Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – February 12th, 2016
Ice was in fair shape last week at the tip of the mitt. There was up to 7 inches of ice on Burt and Crooked lakes, but with a lot of slush on top. Perch and walleyes were being caught. The best action on Burt Lake has been off Ellengir Road in 15 to 20 feet of water. There was 8 to 10 inches of snow on the ground. Coyote and rabbit hunting pressure has been light. A few squirrels have been taken.
Young’s Bait and Party Shop, (231) 548-5286.
Traverse City Area
Ice conditions have deteriorated on inland lakes in Grand Traverse County. There is a lot of slush on the ice. Fresh steelhead have moved into the Betsie and Manistee rivers. Good action has been reported by anglers fishing spawn or beads under floats. There was up to 2 feet of snow on the ground last week. Coyote hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light. Squirrel hunting has been pretty good, but snowshoes are required.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Ice was running up to 5 inches thick on some of the smaller lakes in the area, and there was a few inches of slush on top. Perch were hitting on Fife Lake and Skegemog Lake, and pike anglers reported a good bite from northerns on Skegemog. There was about 18 inches of snow on the ground last week. Coyote hunting has been pretty good. Hunting pressure has been light.
Jack’s Sport Shop, (231) 258-8892.
There was up to 8 inches of ice on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell with a lot of slush on top. Fishing pressure has been light. Limits of crappies between 8 to 10 inches have been caught on Mitchell. Pike have been caught on both Cadillac and Mitchell, but most are under 20 inches. Bluegills are hitting in the coves, along with some big sunfish up to 9 inches long. The walleye bite has been slow. There was about 15 inches of hard, crusty snow. Coyote and rabbit hunting pressure has been light.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Ice was up to 8 inches thick on local lakes in Osceola County last week. Rose Lake was producing good numbers of crappies and northern pike. Anglers fishing on Sunrise Lake reported a good crappie bite. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground. Rabbit and squirrel hunting have been decent, and coyote hunting has been good. There is no shortage of coyotes in Osceola or surroundings counties
The Eyes Have It, (231) 768-5653.
Ice was running up to 8 inches thick last week on Lake Margrethe, but with warmer weather there was 5 inches of slush, making travel tough. There was a couple feet of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been pretty good, but hunting pressure has been light.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Houghton Lake Area
Ice fishing continues on Houghton Lake. Anglers should avoid the areas near inlets and outlets and use caution near the pressure cracks. Bluegills, crappies, and perch were being caught last week off Saunders Point near the Cut River. Those using tip-ups caught some big pike measuring 30 inches or more. Pike and panfish are hitting on Lake St. Helen.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Ice was holding up fairly well last week on Higgins Lake, but was safe for foot traffic only. Anglers are advised to use caution and drill their way out as ice thickness varies in some areas. Lake trout fishing has been very good in 85 to 110 feet of water for those using greys on tip-ups or jigging. Swedish Pimples and big spoons also caught fish. Good perch fishing has been recorded by anglers fishing in 40 to 60 feet of water. Try the area near the church camp. Trout and pike were being caught off the south end of the lake.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Hubbard Lake Area
Ice was running between 6 and 11 inches thick on Hubbard Lake last week. Anglers were getting out on snowmobiles and ATVs. Walleyes and perch were hitting on the west side of the lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Coyote hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light. Crusty snow has kept houndsmen out of the woods.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
There was about 4 to 9 inches of ice on Black Lake last week, and anglers were catching fair numbers of walleyes and northern pike. Tower Pond also was a hot spot for northerns. One angler caught a 40-inch, 18-pounder. Snow was running about 12 inches deep. Coyote hunting has been decent, but hunting pressure has been light.
Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.