Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 31, 2013

Fishing: 01/31/2013



Anglers are advised to still use caution

Waters in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula are freezing but anglers still need to use caution. Rivers may have flow ice coming down so use caution. Anglers are reminded to wear a life jacket, test the ice before you go, never go out alone, take a cell phone and be sure to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Safety should always be your top priority when heading out on the ice.

Manistee River: Anglers are still catching some nice chrome steelhead. With fresh snow as a backdrop, fish were hitting on pretty much anything including bright colors.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers are ice fishing for bluegill, crappie or the occasional perch. Try the west side and look for weedbeds. Those looking to spear pike will want to try the east or northeast side of the lake.

Lake Cadillac: Is producing some bigger bluegills and crappie. Anglers are fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water with jigs and spikes or wax worms. Pike fishing is on for those using tip-ups with large minnows.

Lake Mitchell: Is producing bluegill, crappie and even some perch. Pike are hitting on tip-ups.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing steelhead and brown trout. Fish the deeper holes during the cold front.

Burt Lake: Perch and walleye fishing were spotty.

Au Sable River: Boat ramps will be icy and there may be too much ice for floating by the end of the week. Rea Road to Whirlpool may still be good for boat anglers looking to float however ice buildup on the ramps may cause problems. With the lack of snow the river bank is clear for foot travel. Steelhead are in the river in good numbers and anglers had good success from the mouth to Foote Dam. Most catches are coming on spawn and wax worms. Bottom bouncing and floating bait from a bobber is working well. A few brown trout have also been caught. The most active sites have been right at the mouth and from the Rea Road Bridge to the dam.

Houghton Lake: Ice anglers are catching walleye. Try the East Bay. For perch, try along the south shore. Pike anglers are using tip-ups with sucker minnows.

Lake Margrethe: Fishing was slow but should pick-up soon.

Tawas: Good numbers of perch were caught off Jerry's Marina back in the "Armpit" in 15 to 18 feet of water. Anglers are sorting out the small ones and still taking some fish home. Some caught the odd steelhead, lake trout, brown trout or pike. Walleye were caught near dusk. Pike spearing in Tawas Bay is just getting started.

Tawas River: Had no report. Floating ice has made fishing very difficult.

Au Gres River: Is in the process of freezing over.