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The odd weather patterns we've been experiencing this year have made for less than ideal ice conditions. That being said, the recent cold weather has helped to start forming safe ice on many of our local lakes. Ice reports have been varying and most lakes are averaging around 4 - 5 inches of safe ice. Always exercise extreme caution when exploring new lakes. Use a spud if you plan to venture onto new lakes that have not been accessed yet.
Fisherman have been catching bluegills on Portage Lake in Vicksburg with many anglers finding success targeting first-ice gills in the Klines Resort Marina. Small tungsten jigs tipped with a spike and ice flies have been working the best. Thickening ice also gives an opportunity to chase perch and other species on the main lake. Purple and chartreuse are good colors to try if your after those larger perch.
For those anglers targeting pike, a couple of good places to try are Twin Lakes in Kalamazoo and Hogsett Lake in Portage. Anglers using shiners and suckers on tip-ups can find decent pike action on both lakes. Twin Lakes is one of the best lakes in area is you want to chase flags, but the fish often run smaller.
Other good bluegill lakes have been: Austin Lake, Gravel Lake, Hogsett Lake, School Section Lake, and Lake of the Woods. For anglers not yet willing to venture onto the main lakes, there are decent opportunities in the channels at Gravel Lake and Lake of the Woods. Purple, chartreuse, gold, orange, and black jigs that are tipped with red or white spikes have produced the best results on some of those more finicky gills.
We've heard some reports of anglers hitting the south bay on Gull Lake this past week. If you have been out there let us know how the fishing is, we'd love to hear from you.