Tim’s Ice Conditions & Fishing Reports
Yes we are still ice fishing! With the warm weather over the weekend the snow has melted and the ice is getting dark and soft in the bay.
As of right now you can still walk out from the City Park but it won’t be long before it starts to pull away from the shoreline.
Our access has been closed for a couple weeks so we are not getting reports from those fishing like normal. I did have a guy call on Saturday that said he did well on the crappies on Friday and I have heard that there has been a decent bite during the evening hours. My guess is that the crappies will turn on again with the good melt of snow cover.
If you decide to give it one last try, venture out with caution. This is the time of year where it can be fine getting on the ice early in the day and melted away from shore by evening so be prepared. Also watch for enlarged holes as the funneling water can expand an 8″ hole quickly.
We have switched gears to open water fishing and are working on getting cabins ready to go for the opener, just need the ice to go out!
NOTE: Webcam should be up and running again in a few days. It was sent to the repair shop last week and we’re just waiting for it to be shipped back.
Crappie Report – over the weekend there were a few people that took home their limit of crappie, some reported keeping 2-4 even 6 fish and others reported catching nothing. Pretty much boils down to being in the right place at the right time. Morning and evening still seems to be the best but a friend of ours caught a limit of crappie and 7 sunfish on Friday between early afternoon and before dark. So the best time to fish is – when they’re biting – and you just have to come fish to catch them.
As of today the landing is still open to ATV and walk-outs but that is on a day to day basis and we will post if/when anything changes. Probably won’t be much longer for ATVs through.
Personally I’m (Tina) ready for open water and warmer weather to arrive so we can start getting ready for our summer season. Happy fishing everyone!
The crappies have been in the bay all winter but they have not really been biting, one here and there. BUT, this last week we have started to see them bite, even a couple reports of limits. I did not see them so can’t attest to it but that’s the word. Most reported getting those after sun down. We did have a friend, Butch, who kept 8 nice crappies on Friday morning though. My best guess is that the bite will improve when we get some melting of the snow and ice and get that water oxygenated up again.
As for the sunfish, we had a pretty decent bite early season but they seem to have really slowed down the last 2 weeks but I do think that will improve along with melting.
Last weekend the bite in the rental house was a little slower than the weekend before but they still had fun catching walleye, northerns and sunfish and a few crappies.
The best bite still seems to be walleyes in the evening and overnight with Northerns during the day. We are seeing lots of panfish but the trick is to get them to bite, use small hooks tipped with waxies/larva. Walleyes like the set lines tipped with shinners or jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head. A good old sucker on a tip-up for the Northerns is a good choice.
Tim ventured out a couple days this week and saw some keeper perch in 28-36 FOW but they were just not interested in biting. At least he saw some perch because so far the perch bite has been pretty non-existent. Hope that bite picks up soon.
Hopefully this nasty cold snap won’t slow things down too much this weekend but it’s supposed to warm up on Saturday so get up here and fish before the big Super Bowl Game.
Dave with a nice catch of sunnies and crappies today.
Again, we won’t be posting ice thickness reports any longer, there’s plenty of ice. Going to need extensions in the houses pretty soon. Roads are in good shape you just need to drive slow and be aware of what’s going on around you and watch for cracks.
It was a windy weekend which slowed the walleye bite down in the deeper waters where our house was. Yesterday Tim moved the rental in to shallow water for them to go after panfish and Northerns. Seeing fish like crazy, the trick is to get them to bite.
Overnight the guide house which is located in the same area as the rental caught 2 walleyes and are working on some nice sunfish this morning.
6-8″ in the Isle Bay area