Winter Fishing Reports
january 9, 2020
JANUARY 2, 2020
december 26, 2019
december 19, 2020
February 4, 2019
My last report was all about the cold and now this one could easily be all about the snow! We are sure getting our moneys worth out of this winter. Snow fall after snow fall has made travel much more difficult recently. We are getting off the roads in some areas but I think it’s safe to say if you are in a truck you will need a plowed road. This has really congregated a lot of anglers around the lakes area. The majority of the anglers have been fishing sunfish and crappies. The panfish areas seem to get the most attention so naturally that’s where the plowed roads lead. The sunfish bite during the day has been quite good, as has the low light crappie bite. I’m still just using a small #12 horizontal jig and a couple euro larva. This combination has caught most of the fish pictured in my reports. A plain hook and minnow has also done well on the crappie after dark.
Based off of the reports from the guys fishing walleye, the bite hasn’t been all that bad for this time of year. The number of active walleye anglers is much fewer than normal though. To get on a decent walleye bite you will need to get away from the groups and on some unpressured structure. With all of the snow this has been a much more difficult task this year. The guys willing to walk, use a snowmobile or plow their own roads are the ones catching the most walleye right now. If you put in the work there are plenty of walleye out there to catch.
I’ve been getting A LOT of calls, texts and emails about snow conditions, so if I missed anyone I apologize. Keep the questions coming though, that’s why I’m here. I’m always happy to help. The most common question I get is “can we get our wheel house out on the lake?” The answer is yes most definitely! Many of the lakes have plowed roads, especially the larger panfish lakes. If you are inquiring about a certain lake feel free to call a local resort or you can text me and I will tell you what I know. Good luck fishing!
- Joe Scegura's Guide Service
JANUARY 25, 2019
Cold, cold, cold! We are definitely making ice now. Travel isn’t too bad out on the lakes right now. Trucks and wheel houses can get around most everywhere. But getting stuck is a real possibility, so stick to where others have been driving. We did get a few inches of snow during the last storm, but if you carry a shovel you shouldn’t have an issue. Every day that goes by more and more roads will be plowed back open. I was out driving around yesterday and I was able to get around okay. It was actually easier driving off road at times because of the snow that drifted on to the old plowed roads. The nice thing is there isn’t a lot of snow so if you do get stuck it’s generally not a major event. Usually just backing up and picking a different route is enough to get you back on your way.
The Bass and sunfish have been biting very well all day long. A simple #12 jig and euro has been doing the trick for us. I’d also recommend 2-3 lb test line. Our waters are very clear and these fish can be smart. The crappies tend to come into the same panfish areas after dark. All you have to do is put down a crappie minnow on a plain hook and wait. Some lakes have a great bite right at dark where others bite all night long. The average sized crappie for most of the lakes are 9”-11” with 12”-14” fish being quite common.
The walleye fishing reports have been much fewer recently. I think most of that has been due to travel being a bit difficult after the snow a few weeks ago. Now that much of the snow has melted and refroze, I expect anglers to get back out after the walleye again. The guys that have been going out have been doing very well. One guy texted me that he has had a limit of walleye in short order his past two times out. Shallow rocks in 15-20’ as well as deeper basin areas 25’-30’ have all been putting out walleye.
As always if you have any questions feel free to email me or text.
- Joe Scegura's Guide Service