Ice fishing in full swing
With ice fishing in full swing, anglers are reminded that safety is a must so be sure to check the ice ahead of you, use the buddy system, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return, take a cell phone, and remember a life jacket could save your life.
Locally, ice fishing is going strong on the inland lakes.
Green Lake: In Grand Traverse County is producing some smelt. The better fishing is at night when using a jig.
Lake Cadillac: Has been good for pike, panfish and the occasional walleye. For panfish, try small jigs with minnows or spikes and for walleye try jigging rapalas or using tip-ups. Pike are being taken by those using tip-ups and by those spearing.
Lake Mitchell: Is good for pike and panfish. For bluegill, try the coves on the west side of the lake with teardrops and wax worms. Crappie are good off the State Park.
Lake Missaukee: Is producing bluegill, crappie and the occasional perch. The better fishing is usually along the weed beds on the west side of the lake.
Portage Lake: Is producing bluegill, crappie and some pike.
Manistee River: Still had some shelf ice in the lower river however the upper section had open water and was producing some steelhead.
Au Sable River: Even with the drastic change in weather, anglers will be able to access the river at most of the access sites. The launch on Rea Road is open but iced up after the thaw and refreeze. A limited number of vehicles can park there but anglers will need 4-wheel drive to launch from there. Foote Dam is still open for vehicles although the snow was still pretty deep in some areas. Most of the fishing platform was accessible and some trails were broken along the edge of the river. High Banks has open parking but watch the stairs as they are very icy. A two track was broken to the Boy Scout Camp but the hard snow makes it difficult to get to. The Whirlpool is open but the access road and the launch were very icy. Steelhead are in the river.