Mixed results for anglers at Lake County

Shanties still sit on a Lake County lake.
Shanties still sit on a Lake County lake.

BALDWIN — It’s been a month of mixed results so far for ice fishermen in Lake County.

“There hasn’t been a whole lot,” George Tharp of Ed’s Sport Shop in Baldwin said. “There’s been nice steelhead in the river, but there’s not a whole lot of pressure as far as the fishermen go. The rivers have been open so the fishing is not too bad.

“They’ve been hitting on spawn, egg patterns and flies. They’ve been using some wax worms with jigs. There’s still a lot of big fish out there.”

Tharp indicated lake fishing has been slow.

“They are hitting quite a few pike in the area lakes,” he said. “But they’re mostly just over legal size, not your big ones. I haven’t heard much on perch in the area.”

There’s been other outdoor activity.

“We’ve been getting a few snowmobilers coming in now that we have snow cover back,” Tharp said. “But even that’s not heavy. I haven’t heard of anybody doing any coyote hunting or anything like that. We’ve had a few guys doing trapping who have done all right. They were doing some coyote trapping. It’s been mostly beaver and muskrat.”

In Osceola County, Evart area resident Josh Johnson said he and others had success recently on a private lake.

“I haven’t fished in about a month,” he said. “The first part of winter was good over Christmas break when I got to fish a lot. There’s a lot of ice, there were 16 inches in the lake where I was, enough for a fish fry.”