Fishing Report – Feb. 20, 2020

The weather for the weekend is expected to be in the mid 40’s. With temperatures warming up lakes and ponds will start to thaw, remember to exercise extreme caution when traveling on ice. Ice Picks, Floating Bibs and Jackets can only aid in your safety while on the ice.

Great numbers of panfish were caught last week with the best bite being in the first and last hour of daylight. Anglers caught bluegill and perch jigging just off the bottom in 10 to 12 feet of water, small light-colored jigs with spikes seemed to work the best. Crappie were biting on small minnow rigs suspended in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Houghton lake produced good walleye numbers the last week. Anglers caught walleye on glow spoons in 10 to 15 feet of water. Once again, the bite was the best in the first and last hour of daylight.

Lake trout fishing picked up on Higgins Lake. Most of the fish were caught close to the bottom in 75 to 90 feet of water on smelt.

The rivers are still producing good numbers of steelhead. In the Grand River, fish were being caught on jigs with wax worms and spawn.

Tip of the week:

If you are having a hard time getting those last couple of perch and bluegill to bite your jig, one way to entice a bite is to bounce your jig off the bottom. When your bait bounces off the bottom small clouds of dirt will appear adding more realism to your bait attracting more fish from a distance.