The cold weather is here! Not much to report on the fishing action these past couple of days as we were closed Christmas Eve and Day. Ice conditions in and around Creel Bay are averaging 14″ with 3-4 inches of snow blanketing the ice. Tommy notes that along with the snow cover it’s tough to see areas with potential danger (cracks, etc.) so it’s still important to use caution. There’s been a couple of groups venturing out with their half ton vehicles but we’re still on the fence and transporting groups to their houses on our fish house packages/rentals. Definitely wouldn’t recommend 3/4 tons out there quite yet.
The Walleye bite has been really good especially around sunset (5 PM). The Perch have been hanging out deep in that 40+ ft depths. With the depth they are hanging out at and the snow cover, it’s the first time they are hanging out in total darkness. This will take a little time for them to fully adjust and become more active. As the cover picture shows, they have plenty of food so keeping your lure simple is more likely to catch them while they’re finicky. Guys have been catching them on the trusty Gold Genz Worm as well as a plain hook and minnow on an ice buster.
Looks like more snow is on the way and cold temps are here to stay. We’ll keep you posted as more info comes our way. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!