Recent warm weather ruins area ice

Once again, Mother Nature has turned this winter season into what feels more like spring. With that said, warm temperatures again this week will not do the ice any good, and pressure cracks are causing problems this year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its weekly fishing report. According to local bait shops, there is no safe ice in or around Grand Haven. SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA St. Joseph River: Has fair to good steelhead fishing. Try spawn or jigs with wax worms below the dams.
AP Wire
Feb 3, 2012


Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has boat and shore anglers catching steelhead and walleye. For steelhead, try chartreuse spawn bags, wobble glows with a 5 foot leader, or white jigs with 3 or 4 wax worms. Those back bouncing are using spawn with a 2 foot leader between the dam and the lake. Those trolling caught steelhead and walleye on Hot-n-Tots. Good colors were black and gold, orange and gold or blue with red lips. Walleye were caught off the Fulton Street Bridge when using white twister tails or bucktail jigs.

Small lakes in the area have ice; however, some of the large lakes are not safe.

Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing is going strong with sporadic catches of crappie, perch, and walleye. Pike are hitting on tip-ups with sucker minnows.

Lake Mitchell: Has ice fishing as well. Try the Big Cove for pike and crappie.

Lake Missaukee: Is another good lake for ice fishing; however, the panfish action was just fair.

Manistee River: Has very good steelhead fishing. Anglers have caught some nice fish including some fresh fish that have moved up into the river.

Pere Marquette River: Still has steelhead for the taking. Try flies, spawn or wax worms under a bobber.

Hamlin Lake: Has ice but anglers need to use caution and avoid the deep waters. For bluegill and crappie, try the shallow waters of Indian Pete’s, the Middle or the South Bayou.


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