With the cold weather earlier this week ice depths have continued to increase and most lakes now have between 20 to 26 inches of ice. Strong winds have also been pushing a lot of snow around and this has created some deep drifts, which can make vehicle travel quite difficult once moved off the packed trails. Snowmobile travel remains the best method of traversing the lakes.
The game fish season ended this past weekend on a rather quite note, with strong winds and blowing snow keeping fishing pressure at a low to moderate level. Anglers that did venture out saw the walleye season end with some increase in activity. The walleye seem to be starting their move toward staging near spawning areas. Northern pike action was good also.
Now that the season has ended anglers are turning the panfish. Last weekend panfish showed some signs of improving, with some fair catches of crappie, perch and bluegill being reported. Good electronics seem to be a key in finding the panfish, with wax worms and small minnows all producing. Look for panfish action to improve with the longer days and warming temperatures.
With the warm up forecasted for the next few days, this might be a good time to be on the lake. Snowmobilers, we have 4 1/2 inches of new fresh snow. With the temperatures rising into the 40’s next week this might be the end of the snowmobile season. Spring appears to be coming March 20th as scheduled. A couple of reminders: (1) Do not forget to set your clocks AHEAD 1 hour Saturday night as daylight savings time begins on Sunday. (2) The 2015 – 2016 license are now on sale get them early to avoid any last minute rush or confusion. (2014 – 2015 old license expire March 31st.)