IRON MOUNTAIN - Winter's false start quelled early-season ice fishing for many anglers. But the return of colder weather late in the week, began to firm up slushy areas.
Fishing reports were limited with the light angling pressure.
John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost said northern anglers were keeping busy, and sucker minnows were selling.
Patti Teske of Florence Sport and Bait said guys were bring in a few walleye on the Brule River last weekend before ice conditions deteriorated during the week.
Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River said fishermen were reporting good ice under slush in Iron County.
"I haven't heard many reports on anyone catching fish," he said. "This weekend should be a good start."
Dean Lindblom's Country Bait and Tackle said people were going out, but not much was being reported. A shack was put out on Lake Antoine during the week.
Bob Kennard at Channing's Midtown Bait and Tackle, like many area bait shops, mentioned a lot of fishermen stocking up on tackle as they wait for more ice to form.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in its weekly report, said after last week's colder temperatures and snowfall built up the anticipation of ice anglers, snowmobilers and skiers, warmer temperatures and rain this week dampened that excitement considerably.
Conservation wardens said lakes in the far north are in the best condition, with some near shore areas having a solid five to six inches of ice, but areas out over deeper water and just a short distance away may only have two to three inches of ice.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following:
St. Mary's River: Those targeting walleye have caught a few fish.