Pike fishing remains strong

LANSING — Not a whole lot to report this week. Pike fishing remains good, but not much to report on panfish or walleye. There is interest in steelhead fishing however there is a lot of ice covering the streams right now.

Traverse City: Has plenty of ice and pressure cracks. Bring a spud and be careful. Cisco were hitting big spoons like a Swedish pimple. The fish are suspended in 50 to 70 feet. A good number of lake trout have been caught off the bottom in 100 to 125 feet with jigging spoons. Whitefish and burbot were also caught.

Bear Lake: In Kalkaska County is producing rainbow and brown trout.

Starvation Lake: Is also producing some rainbows and brown trout.

Green Lake: Has smelt for those fishing after dark. For northern pike, try tip-ups along the shallows off the State Park.

Crystal Lake: In Benzie County is producing some smelt and burbot.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Tip-ups and pike fishing go hand-in-hand on both lakes and a good number of fish have been caught. The crappie bite was fair to good and a few perch were taken. Try a very small jig with minnows, wax worms, or spikes.

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