Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – February 26th, 2016
Ice was running up to 10 inches thick on Burt Lake last week, and anglers there were catching fair numbers of perch and walleyes. There was about a foot of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light.
Young’s Bait and Party Shop, (231) 548-5286.
Traverse City Area
There was up to 8 inches of ice on area lakes last week, but anglers were told that the lakes have not frozen evenly and caution is advised. A few perch have been caught at the north end of Boardman Lake in 45 to 50 feet of water. Steelhead fishing remains fair on the Betsie and Big Manistee rivers. Walleye fishing has been decent on Long Lake. There was up to 2 feet of snow on the ground in Grand Traverse County, but rain and 50-degree temperatures were in the forecast for last weekend. Hunting pressure has been light.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Lake City Area
Ice was running up to a foot thick on Lake Missaukee last week. Anglers report catching good numbers of northern pike and bluegills, and a few largemouth bass. There was about a foot of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been decent, but hunting pressure has been light.
Miller’s Corner, (231) 839-0440.
Ice was running up to 14 inches thick last week on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Anglers report catching limits of panfish in the last hour of daylight. Lots of crappies are being caught on the west side of Lake Mitchell. Pike fishing has been very good on both lakes. A few walleyes have been caught by panfish anglers in the coves on Lake Mitchell in 12 to 15 feet of water. There was about 15 inches of snow on the ground, but warm weather and rain were in the forecast. Hunting pressure has been light.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Ice was running up to a foot thick on lakes in Osceola County last week. Anglers getting out on Center Lake reported good crappie action, while those fishing on Rose Lake were catching good numbers of northern pike and a few walleyes. There was a foot of snow in the woods. Rabbit hunting has been pretty good. Coyote hunting pressure has been light.
The Eyes Have It, (231) 768-5653.
There was 10 inches of solid ice on Lake Margrethe last week. Bluegill fishing has been outstanding in 11 to 17 feet of water in the west bay. Lots of fish in the 8- to 10-inch range have been caught. A few walleyes and northern pike have been caught, but those bites have slowed a little. There was about 2 feet of snow in the woods, with a crusty layer in the middle. Coyote and rabbit hunting pressure has been light.
Skip’s Sport Shop, (989) 348-7111.
Houghton Lake Area
Ice fishing continues on Houghton Lake, but anglers need to be careful getting onto the ice along the shoreline. Also, there is a pressure crack several miles long, so use caution near it. With rain in the forecast, be prepared for a slick surface. Walleyes were hitting small Rapalas and Swedish pimples tipped with minnow heads. Hot colors were orange, pink, gold, and firetiger. A few nice perch were taken on smaller jigs along the north shore. Bluegills were hitting spikes and wax worms. There was at least a foot of snow in the woods. Hunting pressure has been light, but a few coyotes have been taken.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Ice on Higgins Lake was holding up pretty well last week, and anglers were taking advantage of it. Lake trout have been caught throughout the lake in 80 to 120 feet of water. Greys work best when threaded on jigging spoons. Perch were still being caught along the south end, near the church camp, B&B Sports, Flag Point, the main island, and the sunken island. Water runoff by the weekend should trigger the rainbow trout. Try wigglers near the mouth of the creeks.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.
Hubbard Lake Area
Fair numbers of walleyes and yellow perch have been caught on Hubbard Lake under 12 inches of ice. The best action has been at the south end in 40 feet of water and in East Bay in 20 feet of water. Hunting pressure has been very light. There was about 4 inches of snow on the ground with a crust on top. Warm weather and rain were in the forecast for last weekend.
Side Door Bait and Tackle, (989) 736-6418.
Fishing has been very good on Black Lake, where anglers report catching good numbers of walleyes and northern pike. The pike bite has been pretty good on Tomahawk Flooding, too. Anglers report catching a few bluegills and crappies, there, too. There was between 10 and 14 inches of ice on area lakes. With 18 inches of snow and a crust on top, hunting pressure has been light.
Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.