Conservation officer impressed with ice fishing activity
Greenway: 'We’re seeing a lot of fishing activity on all of our lakes.'
BIG RAPIDS – DNR conservation officer Angela Greenway has been keeping busy with outdoor activities lately.
“Snowmobile activity is pretty slow because of snow conditions,” she said. “We haven’t seen a lot of that. Fishing activity has really picked up. We have pretty good ice and we’re seeing people from downstate and southern Michigan coming up here because they don’t have good safe ice, at least as of last weekend.
“We’re seeing a lot of fishing activity on all of our lakes. People are being successful. Lots of perch are being taken. Lots of panfish too. I’ve been told there are guys limiting out on walleyes on the Croton-Hardy pond. Ice fishing is booming right now.”
Hunting activity is very slow.
“There’s a little houndsmen and coyote activity going on,” she said.
Greenway said the 2020 deer hunting campaign “was an extremely busy season. We saw a lot of successful hunters. I know surveys are going out. I don’t know what’s been found out on the buck to doe ratio yet. They were looking for, with antler point restriction, to increase the amount of antlerless deer taken.
“From my experience, I believe that was the case. We saw a lot of nice bucks taken. There was a lot of activity. It seemed there was more hunting pressure and people out using our public lands. I felt it was a good successful season.”