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Went out on maple bay today for the first time this ice season. The ice is about 4" thick for about 175 yard out then gets thin.
There was 2 shantys out there and one was mine.




One pike was the haul for 4 hours of fishing.





If anyone was planning on fishing maple bay I would give it a week or so for better ice!

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I have not been out on black yet this ice season. I heard that they are fishing in the bays and getting some eyes.
Maybe dave simmons could give you a better update. he lives by black lake.
good luck

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Ice fishing still dangerous

The ice conditions didn't change much over the last week. Anglers are still on the ice and in some areas the ice is a little thicker, but on other lakes the ice actually deteriorated.

The outlook for this week isn't good - warmer temperatures and some heavy wet snow could cause good ice to melt a bit. Anglers would be well advised to be very cautious on any ice, and be especially cautious on any ice that hasn't been explored by someone else. There should be no vehicles of any kind on the ice at this time.


Dave at Young's in Alanson says that anglers are on Crooked and Pickerel Lake and some of the other smaller inland lakes in the area and some are catching fish. Crooked and Pickerel Lake are giving up some pike, walleye and perch while Douglas Lake is producing a few pike. Folks are operating four-wheelers on Crooked and Pickerel Lake, but they probably shouldn't be just yet.

One angler caught a limit of walleyes on Maple Bay (Burt Lake), but there is only three inches of ice there and most people refuse to try it. Dave says the muzzleloader season was quiet in his area, although one nice eight-point was taken. He also points out that spring turkey permits will be available Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.

Charlevoix area Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Tim Kochanny commented on an interesting poaching bust in the Atlanta area. The folks arrested had been poaching big bucks out of pens maintained by game ranches, for hunting and breeding stock. One guy had killed a number of deer, taking only their heads. Those taken out of a single pen had a value of more than $60,000, according to the owner. Tim says there is a substantial and illegal, but growing market for heads and antlers, so bad that some cottage owners are now taking down their heads and antlers for fear of attracting break-ins. Why would anyone value a head or a set of antlers that someone else had taken?

Tom at Tom's Tackle in East Jordan says anglers are getting some bluegills and crappies on the chain of lakes around Ellsworth, on 4-5 inches of ice. Anglers fishing the chain need to be very cautious of springs that weaken the ice or prevent good ice from forming, early in the winter. Anglers are also getting a few steelhead out of the Jordan River.

At the Boyne River Bait Company in Boyne City, Flo says anglers fishing spawn are still getting steelhead out of the river and those fishing thumb Lake (Lake Louise) are getting some nice splake. Deer Lake anglers are catching pike on big grey minnows. Both of those lakes apparently have pretty good ice.

Hedge at Pat and Gary's up in Indian River reports that anglers are out on Black Lake, but the lake is still open in the middle and anglers are apparently unable to get to the depths they like for walleyes. They are catching some pike and smaller perch. Mullett Lake is still open and Burt Lake is still 80 percent open, Hedge says.

The late goose season ended on Jan. 19 and it wasn't very productive. There are some geese around, however, and I saw hundreds in a field on the last day - too late to hunt them. Because of the iced-up lakes and the snow cover on the crop fields, the late goose season was something of a bust in this part of the state. There remains a short, late duck season on Jan. 3-4 for those not watching the bowl games.

Since there is no late antlerless deer season in this part of the state, deer hunting is about wrapped up. Archers can still hunt through Jan. 1, but few will cope with the weather and spooky deer to hunt with the string and stick in December.
 

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Jimbos, thanks for the info...I havent fished that part of the chain o lakes in years.May just take a trip to Elsworth and start there and work my way back towards Central Lake. I grew up on Intermediate Lake.Thanks again for the skinny pal. See ya out there!
 

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Now problem Gary, watch the Petosky News and Review newspaper. The outdoors reports come out on Wednesdays and cover that whole N.W. area.
 

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Hey gary, got that on a tip-up.
Thanks jimbo,
Like I said ice right now is good about 175 yards out on maplebay but that is not where the perch are!

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Nice fish Chad.

Handlining there is ice. A shelf around the ne and nw part of the lake. Been told its about 4 inches of ice. All in the shallow areas. Saw a couple of snowmobiles on it this morning. Still majority of the lake is open water/thin ice. I'm waiting for better ice til I venture forth. Forecast is for 3-4 days in the high 30's low 40's....not going to help for any ice formation. Take care.
 
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