Anglers wait for ice

November 30, 2017

By John Raffel

Fishing continues to slow down as anglers wait for the transiton to the ice season.

Rain and snow has also curtailed activity in northern Michigan along with strong winds along the Great Lakes. The DNR acknowledges many are waiting for colder weather and for ice to form. In the northwest Lower Peninsula, rivers are high after all the rain.

Steelhead fishing has been slow because of the higher water and colder water temperatures. It was quiet for fishing at lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, the DNR said. The lakes had skim ice and there is no safe ice.

“They’ve been catching the heck out of walleyes on the (Muskegon) river,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley, said. “They’ve been doing well on that. I know one guy doing well by Davis Bridge on perch and walleye. They’ve been good sized too. A couple of guys are steelheading down by Croton Dam.”     

Chelsea Pete at Loop Outfitters in Wellston said there’s still a lot of steelhead for anglers.

“But fishing has been tough because of changing temperatures,” she said.Strong winds have hampered both pier and surf fishing at Manistee, the DNR said. Anglers are getting some when they are out.

Fishing is completely dependent on the weather, the DNR added. Moderate temperatures this week obviously means no ice fishing for at least a few weeks. Lakes in the area have some skim ice but no safe ice. Walleye will bite right up until ice up, so those trolling or casting for late fall walleye could find some fish. Steelhead fishing is expected to be favorable in the rivers.

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