Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016


Traverse City Area

Steelhead fishing has been good in the Betsie River. Anglers drifting spawn bags and casting spinners report a good bite. Open water on inland lakes is luring anglers out. Good numbers of walleyes have been caught on Long Lake by anglers trolling crankbaits or casting them from shore. Coyote hunting has been fair and hunting pressure light.

WildFishing Guide Service, 

Kalkaska Area

There was no ice in Kalkaska County last week. Fair numbers of perch are hitting in the open water on Manistee Lake in Kalkaska County, but fishing pressure has been very light. Most anglers are waiting for ice to form. Coyote hunting has been slow to get started. Action should increase as cooler weather arrives. 

Jack’s Sport Shop, (231) 258-8892.

Cadillac Area

There was no ice on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell last week, and most local anglers have put their boats away for the winter. Fair numbers of walleyes are hitting in the canal between the two lakes. Anglers casting body baits from shore at night report the best bite. A few pike have been caught, too. Coyote hunting pressure has been light. 

Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.

Indian River

There was no ice in Cheboygan County last week. A few anglers in small boats were getting out on Burt Lake and catching light numbers of perch. Most anglers are waiting for first ice. Coyote hunting has been slow, and hunting pressure has been light.

Pat & Gary’s Party Store, (231) 238-6776.



Grayling Area

There was no ice an any lakes in the area last week. A few boat anglers were getting out on Lake Margrethe. Those trolling nightcrawlers in 14 to 17 feet of water were catching a few walleyes. Coyote hunting is just getting started. Most hunters were waiting for the holidays to pass and snow to start falling. Bucks are starting to lose their antlers.

Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.

Houghton Lake Area

There was no ice on Houghton Lake last week, and anglers there were getting itchy to wet a line. A few boaters were getting out and catching good numbers of panfish and pike and light numbers of walleyes. Coyote hunting has been slow, but should improve with a little snow and cooler weather. There are lots of coyotes in Roscommon County. 

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.

Hubbard Lake Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on Hubbard Lake, where there was no sign of ice. Most local anglers have their boats put away for the winter. Coyote hunting has been decent, but hunting pressure has been light.

Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.

Oscoda Area

Steelhead fishing has been pretty good in the lower stretch of the   AuSable River. A few fresh fish have moved up from Lake Huron. Walleye fishing has been decent off the pier on Lake Michigan, but fishing pressure has been light. Perch fishing has been good in Tawas Bay, but, again, pressure has been limited. Most anglers are waiting for first ice to arrive. Coyote hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light. 

Wellman’s Sport Center, (989) 739-2869.

Categories: Michigan Fishing Reports, North (Central)

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