Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Ice fishing season has started in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. There may be ice in the southern Lower Peninsula, however, conditions for the most part are not safe and will deteriorate rapidly with rain and much warmer temperatures by the end of the week.

The public is reminded that helmets are still required to be worn when operating an ATV or snowmobile while recreating. This includes but not limited to operating on the ice, trails and state land.


Muskegon River: Continues to produce steelhead and limit catches of walleye.


Newaygo, Oceana, Mecosta and Osceola County have good fishing. Ice fishing activity has really picked up.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing remains fair with boat anglers in the lower river catching most of the fish.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead are being caught but not consistently.