Twitch baits and working Ned rigs in old weed beds where water may be 2-3 degrees warmer than rest of lake best. As the rain turned to snow, first heavy and wet, then lighter yet still insulating, what could have been great conditions just got somewhat difficult again. So here goes with a pair of answers I posted in another forum regarding the ice on Lake Minocqua: Yes would be the for sure answer… Water was getting closer to the boat landing in Stack’s Bay last time I went by on 47. by tim hurley ; Best Lake Erie Open … Yellow Perch: Poor-Good – Following suit, Perch action improved, anglers using Z-vibes and K-Raps and Northland Forage Minnows in the small panfish shapes, tipped with waxies doing well on numbers of 9-11” Perch over mud or sparse weeds in 10-15’. Largemouth Bass: Good-Fair – Slowed with cold. Thank you for your time and feedback. Yellow Perch: Good – Shallow weeds of 4-8’. Most all hexagenia (Mayfly species) have hatched, most bedding concluded or finishing up, and water temps typically have a slow, warming incline from here on out. The biggest pike being caught along outside weed edges of 8-14′. Largemouth Bass: Fair – Oddly quiet considering warm temps. Please consider this past boating season (2020) when answering the questions. Musky: Very Good-Good – Smaller, fast moving bucktails (or tube tails) twitch baits and 6” gliders, hot! Crappies: Poor-Good – Following the weekend of tough fishing, this species popped back into action taking Fairy jigs, Little Cecils and Rembrandts on the drop tipped with waxies or Beaver Tail. Panfish location ice fishing Green Bay area? With the Covid could still looming over us, it was good to see people getting outside and enjoying fishing and the outdoors in general. Looks to be a good weekend, maybe some evening clouds/rain, but temps should be good and the Crappie spawn should stretch out on most of the large lakes to give anglers plenty of opportunity. Yellow Perch: Good – Moving to some deeper sand grass on larger lakes, wood on flowages. http://www.kurtsislandsports.com With the coming week seeing temps in the upper 20’s to mid 30’s, don’t see any relief from slush. On the final episode of Season 14 we go through two approaches for targeting shallow water weed walleyes. Also, anglers hanging big shiners “high” above cabbage tops reporting good results. From Kurt’s Island Bait for the date 6-02-20: Late May cold front put the brakes on the area fishing this past weekend. December 25, 2020 06:00 AM ORDER REPRINT → Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on Dec. 24. Bluegills: Good-Fair – Slowed as the week progressed. Take your spud bar and wear your tall boots! If you have to fish for them… and I really don’t understand why you would, fish early in the day when the temps at the surface have diminished. Varied reports with most anglers finding better bites late (9-10 pm). Fishing has really been picking up this past week with good catches being reported area wide. X-Raps suspended over same areas also effective as is Ned rigging along same spots. Participant. Those finding Perch over mud flats doing well with wigglers on Clam bomb style jigs or Halis in 15-18’. Large leeches on a light wire hook around any trees/brush in water. Smallmouth Bass: Good-Very Good – Still staging, but up next as water temps climb. Largemouth Bass: Good – While few anglers target Largemouths, action on warmer days (typically above 20 degrees), good on tip-ups baited with medium shiners. Action slowed as week progressed. Get DAD out and take him fishing! Glow jigs tipped with waxies or rosies over mud in 17-24’. And remember to wear masks and bring hand sanitizer. On smaller, shallower lakes, popping or ripping jigs with a large fathead in 5-8’ cabbage. Social distancing and face coverings are mandatory for guests and employees indoors and outdoors. Good Luck and Be Safe to all anglers!!! Tip-downs doing well, but not hot yet, using rosie reds. Tennis. All said, we want to encourage anglers to use the ice, but with caution. Ice thickness and firmness seemed to improve, the cold and wind last week let things dry out and slush conditions have improved. Our lakes, woods and streams will still be here to share with all of you when this passes. Largemouth Bass: Fair-Good – Best on medium shiners or large fatheads on tip-ups or tip-downs. On the way home I did wander east to the Rainbow and Pickeral, unfortunately didn’t take J, but eventually ended up out to the J landing and Pickeral. Signs are at the landings. Hopefully, as this week progresses and small fronts seem to move through, the bite will improve and stay better. Ice conditions are some of the best we’ve seen all winter, with good-excellent travel conditions, 20-24” of ice on average and just a little soft slush from the mild temps of the afternoons making for a wet top. Tip-downs with minnow best as warm temps seemed to “heat up” bite. Start low, 1’ off bottom, but watch locator as fish moving up off bottom at times. Lake surface temps are lower now (40-48 degrees) than a week ago (44-55 degrees) thanks to below freezing nights. Because of the cold, they weren’t going to be moving around a lot and picked a spot they thought they could sit on and catch fish. Go big (shiners, suckers) swing for the bleachers, it’s the final week! Jigging or soaking suckers and chubs working very well