Fishing Report: Frigid temps are keeping anglers off the ice

Ice fishing is the game statewide. Anglers still need to use caution and watch for snow drifts and pressure cracks
Tribune Staff
Jan 31, 2014

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead were in the deeper holes and hitting on jig and wax worm. A few walleye were caught below the dam. Try rapalas, bucktail jigs or a 3-inch white twister tail.

Grand River at Lansing: Those heading out the end of this week will want to target pike and walleye below the dams.

Morrison Lake: Some were crappie fishing but catch rates were hit-or-miss. Pike anglers are using tip-ups or spearing.

Reeds Lake: Anglers have caught bluegill, crappie, a few perch and some pike.

Muskegon River: Continues to produce steelhead especially for those fishing the really deep holes with small spoons, spinners or wax worms or anything that looks like a goby. Watch for ice coming down the river.

Muskegon Lake: Anglers are catching perch in good numbers, but most are small.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Green Lake: Is the lake for winter smelt. Most anglers set their ice shanties up near the Betsie River and off the Music Camp. For pike, try off the State Park.

Long Lake: In Grand Traverse County can be a good spot for yellow perch and the occasional walleye.

Fife Lake: Is producing some perch. Most are fishing off the access site in 10 to 30 feet of water.

Lake Cadillac: Anglers were few and far between but those braving the elements have caught pike along the weed beds when using tip-ups with large minnows or spearing. Panfish were slow.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing pike. The bluegill and crappie bite were hit-or-miss but should pick back up by the weekend. Try teardrops with small minnows, wax worms or spikes.

Lake Missaukee: Is producing a few perch and crappie. The better fishing is usually along the weed beds on the west side of the lake with a minnow or spike.

Manistee River: Those brave enough to fish in artcic temperatures are taking steelhead. The trick is to fish the very deep holes.

Pere Marquette Lake: The U.S. Coast Guard is warning anglers and other recreational users to use extreme caution due to ice breaking operations. They will be making two trips and stopping at Ludington's Occidental Chemical Facility. Officials say ice fishermen should remove their ice shanties and equipment from these areas. Recreational users should plan their activities carefully and avoid the shipping channels.



Got a few nice pike on Lake Caddy, with some of the tackle / lures recommendations here:

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