Ice Fishing Reports

In the Ludington area the most popular areas for ice fishing are Pere Marquette Lake and Hamlin Lake.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for Feb 7, 2012

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on February 7th, 2012
Cool days, cold nights making lots of ice. Reports of 5-7 inches of good clear ice. Morning fishermen report there is still a challenge to get past the shoreline. Much breakage from the weight of quads and sleds. It was a slow morning catch, minimal fish caught. Evening catch picking up and more ice forming. Forecast for the week - temperatures in the 20s thru Saturday. Anticipating great ice for the 2nd annual Hamlin Hooker's Ice Fishing Tournament, Feb. 11th. If you haven't registered yet, you have until Saturday, Feb. 11th, 7:00am. Keep the fishing reports and pictures coming.....

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for Feb 4, 2012

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on February 4th, 2012
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We at Hamlin Grocery do not deem the ice as safe, that being said--at the shoreline the ice is very poor. It has been broken up many times with all the traffic from quads and sleds. Once on the ice, we are told there is 4-5 inches of ice. A few thin areas have been found throughout. Several stress cracks with 8-10 inch openings, so watch your step.

Even with the poor conditions, it was a very busy week on Hamlin lake. Being the only lake with ice in the area, fishermen were out in hoards. Putting in the time, many caught limits on bluegill with some very nice perch being caught as well. Several nice pike were caught, with some reportedly just under legal size. Yes, it was a successful weekend and many smiles.

Mother nature has not been kind and we all are hopeful for cooler temps. If all goes well, we will proceed with Hamlin Hooker's ice fishing tournament. We will monitor the conditions and make a determination Thursday evening, February 9th, if we will be proceeding with the tournament. Think ice!!!

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for Jan. 29, 2012

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 29th, 2012
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Another strong weekend of fishing! Evening fishing continues to be best. Still catching limits on bluegills. some nice perch and northern pike are being caught. Stories of walleye being caught but to date, no fish have been brought in for picture taking. last report was that there was a good 5-8 inches of ice. it was reported Sunday morning that quads broke through the ice at Wilson and Victory parks. Fishermen report that the shoreline is tightening up but is still thin. Be careful when entering the ice. We appreciate the fishermen bringing in their catch to Hamlin grocery and we will continue to post pictures for everyone's enjoyment. With less than 2 weeks until the Hamlin Hooker's tournament and only 2 days left for early registration for the bait bucket giveaway, we're reminding you to stop into Hamlin grocery and get entered.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for Jan. 23, 2012

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 23rd, 2012
Rain showers Sunday evening to Monday morning made for poor fishing conditions today but diehard fishermen still went out on the ice. Approximately two dozen fishermen were in this morning for bait. Afternoon reports were that of good ice with a little slush and still catching limits. Pictured area youth, Collin Trim, scouted the waters for the upcoming Hamlin Hooker's tournament today, catching his limit of perch and bluegills.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for Jan. 22, 2012

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 22nd, 2012
What a great fishing weekend on Hamlin lake. First good ice this winter and fishermen came out in droves. Dusk til dawn fishermen were on the lake with many catching their limit. Best fishing has been reported in early evening. Most of the action has been with bluegill and perch in 8 to 12 foot waters. Fish have been hitting on waxworms and spikes and mousies if you can find them. The hot lure has been fiskas or anything made out of tungsten. Best colors are green, yellow, orange, chartreuse and anything in a glow. Early bird gets the worm and the parking spot!! Remember to park in designated areas!!! We have fresh live bait and grubs!! Bait shop hours are 6:00am to 6:00pm daily. Don't forget to sign up for the Hamlin Hooker's ice fishing tournament, 2/11 from 7:00am to 5:00pm, 100% cash payout for 1st., Shappell ice fishing shanty for 2nd, powered auger for 3rd, and fish finder for 4th, cash prize for longest fish and prize for largest perch. Register at Hamlin grocery by January 31st. And you will be entered into the bait bucket giveaway with Rippin Lipps custom rod and fishing merchandise over $100.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for Jan. 16, 2012

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 16th, 2012
WE'VE GOT ICE!! WE'VE GOT LIVE BAIT!! Brian Mulherin, LDN staff writer, went out on Upper Hamlin Lake off of Wilson Hill Park today to check the ice fishing conditions. He ventured North to the Crappie area and then East to the Bluegill area and found there was 4 to 5 inches of fishable ice. Indian Pete Bayou and North Bayou areas are both reporting good ice, catching bluegills/nice pan fish, but cloudy and mucky waters. Troy Veeneman shared some pics of fish he caught today on Hamlin Lake. He limited out on bluegills!! Hamlin Grocery will have live bait available late Tuesday morning (Jan. 17th). Be sure and stop into Hamlin Grocery on your way to the lake for your bait, tackle, snacks and refreshments.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for Jan. 14, 2012

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 14th, 2012
We are still patiently waiting for adequate ice for fishing. As of January 14th, there is ice formulating on the North Bayou but there is still open water. At Indian Pete Bayou, there is approximately 2 inches of ice, however, it's not solid. Local fishermen have been out on the ice and reportedly catching pan fish but we have been told the ice is unsafe. At Upper Hamlin (Wilson Hill, Barnhart area) there is walkable ice at the shore to 17 feet out, but it is thin and unsafe. At the pressure point, there is open water with swans and ducks contently swimming. We are told there is safe fishing on Lincoln Lake and some inland lakes but once again fish at your own risk. We will have live bait when we feel ice conditions are safe for fishing, hopefully next week! JUST IN - Large order of Fiskas (school bus and many new colors), Skandia's, jet sleds and custom made poles. Stop in and check out our large selection of jigs and tackle. **Reminder-don't forget to register to enter the 2nd Annual Hamlin Hooker's Ice Fishing Tournament. This Individual tournament will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012, 7:00am to 5:00pm, entry fee $20, 100% cash payout. Other great prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, place and longest perch. Registration is at Hamlin Grocery. Register by January 31st. and be entered into the bait bucket giveaway worth over $100 in ice fishing merchandise.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for March 9, 2011

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on March 9th, 2011
We've had good traffic in the store, and many patrons are reporting on how current fishing conditions are on the upswing. Although Lower Hamlin Lake is getting slushy in several places, Upper Hamlin Lake ice is still adequate. We've had reports of perch being caught at 10" or larger on the Upper Lake. Anglers are catching nice bluegills, decent numbers of pike, and crappie fishing is going well. Overall action is improving compared to the past few weeks.