with the cool (below 70 degree) water temps. #3 Rapala Rippin Raps in Glow Hot Perch and Medium shiners fished under Ifishpro Tip Ups in 6' of water was the ticket! Thanks to sub zero cold (-23 degrees Friday am) ice building, many reports of 20-22”, but slush still occurring in spots. Boonie Baits, Chatter baits, silver minnows. Northern Pike: Very Good – Best on big lively shiners or suckers under tip-ups. In-Depth Outdoors also airs every Sunday morning (in Minnesota) on Fox Sports North. Mini Mite jigs tipped with waxies and poppers on fly rods or behind clear floats excellent way to have exciting fun in evenings. From Kurt’s Island Bait for the date 3-31-20: Here it is the end of March, never thought the ice would last this long, but there are lots of other things going on in the world we wouldn’t have thought either. MN DNR i assume? The warm spell made things messy for sure, but it did knock down the snow depth. We will be open until 10 pm Thursday night, midnight on Friday and reopen at 4 am Saturday morning. Whatever the case, early week bite good using VMC Tungsten fly Jigs tipped with mousses or waxies. Walleye: Good-Fair – Bite from previous week slowed. Target green cabbage using light jigs to offer leeches or dace. Flowage fish found deeper in 16-18’ mud taking crawlers. Largemouth Bass: Very Good – Cold kept many Bass out in weeds, still feeding up before bedding. Largemouth Bass: Very Good-Good – Setting up shallow, warming for egg production. (or chuck crankbaits at his head). Suckers along outside weed edges 1 hour before dusk. Some Gills in as shallow as 4-5’, but most anglers working 7-12’ depths. Crappies: Very Good – Anglers finding Crappies in varied locations depending on lake or flowages. Yellow Perch: Fair – Access to deep mud flats due to slush biggest hindrance. Walleye: Good-Very Good – Not everywhere and/or all the time, but when the window opened up, good reports of anglers icing lots of Walleyes to 28” using suckers on tip-ups on the top of ledges. Play them to the net as fast as possible, pictures in the water only and and get them back!!! Starting Tuesday (2/4), lows in the single digits to below zero with no highs forecasted the coming week above freezing, hopefully we should see better travel come this weekend! This gives ice anglers reason to keep those jig poles and tip-downs out for a couple more weeks. As for downtown, I haven’t been by Kurt’s since last Sat., so no idea on how the east and west basins are doing. Outdoors 2020 sucked. Medium fats or medium leeches on a 1/32 – 1/16 oz jig has been working well. Walleye: Good – Post spawn action in weeds of 6-10’. Maybe as low as I’ve seen it in a long time, so they have the reservoir most likely as low as they feel they need to. May 20, 2020 - She is Finally done! Those who were out found success using wigglers on Kastmasters, Pimples, Inferno spoons and Flash Champs over mud in 18-24’. I wandered around a couple of days ago after a car appointment in town. (I think I read somewhere, Mother-in-Laws at 26’…maybe I’m wrong! Bluegill: Very Good – No signs of bedding on most lakes but fish are shallow and active. While ice thickness in some areas safe enough for snowmobile and or A.T.V. Largemouth Bass: Fair – Few targeted during cold spell. But good things were happening in California’s great outdoors ... Get in-depth, sideline coverage of Sacramento area sports - … Due to high surface temps, be careful playing fish. From Kurt’s Island Bait for the date 2-17-20: Two weekends of the gamefish season left. Small dark tungsten jigs tipped with red plastics, spikes or pink Beaver tail. Most reports from tip-up anglers finding Walleyes taking medium shiners up on weedy fingers of cabbage covered flats midday. Bluegill: Fair? For me, one of the things I was happily surprised by is how many books I read in 2020. From Kurt’s Island Bait for the date 5-05-20: The 2020 Opener is in the books and while not a great opener, it could be deemed pretty darn good, all things considered. Tiny tubes and Mini Mites under small floats and using flys or poppers in the evenings very effective on warm days. Small leeches also worked well when fishing snaggy areas as they stay on the hook better. Water temps that were cresting into the low 70’s last week dropped into the upper 60’s after fronts. From Kurt’s Island Bait for the date 6-30-20: As June is coming to a close, most variables for fisher people are behind us also. Fish to 38″ reported again this week with plenty of 25-30″ fish being caught. Largemouth Bass: Fair – A few reports of mid-teen Bass on medium shiners. Prior to, same fish in 3-5’ cabbage. Still use caution when traveling. Youth Sports. Crappie: Very Good – Timing is everything and the Memorial Weekend anglers hit it just right! December 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm #1999628. Back to swimming small jigs with tails as water warms. Some dandy fish of over 5#’s reported. Smallmouth Bass: Good – Catch and Release only until June 20th, but nice Smallies hitting X-Raps over 10-14’ off breaks leading to what, in a couple weeks, will be spawning areas of gravel and rock in 2-4’. Still, caution is advised anywhere you go. by Sharon M ; IDO GIVEAWAYS | Eskimo Eskape 2800. posted by Jakob on January 18, 2021 at 2:58 pm. Check shallows again as water warms. While the ice conditions themselves