2018-02-01 / Outdoors

Anglers report solid ice across Leelanau lakes; West Bay next?

“Everybody’s pretty excited about the cold weather,” said Greg Alsip, who on Tuesday was asked how the ice looked on Lake Leelanau. “Ice is good. It’s slippery like a skating rink, but we’re supposed to get some snow.”

Alsip, manager of the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort, said south-lake anglers have been catching perch and walleye and that all ice on both basins should be safe at this point.

He also said anglers on Glen Lake are catching lake trout, and that Big Glen has about 5 or 6 inches of ice. Resident sportsman Mike Shimek said he knew of at least one angler catching smelt in Burdickville last week.

Shimek fished Narada Lake Monday in front of an eight-man camera crew as part of the documentary being filmed at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. He said the lake had about 14 inches of ice and produced perch, pike and even bullheads.

“It was freezing,” he said.

Shimek also said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Grand Traverse West Bay freeze in the next two weeks.

Alsip wasn’t so sure.

“I doubt it,” Alsip said. “I think it’s too late in season. That only happens once in a great while.”

Heritage Trail: As of Tuesday afternoon, the most recent Friends of Sleeping Bear trail update was posted Jan. 23.

Leelanau Trail: No Leelanau Trail updates were made on the TART Trails website last week, although this message was posted Monday morning: “It’s great to see a bit of snow falling this morning. The forecasts are calling for 1-4 inches of snow thru Tuesday. We will watch closely and groom as soon as possible. In the meantime work hard, do good and enjoy winter’s grand re-freshening.”

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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