FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP – January 15, 2018

ICE REPORT: MONDAY, 1/15/18
LAKES MITCHELL AND CADILLAC

With most of the snow gone during the warm up last week, the ice has hardened up like a diamond!

Lake Mitchell:
Big Cove area 7-9″
East side by Mitchell State Park 12″

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park 8-10″
East end, City Boat launch 12 1/2″

The ice height in the pictures is about 3/4″-1″ above the waterline on the tape measure. The overcast sky is making for terrible contrast and it is hard to see in the pictures.

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ICE REPORT: MONDAY, 1/15/18
LAKES MITCHELL AND CADILLAC

With most of the snow gone during the warm up last week, the ice has hardened up like a diamond!

Lake Mitchell:
Big Cove area 7-9"
East side by Mitchell State Park 12"

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park 8-10"
East end, City Boat launch 12 1/2"

The ice height in the pictures is about 3/4"-1" above the waterline on the tape measure. The overcast sky is making for terrible contrast and it is hard to see in the pictures.
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ICE REPORT: MONDAY, 1/15/18
LAKES MITCHELL AND CADILLAC

With most of the snow gone during the warm up last week, the ice has hardened up like a diamond!  

Lake Mitchell:
Big Cove area 7-9
East side by Mitchell State Park 12

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park 8-10
East end, City Boat launch 12 1/2

The ice height in the pictures is about 3/4-1 above the waterline on the tape measure.  The overcast sky is making for terrible contrast and it is hard to see in the pictures.

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Chris AtenThanks will be in this week to see u guys for some bait

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Jon DonehooWhere is the bite?

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Russ MartinFished there for past 4 weekends live in cadilac where is the bite?got nothing .Rose lake is good I hear switching to that lake

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Brian TownsendNeed to get up there Cyle Behrs-Swinehart

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ICE REPORT: WEDNESDAY, 1/3/18
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell

Lake Mitchell:
By Thirsty's off M-55: 7" ice, 6" of snow on top
Big Cove: 6-7" of ice, some places were slushy. 6-8" of snow
East side Mitchell State Park: 7-8" of ice. 6-8" of snow on top

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park: 6-7" of ice, 5-7" of snow on top
East City Boat Launch: 9-10" of ice, 1-2" of snow on top.
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ICE REPORT: WEDNESDAY, 1/3/18
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell

Lake Mitchell:
By Thirstys off M-55:  7 ice, 6 of snow on top
Big Cove:  6-7 of ice, some places were slushy.  6-8 of snow
East side Mitchell State Park: 7-8 of ice. 6-8 of snow on top

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park: 6-7 of ice, 5-7 of snow on top
East City Boat Launch:  9-10 of ice, 1-2 of snow on top.

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Ryan WiseChris Vulpetti!!!! Woooooo!!!!!

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Carolyn NeffWell, I vacation in July but would love some winter fun too.

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Amanda Sherman Bill GroseAlways thank you for the ice report

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David ZanavichGreat!!!!

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Tyler ReynoldsNo let's see some trucks through the ice

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Shawn MooreThanks for ice reports

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Josh S TaggsTyler Reynolds day trip for some pike/walleye on lake Mitchell later this month?

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Kenneth GreveThank you

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Diane Skelding DunbarWill we see Gordon Reed's 35 1/2" 10.4# pike on your website anytime soon?

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Eastin HammerTimothy Thomson when are we going north?

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Kyle WilkersonDoes anyone know if there are guys using 4 wheelers on either lake yet?

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Tom WurnThank you!

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Mike FodrocyWhat's the latest ice report now that the rain stopped

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We've had a couple nice Pike come in this weekend. 38 3/4", 15 pounds on a little panfish rod with a Sweedish Pimple!

We still need to exercise caution while out on the ice. It was reported earlier that an ATV broke through the ice between Big and Small coves on Lake Mitchell. There are tracks all over the lakes from snowmobiles and a few ATV's, but only small amounts of the lake have been checked for ice thickness. Most of the lake is still unknown. Don't throw caution to the wind just because you see someone else's tracks in the snow.

I hope everybody has a Safe and Happy New Year!
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Weve had a couple nice Pike come in this weekend.  38 3/4, 15 pounds on a little panfish rod with a Sweedish Pimple!

