Fishing/Outdoor Report:

After a week of temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s with two days of rain, yes rain, one would get the idea we were headed for another early spring.  Thos days of sunshine and warmth has put a dampener on a lot of outdoor activities.  Snowmobile trails and ski trials have been closed due to the lack of snow and anglers are sitting in inches of water while fishing.  The American Birkebeiner, a world class cross country ski race that bring thousands of people from all over the world, has been forced to change or cancel some of the events.  The main race, to be held on Saturday, could be shortened or cancelled dependent on how much snow we receive over the next day.  Thinking (praying) for snow up here in the northland. 

Weather conditions did allow more anglers to get out onto the lakes this past week even if they had sit in water.  Panfish action is still quite productive with crappie leading the way.  Anglers are finding them in the deeper holes on the lakes in 16 to 20 feet of water.  Some nice bluegill and sunfish has been caught in those same areas.  Anglers are using crappie minnows, waxies and artificial plastic fished on a small tear drop or jigging spoon.  Sometimes they are up in the water column and others near the bottom.  Vary your depths, especially if you are not using electronics. 

Northern action continues to be good.  Anglers are reporting some nice catches and some good sizes also.  Anglers are setting their tipups over the green weeds and weed edges in 6 to 10 feet of water.  Shiners and walleye suckers are the preferred baits. 

Walleye action has slowed this past week with only an occasional report of catches.  On the deeper lakes anglers are setting tipups on the edges of these holes and jigging in the holes.  On the shallower lakes anglers are setting tipups on the hole edges and weed edges of the lake. All anglers are moving shallower at dusk and night time.  Late evening into the night is still the best time for walleye fishing. 

Just a quick note, 2017 -2018 license sales will start March 8th.  People purchasing a license at that time, the license will be effective immediately.  Old license expire on the 31st of March, avoid the rush, get your new license early.

Let’s Go Fishing

Here are the species of fish available to catch 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’s 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 small backwoods lakes that offer untapped largemouth fishing, and several area lakes that offer numbers to trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth isn’t 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.