DNR Fishing Report
December 15, 2021
The Weekly Fishing Report will not be available on Dec. 22 and Dec. 29.
All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.
Little Bay de Noc: Ice was forming in Little Bay de Noc north of Gladstone. Ice conditions were hazardous due to thin ice.
Fishing Tip: Relax while ice fishing by using tip-ups
Tip-ups are a perfect technique to use for the entire ice fishing season in Michigan. This method allows anglers to sit back and relax, yet still experience the thrill of the catch!
Early in the season stick by shallow structures where species like northern pike and walleye will congregate. Try a variety of depths to figure out where they’re targeting exactly. However, if you are walleye fishing, the minnow should be hung 12 to 15 inches off the bottom. For pike the minnow should be hung three to seven feet off the bottom or just above the top of any vertical aquatic plants. The minnows should be hung in these positions for walleye and pike regardless of the over water depth.
Tip-ups become even more productive later in the season as less-aggressive fish are drawn to your presentation.