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Ice remains ‘iffy’ for anglers

Outdoors report

December 19, 2009
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Anxious ice anglers are reminded no ice has been labeled safe.

Ice reports range anywhere from three to six inches, with more ice generally found on shallower inland lakes.

"There are some fishermen starting to go out on shallow lakes," said Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River. "Guys have to be careful. The heavy snow fell on thin ice, so ice conditions are very uneven."

Tom Bean at Crystal Bait reported some first-ice anglers getting some walleye, but he too cautioned those heading out.

"Ice conditions are still iffy," he said.

Around four inches of ice was reported on lakes in southern Dickinson County. John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township reported lots of anglers heading out, purchasing shiners, suckers and wax worms.

"Cowboy Lake had about four inches of ice," said Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle. A few portable shacks were seen on Lake Antoine, he said.

"We heard of pike hitting, but the location wasn't revealed. Wax worms and wigglers are the top sellers."

Wisconsin anglers were reporting some bluegill action on a couple of smaller Florence County lakes, according to Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait.

"The Brule backwaters were reported to have three inches, but many areas are not safe yet," she added.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:

Deeper lakes in the western portion have just frozen over. Slush was reported on many of the inland lakes so those thinking about heading out need to use extreme caution.

Lake Gogebic - Anglers were out on first ice and catching a few perch in Bergland Bay.

Munuscong Bay - A few ice anglers were catching some perch. Ice conditions vary so anglers need to use extreme caution.

Cedarville - Also had reports of some perch being caught by ice anglers. First ice is dangerous ice so anglers need to use caution.



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