Baldwin angler reflects on fishing success

Jim Warren

BALDWIN — Tip-up fishing has been fun this winter for Baldwin’s Jim Warren.

Recently, Warren and a friend were on a private lake and used a heater to keep warm in a deer hunting blind.

“Right away, we started getting hits on our tip-ups,” he said. “We were catching bass and were there for probably three hours. We caught 11 bass and one 36-inch pike. Of course, we threw them all back. The one bass was 23 1/2 inches long. In this lake, there must be more pike that are active. They’re taking chunks out of bass out there. We caught bass during the summer and could tell there were a lot of bass that were hit by pike.

“We haven’t been out fishing since then. It’s been so cold.”

Warren hopes to eventually fish with his grandson, Tyler Clugston, who has been among the top entries in the Troutarama Contest each year in various categories.

Clugston has been staying at Mount Pleasant, where he’s enrolled in Central Michigan University. The weather has been keeping many people like Warren and Clugston, off the lakes in recent days.


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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