Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 21, 2014

Fishing: 03/21/2014

It may be hard to believe but anglers are actually getting tired of ice fishing.

Many have put the ice fishing gear away and are now getting the spring and summer gear ready to go. The ice fishing season may be one for the record books.

Ice fishing, though, is still going on the inland lakes in northwest Michigan. At this rate, anglers could be ice fishing well into April. Warmer weather should help with the panfish bite.

Lake Charlevoix: Was producing fair catches of perch.

Torch Lake: Was producing decent catches of whitefish and trout.

Traverse City: The East Bay continues to produce some lake trout and large burbot. Most are fishing in 120 to 150 feet off Deep Water Point and Yuba. Try jigs that glow. Lake trout have been caught in West Bay as well. Try 135 to 180 feet with sand kickers and pimples with or without a minnow. Perch anglers could not get the fish to bite. Warmer temperatures are starting to produce some pressure cracks so anglers need to be careful.

Green Lake: Still had ice. Those fishing at night have caught smelt.

Lake Cadillac: Those still heading out are now targeting panfish. Crappie could be found just off the bottom or just under the ice. Try minnows, wigglers or wax worms.

Lake Mitchell: Still has a few anglers heading out for bluegill and crappie.

Manistee River: Has some steelhead but the spring run has not yet started. Ice still covers some large areas of the river.

Pere Marquette River: Also has steelhead and more anglers out targeting them. Large sections of the river still had ice.



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