The weather for the weekend is expected to be in the mid to high 20’s with temperatures reaching the low 50’s on Sunday. With the cold weather from last week ice conditions improved significantly in the Kalamazoo area. Remember to exercise extreme caution when out on the ice, Ice cleats helped anglers travel across the ice safely.
Perch fishing picked up as anglers were starting to fill their limits. Gradual drop-offs seemed to hold the most fish as schools moved from 12 feet of water to 18 feet of water. Fish were being caught on dark-colored ice jigs rigged with white spikes.
Anglers targeting bluegill caught limits on light-colored jigs rigged with white spikes. Moving from 5 to 12 feet of water helped anglers narrow down the location of the school.
Coldwater produced great numbers of crappie. Most of the fish were caught suspended in 10 to 15 feet of water.
At Higgins lake, lake trout fishing was on. Anglers had good action throughout the day fishing near the bottom in 80 to 95 feet of water.
Tip of the week
It is important when targeting bluegill to be mobile. Unlike perch, bluegills tend to stay within the same area instead of roaming like perch. When drilling holes make sure to drill holes in various depths. Spend 5 minutes on one hole, if no fish are marked be prepared to move to a different hole.