Quick report on conditions and action... for Whitefish around the Sturgeon Bay area. Ice is in great shape overall with 14"-20" of solid ice. But remember the currents always cause weak spots that are not 14" more. Please do use caution around landings as we move through the weekend. For the record I would strongly advise against taking Cars and Trucks and SUVs on the ice from here on out. The last few weeks I advised people that called me against it now I am STRONGLY advising against it. Please be safe.
The bite was Great Last Friday, and Saturday for me was slow especially if you lost focus on your technique while fishing. Sunday the activity picked up and Monday and Tuesday were outstanding as long as folks worked the baits correctly. :-)
My go to bait all season has still been the #3 Jigging Rap in Gold/Black and Chrome Perch, working that close to the bottom with a slider above it has been a proven Whitefish killer in the hands of someone that can work the technique. Sunday afternoon and Monday and Tuesday we had some real nice sized fish show up and several fish between 3-4 pounds were pulled up! I had my Wife out on V-Day and she managed to master the Jigging rap and crushed several nice Whitefish over 20" including 8 that she kept for me to clean.... LOL
I did have a shack open up for Friday the 17th if anyone is interested to get out. Basic rental starts at $50/person and we of course will do fully guided for $100/person - which I highly recommend as I put on a mean Johnsonville Brat fry for lunch with fully guided trips. :-)
We may also be able to accommodate a group in a shack for Saturday now also.
Give us a shout. I hope this is not our last weekend on the ice but we will be watching it very close after Sunday and I will try to keep you updated as best I can after Sunday.