Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – December 21st, 2012
Steelhead are hitting on the Cheboygan and Bear rivers. There was no ice on inland lakes as of late last week, but there was up to a foot of snow on the ground. The muzzleloader deer season has been decent, and predator hunting is starting to heat up.
Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.
Traverse City Area
Steelhead fishing has been fair in the Boardman River with lots of fish being caught on small jigs and wax worms. A few steelies were being caught off the piers at Frankfort on Lake Michigan, too. There was no safe ice on inland lakes last week. Deer hunting remains decent with 4 inches of snow on the ground.
WildFishing Guide Service www.wildfishing.com
Houghton Lake Area
Houghton Lake is covered with ice, but it was not safe for foot traffic last week. There were a couple inches of snow on the ground, and predator hunting has been pretty good. Deer-hunting season is winding down, but a few hardy archers are still chasing whitetails.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Sportsman’s Resort and Marina, (989) 366-5471.
Hubbard Lake Area
There was no ice on Hubbard Lake last week. A couple anglers were fishing in the open water, but there was no word on what they were catching. Deer hunting remains pretty good, and there was about 3 inches of snow in the woods. Predator hunting has been slow to get started. There are lots of coyotes in the area.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
There was no safe ice in Alpena County last week. A few steelhead have been caught in the Thunder Bay River, and perch are hitting off the Second Avenue Bridge. Hunting pressure has been light.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.