Ice conditions have been good, but weekend thaw temperatures signal a fairly rapid decline. While surface ice may look consistent during this time, you should remain aware that some areas are subject to currents in the water below that can erode the ice from the bottom up. Don’t turn yourself into a rescue mission!
With that said, if there is safe ice on your favorite spot you might find some fish putting on the feedbag as they often do when the days get longer. Panfish especially will get active at this time. Wear your cleats because water on the ice means slippery conditions, and taking a fall into an icy puddle can dampen more than your spirits.
Remember that walleye and pike season closes Mar. 15. The focus will be on pier/surf and river fishing while the ice disappears.
White Lake – Some perch were still being taken in the usual areas. Walleyes very slow. Some pike being taken. Sunfish and bluegills at Lyons Den, but much sorting needed. A few anglers have been chasing steelhead in the open waters at the river mouth. For the latest info on White Lake call Johnson’s Great Outdoors at 231-893-6688.
Muskegon – Perch reported as good at Sand Docks with spikes being the best bet. Snug Harbor bluegill fishing has been good late afternoons, anything green or chartreuse tipped with a white spike has been the key. Call Snug Harbor Outfitters at 231-719-0759 for the latest information.
Muskegon River – With stabilizing water levels, the fishing for steelhead has been good and a number of anglers have been fishing the mouth at Muskegon Lake for walleyes.
Hamlin Lake – Bluegill action has been improving. For up to date Hamlin information call Hamlin Grocery at 231-843-2058.
Pere Marquette Lake – Perch reported as just fair, and pike have been hit and miss.
Pere Marquette River – Steelhead have been picking up, and expect the spring run to start in earnest following weekend rains.