Archived Weekly Fishing Tips

The tips below are archived from the Weekly Fishing Tip provided through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' website.


January 11, 2018: Finding panfish through the ice
It may be cold, but it also means you can likely go ice fishing! Are you planning to head out? Then it's time to get prepared to do so safely!

Have you been attempting to target panfish during your ice fishing trips this winter, but aren't having much luck? Consider the following things.

Are the panfish sticking to shallow or deep depths? Are they hanging out in the weeds or on the rocks? Are they suspended or are they hugging the bottom?

Due to the weather much of the state has experienced recently, panfish are likely to be in deeper water to find more oxygen. Keep that in mind when you look for them!

Also keep your presentation efforts in mind. A popular effort includes putting a jig on the bottom and using a twitch-pause-twitch routine with it.

For more information on winter fishing in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/fishing.


January 4, 2018: Need a last minute gift idea??
It may be cold, but it also means you can likely go ice fishing! Are you planning to head out? Then it's time to get prepared to do so safely!

Equipment
You'll need some special equipment if you head out ice fishing. Take stock of your spud/auger, skimmer, shelter and apparel to have an enjoyable experience out on the water.

Techniques
Pick your preferred ice fishing technique and the species you wish to target and brush up on your skills - whether that is hook-and-line fishing for bluegill, sunfish, perch or crappie; using tip-ups for northern pike, walleye or trout; or spearing for northern pike, muskellunge or sturgeon.

Safety
You should always stay safe when heading on the ice. These five tips can help: 1) Never fish alone; 2) Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return; 3) Always test the ice with a spud; 4) Take the appropriate emergency items, such as a lifejacket and ice picks; and 5) Take a cell phone with you in case you need to call for help. Keep it in a plastic, sealable bag to make sure it doesn't get wet.

Want more information on ice fishing? Visit Michigan.gov/fishing.