Ice left late and will be showing up early this year!
Continued cold weather from last week through this coming week has been pushing lake surface temps down. Skim ice showing up on ponds and around shallow lakes. Most reports have surface temps as low as 37 degrees to as high as 43 degrees on the largest, deepest of lakes.
Fishing reports good for the few that are still venturing out!
Musky: Good-Very Good – Guides Jake Smith and Jim Weston reported good fish with multi-fish days. Suckers and Trout on quick-sets still best, but some good fish in mid-40” range on Smity large jerks and other jerk/glide baits. Casting on some days confined to afternoons as reels icing up too much on colder mornings.
Walleye: Good-Very Good – Bite strong along gravel humps – transition zones in 25-42’. Chubs, suckers best.
Whitefish: Good-Very Good – Getting close to spawning temps, holding along deep breaks outside spawning areas. #5;#6 Swedish pimples tipped with a minnow head or some waxies
Forecast for coming week shows only one day “AT” 32 degrees, rest of week never breaking melt. Lows to low teens at night. Landings still open, but watch for those with shallow or channels that could freeze up soon. Bait not a problem now (figures) its how much longer lakes stay open that will dictate length of season.