Winter can be pretty tough in Huron County.
There often isn't enough snow to matter, and what does come melts off soon. Local lakes and farm ponds might offer safe ice fishing for a month, and last year only a week, but it's cold and nasty with winter stretching on forever. So, what do you do? Tough it out, head south, or if you're a lover of winter sports, head north. Because Michigan is a mecca for winter activities.
I called the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce ay (800) 248-LAKE just last week, and they reported eight inches of ice and some good fish being caught, along with eight inches of snow, and four inches of hard packed snow on the snowmobile trails. It tempted me. I was up there last winter staying at Lyman's On The Lake on the lakes west end, took a cabin for a couple of days, and fished out of one of their shanties just offshore for northern pike. It was great!
The lake was about eight to nine feet deep there and clear as crystal, and since I was fishing for northerns I dropped big golden shiners and chubs back hooked with a small treble just five feet or so down. Because pike like to look up for their food. It was blowing a blizzard outside, but I was comfortable in shirt sleeves inside, and I sat there quietly watching the minnows swim back and forth. Eventually, one would start moving in frenzied circles trying to escape, and I'd see the scaly snout of a pike appear. Then bang, he had the minnow and I had a fight. I caught eight or nine pike both mornings and enjoyed every minute of it.