January 21, 2020

Wind, cold and snow kept fishing pressure down this past week.  With those who did venture out, fair catches were reported.  Downsizing and finesse fishing were the key for getting fish on the ice.  There is good news though, with temperatures rising to the 30’s and ov...

January 14, 2020

The Lakeland area was spared the snow storm that hit the southern part of the state this past Saturday!  Held off by a very high-pressure system that also seemed to put the bite at bay.

Those high barometer readings Fri/Sat took their toll as anglers reported a near shu...

January 7, 2020

Accidents and tragedy put a pall over ice fishing and outdoor activities this past week as reports of two ATV’s and three snowmobiles broke through the ice.  Two of the snowmobilers did not survive which had effects from where it happened (Lake Nokomis in Tomahawk) to...

January 2, 2020

Lakeland area fishing has been good of late, the traveling? Eh, not so good.


Rain on Sunday helped knock down the snow and slush that had been on the lakes, if only it had stayed rain till the cold came back. As the rain turned to snow, first heavy and wet, then lighte...

December 23, 2019

The latter part of last week did us no favors for ice making.  Reports are pretty much stagnant as night time lows in the mid-20’s only firmed up the top crust while day time highs in the 30’s softened them up again.

Due to these conditions, recommendations are for angl...

December 16, 2019

Ice thickness, safety and mobility are the biggest concerns to anglers as of this time (12/16).  Thickness varies greatly from lake to lake and even on different parts of each lake.

We have reports of as little as two inches coming in this morning, as well as 10 inches...

December 9, 2019

Previous week’s snow put caution in the minds of ice anglers throughout the Northwoods.  Where snow fell on existing ice (5-8” ice), ice still good, but sloppy with slush depths of 5-7”.  New ice formed after the last storm, over deeper parts of lakes, had a solid 2 ½...

December 3, 2019

Two, count’em, TWO snow storms in the last week of November (second started in November, ended in December) put a lot of heavy, wet snow on what ice had formed on the smaller lakes and bays so far!  Ice is still there and fishable, but under inches of slush and snow ma...

November 25, 2019

Last week’s rain only caused a little deterioration of the surface ice that had formed.  For areas that were fishable, good safe ice remained.  Weekend’s weather, though above freezing for a small time, was not enough to mess up ice, but not enough cold to build more i...

November 18, 2019

Well, its official, ice fishing looks like it’s here to stay for the rest of 2019.  Most have put their open water gear away for the year, while others stare at it in the garage hoping spring comes early and not in July again.

Anglers were getting the itch and are out i...

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