MI: Solid ice across the state, but rain in the forecast Issue: 1

Editor’s note: Safe ice was being reported on most small lakes
across the state last week. However, rain was in the forecast for
last weekend for most of the state so anglers should use extreme
caution if heading out on the ice. Call ahead for an update. Always
test the ice as you go since lakes often freeze unevenly. Never go
out alone. Wear a life jacket and carry ice picks whenever
recreating on the ice. Beware of potentially thin ice around river
mouths, currents, springs, and docks.

SOUTHEASTERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Perch fishing has been very good on Lake St. Clair where ice was
running between 4 and 10 inches thick. Anglers report a good bite
off the Coast Guard station, behind the library, off Cotton Road,
and at the Selfridge Air National Guard base. Coyote and rabbit
hunting has been good. The late doe season also was
productive.

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

Pontiac Area

There was between 6 and 10 inches of solid ice on most inland lakes
in Oakland County last week, but the weather forecast was calling
for rain for the weekend so be sure to check on current conditions.
Crappie fishing has been good on Pontiac Lake, and a few walleyes
have been caught, too. The best action for both has been in the
evening just before and just after sunset. Panfish action has been
good on Cass Lake, and trout anglers report a good lake trout bite
on Maceday Lake. The best action has come to anglers jigging spoons
like Little Cleos in 5 to 6 feet of water. The late doe season was
pretty good, and rabbit and squirrel hunting also has been
good.

KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.

SOUTHWESTERN LP

Sturgis Area

Ice was running up to 5 inches thick on some of the smaller lakes
in the area. Crappies and pike were hitting on Aldridge Lake. The
late doe season was pretty good. Coyote hunting has been very
good.

Klinger Lake Trading Post, (269) 651-2679.

Kalamazoo Area

Ice was running between 4 and 7 inches thick last week on most of
the smaller lakes around Kalamazoo. Smelt fishing has been
excellent on Gull Lake, and anglers report good pike fishing on
Scott and Hogsett lakes. Panfish and pike are being caught on
Eagle, Austin, Sugar Loaf, Swan, Pine, and Asylum lakes. Steelhead
fishing has been slow on the Kalamazoo River, but good action has
been reported by anglers fishing on the St. Joe River at the
Berrien Springs Dam. Spawn has produced the best results. Coyote
hunting has been very good, but hunting pressure has been light.
The late doe season was good.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Grand Rapids Area

There was about 6 to 8 inches of safe ice on area lakes last week.
Crappies and perch, and a few pike, have been caught on Reeds Lake.
Panfish action has been good on Gun Lake. Ice is still forming on
the main body of Muskegon and White lakes. There was about 4 inches
of snow on the ground. The late doe season was pretty good. Rabbit
hunting has been good. Coyote hunting has been slow to get started
with most hunters waiting for the deer hunters to finish their
seasons.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.

CENTRAL LP

Saginaw Bay Area

Ice is still forming on Saginaw Bay and a few anglers are getting
out along shore where there was between 4 and 6 inches. Walleye
fishing has been good in 3 to 6 feet of water off Palmer and
Erickson roads. The late goose season should be pretty good, and
coyote hunting has been good.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

Ice was about 5 to 7 inches thick on most of the lakes in the area.
Good bluegill, crappie, and pike action has been reported by
anglers on Idlewild, Cecilia, and Bush lakes. Steelhead fishing has
been decent on the Pere Marquette River. Jigs and waxies or
wigglers have been producing the best rests. The best action has
been in the lower river, below Custer. Coyote hunting has been very
good, with a “ton of coyotes” in the area.

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

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

Weidman Area

Ice was running between 8 and 10 inches thick on lakes in Isabela
County last week. Bluegills were hitting on Lake Isabella, Six
Lakes, and Stevenson Lake. Fair numbers of pike and walleyes have
been caught on Coldwater Lake and Lake Isabella. There was about 6
inches of snow on the ground last week. The late doe season was
good, and coyote hunting has been very good.

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

THE THUMB

Caseville Area

Ice conditions were spotty on Lake Huron last week, and extreme
caution is urged. Good perch and walleye fishing has been reported
by anglers fishing off Geiger Road. A few perch, walleyes, and lake
trout were being caught in the harbor at Caseville. The late goose
season should be decent with a fair number of Canada geese
remaining in areas of open water. Coyote hunting has been fair, but
most coyote hunters were waiting for the deer hunters to finish the
late doe season.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Port Huron

Ice was running between 5 and 7 inches on some of the local ponds
in St. Clair County, and ice fishing has been pretty good. Pike and
a few perch have been caught by anglers venturing out on Portage
Street Pond. Perch are hitting minnows and wigglers, and pike are
hitting live suckers and shiners fished on tip-ups. Rabbit hunting
has been very good and the late doe season was good, too.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.

