Some anglers enjoying solid ice fishing
Various areas more likely o be productive than others
BIG RAPIDS – Ice fishing continues to provide area opportunities for anglers.
“Ice fishing is extraordinary right now,” Tom Vernon, of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley said. “Lots of lakes are fishing good right now for bluegills, crappies, walleyes pike and perch. Right now, if you want to go ice fish, it’s the time to do it.”
A spokesperson at East Bay Store at Chippewa Lake said there are “a lot of people out here” fishing on the bay, getting an assortment of fish.
The ice has gotten more solid at Manistee.
“We finally got fishable ice on Portage, although it’s blowing really hard right now,” Bud Fitzgerald of Tangle Tackle Co., said. “They seem to be getting some perch. There has been a good push of steelhead moving into the Manistee River. Bear Lake has a lot of fishing pressure on it. They’ve had ice.”
Dewey Buchner, of Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee, said anglers have been doing well at Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, plus Houghton Lake.
“Here we have no ice,’ Buchner said. “They’re getting some walleyes and some pike on Bear Lake and pike and bluegills at Canfield. At Hamlin, they’re getting some bluegills and pike.”
Captain Chuck’s, in Ludington, reported inland lakes have 4 to 6 inches of ice.
Caleb Keengstra of Captain Chuck’s mentioned activity has been slow.
The DNR website mentions the following areas as hotspots during the winter for ice fishing in northwest Michigan:
Thumb Lake (Charlevoix County) - yellow perch, splake; Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell (Wexford County) yellow perch, crappie, northern pike; Fife Lake (Grand Traverse County) - yellow perch, walleye, northern pike; Long Lake (Grand Traverse County) - yellow perch; Green Lake (Grand Traverse County) – smelt; South Lake Leelanau (Leelanau County ) - yellow perch, walleye; Crystal Lake (Benzie County) - yellow perch, rainbow trout, lake trout.
The DNR did not submit an official fishing re-port this week.