From Kurt’s Island Bait for the date 1-04-20:
Very good conditions for ice anglers continue as the forecast in our area shows little to no precipitation. Lows at night in the upper teens to mid 20’s and highs hovering in the mid 20’s to barely 30. Fishing action fell off some, but was expected with full moon period bringing along some high pressure days and LOTS of people on the ice.
Walleye: Very Good – Good > Action mostly coming at dusk and again for those staying out through the
10 pm-midnight time. Weed edges of 8-12′ though still reports of fish as shallow as 6′ after dark. Tip-ups baited with 2 1/2″ – 4″ suckers, chubs or shiners for most anglers through jigging Slab Raps, Rippin Reps and Shad Raps also still producing. Of note, pick and drops could be small Walleye or Perch, sometimes better to go with a larger bait to deter the little guys.
Crappies: Good > Still reports of some better than average slabs of 14″, but overall numbers, while still good, not what they were. Most still weed related in 8-12′, slow dropping plastics, waxies on beaver tail. Tip-downs with small minnows working as well here. Some anglers started to find suspended crappies over 15-20′ flats 3-10′ off bottom.
Northern Pike: Good > As with other fish a bit of a slow down, but still good.Big suckers, shiners and even hot dogs (not sure what brand is best) working in 6-12′ cabbage. Nice fish to mid 30″ this past week.
Bluegill: Good > Early and late in the day for better gills on sunny days. Moussee’s tops, but waxies and spikes working. Plastics tails on #3mm tungsten on windy days. lead jigs fine for calm days with slower drops.
Yellow Perch: Good – Fair > Still not as much attention but more anglers starting to seek this species out. Weed related will feed on small minnows and Vingla spoons loaded with waxies. Out over the mud, use rattling kastmaster to present wiggler’s or red spikes.
Largemouth Bass: Good > Small to medium shiners on tip-ups. for fun try jigging a #3 Swedish pimple tipped with a minnow head on a 13 fishing, micro magic man on a medium light jig rod in weed pockets of 6-10′
Despite some very good conditions, ice averages 10-12″ on most lakes. I can’t recommend truck travel just yet. It’s being done, but with reports of three different trucks on three different lakes breaking through. I’ll leave my truck at the boat landing!
ATV and UTV and snowmobile travel is good. Snow cover averaging two-three inches on lakes.
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