HO, HO, HO, boy do we have snow! However, this much snow and as wet as it is not conducive to a good day of ice fishing. As we had developed some decent ice on some of the area lakes last week a few anglers were out enjoying some decent fishing. The new, heavy wet, snow will insulate the ice and may sink what was already formed. There will be slush under this snow and the layer of ice that was formed. Ice anglers should use extreme caution and snowmobiles/ATVs are urged not to travel the lakes until the trails are marked. The main body of the lake is not thick enough to support traffic yet.
This could be a great time for ice fishermen and a much better time than last winter as we did get early ice. As mentioned ice anglers were out last weekend and we even saw some peoples skating on some of the lakes. This time would be better used by ski and snowshoes through woods, especially now with all the snow. Get out and get your Christmas tree and enjoy some time in the woods.
Walleye fishing started this winter with some good reports last week. Most anglers were reluctant to venture out over deep water until we get some better and thicker ice. The weed edges have been producing some walleye, especially in the evenings on sucker minnows or shiners. You have to stay on the insight of your tipups and remain especially quiet at this early ice time. The fish are very aware of your presence if you move around a lot. Move shallower after dark with your tipups.
Northern fishing is pretty good, with shiners producing some fish over the weeds. These aggressive fish hit during the daytime, so are heavily fished. Set tipups in or near weed areas for best results.
While panfish are not targeted much right at the start of the ice fishing season we usually do not get too many reports of crappies action. It has been a little different this year, as some anglers have reported good crappies at the weed edges on waxies or small minnows. Some perch action is to be had in the weeds also on waxies. It will take a while for the fishermen to locate the panfish consistently.
The weather is not the best at the moment. If you are planning to outdoor dress warm. The temperatures are expected to be in the single digits during the day and well below zero at night. Make me shiver!