Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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MI: Anglers awaiting safe ice; steelies hitting in rivers Issue: 26

SOUTHERN LP

Lake St. Clair

Fishing pressure has been light, but the action has been pretty
good on Lake St. Clair. The perch bite has been good in the marinas
and canals, and in the back basins at Metro Beach Metropark, which
has officially been renamed Lake St. Clair Metropark. Ice jigs with
spikes or wax worms fished under bobbers are taking fish. Anglers
are having to sort through their catch to find the keepers, but
some nice fish have been caught. The late deer seasons have been
fair. Squirrel and rabbit hunting pressure has been light.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Pontiac Area

There was no safe ice last week in Oakland County. A few steelhead
were being caught on spawn and flies fished in the Clinton River,
but heavy rain put a damper on the bite. The late archery deer
season has been pretty good, and hunters report some late rutting
activity. The January goose season should be pretty good with fair
numbers of birds around.

KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.

Allegan Area

Steelhead fishing has been great in the Kalamazoo River. Crankbaits
have produced the best results. There was no safe ice in the area.
Boat anglers are catching a few bluegills on Eagle Lake in 12 feet
of water, 6 feet down. The late deer-hunting seasons have been
good. Hunters report rutting activity, and a few big bucks have
been killed. Small-game hunting has been quiet. Coyote hunting has
been slow.

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

Kalamazoo Area

There was no safe ice around Kalamazoo last week. Great Lakes
anglers report a good whitefish bite in Lake Michigan off the pier
at St. Joe. Some good steelhead action also is being enjoyed by
pier and surf anglers. Steelhead action has slowed down in the St.
Joe and Kalamazoo river with heavy rain wreaking havoc on the
water. Late-season deer hunters report seeing decent numbers of
deer, but the deer are moving late. Late goose season should be
good.

D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

Saginaw Bay Area

High winds and heavy rain put a damper on open-water fishing in
Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay last week. Anglers had been catching good
numbers of perch in 20 feet of water off Linwood and at the mouth
of the Saginaw River. Walleye action was starting to pick up in 12
to 18 feet of water off Linwood and to the north. The late pheasant
season has been decent in spots. Late deer-hunting pressure has
been light, but success has been pretty good.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Weidman Area

There was no safe ice last week in Isabella County. Anglers were
chomping at the bit and waiting for some colder weather to arrive.
Small-game hunting has been fair, but hunting pressure has been
light. Late-season deer hunting has been pretty good, too. There
are still good numbers of deer around.

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

Caseville Area

Perch fishing has been good in Lake Huron. Ice was starting to
form, but melted with last week’s rain. Lake trout fishing has been
good in the Pigeon River. Spoons and crankbaits have produced the
best results. Late deer hunting has been good. There were lots of
geese in the area last week and the late goose season should be
great if the birds stick around.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

NORTHERN LP

Indian River

There was no safe ice in Cheboygan County last week, and anglers
there were waiting for colder weather. The late deer seasons have
been fair, but rain has put a damper on hunting pressure. The late
grouse season has been quiet, too, but there are still birds in the
area.

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

East Jordan Area

Anglers are waiting for ice to form on Lake Charlevoix. Steelhead
fishing has been good in the Bear, Cheboygan, and Jordan rivers.
Spawn has produced the best results. Action in the late
deer-hunting seasons has been fair. Deer movement has slowed now
that the rut is over. The late grouse season has been very good
with lots of birds around.

Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Traverse City Area

There was no snow or ice in Grand Traverse County last week. A few
perch have been caught in Long Lake by boat anglers. Minnows and
wigglers fished in 20 to 35 feet of water were producing good
results. The late grouse season has been good, but hunting pressure
has been light. Late archery and muzzleloading deer hunting has
been slow.

WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com

Wellston Area

Steelhead fishing remains good on the Manistee River. Spawn and
flies are producing good results. The late grouse season has been
pretty good, but hunting pressure has been light. Late deer-hunting
seasons have been slow.

Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.

Cadillac Area

There was no safe ice last week on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell.
Hunting pressure has been light. Deer and grouse numbers appear to
be down.

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

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

Houghton Lake Area

There was no safe ice last week on Houghton Lake. A few grouse
hunters were enjoying pretty good success. The late archery deer
season has been decent.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Hillman Area

Fishing pressure has been light in Montmorency and Alpena counties.
A few anglers are catching good numbers of pike in open water on
Fletcher Pond and Grass Lake. Late deer-hunting action has been
slow, and hunting pressure has been light. Grouse hunting has been
quiet, too.

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

Hubbard Lake Area

There was no safe ice last week on Hubbard Lake, and anglers were
waiting for some cold weather. Muzzleloading and late archery deer
seasons have been slow, and deer movement has been limited. Grouse
numbers are down and predator numbers are up. Predator hunting
pressure has been light.

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

UPPER PENINSULA

Drummond Island Area

There was no ice on the bays around Drummond Island last week.
Anglers there were itching for first ice. Grouse and rabbit hunting
has been pretty good. Late-season deer hunting was slow, and
hunting pressure has been light.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Sault Ste. Marie Area

Anglers are still waiting for ice to form on the St. Marys River. A
few boat anglers were heading out and catching good numbers of
walleyes in the deeper water of Munuscong Bay. The late deer
seasons were fair. Late-season grouse hunting has been fair.

Hank’s Sport Shop, (906) 632-8741.

Garden Area

There was no safe ice last week in Delta and Schoolcraft counties.
Anglers were catching good numbers of perch in Lake Michigan’s Big
Bay de Noc, but fishing pressure has dwindled as anglers wait for
first ice. Steelhead were hitting in the Manistique River. Anglers
using flies and spawn were catching good numbers of fish. The late
deer seasons have been slow, and hunting pressure has been very
light.

The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.

Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Ice is starting to form on some of the smaller inland lakes in
Marquette County, and anglers are just starting to get out. Panfish
action has been good. Steelhead fishing has been good on the
Chocolet, Dead, and Carp rivers. The late grouse season has been
good with lots of birds around. Those hunting in the conifers
report success. The late deer-hunting seasons have been fair.
Migration has been late this year with unseasonably warm weather
prevailing through early December.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

L’Anse Area

Ice fell apart last week on inland lakes in Baraga County, and
anglers were waiting for cold weather to return. Rabbit hunting has
been fair, and coyote hunting has been very good. Late-season deer
hunting has been good.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

There was up to 6 inches of ice in the bays on Lake Gogebic last
week. Anglers are advised to use caution because the ice is uneven.
Walleye fishing has been good in the bays on sucker minnows.
Late-season deer hunting has been fair, but hunting pressure has
been light. The late grouse season has been good, but hunting
pressure has been light.

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

 

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