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JOHN CARLSON
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4/10/14 8:38 AM CST
The ice on the Chain is taking a beating with this warmer weather so if you plan on fishing anytime after the next couple of days you might want to call ahead for an up to date ice report.

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4/10/14 8:36 AM CST
Phillips Area Fishing Report!!! With the warm weather and rain in the forecast this might just be the last week of safe ice conditions on area lakes, We have had a lot of snow melt run off and shoreline areas are starting to open up. You can also see holes opening up in the local flowages in the high current areas such as narrows and bridges.

Crappie and Bluegill are still hitting well, The Crappie are getting active and starting to suspend higher in the water column. Plastics, Waxies and Minnows are all working well for Crappie right now. Bluegill are tight to mud bottom areas and hitting tungsten jigs tipped with waxies.

Over the weekend Ross's Sport Shop teamed up with ST Croix Rods and the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation to take some Purple Heart Vets on an ice fishing outing. Friday the fishermen braved the wind and snow on a local lake and iced a few Crappie, Saturday morning they hit the ice again for a few hours and did well on a mixed bag of Crappie, Bluegill, and Perch. Pictured are 2 of the WWIA Purple Heart Vets with the fish that they caught on Saturday.

Special thanks to Dave Carlson from Ross's Sport Shop, Ron DeLasky, and Jeff Crockett of ST Croix Rods for everything you did on Friday and Saturday for the Vets!!!!

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4/2/14 2:40 PM CST
Phillips Area Fishing Report. This is one winter that is ready for the books, with the heavy snow and slush conditions on the lakes combined with the severe cold weather ice fishing and many other outdoor activities were put on hold for the last 3 months. But now it's time to enjoy the next couple of weeks of late ice fishing.

As the weather warms and snow melts a fresh supply of water loaded with oxygen enters the lakes. The warm oxygen rich water triggers fish into a feeding frenzy. Caution must be taken at this time of the season and only foot traffic is recommended. The running water can erode ice quickly and I recommend staying away from heavy run off areas also take caution when fishing flowages like we have in our area, there is a lot of water moving under the ice as well and the ice can be eroded from underneath showing little sign of danger above.

The Game Fish season is closed in all the lakes and rivers of Price County but fishermen can still fish for panfish and rough fish, Crappie and Bluegill are the most sought after fish and are starting to bite well. Crappie are still in their winter pattern so look for them to be suspended in the deeper basin areas of the lakes, I like using larger heavy lures at this time. The heavy lure falls faster so I can get down to the hungry active fish fast, I also like my lure to be larger because I like to target the bigger fish. I like using larger tungsten jigs with plastic or #6 Ratsos. This is also a good time to set out a couple of Deadsticks or Tip-Downs with a minnow as bait.

Bluegills are starting to make the move from the deeper areas of the lakes to the mid depth ranges, look for them in 8 to 15 foot mud flats and around wood structure. Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, or plastics always seem to entice a hungry gill into eating. Here too you want a heavy jig to get down to active fish fast. When the bite is on the fish don't seem to mind the heavier weigh jigs at all.

This past Sunday I went fishing with my Dad for the first time this winter, We went out looking for some bigger Crappie and we found some. The fish I'm holding in the picture fell victim to a #6 orange Ratso.

Good luck on the ice and be safe!!!!

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1/13/14 12:24 PM CST
Hey John, missed seeing you at the Muskie Show and talking about my favorite place in the world, Phillips! See ya in the spring! Smile

JOHN CARLSON
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1/13/14 11:40 AM CST
Phillips WI Area Fishing Report 1/13/14

It was a great weekend to be outdoors with the warm temps, but the fish didn't cooperate quite as well as the weather. Fishermen were still able to catch fish but like most times the high pressure system bite was a tough one.

We did have some good reports of Northern Pike action, Look for the pike near the shallow weedy areas that you found them in the summer in around 4 to 6 feet of water. If you are fishing in the weeds set a large golden shiner on a tip-up right above the weeds, out in open water I like to set a few sets about a foot under the ice and then some a little deeper. Remember a Northern Pike is built to feed up, it's eyes are right on the top of it's head so you need to have your bait above or right in front of them for best results.

