As we all know, winter is here. Temps have been bottoming out and everyone’s patience has been tested. Things break, blood boils, but the fish keep right on with their daily lives. Some seem less apt to bite than others, but overall the fishing is still good.
Walleyes can still be had during prime-time in the morning, and again in the evening and into darkness. Daytime fish are a bonus on most lakes in the area right now. To maximize your chances at some good fishing, get out there an hour before sunset and stay until at least an hour after. Fish have been uber-deep during the day, with many fish hanging in 40+’ of water. At twilight they move up as shallow as 5′ of water to feed.
Two good perch bites going right now, 30+’ of water and less than 13′ of water. With the lack of snow on the lakes in the area, there’s still plenty of o2 in shallow, and lots of forage is still hanging in the standing weeds and mats… Frostee Spoons packed with euros or tipped with minnow heads has worked well.
Panfish in the area are still going strong. I had guests out for crappies and bluegills this past week on 2 different lakes, and the action was fast and furious. Moving until we found the pods, and then setting up the Clam’s to stay warm was the ticket. Fish were holding in 20-24′ of water on both lakes, and were eating up euros.