Winter continues to hang on in this region of the state. There is plenty of snow and ice fishing continues.
Thumb Lake: In Charlevoix County is producing small perch and the occasional splake.
Green Lake: Is giving up smelt.
Crystal Lake: Continues to give up smelt.
Betsie River: Is producing a fair number of steelhead. Try flies, spawn or a wax worm in the deeper holes until it warms up.
Manistee River: Steelhead fishing was decent. Bright chrome fish have been caught in the deeper holes.
Lake Missaukee: Ice fishing continues for panfish.
Lake Cadillac: Ice fishing continues for panfish. Bluegill and crappie are hitting on minnows, wigglers and wax worms. Try early morning or late afternoon.
Lake Mitchell: Still had good ice. Anglers are catching more panfish.
Pere Marquette River: Is producing steelhead. Try flies, spawn, wax worms, small spoons or spinners.
Au Sable River: Even with a down turn in the weather fishing continues to get better. Steelhead were plenty between the mouth and the dam. The fish are hitting on spawn or wax worms.
Higgins Lake: Still has good ice, no slush and 4 to 5 inches of the powder snow. Lake trout can be found along the drop-off in 80 to 100 feet of water. Rainbow trout and brown trout have been caught near the creeks where the warm water comes in. Anglers have caught a 24 inch rainbow and a 27 inch brown trout. Perch fishing was slow but the bigger fish should start moving closer to shore. Try around Treasure Island in 20 to 30 feet of water or the drop-off around the Sunken Island with minnows and wigglers. Smelt fishing was good until the weather changed. Catch rates should pick back up by the weekend.
Houghton Lake: The ice is still good and the bluegill action will pick up. Try near the canals or out by the Middle Grounds in 7 to 9 feet of water with minnows, wigglers or wax worms.