Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 24, 2014

Fishing: 01/24/2014

As frigid temperatures blanket the state once again, fewer anglers are out fishing. Those braving the cold are catching fish but the bite has slowed. River anglers are dealing with ice in many locations.

Most of the bigger inland lakes are now being fished. Steelhead are in the rivers but ice and brutal weather are keeping most from trying.

Green Lake: Is still producing some smelt. Anglers do best at night when using a jig. Try off the Music Camp with small minnows. Anglers have also caught bluegill, perch and pike.

Skegemog Lake: Had good yellow perch fishing.

Lake Cadillac: Panfish anglers were doing well off Kenwood Park which is on the northwest side of the lake. They caught bluegill, crappie and a few perch in waters 10 to 12 feet deep. Try minnows and red spikes. Pike have been caught along the weed beds by those using tip-ups.

Lake Mitchell: Usually produces more pike than Lake Cadillac. Anglers are using tip-ups with large minnows. For bluegill, try the coves on the west side of the lake with teardrops and wax worms. Crappie can be found off the State Park.

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

Manistee River: Still has steelhead though the bite will slow once again with the cooler temperatures. Fish the deeper holes with eggs or spawn.

Burt Lake: Was producing a fair number of walleye and perch.

Au Sable River: Anglers fishing below Foote Dam need to be aware that water flows are fluctuating widely at this time because of ice damming issues above Alcona. Anglers should check the USGS river flow gauges for the most up-to-date conditions. Severe cold causes the river above the Alcona Impoundment to turn to slush, creates anchor ice, and forms ice dams that create large changes in downstream flows. Thus, conditions may be very difficult for fishing or floating below Foote Dam. Those fishing for steelhead had success all along the river with wax worms and spoons. Most points are accessible however the banks, parking lots and fishing platforms are icy. The best launch for small boats would be Whirlpool. The store launch was clear and Rea Road is open, but icy and parking is limited. High Banks and Foote Dam have limited parking and the stairs were icy. If using the snowmobile trails to access parts of the river, watch for traffic as most are not expecting to see people on the trail.



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