IRON MOUNTAIN - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is warning anglers that ice conditions are deceptive on area lakes and rivers.
Great care should be taken, as the ice was fairly thin before the last two significant snow falls. Now there is slush and thin-layered ice on many lakes.
At least four vehicles have gone through the ice on the Michigamme Reservoir and other area lakes in Iron and Dickinson counties as well as Forest County in Wisconsin.
Local bait shops, while also urging anglers to keep vehicles off the ice, have reported good fishing.
"There were some 30-inch plus pike coming out of Lake Antoine," said Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle. "Guys were getting those on tip-ups and shiners. Panfishing was producing mostly perch when using wax worms."
A 30.5-inch, 11-pound walleye was caught in Iron County this week.
"Guys are getting some gills on wax worms," said Tom Bean at Crystal Bait. "Some were targeting perch with wigglers as well."
The Michigan DNR reported the following fishing conditions:
Michigamme Reservoir: Has ice and some slush. A local angler put his vehicle through the ice. With that said, foot traffic should be the only way anglers travel across the ice. Extreme caution needs to be used. A few pike have been caught.
Big Manistique Lake: Has ice and is producing walleye along with some perch.
South Manistique Lake: Is also producing walleye and a few perch. Both lakes should also start producing some pike.
Twin Lake: Near Newberry has ice and the bluegill anglers are out.