DNR Report

December 6, 2018

Ice is forming on the inland lakes; however, most did not have safe ice yet. Anglers may find a little more ice in the Upper Peninsula. This would be a good time to get the ice fishing gear ready to go. 

Some of the inland lakes are ice-covered and should stay that way with the cold temperatures. Ice anglers were out on the Manistique Lakes. 

A few lakes in northern Luce County also had some activity, with anglers getting walleye, perch, bass, pike and some panfish. Those heading out need to use extreme caution as the ice thickness is highly variable. 

Two Hearted River: Had good steelhead action down near the mouth. Anglers should anticipate heavy snow totals in northern Luce County.

Fishing Tip: Are you ready (and prepared) to go ice fishing?

Ice is slowly starting to form throughout the state, thus providing anglers with an opportunity to go fishing. Will you be joining them? Then it’s time to get prepared to head out safely on the ice!

Equipment
You’ll need some special equipment if you head out ice fishing. Take stock of your spud/auger, skimmer, shelter and apparel to have an enjoyable experience out on the water.

Techniques
Pick your preferred ice fishing technique and the species you wish to target and brush up on your skills – whether that is hook-and-line fishing for bluegill, sunfish, perch or crappie; using tip-ups for northern pike, walleye or trout; or spearing for northern pike, muskellunge or sturgeon.

Safety
You should always stay safe when heading on the ice. These five tips can help: 1) Never fish alone; 2) Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return; 3) Always test the ice with a spud; 4) Take the appropriate emergency items, such as a lifejacket and ice picks; and 5) Take a cell phone with you in case you need to call for help. Keep it in a plastic, sealable bag to make sure it doesn’t get wet.

Want more information on ice fishing? Visit Michigan.gov/fishing