Ice is becoming safe on the northern sections of Little Bay de Noc but anglers should use extreme caution on the southern portion, especially near the shipping channels, the Michigan Department of natural Resources and Environment said in its weekly fishing report.
Little Bay De Noc: Has thicker ice throughout the northern bay and a little less in the southern sections and down to the shipping docks. Extreme caution needs to be used. Some anglers are driving vehicles out in the northern bay, but this can be extremely dangerous and is not recommended. Best travel is by foot.
The area from the Terrace Bay Inn south to the shipping docks is dangerous, as ships were still traveling in and out of the bay as of Wednesday.
As for fishing, the early season perch fishing was good but has slowed over the last week. Best areas were near Kipling off the west bank when jigging minnows or wigglers in 11 to 21 feet of water, off the Day's River in 8 to 19 feet of water and just south of the Narrows in 24 to 30 feet of water. Walleye fishing was also very good but tapered off this week. Best area to fish was off Gladstone in the channel in 28 to 33 feet of water when jigging or using tip-ups with minnows.
Night anglers reported good catches off the First and Second Reefs. Northern pike spearing was good at the head of the bay in 10 to 16 feet of water south and east of the Day's River. Several whitefish were taken in 35 feet of water out from the Terrace Bay Inn, however extreme caution needs to be used in this area.
Lake Gogebic: Is yielding fair catches of walleye and perch at dusk.
Indian Lake: Ice conditions are poor near the mouth of the Indian River, just north of the West Shore beach and just north or south of the Lange's Bay launch. There is a large pressure crack running north and south down the middle of the lake. Perch between 6 and 10 inches have been caught on jigs or tip-ups with minnows. The walleye bite was slow but a few were caught on Swedish Pimples with a minnow or perch rigs. Try near the golf course or farther north near the center of the lake.
Manistique Lake: Is producing some small pike.
Munuscong Bay: Has very good perch fishing in shallow waters up to 5 feet deep. Minnows work best. Walleye fishing was slow.
Drummond Island: Also had excellent perch fishing in Scotts Bay and north of Monahan's old dock.
Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing was fair to good for those using wigglers in 10 to 14 feet of water in Musky Bay or minnows in 8 to 12 feet in Hessel Bay. Anglers reported seeing big schools of perch swimming under the ice. Be sure to use caution and stay away from the points. There is ice, but ice picks and life jackets are still recommended.