Fished Sand Bay Saturday starting around 10:00 AM. As others have posted, the ice travel is improving right now with diminishing snow and, of course the plowed roads. Thank you Dale for plowing the roads out there. Anyway, back to the report.
We setup on a hump on the NW (outer) side of Larsen's reef. It is a hump I've fished for many years and has produced some nice perching in years past. Well, I haven't been ice fishing on the bay for several years and the fishery has changed, so I didn't know exactly what was going to happen. One of the plowed roads heads out in the general direction of where we wanted to fish. As we weaved through the ice shove we could see other trucks and shacks in the area, so we figured the ice was OK.
After arriving at the hum we cut holes in a relatively short line from 26' to + 50' and started jigging. There were marks on the Vex right away and it wasn't too long before we were getting bit by whitefish. These were the first whitefish I've ever caught and they were tough to hook. Once hooked they gave up a good fight. We ended up with 11 whitefish in 3 hours. The biggest was 19" with most between 16-18". No perch. Most were caught at 40' of water in the bottom six feet (yes, some were suspended off the bottom. Best bait was a small rainbow trout color Buckshot rattle spoon with a couple spikes on each hook (treble). Keep the bait moving.
After a few hours we went in to setup for the evening walleye bite. We headed over toward High Cliff, but there was quite a crowd there already so we went out to a cluster of small humps on the inner edge of Larsen's. Fished until after dark, but only a couple fish came through and nothing was iced.