With ice fishing in full swing, anglers are reminded that safety is a must so be sure to check the ice ahead of you, use the buddy system, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return, take a cell phone, and remember a life jacket could save your life.
Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
The ice is holding in this region but there was a lot of slush, which should firm back up with colder temperatures. Anglers are still doing well for bluegills on most lakes with the better fishing in the evening and at day break. Wax worms were the ticket. A few northern pike have been taken near the inlets by those using tip-ups and minnows.
St. Joseph River: Is producing some steelhead however the bite is slow which is typical for time of year.
Kalamazoo River: Steelhead were caught below the Allegan Dam. Try small plugs or a jig and wax worm.
Gull Lake: In Kalamazoo County has some nice pike for those using tip-ups.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are up and steelhead are still being caught. Try a jig and wax worm, wobble glows or spinners.
Lake Lansing: Was producing a few crappie. Try tip-ups for pike.
Round Lake: Was producing some nice bluegills but catch rates were spotty.
Muskegon River: Water levels are up and the steelhead fishing improved with the warmer weather.
Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report
Ice fishing is going strong on the inland lakes.
Green Lake: In Grand Traverse County is producing some smelt. The better fishing is at night when using a jig.
Lake Cadillac: Has been good for pike, panfish and the occasional walleye. For panfish, try small jigs with minnows or spikes and for walleye try jigging rapalas or using tip-ups. Pike are being taken by those using tip-ups and by those spearing.
Lake Mitchell: Is good for pike and panfish. For bluegill, try the coves on the west side of the lake with teardrops and wax worms. Crappie are good off the State Park.
Lake Missaukee: Is producing bluegill, crappie and the occasional perch. The better fishing is usually along the weed beds on the west side of the lake.
Portage Lake: Is producing bluegill, crappie and some pike.
Manistee River: Still had some shelf ice in the lower river however the upper section had open water and was producing some steelhead.