Good afternoon fisherman!
Ice conditions have been holding pretty steady. We are still seeing pockets of slush everywhere on the lake, which makes traveling on the lake difficult and dangerous in areas. Built up snow drifts on the lake are the usual spots to see these slush pockets. Exercise caution when traveling these areas and stick to use of ATV’s, side by sides, and snowmobiles for transportation. A pickup did pop through the ice up on Irvine yesterday. As of now, Irvine is being access primarily by track machines only with the slushy conditions.
Irvine: 8-10 inches
Pelican: 8-10 inches
Minnewaukan Flats: 8-11 inches
North End of 6 Mile Bay: 10 inches
Creel bay: 6-11 inches
The bridges around the lake still have thin ice. The Towers in the main bay have very sketchy ice. These areas should be avoided for now until we get some better ice. 6 mile bay has thick ice in areas, but our guys have found spots where the ice thins out to 3-4 inches.
Our ice crew has been working extremely hard to find areas with safe ice and good fishing. They have been moving houses on the ice steady for the last few days and during this process they are drilling a lot of holes out to where they are going before bringing the houses out. If you are going to explore into new areas, we suggest you do the same. We are seeing about an inch of ice made per day, but this doesn’t apply to the entire lake area. Snow pack can hinder ice making even in cold conditions.
The successful lure of choice right now has been Buckshots 1/16 oz. green & orange colors tipped with minnow heads. Jigging raps/puppet minnows have been working well too. Pike and walleye have been biting pretty good in the north end of 6 mile bay. Irvine has slowed down a little bit from the last few days, but reports of fish still being caught.
Good luck to everyone fishing, but more importantly be safe! No fish is worth swimming for and we have a lot of winter ahead of us!
Don’t forget, we still have ice house, augers, tip-ups, and vexilars (FL-28) rentals available at our baitshop. Stop in and talk to us about anything you need and we will do everything we can to make sure your ice fishing adventure is the best it can be.
If you want to come and rent a Vexilar from us, we will take the rental price off a new unit.
Be safe! Have fun out there!
Photo: 23.5 lb Northern Pike caught today on Devils Lake