Ice fishing might be coming to sudden end

BALDWIN — Ice fishing is likely entering its final weeks in Lake and other surrounding counties.

“The ice is still good but people have slowed down on the fishing,” George Tharp, of Ed’s Sport Shop in Baldwin, said. “There’s not as many people going out. Folks who have been going out are picking up on the numbers of bluegills and crappies. Worms and spikes have been the ticket.

“We haven’t had too many reports on pike recently. They’re still hitting the river when they can. They’re getting one to two steelhead a day on wax worms, jig, spawn and some of the fly patterns.”

Hunting activity continues to be slow.

Possible winter effects on wildlife “doesn’t appear to be too bad yet,” Tharp indicated.

“I’m still seeing plenty of deer and turkeys around. It may have some effect but it shouldn’t be too bad. I’m thinking it should be a fairly decent turkey season.”

Turkey seasons will open in late April.

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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 jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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