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Ice anglers focus mostly on panfish

January 22, 2011
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN This week's cold punch kept many anglers off the ice.

The few who did fish reported slow action.

"It was rather quiet this week," said Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River. "I heard about a couple of big walleye and northern, but not much other than that."

Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait also mentioned some walleye and northern success, but she said conditions were slow overall.

Fischer Lake's annual fishing derby takes place today.

John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost reported real good crappie action at an undisclosed location.

"There were some northern being caught, including a guy who speared a 20-pounder," he added. "Guys are still hitting Gene's Pond for bluegill."

Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said fishing on Sawyer Lake has been "great" with pike and panfish hitting.

"Witch Lake has been pretty good and Squaw Lake is producing," he said.

"Top baits are walleye suckers, shiners and wax worms."

Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle reported a lot of small fish coming out of Lake Antoine.

"It's been mainly perch," he said. "At times you get a 12-13 incher, but mostly 8-9 inches. Swedish pimples seem to be working best, blue, green or purple in color."

Lindblom also suggested Gene's Pond for bluegill, where he said anglers were limiting out.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:

Little Bay De Noc - Ice conditions were favorable north of the Narrows. WARNING.... In Escanaba, from the lighthouse south is open water. There has been ship traffic through the bay recently, and with the high winds the ice has blown out leaving this area with open water, so anglers are advised to stay north of the Escanaba River.

The better walleye bite was off the Center Reef at night when using glow jigs or tip-ups with minnows in 18 to 24 feet of water and out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 25 to 30 feet of water at dusk. Several large northern pike were also caught.

Perch anglers have been moving around to find fish but catch rates were spotty. A few fish were taken off the east side of Butler Island in 10 to 14 feet of water.

Indian Lake - Ice conditions are still poor near the mouth of the Indian River, just north of the West Shore beach (Silver Creek), and both north and south of the boat Launch in Lange's Bay. Ice anglers are advised to stay in the area where all the anglers are and not venture to other areas. There is still a large pressure crack running north and south down the middle of the lake. Perch are running 6 to 10 inches but most are on the smaller end of the measuring stick. Try jigging or tip-ups with minnows. Walleye catches were slow but a few fish were caught on Swedish Pimples with a minnow or perch rigs. Most of the shanties are set up in the northeast section of the lake near the golf course or further north.



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