Ok Gang, we're back at it.
Warmer weather has really gotten things happening. Last weekend really helped, and relatively stable conditions has made a difference this week.
Crappies and Bluegills are active in the usual early spots. Look for them in shallow,
protected areas with a north bank. Dark bottom areas with green weeds
are especially good right now, but sandy areas near reeds will also
produce. Small minnows, tail hooked, and suspended under a bobber is the
best way to catch crappies, but if the bite is tough, don't overlook
waxworms on an icefishing jig as an option or both species. Bay 5, Stumpy and Icehouse Bays, The Crane's Nest and the Channel on
Okauchee are always great areas, as are Garvin (North end) Kessus,
Golden, Pine (Both Ends) Moose, Fowler, Lac Labelle and the boat
channels on Nagawicka.
Walleyes continue to bite on the Rock River in Jefferson.
The walleye spawning runs are done for the most part, but fish are still being
taken from shellbeds, rockpiles and in the channel swings. Jig and
minnow, or jig and plastics (including ringworms) have been the best
baits this year. While the walleyes have done their ritual, whitebass fishing is really picking up as large schools move into the river and make their run. You'll have better action fishing for white bass, but catfish are starting to turn on as well.
I'll be posting my usual pre opening day reference material between now and next weekend. Keep checking back for more details.
It is great to be back.