are probably better here in the Northwoods area than farther south (little to no ice), or to the north (too much snow) caution is still advised. Bluegills: Good – Reports of Gills riding “high” under the ice, most likely due to warm temps, had anglers catching in 5-6’ of water over the weekend. Better fish over deeper mud of 16-22’ on Halis, Flasch Champs and Pimples tipped with wigglers. Warmer weather for the next week will start to deteriorate ice conditions slightly. by Dutchboy ; In-Depth Outdoors On Location – Pelican Rapids Bluegills. Northern Pike: Good-Fair – Bite best on live chubs or suckers as fish got neutral. Two of the snowmobilers did not survive which had effects from where it happened (Lake Nokomis in Tomahawk) to up here and to the families and hometowns of those who passed. ATV’s and snowmobiles are going out on some lakes. Walleye: Good – Early, late or just before fronts. Even small and medium sized suckers produced well. Posted on December 23, 2020 December 23, 2020 by Daniel Walton ORANGE AID: MANNA FoodBank volunteers portion fresh produce to include in food boxes for distribution across 16 WNC counties. The unique thing about In-Depth Outdoors is that their videos are filmed, and released in the same week allowing viewers to have access to the latest information. Ice conditions are staying stable. 39 ½” C&R this past week, more reports of low 30” fish being caught. Two nights of light snow have put a new cover on the lakes that have been getting firmer thanks to last week’s cold. Once we see the small pond go out by Kurt’s its usually 10 days for the west side to be ice free and another week for the east side. From Kurt’s Island Bait for the date 1-21-20: Wind, cold and snow kept fishing pressure down this past week. Try wigglers, small leeches or pieces of crawler in shallow, weedy flats. IDO I have also been waiting for Sara Park to open as I feel the bigger parking lot there will aid in social distancing. Get ‘em in and back out quickly. » Community Musky: Good – Top water action good with noisy, tail spinning baits best. Smallmouth Bass: Good – Staging outside spawning areas, Smallies hitting lipless cranks banged on rocks in 6-12’ of water. Next week one of the coaches from our WIFA H. S. ice fishing association and we may try one more time in the Ashland area on foot. Leeches best in 8-12’ cabbage over weekend. Crappie minnows should be fished high in weeds also. Just pick your flavor of choice for the toothy critters, 8-14’ of water seems to be the preferred depths. From outerwear and sleeping bags to backcountry skis, brands congregated to launch products at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2020. Casting long, minnow style cranks at night into shallows of 4-6’ scoring nicer Walleyes (most in the release slot of 20-24”)! Walleye: Good – Leeches working very well, concentrate along outside weed edges of 12-16’ using 1/16 oz – 1/8 oz jig or slip-floats. It is recommended only anglers living in the same household should fish within six feet of one another. Northern Pike: Good – Chasing well again, spinner baits and chatter baits. If not moving Pike doing this, switch to 1/16th oz slo-poke jig on a thin wire leader with a 4-6” chub or sucker to fish lower and slower into 6-10’ cabbage. Not as much action, but still some high 30” to low 40” fish reported on wizards and small twitch baits. Every one of our musky leagues in the area have suspended league nights as a result. Some areas anglers still struggled for catches, but those who got on, or stayed on, the ice during peak times were rewarded. Crappies: Good – Bites come in windows, sometimes for an hour or less. My son Aaron, and I took our annual bow hunting trip to my good friend’s hunting lease outside of San Angelo, TX Dec 10-14. Ice fishing is taking place, and safely, in many areas. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes and your answers will remain completely confidential. Small leeches last long on hooks. Fishing would have been better if one could set tip-downs out, but Mother Nature wouldn’t let it happen. Mid-day fishing was nearly out of the question. With those who did venture out, fair catches were reported. Largemouth Bass: Good-Fair – Tip-ups with medium shiners in cabbage of 6-10’ best. Please enable Cookies and reload the page. (Tally Wackers, Whopper Ploppers, Top Raiders). I’ve seen others say there’s 8″ and its solid enough to fish on, if you’re going, take a friend and all the safety equipment necessary to get out, the TFF experience almost ended in disaster as it took him a long time for the ice to hold him and get back out!!! Forecast for cold nights (upper 20’s) and highs of 40-50 degrees will stretch the post spawn bite out for a while. Crappie: Good-Fair – Spawn over. Local guides are cancelling and rebooking or just plain cancelling trips this year to protect these valuable fish. Crappies: Good-Fair – Deep, suspended fish (5-7’ off bottom) in 18-27’. Is heading our way, will halt fishing for a day, temps cooling down for Thursday/Friday will see a slow gradual warm up through weekend into early next week. Also, surprisingly, anglers reported Perch in 8-11’ weeds taking K-Rips tipped with waxies. Temps climb afraid to try to in-depth outdoors 2020 an overall fix on the ice were biggest... 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