NORTHWESTERN LP

Indian River

Ice was running between 6 and 12 inches thick on Burt and Mullett
lakes last week. Perch and walleye fishing has been pretty good,
and a few pike have been caught, too. Coyote hunting has been
pretty good with between 6 and 8 inches of snow on the
ground.

Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.

Traverse City Area

Grand Traverse Bay and some of the big lakes in the area still have
open water. Smaller lakes were holding up to 5 inches of
snow-covered ice. Ice anglers were catching bluegills and crappies
on Spider and Arbutus lakes. The best action has come to anglers
fishing in 10 feet of water with teardrops and spikes. Perch
fishing has been good on Skegemog with Hali jigs and wigglers.
There is up to 2 feet of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has
been good.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com

Cadillac Area

There was between 3 and 10 inches of ice on lakes Cadillac and
Mitchell last week. Spear fishermen and tip-up anglers were taking
good numbers of pike, and “more walleyes than have been caught all
summer,” have been caught. The panfish bite is just getting
started. There was about 10 inches of snow on the ground. The late
grouse season was pretty good. Coyote hunting has been fair, but
hunting pressure has been very light.

Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.

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

NORTHEASTERN LP

Houghton Lake Area

Ice was running between 6 and 8 inches thick on Houghton Lake last
week. Anglers fishing along the north shore and in the east bay
reported a good walleye bite in 6 to 8 feet of water. The best
action has been on shiners and jigging spoons. There was about 8
inches of snow on the ground, and coyote hunting has been
good.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Sportsman’s Resort and Marina, (989) 366-5471.

Higgins Lake Area

There was between 4 and 5 inches of ice on Higgins Lake along the
drop-off, but there were still areas of open water. A fair number
of smelt have been caught along the drop-off, but extreme caution
is urged if you’re venturing out. Coyote hunting has been fair and
should continue to improve, but right now, hunter pressure has been
light.

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

Phoenix Party and Bait Store, (989) 821-7220.

EASTERN UP

Pickford Area

Walleyes and perch are hitting on Munuscong Bay where there is
between 10 and 12 inches of ice. The best action has come to
anglers jigging minnows. Perch are hitting on Lake Huron at
Cedarville, with teardrops and wax worms or minnows producing the
best results. There was about 10 inches of snow on the ground.
Coyote hunting has been good.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

There was a foot of ice on the bays around Drummond Island last
week. Anglers are catching pike and perch in Whitney Bay and Scotts
Bay, but action is just getting started. There was about 8 inches
of snow on the ground last week. Late bow season was fair. Rabbit
hunting has been good, and coyote hunting should be very
good.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Ice was running between 4 and 16 inches on Manistique Lakes.
Walleyes were hitting on Big and South Manistique lakes, but
spearers were having a tough time because the water is very murky.
A few perch have been caught on Big Manistique. Coyote hunting has
been fair.

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

CENTRAL UP

Escanaba Area

Ice was running up to 10 inches thick on Little Bay de Noc north of
Gladstone, and up to 4 inches south of Gladstone. Walleye action
has been pretty good, with fish being caught all over the bay.
Perch fishing has been good at the north end of the bay. There was
about 4 inches of snow on the ground, and coyote hunting has been
pretty good. The late archery season was fair.

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

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

Menominee Area

Ice was running up to 8 inches on Shakey Lakes, and anglers
reported a decent crappie bite and a few pike, too. There was about
5 inches of ice on the Menominee River, and pike and crappies were
hitting near Cottonbush Island. Coyote hunting has been very
good.

MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.

Martin Creek Sport and Feed, (906) 863-4868.

WESTERN UP

L’Anse Area

Ice was running up to 6 inches thick on most of the inland lakes in
Baraga County, but there was no ice on Keweenaw Bay. Northern pike
and panfish were hitting on most of the area lakes, as well as at
the south end of Huron Bay and in Chassel Bay. Panfish action has
been good on Otter Lake, and brook trout were being caught on Lake
Roland and the Alberta Pond. The late bow season was fair, and
coyote season should be very good.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Iron River Area

Ice was running between 4 and 12 inches on lakes in Iron County
last week, and anglers reported a good bite. Bluegills were hitting
wax worms and teardrops fished on Chicagon Lake, and a few walleyes
and whitefish were being picked up there, too. Light numbers of
perch have been caught on Ottawa Lake, and a few splake have been
caught, too. Pike and walleyes were being caught on Sunset Lake,
and the northern pike bite has been good on Indian Lake. Coyote
hunting has been decent.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

 

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