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Snow groomers sit idle, cold nights thicken ice

Outdoors Report

IRON MOUNTAIN — There’s a chance of snow in the weekend forecast, though probably not enough to boost snowmobiling.

The Tri-County Snowmobile Club has yet to send out its trail groomers. AccuWeather shows a possible 1 to 3 inches tonight through Tuesday.

The snowmobile club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Waucedah Township Hall in Loretto.

At www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/snowmobile, Florence County reports its trails open but in poor condition. Marinette County trails are only partially open and not groomed.

Colder weather has improved ice conditions. Anglers are reporting up to 15 inches on most lakes, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis.

“Some people have been catching walleye in the 20-inch range,” he said.

Crappie action has been steady, using crappie minnows and waxworms. A few anglers were having luck with northern pike on live bait, Whisler said.

The 47th annual Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club Tip-Up Town of the U.P. will be Saturday, Feb. 6, on Sawyer Lake. Registration for the ice fishing contest begins at 7 a.m.

Free fishing weekend in Michigan is Feb. 13-14. That coincides with a fishing and disc golf contest hosted by Comrades ‘n’ Chains on Fortune Lake, beginning at noon Feb. 14 at Bewabic State Park. Call 906-239-2622 for more information.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported these Upper Peninsula conditions:

Little Bay De Noc: Shifting ice opened up some pressure cracks, and there was a drowning off Kates Bay. The ice is getting better; however, anglers will still need to use extreme caution and stay clear of the pressure cracks.

Indian Lake: Was producing perch and walleye.

Sault Ste. Marie: Ashmun Bay and other bays on Lake Superior had little to no fishable ice.

Munuscong Bay: Fishing was slow, with anglers getting a few perch, walleye or pike.

Cedarville and Hessel: There was ice on the north side of Musky Bay; however, ice conditions were unknown on the south end and going into Duck Bay. Those jigging minnows in Musky Bay caught undersize pike. Ice anglers on Hessel Bay caught perch when jigging minnows, wigglers and wax worms in 12 to 17 feet. A couple splake and a pike were also caught.

Brevoort Lake: Anglers were still getting some perch.

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