FISHING REPORT: Ice fishing ‘spotty and dangerous’ with warmer temperatures

 

MANISTEE — Ice fishing seems to be at a standstill right now.

Open water fishing has hit the southern half of the Lower Peninsula, the DNR said. As for the northern half, there is still ice but anglers will need to be cautious and watch for changing ice conditions. Ice fishing on the Upper Peninsula inland lakes was still going well, the DNR added.

“Ice fishing has kind of come to an end,” Rob Eckerson of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston said. “I can’t name any place that’s safe. Steelhead is good. The lower river has bright silver fish. Some have made it to the dam. Steelhead fishing is better than it should be this year.”

In northwest Michigan, anglers, the DNR said, were still ice fishing but caution should still be used during the warm weather. Check the ice as you go, the DNR advices, and avoid areas near natural springs as well as inlets and outlets where water is constantly flowing.

“The ice is spotty and dangerous,” Gordon Park of Andy’s in Brethren said. “I wouldn’t recommend it. With the colder weather coming, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Lake Cadillac still had ice, the DNR said, but anglers should watch for quickly changing ice conditions. The recent bite was hit-or-miss. “They’re getting some nice fish off the pier,” Bud Fitzgerald of Tangled Tackle Co., in Manistee said. “They’re doing good for steelhead with jigs and wax worms. They re doing some boat fishing at Portage for bluegills and perch, but not much.”

Anglers are getting some bluegills and crappie and still ice fishing at Lake Mitchell for panfish and pike.

Anglers are still ice fishing and taking pike and panfish at Lake Missaukee, the DNR said.

“They’re getting a few steelhead Friday at the Betsie,” Desyre Shelton of the Backcast Flyshop in Benzonia said. “But there’s not many people ice fishing because of the weather changing.”

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