Well… Mother nature is running us ragged here in Benzie County. We’ve gone from no ice, to great ice, back to ok ice, with rain and upper 30’s-lower 40’s for the next 7 days. East end of Crystal Lake was seeing some decent perch action. A bit of culling involved, but good action and some nice eaters. Betsie Bay was producing some decent pike action, with a bit of sorting, but good flag and spearing reported. Ice was good but variable and the spots where most anglers prefer to be were still unsafe. As of 5pm tonight, the bay was back to 3/4 open. Little Long has been darn slow, which is a bummer as it has the most consistent and safest ice. Even with size not being an issue, the pike have been pretty elusive so far this year.
As of 4pm today, we have pulled our rental shanties and suspended trips until January 30th, pending ice conditions. Please be safe and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions.