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Michigan Fishing Report – Jan. 3, 2020


Lake St. Clair

A few boats were sneaking out on Lake St. Clair last week and catching very good numbers of walleyes. The problem was finding a spot to launch a boat. Good action was reported from the mouth of the Detroit River all the way up to Anchor Bay– where the Selfridge ramp was open. Those fishing off the docks in some of the marinas and canals were catching good numbers of bluegills and perch. Be sure to get permission. DO NOT TRESSPASS.

Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.


Irish Hills Area

There was no safe ice anywhere in Jackson County last week and fishing has stalled. A few hunters were still chasing whitetails either with a bow and arrow, or during the late antlerless firearms season.

Knutson’s Sporting Goods, (800) 292-0857 or (517) 592-2786.


Luna Pier Area

A few boats were trolling in the open water of Lake Erielast week and catching decent numbers of walleyes in Brest Bay. Bolles Harborwas open and several boaters were taking advantage of it. Walleyes have been caught on small crankbaits when fishing near the Dumping Grounds.

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



Allegan Area

There was no safe ice in Allegan, Barry or Van Buren counties last week. Steelhead fishing has been fair on the St. Joeand Kalamazoorivers. Deer seasons were winding down and hunting pressure was light.

Webber & Sons Marine and Tackle, (269) 673-6294.


Sturgis Area

There was no safe ice on Klinger Lakelast week and fishing pressure was negligible. Anglers are waiting for colder weather to arrive to start the process over again.

Klinger Lake Trading Post, (269) 651-2679.


Union Area

There was no safe ice in Cass County last week. In fact, with warm weather and rain in the forecast, anglers were expecting what little ice there was to all melt away.

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


Grand Rapids Area

Light numbers of steelhead have been caught in theGrand Riveron wax worms, beads and spinners. There was no safe ice on inland lakes in the area.

Al & Bob’s Sports, (616) 245-9156.



Saginaw Bay Area

There was no ice on Saginaw Baylast week. Some boat anglers were getting out and catching good numbers of walleyes in Saginaw Bayand the Saginaw River. Jigs and Twister Tails have produced good results.

Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.


Lansing Area

Fishing pressure has been light on the Grand Riverand success has been minimal. There was no safe ice on area lakes last week. More warm weather and rain was in the forecast.

Grand River Bait & Tackle, (517) 482-4461.


Weidman Area

There was no safe ice in Isabella County last week. Most anglers were heading over to Saginaw Bayto cure their fishing itch. There was more rain and warm weather in the forecast.

Schafer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (989) 644-3501.



Caseville Area

There was ice in Caseville Harborlast week, but anglers there were advised to use extreme caution. With rain and warm temperatures in the forecast it was expected to deteriorate even more before cold temperatures return. Decent numbers of lake trout have been caught in the open water  off the breakwall. Cleos and minnows were both producing  good action. Light numbers of walleyes and burbot also have been caught, mostly after dark.

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


Port Huron

There was no ice at Port Huron last week. Boats are heading out of the Black Riverand catching good numbers of walleyes in the St. Clair River. Jig heads and emerald shiners are producing the best action. Shore anglers north of the Black Riverare catching walleyes, steelhead and a few whitefish.

Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.



Traverse City Area

Ice conditions were deteriorating on inland lakes around Traverse City last week. Some of the smaller lakes had frozen over before warm weather and rain moved through. River anglers were catching fair numbers of steelhead in the Manistee Riverand the Boardman River.

WildFishing Guide Service,


Cadillac Area

There was still 4 to 7 inches of ice on lakes Cadillacand Mitchell last week, but with rain and warm temperatures in the immediate forecast, anglers there were holding their breath. Anglers are walking out and catching fair numbers of sunfish and crappies onMitchelland crappies and perch on Cadillac. The numbers were better on Mitchell, but sizes were better on Cadillac. Walleyes have been caught on both lakes and several big pike, including a 40-incher, also have been caught.

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



Houghton Lake Area

There was still about 7 inches of ice on Houghton Lake, but with rain and warm temperatures in the forecast be advised to check for for updates. The pressure cracks were starting to open up and will only get worse with the unseasonably warm temperatures in the area. Those who were venturing out were catching decent numbers of walleyes and northern pike along the east side of the lake.

Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.


Higgins Lake Area

Higgins Lakehas open water and any shore ice that had formed went away with the warm temperatures and rain that rolled through the area last week. Shore anglers have been targeting rainbow trout off the North State Park and near Big Creek. There were no reports on their success.

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


Hubbard Lake Area

There was no safe ice on Hubbard Lakelast week. There had been about 3 to 4 inches of ice earlier in December, but warm temperatures and rain deteriorated the ice so bad it wasn’t even safe for foot traffic.

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

Alpena Area

Atlantic salmon, steelhead and whitefish have been caught in the Thunder Bay Rivernear the Ninth Street Dam and light numbers of  perch have been caught in the marina. Ice conditions on inland lakes were poor last week, but anglers were hoping for colder weather to stiffen the ice up.

Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.



Pickford Area

There was about 6 inches of ice on Munuscong Baylast week with a little slush on top. Perch fishing has been very good and walleyes are hitting, too. Minnows are producing the best action for both. There was about a foot of snow on the ground.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.


Drummond Island Area

Rain and warm temperatures have been tough on the ice around Drummond Island. There was still about 5 inches of ice in Scotts Bay last week with a little slush on top, but there was more rain and warm temperatures in the forecast. A few anglers have been out fishing, but the bite has been slow. The ice is too thin for anglers to make it out to the islands. There was more rain and warm temperatures in the forecast.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.


Curtis Area

There was between 5 and 12 inches of ice on Manistique Lakeslast week, but it was starting to melt with warm temperatures and rain in the area. The ice is not even and anglers are urged to use extreme caution. Those who can get out are catching good numbers of walleyes, pike and panfish. Again, extreme caution is advised.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.



Escanaba Area

There was still up to 8 inches of ice on Little Bay de Noclast week, but it was starting to deteriorate due to warm temperatures and rain. Fishing has been good. Perch and walleyes have been caught, including some big perch. The best action has been north of Gladstone.

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


Iron Mountain Area

Several days of warm temperatures and rain put a damper on fishing in Dickinson County last week. There is a lot of slush on most lakes making access and movement difficult. There was more rain and snow in the immediate forecast.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.



L’Anse Area

Inland lakes in the area still had good ice last week, but there was a lot of slush on top making it difficult to move around. Anglers reported catching good numbers of walleyes, perch and pike on Vermillac,and brook trout on Alberta Pond. There was no ice on Keweenaw Bay. A couple boats have been spotted in the open water but no reports of what they were catching.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.


Bergland Area

Although ice fishermen have been fishing on Lake Gogebicfor over a month, extreme caution should be taken if heading out to fish. Most anglers  have been staying in the bays or near shore with some good reports, even limits, of walleyes. Sucker minnows and jigging spoons or Rapalas have produced good results. Early ice up followed by over 100 inches of snow has hampered ice thickness and created slush all over the lake. Expect 6 to 10 inches of slush on top of varied ice thickness. The main basin ice is always unpredictable and is not recommend for travel.

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


Iron River Area

Ice conditions were sketchy on lakes in Iron County last week. Those walking out on some of the smaller lakes were catching good numbers of walleyes, bluegills and perch. There had been about 30 inches of snow on the ground, but balmy temperatures melted it down to about a foot. That means there was a lot of slush on top of the ice. The forecast called for cold weather to return after the first of the year.

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

The DNR contributed to this report.

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