IRON MOUNTAIN Ice anglers have begun to take advantage of early ice, but extreme caution is urged. First-ice is dangerous ice, and snow cover slows the freezing process.
John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost said a few fishermen have been out on Lake Antoine, Big and Little Badwater and Gene's Pond.
"There's about four to six inches of ice, depending where you go," he said. "Areas with moving water have a lot less. Guys still need to be very careful. As for those fishing, I've haven't heard much. One guy got a few crappie. Small ones."
Pat Carey at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing estimated about five inches of ice on Sawyer Lake where anglers where targeting northern.
A few walleye were being caught in Iron County, according to Tom Bean at Crystal Bait. He, too, cautioned anglers on ice conditions.
Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle said about seven inches of ice had formed on Lake Antoine.
"There are some ice fishermen getting out there," he said. "Most of them were using golden shiners. Some wax worms and perch and crappie minnows, but mostly the golden shiners."
Up to six inches of ice was reported in west Iron County, according to Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River.
Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said keeper walleye were being caught on the Brule River where there is upwards of five inches of ice.
"No reports on bluegill yet," she added.
Muzzleloading season in Michigan ends Sunday. Wisconsin's four-day firearm antlerless hunt runs through Sunday in designated units.
Michigan DNRE reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Little Bay De Noc - Docks have been pulled out at the public access sites as boats are no longer going out. Open water fishing is pretty much done as it is starting to freeze up rather quickly with the onset of cold weather. The north end of the bay is starting to freeze over and ice is forming along the shoreline just south of Gladstone. There is no safe ice to report at this time.