Gettin' Jiggy Ice Fishing Tournament to be held February 26

Posted for Ice Fishing by Advantage Marketing Staff on February 25th, 2011
Sign up now for the Gettin' Jiggy Ice Fishing Tournament February 26 at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington. They will be opening at 5:30am, with the tournament starting at 7am. All DNR rules apply, and you can fish any Michigan lake. Prize includes a 100% payout for the longest fish in each category: Blue Gill, Crappie, and Perch. You must be in line for measuring by 6pm. The $10 entry fee includes Sander's Hot Dogs down by the river following the tournament.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for February 9th, 2011

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on February 9th, 2011
10-12 inches of snow and heavy slush reported on the ice yet still a good base. The lake is still accessible to snowmobiles but difficult for quads. Many small panfish, perch being caught. Moderate size blue gills are being caught and evening crappies are still reportedly slow. Receiving reports of nice walleye being caught off of Partridge Point. The cold temperatures will harden the slush by the weekend.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 1st. annual Hamlin Hooker's Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 12th. You can enter the tournament by registering at Hamlin Grocery up until Friday, Feb. 11th. For information call Hamlin Grocery 231-843-2058 or checkout our facebook page or our website at 100% cash pay out for 1st. place. 2nd place -Sheppel Rover Flip-over Shanty, 3rd place - Aquaview Fish Camera. $150.00 cash for longest fish and $200.00 certificate for a fish mount provided by Chris Hansen. Please join us for the Thank You Afterglow at Tamarac Club House 5:30-7pm. Sloppy Joes and Beverages will be served.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for January 27th, 2011

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 27th, 2011
Currently, there is about 10 inches of ice on the lake. Alot of fishermen are going out on fool with no problems. Mostly, small perch are being caught, however a small quantity of nice-sized bluegill are being caught as well. Evenings seem to be good for crappies, many are going out for those. There are a few local guys getting walleye as well, but they fish in their secret spots.

We're getting ready for our Hamlin Hookers Ice Fishing Tournament on the 12th. Anyone is welcome to enter, note there is a $15 entry fee. For more information, follow the link below:

Hamlin Hookers Ice Fishing Tournament

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for January 19th, 2011

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 19th, 2011
Hamlin Grocery is sponsoring it's first annual "Hamlin Hookers" Ice Fishing Tournament this year on February 12th. For more details, check out or visit Hamlin Grocery on the corner of N. Jebavy Drive and Dewey Road.

The Ice Man Tournament went very well this year. The winning team consisted of Bart Sitarz & Joe Jaworski from Illinois, who caught 15 fish with a total weight of 6.03 lbs. The best local team of David and Raymond Yeagar took 9th place with 14 fish caught weighing a total of 4.04 lbs. Because the tournament took place 3 weeks earlier this year, the crappies weren't as plentiful and the bluegill were a bit on the small side. While live bait was used, plastics and schoolbus fiskas were the choice baits for the ice men. Additionally, over 120 kids participated in Saturday's Kid's Camp event, exceeding by far the tournout for the year prior. We are looking forward to next year's third annual NAIFC Ice Man Tournament.

More slush and snow on the ice in addition to the pressure from fishing are pushing fish sizes down. Fishermen are still going out, crappies are down in numbers but there are still plenty of bluegill. Hopefully our cold temperatures will be positive and help the fish kick back in. Hamlin Grocery continues to carry live bait as well as decoys, golden shines, suckers, blues, spikes, plastics, and all other hot tackle. The store is open daily from 6am to 10pm, and the bait shop is open from 6am to 6pm.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for January 12th, 2011

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 12th, 2011
Ice fishermen are catching nice-sized bluegill, at the moment they are easy to find. Some are looking for crappies. Icemen are also in town and have been scoping out fishing on the lake. Fish populations are under increasing pressure. The weekend will be pretty busy with the tournament; good luck to all fishermen! Go to for details about the NAIFC events taking place this weekend.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for January 5th, 2011

Posted for Ice Fishing by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on January 5th, 2011
Fishing has been moderate since the big thaw over new year's. Since then we've gotten about 6-8 inches of good ice. Fishermen who put in the time have caught a few nice bluegill, evenings seem to be the best right now. Reports of walleye being caught came in Monday as well. Hamlin Grocery is now carrying live bait, as well as shivers, decoys, spikes, and a full line of tackle and glows in all the hottest colors.

The Ice Man Fishing Tournament has 39 teams registered so far. You can still sign up until Friday, January 8th. For more information, follow any of the links below:

Ice Man Fishing Tournament

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for December 29th, 2010

Posted for Ice Fishing by Advantage Marketing Staff on December 29th, 2010
A Hamlin Lake ice fisherman has reported catching 15 bluegills in about 1 and a half hours using red and white spikes. Most were of fairly good size, one of which being 10" in length. He said the parking lots at Wilson Hill were full, and most of the fishermen there were catching lots of fish.




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