Fishing report 14 January 2023

Good morning, pretty warm temps for mid January up here should help the snow settle a bit, but there is still a bunch of slush under the snow and above the ice from what I am told.  I am seeing rain/wintry mix Sunday night into Monday followed by some snow late Monday into Tuesday.  I still don’t have a lot on a fishing report as most anglers are just struggling to get to good spots on the ice.  

Northern pike–Northern pike should still be fished fairly shallow and around structure whether that be weeds, rocks, mid lake humps or points that have anything that will hold fish.  Tip ups rigged with either shiners or suckers is still the most common/best way to fish them.  

Walleye–Most anglers in my direct area are using tip ups or bigger jigging spoons/baits to target walleye.  If using tip ups shiners seem to get the nod around here, if jigging spoons like the Acme Kastmasters, Northland Buckshot spoons, and Clam Flutter spoons in the larger size.  And of course jigging raps, tikka minnos, and any of the acme hyperglide, rattle or hammer series will catch fish.  I think with the lack of fishing pressure so far this season bigger more aggressive choices in baits is going to work better.  No need to get finesse unless the fish tell you otherwise.

Crappie–Crappie could be anywhere depending on what lake you are on.  In shallow lakes they will probably still be relating to weeds or brush or timber.  In deep lakes they may be out in the basins and schooling up.  Luckily fishing them is pretty much the same whether they are deep or shallow.  Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies or plastics is the most efficient way to target crappie no matter where they roam.  

Perch–Perch could also be anywhere but most likely still in shallow weeds, or weed edges that transition out into the basins.  Smaller jigging spoons seem to ice more perch than a standard jig.  Tip them with a minnow head or body and get loud.  Perch tend to eat bigger baits and not care about finesse so move around and stay on active fish.

Bluegill–Bluegill will likely be relating to weeds and shallow water.  They will be feeding on bugs in these weeds and matching small jigs to mimic these will produce big gills.  Tip jigs with waxies or small plastics that move in the water column to put more fish on the ice.  

Hopefully the weather holds at or below the freezing mark so we don’t lose too much snow or create anymore slush under the top layer of snow.  Have a great weekend everyone.


Fishing report 07 January 2023

Good morning, welcome to the first fishing report of 2023 and Happy New Year!! This winter has not been very kind to ice fishermen/women and this last round of snow certainly will not help change that.  The good news is most of the lakes are staked for snowmobile trails including LCO and Grindstone (yesterday) and Round will be this weekend.  So if anyone has a vehicle capable of navigating deep snow and pulling ice fishing gear, all of the honey holes should be safely accessible.  Unfortunately not a whole lot to report on the bite as not too many guys/gals have been hitting the hard water due to getting around on the lakes.  But here we go….

Northern pike– Pike action should still be good on tip ups in and around weeds/shallow structure.  Look for fish in that 6-12 FOW range and keep baits around weed edges or above timber or rocks.  Shiners underneath tip ups seem to be the most popular choice right now as far as bait goes.

Walleye–Both tip ups and jigging has been producing walleye as of late.  Running a dead stick while jigging in a shanty will also help bring in some nice ‘eyes.  Walleye will be pushing into deeper water  now as there is very little light penetrating to keep shallow weeds green.  Jigging spoons are the ticket to fire up big walleye, and suckers or shiners on both the tip ups and dead stick rods are solid choices.  Start with bigger choices and fish aggressively and slow down and down size if fish aren’t committing.

Crappie–Nothing new to report on the crappie bite right now, but with the walleye my bet would be crappie will start pushing out deeper and schooling up.  Tungsten jigs get the nod for getting down to schooling fish.  Tip jigs with minnow heads or plastics or for the finesse bite, smaller jigs with waxies or spikes.  Look for fish in 15-20 FOW off of points adjacent to the basins.  

Perch–Perch may also be starting to school up out in deeper water.  I have had a few customers fishing deeper lakes in search of perch so that tells me they have moved out of the shallows.  Small jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads is by far the most popular choice for perch.  Even though they are small, perch are super aggressive and will chase bigger baits than you think.  

Bluegill–Bluegill will generally relate to shallower water than other panfish even through the ice.  Focus on bluegill around weed beds and shallow bays, and use small tungsten jigs and tip them with waxies or soft plastics.  Slow movements on the jigs is key to bluegill as they are not as aggressive and are just looking for an easy meal.  

The report is pretty repetitive this week from last but like I stated above good news that all of the major lakes will be staked by this weekend.  Should help mix up the reports a bit knowing everyone will be able to travel all over the ice to find fish.  Have a great weekend and talk to you soon.