So 82 people looked at the thread and those 82 people haven't fished Lake Charlevoix. So what's the problem? You'll find that there really isn't many inland lake guys from that area on the site. I watch for tidbits of info for that area and over the last 2 years i've found not many people fish those lakes up there, and post about it. I can think of only 2-3 guys from the Petosky/Charlevoix area on this site. Here's a local report:
Steelhead Starting to Move
This will be remembered as the winter with no ice fishing or at least as the worst ice fishing season anyone can remember.
Conditions are still so bad on many lakes that anglers are just staying off the ice (or water or slush or combination thereof). The best getting around is apparently on Lake Charlevoix and Walloon Lake. On each of those lakes, one can get around to a fair degree on an All Terrain Vehicle, a snowmobile or by walking.
Dave at Young's in Alanson had little to report and he called the fishing "slow." While the ice has stiffened up a bit from the recently colder weather, it is still really sloppy. Anglers are getting some bluegills on the smaller lakes.
Hedge at Pat and Gary's in Indian River says there is 6-8 inches of water on top of the ice on Burt and Mullett Lake and folks are just not fishing. Even snowmobiles have trouble when there is that much water on the ice.
Dave at the Boyne River Bait Company in Boyne City reports that there are some steelhead in the river now and they are not winter residents. A number were caught this last week on wigglers or spawn. Anglers fishing the South Arm in the vicinity of Holy Island are catching some nice pike and brown trout.
There are a few perch being caught off Glenwood Beach, on the east end of Lake Charlevoix. On Walloon Lake, the smelt fishing has picked up off South Shore Drive and the perch fishing is fair too, although anglers are having to move around a lot to find them.
In East Jordan, Tom at Tom's Tackle calls the fishing really slow. There are steelhead moving in now and there should be some action off the East Jordan docks soon. Anglers are already catching them in the area, through the ice. A few bluegills are being caught on the chain of lakes around Ellsworth, on wigglers and waxworms.
Anglers are already hard at work getting their shanties off the ice. The shanties have to be off by midnight on March 15, which is Monday. It would make sense to get an early start on this chore, since getting to the shanties with any sort of vehicle is going to be difficult and pulling them off the ice by manpower is going to be a real task. March 15 is also the last day of the winter season for pike and walleye. They have until the last Saturday in April now to get their spawning done.
Detroit iron, hey pal , I havent ice fished it in a while. But we went off Hemmingway point for lakers and white fish.105fow,cooked spawn on bottom with slip sinker slip bobber rig.For browns try along the narrows in ironton. Big perch and some dandy brown trout can be had out in the holy island area. You need to just get out there and talk to the locals on the ice...I`ve had some fantastic days fishing that body of water, always brings back good memories and puts a smile on my face. Last ice can be a dark horse time of year, but caution is a MUST when on the lake in the month of march. Just use your head and you may start having those fond memories I was talking about!!!
Thank you guys, that is what I was looking for. I'm sorry for my response, I posted it after I had a real negative day at work. When I have crappy days at work, I daydream about being up north on a lake, so when I looked at my post, didn't see anything, kinda responded negatively. I had a sligthly heated debate on foreign vehicles a while ago, thought I may have been being shut out due to that. Anyway..... good day!
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