Fishing/Outdoor Report

With the recent snowfalls ice conditions have deteriorated a bit and has worsened the slush found on many lakes across the area. There is still 8 to 10 inches of ice on most lakes, but the additional snowfall has increased the slush layer. This could hampered ATV and snowmobile travel.

Ice fishing has continued to be a little erratic over the past couple of weeks, but panfish have provided the most consistent success. Anglers have had to move around quite a bit to find active fish, but some fair catches of crappie and perch have been made. This is why electronics is so important in locating these schools. The crappie have been found in the deeper water areas and suspended about 3 to 5 feet off the bottom, while perch have been hitting small minnows fished just off the bottom on the mid-depth mud flats.

Northern pike fishing has been more successful than walleye, with some fair action during the mid-day hours on golden shiners or suckers. Set your tip-ups a few feet over the top of any old weed beds in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Walleye success continues to be quite variable and many anglers are hard pressed to catch a single fish. The best success seems to come in late afternoon into the dark hours. The fish have been found in a range of different depths and habitat. Smaller size baits such as fatheads or suckers have shown to be best bait for success and the 5 to 10 foot depths has been the best range to start at.

Snowmobilers and skiers are happy with the recent snows. The trails are in good to excellent shape and the groomers have been out working to keep them that way. Just as a reminder, stay on the marked trails when crossing lakes. As I mentioned above there are slushy areas that can bog you down.

Let’s Go Fishing

Let Fishing Reel You In! You arrived at the Quiet Lakes ready to start your vacation. You made a trip to the local bait store and stocked up on the best baits and lures to reel in that catch of a lifetime. You headed to the lake, cast your line and felt that first tug of a bite. What did you reel in? Our Lakes just might offer the best multi-species, freshwater fishing in Sawyer County! With an amazing variety of fish in a diversity of lakes, the Quiet Lakes are a top-rated fishing destination for anglers of any experience level. Whether you want to spend a quiet day by yourself on the water, rent a pontoon and take the entire family, or hire a guide to help you land the best catch, you will find it all in the Quiet Lakes.

MUSKY

The king of freshwater fish. They are the top predator and least populated fish in our lakes. Catch and release is the common practice these days. It is known as the fish of 10,000 casts, but hiring a guide will cut those odds.

NORTHERN PIKE

Wisconsin’s second largest predator fish, second only to their relative the Musky. Pike are typically very aggressive and will feed anytime the opportunity allows. They prefer weed flats and other ambush points.

WALLEYE

The walleye is the largest member of the perch family and is often targeted for its table fare. Walleyes can be tough to find, but when they are located, they typically cooperate and bite. Bait secret: minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches, and back to minnows as the season starts and finishes. PERCH A small fish that most anglers seek more for the taste than the tug. Adults average 7 to 10 inches which make it a good fish for all ages to catch. Perch have a tendency to congregate in large schools making it a one-stop spot to catch your dinner.

BASS 

Large and smallmouth bass are brothers, but like family they do take separate paths. We have several lakes that offer untapped largemouth fishing, and several area lakes that offer numbers to trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth does not open to harvest until the 3rd Saturday of June. Regulations for harvest of largemouth are different from lake to lake.

PANFISH

These fish are probably one of the most popular sport and eating fish in Wisconsin. Crappies, bluegills, and sunfish are our most common “panfish”. Probably the most targeted fish in the spring, and often over harvested. Remember to take only enough for a meal and leave some for another day.