bluegills and sunfish along the southshore weedbed. A pressure
crack runs parallel to the southshore weedbed and caution is
advised.

Lyman’s on the Lake (989) 422-3231.

Higgins Lake Area

There was still 10 inches of ice on Higgins Lake last week.
Anglers are catching good numbers of smelt in 15 to 40 feet of
water off the north state park and along the west shore in front of
Birch Lodge. Fair numbers of rainbows and browns are being caught
on wigglers fished in the shallows at the mouth of Big Creek.

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

UPPER PENINSULA

Pickford Area

Ice is running over a foot thick on Munuscong Bay, and anglers
report a fair perch bite there, and in Muskie Bay at the Les
Cheneaux Islands. Whitefish are hitting teardrops tipped with wax
worms and wigglers in Mosquito Bay in the Upper St. Marys
River.

Wilderness Treasures (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

A fair perch bite is being reported by anglers on Big Manistique
Lake where there is still a couple feet of ice. Minnows fished in 7
to 8 feet of water have been producing the best results. An
occasional cisco has also been caught.

J.R. Sport Shop (906) 586-6040.

Escanaba Area

Ice was up to 20 inches thick north of Gladstone in Little Bay
de Noc where anglers are catching perch. They’re managing to catch
enough keepers each day for a meal. Whitefish are hitting behind
the Terrace Motel.

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

Bergland Area

Anglers on Lake Gogebic report a pretty good perch bite. They’re
catching between six and 10 jumbos per trip when fishing around the
mud flats in 22 feet of water. There is still a couple feet of ice
on the lake.

Maple Ridge Bait & Tackle (906) 575-3545.

Iron River Area

Bluegills, perch, and crappies have been keeping anglers busy on
some of the smaller lakes in the area like Golden, Emily, and
Sunset. Trout anglers report good laker action on Golden and
Chicagon. Ice was holding up pretty well on most lakes.

Luckey’s Sport Shop (906) 265-5339.

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