Ice fishing continues around the state. Snow and slush are making travel on the ice much more difficult. Those taking motorized vehicles out are getting stuck. As the month of March approaches, fishing typically improves.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
St. Joseph River: Has steelhead up near the Berrien Springs Dam.
Kalamazoo River: Steelhead and walleye were caught up near the Allegan Dam.
Gull Lake: Smelt fishing was spotty. More anglers were fishing on the north end of the lake. The pike and crappie bite have picked up.
Jordan Lake: Had good bluegill action but the fish were small.
Gun Lake: With the longer days, northern pike and crappie have picked up.
Grand Haven: The piers are not safe.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing steelhead up near the Sixth Street Dam. Most are using corkies and wobble glows. Some are back bouncing spawn, floating a jig and wax worm or throwing Hot-n-Tots and spinners. Walleye are hitting on minnows, bucktail jigs, paddle tails or twister tails in chartreuse or white.
Reeds Lake: The pike and crappie bite have picked up. Perch were caught in waters 8 to 30 feet deep. Pike are hitting 3 to 4 feet off the bottom.
Murray Lake: Also has better pike and crappie action.
Muskegon Lake: Had perch in 30 to 40 feet of water near the Sand Docks.
Muskegon River: Continues to produce steelhead especially for those fly fishing.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Little Glen Lake: Is producing some perch.
Green Lake: In Grand Traverse County is producing bluegill, small perch and pike. The smelt bite was slow however anglers are getting a few more fish.
Manistee River: Those fishing below Tippy Dam have caught some bright colored steelhead when fly fishing.
Lake Missaukee: The ice is holding and fish are being caught. For walleye, try tip-ups along the east side of the lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. For crappie, try small jigging spoons in 10 to 15 feet of water. For pike, try the north end of the lake.
Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing continues but the bite is harder to come by. Try something new like a small hair jig with a small minnow or spike. Anglers are still catching pike on tip-ups.
Lake Mitchell: Is producing fish but again the bite is slow. For panfish try teardrops or anything small with minnows or wax worms. Pike are still hitting on tip-ups.