Ice Fishing

The temperatures drop, and the ice shacks rise! January and February provide for great ice fishing weather in Muskegon. We’ve gathered up some information to get you ice fishing ready this winter.

Wondering what type of fish can be found will ice-fishing in Muskegon? Bluegills, Perch, Walleye and Pike are some of the most common fish in our inland lakes. Muskegon Lake, near the “sand docks” is known for being a hot spot for perch, whereas the Walleye and Pike will be found a bit deeper on the northeast side of the lake.

Although it may seem complicated, ice fishing accommodates all skill levels! There are some tools of the trade that make for a successful trip on the ice. We’ve got the list here for you!

  • Warm Clothes (best to dress in layers)
  • Fishing rods with reels and line
  • Tip ups with line
  • Assortment of tackle
  • Live bait and bucket
  • Auger (hand-operated or manual)
  • Slush scoop
  • Needle-nose pliers

 Additional items that will make your ice fishing experience more comfortable are tents (or more permanent solutions, ice shacks), portable heaters (make sure to do your research to maintain portable heater safety), and of course snacks and beverages. Check out Johnson’s Great Outdoors and Waterdog Outfitters in Montague to stock up on supplies!

Don’t want to haul your gear with you to Muskegon? No problem, check out Great Lake Guide Services! Not only will they set get you set up with the right gear, but they will set up camp for you and give an introductory lesson on ice fishing. This is also a great opportunity for visitors new to ice fishing.

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