2018-01-10 / Sports

FISHING REPORT

Steelhead fishing comes to a standstill
MI DNR


Anglers will need to use caution especially in those areas that have received a lot of snow. Remember deep snow and slush will hide dangerous pressure cracks and depressions. Anglers will need to use caution especially in those areas that have received a lot of snow. Remember deep snow and slush will hide dangerous pressure cracks and depressions. LAPEER COUNTY — Steelhead fishing has come to a standstill as most rivers have shelf ice or floating ice. Ice fishing is on for most of the state, however, ice conditions are variable in some locations. Anglers will need to use caution especially in those areas that have received a lot of snow. Check the ice ahead of you and around you when heading out and remember deep snow and slush will hide dangerous pressure cracks and depressions.

SOUTHEAST LOWER
PENINSULA
Overall: Anglers are fishing
the inland lakes in this
area of the state.
Lake Erie: Perch anglers are
taking fish in the Metro
Park Marina and near
the Banana Dike. Some
good size fish have been
caught on minnows and
wax worms but anglers
were still sorting out the
small ones. Brest Bay is
giving up walleye for those
using Swedish pimples and
jigging rapalas in 16 feet.
Most anglers are walking
out. Bluegills were caught
in Lake Point Marina which
is near the mouth of the
Huron River.
Detroit River: Ice anglers have
caught yellow perch along
the south end of Grosse Ile
in Airport Bay. Most were
using minnows and wax
worms.
Lake St. Clair: All the regular
access sites have good
ice. Yellow perch fishing
was excellent on the north
end of the lake.
Saginaw Bay: Had little
fishing activity from
White’s Beach south to
Linwood. There has been
a fair amount of activity
off Linwood with some


Steelhead is a name given to migratory rainbow trout that are born in rivers but spend most of their lives in the ocean or the Great Lakes. They eventually return to spawn in the river in which they were born. Steelhead is a name given to migratory rainbow trout that are born in rivers but spend most of their lives in the ocean or the Great Lakes. They eventually return to spawn in the river in which they were born. anglers going as deep as
24 feet and taking good
catches of walleye however
anglers need to use caution as there is an active
pressure crack off Linwood
and at least one machine
has gone through the ice.
Changes in wind direction
can cause water level
changes under the ice and
this caused a pickup truck
to break through the ice
last weekend. There was
a fair amount of ice fishing
off the Bay City State Park.
On the east side, there
was light fishing pressure
from Sebewaing to Bay
Port with most fishing just
outside the islands and
in the Slot. Perch, pike
and walleye were taken in
Wildfowl Bay.
Saginaw River: Has ice
anglers fishing the length
of the river, from Wicke’s
Park in Saginaw all the way
down to the mouth. Ice
thickness varies so anglers
need to use extreme caution. Walleye were caught
at most locations when
using a fire-tiger jigging
rapala tipped with a minnow head. Catfish have
also been caught and a
large lake sturgeon was
caught recently. Anglers
are reminded that any
sturgeon caught anywhere
in the Saginaw River or
Saginaw Bay must be
released immediately.
Keep in mind that handling

these fish for any length of
time in these temperatures
can cause the gill filaments
to freeze and result in the
death of a fish so get them
back in the water as quickly as possible.

SOUTHWEST LOWER
PENINSULA
Overall: People have started
ice fishing in this area
of the state however the
ice thickness varies considerably due to heavy
snow. Many lakes have
several inches of slush
under several inches of
snow which is slowing
the freezing process. Ice
thickness can go from four
inches to once inch in just
a few feet. Anglers should
use extreme caution if
they decide to head out,
especially in the high snow
areas near Lake Michigan
or on lakes with natural
springs. Ice conditions
improve to the east including the area from Jackson
to Lansing where there is
less snow. Best advice is
to use a spud and check
the ice often. Anglers
are catching bluegill and
crappie using jigs and wax
warms or spikes. With ice
coming down the rivers,
steelhead fishing has been
difficult.
Kalamazoo: Ice in the
Kalamazoo area is marginal due to heavy snow, but
people have been getting

out. Most reported trips cut
short due to the ice sinking
or difficulty getting to regular spots.
Muskegon Lake: Has ice
anglers targeting panfish.
Muskegon River: Steelhead
fishing and angler activity
has been extremely slow
during this period of arctic
weather.
White Lake: Has ice anglers.
No reports on catch rates
have come in.

