IRON MOUNTAIN - Ice anglers are finding anywhere from six to nine inches of ice on most inland lakes, but recent snowfall over thinner spots has left some areas slushy. Caution is urged.
"That snow did us in," said Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "Guys were reporting lots of slush. There were some walleye caught on the river. Guys were jigging with fatheads."
Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said activity was slow the past week, but there were some catches of legal size walleye on tip-ups.
Anglers in northern Dickinson County were still targeting northern.
"Sawyer Lake remains pretty good for northern," said Pat Carey at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing. "Ice is pretty safe with a good six inches or more. Those heading to Way Dam need to use caution, though, with the moving water there."
Carey said shiners were the bait of choice for those seeking northern.
Some were also catching bluegills with wax worms. There were also reports of crappie and bluegills being caught at Gene's Pond.
John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township mentioned a lot of anglers heading out this weekend. Bait selections include wax worms, panfish minnows, shiners and suckers.
Shiners were also a popular bait at Dean Lindblom's Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain.
"I'd say there is about eight and a half inches on Lake Antoine," Lindblom said. "Crappie and perch were being caught, but I haven't heard anything on gills yet."
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Lake Gogebic - Anglers were catching walleye in Bergland Bay. The ice is not safe yet on most lakes. One angler already fell through the ice on Lake Antoine in Dickinson County.
Little Bay De Noc - Anglers have started to head out ice fishing as there is very little snow cover on the bay. Most of the activity is north of Gladstone near Kipling however a few were also south of the Day's River. Until the ice has more time to harden, most anglers are traveling on foot.
Indian Lake - Ice anglers were taking some perch, but caution needs to be used.
St. Mary's River - A few perch were taken in Fowlers Bay.