Walleye action was spotty with some anglers reporting some good action while other were slow, I was fishing next to a group of 3 anglers on Sunday and they has some good flag action the last 45 minutes of the day and ended up taking home some nice eater walleye. I was set up next to them in an old river channel targeting Crappie, I was using dead sticks with minnows and caught a few on them, I was also using a glow shrimp and had some good action right at dark and into dark on it catching a mixed bag of Walleye and Crappie on it. The walleye were small but on an Ultra Light St. Croix Legend Ice Rod even the 12" walleyes put up a nice little fight.

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12/31/13 11:59 AM CST
Thanks John FYI sent you a PM A-ron

JOHN CARLSON
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12/31/13 6:34 AM CST
Phillips Area Fishing Report (This is the report that I do for local papers and internet sites)

Saturday I had the pleasure of Crappie fishing with the Jablonski Family from the Johnson Creek WI area. The warm temps allowed us to break out of the ice shacks for the day and set a spread of Tip-Downs and hole hop with our electronics. The day started out slow but things broke loose in the mid afternoon for us as we had a flurry of action to the time we picked up at dark. If you have never fished with Tip-Downs they are a deadly tool that work best in warmer weather. Tip-Downs are simply a rod balanced on a wood or plastic stand that tip when a fish pulls on the line. They allow you to set a bigger spread and easily watch it. Most of our fish came while we were hole hopping with our electronics, we would walk from hole to hole and when we spotted a suspended fish we would drop our bait (Custom Jig and Spins Shrimpo) down to the fish and work it until it ate or left the area. The fish were biting super light and a good ice rod was key, the St Croix Legend Ice is my go to rod but a good spring bobber like the Frabill Titanium Spring Bobber can make most rods work well. Set the Spring Bobber so the weight of the jig just pulls the bobber down at a slight angle, when a Crappie comes up and eats your lure the Spring Bobber will either hop up a little or go down indicating a bite and that you should set the hook.

Other area Anglers were reporting a good walleye bite with couple of fish in the 5 to 7 pound range, Northern Pike anglers are also catching some nice fish, the action isn't as fast as normal but the size of the fish is making the wait between flags worth it. There is a lot of ice on the lakes but there is also a lot of snow on top of it. ATV and 4x4 truck travel is getting tough on some parts of the lakes where the wind has piled the snow up. There is also a good amount of slush on some of the lakes that you need to watch out for. Best advice from me is if your driving something with wheels on it stay on the beaten path and walk new areas first so you don't get stuck.

Pictured is Jenny Jablonski with a nice crappie caught on a tip down Saturday while fishing with Ross's Sport Shop guide John Carlson, Also pictured is Kaylee Jablonski who was easily catching fish while hole hopping after a short lesson on reading electronics with Ross's Sport Shop guide John Carlson.

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12/30/13 9:34 PM CST
John I am coming up in a few weeks anything going on any of the area lakes.

JOHN CARLSON
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12/27/13 9:11 AM CST
Guys are getting stuck!!! If you stay where people have gone ATV travel isn't too bad. If you get off the broken trail it's pretty rough going in some areas. I will be heading out on long today and will post a report later.

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12/27/13 8:43 AM CST
Can you still get around with a 4 wheeler on the chain or is there too much snow / slush?

JOHN CARLSON
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12/2/13 8:46 AM CST
Ice Depth: 4"
Phillips Area Fishing Report

With negative and single digit night time temps we have a solid 3 to 8 inches of ice on most Phillips area lakes with reports of limited ATV travel on some lakes, As with all ICE travel please take caution as ice thickness can change.

Most of the early ice angler are headed to the shallow areas of the lake for evening walleye or all day pike fishing. Walleye action has been fair with mostly smaller fish being caught. Walleye suckers at dark or right at first light have been the best producers. Northern Pike are hitting well using shiners fishing near weed cover. The ice is pretty slick right now and it is recommended to wear some type of cleats or ice creepers on your boots to prevent falling.

Some anglers are venturing out into the deeper areas of the lake for Panfish, The Crappie bite is off to a slow start but the gill action has been pretty good around wood and cribs using small jigs with plastic, Waxies, or spikes.

Pictured is Casey Williams of Phillips with a couple of nice Walleye that he iced on a trip over the weekend!

