Anglers waiting for weather to cooperate for ice fishing

BIG RAPIDS — The weather hasn’t been giving anglers much of a break in recent days and weeks. But there are hopes that warmer weather is on the horizon.

In Osceola County, Craig Walters of The Eyes Have It store in LeRoy said activity is starting to pick up.

“It’s been slow because of the miserable weather,” he said. “But people are starting to get out now and fishing should be going a little better.”

At places like Rose Lake, there’s plenty of ice, Walters said, for panfish and pike.

“There was a 31-inch walleye caught a couple of weeks ago on Rose Lake,” Walters. “With the weather changing, it’s going to start picking up again. It’s been miserable.”

Pere Marquette River has steelhead, the DNR said, adding that those wading have caught steelhead and the occasional brown trout.

George Tharp of Ed’s Sport Shop of Baldwin said recently that some anglers are catching fish out of Idlewild Lake.

“The snow is past knee deep so it makes it hard going,” he said. “There’s been some fish on Big Bass Lake, perch on Big Bass and bluegills, crappie and pike on Idlewild.

“Fishing overall is kind of slow with the deep snow. You have to be a diehard to want to do it but there are fish there. They have to eat some. They’re not superactive.”

The DNR reports that at Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell, anglers are catching pike and crappie. Lake Missaukee has been giving anglers panfish for those using minnows and spikes.

The DNR adds that at the Manistee River, steelhead can be found up near Tippy Dam. Below High Bridge the river is iced up and not fishable.