EVART — Are the fish biting?

It depends on where you are and when.

Bryce Shively, 10, of Evart had success on Sunday, late morning, at a private lake in Baldwin using tip ups. He and his dad, William Shively, caught 40 fish that day including pike and bluegills. His proudest catch was a 31-inch pike.

His grandmother, Renee Harter of Big Rapids noted that it was the biggest fish her grandson has caught.

“He was all excited,“she said. “They sent me a picture of it. Meanwhile, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said late last week that ice anglers statewide were out everywhere and catching fish. Anglers are ice fishing to the north but said caution should still be used. Ice conditions in the southern sections of the state are not safe in most cases, the DNR notes.

Those fishing the rivers will see higher water levels, the DNR said. Shore anglers need to use extreme caution as the river banks may not be stable after all the rain.

Locally, the DNR reports that ice is OK on the small lakes but slush will make travel a little more difficult.

Lake County anglers also have been testing their skills.

“They’re catching perch and crappies on Idlewild,” said Doug Loomis of Ed’s Sports Shop in Baldwin. “Bush Lake, they’re getting some gills. But there’s nothing really spectacular anywhere. Two weeks ago, one guy got seven good perch out of Idlewild. We’ve got good ice at about every lake.”