Solid ice sends fishermen to local water in droves

With a cold start to winter already in the books, ice fishermen have had plenty of opportunities to get out there and make some catches.
Nich Wolak
Jan 10, 2014

Mother nature took it a little bit too far this week, forcing anglers inside, but with the temperature on the rise once again, look for stir-crazy ice fishing lovers to start hitting up the local spots this weekend.

 “Obviously, no one could fish Monday or Tuesday,” said Willis Kerridge of Fish On Bait & Tackle in Nunica. “Before the break it was good. Everyone knew it was good fishing, so they’re going to want to go back out there. We’ve had pretty good fishing today (Thursday). A lot of the guys are going to Muskegon Lake, White Lake, perch fishing. The local bayous are still doing pretty good with panfish — bluegills, crappie. A lot of guys are tip-up fishing for pike.”

Co-worker Cory Melvin mentioned Millhouse Bayou in Grand Haven, and Bruce’s Bayou in Nunica as two hotspots, although he said you couldn’t really go wrong in the area with the conditions — conditions Kerridge called the best in three years.

“We just had early and consistent ice,” Kerridge said. “Last year we had ice for a couple weeks, then it went completely away, and then it came back, but it wasn’t good ice because we had so much snow. Our best ice fishing was in March, which is rare. Then the year before that we hardly had any ice fishing at all. It’s just been better a lot better conditions.”

Those conditions have also been good for business.

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