Ice not safe enough yet, DNR says
BALDWIN — Ice is building on the inland lakes, but most do not have safe ice yet, the DNR reports.
Snow the area saw last week is not positive for fishing conditions, the DNR said, since it will insulate the ice and slow the freezing process.
“The snow that we got ruined the ice at a lot of places,” Tanner Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods, in Morley.
Anglers might be able to fish the small shallow lakes by the weekend, the DNR said, while adding first ice is dangerous ice and extreme caution is needed.
A spokeswoman at the Sanford Sport Shop said anglers have been catching crappie at the First Fill, where West River Road crosses Black Creek. But she indicated there is no safe ice right now.
Travis Bohy at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, said area lakes have too much slush on the ice for the surface to be safe. Hopes are for the ice to be safe by next week.
In northwest Michigan, the DNR reports some of the smaller lakes have frozen, however, there was no safe ice yet. Steelhead are in the rivers, but angler numbers are down due to the cold weather. Pier fishing may no longer be an option because of icy conditions.
Anglers caught a couple steelhead in the Boyne River.
Anglers caught coho along with the occasional steelhead and brown trout at the Platte River.
The Betsie River was producing steelhead but the bite has slowed, the DNR said.
“The Betsie has been fishing OK,” Dane Bovee of the Benzie Backcast Fly Shop, said. “Some of our lakes have ice, but they probably won’t be safe for another week or two.”
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell are now frozen but no safe ice as of yet. “The ice is not safe yet,” Deb Yonkman of Pilgrim’s Village in Cadillac said. “There’s too much snow out there. I wanted (ice fishing) this week. It depends when we can get the cold weather and get some of that snow off.”
There may be some anglers out by the weekend but at this point it is hard to tell.
The DNR adds the Big Manistee River was producing trout for those using jigs tipped with a wax worm and beads.
Dan Osborn of Osborn’s Sports Shop in Bear Lake said there’s no safe ie yet.
“There’s too much snow and not enough ice right now,” he said.