The cold temperatures that we had in the first part of January have made ice conditions great in the Quiet Lakes area. Anglers are reporting 18 to 20 inches of thickness and with the well above average temperatures they are taking advantage of this time to test their skills. Last week’s Free Fishing weekend brought out a lot of new anglers to the area also.
Walleye action has been average. Most anglers are reporting an early morning first light bite and late afternoon last light bite. Tip-ups tipped with a medium golden shiner seems to be the most popular right now. Walleye have been caught in the shallows and deep water holes.
Northern pike anglers are also doing well with some fish being caught in the 30+ inch range. Set your shiner or walleye sucker a couple of feet under the ice on a tip up for best results on pike. Fish over the weeds or weed edges in 5 to 10 feet of water.
Crappie and panfish anglers are reporting some good action on some lakes while other lakes has dropped off. Plastics, crappie minnows and waxies seem to be the most popular fish catching baits right now. Most of the panfish have moved into the deeper basin areas of the local lakes.
Snowmobile trail are reported to be in poor to fair conditions. Some of the trails have been groomed after last weekend’s very busy time. Most groomed trails in the woods are in good condition but several of the trails out in the open have scattered bare spots. The recommended trails are the Seely Hills woods and the Chippewa Flowage trails. The lakes are in good condition, but there are a few ice heaves so please stay on the marked trails. Until we get more snow trails will continue to worsen.
Cross Country skiers and snowshoe hikers, you are still in luck as most trails have been groomed for skate and classic and reported in good condition. Worth a mention, Cable will host the 2015 International Paralympic Committee’s Nordic Skiing World Championships on Jan. 23-Feb. 1 at Telemark Lodge, with athletes from around the world competing in cross-country skiing and biathlon. Come out and cheer for Team USA.