Saturday, February 16, 2019

2/14/2019 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

To access the original Michigan DNR fishing Report: Click Here!

Burt Lake: Had some very good walleye fishing however the bite did slow.

Black Lake: Anglers were catching medium-size walleye and perch.
Grand Lake: Was producing a few walleye and perch.
Long Lake: Anglers were still catching walleye, pike, perch and panfish.
Fletchers Pond: Was producing decent pike catches.
Otsego Lake: Had light fishing pressure over the week. Many areas were hard to get to with four wheelers because of slush and water on the ice. Those who did go out caught walleyes and pike with blue minnows fished in 7 to 12 feet of water. Most of the walleye were sub-legal. Those targeting lake sturgeon had success with minnows in five to eight feet although most of the fish caught were 46 to 48 inches and had to be released.

Hubbard Lake: Anglers were getting some nice perch in the North and East bays of Hubbard Lake. Walleye and pike were also caught, many on tip-ups.
Higgins Lake: Had about four inches of snow on top making travel easier. Perch were caught around the islands however be ready to sort through the small ones. Lake trout were still hitting in 80 to 100 feet when jigging or using tip-ups with minnows. Rainbow trout were in the shallows near the Conference Center and Big Creek. Whitefish were starting to hit near the bottom in 100 to 110 feet. Use a single hook tipped with an egg, wax worm or wiggler. A few smelt were caught just off the bottom in 40 to 60 feet in the evening. The action was better off Big Creek and the North State Park. Try Hali jigs with wax worms or spikes. Large pike were taken on tip-ups or spearing.

Houghton Lake: Still has the large pressure crack that runs from the West DNR launch to Johnsons Point. Anglers cannot cross the pressure crack to get to the Middle Grounds safely and will have to use other areas. Travel on the ice will be easier with the snow however watch for drifts. The bluegill and crappie bite was still light so watch your line for better success. A couple walleye were found in eight to 12 feet. Bass and pike were hitting hard however all bass must be released immediately.

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:

Tawas: Those fishing the inner bay off Jerry’s Marina caught walleye in 20 to 22 feet near the artificial reef. They also took a few lake trout and a pike or two.
Au Gres: Fishing is now concentrated on either side of the breakwall, with some walleye taken and a few pike speared south of the wall. Some nice perch were taken north of the breakwall. Lots of fishing activity off the end of Hale Road in Wigwam Bay with good catches of walleye and perch in six to 17 feet.

Your area may not be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Northeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Alcona County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Alpena County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Clare County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Crawford County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Gladwin County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Iosco County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Montmorency Public Lakes: Click Here! 
Ogemaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oscoda County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Presque Isle County Public Lakes: Click Here!

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