We still need to exercise caution while out on the ice.  It was reported earlier that an ATV broke through the ice between Big and Small coves on Lake Mitchell.  There are tracks all over the lakes from snowmobiles and a few ATVs, but only small amounts of the lake have been checked for ice thickness.  Most of the lake is still unknown.  Dont throw caution to the wind just because you see someone elses tracks in the snow.  

I hope everybody has a Safe and Happy New Year!

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Corbin BechtelAtv is out and hole is marked with pine branches

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Zack BrownAdam Middleton it's the fish that came thru and stole my jig rap.lmao

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Deanna FelskWe fished today and didn’t have one nibble!

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Linda BarthelWe pulled an ATV out near Franke Cove. It went completely through but the water was only 2.5 feet deep. Was amazed at how punky the ice was in that area. The area is now marked. Could be combination of water current and snow pack contributing to the poor quality of ice.

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Jake BrownHow much snow is on the ice and any slush?

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Mitchell KerchnerDavid Kuyers good looking fish!

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Joshua Andrew SmithHow much snow is on top of the ice right now? We have a group from our Fire Department coming up next week and we want to be prepared. Thanks in advance for the help.

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ICE REPORT: WEDNESDAY 12/27/17
Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac

Lake Mitchell:
Big Cove - about 7"
Small Cove - 6"
Thirsty's - 4-6" some place have a double layer
East Side - 6-8"

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park - 5"
Causeway M-115 - 5"
I didn't try over by the High School or downtown yet.

There is about 4-7" of powdery snow in all areas. Lake Mitchell has snowmobile tracks all over it, I haven't seen anyone stop to park on it yet...

More updates soon.
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ICE REPORT:  WEDNESDAY 12/27/17
Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac

Lake Mitchell:
Big Cove - about 7
Small Cove - 6
Thirstys - 4-6 some place have a double layer
East Side - 6-8

Lake Cadillac:
Kenwood Park - 5
Causeway M-115 - 5
I didnt try over by the High School or downtown yet.

There is about 4-7 of powdery snow in all areas.  Lake Mitchell has snowmobile tracks all over it, I havent seen anyone stop to park on it yet...

More updates soon.

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Tracy SuttonShane Roper ice report!

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Tom FisherThanks for the complete update! You guys are the best!

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J.p. MatlakHigh school area isn't safe yet

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For you spear guys don't forget to enter our 16th Annual Pike Spearing Contest. It doesn't cost anything to enter. Fish must be taken from Wexford, Osceola, Missaukee or Lake Counties. Contest runs from December 1, 2017 to March 15, 2018. You must be pre-registed before you enter a fish. Prizes will be awarded by length, not weight.

Dan Grzybowski brought it the first entry for the season, 27 5/8" weighting 4.23lbs.
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For you spear guys dont forget to enter our 16th Annual Pike Spearing Contest.  It doesnt cost anything to enter.  Fish must be taken from Wexford, Osceola, Missaukee or Lake Counties.  Contest runs from December 1, 2017 to March 15, 2018.  You must be pre-registed before you enter a fish.  Prizes will be awarded by length, not weight.

Dan Grzybowski brought it the first entry for the season, 27 5/8 weighting 4.23lbs.

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Ron KanouseNice fish Dan Grzybowski!

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Jason CrawfordCongrats!!

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Ryan ShimelGo back to Cali lol! Good job bro

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Dustin AndersonNot even big enough to pickle!! 😉 Dan Grzybowski

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Charlie MarcksDan Grzybowski what are you doing entering a fishing contest with an eel?

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Justin SchmaltzAww that’s a cute one Dan Grzybowski 😉 caught a 36” one on a walleye rod last night

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Bear’s Nine Pines Resort – January 4, 2018

Lake Gogebic report has been up and down this past week with an overall report of fair. When temps warmed up we had some good reports on walleye in 16ft. to 18ft. and also in 23ft. to 26ft. using suckers and fatheads. Perch report has been slow to fair with hit and miss catches. Anglers using wigglers and spikes have been marking fish in 23ft. to 25ft. with mostly lookers and a few nice perch coming in.
Snow and cold has once again moved in with lake travel best by snowmobile. ATV travel will be limited to hard packed areas in some places, but not recommended. Overall ice conditions and travel are good.
Good luck and stay warm! Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361.

