This week’s Ice Fishing Report is brought to you by, Grant Prokop and Andy Walls of Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods.
Ice fishing has continued to be fruitful for anglers. Truck traffic on the lakes is at a low for the year and un-recommended on most all lakes at this time. Anglers have been able to get around on four wheelers and side by side machines, but proceeding with caution is highly recommended and avoid any different looking areas. The crappie and bluegill fishing has been nothing short of spectacular and anglers are finding great success on most all area lakes. Fishing just outside the first break during the day and sliding up to the 8’-14’ mark at sunset has been producing great numbers and quality. Crappie minnows under a float, and tungsten jigs tipped with plastics, waxworms, or euro larva has been working the best.
The perch have been grouping up good and anglers have been having better success targeting them as of late. Fish have been coming from the base of shallow flats and on top of the flats depending on the weather conditions that day. Areas that top out with a 6-10 foot flat that has some scattered cover on top have been great for finding big schools of perch. If the fish are not on top feeding look for the edge of the structure, and target the break from 12-25 feet of water. Red spoons and lures tipped with red euro larva seems to be the best offering right now because the perch are feeding on bloodworms.
Northern Pike and Walleye fishing has stayed steady most all season. Finding
unpressured structures has been producing the best bites. Pokegama and Winnie have been the best two walleye and pike lakes in the area. Humps and points of main lake structures have been working well for both species. A set line with a shiner or smaller sucker has been key to getting action during the day, and a spoon or rattle bait jigged at prime time has been yielding some beautiful fish this season. 16-22 feet of water has been most productive.
A lot of anglers have been breaking out the long rods and going into Black Water Lake. Fishing for blue gills and crappie has been great in here. Anglers are also finding themselves catching numerous northern pike and some bass while the season is still open.