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Ice Fishing In Lake Michigan

Ice Fishing in Lake Michigan is limited to the many bays, harbors, and marinas located along the shoreline. The northernmost harbors and marinas are the first each year to freeze. The Bays along the northern rim of the lakes are the next areas to freeze each year.

Ice Fishing is a sport for people who love fishing year round.

As winter progresses marinas and harbors further south begin to freeze. The main lake basins generally do not freeze solid enough to permit Ice fishing or safe travel.

Shelf ice does form along the shoreline on most years. The shelf ice is extremely dangerous and should be avoided.

It is recommended to go ice fishing with seasoned professionals that know what they are doing.

Perch Ice Fisherman (© While this type of fishing can be very enjoyable it is not recommended for adults and children without qualified supervision.

Ice Fishing the Great Lakes in the early hours before dawn on a cold winter’s morning is a true adventure.

As the sun rises, light penetration thru the ice and holes in the ice can make the fish more wary. Midday ice fishing requires the use of a variety of more stealthy tactics.

The water clarity of the Great Lakes has changed dramatically in the past decade.

The increase in water clarity has increased weed beds and created more available structure and cover for many species of fish in the lake.

Winter morning in Chicago (©

Following Ice Fishing Safety is very important and if you don’t heed to safety warnings it can be an extremely dangerous activity for all ages if you ignore warning signs and do not use good judgment.

When solid ice forms on harbors, some fishers look to the Belmont and Burnham Harbors for some of the best ice fishing places off Chicago.

This can be a good choice for perch early in the morning and in the late afternoon. At Burnham harbor you can also find brown trout through the ice.

So fishing in Lake Michigan can be done in all seasons.