We are proud to say that we are hosting the Wounded Warriors Guide Service 3rd Annual Ice Fishing Tournament here tomorrow! This is a really cool event that will test ice fishing skills and the ability to battle some brutal conditions. The best part about this tournament is that all proceeds will go towards taking veterans on outdoor adventures. Rules meeting is at our Woodland Marine Boat Repair Shop at 7:00 p.m tonight. On Saturday, inspection begins at 6:00 am. Fishing will start at 7:00 am. Teams can start to weigh in at 3:00 pm and must be off the lake and checked in by 5:00 pm. Supper starts at 6:30 pm with the weigh in and awards to follow. This is all open to the public, so come on down and check out the action!
We are finally driving vehicles on creel bay! 1/2 ton pickups and smaller are being used around the entire bay. This isn’t the case for the entire lake. Ice conditions are holding between 9-13 inches on most parts of the lake. Even though vehicles are driving on the lake, please use caution and try to avoid areas where houses once sat. We are also seeing 4-7 inches of snow built up on the lake.
A pressure ridge has formed from Rocky Point to Military Point. Please do not try to cross this. The ridge grows everyday and cuts off travel out of the mouth of creel bay. Ice in the mouth of creel is fairly thick, but caution is still required with that ridge forming and changing the ice conditions out there.
The perch have been biting fairly lightly as of late. Lindy “Rattl’n Flyer Spoons” and Clam “Rattlin’ Blade Spoons” have been used with success in the past few days. Buckshot spoons have been consistently working all winter so far as well. With this light bite, any lure with a dangle chain of some sorts tipped with a minnow head can be effective. Actively jigging your lure/bait is key to bringing fish to your area.
The walleyes have been a little more aggressive than the perch in the last few days. Most lures that we are using on perch (Rattl’n flyers and rattlin’ blade spoons) have also been working for walleyes. Again, buckshots tipped with minnow heads are still one of the favorite presentations to use on the lake. Jigging raps tipped with minnow heads have been working when these walleyes are aggressive. The walleye bite has been active right away in the mornings around sunrise and just before sunset. We have seen a few walleyes picked up throughout the day, but most success has been at sunrise/sunset.
The next few days are going to be bringing us some pretty cold temps and some bitter winds. We won’t see temps above 0 until after Tuesday. We encourage everyone to get out there and fish, but be prepared for the conditions.
Have fun! Be Safe! Stay Warm!