Southern Lower

Allegan Area

Ice is in poor shape on most lakes in Allegan County. Anglers
report a pretty good bluegill and pike bite on Pine Creek where
there is up to 3 inches of good ice under a couple inches of slush.
Rain and warm temperatures in the forecast don’t bode well for ice
anglers. There are steelhead in the Kalamazoo River, but pressure
has been light. Coyote hunting has been pretty good with lots of
‘yotes in the area. The late antlerless deer season was
productive.

Webber &_Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.

Union Area

Ice was in fair shape in Cass and St. Joseph counties last week,
but rain in the forecast had anglers crossing their fingers.
Anglers should use extreme caution when heading out. There is 3-4
inches of ice on most lakes. Anglers report a decent panfish bite
on Baldwin, Long, Cory, Eagle and Juneau lakes. There was up to 8
inches of snow on the ground last week before the rain hit. Coyote
hunting has been pretty good. Hunting pressure was light for the
late antlerless deer season.

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

Plainwell Area

Ice conditions are suspect, running between 1 and 6 inches with
a foot of snow on top. Anglers should use extreme caution. The
forecast calls for above freezing temperatures and rain, so the
outlook for the immediate future is bleak. Anglers are catching
crappies, bluegills, and a few pike on Gun Lake. Some of the
smaller lakes are also producing a good bite. The late antlerless
deer season was decent.

Gillett’s Bait and Hardware (269) 672-5371.

Lake St. Clair

Ice is up to 6 inches thick on Lake St. Clair and anglers report
a good perch bite. Wear cleats because all the ice is not
snow-covered. Check the ice as you go as it has not frozen evenly.
Anglers are catching perch all over the lake, especially between
New Baltimore and 11 Mile Road. Anglers are having to sort through
their catch to find the keepers, but action has been very good.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003, (586) 468-9913.

Irish Hills Area

Ice is in rough shape in some areas, and up to 8 inches in
others. Anglers should check it as they go. Bluegills and pike are
hitting in the shallows on most lakes. There was up to 18 inches of
snow on the ground last week. Coyote hunting has been fair. The
late antlerless deer season was decent.

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

Lake Orion

Ice was up to 4 inches thick on some of the shallow lakes in the
area last week, but there was rain and warm temperatures in the
forecast. A few panfish and pike are being caught on Lake Sixteen
and on some of the smaller private lakes in the area. The late
antlerless deer season was slow with 18 inches of snow keeping
pressure to a minimum. Coyote hunting has been decent, but pressure
has been light.

Hook Line &_Sinker, (248) 814-9216.

Saginaw Bay Area

Shore ice is forming on Saginaw Bay, where perch anglers report
an excellent bite. The best action has been on minnows fished in
1-2 feet of water from Linwood north to Palmer Road. The ice is
safe for foot traffic only and there are lots of soft spots so
anglers are urged to exercise extreme caution. Coyote hunting
pressure has been light. The late antlerless deer season was
slow.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Hoyles Marina, (989) 697-4415.

Baldwin Area

Steelhead fishing has been fair on the Pere Marquette River and
there are no reports yet of shelf ice. On inland lakes, ice is
running up to 7 inches thick. Anglers are catching panfish and pike
on Idlewyld Lake, walleyes on Big Star Lake, and walleyes and pike
on Long and Emerson lakes. There is about 2 feet of snow on the
ground and snowshoes are required for walking in the woods. Hunting
pressure has been light.

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

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974.

Muskegon Area

Ice was running up to 5 inches thick last week on Muskegon Lake
and White Lake where anglers were catching lots of bluegills. The
best action has been in 8-10 feet of water with wax worms and
spikes both producing good results. With up to 30 inches of snow on
the ground, deer and coyote hunting has been tough. Warm
temperatures and rain was in the forecast.

Angler Archer, (231) 744-5992.

Lexington Area

Ice was up to 6 inches thick last week in Lake Huron’s Lexington
Harbor. Anglers report a decent steelhead and perch bite. There was
up to 8 inches of snow, but the forecast called for warm
temperatures and rain.

Great Lakes Archers and Anglers, (810) 359-8550.

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