IRON MOUNTAIN - Fishing remains steady, which is good news for those taking part in area contests this weekend.
Annual Tip-Up Town on Sawyer Lake began at 7 this morning and runs through 4:30 p.m.
"They've been doing pretty good on Sawyer," said Bob Kennard at Channing's Midtown Bait and Tackle. "Guys were using walleye suckers to attract pike. Wax worms were working for bluegills."
The Amasa-based Pikefest runs through today in Iron County.
Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls reported some northern being caught this week. Anglers were also getting a few crappie and bluegill with wax worms.
Up and down fishing was reported by Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River.
"Not too many walleye," he said. "Northern slowed this week too, but panfishing is going good."
Dean Lindblom's Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain said fishing remained good with perch, crappie and bluegill all being caught.
"They're still getting some northern and a few walleye," he added.
John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost said anglers were still getting action from bluegills and northern. Shiners were a popular bait choice this week. The shop has also seen a lot of traffic from trappers.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said that ice in the north continues to be fairly good, but many lakes have developed slush under several inches of snow. Ice anglers in the north continue to report fishing at a mid-winter slump, with anglers having to move around a bit to find panfish, and action slower for walleye and northern pike on tip-ups.
Michigan DNR issued the following:
Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved however there are still areas throughout the bay that are dangerous. A couple vehicles fell through the ice on the northern end of Butler Island. This area is always dangerous and should be avoided at all times. Anglers are ice fishing in the northern bay and off Gladstone however any ice south of Gladstone should be considered dangerous. Pressure cracks have been a real problem this year as they seem to be moving around on a daily basis. Use extreme caution when crossing them! Walleye reports were good and the Gladstone area produced the best for those jigging rapalas 6 to 8 feet off the bottom in 25 to 30 feet of water. Some caught fish from the Center Reef when jigging rapalas or using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 18 to 28 feet of water. Several large walleye and good numbers of pike were reported in this area. The best walleye catches are early morning or between dusk and an hour after dark. For those looking for whitefish, the ice was just starting to form off Sand Point, so the ice is not safe yet. Catch rates for perch were still fair to good around Kipling. Try jigging minnows, wigglers or spikes in 5 to 17 feet of water.