High water levels, anglers use caution
With high water levels in many of the river systems, boat and shore anglers need to use caution. Anglers are reminded that walleye, pike and muskie season on the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters and the St. Mary’s River as well as the Lower Peninsula inland waters will close tonight at midnight. Even with the rain and warmer temperatures, ice fishing was still decent. Anglers should still use caution and avoid areas where there are inlets, outlets or a current.
Green Lake: Is producing a few more smelt but no big numbers. Try off the northeast side near the Music Camp. Night anglers sometimes do better in 30 to 50 feet of water.
Crystal Lake: Was producing good numbers of smelt. For perch, try the edge of the weedbeds off Beulah in 25 to 40 feet of water.
Betsie River: Should have a fair to good number of steelhead.
Manistee River: Look for fresh steelhead after the rain and snowmelt.
Lake Missaukee: Still has ice. Some are catching panfish.
Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing continues. The bluegill and crappie bite has picked up for those using small jigs with minnows, spikes or wax worms.
Lake Mitchell: Still had good ice. Anglers are catching more panfish.
Pere Marquette River: Is producing steelhead. Try flies, spawn or wax worms.
Au Sable River: Water levels are up and fresh fish are coming in from the big lake. Catch rates were good for those using wax worms up river or spawn down near the mouth. Those casting small spoons or body baits off the end of the pier caught steelhead and the occasional brown trout.
Higgins Lake: Ice is good but anglers might want to bring cleats for easier travel. Smelt were caught in good numbers including some during the day. Try 20 to 40 feet of water. The perch have started to move in closer to shore, catch rates were better in the evening. Rainbow trout and brown trout can be found off Big Creek. They are hitting on wigglers.
Houghton Lake: The ice is still good. Bluegill action has picked up with fish ranging 10 to 12 inches being caught. Most are using wigglers and wax worms in 7 to 9 feet of water out by the Middle Grounds.