The big dump of snow was not exactly what ice fishermen wanted, especially those that have a long walk to their hotspots, but at least the deep cold from earlier in the week firmed up conditions on many area lakes. Weekend weather looks positive for getting an opportunity to get on the ice and put some fish in the bucket. Shallow water areas are good for fast panfish action, and this is a great place to take kids for a taste of what this winter fun is all about. A short walk to your vehicle if the youngsters get cold, and even if many of the fish are small, kids don’t care, it’s all about having some action for them.
White Lake – West end of lake, both Indian Bay and the Post Office had safe ice and fishermen were taking good numbers of perch from both areas, although a good deal of sorting was necessary. Wesley’s marina has been giving up some bluegills, but a good deal of sorting for bigger fish here also. For the latest info on White Lake, call Johnson’s Great Outdoors at 231-893-6688.
Muskegon – Snug Harbor had five inches of ice and anglers were taking some nice bluegills along with some perch in just eight feet of water. Johnson’s Point and 2nd St. areas have each had incidents of anglers falling through, and additional snow will make that even more dangerous. Call Snug Harbor Outfitters 231-719-0759 for the latest information.
Muskegon River – Water levels were receding. However, the water is still muddy.
Hamlin Lake – Bluegills are good on a late bite. Red spikes working well during that time. Some crappies being taken after dark on minnows. For up to date Hamlin information call Hamlin Grocery at 231-843-2058.
Pere Marquette Lake – Had decent northern pike action for those using tip-ups.
Pere Marquette River – Water still very high.
Portage Lake – In Manistee County was producing yellow perch and other panfish.