Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

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MI: Heavy snow hampers lake access across the state Issue: 4

SOUTHERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Perch fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair, but a lot of small
fish are being caught. Minnows and spikes are both producing good
results. Anglers report a decent bite off 11 Mile Road, in front of
Gino’s Surf, and at Metro Beach Metropark. Coyote and rabbit
hunting has been very good in the area.

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

Irish Hills Area

Ice fishing has been pretty good in the Irish Hills area, where
there is up to 10 inches of snow on the ice. Bluegills and redear
sunfish are being caught on Wamplers Lake. The best action has been
in 8 to 10 feet of water for the ‘gills and out to 25 feet for the
redears. Walleye fishing has been slow, but pike fishing is heating
up on Devils, Vineyard, and Wamplers lakes. Coyote hunting has been
fair in the area.

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

Kalamazoo Area

Pike fishing has been good on several lakes in the area, including
Minor Lake, Three Mile Lake, Twin Lakes, and Long Lake. Bluegill
fishing has been good on Gourdneck, Three-Legged, Asylum, Muskrat,
Duck, Brownwood, and Woods. Perch anglers using wigglers and
shiners are catching good numbers of yellowbellies on Sherman,
Cora, Gull, and Gun lakes. Steelhead action has been good in the
Kalamazoo River below the Allegan Dam and in the St. Joe River
downstream from the Berrien Springs Dam.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Saginaw Bay Area

Drifting snow has made travel difficult on Saginaw Bay. Those
getting out on snowmobiles report a fair walleye bite in 19 to 24
feet of water off Pinconning and Linwood roads and at the Spark
Plug. A fair number of walleyes are being caught in the Saginaw
River, but many are small fish.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Baldwin Area

Fishing has been fair in Lake County. Anglers report good panfish
and pike action on Wolf, Star, Cecilia, and Idlewild lakes. There
was up to 18 inches of snow on the lakes last week, making foot
traffic difficult. Steelhead fishing has been fair in the upper
section of the Pere Marquette River. The best action has come to
anglers fishing wax worms and wigglers between Gleason’s Landing
and Sulak. Coyote and fox hunting has been good.

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

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

Montague Area

Fishing has been slow on White Lake and heavy snow is making access
difficult. A fair perch bite has been reported by anglers fishing
at the west end of White Lake and at the Lions Den. There was about
a foot of snow on the ice last week and two feet in the woods.
Coyote hunting has been good, but again, heavy snow is limiting
participation.

Johnson’s Great Outdoors Tackle Shop, (231) 893-6688.

Muskegon Area

Ice fishing is picking up a little on Muskegon Lake. Perch fishing
has been good for those anglers fishing with minnows near the sand
docks in 40 to 42 feet of water. A few walleyes have been caught,
also on minnows, off Second Street in 23 to 27 feet of water. There
was a couple of inches of snow on the ice last week and up to 28
inches in the woods, which has put a damper on rabbit and predator
hunting.

Angler Archer, (231) 744-5992.

Caseville Area

Lake trout and whitefish are keeping anglers busy on Lake Huron in
Huron County. A good bite has been reported by anglers fishing in
the harbor at Caseville and off Mud Creek. A few perch and walleyes
also are being caught. Coyote and fox hunting has been good.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

NORTHERN LP

Indian River

Ice fishing has been pretty good in Cheboygan County. A fair number
of walleyes and perch are being caught in Burt and Mullett lakes.
Anglers report the best action when fishing in deeper water up to
30 feet.

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

East Jordan Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light in Charlevoix
County. There was up to 20 inches of snow on the lakes and 12 to 15
in the woods. Coyote hunting has been good, and there are good
numbers of cottontails in the area.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

Ice fishing has been pretty good in the Traverse City area. Smelt
fishing has been great on Green, Crystal, and Cedar lakes. Perch
fishing has been fair in 40 to 50 feet of water on Big Glen Lake.
Minnows and wigglers are both taking fish. Anglers report a good
whitefish bite on Torch Lake when fishing with spawn in 30 feet of
water. Coyote hunting has been very good. Snowmobile trails are in
great shape.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com

Cadillac Area

Fishing is picking up on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. Heavy slush
and snow are making access difficult, but those gutting it out are
catching good numbers of fish. Panfish are suspended high in the
water column. Anglers report a good crappie and bluegill bite in
Big Cove on Mitchell. Pike have been caught on both lakes. Coyote
hunters are enjoying a good season.

