12/16/19 Alpena area is heating up but not in the sense of temperature but fishing has been on fire. 5 plus inches of clear beautiful ice on most of the inland lakes with people fishing the floodwate ...Full Report
1/20/20 The weather this past weekend wasn’t filled with as much doom and gloom as it was hyped up to be. A little bit of rain and a few inches of snow was the worst of it here. It didn’t hurt the ic ...Full Report
10/8/2019 The fall Musky bite is is going great on Eagle Lake. I haven't experienced musky fishing this awesome ever in my life. The trolling is outstanding from now till ice up. Fish are stacking up ...Full Report
11/4/2019 Well if BIG smallmouth are what you love then this is the time of year. Both Burt and Mullet are kicking out very nice fish. I was out last weekend with my friend Tony from UP North Smallmo ...Full Report
1/7/20 When talking about the Curtis area we need to talk about an ice report and the fishing report. ICE REPORT: WE ARE HEARING REPORTS OF 6-12 INCHES OF ICE WITH SOME SLUSH ON TOP. WE ARE ALSO H ...Full Report
10/21/2019 The fishing season is coming to an end on Drummond island at least from a boat but that shouldnt stop you from getting out! There are still some perch around but they are scattered now. Yo ...Full Report
Paddling season is here! Did you know that the waters of the Cass River in, and around Frankenmuth offer some awesome fishing/paddling opportunities. And there's also a great opportunity for "small bo ...Full Report
11/11/2019 The winter weather that has hit the Frankfort area has made fishing and getting out to fish very difficult. The betsie river was producing good steelhead but as this cold stretch hit hom ...Full Report
11/11/2019 The weather has changed in the past two weeks but big Trout are still hot. If big Brown trout in small streams is something that gets you excited, the time is now and it will keep you warm ...Full Report
1/7/20 Saginaw bay walleye is always a topic but most times during January we are thinking ice fishing but this week keep those boats in or give Captain Jay a call because there is open water and fis ...Full Report
1/20/20 Fishing right now on the St. Joe and Kalamzoo river has been good but after some melt offs last week we are excited to be getting colder weather. So, right now both the St Joe and Kalamazoo ...Full Report
1/20/20 When you think Indian River, MI you tend to think of the inland water ways and the two prestigious lakes the touch and those are Mullet and Burt Lake. This week we are focusing on Burt Lake a ...Full Report
6-17-19 Well this year's fishing season started out in fine fashion up at Kesagami wilderness Lodge. The Walleye and big Pike were biting ferociously, and guests were catching fish of a lifetime regul ...Full Report
1/14/20 When we are talking about Ludington area we are typically talking about ice fishing hamlin lake this time of year but in this weeks report we are talking Steelhead on the Pere Marquette river ...Full Report
6-26-19 Mackinaw city Trout fishing has been good although the water is still a little on the chillier side. It is starting to transition so we are finding hot and cold pockets. Salmon are just starti ...Full Report
12/30/2019 Steelhead season is in full swing and what a better time then right now as Michigan weather has blessed us with some awesome weather for December. Steelhead are being caught in those trans ...Full Report
12/17/19 Marquette County Ice conditions are creating a more than challenging start to the hard water season. 4-7 inches of black ice with over a foot of slush and snow on top. Snowmobiles and ATVs ...Full Report
Meta Lake lodge 6-19-19 Well we recovered from the opener and things are rolling along here at Meta lake. The fishing is flat out, nothing short of stupid good. Almost every angler in camp has had an ...Full Report
12/2/2019 Early winter fishing is happening across the UP region. As snow is flying and coming down like crazy many of our rivers are quite high for this time of the year with the recent snowmelt las ...Full Report
10/28/2019 When its comes to Fall fishing there is no better place than the Newberry area. The colors are absolutely stunning but are coming to an end as colder temps have arrived. Out in front of t ...Full Report
There is no such thing as safe ice. You cannot judge the strength of ice by just one factor like its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether the ice is covered with snow. Ice seldom freeze ...Full Report
1/21/20 Munuscong Bay: Was producing a good number of perch, pike, and walleye. Due to unsafe ice conditions in many areas, fishing pressure has been low but around the islands and smaller bays and c ...Full Report
1/7/20 The Tawas area is heating up. The new year is off to a great start for this area and its outstanding Ausable River. The warm weather and recent rain has warmed the AuSable River up just enough ...Full Report
1/14/20 Traverse City Michigan is finally starting to get some safe ice on bigger lakes but please use caution and call your local bait shops. Long Lake in Traverse city area is producing good number ...Full Report
The Timbers Resort Ice fishing report Lake Gogebic 12/30/19 First, I would like to start this report by saying that so far this year we have gotten 113” of snow. ( Big Snow Country) So as ...Full Report
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