Groveland Mine Ponds: High winds and rain made fishing difficult on Island Lake as it turned into an ice rink. Anglers may want to bring cleats for easier access. Bluegills were hitting on minnows, wigglers and wax worms in eight to 12 feet of water. Many were small but a good number of seven inch fish were also taken.
A few perch and black crappie were also caught. Both the East Lake and the West Lake had few anglers. The bite was slow with only small panfish caught by those jigging or using tip-ups.
Lake Antoine: Was producing bluegill and perch for those jigging minnows and wax worms however many were small. Most are fishing on the northeast side. Those targeting northern pike were spear fishing and using tip-ups with large minnows on the north end of the lake.
Little Bay De Noc: Rain and warmer temperatures deteriorated the ice. The weak spots, pressure cracks, shoreline and river mouths were all in rough shape. Most are traveling on foot if they go out. Almost all the fishing has been north of the Narrows.
A Safety Reminder: the pressure crack that runs across the north end of Butler Island is ALWAYS DANGEROUS. Anglers should avoid this area at all times even in good conditions. Several four wheelers and snowmobiles have already gone through the ice.
Overall, fishing was slow due to fewer anglers and no snow cover. The better catches were reported up at the head of the Bay near Garth Point when jigging wigglers and minnows in 10 to 13 feet of water. For walleye, those fishing well past dark did the best near Kipling, the Second and the Third Reef when jigging rapalas with minnows in 18 to 26 feet of water.
Newberry: Inland lakes in the area including the Manistique Lakes had slow fishing most likely due to ice conditions. Much colder temperatures in the forecast will once again shore-up the ice.
Munuscong Bay: Anglers pulled their ice shanties to shore after the warm weather. Be careful especially with all the holes in the ice. The area east of Roach Point is off limits, anglers should avoid the area.
Cedarville and Hessel: Those off Cedarville have pulled their ice shanties to shore. Musky Bay had a few shacks remaining, but no catch reports came in. Perch in Musky Bay were picking up before the warm up so colder temperatures should help with catch rates.
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