Friday, January 25, 2019

1/25/2019 Upper Peninsula Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Upper Peninsula

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved with the cold temperatures, moving anglers as far south as Portage Point. The Portage area was still considered dangerous. The head of the bay had drifted snow cover. The pressure cracks are large and were noticeable, but may become covered with additional snowfall. Caution needs to be used. Walleye fishing picked up, with fair to good catches reported near Portage Point when jigging rapalas or using tip-ups with minnows in 30 to 50 feet. The Escanaba Power Plant area, Gladstone Bay as well as the Second and Third Reefs produced fair catches using the same in 27 to 50 feet. Pike were speared in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor using live decoys in 10 feet, and a fair to good number of pike were caught off the Escanaba Beach in 25 feet with minnows. Perch anglers reported spotty catches but good enough to keep anglers interested. The best action was still along the Kipling flats, with wigglers or minnows in 27 to 50 feet. The numbers are fewer, but the size of the fish has made up the difference. No one is targeting whitefish, but several had been caught in the channel in Gladstone Bay when targeting walleye.
Cedarville and Hessel: The shanties that were on the east side of Musky Bay were no longer there, so not sure if ice conditions were unsafe or if anglers just moved. From Hessel, fishing pressure picked up as anglers were getting perch up to 11 inches when jigging spikes, wax worms and wigglers in 12 to 17 feet. No word on splake; however, anglers did see a couple legal-size pike.
Iron Mountain Area: There was up to 12 inches of ice on some of the smaller lakes in the area. Anglers are catching lots of panfish and northern pike on Sawyer,  Antoine and Cowboy lakes. A few walleyes and some really nice northern pike have been taken at Badwater

Lake Gogebic: Fishing has been fair to good. Walleyes continue to hit sucker minnows on tip-ups, and jigging spoons and Rapalas fished in 10 to 15 feet of water. Reports are mixed with excellent fishing one day and slow fishing the next. Others are finding fish in 24 to 28 feet of water. Perch action has picked up with some nice catches being reported. Anglers are working 22- to 28-foot depths with  wigglers, spikes, and waxies on small ice jigs, or small jigging Raps and spoons. Ice conditions are good with snowmobile and some ATV travel in most parts of the lake. 

1/25/2019 Northwest Lower Peninsula Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

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Walloon Lake:Continues to produce a few perch for those using minnows. A good spot in the winter is near the narrows at the base of the West Arm.   
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Lake St. Claire: Anglers have been catching crappies, perch and bluegills. 

Lake SkegemogHad decent perch fishing. 
Lake Missaukee: Ice anglers are taking some bluegill and crappie. For pike, try along the east side.   
Thumb Lake: Ice anglers are catching splake on minnows. 
Lakes Cadillac and MitchellIce fishing is going strong, and anglers were still doing decent especially for walleye and pike. Bluegill numbers were up and down. Walleye anglers were jigging or using tip-ups in 10 to 15 feet. Pike are hitting mainly on tip-ups. Kentwood Park on Lake Cadillac was producing some nice crappie. On Lake Mitchell, bluegill and crappie were found out from Small Cove.
Hamlin LakeAnglers were using Wilson Hill Park to access the lake, though anglers are still being advised to use caution as there may be thin spots. Catch rates slowed, with most getting 10 fish or less. Though the numbers were down, the size of the fish has been decent, with a few big crappie mixed in with the bluegills. The perch were small at 3-5 inches. Those targeting pike had limited success, and many of those caught were undersize. A few walleye were caught. Near the South Bayou, anglers were struggling to find keeper-size bluegill. 
Mecosta County: Inland lakes in the area were producing bluegills, crappie and some perch. Pike anglers are taking fish on tip-ups or with spears. 
Traverse City: Crappies and bluegills have been caught on Arbutus and Spider lakes, where there was about 5 inches of ice. Caution is advised any time you venture out on the ice. As of last week fresh run of steelhead had run up the Boardman River and anglers were catching a few fish.  

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