Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – April 26th, 2013
There was no fishing pressure on Burt, Mullett, or Crooked lakes last week as anglers were awaiting the arrival of spring. Ice was still in pretty good shape, but no one was heading out. With warm weather and rain in the forecast, anglers are advised to call ahead for updated ice conditions.
Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.
Traverse City Area
Most of the lakes in Grand Traverse County were still ice-covered last week, but the shorelines were opening up. Ice fishing has come to an end. Fresh steelhead were moving into the Boardman, Manistee, and Betsie rivers. Spawn, flies, and spoons were all taking fish.
WildFishing Guide Service
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell still had some ice last week, but both were opening up. Rain and higher temperatures were in the forecast. Anglers were waiting for the walleye and pike opener on April 27.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Ice was melting fast on Houghton Lake and high winds were blowing what ice was left around the lake last week. Fishing has stalled. Turkey numbers are pretty good in Roscommon County. Toms are vocal and seeking the company of hens.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Hubbard Lake Area
There was open water on Higgins Lake last week, but high wind and lots of rain kept anglers grounded. Turkey numbers are in decent shape in Alcona County, and toms are gobbling.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.