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December 20th Ice Conditions and Fishing Report Update

Warmer temperatures this past week has melted off most of the snow and slowed ice progress. We’re still sitting between 10 and 14 inches of ice on most parts of the lake. We’re still transporting a majority of our fish house package customers out by Snobears and lighter vehicles but I’d predict by next weekend half ton vehicles will be fair game. Temperatures will be dipping down these next 10 days to make conditions safer!

I’d imagine with this next cold snap we’ll see the pressure ridge that typically extends from Rocky Point to Military Point pop up any day now. That said, I’d recommend using caution around these areas because it happens every year (this is towards the mouth of Creel Bay).

Guys are currently catching Perch in anywhere from 27 to 45 feet of water. A green chartreuse tungsten has worked well along with pencil weights and rat finkes in deep water. Walleye’s are biting in the 17ft-22ft range early mornings and late evenings on dropoffs and flooded timber. Overall, it seems like the fish were more finicky so keeping it simple with a slip bobber presentation has also been a good option.

Tommy points out that having your presentation 4-6″ off the bottom might be a little too low in scenarios where you’re fishing drop-offs. “It’s better to jig 2 – 3 feet off the bottom because that way the fish can actually see your bait.” — Which makes sense- if you’re on a drop off and your bait is hanging out low- they might swim right on by without seeing it.

Come Celebrate New Years with Us!

We still have ice fishing packages available in our motel and suites for Monday the 31st and Tuesday the 1st. Come celebrate new years with us on the ice and have a great time. Our onsite bar and restaurant Proz Lakeside will be hoppin’!


Congrats on the trophy Garrett!

Still time to purchase that last minute gift for your fishing friends/family!

Until next post…Merry Christmas!

By |2018-12-21T14:01:22+00:00December 20th, 2018|Fishing Reports|


  1. Ronald Exley December 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas to all of you !! Thanks for the updates on the ice and fishing as well . Much appreciated !!

  2. Bill Braun December 25, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas to all at the Woodland Resort from Empty Wallet Billy 🙂

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