Winter presents challenges for anglers

Jeff Greene

BIG RAPIDS — The blast of wintry weather on Christmas was expert to bring new challenges to anglers like Jeff Greene of Rodney.

Prior to Christmas, some ice surfaces were not totally safe while others were providing enough ice to start dabbling in the winter sport.

The frigid weather earlier this week was expected to make thicker ice surfaces. Whether or not anglers will brave single digit temperatures was another matter.

Greene went out in Mecosta County spots on Thursday and Friday.

“I had plenty of spots there I went out,” he said. “I had three inches. I had lots of ice but no fish. (Thursday) I went over to Lake No. 5 this side of Haymarsh and got three bluegills. (Friday) I went to Hillview and got a couple.

“I wasn’t by myself but no one else seems to be doing well either. First ice, you usually do well. But this time, we hardly caught any fish.”

This week will provide test for diehard anglers to see how well the fishing are biting, now that there appears to be enough safe ice.



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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