Traverse City Area
There was about 10 inches of snow on the ground last week in Grand Traverse County. The rivers were running high and muddy, but steelhead fishing should be good when the water clears. There are good numbers of fish in the Manistee, Betsie, and Boardman rivers. Try bugs like wigglers and wax worms. Ice anglers are waiting for safe ice to form on area inland lakes. The firearms deer season was poor.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Gun hunters enjoyed a decent season in Roscommon County with a few nice bucks being taken. Snow and high winds followed by steady rain took a toll, and hunting pressure dipped. Fishing has stalled on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Gun hunters reported a decent season in Osceola County, despite the cold weather and high winds. A few nice bucks were killed around LeRoy. Rose Lake was still open last week and there was a little fishing pressure. Skim ice was forming on most other lakes in the area.
The Eyes Have It, (231) 768-5653.
The firearms deer season was pretty good in Crawford County, with several nice-sized bucks being killed. Snow, high wind, and rain made for tough conditions, but the hunters who braved the conditions enjoyed high success. There was about 10 inches of snow on the ground as of last week. Lake Margrethe was starting to freeze over, along with other lakes in the area.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Hubbard Lake Area
Firearms deer season was “just OK.” Deer sightings were down in Alcona County, but a few nice bucks were killed. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground for the opener, but there was just a dusting left as of last week. Open-water fishing has pretty much come to an end on Hubbard Lake and other lakes in the area.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
Gun hunters reported a good season in Iosco County. Several big bucks were killed around Oscoda. Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Huron and in the AuSable River. A few whitefish and a couple of walleyes have been caught off the piers on Lake Huron.
Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.
Saginaw Bay Area
The firearms deer season was slow in Saginaw County. High wind and cold weather kept some hunters out of their stands. Shore ice started to form on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, but the high winds blew the ice out. Ice anglers were waiting to get started.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
The firearms deer season was slow in Newaygo County. There was up to 15 inches of snow on the second day of the season, but it had all melted as of last week. The overall kill was down and hunters reported they just weren’t seeing many deer this year. Flood warnings last week on the Muskegon, White and Pere Marquette rivers brought fishing to a halt.
Parsley’s Sport and Fly Shop, (231) 652-6986.
Isabella County had up to 5 inches snow for the opener, and the firearms season was pretty good. Several nice bucks were taken. Ice was starting to form last week on some of the canals and shallow bays in the area.
Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.