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11/30/13 5:30 AM CST
Ice Depth: 4"
A good number of guys hitting the ice yesterday. Ice reports of up to 7", but most guys reporting at least 4".

Not a lot of fish reports back in for the chain as of yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Stop by at our new store if you are in town, we have a full selection of gear and bait, and are open 7 days a week.


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JOHN CARLSON
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11/18/13 6:42 AM CST
Phillips Area Fishing Report

It was looking like we would be on the ice for deer season for the first time in many years but warm temps and heavy rain cleared the local lakes of ice. We did have a couple of Ice Fishermen early last week as some of the bays on some local lakes were froze up for a few days and had about 3" of ice on them.

The anglers headed out for walleye are doing good with some fishermen catching some really nice fish. Larger Plastics, Walleye Suckers and Northern Suckers are taking some of the bigger fish. Walleye are in their late fall pattern and holding in deep water or below damns or other deeper water close to high current areas in our river systems. Area Dams are a great place to fish the late open water season because they offer fishing from shore as many anglers have put their boats away for the season.

Musky are still feeding, with the cold water temps the fish have slowed down. Slow moving lures that hang in the strike zone or Live bait has been working well. Feeding windows are short but when they do feed it's possible to put multiple fish in the boat very quickly.

Pictured is me with a musky that I caught looking for new water to fish after the lakes I was fishing froze over. It's a cell phone picture, sorry about the quality, I forgot my camera that day!!!!

JOHN CARLSON
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11/11/13 8:37 AM CST
Most of the fishermen have winterized their boats and put them away for the year but there are still a few die hard fishermen out there on the water.

The fishermen that are still out there are mostly Walleye and Musky fishermen, The walleye are hitting very well, on deeper waters like the Phillips Chain look for them in 20 to 30 foot of water stacked up on the breaks. Other shallow lakes look for them at the bottom of the deepest drops in the lake. Larger Jigs tipped with Walleye Suckers or small Northern Suckers are taking some nice fish.

Musky are following the other fish to deeper water, This time of year I look for schools of bait fish with my electronics. When you find the food source the Musky will be close by. Casting large Jake style lures or Plastics like the Medusa are great for this time of year but the biggest producer by far is live bait. The feeding windows are short right now but when the fish snap you can catch 2 or 3 in a very short time and have a chance at a true trophy.

I really wanted this to be a story about the Wounded Warriors in Action Hero's that I took out fishing on Sunday but the fish didn't cooperate. We had one short northern in the boat and had a Musky hit a sucker but we missed it. The VETS I had in the boat were great sports and we had a lot of fun on the water even without getting a Musky in the net. Thank You to all the Veterans for your service so we can enjoy the things we do today.

Pictured is me with a fish that ate a live sucker the last few minutes of daylight Saturday.

JOHN CARLSON
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11/6/13 9:02 AM CST
Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 31° - 35° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
The 2013 open water season is winding down and there may only be a few weeks left to get out on area waters. Water Temps are hanging in the 38 to 44 degree range depending on what body of water your on. Fall fishing hasn't been a disappointment as most anglers are reporting good catches.

The Walleye action has really picked up and some of the biggest fish of the season are being caught. Consistent catches of fish up to 18" are being reported to the shop with a lot of small fish still being caught. We have also had some reports of fish pushing the 30" mark. Most of the Walleye are being found in the deeper areas of the lake on the bottom of sharp drop offs. Depending on the body of water your fishing you should be looking for 10 to 30 feet of water.

Crappie action continues to be good, Crappie are scattered but the bigger fish seem to be in the deeper areas of the lake. They are picking some smaller fish around the cribs. Plastics or live bait are still consistent producers with a slow presentation.

Musky action is still good, Not a lot of big fish yet but some good action, On a trip with Clients Thursday we put 4 fish in my boat from 35" to 43" and had 2 other fish that were hooked and lost. Big Minnow style baits, Suicks, Medusa's and Super D's in perch and sucker patterns are working well along with live suckers on a quick strike rig.

Pictured is Dave Carlson of Ross's Sport Shop with some of his catch from Saturday ad my Client Dave with a 43 in musky that he released, one of 4 that Dave and his brother Steve boated on their trip with me Thursday.

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