Lake St. Clair
There was up to 6 inches of ice in the canals and shallow, back bays on Lake St. Clair last week. Safe ice was still forming farther out on the lake and was not safe yet for snowmobiles and ATVs. Perch fishing has been decent at Metro Beach, 11 Mile Road, and in Anchor Bay. Be sure to obtain permission before fishing in the marinas.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Ice was running between 4 and 8 inches last week on most inland lakes in Oakland County. Northern pike and crappies were hitting on Pontiac Lake, the walleye bite has been good on Pontiac and Long, and fair numbers of pike have been caught on tip-ups fished on the back side of Cass Lake. Anglers are advised to use extreme caution as recently there was still some open water in the middle of Cass Lake. Rabbit hunting has been good at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area with up to 4 inches of snow on the ground.
KD Outdoors, (248) 666-7799.
The panfish bite has been good on inland lakes in Branch County. There was up to 4 inches of ice on Gillead Lake last week, and anglers there were catching good numbers of bluegills and sunfish. More cold weather was in the forecast, and it was anticipated that 2014 would roll in on a good note for ice anglers. Rabbit and squirrel hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330
Grand Rapids Area
Ice was running between 2 and 5 inches thick last week on inland lakes around Grand Rapids, and anglers were advised to use caution and check the ice before heading out. Bluegills and crappies were keeping anglers busy on Reeds Lake. Several good-sized pike have been caught, too. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground, and rabbit hunting has been good.
Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.