Well the ice fishing season has started in the greater Alpena area. Although Hubbard lake is not yet frozen over and safe to fish, many other area lakes have solid ice for walking and are starting to produce good fish. Grand Lake, Long Lake, and other smaller lakes in the area have had good perch fishing with mixed walleyes as well. The best presentation seems to be a combination of jigging spoons and minnows along with a dead stick or Shallow water perch fishing with a dead stick and smaller bait like teardrops and very small jigging spoons. When you're targeting the perch at this time of year you're going to want to concentrate on shallower break edges and if there's weeds around it's a big bonus. Use caution early and don't just drive out on the lake with a snow machine or four wheeler until you are sure the situation is safe.
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