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Lake Charlevoix, MI
2017-08-08
8-10 mph winds out of the ENE. Choppy waters. Caught 3 small mouth in 30 ft with Goby (live bait) and a drop shot near DeVos place. Deep water docks proved to be decent. Seawall at mouth provided ... [more]

Welcome to FishingNotes.com Higgins Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Higgins Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!
State:
Michigan
Latitude:
44.4682170000000000000
Maximum Depth (ft):
145
County:
Crawford
Longitude:
-84.7221290000000000000
Normal Elevation (ft):
0
Inpoundment Type:
Lake
Water Clarity:
10 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
0
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
State Park
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Guest
2015-10-08
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
I have fished this lake hard for 57 yrs and I agree, no large mouth bass!
Guest
2014-03-21
Species: Walleye
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
I seen a walleye floating dead in Higgins,was surprised to see.was summer in 2012
Guest
2013-12-01
Species: Striped Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
I am 15 Yr old and have seen one out of higgins
Guest
2013-07-29
Species: Walleye
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
I have fished Higgins lake for 30 years and have never caught or heard of anybody catching eye\'s on the lake. They are just not in this lake. Maybe you mean Houghton lake.
Guest
2010-03-06
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 23
If you didn't get out at the full moon phase you missed the smelt when they were very aggessive. Have fun going out for the smelt.
Guest
2010-02-17
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature:
smelt are hitting good on hali's tipped with spikes. In 20 to 40 feet of water early evening is better than late night or early morning
Higgins Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
3.5
Higgins Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- There are NO largemouth bass in Higgins Lake. I've been fishing Higgins Lake since the mid 1960's and have never seen one. Higgins is a place for dandy smallmouth bass, they very underfished. Most anglers fish for perch and rockbass or trout. Pike are also plentiful, jigging large minnows or using rapalas on the edges of weed beds should net you a few pike. Don't waste your time fishing for largemouth...they don't exist here.
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Largemouth bass fishing is in full spawn now the water temperature has climbed up to 62 degrees. The large female bass will be on the beds and holding tight. Spawning bass won't be feeding aggressively at this water temperature but they will be catchable. In addition, all bass don't spawn at the exact same time or water temperature. If you aren't a site fisherman, you should be able to find some larger females and male largemouth on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding so fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again.
Higgins Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
3.5
Higgins Lake Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Best way to catch is to us a worm, hook, and a weight. Cast out let it sink a
little then reel it very slow. If you don\'t catch one within 5 min move 20 yards
away. The marked place is where I have caught the biggest Smallmouth Bass in the
20 years I have fished this lake
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The smallmouth bass spawn is in full swing now. Fishing will become slower but won't turn off completely. If you are fishing for female bass go with plastics and really slow your presentation and stay around the spawning beds. You should be able to find some larger females and male bass on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding and the fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again. Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
Higgins Lake Crappie Rating:
2.5
Higgins Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- I won't say with certainty there are no crappie...but I've never seen one in 45 years.
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The crappie spawn should be really heating up now. Crappie prefers to spawn on gravel bottom typically with brush and/or emergent vegetation for cover. If the lake is void of gravel bottoms, find the rocks or rip rap. Crappie will use the larger structure rocks for cover. Cast some small grub baits in the shallows looking for the spawning crappie. Good luck today!
Higgins Lake Walleye Rating:
2.5
Higgins Lake Walleye Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Walleye, like largemouth, do not exist in Higgins Lake. Obviously the person giving the tips has never fished this lake and is using some computer program to write his material. Lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, splake, whitefish, northern pike, salmon, perch, rockbass, smallmouth bass, grayling, a few bluegill....those are what you can catch at Higgins. The occaisional sucker or dogfish can also be caught. There are some huge rockbass in the lake, up to 14 inches...maybe the other author is just confused?
Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The walleye are coming off of the spawn now. Fish will be feeding very more aggressive making up for lost time eating during the spawn. Walleye will start moving back to their typical structure of choice and should be getting into the lake flats and deep structure. It?s time to hit the water. This may be the best water temperature to be on the water. There shouldn?t be too many fishermen on the water this early and there are many species that are hitting their prime water temperatures to be biting very well. Have fun today!
Higgins Lake Catfish Rating:
2.5
Higgins Lake Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- There is no catfish in higgins lake ben fishing higgins for 30 years now never caught or seen a cat caught.
Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The water temperature is climbing and the catfish will start becoming more active now. The catfish spawn is right around the corner and generally all catfish species will be looking to spawn. Blue catfish, flathead and channel catfish spawn in much the same areas. Mostly spawning in deep tree lay downs that have lots of shade, holes in the bank, sunken barrels and tires. With baitfish becoming active, it?s time to catch some small sunfish, bluegill, shad and frogs and getting the line in the water.
Higgins Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
2.5
Higgins Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- anywhere 25+ depth all around the lake they like weeds and structure so go to a nice vegetation bed and just drop it in. live bait(minnows worms and small frogs or large insects) works well and fake worms do all right. i always go toward teh north sunken island or around Treasure Island.
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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Higgins Lake White Bass Rating:
2.5
Higgins Lake White Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Higgins Lake Striped Bass Rating:
2.5
Higgins Lake Striped Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Wrong again. There are none.
Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Higgins Lake Trout Rating:
3.5
Higgins Lake Trout Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Been nailing lake trout with Bob Stockton!
Trout Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The crescent moon will have better gravitational pull than a gibbous or half moon. However the affects of the moons gravitational will be decreased since the sun and moon aren't pulling in conjunction with one another. It's time to pay close attention to the other fishing factors in the weather to make the best decision for hitting the water.

Sunrise:

06:48 EST

Sunset:

20:36 EST

Moon Phase:


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