Anglers testing their skills

BALDWIN — Lake County fishermen were taking on a few more challenges this week than just trying to find fish.

“Right now, we’re just trying to get the ice off the road so we can get there,” Doug Loomis, of Ed’s Sport Shop in Baldwin said. “There’s plenty of steelhead in the river. There’s now shelf ice. In the next few days, it’s supposed to be warmer. It should eliminate the snow. Most of the lakes are snow covered.”

Plenty of ice fishing is taking place in the county, Loomis added.

“It will be warmer in the next few days so you could call it spring thaw or a January thaw,” he said.

Frank Willetts of the Pere Marquette River Lodge indicated activity has been somewhat slow.

“We’re waiting to see what the meltoff will do to the river,” Willetts said.

The lodge has a steelhead school coming up on Feb. 17-19. The format for the school usually covers a 7 p.m. meet and greet at the lodge on Friday, followed by a one-hour gear rigging demonstration.

There’s a power point presentation on trout and steelhead at 9 a.m. followed by on the water learning casting techniques and how to read the water. Following lunch, there’s a session on fly basics, knot tying and classroom work. The class ends at 3:30 p.m. with students eligible to hit the river and try out what they’ve learned. 

A school is conducted once a month, Willetts said. More information is available on the lodge’s website.