BALDWIN – Ice fishing for bluegills has been going for Lake County sportsmen.

Jim Warren, of Baldwin has been having a fun time doing it.

“We’ve been doing real well on ice fishing here,” he said. “We have about five inches of ice on a couple of different lakes we’ve fished on, like north lake and Mench Lake. I’ve been fishing with my grandson Tyler (Clugston) and his friend Ryan (Kolenbrander) and caught from 25 to 30 bluegills between the three of us.

“We’ve been getting some nice ones. They’ve been as big as 9 ½ inches. (Wednesday night) Tyler got two 13 1/2-inch perch, and they were just full of eggs. He measured them, took a picture and video of them and put them back in the water. They were nice perch. They also caught two 16-inch rainbows out of a private lake in Sweetwater Township. They put them back in too.”

Warren has been impressed with the size of the bluegills he’s been able to get.

“They use wax worms but I use red worms,” Warren said. “I do real well. I got 16 nice bluegills Sunday night. That’s all I use, red worms. We’re doing well on bluegills. They’re good to eat.

“We haven’t seen many people out. Maybe it’s been too cold for them. We dress really warm.”