LEROY \u2014 The DNR reports those looking to do some ice fishing will need to head north but will still need to use some caution as even some of these lakes reported ice that was not consistent. \u201cPeople are still fishing,\u201d Craig Walters, of The Eyes Have It in Leroy, said. \u201cRose Lake is probably the best. They\u2019re catching perch, pike too.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s been very good this week,\u201d Dave Barkman, of DLoop Outfitters in Wellston, said. \u201cNick Homan, one of our guides, has been out almost every single day. On the Big Manistee, it\u2019s pretty much steelhead fishing with egg patterns and bobbers. There\u2019s fresh fish showing up from the lake every day. It\u2019s been the best week we\u2019ve had in quite awhile In northwest Michigan, with the January thaw, steelhead fishing should be good this week and it\u2019s suggested by the DNR for anglers to try the Manistee, Betsie, and Pere Marquette rivers. \u201cWe\u2019ve had a January thaw which has helped the river steelhead anglers out,\u201d Ron Eckerson, of Pappy\u2019s in Wellston, said. \u201cHopefully, we\u2019re going to get a new push of fish. The warmer weather has settled the snow on the ice. Most places have reasonably stable ice. Portage Lake has been productive.\u201d The Little Manistee River is closed to fishing until April 1. In Benzie County, the DNR reports ice was thicker but not consistent and anglers need to still use caution. There\u2019s been perch and panfish were caught on Platte and Upper Herring Lakes. \u201cThe perch action at Crystal has been OK,\u201d fishing observer Amanda Rommell, of Frankfort, said. \u201cThat\u2019s pretty much all that\u2019s going on at the moment.\u201d Anglers were producing perch and walleye at Portage Lake, the DNR said. \u201cOn Portage Lake, they\u2019re getting some walleyes,\u201d Dewey Buchner, of Don\u2019s Sporting Goods in Manistee, said. \u201cManistee Lake is still slow on pike. They\u2019re getting a few big perch. Hamlin is getting some bluegills and perch. The river is putting out some big steelhead.\u201d Lake Cadillac is giving up catches of bluegill and crappie but some sorting is required and there are reports of good pike catches on tip-ups and even a few walleye. The DNR adds that there are crappies and bluegills at Lake Mitchell and anglers should check out the coves. Anglers are catching tip-ups on pike and walleye. Lake Missaukee has been the scene for pike, perch and other panfish along with a few walleye were taken after dark. Anglers were getting catches of panfish and a few pike on tip-ups at Hamlin Lake, the DNR said. Numerous perch are being caught at Pentwater Lake, the DNR said, but most were small.