I've made a couple runs over to the Groverland Mine Ponds this week. First trip was on Sunday. I took a couple guys that had never been there before, so of course, the fishing was marginal. There was no shortage of fish, they just didn't seem too active. Between the three of us, we landed 45 fish in about three hours fishing. OK I guess, but normally you land at least that many per person. We ended up keeping 20 gills and a couple crappies.
With the overcast skies and weather moving in, I figured they would turn on a little on Wednesday. At first it was like on Sunday - lots of lookers, but few biters. I tried a number of different baits without much luck. Then I noticed on my graph that the fish were eating all the spikes I'd drop down the hole when changing baits. I put on the smallest jig I had in the box (a #14 or #16 Marmooska jig,) which is smaller than a spike. Well, all I can say is it was "on like Donkey Kong," after that point! Almost soon as you'd get it down there, you'd get bit. They were flying up 4 or 5 at a time to intercept the bait as it was dropping down. Talk about fun! Best part was I had the entire lake to myself! Ended the trip landing 61 gills, 2 crappies, and 1 largemouth, keeping 1 fish shy of my panfish limit.
The roads going in were great, and driving out on the ice was no problem. I don't think the recent snow will mess things up too badly. Get out and enjoy it if you can.