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Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – Feb. 2, 2018


Lake St. Clair

Perch fishing continues to be excellent across Lake St. Clair. A good number of fish were taken near Cotton Road and the Lake St. Clair Metro Park. Most were using a gold spoon with a red bead tipped with a minnow. Those targeting panfish had some luck near shore and in the canals. Some have taken walleye in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.

Lake Orion

Ice fishing has slowed some on Lake Orion. Recent rain made the surface of area lakes very slippery so be sure to wear ice cleats. Panfish and northern pike have been caught on Lake Orion and Lakeville Lakes. A few decent panfish haven been caught on Stringy Lakes, too.

Lakes Village Stop/Mobile Gas Station, (248) 693-4565.

Luna Pier Area

Perch anglers were still taking some fish on Lake Erie in the Metro Park Marina and near the Banana Dike. Try minnows and spikes. Those fishing the Lake Erie Metro Park Marina caught bluegills. Most were between  6 and 7 inches long.

Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.


Union Area

Lakes are slick and anglers need cleats. Panfish and pike were hitting on Long, Baldwin and Birch lakes. There was no snow on the ground late last week, but ice was running between 4 and 6 inches. Check the ice as you go.

Halls Bait and Tackle, (269) 641-2304.

Grand Rapids Area

Good numbers of bluegills have been caught on Millhouse Bayou and Bruce’s Bayou. Try wax worms and spikes. The steelhead action should pick up on the Grand River any day now. Try tossing  spawn, wax worms or beads.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.


Saginaw Bay Area

Walleyes were hitting in Saginaw Bay in 17 to 20 feet of water near the second pressure crack. Anglers need to use extreme caution near both pressure cracks as they are still active and changing all the time. Both people and machines have fallen through the ice. Walleye were caught in 14 feet of water off Parish Road. Perch anglers were getting some fish in 5 feet of water off Anderson Road and 6 feet of water off Linwood. Good catches including a couple of limits came from the shipping channel near Spoils Island.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.

Caseville Area

There was up to 14 inches of ice on Lake Huron last week. Perch are hitting 3⁄4-mile out from Mud Creek and walleyes are hitting 2 to 3 miles out. Lake trout, walleye, burbot and whitefish are hitting off the breakwall and in Caseville Harbor anglers report catching perch, walleye and pike.

Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.

Baldwin Area

Ice fishing has been fair in Lake County. Decent bluegills and crappies have been caught on Big Bass and Big Star lakes but the numbers have been light. Pike are hitting on Idlewild Lake. Steelhead fishing has been decent on the Pere Marquette River but fishing pressure has been light. Those fishing with egg pattern flies, beads, spawn and wax worms have reported the best results.

Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.

Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974,

Ludington Area

Fishing has slowed around Ludington. Hamlin Lake is giving up light numbers of bluegills and crappies. Perch fishing has been very slow on Pere Marquette Lake. Pentwater Lake is giving up good numbers of perch, but anglers are having to sort through them to find the keepers.

Captain Chuck’s Fishing, Hunting and Archery, (231) 843-4458.


Traverse City Area

Smelt fishing has been decent on Green Lake in 40 to 50 feet of water. Hali jigs tipped with a wax worm have produced a good bite. Perch fishing has been good on Portage Lake in 50 to 60 feet of water on minnies under a bobber. Also on Portage a lot of cisco have been caught.

WildFishing Guide Service,

Cadillac Area

A good number of crappie were taken off Kenwood Park on Lake Cadillac. Lake Mitchell is also producing some nice crappie. The coves on Mitchell were good for bluegills and sunfish. Pike were active on both lakes and were being caught on tip-ups baited with sucker minnows.

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


Higgins Lake Area

Perch anglers on Higgins Lake were catching fish near the drop-off in 60 feet of water. A decent lake trout bite was reported by anglers fishing in 80 to 120 feet of water and rainbows are hitting wigglers in the shallows near the conference center. Smelt have been caught in 50 to 60 feet of water  off the North State Park, the west launch and off Big Creek with a Hali jig tipped with wax worm or spike. A few pike are still being taken on tip-ups or by those spearing.

Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.

Onaway Area

Fishing pressure has picked up on Black Lake and so has success. Anglers are catching walleye before sunrise and at dusk on blues fished in 11 to 18 feet of water. Anglers are also catching a few pike but most have been sub-legal. Perch are hitting shiners fished in 6 feet of water. There were no muskie reports from spear anglers. There are some major pressure cracks near Zolner Road and off Corbat Road so be sure to use caution in these areas.

Parrott’s Outpost, (989) 733-2472.


Pickford Area

Those fishing the upper St. Mary’s River – above the locks – reported good menominee and whitefish action in Mosquito Bay. Down on Lake Huron, perch and pike are hitting at Cedarville. The bite has been good, but anglers are sorting through their catch. Off Hessel, perch are hitting minnows, wigglers and spikes around the Les Cheneaux Islands. Fish up to 10 inches have been caught along with a lot of little ones.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing has been decent and a few pike have been caught in Scotts Bay. The best action has been in 5 feet of water. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground and ice was running about 22 inches thick.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Big and South Manistique Lake. Perch fishing has been slow.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Escanaba Area

Little Bay de Noc had very little snow recently. Anglers heading south of Aronson Island reported much thinner ice. Pressure cracks have been moving a lot. Extreme caution must be used at all times when venturing out on the ice. Walleye anglers reported fair catches near the Second Reef in 27 to 35 feet of water, in the channel south of the Narrows in 28 to 34 feet of water, and just south of the Escanaba River in 25 to 32 feet of water. Rapalas tipped with a minnow have been producing. Perch anglers had fair to good catches with wigglers in the Kipling Flats, the Gladstone Channel, out near Brach’s Cabins, and out near the shipping docks in Escanaba in 30 feet of water.

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.


L’Anse Area

Anglers fishing in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay report catching a mixed bag of whitefish, splake, smelt, herring, pike, and a few coho and chinook, near the head of the bay. The entire bay has not frozen over and ice has been breaking up with high winds. Anglers need to use extreme caution.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Iron Mountain Area

The northern pike bite has been pretty good and spearers also report good action on Cowboy Lake, Sawyer Lake and Twin Falls Flowage. Lake Antoine has produced a good panfish bite, but the walleye action there has been slow. There was about 9 inches of snow on the ground. Rabbit hunting has been pretty good, but hunting pressure has been light.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic report remains slow to fair at best. Walleye anglers who  fish in 10 to 16 feet of water during low light periods have reported the best bite. Sucker minnows and jigging Rapalas are producing the best action. Perch anglers working the mud in 20 to 24 feet, and 27  to 30 feet are catching fish. Wigglers and spikes have been the preferred baits.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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