Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – December 20th, 2013

East Jordan Area

High winds and frigid temperatures put a damper on outdoor recreation last week. Ice anglers were fishing on St. Clair, Ellsworth, and Wilson lakes, where there was up to 5 inches of ice. Bluegills and crappies were keeping them busy. A few walleye and pike anglers were getting out on the south arm of Lake Charlevoix where there was about 4 inches of ice. Coyote hunting and rabbit hunting have both been good, but hunting pressure has been light. The December grouse season also has been good, with birds being found in pockets.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.

Cadillac Area

There was 6 inches of ice on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell last week. Anglers report catching pike and walleyes on both lakes. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground. Muzzleloader deer season was slow, and hunting pressure has been light.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Houghton Lake Area

Up to 8 inches of ice was covering Houghton Lake last week, and a few walleyes and perch have been caught. The hot spot was in front of old Harvey’s Marina. Minnows have produced the best results. There was about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Muzzleloader deer season got of to a decent start.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Hubbard Lake Area

Hubbard Lake had up to 5 inches of ice in East Bay last week, and the south end of the lake was covered and freezing up. Walleye fishing has been pretty good in East Bay, with minnows producing the best results. There was about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Muzzleloading deer season has been pretty good.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

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