IRON MOUNTAIN - With very little safe ice to fish and a major winter storm rolling through at midweek, area bait shops reported little activity this week.
Smaller inland lakes are said to be freezing first, and conditions are changing daily, but no ice was yet considered safe. Now is the time most anglers focus on getting their ice-fishing gear ready.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Open water muskie fishing is wrapping up. Many of the shallow lakes in the area are ice-covered, but there was no safe ice to report. The deeper lakes still had open water.