Fishing/Outdoor Report:

We are now into what is really the last month of the regular fishing season.  It is time to put forth the effort to find the last legal bites you can find. 

Area lakes are still providing positive fishing opportunities for most.  All lakes anglers have been on this last week are producing some nice catches of panfish.  Most fish are off a small tungsten jig with waxies or small plastics,  Northern pike and bass are being taken along the weed edges and drop off areas on tip-ups . Walleye still appear to illusive and only an occasional one being caught.  Although some vehicles are driving on some of the lakes it is still not recommended.   Lakes are snowmobile or ATV access only. 

The best bite continues to be in the late afternoon.  Some anglers tell me that pattern gest later as the day light increases.  Being mobile is important, as spending too much time on a dead bite spot is not productive.  For the midwinter anglers, the term being mobile is important to find active fish. 

As we move closer to spring, being on the move will be a regular approach.  Although some vehicles are driving on some of the lakes it is still not recommended.   Lakes are snowmobile or ATV access only, be safe out there. 

All lake trails continue to be open, again icy but open and you can easily get to your favorite locations and lodging, just ride with caution due to those ruts and slickness. Do always ride with caution in areas of fast flowing water under the ice such as channels and stay on the marked trails. Lake Hayward is the only lake that is closed to riding as the trail near the bridge and channel opened up. There are barriers at all of the entrances. 

Upcoming Events:  This Saturday, the 15th, is 24th Annual Hook & Line Family Ice Fishing Event on Lac Courte Oreilles sponsored by The Walleye For The Northwest and by SCOPE Sawyer County Outdoor Projects and Education.  For more information visit the www.wfnw.net.  The following weekend Hayward will be invaded by people from all over the world to participate in the American Birkebeiner.  Events start on the 19th and finishes on the 22rd with the skiing of the 50 – 55 K course from Cable to downtown Hayward.  Lots of fun and events for everyone.