Hamlin Lake Fishing Reports

Fishing is Great on Hamlin Lake! Hamlin Lake and its bayous offer an outstanding variety of fish including tiger muskie, northern pike, walleye, large and small mouth bass, perch, crappie and bluegill. Lake Michigan salmon and steelhead are seasonally plentiful at the dam site. Boat and motor rentals, launch ramps, bait, supplies, food and gas are never too far away.

Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Report for March 10, 2012

Posted for Hamlin Lake by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on March 10th, 2012
With open water now at the shore, ice fishing on Hamlin Lake is too risky and pretty much done for the season. Get your boats ready!!

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for Feb. 16, 2012

Posted for Hamlin Lake by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on February 16th, 2012
Those heading out to Indian Pete's Bayou off Barnhart Road near to use extreme caution. There is a large pressure crack about 150 yards out which is nearly two feet wide and a few people have fell through the ice. There was a plank crossing the crack however blowing snow covered it up so it was not visible. The Big Sable River runs through the area so ice thickness is not consistent.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for Feb. 11, 2012

Posted for Hamlin Lake by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on February 15th, 2012
Today much damage was done to the entrance at the launch area of Wlison Hill. With quads breaking through the ice, it is nearly impossible to enter without going through. At the pressure crack it is about a two foot jump to cross north. With several people going through the ice , the Hamlin Fire Department deemed it unsafe to fish. With everyone's safety being first and foremost, it is my regret to cancel the Hamlin Hookers Tournament. At this point, we are trying to set a new date and will keep all posted. Truly sorry about any inconvience.
If you should venture out on the lake, please use extreme caution. Be safe !


Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for Feb 7, 2012

Posted for Hamlin Lake 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 Hamlin Lake 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 Hamlin Lake 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 Fishing Report for Jan. 23, 2012

Posted for Hamlin Lake 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 Fishing Report for Jan. 22, 2012

Posted for Hamlin Lake 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.

Register Now for the Michigan Ice Open

Posted for Hamlin Lake by Advantage Marketing Staff on January 18th, 2012
It's time to register for the Michigan Ice Open Tournament (formerly the NAIFC) on Hamlin Lake. The date was moved from mid-January to February 3 & 4, 2012 due to ice conditions. If you're unable to fish the new date, contact the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more information about the tournament.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for Jan. 16, 2012

Posted for Hamlin Lake 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 Fishing Report for Jan. 14, 2012

Posted for Hamlin Lake 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.

Fishing Report October 14, 2011 - Fall Fishing on Hamlin Lake

Posted for Hamlin Lake by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on October 14th, 2011
It won't be long before the lake levels are lowered, so be sure to fit in at least one more great day on Hamlin Lake. Currently, we're not hearing much fishing news since the season is winding down, but we've had some local reports of walleye catches. As usual, the fishermen aren't giving away their secret locations. The green foam around the lake's perimeter has subsided, so the water is clearer around the beds. We're gearing up for our ice fishing tournaments and we'll post details here as we get them. We're looking at end of January or beginning of February and hope to have the dates firm by the end of October. Remember we offer bait from 6am-10pm daily.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for August 2, 2011

Posted for Hamlin Lake by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on August 2nd, 2011
On Saturday, 7/30 a group of fishermen went out fishing on Hamlin Lake from 6:00am to 12:00pm. They were fishing in water 12-14 feet deep and reported catching 4 walleye, 4 bass and 3 pike along the waters weedy edge. After an extended fishing dry spell it was good to hear that nice fish are being caught once again. Stop into Hamlin Grocery on your way to the lake to pick up worms, crawlers, tackle, and all your party needs. We look forward to hearing your fishing reports and all of your fishing stories!! - Vaughn

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for July 21, 2011

Posted for Hamlin Lake by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 21st, 2011
Was good for bluegill, crappie and perch especially in the North Bayou and Indian Pete's Bayou. Look for bass along the drop-offs and structure.

Hamlin Lake Fishing Report for July 20, 2011

Posted for Hamlin Lake by Vaughn Flewelling of Hamlin Grocery on July 20th, 2011
Fishing remains fairly constant with good catches of bluegill, bass and perch. Perch fishing has been terrific, but sizes are small, so there's a lot of catch and release going on. Not much talk about the walleye fishing lately. With our recent hot weather, the lake has been busy with boat and jet ski traffic, so early morning and late evening fishing is best. Baits of choice are wax worms and crawlers.




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