IRON MOUNTAIN - Ice fishing season has pretty much wrapped up in the immediate area.
Local bait shops reported little to no activity this week other than some boat fishermen beginning to access the Menominee River.
"There were a few guys getting boats in the river looking for walleye," said Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "But the water is too cold yet."
Last ice on Badwater was producing a few perch, including a 13.25-inch fish, according to John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost. But as of late this week the ice was no longer considered safe.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Menominee River - Has open water and black ice with water on top near the mouth. There is open water with large ice flow near the Sixth Street Slip, Boom Landing and the Mystery Ship. There is also open water around Stephenson and Boom Island and all the way upstream to the dam where steelhead and brown trout have been caught. Some are fly fishing while others are casting rapalas or drifting yarn and spawn. Boats were launching but the docks were not in.
Green Bay - There is no safe ice in the area. Ice in the bay is honeycombed and cracked. Anglers should stay off it.
Little Bay De Noc - Ice conditions are extremely dangerous. From the Escanaba River south is open water or pack ice. Still some ice in the northern parts but getting on and off has become difficult due to open water along the shoreline and pressure cracks. The remaining ice is thin and deteriorating rapidly. If you must fish, fish in shallow waters only. Anglers are reminded that ice shanties need to be removed from state property within a 24-hour period.
Lake Gogebic - Fishing has been slow with few fish caught. Anglers have been moving around and drilling a lot of holes. Ice conditions are getting worse every day. Extreme caution needs to be used.
Keweenaw Bay - Ice conditions are not good as it is now honeycombed and getting worse each day. Steelhead, coho and smelt were caught near the mouth of the Fall's River however the forecast does not look good for what remaining ice there was. Anglers are advised to stay off the ice and wait for open water fishing. The ice out from the Whirl-I-Gig, Pequaming, and Old Mission is very dangerous. Do not attempt to go out from these points.
Fall's River - Has open water. Anglers have caught some steelhead.
Marquette - Ice fishing season is over as there is no ice in the upper harbor and the lower harbor has started to open up. Boat, shore and pier anglers are targeting salmon, steelhead and whitefish. Shore anglers can be found near the Carp River and the power plant while fishing for coho, steelhead, whitefish or splake.
Au Train River - Was 80 percent open but water levels were low. Boat access was not possible at Brownstone due to snow in the parking lot and ice in the bay.
Rock River - The access site is open and some steelhead were caught.
Munising - Anglers were ice fishing in sheltered areas only but few fish were caught.