NORTHEAST LOWER
PENINSULA
Mullett Lake: Anglers were
out ice fishing but caution
needs to be used. Those
using tip-ups were targeting
pike.
Otsego Lake: Had anglers out
fishing.
Higgins Lake: Is frozen but
anglers will need to use
caution. No one was
fishing in deep water yet
because it takes longer
to freeze. Anglers were
walking out from the south
launch. The ice was still
thin off the west launch so
avoid that area.
Houghton Lake: Has good ice
however anglers need to
use caution near the inlets.
Some areas have little
snow while other areas are
drifting. Walleye anglers
are getting a few fish when
using Swedish pimples and
do-jiggers or rattle jigs. Hot
colors were nickel blue,
orange, pearl and dark
green. Walleye anglers are
also catching a lot of pike.
Bluegills have been caught
on teardrops tipped with
a wax worm. If the bite
slows, try wigglers.
Lake Margrethe: Has ice
anglers.
Tawas: Those in the bay were
targeting walleye, lake trout
and burbot in 15 to 18
feet over the artificial reef.

Those out toward the tip of
Tawas Point were getting
some walleye.
Au Gres: Most anglers were
two to three miles out
from the Pine River and off
Palmer Road.
Au Gres River: Anglers were
taking a few walleye. Some
were fishing out on the
bayou southwest of the
river mouth but no reports
had come in.

NORTHWEST LOWER
PENINSULA
Overall: Many of the lakes
northwest of Grayling had
sloppy conditions. There
wasn’t a lot of ice to begin
with and after getting hammered with a lot of snow,
the ice is now insulated
which slows the freezing
process. There is a lot
of slush under the snow.
Be very careful especially
around the Traverse City
area.
Lake Missaukee: Ice fishing
is going well with anglers
targeting mostly panfish.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell:
Anglers are fishing however
ice thickness is not consistent because of all the
snow. Areas with slush are
also hidden by the snow
cover. Both lakes have
given up some nice pike
and walleye on tip-ups.
Good size bluegills and
crappie were taken in the
coves on Lake Mitchell.
Big Manistee River:
Steelhead fishing is mostly
shut down due to the arctic
weather.
Pere Marquette River: Shelf
ice has locked up many
sections of the river.
Anglers will have to wait for
it to warm back up.

UPPER PENINSULA
Overall: Inland lakes in this
region have ice however

caution still needs to be
used because of deep
snow and slush insulating
most of the lakes.
Courtney Lake: In Ontonagon
County had anglers fishing
for brook trout.
Lake Gogebic: Anglers are
fishing for walleye and
perch.
Keweenaw Bay: Had no safe
ice but there is a chance
anglers could be out within
the next two weeks
Alberta Pond: In Baraga
County had some brook
trout anglers.
Lake Antoine: In Dickinson
County had some ice shanties and angler activity.
Munising: The bay is ice
covered and has anglers
fishing close to shore near
the city docks, the Sunset
Motel and the Anna River
access site. Ice thickness
is unknown so please
use caution especially off
Sand Point. Ice anglers
are targeting splake and
Lake Whitefish when jigging
small rapalas tipped with
a single egg. Those using
tip-ups are targeting splake
with a minnow. Stay clear
of thinking you can walk to
Grand Island. Just because
you see white ice does not
mean it is safe!
Indian Lake: Was producing
pike for those using tipups. Manistique Lake: Was producing some nice walleye
catches.
Munuscong Lake: Was producing some perch and
walleye.
St. Marys River: Had quite
a few ice shanties in
Munuscong Bay. Most
were moving around a lot
because the bite was good
one day but they would
have no hits the next day
in the same spot.

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