January 30th Weekly Fishing Report

Manistee River: Those brave enough to fish in artic temperatures are taking steelhead.  The trick is to fish the very deep holes.

Green Lake:   Is the lake for winter smelt.  Most anglers set their ice shanties up near the Betsie River and off the Music Camp.  For pike, try off the State Park.

Long Lake:    In Grand Traverse County can be a good spot for yellow perch and the occasional walleye.

Fife Lake:   Is producing some perch.  Most are fishing off the access site in 10 to 30 feet of water.

Lake Cadillac: Anglers were few and far between but those braving the elements have caught pike along the weed beds when using tip-ups with large minnows or spearing.  Panfish were slow.

Lake Mitchell: Is also producing pike.  The bluegill and crappie bite were hit-or-miss but should pick back up by the weekend.  Try teardrops with small minnows, wax worms or spikes.

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

Pere Marquette Lake:   The U.S. Coast Guard is warning anglers and other recreational users to use extreme caution due to ice breaking operations.  They will be making two trips and stopping at Ludington’s Occidental Chemical Facility.  Officials say ice fishermen should remove their ice shanties and equipment from these areas. Recreational users should plan their activities carefully and avoid the shipping channels.

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