Hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago we had over 20 inches of snow on the ground, but after last weekend’s 40+ degrees weather grassy spots began to appear on the ground. We have gained back some of the snow depth, 2inches, thanks to some never ending snow flurries this week and the return of average winter temperatures. Long range forecast calls for a major snow storm arriving early Monday and into Christmas eve day. There may be hope for holiday snowmobilers and skiers yet.
Fir the ice angler, the ice reports are ranging from 10 to 13 inches of clear solid ice on most area lakes. However, there is a small crust of ice on top from the rain and melting of last weekend. More and more ice shacks are beginning to show as well as ATVs and snowmobiles travel. It is still a little too early for vehicles.
Walleyes are very active along weed lines in about 8 feet using walleye suckers under a tip-up. Northern pike are hitting on suckers and/or shiner. Use waxies on a small jig for blue gills and small minnow for the crappie. One report we had was that they are suspended at depths of 10 and 20 feet. Some nice size perch has been caught while angling for panfish also.
Continue to use safe practices and be cautious on any ice.
Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year. Will return on January 8th for new reports, until then be safe.