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Anglers landing pike, walleye

Outdoors Report

IRON MOUNTAIN — More ice anglers are starting to venture out as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources urges caution.

“While most of the inland lakes were covered with ice, recent snowfall has insulated it, resulting in very poor conditions,” the DNR said in its Upper Peninsula report. “Extreme caution needs to be used by those wanting to head out and do some ice fishing,” the agency said.

There is no ice on Munising Bay or on any of the nearshore areas of Lake Superior or Lake Huron. Some anglers were ice fishing on Little Bay de Noc in shallow waters only.

Locally, John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township had reports of northern pike, bass and perch catches. “No big stories, but more guys are going out,” he said.

At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler said anglers were reporting three to six inches of ice on some lakes. “It’s patchy,” she added, echoing the need for caution.

“They’re catching some walleye and some small pike,” Whisler said.

The muzzleloading season continues through Sunday in the Upper Peninsula. One hunter bagged both a six-pointer and an eight-pointer, Grier noted.

The Dickinson County-based Tri-County Snowmobile Club will be packing trails and clearing downed trees and brush this week.

“It is early season riding, so be careful out there,” the club said.

Grooming on ski trails has started in northern Wisconsin, the DNR said in its weekly report.

Snowmobile trails remained closed in Florence County and were partially open in poor condition in Marinette County.

Vulcan Relic Riders is hosting a vintage snowmobile show and swap meet today at the William Anderson Sporstman’s Club, W5616 First St., Hermansville.

Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

The event will also be a drop-off site for Toys for Tots.

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