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.