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Ice anglers catching northern, bluegills

December 31, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Ice anglers were reporting steady action but varying ice conditions throughout the area.

"There is a lot of slush right now," said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. "The ice is pretty bad on the river. Backwaters are OK."

Grier said anglers are having success. A 24.5-inch northern was caught, along with a 17-inch bass this week.

"Guys are catching a few perch too," Grier added. "Bluegills were biting on Sawyer Lake and Gene's Pond."

Nearly a foot of ice covers most lakes in the northern part of the county, though some areas have a good amount of slush on top of the ice.

"A lot of pike and gills being caught," said Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing. "I can't keep wax worms or suckers in stock. It's going pretty good."

Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle also reported good bait sales.

"They seem to be catching everything from walleye to panfish," he said. "Suckers, shiners and crappie minnows are selling well. And loads of wax worms. Seems to be plenty of ice on Lake Antoine and Cowboy Lake."

Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said ice was getting better, aside from some sloppiness on the top layers.

"Guys were having limited success," he said. "Some walleye and northern. Not much on panfish yet."

Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls said ice conditions vary and were slushy.

"They're catching a couple of walleye here and there," he said. "Some gills are being caught on wax worms."

Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said panfish were starting to bite in Wisconsin waters.

"Bluegills are biting pretty good," she said. "They were catching some northern on the Spread Eagle chain, and a few walleye on the Brule. Ice conditions aren't great."

Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment reported that most inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula have ice. Anglers are reminded to use caution when traveling on the ice.

Newberry - Inland lakes in the area are frozen but ice thickness may not be consistent. Be sure to use extreme caution and the check the ice as you go.

Manistique Lake - Walleye action was fair to slow on both South and Big Manistique Lakes. Most are using tip-ups with minnows.



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