This week’s Ice Fishing Report is brought to you by, Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.
Cold fronts are not the most popular conditions to fish, but make no mistake, even though they may be a bit sluggish, fish still have to eat. Many times as mentioned in the past, downsizing is key to getting bit in the late winter months. It’s even more true when a cold front stops for a visit and smaller baits seem to be preferred. If I was using a 1/8th ounce spoon or VMC Tubby, I will don size to a 1/16th to a 1/32nd ounce in the same depths and watch my electronics. For crappies and bluegills that slower fall can be the best ticket. “Think lite to get a bite”. Trout are one species of fish that cold fronts don’t really have a huge effect. Again smaller baits can make a big difference even for cold water species such as trout. Our area has several good walk-in trout lakes where anglers can snow shoe or cross country ski to their locations. Moonshine, Larson, Kramer, and Taylor Lakes are just a few that provide excellent trout opportunities, especially for rainbows and browns. Remember you need a trout stamp to fish inland trout lakes and streams.
Thank you to Ashley Brubaker, Paul Provinzino and Darin Shevich for sharing their recently caught fish photos with us.