Northern pike fishing was good on the area
lakes. Set your tip-ups in 4 to 15 feet of water near weeds. A 40#
fluorocarbon leader, small spinner blade, #6 red treble hook baited with a
large golden shiner minnow has produced the most action. Place your bait a
foot or two below the ice, or over the tops of weeds. Brined jumbo smelt
on a smelt rig produced big pike.
Bluegill fishing continues to be spotty on the area lakes. A stable
weather pattern would help improve fishing.
Look for them in weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water, along with deeper
structure, 20 to 40 feet.
Small #16 to #14 sized ice jigs, such as
a Moon Glitter, Ratfinkee, trear drop, Skandia or Majmun ice jigs
produced. Wigglers was the best bait for finicky fish, with wax worms,
spikes, mousies and ice plastics also taking gills. A spring bobber must
be used to detect bites.
Crappie fishing was good during early morning hours or just before dusk.
Look for them suspended over the tops of weeds in 8 to 15 feet, or over
deeper water. Use your flasher to determine what depth they are holding at
and place your bait above the school. Jigging with a #2 Swedish Pimple,
Lil Cecil, Kastmaster, or #2 Jigging Rapala took aggressive crappies. A #8
or #10 Ratfinkee, rocker, or tungsten style ice jig baited with a wiggler,
wax worm, or ice plastic have also produced. Using a tip-down or tip-up
rigged with light line, #14 treble hook baited with a small fathead, rosy
red, or lake shiner minnow worked best for finicky crappies.
were found in various depths of water, most often near the bottom.
Aggressive perch were caught using small jigging lures such as a Slender
Spoon, Hali, Swedish Pimple, rocker, or #2 Jigging Rapala baited with
spikes or a piece of minnow. Perch have also been caught using tip-ups or
tip-downs rigged with a 4# fluorocarbon leader, #14 treble or #10 Aberdeen
hook and baited with a medium lake shiner, small golden shiner, or small
rosy red minnow. Drill a hole next to your tip-up, to jig in, when a
school comes thru.
Walleyes were most active during low light hours where they were found
around weed beds or rock bars in 6 to 15 feet of water. During the day,
look for them near deep structure. Tip-ups rigged with an 8# fluorocarbon
leader, small beads, and #10 gold or glow treble hook baited with a minnow
was the preferred method for most walleye anglers. A medium golden shiner,
small sucker, or large lake shiner minnow worked best for bait. Jigging
with a Jigging Rapala, Swedish Pimple, Slender Spoon, or Buck Shot spoon
tipped with a minnow head has attracted aggressive walleyes.
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