Spring like temps and high winds this last weekend, did little in helping make ice. Ice thickness ranges from 6-11 inches. 4 Wheelers and snowmobiles have become more common, but travel by foot remains the most popular still.
Panfish – Spring like temps had people thinking of maybe a spring panfish bite would be going on. Many anglers reported that they found some good Sunfish bites on small Tungsten jigs, tipped with a waxie or soft plastic, fished around the weed edges. White, brown and red were the colors of choice. Crappies too were in a good biting mode. During the day anglers were finding them out over 20-30 feet of water. Angler had to do a little hole hopping, but otherwise had good luck catching fish. Pink, white and chartreuse jigs, tipped with either a waxie, soft plastic and crappie minnows worked very well.
Walleye – Walleye bite has been tough for many anglers with the last hour of light being the only time they catch fish. Still anglers are reporting a good average size fish between 15-20 inches being caught. 20-25 feet of water, around main lake humps has been where the best bites are happening. Red glowing jig or spoons, tipped with rainbows or chubs have been the best presentation.
Pike – Big Pike continue coming up the hole for anglers target them. Alewife’s or heavy suckers fished under a tip-up continue to be key to catching the biggest pike. Mouths of shallow bays, weed edges and main lake points with weeds on it, has been the key to having a successful trip. Spear fisherman have also been reporting getting steady action on large decoy suckers or red and white decoys.