Stay off the ice if fishing



LAPEER COUNTY — Though ice fishing is on, it is hard to say what impact the rain and above freezing temperatures this week will have on ice conditions. Anglers will need to use caution and watch for pressure cracks. Windy conditions could also impact ice conditions. Several anglers had to be rescued off Saginaw Bay earlier this week. The Dept. of Natural Resources says to always treat any ice surface as unsafe unless properly tested.

SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Lake Erie: Perch anglers were still taking some fish in the Metro Park Marina and near the Banana Dike. Try minnows and spikes. Brest Bay continues to give up a few walleye however more fish were caught in Ohio water especially off Camp Perry which is just north of the Portage River in Port Clinton Ohio. Anglers are still waiting for the big fish to come in.

Detroit River: Has a lot of ice coming down the river. Areas where anglers were ice fishing will most likely not be safe at this time. The Coast Guard has been out and breaking up the ice.

Lake St. Clair: Yellow perch fishing has been good throughout the lake including the areas off Selfridge, Fair Haven and Anchor Bay. Most fish were caught in six to 10 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Has a few anglers fishing two to three miles off Pinconning Road and Erickson Road but most of the activity is from Linwood south to the Saginaw River mouth. There are two major pressure cracks out there; the first about a mile off Linwood which is very active and the second one is about three miles out. Yellow perch were caught about a mile out in six feet but the walleye were two to three miles out. A blue and silver jigging rapala or spoons tipped with a minnow worked best. There was a fair amount of activity off the Bay City State Park. Those fishing off the loading docks near Spoils Island did well for walleye in 15 feet. A few were going out from Callahan Road. Not much activity off Vanderbilt Park. Some were fishing the Slot from Sunset Bay Marina and Thomas Road. Perch fishing was a bit slow from Sebewaing to Bay Port where most were averaging only four to five fish. Some good catches were reported out of Mud Creek. Those that did the best waited for the fish to come to them. Walleye anglers were generally fishing between North Island and the tip of Sand Point where they got a few along with a couple lake trout. Anglers are cautioned to stay away from the tip of Sand Point as currents there make for sketchy ice conditions. At Caseville, perch fishing in the marinas was spotty.


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