Local anglers hang on to ice fishing
TUSTIN — Ice fishing is hanging on for a while and there are mixed reports on what anglers are getting in Lake, Mecosta and Osecola counties.
Don Akers of Tustin said anglers have been catching bluegills at Rose Lake.Vic Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley said anglers fishing by the 8 Mile Davis Bridge are doing well on perch. “There’s not a lot of big ones but they’ve been getting some decent fish,” Havens said. “There’s a lot of ice out there. Guys are telling me wherever they go, there’s 12 inches or more.” “On Croton they’re catching fish and but lately most of the fishing has been on the Muskegon River.” Jason Donley at Trigger Time Outfitters in Big Rapids agreed. “They’re doing good on perch at the Muskegon River and good for steelhead at Croton and perch at Davis Bridge,” he said. “Lakes that have ice on them, they’ve been doing good at Lake Miramichi and other lakes up north like Rose. There’s still some ice out there.” Danielle Walch of East Bay store in Chippewa Lake said she hadn’t heard of much activity in the area. “They’ve been more on the westside of the lake,” she said. “We haven’t seen much out here in the bay.” River fishing remains solid according to reports from the Pere Marquette River Lodge. “The water level is dropping from the warmup we had a week ago,” said Devon Carr, a fishing guide.” There’s a good number of (steelhead) in the river system right now. A lot of them are sitting in deep holes. The water temperature is probably 34. It’s still pretty cold. “Trout fishing has been consistent. You can go out and catch a couple of those. Hopefully the warmup we’re supposed to get next week will melt the snow we’ve got now.” Looking ahead, warmer temperatures will improve fishing prospects, Carr indicated. The Department of Natural Resources reports that the Pere Marquette River is producing steelhead and anglers should try flies, spawn, wax worms, small spoons or spinners.