Ice conditions vary, but overall the chances to get on the ice this season are better than last year by far. A cold outbreak predicted for the weekend will likely give us at least another week or more of access to most of our hard water hot spots. March ice fishing with longer days generally is a point at which the fishing picks back up somewhat, and milder temperatures make this a great time to introduce someone new to the sport. Pick a place with a short walk and hot panfish action and bring out a rookie.
White Lake – Perch are still active on Indian Bay and the post office, but size has been mostly small. Wigglers and spikes have produced as many fish as minnows. The narrows are good for pike, and steelhead are being taken on slammer rigs at the river mouth end. For the latest info on White Lake call Johnson’s Great Outdoors at 231-893-6688.
Muskegon – Bluegills have been slow at Snug Harbor but will probably pick up a bit as days get longer. Some perch reported at Sand Docks with spikes being the best bet. 2nd St. area has been closed off by the police department for unsafe conditions. Call Snug Harbor Outfitters at 231-719-0759 for the latest information.
Muskegon River – Water levels improving and steelhead action has been reported as good for fly-fishermen and those using drop back technique with both spawn and plugs.
Hamlin Lake – Bluegills remain just fair with late afternoon best. Crappies are reported as better in the evenings. For up to date Hamlin information call Hamlin Grocery at 231-843-2058.
Pere Marquette Lake – Pike on tip-ups best bet here.
Portage Lake – Perch fishing slowed somewhat, but patient anglers can still catch a meal of one of the tastiest fish that swims.