Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – March 27th, 2015
Traverse City Area
Ice was melting quickly around Traverse City, and ice fishing has come to a halt. Steelhead are starting to trickle into the Boardman and Betsie rivers, and spawn and jigs are producing. Once open water arrives, perch should start hitting in Grand Traverse Bays.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
The Little Manistee River was wide open last week and anglers there were catching fair numbers of steelhead. A little warm rain should improve the run and bring fresh fish into the river system. Ice is falling apart on most of the inland lakes in the area, and ice fishing is coming to a screeching halt. There was still about 18 inches of snow in the shaded areas in the woods. Rabbit and coyote hunting pressure has been light.
Pappy’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 848-4142.
Ice conditions were fair on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell last week, although shore ice was starting to fall apart. Anglers reported good crappie action on Cadillac at Kenwood Park. Those fishing with minnows or spikes reported the best success. Hunting pressure has been light for coyotes and rabbits.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Ice was still in pretty good shape last week on lakes in Crawford County. The perch bite has been very good on Manistee Lake and Lake Margrethe, south of Eagle Point. Coyote hunting has slowed now that the snow is melting. Rabbit hunting has been good. There was still about 6 inches of snow in the shaded areas in the woods.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Higgins Lake Area
The ice was starting to pull away from shore last week on Higgins Lake and anglers are reminded to use caution, especially near the inlets and springs. Perch fishing has been pretty good on the north end of the lake and over the sunken island. Wigglers, wax worms, and minnows all have produced good results. Good numbers of lake trout have been caught right on the bottom in 80 to 110 feet of water. Rainbow trout are still being caught off Big Creek and in front of the RAM Center. Hunting pressure has been light.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Hubbard Lake Area
Ice is breaking away from the shoreline on Hubbard Lake, and ice fishing there has pretty much ended. Anglers are waiting for open water. There was very little snow left in the woods, and coyote and rabbit hunting pressure has been light.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.