This past week the weather has given up everything it has to offer from bitterly cold, to snow, to wind and now the sun to go along with bitterly cold again. However, for week ahead it promises a huge rise in temperatures with 20’s and 40’s along with freezing rain (ice pellets) and ending the week with rain. Look as if we are in for another January thaw.
The 8 to 9 inches of new snow that fell this week has made the snowmobile trails in excellent condition. There is a base of 6 to 8 inches and the fresh snow has made them even better. All the area lakes have been stacked and the trails through the Chequamegon forest are now open as well. If traveling out of Sawyer county to neighboring counties please check ahead for trail updates. Remember to stay on marked trails and ride safe.
There has been very little fishing activity this week, due to the snow and extreme cold, but the ones that did brave the elements have had moderate success. Anglers were finding crappie in 16 to 18 feet of water and off the bottom. Sitting their jigs at 14 to 16 feet deep as the crappie would come up to bite. Appears to be a better bite in the mid to late afternoon. Crappie minnows rigged on jigging spoon or a larger tear drop was the best bait.
Northern pike continues to provide the most action. Anglers are setting tipups over the tops of weeds and along the weed edges in 6 to 10 feet of water. Walleye suckers or shiners has produced fish. Tipups rigged with a steel or monofilament leader with a #6 treble hook seems to be the choice of rigging.
Walleye action has slowed, but then again I blame the weather conditions for that. Anglers were catching walleye off the weed edges in the late afternoon and into the dark hours. Maybe this weekend we will have some better reports as the weather warms up.