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

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

Grayling Area

Cold weather and slushy ice have combined to limit fishing pressure
in Grayling. For those who are getting out, muskie spearing has
been good on Lake Margrethe. The best action has come at the Middle
Grounds. A fair number of perch are being caught at the south end
of the lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Coyote hunting has been
pretty good with lots of coyotes in the area.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

Cold weather and heavy slush made ice fishing traffic pretty light
last week on Houghton Lake. A few walleyes were caught on minnows
fished in 8 to 12 feet of water, and pike are still hitting suckers
and chubs all over the lake. There was a couple feet of snow on the
ground and predator hunting has been decent.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

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

Higgins Lake Area

Fishing is picking up on Higgins Lake, but frigid temperatures were
keeping anglers at bay last week. A few lakers and whitefish were
being caught, and a few perch were hitting off the sunken island.
There was about 18 inches of snow on the ground last week. Coyote
hunting pressure has been light.

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

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

Hubbard Lake Area

Ice fishing has been good on Hubbard Lake, but access has been
difficult and is limited to snowmobiles and 4x4s. Anglers have been
catching good numbers of walleyes in 50 to 55 feet of water. A few
perch also have been caught, including one last week that was over
15 inches. Coyote hunting has been good.

Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

Hillman Area

Fishing has been pretty good in Alpena County. Anglers report a
good panfish bite in the river channel on Fletcher Pond. Pike also
are hitting again. Walleye fishing has been good on Beaver Lake.
Predator hunting has been good.

Wild Bill’s Bait & Tackle, (989) 742-4874.

UPPER PENINSULA

Pickford Area

Fishing has slowed a little bit, but persistent anglers are still
getting a few fish. Walleyes and perch are hitting minnows and
wigglers fished in Munuscong Bay. Pike fishing also has been good
in the bay. Perch are hitting in Lake Huron in Muskie Bay at
Cedarville and in the bay at Hessel. There was about a foot or less
of hard-packed snow on the ground last week.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Sault Ste. Marie Area

Fishing has been fair around Sault Ste. Marie, and fishing pressure
has been light. Anglers are catching a few whitefish in Mosquito
Bay. Coyote hunting has been good.

Hank’s Sport Shop, (906) 632-8741.

Curtis Area

Ice fishing has been improved on Manistique Lakes. Pike fishing has
been very good, and walleye fishing has been good on both Big and
South Manistique lakes. There was about a foot of snow on the
ground last week. Predator hunting has been pretty good. Coyote
numbers are down.

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

Escanaba Area

Frigid weather kept anglers at bay last week on Lake Michigan’s
Little Bay de Noc, but with warmer temperatures in the forecast,
the outlook was improving. For those who did venture out, walleyes
were scattered from Escanaba to the north end of the bay, and
anglers reported fair action in water depths ranging from 8 feet to
45 feet. Perch were hitting north of Gladstone in 15 to 40 feet of
water.

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

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

Menominee Area

Ice fishing has quieted down a little in Menominee County. Fair
numbers of whitefish are hitting in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay off
Hennis Park in 8 to 10 feet of water. Perch fishing has been good
on Hayward Lake with wigglers, wax worms, and minnows all producing
good results. Coyote hunting has been pretty good.

MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.

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

L’Anse Area

There was safe ice on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay at L’Anse where
anglers were catching whitefish and lake trout last week. Smelt
fishing has been good in 40 feet of water at night. Coyote hunting
has improved as coyotes are starting their mating rituals.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Gogebic. Heavy snow and slush on the
lake is limiting access to snowmobile traffic. A few walleyes are
being caught in the evenings. Snowshoe hare hunting has been pretty
good.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Fishing pressure has dipped a bit with the falling temperature.
Walleyes are hitting on Ottawa and Chicagon lakes. Muskie spearing
has been good on Iron Lake. There was around two feet of snow on
the ground last week and predator hunting has been good.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

 

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