Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 29th, 2016
There was between 5 and 7 inches of ice on both Burt and Crooked lakes last week, and anglers there were walking out to fish. A few walleyes and perch have been caught on minnows. Predator and rabbit hunting have been slow to get started.
Young’s Bait and Party Shop, (231) 548-5286.
East Jordan Area
There was at least 2 feet of snow on the ground in Charlevoix County last week and ice was being insulated on many lakes. There was about 6 inches of ice on the south arm of Lake Charlevoix and anglers there were catching northern pike and a few walleyes. The best action has been in 17 feet of water. Coyote hunting has been slow, and hunting pressure has been light.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Traverse City Area
Ice conditions were poor in Grand Traverse County last week with up to 2 feet of snow on the ground. A few anglers were walking out on some of the smaller lakes and catching panfish and pike. A few boat anglers were still getting out on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay and catching fair numbers of lake trout in 110 to 150 feet of water. Hunting pressure has been light.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Lake City Area
There was up to 8 inches of ice on Lake Missaukee last week, and anglers there were getting out on snowmobiles and quads. Those fishing with tip-ups in 15 to 25 feet of water were catching lots of northern pike and largemouth bass, including one in the 5-pound range. Jiggers were catching light numbers of walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water on minnows and jigging spoons. There was about 5 inches of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been decent, but hunting pressure has been light.
Miller’s Corner, (231) 839-0440
Ice was running between 4 and 8 inches thick on lakes Mitchell and Cadillac last week, and fishing has been “phenomenal.” The coves on Lake Mitchell have produced good pike, bluegill, and crappie fishing. Pike also were being caught and speared behind Thirsty’s gas station. Panfish and pike were being caught along the causeway on Lake Cadillac. Walleye fishing has been slow on both lakes. There was about 2 feet of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Ice was running up to 7 inches thick last week on Lake Margrethe. Anglers reported catching good numbers of northern pike on suckers and chubs fished beneath tip-ups. Lots of them were undersized. Perch and bluegill fishing has slowed, but a few walleyes have been caught. There was about 2 feet of snow on the ground. Rabbit hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light. Predator hunting has been slow to get started.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Houghton Lake Area
There was 8 inches of solid ice on Houghton Lake last week. However, anglers were cautioned to be aware of where streams and cuts flow into the lake. Anglers reported catching good numbers of northern pike and fair numbers of walleyes. Panfish action has been fair. With less than 8 inches of snow on the ground, predator hunting has been good.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
There was ice on Higgins Lake last week, but it was not yet safe, even for foot traffic. With just a few inches of snow on the lake and continued sub-freezing temperatures in the forecast, more ice will be forming and the ice-fishing season should begin soon. Predator hunting has been good in Roscommon County.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Hubbard Lake Area
Hubbard Lake has frozen over and there was 6 inches of solid ice in East Bay last week. Pike and perch anglers have started catching fair numbers of fish. There was about up to 6 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been very light.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
There was up to 6 inches of ice on lakes in Iosco County last week. Fishing has been “hit or miss,” but reports of fair panfish and pike bites have come from anglers fishing on Loon, Londo, Long, and Laird lakes. There was 8 inches of snow on the ground and predator hunting has been pretty good.
M-65 Bait Shop, (989) 756-3651.