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Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – December 20th, 2013

Lake St. Clair

Ice was forming on Lake St. Clair last week, and a few anglers were fishing on the canals. Panfish have been hitting near Metro Beach and off South River Road. Anglers are advised to use extreme caution. Late deer-hunting seasons have been slow, and hunting pressure has been light.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Irish Hills Area

The muzzleloading and late archery deer seasons were slow in Jackson County. Anglers were still waiting for safe ice to form last week on the bigger lakes in the area. A few anglers were getting out on some of the smaller lakes and canals and catching panfish.
Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.

South Haven

There was ice on the Black River last week, and steelhead fishing has come to an end. Inland lakes were freezing, and anglers were starting to sneak out on some of the smaller farm ponds. Muzzleloading deer season was pretty good. Coyote and rabbit hunting have been slow to get started.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720

Kalamazoo Area

There was a little ice on inland lakes, but there was also up to 9 inchers of snow, so ice-making has been slowed. Portage Lake had about 4 inches of ice in the marina, and bluegill fishing has been good. The channel on Gravel Lake also had good ice, and a few walleyes and panfish have been caught. Steelhead fishing has been very good in the Kalamazoo River. Plugs have produced the best results. Anglers report a pretty good panfish bite in the channels on Gun Lake, too. Muzzleloader deer season has been slow, and hunting pressure has been light. Coyote hunting has been good with lots of ‘yotes in the area.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.

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