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Lake Gogebic report has been up and down this past week with an overall report of fair. When temps warmed up we had some good reports on walleye in 16ft. to 18ft. and also in 23ft. to 26ft. using suckers and fatheads. Perch report has been slow to fair with hit and miss catches. Anglers using wigglers and spikes have been marking fish in 23ft. to 25ft. with mostly lookers and a few nice perch coming in.
Snow and cold has once again moved in with lake travel best by snowmobile. ATV travel will be limited to hard packed areas in some places, but not recommended. Overall ice conditions and travel are good.
Good luck and stay warm! Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361.
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Dave HillIm really looking forward to a bear hunt with you guys this sept. With so many bear guides up there everyone seems to be refering me to you.

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If anyone is looking we just took a big Cancellation for this weekend for cabin #2 .. Just give us a call . We're getting hit with a ton of snow 😗😗😗😗 ...

Lake Gogebic report has been cold! Brrrrr! Bitter cold temps have not kept anglers off the ice. Overall the bite has been slow with anglers reporting lookers, not takers and light bites. Anglers have now been working the deep mud flats in the lake for perch and walleye using wigglers and sucker minnows. Others continue to work shallow depths mainly for walleye and northern with low light periods being best for the walleye. Lake travel has been good for ATV`s in most areas of the lake and snowmobiles having no problems at all. Expect some slush in pockets and bumpy travel in areas that machines passed over and slush froze up quickly with the cold temps. The weekend forecast shows some more tolerable temps. Best of luck! Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361 ...

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Annie RoeToo bad you are so far away! My boys love ice fishing!!!

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Welcome back Lake Gogebic ice and snow enthusiast`s! Ice fisherman have been fishing the bays now for about 3 weeks working 4ft. to 10ft. depths with fair reports using sucker minnows and jigging rapalas mainly for walleye. Snowmobile and ATV travel are good. About 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ice with some slushy areas that are getting better with the below zero temps. Main lake ice is running 6 to 8 inches thick. Please be careful and check locally before heading out!!! Best of luck! Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361. ...

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Dick ImhoffHow was deer season???

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Nicholas F LehnenThanks for the Christmas card Bear and Tricia! Happy New Year!

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Lake Gogebic report has been fair for shore anglers using sucker minnows for walleye. Activity has been very light as most are concentrating on deer hunting right now. Happy hunters are enjoying good snow cover across the Gogebic range and improved deer numbers over last year. Todays rifle opener is a bit milder with snow melting, but good cover still remains. Early ice may not be too far off if weather conditions return to winter like temps. Remember to be safe as early ice can be very unpredictable!!! Please check locally in areas you may be heading out. My regular reports will resume near the end of December when we should have safe ice travel throughout the lake. Barry (Bear) Drews at Bear`s Nine Pines Resort 906-842-3361. ...

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Though ice fishing is on it is hard to say what impact the rain and above freezing temperatures this week will have on ice conditions. Anglers will need to use caution and watch for pressure cracks. Windy conditions could also impact ice conditions.


Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Perch anglers were still taking some fish in the Metro Park Marina and near the Banana Dike. Try minnows and spikes. Brest Bay continues to give up a few walleye however more fish were caught in Ohio water especially off Camp Perry which is just north of the Portage River in Port Clinton Ohio. Anglers are still waiting for the big fish to come in.

Detroit River: Has a lot of ice coming down the river. Areas where anglers were ice fishing will most likely not be safe at this time. The Coast Guard has been out and breaking up the ice.

Lake St. Clair: Yellow perch fishing has been good throughout the lake including the areas off Selfridge, Fair Haven and Anchor Bay. Most fish were caught in 6 to 10 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Has a few anglers fishing 2 to 3 miles off Pinconning Road and Erickson Road but most of the activity is from Linwood south to the Saginaw River mouth. There are two major pressure cracks out there; the first about a mile off Linwood which is very active and the second one is about 3 miles out. Yellow perch were caught about a mile out in 6 feet but the walleye were 2 to 3 miles out. A blue and silver jigging rapala or spoons tipped with a minnow worked best. There was a fair amount of activity off the Bay City State Park. Those fishing off the loading docks near Spoils Island did well for walleye in 15 feet. A few were going out from Callahan Road. Not much activity off Vanderbilt Park. Some were fishing the Slot from Sunset Bay Marina and Thomas Road. Perch fishing was a bit slow from Sebewaing to Bay Port where most were averaging only 4 to 5 fish. Some good catches were reported out of Mud Creek. Those that did the best waited for the fish to come to them. Walleye anglers were generally fishing between North Island and the tip of Sand Point where they got a few along with a couple lake trout. Anglers are cautioned to stay away from the tip of Sand Point as currents there make for sketchy ice conditions. At Caseville, perch fishing in the marinas was spotty. At Port Austin, a few pike spearing shanties were in the harbor.

