Fishing report 23 March 2024

Good morning from the Quiet Lakes, we did not get much snow from the first round that came through on Thursday night, but Sunday night into Monday could be a different story.  It has scaled way back with supposed snow totals ranging from 9-12″ forecasted (first reports were 16-31″).  That system is supposed to have a good amount of rain on the back end of it, so I don’t think those totals are too much to worry about.  The rest of the week looks to stay in the mid to upper 40s so the snow won’t last long.  We desperately need the precipitation as lakes like the Chippewa Flowage and Moose Lake are down almost 5′.  

I have no reports on fishing, as it has been very quiet in the shop and haven’t heard anything from anyone else.  I think most lakes have formed a crust of ice on them/ or at least on the shorelines/ramps as it has been pretty chilly this week, further hindering anglers from getting out.  

Now is a great time to take and get boats/gear ready for the upcoming season!  Make sure batteries are charged and electrical systems are working, double check boat plugs to make sure they aren’t missing/rotted, go through rods/reels making sure no eyelets are broken or missing.  Respooling is a good idea especially on spinning reels as they tend to coil up more than casting reels.  Make sure all of your terminal tackle is stocked (snaps, swivels, hooks, etc.)

That’s about all I got for this week and as much as I don’t want to see the white stuff this time of year, it should help with the drought we are seeing right now. 


Fishing report 16 March 2024

Good morning from the Queit Lakes, it sounds like all of the lakes in the area are ice free! From the records we have here this is the earliest since 1996 by at least 2 weeks. As great as that is, and how nice the weather has been, it looks like we are in for a long stretch of cooler weather with the potential for rain and snow starting next weekend and lasting for a few days. That is a ways off, so time will tell what happens then. I have seen a handful of anglers pulling boats to landings in the area, so let the open water season begin! Of course it’s panfish only and catch and release largemouth/smallmouth bass until the first weekend in May.

I have no reports on anyone fishing as of yet, my guess is crappie and panfish may already be holding to cover as there should be good weeds for them to hide in. With no snow cover on the lakes, and thin ice all season the light penetration allowed for green weeds all the way through the ice season. It is hard to say though as water temps are still going to be very cold. If any trout anglers are reading this, the catch and release season is currently open until May 3rd. Water levels are very low in the creeks and rivers so fish should be concentrated in fishable pockets of water. Fly fishing is certainly the most popular way to target trout in rivers, however anglers could do well with small inline spinners and smaller jigging minnows such as mimic minnows.

Decent weather and open water so come on up to fish or work on the cabin!! I remember many times fishing for crappie in a snowsuit as a kid when we would come up to Lost Land Lake in the spring, as just after ice out is a great time to target them!

Take care and have a great weekend everybody!


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