Traverse City Record-Eagle

Sports

January 31, 2014

Fishing: 01/31/2014

Ice fishing is the game statewide. Anglers still need to use caution and watch for snow drifts and pressure cracks.

Green Lake: Is the lake for winter smelt. Most anglers set their ice shanties up near the Betsie River and off the Music Camp. For pike, try off the State Park.

Long Lake: In Grand Traverse County can be a good spot for yellow perch and the occasional walleye.

Fife Lake: Is producing some perch. Most are fishing off the access site in 10 to 30 feet of water.

Lake Cadillac: Anglers were few and far between but those braving the elements have caught pike along the weed beds when using tip-ups with large minnows or spearing. Panfish were slow.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing pike. The bluegill and crappie bite were hit-or-miss but should pick back up by the weekend. Try teardrops with small minnows, wax worms or spikes.

Lake Missaukee: Is producing a few perch and crappie. The better fishing is usually along the weed beds on the west side of the lake with a minnow or spike.

Manistee River: Those brave enough to fish in artic temperatures are taking steelhead. The trick is to fish the very deep holes.

Pere Marquette Lake: The U.S. Coast Guard is warning anglers and other recreational users to use extreme caution due to ice breaking operations. They will be making two trips and stopping at Ludington’s Occidental Chemical Facility. Officials say ice fishermen should remove their ice shanties and equipment from these areas. Recreational users should plan their activities carefully and avoid the shipping channels.

Au Sable River: Fishing pressure was down. Access to the river is good since there hasn’t been a lot of snow accumulation. If walking the snowmobile trails be sure to watch for sleds as they may not be looking for you. The Rea Road launch is usable but you will need 4-wheel drive and check the ramp for ice as you may not be able to get back up into the parking lot. Parking is limited and there is not a lot of room to maneuver. Whirlpool was the best launch for now as it was plowed, sanded and salted from River Road to the launch.

The River Store is plowed with parking, but with the cold, ice flows may stop anglers from launching.

The Boy Scout Camp and other spots along the river are not accessible as the two tracks are snowed in.

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