“Beware Of the Ice Of March!”
Welcome to the official end of winter (Monday). This is the time of year when ice conditions will start to deteriorate rapidly. Cars and trucks on the ice are a no-go from here on, and ATVs should be the only vehicle traffic, if ice conditions are still stable. Very soon, it will be walking only, as shorelines will start open up. To be clear, ice will become very dangerous and start to disappear on area waters. We advise anglers to use extreme caution.
The Quiet Lakes and surrounding lakes continue to be the best opportunity in the area. Area waters continue to see anglers frequenting popular panfishing spots. Crappies are being caught on small minnows under a float and while jigging. The middle to lower part of the water column has been ideal for suspended fish. The same holds true for bluegills. Using small jig or mini spoon tipped with larvae or waxies has been best. If fish are being marked on the graph, but are not biting, it is a good idea to relocate to find a more aggressive school.
As angling pressure is slowing down, maybe it is time to plan ahead for the open water season. Time to repair and/or replace equipment, checking, cleaning out the tackle boxes and throw out all the bad stuff accumulated over the years. Purchase you license for the upcoming season early to avoid the last minute rush. Just note to anglers, the old license expire March 31st.
Checked the new regulations for the Quiet Lakes and nothing has changed. Walleye limits are still the same, but be aware of size to keep and what to release. Panfish remains the same, 25 panfish, but only 10 of one species. Largemouth bass opens with the new season and any size may be kept.
Hopefully all the snow and ice will be gone and we can once again enjoy a good open water season. Maybe then we can report some good outdoor activity.