2018-01-25 / Outdoors

Weekend ice anglers catch some rays, perch


STEVE BRYAN (left) and cousin Gary Kroupa fish atop 7 inches of solid Glen Lake ice Saturday morning. Not pictured is fellow cousin Rick Clark. STEVE BRYAN (left) and cousin Gary Kroupa fish atop 7 inches of solid Glen Lake ice Saturday morning. Not pictured is fellow cousin Rick Clark. Three cousins held a quasi family reunion Saturday morning on Glen Lake, propped up by about 7 inches of solid ice with a few willing perch down below.

The anglers were finding only limited success, but did catch enough perch for a meal along with a 15-inch cisco. They were fishing in about 35 feet of water near Burdickville.

The cousins and other anglers out that morning said a perch bite went on for about 30 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m. After that only a few perch were taken, although graphs showed that they lurked near the bottom.

The cousins were Steve Bryan of Kingsley, Rick Clark who resides in Long Lake Township, and Gary Kroupa who works at the Maple City garage of the Leelanau County Road Commission.

Despite a lack of action, the cousins enjoyed socializing on one of the most pleasant days of the year. Temperatures rose to about 40 degrees with hardly a breeze.


COOPER BURDA caught a 32-inch, 8-pound pike Saturday while ice fishing on Lake Leelanau with his dad, Mike Burda. COOPER BURDA caught a 32-inch, 8-pound pike Saturday while ice fishing on Lake Leelanau with his dad, Mike Burda. When asked how long they planned to stay, Kroupa replied, “Until we run out of bait.”

Added Bryan, “And I’ve got a lot of bait.”

That wasn’t the case for Ed Martin atop Lake Leelanau later on Saturday.

Martin pummeled perch on the north side of the south basin, catching about 25 perch in an hour.

“I ran out of minnows,” said Martin, who fished for 90 minutes before dark.

He caught some decent fish, too, with just four of his 25 fish measuring shorter than 7 inches. Most were in the 10- to 13-inch range, he said.

The ice is in fine shape despite the weekend warmup, too. Ice depth was about 10.5 to 12 inches, he said.


LAKE LEELANAU angler Ed Martin had one heck of a Saturday on the ice, filling a 5-gallon bucket with 25 fish in about 90 minutes. LAKE LEELANAU angler Ed Martin had one heck of a Saturday on the ice, filling a 5-gallon bucket with 25 fish in about 90 minutes. Leelanau Trail: According to grooming reports on the TART Trails website on Tuesday morning, groomers have not been active since Saturday. The most recent report was made Monday at 6:42 a.m.: “Once again the trail will not be groomed today. Temps in the low 40s today and rain this afternoon will keep the trail relatively soft. The forecast is calling for freezing temps and some snow tomorrow. This may allow us to get out and renovate the trail Tuesday and create a safe and enjoyable trail experience.”

Heritage Trail: Kerry Kelly on Tuesday morning said trail conditions are “not great.” The trail is probably icy and some parts may be without snow following the warmup. Groomers may not be active until more snow falls.

Editor’s note: The Enterprise invites all ice fishermen, cross-country skiers, downhill skiers, fat-tire bikers, ice boaters, snowmobilers, hockey players, and other outdoor sports enthusiasts to email snow and ice reports to jason@leelanaunews.com by Tuesday.

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