North (Central)

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Lake Michigan: The lakefront has been showing some great signs of life for the shore fishing guys. The powerliners are doing well on both coho and brown trout. The preferred baits have been nightcrawlers as well as medium roaches. Fish are also hitting spoons and body baits. Baits such as deep diving x-raps in white or Berkley frenzy’s.  The weather has not been very conducive…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 29th, 2016

NORTHWESTERN LP Alanson 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…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

Lake Michigan: Cold weather finally set in throughout the southern part of the lake, and ice was starting to form in area harbors and tributaries. DNR and local shops do not verify or guarantee the reported ice conditions, and anglers should proceed at their own risk. Please use extreme caution as conditions can change rapidly.  Meanwhile, the warm water discharges are…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 15th, 2016

NORTHWESTERN LP East Jordan Area Ice was forming on smaller lakes in Charlevoix and Antrim counties last week. There was about 4 inches of ice on St. Claire Lake, and anglers there reported catching good numbers of 6- and 7-inch bluegills. Steelhead fishing has been fair on the Jordan River, but pressure has been light. The river was running very high but was starting to…

North central Pennsylvania Fish Report – January 15th, 2016

Tioga River (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Jan. 1 that walleyes, including a 10-pounder, were hitting jigs and minnows during a late-December warm spell. Falling night-time temperatures were raising hopes for ice-fishing by mid-January. Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Perch were reported on jigs and minnows or crawlers. Fish were deep and running average in size. Beechwood,…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016

NORTHWESTERN LP Traverse City Area Steelhead fishing has been good in the Betsie River. Anglers drifting spawn bags and casting spinners report a good bite. Open water on inland lakes is luring anglers out. Good numbers of walleyes have been caught on Long Lake by anglers trolling crankbaits or casting them from shore. Coyote hunting has been fair and hunting pressure light. WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.  Kalkaska Area There…

North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – January 1st, 2016

Marilla Reservoir (McKean County) — A recent trout stocking provided plenty of angling action on paste baits and crawlers. Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Anglers were catching trout on egg patterns, bead-head GreenWeenies, and Pheasant Tails, as well as black and olive streamers in prime water levels as of Dec. 17. Late morning and mid-afternoon hours were productive. Pine Creek…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015

Fox Chain O’ Lakes: Good  open water catches of panfish have been common with some good walleyes mixed in. Make sure you check with local bait shops for conditions before you head out. The channels have been producing good catches of panfish on small tungsten jigs tipped single spikes. There are little reports on walleyes and bass and the bigger water is not safe…