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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Fishing report 08 March 2024

Good evening from the Quiet lakes, sending the report early as we are hosting our 12U girls State hockey tournament this weekend. Almost zero precipitation for the next 15 days according to the weather channel. Temps this coming week look to be in the mid to upper 50s until the end of the week. It sounds like the ice is deteriorating quickly and will continue to do so next week. I heard tonight that lake Chetek is open, most of the Chippewa Flowage is open, there are big open shorelines on Teal and Spider lakes and Hayward lake is open from the 77 bridge all the way into the main lake and possibly more. We can’t call it ice out just yet, but it’s safe to say the ice fishing season is as good as over. I had zero anglers in the bait shop this week, so I literally have no report on any kind of inland lake fishing. I have heard reports of anglers already trolling up on Lake Superior for Trout and Salmon and doing well on Smelt and Herring up there.

Again, I encourage people to come up and knock out projects they may have before the fishing season starts. We have great weather and no mosquitos to deal with yet!!

Have a great weekend everyone and we will talk soon.