Here’s a quick update on the ice conditions at Metro Beach.
7:30 am: Docks in the Harbor Master and the entire bay (to the island) were completely locked-up. The ice is only about 1.5″ thick and soft. I don’t trust the ice this early in the season so we fished from the docks.
I augured a few holes in the boat slips checking for fish with the Vexilar. As it usually happens, we caught all the fish right next to the first holes we drilled.
9 am: My buddy Mike hooked a little gill and two 5″ perch. The fish moved in between 9:15-10:15 am but no keepers.
10:30 am: Off the ice to get ready for the weekend. We ended up hooking about 8 fish, mostly dink perch. A green Hali Jig with a red dot armed with a wax worm caught most of the fish. (It’s the pattern on the far right in this pic.)
This is the earliest I can remember ice fishing here in Metro Detroit. To be safe I’d give that ice a few more days to lock-up.
Good luck this weekend.