Saginaw River: Anglers were fishing the entire length from Wickes Park to the mouth. Success has slowed from the usual first-ice, but anglers are picking up some walleye at most locations. In general, fishing was slower the further upstream you go. Most anglers were in 16 to 20 feet on the edge or the middle of the shipping channel and jigging rapalas tipped with minnows. Hot colors were blue and silver, black and gold, fire-tiger or red and silver. Some of the better fishing was near the Zilwaukee Bridge, the south end of Bay City near Cass Avenue, near the Veteran’s Bridge downtown and off Patterson Road. There was a lot of activity just downstream on the Independence Bridge near the U.S.S. Edson but catch rates were spotty.

Tittabawassee River: Had no safe ice for fishing and there is too much ice for navigation.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Ice conditions still vary in this area of the state. The smaller shallow lakes had ice although thin spots were reported in some places. The large lakes like Gun Lake and Gull Lake have areas of thin ice and caution needs to be used. Those able to get out on the lakes have done well on panfish and pike.

Kalamazoo: Inland lakes in this area have ice but the thickness varies depending on how much snow. The ice can be 6 inches thick on some but only 3 inches thick on others and covered in slush. Word has it any lake west of US-131 would be iffy at best.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: With the warm up, steelhead anglers are getting some fish up near the dam.

Grand River at Lansing: Open water anglers have caught a few walleye downstream of the Moore’s Park Dam and near the Elm Street Bridge which is just upstream of the Red Cedar.

Lake Lansing: Ice anglers are getting bluegills and sunfish but are sorting through a lot of small ones. A couple nice channel cats were taken by those using tip-ups with minnows or cut bait.

Muskrat Lake: Was producing some 8 to 10 inch bluegills and some nice pike.

Sessions Lake: In Ionia County is producing bluegills and perch.

Muskegon Lake: Ice anglers need to be aware of the tug boat going in and out between the GT Dock on the south end and the channel leading out to Lake Michigan. Stay far away from the open water in this area. Just south of the channel, yellow perch were caught off the Sand Docks. Try minnows, wigglers, wax worms or spikes. Fish were also caught just west of the GT Dock in 44 feet. Pike were taken on tip-ups with minnows off Hartshorn Marina. Pike and walleye were taken on tip-ups along the far east end.

White Lake: Yellow perch were caught just off the post office on the west end. Bluegills were caught off Wesley’s Marina on the northeast end. The “Narrows” at the east end are usually good for steelhead, walleye and pike.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Black Lake: Small yellow perch were caught on spikes and wigglers. Walleye averaging 20 inches were caught on blues in 11 to 15 feet. Those spearing for pike were seeing a lot of walleye in 4 to 11 feet. Anglers are reminded to be cautious near the rivers.

Van Ettan Lake: Ice anglers caught panfish on minnows, wax worms and wigglers.

Higgins Lake: Ice anglers are out and have taken some smelt on the north end and off the west launch in 60 feet on a hali jig tipped with a wax worm or spike. Some lake herring were also caught off the west launch however anglers need to use caution as there is a large pressure crack. Lake trout were taken in 100 feet plus on the north end. Pike were hitting on the both the north end and the south end including one fish that was 44 inches. A few rainbow trout were caught in 1 to 1 ½ feet near the conference center. Most were taken on wigglers. For perch, try the north end. Anglers can be found off the church camp in 40 to 60 feet or around the Sunken Island in 20 to 40 feet.

Houghton Lake: A few walleye have been caught next to the weed beds in 8 to 12 feet. Most are using Swedish Pimples and do-jiggers. Pike are hitting good for those using tip-ups in the weed beds. Bluegill fishing has been good as well.

Tawas: Most of the activity was on and around the artificial reef which is up in the “armpit” of Tawas Point and north of Jerry’s Marina in 15 to 17 feet. Anglers were taking a mix of walleye, lake trout and burbot. Some were fishing further out in the Bay in 18 to 20 feet and taking walleye. Yellow perch fishing was slow and most of the fish caught were small ones. A couple anglers were spearing pike both in and outside the harbor.

