With the recent snowfalls ice conditions have deteriorated a bit and has worsened the slush found on many lakes across the area. There is still 8 to 10 inches of ice on most lakes, but the additional snowfall has increased the slush layer. This could hampered ATV and snowmobile travel.
Ice fishing has continued to be a little erratic over the past couple of weeks, but panfish have provided the most consistent success. Anglers have had to move around quite a bit to find active fish, but some fair catches of crappie and perch have been made. This is why electronics is so important in locating these schools. The crappie have been found in the deeper water areas and suspended about 3 to 5 feet off the bottom, while perch have been hitting small minnows fished just off the bottom on the mid-depth mud flats.
Northern pike fishing has been more successful than walleye, with some fair action during the mid-day hours on golden shiners or suckers. Set your tip-ups a few feet over the top of any old weed beds in 5 to 10 feet of water.
Walleye success continues to be quite variable and many anglers are hard pressed to catch a single fish. The best success seems to come in late afternoon into the dark hours. The fish have been found in a range of different depths and habitat. Smaller size baits such as fatheads or suckers have shown to be best bait for success and the 5 to 10 foot depths has been the best range to start at.
Snowmobilers and skiers are happy with the recent snows. The trails are in good to excellent shape and the groomers have been out working to keep them that way. Just as a reminder, stay on the marked trails when crossing lakes. As I mentioned above there are slushy areas that can bog you down.