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Ice anglers landing a mix; snow trail grooming begins

Outdoors Report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Deep snow continues to be an issue, but ice anglers are reporting good catches.

“More and more people are going out fishing,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. Some of the better catches included a 23-inch walleye, a 36-inch northern pike and some 12-inch perch, he said.

At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Doug Whisler said panfish and a few walleye highlighted the week. Ice conditions are variable, he added, running as thick as 10 inches but in some places thin, weak or slush-covered.

“The cold temperatures are making ice,” the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its final 2019 fishing report. “However, anglers still need to use caution.”

Wisconsin snowmobile trails are open and in good condition in Florence and Forest counties, according to travelwisconsin.com. Trails in Marinette County are partially open and in fair condition.

In Dickinson County, the Tri-County Snowmobile Club lists trail conditions as poor, advising caution as trees are down in places. Gates were opened earlier this week and snowmobilers can assist the club by packing snow on the trail.

The Michigan DNR reported this Upper Peninsula fishing activity:

Indian Lake: Had ice and reports of walleye and perch being caught.

Manistique Lake: Had reports of crappie, walleye and pike caught on South Manistique.

Manistique River: Was producing a couple steelhead.

Munuscong Bay: A few small perch were caught on Fowlers Bay.

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