What ever happened to spring? We keep getting tempted with a few 50 degree days then, Wham!, cold and blizzards again. That’s right, they are predicting heavy snow and blizzard conditions for Wednesday night into Thursday - 10” +. Anglers that did go out the past few days caught fish, but did have to work for them a bit. Ice conditions are fairly okay as of now. Still 16 to 20” + of ice, though it’s getting to be that rotting texture of ice. Access is still good with the exception of a few lake’s north shorelines where it’s starting to get messy.
Bluegill: Good-Very Good – Tungsten jigs with waxies or spikes are getting fish. To keep the smaller ones off, tip your jig with a plastic. I’ve been hearing that purple has been a good plastic color of late. Fish were found in weeds in that 6-12’ range. In some of the oxygen depleted lakes, fish are only a few feet under the ice.
Crappies: Good – Minnows have been the key the past few days. Small jigging spoons like, flash champs, Demon Tounges, and Lethal Cecils are all producing. Tip-downs is another good choice to find fish and spread out a bit. A small #14 or #12 treble with a minnow will get you fish. Weeds and 6-14’ is the key.
Yellow Perch: Good - Deep mud flats continue to be the hotspot for larger Perch. Wigglers are producing well, as are minnows and grubs. Hali jigs, pimples and Kastmasters are all working well.
This next storm could make getting out a little more work. We’ll keep you posted to let everyone know how the ice will be of feel free to call the shop. The up coming weekend looks to be nice.