Ice Fishing at any of these lakes and more:
Cisco Chain of Lakes, Beatons Lake, Lake Gogebic, Crooked Lake, Paulding Pond, Steusser Lake, Tanlund Lake, National Forest Lakes. The cabin is a good camp to fish some other lakes around the vicinity of the cabin. These other lakes are south or southwest of the cabin including Bobcat, Pomeroy, Langford, Henry, Elbow, Redboat, Eal, Moraine, Thrush, Moosehead, others. If Ice Fishing is not your thing then make plans for Fall Fishing or Spring Fishing. See other cabin website for lakes and waters at: www.ciscochain.weebly.com. Or, many other Winter adventures and activities in the area if you do not want to go ice fishing.
There are many lakes east, west, north and south (or mixtures of those directions such as southwest) of the cabin. A great camp location to have some down time to go fishing.
Cisco Chain of Lakes (15 Lakes). Local sources say there are 15 lakes in the Cisco Chain of Lakes; official state sources refer to 14 lakes. Both are probably correct, as Clearwater Lake has no navigable channel connecting it to nearby Little African Lake, although a small creek meanders the few hundred yards between the two. The commonly listed 14 lakes are: Cisco Lake with 567 surface acres, Thousand Island Lake with 1,009 acres, Little African Lake with 31 acres, Big African Lake with 86 acres, Record Lake with 68 acres, Lindsley Lake with 156 acres, Fishhawk Lake with 77 acres, Morley Lake with 59 acres, Poor Lake with 106 acres, Indian Lake with 129 acres, East Bay Lake with 277 acres, all entirely within Michigan. Big Lake with 733 acres and West Bay Lake with 362 acres are partially in both states, and Mamie Lake with 337 acres is entirely within Wisconsin. Together these lakes total 3,987 acres. The state has not recorded the statistics for Clearwater Lake, but it is of reasonably good size and brings the total to over 4,000 acres of water. Some of the lakes on the Cisco Chain of Lakes could be utilized with a Wisconsin fishing license and or a Michigan fishing license as for Michigan/Wisconsin reciprocity (check reciprocity fishing regulations in current state booklets, etc.). Walleye, Musky, Northern, Bass, Trout, Perch, Bluegill and other panfish. State record(s) on fish from some of these lake(s). Cisco Lake and Clearwater Lake (of the Cisco Chain lakes) are closer to the cabin. There are boat landings at each of these that are off plowed roads in the Winter. Then, from there could use a fourwheeler (ATV UTV ORV) or snowmobile to get further out on the lake, etc. Just down Cisco Lake Road from the cabin driveway to Cisco Lake boat landing or Clearwater boat landing (off Cisco Lake Road). Thousand Island Lake is the deepest lake in the chain, reaching depths of 40 feet. Only half of the waters in the entire chain are deeper than 20 feet. Combined with the excellent underwater structure, good weed cover and spring-fed waters, the chain is a favorite destination of fishermen. The Cisco Chain of Lakes has been a famed fishing destination for many years. Former President Eisenhower came here. And, many other famous people, Presidents, and historical figures, lumberjacks, miners, and many other fun people. Some say: that some of the best ice fishing of the year on the Cisco Lakes Chain is on first ice in early December and again just before the walleye season closes and that some of the good first ice action takes place on the east side of the lake near the islands.” The deepest water in the lake being approximatley 20 feet, fishing for most species on Cisco Lake is a shallow water proposition. First ice some find just about everything in 6 to 8 feet of water. Some use tipups with minnows or jig with lures like Swedish Pimples. The walleyes gradually move deeper as the winter progresses. Cisco Lake has some good perch. Yellowbellies topping 13 inches are not uncommon. And, then 8 to 10 inch perch are common. Try wigglers in the 15 to 20 feet water depths near the center of the lake for the perch action. Cisco Lake also produces a Winter fishery for other panfish species.. Hand sized bluegills and sunfish near the eastside islands and near the outer islands on the southwest side. Larva works best. Crappies are becoming common, and in the 12 to 14 inch class. Like most, Cisco’s slab crappies can’t resist a lively shiner minnow. Ice-anglers can gain access to Cisco Lake at the public boat landing (which is down Cisco Lake Road from the cabin driveway). More information on lakes on the Winter website.
Lake Gogebic is West of the cabin. With access points on the South side of the lake (closer to the cabin). Lake Gogebic has various fishing including Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Jumbo Perch or Yellow Bellie Perch, Northern Pike and Whitefish. Various fishing tournaments during the year on Lake Gogebic. There are various boat landings (could be access points for ice fishing) on Lake Gogebic. One boat landing is on the south end (could take Stagecoach Road (where one of the last stagecoach robberies happened) and turn left or go off the Main HIghway 64 then turn right; West of the cabin. Some say ice fishing: Michigan’s Lake Gogebic is famous for yellow bellies. Some start ice fishing around Thanksgiving on Gogebic County’s Lake Gogebic. It could be a popular first-ice perch venue. The 12,800-acre lake has (from what some say at times) safe ice over the entire lake by mid-December. (but find out for yourself, ask, research, etc.). Some look for hot first ice action on either end of the lake. Rivers that enter and exit the lake could be good areas. There may not be a lake that produces more 15-inch yellow perch than Gogebic. Here are some YouTube videos on Lake Gogebic Ice Fishing: https://youtu.be/Eauz6M60CEo; and https://youtu.be/Z6Bx4oXLRJc or https://youtu.be/vqjvuB2XVwI or https://youtu.be/25wuSmnMoLU
Some of the listed lakes have been utilized by people we know, renters, etc. Otherwise, you could verify access points and plowed roads, etc. with the Forestry Service in Watersmeet, DNR and or Visitor Center in Watersmeet.
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