Anglers enjoy ‘excellent’ fishing over the holidays

Outdoors Report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers were treated to good fishing during the holidays. Six to 12 inches of ice was reported on area lakes, though conditions are variable and caution is urged.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said many lakes in southern Wisconsin have open water. In the north, an all-terrain vehicle reportedly went through the ice Thursday night on Lake Noquebay in Marinette County.

Temperatures are expected to climb to 40 degrees today, before slipping into the 20s Sunday. Possibly heavy snow, along with rain, is in the works for Monday.

“Everybody’s enjoying the warm weather and happy they’re catching fish,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., singling out walleye, bluegill, perch and crappie.

Anglers were catching good numbers of crappie in about 16 feet of water, he said.

“Fishing is excellent,” echoed John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “Everybody has been doing really good.”

The Michigan DNR’s fishing report will resume next week.

Feb. 2 is the date for the 14th annual Young Trapper’s Workshop at the Community Center in Hermansville. Doors open at 8 a.m. and admission is free. Each youngster attending will be issued free trapping gear and local trapping veterans will give demonstrations on harvesting various furbearers.

“Bear cubs are being born in dens now and other hardy residents such as coyotes, fishers, owls and hawks are on a constant lookout for small mammals and rabbits,” said Diane Stowell, a forestry technician with the Wisconsin DNR in Park Falls.

Grier reminded hunters that Michigan spring turkey applications are on sale.