Ice Anglers Getting Cautious

January 6, 2020

By John Raffel

MARION — It may be January but the DNR and other fishing experts caution fishermen and others using the ice to be extremely careful.
Most fishermen usually say a minimum of two of four inches of ice is needed to be safety. But law enforcement officials advise individuals to be cautious regardless of thickness.

“We’ve got some safe ice on a handful of our lakes around here,” Thomas Jessup, of Buck Country Store in LeRoy, northern Oseceola County, said. “Rose is getting safe. Cadillac, Mitchell and Missaukee are all frozen. We have a warmup this weekend but then it’s supposed to get cold again.

The DNR has reported anglers are ice fishing in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula. Anglers are reminded not to leave trash out on the ice.

The DNR added Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell has had some fishable ice but most anglers were not too far out.

Anglers have been fishing the East Bay at Houghton Lake, but still need to use caution and stay away from areas such as the Muskegon River and the Cut River, where there is constant flow, the DNR said, adding walleye, pike, crappie and bluegills have been caught on blues and mousies.

“The key is early dependable ice,” Paris Kyle Randall, host of TV’s Wilderness Journal, said. “If we have another year where it warms and thaws and freezes, you have a situation where fish are moving deeper.”

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