Au Gres: Had a lot of ice shanties south and west of the river mouth. Anglers were getting a mix of walleye, pike and some yellow perch. Down near the Pine River and Palmer Road, perch were caught in 3 to 5 feet but catch rates were spotty. Walleye anglers going out to the Catfish Hole have done well in 16 to 17 feet especially in the evening. There was no safe ice north of the river.

Au Gres River: Had a lot of activity with anglers getting some walleye and a few keeper yellow perch.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Antrim County: Ice anglers were out but some of the inland lakes had layers of ice, slush, and ice again so use caution.

Little Glen Lake: In Leelanau County was producing a few perch. No word on Big Glen yet.

Long Lake: In Grand Traverse County was producing a few nice perch. Try minnows, wigglers, wax worms or spikes.

Frankfort: A lot of ice shanties were set up along the north shoreline in Betsie Bay but no report on catches yet.

Crystal Lake: In Benzie County had anglers fishing the east end and starting to take some lake trout on tip-ups.

Lake Missuakee: Is producing panfish and pike.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice fishing is in full swing with some nice pike, walleye and panfish taken from both lakes. The pike are hitting on tip-ups with sucker minnows. Panfish are hitting on minnows and wax worms. For walleye, try tip-ups with large shiners or jigging with rapalas.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Snow on the ice is causing some slush which makes it harder to see areas that may not be safe and also makes travel on the ice a bit more difficult. Those heading out will need to be careful.

Lake Gogebic: Continues to provide opportunities for walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch.

Keweenaw Bay: Ice has formed on Keweenaw Bay, Huron Bay, and Portage Lake. Keweenaw Bay is providing angling for lake trout, whitefish, brown trout, and splake. Newcomers to Keweenaw Bay will find fish off the mouth of the Falls River as well as off the Sand Point Lighthouse.

Little Bay De Noc: Has ice and travel north of the “Narrows” was good. Two large pressure cracks have opened just out from the Terrace Bay Inn causing problems for some anglers so please use caution in this area. There are various pressure cracks around the Sand Point area so use caution. Walleye anglers reported fair catches with a lot of undersize fish throughout the Bay. Best areas were in the channel in Gladstone in 28 to 35 feet and off the Center Reef in 24 to 35 feet when jigging rapalas with minnows at dusk. Perch catches were low but the fish caught were over 10 inches with many up near 14 inches. Several areas were producing fish including Kipling in 14 to 25 feet, in the channel just south of the “Narrows” in 28 to 35 feet and south by the shipping docks in Escanaba in 25 to 30 feet when using minnows. Good pike action in the Kipling flats and near the shipping docks in Escanaba when jigging rapalas or using tip-ups with sucker minnows. Some are targeting whitefish off Sand Point which is the best area to fish for them.

Manistique Lakes: Continues to produce a few perch, walleye and pike.

Brevoort Lake: Was producing some walleye and yellow perch.

St. Marys River: Still had quite a few ice shanties in Munuscong Bay where the walleye and yellow perch bite was decent.

Hessel: Ice anglers are catching pike and yellow perch around the Les Cheneaux Islands. The perch were hitting on spikes, wigglers and wax worms. Many were less than 7 inches but some up to 10 inches were caught in 10 to 15 feet. A few pike were taken in 22 feet. Anglers are reminded to use caution and watch for moving ice especially where currents are found.

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Trout like it cold, dark, and wet.  We don’t have much of that in the IMG_7742heat of August here in the Au Sable River Valley.  But we’ve been fortunate enough this season to have timely rains and relieving cold nights that swoop in on the heels of hot spells.

The rains keep the springs flowing and pumping cold water into our streams that are inevitably low.  In some ways the low water levels can help the stream temperatures by allowing the cool spring water to have a stronger cooling effect on the river temperatures.  And, of course, nights that dip into the forties do a fine job of helping battle theIMG_2219 summer heat.  We’re gonna need a little of both after this latest hot streak and it looks like we may just get it.

Early mornings will continue to offer the best stream trout angling opportunities as the water temps will be at their best for the day.  Tricos and olives are the order of the morning, but the fishing has been even better when the hatch wanes and the fish are FB_IMG_1470599068429still looking to the surface.  Then it becomes time for small attractor pattern like Patriots and Royal Coachman parachutes.

