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Hook & Hunting: January 10 Weekly Fishing Report

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Lake Avalon: In Montmorency County is producing a few bigger splake.

Alpena: The boat ramps are frozen in. A few perch were caught in the harbor.

Au Sable River: The ramps are usable. Steelhead were caught from Foote Dam all the way down to Oscoda and the mouth. Boat anglers are back drifting plugs or casting spawn.

Higgins Lake: The boat launches are iced in but not enough ice for ice fishing yet.

Houghton Lake: Ice fishing is on and anglers are setting up their shanties. Be sure to use caution around the chunk ice on the south shore as well as near any inlets or outlets. Walleye fishing was good in in four to eight feet of water.

Tawas: Anglers are getting some perch out of Jerry's Marina basin as well as off Jerry's in 10 to 15 feet of water. Walleye anglers are inching out to 15 to 17 feet and getting a few. No pike spearing yet.

Au Gres River: Has ice fishing in the lower river. Anglers are getting a few perch and sublegal walleye.


Newaygo, Oceana, Mecosta and Osceola County have good fishing. Ice fishing activity has really picked up.

Long Lake: In Grand Traverse County is producing some walleye.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing remains fair with boat anglers in the lower river catching most of the fish.

Lake Missaukee: Has been good for bluegill for those out ice fishing.

Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing is in full swing. Anglers are catching pike, crappie and a few walleye.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing pike and crappie.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead are being caught but not consistently.


Many lakes in Keweenaw, Houghton, and Baraga County had too much slush for ice fishing. The slush makes for difficult travel as well as slow fishing.

Lake Gogebic: Ice anglers caught perch in Bergland Bay. A few walleye were also caught along the north end.

Lac Vieux Desert: Ice anglers are catching good numbers of pike ranging 16 to 24 inches. Most are using tip-ups with golden shiners over the weed beds in six feet of water. Only a few anglers have caught walleye. 

A good number of bluegills were caught on wax worms in six to 10 feet of water. The fish range 6.5 to 7.5 inches. Some caught crappie. As for perch, anglers are catching them however most of the fish caught were eight inches or smaller.

Portage Lake: In Houghton County has ice. Anglers caught crappie near Chassell.

Keweenaw Bay: Has no ice. Huron Bay has shore ice only.

Groveland Mine Ponds: In Dickinson County have ice. Plenty of small bluegills along with a couple nice perch and crappie were caught in Island Pond. Try jigging wax worms, wigglers or minnows a foot off the bottom in 13 to 15 feet of water. The West Pond has small bluegills, crappie and sunfish in 15 feet of water for those jigging or using tip-ups. The East Pond has small perch and muskie in 12 to 20 feet of water. The South Pond had no reports of fish caught. Anglers were targeting walleye and panfish west of the boat launch in 30 feet of water.

Lake Antoine: Fishing was slow with only small perch caught by those jigging with natural baits. Most were on the north end of the lake in eight to 10 feet of water.

Little Bay De Noc: Has some ice however most of the bay still has open water. A pressure crack has formed along the north end of Butler Island. Anglers should avoid this area. Anglers are just starting to fish in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor but most were fishing the Kipling area or the Gladstone side of the "Narrows." Fair catches of walleye were reported in Kipling by those jigging rapalas with minnows in 18 to 30 feet of water or Gladstone in 25 to 35 feet of water. Perch fishing had mixed results near Kipling in eight to 35 feet of water with natural baits. The bigger fish were caught in the deeper water. Jumbo perch were caught near Gladstone when jigging. While most anglers are using a portable shanty some are bringing out the permanent ones and setting them up.

Manistique Lake: Anglers are ice fishing however caution needs to be used especially around the outlets. Small walleye and pike were caught but no perch.

Munuscong Bay: Has ice but anglers should avoid the area around the points, islands and deeper water. Perch fishing is fair on minnows. Walleye are hitting good and a few northern pike were also caught.

Cedarville and Hessel: Musky Bay and Hessel Bay have a couple ice shanties. Anglers are perch fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water. Wigglers worked best in Musky Bay however minnows were favored in Hessel Bay.