Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 4th, 2013
Traverse City Area
Ice is forming on smaller lakes in Grand Traverse County, but no one was out fishing last week. Steelhead fishing has been good on the Boardman and Manistee rivers, with jigs and grubs taking fish. There was up to 15 inches of snow on the ground. Rabbit hunting has been slow, but predator hunting has been pretty good.
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Steelhead fishing has been good on the Mansitee River. There was up to a foot of snow on the ground last week in Manistee County. Deer hunting was winding down, but predator hunting has been decent.
Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.
Ice is forming on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. There was up to six inches of ice in some areas, and a few anglers were walking out and catching pike on tip-ups. Be sure to check with local contacts for updated ice conditions. There was up to a foot of snow on the ground. Muzzleloader deer season was pretty good. Coyote hunting has been slow.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Ice was forming on Lake Margrethe and anglers were hoping to get out any day now. Be sure to check with local contacts for updated ice conditions. There was up to a foot of snow on the ground. Late deer hunting seasons was fair. Rabbit hunting has been pretty good. Coyote hunters are off to a slow start.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Houghton Lake Area
There was up to six inches of ice on Houghton Lake last week and anglers there were walking out. Fishing has been slow, with a few pike and panfish being caught. There was up to 8 inches of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been fair.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Hubbard Lake Area
Slush ice was forming last week on Hubbard Lake, but the wind was blowing, snow was falling, and there was no ice-fishing action yet. There are lots of coyotes and bobcats in Alcona County.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
Steelhead fishing has been decent in the Thunder Bay River. Ice was forming on some of the inland lakes, and anglers are starting to trickle out on the hard water. There were no reports of anyone catching fish yet. There was a dusting of snow on the ground last week. Deer-hunting pressure was light after the muzzleloader season ended.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.