changed radically over the past week to 10 days. On days with higher
pressure, the fishing can be tough. The pike continue to bite, and while
the numbers are down slightly, the size of the fish is still above
Keessus, Nehmabin, Okauchee, Golden, Moose, Fowler and School Section have been reasonably consistent producers, (Nag too, but we don't talk about Nag around here) especially in the deeper
protected bays. Any green weeds indicate a high percentage area. Most
fish continue to be caught on a flourocarbon spinner leader with a red treble. The
best bait has been shiners or suckers, but it often just depends on who
you are asking. As we get further on, deadbait will get better and better. My rule of thumb has always been Superbowl weekend...live bait before, dead bait after.
The panfish bite has slowed down, but I
think that has more to do with angler location than a drop off in the
bite. By this point in the winter, the best panfish have moved out to
suspend over deeper water. Crappie will tend to suspend high in the
water column, bluegills lower. You may catch some off the bottom, but
the solid parts of schools will be just over half way down. Drill a
series of holes when you first set up, then go back with your
electronics/flashers and see if you mark any suspended fish. If you do,
set up and fish just above them, you won't believe some of the fish you
catch. Where to look for them? Think summer structure: points,
rockpiles, humps and dropoffs in 15-25 feet of water. The closer to the
mainlake, the better. Forest, Golden, Lower and Upper Genessee, Kessus, Emily and Fox have been the best, but just about every local lake has had some action.
Walleye fishing has been slow,
Look for fish in water 8-12 or 15-22 feet deep. Its quite a range, but spread
your tip-ups out until you find fish, then concentrate on that
area/depth. Pine and Lac Labelle are both giving up fish, but the hot bite is still on that most magic of inaccessible lakes...North.
Good luck and be safe.