IRON MOUNTAIN - A slower week for ice anglers was reported by local bait shops, but a few nice walleye were taken.
Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River reported a walleye around 30 inches caught on an Iron County lake earlier in the week.
"Other than that it's been mostly panfish and northern," he added.
A 28.5-inch walleye is the current monthly contest leader at John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost.
"We've been selling a lot of wigglers, suckers and shiners," the shop mentioned. "But the wind has kept a lot of people off the ice."
Good turnout was reported at the Tip-Up Town fishing contest last week on Sawyer Lake.
Bob Kennard at Channing's Midtown Bait and Tackle said there were a number of good-size walleye and northern caught. A 14-inch crappie was also taken.
Kennard added that Gene's Pond and southern Marquette County lakes were producing this week.
Slow fishing was reported by Tom Bean at Crystal Bait. He said last week's Pikefest in Amasa saw a 30-inch northern and 26-inch walleye earn top prizes.
Closer to Iron Mountain, panfishing remained steady according to Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle.
"They've been getting crappie, perch and bluegill," he said, adding that anglers reported a lot of bass action earlier in the week, possibly due to the warm temperatures. Those caught were immediately released.
Country Bait and Tackle's ice-fishing contest takes place next weekend. Anglers need to register at the shop.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials reported that ice fishing continued to be on the slow side on most inland lakes, but with some reports of action picking up, especially for walleye on northern flowages.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources issued the following:
Lake Gogebic: Is producing a few walleye.
Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions were about the same but the thicker ice was in the northern bay. Some have started fishing in the southern waters but caution needs to be used. Pressure cracks have been dangerous this year and are causing problems for those trying to cross them. Anglers have been marking the most dangerous areas with orange cones or small trees. Walleye anglers were fishing between the Escanaba River and the ship docks however this area is dangerous! Whitefish were caught out from the Terrace when jigging spawn or minnows in 30 to 40 feet of water. Anglers could see good numbers of perch however few wanted to bite. The better catches were near Butler Island in 10 to 20 feet of water and Gladstone Beach in 20 to 25 feet of water. The head of the Bay has been quiet this year. Some walleye and perch have been caught but the numbers have been down from previous years.
Au Train Lake: Reported good catches of pike and perch.
Thunder Lake: In Schoolcraft County had good days and bad days for panfish.
Indian Lake: Was starting to produce some good catches of walleye.