Hello again everyone!
People are finding success in many different areas of the lake with the changing ice conditions. We have had cold weather and more to come. Some of this very cold weather can actually cause the ice to shrink slightly. We are looking forward to more ice being made with this cold snap in the next few days. Please use extreme caution on the ice. Areas may look safe, but may not have as much ice as would be expected. We have found a few areas on the lake that still have only 4 or 5 inches.
Irvine: 12 inches with pickups driving around in areas.
6 mile bay: 7-10 inches
Pelican 8-10 inches
Creel Bay: 7-10 inches with some unsafe areas (4-5 inches spotty in north end)
Rocky Point: 7 inches with some dangerous areas of thinner and broken ice.
Wolford: 8-10 inches
Towers: 10-12 inches
Flats: 10 inches
With the ice becoming thicker we are able to move into the deeper water to target perch. Walleyes are still being targeted in the shallower waters (7-20 feet). Walleyes have been biting on a variety of lures. Chubby darters, #3 Jigging Raps, and #2 Buckshots have been the lure of choice as of late. The hottest colors we have found have been white, UV pink, and black/silver. The perch bite has been shifting between an active and a light bite. In these situations we recommend that you have two lure types selected and ready to use. If these perch move in and you are marking them on the flasher, but cannot get them to commit to the bait, switch to a smaller lure. Using buckshots helps catch the attention of the perch but may not always be the ticket for instigating a bite. All lures have been tipped with minnow heads or wax worms/spikes. Don’t forget that perch may move through your fishing area quickly. After a fish is caught it is best to get another lure/bait down right away to keep those schools of fish hanging around. It also useful to have a dead stick with bait down to help keep the attention of the schooling fish while you reel up a fish. 90% of the fish caught are in 10% of the time fishing. Fish hard when the fish are under you.
Everyone stay safe out on the ice! Following trails/tracks is the best thing you can do when moving across the lake. Stay warm the next few days. The wind and cold can sneak up on you, so dress warm and cover any exposed skin.