LANSING — The 2014 Fishing Licenses went on sale March 1. This gives anglers one month to purchase their new license before they are required on April 1. The 2014 Fishing Guides will be available at all license vendors so be sure to ask for your copy!
Ice fishing activity is down. It seems many are getting tired of the extreme cold, deep snow, difficult travel conditions, and trying to drill holes through excessive ice.
Traverse City: The East Bay is producing lake trout. The numbers are good but the fish were on the small side. Anglers are jigging glow pimples in 120 to 140 feet. Yuba was producing some good catches. In the West Bay, good numbers of some nice lake trout and burbot were caught. Some reported 10 pound lake trout and burbot over eight pounds caught near Lee’s Point in 135 to 165 feet of water when jigging glows.
Skegemog Lake: Was producing some large pike.
Torch Lake: Is producing a limited number of whitefish. Atlantic salmon and lake trout have also been caught.
Crystal Lake: In Benzie County was producing some large smelt.
Lake Cadillac: A couple nice crappie were caught however this was the exception, and not the rule. A fair to good number of walleye have been caught by those using tip-ups with minnows for pike.
Lake Mitchell: Continues to produce some walleye, pike and crappie. Catch rates for bluegill and perch were hit-or-miss. The better fishing seems to be early evening and night. Try Big Cove for pike, crappie and bluegills.
Au Sable River: Has yet again unstable river flow below Foote Dam. Extremely cold weather causes the river above the Alcona Impoundment to turn to slush, create anchor ice and finally ice dams that create large changes in downstream flows. These conditions can make it very difficult for fishing or floating below Foote Dam.