The water clarity is as important a factor as any right now.  Water in Northern Michigan now is ice water glassy.  Trout in our region are subject to a higher than average natural predation rate.  Herons, ospreys, kingfishers, eagles, mink, and otters all take their toll on our trout and the make the fish ultra-wary.  That means, for us, that the second, third, and forth year trout are largely hidden in the logjams and weed beds when the sun reaches the water.

So most of the fish caught in the shallows during sunlight hours will be small fish that are relegated to the center of the stream.  As theIMG_8313_2 water drops, the side rider cover becomes prime, crowded real estate.  Look for the water itself to become the cover.  There’s only so much room under the logjam, so better fish will be forced to use deeper cuts, riffles, and pools.  To take advantage of this phenomenon, think nymph fishing.  A slow, wet presentation is perfect for fish that don’t want to make strong moves to a stream or dry fly.  That is, if you want to catch a bigger trout.

Good luck out there, and we’ll see you on the River.

Andy

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Here is a brief overview for anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The pike, walleye and bass fishing is very good right now, you’ll find the pike and bass in the cabbage weeds 8-10foot depth, the best walleye fishing is mid to late afternoon pulling crawler harness’s over the deep mud flats. Lake Victoria, is out of commission this year, they have drained it to repair the dam ( too bad, it was finally getting good again since the last drain down). The blue gills are in the deep part of the lakes early, then head shallow as it gets dark. Brook trout fishing is good if you can stand the bugs as you’re fishing

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

Hi All. The weather has been great and summer is here. Trout fishing has been very good as of late with the warmer temps and the hatch that is going on. With that said smaller nymph and fly patterns are the bait of choice at first and last light for the trout. Huge Bass are being caught on Wolf Lake and small minnows and purple colored worms seem to be the best bait.
The Pine River and Little Manistee River are excellent for Huge Brown trout and some very nice Rainbows and brookies. If you have never been here fishing before, give it a try, it’s World Class Fishing is all I can say. With 46 streams and 4 major rivers, if you can’t catch a fish here, you might want to put the beer bottle down. Give us a call at 231 745 4101 8am until 10pm and we can get you set up with a room and tell you where to fish. This time of the year is AWESOME. Tight lines. Tim
The forecast for the rest of the week and weekend sound good. (That’s if you can believe a forecast.) If you want some great fishing, get your butt up here and go fishing in some of the best rivers in the world. We do have a couple rooms available for next week. Plus we have on site ATV, Boat and Snowmobile rentals, weather permitting of course.

If the fishing is slow, or you just want to try something different we also have on site ATV, Boat and Snowmobile rentals plus we are in the middle of one of the largest trail systems in the state. Visit us a wolflakemotel.com or call us at 231 745 4101 8am until 10 pm. Email is at info@wolflakemotel.com and like us on facebook at Facebook/WolfLakeMotel Tight lines, Tim

Here is a brief overview for anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The pike, walleye and bass fishing is very good right now, you’ll find the pike and bass in the cabbage weeds 8-10foot depth, the best walleye fishing is mid to late afternoon pulling crawler harness’s over the deep mud flats. Lake Victoria, is out of commission this year, they have drained it to repair the dam ( too bad, it was finally getting good again since the last drain down). The blue gills are in the deep part of the lakes early, then head shallow as it gets dark. Brook trout fishing is good if you can stand the bugs as you’re fishing

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

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Here is a brief overview for springtime anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The salmon and lake trout fishing is still good, but you have to travel a mile or two out to get into the better fishing. Pike and bass fishing is very good right now, you’ll find the best fishing in the 8-10 ft. range along the weed beds. Brook trout fishing is good, but the bugs are so bad that its hard to sit out there long enough to fish. Lake Victoria, is out of commission this year, they have drained it to repair the dam ( too bad, it was finally getting good again since the last drain down).

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

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Here is a brief overview for springtime anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The pike and walleye opener in a few days might be a bust, many of the inland lakes are still ice covered or flooded, water temps are still just above freezing, hopefully we’ll get a few warm days in a row to start warming things up. Lake superior fishing around here is on a hold also because of all the run-off the shore line water is really dirty, some boats are picking up a few stealhead, and coho, but it’s pretty slow, again if we can keep a south wind for a few days to blow out the dirty water that would help

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

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